Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Hector could only watch the Lord Najir in awe. The one glass handle could only sustain Asad’s movement for a few seconds, but Asad created more on the fly, alternating between handles and platforms as he pleased, striding and soaring through the open air with such apparent ease and swiftness that Hector could hardly believe he and Asad shared the same ability type.

The Blackburns kept him busy, bombarding him with fleets of copper and cesium that he had to deflect while also keeping Sabas pinned down. They seemed to have regrouped very quickly, somehow.

Careful, they’re all using pan-forma,’ said Garovel, and Hector understood why their three reapers had vanished from sight all of a sudden. ‘Even headshots won’t kill them now. You’d have to obliterate their entire bodies or tear their reapers away from them--neither of which you’re capable of doing.

Had the circumstances been less dangerous, Hector might have taken issue with how ridiculous that all sounded, but here and now, doubt was a luxury that he could not afford. He took Garovel at his word, and instead simply asked, ‘What should I do, then?

Same as before. Asad needs space to breathe. Provide it for him.

Jada was doing precisely that, Hector saw. She’d lobbed a cooked grenade at Silvia, which exploded before even hitting the ground and blew a chunk out of the woman’s face. Silvia dropped but didn’t stop moving, and Hector could see her head regenerating just as Garovel had said--and with a speed he’d never seen before, even. Combined with unrelenting gunfire, Jada had certainly earned the woman’s attention and would doubtless be receiving an overabundance of cesium momentarily.

Hector was already sprinting by this point. And because he had the distinct impression that trying to coat Silvia Blackburn in iron would be about as effective as attacking with a feather pillow, he instead decided to materialize an iron chain in his free hand, broad and strong as he could make it. When he drew close enough, he chucked it at her with all his strength, and it caught her around the torso, huge links wrapping around her but still not stopping her.

A hail of exploding cesium came for Jada, and the young woman only managed to dive partially out of its path, losing her left arm, shoulder, and ear in the process. It did, however, buy precious time for Hector.

23 comments:

  1. Mister Frost, I'd like to present you with an idea.


    My idea was that you make a roleplay section where your readers and yourself if you so wish can roleplay in your world? As a fan of roleplaying I can personally say I'd tackle the opportunity!

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  2. Kensei Seraph - StaffOctober 21, 2014 at 6:08 AM

    I should revote...

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  3. 'She’d lobbed a cooked grenades at Silvia'?

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  4. Kensei Seraph - StaffOctober 21, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    I'm tempted to reread from the beginning.

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  5. Daniel Watamerikonsu CanallaOctober 21, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    I'm still surprised by the fact that you don't have a "Fanart" section

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  6. I find myself wondering why hector is not trying to coat the enemy in iron. If it was just a thin layer then they would be able to break out, but if he kept adding to it until it was 20 feet thick they would be helpless. No matter how powerful they are, encased in a block of iron 20 feet thick on all sides they would not have space to materialize anything without crushing themselves. In the mean time, they would suffocate very quickly.

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  7. Because their passive soul defence would interfere with it, because they are currently just about as immortal as you can get, because servants cannot suffocate, because materialized structures take time to accumulate, even if it's not much, and because it's hard to cover moving targets.

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  8. One of the targets isn't moving. Sabas is still a titanium statue.

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  9. In which case, he's done all the work of keeping himself immobile, hasn't he?

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  10. No. Asad still needs to keep constant fire on him or he'll unfreeze and attack. Immobilizing him in a block of iron would allow Asadto concentrate on the other two.

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  11. isn't there already one

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  12. Well, jeez, Hector. You better wise up, dude.
    Though I'm pretty sure that if the best thing to do was to stick him in a block of something, Asad would have done it by now.

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  13. Actually, given that Sabas is using pan-forma, it's possible that he could turn back to flesh faster than a decent shell could accumulate.

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  14. "fleets" of copper and cesium? Seems like an odd word to use.

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  15. Need a grammar lesson here.

    "Jada had certainly earned the woman’s attention and would doubtless be receiving an overabundance of cesium momentarily."


    Is it "doubtless" or "doubtlessly"?

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  16. They are interchangeable, weirdly enough.

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  17. Combined unrelenting gunfire,
    Combined WITH, perhaps? Just seems weird as is.

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  18. Needs an addition: "he instead decided to materialize an iron chain in his free hand, [as] broad and strong as he could make it."

    Nice that Hector can see what a Materialization user can do. To Hector, I say in Yoda's voice: "Much to learn, you still have"

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  19. Ah, that "as" is optional, actually. Appreciate the check, though.

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