"Thanks Ed, just what I wanted. A sweaty cloak. And I can hold your pointy stick by myself, thank you. What do I look like? Some helpless woman who can't see her toes for her boobs?! I got a new bath built for you. For all the gods sake, use it for more than spying on me when I'm in it. Don't think I don't notice..."
Grunting and sighing in combination, Mhairi returns the big "pointy stick" before attempting to open the chest with the tip other rapier.
Never one for light talk, Edmond blushes, his eyes flashing in rainbow colors as he retreats hands sparking on the shaft of Deathwail. "I just wanted to protect you. Like always. You're still in danger, I'm not treating you like some fragile princess."
Seeing Edmond blush Mhairi immediately regrets her outburst. She gives him a quick peck on the cheek, adding "Sorry Ed. I didn't mean to embarrass you. I do know you're doing the best you can. Try to find a girlfriend or two before the end of the year though, hey? She'll help you come out of your skin, so to speak..."
[section] Manachan smiles at Vencarlo's logic, and nods enthusiastically. "Mhairi, look out!" When the snake appears, any thoughts about the lady's reaction to Edmund's chivalry fly from Manachan's mind and he leaps forward, a closed fist slamming into the cobras head just as the warrior-mage's pretty lights come sparkling to life.
"I've... never seen a man punch a snake before," says Vencarlo with wry amusement. Manachan's strike hits the snake hard, snapping the creature back but also breaking the hold of the hypnotic pattern. It rears again and flares its hood, ready to strike.
Mhairi can get in attack on it first, and possibly Ignatius can do something if he gets initiative.
OOC: I think Mowgli was operating on assumption that Manachan could punch the snake before Edmond's pattern went off? His initiative was higher, at 23. Also, I did roll my initiative a couple posts up: 19.
OOC: So you did; I got Ignatius' initiative of 19 confused with Manachan's. So Ignatius can act next. I'll leave the sequence as it is for now - it probably won't change a lot, to be honest; also my reading of the positioning is that Edmond was in the doorway, with Manachan, Ignatius and Vencarlo behind. If things go severaly pear-shaped I'll reconsider, but I suspect between Ignatius and Mhairi, both of whom have initiative on the snake, you should be able to take care of it.