Boulder Pass.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
GM
 GM, 206 posts
 My word is law.
 But I'm a cool guy :3
Sun 8 Jun 2014
at 23:20
Boulder Pass
One of the safest ways through the Dead Mountains, Boulder Pass is a route carved directly through the land itself. Many of the walls are adorned with Dwarven carvings, some decorative, some telling stories, some simply marks of those who worked on the project. The Pass serves as the primary trade route for Zedia, leading directly to the Iron district.
Sahara
 player, 8 posts
 Half-Beast Warrior
Tue 10 Jun 2014
at 13:00
Re: Boulder Pass
<< From: Iron District <<

Sahara took the lead in front of the caravan. She wanted everyone on guard since they still didn't really know what they were up against. There wasn't much tension in the air but anticipation was growing as they approached the area of the reported attacks. She turned to the back of the group to check on Zayden. "How you holding up back there? Anything looking out of place?"
Lilith Sereg
 player, 36 posts
 Blood will Tell
Wed 11 Jun 2014
at 01:11
Re: Boulder Pass
<<From Iron District>>

Lilith had taken rear guard behind the last of wagons to ward against any attack form behind. Crimson eyes scanned the walls of the pass to either side as well checking back along the path they had already traversed. So far the things of interest she had seen were some of the dwarven etchings, but her guard was still up. She checked her daggers to ensure they were clear in their sheaths and ready to draw the moment trouble appeared. Casually resting her hand on one of the hilts she called back to Sahara, "Everything's fine back here for now."
Zayden
 player, 6 posts
 Human Mage
Thu 12 Jun 2014
at 10:50
Re: Boulder Pass
<< From: Iron District >>

Zayden had pulled rear guard with Lilith, placing himself a few steps behind her and the caravan. He tried to keep proper watch but he kept finding his gaze falling on her hips as she walked. He gave her a once over before replying in a slight daze, "Nothing out of place back here. Everything looks fine." He noticed her hand resting on her dagger and quickly diverted his gaze back to their surroundings. He never traveled through here before and the markings were interesting, just not as interesting as their new mercenary friend. His cheeks felt flushed and he had a dumb smirk on his face that he tried to hide from the group.
GM
 GM, 219 posts
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Fri 13 Jun 2014
at 03:25
Re: Boulder Pass
As the caravan continued through the pass the didn't see much activity, a lone traveler here, a scholar there, but it seemed word of this beast had scarred off much of the traffic, but regardless the Dwarves were in high spirits.

"Ah. Boulder Pass, my grandfather worked on this project you know?"

The leading merchant smiled as he looked at the carvings, some reaching so high that one had to strain their neck to see the clearly.

"I can't quite remember where he signed his name, aside from the mass signatures at either end of the pass."

Before the dwarf could continue with his stories, the caravan came to a halt as it arrived at what looked like a battle ground. Destroyed caravans, rotting corpses of Men, Elves, Dwarves, Skullcaps, some of them chewed on or clawed at, broken and singed carts, it was a mess.

"Well. It appears as though we're in the danger zone."
Sahara
 player, 9 posts
 Half-Beast Warrior
Sun 15 Jun 2014
at 06:59
Re: Boulder Pass
Sahara drew her axe at the sight of the battle ground. The scene definitely wasn't fresh but it was a clear sign to be on guard. "Alright, let's get through this as quickly as possible. Tight formations, everyone on guard, weapons ready until we leave this zone." She hated feeling vulnerable and being out in the open in the pass made her feel pretty vulnerable. She strained her neck slightly to see the tops of the pass, making her grateful that the attacks didn't seem to be bandits or archers.
Zayden
 player, 7 posts
 Human Mage
Sun 15 Jun 2014
at 07:24
Re: Boulder Pass
As the group entered the battle ground, Zayden's normal dopey demeanor was quickly replaced with an air of seriousness. He crouched down by one of the broken carts, examining the burn marks carefully. "Sahara, we have a problem." He called from his spot but was in no way calling her towards him. "These burn marks were caused by magic, not by beast. We're not dealing with some monster here, we got a mage."
GM
 GM, 224 posts
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Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 00:33
Re: Boulder Pass
"Maybe not hunter."

As the Dwarves began to salvage from the wreckage one of them held up what looked like a burnt, broken, staff.

"This here looks like one of your magicy staffs, what shooting fire out of them and such. And that poor sod there,"

He pointed towards a half eaten body,

"He looks like a mage. Or a dead one at least."

The head mage shook his head.

"Look, it doesn't matter what it is that's down here, we have protection, and if we hurry, we might not even have to use it."

Then, a loud sound bellowed out and echoed through the pass, it sounded like a mix between a howl and a roar, coming from deeper in the mountains. The head Dwarf looked around at the large claw marks on the nearby walls and ground.

"Any idea what kind of beast could survive fire from a mage and cause all this chaos?"
Lilith Sereg
 player, 39 posts
 Blood will Tell
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 23:16
Re: Boulder Pass
The scale of the carnage took Lilith by surprise. She had expected two or perhaps three destroyed caravans but this...this rivaled some of the smaller battles she had seen. "How long has this monster been terrorizing the pass?" The mercenary's dagger hissed as it was drawn forth on Sahara's order. Stepping close to the body of what looked to have once been a wagon driver  she knelt to study the claw marks that had torn him asunder. "It doesn't seem to be eating the bodies. Protecting its territory maybe?"

The roar ahead bought her back to her feet in a flash. "Whatever it is, I think it knows we're here."
Sahara
 player, 10 posts
 Half-Beast Warrior
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 04:31
Re: Boulder Pass
"I got a few ideas of what can do this, and none of them are good . . . Let's get a move on people." She kept moving forward with the caravan, wanting nothing more than to just get through this quickly. "Whatever this thing is, its been here for a little while. A couple weeks at least. Doesn't really matter why it's hunting."
GM
 GM, 230 posts
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Thu 19 Jun 2014
at 02:02
Re: Boulder Pass
Just then a loud thumping could be heard and suddenly and a set of long and sharp fangs sunk themselves into Zayden's shoulder. Before he the pain could even process, he was thrown to the other side of the pass, hitting the wall and crashing to the floor. A roar let out that was so loud it caused everyone to b stunned for a moment. It was then that the group could see the beast.

Standing on four legs at 5 feet tall, the reptilian monster known as a Canyon Fright watched the group with is huge orb like eyes, breathing loudly through its needle like teeth. It head fin flared as it hissed, spiked tail wagging through the air slowly. This creature looked like something out of a nightmare, and they were known to fight like something out of one. Canyon Frights are considered highly dangerous for their extreme durability and hostile and aggressive nature.

Reeling back, the beast lunged forward, claws out towards Sahara.
Sahara
 player, 11 posts
 Half-Beast Warrior
Thu 19 Jun 2014
at 07:25
Re: Boulder Pass
The Canyon Fright's roar caught Sahara's attention and she turned back just in time to see Zayden smack into the canyon wall and fall to the ground. "ZAYDEN!" She took a step towards him but the Canyon Fright placed itself between the mage and the rest of the group. It hissed a brief warning before rushing her, claws out. She charged forward, pulling her battle axe back before jumping forward and swinging down towards the creature's neck, hoping this beast wasn't agile enough to reach her above it.
Lilith Sereg
 player, 42 posts
 Blood will Tell
Fri 20 Jun 2014
at 01:21
Re: Boulder Pass
Lilith turned just in time to see the monstrosity latch into Zayden before throwing him the wall of the pass and she began to curse vividly enough to make even a veteran sailor blush. The shape of the surrounding mountains had bounced the sound around and misled her into thinking that the threat was in front of them. She should have known better, should have been prepared for an attack from behind instead of making a foolish assumption.

It didn't matter now though. Now the beast was upon them and if they survived she could chastise herself over the mistake back in the city. The wild cursing stopped and was replaced with low chanting in an ancient and fell language that would make pious men shudder. Her dagger bit into the flesh of her right forearm, cutting deeply from the outside of her elbow to the inner side of her wrist. Blood leapt from the wound and hardened into razor sharp needles which Lilith sent flying toward the Canyon Fright's bulbous eyes.
GM
 GM, 240 posts
 My word is law.
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Mon 23 Jun 2014
at 22:36
Re: Boulder Pass
The Canyon Fright was fast, it moved right past Sahara, its tail bouncing against her armor knocking her out of the air as it charged towards the rest of the group. Just then Lilith's blood needles flew towards the creature. Its head was moving erratically, most of the magical liquid pierced the scale-covered face of the monster, if just barely, and a few well aimed ones scratched the surface of the orb like shell around the rest of the creatures eyes.

Squealing, the Canyon Fright rolled and skidded of course, missing contact with Lilith by mere inches. The Dwarves dove for cover as the beast slid into a wall next to them. The Canyon Fright was quick to get back on its feet, it stared at the blood mage and made an angry hissing noise. These monsters were smart, and were known to hold grudges throughout their lifespan. The monster lept into the air, its claws and teeth aimed at his enemy.
Sahara
 player, 12 posts
 Half-Beast Warrior
Tue 24 Jun 2014
at 00:11
Re: Boulder Pass
Sahara wasn't expecting the beast to get past her as fast as it did, and she definitely wasn't expecting to be knocked aside by its tail. She hit the ground hard but pulled herself back to her feet quickly. She noticed the beast switch its attention to Lilith and she threw her axe to intercept the creature mid-leap. She then turned towards Zayden. "C'mon Zayden, we need you in this!" She ran for his staff nearby, tossing it towards him before drawing her short sword and rushing to the battle once again.
Zayden
 player, 8 posts
 Human Mage
Tue 24 Jun 2014
at 00:24
Re: Boulder Pass
Zayden was still dazed by the surprise attack. He was with the group one moment and the next thing he knew his shoulder was screaming with pain, he was airborne, *thud*, then he was on the ground just staring at the sky. His entire body ached now, his head was spinning, and it hurt to breathe now. He could hear indistinct shouting then something landed nearby him. He turned his head to see his staff just a foot away. "Wha-what happened?" he tried but his voice was barely above a whisper. He grabbed his staff and pulled himself to his feet with great effort, by now everything was starting to clear for him, everything was making sense again.
Lilith Sereg
 player, 43 posts
 Blood will Tell
Tue 24 Jun 2014
at 02:35
Re: Boulder Pass
The beast was faster than Lilith had expected and she had to quickly dodge back to avoid being struck as it changed course.  The blood needles had pierced the monster's hide which was encouraging even if they didn't seem to have done much more than enrage it. Now it was headed straight towards her though. Zayden was back on his feet; that was good. She had worried he was unconscious or worse after hitting the wall.

Blood was still flowing freely from the slash on her arm and Lilith used that to launch another volley of needles as she tried to dive out of the way of the oncoming charge. These ones were fewer in number but larger than her first onslaught. Her aim was somewhat wild though. This was, in truth, little more than an attempted distracted while she put most of her effort into getting trying to avoid the fright's fangs and claws.
GM
 GM, 242 posts
 My word is law.
 But I'm a cool guy :3
Sat 28 Jun 2014
at 22:35
Re: Boulder Pass
The axe hit the creature right on target and stuck itself into the monsters side. On top of that, a few of the large spike thrown hit as well and the Canyon Fright hit the ground hard right in front of Lilith, swiping wildly but missing as she moved farther away. The beast yelled out a roar once more, and stood up bleeding and with an axe stuck in its hide. It crouched down and its attention darted back and forth between the two warriors standing in front of it, not paying attention to the squishy being it threw behind it earlier.
Zayden
 player, 9 posts
 Human Mage
Tue 8 Jul 2014
at 05:13
Re: Boulder Pass
Zayden fought to keep his vision clear as he aimed his staff at the Canyon Fright. He blocked out the pain the best he could and shot a quick fireball at the beast before remembering the scorched battle field. "Right, damn." He quickly changed tactics and shot out an arc of lightning that seemed to weave around his allies as it made its way towards the Canyon Fright.
GM
 GM, 259 posts
 My word is law.
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Fri 11 Jul 2014
at 20:31
Re: Boulder Pass
The Canyon Fright simply turned and looked at Zayden after being struck by the fireball. If it had a human face, if would definitely be raising an eyebrow. But before it could charge and retaliate to this annoyance, the bolt of lighting flew from Zayden's staff and struck the monster. Sahara's axe acted like a lighting rod, striking the creature where it was weak. The Canyon Fright screeched as it flew into a frenzy, flailing around in pain. The axe dislodged itself leaving a large wound as if ran into rocks and walls. While flailing it moved towards Lilith and rammed into her, knocking the wind out of her as she hit the ground.

Regaining its senses, the monster moved over to Lilith and hissed as its sharp teeth got closer and closer. It lent back and looked like it was going to pounce on the stunned bloodmage, eager to kill.


The air began to feel colder as the grave situation intensified. But then one of the Dwarves saw his breath and got a confused look on his face. Temperature doesn't drop that fast, even in the Dead Mountains.
Corthian Joust
 player, 1 post
 I'm a real man!
 Terra give me strength
Sat 12 Jul 2014
at 04:24
Re: Boulder Pass
I can not wait any longer. Now is the time to act.

Corthian stared down at the caravan, hands clasped together with his pointer fingers outstretched. He had been channeling this storm for some time now, so he could make it through the pass like he always had before, but this time...this time the circumstances were different. He needed to save these people. He didn't know why these travelers were different from the others he had watched who had succumbed to the Fright. Maybe because he didn't want to watch another innocent die while he waited and calculated. It didn't matter...the time was now.

Corthian released his hands and slammed them on the ground. The blizzard that he had come to rely on all these years seemed to explode out of his body in every direction. He knew though that without his stark white cloak, such a feat like changing the weather this radically would be all but impossible, but so would be living within these mountains for years on end. The storm raged outward, upward and most importantly, downward. A driving force of almost solid white, the snow swirled and raged around him. But he could see just fine.

He raised himself up to his full height. Standing at 6 and a half feet tall he was a boulder of a man. No one would suspect him to be a mage, more specifically a shaman. He reached out and grabbed his staff, which was a few more inches taller than he, that he had left jutting out of the ground like a awkward sapling. Grant me your power and strength, dear Terra. He jumped off of the cliff that he had been watching the fight from, his cloak wrapping around him like them snow and concealing him within it. A fifty foot drop at least, but these kind of jumps were nothing to him. Terra always allowed him to land safely.

As he began to reach the pass where the travelers were, he began to create a different sign with his hands. He laced his middle three fingers together and left his pinkies and thumbs outstretched. Just before he impacted the ground he released his hands and let his left hand impact upon the ground. The earth gave way beneath him, cushioning his landing. As a crater formed beneath Corthian, he looked towards the travelers. With the staff in his right hand, he thrust it towards them. He flung his oaken appearing staff upward and the ground that had given way beneath him now was transferred beneath the lot. Underneath them all the ground shot up, each of them rising upon their own pillar of Earth. Corthian raised them beyond the reach of the Fright...and removed them from his own line of fire.

There. They are safe. Corthian's sight returned to the Fright standing at the base of the pillar where the young woman caster had been. Now for you Fright. May Terra make it so you never torment the innocent ever again. I now judge you to be damned. The blizzard seemed to intensify around them, as if responding to his statement. He pointed his staff at the Fright. May Terra have pity upon your ravenous monster of a soul. NOW BEGONE!!! The head of the staff began to draw in the blizzard, absorbing it's energy to fuel this one spell. The area of the blizzard shrank faster and faster and it condensed around the gnarled knob at the staff's tip. Almost just as quickly as the blizzard had arrived, it was gone. Now focused at the tip of his staff, he aimed for the gash in the Fright that the axe from one of the travelers had made.

Frozen Javelin!

The moment he finished speaking, what could only be described as a stalactite of rocketed from his staff, just as long and much wider than the vessel it was launched from. In a much lower voice, so only he could hear, Corthian uttered a small favor. Now let this end. Let this be the end of this so I don't have to see any more innocents perish before my eyes.
GM
 GM, 261 posts
 My word is law.
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Fri 18 Jul 2014
at 19:01
Re: Boulder Pass
It would seem that the Earth Goddess Terra was smiling on the group today as the wild man jumped from a cliff edge and into the fray. The Canyon Fright shrieked as it broke some of its fangs on the stone pillar that took the place of its prey, and before it could even set its eyes on the new morsel that had arrived, a long javelin of ice skewered it to a wall, its open wound doing nothing to help it. It let out a loud agonized roar once more before the its last breath left its body, and its already dead eyes got deader. The group of Dwarves marveled at the sight from atop their pillar. It was a good thing that this man showed up when he did, or there might have been a casualty before the beast was slain.
Lilith Sereg
 player, 47 posts
 Blood will Tell
Mon 21 Jul 2014
at 02:59
Re: Boulder Pass
Lilith hit the ground hard. What little breathe she had left after the blow from the Canyon Fright was completely knocked from her lungs by the impact with the stony pass. She gasped in shock as she tried to scramble back to her feet while the monster closed in. Her hand closed around her second dagger and began to draw it from the sheath. “Come and get me then.” Gritting her teeth she moved into a low crouch, preparing to attack as soon as the Fright came close enough.

The drop in air temperature had barely registered before the mountain of a man slammed into pass and launched everyone skyward on pillars of earth. Lilith pushed herself to her feet and watched in stunned silence as the newcomer concentrated the blizzard before spearing the Fright to the wall. She had never before seen elemental magic used on such a scale in such quick succession. This was not a mage to be trifled with, but for the moment she was merely glad that he appeared to be on their side. Sheathing her blades she cupped her hands, one still bloody from the gash in her arm, and called down to him. “Hail stranger! It seems fortune has smiled upon us today with your timely arrival. Would you mind letting us down so I don’t need to shout to properly thank you?”