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Chasing the Phoenix [Quest]

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Toad rolled out of the portal opening flat on his face in the dirt.  He didn't mind dirt so much, be he did mind having a mouthful of dirt.  He spit and gagged, wiping his face with his arm to get rid of the mess.  After shaking his head to watch dirt fall to the ground from the top of his almost bald skull, he danced giddily.  After a little dancing he looked around him.  "Ah, Toad remembers this place.  It is the Ellwood Forest." 

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He'd been here many times.  He loved the forest areas.  They were always full of wild animals and darkened hidey holes.  He was in his natural environment.  He only got out of the forests to go to the taverns, or certain adventures, or maybe because of a pretty lass that seemed to fancy him.  He didn't usually leave the forests though.

"Here's where we find your birdie," he said to no one in particular.  He hadn't even looked yet to see if he was followed by anyone from the Tavern.  He could be talking to himself, and he'd be alright with that.  

@Magmy105 @Phoebe 

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Nightshade piggyback rides the only other person currently in the group that is not toad. Her reasoning being that if there were mud, she would get stuck due to her boots. In reality, she just doesn’t want to be with Toad out of fear.

”Ellwood? What’s Ellwood?”

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3 minutes ago, Magmy105 said:

”Ellwood? What’s Ellwood?”

"Wellllll," Toad dances around in the dirt, singing his words instead of speaking them.  "Ellwood is the woods.  Ellwood is the woods," he spoke in a singsong voice.  He was so happy he didn't care that he didn't make sense.  He stopped suddenly, and let out a belch.  He patted his stomach and smacked his lips together.  Then he remembered why he was here.  The ale had made him burp, and the burp reminded him that he was here to help the little miss get a Phoenix for its talons.  Then he could get more ALE.   

"Ellwood is where we find your Phoenix," he pointed at Nightshade.  "You.  You're the one."  He squinted his eyes at her.  "Who are you?  Toad doesn't know your name."  He scratched his nearly bald head as if to help him think better.  He didn't recall getting an introduction, not that he respected manners that much.  Usually others did though.  

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The only other person in the group promptly rejected Nightshade's piggybacking.

"Get off me!" the Badger Knight exclaimed in annoyance, spinning around in circles in hopes of throwing the small animal off his back.

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Short and stout, the seasoned animal warrior gripped his mace and flourished it wildly as he spun in order to maintain balance. His large and bushy feet thumped loudly against the ground, a testament to his heavy armor and the strength needed to bear it. He was one of the few remaining members of his endangered species who were far too primordial to advance with the rest of society. Nonetheless, the chivalric ideals of knighthood never ceased to tantalize him.

"Hey! Orchish-elf person! Can you get this parasite off me?"

@Mickey Flash

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Nightshade holds on for dear life only to loose her grip, getting flung deep into the forest. She tumbles down the side of a hill only to roll into a deer who was enjoying the delicious grass, leading to her ending up using the deer as a ramp, launching her into the sky and through a tree, where while she was dazed, the tree fell and got her stuck in the middle of a river, with the only thing keeping her from continuing the ridiculous situation being the tree she accidentally knocked down. She tried reaching for her potions but since she was stuck in a log, she couldn’t administer them even if she could reach. She looks around and calls for help, only to then hear a thud and the sound of fire crackling. She slowly turns her head to where the thud came from.

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Toad watches in fascination as the female creature is thrust from here to there.  He watches as she is stuck in a log, in a river.  He immediately climbs a tree to see where she is going down the river.  As he looks down he sees a Red Bull, the mean creature that's favorite creature to kill is the unicorn.  Toad wasn't the type of guy to be overly enthusiastic about shiny unicorns, because they were just too.... blue.  And flighty magic creatures that were scared of him and pretty much everything else in the area.  Still.  That didn't mean he was cool with Red Bulls, big ugly beasts that set things on fire.  

The bull was looking at the female who had done the neat tricks and had yet to tell Toad her name.  He could see she was about to be fried by the Red Bull and there was nothing to stop the bull from doing his damage. "Hey there big ugly!" he yelled out to the gigantic creature.  The bull snorted and moved his head around like a mad creature.  "Over here you big bag of gas!"  Toad jumped from limb to limb on the tree.  He was like a little muscled monkey.  The bull moved his head from side to side and one of the trees caught on fire at the bottom.  Toad cackled as he moved to another tree.  

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Nightshade was trying to get out of the log, and then she realized “Wait if the bull sets everything it touches on fire, why is the log not on fire?”

it was then that she smelled the fantastic smell of smoking, fresh wood. She felt the temperature of the log increase as water escapes through the gaps in the log. On occasion, a burst of water vapor erupts, making her slip closer to the water.

”Help please!”

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The badger, being far less agile than his two lightweight companions, opted to approach the Red Bull on foot.

"Come on, suckaa!" he shrieked, hefting his mace over his shoulder as he prepared to swing. It would soon become apparent however, that the bull was far more interested in pursuing the small Goblin companion that had been actively taunting it in the trees.

Grumbling impatiently, the badger strode forward with resolve, marching into the bull's blindspot before dealing a powerful strike to its rump. The blow was aimed to disable the bull's hind legs, hindering its ability to pose any significant threat.

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With the space in the hole of the log expanding as the log burned, she was able to grab one of her potions. Without being able to check which one it is, she undid the cork with her thumb and splashed the contents on the log, causing it to grow into a Trent, which pulls her out of its mouth, sets her down, and walks off to be a forest guardian.

”I barely made it out alive...” wheezed Nightshade as she tried to calm down. She turns to see the rest of the “party” fighting the flaming beast.

Nightshade runs into the fight, throwing a vial at the beast’s head. Despite her accuracy, the beast’s erratic movements allowed it to dodge coincidentally.

”This could be bad...”

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Toad continued to dance and hop from one limb of a tree to another.  He watched the things going on behind the Red Bull curiously, seeing the badger incapacitate the creature by hitting his rump.  Toad laughed as he saw the bull go down.

The female that was in the log of the slow moving river managed to magic her way out of it.  Toad's head turned all the way to the side as he watched her walk away from the log and throw something at the bull.  It did nothing, which was a shame.  But maybe the girl was not totally useless.  This lifted Toad's already lifted spirits, because this meant that it wouldn't be so hard to take care of the female on this journey.  She might be able to take care of herself.  And Toad... Toad would get his ALE.  

Toad was so distracted watching that he stopped hopping.  And he'd made the mistake of underestimating the bull, who had lifted back up on his legs in no time.  The bull slammed his forehead into the tree Toad was in, almost knocking Toad out of the tree.  

"You mangy red haired beast!  You don't want Toad to put a curse on you!"  Toad shouted angrily at the bull as he hung by his fingertips to the edge of the limb.  He managed to lift his legs up and wrap them around the arm of the tree right before the bull slammed his head in the base of the tree again.  "Uuughhh," Toad moaned as he felt the scrape of the bark dig into his green skin.  

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Nightshade rushes to Toad’s rescue, and by rescue, it was more of taking a sharp twig and stabbing the bull in the bottom, causing it to wince in pain and smack the tree again, enough to knock it over. She then realized that now the stick is on fire so she rushes back to the river to put it out. Suddenly, she feels warm, only to turn around and see the forest is starting to catch fire. Her face went paler than it already was.

”Aw poop...”

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Having fought as a mercenary under many badger lords, the experienced badger warrior knew when his foe was furious.

"Don't let it gore you, kid!" he yelled at Nightshade, before performing a surprisingly dexterous roll backward into a lump of bushes, instantly sinking back into the foliage where he couldn't be seen.

As the smell of burning leaves entered his sensitive nostrils, it became apparent that one problem would soon succeed the next.

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Nightshade threw a potion at a tree, blowing a hole into the tree and knocking it down and into the water. She quickly tried and failed to pull the badger person into the makeshift boat as Toad was doing... Toad things... for Ale. Meanwhile, the forest fire spreads.

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Toad fell with the tree when the female prodded the bull, and the bull shoved over the tree.  If he'd fell on the wrong side of the tree he would have been squished and dead.  Instead he got hit with many tree limbs as he hit the ground... hard.  He jumped up and shook his head, things swimming for a moment in his vision.  

The fire was starting to spread, and the tree Toad had been in was starting to blaze.  It seemed the angrier the bull got the more fire was produced.  He looked around and because of his short stature he was looking up into the face of the enraged Red Bull.  It felt like he was looking into the face of death itself.  The fire was causing all sorts of animals to flee in the forest, and they rushed past Toad.  But Toad was frozen, afraid to make any moves that would get the big guy's attention and cause him to get gored.  

Not very far away a neighing sound could be heard.  Out of the corner of his eye, Toad saw a blue beast with a horn coming out of his forehead.  It was a unicorn, and it had been driven out by the fire too.  The bull's head immediately swung in the direction of the sound of the creature, and snorted loudly.  His hoof dug into the dirt as it changed direction, and went to charge the unicorn.  The unicorn wasn't caught unawares.  It saw the bull and ran off into the distance, with the bull chasing after it.  

When the bull left the fire died down, as if it had nothing more to keep it going.  Burnt leaves were floating in the air, and the smell of charred forest was all around.  Toad wiped the sweat from his forehead and let out a shaky breath.  He'd almost been toast.  He looked around and could see the female at the edge of the water, holding on to the side of this tree boat.  She didn't look like she was going to wait to see if anyone else needed saving.  She was getting the Hades out of there.  Toad frowned.

"You going to rush off and leave Toad?" his voice was chastising, and he looked around for a moment.  "What happened to the badger?  Did he turn tail and run too?"  His frown deepened when he began to look at the picture in a different light.  What started out as a fun outing was turning into a dangerous thing... dangerous for Toad.  He could easily pick pockets for ale money.  He didn't need free ale at the Tavern this badly.  He stomped his foot in agitation.  "Free ALE.  That's all Toad wanted.  A little free ALE.  Now I gets trouble.  Toad doesn't even know your name, and Toad was about to die for you today.  This is no good.  This is no fun."  He sat on his butt in the dirt with his arms crossed over his chest.  He was throwing a big Toad tantrum and he didn't care.  "Toad is going nowhere until you tell Toad your name.... nicely... and promise Toad a ride on the boat..... in the slow moving river."

@Magmy105 @Phoebe

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The badger poked his head up from the clump of bushes, leaves and twigs stuck in his furry head.

"I am Lisandro D'Arco, Prince of Bushy Thorn Burrow."

As he strode forward through the bush, the leaves seemed to part for him, a testament to either his great strength or his mastery of druidic magicks.

"Get up, orc-imp! There is much to be done!"

He waddled up to the tantrum throwing Toad and put his hands on his hips, his large black eyes offering no insight into his thoughts. Then, wordlessly, he turned and walked around Toad, heading for the small girl in the river, his small tail flicking furiously back and forth.

"If you aren't going to finish what you signed up for, that's on you."

@Mickey Flash @Magmy105

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