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Chapter 5: The Mainland Shore
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Days passed since the party had departed Zanarkand. They had seen nothing but sea for the entire time, with the only noticeable change in environment being the brighter weather. Few clouds remained in the sky, which was free to shine a rather pleasant hue of blue. Supplies were maintained, though they would probably need to restock in a few days’ time; for this reason, among others, they hoped see some kind of land soon enough.

Another reason was boredom. Merimies sat hunched upon the poop deck as he watched Oclavis pilot the ship. All around, the Agori were engaged in idle conversation as Merimies watched each in turn. He enjoyed listening to the casual talk of others, even if he himself dared not participate; after all, he was not even worthy to address them as anything other than ‘master’- why would he be worthy of genuine conversation?
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| July 5, 2018, 6:09 pm
Rakau walked happily around, being back on the sea made him feel much more at home. He had talked with most of the crew and the warriors, most of which walked off half way through one of his tales. Seeing Merimies sitting on the deck alone, he decided it was his job to cheer him up and give him some company. He pulled out a piece of parchment and began writing down what he would say, he wanted to make sure it went flawlessly. He walked on over to Merimies, making sure to avoid weak beams, he had already put his metal feet threw quite a few boards. Sitting down next to him he pulled out his paper, "Sgid fluba smo... wait thats no good... hm. Aha, the papers upside, what'a shame, perfectly good piece o' paper too." Rakau threw his piece of paper over the railing into the sea. Merimies lookes slightly confused at Rakaus antics. Upon seeing this Rakau said, "what, you didn' know that an upside down piece o' paper is useless? You can' read anything, so theres no point in keeping it."
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| July 5, 2018, 6:20 pm
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Quoting Pontel Gunn
Rakau walked happily around, being back on the sea made him feel much more at home. He had talked with most of the crew and the warriors, most of which walked off half way through one of his tales. Seeing Merimies sitting on the deck alone, he decided it was his job to cheer him up and give him some company. He pulled out a piece of parchment and began writing down what he would say, he wanted to make sure it went flawlessly. He walked on over to Merimies, making sure to avoid weak beams, he had already put his metal feet threw quite a few boards. Sitting down next to him he pulled out his paper, "Sgid fluba smo... wait thats no good... hm. Aha, the papers upside, what'a shame, perfectly good piece o' paper too." Rakau threw his piece of paper over the railing into the sea. Merimies lookes slightly confused at Rakaus antics. Upon seeing this Rakau said, "what, you didn' know that an upside down piece o' paper is useless? You can' read anything, so theres no point in keeping it."

Merimies paused for an instance, regarding Rakau, before chuckling lightly.
"But Master," he said as softly and as warmly as his growling voice would allow, "you have the power to turn the paper the right way up, if you set your mind to it, and then the paper will become... useful again."

"-and in some cases," he added after a pause, "if you are using a map for instance, then having it upside down is more useful than having it the right way up, if you are going south of course."
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| July 5, 2018, 6:31 pm
Quoting Wertman 8
Merimies paused for an instance, regarding Rakau, before chuckling lightly.
"But Master," he said as softly and as warmly as his growling voice would allow, "you have the power to turn the paper the right way up, if you set your mind to it, and then the paper will become... useful again."

"-and in some cases," he added after a pause, "if you are using a map for instance, then having it upside down is more useful than having it the right way up, if you are going south of course."

Rakau thought for a moment and then said, "I 'ave tried that. The blasted text stayed upside down." There was silence for a moment before Rakau then said "you sure you aren' 'olding that spherical compass upsidedown? Because this trip 'ere sure seems like its goin' south."
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| July 5, 2018, 7:13 pm
pepeke stood by the railing, watching his skelebeetle fly alongside the ship. nobody had went to talk to him, unless he went up to them. "I probably should have got on the ship first thing... oh, well." pepeke turned away and walked into the keep... he needed to practice his spells! maybe he could get someone to help him...
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| July 5, 2018, 7:15 pm
Pontel had been working hard since they left. Forging new weapons with the help of his Caneen. He had created a variety of weapons, ranging from small daggers and hammers, to large double edged swords and battle axes. Where did he get the metal? From a burning village he looted, But only he knows that.

Pontel had been training with a one handed axe and double pointed spear, belowdeck, before the spear went threw the wall and almost impaled Pepeke. Pontel walked out to where the spear hit, narrowly missing Pepeke's head. He pulled it out of the wall, and walked back into his room, closing the door behind him.

He would rather not interact with that... sorcerer.
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| July 5, 2018, 7:27 pm
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For most of the elapsed time so far, Kae had been alone and brooding in her quarters. But now, she was bored and wandering around on the deck. She spotted Beowulf and headed over to him, deciding to have a chat. “So, honey,” she said as she leaned against the railing of the ship, “Have you got a plan for when we get to the Mainland, or are you going to defeat the Tar with your good looks?”
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| July 5, 2018, 8:13 pm
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Quoting Pontel Gunn
Rakau thought for a moment and then said, "I 'ave tried that. The blasted text stayed upside down." There was silence for a moment before Rakau then said "you sure you aren' 'olding that spherical compass upsidedown? Because this trip 'ere sure seems like its goin' south."

The old Agori, who had up to this point actually been enjoying Rakau's company, suddenly turned sour.
"-and what exactly is that meant to mean, Master? Are you growing impatient with the expedition? If I remember correctly, you were the one who invited yourself aboard this ship, not I," said Merimies, before sulking momentarily, "you do realise, Master, that we are travelling into hitherto unexplored territory, do you not? It will take time to reach our destination, and for that I apologise."
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| July 5, 2018, 8:49 pm
Quoting Wertman 8
The old Agori, who had up to this point actually been enjoying Rakau's company, suddenly turned sour.
"-and what exactly is that meant to mean, Master? Are you growing impatient with the expedition? If I remember correctly, you were the one who invited yourself aboard this ship, not I," said Merimies, before sulking momentarily, "you do realise, Master, that we are travelling into hitherto unexplored territory, do you not? It will take time to reach our destination, and for that I apologise."

pepeke overheard the conversation and walked up from the keep. "Is everything alright? it sounds like you two are arguing... oh, and do you know the best magician on this ship? just curious..."
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| July 5, 2018, 8:55 pm
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Quoting Tarakona, Drago-toa
pepeke overheard the conversation and walked up from the keep. "Is everything alright? it sounds like you two are arguing... oh, and do you know the best magician on this ship? just curious..."

Merimies paused, looking from Pepeke to Rakau. He bowed, returning to his formal, calm demeanour.
"Of course not, Master- it would be most impertinent for a slave to argue with a Master- one ought to be lashed for such insubordination," he said, "and as for your question... I am unsure how to answer; we do have a sorcerer in training from the ship, Eraba Acturi, but she is otherwise occupied and should not be disturbed. In the meantime, I do not know who to recommend; there aren't many Kahkanese aboard this ship other than her and myself, and one such as I knows little of the ways of shamanism. However, I know that Pontel Gun, the Helgran warrior with the goggles and buzz-saws, has been learning a thing or two on the subject, which may be your best lead for now. I hope this helps you, Master Pepeke."
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| July 5, 2018, 9:04 pm
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Joven picked himself up from his bed, which was simply a piece of cloth on the floor. It had at one time been a hammock but given Joven's size and weight that didn't last long.

After gathering his wits about him, he walked on deck to see... a whole lot of blue, which tends to be a common sighting when sailing an ocean. Making his way to the end of the deck Joven sat himself with feet touching Bowsprit and laid his head against coil of rope.
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| July 5, 2018, 9:12 pm
Quoting Wertman 8
Merimies paused, looking from Pepeke to Rakau. He bowed, returning to his formal, calm demeanour.
"Of course not, Master- it would be most impertinent for a slave to argue with a Master- one ought to be lashed for such insubordination," he said, "and as for your question... I am unsure how to answer; we do have a sorcerer in training from the ship, Eraba Acturi, but she is otherwise occupied and should not be disturbed. In the meantime, I do not know who to recommend; there aren't many Kahkanese aboard this ship other than her and myself, and one such as I knows little of the ways of shamanism. However, I know that Pontel Gun, the Helgran warrior with the goggles and buzz-saws, has been learning a thing or two on the subject, which may be your best lead for now. I hope this helps you, Master Pepeke."

Rakau waited until Merimies finished before answering. "I ment no offense to ye or Beowulfs leadership skill. I was referring to the crew, er Warriors, they don' get along. They're out ther' squabbling on the battlefield! And some of their personalities are questionable, you let a known theif join you fer goodness sake. This 'ere vessel 'as a plank for a reason." Rakau said more seriously.
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| July 5, 2018, 9:31 pm
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Quoting Daniel H.
For most of the elapsed time so far, Kae had been alone and brooding in her quarters. But now, she was bored and wandering around on the deck. She spotted Beowulf and headed over to him, deciding to have a chat. “So, honey,” she said as she leaned against the railing of the ship, “Have you got a plan for when we get to the Mainland, or are you going to defeat the Tar with your good looks?”


Beowulf laughed. “Unfortunately, I do not think that the Tar has as good a choice of men as you do, and so I will not be able to charm it to death.” While Kae rolls her eyes, the warrior continues, “the current plan is to locate the ancient Elysian Capital, and hopefully unearth some clues as to the origin of the Tar. From what we gather there, we simply explore, learning what we can from ruins we come across. Or who knows? Perhaps civilization has not been utterly destroyed by the Tar in the mainland, and there will be surviving cities which may lend us aid.”

The sounds of the argument between Rakau and Merimies catch Beowulf’s attention. “Forgive me, ‘honey’,” he says as he walks away.

Quoting Pontel Gunn
Rakau waited until Merimies finished before answering. "I ment no offense to ye or Beowulfs leadership skill. I was referring to the crew, er Warriors, they don' get along. They're out ther' squabbling on the battlefield! And some of their personalities are questionable, you let a known theif join you fer goodness sake. This 'ere vessel 'as a plank for a reason." Rakau said more seriously.


“Forgive my intrusion,” starts Beowulf as Rakau and Merimies turn to the towering form, “but I do not think it fair to say that our party ‘squabbles on the battlefield.’ I have found that we’ve had fewer arguments, both in battle and out, than many of the Helgran battalions I have worked with. Not that such is intrinsically good; I’ve found that those who argue tend to learn each other’s abilities faster, and overall function as a stronger unit once disagreements are resolved. Additionally, I see no issue with bringing Kae: not only is it economically disadvantageous to turn around for the sole purpose of returning one Agori, but she certainly possesses skills that less lithe members of our crew lack. And if we truly must relieve ourselves of her,” or Rakau, Beowulf briefly thinks, “I’m sure that the mainland is big enough.”

He then turns to Merimies. “I’ve been thinking of going to a lower deck and fishing to bolster our supplies. I couldn’t help to notice your boredom, so would you be willing to join me?”

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| July 5, 2018, 11:34 pm
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Quoting Dark Aeon
“Forgive my intrusion,” starts Beowulf as Rakau and Merimies turn to the towering form, “but I do not think it fair to say that our party ‘squabbles on the battlefield.’ I have found that we’ve had fewer arguments, both in battle and out, than many of the Helgran battalions I have worked with. Not that such is intrinsically good; I’ve found that those who argue tend to learn each other’s abilities faster, and overall function as a stronger unit once disagreements are resolved. Additionally, I see no issue with bringing Kae: not only is it economically disadvantageous to turn around for the sole purpose of returning one Agori, but she certainly possesses skills that less lithe members of our crew lack. And if we truly must relieve ourselves of her,” or Rakau, Beowulf briefly thinks, “I’m sure that the mainland is big enough.”

He then turns to Merimies. “I’ve been thinking of going to a lower deck and fishing to bolster our supplies. I couldn’t help to notice your boredom, so would you be willing to join me?”

"Master, I would be glad to join you," the old Agori bowed to Beowulf, "especially if it would aid the voyage."

Before leaving, Merimies nodded to Rakau, to add his lighter, calmer response;
"Master, I do respect your concern, and I was wrong to react so emotionally to your critique- you are indeed more sensible than you perhaps let on. Though for the reasons Master Beowulf has stated, I remain confident in the integrity of the crew- though we should all keep close watch of Madam Kae-!"
Merimies bowed to the eccentric sailor and proceeded to follow Beowulf to the lower deck.
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| July 5, 2018, 11:48 pm
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Pikau was staring out to sea. The ship's fast clip had prevented him from searching for any new species underwater, although he had identified a few new porpoises that had played in the bow wave. He had spent the rest of his days below deck, deciphering the old Bestiary. Learning to read Old Elysian took a lot of work, and he had spent every night on the ship huddled next to a candle and Beowulf's cheat sheet, translating until he passed out from exhaustion.

This avid reading had more or less cut him off from everyone else, including his new friend Pepeke. Today he had decided to get out of his cabin and relax, and see what everyone else was doing. He was also looking forward to an actual night's sleep tonight, he and a real bed had spent too much time apart.
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| July 6, 2018, 9:35 am
Little do the shipmates know, Troat'all calmly sits on an island waiting and watching.
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| July 6, 2018, 1:12 pm
Quoting Shining TORPedo
Pikau was staring out to sea. The ship's fast clip had prevented him from searching for any new species underwater, although he had identified a few new porpoises that had played in the bow wave. He had spent the rest of his days below deck, deciphering the old Bestiary. Learning to read Old Elysian took a lot of work, and he had spent every night on the ship huddled next to a candle and Beowulf's cheat sheet, translating until he passed out from exhaustion.

This avid reading had more or less cut him off from everyone else, including his new friend Pepeke. Today he had decided to get out of his cabin and relax, and see what everyone else was doing. He was also looking forward to an actual night's sleep tonight, he and a real bed had spent too much time apart.

Pepeke walked up next to Pikau. resting a hand on his shoulder, pepeke said, "Hey, mate... you look tired. Beowulf and Merimies are going fishing on the lower deck, do you wanna come with? I could use some company."
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| July 6, 2018, 1:26 pm
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Quoting Tarakona, Drago-toa
Pepeke walked up next to Pikau. resting a hand on his shoulder, pepeke said, "Hey, mate... you look tired. Beowulf and Merimies are going fishing on the lower deck, do you wanna come with? I could use some company."

Pikau had begun to doze off but was awoken by Pepeke.

"Hm? Oh hi! Yeah, a little bit. Sounds like an opportunity to catalog some new species, I'm in! Let me grab my books." Pikau rushes to his cabin and begins digging through his Pack for his notebook and writing equipment. Something feels off about the Backpack's contents, but he doesn't want to keep Pepeke waiting, so he gathers his equipment and heads topside.

"Alright, I'm ready! Now where did they walk off to?"
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| July 6, 2018, 1:33 pm
Quoting Shining TORPedo
Pikau had begun to doze off but was awoken by Pepeke.

"Hm? Oh hi! Yeah, a little bit. Sounds like an opportunity to catalog some new species, I'm in! Let me grab my books." Pikau rushes to his cabin and begins digging through his Pack for his notebook and writing equipment. Something feels off about the Backpack's contents, but he doesn't want to keep Pepeke waiting, so he gathers his equipment and heads topside.

"Alright, I'm ready! Now where did they walk off to?"

"they said they were going to the lower decks. I think it's this way!" together, the two nature enthusiasts walked down the where beowulf and Merimies were fishing. "HI! mind if we join you?" asked Pepeke. "Go right ahead." said the two older agori. Pepeke pulled out his fishing pole and plopped down. "I hope I can catch some shrimp rahi, I haven't cataloged those yet in my book of entomology."
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| July 6, 2018, 1:39 pm
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Quoting Tarakona, Drago-toa
"they said they were going to the lower decks. I think it's this way!" together, the two nature enthusiasts walked down the where beowulf and Merimies were fishing. "HI! mind if we join you?" asked Pepeke. "Go right ahead." said the two older agori. Pepeke pulled out his fishing pole and plopped down. "I hope I can catch some shrimp rahi, I haven't cataloged those yet in my book of entomology."

"And no wonder you haven't!" Pikau inhales, then begins a long discourse on the many fields of zoological study.

"...And in closing, Carcinology is a closely tied, but completely different branch of zoology from Entomology." Pikau looks up in satisfaction only to see three disgruntled pairs of eyes staring at him. "Oh, right you're supposed to be quiet while fishing." He whispers. "Sorry."
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| July 6, 2018, 1:48 pm
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Quoting Tarakona, Drago-toa
"they said they were going to the lower decks. I think it's this way!" together, the two nature enthusiasts walked down the where beowulf and Merimies were fishing. "HI! mind if we join you?" asked Pepeke. "Go right ahead." said the two older agori. Pepeke pulled out his fishing pole and plopped down. "I hope I can catch some shrimp rahi, I haven't cataloged those yet in my book of entomology."

Merimies watched the two young Agori plonk themselves by the deck and excitedly ready their fishing rods. Turning back to his own rod, he watched the tranquil shimmering of the sea.

Despite saying that he did not mind, Merimies could not help but feel a little disappointed that they had come; he found Beowulf to be a fascinating companion, and was looking forward to speaking to him in isolation, to glimpse the warrior at his most candid and sincere. But the mighty Beowulf, jovial as ever, welcomed them warmly- and Merimies was obliged not to object his Masters- so Merimies accepted the situation.

He returned his gaze to Pepeke and Pikau, who passionately compared notes and chatted gaily of fish, and could not help but smile beneath his hood; he loved to enjoy vicariously what he could not in person. He then looked to Beowulf, who stared blankly into the sea, his mind clouded with heavy thought. How dearly he would have liked to have spoken with him candidly.

Some other time, perhaps.
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| July 6, 2018, 2:10 pm
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Quoting Wertman 8


"you okay?"

A voice startled Merimies from thoughts, a voice that belonged Joven.

"you realise that you're losing line right?"

To his surprise the line from his rod had almost been removed entirely and was running fast.

(yes I realise that the rods that they would have aren't probably advanced enough to have spools, but just run with me here)

Merimes being the sailor he was quickly turned to action and began to reel in the fish that was so foolish to steal his bait, But the fish having caught him off guard caused him to act too swiftly, pulling the bait out of the mouth of said fish loosing it from it's hooked restraint.


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| July 6, 2018, 2:25 pm
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Quoting Solias Toa of Earth
Quoting Wertman 8


"you okay?"

A voice startled Merimies from thoughts, a voice that belonged Joven.

"you realise that you're losing line right?"

To his surprise the line from his rod had almost been removed entirely and was running fast.

(yes I realise that the rods that they would have aren't probably advanced enough to have spools, but just run with me here)

Merimes being the sailor he was quickly turned to action and began to reel in the fish that was so foolish to steal his bait, But the fish having caught him off guard caused him to act too swiftly, pulling the bait out of the mouth of said fish loosing it from it's hooked restraint.


Merimies muttered something from beneath his hood- no one heard exactly what was said, but it could be safely assumed to be something rude. He sighed and put down the rod.

"I apologise Masters," he addressed the three remaining fishers as he rose, "I do not think I shall be of much use here."

With that, he turned his attention to Joven.
"Well met, Master Joven- have you come to fish, or are you seeking company?"
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| July 6, 2018, 2:31 pm
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Quoting Wertman 8


"The latter. My Boredom matches that of a rock and fishing is something I do when I'm hungry, not when I want to have fun"
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| July 6, 2018, 2:35 pm
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Quoting Solias Toa of Earth

"The latter. My Boredom matches that of a rock and fishing is something I do when I'm hungry, not when I want to have fun"

Merimies chuckled, "I understand Master- shall we move to the upper decks? to leave these gentlemen in peace?"
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| July 6, 2018, 2:37 pm
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Quoting Wertman 8


"I see no reason why not my friend"

As they made there way up to the upper decks, Joven continued to keep up the conversation.

"Why is it that you call everyone master? It seems that you are in a way leading this party. so why must you place yourself beneath us?"

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| July 6, 2018, 2:41 pm
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Quoting Solias Toa of Earth
Quoting Wertman 8


"I see no reason why not my friend"

As they made there way up to the upper decks, Joven continued to keep up the conversation. "Why is it that you call everyone master? It seems that you are in a way leading this party. so why must you place yourself beneath us?"

The old Agori was silent for a moment; he compiled the answer meticulously in his head and when he finally responded, he did so very carefully.

"I am a servant of Lord Kahkan," he began, "and he is my master; it is a rule that whenever there is a guest of Kahkan, they are in turn my master also. So long as you are on this expedition, Master Joven, then you are a guest of Lord Kahkan, and a master of mine. Do not take it so gravely, good Sir- it is merely an old Kahkanese tradition, one that I am glad to uphold."

"And I must correct you also," he added, "I am not so much a leader as I am a guide- but my expertise is currently dwindling in this region- I know pitiably little of the Mainland. So I would not be surprised if Master Beowulf took the mantle of leader soon enough- for his knowledge exceeds mine of the Mainland."
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| July 6, 2018, 2:58 pm
As merimies left with joven, Pepeke turned to Pikau. "Something tells me Merimies wanted to speak with Beowulf alone. Oh, well. He'll have other chances... it's not like we're being attacked by imps again." Suddenly, Pepeke's line goes taut. Pulling hard, pepeke reels in his catch. "Wha-?" The catch was not a fish, but a gold mask! "What in the name of mata nui is this? It looks like something i've seen in stories of the mainland... it was called hau, the mask of fire! but it's supposed to be red..."

ooc: i actually ordered this, so i probably will do a v3 of some sort with this. just as an additional mask for combat or something...
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| July 6, 2018, 4:08 pm
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Quoting Tarakona, Drago-toa
As merimies left with joven, Pepeke turned to Pikau. "Something tells me Merimies wanted to speak with Beowulf alone. Oh, well. He'll have other chances... it's not like we're being attacked by imps again." Suddenly, Pepeke's line goes taut. Pulling hard, pepeke reels in his catch. "Wha-?" The catch was not a fish, but a gold mask! "What in the name of mata nui is this? It looks like something i've seen in stories of the mainland... it was called hau, the mask of fire! but it's supposed to be red..."

ooc: i actually ordered this, so i probably will do a v3 of some sort with this. just as an additional mask for combat or something...


From the side, Beowulf laughed at Pepeke's enthusiasm. “Don’t get your hopes up too quickly, lest you’re ready to fall.”

Confused, he and Pikau’s turn towards the warrior, as he continues. “Yes, I too remember the fable of Phyrmeus, nobleman warrior of the mainland. A gentleman to even his foes, who fought with honor up until he was burned at the stake for heresy. Those who followed him carved his mask in effigy, from wood, stone, even gold as you’ve found. But don’t celebrate just yet: any replica is unlikely to have the power of the original, especially if the owner was so careless as to lose it to the sea.”

Ill contented with his fishing failures, Beowulf turns away from the ocean for the stairs to the top deck. “There might be a more verbally florid recounting of Phyrmeus's tales in one of the books we looted, but I wouldn’t vouch for it. Dragoon's Landing was a military base, not a nursery.”
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| July 6, 2018, 6:21 pm
*a few minutes earlier*

Pontel, after hours of training decides to head up deck, hoping to get fresh air. He brought a small one handed axe with him, just in case. He rested against the railing. Down below he saw people fishing, and them saw something golden get pulled up. His curiosity now piqued, he listened, only to find out its useless.
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| July 6, 2018, 6:33 pm
Quoting Dark Aeon

From the side, Beowulf laughed at Pepeke's enthusiasm. “Don’t get your hopes up too quickly, lest you’re ready to fall.”

Confused, he and Pikau’s turn towards the warrior, as he continues. “Yes, I too remember the fable of Phyrmeus, nobleman warrior of the mainland. A gentleman to even his foes, who fought with honor up until he was burned at the stake for heresy. Those who followed him carved his mask in effigy, from wood, stone, even gold as you’ve found. But don’t celebrate just yet: any replica is unlikely to have the power of the original, especially if the owner was so careless as to lose it to the sea.”

Ill contented with his fishing failures, Beowulf turns away from the ocean for the stairs to the top deck. “There might be a more verbally florid recounting of Phyrmeus's tales in one of the books we looted, but I wouldn’t vouch for it. Dragoon's Landing was a military base, not a nursery.”

ooc: I planned on it being the real golden hau, just so you know...

Pepeke turned back to Pikau. "In any case, i'm keeping it! it looks cool, and if it's useless i'll just feed the gold to my skelebeetle. He loves precious metals!" A creak above them turned their heads towards pontel gunn. "Oh, pontel! Mr. merimies told me you were studying magic, and i was looking for you, maybe you can give me some pointers?" Pepeke turned back to Pikau. "even if he says yes, i want to find some shrimp. (and hang out with you... ) so i think I'll continue fishing with you!"
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| July 6, 2018, 8:09 pm
Quoting Tarakona, Drago-toa
ooc: I planned on it being the real golden hau, just so you know...

Pepeke turned back to Pikau. "In any case, i'm keeping it! it looks cool, and if it's useless i'll just feed the gold to my skelebeetle. He loves precious metals!" A creak above them turned their heads towards pontel gunn. "Oh, pontel! Mr. merimies told me you were studying magic, and i was looking for you, maybe you can give me some pointers?" Pepeke turned back to Pikau. "even if he says yes, i want to find some shrimp. (and hang out with you... ) so i think I'll continue fishing with you!"

Looking down at Pepeke Pontel then replied, "I was. And no."
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| July 6, 2018, 8:12 pm
Quoting Pontel Gunn
Looking down at Pepeke Pontel then replied, "I was. And no."

Pepeke looked back up at pontel, unabashed. "well then, see you later! oh, and i might need your help later, this mask is good for attaching a microscope lens!" Pepeke turned back to his fishing pole and proceeded to document any sea-bugs he and pikau caught. "I do wonder what the mask does... this evening do you wanna try it out with me?"
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| July 7, 2018, 12:37 pm
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Kae was bored. She stood on the deck, glancing around at everyone nearby. Perhaps she could do some thieving tonight... But for now, she wanted a fight. She shouted to everyone on deck, “Would any of you poor souls dare spar with me?”
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| July 7, 2018, 1:19 pm
Quoting Daniel H.
Kae was bored. She stood on the deck, glancing around at everyone nearby. Perhaps she could do some thieving tonight... But for now, she wanted a fight. She shouted to everyone on deck, “Would any of you poor souls dare spar with me?”

Pepeke heard the shouting and turned to Pikau. "what's going on up there?" the friends ran up to the top deck to see and small figure clad in blue and black challenging anybody to fight. "oh. well in that case, I'm gonna go try out this mask..." Pepeke went down into the keep. He found a nice spot and placed the mask on his head. suddenly, he felt stronger, more confident... in his magic powers. he did the spell to lift a box, something he wasn't great at, and he was able to lift it off the ground an inch! eyes wide, pepeke an back up to pikau. "Pikau! pikau! pikau! the mask helps my magic!" Pepeke ran off to tell old merimies, having a liking to the grandfatherly figure.
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| July 7, 2018, 1:26 pm
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Tuhinga had been resting for most of the journey so far, healing, an studying his books. He had read and re-read a few combat books, learning as much as he could. He had also been studying the old Elysian language. But today he decided he needed to get above deck, see the sea, get some air. He also wanted to see Rongo, have him check on his wounds. He got up from his bed with little pain. He knew he was doing better, but he doubted he was fully healed. He made his way to the deck and asked some of the crew where Rongo was. One helpful crewman pointed out where he was, and Tuhinga walked over to him. “Hello Rongo,” Tuhinga said, “Would you mind giving me a check-up? I’m feeling much better, but I still have some pain.”
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| July 7, 2018, 1:29 pm
Quoting Daniel H.
Tuhinga had been resting for most of the journey so far, healing, an studying his books. He had read and re-read a few combat books, learning as much as he could. He had also been studying the old Elysian language. But today he decided he needed to get above deck, see the sea, get some air. He also wanted to see Rongo, have him check on his wounds. He got up from his bed with little pain. He knew he was doing better, but he doubted he was fully healed. He made his way to the deck and asked some of the crew where Rongo was. One helpful crewman pointed out where he was, and Tuhinga walked over to him. “Hello Rongo,” Tuhinga said, “Would you mind giving me a check-up? I’m feeling much better, but I still have some pain.”

Pepeke was running to tell Merimies about the mask when he tripped over Tuhinga. "OOOOOoof..." Pepeke got back up and turned towards the agori he tripped over. "sorry! are you all right? I can go really fast when i get excited... and then i usually trip over someone."
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| July 7, 2018, 2:04 pm
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Quoting Tarakona, Drago-toa
Pepeke was running to tell Merimies about the mask when he tripped over Tuhinga. "OOOOOoof..." Pepeke got back up and turned towards the agori he tripped over. "sorry! are you all right? I can go really fast when i get excited... and then i usually trip over someone."

“I’m fine, don’t worry.” Tuhinga replied with a chuckle. He turned back to Rongo, awaiting his answer.
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| July 7, 2018, 2:31 pm
Quoting Daniel H.
“I’m fine, don’t worry.” Tuhinga replied with a chuckle. He turned back to Rongo, awaiting his answer.

Pepeke ran off to Merimies. "Hey Merimies! the mask i found, it enhances my magical abilities, watch!" pepeke put the mask on and lifted a banana a foot into the air. "I couldn't do that before i had the mask!"
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| July 7, 2018, 2:34 pm
Quoting Tarakona, Drago-toa
Pepeke ran off to Merimies. "Hey Merimies! the mask i found, it enhances my magical abilities, watch!" pepeke put the mask on and lifted a banana a foot into the air. "I couldn't do that before i had the mask!"

"Very nice. Now you can float a banana into a tars face to kill it." Said Pontel rudely and sarcastically as he walked up. Then turing his attention towards Merimies he said, "Do you know if we have any better cooks than these crewmen? Their food tastes horrendous."
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| July 7, 2018, 2:41 pm
Quoting Pontel Gunn
"Very nice. Now you can float a banana into a tars face to kill it." Said Pontel rudely and sarcastically as he walked up. Then turing his attention towards Merimies he said, "Do you know if we have any better cooks than these crewmen? Their food tastes horrendous."

Pepeke looked at Pontel. "um, are you always this rude? because I WAS going to ask for yoour help with something that i THINK you might enjoy... but I guess not. also, if the tar infected whatever choked on a banana, then that would be useful, wouldn't it?" Pepeke walked away, somewhat less positive than 2 minutes ago. (he gets his feelings hurt easily if someone outright insults him or is generally negative towards him.)
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| July 7, 2018, 3:55 pm
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Quoting Pontel Gunn
"Very nice. Now you can float a banana into a tars face to kill it." Said Pontel rudely and sarcastically as he walked up. Then turing his attention towards Merimies he said, "Do you know if we have any better cooks than these crewmen? Their food tastes horrendous."

Merimies, untimely torn from his conversation with Joven, stared blankly as Pepeke waved the golden relic in his face excitedly; his interest was vaguely peaked however once the tan armoured Agori began lifting objects with his mind alone; the gnarled old trinket seemed to have more going for it than perhaps was originally supposed.

The mariner's son could not comment, however, before Pontel's brusque interjection. He watched the indignant Pepeke storm off, and listened to the Helgran Warrior's inquiry about the food.

"Well, Master Pontel," he smiled, "you are more than welcome to assist in the kitchen, if you believe you could do a better job."

Pontel was about to leave, but Merimies added an aside- he felt he had to say something:
"Pray Master, be not so harsh on the boy- he may be brash and foolish, but not unreasonably so for one of his age. Believe me sir, I know what it is like to bear a grudge, so I understand why you speak so curtly with him. But I also know what it is like to bear the weight of it in turn- it is painful, and terribly cruel; spare him this burden, Master."
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| July 7, 2018, 5:56 pm
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Quoting Daniel H.
“Hello Rongo,” Tuhinga said, “Would you mind giving me a check-up? I’m feeling much better, but I still have some pain.”

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“I’m fine, don’t worry.” Tuhinga replied with a chuckle. He turned back to Rongo, awaiting his answer.

"Of course lad! I was just about to hunt you down for just that purpose!" Sending Albert off to fetch some equipment, he guides Tuhinga to a nearby barrel and quickly checks him over. As Albert returned, the good doctor properly examines the injured Agori, swapping between various medical instruments with the speed and precision indicative of his years of mastery.

"Healing up nicely, m'boy!" Rongo announces, putting his equipment down. "A few more easy days and you'll be good as new! Just don't get into any fights and you should 'ave nothing to worry about!"

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| July 7, 2018, 6:59 pm
Pepeke sits on a barrel. he thinks to himself, "I just don't know why Mr. Pontel doesn't like me! I haven't done anything to him." Pepeke stays melancholy and sad like this for a while. Eventually, he gets tired of being mopey and desides to practice his spells. he walks over to rongo. "Excuse me, Mr. Rongo. I was wondering if I could help heal some of the agori here! I found a mask that helps my magic, so i think my healing spells can do a great lot more good now!"
The prospect of helping cheers the young agori up greatly.
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| July 7, 2018, 7:21 pm
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Quoting Shining TORPedo
"Of course lad! I was just about to hunt you down for just that purpose!" Sending Albert off to fetch some equipment, he guides Tuhinga to a nearby barrel and quickly checks him over. As Albert returned, the good doctor properly examines the injured Agori, swapping between various medical instruments with the speed and precision indicative of his years of mastery.

"Healing up nicely, m'boy!" Rongo announces, putting his equipment down. "A few more easy days and you'll be good as new! Just don't get into any fights and you should 'ave nothing to worry about!"

“Thank you Rongo,” Tuhinga said, “For all your help. I wouldn’t be healing this well if it weren’t for you.” With that Tuhinga walked over to the railing of the ship, and gazed out over the gleaming ocean. How could something as evil and vile as the Tar exist amidst all this beauty?
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| July 7, 2018, 8:19 pm
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Quoting Daniel H.
Kae was bored. She stood on the deck, glancing around at everyone nearby. Perhaps she could do some thieving tonight... But for now, she wanted a fight. She shouted to everyone on deck, “Would any of you poor souls dare spar with me?”

Kae stood there, annoyed that no one had accepted her challenge. “Are you all too cowardly to duel with me?” She said, her voice raised, “You fought the Tar, did you not?”
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| July 7, 2018, 8:22 pm
Quoting Daniel H.
Kae stood there, annoyed that no one had accepted her challenge. “Are you all too cowardly to duel with me?” She said, her voice raised, “You fought the Tar, did you not?”

Keipet slid down from the sails on a rope. He grabbed it with his foot as he pulled out his weapon and hung upside down, his head level with Kae's, "I'm not scared."
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| July 7, 2018, 8:27 pm
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Quoting Lucas R.


"Now this is something I'd like to see!"
As he leaned against one of the nearby masts Joven continued
"But I'd rather you both live so... try not to kill 'em Kae, no offence Keipet but she is a a fighter, and a skilled one at that.
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| July 7, 2018, 9:50 pm
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Quoting Solias Toa of Earth

"Now this is something I'd like to see!"
As he leaned against one of the nearby masts Joven continued
"But I'd rather you both live so... try not to kill 'em Kae, no offence Keipet but she is a a fighter, and a skilled one at that.

“Really..?” Kae said to Keipet with a smirk, “You want to duel? Okay kid. I’ll duel you. Can’t promise you won’t get any scratches though.” She turned to Joven and said, “Just for you, handsome, I’ll go easy on him.”. Kae jumped back, and whipped out her dual katanas as she did so. She readied herself for battle, as easy it may be. Keipet jumped down and sprinted to her, his weapon at the ready. He slashed down at Kae, but she easily parried the attack. “Gotta try harder, kid.” she said as she jumped back. Kae readied herself for Keipet’s next attack...

Meanwhile, Tuhinga heard the clash of blades, jolting him from his ruminations. He turned toward where Keipet and Kae were fighting. He saw Joven spectating, and walked over to join him. “You’ve got this Keipet!” He shouted to his friend.
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| July 7, 2018, 10:55 pm
Quoting Daniel H.
“Really..?” Kae said to Keipet with a smirk, “You want to duel? Okay kid. I’ll duel you. Can’t promise you won’t get any scratches though.” She turned to Joven and said, “Just for you, handsome, I’ll go easy on him.”. Kae jumped back, and whipped out her dual katanas as she did so. She readied herself for battle, as easy it may be. Keipet jumped down and sprinted to her, his weapon at the ready. He slashed down at Kae, but she easily parried the attack. “Gotta try harder, kid.” she said as she jumped back. Kae readied herself for Keipet’s next attack...

Meanwhile, Tuhinga heard the clash of blades, jolting him from his ruminations. He turned toward where Keipet and Kae were fighting. He saw Joven spectating, and walked over to join him. “You’ve got this Keipet!” He shouted to his friend.

Keipet glance up into the rigging and smiled. He dashed towards Kae, jumping and grabbing hold to his rope again. He dodged a swipe as he swung past her. Kae readied herself as Keipet swung back towards her, swinging her blade to intercept his. Seconds before they hit though, Keipet jerked higher, over her blade. The momentum of her attack caused her to stagger forward, and when Keipet swung back he delivered a swift kick to her back. Kae glanced up towards the ships rigging, spotting a burly crewman heaving on the end of Keipet's rope. Keipet laughed as Kae glared at him, "No fair."
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| July 7, 2018, 11:59 pm
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Quoting Lucas R.
Keipet glance up into the rigging and smiled. He dashed towards Kae, jumping and grabbing hold to his rope again. He dodged a swipe as he swung past her. Kae readied herself as Keipet swung back towards her, swinging her blade to intercept his. Seconds before they hit though, Keipet jerked higher, over her blade. The momentum of her attack caused her to stagger forward, and when Keipet swung back he delivered a swift kick to her back. Kae glanced up towards the ships rigging, spotting a burly crewman heaving on the end of Keipet's rope. Keipet laughed as Kae glared at him, "No fair."

Kae slashed the rope that Keipet held, sending him crashing to the deck. “Playtime is over, kid.” Kae snarled. She let Keipet get to his feet, and readied her blades as he charged at her once again. This time, she parried his attack and sent his weapon flying from his hands. She slashed at him, cutting him in several places. Kae finished it with a swift kick to Keipet’s chest, knocking him over. She pounced onto his chest, her two blades at his neck. “Yield?” She said with a smirk.
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| July 8, 2018, 12:39 am
Pontel, seeing Keipet and Kae,decided to go watch the meyhem. Seeing Keipet get knocked down and two swords put to his throat, he called out "Don't behead him just yet, I might wanna have a duel with him first.."
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| July 8, 2018, 12:44 am
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Quoting Daniel H.
Kae slashed the rope that Keipet held, sending him crashing to the deck. “Playtime is over, kid.” Kae snarled. She let Keipet get to his feet, and readied her blades as he charged at her once again. This time, she parried his attack and sent his weapon flying from his hands. She slashed at him, cutting him in several places. Kae finished it with a swift kick to Keipet’s chest, knocking him over. She pounced onto his chest, her two blades at his neck. “Yield?” She said with a smirk.

"I think you have proved your point already, Madam Kae," Merimies said sternly, with an authority to his voice that was not there before, "Now let him go...!"
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| July 8, 2018, 11:39 am
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Quoting Wertman 8
"I think you have proved your point already, Madam Kae," Merimies said sternly, with an authority to his voice that was not there before, "Now let him go...!"

“Sure thing,” Kae said as she stepped back from Keipet. “Thanks for the fight, kid.” She sheathed her katanas, brushed herself off, and walked over to Joven. “Got a name, handsome?” She questioned as she leaned against the mast of the ship.
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| July 8, 2018, 11:52 am
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Tuhinga rushed over to Keipet, and got down on his knees next to him. “Are you alright?” He questioned.
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| July 8, 2018, 11:54 am
Quoting Daniel H.
Tuhinga rushed over to Keipet, and got down on his knees next to him. “Are you alright?” He questioned.

pepeke, after talking with rongo, ran over to see the commotion. "IS he alright? does he need help?" Pepeke examined Keipet, running his wand over his body. "hmm... I' not sure, i think I want to have rongo check. I'm not quite ready to become a healer... I still nead to work on my healing spell and i don't want to hurt Keipet in the process. Mr. Rongo! Come here!" Pepeke turned to Tuhinga. "That kae lady seems kinda dark for an agori. She and Mr. Gunn would do well together." He said this with a scowl in Pontel's direction.
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| July 8, 2018, 12:34 pm
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Quoting Meepinater C.
pepeke, after talking with rongo, ran over to see the commotion. "IS he alright? does he need help?" Pepeke examined Keipet, running his wand over his body. "hmm... I' not sure, i think I want to have rongo check. I'm not quite ready to become a healer... I still nead to work on my healing spell and i don't want to hurt Keipet in the process. Mr. Rongo! Come here!" Pepeke turned to Tuhinga. "That kae lady seems kinda dark for an agori. She and Mr. Gunn would do well together." He said this with a scowl in Pontel's direction.

Rongo hurries over to the prone Agori and kneels beside him. "Just surface cuts to the armor, no real damage to the underlying skin and muscles. A bruise or two, but nothin' he can't recover from in no time."

As he and the others help the beaten Agori off the deck, Rongo shot a dark glare in Kae's direction. "We've tolerated your rudeness so far, but this is really pushing it. Best watch your step, or soon you'll 'ave more enemies than you did when you snuck on our ship."

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Pikau, oblivious to the events above, finishes cataloging his day's catch and goes to store his notepad back in his Pack. Remembering the strange shift in weight, he decides to sit down and take stock of his equipment. And so he sets his mind to the unassuming task in front of him...
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| July 8, 2018, 1:09 pm
Quoting Daniel H.
Tuhinga rushed over to Keipet, and got down on his knees next to him. “Are you alright?” He questioned.

"Yeah," He said, sounding a little disappointed, "It didn't get past my plating."
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| July 8, 2018, 1:09 pm
Quoting Shining TORPedo
Rongo hurries over to the prone Agori and kneels beside him. "Just surface cuts, no damage to the underlying muscles. Bring him to my cabin, we'll get him bandaged up in no time."

As he and the others carried the injured Agori off the deck, Rongo shot a dark glare in Kae's direction. "We've tolerated your rudeness so far, but this is really pushing it. Best watch your step, or soon you'll 'ave more enemies than you did when you snuck on our ship."

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Pikau, oblivious to the events above, finishes cataloging his day's catch and goes to store his notepad back in his Pack. Remembering the strange shift in weight, he decides to sit down and take stock of his equipment. And so he sets his mind to the unassuming task in front of him...

Pepeke storms down towards Pikau. "That Kae lady is horrible! I'm trying to become a healer, and all anybody wants to do is fight and get hurt! And I can't help, I have to train first! oh, that reminds me," he said, calming down a little, "I should probably ask Rongo if he can teach me to be a healer... I'll get around to it. What are you up to? need any help?"
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| July 8, 2018, 1:12 pm
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Quoting Lucas R.
"Yeah," He said, sounding a little disappointed, "It didn't get past my plating."

“That’s good,” Tuhinga replied. “Say, how about we get something to eat?”
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| July 8, 2018, 1:14 pm
Quoting Daniel H.
“That’s good,” Tuhinga replied. “Say, how about we get something to eat?”

"NO, let's not let my mom know yet." Keipet implored adamantly.
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| July 8, 2018, 1:17 pm
Pontel decided to go check on his cart, going below deck he walked up to his cart. It was now full to the brim of swords, hammers, axes, daggers, and all other manners of weapons. Any left over metal Pontel had he used to make Caneen balls. He put his one handed axe away and pulled himself up onto the seat, and decided to take a rest. But he wouldn't sleep, not with Kae on the ship, because he knew very well its easy to steal from sleeping people. I mean, he has done it plenty of times himself
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| July 8, 2018, 1:21 pm
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Quoting Lucas R.
"NO, let's not let my mom know yet." Keipet implored adamantly.

“There’s no need to,” Tuhinga said, “I have some snacks packed away in my cabin. I’ll go fetch something.” He hurried below deck to his room, and began digging through his bags until he came across what he was looking for, some dried, seasoned, meat. He rushed as quickly as he could back up to where he had left Keipet. When he arrived he held out some food for Keipet and said, “Here you go, do you want some dried meat? It’s quite tasty.”
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| July 8, 2018, 1:24 pm
Quoting Daniel H.
“There’s no need to,” Tuhinga said, “I have some snacks packed away in my cabin. I’ll go fetch something.” He hurried below deck to his room, and began digging through his bags until he came across what he was looking for, some dried, seasoned, meat. He rushed as quickly as he could back up to where he had left Keipet. When he arrived he held out some food for Keipet and said, “Here you go, do you want some dried meat? It’s quite tasty.”

Keipet took the piece of meat offered to him, “Very good, but it would be better with some beer. Do you drink?”
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| July 8, 2018, 3:33 pm
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Quoting Lucas R.
Keipet took the piece of meat offered to him, “Very good, but it would be better with some beer. Do you drink?”

“No,” Tuhinga said, “I stay away from alcohol. It’s not exactly healthy for you. I take it you drink?”

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| July 8, 2018, 3:38 pm
Quoting Daniel H.
“No,” Tuhinga said, “I stay away from alcohol. It’s not exactly healthy for you. I take it you drink?”

"everyone says I inherited my Dads iron stomach. I can drink more than any one on this boat. In fact, I've never really gotten drunk." In a slightly lower voice, "Maybe that makes up for the fact I can't fight."
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| July 8, 2018, 3:40 pm
Rengar quietly stared over the railing of the ship. Suddenly, the object of his attention flies suddenly out of the water. Hiko lands on the deck, a small squid in his talons grasp. "Calamari anyone?"
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| July 8, 2018, 3:52 pm
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Quoting Lucas R.
"everyone says I inherited my Dads iron stomach. I can drink more than any one on this boat. In fact, I've never really gotten drunk." In a slightly lower voice, "Maybe that makes up for the fact I can't fight."

“Hey, don’t be too hard on yourself. Kae is an expert, I’m sure she’s been fighting all her life. You’ll get better with practice.” Tuhinga said to his friend. “Do you need a drink, then?”
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| July 8, 2018, 3:53 pm
Pepeke finished eating and headed to the railing to look out into the vast, blue expanse that was the ocean. He sighed. "Why can't everybody be like me? I've had just as bad beginnings as the rest of them... I just accepted that and moved on. I just don't see what's so hard about it! If you accept it, you can move on in life and grow to your full potential..." The young scientist sighed again. Sitting down, he pulled out his journal and pored over the insects he had collected knowledge on. Soon, Pepeke fell asleep, exhausted from a big and exciting day.
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| July 8, 2018, 4:35 pm
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Pikau is almost frantic. He has checked his Pack twice over, and still he can't find two items. A magnifying glass, and something much more important. His mind is racing, and he barely noticed Pepeke's going in and out of his cabin.

"I had it when I left, I had it before the Helgran battle, I never took it out after that. Where could I have put it?"

A thought enters his head. Was it Stolen? No, it couldn't have been. But his scientific mind has already eliminated other possibilities, and continues expanding that hypothesis. If it was, then when? Who? Pikau's mind races back, searching, and then he remembers. The first night on the Harbor's Pride, the scuffle, the hurry to attend to the inured kakau, the unsupervised backpack sitting in his cabin, and--

It clicks.

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"KAE!!!"

Pikau bursts onto the deck, whip and kukri drawn, a frenzied look in his eye. He points his blade at the surprised girl, and his voice rings sinister.

"GIVE. ME. MAJOR. CALVIN. McFLUFFLES. NOW."
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| July 8, 2018, 5:28 pm
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Quoting Shining TORPedo
Pikau is almost frantic. He has checked his Pack twice over, and still he can't find two items. A magnifying glass, and something much more important. His mind is racing, and he barely noticed Pepeke's going in and out of his cabin.

"I had it when I left, I had it before the Helgran battle, I never took it out after that. Where could I have put it?"

A thought enters his head. Was it Stolen? No, it couldn't have been. But his scientific mind has already eliminated other possibilities, and continues expanding that hypothesis. If it was, then when? Who? Pikau's mind races back, searching, and then he remembers. The first night on the Harbor's Pride, the scuffle, the hurry to attend to the inured kakau, the unsupervised backpack sitting in his cabin, and--

It clicks.

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"KAE!!!"

Pikau bursts onto the deck, whip and kukri drawn, a frenzied look in his eye. He points his blade at the surprised girl, and his voice rings sinister.

"GIVE. ME. MAJOR. CALVIN. McFLUFFLES. NOW."

Kae turned from Joven and burst out laughing at Pikau’s antics. “Who on Botana is Major Calvin McFluffles? I can assure you, I didn’t steal what or whoever it is. However, I’ll gladly duel with you, if you want.” She said with a smirk.
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| July 8, 2018, 5:45 pm
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Quoting Daniel H.
Kae turned from Joven and burst out laughing at Pikau’s antics. “Who on Botana is Major Calvin McFluffles? I can assure you, I didn’t steal what or whoever it is. However, I’ll gladly duel with you, if you want.” She said with a smirk.

Impossibly, Pikau's face darkened even more.
"You know exactly who he is, thief. You are the only person who would steal anything around here, and everyone knows it. Your lies don't fool anyone, and if beating your pretty face is the only way to get my wingman back, than SO BE IT!"

Pikau erupts with a flurry of enraged whip strikes and blade swings, quickly backing Kae against the main mast with the sudden ferocity of his attack. Another snap of the whip and she falls backwards, slumping against the wood. Pikau jumps forward, dropping his weapons and pinning her down. The next attacks come as from a wild animal, and the blue-clad Agori only barely blocks most of them. A swift connection of feet to the gut pushes Pikau off Kae, and she slowly stands, wiping her nose as the orange Agori bundles up like an Ashnarka cat ready to pounce...
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| July 8, 2018, 6:22 pm
Quoting Shining TORPedo
Pikau is almost frantic. He has checked his Pack twice over, and still he can't find two items. A magnifying glass, and something much more important. His mind is racing, and he barely noticed Pepeke's going in and out of his cabin.

"I had it when I left, I had it before the Helgran battle, I never took it out after that. Where could I have put it?"

A thought enters his head. Was it Stolen? No, it couldn't have been. But his scientific mind has already eliminated other possibilities, and continues expanding that hypothesis. If it was, then when? Who? Pikau's mind races back, searching, and then he remembers. The first night on the Harbor's Pride, the scuffle, the hurry to attend to the inured kakau, the unsupervised backpack sitting in his cabin, and--

It clicks.

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"KAE!!!"

Pikau bursts onto the deck, whip and kukri drawn, a frenzied look in his eye. He points his blade at the surprised girl, and his voice rings sinister.

"GIVE. ME. MAJOR. CALVIN. McFLUFFLES. NOW."

Pepeke woke up from his friend's shouting. "What in the world?" Pepeke ran over to see his livid friend screaming at Kae. drawing his chakram, Pepeke looks from his friend to the thief. "Need i ask what happened?" Pepeke inquired. His skelebeetle crawled up next to him with a curious "Snuff?"
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| July 8, 2018, 6:40 pm
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Quoting Shining TORPedo
Impossibly, Pikau's face darkened even more.
"You know exactly who he is, thief. You are the only person who would steal anything around here, and everyone knows it. Your lies don't fool anyone, and if beating your pretty face is the only way to get my wingman back, than SO BE IT!"

Pikau erupts with a flurry of enraged whip strikes and blade swings, quickly backing Kae against the main mast with the sudden ferocity of his attack. Another snap of the whip and she falls backwards, slumping against the wood. Pikau jumps forward, dropping his weapons and pinning her down. The next attacks come as from a wild animal, and the blue-clad Agori only barely blocks most of them. A swift connection of feet to the gut pushes Pikau off Kae, and she slowly stands, wiping her nose as the orange Agori bundles up like an Ashnarka cat ready to pounce...

Merimies, drawn to the sudden burst of violence once again, stepped between the furious Pikau, who displayed a bestial wrath unbecoming of his stature.

"Master, control yourself!" He pleaded, "we have enough troubles combatting the rancid Tar, never mind each other! Whatever Madam Kae has done, rise above it!"

Perhaps Rakau had been right; tension on the boat seemed to have risen in the past few days, threatening the integral structure of the party. But what was he to do, a lowly Kahkanese slave like he?
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| July 8, 2018, 7:08 pm
Rakau, seeing the commotion, ran up but stayed at a safe distance. “I told ye!! I told ye she was a rotten one! To the plank with ‘er! To the plank!” He yelled wildley at Kae
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| July 8, 2018, 7:52 pm
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Quoting Shining TORPedo
Impossibly, Pikau's face darkened even more.
"You know exactly who he is, thief. You are the only person who would steal anything around here, and everyone knows it. Your lies don't fool anyone, and if beating your pretty face is the only way to get my wingman back, than SO BE IT!"

Pikau erupts with a flurry of enraged whip strikes and blade swings, quickly backing Kae against the main mast with the sudden ferocity of his attack. Another snap of the whip and she falls backwards, slumping against the wood. Pikau jumps forward, dropping his weapons and pinning her down. The next attacks come as from a wild animal, and the blue-clad Agori only barely blocks most of them. A swift connection of feet to the gut pushes Pikau off Kae, and she slowly stands, wiping her nose as the orange Agori bundles up like an Ashnarka cat ready to pounce...

“You fool,” Kae said, “I did not steal your precious Major McFluffles. But if it’s a fight you want, I shall gladly give you one.” Kae charged at Pikau, avoiding Mermies, who quickly stepped back, her blades raised. She swung them down with ferocity, Pikau just barely parried the attack with his blade, and lashed at Kae with his whip. Kae jumped back, narrowly avoiding the attack. As she did, she sheathed one of her katanas. With her free hand, she quickly pulled out a dagger and flung it at Pikau. He dodged, but only a little late. The blade grazed his shoulder and lodged itself in the deck near the foot of an onlooker. While Pikau was thrown off guard by the dagger, Kae charged at him, delivering a solid punch to his jaw with her free hand, sending a shockwave of pain through his skull. He lashed out with his weapons, and Kae jumped back, ready for Pikau’s next move...
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| July 8, 2018, 7:56 pm
Quoting Daniel H.
“You fool,” Kae said, “I did not steal your precious Major McFluffles. But if it’s a fight you want, I shall gladly give you one.” Kae charged at Pikau, avoiding Mermies, who quickly stepped back, her blades raised. She swung them down with ferocity, Pikau just barely parried the attack with his blade, and lashed at Kae with his whip. Kae jumped back, narrowly avoiding the attack. As she did, she sheathed one of her katanas. With her free hand, she quickly pulled out a dagger and flung it at Pikau. He dodged, but only a little late. The blade grazed his shoulder and lodged itself in the deck near the foot of an onlooker. While Pikau was thrown off guard by the dagger, Kae charged at him, delivering a solid punch to his jaw with her free hand, sending a shockwave of pain through his skull. He lashed out with his weapons, and Kae jumped back, ready for Pikau’s next move...

When pepeke jumped forwards and yelled, "STOP!" He raised his hands, eyes glowing a bright purple, and Pikau and Kae rose into the air and floated several feet apart. "Until you stop arguing and fighting, you will be held in the air indefinitely." As Pepeke said this, the glow in his eyes subsided and he collapsed to the ground, exhausted from the outburst of powerful magic. Pikau and Kae dropped to the ground 10 feet away from each other, Pepeke in the middle.
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| July 8, 2018, 8:17 pm
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Quoting Meepinater C.
When pepeke jumped forwards and yelled, "STOP!" He raised his hands, eyes glowing a bright purple, and Pikau and Kae rose into the air and floated several feet apart. "Until you stop arguing and fighting, you will be held in the air indefinitely." As Pepeke said this, the glow in his eyes subsided and he collapsed to the ground, exhausted from the outburst of powerful magic. Pikau and Kae dropped to the ground 10 feet away from each other, Pepeke in the middle.

“So,” Kae questioned Pikau as she picked herself up off the deck, “you want to keep fighting?”
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| July 8, 2018, 8:22 pm
Pontel, annoyed by the commotion, grabbed a double headed spear and went up deck. "What in the BLAZES is going on?!" He yelled angrily. He twirled the spear around looking from one person to the next, as if debating who to throw the spear at.
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| July 8, 2018, 8:34 pm
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Merimies watched on, frozen by uncertainty; everyone was hanging on Pikau to give the word, to end this fight. More and more party members gathered round, drawn like unwitting moths to a light, muttering all around. This was exactly the kind of thing they needed to avoid if they were going to survive on the Mainland: violent, petty squabbles such as these. The mariner's son had intervened once, and he doubted he would have much success a second time; thus he kept silent.

As all eyes were drawn to Pikau and Kae, none noticed the feisty tremble of the waves not far off. Clouds were beginning to form far ahead, gently smothering the sunlight, while a dark shape shimmered in the water. A subtle, unnatural current began to form as a large shape began moving very slowly towards the Harbour's Pride, stealthily avoiding the attention of its crew.
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| July 8, 2018, 9:25 pm
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Quoting Pontel Gunn
Pontel, annoyed by the commotion, grabbed a double headed spear and went up deck. "What in the BLAZES is going on?!" He yelled angrily. He twirled the spear around looking from one person to the next, as if debating who to throw the spear at.

Pikau grasps at his shoulder and turns to the spear-spinning Agori. Anger is still in his eyes, but his blind fury has been tempered by pain and the shouted pleas of Merimies and Pepeke. "That thief Kae stole my stuffed animal Major Calvin McFluffles, my one last gift from my mother! It's been with me for every one of my important achievements, and is my most prized possession! And now it's missing, and she's the only one who could have taken it!" Pikau shouts, his angered gaze turning into a broken one of sadness. He sinks to his knees, tears beginning to well up in his eyes. "I just want it back."
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| July 8, 2018, 9:35 pm
Pontel's anger faded. "A teddy bear? This is about a teddy bear? You threaten to kill someone over a stuffed teddy bear? I can see attacking someone over a prized possession such as a sword or treasure, but a stuffed animal is a bit ridiculous." Pontel said. "And besides, who would steal it? It probably got misplaced."
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| July 9, 2018, 2:35 am
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Quoting Pontel Gunn
Pontel's anger faded. "A teddy bear? This is about a teddy bear? You threaten to kill someone over a stuffed teddy bear? I can see attacking someone over a prized possession such as a sword or treasure, but a stuffed animal is a bit ridiculous." Pontel said. "And besides, who would steal it? It probably got misplaced."

Pikau's rage briefly flared up, and he spun to face Ponte. "How would you like it if I stole those goggles of yours?" But his logical side had returned, and he sat back down. "It's important to me, even if it doesn't seem like it should be. And NO, I couldn't have misplaced him. I never took it out of my Pack, and the only time that hasn't been in eyeshot was here on the first night. Here-"

Pikau remembers something.

"-And in the Helgran village during the fight with all the Tar." His mind starts spinning. "If I lost it on the field, that means something-no, no animal marks or Tar residue-someone had to have taken it then. But who? Rua-Bo-Ye is the obvious choice, but no? I remember him heading off to save more villagers. Wait, I remember a rustling sound behind me right before that Tar thing knocked me out." His mind stretches back, desperately trying to remember who he had seen before that fight...
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| July 9, 2018, 6:30 am
Quoting Shining TORPedo
Pikau's rage briefly flared up, and he spun to face Ponte. "How would you like it if I stole those goggles of yours?" But his logical side had returned, and he sat back down. "It's important to me, even if it doesn't seem like it should be. And NO, I couldn't have misplaced him. I never took it out of my Pack, and the only time that hasn't been in eyeshot was here on the first night. Here-"

Pikau remembers something.

"-And in the Helgran village during the fight with all the Tar." His mind starts spinning. "If I lost it on the field, that means something-no, no animal marks or Tar residue-someone had to have taken it then. But who? Rua-Bo-Ye is the obvious choice, but no? I remember him heading off to save more villagers. Wait, I remember a rustling sound behind me right before that Tar thing knocked me out." His mind stretches back, desperately trying to remember who he had seen before that fight...

"The odds of it being one of us are probably lower than the the odds of it just getting misplaced. Couldn't it have fallen out during one of our many battles? Hearing something rustling behind your pack doesn't prove much, there were quite alot of things that could be rustling that day." Pontel said calmly to Pikau

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| July 9, 2018, 11:27 am
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Quoting Pontel Gunn
"The odds of it being one of us are probably lower than the the odds of it just getting misplaced. Couldn't it have fallen out during one of our many battles? Hearing something rustling behind your pack doesn't prove much, there were quite alot of things that could be rustling that day." Pontel said calmly to Pikau

"I'm a scientist, I know the odds." Pikau stated, standing up. "I packed him in the bottom of my bag for the express purpose of preventing that from happening. But you're right, I'm missing some more pieces to solve this puzzle." Pikau hated being wrong, but Pontel made a point. It looked like he was just going to have to suck it up and apologize. He sighs, then turns to address the rest of the crowd.

"I am sorry for my outburst and the commotion I caused. I flew off the handle and there's no justification for that." Then he looks to Kae. "For what it's worth, I'm not sure I actually think you stole him, you were just the most obvious candidate. And you defended yourself pretty well, which shouldn't surprise me." Pikau slowly collects his weapons, then begins to head down to his cabin.

"If nobody wants to send me off the plank for all that, I have some thinking to do."
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| July 9, 2018, 12:01 pm
Quoting Shining TORPedo
"I'm a scientist, I know the odds." Pikau stated, standing up. "I packed him in the bottom of my bag for the express purpose of preventing that from happening. But you're right, I'm missing some more pieces to solve this puzzle." Pikau hated being wrong, but Pontel made a point. It looked like he was just going to have to suck it up and apologize. He sighs, then turns to address the rest of the crowd.

"I am sorry for my outburst and the commotion I caused. I flew off the handle and there's no justification for that." Then he looks to Kae. "For what it's worth, I'm not sure I actually think you stole him, you were just the most obvious candidate. And you defended yourself pretty well, which shouldn't surprise me." Pikau slowly collects his weapons, then begins to head down to his cabin.

"If nobody wants to send me off the plank for all that, I have some thinking to do."

Rakau seems to think for a second before saying "Nay, we won't be needin' the plank today."

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| July 9, 2018, 12:11 pm
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Quoting Shining TORPedo
"I'm a scientist, I know the odds." Pikau stated, standing up. "I packed him in the bottom of my bag for the express purpose of preventing that from happening. But you're right, I'm missing some more pieces to solve this puzzle." Pikau hated being wrong, but Pontel made a point. It looked like he was just going to have to suck it up and apologize. He sighs, then turns to address the rest of the crowd.

"I am sorry for my outburst and the commotion I caused. I flew off the handle and there's no justification for that." Then he looks to Kae. "For what it's worth, I'm not sure I actually think you stole him, you were just the most obvious candidate. And you defended yourself pretty well, which shouldn't surprise me." Pikau slowly collects his weapons, then begins to head down to his cabin.

"If nobody wants to send me off the plank for all that, I have some thinking to do."

Kae stood there, slightly amused. “Thanks for the real fight. It was good to stretch my muscles.” She called after Pikau. She glanced around for that handsome Agori, and found him nearby. She walked up to him, making sure to get his attention. “So, handsome,” she said enticingly, “what’d you say your name was?”

OOC: She’s talking to Joven.
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| July 9, 2018, 12:36 pm
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Tuhinga had watched the madness unfold. All the chaos made him miss the peacefulness of home. And his mom... and dad... Oh how he longed to be in their arms again. But he may never see them again. He might not ever make it back. He had to fight back tears now. What was he thinking, coming on this journey? What compelled him to go? His studies were going perfectly well with Ecore. He was happy, he had a great life. And now it was changed forever. He walked over to railing of the ship, gripping it fiercely with both hands. He looked out to the sea, trying to calm himself down. A lone tear made its way down his face.
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| July 9, 2018, 12:46 pm
Pepeke woke up in his bed. Someone had moved him there. next to him was pikau. "Hey. You all right? You seemed pretty upset back there..." Pepeke sat up and his head started pounding."oog... I'm never, ever going to try to use that much magic again..." Pepeke pulled off the mask and looked at it. "I kinda got my hopes up that it would make me a great magician... and I got carried away. Again." He looked over at Pikau and sighed. "I'll just put this away for a while... I need to focus on my sciences and healing, not magic. It was only something I tried, and my teacher said i had a natural gift. I guess I got caught up..." Pepeke laid back down and closed his eyes. "Good night, my friend. Tommorow, I shall help you find..." Pepeke drifted off into silence. He had fallen asleep before he could finish his sentence.
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| July 9, 2018, 1:11 pm
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Only a few miles away, *something* is making its way through the water. To the casual observer, it would only appear to be natural eddies and currents caused by the gathering storm ahead, but if someone was to pay closer watch, they would've noticed the row of silvered spines briefly emerging from the depths, the arched, scaled back barely visible through a wave's trough, and *by the gods, was that an eye!*
The great beast, leviathan, king of the deep seas, had traveled far. Chased day and night by glory-hunters in search of its fabulous scales and deadly spines, it was both exhausted and starving, and ready to do anything to find itself both revenge and food. Fortunately for it, a ship not unlike those of the hunters had just crested the horizon, and the leviathan, not one for noticing small details such as this ship's distinct lack of any hunting equipment, prepared in giddy anticipation for its revenge.

OOC: I need somethiyng to spot this thing and maybe shoot something painful at it.
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| July 9, 2018, 1:26 pm
A few hours after Pepeke fell asleep,he felt a tremor. Waking up,he looked around. He looked at his bag, which was shaking. He pulled out a vibrating mask. He spun it around, and shook it, seeing if it would do anything. As he pointed it in the direction of the leviathan, it started vibrating even more. "Hmmm..." running upstairs, pepeke looked in the distance at a silver spine. "Um... guys? what's that out there?" Pepeke pointed at the spine.
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| July 9, 2018, 1:37 pm
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Quoting Daniel H.
Tuhinga had watched the madness unfold. All the chaos made him miss the peacefulness of home. And his mom... and dad... Oh how he longed to be in their arms again. But he may never see them again. He might not ever make it back. He had to fight back tears now. What was he thinking, coming on this journey? What compelled him to go? His studies were going perfectly well with Ecore. He was happy, he had a great life. And now it was changed forever. He walked over to railing of the ship, gripping it fiercely with both hands. He looked out to the sea, trying to calm himself down. A lone tear made its way down his face.

...Tuhinga’s sadness was suddenly interrupted. As he gazed out over the ocean, just for a second, he saw massive spines breach the surface. Thoughts of home quickly vanished, adrenaline filling their place. He watched closely, and a few seconds later he saw them again... Closer to the boat. At the same time, he heard Pepeke ask what was going on. Tuhinga whipped around, turning towards the other Agori on the deck. “Hey guys, there’s something big out there. And it seems to be headed this way!” He shouted.
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| July 9, 2018, 2:05 pm
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Everyone holds their breath in anticipation as the beast draws closer. Whether it is uninterested by them, or seeks aggression, is uncertain, but one thing is apparent: it’s speeding up.
~~~
Anger. Unyielding.

Loss. Unending.

Despair. Consuming.

The harbringer of doom surges forth through the bottomless domain, destroying everything in its path.

Water. Vanquishing.

Judgement. Limitless.

Hatred. Flaring.

Fueled by hate, driven by despair, the eidolon swims faster. It shall enact upon these hunters the same pain they brought it and its kind: complete and utter annihilation.
~~~
Pepeke looks back and forth at the other Agori. Shrugging, he says, “well, maybe it’s not bothered by us after a-”

The entire boat rocks as a mountain of water surges upwards, sweeping everything not tied down—Agori included—across the deck. A swirling coil erupts from the depths; a mighty serpent, head adorned with wings, roars at the heavens themselves. Mighty tendrils wrap themselves around the ship, and with the swipe of a foreleg, it snaps the ship's mast in half, smashing the timber like a toothpick.

Alarmed by the assault, a disoriented Beowulf stumbles from the underdecks. “What in the name of-” he starts, before freezing at the sight of the beast. At first, all that comes out of his mouth are nonsensical babbles, brain frozen by fear. Steeling himself, he wades onto the soaked deck right as the beast slams it’s paws into the boat, sending everyone sliding towards starboard.

Those whose arms are not grasping to a handhold begin to draw their weapons, staring back into the red eyes of a god.

[Begin Combat]
Leviathan the Undulating, Level 100
HP: 1000
Atk: 50

Right Paw
HP: 250
Atk: 20

Left Paw
HP: 250
Atk:20
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| July 9, 2018, 4:31 pm
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Tuhinga had been knocked to the deck by the beast's attack, and now pulled himself up. He looked on at it in awe and horror. He made to draw his weapon, but the nearby Rongo cautioned him that if he fought he ran the risk of opening his not-yet-fully-healed wounds. Reluctantly, he left his dagger in its sheath. He would have to stay out of this fight, but he would help in any other way he could.

Kae had, again, been attempting to converse with Joven when the beast attacked. The attack sent them both tumbling to the deck, with Kae ending up on top of Joven. She stayed there for a second, saying, "Another time, perhaps?" and then quickly shot to her feet.

Kae, LVL 4, HP: 9, ATK:9

"Another fight, then." Kae said as she whipped out her dual katanas. She charged at one of the beast's nearby tendrils and slashed at it ferociously, but her attack hardly scratched the scales. "I can hardly touch it!" She hissed as she jumped away from the beast.

Kae, LVL 4, HP: 9, ATK:9

Leviathan the Undulating, Level 100
HP: 991 (-9, from Kae's attack.)
Atk: 50

Right Paw
HP: 250
Atk: 20

Left Paw
HP: 250
Atk:20

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| July 9, 2018, 5:00 pm
pepeke steps back and pulls out his knife. "No magic! I need to do this without my powers." He stabs the leviathan's right paw.

Pepeke, lvl 4.
atk 7
hp 10

right paw:
hp 243 (-7)
atk 20

ooc: this thing can take most, if not all of us out with one hit... admins, you aren't gonna unleash it's full power, are you?
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| July 9, 2018, 5:16 pm
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Old Merimies (Level 4)
HP:10 ATK:7

Merimies clung tightly to a mast, staring up in abject horror at the gargantuan eyes of fire that stared down. Reclaiming his footing, he looked around to see if everyone was alright; after a completed headcount, the mariner's son decided to attack.

He locked on to one of the beast's great paws, that was firmly secured onto the front of the ship, bringing it closer to the water level. Letting go of the mast and shuffling down, he drew out his rusted blade and dug it into one of the great scaly digits. Though the old Agori drew blood, he knew that it was pretty futile. He clambered up the other side of the boat, avoiding a slight jerk from the hand that would have crushed him instantly.

The creature howled, rearing its great head into the sky.

Merimies shook his head; there was no way they could defeat this creature. But there was no escape; what else could they do?

Leviathan the Undulating (Level 100)
HP:991 Atk:50

Right Paw (Level 100)
HP:243 Atk:20

Left Paw (Level 100)
HP:243 Atk:20
(-7)
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| July 9, 2018, 5:31 pm
Quoting Wertman 8
Old Merimies (Level 4)
HP:10 ATK:7

Merimies clung tightly to a mast, staring up in abject horror at the gargantuan eyes of fire that stared down. Reclaiming his footing, he looked around to see if everyone was alright; after a completed headcount, the mariner's son decided to attack.

He locked on to one of the beast's great paws, that was firmly secured onto the front of the ship, bringing it closer to the water level. Letting go of the mast and shuffling down, he drew out his rusted blade and dug it into one of the great scaly digits. Though the old Agori drew blood, he knew that it was pretty futile. He clambered up the other side of the boat, avoiding a slight je r 6k from the hand that would have crushed him instantly.

The creature howled, rearing its great head into the sky.

Merimies shook his head; there was no way they could defeat this creature. But there was no escape; what else could they do?

Leviathan the Undulating (Level 100)
HP:991 Atk:50

Right Paw (Level 100)
HP:243 Atk:20

Left Paw (Level 100)
HP:243 Atk:20
(-7)

Pontel Gunn:
LVL: 3
HP: 6
ATK: 8

Pontel hit the railing hard, bouncing over it he barely grabbed it in time. Holding onto the ledge with one hand and and a spear in the other, he pulled himself up onto the slippery deck, but not without difficulty. Seeing the large beast with its mouth partially open gave him an idea. He ran below deck and grabbed a few if his exploding pouches. Running back up he slipped on the last step, sending him sliding towards the beasts paws and head. Merimies stabbed his dagger into its paw, the creature opened its mouth wide while letting out a horr!ble mix of a scream and a roar. Pontel threw the bags into its mouth, the bags exploded enraging the beast even more so. He scrambled to get away from its massive paws as quickly as he could. Sliding as he scrambled, useing his soear to help him from spinning out of control.

Leviathan The Undulating:
HP: 983
ATK: 50
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| July 9, 2018, 5:59 pm
Rakau still stood on the deck, the weight of his legs keeping him from sliding. He waved his sword in the air yelling triumphantly "Ahaha! Ye can' knock me down with a littl' water! I'll come an' stab yer eyes out! I'll come an'-" the floor boards gave way under Rakau, sending him down into the lower decks. in all his yelling he forgot to be making sure he didnt step on weak boards.
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| July 9, 2018, 6:02 pm
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Quoting Pontel Gunn
Pontel Gunn:
LVL: 3
HP: 6
ATK: 8

Pontel hit the railing hard, bouncing over it he barely grabbed it in time. Holding onto the ledge with one hand and and a spear in the other, he pulled himself up onto the slippery deck, but not without difficulty. Seeing the large beast with its mouth partially open gave him an idea. He ran below deck and grabbed a few if his exploding pouches. Running back up he slipped on the last step, sending him sliding towards the beasts paws and head. Merimies stabbed his dagger into its paw, the creature opened its mouth wide while letting out a horr!ble mix of a scream and a roar. Pontel threw the bags into its mouth, the bags exploded enraging the beast even more so. He scrambled to get away from its massive paws as quickly as he could. Sliding as he scrambled, useing his soear to help him from spinning out of control.

Leviathan The Undulating:
HP: 983
ATK: 50

Old Merimies (Level 4)
HP:10 ATK:7

"Well struck, Master Pontel!" Merimies cried over the noise, "perhaps if you used your invention, the firearm, we might stand a chance!"

Leviathan the Undulating (Level 100)
HP:983 Atk:50

Right Paw (Level 100)
HP:243 Atk:20

Left Paw (Level 100)
HP:243 Atk:20

(OOC: You can level up y'know, from the last fight)
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| July 9, 2018, 6:15 pm
Quoting Wertman 8
Old Merimies (Level 4)
HP:10 ATK:7

"Well struck, Master Pontel!" Merimies cried over the noise, "perhaps if you used your invention, the firearm, we might stand a chance!"

Leviathan the Undulating (Level 100)
HP:983 Atk:50

Right Paw (Level 100)
HP:243 Atk:20

Left Paw (Level 100)
HP:243 Atk:20

(OOC: You can level up y'know, from the last fight)

"The force of the shot would send me flying off the deck due to how wet it is." Pontel yelled over the noise.

(OOC: oops I forgot I had leveled up and I used the old stats. Ah well)

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| July 9, 2018, 6:23 pm
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Unseen to the turmoiled Agori, another ship crests the horizon, following the Leviathan's trail. Driven by hundreds long banks of oars and the blessings of a thousand clerics, the mighty warship *Crusader* races through the ocean with unnatural speed, the painted eyes on its curved prow making it seem like some mighty creature of the deep. On the foredeck, framed by a near constant spray of foam, a tall, blue and silver armored figure stands looking out at the titanic form of the surfaced leviathan and the small, nearly insignificant ship being threatened by it. Bokeh, captain of the Silver Fists, hero of the third holy war, enemy of the black tide, sighs in satisfaction. At long last, the hunt was over.
"Is that the one we're after, captain?"
Startled, Bokeh spun around to see the captain of the *Crusader*, lord-admiral Harnek, addressing him.
"Uh, yes, yes. That's it." Bokeh, caught by surprise and still unused to being deferred to by the Lord-Admiral, cringed internally as he heard himself respond in a most improper manner. Harnek wore a bemused expression, no doubt pleased that he had caught Bokeh off guard again. Despite his far lower rank in the Iron Citadel's military, Bokeh had been placed in command of their flagship by the Holy Oracle for unknown reasons, and even though the Lord-Admiral respected the appointment he occasionally took pleasure in catching Bokeh off guard and making him look the fool.
"The ship or the serpent?" asked Harnek, still teasing.
"Both. The ship for our mission, and the serpent for myself" Bokeh responded. Idly he fingered the long Warblade in his hand, a relic of ages past he had been gifted by his mother before he left, who in turn had come across it long ago, in the first holy war. "Take this with you", she had said. "The creatures of the deep are many and fearsome, you will need the proper protection."
"That's a bold proposition for one so young" Harnek commented. The bemused expression had vanished, replaced by one of concern. The Lord-Admiral, despite his teasing, was at heart a very fatherly figure who disliked risking his men's lives, and even treated his ship slaves like normal workers. "I don't know if even that relic you carry can help you against that monster. But we do need to take care of it somehow if we want to recover our charges alive."
"Don't worry yourself. I've handled worse with the spawn of the black tide. Have fifty of your war clerics stand by and increase speed to 70 knots, I have a plan" Bokeh assured Harnek. "After nearly three months on this blasted mission I'm not planning on disappointing the Oracle's trust, may she bless us forever."
"May she bless us forever. As you say, captain" Harnek responded, before rushing off to do as Bokeh bid.
Bokeh continued to stand on the deck, gazing at the far-off spectacle of the embattled Agori with a building anticipation. Three months. Three months on this gods forsaken ship on this blasted sea, so unlike anywhere he had ever gone before, and finally the end was in sight.
"This is for you, Temi" he whispered, as the chanting of the rowers increased its pace and mingled with the roar of the ocean.
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| July 9, 2018, 7:02 pm
Quoting Drahcir Nosnevets
Unseen to the turmoiled Agori, another ship crests the horizon, following the Leviathan's trail. Driven by hundreds long banks of oars and the blessings of a thousand clerics, the mighty warship *Crusader* races through the ocean with unnatural speed, the painted eyes on its curved prow making it seem like some mighty creature of the deep. On the foredeck, framed by a near constant spray of foam, a tall, blue and silver armored figure stands looking out at the titanic form of the surfaced leviathan and the small, nearly insignificant ship being threatened by it. Bokeh, captain of the Silver Fists, hero of the third holy war, enemy of the black tide, sighs in satisfaction. At long last, the hunt was over.
"Is that the one we're after, captain?"
Startled, Bokeh spun around to see the captain of the *Crusader*, lord-admiral Harnek, addressing him.
"Uh, yes, yes. That's it." Bokeh, caught by surprise and still unused to being deferred to by the Lord-Admiral, cringed internally as he heard himself respond in a most improper manner. Harnek wore a bemused expression, no doubt pleased that he had caught Bokeh off guard again. Despite his far lower rank in the Iron Citadel's military, Bokeh had been placed in command of their flagship by the Holy Oracle for unknown reasons, and even though the Lord-Admiral respected the appointment he occasionally took pleasure in catching Bokeh off guard and making him look the fool.
"The ship or the serpent?" asked Harnek, still teasing.
"Both. The ship for our mission, and the serpent for myself" Bokeh responded. Idly he fingered the long Warblade in his hand, a relic of ages past he had been gifted by his mother before he left, who in turn had come across it long ago, in the first holy war. "Take this with you", she had said. "The creatures of the deep are many and fearsome, you will need the proper protection."
"That's a bold proposition for one so young" Harnek commented. The bemused expression had vanished, replaced by one of concern. The Lord-Admiral, despite his teasing, was at heart a very fatherly figure who disliked risking his men's lives, and even treated his ship slaves like normal workers. "I don't know if even that relic you carry can help you against that monster. But we do need to take care of it somehow if we want to recover our charges alive."
"Don't worry yourself. I've handled worse with the spawn of the black tide. Have fifty of your war clerics stand by and increase speed to 70 knots, I have a plan" Bokeh assured Harnek. "After nearly three months on this blasted mission I'm not planning on disappointing the Oracle's trust, may she bless us forever."
"May she bless us forever. As you say, captain" Harnek responded, before rushing off to do as Bokeh bid.
Bokeh continued to stand on the deck, gazing at the far-off spectacle of the embattled Agori with a building anticipation. Three months. Three months on this gods forsaken ship on this blasted sea, so unlike anywhere he had ever gone before, and finally the end was in sight.
"This is for you, Temi" he whispered, as the chanting of the rowers increased its pace and mingled with the roar of the ocean.

Oclavis wrestled with the ship's wheel as he scanned the oceans, looking for hope. He squinted towards the horizon, "Sail HO!"
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| July 9, 2018, 7:14 pm
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Quoting Lucas R.
Oclavis wrestled with the ship's wheel as he scanned the oceans, looking for hope. He squinted towards the horizon, "Sail HO!"


Beowulf whips his head towards the captain. “That will not matter if we die here! And against a beast this strong, who is to say that they can save us?”

The mighty Leviathan moves to swat at the pest of Beowulf. Rolling out of the way, he slashes at the class, but only lightly scratches them.

Beowulf, Level 4
Hp: 5
Atk: 12

Right Paw
Hp: 231
Atk: 20
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| July 9, 2018, 7:19 pm
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Old Merimies (Level 4)
HP:10 ATK:7

Merimies ventured a second slash upon the creature's left paw. However, before he could escape, the old Agori slipped on the soaked deck, landing on his back mere inches away from the Leviathan's claw. With a great groan, the hand raised to crush Merimies, who would surely perish if he was not rescued.

Leviathan the Undulating (Level 100)
HP:983 Atk:50

Right Paw (Level 100)
HP:231 Atk:20

Left Paw (Level 100)
HP:236 Atk:20
(-7)
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| July 9, 2018, 7:23 pm
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Quoting Wertman 8
Old Merimies (Level 4)
HP:10 ATK:7

Merimies ventured a second slash upon the creature's left paw. However, before he could escape, the old Agori slipped on the soaked deck, landing on his back mere inches away from the Leviathan's claw. With a great groan, the hand raised to crush Merimies, who would surely perish if he was not rescued.

Leviathan the Undulating (Level 100)
HP:983 Atk:50

Right Paw (Level 100)
HP:231 Atk:20

Left Paw (Level 100)
HP:236 Atk:20
(-7)

Tuhinga, who had been watching the battle, wishing he could help, saw Mermies hit the deck. He rushed over as quickly as he could, shouting “I’m coming for you Mermies!”. Tuhinga quickly pulled Mermies to his feet and shoved him away, he himself only just barely escaping before the beast’s mighty paw crashed into the deck, punching a hole in it.
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| July 9, 2018, 7:26 pm
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Quoting Daniel H.
Tuhinga, who had been watching the battle, wishing he could help, saw Mermies hit the deck. He rushed over as quickly as he could, shouting “I’m coming for you Mermies!”. Tuhinga quickly pulled Mermies to his feet and shoved him away, he himself only just barely escaping before the beast’s mighty paw crashed into the deck, punching a hole in it.

"I... thank you, Master Tuhinga," Merimies breathed as he edged away from the threat with Tuhinga, "we seem to be doing precious little to this creature; there must be some other way of defeating it!"
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| July 9, 2018, 7:39 pm
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Kae, LVL 4, HP: 9, ATK:9

Kae saw an opening. The beast's paw was stuck in the deck for a split second. With lightning speed, Kae shot towards it's paw, her blades drawn. She buried them into the beast's paw, shoving them in with all her might. The beast let out a roar and yanked it's great paw out of the deck, sending Kae tumbling away. Her blades were stuck in the creature, and far from her reach. She muttered a curse under her breath.

Kae, LVL 4, HP: 9, ATK:9

Leviathan the Undulating (Level 100)
HP:983 Atk:50

Right Paw (Level 100)
HP:231 Atk:20

Left Paw (Level 100)
HP:227 Atk:20 (-9)
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| July 9, 2018, 7:45 pm
Pepeke jumped onto the right paw and repeatedly shanked it, over and over and over until he was flung off. He landed on a coil of rope, which broke his fall.
Pepeke:
hp 10
atk 7

Right paw:
hp 224
atk 20
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| July 9, 2018, 9:10 pm
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Bokeh and the fifty war clerics he had requested braced themselves on the deck of the Crusader as the titanic warship ate up the distance between itself and its targets. 10 miles, 5 miles, half a mile, a quarter mile, impact!
With a roar and a crash and the sickening sounds of crunching bone and splintering wood the Crusader collided with the leviathan's equally massive body, ripping it and a large portion of the deck from the Harbour's Pride, and knocking a gigantic hole in the agori ship's side as well. To the onlooking Agori, it seemed as though a wave of unprecedented size and power had erupted out of nowhere, smashing into the leviathan with the force of a thunderbolt. Even more shocking would have been what came after.
On the deck of the Crusader, Bokeh and his clerics had recovered from the shock quicker than the rest of the crew. Directly ahead, covered in splinters and scratches from the warship's prow, the terrifying form of the Leviathan reared up in unbridled fury against these new attackers, completely forgetting it's quickly sinking original prey in favor of this shinier and more insolent target. With rage and hunger in its eyes, the leviathan lunged.
Bokeh was there to meet it.
Imbued with the blessings of fifty of the fleets strongest magicians, and reaching out to the ancient power contained within his warblade, Bokeh lept, higher and farther than he ever had before, towards the monstrous serpent. Through the fog of sea spray and fragments of both ships, a tiny light, almost microscopic in comparison to the leviathan, rose high above the calamity below and collided with the serpentine head of the monster.
"EEELLYYSSIIAAAAA!!!!"
His warblade and shield set firmly ahead of him, Bokeh screamed the warcry of his ancestors to the leviathan. As the monstrosity swung down towards him, Bokeh drove the blade through the thick scales across its brow, cutting deep through flesh, muscle, and even bone. The thunderous bellow of pain from the leviathan rocked the seas for miles in all directions and blew away both ships with the same force the Crusader had hit it with.
But it had already lost.
Ever so slowly, the leviathan stopped moving. Its eyes glazed, its jaws fell limp, its thrashing body stopped moving, and the monster, the leviathan, the greatest creature to ever swim the ocean for hundreds of miles around, died.
As the serpent began to topple towards the welcoming darkness of the deep sea, Bokeh calmly and carefully removed his blade from the thing's skull. He took no pride in the deed he had just done, in fact he felt almost sorry for the poor beast, one of the last of its kind, it was simply a matter of duty. Oh sure he would be celebrated as a great hunter at home, and would certainly earn the ire of many of the actual hunters, but for now he would leave it to the crew of the Crusader to deal with the corpse as they saw fit. Once he was on the level of the ship, Bokeh lept from the head of the leviathan and onto the deck. Or rather, he tried too. Weak from the sudden vanishing of the clerics' blessings (they had probably fainted from the effort), Bokeh instead rather ungracefully stumbled, slipped, and toppled off of the great head into the ocean. Fortunately, Harnek was on guard for just such a possibility and, after taking a moment to let out a long, loud laugh he was sure Bokeh would hear, quickly dropped the captain a rope.
Though, wet and soaking, Bokeh lost no time in surveying the damage. Already ship carpenters and slaves were hard at work repairing the hull from the impact with the leviathan, and he noted with approval that the Lord-Admiral had already taken the liberty of recovering their charges from the wreckage of the other ship, which, sadly could not be saved.
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| July 10, 2018, 1:29 am
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Soaked head to toe and half drowned in some cases, the Agori were hurredly bundled onto the massive ship that had appeared out of nowhere. Their saviors appeared for the most part to be Agori like themselves, but even the shortest of them was at least a head taller than anyone in the party except for maybe Beowulf.
Upon seeing the Agori several of them had reacted with what looked like shock or scandal, though they quickly calmed themselves when a bejewled and fancily dressed one shouted at them. Still, the Agori couldn't help but notice the judgemental eyes and dark murmers directed at then by some of the strange crew, and they were forced rather roughly to stand at attention on the foredeck, facing a tall, blue and silver armored warrior with dark red ichor coating his blade and the same finely dressed individual from earlier.
The warrior, upon seeing them, made some sort of gagging sound and glanced at his partner, who shrugged and said something to him in a strange but oddly familiar language. Obviously struggling to regain his composure, the warrior spoke:
"Um, well, um, I am... Um..." this was obviously difficult for him. His partner, barely hiding his growing mirth at the warrior's plight, gestured for his companion to stay quite for a moment and began to speak in his stead with a deep, rich baritone.
"I am Lord-Admiral Harnek, commander of the mighty warship Crusader, at least when it's not under the command of my silver-tongued friend Bokeh here, hoho!" At this Bokeh shifted uncomfortably and glared daggers at Harnek. "You have Bokeh to thank for both saving you and destroying your ship" continued the Lord-Admiral, "but we all need to make sacrifices at some point. In any case, the majority of your equipment was safely recovered and should be returned to you shortly. In the meantime, I suggest you try and make yourselves comfortable, we have a few days ahead of us as Bokeh here also had the foresight to waste most of our energy on that charge of his." At this point Bokeh was nearly drilling holes into Harnek's head. "Oh, and I suggest" continued Harnek, unperturbed by his friend's fury, "that you stay away from both the rest of the crew and the lower decks." His tone of voice while saying this made it very clear that this was not a suggestion. "We don't want there to be any... accidents."
With this, the Lord-Admiral turned and walked away, taking most of the crew with him to work on repairs, and leaving Bokeh alone with the crowd of curious, frightened, and in some cases downright furious Agori.
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| July 10, 2018, 2:22 am
Pontel looked quite shaken, still only holding his spear, all his other equipment was still in his cart. once he regained his voice he said "if you see a cart with a Caneen and Trelek next to it, take extra care pulling it out, its packed with stuff that has a tendency to explode quite violently."he wasn't sure if they knew what a caneen or a Trelek were but he hoped they did.

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Rakau hoped out of his legs, shaking the water out of them, he then mounted his legs again. He walked around up deck but with extreme caution, if he remembered correctly he had attack on of this groups ships before back when he was on The Mast. Then he saw it, in all its glorious beauty, glistening in the sun. He had found...



...the plank. "Whata beauty this 'ere is." He said to himself while gazing upon its splendor.
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| July 10, 2018, 2:31 am
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A mix of emotions coursed through Tuhinga’s body. Fear, awe, gratefulness, and even a little anger. They destroyed Harbor’s Pride... but they also saved their lives. These new people... There was so much knowledge that could be gained from them. But his mind was so overloaded with emotions and thoughts he simply curled up in a ball on the deck of the ship...

Meanwhile, Kae couldn’t be happier. She was alive. And who knew what kind of goodies these Agori might have... Still, she would have to be careful around them.
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| July 10, 2018, 2:37 am
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Merimies was still trying to process everything that had happened; from the appearance of the Leviathan to the destruction of their ship and the timely rescue of this bizarre, foreign vessel. As he examined the one known as Bokeh, he remarked to himself how bizarrely uncanny these crewmen were; they resembled Agori, but were distinctly different, as if they were a step up or down on the evolutionary chain. The tongue that they spoke shared similar traits.

He approached Bokeh somewhat cautiously; he was a staggeringly powerful warrior, one clearly not to be trifled with, if his victory over the Leviathan was anything to go by. Merimies knew that he spoke the Botanan tongue, based on his stammering introduction to them, but he did not know how well. But he had to speak to someone, for the sake of the journey, and Bokeh was the only one around who seemed approachable.

"I thank you for your aid," Merimies bowed low, prostrating himself before the tall and slender giant, "for these Agori are in my charge, and we would have surely perished if you had not come. Forgive my forwardness, mighty warrior, but would you happen to be from the Mainland? Is this where you intend to take us?"
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| July 10, 2018, 12:30 pm
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Quoting Wertman 8
Merimies was still trying to process everything that had happened; from the appearance of the Leviathan to the destruction of their ship and the timely rescue of this bizarre, foreign vessel. As he examined the one known as Bokeh, he remarked to himself how bizarrely uncanny these crewmen were; they resembled Agori, but were distinctly different, as if they were a step up or down on the evolutionary chain. The tongue that they spoke shared similar traits.

He approached Bokeh somewhat cautiously; he was a staggeringly powerful warrior, one clearly not to be trifled with, if his victory over the Leviathan was anything to go by. Merimies knew that he spoke the Botanan tongue, based on his stammering introduction to them, but he did not know how well. But he had to speak to someone, for the sake of the journey, and Bokeh was the only one around who seemed approachable.

"I thank you for your aid," Merimies bowed low, prostrating himself before the tall and slender giant, "for these Agori are in my charge, and we would have surely perished if you had not come. Forgive my forwardness, mighty warrior, but would you happen to be from the Mainland? Is this where you intend to take us?"

Bokeh, mind swirling, was still in shock. The Oracle had told him nothing about who he would be retrieving, only what he needed to know to get to them, but to think she would want to see-
No, they could not be that, they could not possibly be that! It went against every vestige of protocol and custom, but they looked so much like- No! Who were these people?
Suddenly he realized that one of them, an old, grizzled male with a long beard and face-shrouding hood, was speaking. Trying his best to snap out of his shock, Bokeh attempted a response.
"Ah, uh, you are, well, very welcome I suppose." He coughed, this was not going well. "I don't know about a "mainland", per say, though I guess where I am from is as good a candidate for that name as any. But if it is your "mainland" then that is indeed where we are headed."
Seemingly satisfied, the old man began to turn away. Before he could, however, Bokeh spoke again:
"By the way, uh, um, sir, what did you say you call yourselves?"
"We are called Agori, mighty warrior," he responded, "from a land called Botana."
As the old "Agori" walked away to join his comrades, Bokeh felt his blood chill, though on the outside he tried to remain calm. Agori, they called themselves. Agori. He would have to speak to Harnek about this soon.
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| July 10, 2018, 1:36 pm
Pontel, seeing that Bokeh is at least somewhat friendly, walked up to him and bowed low saying,"I am Pontel Gunn, I thank you for saving are lives from that beast." He rose from his bow then saying "I am a weaponsmith, inventor, and warrior, and my merchandise is for sale." He stopped for a second remembering his cart was at the bottom of the ocean. "Oh, if you do want anything you may have to first get my cart from the wreckage of the ship." Pontel said with a hint of bitterness.
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| July 10, 2018, 1:46 pm
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Emotions. Joven had plenty of those running through him, but one overwhelmed all others. Awe. The creature who almost slayed them all, who the size of there entire ship had just been slain in one foul swoop by this... Agori? Creature? He Didn't know what to think. He was simply happy to be alive!
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| July 10, 2018, 1:49 pm
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Kae glanced around at the ship, and all the Agori, unsure of what to do. Her eyes rested on that handsome Agori she kept trying to speak with... Perhaps she would try again. The third time charms, or however that saying went. She walked over to him, and leaned up against the nearby railing of the ship. "How're you holding up, handsome? This is all pretty crazy, right?" she questioned Joven.
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| July 10, 2018, 1:55 pm
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Quoting Daniel H.


As he snapped out of his gawking at Bokeh He pulled himself to answer Kae's question.

"Uh.. Fine.. I guess. As good as you can be when you just almost died." he replied, still somewhat stunned from the previous events
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| July 10, 2018, 2:06 pm
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Quoting Solias Toa of Earth
Quoting Daniel H.


As he snapped out of his gawking at (insert new guys name). He pulled himself to answer Kae's question.
"Uh.. Fine.. I guess. As good as you can be when you just almost died." he replied, still somewhat stunned from the previous events

"I never did get your name..." Kae replied. "My name is Kae, in case you hadn't heard. Has anyone told you that you're stunningly handsome?"
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| July 10, 2018, 2:09 pm
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Quoting Daniel H.

"Uh.. A few I think." he answered only halfheartedly, for he was once again distracted by the one they apparently called Bokah. He hadn't quite understood what Kae had been implying either because of his afore mentioned distraction.
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| July 10, 2018, 2:44 pm
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Quoting Solias Toa of Earth
Quoting Daniel H.

"Uh.. A few I think." he answered only halfheartedly, for he was once again distracted by the one they apparently called Bokah. He hadn't quite understood what Kae had been implying either because of his afore mentioned distraction.

Kae sighed with annoyance. She reached up to Joven’s face, turning it to face her with a finger on his chin. “Look at me for a second, handsome. What’s your name?” She questioned him, again.
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| July 10, 2018, 3:19 pm
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Quoting Daniel H.

As one might imagine this did in fact snap Joven out if his afore mentioned gawking. "Uhhhhh... Joven. My names Joven" he said completely caught off guard.

[That escalated quickly]
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| July 10, 2018, 4:18 pm
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Quoting Solias Toa of Earth
Quoting Daniel H.

As one might imagine this did in fact snap Joven out if his afore mentioned gawking. "Uhhhhh... Joven. My names Joven" he said completely caught off guard.

[That escalated quickly]

“Joven...” Kae said, “That’s a nice name. What’s your story, why did you come on this journey?”

[Heh. Kae has been admiring Joven for quite some time. :P]
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| July 10, 2018, 4:24 pm
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Quoting Daniel H.

"Uhh... Because... Umm... I wanted too? I mean It seemed like good idea at the time. But now that I think about, can't really say why."

[Plz save me Keipet]
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| July 10, 2018, 4:34 pm
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Quoting Solias Toa of Earth
"Uhh... Because... Umm... I wanted too? I mean It seemed like good idea at the time. But now that I think about, can't really say why."

[Plz save me Keipet]

“Interesting... I’d tell you why I came, but I’m sure you already know. What with my entrance and all.” She said with a smirk.
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| July 10, 2018, 6:05 pm
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Quoting Daniel H.
“Interesting... I’d tell you why I came, but I’m sure you already know. What with my entrance and all.” She said with a smirk.

"Oh... Yeah... You tried to kill everyone..."
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| July 10, 2018, 6:42 pm
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Quoting Solias Toa of Earth
"Oh... Yeah... You tried to kill everyone..."

“Wrong,” Kae said, slightly annoyed, “Everyone tried to kill me. I was simply doing what I do best. Thieving.”
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| July 10, 2018, 6:47 pm
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Merimies trod away from Bokeh, seeing that the stammering foreigner was reluctant to converse. The old Agori was none too comfortable about giving away the name of his species in such a fashion, given the slightly panicked reaction that followed it. Did these people know of the Agori? Did they hold animosity towards them? Was there some article of history they should have known about before venturing here? He sincerely hoped he had said the right thing.

Merimies peered around for any more of these mysterious Mainlanders. For now, all he could see were grey faced, sullen sailors and ornately armoured, unconscious magicians who had aided Bokeh in the slaying of the Leviathan. None of them paid the Agori the least attention, save for a few disdainful glares shot in their direction.

However, the dark eyes of Merimies finally fell on two clerical figures on the end of the boat. They shone brightly under the now cloudy sky in their white armour and silky purple robes; they carried great silver staffs, tipped with a jewel as green as their eyes; they looked practically identical, as if one were but a mirror reflection of the other.

They might as well have been, had not one leaned over to the other and whispered something in their ear, both staring intensely out at something. Turning, Merimies saw that their cruel gaze was fixed on Bokeh, who shifted nervously under the weight of it.

Merimies could not guess at the specifics, but it became immediately apparent to him that something was indeed going on.
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| July 10, 2018, 7:35 pm
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Quoting Pontel Gunn
Pontel, seeing that Bokeh is at least somewhat friendly, walked up to him and bowed low saying,"I am Pontel Gunn, I thank you for saving are lives from that beast." He rose from his bow then saying "I am a weaponsmith, inventor, and warrior, and my merchandise is for sale." He stopped for a second remembering his cart was at the bottom of the ocean. "Oh, if you do want anything you may have to first get my cart from the wreckage of the ship." Pontel said with a hint of bitterness.

Bokeh glanced up at the "Agori" (that name still bothered him) from where he had sat down to clean his blade.
"You're a weaponsmith? Here, um, see if you can, well, do something about this."
Unhinging his shield, Bokeh tossed it at Pontell, who barely managed to catch it before tumbling onto the deck under its weight.
"Turns out that creature's blood was a bit acidic, so when I... well, you know, some of it got onto my shield. I've had that thing for a few... missions, and I'm not losing it just because I was ordered to go get a group of worthle- I mean, I'd like to see it back in fighting shape before we make, uh, landfall, that's all."
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| July 10, 2018, 7:39 pm
Quoting Drahcir Nosnevets
Bokeh glanced up at the "Agori" (that name still bothered him) from where he had sat down to clean his blade.
"You're a weaponsmith? Here, um, see if you can, well, do something about this."
Unhinging his shield, Bokeh tossed it at Pontell, who barely managed to catch it before tumbling onto the deck under its weight.
"Turns out that creature's blood was a bit acidic, so when I... well, you know, some of it got onto my shield. I've had that thing for a few... missions, and I'm not losing it just because I was ordered to go get a group of worthle- I mean, I'd like to see it back in fighting shape before we make, uh, landfall, that's all."

Pontel looked at him skeptically. "Two things, first off all my stuff is at the bottom of the sea, so I wont be to big of a help unless you guys can get that. And second, I don't work for free." Pontel said flatly, examining the burns in the shield.

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| July 10, 2018, 7:46 pm
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Quoting Pontel Gunn
Pontel looked at him skeptically. "Two things, first off all my stuff is at the bottom of the sea, so I wont be to big of a help unless you guys can get that. And second, I don't work for free." Pontel said flatly, examining the burns in the shield.

"Um, what do you mean you don't- oh, uh, excuse me, of course you don't work for free. We... well we have a distinct lack of proper smiths on board, so I am willing to pay any, ah, expense. If you require your, um, tools, then they should have been retrieved shortly after you were, ah, rescued, and should be returned to you on request."
With a sudden jerk that sent the Agori and Bokeh stumbling across the deck, the Crusader finally began to move again. A rythmic chanting, the sound of nearly a thousand rowers, began to rise up from the lower deck, and a low hum began to fill the air as the ship's enchanted engines began to kick in. Rushing to the railing on the side, Bokeh looked back towards the stern and saw to his dismay that the crew had hitched the leviathan's giant carcase to the rear and were towing it behind them. He grimaced, there would be no avoiding the Oracle's attention at this rate.
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| July 10, 2018, 8:09 pm
Quoting Drahcir Nosnevets
"Um, what do you mean you don't- oh, uh, excuse me, of course you don't work for free. We... well we have a distinct lack of proper smiths on board, so I am willing to pay any, ah, expense. If you require your, um, tools, then they should have been retrieved shortly after you were, ah, rescued, and should be returned to you on request."
With a sudden jerk that sent the Agori and Bokeh stumbling across the deck, the Crusader finally began to move again. A rythmic chanting, the sound of nearly a thousand rowers, began to rise up from the lower deck, and a low hum began to fill the air as the ship's enchanted engines began to kick in. Rushing to the railing on the side, Bokeh looked back towards the stern and saw to his dismay that the crew had hitched the leviathan's giant carcase to the rear and were towing it behind them. He grimaced, there would be no avoiding the Oracle's attention at this rate.

"Where could I find my tools?" Pontel said, getting himself back up from being thrown to the ground. "Also, what would you have for pay?" Pontel said with a smirk
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| July 10, 2018, 8:15 pm
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Quoting Daniel H.
A mix of emotions coursed through Tuhinga’s body. Fear, awe, gratefulness, and even a little anger. They destroyed Harbor’s Pride... but they also saved their lives. These new people... There was so much knowledge that could be gained from them. But his mind was so overloaded with emotions and thoughts he simply curled up in a ball on the deck of the ship...

Meanwhile, Kae couldn’t be happier. She was alive. And who knew what kind of goodies these Agori might have... Still, she would have to be careful around them.


While the Agori adjuster to their new surroundings, a brooding Beowulf leaned against the deck’s railing. His companions did not know the truth nor meaning behind the sailors’ glares nor whispers, and while Beowulf could only guess what exactly they gossiped, he knew enough. His Master has warned him that the chances of Agori and Elysian getting along at first contact were slim, shortly before vanishing for the mainland himself.

Yes, that is what they were called, he remembers. Elysians. Once, their name meant “freedom” in the Old Elysian tongue. And before then, in a language far more ancient, “traitors.”

Absentmindedly, he traced a finger along the banister, carving symbols that once held meaning, but were useless to him now. His musing was interrupted, however, when a heavy barrel of rotting fish collided into his side. Tumbling to the floor covered in splinters and sardines, he twists to face a brutish sailor who now towered over him.

“Oy, betta’ watch where ye standing,” the sailor lies, his facade of anger ruined by the humor sparkling in his eyes and the mouth twitching to a smile at the corners. “Just cause we saved you from ta’ beasty dun’t mean ye own the deck.”

Remain calm and composed, and strike hard, that was the way of the Knights. And it would be his way.

While deciding whether or not to indulge the fight the sailor desired, Beowulf spies the poor Tuhinga, curled in a ball on the deck from shock. Bettering himself, he instead sidesteps the sailor and strides towards the Agori.
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“Hey, you ok there, pal?” Tuhinga is drawn from his panic attack as Beowulf sits down in front of him. While soaked and smelling foul, the sight of a fellow Agori is enough to soothe his anxiety somewhat.

“C’mon, kiddo,” the warrior coaxes, “you feeling alright?”
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| July 10, 2018, 8:19 pm
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Quoting Dark Aeon

While the Agori adjuster to their new surroundings, a brooding Beowulf leaned against the deck’s railing. His companions did not know the truth nor meaning behind the sailors’ glares nor whispers, and while Beowulf could only guess what exactly they gossiped, he knew enough. His Master has warned him that the chances of Agori and Elysian getting along at first contact were slim, shortly before vanishing for the mainland himself.

Yes, that is what they were called, he remembers. Elysians. Once, their name meant “freedom” in the Old Elysian tongue. And before then, in a language far more ancient, “traitors.”

Absentmindedly, he traced a finger along the banister, carving symbols that once held meaning, but were useless to him now. His musing was interrupted, however, when a heavy barrel of rotting fish collided into his side. Tumbling to the floor covered in splinters and sardines, he twists to face a brutish sailor who now towered over him.

“Oy, betta’ watch where ye standing,” the sailor lies, his facade of anger ruined by the humor sparkling in his eyes and the mouth twitching to a smile at the corners. “Just cause we saved you from ta’ beasty dun’t mean ye own the deck.”

Remain calm and composed, and strike hard, that was the way of the Knights. And it would be his way.

While deciding whether or not to indulge the fight the sailor desired, Beowulf spies the poor Tuhinga, curled in a ball on the deck from shock. Bettering himself, he instead sidesteps the sailor and strides towards the Agori.
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“Hey, you ok there, pal?” Tuhinga is drawn from his panic attack as Beowulf sits down in front of him. While soaked and smelling foul, the sight of a fellow Agori is enough to soothe his anxiety somewhat.

“C’mon, kiddo,” the warrior coaxes, “you feeling alright?”

“Yeah,” Tuhinga replied weakly, “Its just... a lot to take in.” His hands were shaking ever so slightly. “Do you know anything about these people?” He questioned, an inkling of strength back in his voice.
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| July 10, 2018, 8:33 pm
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Quoting Daniel H.
“Yeah,” Tuhinga replied weakly, “Its just... a lot to take in.” His hands were shaking ever so slightly. “Do you know anything about these people?” He questioned, an inkling of strength back in his voice.


A momentary darkness passes over Beowulf’s face as he shakes his head. “About Elysians? Inklings; stories of Old Elysium told by my Master. Tales of the Knights and their strength, applause of Emperor Alphinaud’s feats of leadership, and their war with the Makuta. But, if you were asking about these Elysians in particular, I must say that I know nothing, only that they seek to have come for us, and now cannot contain their darker urges towards those unfamiliar. We have become the stranger seeking shelter in the storm, and can only hope our hosts’ good intentions are true.”
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| July 10, 2018, 8:38 pm
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Quoting Pontel Gunn
"Where could I find my tools?" Pontel said, getting himself back up from being thrown to the ground. "Also, what would you have for pay?" Pontel said with a smirk

"Your tools should be on, um, the second deck, I believe, I can arrange for someone to take you to them. As for price, well, how would you feel about this?" Bokeh fished out two large round tokens, obviously made of gold, stamped with a large, elaborate sigil, the stamp of the Crown and the Citadel. Of course, he didn't bother to tell Pontell that such coins were of little value back home, trusting that it would appear valuable enough to the smith if what he suspected about these people was true.
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| July 10, 2018, 8:54 pm
Quoting Drahcir Nosnevets
"Your tools should be on, um, the second deck, I believe, I can arrange for someone to take you to them. As for price, well, how would you feel about this?" Bokeh fished out two large round tokens, obviously made of gold, stamped with a large, elaborate sigil, the stamp of the Crown and the Citadel. Of course, he didn't bother to tell Pontell that such coins were of little value back home, trusting that it would appear valuable enough to the smith if what he suspected about these people was true.

Pontel's eyebrows raised at the sight of the coins. "Hmm. As tempting as it is, I am more in need of something practical, not gold. Possibly a tool or weapon, I am sure you will have something I have not yet used or seen." Pontel said.
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| July 10, 2018, 8:58 pm
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Quoting Pontel Gunn
Pontel's eyebrows raised at the sight of the coins. "Hmm. As tempting as it is, I am more in need of something practical, not gold. Possibly a tool or weapon, I am sure you will have something I have not yet used or seen." Pontel said.

"We don't exactly appreciate giving our stuff to... foreigners." Bokeh said as he pocketed the coins, sighing inwardly. "Especially considering the fact that this entire ship and its cargo is property of the Crown of the Iron Citadel. If you insist on being so stubborn, I will simply find a proper smith when I return home."
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| July 10, 2018, 9:11 pm
Quoting Drahcir Nosnevets
"We don't exactly appreciate giving our stuff to... foreigners." Bokeh said as he pocketed the coins, sighing inwardly. "Especially considering the fact that this entire ship and its cargo is property of the Crown of the Iron Citadel. If you insist on being so stubborn, I will simply find a proper smith when I return home."

Pontel's eyes narrowed. "And I don't exactly appreciate helping someone who has just sunk the ship I was on. We can both do something we do not appreciate, and we will both gain from it." Pontel said flatly, while trying to sway him into letting him have some of their equipment.
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| July 10, 2018, 9:17 pm
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Quoting Dark Aeon

A momentary darkness passes over Beowulf’s face as he shakes his head. “About Elysians? Inklings; stories of Old Elysium told by my Master. Tales of the Knights and their strength, applause of Emperor Alphinaud’s feats of leadership, and their war with the Makuta. But, if you were asking about these Elysians in particular, I must say that I know nothing, only that they seek to have come for us, and now cannot contain their darker urges towards those unfamiliar. We have become the stranger seeking shelter in the storm, and can only hope our hosts’ good intentions are true.”

“I see...” Tuhinga said, becoming fearful again. “Hopefully they will overcome their disdaine for us, and help us in our quest against the Tar.” He glanced around furtively, wary of all the dangerous strangers nearby.
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| July 10, 2018, 10:02 pm
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Quoting Daniel H.
“Wrong,” Kae said, slightly annoyed, “Everyone tried to kill me. I was simply doing what I do best. Thieving.”

OOC: Bumping this up since I think it got lost.
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| July 10, 2018, 10:31 pm
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Quoting Pontel Gunn
Pontel's eyes narrowed. "And I don't exactly appreciate helping someone who has just sunk the ship I was on. We can both do something we do not appreciate, and we will both gain from it." Pontel said flatly, while trying to sway him into letting him have some of their equipment.

Maybe it was being out on the sea for so long, make it was his confusion at their current situation, or maybe it was something else, but Bokeh had had enough. There was no hope of trying to remain calm in front of these "Agori", something deep inside of him had finally snapped.
"Why you little- I am Bokeh! Captain of the Silver Fist! Hero of the Third Holy War! Bane of the Black Tide! You will pay for your insolence, you ungrateful wretch! You, you, you Ar'Gri!" With a screech of rage, Bokeh sprung up from the deck, catching Pontel by the throat and hoisting him high into the air. As the young inventor hung there, struggling for breath in Bokeh's steel grip, he saw with terror a strange, sadistic light come into the warrior's eyes.
Bokeh chuckled darkly, chilling Pontel to the bone.
"I'm going to enjoy making you scream."
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| July 11, 2018, 2:25 am
Quoting Drahcir Nosnevets
Maybe it was being out on the sea for so long, make it was his confusion at their current situation, or maybe it was something else, but Bokeh had had enough. There was no hope of trying to remain calm in front of these "Agori", something deep inside of him had finally snapped.
"Why you little- I am Bokeh! Captain of the Silver Fist! Hero of the Third Holy War! Bane of the Black Tide! You will pay for your insolence, you ungrateful wretch! You, you, you Ar'Gri!" With a screech of rage, Bokeh sprung up from the deck, catching Pontel by the throat and hoisting him high into the air. As the young inventor hung there, struggling for breath in Bokeh's steel grip, he saw with terror a strange, sadistic light come into the warrior's eyes.
Bokeh chuckled darkly, chilling Pontel to the bone.
"I'm going to enjoy making you scream."

Pontel struggled, trying to kick Bokeh with no success. "Lets be civil about this." He barely chocked out. Pontel landed one clean kick to Bokeh's jaw, his mouth now bleeding, but still he strangled him. "A little help guys" he tried to call out as loudly as he could to the rest of the party
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| July 11, 2018, 2:31 am
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Tuhinga heard the fighting, and stopped mid-conversation with Beowulf. “So much for them getting past their differences with us.” He said as shot to his feet. “Hey!” He yelled at Bokeh with unusual force, “Put him down! What did you save us for, if you’re just going to torture us? It would’ve been better if you let us die in the sea, if that’s your intent!”
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| July 11, 2018, 2:35 am
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The sudden turn of events causes something deep within Beowulf’s psyche to snap. Frothing spittle, the once calm warrior flies into ballistic rage, tackling Bokeh with such force that Pontel is knocked from his grasp. The two warrior roll across the deck, exchanging blows, before Bokeh is able to kick himself away from the mad hermit. He springs to his feet, only to find that Beowulf has done the same.

Visibly shaking with anger, Beowulf points a daggered finger at Bokeh. “I was willing to tolerate your hate, Elysian. But you struck first.” Like a bolt of lightning, he lunges forward at Bokeh. The Elysian manages to draw his warblade, only to have it quickly twisted from his grasp and sent clattering across the deck.

“Don’t think you’ll land a hit with that on me, warrior-pretend.” While still close, Beowulf sweeps Bokeh’s legs from beneath him, sending him crashing into the deck.

The Agori have no time to rejoice. The two mystic warriors, clad in white, had moved to point their spears at Beowulf. A sickly green energy crackled from their tips, an equally cruel light in their eyes.

Beowulf bites his tongue. “If you have any semblance of honor,” he addresses to Bokeh, “I would recommend a quick resolution before I am forced to kill your men—or you, for that matter. We are not here to cause fights, only to work to find a cure for the Tar. There is no need for needless death in an age that already takes many.”
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| July 11, 2018, 2:51 am
Pontel coughed, on all fours on the deck he massaged his throat. He stood up and grabbed the spear he had dropped, walking up to be side by side with Beowulf, both in a battle ready stance. Pontel winced from the pain in his throat
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| July 11, 2018, 3:01 am
Rakau heard a commotion, having the hard task of pulling his eyes away from the glorious plank he saw the agori and the two robed figures. He walked on over drawing his sword, he came up behind the two hooded figures. He held his sword at neck level between the two, just close enough that they could see it. "Lets not lose our 'eads 'ere. Well, if we do, it'll just be yew two that lose 'em first." Rakau said in a half serious half jolly tone.
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| July 11, 2018, 3:09 am
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Quoting Dark Aeon
The sudden turn of events causes something deep within Beowulf’s psyche to snap. Frothing spittle, the once calm warrior flies into ballistic rage, tackling Bokeh with such force that Pontel is knocked from his grasp. The two warrior roll across the deck, exchanging blows, before Bokeh is able to kick himself away from the mad hermit. He springs to his feet, only to find that Beowulf has done the same.

Visibly shaking with anger, Beowulf points a daggered finger at Bokeh. “I was willing to tolerate your hate, Elysian. But you struck first.” Like a bolt of lightning, he lunges forward at Bokeh. The Elysian manages to draw his warblade, only to have it quickly twisted from his grasp and sent clattering across the deck.

“Don’t think you’ll land a hit with that on me, warrior-pretend.” While still close, Beowulf sweeps Bokeh’s legs from beneath him, sending him crashing into the deck.

The Agori have no time to rejoice. The two mystic warriors, clad in white, had moved to point their spears at Beowulf. A sickly green energy crackled from their tips, an equally cruel light in their eyes.

Beowulf bites his tongue. “If you have any semblance of honor,” he addresses to Bokeh, “I would recommend a quick resolution before I am forced to kill your men—or you, for that matter. We are not here to cause fights, only to work to find a cure for the Tar. There is no need for needless death in an age that already takes many.”

"Stand off, inquisitors" Bokeh snarls, addressing the white-robed figures. "I don't need your help to handle this defiler."
"You dare challenge me, you insolent curs! If I had known what you were before I would have refused the Oracle! You, warrior, you stand and fight like an Elysian, aye, you even fight like one of the old knights, but you are a defiler of their ways! A curse! A stain! Unfit for life! Prepare yourself Ar'Gri!"
With this, Bokeh launches himself at Beowulf and Pontel, fists crackling with the power of his fury.
However, before he can charge more than a few feet, a sharp *crack* splits the air and the Agori and crew who had gathered to watch suddenly see what appears to be a large, bejewled feather sprout from Bokeh's back, followed by a deep, bellowing laugh. All heads turn towards the source of the sound, and see the Lord-Admiral Harnek standing atop the crow's nest, still aiming a large wooden handle attached to a metal tube at the spot Bokeh had been standing.
Shortly afterwards, Harnek dispersed the crowd of crewmen back to their duties and had a pair of them drag the tranquilized Bokeh to the brig. "It'll be just for the night" he had said "just so he can find wherever he put his senses." Now, the Lord-Admiral stood with the wary group of Agori, trying to reassure them.
"Don't you worry yourselves about Bokeh, I assure you he's a rational person... most of the time. I give my deepest apologies for letting s those sought after by the Oracle such as yourselves be assaulted in such a manner, and promise it will not happen again. Though I am curious as to how such a situation was allowed to happen, could one of your number perhaps fill in the details?"
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| July 11, 2018, 3:33 am
Pontel stepped forward and began to explain, but only a crackly wheeze came out. He massaged his throat until he regained his voice for the most part. "I am a blacksmith, *cough cough* and he wanted me to fix his shield. I asked for one of your weapons or tools as pay and he grabbed me by the throat." Pontel said, ten coughing due to the strain it put on his throat.
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| July 11, 2018, 3:43 am
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Quoting Daniel H.

During the commotion on deck, Joven made his escape from kae.
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| July 11, 2018, 8:27 am
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Merimies shook his head; he was running out of patience for these so called Elysians and their confusing allusions.

"-sought after by the Oracle?" he repeated, the strain of frustration in his voice, "why would anyone from your island even know of us, let alone actively be seeking us out? Who is this Oracle? -and I might add, since coming onto this boat, we have received nothing but cattiness and thinly veiled scorn; and now the life of Master Pontel has been threatened! I apologise if I sound impenitent, but we would rather you be frank with us as to whether you are friend or foe!"
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| July 11, 2018, 9:08 am
Oclavis and Keipet had somewhat regained their composure, and were standing at he ships rail, staring into the ocean. Oclavis had a very deep connection to The Harbor’s pride, and felt it’s pain as it hit the sea floor. He sank to the deck in despair, feeling the sea water seeping into the bones of the ship he had sailed for over thirty years. Then he thought he heard the sea say “thank you,” or rather sensed it, it as he honed in on the feeling he saw much more: the ocean’s peace, its tranquility, its life, and also its rage, greed, capacity to destroy. Oclavis stood up, he would get to know the sea, for it was all he had left. He looked at Keipet, He would do this for him.
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| July 11, 2018, 10:53 am
Pepeke woke up. He had fallen unconscious when the ship crashed. Looking around, he saw his friends, some other agori he did not yet know, and then... huge, tall strangers that looked so, so mean! Pepeke squeaked as one of them looked over and sneered. He got up and walked over to Tuhinga, who was also overwhelmed. "As curious as I am, and confident in my new powers," Pepeke looks at his mask, "I am super freaked out." Pepeke looks at Tuhinga. "All the same, I feel better sitting with a fellow agori. I just wish Pikau would find me." Pepeke reached into his backpack, which was rustling a little bit, and found a little bug. "Oh, hello there! what are you doing stuck in there?" He set the bug on the ground and watched it crawl away.
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| July 11, 2018, 11:20 am
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Quoting Solias Toa of Earth
Quoting Daniel H.

During the commotion on deck, Joven made his escape from kae.

Kae had watched the chaos unfold, curious as to how it would go. When she saw Bokeh get tranquilized, she decided to once again devote her attention to that handsome hunk of an Agori, Joven. She leaned back against the railing, and said, "So-" but she was cut short as she turned to face Joven, who was no longer there. She let out a long sigh. She'd have to catch him again another time.
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| July 11, 2018, 1:27 pm
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Tuhinga glanced at Pepeke, but stayed quiet, anxious to hear the Elysian's reply to Mermies.
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| July 11, 2018, 1:30 pm
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Quoting Wertman 8
Merimies shook his head; he was running out of patience for these so called Elysians and their confusing allusions.

"-sought after by the Oracle?" he repeated, the strain of frustration in his voice, "why would anyone from your island even know of us, let alone actively be seeking us out? Who is this Oracle? -and I might add, since coming onto this boat, we have received nothing but cattiness and thinly veiled scorn; and now the life of Master Pontel has been threatened! I apologise if I sound impenitent, but we would rather you be frank with us as to whether you are friend or foe!"

"As for who the Oracle, may she bless us forever, is, she is simply the Oracle, a mighty priestess of an unknown god who freed the Iron Citadel from the tyranny of the Hyrvic Empire, long before I was even a glimmer in my mother's eye, and now serves as our spiritual guide and advisor to the Crown." Harnek replied, speaking with deep reverence. It was obvious he greatly respected this "Oracle".
"As for why she wants to see you," he continued, "I don't know any more than you do, and even less about how she even knew about you. None of our sailors had even considered that there may be land this way, much less other people, any ship that passes beyond where we fought that monster is soon obliterated by storm and beast."
"And now, well, as to the disrespect you have been shown here, it is a most difficult topic even for the most studios and open minded of us. I will do my best to explain it if you would be so willing as to join me in my quarters after the evening meal, but for now I must leave to attend to... other tasks. I will send one of my servants up with your meals and to show you to your own quarters, as to limit the crew's interaction with you, and possibly to prepare you for the truth of your kind where we come from."
With that last ominous statement, the Lord-Admiral quickly turned and strode away, but even the least studious of the Agori could see that he too was deeply troubled by the day's events.
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| July 11, 2018, 3:14 pm
Pepeke got up. "See ya later, Tuhinga.Don't worry, we're all in the same boat. Literally..." He said with a scowl in Bokeh's direction. Pepeke walked over to Merimies. "I heard the whole conversation. The Elysians? If I translated that in the old language correctly... it means traitor, doesn't it? I do wonder where they are from. I didn't catch if they were from the mainland or not."
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| July 11, 2018, 5:15 pm
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Quoting Meepinater C.
Pepeke got up. "See ya later, Tuhinga.Don't worry, we're all in the same boat. Literally..." He said with a scowl in Bokeh's direction. Pepeke walked over to Merimies. "I heard the whole conversation. The Elysians? If I translated that in the old language correctly... it means traitor, doesn't it? I do wonder where they are from. I didn't catch if they were from the mainland or not."

Merimies pondered what the young Pepeke had said. Stroking his beard pensively, he finally answered the youthful scholar.
"These are a curious assortment of people, aren't they, Master Pepeke?" Merimies muttered, "I will trust that your translation is correct, and assume that their treachery refers to some lost, ancient part of history. I did actually speak with the one called Bokeh, and they do indeed seem to be from the Mainland."

"I do not like the idea that they are taking us to this Oracle, however, in the so called 'Iron Citadel'; Our goal is to reach the city of Elysium, as instructed by Lord Kahkan. I suppose we may have to part with these people some point down the line, though I do not know when; we'll just have to wait for the opportune moment."
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| July 11, 2018, 7:40 pm
Quoting Wertman 8
Merimies pondered what the young Pepeke had said. Stroking his beard pensively, he finally answered the youthful scholar.
"These are a curious assortment of people, aren't they, Master Pepeke?" Merimies muttered, "I will trust that your translation is correct, and assume that their treachery refers to some lost, ancient part of history. I did actually speak with the one called Bokeh, and they do indeed seem to be from the Mainland."

"I do not like the idea that they are taking us to this Oracle, however, in the so called 'Iron Citadel'; Our goal is to reach the city of Elysium, as instructed by Lord Kahkan. I suppose we may have to part with these people some point down the line, though I do not know when; we'll just have to wait for the opportune moment."

"I'll be glad to leave when we do... I am getting the idea that some of these sailors don't like magic as well as our company does."
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| July 12, 2018, 12:25 pm
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For a while the Agori are left milling about, talking about themselves about their situation and what Harnek meant by "the truth of your kind". No other crewmen or other personal even approach the foredeck where the Agori stand, leaving them completely alone and undisturbed for the first time that day.
However, it is not long before the servant Harnek had sent appears, a black robed figure wearing an even blacker veil around its head preventing its face from showing, and short enough that it could look the Agori in the eyes without crouching like the Elysians. Wordlessly, it gestures for the Agori to follow it and leads them down below deck, through what feels like miles of corridors seemingly devoid of habitation, before finally arriving at a simple, unadorned doorway, through which it leads the Agori into what will apparently be their quarters. The room is rather plain and sparcely furnished, save for a handful of bunks along the walls and a large pile of what seems to be the Agori's equipment in the back, though roomy enough to fit the entire party, and an iron brazier set atop a long, Elysian-knee-height table in the center of the room provides a measure of light and heat. After a few minutes, three more black-clad servants enter carrying large platters of strange, seemingly fish-based foods which they set on the table before leaving, though the Agori's guide remains waiting besides the door.
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| July 12, 2018, 3:00 pm
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Quoting Drahcir Nosnevets
For a while the Agori are left milling about, talking about themselves about their situation and what Harnek meant by "the truth of your kind". No other crewmen or other personal even approach the foredeck where the Agori stand, leaving them completely alone and undisturbed for the first time that day.
However, it is not long before the servant Harnek had sent appears, a black robed figure wearing an even blacker veil around its head preventing its face from showing, and short enough that it could look the Agori in the eyes without crouching like the Elysians. Wordlessly, it gestures for the Agori to follow it and leads them down below deck, through what feels like miles of corridors seemingly devoid of habitation, before finally arriving at a simple, unadorned doorway, through which it leads the Agori into what will apparently be their quarters. The room is rather plain and sparcely furnished, save for a handful of bunks along the walls and a large pile of what seems to be the Agori's equipment in the back, though roomy enough to fit the entire party, and an iron brazier set atop a long, Elysian-knee-height table in the center of the room provides a measure of light and heat. After a few minutes, three more black-clad servants enter carrying large platters of strange, seemingly fish-based foods which they set on the table before leaving, though the Agori's guide remains waiting besides the door.


Slowly, Beowulf strolls through the room, taking in the quarters. The beds earn a solid “better than I had in my hovel,” while the brazier is “so dark I can’t tell if it’s soot or the iron.”

Aware of his sopping shirt, he takes off his top, feeling the hole from where he had been impaled while fighting the Three-Headed Haunter. The scar from the wound was, against all odds, now no more than a slight discoloration of his tan flesh. “I’ll have to stitch that up later. Hopefully these Elysians are generous to lend thread.”

Looking up, he stares at their guide, who stood motionlessly by the door. Throughout their journey he remained silent.

“You alright mate? Got a name?” No response.

“Can you understand what I’m saying?” A slight nod, but nothing spoken.

Beowulf thinks for a moment before he understands. “Oh, sorry,” he says solemnly, “I didn’t realize.” This warranted a shrug from the guide; his muteness was unchangeable.

The next logical question, the origin of the muteness, pops into his head, but Beowulf chooses not to ask. He still wanted to see Harnek as a decent person; still hoped that this hatred was only present in sailors.
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| July 12, 2018, 3:42 pm
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Tuhinga took in their new quarters, and upon seeing the pile of their things, rushed over to it. He began rifling through the mound of damp belongings, searching for his bag. After much digging he said, “Aha, gotcha!” as he found his things. He walked over to the table and dumped out the contents of his bag and began inspecting them religiously. His books seemed to be fine, if not a little damp. He spread out his books, leaving them open to air out. As he did so, he came across a page in his journal that he had written on back during their trip to reach Harbor’s Pride, describing in detail their journey and battles. It was all so long ago... they had come so far, fought so many battles... and now, not a soul in their quarters knew what lay ahead. Tuhinga shook his head and went back to inspecting his belongings...
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| July 12, 2018, 4:03 pm
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Kae, too, went straight to the mound of belongings. She dug her way through the thick of it, not quite as carefully as Tuhinga did. She came across her small bag of valuables, gold, gems, and other treasures she had brought along. She went back to searching, and kept at it until she had found all her things. A few spare daggers, some of her burglary tools, and other various things. She stored what she could in her various pouches and pockets, and the rest she put in an empty sack that she pulled off the top of the pile. She sat down on a nearby bunk, resting her head against the wall, thinking about all that had happened... and daydreaming about what she may be able to steal.
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| July 12, 2018, 4:18 pm
Pepeke dug through the pile of belongings as well, and pulled out his satchel and traveling bag. He looked through them, only to find that everything was as it should be, albeit damp. As he looked more thoroughly, he noticed his magic mask was missing. He had taken it off after he had used to much magic, and he hadn't put it in his backpack. "Uh-oh... Uh, Mr. Beowulf? My magic mask is missing, and I don't think anybody here except for Kae would have stolen it. D'you think one of the sailors took it?"
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| July 12, 2018, 4:19 pm
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Quoting Meepinater C.
Pepeke dug through the pile of belongings as well, and pulled out his satchel and traveling bag. He looked through them, only to find that everything was as it should be, albeit damp. As he looked more thoroughly, he noticed his magic mask was missing. He had taken it off after he had used to much magic, and he hadn't put it in his backpack. "Uh-oh... Uh, Mr. Beowulf? My magic mask is missing, and I don't think anybody here except for Kae would have stolen it. D'you think one of the sailors took it?"


“My guess, kid, is that it slid out of your bag and sunk. Things taken from the sea have a tendency to go back to its bounty. Not to mention that it’s power, if it truly had any, was meager. I don’t think warriors with weapons that can kill sea gods would have much interest in such an oddity.”
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| July 12, 2018, 5:14 pm
Quoting Dark Aeon

“My guess, kid, is that it slid out of your bag and sunk. Things taken from the sea have a tendency to go back to its bounty. Not to mention that it’s power, if it truly had any, was meager. I don’t think warriors with weapons that can kill sea gods would have much interest in such an oddity.”

"Hmmm... fair point. I can just train my magic anyways... I will get better that way and I won't be limited to a certain amount of strength." Pepeke walked away and found a nice bed in a corner. Sitting cross-legged, he pulled out his entomology book and pored over it, wondering how many new insects he would find.
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| July 12, 2018, 5:35 pm
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After about an hour of going back through their gear, eating, and discussing they're situation, the Agori's guide one again has them follow him through the long corridors of the Crusader's hull, till they arrive at a large, gilded and bejewled doorway through which the servant hurriedly ushers them. One inside, the Agori find themselves in a room not much larger than their own, though this one is decked out with expensive looking tapestries, gemstones, and has a large porthole in the rear through which the ocean can be seen. Seated cross-legged on a pile of cushions behind a table like the one in the Agori's quarters, Lord-Admiral Harnek pushes away what appear to be the remains of a giant shrimp and looks up.
"Ah, there you are. Please, take a seat." he says, gesturing to several other cushions placed around the short table. His voice, though he was obviously trying to give an appearance of friendliness, had a distinctly grim and serious tone. "Well, I see no point in putting this off any longer. If we are indeed to take you to what you call the mainland, then you must know the truth of your origins."
"Many hundreds of years ago, the Elysian people lived in unity under the banner of the old Elysian Empire. Also living in the empire were a race of diminutive people we named the Ar'Gri, an ancient word meaning "worker", who lived alongside the Elysians in peace, tilling the fields and tending to the beasts as they had done for centuries. According to tradition and official records recovered from the old empire, the Ar'Gri were content with laboring in the service of the empire, and treated well and fairly by the Elysians."
"However, there was among the Ar'Gri an individual named Agori. He revolted and stirred the other Ar'Gri to go against all law, custom, and tradition, and to make war on the very Elysians who protected and governed them. Almost overnight the empire was shaken to its core as its entire workforce rose up and began to slaughter every Elysian they could lay their hands on. The war continued for months, and thousands on both sides died in the slaughter, but in the end the Elysian people triumphed over the rebels and captured their leader, Agori."
"Sentenced to death and exile, Agori and his fellow rebel leaders were set on a ship locked on course to the Sea of Death, the very sea where we fought the leviathan and the sea that your ship emerged nearly intact through despite no Elysian ship ever having been able to pass that way. Thus, I have concluded that Agori's ship must have somehow made its way through and been driven ashore on the island of your origins, and there started a new people named after himself in his pride."
"Exactly why and how Agori began his revolution is unknown, but as a consequence of his actions the Ar'Gri were forced into a life of brutal slavery and discrimination, treated as little more than animals. This custom continued long even after the collapse of the old Elysian Empire, even into the present day, despite opposition by scholars and those of high rank such as myself. Sadly, too many of my people fear a return of the bloodshed caused by the Workers' Rebellion, especially in the Iron Citadel, and not even the threat of the Black Tide has been able to soften such attitudes."
Harnek shakes his head, suddenly looking much older and wearier. The Agori remain silent, still processing his words, all of them with drawn, sullen faces. And from even lower below deck the low, sonorous chanting of the rowers continues on unabated, dragging the ship ever onwards towards the ominous stormy skies ahead.
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| July 12, 2018, 6:44 pm
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Merimies stared at the ground before him as he sat crossed-legged, listening to Harnek's story. Though the information was indeed news to him, he made sure not to show it in either countenance or demeanour; in the house of Kahkan, the servants quickly learned how to conceal their emotions. As surprising as the news was, it did explain a lot about the way the Elysians had treated them thus far, ranging from light apprehension to genuine aggression.

He did doubt some of the ideas that Harnek presented, namely that the Elysians and 'Ar'Gri' lived in harmony before the inexplicable revolt; despite what some may attest, people do not revolt without reason, and Merimies suspected that the Elysians were not as benevolent as Harnek was presenting them.

He kept these thoughts to himself, looking around at his fellow Agori, to engage their reactions.
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| July 12, 2018, 7:16 pm
Pontel, with his voice now regained, responded harshly. “So, that’s why Bokeh strangled me over tools, it would seem a disgrace to give your equipment to an inferior species? And I assume you are disappointed that you had to save a boat full of animals? Or are you rejoicing that you now have your pets back?” Pontel spat the last words.
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| July 12, 2018, 7:42 pm
Pepeke piped up, albeit still shy in front of these strangers. "But sir, the translation in the old language for elysian is... traitor! no offense. your story makes it sound like we are the traitors, not you! why, then, would it be your species called the traitors long ago?"
Some of the sailors glared at pepeke, who, abashed, sat back down. whispering to Tuhinga, he said, "It's so weird, their story doesn't check out with ours! Who's telling the truth here...?
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| July 12, 2018, 8:10 pm
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Quoting Pontel Gunn
Pontel, with his voice now regained, responded harshly. “So, that’s why Bokeh strangled me over tools, it would seem a disgrace to give your equipment to an inferior species? And I assume you are disappointed that you had to save a boat full of animals? Or are you rejoicing that you now have your pets back?” Pontel spat the last words.

"I have no feelings of hostility towards you or your people, Pontel, though I cannot say the same for Bokeh or the rest of my crew. His feelings on this delicate subject may indeed have had a part in his attack, despite my discussions with him on it, but this entire crew is also under strict orders to not give away any military equipment, which comprises the vast majority of our cargo. I doubt your seeming insistence that he do so was at all conducive to his already fragile good temper."
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| July 12, 2018, 8:15 pm
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Quoting Meepinater C.
Pepeke piped up, albeit still shy in front of these strangers. "But sir, the translation in the old language for elysian is... traitor! no offense. your story makes it sound like we are the traitors, not you! why, then, would it be your species called the traitors long ago?"
Some of the sailors glared at pepeke, who, abashed, sat back down. whispering to Tuhinga, he said, "It's so weird, their story doesn't check out with ours! Who's telling the truth here...?

OOC: there's no other crew in the room, just you guys, the servant, and Harnek.
"Preposterous, in all my studies I have never heard of that translation, I'm afraid you must be mistaken my young scholar. The proud name of the Elysians means "freedom", in our tongue, as none have ever or will ever be the lords of us!"
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| July 12, 2018, 8:18 pm
Quoting Drahcir Nosnevets
OOC: there's no other crew in the room, just you guys, the servant, and Harnek.
"Preposterous, in all my studies I have never heard of that translation, I'm afraid you must be mistaken my young scholar. The proud name of the Elysians means "freedom", in our tongue, as none have ever or will ever be the lords of us!"

ooc: oh.

Pepeke piped up some more. "Well, in the OLD language it translates a traitor. Also, some may take the translation a little bit... literally. especially if one is unhappy with the way something is run. so yes, it does mean freedom... for those that made their own."
Pepeke took a breath and continued. "As long as you don't prove yourselves the traitor's history says you were, then I have no problems with you. Also, I hope that we can get along better than this and agree from here on out."
Pepeke sat down, satisfied with his lengthy speech and his bravery. (or stupidity, depends on how you take it... XD)
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| July 12, 2018, 8:24 pm
Quoting Drahcir Nosnevets
"I have no feelings of hostility towards you or your people, Pontel, though I cannot say the same for Bokeh or the rest of my crew. His feelings on this delicate subject may indeed have had a part in his attack, despite my discussions with him on it, but this entire crew is also under strict orders to not give away any military equipment, which comprises the vast majority of our cargo. I doubt your seeming insistence that he do so was at all conducive to his already fragile good temper."

"Well, what is there on this ship that could be used as pay in return for my services? Bokeh was kind enough to tell me you lacked blacksmiths before he strangled me." Pontel said sourly. "Also, as you may find, we won't be working for free or as your slaves anymore. So treating us as if we were, will only cause more hostility." Pontel said bitterly.
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| July 12, 2018, 8:28 pm
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Kae watched Harnek with contempt, but decided to keep her mouth shut for now. She’d have a word with him, when the time was right.



Tuhinga sat there, in awe of what had been said. There was a spark of anger, too. Harnek surely wasn’t telling the full story, he assumed, but this was invaluable knowledge. Like Kae, he decided not to speak just yet.
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| July 12, 2018, 8:44 pm
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Quoting Pontel Gunn
"Well, what is there on this ship that could be used as pay in return for my services? Bokeh was kind enough to tell me you lacked blacksmiths before he strangled me." Pontel said sourly. "Also, as you may find, we won't be working for free or as your slaves anymore. So treating us as if we were, will only cause more hostility." Pontel said bitterly.

"Mister Pontel, you seem to be operating under the impression that we need your services, which we do not. Our clerics can do a perfectly fine job of keeping our equipment in working order with a few rare exceptions such as the shield. And what do you mean by you want be working "anymore"? You never were to begin with and I have no plans to make you start, though I have half a mind to throw you in the brig with Bokeh. I'm starting to see why he got so annoyed with you."
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| July 12, 2018, 9:00 pm
Quoting Drahcir Nosnevets
"Mister Pontel, you seem to be operating under the impression that we need your services, which we do not. Our clerics can do a perfectly fine job of keeping our equipment in working order with a few rare exceptions such as the shield. And what do you mean by you want be working "anymore"? You never were to begin with and I have no plans to make you start, though I have half a mind to throw you in the brig with Bokeh. I'm starting to see why he got so annoyed with you."

ooc: oof

Pepeke looked ready to burst out with anger. "Um... we don't listen to your orders, regardless of who commands this ship. As much as I think Pontel is rude, he is our brethren and I don't appreciate you treating him like scum. I may not be able to stop you, but I am sure others can." Pepeke looks pointedly at Beowulf, who towered over all of the agori and even some of the sailors.
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| July 12, 2018, 9:24 pm
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Quoting Meepinater C.
ooc: oh.

Pepeke piped up some more. "Well, in the OLD language it translates a traitor. Also, some may take the translation a little bit... literally. especially if one is unhappy with the way something is run. so yes, it does mean freedom... for those that made their own."
Pepeke took a breath and continued. "As long as you don't prove yourselves the traitor's history says you were, then I have no problems with you. Also, I hope that we can get along better than this and agree from here on out."
Pepeke sat down, satisfied with his lengthy speech and his bravery. (or stupidity, depends on how you take it... XD)


Beowulf fixed Pepeke with a vile glare, which forced him to sit back down. None other caught this glare before he returned to his jovial self. “And what old language could you be thinking of? There is only Elysian—perhaps you confused the words for ‘freedom’ and ‘traitor’; the runes are similar enough if written sloppily.” He then turned to Harnek. “You must forgive the kid; he still thinks all knowledge he acquires infallible, even lies and misconstructions. Of course, I believe that naivety is persistent across all generations: we’ve all had our moments of infallibility, followed by a fall from grace that humbled and wisens us.”

OOC: Sorry, but
A) Beowulf’s revelation about Elysian meaning traitor was thought, not said. Thus, Pepeke could not know it from him.
B) The old language is not old Elysian—the latter is a rune substitution of Agori/English (think like Wertman’s Gostoks, they speak English but with diffeeent letter symbols). Additionally, the old language is not recorded, and thus no translations of the older meaning of Elysian exist. Thus, Pepeke cannot know it from here.
QED: Pepeke cannot know that Elysian means Traitor in an unrecorded language.
I’m explaining it away as a translation error, but please know that you’re forcing me to do this to save plot integrity. Please learn the difference between thoughts and speech in comments; it’ll save us from these issues in the future.
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| July 12, 2018, 9:40 pm
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Seeing some members of the party slowly seethe with anger, Merimies was forced to interject:

"Enough, everyone!" Merimies called out, before turning to the solemn Harnek, "Lord Admiral, now it is my turn to apologise for the hostility my company have shown you. As you might imagine, the news comes as quite a blow to us, but that is no excuse for us to treat you with aggression, you who have thus far behaved with admirable diplomacy. Formally, we ask only this:"

"We shall sail to your Iron Citadel and meet the Oracle whom you hold in such high regard, on one condition; that we remain free Agori, and are not yoked upon entrance, and that we are allowed to continue with our mission to combat the Tar, without hindrance from Elysian authority. Are these terms agreeable?"
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| July 12, 2018, 9:41 pm
Pontel sat down, knowing when he was defeated. A night locked away in the brig with Bokeh could be... fatal.
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| July 12, 2018, 9:49 pm
Quoting Dark Aeon

Beowulf fixed Pepeke with a vile glare, which forced him to sit back down. None other caught this glare before he returned to his jovial self. “And what old language could you be thinking of? There is only Elysian—perhaps you confused the words for ‘freedom’ and ‘traitor’; the runes are similar enough if written sloppily.” He then turned to Harnek. “You must forgive the kid; he still thinks all knowledge he acquires infallible, even lies and misconstructions. Of course, I believe that naivety is persistent across all generations: we’ve all had our moments of infallibility, followed by a fall from grace that humbled and wisens us.”

OOC: Sorry, but
A) Beowulf’s revelation about Elysian meaning traitor was thought, not said. Thus, Pepeke could not know it from him.
B) The old language is not old Elysian—the latter is a rune substitution of Agori/English (think like Wertman’s Gostoks, they speak English but with diffeeent letter symbols). Additionally, the old language is not recorded, and thus no translations of the older meaning of Elysian exist. Thus, Pepeke cannot know it from here.
QED: Pepeke cannot know that Elysian means Traitor in an unrecorded language.
I’m explaining it away as a translation error, but please know that you’re forcing me to do this to save plot integrity. Please learn the difference between thoughts and speech in comments; it’ll save us from these issues in the future.

ooc: sorry... I guess I keep getting carried away, don't I? I'll try harder to avoid this...

Pepeke blushed under Beowulf's glare. He had not meant to insult or offend anybody, he was just stating facts from his point of view. As young and naive as Pepeke could be, he still wished he could be recognized for what he really was: a scientist, not an overenthusiastic child.
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| July 12, 2018, 10:13 pm
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Quoting Wertman 8
Seeing some members of the party slowly seethe with anger, Merimies was forced to interject:

"Enough, everyone!" Merimies called out, before turning to the solemn Harnek, "Lord Admiral, now it is my turn to apologise for the hostility my company have shown you. As you might imagine, the news comes as quite a blow to us, but that is no excuse for us to treat you with aggression, you who have thus far behaved with admirable diplomacy. Formally, we ask only this:"

"We shall sail to your Iron Citadel and meet the Oracle whom you hold in such high regard, on one condition; that we remain free Agori, and are not yoked upon entrance, and that we are allowed to continue with our mission to combat the Tar, without hindrance from Elysian authority. Are these terms agreeable?"

"You have my word, wise one, that I will do everything in my power to get you safely to the Oracle and to allow you to continue with your quest. I thank you for hearing me out and for understanding, and now I-"
*KABOOM!*
Harnek's words are cut short by a tremendous crash of thunder from outside, followed by the thunderous sound of pounding rain. From above the Agori and Harnek can hear the shouting of crewmen and clerics trying to navigate the ship and ward off the storm.
"Blast it! The storm was supposed to pass us!" shouts Harnek, leaping to his feet. "All of you, get back to your quarters and stay there, if anything happens your room has been warded for protection. Now go! Servant, take them and let nobody touch them, on the authority of the Crown!" With that, Harnek barges out of the room, shouting orders at passing crewmen.
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| July 12, 2018, 11:13 pm
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The veiled servant, who Merimies now presumed to be an Ar'Gri, escorted the party hurriedly down the corridors towards their chambers. The wooden walls and ceilings reverberated with sound, as panicked voices screamed topside, strained against the thunderous roar of the storm; The rapid thuds of many running feet sounded right above their heads. On occasion the boat would harshly list in one direction or the other, knocking all but Oclavis and Rakau, who were used to this sort of scenario, off their feet.

Eventually the Agori managed to claw their way through the chaos back to their quarters, with the Ar'Gri slamming the door behind them. The noise, while quieter in their room, could still be heard from topside, and their balance would still be upset by the violent rocking of the boat. How desperately they longed for Terra Firma once again!

Merimies looked to Oclavis and Rakau; he did wonder whether the three of them, with their nautical experience and his own mariner heritage, should go topside and help the Elysians. However, he waited for one of the others to pose the question first.
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| July 13, 2018, 12:03 pm
Oclavis hadn’t been able to get a word in edgewise during their conversation with Harnek. He had been distracted by premonitions of The oncoming storm.
Now with the oceans rage coursing through his veins, he found himself to dizzy to stand. He fell to the floor, panting. Keipet rushed to his side, and the rest of the Agori stared as moisture started bubbling out of the floor, condensing in a agitated foam around him. He breathed heavily as the ocean forced it’s raw emotions that on him. Oclavis felt its fury, and heard in crashing waves, “Don’ You feel the same?”
Oclavis murmured, “They deserve it, but not now. Trust me.”
Suddenly, the storm lessened to a gale, as if responding to the Sailor’s reasoning.
Oclavis stood up, “ We will get to the mainland.”
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| July 13, 2018, 12:53 pm
Quoting Lucas R.
Oclavis hadn’t been able to get a word in edgewise during their conversation with Harnek. He had been distracted by premonitions of The oncoming storm.
Now with the oceans rage coursing through his veins, he found himself to dizzy to stand. He fell to the floor, panting. Keipet rushed to his side, and the rest of the Agori stared as moisture started bubbling out of the floor, condensing in a agitated foam around him. He breathed heavily as the ocean forced it’s raw emotions that on him. Oclavis felt its fury, and heard in crashing waves, “Don’ You feel the same?”
Oclavis murmured, “They deserve it, but not now. Trust me.”
Suddenly, the storm lessened to a gale, as if responding to the Sailor’s reasoning.
Oclavis stood up, “ We will get to the mainland.”

Pepeke toppled over, his usually good balance overturned by the listing and rocking of the ship. "UGH! my feet can't tell which way is up anymore..." Pepeke, on his head, spoke to Oclavis. "So we will reach the mainland! Great! cuz--oof!" Pepeke fell over. "-- I'm quite tired of boats."
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| July 13, 2018, 1:11 pm
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Quoting Lucas R.
Oclavis hadn’t been able to get a word in edgewise during their conversation with Harnek. He had been distracted by premonitions of The oncoming storm.
Now with the oceans rage coursing through his veins, he found himself to dizzy to stand. He fell to the floor, panting. Keipet rushed to his side, and the rest of the Agori stared as moisture started bubbling out of the floor, condensing in a agitated foam around him. He breathed heavily as the ocean forced it’s raw emotions that on him. Oclavis felt its fury, and heard in crashing waves, “Don’ You feel the same?”
Oclavis murmured, “They deserve it, but not now. Trust me.”
Suddenly, the storm lessened to a gale, as if responding to the Sailor’s reasoning.
Oclavis stood up, “ We will get to the mainland.”

Merimies rose up, listening to the calming of the storm outside. For a moment everyone was quiet, slowly tuning their heads towards Oclavis; this kind of power was unprecedented from the old sailor, to the point that most could not believe it was actually Oclavis' doing.

However, a more powerful mind soon entered the fray: the boat tipped dangerously to one side, almost to the point of capsizing, sending all the Agori crashing into one side of the wall; the veiled Ar'Gri was unfortunate enough to collide head-first into a bunk and crack open his skull; he dropped to the floor, dead in an instant.

The others, however, pulled themselves groaning to their feet. Before another word could be spoken, a shattering crash occurred as the boat tipped frontwards, sending each of the party sliding to the door. However, once the chaos subsided, they were fortunate enough to be mostly uninjured. Cries and moans sounded topside; the raging of the sea seemed to slowly subside.

But the boat was not moving.
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| July 13, 2018, 1:35 pm
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“Oof” Tuhinga groaned, as he got to his feet. “That was... quite the ride, to be sure. I can’t wait for solid ground... But why aren’t we moving?” He questioned anxiously.
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| July 13, 2018, 2:17 pm
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There is a muffled thumping sound, followed by a long string of "blast it!"s and other, more colourful language. Soon, with a loud groaning noise, the door is forced open by a disheveled and furious looking Harnek, clinging on to the doorframe for support on the heavily slanted floor.
"Well," the Lord-Admiral begins, "We reached land, just not the part of it we were aiming for. Come up top and have a look for yourselves."
Struggling and sliding across the sloped and sometimes broken floor, the Agori and Harnek eventually emerge from a gigantic gash in the side of the Crusader and onto a grey, stony beach. Ahead of them, most of the land is hidden by a thick fog, but the tops of what appear to ancient, crumbling towers emerge from it in some places. Behind them, the Crusader rises derelict and quiet, as if some massive beast had come ashore to draw its last breath, her hull cracked and broken, her masts split, her oars shattered, her engines silent. Around the slain ship gather small pockets of sailors and Ar'Gri servants, many of them weary and exhausted, many more in mourning for what had been their home and protector for months or even years in some cases.
Sitting alone on the beach, several yards away from any of the others, is Bokeh. Harnek leads the Agori towards the blue armored warrior, who gives no acknowledgement of their presence.
"Welcome", says Bokeh, "to Old Elysium."
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| July 13, 2018, 3:53 pm
Pontel, glad to be on solid ground, looked around, most people very shaken. The foggy mist dampening everything. Pontels cart followed behind him, although it had trouble on the rocky ground.

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Rakau on the other hand was quite unhappy, he preferred the ocean and he was looking forward to fighting a storm on the high seas.
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| July 13, 2018, 4:17 pm
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Staring off towards the ancient structures, Merimies stroked his beard.
"I believe this is where Lord Krickarr had instructed us to begin our search, Masters," he addressed his fellow Agori, "so in our case this appears to be a stroke of good fortune; though in fairness he did not exactly clarify whether he meant Old Elysium or its supposed newer counterpart... I suppose we'll just have to visit both..."

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Meanwhile, far off in the distance, within a giant stone courtyard, a giant rises. Roused by the sound of the crash, the ancient being rears his head and plants a great blade between two loose tiles. The infection squirms within him, and his sight blurs momentarily before regaining his iron control. He has fought a long, hard battle- and he shall fight again.

More are coming, once again...

...and he will be waiting.
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| July 13, 2018, 4:32 pm
Quoting Wertman 8
Staring off towards the ancient structures, Merimies stroked his beard.
"I believe this is where Lord Krickarr had instructed us to begin our search, Masters," he addressed his fellow Agori, "so in our case this appears to be a stroke of good fortune; though in fairness he did not exactly clarify whether he meant Old Elysium or its supposed newer counterpart... I suppose we'll just have to visit both..."

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Meanwhile, far off in the distance, within a giant stone courtyard, a giant rises. Roused by the sound of the crash, the ancient being rears his head and plants a great blade between two loose tiles. The infection squirms within him, and his sight blurs momentarily before regaining his iron control. He has fought a long, hard battle- and he shall fight again.

More are coming, once again...

...and he will be waiting.


Stronoff looked at the new land with Hiiro and Ramses. "We need to trend carefully though, we don't know what we'll run into." He advised as he putted his spear on his back.
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| July 13, 2018, 4:42 pm
As Rengar steps onto shore, he is knocked to the ground by a sudden vision. He sees himself, but not himself. He seems more powerful, slicing through waves of an endless surge of... agori? He sees himself overwhelmed, and nothing more. He wakes up sweating, frightened by the vision. He slowly stands back up, wondering. WHEN was this? What else didn't he know about himself?
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| July 13, 2018, 7:18 pm
Pepeke climbed onto the land. Immediately, about 10 different various insects found him. He sat down, giggling. "I'll *hee hee* have to *hee hee* document these. *hee hee!*" (the bugs were tickling him playfully.)

ooc: now might be a good time for Troatall to come in. Unless, of course, the admins have other plans.
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| July 13, 2018, 10:38 pm
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Kae rushed out onto the shore with the other Agori excitedly, happy to have her feet on solid ground again. She took in her surroundings, and followed Harnek to where Bokeh was. Now was the time to ask Harnek something she’d been needing to for a while... She approached him casually, smiling to get his attention. “Hey Harnek,” she said, deciding to dial down her snarkiness, “Back in the fight against that sea monster, I lost my weapons. Would your kind happen to have a pair of Katanas for sale? I have a large range of valuables with which I could pay you.” She pulled out her bag of gems and gold, jingling in front of Harnek.
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| July 14, 2018, 12:07 am
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Tuhinga was overjoyed to be on solid ground again. He now approached Bokeh, apprehensively. “Mr. Bokeh,” he started, “What do you know of this place, Old Elysium?” Tuhinga had his journal out, ready to write down anything Bokeh might say.
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| July 14, 2018, 12:10 am
Oclavis looked over the wreckage of the Elisians’ ship, “So this is your idea of justice, eh?” he said to The now quiet seas.
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| July 14, 2018, 12:20 am
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Slowly, Beowulf strolls around the grey pebble beach, taking in everything. He was finally here, the Mainland full of adventure he long lusted for. Yet he felt nothing; this was not how he wanted to arrive.

On the horizon, the stone spires of the ancient city of Elysium peeked out of the pervasive haze. His gut sank, aware of the foreboding feeling that everything thus far, every challenge they thought significant, would be quickly dwarfed in comparison.
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Behind the party, a hooded figure slides off the side of the Crusader. He lands with a thud but quickly recovers, a red muzzle peeking from under his hood.

“Yes, I can feel it,” he says cryptically. “The way I seek, we must endure these hardships to find.” With a deep breath, the one known as Troat’all takes his first steps on the mainland in months; steps on the path to his own philosophical enlightenment.
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| July 14, 2018, 1:03 am
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After removing his stomach of its contents, Joven made his way to the shore. "I... Hate... boats..."
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| July 14, 2018, 8:08 am
Hiiro looked around the shore line admiring the view until he heard the sound of Ramses emptying his stomach. "I guess that he hadn't fully gotten over his sea sickness." He commented with a sweatdrop over his head.

"Ugh, How can anyone get use to these kinds of travel." Ramses complained while holding his stomach.

Stronoff rolled his eyes before checking the area for possible surprise attacks.
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| July 14, 2018, 10:59 am
Pepeke noticed various agori hunched over in the bushes. He shouted, "If anybody want's a cure for the seasickness, eat this bug!" He held up a turquoise beetle, of which there were many on the beach. several agori scampered over to eat one. many of them spat the bug out, disgusted. "they're not that bad, watch!" pepeke ate one. He belched and smiled. the agori, their confidence returned, ingested the small beetles.

ooc: as i promised, more entomology!
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| July 14, 2018, 12:44 pm
Quoting Meepinater C.
Pepeke noticed various agori hunched over in the bushes. He shouted, "If anybody want's a cure for the seasickness, eat this bug!" He held up a turquoise beetle, of which there were many on the beach. several agori scampered over to eat one. many of them spat the bug out, disgusted. "they're not that bad, watch!" pepeke ate one. He belched and smiled. the agori, their confidence returned, ingested the small beetles.

ooc: as i promised, more entomology!


Ramses drank a glass of water after eating the beetle hoping to wash the taste out of his mouth.

"That's one way of dealing with seasickness." Stronoff commented.
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| July 14, 2018, 2:02 pm
Quoting Toa Gaim

Ramses drank a glass of water after eating the beetle hoping to wash the taste out of his mouth.

"That's one way of dealing with seasickness." Stronoff commented.

Pepeke smiled. "Well, you could always deal with it... I'm sure the beetle would taste better though. Or you could drink a special potion that tastes a lot worse..." Pepeke walked over to some rocks to inspect a 10-legged spider.
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| July 14, 2018, 2:56 pm
Troat'all jumps up behind the rocks and shouts in surprise at Pepeke and the Ten Legged Spider. He holds up a finger as if to declare something important, then promptly faints.
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| July 14, 2018, 4:14 pm
Quoting Pa'Haka C.
Troat'all jumps up behind the rocks and shouts in surprise at Pepeke and the Ten Legged Spider. He holds up a finger as if to declare something important, then promptly faints.

Pepeke looks down at the cloaked figure. "Are you all right? and this ten-legged spider is fine, they're really friendly... oh." Pepeke realized the figure was unconcious. "Hey, uh, Rongo? there's an unconscious guy over here... I think he has problems. "
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| July 14, 2018, 4:22 pm
Troat'all starts to come to. False teachings! What are they teaching youngsters about these days he says. He continues his rant to a nearby bush. He shakes his head head, then appears to become more sane. Oh! Hello! he says to Pepeke. He then walks off to introduce himself to the group.
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| July 14, 2018, 5:03 pm
Quoting Pa'Haka C.
Troat'all starts to come to. False teachings! What are they teaching youngsters about these days he says. He continues his rant to a nearby bush. He shakes his head head, then appears to become more sane. Oh! Hello! he says to Pepeke. He then walks off to introduce himself to the group.

Pepeke stares at the newcomer. "well, ok then." Turning back to his rock, he notices a new species of scorpion. He quickly scribbles an entry in his entomology journal and runs off to see the new agori.
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| July 14, 2018, 5:33 pm
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While the antics continued, Merimies remained transfixed on the fog shrouded spires overhead. Even from this distance, he could see how they might have once been beautiful, in a time before they were caked in rust and blemished with erosion. The chattering of the crew notwithstanding, barely a sound could be heard for miles, save for the cry of an animal or two. This place did not seem very alive to Merimies; he wondered how high the chances were of finding any answers here.

Suddenly, rousing the attention of all, a great portal burst open: a primordial slit cast into the fabric of reality. The party leaped back in surprise, surveying the shimmering purple hole that had so spontaneously sprung into being. No one moved for a good five seconds while the portal spun.

From it emerged a great, broad-shouldered Agori with royal armour and stern countenance. His upright form was recognised instantly by a good chunk of the Agori, including Merimies, who knelt reverently before him: he was Lord Krickarr of Kahkan, holding a great staff in one hand and a Kahkanese Teleportation Stone in the other. Behind him, the open portal still shimmered spectacularly.

"It seems the company has expanded greatly since I sent you off from Kahkan," Krickarr boomed, surveying the faces of Hiiro, Ramses, Stronoff, Rakau, Kae, Pepeke, Troat'all and the Elysians, "that is good news; it also explains the slowness of your journey. Now, I require an update: where are you now? Have you reached Elysium yet? The Tar only grows stronger here, and the Helgran Village is no more; I need some good news from you, Merimies...!"
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| July 14, 2018, 6:10 pm
Quoting Wertman 8
While the antics continued, Merimies remained transfixed on the fog shrouded spires overhead. Even from this distance, he could see how they might have once been beautiful, in a time before they were caked in rust and blemished with erosion. The chattering of the crew notwithstanding, barely a sound could be heard for miles, save for the cry of an animal or two. This place did not seem very alive to Merimies; he wondered how high the chances were of finding any answers here.

Suddenly, rousing the attention of all, a great portal burst open: a primordial slit cast into the fabric of reality. The party leaped back in surprise, surveying the shimmering purple hole that had so spontaneously sprung into being. No one moved for a good five seconds while the portal spun.

From it emerged a great, broad-shouldered Agori with royal armour and stern countenance. His upright form was recognised instantly by a good chunk of the Agori, including Merimies, who knelt reverently before him: he was Lord Krickarr of Kahkan, holding a great staff in one hand and a Kahkanese Teleportation Stone in the other. Behind him, the open portal still shimmered spectacularly.

"It seems the company has expanded greatly since I sent you off from Kahkan," Krickarr boomed, surveying the faces of Hiiro, Ramses, Stronoff, Rakau, Kae, Pepeke, Troat'all and the Elysians, "that is good news; it also explains the slowness of your journey. Now, I require an update: where are you now? Have you reached Elysium yet? The Tar only grows stronger here, and the Helgran Village is no more; I need some good news from you, Merimies...!"

Pepeke timidly piped up. "We are at old elysium... does that count?" he asked hopefully.
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| July 14, 2018, 6:23 pm
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Quoting Wertman 8
While the antics continued, Merimies remained transfixed on the fog shrouded spires overhead. Even from this distance, he could see how they might have once been beautiful, in a time before they were caked in rust and blemished with erosion. The chattering of the crew notwithstanding, barely a sound could be heard for miles, save for the cry of an animal or two. This place did not seem very alive to Merimies; he wondered how high the chances were of finding any answers here.

Suddenly, rousing the attention of all, a great portal burst open: a primordial slit cast into the fabric of reality. The party leaped back in surprise, surveying the shimmering purple hole that had so spontaneously sprung into being. No one moved for a good five seconds while the portal spun.

From it emerged a great, broad-shouldered Agori with royal armour and stern countenance. His upright form was recognised instantly by a good chunk of the Agori, including Merimies, who knelt reverently before him: he was Lord Krickarr of Kahkan, holding a great staff in one hand and a Kahkanese Teleportation Stone in the other. Behind him, the open portal still shimmered spectacularly.

"It seems the company has expanded greatly since I sent you off from Kahkan," Krickarr boomed, surveying the faces of Hiiro, Ramses, Stronoff, Rakau, Kae, Pepeke, Troat'all and the Elysians, "that is good news; it also explains the slowness of your journey. Now, I require an update: where are you now? Have you reached Elysium yet? The Tar only grows stronger here, and the Helgran Village is no more; I need some good news from you, Merimies...!"

Bokeh shot straight up at the appearance of Krickarr, along with most of the other Elysians gathered on the beach. "Sorcery!" He cried, snatching up his warblade. "Who are you, where are you from! Answer or face the consequences!"
Inwardly, Bokeh trembled in fear. He had heard legends of the Ar'Gri witches who had burned entire villages with their unnatural powers during the Traitor's War, and meeting one mere hours after picking up a group of Ar'Gri who had somehow survived the Sea of Death wasn't helping his nerves.
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| July 14, 2018, 8:16 pm
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The Lord of Kahkan frowned at wide eyed Bokeh, who jabbed his Warblade frenetically at the broad shouldered Agori. Krickarr only had to lift his staff and slam it upon the ground to undermine the Elysian's Authority.

"I am Lord Krickarr of Kahkan!" he roared with all the fury of an Ashnarka cat, "and I am the curator of this Agori's expedition! I will not disclose the island we are from, for I do not trust you; now lower your paltry blade, skull faced wretch, and remain quiet when I speak!"

As the Elysians reluctantly lowered their weapons, he turned his attention to the tan-armoured Pepeke; "Old Elysium, eh? I did not know there was both an old and a new Elysium- this may complicate your journey somewhat- but nevertheless. What took you so long to arrive?"

Old Merimies answered; "Dearest apologies, Lord Kahkan- our delay concerned Zanarkand, the island you first instructed us to visit- we faced many foes there, and it took us a great while to find what we needed to obtain: namely, this odd compass," he said as Beowulf presented the trinket on cue, "in addition to this, we were attacked and saved by these people, the Elysians, who have only just escorted us to the Mainland. Once we have fully explored this place, we should have more to report."

"Very well," Krickarr responded, "but I reiterate that we are running out of time- the Helgran Village has been entirely destroyed, its villagers now refugees in the other regions of Botana. The Tar will only spread, destroying one village at a time; we cannot afford delay. I shall contact you again soon."

With those final words, Krickarr stepped back into the portal, as it closed before him-

-and the land turned quiet once again.
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| July 14, 2018, 9:33 pm
Quoting Wertman 8
The Lord of Kahkan frowned at wide eyed Bokeh, who jabbed his Warblade frenetically at the broad shouldered Agori. Krickarr only had to lift his staff and slam it upon the ground to undermine the Elysian's Authority.

"I am Lord Krickarr of Kahkan!" he roared with all the fury of an Ashnarka cat, "and I am the curator of this Agori's expedition! I will not disclose the island we are from, for I do not trust you; now lower your paltry blade, skull faced wretch, and remain quiet when I speak!"

As the Elysians reluctantly lowered their weapons, he turned his attention to the tan-armoured Pepeke; "Old Elysium, eh? I did not know there was both an old and a new Elysium- this may complicate your journey somewhat- but nevertheless. What took you so long to arrive?"

Old Merimies answered; "Dearest apologies, Lord Kahkan- our delay concerned Zanarkand, the island you first instructed us to visit- we faced many foes there, and it took us a great while to find what we needed to obtain: namely, this odd compass," he said as Beowulf presented the trinket on cue, "in addition to this, we were attacked and saved by these people, the Elysians, who have only just escorted us to the Mainland. Once we have fully explored this place, we should have more to report."

"Very well," Krickarr responded, "but I reiterate that we are running out of time- the Helgran Village has been entirely destroyed, its villagers now refugees in the other regions of Botana. The Tar will only spread, destroying one village at a time; we cannot afford delay. I shall contact you again soon."

With those final words, Krickarr stepped back into the portal, as it closed before him-

-and the land turned quiet once again.

Pepeke stared with wide eyes at the spot where the agori had vanished. shivering, he turned to beowulf and Merimies. "So...what now? I kinda want to explore. Who knows, there might be something of use in these ruins.
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| July 14, 2018, 9:57 pm
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Quoting Meepinater C.
Pepeke stared with wide eyes at the spot where the agori had vanished. shivering, he turned to beowulf and Merimies. "So...what now? I kinda want to explore. Who knows, there might be something of use in these ruins.


“Well, this Elysium is certainly the same from the days of Zanarkand, so i can see no reason not to. Perhaps we can find answers, and if not, we can forage for resources. I doubt we will find food nor ship parts on this dead beach.” Beowulf strolls around with hands on pockets, hardly phased by Krickarr’s teleportation. If anything, he was surprised the Kahkanese Lord hadn’t done so sooner.

He glances at the dead spires of Old Elysium. The fog had alleviated somewhat, but only enough to see more than fifteen feet in front of you. Freeing a panel of damaged wood from the carcass of the Crusader, he lights it with a flint and steel; armed with a torch to stave off the encroaching dark, he starts down the beach, before tuning back towards the party.

“I think we can all agree that staying here isn’t going to keep our bellies full nor bodies safe; and our best shot at survival is to move forwards. That’s what I’m going to do, and I encourage anyone able to walk with both feet to come with me.”
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| July 14, 2018, 11:48 pm
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Quoting Dark Aeon

“Well, this Elysium is certainly the same from the days of Zanarkand, so i can see no reason not to. Perhaps we can find answers, and if not, we can forage for resources. I doubt we will find food nor ship parts on this dead beach.” Beowulf strolls around with hands on pockets, hardly phased by Krickarr’s teleportation. If anything, he was surprised the Kahkanese Lord hadn’t done so sooner.

He glances at the dead spires of Old Elysium. The fog had alleviated somewhat, but only enough to see more than fifteen feet in front of you. Freeing a panel of damaged wood from the carcass of the Crusader, he lights it with a flint and steel; armed with a torch to stave off the encroaching dark, he starts down the beach, before tuning back towards the party.

“I think we can all agree that staying here isn’t going to keep our bellies full nor bodies safe; and our best shot at survival is to move forwards. That’s what I’m going to do, and I encourage anyone able to walk with both feet to come with me.”

“Count me in, honey.” Kae called to Beowulf. “I need a weapon though. Lost mine in the fight against the sea monster. Would anyone happen to have a spare set of Katanas?” She said to the nearby Agori and Elysians.
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| July 14, 2018, 11:55 pm
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Quoting Dark Aeon

“Well, this Elysium is certainly the same from the days of Zanarkand, so i can see no reason not to. Perhaps we can find answers, and if not, we can forage for resources. I doubt we will find food nor ship parts on this dead beach.” Beowulf strolls around with hands on pockets, hardly phased by Krickarr’s teleportation. If anything, he was surprised the Kahkanese Lord hadn’t done so sooner.

He glances at the dead spires of Old Elysium. The fog had alleviated somewhat, but only enough to see more than fifteen feet in front of you. Freeing a panel of damaged wood from the carcass of the Crusader, he lights it with a flint and steel; armed with a torch to stave off the encroaching dark, he starts down the beach, before tuning back towards the party.

“I think we can all agree that staying here isn’t going to keep our bellies full nor bodies safe; and our best shot at survival is to move forwards. That’s what I’m going to do, and I encourage anyone able to walk with both feet to come with me.”

“I’m coming!” Tuhinga called after Beowulf, rushing to catch up with him. He walked alongside him, though slightly fearful of going into the unknown.
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| July 14, 2018, 11:56 pm
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Quoting Daniel H.
“Count me in, honey.” Kae called to Beowulf. “I need a weapon though. Lost mine in the fight against the sea monster. Would anyone happen to have a spare set of Katanas?” She said to the nearby Agori and Elysians.


Beowulf begins rummaging through a multitude of pockets. “Katanas I don’t carry, but this should do,” he says as he tosses a long wooden handle to Kae. She catches it, and in doing so hits a button on the side, causing a long, serrated blade to pop out. Kae admires it’s edge before it tips over, a chain keeping it mere inches above the sandy floor.

“It’s a chain knife I made years ago. Push the button to fire, push again to rewind. It made for a terrible hunting tool, but maybe you’ll get more use out of it than I did.”
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| July 15, 2018, 11:10 am
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Quoting Dark Aeon

Beowulf begins rummaging through a multitude of pockets. “Katanas I don’t carry, but this should do,” he says as he tosses a long wooden handle to Kae. She catches it, and in doing so hits a button on the side, causing a long, serrated blade to pop out. Kae admires it’s edge before it tips over, a chain keeping it mere inches above the sandy floor.

“It’s a chain knife I made years ago. Push the button to fire, push again to rewind. It made for a terrible hunting tool, but maybe you’ll get more use out of it than I did.”

“Hmm,” Kae said, “This will definitely do for now. Thanks, honey.” She practices with the blade, firing and retrieving the blade, and spinning the blade around on the chain. She wouldn’t tell Beowulf this, but she quite liked this weapon. She still wanted her katanas, though.
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| July 15, 2018, 11:50 am
Quoting Wertman 8
While the antics continued, Merimies remained transfixed on the fog shrouded spires overhead. Even from this distance, he could see how they might have once been beautiful, in a time before they were caked in rust and blemished with erosion. The chattering of the crew notwithstanding, barely a sound could be heard for miles, save for the cry of an animal or two. This place did not seem very alive to Merimies; he wondered how high the chances were of finding any answers here.

Suddenly, rousing the attention of all, a great portal burst open: a primordial slit cast into the fabric of reality. The party leaped back in surprise, surveying the shimmering purple hole that had so spontaneously sprung into being. No one moved for a good five seconds while the portal spun.

From it emerged a great, broad-shouldered Agori with royal armour and stern countenance. His upright form was recognised instantly by a good chunk of the Agori, including Merimies, who knelt reverently before him: he was Lord Krickarr of Kahkan, holding a great staff in one hand and a Kahkanese Teleportation Stone in the other. Behind him, the open portal still shimmered spectacularly.

"It seems the company has expanded greatly since I sent you off from Kahkan," Krickarr boomed, surveying the faces of Hiiro, Ramses, Stronoff, Rakau, Kae, Pepeke, Troat'all and the Elysians, "that is good news; it also explains the slowness of your journey. Now, I require an update: where are you now? Have you reached Elysium yet? The Tar only grows stronger here, and the Helgran Village is no more; I need some good news from you, Merimies...!"


"Hiiro and Ramses join us on our quest in stopping the tar while searching for a cure their ill mother." Stronoff explained. "Also we have a rogue warrior turned assassin named Asakura on the loose, so be on the look out. He's known to be a master of disguise and very cunning." He warned.
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| July 15, 2018, 5:40 pm
Pepeke followed the group. "I hope I can find something cool. A really cool weapons would be nice!"
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| July 15, 2018, 6:08 pm
Quoting Dark Aeon

“Well, this Elysium is certainly the same from the days of Zanarkand, so i can see no reason not to. Perhaps we can find answers, and if not, we can forage for resources. I doubt we will find food nor ship parts on this dead beach.” Beowulf strolls around with hands on pockets, hardly phased by Krickarr’s teleportation. If anything, he was surprised the Kahkanese Lord hadn’t done so sooner.

He glances at the dead spires of Old Elysium. The fog had alleviated somewhat, but only enough to see more than fifteen feet in front of you. Freeing a panel of damaged wood from the carcass of the Crusader, he lights it with a flint and steel; armed with a torch to stave off the encroaching dark, he starts down the beach, before tuning back towards the party.

“I think we can all agree that staying here isn’t going to keep our bellies full nor bodies safe; and our best shot at survival is to move forwards. That’s what I’m going to do, and I encourage anyone able to walk with both feet to come with me.”

Rengar sets off, following Beowulf. as he walks, Hiko lands behind him. Rengar exchanges a few words, and then they continue walking.
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| July 15, 2018, 6:52 pm
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Quoting Dark Aeon

“Well, this Elysium is certainly the same from the days of Zanarkand, so i can see no reason not to. Perhaps we can find answers, and if not, we can forage for resources. I doubt we will find food nor ship parts on this dead beach.” Beowulf strolls around with hands on pockets, hardly phased by Krickarr’s teleportation. If anything, he was surprised the Kahkanese Lord hadn’t done so sooner.

He glances at the dead spires of Old Elysium. The fog had alleviated somewhat, but only enough to see more than fifteen feet in front of you. Freeing a panel of damaged wood from the carcass of the Crusader, he lights it with a flint and steel; armed with a torch to stave off the encroaching dark, he starts down the beach, before tuning back towards the party.

“I think we can all agree that staying here isn’t going to keep our bellies full nor bodies safe; and our best shot at survival is to move forwards. That’s what I’m going to do, and I encourage anyone able to walk with both feet to come with me.”

"Me and my crew will remain here, with the boat." Says Harnek. "My men have fished these waters before and must see to the restoration of the vessel. However," he added with a wink at Bokeh, "your friend Bokeh here will no doubt be accompanying you. You needn't worry yourself about him now, I have made some... arrangements. Anyways, he knows something of the legends and geography of this Old Elysium, so may be of some use."
Bokeh looks nearly ready to snap something back at him but wisely holds his tongue when the Lord-Admiral gives him a sharp look. Sighing with resignation, the warrior picks up his warblade and still-corroded shield and follows after Beowulf.
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| July 15, 2018, 6:59 pm
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Merimies took one look back at the beached ship, where the Elysians and Ar'Gri stood gathered around with the solemn faces of a funeral procession. He then shifted his gaze back in the direction of Beowulf, who energetically led his fellow Agori in the direction of Old Elysium. It did not take long for him to decide which faction he would rather accompany.

Wearily, he trod on after the Agori. If the city was as abandoned as it looked, the old one reflected, then hopefully it would not be too difficult to find the answers they sought.

If only they were that lucky.
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