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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:24 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

The problem with being small is that you don't have a lot of mass and is easily thrown around. Laume drops down in time, but the blast still sends her flying across the room.

Ouch indeed, she groans and looks around nervously. When nothing more seems about to happen immediately, she gets back up a little unsteadily and dusts herself off as she follows.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aurora follows her friends.

"Is everyone okay?"
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Libris answers Mel with a small but grateful smile.

"I'm fine," Jonah answers Quinn and Aurora quickly.  "Jamin's in worse shape."  The whole building trembles.  "And I think the building's in worse shape than she is."

Neither Kratos, Greeny, Libris, other Libris, unnamed good General, Lilner, Breach, Jonah or Jamin take Marisela up on her offer.

Down the ramp, the group find themselves in the Generals' dining hall, currently empty.  Libris and Kratos quickly redraw some of the symbols around a large circle.

"This will get you back to the beach.  I'll explain everything there.  You need to hurry - magic was all that held this place together, so it could come down any minute.  We'll hold the circle until you're all through," Libris says, nodding at Kratos who nods back.  The building trembles again, much worse than before, and large cracks appear up all the walls.

"Or until the tower comes down," Kratos adds, laughing nervously.

The other Libris, the unnamed good General and Breach are first to step into the circle and vanish.  Jonah flashes a quick smile at Mel, then steps through after them, while Greeny mutters something to Libris before following Jonah.

((Anyone who steps through will find themselves back on the beach where they first arrived in this thread, with the good General, Breach, other Libris, Greeny and Jonah waiting there for them.))
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Melantha returns the smile to Jonah, even though she said she was 'fine' the shadowcaster suspected that would need further investigation later. She also suspected that the muttered conversation between Greeny and Libris would be about them, well, that had to come out at some time (however she'd have proffered it to not be during such a dramatic event).

On Jonah's comments about Jamin being in a worse state Melantha pauses and checks whether her charge's pulse and breathing were normal (in retrospect of her current condition), Marisela would do some healing on her but when they were in a building that was architecturally sound. In pausing she creates a gap between her and the person in front, although it's impossible to tell if that was purposely made.

After she's checked she hurries towards the circle and disappears to the beach. Marisela picks up the generals that had fallen to the uber generals blade and carries them to and through the circle, she could raise them later providing someone could find some diamonds.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quinn heads to the circle as well, stepping through with a frown and a worried expression on her face.

...she'll try to drag Aurora along with her if she can!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laume looks around. "What a shame we don't get to loot the place ..." she says before heading through the portal.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aurora is dragged after her friend, being nothing if not a follower.
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At the beach, Jonah's attention is torn between the distant tower and her unconscious other self.  She's still glowing slightly.

The other Libris lets out a cuss as the top of the tower begins to slide and crumble away from the rest, but Libris and Kratos safely appear in the circle a moment later, looking relieved to be back at the beach.  The top of the tower begins to fall, and then the rest of the tower crumples beneath it.

"Jonah," Libris says, indicating her daughter should step away from the group with her.  As the two women move away, the other Libris steps forward and removes his helmet.

"It's great to be out of there," he says gratefully.  "I think another few days and Agreas might have started working out who the remaining paladins were.  Not that I'm a paladin myself - just an older brother to one," he adds, with a nod of the head towards Libris.

"Personally, I'd have preferred a rescue before I lost my hands and feet," Breach comments.  "But I'm glad to be out alive."

Kratos looks deeply uncomfortable.

"Gah, I can't bear this!" Kratos yelps, while Greeny looks on in surprise.  "We tricked you!"

"'scuse me?" Greeny asks darkly.

"The mission was on the brink of failure," Kratos begins his confession.  "We sent the paladins in to destroy Agreas' machine, but we only got so far as finding out where it was, never how to reach it.  I knew Libris was pretending to be a general this whole time - she had to be, it'd been part of the plan.  The only way to reach the machine was through the sanctum doors, and only Agreas could open them - and Agreas only opened them when he had a True Believer to feed to the machine.  We, uh, we needed bait... but it was never supposed to go this far!  We never imagined anyone from the Town was going to get anywhere near the machine before we could intervene!"

Luckily for Kratos, Libris and Jonah return to the group at this point.

"So me and Jamin were bait?" Jonah asks, shooting a not-so-happy look at her mother.

"I'm afraid you were," Libris says regretfully.  "You have always been my little girls... but you're not little girls any more.  I've watched you grow into young women, but I never stopped thinking of you as helpless toddlers to be protected from the evils of the world.  Then, at the point where I should have begun pushing you so that you could become stronger, I didn't... and your father got there first.  I hope this is the only time I ever say it of him, but Merant was right to push you, and he had more faith in your abilities than I did.

"I would never have brought you here to trick Agreas into dropping the defences on his machine if I hadn't believed you could get yourselves out of the worst trouble - with help from your friends when things got really tricky. If I'd just asked, Greeny would have dissuaded you from coming, so we had to engineer a situation where both you and he would feel compelled to enter the tower.  As I knew you would, and as I would always do for you, you came to my rescue.

"That's not to say everything went to plan.  We didn't know Agreas' son was one of the Generals, and the device Kratos threw into the inner sanctum was meant to explode and destroy the machine."

"Which it didn't," Jonah says, taking up the tale.  "It was actually a beacon for another group of paladins to use to teleport into the tower, directly to where the machine was.  When I saw them arrive at the beach, I ran into the circle with them.  We all ended up in Agreas' sanctum and then Agreas pointed at me and started yelling 'BELIEVER' at the top of his voice.  It got messy after that: the paladins were trying to kill Agreas, Agreas was trying to kill the paladins, and both groups were trying to feed me into the machine so they could kill my dad.  Eventually, the paladins beat managed to get away with the machine."

"And that was never part of the plan!" Kratos insists.  "We were going to destroy the machine so no one could use it.  There were other paladins who knew about the plan - the ones who gave me the grenade - so I guess they've got the machine now."

"They'll be long gone by now," the other Libris points out.  "They'll have 'ported back to the ship, then 'ported somewhere else.  But don't feel bad," he adds quickly.  "We couldn't have known we were being tricked ourselves, and we'd have never stood a chance of destroying the machine if it hadn't been for you all.  I'm also thinking I should stock up on acid..." he adds thoughtfully.

"I'm not going to put any of you in further danger today.  Give us a moment, and we'll have the circles set up to teleport you back to the Town."

Libris and Kratos begin working on checking the symbols.  Hardly a moment passes before Kratos steps into the circle and vanishes.

"I think that should be it," Libris says.  "Step in to go home."

"Mel, if you put Jamin on the ground, I should be able to wake her up," Jonah says.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marislea is the first one to speak after the info dump. She narrows her eyes "I do not like being tricked, although given the circumstances I would have tried the same. It would have given me great favour in my God's eyes, killing Herreldr's kin is something that Ariana hasn't managed to do. Killing the God himself? That is something that Tempus hadn't imagined possible in his current position." she places the generals she's been carrying on the floor "These should be able to resurrect, if you deem it necessary. Although that would be at your expense in material components."

Melantha shoots an even more not-happy look at Libris "I wouldn't have put it past Merry to pull this sort of events, but you? Using your own daughters as bait in which either one of them could have been very easily killed? If Ely hadn't intervened that could have very possibly happened. I thought I was bad, even I wouldn't jeopardised they're safety like this without warning them beforehand. What kind of paladin are you?" she's having trouble keeping her rage in check, she desperately wanted in her current state of mind to blast all the paladins and the associated lot into oblivion, pretty much the only thing preventing her was that this was Jonah and Jamin's mother (and uncle, but she doesn't know this for definite yet).

On hearing Jonah she puts Jamin down on the ground and crouches nearby, subconsciously she holds on to one of Jamin's hands.

((okay dokie, would you be able to plane shift from the beach, and I probably should have asked this earlier but is any where inside or outside the now ruined citadel protected against scrying?))
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((The citadel's magical defences all crumbled with the tower and the death of Agreas))
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quinn, for her part listens in silence to the confession that It Was A Trap All Along!

...then turns without a word, and silently walks directly away from the group along the water's edge.
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Well that can't be good, Aurora is quick to follow her friend.

"Are you okay?"
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"It was a trap all along. A trick. Is this what happens when you try to help?" Quinn asks quietly, still walking, her fists clenched and looking on the verge of tears. "I thought my friends' mom had to be someone strong and somebody to look up to but she used her own daughters as bait!"
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"For people who claim believe in law and order they sure do lie and deceive a lot," the fairy muttered and shook her head. "Well, it was fun anyway," she said and turned to Breach, "If you want a replacement pair of hands and feet, you can find me in Town, I have a little shop there. I can offer a wide choice of donors, if you want something exotic? How about lion feet and eagle claws? Those are classics, or we can find a human donor if you're not feeling adventurous. At least I always believed in giving people a fair choice."
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Aurora is nothing if not a boundless font of optimism, though I don't know how helpful that's going to be right now.

"I know, I know it looks bad but there's got to be a good reason right?"
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"...maybe. But what is a good reason?"
Quinn does stop though, and after a moment she goes to hug Aurora tightly.
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Aurora hugs back, hoping this'll comfort her friend.

"I don't know..."
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Libris nods gratefully at Marisela, then turns to Mel.  When she speaks, her tone is gentle.

"Mel, I'm a paladin.  There's really only one kind.  As for bringing my daughters into this... I'm fairly sure they'd be more annoyed if I'd kept them out of it.  The part about the paladins being discovered and executed was true, but I wasn't on the shortlist yet."

"Damn right.  We're not kids anymore.  But, y'know, you could've given us more warning about what was really going on here." Jonah says.  "And you should write more."  She takes hold of her other self's hand and her glow diminishes to nothing.  Jamin's eyes blink open.  "Hey you," Jonah says.

"I think I miscalculated..." Jamin moans.

"Yeah, you did.  Up you get!"  Jonah keeps hold of Jamin's hand and pulls her to her feet.  Both girls look utterly exhausted.

"You girls should get going before you fall asleep on your feet," Greeny tells them.  "You too, Breach.  We'll get you fixed up somehow.  Laume's a decent sort."

Breach, Jonah and Jamin step through the portal and vanish.
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Melantha doesn't look too convinced but doesn't want to pressure it for now "Ely, you go on ahead and make sure they don't collapse on the street." Marisela nods and heads through the portal.

Melantha looks at Libris again "And I should be getting back to my much neglected tavern, unless you've got some parting words for me."
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Laume disappears through the portal.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quinn looks a little comforted, and sighs.
"I guess we'd best be getting along."
And she'll try to walk with Aurora to and through the portal.
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"Yeah..."

Aurora nods in agreement and follows.
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Libris hesitates, then shakes her head at Mel.

"Safe journey," she says.  She watches each of the party as they leave until only Greeny, the other Libris and last of the good Generals remains.

"And you, of course, aren't coming home," the wolf says to Libris.  She shakes her head.

"The machine's still out there and we need to start the hunt from scratch - there's no time to lose.  Let us know when Breach is fit and we'll come for him."  Libris glances at her brother.  "And keep an eye on Jonah.  I'm not the only liar in the family."  With that, she fondly ruffles the wolf's ears, and then watches him step through the portal.  

After altering some of the runes, the two paladins and the rogue step into the circle and vanish.
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Before leaving Melantha nods at Libris "You take care now Libris," she frowns, scratches the back of her neck and looks behind her for a split second "I'd hate to see the looks on your girls faces if you get killed." with that she steps through the portal.


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