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Post  Kierenne on Wed Mar 28, 2012 3:55 pm

Kierenne starts chanting [Teleport Self], and simply drops Creampuff to the ground. She vanishes from where she was and appears in front of the dwarves. Drawing her sword, she mutters, "I will not be ignored, peasant." and attacks the one who was speaking for the group.
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Post  Kieran on Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:02 pm

Trying to keep an eye on Creampuff. I'm already behind them, move to be ready to assist if Kierenne appears to be having trouble.

Oh yes, yes, show them, oh god do it.
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Post  David on Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:07 pm

As Kierrenne murders the creature who offered to feed and give comfort to her and her brother, his companions naturally enough scatter is several different directions. The also scream for help.

If either of the twins bother to look, individuals on distant bridges and balconies turns and seem to notice what is going on. The echo of several horns reverberate through the caves.
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Post  Kierenne on Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:20 pm

"There, you see? Your masters will be here soon to finish the task of punishing you for your insubordination." she says to the fleeing dwarves, flicking the blood from her blade before giving chase to the fastest one.
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Post  Kieran on Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:30 pm

Picking up Creampuff by the scruff of the neck, Kieran strolls in the direction his sister took off in, sure that the horns mean people are coming to apprehend the commoners.
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Post  David on Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:13 pm

Arrows rain down from several balconies. Barbed, sturdy things fired from crossbows.

Every single one aimed at the Kier.
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Post  Kieran on Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:56 pm

[Given the description, the arrows are all coming from one direction, correct?]
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Post  Kierenne on Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:07 pm

"What are you doing? They're over there." shouts Kierenne, pointing at the escaping dwarves. "Shoot them, idiots." But, since the bolts are already in flight, she takes a stance side-on to their path, with Kieran and Creampuff behind her covering the other direction, and deflects as many as she can. [Power Word: Missile Deflect] "Your masters will hear of this!"
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Post  David on Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:41 pm

[OOC - The arrows are coming from one general direction, yes.]

She manages to deflect almost all of the arrow, and the others don't hit any of the three. But now she and Kieran can hear the voices of different persons calling out.

"Murder! Invaders! We're under attack! Murder! Killers! Monsters wearing masks! Summon the militia!"
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Post  Kieran on Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:07 pm

Kieran holding Creampuff still starts looking around for monsters, then realizes their mistake.

What do you expect, they're just rabble. They aren't real anyway.

"No you fools, they are escaping, SHOOT THEM" and at the direction some ran, one hand at one side, the other waving Creampuff in the general direction.

"You should be shouting Traitors at the treasonous band! Wait, did they kill anyone? "

Shouting back to them "If they killed anyone, we'll hunt them down!"
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Post  Kierenne on Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:42 am

"Brother, wait. 'Monsters wearing masks'... they mean us, don't they?" She stops chasing her target. "Honestly, it's like all the shadows in this distortion area are somehow corrupted. And as much as I'd like to wipe this whole shadow from existence, or at least end all life here, I don't think there's enough time for that right now. Let's just go. This is too depressing. Every time we stop, more horror and frustration awaits us. If we just keep walking the shadows, and we know we're going in the right direction now, we'll clear the distortion eventually."
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Post  Kieran on Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:56 am

'You mean they think...and us as....but Creampuff..." there is utter disbelief and astonishment in his voice.

Taking a deep breath at the absurdity of it all, "You maybe right my dear, Prospero's machinations have stretched even this far, twisting Shadows into mockeries. Back to that cave then?" He holds Creampuff's limp form out, "You lead, I'll cover our backs in case any of these deluded short hairballs get close."

With amusement he adds, "Unless you have something in mind to stall them."
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Post  Kierenne on Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:04 am

"I might, but it needs a tunnel anyway. Let's go." She walks towards the tunnel with her brother and Creampuff, and she starts chanting again. [Defensive Shield] As they walk into the nearest tunnel, a shimmering fills the opening behind them, preventing anyone from following them. "Now they can't follow us, so once we're in a different shadow, they'll be gone. Even if they take a new path to where this tunnel goes, they shouldn't follow us through shadow."

Then she starts to shift shadows again, continuing to move away from the distortion. This time, she expects to just keep walking for a while, hunger and all, until they're much farther along.
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Post  Kieran on Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:15 pm

While she's busy with the stuff of Shadow during our trek, Kieran inspects Creampuff. Going over the lil fuzzy thing as if contemplating purchasing it. Teeth, skin, fur, signs of mange, are the eyes clear or cloudy, scars, things like that.

Amazing anatomy, feral though, once she's broken Creampuff's will, it will make a tidy little servant. Or plaything. Or whatever her beautiful heart desires.
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Post  David on Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:56 pm

Creampuff seems like a wild animal as far as health goes. Needs a bath. Is a tad malnourished. Clearly a carnivore. Surprisingly free of vermin. Possibly they groom one another and eat any bugs found?

The caves continue to wind their way, with the sounds of pursuit quickly fading. Soon, and without Kierrenne willing it, the rocks change color, becoming in turn pink then blue then a kind of neon green before again becoming gray. After a time the come across a series of caves full of the debris from some civilization they don't recognize. One piece of long wall has collapsed leaving the yard-high words GRAND CENTRAL STA visible, hewn into the marble. A few skeletal remains lie strewn about.

Eventually the caves open up to a beach, with a overcast sky above. Looking around, they find a cobblestone road a little away from the sand dunes. Mountains are in the far distance, opposite the beach. One way on the road seems to lead towards a forest. The other winds its way along the coast where foothills seem to rise. The temperature feels pleasant.

And Creampuff wakes up -- swuirming to get away, biting and scratching for all she's worth.

One the beach, a creature of some kind has washed ashore and seems freshly dead. About twenty feet long it resembles a seal with a long, narrow neck. About five small mammals--looking like a cross between a dog and a weasel--are tearing at its flesh and getting a meal. Flocks of white birds are joining the feast.
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Post  Kieran on Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:05 pm

He shifts the angry Creampuff in his grip so it's facing out, and Kieran has it by the scruff of it's neck.

Testing for distortion Did you try for this? Seems a rather drastic change from the tunnels..

Noticing the animals feeding, "There maybe food here, but scavengers normally don't make easy meals."

Creampuff, you angry fuzzball, you maybe dinner soon.

"I say we head for the foothills, Prospero's warped Shadow dwellers don't need a forest to ambush us from."
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Post  Kierenne on Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:05 pm

"I wanted the tunnel to take us down, but it went up. Then we were here." says the girl, still not attempting to speak through the masks. She watches Creampuff struggle and jumps over to her brother. "Here, let me."

She reaches past the flailing arms and grips the fluffy by the neck, then lifts her from Kieran's hold. Creampuff is a bit taller than Kierenne, but by holding her at arm's length, she can keep the morlock's feet off the ground. She locks eyes with her creature, and squeezes enough to choke but not enough to kill. Rakes of claws on her arms are ignored, until Creampuff finally submits. Or until she passes out again. Whichever.

"I'm going to need a new wetsuit soon, once this one is done ripping the arms apart."
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Post  David on Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:37 pm

Ultimately she quiets down, more or less (btw Creampuff is only about four feet tall). But then she starts getting excited by the smell of all that meat over there on the beach.
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Post  Kierenne on Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:29 am

Kierenne's voice brightens, as though there were a smile behind her mask. "See? She doesn't need to hunt those creatures; she can eat the carrion that they're eating. You're the best pet ever, Creampuff." She lowers the morlock to the ground, so her neck isn't supporting her bodyweight, then slowly releases her hand. She nudges Creampuff's shoulder towards the dead thing on the beach, "Go ahead, dear. Have some breakfast after your nap. But don't stray too far away. Mommy might call you back at any time."
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Post  David on Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:33 am

Creampuff runs over to the carcass and begins devouring flesh. The birds and dog-weasel things (they are called billy-bumblers if it ever comes up) give her a wide berth.

There's been some fog in the direction of the seashore cliffs. It begins to burn off and a very familiar-looking shape becomes visible. They can clearly see the silhouette of Castle Amber!
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Post  Kierenne on Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:26 am

Kierenne notices the shape of the castle, and attempts a trump contact with her brother. Testing. Testing. Roscoe the tunnel-runner screamed peace through the caves.

Is that the real castle, I wonder?
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Post  David on Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:38 am

While the distortion still exists, it has decreased.
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Post  Kieran on Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:43 pm

Clearer, but still some warping.

She still uses that phrase from our youth.

Watching Creampuff, "She assumes the Alpha position naturally. You made a good choice love."

That can't be the real Amber. We're still in Shadow. Probably a mockery made the bastard who sent us here.

"Once Creampuff finishes her meal, let's keep going to Amber. Random should know about this, the distortion and the attempted abduction of ourselves. If Prospero can move through Shadow like that, even when the trumps are distorted, that can't bode well for us."
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Post  Kierenne on Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:49 am

"Once we've returned to Amber, and reported this to the King, I can figure out how to do that spell. It's just a variation on the sun portal, really. He had that icky 'tendril of shadow' stuff, but that was just for show. Mostly, it was just an opening from wherever he was to that spot on the hill. And the way he talked about it, he knew that spot. I'm guessing the spell would always take him to that one exact spot."

She looks at the faux Amber castle up on the hill. "That's strange. You wouldn't expect to see that exact a replica of the True castle far away from the True Amber. The Shadow Kier was only slightly off of the Golden Circle, and our castle was already changed. Is it possible that we're actually close to Amber? That this... blah. Metaphysics. But if we are actually close to Amber, as far as the relative number of shadows away, and it's only the distortion that keeps this set of worlds from interacting... this whole distortion zone represents a serious strategic threat to Amber. It only took me a day or so to figure out how to find the right direction... I've a feeling that when we eventually leave the distortion, we'll actually be very close. Enemies could use this path to secretly approach."

"Prospero, damn his eyes, spoke of people trying to hide from Amber's detection... hide from trumps and paths that Amberites would take. He sounded like this whole place was just where criminals went to escape justice, but what if they're hiding here so that they can move an army? If the King doesn't even know these shadows exist, he can't be watching them. And they all seem the worse off for wear... dead civilizations, degenerate human animals like Creampuff. She's adorable, I won't deny it, but there can't be much reasoning ability left in a species for a people to immediately eat their dead like she does."

She watches Creampuff eating the dead sea carcass some more. "In fact, even that machine we destroyed, while still functional at first, was ancient. There were no tenders, and the area outside the doors was unkempt for some time. Even if it wasn't the source of the distortion, it was probably something that belonged to its makers. And it survived all the vast time that this place seems to have passed. For all we know, we could return to Amber and be only moments after when that bear-fucking commoner left us there."

"Brother, I think I begin to have an idea. This place fascinates me. Fascinates me greatly. It's tied to our birthright, its hidden from Amber, and it possesses some kind of ancient technology that may still be around. And, it's nearly devoid of people. Those it does have... barely sentient, at best. If only I could discover how to work within the distortion, to move around here as I wish, and to be able to send message in and out... this would make an excellent shadow home. So, let us return, report our conjecture to Uncle Random, and then return here with all haste."

She looks back at Creampuff, who is slicing away chunks of the dead sea animal and eating them raw. Her face is all covered in blood, and her belly is starting to distend. "Awww, look at the little cutie. She was hungwy, wasn't shee. Yes she WAS. Yes she was indeed. Well, mommy wants to leave now, precious. So let's go.' Creampuff doesn't notice at first. "CREAMPUFF! You stop that this instance. Come along, we're leaving now." She gestures with her sword to the spot in front of her.
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Post  David on Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:06 am

Creampuff looks at Kierrenne with big eyes, and eventually approaches. Waddling, actually. She's really quite full.
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