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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:46 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Laume grins and with a swift hand wave decides to give Aurora's charge a little boost of speed.
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The fleeing, unarmoured General is reduced to bloody pulp by Mel's spell, which leaves only one General now for the group to handle.  On seeing Aurora charge, one thing crosses the General's mind as she sees the girl running towards her, head bent down...

Exactly how the kids used to in the playground for leap frog - although the kids normally weren't running towards her with horns.  In any case, the General throws aside her crossbow and uses Aurora as a springboard for leaping over her.  The additional speed Laume gives Aurora unbalances the General and throws off her landing, causing her to stumble and drop to one knee on the other side.  She's also now surrounded: Aurora behind her, Quinn, Mel, Laume and Breach in front of her.

"Give it up, Lilner," the paladin says.  "These folks have got you out-classed."  The General removes her helmet and shakes her head, smirking.

"So kill me, go on, any of you.  There's twice our number upstairs and two of you are already hurt.  Besides, you've already given Agreas exactly what he'd hoped for."  Her face takes on a look of disgust.  "You paladins are so easy to bait."

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Meanwhile, in the throne room...

Marisela manages to take put one of the enemy Generals, freeing up one of the friendly ones and giving him just enough time to turn and face the most powerful General before the friendly one is decapitated.  Armour or not, whatever this guy's wielding seems to cut through it.  Distracted by killing that General, however, this more powerful one doesn't see Marisela's attack coming and her spear punches through into his torso.  He lets out an inhuman roar of rage, takes hold of the spear and, with it still in him, tries to wrench it away from Marisela.

Kratos takes the opportunity to run past the wounded uber-General to where Greeny is currently lying unconscious near another set of doors at the far side of the room.

Libris turns around and goes to the air of the last remaining friendly General to fight off the two remaining enemy Generals (excluding the one now trying to deprive Marisela of her spear).

Jamin has recovered enough that she has now joined the non-fighting General at the nearer set of double doors.  She seems alarmed.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"I am not a paladin," Quinn snaps. "And I'm not going to kill you. I do have a question though.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Melantha doesn't know about the rest of them but she might take the general up on her offer. She smiles "We've got a Hulk powerful solar angel upstairs that was previously the head executioner of Tempus. I highly doubt any number that go up against her will survive." she pulls out the bolt, internally wincing "I'm not here out of choice, I don't really care about either side in this conflict and what they're trying to accomplish here. I'm here to protect my girls, and that's something that you've put in jeopardy. You can either help us, or I'll kill you. Slowly. Intimately. In every way you know you fear. And then your family."

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Marisela lets the spear go, she can easily recall it to her hand and a sword was much preferable in close combat. However the general's sword bothers her, armour imbued by a God should be able to stop most things but she doesn't want to put that to the test. On the defensive she in one hand swings her sword low at the general, then back up sharply. If the general uses her spear against her or tries to block with it she'll call it back, or if she's open and needs something to block with.

What Jamin's concerned about has to wait, hopefully it'll keep as she's got something more dangerous on her hands. And if she doesn't take care of him she very much doubts Libris' chances.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aurora, having been knocked to the floor via leap-frog quickly tries to get up again and regain some semblance of dignity, the voice in her head yelling very enthusiastically about taking the general up on her offer.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Call me a bloody paladin again and I just might murder you before Mel does!" She slips out her scalpel. "Maybe I'll attach your living head to a plate and hang it above my door where you can watch me use the rest of your body for spare parts. You should thank me if it saves you from the demons you serve."
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lilner initially smirks at Quinn, but then her face turns serious.

"Because Agreas' machine gives him the kind of power I could only fantasise about.  How do you think it feels to have your every action, your every thought even, constantly judged... and constantly found wanting?  That was my life before coming here.  I was a paladin, then a blackguard, in constant service to one god or another.  I was never good enough, and how could I have been?  I was being compared to gods!  I never stood a chance!  One day, I was working as a mercenary and Agreas heard about me.  He offered me revenge, not against the paladins or the blackguards, but against the gods themselves.

"You see, Agreas' machine... it can kill gods,"
Lilner says, and then she smirks and turns to Mel.  "It just needs one key ingredient.  A true believer.  And Breach here has delivered us a wonderful one.  I wonder who she believes in?"

"Now wait a sec, I didn't-"

"Don't be so modest, Breach.  This is the smartest thing you've done since learning to tie your own shoelaces." Lilner interrupts the paladin nastily, before turning back to Mel.
"I wouldn't be so sure of that.  Agreas hasn't lasted this long zapping gods without some pretty killer security to rely on.  And as for your girls... well, I'm sure they're being very useful right now."

Finally, Lilner turns to Laume.

"Ohhhh, the fairy.  I like you.  No one's ever used alchemy against the Generals before.  Unfortunately, I don't need saving from Agreas.  I'm perfectly happy serving him, as are most of the others, traitors-" Her eyes flick towards Breach. "Excluded.  Most of us were either blackguards or paladins.  Agreas saved us."

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Meanwhile, in the throne room...

The most powerful General blocks the lower swipe with his sword and ducks the upper swipe.  He wrenches Marisela's spear out of himself and throws it aside, then swipes clumsily at the angel with his sword.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ohhhhh...that's turned a slightly annoyed Melantha into a bloody furious being of boiling, enormous rage. Her eyes turn black and she growls at the unfortunate general, she attempts to give the general a huge psychic slap (she reasons that unlike before now her helmets off it shouldn't bounce off) to knock her out, if that doesn't work she creates a mass of shadows to smack her round the face to knock her out that way. She turns to the group "Take her with, I'm not done with her yet." that said she turns, walks briskly over to the teleporting door handle and puts her hand just above it, then the general's words about killer security kick in. She clenches her fist and sends out a message to Jonah, she hadn't intended to make this known that the necklace that Jonah was wearing could do significantly more than just to be a GPS locator but she had no choice given the situation "Jonah? Where are you hun? You're in great danger."

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Marisela easily blocks the General's swing and in doing so she attempts to knock him slightly off balance. She recalls her spear to her other hand and thrusts forwards, driving it point first towards his neck. In receiving a message without turning her head she speaks to Jamin "Jamin. You and your sister are in danger, stay completely out of harms way."
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quinn, for her part, looks rather furious as well, if somewhat less murderous than Melantha at the moment.

"Sleep," she snaps at Lilner, as if Mel's one-two slap-and-shadow combo wasn't enough. "Idiot. Let's go, we have to help them...


((And I'm sooooo tempted to go the "you won't like her when she's angry" route, but no, I established that works off stress before, oh well...))
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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((And I'm sooooo tempted to go the "you won't like her when she's angry" route, but no, I established that works off stress before, oh well...))


((I can't do that with Melantha, she's always angry Razz ))
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Bah! Switching one set of gods for another, typical weak, blinded fools! There's no saving some people." The fairy's mood is not helped either. This is all making her very annoyed. "Let's just get who we came for and ... I don't know, blow it all up."
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aurora for her part is rather silent. I've said it once and I'll say it again, Aurora herself might be perfectly pleasent and harmless, but damn her friends are terrifying.
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((Awww, even the lovely Jonahs? Twisted Evil ))

Poor Lilner: Mel's and Quinn's spells both work as intended, but it's a miracle they didn't outright kill Lilner.

As for Mel's contact with Jonah, she gets a rather frantic response:
I know! I know! Little help here?!

Breach, meanwhile, is utterly perplexed.

"I don't get you guys at all.  If you all hate paladins so much, why are you here tryin' to rescue one?"  He shakes his head.  "If you want might gut opinion, I'd say the door handle's safe to use.  The teleport effect is the intended trap - you wouldn't trap a trap, would you?"

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Meanwhile, in the throne room...

"Jonah's in there! She can't bamf out!" Jamin shouts back desperately to Marisela.  Bad move on her part: Libris turns to look at her and is struck down by one of the remaining bad Generals, leaving two of them against the last remaining friendly General... but not for long.  The General who had been working on the doors abandons his futile attempts and charges at the General who knocked down Libris, leaving Jamin to start hurling fireballs at the doors to Agreas' inner sanctum.

As for Marisela, the uber-General she had been fighting takes hold of the incoming spear, stops it just short of his neck, and starts laughing.

"Is that the best you've got, you-" He says no more as someone inelegantly barges him forwards on to Marisela's spear.  Behind where the uber-General had been stood, Greeny wags his tail.

"Been ages since I used that trick.  Get the doors, angel- I'll see to Libris."
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"There's an exception to every rule without exception," says Quinn. (Who, irony of ironies, becomes a paladin - of freedom, at least - in her Prime Future Timeline...)

"As for traps, the best way to deal with them is often to spring them," she observes - before striding right over to the handle and reaching for it...
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Melantha tries to sound reassuring but probably ends up slightly panicky "I'm coming your way Sweetie, hold out a little bit longer. Help is on the way." she disappears into the shadows on the ground and reappears from a shadow on the floor where all the action is now taking place (any shadow, even the smallest, including shadows where fallen bodies have fell) hopefully close to Jonah in the godess' shadow. If she's lucky enough to be by Jonah she'll immediately create a solid shield around them both. If it's not possible to appear in the room that Jonah is in she'll just have to make do with the adjoining, corpse filled room.

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Marisela nods at Greeny, lets go of the spear and leaps and twists backwards, swinging her sword horizontally in an attempt to slice the uber general in half and with assistance by her wings land by the door, facing it.
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Laume shakes her head and says to Breach, "I can think of few greater insults than to be called a slave of the divine, whatever fancy name you give it. Some are lost and can't be saved, but I feel sorry for the rest. Many of them mean well even if they are blinded fools. And fools need saving the most." She grabs the handle after Quinn and brightens up as she adds with a grin, "Also I never say no to adventure."
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once again Aurora brings up the rear and, feeling totally out of her depth, grabs hold of the handle after the fairy.
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Seeing the look on Aurora's face, Breach grabs her shoulder before she disappears.

It's gonna be okay," he tells her.

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Meanwhile, in the throne room...

When Quinn arrives, she's just in time to see Marisela slicing the uber-General in half.  She'll also see Jamin trying frantically to open a set of double doors at the far side of the room, two generals fighting another two generals, and one general on the floor being talked to by Greeny.  Also, a fair few dead generals on the floor.

Melantha appears at Jamin's side, this being the closest the tower's defences will allow her to get to Jonah.  Jamin takes one look at the shadowcaster and her face falls as her last hope leaves her.

"Catch me," she says, before her eyes roll back in her head and she drops like a stone.

Laume appears just next to Quinn, seeing the same scene as Quinn although she sees Mel next to Jamin, and Jamin beginning to collapse.

Aurora and Breach arrive last.  Breach runs towards the fighting generals, one of whom calls to him:

"Let's take 'em out!" The general (who, Marisela will know, was the same one trying to get the doors open earlier) removes his helmet, revealing a pale face, brown eyes and red hair, before continuing to fight for his life against the two other generals.

((I don't think anyone here ever met the Librarian's brother - but please correct me if I'm wrong))
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((I kinda thought it was, and no, they haven't met him))

Melantha initially does the first thing that she can do, which is to catch Jamin as gently as she can. She moves still holding Jamin away from the door and looks at Marisela "I don't care what you have to do Ely, get through that door. Apparently that guy likes zapping gods, that should get on Tempus' radar. And I've been told that holy magic should get past magical defences." she gives out a mental message to Jonah "If you can get away from the door sweetie, it might get a bit messy there. I'm trying to get to you, hold on baby."

Marisela takes on step back from the door, holds out her hands to it and blasts it with as much holy energy she has and all that her god has granted her, even more so than normal because of the comment that Melantha has said just now.

If people aren't distracted enough they might hear a very, very distant wolf's howl.
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Quinn, for her part, scowls, and starts directly torwards the door, her face a growing thundercloud even as she sees Jamin fall, only getting angrier.

"Bored now. Coming through."

She lifts her hands, concentrating, and then thrusts them out, sending a blast of telekinetic force at the door.

A...rather strong blast. Seems she has no concern for collateral damage.  Shocked

Of course, she's not paying attention to her defenses, either.
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Laume takes in the scene. "If this guy likes messin' with gods and holy stuff, is it really wise to throw around holy power? Maybe he, like, feeds upon it or something."

She searches her pockets and belts for something useful, and settles on muttering a magic word of luck for Breach and the other two generals supposedly fighting on the good side.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aurora for her part just sort of stands there, frozen as to what to do.
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Fortunately for Quinn, the last two remaining good Generals manage to dispatch the last two remaining evil Generals, so the group is no longer under any direct threat.  Well, for a short while at least...

The door shudders against Melantha's assault, but holds.  However, the wall surrounding the door is looking less healthy, particularly when Quinn's hit strikes it as well, causing large cracks to appear, glowing with the strange magic which flows through all the tower.

THAT WAS ALL I NEEDED  Anyone in the party with the ability to receive telepathic messages would have heard that.

"Get down!" Libris yells as the walls begin to cave inwards, as though the room is taking a deep breath, and then they explode outwards, debris flying in all directions, taking out the walls not only of the inner sanctum but of the throneroom and roof as well.  The party now finds itself out in the open air, beneath the rolling red clouds.

"...ouch," Jonah croaks, currently on her knees, and glowing dimly.

The remains of the top of the tower are slowly oozing magic in a vain attempt to repair the damage, but it's clear the tower is beyond repair.  For a few moments, not a sound can be heard... and then there is a terrible groan from the masonry of the tower.

Libris staggers to her feet, helped up by the wolf.

"We need to leave immediately," she says.  "There's a functioning teleport circle just down the ramp.  I know the sigils to get us back to the beach."  She hesitates, looking towards Jonah, then turns to Breach and Mel.  "Please bring my girls," she adds, and then, with Greeny's help, she begins to walk down a spiralling ramp heading back into the tower.

Breach wordlessly heads towards Jonah, but she waves him away.

"I really wouldn't touch me right now," she says, getting unsteadily to her feet and then making her way towards the ramp, as does Kratos.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Melantha certainly gets the message and ducks down before Libris spoke, protecting the other cute fiery twin with her body. Also assisted by the shadow shield that she cast over them. Marisela didn't get the message but seeing what Melantha was doing and upon hearing Libris she also hits the deck and shields herself with her wings.

After the blast Melantha stands up, still holding Jamin, and replies to Libris "Do you honestly need to ask that of me?" she walks briskly (holding the unconscious twin) towards Jonah as the glowing twin is moving towards the ramp, giving her a look, not a glare of a scowl but a mixture of relief, worriedness and a definite 'we'll have words about this later'. In other circumstances Jonah would be leapt upon and covered in kisses but that's slightly hampered by the weight that she's carrying, Jonah's own comments about non-touching and the fact that her mother is there.

Marislea gets up just a little later having been nearer to the blast, retracts her wing and looks about "Anyone in particular need of healing?"

Tala puts a paw on the general that Melantha knocked out earlier, turns them bot incorporeal and invisible and moves to the upper floor like Melantha did earlier, the shadowcaster did say she hadn't done with her yet after all.
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"...are you alright?" Quinn asks Jonah, worried, hurrying over to her friend and ignoring the ommminous groans of the roof. "I was worried..."


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