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Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 06:39 PM
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Genre = Fantasy
Setting = Age of Retribution
RP Type = Action/Comedy
How to join = Invite Only
Participants: Dead Jim, Shawnex, Tyler294
Discussion Thread (http://forgerp.com/forums/index.php/topic,68.0.html)



~Index~

Part 1
The first part
(Pages 1-?)

Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 06:47 PM
     The sun had just risen from the horizon, with the morning dew still fresh upon the ground. A young leprechaun glanced at the buildings before him, before choosing to enter a large tavern. As he went in he observed the tall ceilings and the dark interior, with only a single beam of light entering through a lone window off to the left. Off the right stood a bar, which he figured could seat about fifteen.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 06:51 PM
Moments after the leprechaun entered, a grizzled old dwarf and a middle-aged man entered the building. While the man headed directly for the bar, the dwarf stopped and glared at the leprechaun with suspicion.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 07:07 PM
     Another leprechaun then walked in and then began speaking to the other leprechaun in an unrecognizable dialect. He was much older than the first leprechaun, with parts of his hair greying.
     
     All of a sudden they turned around and see a young girl in the entry way. She couldn't have been more than twelve, with blonde hair and brown eyes. Then all of a sudden she pulled a flail out from behind her cloak. It looked too big for her to hold, yet she then began to swing it around wildly while screaming.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 07:09 PM
The old dwarf, who by now had taken a spot in front of the bar, laughed at the young girl wielding such a weapon.

A middle-aged orc woman was running the bar, and she just rolled her eyes at the display.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 07:11 PM
     The little girl frowned at the dwarf, and then preceded to charge at him.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 07:12 PM
The dwarf's eyes widened as he tried to move out of the way, but accidentally tripped and fell flat on the floor in the process.

The entire fiasco drew the attention of the man at the bar and he turned his head to observe.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 07:15 PM
     The little girl then took the dwarf's spot at the bar. Content, she put her weapon away.

     "I'll have the usual!" she said to the orc in a small, innocent sounding voice.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 07:16 PM
The orc put "the usual" on the bar and slide it over to the girl.

The annoyed old dwarf stood up and glared at the upstart.

"You have a lot of nerve!" he declared indignantly.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 07:17 PM
    "No, you do. You took my spot." She replied confidently.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 07:19 PM
"I shall duel you for that spot!" the dwarf insisted, much to the amusement of the man at the bar.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 07:20 PM
     "I accept!" the girl screamed as she whipped out her flail and started to run toward the dwarf.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 07:22 PM
The dwarf pulled out his axe and adopted a defensive stance.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 07:24 PM
     The two leprechauns suddenly grabbed the little girl trying to stop her.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 07:26 PM
"What are you doing you meddling misfits! I mean to teach her a lesson!" the dwarf bellowed at the leprechauns.

"Shesh..." the orc bartender muttered.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 07:27 PM
     "The commander does not appreciate his daughter participating in duels." the older leprechaun replied.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 07:28 PM
"The commander of what?" the dwarf demanded.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 07:30 PM
     "The special force." A tall, 40-ish man said as he entered. "We're working on the name, but it is the most elite force in the... area."
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 07:31 PM
"If your commander will not let his daughter duel, then let him fight me in her stead!" the dwarf said.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 07:32 PM
     "What for?" the man asked.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 07:32 PM
"For the space at the bar of course!"
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 07:34 PM
     The man stared at the nearly empty bar.

     "Please tell me you are joking."
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 07:35 PM
"A dwarf never jokes!"
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 07:35 PM
     "And that is something you brag about?"
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 07:36 PM
"I meant a dwarf never surrenders territory without a fight!" the dwarf corrected himself.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 07:38 PM
     "And how did my daughter obtain your 'territory'?"
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 07:39 PM
"She dared to attack me! And I am not as sure-footed as I was in my youth!" the dwarf responded.

"If you people break stuff, you better pay for it." the orc bartender growled.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 07:42 PM
     "Naeleen," the man said as he walked toward his daughter, "did you attack this... nice dwarf?"

     "Well," she replied, "not him specifically. At least not right away."
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 07:43 PM
"I will be willing to overlook this if you give me my spot back." the dwarf offered.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 07:44 PM
     "No." the girl snapped.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 07:44 PM
"Then prepare yourself!" the dwarf declared.

"Here we go again." the bartender sighed.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 07:45 PM
     "Bring it!" she yelled as she broke free from the two leprechauns.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 07:47 PM
The dwarf charged, axe held above his head menacingly.

Before they could clash, however; the orc bartender pulled out a dart blowpipe and shot a dart into the dwarf's neck.

"Oh... not this again..." the dwarf moaned before collapsing before collapsing unconscious.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 07:48 PM
     Naeleen stopped and looked down at the dwarf.

     "How could you?" she cried to the orc.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 07:49 PM
"He always does this. And he always winds up trashing my bar. He'll be fine when he wakes up." the orc replied.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 07:50 PM
     "Thank you," the commander said, "come along Naeleen."

     "But I want to stay here!"

     "No." He then grabbed her arm and headed towards the door.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 07:52 PM
The man at the bar got up and intercepted the pair at the door.

"Pardon me, gov'ner, but pray tell, what is The Special Force doing hereabouts?" he inquired.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 07:53 PM
     "Well um... we're preparing for an... um... assignment." he stuttered.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 07:54 PM
"A special assignment?"
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 07:54 PM
     "Yes, very special."
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 07:54 PM
"I see. Would this have anything to do with the rise in dragon attacks of late?"
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Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 07:55 PM
     "Well, that is our assignment after this assignment."
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 07:56 PM
"I see. Is your current assignment secret then?"
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Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 07:56 PM
     "Not officially."
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 07:58 PM
"Ah, I see. If it isn't too much of a bother, I would appreciate some details. My associates and I will be operating in the area and we don't want to accidentally interfere." the man stated.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 07:58 PM
     "Don't worry, you won't bother Daddy! He's just trying to get more than four people in our force!" Naeleen chimed in.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 07:58 PM
"I see, so you are recruiting?"
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Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 07:59 PM
     "I suppose you could say that." the mad said while trying to ssh Naeleen.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 08:01 PM
"You should try the mercenary guild here in town. They have all sorts of people looking for work." the man suggested.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 08:03 PM
     "Yay! I love mercenaries!" Naeleen shrieked.

     "No. Even if I were to go there, I would not take you."

     "Oh please! Please Daddy! Please, please, please!"
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 08:03 PM
"Well, there's also the farmer's market... If you want to do battle with pitchforks and oxen." the man shrugged.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 08:04 PM
     "No! I want to see the mercenaries!" Naeleen began to cry.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 08:05 PM
"Your call, old chap! Have a splendid day!" the man proclaimed, before departing.

The orc had picked up the old dwarf and propped him up on a chair.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 08:08 PM
     "A mercenary guild?" the commander pondered.

     "Hey, we've tried everything else!" the younger leprechaun stated, "And nothing could be worse than that one time we went to that farmers market!"

     "The commander sighed, "Why not? Let's go."
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 08:09 PM
"Be cautious. Some of those people are rather crazy." the orc bartender cautioned, "I know from experience."
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 08:09 PM
     "Thank you." the commander said as he and his group left the building.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 08:11 PM
The Mercenary Guild building was further down the street. It was a tall wooden hall with a vaulted roof and thick, oak doors. There was a variety of animals tethered outside: Horses, donkeys, a couple camels, a cow, pig and even a unicorn.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 08:13 PM
     "Naeleen," the commander said, "why don't you play with the pretty unicorn why we go inside, okay?"

     "Do I have to?" she grunted.

     "Yes." he said sternly as he and the leprechauns walked away.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 08:15 PM
The unicorn slowly turned its head toward Naeleen as she approached. It was equipped in metal and leather armoring and most of the face was covered in an iron face-mask. Once Naeleen was within five yards of it, the previously black eye-slits in the mask began to glow a fiery red-orange color and the animal let out a low, menacing growl.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 08:16 PM
     The sad faced girl suddenly perked up, as she ran to the creature to observe it.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 08:38 PM
Meanwhile, the others had just entered the guild hall. The first thing that jumped out at them... was the smell. The building had the strangest odor, most likely from the strange variety of people that were inside. There was even an egg with arms and legs sitting on a divider wall between a couple of booths.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 08:41 PM
     The commander continued inside while the two leprechauns stood at the doorway staring in.
 
     "This is worse than the farmer's market." The older one whispered.

      The other nodded.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 08:49 PM
At that moment, what looked like a bottle of beer rolled over and bumped into the commander's leg.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 08:52 PM
     The commander looked down at the bottle, then looked around to see where it came from.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 08:57 PM
"Don't touch that! It's highly explosive!" a young dwarf exclaimed, running up to the commander.

Unlike most dwarves, this one had a somewhat higher-pitched voice. He was wearing round, thin-rimmed glasses and had a relatively small brown beard. His clothing was more fitting of an individual of higher social standing, rather than a mercenary.

"I wouldn't doubt him." a second person, this one a young orc woman, added, coming up behind the dwarf, "I'm missing a finger, two toes and a chicken because of him."
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 08:59 PM
     "Um... it's already touched my leg." the commander replied suspiciously.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 09:02 PM
"Don't... move... a... muscle..." the dwarf said, crouching down and carefully picking up the bottle.

The orc girl was looking over his shoulder.

"Oh... wait. This actually is beer. Silly me." the dwarf chuckled sheepishly, before opening the bottle and handing it to the orc girl.

She suspiciously sniffed it, confirming it was indeed beer, then smiled.

"Thanks, bro." she said, before taking a big swig.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 09:05 PM
     "Do you usually have this much trouble keeping track of your explosives?" the commander inquired.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 09:12 PM
"No. Well, sometimes." the dwarf replied, "Look, I'm sorry about that. My name is Allan, but people just call me Al."

The orc girl cleared her throat.

"Oh, and my sister, Summer."

The girl tipped her iron kettle hat (http://www.medieval-weaponry.co.uk/acatalog/AB0387-1000.jpg) at the commander and his accomplices. They may notice she had a pair of "boomsticks" as they were often called, strapped to her belt on either side.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 09:21 PM
     "Wait, you're siblings?" the younger leprechaun said as he walked towards them.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 09:24 PM
"I'm adopted." Al quickly clarified.

"Mom was adopted too. And if an orc can be adopted by dwarves, then a dwarf can be adopted by an orc." Summer added.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2015, 09:26 PM
     "I hate to interrupt commander," the older leprechaun said, "but you know we have business to do."
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2015, 09:27 PM
"What sort of business?" Summer asked eagerly.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 09 2015, 06:46 AM
     "Well Miss Summer," the younger leprechaun smiled, "how would you like me to tell you about it? Maybe over a drink?"
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 09 2015, 01:47 PM
"If you're paying for drinks, sure. You can tell us about it." Al interjected before his sister could get off a word.

Summer shot him an annoyed glare, but Al paid it no mind.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 10 2015, 06:14 AM
     The older leprechaun rolled his eyes.

     "We aren't here to drink, Ooqi." the commander said sternly.

     "We'd look pretty suspicious if we didn't." Ooqi responded, "So why don't we just enjoy ourselves for once?"

     "We're not here to enjoy ourselves, we're here to recruit!"

     "But we could have fun doing it!"

     
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 10 2015, 06:35 AM
"You're recruiting!?" Summer exclaimed with excitement in her eyes, "Yay! We're looking for a job."

"So, we should sit down and discuss it over a drink rather than stand around like bloody idiots." Al suggested.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 10 2015, 10:42 AM
     "I think that's a good idea." The older leprechaun agreed.

     "Ugh!" the commander sighed.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 10 2015, 11:08 AM
Meanwhile in town, an angry market manager with a broom was chasing a crow and a pigeon out of his market and through the town.

"Fly for your life!" the pigeon panicked as they were flying.

"I told you not to scream when we're getting food!" the crow yelled.

"It wasn't my fault, a worm came out of an apple after I looked at it."

They flew all through the town until they ended up at the mercenary guild. They then landed on the unicorn to rest.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 10 2015, 11:20 AM
The unicorn didn't seem to notice the two birds, since they had landed on the metal armor that was covering its head. The unicorn was still looking at Naeleen, instead.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on May 10 2015, 12:05 PM
Then all of a sudden, the market manager appeared, spotted the two birds, and then charged at them.

"I have you now you bird brains!" screamed the manager while running towards the birds with the broom over his head.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 10 2015, 12:08 PM
The unicorn heard the racket and turned its whole body to face the charging manager. Its eyes blazed even brighter and it let out a rumbling growl that sounded like a small dragon or lion.
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on May 10 2015, 12:14 PM
The manager stopped with his eyes wide open.

"Uh oh!" he said in a weak voice.

"What's going on?" asked the pigeon.

"I think we're moving." answered the crow looking down at his talons.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 10 2015, 12:15 PM
The unicorn suddenly bucked in the air and broke the flimsy rope that was holding it to the fence. With a brief roar, it charged at the manager.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 10 2015, 12:22 PM
The manager turned around and ran back to town.

"AAAAHHHH!" he screamed, "May day! May day! May day!"
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Post by: DeadJim on May 10 2015, 01:42 PM
"Where are you going?" Naeleen cried when she saw the unicorn run off, "Come back! Come back!"

She fell to her knees and broke into tears.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 10 2015, 02:47 PM
The unicorn pursued the manager until they were about a hundred yards away from the mercenary hall. Once it got that far, it stopped and huffed at the man, then turned around to walk back to the hall.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 10 2015, 03:49 PM
"You blasted birds have outwitted me again." the manager growled, "Fifteen times! But if you two come to my market again, I'll turn both of you into pillows!"

Then he walk back to his market.

"Phew! That was a close call." said the pigeon in relief.

"I hate it when he chases us, especially with a broom." said the crow with a frown as they rode along on the unicorn.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 10 2015, 04:30 PM
The unicorn stopped, thinking it heard voices above it. It looked up to the sky, but saw nothing, then continued back to the mercenary hall, stopping in front of the tether fence where it had been tied up previously.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 10 2015, 04:45 PM
The birds got up after catching their breath.

"Hey Mr. Unicorn," said the pigeon to the unicorn, "thanks for saving us from that manager."
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 10 2015, 07:39 PM
The unicorn just glared at them, then huffed indifferently.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 10 2015, 08:14 PM
"What's the matter unicorn?" the pigeon asked, "Are you having a bad day?"

"What are you doing you dummy?!?" the crow asked in whisper, "Lets get going."

"Why? He saved us from that manager."

"I said, LETS GET GOING!" the crow yelled and pushed him to the ground.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 12 2015, 12:48 PM
Naeleen stopped crying and looked up at the birds.

"Are you guys fighting?"
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Post by: Shawnex on May 12 2015, 02:39 PM
"Who, us?" the crow asked.

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Post by: DeadJim on May 12 2015, 02:57 PM
Naeleen looked around the nearly empty street.

"Uh-huh."
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Post by: Shawnex on May 12 2015, 03:30 PM
"We're not fighting." said the pigeon, "He was born to be mean."

"Hey!" the crow snapped, "I'm not mean. You're not paying attention to me when we have to go."

"Well I have to thank the unicorn who saved us from that crazy manager."
Title: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 12 2015, 03:58 PM
"Where are you going?" Naeleen asked. There was touch of sadness in her voice.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 12 2015, 04:34 PM
"Well...uh...err...umm...just going." the crow answered quickly, "Lets go."

"We can't go if we don't know where we're going." said the pigeon, "Do you have any idea where we will go?"

There was silence for a few seconds.

"We can go back to the market and try to be extra quiet to get food." answered the crow.

"You've told me that fifteen times, and it never worked!"

"Well that was your..."
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Post by: DeadJim on May 13 2015, 07:47 AM
"You are fighting! I knew it" Naeleen interrupted gleefully, "I love fights! Please, continue."
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Post by: Shawnex on May 13 2015, 08:15 AM
"That's right!" agreed the pigeon, "We are fighting. Lets...wait what?"
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Post by: DeadJim on May 13 2015, 08:20 AM
"Can I join? Please? Please, please, please!" Naeleen pleaded.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 13 2015, 08:30 AM
"Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Hold on a second." the crow interrupted, "Why in the world would you want to join a fight when we're just arguing?"

"He has a point there." agreed the pigeon, "Besides, why do you want to uh...fight?"
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Post by: DeadJim on May 13 2015, 08:34 AM
"Because it's fun!"
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Post by: Shawnex on May 13 2015, 08:40 AM
The two birds paused for a moment.

"Kids these days." thought the crow, "By the way, what's your name?"
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Post by: DeadJim on May 13 2015, 08:41 AM
"Naeleen," she replied, "what's yours?"
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Post by: Shawnex on May 13 2015, 08:46 AM
"I'm Cranky the crow. And this pigeon friend of mine is Doodles."

"Pleasure." Doodles introduced.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 13 2015, 08:51 AM
"So, can we fight now?" Naeleen pleaded again.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 13 2015, 08:58 AM
"Uh, do you think that fighting is such a good idea?" Doodles asked, "Cause someone might get killed, including us."
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Post by: DeadJim on May 13 2015, 09:05 AM
"Yay! Let's start!"
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Post by: Shawnex on May 13 2015, 09:12 AM
"I think we're in big trouble." Cranky said in concern.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 13 2015, 09:13 AM
Meanwhile, inside the hall, the new acquaintances had just sat down and ordered drinks.

"So, what form of job are you folks recruiting for?" Al inquired.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 13 2015, 09:23 AM
"We're in the process of putting together a special mission force." The older leprechaun replied, "We're currently a private organization. No affiliations with anyone or anything."

"So basically a mercenary group." Ooqi interjected.

"Gort here," the commander pointed at the older leprechaun, "is the brains when it comes to operations. He was quite successful in a military organization in his youth."

"We don't have enough manpower though," Gort continued, "it's just the Commander, Ooqi, Naeleen and me."
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 13 2015, 09:34 AM
"We can help. I'm an expert with boomsticks and Al is an alchemist." Summer replied.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 13 2015, 09:36 AM
"A what?" Ooqi asked.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 13 2015, 09:40 AM
"An alchemist, it's like a chemist, only with the name Al." Summer laughed.

"How long have you been waiting to make that joke..." Al deadpanned.

"A looooong time!" Summer drawled.

Al just shook his head before explaining:

"An alchemist is someone who creates magic potions and magically enchants items. In sense, it is in fact like a chemist, which I also am, but rather than using natural elements, it uses magical elements." he informed Ooqi.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 13 2015, 10:32 AM
Suddenly, the two birds crashed through the window and into the hall very quickly.

"FLY AWAY!" screamed Doodles.

"GAIN WAY!" added Cranky.

"SAVE US!"

"CRAZY GIRL CHASEING US!"
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Post by: DeadJim on May 13 2015, 10:37 AM
"Oh no..." the Commander said under his breath, "not again!"

"Cue the last member of our party!" Gort said as he raised his hand toward Naeleen, who had just run into the building with her flail at hand. She stopped as soon as she saw them.

"Oh... hi daddy!" She smiled as she tried to inconspicuously walk away.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 13 2015, 10:39 AM
Both Al and Summer had the exact same befuddled expression on their faces. Which was amazing considering the differences in species.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 13 2015, 10:47 AM
"Whew!" said Doodles in relief as they landed on the railing near the stairs, "That girl was twice as bad than the manager."

"Yay." Cranky added catching his breath, "We could've been killed."
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Post by: DeadJim on May 13 2015, 10:52 AM
Ooqi looked at the two birds, and then at Naeleen.

"You were attacking birds?"

"Yes..." she replied.

"Don't you think that was a little unfair?"

"No, why?"

"Well, what weapons did they have."

"Daddy said never to wait to see what weapons your enemy has!"

"That's different!" the commander spoke up.

A look of confusion came over Naeleen's face.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 13 2015, 10:54 AM
Summer giggled a little.

"I didn't know you had a daughter so... young." Al commented with a facepalm.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 13 2015, 10:59 AM
"Daddy says that age doesn't matter, as long as you have a bigger weapon!" Naeleen responded.

The commander sighed as his face fell to the table.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 13 2015, 11:05 AM
Summer laughed.

Al double-facepalmed.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 13 2015, 11:20 AM
"But we don't have weapons." replied Cranky after they landed on the counter.

"And we're not enemies." added Doodles, "We're just innocent birds. Only I go, Coo, coo, coo! And he goes, Caw, caw, caw!"

"Alright! Alright!" interrupted Cranky, "She's got the point."
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Post by: DeadJim on May 13 2015, 11:47 AM
"Birds that can reason, how interesting." Gort said.

"I prefer girls who can reason." Ooqi said looking at Summer.

"That's funny, cause no girl who can reason would even come close to you!" the commander added.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 13 2015, 11:59 AM
"What's the reason for that?" Summer asked.

"Do you always let your daughter attack random people?" Al inquired of the commander, ignoring Summer.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 13 2015, 12:07 PM
Ooqi tried to respond but the commander began to speak.

"I don't let her do anything, she does it herself!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 13 2015, 12:14 PM
"I see. I believe there are some books out there on child-rearing. I could direct you to--" Al started to say.

"Bro, you don't write a book on raising a kid." Summer cut-him-off.

"If it exists, there are scholarly essays on it." Al replied indignantly.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 13 2015, 12:18 PM
"What kind of essays?" asked Cranky.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 13 2015, 12:23 PM
"Scholarly kinds of essays." Summer joked.

"Grr..." Al groaned, "They are very detailed written investigations into a variety of deep subjects."

"Like wells!" Summer added.

"Gah!" Al's forehead hit the table.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 13 2015, 12:28 PM
"I think you said a mouth full." said Doodles to Summer.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 13 2015, 12:30 PM
"What? Me?" Summer asked, looking confused.

Al laughed as he raised his head off the table.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 13 2015, 12:31 PM
"What?"
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Post by: DeadJim on May 13 2015, 12:33 PM
"Can we start fighting now?" Naeleen asked eagerly.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 13 2015, 12:54 PM
"Did someone say fight!?" a random mercenary in the bar exclaimed.

"Fight? Where?!" some other person replied.

"Fight!"

A bunch of people started punching each-other and the barroom brawl was on!
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Post by: Shawnex on May 13 2015, 05:22 PM
"Yikes!" yelled Doodles and ducked down with Cranky as a bottle flew over them.

"Those idiots are trying to kill themselves." exclaimed Cranky as another bottle flew over them, "Including us!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 13 2015, 05:43 PM
"Maybe we should go?" Al suggested.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 13 2015, 05:53 PM
"I think so." Gort agreed as he grabbed Naeleen by the arm.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 13 2015, 05:56 PM
"But these brawls are always fun!" Summer protested.

"Last time you nearly lost an arm." Al pointed-out.

"I nearly lose an arm every week when you're around." Summer countered.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 13 2015, 06:16 PM
"I wanna stay with her!" Naeleen whined as she pulled away from Gort.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 13 2015, 06:20 PM
"Don't do that!" Cranky cried, "You'll make things worse!"
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Post by: DeadJim on May 13 2015, 06:24 PM
"We're leaving now!" The commander yelled over the noise. But right as he went to grab Naeleen a flying bottle hit him in the head, and he went falling to the ground.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 13 2015, 06:25 PM
"Hey! That's our future boss!" Summer shouted at the bottle-thrower, before charging him and laying him flat on his back with a right-hook.

Al facepalmed again.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 13 2015, 06:29 PM
Gort started to drag the Commander out of the bar, though it was a slow process.

"Need some help there?" Ooqi asked.

"It would be nice!" Gort responded.

"Got it. Hey birds, go help Gort!"
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Post by: Shawnex on May 13 2015, 07:12 PM
"I'm coming!" Doodles replied.

"Hey!" Cranky shouted, "Wait for me!"

They arrived to help Gort.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 13 2015, 07:41 PM
After a moment or two, Summer came flying back and landed next to the commander on the floor.

"That's it, no more playing nice!" Summer growled, as she tried to stand back up.

Al rushed over and get in front of her.

"We're leaving, NOW!" he snapped.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 13 2015, 07:50 PM
By this time Gort, Doodles and Cranky had managed to get the Commander outside. Meanwhile, Ooqi was desperately trying to get a hold of Naeleen.

"Naeleen! We're leaving now!"

"But I want to fight!" She yelled.

"You can fight later!"

"I want to fight now!"

"But we're going to go clean our weapons now! And you'll miss it!"

"What!" Naeleen halted, "You would clean them without me?"

She ran past Ooqi and out the door.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 13 2015, 08:18 PM
Eventually, Al got Summer outside too.

"Okay, everyone calm down! We're out!" Al urged.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 13 2015, 08:32 PM
"Sheesh!" remarked Doodles, "These bars always have fights."

"That's because somebody started it." added Cranky.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 14 2015, 02:26 PM
"So, do we get a job?" Summer asked hopefully.

Al jabbed her in the side.

"I mean, is he going to be alright?" she quickly asked, referring to the commander.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 14 2015, 02:43 PM
Gort looked up at the two, obviously annoyed, before focusing his attention on the commander.

"Can they stay? Please! Please, please, please!" Naeleen spoke up.

"That's the commander's decision." Gort responded.

"Daddy says that..."

"I don't care what 'Daddy said', we will wait till he comes to."

"Come on Gort." Ooqi appealed, "You could make a emergency decision like before. That's how I joined the group!"

Gort raised his eyes and stared at him for several moments.

"Now listen, other than that one time I've been wonderful!"  Ooqi defended himself.

Naeleen started to laugh hysterically
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 14 2015, 02:48 PM
Al knelt down next to the commander.

"I'm a trained physician; I should be able to help." he explained.

"Uh, doesn't take a doctor to know that he got hit in the head." Summer remarked.

"Well, yes, but if he has suffered a concussion than we will need to be very careful in how we treat him." Al retorted, "Even seemingly minor injuries can become far worse if not treated correctly."
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Post by: DeadJim on May 14 2015, 02:54 PM
"Be my guest." Gort grunted as he stood up and straightened his back. He winced in pain, though he tried his best to hide it. 
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 14 2015, 04:31 PM
As Al began examining the commander, Summer leaned over and whispered into the ear of whoever was closest to her.

"Just get a bucket of cold water; that will fix him."
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Post by: Shawnex on May 14 2015, 05:06 PM
"And where would we get a bucket of water?" Cranky asked standing right next to Summer.

"Why not give him warm water instead?" asked Doodles, "Cold water might freeze him?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 14 2015, 05:27 PM
Summer pointed at a nearby horse trough filled with water and a convenient bucket sitting nearby.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 14 2015, 06:37 PM
"Now why didn't I think about that?" Cranky wondered to himself.

They flew to the trough, picked up the bucket, and filled it with water.

"Sheesh! This bucket is heavy." Doodles gasped as they were flying slowly to the group carrying the bucket.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 15 2015, 06:07 AM
The commander's eyes then started to open, though the birds probably couldn't see it.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 15 2015, 06:11 AM
Summer motioned for the birds to dump the bucket on the commander.

"Ah, he's coming to." Al declared.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 15 2015, 04:51 PM
While the birds arrived to the group, the handle from the bucket started to slip off of their talons.

"I don't know how long we're gonna hold this...WHOOPS!" cried Doodles after the bucket slipped off their talons and landed on the commander's face.

SPLASH!
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Post by: DeadJim on May 16 2015, 07:56 AM
The commander jolted upright as the water hit his face. His arms swung out and could've hit anyone who was close to him.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 16 2015, 08:00 AM
Like Al, who got whacked in the face and knocked on his back, much to the amusement of his sister.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 16 2015, 04:51 PM
Doodles and Cranky looked at each other and quickly started to whistle hoping that the commander wouldn't look at them that they dropped the bucket.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 16 2015, 06:57 PM
The commander glared slowly at everyone present, then looked to the sky.

"Why me!?" he yelled.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 16 2015, 07:25 PM
"Because you're the chosen one!" Summer proclaimed jokingly.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 17 2015, 06:07 AM
The commander glared her.

"Why don't you just..."

"Morry, remember to breathe." Ooqi cautioned.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 17 2015, 02:11 PM
"Breathing is scientifically proven to be beneficial to ones health." Al pointed-out from his position on the ground.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 18 2015, 05:39 AM
"Really! I should breathe more often!" Naeleen said with interest.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 18 2015, 08:57 AM
"I tried to be a rebel once and not breath. It didn't work out." Summer muttered.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 18 2015, 06:10 PM
"Then you shouldn't became a rebel in the first place." remarked Cranky.

"Everybody knows you can't live without breathing." added Doodles.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 18 2015, 06:13 PM
"I was seven, give me a break." Summer replied.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 19 2015, 05:53 AM
"I'm going to be nine soon!" Naeleen added, though she wasn't entirely sure what they were talking about at this point.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 19 2015, 09:35 AM
Al finally stood back up.

"Are you alright, sir?" he asked the commander.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 19 2015, 12:05 PM
"Yes I'm fine," the commander replied, "you seem like a bright young fellow. I think I'd like to have you on the force."
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 19 2015, 12:49 PM
"Yay! We're hired!" Summer exclaimed.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 19 2015, 04:49 PM
"Now you on the other hand..." the commander glared at Summer.

"Oh come on Morry!" Ooqi sighed as he threw his hands up in the air.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 19 2015, 06:46 PM
"You can't hire me without her. We are strictly a package deal." Al stated in a stern tone.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 20 2015, 05:51 AM
The commander, who was still sitting on the ground, knelt forward and began to bang his head on the ground.

"Since the commander is currently... incapable of making any decisions," Gort said in an assertive voice, "I will use my power as proxy to hire both of you."
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 20 2015, 07:53 AM
"Yay!" Summer exclaimed.

"Is there something wrong with him?" Al asked Gort worriedly, noting the commander's odd reaction.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 20 2015, 10:06 AM
"Besides being emotionally unstable? No. I don't think so." Gort replied.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 20 2015, 10:09 AM
"Emotionally unstable?" Summer asked.

"It means he's prone to fits." Al said.

"Oh."
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Post by: Shawnex on May 20 2015, 10:13 AM
"Well that doesn't fit me." said Doodles.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 20 2015, 10:17 AM
"That's a good thing..." Al remarked.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 20 2015, 10:24 AM
"Well I think Doodles and I should be going right now." Cranky said, "Chow!"
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Post by: DeadJim on May 20 2015, 10:37 AM
"Great! I'm hungry too!" Naeleen agreed, "I'll go with you!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 20 2015, 10:39 AM
"Oh, it's supper time already?" Summer asked.

Al facepalmed.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 20 2015, 10:44 AM
"I wasn't talking about going out to eat." Cranky snorted, "I was talking about going on our own business. And not be part of fighting on wars."
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 20 2015, 10:48 AM
"It was nice meeting you two, whoever you are." Summer smiled at the birds.

"I believe the commander should consider sta--" Al started to say, before a distant roar drew his attention.

"What was that?" Summer asked.

"DRAGON!!!" a villager further down the street cried, pointing to the sky.

In the distance, moving toward the town very quickly, was a massive flying reptile.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 20 2015, 10:50 AM
The commander stood up quickly.

"This is our chance guys!" he yelled, "To battle!"

He went off wobbling toward the dragon's general direction.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 20 2015, 10:51 AM
"Keep us out of it you guys." Doodles remarked, "We're not..."
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Post by: DeadJim on May 20 2015, 10:54 AM
Naeleen tried to grab the birds as she ran after her father.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 20 2015, 10:55 AM
Al simply put one hand on his hip, while adjusting his glasses with the other. He squinted at the flying lizard that was rapidly approaching.

"That's no dragon, you dolt! It's a wyvern." he declared confidently.

"Why does that matter?!" Summer exclaimed.

"Well, because there are a lot of technical differences between a dragon and a wyvern. For example, the legs--"

"Who cares about the legs! We need to stop it!" Summer snapped, before drawing her guns and chasing after the commander and Naeleen.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 20 2015, 10:59 AM
"Let go of us Naeleen!" Cranky ordered, "You're choking us!"
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Post by: DeadJim on May 20 2015, 11:01 AM
Ooqi and Gort followed after Summer, preparing their own weapons.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 20 2015, 11:04 AM
Al was about to follow, when he realized he'd forgotten his bag in the mercenary guild hall.

"Oh drat!" he exclaimed, before sprinting toward said hall.

Meanwhile, Summer was lighting the wicks on her matchlock pistols as she ran.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 20 2015, 11:09 AM
"FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, NAELEEN!" Shouted Cranky again trying to escape, "I SAID, LET US GO NOW!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 20 2015, 11:12 AM
The wyvern had finally arrived and was now blowing fire at the village's outer watchtowers, setting them ablaze and causing the guards to jump for their lives.

"Do you have a plan!?" Summer yelled ahead to the commander.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 20 2015, 11:15 AM
"Attack!" he yelled.

Gort looked at him then back at Summer.

"Some explosives close to it should work!" he yelled, "You and Al try to get as close as possible! Naeleen, Ooqi and I will try to distract it!"

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Post by: Shawnex on May 20 2015, 11:19 AM
"And we should migrate south for the battle." added Doodles trying to escape.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 20 2015, 11:23 AM
"Okay. You hear that Al? Al? Al!?" Summer yelled, stopping and turning around.

Al wasn't behind her, in fact, he wasn't anywhere to be seen.

"AL!?"

***

Meanwhile, Al had entered the guild hall, to find all the mercenaries knocked out or asleep. He stepped over the unconscious bodies until he found his bag, which had miraculously not been tampered with. Picking it up, he then dashed back toward the door and out into the street again.

***

The Wyvern then began setting some of the outlying buildings on fire. The few guards in the town were trying to shoot it with their bows, to little effect.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 20 2015, 04:58 PM
Naeleen had worked her way toward the Wyvern. She climbed to the top of an outhouse and began shouting at the top of her lungs while swinging her flail.

"Hey you! Fire breath! Why don't you come pick on someone your own size! Well, maybe not size. How about intelligence!"

***

Gort and Ooqi were sneaking around the buildings trying to get behind the Wyvern.

//12 on going unnoticed.//
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 20 2015, 05:03 PM
The Wyvern looked at Naeleen, then cocked its head to the side slightly. After a moment it inhaled then shot a burst of flames at Naeleen.

//9 on the flames.//

***

"Hurry up Al!" Summer shouted.

"I'm coming! I'm coming!" Al wheezed, trying to catch up.

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Post by: DeadJim on May 20 2015, 06:01 PM
Naeleen jumped onto a nearby building's roof, avoiding the flames. She then took a rather large dagger and threw it at the Wyvern.

//11 on the jump. 9 on the throw.//

***

Ooqi then set off some firecrackers behind the Wyvern, before running behind yet another building.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 20 2015, 06:13 PM
The throw was a pretty good one, as the blade struck the Wyvern and lodged in its relatively soft underbelly, but it wasn't a deep enough wound to truly hurt the creature and it roared loudly at Naeleen, before turning in the direction of the firecrackers.

Summer finally got into range and fired her pistols at the beast. But the shots either missed or bounced off the stronger armor plates of the Wyvern's side.

"Aw drat..." she muttered, as the Wyvern turned in her direction now, away from the firecrackers.

"Why'd you do that!?" Al cried from behind her, as he turned and started running toward the nearest building.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 20 2015, 06:21 PM
Gort then ran up from behind a building and onto the Wyvern's tail, hoping he could distract it long enough for the explosives to be set.

//10. They're doing pretty good today.//
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 20 2015, 08:28 PM
The beast huffed, before shaking its tail back and forth trying to dislodge Gort.

//8 on whether or not it'd notice him. 9 on the tail shaking//

"Hurry up!" Summer yelled.

"I'm trying I'm trying!" Al shouted back, pulling out several vials and makeshift bombs, trying to decide which one was best, "Where'd those birds go?"
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Post by: DeadJim on May 21 2015, 06:32 AM
Gort was thrown to the ground about 10 feet from the Wyvern. He tried to get up, but was unable to move because of his back.

//8 for staying on the tail.//

***

Naeleen, who was still on the roof, grabbed some loose bricks from a chimney and began to throw them at the Wyvern.

//3 on being noticed.//
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Post by: Shawnex on May 21 2015, 07:34 AM
"We gotta do something Cranky!" Doodles panicked, "That monster is gonna destroy the town!"

"How?" Cranky asked, "We're not warriors, we're birds!"

"I know! We'll make him follow us out of town!"

"Are you out of your mind?!? That's gonna get us both killed!"

"It's worth a try. Lets go!"

They flew to the Wyvern a little ways away from it and began shouting at him.

//10 on shouting.//
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 21 2015, 07:40 AM
The Wyvern didn't seem to care about Naeleen, but he did notice Cranky and Doodles yelling at him and turned to face them.

"Do something!" Summer exclaimed.

"Got it!" Al declared, picking up a sealed vile, ran forward a bit and hurled it at the Wyvern.

The throw was excellent and it struck the monster in the side of the face. The vile erupted into a fiery explosion, charring the entire left side of the lizard's face and blinding its eye. The Wyvern let out a furious and pained roar while shooting flames into the sky seemingly at random.

"Nice throw!" Summer cheered.

"It's not dead yet!" Al countered.

//12 for the throw, 6 for the Wyvern's defense//
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Post by: DeadJim on May 21 2015, 07:54 AM
Gort had slowly crawled away from the Wyvern and was then below the building Naeleen was standing on. Naeleen looked down and loudly whispered.

"Gort! What now? The bomb didn't kill him!"

"Where's Ooqi?" he responded, fruitlessly trying to stand up.

"Um..." She looked around but didn't see him. "I don't know."

"Get him!"

***

The commander, who had apparently been waiting behind a building charged at the Wyvern with his sword, screaming the whole way.

***

Across the street from Naeleen, Ooqi crouched on the top of another building. He had a bow with a flaming arrow aimed at the Wyvern.

//6//
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 21 2015, 05:15 PM
The flaming arrow glazed off the Wyvern's scaly hide, but did leave a small scorch mark. The creature seemed a bit overwhelmed at the attention it was getting from all sides, so it flew up into the air and circled around the town.

Summer had taken cover next to one of the buildings, where she was reloading her pistols.

Al was putting his explosives back in his bag, but was still in the middle of the street when the Wyvern touched down right behind him. This was the opposite side of the Al from where everyone else was now.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 23 2015, 07:56 PM
"Looks like we need another plan Doodles." Cranky exclaimed, "Doodles? DOODLES?!?"

"Don't worry Cranky!" Doodles called flying back towards Cranky, "I got it all covered!"

"DOODLES! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!? That's a beehive!"

"Exactly. I'm gonna throw it on the Wyvern's face where he will never be rid of them."

Then Cranky noticed the sound from that hive and then realized it."

"Uh Doodles, I don't think those are..."

"No time to explain Cranky." Doodles interrupted, "This is war!"

Then he threw the hive with his talons very hard to land on the Wyvern's face.

//5 on the throw.//

"That was actually a hornets' nest." Cranky said.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 23 2015, 08:07 PM
Unfortunately, the Wyvern moved it's head and hornet's nest missed. It landed on the ground nearby, after which the hornets began swarming around the nest, but not after the Wyvern.

"You two! I need you over here!" Al called out to the birds.

The Wyvern turned toward all, but suddenly he was struck by the lead ball from one of Summer's pistols. It penatrated and drew some blood from the Wyvern's face, making it roar angrily.

"Yay! I hit it!" Summer cheered.

"ROAAARRRR!!"

"Oh drat..."

//9 for the Wyvern dodging the hornet's nest.//
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Post by: Shawnex on May 23 2015, 08:12 PM
"I guessed I...missed." said Doodles.

"Come on Doodles!" Cranky snapped, "We gotta help that guy who called us!"

Then they flew towards Al.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 23 2015, 08:22 PM
"You guys have a good idea, but use these instead." Al said to them, holding up a couple of bottles, "The contents will explode upon impact. Drop them onto the Wyvern's head. If you can, make him look up at you, maybe they'll fall in his mouth or eyes."

Meanwhile, Summer had taken cover in a building, but the Wyvern set it alight with his fire breath.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 23 2015, 08:34 PM
The birds flew up with a couple of bottles and got themselves in position where they need to drop the bottles on the Wyvern.

"I hope this plan works." Doodles said to Cranky.

"I think we're in position." Cranky announced, "Ready...Aim...DROP!"

Then they dropped the bottles and shouted at him.

//9 for dropping, 5 for shouting.//
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Post by: DeadJim on May 23 2015, 08:42 PM
The commander, whose charge had been halted by a hornet's nest falling on his head, was running around while frantically swinging his sword at the hornets. He didn't notice it, but he was then right in front of the Wyvern.

***

Ooqi ran into the building Summer was in to try to get her out.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 23 2015, 08:50 PM
The Wyvern didn't look up at them, as he had instead turned his angry gaze as the commander. Luckily the bottles did hit their marks, exploding atop the lizard's head and causing it to howl in angry, then fly up into the air again.

"I can't believe that didn't kill it!" Al growled, shaking his fist at the monster.

***

Half of the building was ablaze, and Summer was lying on the floor, choking on the smoke.

***

Meanwhile, one of the town guards was just returning to the guard captain.

"Well, are any of the mercenaries coming to help?" the captain asked.

"Um, you see sir..." the guard began.

"Out with it, boy!" the captain yelled.

"They're all knocked out, sir." the guard said weakly.

"WHAAAAT!?"
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Post by: DeadJim on May 23 2015, 09:02 PM
Ooqi ran into the building and tried to help Summer up so he could guide her out.

//6//

***

Gort meanwhile had rolled a balista into the street, but was struggling to aim it.

"I could use some help!" he yelled to Al.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 23 2015, 09:05 PM
"I'm a bit busy!" Al replied, shuffling through his bag of tricks... and still in the middle of the street.

One of the village guards ran up to Gort instead.

"I've got it! Push!" he urged.

***

"I don't feel so good..." Summer moaned as Ooqi led her to the door.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 23 2015, 09:10 PM
"Well I guess the bottles didn't work either." Doodles said.

"Never mind of that!" gasped Cranky, "Let's get out of here!"
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Post by: DeadJim on May 23 2015, 09:16 PM
Gort and the guard pushed the balista into position.

"Fire!" he yelled as they released the first arrow.

//7//

***

Ooqi and Summer got out of the building, though Ooqi collapsed as soon as they exited.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 23 2015, 09:20 PM
The shot somehow struck the flying Wyvern, knocking off a scale or two. But it had no major effect. //7// Spying the source of the latest attack, the Wyvern swooped down and landed right in front of the ballista. It then lunged forward and tried to grab the guard with it's mouth, though the guard managed to duck out of the way just in time.

***

"Thanks..." Summer coughed.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 23 2015, 09:24 PM
Naeleen was on a building near the balista, and jumped on the back of the Wyvern when it flew by.

"Take this!" she yelled as she tried to stab another dagger into it's head.

//2. Really?//

***

"Don't mention it." Ooqi said trying to catch his breath.

***

"We need to load it up again!" Gort shouted to the guard.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 23 2015, 09:26 PM
"I'll do that when it's not trying to eat me!" the guard shouted back in a panic.

The Wyvern shook itself, trying to dislodge Naeleen.

//10 on the shake.//
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Post by: DeadJim on May 23 2015, 09:29 PM
"Oh forget it!" Gort yelled as he proceeded to load the balista, "Would you at least help me aim it!"

***

Naeleen screamed as she was falling to the ground.

//4//
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Post by: Shawnex on May 23 2015, 09:36 PM
"Don't Naeleen!" called Doodles charging towards Naeleen with Cranky, "We got ya!"

They grabbed Naeleen with their talons just in time.

//9 for saving her.//
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Post by: DeadJim on May 23 2015, 09:40 PM
But Doodles and Cranky were soon pulled down by Naeleens weight, and were falling along with her.

//10 for the fall.//
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Post by: Shawnex on May 23 2015, 09:42 PM
"HELP!" Doodles cried trying to fly back up.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 23 2015, 09:43 PM
The guard got back up and ran over to the ballista, only to have the wyvern bite at him again, causing him to dive out of the way once more.

Summer tried to sit up, still coughing, and reload her pistols.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 23 2015, 10:00 PM
Just then, a random man from a building ran out and shot the Wyvern with a musket.

//9//
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 23 2015, 10:13 PM
The shot embedded shallowly into the Wyvern's side, causing it to turn again, now toward this latest guy. Annoyed, it just hurled fire at him and the building he was in front of.

//8 on the defense. And 8 on the offense.//
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Post by: DeadJim on May 23 2015, 10:17 PM
The man stared at the Wyvern with bulging eyes as the fire consumed him and the building.

//5.//

***

Naeleen, Cranky and Doodles landed on the ground with a thud.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 23 2015, 10:20 PM
"Ooh!" moaned Cranky, "I think I landed on my head."

"You ok Naeleen?" asked Doodles.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 23 2015, 10:27 PM
With the wyvern distracted, the guard helping Gort jumped back up and helped reload and aim the ballista. They had just gotten it into position, when the wyvern turned back toward them. There was no escaping this time as the wyvern reached over the ballista and bite down on the guard with its massive maw. It shook him around a little, then hurled him off in a random direction, sending him screaming through the air and over a building.

***

"I got it!" Al exclaimed, pulling out a black bottle marked with a big, red X.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 24 2015, 03:11 PM
"I'm okay." Naeleen moaned.

***

Gort drew his dagger but didn't advance toward the wyvern.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 24 2015, 04:32 PM
Taking advantage of the wyvern being distracted again, Al charged forward and hurled the vile at it. The throw was good, but the wyvern moved and the vile simply ricocheted off the creatures armor, then landed on the ground not far away. Amazingly, the bottle had not broken.

//it was a 9 against an 8//

"Grab that thing and throw it at the monster! But don't let it leak onto you!" Al screamed.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 25 2015, 07:27 AM
The vile was only a few yards from Gort, who quickly ran over and grabbed it. He then threw it at the wyvern.

//9//
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 25 2015, 03:39 PM
This time, the vile broke and the liquid potion trickled onto the monster's skin.

"Yes! That acid poison will kill anything alive!" Al declared triumphantly.

The wyvern didn't die, however, but instead wailed loudly as it began to shrink.

"Uh... what's it doing...?" one of the guard's asked.

Al adjusted his glasses in confusion.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 25 2015, 04:17 PM
"The monster is going down!" cried Doodles.

"Lets get out of here everybody!" Cranky yelled as they ran away from the Wyvern.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 25 2015, 06:45 PM
"Wait!" Naeleen yelled at Doodles and Cranky, "This is just getting fun!"

***

Gort backed up a few steps, with his dagger still at hand.

"What's going on Al?" he yelled.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 25 2015, 06:47 PM
Al looked inside his bag.

"I think I used the wrong potion..." he sighed.

The wyvern kept shrinking, then started to sprout fur, while also changed shape. Within a minute, the wyvern had turned into a little kitty-cat.

"Yep, definitely used the wrong potion." Al muttered, facepalming.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 25 2015, 06:49 PM
Ooqi then stood up, walked towards it and outstretched his hand.

"Come here little kitty." he said softly.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 25 2015, 08:14 PM
Cranky and Doodles jaws dropped.

They were completely shocked from what they saw.

"I don't believe what I just saw." gasped Doodles.

"Now we can't kill that...that...oh never mind!" complained Cranky, "He's too cute now."
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 25 2015, 08:20 PM
The cat ran toward Ooqi and hissed at him, as if it was trying to breath fire... but it couldn't, which made it run around in circles like a crazy cat.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 25 2015, 08:21 PM
Ooqi walked over to it and began to stroke it's head, hoping it wouldn't scratch him.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 25 2015, 08:23 PM
The cat kept running around, making it almost impossible for Ooqi to be able to pet it.

"This is funny!" Summer laughed.

The guards were, a bit confused, but relieved.

"You saved the town!" one of them declared, mostly in the direction of Gort.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 25 2015, 08:42 PM
Gort motioned toward Al.

"There is the man you should really thank. Without his potions the wyvern would still be... big."

Ooqi meanwhile, was still trying to catch the cat, though he had become a bit more aggressive and was trying to pick it up.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 25 2015, 08:53 PM
Summer was laughing at Ooqi trying the catch the cat, which now seemed to be specifically running away from him.

"Why, thank you. It only goes to prove that wit wins battles." Al boasted to the guards.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 25 2015, 08:58 PM
"Like speaking of men," interrupted Doodles, "Where's the commander?"
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Post by: DeadJim on May 25 2015, 09:09 PM
The commander, who somehow managed to disappear again, appeared from an alley.

"Good job men! We have successfully completed our mission!" he shouted with pride, "I knew we were a great team the moment we met!"

"Morry, where were you?" Gort whispered as he walked towards him, trying not to attract a lot of attention.

"I was off fighting other battles!" he snapped back. "Do not question me!"

"What other battles?"

"I said don't question me!!"

"Daddy!" Naeleen yelled as she ran up to him, "Did you see me fall off the roof? Did you? Did you!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 25 2015, 09:14 PM
At that moment, the jovial mood was interrupted by a person who ran frantically into the street, screaming.

"Bathelor's General Goods store has been robbed! And he and his wife have been murdered! I-it-it must have occurred during the dragon attack!" the panicked villager exclaimed.

"That's terrible... he was always such a nice crooked merchant..." Summer said sadly.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 25 2015, 09:21 PM
"Who would do such a stupid thing like that?" Cranky wondered.

"You don't think that the monster was some sort of trick do you?" asked Doodles.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 25 2015, 09:23 PM
"Hmm, the pigeon may be onto something there." Al agreed, "Though it is more likely some opportunistic brigand just decided on a whim to rob the store while the guards were distracted."
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Post by: DeadJim on May 25 2015, 09:26 PM
"I don't know, but I think we should investigate." Gort said sternly.

"Why? That's not our responsibility." the commander stated.

"Well it should be if we allowed it to happen!" Gort yelled back.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 25 2015, 09:32 PM
"Technically, the guards allowed it to happen. We didn't, since we weren't supposed to prevent such a thing to begin with, and us fighting the wyvern was not a dereliction of any duty, since we never had a duty to derelict to begin with." Al pointed out.

"Ugg..." Summer facepalmed.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 25 2015, 09:35 PM
"Daddy, did you see me fall? It was awesome!" Naeleen said, tugging at the commander's shirt.

"I don't care if it wasn't our responsibility! We should still find out what happened!" Gort yelled. "Can someone show me the way to this location?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 25 2015, 09:37 PM
Summer hiked a finger at the store a little ways behind them in town, with the name painted on it in big, bright, red lettering.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 25 2015, 09:44 PM
"Is that the store that's been robbed?" asked Doodles.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 25 2015, 09:45 PM
"Aye, th-that's it." the horrified villager nodded.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 25 2015, 09:46 PM
"Well I'm going to investigate!" Gort said firmly as he began to walk towards it.

"Wait for me!" Ooqi yelled as he made one final attempt to grab the cat.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 25 2015, 09:48 PM
The cat evaded his grasp and hid behind a wagon wheel.

Summer and Al also followed Gort.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 25 2015, 09:58 PM
"Uh Mr. Dwarf." Cranky interrupted, "I have a question, do you think that one of your potions might of turn that monster back to the way it was? I mean, if those crooks planned this out by turning that cat into a Wyvern so that we might be distracted."
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 25 2015, 10:03 PM
"You mean, you think the wyvern was originally a cat?" Al asked.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 25 2015, 10:07 PM
"I was meaning that one of your potions might have some sort of spell that turns them back to normal." answered Cranky, "Do you think you threw one of them at him?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 25 2015, 10:10 PM
"No, I don't think so. That potion was supposed to be a deadly poison... but I read that there is a cat transformation potion that has very similar ingredients." Al replied, "That's probably what I had there."
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Post by: Shawnex on May 26 2015, 01:18 PM
"Huh. That's weird." said Cranky, "How long will those potions last after you gave one of them?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 27 2015, 01:26 PM
"I don't know." Al shrugged, "Maybe a few hours, maybe forever."

The entered the store and found a man sprawled over the counter, dead from a stab wound. Any sort of money he kept behind the counter had been stolen, as well as the weapons rack was broken into and looted. There was also some of his dry-good food missing. Not that everyone would notice this if they hadn't been to the store before.

"Who would do such a thing?" Summer asked.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 27 2015, 01:41 PM
"You tell me. We've only just arrived in this town." Gort responded while examining the weapons rack, "Did they have any enemies?"

"That is to obvious of a question!" The commander said as he walked in, "Here is a better one, what did the killers hope to accomplish in this act of violence? What was their upbringing? Where they emotionally distressed from a fluke event in their childhood?!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 27 2015, 01:44 PM
"Possibly. The psychology of a killer is very complex." Al remarked.

"No it's not." Summer disagreed.

"Yes it is."

"No it's not."
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Post by: DeadJim on May 27 2015, 01:47 PM
"Miss Summer, did the Bathelor's have any enemies?" Gort asked again.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 27 2015, 01:50 PM
"Well, he didn't always do things totally legal... but I don't think he did anything bad enough make someone this mad at him." Summer replied.

"Clearly it was more than simple revenge. Note that the place has been thoroughly robbed and ransacked. Possibly by multiple individuals." Al commented, walking around the building and moving toward the stairs near the back.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 27 2015, 02:06 PM
"What kind of multiple individuals?" asked Doodles.

"Not that I know of." answered Cranky, "But if you ask you me, I think those bad guys might be up to something really bad."
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 27 2015, 02:20 PM
The guards were already searching through the place, when the mayor burst in.

"What is going on here? Who are these people?" he demanded.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 27 2015, 02:30 PM
Naeleen burst in behind him.

"I fell off a building and no one wants to hear about it! Well that's fine! I'll just go jump off one now!" She yelled as she turned around and walked out.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 27 2015, 02:45 PM
"What? Dragons, murders, little girls jumping off buildings? Why does this kind of stuff always happen to my town!?" the mayor cried.

"Do you think you can figure this out, brother?" Summer inquired of her dwarven sibling.

"Possibly, but it may take some time." he replied.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 28 2015, 07:58 PM
"This is getting confusing." whispered Doodles, "Naeleen wants to jump off buildings, thieves invaded this store, and now the mayor arrived."

"I don't think this is our business, Doodles." Cranky replied.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 30 2015, 05:13 PM
"What is your business?" Summer asked.

"All of you get out! Out!" the mayor yelled, "The guards will handle this."

"Excuse me, sir, but I believe I can be--" Al started to say.

"Out!" the mayor roared.

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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 01 2015, 10:19 AM
"What a spoiled brat." Cranky said to himself, "Maybe he needs a vacation."
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 02 2015, 10:03 AM
"This man is right," Ooqi sarcastically said, "look at how well the guards handled the wyvern! I'm sure they'll do just as well with this!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 02 2015, 11:38 AM
"Very well, but we will still expect payment for handling the Wyvern." Al stated.

"You handled the wyvern?!" the mayor exclaimed in surprise.

"We did." Al responded, motioning to the other folks in the room.

The mayor looked around, then stopped on Summer, who was sneaking marbles into her pockets from a jar. She noticed him watching her and smiled sheepishly, before dropping the marbles back into the jar.

"I'll see to it that you are rewarded for that... if it is true. But leave the crime scene investigation to someone who knows what they are doing." the mayor responded with a huff, "Guards, clear the building."

He then stomped out the front door and headed back to the city hall.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 02 2015, 12:49 PM
"I hate to say it guys," Doodles admitted, "But I think he has a point here, maybe we should leave this scene to someone else."

"True, but I still think that mayor is...weird." said Cranky.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 02 2015, 12:57 PM
"Let's get out of here. We've got better things to do!" The commander said as he followed behind the mayor.

Gort sighed as he motioned for Ooqi, Summer and Al to follow him.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 02 2015, 12:59 PM
"Where are you guys going?" Cranky asked.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 02 2015, 01:00 PM
Al reluctantly followed. Summer did far more quickly, wanting to get away from the suspicious glare of the mayor.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 02 2015, 01:02 PM
"Come on birds!" Ooqi said as he followed the others.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 02 2015, 01:04 PM
The birds looked at each other with confused looks, but followed them anyway.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 02 2015, 01:12 PM
"Boss, are we hiring the birds?" Summer asked, jogging up to the commander.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 02 2015, 01:13 PM
"Sure! Why not! Naeleen needs some better pets anyway!" the commander responded.

Gort facepalmed.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 02 2015, 01:45 PM
Cranky and Doodles were surprisingly shocked from they heard from the commander.

"Doodles and I hired on your team?!?" Cranky asked.

"And as pets for Naeleen?!?" Doodles added with their eyes wide open, "Are you out of your mind?!?"

"We can't be part of your team. We're birds, not mercenaries!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 02 2015, 01:48 PM
"You could be scouts. You find stuff for us." Summer suggested.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 02 2015, 02:03 PM
"And if worse comes to worse, we can eat you!" Ooqi joked.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 02 2015, 02:06 PM
"Hmm, never thought of anything like that." remarked Doodles, "That could be easy for us two to be scouts."

"And what would we get if we join you." Cranky asked.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 02 2015, 02:26 PM
"Um... I dunno. That's the boss's call." Summer shrugged.

"Might I point out that we are standing in the middle of the road." Al interrupted.

The wyvern-cat was wandering around behind the group. For the record, the cat was green because that's the color the wyvern had been.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 04 2015, 12:16 PM
Naeleen, meanwhile, was jumping off a building.

"Wee!" She screamed.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 04 2015, 02:44 PM
At that moment, two men were hauling a bathtub out of that very building.

"This tub is so heavy!" the tall one complained.

"Well if you didn't fill it with water first it'd be a lot easier!" the fat one snapped back.

"But I thought tubs would break if they were moved without water?" the tall one stated.

"WHAT!? Who told you that?" the fat one roared, setting his end of the tub down and walking around the side.

"Serri did!" the tall one replied, setting his end down as well and walking around the other side so he was standing opposite the fat one.

"I've told a thousand times, not everything Serri says is true! And another thing--" the fat one started to say.

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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 04 2015, 05:05 PM
At that moment Naeleen fell into the tub, with a large burst of water splashing out after she landed.

"Whoa! That was great!" she gasped as she sat up.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 04 2015, 05:08 PM
Both men were now soaking wet.

"Now we got to go fill it back up again..." the tall one sighed.

"I told you---!!!" the fat one shouted.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 04 2015, 05:14 PM
"Hi!" Naeleen said as she smiled at both men, "Do you guys want to fight?"
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 05 2015, 09:56 AM
"Uh oh." whispered Doodles to the others, "Here we go again."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 05 2015, 03:42 PM
The two men stopped arguing, looked down at Naeleen, and blinked several times.

"Duh... I dunno. Do we wanna fight, boss?" the tall one asked.

The fat one facepalmed.

"Should I go get her?" Summer asked.

Al shrugged.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 07 2015, 06:02 AM
"That would be great." Gort whispered to Summer, making sure the commander couldn't hear.

"Please! Please, please, please!" Naeleen pleaded with the two men.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 07 2015, 08:17 AM
Summer ran over to Naeleen.

"Naeleen, we need to get going now." she urged.

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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 07 2015, 04:01 PM
"Yippee!" Naeleen screeched as she jumped out of the tub and grabbed Summer's hand, "I know where we're going! I know where we're going! Yippee!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 07 2015, 04:21 PM
The two movers looked at each-other in confusion, then resumed arguing.

Summer led Naeleen back to the group.

"So where are we going next?" Al asked Gort.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 10 2015, 06:25 AM
Gort was about to reply when the commander started to speak.

"We shall go north to Evenfeed! I love that village! That's where I grew up..."

"Morry, that might not be a good idea," Gort cautioned, "remember the last time..."

"Oh rubbish! We shall go to Evenfeed!"

The commander then started walking off in a random direction.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 10 2015, 02:13 PM
Soon, The Special Force™ was on the road toward Evenfeed, with the green wyvern-cat following at a distance. The area remained a mix of open fields with occasional woodland, just like the last town. Evenfeed was less than a day's journey by foot, and by nightfall the group had arrived in the town.

Evenfeed was a small town that originally had been a family homestead. Eventually the hired hands had become numerous enough that it classified as a small town. Still, it was smaller than the last town and had little of interest. The inn, tavern, blacksmith and general goods were all in one long building, surrounded by smaller shacks and some houses. It wasn't very impressive.

"So why did we come here again?" Summer inquired, stopping in the middle of the street to survey the town in a quick visual sweep.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 10 2015, 02:19 PM
"Why do we ever!" Ooqi sighed.

"Because I need to consult with my chief adviser." The commander said as he confidently walked through the town.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 10 2015, 02:20 PM
"I wonder who that could be." Al mused, rubbing his chin.

Summer leaned over and whispered into his ear.

"It's his mama." she giggled.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 10 2015, 02:31 PM
"You didn't tell us that you had a chief adviser." Cranky said.

"Uh...is he a bird like us?" Doodles asked.

"Oh Doodles." Cranky moaned glaring at him.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 10 2015, 02:48 PM
Gort glared at the birds, but the commander apparently hadn't noticed they said anything. Instead, he continued to walk out of the town, to a nearby grove of trees. He stopped in front of one particular tree, a rather sad looking scraggly one, and began to speak.

"Oh wise one! I come to you for help, for I am troubled by the lack of interest in my most noble endeavor!"

Ooqi rolled his eyes while Gort facepalmed.

"I await your most wise, wonderful, and willing response!" the commander finished, with his arms outstretched to the sky.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 10 2015, 02:55 PM
"Uh commander," interrupted Doodles, "I hate to interrupt, but don't you think that your over acting like a crazy wizard?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 10 2015, 02:55 PM
Suddenly a small door slid open from within the tree. An old woman's face was revealed on the other side.

"Eh? Who is it?" she asked in a shrill voice, "Oh wait... I know you. You're one of my kids."
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 10 2015, 02:58 PM
"Mommy!" the commander shrieked with his arms still outstretched, "I have come to ask for your most wonderful advice!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 10 2015, 03:02 PM
"Eh, I already advised you yesterday. I told you to marry that girl and have kids down in Halfton." the woman replied, then paused, "No wait, that was a different boy on a different day about a different girl in a different town... Well then, do come in, please!"

She opened the door, revealing a stairway leading into an underground burrow.

"That is soooo cool." Summer gawked.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 10 2015, 03:03 PM
Naeleen ran past everyone, down the stairs, and into a wall.

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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 10 2015, 03:13 PM
"Naeleen, would you watch where you're going!" Cranky snapped.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 10 2015, 03:16 PM
"Please, everyone have a seat and I'll cook you all a pot of my infamous coalfish and sweet potato stew!" the woman declared, before going over and grabbing a broom, which she used to sweep the dirt floor.

"I'm starting to wonder about all this..." Al mused softly.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 10 2015, 03:18 PM
"That's okay Mrs. Morrison, we ate at our last stop." Ooqi said as he sat down.

"I didn't!" Naeleen said as she peeled herself off the wall.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 10 2015, 03:20 PM
"Oh no! I insist!" Mrs. Morrison replied, taking the dirt she'd swept off the dirt floor and poring it into her laundry basket.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 10 2015, 03:25 PM
Doodles had a puzzled look on his face looking at Mrs. Morrison.

"Don't look now guys." he whispered to the others, "But that woman is giving me the creeps."
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 10 2015, 03:26 PM
Ooqi and Gort's eyes widened as they looked to see if Mrs. Morrison had heard.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 10 2015, 03:29 PM
"The creeps? Oh, you mean the neighbors? Yeah, they live in pond on the other side of the road. They're very strange, so if you want them, please take them. Though, they're not mine to give. They belong to Yog, the overlord of the underworld. Or was it the underlord of the overworld? I never could get that right." Mrs. Morrison babbled on.

Al began edging back toward the stairs to leave.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 10 2015, 03:31 PM
"Mommy! Remember, I needed help!" the commander whined.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 10 2015, 03:32 PM
"Oh, oh yes! What can I do for you, son?" Mrs. Morrison asked as she put the broom away... under the sheets of her bed.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 10 2015, 03:35 PM
The commander sat down in a child's chair that was obviously too small to hold him, but for some reason didn't break.

"Now Mommy, I don't know what to do next. I got my force assembled like you said, but now I don't know what to do!"

Ooqi rolled his eyes.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 10 2015, 03:38 PM
"Go to the capital and begin that traveling troop of actors you always wanted to form... no wait, that was the blond girl. You're the one who wanted the mercenary army... hmm... Perhaps you should find a bad guy who needs to be killed and kill him?" Mrs. Morrison suggested, whilst getting out a big pot, filling it with water, and beginning to put empty glass jars into it.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 10 2015, 03:39 PM
"A bad guy... a bad guy..." the commander thought out loud, "do any of you guys know a bad guy?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 10 2015, 03:42 PM
Al shook his head.

"We... could just go looking for one?" Summer suggested.

"Oh don't be ridiculous!" the old woman snapped, "Everyone knows you don't find the bad guys; they find you!"

As the water in the pot began boiling, she began to drop whole potatoes and globs of sugar into the pot.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 10 2015, 03:47 PM
"That's because they want to cause trouble as always." Cranky replied.

"You're absolutely right Cranky." agreed Doodles, "That's what they do alright."
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 10 2015, 04:00 PM
"Great! Thanks mommy! I need to go have some bad guys find me now!" the commander stood up and started to walk up the stairs.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 10 2015, 04:07 PM
"Goodbye son. Be sure to stop by next time you pass through!" Mrs. Morrison said with a wave, as she began stirring the pot with a sword.

Al was quick to exit the burrow.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 10 2015, 04:15 PM
"But I haven't eaten yet!" Naeleen pouted as she crossed her arms. Gort and Ooqi looked at each other before they each grabbed one of her arms and carried her out of the burrow.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 10 2015, 04:17 PM
Once everyone was outside, the door shut behind them.

"Now what?" Summer asked.

***

Some time later, the group was continuing Northward on the road. They'd all been silent for most of the walk, but this was broken when Al spoke up.

"So, I take it your mom has a lot of kids?" he inquired of the commander.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 15 2015, 12:49 PM
"I guess. Mommy never has told me how many there are." the commander stated calmly.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 15 2015, 01:07 PM
"You don't know how many siblings you have?" Al asked, raising an eyebrow.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 16 2015, 11:34 AM
"If you did, then you don't have to worry about leaving your house unsecured." laughed Doodles.

Cranky looked confused.

"I don't even get what you're saying." he said.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 16 2015, 12:45 PM
"I got it!" Naeleen responded as she looked at Doodles.

"Of course I don't know how many siblings I have," the commander stated,  "no one can actually be sure of that fact, just like no one can be sure how many husbands their mommy has had."

"I once tried to figure out how many times his mom got married," Ooqi complained to Al, "it's just not possible."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 16 2015, 01:48 PM
"My mom got married once! It lasted for a whole five hours!" Summer exclaimed excitedly.

Al sighed.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 16 2015, 03:17 PM
"Wow! That's amazing!" Naeleen squealed in awe.

Gort facepalmed.

"Well... at least they knew right away it wasn't working." Ooqi said as he shrugged.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 16 2015, 03:18 PM
"What wasn't working?" Summer inquired.

Al copied Gort's action.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 16 2015, 03:19 PM
"The marriage," Ooqi responded, "sounds like they got sick of each other fast."
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 16 2015, 03:29 PM
"Not our problem." boasted Cranky, "Because neither Doodles nor I wanted to get married in the first place."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 16 2015, 03:52 PM
"The marriage...?" Summer pondered.

"You see, Orcs don't have marriage in the traditional sense. Even though our mother was raised by Dwarves and with Dwarven customs, to find another Orc who had a shared world view was impossible. Or seemingly so... Summer's father pretended to have a similar life experience and outlook. But he was simply taking advantage of our mother." Al explained.

"But she got me out of it!" Summer cheered.

"I was adopted later." Al added.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 16 2015, 03:54 PM
"That's... nice." Ooqi stuttered.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 16 2015, 03:59 PM
"We don't talk about him." Summer added.

"Except now." Summer countered.

"Or when mom isn't around."

"Which is actually quite often."

"So we don't actually not talk about him. We just don't talk about him at home."

"Because mom killed him."

"Which was a little extreme."

"But he deserved it."

"There are better ways."

"Well yeah, that are less messy."

Al facepalmed again.

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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 16 2015, 04:03 PM
"Summer, Al." Cranky spoke up, "Can we talk about that later and figure out what we're going to do."
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 16 2015, 04:04 PM
"But I actually found that interesting..." Ooqi muttered.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 16 2015, 04:07 PM
"Where are we going, exactly?" Summer wondered.

"I think there's a moderate-sized fort a couple days up the road. Maybe they're be something interesting for us there." Al suggested.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 16 2015, 04:09 PM
"Like headhunters?" Doodles gulped.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 16 2015, 04:11 PM
"I doubt that." Gort answered.

"You never know Gorty!" The commander said as stopped and stood tall, "We will be open to any trial or tribulation that will cross our path! Any foe that will stand in our way! Any bad guys who will do bad things!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 16 2015, 04:13 PM
Summer clapped.

"That's all well and good, but we should keep moving if we want to reach a village with an Inn before nightfall. I'd hate to have to sleep outside this time of year." Al stated.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 16 2015, 04:15 PM
"Bad things are right." Doodles agreed, "We almost got turned into pillows from that manager back in our town."
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 16 2015, 04:26 PM
"Then let us continue!" The commander shouted as he started walking.

They continued for a few more hours till they reached Tinnersvint, a village slightly larger than Evenfeed. There was a long, narrow street which all the buildings faced. There was a sad looking Inn on the very edge of the town, which the Special Force™ then entered.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 16 2015, 04:28 PM
"I hope there aren't any ghost in there." Doodles said shaking a little.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 16 2015, 04:31 PM
Within the dimly-lit, sad-looking Inn where a handful of travelers. Oddly quite a few people were on the road these days. Among them was the man that the commander had encountered at the first village, who had directed him to the mercenary guild, though now he was no longer in travelers clothes but rather a suit of leather armor. Whether the commander recognized him or not, the man did recognize the commander.

"Ah, top of the evening to you, old being." he greeted the commander as the group walked in, "I see you managed to find some additional associates."
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 16 2015, 04:45 PM
"Of course I did!" The commander boasted, right before pausing to try to figure out who this guy was. "Um... I remember you! Your mommy's 14th child, right!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 16 2015, 04:48 PM
The man's smile turned into a confused, nervous chuckle.

"Um, I believe you have me confused for someone else. We met at the tavern in a village south of here. Cannot for the life of me remember what the place was called. Then I recommended you visit the mercenary guild." the man responded.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 16 2015, 04:49 PM
"Oh... of course! Well let's talk about old times!" The commander said as he put his arm around his shoulder.

"I'll go get us some rooms." Gort sighed.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 16 2015, 04:51 PM
"Are there any nests around?" asked Cranky.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 16 2015, 04:54 PM
"Old... times..." the man continued his nervous chuckle.

The commander may notice the man he was talking to was sitting with three other men. All of them well-armed. One had a Northman-style helmet and some fur-lined leather armor, while sporting a long orange beard. Another had chainmail and a nasal helmet. The last had partial chain-mail vest, but most of his clothing was baggy robes. He also was wearing a bandana. This one had the darkest skin tint.

Summer nudged Cranky and pointed at the rafters.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 16 2015, 04:56 PM
"Well I guess it's better than nothing." said Cranky, "Come on Doodles."

"But what if an owl or a ghost might get us?" asked Doodles.

"Relax will ya. There's nothing to be afraid of, especially for the rest of the night." replied Cranky.

Doodles gulped.

"Ok. If you say so." he agreed and they flew to the rafters.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 18 2015, 06:21 PM
"Perhaps we should look into settling in our rooms." Al suggested to the commander, wanting to steer him away from the rough customers at the table.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 18 2015, 07:42 PM
"Rooms? Oh yes, rooms! Such a smart lad, isn't he?" The commander said again to the man. He was about to say something else when Ooqi pulled him away from the table.

The Special Force™ then ascended up a narrow flight of stairs to their rooms. The commander, Al, Gort, and Ooqi went into one room, while Summer and Naeleen went to another. The rooms were dark, dusty, and full of cobwebs, while the floors creaked as they walked in.

"Well this is... cozy." Ooqi remarked as he shut the door.

***

Naeleen jumped on a bed, sending a cloud of dust into the air.

"This is awesome! I want to live here!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 19 2015, 09:23 AM
"I've been in worse..." Al commented, "For about five minutes."

***

"Why? The place is full of spiders." Summer asked.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 19 2015, 09:26 AM
"It will do. We'll only be here one night anyway." Gort replied as he tried to brush some... something off the bed.

"I'm afraid of the dark, does anyone have a night-candle?" the commander whispered.

***

"It's spooky! And spooky makes me think of back home..." she quieted down at this point.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 19 2015, 09:30 AM
"Science has proven that there is absolutely nothing about the dark to fear. After all, darkness is merely an absence of light and cannot cause any form of physical harm." Al pointed out, "It's just everything else when it's dark that you have to worry about."

***

"You lived in a spooky place?" Summer asked.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 19 2015, 09:37 AM
The commander fainted.

"Good, now we don't need to light a stupid candle!" Ooqi said in relief.

***

"Yeah... my mom liked spooky things." Naeleen said with a touch of sadness in her voice, "some people say she had magic powers."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 19 2015, 09:41 AM
Al simply nodded in agreement, then climbed into one of the beds. Assuming there is more than one bed. If there isn't, then this will be an uncomfortable night.

***

"Like a witch?"
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 19 2015, 10:05 AM
There were only two beds in the room, so Gort chose to sleep on the floor, which seemed to be cleaner. The commander was placed on one of the other beds, while Ooqi went on the other with Al.

***

"I don't know. The people in our village thought so... that's why she left, I guess." Naeleen laid down in the bed and shut her eyes.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 19 2015, 10:08 AM
"Where is your mom now?" Summer asked.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 19 2015, 10:13 AM
Naeleen didn't hear her, because somehow she had fallen asleep in ten seconds.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 19 2015, 10:14 AM
Summer just sighed then tried to fall asleep herself.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 19 2015, 10:18 AM
A few hours had gone by when the commander jolted upright.

"Did you hear that?" he loudly whispered.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 19 2015, 10:20 AM
"I did not hear anything, go back to sleep, sir." Al replied.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 19 2015, 10:22 AM
Suddenly there was a loud hideous screech, "OOOOOOOOEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!"

"Did you hear that!" The commander yelled as he got out of bed.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 19 2015, 09:27 PM
"It sounded like a coyote." a half-asleep Al muttered dismissively.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 25 2015, 06:18 AM
"MWAHAHAHAHAHA! I'M COMING! I'M COMING! MWAHAHAHAHAHA!"

When he heard this the commander screamed and hid under his blankets.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 25 2015, 07:39 AM
"That coyote's a real jerk." Al commented, groggily getting up and fetching his potion bag.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 25 2015, 04:33 PM
"Would you guys be quiet!" Ooqi moaned as he covered his ears, right before the alleged coyote started up again. This time though, the sound seemed much closer.

"Do you not fear me? You will all die tonight, and then you will fear me!" It threatened before cackling again, "MWAHAHA!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 25 2015, 04:49 PM
"Don't be ridiculous!" Al declared, seeming to not grasp what was going on, "If we are dead, then we will be incapable of feeling fear. Therefor, the only way for you to make us fear you is to do something that does not cau--"

He was interrupted by Summer smashing the door open, carrying Naeleen on her shoulders.

"Did you guys hear that!? There are demons in the building!" she exclaimed.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 25 2015, 06:08 PM
Then all of a sudden, Doodles and Cranky zoomed in through the window.

"RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!" Cranky yelled.

"SAVE US AL!" Doodles added as they hid behind Al.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 25 2015, 07:30 PM
"Everyone please, calm down. I'm sure there is a perfectly logical explanation for this." Al tried to sooth everyone's fears.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 28 2015, 08:24 PM
"Then explain to us who is trying to scare us!" Cranky snapped.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 29 2015, 02:13 PM
"It's the ghost of Mektora! He is coming to kill me!" the commander screeched from underneath his blankets.

"No Daddy," Naeleen said, though she was still half asleep, "Uncle Torrey never kills anyone at night."

"You're right..." he admitted as he uncovered his head, "he doesn't. What a relief!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 29 2015, 02:17 PM
"Also, ghosts are physically incapable of killing anyone. Since they have no body, there is therefor no way they can inflict harm upon a person." Al pointed out.

"Unless it uses telekihoosis!" Summer blurted out, eyes still bugged-out.

"Telekinesis? Oh, that's magic. Completely different field of study." Al replied.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 29 2015, 02:22 PM
"Then who made that scary noise?" asked Doodles shaking a little.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 29 2015, 02:35 PM
Gort, who had been quiet up until this point, spoke up, "It actually could be Mektora. This would be the sort of stunt he would pull."

"But Uncle Torrey is dead. And dead people are... dead." Naeleen yawned.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 29 2015, 02:36 PM
"Who is Mektora?" Summer asked worriedly.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 29 2015, 02:47 PM
"Well, whoever that guy was," complained Cranky, "someone or something ruined our beauty sleep!"
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 29 2015, 02:55 PM
"I'm guessing this happens to you two a lot." Ooqi jabbed, "I mean, considering how awful you both look..."

"Mektora," Gort replied, completely ignoring the birds and Ooqi, "was Morry's, wife's brother. He was also once a close friend of mine."

"That was before he betrayed us all!" The commander lamented.

"No... he was just mad you married his sister." Gort replied, "And that I introduced you to her."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 29 2015, 02:59 PM
"Did you guys kill him?" Al asked.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 29 2015, 03:49 PM
"No, he died at the battle of Westinburg." Gort explained, "Him and I were about to storm the stockade, when he turned his men against mine. That battle marked the end of the Westinburg Monarchy."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 29 2015, 05:02 PM
"Oh, I never did hear the full details of that battle. Please, elaborate." Al inquired showing intense interest.

"Um, shouldn't we be worrying about the gh--"

"Silence sister! Important history or scientific information always comes first!"
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 29 2015, 05:08 PM
"What about sleep?" asked Doodles, "That's the most important thing."
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 30 2015, 07:11 AM
"I agree!" Ooqi concurred as he went back to his bed.

"DO NOT TEST ME!" the voice screeched. 

"The battle of Westinburg," Gort stated, completely ignoring the voice, "was the final battle between the Westinburg Monarchy and the Vensians. The conflict started after King Phillip of Westinburg was accused of stealing money from the treasury, and using it for his own personal use.
His advisers then deserted him and joined the Rebels from Vensia." 

Gort sat down on the commander's bed, then continued,

"At first King Phillip was able to control the rebellion, but after about a year the war turned, and the Vensians started to take control of the kingdom. Westinburg was where King Phillip resided, and when the Vensians captured it, Mektora and I were to rescue him.

"The battle began at dusk, when my legion and Mektora's legion crept toward the stockade. We were about to attack when his men turned against mine. With the combined forces of him and the Vensians we were completely outnumbered, and my legion was slaughtered. Mektora decided to keep me alive though, and he tried to convince me to join them in establishing their new government. I refused, and when their leaders failed and the empire crumbled, I was able to escape."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 30 2015, 08:37 AM
"Wow, I had no idea you had such experience." Al remarked, "But if he captured you alive, then how did Mektora die?"

Summer looked like she didn't understand what was said, or was distracted, or was still half-asleep. Or maybe all of the above.

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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 01 2015, 08:49 AM
Hopefully Summer was awake enough to realize that Naeleen was still on her shoulders asleep, and was about to fall off.

"You see," Gort continued, "right before the battle began, I crept over to Mektora's position. I had noticed a hole in the Vensian's defenses, and wanted to consult with him on the possibility of striking there. When I arrived his men seized me, and Mektora tried to convince me to join him. I refused, and that is when he sent his men to attack mine. There was no way I could warn them, for they had moved me to inside the stockade."

Gort then lowered his head.

"Mektora was never seen nor heard from again."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 01 2015, 10:44 AM
"So wait... how'd he move you into the stockade if the Vensians were still holding it?" Al asked, sounding a tad confused.

Summer was holding Naeleen's feet, so she wouldn't fall off... completely anyway.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 01 2015, 11:45 AM
"He betrayed us and joined the Vensians. Probably a few days before the battle." Gort replied.

Just then the building began to shake.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 01 2015, 11:56 AM
"Oh, I see." Al nodded, then noticed the building was shaking, "I'm not sure this structure is entirely stable."

"I'm getting out of here! Bye!" Summer exclaimed, leaving the room and heading for the front door.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jul 01 2015, 12:03 PM
"W-W-What in the world is going on?" asked Doodles now starting to become afraid.

"Must be some strong wind." replied Cranky looking towards the window.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 02 2015, 06:31 PM
Ooqi woke up and looked at the commander, who was ready to freak out, then at Gort who also looked alarmed.

"I think Summer has the right idea." Gort stated calmly as he started for the door, though he was pushed aside by the commander who had broken into a full-fledged run.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 02 2015, 06:47 PM
"If there is a storm outside, leaving the building may not be the wisest course of action." Al logically deduced, though he also got up and followed the others out of the room.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 07 2015, 10:22 AM
When they were all outside it was probably pretty noticeable that no one else in the village was awake. That is, if there were other people actually in the village.

"You know, I think this is a good place for the Special Force™ to start its first mission!" The commander spoke up with confidence in his voice.

"Oh come on Morry, there are other places where we're needed more." Gort responded.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 07 2015, 10:24 AM
"What was the mission again?" Summer asked.

"Um, to kill bad guys?" Al deadpanned.

"Oh, right." Summer replied with a slight embarrassed laugh.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 07 2015, 10:29 AM
"But there are bad guys here!" the commander responded, sounding slightly more childish.

"No, there are not!" Gort snapped back.

"How do you know that?" Ooqi responded, "I mean, it threatened to kill us. That's pretty bad."

"Let's stay!" Naeleen agreed, "I want to fight! Let's fight!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 07 2015, 10:32 AM
"I'm afraid fighting a ghost would be quite impossible. None of us have enchanted weaponry, nor are any of us a mage. We are quite helpless against the forces that defy science." Al remarked, then added under his breath, "Damn those logic-betraying heathens..."
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 07 2015, 10:37 AM
"But I want to stay!" the commander pouted.

"No!" Gort yelled back.

"Fight! Fight! Fight!" Naeleen screamed.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jul 08 2015, 06:51 PM
"WHAT ARE YOU NUTS?!?" exclaimed Cranky facing against Naeleen's face, "This mission could be dangerous! We might get killed, or have severe injuries, we would never see anybody or anything again!"

"Not to mention how expensive funerals are." added Doodles with a crossed look.   
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 08 2015, 07:17 PM
"Where are we gonna sleep then?" Summer asked worriedly.

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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 09 2015, 06:51 AM
"Fun!" Naeleen shrieked in delight as she tried to grab Cranky. She then began to dance in circles, "This will be awesome!"

"We won't sleep!" The commander responded, "We must find the bad guys, and that requires working through the night! I've decided, we're staying!"

Gort glared at him for several moments, before finally giving in,

"Fine! Let's spend our night searching for ghosts!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 09 2015, 07:33 AM
"You have still neglected to explain how we are to fight the ghosts if we find them." Al pointed-out.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 11 2015, 07:53 PM
The commander completely ignored Al and began to walk across the street towards another building. The moon lit up the streets enough for them to see, with the clouds occasionally darkening their vision.
The commander pulled out a small dagger from his pocket, and began to pry at the door.

"What are you doing Morry?" Gort asked, still very annoyed.

"Sshhh!" The commander whispered, "I'm investigating!"

"You know..."

"Sshhh! I'm working!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 11 2015, 08:01 PM
"Uh, sir... don't think you think breaking into another building will get us into trouble?" Al inquired, scurrying up behind the Commander.

Summer was nervously following people around.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 11 2015, 08:09 PM
"We're not breaking in, we're investigating!" The commander replied.

"Don't you think we should investigate somewhere besides the middle of the street?" Ooqi asked while trying to keep his distance.

"Or, you could just try to open the door." Gort suggested.

The commander paused for a moment, and tried to open the door. To his surprise, it opened.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 11 2015, 08:11 PM
"What if it's a trap?" Summer asked.

"I don't think the commander is worried about traps..." Al sighed.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 11 2015, 08:28 PM
"Let's go!" the commander said as he charged into the building.

"This can't end good..." Ooqi sighed as he reluctantly followed.

Gort also entered the building, and by this time Naeleen was sound asleep.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 11 2015, 08:40 PM
Al sighed and followed Gort. Summer stayed by the door.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jul 11 2015, 08:48 PM
"I think it would be a good idea that Cranky and I will wait out here." suggested Doodles, "To stay off of trouble."

"That's what I would say." agreed Cranky.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 11 2015, 09:11 PM
So the commander, Al, Gort, and Ooqi entered the building. The floor boards creaked as they crept further in, with the pitch-black darkness being pierced by a single match held by the commander. There were barrels scattered throughout the room, with layers of dust covering them. The commander went up to a random barrel and began to open it, while thoughtlessly tossing the match toward Al.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 11 2015, 09:13 PM
Al just side-stepped the match, then stomped it out when it reached the floor. Probably throwing the room into darkness again.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 11 2015, 09:21 PM
"What the...?" the commander started to say. 

A moment passed before Gort lit another match.

"Morry?" he asked, noticing the commander was nowhere to be seen. The barrel which the commander had been trying to open was still sitting there, though the top was now cleaned off, if anyone noticed.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 12 2015, 09:02 AM
"He appears to be gone..." Al noted, looking around the room a couple times, before randomly looking into the barrel.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 16 2015, 07:15 AM
If there was enough light in the room to see, Al would notice what seemed to be a ladder leading down through the barrel. The lid which had been removed was also peculiar, with one side being clean and the other quite dusty.

"Maybe he ran outside..." Ooqi offered while edging toward the door.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 16 2015, 05:42 PM
"Probably." Al replied, setting his bag down and shuffling through it to find the right bottle.

After a moment he pulled out a metal flask with a strap and uncorked it. A light emitted from the hole, illuminating the room a bit better than Gort's match. Al then hung the flask around his neck and tried to climb into the barrel.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 17 2015, 09:50 AM
Ooqi stopped for a moment and stared at Al.

"Wha... what are you doing?"

***

Meanwhile, Gort walked back to the door to see if the commander was outside.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 17 2015, 03:44 PM
"Investigating something. You should probably come too." Al replied, disappearing into the barrel.

Outside, Summer was getting creeped-out by the greenish cat that was still stalking them.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jul 18 2015, 09:51 AM
"Why is he still stalking us wherever we're going." Cranky asked.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 19 2015, 06:07 AM
"Have you guys seen the commander?" Gort asked as he walked out the door.

***

"Well I'm not staying here alone!" Ooqi said nervously as he followed Al.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 19 2015, 07:38 AM
"No. I thought he was with you?" Summer replied.

***

Al reached the bottom of the ladder (unless it was very very tall) and held the light around the room a bit to see what was there.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 20 2015, 03:40 PM
"Looks like we've lost our commander..." Gort trailed off as he walked back into the building.

"Daddy?" Naeleen moaned as she slowly woke up.

***

The room had dirt walls and dirt floors, with wooden planks placed sporadically on the ground. There were three passage ways that led from the room, all of which were in pitch-black darkness. A faint clanking sound though, could be heard echoing in the distance.

"Of course there are three tunnels! Three! Why three!" Ooqi whispered as he also reached the bottom of the ladder.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 20 2015, 03:47 PM
"It's only logical. Most people don't like having only two options and a third one gives a better perception of choice." Al replied, "By the way, this is rather suspicious, so I hope you have a weapon on-hand."

***

Summer looked up at the birds, then started to follow Gort back into the building.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jul 20 2015, 03:54 PM
"Just where do you think you're going, Summer?" Cranky asked.

"It's scary in that building." Doodles said shaking a little.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 20 2015, 04:04 PM
"Yeah, it's also scary on the empty street." Summer replied.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jul 20 2015, 04:08 PM
"Well...why can't we just go back to our rooms and sleep?" asked Doodles, "It's a lot safer."
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 20 2015, 04:12 PM
Naeleen was still half asleep on Summer's shoulders. She was trying to say something to the birds, though at this point it was just a bunch of mumbling.

***

The clinking suddenly stopped, and footsteps could be heard approaching. Ooqi grabbed his bow and loaded it with an arrow, though he didn't aim it.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 20 2015, 04:14 PM
Al remained where he was, not sure if he should douse the light or not.

***

Summer entered the building and looked around for Gort.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jul 20 2015, 04:32 PM
The birds just frowned.

"Oh sure!" Cranky complained, "Go in there and risk your life in some old scary building."

"Well, as we always say," Doodles began saying, "People are always stupid."

"I totally agree with you Doodles. They just think that they're smart on all things. Well going in that building is not a smart idea."

Then an owl's hoo sound echoes through the sky.

"On a second thought," Cranky admitted, "going in that building is a smart idea."

Then they flew into the building as quickly as they can.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 20 2015, 04:56 PM
Gort, who apparently hadn't seen Al or Ooqi climb into the barrel, was near the back of the room looking at a door. He figured it led to a back storeroom, which was where he wanted to start looking around. He gently rattled the doorknob, to see if it was locked. After finding it was, he began to pick the lock, while softly whispering to whoever might be close by.

"Isn't it peculiar, that the front door is open, yet an inside door isn't?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 20 2015, 04:58 PM
"I'm more wondering where the rest of the boys went..." Summer replied.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 20 2015, 05:00 PM
"They'll be fine," Gort replied, "splitting up often helps speed up an investigation anyway."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 20 2015, 05:01 PM
"I... hope so..." Summer replied nervously.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jul 20 2015, 05:04 PM
"When was the last time you saw them, Gort?" asked Doodles.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 20 2015, 05:08 PM
"They'll be fine," Gort assured them, "they are old enough to take care of themselves. And at this point they're investigating like us, not missing."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 20 2015, 05:09 PM
"Shoooh how's the lockpicking going?" Summer asked after a moment.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 20 2015, 05:35 PM
"This isn't working..." Gort declared as he stood up, "I don't suppose any of you know how to pick a lock?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 20 2015, 05:35 PM
"I know how to smash a door." Summer offered.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jul 20 2015, 05:39 PM
"Cranky knows how to knock a door with his beak." Doodles joked.

Cranky glared at Doodles.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 20 2015, 05:47 PM
Gort also glared at Doodles, before smiling and grabbing him. He shoved his beak into the key hole, while turning him in random directions.

"Maybe this will work..." Gort muttered.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 20 2015, 05:48 PM
Summer's eyes went wide in surprised first, then she chuckled a little.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jul 20 2015, 05:51 PM
Doodles moaned loudly with his beak closed while being turned with the keyhole.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 20 2015, 06:03 PM
There suddenly was a *click*, and the door opened slightly.

"Good bird!" Gort whispered as he let go of Doodles. He then cautiously walked into the room, which was filled with crates along with barrels.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jul 20 2015, 06:07 PM
"Oooooh!" groaned Doodles, "My beak."

"Have no idea your short beak would do the trick." Cranky said as the followed Gort.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 20 2015, 06:07 PM
Summer had to duck so Naeleen wouldn't hit the doorframe.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 20 2015, 06:32 PM
Gort walked up to one of the crates, and was about to pry it open when he felt a blade to his back. He slowly turn around, where a masked figure motioned for him to drop the dagger. Gort did so, and then looked at the others.

"Did you guys see him coming?"
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Post by: Shawnex on Jul 20 2015, 06:40 PM
"Who?" asked Cranky, "I don't see anybody. It's too dark."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 20 2015, 06:50 PM
"Nooo..." Summer drawled.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 20 2015, 06:57 PM
The room was then filled with light, as several figures emerged with lanterns and swords. The one who was behind Gort then began to speak,

"You all have been looking where you shouldn't have."
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Post by: Shawnex on Jul 20 2015, 07:32 PM
"Hey! What the heck is going here?" asked Doodles looking allover the room, "Is this a family reunion?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 20 2015, 07:33 PM
"You were leaving a door unlocked where you shouldn't have." Summer pointed-out innocently.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 21 2015, 06:32 AM
"Shut up!" the man shouted as he and two other men forced them up a staircase, which was hidden behind some stacked crates. They then found themselves in a large room, at the end of which sat a figure shrouded in darkness, who motioned them to come closer.

***

Meanwhile, Al and Ooqi had cautiously listened to the approaching footsteps, until they sounded extremely close. Ooqi raised his bow as he prepared to shoot at one of the three tunnels.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 21 2015, 10:42 AM
Summer waited for Gort, though at this point she lifted Naeleen off her shoulders and lowered her to the ground.

***

"Where's it coming from?" Al wondered, looking around.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 22 2015, 03:01 PM
Gort, who had no intention of going any closer, started glancing around the room.

"Already planning an escape route? I expected no less from you, Count Gortonias," the figure began, "though I expected your companions would be... older."

"I'll be nine soon!" Naeleen perked up, as she approached the figure, "I'm almost a grown-up! And when I'm a grown-up, I'm going to conquer the world, and have a day each year dedicated to fighting!"

"Yes," the figure stammered, "I'm... sure you'll do well..."

"Thank you!" Naeleen replied as she started wandering aimlessly around the room.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 22 2015, 09:22 PM
"You know Mr. Gort?" Summer asked the figure.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 23 2015, 07:05 AM
"I've heard of the great Count Gortonias," the figure explained, "he was the best commander of the Westinburg legions, and a great war hero. I'm just hoping that he will again be willing to fight for the monarchy."

"The monarchy?" Gort questioned, "The monarchy is dead, along with the Westinburg bloodline."

"That, dear Count, is where you are mistaken. King Phillip had heirs to the thrown; heirs that he sent away at the start of the rebellion. They still survive today, and are willing to fight to restore the Westinburg Monarchy!"

"That won't be an easy task, considering the Vensians still have a strong foothold on the region."

"Would you want it to be easy?"

"Probably not." Gort smiled.

"I found biscuits!" Naeleen yelled from the other side of the room.

***

Al and Ooqi stood silent for a few more moments, until the footsteps suddenly stopped.

"This is ridiculous!" Ooqi said with disgust, "I'm going to go after whatever that is!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 23 2015, 08:17 AM
"Did we just go from being captured to being offered a job?" Summer asked, looking a tad confused.

***

"I'll be right behind you." Al offered.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jul 23 2015, 01:09 PM
"Now just listen to me, Buster!" Cranky snapped at the figure, "I don't know who you are or what's your business, but we don't have time to deal with you guys!"

"He's absolutely right, sir." Doodles agreed, "Who do you think you are anyway?"
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 23 2015, 05:39 PM
"Who I am is not important. What is important, is what we are about to do. We are going to bring peace, stability, and loyalty back by restoring the Westinburg Monarchy!"

"How inspirational..." Gort muttered under his breath.

***

After debating which tunnel to enter, Ooqi decided to go into one on the left. He had been walking for a few minutes, before he suddenly lost his footing.

"Whaaaa!" he screamed as he started to fall down a shaft.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 23 2015, 08:58 PM
"Who's we?" Summer asked.

***

Al reached out to grab Ooqi, only to get pulled down the shaft with him.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 24 2015, 07:03 AM
The figure stood up and proudly stated,

"We are the Royal Knights of the Silver Crest! The keepers of peace, the defenders of Westinburg, and the guards of the most royal heirs of the Westinburg thrown!"

As he was speaking, a dozen knights in roughly made armor emerged from the shadows. They formed two columns, one on either side of the room. They faced each other, while holding their swords at attention, forming an aisle down the middle.

***

Their fall was broken by a pool of water at the bottom of the shaft. It was actually more like a river, with a steady current leading them through a dark cavern.

"This wasn't a good idea!" Ooqi coughed as his head emerged from the water.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 24 2015, 05:28 PM
There was an awkward silence for what seemed like... well way too long. Then a teenaged girl with reddish-brown hair wearing ornate robes came into view. She started strolling elegantly through the knights, before stopping and looking back.

"Hey! Where'd you go?"

She turned around and ungracefully dashed back into wherever she had just come from and out of sight. There was the sound of some yelling back and forth, then the girl reappeared, this time in the company of a boy of the same age with similar facial features and the same hair color. They both now strode arrogantly through the knights, before the boy stepped on the girl's dress, causing her to trip and almost faceplant into the floor (luckily she caught herself before she smashed her little face).

"OW! You did that on purpose!" she yelled at him, getting back up.

"Did not!" the boy snapped back.

"Please children; let us not keep our guests waiting." an exasperated-looking attendant pleaded from behind them.

The two kids exchanged angry glares, then continued toward the group. Once in front of Gort, Summer and the birds, the attendant introduced them.

"May I present Prince Phillip II and Princess Philomena of the Westinburg family." the man announced with an officious voice.

Now that they were in better light, Gort got a good look at their faces. They looked like the spitting image of their father, almost frighteningly so. Gort had known Phillip and his wife to some degree before the revolution, though he'd never seen their children until now. Perhaps his memory was faded, but they seemed to bear no resemblance to their mother at all. It could've been something to do with King Phillip's court wizard. Phillip was an absurdly vain man, and it wouldn't seem at all out-of-character for him to have had his court wizard somehow try to magically influence the children in the womb to take on only his physical traits...

...No wonder the Westinburg monarchy fell.

***

"Well, it was your idea." Al muttered from behind Ooqi.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jul 24 2015, 08:44 PM
"Wait..." Doodles started, "If those children are a prince and a princess, then, does that mean that you're a king?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 25 2015, 09:10 AM
"Oh no no no. I am merely the loyal servant of their royal highnesses." the attendant replied.

"I think the king is dead." Summer whispered to Doodles.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 25 2015, 10:08 AM
After being taken aback by their extreme similarities to their father, Gort regained his composure and knelt on one knee before the the pair.

"My sword is yours." he said as he bowed his head.

"Well they can't have my flail!" Naeleen pouted as she crossed her arms.

***

The river was still underground, with no land or platforms for Al or Ooqi to climb onto. So they floated along for several minutes, until a faint rumbling sound could be heard.

"Wha... what's that?" Ooqi stuttered.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 25 2015, 11:22 AM
"Well thank you very much. But I'm afraid it would be too heavy for me." Philomena replied politely.

"He wasn't offering you the sword; he was offering to fight for us. Idiot." Phillip II muttered.

"Then why didn't he say so?" Philomena wondered.

"He did say so."

***

"Oh, most definitely a waterfall. What else would it be?" Al responded.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 25 2015, 11:43 AM
"Summer," Naeleen whispered, "they won't take my flail, will they?"

"I can see you will all get along just fine," the shadowed figure concluded, "now, our first course of action will be to take control of a major city; Westinburg."

"That is not a good idea." Gort disagreed as he strained to stand up, "Westinburg is too heavily guarded, and too central a position to try to attack first."

"Why don't we let the prince and princess decide?" The figure offered.

***

"A... a waterfall? Let's try to swim the other way!" Ooqi panicked.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 25 2015, 11:52 AM
"No, they won't." Summer responded, also in a whisper.

"Yes." Philomena proclaimed.

"No." Phillip II added.

"No..." Philomena changed her vote.

"Yes." Phillip II also changed his.

"Yes."

"No."

"No."

"Yes."

"Yes?"

"No."

"Yes to the no?"

"No, I mean yes."

"Really?"

"No."

The attendant cleared his throat and spoke up.

"I speak on behalf of their highnesses in stating that they are. Undecided." he noted.

***

"We should've tried that earlier. At this point it will take far too much of our energy to return to the cavern entrance." Al observed.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 25 2015, 12:00 PM
"Okay, why don't we just start at the beginning of the planing process." Gort sighed, "How many troops do we have to work with?"

"They're all present!" the figure stated proudly.

"Twelve? You expect me to take over a city with twelve men?!"

"It's a challenge, Count."

"It's suicide!"

***

"Why didn't we try it?" Ooqi asked.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 25 2015, 12:05 PM
"Um, not to mention we still have three people missing." Summer pointed-out.

***

"Because you were leading and I was waiting for you to come up with another bad idea. I was busy perfecting an equation for my cuttlefish-sunflower illumination potion." Al replied.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jul 26 2015, 10:19 AM
"Summer's right." agreed Cranky, "That is the reason why we are here before you guys showed up."

"We are? I-I-I-I mean...we are!" Doodles startled.

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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 26 2015, 05:26 PM
"You have friends missing?" the figure asked, somewhat confused.

"Yes, they were with us exploring this building." Gort responded before an alarmed look came over his face, "Wait, you mean you didn't grab them?"

"No... were we supposed to?"

"No, but they're missing in your building, so figured you had something to do with it."

"Um..." the figure turned to the attendant, "did you see them?"

***

"A what potion? Will it help us now?" Ooqi demanded.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 26 2015, 08:25 PM
"How did you expect me to see them when I was watching these two the whole time, sir?" the attendant replied indignantly.

***

"No no, it'll just provide better light. And since I have neither sunflowers nor cuttlefish on-hand to make it with, it is quite useless at the moment." Al responded calmly.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 28 2015, 11:29 AM
"Well, yes. That would be rather difficult..." the figure agreed, "So, no. We have not seen your friends."

"Do you have another exit downstairs?" Gort questioned.

"No. Just the front. It's easier to guard that way."

"A lower level?"

"No, sir. I guess your friends just vanished. So moving on, about the attack..."

***

"Well dang it, Al!" Ooqi yelled, "I swear..."

He was interrupted by both of them falling down the waterfall. When they emerged from the water, they would find themselves in a large underground lake, which was surrounded by a level platform of rock.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 28 2015, 11:32 AM
"Hey! My BROTHER is missing! I'm not agreeing to any attacks until he's found!" Summer snapped, suddenly showing her previously bottled-up Orcish temper.

***

But because the only light was Al's potion, neither of them could see far enough to know it was a large lake. On that note, while Al was lucky to hold on to both the potion and his bag, water had now gotten into the potion and diluted it, making the light even dimmer than before.

Knowing the light would be gone soon, Al swam toward the nearest area of platform.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 28 2015, 11:53 AM
"Okay, so one less..." the figure nonchalantly stated.
 
"None of us are going until they're found." Gort said sternly.

"Oh... well, heavens! Let's begin the search! My men will stay here and guard the prince and princess, while the rest of you go looking!"

***

"This has been a long night..." Ooqi muttered as he followed Al.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 28 2015, 12:01 PM
"They're lost in your hideout! You better help us find them!" Summer growled.

***

Al reached the "shore" and pulled himself onto it. After coughing out a little more water, he pulled out his bag and began fiddling around, looking for another light source.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jul 28 2015, 08:45 PM
"Hey Summer!" exclaimed Doodles, "Calm down! We don't want any threats going on right now or someone getting too stressed out because our friends are missing."
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 29 2015, 09:29 AM
"I'm not stressed." The figure calmly replied, "I'm just curious how you fools could loose your friends in a building with only one entry..."

"Who are you calling a fool?!" Naeleen snapped.

"Naeleen, keep calm..."

"I won't! Only daddy can tell me what to do!"

"Well let's go find your daddy so that he can tell you to calm down! And you," Gort directed at the figure, "You are going to help us find them!"

"Oh fine. I'll send five men to help you."

"Let's go!" Gort snapped as he headed toward the stairs.

***

"What is this place?" Ooqi asked as he also pulled himself onto the rock. He looked around, and in the dim light he could see something that looked like a table a little ways a way.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 29 2015, 09:35 AM
Summer followed Gort without question.

"Who are they looking for...?" Prince Phillip II wondered.

"I dunno..." Princess Philomena replied with a shrug.

***

"A subterranean lake. I've heard of such places but never actually seen one. It is quite fascinating, isn't it?" Al responded.
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 03 2015, 02:58 PM
Gort went down the stairs to the storeroom, and then back into the room of the building where they had begun.

"This is as good a place as any to start." He sighed.

"Daddy! Daddy!" Naeleen screamed.

***

"Yes..." Ooqi muttered as he approached the table, "Al, I think you should look at this."

Then in the darkness, Ooqi held up what seemed to be a sword blade.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 03 2015, 03:01 PM
Al managed to find another light source, which he lit, then packed up his bag and approached Ooqi.

"It would appear we are not the first to discover this place."
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 03 2015, 03:04 PM
The blade which Ooqi was holding was rusted and roughly made, while a few dozen more lay on the table.

"Apparently not." he agreed as he replaced the blade on the table.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 03 2015, 03:08 PM
"I wonder what else is down here?" Al said as he held the light around to see if anything else of interest was nearby.
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 03 2015, 03:16 PM
A little farther away sat a pile of shields, which were also roughly made, though they weren't as rusty as the swords which were closer to the waterfall. Faintly on the shields, the letter 'V' could be seen.

"I wonder why they'd point down... is there something buried here?" Ooqi wondered.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 03 2015, 03:23 PM
"I... think that is the letter V." Al deadpanned, "It has serifs..."
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 03 2015, 03:26 PM
"Ser... what's?" Ooqi whined.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 03 2015, 03:27 PM
"These little lines coming out on either stem." Al pointed out, "It's a-- Oh nevermind. Just ponder the significance of the letter V while I keep looking around."
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 05 2015, 12:15 PM
"V, v, v..." Ooqi said under his breath, "Vengeance! That's it, vengeance!"

When Al looked around, he would see all sorts of weaponry and supplies, indicating that this was once a hidden military camp.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 05 2015, 12:25 PM
"Vengeance against what, though?" Al wondered, examining the supplies and weapons more closely.
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 05 2015, 12:30 PM
"Uh... well, maybe..." Ooqi stuttered, "Maybe it was victory! Yes, victory!"

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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 05 2015, 12:31 PM
"Victory over what, though?" Al wondered, continuing to examine the items.
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 05 2015, 12:57 PM
"Uh... well... how am i supposed to know!" he snapped.

As Al was looking through the items, he might have stumbled upon a shield with the writting on the back:

"Our efforts were in vain,
     Our endeavors have been corrupted,
     Who were once our allies, now our conquerors,
     leaving with us the guilt of their massacre.
"So be it known, that we hide out of fear not of guilt,
     That we run out of horror, not of shame,
     And that one day we shall return, and cleanse the name of our people,
     Restoring to glory a society rich with peace, and prosperity,
     We will return our people of Vensia!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 05 2015, 01:01 PM
Once he had found it, he read it out-loud so that Ooqi could hear.

"Vensia." Al repeated the last word again, "Vensia... So this belonged to Vensian rebels."
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 09 2015, 08:26 PM
"No, couldn't be." Ooqi replied, still pondering the meaning of 'V'.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 09 2015, 08:28 PM
Al just glared at Ooqi, given he'd just read the entire contents of writing on the shield aloud. He then shoved the shield into Ooqi's hands so he could read it himself, presuming he could read.
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 09 2015, 08:32 PM
Just then some figures emerged from the shadows.

"You'll regret coming here." One said in a sinister voice.

"What? Oh great, we're being captured!" Ooqi whined.

"No, you're about to be killed!" Another responded.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 09 2015, 08:34 PM
"Neh, I'm sure they'll negotiate." Al remarked, setting his bag on the table and sticking a hand inside.
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 13 2015, 06:34 PM
"What! Don't try anything!" One of the figures yelled, before another decided to take matters into his own hands, and lunge at the two with his sword. Another though, decided to stop him.

"Just hold it! They could be useful!"

"Useful?" Ooqi asked, "You obviously haven't talked to Gort..."

***

Meanwhile, Gort sighed as they finished searching the entire building.

"We're going to have to wait til morning; finding them in the dark will be near impossible."

Naeleen yawned as she leaned up against some crates.
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Post by: Shawnex on Aug 14 2015, 11:32 AM
"Shish!" Cranky complained, "All that looking around the entire building for those three guys was for nothing!"

"Well they can't just leave this building and us just like that." replied Doodles.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 14 2015, 01:40 PM
"Well, considering you are all in imminent danger of a slow and painful death, I believe it would be in your best interest to negotiation." Al suggested with a hint of menace... that sounded very unmenacing given what his voice sounded like.

***

Summer was randomly looking in the must ridiculous places to hide, like in cupboards and buckets... and barrels...

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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 16 2015, 06:30 AM
The men just stared at Al, with puzzled expressions on their faces.

"Um..." Ooqi stuttered, "Al, maybe we shouldn't get them mad..."

***

It was highly likely that Summer would soon stumble upon the barrel attached to the tunnels.

"Let's just call it a day then." Gort sighed as he headed toward the door.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 16 2015, 08:26 AM
"Aha, there we go!" Al declared, pulling out a vile of slightly-glowing green-colored liquid and holding it up for the other men to see.

***

Naturally, it happened to be the last barrel Summer checked.

"Hey! Look at this!"
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 17 2015, 06:30 AM
The men glanced at one another, then back at Al.

"What is it?" They asked, clearly not amused.

***

Gort hesitated to turn around, while Naeleen perked up and ran toward Summer.

"Woah!" She smiled, "Can we go in? Please, pleeeeease!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 17 2015, 08:41 AM
"This, my friends, is a deadly magical neurotoxin that once exposed to air will evaporate into gaseous form. In a matter of seconds, your brain will begin to melt in a mush of greyish soup that will begin to ooze out of your nose and drip into a puddle on the floor at your feet. Your bodies will then crumble lifelessly to the floor as they no longer have a central nerve center to direct their actions. It is indeed a most slow and painful process..." Al explained, twirling the glowing vile around in his hands.

***

"Gort!" Summer yelled over at him, then tried to wave him over.

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Post by: Shawnex on Aug 17 2015, 03:10 PM
Cranky and Doodles arrived and were completely surprised when they looked at the barrel.

"Hey! Where did that room showed up?" asked Doodles.
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 17 2015, 07:03 PM
The men stared at Al, before one started to nervously back away. One of the others seemed unimpressed. And for the record, there are four men.

"So if this substance is a gas, won't it affect you as much as it will affect us?"

***
 
"Let's see!" Naeleen shrieked as she jumped down the shaft, which probably wasn't the smartest idea.

Gort reluctantly walked towards the group.
 
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 17 2015, 07:08 PM
"You are there, we are here, the lake is behind us. It would take us less than 3.2 seconds to turn and jump into the lake, where we will be safe until the gas disperses. However, your distance to the lake will require you at least 7.9 seconds, by which time the gas will have had enough time to begin its work. Simple mathematics really." Al replied confidently.

***

"Naeleen! NO!" Summer shouted in horror, before quickly getting into the barrel herself and following... without a light source naturally.
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 18 2015, 12:20 PM
Three of the four men were now quite nervous, though the one who had been doing most of the talking was still... unimpressed.

Just then, Gort, Summer, Naeleen, and presumably the birds came up behind them.

"Looks like you guys have made some friends." Gort remarked, before drawing his sword.

"Gortonias?" They questioned before Gort started to lift his sword.

"What the... Ahhhh!" They screamed as Gort chased them into the lake.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 18 2015, 12:26 PM
Al didn't move his arm, which was still holding the vile, but his head turned to watch the men run right past him and Ooqi and dive into the lake. He then looked back at the vile.

"Hmph, oh well..." he muttered, then tossed it over his shoulder, where it landed on the edge of the rock, shattered, and most of the contents spilled out into the water.
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 18 2015, 12:29 PM
"Oh no!" Ooqi screamed before curling up into a ball, and trying to cover his nose and mouth with his hands.

"Ooqi, what are you doing?" Naeleen asked as she limped towards him.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 18 2015, 12:30 PM
"I don't know. I've never understood this fellow." Al shrugged.

Summer rushed over and hugged her brother, lifting him off his feet with her muscular arms (not that any common person couldn't do it, given Al's small stature).

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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 18 2015, 12:44 PM
Ooqi then looked up,

"I'm alive!" He screamed.
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Post by: Shawnex on Aug 18 2015, 01:36 PM
"Are you guys okay?" asked Doodles as he and Cranky arrived with their friends.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 18 2015, 01:38 PM
Summer glanced over at Ooqi.

"What's wrong with him?"

"Oh, he's just recovering from a near-death-non-experience." Al replied, "Now can you put me down?"

"Whoops, sorry."

Summer set Al down.
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Post by: Shawnex on Aug 18 2015, 01:45 PM
"What happened to you guys?" asked Cranky.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 18 2015, 01:46 PM
"We fell." Al responded bluntly.
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 18 2015, 01:48 PM
"Wait, where did you guys come from?" Ooqi asked.

"Oh, the staircase over there." Naeleen pointed, "It's really nice!"
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Post by: Shawnex on Aug 18 2015, 01:56 PM
"Have you guys found the commander yet?" Doodles asked looking worried.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 18 2015, 01:58 PM
"I thought he was with you!" both Al and Summer said at the same time, referring to each-other's group.
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 19 2015, 07:51 AM
"Morry..." Gort sighed while he facepalmed.

"I'm going to get in trouble..." Naeleen worried out loud, "Daddy is going to be soooooooo mad."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 19 2015, 11:38 AM
"Why are you getting in trouble? Your dad's the one who ran off and got lost." Summer replied.
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 19 2015, 01:51 PM
"Because I wasn't watching him!" Naeleen replied.

"Well let's go back and try to find him." Gort muttered as he headed toward the back of the tunnel.

"Maybe he went through the third tunnel!" Ooqi suggested.

"I doubt he even came down here." Gort answered.

"Says who?"

"Says me!"

"Well how would you know?"

"I just do."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 19 2015, 02:07 PM
"What do we do about them?" Al inquired, hiking a finger at the belligerent men fumbling around in the dark lake behind them.
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 19 2015, 02:10 PM
"Can we fight them!" Naeleen shrieked in delight.
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Post by: Shawnex on Aug 20 2015, 08:49 AM
"We don't have time to fight them." Cranky replied, "We have to find the Commander and make sure that he's okay."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 20 2015, 11:41 AM
"Who are they?" Summer asked.

"Venusians... or whatever..." Al guessed.
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Post by: Shawnex on Aug 28 2015, 11:46 AM
"What are they doing here in this cave or...tunnel?" Doodles wondered, "It's scary in here."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 28 2015, 08:10 PM
"I think it is their hideout." Al replied.
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 29 2015, 08:29 PM
"Cranky's right though; we need to find the commander. Those guys aren't going anywhere." Gort said motioning towards the men in the lake.

"Daddyyyyyy!" Naeleen wailed as she started running out of the tunnel.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 29 2015, 08:30 PM
"Not again..." Summer sighed, before running off after Naeleen.

Without light again, I might add.

"So, why are we here again?" one of the knights who'd accompanied the group asked.

"I dunno. I dunno who you are even." Al shrugged.
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 29 2015, 08:33 PM
Gort facepalmed before following Summer and Naeleen.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 30 2015, 11:02 AM
Al followed Gort, while the knights glanced at each-other, before reluctantly following them as well.
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 02 2015, 04:32 AM
Ooqi also followed the group, carrying the shield unless Al had already grabbed it.

After following the tunnel and climbing some stairs and ladders, they then emerged back into the storeroom. Probably to their surprise, there stood the commander, suspiciously watching them climb out of the barrel...

"There better be a good explanation for this." he said sternly.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 04 2015, 09:18 AM
***
It was dawn of the next day when the leaders of The Special Force regrouped with the Westinburg rebels in their planning room, wherever that was. Rays of sunlight were shining faintly through cracks in the rickety wooden structure as the leader of the Knights of the Silver Crest explained to the Commander the things that had been told to Gort and the others the night before.

Currently present in the room were the aforementioned Commander, the leader of the knights, Gort, the two heirs to the Westinburg throne and their attendant. No doubt the leader of the knights was still hoping to convince Gort to lead an attack against Westinburg itself...
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 04 2015, 07:29 PM
"Well what are we waiting for? Off to Westinburg!" The commander cheered.

"Morry..." Gort sighed, "we're not going to Westinburg."

"Yes we are!"

"No we're not..."

"Yes we are!"

"No we're not!"
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Post by: Shawnex on Sep 04 2015, 08:32 PM
"Ooooh." Cranky moaned facepalmed, "What's with this crazy guy?"

"Who?" asked Doodles.

"Commander Morry that's who!"

"What makes you say that?"

"He's acting like his daughter who always want to fight."

"Oh." said Doodles with a puzzled look, "I see."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 05 2015, 02:49 AM
"But we haven't decided yet!" the princess exclaimed.

"Yes, we have." he brother replied.

"No, we haven't."

"Yes, we have."

"No, we haven't."

The attendant looked rather annoyed, especially since Gort and the Commander were having an argument that was following a similar pattern.
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 07 2015, 02:10 PM
"So... who's the leader, exactly?" Ooqi asked Al, somewhat amused by the arguments.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 07 2015, 04:48 PM
"I don't rightly know. Perhaps they should settle it with a vote. Voting is rapidly becoming the favored method of choosing a leader among the intellectual community." Al replied, rubbing his chin.

"Doesn't 'intellectual' mean intelligence?" a rather drowsy Summer asked.

"Yes, of course. Why?"

Summer just nodded in the direction of the leaders standing around the planning table.

"Oh dear, I see what you mean..." Al trailed off.
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 11 2015, 07:25 PM
Naeleen then spoke up in a loud voice,

"I've decided, that we shall go to Illenburg! The neighboring city of Westinburg! It's fortifications are much inferior to that of Westinburg's, while it's current system of government is in complete shambles! Once taken, it would prove to be a great stronghold for our cause, whatever that is, and would give us a greater chance of taking the city of Westinburg, which would lead to be..."

And she kept going...
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 11 2015, 07:36 PM
"She's very mature for her immaturity." Summer remarked.

Al raised an eyebrow at... well, everyone.
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 14 2015, 04:24 PM
Just then the doors of the room swung open, as a large breeze rushed into the room. A bright light shined through the doorway, with the silhouette of a figure standing in the light.

"Gentleman, ladies, perhaps I can be of assistance." A deep voice strongly stated.

//This figure is not to be confused with the the other figure who had been speaking previously. We shall name the previous character, who was in command of the Royal Knights of the Silver Crest, Sir Rudolf.//
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 14 2015, 04:29 PM
"Now who's this...?" Summer wondered.

Al raised an eyebrow.

The twins were still arguing.
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 14 2015, 04:43 PM
The man stepped forward into the room. He was a tall human in his forties, about 6'2", with raven black hair and green eyes.

"Uncle Torrey!" Naeleen shrieked as she ran towards him.

"Mektora!" Gort and the Commander gasped in unison.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 14 2015, 05:32 PM
"Wasn't this the guy who betrayed you?" Al said to Gort.

Summer just blinked.
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Post by: Shawnex on Sep 15 2015, 06:35 PM
Cranky and Doodles looked confused at each other as they wondered who that guy was.

"Any idea what that guy is doing here?" Doodles asked.

"How should I know." snapped Cranky, "I haven't seen that green-eyed man before."
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 19 2015, 07:51 AM
"That is him!" Gort responded to Al, "A traitor of the Westinburg monarchy!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 19 2015, 07:57 AM
"Sir Rudolph, seize this man at once!" Mektora declared, casting an armored finger at Gort, "He is the traitor!"

"Oh great, a misunderstanding. Why didn't they get-together and decide who was the traitor beforehand?" Summer muttered.
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 24 2015, 06:18 AM
"Me?" Gort replied in defence, "I would have died for the monarchy!"

"Uncle Torrey?" Naeleen asked as she tugged on his shirt, "Do you want to fight?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 27 2015, 09:56 PM
"Not now, Naeleen." Mektora responded to Naeleen with a friendly ruffling of the hair, before he turned back toward Gort, "That sniveling little coward was last seen in the company of a conspiracy of traitors! We had just exposed their plot and were about to act when they inexplicably departed from our camp with the good count in their company!"

Mektora stepped closer to the planning table.

"We all know what happened as a result! The count's men panicked and scattered, leaving mine to be routed by the enemy!" he continued.

"Hmm, fascinating." Al mused, observing the scene.
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 28 2015, 05:13 AM
"You betrayed my location to the Vensians, leaving me to be captured as you slaughtered my men!" Gort yelled back, quite angry at this point.

"Gentleman," Sir Rudolf calmly stated, "this misunderstanding could be solved in a civilized manner if you would both cooperate..."

"Yay! Fight!" Naeleen shrieked excitedly.

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Post by: Shawnex on Sep 28 2015, 01:15 PM
"Or how about just," Doodles started quickly covering Naeleen's lips with his feathers, "listen what the stranger has to say about helping us."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 28 2015, 01:58 PM
Mektora folded his arms indignantly.

"There is little to misunderstand here." he replied and was about to continue when he was interrupted.

"Actually there is a lot to misunderstand here. So far I've misunderstood all of it." Summer interjected.
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Post by: DeadJim on Oct 01 2015, 09:09 AM
There was a brief moment of silence.

"Mektora!" The commander gasped suddenly, "You're alive!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Oct 01 2015, 01:03 PM
"How pleasant of you to join us, Morrison." Mektora muttered, before casting his glare back at Gort, "Now how shall we prove who the real traitor is?"
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Post by: DeadJim on Oct 01 2015, 03:57 PM
"And how do you suggest we do that?!" Gort snapped.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Oct 01 2015, 04:26 PM
"I know!" Summer suddenly declared, before pointing toward the sky, "Let's ask the narrator!"

Wait what... ask me?

"Yeah, you know the answer! Why don't you just clear this up?"

Eh, okay, sure. Sir Christopher is the traitor.

"WHO?"

The guy leaning against the wall behind Sir Rudolph.

"Say wha--?" sputtered Sir Christopher in confusion.

"There! Grab the traitor!" Mektora declared.

"Yes! Seize him!" the prince and princess repeated at once.
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Post by: DeadJim on Oct 01 2015, 04:31 PM
Since the conflict was over, Gort walked over to Mektora and extended his hand.

"It's good to see you again, old friend."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Oct 01 2015, 04:40 PM
"And you as well, Count." Mektora replied, all traces of hostility long gone.

Sir Christopher was rapidly led out of the room by the guards.

"It was late at night! And I was being paid a lot of money! And I don't like working! Gimme a break!!!" he begged just before disappearing out the door.

"I would like to point out that this entire sequence does not make any sense." Al pointed-out.
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Post by: DeadJim on Oct 01 2015, 06:42 PM
"You'd better get used to it." Ooqi sighed.

Naeleen followed Sir Christopher and the guards out of the room, saying something about a fight...

"About Westinburg..." Sir Rodolf said in an effort to get back on track.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Oct 01 2015, 07:06 PM
"Oh yes, about re-taking Westinburg... I have a plan!" Mektora stated.

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Post by: Tyler294 on Oct 04 2015, 01:17 PM
Some time later…

Everyone was now in a dark cave below the city of Westinburg. In the distance, the constant dripping of water could be heard. Mektora was at the lead, alongside the Commander, Gort, and Sir Rudolph. Behind them were the rest of the Special Force, alongside the royalty, their attendant, and the twelve eleven Knights of the Silver Crest. So why were they in a bunch of tunnels below Westinburg? Well, Mektora has a plan.

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Post by: DeadJim on Oct 04 2015, 03:26 PM
The commander, overjoyed to see his brother-in-law again, could not contain his excitement.

"Oh Mektora! It's so great to see you again! It's been such a long time... and your plans! Oh your plans are the best! Especially this one; it's absolutely brilliant! So... what's the plan?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Oct 04 2015, 04:19 PM
"Simple, really; these caverns connect directly to the Westinburg keep. If we expect to take Westinburg, we can then enter the keep and take it by surprise!" Mektora responded, "Once we've done that, the royal heirs can appear on the balcony and declare the return of the monarchy."

"And what if the people don't support the return of the monarchy?" Al inquired, "Perhaps they do not want to return to an antiquated oligarchy."

"Well, if that's the case, I suggest we be prepared to run very quickly." Mektora replied.
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Post by: DeadJim on Oct 04 2015, 04:58 PM
"That's a terrible idea," Gort inserted, "It's not like they have a hold over one building! It's the whole city that's in shambles!"

"It actually sounds fun to me..." Ooqi told Al.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Oct 04 2015, 05:14 PM
"Considering we have no army to take the city by force, it seems a quick, strategic strike is the only option." Mektora responded.
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Post by: Shawnex on Oct 05 2015, 01:56 PM
"Wait a minute Mektora!" interrupted Doodles waving his feathers, "You said, "we have no army", then why did you say a...s-something strike is your option when it means we're going to attack?"
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Post by: DeadJim on Oct 05 2015, 07:43 PM
Gort looked at Doodles with a puzzled expression on his face, before turning back to Mektora.

"The bird... sorta has a point."

"What difference at this point does it make..." Ooqi sighed, "Let's just attack the rioting city's keep with a few knights, a couple birds, a crazy child... and his daughter, and hope for the best!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Oct 05 2015, 08:43 PM
"It wasn't my idea to attack now. But since I figured you folks wanted a plan for now, I made a plan for now." Mektora responded.

"That seems to be a very feeble excuse." Al noted.

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Post by: DeadJim on Oct 06 2015, 08:04 PM
"I think it's great! Let's just get this over with!" Ooqi complained.

"Ugh." Gort sighed, "This isn't going to work."

"Yes it will! Uncle Torrey's plans always work!" Naeleen spoke up.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Oct 06 2015, 09:41 PM
"Of course! They always do!" Mektora declared confidently.

"I have a bad feeling about this..." Al muttered.

"Let's bash some 'eads!" Summer declared, raising her pistols into the air over her head.
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Post by: Shawnex on Oct 07 2015, 01:48 PM
"Mercenaries." moaned Cranky with an annoyed look on his face, "They don't think very well these days, do they?"   
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Post by: Tyler294 on Oct 08 2015, 02:10 PM
"Are you talking about me?" Summer growled.

"Is everyone prepared?" Mektora inquired, checking his blade.
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Post by: DeadJim on Oct 17 2015, 05:22 PM
"Ready when you are Cap'n!" Ooqi responded enthusiastically.

"Why not?" Gort sighed, "If we're going to die, might as well do it sooner than later."

"Fight! Fight! Fight!" Naeleen chanted under her breath.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Oct 25 2015, 09:03 AM
Mektora threw open the trap door, then climbed up into the room above.

"We're clear; it's an empty wine cellar." he called down to everyone below, before reaching a hand down to help someone else up.
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Post by: DeadJim on Oct 30 2015, 07:08 PM
Naeleen was quick to grab his hand and enter the wine cellar. Gort followed after her.

"This was convenient…" he muttered.

"No it wasn't," Naeleen sighed, "Most of the bottles are empty!"
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Post by: Shawnex on Oct 31 2015, 04:06 PM
"That's because somebody was drinking way too much." Doodles joked.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Oct 31 2015, 04:50 PM
"You can never drink too much." Summer replied to Doodles.

"It would be foolish to connect your secret passages to a highly traveled part of the keep." Mektora responded to Gort.

"Do we have a plan of attack?" Al asked as he took position near the door.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 02 2015, 06:48 AM
Ooqi stood next to Al, with his sword at hand.

"It would," Gort responded, "But I doubt they'd put the wine cellar too far away from the throne room."

"We should attack! That is always the best plan of attack!" The commander suddenly interjected.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 02 2015, 10:44 AM
"Now ju---" Mektora started to say in response to the commander.

"Right! CHARGE!!!" Summer bellowed, before smashing open the door and charging into the next room.

Al sighed, then followed.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 03 2015, 06:46 AM
As did the commander, Ooqi, and Naeleen. Gort sighed, then turned toward Mektora.

"Charge then?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 03 2015, 06:54 AM
"I suppose so. Charge!" Mektora responded, before drawing his sword and following all the nuts.
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 03 2015, 07:12 PM
"There goes a bunch of violent weirdoes." Cranky muttered to Doodles, "Do they know who they're charging at?"

"I don't know Cranky." answered Doodles, "But maybe between you and me, I think we should fly above those guys and keep an eye on them."

"What for?"

"Just to make sure that they don't do anything...stupid. You know what I mean?"

"For once my friend," Cranky started, "You're right! Lets get moving!"

And they flew after the others.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 04 2015, 02:33 PM
Gort turned to the prince and princess.

"Your highness's, I know a better route." he stated as he led them down a different hallway.

***

Meanwhile, Naeleen was dueling with a suit of armor…
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 04 2015, 02:40 PM
The prince, princess and presumably the knights followed Gort.

***

Summer busted down a door with her brute strength, then charged in and fired her pistols. She stepped out a moment later looking a tad sheepish.

"Well, I just killed the cook." she shrugged.

"Summer, how many times do I have to tell you to be more careful?" Al admonished her.

"Just one more time." Summer replied, before charging toward a different door.

"Oi!"

Mektora had just caught up, but he stopped when he noticed Naeleen doing mortal combat with an inanimate object.

"I see you take after your father." he remarked.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 10 2015, 07:27 PM
"No, I take my own fights." Naeleen calmly responded as she administered the 'fatal' blow.

Ooqi crept up to the door Summer had entered, then slowly peered in. "Do you think it's safe to enter?" he asked Al.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 10 2015, 07:51 PM
"It will be in a--" Al began to say.

A couple unconscious individuals came hurling out the door, before landing in the hall beside Ooqi.

"Now." Al finished.

Summer popped back out, looking rather satisfied.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 14 2015, 03:59 PM
"Whoa…" Ooqi gasped as his jaw dropped.

"What room is that?" Naeleen asked as she walked toward Summer.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 14 2015, 04:26 PM
"Tailors." Summer shrugged, before moving on.

"Hold it!" Mektora called-out, "We need to remain focused!"

"I am focused... focused on taking out anybody who will stand in our way!" Summer retorted.

"We need to secure the door first, so that enemy reinforcements cannot enter the keep!" Mektora roared, "To the door!"

"Oh... I got just the thing too!" Al commented slyly.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 15 2015, 11:21 AM
"Al, that didn't exactly work last time…" Ooqi cautioned, while slowly stepping back.

"This will be fun!" Naeleen shrieked in delight. (She seems to do that a lot.)

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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 15 2015, 04:38 PM
"What didn't work?" Al wondered.

Summer was already charging ahead, reloading her pistols as she ran.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 18 2015, 05:38 AM
Naeleen followed her.

"For one," Ooqi stated, "the whole dragon…or wyvern incident. Secondly… uh, secondly…"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 18 2015, 07:20 AM
"I think the wyvern situation turned out quite well, actually." Al retorted.

Before Ooqi could respond, a certain green cat ran up and bit him in the ankle.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 29 2015, 03:54 PM
"Eeeeeow!" He screamed as he jumped up in the air, though the cat didn't bite him *that* hard. If anyone was ignoring him, however, the sound of distant rumbling could be heard in the distance. Hopefully they'd recognize it as something approaching.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 29 2015, 04:00 PM
Summer was already charging headlong in that direction, though she was still loading her pistols mid-run so she wasn't paying attention to what was ahead.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 29 2015, 04:04 PM
Neither was the poor fellow in armor walking down the hall. He and Summer met head on, which sent him falling onto his back.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 30 2015, 03:39 PM
Summer also stumbled and fell, but used the motion to jump back to her feet.

"Oh, you're gonna get it!" she declared, reaching down for one of her dropped pistols.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 30 2015, 03:49 PM
"I wouldn't do that!" A muffled man's voice could be heard through the very thick armor. Somehow he bounced to his feet, and held a hand up in peace.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 30 2015, 05:03 PM
"You have five seconds to explain why!" Summer declared, holding up... four fingers (the fifth was lost to one of Al's explosive chemical experiments).
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 30 2015, 05:18 PM
The man held up a finger to wait, then removed his helmet. He was young and handsome, with dark hair and blue eyes. "Well…" he began "I wouldn't do that, because why have war when we can have peace? Why have anger when we can have love? Why have testiness when we can have understanding?"

"I don't like him." Naeleen whispered. She was right behind Summer at that point.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 30 2015, 05:46 PM
"You must be from Hippiton." Summer remarked, "Silly poet."
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 30 2015, 05:49 PM
"How did you…" he stuttered before regaining his composure, "Poetry is not silly, nor sweet. Not in vain, nor of use. It is an expression, an action, a destiny!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 30 2015, 06:13 PM
"My brother would appreciate that a lot more than I." Summer muttered.

"I would appreciate what, now?" Al asked, as he and others were just arriving on the scene.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 30 2015, 06:36 PM
"That she didn't kill this one." Ooqi panted as he slowed to a halt.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 30 2015, 06:42 PM
"Besides not engaging in senseless violence, why would I appreciate it?" Al asked.

"We are deviated from our course of action..." Mektora sighed.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 30 2015, 07:03 PM
"Oh, and what be that?" The man in armor asked.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 30 2015, 07:05 PM
"Who even are you?" Mektora blurted.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 30 2015, 07:22 PM
"My name is Szilveszter August Marian Etel the fourth!" He proudly stated. "Now who are you and what is your course of action?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 30 2015, 07:58 PM
"I am Commander Mektora of the Maroon Brigade!" was the proud response, "Mercenary warlord and Defender of the Westinburg Crown! You should be on your knees swearing your service to the monarchy!"
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Post by: DeadJim on Dec 01 2015, 03:42 PM
"The monarchy!" he gasped as he fell to his knees, "I, Lord Szilveszter August Marian Etel the fourth of the Westinburg Crown have, and will always pledge my loyalty for the monarchy! I have from the date of my birth to the date of my dealth!"

"So ending today."
Ooqi whispered to Al.
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Post by: Shawnex on Dec 01 2015, 03:46 PM
Just then, Cranky and Doodles showed up after the commotion.

"Sheesh! What a mess you guys made!" Cranky cawed, "Do you guys know how to fight cleaner?"
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Post by: DeadJim on Dec 01 2015, 05:02 PM
"Aaaaaah! Birds!" cried Lord Szilveszter August Marian Etel the fourth, as he hid behind Summer.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 01 2015, 06:39 PM
"You really are from Hippiton..." Summer rolled her eyes.

"Stand strong noble lord!" Mektora declared, "Salvation for the monarchy is at hand! Why, with us today are th—"

Just then, Mektora turned around and realized Gort, the royal children and the knights were not present.

"The um... well, the heirs to the throne are within the city walls, under the protection of one of our oldest and greatest of allies! We must take the royal balcony and declare that the monarchy is to be restored on this day, and peace shall once again reign supreme in these lands!" Mektora saved his mini-speech.
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Post by: DeadJim on Dec 01 2015, 06:44 PM
The Lord Szilveszter stood up straight, raised his sword, and turned toward the hall. "For the monarchy!" he yelled as he started charging.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 01 2015, 06:53 PM
"Uh... yes... Um, charge!" Mektora declared uncertainly.

Summer let out a primal howl and went charging after Szilveszter, wanting to beat him to the balcony. Al reluctantly resumed running as soon as Mektora joined the charge.
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Post by: Shawnex on Dec 02 2015, 02:30 PM
Cranky and Doodles looked each other with an annoyed look.

"Heh. Not a pleasant answer from those guys." Cranky muttered, "That Mektora fellow is a quack."

"How dare you insulted our word!" a Duck quacked standing right next to Cranky, "That's Quack to you!"

And he hit him on the head with a vase >Crash!< and flew away.

"Now that's something you don't see everyday." Doodles said with a puzzled look, "Are you all right, Cranky?"

"I think I deserved that." Cranky moaned after he got up with stars flying over his head.

"Come on Cranky! We've got to catch up to those guys."

"Oh! Ya. Right. We're on it!"

And they flew again after the others.
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Post by: DeadJim on Dec 08 2015, 04:22 PM
Down the hall and up a flight of stairs was a single wooden door. Summer and Szilveszter reached that door at the exact same time, crashing through it, and tumbling over each other. Naeleen was close behind, and stumbled over them as well. If they were to look up, they'd see they were on the balcony.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 08 2015, 09:03 PM
"Oh hey! We're here!" Summer declared, standing up and posing victoriously.

Mektora burst in, or rather out, a moment later, sword in hand.

"Surrender now!" he declared to anyone who may currently be occupying the balcony.
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Post by: DeadJim on Dec 11 2015, 08:45 AM
At that moment Gort, Prince Phillip II, Princess Philomena, and the Knights of the Silver Crest entered the balcony from a different door.

Standing in front of the entire group, at the the center of the balcony… was the commander.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 11 2015, 06:02 PM
"Boss?" Summer and Al asked in unison.

"Morry? How'd you get here so fast?" Mektora added in confusion.
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Post by: DeadJim on Dec 23 2015, 10:44 AM
"I'm not fast, the rest of you are slow." The commander replied.

"Um… A-al?" Ooqi stuttered, pointing to the crowd of people below who were by now staring at the whole group.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 23 2015, 05:32 PM
"What?" Al replied.

"Oh, excellent, we have the crowd's attention." Mektora remarked, stepping forward to the balcony's railing as if to address them.

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Post by: DeadJim on Dec 26 2015, 10:15 AM
"I hope you have a speech planned." Gort retorted.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 26 2015, 12:50 PM
"Always." Mektora winked, before raising a hand over the crowd, "Good people of Westinburg, the time has come to end the reign of chaos and terror that has beset your city! Today, the heirs to the throne of the monarchy have returned to bring back the peace and stability Westinburg enjoyed for over two hundred years under their family's rule! Citizens of W--"

"Don't listen to a word he says!" a voice shouted over the crowd.

It came from the direction of a man who happened to be positioned into a guillotine for execution. The crowd had likely been gathered to witness it prior to the distraction caused by the people on the balcony.

"He would have you all put back in the shackles of another tyrannical monarch! After all we've done and the freedom you've enjoyed, why return to a failed system that has done nothing but trample on the rights of the peasants! I say, continue the Revolution!" the man declared from his precarious position.

The crowd roared in approval.

"Carry on my comrades! Carry on!" the man bellowed again, "For the Revolution!"

"FOR THE REVOLUTION!" the crowd replied enthusiastically, as the executioner pulled the lever and let the blade come crashing down from above and decapitate the man. The crowd continued to shout and cheer in elation.

"How peculiar." Al remarked.

"I don't get it." Summer added.
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Post by: DeadJim on Dec 27 2015, 01:15 PM
Ooqi just stared at the spectacle while Gort face-palmed. The commander, however, cheered with the crowd.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 27 2015, 02:20 PM
Mektora remained stoic for a moment, before raising his hand above the crowd again.

"Now that the Revolution has claimed another life, what is your next action?" he called out.

The crowd stopped cheering and just started staring back and forth at each-other, while murmuring. Mektora folded his arms and waited patiently while they debated before one of them shouted back.

"We're going to go with: Undecided!" he proclaimed.
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Post by: DeadJim on Dec 28 2015, 10:09 AM
"Why are you all so intent on violence!" Lord Szilveszter suddenly spoke up, "Our world has been in shambles since the destruction of the monarchy of our grandfathers! We have been seeking something that can and never will be! When shall we learn? Peace and civility can only be achieved when we are united under one government, one household; the Westinburg Monarchy! The monarchy shall live! For they do live! We shall once more have peace!"

Naeleen just stared at him before turning to Summer,

"I don't like him. Can we fight him?" she whispered
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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 28 2015, 12:12 PM
"Wouldn't be a fair fight." Summer replied.

The crowd mulled over Lord Szilveszter's words, debating and discussing among themselves. Finally the one man from among the rabble who had spoken before spoke up again.

"Yes, for the monarchy!"

"LONG LIVE THE MONARCHY!" the crowd roared.

"And I was beginning to believe that the Commander and Naeleen were anomalies... but it appears all humans suffer from a short memory span." Al remarked.
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Post by: Shawnex on Dec 28 2015, 01:45 PM
"That's because, people are so stupid these days because of fighting things." Cranky responded to Al.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 29 2015, 07:54 AM
"Indeed, people fight before they think." Al agreed.

"Hey!" Summer growled.
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Post by: DeadJim on Dec 30 2015, 06:43 AM
"Wait," Ooqi paused, "is that it? Are we done already? This must have been the easiest mission ever!"

"And their highness's didn't have to lift a finger!" Sir Rudolf stated proudly.

Naeleen was quite bored so she walked off the balcony, as did Gort.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 30 2015, 07:46 AM
"So, boss... what are we getting paid for this?" Summer asked, tapping the commander on the shoulder, presuming he was still there.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 07 2016, 07:15 PM
The commander turned toward her, then looked towards the prince and princess, presuming they also were there. That is, if they had even entered the balcony. He then looked back at Summer, "Don't ask me! Ask them! What do you think I am? A mind reader!" He left the balcony in a rage.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 08 2016, 07:49 AM
"Wait... but..." Summer stammered, before then walking up to the prince and princess, "So uh... when do we get paid?"

"Ask your boss." Phillip said.

"We didn't make the deal." Philomena added.

"Gaaah..." Summer groaned before rushing off the balcony after the commander.

Al soon followed, leaving Mektora and the other local people to continue their speech-making above the crowd.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 08 2016, 11:59 AM
Ooqi followed Summer and Al. They could see the commander disappearing around a corner.

***

Meanwhile, Gort and Naeleen had gone exploring. Naeleen suggested they look for a fight, but Gort insisted they find food.

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Post by: Shawnex on Jan 22 2016, 08:56 AM
Cranky and Doodles watched them separated thinking that the mission is over.

"Boy." Cranky sighed with an annoyed look, "Some mission to do some battle...thingy-ma-jig."

"I know what you mean." Doodles agreed, "But I don't think it's over yet. What about the thieves that some stuff at the store, or that old woman giving us ideas for the team, or that ghost trying to scare us out of our sleep? What about them?!?"

Cranky looked puzzled with silence for a moment.

"I...don't really know. But I think we should tell the commander or Gort about our discussion."

"Hmm. Maybe we should. You go find the commander, and I'll go find Gort." Doodles said.

They both agreed and bumped into each other as they began to fly.

"Will you watch where you're going!" Cranky snapped.

"Oops uh, sorry." replied Doodles and flew after Gort while Cranky flew after the commander.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 22 2016, 07:36 PM
Al and Summer quickened their pace in order to catch up with the Commander around the corner before they lost him.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 22 2016, 07:42 PM
Just before the reached the corner the Commander jumped out in front of them. Whoever was in front could have been knocked over.

"We have a new mission!" He said in an elated voice.

***

As Doodles was flying through the keep he could hear a crash, and then two voices talking.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jan 22 2016, 07:45 PM
"W-What was that?" asked Doodles looking all over the place where the voices came from.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 22 2016, 07:46 PM
Summer jumped back with a startled "EEP!" and tripped over Al, knocking him over as well.

"My body..." Al moaned.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 22 2016, 07:57 PM
Ooqi just stared down at the two. The commander, however, became impatient.

"What are you to lying around for? We have work to do!" he then disappeared around the corner.

***

If Doodles looked around, he'd see a large wooden door swung wide open.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 22 2016, 08:00 PM
"Right sir, but uh... we haven't been paid for the last job yet!" Summer protested as she stood up.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jan 22 2016, 08:00 PM
He then turned his head slowly to the door with eyes wide open.

"Uhh...hello?"
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 22 2016, 08:06 PM
Ooqi rolled his eyes and offered Summer and Al both his hands. "We need to keep up now, he has that look."

***

Naeleen popped her head outside the door. "Cranky! Come on in!" She then disappeared back into the room.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 22 2016, 08:09 PM
Summer was already up, but Al accepted the help.

"Boss! WAAAAIIIITTTT!!!" Summer wailed, before sprinting off after him.

"Aw drat! More running." Al grumbled, before following.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jan 22 2016, 08:12 PM
"Cranky?" asked Doodles with a confused look, "But I'm Doodles!"

But he flew to the door and looked inside.

"Naeleen? Where are you?"
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 22 2016, 08:21 PM
Ooqi looked as his other hand, but shrugged it off and chased after the group.

They went on running after the commander till they were back to the wine cellar. The Commander then stopped, sat down on a barrel, and waited.

***

"In here!" Naeleen smiled as she skipped around the room. It was mainly empty, except for the large table in the center. The table was full of lots of things, including food, money, blankets, and other provisions which Gort was packing into bags.

"Don't worry, I didn't forget about you guys." Gort said as he motioned to a cloth bag full of some sort of corn.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 22 2016, 08:28 PM
"Sir...? What are we waiting for...?" Summer asked slowly.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jan 22 2016, 08:37 PM
Doodles was surprised when he saw the corn. Corn stocks were then shown on his eyes as he smiles, and then began to dream that he was dancing with a corn stock in a ballroom,(Music in the background as they danced and danced and danced...and danced) then back to normal.

"COOOORRRRRRN!" he shouted and charged to the bag full of corn.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 23 2016, 07:22 PM
The commander didn't respond; he just sat there.

***

Naeleen's eyes nearly bulged out of her head. "NOOOOOO!" She screamed as she dived for the bag of corn.

*CRASH*

Luckily, Gort pulled the corn out of the way just in time. Naeleen and Doodles, however, would have a bad headache the next day.

"We need to get going." Gort sighed as he closed the last bag.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 24 2016, 07:57 AM
Al and Summer looked at each-other, then back at the Commander.

"Excuse me, but what are you waiting for, sir?" Al repeated Summer's earlier inquiry.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jan 24 2016, 08:43 AM
"But-but Gort!" Doodles begged, "It's corn! And I'm hungry for corn!"

***

Just then, Cranky arrived.

"There you guys are." he said, "And what's going on here?"
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 24 2016, 09:36 AM
"We are waiting for the commander to show any sign of life." Ooqi sighed as he also sat down on a barrel. The lid on that barrel was, however, rotten. It crumbled as he sat on it, sending him down into the barrel, with his arms and legs extended toward the ceiling.

***

"You can eat later, we really need to leave." Gort urged as he flung all of the bags over his shoulder. There were seven bags total, plus the bag of corn. They were all decently sized, and on top of Gort they looked quite huge. (Leprechauns are short, remember.) Back in his fighting days this would not have been a problem for him, but as it was, he walked a bit slower out of the room.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 24 2016, 09:42 AM
Summer snickered as Al walked over and pushed the barrel over so Ooqi could get out.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jan 24 2016, 06:40 PM
"Fine." Doodles sighed as he got up, "By the way, where did all that stuff come from?"
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 24 2016, 07:36 PM
After a bit of a struggle, Ooqi pried himself out of the barrel. "I hate this place!" he lamented as he then leaned against a wall… which opened. He then crashed onto the floor of a hidden room.

***

As Gort, Naeleen, and Doodles walked (and flew) threw the hall, Gort explained that he and Naeleen had gone and collected all the items from throughout the keep. He said it would serve as payment, since the Commander seemed to always forget about that. (If not yet, Summer and Al would soon become aware that this was quite a common occurrence.)

Soon they reached the wine cellar, where a strange yet not-so-strange sight awaited them.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 25 2016, 03:17 PM
The entered the room to find Summer and Al simultaneously facepalming at Ooqi.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 25 2016, 03:34 PM
The Commander stood up and glared at Gort.

"What took you so long?" he demanded.

"Just save it, Morry." Gort sighed as he handed him a bag. He set three of the bags on the floor next to Al, Summer, and Ooqi, and handed a smaller one to Naeleen. He still held two bags, plus the bag of corn.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 25 2016, 03:41 PM
"What's going on?" Summer asked.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 25 2016, 03:49 PM
"We're going on a mission! We're going on a trip!" Naeleen sang.

"It is a most serious mission." The commander said in a low voice, "It requires delicacy, stealth, brains, courage, and most of all, brilliance!"

Ooqi stumbled to his feet, and cautiously stood still.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 25 2016, 03:51 PM
"What are these for?" Al inquired, holding up the bag Gort had placed at his feet.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 25 2016, 04:01 PM
"I just thought that it would, for once, be wise to prepare for a journey." Gort replied. If anyone was to look in their bag, they'd see some food, blankets, canteens of water, and various other items.

Just then, Lord Szilveszter entered the room. He had taken off all his armor, and was dressed in a rather funny looking peasants outfit.

"I'm ready!" he smiled as Gort handed him a bag.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 25 2016, 04:02 PM
"He's with us now?" Al asked, looking a bit confused.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jan 25 2016, 04:04 PM
"Oh that guy who's afraid of us?" Cranky asked also, "Give me a break."
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 25 2016, 04:11 PM
Szilveszter's eye's widened when he saw the birds. "Just stay away from me!"

"I don't do the recruiting, I just pack the food." Gort said.

"Let us go! Our mission awaits!" the commander said triumphantly as he entered the tunnel.

***

And so they were off! The weather was nice that day, so after they exited the tunnel they made good progress through a meadow and a forest. They camped near the edge of the forest, and then resumed their journey across a large field of barley. By midday, they could see a house in the distance, with a pillar of smoke billowing through the chimney. As they were approaching the house, the ground began to shake. Before anyone knew what was happening, the field behind them began to collapse.

"RUN!" screamed the Commander.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jan 26 2016, 06:34 PM
"JUMPING CHICKENS!" exclaimed Doodles with eyes wide open, "LETS GET OUT OF HERE!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 27 2016, 11:00 AM
"How odd, this region has not been tectonically active since the Third Wood Age almost three thousand years ago. Why i—" Al started to say, before Summer cut-him off.

"Escape now, analyze later!" she snapped, before grabbing his arm and hauling him off after the Commander.
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Post by: DeadJim on Feb 01 2016, 10:39 AM
All of them then started to run towards the house for what seemed like hours, but in reality was only a few minutes. The ground then stabilized, and they could finally stop. If they looked back, they could see a large portion of the field was destroyed. They were by now close enough to the house that they could see a figure standing beside a well.

"Ah, she's here to greet us!" The commander cheerfully said as he began to walk towards the person, almost oblivious to the previous event.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Feb 02 2016, 11:01 AM
"Summer, after very deliberate and careful consideration, I've come to the logical conclusion that our employer is not entirely mentally stable." Al remarked in a matter-of-fact tone of voice.

"Does that mean he's insane?" Summer asked.

"Yes..."

"Oh, I knew that the moment he walked into the Mercenary Guild."
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Post by: Shawnex on Feb 02 2016, 11:55 AM
"And he didn't care of what just happened here?" asked Doodles pointing at the field.
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Post by: DeadJim on Feb 06 2016, 03:33 PM
"You mean you had a chance to escape… and you didn't!" Ooqi gasped.

The commander walked up to the lady and they hugged for a brief moment, before starting a conversation. After a minute or two they walked over to the rest of them.

"Special Force™, I would like you to meet my sister, Mindi." The commander said before turning to the lady, "Mindi, meet The Special Force™!"

"Aunt Mindi!" Naeleen screeched as she ran into her arms.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Feb 08 2016, 07:15 PM
"Wuh-wuh-wuh-wait... we had to leave Westinburg in such a hurry just so the boss could see his sister?" Summer incredulously remarked.

"Summer, manners." Al rebuked his own sister with a nudge, before taking off his hat and offering the lady a respectful bow, "Ma'am."

"Hi." was all Summer added.
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Post by: DeadJim on Feb 12 2016, 06:22 PM
"Welcome." Mindi said without smiling. She was older than the commander, with touches of gray coming through her blonde hair. She was a little over-weight, and almost a foot shorter than the commander. She didn't seem unhappy to see them, but then again, she didn't exactly seem 'happy'.

"Is there something I can do for you?" She asked as she looked at the commander.

Gort bowed his head and sighed as he leaned on a walking stick he had grabbed along the way. The run hadn't helped his back; much less visiting one of the commander's relatives.

"Why Mindi, it's me! Commander!" the commander said with exaggerated hand motions.

"Commander!" she gasped as she smiled, "It's you-y!" She then looked down at the little girl who was still hugging her. "And this-y must be your daughter!"

"Yes, that's Naeleen."

"And you got your little group-y you-y always wanted! How sweet-y" she chimed as she clapped her hands, sending a cloud of dust into the air. It sparkled and fell to the ground, immediately making the barley around her grow up a foot.

Ooqi started to inch his way behind Summer and Al. Szilveszter wasn't quite sure what to think.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Feb 13 2016, 09:31 AM
"Summer, I think we should go home." Al whispered to his sister.

"And the people were less crazy there?"
Summer whispered back.

Al had no response.
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Post by: DeadJim on Feb 18 2016, 03:29 PM
"Oh why are we staying out here-y? All of you come inside now, quick-y quick-y!" Mindi led them all into the house, which was one story high. Inside was one great room, a kitchen, and a few bedrooms. Mindi walked over to a pot in the kitchen, and again clapped her hands. Some more dust flew into the air and settled into the pot. Immediately a thick, creamy substance spilled over the edge.

"Would anyone like some soup?" she asked.
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Post by: Shawnex on Feb 18 2016, 03:53 PM
"Oooooo... I always love to have soup Mindi!" cheered an old man as he was walking to the kitchen, "Especially with some guests."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Feb 18 2016, 05:27 PM
"Smells so gooood..." Summer smiled as she sniffed the aroma that had filled the room from the soup.

Al suspiciously glanced back and forth between the old man, Mindi and the soup.
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Post by: Shawnex on Feb 18 2016, 05:29 PM
"Is there something wrong young lad?" the old man asked.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Feb 19 2016, 10:41 AM
"I just don't trust magic food." Al replied.
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Post by: Shawnex on Feb 21 2016, 07:44 PM
"Bah!" the old man snapped, "Maaany people don't trust magic these days that's for sure. But tell me, who might you lads be?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Feb 25 2016, 09:04 AM
"Mercenaries. I think..." Summer replied.
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Post by: DeadJim on Feb 28 2016, 07:48 AM
Gort just sighed and sat down in a nearby chair.

"Oh-y quiet everyone!" Mindi snapped before turning to the old man, "Quit being so rude-y and introduce yourself!"
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Post by: Shawnex on Feb 28 2016, 07:39 PM
"Easy there Mindi." protested the old man trying to calm Mindi, "There's no reason to be mad about. Twenty-eight years ago I was Captain Spear for King Kolo's army which was the eastern part of the land. Now I'm Harvey Spear." 
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Post by: Tyler294 on Feb 28 2016, 07:44 PM
"Pleasure." Al replied skeptically.

"You were in the army? That's so cool!" Summer exclaimed.
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Post by: DeadJim on Feb 29 2016, 03:19 PM
"That means you fight right? Oh, I love to fight!" Naeleen squeaked as she gazed upon the man.

"Not to be rude," Gort interrupted, "but I assume there must be a reason we're here? Or why the ground just collapsed?"

"Oh, yes." the commander remembered, "I believe there was a reason. Hm, it must have slipped my mind!"

"Commander," Mindi scowled, "is it so hard for you-y to focus on the situation at hand! I'm holding a pot of soup, it should be quite obvious!"

"Oh yes, food! Right!" the commander took a big whiff of the soup, and then sighed. "Yes, our mission is to relieve you of this bowl of soup!"

"Oh thy soup is divine!" Szilveszter began, "The aroma that fills the room makes one think of memories past; of family long gone, or friends long forgotten!"

"You haven't tasted it yet." Mindi deadpanned.

"Well, at least I'm sure it is!" Szilveszter replied.

"What about the ground!" Ooqi begged, becoming quite tired of the conversation.

"Let's fight it!" Naeleen cheered as she drew her flail.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Feb 29 2016, 03:24 PM
"I dunno, Naeleen... It looks like the ground's already been defeated." Summer remarked.

"I'm surrounded by idiots." Al sighed.
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Post by: DeadJim on Feb 29 2016, 03:53 PM
"What-y happened to the ground?" Mindi asked, before looking outside. "My ground!" she shrieked as she handed the pot to Szilveszter. She then turned to the commander, "Look at my ground! I told you this would happen! You have to stop it!"

"You did? I do?" the commander looked very confused.

"Maybe you would like to elaborate, Mindi?" Gort encouraged.

"Well, it all began last year," Mindi began "when-y my crops had been harvested and transported to the brewery in the village. It was then that they came."

"Okay, that prompt was WAY too obvious!" Ooqi protested, before being shushed by Gort.

"Who?" the commander asked eagerly, before Mindi gave him a nasty glance. "Oh yes, them. You told me… I think."

"Anyway," Mindi looked back at the others, "they were the Tomb Mountain Dwarfs from the north. We would sell them whiskey at a discounted price, and they would-y stay out of our village. But they became greedy, and didn't want to pay anything! So they came-y to our village and threatened us! Everyone else cowered and gave in. But not me! I own the best grain, and I won't give in! So what do the little troublemakers do? They wreck my crop! They burned my southern field, and now have collapsed half my west field! They must be stopped!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Feb 29 2016, 03:59 PM
"Pretty sure we can fight them, Naeleen." Summer noted.

"We haven't even tried to reason with them yet!" Al protested.
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Post by: Shawnex on Mar 01 2016, 08:42 AM
"Oh you will." Harvey replied, "From what you just said that you guys are mercenaries, then those dwarfy-fools will get what they deserve."

"How do we do that?" Doodles asked looking worried, "There's no telling what they might do next."

"Take it easy Doodles." said Cranky, "I'm sure they will be tried of being greedy troublemakers right now after all that work to cause trouble."

"Do not underestimate those dwarfs!" snapped Harvey pointing Cranky with a cane, "They will not rest until they get the field."
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Post by: DeadJim on Mar 05 2016, 10:04 AM
"Harvey's right, you-y must swiftly defeat these dwarfs before they have a chance to think!" Mindi agreed.

***

They then proceeded to eat the soup, or whatever else might have been conjured up by Mindi; the hesitant ones could eat the food that Gort had packed back in Westinburg. The commander then insisted that they attack at night. THAT night. Gort protested of course, as several others did, but their attempts were fruitless. They reluctantly agreed to act that night.

It was cloudy, with only faint moonbeams illuminating the ground. The nights were becoming cooler, and a light mist filled the air. Harvey agreed to lead the way to the dwarf's camp, which was located in a forest to the north. And so, the Special Force™ set out...
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Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 05 2016, 10:12 AM
"This is a terrible plan." Al grumbled, "Dwarves don't appreciate surprise attacks."
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Post by: Shawnex on Mar 06 2016, 02:24 PM
"Only if they don't know what's going to happen." Harvey replied in whisper, "Besides, they don't even know that you guys came to Mindi's place."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 06 2016, 05:13 PM
"If they knew we were going to launch a surprise attack, it wouldn't be a surprise." Al sighed.

"Who cares what kind of attack it is? Just so it's an attack!" Summer grinned.
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Post by: DeadJim on Mar 07 2016, 12:29 PM
"Yay!" Naeleen agreed. They continued walking for a few hours, with the usual disagreements about the current mission occurring in conversation. After walking mostly through open fields, they finally reached the edge of the north woods.

"Now we shall split up, so we can attack their camp from both ends!" the commander declared dramatically, "I shall lead one group and go to the right, while Gort shall lead another group and go to the left!"

"Is this really necessary…" Ooqi complained.

"I'll go with Daddy!" Naeleen cheered. Szilveszter also agreed to go with the commander.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 07 2016, 02:56 PM
"I'm going where Summer's going." Al stated in a firm voice, or as firm as his voice could be.

"I get no independence..." Summer mumbled.
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Post by: Shawnex on Mar 08 2016, 08:24 PM
"And Doodles and I will remain right here." Cranky announced.

"What's the matter with you two?" Harvey asked, "Where's your fighting spirit?"

"Well we don't want to die just because of an attack." Doodles gulped.
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Post by: DeadJim on Mar 10 2016, 08:58 AM
"You two can come with me," Gort motioned to Al and Sumemr, then also to Ooqi, "and I figure you would too." To the birds he gave no reply. The commander however, was quite determined that the birds should have a role in the plan.

"You two can fly above the trees and scout the enemies position." the commander suggested, before turning to Harvey, "And you can come with my fine group!"
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Post by: Shawnex on Mar 10 2016, 09:11 AM
"Twenty-eight years after I've been in a battle," Harvey began, "I am always willing to help for freedom!"

"Now when did I figure that out?" said Doodles.

"Figure what out?" Cranky asked.

"Being scouts above the enemies."

Cranky paused for a moment. And then replied, "Well I guess it's better then fighting."
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Post by: DeadJim on Mar 10 2016, 09:16 AM
And so they went off! Gort and his group went to the left, while the commander went to the right. Once the commander's group could not be seen or heard, Gort began to quicken in his steps while instructing the others, "We need to beat them to the camp so we have a chance to try to negotiate. We don't know how many there are, or how heavily armed they are. If Morry beats us their, death is almost a certainty!"

"Well that's comforting!" Ooqi sighed as he followed.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 10 2016, 09:20 AM
"What's comforting?" Summer asked.

"What if they won't see reason?" Al inquired of Gort, "Dwarves are stubborn and won't likely relent easily."
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Post by: DeadJim on Mar 10 2016, 09:26 AM
"That's why you're here!" Gort answered, "If all else fails, perhaps you can make them listen to a fellow dwarf. If not, there's always your alchemy."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 10 2016, 09:41 AM
"Here's hoping they don't surrender!" Summer declared aggressively.

"Summer..." Al sighed in disapproval.
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Post by: DeadJim on Mar 14 2016, 04:39 PM
Gort held up a finger as he crouched behind a bush... though being a leprechaun he really did need to. They could then see a orange glow in the distance, with the faint sound of cheering and laughing. "We're getting close," Gort warned, "so be careful, and for goodness' sake be quiet!"

They slowly approached the light, and as they neared they could see the Tomb Mountain Dwarfs gathered around a fire. Gort motioned for the rest to stay hidden, while he stepped into the light and addressed the dwarfs.

"Evening." he said in his most friendly voice possible, which probably sounded peculiar to the rest of his group, who were of course close enough to hear, "I was curious if I might have a word with you fine gentlemen!"

All at once silent, the dwarfs turned around and faced Gort. "I dun't see why yuh shudn't," One dwarf replied; his voice was low and tired, "but yuh bettu be warned, we un't in a golly mood."

"Oh that's okay, I'm not either!" Gort replied as he walked closer to the group and to the fire, "You see, I hear you've been causing a little trouble for a sister of a friend of mine."

"Uh-huh." the same dwarf answered, "Now I suppuse yuh come to threatun us agun?"

"Again?"

There was a unhappy chuckle in the group.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 14 2016, 04:43 PM
Al was slowly sorting through his alchemy bag, but he stopped to look up at the proceedings after the last couple of statements. Summer was crouched nearby, anxiously awaiting a fight to break out.
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Post by: DeadJim on Mar 14 2016, 06:22 PM
Ooqi pondered if this would be a bad time to ask Summer out for a drink...

"Guessing you not from here, huh?" A second dwarf asked with a slight chuckle. His voice was more excitable and higher pitched than the first.

"Not really..." Gort responded, becoming slightly worried with the developing situation.

"Then why you think you know what going on? You don't know what going on! You don't! You don't! You don't!"

"Settle dun, Vicky." The first dwarf said, "Yuh know he be gettin' well paid. Yuh might'a dun the same!"

"No! No! No, Lizzi! He don't know what going on and he want to make us slaves! Slaves! I don't like it, Lizzi, let's tie him up! Send him back in a widdle package with string! String! Hehehehe!"

Ooqi deducted it might not be a great time for that question.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 14 2016, 06:26 PM
"Can we fight now?" Summer whispered.

"Shh... let Gort handle it." Al hushed his sister.
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Post by: DeadJim on Mar 14 2016, 06:55 PM
"Ugh! Yuh and yuh string." Lizzi lamented.

"Hehehehe! Striiiing!"

"Well why don't you tell me what's going on?" Gort suggested.

"Like you'd listen." Another dwarf spoke up.

"Give 'um a chance, Cath." Lizzi said before turning to Gort, "So it all started a 50 years ago, when us Tomb Mountain Dwarfs were known as the Chilly Mountain Dwarfs."

"Chilly, yes! Very chilly!" Vicky agreed. Lizzi rolled his eyes and continued, "We wure the best chilled cream makus in the area! For centuries we wure! But then one day, the building we made the cream in startud shakin'! Was somethun with the mountain, and the whole place caved un! Culdn't get most of um out, the workers there, so that was there tomb. Villages called it Tomb Mountain since. So it's been for 50 years. No chilled cream since thun."

"That's sad," Gort commented, "but I don't see..."

"You will! You will! You will! Hehehehe!" Vicky laughed while Lizzi reached over and conked him on the head. The group chuckled again.

"It's thun we wus sad." Lizzi continued, "We's so sad we's takin' to drinkin'! And Chilly Mountain Dwarfs nevuh drink! So after few years of sad drinkin', we's stop. We no like it anymore. We want to make chilled cream again! So we stop buyin' drink from village. They no like it, and they say we can't stop buyin'! We say we don't wanta drink any more, but they say no! We no think they could do anythun, so we just ignore um'. Then is when the witch come and cast spell on Chilly Mountain Dwarfs!"

The group all shivered loudly and in unison while bowing their heads.

"Maybe this wouldn't be a bad time." Ooqi thought again.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 14 2016, 07:17 PM
"Perhaps there has been a misunderstanding." Al mused softly.

"Shh... let Gort handle it." Summer hushed her brother.
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Post by: DeadJim on Mar 26 2016, 02:03 PM
"This reminds me of when I first met Gort…" Ooqi commented, directing his thoughts back to the current situation. Well, at least a little closer to the situation.

***

"What kind of spell?" Gort asked, not seeing anything noticeably wrong with the dwarfs.

"A spell wurse than death," Lizzi sighed, "we cun no longer eat chilled cream! It makes us sick und itchy."

"Itchy, yes itchy! Very, very itchy!" Vicky agreed.

"So… this witch made you allergic to chilled cream?" Gort questioned, becoming more annoyed with the dwarfs than worried.

"Yus, and she still makes us buy thu drink from the villiage. But we've had enough!" Lizzi shouted while standing up. 

"Yes, yes, quite enough. I'm not very thirsty anymore." Vicky again agreed.

"So we collapsed her field! Ha! How do you like that? We collapsed the witch's field!" Lizzi laughed.

"Mindi's the witch?" Gort chuckled, "Somehow that doesn't surprise me…"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 26 2016, 02:07 PM
"So does this mean we're on the bad guy's side...?" Summer asked.

"I don't know if there necessarily is a bad guy in this particular circumstance. This may simply be a matter than can be resolved with the proper application of mediated diplomacy." Al replied.
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Post by: DeadJim on Mar 26 2016, 02:12 PM
"The Commander was stealing eggs from my uncle's chicken-coop…" Ooqi continued.

***

"Don't laugh! Don't laugh! Stop it!" Vicky shouted at Gort while drawing his sword. It was soon aimed right in Gort's face.

"Calm duwn Vicky," Lizzi smiled, "we need him alive. He will be our bargaining chip."

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Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 26 2016, 03:02 PM
"That sounds boring." Summer whined.

"Would you rather have a dwarven sword thrust through your sternum over a petty squabble which could easily have been avoided if only the involved parties had taken a moment to discuss their differences rather than foolhardily engaging in violent and potentially fatal conflict?" Al inquired.

"What's a sternum...?" Summer drawled in confusion.
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Post by: DeadJim on Mar 28 2016, 04:58 PM
"I'm afraid I won't be of much help. Mindi probably doesn't even remember me." Gort said, now pretty amused by the situation.

"So we can kill him?" Vicky asked excitedly.

"Ugh, fine." Lizzi agreed.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 28 2016, 05:31 PM
"They're gonna kill Gort." Summer said, "We should attack now."

"No, wait. We should try to scare them off first!" Al grabbed his sister just before she could charge, "Lemme try this."

With that, he pulled out a bottle of an explosive chemical mixture and prepared to hurl it to the flank of the dwarves, if they decided to go through with attacking Gort.
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Post by: DeadJim on Apr 10 2016, 07:04 AM
Vicky then grabbed a large spoon, and began to hit Gort's arm with it. Gort smiled, trying to hold in his laughter.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 10 2016, 07:09 AM
Summer (who had been watching) was unable to hold it in and fell onto her back then rolled back-and-forth laughing obnoxiously loud.

"Summer!"
Al hissed, having not seen what was going on.
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Post by: DeadJim on Apr 26 2016, 06:55 AM
The Tomb Mountain dwarfs, (or the Chilly Mountain dwarfs) all stood up in unison and looked in the direction of Summer, though since it was dark they couldn't see much.

"It's a trap! It's a trap! Run! Run! Run!" Vicky cried as he hid behind another dwarf.

"Whut is thut noise?" Lizzi asked, more confused than worried.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 26 2016, 07:01 AM
Al put the explosive he was holding back in his bag, then stepped out of the underbrush into the open.

"We mean you no harm!" he declared.

Summer paused, pondered Al's move, then burst out laughing again.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 01 2016, 07:54 AM
Gort also began to laugh while the dwarfs just stared at Al. Ooqi stepped out of the brush and approached Gort.

"So what's the plan?"

"Whut plan?" Lizzi asked.

Ooqi sighed, "That's what I was asking!"

"Well, we could start with the curse and work from there." Gort suggested, "Al, do you have anything for chilled cream curses?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 01 2016, 10:11 AM
"Um... basic spell reversal potions require about five ounces of crushed liverscent flowers. Unfortunately I have none in my bag at the moment." Al responded, "However, most of the rest of the ingredients are fairly common. It's just that it requires approximately twenty-nine different ingredients."

"In other words you have nothing." Summer replied, finally getting a hold of herself.

"On the contrary, I do have something, it is just not fully adequate for the needs of the situation." Al answered.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 12 2016, 12:49 PM
"We really need a plan soon…" Ooqi sighed.

"That's right, the Commander will be here any minute." Gort agreed.

"I am here!" The Commander stated as he emerged from the shadows. "I am glad to see you have the situation in hand, Gort. I have to admit, I did not expect them to surrender so easily!"

"Surrunder!" Lizzi yelled, "We would never surrunder! We are the Tomb Mountain Dwarfs and we'll fight down tuh the last Tomb Mountain Dwarf!

"Gort, I am disappointed to see you do NOT have the situation in hand!" The commander said sternly.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 12 2016, 02:31 PM
"Uh, boss... I think there has been a slight misunderstanding." Al protested.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 09 2016, 05:39 PM
"Yes, I think there has been!" The Commander agreed, "Why on earth would I let poor old Gort lead a separate group! It was a huge mistake on my part!"

"Uh, Daddy?" Naeleen spoke up as she stumbled out of the woods, "Weren't the Tomb Mountain Dwarfs once called the Chilly Mountain Dwarfs?"

"They were? The ones who made the chilled cream!" The Commander couldn't hold in his excitement, as he began to run around the fire shaking each of the dwarf's hands.

"Um... what about the witch, guys?" Ooqi inserted.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 09 2016, 07:22 PM
"Which witch?" Summer asked.

"The one who hired us." Al replied.

"Oh, that witch."

"Speaking of that witch... um... what about the witch, guys?" Al asked.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 11 2016, 07:11 AM
"INCOMING!" shouted the voice as they looked up and saw Doodles and Cranky coming straight down towards them in a blast.

>Crash<

They crashed on one of the dwarfs.

"I told you not to dodge down at the bad guys campground until the time comes!" Cranky snapped.

"But it wasn't my fault!" Doodles replied catching his breath, "A swarm of bats were coming right towards us."
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 22 2016, 04:54 PM
Ooqi slumped to the ground and hid his face in his hands.

"Bats?" the Commander asked as he turned away from the dwarfs, "Bats, and a witch you say?"

"Oh no…" Gort sighed as he stood up, "We need a plan NOW."

"'Now' is a funny word to use," A voice said from the woods, "because 'now' implies the present, and since the present is here you seem to be out of time."

"Huh?" Naeleen whined as she looked towards the direction of the voice.

"How many of you guys are thur?" Lizzi asked.

"Not enough!" the voice replied, as he appeared from the shadows. It was Szilveszter, accompanied by Mindi and a crowd of what seemed to be villagers with pitchforks.

"How could you… uh, hm…" the commander stuttered, "what was your name again?"

"This-y is my son, Szilveszter August Marian Etel the fourth!" Mindi stated proudly.

"Was I that unmemorable?"
Szilveszter wondered.

"Wait, what?" Ooqi said as he looked up. He was still sitting on the ground.

"I have a cousin!" Naeleen screeched, "That's sooo cool!"

"This is not cool…" Gort muttered.

"This is not good…" the Commander added.

"This is war!" Mindi shouted, "Choose-y your side, Commander!"

"That… did not sound dramatic at all." Ooqi sighed.

"How long do we have?" The Commander asked.

"Morry, let's talk." Gort said as he grabbed the Commander's arm.

"Choose now!" Mindi screamed as she clapped her hands together. The bushes beside her then caught on fire.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 22 2016, 05:56 PM
"I choose... BOOM!" Summer declared, pulling her pistols and firing them at Mindi.

Or rather, clicking them at Mindi. The powder pans were empty.

"Uh... bro... I think I forgot to fill the powder pans. Partially because... I think I am out of powder." Summer hoarsely reported out of the corner of her mouth.

"I told you pistols were an unreliable choice of weaponry." Al chastised, "But do you ever listen to me? Oh no! You just had to have the exotic explosive weapons that require a rare concoction that is only replicated with the use of sulfur, a solid chemical element found nowhere in the world besides the northern deserts of Ochre's Void, which happens to be on the other side of the ocean in Acrylia!"

"I'm honestly just surprised the witch let you ramble that long." Summer responded.

"As am I." Al agreed with a nod.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 22 2016, 06:15 PM
Cranky and Doodles were shocked when they saw and realized that Mindi was the witch.

"Wait a minute." Cranky interrupted, "This can't be right. How could your sister be the bad guy when those dwarfs destroyed her field?"

"They were trying to stop Mindi from ruining their business!" Harvey replied as he entered in the camp, "They were doing for their own good to get back from her after all these years of misery!"

"Is that true?" Doodles asked with snarled look.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 22 2016, 06:18 PM
Mindi glared over at Harvey. "So you're not as stupid as I thought old man! We'll have to fix that!" She clapped her hands and a ball of fire sped towards Harvey.

Meanwhile, Naeleen was sneaking around the bushes in an attempt to get behind the villagers.

//3//
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 22 2016, 06:30 PM
"You call me old?!?" Harvey growled, "Well I'll give you this!"

And he ducked under the fire ball and swung his cane at Mindi's face.

"Beat that witchy worm!" he barked and backed away.

//10, 8//
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 22 2016, 06:37 PM
Mindi ducked back but the cane still hit the side of her face. As she raised her head to look at him her eyes looked like they were on fire… probably because they were. A Witch with fire and that sort of thing…

"Charge!" She screamed as she extended her arm.

//7. Take whatever villagers you want and roll with them. Let's say there's around 15-20, give or take a pitchfork.//
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 22 2016, 06:46 PM
"Well, I guess we fight the old-fashioned way." Summer remarked, drawing her sword.

"Wait one second..." Al held her back, then tossed that explosive potion he'd been holding this whole time at the middle of the crowd of villagers.

Who all scattered immediately or dove for the ground, resulting in the explosion doing absolutely no damage except to the poor bush it landed next to.

"Nice throw bro." Summer laughed.

"Kindly be silent." Al replied.

//10 on the accuracy of the throw. 12 on the villagers collective reaction.//
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 16 2016, 05:05 PM
The Commander charged towards Mindi with his sword drawn. She shot balls of fire towards him, which rolled on the ground causing them to gain momentum. The Commander ducked down slightly, for the flames grew higher. He was able to avoid them, and get a reasonable distance closer to Mindi.

"Why are you doing this, Mindi? I left a very important event to be here to fight you!"

"I'm sure, Commander. I bet you were running for president! Back down now, or this will not end well!"

"It won't for you." The commander then charged at Mindi again, and they exchanged blows.

//5 for balls of fire, 8 for the Commander//
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 20 2016, 03:51 PM
The villagers finally got back up and glanced at each-other in confusion.

"Duh, wutz goin' on?" one of them asked the others.

"The dwarves! Get them!" one of the other villagers declared.

"Hey, what's going on?" the first villager asked again.

"Okay, Al, we really need to fight this time." Summer urged, about to charge.

"Be advised, they are being manipulated just as we were. Try not to kill them!" Al snapped at his sister, before letting her charge.

"I'm confused..." the first peasant muttered again, just before getting knocked cold by Summer's off-hand fist.

She then engaged the next nearest peasant, who was wielding a pitchfork, in something that resembled a duel, whilst her brother stayed out of the fray, shuffling through his back of tricks for anything else that might be of value.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Sep 02 2016, 04:42 PM
Naeleen then jumped out from the bushes and began attacking the closest villager with her flail. The villager swung his shovel at her while she ducked and moved quickly around to his back. With one motion she jumped onto his back and began to choke him with the chain of her flail. Gasping, he reached around his back and grabbed her leg, bringing her body around to the front with her being suspended by the chain. Before the he could attack her with his shovel, Naeleen bent her head backwards and banged it against the Villagers face; more specifically his nose. Screaming in pain he fell to the ground, grasping his bloody nose. Naeleen jumped from the body and ran to the next poor Villager.

***

Gort stood in a standard dueling position against Szilveszter, who laughed at the aging general.

"Old man, do you actually believe you can beat me? If it is a matter of honor, you shall still die a failure having lost everything!"

"Not everything." Gort replied as he charged toward Szilveszter. The old leprechaun who everyone had seen struggle to stand up, and sometimes walk, swung his sword with such skill and precision that Szilveszter soon found himself in a weak defensive stance, barely blocking attacks as he backed into the woods. After several powerful swings Gort cut Szilveszter's right hand off, sending his sword flying and him falling to the ground. Gort stood over him ready to finished off his opponent, when he heard the Commander scream as he fell the the ground with a burnt leg. Gort left Szilveszter in the woods as he ran towards the Commander. Mindi turned towards him and sent several balls of fire toward him, which Gort narrowly avoided.

***

Ooqi stood up from the ground, and approached the Tomb Mountain dwarfs, who were still seated by the fire.

"Why aren't you fighting!" he exclaimed in desperation.

"Why urn't you?" Lizzi asked.

"You first!" Ooqi said indignantly.

"We dun't want tuh."

"Ugh! Don't you have pride? Courage? The guts to stand up for what's right?!"

"We used tuh have chilled cream." All the dwarfs shivered and sighed in sadness.

Ooqi screamed in frustration before joining the others in fighting the villagers.

***

Then from the sky came a swarm of bats, the bats that Cranky and Doodles had encountered earlier. As they approached their wings erupted in flames of fire as they charged towards the group, randomly dive-bombing into the ground.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Sep 02 2016, 05:18 PM
"Oh no!" Doodles cried looking up to the sky, "It's those bats again!"

"Take cover everybody!" Cranky shouted to the group and the dwarfs.

But Harvey on the other hand, raised his sword that he was hiding in his leather jacket. He used his sword for a very long time. It's 2" wide with the length the same size as the regular sword and is still in good condition.

"Twenty-eight years after I used my sword," He started, "I still have the strength to fight."

As the bats drew closer, he swung his sword with the blade part toward Mindi and the villagers.

//5//
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 02 2016, 07:14 PM
Summer was in an epic duel with pitchfork dude...

Actually no, she was kicking his arse. But see, this is the natural state of farmers or villagers in a battle of any sort. Having their arses kicked that is. So really, it's not like it's all that special for Summer to be beating him. But it would be embarrassing if she were losing, after all.

"Seriously, shut up with the commentary and get on with the post!" Summer growled.

Right, so as I was saying... The villager soon wound up in a heap on the ground with the pitchfork broken in half and his whole body aching.

***

Al finally pulled something out of his back and tossed it at the peasants. The vile smashed over the head of one of the villagers... and promptly ignited his hair on fire. The man ran off screaming as Al began to second-guess his labels...

***

Meanwhile, some of the villagers bypassed the rest of the defenders and approached the lounging dwarves menacingly.

"Oi! Ye undergrown mongrels! Prepare tuh be punished for ye crimes against our village!" one of them declared, raising his club and torch high over his head dramatically.

Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Sep 03 2016, 10:18 AM
"We would fight, but we dun't have ur chilled cream."

"No chilled cream." They all sighed in unison.

***

Mindi dodged out of the way, then sent a ball of fire towards Harvey.

//9 on defense, 3 attack//

***

While Harvey was distracting Mindi, Gort ran to the Commander, whose left leg had been moderately burnt.

"Al!" Gort yelled, "I could use your help!"

***

Meanwhile, Naeleen was choking another villager; this time with her legs, while also lassoing another with her flail. (It has a long chain.)
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Sep 03 2016, 10:51 AM
"You already sent me a fire ball fire lady!" Harvey shouted and ducked again. And then charged towards Mindi.

//6,10//

"What are we going to do?!?" Doodles asked, "WE'RE IN WAR!"

"Hurry!" Cranky said picking up some sticks with his talons, "We'll have these sticks on fire and drop them on Mindi while Harvey distracts her."

"Good idea!" Doodles agreed, "Wait what? Pick up sticks that are..."

"FOR CRYING OUT DOODLES!" Cranky shouted, "Just do it!"

They picked up sticks that were on fire, flew over Mindi as high as they can without being seen, and dropped the sticks toward Mindi.

//8 for dropping sticks// 
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 03 2016, 11:03 AM
"I shall be there momentarily!" Al replied, fastening his bag and beginning to hustle over toward Gort and the Commander, only to stop to pick some daffodils that are actually quite useful for potion creation... and are just a fun word to say.

***

Summer, having defeated her foes to this point, now turned her attention to Mindi and began to charge her. But just before she could get in range, a massive, muscle-bound (and naturally, shirtless) peasant stepped out of the woods in front of her. He had a big flabby hat and about twenty stalks of wheat (because one stalk of wheat was just too small and insignificant for this guy) hanging out of his mouth, while resting over his shoulder was a giant scythe for harvesting said grain.

"You're big..." Summer commented, having skidded to a halt, "Um... I don't know what sort of witty remark I was going to add to that..."

"Grrr..." the peasant growled monstrously, before pulling his crop-killing weapon off his shoulder and swinging it at Summer with surprising speed.

"What the-!?" Summer exclaimed she tried to spin out of the way.

Unfortunately she wasn't fast enough, as the scythe struck her side and then her arm, drawing blood in both places while causing Summer to lose grip of her sword. The impact further sent her stumbling to the ground as she cried-out in pain at the wounds.

//11 atk vs 3 def//

***

"I loike chilled cream..." one of the peasants remarked.

"Shu' up! We be doin' these runts in tonight! Kill 'em!" the first peasant who had threatened the dwarves bellowed.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Sep 05 2016, 02:21 PM
The bats disintegrated before they could reach the battle.

***

As Harvey charged Mindi looked up at Cranky and Doodles, whose stick were not effective at all.

"Stupid birds..." She scoffed... right as Harvey landed a blow to her left arm. "Eeeeek!" she screeched.

//7 for defense, 11 for the sticks//

***

"Gort!" The Commander gasped as he looked up from the cold, hard ground, "If anything happens to me..."

"If?" Gort interrupted, "Something did happen to you, you big idiot! You got your leg burnt!"

"I mean," the Commander wheezed, "if I die... I want you to... to... to put Naeleen in charge of the Special Force™!"

"Thank goodness you're not dying then." Gort muttered as he looked at the Commander's leg.

***

"I'll save you, Summer!" Ooqi dramatically screamed as he charged towards the monster attacking the damsel in distress! (Too much?) To his dismay, his valiant effort was thwarted by him tripping on a stick that Cranky and Doodles had dropped, sending him crashing behind the peasant.

***

"We all luved chilled cream." Lizzi replied to the villager.

"No chilled cream." They all sighed again in unison.

***

Naeleen was still fighting, and having a mighty fun time doing it.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 05 2016, 02:40 PM
Al promptly arrived at Gort and the Commander's location, then knelt down beside them.

"How bad is it?" Al inquired.

***

Ooqi came to a stop right behind the burly peasant's left leg... just as the monstrous farmer was taking a step back while raising his scythe to finish off Summer. As a result, the giant stumbled over the fallen Leprechaun and came crashing to ground with a mighty thud. He remained still, apparently knocked out from the sheer force of his fall.

***

"Enough with the chilled cream!" the angry peasant exclaimed, "Kill these vagabonds!"

"'Ave ye ever 'ad chilled cream?" the third peasant in the group asked.

"Nay... But that doesn't matt--"

"You've neva' 'ad chilled cream?"

"..."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Sep 05 2016, 03:11 PM
"Oh shoot." Cranky said looking puzzled, "Those sticks didn't effect her!"

"So..." Doodles started, "Shall we retreat?"

"Retreat from a battle with our friends in danger." Cranky muttered, "FORGET IT YOU BIRDBRAIN! Lets charge at that witch!"

"Oh yeah!" Doodles agreed, "Good id-...wait WHAT!?!"

Cranky quickly grabbed Doodles and charged down toward Mindi.

//8//

***

"You're such an evil scumbag," Harvey said, "but I liked your soup! Yeeeeeaaaahhhhh!"

Harvey then charged at Mindi to fight.

//7//
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Sep 05 2016, 03:24 PM
"Al," the Commander said as he began to choke up, "you've been a good friend, and..."

"Just put something on there to ease the pain. He'll be fine." Gort interrupted.

***

Mindi ducked out of the way as the birds approached. As she did so, Harvey nicked her arm again.

"Stop it, Old Man!" she screamed as she hurled a ball of fire toward him.

//11 for the bird defense, 6 for the Harvey defense, 7 for the ball of fire//

***

"Yuh never hud chilled cream?" All the dwarves gasped.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 05 2016, 03:34 PM
"What's the injury?" Al asked, looking around for some sort of mortal wound on the torso.

***

"Ooqi!" Summer exclaimed, running over to him and lifting him to his feet by the collar with one arm, "You saved my life!"

***

The belligerent peasant shook his head.
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Post by: Shawnex on Sep 05 2016, 03:48 PM
The birds crashed to the ground. Cranky was okay, but with a little headache. Doodles on the other hand had his head stuck in the ground.

"Help!" he muffled, "I'm stuck!"

"How many times have you got your head stuck in the ground?" Cranky complained walking towards him.

***

Harvey ducked the third time and fell to the ground on his back.

//8//

"You don't give up, do you?" he growled while getting up, "I had enemy archers shoot at me and never get hit."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Sep 07 2016, 04:36 PM
"My leg is on fire!" The Commander screamed while Gort rolled his eyes.

***

"Summer!" Ooqi weezed, "You're choking me!"

***

"Do I look-y like an archer?" Mindi yelled, "You shall now know my wrath!"

She was about to launch a fireball, when she decided to look around the forest. There were lots of scorched bushes, and some trees had scorched bark. Her son was nowhere to be seen, and three of the villagers were arguing with the dwarfs. (And not violently to her dismay.) The few peasants who were left standing, or barely standing, were having their asses handed to them by Naeleen. The strongest peasant, who she had the highest hopes for, was lying on the ground underneath an orc holding a leprechaun by the collar. And there were birds with their heads in the ground. (And now I will stop writing what you all already know.)

Mindi was kinda shocked by all of this. Okay, she was REALLY shocked. In a fit of rage and panic, she quickly grabbed a vile from pocket and poured it's potion over a long branch on the ground. She muttered a few words under her breath before picking up the branch, squatting, and positioning it under her thighs. She then sped out of the forest on the branch, and a trail of sparkling dust followed behind her; the same that had appeared when she had first met The Special Force™.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 07 2016, 06:20 PM
"I know just the thing!" Al exclaimed, pulling out a vile of cyan-colored liquid and pouring it over the wound.

The Commander's leg promptly froze solid...

"Oh... well that's not quite what it was supposed to do." Al muttered.

***

"Oh, sorry." Summer replied, setting Ooqi back down on his feet, "You okay?"

Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Sep 13 2016, 03:30 PM
"Well," Harvey sighed while putting his sword back in his leather jacket, "guess she is a coward after all. Oh well, back to my old man stuff."

"Harvey!" called Cranky trying to pull Doodles out of the ground, "I can use some help!"

Harvey rolled his eyes but came to help Cranky pull Doodles out of the ground. He grabbed Doodles talons and pulled him back up.

"Boy you birds have seen better days." he chuckled.

Doodles frowned upside down with dirt stuffed in his mouth.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Sep 14 2016, 03:53 PM
The Commander's face went white. Looking at him, you would have thought that Al had frozen his whole body. Gort felt that the Commander was in good hands, and so he walked over to see how the dwarfs and remaining villagers were doing.

"So are you all good?"

***

Ooqi looked a little embarrassed and quickly brushed himself off. He tried to stand up as tall as he could, but that didn't really work.

"Of course I am all right!" he declared with confidence, "Do you think that something like that could hurt me? Heh! You underestimate me, my dear Summer!"

***

Naeleen stood over the last poor, aching villager triumphantly while she propped her flail against her shoulder.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 14 2016, 04:29 PM
The peasants were sitting with the dwarves around the fire.

"...and my abusive father was lactose intolerant... and that's why I've never had chilled cream." the belligerent villager was concluding his life's story.

The other peasants were patting him on the back as he sobbed.

***

"Really? So can I do it again? It was kinda fun." Summer replied with a pained chuckle.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Sep 15 2016, 07:57 AM
Some of the dwarfs were also crying, while others bowed their heads in sorrow.

"No chilled cream..." they all sighed.

"Well, I'm not sure what to tell you guys." Gort said, "Mindi is gone, and I'm pretty sure she didn't reverse the spell."

***

"Uh, maybe not right now." Ooqi stuttered nervously, "I think we need to check on... the birds! Yes, we should really check on the birds!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 15 2016, 10:20 AM
"That's terrible!" the belligerent peasant moaned in response to Gort.

***

Summer looked up.

"Where are they?"

If Ooqi were paying attention, he'd notice the giant peasant standing up right behind Summer.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Oct 16 2016, 11:29 AM
"Uh, S-s-s-Summer!" Ooqi stuttered while pointing.

***

"Yes, well..." Gort began, but he was sharply cut-off by the Commander, who had run towards him.

"Special Force™!" he declared, "We must leave now, there is a new mission afoot!"

"What about your leg..."

"No time for technicalities, we must leave instantaneously!"

The dwarfs all sighed, "No chilled cream."

Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Oct 16 2016, 01:17 PM
"What?" Summer asked, then turned around to see the big peasant looming over her, "Oh... hi..."

The peasant snarled, then raised his scythe again to strike...

When suddenly a green cat leaped out of a nearby tree and landed on the brute's head, digging it's claws deep into his skin in the process.

"WUUUAAAAHHHH!!!" the peasant roared, dropping his scythe and flailing his hands in the air, before running off into the woods with the cat still clutching onto him.

"He he... that was... funny..." Summer chuckled, before clutching her side and moaning slightly.

***

"Ye can't leave! That foul witch is still out there! And these poor souls still don't 'ave their chilled cream! How can thou be so heartless?" the belligerent peasant beseeched the commander.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Oct 20 2016, 01:01 PM
Ooqi didn't notice the moan, as he was still in shock from the peasant. He just kept pointing in the direction that the giant had been while muttering, "Cat."

***

"Ah, but alas, our mission here is done. Gather the team, we shall be off!" The Commander declared as he disappeared into the night.

Gort was about to say something, but he decided against it. He instead walked away from the fire and towards Naeleen, who had fallen asleep against a tree. Gort picked her up, with her flail, and started to look around for Cranky and Doodles.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Oct 20 2016, 04:26 PM
"Well now," Harvey began while walking towards Gort with the birds flying at his left side, "It seems that your boss didn't seem to care about these dwarfs, but for another mission, eh?"

"Tell me about it." Cranky replied.

"Yuck!" Doodles coughed still getting the rest of the dirt out of his mouth, "How would worms eat this stuff?"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Oct 21 2016, 09:02 AM
The green cat waltzed back out of the woods a moment later, looking rather proud of itself.

***

"Um, Mr. Gort... I'm not exactly sure how... but the Commander just made an astounding recovery from severe frostbite and hypothermia." Al informed Gort.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Oct 29 2016, 05:18 PM

Gort shook his head at Harvey and then put his free hand on Al's shoulder, "Don't try to understand it, Al. Just don't." He then walked off into the shadows, still carrying Naeleen.


Ooqi was still pointing in the direction of the giant muttering, "Cat."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Oct 29 2016, 05:54 PM
Al sighed, then walked over to his sister and noticed she was bleeding.

"You're wounded."

"It's a flesh wound." Summer replied confidently, only to wince right afterward.

"Uh-huh... I have just the thing!" Al declared, again digging into his box of tricks.

"Hey Ooqi! We need to... uh... catch up with the boss! Yeah!" Summer yelped, hobbling over and grabbing Ooqi and pulling him along with her after the escaping Commander.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Oct 29 2016, 06:53 PM
"Sheesh!" Cranky started, "This is getting more confusing than ever. Are we gonna go on another mission or help the dwarfs? Cause I just don't see any answers for this whole mission!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Oct 29 2016, 06:57 PM
Ooqi was jolted from his postion, and as Summer dragged him he reached and grabbed Doodles.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Oct 29 2016, 07:09 PM
Then Doodles grabbed Cranky!

"Whhhhaaaaa!" he yelled.

"Well, guess I have nothin to do here anymore." said Harvey, "Yo lads! Wait for me!"

He may be an eight-five year old man and once fought a battle for King Kolo's army twenty-eight years ago, but he joined in the team for an another mission.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Oct 29 2016, 09:30 PM
The green cat chased after them as well.

This left the peasants and Tomb Mountain Dwarves alone in the woods together. At that moment, the belligerent peasant pulled up a stump and stood upon it to address everyone who was there:

"Citizens of Tomb Mountain Valley! Hear me now and hear me well! Are we gonna just allow these greedy mercenaries to leave us to wallow in shame? Are we gonna just lay down our arms and permit this infernal witch to dictate whether we can have chilled cream or not? NO I SAY! We shall sally forth from this here forest and destroy this foul creature who dare curse our dwarven brethren! Let this day be known as the day that the citizens of Tomb Mountain rose together and declared that we will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to have chilled cream! We’re going enjoy chilled cream! Tonight we celebrate CHILLED CREAM DAY!!!”

All the peasants that were lying around rose to their feet and cheered loudly, whilst raising their various pitiful weapons in the air.

"To the witch's house! CHAAARGE!!!" the belligerent peasant roared.

"CHAAAAAAARRRRGGGEEE!!!" the peasants parroted.

And with that, the Tomb Mountain Valley villagers went charging away from the camp to go conquer Mindi's house...
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Oct 30 2016, 09:12 AM
The Tomb Mountain Dwarfs also cheered and followed the villagers.

***

The Special Force™ headed off into the night. Which direction are they headed, you ask? That-a-way.

"Morry," Gort spoke up after a few minutes of walking, "we really should find a place to rest for the night."

Ooqi who was just coming out of shock, rolled his eyes. "Sure, so we'll be sleeping under the trees! That sounds just wonderful!"

"Calm down, we might be able to find a place to stay."

"Sure! Like we're going to come upon a inn or something!"

At that moment they came upon an inn at the end of a long narrow street... which looked strangely familiar.

"Perfect!" The Commander smiled as he clapped his hands.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Oct 30 2016, 09:18 AM
"Uh... haven't we been here before?" Al asked.

"Naw. I've never seen this place before in my liiife..." Summer answered, feeling woozy from blood loss and not seeing straight as a result.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 19 2016, 03:35 PM
The Commander agreed with Summer as he opened the door, "Of course we haven't been here before! That would be redundant now, wouldn't it?"

The Commander waltzed into the building, while Gort lingered slightly behind, observing the building.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 19 2016, 04:03 PM
It was that very same inn they'd stayed at the night they got haunted, captured by the Knights of the Silver Crest, vanquished the Vensian Rebels and reunited with Mektora. But it totally wasn't redundant at all, because unlike last time, when there were numerous travelers (and an innkeeper) in the building, there was only one person inside this time.

That one person was sitting at the table, a single candle in front of them providing the only source of light in the otherwise dark room. The person appeared to be a young woman, judging by semi-braided, semi-loose shoulder-length hair, and a smaller-looking physic. In any case, the person wasn't facing the new arrivals, nor did she turn to face them when the door opened.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Nov 20 2016, 08:18 AM
"Yes! Yes, this will do!" The Commander surmised as he looked around, still unaware that they had been there before.

After a few moments Gort fully entered the building, still carrying Naeleen. He looked around for the innkeeper, and after seeing none, he turned to the lone person at the table.

"Excuse me, but might you know if we could get some rooms?" He asked.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 20 2016, 08:23 AM
The individual at the table slowly raised their head and turned to face them, confirming in the process that it was a woman. Her eyes were bound in a cloth, however, and she held her head slightly upward facing in the way that a blind person would.

"The rooms in this building are empty." she answered Gort, "I do not believe the innkeeper will care if you claim them."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Nov 20 2016, 08:32 AM
"Okay, well thank you." Gort replied as he left and started towards the stairs. His back was aching from carrying Naeleen, and they did just wage war upon a witch, so he was too exhausted to even wonder who the woman was.

The Commander, on the other hand, wasn't tired at all. "So, you here with your parents?"

Ooqi just facepalmed.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 20 2016, 08:56 AM
"I am alone." the woman replied, "And-- oh dear, you are bleeding."

She leaned over and made a hand gesture at Summer, who was standing just beyond the Commander and co. Summer was kind of woozy from the injury, blood loss and late night walking, so she didn't really understand what was being asked.

"Come here, let me help you." the woman offered.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Nov 20 2016, 10:33 AM
The birds and Harvey also walked in while the woman helped Summer. Doodles and Cranky also wondered if they had spent the night there before.

"I'm not positive that I'm right," Doodles started while looking all around the building, "but I think we have slept here before."

"And what makes you say that?" Harvey asked.

"Iiiit's a long story." Cranky answered, "But I don't want too say anything about it."   
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Nov 20 2016, 02:24 PM
Ooqi looked at Summer, then at the woman.

"When did you... how did you... Al?" Ooqi desperately asked.

"Summer, you're injured?" The Commander asked, genuinely concerned, "Here, sit down." He said as he helped guide her to a chair, or bench, or whatever was close by.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 20 2016, 02:40 PM
"Hey, I tried to fix it earlier! She wouldn't let me!" Al snapped.

The woman got up and picked up a walking staff that was leaning against the table beside her. She then made her way over to where the Commander had sat Summer down and knelt beside her.

"Let me see it." she asked softly, though her voice was naturally soft to begin with.

Summer wordlessly removed a hand from her side, revealing the gash from the peasant's scythe attack back at the dwarf camp. It was partially dried, but from all the movement and stress of walking it had been kept open and bleeding.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Nov 20 2016, 02:42 PM
"Yeah, but... but..." Ooqi stuttered quietly, trying to point at the woman's eyes, though it probably looked like he was pointing at a wall.

"That doesn't look good." The Commander commented.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 20 2016, 02:57 PM
The woman put her hands over the wound and a yellow glow could be seen emanating from between her hands and the bloody laceration. The tension in Summer's face began to relax almost immediately.

"Hey, who gave you permission to use magic on my sister?" Al growled.

The woman ignored him and continued using whatever healing spell she was using on Summer's wound.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Nov 20 2016, 03:00 PM

"Wha..." Oqqi gasped as he fainted.


*BANG*

"That's cool; my sister does magic too." The Commander admired.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 20 2016, 03:12 PM
Soon enough, the wound was healed enough to no longer be bleeding, though it was still a bit messy with dried blood and a scar was clearly visible. Summer seemed to come out of the trance of sorts she'd been in as a result too.

"Wow, I feel great! How'd you do that?" she exclaimed, "And why is Ooqi on the floor?"

Al looked rather indignant over the whole thing.

"I am glad you feel better." the woman replied to Summer, "Do not worry about your friend, I'm sure he will come out of it in a moment."

Al adjusted his glasses, then decided to go light a lantern since the room was still very dark.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Nov 22 2016, 02:39 PM
Doodles explained the whole story to Harvey about the last time that they spent the night in the same inn (which they did not know yet) and that it had a ghost or something like that.

"Hmm...you don't say." Harvey said while rubbing his white beard, "You don't really think that this is the same inn don't you?"

"I don't know yet." Doodles answered, "But if it is, I hope there aren't any ghosts around here."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 22 2016, 03:45 PM
With Summer seemingly all patched up, as evidenced by the fact that she sprung up and ran out the front door for whatever reason, the woman returned to her previous seat. She continued to face toward the Commander, at least in his general direction. She was actually facing directly at the old painting on the wall somewhere behind and to the side of him.

"What brings you travelers here?" she asked.

Al was still busy lighting the lanterns and candles around the inn. The brighter it got, the more apparent it would be to the few sane people present that it was the one they'd been in before.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 22 2016, 04:16 PM
"Oh, it's top secret." The Commander stated as he sat down, "I am Commander Morrison, and this is my team; The Special Force!"



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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 22 2016, 04:34 PM
"I see." the woman replied, "You have not by chance encountered a group of four or five well-armed men, have you?"
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 22 2016, 04:37 PM
"Um...uh, I'm not sure. We just finished fighting a group of 20 or so poorly armed peasants. Does that count?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 22 2016, 04:39 PM
"No. I am tracking a group of well-armed mercenaries." the woman replied.

Just then, Summer burst back into the inn with a bucket of water and splashed it onto Ooqi's head.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 22 2016, 04:43 PM
"Well, could you use some assistance on your venture?" The Commander said confidently, "We are highly skilled professionals!"

"Yeeeeah!" Ooqi screamed as he jolted up. "Give them their chilled cream! I mean, uh... thanks..."

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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 22 2016, 04:47 PM
"If you wish, I primarily just need to find them first." the woman replied.

Summer just giggled at Ooqi, while Al returned from his enlightening endeavor and sighed at everyone else.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 22 2016, 04:51 PM
"Lovely! See you in the morning then." The Commander then stood up and headed for the stairs.

"So... what are we doing?" Ooqi asked.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 22 2016, 05:10 PM
"Sleeping... apparently." Al muttered.

"Sounds good to me... except I'm hungry." Summer mumbled, "Do they have any food here?"

"They may have some in the back. Help yourself. The innkeeper will not mind." the woman replied.
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 22 2016, 06:13 PM
"Well bust my beak!" Cranky exclaimed, "How can I even forget of eating something right before going to bed? Come on Doodles! Last one to the back room is a rotten egg!"

And he darted toward the room.

"But Cranky..." corrected Doodles, "We were born in eggs."
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 25 2016, 07:13 AM
"Um..." Ooqi whispered as he moved towards Al, "where's the innkeeper?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 25 2016, 07:22 AM
Al was about to say he didn't know, when the woman answered instead, having somehow heard Ooqi's whisper.

"He's buried outside."
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 25 2016, 07:30 AM
Ooqi eyes widened and he opened his mouth to speak but nothing came out. He just stood there and stared at her.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 25 2016, 07:38 AM
"You--" Al began to say in an accusatory tone, before he was interrupted again.

"Did not kill him." the woman answered again, "He was dead before I arrived. He and two others. I am convinced they were murdered by the men I seek."

Summer, Doodles and Cranky arrived in the storage room, to find that almost all the food and goods were stolen. All that was left were a few bags of flower and some rotten apples.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 25 2016, 08:02 AM
"A-a-and those men are where?" Ooqi asked as his eyes darted around the room.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 25 2016, 08:15 AM
"If I knew, I would not have asked you if you had seen them. They are not here, that much I know." the woman replied.

Al opened his mouth to speak again, before the sound of Summer screaming in fury echoed throughout the building.

"THERE'S NO FOOOOOOD!!!"
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 25 2016, 08:21 AM
"What in the tarnation happened here?!?" Cranky shouted with his eyes wide open, "Did some thieves came here and stole everything?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 25 2016, 08:24 AM
"Why those no-good-rotten-... apples?" Summer got distracted by finding a barrel of rotten applies and pulling one out.

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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 25 2016, 08:27 AM

As Summer, Cranky, and Doodles looked around the room, they could hear a faint voice in the distance, "OOOOOOOEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAA!"

***


"Soooo..." Ooqi drawled, "what now?
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 25 2016, 08:30 AM
Summer drew her empty pistols out and whipped her head around in paranoia.

"It's that ghost again!" she gulped.

****

"Perhaps you boys should rest. If your leader expects to assist me, you will want to get sleep while it can still be had." the woman replied.

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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 25 2016, 09:15 AM
"G-G-G-GHOST?!?!" Doodles shivered looking around the room, "Where? WHERE?!?"

"I can't believe it." Cranky groaned, "This must be the same inn that we've been in here before!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 25 2016, 09:20 AM
"Wait... maybe the ghost stole the food!" Summer growled, holstering her pistols again and slapping her left palm with her right fist, "Just lemme at him! He's gonna regret this!"
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 25 2016, 09:22 AM
"How would we know if it's a him?!?" Doodles asked.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 25 2016, 09:34 AM
The Commander ran down the stairs into the room the woman, Al, and Ooqi were in.

"I need a night-candle!" he screamed.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 25 2016, 09:36 AM
Summer just rubbed her first against her open-palm, as if grinding something between them. Poor girl seemed to have forgotten you can't fight a ghost with your fists.

***

"You cannot have mine." the mystery woman replied in a neutral tone.

"Ung... I shall locate you one." Al muttered, looking around the room for a candle and eventually finding one on another table and handing it to the commander.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 25 2016, 09:38 AM
Although the ghost did make any more noises, the wind outside seemed to be whispering in hushed tones.

***

"Thank you, Al!" the Commander smiled as he gave him a huge hug.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 25 2016, 09:41 AM
Summer's palm began to sweat as she began to rethink her position on fist-fighting a phantom.

***

"Gack!" Al squawked, not expecting that.

"Touching." the mystery woman remarked in amusement, despite the fact that she wasn't even facing Al and the Commander.
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 25 2016, 09:46 AM
"Come on Commander. There's nothing to be afraid of in the dark, especially right now." Harvey said before walking towards the stairs. 
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 25 2016, 01:02 PM
Ooqi looked at Harvey with a puzzled look on his face before shaking his head.

The Commander let go of Al and followed Harvey up the stairs.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 25 2016, 01:48 PM
Summer burst out of the storage room.

"Al! This is the inn we stayed at before!" she yelped.

"Ya don't say?" Al deadpanned.

"I do say! Even the ghost is still here!" Summer replied.

The mystery woman's head perked up slightly, but she said nothing.
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 26 2016, 09:35 AM
"Ghost you say, huh?" Harvey asked, "Well, it appears that your bird friends were right after all about this place."

The birds burst out of the storage room as well after Summer.

"That's not the only thing that's bad!" Cranky spoke out, "The food has been stolen!"
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 26 2016, 09:39 AM
Harvey was now blocking the way of the staircase, (since as it was stated when they previously stayed there, it was a very narrow staircase), so the Commander reluctantly listened to the conversation.

"Could we ever just have one quiet night so we could sleep!" Ooqi lamented.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 26 2016, 09:50 AM
"I suspected the stores may have been looted, but I could not know for sure." the mystery woman mused from her spot at the table, "I am at least on the correct track."

"What does that have to do with the ghost!?" Summer demanded indignantly.

"Oh, nothing. I was simply remarking on my quarries." mystery lady replied.

"I suggest we simply lock the doors and keep the inn well-illuminated." Al suggested, "I am certain I have a concoction that will remain lit all night."

"And probably burn the place down..." Summer sighed, causing Al to give her an annoyed look.
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 26 2016, 09:58 AM
"Duh...she has a point there." Doodles agreed, "Having candles or...some other light thingumajig lit all-night could cause a fire if someone is not careful."

"Uh, what's a thingumajig?" Cranky asked.

"I have no idea."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 26 2016, 10:04 AM
"I assure you, I will not burn down the inn." Al replied.

"That's what you said about mom's garden shed." Summer muttered with an eye roll.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 26 2016, 10:25 AM

"I'm done!" Ooqi snapped as he threw his arms in the air and walked towards the stairs. Assuming Harvey and the Commander were still standing there, Ooqi proceeded to push them both up the stairs. He was muttering under his breath as he did so.


"Ghosts, and fires, and food, and dead people, and practically dead people, and garden sheds..."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 26 2016, 05:28 PM
"Summer, go up to bed." Al suggested.

"But-" she began to protest.

"Go on. There's no food here anyway." Al replied in a firm tone.

Summer sighed and reluctantly headed upstairs.
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Post by: Shawnex on Dec 02 2016, 07:21 PM
"We lads had a ruff day." Harvey said as he walked up the stairs.

"Don't tell me that Doodles and I have to go sleep on the rafters again, are ya?" Cranky complained.

"Otherwise, we sleep outside Cranky." Doodles suggested.

"Oh boy. Here we go again!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 03 2016, 09:00 AM
Now, the main room of the inn had been vacated save for Al and the mystery woman. She continued to sit in silence, "staring" forward at the wall on the far side of the building. Al, however, was staring, or perhaps glaring, at her instead. After a few moments of awkward silence, she finally spoke up.

"Do you like what you see?" she asked with an amused smile.

"I don't know." Al replied, his thoughts centered on something different than what the woman might have been implying.

"You will not make many girls happy with answers such as that." she replied neutrally.

"I'm not concerned with that." Al replied, then added in a darker tone, "I'm concerned with the safety of my sister and friends. I do not know how you are able to perceive the things you do without the use of your sight, but it is clear to me that you are no common individual. I will be watching you. And if you threaten any of those gathered here tonight, I will know, and you will not get away with it."

With that, Al turned and made his way up the stairs after his sister and all the others. As he was about half-way up, the woman spoke again.

"If your leader truly seeks to assist me in my quest, I will be the very least of your worries." she responded, "Sleep well."

Al didn't reply, he just pulled a small bottle out of his bag and sprinkled some water on the door of the rooms he knew were occupied by the other members of The Special Force, then found a room for himself and entered it. And thus, the inn was once more plunged into silence...

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Post by: DeadJim on Dec 20 2016, 08:52 AM

Yeah right...


Sure, it was silent for a few hours, but that silence was soon pierced by a familiar shrill voice...
the Commander's.


***


"Did you hear that!" he screamed as he ran into the hallway. He frantically looked at all the doors, unsure of where everybody else was. Being in a room alone probably wasn't a good idea.


"Heeeeeelp!" he screamed again, hoping he might hear some sound in reply from his team.


*bang* A body hit the floor.


"Ah, Ooqi!"  the Commander thought as he headed for one of the doors.

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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 20 2016, 09:00 AM
Upon opening the door, he found... Summer... standing there looking tired and confused.

"What's wrong, boss...?" she asked drearily.
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Post by: DeadJim on Dec 20 2016, 09:06 AM
"Ghost!" he whispered as he shut the door. He then turned and opened the door on the other end of the hallway.

"Ghost!" he whispered again to a empty room. Empty... all except for the ghost looking out the window.

The Commander closed the door and went to the next room.

"Ghost!" he whispered, though his whispers were slowly getting louder.

"Shut it." Gort mumbled from bed.

The Commander shut that door, and went yet again to another.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 20 2016, 09:10 AM
That door was already opening as Al stepped out into the hall, a smoking vile of something probably explosive in his hand.

"What's the elevated vocal discharge about?" he asked, "It's not the woman downstairs, is it?"

He also looked tired, but also didn't look like he'd even tried to sleep yet.
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Post by: DeadJim on Dec 20 2016, 09:16 AM
"Al, I hope you're not going to smoke that..." the Commander said in a concerned voice, "I've heard that smoking things isn't good for your breathing thingys."

Naeleen stumbled out of one of the other rooms, (why the 9-year-old was allowed to have her own room, we'll never know), and leaned against its door frame.

"What's on fire?" she asked wearily.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 20 2016, 09:29 AM
"I do not intend to smoke this! This is a liquefied explosive device!" Al retorted in annoyance.
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Post by: DeadJim on Dec 26 2016, 09:35 AM
"Then can I smoke it?" Naeleen asked, slightly more awake than before.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 26 2016, 09:37 AM
"If you wish to detonate yourself into a substantial number of smaller fragments, then I suppose." Al replied blankly.

Summer finally opened the door to her room and peered out into the hall.

"Please tell me this is about breakfast?" she asked.
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Post by: Shawnex on Dec 26 2016, 09:46 AM
Harvey walked out of his room feeling exhausted and came to the hallway where the others are.

"Can someone please tell me what the blazes is going on here?" he demanded with a yawn.
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Post by: DeadJim on Dec 26 2016, 09:54 AM
Ooqi emerged from his room, only to fall flat onto the floor. He tried to say something, but it just came out as a wheeze.

"Why you are all awake is beyond me." the Commander stated calmly as he headed back to his room, "We need to get some sleep if we are going to embark on our next mission tomorrow. Good night."

And so, the Commander left the room.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 26 2016, 10:00 AM
"I agree with the boss... we should sleep... or find breakfast... but probably sleep..." Summer yawned, then headed back to her room.

Al just glared at the Commander as he walked away.
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Post by: Shawnex on Dec 26 2016, 10:03 AM
"Hm." Harvey complained with a slight frown, "I never get answers!"
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Post by: DeadJim on Dec 26 2016, 10:05 AM

"I never get to smoke." Naeleen sighed as she also returned to her room.

Ooqi was still on the floor fast asleep.


***


Anyways... the rest of the night passed relatively quietly, except for Ooqi snoring in the hallway. The morning sun began to appear over the horizon, but was quickly shrouded by dark rain clouds. While it had not yet begun to rain, it was a very dark morning with a strong wind howling outside.


"Good morning!" the Commander declared as he stepped into the hallway.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 27 2016, 07:11 AM
Where he found an evidently noisy, snoring Ooqi on the floor, and a rather tired-looking Al sitting on a chair at the end of the hall. Being as the first guy was still out-of-it, Al was the only one to immediately react.

"And you as well, Commander..." he said slowly, "Shall I... *yawn* ...rouse the rest of the group?"
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Post by: DeadJim on Dec 27 2016, 08:07 AM
"That's okay, Al. I can do that later." The Commander said as he went down the stairs, "But you can wake them up, if you'd like."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 27 2016, 08:11 AM
Al sighed, before getting up and beginning to check each door and try to wake up all the rest of the Force.

Meanwhile, the commander found the mystery woman in the same position as she'd been left in last night; sitting at a table in contemplation with slow-burning candle in front of her.
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Post by: DeadJim on Dec 27 2016, 08:23 AM
Like the Commander would notice.

"Good morning!" he greeted her as he walked to the kitchen.

***

Naeleen woke fairly quickly, though she staggered out of her room and into a wall. Gort was already up when Al came to his room, and was looking at a piece of paper he had spread on a table.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 27 2016, 08:42 AM
Al normally would have been curious about Gort's paper... but when you're tired you sometimes do foolish things, so he just ignored it and continued on to try and wake-up Harvey and Summer.

Speaking of Summer, she was awake and alert almost immediately, but didn't seem in the best of moods. She was probably just hungry.

***

"I suppose it is." the woman replied to the commander, softly.
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Post by: Shawnex on Dec 28 2016, 09:38 AM
Cranky and Doodles were slowly waking up after that long night.

"Ahh what a night." Doodles yawned and paid no attention on where he was walking and-, ("Waah!") fell to the floor.

Cranky woke up and looked down to see Doodles lying on the floor.

"Hey Doodles! What do you think your doing on the floor?" he asked.

"Uhh...being a birdbrain." Doodles answered. 

Cranky face palmed.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 28 2016, 10:02 AM
Summer followed the Commander toward the kitchen, but tripped over Doodles.

"GAH!" she grunted as she fell to the floor, "Watch where you're going!"

Al knocked on Harvey's door.

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Post by: DeadJim on Dec 28 2016, 10:21 AM
Gort walked out of his room and shut the door.

"Another restful night." he muttered as he stepped over Ooqi, "On to the the next mission..."

Ooqi coughed as he woke up, "Huh? Oh, what a night" He stood up and walked next to Al, "I didn't sleep at all."

***

The Commander emerged quickly from the kitchen with a hot beverage in his hand. It smelled like coffee, but where he found coffee we'll never know.
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Post by: Shawnex on Dec 28 2016, 10:31 AM
Harvey opened his door and walked out of his room.

"Ah good morning." he yawned while stretching his arms, "You seem to be having a tough time here, lad."

***

"How rude!" Doodles snorted.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 28 2016, 10:34 AM
"A little bit..." Al sighed, "Everyone else is downstairs already."

***

"Bah..." Summer growled, then sniffed the air a few times and noticed the Commander's coffee, "Hey, where'd you get that?"
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Post by: DeadJim on Dec 28 2016, 10:40 AM
"Down the stairs!" Ooqi declared as he walked to the stairs and swiftly fell down them. Naeleen, who was still upstairs, stumbled behind him.

***

"The birds? In the same town I found you and Al." he replied as he headed for a table.
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Post by: Shawnex on Dec 28 2016, 10:55 AM
"Well, so they have. Lets not stand around here doing nothing, let us join the others." said Harvey as he walked toward the stairs.

***

"She's meaning that drink you have there." Cranky stated.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 28 2016, 11:05 AM
Al followed Harvey, but did so rather slowly.

***

"No... I meant the smell!" Summer snapped, "Err... wait... Oh, forget it!"

She stormed back into the kitchen/storeroom to try and find food.

"I suspect you will need to forage for food elsewhere, as I believe it was established last night that there is none here." the mystery woman remarked, though Summer either didn't hear or listen.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 02 2017, 12:27 PM
"That's okay, we can eat on the way." The Commander said as he sat down across from the woman.

Ooqi, who had quickly gotten downstairs, followed Summer with a slight limp. Naeleen was about to follow, when she noticed the woman at the table, who she had obviously not met before, since she was asleep when they arrived. She snuck around the perimeter of the room, ducking under tables, desks, stools, straw, curtains, and whatever else might have been lying around. She was trying to get a closer look at the woman.

***

Ooqi looked around the kitchen, which hadn't changed much since the night before, (though he wouldn't have known that), except for a kettle on the stove which he assumed the Commander had heated up.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jan 02 2017, 12:38 PM
Doodles got himself up after Summer tripped over him.

"Heh! Orcs these days." he sniffed while brushing himself, "Don't they ever use commonsense? I mean really!"

"It's there nature, Doodles." replied Cranky jokingly while flying off the rafters, "They think that they're smarter than anyone else, taking risky chances, and being careless. Very illogical don't you think?"

"Makes sense." Doodles agreed.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 02 2017, 12:44 PM
"On the way to where, sir?" Al asked the commander drearily.

The woman made no movements or comments, instead waiting to be properly addressed.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 02 2017, 12:53 PM
"Wherever the wind may take us!" The Commander stated dramatically as he stood up, "Come rain, come shine, come snow, come sleet, the mission must go on!"

Soon Naeleen was only a few feet away from the woman, eyeing her suspiciously while slowly drawing a knife from her boot.

***

Ooqi reached for the kettle's handle to determine how full it was. He grabbed it and let out a scream of pain, since the handle had no protective coating. He let go and fell onto the floor yelling something about how bad things always happened to him. In this case it was probably true, since the kettle peeled off a few layers of his skin.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 02 2017, 12:57 PM
"Where you still intending to assist me in my quest?" the mystery woman inquired of the Commander in a neutral tone.

Ooqi's yelling sort of helped wake Al up, at least for a moment.

"Lovely..." he mumbled, digging around for burn treatment in his bag.

A moment later, Summer came back out into the main room, sniffing around.

"I smell cooked meat." she remarked hungrily.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 02 2017, 01:05 PM

How Al knew that Ooqi was burned in the kitchen, or why Summer left the kitchen and then smelled the burning, we'll never know.


The Commander sat down and looked at the woman. "The real question is," he said as he reached for his coffee, "are you still intending to assist us on your quest?"


"I think we should wait before moving forward." Gort suggested as he entered the inn from the outside. "There are rain clouds heading in; we wouldn't get very far."
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Post by: Shawnex on Jan 02 2017, 01:16 PM
"Might I ask you, what kind of mission is it going be?" Harvey asked the Commander, "Cause we can't go out or do anything until you explain it to us."

"See what I mean?" Cranky whispered to Doodles about Summer sniffing around the inn.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 02 2017, 01:23 PM
Al and Summer are just weird. And are written by a senile and confused author.

"I am pursuing a group of thieves and murderers." the woman replied to Harvey and the Commander at once, "Once I track them down, I intend to kill them all. If you consider it worthy of your time, I will accept assistance in the matter. Otherwise, you may continue on whatever mission you were pursuing before."

Al found something and was approaching Ooqi to apply it to his burns.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 02 2017, 01:33 PM
"Sounds good." The Commander said as he took a gulp of his coffee.

"Hold on." Gort said as he set down some paper wrapped packages he had been carrying, "We need more information than that."

"Like what?" the Commander asked.

"For one, do you know who they are?" Gort asked the mystery woman, "Or more importantly, do we even know who you are?"

***

"That's... that's not explosive, is it?" Ooqi asked nervously, as scooted away from Al.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 02 2017, 01:41 PM
"You may call me Evah." the woman replied, "As for those I seek, they are a small band of heavily armed mercenaries. I only know they have been through the towns of Hansclaw, Jaireth, and Westinburg, along with numerous other small villages, and have stolen and killed much along the way."

Evah paused a moment to let that sink in, then pointed toward the store room-kitchen place.

"The men who murdered the innkeeper and travelers and stole their possessions are the same ones I speak of. I have been able to stay on their trail, but cannot seem to catch them."

***

"Most likely not." Al replied, though he was already getting drowsy again so his ability to think clearly was... questionable.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 11 2017, 01:44 PM
Naeleen stayed in wait, crouched beneath one of the nearby tables with her knife drawn.

"Okay then!" The Commander clapped as he stood up, "Let's be on our...."

"So what's your interest in them? Mercenary or scorned victim?" Gort interrupted.

***

"Um... I'll take my chances!" Ooqi assured Al as he backed away and tried to get to his feet.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 11 2017, 02:03 PM
"Neither. I am just trying to do what is right." Evah replied, her voice not betraying any emotion one-way or another.

**

"And let the skin slowly peel off your hands, leaving it open for infectious disease and permanent scarring?" Al asked in response.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 11 2017, 02:10 PM

"So let me get this straight," Gort began, but was cut off.


"Sounds good! Let's be off!" The Commander chimed. It had started to rain, by the way.


"Do you want to fight?" Naeleen whispered from behind Evah, in a slightly sinister tone.


***


"Uh, sure! Better than blowing up... anyway, uh... I could use a defining trait!" Ooqi questioned whether or not being blown up might be the better option, but alas, he wasn't anxious to find out.

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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 11 2017, 02:18 PM
"Do you?" Evah asked, also in a whisper.

***

"Err... eh... whatever..." Al sighed, setting the vile on a nearby table in case Ooqi changed his mind, then groggily walked back into the main room.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 11 2017, 03:39 PM
Naeleen hesitated, "...yes?"

***

Ooqi eyed the vile but began to follow Al... before quickly turning around and sticking the vile in his pocket. Just in case. He then began to wrap his hand in an old rag while staggering towards the main room.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 11 2017, 03:42 PM
"Do you want all of the things that go with fighting?" Evah then asked.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jan 11 2017, 04:00 PM
"On a contrary, Evah." Doodles interrupted with a quick appearance to the ladies, "Naeleen can't fight at everything that she does not know, even if she wants to fight without a very good reason. Otherwise, why would she fight when she actually attract attention to everything, even if it's not worth fighting for?"
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 12 2017, 09:54 AM
"Uh..." Naeleen looked very confused, just glancing between Doodles and Evah.

Gort sighed, and began to unwrap the packages he had brought in. There appeared to be food in them.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 12 2017, 10:25 AM
"Listen to the bird." Evah suggested to Naeleen, still not turning to face her or Doodles.

Gort soon found a hungry orc girl standing behind him and looking over his shoulder.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 17 2017, 11:50 AM
Gort finished unwrapping the packages and left them on the table for the group to help themselves. There appeared to be dried meat, cheese, and some loaves of bread. He then sat down at the same table as Evah and the Commander.

"What is our heading then?" he inquired of Evah.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 17 2017, 11:55 AM
"I am uncertain. They seem to lack a definite pattern to their movements, other than the death they leave in their wake." Evah replied, "However, they appear to have gone north to Westinburg from here, then came back for some reason. They could not have gone south, else I would have likely found them in passing. Their general direction has been northward and eastward, so I suspect the road to Darochek would be the best choice."

Summer, meanwhile, started eating. And probably wouldn't stop until she had way more than her share.

Al, on the other hand, sat at an empty table and let his head sag. He'd probably be asleep in a few moments.
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Post by: DeadJim on Mar 27 2017, 05:02 PM

"Alright then!" The Commander declared after a brief pause, "Let us be off on the road to Darocheck!"


"After the storm." Gort corrected.


"No time." The Commander countered.


"We don't have time to get caught in a thunder storm."


At that moment there was a flash of light, and a boom of thunder a moment later.


"See." Gort stated, "It's not safe to travel."


"Come on, Gort! When did a little thunder ever scare you?" The Commander jabbed.


"This is coming from a grown man who sleeps with a night candle?"


"We will NOT talk about that."



"And we will not be leaving for Darochek during a thunder storm."


Ooqi walked into the room and sighed, "Oh great..."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 27 2017, 06:05 PM
"Who was in charge of this group again?" Evah asked the room as a whole.

"Not it!" Summer declared with a full mouth.
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Post by: DeadJim on Mar 27 2017, 07:18 PM
"Not it!" Naeleen joined Summer, while also filling her mouth with food.

"There was this one guy about a year ago..." Ooqi mumbled.

"I am the Commander of the Special Force!" the Commander of the Special Force shouted.

"Then act like it, please." Gort countered.

"But then he fell in a river..." Ooqi continued
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Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 28 2017, 05:13 AM
"On second thought, maybe I should just go on alone..." Evah decided.

Summer was still eating...

Al was sleeping...
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Post by: Shawnex on Mar 28 2017, 08:53 AM
"Take my advice Evah." whispered Cranky after landing next to Evah, "Some of those guys are just crazy about fighting stuff."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 28 2017, 08:58 AM
"That would not be a problem if they were not so busy fighting among themselves." Evah replied to the bird.
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Post by: DeadJim on Mar 28 2017, 02:22 PM

Ooqi sat down at a table and began to cautiously apply the ointment Al had given him to his hand, while still muttering, "I wonder what ever happened to him..."


By that time it was extremely dark outside, and the rumble of thunder shook the building more regularly.


"We are just wasting time! There are murderers on the loose about to hurt and kill people; innocent people!" the Commander exclaimed, "There could be women or children in harms way, and if there is anything I can do to stop it, I'm going to do it!"


He proceeded to exit the building, into the rain. Gort, trying to hold in his anger, walked up the stairs to the second floor.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 28 2017, 02:27 PM
Evah stood up and threw her hood back over her head, while picking up her walking stick. She then slowly made her way to the door, but stopped short of going out.

"This bodes ill for a trip on foot." she remarked, "Perhaps one of you should recover your commander."

"Still not it!" Summer mumbled.
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Post by: DeadJim on Mar 28 2017, 02:41 PM

"I'm wif Shummer!" Naeleen added, still chewing on... something.


"I'm mortally wounded!" Ooqi said holding up his hand.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 28 2017, 04:09 PM
Which had somehow completely healed in the meantime.

Evah just sighed.

"Oh sure, let the blind lady do it..." she muttered, before stepping outside and trying to pursue the commander.
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Post by: Shawnex on Mar 28 2017, 07:52 PM
"Can't let a blind lady walk outside into the storm alone." remarked Harvey after getting up from his chair that he was sitting, "Perhaps you may need some company to keep guard for you."

"Hey, save some food for us!" Cranky snapped to Summer and Naeleen, "We need to eat too you know."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 29 2017, 05:30 AM
"If you could stop the Commander for me, it would be appreciated." Evah said to Harvey.

"Hrrm? Wha food?" Summer asked, looking between Cranky and the already dwindling provisions.
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Post by: Shawnex on Mar 29 2017, 08:32 AM
"Well," Harvey began before walking toward the door, "It may not be easy, but I can't let that stubborn man run into trouble. Especially out in the storm with impatience."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 29 2017, 08:40 AM
"If you move quickly, you can catch him before he gets too far." Evah added, a little more urgently.
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Post by: DeadJim on Mar 29 2017, 01:15 PM
If Harvey were to look outdside he would not be able to see the Commander. Even with whatever ability Evah had, she could not tell where he was.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 30 2017, 05:27 AM
"Perhaps we are already too late." Evah remarked, not sensing the Commander being in the vicinity any longer.
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Post by: Shawnex on Apr 05 2017, 09:02 AM
"Oh, don't worry." protested Doodles, "He'll be just fine."

"I don't know about that." Harvey sighed, "His impatience will lead him into trouble."

"The food that you two female pigs are eating!" Cranky snorted with a frown, "Save some for us!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 05 2017, 09:08 AM
"That's racist!" Summer declared, pointing at cranky.

"Why's it racist...?" a dreary-looking Al asked, having been woken by all the loud talking.

"How's it not? People call Orcs "pigs" in a derogatory sense all the time!" Summer growled.

"They call Green Orcs pigs down in Acrylia... nobody calls Grey Orcs pigs..." Al rolled his eyes.

"Oh... right." Summer blinked.

Evah just kept staring out the door, before shrugging and shuffling back to her previous seat.
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Post by: DeadJim on Apr 05 2017, 09:10 AM
Naeleen's eyes bulged when Cranky said this,

"WHY YOU...!" she drew her flail and charged at the bird.

Meanwhile, Gort had walked down the stairs carrying the bags they had taken from Westinburg, and set them on the floor.

//7//
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Post by: Shawnex on Apr 05 2017, 09:16 AM
"YYIIKKEESS!" Cranky screamed and escaped.

//7//

"Hey! I didn't mean to say anything like that!" he shouted, "I was meaning that you two share the food with us!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 05 2017, 09:24 AM
Summer... resumed eating. Apparently it was the only thing in existence that superseded fighting for her.

Al's head slumped back on the table.

Evah just "stared" ahead with a neutral expression on her face. She didn't know what to think of all these crazies.
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Post by: DeadJim on Apr 19 2017, 06:28 PM
"Let's be on our way!" The Commander declared as he burst out of the kitchen. At that moment the rain stopped.

"North you said?" Gort inquired as he lifted his bag.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 19 2017, 06:29 PM
Evah stood back up and recovered her staff.

"North."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 21 2017, 08:11 AM
Sometime later, somewhere North...

The Special Force eventually got on their way, though it was so late in the morning by the time they left that one would wonder if their lazy aunt was coordinating the planning here. Anyway, the road was wet and muddy from the random rain, meaning everyone wound up with muddy feet in short order, which only made the walk more miserable.

They passed few travelers on that road, eventually coming up upon Darochek later that afternoon. It was a small community originally founded by Veridian immigrants who'd settled there decades ago during a Acrylia's last string of major wars. The denizens there eyed the new arrivals warily, but otherwise went about their business.

Evah stopped in the middle of the road in the center of town and seemed to be mentally focusing on something for a moment... or maybe she was sleep-standing.
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Post by: DeadJim on Apr 22 2017, 08:39 AM
"I need a drink. Now." Ooqi complained as his posture sagged.

"We should try to blend in and question the natives..." Gort began to suggest, before a woman behind them spoke.

"Commander?" she asked.

The Commander turned around and once he saw her, outstretched his arms, "Maylee!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 22 2017, 08:42 AM
"Is it just me, or does the boss know a lot of people?" Summer remarked.

"It isn't just you." Al agreed, drinking a weird mixture he'd synthesized along the way to keep himself awake.
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Post by: Shawnex on Apr 22 2017, 08:47 AM
"Since when did the Commander meet so many people?" Doodles wondered.

"Was he famous or somethin?" Harvey asked to Gort.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 22 2017, 08:53 AM
"Infamous more likely..." Al remarked softly.

Evah finally looked up from her standing meditation.

"They are not here." she remarked distantly.
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Post by: DeadJim on Apr 22 2017, 09:48 AM
Gort was about to respond to Harvey and Evah, but the Commander began speaking before he had a chance.

"Everyone!" the Commander declared as he put his arm around the woman, "This is my sister, Maylee! Maylee, this is The Special Force™!"

"Oh, you finally got your group!" Maylee smiled. She was a shorter and younger than the commander, with blonde hair and brown eyes. "It's nice to meet you all!"

"Not another one..." Ooqi sighed as he started walking towards the closest building.

"Aunt Maylee!" Naeleen shrieked as she hugged the woman.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 22 2017, 09:55 AM
"Is it just me, or does the commander have a lot of siblings?" Summer wondered again.

Al just blinked in silence. This probably bode ill for the group.

Evah wasn't paying attention, she was trying to perceive if her quarries had been here or not.
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Post by: Shawnex on Apr 22 2017, 10:09 AM
"Well now. It's been a while since we last met." greeted Harvey.
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Post by: DeadJim on Apr 22 2017, 10:14 AM
"Harvey!" Maylee greeted him and extended her hand, "It's so good to see you again!"

Gort ignored the group and focused his attention on Evah, "The question then is did we miss them, or did we beat them here?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 22 2017, 10:17 AM
"There is only one way to find out." Evah replied, making like she was going to move, but then stopping and smiling sheepishly, "Does this town have a trading post or bank?"

There was indeed one of the former, though not one of the latter. It was on the opposite side of the street from Gort, so he could see it pretty easily.

Summer and Al just watched the reunion.
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Post by: DeadJim on Apr 22 2017, 10:27 AM
Gort, who was slightly amused and relieved that this she had some sort of limitation, began walking towards the trading post. "This way."
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Post by: Shawnex on Apr 22 2017, 10:38 AM
"Wait a second." Cranky interrupted, "You know her too?"

"Yes I do." Harvey replied to Cranky, "She visited at Mindi's house where I was still staying with her."

"I see."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 22 2017, 10:40 AM
Evah followed Gort, tapping the ground in front of her as any blind person would.

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Post by: DeadJim on Apr 22 2017, 10:45 AM
Gort chuckled as he pretended to guide her to the building.

"How is Mindi, by the way?" Maylee inquired of Harvey.

"She's funny!" Naeleen chuckled, as she still held on to her aunt.
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Post by: Shawnex on Apr 22 2017, 11:09 AM
Harvey sighed. He began to tell Maylee the whole story about Mindi, but Doodles interrupted.

"Uh who her?" he responded, "Oooh she's doing just fiiine. Right Harvey? Right."

"Actually Maylee," Harvey confessed, "There's something we need to tell you."

He told Maylee about Mindi who that she was a bad guy and how she gave the Tomb Mountain Dwarves a curse.
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Post by: DeadJim on Apr 22 2017, 11:59 AM
"Oh my goodness." Maylee replied once Harvey had finished the story, "I knew she used magic, but I never thought she'd take it that far."

"I want to learn magic!" Naeleen chimed, dreamily staring off into the distance.

"What are you all doing in town then?" Maylee asked of no one in particular.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 22 2017, 12:28 PM
"Looking for a fight!" Summer declared enthusiastically.

"Looking to patch everyone back together after the inevitable fight." Al added.
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Post by: DeadJim on Apr 30 2017, 08:05 AM
"Looking to fight them again after Al fixes them!" Naeleen added.

"Oh, how lovely..." Maylee replied, looking at the group with a bit of suspicion, "Is there anyone in particular you're looking to fight?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 30 2017, 08:16 AM
"It's all just pointless violence..." Al sighed.
 
"Violence is only pointless if you're using a club!" Summer declared confidently.

"..."
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Post by: Shawnex on Apr 30 2017, 11:23 AM
"Perhaps the Commander will give the honors what our next mission is." Doodles insisted.

"Yes! Yes! I agree." Cranky agreed, "It's better for him to give you the answer then those violent girls."
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Post by: DeadJim on Apr 30 2017, 11:32 AM
"Maybe we should go inside first," Maylee countered while glancing around, "people around here are rather suspicious."

Maylee then led the group into tavern, and they all sat down at a table. If any of them were to look at the bar, they would see Ooqi and the Commander already seated there.

"I'll have something hard!" Naeleen asked as she walked up to the bartender.

"Now since you don't seem to have a specific mission, how would you like to help me with one?" Maylee asked.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 30 2017, 11:50 AM
"Does it involve fighting?" Summer asked hopefully.

The bartender set a tankard of vodka in front of Naeleen, evidently having no problem with serving alcohol to someone so young.
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Post by: DeadJim on Apr 30 2017, 11:54 AM
"In a sense... I need help recruiting a team." Maylee replied.

That had never worked before, so Naeleen just stared with wide eyes at the drink for a moment. She then excitedly grabbed it at took a huge gulp.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 30 2017, 11:55 AM
"Recruiting a team to fight?" Summer asked again eagerly.
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Post by: DeadJim on Apr 30 2017, 12:00 PM
"Well, technically it's a troupe..." She said sheepishly.

Naeleen fell over after practically drinking the whole tankard in one gulp. As her body hit the floor Ooqi jumped off his stool and also fell to the ground.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 30 2017, 12:03 PM
Al sighed as he got up to see what was wrong with Naeleen and Ooqi. Summer just sat there looking excited at the prospect of joining a "troop" as she waited for the Commander to accept the mission or something.
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Post by: Shawnex on Apr 30 2017, 12:25 PM
"What kind of trouble do you have, Maylee?" Harvey asked.

The birds also flew in the bar and were trying to find some place to sit other than sitting with their team.

"I have a feeling that we should never have joined with them." Cranky sighed, "This whole adventure had become so violent that almost got ourselves killed."

"Ya. But it's better than that manager who was trying to get us every time." Doodles said.

"Well it would've been better if you didn't attract attention to him." Cranky snapped, "Otherwise we wouldn't be in this mess."

"Me? But I can't help it if there was something goin on that spooked me." Doodles protested.

"That's you're problem."

Doodles frowned at Cranky.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 30 2017, 12:27 PM
"Hey, we don't serve their kind here!" the bartender growled.

"Hmm?" Al looked at the bartender, who was pointing over at Cranky and Doodles.

"Your birds, they'll have to wait outside! We don't want them here!" the bartender snapped.

"Hmm..." Al went back to shuffling through his bag.
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Post by: DeadJim on Apr 30 2017, 12:43 PM

"My poor back!" Ooqi moaned as he strained to get up.


"I'm not in trouble, but it's very hard to find talented individuals." Maylee told Harvey, "But with your help, it could be a lot easier."


Since the Commander had already been at the bar when they walked in, he neither noticed them enter, nor heard their conversation.
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Post by: Shawnex on Apr 30 2017, 12:53 PM
Cranky and Doodles looked at the bartender.

"Ya, well we don't serve you're kind ether!" Cranky snapped back with a snarled looked.

Then they flew out of the building.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 30 2017, 12:55 PM
The bartender just watched the birds leave with a look of total confusion.

Meanwhile, Summer finally noticed the Commander was not paying attention to Maylee's conversation.

"Uh, shouldn't you be telling this to the boss?" she asked, motioning at the commander.
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Post by: DeadJim on Apr 30 2017, 01:01 PM
"That's a great idea!" Maylee said as she walked to the bar to speak with the Commander. After a few minutes of discussion, they both returned to the table.

"What is this I hear about carrots?" he asked Summer.

"No, not that! The other thing!" Maylee corrected him.

"Oh yes, that. Let's go recruiting!"

"Mommy, I wanna learn magic too..." The drunk Naeleen mumbled as she still l lay on the floor.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 30 2017, 01:03 PM
"Yay!" Summer chirped.

"Who's your mommy?" Al asked Naeleen, as he was mixing up something to help her sober up.
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Post by: DeadJim on Apr 30 2017, 01:05 PM
"Maaaaaaagic..." Naeleen whispered as she passed out.

"Where are the others?" The Commander asked as he looked around for Gort and Evah.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 30 2017, 01:11 PM
"I... don't know..." Summer shrugged.

***

Speaking of Gort and Evah, they were now standing in the middle of the street again, with the latter of the two looking a bit glum.

"They were not here." she sighed, "I've lost the trail."
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Post by: DeadJim on Apr 30 2017, 01:18 PM
"We should check neighboring villages; perhaps they're going to try something smaller." Gort suggested, though the idea didn't appeal to him very much.

At that moment Ooqi stomped into the street and threw his arms up into the air.

"Do you know what we're doing!" He yelled to Gort, since they were still a few yards away, "We're going to be searching for actors! ACTORS! This is the most stupid, idiotic, irrelevant, senseless, ludicrous, half-witted, moronic trivial, imbecilic..."

He kept talking. And walking. Right past Gort and Evah.

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Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 30 2017, 01:57 PM
"I believe we may have missed something more than just my quarries." Evah deadpanned.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 07 2017, 04:26 PM

"This doesn't sound good." Gort sighed as he started towards the tavern.


When he entered, quite the sight awaited him. Standing on the bar was Maylee and the Commander, who were doing some sort of stupid dance while singing about tulips and flatbread. Apparently Al's concoction had worked, because Naleen was swinging back and forth on the crummy chandelier in the center of the room.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2017, 07:36 PM
Also Al was in the corner drinking the same stuff he'd given Naeleen. It was black and had a pleasant aroma...

Also Summer was just watching the Commander and Maylee, singing and clapping as though they were performing for her or whatever.

Evah did not move her body or head, and her expression remained neutral. However, after a moment she turned slightly toward Gort, though not directly at him.

"I do not understand these movements." she stated simply.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 12 2017, 03:29 PM
But Harvey remained on his chair and was ashamed at those crazy mercenaries.

Cranky and Doodles heard the noise too and peaked through the window.

"What in a feathery world!" they exclaimed.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 12 2017, 03:39 PM
Gort sighed.


The Commander and Maylee finished their song with a kick of a bottle and a jump to the floor. The room soon erupted into... silence.


"Thank you so, so very much!" The Commander thanked the quiet room while taking a bow.


"My troupe and I will be performing at the old building on that side of town." Maylee informed them as she motioned to her right, though the building was actually on the other side of town.


Naeleen was still swinging from the ceiling.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 12 2017, 05:47 PM
"Is this the part where people are supposed to clap?" Evah inquired of Gort, "Or is this the wrong social event I am perceiving?"

Al finished drinking his alchemically-brewed coffee and approached Gort and Evah.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 13 2017, 06:58 PM
"I don't suppose there is an explanation." Gort inquired as Al got closer.


Naeleen let go of the chandelier and crashed onto a table of some not-so-friendly looking gents, break quite a few glasses and bottles.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 14 2017, 06:31 AM
"The simple explanation for the Commander's actions is that he continues to suffer from a case of underdeveloped social and intellectual ability. The simple explanation for Naeleen is that she is the daughter of said Commander. Furthermore, the simple explanation for the woman named Maylee's actions is that she's the sister of the Commander. The explanation for Summer is that she's a teenage girl." Al rambled off.

"You people talking about me in front of my back!?" Summer snapped from a ways away, far enough she wasn't able to hear exactly what Al said.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 14 2017, 05:55 PM

"Now the mission!" The Commander put one arm around Maylee and the other around Summer, as he walked toward Al, "We are going to help Maylee recruit a team!"


"Troupe." Maylee corrected.


Gort didn't respond. He couldn't respond.


Naeleen had begun a full scale brawl with the thugs at the table she crashed upon.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 14 2017, 08:21 PM
"I assume that we must be on our way now." Harvey declared while getting up from his chair, "Come along everyone. Lets move out!"

"Geeze! Those dunderheads keep getting worse and worse about fighting for a mission, and now they were dancing on the table acting like drunk dunderheads!" complained Cranky and sighed, "What's this world coming to?"

"Hey! Look at the bright side." admired Doodles, "We're not like those guys because, they don't serve us!"

Cranky face palmed.

"That has nothing to do with that!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 15 2017, 06:10 AM
"And then we take them to the fight?" Summer asked hopefully, still not getting the whole thing.

"Where do you intend to go?" Evah asked, not wanting to go too far away from this town just yet.

"Does it matter...?" Al sighed.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 15 2017, 05:51 PM
"We should be able to find enough people... though I haven't found any yet." Marlia said sheepishly.

"Let us leave this fine establishment and begin our mission!" The Commander declared as he left the building.

"My daddy has left the building!" Naeleen cheered as she finished off the last gent at her table.


***

And so The Special Force™ left the tavern, and began to walk around the town. As they made their way down the street, they began to hear the sound of loud voices, clapping, and stringed instruments. The noises became louder as they approached a building, which was slightly removed from the others. It was made of small stones, with arched windows and a small, square tower rising in the front. There were several steps that led up to two wooden doors at the entrance.


"Let us begin here!" The Commander stated grandly as he ascended the steps of the building.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 16 2017, 02:13 PM
"Yay?" Summer said.

"Is this a church...?" Al glanced around looking for a sign.

Evah remained far to the rear of the group and stopped at the mention of church.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 16 2017, 02:47 PM
The Commander swung open the doors to reveal... yeah, it was a church. The congregation was was swinging from the rafters, singing, clapping, and just making noise in general. As the Commander walked in (and whoever decided to follow), the man who appeared to be the pastor at the front of the church pointed at him and yelled,

"Hallelujah! Welcome to the light! Will you follow the light?! Will you live in the light?! DO YOU SEE THE LIGHT!?!"

"I see the light!" The Commander cheered as he joined the congregation in... going crazy.

"Commander, look!" Maylee screamed as she pointed at the pastor, "Do you see him?! IT'S MORTON!"

"MORTON?!" The Commander gasped.

"COMMANDER?!" Pastor Morton gasped.

"MORTON!" The Commander screamed.

"COMMANDER?!" Pastor Morton screamed.

Gort, who had followed up to this point, turned around and began to retreat outside.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 16 2017, 03:04 PM
Where Evah remained stoically standing a fair number of yards from the church entrance.

Summer on the other hand, cautiously entered.

Al, even more cautiously entered.

They both looked over the chaos, while hearing what the Commander and Pastor Morton were saying to each-other. They exchanged glances, both thinking the same thing.

"Oh, brother." they said at once.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 17 2017, 09:12 AM
Harvey and the birds also entered the building and were shocked of all the racket.

"Doodles. Harvey." Cranky started, "Am I seeing things? Or this church just turned into a dance room?!?"

"Oh dear." Harvey groaned and face palmed, "This is not the way as it suppose to be. It's suppose to be a Holy place not a violent party house!"

"Yeah. Only an idiot will do something like that. I mean really!"

"What? Do something peaceful?" asked Doodles.

"NO!" shouted Cranky, "Create violence!"

"Oh...right."
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 17 2017, 09:14 AM
"So true, only an idiot would do something peaceful." Summer agreed, having apparently missed half the conversation.

Al sighed.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 17 2017, 09:22 AM
The congregation took no time in grabbing the birds and making them join in the dancing. Naeleen was by now also in the church, and also going crazy.

"It's so good to see you again, Morton!" The Commander yelled above the racket.

"You too, Commander! What are you doing in this area?" Pastor Morton asked.

"Right now I'm helping Maylee assemble a troupe of actors!"

"Maylee?" Morton asked before looking and seeing her, "Maylee!"

"Morton!" Maylee screamed back as she ran up and hugged him.

"Hold on everyone!" Pastor Morton yelled to his congregation, "Quiet, please... QUIET!!"

The congregation became silent.

"I'd like you all to meet my brother and sister; Commander Morrison, and Maylee Morrison!"

***

"We might be... slightly delayed." Gort informed Evah as he walked outside.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 17 2017, 09:27 AM
Summer and Al both looked at each-other at once.

"Knew it."

***

"This seems to be a common theme with you people." Evah stated in a mostly neutral voice, but with a subtle hint of annoyance.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 17 2017, 12:15 PM
"Better get used to it." Ooqi grumbled as he walked past Evah and Gort, and into the church.

***

"Halleluuuujah, children! Welcome to the Church of the Light!" Pastor Morton sang in joy, "Why don't we all greet one another and read from the Light-Scrolls!"

At that the congregation's  faces dropped, and they all proceeded to rush out of the church in a panic. They rushed to the door right as Ooqi had entered. His eyes bulged.

"Uh-oh..."

*SPLAT*

Pastor Morton sighed,

"One of these days I'll get them to stay past the entrance celebration."
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 17 2017, 12:21 PM
"You could try offering sweet rolls and chilled cream!" Summer suggested.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 17 2017, 12:24 PM
"But it's so hard to find chilled cream anymore," Pastor Morton replied, "the Tomb Mountain cream was the best, or so I've been told. They haven't made it in years."

"You could still have the sweet rolls!" Naeleen yelled down as she contently sat on the rafters.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 17 2017, 12:45 PM
Al just looked up and wondered how Naeleen even got up there.

Summer was just licking her lips thinking about sweet rolls.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 17 2017, 01:47 PM
"Pardon us from interrupting your party Pastor Morton." apologized Harvey, "The Commander keeps running into things on what's been going on these days. Also not to mention that we're also his crew."
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Post by: DeadJim on May 21 2017, 09:19 AM
"Oh, so you finally got your group!" Pastor said has he patted the Commander on the back.

"Yes, and now we must help Maylee get her group!" The Commander added as he pointed at his sister.

"Let's be on our way then!" Pastor said as he led the group out of the church. Ooqi had just peeled himself off the floor, and was staring up, trying to think of a way to get Naeleen down from the ceiling.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 21 2017, 09:24 AM
Al and Summer shrugged and followed. Evah remained stoically where she was until the group reached her.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 21 2017, 09:58 AM
Once the group had assembled outside, after Ooqi had "caught" Naeleen as she jumped down from the rafters, Pastor Morton led them to a building where he said they could find many "interesting people". Again, they could hear screaming and yelling before they entered.

"Welcome to the Saloon!" Pastor Morton said as they entered.

"Weren't we just...?" the confused Ooqi began to ask.

"Different place." Pastor Morton corrected, "This is the Saloon. It's much better."

The saloon was somehow cleaner than the tavern they were just in, and a little brighter. A lot of Pastor's congregation was there, having a good time and drinking up a storm. Maylee stood on the bar, and began to speak to the crowd. After she explained that she was trying to start a troupe of actors, she went to the piano and began to play and sing some funny songs. Ooqi was put at a table to sign people up, much to his excitement. NOT.

"Hello," he grumbled, "would you like to join Maylee's Amazing Troupe of Actors and Performers?"

"I have several questions first," a woman with red hair and green eyes replied with a stern voice, "and I would like each of them answered in chronological order, in high detail, and in a swift and effective manner."

"Great..." Ooqi sighed.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 21 2017, 12:16 PM
Summer started to get in-line, then Al pulled her out.

"You can't sign up with her, that would be a conflict of interest!" Al stated.

"But I'm very interested in conflicts!" Summer protested.

"Not... what I meant..." Al sighed.

"Than what did you mean!? Art-tick-your-late, brother!"

"..."

"What?"

"Were you trying to say articulate?"

"Yeah...?"

***

Evah stopped at the door outside the saloon and sat at the bench under the window on the porch.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 21 2017, 02:20 PM
"I find your information inadequate and illogical." The woman said as she glared at Ooqi and crossed her arms.

"Fine... NEXT!" Ooqi yelled.

"You haven't signed me up yet!" The woman replied indignantly.

"I thought you didn't want to!"

"I never said that!"

"You implied it!"

"You should never base judgments or make decisions based on implications!"

"UGH!" Ooqi groaned as he hit is head on the table repeatedly.

Naleen, who had been standing next to Ooqi, lost interest in that conversation and walked over to Al and Summer. She quietly tried to wrap her arm around Summer's arm.

***

"Not going in?" Gort asked Evah.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 21 2017, 02:30 PM
Summer didn't stop Naeleen from doing so. She was too busy trying listing to Al as he provided the proper way to articulate the word... articulate...

***

"There is too much noise in there." Evah replied.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 21 2017, 02:40 PM
"No, no, no! It's spelled with two n's!" The woman continued lecturing Ooqi, "F-L-A-N-N. Flann. Who spells it with one n, I mean really..."

"NEEEEEXT!" Ooqi screamed in desperation.

***

"Can't argue with that." Gort chuckled as he sat next to her on the bench. He winced slightly and straightened is back.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 22 2017, 03:01 PM
"I'll say," Harvey said as he joined with Gort and Evah, "Things were not so bad during my Captain times for King Kolo's army. But things were getting noisier and noisier before my retirement."

***

After the woman had been signed, next in line was a dwarf with a hook on his left arm and a black eye. More likely because was part of some dwarf army few years ago. And with him next, will he join for troupe of actors?
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 24 2017, 11:33 AM
Evah stirred after sitting in still silence for several minutes.

"Something is coming."
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Post by: DeadJim on May 25 2017, 06:21 AM
"Name?" Ooqi grumbled to the dwarf.

***

"If it has anything to do with the Commander's singing, there's nothing we can do to stop it.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 26 2017, 09:17 PM
"You can call me Duno." the dwarf replied with a low sounding voice, "And I see you're hiring some...people who may be...actors. For what kind of business would that be?"

***

Harvey looked around, but couldn't be sure what Evah was taking about.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 31 2017, 05:40 AM
Evah stood up and shuffled to the edge of the saloon's porch, stopping at the edge.

"They are here."

In the distance, there was a tiny spot in sky slowly growing larger.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 03 2017, 06:04 PM
"Acting." Ooqi deadpanned.

Naleen began to tug at Summer's arm.

"Can we eat please?" She whispered, "I like to eat before fights."

***

Gort squinted at the object, unable to see what it was. He turned to Evah,

"Are these people you seek?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 03 2017, 06:07 PM
"Right, let's go invade the kitchen." Summer grinned evilly, hoisting Naeleen onto her shoulders then heading toward the back of the saloon where presumably food would be stored.

***

"Of course. But it is the dragon that I sense." Evah replied matter-of-factly.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 03 2017, 06:19 PM
"Um-hm. I thought so." Duno said, "Well now, I have some...special acting ability, especially with my hook. I guarantee it."

***

"Dragon!" Doodles started looking all over the place with his head, "Where!"

"SSSSSSHHHHHH!" said Cranky covering Doodles's beak, "People can hear you!" 
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 03 2017, 06:43 PM
"Perhaps if the people got over their inevitable panic now, they would be more inclined to be able to fight it, once it arrives." Evah shrugged.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 03 2017, 06:51 PM
"Are you speaking of the towns-folk, or our merry band of misfits?" Gort chuckled as he stood up to alert the group.

"Special Force," he said as he peeked in the saloon, "we've got work to do."

Ooqi stood up immediately, "Yes! Anything but this!" And he ran outside.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 03 2017, 06:54 PM
"There appears to be a dragon approaching." Evah said to Ooqi, "Hard to tell for sure at this distance... but it is either a wyvern queen or a lesser dragon."
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 03 2017, 07:06 PM
"Doodles. Cranky. Go up there and check it out." Harvey ordered to the birds.

"Of course we can...do WHAT?!?" the birds yelled.

"Are you out of your mind!" shouted Cranky, "We'll be fried to death!"

"And eaten ALIVE!" added Doodles.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 03 2017, 07:14 PM
"I would be curious to see how you manage to be eaten alive if you are already dead from being fried." Evah remarked dryly.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 03 2017, 07:31 PM
As Evah mentioned wyverns Ooqi twirled himself around and began to nonchalantly walk bake into the saloon. Gort grabbed him by the back of the collar, rendering his attempt useless.

"We need to form a plan of attack, and get the people off the streets. Harvey, see how quickly you can get people indoors and out of the way. Evah, try to locate your people if you can. I'll send..." Gort looked around. "Where are they... go get them Ooqi!" He said as he let go of his collar.

***

Naeleen sat on a counter in the kitchen eating some sort of poultry leg. "Better finish up soon." She said excitedly as she wiped her mouth with her sleeve.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 03 2017, 07:34 PM
"They will target the place with the greatest wealth in goods or money." Evah stated, "So, most likely the establishment we visited earlier."

***

"Why?" Summer snorted.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 06 2017, 12:52 PM
"Well in any case, I must get the people indoors or somewhere safer." Harvey said and quickly ran across the streets to warn the people as fast as he could(which it isn't fast at all).

"I rather disagree of checking that thing coming our way." retorted Cranky, "You guys check that thing. While Doodles and I hide indoors."
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 14 2017, 06:39 PM
"Cranky, Doodles," Gort instructed, "you two go check the trading post and tell me immediately if anyone tries to rob it!" he turned to Evah, "You'll need to get over there soon, but I want someone else to go with you."

***

Ooqi entered the saloon and looked around. He couldn't see the Commander, but Pastor Morton and Mindi were at the bar conversing. Presumably Al was in the room, and that was who Ooqi was looking for.

***

"A monster is coming." Naeleen replied as she took another bite of her food, though she had originally intended to stop eating the bite before.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 15 2017, 06:16 AM
"I shall follow the birds then." Evah agreed.

***

Al was sitting down, mixing some sort of concoction with his viles of vile ingredients.

***

"What kind?" Summer asked curiously and causally.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jun 26 2017, 01:41 PM
"Gort needs us; a dragon is coming." Ooqi told Al as he sat down across from him.

Pastor Morton and Maylee overheard this, and headed to the door.

"Do you need help?" Pastor Morton asked Gort as he walked into the doorway.

"Can you fight?" Gort asked with skepticism.

"Morrison's have a wide variety of skills." Maylee smiled as she looked to the sky.

***

Naeleen shrugged and then swallowed, "It's a little blurry... but I think it's flying." She jumped off the counter and began to look for something else to eat.

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Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 28 2017, 07:02 AM
"Is it really a dragon this time?" Al asked, looking up from his work, "A pure-blooded dragon might be beyond any of our capabilities."

***

"I hope it's a giant turkey then." Summer grinned hungrily.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jun 30 2017, 05:31 PM
"Well I guess it's better then checking that..." Doodles started before Cranky covered his beak.

"Later stupid!" Cranky squawked, "Lets just do our job."

Then they flew to the trading post.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 02 2017, 10:53 AM
Gort looked to the sky again; the dragon would be upon them soon. Maylee summoned her troupe... which only consisted of Duno and Flann.

***

"I don't care! It's a flying thing!" Ooqi sighed as he hit is head against the table.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 02 2017, 10:58 AM
"Oh? Have you considered the possibility it may be a Griffin?" Al inquired.

Just then, there was a burst of flame, accompanied by screams of terror, coming somewhere at the edge of town. The flying reptile had made a diving run at the some of the vulnerable wooden buildings and was now virtually flying directly over the main street.

"Oh, that's definitely not a Griffin." the dwarf quickly collected his things back into his bag and rushed to the door.

The attacking lizard was larger than the one that The Special Force had encountered before, though it still was clearly a Wyvern as it had no forelegs, just wings. Still, it seemed much spikier and definitely angrier than the one they'd dealt with the first time.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 02 2017, 12:53 PM
Gort turned to Pastor Morton,

"Get Naeleen, and tell her to get on top of the buildings. She'll know what to do from there." Gort instructed while the pastor nodded and left.

"Al," Gort said as he faced the Wyvern, "we need one of your potions. Preferably something that doesn't make it larger or angrier. Harvey and I will take the front while Summer and Ooqi can take the side opposite Naeleen..."

Gort looked around once more before turning to Maylee. "Get Summer and Ooqi."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 02 2017, 05:25 PM
"Looks like we have an Wyvern Queen up there." Al noted, "We need to be cautious, because it could mean it has protectors."

***

Meanwhile, Evah was crossing the street at a steady, but casual pace. The birds found the market building had not been damaged, but the shopkeep was trying to bar the front door and his assistant was searching for weapons in the storeroom. They had neglected to shut the windows, however.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 15 2017, 07:39 AM
"Prepare several potions then." Gort sighed as he stretched his back and unsheathed his sword.

***

"There's a wyvern approaching;" Pastor Morton said as he entered the kitchen, "Gort needs you on top of buildings or something."

"Oh fun!" Naeleen shrieked in delight as she ran out the back door.

Maylee also entered the kitchen and looked at Summer. "There's a wyvern approaching; Gort needs you outside."

"Why didn't he have me tell her that; I was in here anyway?" The pastor said as he looked at his sister.

"Because I'm better at it?" She replied.

"Then why didn't you tell Naeleen also!"

"Because Naeleen isn't here, dummy."

"Are you calling a Pastor of the Light a DUMMY?!"

Maylee thought for a moment.

"Yes."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 15 2017, 08:30 AM
By the time they looked back at where Summer had been, there was just an empty chair and an empty plate.

***

Al, meanwhile, had dug out a couple of his concoctions and slipping them into some of this more accessible pockets. He then stepped out into the street and watched the Wyvern flying around near the edge of town, frying some poor stupid archer there.

"So... what's the plan for me again?" he asked.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 15 2017, 06:50 PM
"Where'd she go?" The Pastor and Maylee asked as the looked at each other. They then proceeded to look around the kitchen; under chairs and under Summer's empty plate.

***

"Immobilize the wyvern and if at all possible, don't get killed." Gort replied as he began to walk down the main street. He wasn't going to wait any longer; the fight must begin.

He proceeded down the center of the street, with Ooqi following a short distance behind, closer to the buildings. He had a crossbow he had stolen borrowed from someone in the pub. Naeleen was on the opposite end of the street, running along and jumping from building to building.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 15 2017, 08:33 PM
"I guess that means I go wherever..." Al remarked.

The Wyvern was just coming around and flying straight down the main street toward them, it's mouth agape and throat lighting up in preparation to blast the street with flames.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jul 17 2017, 09:08 AM
Doodles and Cranky arrived at the trading post with Evah followed far behind.

"Okay. We at the training post, uh...what we do again?" asked Doodles.

"To check and see if any bad guy tries to steal it." replied Cranky, "And it's a trading post. Not a training post!"

***

Meanwhile, Harvey was warning people that are on the streets that a wyvern was coming to invade the town. Which he was coming at that moment.

"Stupid monsters." he snorted as he saw the wyvern approaching.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 17 2017, 09:22 AM
As the Wyvern was advancing toward the assembly in the streets, Summer suddenly burst out of a random building's doors in front of them and raised her pistols at the approaching dragon.

"Say goodbye!" she screamed at the monster, then pulled her triggers.

Click.

"Hmm... goodbye!" she added in a meeker voice, then turned around and ran down the street away from the monster and toward Gort and company.

***

The shopkeeper had finished barricading the front door and was now trying to block-off the back door with his assistant. So far, nothing seemed to be happening.

Evah arrived and stepped up onto the shop's front porch, then fumbled around to find the door. She found the knob, but the door would not budge open.

"What are they doing in there?" she asked the birds, who were within range of being able to hear her.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 17 2017, 09:42 AM
Gort sighed and scolded her in a voice loud enough to hear, "Don't bring a pistol to a sword fight! Get a reliable weapon and prepare to take the right flank with Ooqi!"

Naeleen was almost to the wyvern. She drew one of her daggers in her right hand, while her flail swung around wildly in her left.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jul 17 2017, 11:32 AM
"I think they're closing for the day." replied Doodles looking at the door.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 17 2017, 11:38 AM
Or was the wyvern almost to Naeleen? Soon enough it was about to fly past her up the main street. At the same time, it began blasting the middle of the road with fire, which would soon be right upon those standing around in front of the saloon.

Needless to say, Summer eagerly ran to the flank and off the street. Al ducked underneath a porch just a bit further down the street from them.

***

"Is that all?" Evah remarked, "Hmm..."

She paused beside the door and appeared to just be "staring" blankly into the wood.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 17 2017, 11:46 AM
Naeleen, ran to the end of the roof opposite the wyvern, and then made a running jump onto the creature, with her dagger extended in hopes to catch onto it.

***

Gort ran (or walked as fast as he could) to the other side of the street where Naeleen was, only he was further back than she.

//6 for Naeleen//
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 17 2017, 11:57 AM
Naeleen successfully dug her knife in-between a couple of the flying reptile's scales, giving her something to grip. The beast barely registered her, however; and kept blasting the sandy street with fire. Upon reaching the end, it nestled upon the top of the church, which was the tallest building in town.

"I can't throw that high!" Al shouted to the others, coming up from under the porch, "I need one of you to do it!"
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Post by: DeadJim on Jul 17 2017, 12:02 PM
Naeleen pulled herself onto the back of the wyvern, and then slowly made her way to its head. Upon reaching one if it's eyes, she dangled herself in front of it.

"Hello!" she greeted it.

***

Gort rolled his eyes; since he and Ooqi were both leprechauns, they were not much taller than Al.

"Summer!" he called, "That means you!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 17 2017, 12:19 PM
The Wyvern growled angrily then shook its head side to side, trying to hurl Naeleen off.

//10

***

"Been there, tried that!" Summer retorted, lifting up her right hand to emphasis the finger she was missing from it.

"Summer, this is not the time! I'll have you know I have taken every precaution to ensure my potion vials are completely stable while sealed and under compression. Furthermore, that one time you blew off your finger was due to your own mishandling of my mixtures, not mine. Beyond that, the pain of being eaten alive by a Wyvern queen, or being fed to her brood, will far out-way any minor injury that could be incurred by my potions. Now, do we really have time argue about this point, considering the beast is now atop the church and about to attack Naeleen?"

Summer stared blankly at Al for a couple seconds and blinked.

"You just did." she finally concluded.

"Fair enough, but it doesn't matter. Now here." Al shoved a vial in her hand, "So long as it gets direct contact with the creature, it should affect it."

Summer sighed and began sprinting toward the church in order to get into throwing range.
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 11 2017, 04:54 PM
Naeleen lodged her dagger between the scales of the wyvern and held onto it as she lost her footing.

//11//

***

Ooqi followed Summer, only closer to the buildings. Gort paused, then looked at Al.

"What happens if she actually hits it? Is she planning on catching Naeleen?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 11 2017, 05:13 PM
"I'm very confident Summer is capable of catching Naeleen." Al nodded, then paused a moment, "I am not fully confident she will pay close enough attention to do it... HEY SUMMER! MAKE SURE TO CATCH NAELEEN!"

"YEAH, YEAH! WHATEVER!" Summer called back over her shoulder as she continued running toward the church.

***

Meanwhile, the birds may notice that the back door of the shop was being force open by somebody on the outside, who they couldn't see from the window they were at right now.
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Post by: Shawnex on Aug 11 2017, 08:08 PM
"Hold on a second." Cranky said looking closer into the window, "They're going out through the back door."

"Then lets go to the back of this building." replied Doodles.

***

"Naeleen!" called Harvey, "Get off of that beast, NOW! Or you'll get yourself killed!"

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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 13 2017, 07:48 AM
"WEEEEEEE!" Naeleen screamed as the beast tossed her around from side to side.

Gort rolled his eyes and began to approach the church.

***

"MY CHURCH!" Pastor Morton screamed as he and Maylee came out of the saloon.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 13 2017, 01:29 PM
"Hey, stupid dragon! CATCH!" Summer shouted, then hurled the vial at the wyvern.

The big lizard didn't notice or care about the thrown vial until it had already been struck. The glass shattered and a greenish liquid splashed across scales of the creature down the side of its neck. Immediately the liquid began hissing and smoking as it began burning away the hard scales. The wyvern let out a scream of pain as it tried to claw away at the burns with its winged arm.

"Hmm..." Al stroked his beard, "It appears to be working. Gort, you will want to concentrate your attacks on that weak spot."

***

When the birds reached the back of the building, they found four men beside the back door. One was in the process of kicking the door in with his boot. They might recognize them as the group of men who were at the inn the night when the ghost haunted The Special Force.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Aug 13 2017, 07:04 PM
"Working on it." Gort said slowly jogged towards the church.

Naeleen, seeing the burned area, propped herself up enough to remove her dagger from the scales, and fall toward the weakened area. As she reached it, she attempted to thrust her dagger into the Wyvern.

//3 on the attack. Doh.//
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 13 2017, 07:25 PM
The Wyvern easily avoided Naeleen's stab and made a swipe at her with its winged arm to bat her away while she was still falling past.

//10def, 8atk//
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Aug 14 2017, 08:22 AM
The wing hit her and sent her falling onto the roof of the church. She stopped herself before falling off the building, and then began to climb up the roof again.

//7//
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Aug 14 2017, 01:59 PM
"You are right Cranky!" Doodles exclaimed pointing at the four men, "What are they doing? It's illegal to kick someone's door! Especially to a criminal."

"Wait a minute!" Cranky spoke out. He began think back if he recognized the men.

***

"Man oh man!" Harvey groaned, "It reminded me the time that one of my men tried to defeat a dragon. Two actually. Hang on Naeleen! I COMING!"

***

Cranky's eyes lit up very wide and remembered.

"ZOINKS!" he squawked, "It's those men from the inn that we slept the first night!"

Doodles covered Cranky's beak quickly before anyone could hear him.

"SSSSSHHHHHHHHH! Quiet Cranky! We don't want them to hear us!" he whispered nervously.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 15 2017, 07:27 AM
"Now what?" Summer turned around and shrugged at Gort and Al.

"Now..." Al trailed-off as he stopped to rummage through his bag, eventually pulling out a surprisingly large syringe, "You're going to practice medicine!"

"What...?"

"Nothing, just hold this for a second." Al muttered, handing the big injector over to Summer and returning his attention to his bag.

***

The men didn't seem to notice the two birds as the one at the door finally succeeded at forcing it open. They then drew their weapons and headed inside.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Aug 16 2017, 07:21 PM
By now Gort had reached the church. He climbed the stairs and entered, smiled, then stepped back out. He motioned to Ooqi, who was several yards away to move to the other end of the street. Ooqi nodded and quickly crossed the street.

Ooqi readied and aimed his crossbow at the burned area of the Wyvern.

//8. Great job, man.//
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Aug 18 2017, 10:28 AM
"How do you know if it's the men from the inn?" Doodles asked.

"I recognized them from the first time when spent the night in the inn!" answered Cranky still in shock, "Also, Evah told us that some men killed the manager of the inn! It must be them!"

Doodles paused for a bit. Then his eyes opened really wide with his jaw dropped to the ground at the same time.

"WELL WHY DIDN'T YOU SAY SO IN THE FIRST PLACE!" he shouted, "LETS GET THEM!"

They quickly charged into the shop as fast as they could.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 18 2017, 10:43 AM
Ooqi's shot struck the Wyvern in the vulnerable, electing another angry roar from the beast as it turned its attention to the latest attacker. It didn't hesitate very long before it began blowing fire at Ooqi.

//7atk//

***

They found one of the men already raising his sword and was about to cut down the shopkeeper. Another of the men was chasing the terrified assistant down into the cellar.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Aug 22 2017, 07:11 PM
"OH NO! That man is gonna kill the shopkeeper!" Doodles screamed.

"Not if I have anything to say about it!" growled Cranky snarling at the one man.

Cranky picked up a nearby vase and charged at full speed to the man and hit him really hard on his head.

//6 for saving the man 7 on hitting the man on the head.//

>CRASH<

"Leave him alone you blood-faced IDOIT!"

Doodles charged to the other man who was chasing the assistant.

"This is the job for..." he announced, "ME!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 22 2017, 07:31 PM
Unfortunately, Cranky was too late, and the shopkeeper was killed by the bandit and his nasty serrated sword. However, the act was distracting enough that the vase Cranky was carrying smashed into his head and sent him crashing to the floor with a thud.

//12 for saving, 5 against the vase//

"What the--!?" one of the other men, this one wearing a Northman helmet and fur armor, exclaimed.

"It's just a bird." the leader laughed, "Kill it, Lars."

"With pleasure." Lars sneered, as he drew out his sword and charged at Cranky.

Just then, the window shattered inward, and Evah landed on the floor in the center of the room. She stood up and raised her staff toward the intruders.

"Let the bird alone." she demanded.

***

Downstairs, the terrified shopkeeper had been cornered by the brigand.

"Juss sit still an' this'll 'urt less." the bandit taunted as he prepared to thrust his sword.

Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Aug 22 2017, 07:55 PM
As the wyvern blew fire Ooqi began to run...but he was not fast enough.

***

Naeleen crawled behind the wyvern and was soon on it's back, though it had not previously felt her climbing.

***
Gort sighed as Ooqi ran toward a water trough with his pants afire.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Aug 22 2017, 08:12 PM
"But this will hurt a lot!" called out Doodles standing right next to a big crossbow with a watermelon tied up to a pole.

He aimed at the bandit and pulled the trigger.

"FIRE!"

And the pole with the watermelon shot out of the crossbow right to the man.

//8//

***

"You showed up late." grunted Cranky, "NOW LETS KICK THEIR ANTS!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 22 2017, 08:17 PM
The watermelon struck the bandit in the face, sending him crashing into a rack of pots and pans with a loud crash. He did not get back up, as he was knocked out now.

//3//

"Thank you!" the assistant exclaimed, "You saved my life!"

***

"Their what?" Evah questioned.

"Our what!?" the bandits also wondered.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Sep 03 2017, 04:27 PM
There was silence for a short time(Except for crickets chirping).

"Uhh...never mind what I say." Cranky replied, "What I'm saying to Eavh about you guys is this, GET THEM!"

Cranky charged at Lars and bumped him at the face with his whole body to knock him down.

//7//

***

"Aw shucks!" chuckled Doodles, "It was nothin. Besides, I can't let that maniac kill you. Not on my feathers!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 03 2017, 04:39 PM
Lars stumbled backward and hit a table behind him pretty hard, but didn't fall over.

"Bah! Stupid bird!" he groaned, then swung his sword at the air, trying to hit Cranky... anywhere.

//6 def, 3 atk//

Meanwhile, the man with the serrated blade charged toward Evah, who easily deflected his blow away. She followed the block with a spin-move, coupled with a jab from the other end of her staff, which struck the man in the stomach. He let out an "oof" sound as he took a step back, and barely parried a follow-up strike aimed as his chin.

The leader was staying out of the fray for now, though his hand was on resting on his sword in anticipation.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Sep 03 2017, 05:04 PM
Cranky got clear from Lars's sword.

"A man with a sword versus a defenseless crow. What's the big idea?!?" he asked himself.

Then he had an idea.

"I'll be right back!"

He left Lars for a short time then came back with one of his talons holding a small fireplace porker.

"Problem solved."

Then he charged Lars again, this time with a fireplace poker as his weapon.

//5 of clearance, 5 for charging to Lars with a poker//
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 03 2017, 05:17 PM
Lars knocked Cranky's attack aside, then stabbed at him. The big man looked rather incensed that a bird thought itself his equal, but it certainly wasn't helping the grace of his attacks.

//6 def 3 atk//

Meanwhile, Evah exchanged a few more blows with her adversary. He relied primarily on slash attacks, as his weapon was not suited for thrusting. The blind woman had somehow picked up on this, adjusting her defenses to compensate for his attack patterns. Finally, she drew him into a wide slash at her head, which she easily ducked. She immediately sprung back to her feet and slammed him on the side of the head with her staff, knocking him to the floor with his ear ringing. She then turned to the leader, who was already pulling out his blade.

"We upheld our end of the bargain, witch." he stated calmly, "It would seem the Matriarch's reputation of upholding hers isn't as impeccable as I was led to believe."

"I do not represent the Matriarch." Evah answered, before lashing out at him.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Sep 21 2017, 11:18 AM
Luckily, Lars missed though it made Cranky go off the side.

"Hey watch it, Buster!" he snapped, "What's the big idea of stabbing me?!? It's not even crow season!"

He flew on top of Lars and wacked him on his head with the poker. But after he hit him, it shook Cranky because Lars had the helmet on.

//8 def 10 hitting//
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 21 2017, 02:57 PM
The was a loud gong sound from the metal on metal, but the helmet protected Lars from any significant damage. He swiped above his head with his gloved hand, trying to swat Cranky down.

"Rah! Get away from me!" he roared.

//11 def, 6 atk//

The leader adopted a fencing-style stance and goaded Evah into making the first move. She moved in slowly, flanking slightly to the left so she was closer to the man she'd just defeated. The reasoning was revealed pretty soon afterward when the man tried to stand up again... only to get the end of Evah's staff between the eyes.

"Your move." the leader offered, uninterested in his man that had just been knocked cold.

Evah didn't respond verbally, but rather moved in quickly with several strikes to test his defenses, which were easily blocked. The leader's stance and effortless counters quickly betrayed that he was quite skilled with a sword.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Nov 09 2017, 11:40 AM
Cranky got away before Lars could hit him.

"Okay! Okay! Bad idea." Cranky admitted.

Then he had an another idea and flew off......and came back with a basket of produce.

"Take this!" he shouted as he threw the produce at Lars.

//8 def, 6 atk//
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 09 2017, 05:39 PM
Lars chased after Cranky, not about to let him get away. But all he got was a face-full of fruits and vegetables for his efforts. He took a step back to try and raise his sword, only to trip on a fallen coconut (How did a coconut get here? This isn't the tropics! Darn swallows.) and knock himself out on the floor.

Meanwhile, the leader was still dueling with Evah when he noticed the last of his men get taken out. She progressively grew more and more aggressive with her attacks, but her opponent was skilled with his blade and held her off. Still, in the process he was working his way toward the back door to escape.

//3 def, then a 2//
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jan 04 2018, 03:23 PM
In the distant, a church bell began to ring...

***

Suddenly the front of the building went up in flames, and the scorched boards began to fall to the ground. If anyone was to look outside, they would see a little girl riding a wyvern queen flying down the street, being chased by two leprechauns, a pastor and a human lady carrying a frying pan.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 10 2018, 12:52 PM
Evah did not turn her head, yet she still saw the wyvern and its underage passenger buzz by, followed by its eccentric pursuers. Her nostrils wrinkled when the smell of smoke and fire reached them. But she did not intend to turn her back on the man she'd been fighting.

"It seems you have greater concerns to deal with, girl." the brigand leader sneered, "I will see you around, I am certain."

He ducked out the back door, leaving Evah and the birds in the burning shop with the three unconscious robbers and the shopkeeper's assistant. Speaking of which, the assistant and Doodles had come upstairs, dragging the tied-up bandit from below.

"Oh no! The shopkeeper is dead!" the assistant exclaimed, "Wait, that makes me the shopkeeper! Yay, promotion! Wait, the shop is on fire! Oh no! I'm going to lose everything!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Jan 17 2018, 03:18 PM
"What are we standing in this building for?" Cranky squawked out loud to the others, "Lets get out of here!"

"But what about the shopkeeper and the men on the floor?" Doodles asked pointing both the shopkeeper and the bandits, "And the shop?!?"

"FORGET THE SHOP! EVERYONE RUN!"

***

Meanwhile, before the wyvern approaches the unburned buildings as well a horse stall at the edge of town, Harvey came out of the stall riding on a horse and carrying huge spear. He went into position in the middle of the town road where the wyvern was at coming towards him.

"It's been 30 years since I last fought a dragon or a wyvern, especially at my age." he announced and sighed, "But, I can't let that foul beast burn the this town!"

As the wyvern moved closer...

"HYAH!"

Harvey charged towards her with his spear at his right hand into position. He got closer and closer then he threw the spear at the wyvern and dodged right out of the way.

//9 atk, 3 dodged//
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 17 2018, 03:58 PM
"No! I cannot stand to lose it all! I must go down with my sho--" the assistant began to say.

Then Evah clonked him on the head with her staff, caught him as he began to fall over, then began to drag him toward the back door.

"Leave the bandits to die." she coldly told the birds, "They deserve no less."

***

Harvey's spear uselessly bounced off the wyvern's armor, landing in with a pathetic clatter on the one of the porches of a nearby house. Clearly undaunted by Harvey's attack, the wyvern continued its forward charge and crashed into horse and its rider. The horse was severely cripled as both it and Harvey were thrown out of the way and to the side of the street.

//10, 8//
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jan 18 2018, 07:09 PM
"Hurry Ooqi! Get in front!" shouted Naeleen.

"Working on it..." Ooqi panted as he tried to catch up to the Wyvern, "but shouldn't we have found the water tower first?!?"

"Improvise!"

"I can't improvise a water tower!"

"Well you're useless." Naeleen sighed as she tried to spot one herself.

***

Meanwhile, Gort went to the side of the street to check on Harvey.

"Get up, we could use some help!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Jan 18 2018, 07:37 PM
"Oh dash it all!" Harvey complained while getting himself up, "I should've known spears are no match for wyverns scales!"

***

The looked at each other with puzzled looks.

"Lets get the shopkeeper out!" Cranky said quickly.

They dragged the shopkeeper with all of their strength. But the fire was catching up. The birds pulled hard, but they were half way to the door.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 18 2018, 07:55 PM
Evah unceremoniously dumped the assistant outside, then came back and helped the birds pull the dead shopkeeper the rest of the way out. By the time they got his body out, the assistant had woken up and now sitting upright.

"No! My shop!" he cried in dismay, "Oh, but at least you saved the former shopkeeper's body so his family may give him a decent burial. Thank you so much!"

"I'm sure it was the moral thing to do." Evah muttered, as the cries of the bandits inside the building, who were just waking up to find themselves on fire, reached everyone's ears outside.

***

Meanwhile, the wyvern queen's furious romp through the town was nearing the edge of the city limits. It would soon fly out of the town, then probably come back for another pass, if something didn't interv--

"Here we are!" Summer exclaimed, jumping out from one of the buildings.

"Who are you talking to?" Al asked.

Oh, there you guys are. Wait, how'd you two get way over there?

"We used the distraction caused by all the other stuff going on to take a shortcut across town and cut-off the dragon's escape. Now I have a perfect shot at it."

"Summer, who are you talking to?"

Well fine, but I don't see how any shortcut could possibly get you this far across town so fast.

"Hey, we've been off screen for a long time."

"SUMMER! WHO ARE YOU TALKING TO!?"

"Here goes nothin'!"

The Orc girl took a running jump off a nearby cart, while stabbing the syringe down at the weak spot on the wyvern's neck. The syringe stuck, but Summer was unable to press it down and inject the contents into the big creature's blood stream, as she soon fell back to the ground.

"Quick, Naeleen! Inject the formula!" Al cried up to the girl who was still riding the beast.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jan 18 2018, 08:01 PM
"But that wasn't the plan!" Naeleen screamed back.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 18 2018, 08:20 PM
"You don't need the plan! Just inject the liquid!" Al shouted.

"But Al, we don't want to upset her plan. That would be rude." Summer noted.

"..."

By now, the wyvern had passed Al and exited the city limits, and was now beginning to climb higher into the sky.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jan 19 2018, 05:18 AM
"Drat. You're messing up the plan!" Naeleen scolded the wyvern, "the water tower's that way!"

"..."

"Oh whatever!" she moaned as she leaned over and injected the liquid. As she did she began to slide off the wyvern. "Weeee!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Jan 24 2018, 04:23 PM
The birds slowly looked at the burning building with their eyes wide open after hearing Evah's response.

"Uh...oops!" Doodles softly exclaimed.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 24 2018, 05:54 PM
"Um... is she falling to her doom?" Summer asked, looking at Naeleen as she stumbled off the Wyvern's back.

"Quick, throw this at the ground where she's about to land!" Al barked, tossing his sister another vial.

"Eh, okay..." Summer shrugged, tossing the vile toward Naeleen's expected landing spot.

Upon striking the ground, the liquid began to expand into a large foamy mass, which would provide cushion for the girl when she reached it.

Meanwhile, the Wyvern Queen was starting to have trouble flying...
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jan 31 2018, 02:08 PM
The foam expanded just in time, stopping Naeleen's fall.

"Woah, that was great!" She gasped a few moments later, as she rolled off the foamy stuff and onto the ground. By this time Ooqi had reached Al and Summer.

"Uh, should I shoot at it now?" he asked as he slightly raised his crossbow.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Feb 01 2018, 06:45 AM
"I would suggest highly saving your shot, my friend." Al stated, putting hand on top of Ooqi's weapon and pushing it down.

As the three stood there at the edge of town, they watched the Wyvern squirm and writhe in the air, before plummeting to the earth. It's landing spot was marked by a loud thud and a cloud of dust.

Al removed his hat and placed it over his heart at this point.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Feb 08 2018, 03:46 PM
"Hey guys! Look!" shouted Doodles to the others pointing to the dust cloud.

Everyone on the street were amazed to see that the wyvern landed on the ground...defeated?

"Heavens to Betsy!" gasped Harvey, "A dramatic ending to that monster! Eh...is it over?"

Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Feb 08 2018, 03:52 PM
As the dust began to settle, the motionless body of the giant lizard was visible, looking pretty dead.

"Total team effort there." Summer nodded.

Al was still holding his hat over his heart.

***

"I see nothing..." Evah said to Doodles.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Feb 08 2018, 03:56 PM
"Yes I agree! Good job team!" The Commander applauded.

***

"But... it was my friend..." Naeleen whimpered as she approached the beast.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Feb 08 2018, 04:05 PM
"We'll get you another one!" Summer offered.

"Summer, do say nothing further." Al grumbled.

Ooqi suddenly felt something bite him in the arse.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Feb 08 2018, 04:09 PM

Naeleen went up to the wyvern and put her hand on its nose.


***

"Typical..." Ooqi muttered. "YEOOOOOOOOW!"


"Good work men! But we have places to go! People to meet!" the Commander declared as he turned to walk away.


"Morry!" Gort yelled at him in frustration.


"No time to talk! To much to do!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Feb 08 2018, 04:13 PM
A green cat was latched onto the younger leauprucan's behind... Not that Al and Summer noticed, they were too busy listening to the Commander.

"No rest for the weary." Al sighed.

"What do you mean? I found this very restful!" Summer responded.

Her dwarven brother just facepalmed.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Feb 08 2018, 04:23 PM
"Nooow what's going on with him? We were doing something to his two siblings for something whatever that was, then the wacky wyvern attacked this town until they defeated her, NOW He wants us to head out again not knowing what the next mission will be! I mean, what's his problem?!?"  Cranky squawked in a frustrated mood.

"Because he's...a human being?" Doodles questionably-responded.

Cranky facepalmed.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Feb 08 2018, 04:24 PM
"Human beings are certainly confusing." Evah agreed with the birds, as the three of them now approached the group.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Feb 13 2018, 03:30 PM

"I think a tavern would be good right about now..." Ooqi whined.

"We just came from a tavern." Gort replied, trying to return his attention to Evah.

"No, we just came from the Saloon."

"And the tavern before that."

"Riiight... we need to go to a different town, and find a tavern!"


Gort sighed and walked over to Evah.


"How'd it go?"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Feb 13 2018, 04:59 PM
"My target has escaped, but he will at least be short on help." Evah replied, "I suspect he will attempt to recruit before striking again."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Feb 13 2018, 05:20 PM
"How would you know that?" asked Harvey, "Do you know this guy?"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 07 2018, 01:07 PM
"I do not know him personally." Evah replied stoically, "I only know him by his methods. And I know he never works alone."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Apr 11 2018, 03:26 PM
"So we need to go to the mercenary guild from page 3!" Ooqi chimed in.

"Great idea!" the Commander agreed.

Gort rolled his eyes and turned his attention back to Evah, "Have any ideas of where he might recruit?"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 11 2018, 03:29 PM
"Probably a place where there are mercenaries for hire." Evah responded, "Like a mercenary guild or something."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Apr 11 2018, 03:32 PM
"Sounds good to me!" Ooqi an the Commander said at once.

"By the way, does the cat still got me?" Ooqi asked to anyone who could see his rear.

"We'll find the closest one then." Gort said trying to ignore his companions.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 11 2018, 03:40 PM
"To the closest mercenary guild! CHARGE!" Summer proclaimed, running-off.

Al just plucked the cat off Ooqi's behind and started petting it. It seemed a lot more friendly to him for some reason.

"Hey, so..." Summer returned from her charge, "Which direction is the closest mercenary guild?"

Evah looked expectantly at Gort, figuring he knew area best of everyone.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Apr 11 2018, 04:03 PM
"Uh... well..."

"I know the way, follow me!" the Commander sang as he quickly started off.

"So we're going to leave behind the half burnt town, your family, and that troupe of actors we never finished talking about!?" Gort yelled to the Commander.

"...nope, he's gone." Naeleen said as she patted Gorth on the back, "Let's be off."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 11 2018, 04:12 PM
Approximately five minutes later...

Long after The Special Force had gone, the town elders approached the edge of the village, where the citizens were gathered around the dead wyvern queen.

"It was amazing! They slew the dragon and saved the town from certain doom!" one villager cried.

"I have never seen such feats of bravery and skill!" another added.

"If not for them, I would have been killed!" the shopkeeper's assistant pointed-out.

"And we never even got to thank or repay them." one of the woman moaned.

"Perhaps not..." the wise old sage who was the ranking elder of the town, "But we can still honor their deeds by dedicating this day to them. But first, I must ask: Who were they?"

The villagers looked to one-another, none of them knowing the answer to this question. At last a young child chimed-in.

"They were very special people!" the kid chirped.

Everyone nodded in agreement. The elder stroked his beard, then nodded as well.

"So be it. Henceforth, this day shall be commemorated as... The Special Day!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Apr 11 2018, 04:31 PM
After a few hours of walking, the Special Force™ entered the outskirts of a town. They could see the mercenary guild down the street. It was a tall wooden hall with a vaulted roof and thick, oak doors. There was a variety of animals tethered outside: Horses, donkeys, a couple camels, a cow, pig and even a unicorn

"Hey, wait a minute!" Ooqi yelled, "That's exactly what it said on page 3!"


"No, this is a totally different town!" the Commander assured him.


"Is not!" Ooqi whined.


"I'm the leader!" the Commander sternly stated, "I'll say if it's the same town or not!"


Gort would roll his eyes, but they were a little tired of rolling, so he sighed instead.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 11 2018, 07:18 PM
"We should probably go see mom." Al suggested.

"But the boss said this is not the same town..." Summer replied, seeming confused.

"There are a large number of people in that structure." Evah pointed-out the mercenary guild to Gort, "Is this the place we seek?"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Apr 11 2018, 08:03 PM
"Must be." Harvey nodded, "I think."

"Hey wait a minute!" Cranky exclaimed looking at the town they were in, "This is the same town where we...Doodles, do you know what this means?"

"Duh..." Doodles started and looked at the town as well, "It does look familiar to me. Why?"

"WE'RE HOME!" Cranky shouted, "That crazy Commander made us go in circles! Or...Backwards!"

Doodles looked puzzled after hearing Cranky's response.

"Oh. Then that's the building where we met these guys?"

"Yep."

"So...what do we do?"

"How about we let these guys do their business while we do ours." Cranky explained.

"Like what?" Doodle asked.

"That!"

Cranky pointed at the same market store where they always tried to steal produce.

"Are you kidding me? We'll get chased by that crazy manager again! The sixteenth time!" Doodles complained.

Then he heard a rumbling sound which was coming from his stomach.

"Would you rather starve to death?" Cranky sneered.

"Uh...on second thought...lets get the produce!" Doodles replied.

"Now you're talking!" Cranky cheered as they flew to the market, again. 


Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Apr 12 2018, 07:16 PM
"You have a mom!" Naeleen gasped, "That's so cool! I always wanted a mom, ever since I didn't have one... uh..."

"I don't know about you guys, but I'm going to go to that tavern!" Ooqi declared as he headed towards a very familiar looking building.

***

"That's it." Gort agreed, "You, Harvey, and I will go investigate, while the others... don't."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 12 2018, 07:32 PM
And so virtually everyone went into the tavern, which was, as usual, almost completely empty. Beside a couple dirty blokes in the far corner, there was only the bartender, who immediately noticed the teenagers that stepped-in.

"Allen! Summer! Where have you been? I've been waiting for that last ingredient to the elixir I'm making to get your grandfather out of his coma again. Did you not get the message I mailed to the guild?" she huffed at them.

"Uh... we've been..." Al rubbed the fidgeted.

"Out of town!" Summer declared.

Al elbowed her in the side.

"I mean, out on the town!"

"Well, does that mean you got the ingredient, or not?" the bartender growled.

Al and Summer looked at each other.

"Yes." said Al.

"No." said Summer.

"I thought so." the bartender sighed.

***

"It would probably be better, yes." Evah nodded, as the three split-off to head to the mercenary guild.

Unlike the tavern, the guild hall was full to the brim with all sorts of characters, though not the one they were looking for. At least not at first glance.

"I do not sense him here." Evah observed.
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Post by: Shawnex on Apr 12 2018, 08:46 PM
"Sense who? Wacky Wizard of the South?" joked Harvey.

***

"Get your fresh fruit and vegetables! They're worth a great feast to you! Ya want any? We got it!" called the market manager while showing the produce.

Meanwhile, the birds arrived at the market and hid on top of the building.

"So what's the plan this time?" whispered Doodles.

"See that bag of tomatoes over there?" Cranky pointed-out to Doodles at the bag of tomatoes leaning near the edge of the building, "We quietly take the bag, put it next to that man drinking a bottle of wine, then we throw a tomato at the manager thinking that he did it. Then you know the rest."

"Hm. Not a bad idea." Doodles agreed, "What are we waiting for? Lets do it!"
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Post by: DeadJim on Apr 25 2018, 03:30 PM
"Can I get a drink, or do you even do that here?" Ooqi asked as he sat at one of the bar stools.

"I'll have the usual." Naeleen smiled as she sat next to him.

***

"Ask around then." Gort instructed as he branched off from Evah and Harvey. He sat down at one of the tables and joined in a card game that was being played.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 25 2018, 06:09 PM
The bartender gave Naeleen "the usual".

"Are you even old enough to drink?" she then turned toward Ooqi.

***

Evah wandered to a corner of the room and sat down to just watch.

A man in armor with a black tabard over it bearing a white religious symbol of a foreign country looked up at Gort. He promptly folded his hands in front of his face and cackled sinisterly.

"Goooood, another player seeks to join the game." his aged, raspy voice emerged from his helmet, "Heh heh heh, deal him in."

"I was going to anyway..." the dealer mumbled, before dispatching a new round of cards to everyone present.
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Post by: Shawnex on Apr 25 2018, 07:33 PM
While the market manager was hosting his produce to the people, the birds quietly grabbed the nearest bag of tomatoes that were near the edge of the building without being noticed from the manager. Then they placed the bag next to the drunken man and placed a tomato at his lap while the man was drinking.

"Ok Doodles," whispered Cranky rubbing his feathers, "Fire!"

Doodles threw a tomato at the manager's face.

"DOH!" cried the manager before spitting tomato away from his mouth, "Who-who threw a tomato at me? Who did..."

He then turned to the drunken man and spied at the bag of tomatoes and a tomato at his lap.

"HEY! YOU!"

"Huh? What was that?" the man slurred after taking the bottle of wine off of his mouth.

"YOU!" the manager shouted sharply at the man, "You threw a tomato at me! Wait...THAT'S MY BAG! How did you steal my bag of TOMATOES?!?"

"Bag of tomatoes? What bag of tomatoes? I hate tomatoes. Wine is my most favorite thing in the world! As well-"

"QUIET YOU TINWIT! How dare you stole my tomatoes and threw one at ME?"

"Aww quit your yapping my friend. I-"

"YAPPING?!? I WOULDN'T BE YAPPING IF YOU DIDN'T STEAL MY TOMATOES!"

While the manager argued the drunken man, Cranky and Doodles gathered as much fruit and vegetables in their bag as soon as possible.

"That outta be enough. Now lets go!" Cranky exclaimed to Doodles and they took off in a flash to the top of the building.

"Oh you talked way too much." the man protested to the manager, "Why don't you come with me to the bar where we can have-"

"QUIT TOYING WITH ME!" the manager shouted again, "I'll give you A DRINK!"

He slammed  a tomato at the man mouth.

"HA! HA! HA!" Cranky laughed, "We did it Doodles! This time we did it!"

"Looks like your plan worked!" Doodles cheered.

"Of course it worked. What do you think? Now lets feast!"

Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 10 2018, 06:10 PM
After a few minutes of the card game, Gort looked up at the raspy voiced man. "I'm looking for a friend of mine," he explained, "I believe he might be coming here to recruit."

***

"Whyyyy!" Ooqi cried as he hit is face against the counter.

"When do I get to meet your mom?" Naeleen asked Summer as she took a sip of "the usual".
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 10 2018, 07:43 PM
"Thirty seconds ago." Summer wisecracked.

"Summer, it has been longer than thirty seconds since we stepped into this building." Al corrected.

"This building, as you call it, is your home, young man." the bartender admonished him.

"Speaking of which, remind me to grab some stuff from my lab before we leave." Al rubbed his chin.

***

"What's it to us?" the dealer asked Gort.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 10 2018, 08:13 PM
"Your home is a tavern? Cooool!" Naeleen said in admiration, "I wish I had a home, especially one with drinks!"

***

"Just curious," Gort replied calmly as he looked back at his cards, "But now that you've admitted to seeing him, I'd like to know where he is."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 11 2018, 07:58 AM
"I'm not going to your lab again." Summer stated, "Take Naeleen instead."

"For the sake of the structural integrity of this bui-- of my home, I think it wise if I go alone." Al retorted.

***

"What? I don't even know who you're talking about!" the dealer exclaimed.

"He is speaking of his friend, dealer." the raspy man in the armor croaked, "You knew this before, yet now you deny it. You are lying, aren't you?"

"Huh? No! How can I lie if I don't know what his friend looks like?" the dealer snapped.

"Ah, but it will not be difficult to narrow down. It is a male, and likely one of similar age to searcher her, indicating it is a middle-aged man. And further, he is here to recruit... how many people here have ever recruited?"

"Uh... almost none... which means that any middle-aged man I've seen here must be him...?"

"Goooood, only now do you understand." the raspy fellow snickered, before suddenly standing up and drawing his sword, "Now, reveal to us when he was here and where he has gone, or I shall rend ye limb from limb!"

"Good gods! I didn't expect the Cerulean Inquisition!" the dealer wailed.

Suddenly, the front door to the mercenary guild was thrown open, as two men in similar (though less intricate) armor and garb as the raspy man dashed in and took up position on either flank of said raspy man.

"No one expects the Cerulean Inquisition!" the raspy-voiced man proclaimed, "Our chief weapons are fear and surprise, surprise and fear... and our shiny chrome armor... and a fanatical devotion to the Holy Cerulean Church! Come inquisitors, we will make this heathen confess!"

With that, the three inquisitors drug the dealer out of the hall and into the cellar below...
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 13 2018, 07:38 AM
"You. Have. A. Lab?!" Naeleen gasped as she stared intently at Al, "PLEASE TAKE MEEEEE!"

***

Confused, yet unconcerned by the strange events that had taken place, Gort grabbed the deck of cards,

"I'll deal."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 14 2018, 12:45 PM
"No!" Al exclaimed, "It's too dangerous! I'll go get my stuff, alone. And maybe get some the of the sleep I've been so rudely deprived of the last couple of days."

He then got up and headed into the back area, where a staircase into the upper living space was located.

***

The remaining card players exchanged glances, before one of them addressed Gort.

"You're looking for that armored fellow that claimed to be a dragon hunter, aren't you?" he inquired.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 14 2018, 12:50 PM
Naeleen looked at Al and Summer's mom.

"Can I follow him, pleeease?" she asked as sweetly as she know how.

***

"You've seen him?" Gort asked as he began shuffling the cards.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 14 2018, 01:01 PM
The cardplayer nodded.

"Yeah, he came in here looking for an extra merc or two for some venture of his. But that was days ago. He's likely many miles from here by now."

***

Before either could answer Naeleen, the door to the bar opened and in-stepped a familiar middle-aged man in full armor. He immediately made for the counter, as the bartender recognized him and spoke.

"Oh, Mycroft. Back so soon?" she asked.

"I had... complications. I'll be needing that contact list you promis--." the man began to reply in his fancy accented voice, but he abruptly trailed-off upon seeing the junior membership of The Special Force™ present.

Al turned around and noticed the man, recognizing him only vaguely from their brief passing encounter in the haunted motel that one night, but not knowing him to be dangerous otherwise.

"Is there something wrong?" the bartender asked the new arrival.

"Ah, perhaps we should have this discussion away from the children, hm?" Mycroft recovered, "Perhaps they could be sent upstairs for a little while?"

"What...?" the bartender looked over her kids and their friends, "Oh, yes, why don't you all go upstairs and check-out Al's lab."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on May 14 2018, 02:43 PM
Shortly after the birds started their feast, the market manager threw the drunken man on to the streets. The townspeople who watched this commotion were shocked at those two crazy men of their behavior. But the Cranky and Doodles laughed quietly while eating their food.

"Humans." snickered Cranky, "Can't you even believe that? Always fighting each other all the time. Like those two."

"But Cranky, we made them fight each other." responded Doodles before taking another bite of his corn.

"That's exactly my point!" corrected Cranky to Doodles, "But either way, humans fight each other. If they want to."

Suddenly, Doodles noticed a thread caught one of his talons of a cloth roof above the market stand. Since the birds landed there after collecting the produce and made a quick departure.

"Uh Cranky. I think I have a problem here." he said trying to get the thread off of his talon.

"Wait Doodles!" Cranky exclaimed, "Don't raise your tal-"

But Doodles raised his talon really hard and then...

>RIP<

"-lon."

The ripped hole grew bigger and then they crashed down onto the stand of produce after the manager got back into his market stand.

"Pah!" he spitted after getting squashed fruit on his face, "Now what's all....YOU TWO?!?!?"

The manager became even more furious after he saw the two birds crashed on his produce. His became boiling red. Then steam burst out of his ears!

"We're doomed!" Doodles squeaked.

"WHY YOU BLASTED BIRDBRAINED BOZZZOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS!" the manager screamed to the top of his lungs, "I KIIIILLL YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUU!"

The birds quickly flew out of the manager's way after he crashed into the produce(even more squashed than the birds made). Then he chased after them before he went into the building.

"Phew! That was close!" Doodles gasped.

"Why didn't you listen to me about not raising your talon?!?" Cranky squawked sharply.

"Why did landed on top of a cloth roof first?"

"I didn't landed first! You did!"

"Did not!"

"Did too!"

"Did not!"

"Did-WAH!" Cranky screamed after an arrow shot passed them, "Uh oh!"

"NOW YOU'LL BE SORRY FOR STEALING AND CRASHING INTO MY PRODUUUCE!" the manager continued shouting at the birds with his crossbow.

He shot more arrows at the birds. But the birds flew away from the market building and the manager kept shooting at them and charged more advanced than ever before.

"DAH! KEEP FLYING YOU FOOL!" Cranky ordered to Doodles.

Meanwhile, the drunken man got up to his feet and watched the manager chased after the birds.

"Huh. I didn't even know you were a bird hunter." he said and looked at his broken wine bottle, "Oh well. Time to get another drink."

Then he walked to the tavern where the Special Force was at.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 15 2018, 06:25 PM
"I'm not a child!" Naeleen shouted at Al and Summer's mom, "And you can't tell me what to do! Only my dad and mom can do that! AND YOU'RE NOT THEM!"

***

"I see," Gort said calmly as he dealt the cards.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 16 2018, 07:11 AM
"Ow, my ears." Summer groaned after Naeleen screamed.

"Mom, who's that?" Al asked his mother, referring to Mycroft.

"This is Mycroft." the bartender responded, "Mycroft, this is my son, Al."

"It's a pleasure. I've heard much about you." Mycroft said.

"Wait, how? How long have you known mom?"

"We'll talk about that later. Now go upstairs with your friends." his mother told him, the last sentence being relayed in a stern tone.

"Yes, ma'am." Al sighed, "Naeleen, how would you... ugh... like to see my lab...?"

***

The cardplayers exchanged confused and slightly nervous glances, before shrugging and taking up their hands.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 16 2018, 02:55 PM
Harvey sat on a rocking chair near the fireplace. He looked at the entire building which made him remember when he went to a mercenary building while he was a solider for King Kolo.

"Been a long time since visiting one of these buildings." he said while rocking his chair.

Then drunken man walked into the mercenary hall, by mistake, still drunk though.

"Hello my fabulous friends!" he howled as he walked to the counter, "Beautiful day is it? Yep. I've seen worse. Give me a bottle of rum!"
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Post by: DeadJim on May 16 2018, 03:47 PM
Gort glanced at the drunk man, then looked at the card players.

"Please tell me that isn't him," Gort asked as he looked back at his cards.

***

Naeleen stopped and looked at Al.

"Are you kidding? Yeeees! Of course! I've always dreamed of going to your lab!" She then raced up the stairs and into a wall.

...

"Finally, it's quiet down here," Ooqi sighed in relief as he raised his head from the bar. He then reached over and grabbed Naeleen's drink.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 17 2018, 06:42 AM
"What? No! That's just Miller. He stumbles in here every once in awhile when looking for the tavern." one of the card players replied.

***

Al went after Naeleen to make sure she didn't break anything. Good luck with that Al, good luck.

The bartender then looked at Ooqi and Summer.

"You too." she pointed at them both.

"Um... you want to see my room?" Summer asked Ooqi.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 17 2018, 10:31 AM
"Miller...Please tell me that's NOT Miller Morrison." Gort said sternly as he looked at the drunk man.

***

"I'm not a child! Are you kidding me!" Ooqi groaned, "Am I not PAYING to be in the bar section of this establishment!?"

Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 17 2018, 12:55 PM
"How'd you know that?" the first card player inquired suspiciously.

***

"Oh, too cool to hang out with the kids, huh? Well, have it your way! Stay here with the adults." Summer snapped, then headed upstairs.

Both Mycroft and the bartender glanced at Ooqi, before deciding not to be bothered by his presence.

"Now, about the list?" Mycroft trailed-off.

"Just a moment, hun." Al and Summer's mother replied, disappearing under the counter to recover something, before rising up again with a rolled-up parchment, "Here."

Mycroft unrolled it and took a look, but didn't seem particularly satisfied.

"Oh bother, slim pickings aren't they?"

"You see how many people come into my bar? You should be happy I got that many." the bartender snorted.

"No no, I did not meant to demean you, my dear. You have my gratitude." Mycroft responded, then turned to leave.

However, he paused and looked back at Ooqi, who was still sitting at the bar. Instead of departing Mycroft turned around and took a seat next to the lone Leprechaun, then leaned in toward him. He even went so far as to wrap an arm around Ooqi's shoulder, as if they were best buds.

"Now, you seem like a smart chap, so let me just offer you a word of advice." Mycroft hissed in a low, ominous tone, quiet enough that nobody but Ooqi could hear, "You must not realize it, but your commander has allowed a Witch of Tau into your little band. I hope for your sake that she has not yet put her spell on you, because your little group is in grave danger."
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Post by: DeadJim on May 17 2018, 02:02 PM
"It's just been that sort of day." Gort replied.

***

"Al's not a witch, he's an Al-Chemist," Ooqi corrected the man, "Very different. Or so they tell me."
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Post by: Shawnex on May 17 2018, 02:42 PM
"Didn't you hear me anyone?" called Miller while walking around in the entire building, "Give me a bottle of rum!"

Then he looked at the card players and slowly walked towards them.

"I say lads. Have we met before?"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 17 2018, 03:00 PM
The card players shook their heads in unison.

***

"I'm talking about the blind woman..." Mycroft deadpanned.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 17 2018, 03:14 PM
"Please leave," Gort rudely told the man.

***

Ooqi practically spit out Naeleen's his drink.

"I knew something was wrong with her," he said with frustration, "...what exactly is she?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 17 2018, 03:31 PM
"As I said, a Witch of Tau. They're a reclusive order that lives on an Island far south of here. They almost never venture away from their hidden monastery... and the world is better for it." Mycroft explained, "Lad, believe me, it is not a good thing for one of them to be out and about. If you were wise, you'd find a way to get rid of her as soon as possible, for the sake of your friends. But you don't need me to tell you that, I can tell you're smart enough to figure out it out yourself. Good luck."

With that, he stood up and made to leave, though he turned and winked at the bartender before he disappeared out the door.

***

Just then, Evah stepped up beside Gort's chair, though she continued to look blankly ahead at eye level.

"I sensed them, they are here."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 17 2018, 03:34 PM
Ooqi sat on his stool for a moment, then frantically ran up the stairs.

"Al! I gotta tell you something..."

***

"No, that's just a Morrison," he replied.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 17 2018, 03:38 PM
"I'm a little busy, Ooqi!" Al wailed in response, as he tried to lift Naeleen off of the desk she was standing on.

***

"Wait... how did you know?" Evah trailed-off in confusion.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on May 17 2018, 03:54 PM
"Because I'm part of the Morrison family! Miller Morrison's my naaame! And it's so lame!" Miller sang as he walked to another table thinking that it was a counter (by mistake again), "So don't be dum, give me a bottle of ruuuuuuuuuuum!"

Harvey turned his head slightly and eyed on Miller.

"Are you blind or something?" he asked, "This is a mercenary hall! Not a bar!"

Miller turned his head to Harvey.

"Don't be so stupid old man. I know where I'm at. Don't think I don't!" he responded.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 17 2018, 04:04 PM
"Sometimes I wish I didn't know." he sighed.

***

"But there's a witch in The Special! Force!" he said frantically, "We're all in danger!"

"No you're not, I know perfectly well what I'm doing!" Naeleen said as she stretched to reach one of Al's vials on a nearby shelf.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 18 2018, 06:54 AM
Al grabbed Naeleen by the legs and drug her off the desk, then tried to tackle her to the floor.

"If you break the wrong vial, Naeleen, you could kill us all! Or worse!" he cried.
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Post by: DeadJim on May 23 2018, 05:05 PM
"Or what? I'll live us all?" Naeleen retorted as she struggled to remain control of a vial she had grabbed.

***


"Let's get out of here." Gort grumbled as he stood up to leave.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 23 2018, 06:12 PM
"Do you want to get turned into a tree? Or have mushrooms grow on your toenails? Or start to float away every time you have the hiccups?" Al cried.

Awkward pause.

"Don't answer that! Just give me the vial!" he tried to wrestle it out of her hands.

//5//

***

Evah just nodded and tried to rapidly work her way toward the tavern exit.

"Harvey, we are leaving!" she shouted, not even looking at the retired general.

As her and Gort neared the door, Evah hesitated a moment, as though stopping to listen for something.

"They're getting closer and moving fast. We need to move!" she reported, then dashed the rest of the way to the door.

Upon opening it and stepping outside, Evah and Gort managed to see three horses ride by at full gallop. Gort may recognize the lead one as the man that The Special Force had encountered twice before already, though the second man was unfamiliar. The third rider was much smaller than the first two, cloaked and hooded. No discernible features could be made out other than that it was a smaller person.

"That is them!" Evah snapped.

But the riders had already passed them and were well on their way out of town.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 23 2018, 06:50 PM
"Would you two wait for me!" huffed Harvey as he caught up to Evah and Gort, "Now what's all this rubbish about?"

Then Miller showed up when he realized he wasn't at the tavern.

"My. My. My. What was I thinking? I ended up at the mercenary hall again!" he retorted, "Pardon me, but I'm gonna buy a drink. Care to join?"
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Post by: DeadJim on May 23 2018, 06:57 PM
"Can you magically tell if there are any horses around!" Gort asked Evah as he quickly looked around.


***


"I...LIKE...MUSHROOMS!" Naeleen strained as she held onto the vial.


"Hey, Naeleen... I got someone for you to fight!" Ooqi spoke up, "It's an evil, magic... person."


Naeleen perked up as she tossed the vial aside.


"Where!! Point me in the right direction!" She demanded.


Ooqi pointed down the stairs... and she was off!
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 23 2018, 07:46 PM
Evah paused, then pointed across the street.

"There are horses in that stable." she stated.

***

The vial Naeleen had thrown shattered upon impact, so after the girl made her exit, Al wordlessly pushed Ooqi out of the room.

"I think it would be wise to follow her." he remarked, as an odd green haze began to fill the room.

Once they were back into the hall, Al shut and sealed the door behind them
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Post by: DeadJim on May 23 2018, 07:55 PM
Gort ran as fast as he could to the stable, and began to untie one of the horses.

***


"Listen now!" Ooqi explained frantically, "Evah's a witch, and she plans on using her magic to kill us all and take over these territories so she can turn all the townspeople into her servants and take over the rest of the world!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 23 2018, 08:05 PM
Evah followed and began untying a horse herself, but stopped part-way through and went still.

***

There was a long pause as Al glared at Ooqi.

"You know what, I'll believe that. What are we going to do about it?" he asked after a moment.
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Post by: Shawnex on May 23 2018, 08:26 PM
"Hey! Where the devil are you two going now?" Harvey called as he tried to follow them, but couldn't catch up in time.

"Ah well. Who needs a drink besides me?" Miller asked himself, "Me!"

Miller then walked to the tavern. And this time, he was going the right direction.
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 23 2018, 08:28 PM
"Gort, I believe we have a problem." Evah spoke up after having been silent for several seconds.

"I'll say you've got a problem." a voice declared from the stable entrance, "This is the nineteenth time somebody's tried steal from the public stable this month! And as the sheriff of this town, I'm not losing the next election by making it twenty in a row! No siree!"

There were three men at the entrance of the stable, while at the same time, the rear door was opened and three more stepped into view. All were armed and appeared to be town guards.

"Now, you both just throw down your weapons and come on out of there." the sheriff continued.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 26 2018, 02:22 PM
"Guess you didn't see that coming," Gort whispered to Evah before turning to the sheriff, "I presume an explanation is useless, since it would go right over your head."

***

"We need to warn Gort and Harvey, and then find a way to get rid of her!" Ooqi replied, "I hear killing is semi-permanent."
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Post by: Tyler294 on May 26 2018, 02:29 PM
"Darn right!" the sheriff nodded.

All of his deputies looked at him in confusion.

"...that an explanation is useless I mean, not that it would go over my head!" he quickly corrected, "Now, off to jail with you two!"

"How many can you handle?" Evah asked Gort, also in a whisper.

***

"Yes, it has been scientifically proven to be difficult to undo." Al agreed with Ooqi.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 26 2018, 02:47 PM
"Give us a moment," Gort told the sheriff as he turned back towards Evah, "We've probably already lost them by now, and this way we get free lodging and food tonight... and maybe some sleep for once."

***

"That sounds like our best option then," Ooqi agreed, "Do you have a potion for that?"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 26 2018, 03:04 PM
"You would risk more innocent lives being lost because you want free food and sleep?" Evah said.

The sheriff was getting annoyed.

***

Al looked back at his closed room.

"Not anymore."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on May 26 2018, 03:32 PM
Just then, Harvey arrived as he opened the door to catch up to Gort and Evah till he saw the town gaurds and the sheriff.

"Oh! Excuse me." he startled and back out.

***

"GAINWAY!" cried the birds as they crashed through the window of the tavern.

Then the market manager punched the doors with his foot and darted in while shooting his crossbow at the birds!

"I KILL YOU!" he shouted while shooting, "YOU TWO WILL PAY SEVERELY FOR THIIIS! BY MY ARROWS!"

"Now he's gone really mad!" Doodles exclaimed.

"Look out!" Cranky alerted to clear way of his arrows.

"Keep still you feathery fools! So that I can shoot you!" the manager ordered.

Then he shot an arrow toward Doodles, but the arrow hit at the bottles of drinks above the counter where the bartender was at and some of them shattered to pieces.

"GGRRRRRR! Missed again! But not this time! I still-"   
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 26 2018, 03:44 PM
"Wait, who are you!?" the sheriff demanded of Harvey, momentarily taking his attention from Evah and Gort.

***

*Ffffffffffpppphhhttt!*

A toxic dart embedded itself in the manager's neck, causing him to start to feel dizzy and tired within a matter of a few seconds. The bartender lowered her blowgun with a sigh.

"I hate this town..." she muttered.


Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 26 2018, 03:52 PM
"But if we turn ourselves in peacefully, we're sparing the lives of these innocent fellas." Gort suggested.

***

After hearing the noise from downstairs, Ooqi raced down.

"Oh, it's just you two," he said once he saw the birds.

Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on May 26 2018, 04:25 PM
"Ooooooooooooh." groaned the manager while spinning around in circles, "I think I'll just...lie down."

>Thud<

"Don't ask." gasped Cranky, "Phew! That was a close call!"

"Tell me about." agreed Doodles, "We almost got turned into trophies!"

***

"Easy there sheriff!" Harvey answered pausing the sheriff with his hands, "I'm not here to interrupted your duty of some type. I was just checking to see what was this commotion about. Plus, I'm Harvey spear. Formerly a captain of King Kolo's army. No need to get all nosey, bud." 
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 26 2018, 08:00 PM
"I asked how many you could handle, I didn't say we had to kill them." Evah sighed.

"You two! Stop talking!" one of the men behind them snapped.

"I could say the same, old man. Now just stand back and let us do our duty!" the sheriff snapped at Harvey, then looked back at Gort and Evah, "Had enough time to mull it over? Are we going to do this the easy way or the hard way?"

Evah didn't wait for Gort to answer her again, instead addressing the sheriff herself.

"Very well, we surrender."

"Then on the ground with those weapons!"

"I am unarmed. If you mistake a blind woman's walking stick for a weapon, then perhaps I am not the most visually challenged person present." Evah retorted.

A couple of the deputies snickered at that.

***

Suddenly, a green cat leaped off of a nearby carbonate and tackled Doodles right out of the air, just as Al caught up with Ooqi at the bottom of the stairs.

"Oh dear, what a mess..." he sighed.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 27 2018, 07:42 AM
"So when do we leave?" Gort asked as he placed his weapon on the ground.

***

"Great!" Ooqi moaned, "I leave Naeleen alone for 5 minutes. Five minutes! And this is what happens!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 27 2018, 08:50 AM
"As soon as the both of you get out the door." the sheriff stepped aside and ushered them out.

Evah held her staff out like a cane and began tapping the floor as if she truly could see nothing, whilst clumsily heading for the exit.

***

"The Commander is fortunate he hasn't been arrested yet for possessing of a weapon of mass destruction." Al remarked in a dead serious tone.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on May 27 2018, 07:54 PM
"Heeey! Let go of me!" ordered Doodles trying to get off of the green cat.

"Doodles, stop playing with the cat." chuckled Cranky.

"Then help me to get him...or her...or it...off of me!"

***

Harvey backed away from the stable. He then hurried to the tavern to tell the rest of the Special Force of the news.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 27 2018, 08:18 PM
As Harvey was heading to the tavern, he ran into Naeleen... or, Naeleen ran into him.

*CRASH*

"Okay, where's the witch!" Naeleen demanded as she aimed her flail...is that even possible?... at Harvey.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on May 27 2018, 08:41 PM
"Witch? What witch?" question Harvey to Naeleen, "Are playing games again?"

***

Cranky tried to make the green cat to let Doodles go, but it wasn't easy for them since naturally cat chases birds. Then Miller walked in not caring about the mess that the birds and mainly the manager made.

"People in the bar!" he cheered to those who were in the tavern, "It is I, Miller Morrison! And I come here to have a drink. Don't fool me now! Give me a bottle of rum!" 
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 27 2018, 08:45 PM
"Wait, did he just say his name was Morrison?" Al softly asked Ooqi.

The bartender set a bottle of rum on the bar for Miller.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 28 2018, 08:07 AM
"The witch of course!" Naeleen responded before running off to find the witch.

***

"Oh no...we should probably leave," Ooqi whispered as he began to creep away.

Just then Naeleen crashed through the door.

"I have come to destroy the witch!" she declared as she looked around, "Oh wait, I've already been here...Harvey, you can come in! The coast is clear!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on May 28 2018, 08:47 AM
"Naeleen. Didn't your parents told you not to crash someone's windows?" grouched Harvey as he walked in the building, "Ah, there you are. I have some bad news to tell you."

"Hey!" interrupted Miller while drinking his rum, "No need to tell bad news. Besides, like they all say, No news is good news."

"Then what do you call this?" shouted Doodles still trying to get the cat off of him.

"Cat fight." laughed Miller.

"Very funny." glared Cranky.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 28 2018, 08:51 AM
"We have bad news too, Harvey." Al pipped-in, then nudged Ooqi, "Tell them."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 28 2018, 09:01 AM
"Evah's a witch!" Ooqi screamed dramatically.

"But who's the evil magic person?!" Naeleen asked.

"Evah!"

"Shoot, I thought it was me." Naeleen sighed as she sat down in a chair.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on May 28 2018, 09:11 AM
"Wait. You're the witch?" called Doodles with his eyes wide open.

"Weren't you paying attention?!?" snapped Cranky, "They said Evah's the witch! But, how'd you know that?"

"Speaking of Evah," began Harvey, "I hear to tell you that Gort and Evah are being arrested! But what's this witch-stuff all about?"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 28 2018, 11:34 AM
"Ooqi told me she's a witch, and if she's been arrested, then it serves her right!" Al declared, "Now, let's form a plan to rescue Gort."

*BOOM*

"Right after I piece Summer back together. Excuse me..." Al sighed, then headed upstairs, "I told her not to go in my room when the door is shut..."

"Oh, Al, don't I'm going to need some of that glass glue of yours, while you're up there." the bartender called after him.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on May 28 2018, 12:33 PM
"Duh...what's a witch?" asked Doodles.

Cranky and the green cat looked at Doodles with a weird look.

"Really Doodles?" he muttered, "How could you not know what a witch is?!?"

"Ooqi, since when did you hear that Evah is a witch?" question Harvey with a frown.

Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 28 2018, 12:36 PM
"Well..." Ooqi stuttered, "I've known for a long time! And there was that guy earlier who told me..."

"Good enough for me!" said Naeleen, "I'm so glad there's a witch with us! She can teach me to turn you all into goats!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on May 28 2018, 12:53 PM
Cranky quickly appeared in front of Naeleen's face.

"How dare you say that to us!" he growled grabbing her ears which made her face closer to Cranky's face, "If you don't pay attention of what they're saying and say and do stupid random things, you'll regret your whole entire live of your stupid behavior! IS THAT CLEAR!"

"Uh Cranky?" called Doodles to Cranky still caught by the green cat, "Do you think that's kinda harsh?"

"Continue to explain Ooqi." inquired Harvey.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 28 2018, 12:57 PM
"Magic is not stupid you pathetic, singe-minded, half-witted, dim-witted, wicker-basket, filly-feathered, turnip sprout!" Naeleen yelled as she tried to pull Cranky away from her face.

"There was a man in here earlier," Ooqi said, "and he told me that Evah was a witch, and that we needed to be careful.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on May 28 2018, 01:03 PM
"But how does he know about that? Did he gave you proof?" asked Harvey.

"He would if he's married." joked Miller still enjoying his drink.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 28 2018, 03:16 PM
"I believe I misheard that. Who is getting married?" Al inquired as he returned from the upper level, "Also, Summer will be along in a few minutes, once the binding agent sets."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 30 2018, 03:59 PM
"My dad got married once!" Naeleen said as she threw Cranky aside, "And you know what? I wasn't invited!"

"You weren't born..." Ooqi sighed.

"Neither were you!"

"Yes I wa... wait, what do you mean binding agent?"

"Don't change the subject!" Naeleen interupted, "We are the only agents in the area!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 30 2018, 07:26 PM
"It's something you needn't worry about, Ooqi." Al waved the leprechaun off dismissively, then froze when he looked back and saw Summer standing at the top of the stairs, "...unless she decides to get up before it it hardens."

Summer was noticeably bandaged up in numerous areas all over her body, particularly at key junctions of her body. And she was holding her arm which was severed from the rest of her body...

"Hey Al? I know you said not to move around much, but..." she held up the arm for emphasis.

"SUMMER! Are you crazy!? Get back in the lab this instant! Your legs--"

As if on cue, Summer's legs gave way and she came tumbling down the stairs... and fell into a dozen pieces by the time she reached the bottom.

"--aren't... stable... enough. Ugh." Al sighed, then looked at Ooqi, "That potion vial Naeleen broke was a Fragmentation Cloud. It blasts a creature's body into pieces upon contact, but due to the spacial-dimensional distortion magic conjured by the main active ingredients, the subject's remains alive and all their body parts function independently as though they were still a whole. It's good way to disable enemies--"

"Or sisters!" Summer's head called over from the foot of the stairs.

"--without killing them." Al finished, "It takes a special binding agent to fuse the parts back together."

Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 30 2018, 07:42 PM
"That. Is. AMAZING!" Naeleen gasped with delight as she went over and lifted up and admired one of Summer's arms, "Al, pleeeease do this to me next!"

And with that, Ooqi fainted.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Jun 08 2018, 06:32 PM
Harvey and the birds face palmed after Naeleen begged Al to turn her into pieces.

"You'll loose your marbles that way!" snapped Cranky.

"Duh, what are marbles?" asked Doodles after he finally got off the cat.

"I-uh-um-have no idea." responded Cranky.

"If you become in pieces," began Miller, "then it will become impossible to put you back together. Like my brother Morry and I did a long time ago where we have to put a toy cart back together. Believe me, the pieces were small."

"What has that got to do with anything?" questioned Harvey with a frown.

"Ask the little girl. She brought it up."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 10 2018, 04:17 PM
"Hah-hey! That tickles!" Summer laughed, as her arm flexed in Naeleen's grasp, showing that it was still alive. The hand was detached from it though, so it was just the arm.

"Naeleen, you used up the last of my fragmentation potion when you broke the vial. And even if I had some left, I would not use it on y... scratch that second thought and merely pay heed to the first one." Al replied to Naeleen, "Now, if we are all quite finished with hysterics, I need to patch Summer back together. Then we need to come up with a plan to get Gort out of jail."

During this time, the bartender had been in the back room, but she came back into the bar area at that moment, noticing several pieces of Summer scattered around the foot of the staircase.

"ALLAN! WHAT DID I SAY ABOUT BLOWING UP YOUR SISTER!?" she roared, eyes practically red in fury.

"Mom, it's not my fau--"

"This is definitely the last straw! In front of customers no less!" his mom continued to rage.

Al looked around the room, only seeing a pair of scruffy drunks in one corner, and they weren't even paying attention to anything but their drinks.

"Everyone here is a friend, mom. The bar's reputation is secure." he tried to calm her.

"Get upstairs and fix your sister this instant!" the bartender snapped, then looked at the new arrivals, adopting a less angry and more passive-aggressive disposition, "Can I get any of you anything?"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jun 12 2018, 07:36 PM
"I'll take the usual!" the Commander requested.

"Dad? When did you get here!" Naeleen asked.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 12 2018, 07:57 PM
"Hey boss, did you hear the news?" Summer asked, as Al picked her head off the floor, "Gort's in jail! We need to bust him out!"

"Summer, shush." Al groaned, "We need to fix you first!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Jun 12 2018, 08:02 PM
"Dad?" wondered Miller looking sideways till he saw-, "Brother Commander!"

"Another Morrison sibling?" startled Cranky as he looked at Miller and the Commander before Summer's question.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jun 14 2018, 06:25 PM
"Miller? Miller!" The Commander exclaimed, "My goodness it's my brother Miller!"

"I have another uncle... who knew." Naeleen sighed, for once a little exasperated.

"How have you been my old friend?" The Commander asked.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Jun 14 2018, 07:15 PM
"Better then ever, says I." replied Miller raising his drink, "Haven't seen ye in a long time. Probably ten years ago."

"Wait." Ten years? How much is that?" thought Doodles while counting his feathers.

"You know, counting to ten. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten." counted Cranky, "Can't you count?"

"What were you doing all that time?" Miller asked back to the Commander.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jun 16 2018, 05:39 PM
"Ah, getting married, having a kid, starting a mercenary team... nothing to special." The Commander explained, "And this is my daughter, Naeleen.

"I'm going to be nine next week!" She interjected.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 16 2018, 09:06 PM
"Did you hear that Al? We need to get Naeleen a present!" Summer told her brother in a slightly hushed tone.

"We have other priorities right now." Al groaned.

"Oh come on, we can discuss ideas while you work. I could get her a new weapon, and you could mix her a potion--"

"No."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Jun 17 2018, 12:30 PM
"Wait. You got married and...this is your daughter?" gasped Miller, "That means...I'm an uncle again! That's wonderful! Congratulations! And how are you doing my niece? Ha! Ha! I should've known why I haven't seen ye in a long time when I started my own weapon shop. Then after that five years later, I became a doctor. Now all I'm doing is three things; drinking, drinking, and drinking!"

"Uh Miller? That's one thing you've been doing." recalled Harvey.

"That's exactly my point! Plus visiting my daughter as well." added Miller.

"I hope she isn't like Naeleen." moaned Cranky to Doodles quietly.       
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jun 18 2018, 02:37 PM
"That's wonderful, Miller!" The Commander said as he put his arm around his shoulder, "I'm glad you've led a diversified career!"

"I have another cousin?" Naeleen pondered, "That can't be good; my last cousin ended up trying to kill us..."

"Oh nonsense!" the Commander disagreed, "You and Szilveszter just didn't get off on the right foot! You'll get along great the next time you see  him!"

"Yeah! I've been practicing my back-handed flail fling! Would you like to see it?"


"Sure!" the Commander encouraged.


Naeleen grabbed her flail with the bottom of the handle pointing up, and after a few semi-impressive swirls and twirls, she sent it flying into the air...


...at that moment Ooqi sat up rather dazed.


"What happened..." he groaned. But within a second Naeleen's flail came flying toward his head...


*Crack/Boink*

And back down he went.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 18 2018, 03:29 PM
"I should really go back to school and get my medical license..." Al just sighed.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jun 18 2018, 03:34 PM
"Since we're all here, let me explain my plan!" the Commander said.

"To save rescue Gort?" Naeleen asked.

"Rescue Gort? What are you talking about!"

"Gort has been captured!"

"Oh dear! What a catastrophe! We must rescue him!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Jun 18 2018, 03:47 PM
"Wait a minute!" spit Miller from his drink, "Gort captured?"

"Weren't you paying attention?" growled Harvey.

"Oh ya!" Miller exclaimed with a puzzled look, "I forgot."

"You forgot?!?" shouted Cranky, "How could you forget about Gort captured?!?"

"Good question." answered Miller.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jun 30 2018, 03:43 PM
"Then it is time we formulate a plan!" The Commander declared.

***

The Special Force™ sat around a table in the tavern, discussing a plan to free their companions...

"So we're all agreed!" the Commander said, "We wait until sundown, then we steal a team of horses from the stable and harnesses from the mercantile, hook up the horses to the bars of the jail, have Al formulate an explosion to scare the horses, then the horses will pull the bars from the jail window so that Gort and Evah can escape, and then we all run back here and hide!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 30 2018, 03:49 PM
"That is the worst plan, ever... of all time." Al sighed.

"I like it!" Summer agreed, now seemingly in one piece... until she said that and tried to make a gesture with her arm, only to cause it to fall off, "Oops..."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jun 30 2018, 04:13 PM
"My plan is great!" The Commander reassured.

"Just like throwing around a flail and almost killing people..." Ooqi sighed as he held a cold rag to his head.

"I threw it softly!" Naeleen said, trying to defended herself, "I slowed it down too, so there! You have nothing to complain about!"

"This is nothing?!" Ooqi yelled as he removed the rag showing minor scratches and bruising.

"Yeah, pretty much."

"Back to my plan!" The Commander said as he grabbed Summer's arm and began to point at a map he had drawn on the wall, "This is where the jail is, and this is where we are. So if we go from here, to the jail, we should arrive there!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Jun 30 2018, 08:13 PM
"But, will that wake up the guards after the horses pull the bars?" asked Doodles.

"Come on you guys!" squawked Cranky, "Horses can't pull bars from windows. Could they?"

"They may have the strength as a team." replied Harvey, "But with the explosion, it's hard to tell if we have enough time before the sheriff wakes up."

"Well why hide here where we can runaway?" Cranky asked.

"Because it gives good drinks." admired Miller. 
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 30 2018, 08:24 PM
"Hey, we're not using mom's tavern to hide from the law." Al warned.

"Yeah, if mom gets shut down by the sheriff, she'll get mad and might kick Al and I out!" Summer added.

"Summer..." Al rubbed his temples.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jun 30 2018, 08:52 PM
"Why don't we just sneak in the front door while everyone's asleep and pick the lock?" Ooqi suggested as he again placed the rag on his head.

"Sneak in? But that's so sneaky!" Naeleen objected.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 01 2018, 07:49 AM
"I could probably brew something up to dissolve the lock, or the bars on the windows." Al suggested.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jul 10 2018, 07:05 PM
"Well you can do whatever you want!" The Commander said indignantly, "But I'm going to go steal the horses! Who's with me!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Jul 10 2018, 07:51 PM
"Playing horse thieves eh?" replied Miller to the Commander, "What are we waiting for? I'm in!"

"How about we cut a hole on the roof." suggested Doodles, "Or dig a tunnel under the building. It be better that way."

"Right. All we need now is a rabbit to do the digging." said Cranky in sarcasm, "Just how do we do that?"

"Simple. We use shovels." answered Doodles.

"Birds, that would take days to get under a building, or probably till sunrise." told Harvey.

"Then we dig a hole on the roof, right?" asked Doodles.

"Doodles, you said we cut a hole on the roof. Not dig a hole!" corrected Cranky.

"That's what I said."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jul 10 2018, 08:01 PM
"All right, Brother! Let's be off!" The Commander said as he put his arm around Miller. They then walked out of the building.

"We could burn the roof!" Naeleen suggested enthusiastically.

"Couldn't we wait until they release Gort." Ooqi countered as he yawned.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 10 2018, 08:06 PM
"Let's just get going." Al groaned, "I'm sure I've got something that will do the trick."

And they were off. The jailhouse was not particularly far away, and night was falling on the town. The problem was the jail was right down the main street, and it wasn't late enough that everyone had gone to bed yet.

Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Aug 07 2018, 03:01 PM
Naeleen walked up to one of the jail windows, but was unable to see through it because of her lack of height.

"Ooqi, look in here and see if this is Gort's cell." She instructed.

Ooqi just blinked at her, considering she was about his height.

"Okay... Al! Why don't you do it!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 07 2018, 03:44 PM
The dwarf just stared at Ooqi with an expression that practically screamed: "Really?"

But Summer was happy to oblige.

"I'll do it!" she proclaimed, eagerly rushing forward to look into the bars.

"Summer, not so--"

Her legs fell off under her, causing her to fall down on to a level that happened to coincidentally be the same height as the other four.

"Huh, that window is a lot higher than it looked like from over there." she remarked, looking up.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Aug 07 2018, 03:56 PM
Harvey would be a height to look through the window, but he was with Miller (Still drinking rum.) and the Commander. Luckily, Cranky and Doodles were with them carrying shovels.

"Well?" snapped Cranky, "You found Gort?"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 07 2018, 04:19 PM
"No. Why don't you go up there and check?" Al pointed at the barred window that none of the rest of them could reach.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Aug 07 2018, 04:28 PM
The birds flew to the window and looked inside to see Gort and Evah sitting on the floor.

"They're here!" shouted Doodles.

>Whack<

"Quiet big mouth!" Cranky whispered in harsh tone after he slapped Doodles at the face with his shovel.

Doodles's face was flat from the shovel.

"Ow." he groaned.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Aug 07 2018, 05:03 PM
"Oh no... they're here..." Gort sighed as he sat against the bars.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 07 2018, 05:42 PM
"We're here!" Summer chirped happily.

"Ooqi, get her clear. Naeleen, grab her legs and get those clear too." Al directed, "I will handle this."

He reached into his bag and produced a vial of bubbling liquid, which he prepared to hurl at the wall as soon as the other short people had removed his sister from the blast radius.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Aug 07 2018, 05:47 PM
It took a little while, but eventually Ooqi and Naeleen dragged Summer away.

"Wait, why am I taking orders from you!" Naeleen said indignantly as she put her hands on her hips.

Meanwhile, Ooqi curled up on the ground and plugged his ears.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 07 2018, 05:51 PM
"Because somebody has to give the orders around here." Al replied to Naeleen, "And it is clear that I am most qualified."

He then threw his vial into the wall, which it bounced off with a clink and landed on the dirt, completely intact.

"..."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Aug 07 2018, 06:07 PM
"You and your vials." mumbled Cranky, "We can do much better with these shovels."

"Right." agreed Doodles, "Uh...for what?"

"To dig through the roof remember?" Cranky pointed out to the roof of the jailhouse.

"Ooooh. Riight. Okay. Lets go."

They quickly flew to the roof and started digging using their talons to control the shovels. But the shovels were being banged from the hard roof to the shovel tips.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Aug 07 2018, 06:29 PM
"Oh boy! Oh boy!" Ooqi moaned as he remained on the ground with his ears plugged, "Those are loud explosions!"

"Haha!" Naeleen laughed as she pointed at Al, "The birds' shovel is louder than your explosion!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 07 2018, 06:49 PM
"Why in heck..." Al marched over, picked up his vial, then threw it at the wall again.

And again.

And again.

And again.

Then he looked at the label.

"Curses, past expiration date..."
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 07 2018, 07:02 PM
Ooqi finally lifted his head and looked around.

"Mighty clean for a recent explosion," he marveled as he looked around the jail. "Oh I get it! You made the wall an illusion, Al! Brilliant!"

He then took a run at the wall...

**BANG***

And down he went.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 07 2018, 07:06 PM
"Al, I have a plan!" Summer declared.

"It's a dumb plan and we're not doing it." Al replied.

"But you haven't even heard it yet!"

"Does it involve charging into the sheriff's quarters and beating everyone up?"

"...maybe...?"

***

Meanwhile, inside the jail cell...

Evah stood up and walked over to the bars to the inside of the structure, away from the window. There she stood stoically, as if waiting for something.
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 07 2018, 07:16 PM
"Hey, that gave me an idea!" Naeleen smiled as she pulled on Summer's sleeve, "We could get a long coat, and have Al stand on Ooqi's shoulders so he can pretend to be a deputy. Then he can go in and get Gort and Evah released without anyone noticing!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 07 2018, 07:19 PM
"That's a brilliant idea!" Summer agreed.

"That's a stupid idea!" Al spat.
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 07 2018, 07:20 PM
"There was an idea?" Ooqi mumbled as he got up from the ground.

"Or..." Naeleen thought for a moment, "We could start a fire on the other end of town, and then free them while everyone runs around like crazy."
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Post by: Shawnex on Aug 07 2018, 07:37 PM
The birds were still banging their shovels trying to dig through the roof. But with their strength using their talons while flying, it was useless.

"Ahh! I give up!" he complained and threw his shovel to the ground where the others were at, "These shovels are useless!"

"How about we cut through the roof." suggested Doodles.

Cranky glared at Doodles.

"I thought you switched that idea to the DIGGING IDEA!" he shouted and grabbed Doodles's shovel and him on his head and threw it to that same ground and nearly hit Al.

"OOW." groaned Doodles again.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 08 2018, 06:57 AM
"Now that one I'm actually confident you could pull off." Al replied to Naeleen.
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 17 2018, 03:09 PM
"Great!" Naeleen said as she quickly ran off.

"What. Did. You. Do." Ooqi said as he looked at Al.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 17 2018, 03:25 PM
"I..."

Al looked in the direction that Naeleen had ran off in.

"...probably just burned down the town. I'll be right back!"

He ran off after Naeleen.
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 17 2018, 03:37 PM
"We need to reach that window..." Ooqi pondered as he looked at the bars.
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Post by: Shawnex on Aug 17 2018, 03:43 PM
"You guys have saws?" Doodles popped in with a bump on his head.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 17 2018, 03:45 PM
"Saws won't help us reach the window. Ooqi, give me a boost!" Summer urged.

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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 17 2018, 03:51 PM
Ooqi was about to object, but given his head was a bit hazy from his recent encounter, he shrugged and held out his hands.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 17 2018, 04:10 PM
Summer went to climb up on him, only to find she couldn't actually move, as her legs were on the ground just behind her.

"Huh, um... this isn't gonna work." she put a finger to her bottom lip, "Hey Ooqi, I'll give you a boost!"

She put her hands out for him instead.

***

Evah remained still near the cell door, briefly putting her hand on the bars to find where the lock was, before putting her hands back at her sides. After a moment, she relaxed her posture a little as one of the sheriff's men turned the corner and came to a stop in front of the cell.

"I heard voices. What's going on in here?" he demanded.

"I was trying to get your attention. I have something important to show you." Evah responded.

"I'm sure you do, sweetheart." the guard muttered condescendingly, "Get away from the bars."

Evah took a few shuffled steps back, as the guard just tried to listen for noises. He was naturally accommodated by the antics of the people outside.

"There! I heard it again! Voices!" the man growled, "There's someone outside the cell talking to you, isn't there?"

"I do not know what you mean." Evah replied, "You must be hearing things. I called you to show you something."

She removed her eye covering, making sure to keep her back toward Gort. The guard turned slightly to face her, his eyes meeting where hers were. At first he just seemed raise an eyebrow inquisitively, but then his face went blank as he continued to stare. Little by little, he started to edge closer to the cell, as if trying to get a better look at Evah's eyes, for whatever reason.
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 18 2018, 05:56 AM
"Alright, I guess..." Ooqi mumbled as he clumsily put his foot in her hand, and tried to put his other foot on her shoulder. 

***

"So can you still talk while doing that?" Gort asked Evah while he suspiciously watched her.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 18 2018, 06:15 AM
"Yes." Evah replied, "But it is best that you not give the man reason to look away."

Thankfully, none of their actions seemed to break the jailer's singular focus, as he finally drew within range. Evah promptly reached-out, grabbed him, and pulled him in closer, bringing her eyes much nearer to his. At that point, it seemed like the man had finally found what he was looking for.

All at once, the guard let out a horrified scream, his hands moving up to cover his eyes. Evah groped around and managed to grab the man's belt, where she located the keys and forced them free. She then released the jailer, who only fell to the floor screaming and babbling incoherently. Finding again where the lock and keyhole were, Evah unlocked the cell and stepped out. Before anything else, she restored her eye covering to her face.

At that moment, there was a muffled crash outside the cell window, as Summer and Ooqi's attempt ended in typical disaster. Evah cocked her head slightly back toward Gort as she spoke.

"Tell them to stop already. We are escaping now."

With that, she went to head down the corridor, only to accidentally bump into and knock over a tall, freestanding torch holder sitting on the floor in the hall in front of her.
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Post by: DeadJim on Aug 18 2018, 06:21 AM
"Very good then." Gort said as he followed her.

***

Ooqi mumbled and grumbled as got up from the ground, "That was a terrible idea... wait, is that smoke?"

Naeleen came running back to the jail while flames rose in the distance behind her, "Okay, we can start the escape now!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 18 2018, 06:31 AM
Evah moved a bit more slowly as she had a hand on the wall to guide her as she walked. Unfortunately, the jailer behind them continued crying and screaming, sometimes seemingly forming words, but ones that were disjointed and nonsensical. This drew in more of the sheriff's men, who turned the corner weapons drawn.

"Hey! Stop right there!" one of them barked.

Evah didn't stop, instead suddenly charging from her current position and closing the distance between her and them. The first one tried to stab her, but she spun around the lunge and punched him in the side of the head, sending him to the floor. The other then moved in, but she back-kicked the sword out of his hands without even looking, before turning around and jabbing him in the throat. The man crumbled to the ground, gagging.

"Grab their weapons and head for the door. I must find my staff first."

***

"Oh good." Summer nodded, "Wouldn't want to start too soon! Say, where'd Al go?"
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Post by: Shawnex on Aug 27 2018, 04:37 PM
Doodles came back with a saw. For some reason he got it randomly out of nowhere, or somewhere.

"I found a saw!" he panted to Cranky, "Lets see if it works."

He gave a good pound to dig through the roof. But, with his bird strength, he couldn't dig through.

"Um...could you help me, please Cranky?"

"Ugh fine." groaned Cranky as he rapped his talons to the handle of the saw.

Then they tried to dig through the roof with their strength, but it made the saw-blade bend very dip from the tip of the roof and made a hard push back to the birds which made them shoot up into the air! They went up about thirty-five feet from the roof before they fell back down to the ground.

>CRASH<

Cranky landed with his beak stuck in the ground while Doodles crashed half his body into the dirt!

"Mm? Help?" he muffed in the dirt.
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 04 2018, 03:50 PM
Gort looked down at the weapons she referenced that were practically as big as himself. He proceeded to ignore her, walk to a shelf, and grab his own sword.

"I'll be outside when you find your wand." He said to her as he walked towards the door.

***

"Al? Al who?" Naeleen asked as she tilted her head to the side. "Oh! That Al! Um... I lost him after I set the mercantile on fire."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 04 2018, 04:00 PM
"Staff."

***

"Oh, okay. I'm sure he'll be back soon enough." Summer shrugged.
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 04 2018, 04:24 PM
"Whatever."

***

"Sounds good. LET'S GO FREE GORT!" Naeleen screamed as she charged at the jail door... at the very moment Gort opened it.

BANG

A Naeleen sandwich was formed between the wall and the door of the jail.

"Okay, who started it!" Gort yelled as he approach the other members of the Special Force while pointing at the flames.
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Post by: Shawnex on Sep 04 2018, 04:37 PM
"Um... did you forget us?" stuffed Doodles still in the dirt along with Cranky.
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 04 2018, 04:47 PM
"Get used to it." Ooqi complained as he walked over and pulled the birds out of the ground, "We're all just numbers. Not important... not needed... not appreciated..."

***

Naeleen pushed the door off of her face, and then leaned back against the wall. "Must... save... Gort!" she declared as dramatically as she could...
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 04 2018, 04:51 PM
Just then, Evah threw open the door, slamming it back into Naeleen's face.

"We must hasten, there is little time." she stated, then shut the door behind herself and added, without looking back, "Come Naeleen."
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 04 2018, 04:56 PM
"WHAT ABOUT GERT!" She drawled as she hobbled after Evah.

***

"Oh good, you found Naeleen." Gort said as Evah approached, "Now I want some answers now!"

"You got captured." Ooqi deadpanned.

Gort calmly walked up to Ooqi and conked him on the back of the head.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 04 2018, 08:42 PM
"Answers would be better given on the road out of town." Evah stated stoically.

Just then, Al came wheezing over to the group and collapsed near Summer.

"I saved the mercantile... but... the nursery... I was too late..." he moaned.

"Oh no! How awful!" Summer gasped.

"I know... I-I... I saved what I could." Al huffed, holding out a hand and revealing a fistful of seeds.

"..."

"?"

Summer slapped him.
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 04 2018, 08:54 PM
At that moment the Commander, Miller, and Harvey came walking over. Their clothes were slightly charred, and their faces black from ashes.

"Hey boss." Ooqi muttered, still pondering the meaning of life.

"The plan was a disaster!" The Commander cried, "We stole the horses, but while we were at the mercantile stealing the harnesses and rope, some idiot set the building on fire!"

"..."

"...hi Daddy!" Naeleen smiled innocently as she walked over and hugged him.

"Hi honey," the Commander greeted her before resuming his more serious tone, "But the plan must go on! Come rain, come shine, come snow, come fire, the plan must go on! Now, back to rescuing Gort..."

"Morry." Gort said as he waved at the Commander.

The Commander waved back.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 06 2018, 11:34 AM
"Everyone is here then. We should go." Evah stated.
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Post by: Shawnex on Sep 09 2018, 02:46 PM
"And so we must!" agreed Miller before shaking the ash off of his clothes, "But...the town...it's catching on fire! We must save it!"

"Wait...TOWN ON FIRE?!?" gasped Doodles and Cranky as they looked at the town.

"There has to be a good explanation about this!" Harvey pointed out to the group.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 09 2018, 02:52 PM
"There is a good explanation for this..." Al glanced at Naeleen.

"The fire will provide us cover for our escape. I suggest we make full use of it." Evah stated.

"What, are you kidding? Mom will not be happy if we burn the town down without telling her first!" Summer snapped, "We need to stop home on our way out."

"Right." Al agreed with his sister, for once.
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 09 2018, 02:58 PM
"Cool, I like your mom!" Naeleen said as she grabbed Summer's hand.

"I agree with Miller," Gort began, "We're not going to enter a town, burn it down, and then just walk away."

"You're right!" the Commander agreed, "We should run! Run very fast!"

"I'm for that plan!" Ooqi chimed in.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 09 2018, 03:06 PM
Evah had heard enough and was already making her way down the street and out of town.

"Right, let's go!" Summer proclaimed.

"..."

"Um, it seems my legs are not working..."

Al glared at his sister and her detached legs, knowing there was no way he'd be able to keep her stationary long enough to set the binding compound again. Speaking of which, he was running out of it...

And then Naeleen grabbed Summer's hand, accidentally pulling it off...

"Well... I guess the hand too..." Summer shifted her mouth to the side.

And then the whole rest of her fell apart again, leaving nothing but a pile bodily components there in the street.

"Okay, that's it..." Al grumbled, reaching into his bag and producing a large sack.

Which he proceeded to shove all Summer's parts into, then tie-off and sling over his back.

"Hey! It's crowded in here!" Summer grumbled.

"Let's go." Al sighed, lugging his heavy load with him as he went to head down the street as well.
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Post by: Shawnex on Sep 09 2018, 03:33 PM
"I always knew this group would be so...somewhat...messed up!" Harvey mumbled to himself, "IT'S CHAOTIC!"

"Uh...where are going again?" wondered Miller looking at the group as he saw Evah and Al walked down the street."

"Ask the boss!" the birds exclaimed pointing to the Commander.
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 09 2018, 03:42 PM
"I have a very special mission for us! Yes very special indeed!" The Commander said as he walked off after Evah. Ooqi and Naeleen followed, though Ooqi seemed in a bigger hurry to get out of town.
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Post by: Shawnex on Sep 09 2018, 03:49 PM
Harvey followed as well. The birds and Miller looked at each other.

"We follow Commander then!" Miller burst out and followed.

Then the birds were the last ones to follow.
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 09 2018, 04:03 PM
Gort then stood alone by the jail.

"But... the fire!" he yelled at them in bewilderment.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 09 2018, 04:16 PM
A green cat walked in front of Gort, stopped, looked at him, then down the street the other way, then back at Gort, then meowed and ran off down the street after the others.

***

Meanwhile, Al run up to the bar he and Summer's mother owned and popped his head in the door.

"Hey mom, the town's on fire and we need to leave. That element-proofing stain I made should still be good, so no worries. Summer says bye too!"

There was a muffled "Bye mom!" from outside.

"Okay, see you later!" Al concluded, then shut the door and skedaddled.

"Bah, and they still haven't gotten those ingredients to revive dad." the orcish bartender grumbled, "Darn kids don't listen to a word I say."
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 09 2018, 04:37 PM
And they were off!

Again.

***

"We're off to our next mission, which I must say will be a splendid one at that!" The Commander said confidently as he led the Special Force™ down a quiet road.
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Post by: Shawnex on Sep 09 2018, 04:46 PM
"But what about the town? My favorite bar is there! Along with my drinks!" protested Miller looking at the half burning town.

"At least we don't have to worry about that crazy manager bugging us." Doodles spoke out.

"Ya. But the food that we were trying to steal is bound to be gone!" added Cranky looking miserable.

"Well some maniac started that whole thing recently to begin with!" huffed Harvey, "But I wonder who?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 10 2018, 01:44 PM
"What mission are we onto now?" Al asked, "I thought we were just trying to escape town."

Evah was a bit ahead of the group, not participating in the conversation.
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 10 2018, 07:32 PM
"My older brother has investments in land and agriculture, and he's having issues getting a return on his ventures," the Commander explained, "All his collection managers have abandoned him for his competitors. We are going to help!"

"Oh goody, goody! I like meeting new uncles!" Naeleen cheered.

"Maybe we should explain about you know who, about you know what," Ooqi whispered to Al while motioning toward Evah.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 10 2018, 07:41 PM
"But to you know whom?" Al asked.

He paused a moment.

"I should not try to be witty." he concluded, "Who do we tell that isn't going to blurt this out and alert you know whom?"
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 10 2018, 07:43 PM
Ooqi paused for a moment, "...Mrs. Morrison?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 10 2018, 07:45 PM
"Right, logic. A person not here to be told the secret, cannot possibly reveal it to anyone else." Al nodded, though his tone was sarcastic, "Smart thinking, Ooqi."
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 10 2018, 07:51 PM
"I almost died!" Ooqi said defensively, "Why don't you come up with some ideas!"

"I came up with the plan to save Gort!" Naeleen said before realizing she had just admitted to starting the fire. Her eyes widened and she covered her mouth with both her hands.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 11 2018, 06:55 AM
"...Let's just tell Gort..."

He nudged Ooqi over to where Gort was, then tried to get the older Leprechaun to separate from the group with them a bit so they had room to talk.

"We've got something we need to tell you, Gort."
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 11 2018, 01:55 PM
"I know Summer's in your bag, Al." Gort replied, "As soon as we find lodging for the night you're going to put her back together."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 11 2018, 02:22 PM
"It's crowded in here." Summer muffled from inside the bag.

Al shook it a little, prompting a "Hey!" from the contents.

"That's not it, it's about Evah. Ooqi found out that she's a witch." Al adopted a hushed tone.
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 12 2018, 06:19 PM
Gort was silent for a moment.

"So what is it you wanted to tell me?" he asked.

"...WHY IS NO ONE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS!" Ooqi cried in despair.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 13 2018, 05:44 AM
"I'm concerned about this!" Summer offered.

"Do you even know what we're talking about?" Al asked.

"You were... talking about me being the sack, right?"

Al rolled his eyes, then grabbed Ooqi's shoulder and pulled him away from Gort.

"We need a new plan."
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 13 2018, 02:03 PM
"Hey, the potion that did that to Summer..." Ooqi pointed to Al's bag, "do you have any more of it?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 13 2018, 02:22 PM
"No, Naeleen broke my only vial. It requires some rather expensive ingredients, I'm afraid." Al lamented, "That said, I might have a frog transformation potion in there somewhere."

"Turning a witch into a frog? Isn't it supposed to be the other way around?" Summer questioned.

"I'd rather not turn frogs into witches." Al deadpanned.

"Not... what I meant."
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Post by: Shawnex on Sep 13 2018, 03:14 PM
"Ooh! You mean we turn Evah into frog?" joked Doodles, "Or we turn Naeleen into a frog?"

"That's not what he meant either!" snapped Cranky.

"Slow down you speedy-rabbits!" called out Harvey trying to keep up to the group, "It ain't easy for an old man like me to run at this age."

"You just didn't have enough drinks!" teased Miller as he raced toward his brother.

"That wouldn't matter either way! Ugh! Aye-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi! Young people these days!" Harvey moaned.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 13 2018, 03:20 PM
Evah didn't react for some reason, despite how loud the birds were speaking. Maybe she was far enough ahead not to hear?

"Hush you two!" Al hissed, "You're going to screw this up!"

"Wait, are you guys actually doing this?" Summer muffled.

"You be quiet too. Ooqi, how's your throwing arm?" Al turned toward the leprechaun.

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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 13 2018, 03:23 PM
"Well... uh..." Ooqi stuttered.

"I can do it! I can do it!" Naeleen offered as she ran up next to Al.

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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 13 2018, 03:26 PM
Al looked at Naeleen, hesitated, then realized that she was a far more suitable candidate for this kind of mischief than Ooqi.

"Okay, fine."

He reached into his bag and fumbled around for a few minutes, before producing a vial of green liquid and handing it to the girl.

"Don't drop it."

"I have a bad feeling about this..." Summer groaned.
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Post by: Shawnex on Sep 13 2018, 03:32 PM
"Uh oh." chirped Doodles with his eyes wide open, "Was it...something I said?"

"WAIT! HE DID NOT MEAN LITERALLY! STOP!" shouted Cranky.

Miller slowly walked back to the crazy members of the group.

"I'm sorry. But what is this turning witches about?" he asked to them.
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 13 2018, 03:38 PM
Before anyone could say another word, Naeleen quickly grabbed the vile, and reached her arm back to throw it...

"Wait, what am I throwing this at?" She asked as she returned her arm to a non-firing position.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 13 2018, 03:40 PM
"At Evah, Naeleen! At Evah!" Al groaned.
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 13 2018, 03:45 PM
"Oh, okay!" Naeleen said as she excitedly reached her arm back ready to throw...

"Wait, why am I throwing this at Evah?" She asked as she again returned her arm to it's normal position.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 13 2018, 03:47 PM
"Because she's a witch!" Al exclaimed.

"How do we know she's a witch?" Summer asked.

"Because... uh... because..." Al looked at Ooqi, "Because Ooqi said so."
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 13 2018, 03:51 PM
"Don't blame it on me!" Ooqi said defensively.

"But everything can be blamed on you, Ooqi!" the Commander said as he join the conversation, "You're so easily blamable!"

"What's going on now?" Gort said as he turned around and walked toward the group.

"It's Ooqi's fault!" Naeleen shouted as she pointed the vile at Ooqi.

"Wait, WHAT!" Ooqi stammered as he stepped back.

"What's his fault?" Gort asked.

"Well that doesn't matter, it's the principle of the thing." The Commander stated as he crossed his arms.
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Post by: Shawnex on Sep 13 2018, 04:02 PM
"Hoh! Finally I caught up to you all!" Harvey gasped in relief and gave them a smile, "I knew you would be waiting for me."

"We would? Oh I mean uh, we would!" Miller startled.

"Then that means," Doodles began as he pulled out a wig, "This court is now session!"

Cranky slapped Doodles at his face.

"Cut that out!" he ordered, "It's nothing! Nothing! Nothing."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 13 2018, 04:51 PM
"Hey, leave Ooqi alone! He was just doing what he thought was right!" Summer begged.

"Doing, nobody's been doing anything!" Al snapped, "Except standing here arguing!"

Then, just as Doodles was remarking that the court was now in session, there was the sound of wood being pounded against something solid. Were everyone to turn, they'd find Evah standing just outside of the group, the bottom of her staff resting on a rock, and her expression blank.

"If you people have a problem with me, I suggest you bring it up now." she stated coldly.

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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 13 2018, 04:54 PM
"We don't have a problem with you; we have a problem with Ooqi!" The Commander replied.
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Post by: Shawnex on Sep 13 2018, 06:29 PM
"Like I said, It was nothing! Nothing!" repeated Cranky.

"Yes. That is correct." agreed Miller, "We have no problem at all."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 13 2018, 06:38 PM
Evah did the equivalent of blankly staring at them, which was to say she was facing there general direction and her expression was pretty blank (the eye covering helped).

"Seriously?"

"We are the epitome of seriousness!" Summer's muffled voice cried from inside the sack.
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 13 2018, 06:47 PM

Gort rolled his eyes, before noticing the vile Naeleen was still holding.

"What is that?" he asked.

"What is what?" Naeleen said.

"That."

Naeleen looked at the vile and then hid it behind her back.


"NAELEEN!" Gort yelled as he held out his hand.

"Yes?" She asked in her most sweet and innocent tone.

"Give it to me NOW."

"Give you what?"

"HOW IS THIS MY FAULT!" Ooqi whined as he plopped down on the ground.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 13 2018, 07:25 PM
"Well, you did tell everyone that Evah was a witch." Al stated.

"I am a witch." Evah deadpanned.

"See, Ooqi is innocent!!!" Summer cried.
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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 18 2018, 03:41 PM
"Definitely not!" the Commander disagreed, "Telling the truth can only be a sign of guilt, disproving one's innocence entirely!"

Gort decided to abandon that conversation and retrieve the vile from Naeleen. As he approached her she walked quickly away from him... backwards, as to hide the vile.

"Um... Al?" She asked nervously, "What was I supposed to do with the thing I don't have again?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 19 2018, 09:25 AM
"Oh, um... absolutely nothing." Al replied, "Since you don't have it. But if you did have it, I'd say it'd be best to give it back to me."

"And not drop it!" Summer sputtered.

"I cannot afford to waste any more time with this." Evah sighed, then walked away.

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Post by: DeadJim on Sep 21 2018, 06:51 PM
"But if I did have it, I wouldn't want to give it back." Naeleen countered as she continued to walk backwards.

"What did you give her, Al?" Gort asked as he continued to follow the little girl.

"You can't give her any thing yet,  her birthday isn't till next week!" The Commander whispered to Al.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Sep 24 2018, 08:55 AM
"I gave her absolutely nothing." Al gulped, "Certainly not something that could cause us all a lot of trouble if she doesn't give it back to me right now."
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Post by: DeadJim on Oct 18 2018, 07:02 PM
Naeleen's eyes widened as she stopped walking.

"Um... Al?" She said nervously as she held out her hands, "I think I lost the thing I didn't have."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Oct 19 2018, 06:20 AM
"..."

"..."

"..."

"You did what!?" Al exclaimed.

"Yep, I knew it. This isn't gonna end well." Summer muttered.
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Post by: Shawnex on Oct 19 2018, 06:05 PM
"Aha!" Cranky pointed out, ""I knew she was up to something! As always."

""You do?" asked Doodles with a confused look, "Since when?"

"Since right now!" Cranky replied.

"Bravo Cranky!" Miller added while clapping his hands.
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Post by: DeadJim on Oct 22 2018, 06:41 PM

"Yes, bravo Cranky!" The Commander agreed.

"How could this possibly be my fault..." Ooqi wondered aloud.

"You know, leprechauns are very sneaky," Naeleen offered as an explanation to the bewildered Al.

"I'VE BEEN SITTING HERE THIS WHOLE TIME!" Ooqi yelled as he remained on the ground.

"Oh yeah... you are good." Naeleen said slyly as she gave him a thumbs up and a wink.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Oct 23 2018, 05:57 AM
"Naeleen..." Al narrowed his eyes at the girl.

"Ooqi, how could you!" Summer sighed in disappointment.

"Naeleen, this is important! What did you do with it!?" Al was growing very agitated.
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Post by: DeadJim on Oct 23 2018, 04:48 PM
Naeleen cocked her head and crossed her arms behind her back, trying to look as cute as possible.

"What do you mean?" She said sweetly.

"Forget this!" Ooqi snapped as he stood up and put his hands on his hips, "Nobody appreciates me, so I'm going to leave!"

He stormed about two steps before the whole group could hear a crunch from the grass, which sounded a lot like glass...

"Um... Al?" he said nervously as he froze in place.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Oct 23 2018, 05:38 PM
Al froze too.

"Ooqi... very carefully remove your foot and pray that crack doesn't turn into a--"

*POOF*

A minor explosion of green smoke shot out of the ground from the vial, as it was designed to explode into a cloud instantly upon contacting the air. When the smoke cleared, everyone in the group who hadn't gotten clear had been transformed into a frog.

The one with glasses just sighed.

"I'm never letting any of you touch my stuff again."
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Post by: DeadJim on Oct 25 2018, 06:46 PM
"Eeeeek!" Naeleen screamed as she hopped behind Summer, "It's a frog!"

"Evah can help! Like Ooqi said, she's a witch!" the Commander offered as he started hopping off into the general direction she had gone. "Evah! Evaaaah!"
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Post by: Shawnex on Oct 28 2018, 10:54 AM
"I say now." Miller spoke out, "Why are you all frogs?"

"Why don't you look at yourself and ask Naeleen and Ooqi!" Harvey snapped.

Miller looked at his hands and gasped.

"GREAT SCOTT!" he shouted, "What have you done to us?!?"

Luckily, Cranky and Doodles were away from the smoke. They saw that the entire group had turned into frogs and laughed.

"Look at you guys!" Cranky laughed, "What a bunch of froggy mercenaries! Can you believe that?!?"

"I believe it." replied Doodles with a pretended puzzled tone, "Literally! DOH! HO! HO! HO! HO! HO! HO!"
 
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Post by: Tyler294 on Oct 29 2018, 06:45 AM
"Help!" Summer wailed from inside Al's sack, "I'm stuck!"

Because being a pile of dismembered frog fragments stuck in a big sack was not a comfortable experience.

"Can't help you, sister." Al sighed, then glared at Naeleen, "The only way we can change back is to get an antidote from my bag..."

Speaking of that bag, it looked really, really big to them all right now.

In the meantime, Evah was already far up the road and out of earshot, no longer seeming to care about the others.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 01 2018, 04:24 PM
"Evah! Evah! Evah! Evah!" the Commander ribbited as he hopped along.

***

"Cranky and Doodles get down here now." Gort said very sternly as he pointed ad the birds.
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 01 2018, 04:59 PM
"What's up froggy?" giggled Cranky after he and Doodles landed next to Gort, "Can't jump high? HA! HA!"

"At least we're not the only talking animals in this group." said Doodles.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 01 2018, 05:03 PM
Gort actually was able to jump high enough to land on Cranky's beak and put his face up against his.

"Go get Evah, NOW!" he snapped.

"Are the frogs gone yet?" Naeleen asked as she hopped out from behind the bag Summer was in.
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 01 2018, 05:18 PM
Cranky shook Gort off of his beak and turned to Naeleen.

"Well looky here, Doodles." he grinned to Doodles, "It's the little troublemaker who started all this froggy commotion."

"Yep." agreed Doodles, "Her looks suits her."

"Shut up you two!" snapped Harvey, "Focus on getting Evah!"

"Alright! Alright! But look at Naeleen!" chuckled Cranky, "I mean, isn't she funny?"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 01 2018, 05:23 PM
"Frogs!? Where!?" Summer exclaimed from in the sack.

"Will someone please help me reach the top of the bag?" Al moaned, not realizing he could easily jump into it himself.

While all this was going on, a large shadow began to loom over Ooqi...
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 01 2018, 05:33 PM
"Why me! Always me!" Ooqi whined, without actually knowing what was over him.

"WHY YOU OVERSIZED, UNDERBRAINED, UNDERCOOKED POULTRY!" She yelled as she began to quickly hop their direction, "YOU'LL BE SORRY FOR THE DAY YOU INSULTED NAELEEN MORRISON!"

She approached at a unnatural speed, and as she got closer she started hopping on three legs while swinging her frog-sized flail with her fourth.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 01 2018, 05:43 PM
Suddenly, Ooqi felt a couple of giant... soft... objects press down on him and pin him to the ground. It was followed shortly thereafter by the sound of purring.

Meanwhile, Al was trying to climb his bag...
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 01 2018, 06:05 PM
The birds flew up at the same time before Naeleen could kill them. Then they grabbed her arms with Cranky at her right and Doodles at her left. And they flew her up to the air and started to swing her forwards and backwards and threw her to the air till Cranky caught her again.

"Lets have some fun! Shall we?" he smiled excitedly and threw her back to Doodles and her by the legs.

"Up she goes!" called Doodles as he threw her up to the air and quickly grabbed Naeleen again. This time, he has one talon holding her leg and the other at her arm where the frog-sized flail she was holding.

"You won't need this." remarked Cranky and grabbed her weapon out of her hand and dropped it where it nearly landed next to Miller, "Aw whoops!"

"Yoinks!" screamed Miller, "I've nearly been murdered!"

"Up she goes, into the black O sky-y! Up she goes, into the air!" sang Cranky while swinging Naeleen into the sky.

"Yet it's fun, to have a fly-ing fro-og! Oh yes it is, and it's the first!"  Doodles sang back, "Isn't this fun or what?!"

"You're right on the money, partner!" Cranky cheered and threw Naeleen again into the sky as she was screaming after all that commotion she's been going through, "How'd you like that Naeleen?! You want some more? YOU GOT IT! HA! HA!!"
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 01 2018, 06:50 PM
"YOU LOUSY CROW!" Naeleen screamed, "IF YOU DON'T BRING MY FLAIL BACK I'LL PLUCK YOU, FEATHER BY FEATHER! THEN I'LL COVER YOU WITH TAR, RE-FEATHER YOU, AND SET YOU ON FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRE!"

"She'll do it too." Gort sighed in frustration as he hopped over to AL's bag, "What does this potion look like?"

"I'm... going... to die..." Ooqi said as softly as he could while still being audible.

"Yes, and what a way to go. Being cuddled to death..." Gort dismissed him as he turned his attention back to Al.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 01 2018, 07:22 PM
"There should be several of them in clearly-marked vials. We're looking for a universal antidote, which should cover our particular situation. But first... I have to get up into the bag to fetch it!" Al replied to Gort.

The cat retracted its arms, then playfully batted Ooqi's side to try and get him to move.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 01 2018, 07:31 PM
Gort sighed and jumped into the bag.

Seeing as playing dead would be the most logical thing to do in his situation, Ooqi began to hop around frantically, trying to get away from the cat.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 01 2018, 07:37 PM
"Why didn't I think of that..." Al deadpanned.

Gort found that the inside of the bag was miraculously larger than the outside, and totally filled with vials, jars, bottles and containers of all sorts.

Which was exactly what the cat wanted, as it eagerly made chase.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 01 2018, 07:44 PM
"So how do we see in here again?" Gort asked.

***

"Heeeeeelp!" Ooqi screamed as he hopped around trying to get away from the cat. After a few exhausting seconds he saw Al's large sack, and began to hop towards it hoping it would be a good hiding place.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 01 2018, 07:54 PM
Al finally jumped up onto the bag and peered down inside.

"I'm afraid I'll have to direct you from here as best I can." he called-down, attempting to push the bag open a bit more to let light in, "Look for a dark green liquid."

***

The sack had plenty of room for him to slip into, but that didn't stop the cat from stepping onto the sack from the outside and continuing to playfully slap the movement with its paw.

Also, Ooqi crawled past something wet and slimy (like him) while in there.

"H-hey! That tickles!" Summer squeaked.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 01 2018, 08:02 PM
"Why couldn't it be a light green liquid," Gort lamented as he began looking through the bag. He found something that looked like it could be the vile. He pushed it into the dim light so Al could hopefully see it.

"How about this one?"

***

"AAAAAH! Summer!" Ooqi screamed as he fumbled further into the bag, "There's an evil monster trying to kill me!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 02 2018, 06:53 AM
"No no, that's a hypochloridic acidoglycerine!" Al replied, "That creates an acidic explosion powerful enough to melt steel. Try again."



"Really? Awesome! Don't worry, I'll save you!" Summer replied.

"..."

"Just not right now..."
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 03 2018, 10:17 AM
"Why do you... oh never mind." Gort muttered as he cautiously put the vile aside. He then brought another forward.

"How about this one?"

***

"Why not!" Ooqi whined, "You can still fight as an amphibian!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 03 2018, 11:11 AM
"Nope, that's a tree growth potion." Al replied.

***

"I'm afraid the monster might run off with my legs though..." Summer replied.
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 03 2018, 11:17 AM
But Naeleen's threat didn't scare the birds because they don't care a single bit. They still threw her all over the air having fun by some crazy reason.

"Swing your partner all around with a crazy flight! Don't be shy, kick her at the but, and hear her cry! After that tradition they you continue to swing and sing! Swing your partner with a heavy thump! Drop her in the swamp! YEAHAA!" sang Cranky while Doodles swung, danced, and threw Naeleen to the area where the Commander and Evah are at.

"Uh Cranky? Which way is the swamp?" asked Doodles.

"Swamp? What swamp?" wondered Cranky and looked at Naeleen falling towards Evah, "I did not mean literally throw her to a swamp! Or-Evah! I-I mean...oh never mind! GET HER!"

They flew as fast as they can to catch Naeleen before she'll crash on...

>POING<

… Evah's head.

                                                        ***

"Well, this is just great." moaned Miller, "We left my hometown on fire, bound to be framed by helping Evah and Gort escape, now we got turned into frogs! What's next?"

"Ah. Pull yourself together, Miller." replied Harvey.

"I am together see?!"



Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Nov 03 2018, 11:18 AM
"Well if can't find it we'll use this one..." Gort sighed as he began looking once more. He then pushed two vials forward.

***

"Don't be silly," Ooqi disagreed, "it will use its own legs!"

***

"I want my mommy..." Naeleen moaned as she went unconscious.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 03 2018, 11:27 AM
"The left one!" Al blurted, "It's the left one! Uh... now how do we get it out of there...? Hmm..."

***

"You don't understand! I can't find my legs!" Summer exclaimed.

***

Evah stopped moving as Naeleen landed on her, letting out an audible sigh of annoyance. As the birds swooped down closer to her in their already-too-late attempt to catch amphibianized girl before she landed, Evah raised her staff and shooed them away.

"The two of you had best explain yourselves... quickly." she hissed at the birds, still facing straight ahead and not looking at either of them.
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 03 2018, 11:36 AM
"Why Evah!" greeted Doodles with an embarrassed look, "Looks like we caught up to you after all!"

"Yes! Yes! I agree." startled Cranky, "Ya see...…Everyone except us of the group are frogs! Including Naeleen on your hair!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 03 2018, 11:48 AM
"I noticed." Evah deadpanned, gently lifting the unconscious Naeleen from her head and holding her in her open palm, "However, since your group does not seem intent to follow and assist me, I see no reason to assist them."
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 03 2018, 11:58 AM
"Oh." said Cranky, "Well if that's the case...then don't! We'll assist you!"

"Wait. WHAT!" exclaimed Doodles in sudden shock.

"That's right! Since those mercenaries are having their problems, we'll come and assist you!"
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 03 2018, 11:59 AM
"Call Harvey." Gort sighed as he leaned against the vial.

***

"..."

"..."

"Yeah, we might have a problem..." Ooqi pondered.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 03 2018, 12:12 PM
"And what of the little girl?" Evah asked, holding up Naeleen for emphasis.

***

Al pivoted and looked down at Harvey and Miller.

"Harvey, we need help!" he croaked.

***

"Yep."

Just then, the cat pounced on Ooqi again, now lying on him but with the sack in-between.
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 03 2018, 02:25 PM
"Her includes them is what I mean too." corrected Cranky, "In other words, don't assist her."

"Wait a minute!" interrupted Doodles, "Leave them as frogs? But that's not how group works!"

"Relax Doodles. When we first came to Naeleen at that same town, (which is now on fire thanks to her stupidity.), she nearly tried to kill us as enemies! And not knowing what to do next with those crazy mercenaries and two extra others, we can go on our own business without getting killed."

"Hm. You got a good point."

"So don't worry about them. They'll be fine."

                                                                     ***

"Looks like they need us." said Miller.

"He was asking me to help." replied Harvey, "I'm coming!"

He tried to hop as high as he can, but with his old age he couldn't hop any higher.

"Miller," he patented, "can I use your help?"

"I thought you'd never ask." assisted Miller.

He rapped his arms around Harvey to help him hop to the sack.

"Ok. On three! One...two...three...Hop!"

With the help or Miller's leg with Harvey's, they successfully hopped to the top of the sack where they met Al.

"We're here." Harvey sighed in relief.

"So what's the problem?" asked Miller.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 03 2018, 03:23 PM
The birds and Evah probably didn't notice, but in the distance there was the sound of a passing frog...

"Evah! Evah! Evah! Evah!"

***

"Harvey, you keep the bag open so we can see." Gort instructed, "Miller, you and Al come down here and help me carry this vial out."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 03 2018, 04:05 PM
Evah was silent a good long while as she "watched" the frog pass her and continue up the road.

"I do not have time for this..." she muttered, turning around and starting to walk back to where the rest of The Special Frog... err, The Special Force, was located.

She wasn't just going to leave Naeleen lying unconscious in the middle of the road.

***

Al didn't seem to want to go into the bag, but he realized he needed to. So he jumped down and landed next to Gort.

"Okay, now..." he trailed-off, realizing something, "Wait, it would make far greater sense for us to be up there using our tongues as ropes to hoist the vial out."
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 05 2018, 12:07 PM
"Our what?" gasped Miller, "We can't use our tongues! They're not long or strong enough!"

                                                                             ***

"Wait...where're you going?" asked Cranky to Evah.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 05 2018, 01:14 PM
"On the contrary, it seems the only logical method of extracting the vial." Al countered, "Gort, it no longer is useful for us to be down here, so you should come up with me."

***

"I am not just going to leave the girl on the roadside to die." Evah replied in annoyance, "First she will be returned to the others, then we will go."
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 07 2018, 03:07 PM
"And who exactly is going to tie our tongues around the vial?" Gort asked skeptically.

***

"Evah! Evah! Evah! Evah!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 07 2018, 07:25 PM
"Tie the tongues? Come now, frog tongues possess incredible natural adhesive properties." Al explained, "We merely all need to shoot down into the bag from above."

***

It took a few minutes, but Evah soon returned to the site where she had last seen The Special Force. All she found was a cat napping on a sack, and a bunch of frogs arguing atop a bag.

"I see the situation has not changed." she stated in an amazingly disinterested tone.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 08 2018, 03:34 PM
"Yes it has, this time it is most definitely Ooqi's fault!" Naeleen said and she perked up and sat on her hand.

"How is this MY fault!!" A muffled voice yelled from the sack.

***

Gort was going to respond... but why. He began slowly climbing to the top of the bag, since most of his energy had been expended hauling the vials around.
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 08 2018, 03:48 PM
"Oh dear. My tongue is gonna kill me for this." said Miller to himself and hopped to the top of the sack.

"Hurry up you slimy men! Holding this hole is heavy! Especially for an old man like me!" complained Harvey still holding the bag.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 08 2018, 04:06 PM
"It is not my concern who is at fault." Evah stated, as she bent over and set Naeleen on the ground, "Now, if you are all quite alive, I will be going again."

***

Once everyone was on the top of the bag, Al positioned them so they they each had a good angle on the vial, then prepared a countdown.

"Five... four... three... two..."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Nov 08 2018, 04:38 PM
"Where are you going?" Naeleen asked eagerly as she hopped on her foot.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 08 2018, 04:50 PM
"I am going after the men I need to catch. I cannot afford to be slowed any longer." Evah replied impatiently.

Just as she turned to leave...

"...one... GO!" Al croaked, prompting all four to fire their tongues into the bag and latch onto the vial, "Noaw... liighh..."

All four lifted at once, giving the vial an upward motion, but as it came out of the bag, it detached from their tongues and flew into the center of the group, exploding with a poof of smoke.

When the smoke cleared, everyone was back to normal...

...including the thirty-foot wyvern standing over Ooqi and Summer...
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 08 2018, 04:58 PM
"Yeah, that makes sense." Gort sighed.

"I want to go pet it!" Naeleen shrieked as she ran up to the animal.

***

"Summer? Summer! I think we're normal again!" Ooqi yelled from inside the bag.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 08 2018, 05:15 PM
"Oh good, now I can reach my foot again!" Summer stated, "Wait... that's not my foot."
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 08 2018, 05:20 PM
"Let's just get out of here and I'll help you find your foot..." Ooqi said as he crawled out of the bag. He then proceeded to uncover Summer and try to help her out of the bag.

Meanwhile, Naeleen was approaching the wyvern from the front. She paused for a moment, picked some heads of grass, then held them out as she again began her approach.

"Are you hungry, little guy?"

"No, I'm not hungry!" Ooqi said as he tried to ignore Naeleen. He then lifted the bag up and began to dump out all the (Summer) contents.

"Like I'd eat grass..." he mumbled as the body parts fell to the ground.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 08 2018, 05:40 PM
"Owowowow." Summer muttered as she found herself in a pile again.

The wyvern growled slightly as it lowered its head so its nostrils were literally breathing down Ooqi's neck.

"This is certainly unexpected." Evah remarked.
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 08 2018, 06:10 PM
Miller's eyes widened really big as he saw the wyvern popped out of nowhere.

"Gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-GREAT SCOTT!" he squeaked quietly and backed slowly away from the creature.

"Bless me and my soul!" Harvey gasped after he saw the giant creature and backed away as well.

"There you are, Evah." called Cranky as he and Doodles arrived to the group, "Oh. So you're all back to normal I see? Well just...great!"

The birds saw the wyvern that was used to be a green cat that used to be the wyvern to begin with. This made the birds realized from the beginning after they met pre-Special Force.

"Uh, Cranky?" shivered Doodles, "I think we're in trouble!"
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 08 2018, 07:13 PM
"I said I didn't want any grass, Naeleen!" Ooqi said as he swatted away whatever was near his neck...

"..."

"...Naeleen?" He turned his head slightly, only to see that the little girl was still several yards away from him.

"Summer?" He whispered as he froze in place.

***

"You have something else in that bag I hope..." Gort said as he turned to Al.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 08 2018, 07:19 PM
"Ah, yes... of course." Al slowly squatted down to reach into his bag.

"Hey, it's a dragon!" Summer exclaimed.

The Wyvern abruptly snarled, then reared up on its hind legs and began flapping its wings to take-off, albeit a bit clumsily as its mind was still readjusting to its new, former body.
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 08 2018, 07:47 PM
"I think we don't have time to look for more vials." disagreed Miller to Al and Gort, "But one thing we have time to do is...RUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN!"

Miller ran away in a flash.

"Wait for me!" Harvey called out and ran in a slow speed with his cane helping him to run.

"YIIIIIKES! SAVE ME CRANKY!" Doodles jumped on Cranky's arms.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 08 2018, 08:06 PM
"Why are you running away? He's so cute now!" Naeleen said as she quickly walked up to the wyvern, "Awrn't you a cutie little wyverny!"

"Naeleen," Ooqi whispered, still frozen in place, "Distract it so Summer and I can escape!"

"I wish we knew how to train our dragon..." Gort pondered aloud as he waited for Al.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 09 2018, 05:43 AM
"Oh, I know something that can help with that!" Al finally managed to reach his bag and produce a vial.

He hurled the vial at the wyvern, where it crashed into the big lizard's flank and splattered all over its side. There was a flash of smoke, once again, and when it cleared, the Wyvern was now only about a foot tall.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 09 2018, 03:43 PM
"Good work." Gort complemented as he patted Al on the shoulder.

"Ooh! He's even cuter!!" Naeleen squealed as she picked up the miniature wyvern.

"Now's our chance. RUN!!" Ooqi screamed as he ran one step... before tripping over Summer.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 09 2018, 07:53 PM
Al couldn't help but puff out his chest a little bit, as though one of his potions actually doing what it was meant to do was a grand accomplishment.

"Are you all quite done?" Evah deadpanned.

"Well, Ooqi's escape is." Summer wisecracked from the ground.
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 12 2018, 02:09 PM
"Well you look at that!" exclaimed Cranky still holding Doodles, "That big monster is now small monster."

Doodles got off of Cranky's arms and looked at the miniature wyvern.

"Lets have some fun with that armless-lizard." he whispered to Cranky.

They both agreed and flew over to Naeleen holding the wyvern.

"How are ya you little-lizard?" Doodles asked cheekily to the wyvern, "Feeling small? What a shame!"

"Aw, too bad! Looks like you're stuck being that way for the rest of your life with the girl!" added Cranky with a funny look and patted him on the head with his feathers, "But hey! At least you're less dangerous than any other dragon or wyvern put together! Put it there, scale-man!"
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 12 2018, 02:55 PM
Naeleen looked at the wyvern, then looked at the birds.

"FLY MY... Uh... FLY FINNEAS!!" Naeleen said as she threw the wyvern toward the birds, "FLY AND BRING US SWEET REVENGE!!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 12 2018, 02:57 PM
The little Wyvern let out a vicious, adorable little roar, then charged after Cranky and Doodles, shooting tiny jets of flame at them.

"Well... this is certainly entertaining." Evah remarked, still not even facing the birds or dragon.
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 12 2018, 03:04 PM
The wyvern's flame made the birds become burnt black which made them horrified.

"RUUUUUUUUUN!" screamed Cranky to Doodles as they both flew away with the wyvern chasing after them while shooting his flames.

"But Cranky! We fly! Not run!" corrected Doodles.

"SHUT UP AND RUN...or...FLY! FLY YOU FOOOOOL!"
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 12 2018, 03:17 PM
"Wait... what are you doing back here!" Ooqi demanded as he pointed at Evah.

"Oh please, let's not start that again." Gort sighed, "We're supposed to be helping her find a bunch of murderers. That's what's important!"

"But... but she... she's a witch!"

"You'd be surprised with how many people are witches..." Gort chuckled, before looking around. "Wait... where's Morry?"

***

"Evah! Evah! Evah! Evah!"

***

"You know what, I'm sure he's fine."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 12 2018, 03:36 PM
"Can we proceed now?" Evah asked.

"I would certainly like to leave this particularly location." Al growled.

"Help...?" Summer asked from the ground.

"Ooqi, clean-up Summer and carry her, will you?" Al turned toward the younger leprechaun.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 16 2018, 06:51 PM
"Are you serious?!" Ooqi asked as looked at the Summer pieces lying about, "What if I miss a piece!"

"We can't leave yet; we have to wait for Finneas to come back from roasting the turkeys." Naeleen said as she smiled.

"Naeleen, we're leaving now. Call it back." Gort instructed.

"As soon as I'm finished with my revenge."

"I said NOW."

"Finneas!" She called, "Come here boy! Revenge will have to wait till after supper!"
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 16 2018, 08:14 PM
"GAAAIIN WAY!" the birds arrived in a split second nearly half-burnt with some feathers still intact and landed on the ground.

"SAVE US!" cried Doodles as they both hid behind Gort.

"HE GONNA FRY UUUSSS!" Cranky added pointing at the miniature wyvern, "HIDE!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 16 2018, 10:03 PM
"She was never all there to begin with, if you take my meaning, Ooqi." Al responded dryly to the younger leprechaun.

"What? I'm all right here!" Summer blubbered from the ground.

Evah just pinched the bridge of her nose in annoyance.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 18 2018, 03:16 PM
"How is this my responsibility!" Ooqi whined as he began to gather Summer.

Gort grabbed the scorched poultry and placed them on his shoulders. He then turned to Evah.

"My memory is a little foggy, but if I remember correctly, we were going somewhere." He said sarcastically.
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 18 2018, 05:24 PM
"Oh uh...Right!" Doodles spoke up still slightly smoky from the fire blasts, "Evah, where are we going?"
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 22 2018, 03:44 PM
"To Uncle Marty's house!" Naeleen explained as she hugged the wyvern, "I though you guys knew that."

"No Naeleen, we're going to help Evah..."

"But we have to help Uncle Marty too! Are we not helping people all of a sudden?"

"No, but..."

"But Uncle Marty doesn't count?"

No. This is more..."

"More important to you? How selfish!"

"People have died..."

"People die all the time! Family is more important than dying!"

"..."

"..."

"So we're going to see Uncle Marty?" Ooqi asked as he swung the Summer bag over his shoulder.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 22 2018, 05:53 PM
"Birds... come..." Evah stated blankly, turning around and walking away from the group...

Again.

Al shrugged and picked up his bag. He was ready to go anywhere but here.

"I hope Uncle Marty has a big house..."
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 23 2018, 08:39 AM
"Oh yes Evah! We're coming!" Cranky responded.

The birds flew off of Gort's shoulders, but with half burnt feathers they had recently, they fell to the ground.

"Hey what happened?" wondered Doodles looking at his wings, "Did we loose our flying skills?"

"Oh bugger." groaned Cranky and looked at his wings, "We can't fly anymore since that lizard-thingy burnt almost all our feathers!"

"Looks like we're penguins now."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 23 2018, 09:15 AM
Evah sighed (again) and just kept walking. This was really straining her patience and she just needed to get away from these people.

"So, which way?" Al looked toward Naeleen.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 23 2018, 01:14 PM
"Forward!"

***

The Special Force™ departed from that place and headed down a road leading north. Since they had departed from the previous town at sundown, they did not get very far before having to stop for the night. The next day at dawn, the resumed their journey.

"So, refresh my memory..." Ooqi began as he scratched his head, "You're excited for this mission because you 'like meeting new uncles'."

"Yes, of course!" Naeleen said as she led the group.

"So... you've never met your Uncle Marty?" he asked.

"Nope!"

"And you've never been to his house?"

"No, of course not!" she replied, "That would be silly if I were at his house and didn't meet him!"

"...and how do you know where we're going?"

"Well, if it were the wrong direction, Uncle Miller would have told me by now!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 23 2018, 01:21 PM
Summer was finally back in one piece, as Al had glued her back together the previous night, then dumped a paralysis potion in her supper to prevent her from moving again until morning. She wasn't exactly happy about that last part, but it was nothing new for those two, apparently.

"Wait, why are we even going to this guy's house? Don't tell me the mission was just for you to meet him for the first time..." Al groaned toward Naeleen.
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 23 2018, 08:30 PM
"Why have this be a mission when it's actually a grand reunion with another of our brothers?" Miller asked excitedly.

"I must say Miller," admitted Harvey, "you and Commander sure do have a lot of siblings. Like one of your sisters I stayed with."

"Really? Who?"

"Mindi of course."

"Oh yes! Yes. A cheeky little sister if I may add." agreed Miller.

"Yep. And troublesome too." Harvey sighed.

The birds were riding on Gort's shoulders due to their wings not being able to fly.

"Why do we have to deserve this?" mumbled Cranky.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 24 2018, 07:05 AM
"It comes when you associate with Morrisons," Gort told the birds as they continued walking.

"No silly!" Naeleen told Al, "Daddy said Uncle Marty had issues with land and aggyculture investments!"

"Um... is no one going to listen to my point?" Ooqi asked in disbelief.

"Here we are; Uncle Marty's house!" Naeleen declared as she extender her hands to the house in the distance.  The house, which appeared to be a normal, except for the fact that half of it appeared to be sunken into the ground.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 24 2018, 07:54 AM
"Uh-huh... Looks like a Morrison residence." Al nodded blankly.

"Oh, I love what they did with it!" Summer remarked, "We should get the name of their decorator!"

"I'm pretty sure it wasn't the decorator who made that architectural decision..." Al noted.
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 24 2018, 09:44 AM
"Did he built a house on top of quicksand?" Doodles looked at the house.

"Who knows." shrugged Miller, "But we'll find out soon enough never then less!"

"I thought you knew how your brother's house was like." frowned Cranky.

"Well yes." began Miller, "But you see, it happens when you build houses on weak-ground spots. Unless it's a basement."

"What's a basement?" asked Doodles.

"It's a room underground under a house. Or is it under a house underground?" Miller thought.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 25 2018, 09:05 AM
Just then the higher half the the house seemed to slam down to be the same distance underground as the lower.

"...I didn't do it!" Naeleen said as she lifted her hands to show they were empty.

"No! You were supposed to go the other way!" A figured screamed as he ran around the house. He grabbed a rope that was looped around one of the windows and up into a nearby tree. He pulled on the rope, trying to hoist the house up. However, the tree wasn't entirely stable...

*CRASH*
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 25 2018, 09:33 AM
"You know, I should really stop being surprised when it comes to Morrisons." Al sighed.

"That house has obedience issues." Summer remarked.
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 25 2018, 12:12 PM
"Basements huh?" Cranky sarcastically said.

"What the devil?!" gasped Miller with his hands on both sides of his face, "That's not suppose to happen!"

"Well what do ya know! My calculations are correct!" Doodles called out, "The house is on top of quicksand!"
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 26 2018, 03:46 PM
"Are you all done?" Gort asked.

"I haven't weighed in yet," Ooqi offered as he raised his hand.

"Oh shut up," Gort sighed as he began walking towards the house. "You seem to be having some issues with your house."

"You think?!" the man replied, as he ran around to the other side and swung the rope over another tree.

"I told him not to dig a hole under the house!" A woman yelled as she climbed out of the front door, "But he didn't listen!"

"But wibblefruit only grow underground!" the man countered, tying the other end of the rope to another window.

"Wibblefruit are illegal!" The woman, who appeared to be in her early 50's, screamed back. "We could be shut down if we were caught!"

"Oh shut it, Lana!" He snapped, "Since Westinburg fell the department hasn't had time to investigate wibblefruit!"

"Well who do you think these people are?" She replied as she motioned towards the Special Force™.

The man turned to Gort and paused, "...I swear, I've never even seen a wibblefruit!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 26 2018, 03:56 PM
"Shame on you! Wibblefruit have exceedingly potent and dangerous characteristics!" Al admonished them, "However, if you have succeeded in growing any, you should turn them over immediately for proper disposal. If you do this without a fuss, we may not report you."

"Yeah!" Summer chirped, before blinking in confusion and looking down at her brother, "Uh... huh?"

"Shh. Wibblefruit are any potion-maker's dream come true! So just play along, okay?" Al hissed at her in a hushed tone.

"Oh, right..." Summer grinned and winked at him, "Yes, turn over those wibblefruit immediately, or we will demolish your house with high explosives!"

Al facepalmed.
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 26 2018, 06:10 PM
The man gasped, "I wasn't expecting the Cerulean inquis..."

"We're friends of Commander." Gort interrupted.

"More like employees, actually." Ooqi corrected, "I mean, except that we've never been paid... or anything."

"Welcome to the club!" The woman complained, "I've been married to a Morrison for over 20 years, and I still haven't gotten paid!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 26 2018, 06:18 PM
"Wait, how did this marriage come about?" Al stuttered.

"Must have won a bet, just like grandpa!" Summer exclaimed.
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 26 2018, 06:34 PM
"Well, it wasn't easy either way whether they're married or not." replied Miller.

"Even when it comes to Morrisons." committed Cranky, "Yep. Not good listeners."
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Post by: DeadJim on Nov 26 2018, 07:02 PM
"I don't like the bird!" The woman, evidently named Lana, said as she pointed at Cranky.

"I think we'll get along just fine," Naeleen said as she gave Lana an 'okay' hand motion.

"I always figured Commander would join the department, but I never thought he'd bust his own brother!" Marty lamented.

"We're not here to bust you," Gort replied.

"Lana! You here that?" Marty yelled to his wife, "Don't give them the wibblefruit!"

"Commander said something about you needing help?" Gort asked, hoping to get more information.

"Of course we need help! Look at our house!" Lana yelled as she pointed at the sunken dwelling.

"How would Commander know about that? We just broke the first half yesterday!" Marty rolled his eyes.

"I don't know how you all know, but you know!" She said as she began to walk back into the house, "I'm going to make sure the floor didn't crush the wibblefruit!"
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Post by: Shawnex on Nov 26 2018, 07:16 PM
"Well no matter, brother!" Miller hugged Marty, "Need help, we're here! Also, it's good to see you again."
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Post by: Tyler294 on Nov 26 2018, 07:28 PM
"Crushing wibblefruit is the first step in preparing it for potion brewing!" Al moaned.

"Oh, enough with the wibblefruit! Are we here to fight someone or not?" Summer belted-out.

"Wait, where did you get the idea we were here to fight someone?"

"We are a mercenary group, are we not?"
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Post by: DeadJim on Dec 06 2018, 06:03 PM
"Have we actually fought more than that one time?" Ooqi asked, a little confused.

"We're fighting all the time!" Naeleen corrected him, "Don't you remember yesterday when you turned us into frogs!"

"But that never would have happened if YOU hadn't lost the vial!" he yelled.

"You gave a potion to a 8 year old! What did you expect would happen!"

"I didn't give it to you! Al did!"

"Al didn't step on it!"

"Well you should have thrown it at the witch!"

"...See?" Naeleen calmly said, "We're fighting."

Gort sighed and looked at Marty, "Commander said you've been having issues with agriculture investments?"

"I what?!" Marty asked slightly bewildered.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 06 2018, 06:25 PM
"So... we're not fighting?" Summer asked, clearly confused.
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Post by: Shawnex on Dec 06 2018, 07:30 PM
"Of course we're not my dear Summer." Miller answered to Summer, "My brother Marty has a house problem. And we need to solve it. Besides, what has fighting got to do with house issues? Huh?"

"To mercenaries, it's everything. But truthfully it isn't." corrected Cranky, "So that means the answer is...nothing."

"A+ for you my feathered friend!" cheered Miller, "So this proves we're not here to fight! But here to help solve my brother's problem! Is it that right, Marty?" 
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Post by: DeadJim on Dec 29 2018, 08:23 PM
"...I honestly didn't know you were coming," Marty shrugged.

"Yes you did! You wrote to Commander three weeks ago!" Lana yelled from inside the house.

"Not about agriculture investments! I told him all my farmhands quit!" he then turned back to the others, "And right before harvest season!"

"Oh no, I see where this is going..." Ooqi sighed as he hid his head in his hands.

"Hey, how would you guys like a job!" Marty suggested.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Dec 29 2018, 08:47 PM
"We already have a job! Helping you with agricultural investments! Taking another would be a conflict of interests!" Summer retorted, "Wait... a conflict? I'm in!"

Al facepalmed.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jan 06 2019, 06:34 PM
"Anything for my-um-hm...what position of siblings are you at?" Miller wondered trying to remember if Marty was the older brother or younger brother, "..." "Well-you're my brother either way!"

"How can we do jobs? Look at us!" complained Doodles showing himself and Cranky to the group and Marty.

"We're birds stupid. We don't do jobs for humans!" mumbled Cranky.

"Just as long as it doesn't wore out my bones too much." added Harvey.

"No matter! Whatever it takes to help brother Marty, it's worth wearing out our bones!" announced Miller, "Wait...what did I just say?"
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 06 2019, 06:42 PM
Naeleen started to laugh, "For a minute, I thought you said you were stupid birds! That's funny!"

"So... you guys will help?" Marty asked hopefully.

"We really should be elsewhere," Gort muttered to himself.

"Great!" Marty said, "We could start right now in the southern fields! That's where we keep the semi-legal crops!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 06 2019, 07:16 PM
"Will we get paid in wibblefruit?" Al asked.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jan 08 2019, 05:05 PM
"I prefer corn." said Cranky, "And lettuce. Carrots. Tomatoes. Rice. Something that the crazy manager can't get us!"

"I vote for that." agreed Doodles.

"Whatever the cost would be," began Miller then whispered, "It's best if you don't get wibblefruit."

"Hm. I wonder how wibblefruit tastes like?" wondered Cranky.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 14 2019, 07:32 PM
"So, a different currency for each person," Gort summed up.

"Sounds great! Off to the fields!" Marty cheered as he grabbed a hoe and began skipping away. Naeleen followed suit, and began to sing a song about about chilly Chilly mountain.

"This is absurd! I did not sign up for a mercenary group to do manual labor!" Ooqi objected.

"You didn't sign up, technically." Gort said as he also followed Marty.

"That... is not the point!" Ooqi yelled as he ran to catch up.

***

After about a half hour walk, the Special Force™ found themselves in the middle of a barley field, with each of them having been given a burlap bag in which to collect the grain.

"Somehow I feel like this is not efficient," Ooqi commented as he slowly plucked some heads of grain.

"Don't be silly! Morrison's have been harvesting their fields this way for generations!" Marty disagreed.

"I'm glad my dad wasn't a farmer!" Naeleen whined as she looked at her bag, "I wonder how you fight with something like this..."

Meanwhile, Gort was bending over, examining something on the ground.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 23 2019, 07:45 PM
"Mister Gort." Summer approached the seasoned leprechaun, "I can't help but notice this is a very boring job. Can we go somewhere else now?"

"Summer, you haven't even done anything yet!" Al called over.

"I tried, I almost fell asleep." she replied, then looked back at Gort, "Couldn't we go find a job where we can fight...?"

Then she noticed he was looking at something.

"Oh, did you find something to fight?" she asked excitedly.
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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 23 2019, 08:04 PM
"Marty Morrison!" Gort yelled as he suddenly stood up, "How long has your field been infected with wofbengas!"

"Wof-whatas?" Marty asked.

"But all the wofbengas were killed hundreds of years ago!" Ooqi objected, "They just can't come back."

"Then how do you explain Mindi's field?" Gort said as he crossed his arms.

"The Tomb Mountain dwarfs took credit for that!"

"Come on, Ooqi! They were drunk! They probably actually thought they did it!"
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 23 2019, 08:05 PM
"Wait what...?" Summer scratched the side of her head.

"Wofbengas!?" Al apparently recognized the term, even if his author did not.
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Post by: Shawnex on Jan 24 2019, 03:11 PM
"I say now!" Miller called out twelve yards away from Gort and the others, "What's all that racket about? Ya chasing mice or what?"

"Don't be preposterous Miller!" snapped Harvey working right next to Miller, "Leprechauns don't chase mice. Cats do. While mice chase women."

"Hm. That is true." agreed Miller as he went back to work.

                                                                             ***

Meanwhile...Cranky and Doodles were also at the field, but instead of harvesting wheat, they were stealing some for themselves to eat without anyone noticing. It's what birds do.

"Now this is our work." sneakily said Cranky, "A crow's feast!"

"What about pigeons? Like me?" Doodles questioned.

"Well...kinda. No offence but, crows are the main birds that steal crops, but it counts since we're both birds. Are we not?"

"Of course we are. Of course we are. Maybe."

"So lets collect more wheat while we still can!" exclaimed Cranky excitedly as they continued to steal more wheat by chopping the stems with their beaks.

 

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Post by: DeadJim on Jan 30 2019, 08:13 AM
"What are we worried about?" Naeleen asked, suddenly interested if there might be a fight involved.

"Wolfbengas," Ooqi began, since he actually knew something about the subject, "are a type of weasel that were bread by leprechauns almost a thousand years ago. They burrow underground, and create colonies much like ants. They were originally hoped to aid in the digging of tunnels, but later when a war broke out between the leprechauns and the Vensians, wolfbengas were employed as a means of destroying the buildings and fields of the Vensians. After the leprechauns were eventually defeated, men and dwarfs exterminated the wolfbengas... honestly, they're quite harmless if you don't disturb them when they're underground; it's once they're above ground you need to worry."

"Awesome! And Uncle Marty has some!" Naeleen exclaimed with delight.

"Don't be silly!" Marty said, "Like your friend said earlier, wolfbengas are extinct! And even if they weren't, they only collapse fields when their masters, the leprechauns are present! Luckily, we don't have any of those shrewd folk around here."

Ooqi looked at Gort, then slowly pulled his cap over his slightly pointed ears.

"Yeah... haha, good thing..." he nervously laughed.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Jan 30 2019, 09:37 AM
"Well actually, we have--" Summer started to say.

But Al quickly picked up a rock and throw it at Summer, clunking it off her arm.

"--HEY! What was that for!?" she demanded.

"That was for yapping and not working!" Al responded.

"But, you were standing there talking too!"

"Wrong, I was standing here, listening. Big difference."
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Post by: DeadJim on Feb 07 2019, 05:50 PM
Gort sighed and put his ear to the ground, though he was quick to jump back to his feet.

"We need to get off this field NOW!" He said as he pointed to a nearby hill, where there were many large boulders sticking out of the ground. "Rocky ground is safer! Run that way!"

Ooqi was quick to follow orders, while Naeleen stared at him for a moment.

"So we're fighting them from the rocks?" she asked.

"... sure, so get over there NOW!" Gort yelled.
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Post by: Tyler294 on Feb 07 2019, 06:18 PM
"We're fighting the rocks!?" Summer exclaimed, whipping out her sword, "Then have at them!"

She charged at the rocks with her sword held over her head.

"Someday, I will concoct a potion that will grant that girl intelligence." Al sighed, before lumbering after her.
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Post by: Shawnex on Feb 11 2019, 07:21 AM
"Ay! Where are you going?" called out Miller to the group, "Ya playing tag or what?!"

"I don't think they're playing games." Harvey said in concern, "I think Gort ordered us to get off the field for some-unknown reason." Then he went off after the group towards the rockpile.

"We're taking a break already? But we just started working!" protested Miller before going after Harvey, "What gives?"

But the birds kept collecting and eating wheat. Even when Gort gave everyone an alarm.

"How much more wheat do we need?" asked Doodles, "We already chopped eight wheat shocks and eaten the grain."

"As much as we need." replied Cranky, "Besides, it's better to do that than stealing produce with that mad-manager around. What can go wrong by doing this?"
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Post by: DeadJim on Feb 21 2019, 06:33 PM
At that very moment the ground began to violently shake, and the sound of hundreds of scurrying creatures could be heard and felt below. Gort was about to yell out more orders, but the ground he was standing on gave way, and he disappeared into a dark abyss below. The collapsing ground expanded like ripples on the water, soon approaching the fleeing members of the Special Force.

Ooqi was the farthest ahead, and he reached the rocks well ahead of the others. As he looked back, he could see Naeleen turn around and jump into the area that Gort had fallen through. He could only assume that the birds were falling, as the screaming and chattering became distant under the sound of the wolfbengas. Summer reached the rocks next, followed by Miller and Marty. Al had fallen behind for some reason or another, and soon vanished into the dust cloud that had started to fill the air. Harvey was the last one running, though his age kept him from running quickly. The ground collapsed behind him, and to his sides. With each step he took the ground inched up on him, with the slightest misstep sending him into the darkness. Just as it seemed as the end had come, Harvey calmly reached the rocks and stepped up to join the others.

Ooqi stared at him with his jaw dropped.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Feb 21 2019, 06:43 PM
"GOODNESS GRACIOUS FOR MY SOUL!!" gasped Harvey as he looked at the giant hole before he turned to Ooqi, "What? I survived worse things."

"WHAT THE DEVIL HAPPENED!" cried Miller in complete shock.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Feb 21 2019, 07:10 PM
"Yay, I win!" Summer cheered, throwing her hands into the air, "Ha ha, I beat you Al! Dwarves are natural sprinters my..."

She turned around to find that Al was not there. Neither was the ground.

"Hey... where'd Al go?"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Feb 23 2019, 08:24 AM
As the dust cleared the group could see before them the ruins of Marty's field. While the ground had collapsed, there were areas of the original ground still intact, though barely enough to walk across. The collapsed ground was weaved throughout the field, appearing like a maze, with many other underground tunnels being visible from above. The ridges were steep around the collapsed tunnels, falling down anywhere from 10-16 feet. No wolfbengas could be seen, as the sound of their scurrying had faded into the still intact tunnels.

"MY FIELD..." Marty cried as he gazed ahead, "...WOULD BE PERFECT FOR GROWING WIBBLEFRUIT NOW!!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Feb 23 2019, 10:04 AM
"Al would be pleased... if he were here." Summer declared with a nod, her hands on her hips.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Mar 01 2019, 05:28 PM
"...OUR FRIENDS ARE DEAD!" Ooqi cried, "THE FIELD IS COLLAPSED! DEADLY WOLFBENGAS ARE PROBABLY GOING TO INVADE THE COUNTRYSIDE! WE NEED TO ESCAPE NOW!"

He then began to run the other direction, then stopped and turned around.

"This is the point when someone would stop me..."

"And take charge of the situation..."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 02 2019, 07:26 AM
"Agreed! We need a plan of action!" Summer declared, "I have one!"

She drew out her sword and held it over her head.

"We'll show this hole what we think of it kidnapping our friends and brothers! CHAAAARRRGEE!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Mar 02 2019, 07:56 AM
"I beg your pardon, Dear Summer," interrupted Miller as he grabbed Summer at her neck collar, "But would it be best if we investigate it first before we charge? Besides, holes don't kidnap, they open to collapse."

"Too much details Miller." said Harvey, "But what's with this wolfbengas?"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Mar 02 2019, 07:58 AM
"THEY WILL KILL US!" Ooqi cried as he fell to his knees.

"Nonsense!" Marty corrected him, "They'll only kill any unfortunate souls who are already within their tunnels!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 02 2019, 07:59 AM
"Then we have to save those unfortunate souls, and our friends, from those dastardly tunnels!" Summer declared, after gagging from Miller grabbing her collar.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Mar 02 2019, 08:31 AM
"You're right! We must save them!" Ooqi said dramatically as he stood up and loaded his crossbow, "Summer, you go first."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 02 2019, 08:32 AM
"Right! CHHHAAARRRGGGE!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Mar 02 2019, 08:40 AM
"You know something?" began Miller and raised his hoe, "I agree. ADVAAAANCE!"

"Ay! Slow down there lads!" called Harvey before he followed the small group, "I can't keep up with fast people ya know!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Mar 02 2019, 09:06 AM
"And I shall take up the rear," Ooqi said as he cautiously followed the group.

The group descended a steep ridge, and entered the winding paths of the collapsed tunnels. While the sun could still be seen overhead, their path soon lead them up to a tunnel that led underground. A soft scurrying could be heard echoing quietly through the opening that lie before them. As they entered, darkness grew around them, yet small openings and the reflection of rocks seemed to illuminate the path just enough for them to see the path before them.

***

Gort moaned as he blinked his eyes and tried to sit up, though a sharp pain in his back sent him back to lying on the dirt floor. As his eyes adjusted to the dim light, he could see a little girl staring at him and smiling.

"Hey Gort!" she whispered excitedly, "I'm glad you're awake! Now you can watch the birds to make sure nobody eats them, and I can go kill some more wolfbengas! This is so much fun!"

"Naeleen..." Gort groaned. He then looked around, and saw he was in a small alcove. The birds lay a few feet from him, and near the entrance, was a pile of dead wolfbengas, probably numbering about thirty.

"Where is everyone? Who else fell?" he asked.

"I don't know. I just followed the sound of the birds screaming and found them being fought over by two wolfbengas. Then they fainted. The birds that is; I killed the wolfbengas. Though come to think of it, I think I'd prefer the company of the wolfbengas..."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Mar 02 2019, 09:28 AM
"GAH!" Cranky woke up and looked around the tunnel and saw Doodles, "Doodles! Wake up! Are you-"

"AAH!" Doodles sprung up and got on Cranky, "Don't let them eat me! Wait...where did the monsters go?"

They looked around them seeing that there were no woldbengas in sight till they saw dead ones piled on top on of each other.

"DAH!" they both gasped with their eyes wide open.

"What the heck happen to them?!" Doodles wondered, "Did they kill each other?"

"Possibly because, not enough food for them to eat us?" Cranky replied in confusion.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Mar 02 2019, 09:43 AM
"Naeleen, help me get up," Gort asked as he tried to get up again. Naeleen sighed and re-sheathed her sword, then walked over and helped him get up.

"Oh by the way, about your leg," Naeleen began, but Gort had already tried to walk and went tumbling forward to the ground.

"It's times like this I wish you were your mother..." Gort sighed.

"To be fair, it was kinda twisted funny when I found you," Naeleen snapped as she crossed her arms, "But if you want the birds to help you, that's fine with me!"

She then stormed out of the room and began wandering through the tunnels.

"Naeleen! Don't split the group!" Gort whispered, though she was already gone. "Oh great..."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Mar 02 2019, 10:00 AM
"She's abandoning us?" asked Doodles.

"Who cares about her." Cranky snorted, "Once a brat, always a brat!"

"Need help?"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Mar 02 2019, 11:55 AM
Gort sighed, "Sure, give me a boost."

***

While the sound of scurrying wolfbengas deep within the caverns was steadily increasing, Ooqi paused for a moment when he thought he heard the sound of footsteps, other than that of those in his group. He shrugged it off and continued, but as they passed a side tunnel, he could have swore he saw eyes peering back at him. They quickly disappeared, and he glimpsed someone run into the darkness.

"Summer! Summer!" he whispered ahead to the group, though he wasn't going to wait to see if anyone heard him, as he darted off after the figure.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 02 2019, 11:59 AM
"Yes? Yes?" Summer stopped and looked around, "What do you need? What do you need?"

She noticed Ooqi running off the wrong way.

"Hey, Ooqi, where are you going?" she asked, then ran after them, also not bothering to wait to see if the others were following her.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Mar 02 2019, 12:09 PM
"My dear word!" examined Miller, "I never been under your field before brother. How extortionary!"

Harvey rolled his eyes, "Is that all you care about? Adoring underground things?"

"Well technically...no." 
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Mar 02 2019, 12:26 PM
"Why thank you, Miller!" Marty beamed, "I care for my field with the finest fertilizer, a derivative of a special rock from Tomb Mountain, which gives my soil it's luscious volume, and enhanced growing abilities!"

***

Ooqi kept running until he came to 3 tunnels, all leading different directions. He paused and listened, trying to hear in which tunnel the figure had gone.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 02 2019, 12:41 PM
Ooqi heard something. It sounded like bootsteps, behind him, getting closer... quickly.

Then he was brawled over and flattened by a wild Summer.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Mar 05 2019, 05:05 PM
"...Ouch."

His lay there on the ground a moment, before attempting to stand up. The attempt failed, as Summer was still on top of him.

"Summer," he wheezed, "we need to figure out which tunnel the creepy figure went down!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 06 2019, 05:47 AM
Summer popped back up to her feet.

"Clearly, he went thattaway!" she declared, pointing at the right tunnel, "Let's go, Ooqi!"

She picked him up and hauled him over her shoulder, then started charging down the right tunnel.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Mar 24 2019, 03:21 PM
The tunnel continued for several hundred feet, until it opened up into a large rectangular room. To the left on the same wall were two other tunnels. On the right wall another tunnel entered, and ahead of them the tunnel got narrower and shorter. By that point Ooqi wiggled free from Summer's grip, and went crashing to the floor. 

"Do you see any footprints?" Ooqi asked as he stared at the ceiling.

Before Summer had a chance to answer, they could hear footsteps approaching from the tunnel to the right.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Mar 25 2019, 08:41 AM
"No, but I hear them." she reported in a hushed tone, "We should hide, maybe we can ambush them when they arrive."

She quickly ducked behind cover and waited for whatever was coming to arrive.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Mar 31 2019, 08:36 AM
"How can you hear footprints..." Ooqi muttered as he hobbled over to where Summer was hiding.

They could then hear the sound of singing echoing from one of the entering tunnels, and as it gradually approached it sounded like the voice of a young girl.

"Mountain, once a friend to me
City, once of light
People once of happy days
Now are lost to night.

So let us all remember them
Of the mountain caverns deep
for in the halls of Tolneirna...

Hey Mr. Wolfbenga... and friends! Get ready for a fight!!!"

The sound of animals screeching echoed through the tunnel, and one, in a desperate attempt to escape, ran into room Ooqi and Summer were. It had what appeared to be the body of a weasel, though it was slightly larger. It's face was pointed like a badger, covered with brown scabby fir and long whiskers. It's teeth hung out beyond the bottom lip, with the sharp tips covered in the stain of blood. It's tail seemed to have whiskers coming out the end as well, though upon closer look they were pointed and sharp like quills.

It paused in the room and sniffed the air, and for a moment, it might have actually looked like a cute animal. It then extended itself on it's hind legs, and stood up staring in the direction of Summer and Ooqi. It let out a hideous sounding screech, but suddenly it fell over with a small blade embedded in it's back. Then in from one of the other rooms skipped a little girl with blonde hair and a flail in hand. She waltzed on by and through one of the tunnels opposite where she had entered, singing once again.

"Distant cries and ancient songs
And memories ever clear
All vanish in a single breath
Yet the voices, I still do hear.

Mountain, once a friend to me
City, once of light
People once of happy days
Now are lost to night..."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 03 2019, 08:50 AM
"She seems suspicious, maybe we should trail her." Summer whispered.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Apr 04 2019, 02:03 PM
Ooqi just sat there for a moment, shocked by the sight of the wolfbenga and the screams he had heard. And then, regaining his composure, he raced out and looked at the three possible tunnels she had gone through.

"Naeleeeeen!" he whispered, though she had already gone out of earshot. Then the hair stood up on the back of his neck, for he heard the sound of footsteps shuffling away down one of the tunnels behind him.

***

After splinting his leg roughly with sticks the birds had brought him, Gort pulled himself onto his feet, and leaned against the wall for support.

"I don't suppose birds have a keen sense of direction?" he grunted as he held his chest in pain. He had probably broken a few ribs in the fall as well.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 04 2019, 02:31 PM
Summer followed Ooqi and stopped when he stopped, but she wasn't afraid of the sounds that were coming from the tunnel.

"NAELEEN! HEY! Wait for us!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Apr 04 2019, 03:05 PM
"Well..." Doodles thought for a moment before looking in the tunnel, "If I may recall, Naeleen went... that direction!" he pointed to the right, "But it may be a trap. So, we can take the other direction."

"That's where those beasts came from!" snapped Cranky, "There may be more in there if we go that way!"

"But Cranky, they could appear anywhere. So what's the difference?"

"The difference is," Cranky began to answer, "WE'RE BOUND TO BE DEAD!! SLAUTERED! ROASTED! TOASTED! AND EAT US ALIIIIIVE!!!"

"Wait a minute? How can they eat us alive after we're dead?" asked Doodles.

Cranky paused and thought for a moment.

"They have their own ways!" he quickly answered.

"But if Naeleen fights anyone in her path, we'll have a clear path to get out of here! So we'll follow her!" explained Doodles.

"Even if that's the only good plan, we're more dead than ever."

"You got other plans?"

"Yes."

"Well what is it?"

"Just give me a second than I'll think of something." Cranky replied.

"No time for that! We have to get out of here! Follow me!" Doodles roared and walked to the tunnel.

"Ugh. Fine." groaned Cranky and followed, "Ya well enough to walk, Gort?"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Apr 04 2019, 03:10 PM
Ooqi could hear the footsteps stop and then quickly begin to run away into the depths of the tunnel.

"Nevermind her, Summer!" Ooqi said as he ran down the tunnel he hoped was right, "She'll be fine."

***

"I'll manage." He said reluctantly, "It doesn't hurt anymore than following a pigeon."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 04 2019, 03:18 PM
"I wasn't worried about her, Ooqi!" Summer replied, as she chased after him.

***

Al woke up in the dark, his glasses missing and his bag not within his grasp.

"Bother..."

He began feeling around, trying to locate each item in the near pitch-black surroundings. His hands soon touched something soft.

"Aha, my bag."

*crack*

His knee rolled onto something hard.

"A... ha... my glasses." he sighed.

Fiddling around for a few more minutes, he managed to put the glasses back on his face, even though the glass was cracked, and then began searching through his bag.

"I thought I marked that emergency illumination potion with a string... ah, there it is."

After uncorking the bottle, a soft, bluish-white glow began to illuminate the chamber. Unfortunately, that revealed to him that his glasses were nearly completely useless.

"Oh dear."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Apr 04 2019, 06:47 PM
Ooqi and Summer ran down the tunnel, until it suddenly declined steeply, sending them both sliding down a long chute into another large room with several offshoot tunnels. Within this room, they could see a pair a beady eyes staring at them from the shadows. Ooqi pulled himself off the ground and fumbled to grab his sword.

"Show yourself!" He said as his voice broke and squeaked.

"O-oqi?" An old voice trembled, "Is... is that you?"

"Well, probably..." Ooqi replied suspiciously, "That depends... who are you?"

"D-dont you remember me?" The old man said as he crawled out from the shadows. He was a leprechaun; worn in the face, with gray hair and tired eyes. He was slightly hunched over, with a walking stick that he leaned on heavily. "It is I! The King of the Leprechauns, the Lord of the Evynora, I, his majesty..."

"Oh no!" Ooqi cried, "Uncle Aarchie! What are doing here!!"

***

Then, Al could hear a sound approaching. It was a young girl's voice, and it appeared to be singing.

"...once a friend to me
City, once of light
People once of happy days
Now are lost...
Oh, hey Al! ...What's wrong with your eye? Did you get in a fight!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 04 2019, 07:03 PM
"Your uncle is a king!? Really? Does that make you a 2nd Prince?! Actually..." Summer paused and put a finger on her chin, "Given his age, maybe that'd be a 2nd Prince Once Removed. Ooqi, are you a 2nd Prince Once Removed!?"

***

Al was about to indignantly retort that there was absolutely nothing wrong with his eyes, and that it was just his glasses that were damaged (the latter being true, the former... not so much... he has glasses for a reason you know), but something else caused him to stir in recognition.

"Naeleen, that song... how did you know it?"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Apr 04 2019, 07:48 PM
"No! He only thinks he's a king!" Ooqi replied in annoyance, before turning back to Aarchie, "What are you doing here?!"

"You must address me as, Your Highness!" Aarchie demanded, "I will not tolerate disrespect!"

"Fine... why me. Why always me? Uncle Your Highness Aarchie, WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN A WOLFBENGA HOLE IN THE MIDDLE OF A FIELD HUNDREDS OF MILES AWAY FROM THE HOME WE PUT YOU IN!"

"I'm reclaiming my kingdom, of course!"

"...You're kingdom is in Marty Morrison's field?!"

"No, of course not!" Aarchie replied, "That's what I was doing, before I had to seek out revenge for a brutal betrayal!"

"...you're taking your revenge out on a field?" Ooqi questioned.

"Precisely! I'm so glad you understand... I may knight you yet!" The old leprechaun laughed.

***

"What song? Oh that song? My uncle taught me," Naeleen said proudly, "he taught me lots of the songs he learned in Tolneirna. He is a great adventurer you know!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 05 2019, 07:31 AM
"Well, I hate to break it to you, your Majesty." Summer began apologetically, "But I'm afraid the field has already been defeated."

***

"Tolneirna..." Al trailed-off, "Huh, it's just odd. My grandpa used to sing that song occasionally, and I'd never heard it anywhere else, so I thought it was just something he made up in a drunken stupor."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Apr 07 2019, 12:34 PM
"I'm not defeating a field," Aarchie stated solemnly as a evil glint shown in his eyes, "I'm here to defeat the Morrisons."

***

"Well of course you don't know it!" Naeleen said sarcastically as she rolled her eyes, "It's the Song of the Mountain! Only dwarfs know it!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 09 2019, 05:45 AM
"You and what army?" Summer asked, more out of curiosity than taunting, "You could not hope to take on all the Morrisons on your own!"

***

"I am a dwarf..."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Apr 11 2019, 05:42 PM
"An army of wolfbengas!" Aarchie laughed wildly, "And I take them on individually, until one by one I destroy them! That will teach that witch for crossing Aarchie, the King of the Leprechauns, the Lord of the Evynora, I, his majesty..."

"UNCLE AARCHIE!" Ooqi snapped.

"Yees?"

"I work for a Morrison."

"YOU LITTLE TRAITOR YOU!" Aarchie screamed as he feebly drew his sword, "I ought to strip you of your knighthood that I haven't granted yet!"

"Wait..." Ooqi thought for a moment, "This better not be about the chicken coop again!"

"No you nitwit!" Aarchie growled, "I made a deal with the witch to help me restore our kingdom, but she betrayed me! I shall destroy them slowly... and silently... until one night I rid them of their own company!"

***

Naeleen blinked. Twice. Her eyes widened, and her jaw dropped.

"Well then," she said confidently while regaining her composure, "you're doing a terrible job!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 11 2019, 06:00 PM
"But we're part of their company!" Summer exclaimed, "Their mercenary company, that is... Hey! Wait a second..."

She slowly turned toward Ooqi and smiled.

"We're here to fight after all!"

***

"Do not attempt to pass judgement on me because I do not conform to racial norms." Al huffed indignantly, "Just because I trim my beard, refuse to carry a sword or an axe, and shorten may name to two letters instead of four, does not make me any less of a dwarf!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Apr 11 2019, 06:22 PM
"You want to fight... my elderly uncle..." Ooqi asked.

"I can take her, I can taker her!" Aarchie said as he sheathed his sword and began hopping around with his fists ready to fight.

***

Naeleen thought for a moment, "Yes it does."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 11 2019, 06:24 PM
"I mean, he is out enemy, isn't he?" Summer pointed-out.

***

"Young lady, you need to learn not base your perceptions on racial stereotypes! When you get old enough to go the university, they'll set you straight!" Al declared.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Apr 22 2019, 04:17 PM
"Well yes, he's everybody's enemy," Ooqi explained, "That's just his thing."

"But I collapsed the witch's field! So now I'm REALLY her enemy!" Aarchie laughed.

"The Tomb Mountain dwarfs actually took credit for that," Ooqi thought back.

"...THEY DID WHAT!" Aarchie screamed, "They shall pay... they shall pay..."

***

"The university!" Naeleen laughed, as she began walking again. "I can't go there, I'm a Morrison!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 23 2019, 07:03 AM
"I knew we should have wasted those dwarves!" Summer spat angrily, raising a fist toward the sky ceiling.

***

"Morrison's can't go to the university?" Al mused, "Actually, that explains a lot."

He started walking after her though, since it was still better to accompany the crazy girl rather than remain alone in a cave.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Apr 23 2019, 05:22 PM
"My dear girl, kneel before me!" Aarchie said in a regal, commanding voice, "And I shall make you a knightess in my kingdom!"

"You're what?!" Ooqi gasped in disbelief.

***

Naeleen began exploring the tunnels, occasionally getting on her hands and knees and peeping through smaller openings. In one of the smaller openings, one small enough that only her arm could fit, she reached in and began to feel around. She then froze, and her eyes widened while she nervously looked at Al.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 24 2019, 06:15 AM
"But why would I kneel?" Summer asked, then regarded Aarchie for a moment, "Oh, you couldn't reach my shoulders otherwise, I get it!"

***

Al just glared at her with his hands on his hips.

"Let me guess, something bit you hand? You ought to know better than to stick your hands into such holes, young lady!" he chastised her.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Apr 24 2019, 06:51 PM
As Summer knelt, Aarchie drew his sword and placed it on her shoulder, "By my power as King of the Evynora, I do bestow on you the honor of knighthood in the realm of the Leprechauns; by birth it is not given, and by death not taken away. Serve with honor when necessary; Strength when unnecessary; And with mischief always!"

"I don't think that's how it goes..." Ooqi thought aloud.

Aarchie switched his blade to Summer's other shoulder, "Now rise, Knightess... uh, what's your name?"

***

"No..." Naeleen whispered, "I can't reach my flail!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Apr 25 2019, 06:56 AM
"Summer!" Summer responded cheerily, "Yay, now I'm part of two fighting organizations!"

***

"..."

Al glared at her.

"And why do you need your flail? You could not fit it in that hole anyway." he crossed his arms.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 02 2019, 05:45 PM
"Rise, Knightess Summer!"  Aarchie commanded, "Guard of the Evynora; Keeper of Mischief; Daughter of Great Leprechauns; Warrior of the..."

"You know, we really need to get going," Ooqi chuckled nervously as he grabbed Summer's arm, "You know, other obligations and such."

***

"Because," Naeleen grunted as she jerked her arm back several times, trying to fit something through the hole. Then, with one final grunt, she pulled her hand out, and within it, was Doodles. "I found something to fight!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on May 06 2019, 06:04 PM
"AAAAAAAAAAAAAH!" screamed Doodles with his eyes popped out, "A KILLER GIRL IS GONNA KILL ME!!"

Doodles escaped Naeleen's hand and bolted back into the small opening! Voices were heard from there.

"What's up with you now?!" the other voice growled which sounded like Cranky.

"There's a killer out there who's gonna kill me!!" Doodles voice echoed, "A GIRL KILLER-or-I mean...KILLER GIRL!"

"If there's only one killer girl out there, it's Naeleen! Or was it Summer? Anyway, who else would be in these tunnels?"

"Well who ever it was, SHE WAS ABOUT TO KILL ME!"

"Then it's Naeleen! Come on!"

Walking out the narrow tunnel was Cranky and Doodles.

"So there you are!" grunted Cranky to Naeleen, "Oh! And-uh-there you are as well Al!"
 
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 07 2019, 06:04 AM
"Do those obligations conflict with our new obligations?" Summer asked, allowing herself to be led away, "And can we add that conflict to the existing one to create even more conflict?"

***

"What were you two doing in that hole?" Al narrowed his already beady eyes at the two avian individuals.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 09 2019, 03:26 PM
"Do not walk away from me!" Aarchie yelled as the left the tunnel, "I will use my dark magic the witch gave me!"

"I wonder who let him out of the retirement home," Ooqi sighed as soon as he and Summer were out of hearing range. "Wait, I can't leave him here! He's my responsibility!"

He turned around and went back into the chamber, but there was no sign of Aarchie, only a faint green mist.

"Oh benga shi-" Ooqi muttered as the ground began to rumble with the sound of approaching beasts...

***

Naeleen scooched the birds aside and put her mouth into the hole, "Goooooooort! Aaaaare yooooou iiiiiiiin theeeeeere?!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 11 2019, 09:02 AM
"Language, Ooq." Summer slapped her companion, "Now, let's get ready to fend off whatever horrors are coming our way!"

She drew out her sword and prepared for battle.

***

"Naeleen... Just come on. You're not going to find anything else in there." Al groaned.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on May 16 2019, 05:52 PM
"Never mind, he's not my responsibility anymore," Ooqi said as he grabbed Summer's arm, "Ruuuun!"

As he yelled this a wave of wolfbengas raced into the far side of the chamber.

***

"Goooooort!" Naeleen continued calling.

"Ah good, she found you." Gort addressed Al as he hobbled around the wall Naeleen was yelling into. "Do we know how many more are down here?"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on May 16 2019, 06:07 PM
"Hey Ooqi! I think we found his army!" Summer shouted in a tone that was way to pleasant for the situation.

***

"Only those present as far as I know, but seeing as we were separated upon descending, it is likely that others are down here as well. We should make haste in locating them." Al stated.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on May 16 2019, 06:27 PM
"And how do we know if they're down here?" Cranky questioned.

"Wait...who's down here?" wondered Doodles...then he remembered, "Oh right! US!"

Cranky facepalmed.

"The rest of the group you dork!"

"Well that counts as us, right?"

"Not all of us! I mean-we in this area are us! But the rest of the group that are at a different area are not us! Especially not yet!"

"But if we're all in one group as a team, like before we came to this field, it's still us!"

"NOT WHEN WE'RE SEPERATED!!" yelled Cranky as his echo travels through the tunnels saying "SEPERATED!! SEPERATED!! SEPERATED!! SEPERATED!! SEPERATED!!" then it vanished away from them.

"...But it's still us ether way." repeated Doodles.

Cranky frowned, "I hate you."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jun 20 2019, 02:31 PM
"We need to get to the surface, we've been down here too long," Gort stated as he looked around. "Wolfbengas are not friendly creatures. Once above ground we can see who is still missing and better organize a search."

"Oh, there you are Gort!" Naeleen said cheerily from the ground.

***

Ooqi kept trying to pull at Summer's arm until he fell onto his back. Soon the first few wolfbengas emerged from the darkness, jumping several feet in the air at the intruders.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 20 2019, 05:09 PM
"Does anyone have any theories on which way leads us to the surface?" Al wondered.

***

Summer, almost completely obvious to Ooqi, tried to reach her free arm around and grab her (empty) pistol, despite the fact that she was holding a sword in her other hand. However, since Ooqi was holding on, she wound up whipping him through the air...

Right into the leaping wolfbengas.

Several of the critters were knocked out of the air and into the wall, putting them out cold. Summer stopped mid motion, now noticing there was a Leprechaun dangling from her arm, which she raised in front of her face to get a better look.

"Oh, hey Ooqi, what are you hanging around there for?"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jun 20 2019, 05:36 PM
"I've spent too many days on the surface," Gort sighed, "My underground navigating skills aren't what they used to be."

"Couldn't you just blow up the ceiling above us so we could climb out?" Naeleen asked Al as she looked up.
 
***
The leprechaun's eyes were bulged and his face was pale.

"Can we escape now?" He asked desperately.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Jun 20 2019, 05:48 PM
"I suppose I could... if we all wanted to be buried alive." Al replied in a completely matter-of-fact voice.

***

"What? Why would we escape now when we clearly have the advantage!" Summer questioned.

Several dozen more wolfbengas emerged from the darkness, while the sound of even more, maybe even in the hundreds, could be heard scurrying toward them.

"Ah, I see why we would escape now while we clearly have the advantage." Summer nodded, then promptly turned and started running, with Ooqi still dangling from her arm.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jun 20 2019, 06:41 PM
"Sounds good!" Naeleen said as she gave him a thumbs up.

"Let's start with this," Gort began, "Which direction smells better? Birds?"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Jun 20 2019, 06:50 PM
"That way!" Cranky and Doodles pointed in different directions, "Or...that way!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jul 21 2019, 06:34 PM
"There's a direction that smells better?" Naeleen asked as she wrinkled her nose.

"Nevermind," Gort sighed, "my tunnel navigation is rusty, but it's our best shot."

He then led them down one of the tunnels, though the light was getting dimmer, and a soft rumbling sound was growing stronger.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 21 2019, 06:38 PM
"My dwarven instincts may be dulled by living my entire life on the surface, but even so, I get the distinct feeling that we are going in the wrong direction." Al noted.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Jul 21 2019, 06:56 PM
"Why? Were you born as a mole?" joked Cranky.

"No problem. We'll draw arrows on the ground to mark our direction. That way, we'll know which is the wrong way." instructed Doodles.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jul 21 2019, 07:18 PM
"Just because it's getting darker doesn't mean we're going the wrong way," Gort replied as he removed his outer coat and placed it over Naeleen.

"It usually ends up that way though," Naeleen shrugged.

"Trust me on this," Gort sighed, "When you see more light it means that you're in a deeper tunnel, because that's what causes the ground to give way and crack. The deeper ground and rocks are more unstable, while closer to the surface it's denser and stronger. That's why the shallow tunnels are dark."

The rumbling sound seemed to be getting closer.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 21 2019, 07:35 PM
"Normally, I was prefer to engage you in a civil discourse about the validity of your assertion, however..." Al trailed-off and began shuffling through his bag, "I fear we may soon have company of the uncivil variety."

He pulled out a glass vial of faintly glowing red liquid.

"No..."

He put it back, then pulled out a yellow one.

"No..."

He also pulled out a blue and a brown one, repeating the process.

"No... No!"

At last, he withdrew a lime green container.

"Ah, this should work."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jul 21 2019, 07:54 PM
"Should I test it first, to make sure it's safe?" Naeleen asked excitedly.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 22 2019, 05:50 AM
"No!" Al snapped, "This contains vial contains a quick-acting neuro-toxin that will paralyze everything that breaths it in its immediate radius of impact. However, it quickly loses its effect, so it will not affect us if we stay far enough away."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jul 22 2019, 01:49 PM
"I don't think that's the best idea," Gort cautioned. The rumbling sound was even louder, and the group could hear the sound of the scurrying animals' screeching and clawing. It sounded as if they were just around the corner...

"Let me throw it Al," Naeleen begged, "let me throw it!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 22 2019, 01:51 PM
"No! If you gas us, we'll all be paralyzed and be killed easily by whatever is coming!" Al snapped, "Summer will thr--"

He had turned to offer it to his sister, only to remember that she wasn't here.

"Oh drat..."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Jul 22 2019, 04:50 PM
"I think we should run!" Doodles shivered and slowly backed away from the tunnel.

"You think we should?!" barked Cranky, "I say, we better run! RUUN!"

The birds quickly ran back where they came.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jul 22 2019, 07:40 PM
"Chickens..." Naleen laughed as they ran. The sound was now very loud, and they could here something approaching from the darkness ahead.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 22 2019, 07:43 PM
"Drat..." Al gulped, realizing they were about to be overrun, and he didn't have good enough arm strength to get it very far, and with the birds gone and Gort old and... possibly senile, "Alright, fine, but throw it away from us."

With that, he shoved the vial into Naeleen's hand.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jul 22 2019, 07:49 PM
"Yippee!" She screeched as she reached her arm back, and hurled the vile into the darkness before them. As the glass broke, they could hear a voice in the distance.

"Uh... Summer? What's that..."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 22 2019, 08:06 PM
"It smells like Al's bedroom... Uh... I... can't feel my face..."

"OH NO!" Al gasped, realizing he had screwed up majorly, "Oh no no no..."

He rushed forward, digging through his bag and looking for something (anything) that could be of use here. What he found wasn't ideal, but...

"Sorry!" Al huffed, arriving in front of the two, who were already paralyzed and unable to move, "I'll fix this later!"

He threw a little glass bottle at them, which shrunk both down to only a couple inches tall each (it was a similar potion to what had been used on the miniature wyvern, that was perched on Naeleen's shoulder), then picked them up and dropped them in his bag.

"What are they rest of you standing around for? RUN!!" he began scrambling back the other way.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Jul 26 2019, 06:47 PM
"Running seems counterproductive if we're going to fight!" Naeleen lamented as Gort grabbed her arm and followed Al. Soon they had caught up to the birds, but the wolfbengas were not far behind.

"Do you have any room in your bag for our bald friends!" Gort asked Al as he fought to drag Naeleen along.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Jul 26 2019, 07:56 PM
"Absolutely not! I don't want them opening anything in there! You two have free hands, carry them yourselves!" Al snapped.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Aug 01 2019, 09:27 AM
"How about a potion for us to get our feathers back?!" advised Cranky trying to flap his bare-wings while running which did no good for him and Doodles who tried the same thing.

"Or use that armless lizard to shoot fire at them?!" cried Doodles.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 01 2019, 06:05 PM
"I have one general restoration potion, but I'd like to keep it for an emergency!" Al snapped.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Aug 10 2019, 11:13 AM
"That's the point! We need our feathers back! THAT'S THE EMERGENCY!" Cranky shouted.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Aug 11 2019, 09:49 AM
"You are all idiots," Gort sighed as he grabbed both Cranky and Doodles' necks with his one free hand. He tightened is grip on Naeleen, and then started off again.

The sound of the wolfbengas was getting closer, but their screeching and hissing then began blend together, and soon anyone listening would notice the noise began to form into words.

"Wittnessssss the riiiiiiiise... of the Leprechauuuun!"

Gort glanced back, and could see the vast darkness begin to move.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 11 2019, 09:52 AM
"I hope our Leprechaun has a way out of here!" Al exclaimed, still chasing after Gort, but already beginning to grow winded, "I do not wish to risk an explosive in these tunnels!"
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Aug 11 2019, 10:12 AM
"You're...*GAH*...choking us!" Cranky gasped trying to breath air.

"What's with..*Ack!*...the rise of leprechaun?!" Doodles wheezed.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Aug 11 2019, 10:13 AM
Just then an explosion came from behind, which knocked everyone off their feet. It was followed by the sound of crumbling and screeching, which quickly gave way to silence. As the dust cleared, they could hear voices coming from the tunnel where the explosion had originated.

"Wonderful! This will be the perfect location of my new wibblefruit patch!" A voice said in delight.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Tyler294 on Aug 11 2019, 10:15 AM
"Hrmph, way to steal my thunder that I was trying to avoid using until the last moment," Al grumbled, as he brushed dust from his clothing.
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: DeadJim on Aug 11 2019, 10:21 AM
"You have thunder!" Naeleen gasped as she crawled over to Al. "Pleeeease let me have some! I promise only to use it when it's sunny!"

Gort let go of the birds, and then reached for his leg. "This hasn't been a good day..."
Title: Age of Retribution Part V: The "Special" Force
Post by: Shawnex on Aug 11 2019, 10:29 AM
"What the heron was that?!" Cranky squawked as he and Doodles got up and gasped for air.