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Dungeons and Ruins and Death Oh Boy!

Discussion in 'Harkinian Ruins' started by Blade, Aug 7, 2017.

  1. Blade

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    Nearing the ruins of the old city, Alex stared out at crumbling structures and looming clouds in the distance. He guessed a storm was coming, but silently wondered if it always looked like this as a sign of some dark magic or terrible omen. But that was just overthinking it, wasn't it? Wasn't he just superstitious? He then wondered if it had been storming last time he was here and was absolutely certain it had been. That made it even more horrible and curious and the thought started worming its way back.

    He shivered and pulled a hood over his head, randomly itching at his eyepatch. Truth be told, he hated wearing it, but it was a courtesy to everyone around him. Who wanted to see the horrific scar that hid just behind it? They were probably lucky they didn't have to gaze upon something so gross and awful looking and he sure was happy to be spared strange glances by passerbies and friends alike. Hard to have a good conversation and look someone in the eyes when they were staring at your face, theirs a mix of disgust and pity.

    "It was just... around here.."
    he said absently, speaking out to distant thunder and a chilling wind. "There was a tunnel. Must have been part of the city. Some sort of stone buildings. Maybe shops? Who knows...." Whatever ruins they had been exploring may not have even been part of a city at all. Maybe it was just the outskirts. It was pretty far away from what was left of the castle anyway. That was probably the best thing anyway because, despite how much of a danger seeker and adventurer Alex was, he would not get within one hundred feet of that castle if someone paid him. Definitely not. Not while it was full of the remnants of pretty much the entire dark army anyway. He knew better than to try and tangle with them without an entire army of his own behind him.

    He groaned, leg starting to throb more than usual. He ignored it for now. "I mean as far as ruins go... it's fascinating. Must have been a beautiful city before hoards of monsters trashed it..."
     
  2. Ishii Matanzas

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    As the group neared the Harkinian Ruins, Ishii's mind traveled back some fifty years as he recalled the glorious Castle City that once stood where the ruins now reside. He vividly recalled the prosperity and abundance of people who called the city 'home', and yet here he stands in the remnants of the once great town. He shook his head, wondering where everything went wrong and how they ended up in such a future. The weather was uncanny. It felt like a storm was upon them, but something was 'off' about it. He couldn't quite put his finger on it though. Whatever the case was, he was just glad he wasn't alone on this venture into such a dark, evil place.

    "How can one tell, Blade?"
    Ishii questioned, hearing him speak that the tunnel was near. "Everything here is bleak and miserable. Finding anything resembling where you were might be a feat upon itself." He commented. While he did not wish to dissuade the group, the reality of the situation was not something to be ignored. Surely, if one knew the area well they might have a better shot at understanding where they were, but he knew not the area well, even if it was like his memory recalled. "Truth be told, I remember what this city was like." He began,, once hearing Alex's comment. "Twas a grand view that took your breath away. It was a fine accomplishment of the Hylian race a spectacle of a once great kingdom. Now it's no more than a graveyard for what once was, and we are the survivors." He lamented, shaking his head as he stared at what may have been a shop. Whether they sold meat to the people or toys to children, the answer was buried to the world, and the only ones whom could say long gone.

    "So, do you have any idea what our next step is?" His question was towards Blade, as he glanced around, making sure an attack wasn't just ready to strike.
     
  3. Conway learned quickly that they were headed for the Harkinian Ruins, the one place his mother had warned him not to go. He had become very hesitant then, but ultimately decided to stick with his companions, choosing to not let them down. He didn't tell anyone about this, though it would have been clear that something changed. Conway's normally quick and bright attitude hardened a bit, he became more twitchy and careful, always mulling over his mother's lessons and training hard daily. He knew that he needed to be ready for this. It had not been more than a few months since he left home after all. The storm that they arrived in only added to Conway's twitchiness, often glancing over his shoulder and pouncing at every sound.

    "Well let's find the entrance quick," he looked around and quickly surveyed the area, "This space it too open, we could get swarmed by monsters too easily out here." He listened to Alex and Ishii's back and forth on the beauty that once was this city, "My Mother talked about it a few times, she would always focus on how it was before it was destroyed, but anytime I would ask what happened after she would change the subject or just avoid it in general," he took another good look at the crumbled and ruined city around him, "now i understand why."

    Many of the surrounding buildings were nothing but dust and rock. He glanced back again. Something didn't feel right, more like nothing felt right. the lack of monsters thus far even with everything his mother told him about the place being crawling with them, the open space. The hairs on his neck stood as if they were a cactus' thorns. He rested his hand on his sword, "Hey, you guys keep looking around for that entrance. I'm going to watch our backs. I don't like the feel of this area."
     
  4. Nemorac

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    Nemorac's eyes looked at the ruins as the approached, his mind racing at the look of everything. He'd heard of the ruins, and even read about the events leading up to the grand city's demise, but he honestly had never thought he'd be coming to such a place. He pushed his glasses up a bit on his nose, shivering a little. He didn't like the look of the looming clouds, and he had a feeling that he wasn't alone in such feelings. His mind raced a little, and again he started his habit of mumbling to himself. "Controlling the elements means being in control.....channel the energies......find your center..."

    He snapped to attention a bit at the others speaking, trying to focus on the conversation to calm down. "Hopefully we can find something at least. I just hope we don't become lost ourselves." He looked over at Conway, noticing the change in demeanor. That did not help the young Hylian relax. To see the Sheikah go from how he had initially presented himself to seemingly a bit skittish unnerved him. Surely one who had been trained as much as he had would have a bit more mental fortitude for this sort of thing? Still, the offer to watch their backs was welcoming.

    "Is there anything in particular we're looking for? It would help to know so we can aid your search." Nemorac asked as he scanned the area. He certainly felt unnerved in this place, and if it weren't for him being determined to help Blade out, he surely would have turned tail and ran far, far away from this place.
     
  5. Blade

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    Just trying to imagine how beautiful this city once was, Alex felt just a soft stab of sadness through him/ How tragic that it had been reduced to this trash, maybe never to rise again into anything more than a lair of monsters. He was incredibly envious of Ishii for having now what it was like back in its prime. Alex knew nothing of it, and he barely knew anything of the war either for that matter. Having been born towards its end, just as life was to start picking up the pieces again, all he knew of the world was the ruin and aftermath. Bleak and dreary, he wished he could have been around to see the beauty of it. If he had been able to, maybe his life would have turned out differently. Maybe he wouldn't have become such a thrill seeker and death dodger. Maybe he would have tried harder...

    "If I close my eyes, I can let my imagination show me what this place might have looked like,"
    he answered through a smirk, "I can envision it in my own way, see the bustling people and the shops, the trees, the fountains, the colors." He shrugged his shoulders, "But then you open your eyes and the dream is gone and it's back to this... wasteland. Maybe one day the people will rebuild and I'll be around to see it." But he somehow doubted it...

    No signs of danger just yet, Alex gave his own survey, a brief sensory check for any strange sight or sounds that were not the coming storm or the party daring to venture further in. He racked his memory for any obvious markers that he might have seen last time he was here. Mentally, he could pick out a few structures and pointed out one such building. "There," he said, finger pointed towards a ruined tower of some kind. Goddesses and ghosts only knew what it once was whether a bell tower or guard tower or possibly just the last remaining piece of a larger building. "I remember that place. Nearby there was a tunnel that went down." He supposed it led down to some sewer system that was built beneath the city or maybe secret tunnels from some more ominous purpose.

    "We went down there to avoid being out in the open, to avoid being spotted easily. Parts were collapsed, but there was enough left in decent shape for travel. The fallen star we were tracking.. it's further in, but it didn't land quite at the castle."
    Had it been anywhere near the epicenter of these monsters and their most dastardly members, he would never have agreed to come int he first place. He may have been crazy sometimes, but never that crazy.

    Making his way towards the tower, a howl sounded out in the distance, piercing the air. Spooky as it was, the bounty hunter barely slowed. "Wolfos do you think?" he did ask. He didn't know any to be around here, but he also didn't know Stals to howl like wolves.
     
  6. Ishii Matanzas

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    It seemed between the foursome, only Blade and himself seemed to be less fearful of such a dark, foreboding city ruins. Between what they had seen, that might be enough. Having two somewhat sheltered but learned men with them at least balanced things out. He just hope they had the gall to not wet themselves if things went South. Conway's comment about being swarmed by enemies rang true. "An ambush should never be counted out, this is true." He admitted, his eyes scanning the area for any movement. "I am ready for a fight, though. We can handle a few Stalfos in this bone zone. Keep an eye behind us, Conway. Never knew who might have scouted and followed us here." Paying special attention to his side he knew they at least had eyes on most of area.

    Beside him, Nemorac seemed less sure of himself, mumbling more to himself before speaking a fearful undertones. "So long as we keep note of anything resembling an interesting location or notable landmark, we can make our ways out of this place, kiddo." He said to the bespectacled Hylian. Turning to Blade, he couldn't help but sigh. "Your imagination might paint a picture of what this place was like, but to see it yourself and see it as it is now makes one sad about what we have lost these past few decades. Places like Kasuto and Rauru are only a fraction of what this city once was. We will all be old and gray before this city starts to make its way back to its old glory." There was sadness in his voice. Matanzas wanted to see the world as it once was, as well as his newfound friends to see what he had seen, but he knew that unless something changed, that was only a pipe dream.

    Stopping as Alex pointed toward a ruined building. "A tunnel?" He mused, rubbing his rough chin. "Whether it were sewers or a way to escape in case of a siege, let us get to it." He briefly hoped that there was enough head space for someone of his stature to move comfortably, but before he could ask Blade, the howl that pierced the deathly silent environment startled the group. "Wolfos? Perhaps. May be a pack of them." Ishii said matter-of-fact. "Unless you want to deal with a Wolfos pack, I suggest we get to these tunnels quite quickly." Ishii said, beginning to pick up the pace. If they caught their scent, they could be surrounded within minutes.
     
  7. Conway noticed that him being on edge was startling Nemorac. "Hey calm down," he knew he sounded hypocritical but he continued anyway, "Trust in us, in the team. We've got each others backs. If we get into a fight Just stay calm and remember what I told you, stick to fire magic and focus it into single concentrated blasts." This also sort of helped Conway cope as well. This was still the one place that his mother had warned him not to go, but with all of them and Alex, who had traveled here before, he felt slightly more confident that this mission would go well.

    As if the Goddesses were trying to spite him, just as he thought those thoughts, a wolfo howled in the distance. Conway immediately jumped on guard again, drawing his sword and readied himself for combat. "Just one howl?" he turned to the others, "It's only one of the scouts, but it has picked up our scent and is calling for help. We need to move. Now!" As they all started moving to the opening, conway hung back a few paces to keep the rear safe. He glanced over his shoulder and spotted a pair of red eyes just peaking out from behind a pillar. He stopped and sent a bolt of flame flying towards it at a blistering speed, but the distance it had to travel gave the scout time to duck back and the bolt exploded on the pillar.

    He turned and jumped forward using his wind magic to boost him and make up the distance. Conway shouted up to the group, "Get in the tunnel, it will be a lot easier to fight them in there, and when they see how hard it will be to kill us, they'll back off!" That was the way they hunted after all. Surround and cut off the weakest link. "And stay together!"
     
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    Nemorac couldn't help but arch an eyebrow at Conway when he mentioned using exclusively fire magic. "I can use other types...ice magic to immobilize is also a valid strategy." For some reason, being told how to do the one thing he had been studying his whole life had caused him to drop some of the fear that had been building up. He was still tense, but not mumblingly so. Hearing the lone Wolfos howl over, made the hairs on the back of his neck immediately stand on edge.

    "I only hope we aren't being herded into their territory, tunnel or no!" Regardless of his worries, he ran with the rest of the group, barely keeping pace with his Goron compatriot, and quickly being caught up with by the Shiekah once wind magic was used to bolster the young man's speed. The young Hylian's heart was beating in his chest, far faster than anything he'd felt before. The closest it had gotten was when he had messed up performing a more complex spell his teacher had him try, which lead to a magical surge that, as his master told him later, could have ended his life had the old man not been there to help guide him through containing it.

    He kept running, his eyes focusing on the tunnel ahead of them. If they could simply reach that, their chances of surviving would rise. At the very least they couldn't be surrounded by Wolfos easily. He tried to calm himself, just thinking about things one step at a time. Get to the tunnel, then worry about what comes next. Don't think too far ahead.
     
  9. Blade

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    It was so depressing to Alex that he figured he would never truly be able to see anything greater than the barely even a city of Kasuto and the goddess lovers of Rauru. Every second he spent in Rauru, he always felt like an outsider being harshly judged with too many displeased eyes that he was not like them. Friendly as it was, he couldn't help but be uneasy. Though, he'd never be as uneasy as he was here with strangers whose skills he had yet to see for himself, creepy and doom-ridden ruins ahead, ominous howling in the background somewhere around them.

    Just their luck they had entered these lands only to be immediately discovered by the owner of that eerie howl. he wished he was wrong about the Wolfos, but unfortunately his luck was just as terrible as ever. Alex bit his lip, eye making for the tunnels he'd directed them to. "If we get caught here and eaten, it would sure make a pathetic and abrupt end to our journey. I, for one, was hoping to go out with a little more glory than this and survive at least a little bit longer." Like a few years or decades. That much longer.

    Hurrying as fast as he could towards the tunnel, Alex cursed himself. "This just friggin sucks," he muttered as he limped along at his not so super quick pace. Conway was behind somewhere, buying them time. He swore he saw eyes, the Wolfos being closer than he hoped it was. "I hope the tunnels are empty...! If they aren't.." He yanked free a beautifully curved sword from his belt with his good hand, a sword so precious it was in better shape than he was. "If there's a surprise down there waiting for us.. I'll be ready to hack us a path! Let me go first and check it out."

    Reaching the tower, there was a ladder inside, aged but still mostly intact. Sword in his teeth, he descended as quick as he could until he was left in darkness. A torch he did not think of. He took a step forward and squinted into the dark, but it was impossible to tell if there was anything down here. "...Hello?" he called softly. Hopefully no one was being eaten by a pack of Wolfos above while he shuffled along below looking for life. Reasonably satisfied, he shouted up ahead, imploring everyone to hurry along if they were able. If not, he supposed he was prepared to go up after them.
     
  10. Ishii Matanzas

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    Following along with the rest of the group, Ishii stopped in his tracks when he heard an explosion from behind. Turning to see Conway had a spell of some sort to a Wolfos, the Goron's gazed hardened, his hand reaching behind him. Pulling out his warhammer, he turned toward Nemorac. "Stay with Blade and get to the tunnels. You'll be safer in there than out here." He ordered to the young Hylian. He started to walk toward Conway, but his quick jump toward them stopped him in his path. As he took a stop beside him. Ishii was impressed by the skill, but had no time to respond.

    The Wolfos was circling Conway and himself, looking ready for a good meal. "Come on, mutt. You want a piece of me? Come take a bite!" He said, inciting the beast to attack. Seemingly the Wolfos responded in kind, leaping in the air ready to pounce on a fresh meal. With an experienced hand and guided by a firm swing, the Wolfos was stopped in his tracked with a crushing blow to its skull, a terrible crunching noise piercing the otherwise eerie silence. Blood, bits, or bone, and pink ooze was all that was left of it's cranium.

    Glancing back at Conway, he merely held his warhammer in his right hand and nodded to the tunnel. "Let's make a run for it before the rest of the pack come sniffing around." Matanzas took a few quick steps to where Nemorac and Blade disappeared, hoping Conway was following suit behind him.
     
  11. Conway wiped the Blood and brain matter, from Ishii's strike, off his face. He stood there for a moment in awe of the power of Ishii's hammer, and imagined what would have happened if that were him at the reviving end. Never piss off a Goron, got it. He was snapped out of this as another howl rang over the bulge that they stood in. Then another and two more! The main force had arrived.

    "Let's make a run for it before the rest of the pack come sniffing around."


    "It's a little to late for the pack... but ya lets keep the run for it part." He scanned the top as they ran. Alex and Nemorac had already mad it into the tunnel and he and Ishii were halfway there. It was then that the hoard of wolfos cam pouring in from the hills. Thirty? Forty? No... more, and they were closing in quickly, too quickly. If it were just Conway and Nemorac or Alex, he could boost the two of them to the entrance, but he was not sure if he could summon the wind to boost someone as large as Ishii. He looked back at the Wolfos, nor could they out run them. Conway smirked slightly as he spun facing the hoard as Ishii kept running. "Don't worry, keep going!" he shouted back to Ishii, "I specialize in being out numbered."

    With that he flew forward augmented by a strong gust. With blistering speed he charged towards the wolfos, neither showed any intention of stopping. As the came close, Conway flourished his blade and prepared,

    "When facing a charge, always try disrupt the fist line. If you do the rest will be easier to crash through," the words of wisdom from his mother's training absorbed his mind as he acted. He sliced his blade, creating a thin but powerful wave of wind, cutting down four wolfos immediately in front of him.

    As the next few Wolfos jumped over their fallen, they were confused when they did not find their target. "Keep low, it increases your power and reduces you profile," They did not notice the figure hunched down under them until their heads were already separated form their body. This sudden attack stunned the next wave, but for no longer than a fairy's wing-beat. This was all the time he needed, as he dispatched them each with one precise blow. The wolfos began to wrap around the sides to surround him.

    "Be aware of every enemy and ally around you and react accordingly," Three to the front, two on the left, four on the right and behind, no allies. "and if you have no allies, make some of your own..." a wolfos pounced for Conway's spine, but instead of the flesh and bone that it had expected to find, it was blown away by a wall of wind. It persisted covering his back from the wolfos' attacks.

    Block. Strike. Strike. Parry. Strike. Turn. Strike. As graceful as a butterfly Conway maneuvered through the hoard cutting and slashing. He looked up to see Ishii almost at the entrance. "Never stay longer than you need to" Conway reared back, then sent a pillar of flame out towards the entrance, creating a runway for him in the hoard. He sprinted down this path, devoting every ounce of magic into bolstering his speed. He reached the end of the runway and leaped, flying towards the entrance. Landing just in front of Ishii, with but a few scratches. He turned and started running backwards towards Alex and Nemorac. "Keep up slowpoke," he said already forgetting his reminder to not make a Goron mad.


    (( OOC. Sorry for taking so long to post guys, I have been buisyed to death with college stuff))
     
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    Nemorac nodded to Ishii when he had been ordered to stay with Blade. He knew he could be of some help, but at the same time he also knew best not to question the orders of those with far more experience than himself. Pushing himself harder, he ran towards the tunnel entrance. Bolting into the tower, he noticed the entrance Alex had used not long before him. However, the older man had already managed to get down enough where he couldn't see where he was. Mentally cursing his slowness, he descended the ladder.

    As he descended, he heard Alex call for them to come down. Breathing a small sigh of relief, he hurried his descent. That, however was a mistake. About halfway down, the young mage's foot slipped, causing him to lose balance. He first slipped backwards, but his grip was at least firm enough to keep him from falling completely off. He instinctively pulled back to the ladder, but he did so a bit too fast, his forehead smacking against one of the rungs. That caused his consciousness to slip just long enough for the young man to lose his grip and fall fully, descending the rest of the way back-first into the darkness below.
     
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    Down in the apparent safety of the tunnels, Alex couldn't see a damned thing that was going on back up on the surface world. He stood in the darkness, listening to shouts and snarls and the clashing of man and beast. His imagination could fill in the gaps and he was picturing some sort of glorious fight for survival up there. A smile tugged at the corners of his mouth, single visible eye grown wide and bright. The thrill seeker part of the engineer was showing himself, Blade the bounty hunter wishing he was up there with them.

    Still, a part of him was worried. If anyone were to die out there, it'd be his fault. He brought them along with glorified words of adventure and treasure and if they all ended up dying... he at least prayed he'd go with them and wouldn't have to live with the guilt of being the only survivor again.

    Among the fighting outside, a shape appeared in the entrance and someone had begun a descent into the tunnels after him. Squinting his eye in the dark, he could make out the shape of the mage student or scholar or whatever he had claimed to be that Alex could not quite put his finger on the correct word for it. Thank goodness at least one of the three was officially okay there. As long as he could protect even just one person, he'd feel far better about himself and this dangerous situation.

    He winced, seeing the man slip on the ladder. "Are you alright?" he called, having just barely only enough time to ask as Nemorac slipped again and fell this time. Moving as fast as he could, Alex rushed back to the ladder, arms out in an attempt to catch the man on his way down. He wasn't exactly the ideal savior with one arm that might as well be useless for things like this, but at the very least, landing on a nice cushy Hylian would be better than hitting the cold stone floor and breaking your neck.
     
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    "Hey, wai-!" Was all Ishii got out before Conway magicked himself toward the incoming pack of Wolfos. How he walked upright with the massive pair between his legs, he could not say, but the kid did have guts. Looking back to where Nemorac and Blade disappeared, the massive Goron moved as quick as he could to the entrance, daring not to look behind him to see the damage Conway was causing, or the damage the Wolfos were causing him.

    Just before he made it to the entrance, Conway suddenly appeared in front of him, with hardly a scratch on him. "Don't get cocky, kid." Ishii roared as he followed Conway, only now looking back to see the destruction he caused. He was surprised by the amount of Wolfos' slain in such a short amount of time - along with the remaining Wolfos on his tail. Conway was quick to get down the ladder, but Ishii stopped himself short as he heard a very close howl. Turning quickly, Matanzas swung his hammer hard, crushing the ribs of the lunging Wolfos inches behind him.

    Running inside the tower, the Goron looked for any sort of barricade, finding only a mostly decayed door as their only protection. Slamming it shut, Ishii sighed in the brief moment of relief he had, though knew it wouldn't last long. "Looks like everyone's already descended.." He grumbled, checking out the hole downward. It was small, and as he soon found he had issues squeezing down the hole. "Ugh, this was clearly not made for someone of size." He grumbled, quickly squeezing himself into the safety of what was below. He just hoped that the Wolfos didn't stick around waiting for a counterattack when they were leaving - or they found a different way out.
     

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