Sunday, May 12th 2013
Kilrosh begins his fight in the tournament. A cage pops up in the middle of the arena and the announcer presents his enemy as Terra. The cage opens and in front of Kilrosh stands a huge dragon. It leans back on its haunches and looks at Kilrosh, spreading its wings. The roar is felt in the audience. The two converse as if having met before. Terra unleashes a lightning breath and Kilrosh. They fight. Epically! Kilrosh screams that he is Malicious Dix. Pierce and Hugh decide to head back to the arena early after hearing the massive roars. Kilrosh takes off his plate armor and reveals a red handprint in his chest. The two paused the battle and discuss issues about the past. Terra, “Father never gave up on us.” Kilrosh states how he is sick of taking order from the rest of their group, and that Theodore was the only one he could trust. Kilrosh cleaves through to the main framework of the machine-like creature. Though it takes heavy blows, it doesn’t flinch as much as it should. Terra expresses her loss of hope for Malistrix. The machine creature begins to break apart as gears and metallic springs hit the ground along with a stone. People stare in amazement without a sound. Out of the corner of his eye, Kilrosh spots the real Terra sitting in the audience to his left. She dashes into the arena after meeting his gaze and runs to the stone. Kilrosh looks around as if he’s lost something. Hammond and Torst see puffs of sands as if something landed and moved, with a speed too fast to see. To the common eye Terra seems to appear out of nowhere in the arena, as a very elegant-looking woman that Pierce wants to bang. Pierce draws his gun and aims at the commotion in the arena. Terra puts her hands clasped into a prayer. She tells Kilrosh to find her and dashes away, catching an object she threw at him. Kilrosh takes his helm off to reveal that its horns are actually part of him, protruding through the steel. He appears to be a half-orc type being, but is clearly not. He turns around and heads for the arena exit at his own pace. Cheers start to build slowly until the arena fills with roars of applause. Hugh and Resin peruse the stores to purchase healing. On their way back to the arena, Resin asked for Hugh’s sigil and went to make a copy of it for himself to fight under Hugh’s symbol during the next match. Corvin came and visited with the King while Pierce aimed his rifle toward the area intending to protect the king. Hammond decided to leave Zorel and Torst to join up with the others after seeing the two enemy casters of the last match. Hammond met Kilrosh on his way to find the others and asked if he would explain his previously unknown power to the group at some point. He then met with Hugh and explained his plan to put Hugh under Mage Armor and Bull’s Strength before letting him enter his solo match. Hugh was to face a darker-skinned woman from the country of Lilinithri, who used a tambourine with shurikens. She was a monk who took pleasure in the pain of battle. After the battle Hammond interpreted the writing on her tambourine ribbon which read, “The way of death is the truth. The death angel comes, the death angel comes…” Hammond detected poison within Hugh, but could not determine the specific kind. The next group battle groups were random filler vs the Nighshades.
The dragon group discusses their involvement in human affairs. Travaan wants the group to look into a vision he saw involving the war. Malistrix and Theodore show to be reluctant about the matter while Terra was more than willing and Finean, in-between, needed more reason to be involved. Finean gave a bracelet of friends to Malistrix, telling them to set charms if they need his aid. Finean transformed Malstrix into a half-orc so he would fit into society better among the humans. Theodore destroyed Finean’s charm on the bracelet.
Back in the present, Kilrosh/Malistrix returns to the castle in search for Terra and meets with her. They discussed what they are attempting to discover in the city of Breckingrad. Kilrosh hopes to get more answers through the group close to the king.
Commander Hollace Lowe appeared at the King’s seating area and reported to his majesty that groups patrolling the ruins of Azaroth several people were killed in the mines. Beyond Baramore they have no more allies in the south. Provisions were taken from other outposts to support the southern defenses. Troops became depleted in the south, and an attack is to be expected from there in the not too distant future. Troops made it past the distant Oscylith mountains and reported from Valdonis saying that much of the land has been turned to desert, hit with an massive drought. Many of the kingdoms in northern Oscylith have fallen apart. The desolation is spreading. Troops reported reaching the desert sooner than they had the last time. It is expected that most of the northern half of Oscylith will be covered in desert within the coming years. Essentially, the continent is turning to dust, on top of the war. King Baratheon requested his troops in the south to be replenished. He ordered a small force to the north of the mountains, and for Commander Lowe to return to there with them.
Hammond and Resin purchased antidote for Hugh and headed back to the arena, while Pierce and Hugh met preparing for the fight. Hammond cast mage armor on Resin during the walk back. Hugh asked Pierce to focus on protecting Hammond during the fight. They met up and Hugh took the antidote and Hammond cast mage armor on Pierce right before they entered the arena. Hugh ended up dying during the battle due to a critical fail at hands of Pierce, in addition to a double critical fail. The group luckily won the fight, but Fumblin Undergrowth at first declared the match a tie, but Resin threatened him into giving the group their deserved victory. Hammond dimension doored Hugh to the King’s booth, away from the fight. Next session is titled Regression.