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    Excalith

    Excalith simply nods and follows the Kobold in the direction of the feast. He does smile though, which is extremely unnerving to any who view such an unnatural expression, also being his intention.

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    Just south of the main bowl is a small natural ampitheater. In the center is a huge roating pit, where the butchered carcasses of three large animals are currently being cooked on assorted spits and racks. The smoke is being drawn into a great leather tube and pumped, by dog power, into large layered leather hut where small whisps of smoke can be seen sneaking out of, the smokehouse.

    A few hundred kobolds are in the ampitheatre, working, playing and cooking. Many of them are blackened or dirty, common signs of the miners. It looks as if the whole clan is here.

    You all arrive at relatively the same time, as Excalith and the rest of you have taken separate paths. It is late afternoon and at your arrival the chittering, barking, and low murmur of a crowd of small creatures quites.

    Rrrlaf steps out of a knot of kobolds in robes and raises his hands to the crowd [draconic]Great Ones! Family! Tribe! He calls to them all. He turns to a group of elderly looking kobolds who sit closes to the tables already laden with trays and foodstuffs, Elders. He says with respect, and then he turns to the other side of the ampitheatre facing a small group of black robed kobolds with hoods. All that can be seen of them is their protruding snouts Followers of Kurtulmak. he says in a quiet voice.

    Then he turns back to face everyone We are here to celebrate and feast! Another paper finished! And the arrival of the Great Ones! [Winged Elder] is pleased and we are to celebrate this day! Let the feasting begin. He drops his hands and from the far side of the fires a small band begins to pick up a tune as kobolds begin to gather around the tables and the fires gathering food and drink.

    Rrrlaf walks toward the main group, waving to Excalith to join them, Greetings! It is a great day. Please join our feast! It is our pleasure to show you true kobold hospitality.
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    Celeste Guerrier

    The elf-demon, now properly dressed, walks confidently up to Rrlaf. "This feast looks magnificent, surely worthy of any celebration I have had in my world. May Trual shine upon you. Willy ou be very busy tonight or will you be able to tell us about your traditions?"
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    Rrrlaf looks at you all and answers Celeste Enjoy the food and songs first. I will tell the tale of our finding of you Great Ones and then the Followers will come and tell tales of our heroes and history.

    Please allow my family to serve you, it would be our honor.
    A small troop of about ten kobolds, most of them younger stand and come over at a wave from Rrrlaf. He direct a pair to each of you.

    Each of you is served in fine, but spicy, foods for the evening. There is great revelry amongst the kobolds.

    A little way through the first course a troop of ceremonially decked out kobolds begin a dance. Most are masked as dragons of the various types and have decorative leather harnesses and wings. They dance a thumping, hunger filled dance that emulates the personalities of each of the ten true dragons. Singing of kobold folk songs, most of which have to do with mining and crafting, or dragons, along with more dancing fills the night.

    Around midnight, the band is stopped and the black robed priest circle the fire. The begin a low humming drone and begin to sing a dark song about their god Kutulmak. The hour long song brings images of this greatest of Kobolds who founded the a great kobold city. How the city was destroyed by Garl Glittergold and the gnomes. The hatred for gnomekind and how Kurtulmak was given a choice by one of the God Dragons, be risen as a diety or return his city to splendor. Kurtulmak chose to rise as a diety so he could raise all of his kind to greatness. It is a dark story full of betrayal and hatred for gnomes and their treachery. (OOC - See Kobold entries in Races of the Dragon, and other books).

    Shortly after the song ends they begin to preach of the greatness of Kurtulmak and how powerful he is. After a few sentences a screamming is heard coming from the main bowl. Help! Help! In the mines! The [Demon Fish] are attacking!
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    Celest Guerrier

    Celeste can't help but let out a small whimper of joy as she dines on the meat of the beasts seasoned with spices. "I've always enjoyed spicy food..." she goes as she finishes up a drumstick. As the song about Kurtulmak begins and the cries for help are heard, Celeste sighs. "And here they were getting to the good parts of the song and story. Well, time to get to work."

    Getting up and casting Prestidigitation on herself at the same time to clean her oily palms. she looks to a nearby 'bold (or Rrlaf, if he is close). "What is this demon fish? And how may we beat it into submission?" she says with complete confidence.
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    Sophiel did not touch much of her food, taking only a few tiny bites at first, and leaving it alone for much the rest of the feast.

    Even during the ceremonies and demonstrations, the celestial seemed at best, only mildly amused. When the commotion regarding an attack occured, Sophiel stood up and made her way to Celeste, passing her and the kobold as she summoned her glaive into being.

    Hoisting the weapon onto her shoulder, the celestial walked towards the hall from whence the frightened kobold cried out its warning.
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    Zariel

    Zariel made polite conversation during the feast, quietly sounding out just how devout these kobolds were, and what might be the best way to sway them. As if it were a sign, just as he was thinking that particular thought, the screaming began. As he took wing and headed for the disturbance, he mouthed quietly to himself - "Demon Fish?"

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    Excilath

    Throughout the entertainment and such Excilath watched quietly. The tales of battle of war, betrayal and slaughter made his blood boil, made him hunger for something less substantial then food, but he managed to keep himself under control. When the food came Excilath ate oddly for his size, he ate his food daintily, as if he was a fine diner in a great civilized house, and he did not scarf it down as one might expect from a creature of his size.

    When the warning came Excilath merely sighed, his blood lust was at a high level anyway, and he might as well endear himself to his hosts with his actions. With his load rumbling voice Excilath said If I fit inside the mines, let me help teach these demon fish that there are other things to fear inside this mountain.

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    Waetir shakes his head at Excilath. "We are guests, and our hosts were just speaking of the strength of Kurtulmak. Should not this deity's people take care of the problem?"

    Waetir looks over the kobolds. "Or do you require the assistance of the heralds of Lord Trual, a show of our true power, not the small fraction that was seen with the panthers?"
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    @ Anyone questioning "demon fish"? - The nearest kobold turns and says "huge tentacled fish and their minions that we have been fighting in the depths of the mines for many years" (or something to that effect)

    The black robed priest nearest you spins and points at you (Waetir) If you are truly as you say then prove it! You and your weak 'Lord Trual' cannot hope to best the [Demon Fish]! Kurtulmak has sent this plague upon this tribe due to its idolatry of [Winged Elder]. The utter disdain pouring out of the small robed kobold is powerful.

    He turns and nods to his fellow black robes who begin pulling out ceremonial, but viscious looking, mining picks. As one they clang them against the stones at their feet before beginning a circlar walking chant. You all can feel power rising from the ritual they have begun.
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    Waetir

    Waetir smiles calmly, the kobold having said exactly what he wanted him to. "And if we remove this plague, you will accept that Lord Trual is stronger than your Kurtulmak? You will venerate Him, in true belief and love?"
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    The black robed ones keep on with their ritual, a circle of powdered silver is being poured as they move, a low thrumming coming from their throats.

    Rrrlaf looks to Waetir If you can remove the [Demon Fish] then the tribe will rejoice in your glory.
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    A loud almost deafening laugh escaped from Excilath's lips as he told the black robed priest and all in the cave. It would be our pleasure to take of these fish for you. Truly a fine joke though, it has been a long time since I have been called 'weak'. With that said Excilath simply started to stride in the direction of the direction that was pointed out for the demon fish. As he did so however Excilath rumbled under his breath and drew upon his own infernal energies, preparing himself for battle. He only stopped to take a look at the Kobold's strange ritual before continuing on his way.

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    Waetir nods to Rrrlaf. "Give us a guide to the entrance to the mines, and we will clear these things for you."
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    @ Anyone questioning "demon fish"? - The nearest kobold turns and says "huge tentacled fish and their minions that we have been fighting in the depths of the mines for many years" (or something to that effect)

    The black robed priest nearest you spins and points at you (Waetir) If you are truly as you say then prove it! You and your weak 'Lord Trual' cannot hope to best the [Demon Fish]! Kurtulmak has sent this plague upon this tribe due to its idolatry of [Winged Elder]. The utter disdain pouring out of the small robed kobold is powerful.

    He turns and nods to his fellow black robes who begin pulling out ceremonial, but viscious looking, mining picks. As one they clang them against the stones at their feet before beginning a circlar walking chant. You all can feel power rising from the ritual they have begun.
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    To the black robed priest, Celeste says, "You have not witnessed the true might of Lord Trual, and because of that your words are forgiven. I am certain that Kurtulmak is strong, but we shall show you what Lord Trual can offer. When we come out victorious, you will see the light."

    With that, she flies after Sophiel.
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    Rrrlaf waves over another dirty smudged kobold This is Taktak, he will show you the way. Taktak ducks his head and jogs over the hill into a huge well worn cave entrance.
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    Zariel

    Zariel chuckled softly. It was almost too easy, and he half-suspected a trick... he mused on this quietly as he headed towards the mines with the others. Then again, the kobolds seemed keen to keep their word... Only time would tell, he supposed.

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    Taktak leads you down a slope into a great underground space with many openings leading from it. In the center is a chain driven platform that after he he loads everyone on he begins to lower into the depths of the earth. Working a small crank he is able lower you all several hundred feet in a few minutes. The platform is large enough for three Excaliths if needed. THe engineering expertise is impressive for kobolds.

    At the bottom the tunnels are smaller, plenty wide enough but their height is an issue in some spots. Crawling and teleporting short distances is the only way to proceed. You can hear in the distance fighting and screaming of some kobolds and something else. You can also hear the rushing of water.

    The air is dank and damp here, unlike the surface where it was dry. The darkness is opressive and the weight of the earth seems to be crushing.
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    "Ugh." Sophiel let out with a groan, "I cannot bear being so...confined."

    The celestial closed her eyes, and a divine energy radiated from her body, until she had shrunk down to the size of a adolescent girl in similiar features to the angel, comparable to the kobolds in stature. She nearly tipped over as the weight of the large glaive caught her off-guard. Sophiel tossed it aside, letting the ethereal energies of Trual's plane take it for safe-keeping.

    "Lead us, little one." She commanded to taktak, despite her childish appearance and voice.

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    As Tak Tak leads you deeper into the mines more small branches cut off from the main. One is of particular notice as it is borded up with many kinds of kobold grafitti covering it with the general gist given by the images as "Do not enter. You will be eaten." and "Do not go this way, you will never return".

    After a few moments with a final shriek the sounds of fighting dies away. Taktak picks up the pack and you round a corner and look down the slope into a large open cavern. Tere are several branches coming off the wall but the main feature is the pool of water that seems out of place. The water seems to be bubbling up out of the center area of the floor. There are several dead kobolds littered about the area as well as some that seem to stand off to the side wandering aimlessly. Amongst the dead there are several humanoid fish-lizard things and at the center of the pool you can see the large form of a fish like monster. Its tenatcles pull it out of the pool onto the edge, its powerful tail working to assist. The many eyes are black as a night.

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    Hrrrr, too small for me to fit. A shame. A question for everyone. How do you keep a fish out of water? Excilath merely growls to his companions as he raises his hands and points to the demon fish. A nearly unpronouncable word escapes Excilath's lips as a stream of fiendish red tinged mist escapes his hands and rushes towards the demon fish. The majority of the red tinged mist passes the demon fish by and enters into the lake and the surrounding environs behind the fish, but more then enough stays for everyone to see the shredding and tearing being done by the mist on the fish's hide.

    The answer is simple, you poison the water.


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    "Lord Trual, bring your divine might here, that we may remove these creatures and your worship will grow strong!" Waetir waves a hand, and a pillar of blue flame, extruding a horrendous cold, descends on the creature in the center.

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    Sophiel's child-like form had a smirk on her face, the expression remaining constant as she changed shape back into her adult, angelic form.

    Beating her wings, the celestial bolted towards the beast, opening her fist wide to bash the creature with her palm. She had little time to summon her glaive, figuring surprise was her best weapon at the moment.

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    "Has Lord Trual imparted to any of you knowledge about what this thing is and whether or not it has any special defenses?" she asks mentally to her allies as looks at the beast and sends forth a blast of evocation. A scintillating sphere of electricity goes out and blasts the fish demon before Sophiel gets there.

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    Gogo electricity damage on a water creature! 1.5*(9d6)[39] equals 58 electricity damage.
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    With the united onslaught of mystical otherworldly power the [Demon Fish] is veritaby frozen and fried "fish and chips" in the passing of a moment. The loose kobolds snap out of their daze. The minions turn to see where the magical death is coming from.

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    The dark angel smiled wickedly, tossing a fireball almost casually into the mix to give the fish-creatures something else to think about.

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    The final blast finishes off the last few surviving lizard-fish things. TakTak barks out to his fellow miners and they come running over. They start chattering about how the "[Demon fish] opened the hole in the floor and their minions started pouring out of the hole. Now the mine is flooding. Something must be done!" While another is busy mourning the fallen, and the other is still wandering about dazedly.

    [end combat]

    After a moment Taktak looks to the group and says But that is only a young one! How many came at first? Three of the big ones, they left this one behind when we attacked.
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    Sophiel rubbed the back of her neck, healing any of the wounds she had taken during the chaos with her divine power.

    "To where did they flee? -into the water?" She asked half-heartedly as the celestial checked her body for any more injuries.
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    Walking up to Rrlaf while loosening her shoulders, Celeste demands, "Lead us to where the rest of the monsters are. We will protect as many kobolds as possible."
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