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    Teleporter Room

    Its techology, not magic. However its likely that shifts like will work. Mr E notices that the teleported didn't work in the manner he wanted.

    "Rrrr. Looks like he has a barrier up. Looks like we are going to have to do this the other way. Sweetums, go to the front and keep that golem out."

    Sweetums nods and heads off, while Mr E gets to a mic to tell the henchmen to fire the Cowapulets at the forces attacking AMEN's main entrance. Its better to leave DC alone for now.
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    [Over the Valcano]

    You? ...Not off the top of my head, but I have bigger concerns right now. If you can get over the mountain and lend support, I won't even care it's you, I would rather not deal with all of these things alone. That is what Jezebel's reply is.

    The other new guy gets a telepathic message of his own. Please either aid me in destroying this creature or keep its 'friend' off me. I have only one goal here.

    As for the fight.

    DC mostly turns his attention to the Dark Lord avatar trying to give him cookies, as destroying that thing, or coming as close to it as possible, is his entire goal here.

    He might or might not have actually done something remotely meaningful already, but he's never been known to settle.

    "...If you want to be nice, here, hold this," DC says, as the portal caster from before floats down to the abomination and is roughly shoved at what I assume to be the same black-knight-lookin' avatar thing as last time, in appearance.

    Then the psychic flares with that red aura again, and the avatar may find itself reliving a very familiar memory as a powerful psychokinetic blast comes at it from above, aiming to send it spiraling down into the lava...again.

    During this descent, the caster will stay with it, even if it didn't get picked up. Telekinesis is terrible like that.

    And then the portal caster explodes, in a blast of chaotic energies of many mundane and magical types. It's not anywhere near the level of the superweapon blast used to destroy the last avatar (being more like getting hit with a rocket launcher in pure power), but it retains one important quality of the rift:

    The chaotic emissions and radiation it puts out interfere with teleportation and the like, meaning that assuming the thing got hit with the blast, it probably won't be able to teleport until it purges the radiation it just got smashed with.

    Even as it goes flying towards lava (again, assumptions here, as I'm trying to do this combo thingy 'cause I think it would be cool). The explosion won't be conveniently stopping the fall, either.

    All this (possibly) occurs as DC's daggers float out of his hands inside his little force bubble of security, as he draws twin pistols from their holsters. Their standard power cells float out, being replaced by new ones marked with an odd cyan stripe. These weapons, too, link with his armor's power systems, even as the forcefield blades of the daggers fade.

    The bottom of the force bubble shifts, detaching from the main part (so the bottom isn't so protective anymore) and warping until it resembles some kind of...lens? A refractory lens, to be specific.

    "Scatter mode, maximum firepower, divert all possible armor charge. Time for you to STAY DOWN!"

    Then, assuming it all got this far (this is kind of a combo attack attempt because I think it'll be really cool), DC opens fire with both of the overcharged beam pistols. To start, they're firing scattered beams, with an effect not dissimilar to a shotgun. Secondly, they're going through a refractor, scattering them further over a larger area.

    Finally, those power cells seem to be firing elemental cold, and over an area like that, a pretty good portion of the lava in that pit probably just froze, perhaps with the avatar inside it. Obviously DC won't be doing that if it doesn't get blasted down there. But it worked before, so it can probably work now.

    The freezing blasts are probably made worse by the current doom going on, as well: The influence of Llymic likely amplifies the darkness created by Clegg's clouds, and intensifies the cold. It also occurs to me that it's probably really cold up here to start with anyway aside from the lava part, since they're kinda up over a mountain. Altitude and all.

    So it's possible DC just sent that avatar into a freezing prison while disabling its teleporty escape route! It's probably best if D_Lord posts next here, at least as far as the combatants go.
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    [Over the Valcano]

    Well that was a lot of actions, so many points that Dark Lord could do something to block. However it doesn't. On the other hand it punches through the solidified Lava like a zombie rising from the grave. Yes while it is human sized and shaped it's a lot stronger.

    You burned the Cookies.

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    And Dark Lord has just tried to polymorph DC into a Squirrel. Also it's hair is on fire but not the cloak it's wearing.
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    Main Room

    Hey! The rubble has mostly been cleared up! And the furniture was replaced - including a big screen TV playing Turducken Dynasty. There is a big bowl of chips on a side table, and Decker is curled up underneath it, asleep.

    "Okay. You're in. Go ahead and set off your bomb or whatever." Moff says.
    [Main Room]

    KR walks over to the table and sits on the floor next to it, arms glued together in front of her.
    "Decker?"
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    Front Entrance

    Moff sees the flesh golem running towards him.

    He fires his Weird Gun, and this time, it's a flamethrower. Maybe it will catch the golem on fire, and maybe not. But earlier, when Moff was spraying liquid all around the entrance? That was oil. And that definitely catches on fire. The area all around the entrance to the base is a field of fire - about the size of a basketball court. And since Moffs are not fireproof, Moff disappears through a portal, leaving it behind to cover the door. He doesn't know that it won't work for the golem, but the OOC text notes that the people who are to follow the golem will still have a portal to deal with.


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    Decker blinks awake. "KR?"


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    Another Moff fires a couple of cows at The Crone's Claw. They act like the ones in the video, so it's worth watching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D_Lord View Post
    [Over the Valcano]

    Well that was a lot of actions, so many points that Dark Lord could do something to block. However it doesn't. On the other hand it punches through the solidified Lava like a zombie rising from the grave. Yes while it is human sized and shaped it's a lot stronger.

    You burned the Cookies.

    Squirrel.


    And Dark Lord has just tried to polymorph DC into a Squirrel. Also it's hair is on fire but not the cloak it's wearing.
    Hayden grins, a wild expression on his face as he says.

    So it's time to get fired up already? ALRIGHT! The legendary hero gets to prove himself. Get ready abominations, a fist that has traveled throughout time and space has come to end your evil! "

    Adopting a runners pose, after burners appear at the back of his legs, cloth tearing to expose the metal skeletal framework underneath the cyborgs "Casual" attire, exposing what looked like small scale jet afterburners, yet the heat and intensity that came off them turned the rock beneath him an angry red! Those turbines propelling the cyborg forward with an explosion that DC, and any other science oriented types, would recognize as the sound barrier being broken! Curtails of flame following the cyborg as he propels himself towards the target, white blue fire burning hotter with every moment! Truly this was the speed and strength of a hero of the future! A flying lariat coming at D_Lord with mach speed intensity, steel servos preparing a special salvo as his arms opened, displaying a circular row of gas canisters as he spun, attempting to line up the blow as one of the canisters would explode, launching the explosive payload at the same time as an uppercut would connect, attempting to send that villain flying with force that would explode the rock around him even if he were to dodge! If it connects, he'll launch himself up into the sky, raining explosive blow after blow that would send the creature ever higher until he reaches the limit of his jumping ability, however, at mach speeds this is likely to be quite a few blows, and also likely to exhaust one arm's rocket payload completely.

    "TAAAKE THIS! A PUNCH THAT ECHOES THROUGHOUT THE COSMOS, PROPELLED BY THE FIRES OF COURAGE. ROCKET PUNCH BARRAGE!"
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    (Hi Fan. Nice to see you. I should point out a bit of a problem with your post. The avatar of D_Lord is currently standing on a bit of harden lava inside the crater of the volcano. Going at it while breaking the sound barrier sounds like a good way to go straight into the lava. Sorry. Also, nice post DC.)

    Mr E continues to monitor the situation as best as he can from his makeshift command center.
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    [Main Room]

    "Hi Decker." Says KR, feeling slightly foolish.
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    Main Room

    Decker sits up, bumps her head on the table, and scoots out. "What are you doing here?" She glances at the glue restraint, then at Moff, and scoots a little closer. "Don't worry. I'll get you out of here."
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    [Over the Valcano]

    Oh? It would appear that the warrior Magtok-fanboy cyborg who certainly looks as though he should be strapped up nice and tight in a radiant white jacket that forces him hug himself is joining the fray! What fun will she have crushing the life out of this one!

    This evens up the odds a tad, doesn't it? Now nobody has to feel guilty about absolutely pulverizing anyone else, right?

    As Clarissa watches DC jury-rig a divergent lens out of a forcefield, she can't help but be entertained! He stole her idea! Haha!

    Having rejected Dark Lord's dark side cookies and hence probably its clearly (clearly) nefarious and perhaps overly elaborate cookie trap-

    Oi! Clarissa, what are you... Woah!

    So much for not interfering further in Dark Lord-DC relations.

    All combatants outside of AMEN may be slightly (slightly) somewhat terrified when much of the light ceases to shine from above the "heavens" above. In the next moment or so, DC may become the target of a hyper-intense solar beam of polychromatic light. Yes, Clarissa was indeed setting up a massive array of convergent lenses by exploiting the various indexes of the assortment of fluids she dispensed into the atmosphere and the rather potent spell she just now finished casting (though it is not as complete as it could be), but the big reveal obviously wouldn't have worked since someone beat her to the implementation of the tactic.

    Good *cough, a pox upon your house, cough* show!

    Nevertheless, as the black storm clouds in the sky part for probably no more than a minute, DC might be faced with two major problems. DC may be blinded and/or scorched somewhat when the Nexus's most extreme tanning booth attempts to work its magic on his pasty mortal flesh. Aside from that, he may be diagnosed with skin cancer in several decades due to this incident (Mwahahahahaha!).

    Clarissa will, as any self-respecting villain should, take advantage of DC's plight (if her hyper-solar beam, assuming DC is weakened by the hyper-solar beam. Clarissa will attempt to blur in a streak of violet tinted light to a location directly beneath DC before absorbing the light energy (maybe?) flooding the area as well as as much of the power of the rift as is possible in order to "charge up" her next attack.

    Caveat: Clarissa will only attack DC-the-human. She will not attack DC-the-squirrel because, *snrk*, DC as a squirrel! Oh gods, if that happens she'd hope with all of her corrupted, satanic heart that the transformation lasts until she can get her demonic/angelic hands on a camera!
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    A Reasonable distance away from over the volcano

    Hey look, on that convenient cliff, Ark's watching the fight while eating from a Bag of Endless Popcorn!
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    [Around AMEN] is Harley, running around, activating and finishing off some of the recently-repaired defenses, and also double-checking the weaker points of the walls to make sure they're protected enough.

    ((For my sake, so I don't contradict myself later, this is what she looks like/has: She's not wearing a mask, leaving the large scar on the left side of her face glaring. She, once again, looks like she did earlier, in late forties. Her hair is mostly blue, tied back (she still hasn't noticed it), but with a bit of grey here and there. She has a perfectly normal sword in a "blessed" scabbard. She has the Shapeshifter's Bane dagger she got in the Thanksmas Auction, and is wearing a magical necklace with a ruby on it. She's wearing a skirt and blouse with a belt (not armor, unfortunately) due to Ark making her last good top that matched her pants wet. When her skirt doesn't cover her ankles, her socks do, of course. (Can't have any of these henchmen distracted by her ankles...) Also, she has a pocket mirror. Not exactly sure what's that for.))

    So...yeah. That's what she's doing; at least until she has a run-in with the enemy.
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    [Over the Valcano]

    The attempted squirrel curse does not have any visible effect, probably thanks to the part where DC's personal tech is made to be magic-resistant, as demonstrated after Magtok's attack on Evolution Industries' headquarters in Westside. This protects him mostly because he is, as established before, wearing armor now. Plus I think the avatar has a bigger concern right now.

    As for Clarissa.

    Did...

    Did she just basically try to hit DC with a kill-sat, without the sat?

    Fortunately for him, two factors act in his favor. One, obviously, is the forcefield still set up for defense above him, which does not act as a lens like that.

    Secondly, and by far the more important part, is that a solar-beam based attack is not going to be as effective as it could be right now, thanks to the dimming of the sun and the part where it has to go through those dark stormclouds thanks to Clegg.

    That's not to say it's not something that shouldn't be worried about, but it probably does mean the upper forcefield holds just long enough for DC to fly the hell away from the attempted effectively-a-kill-sat strike.

    "...No."

    One of DC's guns' regular power cells flies towards Clarissa as she tries to charge up, to overload and detonate in much the same manner as the portal caster did. While the blast itself won't do too much most likely, the emissions remain the same, and are likely to cause issues with teleportation, especially given that she's busy trying to charge (so hopefully this is a rather opportune moment to strike).

    What's more important, though, are the two small spheres that unclip from the psychic's belt (two of four) and fly towards her in much the same time, because those are two custom-made magitech'd up ion grenades that release a chaotic magic-infused ionic pulse (said 'ion' being based on the SW-type tech). While normally this would not be very effective against something that is not either technology or, uh, the Thing In The Walls, there is a single terrible factor that will make things very unpleasant for Clarissa.

    DC is pointing upward and flying the hell away at this point for some reason here sure as hell isn't sharing. "I don't think so."

    As it turns out, there's a very good reason for the pointing up, because if those ion grenades hit their opportunistic mark, they'll prove to have a very nasty secondary effect due to the weather situation brought on by Clegg. Namely, the ionic effects will provoke a huge amount of lightning to come striking down at where they hit, and that happens to be right where they went off. (Lightning confirmed with Noodlehat).

    Which is to say, on Clarissa, if all goes well.

    Then it will get worse.

    Should all this happen, including that overload blast, the grenades, the lightning, the whole thing, there will be one final, even more horrific result for Clarissa.

    A result that this place has seen before. The energy of the solar beam, grenades, and massive lightning serve to provoke much the same effect, likely ripping open a massive, unstable, swirling multicolored rift of chaotic power putting off all sorts of incredibly unhealthy emissions and violently trying to suck everything near into the rift. Again.

    Given that if this has happened, the overload went off right on her?

    That rift may well form in the space she's supposed to be occupying and cause her to implode, and have her constituent molecules scattered across all the vast planes and dimensions that are and shall be.
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    ((Psst, Hatter, posting this here since my OOC post is the last one as I type this: The rift's sucking-in effect doesn't extend down the mountain that far. It's pretty far up there.))
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkcomet View Post
    ((Psst, Hatter, posting this here since my OOC post is the last one as I type this: The rift's sucking-in effect doesn't extend down the mountain that far. It's pretty far up there.))
    ((I'm aware, but the broken anti-teleport belt thing drew the golem to the rift. I think I said that somewhere. It's just a better looking death for the thing too.))
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    Clegg simply nods at Chuckles, his mind not quite wrapped around his conversation. The ring is donned, and activated, his body disappearing from any sort of view. He watches the golem attack, enjoying the scene. However, as he's watching, a figure clad in black rushes out towards the sickle lying on the ground. Unfortunate timing leads to the result of an unwanted individual being teleported onto The Crone's Claw, along with said sickle. The Cat Burglar will be dropped onto the soggy, seaweed covered, bloody deck roughly by the spell, with the scythe landing beside him. Very quickly, he might find quite a few skeletons standing around him, fully armed with rusty blades and pistols. Seeing as Clegg has just gone invisible, he's not going to take the ring off. However, his voice can be heard quite clearly. You there! What are you doing here?! Be you friend or foe! The weaker undead don't bother with grabbing the scythe, for the divine energy would burn them. Clegg has unsheathed The Crone's Fang, and points it at The Cat Burglar. He won't be able to see it, but he'll most likely feel the end of the blade pressed at his throat... Not enough to open a wound though.
    Oh, the Cat sees the sword alright. Not to mention the ugly zombie holding it. One of the many benefits of those silly cat-eyed goggles he wears is seeing exactly what's trying to kill him.

    The thief scrambles away as the point gets uncomfortably close to his neck, pushing himself back along the slimy deck. On reflex, he grabs the sickle, and the aura might convince the skeletons to give him some distance. "I, uh... friend? Friend. Uhm, I just, well, quit AMEN." Along with every other organization the undead might have a problem with. Funny now that works out.
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    Let me out of the soul gem, you rotter!
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    Moff sees the flesh golem running towards him.

    He fires his Weird Gun, and this time, it's a flamethrower. Maybe it will catch the golem on fire, and maybe not. But earlier, when Moff was spraying liquid all around the entrance? That was oil. And that definitely catches on fire. The area all around the entrance to the base is a field of fire - about the size of a basketball court. And since Moffs are not fireproof, Moff disappears through a portal, leaving it behind to cover the door. He doesn't know that it won't work for the golem, but the OOC text notes that the people who are to follow the golem will still have a portal to deal with.

    Cowapult

    Another Moff fires a couple of cows at The Crone's Claw. They act like the ones in the video, so it's worth watching.
    The monstrous flesh golem at the door of AMEN is suddenly confronted with it's most lethal weapon. Fire. Sure enough, the golem is suddenly stopped as a blanket of painful, burning, scorching fire comes roaring at it. The fire utterly destroys the magical belt at it's waste preventing enemy teleportation. However, that's the least of the golem's problems. Not only is he on fire, but suddenly the ground around him is flaming as well. It's just too much for the thing. The monster roars and howls and screams horribly, the terrible sound probably causing Moff to recoil or shudder. The thick legs of the huge creature melt, flesh bubbling and bone crumbling among the torturous pain of being immolated.

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    Oh, the Cat sees the sword alright. Not to mention the ugly zombie holding it. One of the many benefits of those silly cat-eyed goggles he wears is seeing exactly what's trying to kill him.

    The thief scrambles away as the point gets uncomfortably close to his neck, pushing himself back along the slimy deck. On reflex, he grabs the sickle, and the aura might convince the skeletons to give him some distance. "I, uh... friend? Friend. Uhm, I just, well, quit AMEN." Along with every other organization the undead might have a problem with. Funny now that works out.
    Captain Clegg pulls the sword back and removes the silver ring. There was no point anymore in wearing them seeing as any sort of stealth operation was a failure as soon as a goddess had come to battle. Clegg is revealed in all his nastiness to The Cat Burglar. Not that he wasn't before, but it's a lot clearer now. () He pulls the blade back and sheathes it, deciding just by the look of the prisoner and his speech that he wasn't much of a threat. He speaks with an exasperated tone. Ahh... You're an ex-member too then? I'm going to presume you had personal reasons to leave, and not that you're simply a deserter. Were this any other time, I'd have your body crucified upside down on the mast, however, you seem to have caught me at a bad time. You may live provided you cause no trouble. After my business is concluded, I will personally assure that you are dropped off. The skeletons around The Cat Burglar do indeed back away from him. Clegg barks one more command at O'Reilly before turning away. Keep your eyes on him, and assure that he knows that he's a guest aboard this vessel. Have Byrebreak and Seerwied escort him to my cabin, and keep watch over him. He is to be provided reading material to pass the time as well. With that, he turns away.

    The Captain watches grimly as events around him proceed. This wasn't going right at all. Not bad, really, but not the way it was supposed to go. Despite the ship being invisible, it appears another Moff has decided to fire upon The Crone's Claw. Due to the Claw not having made it's exact positioning clear, and still being invisible, the cows miss. However, several crewmen including Byrebreak stare down in horror over the rotting railings as the bizarre cows mutate below them and crash into the ground. That... was flippin' weird.

    However, the strangeness doesn't even stop there. Clegg watches in awe as the figure he recognized as Clarissa did battle with another mysterious male. Clarissa seemed to have the upper hand the entire battle, her strength completely dominating the field. However... It appears that this mystery individual pulls an ace out of his sleeve. Now the ground is wet and soggy from the cold rain, but then power cells of elemental cold are activated, thier influence stretching wide. Sure enough, now around the area where DC, Clarissa, and the mysterry cyborg are battling, the already chilling precipitation begins to turn into snow...

    The golem continues to move forward to Moff, however it's having some issues walking seeing as it's feet have melted into slabs, and it's fleshy skin is bubbling and popping. It even manages to get a few feet away from Moff before... All hell breaks loose. DC performs one of the most frightening and awe inspiring attacks Clegg had ever seen loosed in combat. The male figure must be a genious, for he seemed to know exactly what to do. The cheeky unknown gunman had somehow harnessed the powerful lightning Clegg had summoned to do his bedding. The Captain watches through his wet spyglass as a huge column of lightning comes crashing down on Clarissa, producing an incredibly amount of electromagnetic pulses. The electricity from the incredible strike can literally be felt in the air... it's incredible. Not only that, but somehow another effect was created. Clegg watches, his curiosity turned to an incredible sense of respect for the mysterious individual, as a horrible rift opens up around Clarissa, hungering for anything around it...

    This is the hell broken loose that the flaming golem had the misfortune of experiencing, for at the exact moment it lunges forward, the rift appears. The broken anti-teleportation belt seems to be not only... well... not working, but it seems to be doing the opposite of what it's supposed to do. It's drawing the golem towards the rift... So, yes, in front of the Moff at the door, the flaming flesh golem is lifted into the air and quickly sucked into the horrible rift up ahead, the flesh golem disappearing inside the mysterious void... BlackByre grimaces and relinquishes a mental connection as the golem vanishes. He wanted nothing to do with what his creation was about to experience...

    It is however at this exact moment that Harley will be rushing down the hall. (Godmod permission granted by Mahroni.) The leader of AMEN was looking about for any sort of attacker to spot and defeat, defending her base like a leader should. She moves by the Moff at the door as Clegg is watching the golem vanish. He catches a glance at her, recalling the images of Harley he'd seen before. Yes... it was her. His prey had walked right into his rotting claws... However, Clegg was hardly going to underestimate the leader of AMEN. Clarissa must listen to her for a reason. He barks an order at Chuckles and the crew around him. Change of plans! O'Reilly, stay here and maneuver the ship. Do NOT let that rift affect us. Crowler, pay attention to the teleportation circle. If it looks like the rift is beginning to affect me, or I am to be defeated, bring me back aboard. NOW GET TO IT.

    The Rotting Captain (Or so he's titled in horror stories village people of Outside speak of around campfires) limps over to the blodoy teleportation circle, stepping inside and reappearing below.

    The lightning is flashing and thunder rocks the sky, chilled rain pours down from black clouds, making the muddy ground wet and soggy under the boot of Captain Clegg. The dark glooming clouds cover up the sky, plunging the area into darkness... Snow buffets the volcano of AMEN and it seems at that moment that even Hell has frozen over... Clegg can now be seen on the ground ten feet behind the fire square. The fire produces a fair amount of illumination, lighting up Clegg's horrifying face, the fire reflected in his cold dead eyes... Rainwater dripped through his scraggly yet combed hair, drips off his sopping wet coat, and slides down into his boot... He feels his metal leg digging into the ground, his boot sliding into the wet ground as well... Lightning flashes behind him, further paying homage to just how frightening Clegg is with it's brief flash of light.

    His grey skin is rotting and crumbling away, maggots and barnacles growing across his face and skin... small holes in his cheek where worms and insects have burrowed in to feast upon his corpse shell... His eyes are fearsome dead things, glowing red in the dim light, his face twisted in a stern scowl. His claws were sharp and terrible, the sinew and ligaments of his hands visible in the little light provided... He radiates terrible necromantic energy, his power having grown due to various blood pacts with unholy abominations beyond any mortals comprehension... With each blood sacrifice he makes, he gains a little stronger... a little darker... a little crueler. And The Captain was never one to shy away from the spilling of blood. He unsheathes The Crone's Fang slowly, the massive red blade glowing malignantly, any rainwater connecting with it instantly evaporating... It's a blade of evil forged in a dark area, imbued with the blood of twisted sea devils. It radiates incredible necromantic energy, strengthening Clegg with it's negative energy. He was a leader, a general, a force to be reckoned with. He was The Captain.

    His voice calls out loud and clear to Harley, crispy and enunciated words forming despite Clegg's lack of lips... His voice seems to echo faintly and inspires fear in those of weak spirit.... Harley, Leader of AMEN. I have met you on the field of battle this day to settle a score made between us long ago... Call you men off, and I shall call mine. I seek a fair battle. I respect you as a leader, and I expect you to grant me an honorable duel. He holds the Fang with one clawed hand, hunching over just a tad as he assumes position.

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    The battlefield was very precarious: Because the lack of sunlight down here, the various colored lights cast eerie shadows across the field. The fire caused dancing shadows, the maddening yellow portal light and the far-off rift's lights only gave off enough light to glimpse the field. Rocks and rubble, falling from the mountain and the base, made it very hazardous to stand out here in the courtyard. The occasional lightning makes the large scar on Harley's face brilliant.

    Harley Zorzo, Leader of AMEN, looked over the battlefield and then stared at Captain Clegg. Though the battle far above their heads was a little too much for her to handle, here was something she could do. She drew her sword in her left hand, and held her scabbard in her right. She called back to Moff and any other AMENite nearby. "Let nobody interfere in this duel," she commands. "No matter what happens, it's mine."

    There was no guarantee she would win. But, to be honest, this is the kind of thing she's always dreamed about since she was a little girl: to be like her father, facing off against captains of great power and wickedness.

    Harley's sword has yet to be used in battle, so it was still unscratched and unnamed. But her scabbard - it is essentially the polar opposite of The Crone's Fang. It is a turquoise blue, inlaid with silver, and blessed to be extremely effective against ones such as demons, angels, faeries...and undead - it was her father's.

    Holding her sword at ready, she advanced through the mud and rocks towards Clegg. She takes a deep breath. "On my honor as a knight, I accept your challenge," she declares.
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    [AMEN's Courtyard]

    The battlefield was very precarious: Because the lack of sunlight down here, the various colored lights cast eerie shadows across the field. The fire caused dancing shadows, the maddening yellow portal light and the far-off rift's lights only gave off enough light to glimpse the field. Rocks and rubble, falling from the mountain and the base, made it very hazardous to stand out here in the courtyard.

    Harley Zorzo, Leader of AMEN, looked over the battlefield and then stared at Captain Clegg. Though the battle far above their heads was a little too much for her to handle, here was something she could do. She drew her sword in her left hand, and held her scabbard in her right. She called back to Moff and any other AMENite nearby. "Let nobody interfere in this duel," she commands. "No matter what happens, it's mine."

    There was no guarantee she would win. But, to be honest, this is the kind of thing she's always dreamed about since she was a little girl: to be like her father, facing off against captains of great power and evil.

    Harley's sword has yet to be used in battle, so it was still unscratched and unnamed. But her scabbard - it is essentially the polar opposite of The Crone's Fang. It is a turquoise blue, inlaid with silver, and blessed to be extremely effective against ones such as demons, angels, faeries...and undead - it was her father's.

    Holding her sword at ready, she advanced through the mud and rocks towards Clegg. She takes a deep breath. "On my honor as a knight, I accept your challenge," she declares.

    The Captain watches his foe intensely, never averting his gaze from her. He didn't bother reply with any witty dialogue, nor did he smirk gloatingly. This was an individual he knew to be honorable and respected by many. He does look a tad perplexed as she calls herself a knight, but that curiosity fades away into caution as he gazes upon her scabbard. That sort of weapon felt familiar. Clegg had been confronted with a weapon of that kind when Tobias Vulpan battled him at The Temple of Dalachrech. He remembered how it burned at his skin.... This looked to be a weapon of the same type. He didn't fear it, for Clegg couldn't really feel fear much. But he did respect it. This Harley Zorzo would indeed be a worthy opponent. Clegg doesn't use a second weapon at the moment. He'd wield The Crone's Fang with both of his clawed hands. While The Fang could be wielded by one of Clegg's abnormally strong limbs, he preferred a two-handed approach to this specific opponent. Overpower her blocks and break her...

    As she draws nearer to him, a rather curious little gray crab crawls out of one of the slits of The Captain's cheeks. As it attempts to crawl about, Clegg expertly sucks the poor thing in and crunches down upon it's shell.... the crab's blood bursting lightly about. Clegg swallows and licks his lips, turning his head to the side... The rainwater now mixed with the blood and smeared it across his lower jaw. He speaks slowly but surely. Pardon, but you address yourself as a knight. It's curious that a self-called "knight" would be commander of an organization famed for it's death and destruction... Clegg would begin to circle around her slowly, maneuvering quite well in the mud. He was already at an advantage over her. This was home to him. The rainwater invigorated him, the darkness comforted him, and the lightning and thunder inspired him... He was accustomed to battling in the severe weather. Harley was certainly not.
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    [AMEN's Courtyard]

    Clegg was right; Harley wasn't as used to battling in bad weather. On bad footing, yes, but not usually in mud or rain. She also wasn't used to battling without armor, either - and her ankle-length skirt didn't help either, as it picked up mud every step she took.

    As Captain Clegg circled, Harley glanced down at the ground. She had to quickly pick out the solid rocks from the mud, so she could use them. The lighting made it difficult, but she was fairly confident that she found enough. Blast this pouring rain, too. With it pouring like this, she won't be able to keep a steady flame in her hand.

    She stands steady on one of such stones. "I believe one should be whom she wants, and not what others say of her." Lightning flashes and thunder erupts, which she takes as her signal to attack.

    She quickly advances - well, as quickly as she can in the mud - keeping her sword hand (her left hand) front. When she's close enough to be in attacking distance, she tries to place herself on the two solid footholds she spotted earlier. The front one was solid enough - but the back one collapsed under her weight, leaving her back foot in the mud.

    Even so, she still swings her sword towards Clegg's underarm. Her scabbard remains back and lifted up for the inevitable counterattack.
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    [AMEN's Courtyard]

    Clegg was right; Harley wasn't as used to battling in bad weather. On bad footing, yes, but not usually in mud or rain. She also wasn't used to battling without armor, either - and her ankle-length skirt didn't help either, as it picked up mud every step she took.

    As Captain Clegg circled, Harley glanced down at the ground. She had to quickly pick out the solid rocks from the mud, so she could use them. The lighting made it difficult, but she was fairly confident that she found enough. Blast this pouring rain, too. With it pouring like this, she won't be able to keep a steady flame in her hand.

    She stands steady on one of such stones. "I believe one should be whom she wants, and not what others say of her." Lightning flashes and thunder erupts, which she takes as her signal to attack.

    She quickly advances - well, as quickly as she can in the mud - keeping her sword hand (her left hand) front. When she's close enough to be in attacking distance, she tries to place herself on the two solid footholds she spotted earlier. The front one was solid enough - but the back one collapsed under her weight, leaving her back foot in the mud.

    Even so, she still swings her sword towards Clegg's underarm. Her scabbard remains back and lifted up for the inevitable counterattack.
    Clegg waits for her attack, assuming a good defensive position. His boot is dug into the mud along with his leg, giving him a bit of a fortification to his stance. He holds the blade straight in front of him as she draws about, careful to keep his eyes on her. Always on her. She might have difficult seeing in the rain, or the advantage of darkvision. But he did due to training and his unholy nature. As soon as Harley's well-thought out attack draws near and her blade begins to swing, Clegg bursts into action. He's defending aggressively, but not attacking just yet. He needs to get a feel for his opponent's style first. So, as her blade moves at an upward motion to slice at his underarm, Clegg brings The Fang straight down quickly and brutally, his inhuman strength adding to the force behind the defensive move. As soon as he feels a connection (which he may or may not) he'll throw himself backwards to escape the reach of that burning scabbard.

    Should the defensive move succeed, however, Harley might feel the large falchion's full force. The strike itself is strong enough to disarm most opponents with it's sheer ferocity, but beyond that, the instant The Fang connects with non-magical metal, the struck object begins to rust at an extremely high rate. This ability was perfect at taking down soldiers clad in heavy, but non-magical armor.

    Should the move fail, Clegg at least manages to scoot backwards a tad. He'll look to be a tad off-balance, but he knows the area fairly well and's in his favored terrain.

    Regardless of the outcome of his strike, Clegg continues to speak. I take it you're not the kind to believe in fate then. Your chosen name is still highly *Ungh!* unusual... seeing as your title and your profession seem to directly oppose one another! His normally fairly bitter sounding voice is interrupted with a bit of a grunt as he makes his move.
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    [AMEM's Courtyard]

    Her sword is non-magical, and is made with steel.

    Harley struggles to keep the sword in her hand after it's hit, but she does. She's unaware of The Fang's ability, and has no reason to suspect it yet, so her sword begins rusting through without her noticing.

    Thankfully, to sort-of even the odds, her scabbard has a secret special ability as well, which I (conveniently?) forgot to mention earlier. If the scabbard hits Clegg, it will cut as if it were a sword, and it will also cause a miniature explosion where it contacts undead flesh. Thankfully, Clegg wasn't hit by it yet.

    Harley needs to pull her right leg up and step forwards towards Clegg, before she can do anything.

    "On the contrary," she says, making her move. "My past life's actions," she continues, professing her core belief, "control the fate of mine."

    As she says this, she brings her right arm (now closer) up so her scabbard can bind his sword - she uses her scabbard's forte to try to control The Crone's Fang's foible, in order to force an opening on the apparently off-balance pirate.

    Then, thinking she has an opening (or, alternatively, if he reacted before the bind could take effect, trying to force him on the defense because she can't recover in time), she attempts a thrust with her sword at his chest.

    ....

    Whether the blade hits Captain Clegg or something else, it's at this moment that the now-rusted unnamed sword will break and the most the blade will fall to the mud, leaving her with just the hilt in her left hand.
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    Moff has no fear of the screams of the flesh golem. First, because he was spawned on the Yellow Road and somewhat of an abomination himself. Secondly because he ducked into the Yellow Road the moment he set the place on fire and so he wasn't there.

    However, he re-emerges when Harley heads out. He'll need to retroactively drop the portal that's blocking the door and spray a fire extinguisher to make a path through the fire so she can get to the duel. Yes. That totally is what happened. *nodnod*

    Moff doesn't respect much, but he does respect drama. So he won't interfere with the fight. In fact, he'll make sure no one else does either. He begins pacing around them, alternately spraying oil and fire, to surround the arena with flame. Since it's burning oil, the rain or snow won't put it out. And let's face it. This fight deserves a wall of fire around it.

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    At the Cow-a-Pult, the other Moff swears at his miss. But the invisible ship isn't entirely undetectable. It'd be difficult to find in dry weather, but with all this precipitation, all he has to do is look for the spot where the rain and snow are interrupted by a large flying object. Snow, especially, will make an invisible flying ship hard to hide.

    Two more cows away! If they hit the ship, they might crash through the hull. Wikipedia tells me the average cow is 725 kg (1598 lbs), so that's a lot of mass. Or they might land on the deck, skittering around like the creepy eldritch spider-cows that they are!
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    The Duel

    Moff has no fear of the screams of the flesh golem. First, because he was spawned on the Yellow Road and somewhat of an abomination himself. Secondly because he ducked into the Yellow Road the moment he set the place on fire and so he wasn't there.

    However, he re-emerges when Harley heads out. He'll need to retroactively drop the portal that's blocking the door and spray a fire extinguisher to make a path through the fire so she can get to the duel. Yes. That totally is what happened. *nodnod*

    Moff doesn't respect much, but he does respect drama. So he won't interfere with the fight. In fact, he'll make sure no one else does either. He begins pacing around them, alternately spraying oil and fire, to surround the arena with flame. Since it's burning oil, the rain or snow won't put it out. And let's face it. This fight deserves a wall of fire around it.

    Cow-a-Pult

    At the Cow-a-Pult, the other Moff swears at his miss. But the invisible ship isn't entirely undetectable. It'd be difficult to find in dry weather, but with all this precipitation, all he has to do is look for the spot where the rain and snow are interrupted by a large flying object. Snow, especially, will make an invisible flying ship hard to hide.

    Two more cows away! If they hit the ship, they might crash through the hull. Wikipedia tells me the average cow is 725 kg (1598 lbs), so that's a lot of mass. Or they might land on the deck, skittering around like the creepy eldritch spider-cows that they are!
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    Chuckles raises an eyebrow at The Captain's naivety, believing this thief was nothing more than a simple deserter. Once Chuckles is given command of the ship, he places two crewman to watch the Cat Burglar at all times.
    As for the cows, after the first launch misses, Chuckles steers the ship forwards, hoping to throw off Moff's aim. If Clegg hadn't told them to stand down, the ship's crew would be raining more than just water on AMEN...cannons would be heard across the land. Sadly, this dream won't become a reality. Still, a couple of Skeletons take some shots at the Moff with their muskets, so accuracy is low at best.

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    The Duel

    Moff has no fear of the screams of the flesh golem. First, because he was spawned on the Yellow Road and somewhat of an abomination himself. Secondly because he ducked into the Yellow Road the moment he set the place on fire and so he wasn't there.

    However, he re-emerges when Harley heads out. He'll need to retroactively drop the portal that's blocking the door and spray a fire extinguisher to make a path through the fire so she can get to the duel. Yes. That totally is what happened. *nodnod*

    Moff doesn't respect much, but he does respect drama. So he won't interfere with the fight. In fact, he'll make sure no one else does either. He begins pacing around them, alternately spraying oil and fire, to surround the arena with flame. Since it's burning oil, the rain or snow won't put it out. And let's face it. This fight deserves a wall of fire around it.
    As Moff circles the battle arena, Clegg gets a little bit uneasy. The oil and fire was quite unnerving... As an undead, he learned to fear and respect the raw primal power of flames. After all, only a few months ago Clegg had perished on a hunt to capture Zane in the fiery maw of Fearblaze. He regenerated as he always did, however that death was particularly painful... As such, he makes a mental note to keep at least a five foot gap between him and the walls of fire. However, maybe there was some way he could use the blaze to earn an advantage...

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    Her sword is non-magical, and is made with steel.

    Harley struggles to keep the sword in her hand after it's hit, but she does. She's unaware of The Fang's ability, and has no reason to suspect it yet, so her sword begins rusting through without her noticing.

    Thankfully, to sort-of even the odds, her scabbard has a secret special ability as well, which I (conveniently?) forgot to mention earlier. If the scabbard hits Clegg, it will cut as if it were a sword, and it will also cause a miniature explosion where it contacts undead flesh. Thankfully, Clegg wasn't hit by it yet.

    Harley needs to pull her right leg up and step forwards towards Clegg, before she can do anything.

    "On the contrary," she says, making her move. "My past life's actions," she continues, professing her core belief, "control the fate of mine."

    As she says this, she brings her right arm (now closer) up so her scabbard can bind his sword - she uses her scabbard's forte to try to control The Crone's Fang's foible, in order to force an opening on the apparently off-balance pirate.

    Then, thinking she has an opening (or, alternatively, if he reacted before the bind could take effect, trying to force him on the defense because she can't recover in time), she attempts a thrust with her sword at his chest.

    ....

    Whether the blade hits Captain Clegg or something else, it's at this moment that the now-rusted unnamed sword will break and the most the blade will fall to the mud, leaving her with just the hilt in her left hand.
    The Captain doesn't bother with some sort of villainous laugh or taunting remark as The Fang connects with Harley's blade. He doesn't even allow himself a grin of satisfaction... He respected his opponent's intelligence, and as such didn't want any sort of gloating behavior possibly giving away the small advantages he keeps. After the connection of steel against Fang, Clegg moves backwards a little more. He digs his steel leg into the ground, giving himself a much more defensive positioning. He tries to move his blade back to in front of his chest in his comfortable position, however he's simply not dexterous enough to pull the Fang back in time. Harley steps forward and brings her scabbard to bind and strike at The Crone's Fang, successfully connecting her holy weapon against the unholy blade in Clegg's clawed hands.

    Clegg keeps the scabbard at bay, not wanting to get anywhere near the thing. The scabbard radiated positive energy, which would have quite the painful effect on Clegg's undead flesh... As the weapons connect and grind against eachother, The Fang starts to give off black sparks. Clegg looks down at his sword, puzzled by the strange reaction. He'd never seen The Fang produce sparks like that. The blades connect for about two seconds before Clegg's other hand grabs at the hilt of The Fang. This will now place his unnatural strength and feral ferocity in combat against her scabbard... Most likely, Harley might find her scabbard pulled from her hands just due to the sheer might of The Captain. Unfortunately for Clegg, as he contends his strength against her attack, he leaves his chest open.

    At that moment, a huge flash of lightning followed by rolling thunder crashes into the senses of the combatants. During this time, Harley might find her steel blade ripping directly through Clegg's chest. The end of the blade can be seen coming out of Clegg's back during the lightning flash... However, this doesn't appear to stop Clegg, though he does react with a grunt and a briefly pained face. Unfortunately, the steel blade finally rots away into nothing as it's inside Clegg, the rust effect having now eaten away at the blade! Clegg's quite a bit upset at having just been stabbed, and in calculated anger raises The Fang up with two hands and attempts to bring the large blade down brutally, aiming to shatter Harley's scabbard should she still be carrying it.
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    [On the Way There that is More Unsafe than Not]

    Ykysa the sapphire glass golem tells the rickshaw to stop far away and walk in on foot. The runners are just hired and human.

    It is a good guess. Cold air is rolling down the sides of the Valcano and pushing the lava hot air in front of it. There is every kind of rainfall that is possible in the ring of storm that is spreading out. Rain and hail and snow and ashes and lots of lightning from all of that. Ykysa cannot see through it to the battle over the lava. There is one wall of fire around the base bending sideways from the wind from the weather. And another wall of fire standing straight and tall and she can just see a sword battle with just two people through it. And in front of the door is a hole in the world.

    And then a cow falls not far away and sort of melts when it lands. There are cow juices all over her now. "It is just as bad to stand still and give them time to aim" she says to nobody at all. And starts walking toward the door. Maybe she will get there before the storm.
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    Cow-a-Pult

    HT cannot find out in Aric's post whether the cows hit or not. Uncertainty cows! However, Moff will keep firing. Two more spider-cows! The ship probably isn't dexterous enough to dodge forever, though it could fly out of range fairly easily. Whether or not they could avoid the cow-a-pult while still being in range for emergency teleporting is not for me to say.

    The skeleton's musket shots don't hit, unless the flying ship is a lot closer than I thought, or the skeleton's muskets are better than the RL historical muskets that delivered poor accuracy.

    Watching the duel

    Moff sits next to Arkh and procures big foam fingers for both of them to wear that say "GO AMEN!" and "HARLEY ZORZO RULES!" This will almost certainly deliver a crushing morale blow to Clegg! BWAHAHAHAHA!
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