The Curator was visibly distracted now looking to the dome that made up the ceiling of the museum. "You already are... With each piece you will both grow stronger. I cannot see what lies at the end of your path. But the Royal Family is in need of my assistance."
She raises her hand, never once looking away from the dome. "Revela."
For a moment the solid looking dome appears normal, unyielding stone and then it transforms. As if a great veil were suddenly pulled away to reveal the night sky as if the once mighty dome was only made of glass. "Erubescant omnes!" She waves her hand, flat with palm upraised towards the dome from left to right as if she were wiping away dust. It was at that moment a cannonball exploded mid flight, pieces raining down on the dome but never reaching the museum floor. As bits of blackened wood fell with the cannonball's shards something appeared. Directly passing over the Museum. A gargantuan Flesh Galley, one that even the pair of you recognized instantly...
A flesh galley just well known for its crew of undead reavers who exhibited and unleashed the brutal cold of the frozen seas on their opponents. As all Reavers they were absolutely merciless, absorbing the defeat into their ranks as undead to terrorize the living.
Several smaller Airships appear to be moving to assault the Octavius, which responds with withering gunfire in all directions as the Flesh Galley continues to build speed and retreat out to sea where it has the advantage. However the engaging ships return fire with brutal efficiency sending dozens of the swarming undead sailors over the rails to fall to the streets below.
The Curator looks to you both before asking in a serious tone. "Will you help me attack the Octavius?"
You are staggered by the sheer power emanating from your items now, which responds to your magic with a steady and rhythmic thrum. The conversation is lost to you as a flash of insight clouds your eyes. Again foreign memories come, obviously not your own.
You hear a voice in your mind, it was like none you'd ever heard before. It sounded so ancient that it sounded like stones rubbing together, like rumbling earth with the strength of a hurricane. It would have turned your blood to ice if you weren't so enthralled...
A land so bright that it hurts your eyes to look upon it. It was so warm and so welcoming it made you long to be there...
"In the land where my people fled. I linger in darkness... Fulfilling my promise to protect the last..."
Your gods eye view comes to rest on what appears to be a ruined city of such immensity that it makes even the largest cities in the old world look tiny in comparison...
The outskirts of this city appeared dark, like a shadow was sweeping over it. Consuming it. Yet its center remained pure, untouched by this darkness. It looked like a city under siege...
You quickly fall into the streets and witness first hand how the city blends into its surroundings. Instead of separate homes, the elven dwellings are built into rock walls and hills creating a very symmetrical looking city. Whose society appeared to try and be one with nature on a level you had never before witnessed. Yet there wasn't a single living soul to be seen.
You fly quickly through the empty paths that wind there way through the city, meandering back and forth like a river until you come upon a great mound of hills. The central hill is taller then the rest with a tower of white stone protruding upward from its center. The white pillar was covered in runes you couldn't read. They glowed brightly despite the twin suns residing in the sky, the strange tower pulsed with power that vibrated through your chest. Your heart raced as you plunged through the closed doors leading into the great mound.
"Death is coming..."
You fly through dust ridden halls and abandoned chambers, other then the voice there were no others.
You pass like a ghost for a long time until you come upon a massive chamber. Whose great dome made the museum's look small. And resting in the center of which appeared to be a circular table, weathered by age and cracked through its center. Surrounding this table are thirteen stone chairs that lay empty. Save for one, the grandest of them, has a lone figure sitting there. Watching you as you glide through the doorway, their ancient eyes missing little as they rested their chin on a fist made of stone.
"Time is short..."
They raise their free hand and wave for you to stand by their side and as you do you hear something like metal grating on stone.
"The Cryxians have found this place... No place is safe now..."
*SCREE! WHIRR! SUREEROAR!*
"Such loud pests..." The figure raises their head, revealing elven features entirely made of stone now. They're sharp features forever frozen in a look of dismissal backed by deep disapproval. As they rise to their feet, extending a hand as the doors of the chamber shudder with a titanic blow. Yet the stone doors hold, solid as the day they were sealed. A weapon appears, longer then any you've seen, a fifteen foot long polearm with an axe blade affixed to the top that is as tall as a normal man. On the bottom of this polearm is a pointed tip nearly a foot in half in length. The weapon was ancient but from the glowing runes it had to be some sort of artifact.
"They infect this world like they did before, now they come to kill the last of my people and that of your charge." He takes one shuddering step down from his stone chair, the entire floor shakes and the sounds outside the chamber die down. The doors explode inward, bits of stone fragments rain all around you as a Helljack strides forward into the domed chamber.
"You need to hurry..." The stone figure charged forward leaping over the stone table with a single bound, landing just in front of the Helljack while simultaneously swinging downward with its polearm. To your shock it split the jack in two with a single blow, as if the jacks armor were nothing but parchment before its blade. As its soul furnace burst, releasing the spirits of those unfortunates that it had burned alive or consumed on some distant battle field.
"Begone Cryxian scum! Run back to your lord and tell him to come and face me instead! This filth is but an amusement!"
He uses his free hand and slams it into the staggering Helljack, sending it flying back into the other Jacks that were even now swarming forward. Trying to get a foothold before they are faced by a narrow doorway.
"We will meet again... Cryxian. Don't disappoint me." It brought its polearm around and swung it around, decapitating six of the lesser jacks that had streamed in. It took the spearheaded end and impaled two Mechanithralls as they charged forward to attack him. Your last memory of him was him wading into battle against insurmountable odds, destroying anything that dare come within reach...
Your eyes fall on the table and for the briefest moment it appears transparent, revealing that underneath it was a clutch of eggs. Each a different color, appearing to be made of scales and pulsing with life.
Need to look up those rules again so I can build this item. I have my normal version of it but I will get back to you.
This armor is Adroit, with a move speed of 20ft.
It can equip itself onto its wielder with a free action.
Can be slept in as if you were wearing normal clothes.
Has the Glamered effect.
it adds +7 AC +5 Dex bonus and 0 ACP.
These are but a few abilities.
Cassian's brow was furrowed as he worked the controls.
The entire platofrm shudders as blasts of lightning and the smell of burning ozone surround the platform. Cassian barely notices as he works for hours to try and stabilize the temples core.
The platform shuddered with each strange rythmic thump, Cassian swayed in time with the strange noises, but was no less determined to correct the instability in the core.
The strange noises seemed to worsen and then quiet down as he went on, his strong hands working the poorly lubricated levers as he jostled the multitude of levers and dials in his attempt to succeed.
It wasn't until the eighth hour that something went horribly wrong.
The last gear snapped in his hands, breaking completely free and leaving Cassian holding the freed lever as a surge of energy shot up from the bottom of the Cores containment zone.
Talmerren roared for everyone to fall back as Cassian's hair stood up from the growing static discharge. He barely had time to finish the process as the first blindingly bright burst of energy filled the areas around the core. Like unending thunder it crackled and slammed everyone's eardrums. Driving you to your knees as every living thing was overwhelmed by the the noise.
Talmerren remained standing, blocking the burst of light with his arm as he glared into the electrical onslaught. He steeled himself and started striding forward. KNowing full well his mechanical body may not hold up against this pure undulated energy springing up from the core.
He's stopped by Sil's weak grip, she pulls him back a grating sound in her voice as she spoke. "It's over Talmerren... Get them too the ship... The Tranquil Ley is..."
The ring of steel faintly catches their enhanced hearing and they look towards the unending energy surge. Unable to catch a glimpse of what was happening in there...
Schtonk! **GRIND** Clack!
The energy stilled before their eyes. The brightness faded and Sil gasped as her systems began to flare with new life. Her eye brightened and for the first time in many centuries she could feelthe entire temple coming to life...
Just as it was about to fully cycle up the entire temple lurched as if it were going to be tossed off the mountainside itself. The floors cracked, everyone was sent tumbling to the groaning floors and the energy, despite starting to dissipate lashed out into the main chamber. Breaking through the containment area completely...
With the crack of thunder once more the massive bolt of lightning slammed down the center of the chamber looking like it would fry everyone in its path had it not been for Talmerren. He rose to his feet, the lightning like reflexes he had once in life were mimicked in this pretend body. Even damaged he moved much quicker than anyone else in the room, quick enough to intercept the pure energy as it lashed out. He caught it with one of his out stretched hands and just as quickly angled his other arm to redirect it as it hammered through his body.
The energy passed through his closest arm and burned its way through his shoulders, between them and then out the other side. The energy lashed back at the core and the shuddering within the temple instantly subsided. Once more contained within the Nexus Cores area the energy absorbed back into the core itself and finally dissipated...
Talmerren remained in the same position, one arm out stretched from chest height, his feet planted firmly as if he were receiving an attack and his other arm raised, bent at the elbow so his hand and fingers aimed at the core like some giant loop. He stared in shock as the light faded and there stood Cassian. The rogue reminded him of an arrogant eagle knight he once knew in life, so proud and full of himself. A smile that said i'll conquer the world.
Cassian turned and looked at his recovering companions and, to their shock, he faded away. He vanished before their eyes and yet his smile never faded as he tried to speak and yet no sound came from his lips. As he completely vanished the heavy footsteps of something approaching made everyone turn to see an elfin woman approaching in the similar make up of Talmerrens armor save for the fact her gauntleted hands were oversized and massive glass tubes sat on her shoulders, chest and back, small metallic cords sat inside these tubes and their purpose was unknown.
She looked at Talmerren, the purring core and then to still nearly disabled Sil. She approached Talmerren first and tsked loudly. "How many times will you tempt death..." She looked to the core with a sad expression before kneeling behind Sil.
"Status report S.I.L."
Sil stammered at the authoritarian tone of the elfin woman's voice before turning and focusing her eyes on nothing in particularly.
"Ley Line: Stabilizing. Core Internal Systems: Heavy damage through sectors 1-14, 22-28 and 37-50. Structural damage: Undetermined at this time. Assistant Status: Few, counting only six operational at this time. Remaining Stasis chambers: Damaged but active. Calculated losses 14% but search isn't completed yet."
The woman was working inside some plate in Sil's back when a strange click was easily heard and Sil appeared to be fully functional once more.
She stood and the next question came...
"Status of Cassian?"
"Cassian's status........" Her eyes surge with light oscillating between so many colors that the fully spectrum of color and some you hadn't seen before shined in her mechanical eyes.
"Status? Calculate Recovery status of active priests as well."
"Active Priests... Fully recoverable, light to critical damage detected, all preiests are making their way to the core. Those not on critical assignments. Two confirmed..."
She pauses as something burst its way from the core. A something like a figure but made of pure energy, that swaggered its way through the core's room. It appeared lost, almost confused but it approached the two downed priests and as it walked near them it kneeled for the briefest moment and touched them. As it did this to the last one, the mechanical priest that Tyrn Jade had made allies with the figure rose and continued walking until it dissipated completely...
The elfin woman wasn't pleased at all and looked to Sil quite angrily as she spoke. "What is their status and what was that?" She spoke like she already knew the answer though...
Sil looked from the downed priests to where the figure disappeared to the Elfin woman that had repaired here before answering even more mechanically then before. "Two priests confirmed reactivated, soul nodes repaired. Unconfirmed how... Pure energy detection revealed... Cassian. Cassian Status: Lost..."
"During Temple Cycle up, noted abnormal power absorption from the core. Cassian was unharmed by the energy output from the cores realignment but he vanished from my scanners. Just now that energy detected as Cassian but not Cassian... Cannot conclude on insufficient data... Logic assumption is Cassian has been absorbed into the Ley Line's flow. He is lost to us..."
The elfin woman stepped back. "Run you logics again, that is impossible!"
Sil refocused, this time her eyes appeared faded almost glazed over as she started her assigned task...
"72 hour's..." Sil mumbled and the elfin woman sighed in exasperation...
Everyone in the room apparently was beneath her notice...
Tyrn is taken back as he witnesses mere scientific theories come to life before his eyes. His old acquaintance had just vanished and transformed into what could only be an energy being. A sapient mass of pure calories. He envied Cassian's "evolution" slightly, but preferred the primal pleasures that flesh has to offer.
"Let's not jump to conclusions. I believe he is not lost. He merely exist in a higher state; a sapient being of pure energy. Perhaps in a short while he will figure out how to reassemble himself." The old scientist pulls out his pocket watch to time just how long it takes. Meanwhile, he calls out to the young desperado.
"Enough games you maverick renegade. I'd hate to have to lecture you on atmatic-structuring just to get you to literally pull yourself together."
The eleven woman turns with a cold glare at first before looking surprised. It is then you recognize her as Mog. The woman who you met shortly after your arrival. "Tyrn Jade. As it gladdens me to see you well. I must correct you. Cassian is lost in the sense of no one has returned after being pulled into the Ley Lines flow. Our tech and even our magic at its height could barely effect the life force of a world. So what he has become is unknown as well. He appears as pure energy but it seemed he wasnt able to see or hear us... he... is lost. I am sorry."
"Salandra? She died long ago I am afraid. Your old eyes still remain I..." She looks past you at the white formian, the symbol of a great tree imprinted on its Carapace. "White Formian? What in the..." She looks at Sil and tsks, Sil was too deep now to be disturbed. She proceeds forward a single step before the multitude of formian workers start to swarm around Ant's kneling form.
Mog stops dead, her gauntlets crackle with visible energy as she considers her options...
With his work finished, Cassian Vespertine whirled on his heel to face the thirsty crowd of onlookers. "You're welcome," He announced with a cocksure grin.
His every essence of charisma glowed in his teeth, warmth poured from his eyes, his voice resonated like polished bronze yet, despite this, not one in the group seemed amused - as emotionless as they were motionless.
In the span of a half-dozen rapid blinks, everything he could see began to evaporate; as if a flame was lit at the center of the photograph he was viewing. When the last corner of the still life ashed from frame, all that remained was an endless white landscape.
The mercurial nature of 'happiness' forces me to consider that one's capacity for positive energies is entirely indicative of his capacity for that of negative energies...
Where-O-Where should I begin?
On some plane of existence, that smile radiated still.
The afterimage of the burst of energy fades after several minutes and what your eyes fall upon next takes your breath away. A beautiful vista surrounds Cassian as he literally stands in the greatest most vibrant forest he's ever seen. With trees so large they appear to touch the clouds, plants that bear the largest fruits and berries he had ever seen. A place untouched by civilization.
The moss was even vibrant in appearance, sporting such deep green and thick that your hand sinks into it and it felt like softer then any pillow you'd slept on. Everything was a new experience, the air was filled with scents that should have overwhelmed your nose but instead assailed you with familiar smells. Wild cinnamon, fresh cut onions and more, it boggled the mind on what and where you were exactly...
As you run your hand on where your sword should be you find it is missing...
Then with a shock you remember your last ditch effort, the broken level and using your fine blade to finish the stabilization of the Nexus Core. As you reflect on what could have happened something appears in the corner of your eye...
Turning your head to look you...
Will save DC 25 Vs Awe-Inspiring presence(s) (22 (+3)): 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (14) + 9 = 23
Three figures appear to be materializing out of the surrounding enviroment, one descends from the tree canopy above floating in the air like a leaf in the softest breeze. Each of them are utterly nude and not phased by your gawking in the slightest in fact the one from the air laughs in amusement. Its laughter was like soft bells, beautifully played and being carried by an unseen wind. Surrounding you, all around you and making you feel at ease...
Will save DC 25: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (10) + 9 = 19
The one that descends like an angel from the heavens, leaves beyond several thin contrails, some even swirl around her as her dances upward despite their being no breeze at all. She had long fingers and shockingly white hair that was incredibly long, however with the upward breeze it danced and writhed as if it were alive. It smiled at you as the light that pierced the forest's canopy danced in its eyes.
One of the ones that materializes appears to have bark like skin in patches and its hair is made of roots that form a neat crown upon her brow. Leaves accented it making the woman appear almost regal where the first woman appeared majestic. Like the first its form was perfection, symmetrical and staggering in its beauty. Its face was composed and regal.
The three figure came on foot, running on its digigrade legs and bearing the lower body of what could only be a deer or elks legs in origin. Its upper body was that of the strongest man Cassian could imagine, rippling muscles, powerful arms and chiseled abs. An adonis in every sense of the word save for its head. Its head was that of a Stag, crowned with sweeping horns and carrying pennons tied to its brow ties. It ran towards you on its hooved feet, stopping just short of you and regarding you curiously. Its face and eyes far more intense than that of its companions.
Its contrails swirled around it as the floating woman drifted towards you, appearing to move through the air as if she were swimming through water. Graceful and beautiful, you were so enamored that you didn't even flinch when she twisted suddenly and swam past and around you. Giving you the once over for an extended period of time, as if she didn't want to miss a single detail.
With a small giggle she reached out and brushed the underside of your chin, however the moment she touched you she cried out in pain. Being thrown back and caught by the adonis who gently set her aside. Her hand now blackened by unknown means.
The stag-headed adonis stormed forward, his voice like a hurricane as he demanded. "Hark thine filthy creature. Return to whence you came. Ere thy shadow carry death to this place. Mark me or thou shalt..." He goes silent as the bark like woman steps towards you, her longer arms quickly turning into bark covered limbs.
"Wherefore dost thou come hither?"
The injured woman rises back into the air, her blackened hand appearing to be healing quickly, the burned off flesh knitting together with a frightening quickness.
Despite the Stag-heads threat and the size of the bark womans arms as she addresses you, you continue to stare at the three of them in wonder.
The flying woman smirks and laughs musically again before snapping her fingers, you blink your eye several time as your sense return to normal. However the three remained staggeringly beautiful. The Stag-Headed one glared at you from a mere few strides away, while the flying woman and the barked covered one were within reach...
Aurora blinks in disbelief as she looks down at the sword and armor. She was trying to make sense of it all but decided to just accept it, to accept her new path. For some reason she was chosen to work with these mysterious items. She felt a quiet rush over her like a thousand waves followed by the soft sounds of Leon's breaths. Her heart began to pound and blood rushed to her cheeks then drained revealing a white face. Her pupils began to enlarge as if her eyes were ready to receive images that would be of great importance. She feels her legs shake and give way as if water were rushing against her.
This ocean of strange memories came flooding in washing her mind. The vision took hold of her unfolding a strange story from a time long ago. So real it all seemed to her, like a distant memory from her past. The figure seated at the table in her vision spoke to her so directly, she felt as though there was a tone of familiarity. Aurora felt as though he was speaking to her, not the person who's eyes she borrowed for the vision. She followed the images like a candle down a dark hall until the end. As quickly as the vision came to her, it disappeared. She could feel bile in the back of her throat and the taste of iron from raw unbridled fear coated her tongue. A throbbing pain pulsed behind her eyes and the ancient voice still rung in her ears.
"I-I will help you Attack Octavious" she says in a determined yet quiet voice. With one shaky hand she stables herself by clutching Leon.
She looks at her husband's face reaching out to him, hoping to lock eyes. In a world that is constantly spinning he was a fixed point that kept her from falling. That was when she took in a deep breath and told herself a simple truth, "This is my life now, I will make the best of it. The only thing I can do is strive to find some answers to this mysterious sword, then maybe I can understand."
Their combined voices echo in your mind in a nearly sickening cacophonous amount. It started when this Mog woman started to step towards the KNeeling Ant. The remaining Formian's are now building layer upon layer of protectors, a literal wall of bodies between the Machinepreist woman and the White Ant.
However Mog appears to be less hostile, holding her position as she eyed them warily.
The voices stop when a sound echoed in the chamber. One like snapping bone, but far more sickening. You knew instantly where it was coming from and your eyes fell upon Ant's kneeling form as it started to writhe. Another snap and Ant's head whipped back and wordlessly its mandibles started to wave open and closed. its Antennae swung in all directions, whether it was in pain or otherwise was unknown as Ant wasn't crying out.
Ant was nearly in a fetal position before another serious of cracks made Ant writhe silently...
Your sisters react to this by rising to their feet and summoning all their power as they prepare for the worst.
Bera, who had been nursing her stump, grabs up her broken blade and prepares to defend herself.
Ant doesn't stir at the touch, the cracking continues and now that you are past the line of stacking formian workers you can see that Ant's chest plate is breaking from some sort of expansion inside the central part of its body.
As if she could hear his words MOG raises her gauntleted hands and they are immediately covered in crackling electricity. The Formian workers redoubled the wall between themselves and those they perceive as an immediate threat. So many have formed together that Mir finds herself staring at Ant in a slowly darkeneing space. However Ant was aglow with some sort of energy, something Mir had never seen...
"Forgive me. It's hard to know who is who in a world full of transhumanism..." Tyrn's attention is caught by the commotion with the formians.
"Aaaah. What's this? A metamorphosis of some kind?" The old scientist makes his way over to the alien cat-woman (Mir) and places a hand on her furry shoulder. He took a moment to examine her as well. "No worries, pussy-cat. I can see you care for your friend, but like most arthropods, they undergo drastic transformations throughout their lives. You are witnessing not a miracle, but the flawless engineering of nature. Even you transformed at some point. You are similar to quadrapedal felines of Earth. At some point, your mammary glands grew big and...." By the premature ending of his shpeal, Tyrn realized he was scratching behind the cat-woman's ears.
Tyrn could be entirely wrong, but he doesn't care :-)
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Tyrn swiftly comes to the realization that he might be seconds away from having his arm ripped from it's socket.
Yeah..I'll just go pet this stressed out tiger while talking about her t~#%. lol
Her facial expression and body language are halfway between "Who the @#$% are you?" and "Why haven't I killed you yet?"
At first the Formians nearly slam their line shut before Tyrn can step through but something, which makes all the Formian's turn to look at the writhing Immortal. stops them from getting in Tyrn's way. He comes to stand beside Mir just as Ant's exoskeleton splits open in the front, spraying a clear liquid across the metallic floor. The Immortal exhale's like a death rattle as something falls out of his chest.
High?: 1d100 ⇒ 52
Ant balls of its fist and slams it into the floor next to the uncurling form. The form jumped as if startled, uncurling and rolling to rise on its hands and insectile feet. It's four long antennae searched around it as its black eyes apparised you both. :I remember you... Tyrn...: Its eyes shifted to Mir then, looking her form over many times as it's voice echoed softly in her mind. :You released both of my people from darkness... You have my thanks...: As it spoke it rose to its feet, it was white like Ant was now, except it was growing rapidly. It was the size of a small child for a moment, then the size of a budding adolescent and then it was larger than Ant by nearly a yard in height. Throughout it' growth its exoskeleton snapped and shifted, revealing at its full height that it had six arms, all of which were quite animated. It's form was unmistakably feminine, with subtle curves and enticing angles, however it was as insect like as Ant and its face was completely alien compared to anything you had seen so far.
:Enough. There is no danger here.: The command was light as a breeze and the Formian's instantly resumed a non aggressive state. Shockingly each started to turn white in color as well, their red coloration fading completely away as they turned to regard the larger formian among them. :Search. Cleanse. Return. Rebuild. Reclaim.: The dog sized Formian's turned and began to mill out of the central cores chamber quickly, scattering as they went in every direction imaginable.
Ant appeared to still be in immense pain, but the Immortal struggled to stand despite profusely bleeding clear liquid all across the floor near the larger white Formian's feet. Noticing its plight the feminine formian lifted the Immortal to its feet and started to use its other four hands to quickly and expertly press the broken chest plate back together. Heavy magic made the air crackle as it mumbled in its insectile tongue.
As it worked MOG's stern features were replaced by shock and a mixture of awe or disgust. "No... Not A Queen! Not here!" She lifts her gauntlets once more, lightning crackling around them as she prepares to defend the Tranquil Ley.
Despite its intense work the Tall formian turned to regard MOG as it spoke once more, its chants were not disrupted though. It multitasked with unnatural skill. :Calm yourself. I am not your enemy.:
Mog remained resolute, gauntlet's raised. "You are not welcomed here, this is our domain. Besides how can you exist? The Queens were wiped out ages ago."