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  1. If not for the by-now familiar scent of black coffee it might have been a long while before Aquaria realized that Trevor had entered the kitchen at some point and was leaning against the counter to her opposite side, silently sipping from a steaming mug and listening to her explanation. She sometimes felt as though the dark haired surfacer had more in common with an octopus than the humans she with whom she interacted the most: readily camouflaged, getting into places one didn't expect, leaving inky clouds behind. Even other surfacers seemed to find him inscrutable which made him an especially tough clam to crack open for her! Today he was wearing a shallow lake blue dress shirt and dark pants, with a dirty cloth tossed over one should that she took to mean he'd been working in the garage where there were many, many such cloths. He regarded her with what she took to be a serious expression - or possibly amused, he didn't really seem to do the lip movements she'd been taught to look for - then looked to Erin to await her response.
  2. "Eugh..." Sekhmet winced and carefully set Strix's smouldering husk onto the ground by the stagnant water and took a step back, brushing bits of ash from her hands awkwardly. She watched Temperance work for a moment before gesturing over her shoulder. "I shall see to assisting the shopkeeper, then? Call if thee need a pit dug for burial." Striding a little more quickly than usual over to Grimalkin and crouched down next to the other woman. "I cannot remove the contamination any more cleanly, Champion Epstein but I can lessen the pain, should thee allow." The goddess brought a glow back to her hand but waited for confirmation before placing it on Lynn's shoulder. Set waited until he was confident that the others all had their attention elsewhere - and not because he was putting of what needed to be done, he assured himself - then took a silent breath. He clenched his disfigured hands into fists until grains of sand began to spill from beneath his fingers. All at once the godling's form exploded into a whirlwind of particulates, a miniature desert cyclone spinning above the water. The rush of wind almost covered the small squelches from within as drops of milky white goo dripped out. For only the span of a few heartbeats the contained sandstorm raged before just as abruptly reconstituting into the form of a young man, collapsed against the ground by the edge of the pool, pushing himself upward with one arm. Set bled from dozens of small wounds across his face, arms and everywhere else but the extra eyes were gone. "If you... nngh... are short on blood, oh s-s-sanguine sapphire... ghhk! Ex-excuse me... something in m-my throat..."
  3. GIANT KRAMPUS @Ari Opposed Grapple Check: 1d20+46 61 Woah, so close! The grapple works! Dark Elves @Exaccus Toughness Save vs Damage: 3#1d20+5 11 21 14 @Tiff @TheAbsurdist You're up! > 32 - White Lioness - Bruised x2, 0HP > 25 - Zenith - Bruised x1, Entangled, 3HP 23 - Forever Boy - Bruised x1, Entangled, 1HP 14 - Thunderbird - Bruised x1, 2HP 14 - GIANT KRAMPUS - Bruised x3, -1 Defence, -3 Fortitude, Grappled 14 - Dark Elves Uninjured x6 [Ground] Uninjured x6 [Dormitory Walls] 14 - Masque - Uninjured, 4HP 14 - Arcana, Bruised x1, 4HP 11 - Ms. Thursday - Bruised x1, Entangled, 2HP 11 - Salvo - Uninjured, Defense 10, 3HP 10 - Dio - Unconscious 07 - Sun Dragon - Bruised x1, 0HP 07 - Facsimile - Bruised x1, 2HP
  4. Dark Elves [Ground; Attacking Ms Thursday] @Cubismo Toughness Save vs Damage: 3#1d20+5 17 11 19 @Zeitgeist Blue Toughness Save vs Damage: 8#1d20+5 22 20 18 20 13 16 20 13 GIANT KRAMPUS Sense Motive vs Intimidate: 1d20+18 28 Toughness Save vs Damage: 1d20+17 35 21 does hit Giant Krampus' Defense, though so keep that HP. @Ari @Exaccus You're up! 32 - White Lioness - Bruised x2, 0HP 25 - Zenith - Bruised x1, Entangled, 3HP 23 - Forever Boy - Bruised x1, Entangled, 1HP 14 - Thunderbird - Bruised x1, 2HP 14 - GIANT KRAMPUS - Bruised x3, -1 Defence, -3 Fortitude 14 - Dark Elves Uninjured x6 [Ground] Uninjured x3 [Ground; Attacking Facsimile] Uninjured x6 [Dormitory Walls] 14 - Masque - Uninjured, 4HP 14 - Arcana, Bruised x1, 4HP 11 - Ms. Thursday - Bruised x1, Entangled, 2HP 11 - Salvo - Uninjured, Defense 10, 3HP 10 - Dio - Unconscious > 07 - Sun Dragon - Bruised x1, Entangled, Extra Effort, 1HP > 07 - Facsimile - Bruised x1, Entangled, Extra Effort, 3HP
  5. GIANT KRAMPUS Toughness Save vs Damage: 1d20+18 25 That's another bruise! Go ahead with the IC post. @Cubismo Don't forget that Toughness Save then Ms Thursday is up! @Zeitgeist Blue Salvo is on deck, let me know if she's spending the HP to avoid Fatigue from the Extra Effort. 32 - White Lioness - Bruised x2, 0HP 25 - Zenith - Bruised x1, Entangled, 3HP 23 - Forever Boy - Bruised x1, Entangled, 1HP 14 - Thunderbird - Bruised x1, 2HP 14 - GIANT KRAMPUS - Bruised x3, -1 Defence, -3 Fortitude 14 - Dark Elves Uninjured x8 [Giant Krampus' back] Uninjured x6 [Ground] Uninjured x3 [Ground; Attacking Ms Thursday] Uninjured x3 [Ground; Attacking Facsimile] Uninjured x6 [Dormitory Walls] 14 - Masque - Uninjured, 4HP 14 - Arcana, Bruised x1, 4HP > 11 - Ms. Thursday - Uninjured, Entangled, 2HP > 11 - Salvo - Uninjured, Defense 6, Extra Effort, 4HP 10 - Dio - Unconscious 07 - Sun Dragon - Bruised x1, Entangled, Extra Effort, 1HP 07 - Facsimile - Bruised x1, Entangled, Extra Effort, 3HP
  6. Giant Krampus staggered back a step under Salvo's all-out assault. Rather than blood where the lances of directed energy struck puffs of black, sooty particulates burst into the air: coal dust. The released dust swirled about amidst the white of the falling snow before most of it was swept up in the pinprick of crushing hunger Sun Dragon had created. The light devouring attacks from the prince and Facsimile struck true, afterimage shadows against the blinding light streaming from the Bellios armour. Giant Krampus grunted, pulling its great shoulders together for a moment before rising back up to its full high with a bellow, rage replacing its surprise at the students' counterattack. The spindly forms of the dark elves continued to stream forth from the Basket of Ancient Winters, heedless of their fellows being laid low by White Lioness' claws or bursting into glittering shards of black ice as Arcana's magic washed over them. A group rushed toward Ms Thursday, knife-like fingers scratching at her club wielding arm, while another cadre tried to climb Facsimile's glacial legs, biting at transmuted ice. Still more appeared with each moment, faster than the teens were defeating them!
  7. @KnightDisciple Consider the Entangle status cleared! GIANT KRAMPUS Spends the round clearing the Daze. Dark Elves Attack White Lioness: 2#1d20+5 9 20 Attack Ms Thursday: 3#1d20+5 12 22 7 Attack Facsimile: 3#1d20+5 23 12 6 I'll need a DC 20 Toughness Save vs Damage from @Cubismo and @Exaccus! Meanwhile another 18 Dark Elves will come crawling out of the Basket of Ancient Winters! 20 actually does just hit, @Nick! Just need the second half of that from @Fox now. 32 - White Lioness - Bruised x2, 0HP 25 - Zenith - Bruised x1, Entangled, 3HP 23 - Forever Boy - Bruised x1, Entangled, 1HP 14 - Thunderbird - Bruised x1, 2HP 14 - GIANT KRAMPUS - Bruised x2, -1 Defence, -3 Fortitude 14 - Dark Elves Uninjured x8 [Giant Krampus' back] Uninjured x6 [Ground] Uninjured x3 [Ground; Attacking Ms Thursday] Uninjured x3 [Ground; Attacking Facsimile] Uninjured x6 [Dormitory Walls] > 14 - Masque - Uninjured, 4HP > 14 - Arcana, Bruised x1, 4HP 11 - Ms. Thursday - Uninjured, Entangled, 2HP 11 - Salvo - Uninjured, Defense 6, Extra Effort, 4HP 10 - Dio - Unconscious 07 - Sun Dragon - Bruised x1, Entangled, Extra Effort, 1HP 07 - Facsimile - Bruised x1, Entangled, Extra Effort, 3HP
  8. "Late-in-life?" Set scoffed, waving a manicured hand about dismissively. "You've yet to even reach your first century, dearest. Try coming out to the conceptual embodiment of earth and sky in the primordial chaos before existence." She placed a hand to the side of her mouth and stage-whispered to Esperanza, "Mortifyingly supportive. Geb and Nut be famously sex-positive. Problematically so." The godling shuddered at some half-repressed recollection before returning her attention to Anna. "If you were worried it would be unsettling that you've definitely gotten busy while dressed as my brother, tis fine, truly. The falcon motif always was a hit with the ladies. I could lay hands on one of those old snakeskin bustiers if you like. Built-in fangs," she offered Nicola, miming the curved teeth with a middle and index finger. Sekhmet cleared her throat from across the table. "Rest assured, Lady Cline. For one who speaks so much the liesmith guards secrets well enough. Should you wish thy alliances remain unspoken, thus they shall be." She nodded her head cordially to their hostess then narrowed her eyes at Chromium. "I have witnessed revellers crush their metal goblets against their foreheads before discarding them." She leaned forward enough that he could see the ominous light of the eye behind her asymmetrical bangs. "That." "Sniffing about the wrong monolith, oh silvery stripling. Isis, mayhaps..." "I do not think you may make that jest," Sekhmet frowned as she settled back into her seat. Set shrugged. "Osiris would have laughed. The point be you appear more contented than I can easily recall, Anna. Tis most heartening."
  9. GIANT KRAMPUS Sense Motive vs Feint: 1d20+18 26 Toughness Save vs Damage: 1d20+18 38 Sorry Pan! @KnightDisciple Thunderbird is up if you'd like to spend an HP to clear the Dazed condition. @Fox @Nick Giant Krampus and the Dark Elves will be going after that but have your combined attack figured out since you're on deck. 32 - White Lioness - Bruised x2, 0HP 25 - Zenith - Bruised x1, Entangled, 3HP 23 - Forever Boy - Bruised x1, Entangled, 1HP > 14 - Thunderbird - Bruised x1, Dazed, Entangled, 3HP 14 - GIANT KRAMPUS - Bruised x2, Dazed, -1 Defence, -3 Fortitude 14 - Dark Elves Uninjured x2 [Giant Krampus' back] Uninjured x6 [Ground] 14 - Masque - Uninjured, 4HP 14 - Arcana, Bruised x1, 4HP 11 - Ms. Thursday - Uninjured, Entangled, 2HP 11 - Salvo - Uninjured, Defense 6, Extra Effort, 4HP 10 - Dio - Unconscious 07 - Sun Dragon - Bruised x1, Entangled, Extra Effort, 1HP 07 - Facsimile - Bruised x1, Entangled, Extra Effort, 3HP
  10. “Scholars have asked that very question for millennia, oh sass-spitter,” Set told Esperanza from a snout somewhere between canine and vulpine, head having seamlessly transformed into her eponymous animal form. “Fortunately I be the very model of discretion.” She changed back to her fully human appearance and in the process her little black dress became a curve hugging gogo dress that cycled through the colours of the rainbow as well as brown and black in vivid vertical strips. Her matching newsboy cap contained most of her dreadlocks and sported a black enamel triangle with a purple battleaxe in the center along with a half dozen other pride pins. She fluttered her eyelashes at Anna in case her old friend had missed her new eyeshadow, deep blue, purple and magenta over one eye and pink, yellow and sky blue over the other. “Thank glorious Ra’s mercy thee be here to be the subtle one,” Sekhmet snorted around a mouthful of turkey. She gave Chromium an appraising look as he protested the conversation going over his head, the look of an adult trying to gauge how much to simplify an explanation for a child. “Be the tongue of modern Albion not thy native speech? Tis full of idiom and can be challenging,” she assured him not unkindly, raising a hand to pat the reflective teen on the head before deciding that might be interpreted as patronizing.
  11. "Truly I do prefer beer," Sekhmet confirmed mildly before looking Esperanza directly in the eyes, her unblinking gaze literally smouldering with a faint golden luminance. "Also blood, one who would be Lady of Flame. Less delicately, methinks, than thy queen's cordial high priestess." Her small smirk as she gave Nicola a gracious nod exposed unusually pronounced canines but was slightly more playful than menacing. Set's eyes narrowed as she reflexively accepted the cranberry sauce. "Tis the face you make when you think you're being subtle, Sekhmet." The godling had gotten fairly good at spotting vampires of various stripes - Bedlam seemed to have something of a community, which was fitting - but that didn't seem likely to have sparked her taller companion's amusement. "Why would you think--" Storm grey eyes widened along with Sekhmet's grin. Set began swatting the closest shoulder to her in an excited staccato, which happened to belong to Esperanza. Lips forming a silent oh of dark brown she turned to the head of the table, animated flailing building until she was bouncing in her seat, still lightly smacking away at Espy's crimson top.
  12. Dark Elves Toughness Save vs Damage: 5#1d20+5 16 17 19 21 14 The forth in line saves so that's three down! @RocketLord @Fox You're up! 32 - White Lioness - Bruised x2, 0HP 25 - Zenith - Bruised x1, Entangled, 3HP > 23 - Forever Boy - Bruised x1, Entangled, 1HP > 23 - Masque - Uninjured, 4HP 14 - Thunderbird - Bruised x1, Dazed, Entangled, 3HP 14 - GIANT KRAMPUS - Bruised x2, Dazed, -1 Defence, -3 Fortitude 14 - Dark Elves Uninjured x2 [Giant Krampus' back] Uninjured x6 [Ground] 14 - Arcana, Bruised x1, 4HP 11 - Ms. Thursday - Uninjured, Entangled, 2HP 11 - Salvo - Uninjured, Defense 6, Extra Effort, 4HP 10 - Dio - Unconscious 07 - Sun Dragon - Bruised x1, Entangled, Extra Effort, 1HP 07 - Facsimile - Bruised x1, Entangled, Extra Effort, 3HP
  13. GIANT KRAMPUS @Ari @Exaccus Fortitude Save vs Drain Fortitude: 1d20+16 23 DC 26 between the two of you, so -3 Fortitude! Fortitude Save vs Drain Defence: 1d20+13 24 DC 26 again and Defence is 2PP per rank so -1 Defence! @TheAbsurdist Let me know if you'd like to spend an HP on that Daze or pass the turn. @RocketLord You're on deck! 32 - White Lioness - Bruised x2, 0HP > 25 - Zenith - Bruised x1, Dazed, Entangled, 3HP > 23 - Forever Boy - Bruised x1, Entangled, 1HP 23 - Masque - Uninjured, 5HP 14 - Thunderbird - Bruised x1, Dazed, Entangled, 3HP 14 - GIANT KRAMPUS - Bruised x2, Dazed, -1 Defence, -3 Fortitude 14 - Dark Elves Uninjured x5 [Giant Krampus' back] Uninjured x6 [Ground] 14 - Arcana, Bruised x1, 4HP 11 - Ms. Thursday - Uninjured, Entangled, 2HP 11 - Salvo - Uninjured, Defense 6, Extra Effort, 4HP 10 - Dio - Unconscious 07 - Sun Dragon - Bruised x1, Entangled, Extra Effort, 1HP 07 - Facsimile - Bruised x1, Entangled, Extra Effort, 3HP
  14. Alright, that was a rough one so I'll give everyone 1HP for the setback! GIANT KRAMPUS Toughness Save vs Damage: 1d20+19 24 That said I'm also Fiating that for a reroll. Toughness Save vs Damage, reroll: 1d20+19 35 DC 44, so another Bruise and Dazed! @Zeitgeist Blue Double-check this but if I'm reading Salvo's sheet correctly the Distracting Flaw on her attack would but her Defense at +1 then her All-Out Attack would bring it down to -4, for 6 total. Her fatigue doesn't technically go into effect until the start of her next turn - when she'll have an opportunity to spend an HP to disregard it. As for the Collateral Damage complication... I'm going to need a DC 29 Toughness Save from White Lioness, @Tiffany Korta. Have an HP, Zeit! Dark Elves @Cubismo Toughness Save vs Damage: 1d20+5 18 These are minions so unconscious! @Nick Reflex Save vs General Area Effect: 6#1d20+5 25 18 25 19 20 17 Toughness Save vs Damage: 6#1d20+5 15 6 10 21 14 11 Demolished! 32 - White Lioness - Bruised x1, Dazed, 1HP 25 - Zenith - Bruised x1, Dazed, Entangled, 3HP 23 - Forever Boy - Bruised x1, Entangled, 1HP 23 - Masque - Uninjured, 5HP 14 - Thunderbird - Bruised x1, Dazed, Entangled, 3HP 14 - GIANT KRAMPUS - Bruised x2, Dazed 14 - Dark Elves Uninjured x5 [Giant Krampus' back] Uninjured x6 [Ground] 14 - Arcana, Bruised x1, 4HP 11 - Ms. Thursday - Uninjured, Entangled, 2HP 11 - Salvo - Uninjured, Defense 6, Extra Effort, 4HP > 10 - Dio - Dazed, Entangled, Staggered > 07 - Sun Dragon - Bruised x1, Entangled, 2HP 07 - Facsimile - Bruised x1, Entangled, Dazed, 4HP @Ari You're up with Sun Dragon as well as Dio if you feel like spending an HP on the Daze. On the same note, ideally let me know ahead of time if you're planning to clear a Daze this round, folks.
  15. Giant Krampus grunted in discomfort as Thunderbird's blistering winds pressed against it and sent freshly fallen snow swirling away in a fine mist. The horned behemoth turned its attention upward to focus on the source of the sudden sirocco and snarled, low rumbling barks sounding from deep in its throat. As it reached back toward the wicker basket on its back, clawed digits nearly crashing into the precariously balanced White Lioness, Micah realized with a sense of impending doom that the sound was the closest their attacker could make to a laugh. He had just enough time to steel himself and redouble his efforts before the lid came off of the basket and an impossibly powerful blast of howling cold was released! The mist turned to instantly frozen ice as the great grandmother of all blizzards exploded from the Basket of Ancient Winters like a detonation. Each student within nearly fifty yards was struck as if they'd crashed headfirst into a solid wall and those who weren't quick enough to find some measure of cover found themselves weighed down by jagged rime and numb muscle. As the initial burst subsided they watched as horrible figures began crawling out from inside the basket, long black limbs covered in uneven carapace and matted fur. More than a dozen of the creatures poured forth in the span of seconds, one group setting their glowing red eyes on the closest target: White Lioness. Others leapt from Giant Krampus' back to the dormitory wall and began scaling toward the roof, digging the jagged nails at the end of arms and legs alike into the spaces between bricks. The remainder dropped to the campus ground around their master's feet, hunched and moving marionette-like with jerky steps and weirdly tilted heads.
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