Trinsic Tales:Ships Ahoy!/Chapter 21
Chapter Twenty-One: Get Busy Dyin', or Get Kraken
<Capn_Ascii> As we join our heroes, we find them grimacing at the sounds of wholesale slaughter. Just what the heck is happening down there?
Marilyn growls. "Fix that. Or die."
<Capn_Ascii> "Heh. Heh heh heh." He chuckles evilly. "Hector will reward my spirit in the afterlife. I wonder what will become of *their* souls?" He gestures toward the speaker.
Marilyn sighs. "Alright. Enough of this," Marilyn decides the situation isn't redeemable, and just goes for the kill.
Marilyn stops short of actually killing, though, and settles for lopping off an arm.
<Capn_Ascii> Vizroy blinks...then stares at his new stump, gushing blood.
<Capn_Ascii> ".........AAAAAHHHH! MY ARM! MY F*CKING ARM!!"
<Vathgani> "Vathgani not sure that was necessary."
<Vathgani> "Swearing also not necessary."
<Marilyn> "Your leg is next. Then your other leg. Then an ear... and so on. I'll leave you a hand to operate the mic."
<Capn_Ascii> "F*CK! F*CKITY F*CK F*CK!"
<Capn_Ascii> He just sort of trails off after a while.
Marilyn nods at Vathgani to return Vizroy to the mic.
Vathgani hauls the one-armed man to the mic
<Capn_Ascii> Weakly, and looking rather pale, he hovers over the mic, speaking in Abyssal again. "Kraken, please, uh...disregard previous orders. You can, uh, go take 5 or something. Kthnx."
<Marilyn> "Order the kraken to return to its pool, if that's not what you just did," Marilyn orders.
<Capn_Ascii> "Kraken, please return to your lair..."
<Capn_Ascii> The screaming and roaring continues. "...huh. That's odd. He doesn't seem to be listening..."
<Capn_Ascii> "Here, let me try again."
<Capn_Ascii> He speaks into the mic again, but the noises continue. "I'm sorry, he doesn't seem to be listening any more! I don't know what's wrong...!"
<Capn_Ascii> He looks thoughtful. "...no, wait...I know *exactly* what's wrong. F*ck."
<Marilyn> "I'm listening."
<Capn_Ascii> He sighs, clutching at his still-bleeding stump. "The truth is, we use a special magical device to control the kraken. Someone or something must have damaged it; it can't understand human language without it."
<Marilyn> "There's no way to repair it while it's engaged, is there? We'll have to kill or at least heavily damage it, won't we?"
Ashling mutters "I'm not sure that was human.."
<Vathgani> "Should Vathgani staunch bleeding?"
<Capn_Ascii> "Oh, sure, you can repair it, if you can get to it and hang on long enough. It's mounted on the top of the kraken's head."
<Marilyn> "Don't see how that could be viable from here."
<Capn_Ascii> "We have some magic crane hooks in the dock area. You can use them to get on top of the kraken, maybe without it noticing."
<Capn_Ascii> "Then again, we do have a whole bunch of ships. With cannons."
<Capn_Ascii> He sighs again. "I hate to harm it, but at this rate it's going to collapse the entire base."
<Capn_Ascii> Marilyn: As you eye Vizroy and his new blood fountain, you happen to spot a strange, glowing aura on the polished wooden surface of his expensive desk. Looking closer, you realize it's not the desk that's glowing - it's a reflection from your own pack! Something inside it is glowing dimly...
Marilyn blinks and searches through her pack for the glow.
<Capn_Ascii> Marilyn: It's...the idols! They're all glowing dimly, but constantly. They seem to be reacting to...something. Or some junk.
Marilyn blinks and pulls out the idols carefully, setting them on the desk.
<Capn_Ascii> They sit there, glowing. Small, thin beams of colored light radiate out from the idols, shining towards the door.
<Vathgani> "Vathgani mildly unsettled."
Marilyn frowns. "I wonder what that's supposed to mean."
Ashling notices the guy still bleeding "I really should figure out how to use healing spells.." she mutters. "This'll sting a bit." She says as she looks at his stump of an arm and casts Acid splash at the wound to cauterize it.
<Capn_Ascii> He blinks. ".........AAAAAARRRRRGH!"
<Capn_Ascii> Marilyn: The light beams seem to be pointing out of the room. Perhaps if you follow them...?
<Capn_Ascii> Vizroy wallows on the floor, clutching his stump. "AAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRGH! ...you're right, that did sting a bit."
Ashling wraps a bandage over it. "At least you're not dead yet. That's a plus, isn't it?"
Marilyn walks out of the room, following the beam. "Blue, make sure he doesn't escape his bonds."
<Capn_Ascii> "Yes, ma'am." Blue proceeds to re-tie Vizroy in a way that doesn't depend on him having both arms.
<Capn_Ascii> Meanwhile, Marilyn begins to walk out of the room, carrying the idols with her.
Vathgani tags along
<Capn_Ascii> The light beams act like a compass, directing you through the base. You end up taking the south corridor at the juction, heading towards the command center you saw earlier.
<Capn_Ascii> You soon find yourselves stepping into the command center proper. However, the minions you expected to see aren't here. The place is abandoned...
<Capn_Ascii> The beams keep pointing south, along another corridor. You oblige and follow them some more.
<Capn_Ascii> Soon, you begin to hear the same screams of terror that you heard over the intercom. There's a big, open doorway ahead of you; through it, you can see the docks and ships from before, although now you're looking at them from the other side.
<Capn_Ascii> Oh, and also there's a huge kraken in here.
Marilyn looks to see where the beams go
<Capn_Ascii> It's massive, taking up most of the cavern height and much of its width. Numerous tentacles emerge from the water, waving around, wrapping around ships or cargo crates, and otherwise giving the dock area a nice tentacular ambience.
<Capn_Ascii> One tentacle in particular is wrapped around the leg of Klonk the tarrasque, holding him up in the air and upside down. The poor guy appears to be unconcious.
<Capn_Ascii> The prisoners you saved earlier are running about on the decks of several of the ships, barking orders and waving swords and harpoons at the creature. Every so often, the roar of cannon fire thunders throughout the cavern.
<Capn_Ascii> The beams are pointing at a spot on the nearby docks, near the water's edge. As you get closer, the floor begins to glow with a rainbow of colors shining from the idols.
Marilyn continues to the spot
<Capn_Ascii> As the three of you approach the spot, it begins to crackle with bolts of electro-magical energy. (Because that's totally a thing.) It seems to be beckoning to you...
<Capn_Ascii> Marilyn: The instant you set foot into the circle, you feel massive amounts of magical energy flowing into your body! It's overwhelming, and more than a little painful. You get the feeling that something really dangerous and/or super awesome might happen if you step all the way inside...
<Marilyn> "Nothing ventured, nothing gained," Marilyn murmurs, stepping inside.
<Vathgani> "Vathgani urges caution..."
<Capn_Ascii> Marilyn: You set foot into the circle. Bolts of magical energy lance through your body, as the world spirals around you!
<Capn_Ascii> Finally, the sparks (and your vision) clears. You find yourself unexpectedly standing in water up to your thighs, for some reason. It's really cold. Also, someone's left a stuffed kraken and a bunch of toy ships floating in the water. And look, there's even cute little toy people running around on them! ...uh oh.
<Capn_Ascii> Vath and Ash, of course, immediately realize that Marilyn is, in fact, much, much bigger than she was previously.
<Vathgani> "Vathgani feels small for first time."
Marilyn gives off a harsh laugh and takes a few swipes at the kraken
<Capn_Ascii> Marilyn's economy-sized blades rip through the air with awesomely loud SWOOSHes, ripping deep into the kraken's squiddy flesh! It bleeds profusely, and perhaps inks itself a little from the unexpected challenge.
Vathgani steps into the embiggening circle
<Capn_Ascii> Vath pops up huge behind Marilyn, ready to join the fight!
<Vathgani> "Vathgani tallest again. Much better."
<Vathgani> "Oh, right. Kraken." Vathgani almost casually slashes his guisarme at the kraken, aiming to knock its guard open
<Capn_Ascii> The blade bites deep, blood spewing from the wound as the kraken shrieks and flails!
Ashling casts mind fog at the kraken.
Ashling points at the kraken "Light it up."
<Capn_Ascii> Ash: You summon forth the mental fog that so often plagues stoners the world over, but the kraken seems ot shrug it off.
<Capn_Ascii> Ash: Your little helpers flick some lights at it as well. *sparkle*
<Capn_Ascii> The kraken growls at the irritating colors flashing around it. It gets so angry, it decides to attack!
<Capn_Ascii> Specifically, it decides to attack Vath. Tentacles uncurl and whip outward...!
<Capn_Ascii> The kraken lashes its barbed tentacles around Vath, striking him hard and attempting to curl around him. At the same time, the kraken itself takes a big bite out of Marilyn's ankle!
<Capn_Ascii> Fortunately, Vath's new larger-than-life size makes it impossible for the kraken to grab hold, and the tentacles slip away. The creature's other limbs are all tied up (heh heh!) with matters behind it, pulling on ship masts or slamming across decks in an attempt to squash the annoying sailors shooting at it.
<Marilyn> "Alright, time to ramp this up! Cloak of Deception!" Marilyn calls out... and vanishes!
<Marilyn> She then goes in for the sudden and surprise attack! 4 swipes!
<Capn_Ascii> Marilyn's attack is a surprise alright...especially to the poor crewmen on one of the nearby ships! As she digs her main blade into the beast's rubbery hide, she loses her grip - the weapon flies out of her hand and goes spinning horizontally, cleaving the masts and sails clean off of the ship like an errant buzzsaw!
Marilyn facepalms after seeing her attack. "Um... oops?"
<Capn_Ascii> "Eeeep!" The female captain you talked to earlier shakes her tiny fist up at you. "Hey! Whose side are you on, lady!?"
<Capn_Ascii> The blade embeds itself into the side of the nearby dock platform.
Marilyn winces. "Not my best day," she admits.
<Vathgani> "SSSSUUUUURGE!" Vathgani raises his even-more-oversized-than-usual weapon as high as he can, crackling with unnecessarily flashy power. Then he swings it downward onto the kraken as dramatically as he can!
<Capn_Ascii> There's an audible *SHING!* as Vath's blade cleaves downward mightily! It gouges deep into the kraken's flesh, causing it to shriek in agony.
<Capn_Ascii> ---END SESSION---