[TWFNE] Week 226: Inner Light

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The demon sprang forward out of the rubble, moving around to the right, chains dangling and jingling as they scraped off the ground. It laughed in macabre humor at the carnage. It was glad to be chosen, and now it had chosen its soft prey. A small portal appeared in front of its finger yet again, a thin green line lancing out over the fissure and towards the caster.

Meanwhile, encased in the sphere of darkness, Cassius heard the sounds of combat. He especially heard the sound of the daggers flying up above his face, way too close for comfort. Self-preservation kicked in and he started moving, his body half-rolling, half crawling up and out of the darkness.

“Fuck fuck fuck.” His arm burned. Was this what getting stabbed felt like? And people just did this regularly? The mage figured they all were insane, but if they wanted to do it instead of him, that was fine.

Finally, light swept through his vision as his left hand touched the edge of a pillar. He used it as a prop, scrambling up to his feet and peeking around it. He quickly abandoned the peek as his eyes caught the absolutely maddening melee that was taking place.

Turning his head, he saw the rogue. It was staring at him, knife in hand. His hand swept out towards it, gathering the energy for a spell together. Even while he did this, his other hand sought out a dark blue stone in his pocket, it’s cold surface icy but welcoming to him. He channeled energy into it even as he took energy out of it, Cold filling him while a ghostly warmth encased it.

His eyes met the rogue’s, and he waited, hand outstretched, panting.


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Used Guild Item to gain 500 Vigor!
Used Dormio to store a copy of Flame Burst (Mag 3)!
Imp cast energy burst (mag 4)
Net Gain of 250 Vigor
 

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Diamantus kept her powerful frame contained, not flailing around in the darkness. There was a soft "whoosh" and the air moved around her. A moment later there were two solid thumps and a loud grunt of pain came from the velen's tightly clamped mouth as two of the rogue's daggers struck her. One hit her shoulder and the other her forearm, but she gritted her teeth and bulled forward, face set in grim lines as the light began to rise around her.

Now her sharp eyes came into focus on Cassius and the rogue. In spite of the pain in her right arm, she still drew her pistol with her left. A good gunslinger could shoot with either hand. Her gaze remained focused on the target, but she didn't move. It was Cassius' turn to act. Her response would merely follow.

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::2::

The fragile caster was swept up by Keydis’ attack, acrid blood oozing onto the woman’s hand. The enlil’s hands drooped to the side, the growing sparks prevented from intensifying for now. From this close, Keydis had a clear view of the being’s face. Several lacerations ripped and tore across her neck, rotted flesh oozing out from the impact. Her body felt light and limp, only stiffening to act when called upon. Oddly, the headstrong girl could have sworn she heard voice whisper into the very air around them.

"Behind!"

As the duo flew across the ravine, the woman’s head snapped back. The wound on her neck opened further. The ghastly visage locked eyes with readied Aeria. Bright bursts of yellow light illuminated her eyes, the predatory instinct welled out sending shivers down the polearm fighter’s spine, causing her to falter.

“Succendam auferet in ventum torquent…” a strained whisper echoed out of the caster’s throat. Matching the furiosity of Keydis’ attack, a hurricane of wind erupted around the pair. For a moment, they were suspended carefully within the eye of the storm. The caster shifted her weight, as the two rotated clockwise. The crackle of the imp’s energy blast broke the bliss. The arcane energy grew in intensity as a second gust of wind propelled the two away from the energy blast. The two hurtled towards the southwest pillar, Keydis first!

The heavy blows dented deep within the paladin’s armor. The spurii’s pummeling seemed to strike true as the paladin hurtled towards the ravine. Reaching towards his neck, he grasped a necklace consisting of three interlocking steel rings. A heavy bass shouted:

A fortress lonely and watchful. Break on it!”

A thick pillar of steel jutted from the ground at the edge of the ravine. With a heavy thud, he slammed against the barrier, which cracked at the sheer weight and force. Unperturbed, he glared at Aelflead once more. Eyes focusing on the planted shield in front of him, he dashed forward with startling speed. As he grasped the weapon, he suddenly accelerated to slam Aelflead with the full force!

Meanwhile, Cassius’ eyes widened as the rogue raised her dagger. The runic markings began to glow a blood red. As she struck down at him with full force, he winced and braced for the pain. A cold air filled his lungs, but no pain followed. Her form simply phased through the young spellcaster. A fighter’s instinct broke Aeria out of her stupor just as the rouge aimed her blade straight at her neck from behind.



[1494]


The rogue has revealed the true copy to be the one to the WEST.

Paladin: Aelf

The paladin took the brunt of the attacks and lanched towards the edge. He casts iron bastion to form a barrier behind him in order to stop him from falling off. He then recovers, rounds to pick up his tower shield and then uses [ Reckless Charge ] to move very fast and slam into Aelf. Total magnitude: 6.

Caster: Aeria, Keydis

Caster got stabbed and launched over by Keydis. However, as the rogue was running west, she see's Aeria preparing her followup attack and communicates this to the caster.

Locking eyes with Aeria as she readied her attack, the caster used [ Raptor Glare ] to paralyze her and prevent her from following up with her prepared move.

Keydis and the caster are then suddenly suspended in air as a magic wind surrounds them both (you know what spell this is Will). After hovering for a brief moment, a sudden blast of air propels the two violently towards the southwestern pillar, the caster turning in midair to slam Keydis into the pillar first.

Rogue: Aeria, Cass, Dia

Turns out the one Cass was facing was an illusion all along. It mimics the strike the real rogue is performing on Aeria. This is a [ Sneak Attack ] attacking Aeria suddenly from behind at a strength of 8 magnitude. Cassius is unharmed and can now tell that this one is an illusion.
 

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From a body that had been frozen in terror to a body in motion, every nerve fibre and muscle in Aeria fired off at once as she whirled, pivoting around to slap the flying blade out of the air with the flat of her halberd’s blade. Immediately all of the muscles in her thighs bunched and she erupted forward, driving the sharp point of the halberd right at the rogue’s face.

As the paladin moved against Aelflead, Diamantus’ arm snapped out rapidly, following her blue eyes that trained keenly on the steel barrier that had erupted from the ground. Angling her gun, head swiveling to compensate, her finger squeezed on the trigger and sent a bullet towards the barrier. If everything went right, said bullet would ricochet to strike the paladin the back of the head.
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Comfort Zone
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A common preconception among warriors is that the weakness to a polearm is getting inside its range, where the wielder is then helpless. However, skilled Lancers have worked through this glaring weakness, improving their grips and footwork, shifting and angling their weapons to continue attacking and defending even in close combat with no noticeable dip in efficacy.

A Lancer can fight equally well in any melee range, and upon attacking or defending during any given round, a Lancer may move 1m in any direction with no loss of skill, stance, or awareness. Requires a melee weapon.

Ricochet

Novice Tier
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Weapon
When the going gets tough, the tough get going, or so the saying goes. For a Duelist, this means being able to place shots in the most ridiculous of circumstances. Those who accumulate a keen enough eye and a certain strength of the wrist can angle a shot just so, allowing it to bounce off solid surfaces to hit at unusual angles.

This ability costs 400 Vigor, usable once per round. The user fires a shot which can ricochet up to 45 degrees after striking a solid object. Requires a ranged weapon.
 

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For one terrifying moment, an irrational fear flared up in Keydis, that the power of her sword had been stolen away and turned against her. Just as quickly as she recognized it as something else, she felt her head smack into the pillar. A hot bloom of pain radiated through her head and down her back, nausea welling up from the combination of it and the poison.

Her sword was still in her hand, though, and Keydis twisted it, still impaled in the enlil spellcaster. With that twist, she ripped it outward, slicing through flesh, rotted, decrepit flesh, and robes of moth-eaten, dingy, frayed cloth.

Keydis knifed her other arm toward the enlil's throat and then she couldn't hold back anymore: she doubled over and vomited.

[125/860]

Two attacks, nothing fancy.

20000/30000 Vigor spent
 

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CLUNK! Went the sound of metal plate armor on stone.

"For fuck's sak-Ungh!" Went the air leaving Aelflead's lungs.

Caught off guard by the speed of the dead behemoth's charge, the spurii had no time to react and instead took the shield rush head on, catching the paladin's charge like a stone wall and wrapping her hands around the edges of the shield.
A spike of pain shooting through her chest and the sound of an ugly crack reverberating in her ear immediately followed as further punishment for the second of relaxed focus she'd allotted herself.

So fueled as much by frustration as it was by instinct, the spurii shoved back against the dead paladin, fighting for control of the grapple she hadn't expected. In the midst of this she swung, looking to weaken the hulking thing's constitution where she could and felt herself warming again. Not just the metal sitting in her hand, but her whole arm now had grown hot in her sleeve.


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Skilled Puglilis + Auritium knuckle dagger/trench knife thing - Primary attack = 5 mag block

Skilled Puglilis + Auritium knuckle dagger/trench knife thing - Secondary attack = 4 mag jab

Aelf's testing the ghoul's poise to see where it's stance is unstable/weaken it's stance.
 
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Cassius spared only a moment to thank his luck. He could feel the pressure in the phylactery that he had made. The demon within called. It was a lethargic beast, trapped in its cold prison. He had forced it into a task, but it was not something he could hold for long.

So he didn’t. Instead he ducked around the pillow further, the mage’s eyes searching for a target. A small arcane portal began opening in has hand, it’s normally cool metal surface covered in a layer of frost. His eyes locked on the mage currently locked in melee combat with Keydis, and while a small shudder of sympathy washed through him at the thought of being trapped in a corner against her, he still brought the semi-frozen portal up and send a screech of fire screaming towards the side of his enemy.


After that, he stepped back, moving past Dia and away from the center of the fighting, only pausing to spout a brief blessing over the gunslinger as he moved. Brief as it was, healing energies began to wash over the woman, a cold icy blue glow matching the light of the necklace that glowed out from under Cassius’ shirt.


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Unleashed FIRE BOLTO at tier 3 (Base + 1 for Novice + 1 for Catalyst) at the Mage (Big orb of blackness means that he still can’t see the rogue). Also cast Tier 4 mending (Base + Tier 2 cata + 1 for Novice) at Diamantus to clean her up because she’s the only target in range. Moved away from fight. Demon is holding for now. Only used 100 Vigor this turn!
 
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As Aeria struck towards the rogue’s body, for she could have sword she saw a coy smirk crack across her decaying visage. With a deft movement, she slashed at her belt, as dozens of vials clattered and smashed against the ground. The spear passed through her body, the illusory veil broke as her form rippled away from view. She reappeared to where her clone once stood, twirling the knife in her hands once more. The shattered vials of poison and powders erupted in a cacophony of released alchemical spells. One after another, the spells engulfed Aeria point-blank!

The paladin raised its shield against the first of spurii’s attacks, batting it away deftly with its massive shield. The second, quick strike caught the bulwark off guard with a devastating gut punch. In rehearsed tandem, Diamantus’ bullet lodged itself into the back of the animated being’s head, it jerking forward violently. As if prepared for this very moment, brilliant gold light erupted out of both wounds. Spectral tendrils stitched across each would in an instant, sealing them up nicely for the moment.

The young mage was battered one after another. The bolt of flame slammed into its temple, while Keydis' blade dug deep into her torso. Breath escaped the punctured lung, as the second strike aimed to garrote her throat.

“Ad… undas…”

In a defiant act of rebellion, the wizard raised their hand towards the sky, releasing the last of its magic power into the spell. As life faded from the body once more, the earth began to quake.

The paladin and rogue both glanced skywards. The trickster ran to the far edge of the room, as far from the center as possible in a blink of an eye. The warrior pushed off Aelflead, retreating fifteen feet away from the dazed woman. Slamming his shield into the ground once more, he clasped both hands in prayer. A brilliant barrier tessellated around his body in a dome, surrounding him completely.

The sky above them all broke open. Though far weaker than original expected, the heavy feeling of magical energy weighed upon them. A glyph of crimson descended from the black void, the ground now shaking even more violently. A titanic comment descended from the void; the vengeance of a dying mage.


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Rogue: Aeria

I'm unsure how Comfort Zone gives you the ability to magically detect that someone is sneaking up behind you through several layers of illusion spells to hit a sneak attack silently but whatever.

The rogue uses [ Legerdemain of Occultus ] to dodge Aeria's attack and swap back with her clone. In the process, she unhooks her belt to dump her prepared alchemical bottles on the ground.

This has activated the following spells in front of Aeria: Sunrise (a flashbang), Fog (15m fog cloud around Aeria), and Diamond Dust (A 5 tier binding that freezes her if hit).

In reaction to the mage, she then runs far towards the south wall.

Paladin: Aelf/Dia

The paladin blocks Aelf's first strike but takes the second as a gut punch. He gets shot in the head but immediately uses Stasis Binding to halt the wounds. Also he's a zombie that feels no pain. In reaction to the mage, he moves back 15 feet and activates [ Shield of Faith ] to protect himself.

This is an 8 tier shield around himself.

Mage: Everyone

Mage has died but in a last ditch effort, the spell being focused on was released. It's much weaker than what it was originally planning to be as people prevented him from building alot of power into it.

It casts [ Ala Morn ] to summon a giant comet that is going to slam directly into the center of the arena. Getting hit point blank... will probably kill you because it's a meteor. The damage decays as you leave the center of the area. At the far edges of the room you'll take around 2 tiers of damage. The closer you are to the center, the more you'll take. I'll leave this up to your judgement but I'd say it decays at a rate of (15 tiers (point blank), 12 tiers (little out of the way), 8 tiers (moderately far away) , 5 relatively far away, 2 (far edge of the room)).
 
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Everything was happening all at once, too fast for Keydis to keep up: a flash of searing light and rushing smoke to one side, bullets flying, magic flowing. Spitting to try to remove the taste of bile from her tongue, Keydis lifted her head and stared up at the forming meteor. The blood drained from her face. "Couldn't take the loss with dignity, you rotting bastard?!" she yelled at the corpse in front of her.

Aeria, right. Lost somewhere in a fog. Cassius and Diamantus, across the room. Too far, and probably safer than she was. Aelflead, left. Too far... but maybe.

Keydis slammed her sword into its sheath and ripped open the buckle to the straps on her right arm. As they loosened, the woman snarled to stifle the groan of pain: a second arm blade grew out of her right arm. Blood dripped down from her forearm, but Keydis ignored it and shouted, "Hey, halfer!"

She moved into a run, shaky at first, but soon gaining some sort of stride. She threw both arms out wide, one pointing toward Aelflead, one aiming high on the outer wall. Both arm blades shot simultaneously.

[200/1060]

Arun, that turn, it physically wounds me.

Keydis is using her magnum to launch one of her arm-blades toward Aelflead, and the other high up the outer wall. If Aelflead is hit by the blade or grabs it, she'll reel Aelflead up with her -- with the AoE being ~2 magnitude near the outer wall, ground level, being 30-45m high up the wall should be safe. If Aelflead refuses, Keydis isn't waiting and will hookshot to safety on her own.

Vistra ability Jaculum x4, Magnum - 1200 vigor

21,200/30,000 Vigor spent
 

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Light erupted with a brilliant flare and a deafening bang in front of Aeria as a thick fog simultaneously boiled up to cloak the spurii. Instinctively she drove her legs into the ground and flung herself away from the noise and fog. Now she was running, legs pumping and body stumbling. Her left arm went numb and dead, even as she clutched her halberd in the right. A deep roar filled the air and the spurii fell, rose and stumbled on again in blind, directionless flight.

Despite the chaos and confusion, Diamantus’ keen eyes remained focused on the paladin, her face betrayed no feeling and her hands were steady on her pistols. As the paladin began to chant a prayer, she opened fire on his shield as she ran back away from and to the side of the paladin. The sharp report of the gunfire filled the room with echoes even as the comet descended towards them all.

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Aelflead stumbled for a moment from the sudden disengage with the paladin, but the sudden tremor gave her pause from pursuing it immediately. Instead, she turned to look upwards and then blinked, surprise as evident on her face as it was likely to ever appear as she gazed up at the plummeting comet.

"What the-?" The heat in her arm quickly forgotten, Aelflead turned her eye back to the room just in time to watch the mage's rotted hand fall to the floor and the paladin's dome rise around him in a flash of light, and while she was confused, the idea of: "run first, questions later" was not foreign to the woman.

Thankfully the vistra's wit had beat the spurii to the draw, and her rushing movement caught the red haired woman's eye.


"Hey, halfer!" Came her call, followed by the snap of her strange violet metal.

And; "I have a name!" Came Aelflead's indignant reply, followed by her fist snapping shut around the violet chain, and then her as the brunette's jerking momentum carried her along.


WC: Soon
Aelflead is taking Keydis' zipline offer and launching up behind her. With her free hand she'll try to block as much as she reasonably can while the aftermath of the comet flies towards them.
 

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