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Brennan    1

[Brennan]  They inhaled and recoiled from the scent.  Brennan was thankful that he didn't possess Mutt's sense  of smell, just carried on the wind the scent was strong enough to make him sick.  Sulfur was never a pleasant smell.  "Hey, Mutt," Brennan asked, scrunching his expression as the scent hit them.  "Send up a flare, let the others know we found something, will ya?"

 

[Kaori]  "Everyone else failed?"  Kaori narrowed her eyes, inspecting the woman now a bit hesitant to wander off into some door.  "That implies that you succeeded where they didn't.  These games the demon proposed, what were they exactly,"  she lightened up and offered a chuckle.  "And what is it about the word demon that makes villagers think summoning one would be a great idea?  I swear, if you saw half the contracts we had back at the guild... 'sorry, we summoned this, our bad' or 'oops, we summoned that... come help'.  I'm telling ya, it crazy sometimes."

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Mutt    2

"Hoooooo-weeeeee. Get a whiff of that." Her nose scrunched up in distaste. Ugh. She could almost taste it. Fanning herself a bit to waft away some of the smell she nods to Brennan, taking a breath (and honestly regretting it), mixing it with her magic as she did, the brilliant glow already visible in the back of her throat. She tilts her head back and, with a sensation akin to something aligning and clicking into place, lets loose the spell straight up.

"Flare"

The beam of coruscating light would be visible for quite a distance, both light and the keening wail of the beam drawing attention to it..... 

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Darrik went through it all, remaining placid as Deezy unveiled ever more intricate, clunky and smoke and spark belching 'investigative devices.' It was difficult, being the ever smiling, friendly one to offset Luci's professional coldness. It was a relief when the flare went up, and he saw and hear it. "Looks like Mutt and Brennan had more success then we did. Time to make tracks over to them."

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"Aww! I think I just about got the bugs out!"

Deezy shook her device again, and a few more weird little magic-feeding insects dropped out and scurried away. This particular machine was one she almost NEVER got a chance to use!

But a flare was a flare.

She quickly broke her machine down to its core unit, and slid that back into its containment prism so she could carry it safely. Mostly safely.

"Alright, lets go!"

Just like that Deezy was running towards the spot the flare had been launched from.

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Justin OOC    4

[Kaori]

"The games can be nearly anything with fair and balanced rules.  Mine was a word association game.  I did win, because I am old and Crafty."   She smiled, but it seemed rather sad.   "I was also the first to go.   Perhaps he lost on purpose to build the hopes of others. No one else even came close to winning, and now, they all suffer a worse fate than death in my opinion."

[at the sulfur spring]   Once the others arrived, they began to explore, and made a somewhat grisly discovery.  The wall of the spring that was part of the mountain was nothing but human faces, all contorted in agony, mouths agape in silent screams.  There were hundreds of them, even those of children.  

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On seeing that macabre display, Deezy gaped for a second, then fitted her goggles down over her eyes. With a thin whine the lenses powered up, and little green runes could be seen cascading down them. She reached up to twist the rims of the glass, clicking little wheels and adjusting sliders.

Deezy zoomed in a little on the faces in the walls and began scanning for signs of magic that might still be lingering here.

TIAMAT Perception: 2D6+11 = [4, 1]+11 = 16

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[Kaori]  Kaori winced at the thought of what sort of fate she might be speaking of.  She knew the power inherent in monsters from the other realms, and if her spirits were any indication of that power, then she could only imagine what horrible fate the villagers succumbed to.  Kaori was on the fence though, were it not for the guild contract she was more inclined to leave the villagers to their fate, after all they did summon the thing and now they got exactly what they deserved.  Why did the guild always have to save people from their own stupidity?  "That's vague... what sort of fate befell them?  My fri-allies and I came to battle this demon, and help the village.  Is there anything you could tell us that might help us defeat it?"

 

[Brennan]  Brennan was enraged.  This sort of evil was unlike anything he'd seen before.  Around him the winds picked and on the breeze was the scent of fire and sounds of war as his inner emotions radiated outward through his magic.  "Whatcha got Deez?  Please tell me you got something.  We need to stop this monster."

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Luci Lacuna    2

Luci had looked around upstairs and not found anything of note except empty rooms. She was about to enter the kitchen when she heard Lynn and Kaori talking so she paused to listen. Her eyes narrowed

Something about Lynne's story bothered Luci but she couldn't put her finger on it. She was just about to push open the door when something caught her eye from outside the window. Tendrils of hair opened the shutters wider and Luci could now see it fully and recognized the flare as Mutt spell.

They had found something.

She pushed open the door to the kitchen. “Kaori, Mutt's found something. Dinner will have to wait for now.”

 

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Justin OOC    4

Lynne seemed unfazed,  "If you're going out, be back before sunset, that's when Iratos returns."   She turned her attention to Kaori.   "We saw nothing of his combat power, only his ability to trap souls, Your choices are to play games with him, with very well defined unbreakable rules, or try to fight him without knowing about him.  That's all I can tell you.   I can say he feels quite powerful, and I've no doubt he could have destroyed the town if he felt so inclined."

At the Spring, Deezy got a solid reading for magical power, but zero signs of life.    "Their lives, their souls, it's all being converted into magical power.   This isn't stone, but lacrima."   It was unreal, there had never been records of living souls turned into magical power, at least none that the general public had ever heard of, including most wizards.   Clearly whatever they were dealing with wasn't just some run of the mill demon.

 

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"Lacrima," Deezy said to Brennen. "This is all lacrima. Whatever did this must've already been really strong, and now with all this it'll be even stronger. Plus...I dunno how exactly people got turned into lacrima, but if there's ANY chance of turning them back then it would depend on the lacrima not being broken. So we'd have to be really careful throwing combat magic around."

That last bit came out as a lament. Deez had some truly powerful spells, but they tended to devastate large areas too. Protecting the lacrima would limit her options a lot!

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Mutt    2

"...sooooo. No smashing the Crystal?"

At Deezy's nod, Mutt's shoulders sagged.

"Whelp. That's me out of ideas. Looks like we need to find this Ira-whatever guy and feed him his teeth till he fixes things."

Mutt had always been someone who, needing to get from A to C, preferred to bulldoze straight through B rather than going around it.

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Brennan    1

[Brennan]  "Lacrima... of course!"  Brennan clenched his fist and gritted his teeth.  "All of these people... their suffering... I'm with Mutt.  Let's find this thing and put an end to it."  His expression relaxed while the wind near him seemed to steadily die down.  "Uh...Deezy, what's lacrima again?"

[Kaori]"Okay!"  Kaori shouted from where she was in the kitchen, "I'm coming!   Thank you, ma'am, you've been an incredible help."  She was telling the truth for the most part, although she wasn't sure all of the woman's story added up.  She wiped her hands on a towel and ran off to meet Luci.

"I'm not sure about this, Ms. Lacuna,"  She started as the two women left.  "Something doesn't add up.  Aside from an entire village summoning a demon and us having to bail them out.  I mean, I understand stopping the demon the set loose, but... the people are hardly innocent."  The Celestial Keys at her side jingled and chimed.  "Yes, precisely Craten, you mess with the bull, you get the horns."

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Luci Lacuna    2

They headed to meet with the others. Luci her brow furrowed deeper as she listened to Kaori, her lips a thin line neither frown nor smile.

"Your right something doesn't add up but in the end we aren't here to help these idiots anyway, all we are here to do is find and retrieve the item that was lost."

She looks sideways at Kaori with out slowing her stride. "Best not to be distracted by anything else." she says coldly.

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Justin OOC    4

The Sun was already starting to  drop to the horizon, sunset wouldn't be too long.  If they took Lynne's warning to heart, that's when she expected Iratos to return.   Why she remained was still a mystery, and seemingly she had no fear of the demon at least with regards to herself.  This left the group with two obvious choices, wait for the demon here, at what it was no small deductive leap to conclude was his personal spring, or return to question Lynne more about things.   The choice was up to them, but they didn't have all that long to decide.

At the Inn Lynne sighed.   Iratos wasn't her only concern.   She silently used her own magic to make the vehicle vanish.   She was expecting other guests tonight as it was, and they were a rowdy sort.   They'd be along any minute.   "I wonder who will arrive first?  Tonight will be one to remember, that's for sure."

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[Kaori]  "Right, nothing else.  No distractions."  She didn't have the confidence that Luci had.  She tried to sound like she did but a trained ear would have heard her words falling short of believable.  "The item... of course.  The one we don't know what it is, what it looks like, or generally anything about it?  The itm that could literally be anything and we'd never even know it?  That item?"

[Brennan]  Brennan stood there rocking on his heels.  "Soooooo... lacrima... anyone?  Bueller?  Bueller?  C'mon... I'm not talking for my health here... what the heck is this stuff and can I just punch them out of it?"

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"Yeah, no, sorry," Deezy blurted, looking around at Brennan through her goggles. "Just going over these readings. Lacrima's basically crystallized magical energy...it can have lots of different specific properties based on the kind of magic it was made from and the techniques used to make it and so forth. So...no...don't punch them. At least not yet. We need to analyze this stuff and try to work out how it was made if we're going to undo it properly."

She sighed and shook her head, sending her pigtails wibbling and wobbling. "If it can be undone. Look, lets find the others and see if they found anything out."

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Luci Lacuna    2
8 hours ago, Kaori Aoyama said:

Kaori]  "Right, nothing else.  No distractions."  She didn't have the confidence that Luci had.  She tried to sound like she did but a trained ear would have heard her words falling short of believable.  "The item... of course.  The one we don't know what it is, what it looks like, or generally anything about it?  The itm that could literally be anything and we'd never even know it?  That item?"

Luci stops her hair swirling around her agitated as if a gale were blowing. There wasn't. She glance's to the side at Kaori looking at her but not looking. Her eyes narrow to slits her already thin lips almost disappearing at the younger girls reminding.

"Yes, That Item. Come on it will be dark soon and I think we should all get back to the inn. I don't want to meet this Demon on his ground."

She starts walking much faster toward where the others should be. In moments She and Kaori come up to the rest of the guildmates and the Lacrima pit. Luci barely gives the pit a glance.

"It's going to be dark soon I think we should wait on the Demon at the Inn not on his ground and not on his terms. Lets  get back inside and you can tell us what you found out about this while we eat and wait for the demon. I think if we are at the Inn it will try to deal with us through it's game but out here it may just attack. And I want to meet it first see what we are up against. And demon aside, let's not forget why we are here."

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Deezy flicked the lenses on her TIAMAT goggles up so her eyes would be visible as she goggled at Luci.

"Demon?! Wait...back up there! This was done by a demon?! Oh..."

She looked back at the lacrima, moving the lenses back into place. "...I really want to take a piece of this back. You NEVER get a chance to see demon artifice this side of Hell. Just a little piece probably wouldn't hurt, right?"

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Mutt    2
1 hour ago, Deezy Klatta said:

"Yeah, no, sorry," Deezy blurted, looking around at Brennan through her goggles. "Just going over these readings. Lacrima's basically crystallized magical energy...it can have lots of different specific properties based on the kind of magic it was made from and the techniques used to make it and so forth. So...no...don't punch them. At least not yet. We need to analyze this stuff and try to work out how it was made if we're going to undo it properly."

Mutt nodded.

"Like my music!" she removes the small device from her pocket and with the click of a button ejects a small wafer of crystal. "Lacrima. The enchant music onto it, or something. I slot it into the Magic Player and it lets me listen to it whenever I want to!" and she was really thankfull it did as well. While nowhere near as sharp as her nose, her hearing was still head and shoulders above the average persons. Sometimes it was nice to just have something to drown out all the.... everything.... that was going on around her. With a quick "snickt" the wafer returns to its housing.

"They even have a way of reverse scrying or something, that the set up for some of the big tournaments! That's how I was able to watch the last time, even though I was out on a mission. You fell asleep. Again."

Nodding to herself, she leans against one of the walls and closes her eyes. Seemingly completely at ease, minus the comparatively shallow breathing thanks to the smell. In reality her attention is focused with an almost laser like precision on what her ears are telling her. Still nothing of note, though.... yes. Two sets of footsteps. One determined and shadowed by an almost hissing susurus and one almost pitter patter of nerves struggling to keep up with the formers longer strides. Luci and Kaori. She'd recognise Luci anywhere, at any rate.

1 hour ago, Luci Lacuna said:

"It's going to be dark soon I think we should wait on the Demon at the Inn not on his ground and not on his terms. Lets  get back inside and you can tell us what you found out about this while we eat and wait for the demon. I think if we are at the Inn it will try to deal with us through it's game but out here it may just attack. And I want to meet it first see what we are up against. And demon aside, let's not forget why we are here."

One Chartreuse eye opens and flicks over to her, both eyes blinking open shortly after.

"But..... can we not just hit it till it stops moving? Why we gotta play games with it?"

A seconds silence and she raises her hand.

"..... We're.... not just here to kick the crap out of something?" the look she gives is one of pure confusion. She may have fixated slightly on some parts of the briefing over others.

 

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Brennan    1

[Brennan]  "Demon!?"  Brennan's expression was a mixture of anger and joy.  Sure, he hated that these poor people had suffered, but there was something to fight under all of this nonsense, a target to pummel and that made sense to him.  "Sweet!  Finally something to punch!  Luci, don't be such a-fraidy cat.  There's like ten of us, we can totally take one demon down!"

"Mutt's totally right,"  Brennan pointed at his fisty, punchy compadre.  "Punch it till it stops moving.  It's the perfect plan!  We totally got this."

[Kaori]  "Uh-um... d-demons are very strong,"  Kaori was practically hiding behind Luci, standing just far enough behind her that they could still see her.  She used Luci's intimidating figure to make up for her lack of self-confidence.  "Wh-what if in the battle all these people get shattered?  How c-can we save them if we hurt them in the process?"

She tucked her head behind Luci.  "J-just a thought..."

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Luci Lacuna    2

Luci hangs her head her hair swirling around her like a dark cloak at midnight. "If we beat the demon we may not find the Item we are here to recover. If we do not find the item, we fail the mission. It doesn't matter if we beat a thousand demons. No item, failed mission."

She swings her hand at the pit. "I dare say the wizards sent along with the item are in there. So Shall we go back to the inn try and find out about what we came here for, or are all of you going to just go on and be your usual destructive selves leaving me to cleanup after."  It wasn't a question apparently as she spun and started marching back to the inn.

"Coming?"

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Mutt    2

"Awwwww... But Luci...."  she whined plaintively, pouting at the older woman. She really didn't see the need to pander to the Demon's whims. Nothing wrong with beating seven shades of shit out of it till it did what they told it to.

Seeing the completely unimpressed look she was getting, she gave way, moving to follow, arms folded across her chest as she sulked slightly. If it had been anyone else, she likely would have just ignored them as a matter of course, but Luci was different and so she followed along.

"Fine. We'll go back to the house and play Tea-party with a Demon and then I'm going to put my foot so far up it's ass it'll spitting boot leather for a month."

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