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

  1. Blade

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    The bounty hunter was giving his mage friend his best smile. It was nice to see that, even in this place, after what they'd been through so far, jokes could still be made about it. Joking was often what Alex did to keep a light attitude. He was pretty good at it, he thought. "At least we're all in one piece." If we finish this, whatever money that could be made off the treasures we find will be more than enough to be worth it, he decided. No matter what they found, he was going to split it equally and evenly. He couldn't be cruel and try to keep the star all for himself. Surely, it'd be worth a fortune.

    Ishii was well enough prepared and had brought a lantern to light the way. Alex silently cursed himself for not thinking of it and not thinking to ask anyone else if they had. He was regrettably unprepared for the dangers. Maybe that made it obvious that he was usually the brawn and not the brains of operations he joined in on. "Good call," he noted, "Would be totally screwed if we couldn't see where we were going down here."

    Though, he almost wanted to be kept in the dark after seeing the aftermath of the war and some poor souls that tried to escape and failed. Bones and remains of bodies were everywhere alongside the weapons that had killed them. "Poor souls." Though difficult for his crippled form, he got down to a knee and offered a prayer before continuing on. "Be at rest and forgive us entering here unannounced." There was no reason not to send respects to those whose spirits now inhabited this place. This was no longer just any average sewer tunnel. It was a tomb.

    "It's not too much farther now,"
    he called to the group, using a piece of rubble for support to get back to his feet safely. "We never made it that far in last time before we found what we came for. But the tunnel collapsed and we might.. have to do a little digging." He closed his eye, racking his brain for memories of other tunnels and potential exits. "There were side tunnels. Any one of them might have paths leading back to the surface. This can't be the only exit..." There had to be more. For now, he kept walking, passing one or two of the side paths he had mentioned. Just ahead, the tunnel ended in a quite large sized pile of debris. Through gaps in the stone chunks, the way beyond looked to be intact still. "Must have been just this section that fell in. Any way we can move this or should we look for a way around?"
     
  2. Ishii Matanzas

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    Taking a few steps forward once Conway began leading the way, Ishii's sight went to the sight of the remains of the people who now rested here. It was hardly a time to mourn the loss of people who had died long before they ever came here, but death was death and some people wanted to give the dead their due. Nemorac's words rang true to him and he nodded along. "Let us hope that their deaths were not in vain." He added, unsure what more to add to the sad sight.

    His focus however went to Alex as he began heading past the remains and deeper into the sewers, passing by the various side paths along the way. Lighting the way for Blade, Ishii took one look at the blockade ahead of them and looked beyond what he could. Looking at the others, he shrugged. "It's hard to say if we could break through this. If only one of us had brought a pick-axe.." He mused, then turned around to the tunnel again. "I could move the worst of it to give us an opening, but that would take some time. A bomb would be quick and easy, but it might cause worse structural damage than there already is. Do not know about you guys, but I would rather see the surface again." He weighed the options, then shrugged. "We could see if there is an adjacent tunnel connected through but... Again, time isn't exactly a luxury we have. If someone wants to try though, then go for it. I say we just start pulling this debris off."

    Shrugging his shoulders, Ishii grabbed a piece of debris and took it off the rubble, tossed it to the side and noted that nothing more seemed to be falling downward. Least they won't have to worry about more falling and making progress worse. Grabbing more of the broken stone blocks, Matanzas began clearing out what he could of an opening for the group.
     
  3. Conway found it hard to take his gaze away from the un sightly remains of the people before him. He watched as each other member moved past and made their peace with the situation. He was not a very religious person, but he muttered a quick, informal prayer for the dead and that he or the others may not suffer the same fate. It was not until after all of the rest of the group had moved forward that Conway was able to turn his attention elsewhere. He moved forward to rejoin the group.

    Conway glanced down each tunnel as he passed them, looking to see what he could see with the light created by the flame in his hand. He glanced past Ishii to see large boulders and stones blocking the path. He chuckled a little at Ishii's sarcastic remark. "Oh, if only we had one of those big strong guys who eat rocks for a living, all our problems would be solved," Conway added in a sarcastically dramatic manor, smirking to himself. He started to watch as Ishii began to clear the tunnel tossing the rocks to the side and the sound ecchoing through the tunnels.

    Not a good position to fight. Too tight of a space for more than two of us to fight and no reliable escape route.
    Conway looked back the the group,"Hey guys. I'm gonna be watching our backs. Not very useful at clearing the debris, especially when we have a professional like Ishii here." He turned and moved up to where the first of the side tunnels was, sword drawn and ready for battle. he peered down the tunnel again, this time projecting a fireball down to see farther without moving down there himself. Nothing. He shot another ahead of him down the way they came. Nothing. he did not want to move forward to check the other passages as he didn't want to be seperated should an attack come, but for now he felt they were safe and Conway relaxed his guard slightly.
     
  4. Nemorac

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    Nemorac looked at the obstacle before them, not liking the fact he couldn't do anything. He supposed he could try melting through the rock, but without knowing how much was there, doing such a task would probably expend all this energy. So he decided against it. Looking back to see Conway covering their rear, he turned back around and moved towards Alex. Looking at the leader of their group, he decided to ask a question that had been on his mind.

    "Alex, if memory serves, you'd initially came here in search of a 'star' that fell. Do you have any idea what it actually is?" He looked at him curiously. "Or did you all come here on a hunch of what it might be?" The scholar wanted to know why all risked their lives in the first place. He doubted it was simple curiosity, but then again, he'd been known to delve into books his master hadn't wanted him to look into for simple curiosity.
     
  5. Blade

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    Alex made an attempt to help clear debris. With only one good arm, he couldn't even hope to move such massive stones that their Goron could. He was amazed at the sight, and a little bit envious. Picking up a palm sized chunk of stone, he tossed it away with ease. "I don't suppose this is making much of a dent," he commented in amusement. Even with his brace allowing for better movement, it didn't exactly return as much strength. "I'm sure glad we brought you with us. Definitely going to owe you one after all this." Added onto a fair share of whatever treasures they found within, he'd have to buy the Goron a drink or something for the hard labor.

    Of course, he was going to owe all three. Everyone had put in their fair share so far as the bounty hunter was concerned. They seemed to have all bases covered and not too much lacking anywhere in talent. Ishii was hard at work digging and Conway was watching the rear for any creatures that might come lurking, and that left Alex and the scholar a little lost for work right now. "If you happen to see anything like might look like a side passage to get around this debris, let us know," he called. He wasn't sure honestly if such a tunnel might wrap around this and save trouble, but maybe they'd catch a break and something would catch an eye while the man was on his monster watch.

    It was then that he turned back attention to a question he'd yet to answer. "My friends and I.. when we were on our way here before, we had gathered ourselves at a campfire just outside the ruins, discussing just that. I heard stories before that fallen stars brought luck to anyone that would find one. Tavern entertainers like telling stories that they can heal any wound and that they emit their own natural light. Of course, I'm not too sure what to believe. Honestly, I'm expecting something of a valuable ore that might fetch a nice price to the right buyer. Either way, I sure hope it's something greater than some space dust, or I am going to owe the three of you even more than I can ever offer." He chuckled, another amusing joke to himself, while deep down he sincerely was wishing and praying it was going to be worth the while.
     
  6. Ishii Matanzas

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    While his stout strength made moving the debris more of a breeze for him than it would have the smaller folk he was traveling with, he was wishing there was more for them to do while they waited. Even if he could lift most of it, the debris was a fair bit to rid of, especially with the limited room and space they had. Conway's comment put him in a lighter mood, though he was a little happy he decided to watch their backs. No telling what was dwelling down here. After moving a few sizable hunks of debris and rocks, Ishii felt perspiration trickle down his brow. Wiping it away and taking a few seconds to collect himself, he merely grinned at Blade. "A barrel of Goron firewhiskey will be a good starting point," he quipped.

    He went back to silence as Alex explained things more to the group. After he finished his story and while moving rocks, Ishii spoke up. "My father was a blacksmith, before the war." He began, heaving a particularly large piece - easily as big as Nemorac or Blade and with a little heave he broke to far smaller pieces. "Assuming what you're talking about is starmetal down here would be invaluable to someone who is good at smithing.. It makes any weapon you forge it with quite durable." He brushed some of the rocky dust off his hands and went back to another large chunk. "He never had much of a chance to do anything with it considering how rare it is, but always told me that a smith would pay their weight in rupees for even a small hunk of it if sold to them." He explained, grabbing some smaller debris and setting them off from the side. "That is, if that is what truly is down here. Lot of strange stuff falls from the sky." He mused, then smiled when he turned back to the hole.

    "Looks like there isn't much left. I feel cool air coming from the other side now." He said, grabbing more hunks and clearing them out of the way. Before long, he had cleared a small hole at the top. None of the current group could climb through it nor would he ask anyone to, but it seemed that there wasn't much further to move. "A few more minutes and I'll have a way through... Say, could one of you guys move some of this smaller hunks elsewhere? There's not exactly a whole lot of room to move and maneuver." He explained. Good thing he had been crushing some of the larger hunks down to far more manageable pieces for the others.
     
  7. "Will do," Conway called back to Blade. He looked down the tunnel to his left, looked back to the group and gave them a nod before venturing forth. It was dark but the perpetual flame burning in his hand lit the way. The path lead straight for a long while before a path split off to the left in the general direction that they needed to be heading. Was it really this easy? Conway asked himself. He moved down the hall only to see that is broke right again after the first 30 feet. He moved back to the first hall and continued searching. Another tunnel split left He shot a firebolt down the hall only to see it crash into a crumbled wall about 50 feet down. Eh, one more then I'll head back.

    The next tunnel was not much farther from the last one, maybe 20 further. As soon as Conway stepped in front of it he heard a slight whistling of air and felt a slight breeze. This was a good sign, a very good sign. This means that there was an air flow which means it leads to the surface. Conway shot a firebolt down this hallway to get a gauge of how far the exit was. this however turned out to be the worst decision he could have made as his firebolt passed by several heavily armed Feral Stals no more the 30 feet down. "Oh, um, hi there!" he said waving for a brief moment before taking off at full speed towards the rest of the gang. The Stals were in hot pursuit catering around and bumping into the walls and each other their rusted ancient swords scraping on the ground as they moved. Conway shot a few bolts of flame back at them to slow them down. the first missed hitting the floor at their feet, the second clipped the right shoulder of one of the stals, the third hitting another square in the chest. Conway looked about the tunnel, but was disappointed to see that it was too narrow for him to make a proper stand with his fighting style. He chose instead to keep running.

    He leaned low and used his wind to boost himself down the hall. He came out of the hall, skidding and sliding to keep from slamming onto the wall but was unsuccessful. He slammed into the wall with a resounding tudd. "Stals, coming, fast. Need to move, now!" he looked over to see Ishii still working on removing the rocks. He was close but at the rate he was moving is wouldn't be in time, there were also too many rocks around that would hinder Conway and the others if they tried to make a stand. He racked his brain for an idea, then it came. "Ishii, Blade can you cover us for a few moments," he turned to Nemorac, "Ishii has taken enough out that might be able to blow through it with a burst of wind." He turned to face the wall, holding his hands close as to focus the wind into a single powerful jet, "Focus your magic as much as possible we'll only get one shot before the Stals get here." He continued to pour more and more power into the growing sphere of wind energy. He began to recite a short incantation to multiply the power of his blast, "Victus, borealis, Vento Tempestas Lay ADAMOS!!!"

    With that final call he sent the spinning ball of concentrated wind crashing into the wall hoping Nemorac was doing the same. The exhaustion had taken its toll however with Conway collapsing to a knee before seeing if it had worked. He lifted his head hoping for a scattered wall in front of him.
     
  8. Nemorac

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    Nemorac listened to Alex's story intently. Starmetal was certainly something he'd heard of, and Ishii only seemed to share the supposition that that very metal was what drew the initial group of compatriots to this forsaken place. However, before he could offer much in the way of response, Ishii's request caused him to snap to the more immediate and pressing matters. He started moving the rocks as best he could, hefting them up and moving them out of the way. It wasn't going too terribly well for the young Hylian, but it was progress nonetheless.

    However, it wasn't long after he started helping that he felt the faint feeling of magic energy being expended, and the feeling was only getting stronger. Turning around he watched as Conway crashed into the wall of the cave, only to announce that he was being followed. Fear shot into Nemorac's eyes, but he tried to remain calm. He hadn't yet seen the persuers, and Conway already had a plan on how to get them through. Before Nemorac could protest about Conway's plan to blast their way through the rocks, the Shikeah was already charging up magic energy. Seeing no choice, he stood beside him and began focusing as well.

    Pointing his right hand at what he surmised to be the weakest point, he gathered his energy towards his palm. Similarly to Conway, a ball of wind began to form at his palm. Feeling the surge of energy beside him, he poured his own reserves into it, though he was careful to not expend too much. When he felt the magic reaching its zenith, he called out the incantation.

    "Power of wind, that which breathes life into all, condense and strike, clear my path!"

    The ball of energy flew out at almost the same time as Conway's, striking the wall with force. The combined efforts of the two managed to blast a hole in the wall, and luckily didn't cause another collapse. The hole however, was barely enough to get everyone through, and then only probably one at a time. Bending down and grabbing Conway, he moved him towards the exit they had created. "Come on, everyone through, I'll seal it up when we're through!"
     
  9. Blade

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    If a blacksmith thought they could make something better out of such a metal, they were more than welcome to it in Alex's mind. For a price, that is. He wasn't going to cheat anyone or take more than his fair share. Alex was smart enough to realize when he was being less helpful and when the others were proving more useful than he was. He wasn't around to help with the beasts outside and he couldn't even help move a few simple rocks. Using the edge of his blade as leverage, he could wiggle a few loose stones off the pile where they could roll away to somewhere where they weren't in the way.

    He was still giving his best attempt at moving stones out of Ishii's way when their appointed lookout came back to make a scene. Alex supposed he couldn't have been louder if he had tried. Though, it was all for good reason, an alarm to sound that their little group was not alone down here. While the beasts above could not get down, that didn't account for beasts that might already be lurking down here. This city was haunted, cursed and destroyed and overrun with monsters. So, Alex was not surprised. He expected such resistance, honestly. Luckily, he had a weapon. He wasn't a bounty hunter just out of some fluke after all. This time, he would be useful! He wasn't going to cower away and let others deal with it.

    Blade stepped forward, drawing his sword as he moved around Conway to face off against the Stals. They were coming face, cracked and tarnished skulls holding those permanent, menacing smiles as they made for the group. Sword raised, he clashed with the lead Stal, shoving it back with all his might. "Boy, you guys are ugly. I hope I don't become one of you when I die!" He slashed at the creature, keeping a gap between the two of them. There was a blast at his back, small bits of debris hitting his coat and bouncing off. He couldn't turn at that moment to see what it was, only suspecting they had succeeded in making a hole for everyone to get through. "If I die here.. promise you'll let my skeleton just lie there! I don't want it coming back without me so it can be a violent shit like these guys!"
     
  10. Ishii Matanzas

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    Matanzas was doing his best with the rocks and the help from Nemorac and Blade was nice, but the yell about Stals caused him to stop what he was doing. Stals. Coming fast. Defend the magic users while dealing with those bastards? "Say no more. Come on Alex, let us make some bonemeal." Pulling out his war hammer, Ishii had a sick grin on his face as he prepared for a fight. Even in the catastrophic and confining environment, he was ready.

    Alex took to clashing with the head of the Stals leading the charge. As they fought, Ishii saw two more ready to flank their leader's right. Staring down the cursed ones, one swung his sword against his larger opponent, but the limited spaced slowed the attack and Ishii grabbed his wrist. With a hard yank, he snapped the Stal's arm of his body, then threw it at the other Stal, smacking him in the face. Stunning the second one, Ishii crushed the one-armed Stal's head with his hammer, causing the bag of bones to collapse to pieces. "That never gets old." He said.

    The second Stal recovered from the sudden attack and was going for a swing of his own. Ishii barely dodged the attack as he felt the sliced air inches from his chest. Quickly grabbing the Stal by his bony neck, the much stronger Goron picked the Stal up and stared at where his eyes once were. "You missed." He said simply before slamming his head several times into the corridor wall next to him. He glanced and saw more running around the corner. After one more smash against he wall, Matanzas flung the Stal into his allies, taking them down.

    Turning quickly to look at Alex, and to the progress of Conway and Nemorac. It looked like they had made an opening big enough for them, though for him? He wasn't so sure. Determining they needed Blade more than he did, he he yelled at the Hylian. "Blade! make your escape when you can and stay with them! I'll catch up when I can. Do not worry about me, I can handle them!"
     

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