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Old 03-13-2020, 11:05 PM
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Bellamy cried out in pain, but quickly went quiet as she conserved the very last of her energy to stay standing. Her shield felt unbearably heaven in her hands and her nostrils were filled with smell of her own burnt flesh and the iron smell of her blood. The assault had been so sudden. She couldn't help but wonder if this was her end. The blood marks in her purse rattled and transferred some of Ron's life force to her, expending the essence of sacrifice within them.

Perhaps it was the nearness of death, but as Telantes struck, she swore that she saw pain and fear in this demon's eyes. Perhaps he too had been bound to Radeni by some dark deed. Maybe he was meant to be an angel.

Doc's warded off the demon's blade and the elemental's fists, making a desperate path towards Verdigris. If anyone could help her here, it would be the ravenite's druidic magic. Her scythe covered her retreat at her command, dicing through the air and slicing through the demon's chest as she fled.


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Old 03-13-2020, 11:35 PM
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She had survived. Somehow, Bellamy still stood after absorbing blows from both the elemental and Telantes. The snake held Radeni tightly within its coils for now at least. Scales shifted over bunching muscles and Radeni slipped for a moment, letting the snake tighten its hold on her just a little more. The sound of grinding stone echoed as it crushed her under its mass. The battle at a temporary standstill, the dragonborn could finally spare a moment to try and save his friend. He could see her rushing towards him over the sand. Clearly she had the same plan.

He gave a worried glance towards Ron who seemed to be whimpering in terror. Verdigris was far more used to others having that reaction to Ron. But Talia was as quick and deadly as ever. He could only hope it would be enough. Still, there was little more he could do to help her for the moment.

He pushed away from the wall, towards Bellamy. He remained wary of the pillars and their wicked tricks, as if the Dao and her interfering allies needed even more help. But he and Bellamy were able to skirt around the outside edge of the pillars and meet up at arms' length. It was so long ago in the grand scheme of things, but the battle against the blood golem and the shadow demons had already used much of his magic. Then having to invest magic twice over into his monsterous snake, Verdigris was nearly done. What little of the earth's magic he had brought with him to this accursed place was reduced to a trickle. Still, this was no time for half measures. He summoned as much as he could still hold and shoved it towards the half-orc. No shaping, no purpose, just the pure rejuvenating energy of life itself.

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Stupid, stupid boy! The words sting Ron the way no dagger, sword or blow ever could have. Wisdom save failed with a roll of 8It’s his momma’s voice, and momma is mad at him! He recoils from the words, tears welling up in his eyes.

He forgets where he is, what he’s doing, and for a moment he even forgets his friends. It’s like he’s back in that one-room apartment back in Stilben, like he’s little Ron all over again, trying to hide from his mother’s drunken wrath as his presence has driven one of his uncles away, unsatisfied with the evening’s entertainment.

"I’m not little any more!" he shouts back, but the words have no conviction and sound more like the child he once was proclaiming he’s big when everyone can see he’s just a little, scrawny and malnourished runt. Ron can’t even feel the Blood Marks drain 7 HP, reduced to 3 by the rageblood marks he had given to Doc sapping his strength a little. Compared to his mother’s wrath it seems to be no more than a tiny stinging insect, sucking at his blood.

He can dimly see Talia out of the corner of his eye. Something about the way she dashes, cat-like, on the pale yellow sand encourages the thug somewhat. This can’t be his momma, can it? Three attacks at a disadvantage negated by the advantage for Faerie Fire all missedHe swings his hammer at the large woman in front of him, but there is no force behind his blows, no real intent to hurt her. It’s as if he’s just going through the motions to keep Talia from being mad at him.

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Dome of SoulsSomething changes in the earth elemental as Bellamy scrambles away. It seems not to even notice her anymore. Focused rage gives way to primal instinct as the elemental looks across the arena and sees the humongous snake! Like a bull protecting his pasture from a rival, the elemental roars and charges across the sand! It descends into the earth like an attacking shark beneath the water! The stillness in the sand is broken an instant later when the elemental bursts up next to the coiled snake! The snake opens its massive jaws and hisses back, but it remains tightly coiled around the dao, Radeni.

Telantes utters a celestial curse as his tainted blood drips from the wound that the floating scythe inflicted on his bare chest! His wrathful eyes follow Bellamy as she retreats toward Verdigris for aid. Stepping quickly and resolutely, the chained angel follows his priestly quarry, the blazing sword trailing menacingly at his side! No sooner has Verdigris imparted the healing power of nature into his friend, than does Telantes plunge his burning weapon into her back! He twists the blade and rips it from Bellamy’s burning flesh as she falls! The look of hateful satisfaction beneath his dark halo turns to raging disbelief as the champion of the Raven Queen staggers, but does not fall! "Whatever power sustains you, priest...it will not be enough!"

Radeni, still coiled tightly by the immense strength of the snake, shifts her gaze from the terrified Ron to the defiant Talia. Her words are still gasping and broken, but dripping with spite and disdain. "Leave him alone? He chose this, pet! He will suffer far worse than this for a thousand years! But you will not be here to see it!" With that, Radeni pulls one arm free of a heavy serpentine coil and backhands Talia with her giant hammer! The shifter is sent sprawling to the dirt again. Remembering the last time she was in this position, Talia knows another blow is coming. She rolls out of the way just in time to avoid being smashed by the falling hammerhead!

Ron sees his mother striking Talia. She then turns her obscenely large head to him and screeches, "Why does she defend you? You’re not worth it! You’re weak and small! Leave her to her fate!"

No!!! Something screams within Ron’s head! But it is not from him. It speaks in the language of giants; a language Ron understands somehow. No! The Einherjar do not cower! It is Mooguor who speaks! The bodiless soul of the ancient giantess nearly shouts inside Ron’s head, her thick accent and deep voice reverberating in his ears! You must fight, Chosen of Asdis! It is no shame to die with your hammer in your hand, raining blows down on your enemies like the bolts of the Stormlord! But you must fight! Those who are cut down in their fear are not worthy of Ysgard! Mooguor’s voice is urgent but steady! You carry the fate of many upon your shoulders! Do not bend! Kill her! Or die in the attempt and earn your place among the honored dead!


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Doc doesn't even have the strength to cry out after being stabbed again and again by the flaming sword. Finally the inexplicable hatred and determination that Telantes had to see her fall paid off and her concentration on the spell quickening Ron slipped from her grasp. With dismay she tried to hold on to the threads of magic, but the enchantment dissipated.

Her scythe struck the fiend a second time, but he seemed to not even be concerned about the wounds he was weathering. Whatever mission was directing him seemed to call only for her death. Perhaps her peril would give the others the opportunity that they needed. The edges of her vision began to go dark and her knees buckled as the half-orc began to sink to the ground.

No.

Doc's eyes snapped open, her brown eyes replaced by a sea of dark crimson light. No, not yet. Bellamy turned to Telantes, her glowing eyes meeting his hateful gaze. A wave of magic crashed down on the fiend, attempting to wrest control of his body away from him for a moment...she just needed a moment...


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Talia gets the copper taste in her mouth one gets when often getting slammed to the ground or against something. She almost loses the focus of the cloak she is wearing, knowing it is exposing Radeni's weaknesses, she grits her teeth, made CON savekeeping her focus, and arches her back.
She flips to her feet and springs in Radeni's direction.

"Don't make promises you can't keep Cruel one, nor a deal with strangers! Even the Queen of Knaves knows better!"

As she speaks her blades flash as she let's out a cat scream in anger. Both blades slice deep into Radeni, across one massive thigh and then the other as Talia stands beneath her and Total damage 34continues to strike.


 
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Openly sobbing now, Ron can feel the will to fight drain out of him as his mother berets him. Not even when Ronda speaks to him in his head does he manage to shake the terror and confusion he’s feeling. Besides. He knows Asdis isn’t watching. And that if he fails, he’ll have to stay here for a really long

Despite all that he still knows his friends are in trouble, Talia by his side especially. What hope does she have against his mom? But as Ron lifts Ronda for another half-hearted attempt to batter the large woman that seems to be his mother, he can feel lethargy coming over him As the Haste spell ends, Ron loses all his actions this round.as the world seems to slow down all of a sudden.

As Mooguor calls on him to continue fighting, he finds that he no longer has the strength to lift Ronda. He can’t even stand, and despite every fiber of his body resisting he slowly goes down on his knees. "I can’t," he sobs. "I’m not big enough." He wants to, but for the first time since he embarked on the illustrious career of low-life and enforcer, he is betrayed by his body, unable to continue the fight.

"I can’t win," he shouts at the gigantic woman, "but you promised me to let them go," he finishes, as he uses the last ounces of will to force himself to his feet. Just one more swing. Go down fighting. For Talia. For Verdigris. For Bellamy.

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The snake was confused. Most prey would have stopped struggling long before now. But the thing wrapped in its coils was still moving. It didn't even try to free itself, it simply lashed out around itself like a dying rat, too stupid to know it was caught. But the snake knew what to do. It squeezed harder. Coils tightened another step, crushing Radeni further and further until suddenly, it released.

The snake withered away into sand once more, collapsing back into the arena floor and leaving Radeni free of its grasp. Verdigris shook his head and hoped he was making the right decision. He knew that given enough time, it could have ground the Dao into powder. But it was too slow. With Telantes quickly closing in from one side and the elemental coming in from another he knew that his time was limited, along with his friends'. Besides, he needed his full concentration for what was to come next.

He tightened his grip on Melora's Blessing causing the blossoms to shiver slightly. They had appeared just as this battle started. A sign he had needed to remind him of the universal nature of the magic that he held within him. But it had also been a sign that the staff itself was growing more powerful. This fight had brought each of them, Bellamy, Ron, Talia and himself to the very precipice. It was time to see just what Melora's Blessing could do when pushed to that edge. There were no incantations, no words, just a pure exertion of will. He raised the staff aloft and with a thrust, buried the butt end into the sand at his feet.

In an instant, the foul earth of this cursed place gave birth to a weapon born of the land itself. Black and brown, twisted and dry, vines sprang up encasing the Dao who had only just been freed from the more welcoming coils of the serpent. The snake had been content to crush it's prey. The plants were out for blood, or whatever dark equivalent fueled Radeni's existence. Spines as sharp as steel and twice as strong dug in along the length of each tendril. It did not stop there, along the length of the arena, the hell-plant grew rampant, a line demarking the boundaries of Verdigris' wrath. The vines grabbed at Radeni's allies as well, grasping thirstily at the elemental and winged swordsman in turn. They only stopped their relentless growth when faced with the Ravenite's allies, held in check by his mind alone.

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The monster of elemental sand and stone raises his thick, boulder-like arms to attack the giant constrictor! He brings the heavy limbs down with the force of tons of falling rock!

But the snake is suddenly gone! The confused elemental nearly pitches forward, off-balance. He roars in frustration and looks about for his chosen enemy!

Then, growing from the very dirt below him, a thick hedge of dead vines envelopes the elemental! Strong as iron wire, the vines sprout heavy, sharply pointed thorns along their length, each nearly the size of a dagger! The vines wrap themselves tightly around the stone legs and torso of the elemental, who grasps at them futilely with his rocky hands. Then, squeezing like the snake had seconds before, the vines bury their thick barbs into the living stone! More and more coils wrap around it, tightening...tighter...tighter!

Screaming in pain and rage, the elemental is nearly cut in half as the thickest of the coils sinks into his body! He jerks wildly to get free, but the movement only further crumbles his weakened form. Finally, almost in slow motion, the summoned plant crushes the stone in it’s natural embrace! The light behind the elemental’s eyes goes dim and it is ground to a pile of rocky dust in seconds!

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As this is happening, Telantes, the fallen angel consumed with hate, floats ominously toward the weakened Bellamy. He can see her death, waiting for him to deliver it! Hovering just above her head, Telantes raises his flaming sword over the neck of the nearly-collapsed priest! "Your faith has failed you! I deliver you from bondage, into the freedom of oblivion!"

His fists clench around the hilt of the divine weapon and his powerful arms flex in preparation for the killing blow! It is now, at the last possible second, that Bellamy grasps the power of her god! She wields it like a weapon, directing the holy wrath into the corporeal body of the evil celestial! The magic courses through him, overpowering his physical body, wresting control of his movements from his mind! Telantes fights against it, but he is overwhelmed! His eyes open wide in panic as he looks down on Bellamy! "No!! What have you...!" His words choke off at a mental command from the half-orc.

Slowly, Telantes floats away, towards Radeni and the deadly vines! He descends the final few feet, his mighty sword still held aloft in quivering arms! Radeni looks up at him in sudden horror! "Telantes! What are you doing?!" She shouts at him!

And then the sword falls, cutting the weakened dao from clavicle to belly! Scorched sand pours from the wound as Radeni screams in pain! Only Talia sees the twisted smile beneath Telantes’ wrathful brow as the vines take him...

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Radeni falls prostrate to the floor of the arena, face in the dirt. The thorns of Verdigris wrap themselves around her, slicing her earthen brown flesh. Gasping, open-mouthed, nearly dead at Talia’s feet, Radeni the Cruel, Master of the Dome of Released Souls, looks up at the shifter in defeat. "I...I yield," she says haltingly.

The crowd of daemons that had been screaming in bloodthirst and rage and horror at the power of this band of mortals falls silent. Radeni tries to rise, but the vines hold her firmly, and she is too weak. She raises her voice enough to be heard by the entire arena. "I yield to Talia...Queen of Knaves!"

And then, as if that effort cost her too much, she collapses back into the blood-soaked dirt.

Slowly, Bellamy and Verdigris join Talia and Ron before their fallen foe, Doc leaning heavily on her Ravenite friend.

Looking up at them, her breath labored, Radeni nods in salute. She raises one hand in a passing wave and closes her eyes tiredly. The sands around the group swirl and rise in a conjured wind. It gains power and speed, the grains biting at their exposed flesh. The swirling sands grow denser, blinding the four companions who stand in their midst. And still the winds gain power, blowing their clothing and hair all about them in dizzying chaos! The howling in their ears is tremendous! Just when they think they can stand it no longer, and that this storm will sap the last of their strength...!

...all falls silent and still.

They stand again in the laboratory of Wrettis. Weak. Exhausted. Surrounded by a circle of sand, with Cyprian, Zara, Alys, Ada and Pharos staring at them in wide-eyed confusion.

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