Thread: [Adventure] Artemis' Pact
Tuesday, 21st June, 2011, 03:59 AM #511OOC
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The remaining gargoyle lashes about at attackers only it can see. The strain of its twisting causes cracks to appear across its torso, and it subsides into immobility as the magic animating it is unable to keep up.
The demon laughs at Artemis' words. "You think the stars have power HERE? Beneath a thousand tons of rock? They won't save you from my wrath - and mark me, if by some mischance you survive, they will turn on you one day, as you have betrayed me." Sure enough, Artemis' bolt has no effect, and he laughs again.
Suddenly the Winged Horde appears in a cloud around the demon's head, and he curses and spits. Several chains reach up to swipe through the air, fanning the insects away. As the swarm dissipates, the demon hisses, "But your foolish choice of allies is moot, because you will NOT survive! I will bring the full wrath of all Nine Hells on you, and cast your lifeless carcass into their deepest pit!"
The devil turns and plunges into the dark tunnel behind it, suddenly reappearing in the vortex right behind you! As Shale and Lilli turn to face it they immediately meet its flaming eyes and feel chains dropping into place across their minds. Although nothing physically holds them, they feel as though some compulsion constrains their movements. Pain grows behind their eyes as they try to move.
The demon twitches and thrashes, and the wrapping of chains around it unwinds, with each fetter flying straight out into the air. For a moment the thing's skin bursts into flame as it stands revealed and free, the center of a web of chains thrown wide. It throws back its head and howls, a scream of pure joy at its freedom. "NOW I AM FREE! FLEE WHILE YOU CAN!"
But although Artemis' speech was not enough to daunt the creature's arrogant pride, it still bolstered his companions' spirits, and they are able to stand firm against the demon's rage. Terror passes over them like a wave breaking against a wall, and the roar fades. The chains snap back into place around it, binding it again.
Fury grows in the demon's face, but it does not speak again. Instead it silently plunges a group of chains into the floor at its feet, shattering stone as they penetrate the ground. The chains burst out of the ground to wrap around Artemis and Shale, accompanied by a gout of greasy black smoke and a jet of pure hellfire! The flames sear their skin and the smoke chokes their lungs, leaving them staggering as the chains withdraw.
Suddenly Artemis' patron catches sight of Bob, who has crept up to the doorway and is cowering behind it, peering in. "YOU! The pitiful one! Choose now - stay without and die alone in the darkness, or come in and join your companions in DOOM!" It throws out its arm and the door begins to swing shut. In a split second decision, Bob leaps through the doorway, which booms shut behind him. He cowers back against the iron slab, terrified.
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Even as Artemis reels from the devil's attack, he turns and charges the beast.
"Keep wasting your breath devil. Your lies are empty. They fall on deaf ears and strong hearts. I recognize the sound of your voice now. It is the sound of fear. You fear this coming doom. You see it as clear as we do."
"You are too afraid to even understand the true power of the cosmos!"
As Artemis rushes the devil, chains lash out at his legs, forcing him to dodge over and around them to move. But despite the hindrance, he slams into his former patron, shoving it back into the vortex. The demon reaches out and a cluster of chains sinks into the rock around the mouth of the vortex, anchoring it in place, leaving it floating in the center of the well.
Even as it slides away, a chain lashes out and wraps around Artemis upper arm. It picks him up and dangles him in the air, nearly wrenching the arm out of its socket, and tosses him over the edge of the cliff!
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With supreme effort, shale raises a telekinetic screen as the chains try to wrap around him, deflecting them long enough so he can step outside of their reach.
Then he unleashes the full power of his telekinetic abilities.
The crystal on his hand shine like a red sun, matching the hot chains, which shake slightly. As the devil tries to advance towards the group, they stubbornly cling to the ground at first, under the incredulous sight of the creature. They start then to bend, moving slightly, like a thick metal rod subject to some incredible force.
Then the devil's will over the chain momentarily snap. The chains flay around wildly before Shale can regain control of them, raising the whole cursing and screaming package in the air. With a sudden movement, Shale tosses the devil bouncing over the ledges and pools of water, bouncing several times before stopping at the base of a wall.
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"Your mind is surprisingly strong," muses the demon as it settles to the ground. "I am impressed. And you are a creature of polished stone yourself, are you not? You already know some of the might that courses through the veins of the earth. You would be a good fit for the power I can bestow. Why not join me and make yourself even stronger?"
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