The Celestian bazaar should have been a lively place. Merchants hawking their wares, busybodies wandering from stall to stall searching for that one item, a small cloud of dust should have been in the process of being kicked up by the mass of crowd that should have been shopping in the packed plaza. However, this was not the case. The entire district was deserted. Not even crows dared to fly over the city, for the stench of magic was driving off all life from the area. Krell smiled greedily at his handiwork. Not even an hour earlier he had ordered his battlemage to clear the city of life, and now the entire city of Celestia (and all the treasure contained within) belonged to him thanks to his cleverness in finding a loophole in the city's defenses. "Foolish humans!" cried the clever troll "they tinks they cun mess wit me, trowing me out! Bah! Now look at who got thrown out! Bwahahahaha!"
Unfortunately for Krell, his spoil fest would have to be cut short. Slowly, out of the shadow of the building behind Krell, crept a silent intruder. Without any trace of his actions he left the city and traveled to a nearby ridge overlooking it. It was then that the spy dropped his invisibility and revealed his identity. Nick Caraway, the Shadow. A human male with taste for heroism. He calmly walked up the ridge toward his friends and comrades, who had been sent on a mission to purge Celestia of all intruders. There was the giant, Dylis Blackwell. A fighter wielding a club the size of a human man and the strength of ten. The assassins West and Ravelin Darkblade who bickered over their work like an old married couple. Ner'Xul Shadehet, a Battlemage versed in healing magic sighed at the two assassin's arguments. He really didn't see the point in fighting when in the end he was the one who had to patch up wounds. Then there were the two spellcasters. Ariadne, the warlock was a sight to behold. Clear drow heritage sometimes confused lesser souls into believing she was a succubus in disguise and Rilla Kobot, a mage well versed in the destruction of her foes. And last, but not least, there was Wolf. He was a self taught duelist who could easily spot the good in everyone, well almost everyone.
Nick smiled at the rag-tag bunch and gave his report on the condition of the city.
"Hey guys, nothing much happening inside the city. Just a score or two of bandits, a battlemage, and maybe they had a few caged beasties. Not too sure about them. So what's the plan?"
(Discuss what the plan is amongst yourself and once a plan is accepted by the group then the story will advance.)
"RAVELIN, SHUT THE FUCK UP BEFORE I STAB YOU IN THE FACE!" (OOC: You know I love you all)
"Now that that's done, I volunteer to take on some bandits. I really don't care what I do but I will kill every single one of those bastards even if I have to give an arm."
I'm surprised the brony didn't make a Celestia joke
OOC - I think until we get used to who is who, everyone in their normal account should put their character name before they talk, so we know who you are in the game. People in accounts of their character obviously don't need to do this.
Ner'Xul: You mean like this?
I did it the second way, but as long as we can tell who is who then it doesn't matter.
It's called Equestria Bo, don't doubt my broniness.
Considering the fact that you don't know who Princess Celestia is, I'm doubting it pretty heavily :P
DAMN YOU BO! HOW DARE YOU GET THE UPPERHAND ON ME! I WILL HAVE YOUR HEAD FOR THIS!
I chose a name for a city which is also the name of something from my little pony. Rad.
"A score or two?" Ariadne arches an eyebrow. "Nick, your reconnaissance lacks a certain degree of precision." She sighs. "Regardless, my talents are best used against our foes en mass, so I too will attend to these bandits. Perhaps you would be so good as to join me, Rilla?" The gray-skinned elfblood offers a slight smile to her fellow mage -- for she will only ever call herself a 'mage,' and never mind that close observation of her particular talents might lead others to call her 'warlock.'
Ariadne adds, to the group, "And might I suggest that Ravelin or Nick -- or perhaps both? -- make an attempt to take out their battlemage?"
Rilla glanced around at the members of the group, annoyed that she had to work with others in order to accomplish such a simple task. She felt her talents would be wasted on the bandits, so when Ariadne asked for her assistance, she shook her head.
"No, I'll kill the battlemage."
She wasn't one to trust in the plan (or combat ability) of a complete stranger anyways.
Ner'Xul turns to Rilla. "You really expect to be able to fight off a battlemage alone? Just so you know I don't have the ability to revive you if you die." He puts a hand up stopping Rilla from talking. "I can not stop you from fighting him but I am going to help you do so."
He then turn's back to Ariadne, "When do we plan to advance upon the bandits?"
Ariadne's eyes narrow, but her voice remains calmly neutral. "A mentor of mine once said, 'magic trumps steel, but steel trumps magic.' You and I could devastate those bandits, who might overwhelm our fighters through sheer numbers... and I would like to see us put our quickest and stealthiest steel to the throat of that battlemage."
"Magic against magic, a mage's duel... strikes me as an unnecessary risk, and a wasteful one. But it is your risk to take, if you insist on it."
Ariadne turns to Ner'Xul. "I would suggest we wait until nightfall, if not some hours past. It will be more unexpected, and we can hope that most of them will be asleep when the fight begins. No doubt the alarm will be raised quickly, but the newly-woken are generally at a disadvantage. Also, if they have captive beasts, they are unlikely to be nocturnal, and may be reluctant to fight." Ariadne glances at Rilla, half-expecting her to dispute this as well...
"I didn't get paid to work with you or anyone else here. I got payed to kill, and I'll kill whoever I want to. The battlemage will fall, so worry about the bandits or those fools who fight with sticks if you want, but they don't matter to me in the slightest."
Rilla says to Ariadne, turning to Ner'Xul after finishing.
"You call yourself a battlemage, yet refuse to kill? That attitude will get you killed soon enough. Help me if you wish, but don't try and stop me from doing my job."
Rilla practically growls at Ner'Xul. She then turns back to Ariadne.
"The enemy is weak and overconfident right now, there's no need to wait till nightfall. The longer we wait the longer they will have to prepare themselves to defend their newly claimed city"
"How odd... I thought we got paid to reclaim the city. Unless you think you can do that single-handedly, you might at least pretend an interest in co-operation. As for the timing of our attack... it's possible that if they are both intelligent and disciplined, they may anticipate the tactic of a night attack, and be prepared for it." She glances at the giantess, who also seems anxious to fight, and shrugs. "I am not unwilling to fight by daylight, if that is the group's preference."
Ariadne draws a very small knife, and delicately tests its sharpness with her thumb.
"Sounds good to me either way as long as I get to kill these bandit pieces of shit."
^respone to above post(my mistake)
This battle mage sounds like a problem. i will fight him but someone else must land the killing blow for i wish not to have blood, innocent or not, on my hands. I ask someone to volunteer and help me subdue him.
self taught?!? I was taught by pirates who i later killed. Also it's my job to kill people i don't know. I don't care it they're good.
I'll take on one bandit.
(quick notes: please denote when talking in or out of character to make it easier for people trying to follow. Also, if you want to know more about a situation then merely post "I want to know more about etc." and you'll be informed about it within reason.)
I want to know more about this situation. Are we right next to this evil being?
You were all hired to take out the bandits who are occupying the city. They payment would greatly help your mercenary company with its member's salaries and you currently only sense evil coming from the city below.
we need to be able to choose our weapons
You're a duelist. You're holding a shortened broadsword in your main hand and a dagger in the other. Peachy? Assassins and Nick have daggers, magic based characters have staves, the giant has a club and the battlemage has a battleaxe. All weapons are of fair quality and are reliable, but could use a replacement.
(OOC) A battlemage has a fucken battleaxe? That's awesome!
OOG (out of game) IKR!?! it wasn't even my idea! O_O
what about armor and magic amulets and other things. Make a forum for what we have plz.
shouldn't nick have a crossbow?
Dylis was still sit when everyone else was talking about who was taking on what. The giantess then stand up her club ready to get on with.
"Well since everyone else know what their attacking why don't we get a move on already" Dylis said in a restless tone.
(OOC) You have to say who you're attacking/helping first lol.
OCC: My bad didn't pick a target.
"I'll take care of whatever beast they have in those cage" said Dylis.
Sensing the tone in Dylis' voice, West began undergoing his personality change. Every time West knew he was about to fight, he would get edgy in preparation for battle. He was a few seconds away from charging into battle but resisted only because he it would affect the others if he did.
Nick: Man you guys bicker like old house wives. Anyone want to hear my suggestions or are we just going to smash in and rush them?
Ner'Xul: ?Well we did ask for any suggestions when we got here. *sigh-picking the almost rustic colored axe from it's resting spot.* I belive that if we wait until nightfall theses bandits will have had time to prepare a defence.
*He then sit's upon the log where the axe had rested before. With the axe held by his hand.* It it your decision Ariadne. I'm only here for the honor in battle and to make sure none of you idiots bleed to death.
OOC: Hey legion, i forgot to mention my guy is against killing and generally likes to avoid violence but he isn't against it. He also follows a mix of theorc and dwarf honor system's.
Nick: To answer your concern about waiting till night fall, I could just sneak back in and silently take out the guards defending the defenses then let you all walk in.
OOC: how many assassins and shadows do we have in our little band of misfits? We could send them in to kill off most of the guards and maybe set the animals free during the night if we have enough.
OOC: By my count we have 2 assassins and one shadow. But I guess you never know for sure with shadows. ;)
If we set the animals free, I think we would need our not-so-friendly giant to stand guard or cause some kind of distraction.
I just spent 20 minutes making a post only for my internet to fuck me over and delete it all.
"All right you stupid motherfuckers, let's take a democratic approach to this. I can go either way on it but I suggest some guerilla warfare tactics until nightfall. We all go around the city and attack some patrols and get out of the area before they knew what him them. It'll lower morale among them and we'll have to kill less of them later. We keep doing this until nightfall when we launch an all out attack on whoever is left."
OOC: No one reply to this post directly so I can edit it and keep count of votes. Everyone feel free to submit your own plans.
Nightfall Attack: 0
Daylight Attack: 3
Guerilla Warfare: 1
OOC - I thought it was pretty clear that most people either wanted to attack now or just didn't care when. Though a lot of people (yourself included) seem to be randomly changing their mind. This game is gonna go at a very slow pace at this rate lol.
If the game is moving too slow then I'll probably just institute the "fuck it, let's charge right in clause"
if we still haven't reached consensus by tomorrow then i'll make it happen.
OOC - I think you should let those who want to charge in, charge in, and give the rest of the people who are unsure/don't want to, the option to follow or let us go ourselves.
Nick: I think we should wait till the cover of darkness. Then send myself and the assassin in to take out the patrolling guards silently. Then let you all in so we can kill the rest easily.
Ariadne nods. "I stand by Nick's plan. I do not believe we should alert our enemies to our presence before we attack in force -- I believe it would only increase their wariness."
"Wait if you want, I'm going to kill the battlemage, and whoever else stands in my way."
Ariadne looks... mildly irritated. Anyone familiar with elvish facial expressions would surmise that she is substantially more angry than that. "Obviously you intend to charge ahead regardless of the will of the group. Since this destroys the element of surprise for the rest of us, as well as significantly diminishing our forces if you fall, we must, by necessity, join you."
"To put it succinctly--" she glances at West-- "I am changing my vote."
Ariadne looks at Rilla again. "And I hope you are half as good in battle as you think you are."
Nick: Shaking his head says, "Ok Charge in it is lets hope you don't get the rest of the team killed in the process."
OOC: I changed my mind because I didn't get the idea until I posted.
Nick with a bemused expression says, "I am going to cloak myself in invisibility and help save your guys lives where I can. So we going to get this show on the road?" as he steps into the warm comforting shadows of the trees.
Ner'Xul: Having accidently fallen asleep during the talking suddenly jerks awake, "zzz.. huh? Oh, hey guys, it's going to get late soon so unless we are planning on a night attack we need to stop talking." he then stand's up and start's to shake his legs awake.
" I can't believe you people haven't reached a decision yet."