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Session 3A - I Canute Believe He Did That!

Bigwood Sep 17th, 2011 144 Never
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  1. [23:03:26] <Paradox> It's the 90th of Spring!
  2. [23:05:56] <Paradox> It's a bright sunny day, and quite hot - Summer is certainly upon the Oran Valley.
  3. [23:07:15] <Paradox> Here in this humid heat we find Ricki, playing in the muck by a stream - and he's just spotted something peculiar. Is that  man, face down in the dirt?
  4. [23:11:36] * Ricki was looking around for his Diglett when he came across the person in the dirt. So he walks over to it and... Pokes it. "Hey, mister. You seen my friend Button anywhere?"
  5. [23:13:01] * Canute only manages to make vague noises, which translate to vaguer burbles through the mud.
  6. [23:13:18] <Kazuma> (oh man I wish I was here for this)
  7. [23:13:54] <Henry> (Aw man what have I missed)
  8. [23:14:00] <Ricki> "Sounds like it's broken..."
  9. [23:14:01] <Henry> (No one pinged me ;-;)
  10. [23:14:02] <Canute> (faceplant)
  11. [23:14:21] <Ricki> Ricki then attempts to pick up the person and shake it down.
  12. [23:14:33] <Raven> (you missed like 2 lines.)
  13. [23:15:09] <Ricki> ( Do I need a STR check on that Dox? )
  14. [23:15:33] <@Paradox> ( hm. since you're a kid, yes )
  15. [23:15:48] <Ricki> 1d20+9
  16. [23:15:49] <DiceMaid-9001> Ricki, 1d20+9: 20 [1d20=11]
  17. [23:16:24] <@Paradox> Ricki is surprisingly strong, and manages to pull the raggedy man up off the ground.
  18. [23:16:47] * Canute is a bit heavier than the impression he gives on, but his face isn't TOO wrinkled from what you can tell under the mud. A bit of scruff though, and unkempt hair and--eugh, that smell. He's certainly been out in the sun a while, and he might bathe in bleach. Bleach and... roasted meat? Weird.
  19. [23:16:48] <Henry> (Hm)
  20. [23:17:18] <Canute> "Bugs."
  21. [23:17:53] * Canute flails around a bit, weakly. "BUGS! I don't want to be in your hive get off me oh you're a person. Hm."
  22. [23:18:18] * Canute clears his throat. "Good morning!"
  23. [23:18:44] <Ricki> "Bugs? Yep, still broken... And you're all covered in mud and--Wait, I fixed him! I fixed him!"
  24. [23:19:07] <Canute> "Er... Yes, I suppose you did. Would you mind leaving me to my own two legs?"
  25. [23:19:14] <@Paradox> "BEAUUUUU"
  26. [23:19:24] <Canute> "OH GOD THERE'S THE BUGS"
  27. [23:19:44] * Barkeep walks up from down stream holding onto his fishing rod. "What the heck is all this racket 'bout?"
  28. [23:19:54] <Barkeep> (err)
  29. [23:20:10] <Barkeep> (UNDO THAT ACCENT)
  30. [23:20:13] <@Paradox> Indeed, should Ricki or Canute turn towards the screeching, they would see a rather large swarm of Beautifly.
  31. [23:20:14] <Barkeep> (Stupid Tom)
  32. [23:20:23] <Kazuma> (oh man can I be here for this)
  33. [23:20:28] <Kazuma> (can I dox huh huh huh)
  34. [23:20:49] <@Paradox> ( but I still have to work Henry and Raven in :c )
  35. [23:20:55] <Kazuma> okay :c
  36. [23:21:04] <Ricki> "But you're dirty... We should clean you all up first." Ricki's mildly oblivious to the screeching of bugs as he attempts to dunk Canute in the stream.
  37. [23:21:14] <Barkeep> (uhh should I have waited to be introduced. Did I jump the gun :<)
  38. [23:21:16] <Canute> "Aaaaah yes but I ahsdfghsjdg"
  39. [23:21:20] <@Paradox> ( yes kinda but I'll go with it )
  40. [23:22:11] <Ricki> "You all fixed and clean, mister?" He asks as he pulls Canute back outta the water.
  41. [23:22:24] <@Paradox> The Beautifly swarm is rapidly approaching. BEAAAAAAU
  42. [23:22:39] <Barkeep> "Ricki... please let the nice man go so we can start running away from that swarm of bugs."
  43. [23:22:39] <@Paradox> Barkeep sees it too.
  44. [23:22:40] * Canute looks much better when not covered in mud, though soaked is still not quite his natural state. "Y-no--maybe. I have certainly had enough water and oh dear there they go. Quick, grab my trunk and let's RUN!"
  45. [23:23:23] * Canute scrambles away towards a surprisingly large--for one person to carry, that is--box with handles.
  46. [23:24:07] <@Paradox> Roll 1d100 to see how far you make it before the Beautiflys catch up and drink all your blood
  47. [23:24:15] <Canute> 1d100 oh my
  48. [23:24:16] <DiceMaid-9001> Canute, oh my: 87 [1d100=87]
  49. [23:24:16] <Ricki> "Okay~" Ricki grabs onto the first thing that MIGHT be a trunk. "Wait... Which one's the trunk?"
  50. [23:24:57] <Ricki> 1d100 Do you need help with that?
  51. [23:24:58] <DiceMaid-9001> Ricki, Do you need help with that?: 71 [1d100=71]
  52. [23:25:28] <Barkeep> 1d100
  53. [23:25:29] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, 1d100: 50 [1d100=50]
  54. [23:27:26] <@Paradox> Ricki helps Canute with the trunk, and the three of you book it out of there.
  55. [23:27:59] <@Paradox> The beautiflies give hot pursuit though, and you don't manage to lose them at all.
  56. [23:28:54] <@Paradox> The three of you run past Raven and Henry before Canute fumbles, dropping the trunk, making Ricki and Barkeep fall in a pile behind him.
  57. [23:29:07] <Canute> "AUGH NO"
  58. [23:29:14] <Henry> "Hm? I say, what's the rush all of a sudden?"
  59. [23:29:32] <Ricki> "Hey, I still need to find Button... And why are we run-" This statement is quickly interrupted by Ricki falling into the dogpile.
  60. [23:29:33] <Canute> "Bugs! Thousands of them! Maybe not particularly thousands but I hardly have time to count!"
  61. [23:29:45] <Henry> "Oh dear."
  62. [23:29:49] * Canute just BARELY squeaks this out from the man pile.
  63. [23:30:01] * Henry looks around. D=
  64. [23:30:10] <Barkeep> "I CAN'T DIE I STILL HAVEN'T MADE ENOUGH MONEY."
  65. [23:30:19] <@Paradox> Sure enough, you see a cloud of beautifly rapidly approaching.
  66. [23:30:29] <Canute> "You and me both. Now! One, two, HEAVE and get up!"
  67. [23:30:44] <Ricki> "Bugs again? Maybe he's still broken..." Ricki says as he gets up.
  68. [23:30:53] <Henry> "How exquisite..." he pauses for a moment, taking out his camera.
  69. [23:30:56] <Barkeep> "Why do I go places without Neph..." ; ;
  70. [23:31:10] <Raven> Raven looks at the three of them, terribly perplexed.
  71. [23:31:12] <Henry> 1d20+6 Wild Photo
  72. [23:31:13] <DiceMaid-9001> Henry, Wild Photo: 19 [1d20=13]
  73. [23:31:59] <Raven> "Just...how many bugs?  ANd who the hell are you?" she points at the man she doesn't recognize.
  74. [23:32:00] <Canute> "W-wait, people... Where do we run? Is there a town?"
  75. [23:32:17] <@Paradox> Henry's Wild Photo accidentally very nearly turns into an action photo, as a slash of wing from one of the beautiflies just barely misses him.
  76. [23:32:18] * Henry then quickly pockets his camera. "Yes, I have a feeling we should hurry."
  77. [23:32:32] * Canute points wildly at the beautifly while making stressed noises and scrambling.
  78. [23:32:32] <@Paradox> (wind*)
  79. [23:32:51] <Raven> "Wah," she jumps back a little as the bug swings at Henry.
  80. [23:32:58] <Barkeep> "What did you do to make these things so angry?!"
  81. [23:33:06] * Henry tips his hat and starts booking it.
  82. [23:33:08] <Canute> "Exist!"
  83. [23:33:37] <@Paradox> Oh god, there's more coming out from behind the trees! There's dozens of them!
  84. [23:33:39] <Henry> "At least it's not a boring day!"
  85. [23:33:45] <Henry> "Quickly, this way to town!"
  86. [23:33:47] <@Paradox> No way you'll make it all the way to town before they catch up.
  87. [23:33:48] <Raven> "Ooooh dear, um," she points toward town. "that way!"
  88. [23:34:03] * Canute quickly adjusts his course!
  89. [23:34:26] * Henry quickly pulls out his camera and snaps another photograph on the fly. :3c
  90. [23:34:28] <Henry> 1d20+6
  91. [23:34:28] <DiceMaid-9001> Henry, 1d20+6: 9 [1d20=3]
  92. [23:34:35] <Henry> This one's a lot sloppier, of course.
  93. [23:34:42] <Barkeep> "Now is not the time!"
  94. [23:35:10] <Ricki> Finally taking notice of the Beautifly, Ricki just stares at all of them... "They're so PRETTY! :D"
  95. [23:35:20] <Raven> "Henry you damned fool stop that!" she grabs him by the back of his shirt and puuuuulls pitifully.
  96. [23:35:38] <Barkeep> "What do we do?!"
  97. [23:35:43] <Henry> "Haha, you should learn to live a little!"
  98. [23:35:49] <Canute> "We, ah, we... Well..."
  99. [23:35:59] <Raven> "You'll be learnin' to be dead when they get ahold of you!"
  100. [23:36:05] <Canute> "Get the town guard! Bug catchers! Anyone with fire?"
  101. [23:36:31] <Raven> "Sir, I got bad news for ya, I amthe town guard. All of it."
  102. [23:36:34] <Barkeep> "She's the town guard!"
  103. [23:36:42] <Canute> "...Oh my."
  104. [23:37:01] <Henry> "Welcome to Oran Valley, come for the opportunity, stay for the sights. Enjoy your stay."
  105. [23:37:03] * Canute proceeds to mumble and fret more. "Then... Is this usual? Do you even..."
  106. [23:37:09] <Henry> "Either way... it seems we're in a predicament."
  107. [23:37:45] <Raven> She fumbles with her rifle as she examines the situation.  "Uuuuh, what the hell do you got in that bag?"
  108. [23:37:49] <Raven> "Any chemicals or somethin?"
  109. [23:37:52] <Henry> "Well, Bernard? Should we at least attempt to fight for our lives?"
  110. [23:38:17] <Canute> "I'm an APOTHECARY, not a fighter, I've just got books, beakers, chemicals and a few companions in their balls!"
  111. [23:38:19] <Henry> "Or just hope that keep running pays off?"
  112. [23:38:41] * Henry is still running while speaking for the record, huffing and puffing.
  113. [23:38:46] <Barkeep> "I really really wish Marcel knew light screen but he doesn't yet!
  114. [23:39:07] <Canute> "And I hardly think rat poison works on things much bigger and angrier than most rats! Or at least airborne!"
  115. [23:39:32] <Barkeep> (can I roll int to see if I know anything helpful about beautifly)
  116. [23:39:36] <Raven> "Well, guess we'll have to use more traditional means if running ain't an option," she stares at the incoming swarm a bit nervous oh god so many.
  117. [23:39:45] * Henry looks around at the terrain for cover
  118. [23:40:30] <Canute> "Er, yes, traditional. Unfortunately I am not the most traditional of people, so make your stand!"
  119. [23:40:36] <@Paradox> The Beautifly are only about 20 behind now; they're catching up. As you keep running, Raven sees an old boarded-up watch tower that most people avoid nowadays.
  120. [23:40:49] <@Paradox> Barkeep knows it's there, too.
  121. [23:41:01] <Raven> "That thing! There!  Get your asses inside!"
  122. [23:41:06] <Canute> "Gladly!"
  123. [23:41:07] <Barkeep> "Save yourself while they eat us, Raven! You're too pretty to die!"
  124. [23:41:12] <Barkeep> "Oh, that's a good idea too!"
  125. [23:41:17] <Henry> "Hm? That dilapidated little- Well, okay!"
  126. [23:41:19] <Raven> "Oh you damned fool get up in there!"
  127. [23:41:30] * Henry dashes for the guard tower.
  128. [23:41:31] <Raven> She ushers the others to get moving toward it!
  129. [23:41:59] <Ricki> "But those things are pretty, too... Can we bring some of those inside?"
  130. [23:42:10] <Barkeep> "NO."
  131. [23:42:26] <Raven> "NO.  GET YOUR ASS MOVIN'"
  132. [23:42:41] * Canute scrambles oh god he's clumsy but
  133. [23:42:47] * Henry is likely clumsier.
  134. [23:43:00] * Barkeep is average.
  135. [23:43:16] <Henry> (I beat Canute in a bad dex-off. :3c)
  136. [23:43:23] <Raven> Raven is nimble enough to lead the pack, but hangs near the rear to make sure they don't get stuck behind.
  137. [23:43:34] <Ricki> "Aww..." Ricki just trudges along to the watch tower all mopey and stuff, though he's probably still less clumsy about it than the rest of 'em.
  138. [23:44:05] * Henry scrambles inside as soon as he's able.
  139. [23:44:52] <@Paradox> You manage to open the creaky, rusty iron door, and pile inside before slamming it shut behind you.
  140. [23:45:06] * Canute gasps for breath. "W-what... now..."
  141. [23:45:16] <@Paradox> Now you're all standing in near-complete darkness.
  142. [23:45:25] <Henry> "Now? Now we wait!"
  143. [23:45:35] * Barkeep breathes heavily.
  144. [23:45:54] <Raven> "Anyone got matches or something?" She says as she leans against the door.
  145. [23:45:58] <Canute> "Afraid I don't have any proper torches, only a lamp, hardly any oil for it either, none of my pokemon glow..."
  146. [23:46:12] <Barkeep> "Well, since we're all going to die, anyone want one last drink before we go? I've got some stuff on me for an emergency like this."
  147. [23:46:12] <Henry> "I'm afraid I'm out."
  148. [23:46:46] <Henry> "Alcohol on the other hand, is quite flammable. Anyone got a fire pokemon?"
  149. [23:46:58] <Canute> "I, ah... No."
  150. [23:47:00] <Ricki> "I gots me a lunchbox." Ricki then lets out the Feebas.
  151. [23:47:01] <Henry> "...Hm, perhaps not the best idea in this sort of antiquated building."
  152. [23:47:02] <Raven> Raven releases Maki without a word.
  153. [23:47:12] <Raven> "He isn't glowy but he can spit up a few flames."
  154. [23:47:14] <Henry> "But if we're careful..."
  155. [23:47:25] <Barkeep> (maki is ponyta?)
  156. [23:47:25] <Henry> "Care to rig up a makeshift torch?"
  157. [23:47:34] <Raven> (growlith)
  158. [23:47:47] <Henry> "A rag wrapped around a stick doused in alcohol should do nicely."
  159. [23:48:15] * Barkeep rummages through his bag and pulls out some Sake.
  160. [23:49:12] <Raven> "Gimmie that lamp of yours, stranger," she cuts a good section of one her pantlegs off.
  161. [23:49:12] <Barkeep> "Anyone got a rag?"
  162. [23:49:17] <Henry> "So! Again, welcome to Oran Valley, Mr...?"
  163. [23:49:26] <Canute> "Ah, er... I..."
  164. [23:49:39] <Henry> "I do believe I have some spare cloth on me that I can miss."
  165. [23:49:43] <Canute> "One rag here, but it's been used to clean up some rather... dangerous things."
  166. [23:49:58] <Canute> "And my name happens to be Canute, as much as it matters."
  167. [23:50:07] * Henry takes out some spare sewing cloth he had been carrying.
  168. [23:50:34] <Henry> "Canute! Excellent. And as much as it matters, I'm Henry Whitacre, Oran Village's tailor. Presumably remaining in that position for some time if we make it out of this."
  169. [23:51:01] <Henry> "Ah, or... Raven's pantsleg could suffice I suppose."
  170. [23:51:06] <Raven> "Oh NOW you say you got spare cloths," she bags the torn off section of her pantleg.  "And I'm your local guard.  Raven Bokor."
  171. [23:51:06] <Barkeep> "I'm the town Barkeep."
  172. [23:51:10] <Henry> "I didn't notice the cut, it's so dark."
  173. [23:51:11] <Canute> "Place just has one of everything, doesn't it..."
  174. [23:51:26] <Barkeep> "Stop by the Lazing Slaking if we don't die a horrible painful death."
  175. [23:51:30] <Henry> "I will however, mend that for you later if you like."
  176. [23:51:39] <Henry> "Free of charge, even, consider it a favor returned."
  177. [23:51:42] <@Paradox> "BEAAAAU"
  178. [23:51:53] <Henry> "My, aren't they persistant."
  179. [23:51:56] <Barkeep> "I think you owe it to us to spend some money there after dragging me into this situation."
  180. [23:52:05] <Raven> "Mhm-oh god they are right outside."
  181. [23:52:06] <@Paradox> There's still screeching coming from outside, and you hear them ramming against the door occasionally. Thankfully they don't have much weight
  182. [23:52:17] <Canute> "Rather. To both of you. So! How do we handle this?"
  183. [23:52:19] <Barkeep> "Oh god we really are going to die..."
  184. [23:52:37] <Canute> "Clearly we can't just... stay cooped in here, and it's something of a chokepoint, you have that fire dog, maybe..."
  185. [23:52:46] <Raven> "Well, let's calm down here a second..."
  186. [23:53:08] <Raven> "And get a light going."
  187. [23:53:39] <Raven> "I know we lack enough firepower to just blitz through it, yes, but let's see what we can cook up as a bottleneck or trap."
  188. [23:53:41] <Ricki> "Don't ya hear 'em? They just wanna come in and play..." Ricki points his Feebas, holding it by the handle, at the door.
  189. [23:53:46] <Henry> "Mm, I suppose none of us thought to bring a stick."
  190. [23:53:47] <Barkeep> "Good idea. If we're going to die, at least passing out from oxygen depravation will be better than getting eaten alive."
  191. [23:54:09] <Henry> "I don't suppose we could rip that ghastly spike out of Ricki's foot? No? Thought as much."
  192. [23:54:10] <@Paradox> The Feebas just looks like it's given up on life.
  193. [23:54:22] <Henry> "Please don't try it, Ricki."
  194. [23:54:27] <Raven> "Didn't you say you got a lantern or something, Canute?"
  195. [23:54:41] <Raven> "We got booze, shit to set aflame, just need something to sit it in."
  196. [23:54:43] <Canute> "Yes, but it'd be rather hard to fumble around in this thing for..."
  197. [23:54:51] <Canute> "...Well, there is always one option."
  198. [23:54:54] <@Paradox> CLANK
  199. [23:55:01] <@Paradox> You all hear a loud clanking noise.
  200. [23:55:05] <Canute> "If it's me they want, you could always run and, well, leave them to me."
  201. [23:55:14] <Henry> "Hm? What's that?"
  202. [23:55:17] <Barkeep> "AAAH!"
  203. [23:55:40] <Raven> "Oh for the love of Arceus," she throws the crumpled remains of the pantleg down, "Maki, torch it."
  204. [23:57:48] <@Paradox> With the torch going, you're able to examine the room you're in a bit better.
  205. [23:58:37] * Canute NOW opens his trunk and rummages around for the lantern, as well as grabbing the apricorn balls.
  206. [23:58:39] <@Paradox> The room at the base of the tower is pretty large. There's a door that goes down into the tower dungeons, and spiraling staircase that heads into the room above. There's a few unlit torches on the wall, as well.
  207. [23:58:59] * Henry takes one of the unlight torches and lights it on the burning rag.
  208. [23:59:03] <@Paradox> You don't see anything that could be the source of the CLANKing though.
  209. [23:59:14] <Raven> "Aha!" She assists Henry in collecting torches.
  210. [23:59:22] * Barkeep takes out his lucky coin and flips it.
  211. [23:59:27] <Barkeep> 1d20+7 itemfinder
  212. [23:59:28] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, itemfinder: 26 [1d20=19]
  213. [23:59:34] <Raven> "Okay, that clankin' sound ain't good and we got two options here, up or down..."
  214. [23:59:54] * Barkeep follows the lucky coin as it rolls to something that will hopefully help them.
  215. [00:00:06] <Henry> "In an old, abandoned guard tower? Perhaps we have ghosts of the vengeful prisoners rattling the chains that bound them in life?"
  216. [00:00:20] * Henry gestures grandly towards the stairs.
  217. [00:00:25] <@Paradox> The coin rolls under an old iron chair.
  218. [00:00:42] * Barkeep reaches under the chair and gropes around for the coin and possibly something else.
  219. [00:01:07] <Raven> "I was thinkin' somethin' a bit less horrifyin'.  Like a passageway out catching wind or somethin."
  220. [00:01:34] <@Paradox> Barkeep gropes around in there, and grabs somethign that crunches a bit. When he pulls it out, he sees the brittle remains of a human hand.
  221. [00:02:04] <Barkeep> "Huh... what's this? Is it anAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA"
  222. [00:02:17] * Canute closes up. "Now, as I was saying. If you get yourselves in the dungeons--far in the dungeons that is, you--oh what is it."
  223. [00:02:18] <Henry> "...Goodness, when WAS the last time this place was ever cleaned?"
  224. [00:02:25] <Raven> "..."
  225. [00:02:25] <@Paradox> ( oh man I hope none of you have to BED anytime too soon )
  226. [00:02:33] <Henry> (I'm good)
  227. [00:02:36] <Raven> (I'm fine here. :3c)
  228. [00:02:43] <Barkeep> (no problems here)
  229. [00:03:20] <Canute> "...Don't touch that thing, you'll get diseases. NOW! As I was saying, go into the dungeons, get my trunk, I could possibly grab a couple of these torches as long as the bugs are attracted to me, and try my best..."
  230. [00:03:23] <Raven> "Barkeep, what the hell did you pick that up for?"
  231. [00:03:24] * Barkeep scrambles back against the opposite wall. "H-H-Hand!"
  232. [00:03:33] <Henry> "Yes, very scary."
  233. [00:03:41] <Barkeep> "We're all going to die."
  234. [00:03:54] <Henry> "I'm curious who died in the entrance floor of a guard tower, however."
  235. [00:04:04] <Raven> "That...is a question for another day."
  236. [00:04:11] <Barkeep> "I... uh..."
  237. [00:04:15] <Canute> "Nonsense! I have no intention of dying like this, unless this is something completely different."
  238. [00:04:17] <Barkeep> "Did you guys just hear something?"
  239. [00:04:23] <Canute> "No."
  240. [00:04:39] <Barkeep> "Oh god I'm going crazy. I'm going crazy and we're all going to die."
  241. [00:04:46] <Ricki> "Excuse me, mister. I think you dropped that." Yep, he's totally going to grab the hand and try to give it back to Barkeep.
  242. [00:04:48] <Raven> "And you stop that, Barkeep.  Temptin' me to tell your sis about you being a sissy after we get out of here."
  243. [00:04:53] * Henry waves the torch a little at Barkeep. "Abandon all hope, ye who enter."
  244. [00:05:07] <Raven> "AND YOU STOP THAT RICKI."
  245. [00:05:13] <Barkeep> "She knows I am already." ; ;
  246. [00:05:33] <Canute> "Look, just...save yourselves, alright!? Leave them to me, or at least give me a minute or so. No peeking."
  247. [00:05:39] <Henry> "Should we invesitgate the dungeons first, then?
  248. [00:05:50] <Ricki> "Was just tryin'a help."
  249. [00:05:56] <Raven> "And none of this self sacrifice talk either."
  250. [00:06:02] * Barkeep goes back for the coin now that the hand is gone.
  251. [00:06:23] <Raven> "Well, we got an upstairs and a downstairs, and we can't exactly get out from the front."
  252. [00:06:27] <Kazuma> (poor everyone, locked in a tower with ricki)
  253. [00:06:27] <Canute> "...I'm not going to die or anything, just... get hurt a little doing something sort of stupid."
  254. [00:06:29] <@Paradox> Grope Grope Grope Coin!
  255. [00:06:32] * Kazuma is now known as Anise
  256. [00:06:44] * Barkeep feels around for anything else useful.
  257. [00:06:47] <Henry> "Ah yes, let's try to avoid that as well."
  258. [00:06:50] <Canute> "I can't tell you my plan though, trade secret, but be assured it is very good!"
  259. [00:07:18] <Raven> "Uh huh," Raven eyes the two staircases. "Honestly I'd rather take a shot at upstairs, first."
  260. [00:07:29] <Barkeep> (nothin' else, dox?)
  261. [00:07:42] <Canute> "Just... please, take my things and get away from me before I start this."
  262. [00:07:43] <@Paradox> Barkeep finds nothing else.
  263. [00:07:44] <Ricki> ( I think that WAS the result of Itemfinder )
  264. [00:07:53] <Barkeep> (yeah but he's hoping it wasn't)
  265. [00:08:03] * Barkeep looks over at the hand Ricki picked up.
  266. [00:08:10] <Barkeep> "Hey uh... can you hand that back to me?"
  267. [00:08:36] <Henry> "By the way, if any of you feel like you need a little extra luck, Levanny's Envy: Mobile Edition is indeed open for business featuring our excellent Luckstone Rings. And today only, no down payment until we return to town."
  268. [00:08:57] <Ricki> "Okay~" Ricki tosses it over to Barkeep.
  269. [00:09:08] * Barkeep catches the hand and stares at it.
  270. [00:09:46] * Canute stops hauling his stuff to a corner to stare in pure confusion at Henry for a moment.
  271. [00:09:56] <Raven> "Canute, seriously, last thing I want to do in my first year on the job is get a person from out of town killed cause they wanted to do something foolhardy."
  272. [00:10:05] <Canute> "I just said I'm not dying."
  273. [00:10:43] <Henry> "Ah, I see the curiosity on your face, sir."
  274. [00:10:46] <Henry> "Allow me to explain."
  275. [00:11:01] * Canute sets his stuff down. "Just doing something guaranteed to work well, that I will nonetheless not like doing. If you have a speech ready, please give it to Mr. Entrepeneur over there."
  276. [00:11:08] <Barkeep> "I'll take it. I'll take anything lucky that will help us not die."
  277. [00:11:09] <Henry> "You see, I am a craftsman capable of making many valuable baubles and tokens, or at least I WILL be."
  278. [00:11:16] <Henry> "Excellent."
  279. [00:11:24] * Henry fishes out a Special Ring.
  280. [00:11:25] <Barkeep> "That's why I'm holding onto a dead guy's arm now."
  281. [00:11:27] <Raven> Raven just looks at the three men, and the extremely slow kid, and and sighs. She stands on the first step, "Anyone wanna come check out the top side, or gonna sit down here?"
  282. [00:11:29] <Barkeep> "That and I think I'm going crazy."
  283. [00:11:42] <Henry> "Guaranteed three strokes of special luck."
  284. [00:11:45] <Canute> "...Fine. I'll check with you."
  285. [00:11:47] <Barkeep> "How much is it gonna be if we get out of this."
  286. [00:11:58] <Ricki> "I want it back after, though, 'cause Aunt Mina said they could always use an extra hand around. And that looks like a real extra hand to me~"
  287. [00:12:43] <Henry> "Eight hundred, good sir."
  288. [00:12:56] <Henry> "I assure you it's worth every imperial."
  289. [00:13:01] <Raven> Raven nods, and proceeds up the staircase with Maki.  "I seriously need to get some recruits."
  290. [00:13:18] * Henry hands the ring to Barkeep and follows Raven.
  291. [00:13:23] * Canute wanders up there with. "I'd agree, yes."
  292. [00:13:35] <Henry> "My apologies, just making sure we're well prepared."
  293. [00:14:26] <@Paradox> (So is everyone heading up?)
  294. [00:14:45] <Ricki> ( Not Ricki and Barkeep... at least not yet? )
  295. [00:15:09] * Canute takes a glance back. "If you'll stop bugging me, I'll take a damn ring too."
  296. [00:15:39] * Barkeep follows them.
  297. [00:15:59] * Ricki follows the hand. 'cause he totally wants it.
  298. [00:16:06] <@Paradox> Alright, then you all head up.
  299. [00:16:47] * Henry smiles, handing Canute a ring as well.
  300. [00:16:49] <Barkeep> "This is my hand. Lucky coin gave it to me. Lucky coin is always right."
  301. [00:16:50] <@Paradox> You climb the staircase to the next floor, finding a similar room. Something seems odd though...
  302. [00:16:55] * Canute takes it with a grumble.
  303. [00:17:10] <@Paradox> The windows aren't boarded up! The windows you saw from outside were totally boarded up.
  304. [00:17:20] <@Paradox> These are quite open. But there's just ... fog outside. Huh.
  305. [00:17:23] <Canute> "...Well this is interesting. And, er."
  306. [00:17:30] <Barkeep> "Fog...?"
  307. [00:17:35] <Canute> "I hope they can't get in."
  308. [00:17:35] <Barkeep> "Was it foggy before?"
  309. [00:17:35] <Henry> "Mm, wouldn't the bugs be able to get in through... oh dear, where did that fog come from?"
  310. [00:17:38] <Barkeep> "You're all seing fog?"
  311. [00:17:41] <Barkeep> "I'm not going crazy?"
  312. [00:17:43] <Barkeep> "Crazier?"
  313. [00:17:46] * Henry pats Barkeep
  314. [00:18:02] <Raven> "...No, you're not, but this is uh, not good."
  315. [00:18:03] <Henry> "Rest assured, Barkeep, if you're going crazy then we're descending into the depths of pure madness with you."
  316. [00:18:07] * Canute sighs. "No, there's fog... It looks like this sort of thing is inevitable in this situation."
  317. [00:18:11] <Ricki> "Hey, can you guys see the air, too?"
  318. [00:18:12] <Raven> "Like big bad voodoo not good."
  319. [00:18:23] <Canute> "Perhaps my assistant can shed some light on the situation."
  320. [00:18:39] <Barkeep> "That does make me feel better, Henry, thank you."
  321. [00:18:44] * Canute takes out a red apricorn ball that he recently retrieved from his trunk. "Reminder?"
  322. [00:18:51] * Canute click open pop!
  323. [00:19:04] <Henry> "Not a problem."
  324. [00:19:10] * Henry watches the opening of the ball.
  325. [00:19:21] <Canute> (dunno if dox wants to describe it or me)
  326. [00:19:26] <Raven> Raven paces around the room curiously.
  327. [00:19:36] <Canute> (it's THAT, ie the only of his pokemon that's actually smart)
  328. [00:20:13] * Henry also inspects the room.
  329. [00:20:15] <Henry> 1d20+6
  330. [00:20:16] <DiceMaid-9001> Henry, 1d20+6: 23 [1d20=17]
  331. [00:20:29] <@Paradox> POP goes the ball, and out comes a vaguely humanoid red-and-blue creature. It's about 3' tall, with strange twinning arms.
  332. [00:20:43] <Henry> "Oh? Interesting..."
  333. [00:21:00] <@Paradox> < Ready to serve. >
  334. [00:21:13] <Canute> "Always a pleasure. Any idea what's going on here, buddy?"
  335. [00:21:17] <Anise> (oh god, deoxysiculus?)
  336. [00:21:26] <Canute> (nah just a tiny deoxys)
  337. [00:21:32] <Raven> (wat. D:)
  338. [00:23:06] <Ricki> " . . . " Ricki just stares at the creature. "Its arms are NOODLES! :D"
  339. [00:23:24] <Raven> "What the shit is that?"
  340. [00:23:26] <@Paradox> < Testing. Testing. Scanning. Life Forms Detected: 32 >
  341. [00:23:41] <Barkeep> "Never seen anything like that..."
  342. [00:23:51] <Raven> "uuuh, I hope he's counting our extra buddies," she waves two apricorn balls around.
  343. [00:23:56] <@Paradox> < Non-Life Forms Detected: 3 >
  344. [00:24:05] <Canute> "I... Do you all have that man--oh dear."
  345. [00:24:11] <Canute> "Well, the bugs probably count.
  346. [00:24:17] <@Paradox> < Spacial Anomaly Detected. Scanning Systems Shutting Down. >
  347. [00:24:21] <Henry> "Curious and curiouser... I don't believe I've heard of something like this, even in the capital."
  348. [00:24:26] <Raven> "Well then..."
  349. [00:24:29] <Raven> "Handy but horrifying."
  350. [00:24:29] <Henry> "Strange words it's using, too."
  351. [00:24:38] <Raven> "Gentlemen, we got a ghost infestation, it seems."
  352. [00:24:38] <Canute> "I... Yes, I rather think it's a bad idea to be up here for now."
  353. [00:24:56] <Canute> "Bugs first, then spacial anomalies."
  354. [00:24:59] <Barkeep> "How bad can it be? We're all going to die anyway."
  355. [00:24:59] <Henry> "I would hardly call three an infestation. Let's just hope they aren't too malicious."
  356. [00:25:29] <Henry> "Optimism!"
  357. [00:26:01] <Barkeep> "Ghosts huh..."
  358. [00:26:06] <Raven> "YouDon'tUnderstandGhostsAreMeeeeeaaaan," she's a liiiittle too close for comfort when she does this, and looks about as paranoid as Barkeep now.
  359. [00:26:09] <Henry> "It seems my jest earlier could have been closer to the truth than I imagined."
  360. [00:26:19] <Canute> "Perhaps."
  361. [00:26:19] <@Paradox> Suddenly you all hear a horrible screech.
  362. [00:26:29] * Barkeep clutches his ears
  363. [00:26:30] <Canute> "So, being as--oh dear that can hardly be good..."
  364. [00:26:31] <@Paradox> ( Perception )
  365. [00:26:34] <Henry> "...Oh dear." he flinches and rubs his ear.
  366. [00:26:35] <Henry> 1d20+6
  367. [00:26:36] <DiceMaid-9001> Henry, 1d20+6: 7 [1d20=1]
  368. [00:26:37] <Barkeep> 1d20-4
  369. [00:26:37] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, 1d20-4: 9 [1d20=13]
  370. [00:26:39] <Raven> 1d20
  371. [00:26:39] <Canute> 1d20-2
  372. [00:26:39] <DiceMaid-9001> Raven, 1d20: 11 [1d20=11]
  373. [00:26:39] <DiceMaid-9001> Canute, 1d20-2: 15 [1d20=17]
  374. [00:26:44] <Raven> (haha oh wow.)
  375. [00:26:46] <Henry> 1d20 special ring :<
  376. [00:26:46] <DiceMaid-9001> Henry, special ring :<: 7 [1d20=7]
  377. [00:26:50] <Ricki> 1d20-3 Oh God
  378. [00:26:50] <DiceMaid-9001> Ricki, Oh God: 10 [1d20=13]
  379. [00:26:54] <@Paradox> Henry's shoe is unlaced. Whoops!
  380. [00:27:20] * Henry frowns, bending down to retie it. He usually keeps his clothing in such impeccable form.
  381. [00:27:43] <@Paradox> Canute: On the wall behind you, is written "Food :D"
  382. [00:27:51] <Canute> "..."
  383. [00:27:56] <@Paradox> in drippy bright red ketchup. totally ketchup.
  384. [00:27:58] <Barkeep> "Wait..."
  385. [00:28:00] <Canute> "D? Never heard of such a..."
  386. [00:28:04] <Barkeep> "That voice I heard earlier..."
  387. [00:28:07] <Canute> "...Damnation."
  388. [00:28:14] <Canute> "Er, everyone?"
  389. [00:28:19] <Henry> "Hm?"
  390. [00:28:20] <Canute> "I do believe I've found them."
  391. [00:28:20] * Barkeep looks
  392. [00:28:26] <Raven> "Well, good knowing you gentlemen, we're getting eaten by either ghosts, or blood sucking monstrocities.  Or both at once."
  393. [00:28:32] * Henry looks.
  394. [00:28:43] <Barkeep> 1d100
  395. [00:28:44] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, 1d100: 93 [1d100=93]
  396. [00:29:04] <Barkeep> "Well uh... hey Raven, since we're all going to die anyway..."
  397. [00:29:25] <Raven> "Hm?"
  398. [00:29:40] <Barkeep> "I just wanted to say I think you're kind of cute."
  399. [00:29:41] <Ricki> "You found 'em? You found the pretty things?" Looking at... What the hell is that on the wall?
  400. [00:30:15] <Henry> "Terrified out of his wits, our intrepid barkeeper makes a confession of his feelings! What intrigue."
  401. [00:30:38] <Raven> "...Well thank you for the compliment, Barkeep."  She's flustered, but still terrorfied.  ghosts.
  402. [00:30:39] <Barkeep> "I-I'm not saying that! I'm just saying..."
  403. [00:30:39] <Henry> "But... is that ketchup? Oh dear I hope that's ketchup."
  404. [00:30:52] <Barkeep> "You could taste it."
  405. [00:31:10] <Barkeep> "I... okay I think the ghosts are trying to mess with my head."
  406. [00:31:30] <Henry> "I believe the extents of my bravery stop at tasting unknown red fluids spelling a message on the wall."
  407. [00:31:35] <Canute> "And these people are surprised to see this... ANYWAY! My apologies to any misplaced spirits in the area, but I am rather staunchly NOT going to be eaten here, and would strongly recommend showing yourselves to negotiate."
  408. [00:31:39] <Ricki> "Ketchup? I like ketchup!" He walks up to the wall and licks some right off of it.
  409. [00:31:40] <Barkeep> (also holy GEEZ I need exp. I just looked at raven's sheet)
  410. [00:31:53] * Henry facepalms
  411. [00:32:13] <Barkeep> "Well that problem solved itself."
  412. [00:32:20] <Henry> "At least he is making his poor, tortured existance useful."
  413. [00:32:31] <@Paradox> Well
  414. [00:32:33] <Canute> "Now that's just rude."
  415. [00:32:33] <@Paradox> it's not ketchup
  416. [00:32:57] <Ricki> "Hey... The fork stabbing the ice cream bowl isn't made of ketchup!" :< (What DID he lick?)
  417. [00:33:07] <@Paradox> It's blood you dope.
  418. [00:33:11] <Raven> "Well...if there's nothing else up here of in - there is something wrong with that boy - if this floor has nothing else of interest, we should probably get back downstairs...and possibly check out the basement, see if we could confront this thing before, ya know, perishing."
  419. [00:33:32] <Barkeep> (there's no more stairs up?)
  420. [00:33:34] <Henry> "Ah, don't worry, my dear Canute. If you stay any length of time in the valley you will become more acquainted with our dear friend Ricki."
  421. [00:33:39] <@Paradox> ( There are more stairs up )
  422. [00:33:49] <Raven> "Or, continue up..."
  423. [00:33:56] <Henry> "Further up, I think!"
  424. [00:33:58] <Barkeep> "I say up."
  425. [00:34:03] <Henry> "The ghosts are likely to be in the dungeon, no?"
  426. [00:34:10] <Henry> "That is as they say, the old cliche."
  427. [00:34:27] <Raven> Henry, look right there," she points to the thing Ricki licked. "I'm pretty sure they could be anywhere."
  428. [00:34:28] * Henry makes headway for the stairs.
  429. [00:34:47] <Canute> "I was rather hoping to live a quiet life, but... hm? Well, that depends. Ghosts aren't always so picky, so long as the area... Not alone, you're not."
  430. [00:35:05] * Barkeep takes a swig of Sake.
  431. [00:35:11] <Barkeep> "Want some, Raven? Liquid courage."
  432. [00:35:38] <Raven> "And - why are you still holding that what is wrong with you," she looks to the stairs upward, taking the bottle and a swig.  "We might as well continue up. No sense making two trips if we need to later."
  433. [00:35:47] * Henry heads up. :3c
  434. [00:35:55] <Barkeep> "Lucky coin is always right. ALWAYS."
  435. [00:35:56] <Ricki> "You guys got somethin' to drink? That stuff wasn't tasty 'cause it wasn't ketchup."
  436. [00:36:12] <Barkeep> "If it pointed me to this, it must be useful. Somehow."
  437. [00:36:16] <Raven> Raven follows after Henry!
  438. [00:36:18] <Canute> "...Please don't feed the boy alcohol, please say you know better than that."
  439. [00:36:29] <@Paradox> You all head up. There's a doorway at the top of the stairs that leads out onto the roof.
  440. [00:36:29] <Barkeep> "He might never get to taste it!"
  441. [00:36:56] <Barkeep> "Roof huh... maybe we could check to see if they're gone?"
  442. [00:37:02] <Canute> "Hm. Daylight... Might bother the ghosts. Then again, might not be day out there."
  443. [00:37:14] <@Paradox> It's foggy outside. Very thick fog.
  444. [00:37:19] <Canute> "Indeed, it might not even be where we came in."
  445. [00:37:42] <Raven> "I get the feelin' we'll either find our tormentors, or something else of interest out there."
  446. [00:38:00] <Canute> "...Something else, yes. Spare a moment?"
  447. [00:38:04] <Henry> "Lovely. Weather reminiscent of the Grey Gyarados's pea soup. ...ugh, the unpleasant memories."
  448. [00:38:17] * Canute shuffles over to the wall, leans back on it, and closes his eyes.
  449. [00:38:25] * Henry comes back down.
  450. [00:39:02] <Raven> "Eh, eaten worse in basic training."
  451. [00:39:42] <Canute> "...Not foggy, not surface... I'm safe there."
  452. [00:40:08] <Raven> "Caterpies are very, very hard to keep down."
  453. [00:40:10] <Henry> "What's that?"
  454. [00:40:15] <Henry> "...oh my."
  455. [00:40:37] * Canute opens his eyes again. "Nothing, nothing. Now that I have my bearings, is anyone else volunteering to go up?"
  456. [00:40:44] <Henry> "Let's hope you don't subject your volunteers to the same sort of diet, Raven."
  457. [00:40:47] <Barkeep> "Uhh..."
  458. [00:41:02] <Henry> "I had a look, it's not too much out there besides fog that I saw."
  459. [00:41:11] <Barkeep> 1d20+7 "Come on lucky coin..."
  460. [00:41:12] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, "Come on lucky coin...": 16 [1d20=9]
  461. [00:41:27] <Henry> (You could spend a charge on that. :3c)
  462. [00:41:30] <@Paradox> The coin falls, and rolls outside into the fog.
  463. [00:41:45] <Raven> "Kricketotts are worse though.  Uuuugh, the crunchyness still makes my skin crawl."
  464. [00:41:45] <Henry> (or not ;-;)
  465. [00:41:51] <Barkeep> (yeah but unless I get 4 more...)
  466. [00:42:05] <Barkeep> "... lucky coin always right..."
  467. [00:42:10] * Barkeep steps out into the fog.
  468. [00:42:16] <Henry> "...Barkeep!"
  469. [00:42:27] <Canute> "Right! All after the noble, courageous drunk!"
  470. [00:42:30] <Ricki> ". . . Did he just get eaten by the air?"
  471. [00:42:31] <Raven> "And...Oh dear," she chases after him.
  472. [00:42:41] <Henry> "...Well."
  473. [00:42:51] <Henry> "Against my better judgement..."
  474. [00:42:58] * Henry leaps into the fog himself. :B
  475. [00:43:23] <@Paradox> Predictably, the door slams shut after you've all gone through it.
  476. [00:43:29] <Ricki> Mankey see, Mankey do, much?
  477. [00:43:44] <Barkeep> "..."
  478. [00:43:57] * Barkeep proceeds slowly for his lucky coin...
  479. [00:44:16] <@Paradox> Barkeep walks slowly through the fog...
  480. [00:44:25] <@Paradox> and almost trips on a body.
  481. [00:44:45] * Henry gets Bernard out of his ball.
  482. [00:44:48] <Raven> "Barkeep, where the hell did you go?"  She proceeds slowly.
  483. [00:44:54] <@Paradox> (roll WIS)
  484. [00:44:56] <Barkeep> "T-There's a body here..."
  485. [00:44:58] <Barkeep> 1d20-4
  486. [00:44:58] <Henry> "Keep an eye out, my friend."
  487. [00:44:59] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, 1d20-4: -1 [1d20=3]
  488. [00:44:59] <Henry> 1d20+6
  489. [00:45:00] <DiceMaid-9001> Henry, 1d20+6: 13 [1d20=7]
  490. [00:45:18] <Ricki> 1d20-3 More?
  491. [00:45:19] <DiceMaid-9001> Ricki, More?: 6 [1d20=9]
  492. [00:45:20] * Canute is immediately reminded (ha) to return Reminder since it seems... perturbed? Or at least opposed to this.
  493. [00:45:23] <Canute> 1d20-2 oh boy
  494. [00:45:23] <DiceMaid-9001> Canute, oh boy: 6 [1d20=8]
  495. [00:45:27] <@Paradox> The body is all bones now, ragged clothes still on it. Also it has an old rifle at its side.
  496. [00:45:36] <@Paradox> Your coin is by the rifle.
  497. [00:45:46] * Barkeep concentrates... hour's past.
  498. [00:45:58] <@Paradox> Bernard: < Oh god, where are we? >
  499. [00:46:19] <Raven> 1d20 slooowpoke
  500. [00:46:20] <DiceMaid-9001> Raven, slooowpoke: 15 [1d20=15]
  501. [00:45:23] <Canute> 1d20-2 oh boy
  502. [00:45:23] <DiceMaid-9001> Canute, oh boy: 6 [1d20=8]
  503. [00:45:27] <@Paradox> The body is all bones now, ragged clothes still on it. Also it has an old rifle at its side.
  504. [00:45:36] <@Paradox> Your coin is by the rifle.
  505. [00:45:46] * Barkeep concentrates... hour's past.
  506. [00:45:58] <@Paradox> Bernard: < Oh god, where are we? >
  507. [00:46:19] <Raven> 1d20 slooowpoke
  508. [00:46:20] <DiceMaid-9001> Raven, slooowpoke: 15 [1d20=15]
  509. [00:46:38] * Barkeep leans down and carefully picks up the coin...
  510. [00:47:28] <Henry> "In the grasp of ghastly ghouls, groping for ground in the gloom."
  511. [00:47:42] <Barkeep> "..."
  512. [00:47:53] <Henry> "Presumably."
  513. [00:47:54] <Barkeep> "R-Raven... this... this is wearing your clothes."
  514. [00:47:59] <Raven> "huh."
  515. [00:48:12] <Barkeep> "This corpse... is wearing the same thing you are wearing."
  516. [00:48:12] <Raven> She wanders around in the fog, till she comes upon the remains.
  517. [00:49:20] * Henry edges around cautiously.
  518. [00:49:27] * Canute takes a step back.
  519. [00:49:31] <Raven> She inspects the remains, creeped out and wide eyed, and looks to the rifle, curious of its age.
  520. [00:49:51] <Canute> "Just a trick... Probably just a trick."
  521. [00:50:12] <Raven> "Maki, Odor Sleuth this body," she asks her companion.
  522. [00:50:31] <@Paradox> Maki growls, and walks to the body and sniffs it.
  523. [00:50:44] <@Paradox> His eyes go wide, and the whimpers, and hides behind Raven.
  524. [00:51:44] <Henry> "Mm."
  525. [00:51:46] <Raven> "...Sorry buddy, wish I could speak to ya," she rustles his head, turning her attention back to the rifle. "I wonder how old this thing is - might give us some clues to this...whatever it is."
  526. [00:52:01] <Canute> "It isn't yours?"
  527. [00:52:13] <Barkeep> "It... it's an illusion. It has to be."
  528. [00:52:17] <Barkeep> "The ghosts are playing tricks on us."
  529. [00:52:18] <Raven> She unslings her own rifle, and compares them side by side.
  530. [00:52:46] * Henry stays close to the others.
  531. [00:52:52] <Barkeep> (wait a second)
  532. [00:52:56] <Barkeep> (OH DUH)
  533. [00:53:06] <Barkeep> (Dispel illusion requires clairvoyance.)
  534. [00:53:12] <Barkeep> (but clairvoyance can ALREADY SEE THROUGH THEM)
  535. [00:53:14] <@Paradox> It's the same rifle.
  536. [00:53:17] <Barkeep> HGWT!
  537. [00:53:20] <Barkeep> Clairvoyance!
  538. [00:53:30] <Raven> "This....is creepy as shit," she concedes. "They are identical."
  539. [00:53:51] <Henry> (inb4 barkeep shits himself when not an illusion)
  540. [00:53:56] <Henry> "I don't like this..."
  541. [00:53:59] <Raven> She slings her own rifle back over her shoulder, but keeps a hold on this second one for now.
  542. [00:54:10] <@Paradox> induring
  543. [00:54:13] <@Paradox> It's not an illusion.
  544. [00:54:25] <Barkeep> (well that's one feat wasted ; ;)\
  545. [00:54:34] <@Paradox> The rifles are the same, btw.
  546. [00:54:40] <Canute> (it's not wasted if you take a combat class for your fourth!)
  547. [00:55:01] <Barkeep> (I'm taking empath...)
  548. [00:55:15] <Raven> (I'm confused, you mean it...was her rifle? there is only one?)
  549. [00:55:54] <@Paradox> ( No, there's two rifles, but they're the same. They're identical. )
  550. [00:56:02] <Raven> (okay, that's what I thought you meant.)
  551. [00:56:12] * Henry attempts to get a better look at the body's face.
  552. [00:56:41] <@Paradox> The body's face is a skull.
  553. [00:56:47] <Barkeep> "Hahaha..."
  554. [00:56:53] <Barkeep> "This... can't be happening."
  555. [00:57:07] <Raven> Raven gulps, and looks up from the body. "Anything else...up here?"
  556. [00:57:30] <Barkeep> 1d20+7 "Come on please lucky coin..."
  557. [00:57:31] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, "Come on please lucky coin...": 13 [1d20=6]
  558. [00:57:33] <Canute> "Well, if we are indeed all dead... A little anticlimactic. Much more painless than I'd think, though."
  559. [00:57:33] * Henry feels around elsewhere in the fog to make sure.
  560. [00:57:35] <Barkeep> 1d20 special ring
  561. [00:57:36] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, special ring: 2 [1d20=2]
  562. [00:57:39] <Barkeep> (fuuu-)
  563. [00:57:48] <Henry> 2d20+6 last charge. Let's try to see what else is up here.
  564. [00:57:49] <DiceMaid-9001> Henry, last charge. Let's try to see what else is up here.: 25 [2d20=5,14]
  565. [00:58:02] <Barkeep> (hey can I spend more than one charge)
  566. [00:58:05] <Barkeep> (on a single roll)
  567. [00:58:28] <Henry> (audino)
  568. [00:58:36] <@Paradox> ( I'd say no in a normal game )
  569. [00:58:42] <@Paradox> ( But this is Oran so go for it )
  570. [00:58:45] <Barkeep> 1d20 yay oran
  571. [00:58:46] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, yay oran: 3 [1d20=3]
  572. [00:58:51] <Raven> (ahahaha)
  573. [00:58:51] <Barkeep> (... prob control)
  574. [00:58:55] <Barkeep> (on the 2.)
  575. [00:58:56] <Barkeep> 1d20
  576. [00:58:57] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, 1d20: 14 [1d20=14]
  577. [00:58:58] <Henry> Hey Special Ring why are you being a douche
  578. [00:59:08] <@Paradox> Okay...
  579. [00:59:12] <Henry> Now Henry's going to look like a moron
  580. [00:59:29] <@Paradox> Barkeep's coin rolls off once more!
  581. [00:59:31] <Henry> (At least Barkeep should recognize there was something to PC :3c)
  582. [01:00:38] <@Paradox> You find a notebook.
  583. [01:00:40] <Canute> "You really put that much faith in that thing?"
  584. [01:00:42] <Raven> Raven gets up, gripping the second rifle tightly.  "I don't know what to make of this.  These rifles are identical to the mark, it is a perfect replica of my own gun.  The implications..."
  585. [01:01:09] * Barkeep picks up the notebook and looks through it.
  586. [01:01:22] <Canute> "For now, at least you have a spare rifle."
  587. [01:02:18] <@Paradox> You recognize the handwriting within immediately - it's your own.
  588. [01:02:23] <Raven> She frowns, looking anywhere but at the body. "Ghosts are so meeean."
  589. [01:03:08] * Henry sits and just thinks a bit.
  590. [01:04:47] * Barkeep gathers up the coin and the notebook silently and looks at the others with suspicion. (Psychic finder?)
  591. [01:04:49] <Ricki> "Ghosts? There's no ghosts here, silly... Just air." He uses Lunchbox to poke the air for effect.
  592. [01:05:23] <@Paradox> Lunchbox wobbles around.
  593. [01:08:34] <Ricki> "Lunchbox thinks it's just air, too. Right, Lunchbox?" He lifts Lunchbox to his face. "Right? :D"
  594. [01:09:05] <Barkeep> "Raven... can I see you for a second in private."
  595. [01:09:12] <Raven> "Uh..."
  596. [01:09:24] <Henry> After a moment, he gets up and tries the door back down.
  597. [01:09:36] <Barkeep> "You three stay right there. Don't move."
  598. [01:09:37] <@Paradox> HGGGGN
  599. [01:09:41] <@Paradox> Door is stuck.
  600. [01:09:57] <Henry> "Very well, progress will have to wait."
  601. [01:10:11] <Raven> "Fine, but make it quick, this place...is messing with me," she looks around, paranoid.
  602. [01:10:14] * Barkeep drags raven off somewhere to the side and starts whispering to her.
  603. [01:10:35] * Canute just squints a little and tries to make out ANYTHING in this fog.
  604. [01:12:39] <@Paradox> 1d100
  605. [01:12:40] <DiceMaid-9001> Paradox, 1d100: 32 [1d100=32]
  606. [01:12:56] <@Paradox> (Where are you looking, Canute?)
  607. [01:13:18] <Canute> (In the direction we originally started going, but just generally around the area, trying to stay in sight of everyone)
  608. [01:14:32] <@Paradox> You don't really see anything. If you look over the side, you certainly don't see the ground below. Nor any sign of any beautiflies.
  609. [01:14:56] <Raven> Raven turns around, slings the second rifle over her shoulder, and unwinds her styler.  "Ricki, you got 5 seconds to put your hands behind your head, and sit down."
  610. [01:15:13] <Raven> "one," she starts to spin it.
  611. [01:15:20] * Canute wheels back around. "What?"
  612. [01:15:35] <Henry> "Huh?"
  613. [01:15:53] <Raven> "Two," she cheats, realizing Ricki can't really count, swinging it at him
  614. [01:16:05] <Raven> 1d100-34 restraint attempt
  615. [01:16:05] <DiceMaid-9001> Raven, restraint attempt: 25 [1d100=59]
  616. [01:16:28] <Ricki> "Huh?" Ricki just looks at Raven REALLY confused.
  617. [01:17:59] * Henry stares.
  618. [01:18:04] <@Paradox> Ricki is tied up!
  619. [01:18:07] <Henry> "Uh, Raven, might I ask what you're doing?"
  620. [01:18:17] <Canute> "...While I wouldn't be surprised if he was a pokemon or something, really?"
  621. [01:18:23] <Raven> "Explain it to them, Barkeep."
  622. [01:18:42] <Barkeep> "We can't. They might know we're onto them."
  623. [01:19:03] <Ricki> He... TRIES to follow the command (before getting tied up), but all he managed to do before that was put his hands down to his sides. If he can, he starts rolling?
  624. [01:19:18] * Canute sighs very deeply. "Don't tell me that the ghosts tricked you into seeing something..."
  625. [01:19:21] <Raven> Raven keeps a tug on the line. "Stop that."
  626. [01:19:41] <Barkeep> "That's what they'd like to think!"
  627. [01:19:43] <Barkeep> like me*
  628. [01:19:44] <Ricki> "But rolling on the ground is FUN!"
  629. [01:20:04] <Canute> "Just to keep things clear, I am most certainly not a ghost, unless we've all died."
  630. [01:20:37] <@Paradox> 1d100
  631. [01:20:37] <DiceMaid-9001> Paradox, 1d100: 93 [1d100=93]
  632. [01:20:52] <Henry> "Uh-huh... so you're not going to share what you've discovered, so we're just going to sit around with our handicapped friend tied up like the proverbial gordian knot?"
  633. [01:21:00] * Morgan is now known as Eris_Outfuckingcold
  634. [01:21:25] <Raven> "Barkeep has very probably cause to think Ricki is possessed."
  635. [01:21:53] <Barkeep> "Might not be him... your styler didn't do anything and he's not reacting."
  636. [01:21:55] <Canute> "I... see."
  637. [01:22:04] <Barkeep> "He had 6... but he had 5. Maybe it's him!"
  638. [01:22:04] <Henry> "Now see, we all know he's an oddball but don't you think that's a bit harsh? Well, hm, no, he did lick... well, who knows."
  639. [01:22:12] <Canute> "Six what?"
  640. [01:22:24] <Raven> "He's acting smarter then usual."
  641. [01:22:33] <Barkeep> "He used a contraction."
  642. [01:23:26] <Henry> "Is he really that thick enough usually? I can't say I've noticed."
  643. [01:23:30] * Canute raises an eyebrow. "THAT is smarter than usual?"
  644. [01:23:46] <Ricki> ". . . So does this mean I can roll on the floor with Lunchbox now?"
  645. [01:23:47] <@Paradox> ( HENRY USED A CONTRACTION TOO OMG GET HIM )
  646. [01:24:39] <Henry> "Bernard, you're a dark type, you probably know how to deal with ghosts, don't you?"
  647. [01:24:46] <Henry> "What's your say in all this?"
  648. [01:25:02] <@Paradox> < What? Well I just punch them, and for some reason they really don't like it. >
  649. [01:25:13] <Henry> "Ah, yes."
  650. [01:25:48] <Henry> "In that case, should we use Faint Attack on Ricki to test that theory?"
  651. [01:25:49] <Raven> She eyes the three of them cautiously.  "We've seen some alarming things so far, and it's evident something is keeping an eye on us.  I don't think it's that farfetched that it's already got hold of one of us."
  652. [01:25:55] <@Paradox> < My say is that this whole thing is in very bad taste, and whomever is in charge of this tower really needs a new decorator. >
  653. [01:26:05] <Henry> "On that, my friend, I agree."
  654. [01:26:48] <Henry> "Got ahold of us, or turning ourselves on each other by making us THINK it's got a hold on us?"
  655. [01:26:55] <Barkeep> "Hmm... hey, Bernard, can you see this book?"
  656. [01:26:58] * Barkeep holds up the book.
  657. [01:27:08] <@Paradox> < Yep. That's a book. >
  658. [01:27:11] <Raven> She sighs, and releases the styler's hold, coiling it back up.
  659. [01:27:11] <@Paradox> < Neato! >
  660. [01:27:23] <Barkeep> "Can you read it?"
  661. [01:27:41] <Raven> Unslings the second rifle.  "...So the door still won't budge though?"
  662. [01:27:41] <Henry> It should be noted Bernard was recently outfitted with some spiffy dark goggles.
  663. [01:27:43] <Canute> "This'd all be much easier if it just stopped beating around the bush."
  664. [01:28:01] <@Paradox> < ...  It can't act directly. It possesses people. Someone. Don't know who yet. Trying to keep count of times others have been out of sight... >
  665. [01:28:01] <Henry> "And what would you suggest, our bug-addled friend?"
  666. [01:28:06] <@Paradox> < What is this, anyway? >
  667. [01:28:10] * Ricki rolls over to Raven. Poor Lunchbox as he rolls.
  668. [01:28:16] <Barkeep> "Found this book. It's written in my own handwriting."
  669. [01:28:28] <Raven> Raven...steps out of the way.
  670. [01:28:37] <Raven> "Something IS seriously wrong with that boy."
  671. [01:28:48] <Canute> "Well, I... am not exactly an expert on ghosts, more of an amateur really, but if it feeds on anything physical, then it's certainly too weak."
  672. [01:28:55] <Canute> "To face us straight-up, that is."
  673. [01:29:19] <Raven> "The door," she repeats, "You couldn't open it?"
  674. [01:29:22] <Canute> "But if it's the sort that feeds on emotion, on our ambient fear and paranoia... All it wants is for us to hate and mistrust and be scared."
  675. [01:29:28] <Henry> "Yes, that's correct."
  676. [01:29:32] * Ricki then picks himself up and walks back over to everyone else, very VERY contented with his floor rolling.
  677. [01:29:34] <Henry> "I couldn't open it."
  678. [01:29:52] <Barkeep> "Wait..."
  679. [01:29:53] <Canute> "Clearly the best solution here is to remain calm and resolute."
  680. [01:29:56] <Barkeep> "Maybe... it's possessing me."
  681. [01:29:56] <Henry> "Then again, I am quite frail."
  682. [01:30:03] <Barkeep> "Raven, hit me with that styler!"
  683. [01:30:07] <Raven> "..."
  684. [01:30:16] <Raven> "Barkeep, you can't be serious."
  685. [01:30:17] <Ricki> "I can open things! I open things all the time!"
  686. [01:30:22] <Barkeep> "I kept hearing voices."
  687. [01:30:26] <Barkeep> "It might be doing things to my head."
  688. [01:30:40] <Barkeep> "I kept going off alone to find my lucky coin..."
  689. [01:30:54] <Canute> "Or... or that, I guess."
  690. [01:30:59] <Henry> "If you're that curious about it, why don't you try us one at a time?"
  691. [01:31:05] <Henry> "And perhaps yourself while you're at it?"
  692. [01:31:06] <Raven> "Easy solution to that.  We move as a group."
  693. [01:31:14] <Raven> "And that means NO ROLLING!"
  694. [01:32:05] <Ricki> "I'm done rolling. It was lotsa lotsa fun." :D
  695. [01:32:29] <Raven> "Anyway, let's...look around here some more, as a group, stay close.  Might be something else we missed."
  696. [01:32:32] <Barkeep> "Come on, Raven, tie me up! If there's a pokemon in me maybe it'll stop."
  697. [01:32:43] <Henry> "I say we try everyone."
  698. [01:32:54] <Barkeep> "Plus I'm definitely more scared and paranoid than anyone here, so if it's feeding off anyone it's me."
  699. [01:32:56] <Henry> "Use that contraption of yours on everyone, one at a time."
  700. [01:32:57] <Raven> "Oh you can't be serious," she sighs, and stylers Barkeep.
  701. [01:33:29] <@Paradox> He's volunteering, so no roll required.
  702. [01:33:36] <@Paradox> Well, you die Barkeep up.
  703. [01:33:42] <Barkeep> oh god
  704. [01:33:43] <Henry> OHGOD BARKEEP
  705. [01:33:48] <Raven> (>>die barkeep)
  706. [01:33:48] <Canute> "And that accomplished..."
  707. [01:33:48] <Henry> NOOOO
  708. [01:33:54] <@Paradox> (TIE)
  709. [01:34:12] <@Paradox> I'm not sure why you think your styler is a ghost detector though.
  710. [01:34:29] <Barkeep> "... I don't think this is helping."
  711. [01:34:31] <Raven> "I told you this was a stupid idea."
  712. [01:34:34] <Raven> She releases it.
  713. [01:34:34] <Henry> "Mm, it's a shame we don't have Lisa here."
  714. [01:34:35] <Ricki> "Is it his turn to roll? 'cause I can help him roll if he's not good at it." Ricki tips Barkeep over.
  715. [01:34:49] <Raven> "Let's just check out this area a bit more..."
  716. [01:34:54] <Raven> "We might have missed something."
  717. [01:34:57] <Henry> "With her own ghost and her abilities, I suppose she would be adept at solving this..."
  718. [01:35:14] <Canute> "Well yes, we could just rush into it."
  719. [01:35:31] <Henry> "Hm."
  720. [01:35:39] <Henry> "What's the superstition about phantoms and film?"
  721. [01:35:43] * Henry tries taking pictures.
  722. [01:36:02] <Canute> "That you can trap them."
  723. [01:36:02] * Barkeep looks around dangit doesn't this pierce invisibility ; ;
  724. [01:36:21] <Raven> "Hell if I know," she looks around. "Hey, Maki, you smell anything funny on that book Barkeep has?" (rolling tracker)
  725. [01:36:29] <Raven> 1d20
  726. [01:36:30] <DiceMaid-9001> Raven, 1d20: 14 [1d20=14]
  727. [01:36:30] <@Paradox> Henry snaps a shot, and shakes the picture...
  728. [01:37:51] <Henry> "...We are definitely not alone."
  729. [01:38:10] <Canute> "Well, yes."
  730. [01:38:19] <Henry> "No, I mean."
  731. [01:38:25] <Henry> "They're here."
  732. [01:38:27] <Raven> "Oh Arceus what's in that picture"
  733. [01:38:35] * Henry shows it.
  734. [01:38:36] <Canute> "Right, they're HERE."
  735. [01:38:47] * Canute leans in.
  736. [01:38:53] * Barkeep leans over...
  737. [01:39:02] * Raven looks in
  738. [01:39:04] <Henry> (Should I paste what you sent me?)
  739. [01:39:07] <@Paradox> (yes)
  740. [01:39:13] <Henry> <Paradox> There's dark humanoid shapes everywhere. Just standing there. There's about 9 of them in the shot you just took; hollow, slightly red eyes all turned to look directly at the camera.
  741. [01:39:27] <Canute> "...Definitely something bad."
  742. [01:39:28] <Raven> Raven just whimpers.
  743. [01:39:40] <Raven> and hugs Maki.
  744. [01:39:50] * Barkeep looks around with his illusion piercing gaze WHAT DOES THIS WORTHLESS FEAT DO
  745. [01:40:02] <Henry> "However."
  746. [01:40:08] <Henry> "Canute's friend mentioned only three."
  747. [01:40:15] <Henry> "Would it care to append its statement?"
  748. [01:40:20] <Ricki> "I don't hear anything. Just you guys talkin' loud."
  749. [01:40:24] <Barkeep> "Maybe more came to us..."
  750. [01:40:28] <Canute> "Well that was there, this is here."
  751. [01:40:32] <Raven> "Or they aren't dead."
  752. [01:40:54] * Henry takes more shots of the group.
  753. [01:41:36] <Barkeep> "Hey... Canute, are you sure there isn't something in that bag of yours that could help?"
  754. [01:41:53] <@Paradox> Every picture you take, it's more of the same.
  755. [01:41:55] <Canute> "I... left it downstairs."
  756. [01:42:00] <Raven> "..."
  757. [01:42:02] <Barkeep> "You..."
  758. [01:42:03] <Henry> Does the party show up?
  759. [01:42:04] <@Paradox> Dark shapes, everywhere, always looking straight into the camera.
  760. [01:42:08] <Canute> "But maybe. I have a few books on these matters."
  761. [01:42:11] <Henry> Do WE show up?
  762. [01:42:12] <@Paradox> Yes
  763. [01:42:16] <@Paradox> You show up.
  764. [01:42:19] <@Paradox> They're standing around you.
  765. [01:42:23] <Henry> "...Hm."
  766. [01:42:24] <Raven> "Well that's just great, considering WE'RE TRAPPED IN HERE WITH SHADOW PEOPLE."
  767. [01:42:31] <@Paradox> When you take a picture of Raven, one of them has a hand on her shoulder.
  768. [01:42:31] <Henry> "It seems they enjoy the camera at least."
  769. [01:42:36] <Henry> "...Raven."
  770. [01:42:42] <Raven> "don't say it"
  771. [01:42:45] <Raven> "don't you say it"
  772. [01:42:45] * Canute waves his arms around. "More pictures, then, is this affecting you?"
  773. [01:43:06] <Henry> "I believe you may be the one they're trying to possess."
  774. [01:43:33] <Canute> "...So yes it is."
  775. [01:44:05] <Henry> "Bernard, Faint Attack directly behind Raven."
  776. [01:44:15] <Raven> She turns around veeeeerrrry slowly, wide eyed and scared "CursedGhostsWhyDoYouTauntMe-"
  777. [01:44:55] <@Paradox> < I ... at what? Just .. at the spot behind her? Okay, here goes.. >
  778. [01:45:03] <Henry> 1d20 crit check
  779. [01:45:04] <DiceMaid-9001> Henry, crit check: 13 [1d20=13]
  780. [01:45:21] <@Paradox> Bernard charges at Henry!
  781. [01:45:32] <@Paradox> Then at the last second turns, and kicks at the spot behind Raven.
  782. [01:45:46] <@Paradox> And just flails around a bit, punching the air.
  783. [01:45:51] <Henry> "Nothing?"
  784. [01:45:53] <Henry> "Hm."
  785. [01:45:57] <@Paradox> < You tell me! >
  786. [01:46:11] <Raven> "It's touching me, isn't it," visibly shaking.
  787. [01:46:14] <Canute> "They said quite a lot of things when I tried to disturb them, so it's getting somewhere."
  788. [01:46:19] * Henry shows that last picture. :B
  789. [01:46:35] * Raven doesn't look
  790. [01:46:50] <Barkeep> "All right you damn ghosts, what do you want!"
  791. [01:46:55] <@Paradox> Anyway, you're all starting to feel quite sleepy.
  792. [01:47:05] <@Paradox> That run from the beautiflies must have really taken it out of you.
  793. [01:47:10] <Canute> "Oh, wonderful. Just wonderful."
  794. [01:47:20] <Canute> "Now they try this sort of..."
  795. [01:47:21] <Henry> "...Are any of you feeling..."
  796. [01:47:25] <Raven> "This...couldn't get any worse.."
  797. [01:47:25] <Barkeep> "Damn it come out here! If I'm going to die... hurry up and do it! Don't just keep making us wait around like this..."
  798. [01:47:29] <Canute> "Ghosts DO these things."
  799. [01:47:50] * Henry pinches himself.
  800. [01:48:24] * Barkeep slaps himself in the face to try to stave off sleep
  801. [01:48:53] * Henry also uselessly waves the torch around.
  802. [01:49:15] * Barkeep waves the skeletal arm in the air trying to smack ghosts with it
  803. [01:49:16] * Ricki stops bouncing around like the little spastic ball of energy he usually is, then puts down Lunchbox. "Hey Lunchbox, think you're a good pillow? I kinda wanna take a nap..."
  804. [01:49:30] <Raven> Raven wobbles a bit..."We...really shoulda looked around a bit more..."
  805. [01:49:44] <Henry> (I DID roll perception checks :B)
  806. [01:50:01] <@Paradox> ( roll CON checks )
  807. [01:50:05] <Raven> 1d20
  808. [01:50:05] <DiceMaid-9001> Raven, 1d20: 10 [1d20=10]
  809. [01:50:07] <Barkeep> 1d20+4
  810. [01:50:08] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, 1d20+4: 10 [1d20=6]
  811. [01:50:10] <Ricki> 1d20+3
  812. [01:50:11] <DiceMaid-9001> Ricki, 1d20+3: 20 [1d20=17]
  813. [01:50:16] <Barkeep> 1d20 hnnng special ring
  814. [01:50:16] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, hnnng special ring: 13 [1d20=13]
  815. [01:50:20] <Barkeep> 23
  816. [01:50:23] <Canute> 1d20+3 oh at least i'm good at this
  817. [01:50:23] <DiceMaid-9001> Canute, oh at least i'm good at this: 9 [1d20=6]
  818. [01:50:29] <Canute> 1d20 hey I took a ring too!
  819. [01:50:29] <DiceMaid-9001> Canute, hey I took a ring too!: 18 [1d20=18]
  820. [01:50:45] <Henry> 2d20+6 Starting to eat through a new ring. :3c
  821. [01:50:45] <DiceMaid-9001> Henry, Starting to eat through a new ring. :3c: 37 [2d20=12,19]
  822. [01:50:54] <Henry> Er
  823. [01:50:55] <Henry> +4
  824. [01:50:57] <Henry> So 35
  825. [01:51:25] <@Paradox> Nothing happens.
  826. [01:52:08] <@Paradox> Henry, you notice Raven's ear is bleeding a little.
  827. [01:52:33] <Henry> "Raven, you're injured. Allow me..."
  828. [01:52:41] * Henry moves to wipe at it with his handkerchief.
  829. [01:53:31] <Raven> "Wah?" She's perplexed. "Someone try to open that door one more time, if it doesn't work, we're doing a full sweep of this room again, right now."
  830. [01:53:43] <Canute> "Fine."
  831. [01:53:49] <Barkeep> "Hey, Ricki, try to break that door down!"
  832. [01:53:51] * Canute stomps over and tugs at the door.
  833. [01:54:10] <Ricki> "I can do it! I can do it!" And Ricki CHAAAAARGES at the door!
  834. [01:54:33] <Raven> Raven takes a step back from Henry.
  835. [01:54:37] <@Paradox> (Roll CON, Ricki)
  836. [01:54:49] <Henry> "Raven, hold still confound it, you're bleeding."
  837. [01:54:51] <Raven> She looks extremely terrorfied.
  838. [01:54:54] <Henry> He steps towards her again.
  839. [01:54:58] <Canute> "AAAH WHAT."
  840. [01:54:58] <Ricki> 1d20+3 Why CON?
  841. [01:54:59] <DiceMaid-9001> Ricki, Why CON?: 9 [1d20=6]
  842. [01:55:00] <Raven> "Sto-"
  843. [01:55:07] <@Paradox> Ricki rams into the door
  844. [01:55:24] <@Paradox> and fall over like a limp doll, a fresh bump on his head.
  845. [01:55:31] <Canute> "...Great."
  846. [01:55:53] <Raven> "I...just saw something weird. Just stop."
  847. [01:56:07] <Barkeep> "Raven? What's wrong? What did you see?"
  848. [01:56:10] <Ricki> "Nope... Not broken yet." He tries pulling it open this time, not quite noticing the bump just yet.
  849. [01:56:13] * Henry frowns. "What is it? And why is it mort important than your ear bleeding?"
  850. [01:56:17] <Henry> *more
  851. [01:56:27] <@Paradox> The door is not budging in the slightest.
  852. [01:56:29] <Raven> She shakes her head. "I saw Henry try to kill me, blinked and it was gone."
  853. [01:56:42] * Henry shakes his head. "Ridiculous."
  854. [01:56:55] <Canute> "Ridiculous indeed."
  855. [01:56:56] * Barkeep tries looking at it with hour's past
  856. [01:57:11] <Henry> "At least clean up that wound so I can stop worrying about it."
  857. [01:57:26] <Raven> She rubs her neck. "It was...more then just sight."
  858. [01:57:52] <Raven> "You stuck that thing in my mouth to keep me from screaming, I could taste it.  My neck still hurts from you tryin' to strangle me."
  859. [01:58:00] <Henry> "So the ghosts are giving you visions now? Sounds like they don't WANT me helping you." :B
  860. [01:58:02] <Canute> "That... what."
  861. [01:58:20] * Canute looks closer at Raven. What wound?
  862. [01:58:40] * Henry puts his handerchief away, and shows his empty hands. "Better? Now please, touch your ear for me, I want to make sure I'm not seeing things myself."
  863. [01:58:43] <Ricki> "Did it taste like that stuff that looked like the ketchup on the wall? 'cause that didn't taste real good." Ricki finally takes notice of the bump on his head and starts rubbing it a bit.
  864. [01:58:43] <Barkeep> "What are we supposed to do..."
  865. [01:59:06] <@Paradox> 1d100
  866. [01:59:06] <DiceMaid-9001> Paradox, 1d100: 56 [1d100=56]
  867. [01:59:14] <@Paradox> You're all reaaaally tired.
  868. [01:59:19] <Henry> "But you of all people should know that I'm as physically weak as a skitty...."
  869. [01:59:30] <Henry> "There's no way I could apply... that much..."
  870. [01:59:45] <Raven> "It's...not that you yourself did it...but the senses that...ugh."
  871. [01:59:55] <Canute> "Nnnnh."
  872. [02:00:11] * Ricki lets out a yawn as he starts slowing down with the rubbing a fair bit.
  873. [02:00:30] <Canute> "Part of me... little tempted to just go and see what happens."
  874. [02:00:55] * Henry attempts another photo once this wave hits... This time, an Action Photo.
  875. [02:00:57] <Henry> 1d20+6
  876. [02:00:58] <DiceMaid-9001> Henry, 1d20+6: 14 [1d20=8]
  877. [02:01:03] <Henry> (Nope :3c)
  878. [02:01:12] <Henry> But if it's Hypnosis, Henry falls asleep immediately.
  879. [02:01:32] <@Paradox> Nope.
  880. [02:01:41] <@Paradox> Just really tired.
  881. [02:02:01] <@Paradox> Over the next hour, Ricki is the first to fall asleep.
  882. [02:02:16] * Barkeep checks on Ricki. How does he look?
  883. [02:02:21] <Henry> "Confound it..."
  884. [02:02:23] <Raven> Raven scans the foggy area once more, as she goes down, looking to the body.
  885. [02:02:23] <@Paradox> Like shit
  886. [02:02:27] <@Paradox> but I mean it's Ricki
  887. [02:02:29] <Barkeep> "Should we try..."
  888. [02:02:32] <Canute> "Ha... It begins."
  889. [02:02:34] <@Paradox> He just looks like he's sleeping.
  890. [02:02:37] <Barkeep> "To wake him up..."
  891. [02:02:53] <Henry> "...Go ahead if you wish. I'll keep watch as long as I can."
  892. [02:03:01] <Canute> "If they mess with our heads, then maybe they can only be dealt with there."
  893. [02:03:03] * Ricki might actually look less than shit curled up with Lunchbox under his head?
  894. [02:03:11] <@Paradox> Bernard < I'll keep watch. I'm not sleepy at all! >
  895. [02:03:14] * Barkeep jostles Ricki with his foot. "Hey, Ricki. Wake up."
  896. [02:03:22] <Henry> "Does it only affect humans then?"
  897. [02:03:38] <Henry> "Or is it really just exhaustion..."
  898. [02:03:43] <Henry> "...thanks Bernard."
  899. [02:04:03] <Barkeep> "Whatever's doing this, it's just... messing with us... our pokemon... fine..."
  900. [02:04:08] * Barkeep lets out Marcel.
  901. [02:04:14] <Raven> She rubs Maki's head. "Keep an eye out for me...buddy...this thing is way more viscious then that guyever was..."
  902. [02:04:23] <Barkeep> "Marcel... keep an eye out..."
  903. [02:04:27] * Canute considers between two for a moment before having Knight out. Pop! Pawniard.
  904. [02:04:30] <Raven> "No, Barkeep, remember, it scared Maki too."
  905. [02:04:41] <Barkeep> "No... it's just us..."
  906. [02:05:02] <@Paradox> Barkeep is the next to go. ZzzzZzzzZ
  907. [02:05:03] <Henry> "Hopefully when I open my eyes again the fog will be gone."
  908. [02:05:14] <Barkeep> (aww man :<)
  909. [02:05:17] * Henry sits around and awaits for the inevitable, sitting watch with the pokemon.
  910. [02:05:21] <Barkeep> (I wanted to offer raven the last of my sake)
  911. [02:05:52] <@Paradox> Raven falls asleep too, shortly after. Henry fights it off for almost an hour before falling asleep, leaving just Canute.
  912. [02:05:59] <Canute> "...Ha."
  913. [02:06:13] <Canute> "Not even ghosts want to touch me, hm?"
  914. [02:06:33] * Canute lays down and closes his eyes. "Then maybe I'll be of help."
  915. [02:07:33] <@Paradox> Canute falls asleep very quickly as he closes his eyes. He's also the first to wake up as you all hear Raven scream.
  916. [02:07:52] * Canute springs RIGHT up as soon as he is! Finally something.
  917. [02:08:01] <@Paradox> The scream pierces through your sleep, and you all wake up.
  918. [02:08:19] <Henry> "Nngh, ow."
  919. [02:08:25] * Henry looks over at Raven, frowning.
  920. [02:08:59] <Barkeep> "Unnh... am I still alive? What's..."
  921. [02:09:00] <@Paradox> The back of Raven's head seems to have been caved in by some blunt force. There's blood everywhere.
  922. [02:09:02] * Ricki jumps up and wields Lunchbox like a club weapon. "It's my chocolate!"
  923. [02:09:15] <Barkeep> "R-Raven..."
  924. [02:09:24] * Barkeep uses hour's past. What did this to her.
  925. [02:09:31] <Henry> "....I'm not falling for this... Not so easily."
  926. [02:09:48] <Canute> "Hm."
  927. [02:09:50] <Barkeep> "N-No..."
  928. [02:09:52] <Henry> "That kind of injury, she wouldn't have had time to scream."
  929. [02:09:55] <Barkeep> "Hahaha... no... it... can't be."
  930. [02:10:00] <Barkeep> "This isn't happening. It's not real."
  931. [02:10:09] <Canute> "But if it noticed... No, maybe..."
  932. [02:10:24] <Henry> "Bernard, what happened?"
  933. [02:10:27] * Henry looks around.
  934. [02:10:32] <@Paradox> Bernard? What Bernard?
  935. [02:10:36] <@Paradox> He and all the other pokemon are gone.
  936. [02:10:45] * Henry checks for his balls.
  937. [02:11:13] <Raven> (snickersnicker)
  938. [02:11:21] * Henry then looks for his pokeballs
  939. [02:11:32] <@Paradox> Still there!
  940. [02:11:34] <@Paradox> Both sets.
  941. [02:11:35] * Barkeep collapses to his knees.
  942. [02:11:40] <Barkeep> "This isn't..."
  943. [02:11:48] <Barkeep> "I can't..."
  944. [02:11:48] * Henry tries letting Herbert out, then opens Bernard's ball.
  945. [02:11:57] <Henry> "Barkeep! Stay rational."
  946. [02:12:01] <Canute> "Well, if they're satisfied, then maybe the door's open now."
  947. [02:12:04] <Ricki> . . . Wait, where's Lunchbox? "Lunchbox? Where'd you go?"
  948. [02:12:07] * Canute does in fact check the door.
  949. [02:12:36] <@Paradox> The door is open.
  950. [02:12:45] * Henry looks for the other Raven's body.
  951. [02:13:03] <Canute> "Well."
  952. [02:13:04] <@Paradox> It's still there
  953. [02:13:10] <@Paradox> right next to her, in fact
  954. [02:13:11] * Henry checks the back of its head.
  955. [02:13:16] <Henry> :B
  956. [02:13:25] <Canute> "Unfortunate that you lost the entirety of your guard in some sort of sacrifice, but it seems our way back is right here."
  957. [02:13:28] <@Paradox> Caved in!
  958. [02:13:32] <Barkeep> 1d100
  959. [02:13:33] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, 1d100: 70 [1d100=70]
  960. [02:13:52] * Barkeep starts breaking down and crying. "Raven... no... I didn't do it..."
  961. [02:14:06] <Canute> "Of course you didn't. The ghosts did."
  962. [02:14:08] <Henry> "Canute, if you please, some respect."
  963. [02:14:24] * Henry stands up.
  964. [02:14:39] <Canute> "I'd rather wait for the funeral...
  965. [02:14:50] <Barkeep> "ARE YOU SATISFIED NOW?!" He yells up at the sky
  966. [02:14:53] <Henry> "The injuries on her body match the skeleton's. The body, and the book... are from the future? Or is this just an elaborate game?"
  967. [02:15:32] <Ricki> ". . . Is she broken, too?" Ricki asks when he gets a look at Raven and... Raven on the floor. "I think someone broke her to pieces."
  968. [02:15:50] <Henry> "...I honestly can't believe she's dead. Not yet. Not until I'm there next to her in the afterlife."
  969. [02:16:17] <Barkeep> "Raven... damn these ghosts..."
  970. [02:16:19] <Canute> "We'll just see, won't we?"
  971. [02:16:41] * Canute steps through the door. Anything happening?
  972. [02:16:43] * Ricki pokes Raven to check how "broken" she is.
  973. [02:17:11] <@Paradox> You hear something coming up the stairs, Canute.
  974. [02:17:15] <Henry> "...I honestly can't believe she's dead. Not yet. Not until I'm there next to her in the afterlife."
  975. [02:17:15] <Henry> "...we should stay calm. Search for clues."
  976. [02:17:15] * Henry decides to head for the door.
  977. [02:17:15] * Henry tries not to show his own nervousness.
  978. [02:17:19] <Canute> "...Well, well. We have a visitor."
  979. [02:17:22] <Canute> "Hello?"
  980. [02:17:38] * Barkeep wipes his face on the sleeve of his shirt and walks over.
  981. [02:18:12] <Raven> Raven walks up the stairs, confused...
  982. [02:18:20] <Barkeep> "R-Raven?"
  983. [02:18:22] <Kainnap> "..."
  984. [02:18:25] <Canute> "Oh my."
  985. [02:18:28] <Barkeep> "Is it really you..."
  986. [02:18:34] * Kainnap does start, just for a moment.
  987. [02:18:41] <Raven> "Wha-wha's going on?"
  988. [02:18:49] * Henry points over to the two sets of bodies.
  989. [02:18:53] * Canute seems weirdly unshaken. Used to it? "Lucky for us then, another illusion."
  990. [02:19:12] <Canute> "Now quick, before it shuts again, let's get OUT of here."
  991. [02:19:15] <Raven> "..." Raven checks herself for rifles.
  992. [02:19:20] <Henry> "Yes, I agree."
  993. [02:19:22] <Raven> "Okay, I'm really, really confused,"
  994. [02:19:32] <Barkeep> "Come on, we have to head downstairs."
  995. [02:19:34] <@Paradox> You still have both of the rifles you had before.
  996. [02:19:42] * Henry heads down.
  997. [02:19:50] <Henry> "Bernard!"
  998. [02:19:53] <Canute> "It is indeed a confusing situation, but one that can be investigated when we've gotten time to plan and think."
  999. [02:19:55] <Raven> "I woke up by myself, couldn't wake you guys up, so walked out, downstairs, was in a completely different room then before, so came back upstairs..."
  1000. [02:19:57] <Henry> "Can you hear me!?"
  1001. [02:20:13] <Raven> "Are there 2 more rifles over there? This is getting a bit silly..."
  1002. [02:20:13] * Henry calls as he descends.
  1003. [02:20:14] * Ricki is still poking the body. "Hai~ I found you broken on the floor next to you being broken on the floor and I was checking to see if you were broken."
  1004. [02:20:30] <Ricki> "I still think you're broken."
  1005. [02:21:06] <@Paradox> No, there's only the 2 rifles you have on your current person.
  1006. [02:21:10] <Henry> "It sounds like they're playing games with us."
  1007. [02:21:22] <Henry> "Trying to scare us maybe..."
  1008. [02:21:23] <Ricki> ( Saying that to the real Raven... While poking the two bodies )
  1009. [02:21:39] <Canute> "As ghosts are wont to do."
  1010. [02:21:50] <Raven> Raven just stares at Ricki... "Right, let's just get out of here..." she goes back down stairs...
  1011. [02:22:04] * Barkeep follows. Down they go!
  1012. [02:22:08] <@Paradox> You lot head down the stairs together, then.
  1013. [02:22:10] <Ricki> "Want me to bring you with me?" He starts dragging a body with him down the steps.
  1014. [02:22:11] * Canute follows along, a little relieved... Pokeballs full? Everyone there?
  1015. [02:22:20] <Henry> "Bernard!"
  1016. [02:22:26] <Henry> "Dammit, where have they taken him?"
  1017. [02:22:33] <Henry> "Raven, did you see him when you woke up?"
  1018. [02:22:45] <Henry> "Maybe they weren't after us at all."
  1019. [02:22:51] <Raven> "...Ricki, drop...it."
  1020. [02:23:03] <Canute> "That is... worrying. Don't know what I'd do without Knight."
  1021. [02:23:07] <Raven> Raven looks around for Maki, Henry raised a good question...
  1022. [02:23:12] * Henry looks at Raven's ear. Is she still bleeding?
  1023. [02:23:44] <Raven> "I didn't see the Pokemon."
  1024. [02:23:45] <@Paradox> It's not, but you see a bit of dried blood there.
  1025. [02:24:08] <@Paradox> Anyway, you head down the stairs, stepping into a wide stone room.
  1026. [02:24:11] <Raven> "Let's...just get movin'.  Seeing myself dead twice today is a bit much."
  1027. [02:24:15] <Ricki> "You sure you don't need more a' you?"
  1028. [02:24:17] <Henry> Not the same one we came up through?
  1029. [02:24:18] <@Paradox> There's lit torches on either side.
  1030. [02:24:26] <@Paradox> No, not the same one
  1031. [02:24:31] <@Paradox> In the middle of the room...
  1032. [02:24:35] <Canute> "...Well, then..."
  1033. [02:24:35] <Henry> "...curses."
  1034. [02:24:50] <@Paradox> There's five humanoid figures
  1035. [02:24:54] <Henry> "I think I'm beginning to understand what your pokemon meant by 'spacial anomoly' maybe."
  1036. [02:25:18] * Henry looks at the figures.
  1037. [02:25:28] <Canute> "Mmm. We certainly aren't where we were before, nor are we out in the fields before that... But who have we here?"
  1038. [02:25:40] <@Paradox> They all look straight at you guys as you enter the room, their strange sharp faces twisting into expressions of rage.
  1039. [02:25:55] <@Paradox> They begin snarling at you, their mouths snapping with sharp teeth.
  1040. [02:25:57] <@Paradox> COMBAT
  1041. [02:26:05] <Henry> "Those aren't... pokemon."
  1042. [02:26:11] <Henry> "Are they?!"
  1043. [02:26:20] <Raven> "Maki...could have figured it out."
  1044. [02:26:20] <Canute> "Not any sort I've seen..."
  1045. [02:26:20] <@Paradox> ( DEX / SPEEDS )
  1046. [02:26:33] <Barkeep> 10 and 9, marcel
  1047. [02:26:39] <Canute> 6, nature also 6
  1048. [02:26:50] <Raven> (22 DEX, 10 speed, Hei.)
  1049. [02:26:54] <Ricki> ( Wait, we have our Pokemon? )
  1050. [02:27:09] <Henry> (I think we're missing our napguards)
  1051. [02:27:12] <Henry> (But no one else?)
  1052. [02:27:14] <Barkeep> (well if marcel comes out, we'll find out)
  1053. [02:27:20] <Barkeep> (if not, all I have is a level one miniccino.)
  1054. [02:27:24] <Barkeep> (he's natural edged though)
  1055. [02:27:27] <@Paradox> (that's correct)
  1056. [02:27:33] <@Paradox> ( you're just missing the napguards )
  1057. [02:27:37] <Henry> Dex 5, Speed 5, I'm using Gordon the Huge Tentacool
  1058. [02:27:37] <Barkeep> (welp.)
  1059. [02:27:40] <Barkeep> (Howard.)
  1060. [02:27:48] <Barkeep> speed 10.
  1061. [02:28:13] <@Paradox> ( Marcel was guardnappan? I thought it was just Bernard/Lunchbox/Maki/Knight )
  1062. [02:28:20] <Barkeep> (he was.)
  1063. [02:28:25] <Barkeep> (I let him out right before I fell asleep.)
  1064. [02:28:27] <Ricki> ( DEX 15 / Fluffy 14 / Broken Egg 13 )
  1065. [02:28:49] <Barkeep> (no way ricki has dual wielding...)
  1066. [02:28:53] <Ricki> ( He doesn't )
  1067. [02:29:02] <Ricki> ( I'm just letting out both of 'em )
  1068. [02:30:06] * Paradox changes topic to 'Raven 22, Ricki 15, Barkeep 10, Canute 6, Henry 5 | Fluffy 14, Hei 10, Howard 10, Nature 6, Gordon 5 | Shades'
  1069. [02:30:10] <@Paradox> Gogo Raven
  1070. [02:30:15] <Raven> Raven is totally not in the mood for this now, unslings one of the rifles, loads a round and fires.
  1071. [02:30:21] <Raven> 1d20 ac 5
  1072. [02:30:21] <DiceMaid-9001> Raven, ac 5: 14 [1d20=14]
  1073. [02:30:27] <@Paradox> hits!
  1074. [02:30:39] <Raven> (...what...is my new damage die for her? just use the standard one for arms feats?)
  1075. [02:30:52] <Ricki> ( 2d12+21+DEX mod I think if you're Mastery? )
  1076. [02:31:05] <@Paradox> ( +30 instead of 21 I guess )
  1077. [02:31:20] <Raven> 2d12+36
  1078. [02:31:21] <DiceMaid-9001> Raven, 2d12+36: 51 [2d12=7,8]
  1079. [02:31:52] <@Paradox> You shoot one of the shades right in the head, and it falls over, its body crumbling to ashes.
  1080. [02:31:57] <@Paradox> Ricki's turn.
  1081. [02:32:00] <Canute> "Good, they're weak..."
  1082. [02:32:18] <Raven> "This might be another trick, Canute."
  1083. [02:32:22] <Raven> "Wouldn't be the first."
  1084. [02:32:29] <Ricki> "Are we beating 'em up? 'cause I can beat 'em up real good." Ricki drops the body and attempts to KARATE CHOP one of 'em?
  1085. [02:32:37] <Ricki> 1d20 Karate Chop
  1086. [02:32:38] <DiceMaid-9001> Ricki, Karate Chop: 20 [1d20=20]
  1087. [02:32:52] <Ricki> ( Well, umm... 40 damage if that hurts 'em )
  1088. [02:32:58] * Canute looks around. "Well, if you wouldn't mind, I'm... er, I'm sort of strong, but not exactly..."
  1089. [02:34:53] <@Paradox> Ricki rushes one, and knocks its head off!
  1090. [02:34:58] <@Paradox> Barkeep
  1091. [02:35:12] * Barkeep steps back. No point in using THAT just yet...
  1092. [02:35:44] * Canute doesn't have anything to do either! He tries his best to look inoffensive!
  1093. [02:36:24] <@Paradox> Henry!
  1094. [02:37:24] * Henry passes! He's no fighter!
  1095. [02:37:59] <@Paradox> FLUFFY!
  1096. [02:38:37] <Ricki> "Hey, Fluffy! Beat 'em up! Ooh, ooh, better... Eat 'em up!"
  1097. [02:38:40] <Ricki> 1d20 Biting one of 'em
  1098. [02:38:41] <DiceMaid-9001> Ricki, Biting one of 'em: 12 [1d20=12]
  1099. [02:39:05] <@Paradox> chomp
  1100. [02:39:07] <Ricki> 1d10+5+21
  1101. [02:39:07] <DiceMaid-9001> Ricki, 1d10+5+21: 34 [1d10=8]
  1102. [02:39:16] <@Paradox> It rips the shade apart.
  1103. [02:39:18] <Canute> "Seems almost too easy..."
  1104. [02:39:23] * Canute looks around. Any more?
  1105. [02:39:24] <@Paradox> Hei!
  1106. [02:39:28] <Raven> "...I need to ask your guardians about gettin' one of those pups."
  1107. [02:39:33] <@Paradox> (2 left)
  1108. [02:39:37] <Raven> "Hei, spark!"
  1109. [02:39:41] <Raven> 1d20 ac2
  1110. [02:39:42] <DiceMaid-9001> Raven, ac2: 4 [1d20=4]
  1111. [02:39:47] <@Paradox> Hei misses!
  1112. [02:39:58] <Barkeep> Iron tail is a pass. can I hit more than one?
  1113. [02:40:15] <@Paradox> (yes)
  1114. [02:40:19] <Barkeep> 1d20 first
  1115. [02:40:20] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, first: 9 [1d20=9]
  1116. [02:40:22] <Barkeep> 1d20 second
  1117. [02:40:23] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, second: 4 [1d20=4]
  1118. [02:40:28] <Barkeep> ac 6.
  1119. [02:40:31] <@Paradox> Hits the first at least
  1120. [02:40:55] <Barkeep> 4d12+12+10
  1121. [02:40:55] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, 4d12+12+10: 51 [4d12=7,6,10,6]
  1122. [02:41:19] <@Paradox> Crunch! The shade goes down. One left
  1123. [02:41:27] <Henry> "Gordon, use Bubble on the one remaining!"
  1124. [02:41:28] <Canute> 1d20 wing attack? weirdly too easy...
  1125. [02:41:28] <@Paradox> Nature~
  1126. [02:41:29] <DiceMaid-9001> Canute, wing attack? weirdly too easy...: 16 [1d20=16]
  1127. [02:41:40] <Henry> (Oh whoops)
  1128. [02:41:45] * Henry calls out his attack too early. :3c
  1129. [02:41:50] <@Paradox> Wing attack hits~
  1130. [02:41:56] <Canute> 1d10+10+13
  1131. [02:41:57] <DiceMaid-9001> Canute, 1d10+10+13: 24 [1d10=1]
  1132. [02:42:17] <@Paradox> A weak hit! The Shade is thrown off balance.
  1133. [02:42:20] <@Paradox> Now gogo Gordon.
  1134. [02:42:23] <Henry> 1d20
  1135. [02:42:23] <DiceMaid-9001> Henry, 1d20: 18 [1d20=18]
  1136. [02:42:27] <Henry> bubblebubblebubble
  1137. [02:42:49] <Henry> 1d12+7+1
  1138. [02:42:49] <DiceMaid-9001> Henry, 1d12+7+1: 12 [1d12=4]
  1139. [02:42:53] <Canute> "These CAN'T be the things that..."
  1140. [02:43:05] <@Paradox> It goes down into a soggy pile of ashes.
  1141. [02:43:12] <Henry> Go go level 1 pokemon
  1142. [02:43:21] <Raven> "I have a much worse fear as to what they are."
  1143. [02:43:33] <Henry> "Five of them, and five of us, hm?"
  1144. [02:43:34] <@Paradox> (perception checks)
  1145. [02:43:39] <Henry> 1d20+6
  1146. [02:43:40] <DiceMaid-9001> Henry, 1d20+6: 11 [1d20=5]
  1147. [02:43:43] <Barkeep> 1d20-4
  1148. [02:43:44] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, 1d20-4: 13 [1d20=17]
  1149. [02:43:45] <Raven> "Five of them, five missing Pokemon.
  1150. [02:43:45] <Raven> 1d20
  1151. [02:43:46] <DiceMaid-9001> Raven, 1d20: 8 [1d20=8]
  1152. [02:43:49] <Ricki> 1d20-3 We so paranoid in here
  1153. [02:43:49] <DiceMaid-9001> Ricki, We so paranoid in here: 0 [1d20=3]
  1154. [02:43:49] <Canute> 1d20-2 how odd
  1155. [02:43:50] <DiceMaid-9001> Canute, how odd: 18 [1d20=20]
  1156. [02:44:01] <Ricki> "Fluffy and I broke 'em real good."
  1157. [02:44:03] <@Paradox> Canute sees something within the ashes.
  1158. [02:44:15] * Canute takes a step forward...
  1159. [02:44:58] * Canute is VERY CAUTIOUS as he examines the ashes and the area around them."
  1160. [02:45:17] <@Paradox> Canute digs through the ashes and finds a photograph.
  1161. [02:45:28] <Canute> "The plot thickens."
  1162. [02:45:33] * Canute shakes it off and looks.
  1163. [02:45:45] <@Paradox> It's one of the ones Henry took earlier.
  1164. [02:46:01] <Canute> "Seems those things took a liking to your work, Mr. Entrepeneur."
  1165. [02:46:03] <@Paradox> It shows you, Canute, and Henry - and about 7 dark shades.
  1166. [02:46:15] <Canute> "...Though..."
  1167. [02:46:15] * Henry checks to see if he still has that photo.
  1168. [02:46:32] <@Paradox> You all hear noise from the stairs
  1169. [02:46:35] <@Paradox> the ones you just came down.
  1170. [02:46:38] * Henry looks.
  1171. [02:46:48] * Canute gets up and turns around. "Well, this is interesting."
  1172. [02:46:57] <Raven> Raven sighs, more annoyed then scared at this point, and goes back up...
  1173. [02:47:01] * Ricki puts Broken Egg and Fluffy on top of the broken body of Raven, if it's still there.
  1174. [02:47:11] * Henry waits to see what's coming down.
  1175. [02:47:14] <@Paradox> Five figures step through the doorway. More shades - just like the ones you saw. With twisted, snarling faces and snapping teeth.
  1176. [02:47:22] <Henry> "...Nope."
  1177. [02:47:25] <Canute> "More of them, hm?"
  1178. [02:47:25] <Henry> "Not playing this game."
  1179. [02:47:26] <@Paradox> ( Ricki, that was on the roof )
  1180. [02:47:36] <@Paradox> ( hold up a sec guys)
  1181. [02:47:37] <Ricki> ( I dragged it down the steps )
  1182. [02:47:45] <Raven> (...)
  1183. [02:47:46] <Canute> (oh god what0
  1184. [02:47:51] <Raven> (...)
  1185. [02:48:17] <Ricki> ( Ricki dragged one of the broken Raven bodies down the steps with him )
  1186. [02:48:26] <Canute> (That...well)
  1187. [02:48:34] <@Paradox> "I think I'm beginning to understand what your pokemon meant by 'spacial anomoly' maybe," one of the shades says.
  1188. [02:48:41] <Henry> "Knew it."
  1189. [02:48:46] <@Paradox>  "Mmm. We certainly aren't where we were before, nor are we out in the fields before that... But who have we here?" says another.
  1190. [02:48:48] <Henry> "They're about to attack us."
  1191. [02:48:58] <Canute> "Not... wha?"
  1192. [02:49:03] <@Paradox> "Those aren't... pokemon," says the first one, "Are they?!"
  1193. [02:49:08] <Henry> "I say we ignore them and head down."
  1194. [02:49:09] <Canute> "Reflections?"
  1195. [02:49:41] <Raven> Raven scratches her head. "This is a very odd development."
  1196. [02:49:41] <Canute> "Either way, yes. I'd recommend we all go."
  1197. [02:49:43] <Barkeep> "I think henry might be right..."
  1198. [02:49:54] * Canute immediately returns Nature and starts heading down.
  1199. [02:50:08] <Raven> Raven scoops up Hei, and looks toward the staircase downward.
  1200. [02:50:09] <Ricki> "Do we beat these ones up, too? 'cause I can beat all of 'em up."
  1201. [02:50:12] * Henry heads the opposite direction of the shades.
  1202. [02:50:41] * Barkeep runs with 'em!
  1203. [02:50:56] <@Paradox> Party used Run Away!
  1204. [02:50:59] <Ricki> ( . . . Way to answer me guys )
  1205. [02:51:05] <Henry> "No, Ricki."
  1206. [02:51:08] <@Paradox> SCOOTCH SCOOTCH SCOOTCH
  1207. [02:51:24] <@Paradox> The shades don't seem to give chase.
  1208. [02:51:28] <Ricki> "Okay~" Ricki then drags the body, his Pokemon now atop it, down after 'em.
  1209. [02:51:57] <Henry> "Whatever they're doing, I feel we need to 'break' it."
  1210. [02:52:11] <Raven> "Ricki, stopdragging that."
  1211. [02:52:24] <Canute> "If we come down into an identical room with identical shades, though..."
  1212. [02:52:33] <Raven> "It's creeping me out."
  1213. [02:52:35] <@Paradox> You actually come down
  1214. [02:52:38] <@Paradox> to the very first room
  1215. [02:52:50] <Henry> "Bernard!" he calls out again.
  1216. [02:53:10] <Raven> "Well, basement it is?"
  1217. [02:53:10] <Ricki> "But I don't wanna leave my friends behind..."
  1218. [02:53:25] <Henry> "It looks like we're heading into the basement indeed."
  1219. [02:53:55] <Henry> "Just suspend disbelief..."
  1220. [02:53:57] <Raven> Raven bonks Ricki on the head. "Stop dragging it."
  1221. [02:53:57] <Canute> "Couldn't hurt to check, considering we're already this deep in it..."
  1222. [02:53:58] <Henry> "Concentrate..."
  1223. [02:54:17] <Henry> "Don't lose control. Last thing to do."
  1224. [02:54:25] <Barkeep> "Right..."
  1225. [02:54:32] <Henry> "Don't let them win. Don't..." he looks around a bit nervously.
  1226. [02:54:32] <Barkeep> "Let's go to the basement."
  1227. [02:54:38] <Henry> "Yes."
  1228. [02:54:51] <Raven> "Indeed, let's find our buddies..."
  1229. [02:55:03] <Ricki> "Then you take it." Ricki picks up the body after removing his Pokemon from it and attempts to put it in Raven's hands.
  1230. [02:55:26] <Henry> "It's... like a riddle, isn't it. And the answer to the riddle is a punchline, and we're the joke."
  1231. [02:55:32] * Canute just goes into the basement, ignoring the stupid.
  1232. [02:55:44] <Raven> Raven just glares at Ricki, not accepting the body. "Ricki, fucking quit it."
  1233. [02:56:12] <Henry> "Ricki, please stop dragging that skeleton around, it's not alive, and I doubt it ever was."
  1234. [02:56:14] <Raven> She goes downstairs.
  1235. [02:56:17] * Henry follows.
  1236. [02:56:47] <Ricki> "Oh-kaaay..." He scoops up Button and Broken Egg after dropping the body and follows.
  1237. [02:56:53] <@Paradox> ( read that was "Ricki, quit fucking it" and IRL flailed for a second )
  1238. [02:57:00] <Henry> (Ahahaha)
  1239. [02:57:05] <Canute> (aaaaa)
  1240. [02:57:11] <Raven> (that'd be so much worse.)
  1241. [02:57:32] <Ricki> ( You... Mind... Out of the gutter... Now. )
  1242. [02:57:39] <@Paradox> Alright, you go downstairs.
  1243. [02:57:42] <@Paradox> You hear...
  1244. [02:57:56] <Barkeep> (you're one to talk :I)
  1245. [02:57:59] <@Paradox> swanky piano music!
  1246. [02:58:08] <Canute> "WELL here's something new."
  1247. [02:58:39] <Raven> Raven just loads a round into the rifle preemtpively, and looks around, Hei sitting up on her shoulder observently.
  1248. [02:58:42] <@Paradox> You come down into a well furnished room. There's lots of big soft couches, and footstolls and other silly furniture.
  1249. [02:59:15] * Henry has a look around for the piano.
  1250. [02:59:40] * Barkeep looks around confused.
  1251. [02:59:44] <Barkeep> "This..."
  1252. [02:59:49] * Barkeep shrugs and tosses his coin.
  1253. [03:00:04] <Ricki> "This room looks prettier."
  1254. [03:00:05] <Barkeep> 1d20+7
  1255. [03:00:05] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, 1d20+7: 8 [1d20=1]
  1256. [03:00:22] <@Paradox> There's a large bird cage in the corner. Inside, there's two small creatures; http://tinyurl.com/3hvhd28
  1257. [03:00:38] * Barkeep just tosses it and it lands back in his hand.
  1258. [03:00:41] * Canute just... stares.
  1259. [03:00:47] <Henry> (Oh god what)
  1260. [03:00:54] <Barkeep> (actually)
  1261. [03:00:59] <Barkeep> 1d20+7 second prob control
  1262. [03:01:00] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, second prob control: 14 [1d20=7]
  1263. [03:01:08] <Barkeep> 1d20+7 THIRD BECAUSE WHY NOT
  1264. [03:01:09] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, THIRD BECAUSE WHY NOT: 14 [1d20=7]
  1265. [03:01:13] <Barkeep> (fuuuu-)
  1266. [03:01:32] <Canute> (Not even a shiny for your trouble.)
  1267. [03:01:35] * Henry can't help it, he goes over and looks at the creatures.
  1268. [03:01:39] <Raven> Raven points the barrel of the gun down, approaches the cage.
  1269. [03:01:47] <Barkeep> 1d20 shiny?
  1270. [03:01:48] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, shiny?: 16 [1d20=16]
  1271. [03:01:54] <Barkeep> (; ;)
  1272. [03:01:57] <Henry> "Well, now, what are these?"
  1273. [03:02:04] <Canute> "I'm... not rightly sure."
  1274. [03:02:07] * Canute keeps his distance.
  1275. [03:02:13] * Ricki walks over to the cage and... "Hey, look!" He goes over towards the cage and just STAAARES with a smile on his face.
  1276. [03:02:13] <@Paradox> The piano is in the middle of the room. It seems to be playing itself; or at least you can't see anything.
  1277. [03:02:17] <Henry> "Not ghosts? Don't look like ghosts."
  1278. [03:02:26] <Canute> "They certainly don't."
  1279. [03:02:26] * Henry takes a picture of the piano. :B
  1280. [03:02:27] <Raven> "Those...look like dragons?"
  1281. [03:02:33] <Raven> "Not to mention this is terribly out of place."
  1282. [03:02:40] <Barkeep> "What on earth?"
  1283. [03:02:45] <Canute> "Some sort of beast in that vein, yes."
  1284. [03:02:47] <Ricki> "Can we take 'em home? Can we? Can we?!?"
  1285. [03:02:54] <Canute> "SHOULD we?"
  1286. [03:03:01] <@Paradox>  < Yep. Dragons. But you better not try to take 'em. >
  1287. [03:03:01] <Henry> "If not ghosts, I wonder if they're more captives."
  1288. [03:03:02] <Barkeep> "If they're in a cage like this, they might be owned by someone."
  1289. [03:03:07] <Barkeep> "Ah!"
  1290. [03:03:08] <Henry> "...Hm?"
  1291. [03:03:09] * Canute starts. "Who?"
  1292. [03:03:10] <@Paradox> A ghost materializes in front of the piano.
  1293. [03:03:16] <@Paradox> http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/8002/ohgodnowhat.png
  1294. [03:03:25] <Canute> (ffffffffuuuuuuuuu)
  1295. [03:03:27] <Raven> (ffff)
  1296. [03:03:27] <@Paradox> except it's got a big swanky bard's hat with a plume on its head.
  1297. [03:03:28] <Ricki> (OH GOD)
  1298. [03:03:31] <Raven> (knew it)
  1299. [03:03:32] <Canute> (AHAHAHA)
  1300. [03:03:38] <Raven> "..."
  1301. [03:03:38] <Henry> (What the dicks)
  1302. [03:03:38] <Barkeep> (what)
  1303. [03:03:40] <Raven> "VOOOODUUUUUN."
  1304. [03:03:41] <Barkeep> (what raven)
  1305. [03:03:46] <Canute> "What."
  1306. [03:03:50] <Henry> (Is cofagrigar a reference to something)
  1307. [03:03:51] <Canute> (IT'S BOBCORE'S GENGAR.)
  1308. [03:03:53] <Barkeep> "Huh."
  1309. [03:04:15] * Henry scratches his head.
  1310. [03:04:32] <Henry> "What's this about about, anyway? What kind of game are you ghosts playing with us?"
  1311. [03:04:33] <Canute> "At least we have a more standard type of ghost here."
  1312. [03:04:34] <Raven> She marches over to the ghost, glaring at it.
  1313. [03:04:38] * Canute takes a seat. "Now."
  1314. [03:04:41] <@Paradox>  < I'm the victim here! This isn't my fault! >
  1315. [03:04:45] <Raven> "Uh huh."
  1316. [03:04:58] <Henry> "...Raven, do you KNOW this ghost?"
  1317. [03:04:59] <@Paradox>  < I've been stuck in this lousy tower for like ... what, 6 years now? >
  1318. [03:05:01] <Canute> "Right, so who's causing the problem?"
  1319. [03:05:07] <Ricki> "Where'd ya get that cool hat from?" 'cause that's totally relevant now.
  1320. [03:05:10] <Raven> "This guy is my granpapa's companion."
  1321. [03:05:19] <Henry> "...Oh my."
  1322. [03:05:23] <Barkeep> "Wha..."
  1323. [03:05:32] <Barkeep> "Why were you doing this?"
  1324. [03:05:39] <Raven> "...what do you mean stuck up here for six years, what is this nonsense."
  1325. [03:05:44] <Canute> "What... what sort of man IS your grandfather? Certainly not the type to make haunted towers out of nowhere?"
  1326. [03:06:03] <Raven> "That's a story for another day, Canute, a long, story, best told with booze."
  1327. [03:06:22] <@Paradox>  < I told you, I ain't done shit! It's her. >
  1328. [03:06:27] <Henry> "Who?"
  1329. [03:06:29] <Canute> "Her?"
  1330. [03:06:39] <@Paradox> The ghost points to a shelf.
  1331. [03:06:45] * Barkeep looks at the shelf.
  1332. [03:06:50] * Canute turns his head...
  1333. [03:07:01] <Raven> Raven as well, quite confused.
  1334. [03:07:09] * Henry looks, raising an eyebrow.
  1335. [03:07:11] <@Paradox> http://tinyurl.com/42b2u37
  1336. [03:07:20] <Henry> (WELP)
  1337. [03:07:21] <Raven> (ahahahaha)
  1338. [03:07:21] <Ricki> ( WHY?!? )
  1339. [03:07:25] <@Paradox> Except the cork isn't on
  1340. [03:07:26] <Canute> (Of course.)
  1341. [03:07:28] <Barkeep> "What is that?"
  1342. [03:07:33] <@Paradox> and it's sleeping.
  1343. [03:07:40] <Canute> "It's... a bottle with a face."
  1344. [03:07:49] <Canute> "Full of what might be stomach medicine?"
  1345. [03:07:51] <@Paradox>  < You fat jerks are gonna wake her up. Then things will get nasty. >
  1346. [03:07:54] <Raven> "Is that...I thought that story was complete bullshit, Vodun, that can't be what I think it is."
  1347. [03:08:00] <Ricki> "Is it more tasty than that ketchup on the wall?"
  1348. [03:08:09] <Barkeep> "Things are already nasty."
  1349. [03:08:11] <Henry> "Look, we just want our pokemon back, and then to get out of here."
  1350. [03:08:16] <Canute> "Tastes horrible really, only drink it if you're sick."
  1351. [03:08:41] <@Paradox>  < You're bullshit! Of course it's not bullshit! She uses THOSE guys to mess up everything within the tower >
  1352. [03:08:47] <@Paradox> He points to the Dialga/Palkia babbies.
  1353. [03:08:55] <Henry> "So why shouldn't we free them again?"
  1354. [03:09:19] <@Paradox>  < Well, you should I guess! But deal with her first! >
  1355. [03:09:26] <Raven> "And why are you stuck here anyway?  Just...what the hell did you do, Vodun?"
  1356. [03:09:28] <Ricki> Curiosity gets the better of Ricki as he approaches the bottle.
  1357. [03:09:31] <Barkeep> "Okay... how do we do that?"
  1358. [03:09:40] <Henry> "Ricki, not without a pla-"
  1359. [03:09:41] <@Paradox>  < Audino. >
  1360. [03:09:46] <Canute> "Well if it has a face, it might as well talk."
  1361. [03:09:48] <@Paradox> The bottle wakes up.
  1362. [03:10:02] <Raven> "It's a ditto, Canute."
  1363. [03:10:07] <Raven> "A very, very, angry, ditto."
  1364. [03:10:07] <@Paradox> < Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn. Oh goodness! I overslept. Great. >
  1365. [03:10:30] <Canute> "A... Oh, one of those things! They--they shouldn't talk, should they."
  1366. [03:10:38] <Ricki> "Hey, the stuff in the bottle makes it talk!" Oh God, Ricki's getting ideas now.
  1367. [03:10:39] <@Paradox> The bottle begins floating.
  1368. [03:10:55] <Raven> "Like I said it's a long story best told with tons of - oh my they really didn't make this shit up."
  1369. [03:11:15] <Barkeep> "Make what up? What's going on?!"
  1370. [03:11:36] * Ricki tries to grab the bottle?
  1371. [03:11:45] <Raven> "Blessed by a dark god or something, I dunno I thought THAT PART was a horrible exaggeration."
  1372. [03:11:45] <@Paradox> < Human scum! You have trespassed unto my domain! I am the Scion of Urmaresheron, and I will create a new domain in his glory, and annhilate your entire race! Your civilization will be naught but ashes, and will not even be re- hey let go! >
  1373. [03:11:58] <@Paradox> Ricki grabs the bottle.
  1374. [03:12:08] <Raven> "...Ricki, shake the bottle."
  1375. [03:12:30] <Ricki> "Shake? Okay~" Ricki shakes it up REAL good as he walks along towards...
  1376. [03:12:31] <Ricki> 1d2
  1377. [03:12:32] <DiceMaid-9001> Ricki, 1d2: 1 [1d2=1]
  1378. [03:12:36] <Ricki> Towards Fluffy.
  1379. [03:12:47] * Canute taps his head with his hat in thought. "Pretty fancy name, I wonder..." Could he possibly know anything about ANY of this from years of studying magical things, especially THIS sort of magical thing?
  1380. [03:12:53] <@Paradox> < AAAAAAAAaaaaaAAAAAAaaaa > shakeshakeshake
  1381. [03:13:41] <Canute> "That's certainly a name to invoke, but your words don't seem to have much power behind them save for that floaty trick."
  1382. [03:13:49] <Raven> "...mother of Arceus, I'm going to have to tell Balth about this..."
  1383. [03:14:03] * Henry is just backing off and being wary.
  1384. [03:14:42] <@Paradox> < VoooDUUUUN STOP THEM >
  1385. [03:14:43] <Raven> "But...Vodun, why exactly are you stuck here?  Just cause of...her?" She points at the priestest.
  1386. [03:15:07] <@Paradox>  < Yeah. She kinda cursed me. So I have to do what she says. So I kinda have to stop you now. >
  1387. [03:15:19] <Henry> "Oh, great."
  1388. [03:15:21] <Raven> "..."
  1389. [03:15:40] <Henry> "Well, we'll try to make it quick, then take care of her too."
  1390. [03:15:45] <Canute> "That's... That's just wonderful."
  1391. [03:15:49] <@Paradox> COMBAT
  1392. [03:15:57] <Canute> "And here I am without--say, did you do anything to our pokemon?"
  1393. [03:16:00] * Henry throws out his Diveball
  1394. [03:16:02] <Henry> "Ferdinand!"
  1395. [03:16:10] <Raven> "We'll see about that, Vodun," she loads readies her rifle.
  1396. [03:16:13] <Henry> Speed 3 for Rock shellos
  1397. [03:16:24] * Canute pretty much has to use Nature again huh.
  1398. [03:16:34] <Ricki> "Drink up, Fluffy... This'll make ya talk." Ricki then attempts to pour the contents of the bottle down Fluffy's throat.
  1399. [03:16:40] * Paradox changes topic to 'Raven 22, Ricki 15, Barkeep 10, Canute 6, Henry 5 | Fluffy 14, Hei 10, Howard 10, Nature 6, Ferdinant 3'
  1400. [03:16:43] <Canute> (OH GOD WHY)
  1401. [03:16:56] <Henry> (This can only end in tears)
  1402. [03:16:58] <Ricki> ( He thought the stuff in the bottle made it talk. Put it in Fluffy, and Fluffy talks. )
  1403. [03:17:10] <@Paradox> ( oh god no why )
  1404. [03:17:16] <@Paradox> ( nononono )
  1405. [03:17:19] <castfromhp> ( this is the best. the best )
  1406. [03:17:22] <Barkeep> (god damn it ricki)
  1407. [03:17:28] <Henry> "Ricki, what are you doing?!"
  1408. [03:17:30] <Garlyle> (This is what you get for bringing dittobottle back)
  1409. [03:17:33] <Raven> "Ricki...."
  1410. [03:17:38] <@Paradox> ( I have trolled myself )
  1411. [03:18:02] <Canute> "I... er... Say, ghost, does the curse cover... that?"
  1412. [03:18:04] <@Paradox> The doggy's eyes go blank, and it collapses.
  1413. [03:18:14] <Henry> D=
  1414. [03:18:15] <Raven> "...Ricki."
  1415. [03:18:18] <@Paradox> It then stands back up, and shakes itself.
  1416. [03:18:25] <Ricki> "... Fluffy?"
  1417. [03:18:28] <@Paradox> < I'm freeeee! Ahahaha! >
  1418. [03:18:34] <Canute> "WELL."
  1419. [03:18:46] <Barkeep> "Please don't tell us Ricki doomed us all."
  1420. [03:18:48] <Henry> "What did you just DO?!"
  1421. [03:18:53] <Raven> "He may have."
  1422. [03:18:57] <Raven> "He very well may have."
  1423. [03:19:00] <Ricki> "It worked!"
  1424. [03:19:00] <@Paradox> < After 26 years of confiment! After having to see my lord brought low, and being forced to stand idle! >
  1425. [03:19:00] <Barkeep> "God damn it."
  1426. [03:19:06] <Ricki> "Fluffy can talk now!"
  1427. [03:19:11] <@Paradox> < I can finally bring vengeance upon this puny human race! >
  1428. [03:19:15] <Henry> "Ricki, please return Fluffy to its ball." :B
  1429. [03:19:23] <Canute> "Yes, really."
  1430. [03:19:32] <Canute> "Put the damn thing in its ball and throw it in the ocean."
  1431. [03:19:41] <Henry> "Maybe not that far..."
  1432. [03:19:44] <Henry> "But just for now?"
  1433. [03:19:48] <Ricki> "But I wanna talk to Fluffy!"
  1434. [03:19:51] <@Paradox> The doggy closes its eyes and concentrates.
  1435. [03:19:53] <Canute> "That is not a dog."
  1436. [03:19:57] <@Paradox> < Hgggggn. >
  1437. [03:19:59] * Barkeep glares at ricki
  1438. [03:20:00] <Canute> "That is certainly not YOUR dog."
  1439. [03:20:10] <Raven> "You killed your dog, I believe."
  1440. [03:20:10] <Barkeep> 1d20+7 suggestion. Return that god damn dog.
  1441. [03:20:11] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, suggestion. Return that god damn dog.: 26 [1d20=19]
  1442. [03:20:21] <Canute> "That is something that can at least do a passable impression of a mage."
  1443. [03:20:21] <@Paradox> < Okay, this body isn't really very good at transforming. Just gimme a minute, I still remember the form of that gyarados I think >
  1444. [03:20:31] <Raven> "..."
  1445. [03:20:37] <@Paradox> The doggy body goes tense as it tries to transform.
  1446. [03:21:02] <Raven> Raven turns to Vodun, "So how strict is this curse anyway?"
  1447. [03:21:08] * Barkeep plants a mental suggestion in ricki's mind to return that freaking dog.
  1448. [03:21:21] <@Paradox>  < Well, I'm not trying to tear your brains out with energy pulses >
  1449. [03:21:25] <Canute> "I... sort of already asked that, but really, not many curses can handle this sort of..."
  1450. [03:21:40] <@Paradox>  < So I guess not that strict? Maybe her hold was released when she changed bodies. >
  1451. [03:21:51] <Canute> "Maybe."
  1452. [03:21:59] <Henry> "Oh, no fight?"
  1453. [03:22:01] <Henry> "...Well."
  1454. [03:22:10] <Henry> "...That poor dog, though."
  1455. [03:22:14] <Ricki> ". . . Well, I can always talk to him later . . . But I REALLY wanna talk to him now!"
  1456. [03:22:22] * Barkeep eats a blue herb.
  1457. [03:22:23] <Barkeep> 2d20
  1458. [03:22:24] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, 2d20: 23 [2d20=8,15]
  1459. [03:22:28] <Canute> "Part of me would like to believe you simply confused the curse enough that it just disappeared, unable to handle so much nonsense."
  1460. [03:22:29] * Barkeep uses now to act.
  1461. [03:22:33] <Barkeep> 1d20+7 RETURN IT.
  1462. [03:22:34] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, RETURN IT.: 15 [1d20=8]
  1463. [03:22:38] <Barkeep> (success)
  1464. [03:22:55] <Raven> "Vodun, what do you say to sticking around town for a bit..?  I got no idea what happened between you and the others back home, but...you're free from that bitch I guess, now."
  1465. [03:23:00] <@Paradox> ( exceeds 15 <:3c )
  1466. [03:23:04] <Henry> "Ricki, that medicine in the bottle made Fluffy sick, too, we'll have to get him looked at later, okay?"
  1467. [03:23:05] <Ricki> ( ^ )
  1468. [03:23:07] <Barkeep> (motherfucker)
  1469. [03:23:27] <@Paradox> < Augh! This body is stupid! I can't do anything! >
  1470. [03:23:35] <Canute> "Well yes. It's a dog."
  1471. [03:23:44] <@Paradox> Fluffy bites Ricki's foot.
  1472. [03:23:47] <Barkeep> (I wasted a blue herb on that :<)
  1473. [03:23:58] * Henry feels kind of bad about trying to lie to Ricki but.
  1474. [03:24:14] <Henry> "Well."
  1475. [03:24:20] <Henry> "I guess that counts as... being taken care of?"
  1476. [03:24:22] <Ricki> "Fluffy, is talking cooler than not-Oww!!! That hurt!"
  1477. [03:24:25] * Henry goes to open the birdcage.
  1478. [03:24:36] <@Paradox> < YOU DID THIS TO ME! I WILL FIGURE OUT HOW TO TRANSFORM AGAIN, AND USE MY POWERS, AND AND AND ARRRGHHHH >
  1479. [03:24:43] <Canute> "So, old and venerable ghost."
  1480. [03:24:48] <Ricki> He bounces around, foot in hands, for a good moment.
  1481. [03:24:54] <Raven> "HEHE, VENERABLE."
  1482. [03:24:56] <Raven> "HEHEHE"
  1483. [03:24:56] <Canute> "Any idea what happened to our pokemon?"
  1484. [03:25:05] <Canute> "...Raven, you're being a little unsettling."
  1485. [03:25:09] <Barkeep> "Uhhh, Raven? Are you all right?"
  1486. [03:25:11] <Raven> She's laughing nervously. Oh, the things he did to torment her in youth.
  1487. [03:25:19] * Barkeep eats another herb.
  1488. [03:25:21] <Barkeep> 2d20 chomp.
  1489. [03:25:22] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, chomp.: 19 [2d20=12,7]
  1490. [03:25:30] <@Paradox>  < Oh, I just used the babies over there to put them in a time loop. They'll be okay if I break it. >
  1491. [03:25:38] <Canute> "Ah, wonderful."
  1492. [03:25:52] <Canute> "I'd certainly like to hear about this all myself... Back in town, though?"
  1493. [03:25:59] <Canute> "Unless you can't leave this place."
  1494. [03:26:26] <@Paradox>  < I am leaving this place and never coming back. You can have it. Worst purchase I ever made. >
  1495. [03:26:42] <@Paradox> He hands Canute the DEED TO OLD TOWER.
  1496. [03:26:51] <Canute> "I... what."
  1497. [03:26:53] <Henry> (Congrats)
  1498. [03:26:55] <Barkeep> "Hey, why does he get it?"
  1499. [03:26:56] <Henry> (You have a mage's tower now)
  1500. [03:27:00] <Ricki> ( Looks like you got your home )
  1501. [03:27:01] * Canute stares at the thing. "...Why indeed."
  1502. [03:27:08] <Henry> "These poor things are that powerful?" he's trying to open the birdcage.
  1503. [03:27:10] <Raven> "Vodun, you're free to stay with me back in town if you want.  I got a ton of prisoners for you to torment all day every day."
  1504. [03:27:11] * Henry tug. :B
  1505. [03:27:31] * Canute shakes his head. "Too many mysteries, too much silliness... You know, I came here to get away from this sort of thing."
  1506. [03:27:39] <@Paradox> The birdcage isn't particularly hard to open.
  1507. [03:27:56] <@Paradox> The little two dragons within flinch away from Henry though, as though he's expecting he'll hurt them.
  1508. [03:28:01] <Canute> "But I suppose that's just part of it, isn't it? Maybe my nemesis is Fate Itself. And now look, talking to myself..."
  1509. [03:28:01] <Henry> "Things are particularly quiet compared to the imperial capital. But things still do happen."
  1510. [03:28:07] * Henry turns to the dragons, stepping back.
  1511. [03:28:11] <Henry> "Look, you're free!"
  1512. [03:28:24] <Henry> "Come on, babies, come on!"
  1513. [03:29:06] * Henry tries digging through his satchel for leftover sweetbread and offering it to them.
  1514. [03:29:15] <@Paradox> The Palkia steps through the cage
  1515. [03:29:16] <Ricki> "Fluffy... Do you think I'm tasty?"
  1516. [03:29:30] <@Paradox> and dissappears in a swirl of purple energy.
  1517. [03:29:39] * Canute approaches the dragons, deed in hand, and kneels down. "Now you... Oh. Well, there we are."
  1518. [03:29:45] <@Paradox> You feel the entire tower rumble a bit as the alterations it had been sustaining collapse.
  1519. [03:29:50] <Henry> "Hm, I suppose that one knew where it was going..."
  1520. [03:29:52] <Henry> "Oh dear."
  1521. [03:29:58] <Raven> "Uh..."
  1522. [03:30:18] <Canute> "Now what about the blue one?"
  1523. [03:30:21] <@Paradox> The Dialga hops out of the cage as well, and just kinda stands there. "GA~"
  1524. [03:30:22] <Raven> "Hopefully that's just the illusions and such fixin' themselves..."
  1525. [03:30:26] * Henry reaches in and tries scooping up the Dialga since it hasn't teleported out. "Relax baby... we need to get you to safety."
  1526. [03:31:32] <Henry> "Uh, Voodun, was it? Are they STILL going to be safe?"
  1527. [03:31:52] <Canute> "Depends on whether the time loop stopped. Did it?"
  1528. [03:32:17] <@Paradox>  < Yeah. They should be up on the roof. >
  1529. [03:32:25] <Henry> "Okay. Easy does it..."
  1530. [03:32:26] * Henry moves towards the stairs if he has the Dialga secured.
  1531. [03:32:44] <Canute> "Great. Now as for this dragon... Do we just let it go in the wilderness?"
  1532. [03:32:44] * Henry oh god 6 strength
  1533. [03:32:46] <@Paradox> The Dialga squirms away from Henry.
  1534. [03:33:00] * Canute gets up and tries to help Henry with it!
  1535. [03:33:13] <@Paradox> It wriggles out of his grasp and lands on the floor. It walks over to some books and starts chewing on a page. Omnom.
  1536. [03:33:14] * Henry offers the bread again. :< "Come on, we don't have much time, little one..."
  1537. [03:33:58] <Barkeep> "Yeah, come on little guy, we should get out of here."
  1538. [03:34:18] <@Paradox> It floats up the Barkeep.
  1539. [03:34:36] <Raven> "What about you though, Vodun? Stuck down here...6 years? Just gonna bounce on to the next town, or what? Could use a companion around town, and it's a bitch to get anywhere by foot anyway."
  1540. [03:34:38] <Henry> "Seems he likes you better. Either way, come on!"
  1541. [03:34:42] <Barkeep> (floats up?)
  1542. [03:34:45] <Barkeep> (it's floating me up?)
  1543. [03:35:31] <@Paradox> floats up TO Barkeep
  1544. [03:35:46] * Barkeep extends his arms and carefully tries to hold it.
  1545. [03:35:53] <Barkeep> "Heh, well all right then."
  1546. [03:35:59] <@Paradox> Dialga: <Ditto fhtagn> :<
  1547. [03:36:05] <Canute> "Is... will that thing be safe with..."
  1548. [03:36:18] <Barkeep> "I'm not sure I know that second word, little guy."
  1549. [03:36:32] <Canute> "I do! It's... not a very good word for a baby to be knowing."
  1550. [03:36:41] <@Paradox>  < I'm gonna leave this town, at least for now! I'll be back later maybe I guess. >
  1551. [03:36:59] <Henry> "Can you convince it to come? I have a feeling we need to leave like THREE MINUTES AGO."
  1552. [03:37:00] <Canute> "I see. Any hints as to interesting secrets in this place?"
  1553. [03:37:14] <@Paradox>  < No it's just a boring old tower now. >
  1554. [03:37:15] <Barkeep> "You wanna come with me then? Might not be safe here."
  1555. [03:37:20] <Henry> "Oh wait."
  1556. [03:37:23] <Canute> "Leave? You can leave, sure, but I just got handed a free hid--er, new home."
  1557. [03:37:23] <Henry> "Is it not collapsing?"
  1558. [03:37:26] <Henry> "That rumbling..."
  1559. [03:37:31] <Henry> "Huh, I guess it stopped?"
  1560. [03:37:45] * Henry peeks his head up the stairs to check.
  1561. [03:37:46] <@Paradox>  < That was just the spacewarp settling. Should be fine. >
  1562. [03:37:57] <Henry> "Well I feel dumb now."
  1563. [03:38:12] <Henry> "Either way, I'm going to go look for Bernard."
  1564. [03:38:24] * Henry tips his hat and heads back up.
  1565. [03:38:35] <Canute> "We all have our moments, yes. While you're up there, could you tell Knight to make his way down here? I'll need a bit of help setting up..."
  1566. [03:38:37] * Barkeep carefully takes the little baby dragon in his arms and walks with Henry to find Marcel. "Marcel? You out there?"
  1567. [03:39:12] * Canute sends out his other two at that, letting them do what they will, while he goes up to bring his trunk down and start filling out the bookshelf.
  1568. [03:39:14] <Raven> "Well I got a ton of prisoners who could use some tormenting, so swing by whenever you want to.  Let me know how the family's doing back home if you head that way." she shrugs.
  1569. [03:39:17] <Henry> "Bernard?"
  1570. [03:39:57] <@Paradox> Bernard and the other pokemon are up on the roof.
  1571. [03:40:07] * Henry finally heads up that way.
  1572. [03:40:10] <Henry> "Finally, there you are."
  1573. [03:40:22] <@Paradox> Bernard < You disappeared! I was standing watch, ever the faithful servant, and you go and vanish into thin air. RUDE. >
  1574. [03:40:22] <Henry> "Some seriously strange effects have been happening in this tower..."
  1575. [03:40:43] <Henry> "It wasn't either of our faults, there was a ghost causing problems in time and space... somehow."
  1576. [03:40:52] <Henry> "We were effectively separated."
  1577. [03:41:05] <Henry> "My apologies, Bernard. Thank you."
  1578. [03:41:08] <@Paradox> Fluffy continues to attack Ricki in a blind rage.
  1579. [03:41:16] <@Paradox> It's pretty ineffectual though
  1580. [03:41:18] * Henry looks over to Knight.
  1581. [03:41:20] <@Paradox> Ricki probably enjoys it :I
  1582. [03:41:24] <Henry> "Er, Canute said he needed you in the basement."
  1583. [03:41:42] <@Paradox> The Knight salutes, and walks downstairs.
  1584. [03:41:44] * Ricki picks up the Dittopup and Broken Egg en route to the rooftop. "Yep, you think I'm tasty now."
  1585. [03:41:52] * Henry checks around the tower for beautiflies while he's up there.
  1586. [03:42:11] <Canute> "Ah, there you are! Welcome to our new little hole in a corner of existence."
  1587. [03:42:13] <@Paradox> The Beautiflies are gone. It's almost sundown. Guess a lot of time passed.
  1588. [03:43:26] <Henry> "My."
  1589. [03:43:42] * Henry heads back down after a bit.
  1590. [03:43:46] <Barkeep> "Hey, Marcel. Come on, we're heading home."
  1591. [03:44:13] <Raven> Raven bids Vodun goodbye, for now... "Seriously I got half a mind to styler you just so you don't get yourself into another mess like this, but oh well, I'll see you later, Vodun."
  1592. [03:44:28] <Raven> She whistles, calling Maki back toward her, and walks outside.
  1593. [03:45:56] * Canute calls out to people leaving. "If you're going back, tell them where I am! I really AM an apothecary, so if the village doesn't have one already, here we are!"
  1594. [03:46:30] * Barkeep walks outside, holding onto the little dialga. He looks over at Raven.
  1595. [03:46:34] <Barkeep> "Hey... Raven?"
  1596. [03:47:27] <Raven> "hm?"
  1597. [03:48:35] <Barkeep> "I was wondering... would you like to get dinner some time?"
  1598. [03:49:33] * Henry stops before leaving.
  1599. [03:50:17] <Henry> "An apothecary, hm? You might want to know you have some competition with a certain young man with dreadful fashion sense."
  1600. [03:50:33] <Henry> "Still, should be interesting to see some actual medicine."
  1601. [03:50:38] <Raven> She shrugs. "Yeah, sure.  Hell I'm gonna be at the bar tonight for sure after...all that shit. But...first a nap. A real nap."
  1602. [03:50:57] <Canute> "...Actual medicine? What have you been relying on up to this point?"
  1603. [03:52:07] <Henry> "Cress has a fairly uncommon device called a 'medi-gun'."
  1604. [03:52:18] <Canute> "A... gun?"
  1605. [03:52:18] * Barkeep grins.
  1606. [03:52:26] <Canute> "One of those?"
  1607. [03:52:37] * Henry shrugs.
  1608. [03:52:39] <Canute> "Soldier's medicine, hm...."
  1609. [03:52:39] <Henry> "It heals wounds."
  1610. [03:52:40] <Barkeep> "I'll make sure we have plenty of haxorus piss then."
  1611. [03:52:53] <Canute> "It does, but it doesn't do anything practical. Not like me."
  1612. [03:53:01] <Canute> "Rest assured, I have a trick for every little situation."
  1613. [03:53:04] <Henry> "Looking forward to that, then."
  1614. [03:53:10] <Henry> "Good day, Canute."
  1615. [03:53:17] <Canute> "Mmm."
  1616. [03:53:20] <Henry> "And just in case you missed my name the first time."
  1617. [03:53:28] * Henry tips his hat, smiling as he walks out. "Henry Whitacre."
  1618. [03:53:37] <Canute> "Alright, Mr. Entrepeneur."
  1619. [03:53:42] <Henry> "Hah."
  1620. [03:53:48] * Henry leaves,.
  1621. [03:54:16] * Canute turns to face his pokemon. "...You think we're safe here?"
  1622. [03:54:38] <Barkeep> "I'm glad you're okay, Raven."
  1623. [03:54:47] <Canute> "Never really safe, but... Close as we can get."
  1624. [03:55:06] * Canute plops on a chair. "We certainly escaped SOMETHING."
  1625. [03:55:12] <@Paradox> < Probably. >
  1626. [03:55:19] <@Paradox> < No anomalies detected >
  1627. [03:55:32] <Canute> "Just the way it should be."
  1628. [03:55:45] <Raven> She sighs.  "Thanks.  I'm glad EVERYONE is okay though...that was...something else. Figures this'd be Vodun's doing." She shivers
  1629. [03:57:18] <Barkeep> "Sounds like you two have kind of a history together."
  1630. [03:58:12] <Raven> "You know how some kids got a bully growing up? He was mine." ; ;
  1631. [03:58:38] <Barkeep> "That's got to be rough. At least you can try to punch a bully back to get him to back off."
  1632. [03:59:45] <Barkeep> "Anyway... you go and take that nap. You've earned it as far as I'm concerned."
  1633. [04:00:06] <Raven> "Mhm...god what a day...I completely forgot what the hell I was doing out here anyway."
  1634. [04:00:21] <Barkeep> "I think I was fishing."
  1635. [04:00:35] <Barkeep> (by the way dox)
  1636. [04:00:40] <Barkeep> (Do I still have the arm)
  1637. [04:00:42] <Barkeep> (and the book)
  1638. [04:01:57] <@Paradox> (yep)
  1639. [04:02:18] <Barkeep> (do they do anything?)
  1640. [04:02:38] <Barkeep> (I'm totally taking them to lisa later.)
  1641. [04:02:49] <Barkeep> ("THIS IS AN ARM. WHY ARE YOU HANDING ME AN ARM.")
  1642. [04:03:03] <Kain> (We broke out of the time loop those came from I think)
  1643. [04:03:09] <Barkeep> ("Is it a special ar-" "IT'S A GOD DAMN ARM. FROM A DEAD PERSON.")
  1644. [04:03:21] <Raven> (in before it's Raven's arm.)
  1645. [04:03:47] <@Paradox> ( It's actually Henry's arm <:3c )
  1646. [04:03:55] <@Paradox> ( But that time loop never happened! )
  1647. [04:04:17] <@Paradox> Also
  1648. [04:04:25] <Kain> (Oh dear)
  1649. [04:04:31] <@Paradox> Level 1 Dialga, Male, Telepathy
  1650. [04:04:33] <Barkeep> (Oh well. Who cares if my itemfinder didn't work. I got a dialga :3)
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