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PostSubject: Re: Chapter Zero: And Death Shall Have No Dominion   Sun Nov 16, 2014 4:54 pm

(Divine Intervention check (d100): 07)


Before her thoughts could come forth as the last words of her prayer, one voice, powerful and feminine, came forth as many surrounding her, each voice whispering in a deafening whisper farther than the farthest stars yet nearer than her own skin, and all reverberating among themselves without casting the faintest echo from the river's slick limestone walls:


"The water has teeth.
Has your faith not already sown
What you need to endure them?"



(Sylvea - untrained Swim check (Rough water, DC 15): Success (15))


Lithe elven legs stirred fiercely as the one voice from many ebbed, keeping Sylvea's head above the waves for the moment.  Spitting the river water from her mouth, she noted that the water tasted not foul as she expected from so much sewer spillage draining into it from far above, for the river's swiftness and volume were surely great indeed.  But for her other senses, her sister and her charge were no longer to be heard, nor did her ears find anything of sluggish Draven, for he had already been taken below the thrashing surface.  And before her, the column of candlelights, a stark beacon against the oppressive darkness, drew ever nearer.


(Sylvea - Listen check (DC 15): Failure (13))


And from high upon that column, the voices had resumed their ominous chanting.  Alas, Sylvea could not be certain of their baleful words amid the roaring water and the clapping of the waves.  But she could safely wager that no angels or archons had ever harkened to such bleak intonations as those which greeted her keen, pointed ears.


(Sylvea - Fortitude Save (DC 10): Failure (7))
(Sylvea suffers 2 Cold Damage from the river.  25 of 30 Hit Points remain.)

(Draven - Fortitude Save (DC 10): Failure (6))
(Draven suffers 2 Cold Damage (4 x 50% Cold Resistance) from the river.  2 of 19 Hit Points remain.)


But compared to her present environs, a foreboding spire rising from the river seemed far preferable to the river itself.  She could only hope that her blood would yet be warm by the time that spire could come within her reach.


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PostSubject: Re: Chapter Zero: And Death Shall Have No Dominion   Sat Nov 22, 2014 2:28 pm

Sylvea stuttered in the water, her lungs filling with unwanted fluid. Her arms flailed, her staff making unseen eddies in the water. The Voices filled her head, calming her and she began to breathe easier. Spitting water out, she closed her eyes, letting the voices carry over her, letting them resound in her soul.

She almost could have died then and there with embarrassment. With her mind clear, she could suddenly see her path. She would drift towards the spire, towards their final destination - she would have Faith in her Sister to find her own way.

She just needed to have Faith.

Smiling, she began her Chant again, but this time it was different.

(Sylvea casts "Protection From Elements: Cold")

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PostSubject: Re: Chapter Zero: And Death Shall Have No Dominion   Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:10 pm

(Sylvea casts Protection from Elements: Cold on herself.)
(The Protection from Elements spell will shield Sylvea from a total of 60 Cold Damage before it collapses.)


In that moment, as the imperiled elf bobbed among the waves of those hostile waters, Sylvea's will and Evening Glory's will became one.  For a fleeting moment, her form's every inch was wreathed in a pale nimbus of azure radiance, flickering through the dark water before fading from sight just as swiftly.  But though the aura was then unseen, a warm tingle coursing through her bones was enough to tell her that the spell's presence would remain with her for some time.

Somewhere behind her, a languid arm broke through the waves, loudly clapping down upon the water's surface before sinking again.  Was Draven still with her?  The river's omnipresent grumbling, echoed to intensity by the cavernous expanse, gave no answer.

The river swept Sylvea onward through the deepest bowels of Palemare.  For many long moments, she paddled and rolled helplessly among the foaming waters.  And all the while, the spire of firelights grew larger and larger, seeming to tower ever higher into the darkness overhead.


(Sylvea - Fortitude Save (DC 11): Success (23))
(Sylvea resists the river's chill and is unharmed.)


(Draven - Fortitude Save (DC 11): Failure (10))
(Draven suffers 1 Cold Damage (1 x 50% Cold Resistance) from the river.  1 of 19 Hit Points remain.)



(Sylvea - Fortitude Save (DC 11): Success (12))
(Sylvea resists the river's chill and is unharmed.)


(Draven - Fortitude Save (DC 11): Failure (10))
(Draven suffers 2 Cold Damage (3 x 50% Cold Resistance) from the river.  0 of 19 Hit Points remain.)

(Draven is Dead for the last time, lost to the underground river.)


To her elation, the approaching light laid bare a dock reaching across the raging waters.  The torn and tattered remnants of hempen cords wavered from the mooring posts, speaking of rafts and dinghies long since claimed by the relentless current.  But the knotted nets beneath the dock remained, stretched to span the gaps between the supporting posts and promising to catch Sylvea ere the river could bear her away to a lesser fate.

But a nagging doubt whispered in the back of her mind, and she somehow knew that when she emerged from the river at the foot of the spire, she would emerge alone...alone against what likely unwelcoming host yet chanted an infernal hymn from the pinnacle which mocked her in her distance.


(Sylvea - Fortitude Save (DC 12): Failure (6))
(Protection from Elements: Cold absorbs 6 Cold Damage; 54 points of protection remain.  Sylvea is unharmed.)


(Sylvea - Fortitude Save (DC 12): Success (15))
(Sylvea resists the river's chill and is unharmed.)


The passing of a crag which jutted from the river bed swept her below into the aquan darkness, where a crossed web of coarse and fibrous hemp closed about her body like a weeping cocoon.  Her spindly fingers clenched the algae-streaked net and drew her determinedly upward, bursting into the humid air.  With a final push off the net and out of the river, the priestess filled her lungs with a fierce gasp and rolled onto the dock, soaked through her skin and flecked with cackling torchlight from somewhere above.  A brief check of her person showed that the river had not parted her from her possessions; so relieved, Sylvea drew the Staff of the Southern Cross from its baldric and braced herself on it as she rose to her feet.

The dock began at the foot of a rising staircase which wound tightly about the broad, masoned column, and she plodded toward the promise of solid ground.  And as she came to stand before the stairs, her elven eyes took in the faint light which both scattered from above and reflected from below, to perceive what coagulated scrawl graced the cobbled wall of that spire.  And any harbored fears that the river had distanced her from the end of her quest died in that instant, only to be replaced by a contrary fear that the river had done quite the opposite.






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