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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #150 on: September 25, 2016, 03:44:10 pm »

"Dammit!" Robor shouts, angrily. This should not be a contest! Sterling's do not struggle against foolish demonic servants!

He attempts it again. The demon will be under his control. Now.
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #151 on: September 25, 2016, 04:41:12 pm »

Beats shakes of the shouts effects off and grits his teeth, this demon maggot was no joke but he was winning and he wasn't going to stop now.

He doesn't try and keep distance this time but casts the evil eye on the monster as soon as possible  before following up with another, hopefully final punch using his lethal blows rote.
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #152 on: September 25, 2016, 06:53:28 pm »

Emend takes one last look at the demon before turning his attention towards Saint and Kark. Robor and Beats seem like they should be able to handle it themselves.

"Witch! We're here to vanquish you and reclaim this castle! Your masters will no longer be allowed to do as they please!" Emend yells, attempting to get her attention. He'll prepare to use counterspell if she attempts a spell. If she attempts to use an item, he'll try and use telekinesis to knock it up and away (using strength for successes).

If she doesn't do anything that requires countering, he'll attack her with a Mind arrow.
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #153 on: September 26, 2016, 12:48:18 pm »

Once again, Robot tries to take control of the Cthonian Demon - and this time, feels the true extent of the mad witch's iron-handed grip on the worm. He realizes that she has been toying with him and that the chances of actually usurping her will in the matter, are about as good as riding a unicycle, blindfolded, across twelve lanes of heavy traffic without getting hit.

That and a sudden realization that the demon is not being commanded at all, but is somehow bound to the witch, through a higher mastery of Spirit than Robor yet possesses.

In response, the giant maggot lashes out at Robor with its filth-strewn maw - tearing into the spirit warden at the hip. Blood streaks the vile creature's foul teeth, as it shakes Robor like a great white, and then tosses him to the side! Robor's pants are torn open in the assault - and a huge gash of flesh is very nearly ripped from his flank!

Mama Kark meanwhile, upon seeing the appearance of Emend, remarks scornfully - "I'll be cajiggered! You really are the Spanish Inquisition!!!"

She then attempts to cast Ephemeral Shield - which Emend immediately works to Counterpell - smacking down the mystical energies before they can comingle into a cohesive spell.

"Yipes!" the mad witch exclaims with a frown - shooing the Saint's gnat swarm away from her face with her hand. "I'll teach you! You impertinent little troll!!!"

At that, the Saint once again feels the presence of the now ephemeral Sklorch, trying to enter his body. Mustering a sense of self, the Saint mentally fights the cloying entity off - preventing it from taking over - but how long can he keep this up? Dealing with incorporeal spirits is more Robor's field than his own.

Mama Kark meanwhile, uses the Saint's distraction to turn and flick blood off her foot into the air behind her. Immediately a swirling crimson vortex opens up and the mad witch runs into it - disappearing from view.

While the vortex still remains, it looks like it will collapse into its self at any moment. With his Spatial Awareness, Beats senses the vortex is some kind of temporary space portal.

Still facing the Cthonian worm that just tore into his companion, Beats can do little about the vortex however; and instead, moves back up to, and focuses on, finishing off the ravening terror before him.

Casting Evil Eye (from his Cesti) on the monster, Beats swings at its head for all he's worth. The Cesti - augmented with his Knife Hand rote - perforate and slice the creature's flaccid gray flesh, until all that is left is a leaking sack of stinky fetid slop!

With no remaining Corpus, the Cthonian corpse abruptly explodes into a chunky shower of raw sewage and rotting stench-maggots. Covered in the ungodly remnants, both Beats and Robor, have to take a moment, to fight off a fit of dry-heaving and retching.

As this goes on, the Saint considers the swirling vortex.

Had the witch not just run through, he would have sicked the killer hornets on her and himself (in a crazy gambit to keep the plant spirit from possessing him). At this turn of events however, he wasn't sure what to do next.

Send the hornets into the vortex after Mama Kark? Follow her himself, before the vortex closed?

Was Emend close enough to make it through as well?
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #154 on: September 26, 2016, 03:55:57 pm »

After some quick consideration, Saint calls out to Emend.

"Have Beats follow through once it's closed!"

Lord, give me the strength and courage to confront the witch and the demons she has behind this doorway

Saint dashes through the portal after Kark, "I'M NOT DONE WITH YOU YET!"

He has the gnats follow him through, and drops the briefcase open onto the ground as soon as he crosses over, releasing the hornet swarm with the orders to attack Kark, moving forward with the full intention of murdering the witch with his imbued blade.
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #155 on: September 26, 2016, 04:00:57 pm »

Beats gets out of the remains as quickly as possible, pausing to retch once or twice more "Farking nasty Shite" he mutters before running towards the portals location "Da witch is running" he calls to Robor as he runs.
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #156 on: September 26, 2016, 07:45:57 pm »

"Ah Fark." Robor mutters, gripping his leg in pain. But he can't stop. If the witch runs, and informs the CEO, the mission is finished. He needs to move.

Robor follows beats. If he can, he'll try and remove the spirit from Saint before he leaves through the portal.
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #157 on: September 26, 2016, 07:58:55 pm »

"Damn witch!" Emend yells, following Saint through the portal.
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #158 on: September 27, 2016, 03:35:18 pm »

The Saint disappeared into the vortex, followed by Emend - who sprinted over and leapt in, right as it collapsed into itself and was gone.

Robor and Beats, left on this side, began hurrying towards the small clearing, intent on following their companions through, with Beat's aptly-named 'Follow Through' spell.

With Mama Kark having fled, Robor is once again able to attempt control of the plant spirit unimpeded, but it resists his will. The fact that it can now try to possess people from Twilight, makes it a somewhat greater tactical consideration than it was before.

That, and it happens to be positioned right where Beats has to cast his spell to re-open Mama Kark's space portal.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the portal, Saint and Emend find themselves running into pitch black darkness - without any flooring under foot!

They abruptly drop three feet, tumbling onto hard stone in a heap - realizing that the vortex actually exits out above the floor on this end.

"Hans my baby boy!" they hear Mama Kark's voice calling, "These bad men want to hurt your mama! Don't let them!"

"Wha?!? Dey wana hurt mama?!?" an angry, slow-sounding, voice replies. "Dey not hurt mama! I hurt dem!"

"Hans chokes bad men! Bad men will be choked good! Den dey not hurt mama!"

With his Spatial Map still going, the Saint 'sees' that he is in some kind of stone vault. From what he saw of Sarapheen's map of the castle, he realizes that this is the vault in the basement, on the other side of the underground swimming pool - beyond five feet of solid stone.

The chamber is filled with tables and shelves, containing piles and piles of stacked cash, gold coins, and glass cases full of jewelry and other unusual or valuable items.

Mama Kark is on the far side of the chamber, casting Follow Through, while a large mannequin-looking creature, in a flannel shirt and overalls, stands between her and the pursuing disciples.

The Saint is also aware of a few dozen large rats, lurking along the periphery of the room.

Emend meanwhile, gets a bead on Mama Kark, Hans, and the Saints' locations, due to their though patterns, but cannot see all the other obstacles in the darkness. He notes that the mannequin-like Hans barely registers on the sentient being scale - and that Mama Kark is currently casting another spell.

As for the killer hornet swarm - unable to see in the dark - it attempts to obey the Saint's orders to attack, honing in on all the carbon dioxide signatures in the room - attacking every living creature it can sense (including the Saint and Emend).
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #159 on: September 27, 2016, 03:54:43 pm »

Saint curses softly, having the hornets stand down.

"She's got a golem guarding the mana well. She'll be collecting her magicks to her..."

Saint immediately casts emotional urging on the golem to calm it somewhat and buy the two time. He cancels his spatial map spell, momentarily blinding himself, and then reaches out to the swarm to grant them bioluminescence (Transform Base Features), hopefully lighting up the room.

He then sets the swarm(s) not after kark, but on the rats in the room, and prepares himself to deal with the Golem. Saint will rush the Golem and attack with the imbued weapon.
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #160 on: September 27, 2016, 04:15:22 pm »

Beats pauses short of the plant spirit "Robor, I need that thing moved!" He shouts, fully aware it needs to be gone before he can follow through the portals remnants.

He waits on it moving before running forward and casting the spell necessary to follow through it.
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #161 on: September 27, 2016, 04:18:46 pm »

Robor grits his teeth. This should not be difficult for him. His magic should not be this weak. Using an enochian word of power, he tries to retake control over the spirit.

"[Insert Word of Power Here]!"
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #162 on: September 27, 2016, 07:50:28 pm »

"You're not getting away again!" Emend yells, casting counterspell on Kark again.
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #163 on: September 28, 2016, 09:28:59 am »

Out in the clearing, Robor moved up to Beats and tried again, to wrangle control of the rebellious Sklorch. After another short match of egos, Robor finally put the feisty critter in it place - asserting his will over the ephemeral plant spirit.

It had taken all Robor had, to establish dominance over what basically amounted to a common houseplant, but it was still a win - and Robor was not going to diminish that, by over-analyzing how the mindless thing had been able to put up such a fight against him in the first place.

With the threat averted, Beats attempted to cast Follow Through, on the closed portal space left by the witch's vortex. Uttering words of power, he felt the magics come together as expected, but then a strange ripple of feedback abruptly cascaded through the spell - threatening to collapse it!

With no small amount of effort however, Beats was able to push the unusual influence out of the spell and stabilize it again - opening a correspondence to wherever it was that Mama Kark (and the others) had gone.

It then occurred to Beats that the Follow Through only applied to him. If he was to bring Robor through it with him, he would need to wrap him in the spells resonance (Mana) and then physically pull him through as he went.

Back in the vault meanwhile, Emend disrupts Maka Kark with his counterspell, as she attempts to flee. As her spell fails to materialize, the witch spits on the floor in disgust and spins to face Emend.

"OOOH! You wicked little thing you!" she growls; "I'll teach you to interfere with a lady's spellcasting!"

Activating a prepared spell of some kind, she moves to a nearby table and picks a large meat cleaver up from a chopping block, to check its sharpness with the edge of her finger.

Of course Emend sees none of this, but does get some very threatening feels from Mama Kark's thought-aura and senses her imminent approach.

As this goes on, Hans lumbers at the Saint with surprising speed and grabs him around the neck with both hands. Even with his own enhanced strength, the Saint is shocked at the creature's tremendous brawn. Unable to bat away its strange waxy arms, or break the grip, the Saint activates Emotional Urging to calm the monster, before it can crush his windpipe.

Confused, Hans lets go a moment and explains, "I sorry bad man, but Mama say I gota crush you." He then raises his hands once again and calmly reaches towards the Saint's neck like a boy trying to pet a puppy.

Taking advantage of the momentary pause in the assault, the Saint casts Transfer Base Features on the hornet swarm, granting a quarter of them bioluminescence. It's enough to dimly light the room - at least to the point where everyone can now see with their own eyes. Speaking of which, it appears that Hans has none - his eyelids having been sewn shut with thick black threads.

Something was also wrong with his skin. He wasn't really a mannequin - he just moved like one - but his skin had the appearance of smooth pale-white wax-soaked leather. From his up close and personal proximity to the thing, the Saint could also see the skin sewn together in fine seems, like one would find on a fabric doll or something.

Taking the room itself in, Saint and Emend can see no obvious way out of the stone treasure chamber.

The killer hornets meanwhile, swoop down and begin stinging the many large rats that slink in the shadows along the outer reaches of the area. The rats shriek in agony as the poison takes effect and try to flee the attack, but the swarm is too many and able to go wherever the rats try to escape through. After a rather terrifying display of insect on vermin brutality, half of the rats appear to be in death spasms, while the rest have disappeared into cracks and holes in the stone - their shrieking still audible, as they continue to suffer and die, due to the bullet ant venom.

"NOOOOOOO!!!! YOU KILL MY FREINDS!!!" Hans cries aghast at the death of his rats - rage once again burning in his face - "I KILL YOU DEAD!!!"

"Oh, you done did it now, mister..." Mama Kark says to the Saint at Hans' outburst. "May your god have mercy on your soul."

Then turning to Emend she smiles, revealing black stubs of poorly looked-after teeth - "Shall we begin?"

Raising the huge cleaver, she moves forward...
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #164 on: September 28, 2016, 10:56:00 am »

Desperate in the face of such a powerful monster, chilled by fear, Saint screams out then - " Mama hates you! Mama brought us here, mama killed your friends!"

Saint uses the emotional urging in the sword again, trying to engender feelings of betrayal in the simple minded creature and guide its rage.

If he sees it work, he will stand back and wait. If he sees the golem just get confused, he'll attack, spending a willpower to increase his attack against the thing.

He sets both swarms back on Kark, having them focus exclusively on the witch.

"We came here to save people like you! You can be free!"

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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #165 on: September 28, 2016, 11:50:52 am »

"We going?" Robor asks, considering asking his house plant if it has any special healing properties.
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #166 on: September 28, 2016, 11:51:34 am »

Beats shakes off the wierd feeling, he has to get through fast.

He grabs Robors arm and covers him in mana "Time to go" he says simply and steps through, pulling the other decipples with him.
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #167 on: September 28, 2016, 12:15:07 pm »

Robor nods.
"Yeah."
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #168 on: September 28, 2016, 02:06:20 pm »

"Gladly," Emend replies, pulling out his lighter. He'll then attempt to use control fire to set Hans on fire, while not getting Saint. If he's able to, he'll also try to get Kark in the blaze.
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #169 on: September 29, 2016, 02:44:03 pm »

Mama Kark seems to move with unnatural fluidity and speed - being on Emend with that cleaver in the blink of an eye!

"Hee hee hee hee hee hee hee!" the mad witch titers - as she swings the heavy blade towards Emend's neck!

Emand manages to bring his left arm up defensively, and feels Sarapheen's spell bolster his flesh - but it's not enough - the blade enters the arm below the elbow, slips between the two bones, and splits Emend's forearm in-two vertically, all the way down to the wrist!

The seven inch long gash goes clear through on both sides of his arm and blood flies out, trailing the arc of the blade! Emend feels the cold grip of shock creeping its way into the back of his mind.

As this goes on, the Saint confuses Hans again with feelings of betrayal.

"Mama?!?" the towering lummox staggers.

"Don't listen to them baby!" Mama Kark warns - "They're just trying to trick you!"

Taking advantage of the distraction, Saint runs his sword through Hans' torso - the blade piercing the strange skin, traversing a sawdust-like filling of some kind, and punching out the back!

Hans doesn't seem to react in any pain, but rather surprise, at the Saint's deception. It is not clear if Hans has actually been wounded by the attack, but such a run-through would be quite debilitating to a mortal.

"RAARG!!! YOU LIE TO HANS!!!"

Hans swings a heavy thick arm at the Saint and backhands him with a glancing blow - but it is still enough to dislocate the priest's right shoulder on impact  - and send him flying across the room!

Realizing that hesitation means death meanwhile, Emend forces himself to ignore his own arm for the moment, and pulls his lighter to use with Control Fire.

Uttering words of power and sparking a flame, he makes the normally small flame radiate like a plasma cutting-torch and then jams it up against Hans' turned back!

A large hole is burned into the monster's bulk and his clothing and wax-imbued skin burst into flames like a gasoline soaked rag! Even the sawdust-like filling inside his body catches alight!

"WHOA?!? WHA?!?" Hans gapes, watching the fire dance across his body as it engulfs him.

"NO! HANS!!!" Mama Kark screams - "MY BABY! MY BABY!!!"

Hans realizes, from Mama Kark's frantic cries, that he's in mortal danger - and fire - while truly fascinating, is not his friend after all.

"UH!!! HELP MAMA, HELP!!!"

As all this goes on, Beats and Robor come tumbling into the room, falling to the floor, as the Saint and Emend had done before them.

Getting up and taking in the bizarre scene, both realize that something has changed in their perspectives. It only takes one glance at each other to see what is wrong though - Beats and Robor have swapped physical bodies in the paradox-tainted Follow Through! (Robor's mind is in Beat's body and Beat's mind is in Robor's body.)

The killer hornets meanwhile, finish off the last of the rats and fly up in a swarm to seek out Mama Kark...
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #170 on: September 29, 2016, 03:54:48 pm »

Saint gasps with the pain - and with pity for the poor thing that dies even now, not knowing its nearing end.

Lord, let the soul of this poor monster rest in peace - and let the Witch burn as he does now for her sins.

He struggles briefly to pull his cross out from his shirt with his left arm and then picks himself up off the ground, running to Emend.

If he hadn't followed me in... You're not dying on me now.

Saint grabs Emend by the injured arm and casts his Balm of Flesh Rote, channeling his power into mending the disciple's ruined arm.
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #171 on: September 29, 2016, 04:59:54 pm »

Emend looks away from his wound and weakly tries to make sure the two halves of his arm stay together with his other hand.

"So this is the witch's power. It's a good thing we're fighting her separate from the others," Emend thinks to himself as he begins to shiver. If the witch tries to cast a spell, he'll use counter-spell, otherwise he'll dedicate his whole turn to defence. He can't afford to take much more damage after all.
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #172 on: September 29, 2016, 07:15:29 pm »

Beats startles at the realization that the body he is I  is not his own, but there is a battle going on and he is currently holding a sword.

"Farking magic!" He shouts as he moves to the side of Mama Kark and two handed swings the sword at chest height at her like a baseball bat. (Burn a will for more dice!")

'if I don't have my fine control, just swing for the bleechers'
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #173 on: September 29, 2016, 08:40:07 pm »

"What the hell?" Robor mutters, staring at the tatoos covering his body. But now's not the time. He'll try and flank the witch. He still has his fists.
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« Reply #174 on: September 30, 2016, 11:13:46 am »

"YOU!!!" Mama Kark accuses, glaring at Emend, "None of this would have happened, had you just let me go! You will pay!"

With that, the wicked witch tries to cleave Emends face in-two!

Emend focuses everything he has on evading the mad witch's blade - scrambling around a counter and ducking the crazy fiend's flurry of blows! The highly determined woman doesn't give up however, and when Emend upends a table to interpose it between himself and the she demon, the demented hag chops right through it!

Emend ends up with the tip of the cleaver in his chest - but a chunk of wood from the table (lodged on the blade) prevents it from penetrating into his vitals!

As this goes on, Robor (in Beats' body), flanks Mama Kark and attacks her with Beats' Cesti. Even flanked, the witch is moving so fast and erratically, that she's difficult to connect with. Robor only manages a few glancing blows.

Up next, Beats takes a baseball-bat swing at Mama Kark with Robor's sword, as she chases Emend past. The witch runs right into the blow, allowing Beats to draw the edge of the blade across her stomach - opening it like a gutted pig!

Mama Kark cries out -  and clutches the wound with her left hand - blood oozing between her fingers and sliced entrails attempting to squiggle out through the gaps!

While this transpires, the Saint rights himself and hurries to Emend's side - grabbing his wounded arm and channeling life magic into it with his Balm of Flesh rote.

Emend feels the power coursing through the wound, knitting some of it back together. It's not enough to fully close the gash, but it does stop the bleeding and tamps the pain down to a more tolerable level.

The Saint's killer hornet swarm meanwhile, dives onto Mama Kark and begins stinging the ever-loving shit out of her!

"Farking farksticks! What the farking fark did you do to these farking farkers?!?"

*swarm, swarm, swarm*

"FARKING WITCH TITS! THAT HURTS! AHHGH!!! MY WITCH TITS!!!"

From behind, the fire-engulfed Hans grabs the Saint in with both arms and lifts him off the ground. The flames dance around the Saint, catching his clothing alight, but do not burn him - Sarapheen's spell soaking the energy into his body (at least for the time being). Hans then attempts to maneuver the Saint into a choke hold of some kind, and will have it set in, if the Saint doesn't break free soon!

The fire is doing one hell of a number on Hans however, and his skin is beginning to char open in spots - allowing burning cinders of sawdust to spill out as he moves.

Smoke from the fire also begins to cloud the enclosed chamber, tearing up the eyes and potentially making it very hard to breath soon...
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« Reply #175 on: September 30, 2016, 11:32:26 am »

Saint closes his eyes and mumbles a brief prayer interspersed with words of power as he casts Body Control - so that his lowered heartbeat and oxygen requirements would ensure he would not lose consciousness even in the choke hold, hoping that his allies would save him. He was powerless against this thing.

"Lord, your son is dying in the arms of this fallen child, protect him, for he loves you and would live to serve you still."

He gives up control of the gnat swarm to do this - but not before ordering them to throw themselves into the fire of Hans' body, so that he won't have to deal with the gnats afterwards.
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #176 on: September 30, 2016, 02:15:33 pm »

Beats in Robors body is too angry to feel bad about eviserating a witch right now so simply proceeds to swing again baseball at style, she should be pretty slowed down by having to hold her own innards in.
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #177 on: September 30, 2016, 02:37:00 pm »

Robor moves away from the witch, and tries to pull away the giant from Saint. He was strong. There shouldn't be a difficulty in this. Just need to fight against the flames.
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« Reply #178 on: September 30, 2016, 06:18:56 pm »

"Thank you Saint," Emend says, feeling a bit better not that his arm is whole again.

"Now, let's see how long you can last against all four of us!" He yells. If the witch tries to use a spell, he'll use counter-spell. Otherwise, he'll use influence fire to make the inferno on Hans spread to her.
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #179 on: October 01, 2016, 11:39:32 am »

Spurred by horrendous pain and a wild tenacity, Mama Kark lashes out with supernatural celerity at the one who opened her up with the sword - Beats (in Robor's body)!

Beats' eyes can't even follow the blur of Mama Kark's blade - as the cleaver whips passed, under his chin. For a moment, Beats thinks that the mad witch missed - until blood starts gushing from the wide slash in his neck  - and pouring down the back of his throat!

Everything goes black for Beats, and the others see Robor's body collapse - his neck slit open, deep enough to have compromised the trachea! Blood squirts out rhythmically from the wound, but it won't continue to do so for very long...

As this goes on, Robor (in Beats' body), tries to pull Hans off the Saint - but that's clearly not going to happen. The monster is just too strong; and completely ignores Robor's futile efforts.

The Saint casts Body Control, slowing his breathing and blood flow in a bid to better resist the impending choke. He then tries to extricate himself from the hold - but even his enhanced strength is not up to the task and Hans retains his grip on the flailing priest.

The Saint's hornets continue to harry Mama Kark, who screams like a banshee, while the gnat swarm dive-bombs Hans and is immediately vaporized by the flames.

The flames engulfing Hans meanwhile, burn through his stitching - and he abruptly falls apart! The last of his skin consumed, smoldering sawdust falls away from a human skeleton inside, and Hans collapsed to the ground - reduced to a pile of bones and burning pulp!

With Mama Kark's attention now off him, Emend attempts to transfer some of the fire from Hans to Mama Kark with Influence Fire. A large gout of flame swirls off Hans and shrouds Mama Kark - setting her straggly white hair on fire and inadvertently toasting half of the Saint's hornets in the process.

The fire is the final straw for Mama Kark however, and she passes out, falling to the floor in a burning heap!

The room finally quiet - only the crackling sizzle of human flesh and the buzzing drone of the Saint's reduced swarm breaking the silence.
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #180 on: October 01, 2016, 12:00:23 pm »

Saint extricates himself from Hans' remains and moves over to Robor's body, pressing his cross firmly against the dying mage's forehead, uttering words of power in a healing prayer and firmly pressing down on Robor's neck to try and slow the fatal flow of blood
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #181 on: October 01, 2016, 12:09:42 pm »

Empowered by his faith, the Saint completely heals the wound in Robor's neck - watching it seal itself back up, right before his eyes.

Beats, still in Robor's body, regains consciousness.
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #182 on: October 01, 2016, 12:52:39 pm »

With disaster averted, and the corpses burning themselves out, everyone gets a better look at the contents of the sealed stone chamber.

For all intensive purposes, it is a treasure chamber, filled with tables, counters, and shelves, all containing piles and piles of stacked cash - a small percentage now charred (by Hans flailing around in it while on fire) - gold coins, and glass cases full of jewelry and other unusual or valuable items.

At the far end, a strange workbench catches the eye, it currently being devoid of any projects - only the large cutting board that Mama Kark drew the cleaver from resting on its surface. Under the bench however, are some sealed boxes and what look very much like a set or two of Egyptian canopic jars.

Of other note, is Mama Kark's cold steel cleaver, a strange glossy black horn-flask on a table that is dripping blood, and Beat's realization that someone is now scying on the room...
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #183 on: October 01, 2016, 12:55:02 pm »

"Farking bitches tits slit ma throat!" He announces as he stumbles to his feet and grabs the sword again. He looks for her with a mix of determination and anger on his face. Upon seeing her unconscious body smoking and wealted up from the bites and stings he grins "Gotta hers then! She dead right?" He asks.

As they check the room out beats freezes "Someone's scryin us!" He looks around frustrated then runs over to his body and grabs his dog tags off it. Sitting down cross-legged he hold his space tag and closing his eyes he scrying back through the connection made by the person scrying them.
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #184 on: October 01, 2016, 01:14:37 pm »

"That's one down," Emend thinks to himself, looking at the witch's charred remains.
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #185 on: October 01, 2016, 01:16:37 pm »

"Oh, hello... Beats?" Sarapheen's voice comes into Beat's head, "I see you have dispatched the witch. It should be safe for me to come to you now."

At that, Sarapheen's heavenly portal opens overhead and the Angel descents into the chamber in her accustomed celestial regalia, wings, and halo.

Her radiating light conveniently illuminates the room, as the remains of Hans and Mama Kark sputter out.

"You'll need to take her head off to be sure," she points out, "and get the Shade Stone out of the golem's skull and destroy it."

Then looking at Beats and Robor, she raises an eyebrow.

"Oh my, you seem to be all mixed up."
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #186 on: October 01, 2016, 01:24:03 pm »

Beats immediately makes sure to clean his speech up again "Yeh, bit of an accident dere, worked out though, Erm,  though I'd appreciate help putting it right after this..." He takes the sword over to the witch and let's out an audience sigh, hesitating for a few moments before chopping down at her neck...
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #187 on: October 01, 2016, 01:38:50 pm »

Saint feels greatly unnerved by the incident with the witch. He can't seem to get her screams out of his head, as monstrous as she had been... and that poor golem, Hans.

He orders the surviving hornets back into his briefcase and then shakily begins casting an array of spells, removing his Body control spell to cast Healer's Trance. Somewhat numbed, the priest will quietly ask his fellow disciples the following - "Please stay still everyone, I need to tend to your wounds. Robor... Beats? Your arm in particular seems to be infected."

Saint will heal and purge the sickness from all of his fellow disciples before he heals himself.

He visibly winces when Beats beheads the witch.

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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #188 on: October 01, 2016, 07:34:47 pm »

Robor looks at Beats with horror. His body was moments away from death, and he didn't even feel it. Insanity.

"Would you happen to know how to fix this, Serapheen? It's not as fun as it looks." He says.

"What's a shade stone?"
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #189 on: October 02, 2016, 08:09:37 pm »

Black soot issues from the decapitated witch's neck hole in a disturbing death-rattle like moan. Following that however, the witch remains eternally still.

Answering Robor's question, Sarapheen puts a hand on her chin and looks carefully between him and Beats.

"I don't know," she replies, "Maybe the Spirit Warden Morrow Wind could help? He's pretty good with Mind - Although I suspect one would need Space as well, to fix this, which I don't believe he has..."

Regarding the Shade Stone, she replies, "Shade Stones are used to create a false facsimile of a human soul. Sort of a flawed copy, but a copy nonetheless. They are what allow the imbued to be created. What gives them a mockery of life."

"A skilled witch could also use a Soul Stone, but it's possible she created this golem from the dead, rather than from a living victim."

As this goes on, the Saint uses Healer’s Trance to determine that only Robor's body is infected. He has a nasty little disease incubating in the bite he received from the Cthonian worm earlier. Casting Banish Plague takes care of it however.

Following that, the Saint helps Sarapheen in healing everyone's wounds.

"You should probably all come back to the Cathedral with me now," Sarapheen says afterwards; "You'll need time to clean yourselves up for your meeting with Jack Eaton Jr." She waves a hand at the Saint, who's clothing has been completely burned off and Beats' body who Robor piloted into a flaming grapple with Hans - also in need of some new clothes. That and the ruby red bloodstains covering Emend and the greasy worm ichor all over Robor's clothing.

"You did well, stopping the witch before she could escape back to Jack," Sarapheen commented, looking around a bit. "It appears that she uses this chamber much like an airlock. I can see she has a number of portals exiting the chamber both into and out of the castle."

"The golem was probably her watchdog. To keep trespassers from following through beyond this point."
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #190 on: October 02, 2016, 08:14:34 pm »

Saint hesitates then, "Sarapheen, would you be able to accompany us on the second part of this venture now that the witch is gone? I have exhausted much of my magical energies and I will have to exhaust more to heal us of our wounds. My swarm has also been greatly diminished and I do not have the time to create another one to deal with the guards."
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #191 on: October 02, 2016, 08:25:35 pm »

Beats nods as he looks around, purposely avoiding the which's corpse, he might have killed her as an infernal witch but a body was a body.

"Is dere an easy way to tell where da portals go? Could just pop up beside Jack all surprise like and end it quick."
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #192 on: October 02, 2016, 08:27:00 pm »

"You could scry through," Saint suggests
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #193 on: October 02, 2016, 08:30:59 pm »

Beats nods again and sits down to Scry for Jack "Well, let's see were he is."
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #194 on: October 03, 2016, 07:44:19 pm »

High Oaks Castle - Ground Floor

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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #195 on: October 03, 2016, 07:44:53 pm »

High Oaks Castle - Upstairs

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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #196 on: October 03, 2016, 07:45:11 pm »

High Oaks Castle - Attic Space

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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #197 on: October 03, 2016, 07:45:30 pm »

High Oaks Castle - Basement

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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #198 on: October 03, 2016, 07:58:22 pm »

It takes Beats a few tries, but he finds Jack Eaton Jr. in the second floor Pub, drinking martinis with his manservant. Two security guards (the Tech and the Leader) are sitting in the nearby Drawing Room.

Beats can feel the Wards preventing him trying to Scry into the Saltwater Pool Room, beyond the thick stone wall of the Vault, and into all but the south end of the Attic Storage Space. The rest of the castle in open to Space, especially now, with the witch dead and unable to sense any of these type of intrusions anymore.

Feeling out the various portal lines going through the chamber they are currently in, Beats notes that the one he and Robor came in through no longer exists for some reason. Other paths go to the garden statuary out behind the house, one that heads into Georgetown University, and then two in the house itself - one to Bedroom Five, and one into the unwarded Attic Storage Space Beats noted earlier.
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Re: Cleaning House
« Reply #199 on: October 03, 2016, 08:01:42 pm »

Emend walks over to the golem and attempts to take out the shade stone. "I'll take care of this."
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