Duty Session 442: Zombie Jamboree
While those who had controlled the undead hordes of Ninetails are now sealed, at least temporarily, there are still many that roam the lands, creating a menace to the people of the Kingdom. Rylen Corvus of Crescent Moon has worked with the Merchant Blades and the Peko Army to commission a Hunter's Guild quest to help thin some of these numbers.
Rec. Party: 3+
World Rewards: Reduce the number of roving undead in the Ninetails Dominion.
A peculiarity a certain four tailed fox has deemed worth investigating. And as luck would have it she caught sight of two of the local Adventurers that she actually knows heading out on such ventures, and has decided to tail (he he he) them to see just what they were up to. Certainly to be sure they don't retrieve anything that could be a threat to the Palace Land forces and not something of her own interests in Adventurer behavoirs.
Kotono is usually looking rather upbeat and chipper when it comes to going on adventures, but in this case, she is not looking too excited. Instead, she's got her hands on her blades and is looking around constantly. Things aren't going well here as it is, and Kotono's really got a bad feeling about things right now.
The Spriggan keeps her eyes darting side to side to avoid the possibility of an unwanted ambush.
She settles herself, casting a few basic, long-duration buff spells, and starts down the hill towards the town. "Bets we'll see anything worse than zombies?"
But that's neither here or there.
Approaching the village from the outskirts means going through one of the cementaries. Which exist almost exclusively as a spawning zone for low level undead since Landers don't have bodies to bury. Though low levels are balanced by the number of them sporatically ambling about, though not entirely aware of their own surroundings. Fighting is always an option, but this is a time descresion might be a better option, and bypass the hazard with subtle haste.
Now you don't.
Kotono makes herself literally invisible to all of those undead roaming around. Sometimes it's better to avoid conflict instead of instigating it. Kotono walks carefully to avoid drawing attention to herself. "Those living corpses don't know what they're dealing with," The Spriggan whispers to herself.
Now you... /hear/ her.
Miyako makes her best attempt to sneak along with Kotono.
And then the toe of her boot catches in a bit of crumbled stone. She goes flying right over the gravestone she'd tripped on. "Gyah!" she cries as her head hits another stone, and she picks herself up, holding her head.
The noise of it attracts the attention of nearby zombies, and she has to fight her way out through the slow-moving monsters. Fortunately for her, she's quite good at -that- part of it.
Surely this had nothing to do with the Hulijing parkouring across the top of said markers, taking the 'high road' above the field of vision of Zombies and Adventurer alike, while keeping her own stealthy movements to slip past the edge of the cemetary and amongst the village buildings. Of course not. Nothing to make sure the enemies she's observing can continue on for her to observe.
Past the cemetary the sound of chimes in the wind can be heard. Unfortunately the chimes are on the outside of what was once a tavern, and the sound has also attracted a rather gruesome zombie who is equally invested in the liquor abandoned by the locals fleeing. Clearly he's had his share already, by the emtpy bottles stewn about, as he chugs down another while staring at the chimes. This one might take a bit more than just stealth to deal with.
Biting her lip, Kotono forces a smile and tries to approach in a polite manner, not knowing what she's supposed to be doing.
And the monster seems to sense it too.
The creature does not have any friendly thoughts for the Spriggan as she uses her blade to keep the creature at bay before dashing away and cursing.
It ... doesn't do much good, really. At first it seems to lull the monster, it might even look a bit drowsy. But...
As she closes in, the zombie rises to confront Kotono, and the music becomes... less meaningful. Pointless, even.
And then snarls as what looks like a smokebomb goes off in it's face. Though in it's already drunken and disoriented state, it's little more than an annoyance that causes a sneazing fit.
The source of the smoke bomb is quickly apparent as the familiar fox of four tails lands between the two, grabs the equivilent of their collars, and yanks them to start moving in the opposite direction. "Don't ask now, don't stare, just run." Amazing how she can be so calm about the matter.
Fortunately the drunken brute is not at all fast, especially in it's stupor. Unfortunately, running also leads them to another horror waiting. One that gets even the hulijing to skid to a stop, eyes narrowing at the smaller corpse hanging off the large zombie like some manner of puppeteering tumor. "... There is more things wrong with this than I can put into words." A tessen snaps open in one hand. "But it must be dealt with if we are to endure this fiasco..."
"Let there be light!" Kotono says as she activates her spell runes, and a bright light shines through, giving Kotono and the others some magical assistance.
There's only one problem: The escape route leads them to even worse. She stops and stares. The zombie... monster... thing... no, she tells herself, it's a monster. Just a monster. Sure it's ugly. Sure it's horrific. ... oh fuck. No. Not dealing with this. Not even thinking about it. Just kill it with fire.
She's scrolling through her inventory, trying to block out the sight of the monster, looking for the fire potion she'd tucked away months ago... "c'mon, I know I put it... don't tell me I used it already..." And then...
LIGHT! BRIGHT LIGHT! "Fuck, Ko-chan, warn a girl before you pull something like that," she chides, uncovering her eyes. "Is it... uh, dead, yet?"
"Grand Cross!" Followed by another flash of light, this time in a pair of blinding streaks. And Daiyu standing in a post strike pose with her fans behind the monster.
As the parasite drops to the ground, severed from the larger monster. It slowly withers as it no longer has the larger body to support it, which just collapses back into a malformed corpse as it no longer has a controller animating it. It's not until she hears the splurch of both forms hitting the ground that the vixen stands properly, though far from relaxing. She cants her head a little to glance back over her shoulder. "Before you ask, yes, I was following you. I am a scout and spy, after all. And that you were.. investigating matters other than the ongoing conflict between our realms was curious." That is as much explaination as she gives before starting to continue on, raising one hand to point a closed fan across town. "That building is the fanciest here, it is likely a point of importance. That is where these quests usually lead, yes?"
Not that they get farther than a few blocks before the *twang* of wire can be heard as it's lept from, and the mummy lands acrobatically in front of them. Daiyu immeadiately steps back and raises her tessens in a ready stance as it starts to advance on them. "Interesting... though not entirely shocking. Culturally mummification isn't unique to Egyptians. They just became the most famous for it."
Kotono's not exactly annoyed at Miyako, just at things in general.
Namely the sight of an acrobatic mummy.
"Is that a joke?" Kotono asks as she draws her blades. "I think you need to go back to your retirement tomb!" The Spriggan comments as she rushes forwards.
Grinning, she draws one fan across her face as she steps into the shadow of one of the buildings... and emerges from the shadow of another, behind the mummy, twisting into a quick slashing motion that brings both fans slicing across the mummy's spine, cutting it into three.
"I've a ways to go before I can match you, I fear. But it would be nice to be able to call you friend."
For the moment they may be working together, but that doesn't mean Daiyu has an issue in letting the two move first. Because, while nible for an undead, the mummy can't repeatedly dodge both of them at the same time when his position is pinned between them. "Learning, but effective," she comments on Miyako's technique, as she shreds the monster from behind when it focuses on Kotono's charge. Bandages are ripped, it's spine cut, though that's just painful for someone already dead. It does manage to shamble away from the two, with its body at an even stranger disjoint.
And Daiyu just walks right past it. "Die. Again." The mummy snarls and turns, only for it to turn into a scream as the Chinese symbol for 'Fire' appears beneath his feet and erupt into a blazing column that incinerates the remains. Only ash and charred bones are left in the wake of the trio as they move on towards the central building.
Upon coming closer it's apparent that the building, while once the town hall or mayor's manor, was now in ruins. Wrecked when the undead sieged the village most likely. Daiyu sighed, gesturing at the ruins with a fan. "How wasteful. A facility that could of been taken over and utilized, now left in ruin. These undead have no sense of how to properly conduct a siege."
A moan comes from amongst the wreckage almost as if insulted by her accusation. An armored form moves out of the ruins, that despite it's decaying state is moving with the precision of a military march. No shambling or lurching here. As soon as his eyes lay upon the trio the moaning turns into a blood curdling warcry of gibberish, as he draws his sword and storms towards them like a charging calvary!
A man in heavy armor who is not pleased to see the trio here.
And Kotono isn't pleased either.
"You aren't stopping us!" The Spriggan exclaims, using her blades to carve her point across.
With great eloquence, she offers her opinion of the odds. "Just die!" She keeps up the fight, but if nothing else, she's a great distraction for anyone else who wants to jump in and hit the thing.
At one point he attempts to engage some manner of demoralization ability, but fumbles it as having to defend from the fox and the spriggan's strikes disrupts it, and he gets chopped hard by Kotono that staggers it farther. It's only the armor and unliving stamina left, and that is slowly but steadily wittled away by the trio. Eventually Daiyu uses the disenchanting aspect of her Enchanter abilities to degrade the defense rating of his chest armor, allow the other two to cut him down properly. Pixels are all that's left, and a few pieces of the armor that fall to the ground as loot drops.
A pause. A flick of the tails.
"Maybe just less likely to stab you in the back for no reason. It would be a waste of potential." She may be a Bad Girl, but she's got standards.
"... Mmm, your own people might, too. Still, it's kind of fun to tweak all their noses, isn't it?" She flicks her own fans closed, but doesn't put them away just yet. She knows just how fast Daiyu can draw hers. "Besides, sooner or later, the war'll be over, and we won't have to be enemies any longer." She grins. "Then we can spar properly."