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Pure Marae route, Part 3.5 - Trial Battle

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  1. [[[[After each scene has been done once]]]]
  2. "You've made good progress." Marae is elated to see you again. "I think it's time we try something."
  3.  
  4. Marae leads you to the now familiar glade, and directs you before a small plant. Nothing like the one you made blossom before; this one is small and measures up to your shins.
  5.  
  6. "Ask it to move."
  7.  
  8. You take a deep breath, and try to. After a long meditation, you find that feeling and don't let go of it. You chase it further, like tugging at a dead root, pulling it free from the earth. But your hands stay still, vibrating with energy, until suddenly the pulsation comes out.
  9.  
  10. Suddenly, the roots of the plant lift up, pushing over the earth. You move back with a jolt, and the plant stumbles back in sync, still connected with you. After some directing, you move its roots in all directions, until finally settling them back in the earth where they were.
  11.  
  12. >New Mag. Spell Learned - 'Entangling Roots'<
  13. <Builds base tease effect to all enemies. Has a chance to 'entangle' them, reducing their attack power and building tease value lust to them. 15 Fatigue. Does nothing if enemy is already entangled.>
  14.  
  15. Marae smiles, and rests a hand on your shoulder. You see a flicker of her illuminated form, but it doesn't drain you. "Well done."
  16.  
  17. You thank her, and ask what's next.
  18.  
  19. "Now, to put everything you've learned to the test."
  20.  
  21. She steps back, and the roots beneath her pulse even brighter. "You're going to commune with me, and I you. No weapons; we won't harm each other:"
  22.  
  23. ------
  24.  
  25. FIGHTING: Pure Marae
  26.  
  27. LEVEL: 14 (ideal to fight a wee bit after the Factory)
  28.  
  29. CONDITIONS: No Attack allowed. Mag. and Phys. specials that do damage are blocked. 'Tease' replaced with 'Commune.'
  30.  
  31. THE IDEA: A challenging encounter, making use of the player's survivability, chance to tease and new skill.
  32. Marae will have three moves: a root, a tease and a status reducing effect. The root has one turn buildup and can be resisted by using Wait.
  33.  
  34. > Player uses Attack
  35. -----
  36. You ready your [weapon name], but Marae stops it with a single hand. She throws it back.
  37.  
  38. "Your combat skill is not in question here. Focus."
  39.  
  40. ---
  41. >Player uses damaging special
  42. -----
  43. As your hands prepare a special attack, a root strikes out at your hands.
  44.  
  45. "This isn't about harming, any creature can do that. Focus."
  46. ------
  47.  
  48. > Commune
  49.  
  50. You focus on Marae, willing her to lower her guard around you.
  51.  
  52. > Marae's tease
  53.  
  54. Marae reaches out one hand and you feel visions of her rushing through you. They're hard to resist; you can see her naked form clearly, and it's hard to look away from it.
  55.  
  56.  
  57.  
  58.  
  59.  
  60.  
  61. [[[ON DEFEAT: LUST]]
  62.  
  63. You quiver and give up all semblance of combat stance. Your hands reach for your genitals as Marae just stands there. Isn't this deity meant to be _pure?_ Why would she drive you this wild?!
  64.  
  65. "Not enough control. Not yet." Marae sighs. "But we'll get there."
  66.  
  67. "Rest."
  68.  
  69. Staggered as you are, you're not fit to take that touch. Your eyes are still open, but your limbs don't respond. Your head feels lighter as your focus clears, tenderly in Marae's hold, but it might be more than you can take.
  70.  
  71. "Failure is not in the falling, only in not rising up again. We may try again another day."
  72.  
  73. [Return to camp. 1 hour lost. Lust down to 0. +1 Sensitivity No gems lost.]]]
  74.  
  75. [[ON VICTORY:]]
  76.  
  77. Marae flinches, and lets out an exhale. Suddenly she parts her hands and the air drops.
  78.  
  79. "Enough. I yield."
  80.  
  81. The two of you walk closer.
  82.  
  83. "I could hear you clearly, although you never said a word. Your desire and sincerity spoke volumes."
  84.  
  85. You smile, asking what you two should do now.
  86.  
  87. "I heard you, but as you know, I was holding back. I've nothing pressing at me now but to resume my work."
  88.  
  89. No cooldown session? No reward? Ah. Perhaps she meant victory to be reward enough. Maybe next time...
  90.  
  91. "Are you disappointed?" She frowns. "I don't believe in punishing hard work, but this is just the first tier of your training; there's still more. Still, if there's one thing you want, and it's not too big a risk for you? I... suppose we could."
  92.  
  93. Well now...
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