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After having captured the bounty hunter Clawson, the party have continued onwards on their travels, reaching the fabled Swap Meet, a great gathering of drifters from all over the Echoes. They have spent some time there exploring and stocking their new ship for their future travels. However, all is not well. They have heard whispers of Skylord Lysander building a crew for his new ship, as well as premonitions from Zunden of disaster striking should they remain for too long. Thus, they have resolved to return to the Weeping City to explore it at a later date, after the more pressing issue of the Cuckoo's Egg is dealt with.

Zunden has seen fit to hire Black Pudding to cleanse their ship of the Oneiromancer's influence and hide it from prying eyes, which he has agreed to do. However, upon returning to the ship, they found themselves faced with another problem: a strange mare has arrived on their ship,carrying a horrific creature on her back, claiming to be part of their crew. Black Pudding has diagnosed it as a Squatterbloat, a lesser name-stealing demon that drains the memories of its host and those they have met. He will banish the demon, but it is a rite that will require participation from the others…
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 No.720068

>>720064
"Curiosity," she says simply, and follows you on.

You find the party already engaged in combat. They are being attacked by a pair of horrific mummified arms reaching out from the stagnant moat, clawing at whoever happens to be nearby. It seems the castle is not uninhabited after all.

 No.720069

Aegis attempts to jump back out of the way
'1d10'
While still casting an array of magic orbs to fight
'1d10' homing magic, ice

Roll #1 7 = 7 / Roll #2 10 = 10

 No.720070

>>720069
'1d10' potent potion

Roll #1 3 = 3

 No.720071

>>720066
Drawing my shivs, I slash at the hand reaching for violet!
[1d10] dual
[1d10] melee

"My word! Be mindful it doesn't grab you, everypony!" I call out to the others

Roll #1 7 = 7 / Roll #2 9 = 9

 No.720072

>>720068
"Shoot. Shoot. Shoot." I rush forward, stop a bit away from the fight, pull the flint and steel out of my pocket, and try to strike the wick on the end of my nozzle.

[1d10]

Roll #1 8 = 8

 No.720073

>>720072
>>720069
>>720070
>>720071
>>720066
"Stand clear!" I shout, sprinting into the action proper.

 No.720074

>>720066
Seeing what seems to be undead, Zunden charges her ring, ready to send out a burst of light.

>Bask: Flash

 No.720076

>>720066
"Hrm… I think something's he- gah!" he shouts, jumping back a little bit and pulling out his bow. Guessing that it's an undead, the stallion readies a bolt of light and fires it as soon as he's steadied himself.

>Magic Bow: [1d10+2] (Light element)


Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4

 No.720077

>>720069
You avoid getting swiped at by the spindly, pale arm, conjuring five icy arrows around you in a neat pentagon formation.

>>720071
Even with your thin blades, the creature's flesh and bone are remarkable fragile, and you sever two of its six claw-like fingers in a single slice. A noxious smelling, pale green ichor flows freely from the stumps, and the hand jerks back, waving around wildly. The fingers, each about the size of your torso, jerk and spasm on the ground before seemingly gaining a will of their own, squirming towards you with animosity.

>>720072
You manage to get a flame going, lighting the wick once again.

>>720074
You clench your fist, your ring beginning to glow with magical light.

>>720076
You fire off a shot at the hands, but it misses, and the arrow pings against the mossy walls harmlessly.

>>720069
>>720071
>>720072
>>720074
>>720076
Silver has put one hand out of commission, but the fingers she severed now have a life of their own, both of them leaping at her violently, the sharp nails thirsting for blood.
[2d10]

Violet hacks at one of the fingers with her blades.
[2d10]

Etrigan tries to stomp the other.
[1d10]

The other hand rears up like a striking cobra before shooting out at Zunden. You see that the arm attached seems to have multiple elbows, making it contort disturbingly as it moves.
>roll to dodge, instant

Roll #1 5, 1 = 6 / Roll #2 2, 8 = 10 / Roll #3 10 = 10

 No.720078

>>720077
I aim my sprayer at the base of the thing's arm and squeeze the trigger, letting loose a torrent of flame.

[1d10]

Roll #1 5 = 5

 No.720079


 No.720080

>>720077
With the fingers leaping towards me, I jump back as well, striking the more vulnerable of the two with both blades!
[1d10] melee
[1d10]

Roll #1 9 = 9 / Roll #2 6 = 6

 No.720081

>>720077
[1d10 dodge]
Zunden weaves to the side, channeling all her determination in filling the entire castle with light.

>Chariot: Flash

[10+2]
> (Channeler's Ring[TR]) Flash: spell, recharge 3; Emit a burst of magical energy, attuned to Light. Affects enemies all around you, but does not deal damage unless on crit, instead debuffing them with the effects of the Light element. (The target is momentarily blinded, suffering +1 DC to all rolls on its next turn, or +2 on a crit. This damage type deals twice as many hits versus undead enemies. Radiant spells can be used to illuminate the environment, providing a dazzling light source.)

Roll #1 1, 2, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, 2, 1, 2 = 16

 No.720082

>>720081
>uhh i fucked that up
[1d10] dodge
12 result for the flash

Roll #1 10 = 10

 No.720084

>>720077
"Ohhh, I don't like this. Couldn't they just stop moving once it's severed?" he says, firing off a bolt of electricity at one of the hands.
>[1d10+2] [1d10+2] Magic Bolt (Lightning)

Roll #1 2 + 2 = 4 / Roll #2 1 + 2 = 3

 No.720085

>>720077
Aegis tries to find a good position, quickly acessing the situation as the five orbs she called spin menacingly behind her head, casting dancing shadows on the bridge
She shoots out every orb avaiable towards each separated finger that she could see plus a pair of frigid shots directed at one of the main hands
>Homing magic, ice
'1d10+2' finger
'1d10+2' finger
'1d10+2' finger
'1d10+2' finger
'1d10+2' hand 1

>Magic bolt, ice

'2d10+2' hand 1

Roll #1 1 + 2 = 3 / Roll #2 6 + 2 = 8 / Roll #3 3 + 2 = 5 / Roll #4 6 + 2 = 8 / Roll #5 3 + 2 = 5 / Roll #6 5, 9 + 2 = 16

 No.720086

>>720085
'1d10+2' potent potion on Magic bolt

Roll #1 5 + 2 = 7

 No.720087

>>720079
>>720078
You run in close and let loose a gout of flame. Immediately, it spreads up the creature's arm, engulfing first one hand, then the other. The flames don't stop there. The moat itself catches fire, although these are no ordinary flames; brilliant emerald green tongues of magical flame spread almost instantly across the entirety of the moat, writhing and flickering in oddly beautiful patterns, bathing the scene in vibrant, blinding green. The remains of many of the banners on the castle walls are also consumed, collapsing into nothing. Soon enough, the entire castle is surrounded by dancing viridian flames.

Whatever the moat is filled with, it isn't water.

>>720080
You slice downwards on the finger, slicing it into three identical pieces with one blow. They almost look like horrible sushi rolls.

>>720081
You nimbly move out of the way of the groping hand. As the green flames Norv lit begin to spread, you thrust your fist into the air, illuminating the landscape with a sudden all-encompassing burst of light from the ring. Anyone caught up with it is left momentarily blinded by the magical burst. For a brief instant, it is as if the night has turned to day.

>>720084
The fingers are annoyingly nimble enemies, and you miss your blast of magic narrowly.

>>720085
While some of your icy shots miss, two of them hit their mark, throwing the writhing worm-like appendage aside. Its movements slow temporarily. As for the other hand, it is knocked off balance by your blast, the remaining fingers bending backwards horribly in confusion.

>>720085
>>720084
>>720082
>>720080
>>720078
As Aegis blasts one of the fingers, Violet rushes forward and impales it with one of her blades. Etrigan performs a coup de grace on the wriggling thing, rearing up and stamping it into mush.

The castle is alit in a dazzling display of yellow and green as Norv unwittingly sets the whole moat on fire. The monstrous arms writhe and contort horribly, crashing into each other repeatedly and grasping at thin air before sinking into the flames, an indescribable stench of burning flesh filling the air. There is a moment of silence as you ponder what just happened. Violet looks both awed at the spectacle and disgusted by the unknown monster, while Kairon materializes by Norv's side. "My. That was quite a display," she says to whoever may be listening. "What do you suppose that thing was? It seemed quite vile."

 No.720088

>>720087
>>720086
"Aegiz, ze beaztiary?"

Zunden says, breathing heavily after the fanciful display.

 No.720089

>>720087
''Something I hope is natural only to this world. Or at least, had all of its kin banished here'' Aegis says while putting the shield away
>>720088
''Here'' Aegis opens up her bag, momentarily revealing the Animarum as she pulls out the beastiary. She holds it to Zunden magically as both the book and her shield glow softly

 No.720090

>>720087
On the edge of gagging, I wipe my shivs off before sheathing them.

"I've no idea, though whatever it was it was quite weak to fire. Well done, norvy!" I call out to the dog "you made quick work of whatever that thing was with that flame. "

 No.720091

>>720087
"Hrm… I imagine we'll find more of that as we head inside." the stallion says, stowing his bow and looking in to the moat somewhat nervously.'

>>720089
>>720088
"Well, I've never seen something like that, for sure. Maybe it was common somewhere else?"

 No.720092

>>720091
>[1d10] oh gee wiz what's down there

Roll #1 9 = 9

 No.720093

>>720089
"If you would- ah, read it pleaze."

 No.720094

>>720087
My jaw drops as I watch the moat burn. "Oops." I briefly glance to Kairon before turning my attention back to the fire. "Not sure, but I think it's probably in the book now."

 No.720095

>>720093
''Yes'' She quickly pulls the book back and flips through its pages

 No.720096

>>720091
>>720092
Amidst the slowly dying flames, you catch a glimpse of the creature's true moat. It seems to be comprised of nothing but dozens and dozens of twisted arms, all intertwined and clasped around each other horribly. It spans the length of the entire castle perimeter, shaping itself to fill the contours of the moat. It stirs slightly. The creature is not dead, simply recovering.

>>720089
>>720093
You crack open the bestiary and read the latest entry.

>LÀMHAN


>Threat level: High


>A unique creature of unknown origin, seemingly comprised of nothing but the monstrous limbs of other creatures it has claimed. Its form amorphous, Làmhan can contort itself to whatever shape necessary, and is unable to be killed by any known means. Làmhan is extremely dangerous if provoked, but usually docile.


>Immune: Dark


>Resistant: Ice


>Weak: Light, Fire


"What a fascinating creature," Kairon comments, hovering over Aegis' shoulder uninvited. "It seems whoever owned this place used it as a guardian. Or perhaps it came to live here of its own accord. Either way. It is a curious anomaly." She looks towards the castle entrance. "Shall we move on?"

Etrigan kicks a stray finger impassively, while Violet is busy trying to get some of the effluvial greenish liquid off of her armor, her nose scrunched up in disgust.

 No.720097

>>720091
>>720096
true form inside the moat*

 No.720098

>>720096
"Ah… hmm. It's not dead, that's for sure. I think we have a little while, but it'll be back up eventually. Maybe we ought to make this quick? When we're leaving, I could check ahead by projecting and see if it's still recovering."

 No.720099

>>720096
"I-" I glance over at Violet. "If we're actually sticking around here. Gimme a sec, Your Grace. I'll be right back." I walk over to her. "Hey, you alright? It looked like that thing got you right before I got here."

 No.720100

>>720096
"Right, with that out of the way we'd do well to continue in while we've time for it. If the monster here was still around this long I'd imagine what it was guarding is here too."

 No.720101

>>720096
Aegis suddenly closes the book with a loud 'paff' before putting it back in place ''We shall''
>>720098
''An excellent idea, Master Rabi. But the real issue is what will we do if it has recovered when we begin to leave''

 No.720102

>>720098
"Really? After that display it still lives? I can see why it would make for a good protector! All the more reason to move inside, to avoid it's wrath. "

 No.720103

>>720101
"Well, we won't let it get the drop on us that time, for sure. We've got a good amount of fire, between Norv and I. Push comes to shove, we could force our way through again, but maybe… I don't know, cause a distraction? I don't know if a distraction would work- it was just taking up the whole of the moat."

 No.720104

>>720103
"Actually I think I'm only good for one or two more squirts. I don't know how much lantern oil we have left, either."

 No.720105

>>720102
>>720096
"Does your notez mention anyzing of it being a reagent, before we leave? It doez have it'z own form of immortality, after all."

 No.720106

>>720103
''I'm afraid I wont be the most useful if we are to fight it again, so I would like to avoid it if possible. Perhaps it wont be quick enough to attack us if we run past it fast enough''
>>720104
''Then we should stock up on more the next time we find a town with a shop. That was very good''
>>720105
Aegis silently checks the book one more time real quickly to make sure she didnt miss anything written on the page after hearing Zunden's words

 No.720107

>>720106
"Yeah? Thanks. Just sorta came up with it on the fly while we were fighting those undead guys after dropping Clawson off. Figured keeping another canister of it couldn't hurt. I got a couple more ideas too."

 No.720108

>>720106
>>720104
"Hrm… that might be best, yeah."

 No.720109

>>720105
>>720096

"Ah, an excellent question! I don't have my notes on me, but I do recall reading something similar.."

Looking away, I try to remember the notes from earlier on toxic echoes creatures, picking through for something like this creature
[1d10] knowledge: toxicology

Roll #1 8 = 8

 No.720110

>>720107
''Hopefully you can surprise us some more with them in the future''
Aegis walks ahead but stops herself and glances back to Norv ''Actually, please keep the surprises to a minimum if you can''

 No.720111

>>720098
Etrigan looks up looking concerned, while Violet blinks in disbelief. "Even after that it's not dead? What the hell is it made of? Apart from hands that is."

>>720099
Violet shakes off some of the foul liquid off her mask, flipping up the visor. She smiles at you as you show your concern. "Almost. But not quite. I'm alright. Really."

>>720100
>>720101
Violet nods. "Right. Let's keep moving."

>>720105
>>720106
While Aegis' notes don't mention anything about a reagent, it is highly likely the Làmhan's blood - if that is what it discharges - is a valuable ingredient, being a one of a kind being.

>>720109
There is mention among Carnifex's notes, you recall, of a dried finger being an excellent ingredient in rejuvenating potions. While you cannot recall if the finger came from the Làmhan specifically, it seems likely given the context of the creature's existence.

>>720098
>>720099
>>720100
>>720101
>>720105
You move forward a bit, into the castle courtyard, feeling the heat from the green flames that line the moat now. Curiously, they do not seem to emit smoke, you notice.

The courtyard, as with most castles, seems to connect much of the abandoned castle. It seems to have hosted a great garden once, but the trees and flowers are long dead. The dried fountain in the middle has a faded inscription with the pegasus' name:

CR D CO R

Directly in front of you seems to be the great hall of the castle, while to your left is a guard tower, which is connected to the barracks. The right makes up the main bulk of the castle, hosting its keep, along with everything that would entail. Etrigan seems oddly interested in the dried fountain, trying to make out the pony's name, while Violet scouts the grounds for anything of particular note.
[1d10]Violet looting

>pausing


Roll #1 9 = 9

 No.720112

>>719896
"Yeah!" She happily shows off the hamper of veggies. "This place is loaded with good pickings. I reckon we'll eat like kings. …Er, I'm not sure if you really like this stuff. But I do." She shows off some choice mushrooms she found. "I reckon we've still got another hour or so of daylight. If you like, we could go and hunt something for those that prefer meat. Have you ever hunted before?"

 No.720114

>>720112
"I can eat veggies, but yeah. Some meat would be nice." I rub my chin. "I mean trchnically I guess I've hunted. I've done some trapping, I've had to kill varmints, stuff like that. Never actually went into the woods and, like, hunted hunted before, though."

 No.720116

>>720114
"Guess that counts," she says with a grin. Her gaze shifts back towards the treeline. "….You wanna do it? I saw some boar out near the creek before. They looked pretty good for eating. I think at least. You know I don't touch meat, haha. But I'd be happy to show you the ropes. Who knows, you might even like it. How about it?" She looks at you expectantly.

 No.720117

>>720116
I blink. "Actually yeah. Pork sounds delicious. I haven't actually killed anything in a while. Not since the orchard keeper. I think a hunting trip could be neat. Gotta be careful with boar, though. They're not that big, but they'll really mess you up." I let out an awkward chuckle. "I guess you'd already know that, though."

 No.720119

>>720117
She lifts up her underlaying armor, showing a deep scar on the left side of her gut. "I learned how to hunt boar the hard way," she says with a bit of a pained grin. "Don't worry though. Anything happens, I'll save you. Let me go and get ready, then we'll head out. Okay?"

 No.720121

>>720119
"Dang. That looks like it hurt. I only ever had to trap them, so I didn't make that much contact. Even that was scary, though." I smile and nod. "Yeah, alright. Should I bring anything in particular?"

 No.720124

>>720121
"Your trapping gear should do the trick. If we can hunt a balaur we can hunt a boar. Right? Also, any ranged weapons you have will be good. We really don't want to get too close to this guy. Oh, and the sleeper poison will do wonders here too. …Think that's about it. See you in a minute!" Violet gives you another quick kiss and goes off to drop off her stash and get ready for the hunt.

 No.720126

>>720124
Trapping gear and sleeper poison. Got it. Not sure I have any ranged weapons besides my sprayer. Hopefully that wouldn't be too clunky. I go to my room and look through my stuff.

After going through my things, I make sure to grab my trappong kit and a couple vials of sleeper poison, but I'm not really sure what else I could use. Maybe if I had some kind of dart gun. I wouldn't even know where to start if I wanted to make one, though. I guess if I had feathers or something then the spikes that came in the trapper kit could be filed down into darts, but that only solves half the problem.

I sigh and just meet back up with Violet above deck. I'll just work that out later I guess.



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