Dawn of the Third Age/IC Logs/Session 13
Session Start (Anshu:#CelestialDeliberative): Sun Nov 28 11:48:42 2010 -0700
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[12:45] <~Anshu> As Brazen bulls his way into the city through disorganized bands of beastmen, many of those left alive flow into the gap behind him and fall upon Snow as she follows the rampaging Infernal.
[12:46] * Brazen_Sand hears her yell as she gets attacked and wheels around. "GET OFF OF HER!"
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[12:47] <Nomoe_Hideaki> Though sickened by the atrocities perpetrated by the beastmen below and saddened that a Celestial Exalt uncorrupted by Void or Hell, a hero to many in the Silver Pact, would fall so deep Nomoe Hideaki remains in the sky. Circling on slowly beating white-feathered wings, the shining mark on his forehead and the insignia on the overly wide sleeves of his robes proclaim his status as an Eclipse Caste and
[12:47] <Brazen_Sand> He stands on his hind-legs and a million threads of green-fire wheel around his claws, until they finally coalesce into a massive dire-spear large enough to be held by a Warstrider, made out of green-fire.
[12:47] <Nomoe_Hideaki> He watches, seeing much he'd rather not see but his duty requires him to watch - and only watch - and report everything to the Deliberative. With icy clarity he files away away every act of violence, every indignity, every cruelty, and in the back of his mind the words start falling into place for an observation report to cut hearts.
[12:47] <Nomoe_Hideaki> His mandate restricts him to merely observing, but through him the Deliberative too will experience what is happening here.
[12:47] <Brazen_Sand> The pain of the spear sizzling his paws is ignored.
[12:48] <Nomoe_Hideaki> Though in the course of due diligence in observing the ongoing conflicts and other events he ranges far and wide Nomoe Hideaki retains an awareness of Bright Snow's general location and situation. From this distance she is no more than a silvery blur surrounded by bloody mist, moving with sublime speed and elegance, and it seems unlikely if not not impossible that it will be necessary.
[12:48] <Nomoe_Hideaki> But if she should need him to guard her back he'll be there.
[12:49] <~Anshu> The beastmen launch their spears at the Lunar.
[12:53] <~Anshu> Meanwhile, Brazen finds his way blocked by a pack of beastmen, each carrying a primitive but deadly-looking spear and an half-conscious victim. The townspeople are clad in little more than shreds, and their bodies bear numerous bruises, clawmarks, and other signs of mistreatment. There is nothing but blankness the eyes of the few whose faces are visible.
[12:54] <~Anshu> The leader of the pack carries a moonsilver dire lance in addition to his - he is very obviously male - captive.
[12:55] <Brazen_Sand> Brazen is too angry to shout at them at this point. Instead his rage is concentrated into a single point, one that is embedded into his voice.
[12:56] <~Anshu> Snow dodges the first attack and makes a counterattack with her own dire lance, but they surround her, and though she keeps her guard up, one of them begins to line up a devastating blow to her back, unnoticed by the Lunar.
[13:01] <Nomoe_Hideaki> Nomoe Hideaki's eyes narrow as he sees the beastman creep toward Bright Snow carefully and with remarkable ability keeping in her blind spot. He is unconcerned though - they had spoken about this very issue after than embarrassing failure against the Empress and Bright Snow had mentioned that she'd develop a Charm to defend against attacks she can't see coming.
[13:03] <Nomoe_Hideaki> Closer and closer the beastman comes, his lance prepared for a mortal blow ... just like *she* had done in the darkness of her foul charms, not so long ago. And for a moment Nomoe is uncertain. Had Bright Snow finished developing the Charm or not?
[13:07] <Nomoe_Hideaki> There is no time to consider the matter at length, no time to ask Bright Snow even, not between one moment and the next. Nomoe Hideaki curses inwardly. He hates going back on his plans. But if he has to weigh that against his duty to his partner ... it's not much of a contest.
[13:10] <Nomoe_Hideaki> Without transition the white-winged figure in the sky is gone, disappeared. And the beastman to his likely soon-to-be-fatal surprise finds that very same apparition standing on his spear as if it was a pleasant place to stand and have a conversation. It does not speak, only shakes its head disapprovingly. And there is no attack - too strong are the vibrations that suddenly shake the weapon in the beas
[13:13] <Nomoe_Hideaki> */My apologies if I stepped in prematurely. I was unsure whether you had finished developing your Charm against unexpected sneak attacks./* Nomoe sends to Bright Snow as the beastman notices first splinters cutting into his hand, his weapon shivering itself apart spreading a cloud of wooden fragments all around.
[13:13] <Nomoe_Hideaki> *to spread a cloud
[13:20] <Brazen_Sand> Brazen reared up on his hind legs and groweled at the mob in a relatively quiet nad steady tone.
[13:21] <Brazen_Sand> The atrocities around him reminded him more of Malfeas then Creation, and the fact that it was done by one of the so-called "heroes" of Creation just made him even more furious then usual
[13:21] <Brazen_Sand> "LET.THEM.*GO!*" He snarled at them
[13:22] <Brazen_Sand> The stomping of his talons causing cracks to appear threateningly in the buildings alongside the street
[13:36] <~Anshu> The leader laughs a hyena's laugh; he and his pack keep a good hold on their captives. In fact, the leader repositions his victim, holding her up by her neck in front of him, letting Brazen get a better look at her.. "We will keep our toys, de-mon. This one is pretty, and will bear many strong cubs before she is fit only for eating."
[13:40] <Brazen_Sand> "I'D RATHER BE A DEMON THEN YOU, YOU LITTLE SHIT."
[13:42] <Nomoe_Hideaki> Surrounded by a cloud of splinters falling in slow motion Nomoe looks around, faint disgust visible in his usually so dispassionate expression. "Might as well go all the way," he sighs. A deep violet bandana snakes his way up from his clothes and winds itself around his head, extinguishing the Eclipse Castemark. His white haori, also carrying the same symbol, flutters briefly in the wind then disappea
[13:43] <Nomoe_Hideaki> In it's place a black haori, this one without the Mon of House Nomoe. Only a magnificent white crane in flight is embroidered in place of a Mon.
[13:46] <Nomoe_Hideaki> This is all Hideaki, not in the name of his house or his seat in the Deliberative, the gesture says to those who (unlike Brazen Sand) are versed in such matters. Then, beating his wings once, he shoots forward and past the leader of the beastmen, one finger paralyzing the man's hands the other gently snatching the mortal victim away.
[13:48] <Nomoe_Hideaki> His form flickers then and disappears into branching arcs of white light jumping from beastman to beastman, disrupting their stances, throwing off their concentration, throwing them against one another, generally sowing chaos. And always snatching away the innocent victims out of the hands of their captors.
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[13:54] <Yoshodejurai> bah sorry
[13:57] <~Anshu> With yowls of frustration and rage, the pack finds their victims stolen away by the lightning-fast Eclipse.
[14:03] <Nomoe_Hideaki> In the blink of an eye Nomoe reappears, before the wood splinters have even finished falling to the ground. His wings beat a second time with an air of self-evident superiority. "The right of the mighty. Is that not how the philosophy your leader means to implement works? By all means, enlighten me."
[14:04] <Brazen_Sand> Brazen lowered himself into a non-formal fighting stance alongside Nomoe. "Time to learn how big the world really is!"
[14:04] <~Anshu> The leader growls. "You'll pay for that!" Silver fire burns in his eyes, visible only to Essence sight, and when he lunges, glowing white and silver afterimages trail behind him.
[14:08] <~Anshu> His pack lunges just moments behind him, howling in challenge.
[14:09] <Brazen_Sand> Brazen only roars back in defiance, loud enough to set ears ringing
[14:10] <Brazen_Sand> "YOU CAN'T DEFEAT ME, NOT AS YOU ARE, WORM. ONLY SOMEONE WHO CAN STAND ON THEIR OWN TWO FEET CAN STOP THE GREENFIRE KING!"
[14:13] * Nomoe_Hideaki looks sideways at the Infernal's monstrous figure. Who had invited him to be so familiar? He could so maddenly disregarding of the most basic propriety. Then he looks back toward the pack of howling barbarians and sighs. Contrasted against Ma-Ha-Suchi and his horde, it really isn't the Infernal who is the true monster. Sighing he gives a faint shrug. */Oh well, this die at least is cast./*
[14:14] <Brazen_Sand> A mushroom cloud of green essence burst from Brazen's body, firey sand howled around the demon-lord, while a harsh green orb burst and flared in the centre, like a crown over Brazen's head.
[14:27] <Brazen_Sand> Brazen laughed contemptuously as the rabid beast in a man's shape didn't even scratch his hide,.
[14:33] <Brazen_Sand> "I DON'T HAVE TIME TO PLAY WITH YOU. YOU AREN'T WORTH MY TIME. YOUR LEADER WON'T BE HEARING FROM -" He shoved his spear so quickly at the half-caste that he could not move aside in time. "YOU-" The leader panicked and tried to move Brazen's spear aside with his own moonsilver lance, but it simply splatters apart like water in the wake of Brazen's unstoppable charge. "EVER-" Then
[14:33] <Brazen_Sand> the spear hits his chest and for a split-second he hopes that his own essence-bolstered toughness will dull the monster's blade, but it doesn't. Not even remotely.
[14:34] <Brazen_Sand> Everything goes black as the half-scorched Lunar half-caste is tossed off of Brazen's spear to the side agaisnt a wall, where he had been impaled against the green scorching fire.
[14:46] <Nomoe_Hideaki> No one here has the eyes to see when or how Nomoe moved over to the fountain down the street and back, but he suddenly has a bit of water in his cupped left hand. "You are nothing. Inconsequential maggots squirming in the wake of one greater than you, feeding on the rotting corpses he makes of beauty and dignity. Begone from my sight, or I'll wash you away like the filth you are."
[14:50] <~Anshu> The pack of beastmen wavers on the edge of flight, but their leader groans, still aliev despite his would, and their nerve steadies.
[14:51] <Nomoe_Hideaki> Nomoe tilts his head slightly as the beastmen decline his generous offer. "Well, then so be it." With a quick snapping motion he throws the water from his left palm into the air where it breaks up into a thousand sparkling drops of water. His right hand blurs as it moves with ineffable speed flicking each drop separately with one finger.
[14:52] <Nomoe_Hideaki> Moved by the Divine Finger Flicking Technique they shine with a pure white light leaving miniature rainbows in their wake. But for all their beauty and fragility as they shatter against the breasts of the beastmen their effect is devastating. Though no outward wounds are visible organs and essence chakras are shattered beyond all hope of repair.
[14:59] <~Anshu> As the chakras of the beastmen are shattered, the motes comprising their bodies of the discorporate, leaving not even a corpse behind.
[15:05] <~Anshu> The half-caste leader gets to his feet in time to see his pack utterly annihilated by Nomoe's attack, and with a yelp, he turns and starts trying to flee.
[15:07] <Nomoe_Hideaki> His eyes closed Nomoe takes a deep, leisurely breath. When he opens his eyes again they will all be gone, at least one little part of Nylathin cleaned up.
[15:32] <Brazen_Sand> "YOU WON'T GET AWAY EITHER, YOU SICKENING LITTLE COWARD!" Brazen snapped, he raised a claw and pointed it towards the fleeing back of the half-caste leader.
[15:34] <Brazen_Sand> A dot of green light appeared on the tip and quickly grew as tendrils of essence from Brazen's anima fed it. Then as quickly as it had appeared, Brazen released a beam of cutting light, shooting straight through the leader's head like paper.
[15:44] <Brazen_Sand> As the raider's head seperates from his shoulders, Brazen turned to Nomoe and blew across his smoking talon
[15:45] <Nomoe_Hideaki> Opening his eyes Nomoe frowns slightly. "You could at least burned him to ash."
[15:45] <Nomoe_Hideaki> *have burned
[15:45] <Brazen_Sand> "DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY, NOMOE."
[15:54] <Nomoe_Hideaki> "Mmhh." Nomoe states, but without any force to the comment. One can't have everything ... unless one is Exalted. A casual gesture, a rushing sound, and the body of the leader also disappears.
[15:55] <Nomoe_Hideaki> "There, much better," he nods. "Sadly it's not quite as easy to clean up the rest of the city and the countryside."
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[16:06] <Nomoe_Hideaki_> He sighs. "The restrictions of the observer position proved unexpectedly difficult to bear. It seems I have not managed to avoid contradicting obligations this time."
[16:06] <Brazen_Sand> "IT HAPPENS, THAT'S WHY I'M GLAD NO ONE TELLS ME WHAT TO DO"
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[16:10] * Nomoe_Hideaki makes a throwing away gesture. "I'm the one who tells me what to do. Is it different for you?"
[16:13] <Brazen_Sand> "NO, YOU DO THINGS BASED ON OBLIGATIONS. YOU DON'T TELL YOURSELF WHAT TO DO."
[16:21] <Nomoe_Hideaki> "My own choice every time," Nomoe corrects. "That's the true meaning of duty. To do what is right especially when you could easily chose a different path."
[16:22] <Brazen_Sand> "HOW DO YOU KNOW DOING YOUR DUTY IS ALWAYS RIGHT. IF DOING MY DUTY WAS ALWAYS CORRECT,THEN ME NOT WORKING FOR THE YOZIS WOULD BE WRONG."
[16:22] <Nomoe_Hideaki> He sighs. "To weigh two right choices against one another is no easier that to weigh two bad ones, though."
[16:23] <Brazen_Sand> "SO YOU JUST DEFAULT TO ASSUMING THAT DUTY IS CORRECT WHEN THEY CONFLICT?"
[16:25] <Nomoe_Hideaki> "Is that your duty, though? To serve the Yozis? Truly?"
[16:25] <Brazen_Sand> Brazen put a hand on his muzzle, shook his head, and gave a sigh that was nevertheless loud enough to send tremors through Nomoe's bones. Man, he could be so *DENSE* sometimes.
[16:26] <Brazen_Sand> "I WAS OBLIGATED TO SERVE THE YOZIS WHEN I WAS CHOSEN, YES. I SWORE FEALTY TO THEM AND ALL THAT STUFF. SO YES, IT *WAS* MY DUTY TO SERVE THEM."
[16:27] <Anshu> As the Solar and Infernal argue, there's a sudden roar. The great white-furred beastman Nomoe spotted at the center of the city stands atop a nearby building looking down at you. "So," he says in a bell-toned voice, "we have visitors."
[16:28] <Brazen_Sand> "CAN YOU COME BACK LATER?" Brazen responded. "WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A DISCUSSION HERE!" His tone indicated that he wasn't really interested in whoever that guy was.
[16:28] <Nomoe_Hideaki> "And yes, I do."
[16:29] <Nomoe_Hideaki> "Your Exaltation, though twisted and tainted, ultimately came from Sol Invictus, though."
[16:30] <Brazen_Sand> "SO? HE DIDN'T GIVE IT TO ME, AND I DIDN'T KNOW THAT."
[16:31] <Nomoe_Hideaki> "So your choice might well be framed as your unwisely given oath against a greater responsibility." Nomoe shrugs. "I do not doubt you didn't think of it like that at the time. But in determining what is *right* this consideration is paramount."
[16:31] <Anshu> "Do you not know who I am?" the beastman demands, as rank upon rank of lesser beastmen fill the streets and the gaps between buildings.
[16:32] <Brazen_Sand> "YOU'RE IMPLYING THAT A RESPONSIBILITY MATTERS IF YOU'RE UNAWARE OF IT. YOU CAN'T MORALLY BLAME SOMEONE FOR NOT FOLLOWING A RESPONSIBILITY THEY HAD NO IDEA EXISTED!" Brazen countered
[16:33] <Brazen_Sand> "UH, YOU'RE A NAKED GOAT-GUY ON A BUILDING, A RUDE ONE TOO!"Brazen shouted, annoyed now.
[16:33] <Nomoe_Hideaki> "Then again even if it is determined that is is right there is the question whether it was the right choice at the time, which is completely different." As Brazen speaks in his capital-letter voice Nomoe nods. "Precisely what I said."
[16:35] <Nomoe_Hideaki> "Hence an unwisely given oath. Such things do happen. And why would I blame you?"
[16:36] <Brazen_Sand> "BECAUSE YOU CLAIM THAT THE OATH WAS DONE OVER A GREATER RESPONSIBILITY, WHICH WOULD INDICATE THAT SOMEONE HAS DONE SOMETHING MORALLY INCORRECT. HOWEVER, THE POINT STANDS ABOUT WHICH DUTY IS VALID OR NOT."
[16:37] <Brazen_Sand> "YOU CLAIM THAT THE INFERNAL SHARD STILL CARRIES A DUTY TO CREATION, BUT IF ONE DOESN'T KNOW THAT, THEN IT CAN'T INVALIDATE THE DUTY TO THE YOZIS"
[16:38] <Brazen_Sand> "FROM AN OBLIGATORY STANDPOINT, THAT IS."
[16:42] <Nomoe_Hideaki> "Whether or not you were at the time aware of the greater responsibility matters to the assessment of your actions at the time, correct, but not to the question which in the absolute sense the right path is - you are after all aware of it now as we are discussing that question."
[16:43] <Anshu> "I AM MA-HA-SUCHI, AND YOU WILL DIE ALONG WITH THIS CITY!"
[16:45] <Nomoe_Hideaki> "You are also correct that accepting an obligation while unaware of a contradicting one does not invalidate the first. But it does mean, as was my very first statement, that you need to consider them against one another when a situation arises where you are aware of both and they are in conflict."
[16:45] <Brazen_Sand> "OOOOOOH. YOU'RE THAT GUY?" Brazen rolled his shoulders to loosen his muscles and flapped his wings to keep them from being strained. "I CAME HERE TO KICK YOUR ASS."
[16:45] <Nomoe_Hideaki> Hearing the beastman at the top of the building raise his voice Nomoe turns toward him. "Ma-Ha-Suchi I presume? Considering that you are in this place an invader and thus neither guest nor host, I hope you will forgive my lack of immediate attention."
[16:46] <Brazen_Sand> "I AGREE NOMOE-SAN, BUT COULD WE PERHAPS CONTINUE OUR CONVERSATION WHILE WE KICK THESE ASSHOLES OUT OF THIS CITY BEFORE THEY RAPE ANYONE ELSE?"
[16:46] <Nomoe_Hideaki> He bows deep enough to be respectful toward an elder and Exalt, but not the slightest degree further than that.