Chapter 05:

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Session Number: 175
Date: Sunday 12 May 2013
Venue: Densial's
PCs & Players:

Ariel Sor12 (Craig) (kills: none)
Calico Drd12 (Yeran) (kills: none)
Lionel Rgr6/Wiz1/ArcA5 (Ash) (kills: none)
Rowaine Pal12 (Craig) (kills: none)
Troll Wiz12 (Densial) (kills: none)
Violet Drd12 (Tammi) (kills: none)

Special Guest NPC: Arrian

XP Awarded: TBA

Violet contemplates the implications of somatic and vocal components, the veiny hands of panic wrapping around her heart, before turning into a ravenous dire bear, fighting at the tentacle with all her might. She swipes at the tentacle, which writhes and tightens around her in response, and returns in kind. She doesn't take kindly to that sort of nonsense, and unleashes an angry fury of vicious swipes and bites at the tentacle, leaving a gash of oozing sap leaking from the plant.

Ariel walks to the edge of the cliff, taking in the scene. She teleports to the bottom of the 200 foot basin, close to where she saw Violet dive beneath the canopy, and treads into the mysterious treeline towards the owl. As she braves the forest, A black streak darts across her vision, before slinking back into a nearby tree. She starts treading on air in an attempt of being out of reach of the nasty evil tentacles.

Lionel upon hearing footsteps approach the cliff, jumps onto the disk with Troll.

Calico turns into a blink dog. Notices the tentacle is snarling out of a tree. Upon looking around and noticing the large number of these trees, he Teleports back to the top of the cliff.

Rowaine mounts her valiant wolf, readying to take to the offensive before a gold-haired dog teleports beside her, barking and whining as it looks down the cliff and back up at her. Its bones crack and skin moulds as a humanoid stands up out of the form, and Calico relays the situation.

"It's a god damn mess down there Captain! I've never seen anything like it! The trees are foreign to me, and they are lashing out black tentacles that latch on to your skin and suck the life out of you!"

"Defcon 5 Private. Where's the other rapscallion shapeshifter like you?"

"Violet? God damnit did she follow me down there?"

"Like a bat flies out of the mouth of hell on the 4th of July. Did you see her?"

"No. But if she's down there she's in a hella lot of trouble. I changed into one of the strongest forms I know, and couldn't get out. It took a blink, and a damned amount of luck to even break out."

"Jesus, Private. It's worse than we imagined. We better get down there and help her."

"And how!"

"I'll confer with Arrian and Troll, and meet you down there. Good luck Private."

"You too Captain. When this all blows over, I think we'll need a cold one. Drinks are on me."

"I'll hold you to that Private. Now get chyo ass outta here!"

Calico reforms back into the almost wolf-like creature, and disappears. The paladin Rowaine calls to her comrades.

"Arrian! Get on. Troll! stay close. Lionel. Do what you do best, man. Ariel? Ariel! Damnit that loose cannon is gunna get us all killed!"

Rowaine takes off with a flap of Harley's wings. As Troll and Lionel start to descend the rocky slope on the force disc, Rowaine lowers and circles them keeping pace.

"Damnit Troll! This is too slow! We have a fellow party member in trouble! BAH meet me there!"

Rowaine barks off as she dives into the rock, melding with the cliff and gone in an instant.

Back underneath the shade of the canopy, A dire bear viciously fights for its life. A swipe with a claw, lashing out for a bite, and another savage claw. Two strong connections with the bear's strong claws that gouge out large chunks of tree-flesh from the tentacle, more sap leaking as it withers slightly. Another force pulls on the dire bear through the tentacle, and she withers a little as well, the strength fading from her arms and body. She doesn't lose focus though, and she swipes again at the tentacle's damaged length, ripping out a chunk with her mouth as she rips at it with her claws.

Nearby, Ariel hears the roars and groans of a bear viciously fighting for its life. She pokes her head out of the canopy of the wood and continues her trek towards the growling. She continues treading on the air and notices some movement beneath her through the canopy.

Calico reappears at the bottom of the cliff. Waiting. Suspect of these evil trees, readying to bathe one in a strike of flame should he see any hint of a tentacle.

Rowaine takes a moment to meld minds with her steed Harley, communicating a few commands underneath the rock and earth to emerge out near any sound pattering on the ground.

Rowaine finds herself surrounded by air again, and opens her eyes next to the treeline. Apparently there were no creatures to sense, says Harley.

Lionel notices and points out a tree shaking amongst the strange wood to Troll as they continue to valiantly descend the cliff.

Violet, the vicious dire bear swipes again at the tentacle, ripping at it and barely missing a critical connection. After that last blow, she notices the tree attached to the tentacle starting to wilt slowly.

NOTE: Tammi says "interesting" in a very creepy way. This is very important to the story, hence its inclusion in the wiki.

The bear hears a soft voice above it.

"Violet? Are you there?"

ROAR. Silence.

"Two grunts for yes, one grunt for no. Are you there?"

Roar. Growl. Silence.

Ariel descends below the canopy to see a large black tentacle wrapped around an even larger dire bear. she slowly walks down the air steps.

Calico, Rowaine and Arrian stand together.

"Ruff" says Calico acknowledgingly.

"Harley can't find the damned shapeshifter. Do you know where she is?"

"Ruff. Bark ruff, ruff bark ruff. Woof bark ruff grrrrrr. Bark," laughs Calico, as he shrugs.

"Damnit Calico, this is no time for games! It looks like we'll have to find her the ol' fashioned way I learned back in 'Nam. With our ears."

"Whimper ruff? Ruff Woof Bark?" Calico asks quite inquisitively.

"No, we'll be taking to the skies. High Ho Harley!" Rowaine barks as Harley takes off.

Calico winks out of existence for a second, then back in, then out, then disappears in the direction of the growling.

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