LKH (for story)



  • Reposted

    A Note From Selax

    See here for information on this project.

    Please do not post in this thread. I am attempting to recreate the old text and posts in the middle of that would mess up the flow. The following is still a work in progress. I have the whole TS done and hope to finish reposting it soon. Please, post in the other thread.

    Special thanks to Pallas Athene and Avatara.

    This TS was originally started 10/22/2000. I am not sure about the ending date, but I may add it if I find it.

    I did not write any of the following text. I have merely repost it. I have credited each poster with his or her post and credit them collectively with the writing of this work.

    EDIT: For the moment (possibly anyway, it depends on how things work out), I've deleted some words because I can't bring myself to have them in my post.

    LKH (for story)

    J.Ace21:

    J.Ace21 waits patiently with Lindus, Alaric, Pheres, Palaestra, Tros, and Eioneus for his team to arrive. He quietly checks the large array of potions, scrolls, and tombs layed on the table before him.

    theKestrel:

    I walk in, "Hey J.Ace, you didn't say anything about me, but I decided I couldn't pass up this chance to see what the old country is like. I have my thing ready," I said, hoisting my pack.

    Avatara:

    Avatara stands patiently, hidden in the shadows.

    Talos:

    Talos walks in, and joins theKestrel.

    J.Ace21:

    "Anyways. here as you can see is Alaric the land king, embodied in this throne that was once his. as all of you are trained in the way of the mage and have been annointed great warriors i trust that you can see and hear him. Before you points to table of supplies are scrolls of newly created magic. The one that I expect that we will use most is this picks up a small tomb. It is the spell 'scan'. This will scan our enemies that we may encounter for weaknesses and strengths. It will most definately help us in battle. We basically two paths that we can choose from. We may adventurously attempt traveling directly through the abyss, or we may try using various spells to protect our ship as we try to leave this island by boat. I wanted you guys to choose. But first, do you think that we have enough people?
    I'm sure that all of you are more than qualified. but maybe we should wait. while we do so why don't you guys check out these tombs, armor, weapons, accesories... etc..."

    Slayer:

    Slayer dashes in, breathing heavily. "No sooner did I return from the Undine Stronghold, than I heard about this quest to find our homeland. You can count me in." Slayer begins examining the tomes and equipment...

    Desert Fox:

    Oddly enough, DF is in the town (must be another time then the adventure) but here he is a store person, selling potions and scrolls created for battle.

    Avatara:

    Avatara walks over to the table with the scrolls.
    "Ah, I really think these elemental spells will come in handy. Scan might too; however, we should have someone take note of these strengths and weaknesses after the encounter, scrolling friend and foe alike, for future reference, and to save mana."
    Avatara uses his grimore on the scrolls and walks back to the shadows, studying each member in turn.

    J.Ace21:

    OK. looks like we have 5 people in our team now. This-considering you are all seasoned warriors-should be enough on our travels. Now I would like to take a vote on which path we shall take.
    Through the void or by sea?
    Also, when you are all ready will you notify the rest of us so we made be off on our adventure ASAP.

    ferazel_09:

    "Wait!" Ferazel says, running in out of breath. "May I join you on this quest?"

    J.Ace21:

    of course you may. ready signals?
    picks up a tome
    "ah... the enhancement of resist blows, resist fire, and resist elements. 'Protect'"

    ferazel_09:

    Ferazel picks up tomes, learning the new spells. He then takes out his grimore and takes some notes about the scrolls, learning those spells too.

    Avatara:

    A voice from the shadows speaks up
    "I vote for the sea. I don't understand the void and there could be some nasty problems, and I'd rather challenge storms than the unknown. Think me a coward if you want, but I have had bad experiences with the unknown..."

    Talos:

    I choose the void. I have had many experiences with the unknown, and the sea is bound to be rough. I must disagree with Avatara.

    theKestrel:

    I must vote for the void. There is not much that I can alter at sea, but I may be able to understand some of the more arcane elements of the Void. Also, I wonder if our former homeland can be reached by physical means.

    J.Ace21:

    yes. although I would prefer going through the sea as Avatara said I must choose the void. Since noone has been able to identify any of the stars here in Cythera as the ones our ancestors saw in our homeland physical means of travel may well end up fruitless.
    I say we leave immediately. We will travel enter the void that is visible in the underground Seldane city. I suggest you gather your stuff and we will all meet there.
    with that he first summons a messenger pigeon with an attached note to send to the tavern to announce our departure. then he leaves to the storage room to continue to the void

    GameFanatic:

    Fanatic's figure appears out of nowhere. "I have been watching you for some time." he said, "I have decided to join you." Fanatic immediatly walks over to the scrolls. "so this is the scroll of scan enemies. Well well well." Fanatic fondles the hilt of his beloved sword Darkness (He had renamed Black Bane after they had struck down the final monster in the Undine Stronghold when it started glowing an eerie black.) and took out his own grimoire. "I vote void. i would much rather not be seen as a coward, and, i agree with J.Ace and Kestrel, both that the homeland might not be reachable by physical means, but also that the stars here in cythera are not the same ones as recorded in the homeland which suggests that the homeland does not exist on this world. I say that we tie ourselves to the earth with this." he pulls out a bar seeming to be made out of metal. "As i was training in the ways of magic i found out about working with metal, but not like eioneus. i found a way to turn metal into a metal bar but i wasnt able to bent it. I spent another month, and at last, after countless experiments, i finally made it. observe." Fanatic then bent the seemingly unbendable metal bar. he handed it to slayer and kestrel and they each bent it with ease. Fanatic went over to a storage gave and wrapped it around a rock sticking up from the ground. "this rock is sturdy enough because you can only see the top of it. the bottom is at least a hundred yards deep." then he started up a fire spell, and melted the metal together. Now all they had to do is wait for any other person to join them. Fanatic started reading a Cytheran comic book.

    Theo Nean Donly:

    Lindor walks in from around the corner, where he had been patently waiting.
    "I agree with the void. I have come over the sea, and it is not an experience I would wish to repeat. As for if Cythera is still reachable through the material world, I can't answer that. My own homeland was going through strife when I left, so I can't know for sure, but what I understand is that there exist many "realms". What separates the realms is the difference in different properties, whether physical or mental or other. The realm we are in, although it shares almost all properties we know of, has been changed from the same path as your original land, that is why you could get here by sea, but you can't go back. And although it isn't mine, I am interested in helping you try to find your home."

    GameFanatic:

    "like our world was duplicated, except one didnt have cythera on it, and one didnt have our homeland on it." Fanatic said.

    Moonshadow:

    Just then, Moonshadow comes running in, seemingly out of breath. She stops and looks around the room, happy that she'd made it in time, then - noticing Avatara - "What ... how did you manage that? You were just ... oh, forget it. Anyway, I just saw that message and I don't want to miss this!" She walks over to take a look at the scrolls and spellbooks, and studies them for a short while, frowning. Then she chooses some of the more complicated ones, and moves to a quiet corner, trying to make sense of them.

    Talos:

    Finally, Talos sharpened his sword for the last time, Moonshadow finished the last line on a scroll, GameFanatic read the last comic, DF mixed his last potion, Avatara finished with his last elementary spell, and their journey began...

    Avatara:

    Avatara stands up in disgust.
    "If you believe that, then go through the void you shall. As for me, I'll find a different way-I can promise you that. Since I specialize in elementals, and water is one of those, I can figure out where I am easily, though it can only help me find my way back to Cythera. I still, will brave this sea, even if I must do it alone.
    On a different note, if we can find more than one way to reach the homeland, the better. I hope to see you there, and I hope even more that you survive."
    With that, Avatara walks out calmly and heads to the shore. With ease he climbs into a small ship, hoists the sail, and sets off. As everyone watches him fade into the distance, they can't help but notice that all the big nasty waves seem to go around the boat.

    J.Ace21:

    scratches head "What was that all about?
    Anyway, now that it seems we are all prepared, let us enter the void. Just remember to stay alert as we don't know what we will find in there."
    everyone stands at the edge of the void as groups of Cytherians and seldane gather?around holding bright torches creating an eerie glow in the void
    "Well, here goes nothing!"
    All members of the team step into the void, one step at a time....

    GameFanatic:

    "YOU FOOLS!" Fanatic yelled ant threw the rope down.
    they grabbed the very end of it. "your life is a little too valuable to just jump in there with nothing to hold you!"fanatic glowed briefly and the metal rope extended way down so that the end of it couldnt be seen.
    Fanatic then jumped down to catch the rope then they slid down the metal rope for what seemed like forever. then suddenly he stopped sliding, and bounced back up, his head hitting J.Ace's ****. he suddenly turned around on the rope so to the others he looked like he was upside down. Then Fanatic starts climbing down. you see fanatic was climbing UP from an abyss seen from another world. in other words, he was climbing up into another world. J. Ace and the others followed, fighting against a gravity that was a tiny bit smaller then thier own worlds. above them they saw stars in strange, but strangely familiar patterns. below them, through the blackness, they barely saw the roof of land king hall. they continued thier climb upward...

    Lindor:

    Fanatic climbed out of the void. The air around him was smokey and humid. As the rest of the group pulled themselves up beside him, he gazed around at the land.
    Huge fissures broke the surface of the otherwise black soil. Occasional flames shot up from some of the gaping holes, burrying the soil in intense heat. Nothing living was in view.

    ?ferazel_09:

    Ferazel, after a tough decison. goes out to the sea, to join Avatara over the sea. He also enchants his boat the same way. He mumbles to himself "Fools, voids can lead to other dimensions and worlds, and maybe universes."

    Macintosh Man:

    Suddenly, Fanatic sees a person; or what was a person, running towards him.
    "PLEASE! TAKE ME FROM THIS PLACE!" it yells as it runs towards him. Fanatic draws his sword, not knowing what this person will do. Seeing the drawn sword, the person stops and breaks down, begging for mercy.
    "Please don't kill me!" he pleads "I am just an explorer! I am no threat!" and he starts backing away.
    "An explorer?" Fanatic asks as J.ace starts climbing up out of the void. "State your name. Where did you come from?"
    "My name is MacMan," he says, "I came here two years ago from a land called Cythera with a party of men. I am the only one left. There are terrible beasts here; you do not know the horrors I have seen. Follow my advice and leave this place immediately."

    GameFanatic:

    Fanatic gasped in wonder. "this place has been turned into a living hell! Sure you can come with us."
    At this, MacMan bows his head gratefully and says "many of my men went down through the void, attemping to return to cythera, but only one returned. he said he had to go through the void eight times to come back up into this world. the others, I did not hear from anyone else. I, of course had stayed. then one by one the men returned, but i was hiding, so there was no one to greet them. then, one by one they vanished. please take me from this hellhole!"
    Fanatic replied, "yes. i would not like to stay here any longer, but i want a vote for stay or go."
    more than half the people had said stay.
    the rest said go.
    "oh well. we'll use these rocks to to make a trail so we can find our way back to the void." Fanatic said.
    and they all walked on, into the raging inferno...

    Moonshadow:

    Before leaving this place, Moonshadow lifts her staff at and points at one very large rock, muttering some words. The crystal at the top of the staff glows briefly, and the glow continues onto the rock. "Just a simple rune spell, making the staff point into this direction on command" she explains. "I don't want to critize you, Fanatic, I just don't trust rock-trails. It reminds me of a story I have once heard ..." After that, the party sets out into this 'new world'. After marching for some time, the landscape begins to change. The flames shoot up more rarely, the fissures become smallerand MacMan draws his sword and beckons the others to follow his example. "However dangerous the landscape may look, nothing lives near the void, that's why I stayed there. I've been here only to get food and water, and it was never easy ... from now one, we should really be careful, 'cause now things are getting dangerous - ALL things!). Suddenly, without any warning, the ground begins to shake ...

    Talos:

    The ground shook more and more heavily. "This area is collapsing!" Macman said. He needn't have said it; trees were falling everywhere, and new fissures were opening around them. They were blinded by the belching of rocks from the ground, and the group seperated with everyone running in different directions. The sky turned black with rocks, and the world began to shake itself to pieces...

    theKestrel:

    I reached toward Moonshadow, grabbing her staff. The world around us seemed to be collapsing, trees, rocks, everything seemed to be falling inward. Great gouts of flame and lava burst from the earth. I knew we only had seconds to get out of this strange place. Probing Moonshadow's staff with my magic, I understood the nature of her spell in the time it took me to move between all the members of our group. My words echoed and burst through the air, and I held tight to the staff, and told the others to grab on to me. It seemed as if we had a rope attached to us, pulling us forward. As I held tight to the staff, it pulled us relentlessly towards the enchanted rock. When we reached it, in mere seconds, I yelled at Fanatic to cast another rope spell. He complied and we all began to descend.....or ascend as the case may be......

    GameFanatic:

    suddenly they could see above them. they didnt see the roof of land king hall. instead, they saw a clear blue sky. the climbed up out of the void, and looked aroungd them.

    Slayer:

    Slayer, by the way, had joined Avatara and Ferazel at sea.

    J.Ace21:

    "NO!!! Don't go through the void!!!" J.Ace21 shouted.
    but it was too late. everyone had already gone through it.
    "this is not good..."
    ?J.Ace21 stood up with everyone else in this strange new land.?"where are we?" GameFanatic asks in wonder.?"probably a strange new world. in a different dimension. the void isn't a direct connection to two places. if my theories are correct it sends us into almost random dimensions. but they aren't quite random. the 'stars' in the void represent the dimension we will travel to. they change at random intervals so we needed to go in at the right timing. but thanks to you caring to much about our safety(or me forgetting about the rope) we must have entered the void at the wrong time." explained J.Ace21?" so basically we're lost." groaned MacMan.?"well, not exactly. because we can tell what dimension we will go to we, unlike the 'seagoers' can go where we want to. I have here two maps. one is the star pattern of cythera and the other of our homeland. but....... **** can't remember which one was which." J.Ace21 sits down looking at the two pieces of paper.
    Then suddenly two people masked in steal charge toward us, pointing strange looking spears at us.
    quickly J.Ace21 casts scan....
    ---------Analyzing Enemy--------------?Name : Unknown?Species : Unknown?Attacks : Physical Spear Attack, Tornado, ?failed to scan??Weaknesses : the ???? is weak against lightning attacks as its armor is a very good conductor. but fire attacks will boost its attack damage as it adds fire to its attack.

    Avatara:

    Meanwhile
    The three adventurers now sail calmly at sea. Ferazel and Slayer were lucky that Avatara stopped to eat Lunch, so they were able to catch up. Off in the distance, they see a small land mass come into view. Ferazel stands up anxiously, thinking this may be it. Slayer, being cautious as he is, draws his sword.
    The boat Avatara is busy moving over the sea suddenly slows, and a mist starts to settle. They can barely amake a tiny, rocky island with the sign "Land's End" on it in big black letters as they pass by. The mist slowly grows thicker, and soon the adventurers can't see their noses, more or less what is in front of them. Avatara calmly drives the boat, relying on his magic.
    Ferazel grips the sides tightly, but Slayer lays a hand on him and speaks in a reasurring voice as he sheaths his sword, "He knows what he is doing." The words seem to calm him down enough for Ferazel to lapse into a deep sleep. Slayer moves to the front where Avatara is sitting camly, eyes closed.
    The boat noticeably slows, rocking a bit, as a tremendous force seems to push against it. The mist takes on a greenish hue as the boat presses ever onward. After what seemed like an eternity, the boat sped up again and the mist begins to fade. Slayer relaxes, and he too falls a victim to sleep...

    --------------------
    Slayer's eyes snap wide open as he sits up, recalling where he is. He squints at the bright yellow sun in the sky. As he looks around, in the crisp breeze, he sees that the sky is clear of all clouds, and the mist has dissappeared from view, except for a dark cloud far behind them. The cloud begins to fade from view, and across the blue ocean a distant shape can be made out.
    Slayer turns to Avatara, and finds him sleeping on the bottom, the boat having enough of a push to keep it's momentum. Slayer turns to Ferazel, and finds him sleeping peacefully.
    The far away land mass slowly grows bigger, and the cloud behind them fades from view as they travel further away. Eventually, Slayer can see sheep grazing on the shore, and a small fishing village, with huts arrayed in neat rows. Avatara stirs, and grogily rubs his eyes. Blinking three times, he looks around. Ferazel too starts to awaken.

    "It appears we've made it Slayer."
    "Yes, it does. And a wonderful sight it is."
    "Do you think the others got here?"
    "Yeah, they are probably waiting for us now. They shouldn't have had too much trouble."
    The boat is near enough that Avatara slows it down. They arrive on the beach front and dis-embark. Stretching their legs, they look around. A man, clothed in a purple robe comes running up to them. Slayer and Avatara both draw their sword.
    As the man reaches them, they can see he is of old age. With white hair flowing from underneath his hood, he halts a few feet away from the point of Slayer's sword.

    "Thank goodness I've found you. Before it is too late that is. We must hurry, time is of the essence. Dark forces are brooding and...wait. You are from a far away land aren't you?" he speaks in a suprisingly strong voice.
    "Uh...we are from a far away place. You may have heard of it, Cythera. We have-" Slayer is cut off by the old man.
    "Thank goodness I've found you. It is you then. You're friends are in grave danger, the void is more than what they presumed it to be. And that's not all, come hurry, to my hut we go." And with that, they were off.
    --------------------
    Night had fallen by the time they reached the old man's house. It was on the coastline, a hefty distance away. The man took them inside, and lit a candle. The tiny house had three rooms. One, a washing room, was tiny and the door that led to it was in the northeast corner. The bedroom, where the man slept, was adjacent to it, along the East wall. The rest of the room looked like a cluttered study. With the walls made of wood, and a furnished desk cluttered with scrolls and the like, this man seemed more of a magician than anything else.
    "Forgive me if I drop the formalities, and I know you are anxious to be here, but pleasures and luxuries like that can wait. The void, which you can access through that obelisk there, is an inter-dimensional gateway. Your world, and this one, can also be accessed by the sea, but all others can only be reached by the void. It has a random pattern, and over a hundred destinations, but many you will only see once every hundred or so years. In many places, the void itself only appears occasionally, providing the connection to that dimension. Be sure to not get caught in one of those worlds, for that place may never see the void, even after your grandchildren's grandchildren have lived and died their long years.
    Now, your friends are in grave danger, they have been caught up on one of those worlds. Right now, they are fighting a loosing battle, and I expect the may find themselves imprisoned. The void there only lasts another six days, then will be gone for five hundred years... You must go and rescue them, before it is too late.
    But, that is not all. There is a brooding evil at one of the dimensions. The evil creatures there have managed to find a way to sustain a particular gateway for as long as they please, but they also know the means to create another. Even now, this force is gathering. Their initial attack will not occur for some time, but I am warning you now. Even more so, since Cythera is fourth on the list of worlds to be invaded. I give it 40 years, at the very most, and even that is unlikely. Sooner or later, you will have to face them...
    Now go, and rescue your friends before it is too late. Hurry. Activate the runes on the side of the obelisk, and descend. There you will find the void. Good luck to you all."
    With that, he walked into his room and shut the door. Slayer and Avatara exchanged glances, and knew they couldn't just stand there. They went outside, and opened up the passage below. All three halted before the void, as if deciding what to do. The star patterns inside shifted, and the three could see their companions, faintly, far above...
    --------------------
    J.Ace21 looked back at the void, trying to determine if the path was a safe one. He reached for the sheets with the pictures of the star patterns, then realized with dismay that the papers were both blowing into the void. J.Ace21 watched helplessly as the papers appeared inside the void, and then the stars shifted. He turned, but in a brief instant, could have sworn he saw Slayer and Avatara far below. More men, obviously hostile, were now racing towards them, and it already looked like they would lose. He tried to remember one of the star patterns, but could not, so gave up hopelessly...

    J.Ace21:

    The small group huddle into a small circle. summoning lightning storms and chains of lighting tens of the enemy fall at each attack this small group unleashes. but the enemy simple keep on coming. armor and flesh piling up high enough to create a wall around the group.
    J.Ace21 casts oblivion taking out all the corpses and many of the enemy around them in a several meter radius but they still keep on coming......

    Talos:

    Harsh minutes passed, and the group barely managed to hold off the wall of enemies. Slowly, they moved further and further back, towards the void. From behind them, a voice beckoned: "Quickly, return to the void! It is closing soon!" The party was already near the void, and the enemy pushed them back one last time. They fell through the void...

    Avatara:

    ...only to be pushed back into the world again. Slayer and Avatara didn't notice that the void was changing, and thus the resulting shockwave sent theKestrel and his party back into the world, unconscious, while sending Avatara, Slayer, and ferazel into a different one.

    ferazel_09:

    While the three adventurers got into the new dimension, Slayer was suddenly knocked unconsious. Avatara and Ferazel started casting protection spells, and Ferazel used magic to make Slayer consious, and Slayer used then casted Scan.

    Slayer:

    Ferazel, Avatara, and Slayer found themselves knee deep in snow as soon as they had been blasted into this new world. And no sooner had they landed then they were attacked by an enormous creature covered head to toe in light brown fur. The four legged beast stood about twelve feet tall, with limbs the size of a large man. From the paws protruded several large, razor sharp claws, the size of a person's hand. And it was with one of these limbs that he struck Slayer.
    Slayer was tossed twenty feet, where he landed in a snow drift, unconcious, and seriously hurt. Avatara backed hastily over to Slayer's position, where he proceeded to heal Slayer. Ferazel, meanwhile, cast defensive spells on the party while attempting to engage the beast in combat.
    As Slayer came to, he thanked Avatara for the assistance. He then made use of the new spell that had been made available to him: Scan. A wall of light swept through the beast. As soon as the wall of light passed the creature, Slayer's, Ferazel's, and Avatara's minds were all filled with an understanding of the creature. As far as physical attacks go, this creature can survive as much damage as fifty humans, and it has strength to match. It is a rather dim-witted creature, and has no inherent magical capabilities. Due to its size, it has a rather poor reaction time to any events, but can unerringly strike any fixed target. Living nearly year-round in a frozen waste, it can survive and even thrive in all but coldest of cold. Naturally, its weakness lies in its extraordinary vulnerability to fire. The party begins to adjust its strategy to this new-found knowledge.

    ferazel_09:

    Avatara joins Ferazel, and combining their magic powers, they casted sevral Runes of Blocking, and tried their luck on electric elemental spells.

    GameFanatic:

    The party on the opposite side of the void from Slayer, Ferazel, and avatara woke up to find that fanatic wasnt with them. he had slipped into the void right after Slayer, and because the void was closing, was stuck for a few terrifying seconds within the void. then he had been shot up into icy cold air and landed with s soft thump in the snow...

    This post has been edited by Selax : 27 April 2007 - 11:11 PM



  • Slayer:

    Ferazel, Avatara, and Slayer found themselves knee deep in snow as soon as they had been blasted into this new world. And no sooner had they landed then they were attacked by an enormous creature covered head to toe in light brown fur. The four legged beast stood about twelve feet tall, with limbs the size of a large man. From the paws protruded several large, razor sharp claws, the size of a person's hand. And it was with one of these limbs that he struck Slayer.
    Slayer was tossed twenty feet, where he landed in a snow drift, unconcious, and seriously hurt. Avatara backed hastily over to Slayer's position, where he proceeded to heal Slayer. Ferazel, meanwhile, cast defensive spells on the party while attempting to engage the beast in combat.
    As Slayer came to, he thanked Avatara for the assistance. He then made use of the new spell that had been made available to him: Scan. A wall of light swept through the beast. As soon as the wall of light passed the creature, Slayer's, Ferazel's, and Avatara's minds were all filled with an understanding of the creature. As far as physical attacks go, this creature can survive as much damage as fifty humans, and it has strength to match. It is a rather dim-witted creature, and has no inherent magical capabilities. Due to its size, it has a rather poor reaction time to any events, but can unerringly strike any fixed target. Living nearly year-round in a frozen waste, it can survive and even thrive in all but coldest of cold. Naturally, its weakness lies in its extraordinary vulnerability to fire. The party begins to adjust its strategy to this new-found knowledge.

    ferazel_09:

    Avatara joins Ferazel, and combining their magic powers, they casted sevral Runes of Blocking, and tried their luck on electric elemental spells.

    GameFanatic:

    The party on the opposite side of the void from Slayer, Ferazel, and avatara woke up to find that fanatic wasnt with them. he had slipped into the void right after Slayer, and because the void was closing, was stuck for a few terrifying seconds within the void. then he had been shot up into icy cold air and landed with s soft thump in the snow...

    Avatara:

    Avatara raised his hands, and a bright red ring surrounded the creature. The creature looked at it strangely, for he could pass through it safely, but it would catch up and wrap itself around him again. The party and the creature stared at each other for what seemed like an eterninty, until the ground literally erupted in flame. The shock of seeing a giant blast of fire appear in front of them knocked Slayer and Ferazel backwords onto the snow, just in time as a singed claw flew right where they were standing. The creature emerged from the blaze, on fire and in great pain, and focused on the trio. Suddenly, it was blasted away by a lightning blast that had come from...behind them.
    The three turned, and were met with the smiling face of GameFanatic.

    GameFanatic:

    "sorry. it was only me. sorry." Fanatic apologizes

    Talos:

    Meanwhile, on the other side of the void, the explosion had killed a good number of the enemies. In fact, the group was lucky to have survived the blast. They finished off the remaining beasts easily...

    ferazel_09:

    "Well, anyone hungry?" Ferazel askes, "I have more that enough food for a party twice that of the Undine Stronghold's."

    J.Ace21:

    "well. looks like this wasn't too much use"
    picking up his end of the 'rope' that was supposed to keep them connected to cythera.
    "anyways. we should set up camp here. near the void. i have a bad feeling about this whole thing with the void. me and talos will go set up a field of ruins. the rest should get some food and set up camp"
    the group get working on there own jobs while J.Ace and Talos sets up variuos ruins such as flame, blocking, warding, pain, and others they created themselves.

    Talos:

    Thanks to an abundant supply of wood and stone, the camp had a small stockade and ditch. The runes, however, were difficult to set up. It seemed as though offensive spells were universal, while the runes needed a good deal of adjustment to this world. Finally, J.Ace and Talos got the runes working. J.Ace was posted as watchman..

    Moonshadow:

    ... someone prepared food, and Moonshadow got out a small harp and started playing. After some time most of the group fell asleep. That night nothing happened and in the morning the group had to decide what to to next ...

    J.Ace21:

    "So guys. we got through the night. though i thought that we were going to change shifts TALOS. but its ok. i suggest we go to a new location. but not too far from the void. those... things whatever they were know where we are now and i'm not sure how well the runes will help us. any other ideas?"

    Moonshadow:

    "I'm not sure if I want to stay here at all. On the other hand, every time we went through the void, the world we came to was worse, so if this was only the beginning ... anyway, we first need to know, what was - or is - wrong about the void and second: where is Fanatic?!?

    GameFanatic:

    Slayer looked at fanatic.
    Fanatic was looking at the void. "The void is shifting rapidly. I have calculated that every one hundred worlds I see the Moonshadow. But the Moonshadow's head is nodding quite slowly. the only explanation that I can give is that the time in this world flows differently from the time in their world. I can then assume that in one minute in this world, an hour will have gone by in their world. the void shifts every three seconds. if i time it right, we can jump in and come out and be face-to-face with our companions."
    Meanwhile, Moonshadow could have sworn that she saw fanatic's face in the void.
    "Everyone get ready...3...2...1...JUMP!!" Fanatic yelled.
    they jumped in, and suddenly, they realized Fanatic mis-calculated and they were in a worse predicament than before...

    Macintosh Man:

    Suddenly, a ball of fire is hurled into the middle of the camp, knocking everyone in down and away from each other.
    An unseen voice rang out,"Stay where you are or there is one of those for each one of you."
    "Who are you?!" Yelled out J.Ace.
    "You'll find out soon enough"
    MacMan's face is twisted with horror. "Oh no...

    Moonshadow:

    Cloaked men then came out of the shadows. They took all weapons the group had, and put bracelets on all the mages. They experienced a moment of great pain and weakness and then felt that they could no longer access their magic powers. Their capturers talked to another for a short time, then everybody was roughly tossed to his (or her) feet and they (capturers and prisoners) left the camp and and marched into the direction of a mountain range far away. Escape seemed impossible. The group was seperated and each member was surrounded by four guards, and they were many more soldiers besides ...

    Talos:

    The mages, however, were better off than the warriors. Besides from confiscating their weapons, they fractured their wrists through a painful twist. This left the warriors with nothing to rebel with. The bracelets, however, as MoonShadow would discover, were not perfect...

    J.Ace21:

    we were seperated from each other and put into seperate cells. J.Ace thinks of a way to escape but can't concentrate because of the bracelets...
    "ahh ****"
    J.Ace curses and seings his hands wildly. he suddenly finds himself surrounded by guards
    "looks like this little one needs to be disciplined"
    says a fat looking guard with one muscular arm and a shriveled one.
    "so should we do with him boss?" this time its a extremely tall guard with a very unpleasoant stench surrounding him.
    "hm... take him to the.....

    Moonshadow:

    .. in her cell, Moonshadow also thought of a way to escape, but was disturbed by the sound of a couple of guards that took J.Ace away ... after a while the prisoners could hear him screaming (I don't want to think about a way of torturing any character, so make up the details yourself), which - in addition to the bracelets - kept everybody from thinking of anything. After what seemed like a very long time guards came to all the prisoners and took them to a great hall. There - on a throne made of the bones of a VERY large creature - sat a man. He was tall and musculous, with short black hair and black eyes. He might have been called handsome, had there not benn this cruel - and somehow soulless - look in his eyes. J.Ace was already there, pale and horrified, but strangely without any sign of torture.
    "Don't even THINK of it" said the man, as theKestrel tried to free himself from his guards, he raised his hand and a bolt of pain striked theKestrel to the ground. "I see that some of you have to learn discipline before we can use you ..." "Use us for what?" asked Talos. "Well, I'm sure all of you are usable for something -" he grinned evilly "- the mines for all that give up resistance, and for the other, there remains only the ... valley" The guards looked horrified, while the group exchanged surprised glances. What could be so bad about that valley? "And as for you -" the man continued and pointed at Moonshadow "- well, let's just say that female visitors do not exactly come here often ..."
    ...

    ferazel_09:

    Using magic, Ferazel, Avatara, Slayer, and Fanatic all watched what was going on at the fortress. "We have to save them!" Fanatic says. "Yes, but spells don't travel through voids." Slayer says, "There has to be a way to use magic to set them free with magic if we can watch them with magic. Ferazel, what does this spell do?" Ferazel replied, "It doesn't go through voids, it sends a mini spell to go to the highest point above where you want to look at, and sends what it sees back to the main spell, a kind of window that were looking at right now." "Hmm. Maybe we can alter the spell to save them." Avatara says.

    Moonshadow:

    meanwhile at the fortress
    "Now choose. Give up your resistance and work hard, and you will find out that life here isn't that bad ... or ... try to fight and you will get to know the Reaper more quickly than you can imagine!"

    ferazel_09:

    Finally, after 3 hours of trying to create a new spell, Avatara and Ferazel created a new spell simalar to the TV spell, except it will fire a beam of intence energy at the target, which may be anywhere. Avatara gave it's tome to Fanatic and Slayer, and they learned it too. When they catch up to the other group, theyll let them have it too. "Ready to fire the spell?" Ferazel asks...

    Moonshadow:

    at the fortress again
    ... and so the group was seperated again. J.Ace, who's had enough of torturing and didn't want to take any more risks, and MacMan went to the mines, all other men were sent to the valley, and Moonshadow was taken to another cell, comfortable this time, but nonetheless a cell, and went to examining the bracelets again. It seemed that they kept her from using her powers to heal, fight or enchant things, persons, etc. but could not hinder her from taking in power ... maybe if shed take in enough mana, she could overload them? But how to do that - and without getting hurt too badly?
    ...
    Finally she had found a way of taking in mana, now shed only have to wait for the right time to use her knowledge. It would not be wise to try it right now. "Only wait, Ill show you ..." She sat down and waited ...

    Lindor:

    As the people sent to the valley crested the final ledge, mosy of them wished they had chosen another course. The "valley" was really more of a huge hole blasted straight down into the ground. As the group looked down the fifty feet or so to the bottom, they felt like barfing. It was simply horrible. The sludge that covered most of the floor was gooey and gray. A few mounds of silt rose up from the overwise level ground, but they weren't much better than the sludge, maybe worse, for you could actually see the dead corpses. A sickly sent rose up from the decicrated valley, causing the groups minds to titter and almost stop working altogether. This was the valley of Death.
    With a heavy push from the but end of a guard's spear, Lindor fell down into the brackish slime. As his body's momentum was haulted by the liquid-muck, he came to realize one thing: If they didn't get out soon, everyone would either starve, or go insane from this hell. The rest of the party soon followed Lindor down.

    Avatara:

    Off in the desert world
    The group shot the spell at one of the massive birds that had been circling overhead. All it seemed to do however, was scare the thing away, and make it so one member of the group could tell when the void opened again, exactly.
    Next, the four trudged to what seemed to be hills nearby. They had no idea, however, of the horrors that awaited them there...

    Back in the fortress

    Moonshadow waited silently in her cell, thinking of what they might do to her to pass the time away. She had a bad feeling about what would happen if she stayed behind, especially with the look in the creature's eyes.
    Suddenly, she snapped to reality as she noticed her chance had come. She gathered as much magic as possible, and attempted to focus it on the bracelet, but to her dismay, the bracelit wiggled on her arm, absorbed the magic, and seemed to grow larger and tighter, now extending to cover her hands with a hard un-moving, magic-absorbing substance. Bad idea she realized as she attempted to banish the magic being sucked into the thing away. To her dismay, it pulled harder at the magic, and then started praying on her life force. She let out a bloodcurtling scream as she realized what she had accidentially done.
    The world around her spun, then all went black...

    In the mines

    MacMan woke himself up slowly, aching all over from tired and cramped muscles. He blinked in the dusty dim light and tried to take in his surroundings. He appeared to be on a cot of some time, in a wooden room with light leaking in. The only other furniture was another bed against the far wall where J.Ace stirred.
    MacMan looked at the ancient door, blinding light pouring in. He was in a cabin, but he couldn't remember how he got there, or what he was doing inside. His thoughts were disturbed as booted footsteps grew louder outside. The door was replaced by bright light, and a black silhoutte stepped into the doorway, stopping before actually entering the room.
    The figure's features could not be determined because of the bright light. Even so, MacMan could tell it was a tall, burly, strong character he could not hope to overwhelm. The figure made a gesture with his hands, and the two adventurers followed him to the mines...unaware of the recent troubles within...

    in the valley

    Lindor sat up almost immediately in the sticky goo. It couldn't be! NO!! But, alas, it was. The liquid was slowly digesting them with acids; it was like a living creature, and it made it so they couldn't escape. Already, it was starting to prevent movement from them, by making the liquid become ever so sticky. It was getting harder to peel it off of them, and escape seemed hopeless. Also, for every cell digusted, two more cells of the liquid were made.
    A goat-like creature on the other side let out a hideous cry as it tried to break free. Already, the liquid had stuck to the creature so that it could not move anymore. Lindor adverted his eyes as the liquid quickly dissovled the creature. The creature's fur and ski had been pealed away in front, and one could see the inards and organs heaving in a bloody mess inside its chest.
    As the group looked away, the screams became more frantic until they were suddenly cut off. In moments, all that was left was an increased amount of sludge. The prisoner to the right of Lindor, the only one between him and the goat thing, started shaking. Appearanly, this creature was dissolving all in a clockwise direction, and after this unlucky fellow, Lindor was next.
    The group could do nothing to escape, magic was non-existant in this land, so they hoped someone would be able to rescue them...and soon.
    But, unbeknownest to the poor party, they had more time than they thought. It would take the creature six days to finish a victim, then move on. After two hours of infection (when it starts it's work on a victim) it was unstoppable. The two hour limit for Lindor would put it at a time about sixteen minutes before the void in this dimension closed for many centuries...

    ferazel_09:

    Can we still fire the spell, we could focus the spell just right so that it would balst the monster, but not harm the others.

    J.Ace21:

    -----------------------
    MacMan and J.Ace followed the man into a small car. first they were cuffed with a different kind of bracelet from the ones that they had put on them in the fortress. the car sped down tunnels of unknown length. then after what seemed like a millenium the car stopped
    "it's a good thing you guys came" said the guard with a wicked tone in his voice
    "we had just lost two men down here in the lower sub-levels. you guys will do just fine in filling in for them." with that the guard threw MacMan and J.Ace a bag of glowing bars, apparently magically enchanted, and said
    "look for anything that produces light and put them in the bag"
    then he turned to enter the car
    "oh and. ill be here in a week. stay here. .... hehehe"
    with that the car sped away at an incredible speed and macman and J.Ace were left alone to think of a way to escape... or rot in this mine.

    Moonshadow:

    Black ... everything was black. The woman slowly opened her eyes, but nothing changed. Was she blind? What had happened? Where was she? And ... who was she? She vaguely remembered travelling with a group .. and next fighting Something ... and then? Voices disturbed her thoughts, but she couldn't understand what they were saying. They were clearly arguing about something. She tried to get up, but was pushed back by someone. "You should stay in bed, you know, girl. You would almost have died while fighting the bracelets -" what bracelets? "- had a guard not heard you." Someone put something on her eyes, and then she could see again. The old man - the speaker - she didn't know, but the other ... tall, with black hair and eyes ... she had seen before. One of her companions? No, that could not be. There was something strange about him. She was sure she hadn't travelled with him. "Well, as I said before, shell have to stay here for a while, until she has recovered sufficiently for ..." "Well, old man, youd better hurry ..." the man grinned cruelly. Surely no companion. The old man nodded, looking at her. He was surely afraid of the other man, but there was something else in his eyes ... pity?
    "I'm doing my best, but her recovery will take some days ..." "Three days, no longer!" The man turned around and left. She breathed a sigh of relief. "Who is he?" "The Master ... poor girl, you and your friends should never have come here"
    "You know them?"
    "I ... Ive seen them. the two in the mines may survive for a while, but those in the Valley ... no chance. And don't ask. I'm not going to help you, I did what I can with keeping you here for a few more days. Now you should Sleep!"
    She fell asleep.

    Rogan:

    Moonshadows eyes flit open and she looked around. She was locked up in a small prison cell, unfortunately still having the bracelet tightened to her hands. Suddenly, a voice broke the cilence: "hello? Is anybody there?" Moonshadow rwalised that the sound came from the other side of the wall. She answered: "Hello? Who are you?" "That is not important now. The most important thing is to get out of this ****hole!" Moonshadow examined the wall and discovered a pair of blue eyes looking at her from a crack in the wall. These walls were made of stone, not concrete like the previous cell. "You are human!" she said, "What happened to you?" "I heard about a quest to find our homeland" the voice answered, "and I foolishly went out here alone. I am from Cythera, you see. Anyway, I was captured by these hellish creatures and taken to this cell. If I only could get this damn thing off my hands..." "What is your name, then?" Moonshadow asked.
    "I go by the name of Rogan. You`ve heard of me perhaps...the Undine Stronghold...I do not know your name, but I like what i see". "My name is Moonshadow" she answered, "and if you believe..." Rogan interrupted: "I do not believe anything else that we are about to be exeuted and we need to escape. Did you come alone?" "No, I came with several others" Moonshadow replied, "they are in a place called the Valley". Rogan gasped. "If your friends are in the Valley there is little time to lose. We need to get out of here...NOW

    ferazel_09:

    Suddenly, a high power energy beam comes from the sky. It hits the monster in the valley, but it just slowed it down a little.
    *** In the other universe ***
    "Well, that didn't work the way I thought it would." Ferazel says, "I thought it would destroy the thing, not just weaken it a little."

    Macintosh Man:

    As MacMan and J.Ace entered the mine, their nostrils were filled with an acrid stench coming from within.
    "What is that smell?" Questioned J.Ace.
    "I don't know" Replied MacMan, "and I hope I don't find out"
    As they proceeded further into the mine, they found the source of the stench. There were many workers in the mine, some in fairly well condition, some not so well, and the rest dead and rotting; obviously the source of the smell.
    "WERE GOING TO DIE!" screamed MacMan, as his years alone in this land had takes its toll on his courage.
    "No, we're not" replied J.Ace.
    A large, deep voice intervened, obviously from the guard escorting them, "That's what YOU think..."

    Moonshadow:

    Hmm, Rogan, I thought she wouldn't get her memory back for some time, but anyway ...
    "That's true, the only thing is, I have no idea, how to do it ... I tried getting rid of those ******* bracelets, and almost got myself killed by the way. That old man seemed to know a way, though ... wait, what's that about the Valley? What do you know about it?"
    Rogan quickly explains about the monster. "How nice, they really do seem to like visitors very much." "One more reason to get out of here NOW!" "I'm in for it ... any idea how?"

    Rogan:

    Rogan glanced at a small window in the metal door separating the cell from the hallway and answered: "Unfortunately not. The only way out of here is the guards keys, and these **** things on my hands...we could forget about killing a guard, I think. And these cells are quite secure. A miracle that I found the crack in the wall. I tried to cut the bracelets on a sharp rock but ended up cutting myself. If we could just get the guard to open the door. I`ve practised martial arts, you see". "Yes" Moonshadow agreed, "the guards are propably carrying some sort of key to the bracelets". Rogan said: "Yes, maybe. Do you know where they took our weapons? When I get my hands on the Excalibur and my ice daggers again...". "No" Moonshadow answered, "I think I lost part of my memory. All I remember is the Valley...and that two or maybe more of my friends escaped or something...I do not remember". Rogan was about to reply, but shut his mouth when he heard footsteps in the hallway...

    Avatara:

    The evil man, Drake Thern, smiled to himself as he walked down the hallway. The man imprisoned, he would excecute him no doubt, but the female... He relished in a thought, then decided he would keep her for his future wife. The male could be exceuted during the wedding, so the future couple could have their marrage sealed by drinking a cup of fresh blood. Drake reached Rogan's cell and paused.
    "Guards, take this one to..'the chamber" Drake commanded in a calm voice.
    "Yes sir!" The guards walked over and opened the cage. It was here that Rogan sprung at them, knocking one down and catching the other in the stomach with a punch. Rogan spun to face Drake, when he recieved a crushing blow to his right arm. He dropped to the floor in pain and looked up to see Drake smiling over him.
    "I value your pitiful effort, at least you have courage, but I too am trained in martial arts. Good try though." With that, Drake personally dragged a pained Rogan, gritting his teeth to avoid breaking out in tears, to the chamber. The guards stood up and locked the cage behind them.

    J.Ace21:

    J.Ace21 and MacMan sat with the others. looking for the ore that their captors wanted. J.Ace noticed that the guards seemed tired and bored.
    "listen MacMan. These guards. they were trained to be fighters. but they haven't had a fight in who knows how long. these poor miners were never strong enough to give them that. now that we don't have those bracelets we might be able to reach some source of magic. maybe these glowing rods. anyway, pass the word that we and the rest of these miners are going to start an open revolt. well easily take over the guards with you and me. then well look for the others. by calculating the speed of the cars that we came in, though i couldn't calculate it very well, and the time it took us to get here i bet that were far enough away from the fortress. so how's that for a plan?"

    J.Ace21:

    back in the mines. J.Ace and MacMan had put together a little force of resistance fighters. they decided that the only weapons that they had were themselves and the few picks they had with them. after close examination it appears that the guards are each carrying a small staff-like stick as weapons. the more senior miners tell J.Ace that when hit with the glowing end the victim to the hit falls into a deep sleep. he also states that some of the weaker of them had died due to a hit with the staff. also they learned that the staffs seemed to lose their power over time when kept in the mines. especially where there are large deposits of the rock where they locate more miners.
    "hm.. hey MacMan. what do you think we should do? I don't seem to be able to draw any power from any source of magic. something is getting in my way. i tried casting a daylight spell but all i got was a small blink, like a match, that lasted for.. what... 3 seconds? how about you?"
    "sorry. can't seem to summon any power either. looks like the fight is going to be a physical one" said MacMan cracking his knuckles...
    "oh no~~" groaned J.Ace
    "with that armor. its going to be hard to overtake those guards" J.Ace burrows his head in his hands thinking.
    Suddenly, MacMan looks up, as if he had thought of something. "There has to be a source of magic. look at those sticks the guards are carrying. that shows that there is magic in this world. and it also has to be accessible.... and... yes! that's it. everywhere weve been here there has been something that has been catching my eye. these rods that we are looking for. ive seem them all around in the fortress and even in the cars. though they were shaped and set into different forms theyre definately the same stone. i think they use it as a source of light."
    "so?" asked J.Ace. unmoved and not noticing what MacMan was getting at.
    "so!? so! this rock, ore, whatever you want to call it is all over the fortress and any civilized place in this freaking dimension. but in the wilderness where we first landed in this dimension its only deep down in the depth of the planet. far away..."
    "I still don't get the point"
    "the point is. that the reason we can't summon any magic is in these rocks. don't you remember? during our first battle we were able to casts spells. all sorts of lightning spells and you cast oblivion too. you and talos also created some runes, though with some difficulty."
    "ok. now i get it. but how is it going to help us?"
    "well, the color of the stone is blue right?"
    "a very dark blue, but yes. blue."
    "and the stones on the guards weapons are pinkish."
    "i guess you can say that" J.Ace. still not getting the point.
    "well? don't you recognize the pink stone?" MacMan getting a little fustrated that J.Ace wasn't understanding a thing he was saying <IMG SRC="http://www.AmbrosiaSW.com/webboard/smile.gif" HEIGHT="15" WIDTH="15">
    "well.... they do look a little like the stones that are all over the Magestrium at Pnyx"
    "exactly. i think that they resemble a magcial power. and the blue stones resist and block that magical power. that's why the miners said that after time the weapons seemed to lose their glow and power so that the guards needed to replace them every other day."
    "so. we strike when the weapons are weakest."
    "exactly!"
    "ok. then we just need to wait now" J.Ace breathes a sigh of relief and lays back. just to be abrubtly disturbed by a guard.
    "TIME TO GET BACK TO WORK!!!!" roared the guard as he started hurding them back to the mines

    Macintosh Man:

    As the guards called all of the workers back to continue their jobs, J.Ace and MacMan signaled to the rest of the miners that this was the time. MacMan let out a battle cry, and upon that sound, all of the miners swarmed the guards, easily overtaking them due to the fact that they outnumbered the guards about 15 to 1. However, these guards were not easy fodder, having all of their years of training. Many of the miners were killed or wounded in the battle, but they still prevailed. Within half of an hour, all of the guards were subdued. Grabbing several of the staffs, J.Ace and MacMan thanked and bode farewell to the rest of the miners, and then continued onward in the direction from which they came.

    Avatara:

    In the fortress
    *Moonshadow shivered again as another one of Rogan's terrifying screams cut through the silence. She could tell he was in a great deal of pain, and hoped he would survive. Another bloodcurtling scream cut through the silence, and Moonshadow covered her ears. She wept, for Rogan and the punishment he was undergoing...
    In the hills
    Slayer led the group across the desert. They had almost made it to the foothills, traveling a distance of less than half a mile but already they were thirsty and tired. The red sun beating down on them didn't help at all.
    The had reached the foothills and finally noticed there were mountains beyond. Just looking at the huge towering peaks of rock and the shade that could be found in many places was something that made ferazel drool.
    Their dreaming was interrupted as war cries came from behind them. They turned to see a huge tribe of beefy men charging at them waving many weapons. Blue war paint covered their face and limbs.
    Slayer and Avatara stepped in front and casted a powerful spell...but to their dismay, the spell didn't work. After trying seven different spells, the adventurers realized magic was not abundant in this world, and were stuck with close combat weapons. Being in front, Slayer and Avatara were the first to engage this raging horde.
    Avatara swung his sword, but was thrown off-balance as the sword didn't completely cut his foe in half, but got stuck. He usually had been able to cleanly cut through, but now the sword was lodged in the heaving stomach of his opponent, who was raging and attempting to hit Avatara with his fists. Avatara realized that enchantments weren't working here, and it wasn't long before the group realized these people welcome pain.
    The eighty barbarians pressed their advantage...

    Moonshadow:

    When Moonshadow Finally stopped weeping, the screams had also stopped. It was only then that she realized that someone was watching her. She looked up to see the old man. He looked at her pitifully "I told you it was no dood coming here, didn't I?" "Indeed you did. Now what does that help the others and me?" she snapped. "As for the one taken to the chamber, nothing can help him now: he will be executed during your ... wedding ceremony. It is a long tradition ..." "My what ...? I'm not thinking -" "Now listen girl! It would be better, much better for you, if you gave up your stupid resistance - anyway, as I was about to say you can't wear this. I'm just bringing your wedding gown." He put down a bundle. "A bath has also been prepared. As soon as you are bathed and dressed properly, send for me. Ill explain the ceremony to you." The old man left Moonshadow to stare at the bath tub. Finally, she told herself that refusing to bathe wouldn't change anything about her situation (at least not for the better) ...

    J.Ace21:

    J.Ace and MacMan hand pick a small group of five miners to aid them in the rest of their escape. They fight through guards with their newly found staffs and now have acquired suitable armor for fighting and were managing quite well surprisingly. probably cause the guards hadn't fought in a long time and were a little rusty. Soon they found themselves outside the entrance to a high-speed elevator that would take them to the surface. Many of the guards had just surrendered or had gone into hiding fearing the group of miners and adventurers. Though J.Ace and MacMan thought that them and the group they had picked were the only ones attempting to escape to reduce casualties. It seems that the rest of the miners that they were tired of life in the mines and were in close pursuit. They also had fought through many guards with minimal casualties.
    "Wait." called J.Ace lifting a closed fist.
    "What!?" MacMan cried annoyed at being stopped in their excape.
    "The elevator might be ambushed."
    "So! You want to climb the stairs!? From all we can tell we could be miles under the surface!" MacMan cries out at J.Ace. Annoyed of him being so delusional.
    "Ok. then the elevator it is"
    They pressed a small button and almost immediately the large door opened. The group of seven fighters filed into the elevator.
    "Everyone. Stay alert...."
    As soon as MacMan Presses the button to the surface the elevator lurches upward. In a short minute the elevator stops. and the doors start to open......

    Rogan:

    in the fortress
    Rogan screamed again. For half an hour the guard had been torturing him. Rogan was lying on a bench with his hands and feet tied up. The bracelet was gone, they took it of him when he was unconscious, but the ropes didnt make the situation much better. He could still not reach his magic. Rogan looked at the guard and said: "Ask me some questions, **** it! Torturing me is meaningless unless you want to know something" The guard answered: "Well, we like watching people suffer and we cant kill you until the ceremony". "The ceremony?" Rogan was surprised. The guard laughed. "Our master and the magess that we captured are going to be wed. At the ceremony they will drink your blood...after we have killed you. Ever heard of "the death by a thousand cuts?" The guard walked out of the room as he said: "Dinner time. Another guard will come and keep you with company soon". Rogan looked around for something sharp. If he could just get the ropes off his hands...

    Avatara:

    Avatara woke up dizzily. The night was already upon them. He looked around and he could make out through the blur that him and his three companions were tied to vertical wooden poles. Some sort of fire was going on, and it looked like a ceremony was to be performed. From the looks of it, it was a sacrifice to some gods.
    Avatara had no clue as to how he got here, or where he was. He looked to Slayer for answers.

    "Glad to see you awake, its been two nights. Before you ask, the barbarians took us captive after you were knocked unconscious. Appearantly, they need us for some sacrifice to their gods."
    "Thanks, any ideas as how to escape?"

    Moonshadow:

    Moonshadow looked at the so-called wedding gown in disgust. "Oh no, I'm not going to wear that stupid thing" she muttered. " Oh yes, you will!" She spun around. The old man was there. "It's only for the ceremony, girl." "I do not want to be married to that monster. And stop calling me girl. Ive got a name, you know. Call me Moonshadow. Anyway, I can well enough live without your stupid ceremony." "No you can't. Not if you want to survive. And now -" he raised his hand "- stop complaining!" She wanted to say something but she couldn't speak and so she just stared at the old man angrily. "First, I think I never introduced myself. My name is Rohezal. I'm here to make sure you know what you have to do at the ceremony. It's going to be tomorrow, in the evening, so listen carefully. This is important! Almost every man in this place will be there, even the miners. There will be a feast in the great hall, and afterwards the ceremony will take place. Don't say anything unless you are asked to, you don't have to understand the words, and the Master will take care that everything goes the right way! At the ceremony's end you will have to drink a cup of blood -" Moonshadow went pale "- of that man you tried to escape with -" she went even paler and stared at Rohezal in disbelief "- to seal yor marriage! And the last thing: don't try to contact your friends or even escape! It won't serve you - or any of your group - well! Drake Thern is not exactly know for showing mercy to those who don't obey his orders!"
    Have you understood everything?" She nodded. "Fine. Eat something." he points at the table, and food and drink appeared. "Tomorrow Ill be back! Don't try anything stupid, girl.

    Avatara:

    *The flames below were barely licking Avatara's heels, but he knew that would change soon. With a glance at Slayer and GameFanatic, he knew it was now or never. Ferazel started making his distraction, and Avatara used this as an opportunity to redirect the flame via blowing, so that it burned through the rope tying him up. Avatara winced as the flame licked his wrists, but soon it was over and Avatara was falling. He quickly jumped out of the flame and rolled across the dirt on the ground. By this time, some of the barbarians realized it was a trick.
    Avatara jumped up and grabbed his and Slayer's swords. With a single swipe, Slayer was free, and with another GameFanatic was able to join them. The barbarians turned away from Ferazel, and faced the threat of the three standing with weapons drawn. Avatara dipped his blade in the burning blaze and let it heat up. By the time the barbarians finally started charging forward, the blade was beginning to glow red-hot, and Ferazel had managed to free himself. The three stood off the assault easily, the ancient blade Avatara wielding now actually cutting a cleaner gash due to it's burning intensity.
    As the barbarians started forcing Avatara to slowly retreat, they were assaulted from behind by Ferazel, and flanked by Slayer and GameFanatic. With mass confusion dwelling among them, they were easier to fell. The adventurers had finally defeated their capturers, and amazingly without any nasty wounds. Seeing that they only had limited time, Avatara pressed onward, leading the four across the desert, pressing back towards the void.
    Traveling all day, and part of the next night at a fast pace, the four were very weary by the time they reached the location. They appearantly had another day to go, and used this to rest and heal wounds while they waited for the void to appear. They would have to face tough opponants the following day.

    Talos:

    Things in the valley were not going very well. They still were not freed, and they were getting desperate. Already, Lindor had lost one of his legs, and they lacked the energy to make a new one. Talos looked up mournfully, waiting for help... any...

    Macintosh Man:

    To everyone's relief, as the door opened, there was no ambush, and nobody anywhere in sight. The party proceeded through the caves to the exit, wondering where everyone was and why they were gone. As they exited the mine however, a group of gruards attacked them from behind...

    J.Ace21:

    The battle was on. But J.Ace and MacMan's small group(consisting of themselves and five miners) were at a disadvantage. The guards obviously had different kinds of weapons. some sort of projectile weapon. the armor the small group of 7 had already been shattered and the staffs looked dark. Without proper weapons or magic they were doomed since they were outnumbered 26:7. It looked like they were going to go back to the mines when from behind they heard a large warcry
    "GET THEM!!!!"
    suddenly the rest of the miners that had been following were charging at the guards. During the confusion J.Ace and MacMan who were well trained fighters had disarmed two guards and quickly shot down the rest.
    "whew~. thanks guys" said J.Ace. relieved to see that the miners had followed them
    "now. lets go."
    the larger group of 50 or so men were out of the main building now. Looking out on to a barren wastland.
    "now what?

    Macintosh Man:

    As MacMan, J.Ace, and the now much larger than ever party continued on away from the mine, a couple of the miners pointed out that there were none of the guards around at the usual checkpoints. One of them also pointed out that the last time this happened was when Drake, the leader of this land, was having the excecution ceremony of an outsider, someone not from this land. J.Ace exclaimed, "Those are probably our friends! We need to get to them!" He looked for the miner who had told them why the guards were gone for he seemed to know much about the proceedings here. But as he looked around, the miner was nowhere to be seen. "Where is that miner I was talking to?" he asked MacMan.
    MacMan looked around, "I don't know." He looks more, "I don't see him anywhere."
    Then J.Ace mumbles angrily, "he must have been a spy, one of the guards in disguise. That means there must be some sort of trap..."

    ferazel_09:

    They waited, and waited, and waited some more, until the void opened. As they jumped in, they noticed a barbarian was chasing them. As they went through the void, the barbarian jumped too...

    Avatara:

    ...and suddenly transformed into a hideous beast. Shrieking with rage, it swong a massive claw at Avatara, who barely managed to dodge it. It let out another terrifying roar, and the massive scaly paw swung again. The hideous beast put too much wieght into its swing, so when Avatara side-stepped the blow, it stumbled forward. Suddenly it reared up straight and stiff, before falling over, Ferazel standing behind it with his arms raised.
    Avatara thanked Ferazel and they were off to the other side of the void. Avatara halted Ferazel and the stars changed. When Avatara dropped his hand, they stepped into a foreign land...


    Moonshadow glanced at the night air from the palace steps. She was dressed in the wedding gown, against her wishes, and now had to wait for two hours. Fifty wary palace guards watched her closely. The moon emerged from behind a cloud and cast it's pale blue light on the torches in front of the giant palace. Thoughts raced through her mind as she struggled to find a way to escape and save Rogan.
    Four guards walked up from the trail. For some reason, there was no outer wall around the palace, but Moonshadow knew from being inside that there was no reason for one. The hidden traps and guards strewn through the palace would be enough to stop an invasion.
    Moonshadow looked blankly at the white flowers in her hand and looked around again. The chill wind made her shiver in the otherwise warm air. The grass around the marble walkway and steps was a dark green. The torches allowed her to see the neatly trimmed grass running all the way around. It was still dark, but visibilty was not limited at all for the guards.
    She glanced down the hill in the direction of the valley. In the distance she thought she could make out the location of the valley, or whatever was there. The grass around the valley was tall and tan-colored. Moonshadow sighed again, and just stood waiting for the two hours to be up...


    Ferazel and Avatara saw the torches lighting up the fortress in the distance. Getting past the guards and fortified wall on the beach was easy, getting into the palace would not be. With a whisper to Ferazel, Avatara sent Ferazel off in the direction of the valley. Time was running out, and fast...

    Rogan:

    in the fortress
    "It is time to go". A guard held Rogan down while another one tied up his hands. Then they started to walk. The first guard first, Rogan in the middle and the second guard behind him. They went through a small hallway and Rogan thought "Two yawning guards...this is my chanse of escape!" Rogan stopped but the first guard didnt notice and walked further. One second later, Rogan jumped up in the air and broke the second guards neck with a mid-air kick. The first guard turned around and drew his longsword...too late. Rogan kicked him in the stomach, making him drop his sword. Another kick made him fall to the ground and Rogan put his foot on the guards head, stopping him from getting up again. "Where is Moonshadow?" Rogan yelled, "where are my weapons? And when is this wedding thing? Speak, or die!" The guard tried to bite Rogan, but he recieved another kick instead. "Okay" the guard said, "The girl is in the great hall, your weapons are behind the nearest mage locked door, and the wedding ceremony is now". Rogan answered: "and heres one for torturing me!" Rogan kicked the guard in his face again, and this time he passed out for good. Rogan cut the ropes on his hands on the guards sword as he muttered: "death by a thousand cuts my ***".

    Moonshadow:

    Moonshadow stood beside the priest and the man who was going to marry her. During the whole night she had not seen her friends, nor had she been able to think of any way to save them or only herself. The bracelets were gone but it didn't matter. Surrounded as she was by guards and that Drake Thern she wasn't able to do anything. So she looked in the direction of the main entrance. The guards had gone to fetch Rogan some minutes ago. She had thought it all over again and again but there was simply nothing she could do ...
    She saw some other guards leave the hall. What was happening here? "The prisoner ... he has escaped his guards" a guard informed her. Rogan had escaped? That was the first good news she had heard since her imprisonment. She hoped he would manage to escaoe but the fortress was one big trap.
    Her thoughts raced ... maybe she could help him. 'surely, if you manage to stay alive long enough she thought sarcastically. But what could be worse than marrying that man. Nothing, really. She looked around the hall. She had to do something to distract the guards attention ...

    Rogan:

    "Open the **** door!" Rogan yelled to the guard. He put his sword to the guards throat and repeated: "Open the door!" The guard took a strange rod with a pinkish light and touched the mage locked door with it. The lock turned grey, and the door opened. Rogan cut the guards throat and few seconds later, blood was everywhere on the opposite wall. "Oh yes!" Rogan said to himself, "the weapon storage!" Rogan recognised his sword, the Excalibur, and grabbed it. He found his ice daggers and some other weapons too. All weapons were without their magic but they were sharp and that was enough against these incompetent guards. He also took Moonshadows staff and a few other weapons in case she needed them. Rogan started to walk towards the great hall, where the wedding had begun...

    Avatara:

    Rogan saw a huge flash of light, and hit the floor...where he lay unmoving for minutes...


    Ferazel was almost out of breath after running a great distance. He stopped for breath, but Slayer continued, speeding with all haste. Slayer suddenly stopped and jumped back. Ferazel jogged up to see what was wrong.
    He almost didn't see the hole until it was too late. The clever rise of the grass covered up the rim. From the giant pit, Ferazel could hear loud moaning and someone crying. A horrible stench wafted up and he felt like regurgitating his lunch. He peered down and almost wished he hadn't.
    On the floor, in sticky gray sludge, lay some of his closest friends. Moaning and wailing they sat, Lindor without a leg. Appearantly the gray sludge was a creature, slowly devouring them one by one. Ferazel turned away quickly and looked at Slayer.

    "Any ideas?"


    Moonshadow was getting very nervous. The priest has started the wedding some time ago, and had pretty much finished it. She missed what he was saying, preoccupied with something else, but his next phrase jolted her eyes wide.
    "Drake Thern, do you take this bride to be your wife, until death do you part?"
    "I do."
    The priest turned, ever so slowly to face her. As she looked at Drake, she could see his lips twisting into an evil smile.
    "Moonshadow, do you take this man to be your husband, until death do you part?"
    "I..." She realized what the point of drinking the purple potion was last night. She was attempting to say no but it kept threatening come out as yes. She felt a strange foreign presence in her mind, forcing her to say the words. Her heart sank as it took complete control over her body. She closed her eyes.
    "I d-"
    The last word was cut off as a bright flash and a loud explosion caused choas and threw the guests on the ground. She looked up and saw Drake staring back, hate blazing in her eyes. She too turned, and witnessed something that renewed hope in her.
    The whole back wall all the way to the courtyard had been turned into burning timbers, piled on the ground. In the midst of it, standing calmly in the former entryway, on the charred remains of the red carpet, was Avatara. Hate blazed in his eyes, and a dark red aura seethed from him. He drew his sword, the metallic sound ringing through the silence. Calmly, and slowly, he began the walk to the alter.
    At about halfway, Drake snapped out of his trance and grabbed a nearby sword. He turned at charged at Avatara, bellowing a loud war cry. The ground seemed to rise under his feet, and a black circle of soot surrounded him as blue smoke rose from his body. Drake clenched his teeth, having had one of his kindey's just imploded by Avatara. He raised his sword high and charged at Avatara again.
    The sword met a glowing blue orb about three feet from Avatara's face. Drake stood paralyzed while seething wizard's fire from the underworld lept up and incinerated all nearby. It left a nasty scar on Drake's right wrist. The red glow from the fire remained, long after the fire had dissipitated.
    Drake suddenly could move again, and slashed with all his might at Avatara. Finally, Avatara unsheathed his own sword, and met Drake with a fierce parry. Sparks flew, and one of the wooden benches ignited on fire, burning the seated guests on it alive. Drake swung his sword again, but stopped and spun around, aiming at Avatara's neck. Avatara leaped out of the way and slashed back. Drake reeled back, seething with rage, and sheathed his sword. His left cheek had a nasty slash, one he intended to keep, to remind him of his hate. With a final glance, Drake turned and ran, never to find out what happened to the guards he had called for backup.
    Moonshadow let out a breath as she followed a silent Avatara out. As they passed the enterance, a tattered form appeared from the shadows nearby. Rogan stood, his sword dripping with blood. Moonshadow realized the guards fate.
    Avatara didn't say a word as he glanced at the purple portal to the void on the beach to their left. Against the purple glow, a black figure could be seen. Drake shouted back a cry of revenge, and dissapeared into the void, vowing to return. Avatara turned to face Moonshadow and Rogan, and finally spoke in a calm voice.

    "We must hurry. Your friends at the valley need help." The palace continued to burn...

    J.Ace21:

    "Hey! I see the valley" shouted MacMan as the large group of around 100 made it's way toward the fortress.
    "Look! I think i see Slayer... and ferazel!!"
    The group ran the rest of the way to the valley.
    "J.Ace! MacMan! We thought wed never find you again. who are all these people?"
    "no time to explain. From what i here, this valley is a very nasty place." said J.Ace
    "right. now, we just need to find a way to get them outta there..."
    ferazel sits down... scratching his head.
    "hm... if we just had a strong rope.... thats it!"
    "what?" asked MacMan
    "remember that rope? the one i made that was SUPPOSED to keep us connected to Cythera?"
    "yea. the one that snapped the second we entered the void" said Slayer.
    "ok. so i made a mistake. but it will help us here. and i have just enough to reach the bottom..."
    everyone smiled as they hurriedly started on the rescue mission....
    After a long 10 minutes of trying to gather enough power for a levitation spell the whole group had barely managed to help the group that was trapped inside the valley out. And as soon as they arrived they left with ferazel and slayer leading the way to the fortress and hopefully Avatara, Rogan, and MoonShadow

    ***meanwhile in the fortress
    Rogan bursts into the grand hall only to see the remains of an inferno and Avatara helping MoonShadow to regain her own ability to think.
    "oh. i guess i'm a little late.."
    "yea. i guess you can say that. wait a second. i think i know some of the weapons youre holding. and that cloak is definately J.Ace's"
    "youre probably right. and this staff is yours MoonShadow, here."
    "thanks. but I don't think that we should be to happy about Avatara's victory."
    "what do you mean?
    "well. it was too easy. and Drake didn't even use any magic..."
    "maybe. but he's gone for now and wed better regroup and get back to the void"
    soon the two groups met. they had spotted eachother just outside of the fortress walls and after a short exchange were back on their way to the void. J.Ace was lovingly looking at his magical daggers and wearing his cape in a most fashionable way <IMG SRC="http://www.AmbrosiaSW.com/webboard/wink.gif" HEIGHT="15" WIDTH="15">. MacMan was glad to have his gear back and everything was perfect.
    "well J.Ace. You lead us on a journey to the homeland and you guess us in a terrible mess. I think i'm gonna like you." smiled Slayer.
    "yes. If you have anymore adventures in store you know where to find us in the Tavern" everyone laughed as they remembered what this whole journey was supposed to be.
    "well," started J.Ace "though we didn't reach the homeland we learned an awful lot about the void and many other things. I think that this has been a great experience. and Ive been thinking about something, just for us explorers and warriors..." J.Ace continues his explanation for his idea of a rendeveous. and suddenly. a large earthquake interupts J.Ace talking. the earth splits and shoots up a fountain of lava. All of the miners were killed or badly burned. The group survived with their skills but were shaken. Slowly, out of the lava a large figure rose. MoonShadow, Rogan, and (especially) Avatara gasped when they saw who it was. Drake rose from the lava like some fire god. He was in full battle gear and was wearing a large array of jewlery(probably to allow him to use advanced magic). The land is lit with fire making the night sky as bright as day. And the battle begins....
    J.Ace casts Scan.

    Scan****




    **
    *
    Failure**
    Not enough mana***** <IMG SRC="http://www.AmbrosiaSW.com/webboard/wink.gif" HEIGHT="15" WIDTH="15">(remember that this is a land with little magic...)

    Avatara:

    Drake loomed down at the adventurers. With a cry of war, Avatara led the group in a fierce charge towards him. They were almost to him when Ferazel stopped and tried scan, but was only able to gain a small piece of information that made his eyes go wide with terror.
    "Guys! Its not him, its only a fire elemental! Get back now!" Ferazel shouted, but it was too late. The ground shook violently and seemed to bend upward, rocks finally breaking apart leaving wide fissures all over the beach and surrounding areas. Several whirlpools had formed in the distance.
    Molten magma bubbled upward through the newly opened gaps, luckily just far enough away that nobody was hurt from it...yet. Steam and smoke rose all around, covering everyone's view to be obscured. Sulphuric acid washed in on the waves, and started reaching higher and higher on the beach, burning everything living with it's touch. The path to the void was now covered with acid.
    The adventurers had started to worry, they couldn't see through the smoke, and they knew if they misstepped they could be permenantly killed by either the rising magma or the boiling acid. To make matters worse, a creature of pure fire and capable of strong magic was only strengthened with each of these disabilities.*

    Moonshadow:

    Moonshadow tried to gather her powers for a spell but the smoke kept getting in her eyes and also made her cough. The others weren't off much better. But being specialized on the opposite element (ice) also made the heat getting on her even worse. She held her staff tightly making the crystal on its top glow with a strange light. The air cooled down a bit and grew clearer for some moments as she tried to see the exact direction of the void but it was no good. She was quickly forced to drop the spell because it attracted the fire creatures attention ...

    J.Ace21:

    J.Ace, using a crystal that he had stolen from the mine, charges up just enough magic to change the element of his magical dagger to ice and starts throwing(for those who don't know about my dagger which is the only weapon my character usually carries around with him its blade flies out every time i think of throwing it. it is then almost immediately replaced with another magic blade. it can be just plain physical or be elemental. but only one. it can't be both physical and elemental at the same time nor can it be a mix of ice and lightning elemental etc.). The daggers that actually do find their target does little damamge to the fire elemental due to the fact that there wasn't enough magic power enchanted and J.Ace couldn't aim correctly through the smoke.
    "This is not working!!!" J.Ace shouted through the smoke at the others who were doing their best to fight or avoid the elemental. Then suddenly J.Ace tripped on something while trying to put some space between him and the elemental.
    "****!( <IMG SRC="http://www.AmbrosiaSW.com/webboard/smile.gif" HEIGHT="15" WIDTH="15">)" as J.Ace looked at what he tripped on he found that inside were the magic disrupting gems from the mines.

    Everyone was in despair. Due to the thick smoke noone could find the void and the lava and acid pull was getting larger by the second. Then suddenly a shower of rocks came crashing down on the lake and elemental. MacMan recognized the glow from the mines and realized what J.Ace had in mind. Immediately the results appeared. The lake stopped growing though it didn't shrink and the elemental seemed too confused to summon any magic. But still that was not enough. The elemental's attack always being of fire burned close to the group threatening them. Suddenly the acid lake started to freeze. Small blue projectiles were flying into it freezing a small portion of it every time...

    Rogan:

    Rogan hadn`t been saying or doing much at all but, suddenly, he powered up an ice spell. "We have to combine our magical powers if this is going to work!" he shouted. Ferazel approached Rogan and said: "Maybe it is a good idea...shall we try?"

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  • J.Ace21:

    J.Ace, using a crystal that he had stolen from the mine, charges up just enough magic to change the element of his magical dagger to ice and starts throwing(for those who don't know about my dagger which is the only weapon my character usually carries around with him its blade flies out every time i think of throwing it. it is then almost immediately replaced with another magic blade. it can be just plain physical or be elemental. but only one. it can't be both physical and elemental at the same time nor can it be a mix of ice and lightning elemental etc.). The daggers that actually do find their target does little damamge to the fire elemental due to the fact that there wasn't enough magic power enchanted and J.Ace couldn't aim correctly through the smoke.
    "This is not working!!!" J.Ace shouted through the smoke at the others who were doing their best to fight or avoid the elemental. Then suddenly J.Ace tripped on something while trying to put some space between him and the elemental.
    "****!( <IMG SRC="http://www.AmbrosiaSW.com/webboard/smile.gif" HEIGHT="15" WIDTH="15">)" as J.Ace looked at what he tripped on he found that inside were the magic disrupting gems from the mines.

    Everyone was in despair. Due to the thick smoke noone could find the void and the lava and acid pull was getting larger by the second. Then suddenly a shower of rocks came crashing down on the lake and elemental. MacMan recognized the glow from the mines and realized what J.Ace had in mind. Immediately the results appeared. The lake stopped growing though it didn't shrink and the elemental seemed too confused to summon any magic. But still that was not enough. The elemental's attack always being of fire burned close to the group threatening them. Suddenly the acid lake started to freeze. Small blue projectiles were flying into it freezing a small portion of it every time...

    Rogan:

    Rogan hadn`t been saying or doing much at all but, suddenly, he powered up an ice spell. "We have to combine our magical powers if this is going to work!" he shouted. Ferazel approached Rogan and said: "Maybe it is a good idea...shall we try?"

    J.Ace21:

    "Right, Rogan. Here, see where I'm throwing my daggers? It's already starting to freeze there. How about we all aim our spells there. After awhile well have a large enough ice island to stand on. Then well all get on and start aiming our spells outward so we can expand the area that that monster won't be able to come into easily. but watch your backs. This guy is NOT going to let us get off that easy."

    ferazel_09:

    Ferazel, Rogan and J.Ace combined powers and fired a very powerful ice elemental. It hit the target, but....

    Rogan:

    ...the fire elemental raised his hand, making it hit only small regions of its body. However, the arm turned into ice and fell off. The fire elemental then charged at Rogan with a large fireball. Rogan ducked but the fireball put him on fire. Rogan rolled on the ground trying to put the heat out and, eventually, succeded. He turned to Ferazel and said: "Wonder why this creature can use magic and we cannot?"

    Avatara:

    The fight was going okay, not in favor of either side at the moment, but their time was almost up. They could see the void was just starting to close, and the acid wasn't freezing fast enough. It seemed to be melting with every fireball the elemental missed its target with.
    They needed a plan, a good one, and fast.

    ferazel_09:

    "Well, ice elemental didn't work. Let's combine outr powers to destroy it with a big water elemental!" Ferazel said...

    Rogan:

    "Lets do it!" Rogan yelled and with those words, they raised their hands and combined forces. However, the void was slowly closing...

    Moonshadow:

    true
    Combining their powers, they summoned a powerful water elemental and commanded it to attack. "Well, guys, I hope this works ..." Moonshadow said. "It doesn't even have to win, it should just keep the fire creature at bay long enough for us to retreat."MacMan replied. "Sounds good. I hope you don't think I'm a coward, but if we don't hurry, well sit here for the rest of our lives." She looked at the fire elemental "However long they may be." So the party retreated from the fighting elementals ...

    J.Ace21:

    The fire elemental seemed to stare in disbelief at the water elemental that the strange group had been able to summon. Drake had assured him that they wouldn't be able to use any magic. No matter he thought to himself. He was just angry now. At Drake, the strangers, and the water elemental. And that anger made him more powerful. The fire elemental brought the pool of lava to float around him creating a barrier. The barrier took form and the fire elemental was holding a fiery shield and an inferno for a sword. It charged at the water elemental. The water elemental knowing that it should most definately defeat a fire elemental laughed as the fire elemental charged him. The second the sword hit the water elemental(who was just standing still) it extinguished leaving smoke and hardened rock. Next the shield went up in a blast of vapor. Both were extinguised but the shield had also cost the water elemental. Even though he had no weapons the fire elemental continued its attack. The water elemental(who was furiated by the fact that the shield had done some damage) fired a spout of water so powerful it seemed to suck the air around it with it. The path of the water spout left a hole of harden rock in the center of the fire elemental. The fire elemental roared in pain and made its last berserker charge toward the water elemental who also met the battle cry and also ran to meet its enemy. The two elementals locked in mortal combat leaving only a slowly parting fog of mist and vapor.

    Talos:

    As Talos fell, he realized where he was. He had just fallen off of the edge of the closing void, and was falling down very quickly. There was nothing to hold on to...

    Lindor:

    Lindor, with a bandaged-up half-a-leg simply sat and watched as the mages did their work.

    Macintosh Man:

    As they ran towards the void, MacMan turned to look behind them. The fire elemental had just realized that the party was running away and for an instant, forgot about the water elemental and used a great deal of its remaining strength to throw a ball of flame at the retreating humans (we ARE human, right?) As the ball of flame grew nearer, MacMan let out a cry to warn the rest of the party.

    J.Ace21:

    J.Ace heard MacMan's cry and instinctivly barked a command to the water elemental. It shot a blast of water towards the fire ball but ended up dying with the fire elemental. The fire ball was getting extremely close...

    GameFanatic:

    Fanatic glowed briefly. Suddenly, MacMan and the others started glowing. the glow built up an inch all around them, then seemed to turn into some liquid glass force field.
    "Hurry up! this takes up magic! You cannot be hurt from any blast now! go!" Fanatic said.
    Macman kept running. he was getting closer to the void...closer...closer...closer...
    It hit, but Macman shrugged it off like nothing.
    Fanatic stopped glowing. the force field dissapeared. Macman jumped into the void...

    Lindor:

    Lindor look on helplessly as the rest of the group seemed to forget about him. If only they could heal him, then this fire-beast would feel the bite of his swords! Unfortunately, none of them could access enough mana to do so. Still, Lindor really didn't think he deserved to be left behind in this he!!. He dragged himself a few feet more before having to rest some more.
    Looking up, Lindor saw his friends in dire straights and yelled as loud as he could. The fire elemental turned around quickly, surprised, for it didn't think anyone was behind it. The group hesitated on their rush to the void. The fire elemental was partialy distracted, this might be their only chance, if it was a chance at all. They all came to the same decision quickly.

    Rogan:

    Rogan turned around and threw a healing potion to Lindor. He drank it and felt instantly much better.

    ferazel_09:

    "Do you need any help getting over here Lindor?" Ferazel shouted.

    GameFanatic:

    The fire elemental could see he was winning. what he didn't see, was Fanatic sneaking up on him with a dagger in his hand...

    Lindor:

    Lindor stood up and flexed his returning leg. It had come back with the healing potion, but it was still a little weak. As he glanced over at the elemental, he saw Fanatic sneaking up from behind it out of the corner of his eye. Forcing his eyes not to glance to the side, Lindor continued to yell up taunts at the elemental. Right when Fanatic was close enough to stike, the ground he was over colapsed under him, throwing him down into a pit of the acid-slime.
    Acting quickly, Fanatic righted himself in the air, and threw the dagger with all his might. It slimmered as it flew, heading stright at the elemental.
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    As soon as Lindor saw Fanatic fall, he ran and sprang as far as he could out over the Sea of Slime. Rogan, who had been preparing since he through the potion, flung out a long piece of that metal rope. Lindor grabbed into it and quickly tied it around his waist before spashing under. Rogan began to pull him in, and when he finished, Lindor wasn't a pretty sight to look at, his skin was pale gray instead of it's golden yellow, his hair was all but gone, his face was drawn, but he wore a smile still.
    "Thanks," he wispered, then he passed out. Rogan had to give him the last two of the healing potions before he came around again.
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    \/ \/ \/ \/ \/ \/ \/ \\
    Fanatic fell for what seemed like an eternity, the pit must have been a hundred feet high. He looked up, trying to see if his dagger had struck the elemental. Instead, all he saw was the bottom of the pit, miles away. The thought popped into his head, he must have fallen into an invisible rip into the void...

    Moonshadow:

    Moonshadow stared at the fire elemental. It had stopped its attacks and was obviously in pain. But why? Unimportant. That was their chance to leave unnoticed. "Come on. Forget that elemental. Let's leave this hell!" She looked at the others, then at the closing void. Gods, why didn't they hurry up?

    GameFanatic:

    Fanatic realizes that he has to reach a side, but he's right in the middle. he thought quickly, then cast a fireball at one side. that propelled him to the opposite side, where he held on to a rock outcropping. Fanatic then started the long climb upward...


    Avatara, noticing that something had hit the fire elemental, ran past the elemental and grabbed what had nearly pierced it's heart. it was fanatic's dagger.


    Fanatic seemed to climb for hours. when he at last saw light up ahead, it was coming from the fire elemental. he asked avatara, "can i have my dagger back?" Avatara handed him the dagger, then used a spell he had just learned in the desert. Fanatic shimmered briefly, then dissapeared. all anyone could see was the dagger. Fanatic then made the long way around the hole he just fell through, and came up behind the elemental and thrust the long knife deep into it, ignoring the burning...
    All heard a loud BOOM, and saw that the void was closing rapidly. Fanatic looked into it, and saw the familiar constellations of cythera, which he had been forced to remember at school so long ago. The elemental dying, he closed his hands together in prayer, and jumped in...

    Talos:

    Talos had been falling... falling... falling...
    It had seemed like an eternity, when he saw another person above him. Then, off to his right, he saw a welcoming scene: the familiar constellations of Cythera. He managed to move himself to the right, and fell towards Cythera...

    Moonshadow:

    Moonshadow looked back in the direction of the fortress, smiled, waved goodbye, and jumped into the void, towards Cythera.

    Avatara:

    *Many were escaping towards the rapidly closing void, at best guess it would be open for only 14 more seconds. Avatara stared around, and seeing everyone else exiting to Cythera, he hurried to the void. Instead of stepping through, however, he just touched the edge of it, summoning the last of his magic. Looking through and seeing everyone else safely out of the void, Avatara unleased a spell that drained his magic, and nearly made him faint. The star patterns changed.
    6 seconds something in his mind warned him.
    Avatara dropped to his knees and blinked, trying to see. All he saw was a rapidly diminishing void. The void was now barely the size of a man, and rapidly getting smaller. With a swimming vision, Avatara used the last of his strength to propel him through. The void's portal in now barren land sqeezed shut, and a shockwave roared in the air all around the beach. As the dust settled, the few miners left saw the void was gone...and they would finally have peace for the next 500 years...


    Avatara looked up and stuggled against the blackness attempting to cloud his vision. He looked up and saw a sight that overjoyed him before the blackness closed in. After a long time, he had returned.

    Rogan:

    moments before the void closed
    Rogan was too far away. He ran, but it was no good. He realized that he was trapped forever. But, suddenly, something unexpected happened: The fire elemental exploded, and the shockwawe flung Rogan, head first, into the void. After a few momnts lying quite shocked on the ground, he looked back. He had been saved by a miracle. Rogan spotted Moonshadow and Ferazel first and realized he was back. To celebrate, Rogan took a sip of his wine...

    J.Ace21:

    All of the group were back. Some had broken bones. others had been burned. but all of them were glad to be back in cythera. though their search for the homeland failed. They had gotten very close and had learned a great deal about the void. but still, nobody said anything. no shouts of joy. and nobody moved. finally J.Ace found enough strengh to get up. He looked toward the horizon. thats weird J.Ace thought. this is the seldane underground city. but there's still a horizon. and i can see one of the suns but what surprised the party most was not why the seldane underground city wasn't underground. it was the state of the land. the seldane city was in ruins and much of the forest had been burned. nobody could recognize much of the land. just enough to know that this was cythera.

    THE END

    This post has been edited by Selax : 27 April 2007 - 11:06 PM



  • Hmm, it's amazing how much one is allowed to cram into one post. Avatara, you may feel free to lock this now (I think anyway).


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