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[D&D 4E - IC] zephyr : "[Game Activity Related Tagline Here]"

tastydonutstastydonuts Registered User regular
edited July 2011 in Critical Failures
The Zephyr Campaign
IC Thread

OOC Thread here

(Pretend there's a really cool introductory world framing piece here, because well... I couldn't think of one. :P)

Brottor Ungart Sheet.
Harmattan, Konstogar
Merkaban Invasion, Day Zero
Spoiler:

Quinn Staci Sheet.
Halny Island, Cornales - Town Square
Merkaban-Highborne War, Day 13
Spoiler:

Ewan Stark Sheet.
Zephyr Armada, First Fleet - Dancing Lightning
Merkaban-Highborne War, Retribution Day
Spoiler:

Lothril Issrin Sheet.
Acacia Island, Acacia - Mage's Guildhouse
Merkaban-Highborne War, Retribution Day
Spoiler:

Keegan Lyriao Sheet.
Alabaster Citadel, Refugee Area - The Broken Wing
Post Merkaban-Highborne War, Tuesday
Spoiler:

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“I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”
― Bill Cosby
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  • LardalishLardalish Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Brottor takes the sealed letter and salutes the Captain, briefly looking at who it was addressed to before putting it away. Standing at attention, Brottor addresses the Captain, "What about you, sir? If I can speak freely, sir? If you aren't leaving I don't think I should, I can be of help." Remaining at attention, Brottor awaits a response.

  • tastydonutstastydonuts Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Brottor Ungart
    Harmattan, Konstogar
    Merkaban Invasion, Day Zero
    Spoiler:

    Ewan Stark
    Zephyr Armada, First Fleet - Dancing Lightning
    Merkaban-Highborne War, Retribution Day
    Spoiler:

    Lothril Issrin
    Acacia Island, Acacia - Mage's Guildhouse
    Merkaban-Highborne War, Retribution Day
    Spoiler:

    Keegan Lyriao
    Alabaster Citadel, Refugee Area - The Broken Wing
    Post Merkaban-Highborne War, Ceasefire Day 6
    Spoiler:

    “I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”
    ― Bill Cosby
  • TheMadjaiTheMadjai Speaker for the Dead MinnesotaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    "May Erathis guide you, Iam. Mind your training. The rest will follow." Without waiting for an answer, Ewan stands. The Lightning should have performed its accelerating dive by now. The rookies should be wretching in the aisles. But the ship hadn't dropped a foot since it leveled off after takeoff. Ewan threw a wary eye at a commander in the aisle on his way to the cockpit.

    "Something wrong, pilot? Far be it from me to complain about the ride being too smooth, but..."

    In his mind, Ewan pictures the worst... Merkaban fighters coming up fast and hard to the rear of the Lightning. This would be the worst time for a mid-air ambush.
    Spoiler:

    "Yeah, TheMadjai knows whats up." --Lardalish

    CURRENTLY PLAYING:
    Android:Netrunner, MtG- Poorly.
  • DenadaDenada Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Keegan stares at nothing for a few moments while he commits the directions to memory.

    "Piece of cake," he says, turning his eyes to Meastro. "Do you have any other information for me? Any guards or Caretakers you're aware of?"

  • LardalishLardalish Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Standing to attention Brottor salutes the Captain, "Yes sir, I will deliver the message immediately. It has been an honor serving under you, Captain." Turning, Brottor enters the pad, following the civilians.

  • tastydonutstastydonuts Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Quinn Staci
    Halny Island, Cornales - Town Square
    Merkaban-Highborne War, Day 13
    Spoiler:

    “I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”
    ― Bill Cosby
  • kuhlmeyekuhlmeye Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Lothril pondered over this in his mind. It certainly wasn't helping the battle, but it was assisting the Knights, something he had always wanted to do. Lothril walked over to look out at the mob outside the guild hall.

    "I think I see what it is you want me to do Master. I shall help in anyway possible."

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  • tastydonutstastydonuts Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Brottor Ungart
    Harmattan, Konstogar
    Merkaban Invasion, Day Zero
    Spoiler:

    Ewan Stark
    Zephyr Armada, First Fleet - Dancing Lightning
    Merkaban-Highborne War, Retribution Day
    Spoiler:

    Lothril Issrin
    Acacia Island, Acacia - Mage's Guildhouse
    Merkaban-Highborne War, Retribution Day
    Spoiler:

    Keegan Lyriao
    Alabaster Citadel, Refugee Area - The Broken Wing
    Post Merkaban-Highborne War, Ceasefire Day 6
    Spoiler:

    “I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”
    ― Bill Cosby
  • TheMadjaiTheMadjai Speaker for the Dead MinnesotaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    "Easy there, Ma'am. There's no call for the attitude. We're all working towards the same goal."
    "Perhaps one of you could be so good as to tell me why we're aborting this mission? I'm sure you have your reasons, I'd just like to know what they are. There are thousands of people depending on us putting an end to the Merkaban threat. I'm sure you understand that." A bit of urgency slips into Ewan's voice as the lights of the Merkaban capital are slowly fading from the viewport.

    "Yeah, TheMadjai knows whats up." --Lardalish

    CURRENTLY PLAYING:
    Android:Netrunner, MtG- Poorly.
  • tastydonutstastydonuts Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Ewan Stark
    Zephyr Armada, First Fleet - Dancing Lightning
    Merkaban-Highborne War, Retribution Day
    Spoiler:

    “I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”
    ― Bill Cosby
  • TheMadjaiTheMadjai Speaker for the Dead MinnesotaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008

    Ewan strains his eyes to look a bit closer at the red stars above the Merkaban city. His eyes never miss much, and this is too important to simply abandon because of something "odd."

    "Yes, I see them. If I may, how long do we have before we are committed to a retreat? I'd like to know how much time I have to determine what this threat constitutes on my own. Then, perhaps, we can make an educated decision."

    "Yeah, TheMadjai knows whats up." --Lardalish

    CURRENTLY PLAYING:
    Android:Netrunner, MtG- Poorly.
  • kuhlmeyekuhlmeye Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Seeing the carriage arrive, Lothril moved away from the window, still thinking things over in his head. This was definitely not going to be something he was used to. The proper approach would not be to move directly through the mob outside the building. Thinking back, he tried to remember if he had taken any back ways to the port in his childhood, hoping to think of a way around the mob.

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  • LardalishLardalish Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    "Listen to me! I am sorry that we had to come to this but the Merkaban have invaded our cities and towns, this was the only way we could save our people. I assure you that this is not an invasion force, look at us! We are women and children, most of our army was decimated by the Merkaban. Now we are refugees, we flee from our homes to escape a greater evil. It is not our choice to be here, we are forced into it." Pulling out the sealed scroll and offering it to the Eladrin, "Here, read this if you do not believe me."

  • tastydonutstastydonuts Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Brottor Ungart
    Harmattan, Konstogar
    Merkaban Invasion, Day Zero
    Spoiler:

    Ewan Stark
    Zephyr Armada, First Fleet - Dancing Lightning
    Merkaban-Highborne War, Retribution Day
    Spoiler:

    Lothril Issrin
    Acacia Island, Acacia - Mage's Guildhouse
    Merkaban-Highborne War, Retribution Day
    Spoiler:

    “I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”
    ― Bill Cosby
  • TheMadjaiTheMadjai Speaker for the Dead MinnesotaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Ewan thinks as fast as he can, trying to recall any briefing information on Merkaban Devastator tactics. If each one of those points of light was a devastator, there was no way this Armada would make it through this night without heavy losses, if not a total loss of life.

    "Kuyt." Ewan swore as he saw the Lands Above getting ever closer. This was bad. If the armada couldn't clear the zone for the Conqueror, then weeks of planning would go to waste, let alone the fact that another offensive like this wouldn't work again, as the Highborne had now tipped their hand. Something had to be done.

    "Pilot, what do we have for ship-to-ship support behind us? Any hope of engaging these Knights head-on?"

    "Yeah, TheMadjai knows whats up." --Lardalish

    CURRENTLY PLAYING:
    Android:Netrunner, MtG- Poorly.
  • tastydonutstastydonuts Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Ewan Stark
    Zephyr Armada, First Fleet - Dancing Lightning
    Merkaban-Highborne War, Retribution Day
    Spoiler:

    “I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”
    ― Bill Cosby
  • DenadaDenada Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    "Well," Keegan says, "I suppose I'll go take a look around then." He waits for the Maestro to say anything else, then turns and nods to the guards on his way out.

    Outside of Maestro's den, Keegan starts looking for any way out of the refugee area. He scans high and low for windows, crawl spaces, balconies, holes, anything that might provide a way out. He also watches the Caretakers to see who goes in and out of the refugee area and what they're doing, paying special attention to anyone going to the medical area. He's specifically looking for a way to slip through the doors around them, or a way to disguise himself as one, or as a patient.

  • TheMadjaiTheMadjai Speaker for the Dead MinnesotaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    "Check. What's your fuel status, pilot? And can I see a map of the general area we're in?"

    A plan quickly formed in Ewan's mind. A wide circle around the Merkaban capital city. Above a floating land mass in the Lands Above would be ideal, but at this time of day in this time of the year it would be a miracle if the floating island passing overhead was small enough to jump over and come down behind the Devastators. If that didn't work, a wide berth around the periphery of the combat zone would do, especially once the Devastators committed to a trajectory. At the very least, they could hope to outlast their weakening to the point where the threat would be diminished enough to risk the fight long enough to get the scouts on the ground. Ewan found space in his rapidly firing thoughts to say a quick prayer to Erathis. 'Any help at this point would be appreciated,' he pled.

    "Yeah, TheMadjai knows whats up." --Lardalish

    CURRENTLY PLAYING:
    Android:Netrunner, MtG- Poorly.
  • LardalishLardalish Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Brottor lays his weapon down slowly and walks towards the gate so that the light falls on his armor better, illuminating all the runes etched into the scales, elegant Dwarven runes spelling out his family name. "My name is Brottor Ungart, I have raided your towns before but not once has my unit or myself harmed a civilian. I give you my word that we are not an invasion force, we need refuge from the Merkaban, and I vow to return my people to their homelands when it is safe to return."

  • tastydonutstastydonuts Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Brottor Ungart
    Harmattan, Konstogar
    Merkaban Invasion, Day Zero
    Spoiler:

    Ewan Stark
    Zephyr Armada, First Fleet - Dancing Lightning
    Merkaban-Highborne War, Retribution Day
    Spoiler:

    Keegan Lyriao
    Alabaster Citadel, Refugee Area
    Post Merkaban-Highborne War, Ceasefire Day 6
    Spoiler:

    “I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”
    ― Bill Cosby
  • TheMadjaiTheMadjai Speaker for the Dead MinnesotaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    "Kuyt. What now. Lisette, is it? I trust you have this situation under control. If we're hit, I'll do more good down there than up here. Whatever happens, do not retreat. Evade, feint, dodge, spin, whatever it takes, just get us to Merkaba." Ewan stares straight into Lisette's eyes steadily, making sure his meaning is fully understood. "The Lady may be gone, but we are not alone."

    With these parting words, Ewan dashes back into the passenger deck. He points at the first two armed men he sees. "You, and you, with me." With little more than a glance behind him to make sure they're following, Ewan dashes below deck to investigate the noise.

    He nears an ever-increasing ruckus and makes eye contact with a nearby commander. "SITREP!" He screams above the din. "WHAT HAPPENED?"

    "Yeah, TheMadjai knows whats up." --Lardalish

    CURRENTLY PLAYING:
    Android:Netrunner, MtG- Poorly.
  • JebuJebu Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Quinn grins at the enemies approaching from across the courtyard. "Looks like we've got work to do, boys!" He points at the two ranged soldiers near him and shouts, "Pick off as many as you can! Don't let any of them get away or we'll be dealing with more than we can handle!" Turning to the other lightly armored soldiers, he yells, "Go along the flanks and keep those bastards busy! We don't want them surrounding us!" Finally, he motions towards the heavily armored warrior in front of him, pointing straight at the enemy leader. "We'll charge up the center and mow this Merkaban scum down!"

    After a brief moment of eerie silence as both groups size each other up, Quinn charges towards the enemies' center, confident that his friends would follow soon behind. He moves to the center of the courtyard and takes cover behind one of the fallen booths.
    Spoiler:

  • DenadaDenada Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Seeing his opportunity, Keegan walks over to the two Knights. Eyeing the wreckage as he approaches, he takes care to note any spaces big enough to hide in, just in case.

    "Excuse me, Sir Knights," he says in a friendly but somber tone, "I couldn't help but overhear you as I was walking by. I wonder if I might be able to help you move some of this wreckage when the Caretaker arrives. I've been feeling so useless since we got here, and with all the hard work you Knights have been doing for us, I just want to do something to help. I'm stronger than I look, and besides, the work might get my mind off everything that's happened, if only for a few minutes."

  • tastydonutstastydonuts Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Quinn Stasi
    Halny Island, Cornales - Town Square
    Merkaban-Highborne War, Day 13
    Spoiler:

    “I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”
    ― Bill Cosby
  • JebuJebu Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    After seeing the enemy leader keep his forces back and duck behind the booth, Quinn's mind begins to race. If this were simple cowardice, the man would have run away rather than position himself behind cover. Was he trying to signal for help? Regardless, Quinn knew that the Merkabans would not put up much of a fight if their leader was captured or killed.

    "Horace, hold those two off as long as you can, but don't get yourself killed!" Turning, Quinn shouts, "Turk, we need to break through their lines and get the leader! Let's go!"
    Spoiler:

    Charging towards two of the Merkabans, Quinn roars while swinging his morningstar back for a wide swing. The weapon makes a loud crunch as he lands a devastating blow on the chest of one of the enemy soldiers. As the Merkaban staggers from the force of the blow, Quinn continues his swing into the leg of the other soldier, who screams in pain.

  • tastydonutstastydonuts Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Ewan Stark
    Zephyr Armada, First Fleet - Dancing Lightning
    Merkaban-Highborne War, Retribution Day
    Spoiler:

    Keegan Lyriao
    Alabaster Citadel, Refugee Area
    Post Merkaban-Highborne War, Ceasefire Day 6
    Spoiler:

    “I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”
    ― Bill Cosby
  • TheMadjaiTheMadjai Speaker for the Dead MinnesotaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    "Core Grapples to the ready!" Ewan shouts above the din as the ship begins to roll. Ewan is tossed to the starboard side of the ship and is immediately followed there by Iam. Ewan looks over at Iam, who looks a bit panicked and dazed from the lurch of the Lightning. He is struggling trying to get the core grapple free from his harness. Ewan draws his shortsword and stabs it directly into the wooden hull of the Lightning and grabs Iam by his arm. "You let go, You die. Understand?" Ewan locks his eyes to Iam's, and says in a calm but firm, even tone. One arm grasping Iam and the other on his blade sunk into the hull, Ewan looks around and assesses his current plight.

    "Yeah, TheMadjai knows whats up." --Lardalish

    CURRENTLY PLAYING:
    Android:Netrunner, MtG- Poorly.
  • DenadaDenada Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Thinking better of trying to pilot a broken carrier through a refugee area packed with injured and displaced people, Keegan decides to take this opportunity to hide inside the ship. The Knights would probably assume he gave up or became disinterested, and their attitude told him they wouldn't particularly care. They had mentioned they would be moving it in a few minutes anyway.

    With the Knights at their tent and no one else in the immediate vicinity, Keegan crawls inside the wreckage and finds a small alcove to hide in. It's not perfect, but it should work well enough. The Knights aren't expecting any thievery anyway, so they probably won't look inside the ship.

  • kuhlmeyekuhlmeye Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Lothril watches his commander leave the room, then turns his gaze to the spy in the corner of the room. Lothril knows he can't afford to think of the man in the corner of the room as his friend, the person he had shared so much during their time at the academy. He had to think of his former friend as a spy, and nothing more.

    "Don't expect any pity from me. To me, you're nothing but a spy now," Lothril finally address the him with a very apparent disdain in his voice. He leans down to pick the spy up off the floor, being rougher than he normally would. "You will follow me and cause no trouble."

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  • tastydonutstastydonuts Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Quinn Stasi
    Halny Island, Cornales - Town Square
    Merkaban-Highborne War, Day 13
    Spoiler:

    Ewan Stark
    Zephyr Armada, First Fleet - Dancing Lightning
    Merkaban-Highborne War, Retribution Day
    Spoiler:


    Lothril Issrin
    Acacia Island, Acacia - Mage's Guildhouse
    Merkaban-Highborne War, Retribution Day
    Spoiler:

    Keegan Lyriao
    Alabaster Citadel, Refugee Area - Wrecked Carrier
    Post Merkaban-Highborne War, Ceasefire Day 6
    Spoiler:

    “I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”
    ― Bill Cosby
  • TheMadjaiTheMadjai Speaker for the Dead MinnesotaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Ewan lifts Iam to his feet, and stands up next to him, explosions still echoing all around.

    "We may die here, but not today." Ewan pulls a long coil of rope from his sack and cuts it in half with his dagger. Ewan quickly ties one end through the hilt of his sword, and loops the other around Iam's torso with a slip knot. "Not today, you hear me?"

    Ewan closes his eyes, blocking out the chaos around him, as he runs through everything he knows about the Dancing Lightning from his briefing in his head. They need to get off this ship, and quickly...
    Spoiler:

    "Yeah, TheMadjai knows whats up." --Lardalish

    CURRENTLY PLAYING:
    Android:Netrunner, MtG- Poorly.
  • JebuJebu Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Quinn gives a worried glance as Jacobs cries out in pain, but keeps his focus on the Merkaban in front of him. Once he goes down, there would be a clear path to the leader.
    Spoiler:

    Quinn unleashes two devastating blows against the Merkaban, and the soldier crumples and collapses from his injuries. Quinn steps over the body, ignoring the bloody heap beneath him, and tries to catch a glimpse of the enemy leader while motioning Turk forward.

  • tastydonutstastydonuts Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Quinn Stasi
    Halny Island, Cornales - Town Square
    Merkaban-Highborne War, Day 13
    Spoiler:

    “I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”
    ― Bill Cosby
  • DenadaDenada Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    After taking a look around while inside the relative safety of the ship, Keegan decides to creep out from the wreckage while his section is still dark. Moving slowly, sticking to places with cover and particularly dark shadows, he makes his way towards the next section, hoping to find a way into the area that leads to Tamerlaine's collection. Once he reaches the wall, he pauses in the shadows to get a better look at what's in the next section.

  • JebuJebu Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Quinn gasps as the halberd slices across his shoulder. He clutches his wound, and blood pulses through his fingers. He staggers slightly, wondering if he had been a bit too reckless this time. But it was too late to back down now. He needed a moment to shake off the shock of his injury before he could strike again, but at the very least he could open up an opportunity for Turk to finish the job.
    Spoiler:

    As Quinn moves forward to engage the leader, he yells behind him to the female Merkaban attacking Jacobs, hoping to draw her attention away from his injured friend. "Your friend was a weakling, just like all you Lowborne mongrels! Come over here and I'll show you what a real man can do!"

  • tastydonutstastydonuts Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Brottor Ungart
    Gainsfield, Eastern Gate Hub
    Merkaban Invasion, Day Zero
    Spoiler:

    Ewan Stark
    Zephyr Armada, First Fleet - Dancing Lightning
    Merkaban-Highborne War, Retribution Day
    Spoiler:

    Keegan Lyriao
    Alabaster Citadel, Refugee Area - Wrecked Carrier
    Post Merkaban-Highborne War, Ceasefire Day 6
    Spoiler:

    “I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”
    ― Bill Cosby
  • TheMadjaiTheMadjai Speaker for the Dead MinnesotaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    "Kuyt. Lisette! Kick her in the ass and bring us alongside one of the metalsides!" Ewan was going to make sure that everyone left was going to make it out of this alive, even if it wasn't on the Lightning.

    "All of you. Listen up! All of you, ALL of you are making it home alive. We're going to ride the stream of a cruiser. If we take a hit, you'll have seconds to fire your grapples. Keep 'em out, and keep your wits sharp."

    Ewan walks up to Iam, pulls his grapple out of his belt and puts it in his hands. "You're with me, understand. You see me fire my grapple, you've already fired yours, got it?" Ewan pulls out his dagger and cuts Iam free. He loops the rope back into his pack before pulling his shortsword free. He braces himself against the door and pulls out his grapple, waiting to feel the Lightning accelerate. He sighs heavily. He hopes that fate doesn't make a liar out of him.

    "Yeah, TheMadjai knows whats up." --Lardalish

    CURRENTLY PLAYING:
    Android:Netrunner, MtG- Poorly.
  • kuhlmeyekuhlmeye Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    "Yeah, whatever," Lothril says as he gets the spy to his feet.

    Lothril pushes the spy towards the door. As they exit, Lothril leads the spy out to the tunnel he knew would lead them out into the alleys, making certain that the spy was right in front of him the entire way there. As he and the spy reached the entrance, Lothril whispers,

    "Hold on a moment, need to make sure the coast is clear."

    He opens the door, and takes a look inside, making sure no one is there.

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  • LardalishLardalish Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    A little unnerved by his new allies failures, Brottor summons his strength and sinks his halberd deep into the monstrosity's chest. As soon as the blade sinks into its flesh, it freezes the wound solid. Jerking the weapon free, Brottor readies himself for retaliation.

  • tastydonutstastydonuts Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Ewan Stark
    Zephyr Armada, First Fleet - Dancing Lightning
    Merkaban-Highborne War, Retribution Day
    Spoiler:

    Lothril Issrin
    Acacia Island, Acacia - Alleyway
    Merkaban-Highborne War, Retribution Day
    Spoiler:

    “I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”
    ― Bill Cosby
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