- Nov 10, 2010
- West Coast
"W-who...?" she managed to rasp out...
The face of the apparition came closer to Alchana, filling her already addled mind with deep dread. Its icy fingers furled around her neck.. and its cold, glowing eyes peered deep inside of her...
"......ah. And it appears you have... 'baggage'."
Ir gave a cold and airy chuckle.
"Lots... and lots of baggage."
Its fingers moved to her chest.. gripping cold would take hold over her body, causing her to go rigid. And then...
The elf could see something rising out from her chest... something fleshy and pulsing... a heart. HER heart!
"Touched by the void... enthralled by a demonic artifact.."
It gently brushed its fingers over her heart. With each touch, Alchana could feel her breath seizing..
"and your past..."
It chuckled again, slamming Alchana's 'heart' back down into her body. She could feel an inkling of warmth return to her, but not much.
"You are quite the pathetic creature, aren't you?"
"Perhaps not, but it is strongly evident that you know something. I suggest you share your knowledge with my ally and I would reccomend in haste as that is her friend trapped in there."
"I-I honestly d-don't know much though..." Ollia said, still scared for her life at this point.
"Waaait!!" screamed the girl at the two of them. She turned to Madelyn and said "Don't be mean to her...Look! She is scared"
"We lost the Yipe woman already....Let's not make more corpses for now...." The big purple eyes of Avita stared deep into the crusader trying to gain her symphaty, she wasn't sure what this woman was or where she came from. But all Avita saw was a scared woman trying to attack another scared woman.
"Drippy's right," Aria added as she got to her feet and slowly moved between Madelyn and Wise Ass. "She can't tell us anything if you fill her with holes." She slowly raised a hand toward Madelyn's sword, attempting to ease it aside with a finger. It was far easier to think and remain calm with one less distraction.
"...." Madelyn after a few seconds, dropped her blade. A long sigh escaped her lips and she hunched over, looking exhausted.
She placed a hand on her face. "Goddess... what was I.."
"...." Ollia seemed to calm down as well, lowering her hands and her body stopping with the shivering. "Ahh..."
"...I'm sorry.." Madelyn said a few seconds later, looking to Ollia. Her voice had returned to normal, no longer threatening. In fact, she sounded a bit more like she did before she became a crusader... "I let my anger get the best of me. And.. I acted rashly.."
Ollia let out a sigh of relief, raising a hand to scratch the back of her head. To think, she was only inches away from being skewered.
And yet, there was something sincere about this woman who had nearly just killed her. The passion she acted with out of concern for her friend. The ferocity with which she acted- willing to threaten someone else's life just to save her. And then.. the guilt. Immediately regretting what she had done. And even apologizing moments after. It made an impression on the young student.
"It's okay... I see why you did what you did. You're concerned for your friend.. and I haven't explained myself yet. You don't need to be sorry for that."
"So.." she said, addressing everyone near her. "L..Like I said earlier, the paranormal activity in this area is off the charts."
"And since I normally pass through the northern part of this swamp on the way back to my quarters, I thought it'd be a great idea to set up an experiment!"
"And I did just that! I went into the grove directly northwest of here and set up my equipment, got to work and crafted the spell to make it easier to detect things like ghosts and spirits and spooky stuff!"
Ollia chuckled nervously. "Aaaand uh.. then I took a nap.."
"See all this fog?" she continued, after clearing her throat. "Well, this is a result of me letting that spell linger on without any control. The fog is supposed to help 'illuminate' ectogenic material!"
"Oh. Basically, it means the fog was supposed to make it easier to see ghosts and stuff."
"But.. there's so much of it now. I think it may have gotten out of hand and well... upset some of the local wildlife."
"That explains why were attacked so viciously.." Madelyn said sadly. "But.. what about those strange tentacle creatures?"
"Those... are a bit harder to explain" Ollia said, crossing her arms. "You see, any mage worth their salt runs a risk of attracting other-worldly forces if they use too much magic in a concentrated area.."
"...so I guess that's what happened since I dozed off. Those things that attacked you are from a different dimension entirely.. not of this world. I could go into more detail but.. it'd take hours to explain."
"And I'm not sure how long your friend has, trapped inside that box!"
"Yes.. so what do you know about that?"
"Well.. not a lot, I'm afraid" she said, unfolding her arms and looking a the contraption. "I've.. only heard rumors about these devices. Conjecture and second-hand information..."
"...apparently, they're used as prisons for beings of immense power who are too strong for normal prisons and dungeons to incarcerate... or at least, that's what they were used for."
"Yeah..." Ollia said, sounding a bit frightened of what she was thinking about. "Uh... a-apparently, there are rumors going around that they're now being used to imprison and punish students who don't take their studies seriously too.."
".....wha?! But isn't that a bit cruel?!"
Ollia remained silent for a second, placing a hand on the box.
"...a lot of things have been changing about the academy as of late. And... I didn't really see it myself until recently."
"I guess I even tried to doubt it was happening... because I was benefiting from the changes myself.."
"Benefiting from the misery of others..?"
"Y-yes.." Ollia said, in a sort of gasp. She put a hand to her mouth, her eyes widening.
"..great Proculitus... h- how could.."
Madelyn shook her head, and then placed a hand on Ollia's shoulder. "You can seek redemption starting now. Help us figure out how to open this thing!"
"Yeah..." The realization of how she had been living the past half-year or so finally dawned on Ollia. All those rumors and facts she was ignoring... they were all true. Every single one of them. And she had been playing into their hands all along.
Was she going to remain a willing and submissive pawn to these tyrants? Furthering their agenda of terror?
No way! A real hero of justice would never be someone's pawn to be used to further their power. She had to do something about this.. and it would start now!
"OKAY!" Ollia said in a raised voice, thrusting out her chest proudly. She then flashed a thumbs up sign in Madelyn's direction. "I'll do whatever I can to help your slimy elf friend, Alchemy!"
"..er.. right! Arcana! That's what I said!"
*sigh* "Just... let's hurry this up, okay?"
____________________________________________________Thraso investigates the object on the ground, where she finds...
A Battleaxe of Courage!
This long two-handed poleaxe fits well in the hands of a seasoned warrior. Inscribed on the axe's shaft is a eulogy.
Benefit: Attack range increased by 1. Successful fear attacks on you while wielding this weapon have a 50% chance to fail.
Battleaxe of Courage said:Crafted in honor of Jarius. He who had courage when we lesser men did not. You who gave your life on the field so that we cowards could live and continue on. In your name, I will slay as many Lerithians as I can with this mighty weapon, until I am consumed by the battlefield as well. Maybe then I will be able to gain back a small inkling of my honor that I lost that fateful day.
Thraso is hurt by poison! (305/250 HP)
Aria's Dispel Magic is cast on herself.... and then bounces away due to her Redirect spell! With no specified target, it simply bounces randomly out into the distance...
Aria is hurt by poison! (65/175 HP)
Ollia peered over the box for the next few minutes, summing it up and doing a lot of "Hmmm"ing and scratching her head. Finally after some time had passed, she stood up straight and crossed her arms. "Okay.. well first, if any of you have any sort of magical focus... I could really use it right now."
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