Kidnapped!: Resolution

Feb 26 21:21:45 <Artemis> Artemis stands up from his bed, mind finally concluded. He starts to gather his gear, equipping his pistol, slinging his Shorty, and readying his lance.
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Feb 26 21:23:55 <Artemis> Calmly, he locks the door to his bunk.
Feb 26 21:28:10 <Artemis> He removes the curious pumpkin seed from his robe pocket and holds it up. His Machinations guide me.
Feb 26 21:28:10 <Artemis> Artemis breaks the seed in two with his fingers.
Feb 26 21:31:43 <Dexanote> For a full second, the ship goes dark. There's the rustle of dry leaves, which are not really there.
Feb 26 21:32:35 <Artemis> Artemis hopes this goes largely unnoticed.
Feb 26 21:33:50 <E4D> «Power's- back on.» The ":|" is almost audible.
Feb 26 21:33:51 <Dexanote> As the power returns, the Chain Shank looms over Artemis in the locked room. Its pumpkin glow is dim; its Scythe and bladed crest are nicked and worn.
Feb 26 21:34:17 <Tom90deg> «Roger»
Feb 26 21:34:30 <Dexanote> The scarecrow peers at Artemis, head tilting. "… Din't expect you ta be tha next one. Whazzis all about?"
Feb 26 21:34:31 <Artemis> "Hello, Demon," Artemis greets lowly.
Feb 26 21:34:42 <Nioki> Alanoch, standing on deck, watches the stars.
Feb 26 21:34:55 <Artemis> "I…" It's obvious he's struggling the next words.
Feb 26 21:35:00 <Artemis> "I need… your help."
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Feb 26 21:37:14 <Dexanote> It stares for a moment and laughs in Artemis's face, breath stinking like decaying leaves. "Ahah! Finally got tired o' tha metalbendin' bint? Or did tha lil' cyclops go back ta 'er friend?" Shank why do you know about Ehliet.
Feb 26 21:38:04 <Dexanote> He leans in. "Or did you jus' wanna get ridda someone? Minnight? Alice? FUCKIN DUSTY?" He shouts the last.
Feb 26 21:38:20 <Artemis> Artemis valiantly withstands the immense wave of fury that washes over him.
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Feb 26 21:39:12 <Artemis> "She's gone," he says, voice barely above a whisper. "The Xelands took her. I need to to help me find her."
Feb 26 21:39:50 <Dexanote> "… huh?"
Feb 26 21:41:28 <Artemis> "Adyelami. She was taken. I need you to help me get her back." Anger barely contained, Artemis looks at the broken seed in his hand. "I am sorry to have broken your seed. Take it and see that it grows." He offers the tiny vessel over to the looming scarecrow.
Feb 26 21:46:20 <Dexanote> It's quiet for a moment, pumpkin glow flickering upon Artemis's face. Slowly, it takes the pieces of the seeds in its hand, examining them closely. "… Yor in sucha fix that you akshully come to me." The glow shifts to that deep red. "Thaz… hilarious."
Feb 26 21:48:43 <Artemis> "I have nozing else. Do zhis for me and we are even. I won't hunt you for taking her eye." While humble and civil at the moment, there is an undeniably dangerous undertone in his calm voice.
Feb 26 21:52:48 <Dexanote> At this, the scarecrow laughs in the cogman's face. "Bahahaha-HAK!, You think you c'n akshully hunt me now?" He leans in close, voice now a whisper, red, red glow taking up the entire room. "What 'f I say no?"
Feb 26 21:56:31 <Artemis> "Zhen I suppose we fight and leave zhe victor to fate. Zhe ozhers do not know you are here now, and I doubt zhey would welcome you wizhout fire. Doing zhis for me, you risk nozing, and I we can be agreeable in zhe future."
Feb 26 21:58:54 <Artemis> Now that the thought has occurred, fighting in this tiny room would be… hectic. Shank's size may not be an advantage.
Feb 26 22:02:02 <Dexanote> "… Aight."
Feb 26 22:03:48 <Dexanote> 4df+4 intimidation.
Feb 26 22:03:48 <CROM> Dexanote: intimidation.: 5 (4df+4=0, 0, +, 0)
Feb 26 22:05:11 <Liebe> compel Enlightened Steel.
Feb 26 22:05:12 <Lilah> Compelling Soulmate. Adhelami's life is on the line, here. This isn't time for games.
Feb 26 22:05:19 <Liebe> gdfghdf
Feb 26 22:05:29 <Artemis> Accepting Soulmate
Feb 26 22:05:30 <Dexanote> The light shifts, the shadows of children flickering on the walls around them. "Course… you assume there's any question as to whether there will be any victor other than me."
Feb 26 22:05:38 <Artemis> 4df+4 Resolve
Feb 26 22:05:38 <CROM> Artemis: Resolve: 4 (4df+4=0, 0, +, -)
Feb 26 22:06:37 <Artemis> While Artemis accepts this as very likely… "Perhaps so, Demon, but don't assume I won't take you with me."
Feb 26 22:07:07 <Dexanote> "You c'nt possibly think that 'm gonna help you." He steps forward once. Artemis can hear whispering in his ear. "Yor jus'… lost."
Feb 26 22:09:48 <Artemis> "You're right, demon," Artemis whispers. "I am lost."
Feb 26 22:10:18 <Artemis> "But I will not stop until I find her, or die. Ask of me what you wish in return for this favor."
Feb 26 22:14:52 <Dexanote> There's a silence; the shadows stop moving, listening closely. The scarecrow's grin grows sharp and the pumpkin glow shines, a harsh crimson light that fills the room and pours out from the cracks around the door.
Feb 26 22:15:29 <Dexanote> He finally laughs, and draws close, whispering in Artemis's ear. "I want yor eye."
Feb 26 22:15:37 <Artemis> There is barely half a beat before Artemis nods. "After I get her back, it's yours."
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Feb 26 22:18:17 <Dexanote> "… It's a deal." He draws back and takes Artemis's hand, squeezing tightly and shaking.
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Feb 26 22:19:10 <Artemis> Artemis shakes readily. "You can find zhem, oui? You can contact zhe Xelands?"
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Feb 26 22:22:01 <Dexanote> "They gave me me roses. I'll find em' again." He releases Artemis's hand. "Close yor eyes."
Feb 26 22:22:28 <Artemis> Artemis hefts his radio. «Zhis is Artemis. I will be going now.»
Feb 26 22:22:34 <Artemis> «Don't look for me.»
Feb 26 22:22:44 <Tom90deg> «What? Going where?»
Feb 26 22:22:44 * Artemis shuts his eyes.
Feb 26 22:23:07 <E4D> «What?»
Feb 26 22:23:10 <Dexanote> The Chain Shank lurches forward, taking Artemis by the throat and vanishing.
Feb 26 22:23:23 <Dexanote> Outside, it begins to rain.
Feb 26 22:40:45 <Liebe> The entirity of the Xeland's world goes dark for a moment. Well, darker.
Feb 26 22:40:53 <Liebe> There's the rustling of dry leaves.
Feb 26 22:41:21 <Lilah> Adhelami is still laying with Line, her Spiderlegs all curled up around him.
Feb 26 22:41:26 <Liebe> Malta Xeland looks up from her issue of 'People', draped across her stone throne like a lion.
Feb 26 22:42:41 <Dexanote> "I don' like it here."
Feb 26 22:44:22 <Artemis> Artemis fights the sickness from the strange mode of travel. Like crossing over into the abyss and coming back to somewhere unfamiliar. After getting over the disorientation, Artemis looks around. "Where… -is- here?"
Feb 26 22:44:25 <Liebe> Shank and Artemis are in the middle of a very large grassy knoll, the slight height allowing them to see a Irish castle, a lake, a hedge maze, and a forest to the south. To the north…is ocean. Waterworld, as far as you can see. A seagull cries out.
Feb 26 22:45:06 <Liebe> Above, stars and moon, very clear.
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Feb 26 22:45:22 * Adhelami wakes up at the sound, looking around a little with her black eyes, "…Line..?"
Feb 26 22:45:31 <Dexanote> "Close as i could figure as 'er place."
Feb 26 22:45:47 <Dexanote> "That or i ported us ta some shithole in Ireland."
Feb 26 22:46:54 <Dexanote> He considers for a moment. "… no… think this is tha right spot…" He points the Scythe towards the castle. "Go on then. I'll be 'ere."
Feb 26 22:47:40 <Liebe> He looks up, and in the span of that movement, the air cracks with a woman's voice. <LINE, INTRUDERS ON THE GROUNDS.>
Feb 26 22:48:13 <Artemis> Artemis turns about and gazes up at the castle. He starts up the hill without looking back.
Feb 26 22:49:12 <Adhelami> Adhelami sits up, gasping, sweating a little. As she backs off of Line, her legs whip out from her back and anchor her with more stability. Her body rocks ever so slightly, "Wh-What…"
Feb 26 22:49:49 <Liebe> "Faster than I expected," he mutters. "Adhelami, stay here for a second, alright…?" His voice is gentle with her.
Feb 26 22:50:15 <Dexanote> The scarecrow spreads its arms, shifting and cracking, rooting into the knoll.
Feb 26 22:50:37 <Adhelami> "..O-Ok…" She remains bunched up, cringing a little, her legs keeping her upright.
Feb 26 22:51:46 <Liebe> He hugs her slighty, minding the arms, and then places a kiss on her brow before stepping out of the dome.
Feb 26 22:52:30 <Artemis> Artemis speeds up to a hasty trot, suddenly liberated by the hope and possibility of getting her back. He draws the lance from over his shoulder and makes way for the gate.
Feb 26 22:54:37 <Liebe> In the immortal words of Gandalf the Grey, Artemis, the way is shut, and none keep it.
Feb 26 22:55:48 <Artemis> What kind of gate/entry is Artemis confronted with?
Feb 26 22:56:29 <Liebe> Line puts his hands in his pockets and walks to the gate at his lesiure, probably showing up in Artemis' prephiral a few minutes later.
Feb 26 22:58:08 <Liebe> A large, classic, stone gate. It's the epitome of medieval architecture, something you'd see in a fantasy novel illustration. He can see inside through the holes in the gate, but it's fantastically dark in there.
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Feb 26 23:02:21 <Artemis> Artemis backs away from the gate and looks over yonder at the approaching figure. He reverses his grip on the weapon with expert ease and draws his pistol, aiming for center mass.
Feb 26 23:04:22 <Liebe> He frowns, stops, and puts his hands up with a look of irritation on his face.
Feb 26 23:05:31 <Artemis> Artemis lingers for a moment, then drops his aim and starts to advance.
Feb 26 23:07:01 <Liebe> "You're Adrien?"
Feb 26 23:08:35 <Artemis> "I'm not one to be trifled with. Where is she."
Feb 26 23:10:56 <Liebe> Shank feels the Way he entered snap shut behind him like a steel trap.
Feb 26 23:12:29 <Dexanote>
Feb 26 23:12:31 <Liebe> Line narrows his eyes, and hooks a thumb behind him. "This way."
Feb 26 23:13:09 <E4D> …
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Feb 26 23:15:09 <Artemis> Artemis nods, expression properly conveying the 'turn on me and die' etched on his face, letting the man turn and lead on. Such easy assistance?
Feb 26 23:16:39 <Liebe> Line twists his hand into a fist, and the hook of a gas lantern spontaeously appears in it, the little orange light floating like a will o' the wisp in the night. He walks towards the dome of scarlet and jade vines.
Feb 26 23:17:44 <Dexanote> Meanwhile, Shank unroots and turns towards the Way. Shit. What now.
Feb 26 23:18:16 <Liebe> "I need you to be quiet," he says. "And not make any sudden movements around her. Do you have any open wounds?"
Feb 26 23:18:50 <Artemis> He can follow if he wants. Things to kill probably, the way Artemis is going.
Feb 26 23:18:51 <Artemis> Artemis' eyes narrow and he stops in place. "What have zhey done to her?"
Feb 26 23:19:59 <Liebe> He stops too, turning to look at him sharply. "Answer the question."
Feb 26 23:20:52 <Artemis> "No, I do not. What have zhey done to her." He grows more and more anxious by the second, heart beating quicker.
Feb 26 23:22:04 <Liebe> He walks past Artemis, leading on silently. He stops at the dome arch, holding the lantern up inside for a moment, and then extinguishes it, setting it down.
Feb 26 23:23:11 <Adhelami> "…Line..?" Her voice gently speaks, with a slightly-scared whisper, "Wh… What's… going on..?"
Feb 26 23:23:23 <Artemis> "… Lehlna…?"
Feb 26 23:25:48 <Liebe> "Adhelami," Line says with infinite tenderness. "Adrien is here for you."
Feb 26 23:26:53 <Adhelami> Suddenly, the girl gasps at hearing Artemis speak, and she cries out, breaking into sobbing, "D-D-Don't…! DON'T LET HIM SEE ME!" She blubbers, breathing deeply.
Feb 26 23:28:04 <Artemis> Breathless, Artemis slowly enters darkness. "… Lehlna, I am here…" He strains his eyes to see beyond the veil.
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Feb 26 23:29:35 <Adhelami> "L-Lehlna…" Her voice is pathetic and squeaks a tiny bit. But she shrinks away, "No no no… Please don't look at me, Lehlna, please…" She tries to control her crying
Feb 26 23:31:28 <Liebe> Line walks past Artemis, into the darkness. He finds Adhelami by the sound of her crying and quickly kneels next to her, taking up the sheet from earlier and wrapping it over her. "Can you pull your legs back?" he murmurs.
Feb 26 23:32:14 <Artemis> What could that mean? "Lehlna, please, let's go home, it's okay…"
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Feb 26 23:34:31 <Adhelami> "Y-Yes…" She pulls her legs against her back in the darkness, her hands covering her face, "Lehlna, I can't… I… Please don't let him see me, Vhen Line, please… Not my face, please.." She begs and begs quietly, fear in her voice.
Feb 26 23:36:12 <Liebe> "I promise, I won't." He pulls the sheet up over her head and top of her face like a makeshift hood, sshing and crooning to the girl.
Feb 26 23:36:47 <Artemis> "Adyelami, I love you, I was so worried… please come wizh me. We can… fix… whatever zhey have done.."
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Feb 26 23:39:49 <Adhelami> Adhelami chokes out a sob, "We… We can't..!! We… Please don't look at me, Lehlna..!" She huffs and breaths and huffs, "I… I'm so hungry.." She then says oddly.
Feb 26 23:40:24 <Liebe> Line swallows audibly.
Feb 26 23:41:37 <Artemis> "Lehlna please.. come to me.. K-kohna.. andirehv…"
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Feb 26 23:46:01 <Adhelami> "K-…Kohna andirehv… I…" She reaches up, frantically pulling her hair over her face. My eyes, god… Don't let him see. I'm so hungry… ugh… She starts to move forward.
Feb 26 23:48:01 <Liebe> "You are /agitating/ her." Line almost hisses. "Come on Adhelami, I promised." He pauses, final piece turning into his head as he considers Artemis' presence.
Feb 26 23:50:51 <Liebe> "Adhelami. Come on. I'm going to fix you and get you out of here." He holds his palm out. The one she ate from.
Feb 26 23:54:05 <Artemis> The fuck is this dude anyway. "I…" He trails off, unsure of what to say.
Feb 26 23:58:25 <Adhelami> Adhelami stops, and turns to look at Line, "…Line… I…" The smell of his wound is so immensely enticing. She takes a deep breath… No. She turns to look at Artemis. The blanket-cloak and her hair hide her face… she… "…He is my Lehlna, a-and he deserves to see what they've done to me." She moves closer to Artemis.
Feb 27 00:00:09 <Artemis> "Light," requests Artemis.
Feb 27 00:00:11 <Liebe> "This is wasting time…" He weakly protests, childishly hurt at her rejection, but he lets her go.
Feb 27 00:02:15 <Liebe> He curses quietly and flicks his hand up and into a fist again. The gas lantern appears and ignites, slowly and carefully, the fire within casting an orange glow on the robed Adhelami and the pale young man.
Feb 27 00:04:15 <Adhelami> "Lehlna… Please… Please try not to be scared…"
Feb 27 00:04:32 <Adhelami> The blanket almost makes her back look… bigger. Hunched..?
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Feb 27 00:08:39 <Artemis> "I… am not scared. Please… show me what zhey did.." In some ways, Artemis, wanted to have his rage back. Being furious and determined was so much easier before he stepped into this room. "Show me, Lehlna."
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Feb 27 00:13:25 <Adhelami> Adhelami slowly reaches her shaking hands up, and drops the hood, huffing. Her breathing is so odd. Heavy, between little gulps and sobs. Grabbing at her hair, she pulls it open, sniffling and her shoulders shaking. She slowly raises her head to Artemis… and opens her eyes.
Feb 27 00:13:26 <Adhelami> Her once golden eyes now black orbs of shiny nothingness. She breaths deeply…
Feb 27 00:13:46 <Adhelami> Her cheeks wet with tears. Her parted lips showing horrible needle-fangs.
Feb 27 00:19:48 <Artemis> His heart pounds in his chest, so hard it was almost painful. He tried to speak but that wretched pounding stole the sounds from his throat, the breath from his lungs. Oh merciful god, have you taken her from me? Will she never be the same? I can love her, but can I ever stop regretting? "L-lehlna…"
Feb 27 00:22:19 <Artemis> Artemis' face suddenly turns from lost awe to a very forced smile. "Adyelami, how could you sink I would ever see you as anysing but beautiful…" He barely chokes it out, but anything to rid her face of that agony.
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Feb 27 00:32:05 <Adhelami> Huffing deeply, her breath shakes and shudders as she sniffles. The black eyes looking at him, at his pushed smile… And his words. Her heart pounds, and then the blanket falls from her back, as the eight legs extend out like looonngg, thick black needles and stand her up above him.
Feb 27 00:34:19 <Artemis> He sways a little on his feet. "Can… Can you fix it," he asks weakly, presumably to Line.
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Feb 27 00:34:33 <Artemis> "Who did zhis…"
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Feb 27 00:36:23 <Liebe> "…I'll need your help."
Feb 27 00:36:40 <Liebe> "But yes. And you should know who did it."
Feb 27 00:37:52 <Adhelami> Adhelami's been so so so hungry. And Artemis' skin… It looks so tasty. Huffing heavily with labored breath, she very suddenly skitters forward and wraps her spiderlegs around Artemis.
Feb 27 00:38:27 <Adhelami> "L-Lehllnnaaa…! I'm so hungryy…" She whines, deeply, lowly, hoarsely. It's like she wants cookies. But will die without the cookies.
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Feb 27 00:40:53 <Artemis> He gasps, and there's no helping that he turns completely still in her spidery grasp. "Please, Lehna… don't eat me…" He says those last three words with a hushed tone of something like embarrassment. Shame that he would suspect such a thing of her overpowered by the fear that she might.
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Feb 27 00:42:38 <Liebe> "She drinks blood."
Feb 27 00:46:53 <Adhelami> "I…" Adhelami sniffles and huffs… and then suddenly starts crying again, "I'm sorry… I'm sorry Lehlna, I'm a horrible monster… I'm sorry…!"
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Feb 27 00:49:22 <Artemis> Artemis reaches up to touch her cheek softly, then looks at this Line fellow because, fuck. "What do I need to do? Where are zhey?"
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Feb 27 00:59:59 <Liebe> He exhales through his nose. "I can cure her, I think, but it won't work right unless I have control over this place. That means the Xelands have to go on." He pauses. "They're just inside the castle, now. I can feel them running around."
Feb 27 01:01:40 <Artemis> Artemis looks at Adhelami assuringly. "We're going to fix you, Adyelami, I need you to stay here."
Feb 27 01:02:11 <Adhelami> Her head is down, legs still wrapped around him… She sniffles. She's so hungry.
Feb 27 01:02:17 <Adhelami> "…O-Ok…"
Feb 27 01:03:42 <Artemis> "And zhen we will go home, and I will make you cookies. Come here and.. give me a kiss."
Feb 27 01:04:27 <Artemis> Well, okay, he doesn't ask that of her, instead he leans up and kisses her cheek.
Feb 27 01:06:07 <Adhelami> Sniffle, sniff… She lets him go, backing away… And then she skitters over to Line, "…Will you go with me..?"
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Feb 27 01:06:28 <Adhelami> "When I'm ok again..?"
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Feb 27 01:09:10 <Praetor> He looks at her, long and hard. Closing his eyes, he mentally berates himself. "…We'll see." Hug.
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Feb 27 01:09:56 <Adhelami> Adhelami hugs him tightly, and…. god… his shoulder wound smells so wonderful.. She groans a little.
Feb 27 01:11:17 <Liebe> He lets go with a little grunt. Forgot about that one. "Stay safe and warm, Adhelami." He nods tiredly at Artemis.
Feb 27 01:12:19 <Adhelami> "Ok… Please come back soon…" She urges herself into a dark corner and curls up.
Feb 27 01:12:21 <Artemis> Who is this guy even, thinks Artemis, in not so many words.
Feb 27 01:15:08 <Liebe> "Let's get this over with…" He puts his hands in his trouser pockets and steps back towards the arch, walking without hesitantation towards the castle.
Feb 27 01:15:41 <Artemis> Artemis looks at Adhelami once, assuringly, then follows.
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Feb 27 01:17:39 <Artemis> "One moment," he stops Line as they exit Adhelami's chamber.
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Feb 27 01:18:41 <Artemis> and waves the scarecrow down from higher on the hill.
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Feb 27 01:22:23 <Dexanote> It turns its head, creaking, towards Artemis. A moment passes, and it uproots, leaping off the knoll, tumbling across the field to Artemis and Line.
(12:23:19 AM) Dexanote: It slides to a stop, wind blowing over the other two, patchwork cloak wrapping around itself. "Whazzat."
(12:24:31 AM) Adhelami: Adhelami creeps out to the edge of the arch- and then gasps sharply upon seeing shank…
(12:24:39 AM) Laito: Artemis holds a finger up to shoosh the scarecrow then motions for him to follow. "Lehlna, zhe demon helped me find you," he tells her.
(12:25:06 AM) Adhelami: "N-Noo…" She is hiding in the dark, near the edge of the arch.
(12:25:20 AM) Dexanote: "… What is that."
(12:25:33 AM) Laito: "Zhat is what zhey did to Adyelami."
(12:25:58 AM) Dexanote: It stares at Adhelami, drifting close, leaning in. "… What."
(12:26:24 AM) Adhelami: Sniffling, she huffs, her spider legs pulling her out of the darkness just a little… She looks up at Shank with dull, lifeless black orbs.
(12:26:30 AM) Liebe: "Why are you scaring her /more/." Line mutters harshly and quietly, but falls silent afterwards, a agitated look on his face.
(12:27:23 AM) Dexanote: Shank twists, glaring at Line, then Artemis. "… Where are they?"
(12:27:49 AM) Laito: /Who is this guy even/, it doesn't matter. Artemis is securing their way out. "We're going now. Follow zhis man."
(12:28:11 AM) Dexanote: He twists, looming over Line. "Go."
(12:28:26 AM) Adhelami: Adhelami pulls herself into the shadows again… "Be nice to Line…"
(12:28:37 AM) Adhelami: "He… He helped me… A lot."
(12:29:10 AM) Liebe: Line's face softens with worry.
(12:29:59 AM) Liebe: Totally unfazed by scarecrow. Who is this guy even.
(12:30:47 AM) Laito: "We will. I'll come back soon, Lehlna
(12:30:55 AM) Laito: , don't be scared."
(12:30:59 AM) Dexanote: "I din't kill 'm yet. 'M waiting for him to show me who screwed yor eyes up."
(12:31:32 AM) Adhelami: "…You can't have the other one.." She almost hisses/
(12:32:04 AM) Dexanote: "I still 'ave tha first one."
(12:32:16 AM) Laito: "Let's go," prompts Artemis, before this topic explodes.
(12:32:33 AM) Dexanote: "All perfect an' clear-" He glares at Line again.
(12:33:00 AM) Liebe: Line exhales through his nose and turns unceremoniously back towards the castle, long strides, little fae lantern in his outstretched hand.
(12:33:10 AM) Adhelami: Adhelami hides her face with her hands, huffing fearfully.
(12:35:38 AM) Liebe: "…you took her eye, huh?"
(12:36:58 AM) Dexanote: "Yeh. An' 's all nice an' pristine back home. Still as nice as tha day I plucked it from 'er."
(12:37:40 AM) Laito: "This is not the time."
(12:38:14 AM) Liebe: He pauses, striding up to the gate. He looks up at it, and it opens slowly, clockwork straining and cracking somewhere. "Gonna kill you when this is done, then," he says conversationally as it sets into place.
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(12:39:20 AM) Dexanote: "Lotta people say that, get at tha back of tha line."
(12:40:31 AM) Laito: Artemis hurries inside, drawing the lance as he goes.
(12:40:40 AM) Liebe: He reaches up and grips at an invisible hilt, the Knife coming into place in his hand from nowhere. To Artemis, it merely looks like a butcher knife in this form, albeit one with a flowerly inlay. To Shank…
(12:41:48 AM) Liebe: The thing is unnatural. The thing in Line's is unnatural, as deeply connected to death as his own Scythe was. Something that could rend an idea, or a concept. He strides in behind Artemis.
(12:43:30 AM) Dexanote: The scarecrow hesitates, but glides after the other two. "Innerestin knife ya 'ave there. Special made, mm?"
(12:44:42 AM) Liebe: Sarcastic clapping greets them from the other end of the room. "I don't know. All it does is cut. Good enough for me." Selena and Malta Xeland sit in twin stone thrones.
(12:45:49 AM) Liebe: Malta, the young, in a busniess suit, a glass of some empty liquid in one palm, a old coach shotgun in her lap. Selena, the eldest, standing in a ballroom gown a shade of sunrise yellow, contrasting strongly with her dark red skin tone.
(12:46:34 AM) Liebe: Forked tails, curved horns, sharp fanged smiles.
(12:47:23 AM) Laito: Artemis pauses but for a moment, trying to decide who will make the better target.
(12:47:29 AM) Dexanote: "Oi. Sup." He glides ahead a bit. "I appreciate tha roses an' stuff, love em, but what tha hell did ya do ta Adhelami?" he pronounces it Ah Dell Ah Mee
(12:48:25 AM) Liebe: "Ah, little brother, a French man, and…" Selena glares at Line. "The help."
(12:49:36 AM) Liebe: Selena smiles, a show of teeth. "Isn't she lovely now? She was great fun, I admit. Didn't squeal at all until the end."
(12:49:46 AM) Laito: And that's what does it.
(12:50:03 AM) Dexanote: "They usually don't." He slides to one side, anticipating Artemis.
(12:50:25 AM) Laito: Overcome with absolute fury, Artemis explodes into motion, charging at a flat-out sprint, lance tucked in close to his body.
(12:51:02 AM) Liebe: Soulmate. Go for it dude.
(12:51:14 AM) Laito: 4df+4 Ath maneuver first, she'll get a shot off.
(12:51:15 AM) CROM: Artemis: Ath maneuver first, she'll get a shot off.: 3 (4df+4=+, -, 0, -)
(12:52:42 AM) Liebe: Selena smiles at the approach. "Humans are so very interesting." Malta, however, snaps up the shotgun, throwing aside the wine glass.
(12:53:01 AM) Dexanote: "…"
(12:53:34 AM) Liebe: 4df+5 She waits, and then fires the weapon at Artemis' form as he runs.
(12:53:35 AM) CROM: Liebe: She waits, and then fires the weapon at Artemis' form as he runs.: 4 (4df+5=0, -, -, +)
(12:53:40 AM) Laito: 4df+7 Tagging and throwing away Iron-Thread Cloak
(12:53:41 AM) CROM: Artemis: Tagging and throwing away Iron-Thread Cloak: 7 (4df+7=+, -, -, +)
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(12:54:48 AM) Laito: Anticipating the blast, Artemis leaps high into the air, turning his back to the demoness mid flight, exposing his cloaked back to her just as she fires, his cloak beading the pellets off like rain drops.
(12:56:09 AM) Dexanote: "… Did… Did you jus call me a human?"
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(12:57:05 AM) Laito: And then he descends, a bald, roaring, steely wrath, uncoiling as he completes the rotation and bringing the lance up high like some dreadful scorpion's tail.
(12:57:17 AM) Liebe: Line strides towards Selena with the knife, an awful blue fire in his remaining eye. Selena is wholly unconcerned, smiling and speaking with Shank as Malta steps in front of her. "Of course not. I was referring to your two guests."
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(12:59:57 AM) Liebe: Malta cracks the gun open, pressing two more shells into it, and snaps it back up, preparing to meet Artemis' charge in place of her sister, an intense look on her demonic face.
(01:00:09 AM) Dexanote: 4df+4 Intimidation to both demon sisters.
(01:00:10 AM) CROM: Dexanote: Intimidation to both demon sisters.: 6 (4df+4=+, 0, +, 0)
(01:00:26 AM) Laito: Insta-kill on whichever sister is in front. Malta, I presume.
(01:00:44 AM) Laito: Selena rather.
(01:00:45 AM) Liebe: Alright.
(01:00:59 AM) Liebe: you were right. Malta is in front. Roll.
(01:01:14 AM) Liebe: 4df+4 MDEF Malta
(01:01:15 AM) CROM: Liebe: MDEF Malta: 4 (4df+4=+, 0, -, 0)
(01:01:22 AM) Liebe: 4df+6 MDEF Selena
(01:01:22 AM) CROM: Liebe: MDEF Selena: 6 (4df+6=0, -, +, 0)
(01:01:34 AM) Laito: 4df+9 !!!
(01:01:36 AM) CROM: Artemis: !!!: 9 (4df+9=0, +, 0, -)
(01:01:57 AM) Liebe: 4df+4 #1
(01:01:58 AM) CROM: Liebe: #1: 3 (4df+4=+, -, 0, -)
(01:02:20 AM) Laito: 4df+5 1
(01:02:21 AM) CROM: Artemis: 1: 5 (4df+5=0, 0, +, -)
(01:02:35 AM) Dexanote: The room… dims, the horrible red glow from before emanating from Shank. Drums begin to play from nowhere. A harvest dance, filling the room. Shank's not even paying attention any more.
(01:02:47 AM) Laito: 4df+4 2
(01:02:47 AM) CROM: Artemis: 2: 0 (4df+4=-, -, -, -)
(01:03:13 AM) Laito: 4df+5 supposed to be +5 anyway
(01:03:14 AM) CROM: Artemis: supposed to be +5 anyway: 5 (4df+5=-, -, +, +)
(01:03:34 AM) Liebe: 4df+2 Shank's Intimidation, -2, #2
(01:03:34 AM) CROM: Liebe: Shank's Intimidation, -2, #2: 3 (4df+2=-, 0, +, +)
(01:03:47 AM) Liebe: Last one.
(01:03:56 AM) Laito: 4df+5 Final
(01:03:56 AM) CROM: Artemis: Final: 5 (4df+5=0, +, 0, -)
(01:04:09 AM) Liebe: 4df+2 Final.
(01:04:10 AM) CROM: Liebe: Final.: 0 (4df+2=-, 0, -, 0)
(01:05:01 AM) Liebe: Malta's eyes widen with some sudden fear - always the more pragmatic of the two - and she suddenly drops the gun, throwing her weight into stopping the spear before it hits her sister…
(01:06:13 AM) Laito: The tip of the lance pierces straight through Malta's heart, if she has one, as Artemis touches back down. He wrenches the blade out to the side, bursting through her ribs and stepping into another spin of his feet, whirling around in a great horizontal slash that reaps Malta's head from her neck.
(01:07:48 AM) Liebe: Dead. Selena looks at the form of her sister impassively. "Hmmm."
(01:07:59 AM) Liebe: A spray of her own sister's black blood catches on her cheek.
(01:08:27 AM) Laito: Artemis steps forward, advancing on Selena with no intention of stopping now…
(01:08:58 AM) Liebe: "That should not have happened." She looks at Line. Line…smiles. And continues his advance.
(01:08:58 AM) Dexanote: Shank glides after Artemis, dragging the scythe on the floor.
(01:09:37 AM) Liebe: 4df+5 Fleshcrafting to Defense
(01:09:38 AM) CROM: Liebe: Fleshcrafting to Defense: 7 (4df+5=+, +, -, +)
(01:10:10 AM) Laito: Artemis steps over Malta's body and whips a slash out at her head.
(01:10:23 AM) Laito: 4df+5 hup
(01:10:23 AM) CROM: Artemis: hup: 5 (4df+5=-, 0, +, 0)
(01:10:33 AM) Liebe: 4df+6 …
(01:10:33 AM) CROM: Liebe: …: 6 (4df+6=+, -, -, +)
(01:10:59 AM) Laito: It's a feint anyway, one she saw coming in the form of his foot leading in for a tripping kick to her knees.
(01:11:45 AM) Liebe: Where the kick meets, it is stopped by a strange patch of now black skin, just under the almost transparent dress. "Irritating. She is going to take forever to fix."
(01:12:25 AM) Dexanote: 4df+5 "Not if yor too busy fixin yorself." Athletics.
(01:12:25 AM) CROM: Dexanote: "Not if yor too busy fixin yorself." Athletics.: 4 (4df+5=-, 0, +, -)
(01:12:48 AM) Laito: Artemis will press the attack if no one else does.
(01:13:02 AM) Dexanote: Shank slides into a crouch in front of Selina, lurching up and grabbing her by the throat.
(01:13:20 AM) Dexanote: Or trying to.
(01:13:50 AM) Liebe: As Shank lifts her off the ground, Line whistles sharply and slides the knife across the ground to Artemis, the metal singing with intent…
(01:14:14 AM) Liebe: 4df+5 @ Shank
(01:14:14 AM) CROM: Liebe: @ Shank: 4 (4df+5=0, +, -, -)
(01:14:27 AM) Laito: Artemis turns, sees the movement, then dips to scoop the knife up.
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(01:15:38 AM) Dexanote: "Kill it, Artemis." The drumming stops.
(01:16:08 AM) Liebe: She seems wholly unconvienced by Shank's action, and her eyes narrow.
(01:16:41 AM) Liebe: 4df+9 Physical Defense, Shank
(01:16:41 AM) CROM: Liebe: Physical Defense, Shank: 11 (4df+9=0, 0, +, +)
(01:17:25 AM) Dexanote: 4df+5 TCS can't win.
(01:17:25 AM) CROM: Dexanote: TCS can't win.: 7 (4df+5=0, 0, +, +)
(01:18:42 AM) Liebe: She digs her claws into his torso, punching into it and groping for something, look of puzzlement coming over her face when she obviously doesn't find what she's looking for. "You're not.."
(01:19:34 AM) Dexanote: His eyes narrow. "… Did you… Jus… Try to rip out me chain?"
(01:20:14 AM) Laito: Artemis weaves around The Chain Shank's body and lashes out at the distracted demoness' chest with the curious knife, aiming to sink it to the hilt.
(01:20:26 AM) Laito: 4df+5 !
(01:20:27 AM) CROM: Artemis: !: 4 (4df+5=0, +, -, -)
(01:21:17 AM) Liebe: Compel Soulmate again. This is the thing that twisted your Adhelami.
(01:21:34 AM) Laito: 4df+7 This is true | !!!*
(01:21:34 AM) CROM: Artemis: This is true | !!!*: 7 (4df+7=0, +, -, 0)
(01:22:20 AM) Liebe: 4df+4 "What -"
(01:22:20 AM) CROM: Liebe: "What -": 2 (4df+4=-, -, -, +)
(01:22:32 AM) Liebe: Appros. Lemme describe.
(01:24:58 AM) Liebe: The knife cuts through the dress, and underneath it, the red flesh, a shocked look playing over Selena's twisted visage as the knife cuts into her - it cuts her bone, skin, muscle, flesh, soul. It cuts the existence of the wretched woman that used to be a rather shy woman from Maine named Jessica. It cuts away Selena Xeland completely. Her mouth opens, and
(01:26:42 AM) Liebe: she convulses rapidly, black blood vomited from her mouth in a torrent, eyes suddenly white and bloodshot. She manages to mutter something - "This wasn't how it was supposed to go" - before her eyes roll up in her head and her body goes limp.
(01:27:25 AM) Laito: Shank is covered in demon stomach blood.
(01:27:52 AM) Liebe: Dead. *Gone*.
(01:27:56 AM) Laito: Artemis shoves the woman's body away to the floor, snapping the knife from her chest.
(01:28:26 AM) Laito: He looks at Shank. Selena. Malta…. He goes and plunges the knife in her chest too. Fuck these demon bitches.
(01:28:43 AM) Dexanote: "… fucking… dammit, Artemis. Couldn't 'ave waited five seconds." He tries to slop the blood off his arms. "Ffffu…"
(01:29:02 AM) Liebe: The knife hums, and…the black ichor is sucked into the blade itself, greedily sucking up its kill.
(01:29:29 AM) Liebe: Malta is quite goddamn dead.
(01:30:12 AM) Liebe: Their red skin begins to peel off like chipped paint, flaking to the ground. Underneath, two very pale women. Horns recede, as do the tails and fangs.
(01:30:36 AM) Liebe: Human in death. And they'd be insulted if they knew.
(01:30:57 AM) Laito: As he stands up from dooming the dead Malta to nothingness, Artemis holds a silent debate in his mind over whether or not he should sever the Chainshank from this world with this horrible knife and dishonor the agreement he made in favor of retaining his eye and ridding the world of his insane violence.
(01:31:52 AM) Liebe: Line leans over the body of Malta silently. The knife hums at Artemis' thought. It is an affirmative. 'I can do that for you.'
(01:32:27 AM) Dexanote: Still need a ride home.
(01:33:31 AM) Laito: And what about Line? Artemis looks at the blade in his hand with silent questions. Would he go back with them? What had they been while she was here being tortured? Would he take her from him? Could he simply cut their friendship? Could he cut away everything in the world that he felt was wrong?
(01:34:03 AM) Liebe: Line reaches into the once woman's busniess suit pocket and retreives a small pin, a coat of arms. He examines it closely.
(01:35:08 AM) Liebe: The knife hums again at the thought, seemingly even more excited at the thought of killing Line. 'Let me help you,' the knife almost speaks.
(01:35:14 AM) Dexanote: Shank mutters it himself, turning to watch Artemis, and that horrible, /interesting/ knife.
(01:39:33 AM) Liebe: "Rot in pieces, you bitch. I told you'd be dismembered one day." He spits on Malta's corpse, and stands.
(01:39:54 AM) Liebe: Pocketing the emblem, he looks at Artemis curiously.
(01:40:30 AM) Laito: No… you can't cure every wound by cutting away the infection… There is no nourishment in this thing, but pure destruction. Artemis casts the knife away, letting it clatter onto the floor. If he were a man prone to evil…
(01:41:17 AM) Dexanote: "Decide what you were doin with this bloke, an' gather yor woman. We had a deal."
(01:41:45 AM) Liebe: "Good choice."
(01:41:55 AM) Laito: "What now," he asks of Line.
(01:42:47 AM) Liebe: He reaches into his pocket and withdraws…the knife. Back to a KABAR model. He looks at it with a hint of disguist and places it back in the pocket.
(01:43:09 AM) Liebe: "Bring her here."
(01:43:46 AM) Dexanote: "'m not takin you back in 'ere."
(01:44:27 AM) Laito: Artemis turns away and goes to fetch Adhelami, leaving the castle and entering her chamber. "Lehlna?"
(01:45:15 AM) Liebe: Line kicks aside Selena's body and sits in her chair, sinking into it.
(01:46:43 AM) Adhelami: She is cringing in a corner, her legs all wrapped around her, "Ah..?"
(01:47:30 AM) Adhelami: She skitters out from the darkness a little, "Adrien…"
(01:52:04 AM) Liebe: Finally, finally, the night ends. The sun rises at Line's mental assumation of the command. From spring night to spring morning. Warm sun filters in through the dome canopy.
(01:53:03 AM) Laito: "Adyelami, come with me. Zhe sisters are dead."
(01:54:26 AM) Dexanote: "Tha Way we got here closed up, but I could prolly cut another one open if I hit it hard enough." The scarecrow glides around the group, eyes fixed on Adhelami.