OOC: Surprise! Tanma and I whipped this up together, it's the training for both of us. Enjoy!
De'kra walked into the training room, cautiously. For a few moments he wondered if this paradox could work, and it he was better off with some other class. Those moments soon washed away, as memories of Dastan slammed into him. Constance, the heroes who stood with her, even the war was caused by an apathy to who was harmed, and a bluntness in methods. Innocents fell from attacks meant for the enemies, and sometimes the true monsters came out unscaved. No, he needed to do this.
The echo approached the Veteran and clicked, "Please teach I how to be Assassin
." The Veteran raised one eyebrow, but agreed.
Arthur stepped into the Training Room, Zoot's Plaything in hand. He knew which path he would take; from his choice in friends it was inevitable, yet he felt it was a weighty choice nonetheless. Just as the Copper Fox came into sight, however, Arthur saw he was already occupied with another Hero--the diminutive echo De'kra.
De'kra danced with his blade, feeling Kapura no longer as a tool, but as an extension of his arm. He leapt and bound about the room, hacking at the mannequins in clean sharp cuts. Cuts that would not prolong death for any suffering entity. The feeling he had felt since Dastan grew stronger, as if with each leap and hack a chain fell off.
Arthur was amazed. He had seen his friend in battle only once, and then just vaguely amidst the chaos of the Battle for Dastan. De'kra posessed a prodrigous talent, and Arthur watched as his friend effortlessly demolished the mechanical dummies the Veteran sent toward him.
And yet, even as he admired De'kra's knife-play, he felt a change come over him. The longer Arthur watched the echo, the more familiar his motions seemed, until he found himself copying some of the same movements. Sweeping from shadow to shadow, the smoke of Calibor's staff aiding him, Arthur found himself in a small alcove above the training floor, containing a weathered scroll, bearing a somewhat Dastanian seal. You are far more powerful than you could ever imagine...
, it read.
As Arthur took the Scroll, he felt its energy and knowledge enter his mind--just as he sensed a myriad of spears, arrows, and saw blades bearing down upon him from unseen hidden panels. Nimbly Fleeing their swift devastation, Arthur raced down the stairs, diving through a window onto the training floor--just as De'kra reached the pinnacle of his training.
Suddenly De'kra spotted Arthur coming in, and the echo's movements doubled. In a powerful strike he sliced a mannequin to dust, leaving a small cloud. But as the mist faded away, De'kra's clothes hard ripped apart, to reveal a strange metallic chest, ingraved with a exotic red design. As De'kra looked over his happily familiar torso, he failed to notice a leak of...something...emerging from his body. The gas dispersed rapidly, by the time he was done, it was gone.
Just outside, a figure unfamiliar to either Hero captured just a tiny amount of the strange gas within a vial...
Arthur's own energy burst forth just as De'kra completed his own transformation, his old robes disintegrating in a sparking blaze of icy darkness. Zoot's Plaything, momentarily forgotten, exerted its own energy, and the mage felt himself reclothed, in more fitting garb.
"Most interesting," Fox said, "but you have not unleashed your full potential yet!" A flash of light later, five Copper Foxes surrounded the two Heroes! "Make Confusion your ally, Regulus, or else it will become your foe!"
Arthur and De'kra stood back to back, barely fending off blows, not knowing if they were real or merely one of the Fox's cunning illusions. Neither dared to move, for fear that in their Confusion, they would fight each other.
At that moment, a voice whispered to Arthur's mind, from a fresh memory...
He trusts you...
In a flash of inspiration, Arthur sends power surging through his arms, and as he channels it through the scroll, he lets forth just one word: "Now!
De'kra stood back to back with Arthur, barely avoiding and blocking strikes from the five combatants. As De'kra fought back, the voice stated softly:.
"You falter, he might fall."
With a grim nod De'kra listened as Arthur shouted, "Now!" As if rehearsed, a burst of chaotic energy erupts from the Plaything clenched in Arthur's fist, bursting forth in a cascade of spells that struck all of the Copper Foxes, Stunning them in their tracks. With perfect synchronization, Arthur drops prone in time for De'kra to move forward, knocking all the the Foxes's arms back. Like a grasshopper De'kra lunged into the air, bouncing about the room and striking deep into the copies. In the background De'kra could hear Arthur blasting powerful waves of energy at the foes, ravaging them.
Finally only one stood. De'kra smoothly swung his dagger, only for the apparently true veteran to block it.
The real Fox caught De'kra's blade with his own, a mere inch short of his neck. As the cloud of chaotic energy dispersed and Fox's illusory duplicates faded, the Veteran congratulated the duo.
"Well done, Heroes! An Assassin
and a Sorcerer
...a potent combination, to be sure. Your alliance will take you far, that much is certain. You may rejoin your fellow Heroes."
De'kra (played by Tanma)
11 year old "male" Assassin "echo" *Immune to Enamored*
22 (17 + 5)
28/28 (7 + 16 + 5)
), Cloak of the Blue Assassin(SP: 1), Heart Locket(Protects from enamored effect)
), Shadeaux Dagger(WP:5), Fauxthril Hand Cannon(WP:7), Cloak of the Elven Spy, Bedroll, Pickaxe, Shovel, Magnifying Glass, Potions (10), Grand Potions (3), Remedy (3), Phoenix Essences (2), Smoke Bombs (2), Scroll of Confusion (unsuitable)
Arthur Justus Regulus VII
(played by Flipz), Level 15 Sorcerer, 20-year-old male Human *Immune to Sealed*
22 (15 + WP:7)
25/25 (Basic Health: 5 + Level Bonus: 14 + Class Boost: 4 + Permanent Boost: 2*)
25/25 (Basic Ether: 5 + Level Bonus: 14 + Class Boost: 1 + Robe of the Archmagi: 5)
3 (Robe of the Archmagi)
4 44 124 Gold to Alf (Bricksandparts) and 50 gold to Bartholomew Docken (Brickdoctor))
Staff of the Cultist Battlemage (WP: 7; 50% chance of Fleeing upon being KO'd; suitable for Mages and Clerics
), Robe of the Archmagi (SP:3, Max Ether +5, Immune to Sealed)
Healing Staff (WP:5; heals instead of damaging
), Amethyst (Darkness
), Opal (Ice
), Potion(x2), Bedroll, Telescope, Scroll of Blindness, Scroll of Sealing, Scroll of Confusion, Scroll of Sleep, Scroll of Frailty, Shovel, Grand Tonic, Tonic, Robe of Magi (SP: 1)
*+1 from the Purple Potion (Quest 31), +1 from a Zoot's Cookie (Quest 31)
Edited by Flipz, 18 August 2012 - 03:35 AM.