Jaxus shakes his head in annoyance and says "So we are going to be playing fetch for some forest kid? What so important about this Link character anyway?"
At the sight of the Death Mountain rock smorgasbord Ruby surges forward, excitement painted on her face. Her hands flop out to the side creating a hazard for anyone standing too close and her heavy footfalls thump down on the inn floor threatening to crush kokiri and deku alike. Grabbing up the rocks, Ruby begins to greedily push them into her mouth. "MMmmmfff, Deaf Mountan rwcks!" Unfortunately, Ruby's exuberance causes her to miss some of what the princess has shared.
Jaxus' question makes no sense so the goron gets a repeat of what was said. She frowns upon hearing of the task. In her mind she can't help but wonder why they would gather items and then just leave them laying around where just about anyone could take them. Wouldn't it be easier to just give them to this forest boy, she wonders to herself. Hardly one to gainsay the royal family of Hyrule, Ruby doesn't bother to voice her thoughts. Instead she listens while nodding her head to show acceptance of the task.
"Of course Princess, whatever you need of me," she accepts. "Just let me know what you need getting and I'll get it for you...for this Link. I'll even play some songs if you like," she says with a smile as she remembers the fancy guitar stowed in her overlarge pack. "Best to right down the details for us though because I ain't promising to remember the whole list," says the goron with an abashed shrug.
"Link is the child of destiny spoken of in many legends of hyrule. He is said to be able to hold the master sword and destroy Ganondorf with it. Sadly, he disappeared when he pulled the sword, and we do not know when he'll come back." Impa grabbed some food for hersel and sat down. "I would take on this task myself, but there are a few things keeping me from it. I need to train zelda so that when Link comes back, she will not be noticed while giving him the information he needs."
"Now I'm going to give you a list of items. You can find them in any order you want. I will also tell you about rumoured locations of the temples. If you aren't ready to do either of these yet, I'm sure you can find something to do here in Clock town. So what would you like to here about first.?"
"Oooh, the temples," blurts out Ruby. In the back of her mind she is going over the fact that Impa has revealed the locations are secret. That means nobody has been there in a while. Which also means they should be relatively unexplored. Which also means there should be all kinds of delicious rocks there, decides the goron. Although Ruby doesn't let on what is motivating her, the dreamy look of desire on her eyes as she devours the last of the Death Mountain rocks gives her away.
Of course, a rational sort of person might elect to find the items. After all, what would be the point of running off to find a hidden temple then leaving to go and collect and item to stash there. But the big girl isn't really the most rational, logical type of person. The situation does not seem to impress its seriousness on Ruby and thus she treats it with a bit of ambivalence. "Yes, the temples would be nice to find," says Ruby.
Thinking not entirely kind thoughts about this supposed 'child of destiny' but also that once he knows where these items of power are it won't be that hard to go back and fetch them himself, Jaxus replies "Yeah, ok. What do we start with?"
" What you start with is up to you. You need to find, the fairy bow, the megaton hammer, iron boots, hover boots, and lastly the mirror shield. What else would you like to hear about?"
"Oooh, the megaton hammer," says Ruby excitedly. She begins jumping back and forth from right to left leg while clapping her hands together. A smile spreads across her smile and her black eyes crinkle with glee. "That I've heard of in Goron legends. It was said to be needed to defeat the fire dragon Volvagia. Certainly that is an item of power," shares the goron as she continues to leap, seemingly unaware of the tremble in the floor below her.
Once she finally settles, likely to the great relief of anyone on the first floor, Ruby will enquire into the location of the hammer. "The legends mainly speak about what it is and did but not where it is. Do you have some information? Are there any items that you think are closer together," she asks of Impa. Certainly it would be better if the group can gang up and get two close together items if possible.
Rose's eyes light up at the list of items. Each one is a potent item in its own right. But after settling down after Ruby's excitment, Rose waits and listens to what Impa has to say about the different items.
"We know that the items aren't too close to each other, and the paths to them are clear of danger. What we also know is that there will be a few puzzles and some monsters in the areas the items are at. It shouldn't be too difficult. Anything else?"
"Where is the closest item at? and which one is it? I think its the one we should probably go for first!"
"The mirror sheild is closest, at two days journey away. If you were to search out the temples first, you'd need to do a 40 day journey."
"Forty days," exclaims Ruby. Her deep voice is loud but fortunately the low timbre keeps it from hurting the ears. "Ooooohhhh," she moans before settling down. Clearly the prospect of such a long travel is unsettling and uninteresting. But when she thinks about the mirror shield being only 2 days away Ruby cheers up.
In fact, the goron finds herself hoping that all the items are within the same general area. If they are close they can collect the items first. Once that is done they can then take them to the temples where they can be safely stored and guarded by the temple denizens. "I guess it is the mirror shield after all," says Ruby while nodding to Rose's suggestion.
The items aren't close together. The quickest way to each is coming back through here. You guys notice this as Impa pulls out a map with the locations. "Here they are. We aren't sure what tasks are ahead of you for the items, but we'd like them to be taken back here.
Zelda turns to you all. [color=dark pink] If there is nothing else to ask, then you can explore clock town before you head out. I have more training[/color] she says with a groan.
Jaxus nods and says "Alright, long as we know where we are going." He's been looking forward to exploring the town actually. It will be the first place he's been that's not full of sisters, aunts, cousins, and other female relations.
"Mind if we get a copy of that," asks Ruby while gesturing at the map. She walks over to her pack and pulls our a wrinkled, well worn piece of vellum. Grabbing a hunk of charcoal she returns and settles in to quickly start scribing the rough details of the map. Upon finishing she will bunch the map back up and stuff it into her pack.
Seeing that Jaxus is itching to explore town Ruby will shrug and make ready to follow. She has little better to do, although stopping to shop and explore wasn't her ideal plan. "I'll tag along," she tells the tall, red haired gerudo while shouldering her pack. As far as Ruby is concerned she has everything she needs and is more than willing to set out for the mirror shield right now.
But alas, things don't always go her way.
"Well let me know when we are ready to go for the shield. I'll be right here!" and with that Rose sits down and digs out what seems to be an unfinished....well no one knows what it really is! And after some fiddling with it, it seems neither does Rose as it promptly falls apart! Giving a hefty sigh for one as small as she is, she reaches down and picks up the parts and attempts to put it all together again.
Giving another sigh as a spring goes flying across the room, Rose looks at the others, "I'll definitely be here for a long while until we are ready to go!" and then goes to retrieve her wayward spring.
OOC: Anyone seen Baronfel around? also to thos going around the town, Let me know where you want to go by looking at the map posted on page one. If you want to talk to people in the streets, also let me know of that. There may or may not be a side quest to find
To Rose, You can keep talking to Zelda and Impa, and even go with them where they go for more training. You all will leave in the morning(game) so when all your shopping and mini gaming and ect is done, we'll get to the first set of puzzles, monsters, and item finding.
Not sure what's up with Baronfel.
Jaxus, having had a sheltered youth, will want to at least visit all the local shops and landmarks, but we can start with, say, the milk bar?
Jaxus, excited to see something other than the Iron Fortress, is eager to take in the town.
OOC: Looks like Baronfel hasn't posted anything since Sept 9th. Nothing posted about a disappearance, all of it looked like in game posting.
"I find myself eager to set out in search of these items," admits Ruby to Jaxus as they head out the door. She waves to Rose as the little Kokiri scrambles to recover scattered pieces of...something. "Just what was it you had in mind to do in town," asks the goron as she closes the door. The myriad of weapons flap about in the scabbards as Ruby walks and she uses her muscular arms to hold them in place when they make too much noise. But given the number of weapons her hands are constantly going between greatsword on her shoulder, halberd on her back, warhammer on the belt, and a few daggers.
"Although not particularly nourishing I've recently developed a taste for the drink called beer," admits the goron a little sheepishly. "If interested we could find us a keg to split," she says while rubbing her bare belly and licking her thick lips. Being a stranger in town a drinking establishment would likely be a good place to gather some information on what to do around town. Or who to talk to, thinks Rose to herself.
Ninja'd by 18secs!!
I'm sneaky like that.
Not quite ready to admit he's never been anywhere from home, Jaxus shrugs and says "I don't know, what's around here?"
Aman walks up to the two of you as he hears you aren't sure what thre is to do in the town. "I know this town very well."
The Man Show
Eyeing the rather creepy looking merchant with caution, Jaxus replies "That's great, uh, sir. Maybe you could tell us what places we should be sure to visit?" Or where your shop is so we can be sure to skip it, he mentally adds.
Seriously, the mask merchant is creepy.
"The milk bar is right across the street. The clock tower is a nice place to go inside as well. And there is a bomb shop if you want explosives. Oh, and welcome to my Shop. I am the Happy mask Salesman. I am in search of a mask right now actually. Could you help me find it?" He looks at you, his smile never ending.
Horrified but somehow unable to look away, Jaxus is becoming mesmerised but the twisted rictus that serves the mask merchant as a smile. As though unaware of what he is saying, he responds "What kind of mask? Where did you lose it?"
Ruby watches Jaxus talk with the merchant deciding to hold her peace for the moment. She instead scans the heavy pack on the man's back that appears to be weighted down under the combined mass of many masks. So what if he lost a mask, she thinks to herself, he has plenty. Ruby does not seem to share the reservations that her friend seems to have. She has always been an open, exuberant, talkative person. The norm for Gorons really. So as the merchant smiles, so too does Ruby and she feels welcomed by the merchant.
"That Milk Bar sounds nice," says Ruby while elbowing the tall but lithe man beside her. But she appears to be too late as Jaxus is already getting into details about the missing mask. With a shrug, Ruby settles in for the long haul and gives the merchant her full attention. "And whats in it for us if we help you find it," she adds to the disguised Gerudo's own questions. She doesn't say it but Ruby feels like they are already busy on a search and find quest and helping a merchant out of the goodness of her heart doesn't sit well with her.
He looks at you and his smile is still there. It's almost as if he is wearing a mask himself. He reaches into his back pack and pulls out a picture. "This is the mask I'm looking for. It is called Majora's mask. If you help me find it, I'll give you one of my own power masks."
Jaxus shrugs, throwing off some of the compulsion, and says "I've already got a mask, right here" and he taps the bone and leather headgear he wears.
Still, it is tempting. Maybe the man has more powerful masks. He certainly seems like he could deal with dark powers to get them. He says "What's so special about this Majora mask anyway?"
When Jaxus responds Ruby simply nods her head along in agreement. The little group already has a task to search and find and it was given to them by none other than the princess of Hyrule! Ruby is willing to keep her eyes out for this Majora Mask but she likely won't put much effort into it. But Jaxus brings up a good point as well and it leaves Ruby to wondering.
I wonder what his masks can do, she wonders to herself. A mask of power certainly sounds interesting depending on what they can do. Nodding along, Ruby awaits the reply of the mask merchant. She assumes right away that any mask they might be interested is likely far too costly to purchase. After all, the goron's pockets are nearly empty. She was saving the last of her rupees in order to have a place to stay.
"While your at it what does your mask of power do," she asks of the merchant. "And I assume you have some kind of a lead for us to look into," she queries. The man can't just expect us to work with nothing after all, she decides.
"Majora's mask is a very dangerous, and very powerul mask. It is an accursed item from legend that is said to have been used by an ancient tribe in its hexing rituals. It is said that an evil and wicked power is bestowed upon the one who wears that mask. According to legend... the troubles caused by Majora's Mask were so great... the ancient ones, fearing such catastrophe, sealed the mask in shadow forever, preventing its misuse. But now, that tribe from the legend has vanished, so no one really knows the true nature of the mask's power..." He stops for a few moments, but he never stopped smiling during his explanation of the mask.
"I want to find this mask to keep it from going into the wrong hands. In return, I have three masks for you to choose from, or rupees if you prefer them. I have This blast maks, this gibdos mask, and finally this mask of truth. All have special properties. One explodes, one allows you to hide from the dead, and one lets you know the truth."
Intrigued, though not at all sure he believes the disturbing merchant, Jaxus listens intently, but get's hung up on a detail and asks "Wait, if this Blast Mask blows up, why would anyone wear it?"
Ruby laughs at Jaxus' response. The wizzrobe brings up a very valid point after all. An exploding mask just sounds dangerous to whomever holds it. And that goes without saying that it would have to be useless after only one use. But what does a simple goron know after all.
Her forhead creasing in concern, Ruby looks over at Jaxus with her big, dark eyes. "Doesn't that sound kind of silly though? If this tribe locked the mask away in shadow then why would anyone want to remove it from its protection. If you take the mask then any old forest kid could end up stealing it," cautions the goron. That situation seems perfectly logical to the goron and she can't understand why the mask merchant would think he would be better at guarding the mask than where it has been hiding for long enough for a tibe to go extinct.
As foolish as she thinks the merchant is Ruby can't help but admit to being intrigued about his wares. "That mask of Truth sounds pretty nice though," she says. Elbowing Jaxus in the ribs she asks, "Don't you just hate it when people lie to you!" Having gotten a little excited Ruby's muscular arm elbows the gerudo hard enough to push him away. "Where would we look for this Majora Mask," she finally asks of the merchant. "Maybe we can help," she offers but without any promise.
"Why would one want to wear it you ask? The explosions are endless. You can use it as many times as you'd like."
"I have a map leading you to where the masks location is. It is somewhere in hyrule. I forgot to get it when I left my shop. See, the castle market was attacked and I had to flee. I grabbed all of my masks and came here. I didn't have time to find majora's mask. The reason I want to find it is that it has been removed, and I'm trying to stop it from being taken by the wrong hands. It will be safe with me"
Jaxus, interested, but not enough to beg off the mission the princess already has for them, says "Ok, we can check into it if we are near by."
Definitely the payoff seems better for the mask man than for gathering things for this Link kid.
Ruby nods her head in agreement to Jaxus. As far as she is concerned, helping the princess is the primary goal right now and nothing can distract from that. That being said, if the group happens to be passing nearby then an expenses covering side trip could probably be justified. It doesn't sound like the Princess had intended for them to get her tasks done quickly.
Should the Mask Merchant agree then Ruby will collect the map that he was speaking about. "We can find you here," she queries. "This may take some time," she cautions.
Once matters with the masks are dealt with Ruby turns to the tall man standing with her. "Well let's go check out that Milk Bar," she says with hearty enthusiasm. Grabbing the man by his arm she drags him along before they can be distracted along the way again. "Did you need any supplies for our trip? I'm ready to go right now," says Ruby. "Of course, the prospect of sleeping in a nice bed for one more night is rather appealing," she admits.
Finding the way to the Milk Bar, which isn't hard to locate with the big sign hanging over the door, Ruby continues to gab away with seeming nonsense. "Now where did you say you came from," she asks while moving into the bar. Spotting the stairs in the gloom the goron quickly follows them down. She looks at the bar and then the booths pausing for a moment with indecision. In the end she decides on a booth and drags Jaxus over. With a simple flex of her brawny arms the heavy woman pushes Jaxus onto the far side of the bench and then she takes a seat. Arms on the table, big brown eyes blinking slowly, she awaits someone to bring a menu. Even if I know I'm ordering rocks!
Jaxus nods in agreement with the goron, only to find himself suddenly siezed and dragged along by the woman. Before he even knows what's going on they are going down the stairs to the milk bar.
He laughs a little nevously as she follows him into the booth and says "I think I've got everything I need for the trip." though I've never gone anywhere but here, he mentally adds. He's somewhat nervous about the coming adventure.
"Welcome to the milk bar. We ask that you do not wear masks, but we cannot enforce that. Today's specials are cuccoo soup and green milk from the ranch. So, can I interest you in anything?" As the man finishes his greeting, he gives you both a menu and some bread. You notice a Zora band coming onto the stage and a man sitting alone at the actual bar area.
"Soup? Only Zora's can survive on water," says the goron while pointing at the band with a nod of her head. "Do you have anything crunchier," she asks rhetorically as she begins scanning the menu. Ruby doesn't really expect to find any rock dishes on the menu, even at a hub of traffic like this. Most non-Gorons just assume that since they eat rocks Gorons never need to pay for food. After all, there are rocks everywhere! Although that may be true there is eating and then there is eating. Oh sure, a goron may be able to survive on plain rocks but it is oh so bland. One can probably liken the sensation to eating a meal full of soda crackers.
"The green milk sounds interersting," says Ruby to Jaxus. She notes that he makes no move to take off the mask despite the server's request. "Do you suppose it has a little punch?" Ruby assumes it would have to. Green milk doesn't sound natural and she can only imagine what kind of creatures the farm is raising to get it. "I'll try a green milk," she says to the server all the while nodding to herself with satisfaction at her choice.
Settling back in the seat, which groans frightfully, Ruby prepares to watch the zora's play their music. "I have an instrument of my own," she admits to Jaxus. "A crystal guitar. I'm not good enough to play in a band though. Hopefully these zora's are!"
Trying not to make a disgusted face, Jaxus replies "Green milk sounds like it's gone bad. Like, a long time ago." Maybe goron's like sour milk? Ruby is the first one he's even seen, so who knows.
And intrigued inspite of himself, he asks "How do you carve a crystal guitar? Wouldn't it be hard to get it to resonate right?"
He fails to remove his mask.
The bartender walks away and comes back with your green milk. When yopu taste it, you find it is nothing different than green potion, which restores you magic power. It seems like every drink here is milk themed, and some people seem to be getting tipsy off of the milk. They are cheering loudly as the band begins to play. "So. Could I interest you in any food?" asks the bartender, looking nervously at the men at the bar.
OOC: Anyone heard from Joran or Baronfel?
I'm still here. Its just there is very little for me to do or post about since I'm almost all alone in the room fiddling with stuff. I'm just waiting for the party to return to the inn, and I should be more active then. I say I'm almost alone cause I got my little fairy with me too! heh we have our own little navi! :P
Trying to talk over the snappy music, Jaxus looks over to Ruby as he says "I think we are sticking to just the one drink. We've other places to see today."
Not that the bar is all that bad, but they did want to check out some of the other places in town before heading out on the Princess's little errand.
OOC: Joran, you should join us. Rather lonely sitting in the room all by yourself. Plus, people start to invent stories...
Ruby finds herself nodding in agreement with Jaxus regarding there time at the bar. They were supposed to explore around town a bit in the event they spotted something they needed. That Jaxus, he is a practical fellow. Not much fun though, Ruby finds herself admitting at the taciturn man. She digs a few rupies out of her pocket and hands them over in payment for the two milks. Despite it's green colour, the milk is actually quite tasty.
Ruby shakes her head no in response to the query about the food and she ignores the bartenders nervous look at the men. The goron may mentally jot a note in her head but she doesn't see them causing any trouble and she has no desire to spoil her good mood. Listening to the music her feet begin to tap the floor in time with the catchy beat and a smile spreads across her face. "Carve it? Goddess, no! I found it," admits the goron.
"Do you like this tune," she breaks in. It appears to be infecting the goron's mood as well as her muscles. In moments her fingers are tapping along with her feet as she listens to the background. "I was out on the path from Death Mountain and came across a poor soul that had succumbed to some of the local wildlife. I found the guitar hidden in a crack in the rocks nearby, almost as if it had been hidden there. I think it has special powers," admits the goron. By now her head and shoulders are bobbing along with the song and she seems moments away from leaping up to dance.
Ruby takes a long pull on her green mile, smacking her lips at the taste. "Why else would someone hide a guitar if they were worried about being attacked," she asks of the masked man across from her. "Well that and it is like no instrument I've ever seen. It is so beautiful and expertly crafted. I am quite lucky to have found it...now all I need to do is learn how to play it. Do you play," she asks hopefully.
ooc: Yeah you should. Or you can talk to and name your fairy
You guys may do whatever when ready
Jaxus smiles and replies "So, you robbed it from a dead man? Remarkably practical of you, I have to say. It is a fine looking instrument too, I can't say I blame you."
Thinking back to the flute in his pack, he continues "I'm not much of a musician myself." at least, not yet, he mentally adds.
With the music in the bar starting to get on his nerves, and the milk in his cup running low, he says "Want to move on?"
looking for a replacement for Baronfel. Also, if you walk outside, it's gotten late out, but shops are still open
Ruby replaces the guitar without playing a single note. She seems offended by Jaxus' comment, "Robbed!?" Crossing her arms she stares at the tall, thin man with her coal-like eyes. "Don't be so droll," says the goron eventually. "I'm simply guarding it from whomever killed the poor fellow until such time as his family comes to claim it." Of course, that explanation sounds perfectly normal to the goron but it sounds dangerously close to the excuse a thief might use.
"Yeah, let's go," says the goron. Ruby grabs up her cup of milk and downs the remainder in one big gulp. Setting the cup on the table she places a few rupees beside it in payment before getting up to follow Jaxus outside. "Do you think we'll need anything special in order to find the Mirror Shield," she asks while indicating the shops that appear ready to close.
Even if they do need something Ruby hardly has the money to spare at the moment. She has enough to get by for the moment but only for basic shelter and for simple outfitting. As far as she is concerned, Ruby is ready to go to bed in order to hurry along their departure for the next day. She is always one to enjoy the road more than the town anyway.
Going to move this along. If there is anything you guys want to grab before night ends, let me know.
You all go to sleep that night with a feeling of excitement at what is to come. You all have different dreams, yet you all see two figures in your dreams at one point.(I'll post later, and I'll post what roll you'll need to see if you can remember the figures when you wake up). When you wake up, it is to the smell of more food, and the sound of the fairy of Rose. (whoever is first to awaken will hear Zelda practicing harp)
OOC: Sorry, been busy the last 2 weeks. Having trouble getting motivated here.
Ruby starts awake to the soft sounds of a harp within the rooom. She opens her black eyes and peers blearily around the room. Off to one side she spots the princess practicing on her harp as if the skill will be vastly important some day. The concentration written on her features is obvious even to the goron who isn't used to reading the emotions of Hylians.
The smell of food has no effect on Ruby, especially considering as how it wouldn't do much good in her belly anyway. Any time she has ever tried the food that others seem to prefer it usually gives her a tummy ache followed by a trip to the privy to throw it back up. And that is never a pleasant experience. With a groan the goron sits up on the lower bunk and spins her legs out to touch the floor. "Morning," she greets the princess.
Stretching her arms out the goron allows her body to fully awaken. The night sleep was not as restful as she would have hoped. First, Ruby was slow in getting to sleep due to her excitement of helping out the royal family. And then there was those curious dreams centered around the two ugly women with the strange hair. "Weird dreams last night," she remarks before standing and moving away from the bed.
no problem. had writers block myself
In Ruby's dream, She is walking along death mountain and sees the two witches carrying the sheild.
Jaxus sees them in a darkroom, circling a suit of armor. They look like evil witches spoken of in gerudo legend.
Rose sees them burn the forest.
Teera sees them freeze her home.
It is clear that they are evil and not much else. When Zelda sees that some of you have woken up, she puts the harp away. "When you guys are ready to leave, Impa and I will see you off."
Puzzled by his dream, Jaxus is slow to rise. Eventually the pyromancer gets up and streatches, an action accompanied by a series of pops. Fitting his mask back into place, he grumbles something vague about witches and starts casting about for breakfast.
Ruby catches that the mood seems a little dour this morning. Everyone seems to be pre-occupied, except perhaps for Impa and the Princess. Her own dream consisted of a beautiful shield with a mirror-like polish being carried by two hideous witches. They seemed to be able to stay just out of Ruby's reach no matter how hard she tried to catch them. It was rather frustrating.
Finding no rocky substance within the breakfast, Ruby patiently waits for the others to finish their morning repast. The goron is used to such things, especially when not amongst her own kind. After all, nobody stops to think that gorons don't eat regular food nor do they seem inclined to interrupt their own breakfast in order for the goron to eat. So Ruby is used to waiting.
But when the others have gathered she is keen to grab her supplies. Throwing the heavy pack over one shoulder the goron says, "I was ready last year!" With a large smile the goron is plenty happy to lead the way out the door, even if she doesn't really know which way she is headed. "East right," she asks of Impa who is striding only a half step behind the much longer legged goron.
Right in the middle of the dream, Rose bolts awake. Seeing the others already awake, she starts to help herself to breakfast. At first she is down, but her curiousity and charming attitude naturally take over and she starts talking with Ruby.
After breakfast is over, Rose does what she can to keep up with the other long-legged, and much taller folks.
Jaxus is all sullen looks through breakfast, but starts to brighten up once it seems like they are about to head out. Finally, a real adventure. Something other than the town or the Iron Fortress! He can't wait to get started.
I will have to make a post as soon as I can, as I currently do not have the time. That And I have to recreate some stuff :p
The four of you are lead through the town on your way to the Mirror Sheild. As you walk through town, you notice there are a lot of people moving around, buying food, or delivering mail. The mail man actually walks up and hands Zelda a letter.
Zelda reads the letter, and hands it to Impa. "It seems as if you guys are leaving right on time. They are preparing for a festuval here, but it will be in a week or so. By the time you come back, it will be set up completely. I guess that's why the folk here are more active." Impa says as you reach the gate.
A guard is standing there, blocking the north passage. He moves out of the way to let you pass, and as you go, he tells you that there are many monsters out there, and to be careful.
After an hour or so of walking, you notice that Zelda and Impa are no longer around, and assuming that they have lead you in the right direction, you continue to go forward. Your nights are filled with nightmares of the two witches, and no one is sure what they mean.
On the second day of your travels, you start noticing that the landscape has gone from lush green forests, to dry, sandy, desert. As you go, you can feel the heat of the sun beating down on you. Teera is having an extremely difficult time in this climate, and you notice that she keeps pouring water on herself to keep her scales wet. Within a few hours, you see a great building in the sand, it's door sealed shut. This is now the time to investigate the area and find the way to unlock the door.
Ruby can't help but snort with mirth as the guard warns the group about monsters outside of town. She hitches up her weapons belt which carries a greatsword, a warhammer, some daggers, and even a boomerang. And that doesn't even include the long, steel halberd in her hands. A walking fortress, the goron walks out into the Termina Field with little care about monsters. Although the thought of missing a festival is a little depressing. Hopefully the group can be back in time to catch the celebration.
The goron is content to march throughout the day voicing little to no complaint. She is shocked and amazed when both Zelda and Impa 'magically' disappear. However, they weren't supposed to be coming along so it isn't that upsetting. Ruby spends the day trudging along, her speed being slow and steady. She strikes up the occasional marching song and does her best to keep spirits high.
Another night of dreams is both frustrating and scary at the same time. Two nights in a row dreaming about those weird witch ladies is more than a coincidence. Ruby marches on the next day with that thought prevalent in her mind. The desert does little to obstruct the hardy goron but Teera does seem to be struggling. The zora is clearly suffering in the dry environment and Ruby is more than willing to share her water should it be needed.
Eventually, the group arrives at what should be their destination. The march has been long and arduous for everyone. Her feet are a little sore from the burning sand but there isn't any time like the present to start searching for a way inside. "That mirror shield must be inside," says the goron. She leans her halberd to one side of the doorway and tries to use her big, brawny muscles to open the door. When that fails she retrieves the lengthy weapon, "Looks like we'll have to figure out a way inside."
Using her brain has never been the goron's speciality but she will do what she can. Ruby searches around the door looking for hidden levers or catches that might be disguising a hidden lock. If that fails then she will expand her search to the outside walls of the great building. If nothing stands out then she will expand her search to the surrounding desert, curious if there is anything nearby. "Hopefully it is a simple answer like climbing up a wall and going in through a window," she offers to the others.
Jaxus is nervous at first at the guard's warning about monsters. His sisters were always on about the dangers of the outside world and how it wasn't safe. After two whole days without any kind of danger though, he finds his worries fading. Clearly travel was not as dangerous as they had made it out to be.
He's a bit taken aback at the disappearance of their employers, but follows Ruby's example and takes it in stride. They should be able to handle whatever is coming on their own, after all.
The desert feels pleasantly warm, truthfully more comfortable than Termina had been. It's almost like he was born for the environment. He's so at home he almost misses the poor zora's discomfort. It's not much of an inconvenience to share his water with her, so he does.
Arriving at last, Jaxus looks for any obvious places where an entrance might be. He's ready to use his mask and leap up to one if needed.
As you are all walking around searching, no one seems to find much. Ruby is looking around for hidden switches or holes but finds nothing. Jaxus is just looking around in general. It seems that you are about to give up when Rose starts to walk forward. When she does, the sand underneath her feet begins to glow blue, along with 8 other spaces. She quickly jumps off and you all look at the nine blue squares. As you look, Jaxus notices a stone with instructions appear.
"To gain entrance to find what you seek, you must solve this puzzle with your feet. The light that's blue must turn to white, If one wants passage to reflect the light."
I'm using emoticons as the puzzle grid. You cannot stop on the middle one without first touching one of the outer ones.
Armed with the instructions, Jaxus takes a tentative step onto the bottom left square.
Going in with a "me too!" attitude, Rose hops on the bottom right square hoping it opens it so someone can head to the center middle square.
At the exclamation from Rose, Ruby abandons her fruitless search of the walls and rushes over to inspect the find with everyone else. Her spirits fall when she sees it is some kind of riddle. I've never been good at riddles and smart stuff, she can't help thinking to herself. But fortunately for the goron, her companions seem eager to try things out.
Content to let the others experiment, Ruby moves over to read the instruction stone. After going through it a few times she looks up, "Oh! I think that last part means the mirror shield. We must be in the right place," she says with a big smile. Feeling like she has actually contributed something, the solid goron settles in to wait.
Parking her butt on the ground, Ruby curls her long arms around her drawn up knees. She **** her head to the side, black eyes intently watching the others work at the puzzle. Ruby watches with rapt attention as Jaxus and Rose step up onto the blue squares. "Good luck," she encourages them. I wonder if you can make more than one try? That thought startles the goron and she wonders if she should be ready to help out if they get in trouble. Better to be safe than sorry, Ruby grabs her halber and sets it right beside her where it can be easily retrieved.
As Jaxus steps on the bottom left square of the puzzle, it and the three adjacent squares turn white.
Same thing happens to rose, but those that were white turn blue. A tenth panel appears, and you find more instructions telling you this is a reset pannel.
Waving Rosie away, Jaxus stares at the puzzle for a moment, then proceeds to finish it up, ending in the middle with a bit of a hop.
Puzzle Moves Show
Clever way to set up an old school panel puzzle Badguy.
Certainly. The moves, from the initial bottom left and bottom right one are:
-top left square
-top right square
then this is what you should have, as middle will get all the squares.
Ah, in that case all we need do is hit the reset button, then hop to the center square.
I'd quote me but can't right now. But you can't get to the middle one without out first touching one of the outer ones
I see. In that case... Right bottom. Right Bottom. Center.
Yes that certainly works. I will have to try that...
After a bit of thinking about the puzzle, Jaxus takes a few leaps and suddenly, all of the floor under the sand turns white. As this happens, you all feel the ground shake as the door is raised.
Alright. So a marching order for you guys when you go in, and any rolls made while entering would be good.
Ruby watches as Jaxus calmly works out the puzzle. The masked gerudo hops from square to square causing them to light up. Ruby watches with fascination as the wizzrobe quickly works out the puzzle and then with a few final hops, he lights up the whole panel. Ruby smiles and leans back to clap her enormous hands together. "Yay! That was amazing Jaxus," she admits. "That would have taken me ages to figure out," says the goron while climbing back to her feet.
Retreiving her halberd, the goron turns back to the entrance just in time to watch the heavy stone portal begin to open. The ground rumbles as the ponderous gate slides to the side and Ruby shakes her feet to get the sifting sand off of it. "Shall we," she asks while indicating the open doorway. Without waiting for a response, Ruby begins to stride toward the open portal. As she walks she settles her shield in place over her shoulder so that it can be easily retrieved. She unconsciously checks all of her weapons to ensure that they are still there.
"I'm used to going first," she says to the others. Being tough as nails, the goron isn't usually frightened by much, especially not striding into the unknown. Gripping her halberd in two hands Ruby moves up onto the raised entryway and leads the way in. Although she can take a pounding, the goron really doesn't possess any skills that would be useful at this point.
Jaxus, getting his bow out and placing an arrow on the string, says "Well, I'm sure they will get harder." Happy to let the goron lead, he falls in behind her and keeps his eyes peeled. No one ever heard of a safe dungeon, after all.
Spot +4 Listen +2
Not sure, how else she can help, Rose follows everyone else's example. She shifts her gear to be more ready then before pulling out her weapon a pale blue light shimmers over her briefly before going out. Rose then pulls out her shortbow and follows behind Jaxus.
listen and spot check= Listen; Spot (1d20+4=9, 1d20+4=9)
Rose casts Mage Armor on herself: +4 AC for the next hr.
Spells= water:3 Forest:5 till next extended rest.
Current AC: 21/touch 21/ FF: 16 (normal 17; touch 17; Flat foot 12)
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but this game is not going to progress for quite some time. Badguy6 needs to concentrate more on his school work and improve his grades. Once he gets that straightened out and if he wants to restart this he will contact you all.
Thanks for the heads up Draidden. And tip of the hat for re-enforcing the importance of studies.
Hopefully badguy will pulls his socks up sooner rather than later. I'll be around when he is ready to post here.
I am back. I went to look at Teera's character sheet, as I still have not found a replacement, and noticed that Jaxus is only level 1. Jaxus might want to bump up to level 3 before we start exploring, or he may have some issues. Once everyone chimes in, I'm sure I'll be ready to continue. Remaking the map now, as we speak.
I'll double check it tonight, but I'm pretty sure he's level 3 in mechanics (skills, etc) and I just forgot to note the proper level on the sheet.
I guess while we're waiting, does anyone know how to lower the challenge rating of an enemy?
Hmmm, I'm not sure I like the sounds of that! There are lots of little ways to do it. If you want to do it lazily, just do the reverse of what they normally suggest for advancing a monster.
If you'd rather put more time and thought into it, look at the stats that make it powerful and reduce those. For example, ogres aren't particularly hard to hit, tough, or magically inclined. They do pack a punch on their damage rolls though, especially against a lower level party with lower hps. So you can take out some of their strength or give them weapons that don't do huge damage.
You can do things like eliminate DR to make a monster easier to kill, reduce AC, eliminate special abilities, stuff like that. Basically, it is a use your judgement kind of thing.
Lol. Well, I didn't notice that some monsters have high challenge ratings, and I was almost ready to say, ok, make a level 16 version of your character. But nope. Lol. I'll just downgrade stuff?
As the Four of you walk into the room, you see an Iron Knuckle standing on a pedestal. A huge statue when you look at it completely. There are stone versions of the Mirror shield around the pedestal that the Iron Knuckle is standing on.
Poking his head in, Jaxus muses "It wouldn't just be in the first room, would it?"
Ruby smiles and even gives a soft chuckle at Jaxus's dry humor. "We'd only be so lucky," she says with remiss. But although Jaxus is busy staring at the walls the goron is focused on the large statue on the pedestal. The heavy suit of armor appears to fully encompass whatever body is underneath it. The great, two bladed axe the thing carries is nearly as big as Ruby herself. The thing looks dangerous and if it is more than just a statue then this might be a very bad idea.
"Long weapons out," instructs the goron while indicating the potential reach of the creature. "Looks like an old monster construction that I've heard about before. An Iron Knuckle. If it is, we're probably finished so don't get too close," Ruby warns the others. Keeping her halberd out the goron steps carefully into the room to find the quickest way to continue into the temple.
She immediately spots a couple of alcoves off to the right where the desert sunlight can still illuminate the room. Hopefully there is a door there, she thinks to herself. The goron would like nothing better than to bypass this room and never find out of that is indeed just a statue on the pedestal. But since she is probably best outfitted to meet the thing in combat anyway, Ruby moves in first. "Anyone got a light," she asks.
As ruby Steps in, three keese start flying from the walls and a deku baba springs to life. Roll initiative
Jaxus, startled by the emerging monsters, is slow to respond
Initiative = 1d20+1=18
Although not particularly fast on her feet, Ruby was more than ready for any threat. So when the three keese swoop down out of the shadowy corners of the room the goron is more than ready to meet them. The big halberd in her thick hands is a reassuring weight, the wooden haft worn smooth by her callused hands. The steel end of the weapon glints as it reflects the torchlight. Ruby can't help but grin when she realizes that the deku baba will have no defence against the lengthy weapon.
The keese present themselves as more of a problem. How does one strike at flying creatures, wonders Ruby to herself. She shifts one hand down to her over loaded weapons belt, hand running along the curved, wooden length of her boomerang. The steel fangs of her daggers would also be useful but Ruby is always reluctant to wing away her favorite knives. Instead she reaches for the boomerang, ready to launch it at one of the keese.
OOC: Badguy, in my games I usually allow someone to hang onto something with their off hand while still using a one handed item in the other. I don't think the rules account for this so it is your call as a DM. Essentially I'd like Ruby to hold the halberd in her left hand while launching the boomerang with the other. Obviously if she has to catch the boomerang she'll be unable to use the halberd unless dropping the boomerang first. If you arn't ok with that then Ruby will just take a 5ft step in and ready the halberd to strike at the first keese that closes.
5ft step to D,1.
Move Eq: Draw Boomerang
Standard: Attack keese at E, -1
Ranged Touch = 1d20+4=23
Crit Threat = 1d20+4=11 Miss
Damage = 1d4+3=5
Fort Save vs DC 28 or Stunned = 1d4+1=5 rounds
Map eithr tonight or saturday. Was giving the other two some time but didn't expect anything. If I can't find replacements for those two, This is another game of mine that will be closed due to not enough people.
I'm sorry to you guys. I was about to make a map post, but I decided it'd be better to halt the game until we get the nessecary replacements.
If we don't find some players don't feel bad about cancelling the game Badguy. It seems like your schedule might be a little heavy for it right now anyway.
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