Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat.   Posted by Mcguffin.Group: archive 2
Duella Forbo
 player, 18 posts
 It Always Pays To
 Keep a Level Head
Thu 5 Jan 2017
at 06:57
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
“Hmph.” Duella huffed in a slightly annoyed fashion as the flank she’d been holding back abruptly collapsed.  The halls echoed with the thunderous sound of heavy feet fleeing into the twisting maze of the Dungeon Lord’s domain, and some of the ogres near her had simply collapsed in on themselves leaving a rapidly dissolving black goo on the flag stones.  She’d been having trouble pushing back against the endless tide of minions, though you’d be hard pressed to know it looking at her now.  There was no sign of exhaustion or injuries to give away her missteps … still, she knew she’d never have been able to get past Grynn without Cress’s intervention on their behalf.

“Taking pity on an enemy like that … the boy’s heart is too big by half.” She remarked to herself, sheathing her broadsword as she regarded the hunched shapes of angry wraiths clawing and snapping up the billowing claws of miasma as best they could, looking for sustenance to remain in the world a bit longer.  Anything they gobbled up would reduce the number of ogres in the region … of course, you were just trading them for a different kind of threat.  That was dungeon ecology for you.  All the same, it seemed the rudimentary wraiths were scared enough of Regaltz  that they gave the group a wide berth.

“Of course, if it weren’t, an upset like this would probably have been impossible.”
She admitted with a shrug and a smile, a bit levity returning to her now that the fighting was done.  Really, who would have imagined a creature like Nisa sharing their very life essence with a human?  Still, she had faith that the menagerie would tend to the man’s wounds.  There was another matter to address in the moment.

“You, Warrior.” She said, holding her head out in the direction of the Mar’s scattered bones.  In her heyday, she’d lead columns of similar creatures into battle, she wasn’t about to be fooled by something as rudimentary as his body being separated, “Collect yourself and state your name.” she said, her tone heavy with the familiar authority of command.  There was a tinge of magical compulsion in those words, but it was weak, enough to confuse the mindless dead but against freewill she had no strength.  She’d never have dared to try it against Himahime, but this skeleton?  She wasn’t so sure.

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Mar
 player, 9 posts
 A hollow shell, cursed to
 walk until the end times.
Thu 5 Jan 2017
at 08:11
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
The dullahan's words, while not lost in translation, did not seem to solicitate any sort of reaction from Mar. Though the woman hadn't been speaking Mar's native tongue*, her arcane influence had translated enough of her intention for Mar to gleam the command. Mar had encountered many of her ilk within their time between these halls, and only the dungeon master had ever held any dominion over their form. (Though the dungeon master who'd once directed him has long since lost interest it seemed.) In fact, one would have a hard time distinguishing Mar's bones from any of the other skeletal remains were it not for the singular wisp of pink energy poking out from it's eye sockets, and the glyph that had been etched into the back of it's skull...As it had began to glow gently with the woman's words. [Private to Duella Forbo: Being part of the higher echelons of the undead, you'd notice this symbol for an eldritch mark. One of the original forms of necromancy that render's all mental influences, aside from their creators, useless. It's creation has been lost to time, as much easier ways of summoning had been made, and ritual had a tricky habit of backfiring in horrific ways. So while the supply of these marks have nearly dwindled to zero, they are often taken as trophies for their warding and cleansing effect on curses. A redundant boon for an undead of your strength, though it would be worth noting that this is an extremely old undead if they bore this mark. To say nothing of their skill for having managed to live this long and not be broken down into some grave-robber's charm.]


*Wistfully referred to as 'Void-Speak', the language became widespread amoungst the aeviternal. Though it suffers heavily from a distinct lack of words, it makes up for it's faults through the use of mental-gestures and influencing the mind into thinking in the general direction of what the speaker is trying to 'say'.*

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Echidna
 player, 11 posts
 Look into my eyes..
 ..and let me hold you!
Thu 5 Jan 2017
at 13:00
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
Echidna had been fighting very hard against the ogres pressing on her. It was very difficult not to get clubbed around while holding onto Nisa, but she did her best. She held a big club in both hands as an ogre tried to alternate between swinging it away or driving it down at her when Cress struck his deathblow against Grynn. As the ogre suddenly fled and left Echidna holding his club, she dropped at it and stared at him with plain adoration in her slit eyes. "You.. you did it..! Wow!"

"How isssss.. hey!" When Cress mentioned Nisa she looked back in time to see a wraith trying to slink up on the poor unconscious tengu and Echidna slithered away, quickly climbing up the wall and clutching to the ceiling while holding Nisa well away from them! But Nisa ended upside down, which meant her cute skirts would probably fall down around her waist where Echidna's tail was bundled around her.

Echidna leaned down and looked at Nisa's face, upside down just like the tengu. "Nissssa.. are you okay..?" Her tone was gentle but she curled her serpent body around Nisa more. It was always nice holding a warm body in her coils! Warm bodies always felt so good! The tip of her tail started wrapping around Nisa's upper thighs, between and around them and Echidna sighed pleasantly. Bodies were always nice and warm and felt so good there! It made it easy to forget about how bruised her and battered her long, serpentine body really was.

"Hey, wake up..?" Echidna almost pouted. She extended a clawed finger and rubbed the back of it along Nisa's cheek gently to see if she would stir.
Nisa Unamara
 player, 55 posts
 I am not the kind of girl
 guys fall in love with
Thu 5 Jan 2017
at 15:06
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
Nisa stirred a little but she was still too weak to open her eyes or speak in any way. But she at least for the most was semi-conscious. It had been a very long time since she had last done something so reckless and selfless to help another person. Not since before she became imprisoned here anyway. But she felt at the time it was what needed to be done in order to help her friend defeat his foe and she wouldn't hesitate to do the same for him all over again, not even for a second.
Duella Forbo
 player, 20 posts
 It Always Pays To
 Keep a Level Head
Thu 5 Jan 2017
at 21:04
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
Duella's eyes dimmed into small indigo pin-pricks as she considered the pink energy shining out from Mar's eye sockets.  She dropped into a kneeling position to get closer to the skeleton's level, turning her helmet slightly to get a better look at the source of the light.

"Tsk--" she grimaced slightly, "Those are old bones." she remarked to herself, pulling her head back as she saw the nature of the sigil.  It was a bit of an understatement ... unless she was mistaken, this monster might predate the founding of her own kingdom.  Then, the way it reacted to her magic ... a few possibilities came to her at once regarding why someone might create such a thing.

"If you understand my words, give me a sign." she tried again, her thumb pressing against the cross guard of her blade, pushing it passed the catch so she could draw the blade easily.  Cress would probably council peace, still, Duella was a bit more cautious.
Platinum Depth
 player, 20 posts
 Why can't you tell me
 who I am?
Thu 5 Jan 2017
at 23:32
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
Platinum had emerged from the flash of light, looking far more... masculine. His hair had seemed to have become shorter, and his eyes were sharper with far shorter lashes. He had situated himself on top of one of the Orcs he had felled in the battle, and was clapping slightly, "Bravo! An excellent tragedy... But, let's save tragedy for tomorrow! I'd love to see a comedy tonight!"

He looked at Nisa, and reached to pluck her from the coils of Enchidna. With a smile, he stated, "I'll carry her until we can find her a proper bed. We should be close to the Goblin Village now... If we hurry, we can spend some time resting there. Heal the injured, repair our weapons, get some new gear. Come up with a script, and a plan to move forward. Got it?"
Echidna
 player, 12 posts
 Look into my eyes..
 ..and let me hold you!
Fri 6 Jan 2017
at 13:29
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
"Cressss! Nisssa isss alive!" Echidna reported with a big smile. "But ssssshe isss not waking up!" Echidna coiled her tail around Nisa some more and gave her a little shake, but she seemed to still not wake up at all.

Echidna looked upside down at Platinum. At least she supposed she must be Platinum, she didn't look like the Platinum from before but that was because she changed shapes. Echidna definitely did not want to eat a shapechanger. She remembered when her sister tried to eat that gnome with the polymorphing potion. Her poor sister stretched and stretched until she burst and it was all very unpleasant looking! She definitely did not want to be stretched out and exploded from the inside.

She let Platinum take Nisa and sighed at the sudden loss of body heat against her coils. But there was an orc bleeding out and near death trying to crawl away! Echidna slid down quick as a wink and wrapped him up in her coils. She flashed a smile at Cress, "Time for a ssssnack! No peeking!"

Echidna was pretty self-conscious about letting non-naga watch her eat. So she dragged the orc off deeper into the cells until she was pretty sure no one would see her before she started the process of consuming him.
Cresstus Edge
 Mage Swordsman, 58 posts
 Magic Swordsman traveling
 with an enchanted sword
Fri 6 Jan 2017
at 16:22
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
Nisa was alive!? That was good to hear! Cress let out a sigh of relief before spotting Echidna wrap around a dying Orc that seemed to have been caught in the mix. She seemed to be slithering away and told him not to look? "O-Okay just don't go too far. We'll be leaving soon Echidna." he spoke with concern. Plat had changed now looking more masculine than feminine. Even her voice was deeper? Odd Cress hadn't met many shape shifters but he had heard of those who used polymorphing magic. Giving her a nod he was glad for the help.

Yet the most interesting thing in the room was with Duella. She had spotted something while he was collecting the scattered gold about the room. Money was probably important especially if there were towns in this dungeon. Walking over to the headless knight he turned his gaze upon an armless skeleton. Though what caught his attention was the pink glowing eyes.

"Is this skeleton a friend of yours?" he asked with curiosity. Noticing that one of her hands was resting on the hilt of her sword; and, she seem poised to draw it, Cress softly touched her shoulder plate. "I think if this skeleton wanted to kill us it already would have. Still thank you for being protective. Yet you should rest after all you used a lot of your power." he figured he would have to carry a full and sluggish Naga with them but how comical would it be if he had to carry a large suit of armor as well!

"I for one do not sense any malice coming from this animate pile of bones. Still this is rather curious is it not?" the sword spoke his tone serious.  Noticing it's arms Cress walked over and gingerly picked them up. Probably he was crazy but he began to fit the arms back into the skeleton's sockets.

With two bone cracking poping sounds he smiled. "There you go. Don't worry you're safe. The warden is gone so you don't have to worry about him hurting you anymore." he smiled kindly to Mar before standing up and glancing about the room.

"You are worried about the Naga? She told you no peeking after all." Regaltz questioned a hint of curiosity in his voice.

"Yes I know, probably swallowing someone whole might be embarrassing. Still there might be some scattered Ogres about..I'm worried." he replied turning his attention to Duella. "I'm going to check up on Echidna. Keep an eye on our skeleton friend here. You can bring it along if you want to, but don't kill ok?"

Cress figured she was the cautious type? Still it was comforting knowing that there was someone in the group that was protective. It had been a little time since Echidna had slunk down one of the halls so out of curiosity Cress began to make his way down the hallway she slithered down.

It was silent and most of the prison cells seemed new or empty. Still there could be a patrolling Ogre around so Echidna could be in danger. He was about to call for her when he almost tripped over her tail. "Echidna! Oh good I was worried some stray Ogres would have found you. Have you finished eating?" he asked with concern. "Sorry I know you told me not to peek but I just don't want anyone else to die or pass out on me." he spoke keeping a safe distance away.

[Private to Echidna: Cress x Echidna bonding moment time maybe? :p lol]
Mar
 player, 10 posts
 A hollow shell, cursed to
 walk until the end times.
Fri 6 Jan 2017
at 22:08
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
Though there still was no physical response to the dullahan's inquiries, Duella could feel a presence pushing into her mind. A looming force that would feel akin to a father staring angrily down at a child after a wrongdoing of so.e trivial sort. The presence, of course, recceded from the woman's mind after the ember had began talking. Strange as it's words were, it's presence was altogether enthralling. The energy within the skeletal arms, which had been hiding with an insidious nature, spurred out of the joints and connections and seemed to draw to the swordsman's touch.

The presence resurfaced, this time widespread amoung everyone within the room. An uneasy feeling of doubt and agitation. The kind of fear that wouldn't make one scream, but dread the noise their own breathing makes. The feeling didn't seem to dissuade the ember, as it kept it's course coming closer to Mar's form. Though the energy within the arm seemed to swarm around the swordsman's hand, it jittered and lashed gently when near it's sword. The energy within the skulls eye sockets dimmed, trying to hide as best it could within itself as it's projected feelings began to amplify.  Just as the presence reached its peak, and the feeling had began to shift into dreadful regret ever so slightly as the ember moved close enough to scorch the the soul...but the only motion was Mar's arms reattaching to his form with a magnetic pop of the dark magics reassembling. And with it, the uneasy presence dissipated. Leaving the skeleton still as inanimate as it was before the ember's intervention... Albeit a bit more intact.

Mar could feel the presence within the ember's weapon. An entity begotten by magics much akin to their own, if a bit less sinister. So it was that when the presence reached out to Regaltz, (and a good bit of trying to translate a feeling into a concrete word), it spoke solely to it a quiet set of words;

"Emmm...Aye...Are."

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Himahime
 player, 32 posts
Sun 8 Jan 2017
at 03:41
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
In the midst of the battle she looked up to glimpse Grynn knock Cress aside and the large gash across Grynn's belly.  The blood was spilling on the ground! Wasted!  She shoved other ogres aside as she pushed to get close to Grynn and his potent blood.  But, before she could reach her target the great ogre was dead and his blood was gone.

The shock of her lost opportunity faded at about the same time the other ogres realized their dire predicament and fled.  "Waite!" she called to them, "I was gonna make espresso!"  But even ogres are too smart to fall for that.

Her blood lust faded, and she resumed her natural form as she took in the room.  Nisa was unconscious but alive, Echidna was getting her meal, Duella pointed out the presence of another in their midst.  After Cress examined it she did the same.  There was a feeling of unease perhaps this was a new threat.  She picked up the connected bones and frowned, "well, you're inedible,"  and left the bones there.

She went about looting what was available.  Goblins had great things for sale, but they didn't extent credit to adventurers.
Echidna
 player, 13 posts
 Look into my eyes..
 ..and let me hold you!
Mon 9 Jan 2017
at 14:20
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
Echidna had drug the orc dark and deep into a neglected set of cells that dripped with moisture and lichens. The orc left a trail of blood that was easy enough for Cress to follow. She heard him coming and she tried to hide. She had already swallowed the orc and his body swelled the midsection of her body where it joined her serpentine part. She was self-conscious in such a state! Her body was all swollen and she didn't like the idea of Cress seeing her this way!

But she forgot to tuck her tail in far enough and he tripped right over it! She gave a sharp little hiss and ducked her upper body under one of the disused prison bunks, the length of her tail spilled out into the cell she had holed up in. It was a poor job of hiding her state. She actually made the bunk rise up like it had a big lump under it - which it did since that was her.

"Cresssss!" she cried out plaintively as she curled her arms around her belly and upper serpentine part as if that would hide the fact that she was all swollen up from eating. "You weren't ssssssuposssssed to follow me! I'm.. digessssting!"
Cresstus Edge
 Mage Swordsman, 59 posts
 Magic Swordsman traveling
 with an enchanted sword
Mon 9 Jan 2017
at 17:53
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
He jumped at her shouting. It was like he had walked in on a girl changing. Though he had caught her before she could hide, her tummy swollen with the Orc she had just swallowed. So the rumors of Naga swallowing people whole had been true, this is the first time Cress had seen it first hand. Oh well it was too late now, he had already stepped into the maw of something he probably shouldn't have seen.

Lifting up the bunker mat he stared her in the eyes and blushed a little. "Sorry about that. I was just worried about you. W-We're getting ready to leave soon I didn't want to leave you behind..." he apologized warmly.

"My my, look at her! I have always read that Naga swell up like balloons when they eat people but I've never seen---" Regaltz stated until Cress grabbed his hilt and chucked him out of the room into another cell.

"Shut up!" he shouted in slight anger. She was self-conscious which was understandable given her condition. He bent down and reached down to touch her cheek. "It's alright Echinda. Don't listen to him, there's nothing to be ashamed about, you still look just a beautiful! You don't need to hide yourself, I don't think you're disgusting or anything." he spoke curious at how she was able to eat a large Orc in a matter of minutes.

Sighing he sat on the floor. "I'm really sorry about that. How long does it take to digest your meals?" he asked out of curiosity. Regaltz was yelling in an annoyed tone in the far off cell across from them but Cress was just ignoring him. "Is there anything I can do to help you digest faster?" he asked with a smile then blushed rubbing the back of his head. Glancing away shyly, feeling a little dumb. "Sorry, I-I didn't mean to intrude on your privacy like this. I-I was just honestly worried about you. A-After all there still could have been some Ogres around. I just thought I'd check up on you b-but I saw something I shouldn't have right?"

Standing he quickly turned around, feeling guilty. "I-I'm going to explore some of the cells while you digest! If you need me shout for me." Leaving the cell he headed into the opposite one to find Regaltz stuck in the wall. "What the bloody hell was that for! Oh my edge is going to become quite dull!"

"What were you doing!? Making fun of Echidna like that! I know you like to poke fun at other people sometimes but we need to show her that she can trust us! Besides it's rude, no woman wants to hear that!" he stated back.

The sword fell silent a moment as Cress sheathed him. Leaning up against one of the walls he patiently waited for Echidna, still a little embarrassed and surprised about seeing her swollen. Hopefully the Naga wouldn't hate him after that.

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Echidna
 player, 14 posts
 Look into my eyes..
 ..and let me hold you!
Tue 10 Jan 2017
at 12:41
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
Echidna's eyes were practically fearful when Cress looked at them. When Baradox had once found her in such a state while eating he had been very cruel. He had made fun of her! He had said terrible things about her being ugly and disgusting and that no creature would ever want to have babies with someone like her. He had laughed at her and she had been so upset she hid in the giant underground mushroom forest for a week and hadn't eaten for longer than that! Since then she had always been very self-conscious about people watching her eat. She was certain Cress would be cruel or at least look at her with disgust or horror!

Tears formed in the corners of her eyes at the way his sword talked. But then she was very surprised and her cheeks colored when he said she was still beautiful. She really, really searched his eyes but she couldn't see where he was hiding anything with the way he looked at her.

"About a day... for it to sssstop... ssshowing.." she answered somewhat timidly to his questions. She ducked her head and hid her face under her dark hair, still in a great deal of surprise that he didn't react hatefully to her state. When he left she composed herself with deep breaths and rubbed at her eyes with the back of her hands. He thought she was beautiful! Even after she ate! She was suddenly so happy she couldn't contain herself.

She spilled out of the dungeon cell and found Cress after he was done talking to his sword. She practically dove at him and wrapped him up tight in his coils. Maybe it was hard to breath but she was so enthusiastic! She hugged him and practically buried his face between her breasts with the way she grabbed him! "Cressss! I have decided I don't need to hide from you! You are kind and ssssweet and if anything triessss to hurt you I won't let them!" She was so proud and full of vigor! Her somewhat swollen tummy and tight coils probably didn't make it any easier to breath at all!
Cresstus Edge
 Mage Swordsman, 60 posts
 Magic Swordsman traveling
 with an enchanted sword
Tue 10 Jan 2017
at 16:39
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
!?

Out of no where he was hit with softness, being pinned to the ground with her belly and coiled body he blushed a little. Gasping he managed to let out a breath of air. Blushing he stared up at her, his mind unable to process what she was thinking. One moment she was afraid of being swollen, then the next moment she was pinning him to the ground and saying she'd protect him, probably for life.

Shifting around a bit he found his lungs and smiled at her kindly. "T-Thank you, that's s-sweet of you Echidna. Y-You're crushing me though...if you continue I might not be around for you to protect. I-I don't mind the c-cuddling but could you turn to your side please?" he asked between gasps.

Cress was kind of stuck and if she had planned on pinning him there for a while then he would need to feel his arms and legs. It was odd, she had coiled around him before but never like this. His cheeks were a deep shade of pink. Her belly felt a little strange, like the Orc inside of her had partly digested. So it took her a day to fully digest her food? Taking a mental note of that he smiled.

"O-Okay there should be a vi-village up ahead. You can relax and finish d-digesting there. I just didn't want you to be alone that's all. I'd hate it if you got hurt or killed after I had just given you freedom." he spoke after taking another breath. Cress didn't mind the cuddling but he got the feeling she would be like this after she ate.

For a Naga she was very sweet. Maybe he had gone about her race all wrong? Cress glanced away letting out a sigh. "Echidna...I'm sorry. I've probably hurt and killed so much of your kind while adventuring and exploring in the past. Had I know how sweet and kind your race was I would have thought twice. I'm the one here that's the monster. I don't understand why you all care about me the way you do." he softly spoke to her, regret in his voice as he teared up a little.

This whole experience had given him a new light on Monsters. If he ever got out of this Dungeon maybe he would try to befriend some. Cress relaxed a bit in her coils knowing she was just cuddling him not planning on hurting or eating him. He turned his face and stared into her eyes. "So...tell me a little about yourself? You seem so different from other Naga I've seen." why not ask? He wasn't going anywhere soon. What a strange feeling this was though, being pinned down by a bloated Naga wasn't something he figured he'd ever experience.

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Duella Forbo
 player, 21 posts
 It Always Pays To
 Keep a Level Head
Wed 11 Jan 2017
at 20:13
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
Duella’s hand didn’t move from her blade when Cress laid a hand on her pauldron, keeping her focus on the skeleton in front of her as if expecting it to move the moment she took her eyes off of it.  She watched mutely as he reconnected the old bones’ arms back to its shoulders, waiting for so much of a twitch from the blades grasped in its bony claws.  Finally, he moved away and Duella seemed to untense slightly.

“As you wish, Ser Cress.” She said tightly when he stepped back.  There was a slightly “clink” as she pushed the blade firmly back into its scabbard, rising to her feet, finally moving her hand away from the sword though her hand clenched into a fist at her side as he left to check on Echidna.

“I’ll be keeping an eye on you, Mare.”
She said, slightly bungling the bones’s name, “If you dare to hurt Ser Cress, there’ll be no coming back from the fate I visit upon you.” She said coldly.  She took a few steps back before turning away.  If the creature was intent on following them, let it do so on its own power.

Maybe Cress was right and there was nothing to fear.  Still … she’d lost her father to an assassin’s blade once, long ago.  A good assassin could hide his intent to kill until the final moment, and few creatures had a better poker face than a skeleton.  Her feelings for Cress may still be budding and unsure, but she knew that she liked him.  She wasn’t going to let carelessness take him from her.

Besides, whether he recognized it or not, there was still a debt that she owed the man.  It wouldn’t do for him to die before she could discharge it.
Echidna
 player, 15 posts
 Look into my eyes..
 ..and let me hold you!
Wed 11 Jan 2017
at 20:51
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
Echidna sighed pleasantly as she held Cress. He really was nice and warm. Body heat was so nice! He wanted her to turn a little? She could do that, her coils relaxed a bit as she turned her body. Hmm.. if he didn't mind her body when she was full of food, he wouldn't mind her body if she was full of babies either. The thought made her smile rather secretively and her cheeks color some. It was a very nice thought and it made her feel warm inside as much as his body made her feel warm outside!

"Hmm.. hmm.. if you are there then I will feel sssafe going to a village," she decided with a nod. And if any foolish goblins decided to make fun at her they could be dessert! Though goblins weren't the tastiest of desserts really. Not like a nice little gnome. Well that couldn't be helped. The orc would do.

It was so sweet of him to apologize like that. And.. he wanted to know about her? She had never been asked a question like that! It was always things like 'Please don't hurt me!' or 'Why are you doing this?' or 'Are you going to eat me?' She really couldn't think of anyone who asked her to talk about herself.

"It isssss okay Cresss! I have ssssso many sssisssssterssss I'm not closssse with mosssst of them!" she closed her eyes with a big smile at his apology. Really none of the ones she was close with were still alive. She'd survived and gotten stronger where her other sisters hadn't, that was just the way things worked here!

"You are very different from other people who come from above too!" she answered him. "You are nice and kind and the othersss are very sssseriousss and not very interessssted in what I'm like! I like the nice warm placessss in the dungeon! There issss the nice warm place deep down where the heat comessss from the earth and all the pretty musssshroomsss there! I could take you Cresss, you would think its beautiful. Maybe more beautiful than ssssurface thingssss!" She gasped suddenly and looked at him very seriously, "Isss it true that up there their is no ceiling and it issss bright half the day!?"
Cresstus Edge
 Mage Swordsman, 61 posts
 Magic Swordsman traveling
 with an enchanted sword
Wed 11 Jan 2017
at 21:37
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
He could feel his arms and lungs again when she turned. Taking a moment to breathe again he found himself oddly comfortable. So she wasn't close to her 'sisters' at all? Interesting, maybe Naga weren't that close to each other. Cress unconsciously placed one of his hands on the side of her tummy and began to softly rub it. Why? Maybe that would help her digest faster. His other hand and arm relaxed as he sat up a little in her coils. His body warmth and the warmth of the digesting Ogre making him a little sleepy.

Nisa's power surge had gone through his body, and now he was starting to feel worn out. The battle with Grynn had taken it out of him. Staring into her eyes his remained the same. Oddly he could resist her charms, her eyes of hypnotism. "Well I've just been through a lot of pain. I'm an orphan. My parents were killed when I was very young so I've had to survive my whole life." he sighed. "I guess experiencing that and exploring the world has made me kind Echidna. Plus I'm not one to really stab first. I had tried talking to Naga before, but most of them just kind of wanted me over for dinner." he blushed chuckling a little.

His hand glided upon the surface of her middle. Her skin was rough where her scales were but her flesh was soft. Echidna spoke of taking him to see warm mushrooms and he found himself pulling her into a soft cuddle. "I'd love that! It sounds like one of your favorite spots in this dungeon huh?" She gave him a serious look and he suddenly stared at her with concern, stopping the cuddling he was doing earlier. Sitting up more, on top of her coils, he took her hands and held them gently. "You've never been to the surface? Ever?" he asked.
Echidna
 player, 16 posts
 Look into my eyes..
 ..and let me hold you!
Thu 12 Jan 2017
at 18:35
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
Echidna hissed gently when Cress rubbed her tummy. It felt nice to have her tummy rubbed. Her digestion didn't exactly work like a human's so it didn't really help much with the orc except to make her feel good which was always nice when digesting a meal. Being warm and cozy always helped with that! And the cuddling was very nice. She practically giggled when he mentioned how her sisters didn't want to talk but just eat him. That sounded exactly like most of her sisters!

She watched him with her slit eyes as he stared at her. She really was not used to people staring at her eyes so intently unless they were entirely under her spell and Cress never seemed to be under her spell. It was a bit strange, but also nice.. she decided she didn't mind it at all. But when he took her question seriously she thought about it more.

"Once when I wasss very young I sssssnuck up right near the entrance of the dungeon and there wassss a very bright light. It wassss not like torch light or lava light or the glow of musssshroom or fungussss or ssssspell light or any other light I have ever ssssseen sssssince!" Her expression and tone seemed a touch reverent at the memory. "I have always thought anything that would make that much light would be a thing I ssssshould ssssee, but there were adventurerssss near and I had to fleee then and I never got to go back. Maybe one day.. one day I will get to ssssee the ssssurface and itssss big, bright light.." she mused.

Since he was sitting on her, she scooped him up in her arms and against her body. She was really quite strong, her size wasn't just for show! She cradled him against her and started slithering back the way they came, towards the goblin dungeon. "Cresssss issss tired, yessss?" She'd always been good at reading when people were tired, because that was when they were vulnerable and easy to sneak up on! "Resssst Cressss, I will take you to goblin town, ssssafe and ssssound!"
Cresstus Edge
 Mage Swordsman, 64 posts
 Magic Swordsman traveling
 with an enchanted sword
Mon 23 Jan 2017
at 03:12
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
"W-Woah!?" he gasped suddenly being pulled into her arms. Echidna was stronger than she appeared and he felt suddenly awkward for being held like a child. Pressed against her body a little his heart pounded some as she slowly slithered back to the group. "W-Wait! I-I can rest later!" his cheeks were engulfed in a red hue.

What would everyone else say or think seeing him like this? He kind of followed after her to see if she needed protection and now the Naga had gained the upper claw. He had honestly expected to be carrying her, but it was kind of her to think of him like that.

A town sounded lovely, everyone needed a break and he needed to figure out what to do next. As well as see to Nisa. Relaxing in the Naga's arms Cress stared softly up into her eyes.

"Hey thanks. I'm not used to being carried. I'll make sure you get to see the surface one day. Maybe, once this is all said and done you could come with me? People might be a little afraid at first but seeing the world might give you a new sight on life. There's so much out there y'know. So much that I've yet to explore and see myself!"
Mcguffin
 GM, 16 posts
 To save the world
 you must collect them
Wed 1 Mar 2017
at 10:04
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
As Echidna and Cress returned a small horde of Goblins, wearing broken shackles, holding various weapons entered the room. Surrounding the group, they were not poised to attack. During the chaos they managed to break free and attack the remaining Ogres that had tried to get away. They stared at the small group as an elderly Goblin hobbled forward using a shovel as a temporary cane.

"Are you the ones who had freed us?" the elder spoke running his green hand through his large grey beard. Cress glanced around at everyone then stepped forward.

"Yes. Though to be honest I didn't know there were other prisoners here except for us." Cress replied rubbing the back of his head.

The Goblin Elder moved closer and stared up into the Human's eyes, then glanced about the room at the Ex-Generals. "Hmmm...interesting. You all hold such unique strength. Of course I would expect no less from the Generals of Baradox."

Of course they were ex-generals but the Goblin Elder spoke their titles in deep respect. Maybe it was just part of the rules to always respect Baradox and his Generals, or perhaps it was out of kindness and gratitude.

A shock ran through Cress as he stood before the Elder. "What? Generals? What are you talking about? I defeated one of them! There aren't more lurking about are there?" it was obvious at how oblivious Cress was.

The Elder chuckled and pointed his finger behind the Human. Cress followed the finger and turned to glance back at the women that he had freed. "Yes, these Generals! They were all brought down here to be forgotten just like the rest of us. I'm surprised they haven't gutted you yet Human? Unless..." a smile formed upon his face was this Human the one they chose to follow?

"WHAAAAAAAAT!?" Cress shouted with his hands upon his face in shock, the realization finally hitting him. "I-I freed...but I thought they were just suffering prisoners!? I..uhh...err...uhhh..."

"Ahh I see, so that is why I could sense incredible power coming from them." Regaltz mused lightly, "Of course I had questioned a certain someone about the pros and cons of releasing said 'prisoners' from their cages. Alas, my warnings fell upon deaf ears...like always."

The Goblin Elder laughed. "My my! What a colorful character you are! Anyway we all want to thank everyone. Our village isn't too far from here. Please come and rest, we'll throw a feast in your honor!"

With that he turned and the Goblins saluted before turning to leave. Cress turned from the women a grave expression upon his face. He had just possibly unleashed hell upon himself or maybe the world!? Generals? They were all Baradox's generals!? What should he do? He felt like a fool. Still if they wanted to off him they would have though who was to say they weren't waiting for him to drop his guard.

He turned around and rubbed the back of his head a deep and shy blush upon his face. "Well..uhh...heh. I guess I should apologize? Sorry, had I know you were all so powerful I would have given you the proper respect." he stated placing a balled fist to his chest and bowing before them. "I hope you all can forgive my rudeness." There were so many questions now but the fact remained that some how they were now his responsibility.

Once they were alone in a warmer place, relaxing, he would ask them questions. Hopefully they would be fine with that. For now food and a good bath were all he wanted. It had been a long day and his wounds and fatigue were starting to rear their ugly heads. A sudden wave of shyness overtook him as he turned around. "Uhh-heh. I think we should take the Elder on his offer. I'm tired, you all probably are too. W-Well the ones that are alive that is."
Mar
 player, 11 posts
 A hollow shell, cursed to
 walk until the end times.
Thu 2 Mar 2017
at 00:19
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
Watching the ember and it's collection of lessers go on their way, Mar waited until they had left in their  entirety before reconstituting. Alone with it's thoughts, Mar had remembered it's name. Moments within this spark's presence had undone centuries of mental decay. Mar didn't understand their struggles, as compassion was one of the first things lost within the years blurred past. What they did understand was the need for more of this... Presence. Shambling, cracking as they went, even walking seemed to carry a weight for them now. An imposing ailment that was relieved slightly with every step towards their ember's presence...

Following the group to the town, Mar stalked from just outside their view; the roof two doors down, or looking in through the window. The watching 'eyes' never broke line of sight from it's mark for very long.
Platinum Depth
 player, 21 posts
 Why can't you tell me
 who I am?
Thu 2 Mar 2017
at 00:29
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
Platinum chuckled. His body shook slightly, still frail, but it was obvious that he was gaining his barrings. He clung onto Nisa, gently cradling the girl in his arms, "Relax. It's been centuries since I last did work for that creep. Too bad. I really like putting on a pleasant performance that perfectly plucks the audience's attention. Buuuuut... As long as there's a show to put on, I'll perform!"

He then looked ahead after the goblins, "But, especially with this one, resting would be the best idea. I'll volunteer to look after Madame Nisa even!"
Rime Nereid
 player, 22 posts
 Keep calm and
 float on
Thu 2 Mar 2017
at 03:42
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
Rime had opted to stay in the background, wandering around the corpses and checking all the ogres were truly dead and would stay that way. Granting an end to the one who were suffering was her way of showing mercy to her enemies. Or maybe it was her excuse to avoid watching how close Echidna was clinging to her red headed hero. Her? Where had that thought come from?

Letting out a frustrated sigh the undine dismissed her weapon and walked closer to the others as she noticed a group of goblins forming a circle around them. Not sure of their intentions she approached slowly, arriving in time to catch the words of the goblin elder. So, the cat was out of the bag. The change in her expression was subtle but one could see she was dreading how Cress would react to hearing they used to serve the very same sorcerer who had killed his friends.

Cress' reaction was unexpected. She had expected anything but respect. Fear or rejection, maybe even anger and hate but not this. Rime furrowed her brow and just shook her head at the red swordsman."Thy apology is unnecessary, Lord Cresstus. It is us who should be ashamed of what we have done, falling as low as to serve such a foul person. But thou must forgive us as there were several reasons which we can discuss when the time is better. Now we should do as the Elder here says and rest at their village. Thy wounds need to be tended."

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Himahime
 player, 34 posts
Fri 3 Mar 2017
at 05:41
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
Himahime covered her mouth and laughed heartily, "Oooooh ho ho ho! Oh My Lord you are truly a colorful character! and so proper... and adorable!"  She curtsied in return to his bow.

She responded to Regaltz, "Regaltz, you could learn something of courtesy from My Lord."

Continuing she spoke again to Cress, "yes, My Lord, a rest would do us all good."

She next addressed the goblin elder, "a feast you say? sounds delightful." she grins revealing sharp fangs, "thank you for your hospitality."
Cresstus Edge
 Mage Swordsman, 66 posts
 Magic Swordsman traveling
 with an enchanted sword
Fri 3 Mar 2017
at 08:57
Re: Chapter One: The Ashes of Defeat
Wounds? Blushing he realized he was slightly covered in blood, his blood. He had used his magic to heal some of them but that had only exhausted him further. Rime had a point though as he stood by her side more as the group followed after the Goblins. It was strange, that all these women were supposed to be powerful Generals for Baradox. Why had they been locked away though?

Hime spoke up and Regaltz just chuckled. "Manners? Pah! I am a sword after all. My job is to cut things not be all dainty and dull like a butter knife. I suppose that you all surviving that encounter and our escape is a good thing. I apologize, I'm not used to so many voices. Most of the time it's just Cresstus and I." he spoke in a serious tone for once.

Cress sighed a little. Yes, it had been a while since he'd talk to anyone himself as well. Maybe that's why his tongue was so clumsy around them all? Glancing back to the small group he wanted to get to know them better. To understand them, this was the first time he'd met Monster Girls after all.

From Echidna's shyness about her swollen frame, to the mystery surrounding Duella, he wanted to befriend these strange women. This whole ordeal had opened his eyes to a reality he had kind of been ignoring. Monsters were people too. Well not people but they were living...err well most of them. They had thoughts and feelings after all. Cress was concerned for Nisa but knew she would be fine.

Before he could say anything the prison walls had melted into large torch lit caverns. Stopping upon a small dirt hill a small group of wooden houses sat upon the banks of a small underground lake. A village within a dungeon this was something unexpected. Then again the floors above were nothing like this. Just how big was this dungeon. Seeing the lake he glanced over to Rime and slowly reached up to touch her arm.

"You're drying out. I can carry you to the lake if you'd like?" he softly cooed with loving concern. "You have wounds too and probably an empty belly. I think we all should rest and heal up before we continue. You especially. Sorry for neglecting your wobbliness earlier there was so much thrown at me. You can hold onto me if you want to. We're almost to the village." he spoke softly and warmly smiling at Rime like she had been his best childhood friend. The poor woman probably hated having legs.

(OOC: after the next couple of posts I'm going to jump into a Subchapter which will eventually lead into the next one. :3 Hopefully Echidna hasn't abandoned us. xP)