E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd.   Posted by DainXB - GM.Group: 0
Amm-Fibian
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Wed 15 Jul 2015
at 10:44
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
"Act like you are stunned, I have Nereid's scent. If there is trouble, start punching."

Ian picks up Todd and walks towards the Foo Dogs, following Nereid's scent.

"Nice doggies."
DainXB - GM
 GM, 1133 posts
Fri 17 Jul 2015
at 21:49
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Ian & Todd:
"Nice Doggies.", in the Mwng's vernacular comes out more like "骯髒的獵犬", but the point is made. The two Foo Dogs leap back onto their plinths flanking the pagoda's entrance and allow you to pass.

Nereid:
A Mwng enters the pagoda behind you with Todd, seemingly unconscious, held negligently over one shoulder.

Beneath you, in the ballroom-sized throne room, all the suits of gilded armor simultaneously stamp a foot and bring their halberds to a "present arms" stance! A whispery horn joins the drum-and-chime music.

[OOC: Out of combat, anyone can go in any order.]
Todd
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 Determination: 2
 Stamina: 11
Sun 19 Jul 2015
at 05:37
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Todd feigns unconsciousness. But he does allow his left eye to creep open for a peek.
Amm-Fibian
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Sun 19 Jul 2015
at 07:44
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
(Edited, see post below! That will teach me to catch up at work.)

This message was last edited by the player at 20:33, Sun 19 July 2015.

DainXB - GM
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Sun 19 Jul 2015
at 19:53
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Ian:
[OOC: Quick clarification; You and Todd entered on an upper level, behind Nereid who is crouched looking over a balcony into a huge square hole in the floor. Down below is the throne room, the gilded armor, etc. There are broad stairs on either side of the upper level leading downward, lit by glowing green flames. Are you carrying Todd down the stairs and into the throne room?]
Amm-Fibian
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Sun 19 Jul 2015
at 20:37
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Ian stops beside Nereid and puts Todd down.
"What is up yo? Shall we peace out of here?"
Nereid
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Tue 21 Jul 2015
at 03:01
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
In reply to Amm-Fibian (msg # 89):

Nereid jumps (just a little) into a fighting stance before she realizes it is Ian

scare a girl why don't ya.

And no, I don't think we are gonna get a chance to "peace out" look down there...that seems serious and violent.

By the way, what happened to Todd?

Amm-Fibian
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Tue 21 Jul 2015
at 03:10
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
"He is just conserving his punching energy."

Ooc: Mon 20 July 2015: Amm-Fibian rolled 6,3 using d6,d6 ((6,3)).
3 +9 Int +3 investigate = 15
Rolling to figure out what this is all about!
DainXB - GM
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Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 21:31
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Ian:
[OOC: 15! Cue Sherlock Holmes moment!]
The music and the ceremonial guards indicated that something of great portent or significance is about to take place.
Marks on the dais indicate that the three-paneled folding screen in front of the throne is a recent alteration in the decor. The symbols on the panels are in archaic Chinese--but that isn't so difficult for an intellect of your caliber:

                                          "Feather Empress"
   "Banished"                "Great Golden Peacock Queen"             "Warded"
   "Eternally Barred"           "Devourer of Souls"                        "Accursed"
   "Denied Heaven"           "Sustained by Magic"                "Ten Thousand Years"


Magic is outside your experience; however, the symbols on the flanking panels are of the sort generally believed by the local culture to be magically efficacious. Your understanding of human beliefs concerning magic is that symbolism is extremely important for the focusing of these peculiar energies. The flanking glyphs indicate that the Feather Empress is under a curse, banished to Earth and barred from her original "heavenly" dimension.

The stone artifact inexplicably carved into a crude representation of an Aquan head that Zhang Jue stole from Taggart the ethically-challenged archaeologist exhibited strange psychic or magical properties when Nereid had it in her laboratory. Properties that she described as being "a spirit of vengeance". Improbable as the artifact is, since it post-dates your race by millennia, it's energies were responsible for several attacks, suicides, and at least one murder before Zhang Jue acquired it to give it as tribute to the Feather Empress.

The glyphs for "Devourer of Souls" and "Sustained by Magic" take on considerable significance in this context. If the Feather Empress consumes the artifact's energy, she might be able to overcome the barriers symbolically represented on the panels.

Nereid:
Below, in the throne room, horns override the other music and then everything falls silent. One of the armored forms shouts "The Feather Empress, Glorious Queen of Demons!" and from behind the screen appears a regal figure; she is tall and slender, dressed in a form-hugging garment made of peacock feathers. The feathers spread behind her as she walks, her gown has a vast and seemingly weightless train. Her crown is an array of upswept golden spikes into which her dark hair is braided. Eyes that are bright red from their irises outward scan the throne room. "Supplicants may approach and kneel before me."

From the far end of the room, beneath the balcony where you're crouched, Zhang Jue enters. She's carrying a lacquered box big enough to contain a human head--or a stone artifact carved to resemble an Aquan head...

[OOC: Anyone can go in any order!]
Amm-Fibian
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Sat 25 Jul 2015
at 20:42
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Ian shares the information he has gathered the best he can with the demons gutteral speech.
Nereid
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Wed 29 Jul 2015
at 02:24
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
In reply to Amm-Fibian (msg # 93):

if you are correct we don't have to beat up everyone in the room...we just need to get the carving and run like heck...agreed?
Amm-Fibian
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Thu 30 Jul 2015
at 05:18
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
"I don't know who Heck is, but if you think running like him will help that sounds good. Perhaps I can get close enough in this form to grab the statue while you and Todd cause a distraction by running like this Heck person."
Todd
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Thu 30 Jul 2015
at 05:46
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
"If you need a distraction I can create one," Todd contributes. "Just say when."
DainXB - GM
 GM, 1141 posts
Sun 2 Aug 2015
at 05:07
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Everyone:
Zhang Jue walks slowly forward, between the rows of golden-armored demons. When she is still ten feet from the edge of the dais, she stops and kneels. Setting the box down at arms length in front of her, she bows and presses her forehead to the swirl-patterned jade floor. "慈禧威猛,你的僕人為您提供這來之不易的禮物."

The Feather Empress makes a tiny gesture with one hand, and the two nearest demons set aside their polearms and step forward to pick up the box.

[OOC: Anyone can go in any order...]
Amm-Fibian
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Sun 2 Aug 2015
at 06:43
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
"Todd, follow my lead."

Ian quickly drops down and heads towards the Empress and box.
"Invaders are here! Danger! Danger! Protect the Empress!"

Ian attempts to move in on the box to "protect it."
Nereid
 player, 311 posts
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 Stamina 8/8
Tue 4 Aug 2015
at 13:29
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
In reply to Amm-Fibian (msg # 98):

Try it to help Ian cause trouble, Nereid aims her song at Zhang Jue.

Her song is a not the mournful song she usually sings this almost has a "death metal" vibe. She knows the sorceress won't panic but hopefully she will get a little frightened.

OOC: willpower 5 , Emotion Comtrol 3


09:28, Tue 04 Aug 2015: Nereid rolled 0 using 2d6-7 ((5,2)).


5 effort , 3 effect.

DainXB - GM
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Wed 5 Aug 2015
at 07:40
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Ian:
As you lope down the side stairs and enter the throne room, the Gold Guard obey your warning and form up two deep in front of the Feather Empress. She, on the other hand, seems unimpressed. "You were supposed to prevent anyone from entering the cavern! Failure is not tolerated!"*

As you get close to the box, you've got to avoid the two Guardsdemons who are trying to pick it up.

[OOC: Test Coordination vs a Difficulty of 4 to avoid them. Or test Prowess vs a Difficulty of 4 to bowl them over. Your choice.]

*Translated from Archaic Chinese, since you're smart enough to have picked it up by now.

Nereid:
Your song is having some effect--Zhang Jue looks over both shoulders, trying to locate the threat that's prickling at the back of her neck... Which means that she's not looking too closely at Ian's Mwng impersonation.

[OOC: Todd is up, then it all hits the fan!]
Todd
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Wed 5 Aug 2015
at 10:14
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
The tight formation the Guards adopt makes Todd grin.

He fires out of a three point stance and curls into a ball, turning himself into a human cannonball.

"Tomorrow strikes today!"

Spend 1 Determination and invoke my "tomorrow strikes today" quality to use my leaping stunt to attack all the guards at once. Now down to one Determination.

Leaping 8 + Athletics 1 + roll -1 = 8

Amm-Fibian
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Wed 5 Aug 2015
at 10:51
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Ian makes a grab for the box.

OOC:Amm-Fibian rolled 1,1 using d6,d6
0 + 4 Coordination = 4
(Unless the demons prowess is higher than 4, in which case I bowl them over!)

This message was last edited by the player at 10:52, Wed 05 Aug 2015.

DainXB - GM
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Sun 9 Aug 2015
at 19:05
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Todd:
You cannonball off the balcony, into the packed ranks of the Golden Guard! They go down like... well, like tenpins. At least four of them aren't going to be getting up any time soon. Two of the demons from each end of the two rows--the ones still standing, in other words--charge at you with their halberds!

[OOC: Defend against 4 attacks, each Difficulty 5. The halberds do 4 Stamina on a hit.]

Ian:
Your demon form is getting lighter on it's feet--or possibly you're getting better at operating it's peculiar nervous system. You slide past the guards and grab the box! It's not very heavy, but you can tell from the center-of-gravity that there is something dense nestled in the center of the interior volume.

Nereid:
From your vantage point, no one can see that you're there. But that may be temporary, as both Zhang Jue's eyes and those of the Feather Empress are drawn to the top of Todd's trajectory... The Feather Empress's eyes narrow in anger, and she raises her hands, displaying her long, curling fingernails. She begins an atonal chant in Chinese...

Zhang Jue, however, immediately spins around to snarl at Todd. "You again! Why are you so accursedly persistent?!?" The question is obviously rhetorical, since she doesn't give him time to answer, just reaches into the full bell-sleeves of her dress and pulls out a pair of... grenades?!?

She throws them on the ground (on either side of Ian's hulking demon-form) and smoke billows forth; grey clouds from one side, red clouds from the other! "Six Storms! Kill this troublesome gaijin!"

[Todd defends, then anyone can go in any order.]
Todd
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Mon 10 Aug 2015
at 07:44
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Sprawled on the floor, Todd glances left, then right, at the charging demons.

"Uh, OK," he says to no one in particular. "Maybe I didn't completely think this through."

He rolls onto his back and spins like a break-dancer, legs and arms whipping out of reach of the halberbs. Or, more precisely, out of reach of four of the halberds.

"YOWWWWW!"

Coordination 6 + Athletics 1 + base of 7; rolls 1,  2, -4, 1 = 8, 9, 2 (ouch) and 8. That's one 4 stamina hit.

Todd spins to his feet, one eye on the demon who successfully jabbed him, and delivers a quick left hook to its jaw.

Prowess 6 + Martial Arts 2 + roll -2 = 6.
DainXB - GM
 GM, 1147 posts
Wed 12 Aug 2015
at 04:34
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Todd:
It looks like the Golden Guard's ceremonial armor is actual gold--the demon's fanciful helmet crumples like tissue, and the demon flies backward into the folding screen behind the Feather Empress, causing it to teeter!

Everyone:
The billowing clouds of black and red smoke resolve into a pair of humanoid forms; Todd recognizes them both from earlier encounters with the Six Storms. On the left, emerging from black smoke, is the emaciated form of Whispering Dream. On the right, emerging from red smoke, is a stocky Asian man with a shark-like grin--literally shark-like; it wraps halfway around his head and is full of jagged, razor-sharp teeth! (His name is Blood Shark, but Todd never got an introduction back on the hotel rooftop.)

[OOC: Ian and Nereid are up, then the bad guys go!]
Amm-Fibian
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Wed 12 Aug 2015
at 05:59
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
"I will protect the box Empress!"

Ian attempts to run back towards the water where his body floats.
Nereid
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 Stamina 8/8
Fri 14 Aug 2015
at 02:59
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
In reply to Amm-Fibian (msg # 106


Nereid takes a defensive stance and moves to the floor.

C'mon..I can take you all on

She waits for incoming assault.
DainXB - GM
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Tue 18 Aug 2015
at 04:36
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Todd:
Blood Shark lunges at you from one side, jaws gaping, and Whispering Dream floats upward, flickering in and out of existence like a ghost. He hisses a curse as he recognizes you! "'Bellowing Nightmare'; back, I see, for another lesson in pain!" He floats downward, striking with blinding speed, one finger extended to impale you with one corkscrew fingernail!

[OOC: Test Prowess vs a Difficulty of 6, and suffer 4 Stamina if Blood Shark bites you. Then, Test Prowess vs a Difficulty of 6 to avoid Whispering Dream! You know from painful experience that he drains 5 Stamina with a mere touch!]

Nereid:
The Golden Guard seem willing to take you up on that challenge! Halberds leveled, they rush you! Piling on like that, only four can get to you at any one time...

[OOC: Defend against 4 attacks, each Difficulty 5. The halberds do 4 Stamina on a hit.]

Ian:
The Feather Queen's voice cuts through the confusion like a blade. "Stop! The box needs no protection beyond that which I provide--and I hunger!"

Zhang Jue, directly in your path, looks into your eyes--and finally figures out the thing about the behavior of her minions that's been bothering her all day. "My Empress, he is possessed! There is another intruder among us!"

"Truly? How remarkable!" The Empress addresses the Mwng you're controlling directly. "Free your mind! You serve me, and me alone!" The last phrase echoes strangely in the hall, as if it is backed with some mystical force. As the words enter the Mwng's hairy ears, it suddenly feels to you as if the T.U.N.A.'s power source is drained, or suppressed somehow--your control is slipping...

[OOC: Test Possession vs a Difficulty of 4. If you fail, you lose control of your host and revert back to your own body.]

[OOC: Everyone defends, then anyone can go in any order!]