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The signs had all been there, if they had been looking hard enough.

The L'ma.

The ghost whales.

Strange tremors in the earth.

But it was such an ordinary morning, when the mountain in Haulani roared in its fury and bellowed its molten core into the sky.

Cries filled the streets. Bells rang, whistles blew. Footsteps thundered. And overhead, the sunny day flooded with thick and dark smoke.

The message was the same everywhere. Apopo has erupted! The governor is dead, the townhouse is gone!

And who, then, was left to salvage Haulani in the chaos?



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1. Remi
2. Saiden
3. Sunjata
4. Jigano
5. Nate
Remi Taliesin
Alchemist
Portal Guardian
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i've seen fire & i've seen rain.
i've seen sunny days that i thought would never end
Once, a man called Caiside in what felt like a different life, had explained volcanoes to Remi. He'd described them as mountainous plumes of fire and heat. Importantly, he'd said it was only a matter of time before they expressed their violence and fire, no matter how silent they'd been. Though it hadn't been high on the alchemist's list of priorities, he'd watched the volcano, not knowing what signs to look for, but watching all the same.

The smoke, the cries of alarm—it was impossible to miss. Only this time as Remi rose into the air on wings of soft sienna, it wasn't to try and be a hero. He'd help wherever he could, but his eyes, keen as they were in hawk form, were looking for lives sure to be lost in the heat and lava flow.



Remi arrives as a hawk, and is looking around for anyone clearly dying >.>
Speaks with an Italian accent.

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Saiden Hali
Pirate

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As the eruption rang out across Haulani, Saiden's eyes widened. He sprang up from his spot by the ocean, hand instinctively gripping his cutlass, though it would do little good. For a moment, he stood frozen. Then he moved, tossing himself into the waves to douse himself in salty water.

Then he emerged and went running up the hills. As he did, he called upon water from the ocean. Gripping as much of it as he could, he pulled it behind him like a wave that went on too far. Coughing slightly from the ash in the air, once he reached as high as spot as he thought was safe he shoved the water in front of him.



Saiden take a dip in the ocean to wet himself. Then he brings as much water as he can handle from the ocean and runs towards Haulani. He puts the water in front of him, all using the following:

Upgraded Water manipulation: Can manipulate water. Must be within a 30ft radius. Control is excellent.
He also has a cutlass at his hip.


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Sunjata Senzaok
Guildmaster

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you were forged in fire // and you rose from the ashes
murder and mercy rolled into one
He knows nothing about volcanoes, really, but he does hear the way the earth shifts, the discomfort with the varying animals beneath his skin. Something is wrong. So he sets out, Safrins daggers in hand, the water brass knuckles Remi had made him settled along his person as well.

He knows one thing about fire, as well, grabbing a bandana of sorts to tie around his face as he bolts toward the thick of it. His goal in all of this is to try and get as many people out, to try and also grab how many supplies they might need of buckets — with no magic in his arsenal to help further the process.



Sunjata arrives with Safrins daggers and the brass knuckles from Remi and tries to help get people out and away from it.
which way is up?
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Jigano Silversmith
the Sage
Provost of the Loreseekers Soul Shepherd / Outlander Advisor
Portal Guardian
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The ocean had been so peaceful, a blue and watery mirror beneath the sky, waves echoing clouds as Jigano had soared above on silver wings, enjoying the peace.

Peace all too soon interrupted as fire and smoke filled the sky from nearby, and the dragon swiftly turned on a wingtip towards the source of the alarm, curious and horrified as the mountain began to spew flame.

He dove for Haulani, wings folding and body changing as he fell, aiming for the area nearest the volcano's side to throw his mastered earth and creation magic into building a bulwark wall to turn aside any lava flow that might begin to menace the city. Numeria had bordered a volcanic range, and though he'd not seen one erupt before, he'd heard enough stories from the old timers to be prepared.



Jigano arrives at the end of the city nearest the volcano and uses mastered earth+creation to begin building a protective wall to divert any incoming lava
Unless otherwise noted, Jigano always wears a pair of black and silver bracers with a star design inset on each (Eclipse Bracers), and carries the lantern SoulKeeper at his belt.
Nate Wren
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when you're all alone and you think of home
places you may have been and who you know
Morning usually meant a winding down for Nate, the sun the only bad thing about spending time in the tropical paradise. He knew what volcanoes were, though he'd never seen one, never felt the fury and the heat of the earth. It was terrifying, the first time he'd felt small, in danger since he'd ascended. The first time he'd felt like everyone else.

Nate threw his cloak over himself and rushed out the door, braving the sun in the hopes he could help someone else. At least he'd just come from Halo, had access to some magic and some shifts to hopefully help more than he could with just what he had. It was power he would hold onto for as long as he could though, his voice ringing out as he tried to direct people towards the beaches, away from the encroaching danger.



Nate tries to direct people immediately around him to safety. He has access to Loren's magic but is holding onto it for the time being.
awaiting the hand of god knowing i stand to fall
i stared into the pitch black to no hand at all
NATE


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They come, small and insignificant specks against the tide of fleeing people. It has been hundreds of years since Apopo last erupted, and most of those living in Haulani now are entirely unprepared. So those on the ground - save for Saiden who has created quite the deterrent in a 30ft wall of water - will find themselves caught in the shove and clamour of people running for the beach. Is the beach even the right way to go? Who knows right now.

Perhaps it is because Sunjata has been making a life for himself in Torchline that he is recognisable to some of the locals, because when he calls out and directs the crowds, they listen. They more than listen, in fact - the guildmaster is able to get the attention of a few other well-known merchants, and the word spreads. Chaos becomes order, and the screams grow quieter as people follow his instructions.

Nate has success, too, though not quite on Sunjata's level. The people he attempts to help do listen, and they follow his orders, though a few stragglers joining the crowd cause a bit of a shoving match.

For Remi, of course, he will see all of this transpire from overhead; the streams of people in varying degrees of order, heading for the beach under Nate and Sunjata's orders. He will see, as well, those who are not doing so well. Already there are people who have been trampled, who have fallen under the feet of their friends and neighbours. He will see the mountain belching smoke, he will feel the heat growing against his feathers. Down from Apopo, the lava stream begins to pick up its pace.

And Jigano is there waiting. Though the lava has not reached him yet, the smoke is beginning to drift down. And make no mistake, it is toxic.



Crowd 1 - Stable (thanks to Sunjata)
Crowd 2 - Stable (thanks to Nate)
Crowd 3 - Chaos (unattended)

Haulani infrastructure: 90%
Air quality: 80%

NATE and SUNJATA are in earshot of each other.
SAIDEN and JIGANO will be able to see each other.
REMI is able to see everything from his hawk shift.

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Saiden
Nate
Jigano
Remi
Sunjata
Saiden Hali
Pirate

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Saiden could see Jigano, that strange man he’d met out on the isles. However, the cook made no move to head towards the bard. Instead, the Hali created a small part in the center of his wall of water, about five feet wide, though he kept the water on hand, keeping it around his body.

Then he raised his voice and shouted in as loud and commanding a tone as he could. He directed anyone within earshot to make their way down to the beach and as far away from Haulani as possible, and though he knew it was probably a lost cause, urged them to be calm and orderly.



Saiden makes a 5ft gap in the center of the wall of water, bringing that water around him instead using Upgraded Water Manipulation: Can manipulate water. Must be within a 30ft radius. Control is excellent. He then begins to order anyone in earshot to make their way down to the beach.


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Nate Wren
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when you're all alone and you think of home
places you may have been and who you know
perhaps it’s his tone, or the fact that he’s the only one in the immediate area shouting out directions, but the crowd calms, listens to him, for the most part. There’s still some panic, of course there is, as far as anyone can tell the world is ending, but it’s far from a mindless stampede.

In the distance, yet close enough to hear over the rumble and the shouts, there is a familiar voice, barking out the same instructions he was. There was no chance Nate was going to get through the crowd, he wasn’t even going to try, but he did clamber on top of some boxes, off to the side, hoping to get a better of what was going on, both with the fleeing people and the volcano itself.




Nate continues to direct the crowd, and climbs up so he can try to get a view of the crowds, and the volcano
awaiting the hand of god knowing i stand to fall
i stared into the pitch black to no hand at all
NATE
Jigano Silversmith
the Sage
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It was all hands on deck, and Jigano caught sight of Saiden out of the corner of his eye, the sun-burnished man taking control of some of the crowd. Filling his own bardic trained lungs he gave a call: "Anyone with earth magic, come help build a channel!" He didn't know how many he could reach, but any help at all would be better than none, and Deimos's lessons in teamwork were still fresh in his mind. He didn't need to do this alone if there were others who could help.

With a sense of the impending lava flow approaching he began to work smarter as well as harder, not merely constructing a bulwark but a channel, using his earth magic to shift the earth up, creating a dry moat as the relocated soil was then packed and hardened as best his power could manage into a wall behind the dip in the ground. He moved at a slow jog, reaching out thirty feet ahead as he tried to make a breastwork that would guide the lava around the city - or at least, away from the more populated areas of the city and the places where the people were fleeing for shelter.

As he moved he wrapped his long hair around his mouth and nose in a makeshift scarf to mask himself from the falling ash.



Jigano continues to use Mastered Earth and Creation magic to shift soil at the edge of the city, pulling it from the ground to make a dry 'moat' and piling it up behind the moat in a wall as he moves along, trying to make a guided path for the lava away from the places people are retreating. He wraps his hair around his mouth and nose to make a mask to keep the ash out.
Unless otherwise noted, Jigano always wears a pair of black and silver bracers with a star design inset on each (Eclipse Bracers), and carries the lantern SoulKeeper at his belt.
Remi Taliesin
Alchemist
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i've seen fire & i've seen rain.
i've seen sunny days that i thought would never end
Jigano shouts an order that the alchemist doesn't obey. He isn't here to play saviour or hero. Lives will be lost in panic; bones crushed, lungs punctured, bodies trampled and burned and all with agonizing slowness. Once, the question of easing the suffering of a few versus stopping the spread of disaster would have been one Remi wouldn't have had the tools to ponder. Now, it wasn't even a question.

Let the heroes, hero.

Descending down swiftly towards the streets, Remi tries to target those crushed underfoot or beneath buildings. Partially shifting—manticore wings protect him from falling debris and smoke, and a scorpion tail for near-instant death—he spares little time in seeking out those crying for assistance.

Those he finds will be held in his arms, illusionary images of sunlight and picnics on the beach soothingly overlaying the reality of Haulani. Hopefully, the quick bite of the barbs on his tail will send them away quickly. Should he encounter those beneath the rubble, he'll use earth and telekinesis to shift it, before carrying on.



Remi uses his manticore poison and illusion magic to hasten the deaths of those trampled or caught in the rubble.
Speaks with an Italian accent.

Force and magic can be used against Remi without permission.
Let me know if you want to kill him and we can chat.

Magical Items for sale in the wagon: Drinkable Sea-Cup | A cup that transmutes saltwater from the ocean into drinking water. Works one-cup at a time. Full-Smokes | A packet of cigarettes, where each cigarette when smoked counts as a full meal. Clawed-Ring | A ring that when used created claws on the wearer's hand.
Sunjata Senzaok
Guildmaster

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you were forged in fire // and you rose from the ashes
murder and mercy rolled into one
He’s nearly relieved when they listen. And the group begins to move, but they need some sort of direction. “Start making your way to the Port!” He calls out to them, stepping along the orderly crowd of people, spotting Nate out of the corner of his eye. Ash coats everything, and the air is thick with it as he shifts the bandana along his face.

But he can see another group of people that still seem chaotic, picking his way toward the group with his voice ringing out again, an order to get to the Port, to get away from the possible slides and lava that will be coming, figuring he’ll just fly if it comes down to it. Still, he tries to pick his way through, fighting the crowds to get them to go.



Sunjata tells the group he’s with to get to the Port, then tries to make it to the next chaotic group to tell them the same!
which way is up?
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They continue to bellow their orders, do Sunjata and Nate, and having been so successful the first time, their respective crowds of people continue to listen. To the Port! Cries echo the instructions, and the first of those fleeing start to thin out the people, allowing others to move and breathe more freely, quelling the panic.

If only it were destined to stay that way. The approaching Crowd 3 is panicking, and no amount of cries for calm on Sunjata's part would bring them around (at least not this time). Given that they are running past Saiden and his wall of water to get out of town, the sailor's calls, too, fall on deaf ears. Sunjata will find himself trapped in the sudden crush.

Remi and his mercy killings go unseen, and given the situation that is not so surprising. But the ash is falling thicker and faster now, and any further attempts to fly through it will be dangerous to say the least.

Meanwhile Jigano continues to create his earthen moat, preparing a shield for the town that will (hopefully) hold the volcano's wrath at bay.

But he will want to move. The lava is nearly upon the city, and hundreds of degrees of heat, even from a distance, will sear the flesh from his bones.



Crowds 1 and 2 continue towards the beach, and heed instructions to go towards Kaiholo Port.

Crowd 3 is still in a state of chaos, and Sunjata is now caught in the crush!

HP & post order:

Saiden - 76
Nate - 42
Jigano - 370
Remi - 340
Sunjata - 126
Saiden Hali
Pirate

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As the crowd refused to heed his cries, Saiden gritted his teeth. He began to move in the direction of the stampeding idiots, bringing his wall with him. As he walked he tossed some water from his wall onto the roofs of the houses he passed, hoping to keep them from catching fire if a stray bit of ash or spark from the volcano fell on them.

Halting a short distance from the panicking crowd, he shouted down towards them as loudly and commandingly as he could. His instructions were to remain as calm and orderly as possible as they made their way down to the water, and to implore them to work together, as if this was a ship in the storm.



Saiden makes his way down towards the direction of the panicking crowd. As he does, he uses upgraded water manipulation to keep his wall with him and to toss some of the water from his wall to wet the roofs of the houses nearby. He also continues to shout instructions at them.

Water manipulation: Can manipulate water. Must be within a 30ft radius. Control is excellent


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