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    ♜ Homebound ♜ [Rhace]

    Rhace Tarrin
    Rhace Tarrin

    Player 
    Lineage : Blade Of The Sixfold Path
    Position : None
    Faction : The Luminous Covenant
    Posts : 98
    Cosmic Coins : 0
    Dungeon Tokens : 0
    Experience : 25,080

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    Post by Rhace Tarrin 10th April 2022, 12:13 am



    Rhace Tarrin
    Homebound


    It was honestly as mesmerising to watch Dagda glow brightly and reverse the transformation as it was to see him go into rocky form in the first place; the fact that someone could do that at will was a total mess in Rhace's head. This was not what he signed up for, at all. Well, okay, it was sort of what he signed up for. He didn't expect a stone giant to be that giant. Well, then again, how big did he expect a stone giant to get in the first place? Rhace didn't know any stone giants up until this point, so well, he had no point of comparison. But that was way bigger than he expected.

    Eventually, Dagda returned with an air of nonchalance, re-attaching his metallic arm (now that seemed way more normal), and Rhace was absolutely lost in terms of response. He couldn't quite put into words what he was feeling, and it showed.

    "I- you-"

    The Elumish swordsman was stuck on a few different words, none of which were suited for polite company; this was in fact one of the most mindblowingly insane things that he had ever bore witness to and he lived his life on a freaking mechanical space whale covered in trees. And, yes, that is precisely how the Endeavor is painted, for that is entirely how it appears to the casual observer. Rhace would never in any way hide his opinion on that, but that was neither here nor there when there was in fact a gigantic talking rock in front of his face. At the end of it all, Rhace was just a man who could swing a piece of metal around really well, and that was a walking and talking gargantuan stone person. Magic was an absolute trip, and this was no exception to that.

    "Show my ass," he grumbled, and was at least genial to the idea of moving on.

    Handing over the rucksack as he was wordlessly instructed, the swordsman decided that moving on was the exact best thing. He was going to need a minute.

    Poor boy. You've seen nothing yet.

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    As the pod sped through the air - which was designed to do one thing and one thing alone, to cross the world at incredibly high speed, which thanks to the aerial technology that had come from another world it could do rather well - it managed to carry them to the potential site of the portal without any issue. This was one of his favourite ways to travel, considering it could get him to anywhere in the world at insane speeds. Rhace had used it more than once to get home to Ca-Elum, which was an absolute blessing of the goddess for him; it meant that he could take care of all of his business without issue.

    Here, though, as the scenery began to change form between mountain and forest, his eyes were already sweeing the landscape - but Dagda's eyes picked up the beauteous golden glimmer before he could. Damn good eyes, or maybe magic sense, but Rhace was thoroughly impressed regardless. The blademaster couldn't help himself, but the fact that they had to land cliffside wasn't an issue. Rhace waited for the pod to touch down before he breathed out and allowed himself a moment to relax and think clearly about the way they could face this. After all, this was a man with technology in a world of people with overwhelming magic.

    "You could probably just rock man your way down, but I have a solution," Rhace said rather nonchalantly, having finally come to terms with the transformation that was afoot. Instead, he opened one of the pouches of his utility belt, which produced a pair of grappling hooks - this would have the tensile strength, and theoretically infinite length, to carry them all the way down as they abseiled their way to the bottom of the canyon. How fortunate it was that guild technology could create for him replicative nanites that would let him create a device he needed at will - in comparison to the showy magic he'd encountered today, this seemed like absolutely nothing any more, which was kind of sad in its own way. Rhace handed a hook to Dagda; it'd unwind at length as they went down, which was fine.

    Rhace stepped out of the pod and cast a glance down; the canyon stopped on a number of levels to flatten out, but the fact was that any one fall might be enough to kill them if they weren't careful. They'd be able to scale this with care, given the devices they had, but it also exposed them to the elements and whatever else was down there. After all, this glow was now underwater, and who knew what lay in wait for them?

    "We get one shot at this, probably. Ready?"



    TAG: @Dagda WORDS: 817 TOTAL: 16,221 JOB: N/A
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    Dagda
    Dagda

    Richie Rich- Rich- Player 
    Lineage : Warrior's Heart
    Position : None
    Posts : 169
    Guild : Meliora Vitae [GM]
    Cosmic Coins : 0
    Dungeon Tokens : 0
    Age : 36
    Experience : 34,736

    Character Sheet
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    Post by Dagda 21st April 2022, 7:55 pm


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    Dagda was absolutely about to just rock man his way down the canyon. He’d been preparing to use stone-warping magic to instantly chisel a staircase into the side of the cliff when Rhace offered another solution. The swordsman offered up two grappling hooks for them to use. Staring at the tools for a moment, Dagda felt a little sheepish. Of course it would be easier to use the immense technology at their disposal. He was so used to using his magic to interact with the world around him that he often forgot there were easier, much less destructive ways of accomplishing his goals. He’d been removed from Dolomia for so long that the lessons of coexisting with the natural world were starting to slip from the forefront of his mind. A crease formed in his brow at the troubling thought. That was all the more reason it was vital for him to return home.

    “Good thinking,” Dagda nodded, giving Rhace a grateful smile. The grappling hooks were exactly what they needed and would give them a direct line towards the pool and the golden light within it. He took one of the devices that was offered to him while they exited the pod. As the two men peered into the canyon, Dagda took a moment to ensure the rucksack full of keystones was secure before returning it to his back. Too much had gone into finding the damned things, he wasn’t about to lose them now.

    “Probably. Let’s do this.” Latching the hook deep into the cliffside, Dagda began his descent alongside Rhace. The stone was rough underneath them but provided many sturdy footholds. Still, it was wise to proceed with caution. Luckily, since the pool below them was so calm, there was no water splashing up onto the cliff, nor was there mist from cascading water.

    When they were about halfway down the cliff, the water in the crystal clear pool began to change. Ripples ran across the surface in a ring centered over the light, but there seemed to be no physical disturbance around it. Every few feet the two men descended, it became more and more active. The small river began to send waves to the edge of the pool, then draw them back towards the center where the light was located. Further and further the waves went as they gained momentum until they were splashing straight up the cliffside as if reaching out to touch the newcomers. The golden light’s glow was hardly visible under the choppy surface.

    The Captain stopped climbing, taking a moment to warily observe the suddenly turbulent water. They’d been fortunate enough not to have encountered any danger at the under-cliff city. Based on his ventures to get the keystones, he knew firsthand that this quest was not without its threats. He’d nearly been killed trying to procure a stone from a strange woman with one red and one gold eye. It wouldn’t surprise him if some menace was lurking in the depths of this pool.

    “I don’t like this. The river seems… almost alive. Ideas?” Dagda asked his companion, raising his voice to be heard over the roaring of water. He wanted to follow where the light was coming from, but it was inaccessible at the moment.




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    Rhace Tarrin
    Rhace Tarrin

    Player 
    Lineage : Blade Of The Sixfold Path
    Position : None
    Faction : The Luminous Covenant
    Posts : 98
    Cosmic Coins : 0
    Dungeon Tokens : 0
    Experience : 25,080

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    Post by Rhace Tarrin 23rd April 2022, 3:39 pm



    Rhace Tarrin
    Homebound


    Dagda went first, but the Elumish swordsman was only moments behind. The hooks of the grappling line were cast harshly against a wedge in a stone to give it an anchoring point, before he looped it around his waist to ensure he didn't just drop and dangle off the line. Being secure in these things was absolutely key to success. The line was given a ginger tug to test where the hook moved, which provided plenty of resistance such that Rhace was content with the placement of the line, before he took the first step down the canyon face. He hadn't done this in such a long time (thank you, adventure parent upbringing) that he was going to need to have to take his time and be very careful about how he performed. It was no good coming home with a concussion, or worse, a fractured skull. The girls would make it worse if he wasn't showing due diligence.

    Over they went. One step, then two, the line unwinding as they descended, allowing the two men to approach their objective with care. Fighting nature, both the water below and gravity that threatened to make pancakes out of them with a wrong step, was only going to carry them so far. The wandering warrior knew full well that this was dangerous, but how dangerous was only about to rear its ugly head when he saw what the water was doing after Dagda drew his attention to it. What he saw below was mildly concerning, to say the last. Sure, the sound of rushing water was getting louder, but he hadn't expected it to pick up this much or this quickly. A frown crossed Rhace's lips as the magnitude of the situation really struck him. It wasn't looking great for the two of them, but some good problem-solving and ingenuity would hopefully get them through this. And, as always, Rhace had one simple comment.

    "Alright, going on the record for this. Magical bullshit is exactly that. Bullshit."

    Rhace's eyes cast over the increasing golden glow, where the water had been flowing almost peacefully through the carved terrain that it had etched over time when they had started; now, it was coming to such a tumultuous peak that Rhace was becoming hesitant as to how they handled this particular issue. The honest truth of this matter was that while Rhace was a good swimmer, he wasn't good enough to fight a hugely combative body of water that seemed to want to swallow them both whole. Especially when their goal was no longer in sight, and Rhace surmised that unless they were getting under the surface of the water safely somehow it was going to stay that way for quite a while. That glow was gone, and with no real way to track it, how were they going to achieve their objective?

    Damn.

    Rhace's feet were firmly planted against the canyon wall as his hands took hold of the cable, staring down at the water. With a slight tug of the line, he tested the hook above him for stability one more time, wanting to be absolutely confident in the line's ability to hold him before he even began pondering the problem that was in front of him. Or, in this case, the better term for it was below him. Breaking through the surface of the water meant either investing in another technological solution to the problem that meant that they could perhaps breathe, but not fight against the current that was rapidly surging up to meet them, which still left them in a particular pickle. There was only one other solution he could see, which as much as he didn't want to accept the fact that it was all he could see in this particular case, he was going to have to admit that he didn't have the resources to simply fix the problem out of hand with whatever the nanites in his belt could provide.

    Deep breath out, Rhace. Swallow your pride and accept the fact that magic did in fact have its place here. "I could make us small breathing masks and we try and fight the current, but that's the best I've got. Unless you've got more rock magic hiding up your sleeve that you aren't telling me about, I've got nothing."


    TAG: @Dagda WORDS: 722 TOTAL: 17,489 JOB: N/A
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    BIO | LINEAGE | SWORDPLAY | TRACKER
    #104E8B
    +100% Jewels In Effect - Lineage
    Dagda
    Dagda

    Richie Rich- Rich- Player 
    Lineage : Warrior's Heart
    Position : None
    Posts : 169
    Guild : Meliora Vitae [GM]
    Cosmic Coins : 0
    Dungeon Tokens : 0
    Age : 36
    Experience : 34,736

    Character Sheet
    First Magic: Leviathan
    Second Magic:
    Third Magic:

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    Post by Dagda 8th May 2022, 3:38 pm


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    A grin pulled at the corner of Dagda’s mouth as Rhace expressed more disdain for how exorbitant magic was. It was true, magic was bullshit if you thought about it. Having been magic-wielding and surrounded by it his whole life, it was just a part of the world. That hadn’t changed when he’d come to Earthland either, most places in Ishgar had many mages and technology based around magic. He’d never thought about how ridiculous it all was until today.

    “Breathing masks would be great,” he replied, nodding towards the Elumish man, “Better to be prepared if we end up underwater.” Looking back down towards the upset river, he pondered. “I could manipulate the rocks around it and make a wall, but water has an ability to find its way through even the smallest crack. I can’t be certain how long it would hold.” The turbulent waves were getting higher, splattering droplets near their boots against the canyon side. He had to try something.

    “Let’s see what this does.” Dagda made certain that his feet were planted firmly on stone in a wide stance facing the canyon floor and that his line was secure to hold him through what he was attempting. These weren’t the easiest circumstances to use this kind of magic. He’d never bent the earth while perpendicular in the air, nor with a heavy bag on his back. Reaching his hands out straight towards the bottom of the canyon with his fingers spread and palms up, he began to summon rock upwards. Just upstream from the chaotic pool, a wall began to form from the riverbed. Stone pushed towards the sky, cutting off the water’s flow. With a few stomps of his foot and a series of sharp hand movements, Dagda’s magic formed a deep trough on either side of the pool that was angled to allow the river to continue flowing around where the golden glow was and resume its journey down the canyon. He didn’t want to cause a dam and stop the river completely, for fear that it would take them in the flood if it broke.

    “Without a source it should drain down the canyon,” the Captain stated, wiping the sweat that had formed on his brow at the effort of his actions. “In theory,” he added. Nothing was ever certain, especially if magic was involved. The waves grew smaller but were just as furious as the pool drained. Far below where the surface normally was, a circular basin carved out of the same stone as the canyon became visible. It sat deeper than the riverbed around it. The markings were eroded by time but the whole thing glowed brightly with the golden light that had been hidden by crashing water moments ago. With the river rerouted, the pool was now empty save for the concavity. The remaining water still raged like a caged animal, swirling in a whirlpool and spraying geysers into the sky then crashing back down into the basin like a crazed fountain. No matter how much it moved, the water always was connected to the glowing stone as if it were tethered by an invisible leash.

    “Seems like it can’t get to us now. Let’s get a closer look, I want to see that glowing stone. Got those breathing masks? We might need them still.”




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