The Whispering Sea - The Oracle and the Sea.   Posted by The Grey Lords.Group: 0
The Grey Lords
 GM, 832 posts
 The Cosmic Balance
Sun 24 Mar 2019
at 12:11
The Whispering Sea - The Oracle and the Sea
Andrew looks over the assembled people and then towards the corrupted party member Not-Khazim. "Hey big fella, lets go check around the plateau and make sure nothing else is going to surprise us." Andrew grabs a pack of things and his walking stick. Pointing with his walking stick to one of the further away pieces of ruin near the edge of the mountaintop he begins to head in that direction.
Angrboda
 player, 585 posts
Mon 25 Mar 2019
at 16:00
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"I would prefer it if Berta and Viktor both contributed, Magic works differently here, and if the demon becomes hostile I would prefer knowing for a fact that you two can interact with it." she says with a smile, "So, everyone who wants too, come over here." she indicates where they should be standing.
Berta
 player, 570 posts
 of Ilmiora
Wed 27 Mar 2019
at 13:56
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So interact means more than just talking, if Berta takes Angrboda's meaning correctly.  Viktor might be the last person she'd want conversing with this Oracle ... but she'd be grateful to have the big Pan Tangian at her side if it came to an argument where sharp metal edges held sway.

"You get to be blooded after all," the warrior-woman smiles at her companion, beckoning him follow her as she follows Angrboda's directions, sparing a casual glance at Andrew's attempt to lead Not-Khazim away.
Viktor
 player, 799 posts
Wed 27 Mar 2019
at 17:26
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Nods and smiles at Berta. Gets his mighty axe out, just in case this demon wants to be left alone. Puts out his hand to have blood drawn. Take my blood but be gentle.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:55, Fri 29 Mar.

Angrboda
 player, 586 posts
Thu 28 Mar 2019
at 17:16
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"Oh, because of your adherence to Law, I am going to have to take your whole hand Viktor." Angrboda says with a sardonic smile as she moves slowly to collect the blood needed for the ritual.  When she gets to the large warrior she giggles a bit, "Ready big guy?"

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Viktor
 player, 800 posts
Fri 29 Mar 2019
at 19:58
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Believers Angrboda is kidding and keeps his held out. I have something bigger then my hand. Plus it might be hard to swing with one hand. Chuckles and looks away as she gets ready to draw blood.
Berta
 player, 571 posts
 of Ilmiora
Sat 30 Mar 2019
at 05:49
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Berta is not entirely convinced that Angrboda's threat is but playful ... even the almost girlish laugh that escapes the Melnibonean seems to her ears to have more the ring of madness than of humour.

But she trusts Viktor - if not to always do what she always would like, then at least to do exactly as she expects - and the Pan Tangian's banter in return suffices to allay her fears.

The warrior-woman leaves her blade in its sheathe, thinking her metal gloves less threatening but almost as effective should it come to it, offering her forearm to the knife of the sorceress when it is her turn to be bled.
Angrboda
 player, 587 posts
Sat 30 Mar 2019
at 18:52
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"Yesd, I am well aware of the size of your mouth." Angrboda jokes back, "But I am thinking that trying to chew a demon to death might not be the best way." taking her dagger she deftly slices the mans arm, small enough that it shouldn't effect his combat abilities, and gathers the blood she needs.  "There, done you big baby." she chides, noting his head turning away.
The Grey Lords
 GM, 833 posts
 The Cosmic Balance
Sun 31 Mar 2019
at 13:19
The Whispering Sea - The Oracle and the Sea
Not-Khazim nods at Andrew's assessment for caution. He tightens his grip on his spear and heads off after the strangely dressed sorcerer and guide. "I might as well help with the lookout. Magic, blood magic, has never really sat well in my stomach." Rael Gol gathers his few belongings and moves after the watch party. "Sure, why not, an extra set of impartial eyes can always help." Andrew makes a definite show for the benefit of Not-Khazim. After a few dozen paces Andrew looks back at the bloodletting practice and nods.

Justin sits back and waits until Not-Khazim is definitely out of range. He begins to roll back the sleeve on his off hand and gets ready. "Whenever you are ready." as he gets in line behind those forming.


After collecting the blood from each of those assembled Angrboda moves into the water and positions herself on the edge of the inner circle of stones. The flowing beautifully alien language of her Melnibonean ancestors is soft. Those standing on the edge of the pool can barely hear the incantation, yet it seems to drown out the whispers, the grinding of the ceiling sky, and all other background noise. Ripples begin to form in the water radiating out from the central pillars to the edge. As if each ripple were to grab a single word and carry it outward, Angrboda's voice gets stronger and stronger completely drowning out the outside world as even the wind subjugates to her spell.
You stand, not realizing how much time has passed, only that more than once you have found your breath caught in your throat as if time had stopped for a few seconds. Angrboda tosses the collected blood into the central circle.

For a brief moment everything holds still, The ripples, the wind, her voice. And then the world comes crashing back in around you. As if to reverse what has happened you feel the wind and air rush back towards the central stone circle. The tiny ripples in the pond freeze, then roll back to where the Melnibonean is standing. While the reverse is nothing other than a slight breeze, the tugging on your soul  is as if a hurricane has blasted through.

The world becomes calm again. Once again things come into focus. Standing on the central pillar a form begins to appear. Slowly, it takes the form of a woman, naked, beautiful, but without eyes. Her hair drifts about her as if caught in the lazy currents of a river or pond. Once again the pool begins to ripple as small tremors can be felt coming from below.
Viktor
 player, 801 posts
Thu 4 Apr 2019
at 20:22
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Watches as the naked woman appears before them. Always a gentleman with the ladies. Takes off his armor and pulls his under clothing off to wrap her in. Makes his way towards her and offers his hand to help her up.
Angrboda
 player, 588 posts
Thu 4 Apr 2019
at 22:47
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"Viktor!" Angrboda whispers but it comes out more like a hiss, "This is a demon, if she wanted clothing I am sure she would have it."
Berta
 player, 572 posts
 of Ilmiora
Fri 5 Apr 2019
at 05:34
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The knife edge stings, but it is but a moment of pain, already forgotten as the ceremony begins and Angrboda gives voice to Words of Power, their effect most palpable as the pond itself seems to be stirred by what it hears ...

Berta staggers, as all that power returns to the source, pulling her in its wake for all it seems not to be rooted in the physical world.

And then her attention is pulled to the central column where the woman appears, assumedly, hopefully, the Oracle that they seek.

No, not a woman.  Angrboda's reprimand to Viktor is a stern reminder that this is a demon before them.  A demon who chose that form quite deliberately.

A demon that Viktor is undressing for.

With mixed resignation and alarm, the warrior-woman raises her hand to grasp him by the shoulder, intending to squeeze hard.

"Don't," she warns the Pan Tangian with quiet intensity.
The Grey Lords
 GM, 834 posts
 The Cosmic Balance
Sun 7 Apr 2019
at 00:41
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Viktor begins to remove his armor as the tremors continue to ripple across the pool. The sightless eyes of the Oracle "looks" around at the four individuals assembled in the area of the pool. Viktor continues to vigorously shed his armor as the rumbles below begin to mimic that of the rumbles from the ceiling sky.

The Oracle grins as the tiny ripples begin to form into tiny waves. There is a sudden "thud" from beneath the ground under the pillar on which the Oracle stands. The water echos this with a larger ripple which begins to threaten to take Angrboda off her feet. Justin, standing at the edge of the pool slides into the water and takes a few steps towards the elfin sorceress.

After a Justin makes a it few more steps, a second louder thud sends a larger shockwave out from the central pillar.

This message was last edited by the GM at 13:39, Tue 09 Apr.

Angrboda
 player, 589 posts
Sun 7 Apr 2019
at 19:37
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Alarmed at the changing water (and a bit mad at herself that she didn't foresee such a thing happening) Angrboda begins to back slowly and carefully out of the water, cursing the situation as she does.
Viktor
 player, 802 posts
Tue 9 Apr 2019
at 00:42
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Staring at the beautiful innocent nude woman. Bloodlust starts to course through him. Completely not hearing or unwillingly ignoring the voice of Boda or Berta. Normally he would gladly take his life for their happiness. Now just wants the womanly siren. Keeps making his way towards her.
The Grey Lords
 GM, 835 posts
 The Cosmic Balance
Tue 9 Apr 2019
at 13:59
The Whispering Sea - The Oracle and the Sea
Viktor muscles his way past were Justin is attempting to remain his own balance against the forming waves. Justin reaches out his arm in an attempt to stop the Pan Tangian only to keep it extended in an effort to assist the on coming Sorceress.
Not seeing, or not caring, Viktor creates his own counter wake as he trudges past Angrboda as she rides the waves out of the once stagnant pool.

A third, and final thud, causes the pedestal and surrounding ground to erupt outward showering the area in a cascade of debris and water. As if the earth itself were violently giving birth, a being emerges from epicenter of the explosion. The oracle, unaffected by the explosion, slowly settles on to the emerging creature. Water cascades down a huge emerging form. It is an enormous skeletal figure with four arms and only a serpentine spine below it's waist. It's entire body is covered with thick, green slime, that is similar to the muck that coated the surface of the pool.

In a terrible and loud voice that seems to cause even the whispers to flee the area "Leave this place or die!" rasps the new demon.

As the rain of water and rock ceases, those on the shore can see the comatose form of Viktor floating in the slowly draining water is it begins to fill the void that once held the would be protector of the oracle.

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:24, Wed 10 Apr.

Angrboda
 player, 590 posts
Tue 9 Apr 2019
at 14:55
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"Fabulous, we get in a fight and Viktor decides to take a nap." Angrboda mumbles upon picking herself up and taking in the new situation, "Yeah, that's what we are trying to do." she yells at the unexpected demon, "but we need her help to do it, so get out of the way." she points to the oracle to add to her point.
Berta
 player, 574 posts
 of Ilmiora
Wed 10 Apr 2019
at 13:58
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"Does some madness possess him ?" Berta is still uncertain as to whether the big Pan Tangian has some ruse within his rum-addled skull or if the Oracle is somehow having an effect on him ... that is admittedly not a far throw from his usual wants and lusts.

But with the shaking of the earth and water whence the warrior-woman barely keeps her feet, the subsequent appearance of the second demon, and Viktor's collapse, that question dies on her lips.

"If it wants a fight, then it has found one," Berta snarls, with more bravado than she truly feels.  Drawing her heavy blade, she levels it at the demon.

"Though the death it seeks will be its own !"  Challenge met, she holds her ground, waiting either on Angrboda's lead or the creature's advance.
The Grey Lords
 GM, 836 posts
 The Cosmic Balance
Sat 13 Apr 2019
at 01:58
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The impassive face of the new demon's skeletal form simply drones out. "Death it is then!." As is slides towards the immobile form of Viktor that lazily floats along the ripples and eddies caused by the demon's movements.

The Oracle sits calmly, also showing no expression, on the back of the new demon. The Oracle does not guide or direct the beast, she merely sits watching almost uninterested in the outcome of the soon to be fight.

Justin quickly digs into one of his small side pouches and produces a small yellowish vial. He pauses, sighs, and quickly downs the small drought of liquid. He tenses for a second as if drinking the contents of the vial is causing some sort of discomfort. He emits a slight gasp and slides the empty vial back into the pouch. After a few deep breaths he turns and mimics Berta's demeanor. Pulling his own brass inlaid rapier he moves forward towards the comatose body of the Pan Tanigian Mariner.
Berta
 player, 575 posts
 of Ilmiora
Sun 14 Apr 2019
at 06:40
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"By the withered member of Chardros !" Berta swears as she realises the demon seeks easy prey in the form of the ensorcelled Pan Tangian.

The warrior woman does not hesitate, surging forwards, wading through the foul waters towards the demon, fist clenched and sword held ready to strike.

"Your death, should you dare dismiss me so easily !" she yells, trying to get the creature's attention, leading with her blade as soon as she's within reach, then lunging forward to batter the demon with her metal clad fist.
Viktor
 player, 804 posts
Mon 15 Apr 2019
at 18:44
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Before realizing what is happening, the world goes black. Starts to dream of nightmares of the past.
Angrboda
 player, 591 posts
Mon 15 Apr 2019
at 18:51
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Agrboda, trepidatious as always when physical violence is happening, draws her dagger and moves to protect her fallen companion, "Get up you drunken idiot, it's your time to shine." she says as she reaches his side and kicks some water on his face to try and wake him, standing ready should the demon attack the man.
The Grey Lords
 GM, 837 posts
 The Cosmic Balance
Wed 17 Apr 2019
at 00:50
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Justin is only a half step ahead of the Ilmorian Amazon. Glancing to the side at her as he nods and gives a reassuring wink. The morose and gloomy demeanor seems to have vanished away by a strange sort of vigor. Justin darts to the side in an attempt to divide the creatures attention between Berta and himself. It is obvious that the creature is as strong as it is slow. Each of the arms flex a few times as if not sure which one to go after now that new toys are within it's range.

Justin's Rapier darts out only to be turned aside and ignored by the beast as it begins to track Berta in her own forward charge. As in the case with Justin, her attack is considerably quicker than the demon can track and she is able to easily land a blow. And just as in Justin's case, her longsword clangs harmlessly off the thick bony hide of the serpentine beast. A hissing roar of effort escapes the skeletal head as it shifts it's bulk towards Berta. This side track allows Justin to once again dart in with his rapier with once again little effect on the beast.

The bored face of the Oracle stares down on the fighting below as she easily hangs on the back of the foul guardian demon.

Berta takes the opportunity to once again move and and bash the beast with an offhand strike from the brass gauntlets of Queen Media. There is a slight clang of metal on something hard as the razors edge of the gauntlets do little to penetrate the hide. The beast's lumbering arms swing wide causing water and rubble to eject into the air as the arms fail to hit Berta as she moves out of the way. Taking a moment to strike what would be a exposed side Berta slides in and hits again with a similar effect as the first strike. The beast twists and attempts to grab Berta with the remaining hands only to find Berta is considerably faster and easily splashes out of range.

Angerboda makes it to the Pan Tangian Barbarians side with possibly only the notice of the Oracle herself. He continues to float lazily on the splashing currents.
Viktor
 player, 805 posts
Thu 18 Apr 2019
at 20:00
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Feeling the presence of Angrboda trying to help him causes his demon heart to go crazy with power and energy.  Starts to twitch as hatred fills his heart and lack of soul. Yells out his loudest battle cry and emerges from the water. Grabs his axe and takes his mightiest swing over Angrbodas head making sure to miss her towards the demons neck. Throwing himself towards the demon as if he was possessed himself.
Berta
 player, 576 posts
 of Ilmiora
Fri 19 Apr 2019
at 04:57
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Berta's frustration as the creature barely even notices her blows is quickly replaced by concern for her own skin as she ducks and weaves to avoid its grasping hands ... though as Viktor's bellows herald him rising from the waters, the warrior woman grins broadly.

"I think, perhaps, you will not be so pleased now to have come looking for death," she tells it, unable to resist adding, "I did tell you so !"

Inspired by the Pan Tangian's enthusiasm for the battle, Berta renews her attack with blade and fist, hoping to do more than simply provide a distraction while Viktor carves the creature up.