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950771 No. 950771 ID: 15a025

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No. 950772 ID: 15a025
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???: "I'll have go. It seems like our 'star team' has found their way backstage."

???2: "Do as you wish with them. Just make sure they don't take home any consolation prizes."


The feline like cultist turns and approaches us.

Cultist?: "I was sort of hoping you'd show up, you little hound! Shame you had you to go and delay our grand event a bit on your way here. I guess I'll just have to play the lead role tonight instead!"
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No. 950774 ID: b1b4f3

>>950772
Throw some ranged attacks, see what he's capable of. Then we can make a more detailed plan.
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No. 950777 ID: 91ee5f

>>950774
This is exactly what we need to do!
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No. 950826 ID: 3ce8ff

not 100% on what team we currently are, but yea ranged attacks
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No. 950981 ID: 15a025
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>Throw some ranged attacks, see what he's capable of. Then we can make a more detailed plan.
>This is exactly what we need to do!

Candy: "Lead role huh? Well let's see how you handle being thrown on the hot seat then!"
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No. 950982 ID: 15a025
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950982

I toss a fireball at them-
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No. 950983 ID: 15a025
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950983

Cultist?: "Disruption!"
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No. 950984 ID: 15a025
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950984

Candy: "My fireball exploded!?
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No. 950986 ID: b1b4f3

I doubt they can do that vs light projectiles though. Candy, you may have to get closer and work in tandem with Pierce to wear them down so that Roxie can land a shot. You have a flamethrower technique right?

You could also try surrounding them so they can't defend against everyone's attacks.
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No. 951037 ID: e7c7d3

How well can they handle multiple fireballs at once? Either way, you can distract them while your allies get closer.
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No. 951038 ID: a9af05

>>950986
>Flamethrower
>>951037
>Multiple fireballs
Unfortunately, I think we've only got a single one at a time fireball spell.

>Distract so allies can get in close
Let's do this!
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No. 951279 ID: 08227f

Throw the nearest rock to see if he can disrupt non-magic.
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No. 951907 ID: 15a025
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Oh crap there's something coming at me!
I barely manage sway away and dodge whatever that was.

>You have a flamethrower technique right?
Nope, just my fireball.

>How well can they handle multiple fireballs at once?
>Unfortunately, I think we've only got a single one at a time fireball spell.

Yeah, I'm only able to charge up one fire ball at a time.

>I doubt they can do that vs light projectiles though.
If Roxie threw her spear or whatever, it'd probably survive? But then she'd be unarmed for a bit.
>Either way, you can distract them while your allies get closer.
>Let's do this!

I'm not sure how much I can keep them on me, but I'll try!
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No. 951908 ID: 15a025
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>Throw the nearest rock to see if he can disrupt non-magic.
Looking around quickly, it doesn't look like I've got any rocks? Wait, my necklace!

Candy: "Let's see you shatter these!"

I rip my necklace off and chuck it at her!
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No. 951909 ID: 15a025
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Cultist: "Strike!"

It broke mid air?! The beads scatter around the floor.

Cultist: "I could care less about your beads, lamb chop!"
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No. 951910 ID: 15a025
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Candy: "Gotcha! Pierce, Roxie move in!"

The cultist grunts as they try to use their robe to block my sneaky fireball.
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No. 951911 ID: 15a025
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Roxie goes to stab the cultist, but she parries the attack!

Roxie: "What!"

Cultist: "I'm not the ring leader here for just for show! Unlike the others, I - egh!"
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No. 951912 ID: 15a025
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Pierce manages to take a good swipe at her side and scratch her arm.
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No. 951913 ID: b1b4f3

>>951912
Keep up the pressure! Candy, watch out for friendly fire. Don't let him try to dodge your fireball so that it hits an ally behind him.
Roxie, mostly try to keep him from throwing any more darkness around.
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No. 951914 ID: e7c7d3

Throwing fireballs into the fight will probably not end well. If closing in is a bad idea as well, the fireballs could still be used to keep the cultist in the fight though. If they ever try to move into a better position just launch a fireball in that direction to stop them. Try to avoid actually hitting anyone, but the cultist won't know that you are and should act accordingly.
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No. 952776 ID: 15a025
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>Keep up the pressure! Candy, watch out for friendly fire. Don't let him try to dodge your fireball so that it hits an ally behind him.
>Throwing fireballs into the fight will probably not end well.
Dang it, now I'm worried about lighting someone on fire!

>Roxie, mostly try to keep him from throwing any more darkness around.
Candy: "Stay on the offense Roxie! If she's using magic to hold up her shield, I don't think she can cast any other spells!"

Cultist: "So you think! Strike again!"

Candy: "Agh!"

A flash of purple slashes me. It stings, but I don't think I'm hurt too badly.
Pierce: "Dual casting? No..?" Candy, Roxie! Something doesn't feel right here, try to keep a close on her!"
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No. 952777 ID: 15a025
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Roxie manages to shatter the cultist's shield after another few hits!

Cultist: "Haaaaaah!"

As the shield shatters, strange smoke fills the room!

Roxie: "What happened to my spear? It's gone!"

Pierce: "That's not the only thi-"
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No. 952778 ID: 15a025
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Pierce: "Candy watch out!"

Candy: "Baah!!!"

Either I can try to hold out my fire and try to shield myself with it, or I can try to make it explode in her face. Or something else quickly!
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No. 952780 ID: b1b4f3

>>952778
A Fireball in the face is pretty distracting. Get some distance afterwards, and try not to get hit by another strike spell.
If something weird is going on in here I think it's time we started targeting things in the room that stand out. Like those candles or whatever.
Also maybe try to target her jewelry. I don't think it's for show.

...hmm, those beads got scattered earlier, maybe you can lure her over them so she trips? Roxie could get a hit in then.
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No. 952984 ID: e7c7d3

Fire shield. If they immediately dispell it, do a head butt and get away.
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No. 953151 ID: 24c601

Oh my god did you just bleat?

Blast the biggest blast you've ever blasted their diection, if only to obscure their vision, while you get evasive.
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No. 954496 ID: 15a025
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>A Fireball in the face is pretty distracting.
>Blast the biggest blast you've ever blasted their diection, if only to obscure their vision, while you get evasive.

I pour as much energy as I can into my fireball and try to get it to explo-
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No. 954498 ID: 15a025
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>did you just bleat?
Eugh. I hope not.

I groan as I try to get back up. The explosion must have knocked me over. It looks like the smoke's cleared up for some reason too? My face and eyes burn a little.

Pierce & Roxie: "Candy!"

Candy: "I'm okay!"

>I think it's time we started targeting things in the room that stand out. Like those candles or whatever.

Also maybe try to target her jewelry. I don't think it's for show.
I've got few seconds before I can fire off another fireball, what should I try aiming for?
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No. 954503 ID: e7c7d3

Maybe the ritual circle on the floor first?
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No. 954506 ID: 509e5e

>>954503
Yeah try this.
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No. 954508 ID: b1b4f3

It looks like the curse magic reacted with your fireball for some reason.
Definitely try burning the markings on the floor, but also try aiming for her jewelry next time you throw a fireball.
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No. 954765 ID: 15a025
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954765

>Maybe the ritual circle on the floor first?
>Yeah try this.
>Definitely try burning the markings on the floor
Wouldn't lighting it on fire activate-

Cultist: "You wanted to know what happened to Snowshoes? I give you a similar experience firsthand!"

Okay crap, she's in the middle of the circle doing something!
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No. 954766 ID: 15a025
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954766

I slam a ball of fire on the circle and watch as it ignites.
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No. 954767 ID: 15a025
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She catches on fire as the circle burns away.
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No. 954768 ID: 15a025
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954768

Until all that's left is... nothing?

Candy: "So much for all that talk about resisting other magic."

Pierce: "I wouldn't relax yet, something just isn't right about all this."

Candy: "Did you not just see her get burnt to a crisp?"

Pierce: "Yeah, but like. No ashes. Or her enchantment stone."
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No. 954773 ID: b1b4f3

The candle on the right flared up! There's something over there probably! Tell your allies to move, and Pierce to prepare to fight another spirit.
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No. 954776 ID: 91ee5f

>>954773
This!
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No. 954864 ID: a9af05

>>954768
There's something over by the right candle!
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No. 955630 ID: 15a025
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955630

>The candle on the right flared up! There's something over there probably! Tell your allies to move, and Pierce to prepare to fight another spirit.
>There's something over by the right candle!
Candy: "Pierce, candle on the right just flared up!"

His claws come out and he starts frantically looking around the room.

Pierce: "I don't see any spirits?! Wait, that'd mean it's coming from-
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No. 955631 ID: 15a025
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Cultist: "Right behind you."

Pierce: "No-"
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No. 955632 ID: 15a025
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955632

Pierce falls to the ground.

Candy & Roxie: "Pierce!"

Cultist: "Enjoy your catnap while you can. You've got a large bill to work off when I'm done with your friends now, punk.

Roxie: "How are you back! We just-"

Cultist: "Does a magician reveal her tricks? Come on now. Fire doesn't hurt me much at all, you should know that."

Candy "What is it you saw that we didn't, Pierce?"

I need to pay better attention. Pierce tried to warn us about something, but what?
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No. 955669 ID: e7c7d3

The shadows, maybe? Pierce could've been looking down and the cultist's voice was spooky dark. Make the cultist disappear again and stab one of your shadows.
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No. 955670 ID: b1b4f3

Yep, the cultist came out of Pierce's shadow. Before she showed up again his shadow got darker.
This explains a lot-- why fireballs seem to disrupt her magic(it's the light, not the heat), and how she seems to keep teleporting behind people. I think the weird smoke was some kind of shadow aura, which dispelled Roxie's light magic since I guess shadow is a counter to light? Or maybe they're polar opposites and the shadow smoke was just stronger.

Now that we know her trick, we can defend against it somewhat. Whenever she disappears, that means she's hiding in a shadow. Should be able to throw a fireball at whatever shadow she's hiding in to bring her out, or Roxie can stab the shadow to injure her. Keeping fire all over the place to minimize shadows might work? Or it could give her more shadows to work with, it depends on how her magic works.
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No. 955683 ID: 91ee5f

>>955632
She came out of his shadow! Now that we know her trick, we can catch her off guard next time she tries it!
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No. 955689 ID: a9af05

>>955632
Like the others said, she came out of his shadow. Just make sure you pay attention because she can make your shadow move so that it's always behind you.
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No. 956884 ID: 15a025
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956884

>Yep, the cultist came out of Pierce's shadow. Before she showed up again his shadow got darker.
>She came out of his shadow!
That's great. Hope you spirits can help watch my back then.

>I think the weird smoke was some kind of shadow aura, which dispelled Roxie's light magic since I guess shadow is a counter to light? Or maybe they're polar opposites and the shadow smoke was just stronger.

I'd say it's the later. From what I've learned, light and cursed magic can counter each other. Whatever spell has more power will cancel out the other.

>Make the cultist disappear again and stab one of your shadows.
Candy: "Roxie! Go on the offensive again, I've got another plan!"

While Roxie stabs away at their shield, I take the chance to move Pierce out of the way. I hope he's going to be okay.
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No. 956885 ID: 15a025
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956885

Cultist: "What's wrong fluff ball, feeling sheepish? Here, I'll give you a chance to be in the spot light too! Ignite!

I almost drop Pierce and let out a loud bleat of fear as I'm surrounded by a ring of purple flames!
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No. 956889 ID: e7c7d3

Is the ring closing in? You may have to act from here
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No. 956894 ID: b1b4f3

>>956885
The ring of fire is a distraction! She's in your shadow again! Attack the shadow!
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No. 956903 ID: 91ee5f

>>956885
She must suck at hitting moving targets if she needs to make a ring of fire to make you hold still.

She’s in your shadow and is about to attack!


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