Key Quest Through and through


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The area around the well is now quite small indeed, barring movement from anyone save the two giant creatures. With an inarticulate grunt, the giant's fist further grips the snake's breath. Quickly the giant beast writhes to unfurl itself from around the well, but already the light is fading from its eyes. It was never meant to guard against this sort of assault. It was meant to have help, a united front from keeping the ascended out of the portals. But it had been alone, forgotten, ignored, and now finally, tossed about like a wet towel.

As the dragon's tail reached around to snap at the giant's legs, it thrust a frustrated fist forward, slamming the head of the guardian against the stone. The inertia of this, combined with the fact that the creature had no room to maneuver its body, did indeed cause it to topple into the light. Only because it wasn't real, as soon as it touched the portal, it vanished. The snake guardian fell lifeless to the ground.



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Snake Guardian: 0HP

Wessex: 73HP
Jigano: 217HP

Wessex Theskyra
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dont know where the lights are taking us
but something in the night is dangerous
Even if the Giant hadn’t fallen into the portal, Jigano’s roar would have wrenched the creature from the Queen’s concentration. As it is, she knows there’s something else up there, but clearly doesn’t know what. What she does figure is that it’s now or never.

Preparing to assault the roaring thing above with biopulses, Wessex unsheathes her claws and braces herself with her legs against the walls of the crack. Taking a moment to jab herself with the adrenaline booster she almost always carries in her little pouch, Wessex looks up at the debris and plunges her claws into the (hopefully) solid dirt walls as the energy sears through her. She sends a biopulse out and then pushes with her feet and pulls with the strength she’d used to move those earlier boulders.

Once she can see the dragon, Wessex directs another biopulse towards it and hauls ass out of that crack, taking a leap for the blue-white beam of energy.

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Wessex takes an adrenaline shot! She shoots a biopulse towards the dragon, climbs out, shoots another pulse, and then leaps for the portal.
Jigano Silversmith
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The guardian was dead. Jigano's dragon bulk remained in front of the well where he had pushed the summoned creature, knowing damn well that it was Loren's handiwork. Only Loren wasn't there, which meant Wessex had done so, ignoring his attempt to find a way for them to end things peacefully. He had barely begun to bow his head over the fallen defender when he felt the ripple of energies that had struck him before, presaging Wessex's attack.

She had killed the snake, as cold-bloodedly as she had killed the Fae, and Jigano's blood was up and pounding now as he roared and turned to continue blocking the portal with his body, snapping at the murderous Queen with an ice-cold rage that burned in his throat, determined to stop the source of those painful pulses - and the murderer of an increasing body count.



Jigano attempts to block Wessex's route to the portal and bites at her!
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so much math involved So many things happen at once.

The queen scrambles out of the pit made by the bard-turned-dragon. Fueled by adrenaline as she is and massive as Jigano is, her bio pulse easily hits him. And yet despite how quick she is with nightfall and adrenaline aiding her, the dragon is huge. His body is nearly the length of the entire half-side of the circular room. This is both boon and bother, as like the giant, he is not very nimble in this enclosed space, making his snap miss the queen.



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Wessex's biopulse HITS
Jigano successfully PREVENTS Wessex from entering the portal
Jigano's bite attack MISSES

Wessex: 73HP
Jigano: 172HP



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the VOICE
In reality's shadow the blind see best
The room is suddenly bathed in a brilliant electric-blue light. In the center of the portal the goddess appears. Her hair is spread out around her, wild and full of static light. Her eyes are pinpoints of energy that radiate a maternal love and overwhelming pride in Wessex.

Her bright one.

Her brightest.

“Wessex, you truly are amazing.” She coos, with not a thought given to the silvery dragon, made whitish blue by the glare of her light. Reaching down for the snake, she lifts its head and stares into its dead eyes. “Rest now guardian. Your time is done. Ours has come. Give Mort all my love.” She chuckled, dropping it to the ground where it was consumed by a hostile crackle of light leaving only ash in its wake.

Looking to Wessex, the Voice smiled. “I am well and truly pleased with you, my bright one. There is more I would have you do for me. In exchange, I would raise you above your brethren; a light to guide them. A star for those already bright.” So saying, she extends her hand towards the queen, pulses of light glinting in her palm.
Wessex Theskyra
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dont know where the lights are taking us
but something in the night is dangerous
The Queen was gunning for the dragon’s tail, dodging teeth and trying to use its size against it when the room is flooded with light. A familiar light. She screeches to a halt, all thoughts of flying through that portal gone in the face of her floating, ethereal goddess. Her face tilts up to gaze at Her, the struggles of the past hours all of a sudden so very worth it, to hear her name on her Lady’s lips, to see the pride she’s worked so hard to earn.

She shakes her head. “Only because you made me bright. Gave me power and had faith. Without you, I would be dead. Nothing.”

There are no second thoughts, nothing that gives her pause. The Queen reaches out to take the Voice’s hands, trusting mortal palms to divine ones.. “Anything.”

And she has proven that willingness, time and time again. Even in her times of doubt, it has always been true.
Jigano Silversmith
the Sage
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The Voice.

The cause of the Blight that had struck through him and so many of his friends, crippling the Greatwood and costing Arduinna her life to reverse it.

She reached for the snake and then burned it away with the same casual cruelty for its death that Wessex had shown for its life. And then she reached out to reward the corrupted Queen for her lack of compassion.

The space was small, but Wessex could only be in one place to receive such a benediction, and Jigano timed his strike – a dragon’s bite, to sever the Ascended’s head and torso from her legs – with serpentine precision, to land in the space before she could reach the goddess, rage for the serpent’s death and the bitter defeat of such an ancient soul burning past all rational thought, even in the presence of a goddess.



Jigano sees where Wessex must be to touch the goddess and attempts to bite her in half in her path to reach the Voice before she can get there.
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the VOICE
In reality's shadow the blind see best
Without so much as blinking or batting an eye, or indeed looking away from Wessex, electricity startles from her side. Like a lasso it encircles the dragon’s jaws slamming them shut. It’s legs are similarly bound. “We are having a moment Jigano. You can wait your turn.” She hums with the cool carelessness of authority and near-limitless power.

“Then you shall be my eyes and ears in places I cannot go. You will be raised as the old gods have raised others, though rather than wandering around without purpose, I shall be by your side, guiding you always.” Closing her fingers around Wessex’s, the queen glowed with her own internal light, her eyes shining an energetic blue to match the Voice’s.

Softly, almost sweetly, the Voice looked to Jigano. “I could kill you with a whisper. Do you wish to die so much that you would attack me? In this place?”



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Wessex Theskyra
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dont know where the lights are taking us
but something in the night is dangerous
Wessex nods, and for all that she is one of the oldest walking around the Settlement and Sanctuary, she suddenly feels like a child. Perhaps it’s because it’s been quite a long time since she’s felt something like unconditional love, and it is almost overwhelming. But the Queen is nothing if not a stoic at heart, so she quells the emotions that rise and even when Jigano tries to kill her, she stands firm, does not flinch, and trusts.

It was a stupid move on his part.

“I shall,” she agrees seriously. It is not solemn, no, more like a wedding vow than anything else, for Wessex has always been wedded to herself and now? Now she is wedded to a purpose.

Then there’s light, and Wessex looks down to find herself glowing. She chuckles and marvels and when her Lady turns Her attention to the dragon, so does the new demi-god, though she stays quiet. It’s time the bard knew who he was dealing with. How threatened the Old Gods are by the Voice. That perhaps he should be a little more careful with whom he picks his fights.
Jigano Silversmith
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Legs and jaws might be bound, and his chance to end this charade swiftly might have been lost, but defiant fury smoldered in the dragon's opalescent eyes as he glared at the two killers.

The Voice was not, after all, the first mad machine god bent on world domination that he had stared down.

It hadn't ended so well for the last one.

But he had been stronger then, and had powerful allies at his side. Alone and hobbled for the moment there was little he could do as he added to his list of pissed off deities collecting them all. He had lost this fight, and though he once might have lashed out in one final, grand gesture of defiance, holding his life a cheap price to pay for the potential to avenge the murders of the serpent and the Fae...

He had too much to lose now. And Safrin's recent words still echoed in his soul, time and distance adding a mocking edge to the casually callous declarations she had made.

Not a hero, nor even a villain. By implication, able to save no one, nor accomplish anything noteworthy in this new world.

Just... ordinary.

And what could an ordinary man do against a goddess?
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the VOICE
In reality's shadow the blind see best
Power blazes through Wessex as her hand touches the Voice's, and there is plenty more where that came from. Soon the pair will talk about the path the ascended must now walk, as light-bringer to her kin. For now though? For now there is a certain king on the other side of the portal with whom the queen really ought to speak.

"Come and find me once you return. For now, I believe you are needed on the other side." So saying, the goddess steps aside to easily allow Wessex to enter the portal.

And as for Jigano? The Voice merely scoffs. Moving towards the door, light races from her fingertips, shattering the stone. It crumbles into pieces, the ascended-only mechanism now useless. "All have a right to access my portals." She said softly over her shoulder. "None shall take away that freedom ever again."

Fixing the dragon with a piercing stare, the bounds around him disappeared. "Consider this your only warning." So saying, the Voice disappeared in a shower of sparks.


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