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From his vantage point outside the melee, Nûton sees something disturbing, something his limited academic knowledge of arcana can't explain: Somehow, despite looking faceless and nearly dead, his head in Oyuki's claws, he's fighting back with gray tendrils of magic that are suffocating Oyuki.

The only thing he can think of to help Oyuki in her struggle — besides pulling her away, which might not work — is to hurt the Drow further and break his concentration on his spell.

Calling upon nature of the Feywild, he says, "Inordinatio fulminis!" and throws a warbling mass of pure chaotic energies at the Drow.

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AllMaintaining focus and sensing the vampire's growing weakness and desperation, Oyuki grips the drow tighter and wraps the vampires tendrils in a healing weave of her own, curing her and hurting the vampire. As the two spells entwine and clash, Oyuki's blue gold magic shines the stronger and starts slowly burning the gray tendrils from Oyuki. She sucks in air, so clean and so fresh seeming after the fetid touch of the necromantic smoke.
She feels the vampire writhing now, the drow's struggles grow feebler, but more agitated so he is now almost flopping about like a fish on the line. Nuton's spell comes crashing through the swirls of magic around Oyuki, striking the drow and killing him. As soon as that happens, Oyuki breaks out and breaths even deeper and easier. The Vampire's spell shattered and broken.

Nuton, seeing Oyuki's struggles with the drow and not realizing the drow was not the direct attacker, casts his bolt, killing the drow. He sees a shimmering in the air of beautiful blue gold magic around Oyuki, covering her like a cloak. All around her, grey tendrils of smoke curl and fade, some turning to dust and covering the floor like ash. He is watching when he sees a bit of the ash form a hook, catch the tail end of his spell and follow it back to him! He sees the grey streaking towards him like an arrow. He feels the cold, suffucating miasma of it and his skin prickles, growing bark and long thorns in hopes of protecting him.

Arune, Vicar Odo, and Ulric continue their assault on the massive toad. Vicar Odo attacks with a relentless fury, his blade and hands glowing with radiant energy that burns the Toad. Ulric rips his axe out and swings, nearly severing the toad's leg at the knee. He felt Laufey's magic aiding his attack, making his blade sharper. She was behind now, only a hand's breath away. Arune, having wounded the creature has a sense of it now and stabs deep into the throaty muscles just below it's neck. His blade disappears as he completely runs the blade through the toad. When he tries to pull his blade back though, the toad's muscles pull back, sucking his hand into it just as it had it done to Ulric's axe.
The toad's mucous like blood drowns his hand and flows up his arm, shriveling his flesh and eating at his muscle.
The demon toad tries to roll away from Vicar Odo's attack. Ulric, taking his leg, prevents that from happening and the creature lashes out, grasping Ulric's chin and trying to snap his neck. Ulric grits his teeth and holds his head steady, preventing that with his sheer strength. The toad, failing at snapping Ulric's neck, rips at his face and throat, tearing deep gashes in both.
Arune, fighting to free his hand and sword, sees the toad opens it's wide maw. For a moment he sees himself mirrored in the dark eyes of the thing as they come face to face, eye to eye. A wave of dizziness flows over him. He loses his sense of place, forgetting he is even in a fight. Yellowed teeth lined with rotting weed and silt close around his shoulder. Before they bite, a bolt thunks heavily into the Toad's upper lip followed by a second bolt that strikes the eye staring into Arune.
The sense of disorientation fades, bringing Arune back to his senses and the danger he is in!

OOC-Oyuki took no damage and healed herself. Nuton took no damage, but needs to SA Wis DC 16. Arune took 16 points of damage from the Hydroloth and Ulric took 30 points(nat 20 uggh!)Raiding party: Hutch, Emse, Caline, Nuton, Sister Miriam, Oyuki, Arune, Khepri, and Vastocio
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Ulric catches the death of the drow from the corner of his eye, but he has not time to consider the dissipating tendrils and what they mean. Arune sinks his blade deep into the toad beast, only to have its caustic blood flow up his arm and start dissolving his flesh. He is sizing the beast up for another swing of his axe when it catches his face in its claws. It twists his head, trying to break his neck, but Ulric saw that coming. He is able to tighten the muscles of his neck and hold it steady. Not to be denied, the creature loosens its grip and tears long gashes into his face and neck with its talons.

Ulric's blood flies through the air in several gory arcs and he staggers back several steps and drops to a knee. His face is on fire where the claws scored and he feels he's lucky he didn't lose an eye. He fights his instinct to drop his weapon and hold his hand over his bleeding throat. His life is flowing away and slowing that down by a few seconds won't help anyone. Instead, he plants the end of his axe in the ground and uses it to help him regain his feet. The only way he can truly help his friends is to make sure this creature falls before he does. With a mighty roar, which sounds more like a gurgling rasp through the slashes in his next, Ulric flings himself back into the fight.


 


 

 
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Just as he's casting his spell, Oyuki has already magically freed herself from the gray tendrils. Rather than halt, however, he continues his casting to injure the Drow, lest it attack Oyuki again. His warbling ball of chaotic energy kills the Drow. Yet, a gray tendril persists, finding its way to Nûton. He feels its cold evil – cold as the grave – yet manages to resist its influence.

The toad demon, however, is persisting in its fight with Ulric and Arune, heavily wounded them both. Once more, Nûton attacks its mind by whistling a dissonant melody only it can hear.

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Oyuki continues to fight the vampire feeling its weakness and desperation as it grips her tighter. She was not going to back down as she continued to fight with the vampire. She continued to push as they clashed, slowly taking in the purified air. She knew she had to hold out just a bit longer as vampire writhers and then suddenly Nuton’s strange magic appears. The vampire’s spell shatters, causing her to stagger at the sudden breakage. She senses the vampire going after Nuton by latching on to Nuton's flow of magic. Quickly reaching out to snatch it, she is too slow due to the connection between her and the vampires being broken suddenly.

 
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Arune's arm was badly damaged, first by the rows of jagged teeth, and then by the bile and acid of the strange amphibian's digestive tract. Unwilling to lose his newest weapon to the strange Demon Frog, Arune kept his fingers wrapped tightly around it's hilt as he pulled hard to remove his extremity from the Toad's stomach. Fear, and Anger, pumped through his frame, as Arune attacked again. If he didn't kill this thing in the next few seconds, he was sure it would kill him instead. 'That's what I get for taking mercy on a prisoner? I hope the Sun Elves dont turn out to be of a similar construction!


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AllOyuki wards off the Vampire's attack only to see it deflect and move towards young Nuton. She grasps at it, trying to hold or divert the magic. She gets a loose hold, the cold damp of the vampire momentarily seeping into her bones before breaking free and arrowing toward's Nuton, "the Fey touched Mage."
Reeling back for a moment from the sudden burst of magic and change, Oyuki gathers herself, holding what she can of the Vampire. The creature fades from her awareness as the drow dies, severing their tie. She hears it screaming in her head, the voice a loud, shrill ringing of despair and fear. Oyuki doesn't believe she has done enough to hurt it, not enough to cause such a wail. In that moment, her Mind's Eye focuses, her soul sings in response to the Toad Goddess gratitude and she sees in a dream, more than true than sleeping would bring, the elf Vardariannanur and companions, coming to attack, coming to slay the vampire and his minions as they sleep. Oyuki locks on to that dream, coloring a tail of it with her own magic so she can follow where it leads...to the vampires and Vardariannanur who is soon to engage them.

Nuton blasting at the drow to free Oyuki from what he thinks is the drow's magic. He quickly learns there is another foe there, in some arcane way holding the drow's spirit hostage, using his body for it's own purposes. Nuton kills the drow and the power holding the drow's spirit releases and streams towards him, fully intending to make Nuton it's new servant now that the old one is dead. Nuton, bewildered and unprepared for such an attack, grits his teeth and bares his own glamour, his own soul to counter this infective foe. He doesn't know anymore than that. Pushing his power out, he blunts the tendrils, the dark, cold spirit reaching to entrap him in it's coils from binding him. The spirit magic reforms and attacks again, shunting aside his poorly thrown defenses. Outside, time has slowed, but inside Nuton, inside this enchanted power reaching for him, time flows on. He feels the chill wrapping around him, siphoning off his warmth, his Will, his very sense of self. Nuton feels like he is swimming against an overwhelming tide, drawing him out to deeper, even colder, darker water.
A light, a sense of warmth allows him to reach up and grasp it. Oyuki is there, he hears her screeching at him in her bird voice, screeching at him to rise and resist this evil wind. Oyuki's soul shines like a beacon for him to follow home, to ground himself. Nuton, grasps that and then hears another voice, another power, reaching to him as well. He grasps that too and pulls him up and out, shutting down the vampire's attack and attempt at possession. Nuton shivers, physically and psychically, freeing himself from the Vampire. Sensing his friends trouble with the hydroloth toad, Nuton attacks!
Nuton whistles a sound, a melody forming in his thoughts, then made real, made physical, that he sends at the evil water toad creature.

Arune, Ulric, and Vicar Odo have surrounded the toad thing that smells like a stagnant pond. The blubbery toad creature has fought toe to toe with them, giving as much pain as they have delivered. The standstill breaks when Ulric, his face burning, drops back and takes a knee. For a moment, he feels his life blood ebbing away, feels his last moments, his last breaths. Gulping haggardly, he draws in precious air, filling his lungs, filling his body with strength.
Rising up, for a moment, he towers over the Toad creature, over Vicar Odo, Arune, and all others. Behind him, Laufey is there, Laufey his love, his heart, for her, he will not fail. Ulric stands, his blood flying through the air, his fury mounting as he feels his life leaving him, feels his mortal connection to Laufey diminishing. He cries No!

The sound of Ulric's voice reverberates through the chamber, echoing from Wall to Wall and back again.

Arune, feeling the pain of burning along his arm and hands, feeling the jagged teeth rend his flesh, pushes all that aside, focusing away from the pain and on his sword, his grip, he pulls is blade free. Feeling his life, feeling this enemy leeching his mortality, anger rose in him, a fury like he had never felt before. He hears Ulric cry out No! and feels the same. Almost as one, Arune and Ulric hear, 'sense' Nuton attacking too. They both strike, cutting deep into the grotesque toad, shaving off folds of flesh, skinning the creature alive.
The toad falls back and back and fades, returning to it's infernal home, the will to fight gone.
The toad vanishes, the drow dies and a thin white smoke fogs the the area where the Toad thing stood. They hear singing, someone singing. The words of the song clean and stitch their wounds, assuage their bruises and soothe their physical pain. The song fills the room and moments later, they all know and see Laufey, singing, granting them her healing and her strength.
On the floor, where the Toad thing had stood, now lies the tiefling, free of the daemon, the vampires, and other evil influences. Her body heals from Laufey's spell and she stirs, but does not wake.

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Nûton feels himself refreshed by Laufey's song. Yet he is overwhelmed by everything that's happened: The toad demon and tiefling, the appearance of Ulric and Laufey (who he does not know yet recognizes from Dylvanna's glade), and most of all, the spirit that animated the Drow.

"Oyuki ... Lady Oyuki," he says, almost in a whisper, pulling close to her, "What was that foul spirit?! And whence did it go?!" He is trembling slightly.


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Oyuki had a weak hold on the vampire holding it off for as long as she could. She could feel the coldness of the vampire seep into her bones just before it breaks free and goes after Nuton.

She gasped for breath a moment as she resettled from the clash with the vampire. She loses the vampire as the drow dies, but hears the screaming in her mind. She knows it is the vampire that is in despair and fear. She does not zone out as she feels the goddess and sees what the vampire fears. She now knew where the vampire was as she followed the magical trail.

She senses Nuton as he moves closer to her and turns her head slightly in his direction. “That was a Vampire Kyūketsuki,” she says. ”An undead creature that walks at night and feeds on blood. Strong ones can take control of other's minds by using them as puppets. It is in another part of this place.”

 
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Down on one knee, with the edge of his shield resting against the ground and head sunk low, Ulric feels the life draining from him. His mind turns to thoughts of Laufy and the life he hoped to have with her. Images of what they would do flash through his mind, from hopefully forming a fighting force like the Sea Griffons of their own, so sitting by a fire on a cold winter night, simply enjoying being together. As these images appear to him, he starts to get angry at the thought the demon could steal this life from them. He knows that anger can be useful, so he fans the flames by thinking of what will happen to Laufy and the others if he falls here and the demon remains alive. His arm rises, bracing the end of his axe handle on the ground and his head comes up, staring malice at the demon.

Long before he can hear Laufy's song, he feels the effects. Under all his anger, he can feel her love for him blossoming. Rather than soothing his anger, that love adds a different heat to the flames. Suddenly, he is filled with an overpowering desire to live. Strength floods through his limbs and he rises to his feet, seemingly effortlessly. Shouting his defiance, he springs at the demon. Nuton's magic slams into the fiend mere moments before his and Arune's blades bite deep, carving huge chunks of flesh from the demon's side. The assault proves too much and the fiend's body dissolves as it is sent back to whatever hell spawned it.

Only when the battle is over and the thudding of blood in his ears recedes, does Ulric hear Laufy's song, and no sweeter sound has ever caressed his ears. He turns lovestruck eyes to her and a smile lights up his features, seemingly erasing all of the fatigue from what has been a very long day. He hooks the blade of his axe over the rim of his shields as he walks over to her and, bloody, filthy mess that he is, he wraps his now free arm around her and pulls her close. He still has terrible wounds on his face and neck form the demon's talons, but Laufy's magic was enough to stop the bleeding, so her hair is not fouled when he plants a kiss on the top of her head and then on her forehead. He leans back just a little, so he can look into her eyes. "You are a wonder, indeed." He could easily stand there for hours, gazing at the woman who holds his heart, but there is much to do and the vampires won't kill themselves. He slowly pulls away, sliding his hand down her arm to her hand, so that their fingers stay in contact as long as possible as he moves away.

Ulric turns to the others in the room and slaps Arune on the arm good naturedly. "I knew it would be good to fight by your side. Let's just hope the vampires don't put up as much of a fight as that demon." Much of Ulric's good humor fades when his eyes land on the tiefling woman lying on the floor. Laufy's magic did her some good, but Ull only knows what kind of psychic wounds she will have after playing unwilling host to a demon. He pulls his cloak from his pack and drapes it over her. He stands, takes his axe firmly in hand once more, and looks at the people around him. "There are several vampires here, though we don't know how many. There is a force on the way to protect them and to help them escape so they can gather their strength and return. Myzra Dargormir is coming with a good number of other drow, orcs, and possibly a couple of minotaurs, thou I have honestly lost track of where they went. They have left people behind to lay traps and harass my people to slow them down, but they don't know the four of us were able to get here by magic. My soldiers are fighting their way here, and hopefully keeping Myrza's attention focused on her rear. Night is coming, so we don't have much time. Do any of you know the layout of this place? If not, maybe the tiefling woman does, but we have little time to waste."



 

 
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Arune nearly dropped his sword, his hands and body quivering in the cold air of this sunken temple's room. Not even the fireplace, with it's embers still glowing could return the sensation to the Wild Elf's fingers... Arune had never felt so scared in his life, to face such a foe. He had thought that monsters like those only existed in story tales? Designed to tease those on the verge of adulthood with adrenaline, and wonder, sending them back inside to hide under their covers like infants... Never did he expect, even with all the terrible things he had recently witnessed, to be fighting a demon frog that could disarm him so quickly; Swallow his hope just as easily as it drew breath. It had been a close call, and the shock his body was going through proved just how dangerous this situation was that he found himself in.

Close by Nuton, Ulric, and the others, all were recovering from their own ordeals as well, and Ulric even congratulated him, though He was unsure why... "I suppose any victory is worth celebrating, especially when you don't know if it will be your last. I should do well to celebrate more, rather than be so glum... I still have Caline, I have Sissilia, whatever that means to her... But still, there is plenty to be happy for!' Arune nodded determinedly, doubling his resolve to save the hostages. If he failed in that, then all of this suffering, all of this celebrating would have been for naught.

When the others mentioned that they were ready to proceed, the Rangarian tried to take a leading position. He was lucky enough that Laufey had mended his body as thoroughly as she had... And he was going to make sure that they used his replenished stamina to it's fullest. "The Tiefling was going to draw us a map... Show us where we needed to go, but then 'That' happened..." The Drow told us not to trust her? It? So I don't even know if it would have done us any good... I suppose the only way to go is forward, unless anyone else has a better suggestion?"

 
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Oyuki could feel Nuton still shaken from the unexpected attack by the vampire. She pulled out some things from her pouch and placed a piece of rice paper on the floor. Picking up her bamboo brush, she picks up some ink off the ink stone and begins to draw. She was not even looking at the paper as her hand just seemed to gracefully flow along the paper as a map began to appear. She vaguely heard Ulirc speaking as she continued with what she was doing as she stared off elsewhere.

 
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Ulric's eyes turn to Oiyuki and he notices she is drawing a map, even though she wasn't looking at the paper. He has seen enough in the past few days that he doesn't question how she knows the layout of this place. "It looks like Oiyuki will be providing the map. That is good, since I'm not sure how long the tiefling woman will be unconscious."

Ulric looks over the people in the room and, even though he doesn't know most of them, he feels confident they will get to the vampires in time. "Would any of you good people have any healing magic? I am not quite at me best and I suspect the vampires will have some sort of guards, even though most of their protectors are coming with the drow."


 

 
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Oyuki stopped what she was doing as she finally looked down at the rice paper. It was not a complete map, only what she saw from the vampire. There were quite a few blind areas, but this was better than nothing. She catches the tail end of Ulric’s question and flicks her wing sending healing winds to him. She slowly stands up with the rice paper in hand.

“This is a partial map,” she says. “I only know what I saw from the vampire kyūketsuki, so there are many blank areas. The dark one avoided something when asked for a map. Right after he said barracks, he was going to say something else but changed it to avoid saying it. So more than likely it is not something good. The ones we are looking for are here somewhere as well and we came in through a different entrance than originally planned. This is where your elven erufu friend is going," as she points to a location. "That is where the vampire kyūketsuki is located."

 
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The way Oyuki described "kyūketsuki" made Nûton think she meant "vampires," as they're called in the Common tongue, an insight confirmed by Ulric.

Nûton doesn't know much about vampires other than they're real and that sunlight and running water harm them, and that they are destroyed with a stake to the heart. All common knowledge. However, Dr. Lyrei did teach him that some folkloric prescriptions against them, such as wreaths of garlic and rosemary, are a false hope. He knows enough to know that he doesn't want to meet them.

And yet, it seems, he will. They all will. The young mage's heat sinks in his chest. He'd been feeling braver since touching the Feywild, but that bravado is now shaken a bit. Still, they have the god of this place on their side, and that has to count for something! And his compatriots all seem to know their business, more so than he.

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