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ClockQuest Complete Logs (Pt. 2)

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  5. _____Part Two: Minor Operation_____
  6. [22:11] <DrEvilKitteh> (Claiming for Clockquest stuff~)
  7. [22:13] <DrEvilKitteh> In an area near the Wand and Circlet pub, a lone figure furtively darts through the Overcity, going from shadow to shadow. Sharp silver-white eyes glance about for any signs of enemies, though they spot none.
  8. [22:13] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris was desperate. She hadn't been found out and tailed, she knew that much. But she /needed/ to find Amelia and Alexa, and she needed to find them /fast/, before the path she found changed too much. The pub was close, but it seemed so far, and what if they weren't there? Would she have to resort to asking others for aid? Admittedly, she'd done so at a few points in the past. Even still, having those two around, who would definitely help her, was more preferable to random strangers she might otherwise conscript.
  9. [22:13] <DrEvilKitteh> Please be there...please be there...
  10. [22:16] <[Morgan]> Morgan sat inside the pub, having made her bed. She had decided to come downstairs to enjoy the atmosphere of the room, feeling truly comfortable and safe here compared to her world.
  11. [22:20] <Jran-Kri> Alexa moseys along down the street beside Amelia, her red mantle swishing at her heels as she peers around curiously. Her gnarled black wooden staff is clutched in one hand, the red crystal ball at the end glowing faintly. She seems to be looking at everything but the girl at her side -- not intentionally, of course. The Overcity is just a dangerous place, is all.
  12. [22:20] <[Morgan]> Finally, she decided it was time to take a walk. Standing up from her seat, she made her way out the door before exiting the pub.
  13. [22:20] <Tangent> "I don't know why you wanted to come..." Amelia comments to Alexa as the two of them head towards the pub, the sting largely taken out of her words by her tone. She shrugs. "It's actually been pretty boring around here lately...Though I guess back home's pretty quiet too." Except for when the flame butterfly showed up. Seriously, how'd she forgotten that her puuchu had actually been on fire?
  14. [22:21] <Tangent> She shakes her head, putting thoughts of choices- and changes aside. Unlike her companion, she seems relaxed- almost casually strolling along. "What're you thinking?" She asks, offering Alexa a slight smile.
  15. [22:24] <Jran-Kri> "... I'm just... thinking about, ah... you know. Your visitor," Alexa says after a pause for thought, glancing back at Amelia with a thin, nervous smile before looking ahead again. "Mine hasn't visited -- but now I'm wondering if I shouldn't be thankful for that." She titters somewhat bitterly under her breath.
  16. [22:26] <[Morgan]> Morgan noticed two girls walking along as she explored the area. She gave them a small wave of greeting before walking past them. They looked like they were heading for the pub, although it wasn't any of the water girl's business as to what they were doing.
  17. [22:27] <Jran-Kri> Alexa looks somewhat surprised to see the girl, despite it being quite reasonable to see someone vacating the pub. Nonetheless, her free hand shoots up to waggle back at her politely.
  18. [22:27] <Tangent> Amelia frowns, then reaches up, giving Alexa a comforting pat on the shoulder. "It doesn't deserve you." She says quietly, putting thoughts of her own aside. She hesitates. "Um, if you don't want to see...Beacon, I'll tell it to stay away from our apartment..."
  19. [22:29] <Tangent> She waves too, a moment later. She doesn't know that girl, but, hey, a wave's a wave.
  20. [22:31] <Jran-Kri> Alexa turns to smile at Amelia again, before freezing. Her lip curls into something approaching a scowl. "Please do. It rubbed me the wrong way -- and when I mentioned it to Kreimhild, she looked, ah... not very happy."
  21. [22:31] <[Morgan]> Satisfied that she had gotten a little better at social contact, Morgan decided to walk around for a few more minutes. Just to get the hang of the surrounding area, of course. She wasn't planning on going too far.
  22. [22:33] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris quickly clambered up a fire escape and onto a roof, where she hurried to the edge and looked over the area with her new vantage point. She went to another side, slowly making her way around the roof as she looked out and listened. Maybe if she could see someone...or...hear them? Her usually-unblinking eyes shut and opened, head tilting to try catching the faint noise. That...sounded like conversation, the echos she heard. The ice girl sprang across the street to a building on the other side and jogged to a stop at the edge. Her eyes widened, spirit suddenly lifted. There they were!
  23. [22:33] <DrEvilKitteh> She crouched, braced herself, and sprinted in their direction. The concrete of the roof cracked slightly when she jumped off with all her might, and her bent knees absorbed the impact when she landed on the street about a hundred feet away behind Amelia and Alexa.
  24. [22:33] <DrEvilKitteh> After recovering, she got up and dashed towards them, not even thinking about shouting to alert the two.
  25. [22:36] <[Morgan]> Morgan heard the noise of the street cracking, and immediately whipped around to see the girl running at the other two. She thought of opening her mouth to warn them, but decided not to. Perhaps this was a friend of theirs. The last thing she wanted to do was look like an idiot to them.
  26. [22:37] <Tangent> Amelia sighs. "Yeah...It's kind of a jerk. I'll talk to it somewhere else." She shakes her head. "Eh, not like it matters if I work on my magic there or somewhere else anyway...Besides, not like anyone'll care if I set the Overcity on fire trying to 'embrace my potential'." She smirks.
  27. [22:37] <Tangent> "Wonder why it showed up after all this time? Not like it helped much, but..."
  28. [22:39] <Jran-Kri> "I don't know, and I don't like it," Alexa shakes her head, her lip curling disdainfully. "Kreimhild says they never show up unless they want something -- she says we can't trust them. And I..." Alexa trails off, her eyes narrowing. She cocks her head to one side. "Do you hear that?"
  29. [22:43] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris skidded and had to quickly hop over the two girls or risk bowling them over. She landed and rolled, turned, and popped back up. "A-me-lia, A-lex-a!" she exclaimed, /finally/. "I found something!" Hopefully the two didn't have a knee-jerk reaction of drawing a weapon and attacking when she'd appeared...
  30. [22:45] <Jran-Kri> "God in Heaven!" Alexa nearly leaps out of her skin when Iris lunges over them, her staff snapping up and its glow intensifying. Fortunately, she lacked any real offensive capability, and so merely stared at Iris in shock. "Oh. Um. H-hello t-to you, too."
  31. [22:45] <Tangent> Amelia jumps, eyes wide at the meguca rocketting towards them. Her hand's halfway through a sword drawing motion when... "I-Iris?" She stammers, a slight blush in her cheeks at the memory of the last time they'd been around the elegant ice girl. "Uh...Hi." Her eyes are wide...then she blinks. "Wait, found what? Is...is this about, you know...them?" She asks, snapping out of it at the prospect of hunting. Time to do what she signed up- what she was MADE for.
  32. [22:47] <[Morgan]> Morgan quietly sighed in relief, thankful that her friend guess had been correct. She moved on to what she had a feeling was the edge of the 'safe area' she had mapped out one night. "Alright..." she muttered to herself. "Almost time to go back..."
  33. [22:50] <WhiteKnight> What looks like an angel descends from the skies, diving towards the Wand's entrance and performing some kind of spinning roll before straightening out and - breaking into yet another roll as she hit the ground, that somehow ends with her ending up on her feet. With no shortage of sparkles, Ayako Mori flips her hair before putting on a smug, self-satisfied smile and crossing her arms. "Heh. A perfect landing." She then stretches
  34. [22:50] <WhiteKnight> her neck, audibly cracking it a bit. "Man, it's been a while since I last came to the Wand..."
  35. [22:52] <DrEvilKitteh> "Yes!" Iris nodded rapidly at Amelia. "There is...a...place where some...are coming from." She twitched away from Ayako's appearance, briefly eying the flying girl and the other that was just walking around. Eventually, she looked back at Amelia. "We...should go, now. Before...the path is lost."
  36. [22:52] <Tangent> Amelia glances at the flying angel- it probably says something that it's no longer strange for her- then looks back to Iris. "Iris? Speak to me...What'd you find?"
  37. [22:53] <Tangent> "Right! Let's go!" Amelia nods, straightening and gaze filled with DETERMINATION...and anticipation. She takes a step, then looks to Alexa.
  38. [22:55] <Jran-Kri> Alexa looks considerably more perturbed by the flying girl, her staff's glow -- along with her nervous grimace -- intensifying. Bunching up her shoulders, she forces herself to look back at Iris and Amelia. She nods shortly. "Lead the way."
  39. [22:56] <WhiteKnight> As Ayako makes for the Wand's entrance, however, she notices Iris. Has she seen this girl before? She's pretty sure that she recalls seeing someone looking like her around. Might be time to make a new friend. With a cough, her wings vanish. "YO!" she calls to the group, approaching slowly. "You guys look like you're up to something... interesting. Fun, maybe?"
  40. [22:58] <Tangent> "We're fighting evil! Who're you?" Amelia calls back, frowning. She nudges Alexa, just brushing the other girl in what's meant as a reassuring gesture.
  41. [22:58] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris blinked again and looked at Ayako once more. "...U-uhm..." Somewhat helplessly, she gestured in the direction of the building she'd jumped off of. Fortunately, Amelia and Alexa were /much/ more verbose than her, which she was extraordinarily grateful for.
  42. [22:58] <Jran-Kri> Alexa gives this strange girl a sideways glance, narrowing her eyes. She adjusts her glasses primly, bunching up her shoulders. She lets Amelia speak, smiling tightly at her at the light gesture.
  43. [23:02] <WhiteKnight> "The name's Mori, Ayako Mori," she calls out, smiling aggressively as she places a hand on her hip. "I'm gonna keep this quick. I haven't busted any baddies in a while, so I'm itching for some action. I'm a pretty handy gal to have around. You won't regret it."
  44. [23:02] <[Morgan]> Morgan, now coming back to the pub after her miniature expedition, was surprised to see that the group from before was still there. She couldn't help but listen in on their conversation. Fighting evil certainly sounded interesting...
  45. [23:03] <[Morgan]> "Excuse me." she asked. "Did one of you say you were fighting evil?"
  46. [23:05] <Jran-Kri> Forced to adjust her wide-brimmed red hat to look Ayako in the eyes, Alexa continues to look suspicious, keeping a decent distance. She continues to keep silent until yet another girl arrives; turning to face her, she nods shortly. "Yes. Yes we are. Are you itching for a fight, too?"
  47. [23:06] <[Morgan]> Morgan thought for a moment. "Yes. I'd like to help in any way I can." she responded to them, nodding affirmatively. "My name is Morgan. And yourselves?"
  48. [23:06] <Tangent> "Hey, we can handle this just fine..." Amelia folds her arms. "I'm Amelia." She adds after a moment.
  49. [23:07] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris looked from Ayako to Morgan and back. "...We...might have to...use their help, too," she said to Amelia. And Alexa too, but mainly Amelia. As for her name... "I am Iris."
  50. [23:07] <Jran-Kri> "Alexa. Alexa Aldrich," she says primly. A hint of nervousness is betrayed as she looks over at Amelia, cringing slightly. "W-well, um... More hands never hurt."
  51. [23:07] <Tangent> Amelia frowns, but nods.
  52. [23:10] <WhiteKnight> Ayako chuckles softly, summoning her bow. "So that makes... Five? Me, Amelia, Alexa, Morgan, and... Iris." The ex-merc nods, sizing up the big girl. "Alright. You guys know where you're goin'. I'll follow."
  53. [23:11] <DrEvilKitteh> "I know the way." Iris looked back in the direction she'd just come from. "...Maybe."
  54. [23:11] <Tangent> "Lead on McDuff..."Amelia mumbles, looking to Iris. "Alright. I'm ready to help!" she announces brightly, all smiles at Iris. A glance to Alexa, making sure she looks okay.
  55. [23:12] <Jran-Kri> "... Lay," Alexa turns to Amelia, adjusting her glasses. "It's 'lay on, MacDuff.'" Clearing her throat, she bobs her head quickly. "R-right! Let's go!"
  56. [23:12] <[Morgan]> Morgan gave a thumbs up, her expression still mostly unreadable. She summoned her stave, trying to wield it in a non-threatening looking manner. "May we be successful on our quest." she said in agreement.
  57. [23:14] <DrEvilKitteh> "Mor-gan?" Iris looked at her. "Can you...roof-hop, or fly? Ay-a-ko...can carry you...if you cannot." In the meantime, without asking, she moved to sweep Amelia up into her arms in a bridal carry. As usual for when they needed to travel quickly.
  58. [23:15] <[Morgan]> "I...I believe I can fly." Morgan answered, unaware she was quoting a rather famous song. She flapped the wings on her back in confirmation.
  59. [23:15] <Tangent> Amelia eeps, but doesn't seem to mind. In fact, she seems positively used to it by the small, silly grin on her face.
  60. [23:15] <Jran-Kri> Alexa's nostrils flare as Amelia is scooped up. She glares at the pair of them as subtly as she can, though she's sure anyone could hear her grinding teeth.
  61. [23:17] <DrEvilKitteh> "Good." Iris nodded and face the direction they needed to go. Or...so she hoped. "Then...follow." She tried to give Alexa a slight nod and smile before peeling away, dashing down the street and towards the wall of a building. A ramp of ice formed, allowing her to rapidly ascend to roof height and begin roof-hopping. It remained for a short time, allowing Alexa to follow after her if she wished.
  62. [23:18] <WhiteCrusader> Ayako's wings sprout once again. She looks to Alexa in a more... soft, fashion, unlike her past brashness. "Need a lift, pal?"
  63. [23:19] <Tangent> Amelia blinks at Alexa, looking a bit sheepish...but then vanishes as Iris swoops off.
  64. [23:20] <[Morgan]> Morgan activated her wings, taking flight into the air after Iris. Using her wings again felt rather nice, she admitted internally. The breeze in her face as she followed the rest of the group felt rather comforting. She kept up a steady pace with them, matching their speed almost perfectly.
  65. [23:21] <Jran-Kri> "... God, give me patience," Alexa mutters under her breath once Iris is out of earshot. She starts at Ayako's offer, turning to her a tad too suddenly. She hesitates, then shakes her head. "No. No thank you," she says, managing to keep the venom out of her voice. Without further ado, she hurries after Iris, her staff flashing as a matching ramp of red light appears beside the melting ice ramp. Alexa tromps on up it to the
  66. [23:21] <Jran-Kri> roof, then tears after Iris.
  67. [23:23] <WhiteKnight> With a shrug, Ayako takes off after the others, though it's not long before she places herself into the thick of them.
  68. [23:30] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris was in the lead for most of the way, and the total trip took maybe half an hour at most.
  69. [23:30] <DrEvilKitteh> The buildings became more prone to changes and alteration this far from the pub's stable zone, and the area they ended up in was a bizarre assortment of buildings and roads. One moment, the streets were nicely paved and smooth, the next, they were cobblestone, and after, a narrow, pothole-riddled road. Buildings were from a wide assortment of eras, with a futuristic skyscraper over there, an Italian Reconnaissance manor there, what looked like an Aztec pyramid next to a much smaller Fifties urban house with a white picket fence and all.
  70. [23:30] <DrEvilKitteh> Soon, Iris slowed and ducked into a dark alley, water pooling in several puddles on the ground from recent precipitation. She beckoned for the others to join her and Amelia there, but otherwise kept hidden behind the corner.
  71. [23:31] <[Morgan]> Morgan landed in the alley delicately, making sure not to make any noise.
  72. [23:31] <[Morgan]> "Where are we?" she whispered quietly, looking behind her for the others.
  73. [23:32] <WhiteKnight> Ayako hurriedly lands nearby Iris, leaning against the nearest wall. She seems to be listening attentively...
  74. [23:33] <Jran-Kri> Alexa scurries over behind Iris. Despite her earlier distaste, she has no trouble hiding behind the much taller girl once danger is near. She keeps quiet, though she nods at Morgan's question.
  75. [23:34] <Tangent> Amelia stands, quietly splashing as she steps through the puddle over to Iris. She nods at Alexa, maybe slightly apologetically?
  76. [23:38] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris peeked around the corner. "...They...are doing...something here. I...am not sure...what." She pointed down the street, which seemed to be on a rolling hill, to something just in sight. It was a cylindrical tower, poking up into the air. "That...is...a base. I think."
  77. [23:38] <DrEvilKitteh> (Roll Perception; a d20.)
  78. [23:39] <[Morgan]> (So just roll regular d20)
  79. [23:39] <DrEvilKitteh> (".d 1d20" works. Without the quotation marks.)
  80. [23:39] <[Morgan]> (K)
  81. [23:40] <Jran-Kri> .d 1d20
  82. [23:40] <+Internets> :: Total 6 / 20 [30%] :: Results [6] ::
  83. [23:40] <[Morgan]> .d 1d20
  84. [23:40] <+Internets> :: Total 17 / 20 [85%] :: Results [17] ::
  85. [23:40] <Tangent> They. Zombies. So they've killed more people to make them...Amelia's expression tightens, and her fingers briefly dig into her palm.
  86. [23:40] <Tangent> .d 1d20
  87. [23:40] <+Internets> :: Total 20 / 20 [100%] :: Results [20] ::
  88. [23:40] <[Morgan]> (Brb)
  89. [23:40] <WhiteKnight> .d 1d20+5 awareness
  90. [23:40] <+Internets> Error: invalid format
  91. [23:40] <Tangent> She pokes her head out, staring intently at the scene.
  92. [23:40] <WhiteKnight> .d 1d20+5
  93. [23:40] <+Internets> :: Total 18 / 25 [72%] :: Results [13] ::
  94. [23:43] <[Morgan]> (Back(
  95. [23:43] <DrEvilKitteh> .d 1d20
  96. [23:44] <+Internets> :: Total 5 / 20 [25%] :: Results [5] ::
  97. [23:46] <[Morgan]> Morgan frowned at what she saw before her. "This is...quite the situation." she gave her opinion, having a feeling that she could guess what they were going to fight.
  98. [23:48] <DrEvilKitteh> Everyone could see that the tower, maybe 200, 300 meters away, was made from stone and metal. Alexa didn't notice much, maybe because of distractions. Iris was mainly hiding behind the corner to allow the others a better line of sight. Amelia, Morgan, and Ayako could spot movement at the top of the tower. Though they could only see about two-thirds of it with the buildings on this block cutting off line of sight a bit, guards seemed to be watching from the top. Morgan seemed to be in /just/ the right place to see an ever-so-slight glint of light off one of the guards' bodies. Conclusion? Metal, maybe armor, maybe not.
  99. [23:49] <[Morgan]> "They either have armor or some form of hardened skin. Lovely." Morgan added, eyeing the guards warily from the long distance away.
  100. [23:49] <Tangent> "Something's on top of that tower." Amelia announces. "We should deal with that first." She really hates those things- every one's a person that's gotten killed by monsters.
  101. [23:51] <WhiteKnight> "Hmm..." Ayako mumbles, sizing up how difficult it might be to take a shot from here. "... Could be a longshot to hit that guy. Or I could do the idiot thing and play harrier from the air."
  102. [23:52] <Jran-Kri> Alexa adjusts her glasses, forced to take their respective words for it -- though Morgan's claims, at least, she could back up with her prior experience. Turning to Ayako, she blinks owlishly. "O-oh my, you can fly? U-um, well. If you were to do that, I could... Well, I could make some, um, barriers. You know, give you a bit of extra armour while you're... up there."
  103. [23:53] <DrEvilKitteh> "...Stealth...would be...better," Iris murmured. "There are...many Bad--uhm, enemies--there. I think."
  104. [23:54] <[Morgan]> "I agree. We may want the element of surprise here, especially if there are more than we can see at the moment."
  105. [23:54] <Tangent> Amelia frowns dubiously, slumping slightly. "We could take them..." She mumbles, but nods reluctantly.
  106. [23:55] <WhiteKnight> Ayako ponders the situation further. "I think Iris is right. If I play harrier... well, they're on alert. And that makes things harder for those of us that might want to go inside from the ground. Not to mention, splitting up is generally not a good idea."
  107. [23:56] <Jran-Kri> "... As you say," Alexa admits with a slow incline of the head. She adjusts her hat. "Well. I-I'm sure there's, um, a way we can get in. Quietly. O-or at least get closer."
  108. [23:57] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris nodded. "So-"
  109. [23:57] <DrEvilKitteh> All five could hear it. Wheels, one with a squeaky joint, slowly approached. Footsteps could shortly be heard, heavy and methodical.
  110. [23:58] <DrEvilKitteh> (Perception cheeecks~)
  111. [23:58] <WhiteKnight> .d 1d20+5
  112. [23:58] <+Internets> :: Total 22 / 25 [88%] :: Results [17] ::
  113. [23:58] <Jran-Kri> .d 1d20
  114. [23:58] <+Internets> :: Total 18 / 20 [90%] :: Results [18] ::
  115. [23:58] <[Morgan]> .d 1d20
  116. [23:58] <+Internets> :: Total 16 / 20 [80%] :: Results [16] ::
  117. [23:58] <DrEvilKitteh> .d 1d20
  118. [23:58] <+Internets> :: Total 18 / 20 [90%] :: Results [18] ::
  119. [23:59] <[Morgan]> (Wow, we are rocking these perception checks so far)
  120. [23:59] <Tangent> .d 1d20
  121. [23:59] <+Internets> :: Total 16 / 20 [80%] :: Results [16] ::
  122. [00:02] <DrEvilKitteh> ...And again, everyone heard it. The wheels belonged to a single...thing. Not a car or bike or moped, but a...cart. Two-wheeled? Most likely hand-drawn. Along with that, the footsteps were few, maybe...six, at the most. Ayako, Iris, and Alexa, however, could tell that there were exactly four. And Ayako alone could tell that they were roughly 75 feet away, down the street, heading directly towards the tower that marked the base.
  123. [00:03] <WhiteKnight> "They're not far. We could act on them now," Ayako hastily mumbles.
  124. [00:04] <Tangent> "Iris, it's one of those carts..." Amelia blurts, hand on her sword. "And more zombies." She glances to Iris as though for permission.
  125. [00:06] <Jran-Kri> "We should!" Alexa whispers insistently, looking up at Ayako with a nod. She looks at the others. "Th-the tower might not have seen them! We should take them now before they group up!"
  126. [00:06] <Tangent> "Sounds good to me." Amelia backs her up.
  127. [00:07] <[Morgan]> "Zombies?" Morgan commented, unfamiliar with the term. "Do you mean the Accursed?" She looked down at Alexa when she spoke. "Yes, perhaps we could eliminate them quickly..."
  128. [00:08] <WhiteKnight> Ayako rises, cooly - but quickly - leading what looked to her like an ambush party on the cart. "Let's go."
  129. [00:09] <DrEvilKitteh> "Ay-a-ko, Mor-gan, fly. Stay...low." Iris motioned to Amelia and Alexa. "We...go on...the ground. Kill them...quickly. All...focus on...the same one." She looked up at Ayako, as she was still kneeling at the corner. "Does that...sound good?"
  130. [00:09] <Tangent> "Right!"
  131. [00:10] <[Morgan]> Morgan made a quiet noise to show her confirmation.
  132. [00:10] <Jran-Kri> Alexa keeps a decent ways behind Ayako -- and everyone else, for that matter -- despite her earlier enthusiasm. She bobs her head quickly at Iris.
  133. [00:10] <WhiteKnight> "Affirmative," Ayako answers, dead serious.
  134. [00:11] <DrEvilKitteh> A silver warhammer materialized in Iris' hand. "Go."
  135. [00:11] <DrEvilKitteh> (Roll Initiative.)
  136. [00:12] <[Morgan]> (Initiative is AGI + LCK, right?)
  137. [00:12] <DrEvilKitteh> (AGI or LCK.)
  138. [00:12] <WhiteKnight> (You pick one. AGI beats LCK in a tie.)
  139. [00:13] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4d10
  140. [00:13] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: please make sure the dice pool size is specified correctly. Must be a number between 1 and 100.
  141. [00:13] <[Morgan]> (K)
  142. [00:13] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7
  143. [00:13] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [7, 7, 6, 6]. Successes total: 2
  144. [00:13] <WhiteKnight> !ex 9 v
  145. [00:13] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: [5, 6, 10, 6, 4, 9, 8, 1, 5]. Successes total: 4
  146. [00:13] <Jran-Kri> !ex 4 vs 7
  147. [00:13] <Zeneroller> Jran-Kri: [9, 9, 5, 4]. Successes total: 2
  148. [00:13] <[Morgan]> !ex 5 v
  149. [00:13] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]: [10, 5, 2, 5, 7]. Successes total: 3
  150. [00:13] <DrEvilKitteh> (Also, use Offensive Dice for Initiative if you didn't already. Probably better that way.)
  151. [00:14] <Tangent> !ex 2 vs 7
  152. [00:14] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [4, 9]. Successes total: 1
  153. [00:14] <DrEvilKitteh> (What is Alexa's AGI?)
  154. [00:19] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alexa's is 8, apparently.)
  155. [00:19] <DrEvilKitteh> (So order for Surprise Round is: Ayako/Morgan/Alexa/Iris/Amelia.)
  156. [00:20] <DrEvilKitteh> (I'll write up the scene first, then Ayako can act.)
  157. [00:20] <WhiteKnight> (Got it)
  158. [00:21] * [Morgan]_ (~RecoveryF@Rizon-F60EB1C3.sub-97-46-66.myvzw.com) has joined #MGPnP
  159. [00:21] <[Morgan]_> (Alrighty)
  160. [00:24] * [Morgan] (~RecoveryF@FDE9EF75:F76C0B36:6A989CA9:IP) Quit (Ping timeout: 240 seconds)
  161. [00:25] <[Morgan]_> (Bump)
  162. [00:25] <DrEvilKitteh> Four Clockwork Zombies trudged down the street; it was obvious what they were to Iris, Amelia, and Alexa, given their marionette-like movements, glassy eyes, dirty and ragged clothing, and a faint whirring sound coming from their bodies.  Two were pulling along a cart, which was mostly empty save for some supplies like new tools, instant cement, and the like. The other two walked near the back of the cart, one with a handgun, one with a machete.
  163. [00:25] <DrEvilKitteh> (The 4 Clockwork Zombies are at Far. Everyone gets one free attack or action during the surprise round, whether it be a ranged attack, Dash, or Reinforcement buff. Ayako goes first.)
  164. [00:27] <WhiteKnight> (Right then.)
  165. [00:28] <WhiteKnight> Ayako wastes no time trying to quickly define the flow of the fight with a [Barrage] of [Hollow Points]! (Should I roll four attacks, or just the one time?)
  166. [00:29] <DrEvilKitteh> (Um...let's go with the one.)
  167. [00:29] <DrEvilKitteh> (Oh, wait.)
  168. [00:30] <DrEvilKitteh> (For all rolls, except for Perception, everyone adds +2 Dice.)
  169. [00:30] <DrEvilKitteh> (It's a thing that seemed to go well last encounter, so I figured we can use it here, too.)
  170. [00:30] <[Morgan]_> Ok.
  171. [00:30] <[Morgan]_> *(Ok)
  172. [00:30] <WhiteKnight> (Alrighty, gotcha.)
  173. [00:30] <WhiteKnight> !ex 11 v
  174. [00:30] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: [4, 1, 1, 1, 7, 10, 7, 9, 2, 6, 5]. Successes total: 5
  175. [00:31] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 5 vs 7 multi 4 v
  176. [00:31] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 5d:[2, 3, 7, 7, 8] = 3; 5d:[7, 4, 7, 7, 3] = 3; 5d:[3, 7, 1, 7, 6] = 2; 5d:[6, 8, 10, 7, 2] = 4.Total successes: 12
  177. [00:31] <DrEvilKitteh> (Holy shit.)
  178. [00:33] <[Morgan]_> !ex 11 v Quickly following her companion's lead, Morgan opens up with an Arcane Barrage!
  179. [00:33] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]_: [8, 2, 3, 8, 10, 5, 10, 3, 9, 1, 2]. Successes total: 7
  180. [00:34] <DrEvilKitteh> (R5, next time please wait for Ayako's turn to finish up. Which means me describing what happens to the zombies.)
  181. [00:34] <[Morgan]_> (For clarification, I had the base 8 and added the +1 from the Enchanted ability, then added the +2 we were told to add)
  182. [00:34] <[Morgan]_> (Shit, sorry)
  183. [00:34] <[Morgan]_> (That was rude of me.)
  184. [00:34] <DrEvilKitteh> All the zombies are hit by an arrow, but most seem to shrug it off. The one with the pistol, however, staggered and twitched as an arrow impacted it in the leg.
  185. [00:34] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alright, now which two are you targeting?)
  186. [00:36] <DrEvilKitteh> (Zombies 1 and 2 are pulling the cart, Zombies 3 and 4 are in the back, and 3 seems to be the most hurt.)
  187. [00:36] <DrEvilKitteh> (This is all directed at you, R5.)
  188. [00:38] * [Morgan]_ (~RecoveryF@Rizon-F60EB1C3.sub-97-46-66.myvzw.com) Quit (Ping timeout: 240 seconds)
  189. [00:38] <DrEvilKitteh> (Figures.)
  190. [00:40] <DrEvilKitteh> (Moving on.)
  191. [00:40] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 5 vs 7 multi 2 v
  192. [00:40] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 5d:[1, 5, 8, 4, 6] = 1; 5d:[8, 9, 10, 9, 3] = 5.Total successes: 6
  193. [00:40] * [Morgan]_ (~RecoveryF@Rizon-F60EB1C3.sub-97-46-66.myvzw.com) has joined #MGPnP
  194. [00:41] <DrEvilKitteh> (R5, PM's.)
  195. [00:41] <[Morgan]_> (3
  196. [00:42] <[Morgan]_> *(3 and 4.)
  197. [00:42] <[Morgan]_> (Let's bring the pain. Hopefully.)
  198. [00:42] <DrEvilKitteh> Both Zombies stagger, damaged by the bolts of energy, but not very much.
  199. [00:43] <DrEvilKitteh> (Evidence of why Mystic should get buffs right here...)
  200. [00:43] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alexa!)
  201. [00:43] <[Morgan]_> (Mm-hm)
  202. [00:44] <Jran-Kri> Alexa's staff flashes as she mimics morgan, twin red balls of light shooting out of the crystal ball at the same two creatures. [Arcane Barrage]
  203. [00:45] <Jran-Kri> !ex 11 v 7
  204. [00:45] <Zeneroller> Jran-Kri: [1, 2, 3, 2, 7, 3, 3, 6, 10, 8, 7]. Successes total: 5
  205. [00:45] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 5 vs 7 multi 2 v
  206. [00:45] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 5d:[3, 4, 1, 7, 5] = 1; 5d:[2, 3, 6, 7, 8] = 2.Total successes: 3
  207. [00:46] <DrEvilKitteh> The red balls of light streaked across the street and struck true, though like Morgan, they didn't deal very much damage.
  208. [00:46] <DrEvilKitteh> (Iris' turn.)
  209. [00:46] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 6 vs 7
  210. [00:46] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [7, 5, 8, 8, 6, 1]. Successes total: 3
  211. [00:46] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7
  212. [00:46] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [8, 7, 6, 1]. Successes total: 2
  213. [00:47] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris swung her warhammer and sprang through the air, quickly coming crashing down on the zombie with a gun. To its credit, it managed to start dodging, but she still managed to clip it on the shoulder.
  214. [00:47] <DrEvilKitteh> (Amelia!)
  215. [00:49] <Tangent> Amelia's lip curls in disgust, and she raises her sword. "EAT THIS!" She CHARGES, blue flames flaring up around the tiny girl as she streaks forward like a black-haired comet!
  216. [00:49] <Tangent> (cast flame on)
  217. [00:49] <Tangent> (Dash attack!)
  218. [00:50] <Tangent> !ex 6 vs 7
  219. [00:50] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [7, 9, 10, 3, 10, 3]. Successes total: 6
  220. [00:50] <DrEvilKitteh> (Nice.)
  221. [00:50] * Zene is now known as Zene|AFK
  222. [00:50] <DrEvilKitteh> (Which are you targeting? #3, too?)
  223. [00:51] <Tangent> (Sure)
  224. [00:51] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 5 vs 7
  225. [00:51] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [8, 4, 5, 3, 8]. Successes total: 2
  226. [00:52] <DrEvilKitteh> (Did you use the MAG 8 version?)
  227. [00:53] <Tangent> (mm)
  228. [00:55] <DrEvilKitteh> The gunner is left standing...barely. It lost an arm, though. And a good deal of its outer covering of flesh had been charred and burned away, revealing numerous gears furiously moving inside its body.
  229. [00:55] <DrEvilKitteh> (Rolling Zombies' Initiative first, then top of the round.)
  230. [00:55] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 5 vs 7 multi 3 v
  231. [00:55] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 5d:[8, 6, 1, 5, 1] = 1; 5d:[10, 3, 8, 6, 8] = 4; 5d:[9, 3, 5, 4, 4] = 1.Total successes: 6
  232. [00:56] <DrEvilKitteh> (...Er. Wait. Lemme do-over.)
  233. [00:56] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 5 vs 7
  234. [00:56] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [8, 6, 7, 8, 6]. Successes total: 3
  235. [00:56] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alright, Ayako's up first.)
  236. [01:03] <WhiteKnight> With extreme prejudice, Ayako targets the [gunner], channeling way more power than one goon deserves for a single shot! As she nocks an arrow, it courses with electricty before she looses it upon the gunner! [Hollow Point, Flash of Steel III]
  237. [01:03] <WhiteKnight> !ex 8 v
  238. [01:03] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: [5, 9, 2, 10, 5, 5, 1, 2]. Successes total: 3
  239. [01:03] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 2 vs 7
  240. [01:03] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [5, 6]. Successes total: 0
  241. [01:03] <DrEvilKitteh> (He dead.)
  242. [01:04] <[Morgan]_> (Deader than Optimus Prine)
  243. [01:04] <DrEvilKitteh> The gunner was pinned by the throat to the cart, remnants of the electricity within the arrow causing the gears to churn and spasm before it finally twitched and died.
  244. [01:04] <DrEvilKitteh> (Zombies' turns~)
  245. [01:05] <DrEvilKitteh> All three remaining Clockwork Zombies turn and walk towards Amelia to attack her.
  246. [01:05] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 7 vs 7 multi 3 v
  247. [01:05] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 7d:[2, 8, 7, 2, 4, 7, 3] = 3; 7d:[6, 3, 3, 10, 2, 6, 2] = 2; 7d:[1, 2, 3, 2, 10, 10, 5] = 4.Total successes: 9
  248. [01:05] <Tangent> (melee?)
  249. [01:06] <DrEvilKitteh> (Yep.)
  250. [01:07] <Tangent> !ex 11 vs 7
  251. [01:07] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [6, 7, 1, 6, 9, 7, 5, 10, 7, 2, 3]. Successes total: 6
  252. [01:07] <DrEvilKitteh> (Even Machete Guy at the end there stood no chance against Amelia.)
  253. [01:07] <DrEvilKitteh> (RP it out, they're all parried.)
  254. [01:07] <[Morgan]_> (Poor Zombie Danny Trejo)
  255. [01:10] <Tangent> "Getting..." Amelia deflects a blow, her glowing sword carving through metal and flesh with a shower of sparks and ash. "...really sick..." She snaps, battering aside another weapon and turning the movement into a slash. "-of these things!" The tiny girl ducks under the last zombie's sword and lunges in a stab, swordpoint first.
  256. [01:11] <DrEvilKitteh> (Morgan!)
  257. [01:12] <[Morgan]_> !ex 11 v Morgan follows up with a Magical Missile directed at Zombie 1! Here's hoping it works...
  258. [01:12] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]_: [6, 2, 7, 3, 8, 8, 10, 10, 4, 1, 1]. Successes total: 7
  259. [01:12] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7
  260. [01:12] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [3, 7, 3, 3]. Successes total: 1
  261. [01:12] <DrEvilKitteh> The zombie jerked at the magic bolt, but only a bit of skin had been torn away by the damage.
  262. [01:13] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alexa!)
  263. [01:14] <Jran-Kri> Alexa's staff glows again, a matching red glow suffusing around Amelia, lending strength to her sword! [Blessing of the Hero, 2 Mana: +1 offensive dice]
  264. [01:14] <DrEvilKitteh> (Iris!)
  265. [01:14] <Tangent> "Thanks!" Amelia calls.
  266. [01:15] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 8 vs 7
  267. [01:15] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [4, 8, 4, 2, 8, 6, 7, 3]. Successes total: 3
  268. [01:15] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 6 vs 7 multi 2 v
  269. [01:15] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 6d:[6, 3, 2, 4, 6, 10] = 2; 6d:[9, 1, 6, 8, 2, 4] = 2.Total successes: 4
  270. [01:15] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 5 vs 7
  271. [01:15] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [5, 3, 1, 8, 5]. Successes total: 1
  272. [01:17] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris whirled her warhammer about with expert precision and lashed out at all three zombies around, moving with a silent fury. The head crunched against the first two's bodies, damaging them somewhat, and crippled the third one (actually Zombie #4) with the machete by crumpling its leg with a single stroke.
  273. [01:17] <DrEvilKitteh> (Amelia!)
  274. [01:18] <Tangent> (melee attack against all targets?)
  275. [01:18] <DrEvilKitteh> (That was Iris' action, yes.)
  276. [01:19] <Tangent> (Is it -2 dice per additional target or 1?)
  277. [01:19] <flashdrive_> (-1)
  278. [01:20] <Tangent> !ex 11 vs 7
  279. [01:20] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [7, 5, 9, 9, 5, 5, 2, 3, 3, 9, 6]. Successes total: 4
  280. [01:20] <Tangent> !ex 10 vs 7
  281. [01:20] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [7, 7, 5, 5, 10, 7, 10, 1, 2, 1]. Successes total: 7
  282. [01:20] <Tangent> !ex 9 vs 7
  283. [01:20] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [10, 5, 6, 8, 1, 3, 3, 1, 3]. Successes total: 3
  284. [01:21] <Tangent> Amelia joins in Iris's attacks, whirling around in a slightly ridiculous looking- and clumsy- spin of her sword, trailing blue flames and red sparks in her wake. "Stupid things don't know when to just DIE!"
  285. [01:21] <DrEvilKitteh> (Oh, uh...I just kinda did it with "One attack, with -1 Dice for each additional enemy)
  286. [01:21] <Tangent> (...Imma derp)
  287. [01:22] <Tangent> (Misinterpreted wht you were rolling, just ignore the ones after the first roll then I guess?)
  288. [01:22] <DrEvilKitteh> (All-Out or something else?)
  289. [01:23] <Tangent> (Cutting?)
  290. [01:24] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alright. And still attacking them all, or just one?)
  291. [01:24] <Tangent> (All because why not)
  292. [01:25] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 5 vs 7 multi 2 v
  293. [01:25] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7
  294. [01:25] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 5d:[6, 6, 3, 8, 2] = 1; 5d:[8, 7, 8, 3, 1] = 3.Total successes: 4
  295. [01:25] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [10, 9, 10, 4]. Successes total: 5
  296. [01:25] <DrEvilKitteh> (Shit.)
  297. [01:26] <DrEvilKitteh> During said...ridiculous and clumsy spin, Amelia felt something bite into her cheek. The zombie with a machete had somehow managed to avoid the attack and strike at her in retaliation.
  298. [01:27] <Tangent> Amelia stumbles, feeling a jolt of pain...and accompanying heat as her magic...flares up in response to the injury. "Ah!" She glares at the offending zombie.
  299. [01:27] <Tangent> (How much damage?)
  300. [01:28] <DrEvilKitteh> (1 Wound.)
  301. [01:28] <DrEvilKitteh> (Ayako!)
  302. [01:28] <DrEvilKitteh> (Zombies #1 and #4 look the most damaged.)
  303. [01:29] <Tangent> She's almost more embarassed about screwing up than worried about getting hurt...especially since the gash across her face almost visibly starts to seal itself...with a puff of blue smoke.
  304. [01:29] <WhiteKnight> (Alright!)
  305. [01:31] <WhiteKnight> Ayako focuses on the lead and rear zombies, going for some kind of split trick-shot! (Presuming #1 and #4 are in front and back of the cart. [Hollow Point.])
  306. [01:32] <WhiteKnight> !ex 10 v
  307. [01:32] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: [3, 6, 8, 3, 6, 3, 1, 8, 5, 4]. Successes total: 2
  308. [01:32] <DrEvilKitteh> (...I'm so sorry.)
  309. [01:33] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 1 vs 7
  310. [01:33] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 2 vs 7
  311. [01:33] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [4]. Successes total: 0
  312. [01:33] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [8, 2]. Successes total: 1
  313. [01:33] <DrEvilKitteh> (Killed the first guy, wounded the second.)
  314. [01:34] <DrEvilKitteh> (Would you like to RP it out?)
  315. [01:34] <WhiteKnight> (Yeah, one sec)
  316. [01:35] <WhiteKnight> The ex-merc almost punches herself for being fancy - it cost her a kill as one of the arrows didn't land true. But the other stuck itself right in the first zombie, ceasing all its activity.
  317. [01:35] <DrEvilKitteh> (Zombies!)
  318. [01:38] <DrEvilKitteh> Zombie #2 goes for Amelia again, swinging its fist. Zombie #4's leg motors fucked up and turned it towards Iris, but it took the opportunity to try swinging its machete at her.
  319. [01:38] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 6 vs 7 (Attacking Amelia)
  320. [01:38] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7 (Attacking Iris)
  321. [01:38] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [1, 10, 5, 2, 3, 6]. Successes total: 2
  322. [01:38] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [4, 3, 9, 1]. Successes total: 1
  323. [01:39] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 7 vs 7 (Iris Defending)
  324. [01:39] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [1, 7, 7, 2, 7, 7, 9]. Successes total: 5
  325. [01:39] <Tangent> !ex 11 vs 7
  326. [01:39] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [7, 9, 4, 1, 1, 6, 10, 9, 6, 5, 9]. Successes total: 6
  327. [01:39] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris sidestepped the clumsy thrust and slugged the zombie in the face, breaking the jawbone off and denting its skull.
  328. [01:42] <Tangent> Amelia looks almost irritated as she stands her ground...her sword a flash of blue that intercepts the revenant's lunge and sears its flesh.
  329. [01:42] <DrEvilKitteh> (Morgan!)
  330. [01:43] <[Morgan]_> !ex 11 v Kicking herself for briefly forgetting her spells, Morgan took aim at Zombie 4 and fired a Water Jet in it's direction!
  331. [01:43] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]_: [6, 7, 8, 8, 3, 8, 5, 7, 4, 6, 3]. Successes total: 5
  332. [01:44] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 1 v "Fuck me"
  333. [01:44] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [3]. Successes total: 0
  334. [01:45] <Zeneroller> (Okay~)
  335. [01:45] <DrEvilKitteh> A jet of water, taken from nearby puddles and coalesced into a powerful stream, hit the machete zombie directly in the torso...and tore it apart. Its head went one way, arms two different ways, and its lower half collapsed to the street.
  336. [01:45] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alexa!)
  337. [01:46] <DrEvilKitteh> (1 Zombie Left.)
  338. [01:47] <Jran-Kri> Alexa launches another glob of bright red light at the remaining zombie! [Magic Missile]
  339. [01:47] <Jran-Kri> !ex 9 v 7
  340. [01:47] <Zeneroller> Jran-Kri: [2, 2, 6, 4, 4, 1, 8, 2, 6]. Successes total: 1
  341. [01:47] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 3 vs 7
  342. [01:47] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [9, 7, 5]. Successes total: 2
  343. [01:48] * [Morgan]_ (~RecoveryF@Rizon-F60EB1C3.sub-97-46-66.myvzw.com) Quit (Ping timeout: 240 seconds)
  344. [01:48] <DrEvilKitteh> The zombie tanks the hit, barely twitching from the impact.
  345. [01:48] <DrEvilKitteh> (Iris!)
  346. [01:48] * [Morgan] (~RecoveryF@Rizon-B7639E9.hsd1.nj.comcast.net) has joined #MGPnP
  347. [01:48] <[Morgan]> (There we go)
  348. [01:48] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 10 vs 7 (All Out)
  349. [01:48] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [2, 5, 9, 7, 8, 8, 4, 1, 8, 9]. Successes total: 6
  350. [01:48] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 5 vs 7
  351. [01:48] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [4, 3, 4, 8, 2]. Successes total: 1
  352. [01:50] <DrEvilKitteh> ...However, the bolt seemed to have distracted the zombie juuuust enough for Iris to step forward, swung her warhammer up spike-first, and gut it, the point of the hook piercing its core. The zombie twitched, spasmed, and slumped. Dead.
  353. [01:50] <DrEvilKitteh> (Combat over.)
  354. [01:51] <DrEvilKitteh> (All Mana is regained.)
  355. [01:52] <[Morgan]> Morgan landed briefly to give her wings a break. "That was definitely an experience." she decided, impressed by her new allies.
  356. [01:53] <Tangent> Amelia brushes some soot off her cheek. "Eh, we got it done..." She comments with a shrug, glancing around to her friends. "Hey, Iris, you okay?"
  357. [01:54] <Jran-Kri> "... Yes, well. Yes," Alexa clears her throat, lowering her staff. "Good job everyone."
  358. [01:54] <WhiteKnight> Ayako lands on a nearby roof, taking a momentary vigil. If reinforcements could be around, it never hurt to check.
  359. [01:55] <DrEvilKitteh> "Yes." Iris relaxed and let the last zombie's body fall to the street. She dismissed her warhammer and looked around at the others, then up at Ayako. "Did they see?" she called up to the bowgirl.
  360. [01:56] <DrEvilKitteh> From Ayako's vigil, she could see that while there was movement atop the tower, it didn't seem to be frantic or hurried; just normal, average pacing back and forth. And there were no other groups of Clockwork Zombies nearby, either.
  361. [01:56] <WhiteKnight> Ayako looks up to the tower, squinting, hoping that whatever moment she might pick out looked similar to how it was before. "Not sure. I'm checking."
  362. [01:56] <WhiteKnight> (gah!)
  363. [01:56] <DrEvilKitteh> (Nah, it's okay.)
  364. [01:56] <DrEvilKitteh> (I decided to give it to ya because Awareness and a good sightline directly to the tower.)
  365. [01:58] <WhiteKnight> Ayako's focus remains on the tower a few seconds more before she drops down to the others, her voice low. "Looks about the same. I don't think we've been spotted. Got a plan from here?"
  366. [01:58] <DrEvilKitteh> "Sneak clo-ser?" Iris suggested. "Try...to see...how many others...there are."
  367. [01:58] <Tangent> Amelia shrugs- her ideas tend to be fairly direct and to the point. Swordpoint, to be exact.
  368. [01:59] <Tangent> "I guess..."
  369. [01:59] <Jran-Kri> Alexa nods primly, adjusting her glass. A faint scowl darkens her face. "Reasonable."
  370. [02:00] <[Morgan]> "While that may be tempting fate, I indeed think moving in closer will work."
  371. [02:01] <Jran-Kri> "Not like we have much else to do," Alexa grouses sullenly. She turns her staff over in her hands, contemplating the crystal ball as if in distaste.
  372. [02:01] <WhiteKnight> "Maybe something will come up as we get closer. And if not... Well. We just go right through the front and bowl 'em over."
  373. [02:02] <Tangent> "Sounds good to me." Amelia cheers up slightly at the prospect.
  374. [02:02] <Jran-Kri> "It hasn't failed yet," Alexa says. Then she stops, narrowing her eyes into the crystal ball. Shaking her head, she nods again.
  375. [02:02] <Tangent> "Alexa?"
  376. [02:02] <[Morgan]> "Is something wrong, Alexa?" Morgan asked, noting the other girl's expression. She wasn't much for reading emotions, but she could obviously tell that she wasn't happy.
  377. [02:04] * Angels (~Prime@FD087D04:70CDAE78:45A37BD4:IP) has joined #MGPnP
  378. [02:04] <Jran-Kri> "... Nothing. It's nothing," Alexa shakes her head, then flicks it towards the tower. "Let's be off."
  379. [02:04] <WhiteKnight> Ayako narrows her eyews for a moment. And then shrugs, getting back into the thick of the group.
  380. [02:05] <DrEvilKitteh> "We will see." Iris stepped on the disembodied head of Zombie #1 (or was it #2...?) and crushed it into bent gears and splintered bone fragments. She started walking towards the tower--more specifically, the shadow of a nearby building--though she paused to look back at Alexa. When the bookworm dismissed things, she shrugged awkwardly and continued on, leading the way through shadows and alleys in the direction of the tower.
  381. [02:05] <[Morgan]> Morgan raised an eyebrow before turning her attention back to their mission. Whatever it was, hopefully it wouldn't be seriously crippling for Alexa.
  382. [02:07] <Tangent> Amelia frowns, but follows Iris, sword raised...though she looks to Alexa a few more times as they creep along.
  383. [02:08] <Jran-Kri> Alexa pads silently after the others, her leather boots barely making a sound. She stares ahead of them almost as intently as she stares at Iris' back
  384. [02:09] <Tangent> Amelia bites her lip, but looks ahead.
  385. [02:10] <DrEvilKitteh> (Perception rolls.)
  386. [02:10] <Jran-Kri> .d 1d20
  387. [02:10] <+Internets> :: Total 20 / 20 [100%] :: Results [20] ::
  388. [02:11] <[Morgan]_> .d 1d20
  389. [02:11] <+Internets> :: Total 14 / 20 [70%] :: Results [14] ::
  390. [02:11] <Tangent> .d 1d20
  391. [02:11] <+Internets> :: Total 4 / 20 [20%] :: Results [4] ::
  392. [02:11] <DrEvilKitteh> .d 1d20
  393. [02:11] <+Internets> :: Total 11 / 20 [55%] :: Results [11] ::
  394. [02:11] <WhiteKnight> .d 1d20+5
  395. [02:11] <+Internets> :: Total 25 / 25 [100%] :: Results [20] ::
  396. [02:11] <DrEvilKitteh> (Shiiiit. /Two/ 20's.)
  397. [02:12] <DrEvilKitteh> (Internets is a kind RNG.)
  398. [02:12] <[Morgan]_> (Heh.)
  399. [02:12] <[Morgan]_> (Berry niceu)
  400. [02:17] <[Morgan]_> (Bump)
  401. [02:19] <DrEvilKitteh> (R5, hush.)
  402. [02:19] <DrEvilKitteh> When the street leveled out, the five could see that the tower extended about 60 feet above the street.  Alexa, Ayako, and Morgan spotted brass-colored figures moving around at the top; the guards seemed to be some kind of clockwork automatons. Both Alexa and Ayako saw and heard two very important things. First, that there was...some sort of gap in the road. With the way the “hill” tilted, they could just make out the opposite...side? The tower came up from beyond the edge of the street on this side of the gap, and they could hear the distant sounds of movement, whirring, clanging... Basically, working. However, Ayako with her ever-keen eyes figured out something important by piecing together everything she noticed: This spot, where the tower poked up from and the sounds originated from, was a crater of sorts. It was as if a section of the Overcity had been torn up and moved elsewhere, had a sinkhole suddenly form beneath it, or...had...something, probably many somethings, dig it up.
  403. [02:20] <WhiteKnight> "... Whoa. That's kinda fucked up," Ayako mumbles as shie pieces it together.
  404. [02:20] <WhiteKnight> "... Whoa. That's kinda fucked up," Ayako mumbles as shie pieces it together.
  405. [02:22] <Tangent> "...Right. That's all got to go." Amelia says brightly. "Wonder if it burns?"
  406. [02:23] <[Morgan]_> "These armored creatures are of metal, so that answers one question." Morgan muttered, observing the guards patrolling the top. "And I suppose there's only one way to find out, is there not?"
  407. [02:23] <Jran-Kri> Alexa adjusts her glasses as she peers around Iris' head at the tower. On some level, it's somewhat impressive -- which is why she was so surprised when Ayako spoke. Nonetheless, she nods shortly despite a side-ways glance. "Yes, can't have any of it. Can't just build a tower in a street, no sir. Proper zoning laws and all."
  408. [02:23] <WhiteKnight> "This whole place... they've... well. No nicer way to put it. They mined the fuck out of it. And that's... a bit disturbing.
  409. [02:24] <WhiteKnight> What the hell could be under here...?"
  410. [02:24] <[Morgan]_> "Something terrible, undoubtably."
  411. [02:24] <Tangent> "Well, it's going to be rubble soon, soooooo...." Amelia shrugs, attention split between the tower, Alexa...and Iris.
  412. [02:24] <Jran-Kri> "... God in Heaven," Alexa mutters, looking back at the tower in shock. "Yes, ah -- Well. I'm sure we'll find out soon."
  413. [02:25] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris listened and stared, silver-white eyes glowing slightly. "...Sneak to the tower. Attack at the top. Make it quiet. Go down. Destroy them all."
  414. [02:27] <WhiteKnight> "Top to bottom. Got it." Ayako looks up to the top, growling at the audacity of these guys... and suddenly, grinning at her own.
  415. [02:28] <[Morgan]_> Morgan didn't need telling twice. She immediately rose a few feet into the air on her wings, preparing to attempt flight to the top while still being undetected. "They will know pain today." she declared, determined to purge the undead.
  416. [02:32] <Jran-Kri> "Yes. Well. As good a plan as any," Alexa adjusts her glasses again. At all this resoluteness, Alexa glancing around somewhat awkwardly. "Yes. Right. Kill them all, let God sort them out."
  417. [02:34] <Tangent> Amelia gives her a thumbs up, looking at her hopefully.
  418. [02:35] <DrEvilKitteh> (Now...how to roll for Stealth...)
  419. [02:35] <DrEvilKitteh> (LCK? LCK+AGI?)
  420. [02:36] <WhiteKnight> (I should be going to bed. How about I give you some time to work it out?)
  421. [02:36] <[Morgan]_> (As in the base stats or the combat roll stats?)
  422. [02:37] <DrEvilKitteh> (That can work, too. Gives me a couple hours tomorrow to think 'til 3-ish when we start it back up.)
  423. [02:37] <[Morgan]_> (Ok)
  424. [02:38] <WhiteKnight> (All in favor?)
  425. [02:38] <[Morgan]_> (Aye.)
  426. [02:38] <Tangent> (Sure)
  427. [02:39] <Jran-Kri> ((Works for me))
  428. [02:39] <[Morgan]_> (I'm tempted to say just do the 1d20 like with perception, but that'll either not work or probably be kinda broken)
  429. [02:39] <WhiteKnight> (Alrighty. Good night.)
  430. [02:40] <Jran-Kri> ((You'll figure it out. Goodnight!))
  431. [02:40] <[Morgan]_> (I'm going to bed too. Night, all)
  432.  
  433.  
  434. Second Day
  435.  
  436. [15:13] <DrEvilKitteh> (R5/Morgan, Jran, Tangent, WK, you lot all ready to go?)
  437. [15:13] <WhiteKnight> (HAI)
  438. [15:13] <[Morgan]> (Heaven or Hell, let's rock)
  439. [15:20] <Jran-Kri> ((Ready!))
  440. [15:20] <DrEvilKitteh> (Tangent's also ready.)
  441. [15:20] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alright, so for Stealth, I want you to roll combined AGI+LCK. Iris has 7 AGI and 5 LCK, so she would have 4 and 3 dice on each of those respectively, with a total of 7. And +2 base dice brings it to 9. I will be making individual spot checks for the guards.)
  442. [15:22] <WhiteKnight> !ex 13 v
  443. [15:22] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: [2, 2, 4, 7, 7, 7, 1, 7, 8, 7, 3, 2, 3]. Successes total: 6
  444. [15:22] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 9 v (Iris Stealth)
  445. [15:22] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [10, 6, 10, 6, 6, 3, 5, 3, 10]. Successes total: 6
  446. [15:23] <[Morgan]> !ex 10 v (Stealth
  447. [15:23] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]: [4, 3, 2, 3, 10, 4, 2, 10, 3, 8]. Successes total: 5
  448. [15:23] <Tangent> !ex 2 v (Amelia cannot into stealth)
  449. [15:23] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [5, 3]. Successes total: 0
  450. [15:24] <Jran-Kri> !ex 7 v 7
  451. [15:24] <Zeneroller> Jran-Kri: [5, 6, 2, 7, 5, 2, 6]. Successes total: 1
  452. [15:24] <DrEvilKitteh> (Dude, wut?)
  453. [15:25] <DrEvilKitteh> (Tangent, what the crap are Amelia's AGI and LCK scores? +2?)
  454. [15:27] <DrEvilKitteh> (If it's 4 and 4, then that would be 6 Dice you're rolling, man.)
  455. [15:28] <Jran-Kri> ((Oh hey that reminds me I forgot the +2 base dice.))
  456. [15:28] <Jran-Kri> !ex 2 v 7
  457. [15:28] <Zeneroller> Jran-Kri: [4, 2]. Successes total: 0
  458. [15:30] <DrEvilKitteh> (Whatever, I'm rolling for bad guys.)
  459. [15:31] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 v 7 multi 4 v
  460. [15:31] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 7 v 7
  461. [15:31] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 4d:[3, 10, 10, 7] = 5; 4d:[2, 8, 2, 5] = 1; 4d:[10, 6, 7, 10] = 5.Total successes: 11
  462. [15:31] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [8, 8, 2, 3, 5, 3, 3]. Successes total: 2
  463. [15:32] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 v 7
  464. [15:32] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [6, 2, 9, 3]. Successes total: 1
  465. [15:44] <Tangent> !ex 6 vs 7
  466. [15:44] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [5, 4, 8, 4, 4, 8]. Successes total: 2
  467. [15:44] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alright, there we go.)
  468. [15:45] <DrEvilKitteh> Morgan, Iris, and Ayako all managed to hide well enough as they approached the tower. Presumably, flying close to the tower or quickly scaling the side of it in such a way that allowed them to avoid detection. As for Amelia and Alexa, however...they were not so lucky. Some of the guards at the top noticed them as they attempted to ascend the tower, and consequently went to shoot at them.
  469. [15:45] <DrEvilKitteh> (Relative to the enemies: Morgan and Ayako are Far and flying, Iris is Close, Alexa and Amelia are Far. Enemies who are aware have a surprise round on Alexa and Amelia, and Morgan, Ayako, and Iris have a surprise round on them afterwords.)
  470. [15:46] <[Morgan]> (Ok.)
  471. [15:46] <WhiteKnight> (Got it)
  472. [15:49] <Jran-Kri> ((Ready when you are.))
  473. [15:49] <Tangent> (ready to die now~)
  474. [15:50] <DrEvilKitteh> Two short humanoids made from brass peaked over the battlements and clattered their metal jaws when they noticed Alexa and Amelia. Together, they lifted two weapons that resembled crossbows and opened fire with a rapid, automatic-like barrage of bolts.
  475. [15:50] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 7 v 7 multi 2 v (First attacking Alexa, second attacking Amelia.)
  476. [15:50] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 7d:[10, 10, 4, 2, 8, 7, 3] = 6; 7d:[4, 4, 8, 1, 3, 3, 5] = 1.Total successes: 7
  477. [15:50] <DrEvilKitteh> In addition to the humanoids was a large...clockwork bird of prey. It had been “preening” itself when it spotted Alexa out of the corner of its eye, and so gave a metallic squawk and hopped into the air. Gears churned as its wings flapped, then slashed at the air, sending several razor-sharp feathers streaking down at the girl.
  478. [15:50] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 9 v 7 (Attacking Alexa)
  479. [15:50] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [5, 10, 2, 5, 9, 10, 6, 8, 9]. Successes total: 7
  480. [15:50] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alexa should make two different defense rolls.)
  481. [15:51] <Tangent> (one sec pls, checking rules)
  482. [15:51] <Jran-Kri> ((These are all ranged attacks, yes?))
  483. [15:51] <DrEvilKitteh> (Yep.)
  484. [15:52] <[Morgan]> (The +2 counts for defense as well, right?)
  485. [15:52] <DrEvilKitteh> (Yes.)
  486. [15:52] <[Morgan]> (K, good)
  487. [15:53] <DrEvilKitteh> (But Morgan's not currently being attacked by anything.)
  488. [15:53] <Jran-Kri> !ex 6 multi 2 v Dodge, FP on both for 5/7
  489. [15:53] <Zeneroller> Jran-Kri: 6d:[3, 9, 8, 5, 4, 9] = 3; 6d:[9, 7, 6, 5, 8, 9] = 4.Total successes: 7
  490. [15:54] <[Morgan]> (I know, I'm just asking in advance)
  491. [15:55] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alright, so that would be 1 success each. The Soldier's Crossbow Barrage does 1 Wound per success, no Soak Pen. So Alexa loses a Soak from that. The Sentinel's (Bird) does Soak Pen 1, so you'd lose 2 Soak from that. 3 Soak total lost.)
  492. [15:57] <Tangent> "Hey!" Amelia screams. "Get away from her!" Flashes of half-remembered nightmares seem to dance through her thoughts, and her attention's on Alexa...mostly, as she prays her friend hasn't been hurt too badly.
  493. [15:57] <DrEvilKitteh> (Roll Amelia's Dodge too, mate.)
  494. [16:00] <Tangent> !ex 4 vs 7
  495. [16:00] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [7, 7, 9, 7]. Successes total: 4
  496. [16:01] <Tangent> (Too late to luck?)
  497. [16:01] <DrEvilKitteh> The bolts aimed at Amelia whizzed past her, however. Seems the clockwork humanoid had been a little too hasty when it attempted to shoot her.
  498. [16:01] <DrEvilKitteh> (Ayako, Iris, Morgan, roll Initiative.)
  499. [16:01] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 6 vs 7
  500. [16:01] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [10, 8, 5, 4, 3, 5]. Successes total: 3
  501. [16:02] <[Morgan]> !ex 7
  502. [16:02] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]: please make sure the dice pool size is specified correctly. Must be a number between 1 and 100.
  503. [16:02] <[Morgan]> !ex 7 v
  504. [16:02] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]: [7, 10, 1, 9, 4, 3, 5]. Successes total: 4
  505. [16:02] <WhiteKnight> !ex 9 v
  506. [16:02] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: [4, 3, 1, 3, 2, 2, 1, 8, 1]. Successes total: 1
  507. [16:04] <DrEvilKitteh> (For surprise round, Morgan/Iris/Ayako. There are 4 Clockwork Soldiers, the humanoids, and one Clockwork Sentinel, the bird of prey. 2 of the Soldiers and the Sentinel are aware of Amelia and Alexa, the other 2 are still unaware.)
  508. [16:05] <DrEvilKitteh> (Morgan!)
  509. [16:05] <[Morgan]> !ex 10 v Morgan takes aim at the Clockwork Sentinel, thinking that now is a good time for another Water Jet. Also, she hates birds.
  510. [16:05] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]: [2, 1, 10, 6, 3, 6, 1, 7, 8, 7]. Successes total: 5
  511. [16:06] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 7 v (Sentinel tank!)
  512. [16:06] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [4, 5, 1, 6, 3, 6, 4]. Botch!
  513. [16:06] <DrEvilKitteh> (/Wow/.)
  514. [16:06] <[Morgan]> (Kek?)
  515. [16:08] <DrEvilKitteh> The bird shrieked and tumbled from the highly unexpected blast of water, which sent it crashing into the side of the battlements. It flipped, spun, and slammed into the the floor on the top of the tower. It was still definitely alive, but very wet and irritated, judging by its harsh metal growls.
  516. [16:08] <DrEvilKitteh> (Iris!)
  517. [16:08] <WhiteKnight> (Niiice.)
  518. [16:08] <[Morgan]> (Can't something the Morgan)
  519. [16:09] <[Morgan]> (Borgan, mebeh)
  520. [16:09] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris sprang over the top of the battlements, going high into the air. Her warhammer materialized, and she descended towards the Sentinel with a vengeance. (All-Out)
  521. [16:10] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 10 vs 7 (FP, 4/5)
  522. [16:10] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [10, 8, 5, 5, 7, 10, 4, 7, 4, 7]. Successes total: 8
  523. [16:10] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 8 v Parry
  524. [16:10] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [10, 5, 6, 10, 4, 8, 7, 9]. Successes total: 7
  525. [16:12] <DrEvilKitteh> The Sentinel flapped its wings angrily and tried to slash at Iris with them, but she came too fast and too hard. The warhammer cracked onto the side of the oversized bass bird's head, sending it tumbling across the floor again. It was dazed and definitely injured by then, metal feathers bent and poking in weird directions as it attempted to regain its footing. Or clawing. Because birds have claws and talons instead of feet, y'know?
  526. [16:12] <DrEvilKitteh> (Ayako!)
  527. [16:13] <[Morgan]> (I almost feel sorry for that bird.)
  528. [16:13] <DrEvilKitteh> (You literally took away all its Soak, and Iris took it below half HP.)
  529. [16:13] <[Morgan]> (Wow. Poor winged sumbitch never stood a chance.)
  530. [16:14] <WhiteKnight> Ayako flies overhead, coursing lightning through her nocked arrow and taking aim at the damaged bird! If this one shot could finish it off...! (Hollow Point, Flash of Steel III, FP. FoS III: +1 soak pen, +1 wound if wounds are dealt, -2 on target's defense.  7/10 MP, 7/8 FP)
  531. [16:14] <WhiteKnight> !ex 10 v
  532. [16:14] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: [7, 1, 4, 4, 6, 9, 3, 6, 7, 3]. Successes total: 3
  533. [16:15] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 2 v Dodge
  534. [16:15] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [9, 9]. Successes total: 2
  535. [16:17] <DrEvilKitteh> The Sentinel's shrieks became unpleasant grinding, its body jittering after an arrow pierced its body. It definitely seemed to be on its last legs.
  536. [16:17] <DrEvilKitteh> (Amelia, Alexa, Initiative rolls for proper Init. Order. Clockwork baddies will roll as well.)
  537. [16:17] <Jran-Kri> !ex 6 v AGI
  538. [16:17] <Zeneroller> Jran-Kri: [10, 6, 2, 6, 10, 7]. Successes total: 5
  539. [16:18] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 5 v 7 multi 4 v (Soldiers)
  540. [16:18] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 v (Sentinel)
  541. [16:18] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 5d:[2, 3, 7, 10, 5] = 3; 5d:[5, 8, 10, 3, 10] = 5; 5d:[3, 10, 8, 2, 5] = 3; 5d:[10, 2, 8, 5, 4] = 3.Total successes: 14
  542. [16:18] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [8, 9, 5, 10]. Successes total: 4
  543. [16:18] <DrEvilKitteh> (...I'll just count that first one for all the soldiers, actually.)
  544. [16:19] <Tangent> !ex 4 v AGI
  545. [16:19] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [3, 9, 10, 5]. Successes total: 3
  546. [16:20] <DrEvilKitteh> (Initiative Order: Alexa/Morgan/Sentinel/Iris/Soldiers/Amelia/Ayako)
  547. [16:20] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alexa!)
  548. [16:20] <DrEvilKitteh> (You and Amelia are at Far.)
  549. [16:23] <Jran-Kri> Alexa, somewhat shaken by being shot at despite her cloak barely keeping it all back, is quite content to remain in place. She tries to keep a small profile as she once again suffuses Amelia with a bright red glow. [Blessings of the Hero, 2 Mana: +1 offensive dice]
  550. [16:23] <DrEvilKitteh> (Morgan!)
  551. [16:23] <Tangent> Amelia shakes her head, worried and angry. "Alexa, no, you're hurt!"
  552. [16:23] <[Morgan]> (initiative roll?)
  553. [16:24] <DrEvilKitteh> (No, you go next. Attack the fuckers.)
  554. [16:24] <[Morgan]> (Roger that)
  555. [16:24] <Tangent> "Focus on yourself!"
  556. [16:25] <[Morgan]> !ex 10 v "Time to finish you off!" Morgan yelled to the Sentinel, liking to think that the damnable creature understood what she was saying. She fired an Ice Barrage upon the creature, praying it would be enough to kill it.
  557. [16:25] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]: [1, 2, 9, 10, 6, 10, 9, 1, 7, 9]. Successes total: 8
  558. [16:27] <DrEvilKitteh> (Do you also wish to target two of the soldiers as well? You can target up to 3 without incurring dice penalties.)
  559. [16:27] <[Morgan]> Sure.
  560. [16:27] <[Morgan]> *(Sure.)
  561. [16:28] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 v 7 (Sentinel)
  562. [16:28] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [10, 1, 7, 7]. Successes total: 4
  563. [16:28] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 5 v 7 multi 2 v (Soldiers #1 and #2)
  564. [16:28] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 5d:[9, 2, 9, 5, 8] = 3; 5d:[6, 2, 1, 7, 2] = 1.Total successes: 4
  565. [16:31] <DrEvilKitteh> The clockwork bird has several shards of ice impale it directly through the head, wings, and body, pinning its now-limp body to the floor of the tower top. Two of the soldiers writhed when shards impacted their bodies, Pinning them in place.
  566. [16:31] <[Morgan]> ("Flock off, featherface.")
  567. [16:31] <DrEvilKitteh> (Sentinel is up next...! Except it's dead. Iris!)
  568. [16:32] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris, noting Morgan using ice magic as well, decided to go for the two pinned Soldiers with a flurry of rapid strikes. (All-Out)
  569. [16:33] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 9 v 7
  570. [16:33] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [6, 8, 9, 9, 6, 4, 6, 2, 10]. Successes total: 5
  571. [16:34] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 2 v Parry (#1)
  572. [16:34] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [7, 4]. Successes total: 1
  573. [16:34] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 1 v Parry (#2)
  574. [16:34] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [1]. Botch!
  575. [16:35] <DrEvilKitteh> With two swift blows, Iris' warhammer smashed through the chests of each Soldier, sending them to the ground in pieces.
  576. [16:35] <DrEvilKitteh> (Soldiers!)
  577. [16:36] <DrEvilKitteh> With only two remaining, they turn on Iris. The sound of grinding and whirring in their bodies intensified, becoming louder as they moved with rapid speed. Swords were drawn, and they darted at Iris. (Overclock Engaged.)
  578. [16:37] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 9 v 7 multi 2 v
  579. [16:37] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 9d:[8, 10, 8, 9, 10, 3, 6, 5, 7] = 8; 9d:[1, 6, 3, 5, 3, 3, 2, 8, 5] = 1.Total successes: 9
  580. [16:37] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 8 v 7 multi 2 v
  581. [16:37] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 8d:[7, 2, 2, 9, 7, 2, 5, 8] = 4; 8d:[2, 6, 9, 9, 7, 9, 6, 7] = 5.Total successes: 9
  582. [16:38] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris successfully parried one of the soldiers, kneeing it away, but the other slipped past her defenses and gave her a cut on the arm.
  583. [16:38] <DrEvilKitteh> (Amelia!)
  584. [16:38] <Tangent> Amelia's worried for Alexa...But it's Iris that needs her help right now! With a yell, she shoots out of cover, trailing flames as she darts right at the soldiers!
  585. [16:39] <Tangent> (Can dash attack be multitarget or not?)
  586. [16:39] <DrEvilKitteh> (Um...I don't think so.)
  587. [16:40] <Tangent> (Alright, she's Dash attack+FLAME ON for 1 Magic against the one that cut Iris.
  588. [16:40] <Tangent> !ex 6 vs 7
  589. [16:40] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [1, 1, 7, 6, 1, 4]. Successes total: 1
  590. [16:40] <Tangent> (kek)
  591. [16:41] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 8 v 7
  592. [16:41] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [7, 1, 9, 1, 7, 7, 7, 7]. Successes total: 6
  593. [16:41] <DrEvilKitteh> The Clockwork Soldier heard Amelia's shout and moved with surprising speed, sword slashing to deftly cut into an exposed spot on Amelia's body. (-1 Wound from Parry.)
  594. [16:42] <DrEvilKitteh> (Ayako!)
  595. [16:43] <Tangent> Amelia staggers, flames flickering as she feels a sudden, intense pain across her waist- if she'd rushed in at the wrong angle, she might have been bisected. As it is, she's just left with a gash and gasping for air.
  596. [16:43] <WhiteKnight> Still flying overhead, the merc takes aim at the powered up soldiers crowding around Iris! [Hollow Point, two targets.]
  597. [16:43] <WhiteKnight> !ex 10 multi 2 v 7
  598. [16:43] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: 10d:[7, 1, 1, 9, 4, 1, 3, 9, 6, 8] = 4; 10d:[7, 9, 3, 1, 3, 8, 9, 2, 1, 1] = 4.Total successes: 8
  599. [16:44] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 7 v 7 multi 2 v (Soldiers #3-4 Dodge!)
  600. [16:44] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 7d:[9, 6, 8, 10, 3, 6, 2] = 4; 7d:[4, 2, 2, 7, 8, 1, 9] = 3.Total successes: 7
  601. [16:45] <DrEvilKitteh> Soldier #3, which seemed to have the best-wound gears and springs at the current time as evidenced by how it hit Iris and Amelia, jerked when an arrow grazed its torso. The other Soldier staggered back, more affected from the shaft now poking out of its leg.
  602. [16:45] <DrEvilKitteh> (Top of the round. Alexa!)
  603. [16:48] <Jran-Kri> Alexa merely shakes her head as Amelia gets off -- before cringing as she's wounded. But it's merely a flesh wound, surely. Instead, the red glow suffuses around Amelia again, darker this time. [Blessings of the Hero, 4 Mana: +2 offensive dice]
  604. [16:49] <DrEvilKitteh> (Morgan!)
  605. [16:50] <[Morgan]_> !ex 10 v Seeing that Soldiers #3 and #4 are still operational, Morgan aims to fix that with a gust of Frost Breath.
  606. [16:50] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]_: [1, 7, 3, 2, 1, 9, 6, 10, 2, 8]. Successes total: 5
  607. [16:51] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 9 v 7 multi 2 v (Soldiers Resist!)
  608. [16:51] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 9d:[6, 7, 7, 2, 5, 4, 8, 7, 5] = 4; 9d:[2, 10, 1, 4, 7, 10, 3, 3, 7] = 6.Total successes: 10
  609. [16:52] <DrEvilKitteh> Soldier #3, maybe having been thrown off-balance by the arrow, now found that its foot was frozen to the rooftop. #4 had managed to avoided the worst of it, however.
  610. [16:52] <DrEvilKitteh> (Iris!)
  611. [16:53] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris focused on Soldier #3 with her next few brutal attacks, as it had been the one to wound both herself and Amelia. (All-Out.)
  612. [16:53] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 10 v 7 (Iris attack!)
  613. [16:53] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [6, 9, 8, 2, 7, 8, 9, 4, 2, 10]. Successes total: 7
  614. [16:53] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 8 v 7 (Soldier Parry!)
  615. [16:53] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [9, 2, 6, 1, 3, 6, 1, 1]. Successes total: 1
  616. [16:56] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris knocked the Soldier's sword away, slid beneath it's frantic punch, and swung her warhammer around to smash its frozen leg off. It was swept off its feet by the blow and feel back, right onto Iris' backswing. The hook on the back of her warhammer pierced the Soldier directly through the core, ending it instantly.
  617. [16:56] <DrEvilKitteh> Four down, one to go...
  618. [16:56] <DrEvilKitteh> (Soldiers!)
  619. [16:56] <DrEvilKitteh> (...Soldier, singular.)
  620. [16:57] <DrEvilKitteh> Still seeing Iris as the biggest thread, the last remaining Soldier readied its sword and attacked with a flurry of slashes.
  621. [16:57] <[Morgan]_> (Nice.)
  622. [16:57] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 9 v 7 (Soldier attack!)
  623. [16:57] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [6, 7, 2, 5, 7, 5, 7, 5, 3]. Successes total: 3
  624. [16:57] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 8 v 7 (Iris Parry!)
  625. [16:57] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [7, 2, 4, 6, 7, 2, 7, 7]. Successes total: 4
  626. [16:58] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris, however, had gotten a rhythm going. She locked the blade with her warhammer and lunged forward, headbutting the Soldier and denting its face, sending it staggering back a few paces.
  627. [16:58] <DrEvilKitteh> (Amelia!)
  628. [17:00] <Tangent> Amelia darts in, exploiting the opening her friend's left in the soldier's defenses!
  629. [17:00] <Tangent> She slashes!
  630. [17:01] <Tangent> !ex 10 vs 7
  631. [17:01] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [6, 6, 1, 8, 6, 10, 10, 1, 5, 9]. Successes total: 6
  632. [17:01] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 7 v (Soldier Parry!)
  633. [17:01] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [3, 6, 4, 10, 9, 1, 10]. Successes total: 5
  634. [17:01] <DrEvilKitteh> (What kind of attack, Cutting or All-Out?)
  635. [17:01] <Tangent> (Cutting)
  636. [17:02] <DrEvilKitteh> The Soldier staggered from the strike, a blackened gash now running up its side and to its "collarbone".
  637. [17:02] <DrEvilKitteh> (Ayako!)
  638. [17:03] <WhiteKnight> Ayako wastes no time taking another lightning-charged shot at the remaining Soldier! [Hollow Point, Flash of Steel III, 4/10 MP)
  639. [17:04] <WhiteKnight> !ex 10 v
  640. [17:04] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: [10, 2, 10, 10, 2, 3, 1, 7, 3, 3]. Successes total: 7
  641. [17:04] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 v 7 (Soldier Dodge!)
  642. [17:04] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [10, 10, 9, 1]. Successes total: 5
  643. [17:05] <DrEvilKitteh> The Soldier stumbled, and tried to regain its footing, barely managing to do so with an arrow sticking out of its body. It was still alive, if only just.
  644. [17:05] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alexa!)
  645. [17:12] <Jran-Kri> Alexa continues to pump Amelia full of energy! [Blessings of the Hero, 2 Mana: +1 offensive dice.]
  646. [17:13] <DrEvilKitteh> (Morgan!)
  647. [17:13] <Tangent> "Damnit, no! Alexa, heal yourself!" Amelia shakes her head.
  648. [17:14] <[Morgan]_> !ex 10 v Morgan activates a final Water Jet to finish off the Soldier. "May you find peace." she muttered for its sake.
  649. [17:14] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]_: [7, 3, 3, 7, 6, 7, 4, 9, 2, 4]. Successes total: 4
  650. [17:15] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 5 v (Soldier resist!)
  651. [17:15] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [9, 1, 10, 7, 6]. Successes total: 4
  652. [17:16] <DrEvilKitteh> The Soldier swung its sword and sidestepped, but the jet knocked the blade askew and crumpled its arm up. The Soldier stood, twitching, barely active, but still up.
  653. [17:16] <DrEvilKitteh> (Iris!)
  654. [17:16] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 10 v 7 (All-Out!)
  655. [17:16] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [3, 7, 9, 9, 1, 9, 6, 6, 2, 1]. Successes total: 4
  656. [17:16] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 5 v (Soldier Parry!)
  657. [17:16] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [6, 1, 1, 2, 1]. Botch!
  658. [17:17] <DrEvilKitteh> With extreme predjudice, Iris literally hammered the last Soldier into many, /many/ different pieces.
  659. [17:17] <DrEvilKitteh> And all was quiet.
  660. [17:17] <[Morgan]_> (Damn, Soldier 3 was a bit of a badass)
  661. [17:17] <DrEvilKitteh> (Combat End.)
  662. [17:17] <DrEvilKitteh> (All Mana and Soak is regained.)
  663. [17:19] <DrEvilKitteh> (For reference, I envisioned the Soldiers being about 5' tall and looking roughly like this: http://imgur.com/tqQdstc )
  664. [17:19] <Jran-Kri> As the fighting grinds to a halt, Alexa begins to clamber on up the tower, hopping along small stepping-stone like barriers. Hooking her staff into her elbow, she claps her hands once. "W-well! Ah. Good show, everyone."
  665. [17:19] <[Morgan]_> Morgan touched down on the rooftop, victory stretching as she looked upon everyone's handiwork.
  666. [17:19] <Tangent> Amelia frowns, letting her sword drop...then storms over to Alexa as soon as she's close enough. "Alexa...Are you hurt?" She asks, bluntly.
  667. [17:20] <WhiteKnight> Ayako lands upon the roof, inspecting the scraps of the Sentinel and Soldiers. How bizarre that the larger, tougher machine was designed like a bird of prey than a humanoid. "Hmm... Iris, you've fought these things before, right? What can you tell me about the big, bird-looking one? Or... Well, one of your friends, when they're a bit less preoccupied."
  668. [17:21] <Jran-Kri> "N-no," Alexa shakes her head, tugging at the remains of her red mantle. Due to its colour, it's hard to tell, but she doesn't appear to be breathing. Her staff comes up as a red glow settles around Amelia's wound, putting it back together. "You are, though."
  669. [17:23] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris dismissed her warhammer and and inspected the cut on her arm. It was mostly superficial, and only stung a little bit. She relaxed for now and glanced over at Ayako. "I...do not...know. I...only saw them...before. The...mm...'Zom-bies' were the only ones...I have fought." A few seconds after saying that, she straightened and turned to walk over to the tower's battlements, looking over the edge and down into the "crater" Ayako had noticed. Silently, without looking away, she beckoned to the others to join her.
  670. [17:25] <[Morgan]_> Morgan walked over in curiosity. "What is it?" she asked, interested to see what was over the edge.
  671. [17:26] <WhiteKnight> "I see," Ayako says with a nod. "Thanks anyway." She considers inspecting the pieces, but decides to look where Iris is looking.
  672. [17:28] <Jran-Kri> Amelia taken care of, Alexa pads over to Iris. After a moment's hesitation, she heals her superficial wound, then peers over the edge.
  673. [17:28] <Tangent> "Ah, just a scrat..." Amelia shrugs. "Thanks, anyway..."
  674. [17:28] <Tangent> "Urgh. When I said I was sick of zombies, I didn't mean throw weirder things at me..." Amelia grumbles to no one in particular.
  675. [17:30] <DrEvilKitteh> Now that the combat was over, the five could see what was on the other side of the castle-like tower. The “crater” in the Overcity, with sheer edges, was roughly circular and about a kilometer wide. The floor of the crater was about 200, 250 feet down. Additionally, they could see that the tower was but one part of a larger facility. Halfway down the cliffside, the tower emerged from an industrial-looking structure, from which steam and smoke issued. It had two big gates on it for workers to go in and out, on the front and left (if you were facing the facility from the front) side.
  676. [17:30] <DrEvilKitteh> Oh yes, and there were workers. On the floor of the crater, which was almost completely worn flat, many Clockwork Zombies moved about with wheelbarrows. They went back and forth from numerous holes in the “walls” of the crater, which were presumably where they were digging down into the earth--if one could call the ground of the Overcity “earth”--to the facility and back again. Going out of the holes, the Zombies had wheelbarrows full of dirt, rock, metal, and the like. When they emerged from the facility, the wheelbarrows were empty, probably after they'd dumped what had been in them. From the holes, the sounds picks and some power tools like jackhammers could be heard, even at this height; the crater was good at conducting sounds and making them into echos, evidently.
  677. [17:31] <DrEvilKitteh> “...Mining site,” Iris said softly after a short silence. Her eyes glowed softly again. “Roughly twenty to thirty 'Zombies' acting as workers. Eight metal men acting as guards for the workers near the mining holes alone. More likely inside the base. They /are/ digging for something here.”
  678. [17:32] <Tangent> Amelia's face wrinkles in disgust at the foul sight. "Urgh." She says eloquently. "We can take a few zombies..."
  679. [17:32] <Jran-Kri> "Good heavens," Alexa adjusts her glasses, watching them in fascination. "But what could possibly be underneath a city?"
  680. [17:32] <[Morgan]_> "Well, that's comforting..." Morgan remarked sarcastically. "They're growing more intelligent."
  681. [17:33] <Tangent> "Dunno, but I think we're better off if they don't find out...Just a hunch."
  682. [17:34] <Jran-Kri> "... Well, if we're going to stop them, we might as well know what it is we're stopping," Alexa points out, waggling a finger.
  683. [17:34] <WhiteKnight> "Damn..." Ayako mumbles. "Now that's tenacity. Unearthing part of a city..."
  684. [17:35] <DrEvilKitteh> "No," Iris directed at Morgan. "They are practically mindless. They...are directed by something or someone else. The metal men and bird were smarter, however."
  685. [17:36] <[Morgan]_> "Shall we take bets on who is behind all of this?" Morgan asked Iris, looking away from the zombies. "I bet on ancient eldritch horrors."
  686. [17:36] <Tangent> "My bet's on 'on fire'."
  687. [17:37] <Tangent> Amelia scowls. "Whatever's killing people for zombies, doing all this...It needs to go."
  688. [17:37] <DrEvilKitteh> (Oh, forgot to say: The width of the tower is about 25-30 feet. Not the most important thing, but good for details.)
  689. [17:38] <DrEvilKitteh> (Also, we will be stopping in ~15-20 minutes for Tangent. And then maybe doing a bit more when he gets back around 9-ish, though not for long since WK needs to get off at a reasonable time tonight.)
  690. [17:39] <[Morgan]_> (Ok)
  691. [17:40] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris shrugged awkwardly at Morgan. "...I do not know." Her eyes ceased glowing. "Re-gard-less, they...must still die."
  692. [17:40] <[Morgan]_> "You are not even wrong."
  693. [17:42] <Jran-Kri> "Right. Right, of course," Alexa agrees primly. She perks up on her toes, reciting quietly as she continues to stare down at the worker ants. "'He will requite my enemies with evil, in thy faithfulness put an end to them...'"
  694. [17:43] <WhiteKnight> Ayako seems a bit more interested in the mining itself. She hums. "No doubt, this needs to be stopped. But, man, looks and sounds like quite a lot of activity down there..."
  695. [17:45] <[Morgan]_> "Whatever they are looking for, they are truly beyond desperate to find it." Morgan agreed, peering a little closer at what was happening below. "We should probably act soon."
  696. [17:45] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris turned and stalked over to the door on the floor of the towertop. It was wooden, a couple meters wide. She stomped on it, breaking the lock on the outside, and quickly bent down to flip the door up and open. Stairs led down into a dimly-lit room below, but no clockwork enemies seemed to be right down there at that time. "Shall we go?" she asked of the group at large.
  697. [17:46] <Tangent> "Right there with you!" Amelia raises her sword, glancing to Alexa.
  698. [17:46] <WhiteKnight> "The sooner, the better," Ayako replies, placing herself near the door.
  699. [17:46] <Jran-Kri> "O-of course," Alexa bobs her head, her mantle swishing as she turns around to stalk after Iris.
  700. [17:47] <[Morgan]_> Morgan's eyes narrowed suspiciously at the room's lighting, but she scurried along regardless. As long as they were together, they would be fine.
  701. [17:48] <DrEvilKitteh> (Pause for now, since Tangent must go. We can reconveine in a few hours, hopefully.)
  702. [17:49] <Jran-Kri> ((Wonderful. Bye for now.))
  703. [17:49] <[Morgan]_> (Alright)
  704. [17:49] <WhiteKnight> (Until then.)
  705.  
  706.  
  707. [21:27] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alright, Jran, Tangent, R5, WK, you all here~?)
  708. [21:27] <WhiteKnight> (Ready!)
  709. [21:27] <Jran-Kri> ((Red-One, standing by!)
  710. [21:27] <Tangent> (Blue one standing by)
  711. [21:27] <[Morgan]> (Ready to pound some heads)
  712. [21:28] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris nodded and summoned her warhammer again as she descended first into the tower. Upon reaching the bottom of the stairs, she paused and held out a hand, conjuring a few cloaks. “...Here.” She held two of them out to Amelia and Alexa, and one to Morgan. She kept a fourth for herself and easily swung it over herself, and upon doing so, the others would see that the cloak's surface changed and altered to allow it to better camouflage itself against the background. As for Ayako, Iris hesitated and looked sheepish. “Those...were...the only ones. Sorry.”
  713. [21:28] <DrEvilKitteh> (Camo Cloaks. +2 Dice to Stealth checks~)
  714. [21:29] <WhiteKnight> The lighting girl shrugs, cracking a smile. "It's alright," she whispers. "You guys probably need 'em more."
  715. [21:29] <Tangent> Amelia blinks. "...Thanks, Iris." She's not sure sneaking around'll help...but she's not going to turn down Iris's help.
  716. [21:30] <Jran-Kri> "... Oh my," Alexa says, quite impressed. She takes the cloak gratefully, wrapping it around herself. "Neat trick," she says, resolutely unimpressed.
  717. [21:30] <[Morgan]> Morgan took a cloak, feeling the cloth in her hands. Deeming it adequate for use, she put it on. "My thanks." she responded to Iris.
  718. [21:31] <Tangent> Amelia glances at her arm as she slips in on and off herself. "Hey, invisibility cloaks..." She comments, remembering a...book? Film? She'd once seen... "Neat!"
  719. [21:32] <[Morgan]> She put the hood of the cloak over her head, smiling a little as a memory or two came back to her. "Yes, these will be sufficient for our mission." Morgan said with satisfaction.
  720. [21:33] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris nodded and spun her warhammer around once, feeling a little antsy, and turned to make her way down the tower. They could use the elevator, but Iris opted against it, as that would probably lead them directly into the middle of a bunch of enemies.
  721. [21:36] <DrEvilKitteh> It was on the fourth floor down when they first saw something new. A little brass automaton about nine inches tall, with several legs and photoreceptors on three antennae, scurried across the hall in front of them. The lighting was still dim, but from what they saw, it hadn't looked at them at all.
  722. [21:39] <WhiteKnight> Ayako squints at the tiny machine. She looks over to Iris and whispers "Should I hit it?"
  723. [21:42] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris had paused and crouched near a doorway upon seeing it. "...Maybe." There was the sound of more tiny metal legs skittering across the stone floor that echoed through the hall, indicating more of the small clockwork critters. "Shoot one...if...you see another. We will see...how they react."
  724. [21:44] <WhiteKnight> "Gotcha," the ex-merc answers, attentively listening for any further disturbances. Something about all that skittering didn't sit right with her...
  725. [21:46] <Tangent> "Hey, Iris, where'd you get these anyway?" Amelia murmurs, eyes darting around and hand on her sword.
  726. [21:46] <[Morgan]> "Careful. There might be a whole hive of them." Morgan whispered quietly, eyeing the machine warily despite its size. "We don't want to be overrun, unlikely as that possibility is."
  727. [21:47] <DrEvilKitteh> Slowly, Iris started moving again, still hunkered down in a crouch. "Stole them," she whispered back at Amelia. "From...Bad. Er...from...enemies on...my world." Morgan's words caused her to nod. "Yes. We must...be cautious."
  728. [21:48] <Tangent> "Hey...They were bad guys, so it's not stealing..." Amelia rationalizes. "...Right." She thinks they could still take them, but if Iris wants to be careful...
  729. [21:49] <Jran-Kri> Alexa grumbles under her breath at all of this, but it would be rather hypocritical of her to voice her thoughts aloud given that she'd hiding beneath the cloak. "Yes. Well. No rush.”
  730. [21:53] <DrEvilKitteh> They got down another floor before seeing a second of the little machines. It was slightly different in shape from the first, but it was similar enough. In more detail, the catflap--or a clockwork equivalent--of a door behind them opened to allow the critter to skitter out. Would Ayako take the shot...?
  731. [21:55] <WhiteKnight> The merc shakes her head. No. "Not even sure if it saw us... or even cared. Probably just a caretaker bot, too much risk of drawing attention by breaking it," she reasons.
  732. [21:56] <Tangent> Amelia frowns. "Sooner or later, they're going to notice us..." She comments.
  733. [21:57] <Tangent> Or at least a shimmering, short, vaguely Amelia shaped blob blending into the gloom comments.
  734. [21:57] <[Morgan]> "Perhaps. Let us pray our luck holds out."
  735. [21:57] <WhiteKnight> "Better later than sooner, then," Ayako responds curtly.
  736. [21:58] <Tangent> "I dunno...might be better just to deal with it." Amelia shrugs, the cloak rippling.
  737. [21:58] <Tangent> "Is it clear?"
  738. [21:59] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris beckoned and started off again, walking to another set of stairs to go down once more. "Clear."  
  739. [22:01] <Jran-Kri> Alexa continues to plod silently after Iris, keeping towards the back of the group.
  740. [22:01] <DrEvilKitteh> (Stealth checks.)
  741. [22:01] <[Morgan]> Morgan gripped her stave tighter from under her cloak, her breathing controlled, calm, and (most importantly) almost silent. They were getting closer now, that much was obvious. All that remained was the question of if they would be spotted.
  742. [22:01] <DrEvilKitteh> (Remember, everyone gets +2 except for Ayako.)
  743. [22:02] <Tangent> !ex 8 vs 7
  744. [22:02] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [6, 6, 2, 5, 1, 2, 10, 8]. Successes total: 3
  745. [22:02] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 11 v (Iris Sneak!)
  746. [22:02] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [1, 9, 4, 3, 6, 10, 10, 7, 7, 8, 10]. Successes total: 10
  747. [22:02] <[Morgan]> !ex 12 v (Stealth)
  748. [22:02] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]: [3, 10, 10, 6, 5, 2, 10, 9, 5, 2, 2, 7]. Successes total: 8
  749. [22:02] <WhiteKnight> !ex 13 v (stealth!)
  750. [22:02] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: [8, 10, 1, 3, 4, 10, 8, 4, 5, 10, 7, 10, 4]. Successes total: 11
  751. [22:02] <DrEvilKitteh> (Holy fawk.)
  752. [22:02] <Tangent> Amelia's foot catches on the too-large cloak...and she stumbles, nearly pulling it off her completely.
  753. [22:03] <Jran-Kri> !ex 9 v 7
  754. [22:03] <Zeneroller> Jran-Kri: [7, 3, 2, 8, 1, 5, 8, 10, 8]. Successes total: 6
  755. [22:04] <[Morgan]> Morgan looked behind her in alarm, seeing what had happened. She quickly tried to help as best as she could, mentally cursing as she did so.
  756. [22:04] <Tangent> "Sorry!" Amelia hisses, bright red with embarassment under her cloak...and mercifully invisible.
  757. [22:05] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 6 v 7 multi 3 v (Spot/Hearing!)
  758. [22:05] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 6d:[5, 7, 7, 10, 1, 10] = 6; 6d:[8, 1, 6, 4, 9, 5] = 2; 6d:[3, 6, 2, 5, 10, 1] = 2.Total successes: 10
  759. [22:05] <[Morgan]> "It is fine." Morgan assured her. "Just be more careful."
  760. [22:09] <DrEvilKitteh> Most of the way down, just a couple floors above the point where the tower and the facility joined properly, things...seemed to go silent after Amelia messed up.
  761. [22:09] <DrEvilKitteh> Then some familiar metallic skittering started to come closer...along with quick, metal footfalls. A couple of the small, familiar automatons appeared around a corner up ahead, one looking around in what could be curiosity, the other darting back glances at something behind it with its photoreceptors. The whirring and footsteps of something bigger walking near came from around the corner, heralding a lone, investigating Soldier.
  762. [22:10] <Tangent> "...Uh oh." Amelia gulps. "...I think it saw me..."
  763. [22:11] <Tangent> She's more embarassed than anything.
  764. [22:15] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris quickly scooted back and hugged Amelia close, pulling her more into a doorway to give them a /little/ bit more cover. Hopefully having two camo cloaks would help...
  765. [22:15] <DrEvilKitteh> (Tangent, roll Stealth again.)
  766. [22:16] <Tangent> !ex 8 vs 7
  767. [22:16] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [6, 9, 3, 8, 5, 10, 4, 5]. Successes total: 4
  768. [22:16] <Tangent> Amelia stops breathing for a moment, holding her breath and going still.
  769. [22:17] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 11 v (Iris assist!)
  770. [22:17] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [9, 6, 1, 9, 2, 3, 10, 8, 1, 5, 6]. Successes total: 5
  771. [22:17] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 6 v 7 (Soldier Spot!)
  772. [22:17] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [9, 3, 3, 4, 2, 10]. Successes total: 3
  773. [22:21] <DrEvilKitteh> The Soldier appeared and looked around, short sword in hand and photoreceptors burning orange-ish. Its "mouth" gnashed a few times, giving the appearance that it was annoyed by something. Then, there was...well, no other way to put it aside from /frantic/ skittering coming from the other end of the hallway. A third smaller bot had appeared and was practically screaming as it raced down the corridor to the Soldier, holding a device at least twice its size in two of its manipulator limbs above its head. The Soldier stepped back, then sheathed the sword and followed after the third tiny automaton as it went back in the direction the Soldier had come from. Maybe from where it had been patroling, or...guarding?
  774. [22:21] <DrEvilKitteh> (What do~?)
  775. [22:22] <[Morgan]> (Follow him?)
  776. [22:22] <Tangent> "Follow it?" Amelia whispers to Iris. She's trying to concentrate- focus, Amelia- just inches away from the much taller girl.
  777. [22:23] <DrEvilKitteh> (Talk about it IC, mate.)
  778. [22:23] <Jran-Kri> Alexa nods before remembering that this gesture was almost impossible to see. "Y-yes, we should follow it," she agrees.
  779. [22:23] <[Morgan]> "Following it could get us somewhere." Morgan mumbled, relieved that they hadn't been seen.
  780. [22:24] <WhiteKnight> Ayako swallows, eyes hardening. "That's an idea. But be ready to strike if we happen to get lead into an ambush."
  781. [22:24] <Tangent> *pressed against the much taller
  782. [22:28] <DrEvilKitteh> "Some could...stay back? Or...some could...keep going down?" Iris suggested in a whisper.
  783. [22:29] <Tangent> "I'll go." Amelia volunteers quickly. "If there's trouble waiting for us, I'll deal with it."
  784. [22:29] <[Morgan]> "Same." Morgan offered, looking quite determined.
  785. [22:29] <Jran-Kri> "I-I'm coming with!" Alexa insists. She'd stomp her foot if she weren't trying to keep quiet.
  786. [22:30] <WhiteKnight> "Splitting up is never a good idea if you can't communicate," Ayako growls. "So I'm going."
  787. [22:32] <Tangent> Amelia shakes her head equally intently. "No, Alexa...Don't...if something goes wrong..."
  788. [22:33] <Jran-Kri> "I'll be there to put you back together," Alexa points out, her tone brooking no argument.
  789. [22:33] <DrEvilKitteh> "Okay." Iris nodded and released Amelia from the hug to start following after the Soldier, skulking in the shadows to provide maximum concealment for herself. She'd wait at the next corner if the others were still arguing, though.
  790. [22:34] <[Morgan]> "That is a valid point." Morgan chimed in, noticing Iris already on the move. "Well...let us go, in that case. We have no time to lose. Possibly."
  791. [22:35] <Tangent> Amelia frowns...but nods. Alexa's one of the few people she won't get in a blazing argument with...and besides, the Soldier won't stay gone forever. She nods curtly, the gesture invisible, and follows Iris quickly. She can be ahead of Alexa, at least.
  792. [22:35] <[Morgan]> With that, she trailed after the leader of the group.
  793. [22:35] <Tangent> If anyone gets attacked first, it won't be her best friend.
  794. [22:36] <WhiteKnight> Ayako hurries along, hiding her disdain. As the only uncloaked member of the party, however, she happens to lag behind, hoping it will make her less likely to be seen.
  795. [22:36] <Jran-Kri> Alexa has no trouble sticking close behind Amelia -- she has no illusions as to her own durability. It's a grim fact.
  796. [22:37] <DrEvilKitteh> (Perception checks~)
  797. [22:37] <DrEvilKitteh> .d 1d20
  798. [22:37] <+Internets> :: Total 5 / 20 [25%] :: Results [5] ::
  799. [22:37] <[Morgan]> .d 1d20
  800. [22:37] <+Internets> :: Total 5 / 20 [25%] :: Results [5] ::
  801. [22:37] <Jran-Kri> .d 1d20
  802. [22:37] <+Internets> :: Total 18 / 20 [90%] :: Results [18] ::
  803. [22:37] <Tangent> .d 1d20
  804. [22:37] <+Internets> :: Total 7 / 20 [35%] :: Results [7] ::
  805. [22:37] <WhiteKnight> .d 1d20+5
  806. [22:37] <+Internets> :: Total 11 / 25 [44%] :: Results [6] ::
  807. [22:38] <[Morgan]> (Kek)
  808. [22:39] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alexa's the lucky one, then.)
  809. [22:39] <Jran-Kri> ((See, this is why she wears glasses.))
  810. [22:39] <[Morgan]> (MY BRAND)
  811. [22:43] <DrEvilKitteh> Everyone could hear a tinny voice being projected from...something. Or at least they thought it was a voice. Those were words, right? Albeit coming from an old-timey sounding device.
  812. [22:43] <DrEvilKitteh> Alexa, however, due to a good ear or just being in the right spot for the echos to reach her, heard a few faint words...
  813. [22:43] <DrEvilKitteh> “...-bratory set-...oh yes, an-...... -clad..... No no, not like that!...”
  814. [22:44] <Jran-Kri> Alexa cocks her head to one side, blinking owlishly. She looks around for the source. "... 'Laboratory set?'" She echoes confusedly. "I had one of those as a kid."
  815. [22:46] <Tangent> "Huh? Wait...like a mad scientist?"
  816. [22:46] <[Morgan]> "That...seemingly makes no sense." Morgan said, who (to be fair) had no idea what a laboratory set was. "And what is a mad scientist?"
  817. [22:47] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris furrowed her brow and continued to creep closer to the source of the voice in order to hear it better. She glanced over her shoulder back at Alexa--or rather, the blurry form of Alexa--and tilted her head at that. Mentally, she shrugged, and turned to continue on once more.
  818. [22:47] <Jran-Kri> "W-well, n-no, i-it was j-just a silly ch-chemistry set," Alexa defends, audibly blushing. "N-nevermind. I-it just sounds l-like someone was... talking about one."
  819. [22:48] <Tangent> "...No, I mean...Right...Never mind." Amelia mumbles. "That's weird...but if someone's talking, we should go see what they have to say for themselves..."
  820. [22:49] <Tangent> "Or what they're talking to..."
  821. [22:49] <WhiteKnight> "... Well, usually scientists are the ones that work with chemistry sets... Firebrand over there might not be far off." Ayako shrugs. "Eavesdropping sometimes raises more questions than answers. But it's a net gain either way, heh..."
  822. [22:49] <DrEvilKitteh> (Everyone roll Stealth again~)
  823. [22:49] <Jran-Kri> "A-ah yes, q-quite. I suppose there's got to be someone in charge of all these robots," Alexa bobs her head.
  824. [22:49] <Jran-Kri> !ex 9 v 7
  825. [22:49] <Zeneroller> Jran-Kri: [7, 4, 2, 10, 4, 8, 10, 5, 9]. Successes total: 7
  826. [22:49] <[Morgan]> !ex 12 v
  827. [22:49] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]: [2, 10, 10, 9, 3, 6, 8, 10, 7, 9, 3, 5]. Successes total: 10
  828. [22:50] <Tangent> !ex 8 vs 7
  829. [22:50] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [8, 1, 7, 2, 1, 1, 8, 9]. Successes total: 4
  830. [22:50] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 11 v 7 (Iris Stealth!)
  831. [22:50] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [1, 6, 1, 3, 5, 3, 3, 3, 2, 3, 2]. Botch!
  832. [22:50] <DrEvilKitteh> (...The fuck, Zeneroller.)
  833. [22:50] <DrEvilKitteh> (I thought we were cool or something.)
  834. [22:50] <WhiteKnight> !ex 13 v
  835. [22:50] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: [9, 7, 5, 1, 9, 6, 8, 4, 5, 3, 1, 2, 6]. Successes total: 4
  836. [22:50] <[Morgan]> (That ain't Zeneroller. That's just Dio)
  837. [22:51] <WhiteKnight> (Z-roller giveth and taketh)
  838. [22:51] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 6 v 7 multi 3 v (Soldiers' Three Spot!)
  839. [22:51] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 6d:[3, 7, 8, 6, 7, 2] = 3; 6d:[7, 5, 3, 2, 10, 6] = 3; 6d:[5, 10, 7, 4, 1, 2] = 3.Total successes: 9
  840. [22:51] <DrEvilKitteh> (...Wow.)
  841. [22:53] <[Morgan]> (Oh, boy)
  842. [23:04] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris and co. crept closer, eventually coming to an intersection. The voice came from the right, and all of them could hear it now. “Ahhh, yes, that's /much/ better.” It was hard to tell, but it sounded like the voice was accented somewhat. Foreign. European, maybe?
  843. [23:04] <DrEvilKitteh> The ice girl went first and inches out of the rounded bend in the hallway. Gas lamps hung from the walls on either side of a big set of thick wooden doors, iron bars going across them for reinforcement. She could hear movement inside the room, evidently a couple Soldiers that were moving stuff within. Another Soldier stood guard outside the room, roughly halfway between where she was and the doors themselves. She couldn't see the source of the voice, however, so she tried to take another step forward to get a better look...
  844. [23:04] <DrEvilKitteh> “Now. /Assuming/ the traffic en route isn't /too/ horrible, I should be there within-”
  845. [23:04] <DrEvilKitteh> And Iris stepped on a small automaton. It crunched underfoot and she felt a small jolt from where she crushed the Core. She overreacted and somehow slipped on the metal critter's pieces, tipping forward with her hands snapping down to just barely keep keep her face from hitting the floor. Oh, and her camo cloak vanished, too.
  846. [23:04] <DrEvilKitteh> Well, on the /plus/ side, she saw where the voice was coming from: The tiny worker automaton holding the weird device above itself whirled to face her. The device looked like the horn part of a record player, albeit smaller and with a lens below the flared part, which whirred and adjusted to focus on her. In unison, the three Soldiers drew their swords and looked down at the prone Iris.
  847. [23:04] <DrEvilKitteh> “...I see we have a guest,” came the tinny voice from the communication device. “Would you like some tea, Miss...?”
  848. [23:05] <DrEvilKitteh> And Iris just stared, body frozen. Partly in shock, partly because she wasn't quite sure what to do.
  849. [23:06] <Tangent> "...Screw it." Amelia tugs off her cloak as well and storms forwards. "We've already eaten, thanks." She draws her sword. "Are you the one doing all this?" She demands.
  850. [23:06] <[Morgan]> Morgan stepped forward as well, saying nothing and instead letting her neutral expression speak for her.
  851. [23:07] <Tangent> Amelia's glaring forward at the worker with the...loudspeaker? Camera?
  852. [23:07] <[Morgan]> She took off the cloak and sized up the machine making the noise.
  853. [23:08] <[Morgan]> *her cloak
  854. [23:08] <Jran-Kri> "... Oh, God in Heaven," Alexa freezes, momentarily entertaining the possibility of just staying still and letting Iris take the rap for that. But then Amelia storms forward, and Alexa pulls off her cloak and hurries after her, staring at the automatons in trepidation.
  855. [23:08] <WhiteKnight> With a sigh, Ayako prepares to shoot just about every single bot she can see in the room, not even bothering to hide. There's a lot of arrows nocked in that bow of hers...
  856. [23:10] <DrEvilKitteh> "Oho, we have /multiple/ guests~! I so wish I was there in person." The voice was almost jovial. "After all, tea you make with your own hands, rather than relying on the servers, is just so much better."
  857. [23:11] <[Morgan]> "Who or what are you?" Morgan asked the voice sternly, not sure whether to go into attack mode just yet.
  858. [23:13] <Tangent> "Tell me where you are, and I'll drop by for a visit before you know it!" Amelia retorts. "Are you the one behind these zombies? These monsters? What's the point?" Here, finally, is a chance for answers...even if the speaker isn't here.
  859. [23:15] <WhiteKnight> "I really would like to know what the hell it is you're looking for here, while you're at it," Ayako adds. "Or you could just keep quiet, make us find out the hard way by busting your bots till we get to the bottom of this. Either's fine, really."
  860. [23:15] <DrEvilKitteh> “I'm a voice in a box!” The person on the other end of the radio/camera device cheerfully stated, rather obviously. “But you can call me The Alchemist.” The lens whirred and focused. “...Wait what? Zombies? There are no zombies here, little one!” There was a short pause. “Seriously, they're Clockwork Flesh Golems! Nothing like Zombies! I am shocked, appalled, and offended by that insinuation!”
  861. [23:16] <DrEvilKitteh> The two Soldiers in the back level their crossbows and make to pull the triggers.
  862. [23:16] <Tangent> "Deal with it! I'm breaking your zombies, and then I'm going to make you pay for turning people into those things!" Amelia yells at the box, determined to get her word in.
  863. [23:17] <DrEvilKitteh> (Initiative~)
  864. [23:17] <[Morgan]> Morgan was now prepared to leap into action upon seeing the crossbows leveled, convinced this was not going to end well for someone.
  865. [23:17] <Jran-Kri> !ex 6 v AGI
  866. [23:17] <Zeneroller> Jran-Kri: [5, 7, 6, 5, 10, 6]. Successes total: 3
  867. [23:17] <[Morgan]> !ex 10 v
  868. [23:17] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]: [10, 5, 7, 8, 7, 7, 7, 3, 3, 4]. Successes total: 7
  869. [23:17] <WhiteKnight> !ex 11 v
  870. [23:17] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: [6, 2, 1, 1, 2, 2, 5, 9, 1, 7, 4]. Successes total: 2
  871. [23:17] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 6 v 7 (Iris Init!)
  872. [23:17] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [1, 1, 6, 7, 1, 8]. Successes total: 2
  873. [23:17] <WhiteKnight> (awareness pls)
  874. [23:17] <Tangent> !ex 4 v Agi
  875. [23:17] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [3, 2, 1, 2]. Botch!
  876. [23:18] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 5 v 7 multi 3 v
  877. [23:18] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 5d:[4, 7, 5, 10, 4] = 3; 5d:[2, 2, 10, 10, 8] = 5.Total successes: 8
  878. [23:18] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 5 v
  879. [23:18] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [3, 10, 2, 6, 7]. Successes total: 3
  880. [23:19] <DrEvilKitteh> (Using that third roll for all three...)
  881. [23:19] <DrEvilKitteh> (Initiative Order: Morgan/Alexa/Soldiers/Ayako/Iris/Amelia)
  882. [23:19] <DrEvilKitteh> (Morgan!)
  883. [23:19] <DrEvilKitteh> (Wipe the floor with 'em.)
  884. [23:20] <[Morgan]> !ex 11 v The interrogation having failed, Morgan decided to open up by attacking three of the enemies in the room with an Ice Barrage.
  885. [23:20] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]: [1, 8, 7, 1, 2, 1, 9, 6, 7, 8, 8]. Successes total: 6
  886. [23:21] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs multi 3 v (Soldiers' Three Resist!)
  887. [23:21] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 4d:[10, 6, 3, 2] = 2; 4d:[1, 4, 6, 8] = 1; 4d:[6, 1, 10, 5] = 2.Total successes: 5
  888. [23:22] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 1 vs (Poor wittle worker bot...)
  889. [23:22] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [6]. Successes total: 0
  890. [23:23] <DrEvilKitteh> The Soldiers shudder and jerk as ice shards impact them, nailing and freezing their feet to the floor for the moment.
  891. [23:23] <[Morgan]> "You all need to cool off." Morgan quipped a bit dorkily, which was surprising given her normal demeanor.
  892. [23:23] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alexa!)
  893. [23:24] <Jran-Kri> Alexa's staff glows bright red, and a moment later, a bright vortex of energy appears behind one of the Soldiers, sapping his mechanical strength! [Concave Vortex, 2 Mana: Enemy loses 2 offensive dice for 1 turn]
  894. [23:24] <Jran-Kri> !ex 11 v 7
  895. [23:24] <Zeneroller> Jran-Kri: [10, 6, 4, 10, 1, 2, 7, 9, 10, 2, 1]. Successes total: 8
  896. [23:25] <DrEvilKitteh> (Soldier #1 is Close, Soldiers #2-3 are Far and inside the room. Which do you target?)
  897. [23:25] <Jran-Kri> ((Solder #1))
  898. [23:26] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 2 vs (Soldier Resist!)
  899. [23:26] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [7, 7]. Successes total: 2
  900. [23:26] <DrEvilKitteh> The Soldier shuddered and slumped slightly, its eyes dimming as it moved more sluggishly.
  901. [23:26] <DrEvilKitteh> (Soldiers!)
  902. [23:29] <DrEvilKitteh> As one, the Soldiers activated Overclock and attempt to break free of their icy bonds before attacking. (Free action, Escape Grapple.)
  903. [23:29] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 7 vs (Soldier #1 Escape!)
  904. [23:29] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 6 vs (Soldier #1 Escape!)
  905. [23:29] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 7 vs (Soldier #3 Escape!)
  906. [23:29] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [8, 8, 7, 1, 3, 2, 1]. Successes total: 3
  907. [23:29] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [1, 5, 7, 8, 3, 4]. Successes total: 2
  908. [23:29] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [10, 9, 8, 8, 2, 8, 10]. Successes total: 8
  909. [23:29] <DrEvilKitteh> (R5, roll Morgan's MAG.)
  910. [23:30] <DrEvilKitteh> (...wait, shit, forgot. Rerolling Soldier 1.)
  911. [23:30] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 5 vs (Escape!)
  912. [23:30] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [7, 3, 10, 2, 10]. Successes total: 5
  913. [23:30] <DrEvilKitteh> (Welp.)
  914. [23:30] <Jran-Kri> ((>8 successes on 7 dice))
  915. [23:31] <WhiteKnight> (Z-roller giveth and taketh.)
  916. [23:32] <DrEvilKitteh> (R5, you here?)
  917. [23:32] <[Morgan]> (Yeah)
  918. [23:32] <DrEvilKitteh> (Roll MAG.)
  919. [23:32] <[Morgan]> (Rolling.)
  920. [23:32] <[Morgan]> !ex 11 v Morgan fires a Frost Bolt at the Soldier that escaped his bonds, briefly considering another cold pun before thinking better of it.
  921. [23:32] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]: [6, 7, 9, 8, 10, 4, 1, 6, 8, 5, 7]. Successes total: 7
  922. [23:33] <DrEvilKitteh> (Oh no, that's not an attack, just an opposed check to keep them Pinned for that round.)
  923. [23:33] <[Morgan]> Ah.
  924. [23:33] <DrEvilKitteh> (You can shoot 'em later.)
  925. [23:33] <[Morgan]> *(Ah(
  926. [23:33] <[Morgan]> (K)
  927. [23:33] <[Morgan]> !ex 11 v (Keep the Soldier pinned)
  928. [23:33] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]: [5, 8, 5, 7, 7, 1, 5, 10, 8, 4, 9]. Successes total: 7
  929. [23:34] <WhiteKnight> (So close...)
  930. [23:34] <[Morgan]> (Heh, 7 on both. Would ya look at that)
  931. [23:34] <DrEvilKitteh> (I was counting the first one anyway, so it works out.)
  932. [23:34] <[Morgan]> (Yeah)
  933. [23:35] <DrEvilKitteh> One Soldier, the farthest back, shattered the ice weighing it down and Charged at Morgan with shocking speed. (Basically, Dash.)
  934. [23:35] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 9 vs 7 (Soldier Strike!)
  935. [23:35] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [1, 7, 4, 1, 2, 4, 3, 1, 6]. Successes total: 1
  936. [23:35] <DrEvilKitteh> (...Welp.)
  937. [23:35] <DrEvilKitteh> (R5, Dodge.)
  938. [23:36] <[Morgan]> !ex 7 v Morgan tried to dodge in surprise, eyes widened at how fast it was moving.
  939. [23:36] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]: [4, 7, 6, 10, 9, 7, 9]. Successes total: 6
  940. [23:38] <DrEvilKitteh> ...Aaand the Soldier slid on some ice, allowing Morgan to dodge easily. The Clockwork humanoid flailed and slammed its feet against the floor, coming sliding to a stop...directly in the midst of all the other girls.
  941. [23:38] <DrEvilKitteh> Meanwhile, Soldier #1 goes for Alexa in revenge, though it's still weighed down by ice and drained by her spell.
  942. [23:38] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 5 vs (Sword Slash!)
  943. [23:38] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [9, 9, 9, 3, 7]. Successes total: 4
  944. [23:38] <Jran-Kri> !ex 6 v Dodge
  945. [23:38] <Zeneroller> Jran-Kri: [5, 10, 10, 2, 4, 8]. Successes total: 5
  946. [23:39] <DrEvilKitteh> The razor edge of the blade came close, but no dice. Sort of.
  947. [23:40] <DrEvilKitteh> Next, Soldier #2 went for Iris, as she was one of the most prominent enemies there.
  948. [23:40] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 6 vs (Soldier attack!)
  949. [23:40] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [1, 10, 4, 7, 5, 2]. Successes total: 3
  950. [23:40] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 9 vs (Iris Parry!)
  951. [23:40] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [7, 2, 8, 2, 9, 1, 6, 5, 5]. Successes total: 3
  952. [23:41] <DrEvilKitteh> The Soldier's sword clanged on the haft of Iris' hastily-raised warhammer and cut into the cloth wrap around her torso, but otherwise not damaging her at all.
  953. [23:41] <DrEvilKitteh> (Ayako!)
  954. [23:43] <DrEvilKitteh> (Also, all Soldiers are now in Close relative to all the other girls.)
  955. [23:45] <WhiteKnight> Ayako wastes no time - she might be able to end this right now if her shots flied true! She looses an arrow on each soldier! [Barrage, Hollow Point, 7/10 MP.]
  956. [23:45] <WhiteKnight> !ex 11 v 7
  957. [23:45] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: [7, 3, 8, 5, 7, 7, 6, 8, 4, 10, 2]. Successes total: 7
  958. [23:45] <DrEvilKitteh> (Shiiit guuurrrrl.)
  959. [23:46] <[Morgan]> (Yooooo)
  960. [23:46] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs (#1 Dodge!)
  961. [23:46] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 5 vs (#2 Dodge!)
  962. [23:46] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 7 vs (#3 Dodge!)
  963. [23:47] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [1, 1, 9, 1]. Successes total: 1
  964. [23:47] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [2, 9, 7, 5, 2]. Successes total: 2
  965. [23:47] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [8, 7, 2, 4, 7, 6, 9]. Successes total: 4
  966. [23:48] <[Morgan]> (They dead. They all dead. Or at least mildly injured)
  967. [23:48] <DrEvilKitteh> Two of the clockwork Soldiers fall, an arrow embedded in their cores, while the third staggers but stays standing.
  968. [23:48] <DrEvilKitteh> (All the #3 Soldiers are pretty badass.)
  969. [23:48] <DrEvilKitteh> (Iris!)
  970. [23:48] <[Morgan]> (And yet again, Soldier 3 remains a fucking badass)
  971. [23:49] <DrEvilKitteh> Warhammer whirling through the air, Iris lunged at the last standing Soldier. (All-Out!)
  972. [23:49] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 10 vs 7 (Iris attack!)
  973. [23:49] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [3, 3, 10, 6, 4, 4, 9, 7, 10, 4]. Successes total: 6
  974. [23:49] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 5 vs 7 (Soldier Parry!)
  975. [23:49] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [7, 10, 5, 1, 2]. Successes total: 3
  976. [23:50] <DrEvilKitteh> ...And she struck true, hammer smashing the Soldier's head clean off and sending its body crashing to the floor.
  977. [23:50] <DrEvilKitteh> (Combat Over.)
  978. [23:50] <[Morgan]> (Screw it. Every time a #3 Soldier shows up? That's the same guy. He's so determined that he literally refuses to die until he takes his killers to Hell with him)
  979. [23:50] <DrEvilKitteh> (All Mana and Soak regained.)
  980. [23:50] <DrEvilKitteh> (Oi, R5. Quit reading my fuckin' mind for once, will ya?)
  981. [23:50] <[Morgan]> (Never)
  982. [23:51] <[Morgan]> (The idea's too funny and cool)
  983. [23:51] <[Morgan]> (...Shit, now I wanna write a short story about S3)
  984. [23:51] <Tangent> Amelia drops her sword, looking disappointed. A thought strikes her. "...Boring conversation anyway." She quotes, waggling her eyebrows at Alexa.
  985. [23:52] <Tangent> ...The two of them might've stayed up watching a certain sci fi movie. Maybe.
  986. [23:52] <DrEvilKitteh> As for that itty bitty worker bot and the radio/camera it was holding? Impaled with ice spikes. And there was no voice coming from the speaker, now. But, again, that was probably because it was impaled. With ice spikes.
  987. [23:53] <WhiteKnight> Ayako flips her hair, a smug, self-assured smile on her face. "Heh. I'd love to see the look on that guy's face. Or see his face at all, for that matter. Didn't really get a good look."
  988. [23:53] <[Morgan]> "...Oops." Morgan commented upon seeing the wrecked communicator bot. "We probably should have tried to recover and hold onto that..."
  989. [23:53] <Tangent> "I want to talk to him about why he thinks making zombies...golems, whatever...is okay. With a sword."
  990. [23:54] <Jran-Kri> Alexa snorts in amusement, shaking her head at Amelia. For once, that fight seemed rather rousing. Twirling her staff, she peers at the ruined speaker. "Well! Yes. We'll just have to talk to him in person."
  991. [23:56] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris dismissed her warhammer and stalked over to the speaker. She prodded it, but it was definitely inert. Without sparing it another thought, she walked into the room and looked around.
  992. [23:56] <[Morgan]> (I'm off now. I'll be on more tomorrow.)
  993. [23:56] <WhiteKnight> (Good night, y'all. I'll be here in the evening tomorrow.)
  994. [23:56] <[Morgan]> (Damn, this is a /LOT/ of fun.)
  995. [23:57] <Tangent> (later)
  996. [23:58] <DrEvilKitteh> (Yep, good place to pause. What do you guys think so far, Jran and Tan?)
  997. [23:59] <Jran-Kri> ((It's a fun time!))
  998. [00:00] <Tangent> (mmm)
  999. [00:01] <DrEvilKitteh> (I like to imagine that Tangent's tasting the flavor of the Quest, and it's delicious.)
  1000. [00:05] <Tangent> (pfft, it's good :P)
  1001.  
  1002.  
  1003. Day Three
  1004. [23:40] <WhiteKnight> (Reporting!)
  1005. [23:41] <DrEvilKitteh> (I will be doing a short recap within a few minutes. Need to deal with something else real fast.)
  1006. [23:41] <[Morgan]> (Here.)
  1007. [23:41] <Tangent> (here)
  1008. [23:42] <Jran-Kri> ((Here!))
  1009. [23:47] <[Morgan]_> (Blarg)
  1010. [23:47] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alright. Last time oooon Clockquest~!)
  1011. [23:55] <DrEvilKitteh> (After having defeated the sentries at the top of a tower overlooking a mining operation in the Overcity, the PC's entered the tower and started infiltrating, going down. They eventually ran across a clockwork helper touting a radio-like communicator for someone calling himself 'The Alchemist' to speak out of and instruct a few Soldiers on how to set things up. A short conversation and the Alchemist being insulted by his beautiful Clockwork "Flesh Golems" being called mere "Zombies", the Soldiers attacked and were defeated. Unfortunately, the communicator was destroyed in the process, so they could not speak with the Alchemist any longer, nor attempt to trace the signal to wherever he was. Now, they stand outside a large room with heavy, reinforced wooden doors, which had evidently been supposed to be a laboratory of some kind, if what Alexa heard was accurate.)
  1012. [23:55] <DrEvilKitteh> (As for last posts...)
  1013. [23:55] <DrEvilKitteh> [23:52] <DrEvilKitteh> As for that itty bitty worker bot and the radio/camera it was holding? Impaled with ice spikes. And there was no voice coming from the speaker, now. But, again, that was probably because it was impaled. With ice spikes.
  1014. [23:55] <DrEvilKitteh> [23:53] <WhiteKnight> Ayako flips her hair, a smug, self-assured smile on her face. "Heh. I'd love to see the look on that guy's face. Or see his face at all, for that matter. Didn't really get a good look."
  1015. [23:55] <DrEvilKitteh> [23:53] <[Morgan]> "...Oops." Morgan commented upon seeing the wrecked communicator bot. "We probably should have tried to recover and hold onto that..."
  1016. [23:55] <DrEvilKitteh> [23:53] <Tangent> "I want to talk to him about why he thinks making zombies...golems, whatever...is okay. With a sword."
  1017. [23:55] <DrEvilKitteh> [23:54] <Jran-Kri> Alexa snorts in amusement, shaking her head at Amelia. For once, that fight seemed rather rousing. Twirling her staff, she peers at the ruined speaker. "Well! Yes. We'll just have to talk to him in person."
  1018. [23:55] <DrEvilKitteh> [23:56] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris dismissed her warhammer and stalked over to the speaker. She prodded it, but it was definitely inert. Without sparing it another thought, she walked into the room and looked around.
  1019. [23:56] <Tangent> Amelia follows a moment later, standing tall- as tall as she can anyway- with her sword raised.
  1020. [23:57] <Jran-Kri> Alexa pads dutifully after them, her staff glowing faintly. As usual, she keeps a few steps behind the two of them, peering around curiously.
  1021. [23:58] <[Morgan]_> Morgan walked behind Alexa, keeping watch for any more surprises.
  1022. [23:59] <WhiteKnight> Ayako follows behind Morgan this time, looking out for something that might need shooting. Or at least drawing attention to.
  1023. [23:59] <DrEvilKitteh> The room beyond the open reinforced double doors is large and spacious, with several long tables pushed up against the walls. Many cardboard boxes are set on the floor and a couple of the tables, the latter two of which are partially unpacked to show equipment that wouldn't look out of place in a 19th century lab. Aesthetically, at least.
  1024. [00:00] <Tangent> Amelia glances back to Alexa. A brief, unconscious smirk at her friend before she goes back to looking around.
  1025. [00:01] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris knelt and started to sort through one of the open boxes, and she jerked her chin at the others to indicate that they should open and look inside the others as well.
  1026. [00:02] <Jran-Kri> Alexa casts a thin smile at Amelia before prancing off towards the already unpacked boxes, contemplating the ancient equipment on the tables.
  1027. [00:02] <WhiteKnight> Ayako peeks into a box as directed...
  1028. [00:02] <Tangent> Amelia rummages without a care through the boxes, tossing anything that looks irrelevant to the side without a care about where it lands.
  1029. [00:04] <DrEvilKitteh> A couple other boxes have various materials in them. Copper, brass, lubricating oil, clockwork gears, and soldering material, amongst other like things, are in abundance. In the same boxes, albeit in much lesser quantities, there's gold, tungsten, several small diamonds, and obsidian, along with vials of assorted liquid chemicals and potions in shock-proof packages.
  1030. [00:04] <DrEvilKitteh> The rest of the boxes are filled with tools and...more esoteric devices. Some look fitting for a mechanic's workshop and a blacksmith's forge, and the others (most of which are clockwork, as usual) just look plain bizarre and nonsensical.
  1031. [00:04] <[Morgan]_> Morgan peered into one of the boxes, looking annoyed at Amelia's reckless lack of care for the items inside. She said nothing, however, instead pulling out a small clockwork cube making a whirring noise.
  1032. [00:05] <WhiteKnight> "Huh. Wonder how much this could sell for." Ayako briefly contemplates conjuring and stuffing her backpack, but shrugs and decides against it.
  1033. [00:06] <DrEvilKitteh> (Everyone roll Perception and LCK. Two different rolls; 1d20 and LCK + 2 Base Dice, plz.)
  1034. [00:06] <Tangent> "Lots of souvenirs...But nothing useful here..." Amelia holds a diamond up to the dim light, blinking at the gem...
  1035. [00:06] <Tangent> 1d20
  1036. [00:06] <DrEvilKitteh> .d 1d20
  1037. [00:06] <Internets> :: Total 14 / 20 [70%] :: Results [14] ::
  1038. [00:07] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 3 v 7 (Iris LCK!)
  1039. [00:07] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [1, 6, 4]. Botch!
  1040. [00:07] <Tangent> .d 1d20
  1041. [00:07] <Internets> :: Total 9 / 20 [45%] :: Results [9] ::
  1042. [00:07] <[Morgan]_> !roll 1d20
  1043. [00:07] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]_: 9
  1044. [00:07] <[Morgan]_> (Wrong roll)
  1045. [00:07] <Tangent> !ex 3 v 7
  1046. [00:07] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [6, 6, 10]. Successes total: 2
  1047. [00:07] <[Morgan]_> .d 1d20
  1048. [00:07] <Internets> :: Total 17 / 20 [85%] :: Results [17] ::
  1049. [00:07] <WhiteKnight> (oooone sec)
  1050. [00:08] <[Morgan]_> !ex 5 v
  1051. [00:08] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]_: [5, 8, 8, 2, 9]. Successes total: 3
  1052. [00:08] <DrEvilKitteh> (That first 1d20 was just fine, R5. I chose Internets because that ones' easier for me.)
  1053. [00:08] <Jran-Kri> .d 1d20
  1054. [00:08] <Internets> :: Total 19 / 20 [95%] :: Results [19] ::
  1055. [00:08] <WhiteKnight> !ex 5 v
  1056. [00:08] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: [6, 9, 4, 9, 9]. Successes total: 3
  1057. [00:09] <Jran-Kri> !ex 6 v
  1058. [00:09] <Zeneroller> Jran-Kri: [1, 4, 6, 6, 1, 3]. Botch!
  1059. [00:09] <WhiteKnight> .d 1d20+5
  1060. [00:09] <Internets> :: Total 12 / 25 [48%] :: Results [7] ::
  1061. [00:14] <DrEvilKitteh> Ayako, with keen eyes and...well, mostly because she was positioned just right where she was, noticed something. Morgan saw it too, just a second or two after her. There's a tube, made of rigid plastic, beneath one of the tables. Probably discarded prior to the fight, if they had to guess.
  1062. [00:15] <WhiteKnight> "Huh. What's that?" The ex-merc points out, stepping to the tube.
  1063. [00:15] <Tangent> "What's what?"
  1064. [00:16] <[Morgan]_> "That strange tube." Morgan answered her. "...Whatever it is, that's an odd place to leave it."
  1065. [00:16] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris, meanwhile, was completely preoccupied with looking at a particularly interesting gem-studded...music box. Shiny...
  1066. [00:16] <DrEvilKitteh> Upon closer inspection, it appears to be sealed scroll case of sorts about three inches wide and eighteen inches tall. There is a cap, though it's kept shut by some kind of combination lock.
  1067. [00:18] <Tangent> Amelia shugs...then glances to Iris. "Need a hand?" She offers as she sees the lock, gesturing with her sword's tip for emphasis as to just how she could "help" with the lock.
  1068. [00:19] <DrEvilKitteh> (Oh. Iris has a music box. Ayako and Morgan saw the tube/scroll case, which is what I was describing.)
  1069. [00:19] <DrEvilKitteh> (Sorry for the confusing post order.)
  1070. [00:20] <WhiteKnight> Ayako picks up the scroll case and fiddles with the lock mechanism. "I don't suppose anyone's a good safecracker here, eh?"
  1071. [00:20] <Tangent> (no worries)
  1072. [00:21] <Jran-Kri> "... Unfortunately not," Alexa adjusts her glasses, peering at the case curiously. "Well. Perhaps the code is written down somewhere?"
  1073. [00:22] <[Morgan]_> "Perhaps." Morgan muttered, looking back down at the cube in her hand and wondering what it was. There was some sort of inscription etched into it that she couldn't quite make out (Latin, maybe?). She held it back a bit from her face, getting an ever-so-slightly wrong vibe from it.
  1074. [00:22] <Tangent> *Amelia shugs
  1075. [00:23] <[Morgan]_> She decided to place it on a nearby table for now, making sure it was somewhere where she could easily grab it later in case they had to make a hasty exit.
  1076. [00:23] <Tangent> Amelia looks to Iris- the taller girl seems distracted by something. "Hey, Iris, what's that?" She asks.
  1077. [00:25] <WhiteKnight> Ayako looks around a bit aimlessly. "Maybe, but I wouldn't keep my combination codes lying around." She shrugs.
  1078. [00:26] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris shrugged and held the music box out to Amelia. In the meantime, she aimed a finger at the end of the tube and shot a confined stream of condensed cold at the locked end. It froze, ice forming around it and making the plastic and metal brittle and easy to break.
  1079. [00:26] <DrEvilKitteh> As for the cube Morgan found, it didn't seem to do anything else other than gently whir.
  1080. [00:27] <Tangent> "Huh, neat..." Amelia turns it over in her small hands, looking for a latch or something...
  1081. [00:28] <WhiteKnight> "Well, that works." Ayako's smile is smug as she slams the case against the floor!
  1082. [00:29] <[Morgan]_>  "I suppose that's one way of opening a lock."
  1083. [00:29] <DrEvilKitteh> There's a little lever thing on the bottom of the music box that can be pulled out, allowing it to be wound up.
  1084. [00:29] <DrEvilKitteh> The end of the case cracks, and shatters, with two good whacks from Ayako. Does she dare look inside~?
  1085. [00:30] <WhiteKnight> That she does.
  1086. [00:30] <Tangent> "Huh?" Amelia gently pulls the lever out.
  1087. [00:31] <DrEvilKitteh> Inside the scroll case are several rolled-up sheets of tough, blue parchment-like material, along with a couple different markers and pencils. One of the sheets already had designs hand-drawn on it, with several note annotations written down in compact but messy handwriting.
  1088. [00:32] <WhiteKnight> "Huh.... blueprints?" Ayako wonders aloud as she tilts her head. She picks up the sheets and lays them on whatever space she can make on the table.
  1089. [00:33] <Tangent> Amelia rotates the lever on the music box once around.
  1090. [00:34] <[Morgan]_> Morgan casted her gaze upon the blueprints, not sure what to make of them. "This is becoming more and more odd by the second." she commented, brushing a bit of dust off of one of the sheets. "What is this supposed to be?"
  1091. [00:34] <Tangent> Amelia looks up from the music box, glancing to the table. "Hmm?
  1092. [00:34] <Tangent> "
  1093. [00:36] <[Morgan]_> "I cannot tell if this is a tool or a weapon. Maybe both." The water girl added curiously, finally taking the time to straighten out her hair.
  1094. [00:37] <DrEvilKitteh> Only one of the sheets has actually been drawn on. All the others are blank, probably for later use to make new blueprints. As for the existing one, after a bit of examination, they can figure out that it's some sort of gun or cannon. High-caliber, and surprisingly compact. However, the notes seem to be written in at least three different languages, none of which are English.
  1095. [00:37] <DrEvilKitteh> With the one wind, the music box starts playing a couple measures from a calming classical symphony, albeit in true music box fashion.
  1096. [00:39] <Jran-Kri> "... Oh my," Alexa adjusts her glasses again, contemplating the blueprints. She seems quite pleased by the sound of music, but doesn't comment.
  1097. [00:39] <Tangent> "Huh..." Amelia relaxes a bit. "Was half expecting it to blow up or something..."
  1098. [00:39] <DrEvilKitteh> (What languages do y'all characters' speak?)
  1099. [00:40] <Jran-Kri> ((English, limited Irish.))
  1100. [00:40] <WhiteKnight> (Japanese, English)
  1101. [00:40] <[Morgan]_> (Morgan speaks English, a bit of Latin, and a bit of German)
  1102. [00:41] <Tangent> (Just English is all she remembers off the top of her head)
  1103. [00:42] <WhiteKnight> Ayako isn't sure what to make of the weapon on the prints. The music box momentarily draws her attention. "Huh. Nice tune."
  1104. [00:42] <DrEvilKitteh> One of the languages on the blueprint is recognizable as German, another as a Latin offshoot.
  1105. [00:42] <DrEvilKitteh> Alexa hears the sound of metal claws quietly scrape across the stone floor in the hallway outside.
  1106. [00:42] <[Morgan]_> Morgan listens to the box's tune, humming along quietly after learning some of the melody by ear.
  1107. [00:44] <Jran-Kri> Alexa twitches slightly, glancing around for the nearest door. She gulps. "U-um. E-everyone? I-I, um -- Did you hear that? I-it sounds l-like s-someone's o-outside."
  1108. [00:44] <Tangent> Amelia whirls around, still holding the music box and taking a step towards the door, frowning- her sword snaps up in her free hand.
  1109. [00:46] <[Morgan]_> Morgan is already pulling out her stave, her humming ceasing. "How? We killed everything here, I believe..."
  1110. [00:47] <WhiteKnight> Ayako grumbles, stuffing the prints somewhere under the table - hopefully if there was a fight they wouldn't get caught in the crossfire
  1111. [00:48] <Tangent> "Guess not." Amelia replies to Morgan. "More zombies to kill..."
  1112. [00:49] <DrEvilKitteh> Peering out around a corner which was more like a smooth, gradual bend, was the head of a lithe creature. From what they could see, it was some sort of clockwork panther. It bristled and stepped more into view, back arching as it actually sounded like it was taking in a deep breath.
  1113. [00:49] <DrEvilKitteh> (Roll Inititative~)
  1114. [00:50] <[Morgan]_> .d 1d20
  1115. [00:50] <Internets> :: Total 9 / 20 [45%] :: Results [9] ::
  1116. [00:50] <Tangent> .d 1d20
  1117. [00:50] <Internets> :: Total 11 / 20 [55%] :: Results [11] ::
  1118. [00:50] <DrEvilKitteh> (Initiative.)
  1119. [00:50] <WhiteKnight> (Init is agi or lck +2 in this case, right?)
  1120. [00:50] <DrEvilKitteh> (AGI rolls, dummies.)
  1121. [00:50] <Jran-Kri> !ex 6 v AGI
  1122. [00:50] <Zeneroller> Jran-Kri: [3, 4, 10, 7, 2, 6]. Successes total: 3
  1123. [00:50] <DrEvilKitteh> (Or LCK, yes. And +2 base dice still applies.)
  1124. [00:51] <Tangent> !ex 4
  1125. [00:51] <Zeneroller> Tangent: please make sure the dice pool size is specified correctly. Must be a number between 1 and 100.
  1126. [00:51] <Tangent> !ex 4 v 7 AGI
  1127. [00:51] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [6, 8, 6, 10]. Successes total: 3
  1128. [00:51] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 6 v 7 (Iris)
  1129. [00:51] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [2, 5, 5, 1, 1, 4]. Botch!
  1130. [00:51] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 7 vs 7 (Sentinel)
  1131. [00:51] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [8, 1, 6, 9, 3, 6, 9]. Successes total: 3
  1132. [00:52] <WhiteKnight> !ex 9 v (+2, awareness)
  1133. [00:52] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: [8, 5, 6, 1, 2, 10, 5, 8, 4]. Successes total: 4
  1134. [00:53] <[Morgan]_> !ex 7 v
  1135. [00:53] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]_: [8, 7, 8, 6, 8, 8, 3]. Successes total: 5
  1136. [00:55] <DrEvilKitteh> Initiative Order: Ayako/Morgan/Sentinel/Alexa/Amelia/Iris
  1137. [00:55] <DrEvilKitteh> (Ayako, go!)
  1138. [00:56] <WhiteKnight> [distance?]
  1139. [00:57] <DrEvilKitteh> (Far.)
  1140. [00:57] <DrEvilKitteh> (Sentinel is Far from everyone.)
  1141. [00:57] <WhiteKnight> Ayako wastes no time opening with a volley of heavy-looking arrows! [Armor Piercing]
  1142. [00:57] <WhiteKnight> !ex 10 v
  1143. [00:57] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: [9, 8, 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 3, 7, 1]. Successes total: 5
  1144. [00:58] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 6 vs 7 (Sentinel Dodge!)
  1145. [00:58] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [7, 1, 3, 10, 6, 9]. Successes total: 4
  1146. [00:59] <DrEvilKitteh> The Sentinel jerked to the side and twitched, but the arrow only slightly cracked its metal chassis.
  1147. [00:59] <DrEvilKitteh> (Morgan!)
  1148. [01:00] <[Morgan]_> !ex 10 v Morgan fires a Water Jet at the Sentinel, reasoning that as felines do not like water, it will probably be that much more effective!
  1149. [01:00] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]_: [1, 5, 5, 8, 5, 4, 5, 1, 10, 1]. Successes total: 3
  1150. [01:01] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 6 vs 7 (Sentinel Dodge!)
  1151. [01:01] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [1, 5, 3, 8, 3, 2]. Successes total: 1
  1152. [01:03] <DrEvilKitteh> The Sentinel jerked and skittered back, shining brass claws scraping against the floor as it tried to avoid the attack, but there was a noticeable metallic crunch when the high-pressure jet hit it in the ribs.
  1153. [01:03] <DrEvilKitteh> (Sentinel!)
  1154. [01:07] <DrEvilKitteh> The clockwork panther braced itself, reared its head back, and /screamed/. It was harsh, metallic, almost siren-like. The sound was almost deafening from the reverberations in the room and the hallway outside, and it definitely had a magical quality to it that amplified and projected the noise far beyond what it should have been. However, apart from the scream being wince-worthy, it didn't seem to actually /hurt/ anyone. (Alert.)
  1155. [01:08] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alexa!)
  1156. [01:09] <Jran-Kri> Alexa's staff flashes, the crystal ball on the end shining brightly even as she clutches it fearfully. A bright red vortex appears behind the panther, pulling at it. [Concave Vortex, 2 Mana: -2 Offensive dice for 1 turn]7
  1157. [01:10] <DrEvilKitteh> (No opposing MAG roll to resist that?)
  1158. [01:11] <Tangent> "Shut up!" Amelia screeches right back, raising her sword and seemingly about to rush in.
  1159. [01:13] <Jran-Kri> ((Don't believe so.))
  1160. [01:13] <DrEvilKitteh> (Amelia!)
  1161. [01:14] <Tangent> Amelia darts forward with a burst of blue flame around her and her sword!
  1162. [01:17] <Tangent> !ex 6 vs 7 #dash, flame on
  1163. [01:17] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [6, 5, 9, 6, 3, 8]. Successes total: 2
  1164. [01:17] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 8 vs 7 (Sentinel Parry!)
  1165. [01:17] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [6, 10, 8, 4, 2, 6, 2, 6]. Successes total: 3
  1166. [01:18] <DrEvilKitteh> The Sentinel crouched, tail waving back and forth, then quickly darted to the side and below Amelia's slash. It briefly sunk its teeth into the Fire girl's leg, drawing blood. (1 Wound from Parry.)
  1167. [01:18] <DrEvilKitteh> (Iris!)
  1168. [01:19] <Tangent> Amelia staggers- she's not scared, why isn't she scared- and cries in pain. "Aaah!"
  1169. [01:20] <DrEvilKitteh> The temperature cooled as Iris moved forward, one hand outstretched. (Frozen Chains.)
  1170. [01:20] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 8 vs 7 (Iris Spell!)
  1171. [01:20] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [4, 4, 7, 2, 4, 4, 4, 8]. Successes total: 2
  1172. [01:20] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 7 vs 7 (Sentinel Resist!)
  1173. [01:20] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [3, 5, 5, 2, 10, 3, 2]. Successes total: 2
  1174. [01:21] <DrEvilKitteh> The Sentinel spotted an incoming frost spell and attempted to jump and twist in the air to avoid, but it was caught on a hindpaw and dragged back to the floor where ice shackled it and constricted its movements.
  1175. [01:22] <DrEvilKitteh> (Top of the round. Ayako!)
  1176. [01:26] <WhitePaladin> Ayako charges her next arrow up before letting it fly once more! [Armor Piercing, Flash of Steel III: defender avoid -2, +1 soak pen, 1 single bonus wound if wounds are dealt, 3 mana. 7/10)
  1177. [01:26] <WhitePaladin> !ex 10 v
  1178. [01:26] <Zeneroller> WhitePaladin: [5, 5, 8, 7, 10, 3, 2, 3, 4, 3]. Successes total: 4
  1179. [01:27] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 2 vs 7 (Sentinel Dodge!)
  1180. [01:27] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [7, 1]. Successes total: 1
  1181. [01:29] <DrEvilKitteh> Another arrow sinks into the Sentinel's body, this time deeper and sending an unpleasant jolt through its body to which it responded with a strangled yowl.
  1182. [01:29] <DrEvilKitteh> (Morgan!)
  1183. [01:29] <[Morgan]_> !ex 11 v Seizing her chance, Morgan goes for an Ice Barrage to skewer the creature even more!
  1184. [01:29] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]_: [2, 2, 1, 6, 9, 2, 4, 1, 2, 1, 9]. Successes total: 2
  1185. [01:30] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 3 vs 7 (Sentinel Resist!)
  1186. [01:30] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [1, 3, 7]. Successes total: 1
  1187. [01:30] <[Morgan]_> (Jesus Christ)
  1188. [01:32] <DrEvilKitteh> The Sentinel shuddered and jerked, ice bonds keeping it from fully evading the shards of ice that slammed against its flank. It was damaged, but only somewhat.
  1189. [01:32] <DrEvilKitteh> (Sentinel!)
  1190. [01:34] <DrEvilKitteh> Gears whir loudly inside it, the Sentinel's eyes glowing as it looked reinvigorated. (Overclock Engaged.) With that, it attempted to break its icy bonds.
  1191. [01:34] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 7 vs 7 (Break Free!)
  1192. [01:34] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [8, 3, 6, 8, 6, 3, 1]. Successes total: 2
  1193. [01:35] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 8 vs 7 (Iris opposing MAG roll)
  1194. [01:35] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [1, 1, 6, 7, 4, 10, 9, 8]. Successes total: 5
  1195. [01:35] <DrEvilKitteh> ...And the panther remains unable to break shit. Stymied in that avenue, it swiftly turns to Amelia and lunges as best it can.
  1196. [01:36] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 5 vs 7 (Sentinel Melee attack vs Amelia!)
  1197. [01:36] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [9, 9, 9, 10, 7]. Successes total: 6
  1198. [01:36] <DrEvilKitteh> (Holy /shit/, panther dude.)
  1199. [01:37] <[Morgan]_> (That fucking panther has gone full Bladewolf)
  1200. [01:37] <DrEvilKitteh> (Thank you for giving me a miniboss idea, R5.)
  1201. [01:37] <[Morgan]_> (It'll probably be saying "Combination attack complete" any second now)
  1202. [01:38] <[Morgan]_> (And np)
  1203. [01:38] <Tangent> !ex 11 vs 7
  1204. [01:38] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [6, 3, 3, 6, 3, 9, 5, 3, 3, 2, 8]. Successes total: 2
  1205. [01:38] <Tangent> (Welp.)
  1206. [01:39] <DrEvilKitteh> (How much Soak does Amelia have?)
  1207. [01:40] <Tangent> (She HAD 6...)
  1208. [01:40] <DrEvilKitteh> (Now she's down to 1.)
  1209. [01:41] <[Morgan]_> (Not bad, Bladepanther. Not bad at all)
  1210. [01:41] <Tangent> (Wounds taken?)
  1211. [01:41] <DrEvilKitteh> Somehow, when the Panther's powerful forelimbs wrapped around Amelia's torso, its claws slashing and teeth biting, they only tore long furrows into her Outfit, mostly sliding off its armor-like protection. It probably bruised her, though.
  1212. [01:41] <DrEvilKitteh> (None. All Soak.)
  1213. [01:43] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alexa!)
  1214. [01:43] <Tangent> "Damnit, damit, damnit!" Amelia scrambles free, her proud uniform in tatters...but gets away with brusing, a few cuts, and critical injuries to her dignity.
  1215. [01:45] <Jran-Kri> Alexa's staff flashes with a red light, a similar glow suffusing around Amelia -- but it lends strength rather than healing. [Blessing of the Hero, 4 Mana: +2 offensive dice]
  1216. [01:47] <Tangent> Amelia winces- first she screwed up and let the panther get her and now Alexa's trying to make up for /her/ screw-ups by helping...She has to keep it busy. Then kill it.
  1217. [01:47] <DrEvilKitteh> (Amelia!)
  1218. [01:47] <Tangent> She takes a deep breath, about to charge back into the fray!
  1219. [01:49] <Tangent> The air around her catches fire, and she seems to blaze from within as hungry flames eat away at the air around her! She lunges!
  1220. [01:49] <Tangent> ( Power Overwhelming)
  1221. [01:50] <Tangent> (Piercing attack)
  1222. [01:51] <Tangent> (Actually make that cutting)
  1223. [01:51] <Tangent> !ex 14 vs 7
  1224. [01:51] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [5, 8, 10, 7, 6, 10, 6, 10, 2, 4, 5, 6, 10, 7]. Successes total: 11
  1225. [01:52] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 8 vs 7 (Sentinel Parry!)
  1226. [01:52] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [6, 3, 5, 9, 3, 5, 1, 3]. Successes total: 1
  1227. [01:53] <Tangent> Amelia's sword blazes with blue-white light as she hacks away at the beast. If she feels like she's burning up -like some small part of her's being thrown onto the fire for her to use her magic this way...Well, this is what she signed up for. Killing monsters. Not screwing up and getting Alexa hurt. And, more than that...it just feels right.
  1228. [01:55] <DrEvilKitteh> Dragged down by the frosty chains, the Sentinel is far too slow. There goes one leg, a chunk of its head, part of its torso cut mostly in half... Long story short, the Clockwork monster was dead, cut to pieces that were smoking from contact with both the flames, a soft sizzling coming from where they touched the ice.
  1229. [01:55] <[Morgan]_> (Welp. Farewell, BP)
  1230. [01:56] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris released the spell and walked out into the hallway next to Amelia. "Are you...okay?" she inquired of the fiery paladin, eyes looking up and down at her tattered outfit.
  1231. [01:57] <DrEvilKitteh> ...And that's when crossbow bolts shot out from down the hall.
  1232. [01:58] <[Morgan]_> Morgan stared at the mechanical panther's corpse for a few seconds before the crossbows were fired. "More on the way!" she yelled in warning.
  1233. [01:58] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 7 vs 7 multi 3 v
  1234. [01:58] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 7d:[2, 10, 8, 7, 9, 10, 4] = 7; 7d:[10, 7, 8, 7, 6, 9, 3] = 6; 7d:[5, 3, 9, 7, 3, 9, 4] = 3.Total successes: 16
  1235. [01:58] <DrEvilKitteh> (All aimed at Amelia.)
  1236. [01:58] <Tangent> Amelia tugs her sword free, angrily glaring down at the dead monster and still breathing hard. She looks up, about to reply to Iris and visibly calming...
  1237. [01:58] <Tangent> (kek)
  1238. [01:59] <[Morgan]_> (Maximum kek)
  1239. [02:00] <Tangent> (Luck point...)
  1240. [02:01] <DrEvilKitteh> (3 Soldiers at Far from Amelia and Iris, Very Far from everyone else since they're out of site and down the hallway perpendicular to the room.)
  1241. [02:01] <Tangent> !ex 4 vs 7 #pincushion
  1242. [02:01] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [7, 5, 4, 1]. Successes total: 1
  1243. [02:01] <Tangent> (with two more successes from the luck point lol)
  1244. [02:01] <DrEvilKitteh> (3, then. Ouch.)
  1245. [02:01] <Tangent> (Amelia and arrows always ends badly)
  1246. [02:02] <[Morgan]_> (Today is not Amelia's day, unfortunately)
  1247. [02:02] <DrEvilKitteh> Several bolts fired from automatic crossbows slammed into Amelia, piercing her torn Outfit and flesh. (5 Wounds.)
  1248. [02:03] <DrEvilKitteh> (Top of the round. Ayako!)
  1249. [02:03] <Tangent> Amelia takes a step back. Then collapses as momentum sends her sprawling, gasping for breath through pierced lungs.
  1250. [02:04] <WhiteKnight> The lightning girl dashes to the fore, out and into the hallway! "Get back! I think I can handle them!"
  1251. [02:04] <Tangent> She can't breathe, she can't breathe, she can't breathe...
  1252. [02:05] <DrEvilKitteh> (Morgan!)
  1253. [02:06] <[Morgan]_> !ex 11 v "Damnation!" Morgan lets out in frustration, sending a Water Jet towards Soldier 1.
  1254. [02:06] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]_: [3, 10, 3, 4, 10, 6, 5, 4, 8, 3, 4]. Successes total: 5
  1255. [02:07] <DrEvilKitteh> (Morgan is Very Far, which means she cannot target them until she moves into Far.)
  1256. [02:07] <DrEvilKitteh> (...And you only have 1 Action per turn.)
  1257. [02:07] <[Morgan]_> (Ah. Nvm, then. I'll just move into Far)
  1258. [02:07] <[Morgan]_> (Do I just write her moving, then?)
  1259. [02:08] <DrEvilKitteh> (Yeah.)
  1260. [02:08] <[Morgan]_> "Damnation!" Morgan lets out in frustration, moving in a bit closer to get a better shot at the soldiers. [Very Far --> Far]
  1261. [02:09] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alexa!)
  1262. [02:11] <Jran-Kri> Alexa has ceased to care about the fight itself -- her focus is on Amelia, and a strange recollection of her difficulty with ranged weapons. Her staff glows as Amelia's woudns knit themselves back together. [Miracle Worker, 1 Mana: +2 HP]
  1263. [02:11] <DrEvilKitteh> (Amelia!)
  1264. [02:16] <Tangent> She remembers this. A fight like this, mistakes where she messed up and couldn't help Alexa... "Sorry..." She gasps out with her first breath through newly healed lungs, struggling to rise even as the pain fades away. "Sorry...Screwed up...again..." She looks to Alexa, looking pained...but her wounds are healed, right?
  1265. [02:20] <Tangent> Shakily, she throws a punch towards the mob that sends a fireball their way, her torn outfit and skin smoldering and trailing smoke as she moves.
  1266. [02:20] <Tangent> [Fireball, 2 Mag, regeneration kicks in since >every other turn for the other effects]
  1267. [02:21] <Tangent> !ex 10 vs 7
  1268. [02:21] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [9, 3, 7, 3, 5, 6, 5, 10, 1, 6]. Successes total: 4
  1269. [02:22] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7 (Soldier Resist!)
  1270. [02:22] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [10, 1, 2, 9]. Successes total: 3
  1271. [02:23] <DrEvilKitteh> One of the Soldiers jerked the fireball splashing against its lower leg, but it shrugged the damage off.
  1272. [02:23] <DrEvilKitteh> (Iris!)
  1273. [02:24] <DrEvilKitteh> Warhammer out and readied, Iris Dashed at the Soldier in the front and swung her hammer down at it.
  1274. [02:25] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 6 vs 7 (Iris Dash!)
  1275. [02:25] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [8, 10, 7, 10, 4, 1]. Successes total: 6
  1276. [02:25] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 5 vs 7 (Soldier Parry!)
  1277. [02:25] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [10, 7, 6, 7, 4]. Successes total: 4
  1278. [02:26] <DrEvilKitteh> The Soldier attempted to sidestep and swing a fist at Iris in retaliation, but she easily closed the distance and jabbed it in the chest with her hammer's head, making it stumble back.
  1279. [02:26] <DrEvilKitteh> (Soldiers!)
  1280. [02:27] <DrEvilKitteh> The Soldier Iris just hit drops its crossbow and draws a sword, eyes glowing as the sound of gear whirring reaches a higher pitch. (Overclock engaged.)
  1281. [02:28] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 8 vs 7 (Soldier Slash!)
  1282. [02:28] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [4, 3, 7, 9, 3, 2, 6, 8]. Successes total: 3
  1283. [02:28] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 9 vs 7 (Iris Parry!)
  1284. [02:28] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [2, 8, 3, 4, 8, 1, 1, 2, 5]. Successes total: 2
  1285. [02:29] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris gritted her teeth when she felt the sword hit her in the side, but it bounced off her armored Outfit and left no mark on her skin.
  1286. [02:29] <DrEvilKitteh> The remaining two Soldiers still have their crossbows leveled at Amelia and continue shooting.
  1287. [02:29] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 7 vs 7 multi 2 v
  1288. [02:29] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 7d:[1, 5, 2, 5, 2, 9, 8] = 2; 7d:[7, 8, 4, 6, 3, 9, 1] = 3.Total successes: 5
  1289. [02:30] <DrEvilKitteh> (Ranged attacks vs Amelia's Dodge.)
  1290. [02:30] <Tangent> !ex 4 vs 7 (and with luck)
  1291. [02:30] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [8, 3, 6, 3]. Successes total: 1
  1292. [02:30] <Tangent> 2 from another fortune point...
  1293. [02:30] <DrEvilKitteh> One of the bolts hit Amelia in the arm, but it bounced off and twirled away harmlessly without penetrating.
  1294. [02:30] <DrEvilKitteh> (Top of the round. Ayako!)
  1295. [02:32] <WhiteKnight> (Late night distractions are the worst. Ahem.0
  1296. [02:33] <Tangent> Amelia's...frustrated. (Nearly turned into a pincushion- and frustration's all she feels?) She can't stay here and let them shoot her...She looks at Alexa, then stands up and prepares to run in!
  1297. [02:33] <WhiteKnight> Grumbling, Ayako focuses her efforts on the two shooting soldiers! [Hollow Point] "Just go down, why don't ya!"
  1298. [02:33] <WhiteKnight> !ex 10 multi 2 v 7
  1299. [02:33] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: 10d:[9, 9, 8, 6, 8, 5, 1, 7, 5, 9] = 6; 10d:[2, 4, 1, 8, 7, 1, 5, 5, 9, 8] = 4.Total successes: 10
  1300. [02:34] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7 multi 2 v
  1301. [02:34] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 4d:[7, 8, 8, 3] = 3; 4d:[5, 1, 5, 7] = 1.Total successes: 4
  1302. [02:36] <DrEvilKitteh> The Soldiers each stagger as one, arrows suddenly blossoming from one's collarbone and the other's ribs. They were hurt, but still up.
  1303. [02:36] <DrEvilKitteh> (Morgan!)
  1304. [02:37] <[Morgan]_> !ex 11 v Morgan fires a Water Jet at Soldier 1!
  1305. [02:37] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]_: [6, 2, 1, 5, 1, 5, 2, 8, 10, 9, 9]. Successes total: 5
  1306. [02:37] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 7 vs 7 (Soldier Resist!)
  1307. [02:37] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [6, 1, 1, 8, 4, 8, 2]. Successes total: 2
  1308. [02:39] <DrEvilKitteh> The jet of water caught the Soldier in the same leg that had been damaged by Amelia's fireball, the sheer force tearing the limb right off. It hobbled and wobbled in place, barely able to keep its balance.
  1309. [02:39] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alexa!)
  1310. [02:43] <Jran-Kri> Satisfied that Amelia is sufficiently healed, and quite satified by her performance, Alexa resumes strengthening her. [Blessings of the Hero, 2 Mana: +1 offensive dice]
  1311. [02:44] <DrEvilKitteh> (Amelia!)
  1312. [02:44] <Tangent> Amelia nods, and runs right at the duo!
  1313. [02:45] <Tangent> !ex 5 vs 7
  1314. [02:45] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [1, 10, 1, 3, 3]. Successes total: 2
  1315. [02:45] <Tangent> (flame on lol)
  1316. [02:46] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 5 vs 7 (Soldier #2 Parry!)
  1317. [02:46] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [7, 6, 1, 10, 7]. Successes total: 4
  1318. [02:47] <DrEvilKitteh> The Soldier sidestepped the charge and swung its crossbow around in a haymaker, smashing into Amelia's face and possibly breaking her nose, or at least bloodying it. (1 Wound.)
  1319. [02:47] <DrEvilKitteh> (Iris!)
  1320. [02:48] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 8 vs 7 (Iris All-Out, multitargeting all 3 Soldiers)
  1321. [02:48] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [3, 9, 1, 6, 1, 7, 2, 10]. Successes total: 4
  1322. [02:49] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 5 vs 7 (Soldier #1 Parry)
  1323. [02:49] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [6, 2, 9, 3, 9]. Successes total: 2
  1324. [02:49] <Tangent> Amelia's nose breaks with a sickening crack and she's almost bowled off her feet again. "Blurgh! Mahnose!"
  1325. [02:49] <Tangent> She clutches her face.
  1326. [02:50] <DrEvilKitteh> (...Actually, my mistake, the Soldier Amelia attacked should've had 2 less Dice. I'll give it 2 Wounds from the attack. Probably by a wild sword swing that cuts its side.)
  1327. [02:51] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 2 vs 7 (Soldier #2 Parry)
  1328. [02:51] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [10, 1]. Successes total: 2
  1329. [02:51] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 3 vs 7 (Soldier #3 Parry)
  1330. [02:51] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [7, 1, 7]. Successes total: 2
  1331. [02:52] <DrEvilKitteh> Eyes narrowed after Amelia was hit in the face, Iris moved with a fury and swiftly smashed all three Soldiers apart with the same number of blows from her warhammer.
  1332. [02:53] <DrEvilKitteh> (Combat Over. Soak and Mana regained.)
  1333. [02:54] <Jran-Kri> As soon as the creatures are vanquished, Alexa scurries over to Amelia, her staff lighting up as she hurriedly puts her back together.
  1334. [02:54] <[Morgan]_> Morgan glanced at Amelia in alarm. "That was very close!" she said, her heart still pounding a bit from adrenaline. "I am thankful you are not dead."
  1335. [02:56] <WhiteKnight> Ayako eases up. She assesses the damage to their surroundings... and Amelia's face. "Sheesh, you took some serious knocks there. Remind me to give you more cover fire."
  1336. [02:56] <Tangent> Amelia looks up, still holding her nose. "mmfehn..." She swallows as Alexa heals her, and she shoots her friend a grateful, if embarassed look. "I'm fine..." She repeats. "Just...Was a bit slow there..." Her foot scuffs the floor and she looks down slightly.
  1337. [02:56] <Tangent> "I'll just have to be quicker next time...stupid bows..."
  1338. [02:57] <[Morgan]_> "Do not be to hard on yourself, Amelia. Any of us would have been taken by surprise just as easily if that had happened."
  1339. [02:57] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris dismissed her warhammer and went in to briefly hug Amelia, not caring about the height differential right then.
  1340. [02:58] <[Morgan]_> Morgan moved in to hug Amelia as well, hers feeling weird due to the water girl not hugging people very often.
  1341. [02:59] <WhiteKnight> The ex-merc scratches her head, not exactly in a hugging mood. "Still, if it's all the same to you, I oughta just help out where I can."
  1342. [02:59] <Tangent> Amelia blinks. A surprised squeak as she all but vanishes into Iris's hug- and then Morgan joins in. She's surrounded by...hugs.
  1343. [03:01] <Jran-Kri> Alexa is content to grind her teeth. Surely three people is too much for a hug. Yes. Of course. She clutches her staff, turning away as she grimaces. "Well! Rude as that was, perhaps we'd best keep going, hmm?"
  1344. [03:06] <[Morgan]_> Morgan briefly wondered what exactly had inspired Alexa's comment, then detached from Amelia to allow her breathing room. "Yes, of course. We still need to find this Alchemist, after all." she responded to the other girl coolly, taking great care to hide the slight offense in her voice.
  1345. [03:07] <DrEvilKitteh> "Yes. Others will...have heard...the alarm." Iris stepped back from the hug and pointed at the clockwork panther's body to indicate what she meant. "There may...be more, soon. Or...they are...planning something." She tilted her head thoughtfully. "...We...should go to...a window." Unfortunately, there wasn't really a window around. Not back in the intersection outside the Alchemist's room, nor inside the room itself.
  1346. [03:07] <Tangent> Amelia surfaces whenever the others end the hug- nodding to Morgan but mostly Iris...and afterwards walks over to her friend. "Hey, Alexa? One thing first...Thanks for the help back there..." No matter how much she wishes she hadn't needed it. And she reaches out, quickly embracing Alexa in a tight, if brief hug before letting her friend go again. "Okay, now we should go.'
  1347. [03:09] <Jran-Kri> Just the two of them -- that was how it was supposed to be. Alexa can't help but suppress a smile, brief though the contact may have been. "Er, um... Yes. Th-thanks. Good job with the... Yes, let's be off."
  1348. [03:10] <[Morgan]_> "Should we grab the sheets and other items from inside? We may need them, at the very least to study."
  1349. [03:11] <DrEvilKitteh> "I will get them." Iris turned and jogged back down the hallway.
  1350. [03:12] <WhiteKnight> Ayako nods at morgan's suggestion. "I've got a bag," she says, calling upon a rather overdecorated duffel bag with colorful lining. "It's got my essentials, and I'd say what's on those sheets at least is essential info."
  1351. [03:12] <[Morgan]_> "Good. And if those languages on the sheet were what I think they were, I might be able to translate a bit of it." Morgan said, nodding her head in agreement.
  1352. [03:15] <DrEvilKitteh> Upon reaching the room, Iris started to store the larger boxes and the items within them away in her hammerspace. The blueprints, however, remained unstored until Ayako would show up and presumably take them.
  1353. [03:19] <WhiteKnight> Ayako hurriedly stashes away the blueprints in a small side pocket of her bag before setting it aside, letting it go wherever it would. "Dang useful thing, that. Maybe I should consider loading it up with more useful stuff and carrying it with me."
  1354. [03:22] <Tangent> Amelia rummages through the boxes. "Hey, Alexa..." She holds up the tiny diamond. "Souvenir?" She asks,a touch of mischief in her eyes as she holds the gem out to her friend.
  1355. [03:23] <DrEvilKitteh> "That...would be useful." Iris nodded approvingly and straightened after storing most everything in her hammerspace.
  1356. [03:31] <[Morgan]_> Morgan was now keeping watch outside the door, extra cautious after what had happened to Amelia. If she, of all people, had nearly been struck down so quickly, then she was going to need her eyes to be like that of a hawk.
  1357. [03:33] <Tangent> Amelia...seems to have recovered from her near-pincushion experience, almost strangely fast, as she chatters to Alexa.
  1358. [03:41] <DrEvilKitteh> After gathering everything in her hammerspace, Iris strode to the door and beckoned to the others. "Let's go."
  1359. [03:41] <DrEvilKitteh> (Aaand pause, unless Jran posts within the next five minutes.)
  1360. [03:45] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alright, it's paused.)
  1361. [03:46] <DrEvilKitteh> (If people can make it tomorrow, I think we can try to finish up this particular segment of Clockquest then.)
  1362. [03:46] <Tangent> Cool
  1363. [03:46] <WhiteKnight> (Sounds like a plan.)
  1364. [03:47] <[Morgan]_> (Alrighty)
  1365. [03:48] <DrEvilKitteh> ('Course, there'll still probably be the Aftermath, which I call the RP after a quest, to deal with, but I think we can finish the rest of the attack on the mining site if we have enough time.)
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  1369. Day Four
  1370. [21:24] <[Morgan]> (Here. Gotta brb really quick,
  1371. [21:24] <[Morgan]> *though)
  1372. [21:24] <DrEvilKitteh> (I will repost the last couple things. In the meantime, go ahead and gimme a sound-off or some shiz. I always liked that.)
  1373. [21:24] <Tangent> (here)
  1374. [21:24] <Jran-Kri> ((Ici))
  1375. [21:25] <WhiteKnight> (We all ready almost?)
  1376. [21:25] <DrEvilKitteh> [03:10] <[Morgan]_> "Should we grab the sheets and other items from inside? We may need them, at the very least to study."
  1377. [21:25] <DrEvilKitteh> [03:11] <DrEvilKitteh> "I will get them." Iris turned and jogged back down the hallway.
  1378. [21:25] <DrEvilKitteh> [03:12] <WhiteKnight> Ayako nods at morgan's suggestion. "I've got a bag," she says, calling upon a rather overdecorated duffel bag with colorful lining. "It's got my essentials, and I'd say what's on those sheets at least is essential info."
  1379. [21:25] <DrEvilKitteh> [03:12] <[Morgan]_> "Good. And if those languages on the sheet were what I think they were, I might be able to translate a bit of it." Morgan said, nodding her head in agreement.
  1380. [21:25] <DrEvilKitteh> [03:15] <DrEvilKitteh> Upon reaching the room, Iris started to store the larger boxes and the items within them away in her hammerspace. The blueprints, however, remained unstored until Ayako would show up and and presumably take them.
  1381. [21:25] <DrEvilKitteh> [03:19] <WhiteKnight> Ayako hurriedly stashes away the blueprints in a small side pocket of her bag before setting it aside, letting it go wherever it would. "Dang useful thing, that. Maybe I should consider loading it up with more useful stuff and carrying it with me."
  1382. [21:25] <DrEvilKitteh> [03:22] <Tangent> Amelia rummages through the boxes. "Hey, Alexa..." She holds up the tiny diamond. "Souvenir?" She asks,a touch of mischief in her eyes as she holds the gem out to her friend.
  1383. [21:25] <DrEvilKitteh> [03:23] <DrEvilKitteh> "That...would be useful." Iris nodded approvingly and straightened after storing most everything in her hammerspace.
  1384. [21:25] <DrEvilKitteh> [03:31] <[Morgan]_> Morgan was now keeping watch outside the door, extra cautious after what had happened to Amelia. If she, of all people, had nearly been struck down so quickly, then she was going to need her eyes to be like that of a hawk.
  1385. [21:25] <DrEvilKitteh> [03:33] <Tangent> Amelia...seems to have recovered from her near-pincushion experience, almost strangely fast, as she chatters to Alexa.
  1386. [21:26] <DrEvilKitteh> (Jran oughtta post first, I think.)
  1387. [21:28] <Jran-Kri> Alexa blinks at the diamond curiously, adjusting her glasses. She breaks out into a grin, nodding eagerly. "Of course! Ooh, perhaps we can make you a necklace out of it."
  1388. [21:31] <DrEvilKitteh> After gathering everything in her hammerspace, save for a couple select items like the blueprints and the diamond that Amelia was showing Alexa, Iris strode to the door and beckoned to the others. "Let's go."
  1389. [21:32] <WhiteKnight> "Faster the better," Ayako agrees, jogging up to said door.
  1390. [21:33] <Tangent> "E-eh?" Amelia blinks, unconsciously touching her throat with her free hand. "No, no, you should have it..." Amelia holds it out to Alexa, looking over as Iris beckons.
  1391. [21:35] <Jran-Kri> "N-nonsense, you've earned it," Alexa shakes her head emphatically. Turning to Iris, she makes to pad after her. "We can talk this over when we get home."
  1392. [21:35] <DrEvilKitteh> The dim lighting goes red with a sound like someone flipping a heavy switch. The floor vibrates as a muffled rumbling and clicking (like some big wheel being turned) fills the air. It stops after about five seconds, and everything goes quiet.
  1393. [21:36] <Tangent> "Ah..." Amelia stops walking, slipping the diamond into a pocket and raising the sword. "What was that?"
  1394. [21:37] <[Morgan]> "I don't like the sound of that." Morgan said, now mildly nervous. "Did we just summon another trap?"
  1395. [21:37] <Jran-Kri> "... Nothing good, I expect," Alexa's staff glows faintly. Given its glow is red, too, this does not help the ambience situation.
  1396. [21:38] <Tangent> "Great." Amelia grumbles. "More wind up monsters to smash..." She raises her sword and the room's lit by a harsh blue flame.
  1397. [21:38] <WhiteKnight> "Nothing quite like a creepy grinding noise stopping to tell you we're in for somethin'." Ayako chuckles.
  1398. [21:40] <DrEvilKitteh> "Window. We should...find one." Iris hurried out of the room, quickly going to store the discarded camo cloaks in her hammerspace. "Move, quickly." She started jogging down the hallway directly in front of the workshop's open doors. Hopefully, that was lead to a corridor closer to the outside area of the facility, and give them a window or two to look out of.
  1399. [21:40] <Tangent> Amelia glances to Alexa. A slight smile and a shrug and she follows Iris.
  1400. [21:41] <Jran-Kri> Alexa scurries after Iris, her staff swaying as she totes it over her shoulder.
  1401. [21:42] <[Morgan]> Morgan immediately followed Iris, the tension finally starting to get to her a bit (which was saying a lot). "The nearest window shouldn't be too far, if I remember correctly." she spoke up, feeling the dread all around them.
  1402. [21:42] <WhiteKnight> Ayako picks up the pace, occasionally looking back for a quick moment.
  1403. [21:43] <DrEvilKitteh> It takes a minute or two for the group to find a window. The corridors, simple, industrial, and gunmetal-grey-turned-red by the emergency lighting, are empty and silent. Not even the little servant bots are out and about. The window itself is thick and squat, and armored shutters cover it on the outside. A little bit of light shines through the thin gap between the individual shutters.
  1404. [21:43] <DrEvilKitteh> As it stands, they can't look outside, not with the window locked down like this.
  1405. [21:44] <[Morgan]> "Well, then." was Morgan's only response, taken aback that the Alchemist had been clever enough to use something to cover the windows. "That would be Plan A tossed out the window. That means it is time for Plan B."
  1406. [21:46] <Tangent> "Cut through the window?"
  1407. [21:46] <Tangent> Amelia offers.
  1408. [21:46] <[Morgan]> "That could work. Possibly."
  1409. [21:47] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris held out a hand and summoned a small, futuristic-looking device that neatly fit in the palm of her hand. "I...can destroy...the window, and covering." After Amelia spoke she held out another hand and summoned the hilt of an energy cutter, which the Fire Paladin would recognize as the lightsaber-like tool she'd used once. "Or this."
  1410. [21:47] <Tangent> "Right, here goes then..." Amelia steps up, licking her lips as she prepares to stab the gap between the shutters...
  1411. [21:47] <Tangent> "Oh. Oh...Um, yeah, sure, Iris!" Amelia manages to mostly hide her disappointment as she steps back.
  1412. [21:47] <WhiteKnight> Ayako whistles at Iris's ingenuity and acquistion. "Niiiiice."
  1413. [21:48] <[Morgan]> "Try it." Morgan said, stepping back and out of Iris' way.
  1414. [21:49] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris eyed Amelia. The two devices vanished back into her hammerspace, and she placed a hand against the window. Front swiftly covered it, going through and freezing the shutters on the other side, as well as the wall immediately around the window. "A-me-lia." She nodded and stepped back a few paces.
  1415. [21:52] <Tangent> Amelia looks over? "Huh?" She blinks, then grins. "Oh, right, sure!" And she steps up. A careful jab for leverage...and then scorching heat.
  1416. [21:53] <DrEvilKitteh> (For the record, the shutters are on the /outside/ of the window.)
  1417. [21:54] <DrEvilKitteh> (Just in case that wasn't clear.)
  1418. [21:54] <DrEvilKitteh> (Also, roll STR+MAG for me~)
  1419. [21:54] <Tangent> *a careful jab through the window
  1420. [21:54] <DrEvilKitteh> (...Or maybe just MAG, actually.)
  1421. [21:54] <Tangent> !ex 8 vs 7
  1422. [21:54] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [3, 2, 7, 5, 10, 3, 2, 10]. Successes total: 5
  1423. [21:58] <DrEvilKitteh> The window heats and cracks, spiderwebbing at the intense temperature differential. Steam rises, filling the air around the window. The glass warps, melting chunks falling to the floor with wet thuds. Soon, most of it has been melted or cut through, which left just the shutters to deal with.
  1424. [21:58] <[Morgan]> (That window's totally gonna come back as a bonus boss later)
  1425. [21:58] <WhiteKnight> [r5 pls]
  1426. [21:59] <DrEvilKitteh> (How does Amelia wish to take out the shutters? Slowly with fire/MAG, or quickly with her sword/STR?)
  1427. [22:00] <[Morgan]> (Window Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pane)
  1428. [22:00] <DrEvilKitteh> (Bah, I heard the plot's too transparent.)
  1429. [22:00] <[Morgan]> (It's certainly fragile under close inspection)
  1430. [22:01] <[Morgan]> (Aaaayyyy)
  1431. [22:02] <DrEvilKitteh> (Tangent?)
  1432. [22:03] <Tangent> (MMM?)
  1433. [22:03] <DrEvilKitteh> (I axed you a question.)
  1434. [22:03] <Tangent> Amelia frowns thoughtfully...then hacks away at it. "Hyah!"
  1435. [22:04] <Tangent> (strength~)
  1436. [22:04] <DrEvilKitteh> (Roll~)
  1437. [22:04] <Tangent> !ex 10 vs 7
  1438. [22:04] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [3, 1, 10, 5, 10, 7, 6, 10, 10, 1]. Successes total: 9
  1439. [22:06] <DrEvilKitteh> With a snicker-snack, the shutters are easily cut through. Amelia actually does it well enough, in fact, that the pieces bent inward and fall to the floor instead of tumbling down outside the window. It's now free for them to look outside.
  1440. [22:06] <Jran-Kri> Alexa lightly applauds, grinning at Amelia. "Beautifully done," she praises, peering over to peek out the window.
  1441. [22:07] <[Morgan]> "Excellent." Morgan praised, nodding before moving to the window as well.
  1442. [22:07] <Tangent> Amelia dismisses her sword, and dusts off her hands with a faintly smug air. "Thank you, thank you~" She grins back, looking out next to Alexa.
  1443. [22:07] <WhiteKnight> Ayako nods in approval, but waits to avoid crowding around the window.
  1444. [22:08] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris waited next to Ayako.
  1445. [22:10] <DrEvilKitteh> Outside the window, which seemed to be on the left-ish side of the facility (if you were facing it head-on), the Clockwork Zombie/Flesh Golem workers still seemed to be mining as they had been before. However, this time, there were no Soldiers in view, either amongst the workers or below the window in their field of view. (Everyone at the window roll Perception.)
  1446. [22:11] <Jran-Kri> .d 1d20
  1447. [22:11] <Internets> :: Total 1 / 20 [5%] :: Results [1] ::
  1448. [22:11] <[Morgan]> .d 1d20
  1449. [22:11] <Internets> :: Total 6 / 20 [30%] :: Results [6] ::
  1450. [22:11] <Tangent> .d 1d20
  1451. [22:11] <Internets> :: Total 14 / 20 [70%] :: Results [14] ::
  1452. [22:11] <Jran-Kri> ((>Alexa trips and breaks her glasses))
  1453. [22:11] <Tangent> (D:)
  1454. [22:12] <DrEvilKitteh> (Or they slip off her nose and tumble outside the window when she gets too overexcited and pokes her head out.)
  1455. [22:12] <Tangent> (poor alexa, so moe, so clumsy)
  1456. [22:12] <Jran-Kri> (("Jinkies!"))
  1457. [22:12] <DrEvilKitteh> (Either way, if you really wanna do something like that, go ahead. :3)
  1458. [22:12] <[Morgan]> (So key-oot)
  1459. [22:12] <Tangent> (Does that make Amelia scrappy doo?)
  1460. [22:13] <[Morgan]> (Nah, too likable)
  1461. [22:15] <Jran-Kri> Alexa moves her head just a bit too fast, and her glasses jolt sharply on the bridge of her nose. Then they slide off. Alexa yelps, fumbles with them, and then watches them fall out of the window. "... Oops."
  1462. [22:15] <Tangent> Amelia looks over concerned. "Alexa? What happene-Oh..."
  1463. [22:17] <DrEvilKitteh> Only Amelia, for some reason, noticed what the others didn't. Probably helped that Alexa lost her glasses. In addition to what the three had seen, the two entrances to the facility had been shut. The workers with wheelbarrows were dumping the contents of their wheelbarrows in front of said closed entrances before going back to the holes in the side of the crater to get more.
  1464. [22:17] <DrEvilKitteh> Basically, the facility was on full lockdown mode.
  1465. [22:18] <[Morgan]> Morgan winces in sympathy, watching the glasses tumble to the ground below. "Rest in pieces, noble spectacles. You will not be forgotten." she commented sincerely.
  1466. [22:18] <[Morgan]> *winced
  1467. [22:18] <Tangent> "Yeahhh, they don't want us going anywhere...Look, down there. The doors." Amelia gives another look to Alexa, then steps back for Iris to take a look.
  1468. [22:18] <WhiteKnight> Ayako perks up at Alexa's fumble.
  1469. [22:19] <Jran-Kri> "Oh bloody Hell," Alexa has paled several shades. She grimaces, trembling faintly as she looks down at the ground. "U-um. Um. Well. My vision's not that bad, I suppose..."
  1470. [22:19] <WhiteKnight> "Huh? What happened?" She walks on over to inspect.
  1471. [22:19] <Jran-Kri> "I lost my glasses!" Alexa wails, her attempts at optimism promptly falling to pieces.
  1472. [22:19] <DrEvilKitteh> {Ayako, with sharp ears as usual, catches something in the background that no one else did. Mechanical sounds of something below their feet, maybe a floor or two down. Machinery that wouldn't be out of place in a factory.}
  1473. [22:19] <[Morgan]> Morgan reached out and cautiously patted her on the back a few times before stopping.
  1474. [22:20] <Tangent> Amelia steps over to her friend. "It...It's okay...You have a spare at home, right?" She reaches out and pats her friend reassuringly, much more comfortably than Morgan.
  1475. [22:20] <WhiteKnight> "Jeez, that sucks..." She tenses up. "Ohh, that can't be good. I think there's something going on down below. Something... heavy."
  1476. [22:20] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris walked up and conjured an identical pair to the glasses Alexa had just lost. She held the pair out to the other girl as she looked outside the window, though Ayako's words drew her attention a moment later. "...What? What...is it?"
  1477. [22:22] <WhiteKnight> "Machinery. Heavy machinery. Like, industrial, factory-strength machinery."
  1478. [22:23] <Jran-Kri> "Yes, yes, but--" Alexa is prepared to whine to Amelia before a new pair appears. Blinking myopically, Alexa takes the glasses, scowling. "God in Heaven, you know these aren't just panes of g--?" Alexa cuts herself off as she holds them up to her eyes, shocked. "O-oh. Oh my. Um. Thank you," she bunches up her shoulders, blushing. "Er. Right. Machinery. Factory. Yes. Interesting."
  1479. [22:24] <DrEvilKitteh> Idly, Iris moved a hand to rub Alexa on the head. "That...does not sound...very good." She looked around at the others. "...I am...not very cer-tain...what to do, now. We could...plant ex-plo-sives and collapse...this base, or...continue down and...pro-ba-bly fight. May-be something else...?"
  1480. [22:25] <[Morgan]> Morgan looked back out the window at what was going on. She said nothing this time, her mouth moving into a thin line as she studied the machinery. Quite awe-inspiring and terrifying at the same time, she noted.
  1481. [22:25] <Tangent> "Oh...Thanks, Iris!" Amelia chirps, giving her other friend a grateful smile and a thumbs up.
  1482. [22:25] <DrEvilKitteh> (R5, there is no machinery outside the window. Only Ayako heard it, and it is below them inside the facility.)
  1483. [22:25] <[Morgan]> (Ah. Derp)
  1484. [22:26] <[Morgan]> (Ignore that, then)
  1485. [22:26] <[Morgan]> "Perhaps these 'explosives' could do the trick. How powerful are they?"
  1486. [22:27] <Jran-Kri> Alexa hums at the patting, bunching up even further. She grumbles under her breath. "Yes. Um. Best just blow the place up. Nothing but machines here. No harm."
  1487. [22:27] <Tangent> "I like this plan."
  1488. [22:28] <WhiteKnight> "Heh, bombs are always fun."
  1489. [22:28] <DrEvilKitteh> "Pow-er-ful enough." Iris continued with the headpats.
  1490. [22:29] <DrEvilKitteh> {The sounds of machinery stop.}
  1491. [22:29] <WhiteKnight> Ayako squints. "... Huh. It stopped. That's probably a really bad sign."
  1492. [22:30] <Tangent> Amelia glances between Iris and Alexa...then looks over. "...Well, it's not like they didn't know we're here..."
  1493. [22:31] <[Morgan]> "We should move quickly, then." Morgan advised. "The rest have most likely caught onto our escapades."
  1494. [22:32] <Jran-Kri> "Yes, quite right," Alexa claps her hands together, nodding shortly. "They already battened down the hatches -- who knows what's next?"
  1495. [22:33] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris summoned a device like the explosive from earlier, though it was about twice as large. "Three...or four...should be enough."
  1496. [22:34] <WhiteKnight> "Let's get going and worry about the details on the way," Ayako insists as she turns to the way back.
  1497. [22:34] <Tangent> "Sounds like a plan." Amelia glances to Alexa and Iris...
  1498. [22:35] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris stored the demolition charge back in hammerspace and hurried after Ayako.
  1499. [22:36] <Tangent> Amelia follows
  1500. [22:36] <Jran-Kri> Alexa nods shortly, scurrying after them.
  1501. [22:36] <[Morgan]> Morgan kept a steady pace as she brought up the rear.
  1502. [22:36] <DrEvilKitteh> .d 1d4
  1503. [22:36] <Internets> :: Total 1 / 4 [25%] :: Results [1] ::
  1504. [22:36] <DrEvilKitteh> (Welp.)
  1505. [22:37] <[Morgan]> (?)
  1506. [22:38] <DrEvilKitteh> It was just after Iris placed the first charge, back in the Alchemist's planned-workshop, that the extremely unsubtle sounds of heavy footsteps echoed to them from the hallway leading to one of the staircases. And there were a lot of them.
  1507. [22:40] <Tangent> "Oh boy..." Amelia sighs, tossing her hair back with her free hand. Huh, that feels rather dramatic. Maybe she should do it more oft...Oh. Right. Monsters. She steps in front of Alexa and raises her sword.
  1508. [22:41] <WhiteKnight> Ayako sucks on her teeth and sighs. "Well then. Think you can still get those bombs planted if we just hold 'em at bay for a bit, Iris? OR do we gotta go through 'em?"
  1509. [22:41] <Jran-Kri> Alexa gulps, her staff glowing in preparation. "Oh dear, oh dear..."
  1510. [22:41] <[Morgan]> Morgan readies her stave in anticipation. She had been hoping that they would keep their stealth, but if fighting off a few more soldiers was what it took to leave, then so be it.
  1511. [22:41] <Tangent> "Nothing we can't handle...I think."
  1512. [22:43] <DrEvilKitteh> "They should be placed at different spots within the facility to deal the maximum amount of damage," Iris quickly replied to Ayako, eyes glowing softly again. "So we will have to fight through the enemies to at least two other places."
  1513. [22:45] <WhiteKnight> "Yareyare," she says with a sigh. "Alright. Let's pulverize 'em in a sec and finish this place."
  1514. [22:45] <[Morgan]> "Hear, hear."
  1515. [22:46] <Tangent> "Sounds about right..." She nudges Alexa. "Ready?"
  1516. [22:46] <Jran-Kri> "Ready as I'll ever be," Alexa smiles thinly at her.
  1517. [22:47] <DrEvilKitteh> (Everyone, roll Initiative.)
  1518. [22:47] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 6 vs 7 (Iris Initiative!)
  1519. [22:47] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [3, 8, 10, 4, 4, 1]. Successes total: 3
  1520. [22:47] <[Morgan]> !ex 8 v
  1521. [22:47] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]: [10, 8, 7, 4, 6, 5, 5, 8]. Successes total: 5
  1522. [22:48] <Tangent> !ex 4 vs 7
  1523. [22:48] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [1, 9, 9, 9]. Successes total: 3
  1524. [22:48] <Jran-Kri> !ex 6 v
  1525. [22:48] <Zeneroller> Jran-Kri: [5, 6, 8, 1, 8, 7]. Successes total: 3
  1526. [22:48] <WhiteKnight> !ex 11 v (Awareness!)
  1527. [22:48] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: [6, 4, 9, 10, 2, 1, 9, 1, 4, 4, 5]. Successes total: 4
  1528. [22:48] <DrEvilKitteh> (Initiative Order: Ayako/Morgan/Alexa/Iris/Amelia/The Baddies)
  1529. [22:49] <Tangent> A quick, wordless pat and Amelia turns back to the direction she thinks the monsters are coming from...
  1530. [22:50] <DrEvilKitteh> "Amelia, we shall lead." Iris summoned her warhammer and stepped out of the room next to her fiery friend.
  1531. [22:50] <WhiteKnight> Ayako's bow is at the ready, as are her senses. She seems ready to lay down some serious firepower.
  1532. [22:51] <Tangent> "Right! I'm with you!" Amelia hastens after Iris!
  1533. [22:51] <[Morgan]> Morgan is prepared for almost anything at this point, her face a bit grim as she followed close behind.
  1534. [22:51] <[Morgan]> *was
  1535. [22:52] <Jran-Kri> Alexa shuffles after them, keeping her distance from the frontline.
  1536. [22:54] <DrEvilKitteh> Down the hallway to the right, the direction the three Soldiers (that had shot Amelia) had come from earlier, numerous stumbling and shambling shapes walked into view. The red lights gave an almost hellish glow to them. All were humanoid, though they were quite different. Some were Soldiers, some were Zombies/Flesh Golems, but they all shared one thing in common: they were incomplete, unfinished. About fifteen were down there, and more were on the way.
  1537. [22:54] <DrEvilKitteh> (Ayako!)
  1538. [22:56] <WhiteKnight> Ayako balks at the sheer number of enemies for a moment. But if this is anyone's forte, it's hers. She draws her bow back as far as it'll go, almost a dozen arrows forming, and lets them all fly! "Taaaaake THIIIIIIS!" [Hollow Point Barrage. 3 MP, 7/10]
  1539. [22:56] <WhiteKnight> !ex 11 v 7
  1540. [22:56] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: [4, 5, 6, 2, 9, 4, 8, 4, 4, 1, 8]. Successes total: 3
  1541. [22:56] <Tangent> "Urgh. These guys."
  1542. [22:57] <DrEvilKitteh> (How many are you targeting, WK?)
  1543. [22:58] <WhiteKnight> (10, the maximum (without penalty?))
  1544. [22:58] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alright.)
  1545. [22:58] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7 multi 10 v (Minions' Dodge!)
  1546. [22:58] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 4d:[4, 9, 1, 10] = 3; 4d:[2, 4, 5, 3] = 0; 4d:[6, 8, 2, 8] = 2; 4d:[2, 8, 10, 7] = 4; 4d:[4, 8, 1, 9] = 2; 4d:[8, 3, 4, 9] = 2; 4d:[8, 6, 8, 3] = 2; 4d:[10, 1, 2, 8] = 3; 4d:[1, 2, 8, 8] = 2; 4d:[9, 7, 8, 8] = 4.Total successes: 24
  1547. [22:59] <DrEvilKitteh> All but two of the shamblers are hit...and go down. The other two somehow manage to jerk out of the way and avoid the arrows aimed at them. About seven remain of this group.
  1548. [23:00] <DrEvilKitteh> (Morgan!)
  1549. [23:01] <DrEvilKitteh> (I'd recommend Ice Barrage.)
  1550. [23:01] <[Morgan]> (You read my mind, my good man)
  1551. [23:01] <DrEvilKitteh> (It'd be worth it to take the 1-2 die penalty to multitarget more than 3.)
  1552. [23:01] <[Morgan]> !ex 11 v Morgan fires off an Ice Barrage at the remaining seven standing, letting out a defiant yell.
  1553. [23:01] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]: [3, 3, 3, 9, 1, 1, 3, 5, 1, 10, 3]. Successes total: 3
  1554. [23:01] <[Morgan]> (Pffft)
  1555. [23:02] <DrEvilKitteh> (Wow. Zeneroller loooves 3's, don't she.)
  1556. [23:02] <[Morgan]> (Indeed.)
  1557. [23:02] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7 multi 7 v (Minion Resist!)
  1558. [23:02] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 4d:[9, 6, 1, 10] = 3; 4d:[8, 7, 9, 10] = 5; 4d:[4, 2, 10, 5] = 2; 4d:[3, 10, 3, 6] = 2; 4d:[6, 3, 7, 1] = 1; 4d:[5, 8, 10, 5] = 3.Total successes: 16
  1559. [23:02] <[Morgan]> (3 is the number of badassitude. This is canon now)
  1560. [23:03] <DrEvilKitteh> All the stumbling creatures are taken down...except for one, who escaped the icy attack unscathed. Somehow.
  1561. [23:03] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alexa!)
  1562. [23:04] <[Morgan]> Morgan stares in a mixture of shock and pity at the survivor, saying nothing.
  1563. [23:05] <Jran-Kri> Alexa's staff glows as a globule of bright red energy forms, splits into two and hurtles at two of the creatures! [Arcane Barrage]
  1564. [23:05] <Jran-Kri> !ex 9 multi 2 v
  1565. [23:05] <Zeneroller> Jran-Kri: 9d:[9, 2, 2, 3, 10, 6, 6, 2, 9] = 4; 9d:[8, 10, 1, 9, 7, 2, 3, 7, 10] = 8.Total successes: 12
  1566. [23:05] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7 (Lone Survivor Resist!)
  1567. [23:05] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [9, 9, 7, 2]. Successes total: 3
  1568. [23:06] <[Morgan]> (Yet another incarnation of Soldier #3)
  1569. [23:06] <DrEvilKitteh> The last Soldier continued staggering forward at them, one functional arm outstretched and clawing at the distant Magical Girls...when twin bolts of red light slammed into its chest, tearing its torso apart.
  1570. [23:06] <DrEvilKitteh> (This combat has been finished, but we're retaining Initiative Order since that's easier.)
  1571. [23:06] <Tangent> "..." Amelia lowers her sword, looking faintly disappointed.
  1572. [23:07] <WhiteKnight> Ayako smiles, pretty impressed with the scope of damage dealt by a single volley.
  1573. [23:07] <[Morgan]> "That was thankfully easy." Morgan muttered to herself, amazed that both she and Ayako had taken out so many in so little time.
  1574. [23:07] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris practically flew down the hallway, not caring that there weren't any for herself and Amelia to attack. She had bombs to plant and not very much time to do it.
  1575. [23:08] <[Morgan]> Morgan quickly dashed after the group's leader upon seeing her run past, not wanting to be left behind for obvious reasons.
  1576. [23:09] <Tangent> A shrug and Amelia runs after them.
  1577. [23:09] <WhiteKnight> The ex-merc's reverie is dispelled, and she takes off after Iris at full speed.
  1578. [23:09] <Jran-Kri> "... Good heavens," Alexa stares at their remains for a moment, before scurrying after the rest of them at full tilt.
  1579. [23:11] <DrEvilKitteh> They reached the next stairwell without any trouble. Iris took out another charge and set it on the wall outside the door leading to the stairs, from which the sounds of more "unfinished" enemies was coming from. "Amelia, take them out. Confined space, good for your fire." Iris pointed down the stairs which the Clockwork enemies were ascending. They were only about thirty feet below the group of girls proper...
  1580. [23:12] <DrEvilKitteh> (Amelia! You may "attack" as normal without needing to Move/Dash.)
  1581. [23:13] <Tangent> Amelia grins. "Aw, they shouldn't have..." And she leaps into the fray.
  1582. [23:14] <Tangent> (Piercing attack against the mob, power overwhelming.)
  1583. [23:14] <DrEvilKitteh> (Also, there are 20 total baddies here. Target-rich environ, so have fun~)
  1584. [23:15] <Tangent> !ex 12 vs 7
  1585. [23:15] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [6, 7, 10, 6, 4, 9, 9, 7, 3, 6, 8, 6]. Successes total: 7
  1586. [23:16] <Tangent> She swings wildly into the mob- they're monsters, it's okay- fire burning bright. She barely even registers the way her skin singes from the heat before quickly sealing over once more.
  1587. [23:17] <DrEvilKitteh> (...Er. I don't have a good "mob" mechanic written up, so how many are you targeting?)
  1588. [23:17] <Tangent> (Uh, as many as she can until her dice runs out...so 6?)
  1589. [23:18] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7 multi 6 v
  1590. [23:18] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 4d:[6, 7, 1, 9] = 2; 4d:[6, 4, 5, 9] = 1; 4d:[1, 6, 8, 10] = 3; 4d:[10, 8, 2, 5] = 3; 4d:[8, 3, 2, 9] = 2; 4d:[4, 1, 7, 9] = 2.Total successes: 13
  1591. [23:18] <DrEvilKitteh> .d 1d6
  1592. [23:18] <Internets> :: Total 3 / 6 [50%] :: Results [3] ::
  1593. [23:19] <DrEvilKitteh> Six go down beneath a burning sword, and two more in close proximity catch on fire and start burning. They fall to the floor in short order.
  1594. [23:19] <DrEvilKitteh> (Iris!)
  1595. [23:20] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris finishes up prepwork for the bomb and presses the button to link it to the first one.
  1596. [23:20] <DrEvilKitteh> (Clockwork Enemies!)
  1597. [23:20] * Kinny is now known as Lynninya
  1598. [23:20] <DrEvilKitteh> As one, about ten or so surge to attack Amelia, movements twitchy and sluggish but still potentially dangerous.
  1599. [23:20] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7 multi 10 v (Melee Attack vs Amelia)
  1600. [23:21] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 4d:[8, 1, 8, 5] = 2; 4d:[7, 1, 2, 9] = 2; 4d:[5, 8, 2, 8] = 2; 4d:[7, 10, 7, 8] = 5; 4d:[10, 7, 3, 1] = 3; 4d:[9, 8, 6, 8] = 3; 4d:[10, 7, 9, 10] = 6; 4d:[4, 10, 8, 7] = 4; 4d:[6, 2, 10, 1] = 2; 4d:[5, 6, 1, 4] Botch!Total successes: 29
  1601. [23:21] <Tangent> "...Um."
  1602. [23:21] <DrEvilKitteh> (Parry roll~)
  1603. [23:21] <Tangent> !ex 11 vs 7
  1604. [23:21] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [10, 3, 7, 2, 2, 9, 1, 9, 7, 3, 10]. Successes total: 8
  1605. [23:21] <[Morgan]> (Dayum)
  1606. [23:21] <DrEvilKitteh> (They all dead. Write it out~)
  1607. [23:23] <Tangent> "I...think...They're-" Amelia hacks apart yet another angry zombie as it tries to stab her before cutting the legs out from under a zombie at least a head taller than she is. "...Mad?" Was that the last of them?
  1608. [23:23] <Tangent> She blinks as she takes in the carnage, her outfit and face smeared with soot from her own magic.
  1609. [23:24] <[Morgan]> "They seemed very determined." Morgan noticed, watching them drop like flies.
  1610. [23:24] <DrEvilKitteh> Two more remain, above Amelia and trying to go for the rest of the group at the top of the stairwell.
  1611. [23:24] <DrEvilKitteh> (Ayako!)
  1612. [23:26] <WhiteKnight> Ayako goes for a more basic trick shot, trying to knock down five foes with just three arrows! [Hollow Point, 5 targets. That's a -3 to a ranged character w/o rapid firing, right?]
  1613. [23:27] <DrEvilKitteh> (I said two remain.)
  1614. [23:27] <DrEvilKitteh> (You only need to target two of 'em.)
  1615. [23:28] <WhiteKnight> (Aw, damn. Oh well.)
  1616. [23:28] <WhiteKnight> *Two baddies with one arrow
  1617. [23:28] <WhiteKnight> !ex 10 multi 2 v 7
  1618. [23:28] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: 10d:[7, 1, 3, 1, 3, 1, 1, 10, 3, 9] = 4; 10d:[8, 4, 9, 10, 3, 1, 4, 8, 5, 5] = 5.Total successes: 9
  1619. [23:29] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7 multi 2 v
  1620. [23:29] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 4d:[3, 8, 5, 3] = 1; 4d:[9, 10, 7, 1] = 4.Total successes: 5
  1621. [23:29] <DrEvilKitteh> They both go down with arrows through their head and neck, respectively.
  1622. [23:29] <DrEvilKitteh> (Combat over, Mana is regained. One more bomb to go, though~)
  1623. [23:30] <Tangent> Amelia hasn't even taken a second step when the last of the zombies drops. She glances to her friends, and shrugs. "Urgh...where are these guys even coming from?"
  1624. [23:30] <[Morgan]> "The fires of Hell would be a safe bet."
  1625. [23:30] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris stepped through the doorway and looked down at Amelia. "...That was ver-y...good, A-me-lia," she called out in soft praise. She vaulted the railing and landed next to the Fire girl. "We go down, one...more...floor," she called up to the others. At Amelia's question, she merely shrugged awkwardly.
  1626. [23:31] <Tangent> And how many people did that lunatic kill to make them? She shakes her head. "Ah, thanks, Iris!"
  1627. [23:32] <Jran-Kri> "Yes, yes, masterfully done," Alexa says a hair too quickly, hurrying after.
  1628. [23:33] <WhiteKnight> Ayako squints not just at the sheer number of foes that had just come and gone, but also at Iris. Something doesn't feel quite right... "Hmmm..." She shakes her head. Not now. Charges first.
  1629. [23:35] <[Morgan]> The water girl made her way to Iris and Amelia's positions, ready for the (almost) final leg of their mission.
  1630. [23:39] <Tangent> Amelia strolls along, humming to herself. She's not a very good singer, apparently...
  1631. [23:42] <DrEvilKitteh> The next floor down...explained where they had been coming from.
  1632. [23:42] <DrEvilKitteh> Here, they were walking on catwalks spanning the entire “floor”, many meters above the next floor down. And it looked like a factory, alright. Assembly lines, conveyers, spare pieces and parts ready to be fixed on a damaged Clockwork creature... There were many frames recognizable as Soldiers were still hanging from racks, evidently new ones that were being made right there in the facility itself.
  1633. [23:42] <DrEvilKitteh> Oh, and there were still several bodies there. Dissected and cut apart by automatic machines, corpses of people and other humanoid-like monsters lay on tables near the middle of the factory floor. There was even a minotaur down there. They'd been in the process of being converted to Clockwork Flesh Golems, but they hadn't even gotten as far as some of the unfinished Zombies and Soldiers that the girls had just fought.
  1634. [23:42] <DrEvilKitteh> In essence, it was an assembly, repair, and conversion room. And there were a lot more unfinished Clockwork monstrosities heading for the grated stairs leading to the catwalks.
  1635. [23:45] <Tangent> Amelia feels bile rise in her throat. "...It's all going to burn. Now." She snaps, her earlier moment of good humor vanishing just as fast as it'd appeared.
  1636. [23:45] <WhiteKnight> Ayako's expression is pretty blank. She seems to be taking the whole place in before she says anything. But for a moment, her bow twitches forward.
  1637. [23:46] <DrEvilKitteh> (Morgan! Target as many as you'd like. There's effectively no shortage of them at this point.)
  1638. [23:46] <Jran-Kri> "God in Heaven," Alexa mumbles, looking around with something between fascination and horror.
  1639. [23:47] <Tangent> Amelia abruptly vaults over the railing without a second thought...and right into the midst of the mob, trailing blue flame and smoke. "BURN!"
  1640. [23:48] <DrEvilKitteh> (Morgan's turn first, tho.)
  1641. [23:48] <[Morgan]> !ex 11 v Something inside Morgan finally and briefly snapped when she saw what lied before her, memories flashing before her eyes. "NEVER AGAIN!" she roared angrily, firing an Ice Barrage at about eight of the creatures.
  1642. [23:48] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]: [1, 5, 2, 3, 9, 8, 7, 10, 6, 5, 1]. Successes total: 5
  1643. [23:48] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7 multi 8 v
  1644. [23:48] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 4d:[2, 2, 4, 10] = 2; 4d:[8, 9, 9, 2] = 3; 4d:[4, 8, 4, 3] = 1; 4d:[10, 8, 6, 7] = 4; 4d:[8, 4, 3, 6] = 1; 4d:[8, 8, 4, 4] = 2; 4d:[4, 9, 7, 8] = 3.Total successes: 16
  1645. [23:49] <DrEvilKitteh> Several unfinished and incomplete Soldiers and Zombies go down from the ice attack.
  1646. [23:49] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alexa!)
  1647. [23:50] <Jran-Kri> Alexa's staff flashes again as she launches another pair of magic missiles at the creatures! [Arcane Barrage]
  1648. [23:50] <Jran-Kri> !ex 9 multi 2 v
  1649. [23:50] <Zeneroller> Jran-Kri: 9d:[4, 5, 1, 5, 7, 6, 6, 8, 4] = 2; 9d:[3, 10, 10, 3, 7, 3, 2, 3, 5] = 5.Total successes: 7
  1650. [23:50] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7 multi 2 v
  1651. [23:50] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 4d:[4, 6, 2, 3] = 0; 4d:[9, 4, 8, 3] = 2.Total successes: 2
  1652. [23:51] <DrEvilKitteh> A head and groin explodes, respectively, sending two of the creatures down to the floor.
  1653. [23:51] <DrEvilKitteh> (Amelia!)
  1654. [23:52] <Tangent> Amelia lashes out as she lands, the tiny paladin a whirl of metal and flame!
  1655. [23:52] <Tangent> !ex 10 vs 7
  1656. [23:52] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [1, 5, 4, 6, 8, 10, 2, 4, 8, 2]. Successes total: 4
  1657. [23:52] <DrEvilKitteh> (So...targeting one or something?)
  1658. [23:52] <Tangent> (3 enemies then?)
  1659. [23:53] <DrEvilKitteh> (You'd need to subtract Dice for multitargeting.)
  1660. [23:53] <DrEvilKitteh> (Unless you used Power Overwhelming.)
  1661. [23:53] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7 multi 3 v
  1662. [23:53] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 4d:[9, 8, 2, 1] = 2; 4d:[2, 9, 3, 2] = 1; 4d:[4, 6, 5, 1] Botch!Total successes: 3
  1663. [23:53] <Tangent> (strength attack, piercing, and...isn't it -1 dice for every subsequent attack?)
  1664. [23:54] <DrEvilKitteh> (Yes. You'd get 8 dice from STR, 2 from Base Dice.)
  1665. [23:55] <Tangent> (Right, but I thought it was >first attack uses the #successes, >second attack uses -1...)
  1666. [23:55] <Tangent> (No?)
  1667. [23:55] <DrEvilKitteh> (No.)
  1668. [23:55] <DrEvilKitteh> (I thought I already told people about this during this adventure.)
  1669. [23:55] <Tangent> (Right, then with your permission I'll PO that. Not that I saw, but I was half-asleep half the time)
  1670. [23:56] <DrEvilKitteh> Three of the creatures are sliced apart and burned to slag and charred flesh. The smell...wasn't a pleasant one, and it started to pervade the air even up on the catwalks above.
  1671. [23:56] <DrEvilKitteh> (Iris!)
  1672. [23:57] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris summoned a third and final bomb, activating and linking it as she sprinted across the catwalks.
  1673. [23:57] <DrEvilKitteh> (Baddies!)
  1674. [23:58] <DrEvilKitteh> Again, about ten-ish swarm at Amelia and try to drown her in their numbers.
  1675. [23:58] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7 multi 10 v (Clockwork Monsters Melee!)
  1676. [23:58] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 4d:[10, 3, 9, 8] = 4; 4d:[1, 1, 7, 3] = 1; 4d:[1, 7, 1, 2] = 1; 4d:[5, 10, 6, 3] = 2; 4d:[5, 2, 8, 1] = 1; 4d:[4, 3, 5, 10] = 2; 4d:[10, 5, 4, 2] = 2.Total successes: 13
  1677. [23:58] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7 multi 3 v
  1678. [23:58] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 4d:[2, 1, 9, 8] = 2; 4d:[6, 6, 5, 6] = 0; 4d:[10, 4, 7, 8] = 4.Total successes: 6
  1679. [23:58] <Tangent> !ex 11 vs 7
  1680. [23:58] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [4, 2, 6, 10, 6, 6, 4, 7, 3, 5, 1]. Successes total: 3
  1681. [23:59] <Tangent> So many. So many dead hands and bodies, and she's just overreached with her wild swings...Ameila frantically tries to parry.
  1682. [23:59] <DrEvilKitteh> In the chaos, Amelia is hit twice, but both blows don't get through her armor. (-2 Soak.) As for the other eight, she cut them apart before they could dogpile her.
  1683. [00:00] <DrEvilKitteh> Some of the Unfinished Clockwork Creatures, meanwhile, had walked up the stairs to the catwalks and weren't too far from Ayako, Morgan, and Alexa. They started to close the distance...
  1684. [00:00] <DrEvilKitteh> (Ayako!)
  1685. [00:01] <WhiteKnight> (How many targets we got? "Countless?")
  1686. [00:01] <DrEvilKitteh> (Pretty much.)
  1687. [00:03] <WhiteKnight> Ayako yells at the top of her lungs as she goes for a truly maddening barrage! She sacrifices any attempt at accuracy to deliver her payload over a wide area! [Barrage, 15 targets. The penalty is -1 per, right?]
  1688. [00:04] <DrEvilKitteh> (...Hm. The pdf I'm looking at just says "Up to 10 can be targeted".)
  1689. [00:05] <WhiteKnight> (Eh, I can go with that in the interest of time.)
  1690. [00:05] <WhiteKnight> (10 it is~)
  1691. [00:05] <WhiteKnight> !ex 11 v 7
  1692. [00:05] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: [9, 4, 5, 1, 2, 9, 9, 6, 10, 3, 1]. Successes total: 5
  1693. [00:05] <Zene> (Barrage targets a maximum of 10 but applies no penalty. If it's a ranged attack, it also gains a +1 bonus.)
  1694. [00:05] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7 multi 10 v (Clockwork Dodge!)
  1695. [00:05] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 4d:[5, 4, 9, 8] = 2; 4d:[9, 1, 2, 10] = 3; 4d:[3, 6, 6, 9] = 1; 4d:[7, 6, 2, 5] = 1; 4d:[8, 9, 4, 8] = 3; 4d:[1, 3, 9, 9] = 2; 4d:[4, 2, 4, 8] = 1; 4d:[4, 9, 4, 4] = 1; 4d:[5, 7, 4, 5] = 1; 4d:[5, 6, 10, 7] = 3.Total successes: 18
  1696. [00:06] <DrEvilKitteh> A hail of arrows sinks into several bodies, downing each one they hit.
  1697. [00:06] <DrEvilKitteh> (Morgan!)
  1698. [00:08] <[Morgan]_> !ex 11 v As more soldiers and zombies prepare to swarm her and her allies, Morgan turns her fury and Ice Barrage on them. "FALL." she commands them, looking for all the world like an icy angel of vengeance.
  1699. [00:08] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]_: [6, 10, 10, 2, 7, 2, 9, 4, 6, 9, 6]. Successes total: 7
  1700. [00:09] <[Morgan]_> (That's 8 targets, btw)
  1701. [00:10] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7 multi 9 v
  1702. [00:10] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 4d:[2, 3, 6, 3] = 0; 4d:[9, 5, 9, 2] = 2; 4d:[8, 3, 4, 7] = 2; 4d:[8, 1, 6, 7] = 2; 4d:[10, 9, 6, 5] = 3; 4d:[1, 4, 9, 10] = 3; 4d:[10, 7, 8, 7] = 5; 4d:[3, 8, 3, 8] = 2; 4d:[8, 5, 10, 8] = 4.Total successes: 23
  1703. [00:11] <DrEvilKitteh> Needles of ice slide through their bodies, imbedding and pinning them to the grated floor and stairs where they moved no more.
  1704. [00:11] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alexa!)
  1705. [00:11] <Jran-Kri> Alexa takes a step back at the approaching storm, her staff flashing again as she hurls another pair of red bolts. [Arcane Barrage]
  1706. [00:11] <Jran-Kri> !ex 9 multi 2 v
  1707. [00:11] <Zeneroller> Jran-Kri: 9d:[5, 3, 1, 3, 7, 6, 2, 10, 10] = 5; 9d:[8, 3, 2, 5, 10, 8, 8, 9, 4] = 6.Total successes: 11
  1708. [00:13] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7 multi 2 v
  1709. [00:13] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 4d:[4, 6, 9, 2] = 1; 4d:[9, 4, 3, 3] = 1.Total successes: 2
  1710. [00:14] <DrEvilKitteh> A particularly large orc zombie was catapulted over the catwalk and send crashing to the floor below. One of its comrades was hit in the leg, which desintegrated below the knee and flipped it over.
  1711. [00:15] <DrEvilKitteh> (...Oh wait, Iris goes before Amelia. Whoops.)
  1712. [00:16] <DrEvilKitteh> (Iris!)
  1713. [00:21] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris hopped off the catwalk and landed more or less dead-center of the room below. She primed the device and set it on one of the nearby pieces of automated equipment. That was when two forms darted at her from behind, regular Soldiers that moved with speeds only granted by Overclock.
  1714. [00:21] <DrEvilKitteh> ...And then twin gunshots rang out from near her, and the Soldiers were hit by bullets that...well. One's body exploded from the chest up, and the second one's upper and lower body were ripped in half by the second shot.
  1715. [00:21] <DrEvilKitteh> (Amelia!)
  1716. [00:22] <Tangent> (What targets and where's the densest mass of enemies?)
  1717. [00:22] <DrEvilKitteh> (Probably directly around Amelia. There's no real shortage, right now.)
  1718. [00:23] <Tangent> (Anyone in close range/the splash zone for aoe?)
  1719. [00:25] <DrEvilKitteh> (No.)
  1720. [00:26] <Tangent> (Okay, she uses Power overwhelming with fire sweep. Takes 2 damage, 2 mana, and 4 mag from fire sweep- 1 soak and 1 mana regenerates since >Every other turn, and the usual 1 hp from regen.)
  1721. [00:27] <Tangent> !ex 10 vs 7
  1722. [00:27] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [1, 2, 10, 8, 4, 2, 2, 8, 5, 8]. Successes total: 5
  1723. [00:27] <Tangent> [close range aoe, 2 wounds+2/success]
  1724. [00:28] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7
  1725. [00:28] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [3, 5, 6, 10]. Successes total: 2
  1726. [00:28] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 6 vs 7 multi 2 v
  1727. [00:28] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 6d:[4, 6, 6, 9, 7, 4] = 2; 6d:[9, 7, 1, 9, 4, 9] = 4.Total successes: 6
  1728. [00:29] <Tangent> Amelia lets her fire out, not even bothering to control it or hold it back. She just lets everything near her burn, thoughts and emotions channeled into letting blue, almost liquid flames spill out and burn away everything in her vicinity.
  1729. [00:31] <DrEvilKitteh> Fire consumes all the unfinished Clockwork creatures around Amelia, as well as one...complete Soldier. It falls writhing to the floor in a melting heap. However, one still stands closeby, damaged by standing in the fire. Its eyes glow, gears turned rapidly, and it went in to attack. (Clockwork Baddies' turn! Overclock engaged.)
  1730. [00:31] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 7 vs 7 (Soldier Slash vs Amelia)
  1731. [00:31] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [1, 7, 8, 3, 1, 9, 2]. Successes total: 3
  1732. [00:33] <Tangent> !ex 11 vs 7 (parry?)
  1733. [00:33] <Zeneroller> Tangent: [10, 10, 9, 10, 9, 1, 7, 9, 8, 5, 6]. Successes total: 11
  1734. [00:33] <DrEvilKitteh> Aaand there goes its sword arm after unsuccessfully attacking the Paladin.
  1735. [00:34] <Tangent> Amelia's still smoldering- from scorched hair down to her singed boots. She's surrounded by blue sparks and acrid smoke.
  1736. [00:34] <DrEvilKitteh> Up on the catwalks, four Soldiers' eyes glow as they move out of the crowd, two dashing for Morgan and two for Ayako.
  1737. [00:34] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 9 vs 7 multi 2 v (Soldier Slash vs Morgan! Dodge or Parry.)
  1738. [00:34] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 9d:[5, 5, 5, 2, 10, 4, 6, 6, 4] = 2; 9d:[7, 3, 6, 4, 2, 7, 3, 6, 10] = 4.Total successes: 6
  1739. [00:34] <[Morgan]_> (And Soldier #3 falls yet again. Maybe)
  1740. [00:35] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 9 vs 7 multi 2 v (Soldier Slash vs Ayako! Dodge or Parry.)
  1741. [00:35] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 9d:[4, 9, 7, 3, 10, 7, 4, 2, 5] = 5; 9d:[3, 7, 9, 6, 8, 6, 2, 1, 10] = 5.Total successes: 10
  1742. [00:36] <WhiteKnight> !ex 11 v (Dodge!)
  1743. [00:36] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: [3, 10, 5, 6, 9, 2, 10, 10, 2, 1, 4]. Successes total: 7
  1744. [00:36] <WhiteKnight> (Man it feels good to have Wings)
  1745. [00:37] <[Morgan]_> (What bonus does Wings have again?)
  1746. [00:37] <WhiteKnight> (1 to dodge)
  1747. [00:37] <DrEvilKitteh> (+1 to Dodge.)
  1748. [00:37] <WhiteKnight> (Ayako is built for SPEED)
  1749. [00:37] <[Morgan]_> (Alright)
  1750. [00:39] <[Morgan]_> !ex 8 v Morgan moves to dodge the vile beasts' swings, slightly less pissed at this point.
  1751. [00:39] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]_: [10, 7, 8, 10, 6, 4, 4, 2]. Successes total: 6
  1752. [00:39] <DrEvilKitteh> Both Ayako and Morgan escaped the fast-moving Soldiers' strikes. As for Alexa, she was beset upon by several Unfinished Soldiers and Zombies.
  1753. [00:40] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7 multi 7 multi 6 v (Attacks vs Alexa!)
  1754. [00:40] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 4d:[1, 5, 7, 2] = 1; 4d:[9, 9, 9, 5] = 3; 4d:[1, 6, 7, 8] = 2; 4d:[1, 7, 7, 7] = 3; 4d:[9, 5, 9, 6] = 2; 4d:[10, 7, 1, 5] = 3.Total successes: 14
  1755. [00:40] <Tangent> "Alexa!" Amelia shouts in alarm!
  1756. [00:41] <Jran-Kri> !ex 6 multi 6 v Dodge
  1757. [00:41] <Zeneroller> Jran-Kri: 6d:[5, 4, 4, 7, 6, 2] = 1; 6d:[1, 6, 4, 8, 1, 5] = 1; 6d:[10, 7, 5, 5, 8, 7] = 5; 6d:[2, 1, 8, 6, 7, 10] = 4; 6d:[2, 8, 6, 3, 2, 9] = 2; 6d:[2, 4, 1, 7, 10, 5] = 3.Total successes: 16
  1758. [00:41] <DrEvilKitteh> (Just one Dodge roll is good.)
  1759. [00:42] <Jran-Kri> ((Oh. Alright, wish me luck.))
  1760. [00:42] <Jran-Kri> !ex 6 v Dodge
  1761. [00:42] <Zeneroller> Jran-Kri: [8, 5, 4, 5, 6, 1]. Successes total: 1
  1762. [00:42] <DrEvilKitteh> (Welp.)
  1763. [00:42] <Jran-Kri> ((wish harder fuckers))
  1764. [00:42] <Tangent> (Time for trauma.)
  1765. [00:42] <[Morgan]_> (Weeeellllp)
  1766. [00:42] <DrEvilKitteh> (What's her Soak?)
  1767. [00:42] <WhiteKnight> (You could have FP'd!)
  1768. [00:42] <Jran-Kri> ((Mono-MAG Reinforcement was a mistake FUCK I COULD'VE))
  1769. [00:42] <Jran-Kri> (Oh well. It's 3.))
  1770. [00:43] <WhiteKnight> (Eh, I'm sure she'll be fine.)
  1771. [00:43] <[Morgan]_> (She'll pull through)
  1772. [00:43] <DrEvilKitteh> (She's down to 1 Soak. 7 Wounds.)
  1773. [00:44] <[Morgan]_> (Yup, she's good)
  1774. [00:44] <Jran-Kri> ((Down BY 7 wounds, surely.))
  1775. [00:44] <DrEvilKitteh> (Er, 7 Wounds is what she takes.)
  1776. [00:44] <Jran-Kri> ((Yeah, figured.))
  1777. [00:44] <[Morgan]_> (Oh, fuck)
  1778. [00:45] <Jran-Kri> Alexa stumbles in her attempts to weave away from the mob. When they come upon her, she screams in pain as they hack at her, dropping her staff as she collapses.
  1779. [00:46] <[Morgan]_> (Jesus CHRIST. Just...WOW.)
  1780. [00:47] <Tangent> "A-Alexa! Nonono...pleasenopleasebeokay" Amelia's fires gutter out and she dashes towards Alexa, unthinkingly.
  1781. [00:47] <[Morgan]_> (Shit just got REAL)
  1782. [00:48] <DrEvilKitteh> More gunshots ring out. A few of the Unfinished Zombies and Soldiers trying to go for Alexa falls like its puppet strings had just been cut--which was apt, considering its head had just exploded. All four of the Overclocked Soldiers attacking Ayako and Morgan were hit, the impact staggering them considerably.
  1783. [00:48] <DrEvilKitteh> (Ayako!)
  1784. [00:50] <WhiteKnight> Ayako taps pretty deep into her reserves - she might just have one more wide volley in her but she's making damn sure it's getting put to good use! [Barrage, hollow point. 4/10 MP left.]
  1785. [00:51] <WhiteKnight> (Oh, targets are the four soldiers and six incompletes)
  1786. [00:51] <WhiteKnight> !ex 11 v
  1787. [00:51] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: [10, 9, 3, 7, 3, 10, 9, 6, 4, 9, 5]. Successes total: 8
  1788. [00:51] <DrEvilKitteh> (Noice.)
  1789. [00:52] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 7 vs 7 (Soldier 1 Dodge!)
  1790. [00:52] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7 (Soldier 2 and 4 Dodge!)
  1791. [00:52] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 6 vs 7 (Soldier 3 Dodge!)
  1792. [00:52] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7 multi 6 v (Unfinished Clockworks' Dodge!)
  1793. [00:52] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [1, 2, 2, 5, 7, 2, 8]. Successes total: 2
  1794. [00:52] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [2, 1, 5, 3]. Botch!
  1795. [00:52] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [9, 6, 8, 1, 8, 4]. Successes total: 3
  1796. [00:52] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 4d:[7, 3, 3, 3] = 1; 4d:[10, 7, 1, 2] = 3; 4d:[5, 4, 10, 9] = 3; 4d:[10, 2, 7, 8] = 4; 4d:[1, 5, 9, 4] = 1.Total successes: 12
  1797. [00:52] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7 (Soldier 4 Dodge.)
  1798. [00:52] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [10, 5, 5, 3]. Successes total: 2
  1799. [00:53] <DrEvilKitteh> (They are all dead. Very...very...dead.)
  1800. [00:53] <DrEvilKitteh> (And, conveniently, there are only a few Unfinished Clockworks that are on the stairs coming up to the catwalks.)
  1801. [00:54] <DrEvilKitteh> (Morgan! Iris seems to have planted the last bomb, there's a Mystery Shooter somewhere helping out, and Alexa has just fallen and can't get up. What! Do! You! Do!?)
  1802. [00:55] <[Morgan]_> !ex 11 v Morgan fires what is hopefully a final Ice Barrage at the few remaining enemies, letting the projectiles speak for her.
  1803. [00:55] <Zeneroller> [Morgan]_: [9, 4, 6, 7, 1, 7, 10, 7, 10, 10, 2]. Successes total: 10
  1804. [00:55] <DrEvilKitteh> (...Eh, I'll roll for 'em anyway.)
  1805. [00:55] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7
  1806. [00:55] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: [2, 3, 10, 8]. Successes total: 3
  1807. [00:56] <DrEvilKitteh> (Yeah, as I thought.)
  1808. [00:56] <[Morgan]_> (Rest in pepperoni, zombies)
  1809. [00:56] <DrEvilKitteh> The Unfinished Clockworks are impaled and pinned to the catwalks and stairs.
  1810. [00:56] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alexa!)
  1811. [00:58] <Jran-Kri> Alexa is shocked still for a moment, before instinct kicks in and she shakily grasps her staff. Her magic suffuses around herself, putting her back together. [Miracle Worker, 6 mana: recovering 2 Wound Thresholds]
  1812. [01:00] <DrEvilKitteh> (Iris!)
  1813. [01:01] <DrEvilKitteh> After looking around wildly for the source of the gunshots, Iris summoned her warhammer and decided to dart back towards the rest of the group. She parkoured across the factory machinery and sprang up to the catwalks before sprinting back towards them. "I am done! We should go now!" she called to them.
  1814. [01:01] <DrEvilKitteh> (Move Action.)
  1815. [01:01] <DrEvilKitteh> (Amelia!)
  1816. [01:03] <DrEvilKitteh> (Also, no more Unfinished Clockworks within Close range of Alexa, Ayako, and Morgan.)
  1817. [01:03] <Tangent> Amelia ignores the pinned zombies, the factories, and even Iris's yelling. She just dashes over to Alexa. "You...you're hurt..." She kneels next to her best friend, hand trembling slightly. She swallows, sword in hand. "Here...Let me..." She tries to help Alexa to her feet.
  1818. [01:03] <Tangent> (Move action, Cover action)
  1819. [01:07] <DrEvilKitteh> There are no other intact Soldiers that are about to Overclock and attack, apparently. Just about twenty-five or so of the Unfinished Zombies and Soldiers as they shambled up the stairs. There were a few others lingering on the factory floor, but they were each taken out one at a time by pinpoint shots to the head from the familiar-sounding gunshots. A figure in a longcoat and fedora was briskly walking towards the stairs as well, and his outstretched hand held a revolver in it which periodically barked out and sent a bullet through a clockwork enemy's body. His aim was never directed at the Magical Girls, however.
  1820. [01:08] <Tangent> Amelia gives no fucks about any of this, all of her attention on Alexa.
  1821. [01:08] <DrEvilKitteh> (Ayako!)
  1822. [01:10] <WhiteKnight> "We're done here! We should get out as soon as possible! But first..." She tries to shoot down a couple more unfinished clockworks!
  1823. [01:11] <WhiteKnight> [Hollow point, THIS TIME I'll extend to 4 targets. And that's a -2 for a non-rapid firing ranged, right?]
  1824. [01:11] <DrEvilKitteh> ("Can attack 2 targets before taking a penalty for attacking groups. 1 dice penalty up to the 5th target.")
  1825. [01:12] <WhiteKnight> (Then I'll go with five.)
  1826. [01:12] <WhiteKnight> !ex 9 multi 5 v
  1827. [01:12] <Zeneroller> WhiteKnight: 9d:[9, 7, 8, 7, 6, 7, 8, 7, 6] = 7; 9d:[6, 6, 1, 6, 9, 7, 9, 4, 6] = 3; 9d:[8, 3, 1, 8, 7, 2, 4, 6, 7] = 4; 9d:[4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 4, 5, 2, 10] = 6; 9d:[3, 10, 2, 9, 2, 3, 10, 2, 10] = 7.Total successes: 27
  1828. [01:13] <DrEvilKitteh> !ex 4 vs 7 multi 5 v
  1829. [01:13] <Zeneroller> DrEvilKitteh: 4d:[3, 10, 7, 1] = 3; 4d:[10, 4, 4, 5] = 2; 4d:[1, 9, 2, 2] = 1; 4d:[5, 2, 2, 2] = 0; 4d:[7, 7, 5, 7] = 3.Total successes: 9
  1830. [01:13] <DrEvilKitteh> Five of the Unfinished Clockworks have arrows blossom from their bodies, sending them crunching to the ground.
  1831. [01:13] <DrEvilKitteh> (Morgan!)
  1832. [01:13] <[Morgan]_> Morgan gazed upon the gun-wielding warrior, choosing to recharge her mana while she had the chance rather than attack. [Accumulator x2: +6 Mana at the cost of the regular -2 defense die penalty]
  1833. [01:14] <DrEvilKitteh> (Alexa!)
  1834. [01:16] <Jran-Kri> Alexa gasps as her wounds close themselves, mostly staunching the bleeding. She shakes her head as Amelia helps her up, scrambling to her feet and taking off! "I'm fine! I'm fine! Let's go!"
  1835. [01:16] <Jran-Kri> ((Move Action))
  1836. [01:16] <DrEvilKitteh> (Iris!)
  1837. [01:19] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris darted aside momentarily to snag Amelia into her arms and heading after Alexa. She glanced over her shoulder at the gunman, who was closing on the stairs surprisingly fast.
  1838. [01:19] <DrEvilKitteh> “I will cover you,” the figure called up to them in a deep, rich and cultured male voice. Judging by how he took down an Unfinished Clockwork by caving its head in with a pistol whip, he was more than capable of such.
  1839. [01:19] <DrEvilKitteh> (Amelia!)
  1840. [01:21] <DrEvilKitteh> (...If she wants to do more than just squeek and blush in Iris' arms, anyway.)
  1841. [01:21] <Tangent> Amelia's blindsided as Iris scoops her up, and struggles for a few seconds. She gets a brief glimpse of the newcomer. "W-who...Iris?" She stammers. "Who's that?"
  1842. [01:21] <DrEvilKitteh> "I do not know," Iris replied hurridly. "But we must leave. Now."
  1843. [01:22] <WhiteKnight> "The charges are placed!" Ayako yells, as if to emphasize. "Shoudln't we be gettin' out of here?!"
  1844. [01:23] <Tangent> "R-right..." She reaches past Iris, arm outstretched...and smoke billows from her outstretched fingers!
  1845. [01:24] <[Morgan]_> Morgan landed near the rest of the group, appearing to finally calm down. Her hair was slightly frazzled and her eyes were losing their earlier enraged state.
  1846. [01:24] <Tangent> (Smoke Cloud)
  1847. [01:24] <DrEvilKitteh> The shooter walked up the stairs, intermittently shooting and cracking skulls with his revolver or bare fist.
  1848. [01:25] <DrEvilKitteh> (I'll let it go to freeform, now. They can escape from the Unfinished Clockworks easily, especially with the shooter and the Smoke Cloud helping matters.)
  1849. [01:27] <WhiteKnight> (Freedom!)
  1850. [01:27] <[Morgan]_> (That got beyond tense near the end)
  1851. [01:27] <[Morgan]_> (This is FUUUUN)
  1852. [01:29] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris, faster than Alexa thanks to her higher Strength score, quickly reached the small bookworm and scooped her up as well. She held both her and Amelia under an arm each, and their weights didn't seem to slow her in the slightest. "The elevator is close!" She shouted over her shoulder at Ayako and Morgan, who were presumably close on her tail.
  1853. [01:30] <Tangent> ...This isn't heroic. This isn't heroic at all. Amelia tries not to wriggle as she's carried like a parcel. At least Alexa's fine...
  1854. [01:30] <[Morgan]_> Morgan grunted in acknowledgement, following Iris as fast as she could. The sounds of gunshots rang out as she picked up the pace.
  1855. [01:30] <Jran-Kri> Alexa yelps in surprise at being carted around, but given her position a few seconds ago she, for once, doesn't complain.
  1856. [01:33] <WhiteKnight> Ayako smiles. She waits until the others have gotten out first before firing off a couple more shots at the remaining clockwork monstrosities, and turns tail and follow party on their way!
  1857. [01:38] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris found the elevator and snarled at it. Her eyes glowed, and ice covered its closed grate and doors, forcing them open. She darted inside and set Alexa and Amelia down, then stood by the floor buttons and waited for Morgan and Ayako. Once they were in, she willed the ice to dissipate and punched in the "top" floor. She quickly hit the "Open Door" button, holding the elevator in place, when she saw the gunman appear at the end of the hallway. He holstered his revolver and started jogging towards the elevator, and...waved her off? Iris blinked and took her finger off the button, letting the doors close. The elevator began to rise, rather rapidly.
  1858. [01:38] <DrEvilKitteh> (Perception rolls.)
  1859. [01:39] <DrEvilKitteh> .d 1d20
  1860. [01:39] <Internets> :: Total 12 / 20 [60%] :: Results [12] ::
  1861. [01:39] <Tangent> .d 1d20
  1862. [01:39] <Internets> :: Total 5 / 20 [25%] :: Results [5] ::
  1863. [01:39] <[Morgan]_> .d 1d20
  1864. [01:39] <Internets> :: Total 2 / 20 [10%] :: Results [2] ::
  1865. [01:39] <WhiteKnight> .d 1d20+5
  1866. [01:39] <Internets> :: Total 25 / 25 [100%] :: Results [20] ::
  1867. [01:40] <Jran-Kri> .d 1d20
  1868. [01:40] <Internets> :: Total 17 / 20 [85%] :: Results [17] ::
  1869. [01:40] <DrEvilKitteh> Alexa hears a dull metal "chink" from beneath the floor of the elevator. Ayako, however, hears the very distinctive sound of a grappling hook hit the bottom of the elevator car and firmly latch on.
  1870. [01:43] <Jran-Kri> "... Oh dear," Alexa glances down at the floor, grimacing nervously. "Um. What was that?"
  1871. [01:44] <WhiteKnight> "What the-" Ayako takes a few seconds to make a deduction. "... A... a grappling hook? Is this a friggin' movie?"
  1872. [01:44] <Tangent> "What's what?" Amelia seems to have calmed down a bit, but keeps sneaking glances to Alexa, biting her lip in the process.
  1873. [01:44] <[Morgan]_> "What?" Morgan asked, speaking for the first time in a few minutes.
  1874. [01:45] <DrEvilKitteh> "...Why would...a grap-pling hook...be only in...a movie?" Iris held a hand out and summoned a...futuristic-looking grappling hook. "They...are...useful."
  1875. [01:45] <Tangent> Amelia stares. "...Do you have a jetpack in there too?" She can't help asking before shaking her head. "So we've got a passenger?"
  1876. [01:45] <WhiteKnight> "... Well, I guess not everyone can fly." Ayako shrugs. "Should we cut a hole and look? Maybe shoot?"
  1877. [01:46] <Jran-Kri> "Er. Well. Um," Alexa stares down at the floor, wringing her hands. "Perhaps we should look. Just in case."
  1878. [01:47] <DrEvilKitteh> "Um." Iris tilted her head. "...Maybe? I...think I...do, yes." She looked at Ayako and held up a newly-summoned energy cutter hilt, which again, looked similar to a lightsaber hilt.
  1879. [01:47] <[Morgan]_> "Perhaps it is merely the man who assisted us before." Morgan offered her opinion after taking a deep breath in and out.
  1880. [01:47] <[Morgan]_> "Either way, it is worthy of inspection."
  1881. [01:47] <Jran-Kri> "... Well, if it is, I'd like to ask him why he didn't just ask us to hold the door," Alexa smirks.
  1882. [01:48] <WhiteKnight> "Then he won't mind getting a look at our faces," Ayako agrees with Morgan. "I'm still gettin' ready to shoot."
  1883. [01:48] <Tangent> Amelia's knelt on one knee as the others speak.
  1884. [01:49] <Tangent> She raps the floor once, twice, three times, her knuckles impacts echoing in the elevator car.
  1885. [01:49] <Tangent> "One way to find out." She comments.
  1886. [01:50] <DrEvilKitteh> There's a pause. And then three muffled knocks come back from beneath the floor.
  1887. [01:50] <Tangent> "...Yep, it's the edgelord."
  1888. [01:51] <Tangent> ...Edgelord? Where'd that come from. Amelia shrugs the stray thought off.
  1889. [01:51] <DrEvilKitteh> The grappling hook, meanwhile, is stored back in hammerspace. Iris activated the energy cutter, creating a crackling plasma blade which further drove home the lightsaber imagery, and cut a hole in the elevator car floor on the other side opposite from where the knocking had come from.
  1890. [01:52] <WhiteKnight> Ayako shrugs, electing not to get ready to shoot after all. So she stretches her arms upward and yawns.
  1891. [01:53] <DrEvilKitteh> ...And then the car slowed abruptly as it reached the top. The doors opened, revealing the Overcity street that had led directly to the tower at the top of the crater.
  1892. [01:56] <[Morgan]_> "That was horrifying. And yet I do not regret traveling with any of you for an instant." Morgan said, letting her full feelings about the adventure be known. "This was quite the experience."
  1893. [01:57] <WhiteKnight> Ayako raises an eyebrow at their destination. "Man... I didn't think one bit about the layout of the place. But I guess it ain't important now." She stretches some more as she steps out.
  1894. [01:57] <DrEvilKitteh> It seemed as though dramatic timing was in full-effect, here, as triple explosions, buzzing and humming and low-pitched, permeated the air from their sources further below. The sound of the mining facility being ripped apart filled the air for a long moment, followed by the tower (and thereby the elevator car) shuddering and the start of it collapsing.
  1895. [01:57] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris grabbed Amelia and Alexa and hurried out, stopping once she was a good twenty meters from the tower.
  1896. [01:58] <Jran-Kri> "Yes. Well. Um, that was... something, alright," Alexa watches the tower collapse, wincing at the sound. "Very exciting."
  1897. [01:58] <Tangent> "Hey, good fighting with you too...But we're not done just ye-" Amelia's scooped up again- she's not sure if it's a good sign she's not surprised and doesn't eep this time.
  1898. [01:58] <[Morgan]_> Morgan also dashed out right before the car fell, thanking her lucky stars that those hadn't been her last words.
  1899. [01:58] <Tangent> This isn't dignified! She's a paladin, not a portable parcel!
  1900. [01:59] <Tangent> "Scratch one bunch of bad guys." Amelia cheers once she's put down.
  1901. [01:59] <[Morgan]_> "Good riddance." The water girl replied, shivering as she recalled that final room.
  1902. [02:00] <Jran-Kri> "Yes, quite right," Alexa nods shortly, clapping her hands once.
  1903. [02:00] <WhiteKnight> "... Well then." Ayako stares at the destruction for a moment before laughing away. "Man, that was a blast! A thrill and a half! Been too long since I had a good infiltrate-and-destroy."
  1904. [02:00] <Tangent> "At least we know who's to blame now too..." Amelia frowns. "And we ruined his day. I hope."
  1905. [02:01] <DrEvilKitteh> A dark blur shot out of the hole in the floor of the elevator and sprang after the Magical Girls as the tower collapsed, landing and rolling several times. A black fedora tumbled away as the gunman rose to his feet. He wore dress attire beneath his longcoat, with a red tie and handkerchief. And...his skin was metal, eyes glowing a soft green. He had short black hair, slicked back on his head. The gunman stood and stepped over to his hat, which he picked up and dusted off.
  1906. [02:01] <DrEvilKitteh> (For reference: http://imgur.com/a/JWmoN )
  1907. [02:01] <Jran-Kri> "A-ha. Well. I'm not in much of a hury to do that again," Alexa winces, smiling crookedly before jerking in surprise at the appearance of the gunman. "O-oh my. Um. H-hello, sir. Ah... Thank you for your help."
  1908. [02:02] <[Morgan]_> "Yes, your assistance was most appreciated. May we ask your name?"
  1909. [02:02] <Tangent> Amelia folds her arms under her less than impressive chest. "Hmph. So who're you?"
  1910. [02:04] <WhiteKnight> Ayako gives the gunman a salute. "Nice shootin', pal. Thanks for the assist. Now, uh... who're you?"
  1911. [02:06] <DrEvilKitteh> "Ah, yes. Introductions are in order." The gunman set his hat back on his head and turned to face the Magical Girls. "My name is Walter Heinrich. I've been hunting down sites like this in hopes of delaying and hampering their efforts. Evidently, I am not the only one, but that is hardly surprising considering what they do."
  1912. [02:06] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris remains silent and just watches Walter.
  1913. [02:08] <Tangent> Amelia frowns. "You mean kill people. And there's more than one?" The short girl stands there, arms folded and looking up  at the metal-man- bright blue eyes meeting green.
  1914. [02:09] <[Morgan]_> "You came at a very good time, in that case." Morgan said to the man, finally putting her stave away. "And it makes sense that they would have more than one fortress of operations."
  1915. [02:09] <Tangent> "Damnit...Who's they, then? Who's doing this?"
  1916. [02:09] <WhiteKnight> Ayako nods at Walet's brief explanation. "That mean you know what foppyvoice's mining for here?"
  1917. [02:12] <Jran-Kri> Alexa nods shortly, listening intently but refraining from further questions of her own.
  1918. [02:13] <DrEvilKitteh> "Of course. This was just a minor mining operation." Walter looked over his shoulder at the crater. "I never even saw a Sentinel when I was infiltrating from below, but that was doubtless because of you being there." He looked back at Amelia, then Ayako. "I'm not quite sure. I only know that the man seemingly in charge of these Clockwork creatures calls himself the Alchemist, and that he's looking for something. I...may have known more in the past, but I was reactivated with no memories after being severely damaged, and shortly before my creator was killed." His lips curled in a smirk. "Foppyvoice. I like that. I'll have to remember it for later."
  1919. [02:15] <Jran-Kri> "Ah. I see. Um... my apologies," Alexa fiddles with her hat, frowning. "I'm afraid we're on the same page, then, unless you know where other, um, operations are."
  1920. [02:18] <DrEvilKitteh> "I know of several and their general locations," he replied.
  1921. [02:18] <Tangent> Amelia looks at the rob...Walter, frowning. "So you're a...robot? Not magical at all? Why're you trying to stop the...Alchemist?" The obvious answer is that it's horrible and wrong, but...robot.
  1922. [02:18] <[Morgan]_> "Hmmm...is there any chance you could point us in the direction of one or two of them?"
  1923. [02:19] <Jran-Kri> Alexa arches a dubious eyebrow at Amelia. "Do you imagine a robot can't have a conscience?"
  1924. [02:21] <Tangent> Amelia shrugs at her friend, looking back to Walter. "Maybe..."
  1925. [02:26] <DrEvilKitteh> "I'll do you one better." Walter pulled out a walkie-talkie-esque item--clockwork in design, of course--and slid a small-ish screen out. "This tracks them, taps into their communications and network." At Amelia's question, he stared at her with uncomprehending eyes for a moment. "...I prefer the term android, but I am very much magical. As for why I want to stop him? He killed my creator, and likely was the one that almost killed me. That's how it was at first, anyway. When I saw his methods become far more brutal and ruthless than before, like with his killing of humans and other humanoids and Converting them, I wanted to stop him even more." He paused and looked at Alexa before looking back at Amelia. "Does that answer your question?"
  1926. [02:27] <WhitePaladin> Ayako rubs her chin. "Well... I was kinda only in on this one to get some much-needed action, but I do kind of enjoy wrecking these guys. I might down for another one of these." She pauses to take in more of what Walter has to say. "... Make that two or three times."
  1927. [02:28] <Tangent> "...Can't argue with any of that." She nods. "That's good enough for me. We'll bring him to justice for what he's done. We can stop him from hurting anyone else."
  1928. [02:28] <[Morgan]_> "I will continue to accompany you all. As odd as it may sound, I consider you my friends now. And friends do not abandon other friends." Morgan chimed in, having made her decision.
  1929. [02:29] <Jran-Kri> Alexa adjusts her glasses, nodding shortly. "Yes, quite right. Thank you again, sir -- this, ah, Alchemist has to be stopped."
  1930. [02:30] <DrEvilKitteh> "...Now, may I ask who and what you are?" Walter said after a minute. "I'm familiar with magic of several kinds, but yours seems to be rather unique. Not to mention you are...all young girls."
  1931. [02:31] <[Morgan]_> "We were contracted by creatures known as Puchuu to fight various monsters and beasts. We are commonly known among our kin as magical girls."
  1932. [02:31] <Jran-Kri> "Yes, ah... that's pretty much it," Alexa smiles thinly, adjusting her had as she nods. "Yes. Keep the world safe for, you know. Non-magical sorts."
  1933. [02:32] <Tangent> "I'm Flaming Ace Paladin Amelia." Amelia declares proudly. "I signed up for this to do what's right, to try and make a difference. And if that means stopping some murderous cyborg fetishist for good...sign me up."
  1934. [02:32] <WhitePaladin> "That's the long and short of it," Ayako adds to Morgan's explanation. "Except, not all of us were kids before our 'contracts.' Or in my case, a new lease on life."
  1935. [02:33] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris just nodded once.
  1936. [02:33] <Tangent> Amelia pauses for a brief moment of thought- funny how she has to think about it to be sure of that these days, and nods.
  1937. [02:34] <Tangent> It's all a blur, like smoke on the wind.
  1938. [02:37] <DrEvilKitteh> "...I see." Walter tapped the tracking device with his forefinger as he thought about that. "I have heard of 'Po-shew', but that was most likely a corruption of the name 'Puchuu'. I understand why you are here and why you have those types of magical abilities much better, now." He slid the screen back into the tracker and pocketed it. "Do you all hail from the same world or area in the Sprawl? If possible, I may like to recruit more people to help; there is only so much the six of us can do, alone, after all."
  1939. [02:38] <Tangent> Amelia frowns. "Sprawl? You mean the Overcity? We're from all over the place, but...there's a place called the Wand and Circlet where we tend to..hang out."
  1940. [02:40] <[Morgan]__> "It's a pub. A very nice pub."
  1941. [02:40] <[Morgan]__> Morgan smiled a bit as she remembered her new 'home'.
  1942. [02:40] <DrEvilKitteh> "It has many names." Walter nodded. "Then would you lead me there? If...you think it wise, of course. I do not want to intrude or cause unnecessary unrest amongst your comrades."
  1943. [02:40] <WhitePaladin> "I'm not from this city, no." Ayako shakes her head. "I bet at least some of us have heard of a country called Japan, though. And the Wand is pretty great. Nice place to file a complaint with the local bloodhounds, if you catch my drift.""
  1944. [02:41] <Tangent> "Ah, you'll be fine." Amelia shrugs, looking to the...to Walter. "A ro-An android detective isn't the strangest visitor there most of the time...Just don't be surprised by weird stuff, alright? It's a silly place."
  1945. [02:43] <DrEvilKitteh> "Miss, I have been wandering all over the Sprawl for the past two years. I am accustomed to weirdness."
  1946. [02:44] <DrEvilKitteh> (Smash-cut to him in the pub going "I was not prepared for this type of weirdness.")
  1947. [02:45] <Tangent> "Alright, then." Amelia shrugs.
  1948. [02:47] <[Morgan]__> "Let us be on our way, then." Morgan declared, mostly physically drained from the events that had transpired today.
  1949. [02:47] <[Morgan]__> (I'll be going to bed in a few minutes.)
  1950. [02:48] <[Morgan]__> (Well, more like half a minute or so.)
  1951. [02:48] <Jran-Kri> ((Same.))
  1952. [02:49] <DrEvilKitteh> (That's fine, we're basically done anyway.)
  1953. [02:49] <DrEvilKitteh> (Next time, we can just do some conversation en route to the pub, and them actually reaching it.)
  1954. [02:49] <Jran-Kri> ((Exciting!))
  1955. [02:50] <Tangent> (cool)
  1956. [02:50] <WhiteKnight> (Aighty)
  1957. [02:50] <[Morgan]__> (YEAH)
  1958. [02:50] <[Morgan]__> (Night, you glorious bastards)
  1959. [02:50] <DrEvilKitteh> Walter merely nodded and stepped forward, following them as they headed away from the now-destroyed mining site.
  1960. [02:50] <Jran-Kri> ((Goodnight!))
  1961.  
  1962.  
  1963. Clockquest Aftermath
  1964. [22:36] <[Morgan]> ([Morgan] reporting in)
  1965. [22:37] <WhiteKnight> (Hooooy~)
  1966. [22:42] <DrEvilKitteh> While en route to the pub, Iris pulled Amelia aside and handed her a phone with her number on it. "For later," she told the Fire Paladin. "And...after we get to...the pub, I should go. I need...to check on something, but...you can fill me in...later. Like with the phone." She gestured at the cellular device.
  1967. [22:42] <DrEvilKitteh> As for Walter, he seemed intrigued and fascinated by the concept of Magical Girls. “So...what is it like, usually? And how does the magic manifest within you and your possibly-new forms?” he asked of the group at large. “It certainly seemed more powerful than most mortal wizards' magic would be, but you...seem to have a general theme with your abilities that may limit them to only certain types of magic. Is that assessment correct?”
  1968. [22:44] <[Morgan]> "Yes. Some of us are fire, some water. Some of us even channel light or darkness."
  1969. [22:44] <Tangent> "Ah..." Amelia's all smiles at Iris. "Thanks, will do! Hey, Iris, this thing you're checking on, it's not...dangerous, right?"
  1970. [22:45] <Jran-Kri> Much as Alexa grinds her teeth at Iris pulling Amelia aside, she forces herself to ignore the matter and nods at Morgan. "Er, yes. That's quite right. Some are... more limited than others."
  1971. [22:45] <WhiteKnight> Ayako nods. "Lightning here. Though I wouldn't say I'm as... magically potent, as I think a wizard would be. Not a good one, at least."
  1972. [22:51] <DrEvilKitteh> "I do not think so," Iris replied. "Mostly, I want to...see how Maya is doing. Make sure...she is well. And...there is something else...that is, mm...in-ter-esting. But...it should not be...dangerous."
  1973. [22:51] <DrEvilKitteh> “I see, I see.” Walter nodded and cupped his metal chin. “Your physical attributes also seem to be supernaturally enhanced. I am much stronger and faster than a human because I am an android, but for you...it seems as though your magics can take many forms.” Quick as a fingersnap, he changed topic. “Now, you said that you are given these powers to protect the world and help people, fight the bad guys and all. What does that usually entail? How do you go about that? It's certainly a broad and highly ambitious goal, after all.”
  1974. [22:52] <Tangent> "Oh...Okay..." Amelia shuffles in place. "Just...if you need me, give me a call, okay?" She puffs herself up a bit. "I'll let you know if anything happens with robodetective over there." She nods.
  1975. [22:53] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris smiled softly and nodded once. "I will." She affectionately rubbed Amelia's head, mussing her hair a bit, before moving back to rejoin the rest of the group.
  1976. [22:55] <Tangent> Amelia blushes slightly, a happy- and slightly silly- smile on her face as she heads back over to the others. "Hey, what'd I miss?" She asks Alexa.
  1977. [22:57] <[Morgan]> "It's...difficult." Morgan explained to Walter. "While we cannot save everyone, we still attempt to seek out monsters and stop them before they can hurt others. This is obviously a dangerous task, which is why many magical girls travel in groups of two or more."
  1978. [22:57] <Jran-Kri> Alexa almost misses the android's question, staring at the two of them out of the corner of her eye. She feels fit to pop a blood vessel before Amelia comes up next to her. She shakes her head. "The, ah, gentleman here was just asking about, you know, us. Magical girls, that is," she explains offhandedly.
  1979. [22:58] <WhiteKnight> "Weeeell then," Ayako begins, then clears her throat. "Your average magical girl usually fights things that go bump in the night or the servants of evil overlords, potentially even said evil overlords themselves. But not this girl." Ayako smirks as she points a thumb at herself. "I make sure I get paid for most of my baddy busting. Amazing how many opportunities turn up when you know people who know about things. Or, well, at
  1980. [22:58] <WhiteKnight> least, I used to get paid. "TIll I started doing it less."
  1981. [22:59] <Tangent> "Oh?" Amelia walks alongside Alexa, paying half her attention to the chatter.
  1982. [23:01] <[Morgan]> "What form of currency did people pay you in?" Morgan asked a bit curiously, internally disagreeing with the concept.
  1983. [23:04] <DrEvilKitteh> Walter nodded along, listening raptly to the explanations given. "So most do it out of good will or duty," he then looked at Ayako, "while others such as yourself act more like...mercenaries or some other profession that hire themselves out for it. I cannot fault such a viewpoint and, hm, business practice as it were, as I know that fighting 'evil' is not the most rewarding thing, financially-speaking. Still, the fact that you /do/ all seem to work to help and protect...it is sadly an almost alien thought to me, especially if there are many more Magical Girls like you have said."  
  1984. [23:06] <WhiteKnight> "Yen," Ayako says with a shrug. "You'd think mayors at least would know the funky stuff that goes on in their cities. And you'd be right, most of the time. I, uh, might have gotten arrested and questioned once or twice for saying stuff about youkai in almost plain sight."
  1985. [23:06] <[Morgan]> "Arrested? That is...somewhat ridiculous."
  1986. [23:07] <Jran-Kri> "Really now?" Alexa cocks her head at Walter, blinking owlishly. She adjusts her glasses. "I assure you, um -- or at least, I was assured -- that there are a great many more. Have you never seen someone else doing good?"
  1987. [23:08] <Tangent> Amelia steps closer. "No idea why the puuchu don't want us to tell people about monsters...That's what really bugs me. There's this whole world, magic and monsters...and people aren't supposed to know about it. So they won't even know when they're in danger..."
  1988. [23:08] <Tangent> She shakes her head. "I guess that's why we're around. So they don't have to."
  1989. [23:09] <WhiteKnight> "That's what I said!" the ex-merc exclaims with a shrug. "There's a crazy veil of secrecy over almost everything, and sometimes it's really tough to tell who is and isn't in the know."
  1990. [23:10] <Tangent> "Just tell them anyway, I guess. Our job's to keep people safe, not worry about that sort of thing..."
  1991. [23:10] <Tangent> "I mean...Me and Alexa've never exactly tried to hide it when we help people..." She smiles at her friend.
  1992. [23:11] <DrEvilKitteh> "It's an unfortunate thing," Walter lamented. "There are those who truly wish to help and do good, yes, but they are few and far between. Add that to how there are even fewer still that actually have the power, will, and luck to actually do anything about it, and you will find that they are rare indeed." The clockwork android shifted his focus to Amelia and Ayako. "The existence of magic, monsters, and the supernatural can literally change worlds if people find out about it. Sometimes, it is not for the better. I cannot claim to know the exact motivations of these 'Puchuu', but it does make sense from some standpoints."
  1993. [23:12] <Jran-Kri> Alexa can't help but curl her lip at this. She grins awkwardly, nodding with some hesitation. "Y-yes, well, that's true, but -- I can see why the Puchuu'd be averse to it. It, you know. Could cause a bit of a panic, is all, if it were public knowledge. "
  1994. [23:13] <Tangent> "Then maybe the world needs to change." Amelia shrugs. "I just...I still remember being surprised back when I...signed up for this." She stumbles a bit. "That any of this was real. I mean...I didn't think about it back then, but...people aren't safer because they don't know about something. They still might get eaten."
  1995. [23:14] <WhiteKnight> "Henry here does have a point," Ayako agrees. "The facade does keep things together. But you'd think it'd fall down sooner or later, which means either puchuu are good at their jobs or the magical world isn't quite as dangerous as you might think. And I'm willing to bet on the former."
  1996. [23:14] <Tangent> There's a visible pause as she has to think back. It's all dim, faded, half-recollections...and that's her mindset when she first met Beacon. Anything before that...It's vague impressions where it's not just...gone.
  1997. [23:15] <Jran-Kri> Alexa nods briskly at Walter, thankful to have some support. She looks a tad more put-out when she registers his earlier complaint, grimacing. "Selfish, pompous little -- what kind of person refuses to help, when they have the power? But, oh well -- they'll all be sorted in the end. 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels,'" Alexa quotes primly.
  1998. [23:16] <Tangent> Amelia nods supportingly, even if she blinks at the surprise quote at the end. Still, she's not wrong...
  1999. [23:17] <DrEvilKitteh> "Walter," he corrected Ayako. "And in some worlds, I know that the existence of magic is quite literally shrouded to the mundane people. Not in all, but that does account for why and how it is kept secret in those with a veil over it." Alexa, however, made him blink and stare for a second. "...What is that a quote from?"
  2000. [23:17] <[Morgan]> "The Devil having angels. How ironic." Morgan commented, genuinely amused by the quote while partially agreeing at the same time.
  2001. [23:21] <Jran-Kri> Alexa puffs up her chest rather proudly, tilting her nose up ever so slightly. "The Holy Bible, of course. Book of Matthew, chapter 25, verse, um... 40-something," she seems quite pleased with herself despite the breakdown in detail towards the end. "When our Lord spoke on the Judgement of Nations." She lends a minute amount of gravitas to this before turning to Morgan with a smile. "Ah, the Devil himself is but a fallen
  2002. [23:21] <Jran-Kri> angel, as are his servants -- the prideful and the arrogant, who refused to serve." She sticks up her nose, grinning.
  2003. [23:22] <Tangent> "...Heh, I haven't seen our pub's angels in a while...Wonder what they'll think of this guy?" Amelia comments to Morgan as Alexa preaches to the robot.
  2004. [23:22] <WhiteKnight> With a growl, Ayako puts her her fingers on her chin. "Maybe I should get back into the business. Except... more bounty hunter than mercenary. Not that there's much of a difference, but still."
  2005. [23:23] <[Morgan]> "The Bible...I think I found pages of that book in an abandoned church once." Morgan responded to Alexa, frowning at the memory. "There were vampires everywhere, but it seemed interesting."
  2006. [23:24] <Jran-Kri> "Well, better something than nothing," Alexa furrows her brow at the mention of vampires. "Dreadful. I didn't think their kind could stand to be on holy ground."
  2007. [23:24] <DrEvilKitteh> "Ah, religious texts." Walter nodded slowly. "My creator never really had a fondness for them, from what I remember, and since my reactivation, I have not exactly researched any of them. That being said, I am familiar with the rough idea of angels and devils, or /a/ Devil." He was momentarily surprised by Amelia's comment, then. "What do you mean, your pub's angels? Do the messengers of a deity really inhabit that place or the area around it?"
  2008. [23:25] <Tangent> "Vampires?" Amelia blinks. "Well, I guess it's not stranger than that banshee-" She looks around to the robot. "Um, not really. We just call them angels because...well, they're magical girls. With wings."
  2009. [23:25] <[Morgan]> "Those ones found a way." Morgan commented darkly, remembering the smell of rotting meat and the screeches in the air.
  2010. [23:27] <Jran-Kri> "Hmph. Well, it's never too..." Alexa clears her throat, abruptly cutting off that line of thought upon realizing that it is too late. She instead addresses his other question. "Yes, they, um, appear to be angels, but are decidedly not -- n-not that there's anything wrong with that. I-it, um, w-well, i-it's just how they look. No sacrilege, I'm sure," she shakes her head, turning to Morgan. "Terrible, terrible. Well! I'm
  2011. [23:27] <Jran-Kri> sure you sorted them."
  2012. [23:27] <WhiteKnight> "They're basically succubi," Ayako adds. "Real thirsty ladies, those two."
  2013. [23:28] <[Morgan]> "Thankfully. I almost had to burn the whole building to a crisp before I managed to kill them."
  2014. [23:28] <Tangent> "Huh? What'd you...Um, no, they're...I mean, they're friendly, but...They're nice..." Amelia shakes her head at Ayako, then looks back to Morgan. "But you won, right? Good work."
  2015. [23:28] <Tangent> "Not like anyone else was around to get hurt, right?"
  2016. [23:29] <DrEvilKitteh> "Ah- o-oh." Walter started to nod from Alexa's explanation, but Ayako made him falter and frown. "...I see. Succubi are more like demons or devils however, from what I recall. Female creatures that prey on lustful desires and absorb energy from the act. So they are more akin to those than angels?"
  2017. [23:30] <[Morgan]> "No, there wasn't. Anyone there had already been slaughtered long before I took shelter inside."
  2018. [23:30] <WhiteKnight> "Hey now, not saying they're nice ladies," the lightning girl replies, shaking her head. "But they've got appetites. I said they were basically succubi, not actually them.""
  2019. [23:30] <Tangent> "No, she doesn't know what she's talking about." Amelia grumbles. "They're friendly, but they're not bad people or...monsters like she makes them sound. That's all."
  2020. [23:30] <Jran-Kri> "W-well, that's... that's a bold claim!" Alexa shakes her head at Ayako. "N-nonsense. Demonic nature is a serious charge," she wrings her hands, turning back to Morgan. "Wonderful. Wonderful. Well, if they were inhabiting it, no doubt they had defiled the church, as the moneychangers did in the temple. Good work."
  2021. [23:31] <Tangent> "You've got no idea what you're talking about." Amelia grumbles at Ayako, hands on her hips and expression decidedly mullish.
  2022. [23:33] <DrEvilKitteh> "They do attempt to, mm...be close with...many people," Iris chimed in. "...They have even...expressed an interest...in me, more...than once. Like...being jealous...of a girl who...shoved her hand down my shirt," she added with a grumble.
  2023. [23:33] <WhiteKnight> "I dunno, my girl used to shack up with them quite a bit~" She giggles, and then looks to Iris. "Hmmm, yeah, sounds about right."
  2024. [23:34] <Jran-Kri> "O-oh," Alexa says, her mouth forming into a small 'o' shape. "W-well. Th-that's, um, that's -- it's... Good heavens! That's... c-completely unacceptable," Alexa shakes her head at this talk of shoving hands down shirts, wringing her hands.
  2025. [23:35] <DrEvilKitteh> Walter looked back and forth from the girls as they spoke and attempted to refute the claims. "...Well. I...suppose I shall find out for myself if I ever meet them."
  2026. [23:35] <[Morgan]> Morgan fought the urge to snicker at Iris' recollection and at Alexa's reaction.
  2027. [23:38] <Tangent> "E-eh..." Amelia looks to Iris. That...she's only met the angels a few times, and that last time, but...She feels an irrational annoyance that they'd do that. "I...Well, uh...sorry that someone, um...Yeah. Did that. And that they bothered you...Yeah." She trails off into incoherence. "They're still not...succubi or whatever." She frowns to herself. Maybe she doesn't know them quite as well as she thought...
  2028. [23:38] <Tangent> She looks over to Iris. "Who, um, did...that anyway?"
  2029. [23:41] <DrEvilKitteh> "A girl...with no name. Or...when she said her name...it was...weird." Iris tilted her head thoughtfully. "...She was...big. Bigger...than me." She motioned to her chest and hips to indicate /what/ exactly she meant by that.
  2030. [23:43] <Jran-Kri> "... Hard to imagine that," Alexa grouses bitterly. But she has the sense to grouse quietly.
  2031. [23:43] <DrEvilKitteh> Walter took in a deep breath and shook his head slightly. "...How close are we to this pub?" The answer, as it turned out, was only a couple minutes away if they continued walking at that same pace, but he didn't exactly know that.
  2032. [23:44] <[Morgan]> Morgan couldn't hold it in anymore. She let out a small chuckle of laughter at Iris' gestures, happy that she had met these people. Being alone almost all of the time had nearly driven her mad.
  2033. [23:45] <WhiteKnight> Ayako whistles at Iris's gestures. And then a question rises in her mind. But she presses it down. "Not far, Wally, not far. We'll be there in a few tick-tockin minutes."
  2034. [23:45] <Tangent> "Oh..." Amelia says, her gaze following Iris's gesture before she catches herself. A faint tinge of pink on her cheeks. "Well, she sounds like a jerk."
  2035. [23:45] * Angels (~Prime@2ED5CF98:27A44D5A:45A37BD4:IP) has joined #Overcity
  2036. [23:46] <Tangent> (right on time~)
  2037. [23:47] <Tangent> (Someone's slandering the angels. Dreadful allegations that they're sleeping around the wand and circlet :p)
  2038. [23:47] <[Morgan]> (Kek)
  2039. [23:47] <DrEvilKitteh> Walter opened his mouth to correct Ayako /again/, but words failed him and he just shook his head. Wally was better than Henry at least, and close enough in his books for now. "...You will forgive me if I do not laugh at that joke," he said drily. "I have encountered plenty of other...witty people in my travels."
  2040. [23:48] <DrEvilKitteh> "...I...do not...disagree," Iris grumbled in response to Amelia.
  2041. [23:49] <WhiteKnight> A shrug and a smile. "It was worth a shot, Walt."
  2042. [23:51] <Tangent> "Well, if you see her, tell me and I'll give her a piece of my mind!" Amelia even strikes a bit of a silly pose, looking at Iris and smiling like an idiot.
  2043. [23:53] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris smiled slightly and...may have actually snickered softly. Or maybe that was just a hard exhale through her nose. Either way, it conveyed that she found Amelia's actions amusing. "I will, A-me-lia." Again, she reached out a hand to ruffle the Fire girl's hair, this time purposefully messing it up somewhat.
  2044. [23:55] <DrEvilKitteh> "Mayhaps you will be able to come up with something that actually makes me laugh in the future, Ms. Ayako," Walter said with a wry smile. "Goodness knows I could do with some more humor in my life."
  2045. [23:57] <Tangent> Off to the side, Amelia squirms a bit under the aggressive headpats, but is all smiles.
  2046. [23:59] <Jran-Kri> Alexa first smiles at Amelia's antics, then begins grinding her teeth silently at Iris'. She turns away, sullenly silent.
  2047. [23:59] <WhiteKnight> "I'm not exactly known for my shocking wit," Ayako replies in earnest. But maybe now was the time to ask that question. "Hoooy, Iris! What's up with the thing you do with your eyes and you suddenly becoming super serious about, anyway?"
  2048. [00:00] <DrEvilKitteh> "Hm?" Iris blinked and looked at Ayako bemusedly. She lowered her hand back to her side. "What...do you mean?"
  2049. [00:02] <Tangent> Amelia looks a bit disappointed but slips away back to Alexa's side. "Hey, any luck converting robot guy over there?" She teases.
  2050. [00:03] <WhiteKnight> "Back at the mining site, your eyes changed color some time after we started planting charges. You started really hauling ass, and spoke way... faster."
  2051. [00:05] <Jran-Kri> Alexa smiles despite herself, blushing faintly as she shakes her head. "N-no, o-of course not. I'm not trying to convert him! Just, you know. Sharing the good word."
  2052. [00:11] <Tangent> "Mmm." Amelia nudges her friend gently. "Well, he doesn't seem to know much about it from what he's said...so maybe he'd appreciate hearing more? Just try not to overwhelm him, alright? I don't think any of us can repair him if he blows a circuit." Amelia's in a bit of a teasing mood, apparently.
  2053. [00:11] <DrEvilKitteh> "Oh." Iris nodded a few times. "That is...um. It is...difficult...to explain. Things become...clear, sharp? Everything, um..."
  2054. [00:11] <DrEvilKitteh> “...Your mind focuses better?” Walter offered as a guess.
  2055. [00:11] <DrEvilKitteh> “Yes. I think. My mind...focuses. I can...think faster, and...mm...a-na-alyze things easier.” The ice girl tilted her head and thought rather intently about it. “...It is like...cold, ice...descending...over me.” She moved her hands up at an angle, fingers spread wide apart, and lowered them on either side of her head in an attempt to demonstrate.
  2056. [00:11] <DrEvilKitteh> “Fascinating.” Walter contemplated Iris and her words carefully. “It sounds like a moment of clarity, where everything instantly makes sense and superfluous thoughts and hesitation is practically nonexistent, just stretched out over a longer period of time. Since her magic is Ice, it...makes some sense, I think. I myself have a similar ability, which Overclocks my systems; you may have noticed some of the Clockwork constructs back at the mining site display that ability as well, when their eyes glowed and they started to move much faster.”
  2057. [00:11] <[Morgan]_> "I agree. I am sure that he would appreciate the new knowledge you would bestow upon him."
  2058. [00:12] <[Morgan]_> (Morgan's talking to Amelia and Alexa there)
  2059. [00:13] <Jran-Kri> Alexa snickers silently, her shoulders trembling. Nonetheless, she shakes her head, still blushing. "W-well, i-it, um, I-I'm sure it would be to his benefit, but, um... Ah, perhaps another time," she glances over at Morgan, puffing up slightly. "Well, of course he would. Everyone should. There's nothing more important. But, um... No rush," she deflates instantly, glancing embarrassedly back over at Walter and Iris'
  2060. [00:13] <Jran-Kri> conversation.
  2061. [00:15] <Tangent> Amelia notices, and lets the topic drop. "They're definitely getting on well..." She comments instead, listening in.
  2062. [00:16] <WhiteKnight> "A moment of clarity... You might say things become crystal-clear for you, then," Ayako basically re-explains to herself. "Sure would like to have a surge of awareness like that... Oh, wait." She smirks.
  2063. [00:17] <Tangent> "Hey, what're you guys talking about?" Amelia reintroduces herself to the conversation with characteristic subtlety and tact.
  2064. [00:21] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris arched an eyebrow at Ayako. "...Crys-tal-clear. That...might be accurate, yes."
  2065. [00:22] <DrEvilKitteh> Walter turned his attention to Amelia. "Just about a facet of Iris' magical capability where she has increased speed of thought and clarity."
  2066. [00:25] <Tangent> "Oh? Cool!" Amelia looks to Iris. "Ah, I don't have anything like that, but mine...It's basically...magical self healing. It...um, not quite sure how to describe it really..."
  2067. [00:25] <Tangent> "But if I let it, it can basically...heal pretty much anything." She sounds slightly less thrilled by this than one might expect.
  2068. [00:26] <DrEvilKitteh> "Regeneration," Walter supplied. "I've encountered monsters and a few individuals with that type of power before. Its effectiveness varied amongst them, however."
  2069. [00:26] <WhiteKnight> Ayako grumbles. "Damn Overcity... it's taking a bit longer to get to the Wand than usual. Don't worry, this happens sometimes."
  2070. [00:27] <DrEvilKitteh> (Oh shit, I forgot about that.)
  2071. [00:28] <Tangent> "Well, I haven't met anything that it doesn't work on yet." Not outside of dreams anyway. It's not her regeneration's fault she messed up back there.
  2072. [00:28] <[Morgan]_> "I believe we may be almost there." Morgan chimed in, noting familiar objects from near the pub's location.
  2073. [00:29] <Tangent> "How'd you miss the Wand and Circlet if you've been all over the Overcity, anyway? You're the first person I've met who HASN'T managed to get there somehow at some point."
  2074. [00:29] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris tapped Ayako's shoulder and pointed down a sidestreet. "That way." Sure enough, part of the Wand and Circlet could be seen from there, not too far from where the sidestreet connected with the main road it was on.
  2075. [00:30] <Jran-Kri> "It... is not impossible," Alexa reminds Amelia, speaking up as she adjusts her glasses. "I mean, this, um -- Well, Kreimhild says the Overcity is theoretically infinite, so the probability actually works against it."
  2076. [00:31] <DrEvilKitteh> "I have hardly been 'all over' the Overcity," Walter replied. "As far as I am aware, it is infinite. For all intents and purposes. Which means that one could potentially go forever without seeing the Wand and Circlet, and...I assume many never actually do find it."
  2077. [00:32] <Tangent> Amelia glances to Alexa, eyebrow raised at that tidbit of secondhand knowledge...but nods. "Yeah, but...I just thought...everyone seems to end up there, sooner or later. Like it's a magnet for megucas or something."
  2078. [00:33] <WhiteKnight> "Ahh, about damn time!" Ayako exclaims, a look of joy encompassing her face. "Huh... Maybe the Wand is just - yeah. Really attractive to magical girls for some reason."
  2079. [00:33] <Jran-Kri> "... A magnet for what?" Alexa says, arching a dubious eyebrow at Amelia.
  2080. [00:35] <Tangent> Amelia blinks. "M-megucas?" She says, a bit more uncertainly. "...Uh. I mean magical girls. Not...not sure where that came from." She rubs her forehead, looking more than a bit confused.
  2081. [00:35] <DrEvilKitteh> "Well, as you might see, Miss Amelia, I am not a 'Meguca'," Walter deadpanned.
  2082. [00:35] <[Morgan]_> "A moment of confusion, possibly. It happens to everyone."
  2083. [00:37] <Jran-Kri> "... Yes, of course," Alexa nods slowly, turning away. "Oh well. Yes. It's a rather funny word, though..." Alexa snickers under her breath.
  2084. [00:38] <Tangent> "Glad you like it." Amelia grumbles without any heat to it. "Anyway, yeah, am I the only one that thinks there's something weird about that? How everyone ends up there?"
  2085. [00:38] <Tangent> A pause. "Here." She corrects as she sees the Wand up ahead.
  2086. [00:39] <DrEvilKitteh> Shortly, they reached the exterior of the pub. Iris turned to Amelia and the others. "I should go, now." She stepped over to envelop Amelia /and/ Alexa both in a fairly tight hug. After she released them, she nodded and waved to the others. "It was nice...to meet you three."
  2087. [00:39] <[Morgan]_> "Were I paranoid, I would say it was suspicious." Morgan admitted to Amelia before turning her attention to Iris. "Farewell, Iris. Until we meet again." she said, bidding her goodbye with a wave.
  2088. [00:40] <WhiteKnight> "Hmm... Think I'm gonna jet too," Ayako declares, holding out her hand for any who would shake it. "Nice to meetcha, and fight with ya. Maybe we'll do it again sometime."
  2089. [00:41] <Tangent> "Later, Iris!" Amelia waves at her friend. She nods at Ayako too. She shakes quickly. "See ya."
  2090. [00:41] <[Morgan]_> Morgan nodded in farewell to Ayako.
  2091. [00:41] <Jran-Kri> "Well-" Alexa begins, before Iris wraps her in a hug. She blinks over the much taller girl's shoulder, staring at her as she withdraws, mouth working like a fish. "Yes. Um. Uh. Likewise. Um... Good show. Nice, um... nice seeing you," Alexa says dully. She turns to shake Ayako's hand with equal dull surprise. "Yes, yes, um, cheerio. Hope to see you soon."
  2092. [00:43] <DrEvilKitteh> Walter nodded to Iris and shook Ayako's hand as well, his grip firm but surprisingly warm despite having a metal body. "I hope to meet you again."
  2093. [00:44] <WhiteKnight> Ayako nods to her comrades... but she takes one moment to just look sadly at Alexa. "Your handshake sucks and needs a lot of work." And she kicks off into the skies without another word.
  2094. [00:45] <Tangent> "Hmph." Amelia shakes her head, looking to Alexa. "Your handshakes are fine." She reassures her.
  2095. [00:45] <DrEvilKitteh> Iris waved again as she walked away, eventually disappearing around a corner leading farther away from the Overcity.
  2096. [00:46] <Tangent> Amelia watches her go, waving too, then looks back to Alexa.
  2097. [00:46] <Jran-Kri> Alexa stares at Ayako as she departs, blinking. Only once she's gone does she register the comment enough to take offense. "H-hey! It... it's not bad!" She fumes, bunching up her shoulders. She shakes her head at Amelia. "Whatever."
  2098. [00:46] <Tangent> Amelia pats her shoulder comfortingly.
  2099. [00:47] <DrEvilKitteh> Walter cocked a mechanical eyebrow and watched Ayako fly away. "...Well. In either case, unless the rest of you three also wish to depart, then I will let you enter the pub first. I have a feeling that it would go better that way."
  2100. [00:49] <[Morgan]_> Morgan gave a thumbs up before opening the door to the pub and walking in.
  2101. [00:49] <Jran-Kri> Alexa smiles at at Amelia, shaking her head again. She turns back to Walter. "If you insist," she says as she swans over to the door, holding it for Amelia.
  2102. [00:50] <Tangent> Amelia shakes her head, but smiles back at Alexa as she walks through the door.
  2103. [00:50] <DrEvilKitteh> (To #TheWand&Circlet , then.)
  2104. [00:50] <[Morgan]_> (Tally ho~)
  2105.  
  2106.  
  2107. Pub
  2108. [18:39] <NotPoplartree> The pub door opens, as a girl of about 9 years walks in. Dressed in an oversized t shirt and shorts, she glumly walks up to the counter and sits on a barstool, propping her head in her hands.
  2109. [18:40] <NotPoplartree> "Hah~" Zhell sighs, "I don't have any classes for a while and Molniya's still getting punished... What do I do?"
  2110. 18:52] <NotPoplartree> Zhell's phone suddenly vibrated, and looking at her messages Zhell tilts her head and types a return message.
  2111. [18:55] <Seo_Hyun> A girl of indeterminately asian origin but pretty clearly seventeen years old stepped into the pub, clad in the uniform of the Harmony Hills school. She looked back to someone behind her and declared. "Well, this is... really, the closest thing the Overcity has to a gathering hub, as far as I'm aware."
  2112. [18:56] <NotPoplartree> Zhell, hearing the noise of the door opening sees Seo-Hyun enter. "Seo-un-ni!" Zhell cries in happiness, running up to hug Seo.
  2113. [18:58] <@Frederica> A girl in a modest version of the Harmony Hill uniform steps in right behind Seo with a small, but bright, smile. She seems a little confused at the interior of the Wand, though. "Ah... um, this looks like it's for more mature people, Seo... is it alright for me to be here?"
  2114. [19:01] <Seo_Hyun> "Hey, Zhell! How're you doing?" Seo-Hyun looked back to Rica to declare, "Of course! Trust me, people much younger than you spend a lot of time here."
  2115. [19:02] <NotPoplartree> (Does seo let zhell hug her?)
  2116. [19:02] <@Frederica> The sight of Zhell seems to serve as an example for that. "Ah.. huh. Alright! So is everyone here...?"
  2117. [19:02] <Seo_Hyun> (Yes)
  2118. [19:03] <NotPoplartree> Zhell hugs Seo and begins to rub her facw on her. "Seo-un-ni is so nice to hug~"
  2119. [19:03] <Seo_Hyun> "Yeah, pretty much everyone here is a magical girl. And, uh...  Zhell, are you alright? Have you been drinking?"
  2120. [19:04] <NotPoplartree> "No?" Zhell looks up into Seo's eyes. "Why do you ask?"
  2121. [19:06] <@Frederica> Rica looks about the place with more excited curiosity, but soon starts staring at Seo, appearing vaguely like she wants something.
  2122. [19:08] <Seo_Hyun> "Well, you seem kind of... I dunno, you're just acting a bit strangely, it seems like. Almost a little... uh... Rica? Something wrong?"
  2123. [19:09] <NotPoplartree> Zhell suddenly realizes what she was doing and steps back her face flush with embarssment. "I-i'm sorry... I guess I got a bit excited after not seeing you for a while Seo-un-ni..."
  2124. [19:09] <@Frederica> "... C-can I?" She shuffles slightly closer to Seo with glimmering eyes, moving her hands up to her collar as though holding something to herself.
  2125. [19:11] <NotPoplartree> "E-eh? Seo-un-ni what's with this girl?" Zhell says, scooting between the two, unsure of what Fredrica was doing.
  2126. [19:11] <Seo_Hyun> "There's no need to apologise, it was perfectly alri-uh. Yeah, I guess you can. That's perfectly alright." Seo-Hyun didn't seem to know quite how to respond to the sudden onslaught of hug attempts.
  2127. [19:12] <@Frederica> When had Rica started hugging Seo? By the time it was noticed, it had already happened. "Thank you~!"
  2128. [19:13] <NotPoplartree> "Mou~ Let me in too~" Zhell glomps onto Seo and Fredrica.
  2129. [19:15] <Seo_Hyun> Seo-Hyun returned the multi-hug somewhat awkwardly, clearly at a loss for how to respond to this incredibly bizarre situation.
  2130. [19:17] <NotPoplartree> "Ehehe~ This is nice~"Zhell says, in bliss from the multi-hug.
  2131. [19:18] <@Frederica> Squeeze, hug. After an extended amount of time (that the perceptive would notice involved at least one pointed look at Seo-Hyun's neck), she pulls herself back and looks around again. "So what is there to do here? You said you could get to other places from here, right?"
  2132. [19:19] <NotPoplartree> Zhell releases her hug too and looks at Fredrica questioningly. "Seo-un-ni, who's this?"
  2133. [19:20] <NotPoplartree> (Is fredeica pale like a vampire?)
  2134. [19:20] <Seo_Hyun> "Yeah, it's... well, if you know the right paths you can pretty much get anywhere. Zhell, this is Frederica, a friend of mine. Rica, this is Zhell, a... surrogate little sister, I suppose."
  2135. [19:20] <@Zene> ( http://pastebin.com/KhvUkyPj ~ )
  2136. [19:21] <NotPoplartree> (Shit might dc soon)
  2137. [19:22] <NotPoplartree> "Heh? Nice to meet you Rica..." Zhell stares at Rica more intensly. "Um... is everything alright? You look a bit pale..."
  2138. [19:25] <@Frederica> "Eh? Ah, um, yes, everything's alright." Frederica looks taken a little off-guard by the question, but quickly waves it off.
  2139. [19:26] <NotPoplartree> "Okay..." Zhell sends a questioningly glance at Seo, and sticks out her hand. "I'm Zhell, like Seo-un-ni said! Nice to meet you!"
  2140. [19:27] <@Frederica> Rica gives her own hand to shake politely. "A pleasure to meet you, Zhell."
  2141. [19:27] <Seo_Hyun> Seo-Hyun merely nods in response, verifying the assertion that Rica is, in fact, perfectly alright.
  2142. [19:28] <NotPoplartree> (How is Fredeica's body temp? Normal?)
  2143. [19:28] <NotPoplartree> (Fuck dc time probs)
  2144. [19:29] <NotPoplartree> (No wait, pings down again)
  2145. [19:29] <@Zene> (Definitely low, but not yet at the point of 'are you still living'.)
  2146. [19:30] <NotPoplartree> "Eh, you're kinda cold... Do you have same condition that Aysu has? The one about bloodflow?"
  2147. [19:31] <@Frederica> "Oh.. ah, yes. I actually have a heart condition." She clarifies falsely, although she doesn't look at all like she's unused to saying such. "But I'm used to it and everything's going smoothly, so there's no need to worry about it."
  2148. [19:32] <NotPoplartree> "That's no good!" Zhell exclaims, "I'll massage your hands to try and improve your bloodflow!" Zhell starts massaging Rica's hand with her.
  2149. [19:34] <@Frederica> Rica doesn't really seem to know what to do, just letting Zhell go about the hand massage without protest. "Er.. thank you for the concern, Zhell." she offers, giving a questioning glance over to Seo-Hyun.
  2150. [19:35] <NotPoplartree> "No problem!" Zhell beams at Rica.
  2151. [19:36] <NotPoplartree> (Has Rica killed anybody by sucking their blood? If she has, do you want the ghost to haunt her or not?)
  2152. [19:36] <Seo_Hyun> Seo-Hyun simply gave the shrug that, it seemed, was becoming increasingly natural to her. "Glad to see the two of you are getting along."
  2153. [19:37] <@Zene> (Sure, let's go with that~)
  2154. [19:38] <NotPoplartree> "Let's sit down!" Zhell says, leading rica to a table while still massaging her hands.
  2155. [19:39] <@Frederica> Rica follows along as directed with a slightly awkward, but still happy, smile and takes a seat.
  2156. [19:43] <Seo_Hyun> Seo-Hyun followed the two to the table, taking a seat alongside them. "You two want anything to drink? It's on me."
  2157. [19:44] <NotPoplartree> "Sure Seo-" Zhell cuts off her own sentence as she suddenly focuses more intently on Rica, or more precisely, the area around Rica.
  2158. [19:45] <@Frederica> Rica gives Seo an interested glance at that offer... but quickly goes back to normal with a small shrug. "Anything would be nice.. I don't know what there is to order, here."
  2159. [19:45] <NotPoplartree> "I think I found the cause of your bloodflow problem. There seem to be several malicious spirits attached to you..."
  2160. [19:46] <@Frederica> "Ah.. huh?" Frederica looks back to Zhell with a blank expression. "R... eally? How does that work..? I don't know much about magic or spirits or anything yet."
  2161. [19:48] <NotPoplartree> "Well, usually a spirit that died full of malicious intent attaches themself to a body and drains their life force... These ones seem to say 'Monster' 'Bloodsucker'? Rica... are you like Seo-un-ni?"
  2162. [19:50] <@Frederica> Rica quickly looks between Seo and Zhell, a bit worriedly. "W-w-wait, w-wha? Is th-there really something saying that on me?"
  2163. [19:54] <NotPoplartree> Zhell nods, a serious expression on her face. "Well... for now should help you get rid of them?"
  2164. [19:56] <@Frederica> "Y-yes, if you can get rid of them, I would be very appreciative." She nods quickly and firmly.
  2165. [19:57] <NotPoplartree> (Zhell transforms. Zene dont pm me the trans scene i wrote, its jsut that I'm on mobile and lazy...)
  2166. [19:59] <NotPoplartree> "Well then. Spirits, heed the call of heaven and leave behind  your regrets! Mass Exorcism!" As zhell casts the spell, a magic circle appears under Rica and light appears from nowhere. Vaguely human shapes rise up from rica's body, causing her to feel lighter.
  2167. [20:00] <NotPoplartree> "There... now if you don't mind explaining?"
  2168. [20:01] <@Frederica> "... creepy that there was actually something like that attached to me..." Rica shakes her head a little. "A-ah, explaining?"
  2169. [20:03] <NotPoplartree> "Yes... are you like Seo-un-ni? A... a monster girl?"
  2170. [20:06] <@Frederica> "... oh." She looks around, before nodding a little. "Um, yes. I'm just a vampire, nothing much."
  2171. [20:07] <NotPoplartree> "Eh?" Zhell's eyes widen, then start sparkling. "How'd that happen?"
  2172. [20:11] * phobie (~NotaFBIag@F013CA9D:15D89DE6:36E60A74:IP) has joined #TheWand&Circlet
  2173. [20:11] <phobie> (whats this place for?)
  2174. [20:11] <Seo_Hyun> (drinking heavily)
  2175. [20:12] <phobie> (cant do that then, i have class tomarrow morning)
  2176. [20:12] <@Zene> (The W&C is the most open RP area, taking place in a pub-themed gathering spot in a stable area of the Overcity. It's extremely accessable due to the nexus potal just outside of it.)
  2177. [20:12] <NotPoplartree> (Safe rp, no chars fight)
  2178. [20:13] <phobie> (oh okay)
  2179. [20:15] <@Frederica> "I don't.. remember it well? I was walking home from school. I got distracted by something, then I saw a man, but then.. everything is hazy for a while. I recall he told me to do something.. or some things, but all of it is unclear until I realized I was running away at some point. Then... well, I suppose I was a vampire. I wasn't aware of it at the time, though it didn't take me long to come to the conclusion."
  2180. [20:15] <NotPoplartree> "What happened to you life after that?"
  2181. [20:15] <Seo_Hyun> Seo-Hyun didn't seem very happy to hear that. "...Do you remember anything else about the man?"
  2182. [20:17] <@Frederica> She shakes her head a little. "No, I don't. After that... my parents were very worried about me. I was, ah, missing for a bit over a week, even though it still feels hard to believe it was more than a few moments."
  2183. [20:20] <NotPoplartree> "How terrible! Don't worry I'm sure Seo-un-ni can catch that man! I'llhelp to so dont worry! We'll make him pay for doing that to you!" Zhell clasps Rica's hands.
  2184. [20:25] <@Frederica> Rica blinks, then giggles quietly and gently rubs Zhell's hands in turn. "It's alright, really. I like being a vampire. It was... difficult to manage at first without letting it slip, especially because I get really... irritable and angry if I don't get blood... but regular people get irritable and angry if they don't sleep, right? So it's not all that different."
  2185. [20:26] <NotPoplartree> "Well if you ever need blood I'll give you some of mine..." Zhell's tension drops as she starts fidgeting "That is... if you want... I don't know if mine tastes good or not..."
  2186. [20:29] <@Frederica> "Really?" Rica perks up at that. "The school gives me things of donated blood because I'm not supposed to... go after people, but it's not nearly as good that way.." She trails off, eyeing Zhell a bit hungrily for the moments it took until she realized what she was doing.
  2187. [20:30] <NotPoplartree> "Sure, it's fine. If you're Seo-un-ni's friend, that means you're not bad right? J-just a question... does getting sucked...hurt?"
  2188. [20:32] <@Frederica> Rica takes a few moments to answer. "... I, ah, don't know. I've never... asked."
  2189. [20:33] <NotPoplartree> "W-well even if it hurts its fine! You're my friend too, so I don't mind even if it hurts a little... can't be as bad as getting hit by a laser beam, or tripped by a giant tongue..."
  2190. [20:35] <@Frederica> "Alright!" With probably much less concern for Zhell's well-being than she should be displaying, Rica eagerly shuffles her chair over to leave it and herself closer to Zhell.
  2191. [20:37] <NotPoplartree> Zhell pulles her t shirt tobone side, causing the collar to fall slightly over her shoulder revealing her neck. Zhell tilts her head away from rica's to help rica get to her neck more easily.
  2192. [20:40] <@Frederica> Rica happily latches her mouth onto Zhell's neck with a sensation much like being jabbed with a needle, followed by something more like a dull throbbing while Rica siphons blood out of the nine-year-old magical girl.
  2193. [20:41] <NotPoplartree> (Rica, wanna describe how Zhell feels as she gets her blood sucked out?)
  2194. [20:44] <@Zene> (Aside from the already described bit, it'd probably be like having blood drawn out normally feels.. only with a bit more painful of a needle along with soon feeling lightheaded due to reduced bloodflow through the neck)
  2195. [20:47] <NotPoplartree> "Ow!" Zhell slightly winces at the initial pain, but tries to keep still as Rica feeds on her, the strange sensation of her blood being drawn is overshadowed by the feeling of satisfaction from helping a friend.
  2196. [20:52] <@Frederica> Rica's eyes slowly flutter closed and she presses her fangs deeper, seeming to entirely disregard Zhell's state and feelings now. Her arms reach to and hold the younger girl's shoulders to keep her in place for it, and while Rica's grip isn't overly firm, it's startlingly strong - it would take an inhuman amount of force to move her hands away.
  2197. [20:56] <NotPoplartree> "Fue?!" Zhell exclaims, surprised at Rica's actions, but trying to stay still for her new friend to continues feeding, not that she could've moved with Roca holding so tightly anyway. As time passes, Zhell's head atarts feeling qoozy and when she looks at Rica and Seo, she finds that their seem to be theee of them. "Heheh~ Dere'sh tree Seo-un-nish" Zhell giggles weakly.
  2198. [20:56] <Seo_Hyun> Seo-Hyun watched this with a degree of visible concern, trying to ensure that Rica didn't go too far in her feeding.
  2199. [21:02] <@Frederica> Rica... gives no signs of stopping, until she suddenly pulls herself off and takes a deep breath. She opens her eyes with an expression of complete bliss, taking a few more moments to realize the state she left Zhell in. "Ah.. hah... ah... oh, Zhell... um, did I take too much? I'm sorry, I've just been craving the real, warm stuff.."
  2200. [21:03] <NotPoplartree> "Ehehe~ ish fine~ dere's tree seounnish and tree ricas now too~ i can get tree timesh da hugsh~" zhell says wobbling dangerously in her seat.
  2201. [21:07] <Seo_Hyun> "Hey, uh... Rica? I appreciate that you enjoyed having fresh blood for once, but... could you please be a bit more careful next time?" As Seo-Hyun spoke, she reached over to attempt to stabilize Zhell and stop her from potentially falling from her seat.
  2202. [21:08] <NotPoplartree> Zhell falls into Seo's arms as she collapses. "Ehehe~ eh? I shuddenly feel sho weak?"
  2203. [21:10] <@Frederica> Rica shrinks into herself a bit embarassedly. "I-I'm sorry, it's a bit hard to control myself when I'm drinking.. it's just.. so good..." She regains her lucidity for a few moments, but her eyes seem to glaze over again with a more lingering look towards Seo's neck.
  2204. [21:11] <Seo_Hyun> "Woah, hey, easy there, Rica. We don't need two of us suffering from sudden-onset anemia."
  2205. [21:11] <Seo_Hyun> (I need to go for a little bit, me and a cousin are running to Chipotle)
  2206. [21:11] <NotPoplartree> (Dats fine pause?)
  2207. [21:11] <@Zene> (Yep, no problem)
  2208. [21:39] <Seo_Hyun> (Back, sorry about that.)
  2209. [21:39] <@Zene> (Welcome back~)
  2210. [21:39] <NotPoplartree> (Its fine)
  2211. [21:39] <NotPoplartree> (Wb)
  2212. [21:40] <NotPoplartree> "Eheheh~ hugsh~" zhell starts snuggling against seo
  2213. [21:41] <Yuuko> Enter Yuuko
  2214. [21:41] <@Frederica> Rica leans just slightly towards Seo-Hyun with the same dazed expression, standing beside the disguised fox. ... When did she get there? There wasn't any sound noting her movement, or even a blur - her chair is slightly ajar as though pushed back out from the table, but it's as though someone skipped from one frame to the next and left nothing at all in-between.
  2215. [21:42] <Seo_Hyun> Seo patted Zhell's shoulder in a gesture somewhere between amelioration and concern, before putting her illusionist magic to work, blurring her and Zhell out of existence to give Rica time to cool down.
  2216. [21:42] <Yuuko> (how do you do *action)
  2217. [21:43] <Rally> (/me)
  2218. [21:43] * Yuuko looks around the pub
  2219. [21:43] <Yuuko> "May I get a drink?"
  2220. [21:44] <NotPoplartree> The bartender looks up at Yuuko and gestures at the empty seats around the room.
  2221. [21:45] <@Frederica> Rica narrows her brows with mild confusion, then stumbles back a little and shakes her head, placing one hand on her forehead. "Ah.. ah. ... Seo? Zhell? What, when did I.. where are you?"
  2222. [21:45] * Yuuko sits down, not too close or too far from the other ones in the room
  2223. [21:46] <NotPoplartree> "Oer here~" Zhell says, not realizingRica couldnt see her.
  2224. [21:46] <Seo_Hyun> Seeing Rica appear to have recovered, Seo-Hyun dropped her illusion and made the two of the visible once more. "You alright, there? You looked like you were getting a bit... frenzied."
  2225. [21:47] * Yuuko hums a unfamiliar tune to herself
  2226. [21:48] <NotPoplartree> "What'll you have?" The bartender grumbles to Yuuko.
  2227. [21:48] <Yuuko> "Ah, just water for now.."
  2228. [21:49] * Yuuko keeps glancing at Rica and Zhell
  2229. [21:50] <@Frederica> "R-really? Oh.. I'm sorry, I guess I lost track of myself for a moment. It was hard not to think about. Blood just feels so wonderful.." She sighs the last part out as though lost in a daydream, then walks around and slips back into her chair.
  2230. [21:50] <NotPoplartree> (Yuuko needs to man up and talk to ppl.)
  2231. [21:50] <NotPoplartree> "Hehe~" Zhell giggles inanely.
  2232. [21:51] * Yuuko suddenly gets up and almost impatiantly walks up to the table, almost tripping on the first step
  2233. [21:51] <NotPoplartree> A waitress walks towards Yuuko and sers down a cup of water. "Call if you need anything else hon~"
  2234. [21:51] <Yuuko> "Ah- ookay"
  2235. [21:52] * Yuuko arives to Zhell and Rica
  2236. [21:52] <Yuuko> "H-hello, my name is Yuuko, what are your names?"
  2237. [21:53] <NotPoplartree> "Everishongs wobbly and weird~" Zhell cries from Seo's lap.
  2238. [21:54] <Yuuko> "Eh?"
  2239. [21:54] <Yuuko> (whoops i didnt see seo
  2240. [21:54] <Seo_Hyun> Deciding that the other two were likely not in a condition to respond, Seo-Hyun turned to the new arrival. "The pale one is Rica, the one who is currently using me as a bed is Zhell, I'm Seo-Hyun. Nice to meet you. Don't mind the way they're acting. Magic bullshit happened."
  2241. [21:55] <Yuuko> "Magic? Like a show?"
  2242. [21:56] <@Frederica> It still takes her a few moments to get her awareness back into the present and away from wondering what Seo-Hyun would taste like, but when she does, she gives a small smile to Yuuko. "Ah, I'm Frederica, yes. Or Rica for short."
  2243. [21:57] <Yuuko> "Hello!" Yuuko smiles innocently with her eyes closed, not feeling her cup fall to the floor and shatter
  2244. [21:57] <Yuuko> "O-oh dear"
  2245. [21:57] <NotPoplartree> "Show!" Zhell latches onto that one word as she opens her book and multiple will o wisps pop out. "Dance!" Zhell cries and the small balls of fire begin flashing different  colors and moving in strange mesmerizing patterns.
  2246. [21:57] <NotPoplartree> "Hehehehe~"
  2247. [21:58] <Yuuko> "Uwah!" Yuuko acts surprised, normal for her timid nature
  2248. [21:59] <Yuuko> (how am i doing)
  2249. [22:00] <NotPoplartree> (You're doing fine, keep it up!)
  2250. [22:01] <Yuuko> (okay!)
  2251. [22:02] <Seo_Hyun> Seo-Hyun sighed with vague irritation, staring down at Zhell. "...I don't think she can go back to the dorms like this. She'd start tossing out magic in a public place, freak out the civilians. Shit, we need alternate arrangements."
  2252. [22:02] <Yuuko> "Wait whats this about magic?"
  2253. [22:02] <@Frederica> "I-I'm sorry.." Rica shrinks down a little more.
  2254. [22:04] * Yuuko Yuuko looks more confused
  2255. [22:05] <Seo_Hyun> Seo-Hyun looked back up to Yuuko, clearly very perplexed. "Huh? You got into the Overcity without knowing about... ah, well. I guess the cat is out of the bag. Magic is real, so's interdimensional travel, you are currently talking to a vampire, a gumiho, and a ghost whisperer. Congratulations."
  2256. [22:05] <@Frederica> "... Um. Seo, didn't you say everyone here was...?"
  2257. [22:05] <Seo_Hyun> "I thought they were, Rica. I have no idea how something like this happened."
  2258. [22:06] <Yuuko> "W-wait huh? I thought I was still in.." Yuuko checks her phone, which is dead, and wont turn on "Oh dear oh dear oh dear"
  2259. [22:07] <Yuuko> "T-this isn't a joke right?"
  2260. [22:09] <@Frederica> "Ah.. um, no. It isn't a joke, you're actually looking at a vampire, gumiho, and ghost whisperer. ... And we're all magical, yes." She watches Yuuko slightly awkwardly.
  2261. [22:09] <Seo_Hyun> The air around Seo-Hyun twisted dizzyingly, a set of fox's ears and nine tails blurring their way into existence. "Nope. This is one hundred percent real. Also, basically everyone is hostile to each other because this entire plane is a complete goatfuck of competing factions."
  2262. [22:09] * Yuuko Yuuko faints
  2263. [22:10] <Yuuko> (I have a thing to do, ill be back)
  2264. [22:10] <@Frederica> With a motion that looks amazingly fluid, despite having been faster than anything a human should be capable of, Rica has exited her chair and leaned down a bit to catch the fainting Yuuko before she hit the floor. ".. Ah, are you... oh. I... suppose she fainted from the shock.."
  2265. [22:12] <Seo_Hyun> "Huh. ...You think anyone would mind if I took her liver and heart?"
  2266. [22:12] <NotPoplartree> "Seounish chan ibtoush your earsh~?"
  2267. [22:13] <@Frederica> "W-what, you can't do that!" She returns indignantly and looks over the girl now in her arms. "... although... I bet she wouldn't notice if..." Rica quickly shakes her head once again, apparently telling herself no as well.
  2268. [22:14] <Seo_Hyun> "That... That was a joke! I wouldn't actually do that." Seo-Hyun's words didn't sound as convincing as she probably meant them to be. In her attempts to save face, she didn't seem to notice Zhell's query.
  2269. [22:16] <DrEvilKitteh> (TOUCH FLUFFY TAIL, ZHELL!)
  2270. [22:16] <NotPoplartree> "Ehehe~" Zhell reaches up towards Seo's ears
  2271. [22:19] <@Frederica> Rica carries the unconscious Yuuko over to what used to be her own chair and seats this new girl there, then turns back to Seo. "... You look very cool like that."
  2272. [22:21] <Seo_Hyun> "Huh? Oh... Thanks! I'm glad to hear they don't just look ridiculous or something." Somehow (possibly through the mysterious and poorly-understood powers of Anime Shenanigans), Seo-Hyun continues to fail to notice Zhell's attempt to reach her ears.
  2273. [22:22] <NotPoplartree> "Ei~!" Zhell manages to reach up just enough to pat Seo's ears.
  2274. [22:23] * Yuuko suddenly moves, "...mmmuh, mommy?"
  2275. [22:23] <Yuuko> "Where am I?"
  2276. [22:26] <@Frederica> "No, not at all! You seem more.. regal? Important? It's difficult to describe." She smiles to Seo, before noticing Yuuko wake up. ".. Um.. still in this--what's the name of this building? I've forgotten."
  2277. [22:27] <Seo_Hyun> Seo-Hyun abruptly went stock-still, every muscle in her body stiffening at once as her eyes widened. Despite her best attempts to imitate a statue, Seo's ears had begun to twitch furiously from the unexpected patting.
  2278. [22:28] <Yuuko> "My head hurts..."
  2279. [22:28] <NotPoplartree> "Eheheh~ ish so nice and shoft~" Zhell blissfully continues pating seo's ears.
  2280. [22:29] <Jar_Mimic> At this point, a girl with the face of a stuffed animal, a sheep, enters the establishment.  Following behind her are two actual stuffed animals walking on their own.  "I wonder," she says, "What kind of people are here tonight?"
  2281. [22:32] <@Frederica> "You fainted, I believe." She explains to the seated and awakening Yuuko. Of course, the nine-tailed fox-girl next to her reacting so amusingly to an ear rub doesn't escape Rica's attention. She takes the chance to try feeling one of the tails.
  2282. [22:33] <Yuuko> "...Am I in a cosplay cafe?"
  2283. [22:35] <Seo_Hyun> Seo-Hyun finally managed to get a response out - a barely audible, "...Hey... told you those were sensitive..."
  2284. [22:36] <NotPoplartree> "Ehehe~ they feel sho niish. I luv dish feeling~"
  2285. [22:39] <Jar_Mimic> This sheep looking girl takes a seat at a distance, watching the display.  "What is that word?  It has an X in it.  I wonder if that is what is happening."
  2286. [22:40] <@Frederica> "Cosplay? Ah, um.. no, this is all real. ... Really real. As in.. ah.." Rica looks around as if trying to find something she can use as an example. The only thing she seems to think she can is Yuuko herself. "... okay, I'll use magic to change where you're sitting. Is that alright?"
  2287. [22:41] <Yuuko> "Umm..." Yuuko doenst believe it, but a feeling tells her that something is off "..sure"
  2288. [22:42] <@Frederica> Yuuko is now in a different seat at the same table. There wasn't a sense of movement or change at all, simply now being in a different place with seemingly not a moment between - probably because there were literally no moments of time that passed between Yuuko being in one chair and then being seated in another.
  2289. [22:43] <Seo_Hyun> Seo-Hyun weakly batted at Zhell's arm, mostly in an attempt to save face, but for the most part offered no resistance to the relentless headpats she was being faced with.
  2290. [22:43] <Yuuko> "W-wha? What d-did you do?" Yuuko nervisoly asks, almost shaking
  2291. [22:45] <Jar_Mimic> Clapping.  At least one stuffed animal was impressed by the magical feat of reassigned seating.
  2292. [22:46] <@Frederica> "I, ah.. I suppose the simplest way to explain it would be that I picked you up and sat you in another chair... while time was stopped." Rica attempts to explain in a way that would ease the girl. It's probably a failure, however, given what she just said.
  2293. [22:47] <Seo_Hyun> (Oh, don't worry, I just kind of used ZA WARUDO, it wasn't a big deal)
  2294. [22:47] <Yuuko> "Time... stop?"
  2295. [22:47] <Yuuko> "I'm lost here.."
  2296. [22:48] <Yuuko> (im not sure when to put in where yuuko obtains her powers)
  2297. [22:48] <NotPoplartree> Zhells vaguely notices Seo's tails and slides down to grab one. "Tailsh tok
  2298. [22:49] <@Frederica> "... Um.." Rica looks over to Seo helplessly, but quickly re-realizes how helpless her senior seems to be in other circumstances, so just goes back to trying to talk to Yuuko. "Do you know how you got here? Is there.. anything magical you can do?"
  2299. [22:49] <NotPoplartree> "Tailsh too~ yeay~" zhell starts petting and rubbing her cheek on one of the tails.
  2300. [22:51] <Yuuko> "I"m not really sure, I... why can't I remember..."
  2301. [22:52] <Seo_Hyun> Seo-Hyun went stiff once again, this time with an alarmed-sounding squeak. In contrast to her nonvocal complaint, the tail that Zhell had noticed rubbed up against her seemingly without Seo-Hyun's awareness.
  2302. [22:55] <Jar_Mimic> "Wah.  Watching this is giving me a funny feeling."  The stuffed animal girl finally decides to mind her own business.  "I should not watch anymore."
  2303. [22:55] <NotPoplartree> "Niish an shoft an warm an fuffy an smesh niish too~ ish perfakt~"
  2304. [22:55] <@Frederica> "... Okay, well.. I.. ah.. have no clue how to help you." She admits flatly with a sigh. "I-I'm still new to all of this myself. I haven't even been a vampire for very long."
  2305. [22:57] <Seo_Hyun> It seemed that Seo-Hyun had been fully incapacitated by the barely-coherent actions of Zhell.
  2306. [22:58] <Yuuko> "Vampires, magic, talking animals I'm just dreaming i think..."
  2307. [22:58] * Yuuko bangs her head really hard on the table
  2308. [22:58] <Yuuko> "..nn-no, not dreaming..."
  2309. [22:58] <NotPoplartree> Zhell starts cuddling the tail.
  2310. [23:01] <Seo_Hyun> "H-hey... 'm not 'n animal..." Seo-Hyun was starting to look as if she seriously needed help.
  2311. [23:03] <NotPoplartree> "Zzzzz..." zhell finally fell asleep, the headpats and tail rubbing she gave to seo sapped the last of her strength. However, if one listend carefully, they could hear murmurs as she sleeptalks.
  2312. [23:04] <NotPoplartree> "Molnya...so cute..." "Yay...headpats..."
  2313. [23:04] <Yuuko> "Why am I here, did I die..? Where is my sister?"
  2314. [23:05] <Jar_Mimic> Of course, the daughter of an eavesdropper is prone to eavesdrop herself.  The sheep girl gets up an approaches.  "I believe she was referring to me, miss.  I am much more an animal."  A pause.  "Are you okay?"
  2315. [23:06] <@Frederica> Rica looks around again somewhat helplessly, but double-takes at the... literal stuffed animal girl. "... Um." escapes her in confusion.
  2316. [23:06] <Yuuko> "I don't know how I got here, there was some small talking raccon then suddenly I was walking to this cafe... Where is my sister?"
  2317. [23:07] <Seo_Hyun> "Y-y-yes. Just... not expected." Seo-Hyun seemed like she was going to take some time to recover, and was barely keeping some sort of grin from reaching her face.
  2318. [23:09] <Jar_Mimic> "So that person was touching you unexpectedly?  Is that not a very bad thing?"  She tilts her head, clearly misconstruing the situation.
  2319. [23:11] <@Frederica> "It--" She turns to look at Seo once again. "--seemed like you liked it... or did you?"
  2320. [23:12] <Seo_Hyun> "I mean... wasn't like that. Ju-" Abruptly, Seo-Hyun interrupted herself to shout over to Rica. "Hey! Don't you start getting ideas over there!"
  2321. [23:12] <NotPoplartree> *gunyuu* Zhell squeezes Seo's tail a bit.
  2322. [23:14] <Jar_Mimic> "Oh.  So being touched unexpectedly feels good, then.  I wonder why I have been told it is a bad thing."  She looks again.  "It is happening still."
  2323. [23:16] <Seo_Hyun> Seo's response was, once again, barely audible and barely comprehensible. "...Yes... Yes't's."
  2324. [23:17] <@Frederica> Whether from curiosity, mischeviousness, a desire to get out of the immediate nearby situation she had no grasp of how to deal with, or a combination of the three, Rica moves herself in front of Seo without taking an instant and quickly reaches her hands up to pounce on the fox's ears.
  2325. [23:20] <Seo_Hyun> Seo-Hyun wasn't exactly in a state to move out of the way, and the headpatting continued without relent. "Wh- Rica... why..."
  2326. [23:22] <Jar_Mimic> "You are getting lots of unexpected touches.  That must feel REALLY good."  She marvels at the sight.
  2327. [23:24] <@Frederica> "Doesn't it feel nice?" Rica giggles quietly, massaging the ears between her fingers and thumbs. From Seo's point of view, Rica's eyes would slowly start to glimmer.. and the colors would somehow seem to swirl around without moving, small whirlpools of thought to draw in and submerge a mind as ones in the water would a ship. "Just relax and let yourself enjoy it~.."
  2328. [23:28] <Seo_Hyun> "...Hey... no mind magic..." Seo-Hyun flailed her arms at Rica, doing something about halfway between trying to get Rica's hands off her ears and trying to break the line of sight.
  2329. [23:29] <NotPoplartree> *gunyuu* Zhell squeezes Seo's tail again.
  2330. [23:32] <Jar_Mimic> "Oh.  Unexpected touch!"  This stuffed animal girl, too, reaches out and lightly pets one of this animal person's tails.  "That feels good, right?"
  2331. [23:34] <Raincoat> A small blonde girl (http://gelbooru.com/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=2990641) with a Puuchuu on her shoulder walks into the Wand and takes a seat at the bar, ordering a small strawberry milkshake. She looks at the antics of the group nearby and giggles. "You all are acting so silly!"
  2332. [23:34] <NotPoplartree> (Bout to fly, so gotta turn off data, will be back in around 2+ hours.)
  2333. [23:34] <@Zene> (Kay)
  2334. [23:34] <Seo_Hyun> Seo was quickly beginning to realise the futility of her position, batting helplessly at the myriad arms. "N-n-...yes. Now please stop."
  2335. [23:35] <@Frederica> It's a rather heavy pull of thoughts, approaching something Seo could weigh down on someone's mind if she was versed in said mind magic... but Rica doesn't actually seem to have realized she was doing it: the protest results in the effect abruptly stopping, with Rica blinking her eyes a couple times and pausing the patting. "M.. mind magic? Um..." She moves her hands away and takes a step back. "W-was I doing something?"
  2336. [23:39] * Yuuko stares into space
  2337. [23:41] <Jar_Mimic> Hmm.  If unexpected touching made people feel good, then there was someone nearby who needed to be touched.  The sheep girl stops touching Seo, and places a gloved hand on Yuuko's head.  "Unexpected touch."
  2338. [23:42] <Seo_Hyun> "Y-you were... You used some kind of mind spell. Made me feel tired. Didn't want my blood drained."
  2339. [23:44] <@Frederica> "Oh... oh." She lowers her head slightly. "I'm sorry, I hadn't realized I was doing anything.. I was just thinking about getting you to relax.."
  2340. [23:45] <Yuuko> "E-ehh? Whats this for?"
  2341. [23:47] <Jar_Mimic> "Does this not feel good?  That lady said unexpected touching felt nice."
  2342. [23:50] <Seo_Hyun> "It's okay, just... be more careful in the future, alright? It'd be easy for something to go wrong, with that combination of mind magic and loss of control."
  2343. [23:50] <Yuuko> "I-Im not sure..."
  2344. [23:52] <sathzur> The door to the Wand & Circlet swings open as a girl with a baseball cap perched atop blonde hair strides through it on her way to the bar, "One ginger ale please"
  2345. [23:53] <@Frederica> Rica nods and raises her head again, back to smiling. "Alright!... Ah, um.. could I try you, sometime? I-if I'm really careful."
  2346. [23:54] <Jar_Mimic> "Do you want me to keep doing it?  I can stop if you want."
  2347. [23:55] <Raincoat> The blonde with a puuchuu turns to the girl with the baseball cap and introduces herself. "Hi, I'm Cat, and this is my Puuchuu, Dog! It's sort of ironic, but I guess it's kind of funny." The puuchuu scoffs at this. "It's just coincidence, nothing more." it replies in a gruff voice.
  2348. [23:56] <Yuuko> "Im not sure, I havent felt this before.."
  2349. [23:56] <Yuuko> "I am rather sleepy though"
  2350. [23:57] <Seo_Hyun> Seo-Hyun hesitated for a moment before responding. "I, uh... I would prefer that you maybe not drink as much blood as you did with Zhell, but... sure."
  2351. [23:58] <sathzur> Turning her head to look first at the other girl then the girl's puchuu baseball cap girl replies, "Nice to meet the both of you, name's Elena"
  2352. [23:59] <Jar_Mimic> "If you are sleepy, you should go to sleep."  Then she remembers where they are.  "Upstairs.  There are rooms with beds for you to sleep in.  But they cost money."
  2353. [00:00] <@Frederica> "Ah, thank you!" She's about to take a step forward as if to accept it right now, but manages to stop herself mid-step and instead remains where she is. "Ah, um, later, yes. ... If I, ah... lose track of things again... just hit me or something, maybe?"
  2354. [00:00] <Yuuko> "Ill sleep then, Ill find out what happened tomarrow.."
  2355. [00:00] <Yuuko> (bye)
  2356. [00:02] <Raincoat> "So nice to meet you Elena! So what brings you to this place? Besides the fact that it's safer then the outside." The puuchuu replies in a grouchy tone. "Safety is of no issue when we NEED to protect the innocents."
  2357. [00:03] <Seo_Hyun> Seo nods, not quite hiding how glad she was that Rica managed to hold herself back. "Alright, then. For now, though... We need to figure out what to do with Zhell."
  2358. [00:05] <Jar_Mimic> "Ah.  She left.  Um."  The sheep girl looks back at Seo.  "Unexpected touch!"  And she is touched unexpectedly on one ear.
  2359. [00:07] <sathzur> "I'm new to the Overcity, I was told that this is a good place to get a start on my career as a magical girl"
  2360. [00:10] <Raincoat> "Well if you have a Puuchuu you should be taking orders from it," the Puuchuu states a matter of factly. "As much as this guy is a little too focused on the job, he's right. You should be taking orders from a puuchuu yourself."
  2361. [00:10] <Raincoat> The girl adds
  2362. [00:10] <Seo_Hyun> "Goddamnit wh-" The constant headpats and tail contact seemed to be starting to get to Seo-Hyun, and her response cut off just about immediately on contact.
  2363. [00:10] <@Frederica> Rica 'mmhm's at Seo's point and walks over to pick up the unconscious Zhell without any trouble. "Should she just go back to her room?--ah?" She starts asking, but is quickly startled out of it by Seo's exclamation.
  2364. [00:16] <sathzur> "Mine's a bit more hands-off than yours seems to be.  He says he wants me to figure things out on my own rather than rely on him giving them to me" Elena says with a hint of irritation in her voice.
  2365. [00:19] <Seo_Hyun> Seo-Hyun appeared to be once again incapacitated by the dark powers of the headpat.
  2366. [00:20] <Jar_Mimic> "You do not seem to be enjoying it as much as before."  Animal ears like scratches.  So she starts scratching.  "Does that feel better?"
  2367. [00:20] <Raincoat> "Lazy Scum." "Oh hush you!" The little girl seems a bit irritated with her puuchuu. "Sorry, he gets like this sometimes. A hands off approach is certainly helpful, especially since it seems like they have many girls to help."
  2368. [00:21] <Seo_Hyun> Seo-Hyun made a vague sound of agreement, apparently not particularly able to provide much more of a response than that.
  2369. [00:21] <@Frederica> "That really seems to make you unable to do anything... does that mean if I pet you, I can take as much blood as I want?" Rica giggles playfully, but her cheer is quickly drowned out again. "... w-why did I say that? I'm sorry, that was rude.. um, miss.. sheep? I think Seo would like to.. do something other than stand there.""
  2370. [00:23] <Jar_Mimic> "Oh, it was not rude.  I take parts of living souls for nourishment.  And you are right.  I bet I could take some right now if I wanted to.  But I will not, because that would be bad."  She stops scratching this helpless person.
  2371. [00:26] <Seo_Hyun> After a moment, Seo-Hyun managed to recover, and promptly began responding to the most relevant statements. "Please do not take advantage of how sensitive my ears are to drain my blood. And... seriously, does everyone here feed off of living people in some way?"
  2372. [00:28] <@Frederica> "I won't!" She replies firmly, with an ".. I'll try not to, at least.." mumbled after it.
  2373. [00:30] <sathzur> "He does seem distracted when I do talk to him, probably thinking about his other charges" Elena says with a thoughtful expression on her face
  2374. [00:30] <Jar_Mimic> "Not everyone.  I just happen to because my father was a vampire."
  2375. [00:36] <Raincoat> "Some of them are very busy. I guess I just got lucky."
  2376. [00:36] <Seo_Hyun> "Fair enough. Anyways... we should really take care of Zhell. I'm not sure we can take her back to the dorms, in her state she might still be delirious when she wakes."
  2377. [00:39] <Jar_Mimic> "Dorm...z?"
  2378. [00:43] <@Frederica> "Good point.. she might get in trouble if she uses magic again so casually there." Rica sighs slightly. "There were rooms here to rent or something, I heard? Does that work?"
  2379. [00:50] <Seo_Hyun> "It... I mean, it'll probably work. Let's go with that."
  2380. [00:51] <[Morgan]_> Morgan walked into the pub, waiting patiently for Amelia, Ayako, and Walter to make their entries behind her.
  2381. [00:52] <DrEvilKitteh> (Amelia, *Alexa, and Walter)
  2382. [00:52] <[Morgan]_> *Alexa
  2383. [00:53] <[Morgan]_> (THIS IS THE WORK OF AN ENEMY STAND)
  2384. [00:53] <Tangent> A small, slight dark haired girl walks through the door. She's wearing a blue outfit with a red scarf that resembles a cross between a dress uniform and a knight's greaves, and is rather casually holding a sword in one hand- a sword she dismisses with a puff of smoke and flame. She seems to be in a good mood, smiling to herself as she glances over her shoulder.
  2385. [00:54] <Tangent> "Hey, you can come in now." She calls out to whoever's outside. She glances around. "Looks about normal..." She adds to hereself, looking for anyone she recognizes.
  2386. [00:54] <[Morgan]_> (Specifically Ayako's Stand,「BAD REPUTATION」 )
  2387. [00:55] <Jran-Kri> Alexa strides in behind her, her dark red mantle swishing around her brown leather boots. It parts slightly as she rests her hands on her hips, revealing the white tights, red skirt and pink blouse that make up the rest of her loose mage's outfit. She adjusts her hat as she glances around. "Ah, nice and quiet."
  2388. [00:57] <DrEvilKitteh> [ http://imgur.com/a/JWmoN ]
  2389. [00:57] <DrEvilKitteh> A man wearing dark dress clothing along with a red tie, fedora, and longcoat walked through the door after the other three girls. It became apparent fairly quickly that he had metal skin, bright green eyes, and slicked-back black hair. "...Interesting," Walter commented as he looked around the interior of the pub. "Seems like a cozy place."
  2390. [00:57] <[Morgan]_> "I always feel like I am walking in here for the first time. It is a good feeling..." Morgan sighed, feeling her eyelids starting to droop. "Unfortunately, I must now slumber. I hope you enjoy your time here, Walter."
  2391. [00:57] <@Frederica> "How much does it cost? I'm not aware if I have much on me.." Casually balancing Zhell with one arm, Rica uses her free hand to fish through her purse. She pulls out a small, opaque plastic jar... and almost immediately pops it open, downing its contents.
  2392. [00:57] <@Frederica> "Fuah... I wish the school gave me more.." she grumbles, then closes it again and stuffs it back in her purse. Some more feeling around results in her retrieving a wallet.
  2393. [00:58] <Tangent> "Yeah, must be a slow day...But it's nice." She glances to Morgan. "See you around. Good fighting with you today..."
  2394. [00:58] <DrEvilKitteh> (Is Seo-Hyun still in kumiho-mode?)
  2395. [00:58] <@Zene> (Yup)
  2396. [00:58] <Jran-Kri> "Ah yes, well, nice meeting you," Alexa doffs her wide-brimmed hat at the girl, smiling crookedly. "Goodnight!"
  2397. [00:59] <DrEvilKitteh> "Thank you, and sleep well." Walter nodded to Morgan, though his attention was caught shortly thereafter by the sight of Seo-Hyun and...that whole situation. "...Woah. What kind of fox entity do you think she is?" he whispered to Amelia and Alexa.
  2398. [01:00] <Tangent> "Who?" Amelia's interrupted mid-explanation by the robot- and isn't as concerned with keeping her voice down as the android is.
  2399. [01:02] <Seo_Hyun> "I... don't know. Hopefully not much..." Seo-Hyun dug through her own supplies, coming up with a rather disappointingly small amount of currency. "I, uh, never put too much thought into having funding for the Overcity. Didn't come here much until recently." She didn't seem to notice that her disguise was still down or that people had taken note of her.
  2400. [01:04] <DrEvilKitteh> Walter mutely gestured at the Asian-looking nine-tailed fox girl for Amelia's benifit. "...I thought you said that Magical Girls frequent this place," he said to both of them. "I do not recall hearing about other types of magical beings. Well, there were the angels or succubi, but... " He shrugged slightly, and...actually seemed rather excited to see something like Seo-Hyun.
  2401. [01:04] <Tangent> Amelia looks at the girl. "Hmm. I don't now her..." She frowns. "Probably a monstergirl..." Her nose wrinkles. "The pub has a no fighting rule." She explains to Walter.
  2402. [01:05] <Tangent> The blue flames surrounding the monster make her frown deepen. "...Yeah, monstergirls are allowed too. They're like us magical girls, but their magic's...messed up."
  2403. [01:05] <Jar_Mimic> "S-so many new people.  Oh, I do not even know who to make friends with first."  The sheep girl takes a seet, first observing the rabble.
  2404. [01:06] <Jran-Kri> "Well, yes. Yes, that would make sense. Monstergirls are, um... a special case," Alexa recollects herself, explaining quietly. She side-eyes Amelia. "Kreimhild says there's nothing wrong with their magic. It's just different."
  2405. [01:06] <Tangent> "And they don't always look human anymore or help people. Some of them are messed up." She shakes her head. "The best thing for them's to try and fix their magic...Hmph. Of course she'd say that..." Amelia shakes her head again.
  2406. [01:07] <@Frederica> Without an instant passing - except to people in the room with atemporal awareness, of course - Rica has replaced her wallet with a few terrestrial bills. "Is this enough?"
  2407. [01:08] <DrEvilKitteh> "Ah, I see. 'Monster Girl'. An...interesting term for it." Walter tapped his chin, which produced a few soft metallic tinks. "...So...a warping of their magic alters their bodies? Yes, I can see how that could happen. There have been other cases of such a thing happening that I've encountered." Rosemary met his gaze next, and he looked at her face curiously for a moment.
  2408. [01:08] <Tangent> Dim memories of dreams, nightmares. "All I know for sure is that if someone's a monstergirl, their magic's broken and could be dangerous. It's something to do with how they're made...there are these coins...Black coins...Those're...for lack of a better word, evil. You can feel it."
  2409. [01:08] <Tangent> "Well...maybe not you, but...magical girls can." She shakes her head.
  2410. [01:09] <Jran-Kri> Alexa furrows her brow, narrowing her eyes at Amelia. "Yes, well, they've got their bad apples, but they're not necessarily dangerous -- Kriemhild says they don't need to be fixed," she insists.
  2411. [01:10] <Tangent> Amelia shakes her head again- this clearly isn't a new argument between the two. "Yeah, but if their magic was fixed they wouldn't need to worry about it..."
  2412. [01:10] <Jar_Mimic> The face of Rose Thorns does not change.  But the way she twitches, moves slightly, suggests healthy life.
  2413. [01:11] <Jran-Kri> "They don't need to be fixed," Alexa says again, though she has the good sense to keep her voice low. "There's nothing inherently wrong with them. Kreimhild says the Puchuu just say that because they don't like not being in control."
  2414. [01:12] <Seo_Hyun> "I... don't know. I don't know if they even take money from Earth. We can try, but... Hm."
  2415. [01:13] <DrEvilKitteh> "...Hm." Only half-listening to Amelia and Alexa, Walter stepped over to Seo-Hyun and gently tapped on her shoulder. "I'm terribly sorry if I'm interrupting or make you feel uncomfortable, but...would you mind telling me what type of fox entity are you are?"
  2416. [01:13] <Tangent> "The Puuchu are assholes, but they're not the ones pulling stuff because their magic said so." Amelia retorts. "Remember that monstergirl at Christmas?" She doesn't notice that Walter's deserted them.
  2417. [01:14] <Jran-Kri> "That was different," Alexa bunches up her shoulders, equally incognizant. "She was insane! Kreimhild is perfectly capable of keeping herself under control."
  2418. [01:14] <@Frederica> Rica, the thirteen- or fourteen-year-old girl still holding an unconscious nine-year-old and standing next to a fox monster that eats people for fun, turns to look over Walter.
  2419. [01:15] <Seo_Hyun> Seo-Hyun turned to Walter, slightly perplexed but at least not seeming offended. "Huh? That's... kind of a strange question to ask a stranger. But... well, if you want to get technical, then I'm a gumiho, I suppose."
  2420. [01:15] <Tangent> "Well if she'd just purify herself, she wouldn't have to..." Amelia shakes her head. "If she was like us, she wouldn't have to worry about any of that." And Amelia wouldn't have to worry about what she wanted to do to Alexa...
  2421. [01:17] <Jran-Kri> Alexa huffs, shaking her head. "Forgive me if I'm a tad put-off by the idea of making everyone 'like us,'" she retorts sarcastically. "Our way isn't the only way that's valid. The Puchuu aren't gods."
  2422. [01:18] <Tangent> "Well, yeah, but the Puuchu are jerks. We're making things better, never mind what they want or say about it." There's a casual, concrete arrogant certainty to her words that seems entirely lost on her.
  2423. [01:18] <DrEvilKitteh> "Again, my apologies, but I'm fascinated by rare magical beings." Walter tapped his chin again. "...Gumiho. Korean, yes? Sometimes seen as a more malevolent cousin of the Kitsune." He blinked and seemed to finally realize how Rica was positioned. "...And why do you have an unconscious child in your arms, Miss?" he asked after a short pause.
  2424. [01:18] <Tangent> "We're magical girls. We're doing what's right. Why NOT get people who aren't as lucky to have that chance too?"
  2425. [01:20] <@Frederica> "Sh-she passed out, and so we're trying to purchase a room for her to stay in until she wakes again... only, neither of us quite know how much money it requires here, or even if we have something they'll accept.." Rica conveniently leaves out the reason why the girl fell unconscious.
  2426. [01:21] <Jran-Kri> "Of course, we're protecting people from rampaging monsters," Alexa admits testily, already feeling inescapable deja vu. "But our magic is derived from the Puchuu -- why should we have to protect ourselves with what they give us?"
  2427. [01:22] <Seo_Hyun> "Uh... Yeah, that's correct. Gumiho, kind of like a kitsune but murderous. And... She had a bit too much to drink, so... well, let's just say she's not in a condition to go on a jaunt through the Overcity."
  2428. [01:22] <Tangent> "Because it's the best way to do it. The Puuchu gave us that magic, but it's the chance to do the right thing that really matters." She adds, words familiar on her tongue. To an observer, she probably looks almost implausibly earnest about it.
  2429. [01:22] <Tangent> "Our magic lets us fight evil and stop monsters, and it doesn't make us do anything weird or hurt anyone that doesn't deserve it. Isn't that better?"
  2430. [01:23] <DrEvilKitteh> "I believe I heard the others say that this place takes all kinds of currency," Walter said with a glance over his shoulder at the still-arguing friends. "...Since I was looking to get a room here as well."
  2431. [01:23] <Tangent> "It'd be awful if it did something to your...or my head." Amelia shakes her head. "Can't imagine what that'd be like..."
  2432. [01:24] <Jran-Kri> Alexa fumes, truly angry for the first time in this conversation. Her lip curls, one eye twitching. "Oh? You mean like, I don't know, giving us amnesia?! Why yes, what WOULD that be like?"
  2433. [01:27] <@Frederica> "... This is run by magical people, and many other magical people come here.. I wonder if they serve..." Rica mumbles contemplatingly, but remembers the company she's in before she says anything more and simply shakes her head. "Ah, that would help greatly. Now we need to hope we have enough.."
  2434. [01:28] <Tangent> Amelia winces. "That's not what I meant. You know that's not what I meant." She scowls. "Even if...y-yes...the PUUCHU did something, that's different. Memory...memory or not, I'm...We're...doing something that matters and we're doing it because it's right. Not because some coin messed with what we want to do." She's breathing fast, irrationally angry and defensive and not quite sure why. It's all she can do not to yell back- Alexa or not. But she doesn't want to think about that, especially right after another reminder.
  2435. [01:29] <Tangent> "We're still us." She manages, calming herself with a visible effort.
  2436. [01:31] <DrEvilKitteh> "...Well then, I...suppose I will let you get back to it." One of Walter's eyebrows was quirked as his eyes flicked from Rica to Seo-Hyun. "Assuming you do not intend to make a snack out of the girl while she's unconscious."
  2437. [01:32] <@Frederica> "W-what?! Of course I wouldn--..." She objects almost on reflex, before quickly stopping and blushing a bit deeply. ".... um. S-she. She wouldn't."
  2438. [01:33] <Seo_Hyun> "...Never mind her. Of course we wouldn't. Just because our folkloric equivalents are defined by their hungers doesn't mean we are."
  2439. [01:34] <Jran-Kri> "... Yes. Yes, of course we are," Alexa sighs heavily, shaking her head. She takes off her hat to run a hand through her light brown hair. "Yes. Yes. But does the coin really, ah, 'mess' with us anymore than they do?" She asserts, shaking her head. "Kreimhild says I don't even need a coin, not really," she half-mutters, almost as an afterthought. "But it doesn't matter."
  2440. [01:36] <Tangent> "Of course it does..." Amelia shakes her head. "Just...You deserve better than to have something like that...that thing mess with you, Alexa..." She shakes her head- loose and long black hair flying everywhere with the agitated gesture. Alexa's last comment isn't lost on her. "I don't want you to hurt yourself like that."
  2441. [01:38] <Tangent> Her attention's on Alexa, blue eyes wide with concern and obvious care. She's not that much taller than the other girl as she stands next to her friend.
  2442. [01:38] <DrEvilKitteh> "I have met several entities that defied traditional stereotypes," Walter replied matter-of-factly. "But caution is something that has kept me and others alive over the years." He sighed slightly and smiled. "In any case, it was nice to meet both of you. I hope your friend has a relatively peaceful rest." He didn't seemed shocked or perturbed by any implications about Rica and what she might be, however.
  2443. [01:39] <Jran-Kri> Alexa sighs heavily. "It's not..." She begins, then trails off. She shakes her head again, stepping over to lightly hug Amelia. "Nevermind. It doesn't matter. I-I won't... you know. Do that. If you don't want me to. It'll hurt you, not me."
  2444. [01:41] <@Frederica> "Y-yes, I hope so too." Rica nods a bit too quickly, and quietly tries to escape off to the nearest staff member that looks like she can ask for purchasing a room.
  2445. [01:42] <Seo_Hyun> (I need to go for the night, it's very late.)
  2446. 01:42] <Tangent> Amelia looks briefly surprised...but returns the hug, a bit tighter. "Thanks..." She says quietly. "We...You don't need it, you know? You're already great, without...you know..." She shakes her head. A brief squeeze and she releases her embrance. "Ah...Um. So.."
  2447. [01:42] <DrEvilKitteh> (Night then, Vox.)
  2448. [01:42] <Tangent> She looks a bit embarassed, covering for it by blathering. "We should probably find robot guy before he gets into trouble..."
  2449. [01:43] <@Zene> (Alright. We'll say Seo stayed in the room with Zhell to keep an eye on her while leaving Rica free to go back out (possibly because Seo didn't entirely trust Rica to be in the same room while the both of them were sleeping).)
  2450. [01:44] <DrEvilKitteh> Walter arrived at the two girls' side almost on-cue, however. "So, it looks like your argument has died down somewhat," he remarked.
  2451. [01:45] <Jran-Kri> Alexa's lip curls dubiously. She hesitates. "But I'm not... I can't..." Her hands shake momentarily. Then she takes a deep breath, nodding brusquely as she adjusts her glasses. "Yes, well, he can't have gone f--" She turns at his approach, nodding shortly. "Ah, see? I wouldn't call it an argument. Just a, um... disagreement. Not a new one."
  2452. [01:46] <Tangent> "...Yeah." Amelia says tersely. She didn't miss Alexa's hesitation- in another time and place, she'd have said more about it, but not here. "You find what you were looking for?" She asks Walter, pointedly changing the subject.
  2453. [01:48] <DrEvilKitteh> "Yes, the young lady in question was a kumiho, or a Korean fox entity that is commonly seen as malevolent and murderous," Walter replied, not bothering to linger on the former topic. "And I believe the other girl may well have been a vampire or other kind of undead. Fascinating stuff, really." It was...readily apparent how much he was geeking out over this; he was even gently bouncing on the balls of his feet.
  2454. [01:50] <@Frederica> Said vampire soon returns down to the main floor after leaving a nine-year-old and a murderous fox from Korean folklore behind. She then just starts looking around; it's not hard to tell this place is still new and unfamiliar to her.
  2455. [01:52] <Tangent> Amelia frowns slightly. "Peachy." Shame she hadn't really been paying attention before- she might have seen said nine year old if she had been. "There's actually magic here stopping anyone from starting a fight. Probably a good thing really...even if sometimes some people need a good punch."
  2456. [01:53] <Jran-Kri> "Re... markable," Alexa adjusts her glasses, staring up at Walter. She nods awkwardly. "Yes. Well. Vampires and undead are abominations against our Lord -- but, um... yes. Cannot start fights."
  2457. [01:54] <Tangent> "More's the pity." Amelia grumbles to herself.
  2458. [01:55] <Jar_Mimic> "It is not every day I meet another vampire type person," the sheep girl says, springing up to intercept the person who's held her interest the most.  That being Frederica.  "What is the hunger like for you?"
  2459. [01:56] <DrEvilKitteh> "Ah, excellent. That must make things easier for everyone here." Walter looked over at where the sheep girl still sat- oh, no, now she was talking with Rica. "...I would like to inquire as to what precisely she is, however. Especially after that comment."
  2460. [01:56] <Tangent> Amelia glowers and shakes her head but doesn't comment.
  2461. [01:57] <Tangent> Seems she's in one of her moods again.
  2462. [01:58] <@Frederica> "Eh?" Rica looks over at the stuffed animal, still finding Rose a bit odd. ".. Ah, um.. I am not certain how to describe that. I just--I really, really like blood... and I get irritated and upset if I go too long without it."
  2463. [01:58] <Jran-Kri> "... I'm afraid I haven't the faintest," Alexa adjusts her glasses again, peering over. "I'm sure it's quite interesting, though."
  2464. [02:00] <Jar_Mimic> "I see.  That is interesting.  You drink blood, right?  Do people not like giving you blood?  Do you ask nicely for it?  If you do not ask nicely, no one will give you any."  She says all this as though she's talking about being handed food.
  2465. [02:03] <@Frederica> "I.. the place I'm living at now gives me blood people donated," she explains. "... it's not very much, but it's.. enough, I suppose.."
  2466. [02:06] <Tangent> "So, yeah. That's the Wand and Circlet for you. What'd you think?" Amelia asks Walter.
  2467. [02:07] <Jar_Mimic> "How wonderful.  It is the same with me, miss.  But I get my soulstuff from my mother and the friends of my mother.  No one ever lets me go hungry."
  2468. [02:07] <DrEvilKitteh> "Certainly an interesting place to be sure. I like it." Walter nodded in satisfaction. "And if there is no shortage people willing to help me, help us, then that is even more good news."
  2469. [02:09] <@Frederica> "Your parents know about all this magical stuff?" Rica appears between confused and surprised. "How? Did you tell them? How did they react?"
  2470. [02:09] <Tangent> "Oh. Right. There's a board for that too- if you need to recruit people, I mean." Amelia explains- leaving out the feeling of foreboding she always inexplicably gets about that. "Over there, actually." She points to a tattered patchwork of notices papered over a battered noticeboard on the wall.
  2471. [02:09] <Tangent> "Can't hurt, right?"
  2472. [02:09] <Jran-Kri> "I'm glad you approve," Alexa smiles crookedly, nodding shortly. "Yes, it's, ah -- Well, sometimes you have to get a little help from your friends."
  2473. [02:10] <Jar_Mimic> "My mother is magical.  She created me with magic."  Once again, as though she was talking about the most mundane thing.
  2474. [02:12] <DrEvilKitteh> "Oh, fantastic!" Walter sped over to the bounty board and looked over it. "...I will have to make some jobs for people and find a method of payment," he mused, mostly to himself.
  2475. [02:13] <Tangent> Amelia brushes her hand against Alexa's. "As long as you can keep them safe." She adds to Alexa's statement, but nods.
  2476. [02:13] <Tangent> "Good luck with that."
  2477. [02:14] <@Frederica> "... ah. Uh... alright." This has gone way, way over Rica's head, so she just accepts it with a blank expression and a small nod. "That's.. um, yeah. Helpful."
  2478. [02:14] <Jran-Kri> Alexa glances over at Amelia, closing her hand around the other girl's. She squeezes once, then lets go, turning back to Walter. "Ah, the common currency is coins -- these, um, magical coins. But other methods are accepted."
  2479. [02:16] <Jar_Mimic> "Eh?  Was what I said helpful?"  She seems happy at the suggestion.  "I am glad I could help.  Do your parents not know you are magical?"
  2480. [02:17] <DrEvilKitteh> "...I have a few of those, and I think I can acquire more," Walter said over his shoulder to them. "And I will do my best to ensure they come back safe and sound. Against the Alchemist and his clockwork creations, however, there is...always a fairly high level of risk."
  2481. [02:17] <Tangent> Amelia frowns slightly at that... "Yeah, well..." She can't help glancing to Alexa, before shaking her head. "He needs to be stopped, and if there are enough of us...strength in numbers, right?"
  2482. [02:19] <Jran-Kri> Alexa nods emphatically, barely considering the quick glance. "Yes, yes. I'm sure with enough of us, he won't stand a chance!"
  2483. [02:19] <@Frederica> "They don't. My family just believes I'm staying at a prestigious boarding school, they don't know anything about magic." Rica shrugs slightly to the sheepgirl. "It would be great if I could tell them, though I believe they would just end up freaking out."
  2484. [02:20] <DrEvilKitteh> "Indeed." Walter smiled and nodded. "If we can disrupt his operations and cut to the heart of his army, then we stand a real chance at killing him and ending his plans for good."
  2485. [02:22] <Tangent> Amelia...nods after a moment despite a small twinge at the word "kill". But he's a monster isn't he? He's a mass murderer isn't he? Isn't that the least he deserves to have happen to him for all he's done?
  2486. [02:23] <Tangent> "Right. We can stop him, together." She pauses. "Um, can you find the Wand and Circlet again if you leave? How'd you get around the Overcity, anyway?"
  2487. [02:23] <Jar_Mimic> "Mother tells me that her parents disowned her when she came home with magic powers."  And it's at that point that she actually thinks about what she just said.  "But not all parents are mean like that.  If yours love you, they will love you no matter what."
  2488. [02:23] <Jran-Kri> Alexa seems considerably less put-off by this phrasing, merely bobbing her head agreeably with a broad grin. "Yes, yes, sounds like a plan. Marvellous!" Cocking her head, she bobs her head again at Amelia's question.
  2489. [02:23] <NotPoplartree> Zhell wakes up and looks around the room. "Eh...? What happened? I can't remember much after Rica sucked my blood?" Zhell slowly pulls herself off the bed, noticing a sleeping Seo-hyun at her side. She pats Seo-Hyun's head a bit. "Thanks Seo-un-ni." Zhell wobbles as she tries to get down to the ground floor but fails and falls down with a spectacular CRASH. "Uuuuu..."
  2490. [02:25] <@Frederica> Rica hears the crash and the voice, springing over after the poor girl with entirely inhuman celerity. "Ah, Zhell, are you alright?! Are you still feeling woozy? You should have laid down for longer.."
  2491. [02:25] <Tangent> Amelia looks up at the muffled thump. Someone must've dropped something upstairs...
  2492. [02:25] <NotPoplartree> "I-i'm fine... just a tad woozy, ehehe~"
  2493. [02:26] <DrEvilKitteh> "I believe so, yes." Walter pulled out the tracking device he'd shown them earlier. "The Alchemist isn't the only tech expert. I've been able to make small...buoys, so to speak, that mark a given portal or important location that I want to find again. If I drop one here, I can return again as long as it's still active." He winced at the crash and looked over at the prone Zhell. "...Oh dear. That sounded rough."
  2494. [02:27] <NotPoplartree> Zhell tries to wobble her way to Rica's side, falling down several times, but managing to make it spmehow.
  2495. [02:27] <DrEvilKitteh> (Assuming Zhell fell down the stairs or something, of course...)
  2496. [02:27] <Tangent> (I thought she was upstairs?)
  2497. [02:27] <NotPoplartree> (That she did)
  2498. [02:28] <@Zene> (She tried to get downstairs without smacking into something. That was a failure.)
  2499. [02:28] <DrEvilKitteh> ("Zhell wobbles as she tries to get down to the ground floor but fails and falls down with a spectacular CRASH.")
  2500. [02:28] <DrEvilKitteh> (Easy to miss, and I did so at first, in fact.)
  2501. [02:28] <Tangent> Amelia glances to Alexa then heads over to where the...accident occured. "What happened?" She asks.
  2502. [02:29] <@Frederica> "Come here, let me carry you at least... you'll be hurt if you walk around like this." She fusses, trying to pick Zhell up in her arms. ... Being a vampire holding a woozy nine-year-old who might still have the last remnants of a bite mark on her neck isn't exactly going to do much for Rica, but she doesn't seem to think of that.
  2503. [02:29] <Tangent> (I'm blaming her being too short to see over the crowd or something)
  2504. [02:29] <Jran-Kri> "... Good heavens," Alexa adjusts her glasses again, glancing over at the girl, cringing. "Ah. Yes. Um. Better..." Alexa pads dutifully after Amelia. "Are you alright?"
  2505. [02:30] <NotPoplartree> "Sorry Rica..." zhell lets herself be licked.
  2506. [02:30] <DrEvilKitteh> (...Er. Licked?)
  2507. [02:30] <@Zene> (Picked, I think. Up.)
  2508. [02:30] <Tangent> (inb4 vampire licks her lol))
  2509. [02:30] <NotPoplartree> (Picked up ugh, mobile)
  2510. [02:31] <DrEvilKitteh> Walter tagged along as well, but he didn't speak yet; didn't want to overwhelm the poor girl with too many questions, after all.
  2511. [02:33] <NotPoplartree> Zhell looks around the bar, seeing that was more noticeably crowded than before.
  2512. [02:38] <@Frederica> "... Ah, well." She starts, looking at all the people now surrounding herself and her take-ou--er, friend.. "Um, I suppose she isn't ready to sleep yet... but she can't go back home yet, or she might get in trouble for using magic around normal people."
  2513. [02:39] <Tangent> (We're done in pub then?)
  2514. [02:40] <Jran-Kri> (I will be, unless I'm desperately needed.)
  2515. [02:40] <Tangent> (sleeping soon, night)
  2516. [02:40] <@Zene> (Night-night you two)
  2517. [02:40] <NotPoplartree> (Night)
  2518. [02:41] <DrEvilKitteh> "I'd offer to look over her until she recovers, if you wouldn't object to a clockwork android stranger being there," Walter said.
  2519. [02:42] <NotPoplartree> Zhell turns over to the voice. "Hmmm? Mister, who're you?" Zhell asks, tilting her head.
  2520. [02:44] <DrEvilKitteh> "My name is Walter Heinrich," he replied, voice deep, smooth, and cultured. "I am a clockwork android, and a newcomer to this pub."
  2521. [02:45] <@Frederica> "Ah, I don't exactly know you... sir clockwork android stranger. ... You're really an android, huh? You don't have a beating heart, at least.." She muses in observation.
  2522. [02:45] <NotPoplartree> "Oh? Mister, you're a robot?" Zhell asks, her eyes twinkling with curiosity.
  2523. [02:46] <Jar_Mimic> "Robot.  Robot, robot!  That is so cool!"
  2524. [02:47] <DrEvilKitteh> "...Well, I prefer the term android, but robot works too, yes." Walter nodded, though a small smile tugged at the corners of his metal mouth. He shook his head at Rica. "I don't have a traditional human heart or circulatory system, no. And I do understand that my presence might not be appropriate, considering how I've quite literally only just met either of you."
  2525. [02:48] <Tangent> Amelia shakes her head as the kid's apparently fine... "This guy's Walter." She explains. "He's kind of new here and worries too much. And yeah, he's a robot. Android."
  2526. [02:48] <Tangent> She glances to Alexa, unspoken question clear.
  2527. [02:48] <NotPoplartree> "Wow! Can you shoot missles from your chest? And lasers from your eyes? Can you transform?"
  2528. [02:49] <Jran-Kri> Alexa clears her throat, clapping her hands together once. "Well! Everything appears sorted here," she declares semi-confidently. Turning on her heel, she glances over at Amelia. "It's rather late. Shall we be off?"
  2529. [02:51] <Tangent> "Yeah...May as well head back..." Amelia nods. "Hey, Walter- we'll be here every so often if you need us, alright? Good luck with...you know."
  2530. [02:51] <DrEvilKitteh> "...Er, no." Walter blinked and shook his head again. "I'm a clockwork-type android and am stronger, faster, and tougher than a human. I am quite a good shot with my revolver, however, and I'd be considered an expert mechanic." He glanced at Alexa and Amelia and nodded. "In that case, have a good night. I hope to see you both again soon."
  2531. [02:52] <Tangent> "Later!" She touches her hand to her brow in a wry salute, and with that the tiny swordwielder heads off alongside her friend.
  2532. 02:53] <@Frederica> "Ah, really?" Rica perks up a bit at the part about being.. well, generally better than a human. "Do you like being that way?... Or, were you.. ah, built that way? Or were you previously a human?"
  2533. [02:53] <Jran-Kri> Alexa doffs her hat once and scurries after Amelia.
  2534. [02:53] <NotPoplartree> "Eh... How strong are you?"
  2535. [02:57] <DrEvilKitteh> "To the best of my knowledge, I was built that way. It's possible that I was a human before, but I lack my memories from before I was reactivated; the circumstances surrounding that involved me almost being killed." Walter shrugged. "And I am roughly strong enough to bench press a small car."
  2536. [02:58] <NotPoplartree> "Wow! So who built you? They must've been amazingly skilled to have made you. Seeing as how complicated and smart you are."
  2537. [03:04] <DrEvilKitteh> "My creator, Quentin Heinrich, was a genius--far more capable than I. He...was a good man, and the closest I had to a father." Walter's small smile was warm, yet melancholic, at the memories. "Sadly, he was killed a couple years ago, shortly after I was reactivated."
  2538. [03:05] <NotPoplartree> "Oh! How terrible... Did they catch the man who killed him?"
  2539. [03:06] <@Frederica> Rica watches Walter more intently at the revelation of his strength, looking excited and.. almost a little eager, for some reason. Being told of his father dying does at least dampen Rica's apparent spirit, though.
  2540. [03:09] <DrEvilKitteh> "No. I have not." Walter's smile had disappeared, to be replaced by a rather hard look. He willed his expression to soften, mostly for the younger girls' sake. "A person calling himself the Alchemist is the one who killed Quentin. I've been hunting him down ever since, but he has a formidable army of automatons at his command. My path led me to those Magical Girls I entered with earlier, in fact, and I hope that I'll be able to recruit more from this pub to help."
  2541. [03:11] <NotPoplartree> "Well, me and Rica go to a school for magical beings! I'm sure some of them will be willing to help! And if that's not enough me and my friends Sidney and Molniya to help! They're real strong!"
  2542. [03:13] <@Frederica> "Ah, I can help too!" She adds in after Zhell with a smile. "I don't know how to use much magic yet, but I know a little! And I'm really strong, too." Nod, nod.
  2543. [03:16] <DrEvilKitteh> "Oh, that's interesting." Walter nodded and looked interested in the "school for magical beings" bit. "If they, and you, are willing to help, then I cannot just turn down the offer." He looked over at the bounty board. "I'll be posting a job or two up there, soon. If you want to sign up, keep your eyes peeled; I will do my best to ensure your safety, and make it worth your while, as well, since I understand that magical coins are a usual method of payment for Magical Girls around here."
  2544. [03:17] <@Frederica> "Magical coins? What do they do?" Rica, however, is a bit too obviously clueless on that. "Ah, um, alright! I can remember how to get back here, so I'll check."
  2545. [03:21] <Jar_Mimic> "Oh, Magical Coins increase a Magical Girl's magical power!"  Rose helped.
  2546. [03:21] <DrEvilKitteh> "They can be used for many different things. They're a not-too-uncommon currency in the Overcity, and in some cases, they can be used to boost a caster's magical abilities and spells." Walter nodded and smiled again. "I'm glad to hear it. Still, I do advise caution if you join, as there is no telling what kind of monsters the Alchemist has created."
  2547. [03:21] <NotPoplartree> "Eh, really? Then should sign up! I have to get stronger after all!"
  2548. [03:23] <DrEvilKitteh> "...By the way, may I ask what type of magical entity you are, Miss?" Walter asked of Rose. "I heard something about vampirism earlier, but...I have not really seen anything quite like you are, before."
  2549. [03:23] <@Frederica> "Yeah, I want to get stronger, too!... I mean, I'm strong already, but if I was stronger..." Rica tries to come up with a reason for wanting to be more powerful... but fails to, instead just smiling a bit more brightly as though it was self-evident.
  2550. [03:24] <NotPoplartree> "Rica wants to get stronger too? Why don't you come train with me and Sidney? We can get stronger together!"
  2551. [03:25] <Jar_Mimic> "Oh, I am a doll made out of living flesh.  Mother says that I am a wholly unique being."  Once again, as though it was common knowledge.
  2552. [03:25] <@Frederica> "What kind of training? That sounds fun." Rica looks down at the Zhell still in her arms.
  2553. [03:26] <DrEvilKitteh> "Huh. Fascinating." Walter leaned forward and examined Rose's face closely. "...She would definitely be right about your uniqueness."
  2554. [03:27] <Poplarmobiletree> "Physical training! Sidney teaches me how to defend myself. She's so fast, her punches go like *swoosh* and when she runs, it goes like *shuban*!"
  2555. [03:27] <Jar_Mimic> It doesn't move a bit.  Her body itself moves, displaying the subtle shifts in weight and twitches of the nerves.  And if he were to examine her very closely, he would see something was thumping lightly in her chest.
  2556. [03:30] <@Frederica> "That sounds fun. Is there somewhere special you do it? When do you usually train?" This seems to have captured Rica's attention away from the android, whose attention was in turn settled onto a living sheep plushie.
  2557. [03:30] <DrEvilKitteh> Walter straightened after a minute of slack-jawed scrutiny. "Forgive me. I'm quite intrigued by rare objects and beings, especially ones I've never come across before."
  2558. [03:32] <Jar_Mimic> "That is fine.  I am intrigued by you, too.  You are a robot, and you do hero stuff.  That is very cool."  She places a gloved hand on his head.  "Do robots like unexpected touches?"
  2559. [03:32] <Poplarmobiletree> "We do it in The gym! We did it in the track field but then this girl came up and told us not to do it there. We just started yesterday! We didn't set s time, but give me your phone number and I can tell you when it is!"
  2560. [03:33] <DrEvilKitteh> (He's wearing a fedora, by the way. But she could touch his forehead or the side of his head.)
  2561. [03:33] <Jar_Mimic> (Then she tips his fedora.)
  2562. [03:35] <DrEvilKitteh> "Oh, thank you-" Walter looked taken aback by the hand that displaced his fedora. "...Uh. What...exactly do you mean by that?" He removed his hat and held it next to his head as he looked down at Rose in bemusement.
  2563. [03:36] <@Frederica> "Alright." Rica walks over and lays Zhell down on one of the couches, then retrieves a little notepad and pen from her purse to write a number down on. Said number is passed to Zhell.
  2564. [03:37] <Poplarmobiletree> Zhell inputs the number and sendsba message to Rica. "There! Now we can contact each other whenever." Zhell puts on a satisfied smile.
  2565. [03:37] <Jar_Mimic> "Oh, the fox lady told me that unexpected touches felt good.  I guess that does not work so much with you."  She removes her hand, looking down in embarassment.  "Is there anything robots do like?"
  2566. [03:38] <@Frederica> Rica takes her phone out, and... "Ah, there isn't any service here... I suppose that's to be expected. This is all on another planet or something.."
  2567. [03:39] <Poplarmobiletree> "Oh... then i'll write it for you!" Zhell writes and hands her number to Rica.
  2568. [03:42] <@Frederica> Lacking even the concept of an interdimensional phone, Rica takes the returned paper and pen back to enter Zhell's number to her own phone. "How are you feeling now? Do you think you can return to the dormitories? We didn't want you getting there before, as you were... not acting subtle at all about using magic."
  2569. [03:42] <DrEvilKitteh> "My sense of touch is not as accute as a human's, let alone a fox's ears or tail," Walter said, sounding somewhat apologetic as he replaced his hat atop his head. "I...can only speak for myself, but I enjoy music, literature, exploration, and working on new inventions. If you are referring to a physical stimulus, however, then...having a good tune-up would probably be the closest thing to what you mean."
  2570. [03:45] <Jar_Mimic> "Oh, I enjoy all of those things, too.  But...  I do not know how to invent things."  She pauses, trying to think of a way not to bring up her controlling mother.  "Mother has lots of literature."  Didn't work.  "She practically has a whole wall full of books!"
  2571. [03:46] <Poplarmobiletree> "Hmm, I think I'll go back to the room and wait for Seo-un-ni to wake up~ You wanna wait with me?"
  2572. [03:47] <Jar_Mimic> "Speaking of your mother, young ladnyaa," a cat doll pipes up, "You ought to be getting home to her."  "Korrekt," a ragdoll boy adds, "Your time here is up."
  2573. [03:48] <Poplarmobiletree> "By the way Rica," zhell points at the walking plushie "Whats that? It can walk and talk, its so cute!"
  2574. [03:49] <DrEvilKitteh> "Only a wall?" Walter smiled wryly. "I remember that my creator had a library full of books, both fictional books for entertainment and dusty old tomes filled with magical lore." He chuckled softly. When the two dolls spoke up, he nodded and smiled again at Rose. "I must be going about getting a room for myself, too. It was nice to meet you, Miss. Maybe I can meet your mother as well one day and compare notes."
  2575. [03:49] <@Frederica> "Mn... alright. The school might be concerned if I'm out all night, but it should be okay." She nods and goes to start picking Zhell up again. "... ah, um... a.. doll made by a magical person good at making dolls. .... I believe.. they did say she was unique, and created, so her creator must have been good."
  2576. [03:50] <Poplarmobiletree> "That's so neat... I wonder if that person would make me a cute doll like that one too..."
  2577. [03:50] <Jar_Mimic> "Oh, that would be great!"  She lets the dolls lead her away.  "By the way!  My name is Rose Thorns!  I will see you again sometime!"  And with that, she is removed from the establishment.
  2578. [03:51] <@Frederica> And off Zhell is carried to the room, with Seo presumably sleeping in it.
  2579. [03:52] <@Zene> (And now for me to do the same.)
  2580. [03:53] <DrEvilKitteh> "Goodbye, Rose." Walter waved as she departed. He stepped over to the bartender and exchanged a few words, as well as some coin, then followed after Frederica and Zhell up to the second floor. He bid them good night in the hallway and entered his own room for the night.
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