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Re: Gaiden Chapter I-Taking Charge
« Reply #20 on: June 11, 2013, 01:47:47 PM »
Regideus turns to Alan and says at a much more moderate volume "Ah.. ahem, forgive me, I am new to this form of existence and my former state dealt with extremes of volume far more than the ranges in which humans are comfortable. Is this better?"

Around the same time, Tanek replies to Maurice "The arena may well be a good way to increase our strength, but that will be for nothing if we lose all the soldiers currently under threat," he gestures to the surrounded forts on the map, including AC-27, "Damage control may have to be our immediate priority."

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Re: Gaiden Chapter I-Taking Charge
« Reply #21 on: June 11, 2013, 03:59:30 PM »
"I don't brainwash. Washing brains sounds difficult. I just give people some new abilities, and that seems to make them like me, even if they don't like me trying to do it," the abomination naively replied, sounding affronted by the idea that she would be messing with people's brains. That was just silly, whyever would she want to do that? "So... we're going to go to the place with loads of enemies, right?"
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Re: Gaiden Chapter I-Taking Charge
« Reply #22 on: June 11, 2013, 05:12:05 PM »
Alan analyzed the map in further detail, muttering to himself and his suit a little with several calculations popping up on his HUD.

"For the arena to be worthwhile we would need to win and then get more recruits than we would lose in the time to travel there, succeed in their challenges, and then travel back.  We would also have to factor in the people we could save and recruit through other means during that time.  At the moment it seems we have more to lose through visiting the arena than we would gain.

I would say defense of this castle is our primary goal right now, and that includes preemptive defense.  The raiders near us shouldn't be much of a threat unless they all banded together, which the Northern sets might if they had any kind of sense.  The mountain pass directly East of us should provide those soldiers enough of a defensive stand to hold out for a while longer.  I believe our best chance to make a difference is, as others have indicated, here."
  Alan said as he pointed to AC27.

"This fort is the most threatened and least likely to hold out unless we intervene.  It is also close to some mercenaries that we might be able to persuade to lend us aid."


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Re: Gaiden Chapter I-Taking Charge
« Reply #23 on: June 11, 2013, 10:21:23 PM »
Tanek's gaze is fixed on the map and he seems somewhat hesitant as he says "That is also one of the enemy's strongest concentrations of force and we have few troops to commit to the battle even if we take some from the garrison here. Do we truly have the might to prevail if we give battle there?"

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Re: Gaiden Chapter I-Taking Charge
« Reply #24 on: June 12, 2013, 12:20:43 AM »
"You bring up an excellent point.  A head-on assault likely wouldn't work unless we had significant numbers roughly equal to theirs, along with good reconnaissance.  Harassment and deception could work with fewer numbers, though, but that requires us to be persistent and well-organized, and it would take time which we might not have.

Speaking of organization though, our first battle as a team should not be anything large since we are not used to the abilities of each other.  We could mop up the closest raider parties to get comfortable as a group, and then decide from there where we might work best.  Have to play to our strengths and minimize our weaknesses while exploiting their weaknesses."

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Re: Gaiden Chapter I-Taking Charge
« Reply #25 on: June 12, 2013, 12:38:24 PM »
"Have to play to our strengths and minimize our weaknesses while exploiting their weaknesses."

Normally, you would be quite right about that, but I would say that many of this county's troops cannot wait for us to dally around. Much the same issue as you mentioned about the arena.

I think, as far as our actions, we could use the harassment method, as you sort of mentioned. Using hit-and-run attacks in order to gauge our strength, the enemies strength, and also provide a bit of distraction to the enemy forces.

That would, at the least, provide the soldiers who need the aid something, even if it isn't much.

Really, the biggest concern here are the troops that aren't on the map. The Assassin-types and the Arial Mounts.
Between the defense-breaking attacks of the assassins, and the sudden reinforcement capacity of the mounts, either of them, in the wrong place at the wrong time, could easily shift the whole battle.

It is that reason for which I am most uneasy about anything other than the most rapid of strategems.

Honestly, it is as I said, I am not a specialist in the ways of war, but I do know that whatever we do must be done quickly. If the major battles can be won before the enemies even become fully aware that we have managed to turn the tide, then it will be much easier to maintain our momentum.
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Re: Gaiden Chapter I-Taking Charge
« Reply #26 on: July 01, 2013, 12:36:56 PM »
"Let's hit at least one of the raider groups to the North of us so that we can get some practice together and ease the burden of defending this castle.  After that, we should at least get an idea of what's going on at the choke point to the East of us, and then see what's happening at the fort Southeast of us."

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Re: Gaiden Chapter I-Taking Charge
« Reply #27 on: July 01, 2013, 05:23:30 PM »
"If I serve as transportation, I believe we can find and subdue a raider group quickly and quietly enough that it will not compromise our ability to come to the aid of the southeast fort. Indeed, testing my ability to carry you all and for you to deploy into battle quickly might be wise."

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Re: Gaiden Chapter I-Taking Charge
« Reply #28 on: July 01, 2013, 05:30:46 PM »
"Ooh, that sounds good, and if we make any new friends, we get to bring them along or have them follow us, right?" Myriam said cheerfully, eager at the prospect of having two fights in a row without having to explain their actions to somebody and go through all this talking stuff again before deciding where to go.
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Re: Gaiden Chapter I-Taking Charge
« Reply #29 on: July 01, 2013, 07:18:32 PM »
"That is a good point in favor of tackling some raiders first, said Tanek, perhaps the few of us can go and recruit enough allies quickly that we will have the numbers we need not to fail against concentrated enemy forces."

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Re: Gaiden Chapter I-Taking Charge
« Reply #30 on: July 04, 2013, 08:11:44 PM »
It is settled then. If nothing else, wiping out some of the raider groups that have been sighted nearby the castle will rise our troop's morale. I wish you good luck!-Vallace replies
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Soon enough you're quickly traveling over the plains, carried in the back of Regideus. After a couple of hours the heavy rain becomes significantly weaker, no longer hindering your vision so much, but still you just see empty plains and tick forests in the background.

Eventually however you find the remains of a simple wood wagon, togheter with a bunch of male corpses, simple peasants by the look of their plain clothes. The rain may have washed out the blood, but it's plainly clear they were brutally killed not more than a few hours ago, axe wounds on their bodies.

From there, you spot a clear set of tracks. It's your luck that the rain lost power on the last hours, otherwise the trail would be much harder to follow. It leads towards the edge of the forest to your west.

Soon enough, you see it-a set of old ruins in the middle of the trees. Perhaps once a proud fort, now a set of half-torn walls and a crumbling ceiling. And around it some sixty men with worn-out axes, rusty swords, stone spears, wood javelins and rough leather armor, skulls and other bone pieces daggling from necklaces and belts. Several are humanoid skulls and bones by the looks of it.  Among the raiders inside the larger ruins segment, you can spot one that clearly stands taller than the other, wearing actual chain mail and wielding a red-glowing black axe. Inside the smaller set of ruins, there's no raiders, but rather a pair of women and children tied up and blindfolded, clearly trembling.

You can see doubt and hesitation on some of the raider's eyes as they spot you aproaching as well, but quickly enough their leader drives its axe into a nearby large rock, cleaving it in two, and shouts:

The prey willingly comes to the great Bagra! Go you worthless scum! Capture the woman, kill everybody else!

Bagra's barking seems to inspire the hesitant raiders. Conflict is clearly inavoidable.

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Re: Gaiden Chapter I-Taking Charge
« Reply #31 on: July 05, 2013, 12:57:17 AM »
Maurice looked to the bandits, with their ramshackle arms and armor. Maurice drew Caliburn with a grin.

"Well then! Looks like this'll be over faster than I thought!"

With a burst of wind, he ran into the fray and towards the mob of bandits nearest the prisoners, attacking like some sort of whirlwind of steel and fury.

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Re: Gaiden Chapter I-Taking Charge
« Reply #32 on: July 05, 2013, 08:37:56 AM »
Myriam had arrived from the side, walking forwards and smiling cheerfully at the bandits for all of a second. That was, of course, followed by a shout to make sure as many eyes as possible were on her--before she transformed, turning into a horrible abomination that just should not be. Looking at her was rather akin to watching reality cry out in pain.

Then the abomination moved forwards, one of its tentacles lashing out and attempting to strangle a guard. Painful.

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Re: Gaiden Chapter I-Taking Charge
« Reply #33 on: July 06, 2013, 02:24:14 PM »
"You'll have to forgive me if I save my actual magics for situations that demand them"

With that, Arthur let out a line of electricity towards the grouping of bandits that Maurice zipped past the lightning then bursting into a sphere that encompassed the whole group.

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Re: Gaiden Chapter I-Taking Charge
« Reply #34 on: July 06, 2013, 06:49:03 PM »
Having let everyone but Tanek dismount, Regideus stomps forward in the wake of the Dragon's Lightning and lays into that same mob with his earthen fists.

The shaman clings to his deity's back until the latter has finished moving, then makes a few gestures and the ground beneath all three mobs and one of the lone raiders begins to shake.

Meanwhile, Tanek's companion, a Geodude named Tank, had dismounted with the rest. He spies a raider separated from the others and charges, a picture of Regideus's advance in miniature.

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Re: Gaiden Chapter I-Taking Charge
« Reply #35 on: July 06, 2013, 07:41:33 PM »
En route to the battle, Alan did some adjustments on his cybernetics.

--Specter operating system engaged
Designation: Alan Lance
Vitals: All clear, skipping analysis as per unit's preferences

Current module and energy loadout:
Generic module names selected due to unit "Wish[ing] those damn engineers would just make equipment designations easier on the eyes."

Universal Translator: Disengaging from Visor mount, allocating 0 energy to module.
Holographic Projector: Hot swap to Visor mount successful, Utility mount stable, allocating 2 energy to module
Scan Visor: Unmounted, allocating 2 energy units to module
Scrambler: Arm mount stable, allocating 3 energy units to module; Generalized language interference field GLIF increased to 60 foot radius, focused language interference blast FLIB range increased to 90 feet, omitting allies from GLIF exposure

Holographic Duplicates enabled.  Two mirror images created and accompanying.

Energy: 7/7 allocated.

Hot swap feature unusable until next cycle.

Secondary systems configuration:
Armblade: Unattached.  Unit opting to hold melee weapon.
Armbolt: Mechanism engaged.  Range: 60 feet.  Fatigue effect functional.

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Blurring armor engaged,



As they entered into the battle, Alan replied to Arthur.

"No forgiveness needed, so long as we still take care of business."

Alan took a moment to look at the leader and recall any information about this Bagra before moving forward to cloud the minds of the raiders a little.

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Re: Gaiden Chapter I-Taking Charge
« Reply #36 on: July 08, 2013, 08:57:59 AM »
Myriam walked forwards, onto the battlefield, and smiled cheerfully at the bandits for all of a second. That was, of course, followed by a shout to make sure as many eyes as possible were on her--before she transformed, turning into a horrible abomination that just should not be. Looking at her was rather akin to watching reality cry out in pain.

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Re: Gaiden Chapter I-Taking Charge
« Reply #37 on: July 14, 2013, 09:42:33 PM »
Maurice runs ahead of the rest of the party, his sword quickly guting a couple of the closest bandits.

Arthur unleashes a shocking blast on the closest group of barbarians, just before Regideus violently crashes on them, crushing their front rank into pulp. Then Tanek's earth magic crushes more of them under shifting stones, traping the others, as well as the lone bandit behind them and the one attacked by Maurice. The group of barbarians led by Bagra reacts quickly even as the ruins around them start to crumble, losing just some of their members.

Then Myriam screamed, and as the bandits eyes turn towards her, she changes. Most of the barbarians, in particular those struggling under Regideus direct assault, end up gazing into nothingness while pronouncing uncomprehesible words. A couple of them look back at their own companions, weapons pointed at them, their muderours intent suddenly shifted. Some are "just" left shaking visibly, while a few others and those under Bagra's direct command hold firm.

Alan can't get a proper lock-on  with FLIB in Bagra inside his block of minions, but suceeds on using it on his secondary target. The bandit doesn't seem much bothered by it. The visual scan proves more sucessful

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As two of the bandits proceed to spill their own companion's blood, releasing animalistic roars mixed with mad laughter, Bagra raises his axe and barks orders:

Those mind tricks of theirs are nothing you coackroaches! Just get togheter and kill them! And none of you even imagine about fleeing, you saw how fast some of them could move!


As he speaks, he pushes forward his group of bandits, driving them out of the crumbled ruins parts before he points his axe at Tanek in Regideus back. The surrounding brigands pull crude wooden spears from their backs and launch them in a disorganized volley against the spellshaper!

Regideus himself is attacked by two lone bandits, both of their muscles bulging up as they grunt and spit. One, wielding a crude  axe with both hands, still trembling from witnessing Myriam, fails to penetrate his tough hide. His companion, wielding a rusty sword in one hand and a dented axe in the other, drives them simultaneously on the pokemon's body, sinking them trough chinks on his rocky body with savage strength! Or at least he would've, if a sudden glowing  barrier didn't stop his weapons at the last moment! Still the divine curse jumps to him, and altough he manages to shrugg off the first scritpture, the second warps around him, limiting his movements.

The lone, immobilized barbarian between the two bigger groups pulls out a wood spear and throws it at Maurice, that easily dodges it almost as if the projectile was in slow motion. Then the eastern barbarians manage to scramble out of the shifting earth created under them and swarm around him, stabbing and slashing and bashing with a myriad of weapons while roaring insults all along.

One of the lone barbarians in the back aproaches the prisioners.

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Re: Gaiden Chapter I-Taking Charge
« Reply #38 on: July 16, 2013, 05:51:41 PM »
The mass of tentacles and eye-raping flesh shifted, moving with alarming speed, almost rolling in a way that suggested its many appendages were being used as caterpillar tracks to speed its bulk towards a target. Myriam's tentacles lashed out as soon as it was within range, aiming to enshroud and drag down her unfortunate victim.

Well, he was quite possibly more fortunate than many of his colleagues: he would likely escape dying if the god beside him didn't kill him.

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Re: Gaiden Chapter I-Taking Charge
« Reply #39 on: July 24, 2013, 12:23:16 PM »
As Alan moved forward he took the option of hiding using his armor's Blurring capability.

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Upon moving up close to Myriam and Regideus (double move to AK-16) he whispered to them.

"Bagra's a mean piece of work.  He'll sacrifice his pawns to save his skin, and when he isn't turning them into raving savages he becomes one himself.  He's got no sense of honor, and I'd expect him to let, or even order, the prisoners be killed.  See if you can keep his cronies away from the prisoners, and then see if you can deal with the mob around him.  I can't get a good shot on my mind scrambler with him in there."