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 Post Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:15 am 
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Chandi sighs, and stares out the cave as the group makes their leave. "A plan's a plan I suppose." As she steps out of the cave and begins her ascent to catch up, she catches Ashley's voice, and growls. "Hey, that's my schtick." Chandi responds. Chandi ups the pace, and quickly reaches the group, her Shift still in rope form and wrapped around her arm. "I'd like to suggest two possible backup plans. One, if we don't want to touch or get near the crystal, and we can't get through either barrier, let's just cut the ground under it, and lift the thing out of here. At a certain point, the connection will have to die off. Plan two, if this thing is drawing power from the Leyline, it probably has some similar characteristics, which means we might be able to break it down with our Leyline cutters." Chandi takes a moment to unravel the rope from her arm, and take hold of it, readying herself to bind anyone who might approach the group with hostile intent.

[Defend - Counter Attack x2]
[Arrange - Bind Agressor]

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 Post Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:56 am 
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The group prepares their defenses and exits the cave; Serpico with a secondary weapon, Lumina with a powerful barrier, Chandi ready to counter and bind, Alexis with a trigger to keep himself dead if needed, Harmony listening in for foes, Awakener with his Shift at the ready.

As each of the group leaves the cave, they hear Ashley on the wind and notice that any of the horde below don't seem to care that they are there... in fact it gives them a much better look at them. Every single one of them are now laying on the ground, hardly moving. Some of the horde are reaching out for others nearby, but seem unable to move to get to them. Each breath drawn from them seems to be a tremendous effort and comes with a rattle and wheeze. They don't even so much as glance in the groups direction.

As the group floats on they see that every single member of the horde they pass is down, seemingly unable to move. The crystal jutting up from behind the city line begins to glow internally with an eerie deep pulse, each time it shines brighter and comes with a rumble that shakes the ground below.

Slowly, unnoticed, they rise above the building tops and get a look down at the crystal for the first time... its massive. It's half the size of the city; buildings are in shambles and rubble around it as it pushed them over while growing. It's about as wide as it is tall, and being as how it's already twice the size of the 50 story skyscrapers around them...

They notice movement down by the base of the crystal in a clearing with no rubble or toppled structures. It is here the Arbiters are met with good news and bad news; the good news is, the barrier that was supposed to stretch wide around the crystal has shrunken down to a dome shaped dark bubble slightly bigger than the crystal... it's tallest latticework almost touching it. It also appears to be shrinking, slowly.

The bad news is the movement at the base. Three Goddesses, two tall, one short, stand near the crystal well within the barrier with their collective arms raised, each of them feeding beams of twisted blue and black ether into the Black Crystal. The smallest of the three is dark skinned, with blood red hair that hangs in dreadlocks about her face. She wears the garbs of an ancient warrior and two massive daggers hang in the small of her back. To her left stands a very tall and very pale goddess with short cropped blond hair that stands in a mo-hawk on one side of her head, and is shaven down almost to the skin on the other side. From her back hangs a longer-than-she-is-tall polearm, thin as a reed. The final Goddess' skin is a mix of the two colors, and she sports medium length spiky hair of pure white. There are no weapons hanging from her, but instead she wears a jeweled pair of metal gauntlets upon her hands, filed to talons at her finger tips. Just like their mortals, their eyes are reversed.

If the group is visible to them, they have taken no notice.

They seem very intent on keeping the ethereal beams connected to the Black Crystal, despite the apparent strain on their faces. The Ether seems to seep into the crystal, deep into it's center where the purple pulsing light originates from. Each pulse glows brighter and bigger than the last. Each pulse shakes the ground a little harder.

Dust begins to fall around the Arbiters from the buildings still standing.

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    [Serpico] HP [27/27] // EP [59/59] // SP [10] // RG [3] // RC [12] // PC [8]
    Ink [20/20] [Yellow/Indigo Ink]
    [Intentions] –

    <Effects>
    [Severing Connection Razor - +2 to Physical Cutting Effects, +1 to Metaphysical Cutting Effects]
    [Earthblast Gloves – Crowd Thinning Explosive Punches, +2 To Attack Roll, can strike the ground for a ranged effect]
    <Misread Intentions> - Good RP causes big drop in defense roll, then less for the rest of battle.
    <Speed Strikes> Swap Keen for Edge when physically attacking
    <Dodge Or Break> All Defense Rolls come from Beat
    <—————————————
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    [Lumina] HP [28/28] // EP [63/63] // SP [9] // RG [1(3)] // RC [12] // PC [7]

    <Effects>
    [Protecting Party]
    [Force Lightning Barrier – Enemies that pass must roll against Lumina’s will or be countered by her Rune]
    <Ether Regen> - +5 Passive EP Regeneration per round
    <Transformation> - Inactive
    <Blessed Speed Strikes> Swap Keen for Edge when physically attacking, +1 Physical Attack Rolls
    <Skilled Evasion> Physical Defense rolls come from Beat, not Flux
    <—————————————
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    [Chandi] HP [40/40] // EP [70/70] // SP [8] // RG [2] // RC [12] // PC [6]
    Bracelet Current Form – [Noose]

    <Effects>
    [2x Counter Attacks]
    [1x Bind Attacker]
    <Deft Deflection> - When wielding a defensive weapon, you get +1 to your physical defense rolls
    <Mad Movements> - +1 defense roll against Target attacks
    <Expecting Ether> - When wielding a focus or magical weapon, you get +1 to you Runic defense rolls
    <—————————————
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    [Alexis] HP [24/24] // EP [67/67] // SP [7] // RG [2] // RC [11] // PC [10]

    <Effects>
    [Trapped Self to maintain Death when killed; Harmony has trigger]
    <Blessed Darkness> - Dark Runes cast at Half Cost, +1 Bonus Rolls
    <Ether Regen> - +5 Passive EP Regeneration per round
    <Echolocate> - Cannot be blinded, can scan for free action
    <Precise Strikes> - Allows you to physically attack with your Keen Stat instead of Edge
    <Light Body, Sharp Mind> - Retain 1 HP on Stun/Death, 3 Turn Cooldown
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    [Asch] HP [38/38] // EP [82/82] // SP [6] // RG [2] // RC [12] // PC [10]
    [Mini-Evidence] – []

    <Effects>
    [Mass Illusion Around Group – Cannot be seen; 10 EP Per Turn Sustained]
    [Soul Slip – Stage 1; Burning Feet]
    <Blessed Perfect Eye> - On room entry or speech with character, free perception roll. Mini-Evidence gathered though this and A Moment’s Glance
    <Master Storyteller> All Traps and Illusions have a permanent +2 roll
    <A Moment’s Glance> Free action per round to use a Perception Roll
    <—————————————
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    [Harmony] HP [45/45] // EP [85/85] // SP [5] // RG [3] // RC [9] // PC [8]
    1st Score – [Awakener]
    2nd Score – [None]
    3rd Score – [None]
    Glitch Chance – [0%]

    <Effects>
    [Ready to Dodge - +1 All Evasion Rolls]
    [Listening For Attacks - +1 All Defense Rolls]
    [Has Alexis’ Death Trigger, must use with an action]
    <Counter Break/Blast> - Counter Attack with Flux/Will on 5+ Defense Rolls
    <Perfect Mind> - +1 Runic Damage Reduction
    <—————————————
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    [Awakener] HP [36/36] // EP [75/75] // SP [4] // RG [0] // RC [5] // PC [7]
    [Spiral Nemesis – Active]

    [Status]
    [2x Intercept and Deathblow Attackers]
    [Soul Slip – Stage 1; Burning Feet]
    <EP Regeneration - +5 Passive EP Regeneration per round>
    <Full Metal Jacket> - +1 resistance all damage, cannot be stunned. He is weakened under 1 HP, but can still fight all the way down to -10. 0 Regen.
    <Built Like An Armored Truck> - +1 Physical Attack Rolls, +1 Physical Damage
    <Detect Weakness> - Support Action to Detect Weaknesses, Perception Roll
    <Runic Absorption> - Absorb Half Ether Cost of Hostile Runes
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 Post Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:46 am 
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"It seems the illusion might not be wholly necessary..." The voice in the wind dies down as Ashley takes form hovering above the group again. Her usual cackling self is nowhere to be seen, a somber frown instead crossing her face. She slowly lets herself down to the ground and sighs. "Whatever it is we need to know about this crystal, I think it already happened, rather than will happen in the near future.

Looking at the others, she bites her lower lip, and says, "Guys... just promise me two things. First... you'll figure this out and get rid of this damn blight. Second... do not make light of that which you are about to see."

Turning back to the crystal, she raises both her hands, a small blue mystery rune surrounded by a red aura of the illusion rune forming in the shape of a ball between them.

"In the name of Count Murmur, speak to us a tale of your past... Crystal of Darkness!"

She fires the rune, with the intention of feeding the data gathered from the mystery rune in to an illusion to show the recent history of the crystal directly to the other arbiters.

<Actions 1-3: Mystery X Illusion Rune - Answer>

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 Post Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:40 am 
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Ashley appears before the group; the group itself still concealed in her illusion for the time being. She turns towards the crystal and prepares her runes... and she fires.

The first thing she may notice is that the fear aura doesn't catch her spell, in fact it lets it right through. The second thing she may notice is that her runes and ether seem to be pulled into the center of the crystal just like the energies of the three goddesses are. The final thing she may notice is how badly her legs are beginning to burn...

The air around her stills.

A picture of the gigantic crystal floats before her, bright enough for all to see. In high speed backwards time the Crystal seems to shrink - in the image the Mortals around it seem to grow in energy and health as it does so. There's a flash and suddenly Shin and the three Goddesses are firing at the crystal, trying to break it, the Goddesses have black veins all over their bodies. This image appears to be moving in normal time as there's a surge of power from the crystal, a pair of crystalline arms reaching for Shin as he shoves the short red haired Goddess into them. Another flash, the crystal is much smaller now, hardly the size of a small car as Mortals with normal eyes gather around it, taking readings - picking at it with drills and machines and not leaving so much as a scuff on it's surface. Another flash and time seems to be speeding backwards again, as the crystal shrinks down to the size of a baseball and a huge wave of fire and dust speeds towards it... the moment it touches time freezes.

It's the moment of impact... the exact moment the Black Crystal first touched the planet. The image spins an incredible small, intricate runes surround the crystal, hanging in the air in circular discs - the discs are layered inwards like Alchemists circles, shining and shifting in size and complexity despite the image being still. Below them the Leyline of the world is just visible, it seems to be shooting black bolts of energy into it even as it impacts.

The dust and debris shrinks back into the ground and the black crystal shoots backwards into the sky, catching fire as it rises higher and higher into the air. As it hits the very top of the atmosphere what appears to be a paper thin sheen shrinks back into it from where it was spreading... the barrier around the world. As time for the image continues to flow backwards it shoots off into space and directly into a much larger, much more intricate circle of runes and disappears...

The image shifts to incredibly fast shifting lights flowing around what seems to be the tiny seed of the black crystal through a tunnel...

The tunnel breaks.

For a fraction of a second the Arbiters catch a glimpse of a planet hanging in space, half of it sheered away and broken, its core exposed to space.

Then the image turns into a pair of yellow eyes that peer directly into Ashley's eyes, the left eye is split by a long yellow straight scar.

And then the image explodes.

And then the air around Ashley explodes.

And then her mass illusion around the group explodes as the wave of energy from Ashley slams into them. Everyone tumbles down into the ground hard, the Mortals around them whining in unison but not moving. Everyone's feet are on fire; it feels like standing on hot coals. The Awakener takes notice that the black blight has progressed up his legs. Ashley is worse off... her entire chest aches and burns and a quick glance can confirm the blight has indeed overtaken most of her torso.

The small red haired Goddess in battle garb stops feeding her energy into the Black Crystal while the other two redouble their efforts to make up for the lack. She walks directly to the edge of the barrier and steps through it, like the skin of a bubble. She peers at the group before her and speaks in a harsh raspy whisper that flows from a high inflection to a low one. "Tugnaw yoi odd TAHWA?!

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Ashley buckles and cringes as she feels the blight cover her... and then, just as Asch before her, she freezes up, and falls limp to the ground.

Her soul slowly rises out of her body, a black spiderweb wrapped around it, trying to engulf the entire soul. The red and blue spirals of weave, normally active, are no longer moving... when the gold ring surrounding the circumference of the soul begins to spin, giving off a brilliant golden light.

As if in response, golden light erupts from within Ashley's red dress, the golden seals holding the outfit in place snap open all at once, and the seams come undone, revealing the blue lining as the fabric falls to the ground. Asch/Ashley? sits straight up, fabric giving way to a simple purple one-piece dress. As she stands, two books are clearly strapped to her waist next to the hilt of The One Truth, and a bandolier of golden keys magically forms from the golden seal pieces. Her face no longer concealed by a hat, for the first time her facial features can be clearly seen. Her eyes are a soft purple, her hair a light brown. Letters of gold shine upon her head, shaped as "אֱמֶת."

She turns and faces the others, tilts her head, and says in a voice made from seemingly two separate tones, one sharp of the note the other is flat to, a single word.

"Greetings."

Turning back to the small goddess, she sighs. "Excuse you."

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Serpico glances down at the three goddesses, but only for a moment. "Better see if this toy's the right one for the job, I suppose." He reaches down, holding his Straight Razor, and carefully, delicately, tears at the surface of one of the black veins, trying to catch and cut the energy inside it.

As Serpico cuts the vein, the blackness in them peels away like oil disturbed by water. For a few moments his foot is clear... but in short order the blight creeps back, just as strong as before.

Serpico chuckles. "Too strong, or too close? Either way, it certainly reacted."
(action 1: Test)

He looks down as the goddess exits the bubble, and seems to try to talk. He thinks for a moment. "Hey guys? If this one doesn't work, well.......sorry." Chuckling, he drifts slowly towards the Red-Haired Goddess.

On the way, he nods to the new form Asch/ley has taken. "I remember you, aren't you the Librarian in there?"

He moves to the goddess, slowly, calmly. "What is the words the Detective likes so much? Try....remembering? No, doesn't sound right, that's not it. Ah well. Let's see if you can. " Then, with a sudden, brutal movement, he strikes, aiming to plunge the razor directly in her heart.
(action 2: Misread: Stillness and no Aggression)
(Action 3: Strike to the Heart)

"Wake up!" He shouts as he does.

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Asch/ley? stares calmly at Serpico and replies, "Librarian? I suppose you can call me that if you choose." There's a slight hint of... malice? in her tone. "I do act as a curator for Aschs memories. However, that is not what I prefer to think of myself as."

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Serpico's blade finds it's mark, dead center in the Goddess' heart. Her friends roar, weak screams from the dying mortals echo their rage... but with pained expressions they don't break the beams pouring into the Black Crystal. The red-head Goddess falls her her knees... and the black veins all over her flesh scatter away like ash. Only her eyes remain reversed. She mutters something incomprehensible, it almost sounds like 'run'.

"Serpico, what are you do---!?"

"Not enough!" Serpico hisses. "It wont last, so while you can, talk!"

"... right."

Harmony kneels in front of the red-headed Goddess. "Quickly, while you can - how can we get past the barrier to the Crystal itself?"

The woman looks into Harmony's eyes, twitching violently... her fingertips are already turning black again. "...don't... matter... it's... hatching... can't.. . can't stop it... run... you can't..."

"We can stop it. I promise you. Focus. Don't let it get to you again. Not yet. You just went right through the barrier - just tell us how you did it."

Serpico stands passive, the expression on his face guarded but calm. "Any moment now, it'll change. If you ask me, now's a good time to remove a target. Sorry, but I think you'd agree, Red."

"...part of... it... it's... not... dead..." The veins have reached her elbows and knees now, it's traveling faster up her flesh, "It... chooses... it... eats... it's... the... planet.... I...." She holds her head and starts screaming, the black veins are almost to her shoulders now... it seems as if she'll last for just one more moment...

"Now or never!" Serpico's voice has a quaver in it.

"Please.... help..."

"Damn it! It is fine. You'll be fine. Help is... on the way." She gives Serpico a long look, then turns back to the red-haired woman before her. "Help is on the way..."

Harmony attunes herself to the songs of Severing and Sealing... and then in one smooth motion, resonates the two into the blade and with great sorrow plunges the blade deeper into the red-haired Goddess. Again, the black veins in her shatter; this time her eyes swap back to normal color. A small smile plays across her face as she falls to the ground.

[Link to Sealing]
[Link to Severing]
[Resonate the two into Serpico's blade]

Her allies scream and take knee, holding their heads in pain and forgetting all about the energy they were feeding into the Black Crystal. Harmony and Serpico can both confirm that the Goddesses soul seems to have entered the blade in her body for protection... the blackness is not returning, but she is not moving.

Serpico smiles, tightly. "You know, I wasn't sure that'd work. Won't work twice, i fear." He looks over to the other two goddesses, inside the barrier.

"Luck. A lot of it."

Any thoughts of victory are quickly interrupted by an incredibly loud cracking sound, much like that of a large pistol going off. A glance upwards reveals that the Black Crystal has split directly up the middle... slowly the two halves fall away from each other, popping the barrier like a soap bubble and toppling buildings to the ground.

Floating in the center of the split crystal is a humanoid... but it's jet black. It's head is made of a long black spear like crystal, it's torso is diamond like. It's arms are spikes, it's legs longer spikes... the parts of its body do not touch, but instead hover close together by some unseen force. Floating sligtly above where it's face should be, two flowing white eyes of pure energy open; blank portals that flow in great clumps, detaching and fading like flame. From the back of the long crystal that is it's head, a roaring jet black plume of fire erupts and twists into the air; a blazing mockery of hair.

It peers down at the Goddesses kneeling on the ground in pain, looks at the now sealed red-headed Goddess, and then drifts it's gaze to the group below it.

When it speaks, it doesn't really say words as much as it seems to brand black letters into the deepest parts of your minds - symbols that radiate energy, fear and convey a massive sense of power.

Who disturbs This One's meal?

"Serpico - Remember what I said about luck? I think we just ran out of it."

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Alexis had just stood up after being flung to the ground when Serpico leapt forward to the attack. Harmony hurried past him to interrogate the red-haired goddess, and Alexis stepped forward, staying between Harmony and the two still-enslaved goddesses...

...and then the crystal cracked open, revealing its contents. A being of myth, a being of legend, a being of sheer, unadulterated, nightmare.

Alexis instantly recognises what it is that he faces.

A being with a terrible hunger, a hunger enough to consume entire populations, to consume the gods themselves. A being with bright, blazing, blinding eyes. A being whose very words burn like a fire in the mind.

This can only be the Eater.

And now... now it can fly. The Mother can no longer escape by remaining aloft. No-one and nothing is safe anymore.

Alexis looks into that black crystal face, those white glowing eyes, and sees the ultimate end. Of everything.

He lets out a little squeak of terror, and steps back. His Shift flows around him, instinctively hiding behind him, away from this greatest, this deadliest of foes.

But even as that deadly gaze looks on him, he sees a faint glimmer of hope. He reaches out with his tail, grabbing the closest person's - Harmony's - ankle. He reaches for his Dark Rune, and a very specific aspect of a very specific kind of Dark - the comforting Dark that is found inside the hug of a mother's wings (or a mother's arms, for wingless species). A place where fear cannot take hold, a darkness protected from panic.

"Run." he whispers. "I think... this might get you through the barrier. You've got to tell Athena... send warning... I'll try to keep it busy as long as I can... we can't... we can't stop this..."

And then he steps forward, draws himself up to his full one-metre height, and tries the one strategy that might work.

"I am the Martyr," he says, "child of the Mother, wielder of the Sacred Dark. Your dead fire will not avail you! Go back to the Pit! You shall not consume!"

And, with that, he reaches again for his Dark Rune; and attempts to extinguish the enemy's eyes.

Dark Rune - Safety: Immunity to Fear - Harmony
Dark Rune x2: Blind the Crystal Creature

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Lumina throws her hand above her head, activating her Transformation Sequence.

The ethereal fox Naomi bounds towards Lumina at her call, leaping in the air above and emitting a powerful source of light. The flashes of light coalesce into translucent ribbons, twining around Lumina's robes and body and adding to what is there, forming protective armor around vital points. A light breastplate with shoulder pauldrons forms around her upper body while her long skirt shortens to knee length for increased movement capability. Her sleek but otherwise-sensible heels are replaced by laced, knee-length silken boots and similarly styled gloves weave themselves around her arms. Lastly, the final remaining ribbon of light lifts up her hair and pulls it together, wrapping itself around the resulting ponytail.

[Transform!]
[Support Link - Chandi]
[Lightning Rune - Power Core]

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Lumina throws her hand above her head, activating her Transformation Sequence.

The ethereal fox Naomi bounds towards Lumina at her call, leaping in the air above and emitting a powerful source of light. The flashes of light coalesce into translucent ribbons, twining around Lumina's robes and body and adding to what is there, forming protective armor around vital points. A light breastplate with shoulder pauldrons forms around her upper body while her long skirt shortens to knee length for increased movement capability. Her sleek but otherwise-sensible heels are replaced by laced, knee-length silken boots and similarly styled gloves weave themselves around her arms. Lastly, the final remaining ribbon of light lifts up her hair and pulls it together, wrapping itself around the resulting ponytail.

[Transform!]

"Great Lot," Chandi murmurs as the crystal beast emerges from the remnants of the crystal tower and the words echo in Chandi's head. "It's like someone turned Mara into a beast." Chandi glances down at the prone forms of the Goddesses that were feeding the crystal, and then returns her gaze to the monster itself. "I don't believe a cyclone is going to cut this one." Chandi grips her shift tightly, thoughts rushing through her head. "We need time. We need a distraction. Lumina!" Chandi turns to her ally. "You saw those ethereal beams the goddesses were putting into the crystal right? Maybe we can distract it with something similar. Maybe something that can even fight back."

Lumina steps up beside Chandi, examining the beast as she does. "Yeah, I saw. What have you got in mind?"

"Remember our third year in training? When Athena forced the group to try linking runes?"

"Yeah, I do. If I recall, that entire school wing collapsed in on itself shortly after," Lumina laughs softly at the thought of the memory. "Why, you have something hilariously irresponsible and dangerous in mind?"

Chandi grins. "Of course. Let's repeat it, but ten times bigger."

Lumina returns the grin with a wolfish smirk of her own. "Awesome. I'm in. How are we gonna do this?"

"Form some lightning like one of those dragons from your world. Make it sturdy, and I'll bring it to life. Then we'll make it big, and nasty, and hopefully it'll keep this crystal monster from doing too much damage to us. Ready?"

[Link with Lumina]
[Support Link - Chandi]

"Let's make a monster."

"Alright, I can do this." Lumina says, reaching down inside herself to pull up the power for the working. Concentrating, Lumina summons a large ball of lightning and drops it onto the ground at her feet. Feeding more energy into the ball, Lumina increases the size of the construct and sculpts it into the shape of a large, lizard-like creature with wings, fangs, and a worrying amount of spikes along the length of its body.

[Lightning Rune - Power Core]

As Lumina finishes constructing the dragon, Chandi gathers energy into her own body before smiling, and saying, "Perfect." A breeze begins to whip up around Chandi, seeming to fill with her very essence before she inhales deeply then exhales in the lightning dragon's direction. The wind spins and flows between the spikes, lifting the wings up, and finally gliding between the fangs before releasing in a great gust, that sounds almost like a roar.

[Support Rune - Breeze: Breath of Life x2]

As the runic energies of the two Arbiters intertwine around the ethereal form of the dragon, a blinding flash of light and a loud clap of thunder erupt from the focal point of the ether. The energy bursts, and the dragon expands rapidly in size, scales sharpening, tail lengthening, a second set of arms forming beneath the first. The scales shift from a bright white to a dark blue, with an intensely bright bolt of lightning running along the incredible length of the dragon's spine. As the beast approaches the size of the crystal monster, its rapid growth begins to slow, but it's flesh becomes even more solid, the claws now razor sharp, the fangs emanating bolts of electricity, and the eyes burning with white hot fury. With a clashing of its teeth, the dragon reaches full height, and lets loose a mighty roar at the Arbiter's foe. What few buildings left standing in the ruined city surrounding them shake, windows shattering, foundation crumbling, until they finally fall, each thunderclap louder than the last.

"That," Chandi says, grinning and panting, "is so much better than what destroyed the west wing of the school." She turns her head towards Lumina, and then chuckles. "But I bet we can make it better." Chandi spins around quickly, aiming her gaze at their slowest companion. "Hey Awakener. You've got sturdy down to a science. Make this thing an End unto itself."

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The Awakener silently looks up at the gigantic figure created by Chandi and Lumina, then back to Chandi, and nods. It raises its hands and focuses the power of the Final Rune through the massive dragon, infusing its already-mighty scales with a spell to End any attack against the dragon prematurely. Strikes will come to a stop, blasts of energy will dissipate, and curses will wash over its scales and then fade as quickly as they appeared. However, the Awakener isn't finished yet. A sickly light now infuses the monster, filling it with the power of Corrosion. Any attempt to drain it, absorb it, or consume it will dissolve the would-be devoured from the inside out, while any strike from it will melt through armor like a hot knife through butter. Finally, the Awakener focuses all of the Final Rune's power into the creature, infusing its armor with Certainty. The armor now cannot be bypassed, either by magic or attacking a weak point - it is "Certain" to protect the dragon as long as it exists. The Awakener then nods to the two of them, and begins to focus the power of its rune into the beast once more.

"We are Arbiters, and you are an enemy of this world. You will surrender to judgment or be destroyed."

1-3: [Final Rune - Support] <End-Corrosion-Certainty> Power of the World-Eater

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As Alexis squeaks in terror the Black Golem turns it's gaze upon him, watching as Alexis sets up some protection for Harmony. He fires off two black bolts at the Golem which slams into it's eyes, dispersing them and bouncing off it's crystal head... the eyes reform within a second, unaffected.

This one SHALL consume

Fear will be known


The Black Golem looks up at the massive dragon that is created as Awakener reinforces it's scales. It roars defiantly at the puny crystal beast below it.

Reassessing Threat Levels

It points a sharp black arm at Alexis, where a rune of black fire quickly forms before firing off at Alexis like a gunshot... the rune bounces off Alexis' Shift and does nothing. Without missing a beat the Black Golem takes a runner's position in mid air, leaning forward as if on a starting line.

Initiating Attack Pattern Alpha

There's a deep hum that rises in pitch as the black fire that is the Golem's hair flares up before it jets forward, upon Serpico almost instantly; it attempts to impale him on it's spikey arm... Serpico is barley able to move his face out of the way, the crystal passing so close he can catch his own faded reflection in the arm. Without so much as a moment's hesitation the Golem turns and jets for Awakener, black fire trailing behind it as it flies. As it approaches it launches into a kick, aimed to impale The Awakener's Chest... the attack bounces off the Awakener's chest like a thrown pebble and the Black Golem lands on it's points.

It looks up at the Dragon floating in the air and with another hum, rockets upwards pulling both arms above it's head and attempt to tear the Dragon's stomach open... again the lances pelt off of the Dragon's scales, unable to damage it. It floats away, watching the group closely. After considering them for a moment, it swings it's blade-arm at Chandi, a rune forming as it swings... a great nearly invisible force appears near Chandi, swinging like a scythe through the air... Chandi can't move in time and takes a great gash across the collar bone. The Golem tries the tactic again, this time swinging for Harmony... Harmony is ready this time, catching the blade with her bare hand and twisting it right back at the Golem... it cuts into the creates shoulder a little ways, sending a bit of dust running down it's arm to the ground below.

The Golem slowly floats down to the ground and stands on the sharp points of it's legs.

Attack Power Inadequate

((OOC - Chandi, Lumina and Awakener each control the dragon with actions. They use one of their actions to do so like this [Command Dragon: Do Something]. It comes from their normal pool of three actions, so they can either move the Dragon or do something themselves. They may mix actions to do so. They can charge attacks that another person launches as well. The dragon has no Ether regeneration, you must feed it Ether when it runs low - however, anyone in the group can give it Ether with a single action and a 1:1 ratio. Any questions? Ask me in Skype or OOC. As it is a lightning dragon, all of it's breath/runic attacks are lightning based.))

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    [Black Golem] HP [313/316] // EP [264/294]
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    [Black Armored Lightning Dragon – 3 Actions of Control per round]
    HP – [119/119] // EP – [208/208] // SP – 7 // RG - 10
    Edge – 8(6) / Flux – 5 / Keen – 7 / Beat – 7 / Rune – 7(5) / Will – 7
    <Life Infusion> - Dragon Regenerates 10 HP per Round
    <Lightning Infusion> - +2 Edge/Rune
    <End Strike Armored Scales> - +2 Defense Rolls
    <Corrosive Ether> Attempts to absorb energy will be met with a 10 Will-based counter attack
    <Protected Armor> Attempts to break scaled defenses will be met with a 10 Will-based resistance
    ***

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    [Serpico] HP [27/27] // EP [59/59] // SP [10] // RG [3] // RC [12] // PC [8]
    Ink [20/20] [Yellow/Indigo Ink]
    [Intentions] – Processing.

    <Effects>
    [Soul Slip – Stage 1; Burning Feet]
    [Severing Connection Razor (Currently Embedded in Atropos) - +2 to Physical Cutting Effects, +1 to Metaphysical Cutting Effects]
    [Earthblast Gloves – Crowd Thinning Explosive Punches, +2 To Attack Roll, can strike the ground for a ranged effect]
    <Misread Intentions> - Good RP causes big drop in defense roll, then less for the rest of battle.
    <Speed Strikes> Swap Keen for Edge when physically attacking
    <Dodge Or Break> All Defense Rolls come from Beat
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    [Lumina] HP [43(28)/43(28)] // EP [43/63] // SP [9] // RG [3(1)] // RC [12] // PC [7]

    <Effects>
    [Soul Slip – Stage 1; Burning Feet]
    [Force Lightning Barrier – Enemies that pass must roll against Lumina’s will or be countered by her Rune]
    <Ether Regen> - +5 Passive EP Regeneration per round
    <Transformation> - Active +15 HP, +2 Regen
    <Blessed Speed Strikes> Swap Keen for Edge when physically attacking, +1 Physical Attack Rolls
    <Skilled Evasion> Physical Defense rolls come from Beat, not Flux
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    [Chandi] HP [34/40] // EP [50/70] // SP [8] // RG [2] // RC [12] // PC [6]
    Bracelet Current Form – [Noose]

    <Effects>
    [Soul Slip – Stage 1; Burning Feet]
    <Deft Deflection> - When wielding a defensive weapon, you get +1 to your physical defense rolls
    <Mad Movements> - +1 defense roll against Target attacks
    <Expecting Ether> - When wielding a focus or magical weapon, you get +1 to you Runic defense rolls
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    [Alexis] HP [24/24] // EP [47/67] // SP [7] // RG [2] // RC [11] // PC [10]

    <Effects>
    [Soul Slip – Stage 1; Burning Feet]
    [Trapped Self to maintain Death when killed; Harmony has trigger]
    <Blessed Darkness> - Dark Runes cast at Half Cost, +1 Bonus Rolls
    <Ether Regen> - +5 Passive EP Regeneration per round
    <Echolocate> - Cannot be blinded, can scan for free action
    <Precise Strikes> - Allows you to physically attack with your Keen Stat instead of Edge
    <Light Body, Sharp Mind> - Retain 1 HP on Stun/Death, 3 Turn Cooldown
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    [Asch] HP [38/38] // EP [42/82] // SP [6] // RG [2] // RC [12] // PC [10]
    [Mini-Evidence] – []

    <Effects>
    [Sheppard Mode]
    [Soul Slip – Stage 3; Chest High – Damage done to Asch cannot be healed, Status effects cannot be removed, -1 to All rolls]
    <Blessed Perfect Eye> - On room entry or speech with character, free perception roll. Mini-Evidence gathered though this and A Moment’s Glance
    <Master Storyteller> All Traps and Illusions have a permanent +2 roll
    <A Moment’s Glance> Free action per round to use a Perception Roll
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    [Harmony] HP [45/45] // EP [85/85] // SP [5] // RG [3] // RC [9] // PC [8]
    1st Score – [Severing]
    2nd Score – [Sealing]
    3rd Score – [None]
    Glitch Chance – [10%]

    <Effects>
    [Empowered Fear Shield – Fear Effects need to roll above 90 to take effect]
    [Soul Slip – Stage 1; Burning Feet]
    [Has Alexis’ Death Trigger, must use with an action]
    <Counter Break/Blast> - Counter Attack with Flux/Will on 5+ Defense Rolls
    <Perfect Mind> - +1 Runic Damage Reduction
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    [Awakener] HP [36/36] // EP [25/75] // SP [4] // RG [0] // RC [5] // PC [7]
    [Spiral Nemesis – Active]

    <Effects>
    [Soul Slip – Stage 2; Burning Legs – Damage done to Awakener cannot be healed]
    <EP Regeneration - +5 Passive EP Regeneration per round>
    <Full Metal Jacket> - +1 resistance all damage, cannot be stunned. He is weakened under 1 HP, but can still fight all the way down to -10. 0 Regen.
    <Built Like An Armored Truck> - +1 Physical Attack Rolls, +1 Physical Damage
    <Detect Weakness> - Support Action to Detect Weaknesses, Perception Roll
    <Runic Absorption> - Absorb Half Ether Cost of Hostile Runes
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Asch/ley? observes the black golems actions, then stands tall and closes her eyes.

"I see... no wonder Ashley doubled down on the blight rather than looking for a way to bring Asch back in to the picture. This is an enemy that cannot be defeated through either of their capabilities. I suppose Facades are only, after all, Facades.

"But I am no Facade. I am a Shadow - the True Self." Her eyes flash open, and overlaid on her purple irises is a golden sheen.

Drawing The One Truth and grasping the handle firmly, she begins speaking in a harsh tone, "The One Truth - a shift which turns the 'truth' in to blades which can cut anything. While it is that simple on the surface, there are some nuances to its use, filtered through whatever facade the user puts on to try understanding the world. A facade which sees the world as mystery may only arrive at the truth through reasoning, and so a blade of blue must act as a mold to create a blade of red. A facade which sees the world as fantasy may construct a fantasy to instantly create a blade of red - but it is limited by both the capabilities of the wielder and by only being effective against enemies with the ability to reason themselves."

Weave rising from her chest, she continues, golden colored ether beginning to rise around her. "But I have no such restrictions. So long as it is guaranteed truth, I can forge a blade with it. And as it so happens, there is a very rich source of truth right here." She grabs a key from her bandolier, and thrusts it violently in to the weave. A moment later, she pulls her hand out, clutching not a key but a long, golden thread of weave.

"I guarantee the following is truth. The name of the hidden blade of One Truth is Goldenslaughterer, and it is created by transforming specially prepared weave in to a blade. While it may only be used for a short period of time, the strength of its truth is equal to or greater than a red truth. After the effects of the blade wear off, the weave, and the memory associated with it, is destroyed."

The weave ignites with golden light, and flows in to the handle of One Truth.

<Action 1 - Shift ~ The One Truth, hidden blade - Goldenslaughterer>

A golden blade erupts forth from the base, and Asch/ley? pulls it to the side, kicking in to a run.

"En garde."

When she reaches the golem, she makes two mighty swings, targeting its legs to knock it off balance.

<Actions 2-3 - Target Attack at Black Golem - legs>

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With a crash of thunder, the dragon appears in front of Alexis. He stumbles back slightly, looking up at the fearsome giant beast in wonder and surprise. A wild thread of hope touches his mind - might such a beast have a hope of defeating the Eater itself? Ruthlessly, he disregards this - the Eater can Eat anything in a single bite. He knows that.

There's only one way to defeat such a foul foe. But at least the dragon should give his teammates more time to run.

Serpico takes a sharp look at Alexis, and slips up to him, watchin the moves of the creatures. "You ok, Wings?"

"Fly, you fool! We can't take down the Eater!"

Serpico shakes his head. "You gave up already? We haven't even tried yet."

"It's the Eater! It's the ultimate force of destruction! The only reason anyone's still alive anywhere is because before now, it couldn't fly!"

Serpico thinks. The panic is obvious enough, and Alexis has always been a bit brittle. "Ultimate force? Tin head back there might be disappointed to hear that." He gestures towards Awakener. "Wouldn't that just make it a god, then?"

"It eats gods! It's to gods what a giant python is to a bat-person! It's the ultimate predator! It'll eat that dragon in one, maybe two bites!"

"Then why couldn't it break your shift? Why did it miss me? Oh, its fast and strong, who knows how much." Voice calm, Serpico continues to drone. "Who knows what wil happen. But ultimate force? I doubt it. You're listening to fear, weakling."

Alexis opens his mouth as if to speak, then glances at the spot on the ground where the black rune had bounced off his shift to. He shuts his mouth, thinks for a bit, and then says, hesitantly, "Um..."

Serpico places a hand on Alexis' shoulder. "It would truly be a pity to have to report that we failed because one of our number was too afraid to try. "

"...I...um...I guess..." murmurs Alexis, uncertainly.

"You don't get anywhere by running. by cowering. by giving up. So even if this IS the eater, which I doubt, I say put it to the test."

"Sometimes, running means you live." says Alexis. He keeps an eye on the dragon - if it can get in more than one attack without being instantly eaten, he'll revise his threat assessment downwards.

"Yes. But..." Serpico's voice catches. "That type of living is poisonous. You don't choose if if you dont have to." He looks up. "Let's at least give it the best shot you can before just deciding its too much trouble."

Alexis narrows his eyes. Perhaps... perhaps there was another way, a way with a lesser cost... he focused the power of his Dark rune, and blasted the Black Golem with the sheer, concentrated power of the Dark, putting almost everything into one single, massive blast.

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Across hundreds of worlds, in cultures where light is associated with good, there are legends of great holy warriors whose light burns away evil. Sometimes, the legends are even true; for the Holy Light does burn. The Sacred Dark is a little different; it does not burn. It protects. When focused on evil, it does not hurt. It dulls the reactions and blurs the eyes. It slows the strikes, and reduces concentration. It protects, to some degree, the future victims of the creature from future strikes.

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Dark Runex3: Safety: Make the golem more likely to miss

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