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Re: [Respite] - Factions
« Reply #150 on: November 02, 2008, 03:38:21 PM »
"I have a very bad feeling about this." Rajani said. "We should cut him down and take his body back to be properly buried. Maybe we should do this now."


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« Reply #151 on: November 03, 2008, 02:35:11 AM »
"Let's get to it" Gideon said. A few quick chops and the poor fellow would be free.
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« Reply #152 on: November 03, 2008, 06:50:21 PM »
Gideon's blade came down, first severing the green bindings taut about the unfortunate's throat, and then those holding his torso against the trunk.

The vines spewed thick ichor and Gideon swore he heard a painful hiss as his sword did his work, but the severed vines showed no motion as the corpse slumped forward. 

Rajani examined the corpse quickly and saw a row of punctures around the throat, and around the torso where the vines had held him. Glancing at the vines, she saw they bore large, hollow-ended thorns...


   
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Re: [Respite] - Factions
« Reply #153 on: November 03, 2008, 11:22:25 PM »
"I do not think we should dawdle, the plants here seem... hungry." she said, looking at the puncturing thorns. She looked at the vines, her skin crawling from the inarticulate hiss that she wasnt sure that she heard, or just imagined.

"Perhaps when the next woodcutters head out they will not venture so deep into the forest, the trees closer to town seemed just as good."


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« Reply #154 on: November 04, 2008, 04:30:42 PM »
"Before we leave, I suggest we try to find that fire I smelled." Toboran said, still trying to locate the scent, "It'll be best to make sure we won't be followed by a fire hard on our heels".
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« Reply #155 on: November 04, 2008, 10:31:17 PM »
Dimi scowled, "Why not, it isn't as if burning down these woods would open up land for farms and grazing..."

Turning to leave the clearing Dimi began muttering to himself,  Ya allahani, hathhe chawagat dun ai faqur jaeda
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« Reply #156 on: November 05, 2008, 06:39:49 PM »
Dimi's thoughts were suddenly cut off by a loud shattering sound from the northern end of the clearing, near the overlarge tree.  Looking closer, several thin trails of smoke were drifting upwards and faint sounds of conflict could be heard.





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« Reply #157 on: November 06, 2008, 02:39:57 AM »
"It may be more loggers in danger! Let's move!"
Boulder-like, Gideon advanced forward.
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« Reply #158 on: November 06, 2008, 04:30:45 PM »
Balin hurriedly followed the giant-of-a-man bringing to mind one of his lesser spells.
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« Reply #159 on: November 06, 2008, 05:24:51 PM »
Toboran slipped quickly to the treeline and folowed it 'round towards the sounds, trying to use the trees to hide himself from any prying eyes he might be approaching.

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Re: [Respite] - Factions
« Reply #160 on: November 06, 2008, 10:34:53 PM »
Scowling intently, Rajani tch-tch-tched her horse. At the sound of her clucking, the gray gelding, innovatively named Gray ambled towards the woman he had carried for the last few weeks. Scratching the gelding behind the ear for a moment, she grabbed the front of the saddle and a fistful of his mane and pulled herself up into the saddle. She wiggled a moment to find her seat, tucking the wand away in her belt. She was worried, the divinities of the blind beyond were not bottomless with their blessings, and she knew there was not much more she could ask of their grace.

At least with Gray she had several advantages. Sitting higher, she had a better view of the forest clearing. Secondly Gray wasn't the fastest horse, but he was certainly faster than any human on foot. Finally, she didn't feel nearly as vulnerable in his saddle as she did on the ground. She nudged Gray to flank behind Gideon. While she wasnt nearly as large as the man, whom she thought unnaturally huge, together her horse and she together were the same size.



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« Reply #161 on: November 08, 2008, 06:36:52 PM »
As the party moved closer, they heard a sharp word of command, though not in any language they were familiar with.  From the north end of the clearing bounded large, grey furred creatures.

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« Reply #162 on: November 08, 2008, 07:53:02 PM »
Jhoric stopped quite a distance away and fired a blast of purple/black energy out of his hand towards the first creature to enter the clearing. He smiled a wicked smile and seemed to be enjoying himself.

(OOC - I have a range of 250ft with Eldritch Spear. Probably move then attack each round, just to keep up with the group.)
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« Reply #163 on: November 09, 2008, 09:17:45 AM »
(OOC-I'll get close enough for my magic missile and then use it.)
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« Reply #164 on: November 09, 2008, 11:06:59 AM »
Toboran stalked through the woods toward the rear of the beasts.

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« Reply #165 on: November 09, 2008, 06:46:04 PM »
Jhoric's blast caught the lead animal full in the chest, giving a loud tortured whine.  At this distance, the two creatures appeared to be either wolf or dog, but oversize from either perspective.

The injured canine regained its footing and resumed it's charge with its partner.



Area where the beasts are is clear enough that stalking through the woods will put you out of the way..

Balin held his fire, holding his spell ready until the beasts came into range.  Beside him Jhoric again outstretched his hand and unleashed a second blast of dark energy, just as the moment was right for his own spell to take wing.

Bolt of black and bolts of silver sped downrange and impacted against the two oncoming wolves- for there is nothing else that these could be.  Twin yipes of pain marked their impact, but did not slow their pell-mell charge.  A loud twang indicated the firing of a heavy crossbow, the bolt barely striking the leftmost wolf.  Dimi cursed, hoping for a more solid strike.

Targets now at 100' and moving at horse-speed.  Next actions please?

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« Reply #166 on: November 10, 2008, 02:09:30 AM »
"Whatever they feed to the beasts here to grow so huge, we -have- to feed it to chickens!"
Gideon stood in front of the group, ready to intercept the furries.
"The rest of you, look around for whoever yelled that command, and let him have a friendly punch or two."
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« Reply #167 on: November 10, 2008, 09:30:45 AM »
"Giant pigs, now giant dogs," Rajani pulled her wand from her belt and flicked her wrist, sending a hissing spray of gold towards the less injured of the two giant wolves. "Is there anytihng here that isn't gigantic or in short supply?"

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« Reply #168 on: November 10, 2008, 03:06:13 PM »
Balin thought of another spell that would increase their strength in numbers even further. This particular spell could not go very far so he readied it until the hounds were close enough.

(OOC-Cause Fear as a readied action on the less injured one as soon as their in range, I think it's thirty-feet.) 
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« Reply #169 on: November 11, 2008, 02:54:13 AM »
Tossing down the crossbow for the second time in the day he drew his scimitar and kurki and ran up Gideon, "But for one thing, a chicken that size could fight back."
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« Reply #170 on: November 11, 2008, 09:17:11 AM »
"That depends on the cutlery you're using!" Gideon replied, sword ready. "Or, in this case, the skinning knife."
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« Reply #171 on: November 11, 2008, 06:12:05 PM »
Once more, deadly black energy lashed out and struck the wolf, and all could see it was in pain, but still proceeded, driven by something strong to throw itself against the party.  Unsupported by a pack, and outnumber, still it sought to close fang around throat as did its companion.

When it skewered itself on Gideon's sword, its eyes betrayed a glimpse of relief, even as they glazed over in death.

Balin unleashed a spell against the second surviving wolf just at it began a leap into the party.  Mid jump the beast was engulfed with terror, but still it carried on its leap.  However, a powerful scimitar strike threw it off and its jaws missed flesh, instead the wolf slammed bodily into Dimi.  He was carried to the ground by the impact, but he lashed out with his second blade and opened the wolves' throat.  He was drenched in the creatures hot blood and threw it off him, the pony-sized wolf now dead.

Toboran, circling around for a better vantage point saw what appeared to be a hastily built fortification at the north end of the clearing, with numerous smouldering piles of vegetation and corpses of both man and wolf scattered about.



   
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« Reply #172 on: November 12, 2008, 02:22:48 PM »
"Comrades", Toboran called behind him as he stepped out of the trees to face the fortifications, "If you've finished with those beasts then you might want to take a look at this."
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« Reply #173 on: November 14, 2008, 04:10:37 PM »
Balin looked down at the dead wolf, his brow furrowed. Though he had not done much combat casting in his life, he never the less cast a spell that worked but did nothing. He went over in his mind how it had gone wrong, it didn't have enough range, and was not worth casting at a charging opponent. He would remember next time.

After only a few moments Balin looked away from the corpse and began to walk toward where the creatures had come from.
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« Reply #174 on: November 14, 2008, 06:27:14 PM »
Jhoric jogged to catch up with Balin, and the rest, heading towards Toboran.
"What do we have now?" He asked aloud. Then, looking behind him, he muttered, "Who was she?"
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