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A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

"Even with what little we know of our counterparts in Deus's time, I would not be surprised if one or more of them attempted to make alterations and it backfired. Having another make the path, or know & control it more than you can, has its own risks. If they do not care what price you or others pay for it, destruction becomes more likely..." Aibek's gaze was far off for a few moments before Rinat, wiggling around on the floor in the doorway, yipped.

"Yes, right. The risks for those who go and those who stay behind. Whatever other thing Deus is working on, I can't imagine destroying her crystals columns will be easy or that she won't either attack us directly or attack Khalharum to get us to back-off. Or both I guess is a possibility..." Aibek sighed. This needed an army or specifically trained task force, but how could either be expected to prepare for something like this?


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Taking a deep breath and fists tight on the table, Aibek looked over to Azerna for a moment before returning to talking to Nexus, "I'm not sure how to phrase how I feel about others keeping your mind from you, but... right now, just doing the first would give more time - but to take the fight Deus is risky, both for those who go and those who remain, with a lot of ifs and maybe..."


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek shifted uncomfortably and jotted down a few notes. More time was needed...more time to help Nexus repair, to help expand Azerna's comfortable movement area, to help Rinat and the group...

There was not enough time to be so scattered. Or to dance around the obvious issue, but Aibek tried it anyway...

"Is there anything we can do to better protect your mind from Deus's efforts?"


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek sympathized with their concerns - with recent events, this was a terrible time and Deus probably was expecting that. The advocate councillor attempted to be reassuring to the defenders, arranging an earlier time to meet with them and watch out for the Gnolls, before leaving for home.

Arriving at the Council room with Azerna, it took Aibek a few minute to convince Rinat out from between their chairs to go wait outside.

Rinat did get out from under the table, but instead of leaving entirely, the young wolf laid across the doorway. They made no pretense to not be watching or listening to everything.

To Nexus's question, Aibek considered for a few moments, tight fights at the churning thoughts, "I'm not sure Nexus. If they're to be believed, Deus was to use you and the systems you're connected to to destroy everything -- and I haven't yet thought of a reason why they'd be lying. More extreme than I thought Deus wanted to go, but it fits and they knew too much to just be trying to confuse us for some other purpose. We need methods to ensure your safety & the safety of the other people of Khalharum while stopping Deus from hurting anyone else. Deus'...relationship to you, for lack of any better words, makes you uniquely qualified to help plan stopping her, but...I don't want to see you get hurt."


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek waited for few moments after the Gnolls started to withdraw with theirs before talking to Nexus and the others, "The Council room seems the safest place to discuss this further. After I talk to them, " Aibek nodded towards the city defenders in an attempt to be reassuring, and to Azerna, I'll head there with her...

Rinat's ears perked up at what Aibek was saying and with one last look at Azri to be absolutely sure they weren't going to miss any interesting magic, the young wolf raced off.

Aibek briefly attempted to call Rinat back with no effect. With a sigh, "I did not say...sorry about this. I'll be there shortly. Nexus, if Rinat shows up there, I would greatly appreciate and it would probably be best to distract them with stories from anything delicate..."

With that, Aibek walked over to some of the city defenders to talk.


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek smiled at Nexus' remark before returning to talking to the Gnolls, "Thank you, that should be fine. Night may work to our advantage." Still wary, Aibek leaned against the side of the bridge, firmly on guard for the Gnolls to leave first.

Rinat had also heard Nexus, but was still watching Azri just in case there was something interesting happened.


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek took a few moments to think things over. Azri had a point that deities weren't always so immortal, but Deus - like Nexus - was more complex than one form, targeting anything would be difficult.

At the Gnoll's question about summoning big rocks, Rinat looked to Azri with keen excited expression.

The previous remark about Nexus being the nascent form, it was very similar to Aibek's own thoughts on what was needed, but it still raised niggling feelings that came out in a tumble, "I consider Nexus a friend and fellow Councillor, they have similar origins to Deus, but from what Deus has told us about her councillors, the differences started long ago. I do not command them, I don't want...but I do ask for help when needed, and you're right that with so much on the line, Nexus's unique knowledge might be the best way."

Aibek anxiously fiddled with the ring on the necklace, "Nexus? This feels like a big ask and there is some time for you to consider this, but Deus wants to use you and the power in the Towers and Khalharum to kill everyone. Everywhere. You're uniquely qualified to help us stop that and her...permanently. I would appreciate if you could help us come up with strategies for this. Even if it's just where to aim and what size rocks." Aibek attempted a weak laugh. Aibek got an uncomfortable feeling talking about Nexus's potential weaknesses in front people they barely knew.

With a look back to the Gnolls, Aibek asked "Can we arrange a time and place to meet soon to hash this out more? I'd like time to gather the other councillors to discuss this with Nexus before moving forward..."

Diplomacy: 1d20 + 14 ⇒ (11) + 14 = 25
Sense Motive: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (9) + 9 = 18

Rinat nodded in agreement with Aibek, but was still watching to see if Azri was going to summon anything interestingly big.


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Rinat rolled around on the ground in front of Aibek. Staying still so long was getting boring.

"Thank you, Nexus, good to hear you're okay. It may be an idea to increase security to physical access points for the time being, to keep you safe, and the people okay."

Glancing to Azri, "It doesn't sound to me that Deus wants to claim Khalharum - not if she wants to destroy everything - just to use the power of the technology and magic left behind in the Towers, the ones Nexus needs."

Turning back to the Gnolls, "Nexus isn't mine, but I will protect them..."

Rinat yipped in agreement from where they were rolling about.

Aibek snorted before continuing, "and the people threatened by Deus - which I guess is everyone. What ideas do you have for killing her or delaying her from finding out about this?" Gathering information from potentially the closest source to a target was practically assassination 101. The target being Nexus's mad doppleganger from another time-space-thing was certainly going to make that difficult. Getting advice from Nexus was probably going to be important - and not a conversation Aibek was looking forward to having. How exactly do you ask someone how to kill someone exactly like you without making it sound horrible was not something Aibek had ever experienced before.


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek held back a chuckle of relief, "Not at this time, thank you for the consideration. News here made me concerned about you, Nexus. Can you run a check for another trying to use your systems, especially to do with power, your & the people's safety or anything that has similarities to the corruption we found in the underwater sections?"

Aibek looked back to the Gnolls, "What complex solution ideas do you have that you want to discuss?"

Sense Motive: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (15) + 9 = 24


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek turned what the Gnolls said for a few moments before reaching up to touch the goggles, more for reassurance than need, "Nexus? Do you have a moment?" Aibek tried to sound calm and decided rather than the rising panic at the thoughts of what would happen to their friend and everyone if Deus wanted the use the Khalharum this plan.


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

For a moment, Rinat let out a whimper with big sad-puppy eyes at the terrible ideas putting forward, but the grinning Gnoll's amusing remark quickly brought their lopped smile back.

Aibek tried to pat Rinat's head to comfort them. A sharp snort and short nod in agreement with the disagreement of Deus's ideal. Taking a few moments to process, "That's...farther than I thought they would go. I imagine the methods they're planning are just as extreme. Do you know anything of their plans?" Aibek was unsure how much Deus might have shared, but those in power often let things slip in front of those they thought little of - and any advantage to such a threat was needed.


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Rinat's head tilted, ears falling to the side, not entirely certain what was going on or why the hand on their head was suddenly holding on tighter.

Aibek hadn't much cared for the laughter - it was hard to tell whether they were being sarcastic or not - but the phrase got Aibek's full grave attention. A multitude of thoughts rolled through the witchwolf's head as Azri listed off types of madness.

Aibek slowly said, "That will need a complex solution. Having previously met your...creator, they're very powerful, knowledgeable, destructive - and not of this time, but yet still...Deus is formidable. What help do you think you'll need?"

Sense Motive: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (8) + 9 = 17


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Rinat casually walked with those who approached before crossing back to Aibek. Keeping green eyes on the Gnolls as they sat in front of Aibek, directly on the Councillor's shadow with a pleased grin.

With a sigh of relief as Rinat sat, Aibek was also somewhat confused at what was going on. One hand still firmly on the crossbow pointed down and the other rested gently on Rinat's head, Aibek looked to the others and back at Khalharum for a moment before cautiously saying to the Gnoll who spoke, "With recent events, I'm wary, but for their sake, I am open to speaking as a Councilor."


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

The young wolf studied the interaction between the matriarchs closely with fascinated, relaxed body language. As the argument continued, Rinat moved closer to the attendants with no attempts to hide themself and looked at the Gnolls - particularly the more hostile matriarch - with big green eyes...

Cute puppy wants to play - and use Charming Gaze: Any creature within 30 feet that meets Rinat's gaze must make a Will save (DC 16) or be affected as by a charm monster spell.

Crossed arms, Aibek looked to the others, "That's probably a good sign, but..." Aibek gripped the shadowblade crossbow tightly, using a lot of willpower to keep it pointed down while watching Rinat get so close to those they'd been in repeated conflict with. Aibek was tense and ready to spring to vicious action if they so much as split a hair on that green-grey fuzzy head.

Sense Motive: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (3) + 9 = 12


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Rinat moved in front of Aibek and firmly planted their feet as they openly eavesdropped.

This caused the Councillor to stop short awkwardly and sigh.

Rinat Perception: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (15) + 6 = 21
Rinat Sense Motive: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (7) + 5 = 12


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Azri's remark got a reaction from the wolf. Rinat slunk around to better see how the lesson would be taught.

Glancing to Ayreth, Aibek nodded, "Very possible, might be part of why they seem so unhappy about something... Aibek created a shadowblade crossbow, keeping the point down while cautiously getting closer to better observe them and prepare for the likely, sadly inevitable fight.

On hearing the arguing, Rinat's ears perked up. As studious expression as a wolf could before they started to slink behind Aibek, getting closer to the other side and the current thing holding their interest.


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A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Time Skip: Cohort, Armour, and Fluff - oh my:
In early days after returning, Aibek dutifully continued to help with repairs, but otherwise stuck close to the inn. The Councilor dismissed comments of concerns with a tired chuckle and jokes about difficulty sleeping.

One night, without much of a word, Aibek went with Azerna to meet again with the Leshy. The two were not seen for a week. During that time, the Nexus only stated they were aware of the situation, had been in communication with Councillor Aibek, and there was no need for concern at that time. The Leshy would not allow anyone past and any who might have tried to push past would not find either in the tangle of that tower, and were shooed out by the Leshy and growls of others within.

As quietly as they had left, the pair returned - with a sizeable wolf in tow. The almost large dark grey canine had green streaks as if stained by rolling in the grass. Aibek was clearly rather worse for wear walking gingerly and slowly, but would only remark that their sleep was much improved when questioned. It was also noticeable to those who had been around Aibek a lot that their shadows were suddenly and continuously placid, draped long behind them. At times, the wolf would roll around in Aibek's shadow.

The wolf followed either Aibek or Azerna everywhere at first, even when Aibek carried something sizeable wrapped in cloth into blacksmith's. Aibek visited Pelar repeatedly, and the wolf would follow and then go lay across the main doorway, which oddly was a mild deterrent for anyone curious. Aibek was also seen buying another chest, a lot of ink, and gear that would not fit them. Jokes were made about buying the gear for the wolf, to which Aibek would say with a smile things like "I don't think Rinat would like leather on their fur."

Before one of Aibek's usual weekly training session, Azerna arranged "an occasion", as she put it and Pelar, the other councillors including Nexus, and eight of the women who had been training with Aibek longest and trusted most - as difficult as that was for Aibek to think of at times. A small spread including sizeable meats particularly for Pelar and Rinat was out on the table. The click of wolf feet pacing could be heard upstairs for several minutes.

"Rinat seems to be following Aibek around", Azerna chuckled before she called up the stairs, "Do you want a hand? The meat might be getting cold..."

A clatter of claws and blur of green-grey fur as a whimpering Rinat game flying down the stairs brought out fits of laughter. A suitable cheerful distraction Aibek took advantage of and slowly followed. Headscarf in trembling hands, dark hair braided up tightly, Aibek stopped at the bottom step in black-and-violet armour and scanned the room. The inlaid druchite patterns on darkleaf made the witchwolf a bit difficult to focus on in the dim light of stairwell. Stepping cautiously into the light of the inn, a few questions were answered, though others raised.

"You're doing well", Azerna beamed, "Pelar's done an excellent job, almost hard to believe it's from that damaged mess."

"Better than new," Aibek said quietly with a tap to the long breastplate, "And a lot easier to breathe in than the other armour."

"That's what happens when you get something made for you, properly." Pelar said with a nod from over his plate where Rinat was giving him big green wolf-puppy eyes that were being cruelly ignored. "...still not sure why though. Not that that's my business."

Aibek looked to Azerna and with a deep breath, "True, but it's okay - now, I hope. If those who target the women of my clan...that way... come after me, I think there may be a few here who would help me stop them and those who might send them after me..." Rinat jumped up on Aibek, with a chunk of meat between their teeth. "Yes, I'm sure you'd be a big help against the Sworn, but eat that elsewhere..."

When there was not possibly Okeno or Shattered Glass issues to resolve, Aibek kept busy. Some from the training group showed a lot of promise and enjoyment in certain shadow skills and Aibek enjoyed working with them. Between that, working in the inn, and keeping up with other Councillor tasks around the city, Aibek's personal projects - the shadow drops or building up the needed materials to expand Azerna's comfortable range among others - were precious. So much to balance, but life went thankfully on.

Until recently, Rinat remained with Azerna when Aibek would go flying out the door to help deal with the Shattered Glass. Then Rinat would show up as things finished up, somehow tucked away somewhere nearby and stroll out. More recently, Aibek could be found fishing Rinat out of the harbour or trying not to be annoyed when Rinat seemed to already be where the trouble was. It always brought mixed feelings, but the two started to work together well.

Aibek cautiously approached the bridge along the waterway, scouting out what could be seen of the attack. With shadowblade crossbow in one hand and a long sliver meat in the other, the witchwolf said, "Nexus said you were already here. I probably don't want to know - come on, Rinat, we've work to do."

An almost-large dark grey wolf came out of the water, pleased and snapped the snack out of mid-air before shaking off the water and stepping to follow Aibek.

Perception: 1d20 + 11 + 3 ⇒ (14) + 11 + 3 = 28


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek's update:

Ability Score: +2 to Wisdom (+ associated raise in Will Save & skills)

Shadowdancer Level 2: HD, 8 skill points, +1 BAB, +1 Reflex

New-to-Aibek Shadowdancer Abilities:
Ki Pool: By spending 1 point from their ki pool, a shadowdancer can make one additional attack at their highest attack bonus, but they can do so only when making a full attack. In addition, they can spend 1 point to increase their speed by 20 feet for 1 round. Finally, a shadowdancer can spend 1 point from their ki pool to give themself a +4 insight bonus on Stealth checks for 1 round. Each of these powers is activated as a swift action. A shadowdancer can gain
additional powers that consume points from their ki pool as they advance in level and by selecting certain shadowdancer tricks.
The ki pool is replenished each morning after 8 hours
of rest or meditation; these hours do not need to be consecutive.

Shadowdancer Trick: Combat Trick - Precise Shot: Whenever you and an ally who also has this feat are flanking the same the creature, you deal an additional 1d6 points of precision damage with each successful melee attack. This bonus damage stacks with other sources of precision damage, such as sneak attack. This bonus damage is not multiplied on a critical hit.

Mythic Update:
Recuperation (Ex)
At 3rd tier, you are restored to full hit points after 8 hours of rest so long as you aren’t dead. In addition, by expending one use of mythic power and resting for 1 hour, you regain a number of hit points equal to half your full hit points (up to a maximum of your full hit points) and regain the use of any class features that are limited to a certain number of uses per day (such as barbarian rage, bardic performance, spells per day, and so on). This rest is treated as 8 hours of sleep for such abilities. This rest doesn’t refresh uses of mythic power or any mythic abilities that are limited to a number of times per day.

Master of Shapes Path Ability: Volatle Blood (Su): You may expend a use of mythic power as an immediate acton when you are struck in combat by a melee atack, if you do your blood violently explodes on contact with the air. Treat this explosion as though you had hit the atacker with a bomb as per the alchemist class feature of your ter. You and all other adjacent characters are effected by splash damage as normal. If you have discoveries from a source applicable to bombs you may apply them to this explosion.

Mythic Feat: Mythic Shadowblade Style
The shadow assassin can add any of the following weapon properties to his shadowblade (consuming an amount of enhancement bonus equal to the property’s cost): bane, frost, ghost touch, icy burst, keen, vicious, vorpal, wounding. Aibek can use all but the vorpal.

With the time skip, Aibek's feat from 7th Level will now come into effect:
Leadership: This feat enables you to attract a loyal cohort and a number of devoted subordinates who assist you. A cohort is generally an NPC with class levels, while followers are typically lower level NPCs. Base Leadership Score: 12. 1 Cohort (Lv 6, as they must be 2 levels below PC), 8 followers.

Cohort's update is almost complete, I just need to finish their class trait Personas.

Aibek now has the Shadow Champion armour that they've discussed with Pelar repaired with Druchite and Darkleaf Cloth.

I'll do a fluff-piece of the time skip and a post about getting to the bridge in a bit.


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

It's been lovely playing with you Mihara, take care :)

My preferences are: 1, 2, 3. I prefer a satisfying ending and finding out those plot points. I'd also like to be able to do full level up with Aibek (which needs a week in-game downtime which is why it hasn't happened yet) and Aibek's been generally enjoyable to play even with my starting writing them more elsewhere. I understand if the others would rather stop here, if a bit sad for me, as it has gotten a bit hit and miss lately. I think having new people jump in would be very complicated to do without a set-up time, it's hard to come into a game that's been running for so long with so many threads that some know and others don't.


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek looked down the southern corridor again, wary what the noises of battle might bring, before reforming and shooting again.

Perception+Scent: 1d20 + 10 + 3 ⇒ (8) + 10 + 3 = 21

Shadowblade Crossbow: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (9) + 9 = 18Damage: 1d8 + 2 ⇒ (6) + 2 = 8


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek took a look down the dark southern passage way...
Perception: 1d20 + 10 + 3 ⇒ (6) + 10 + 3 = 19

...while reshaping before aiming to fire again.
Shadowblade Crossbow: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (15) + 9 = 24Damage: 1d8 + 2 ⇒ (7) + 2 = 9


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek was thankful for their tinted goggles as the sudden light and fireball pierced the darkness. Quickly pulling up a crossbow, Aibek fired at the tentacles before backing up to the entrance to the way south. Hopefully this would not bring anyone else...

Shadowblade Crossbow: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (9) + 9 = 18Damage: 1d8 + 2 ⇒ (2) + 2 = 4


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

The discomfort of being hunched over for Aibek was balanced by the soothing nature of such a space for the Shadow Archon. In their element, Aibek's softly glowing eyes looked through the room while moving cautiously to the southern passage.

Perception: 1d20 + 10 + 3 ⇒ (19) + 10 + 3 = 32 Shadow Archon Ability - See in Darkness: Aibek can see perfectly in darkness of any kind, including that created by deeper darkness magic.


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Wary of touching such technology, Aibek admires the runes for a few moments before continuing to the west.


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek quietly continued moving towards the west, having a brief look at the odd machinery and the caves around for clues while trying to remember the route Mihara had discussed with them back in Khalharum....

Perception: 1d20 + 10 + 3 ⇒ (4) + 10 + 3 = 17
Knowledge Dungeoneering: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (14) + 5 = 19


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek slowly and cautiously continued down the western passage unless otherwise stopped.


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek pulled their goggles down as they looked around and naturally started to head towards the West, keeping an eye for anything odd and on Mihara to guide the way in case they had chosen wrong.

Perception+Scent: 1d20 + 10 + 3 ⇒ (10) + 10 + 3 = 23


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek has been carrying four potions of water breathing since before the meeting the merfolk section, so they can pass them out here...

Aibek eyed the water warily for a moment, before they reached to pull out pretty potions and handed one to Mihara and Ayreth. Not yet taking one themselves, Aibek cautiously approached the underwater cave.


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek kept expecting to be attacked as the journey went on. Pacing around the deck, Aibek did one more check before they followed Mihara's
lead and guidance on how to quickly get to where the taken people were...

Perception: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (11) + 10 = 21


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

"Good to hear, I'll bring them along just in case again. A couple ships and some people are waiting, anything else needed?" Aibek said, eager to get there (and back).


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek checked their bag, "Hopefully we won't have to be in the water that much, I'd imagine whoever would be tougher there. This touch of the sea potion should help movement, though I only have the one. I do have a few water breathing potions as well."


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek considered for a few moments. While not as confident as Mihara about the idea, it did seem like the best and safest option for getting information for faster retrieval of those taken while also giving time for putting together a boat or two. So Aibek raised no objections because it is a good idea that I'm glad has gone well and not just because I haven't gotten any notifications of posts since Mihara's first post after Aibek's even though all the other games have been working....

After Mihara left, Aibek talked a bit longer with the Leshy, both in general interest and to arrange to visit later after this trouble was over, preferably late one evening. There certainly seemed to be things that Aibek was happy to offer to help them with and talking to Azerna's little ones was more than a little entertaining whether or not Aibek got any aid in return. Also, their shadows seemed to enjoy their company as well which at this point was a big bonus.

Next, Aibek walked Azerna back to the inn. There were a few things to talk about, Aibek could always find a few things to talk about with the dryad. Aibek would rather walk with her all the way to the docks, but the witchwolf hadn't organized all that was needed to deal with that problem yet.

Finally, Aibek headed down to the docks. Aibek had spent regular time talking with the dock workers so hoped finding a couple boats and people who would be willing - with appropriate compensation - to help rescue the missing. There was also organizing repairs to Mihara's kin's ship to be dealt with, but Aibek didn't want to do that yet without her. Aibek looked for the friendliest face they knew to chat to first about this...


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek looked to Azerna, the Leshy, and the others before turning to Azri with slight confusion and a lot of concern, "...I didn't see any towers or other high guard stations -- just the doored cave and ruins on the small island north of Khalharum".

Thinking for a few more moments, Aibek continued to the gathered group, "We don't really have the forces to just muscle our way through and back. Not without risking those people's safety further. Flight has benefits with heavily monitored waters - scouting ahead being one of the big ones - but obvious limits so caution would be more important. I don't see any benefit to the dock - the rocky surface is firm enough. A solid entrance and quick exit strategies are needed for their safety...flight for that many would be difficult so boats that can risk those waters. In a pinch I could use a plannar thinning to get people out, but with the risks and limits of that, it would be best to keep that as a very very last resort..."


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

As someone who distinctly does not fly, at least not without other's assistance, and used to spaces where threats from the skies were expected and watched for carefully, Aibek looks to Azri and Mihara unsurely, "I would imagine flying with dock supplies would give away an attended arrival point? They likely already expect us to follow with such actions, but..." more looking for further explanation than dismissing the idea.

But then Aibek was more used to combat that didn't have time for multiple approaches - except for certain assassination targets, and those didn't involve flying. Dancing at times, but not flying. Aibek glanced over as some of the shadows seemed to try dancing with the some of the Leshy.


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

"The 8 current councilors work collectively". Aibek explained to Dry Leaves before glancing over to Azerna, That reminds me - at some point soon we will need to discuss the nomination and test procedures for some of the potentials as well as ways to use some of the other Tower spaces." Aibek said before hesitantly returning to look at the pool.

The sight of the captured people was unpleasant, but at least the information given wasn't too horrible - though Aibek's idea of "too horrible" might be a bit skewed. Looking to the others, "Maybe taking a small boat between the islands up to the North would be less risky with them than around, though it might be slower which has its own risks. I have a few water-breathing potions, though we might need a few more..."

Aibek had taken a few trips up to the northern islands and considered what could be seen in how to make it better...

Knowledge Local: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (19) + 5 = 24


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

While hearing of such things as the draconic writing said of seeing a future binding one to it, the blunt tone of it made Aibek cautiously stick even closer to Azerna and attempted to bring the shadows closer.

The shadows agreed and did so, but still watched the Leshy with interest.

Aibek glanced between Dry Winds in the Leaves and Azerna with a bit of confusion at Dry Wind's remark, "...That isn't part of any plan I'm aware of - the others have rooms in a tower, but they've not taken them and Azerna and I live at her inn. While I'd like to help with some of those creatures if they're a problem, there is no plan to take this place from you all, but that can be discussed more later..." as Aibek watched Mihara in the pool.


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek's attention quickly went from the draconic symbols to Azerna - watching her reaction with an admiring smile at her ease with what Aibek could only imagine was a shock as well as her obvious skills shining. There was also a gentle nudge and eye twinkle of 'This is lovely and we are sooo discussing this later'.

Aibek looked to Dry Wind and gave a small bow, "Hello Dry Winds. Azerna is now a councilor of Khalharum, as am I and the others. I hope we can talk more soon, but, as we told your younger siblings, we're hoping to use the pool to help us find some missing people quickly."

The shadows remained mainly interested in the younger Leshy than the conversation going on.

Diplomacy: 1d20 + 14 ⇒ (7) + 14 = 21


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek attempts to make running mental notes as they go along, though keeps being distracted by their shadows or the odd noises.

On entering the room with the pool, Aibek's attention goes to the sigils - most sigils would get the witchwolf's attention though found Draconic ones here a bit surprising, though admittedly their observer knowledge of the arcane means many languages for sigils would be surprising to Aibek who took a few moments to attempt to study the sigils.

The shadows were far more interested in the Leshy than the sigils. Avoiding touching either, they kept closer to the plant folk and greenery.


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek softly chuckled and gave a gentle sympathetic pat on Azerna's shoulder, "The young can be such a trial." before stumbling slightly forward.

Aibek's shadows seemed more eager to follow the Leshy inside and had yanked the Shadow Archon forward, not seeming to care at the moment how said person felt about that. They entirely ignored Aibek's glare and sigh of frustration while heading into the Tower.

Perception: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (4) + 10 = 14


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek contently walked alongside Azerna as the group made their way up. Taking a few moments on the bridge to admire the work, Aibek turned at the voice, "Hello, I am... with a glance of mixed feelings to Azerna before returning their attention to the Leshy, ...an Aibek, the others and I are some of the councilors of Khalharum hoping to use the divining pool in this tower to help find missing people. Also, I would like to talk to you and yours later when our current crisis is over, you've done some lovely work here..."

Diplomacy: 1d20 + 14 ⇒ (15) + 14 = 29


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek glanced to the others wide-eyed in surprise at this information, "...Nexus, I think you mentioned that they recently woke which might explain how they've survived." before looking back to Azerna.

"I struggle to imagine a memory that would forget you, but even if so, your understanding of them could help us make this easier if the Leshy don't remember others in that Tower, I don't want to upset or hurt them. If you would like to come with, I and the others are going up there now, hopefully the pool will help us find Mihara's kin and the other missing quicker..."


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek's shadows didn't care what other shadows thought. Or seemed to care that Aibek was trying to ignore their antics though they did take some amusement at being noticed by others.

Tense on the walk over, Aibek relaxed as Azerna and her tree waved. Speeding up with a widening grin, "Looks like you both have been busy, I hope you have a bit of time. Nexus has suggested trying the Divining Pool in the Druid's Tower to find the missing and has seen some Leshys tending in there recently. I thought you might like to come with us for this councilor task, your knowledge and charm would be most appreciated and maybe they have something good for you both and you for them." with a glance over to some of the closest tree roots where part of Aibek's shadow seemed to be playing before returning attention to Azerna.

Diplomacy: 1d20 + 14 ⇒ (12) + 14 = 26


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek nodded in thoughts, "While there are a few other green-fingered residents I know, I think asking Azerna on the way, as a councilor as well, to maybe join us to the Towers would be the fastest route. She would possibly be best to put the Leshy at ease and would know more on those sorts of gifts or maybe a better mutual arrangement to organize them while we're gone to get the missing back." Aibek suggested while continuing to head that way, trying to push aside the thoughts that the Leshy might be able to Azerna with her current travel limitations.

There was a ripply chuckle noise from the shadows that Aibek appeared to studiously ignore.


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek's interest was piqued at Nexus' words and so started speaking in a very stream-of-consciousness manner while heading towards the Central Tower which seemed the best way to get up so close to the Druid's Tower, "I agree that is odd but hopefully good. I'd been delaying considering going in there due to wanting people trained to help deal with those kinds of creatures. I hope an agreement with the Leshy can be done quickly - scrying would be the fastest way to find the missing people - though if you would Nexus, I would greatly appreciate if you could look into the most likely routes those captured were taken. I'd rather not waste too much time arguing and fighting if the Leshy are not amicable - they were obviously in there first and may be part of why the creatures left behind in there haven't been an issue. Maybe some sort of gift would help, but my knowledge Leshy doesn't go much beyond knowing there are a variety of different types and a few other little things I've heard but not much experience..."


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Diving or Divining? Or both?

Aibek listened, clearly slightly surprised at the idea of going to the Druid's Tower. It had been on the to-do list for a while, but...there were always other priorities and Aibek had long thought that finding a druid - or possible a few - to help before going in would be best or at last wise and it might be a good place to find resources... but now there may not be time for best or the wisest bath.

"Odd in what way?" still thinking it all over while asking.


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

"I would think, though Nexus will likely know better." Aibek said while heading to leave the ship.

happy to move along


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek nodded in consideration while cleaning, "I agree, a response is needed for the people of Khalharum and your kin. Someone like this, though I'm not entirely sure what preparations to make and time is likely not on the missing people's side, but I already have a few supplies from yesterday which could help".. Far more used to following orders when dealing with an army and their ruler - or as part of one - not planning something like a rescue mission underwater.


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Aibek paused at the horrific sight, other horrors from the past coming to mind as Aibek motioned for anyone following to wait - not impeding anyone or actively trying to stop anyone who wanted to get past, just an instinctive motion from ingrained feelings that not everyone should have such things burnt into their minds.

"It appears whoever that was yesterday did far worse to at least one of their subjects... I don't see any signs of anyone else. I'll...get something to deal with them, before someone has a look at repairing that hole. Mihara, I'm sorry, but a list of any of your kin who were possibly in here will probably be needed." The useful distraction would help Aibek, but the witchwolf didn't know how good that would be to the kitsune.

Again, Aibek didn't do anything to stop anyone else from doing anything, just went to look for something to clean up the remains, a little dazed. Aibek had known an iron fist, but even this seemed pointlessly gruesome, it lacked bred grace and sharpened purpose as Aibek could almost hear Archon Adalet say. At least those water breathing potions were still around, it looks like they might come in use soon.

Perception: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (1) + 10 = 11 Okay, maybe more than a little dazed. At least Aibek should find some mops.

Wow, we're now on page 100


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

"Practically no one could have foreseen this, and there were many other things to be done yesterday. I will try to flag down some guards to escort them home, we'll need to check the ship for others quickly..." Aibek attempted to be comforting, though with the searing smell and the recent events, being quick was also important.

Once some guards could attend to the crew found so far on the ship, Aibek would go following the scent. At that point, the shadows seemed eager to join in searching.


A HP: 69/69 | Mythic Points: 9/9pd | Ki Pool: 4/4 || R HP: HP: 42/42 Persona time left: 9 mins, Ext Persona 1/1
Aiday:
AC: 20 + 4 Deflection Bonus when moving, T: 16, FF: 14, SR: 11| Fort: +4/6, Ref: +14/16, Will: +8/12 | CMB: +7, CMD: 23 | Init: +8, Perception: +11
Rinat:
AC: 18 Human, 20 Hybrid & Wolf | T: 11, FF: 12 Human/13 | Fort: +7, Ref: +4, Will +6 | CMB: +4; CMD: +15 (19 vs trip as wolf) | Init +2, Perc: +6. Personas may differ.

Crinkling nose, deep breath -- the faint, very faint charred odour came through, with old memories that rose quickly pushed aside by the sea smells and cherry blossoms that didn't seem to want to leave Aibek's senses yet.

Looking to Mihara's kin with a nod and then over to Mihara, Aibek took a few moments to listen and consider the ship, "Similar to yesterday, though quite different as well. I'm happy to help you check if anyone is missing and...that concerning smell...though...first, maybe helping them get someone comfortable and warm?"

Perception: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (7) + 10 = 17

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