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    [Desert]

    Rigel is quick to roll his morph out of the way once he realizes what the dragon's about to do.

    But he'd had to stay a moment too long in order to tear out the priceless dagger.

    The dragon crushes the arm still clutching the dagger. Then he's thanking... whoever, really... probably his goddess, Andaress, or his father, Draaxar. Whoever gave him scales, tough bones, and wits enough to incorporate them into his morphs. For, while there's a great deal of pain as the skin is shredded when they scrape against the scales as s/he tugs out her arm, the scales resist the crushing weight.

    He studies his/her arm a moment. A red mess, with three broken fingers. But the knife... the knife is intact. And as long as the knife remained intact, he could still fight.

    “This is my favorite shape, ******!” He hisses. If only there was some way to stab the dragon in the throat, or the eye or something!

    Actually, there might be a way. Or maybe he's like to just irritate the dragon. Either way, he's enjoying the fight no matter how badly it's messing with his forms. S/he's up and on his/her feet quickly enough, ready for whatever comes next, or if the dragon ignores him/her, ready for his next attack.
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    [Desert]

    For the most part the dragon's attention is on the gunslinger at the moment. She seems to be the biggest threat and so she will be dealt with first and foremost.

    The moment Enola puts her arm down (how the hell do you 'block' freezing water, anyway?) she's getting blasted with even more doom breath. Stomping her feet around to try to break free?

    More dragon breath.

    Diinuldrum managed to get her pinned down for a moment and he's not about to let up the advantage given how slippery she is. That dragon breath just keeps up like a freezing torrent that would make a fire-hose seem like a garden sprinkler.

    And upon touching any solid surface? The water expands dramatically and crystallizes. Diinuldrum doesn't have any intention of stopping until Enola is trapped in several feet of solid ice.

    Huh.

    Seems she managed to upset him. Though with his attention on her the Triplets and Rigel should be able to get some attacks in pretty easily.
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    [Forest Lake]

    Mimi can barely think for the pain in her legs. She sprinkles some pixie just on them. It relieves the pain somewhat, enough that she can continue fighting. As she does this, she darts downward into the undergrowth, hoping to be able to get another stealthy attack past the sliver's defenses.
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    Mimi's escape goes unnoticed for the moment as the sliver props itself up on the tip of its claw once more, for a better vantage point. It will be much harder to catch unawares this time, now that it knows that there is prey about.
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    [Forest Lake]

    That's funny. It thinks it's the predator. Silly sliver. Mimi darts along the ground and then shoots up from below and to the side of the sliver. She tries to stab at its head once more. She's going to have to hit this thing over and over and over if she doesn't figure something out.
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    Riverbanks

    It is never a good thing when parts of the landscape stand up. Gordon goes back under the water, swimming as well as he can to get some distance from the troll.

    Okay, Gordon, you have a creature made from the rocks of the earth the size of a small mountain wanting to smash your bones. Now, think, how are you going to take that down? Well, first thing to do, get some distance to get out of the water alive. So, Gordon shifts back to human form as he's not dragged down by wings and is a smaller target in this form.

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    Forest Lake

    Again she scores a hit, although not where she expected. The sliver, rather than ducking away from the blow, snaps at Mimi's advancing form and takes the spearpoint on the inside of its cheek, lodging it between the jaw muscles firmly. She'd be wise not to let that beak close over her, as it is razor sharp and could shear her in two at the waist if it did.

    The sliver does shriek a bit in pain as the spear lodges into its jaw though, so it seems she's landed a far more solid blow this time.
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    [Riverbank]

    The troll gives an earth-shaking, warbling cry as it lashes out at its surroundings with its tentacles, sundering stone and shattering trees. The creature's eye-sight doesn't seem to be very good. It can smell quite well, but now that Gordon has moved downstream AND downwind it seems to be having trouble finding him again.

    This thing is big, dumb, strong, and nearly blind.

    If Gordon wants to win his best bet is to out-wit it. Because over-powering it is almost certainly not an option!

    Irritated with its inability to find Gordon the beast takes a deep breath before vomiting a slurry of ice, mud, stones, and jagged shards of wood into the river. The torrent surges down stream violently!
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    Acacia has to drop lightly out of the trees to examine the tracks, but she returns to them to follow. She can feel her blood rising, preparing to meet the challenge. She imagines her pride in scoring a massive trophy to show off to Jonah and Furball.

    The fact that it's not typical of her to intentionally track something this size with the intentions of starting a fight never crosses her mind.
    The tracks lead deeper into the forest. Judging by the disturbed leaves and branches on the trees, it stands about three meters in height. However, there are marks higher than that as well, suggesting some long appendages - arms, perhaps, or horns.
    Eventually, Acacia will reach a wide valley surrounded with trees. At the bottom there lies a bulky, massive shape. It's hard to discern what it is from a distance and in the murky light.
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    Riverbanks

    Gordon goes and climbs out of the river, ahead of the torrent. Okay, so it can't see well but if it finds him it can easily crush him. With tentacleslike legs, tripping it is not going to be an opinion, but those trees growing on it may prove useful.

    Okay, do you have anything that might be able to harm the troll? Yes, the lava gun should be able to hurt it, but it only has one shot. Now, he doesn't know where the organs are in this thing, but likely the head has something important to it. So Gordon takes his grapple gun out, and quietly checks to make sure its working right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morty View Post
    The tracks lead deeper into the forest. Judging by the disturbed leaves and branches on the trees, it stands about three meters in height. However, there are marks higher than that as well, suggesting some long appendages - arms, perhaps, or horns.
    Eventually, Acacia will reach a wide valley surrounded with trees. At the bottom there lies a bulky, massive shape. It's hard to discern what it is from a distance and in the murky light.
    Acacia stays in the trees as long as she can, trying to get closer. She'll attempt to stay downwind as well, something she does almost by instinct from long practice.
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    [Forest Lake]

    Mimi moves just enough to avoid the beak. Or almost, as it takes a chunk out of the bottom of one of her wings. The pixie twists her spear and yanks it out, hopefully causing a bit more damage. She needs to buy time and come up with a plan, so she darts off the the side and keeps going. She keeps in plain sight, hoping the sliver with give chase.



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    Acacia stays in the trees as long as she can, trying to get closer. She'll attempt to stay downwind as well, something she does almost by instinct from long practice.
    She can stay in the trees for a while, but once she enters the valley, there will be no cover available. The ground there is barren. There's only one way to reach the sleeping beast. It doesn't seem to have heard her yet.
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    [Riverbank]

    Umm...

    Can the device be screwed up if dunked in water?

    If so there might be some issues with it.

    If not?

    Have at it!

    The troll has lowered itself partly into the water again, two huge bulbous eyes jutting above the surface. Big ugly watery things with squarish horizontal pupils. Seems the thing is searching for Gordon again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morty View Post
    She can stay in the trees for a while, but once she enters the valley, there will be no cover available. The ground there is barren. There's only one way to reach the sleeping beast. It doesn't seem to have heard her yet.
    Acacia doesn't leave the trees then. A fight in open terrain is a fight she would lose. Sure, she could possibly get in one surprise hit on the sleeping beast, but after that, the beast would have the advantage. And without knowing how fast it moves, she doesn't know if she could get back to the trees before it caught her.

    Instead of engaging, therefore, she retreats back into the jungle and begins to set up an ambush for the creature. How elaborate it is depends on how much time she has - and her player will need to do a bit of googling to describe what sort of traps she's able to create.
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    "Can talk." Well, that's just confusing, though Morbit doesn't know what it's saying. Morbit tilts its head back and tries to meet Freddy's eye, activating its hypnotic gaze again. White light flashes around Morbit, its Individual Magical Effect random and disorganised.

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    Something about this doesn't seem entirely bright, firing a crossbow bolt into the vortex of swirling clouds the dragon seems to be flying within.
    Up until this moment, it hadn't noticed the two intruders yet, to leave the storm and "greet" them.

    But as the bolt falls into the winds and gets torn away, slicing just past the concealed wyrm's face, it becomes very aware.
    Very displeased.


    There is another cry from within the storm, before a small hole appears within the clouds.
    Within is briefly visible a massive dragon's face, before it gets obscured by a massive beam of water, condensed and pulled from the surrounding air.
    And aimed directly into Yolvich's general vicinity.

    The dragon is just behind the beam as it fires, tearing away from the storm itself and snapping closer to the peak.


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    As Yolvich curses, throwing another harpoon bolt on the crossbow, he looks up to notice the burst of water coming at him. He hastily raised his shield, which just caused him to become knocked back a fair distance. Fortunately, Monster Hunters tend to have this happen a lot to them, so being able to recover from being knocked back by flying leviathans tended to be an essential survival skill, getting up, he readied his sword and buckler just in time to see the giant wyvern descending. Holstering his crossbow on his back, he rushed forward, circling around the wyvern, shield and sword raised.
    It seems that Damon is simply going to watch Yolvich and the dragon for the moment.
    Okay then.

    The beast stares down at Yolvich for a brief moment, turning to keep the man in front of it as he circles.
    For the slightest time, it seems merely curious.
    And then it roars, once again drowning out all other noise, as air currents swirl around its body and it proceeds to bull-rush straight towards Yolvich with the momentum of a runaway train.

    Enough fanfare and observation, the dragon has deemed it playtime.
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    "...right," the Huldra replies. She's almost dead certain that this thing is just parroting himr. The hypnotic gaze continues to be totally useless as Freddie has not gained the requirement to sleep since the last time Morbit used it on himr. "So I'm going to start walking away now," Freddie says as she begins to do exactly that, once more shouldering hisr polearm.

    Hopefully Morbit won't attack Freddie from behind.

    If the critter continues to be violent then the Huldra will probably attempt to kill the thing.

    And that?

    Would be terrible.
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    Morbit waits a bit, but will shortly start up and trot along slightly behind Freddy as it waits for something interesting to happen. It keeps an eye out for any predators or other threats. Or interesting prey, for that matter. Meanwhile, it keeps its mind open in an attempt to locate anything else with psychic ability (Morbit's own ability is enough to identify creatures with psychic ability and register as psychic in its own right; Morbit can't read minds or move anything).
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    [Plains]

    Something interesting?

    Rebo should be able to supply something interesting! Something very interesting in fact. After walking for a few minutes the ground will suddenly buckle between Freddie and Morbit as a rather unpleasant looking creature that looks like a cross between an ape and a star-nosed mole erupts from the earth!

    The thing is caked with dirt and mud, its claws about as oversized as one would expect from a burrowing mammal.

    With a horrible hoot it lashes out at the chimeric critter, aiming to rake it with its claws! Rawr!
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    Morbit flaps its wings and flies away, turning in the air and trying to manoeuvre around to the side before darting in to take a bite of the creature whilst its tail whips down to deliver a large dose of wasp poison. Thanks to the sliver blood, Morbit's good at the darting around. The wasp poison's not too dangerous; there's enough there to make somebody seriously ill even if they aren't allergic to wasp venom, but its effectiveness is likely hampered by the size of the creature.
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    [Plains]

    Good dodging Morbit!

    Freddie whirls around, the Claw of Chatturgath ready to cause some damage if the need arises. Hmmm... Just a lesser troll. Not much bigger than a human and not terribly tough.

    However!

    The natural abilities of the trolls from Freddie's home world may prove useful!

    Morbit chomps the monster and may gain one of the following traits.

    1) Increased resilience of his hide
    2) Increased strength
    3) The ability to manipulate earth and stone on a small scale
    4) Grow in power and size every time an animal the size of, say, a sheep or larger is slain near him. Which would of course compound with his growth as a result of feeding.

    The sting, however, doesn't find a soft spot in the monster's hide this time around. The troll screeches and hefts one of its limbs at Morbit again!
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    Morbit is knocked out of the air, flapping wildly in an attempt to arrest its fall. It doesn't quite work, though Morbit lands much more gently than it would have had it not had wings. Although then it wouldn't be flying, either.

    Morbit stays where it is and attempts to meet the Troll's gaze, staring at it as random flashes of white light burst around it as Morbit attempts to put the Troll asleep with its hypnotic gaze.
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    [Plains]

    Trolls, unlike Huldra, do in fact sleep.

    They're also weak willed.

    And dumb as mud.

    The monster nods a few times before slumping forward in a catatonic stupor.

    ...

    Eerr...

    How often does that ability actually work?

    Freddie raises an eyebrow at the sleep attack! "Well. That's useful. Why didn't you ever us that one on me?"

    That's a dumb question Freddie! You just don't sleep anymore.
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    I can't remember; Morbit uses it a lot, primarily to escape foes it thinks are more powerful. It doesn't always work, but I haven't played Morbit in ages and I don't keep track of where it gets its abilities. It doesn't work on those that don't sleep, lack eyes, are strong-willed or regularly ingest caffeine.

    Morbit dashes forward and tries to bite it again. Freddy might note that Morbit is limping; that blow broke one of Morbit's front legs, and Morbit's not touching that foot to the ground.
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    Rainforest

    Acacia doesn't leave the trees then. A fight in open terrain is a fight she would lose. Sure, she could possibly get in one surprise hit on the sleeping beast, but after that, the beast would have the advantage. And without knowing how fast it moves, she doesn't know if she could get back to the trees before it caught her.

    Instead of engaging, therefore, she retreats back into the jungle and begins to set up an ambush for the creature. How elaborate it is depends on how much time she has - and her player will need to do a bit of googling to describe what sort of traps she's able to create.
    The beast seems quite deeply asleep. It won't wake up anytime soon unless disturbed, so Acacia will have plety of time to set up her traps.
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    [Plains]

    Morbit breaks the skin pretty easily this time. Not as hard to chew on a critter that isn't trying to avoid being bitten.

    Troll abilities!

    As mentioned in the previous post!

    Freddie continues to watch.

    Is it going to eat the thing now?

    Or...

    Just gnaw on it?
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    Morbit really doesn't need to eat. I mentioned before that it can photosynthesise and survive on that quite handily. Somebody also claimed it as a pet, once, and named it Morbit. That's useful, because otherwise it wouldn't have a name, although that character is since deadtimed.

    So Morbit probably won't eat the whole troll, not least because it's still alive. Morbit, despite being a hunter and predator, actually prefers not to kill unnecessarily- live food has the most life energy and therefore the most information available to copy; Morbit can't get anything from a skeleton, and next to nothing from a body over a month old, even if it's frozen. The same goes if it's been prepared. Freddy might notice that Morbit gets bigger from the troll than it did from the meat- more life energy is absorbed from what is eaten, so Morbit gets bigger.

    Morbit will probably stop after gaining everything it thinks of worth from the troll, but can't gain something twice from the same source (Morbit's feathers are chicken feathers, so it can't copy chicken feathers again; but Morbit could replace them with eagle feathers, after which Morbit can copy chicken feathers again). Speaking of, do the tentacles actually do anything, are they unique to this troll, and are they hereditary? Is there anything unusual about the troll's internal anatomy (second liver, enlarged spleen, complex heart, etc?)
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    Mimi moves just enough to avoid the beak. Or almost, as it takes a chunk out of the bottom of one of her wings. The pixie twists her spear and yanks it out, hopefully causing a bit more damage. She needs to buy time and come up with a plan, so she darts off the the side and keeps going. She keeps in plain sight, hoping the sliver with give chase.
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    The sliver does pursue, sensing a weakness in its meal after the two wounds it inflicted. However, Mimi can see that its jaw is hanging loose. Apparently her wrenching removal of the spear struck a nerve.

    It keeps pace with her flight, surprisingly quick with its movements even after a double dose of that poison. If she were to put on some more speed though, she'd swiftly outpace it.
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    It seems that Damon is simply going to watch Yolvich and the dragon for the moment.
    Okay then.

    The beast stares down at Yolvich for a brief moment, turning to keep the man in front of it as he circles.
    For the slightest time, it seems merely curious.
    And then it roars, once again drowning out all other noise, as air currents swirl around its body and it proceeds to bull-rush straight towards Yolvich with the momentum of a runaway train.

    Enough fanfare and observation, the dragon has deemed it playtime.
    Yolvich prompty sprinted and dived to get out of the way. In fact, given the massive wind currents caused by the charge, he was propelled down a small slope, coming to a "gentle" rest against a rock that was jutting out. Regaining his senses, he rolled around to behind the rock, hopefully obscured from the monsteer's view while he caught his breath.

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