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  1. As the armored lizardfolk and Axel's time-displaced acquaintance shared some dialogue and introductions, Axel was struck with a sudden pang of restlessness. He had gotten these a few times before... they usually meant he was meant to do something, not that he knew what that meant, or even knew if it was true... Axel had always felt somewhat special, even beyond his true material accomplishments... because his power of sorcerous augery had always looked out for him! As his two party members conversed, Axel stepped in. "Well, it's great to meet you both! I'll admit, I'm interi thested to know how you've heard of this job, thy well-adorned lady," Axel greeted the two others, his usage of the word "adorned" in reference to Arashi could mean many things, one of which may be in reference to her very interesting armor... though perhaps he was being playful? Even the damn slippery fellow himself didn't know! He continued with a small sigh, "But I'm afraid I've gotten an urge to start on up with this quest, yes? The sun is still high in the sky, let us move forward!" he said the second part, in his best impersonation of an inspiring flagbearer or perhaps a navigator. Though his words were dramatic, his movements weren't. Axel simply walked towards their contact... his feet moved almost silently even at this casual gait! His cloak swirled around him and barely swished! This man had some serious rogue skills. As he and his two companions reached Wallace, Axel stopped nearly immediately and rapped his knuckles on the oaken table, practically ripping the man's attention away from his bottle of red wine. Before the man could object, Axel pulled out a chair and sat down with utter grace and confidence despite the bold move. Before Wallace could retort, the rogue continued, "Ah, Wallace I presume?" he stuck out his hand, which the man watched for a moment, unsure of. "You are here acting as a contact for a noble in the city, correct?" Wallace nodded slightly, and Axel gave up on his handshake, letting his hand fall gently to the table, in a comfortable position. Axel leaned back, "Well? That's wonderful!" he exclaimed with overplayed glee, "Because I have been absolutely searching for the master of this job!" he said with a bright smile, flashing his flawless white-toothed grin! Wallace looked unimpressed and slightly irritated, "I saw you just over at the other end of the bar- you came straight here." Axel threw back his head and laughed, "Gods! You must think I drunker than you, yes?" he said with a smirk, causing the man a moment of self-conscious doubt. He leaned forward, "I apologise! I am just very excited to get my foot in this door, if you catch my drift?" he wiggled his eyebrows and smiled. Wallace sighed, "What are you, a damned bard? Act professional, boy!" perhaps the use of boy wasn't appropriate, Wallace seemed to be anywhere from late 20s to late 30s, maybe even in his early 40s, he was well-groomed, despite where he found himself. "Ah, I apologize sir. Introductions first, then?" He stood up, as he did an aura of shadow seemed to surround him for an instant, before vanishing as if it hadn't appeared at all, "I am Axel Voidstar! Thief extraordinaire! I would be honored by your patron to solve his little thief problem!" Wallace raised an eyebrow at that statement, and Axeled chuckled, "I know! How ironic! Don't worry, the thieves' guild doesn't exist, and if they do they have no policy for taking bounties on failure worms!" Axel said, not even trying to hide the existence of a thieves' guild! How bold! Wallace groaned, "Fine, you seem qualified. And your friends?" Axel waved to them, but said one more thing first, "Before they introduce themselves, allow me to stake my claim on those fancy surgical knives, yes? In case they would be in high demand!" Axel gave a bittersweet smile to his allies, as if to silently apologize for ripping the best reward right from under their nos-- "No worries lad, Master Wynnvalir has multiple sets of those knives, if your friend seek the same reward" Wallace informed the group. Axel didn't respond, but instead gave the other two members of this quest the opportunity to speak with Wallace on any matters they wished to discuss.
  2. Ah, okay. No worries, then. I'll move us along. I didn't originally read what you wrote as a request, I figured it was an offer: "Also you can skip me this round"
  3. This is probably my fault the quest slowed down... I should've made this post earlier. Basically, if I'm understanding correctly, we're waiting on you right now @Metty, because Otto was inquiring from Arashi their name. It would be awkward to move forward without addressing that. If it was a problem of not having time to post, I understand, but it's been a dozen days since then. Also, I just thought to remind us that the pace of this quest is 1/Day. I don't mind how we interpret that (it could be one post each per day, or just one total post per day). I'm totally still up for this roleplay (if either of you are having trouble with how active it's supposed to be, I don't mind lowering the pace), I'm just a bit worried that nobody has posted (not even here) in quite a while. I should've checked in earlier, but I've been busy, my apologies. Looking forward to hearing back from y'all!
  4. Axel's blow had damaged his enemy... but... his blade felt stiff... Also, Cain's reaction to being wounded filled Axel with the antithesis of confidence, which frustrated him... Uncertainty was one of his least favorite emotions! Along with boredom... shame... that feeling you get when a rich bastard refuses to pay you... he also didn't like being trapped. This man seemed to have a pool of abilities of which Axel could not see a bottom! Hopefully if he did defeat this dark mage, he'd never have to fight him again! Axel believed his chances of winning were rapidly dwindling with the longer this fight went on! The bright side thus far was that he still had a couple tricks up his sleeve, and also of course that the rogue had drawn first blood... at the cost of a sword, it seemed? Besides his remaining combokinetic tricks, and his arguably most powerful ability... which was purely reactive, and incredibly tiring... Axel was down on his luck, and was determined to get his opponent too busy swordfighting him to use any further magic-- But, then the man's right sickle was gone, and instead, his palm was inches from the hooded gentleman's abdomen... before Axel could twist out of the way, or use his other blade to sever the fist, that was now adorned with an odd runic artifact... BLAM! The power of such impressive force, at such close range blew Axel's hair back! It was impossible to dodge! Axel grit his teeth and clenched his muscles, ready to be knocked back and preparing for the pain he knew would come from the heat that roared in his trajectory... momentum began to occur but then- VVVWISH! Axel blinked once... and then sagged internally. A wave of lethargy flowed through him, just as the reality of this world rushed back to meet him. His ability... it had activated on it's own! He was surprised... but not shocked. This wasn't entirely new... His Warp-Dodge seemed to work on an unconscious level... it had saved him from quite a few projectiles or knives he'd never seen coming... One time it had even saved him from being stabbed in his sleep! But... how did it stop an unpreventable attack? Is... that why this exhaustion felt so much worse than normal??? Axel had to take advantage of this opportunity! Wait-- had... had Cain said something? Yes, he had asked a question... was it rhetorical? Wait-- Cain was speaking... again? "I guess you've found your bearings, huh?" That... wha...? He already asked that question! Or... was this warp-dodge ability really this powerful? What had it done? Axel tried not to show too much of his confusion on his face... He had always had a moment of deja vu after this ability activated... but... this was much stronger! Thousands of possibilities rushed through Axel's mind... which just tired him more! Finally, his brain settled on the simplest explanation for what had happened... normally, whenever this ability was activated, Axel was hit... but then he would be unhit... or, rather, he would anomalously cheat out an evasion! But.... this time, in the face of these dire, unique and outlandish circumstances.... the ability had done something different... something that seemed deceptively similar! It had undone the fact that Cain had ever attacked him at all! His heart raced with extreme intensity, and his face lost all sense of composure! This activation had done so much more than usual, but it had extracted an even higher price! The runic thingie was still in Cain's grasp, and everything else seemed to be happening just as it had... but, there had been no force push... Cain had... what had Cain done? Axel thought hard about this, as he entered a fighting stance and moved towards Cain, who had backed up quite far away! Then, Axel Voidstar remembered. He remembered that Cain Rose had not made an attack against him... Everything else was the same... but instead of attacking back, Cain had continued moving backwards and using his other abilities, as if the thought of attacking hadn't even occurred! Axel had only one rapier now, since Cain had taken the other one... how much time had passed, as Axel's brain recoiled? It felt like a dozen seconds... but that wasn't true! Had it really only been two seconds??? Axel shook his head as the last of the fuzziness faded from his mind. He had only one rapier now, his left one... this wasn't ideal... He held it in front of him, crossed diagonally across his chest, the point passing several inches over his right shoulder. His right hand grasped his waist... was he going to draw another weapon? He responded to Cain in a voice that was equally sympathetic as it was filled with worry... "I hope so" he said simply, before leaping back towards Cain off his right foot, with his right knee raised, moving at a similar speed to before... though he was slightly slower due to his exhaustion, the main thing that had been drained from him was his stamina. Which was ironic considering he had wanted to end the fight quickly... it seemed now, that would be happening... one way or another.
  5. I don't mind wherever it is Skar met up with the cult along his travels, I left his travel path purposely vague to allow for him to have been a lot of places, but not anywhere dangerous enough for his mild powers to not be able to face off against and/or flee from. That's why I mentioned he only ever traveled to the dangerous parts once... and it cost him his ability to feel... so, yeah.
  6. Sounds like a pretty good mission for us, but how do you plan on allowing Leviathan's Yshmael and clergy NPCs involved? I really like the idea of building a church, but if we're in the middle of nowhere when we do it, I dunno how any paladins are going to get involved? Also, where are we on the map right now? I think you said we were at the entrance to Yh'mi... would that be somewhere in the south? Or did you mean the entrance to Inns'th which is in the north? One last thing for us to keep in mind, is that Skar (with his revised biography, which you can get linked to in my signature) arrived in Yh'mi three years ago from the Great Pine Barrens in the northeast, I wrote that he hasn't been very far south (though I can change that, I think I got confused between The South of Yh'mi and The Unknown Territories (of Eldritch Horror), which he hasn't been before). Also, where is our current headquarters? Where couldSkar have met the rest of the cultists?
  7. Perfect! Time to look for a fitting name 🙂
  8. Thank you supernal! That's very helpful! I don't really feel like going through the process to build/canonize one though, and from my understanding it's not problematic to just include it in Skar's biography? It could just be a small town of a few hundred people (or whatever qualifies as, "just above a village" in Lagrimosa), so it could be considered 'negligible' in terms of importance of being canonized?
  9. I haven't actually got a chance to read much Valucre lore, yet! It's a shame, to be honest 😞 Since this takes place in Yh'mi on Lagrimosa, I actually don't know where Skar comes from! It probably won't come up, but I wouldn't mind help thinking of a settlement for him to hail from. Requirements: Not a place saturated with horror genre, to the point that it's a/the major theme. Meaning, someplace a resident doesn't have to think about the bad stuff every day nor week. Preferably a smaller settlement, since that sort of adds to the flavor of being trapped and hopeless that Skar's backstory gives him. Needs to be on Lagrimosa. Preferably near or within Yh'mi. Since he's basically just walked here by foot, and probably hasn't braved many severe hazards. Of course, you don't need to help me with any of these things. I wrote them down mainly for my own brainstorming, but I'm totally open to suggestions. Also, does anyone know where to find a good compilation of settlement lore nearby to where we started?
  10. Axel knew he had to end this fight quickly... Though this man had given him so many benefits of the doubt, so many in fact that he had lost track of all of his smaller kindnesses... Axel's inherent power was resonating... not in the good way either! That meant he needed to kill Cain Rose, and fast! All of Axel's powers came from an inborn ability that some would call Sorcery. However, it was a bit more complicated than that... Axel called his ability Sorcerous Augury because it required him to react to changes in his environment... over a long period of time, not a single combat. His power's current frequency was one of two that he recognized... and unfortunately, it was the one giving him a warning that his foe had a better chance of defeating him than vice versa. This is why Axel bit back his duelist's honor. He needed to ramp up to his maximum, from his multi-faceted spar with Cain... to becoming a bringer of immediate death. Axel's stylizing of this 'ramped-up form' was a bit dramatic, but to him it rang true. He had to focus on a single task. And that would be quick, painless murder. As Axel's half-thoughts subsided in his head, the handsome rogue's forward momentum hadn't stopped, at all. He had noticed Cain change his form into blades, and with one last pang of shame, Axel raised both of his blades, aimed straight towards the shadowy mage's neck. The force behind the two simultaneous attacks incredible, but the form of the strikes was awfully basic. In fact, it seemed like a technique a barbarian would use, rather than one who had trained so much like Axel had. The reason for this was simple. Axel wasn't looking to make his opponent lower his guard so he could slice his side or even cut his head clean from his neck, like he would against an opponent who was trained in blades. Axel's blades were shooting straight forward, because he was going to try to ignore the man's defense, completely. The mage had already seen him turn to shadow... but he had a second technique he could only use on his blades. His two blades would turn spectral, meaning they would slide through the mage's swords, armor and flesh, as if they weren't solid at all... because they wouldn't be. In fact, they were utterly ethereal, and would cause no harm. That is, until Axel cancelled the transmutation, leaving two blades trapped in the man's neck, even though he had never taken a hit, at all. This wasn't a technique he used lightly, as it was more exhausting than an hour of swordplay, which for him was nearly trivial... but this had to end soon, before the mage could reveal any of his own tricks! Axel mused that perhaps he should change his middle name to Anticlimax.
  11. Axel gulped as he heard the man's exclamation during his wind-rending escape. As he landed on his feet and steadied himself, his eyes instantly trained on his foe to see what he might be planning... but it was too late! A lance of red-hot flame was lurching towards his center of mass! He hadn't even seen it be cast! What kind of magic was this, that no incantation was necessary? Certainly a more dangerous one, since he couldn't solve it by simply skewering the mage's windpipe! Axel knew now that this fight was likely to be a loss on his behalf. In fact, he reckoned he would die by the end of this battle... whatever exactly was going on wasn't in his favor. Perhaps if he conceded to the man, things would go back to normal... Or, maybe death here would be permanent. He had no way to know, besides the man's fairly calm and jovial demeanor... The way he presented himself didn't reek of death on his hands, but Axel hadn't had any time to pry into his mind, so his first impression was his best guess to go off of. Axel did the only thing he could to dodge the blow and keep his ground... He simply ceased to be. ... But only for a moment. In fact, an observant eye would note that Axel hadn't truly vanished, he had instead transmuted his body into a mass of shadow-like pseudomatter as a reaction to being attacked. This state would only last for a few mere moments, but it did reveal that this form was not flammable, nor did it react to magic whatsoever. Perhaps it was invincible? Maybe it had weaknesses? Axel returned to reality. As he did, he mourned the fact that there was still so much distance between himself and his enemy. If he had thought to drift forward before Shadow Dodging, then he would have done so. However, he was barely conscious while in that form, so the idea couldn't have come to him then. Axel sighed deeply, this time with a grim line on his face and violent intent in his eyes. He moved his arms towards his backside and spoke up, "We've gone straight from fists to spells, and skipped blades, then. You would't mind if I rectify that poor ordering?", in a mere instant, two rapiers appeared within his grip, and his cloak swirled with movement... Where had those come from... Had they come from underneath his cloak? How had he drawn them, then? His drawing speed was incredible, and would put many gunslingers to shame. Without thinking, he decided it was time to put his foe on the defense, and he dashed forward, holding his rapiers at his side to increase aerodynamics. It would take him perhaps one second to cross the seven feet, and by then, his swords would be ready to strike... Axel Voidstar's swordplay was dozens of times more trained and deadly than his melee skill. Even his defensive abilities increased while he held his rapiers. Now, he was in his element.
  12. Working on a post for our spar now! 🙂

    How has your time here been so far?

    1. Froggychum


      Hurray! Looking forward to reading what you put down 🙂 

      It's gone very well! A few things I was happily surprised with was how quickly I managed to start roleplaying, and how active some players are!

      There's also a lot of neat web features that I haven't seen before (despite having used forums many times before), so that's pretty interesting to explore. The notification system particularly is super useful, but my favorite is probably the reaction system which I've only ever seen be used on social medias before (which I generally stay away from)...

  13. Nice! Things seem to be starting up! I wonder if we'll ever learn about how your character heard of this job, Metty 🙂 Anyway, I've never done this before, so I apologise if this is rude, but @supernalcould you turn this interest check into an OOC thread? Thank you! Also, I'm totally able to post, but I'm waiting for Metty, since it's their turn, and I think it's a good idea to settle into turn order. It's not too bad, since the pace is once per day, it will take at most three days to get to post. One other thing we might want to think about, is who will be playing as Wallace, the thief, and the rich quest-giver (when they come up). I'm totally okay with playing all of those individuals, but I don't mind if anyone else wants to contribute, either 🙂 Also, I don't know for certain how the quest rewards were intended, but IIRC there are only three, and the quest is up to four players... so presumably we can each take duplicate rewards. Since we will be running this, I think this is a good idea, to avoid any in character competition or out of character hard feelings, in case two or more players want the same reward. This is certainly getting ahead of us, but I think this quest is meant to be rather simple. Looking forward to things!
  14. Axel was beginning to suspect the man had more than just that weird tattoo on his side! His combat skills were exceptional! Axel hadn't tapped into his greater speed nor used any of his tricky abilities yet, but he was beginning to suspect he might have to. Besides, he was more used to fighting with his dual rapiers and assorted daggers anyway, not with fists... Well, that wasn't entirely true. He was more than capable of indefinitely dodging blows from a mundane opponent, meaning one without any superhuman strength nor extreme combat senses, and if he saw an opening, he may be able to trip them up. This fight with this mysterious man was far more than that, even ignoring his foe's supernatural quirks! Axel's momentary awkwardness was the result of the midway point of a creative dodge, not of bad positioning, so he hadn't expected the man to react fast enough to take advantage of it... Axel saw the second jab coming, though. His mind quickly told him that his best two possible options to avoid taking a hit or being forced off-balance, were to either make distance between them, or grapple with his opponent. He didn't particularly like the idea of either. The first was cowardly and embarrassing, especially to do it so quickly, and in a mere fist fight! The latter was far more dangerous however... He had no idea of this man's abilities, and Axel Voidstar never underestimated an enemy! Axel swallowed his pride. With a burst of centralized force, he put all his weight into his feet and rocketed from his current spot. His current position actually proved to make this more aerodynamic, as he had less air resistance... however, it meant that he was falling backwards. That, of course, was no issue. As long as his opponent had no way to cross the several feet Axel flew backwards in the moments it would take him to turn his backwards fall into a backflip and elegant landing, then this escape maneuver should go without a hitch.
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