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Dark Sun: Rising
Chapter 2: Tango Papa Kilo
The party watched in fascination as water itself seemed to come to life and mix itself with the dirt of the embankment of the river and form into mud creatures followed by the sudden appearance of two seemingly living water spouts, As they advanced they seemingly muttered one word... Defiler. Sardis quickly realized that despite him being an active preserver, they believed his use of the arcane made him a defiler and that they likely were there to protect the water from any who might corrupt it. Quickly the party set up a defensive stance while the elementals began their advance. It was then that Sardis noticed a beacon near them seemingly set off to the side that he was able to recognize as a source of power made bound with powerful blood magic.... defiling magic. Kalinth and the others quickly began to reason with the elementals trying to convince them of Sardis's preserving nature and that they meant no harm. The elementals however seemed less then completely convinced and mentioned worry of a master coming and that they would be punished for not defending the area. Sardis and Kalinth quickly set upon the same idea, that the power source nearby was likely binding these elementals and that its end might free the elementals and show their true nature, however lashing out with spell and axe did little except cause a backlash of energy that hurt everyone. The energy seemingly cracked and destroyed the shells of the mud men returning them to the river but the elemental spouts preserved. Sardis surmised that more than physical effort and simple spell would be necessary to destroy the power sources and prepared to try to unbind the blood magic itself holding it together. Just as sardis set out to do this however the elementals warned that their master had come, No sooner had the warning been given then a large black serpent reared up from the river and began to assault the party.The beast quickly unleashed its defiling energies and weakened much of the party. Kalinth and Chiba quickly moved to engage the creature while Sardis began to draw the essence of the binding magic on the beacon into himself, gasping as the defiling magic caused his veins to notably blacken with corruption. Sardis however was able to persevere through the pain and with a flash the beacon suddenly was no more. The elementals, having witnessed Sardis's actions, quickly moved to try and offer what aid they could to the rest of the party.

The battle was hard fought on both sides, Chiba using his athletic skills to fight the creature from within the water itself while Kalinth held its attention on the bank of the river via his psionic capabilities. Sardis, Tak and Torrim all used their strengths and brought to bear their most potent abilities and for a time it seemed like the party would be successful in their endeavor until the beast enraged. With its newfound strength born of fury the serpent lashed out and started to quickly tax the parties limits. Torrim and Sardis soon found themselves incapacitated by the poisonous venom of the serpent, Kalinth, roaring with fury of his own, lashed out with a tremendous blow which seemed to stagger the serpent for but a moment before it struck back at him and knocked him to his knees. As Kalinth started to lose consciousness he saw the creature turn towards Chiba and Tak with Tak roaring a challenge and throwing a spear into the creature's neck. The last thing he saw was the tail of the beast rise up and come down upon him with crushing force. As the tail came back Chiba saw Kalinth's broken and lifeless body, the dray's blue eyes suddenly black and devoid of color and knew his comrade had fallen. With a howl he charged the beast seeking to bring it down but the serpents fury was not yet over, wish a sudden flash it grabbed Chiba in its mouth and dashed him to the ground knocking the barbarian out cold. Tak watched as serpent seemingly surveyed its surroundings before setting its eyes on him. It slowly drew itself up out of the river and began its advance upon him. Tak looked briefly at his fallen comrades and then the entrance of the cavern and the idea of escape briefly touched his mind before the notion was completely and utterly destroyed by his conviction to either save his still living comrades or be lying beside them, true brothers in death. With a roar Tak drew his sword and planted his feet as the serpent loomed over him.

Hargo Vole looked up from his ledgers as Malla entered his quarters immediately surmising from her body language and scowl that good news was not in the evening's agenda. "Any news?" he asked before returning his attention to his books. Malla looked at the floor for a moment before looking towards Vole and replied "None. The slaves have seen no sign of further Kruthik infestation.... Or of the group sent to dispatch them. The slave that went down the hole on the rope saw no one in the room at the bottom... or any signs that the sand that has blown down it has been recently disturbed." Hargo stopped writing in his ledgers and let out a sigh. "It has been almost a week since they went down that blasted hole. I cannot think of any reason for them to not have returned by now save death. I was reluctant to order a slave down that hole but I had to be sure before it was sealed that they weren't at the bottom of that rope simply hoping we might check for them. That there has been no disturbances in the sand or any incidents up here on the surface means though they likely succeeded in eliminating the threat the kruthik pose, losing their lives in the process." Hargo rose and picked out a ledger relating to personnel from a shelf in his quarters and placed it lightly on his table. "Give the order for the tunnel to be sealed. Ensure that it is sealed both properly and thoroughly. Have their quarters vacated and their supplies, possessions go to our warehouse for trade." Malla nodded and looked for a moment as though she might have something to say before simply turning and leaving the room to see Hargo's orders carried out. Hargo watched as Malla left wondering if perhaps she had considered briefly seeking permission to try and locate those that had saved her life not so long ago, or if perhaps she had just thought better of asking his opinion on a trivial matter. He then sat down and opened the ledger and lined out the names Tak, Sardis, Torrin, Chiba and Kalinth before closing it and sitting back in his chair, waiting for the new challenges to come.
Session: Session 5 - Sunday, Jul 29 2012 from 11:30 PM to 4:30 AM
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Epic!

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot :(
We all go squish squish sometime or another....
Yup, it was a doozy. Time to look ahead to Sunday, though. More monsters need killing, cargo needs shipping, and plots need unfolding.