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965999 No. 965999 ID: 6f7a5a

The elven kingdoms are despised,
So much so that the Prismaticans damned their souls to create the "Harroctar".
The Harroctar are abominations that live only to hunt and kill elves.

Thye are hounds unleashed, nothing can control them,
for three hundred years they have slaughtered elves.
In three hundred years the elven kingdoms fell from the masters of the world to shadows.
Today the wrath of the slayers fall upon the Kingdom of Maerieyelle

Three would be survivors huddle in terror, having just watched friends and family torn to pieces.
aid them if you can, or let them perish and fade into memory
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No. 966001 ID: 6f7a5a
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There are 3 elves to currently save:

Ushamerea Syndra a Florist one of nine decorators for Lord Xielphiane's party

Ialantha Dalvari a maid one of fourteen servers for Lord Xielphiane's Party

Eranil Lusalor a Poet one of twenty five guests at Lord Xielphaine's party

Elves are sharp of sense and quick of mind, you can spend as much time as you need assessing the situation and gathering information
enemies cannot act until the elves perform an action

be very certain before picking an action, if all controlled elves are killed the story is over

No. 966002 ID: adb916

Where are you 3 right now?
No. 966003 ID: 0fae41

Maybe they shouldn't have sent a poet this time.
First action: Muffle Usha's gasp of terror.
No. 966006 ID: 11f77a

A Maid, huh? She must know there are secret doors and exits if she's familiar with this (I assume) castle.

Poet, calm the Florist down with an ASMR lullaby into her ear. Quiet enough for the terrible thing not to pick up.
No. 966011 ID: b6565e

Calm the florist down. She doesn't look like shes faring too well.

What else do we know about these monsters? How good are their senses?
No. 966021 ID: 977456

Well given their effectiveness, I assume that most forms of hiding don't work.
Likewise, running seems futile.
Fighting is just all-around bad.
Traps and ambushes require time you don't have.
The fortifications and safe-rooms have all been expended.
Help has proven futile.

For now, just very quietly and steadily sneak down the corridor and get out of sight.

Then perform a ritual to damn U shame rea's soul to create a better, more elven version of the Harroctar that can fly you all out of here.
No. 966022 ID: 9876c4

He had us for the first half, not gonna lie
No. 966146 ID: f98f1e

What are the known capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses of the Harroctar? About how many of them attacked Lord Xielphaine's party?

Where was the party? Are you in a city being overrun, or was the attack a surprise/more like an assassination?

Is the Harroctar around the corner aware of you yet? Are any of you wounded?

What's the safest nearby place you can think of?
No. 966179 ID: cdabe3

No. 966198 ID: 094652

Take a quick look around the room. Are there any other Harroctar? Where is the nearest exit? Are there any shields or weapons nearby?
No. 966300 ID: cbe900

What's the general layout of your current location?
No. 966837 ID: 6f7a5a
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As a maid Ialantha knows Xielphiane manor like the back of her hand

currently the Maid, the Florist and the Poet are cornered on the northern balcony just off of the dining hall.

there are three ways out in addition to the Manor entry way there is a kitchen exit into the city streets and two secret passageways, one leading to the southern city gate and another leading into the caves of memory.
No. 966842 ID: adb916

well I want to go to the caves of memory
No. 966846 ID: 0fae41

Wait for it to pass, then discreetly scoot yourselves over to the cave of memories.
No. 966856 ID: 977456

Is there any sounds of screaming or bells being rung or whatever that would indicate that the rest of the city is aware of the attack? If we can get to the streets and raise the alarm then that would seem personally useful and to be the civil thing to do for the community. If, on the other hand, the city is already in a state of panic/overrun then we may as well not bother.

I like the cave of memory. It is probably a dead-end, but it sounds like fun so let's do that!
No. 966862 ID: cdabe3

yeah, let's head to the cave of memories
No. 966863 ID: b5fb67

I'm not sold on the Cave of Memories. We need to heat to the Streets and hightail it out of town.
No. 966870 ID: a34b8a

Cave of memories!
No. 966872 ID: ca2950

Hide in the cave of mammaries. Nothing evil has ever killed anyone by stalking it through a cave
No. 966873 ID: 9876c4

Sympathy vote for south gate. There's a tower and, you know, a gate, so we could seal this area off.
No. 966952 ID: 094652

Grab some supplies and valuables, especially anything expensive. You don't have the skills to survive out there, so be sure you have assets to buy food until you can learn.
No. 966965 ID: 567477

Remember, these things are made to hunt and kill elves. So you've got to think as unelfly thoughts as possible. That said, important question: is there a way out of the caves of memory, besides the way you came in? "Cave of memory" kind of sounds like a place you don't want people just passing through. So I'd actually say city gate.
No. 966976 ID: afcf7a

is the city even a consideration? would going there help?
No. 966980 ID: 49e4d4

I'm thinking escape through the city. Risky, but a lot more places to hide and dart around, and possibly supplies if you survive.
No. 967115 ID: 9c48ac

How high is the balcony above that courtyard? Could we jump?
No. 967120 ID: 9876c4

I can't help but notice that armory right by the south gate pass. Might be worth a look.
No. 967784 ID: 6f7a5a
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Eranil quietly whispers soothing verses to Ushamerea, it seems to soften the florist's sobbing a little, the poet's bosom muffles it further.

the hunter doesn't seem to notice.

Ialantha figures that the cave of memory must have at least one other exit, as the entrance she knows is supposed to be secret, and other go there publicly.
none of the elves know the caves of memory very well it's a dour place, and they've no reason to visit often.

The elf hunter also bars their path, the elves are nimble, quick and stealthy they might be able to slip past without notice, but none are eager to try.

Eranil has heard that elf hunters rely entirely on their four senses:smell, tremor sense, heat sense and hearing.
rumor has it they favor different senses and different range from their prey

the elves will need to think of some way to get past the elf hunter to reach the cave of memory the south gate or the street
No. 967786 ID: b1b4f3

Throw a bauble down the hallway or whatever (I have no idea where you are on the map) so that it gets lured away and out of your path.
No. 967787 ID: 0fae41

Confuse them by setting a fire! Smoke the bugger out.
No. 967794 ID: 094652

Can you overload their senses? Setting off firecrackers or some noisy supermagic would confuse the elf hunter for a precious few seconds.
No. 967825 ID: f57349

Do any of you have a coin purse? Metal disc tucked into mouth or armpit would quickly pick up your scent and body heat, then it could be thrown at a distant spot on the ground as a decoy footfall to spoof tremorsense.

I'm seeing vines on the wall. Seems like a gardener might know which are sturdy enough to climb, then you might not need to pass through the dining room at all.
No. 967840 ID: 9876c4

Certainly worth a shot
No. 968975 ID: f133dc

The obvious choice here is to have all three of your rush for a different exit. One of you will certainly die, but if you can run fast enough the other two will escape.

I mean, is it can hear you move you aren't going to sneak by it. These aren't hearty woodland elves, this is elven artist aristocracy, th
No. 969799 ID: 6f7a5a
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somewhat calmed Ushamerea looks to the vines on the walls, they're decorative but she knows they are strong enough to hold her weight she's climbed them before.

Ialantha feels confident she could climb the vines as well.

Eranil is uncertain, as heaviest and weakest of the three physical activities have never been her strong suit.
No. 969805 ID: 9876c4

We send one climber. then the poetess, then the other climber to keep up with her. With one anchor point at either end, we can hopefully prevent the worst outcome.
No. 969814 ID: 9ef252

You probably can't risk going more than one at a time, but you are elves, and these are plants in an elf city, so presumably you're pretty light and they're pretty strong? Still.

The lower vines will have fastened themselves more securely and the vines themselves will be sturdier and spread the pull wider along the top. Go slowly, don't put too much weight on one thing at a time, and try place your feet and hands near where the branches split if you have the option. The plan to send Eranil in the middle is a good one - with help lowering herself off the first balcony and getting on the second, she can save more of her stamina for the middle portion of the crossing. Vines like these usually break at a point rather than peeling the whole thing off so the lightest person should go last just in case they have to climb over on just one remaining top chunk.

Alternately, if you all used all your clothes, you might make a long enough rope to tie one end to the balcony you're on, and send someone to bring the other end over. If they pull that end around the corner of that door a bit and wedge their feet as they hold it in place for the others, the leverage would help. You'd still be partly using the vines and just using the rope to take some of the weight, but it would help. In that case leave the lightest for last, since the first needs a bit of strength and you'd presumably want to untie the rope and bring your clothes over with you.
No. 969815 ID: b5fb67


Ushamerea, you climb the vines over and find something to help your sisters over.

All others, sit tight and stay hidden until your sister comes back.
No. 969816 ID: 11f77a

I agree with this. The only thing to add is if the elf-hunter gets too close, you could throw a shoe to make noise and divert its attention. It sounds like they could be blind if they must rely on those other senses? Or maybe near-sighted.
No. 969821 ID: 0fae41

Have the two that can climb the vines do so. You need to step carefully and quietly through the dining hall to go find something to draw the hunter's attention down the hall.
No. 1054188 ID: 9b127b
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Perfect action!
perfect actions perfectly suit the character and situation they always succeed without a skill role!

Ushamerea gracefully climbs across the gap using the vines. reaching the other side without a sound.

she hears hushed whispers down the walkway, and sees an injured elf down the hall.

Eranil and Ialantha can hear the Harroctar's clacking legs drawing closer
No. 1054192 ID: 8483cf

Ushamerea's gotta move fast, she only has so much time before the Harroctar shows up on the other end.

I say we ask the injured elf if there's something we can use to bring the other two over. If she's unconscious, see if there's a weapon we can use to cut the vines to make a rope and then anchor it so the non-climber can be hoisted up.
No. 1054193 ID: a7a180

Go to the elf's side. Take up their sword.
No. 1054199 ID: f8083d

Quickly pull them up to their feet.
No. 1054206 ID: 6a2a09

dont take elf sword
that is why you should peek corner before looting
No. 1054252 ID: 1371b2

If it’s a trap with the enemy coming to finish off this wounded warrior then it means they’ll only find our girls if they’re sufficiently noisy to draw attention.
If not then it’s headed towards the girls and they’re in trouble.
The Maid might not be as agile as the Florist but I figure she might be at least able to go onto the vines temporarily to hide. The Poet…
I don’t immeadiately have a good idea beyond a thrown bauble distraction. Push come to shove she COULD double down on getting caught and go loud, drawing all the hunters to her, and with her sacrifice probably garuntee the escape of the other three but…
Elves are sneaky, straight-up. She might be able to just hide and let the hunter bypass her? Dunno if she has room/time to find a better hiding spot then say, next to the entranceway to the balcony, if she’s concerned about the vines holding her.
No. 1054808 ID: 9b127b
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Ushamerea quietly walks down the corridor, the Harroctar in the dining hall continues to focus on the balcony door.

she peaks around the corner, Another Harroctar clings to the wall.

'I wouldn't try that way' The injured archer speaks in a voice so soft only sharp elven ears can hear 'with a scout stationed there you'd never make it'

The Florist is shocked, she knows this elf. His name is Turit Trueshot one of Lord Xielphiane's bodyguards, his wound on his leg seems very deep and he's lost a lot of essence.

'Don't fret over me Usha I've had worse' Turit comments having noticing her concern 'You need to get out of here, I think the route through the kitchen is still safe'

tears return to Usha's eyes, Turit has always been kind and considerate. I can't, there are two others trapped on the balcony, I must help them.

'heh heh, I guess I'm not the only fool around here' Turit chuckles quietly 'I'll help however I can, I have a single arrow left I might be able to take down one of these creatures if I'm lucky, I also have a rope and grapple and a short blade'

* * *

The maid is willing to take her chance on the vines and climbs across.

Easy action: success!

climbing in a long dress is a little awkward but she manages.
No. 1054833 ID: ccbbb0

The rope and grapple can help Eranil cross the vines, then we can focus on a plan to get rid of that scout on the way.

Speaking of, how can these things be stopped or killed, hard as it may be?
No. 1054980 ID: a7a180

That one hasn't noticed us yet. What are their weakest senses?
No. 1054986 ID: 4be68d

At this point the long skirt of the dress might be a deadly liability. Maybe they can fold it up? or maybe use the dress as a rope?

The maid could wait and help the poet cross. If she is not that aprenshive and the dress is simple, she can hastly undress and use it as a rope for a safer passage.
No. 1054992 ID: 24acb9


Take rope and grappling hook. Tear lower portion of maid's dress off to act as a handlebar. Wad up into ball and throw it to Eranil. Throw hook with rope above her at an angle so she can zip line across the gap to rejoin you both.
No. 1054993 ID: 8483cf

No. 1056880 ID: 9b127b
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'How can these monsters be killed Turit?' the florist asks

The elven archer gives the answer he's long considered'The best way I know of is a piecing strike from the back, where their armor is weakest'

Open conflict is too frightening for the flower arranger'is there some easy way to avoid them, or hide from them?'

Turit responds clinically 'fire, between the sound, the smell and the heat, Harroctar are left nearly blind around fire.'

Ushamerea doesn't find this very helpful, fire is rare in Orisiyelle, few elves use it.

she takes the grappling hook, and slinks back to the ledge where the Maid is waiting.
The elf considers tearing her dress for Eranil to use as a handlebar, but the fabric is too strong. she could probably just toss fellow survivor her apron instead.

The Florist takes a few practice swings with the grappling hook but is worried about hitting Eranil.

Eranil ties her dress up so that it doesn't get in the way.
No. 1056948 ID: 71143c



-Is Turit in a good place to hit one of the Harroctar in the back of the head?
-Can we use said apron to help ferry the rest of the sisters over to Eranil's location?
-Any flammable materials nearby? Sounds like fire is going to be our best bet of getting by the Harroctar.
No. 1056949 ID: 71143c


Sorry, Ushamerea's location. We want them to all be together.
No. 1057180 ID: e67d93

I say we not worry about making some noise now in order to ensure Eranil (Poet) has the best chance of making it across the gap, and we have a great head start through the kitchen.

Let’s have Ushamera (Florist) throw the grappling hook over the railing. It’ll make noise as it clanks against the balcony, which will trigger the hunters, but it sure beats hitting Ushamera (Florist) with a friggin grappling hook to the chest. Then Ialantha (Maid) can secure the grappling hook as high up on the vines as she can, and then give Eranil (Poet) her apron to use as a zipline after Ushamera (Florist) ties the other end to the balcony on the opposite side.

Again, they’ll need to move quickly since the hook will make noise and vibrations, but by going toward the kitchen/dining hall, maybe that’ll draw them upstairs to the archer, who can get a clean shot on one of them and go out in a blaze of glory.
No. 1057298 ID: b50f1e

I love the idea of fleeing a house in flames, but experience tells me that fire works better when you have a way to put it down or a secured escape plan.


About the grappling hook making sound, it shouldn't if she catches it one the air. For the rest of the plan I agree.
No. 1059828 ID: 9b127b
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Average action: success!
Ushamerea throws the grappling hook and Eranil catches it without making a sound.

Easy action: success!
Iolantha bundles up her apron and tosses it to Eranil who catches it.

Perfect action!
Ushamerea and Eranil Secure the rope

Perfect action!
Eranil uses the apron to slide across

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