Asura, Edith(?)On The Trail (D2)@Kazemitsu
This isn't a lag, you saw this this morning after you woke up. Shut up.
Skill Gain: Pierce Resistance I!
You already possess the skill Physical Damage Resistance I. Damage Calculation Overlap will follow an order of priority: Any pierce-category attack will have its damage subtracted from Pierce Resistance I first, and any leftover damage will be subtracted from Physical Damage Resistance I’s threshold. However, if a single pierce-category attack consumes the Resistance threshold for both skills, Physical Damage Resistance I will NOT trigger on attacks from other categories. If ONLY Pierce Resistance I’s threshold is consumed, Physical Damage Resistance I will trigger against a second Pierce attack, or other physical attacks. Acquiring Blunt Resistance and Slash Resistance will automatically cause Skill Synergy and raise Physical Damage Resistance by one rank regardless of Skill Progression.
After Asura finished his thoughts, the blue slime shrank back. It--she?--seemed wary of a repeat overload. But, after wobbling for a moment, her pseudopod reached out once more.If...I,
the creature’s ego still seemed nebulous, If I go...you...Then...we...safe? Even from bigger? And can...eat more? Eat bigger?
The blue slime seemed intrigued by this idea, and before she pulled away Asura had a few flashes of imagery--though the colors were blurry and the pictures distorted, as if looking through water. It seemed as if the blue slime had started looking around already before she finished her thought to him, and she had seen an odd group of creatures--from their sizes, it seemed like there were two goblins, at least one lizard, and a wisp. They seemed to be fighting. And further away, there were three images that all seemed similar, though one was larger. Possibly dire rats? Then, of course, there was the unmistakable and--in the blue slime’s mind--incredibly threatening image of the bonfire...
Rain, Orchid, Digbie, Mourningstar, Oberon, Orochi, ArdurFlame of Chaos (D2)@Old Amsterdam@Lucius Cypher@King Cosmos@CriticalHit@Gardevoiran@floodtalon@ReusableSword
As Mourningstar focused on each individual Goblin, using her Magic Analysis, she would find most of the results unsatisfactory--however, besides Crispy, there were actually two more things of note…
You used Magic Analysis I!
Effectiveness reduced to 25%. This is a Monster. You have Analyzed this kind of Monster before, effectiveness increased to 35%.
Goblins are capable of magic. This Goblin has no spells or magically oriented skills.
You used Magic Analysis I!
Effectiveness reduced to 25%. This is a Monster. You have Analyzed this kind of Monster multiple times before, effectiveness increased to 40%.
Goblins are capable of magic. This Goblin has no spells or magically oriented skills. This Goblin’s magical stats are weak.
Your repeated use of a skill has granted you experience!
Skill Rank Up: Magic Analysis > Magic Analysis II!
Gain more detail about Magic oriented Skills and Spells. Lose less effectiveness when analyzing Monsters, Materials, etc so long as they are magically inclined.
You used Magic Analysis II!
Effectiveness reduced to 30%. This is a Monster. You have Analyzed this kind of Monster multiple times before, effectiveness increased to 45%.
Goblins are capable of learning magic, but usually do not possess it naturally. This Goblin has no spells or magically oriented skills or equipment that you can see. This Goblin’s magical stats are weak, and it has a low amount of MP.
You used Magic Analysis II!
Effectiveness reduced to 30%. This is a Monster. You have Analyzed this kind of Monster multiple times before, effectiveness increased to 50%.
Goblins are capable of learning magic, but usually do not possess it naturally. This Goblin has no Activated spells, but has two semi-magically oriented skills. This Goblin’s magical stats are weak and it has a low amount of MP. It has been channeling magic recently. This Goblin is unusual, like Digbie.
You used Magic Analysis II!
Effectiveness reduced to 30%. This is a Monster. You have Analyzed this kind of Monster multiple times before, effectiveness increased to 55%.
Goblins are capable of learning magic, but usually do not possess it naturally. This Goblin has 1 spell, 1 magically oriented skill, and 1 elemental skill. This Goblin has been magically changed! This Goblin has increased its magical stats, but its MP is lower than your own. It is currently channeling magic for a Fireball spell, rank unknown!
Your experiences have culminated in a new skill!
Skill Gain: Monster Analysis I!
Flat teeth indicate herbivore, binocular vision implies a predator or gatherer. Allows you to analyze animals and monsters, even those you’ve never seen before. At this rank you'll only learn basic information.
You experiences have culminated in new power! You are now Level 2! You gain Skill Points to distribute as you please! Your MP increases!
Unspent Skill Points:
Mana Orb II (2.15)
Lesser Force I (1.7)
Magic Analysis II (2.15)
Mana Shape I (1.4)
Monster Analysis (1.0)
<UNUSABLE> Muffle (0.1) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Smash (0.1) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Defender (0.2) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Focus (0.8) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Mana Slice (0.5) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Deception (0.2) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Charisma (0.2) <UNUSABLE>
But as all of this information flooded Mourningstar’s mind, she also felt something unpleasant--like dial-up internet combined with a microphone feedback loop amplified and held far too close to her ear. As the ringing and buzzing intensified, one new skill appeared in her Current Skill List, though it too was marked as UNUSABLE: Mental Resistance (0.1).
And of course, while she was being flooded with this info, Mourningstar possibly missed what was happening around her in between her level up and the moment she finally returned to her senses.
Ardur dropped out of the sky, surrounded by his Shield spell’s aura. But with Crispy focused on his spell, he didn’t see the glowing pixie--and soon he couldn’t see anything at all, as Ardur yanked his hat down over his face. The pixie’s momentum caused him to swing along the brim of the hat, twisting it further and by sheer luck avoiding the Fireball Crispy was conjuring.
“WHO TURN OUT LIGHT?!”
"You dare to call me prey? YOU DARE THINK YOU CAN HUNT ME?" screamed the talking Fanged Lizard. The Goblin whirled in her direction, still managing to hold the Fireball steady in his hands. "I, who have injured you twice Crispy! I who have drawn the blood of that big hairy fucker! I WILL HAVE YOUR FUCKING HEADS! You can either lay down your weapons.... Or I will fucking eviscerate you.”
“LIZARD TALK TOO MUCH--”
Orochi lunged at the caster's exposed ankles from behind, fangs ready to tear his goblinoid flesh. As he latched on, ripping and tearing at the same time as he injected his paralyzing venom, Crispy’s rebuttal toward Rain suddenly turned into a high pitched squeal--
And then stopped entirely.
The Goblin’s fireball went out, and he dropped to one knee. Every muscle suddenly stood out in tension--though it seemed like Crispy had almost instinctively clasped his hands and curled his hands around his own neck, head, and shoulders, hunching himself to prevent attacks on these vulnerable areas. Indeed, he had been in the cave long enough to know this could be a death sentence, and under the hat his eyes were beginning to bug out in fear--he was paralyzed!
But Rain wouldn’t be able to capitalize on this immediately, as the other three Goblins besides Crispy and Orchid had recovered their wits sometime in between the moment when Ardur had dropped down and Orochi had attacked. They had charged, and Rain had reacted. As the first closed in on her with a Gnarled Branch gripped tight, Rain managed to dodge and attacked back with her fangs and a mouth dripping with concentrated poison. As she tore the goblin’s flesh she could feel a sensation somewhat like the old world’s “pop rock” candy in her mouth, as her poison came into contact with the air and his bloodstream. The green creature screamed and fell to the ground, not paralyzed, but sick as if he had taken Poison Spit instead of a Stun Fang.
However, the second goblin holding a Wooden Pickaxe swung it like a golf club. Rain suddenly found herself lifted off the ground as pain exploded through her side--then she hit the ground, hard enough to knock the breath out of her. The third goblin started to close in, a large rock held over his head in both hands--
He yelped as a demonic face appeared in mid-air.
"Greetings pathetic whelps. As you can see, I am no ordinary Wisp nor is this any ordinary Lizard. We are Generals sent from the Demon Lord himself to create an army fit to march on the pathetic humans who hunt us day in and day out. Thus I have come to recruit all in this cave for the conquest to come."
Mourningstar actually had the audacity to even float slightly in front of Rain, shielding her from any further attacks that may come and turning to look directly into the eyes of Orchid, then the paralyzed Crispy.
"Now cease your assault immediately, we have work to d--!”
“WISP SHUT UP!”
The goblin walloped Mourningstar with the rock, sending her crashing to the ground. Another UNUSABLE Skill popped up in her System, Blunt Resistance (0.1).
But, luckily for her, she didn't seem to be really hurt--Oberon's Shield had absorbed most of the blow, though now it was gone!
Had all of this chaos, so many things happening at once, stunned Orchid? What would the female, ambitious goblin do, now that former humans like herself had apparently revealed themselves? What would Oberon do, with his friends in danger and himself so vulnerable, even after a Level Up?
Meanwhile, Digbie found a nice Flint Rock, but had no pockets with which to carry it...
Ash, Naji, Scott, Danny, ReothNearby the Pool (D2) @Rune_Alchemist@ghastlyInc@CollectorOfMyst@Duthguy@Kangutso
As Danny lay there, observing what was going on, he felt himself beginning to recover a little. It didn’t seem like he could fire another Mana Orb yet, but he could at least Levitate again--if he was going to run, now might be the chance. But as he watched, the scene became even stranger…
As Ash began to Overwork herself and scaled the armed Goblin, slashing and gnashing all the way, the green humanoid tried to reach her as she scurried around and up his back. But his arms weren’t long or flexible enough, and as she came down on the back of his neck he let out one more screech before her venom seemed to take effect, and he dropped with a short-lived convulsion before laying there, eyes big and afraid as his neck bled while he was helpless to stop it. But before she could leap clear of his body, the other goblin ran up with his leg drawn back like a soccer player--
Reoth’s Poison Spit sailed through the air, striking the unarmed goblin in the chest and knocking him off balance. His kick missed Ash by several inches, and he spun with his own momentum. He cursed angrily the whole while as he scrabbled to wipe the acid off his chest, burning himself further in the attempt. Ash took the opportunity to leap on him and begin tearing away, feeling the strain as she used her Overwork skill. Her venom never triggered on this one, but with the doses he had already taken from two other lizards, the green weenie seemed overcome with his wounds. He fell, almost on top of Ash as she clung to his body, and was dead in moments.
At the same time as all this was happening, Naji attempted to pacify the now-free lizard as it dashed towards him, and Scott remained in hiding.
”Whoa whoa whoa” He yelled, throwing his arms in front of him and flaring his wings, ”Easy big fella. Easy!” The lizard actually did thrust its front claws in front of it and rear back on its haunches, sliding to a stop--then it eyed Naji through yellowed slits, its double set of eyelids “blinking” one at a time. Its forked tongue flicked out just once, then it drew its head back like a rattlesnake…
You are weak from Malnutrition, Stamina Loss, and HP Drain. WARNING! Your HP is low!
EdwardA New Day (D2)@Searat
As Ed awakened to a new dawn, he was free to choose what else he would do this day. Thanks to the fight from yesterday he had eaten well, and what little HP he had lost was fully recovered, along with his stamina. Would he seek out those two other rats? Or those other Wisps who had said they, too, were from Earth?
As it so happened, from his crack in the wall he could see one such Wisp right now, not too far away. But it looked like that one--the one that WASN’T the one Mei had attacked--was now involved in some kind of kerfuffle involving two goblins, at least two Fanged Lizards, and then the Wisp himself. What was up with that? And what about all that ruckus going on at the bonfire? Or the fact that the bright light that had dimmed so much the day before--near what he assumed had to be the entrance to the cave--had now returned even brighter than before?
JasonThe Hole in the Wall (D2)@Guy0fV4lor
As Jason tossed the Wisp corpse at the Slime, it reflexively snapped up the morsel and then seemed to go semi-dormant, wobbling thoughtfully as it began to digest its meal. It seemed to hear Jason, but whether it understood him was another matter. For now, though, it didn’t seem to have the ability to focus on more than one thing at a time.
The second Wisp had flown in a little closer, out of range of Jason’s lunges but enough that it could be more accurate with its shots. When Jason fired his own acid spit at it the magical creature dodged and returned fire with its last Mana Orb--once again Jason felt the painful sting as the damage he had no resistance against tore through his body.
WARNING! Your HP is low!
But he still managed to lead his Stone Shot--and this time, the rock went just a little bit faster and seemed to glow just a little bit brighter.
Skill Rank Up! Stone Shot I > Stone Shot II!
Earth Magic Damage Increased.
Piercing Damage Increased.
MP Consumption Increased.
As an Active Spell Skill, you can use any rank of this Spell you possess. You can fire (3) shots max at Rank I, and (2) shots max with MP leftover at Rank II. Currently you only have enough MP left for 1 shot at Rank I.
And the rock bullet blasted a hole all the way through the Wisp, dropping it like a marksman’s skeet target.
Your experiences have culminated into new power! You are now Level 3! You gain Skill Points you may distribute as you please!
Unspent Skill Points:
Physical Damage Resistance I (1.0)
Warcry I (1.2)
Stone Shot II (2.0)
Rock Spire I (1.2)
Tremor Sense I (1.45)
<UNUSABLE> Soil Manipulation (0.5) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Faster (0.3) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Swift Swimmer (0.1) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Aqua Sphere (0.7) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Alert (0.2) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Limited Shapeshift (0.6) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Smash (0.5) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Cleave (0.2) [CURRENTLY INCOMPATIBLE] <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Blood Drain (0.5) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Taboo (0.3) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Muffle (0.1) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Crafting (0.1) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Material Analysis (0.8) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Mental Resistance (0.5) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Magic Resistance (0.4) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Agriculture (0.2) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Plant Analysis (0.1) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Acid Spit (0.5) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Bounce (0.1) <UNUSABLE>
<UNUSABLE> Charisma (0.1) <UNUSABLE>
Xiao Mei, AsteriaBiology Class (D2)@SilverPaw@Jobst
As Asteria watched Xiao Mei work, the other Dire Rat’s dissection provided some interesting results.
You used Monster Analysis I!
A reptilian monster with potent venom. When injected via a bite, it acts as a neurotoxin to paralyze the prey. When exposed to the air, it becomes a highly acidic liquid. The lizard can spit at a distance. You’ve found its Poison Sac!
Where a human’s appendix might have been (relatively) was a purplish sac organ of some sort. It seemed to have swollen after the creature’s death for some reason, but it wasn’t clear whether the horrible smell around it was from the sac itself or the rest of the Fanged Lizard’s innards.
The rat sisters had seen two types of venom, the type that the lizards could spit and the type that they seemed to inject with their fangs to paralyze prey. Did this sac contain both? What was it capable of--both beneficially and harmfully--and perhaps most important, what were they going to do with it now that they had it in their paws?
Meanwhile, would Asteria remember those skill point things from the previous night?
LorekThe Pool (D1)@Bishop
As Lorek tried to layer on the Curse Words, he found himself getting a “NO MP” notice after three such curses. The black fog around the pixie did, however, seem to be getting thicker--but when it got close enough for him to attempt stabbing it, he couldn’t lift his impromptu shank in time with so little magical strength.
The Pixie’s fist was weak in comparison to most other attacks, but it wasn’t like Lorek’s body was that durable either. The blow knocked him “head over heels,” for a given value of that expression. He made a split second decision to consume his Mana Crystal, which restored his MP--but then gave the Pixie yet another chance to hit him, this time with a flying dropkick that knocked him rolling through the air once more.
WARNING! Your HP is low!
But now with full MP, Lorek could fight back! The Pixie, sensing victory was near, sneered villainously as it drew itself back, revving its wings for one more charge--then Lorek concentrated his Lesser Force with the intent to crush the puny body in front of him.
It wouldn’t have worked under normal circumstances. His “telekinesis” was just too weak. But this Pixie had been cursed multiple times in succession. Its bones cracked and snapped like twigs. It squealed, like a female child’s desperate cry, before it vomited blood as its organs ruptured. When Lorek finally let go, the lifeless and mangled body dropped towards the pool below. With a splash, a bloody cloud began to expand on the water’s surface...