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[D&D 4E] Shackled City (Game Thread)

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  • Mike DangerMike Danger "Diane..." a place both wonderful and strangeRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    "Muhagrumina," Quinn mumbles as he gets up. "What's goin' on?"

    He shakes off the daze and heads across the room, stumbling as he wonders where his sight got off to. The paladin thrusts blindly at a sound and misses by a mile. "I," he says, some clarity returning, "could really use a drink."
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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Striking out at the retreating gnome, the two fell beasts each make an attempt to bring down Blublo, but each fails spectacularly. Those magics defending the Gnight are too strong, for the moment, but they will fade - and when that happens, he shall fall.
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    Scuttling away into the darkness, the beast that refused to assault the brash Gnight doesn't manage to get far. But it does move back far enough to launch a bolt of iron at Blublo, hissing in disappointment as it bounces off the magically protected gnome.

    The blinded paladin's target also scuttles away, launching a bolt back at Quinn which does nothing but fly past his head. Another bolt, from the distance, flies into Quinn's chest, pounding yet another nail into the coffin that simply refuses to shut.
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    The lights shift again; though most of what is already know remains lit, and what was unknown remains shrouded in the darkness, the keen of eye spot a new Skulk by a pillar, shielding its eyes from the sudden burst of light from behind it.

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  • GrimmyTOAGrimmyTOA Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Kellus shrieks. The sound is ragged, torn from his throat as if by force. His head snaps back, face locked in a rictus of pain. When his eyes finally open, after a long moment, the sound stops. The Drow glares down the length of the room and points a finger.

    The Vanishing Skulk is suddenly wreathed in violet flame, lighting him up like a carnival fire. An easy target now, thinks Kellus.

    As the thought trickles through his spark-addled mind, the elements of the earth begin to respond to his subconscious command. A breeze, reeking of days-old carrion and ozone, stirs in the vast chamber. In an instant it has grown into a localized gale which batters the area around the burning Skulk.

    The Vanishing Skulk and his Dark Creeper cohort are smashed by the hurricane and stagger backwards under the onslaught.

    Kellus smiles.
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  • GrimmyTOAGrimmyTOA Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Alead closes his eyes and reaches out with his mind toward the arcane mechanism that controls the dancing, spinning lights. Fumbling along the surface of the delicate lattice of spells, he almost misses it.

    There. The lock.

    For a moment Alead marvels at the simplicity of the spell's construction, and then he catches himself. Of course it's simple! It was designed to be used.


    Alead holds the lock. His mind is the key. The lights dance for him.
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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
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    Wincing and bashed about by the winds, the Dark Creeper picks himself together and pounds his head around with his fists, for a moment. Realising the state he is in, the fell beasts leaps away into the darkness beside him, his soft hooves masking all the sound of movement. Then there is a flash of a dagger striking out from the darkness, and whatever magics surrounding the Gnight fail, at last.

    The disappearing skulk, too, makes its move into the shadows. A rapier stabs forth from the inky dark, but bounces harmlessly off of the Gnight's powerful armour. With a hiss, the scent of the wolf skin cloak recedes back into the darkness - though Blublo is only all too aware of where his attackers have come from.
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  • StygianSmileyFaceStygianSmileyFace Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    The swiftly changing light and dark has only added to the Goliath's pulsing migraine, as well as the aches from his various wounds. Pointing the tip of his Greataxe at the visible Skulk, the Avenger bellows out a challenge.

    "You diseased son of a whore! This day shall end one of us!"
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    As his words bellow forth, the headache seems to grow in size... Pulsing against his forehead and making the Avenger grimace in pain. From out his temples shadows flare out, coursing towards the already Oath'd Skulky one.
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    Yet again the unusual magics of the place seem to throw off the shadows, sending them coursing into darkness.

  • UtsanomikoUtsanomiko Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
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    Vanishing from view, Blublo darts past his assailants, skidding to a halt at the edge of the darkness, sword over his head poised to deliver a hefty blow.

    "To your right, Quinn! Flank him 'round the pillar! Follow my lead and I shall have your back!" the Gnome commands from the shadows.
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  • Mike DangerMike Danger "Diane..." a place both wonderful and strangeRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Quinn heeds the Gnight's instructions and stumbles his way over to what he believes to be the skulk. He swings mightily, knowing that Blublo is somewhere near and keeping the Skulk distracted. He prays fervently to Avandra, wondering if it was something he said.

    Mercifully, however, his senses return to him.
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  • UtsanomikoUtsanomiko Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Suddenly!

    Blublo leaps from the shadows! "HeYOOOOOO!!" the shadowy skulk turns around in time to see Blublo's sword swing and just *barely* dodge its edge. The fiend faces Quinn again and denies the paladin a quick opening for an attack.
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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    And there was a hissing from the shadows that night; two bolts came out from the darkness, flying towards the solitary Avenger standing near the wall. And there was the sound of scraping, that of a beast's sting piercing the flesh of its victim. The twin bolts struck the Goliath with equal power, planting themselves deep within his meat with barbed ferocity.

    Beaten and bleeding, the Avenger is so close to his Queen now, he can smell the sweet eternity on her breath.

    The skulk flanked by the Gnight and the Paladin looked, and he saw there was little hope for escape from his enemies; with a growl, it shifted against the wall, out of range of the darkness and its crushing bites. The grey-coloured genderless being's rapier lashed out at the Paladin, but struck nothing but the protecting plate that the man-thing wore.

    Then the lights went out, and the Deva who unlocked its power knew what he must do.
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    Alead, you have the power to change those lights!

  • GrimmyTOAGrimmyTOA Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Alead closes his eyes - twists, and forces the lights into new configurations.
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  • StygianSmileyFaceStygianSmileyFace Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
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  • GrimmyTOAGrimmyTOA Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    So. In that time and in that place
    Of mighty heroes
    Stood two together in the dark.
    Kellus, Storm-Rider, Lightningking
    And Alead Godfriend. Together
    The battle-warp upon them,
    Their enemies surrounding them,
    Lightning danced from their fingers.
    Oh! That we might see such heroes
    Again.
    Oh! That the halls still echoed with the
    Thunder of Kellus Doombringer and
    Alead-who-walked-with-the-Gods.
    Alas,
    This is but a tale, and these heroes
    Long dust.

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    Quinn is up, buttercups.

  • Mike DangerMike Danger "Diane..." a place both wonderful and strangeRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    "Finally, he's good for somethin'!" Quinn cackles as Alead makes the lights shift. He runs around the pillar quickly and strikes at the skulk, easily hitting him. "I feel excellent," he announces to all within earshot.
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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Smacked around and beaten by the winds of magic, the Dark Creeper is the first to find his footing and escape, though not wihout its price. Running towards the source of the previous magics, he leaps into the darkness... and then no more is seen, or heard, from him. The Vanishing Skulk follows the lead of its companion, diving into the darkness - though it does make a noise in the inky dark that you could take to mean something.
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  • StygianSmileyFaceStygianSmileyFace Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Feeling a wave of weakness pass over him, the Goliath pulls forth the potion he has been carrying and quaffs it down, choking on the thick taste.
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    The potion lies in his gut like a rock, but soon the Avenger growls as a sense of revilatized energy races through him. Feeling like he is powered by the might of a thousand little Goliath toddlers, Kreel senses movement nearby and catches a whiff of soaked wolf cloak, without hesitating he swings the greataxe at the direction of the stench...
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    However, the darkness prevails again and the Goliath is left spinning like a top, with only the shadows to hide his shame.

  • UtsanomikoUtsanomiko Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    "I got this one, Quinn." Blublo mutters right before he attacks from the darkness with a fervorous assault; Blublo stabs at the skulk and immediately reaches out violently at its crossbow, attempting to wrestle the weapon from the shadowy being's hands.
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    edited August 2009
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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Seizing upon the opportunity left open by the foolhardy Gnight, the Skulk shierks in a broiling rage and lashes out with its rapier into the darkness. The slice of steel moves down and out of the pitch black where Blublo stands, but nothing makes contact; tit for tat, it seems.
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    In the darkness next to Kellus, where he could scantly make out the shape of a Skulk preparing to strike, there was a glint of a yellowing, cracked smile, and then there was a hushed hiss as the rapier leaped forward, scarcely missing the drow's head by a few inches.

    The Skulk standing far out in the distance from the rest of the action raised his crossbow and, muttering some unbearable message to itself, fired a bolt at the darkness next to its compatriot. The bolt struck with an uncanny accuracy that many would later attribute to luck, or the pride coming before a fall.

    Weaponless, the final Skulk leaps from its haunches and swipes its arms at Quinn. While legend would later appropriate this action to fear and an attempt at surrender (which was rebuked by the brave, handsome and rich Quinn), in reality it was simply a desperate move to gain some ground in this battle. Quinn's new armour proves too slippery to maintain a grip on, however, and the Skulk falls down onto its backside.

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    Kellus, you dirty bastard, get in here!

  • GnershGnersh Registered User
    edited August 2009
    Kellus liked lightning. It was probably his second favourite thing in the world. He didn't know what was first and he didn't really care. Of course for some reason when he showed his friends the joy of lightning, they usually fell to the ground and started to smell like burning. He was determined to show these new people how awesome it was!

    He skipped away from the friends surrounding him and fired a blast of lightning at the translucent one. It missed him and Kellus pouted a little. Then he remembered the area of storms he had created! He moved it over to show the short one.
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  • GrimmyTOAGrimmyTOA Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Alead concentrates for a moment, and the lights shift in their orbits. The skulks blink eyes unused to the harsh illumination.

    The Deva Ducks his head in a sudden movement and lunges towards the cover offered by a nearby pillar of crumbling masonry. His hands flicker out, and lightning leaps from them. The Skulk leaps out of the blast zone with contemptuous ease and flicks out with his weapon at the Deva.
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  • Mike DangerMike Danger "Diane..." a place both wonderful and strangeRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    "Come on, now!" Quinn calls. "We'll be back up top in no time!" He swings at the skulk again with his sword and hits it easily.
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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Reacting to the Deva's attack with a furious speed, he is almost too quick off the mark, as his attack stabs right where the Deva was going to be in a second or two; not being there, however, Alead isn't punctured by anything but a thought of where his lives were supposed to be at this point.
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    Battered by the winds of the pocket tempest storm yet again, the last remaining Creeper was knocked to the ground. No one can say what he experienced in those last, dark few seconds before his life was utterly drained from his being, but they were just insubstantial memories; he's gone, now, that's all that there is.

    The Vanishing Skulk could be accused of flying into a rage over the death of its small, behooved comrade, but that would be a foolhardy conclusion. It was simply insane. With another strike at Alead, he managed to make contact with the Deva's flesh, tearing a small hole in his flesh.
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  • StygianSmileyFaceStygianSmileyFace Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    The Creeper falls, and with an evil grin the Goliath squints at the barely seen Vanishing Skulk and extends his free hand with only one digit extended.

    "Your people fall and die like they fight, as if crippled!" He rears back the Greataxe and spits into the barely seen shape. "I will wear your face as a mask, I swear it!"
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    The Goliath follows his words with a mighty sweep of the axe.
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    Which hits only air as the barely seen adversary mocks the Avenger's lack of skills.

  • UtsanomikoUtsanomiko Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Blublo stabs wildly at the skulk from the dark. He definitely feels like he's in a bit of a pickle.

    Speaking of pickes, those healing potions are really rather funky in taste.
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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    While the Skulk being harassed by the Warlord and Paladin misses when he tries to strike back at his brave opponent, there is a movement at the edge of the storm. The Skulk there hisses and pushes a hand above its eyes to block the light, then jumps forward with a strike against the Sorceror that causes blood to flow and be blown away by the howling winds.

    Meanwhile, another shot is fired by the Skulk at the end of the hall that is missing all the action, but the bolt goes wide and hits the pillar by Alead's head. Another hug attempt by the Skulk marked by Avandra's chosen fails, the armour still too slippery with blood to have any grip on it. Perhaps another few goes would solve the matter.
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    What's that? Time for some light magic and some storm magic! Yay Kelead!

  • UtsanomikoUtsanomiko Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
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  • GnershGnersh Registered User
    edited August 2009
    Kellus was battered and beaten inside his own hurricane. He shrugged it off as inevitable and was saddened at the frailty of his little friend who had crumpled as soon as the hurricane had touched him. He turned his attention to the closest person.
    He needed to show him how lightning sizzled against you flesh and how it crackled through the entire body in a delightful way.

    So he walked out of his storm and created a storm around the skulk. Then, fearing punishment he turned and fled.
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