Plot Advancing PQ [SE] Push it way back
Pushing back the Void!
Thalassa Sanguis
Pirate Captain

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#15
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
The brush of Tal's ring against her finger was apparently exactly what they'd needed as his flailing came to a stop, immediately followed by a multitude of apologies. Thal just shrugged them off and stepped away to give him space, shuffling her feet slightly at the attention. To Maea, she gave a nod of acknowledgement, glad the other Ancient had escaped unharmed from being a victim of amicicide (Ooh. New fun word.). Her own vision began to clear, allowing her to clearly make out the worried looks amongst the others. Their journey was not off to the best start. If this was what she could expect, Thal was already regretting coming. She wanted to fight creatures not her friends, or hallucinogenic spores. 

Making sure her gear was all in place and definitely not avoiding the other's eyes, Thal was already turning back the direction she'd come. "I saw something this way. It looked almost like a purple gem or crystal, but I couldn't get a good look." Again, checking her face covering, she added, "Maybe we should stay a little closer together."
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Talyson Seawright
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#16
He didn't know anything about Maea's inner turmoil, only the kindly pressure of her hand on his arm as she forgave him. The courier's pale eyes were almost pathetically grateful as he managed to raise them long enough to meet her gaze for a second before he ducked his head back down again shyly, just as awkward as Thalassa when it came to social interactions. "Yeah... thanks. They don't seem t'help much if what I'm seein' is inside my own head though," he admitted reluctantly, hating to reveal the weakness of his oldest item. Still, he carefully rubbed the lenses clean and pulled the Goggles back into place. He used some of his water to rinse his face mask thoroughly before putting it back on, too, and this time he made sure to tie it securely.

He groped over to catch Thalassa's arm, giving it a silent squeeze without saying something either of them might find too uncomfortable and awkward to deal with. But the Captain was already getting back to business and Tal nodded at her suggestion. "If you've found somethin' we can all check out t'gether, we might as well," he agreed. "Huh. If it's a crystal, maybe th' demigods can use it for somethin'." It was worth a shot, at any rate, and he gestured at Thal to lead the way.

Luckily the captain had marked her path and she was able to find it again immediately, but as they moved through the jungle foliage - more carefully this time - a sense of creeping dread began to grow around them. It was a sense that going forward would be a mistake, and a fatal one.

Still, after only a few minutes of walking they would be able to spy the flash of purple again between broad green leaves and behind the reds and yellows of poisonous flowers between them and it. The quiet burble of water underlay the raucous bird and animal calls around them, but several shadowy insects began to flit around the edges of their vision.


Phew! Now they can finally investigate that flash of purple that Thalassa found!

There are some definitely-toxic-looking flowers on the shortest path to it, and Void insects have began to buzz around you!

What do you do next?
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Maea Valair
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#17
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After learning her lesson on being stingy with her abilities, Maea kept a blob of fire burning by her shoulder as she fell in behind her friends. Choosing to take up the sweep position and go last, she kept her eyes to all sides and occasionally turned around to stand motionless. So far nothing strange had come after them, though in the dense forest with deadly and dangerous flowers, a swaying bow or the slap of a vine might prove just as troublesome as any bite or sting from animals.

Far quicker to act this time, she expanded her flames to cover herself and Talyson, leaving Thalassa free to utilize the fire for her own protection if she so wished. She didn't try to catch the buzzing insects, exactly, they would just have to fly through flame to get to any of them. That sense of dread, though... Dry at the mouth and with her heart pounding hard in the chest, Maea reached out to keep a hand on Tal's shoulder, to make sure they didn't get separated.

"Do we go around, or cut the flower?" she wanted to know. Either way she was too far back to do much, save keep their backs free and the insects at a distance.



Maea slings a net of fire over herself and Talyson to keep the insects away, while providing flame for Thalassa to use if she wishes.
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Thalassa Sanguis
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#18
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
The echo of Tal's hand on her shoulder had her shifting her eyes away to focus on the path. She wove through the foliage, trying to keep her feet from disrupting anymore spores or other suspicious contents. Luckily, her memory hadn't faded of the path she'd taken and she didn't lead them astray. When her eyes spotted the purple once more, she took a closer look at the surroundings. The poisonous looking plants and creepy insects had her quickly pulling from Maea's flames with an understanding nod. She let the fire lick across her skin and around her in a force-field of blazing light that would incinerate anything that came too close.

Scoffing lightly, she pulled out a dagger. "Neither. We go through." Placing the tip between the leaves and petals, she pushed them aside enough to let her hand slip through. She made sure to keep her sleeves down and a curling of flames across her skin to keep it protected from whatever dangers the flora might possess. No matter what, she was determined to grab the object sparkling within.



Thalassa pulls Maea's flames to protect from the bugs and uses her dagger to push aside the flowers, reaching for the purple object.

Fire Manipulation: Can manipulate flames. Must be within a 30ft radius. Control is excellent
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Talyson Seawright
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#19
Maea's quick thinking with the fiery bug zapper saved them all a lot of hassle with the life-draining Void insects, and it was a good thing that Thalassa followed suit. The three of them were able to traverse close enough to the flash of faintly glowing amethyst so that everyone could see their prey, and as they did so the burble of water grew louder and the ground beneath their feet grew softer and less stable.

Tal glanced over to his friend with bobbing nod of gratitude for keeping the bugs off, and as she iterated their options he opened his mouth - properly protected this time, at least - to give his opinion--

But Captain Thalassa was already in motion, reaching between the dangerous flowers to snag at the glimpse of purple hidden in the shadows. Her hand closed over it - soft and silky instead of hard and cold - just as the ground beneath her feet gave way, sending her tumbling into the hidden, overgrown spring. The water was unexpectedly deep and black as pitch beneath the shadows of the thick leaves that hung over it and the lily pads that obscured its surface, and the water was shockingly cold for Hak Etme. The Ancient would find herself sinking like a stone as a rising sense of despair welled up from the flower she still held in her hand.

Maea had stayed back far enough to avoid falling in, but as Thalassa disappeared with a splash the sense of dread that had been increasing as they moved closer to their prey would spike high. Shadows began to collect at the edges of her vision, a haunting sense of danger and threat that would vanish if she turned to look at them, but only seemed to be ducking out of sight before she could quite catch their forms.

It was Tal's turn to be the cool head of reason in the group, perhaps because of his recent experience with the hallucinatory pollen. "Fuck!" He dropped his hand to his Bag of Holding and pulled out his rope, tossing one end to Maea and wrapping the other firmly around his arm. "Hold on t'this or tie it around somethin'!" He didn't notice her sudden distraction as he dropped his Bag and pushed through the poisonous flowers in order to jump in after Thalassa!


The nat 1s are strong with this PQ+, and Thalassa has fallen into a small, hidden cenote after grabbing a hold of a Void Lotus! The waters are dark and dangerously cold, making it hard for her to orient herself!

Maea managed to keep the insects at bay with her fire, but the effects of the Void Lotus are already starting to manifest as threatening shadows at the edges of her vision.

Tal managed to shake off the Lotus's effects this round and has dived in after Thal!

Quick, what do you do next??
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Maea Valair
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#20
Maea
There were many different options to fall back on when your mind was flooded with dread. Some fought, some ran. Some just froze, unable to move, watching events unfold before their eyes without being able to move a muscle. Like now, when a rustle and crumbling of dirt and roots swallowed Thalassa whole while shadows began to whisper and crawl at the edge of her vision.

A rope was pressed into her hands. Reflexively Maea's fingers closed around it, and like a sleepwalker she looked around, kipping for breath as panic began to set in. Tie... tie it off? A tree! She needed a tree, before Tal dove headlong into water with no anchor and no way to be hauled back to the surface. The water rippled, inky black and Bottomless despite being so clear. Maea rounded a tree, her hands shaking - all but sobbing under the influence of the void, she almost begged him not to leave her alone out here.

But he was already diving in. And suddenly she was on her own, left behind to listen to the rustle and grunt of things that may or may not be there. Squeezing her eyes shut the young woman hunkered down behind the tree, holding on to the rope like it was become the only real thing in the world.

It was all she could do to remain where she was and not run off.




Maea wraps the rope around a tree and waits, struggling against rising panic.
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Thalassa Sanguis
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#21
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Her hand wrapped around the purple object; its petals surprisingly soft against her fingers. The confusion crept forward. Then everything went black. 

Thal's immediate response was panic as she fought the water that engulfed her body. It swallowed every limb and every thought, like a plunging void of consciousness. Her instincts screamed to fight. To escape. To throw off the black blanket of nothingness. But she had felt this before. Years ago, as her body had ceased being her own and the watery depths had consumed her. Back then, it'd been a comfort that she longed to embrace. A welcome warmth of abyss that felt like the safety of a womb. Only a will to live had prevented her from giving in to the desire to stay.

Somehow, this felt different. As her body sank deeper, deeper, Thal felt the cold touch of despair. The liquid around her wasn't the protective sac of amniotic fluid, but the icy grave of the seafloor pulling her into its clutches.

But she didn't fight it. 

Didn't she deserve this? She hadn't been kind or caring. She hadn't made a difference in the world. She hadn't mattered. What did her life mean?

Thal didn't have an answer and the initial fight fled her body. She ceased to exist within her mind. It left behind a husk of vacant desolation where not a single thought disturbed the black pool of consciousness. As the tension dissolved into threads of depression, her eyes drifted closed and her hand released its hold on the Void Lotus. 



Thal lets go of the Void Lotus.
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Talyson Seawright
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#22
Counterintuitive though it might seem, the shadows at the corners of Maea's vision had no power over her when she closed her eyes against them. The sounds of the jungle around her came into greater focus as her other senses compensated for the lack of sight by reminding her of the life that buzzed and screeched and sang and chirruped all around. Not all of the sounds were reassuring, but they were the noises of the Greatwood and the Oerwoud before the Void infection.

And the rope in her hands was reassuringly solid and connected to her friends.

Thalassa sank into the abyss, but though she had fallen under the Void Lotus's influence she was more resilient than she knew. The chill of the waters was nothing to take lightly but it was not enough to turn an Ancient immediately to stone. And as the Lotus sank away from her in the water its influence waned with distance, slowly and reluctantly releasing her from its spell.

Her hero - if the term could be stretched that far - was no champion swimmer. He was proficient in the doggy paddle and the freestyle flail, but at least he was determined. And he could hold his breath for a really long time. Thanks to the magic of his Goggles he could see through the darkness of the cenote's waters and strike out in the right direction. He chased Thalassa's sinking body and snagged her arm, pulling her close.

And then paused, staring into the glimmering darkness that flowed away through a hole in the wall of the natural well.

It was only for a few heartbeats and then he shook his head and tugged hard on the rope to signal Maea before he began an even more awkward kicking and wiggling through the water, following the rope back towards the surface - hopefully with his friend's help - and towing the Captain with him.

Breaking the surface he sucked in a grateful lungful of humid air through his soaking wet handkerchief and hauled Thal halfway up onto the shore, helpfully thumping her back a couple of times to try and dislodge any water she might have swallowed.
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Thalassa Sanguis
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#23
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
With the distance growing between her and the Void Lotus, Thal could feel the kindling of an ember deep within. The subtle glow was her dying hope. A breath of reason. Of motivation. Of purpose

It wasn't the grand notion of saving the world or making a difference. It wasn't the buddings of a plan to join the priesthood or recite any virtuous intentions. No. It wasn't anything quite so novel.

She didn't want to die. 

Despite all the lost and lonely feelings flooding her mind, Thal wanted to live. It was a selfish and cruel thing to force her existence on the world any more than she already had, but her most primal instincts spurred her on, a fluttering of her chest that fanned the dying spark to a growing flame once more.

Her mouth clamped closed against the water and her eyes flickered open to find Tal pulling her upwards, a frenzied flailing of limbs that somehow moved them upward. Now that her decision had been made, Thal began to kick her legs, propelling them towards the surface with the ease and grace of someone familiar with the sea. As they finally hit the air, she gulped in a clear lungful, sputtering at the water sitting in her mouth. Talyson's back pats helped expectorate the remaining fluid. 

Shooting the Accepted a grateful glance and letting her mouth's shape resemble the words 'thank you,' she strained to lift her body the rest of the way out of the water. She made sure to lift her face covering back up before attempting to slow her respirations in order to calm her racing heart. A shiver ran down her spine as she thought about how close she'd come to giving in. Tring to hide the stark dread in her eyes, she looked around at their surroundings.
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