Age of Heroes II: Gods and Monsters (IC)

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Re: Age of Heroes I: Fire in the Sky (IC)

Postby Hound » Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:54 pm

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The young boy's facial muscles twitched as Jabari spilled everything with out grace, or tact, and not a shread of evidence. If he was no believed, then a swift execution would be lucky for such treasonious words.

The hunter made no aggressive move, but he prepared to draw incase the worst would happen. He may have sworn loyalty to the God King, but he didn't plan on dying just yet... Not while the royal family was still in danger.
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Re: Age of Heroes I: Fire in the Sky (IC)

Postby roguescribner » Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:59 pm

Hound and Jabari

Imhotep glances from Jabari to Hound and back again as the young captain speaks. "You are bold and perhaps foolhardy to speak of such dangerous things," he says when Jabari is finished. "I confess I've had similar thoughts and have only lacked for evidence to take to Pharaoh. Understand, we must tread carefully here or it will be all of our heads. So pray tell, do you have evidence of your claims or is it all hearsay?"

Panya

The guards recognize Panya and open the door for her. "You will not find him inside," explains the taller guard. "The Great One has departed with the Queen to be at his daughter's side."

"I am sure he will be eager to speak with you," the shorter guard says, performing a mock bow as he closes the door behind the assassin.

Kifi

From inside the room, the rhythmic stomping of feet can be heard echoing through the hall. Pharaoh Djoser and his guards draw near.
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Re: Age of Heroes I: Fire in the Sky (IC)

Postby Hound » Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:48 am

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Hound sighed, he resolved to speak, "There is no evidence... we have only words. But who would the God King believe? On one hand, the guard who claims to have slept with his daughter, while on the other hand, his sweet, innocent youngest child. Additionally, he just lost his only son, I doubt even if the God King believed us, he would have her executed... at most she would be exiled, sent away with a small armed force and enough gold to live on comfortably for the rest of her life, where if she so chose, could raise an army to return and take the throne. At best, she would be confined to her room for life, still living better than most nobles. If the people found out the one responsible for the deaths of their families was sitting comfortably in the castle, they would demand blood. They might even threaten revolt... I think there is only one way to handle this situation..."

Hound drew his blade and examined it, "If the barbarians killed Kepi, then their inside help would vanish, the noble court and the peasants would be outraged, and they would unite in a common goal of eliminating the Barbarian threat once and for all... and the God King would never know of his own daughter's dark secrets..."

If not for the fact Hound stood at least a full foot shorter than everyone else in the room, or the fact he was staring down at his sword, they might have noticed that his entire eyes, white and all, turned solid black for a moment, before returning to normal.
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Re: Age of Heroes I: Fire in the Sky (IC)

Postby Coyotzin » Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:15 pm

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Victory! Kifi was both elated at unmasking Kepi, but terrifed at the scope of the girl's ambition and the lengths she'd go to realize it.

"You are indeed a young woman of great vision, Your Highness." Kifi smiled with conspiracy. "Your plan would be sound if not for the unexpected appearance of the Blessed who turned the tide of the invasion. They will stand against you for their own reasons: Jabari for his misguided honor, Panya for revenge, Zuberi out of anger, Hound out of resentment. Only Husani and I stand by your side, and I am no fighter. Ahti, as you put it, is unpredictable, but I have gotten through to her, and with time, I can tame the darkness that the Eye's gift awakened in her"

"And that is the gist, Your Highness. Time." Kifi made the show to look towards the exit where the Pharaoh approached from. "Your victory was turned around by the appearance of the Blessed, but we can turn it into the seeds of a greater victory, but for that, we need your sister alive; it will be much easier to convince her to abdicate in your favor when the time comes. You will be beloved as the savior of Egypt, not its tyrant; even the Blessed will stand fast under your orders, and it will only cost sacrificing Husani's standing. He was useful to you before, and he will be more useful as the scapegoat; he will buy us the time we need."

"Because blaming Panya, the woman your father has trusted with his life for years, will not drive attention away from you; it will only plant the seed of doubt in your father, because doubt can turn either way and the last thing you want is him turning his eye towards you, and his ear to Imhotep's suspicions. Your father arrives, better that you receive him by Inetkawe's side. If you ask for me to be your personal physician, we will have more opportunities to confer without arousing suspicion."

She had found the source of the evil from the recent weeks; she still had no hard evidence, but with her suspicions confirmed, Kifi would not go looking for them in the dark.

OOC: Persuasion check (1d20+15=23) to convince Kepi to go along with the story that Husani was behind the assault on Inetkawes. Circumstance bonus for presenting a compelling case for it? :)

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Re: Age of Heroes I: Fire in the Sky (IC)

Postby Gazman » Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:24 pm

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Jabari looks slightly abashed for one brief second before starting to answer Imhotep "Well..." The lad gets no further when Hound speaks his piece and draws his blade. The soldier practically goggles at the servant boy and his bold suggestion.

After a moment the captain composes himself and tries answering again. "Well, I would not say 'hearsay' but rather 'testimony'. The loyal bodyguard Zuberi and the perfidious Southerners have both confessed their part in the conspiracy. And I did find proof that Husani and Salih have both gone unclothed in Kepi's chambers." Jabari throws back his shoulders and raises his chin. "But we have the divine justice of the gods on our side. What wickedness can stand before Ma'at and our strong sword arms both?"

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Re: Age of Heroes I: Fire in the Sky (IC)

Postby Hound » Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:33 pm

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Re: Age of Heroes I: Fire in the Sky (IC)

Postby roguescribner » Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:17 pm

In the mid 21st century...


Dr. Hector Morales was weary. This mission has drained him, physically and mentally. He could only imagine how his young protégé felt. Aubrey Brinkman was practically a child, after all, forced to grow up too fast. The doctor sat at the end of the oaken table closest to the door. The room was dimly lit, either due to someone forgetting to hit a switch or to make him uncomfortable, Morales thought. Seven other men and women formed a semi-circle on the other end of the table. They all watched him, expectantly.

Directly opposite Dr. Morales sat Arc Flash, the senior most superhero still living. He grew into prominence during the late 1980s and early 1990s, right before the millennial Surge. While still very powerful, Arc Flash was not aging well. His features had hardened, his demeanor sucked dry of his previous gregariousness. This war had taken its toll. Beneath that gruff exterior still beat a noble heart, however. The idealist in him had long since died, but a tenacious pragmatist remained. That pragmatist addressed Dr. Morales. "We lost Boomer. I hope your mission was worth it, Doctor."

Morales frowned. "I'm sorry," he choked. "And yes, I think it was worth it. We, uh, we found the source crystal. Well, shard, really. Aubrey has pushed herself to the limits. We've learned a great deal."

"Where are the other shards?" the woman sitting next to Arc Flash asked impatiently.

"I don't know," he replied, nervously wiping his glasses. The group instantly murmured. "Yet. We have clues, of course. Regions to scout. Stories to track."

"What is the source?" Arc Flash asked. "Can we reverse it?"

The room fell silent. Doctor Morales scratched his sweaty brow in thought. "We're getting ahead of ourselves," he finally said. "If I could bring in Aubrey, she could tell you better than I."

"Fine," Arc Flash waved. "Bring the girl in."

Morales shuffled over to the door and opened it for Aubrey, beckoning for her to enter. Aubrey meekly stepped into the room. She had never before personally met anyone currently sitting at the table. Their reputations preceded them, all the same. "Hello," she smiled politely.

"Sit down," Arc Flash commanded. "What do you know of the source of this crystal shard we retrieved and how it works? Where can we find the other pieces?"

Aubrey looked to her mentor. Morales placed a comforting hand on her shoulder. "It's all right, Aubrey. Just tell them what you saw."

"Everything?"

"Everything," he smiled. "Just, keep it to the important bits."

"Okay," Aubrey nodded. "It all started with the death of Pharaoh Djoser's son, Nassor..."


...Kifi was busy trying to convince Kepi to shift the blame of the attack on Inetkawes to Husani while Imhotep listened to Jabari and Hound's testimony. Hound seemed ready to stab the traitor himself, but Jabari calmed him down. Kepi, with her keen mind and guarded nature, didn't buy into Kifi's plan and said she'd rather keep her options open. Just then, Djoser and Queen Hetephernebti arrived at the sanatorium and demanded answers about the attack. Kepi, despite the efforts of Kifi, stuck with her story about Panya the traitor. After making sure their daughter Inet was free of harm, Kifi informed the Pharaoh about how she saved his eldest daughter and how she couldn't draw a conclusion as to who the culprit was, though the attack did appear to be a form of strangulation. A priestess in the room tending to Inet gave a meaningful glance to Kifi, basically saying, "Hey, I know the truth." Salih arrived to inform Djoser that Panya has escaped her cell. The men guarding her stated seeing Kepi's personal guard, Zuberi, before losing consciousness. Angry at the treachery in his own palace, Djoser ordered Salih to find Zuberi and Panya at once. Kepi loved the turn of events while Kifi was careful not to tip her hand yet. She did nudge Kepi, who remembered to request that Kifi now be her personal physician. "I only feel safe with her," she said in her sweet little daddy's girl voice.

Just then Ahti literally appeared from thin air behind Kepi and said, "Kifi can't protect you!" and breathed some weird air at her. Only, Kifi did protect Kepi! Not wanting her plan to completely unravel, she instantly assumed her water form and engulfed Ahti, overwhelming her into unconsciousness. Confident that Ahti would not wake for a while, she then tended to Kepi. "It seems my duties shall begin sooner than I thought," the new personal physician quipped. She instantly healed Kepi, much to the delight of Djoser and his queen. Djoser confirmed Kifi's new status and then ordered a dozen guards to take Ahti away for immediate execution. Husani arrived, looking a little bloodied, and was asked by Inet where he had been. He told everyone that his desire for revenge caused him to lose his better judgment and he went after Panya. Only, he found Zuberi instead. They fought and while trying to protect the other guards, Husani was knocked senseless as Panya and Zuberi made their escape. He saw Zuberi with Captain Jabari and Kepi's servant boy heading for the throne room. He fears Panya is laying in wait somewhere in the palace, plotting against the line of Djoser. Kifi knew he was full of sh--uh, crap, but held her tongue for now. She had to be sure when she acted that Kepi would be revealed to be the traitor she truly was. Djoser had only grown more furious as Husani spoke and ordered his remaining guard to stay with his wife and daughters no matter what. He ordered Husani to escort him to the throne room to see this vile Zuberi.

Husani exchanged a glance with Kepi before departing with Djoser to the throne room. The remaining priestess excused herself to rejoin her order. Kifi was now alone with a lone guard in charge of the queen and her two daughters. Salih lead a team to the Pharaoh's chamber on a hunch Panya would be hiding, waiting to strike. He naturally did find her there as she had just gotten dressed from her bath. Believing that Salih was sent by order of Djoser, she allowed herself to be taken into custody. Meanwhile, the priestess from before showed up at the throne room knowing Imhotep was there. She snuck quickly through the palace to arrive before Djoser and Husani did, but only just. She quickly relayed everything she knew to the vizier, even what she overheard between Kifi and Kepi. Imhotep told Zuberi to run, but before anyone could react, Djoser had arrived. Hound immediately bowed and held his tongue. Jabari genuflected but begged for the ear of Pharaoh. Djoser ignored them all and ordered the immediate arrest of Zuberi. Imhotep tried to intervene, but his pleas fell upon deaf ears. Salih arrived with news of Panya's capture. Djoser told him to gather the court. All of Memphis would know of the treachery against the kingdom and there would be more than one execution this day.

The court assembled as Panya and Zuberi were kept under guard. The royal family took their place on the dais, Kifi standing in the background nearest Kepi. Imhotep, Jabari, and Hound stood near the dais, awaiting the fate of their companions. When the throne room was filled with the assembly of nobles, palace guards, and royal officials, Djoser appeared to address the forum. He spoke of the darkness that infected Memphis and threatened to spread to all of Egypt. He pointed to Panya and Zuberi and named them traitors and conspirators. Just as he was about to order their instant and public execution, Captain Salih ran into the throne room and called out for the Pharaoh. It seems they tried to execute Ahti but the nearing sand storm was distracting and all they managed to do was piss her off. And now four of them are missing, presumed dead.

Djoser admonished Salih for the interruption. Kepi actually spoke aloud, clamoring for Panya and Zuberi's exection, saying that Ahti "can be dealt with later." The queen tried to quiet Kepi, but the room was aflutter over her vocal outburst. Djoser tried to save face, but then Jabari stepped forward to protest the execution. He pleaded Panya's case--admitting that she was a bitch, but she wasn't a traitorous bitch--and even stood up for Zuberi: "He's recently come around from a bad case of misplaced loyalties." Kepi ordered a guard to remove Jabari from the room for his insolence. Imhotep stepped forward and asked Djoser to delay everything for only an hour, in which time Djoser can learn the whole truth of the situation. Kepi immediately got twitchy. "Of what truth do you speak?" Djoser asked his senior advisor and friend. "That you are old, weak, and a coward!" Kepi yelled. She raised a hand out towards her father and raised him into the air, seemingly by magic. The entire room went crazy. Hound frantically begged Kepi to put Pharaoh down. Kepi raised her father higher into the air, just to spite her dog. As the room descended into chaos, Kifi changed into her water form and placed a barrier around the queen and Inet. Jabari tried to attack Kepi but the guards intervened (she was still the princess, after all). Zuberi looked at Panya and said, "No sense in staying out of the fun," and he used his powers of light to break his bonds. Panya agreed and easily slipped from her restraints. Hound made a run for Kepi but was blown back by an invisible force. Some of the assembly ran from the throne room, but others simply cowered in place, helplessly watching their leader and king twist in the air.

Djoser called forth the powers of Horus to destroy the bearers of darkness that have invaded Memphis. The proclamation seared itself into the minds of the nobles and servants below. Kepi rolled her eyes and used her invisible hold on the Pharaoh to strangle him. Zuberi tried to clear the room as Jabari and Hound made another attempt at Kepi. She was distracted enough to loosen her grip on Djoser, who fell. Panya saved her beloved as Kifi attempted to stab Kepi in the back (metaphorically speaking). Kepi ignored the pleas from her mother and sister as she evaded the attacks from the others. She picked her father up once more and flung him into the rear wall. Only Kifi saved him at the last second, temporarily leaving the queen and Inet vulnerable. Kepi admonished Kifi for showing her true colors before rearing up to take advantage of Kifi's slip up when all eyes turned behind her.

Ahti stood in the massive entrance way to the throne room. And she looked very sure of herself. A mysterious force emanated from the young handmaiden and knocked out most of the people cowering in the room. Captain Salih tried to attack Ahti, but the four guards who went missing were under her control and she ordered them to kill the traitor. Kepi made a run at Ahti who simply disappeared. Her voice echoed through the chamber, laughing as if this were a game. Loud rumbling could be heard from outside. When Kepi asked what that sound was, Ahti appeared right behind and whispered in her ear, "Death knocks at your door, mistress."

Imhotep guided Kifi and Panya to get the royals to safety while Zuberi, Hound, and Jabari prepared to mete out a little justice. As they effortlessly made their way through the remaining guards, Ahti bounded out of the room, running for the courtyard. Incensed, Kepi rose into the air and flew after her, screaming, "You will be a nuisance no longer, toad!" When the guys tried to follow, they ran into Husani and an army of dead men blocking the way. After they defeated the zombies, Husani taunted them and disappeared, presumably to go aid Kepi. Panya remained with Djoser and his family as Kifi rushed back to the throne room, only to find everyone gone. She caught up to the guys just as they exited the palace only to discover a) Kepi and a now demonic Ahti duking it out, b) a giant robot-looking thing trying to kill them both, c) a newly arrived sandstorm to accompany the giant robot, d) palace guards looking confused and trying to figure out if they should help Kepi or Ahti, and e) innocent civilians trying to survive the chaos, probably wondering what sin they committed to deserve a reign of death and destruction two days in a row.

Cue big honking war of the gods battle royale.

Suffice it to say, enough shit--er, crap went down during the sandstorm that bystanders weren't really sure of what they saw, but they knew it was spectacular. Kepi held her own pretty well during the whole thing, even being outnumbered like she was. With Husani's help, they used the confusion of the Colossus and the sandstorm to keep the advantage. But in time, the tide turned. Even after Ahti was seemingly down and out (and looking like a girl again), the combined strength and team work of Hound, Kifi, Jabari, and Zuberi wore Kepi and Husani down. Zuberi eventually got the better of his former friend, and turned him to ashes. Kifi, in the fight of her life, didn't bother trying to undo that death. Instead, she tended to Ahti, who despite everything, was still an innocent in this. Hound and Jabari made a final play against Kepi and nearly got her, but she pulled up some reserve strength and took over the giant robot herself. Now it was no longer a protector, but a destroyer.

No matter what the Blessed ones did, they could not overcome the might of the giant machine. Amplifying her voice via the Colossus, Kepi proclaimed herself Liberator of Memphis and Queen Ruler Over All of Egypt. She said anyone that does not kneel and worship her will perish under her might: the might of the gods themselves. The storm still kicked sand up into a frenzy, and the people huddled in their homes wept. Ahti stirred in Kifi's embrace and thanked her for her kindness. "But there is a darkness in me that cannot be quelled," she said. "It is stronger than me and soon I will die." Kifi tried to assuage her fears, but Ahti only smiled. "I've never known love or greatness," the handmaiden lamented. Kifi gently kissed Ahti on the cheek and told her that she is loved. Ahti rose to her feet, her eyes slowly turning black. "Thank you. Now to know greatness." The half-demonic Ahti ascended to the Colossus and miraculously bypassed its defenses to reach Kepi inside. A terrible howl emanated from within the metallic belly of the beast as it wrenched and turned its energy inwards. Pieces of the robot flew off into the winds of the sandstorm, as if Kepi was trying to escape, but Ahti wouldn't let her go. As the Blessed ones retreated back away from the metallic horror, a great burst of fiery energy erupted from its chest and exploded from its eye. The great beam was projected into the heavens, a great fire in the sky over Egypt. The howls subsided as the Colossus was consumed. When the last of its energy blasted into the sky, the sandstorm faded.

As people slowly peeked out from their windows and doors, they saw the sun shining where the blast of energy had gone. The shell of the giant machine was slumped on its knees, leaning against the palace walls. The Eye of the Colossus rested innocuously on the ground a short distance away. Kifi retrieved it, brushing the sand from the crystal. Imhotep appeared and took it from her, hiding it under his garments. He told her that he spoke with Pharaoh and told him of Kepi's conspiracy. He also said that he must speak privately with her and the others. But the people of Memphis had other ideas. They all stepped out into the light and cheered the Blessed ones for saving them once more. Inside the palace, Kifi broke the news to Pharaoh that his youngest daughter was dead. Despite her treachery, he grieved. He forced himself to push it aside pretty quick, though.

Pharaoh Djoser ordered Imhotep to call another assembly; this time in the courtyard for all the people to bear witness. Commander Tarik and the royal army arrived back in Memphis just in time for the assembly. Jabari brought Tarik up to speed on the events of the the past few days as Panya escorted Djoser to the stage. Djoser proclaimed the evil expelled from Egypt. The crowd turned reports of the Pharaoh flying into the air into evidence of his godliness, which only made him more popular (and more feared). Djoser spoke of his power to vanquish the darkness, and how he spread his power through a select few gifted children of Egypt to protect and serve and Memphis. He named Kifi, Jabari, Hound, Zuberi, and Panya as ones to be revered and lauded. He mourned the loss of life, especially that of Tsekani, his trusted advisor. He denounced Ahti, Husani, and Captain Salih as traitors. He then spoke of his family: his lovely wife, Hetephernebti; his son Nassor, recently passed; and his daugher Inetkawes. Djoser spoke of how strong the bonds of family are and how the grace of the gods pass through them to the people of Egypt. He vowed to be a strong and prosperous king, and that from the ashes of despair a stronger Egypt will be born.

Everyone noticed that the Pharaoh never uttered Kepi's name nor referred to her in any form. And everyone knew what that meant. As Djoser had forgotten her, so would they. The name Kepi and the life behind it would be destroyed from their minds forever.

As the feast commenced, Imhotep beckoned the Blessed ones to follow him to a private room. He held the Eye of the Colossus in his hand and placed it on the table they sat around. He explained the history of it all: how the gods visited Egypt many years ago and ushered in a new prosperous era for the land along the Nile. Many new inventions were bestowed upon them and the people of Memphis worshipped them in kind. He even hinted at some, uh, co-mingling that occurred between the visitors and the Egyptians. Before they left, they offered one last gift: the Colossus. The gods said it would protect them until they returned. This crystal--The Eye of the Colossus--would serve as the power source for the guardian. Knowledge of the details of their gift was kept secret for obvious reasons. The technology the gods shared inspired the construction of the step pyramid, serving double duty as a burial shrine for Pharaoh and protective cover for the Colossus until such time as it was needed. Imhotep knew of the crystal's role as power source for the guardian. But he never would have believed it could power people too.

Imhotep theorized that every one of the gifted could trace their lineage back to the time of the gods. He implied that their grandfather or grandmother likely had, uh, relations with the visitors and thus the potential for godly powers was passed down to them. The crystal simply activated something that was in them already. And who knows what others could still be activated? And who knows how many will clamor for it when word of its abilities spreads? Imhotep took a small hammer and chisel and cracked the crystal into several pieces, much to the shock of everyone. "You destroyed it!" Zuberi exclaimed. "No, I'm saving it," the vizier replied.

The elder man passed a shard of the crystal to each of the gifted around the table, saving one for himself. "You must go," he said. "As far as you can. To the far reaches of the Earth. Go in opposite directions, never to cross each other's path again. The power bestowed upon us was too great. It corrupted she who must not be named. And others. Not everyone is born with a noble heart. Not everyone is content to sit idly by as others achieve greatness. Hide your piece of the Eye. Where no one will ever find it. This power must be kept from the world. We're not ready to receive its glory."

Each of the gifted considered Imhotep's words and after some discussion they decided to abide by his wishes. They each chose a different path out of the country. Jabari would head north. Zuberi south. Kifi would head east towards the rising sun. Hound and Panya would cross the Mediterranean and then one would break north, the other west. Knowing they would never return nor see each other again, they joined the feast to be with their brothers and sisters of Egypt. They spent one last day and night living the only lives they ever knew...


"... and they departed quietly the following morning." Aubrey's throat was dry from excessive speaking.

The silence in the room was deafening. Finally, the woman next to Arc Flash spoke. "That was quite the long and detailed account. Amazing one so young and... inexperienced... could recall so much."

"I have a photographic memory," Aubrey croaked. "Could I have some water, please?"

"Amazing tale, isn't it?" Doctor Morales interjected. "To think, we now know the name of Pharaoh's other daughter, destroyed from all records so many millennia ago. And 'The Blessed' obviously form the Ogdoad. The eight of them were the beginning of everything, essentially, in ancient Egyptian mythology. Their interaction ultimately proved to be unbalanced, resulting in the arising of a new entity: Ra, the fiery sun. Yes, yes, it makes sense. Effectively, their gods were real. At least, at one point in time they were."

Arc Flash clapped his hands. "So that's it then. Aliens came to Earth and played god to some primitives--"

"Whose descendants became gods themselves," Morales noted excitedly.

"And they mixed their DNA with the locals," Arc Flash continued. "Some alien matrix activated something in the bloodline in Egypt all those thousands of years ago. Now we have rampant spawning of super-humans. If we can find those shards, we can hopefully reverse its effects."

"We know nothing," the woman adjacent to Arc Flash interjected. "The shards could be anywhere. It's a miracle we found this one."

"We know the regions the five were traveling to. We just need to trace back the stories of wild tales of heroics back to their beginnings," the doctor explained. "I also have a theory. These shards were meant to power the Great Colossus of Saqqara. Their natural state is to form one solitary crystal. They wish to be reunited. I wager the more we collect, the easier the remaining pieces will be to find."

"And how do we begin our search, Doctor?" Arc Flash asked.

"Greece seems the best bet," Morales hypothesized. "Once we get in the vicinity I'm sure this shard will sing like a canary." He chuckled nervously, hoping he sounded surer than he felt.

"Greece?' The woman was incredulous. "Someone didn't make it very far."

"Considering the history of gods and monsters that erupted in that region after the events in Egypt, it appears likely," Morales explained.

"Thanatus has a pretty tight grip on the area," Arc Flash sighed. "It won't be easy."

"Until we determine its precise location, stealth would be advisable," Morales suggested.

"Get your rest," Arc Flash said to the room. "Tomorrow, we head for Greece."

As everyone stood to leave, Aubrey sat frozen in her chair. Barely audible, she let out a worried, "Yay..."



To be continued in Chapter 2: Gods and Monsters!
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Re: Age of Heroes II: Gods and Monsters (Pending)

Postby roguescribner » Sat Aug 03, 2013 8:23 am

Prologue

In the mid-21st century...

The familiar hum of the engines faded as the interior lights dimmed. "We've gone stealth," Dr. Morales explained. "We're close."

His young protégé shifted in her seat. "This is impossible," Aubrey complained. "It's like literally searching for a needle in a haystack."

"Except needles of hay aren't prone to speaking to one another," Morales grinned. Pointing to the shard of crystal in Aubrey's lap, he said, "Think of it like a compass. Will it tell us exactly where to go like a GPS? No. But it'll get us in the general area."

"And then what, doc?" she frowned, unconvinced.

"That's where you come in, dear."

An audible sigh escaped Aubrey's mouth. "I'm always the one everyone depends on. What if I can't do it? They'll be mad."

Morales smiled sympathetically as he crossed over to the teenage girl. He knelt down in front of Aubrey and held her hand. "All anyone can expect of you is to try. No one expects a miracle, Aubrey. These 'super heroes' have their part to play as well."

The room shook, causing Morales to fall to the floor. Aubrey braced against the table next to her until the turbulence passed. Scrambling to his feet, the middle-aged doctor fixed his glasses and commented, "Well, I guess we're here."

The door opened and Arc Flash entered. "We passed through some sort of energy field. Even with our stealth activated, they'll know we're here. We're looking for a for a place to lay low until we have better intel. Speaking of which, is she ready?"

"I'm right here." Aubrey was growing increasingly annoyed with everyone speaking about her like she couldn't hear them. "I'll do what I gotta do. You do what you gotta do."

Arc Flash and Doctor Morales both raised an eyebrow at Aubrey's sudden assertiveness. Inwardly, Morales proudly smiled. "I'll leave you to it then," Arc Flash retorted. He instructed Morales to keep him informed and then exited the room.

"Sorry," Aubrey apologized. "I just hate being treated like a little kid."

"No, no," Morales reassured her. "You did fine. You're not a little kid, Aubrey. You're still getting used to your power and you have a lot to learn, but you're growing. That's a good thing." Aubrey managed a meek smile as her mentor placed the crystal shard next to her on the table. "We should be close enough to the other shard for transference to occur. You may not get the whole picture; all we're concerned about is where the shard is now and what effect it has had on the region."

The teenage girl nodded and took a moment of preparation, stretching her fingers and taking deep breaths. "Okay, here goes nothing..." Aubrey laid her fingers on the crystal which faintly hummed. The mundane world around her faded away piece by piece until finally there was nothing. Then in a flash she was transported to a world all but forgotten, a world in turmoil, a world inhabited by:



Chapter 2: Gods and Monsters

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A thousand years after the events in Egypt...

The land between the Mediterranean and Aegean seas was broken up into many regions, each a separate kingdom unto itself. The troubles of these kingdoms were just like those anywhere else in the world: natural disasters, famine, invasions, wars, disease. It ebbed and flowed and overall the peoples were prosperous.

Until about two hundred years ago.

Inhuman creatures rose from the depths of the underworld and slowly crept through the land. The creatures were small to start, but many eventually grew into terrible nightmarish monsters that left a trail of death and destruction in their wake. Nowhere was safe; not the mountains, not the rivers, not the plains, not the seas. Every kingdom felt the touch of darkness and many felt powerless to stop it. It was now a sad fact of life for thousands of people. The gods were angry, many believed. Gaea and Uranus must have been offended, they thought. Ritual sacrifices increased twenty-fold in an effort to appease them. Then when things were at their most dire, a new breed of hero emerged. These beings were similarly feared for being an "other," yet a group of them chose to put their unique abilities to good use. They fought the creatures that terrorized the villages of the Grecian kingdoms and brought a sliver of hope back into people's lives. Hundreds of miles they would travel, battling back the darkness that threatened to envelop the land.

The sun hung low in the sky over the cliffs of Meteora. The band of heroes were summoned to a small settlement near the cliffs by the name of Eginio. Reports of large beast men eating their livestock and even kidnapping their children ran rampant in the area. The beasts only came out in the dark hours, the heroes were told, and there was never any sign of them during the day. Amyntas and Pallanthia, both women of particular skill and ability, joined forces to track the man-beasts to their resting place. They tracked them to a cave protected by a huge boulder high in the cliffs of Meteora. As the light left the sky, the muscular Heocles and the electrifying Aewes worked in tandem to remove the boulder from the entrance to the cave, exposing the wakening giant men. Dion, the least heroic-looking of the group but never one to be underestimated, caused the sun itself to shine where only shadow could reach. The giant men--three in total and standing 16 - 20 feet tall--lashed out in anger at the heroes and the battle turned bloody and chaotic in an instant. The giants made use of their environment, throwing rocks, animals, and trees with fair accuracy, but also unleashing great damage with their fists. They were slow to move, but could leap across chasms to gain higher ground. Blows were traded by both sides, the edge being taken by the heroes. The giants knew the cliffs and used it to their advantage, prolonging the battle. As the stars began to twinkle in the dusk sky, the heroes knew if they didn't finish soon they'd lose their tactical advantage.

GM wrote:initiative (1d20+4=6)

Heocles - 25
Aewes - 23
Korinna - 13
Pallanthia - 13
3 Giants - 6
Dion - 5

Everyone will start with a -1 (bruised) condition to illustrate the progress the battle has made. The giants will each have a -2, so no advantage is gained by either side (and thus no hero point award).

One giant will be a top a spire across the main valley in the cliffs. One will in be the valley that leads to the village. The other will be near the cave where they were discovered. Darkness falls within a minute. Good luck! :)
GM - Age of Heroes Chapter 2
Sarvak - The Injustice Gang

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Re: Age of Heroes II: Gods and Monsters (IC)

Postby EnigmaticOne » Sun Aug 04, 2013 5:54 pm

Heocles
HP: 1->0
COND: -1 penalty

"Huh! If we aren't drinking it down by the time Helios goes for a nap, I'm gonna be disappointed!" Heocles huffed a tad, wrenching up four trees in a row, and then spinning himself around for a little momentum before hurling the collected bundle at the spire-mounted giant.

Going to kick off this battle with a Throwing usage.
AOA & PA -2/+2: 1d20+8=11
You know what? Since we're on a time limit anyway, I'll use the HP: 1d20+8=16+10= 26
DC 31 Toughness

Defenses at 4 (DC 14)
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Re: Age of Heroes II: Gods and Monsters (IC)

Postby Storm Vermin » Mon Aug 05, 2013 4:48 am

Aewes
HP: 1 CND: Bruised -1

Aewes wiped the sweat from his brow before aiming for the giant on the spire. "I'm sure these brutes have had enough. Let's finish this!" A bolt of lightning appeared in the man's hand, and he hurled it at the monster.

Attack Roll: 1d20+10=11
Well, my first roll in the game is a natural 1. This doesn't bode well.
I'm gonna go for a re-roll as well.
1d20+10=21
Eh. DC 27 Toughness for the giant on the spire.

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Re: Age of Heroes II: Gods and Monsters (IC)

Postby Mr.Sandman » Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:30 am

Korrina
Condition: Bruised 1
Location: Giants Hill
HP 1

During her time as a hunter and a mercenary she had seen the arrows of her fellows fail to pierce the tough hide of animals less than a quarter of the size of these beats. If the giant reached the village, nothing the locals could do would be able to stop them. She notched another arrow into her bow, which glowed the soft silver of moonlight, and let it loose to fly for the great beast. As the arrow flits towards the creature she rushed off to the nearest large rock, and ducks behind it, hopeing to escape the eyes of their larger foes.

Attack Roll 1d20+10=19 DC 25 toughness if that hits. Hide check 1d20+10=20

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Re: Age of Heroes II: Gods and Monsters (IC)

Postby Coyotzin » Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:02 pm

Pallanthia of Attica
HP: 1 Cond: -1 to damage

The battle had gone too long for Pallanthia's taste. The giants surviving the initial ambush had complicated the situation beyond what she had planned, and now the monsters wre attacking from three fronts. Fortunately, the others were no less effective at range than up close, something which couldn't be said of herself, not that an opponent could outmaneuver her for long.

"Aewes! Dion! Try to push that one back into the cave! Cut off its firing arc!" She yelled as she prioritized her targets. The one in the valley was the most dangerous, as it could reach the village either in flight or in spite. Korrina was on that one with her bow, but if she didn't kill it, it might decide to run away and take a few villagers with it.

So she darted through the field, her surroundings blurring as they did when she focused on gaining the terrain's advantage, and turned into a slide to face the monster, standing between it and the road to the village.

"You will go nowhere, beast!" She shouted her challenge and locked her spear against the edge of her raised shield.

OOC: Move action to teleport in front of the giant and spear attack: Attack roll (Power Attack +3/-3) (1d20+13-3=15), hmmm... might not hit, but I'm saving the HP; Toughness DC 25 if it hits.
Free action to switch array to Tactical Fighter. When the monster attacks her: Reaction attack roll (Power Attack +3/-3) (1d20+11-3=22), Will DC 22 (Vulnerable and Attack Impaired/Defenseless and Attack Disabled; Instant Recovery).

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Re: Age of Heroes II: Gods and Monsters (IC)

Postby jemal » Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:26 pm

"Damn, Heocles, between you and the giants this place will be ready for farming in no time." Dio calls out from his perch above the cave entrance, legs dangling as he catches his breath, watching the trees fly back and forth.

"Aewes! Dion! Try to push that one back into the cave! Cut off its firing arc!" She yelled as she prioritized her targets.


"Not a chance, This cave's the safest place to be!" The effeminate little man dropped the dozen feet to the ground in front of the cave entrance "You guys have fun out here, These imbeciles won't follow me inside." The slight edge of mockery in Dion's voice was just enough to let his allies know he wasn't being serious, while hopefully sounding to the giants like the most obvious easy target was fleeing and cornering himself..

OK, so Dion goes AFTER them but just barely, can I use extra effort to go before them? If not, then this will be for the next set of actions.
Standard action: Trick, skill mastery: Deception for 22. Giant needs a DC 22 insight/deception check to see through the ruse or take an unwise action (chase Dion into the cave).
Move action: Move into cave.

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Re: Age of Heroes II: Gods and Monsters (IC)

Postby roguescribner » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:21 pm

Heocles and Aewes

The hulking strong man and the weather controller combined forces against the giant on the spire. The wounded giant roared at them as it readied another rock to throw. Heocles' barrage of trees struck true and caused the giant to drop the rock harmlessly in the valley. The lightning that arced from Aewes' fingers also found its target, forcing the giant back onto the plateau, out of sight. The men knew they hurt the beast, but he still yet lived.

GM wrote:Heocles hurt like a bitch. Spire giant is -1 (now -3 total) and staggered. He's further back on the spire, so he's impossible to see from the ground and difficult to see from where the cave is (partial concealment).


Korrina and Pallanthia

The valley giant took an arrow to the back, courtesy of the huntress Korrina. He turned and growled at his assailant but could not find her. As he turned again he discovered a spear jabbing towards him and he reflexively knocked it away and roared at Pallanthia. He slammed his foot onto the ground and caused a tremor in the valley, cracking the ground from his foot to many yards away.

GM wrote:-1 added from Korrina's attack (he's now -3 total). He also did not detect her. Pallanthia's initial attack missed (barely) and the giant unfortunately did not engage in melee to trigger her reaction. Pallanthia needs to roll a DC 22 dodge to avoid the ground shake. Dazed/prone/incapacitated.

He won't "stomp" down the valley, don't worry. :wink:


Dion

The handsome young man is jovial as he watches the spire giant retreat and the valley giant take an arrow to the back. He watches as a giant rock flies into the sky and crashes just below where Heocles was standing. The cave giant was starting to move towards the muscular hero when your taunt gained his attention. He huffed as he spun around and chased you inside the cave. He slammed his mighty fists into the cave walls, causing a minor avalanche as you moved deeper inside.

GM wrote:The giants will still go before you. You do affect the cave giant and he follows you in. He made an improvised attack. DC 15 dodge to avoid falling rock. If it hits, damage will be DC 20.

Round 1 is over. Second verse, same as the first!
GM - Age of Heroes Chapter 2
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Re: Age of Heroes II: Gods and Monsters (IC)

Postby EnigmaticOne » Tue Aug 06, 2013 3:33 pm

Heocles
HP: 0
COND: -1 penalty

"Hey!" Heocles bellowed out at the now hidden giant up top. "Come out or I'll come up and feed you to my dogs in Phocis!" A bravado he wouldn't carry out even on this monster - but the scaring effect could still be used to flush out the giant.

While that was waiting, he lifted a large rock and tossed it at the valley giant beset by Korinna and Pallanthia.

Improved Demoralize to spook the spire-giant into view: Skill Mastery take 10 for total of 27.
And another Throwing - AOA & PA -2/+2: 1d20+8=22
Toughness DC 31
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