The Escapist Avatar Adventure: An Open RP (Now Re-Opened!)

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David, Rugal, Slindis, Riki, Kud, Devon, Teri, Melethia

After interrupting the fight between Rugal and David, Devon stood there while trying somewhat badly to act like he was calm. After all, Rugal had backed down from beating the hell out of someone that had tried to kill him because of Slin's actions, and she had every reason to want to beat the hell out of him. As the paladin gave him a withering glare, Devon began to talk. "Slindis, I know you have every reason to hate me. I can see why you think I'd be better off suffering in the Afterlife. If you want to punch me in the jaw right after I finish this, feel free. I certainly deserve as much."

He sheathed his shortsword and crossed his hands in front of him as he continued to talk, clearly very nervous. "There's going to be an incredible amount of things that I'll have to do, and I know that nothing that I can do will ever fix what happened. Please, understand that the only things that I may have influenced are you entering Stormreach and you finding Melethia. Every thought you had, every experience you lived through are yours and yours alone. Now, if you planned on doing something, go ahead and do it, and I'll help you in any way I can." He closes his eyes, expecting her to hit him.

Devon used Diplomacy to talk with the Paladin, achieving a shift in attitude from Unfriendly to Friendly!

The paladin slaps him on the same cheek that Kalastryn hit earlier. "You're right, you've got an incredible amount to do to even begin repaying the massive debt you owe. And you know what? I'll be watching you to ensure that."

Melethia looked at Devon again, then looked at Teri. "Miss Teri, how does he know Miss Slin?"

David, Rugal, Slindis, Riki, Kud, Devon, Teri, Melethia

Rugal watched as Devon managed to talk Slindis down from beating him to the brink of death to a mere slap on the cheek.
Still, if he was responsible for all he said he was, He still reckoned he got off rather lightly.
To ensure he got the message, he stood next to him, showing off his height and Hercules-Like Frame and said "As will I...".
The tone of his voice and killer glare clearly got his point across before he began to lead the way.

David mean while was having a hard time picking himself up, Rugal's grip was like a human vice clamp as he felt bruising in the prefect outline of a hand on his neck.
"Yeah-*Gasp*-Well...Fuck you-*Gasp*-Too asswipe..." He managed to get out before he tried to recover from his strangling.

Where's he gone? :O.
Location: Mexico | Desert.
Time: Evening | January 1st.
Weather: Cloudy.

While he didn't reveal his hiding spot, Hiryu was extremely concerned with Tomoya's disappearance.
"...Damn...Hiryu to HQ, Target has gone dark, Repeat, I've lost contact with Tomoya. Send word to all units Globally, We need to keep him away from the Rising Dawn!" He spoke into his radio to HQ.
I hope I bought them enough time... He thought as he checked his surroundings.

After a good hour had passed, Mostly him making sure Tomoya wasn't going to re-appear and strike him down, Hiryu finally made himself viable, coming out from behind a rock formation, as he went to organize a Teleport out of the desert.

David, Rugal, Slindis, Riki, Kud, Devon, Teri, Melethia

"I'm afraid you'll have to ask Devon about that, Miss Melethia. It's not really my place to say..."

Following that, Teri could only sigh as she applied a cure spell to David's neck. Even if she was mad at the soldier, that didn't mean she wanted anyone dead, Devon included. However, she was also glad that Rugal and Slindis were there, even if they weren't in the best of moods. Even so, beggars can't be choosers when it came to surrogate parent/mentor figures.

"There we go... Come on, I think it's only a little further till the stone of light."

Doing her best to remain the 'bright light' that was alluded to by both Lucifer and Jake, Teri helped the soldier up and kept an enthusiastic face; even if the events of this place were wearing her thin. Melethia could see the effects on the Cleric, even through the false cheeriness that Teri had placed over herself.

Angelus, Caim, Jake

Caim growled, and punched a wall, "Gods damn it all! Of course it's an Author! IT ALWAYS HAS TO DO WITH THEM!"

It was time for Angelus to play voice of reason again, "Caim... They're not all bad. Our friend here just said he's looking to aid the cause of stopping Tomoya; and even says he wants to stop interfering after that. Furthermore, Teri and Devon have worked hard to be here, and to gain use among our ranks. That has to account for something in your eyes."

Caim gave a grunt, and shrugged, "That's three of em, compared to the whole we've had to deal with. outliers in groups happen from time to time. Doesn't mean that most of em aren't a pain in the ass."

Captcha: i'm sorry dave

"He's not so bad when he's not punching things or having a huge ego..."
"So, all the time?"
"Damn."

David, Rugal, Slindis, Riki, Kud, Devon, Teri, Melethia

Devon nodded at the response and recast the Light spell on his shortsword as he went over to Melethia. "If you need to know, I'm the guy that helped Slin find you. If you need me to help you out any more, just ask."

For her part, the young girl grinned. "Mister, ya really need to relax. Ya messed up. So? You can always do better as more stuff happens. I mean, ya can, but if ya keep goin like Miss Teri is, you'll collapse. Same goes for ya, Miss Teri. I'd like it more if you let yourself really smile, but your eyes just feel really sad. Cheer up? For me?"

Seeing her pupil's stress, Slindis put a hand on her shoulder. "Teri, it seems tat you've earned some more training of mine when we leave here. No equipment, but if you're doing what I think you're doing, you're far too inexperienced for it." Teri could tell that Slindis was genuinely concerned as they closed on the Stone.

David, Rugal, Slindis, Riki, Kud, Devon, Teri, Melethia

Teri laughed nervously at Melethia's question: "I don't know what you're talking about, Miss Melethia. I'm just fine. We've just been at it for a while; you know, with time bubbles, spell casting and whatnot. If anything, these goggles probably mess with the lighting on my face; which might make me look sad! I promise, I'm okay!"

Ah, another bold faced lie; at least, to those experienced with them. Teri recast Light on her staff again, happy to see the gloom banished by the light, and patted her faithful dog on the head. It was probably going to fade soon, so she might as well enjoy the dog's presence while it didn't need to attack. The creature proved an ample distraction as Teri put her facade back together, and decided to ask her mentor what she was talking about (and hopefully change the subject), "Training? Sounds great! I'd like to be as much use here as I can."

However, the girl was concerned about what her teacher meant by "inexperienced". Perhaps she meant all her spells? Sure, it was a bit hard getting Frostburn into her list, but the studying she put into them made it worth it. After all, Snuffles had proven to be an extremely helpful ally in combat. She could only hope that Helga would be the same way; for she had yet to summon the dire-badger...

Angelus, Caim, Jake

Jake's voice boomed and interrupted Caim's rage. It was full of anger and regret.

"Caim! When this is all over and the world has been brought peace once again, I promise you that I will personally destroy the links that any Gods have with this world. Even if I must sacrifice myself to do it, I will use my Author powers to seal this world... Well seal might be a bad word to use. I will cut this world from outside intervention, make it it's own reality, unable to be affected by anyone outside it. And if I fail, I will fall upon your sword, if only to give you the peace of mind of one less Author to ruin things. And if I succeed but live, I expect to fall upon your sword so I may not write again and cause another round of suffering."

Jake stopped his little speech to take a deep breath. He pointed dramatically at Angelus then spoke again, his eyes locked upon the Bloodknight. "Do not think I am doing it for you, Master Caim. I shall do it for Angelus, who has saved my life thrice now, if only to give her peace of mind that you are not raging over it. Now, let's fucking go and find this Gods-damned Stone."

Jake stormed ahead, drawing his sword and letting it hang outwards.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Corrupted Temple of Light | South America
Time: Morning | January 2nd

Angelus, Caim, Jake

Angelus only shook her head at the men before her, one of whom was pushed to his limits mentally, and the other who was always at his wit's end. Both were fueled by their anger at the world; and there was nothing the dragon could do to stop it. Lightly smacking Caim on the back of the head, the dragon decided that attempting to talk to Jake at this point would be fruitless, as the man had already decided how he wanted to live and die. And knowing humans, their plans always ended up changing at some point.


David, Devon, Kud, Melethia, Riki, Rugal, Slindis, Teri

To those who looked at the Cleric, she seemed to be on auto pilot; her steps echoing quietly with the rest of the group. Perhaps she was meditating with the staff as before? Rugal could certainly attest to the girl blanking mid-conversation from time to time.

Teri's Mindscape: Lucifer | Teri

The Cleric continued to stare into the pool, her mockery of the concept of tranquility still upon her face as she spoke, "I have read that you entreat upon mortal minds to mess with them; but I see no reason for your coming here. There is nothing of interest about me to catch the eyes of a devil."

As she said this, brief flashes of virtuous people sped around the two: souls full of honor, beauty, grace, virtue, kindness, yadda yadda yaddah. These were replaced by equal parts of what these people could fall into: disgrace, vanity, sloth, vice, cruelty....

When they faded, she continued, her voice filled with a hollow monotone, "If anything, one of your minions should be here instead, yet, here you are." An image of an imp sprang from the pool, and skittered by The Morning Star's side, only to vanish as all the other constructs did. Her face ever unmoving from the pool, the features on her face remaining vacant, she continued, "Not trying to sound rude, sir; but I can't help but be a tad on the confused side. Why are you here?"

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Corrupted Temple of Light | South America
Time: Morning | January 2nd

Teri's Mindscape: Lucifer | Teri

A tiny prick of a noise filled the air, as the Devil saw a crack appear on the girl's 'face' as she became more rigid than usual (if that was even possible in this dead land), "What."

Before Lucifer could explain himself properly, he saw that she had stood up, the liquid pool beginning to agitate as she did so. Ah! She had life in her yet! However, something seemed to hold her back, as she paused and put her hands to her blank 'face', "You may be the Prince of Lies, but that was just cruel!"

An emotion? No, she forced another shard back onto the mask, and sat herself down to the wavering pool. Thunder rummbled in the distance as deep, dark clouds began rolling in, looking ready to pop any moment.

"Forgive my impudence, sir. Even the Devil deserves respect. But I digress... State your real purpose, please. I am not in the mood for games. Then again, I am not in the mood for anything."

Ah, the monotone returns. Lucifer shook his head, wondering why she kept shifting too and from this robot of a persona. Where was the fire? The ice? The Venom? She had it all, it was just a matter of being pushed. Perhaps that was where the key lied?

David/Rugal

"He's not so bad when he's not punching things or having a huge ego..."
"So, all the time?" David responded after Teri helped him up,
"Damn."
"My point exactly..." He added as he freed himself from her grasp and proceeded onwards behind Rugal.
Steady David...Wait for the shot... He told himself as he spun the chambers on his M500 to calm himself, causing a audible *Click Click Click* sound.

Rugal meanwhile overheard Slindis's mention of further training for Teri.
He then thought back to the time she locked him and her in a pitch black room and shot arrows at them like one of Wesker or Cortex's inhumane experiments.
"Well, so long as you give me some warning before you try to turn me into a pincushion again, I am I right Teri?.....Teri?..." He asked, surprised by the lack of answer.
David picked up on this and noticed the cleric in some kind of trance, waving his hand in front of face and snapping his fingers.
".....Kids these days..." The Marksman commented as he awaited for her to snap out of it.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Corrupted Temple of Light | South America
Time: Morning | January 2nd

Teri's Mindscape: Lucifer | Teri

"Wait, what are you-"

Before she could say anything else, the girl was shoved into the clear pool of liquid. To Lucifer's surprise, the pool was much deeper than it initially appeared, and Teri had begun to sink in it; despite how desperately she was trying to keep herself afloat,

"NO! GET ME OUT OF -"

The water, well, if you could call that black sludge the liquid became "water", closed over her head; a deep cracking noise was heard, and the gray reality broke. Literally, it had broken, deep cracks edging themselves into landscape, and the place fell away in sections, leaving only the black pool and Lucifer floating in the air; his wings unfurled to prevent himself from falling into the nothing below. Or was it above? It was a bit difficult to conduct spacial relations when in the construct of a mind.

Silence overtook the place for a moment, and in that instant, chaos took it's part on the world. A sun and moon rose, set and changed phases at a rapid pace; Magma flowed, gas swelled, an explosion! Water, life, rock, earth and everything in between began to overtake the place, the mental landscape creating and destroying itself. It made sense that there wasn't just one way for her world to make and unmake itself; she had read so many stories about how the universe was formed, it was only natural her world took on that same process multiple times.

Finally, after a final permutation of creation and destruction, the world around them finally settled upon orange rock and streams of light. A cavern of sorts, it seemed, with it's creator seated by a pool of water. Her arms clutching her sides, she looked cold in this distinctively warm place, a contradiction the Fallen was amused by; but did not voice. Kneeling down next to her, he quietly asked, "What was all that, kiddo?"

Teri buried her head in her knees, and shuddered, "I was trying NOT to feel anything. You just had to go do the one thing that made that impossible, now didn't you?"

Ah, so the pool was where she stored emotions and memories... No wonder it was so blackened when she fell in.


Riki & Kud (Plus Slindis, Rugal, Teri, Melethia and David).
Location: Corrupted Temple of Light | South America.
Time: Midnight | January 2nd.
Weather: Dark clouds.

As the group entered the Stone Chamber they could clearly see the light given off by the stone, even though it was encased within a small box with the rest of Tomoya's past weapons beside it. "The stone is up there... well I doubt this will be easy." Riki sighed as he looked around. The chamber itself was covered in darkness and cobwebs, who knew what lurked within it. Piles of bodies also were lined along the pathways, some were old skeletons and some were recently killed spiders. The light boxes which contained the weapons and stone was on top of a main pillar over to the back of the room, it was surrounded by multiple statues. One even looked like the past Tomoya.

Quickly though a loud roar was heard from one of the statues. It was the corrupted Guardian, "Multiple life forms detected. Light origin detected, protect the stone!" As it launched a darkness missile which blew up the bridge in front of them.

The guardian itself was bigger then a (Halo) Spartan, it had dual mini-guns on both it's arms which could easily switch to dual double toothed chainsaws. On it's shoulder it held a small missile launcher, it's armor was made of angelic metal which intended it to be the worst thing in the temple.


Storm-178.
Location: AA Universe | Air space above temple.

The ships were already gone as the all the pods were launched. All 40 of them.
As Ton Ton leapt from the already darkened and dead pod, Storm noticed his dead soldier quickly.
"FUCK YOU!" Storm said as he jumped and quickly used his super strength to boot the pod directly at Ton Ton in mid-air.

Meanwhile 15 of the pods had already landed and were attacking the temple defenders.


Dark Tomoya.
Location: Mexico | Desert.
Time: Evening | January 1st.
Weather: Cloudy.

Flying at a decent speed, DT already knew that his men were already attacking the temple. He also felt the presence of some people get closer to THAT. He wasn't worried though, both his men and the guardian were giving him enough time. "I wonder how my little prisoner is doing... hehe. I wonder if he knows?" D.T said to himself as he flew past the desert and into Central America. He wanted to blow up the Strider HQ after this for laughs, but first things are first.


DS Shaun.
Location: Lightning Archangel Fleet | Blackhawke | VIP Cell.
Universe: The Stormverse.

The VIP prison cell turned back to normal. A group of different angels came around and replaced to the nice angel he was used to guarding him. Cursing himself, Shaun looked around. He still had the ordinary stuff, a bed, a toilet, sink and mirror. The mask on his face had broken from the torture and some how the other half still manage to be attached to his face. Gazing up at the metallic fan spinning around in the room he thought about the time DC had him, the only thing he could see was the gun... and the real demon.

The killing intent he felt was strong, but the worst part is that Shaun didn't know if it was fake or not. "Crap... maybe I should of talked it out. Though... if I die... they die." Shaun said to himself, the last thing he was going to let die was his characters from which his cherished through out this whole thing... especially Tomoya. The thing he knew was that Tomoya could be redeemed and sent back to his world before he was hurt.

"(You could of killed them...)" A voice said in the deepest darkest corner of my heart. Shaking his head, he mentally locked the voice back in it's cage. "(Their blood could save them.)" It said once more, the dark voice in his heart was weak, but it was there. "No... no... FUCK YOU!" He said to himself. "(You know who I am... you know who makes me stronger.)" It said once more.

Staying silent, Shaun knew what the voice was... it was the dark him... the one which gave birth to Dark Tomoya. Dark Shaun...
The one who wanted the world dead and those who hurt him dead.
Getting up and walking over to the mirror he called once more.
"(They hurt you just like the others... let... THEM BLEED!)" Dark Shaun said to him.
"NO!" Shaun yelled out and immediately bashed his head against the mirror multiple times until it was oozing blood.

Shaun fell onto the ground and just laughed until he passed out.
"You won't... win"

David
"EVERYBODY GET DOWN!" David shouted before the bridge was blown up by the guardian.
He was knocked back by the blast but was otherwise un-harmed.
"...Oh...sweet....fuckberries..." He stated as he took in the sight of the entire beast as it revved up twin Chainsaws.
"Melethia! Get the kids out then get me the strongest acid you got! Devon, Teri, Do whatever it is that you guys do to kill something! Slindis, Rugal! Get up in it's face, I'll cover you!" He ordered in a attempt to organize the group before the real fight begun.

Rugal
While he wasn't one to take orders, he decided to follow David's commands for now.
He brought up his Slashing Aura and rushed into battle, searching for a weak point as David took potshots at it's face.

Devon

He looked at the guardian and laughed as he looked at it. "Well, this is nice. Let's see what makes you tick, Mister Roboto." His eyes took a golden hue as he saw multiple runes runes floating around it. Can't be poisoned or diseased, likes fire and electricity, needs good and chaotic aligned blades to fully punch through the armor although either would weaken it somewhat, acid can partially eat through the armor, cold will slow it down, Light based spells won't work, and there's some more here...

Devon cast Know Vulnerabilities! He knows all weaknesses, resistances, and immunities of the guardian.

"Good and chaotic aligned equipment or acid rounds will hurt, cold will slow it down!" He began singing to rally the group as the fight started.

Melethia

She moved Riki and Kud over to a safer area then tossed David a small glass bottle filled with dull brown liquid. "Toss it at the thing then shoot it unless ya want to lose that weapon of yours!" Melethia then went for a bow that looked a bit too large for her then fired a few arrows at the guardian to weaken it.

Slindis

Slindis chanted a few defensive spells to improve her defenses all around against physical attacks and elemental blasts then jumped across to where Rugal was then drew her blades to start attacking the guardian. "Divide its attention!"

Tajuh

The first landing attackers encountered a single man on the ground. For a moment, they laughed at the incompetence of the invaders. Why the hell would they only have one man guarding the ground? That line of thought was quickly quashed as he pounced on the ones nearest him and tore through their ranks with no scratches. "You've grown weak in your position, and you've underestimated your foe. Fortunately for me, that's the last time you'll make that mistake."

David
Once David had the bottle, he quickly switched his ammo to Acid rounds for good measure.
"HEADS UP! ACID INCOMING!" He shouted before he threw it towards the Guardian.
Once it was entering it's downward arc, David took the shot, shattering the glass and freeing the acid within...

Rugal
...Just as Rugal received Slindis's instructions.
Once the acid splashed into it's face., The Guardian turned it's attention to David and Melethia, the source of the corrosive goop, and brought out his Mini-Gun.
This allowed Rugal to climb onto the back of the creature, focusing on keeping it distracted as the others attacked, keeping a wery mind of future Acid Attacks.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Corrupted Temple of Light | South America
Time: Morning | January 2nd

Teri's Mindscape: Lucifer | Teri

Teri would have responded, but the sudden appearance of the wings threw her out of a loop. She had always heard of the beauty of angels, and their wings; but to see one (even if it was THE fallen angel) was a new experience in of itself. Without really thinking, she slowly reached out to feel the texture of the wing. To her pleasant surprise, it was as soft as a kitten's fur, and a small smile appeared on her face. That was when she realized what exactly she was doing. Retracting the arm like a hand from scalding water, she apologized profusely, "Oh god! I didn't even ask if that was okay! I'm so sorry!"

Her face warming with embarrassment, Teri remembered the question asked to her, and softly nodded, "Yeah, it's usually like that. But it changes with my mood- When I'm not feeling like crap. You know, I never really like this whole feeling thing; its never lead me anywhere good..."

She expected a quip from the Morning Star, but found that line of thought changed when the very foundations of the cavern shook violently. Her body was under attack! Gritting her teeth, she closed her mental eyes for a moment, "I won't be -"

The Rest of Reality

The Cleric's eyes cleared, and she 'spoke', "gone long. If you still want to talk, I can still hear you here, I think."

"Good and chaotic aligned equipment or acid rounds will hurt, cold will slow it down!"

Thus, she poured out a water bottle, and began to chant as Squishy rose from his home. A moment later, Helga, the Ice Construct Dire Badger appeared; and Teri set it towards the guardian. Snuffles would be next. Moving to a slightly safer location; the Celestial Chanting began again as she readied the incantation for Snuffles (Ice Wolf Construct) to appear. If it was ice they wanted, ice they would receive.

Devon

He switched the singing over to his instrument as he began casting another spell. "Look, we've got this! that Hot Topic angel doesn't have crap on us, Especially when his defenses can't hit us!" As he spoke, the others around him saw the man blinking in and out of existence as he tried to get a better look at the battlefield.

Devon casts Blink! For the next 48 seconds, all attacks have a 50% chance of missing him, and he can move through solid objects with a 50%chance of materializing within it every 5 feet and being forced out to take damage

Melethia

Melethia pulled out a few more acid phials and threw them at the guardian, rolling to the side to avoid the gunfire and shooting the phials when they were just about to hit the guardian for a double dose of acid damage. "C'mon, we've got this tin bucket!"

Slindis

Slindis began jabbing her rapiers at the guardian's legs, and the rapiers shifted to pierce through the angelic metal with ease. "Doing good, Rugal!" She chanted to provide Rugal a major amount of protection against the acid that was coming their way.

David
As David was going his best to not hit Rugal or at least hit him without LOOKING like he was trying to him, he heard Devon's strange little ditty and watched as the Bard seemed to phase in and out of existance!
"....Why am I even surprised anymore?..." He sighed before returning to the task at hand.
He watched as the Acid flowed across the front of the Guardian before adding to Melethia's Brew with his own brand Acid RoundsTM.
While it'd be some time before any real damage would appear, it certainly seemed to piss him off so they were going something right.

Rugal
"Just!...Let me know when-! it's safe to strike!" Rugal managed to get out as the Guardian attempted to get him off his back, while he wasn't using his key strengths in combat, the fact that the Guardian was more worried about him then everyone else was good in of itself.
Though he could have sworn that David was trying to hit him the whole them.

Devon

He moved over to Teri and flickered as he watched the Badger's attacks slightly hinder the guardian's speed. "Good move Teri! That'll give the bastard a hard time!" the phasing in and out distorted his voice, making it a bit hard to hear him well as he continued to play the energetic song that helped the group focus.

Melethia

Melethia kept the acidic assault, and the guardian was slowly getting hit by more of the attacks as the slowing effects of the cold seeped in. "Wheathair, watch out! It's hard to get direct shots in, so we might hit you!" It was clear that the girl was trying to avoid hitting the large man, but with the movements it was making, it was difficult to do so.

Slindis

Slindis sidestepped more attacks from the guardian as she began working in concert with the Badger to harass the guardian from multiple sides. Gunfire from the guardian went close to Devon and Tri's positions, but the distractions made the accuracy less than expected.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Corrupted Temple of Light | South America
Time: Morning | January 2nd

Teri's Mindscape: Lucifer

"Are you smiling yet? Because I'd like to see something other than this muck."

As soon as he had said that, he noticed there was a tad bit more light in the cavern; and an opening to a layer above the caves. Following that path with a flap of his wings, he came to an empty grass field, an environmental impossibility anywhere but the mind; and looked to the skies. Divided in two they were, as the bright patch where the light derived from was being obscured from an oncoming front.

Was this her expressing joy in battle? The front only rumbled with thunder in response to the thought, leaving things up in the air.

The Rest of Reality

After sending Snuffles (Ice Wolf) barreling after the guardian, Teri tapped Devon's shoulder to indicate a need to change in position; as the Guardian was starting to advance their way. As they did; Teri waved a hand, and cried out, "Incoming downpour, watch yourselves!"

As she ran, Teri answered Lucifer's mockery (at least, that was as she saw it); "Hey, those are my friends you're talking about! You think I haven't thought about what has happened with them? You think I forgot that Rugal runs a Cartel, that Caim and Angelus have slaughtered thousands, if not hundreds of thousands; or that the rest of our party have done their share of bad things?

With the frontline fighters out of the way; an orb of water appeared (10 gallons, to be exact) and washed over the guardian from the waist down, the body of the water running off the Guardian's body and onto the already wet floor. While it seemed like an inconvenience, there was a method to this madness. When the group re-approached the beast, they found that Teri's constructs moved a tad bit faster, especially where Squishy and the wolf was concerned. With every step it took; ice sprang from it's paws around the water. Teri had prepared for this, as the wolf had a cold aura about it.

"I will whole heartily admit to destroying a world, so I'm just as guilty as the rest of them! Sure we've screwed up a bunch; but we all still have a chance to get better so long as we are alive! That's why I even came to this realm. I did so to fix the problems the Writers have caused! Even if my own creations loathe me for what I've done, I intend to bring balance back to this place; with this God-granted power!"

As her spells were recharging, she used this chance to hold aloft the cross necklace, and call out, "Oh beings of water, take arms for the Lord! Be strengthened in His Holy Name!"

The water itself trembled at the girl's command; and from what could be seen, Squishy the Water Elemental shivered by the girl's words and charged with the battle-like prayer; brought itself against the Guardian with renewed vigor.

"Call me a fool if you will, Mr. Accentuate The Negative; but I think that people ALWAYS have the chance to fix their issues, so long as they're alive and kicking! Even if I feel like crap because my friends are tearing at each other throats, this I will ALWAYS believe in!"

Ninjamedic:
Rise and shine Mr. Preacher!


Riki & Kud (Plus Slindis, Rugal, Teri, Melethia and David).
Location: Corrupted Temple of Light | South America.
Time: Midnight | January 2nd.
Weather: Dark clouds.

Guardian.

The Guardian was worried about the large steroid man on his back, but the weapon on his soldier proved to be a big benefit. The shoulder mounted missile launcher turned around and introduced itself to Rugal by shooting him point blank with a missile. The explosion made a strong gust of wind and the fireball wasn't very big and did not affect the Guardian in the slightest.

The metal ripped off from the guardian would only grew back.
This would happen with angelic metal bound with souls of all the dead.
This also reacted to the acid attacks.

Another missile flew out of the launcher, but was aimed at the golem made out of the temple's weak and decaying stone.

The efforts of Teri were managing to work, the combination of both ice and water made the Guardian's legs almost immobile. Though the Guardian was trying it's least hardest to move with it's legs.

Riki.

The two kids were in a safe spot from the battle, but the boy didn't want anything bad to happen... even to the Guardian. Noticing the chucks of black on it, it was safe it say that the Guardian was corrupted. Riki switched his scared view to the stone of light. Riki tried to play the situation out in his head but it all said "Don't do it?", ignoring the voice in his head Riki ran surprisingly quick and jumped off the platform where everyone was and the guardian was focusing on.

Managing to latch himself on one of the statue's strong cobwebs, Riki was climbing up to the Stone of Light.

Kud.

Seeing her stupid boyfriend do what he did, Kud was immediately worried about him. Though she knew what he was trying to do and decided to help backing everyone up... but with what?

A lone gun was on the ground, it was Riki's, it was wet from before but now it was dry.
Aiming the gun at the guardian she managed to shoot a round which went underneath David's legs and almost hit Puce on the other side.

"Umm... my fault." She said as she resumed and tried to shoot the guardian. In half a clip's time she was actually managing to land hits on the creature. The danger climbed for the group on the main platform as gigantic spiders climbed up to meet both groups.

"Everyone!" Kud yelled as she pointed at three spiders climbing up on their side.
Well... two.
She managed to hit one a second later.


Storm-178.
Location: AA Universe | Temple.

The group outside.

The shots were tight enough to head straight to Storm who was distracted and had not used his suit power.
Alpha did inform him of the bullets but it was too fast, time started to slow down as Storm was thinking about everything. "Death would be better then serving evil." He thought as the bullet were a meter from him with lightning crackling in the sky.

Lightning...
Not just lightning.
Evil and the most unholy lightning created.

A dark scream was heard as the dark sky covered Storm.
One lightning bolt crackled in the background.

The dark light given off from it outlined two people.
One standing in front of the other.

"No..." He said looking up. If anyone could see the figure it had many holes in it's face.

"NOOO!!!"

He screamed as he was suddenly gone by the next lightning strike.
The darkness of midnight covered him.

The Dark Archangel.

Another lightning bolt struck the temple and he was already in front of the succubus.
"Go back to your lover, you demon bitch!" He smirked right in front of her before he launched an unbearable punch on the girl. The unholy force made her flew into the temple, the girl was unfortunately strong and would definitely live as long Tomoya didn't get a hold of her again.

A dark laughter filled the skies.
"All of you should die... " He looked down upon them.

The angel soldiers took notice of their Lord and ran back to cover for the best.
Dark Tomoya then floated down on the ground with Storm.
The Dark Angel's wings were huge and had dark lightning outlining them.

The one thing he noticed was the bullet holes inside Storm, who was kneeling on the ground.

"So anyone want to battle me one V one... or can I just kill all of you?" He smirked as he offered an option.

"*cough* Thanks... " Storm managed to say to Tomoya. The Dark Angel turned around and gave him his iconic thumbs up.


>Corruted file.<
Location: ...
Time: Never.

A chamber made up of Complete was lit up by only one screen.
Looking from his own view he saw Mark's reaction.
"What a antagonistic little bitch..."
It said with no emotion.

He could hear the crying nearby.
"I will carry it out."

StormShaun:

"So anyone want to battle me one V one... or can I just kill all of you?"

"Well, that's a very interesting offer, child. Am I to assume you will holding one hand behind your back? ". A voice, gentle yet powerful, echoed across the forest. The Fallen Angel turned to see a tall, slender figure emerge from the forest, eyes glowing behind his glasses, book in his left hand. It was The Preacher, having arrived at the temple to check on the expedition. "Good Evening son. I trust you are well at the moment?" He sat down on a stone, folding his legs. "This is all a bit too far isn't it? I thought you were taught to play nice with others." His calm demeanor masked the man's fury, this was the stray child that destroyed a city and killed millions of people for a laugh. Yet, he waited for an opportunity.

Ninjamedic:
One thing I do have to admit is that I do like Preacher. :D

Tomoya didn't know the Preacher was there, turning around he saw the calm, cool looking man looking directly at him. The other point Tomoya was really impressed about is the he could keep calm under this kind of situation unlike the author Mark. The fact that he is a powerful human servant of God is also true which delighted Tomoya. "Ah good morning Father, I am well and I hope you are as well." Tomoya said as he gave a respectful bow.

To people... or humans like Preacher, Tomoya could keep calm and civilized. "I was nice, but then something... actually someone made me." Tomoya said in a weird sense, he just wanted to kill the old man already but deep down, something respected this kind man. "Okay... how about a game? A game of human checkers!?" Tomoya said loudly with a smile. Suddenly his men actually moved into a checker board formation.

"The funny thing is that I also like board games, it's... different from killing." Tomoya said with an uncertain look on his face, the memories of his daughter had flooded into him. "If you don't want to play we can just do the usual. Though if you do..." A smirk appeared on the angel's face as though he had an obvious plan.

StormShaun:
"If you don't want to play we can just do the usual. Though if you do..."

The Preacher shook his head subtly, the Dark Angel's demeanor was a jarring combination of a teenager granted absolute power determined to enjoy it, and a reluctant harbinger of death. While he could see that Tomoya had a strange respect for him, he knew it was more to do with his status, less of his character. He could briefly see the human side of Dark Tomoya, determined to use it to stop the bloodshed. "Will this be another game where our player pieces will be at risk? Because I have a far simpler offer for you. It involves no violence or suffering, I'm quite fond of it myself". He continued to sit, waiting to see if Dark Tomoya would listen.

Tomoya was disappointed he discovered his rules all too quickly, but he didn't care. "Eh... I was going to suggest that my pieces were the ones to die. But whatever, I'm listening..." Tomoya smirked to himself as he waited eagerly to hear the Preacher's offer. "Lets try to do this quickly, I know they are down there... but it wouldn't be bad if we were longer so..." Tomoya said with a more human face but suddenly coughed into his hand.

Preacher could only see black liquid on his hand before Tomoya wiped it away from his coat.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Corrupted Temple of Light | South America
Time: Morning | January 2nd

Devon

The man stopped blinking in and out of the Material Plane when the spiders popped up. "Hmm, that's no good. Better slow those bugs down before it gets sticky up here." He pointed at the ground in front of the spiders, coating the area in a thick grease. No matter what, it'd buy them time.

Devon casts Grease directly in front of the two spiders climbing up to attack the group! A DC 10 check will allow them to climb at half-speed, and failing the check means it has to make a DC15 check to avoid falling. Failing the first roll with a 5 or under means the spiders fall.

Both spiders rolled a 3... oh dear.

Melethia

She continued to fire arrows at the Guardian with each blessed arrow colliding with small acid vials to burn small holes in the armor. Even though the creature could regenerate, a focused attack from multiple people all nailing it with its weaknesses was sure to wear it down.

Slindis

The Paladin increases the stabbing, separating the left chaingun arm with a good number of stabs to cripple the arm before finally tearing it off.

Tajuh

Tajuh looked over at the Preacher and nodded, showing he wouldn't let Tomoya's allies interrupt the fight as he kept the shortswords out and looked at Storm. "Hm, a Spartan. I've heard a bit of your talents. Are you going to be declared MIA, though?" He knew enough through conversations with Gilliam to know that a Spartan was never declared to be dead.


Riki, Kud, Slindis, Rugal, Teri, Melethia and David).

Location: Corrupted Temple of Light | South America.
Time: Midnight | January 2nd.
Weather: Dark clouds.

Guardian.

Teri felt a twinge of sadness when Squishy finally disappeared, but held firm. Her constructs were still up and kicking; and with their efforts, had frozen the Guardian in place. However, she also noticed that Devon seemed to have found himself in a bit of a pickle with the spiders, and called out her beasts: "Keep attacking that thing, but if the Paladin says otherwise, follow her lead!"

Turning to Devon, she asked him where the spiders were exactly and chanted in Celestial, Conjuring a 20 foot layer of ice that wrapped around the sides of the ledge.

Teri Casts Ice Slick to wrap around the sides of the ledge! The Spiders must now roll a Balance Check to cross the ice! Given that they are now covered with grease (and failed at that, for that matter), They must roll a higher DC of 17 instead of the standard 15.

The group outside.

"Ms. Kurumu! Cadolbolg, get us over to where she is, and make it quick! We don't know what's in that temple with her!"

The mechanical turtle/dragon gave an angry growl, but followed through with his pact partner. Even with their newfound strength, charging the Corrupted Archangel would not prove to bode well for their lives.

Captcha

"You're welcome"

"Damn straight!"

StormShaun:
"Lets try to do this quickly, I know they are down there... but it wouldn't be bad if we were longer so..."

The Preacher smiled very slightly, he could see the human side of the Fallen Archangel was still there. Hopefully, he could buy the group enough time at least, if not end the carnage once and for all. "Have I ever told you my favorite quote of this book?" He held it up to let Dark Tomoya see it, he opened it and flicked through it until he came to right page. He began to read:

"The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and goodwill shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you shall know my name is The Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee." Finishing the excerpt, he closed the book and put it back into the inside of his coat. The Preacher now looked back to Tomoya.

"Now, you may think that passage is something impressive to say before kicking someones arse, but I consider it to be a great summation of my purpose." He used his right hand to provide gestures, punctuating his argument. "You see, I am the shepherd." He pointed to Tajuh, ""And the good pilot there is the righteous man, a true brother." then he pointed to Tomoya "And you are a lost child." His face became far more serious now, determined to avoid any more deaths. " I have seen what truly evil men can accomplish, and what it is to be completely irredeemable, and you are neither. It is not too late to stop now, to end this pointless violence. You may not be a Man of God anymore, but surely you can see the futility in this?" He extended his hand to the Archangel "I offer you one last chance to stop, you are not completely lost, you can still be forgiven."

Rugal
Rugal was doing a good job of playing Human target with the Guardian, allowing the others to deal some damage to the creation but it was clear it wasn't working.
Goddamn Angel Tech! He cursed as he did his best to rip strips from it when he could, only to watch them grow back again near instantly.
"...GOD FUCKING DAMN-" He yelled before the rocket launcher appeared on the shoulder, aimed right at his face.
"-It..."
Before he could do anything, he was blasted clean in the face and into one of the chamber halls, leaving a massive dent.
He then fell seemingly lifelessly into the seemingly bottom chasm below.

David
He watched the scene unfold and shouted "RUGAL'S DOWN!" as he was nearly shot in the back by Kud and Riki took off on his own for the umpteenth time.
"JESUS CHRIST! YOU HAD ONE JOB! ONE JOB!" He shouted at the pair of them, every-time he tried to get them to not get themselves killed, they just did the opposite.
It was then that Devon took care of the spiders and Teri froze the Guardian in place.
....I'm not dying like this...
"SLIN! DOUBLE BACK! NOW!" he warned as the Dorw saw him change ammo type.
"...Please for the love of god just die..." He begged as he fired an entire clip of explosive rounds at the guardian's legs and the platform he was standing on, hoping to blow his legs off and cause his platform, and him, to fall into the abyss below.

Slindis
She rolled back as the impacts hit and watched as the Guardian struggled to get up with no legs, a good bit worse for wear but not out for the count. After seeing Rugal get thrown down the cliff, she became serenely calm as she drew her second rapier. "I do not care what you are any more, but you represent everything that has gone wrong in the last few weeks. I promise you that this will be over quickly."

The Paladin then began tearing the guardian apart, capitalizing on the damaged areas from David's attack with a surgical precision. Angel Tech or not, there was only so much it could regenerate, and the guardian hadn't been built with an enraged Paladin giving their all with Rapiers that constantly shifted to exploit any weakness they could find. The sheer amount of damage that was being put out through each and every harsh blow to the Guardian's body began overwhelming the defenses, and the Paladin chained together multiple Smite Evils to rend through the armor bound with the souls of the undead.

It tried to flee, but the attacks from the Ice Badger and Frost Wolf slowed its already sluggish movement to a crawl.

Devon
He watched the paladin viciously dismantle the guardian with a bit of fear, knowing that could have been him had he not explained his remorse earlier. "Teri, remind me to never make Slindis angry."

Melethia
As the guardian was being harshly assaulted by the paladin, Melethia looked down at the pit that Rugal had fallen into. "...Wheathair?...Did that really happen?..." It was clear to anyone that could see her that she planned on jumping down there to check on the man and see if he was okay.

"Teri, remind me to never make Slindis angry."

She edged around the battle field, keeping her focus on her constructs as she did so when she heard those words. Confusion crossed her face for a moment, and that was when she saw it - Pure unadulterated wrath from the Paladin's assault upon the Guardian. Swords flew against metal; elements and affinities changing on the fly as the Paladin tore into the creature. If it weren't for Slindis' appearance, Teri might have mistaken her for Caim.

"Good God... And I thought her Shadow was terrible enough."

"I think you're misunderstanding me. I just wanna make sure that their darkness doesn't stain you. Your soul sings because you're useful to your friends, but it's not screaming for blood. If there's anything I'm a good judge of, it's character."

As she relfected this, she remembered the Devil had a few more words about those she was surrounded by, and answered, "Yes, they may enjoy battle. That is who they are. But you are forgetting, or at least, deciding to omit, that there is goodness in their hearts as well. Perhaps it's just that you choose not to look at those qualities within them."

She paused, gripping her staff tightly, "As for myself... You said so before I came here. If I must be in a position of moderation or balance, then being among these 'sinners' is where I belong."

David
David screamed and threw his gun at the floor in anger at the fact his attack failed to end the Guardian, now he'd just regenerate and kill them all and there wasn't a single gun or bullet he had that could stop it.
"THAT'S IT! EVERYONE PULL BACK! WE NEED TO GET BACK TO TH-SLIN! WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?!" He stopped as Slindis began her final assault.
After a prolonged and extremely graphic display of what this woman could do, David stood there, confused and extremely intimidated of the Drow.
"....How...did she...." He said as the guardian seemed to finally become still.
Thus he merely gave out a sigh of relief.
"...Let's just get the stone before we run into it's bigger brother or something..." He said as he watched Riki near the stone.
He didn't pass any heed to the fact that Rugal could have been killed by the fall.

Diablo1099 has been promoted to Co-GM XD

Guardian/David
Following the efforts of the group as well as Slindis's brutal finishing assault, the Guardian was defeated and was now laying still, much to the relief of everyone.
Then it stirred again.
"...OH FOR THE LOVE OF FUCK!" David exclaimed as the group braced themselves for another horrible up-hill battle.
Then something became clear: The Machine itself was down for the count, but it seemed like something was trying to get out of it.
Soon, the chest of the beast was kicked open by the pilot of the Guardian, a rather young and beat up looking Angel Trooper, most likely put inside by Dark Tomoya.

"s-s-s-STAPH! i-i-i-I GIVE UP! just d-d-d-Don't hit me again!" he said as he limped away from the wreaked Guardian, clearly beaten.
Slindis looked inside the cockpit, the entirety of which was covered in runes.
David crept behind her and started peering in.
"So that thing was controlled?...Dang...if I knew that, I could have tried AP. Rounds, hit the man instead of the machine." he scratched his head.
"Think this thing still works after the beating we gave it?"

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Corrupted Temple of Light | South America
Time: Morning | January 2nd

Corrupted Temple of Light: Aftan | Altea | Akane | Angelus | Cadolbolg | Caim | David | Devon | Ella | Gabrielle | Jake | Kalastryn | Kurumu | Kud | Kyre | Mark | Melethia | Puce | Riki | Rugal | Slindis | Tajuh | Teri | Ton Ton


Teri couldn't help but smile faintly at the "possibilities" that Lucifer detailed, and a soft laugh echoed in her Mindscape, "I dunno, dragon riding swordswoman does have it's appeal... Wait a minute."

She scanned the members of the group, and noticed one of their number was missing, and Melethia was looking over a crevasse with purpose;

"Oh shit! I hope he's alright... Hmn, I wonder if sending something after him would be counter-intuitive. He's practically made of iron..."

That was when the Angel understudy fell out of the capsule, and Teri raised her staff in defense, just in case this Angel tried to do anything funny. She had spells ready, and she wasn't afraid to use em!

A foot taped in her mind, and Teri realized she had kept Lucifer waiting for an answer, to which her face melted back to a similar expression as the 'mask' she had in her mental world, cold and expressionless, "Being... happier? I... I don't think I have anything to be supremely joyous about. I mean, don't get me wrong; it's great to quite literally having a divine calling in this place; and to heal-slash-defend others with my spell work and medical skills! But, I... I don't think that focusing on me is really anything of importance, especially with all of these fights going on. It's bad enough people have been exposed to my baggage several times already. They don't need any more of that when there's so much more important things going on."

Her mask fully up for those around her, she added, "In this war against Angels, I need to be as strong as possible. That means I can't burden the others with my petty feelings. It's as simple as that. My 'happiness' can come after its all over."

She paused when she realized that in that very moment, she just did what she had meaning NOT to do all this time. Was she just tricked? Was this devil trying to expose her for being a hypocrite for what she had just 'said' to him? God knows, he was a master of reverse psychology; at least where she was concerned. Hands wringing against her weapon in desperation, she twitched ever so slightly, "At least... I usually don't want to burden others with these feelings. It seems I accidentally did what I set out to avoid. Touche, Lord of the Underworld."

Guardian/Slindis
Seeing the sad, broken state of the angel that exited the machine, she calmed herself from that fearsome battle state. "Leave now and show those uncorrupted members of the angelic host that you're worthy of being in their ranks. I do not see a knight in your eyes, and any taint that you had was cleansed in that fight." Slindis chanted a moderate healing spell and fixed up some of the Angel's injuries - not enough for any major attack on the group, but it could get him home safely. The meaning behind her showing mercy at this point when she'd gone all-out earlier was not lost on the angel or anyone else in the group.

As the angel managed to start flying away well out of sight of Dark Tomoya, Slindis managed to get in the cockpit to get a feel for it and felt very slightly drained as the Guardian quickly repaired itself. "If anyone's going to use this, they'll need a good amount of energy."

Melethia/Devon

Devon looked in awe as Slindis shifted attitudes so quickly. "Yeah, I really shouldn't make her mad. But what happened to Rugal?" That concern was shared by Melethia as she fished out a rope to climb down the chasm. "Wheathair, please be okay... I'll be down there soon..."

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