Phantom Colosseum Clearing: The Phantom City
With interest being pushed towards clearing the Phantom Colosseum and rendering it into the hands of players, a foothold will need to be made. Launching off from a pier on a nearby island is good and all, but having a base of operations on the island itself will make for an easier time in pushing back and eliminating the Sahuagin who have taken up residence on the island.
Normally, the arrival to the Phantom Colosseum is on a small fishing boat. Normally, it's a quick run through the city to get into the colosseum itself. This time? This time it's on a proper full sized boat navigating to the Atoll to make its way to the port. Sure, the lander-run vessel wouldn't make land, that's too dangerous, but it moved close enough that several smaller ships could make land with the adventurers intent on clearing and fortifying a 'home base' in the city. One of these smaller ships is loaded with a lighter load of adventurers than the others, in spite of being the largest one off of the main ship, as it's carrying several large pieces of wood that could be used to barricade the doorways and windows of one of the larger buildings of the city if need be.
At the helm of that larger landing ship is Fukasa Yuri, her spear already out and swimming beside her ship is her monster pufferfish, which were helping to tug the heavily laden ship to shore. "ALRIGHT! OUR PLAN IS SIMPLE FOR NOW: ENTER THE CITY, FIGHT OUR WAY TO THE CENTER OF IT, AND DESTROY THE HEART OF THE CITY! THE CITY IS MUCH LOWER LEVEL IN GENERAL THAN THE COLOSSEUM ITSELF, SO THIS SHOULD BE A WALK IN THE PARK FOR SEASONED ADVENTURERS LIKE OURSELVES. DO NOT GIVE THE SAHUAGIN ANY QUARTER, TODAY SHALL BE A BLOOD BATH AND FISHMAN FRY!" Yuri yells out, holding her spear in the air with a wild grin splitting her lips. Already, as the boats near the docks, Sahuagin were starting to run to defensive positions, preparing for the oncoming adventurer attack.
A walk in the park, huh?
If only anything in this world were that easy.
"Shouldn't take us long to secure," the man with the monocle says. Cocky, sure, but he spent time running the numbers too. Haru draws his hood back and calls out his water sprite, a large ice-blue lion-dog like creature and climbs aboard his monster mount.
No quarter asked, none given. Good. A good response from Yeowang. Yuri could get behind that. The Sahuagin were much less behind this, as the adventurers begin to clash with them almost immediately, Yeowang's brutal and straightforward martial arts helping to secure the initial footing into the city itself.
Haru's joining of the group is met with a cheer at his statement, as the battle begins to rage, Sahuagin rapidly dispatched by adventurer forces. Of course, this was just to make landfall. The true combat would come later, as this first encounter was just that. The first encounter, and one that Yuri seems to have no interest in relishing the victory of. With barely even time to loot the corpses, her and a small party of adventurers were pushing forward, several earth sprites being summoned to assist in unloading and pushing the cart full of materials onto shore. "Push forward! The longer the take, the more Sahuagin adds will come!" Yuri shouts, as her monster pufferfish leap out of the water, unleashing sprays of water to take out a pair of Sahuagin approaching the cart. "And if this cart breaks, it's sure as hell going to be harder to carry this shit!"
"WHY WOULD I SPARE MURLOCS?!"
Gwen bellows for the moment she's clad in full plate for the moment as she uses a large two handed blade on the fish men.
"BACK YOU SPAWN OF LOVECRAFT BACK!"
This assault becomes apparant as a longsword engulfed with flames is flung forward, cleaving several of the lower-leveled sahagin easily before returning to Curtana. Slamming his shield to deflect a spear made of jagged fishbone, he charges headlong to slam the Sahagin Deepfisher into a wall, shattering it. "I'll keep an eye on the wagon!" Curtana is doing plenty of things, even keeping tabs on his allies' health, but he is pointedly not looking at one Adventurer in particular.
The Artificer leans on his summoning aspect to do the front line level fighting, his Water summon rending with talons of ice and a maw of a great feline. "Mind your Mana, group 2," the commander chims out after a glance of the raid screen, "group 3 is close enough to relief if your potions and sustain abilities are on cooldown. Its an endurance game until we drive further in, pace yourself." A hand is pressed to his side as he chims. It isn't necessary but it feels right. Silver Sword still have a reputation to keep up with for combat and exploration both and although they didn't get the Howling Commander, Craft Commander still has its perks. With the sweet sweet loot.
Pure DPS types are good, and several of the adventurers brought along with them were the support types, a few basic healers at least. They weren't as high leveled, perhaps, but they were there, small bursts of healing to assist those such as Yeowang that the combat was taking toll on their HP.
"Good to see you, Hifumi. There's a giant crab on the other side of the island you can hunt after we're done. It's a persistent spawn. Take a few people with you though. It's tough." Yuri greets Hifumi, her spear pointed at one of the Sahuagin as one of her summoned pufferfish unleashes another torrent of water towards it, surprisingly effective for a water attack on a water monster. "Also I think that possibly Sahuagin meat is edible? I haven't ever had it drop though."
Meanwhile, Gwen cuts a wide swath through the 'murlocs', many of them hesitant to approach the great-sword wielding woman screaming about murlocs. Whatever those are, the movement got further into the city, slowly continuing towards the main square as the wagon roll its way forward. Slowly but steadily.
And Haru's expert guidance continues to keep the groups of less seasoned adventurers from pushing too hard or overwhelming themselves by wasting their mana too quickly. And soon? Soon they pushed properly into the central square. A large road leads off towards the colosseum, where several Sahuagin were coming from, but the vast majoriity were coming from a smaller road that leads up to a small mansion, presumably where the once-mayor of the city lived. And from that smaller road a rumbling thunder is heard. A torrent of water shortly follows, several clouds hovering above a form that rolls down the smaller road, and a massive, burly... merman holding a trident becomes visible, lightning striking regularly in the area surrounding it.
<Ancient Sea Lord>
The Storm Summoner.
===Boss Fight: INITIATE.===
As the boss battle music comes up and the Ancient Sea Lord makes an appearance, she wonders, "Jackie Fisher?" But it's apparently a /different/ sea lord we're facing. This doesn't really change Yeowang's tactics much, she leads off with a hard attack, her leg falling like a headsman's axe on her enemies, lopping off HP in huge chunks as she takes part in this savage assault.
Joining the main assault as it reaches the Central Square, Curtana takes a moment to quaff one of his homemade health potions before letting out a sigh of relief. "Everyone hanging in there, I hope?" Battles like these are always chaotic, and with them raiding a monster-infested town, it's only a matter of time before one of the bigger sahagin take notice.
Case in point, the Storm Summoner rushes into the battlefield, but with that dramatic entrance it made, it can distract from the hoard of lower level enemies still pouring in. Best if he distract them while his allies are focused on the greater threat. "Face judgement from the light!" With a quick chant and holding his longsword aloft, a blinding burst of light radiates from the sword, stinging the fishfolk near him.
"If it's a mangrove crab I'm out."
She notes about the crab.
"I'd got no intrest in eating them either"
She's clearly got a hate for fishmena nd now as the big one comes up she look at the Sear Lord for a moment and starts chanting she ends up hoving off the ground for a moment as lighning arcs about her body she raises one hand and points it at the Sea lord.
A powerful bolt of energy leaps from her finger tips heading right for the boss...
"The heavy hitter has made itself known," Haru says as he turns fully to face the threat. "Leave this one to us, we all have our role to play in securing victory today." The 'us' in question happens to be the high level Adventurers. Those that can take a hit from something that beastly. The Enchanter switches to his Party-Chim instead of Raid-Chim, "Opening with the caltrops in five." The Wave Arte to this one is a subtle cast. It starts as all his subtles do, with the Ioun Stones swirling about him in patterns of red, blue, cyan, and green. They pulse their metallic color as if signaling, their light reflecting against the rushing water.
Two of the stones drop, creating between them a line of red energy. Haru places a hand on either of his floating orbs, pressing down into them as the energy sinks into the earth itself. 3...2...1... Spikes of Earth piston straight up and out, red as the sun and cooling off in the water. They aim back at the rushing current, creating barriers to crash against, run up, and most importantly impale in a series of ground spikes to the Ancient Lord.
The battle begins .. or rather, continues with an immediate, vicious axe kick straight towards the head of the Sea Lord! Immediately upon striking with a melee attack, the cloud hovering above the Sea Lord's head fires a retaliatory bolt of lightning, which is followed up by a strike from the Ancient Sea Lord towards Yeowang, attempting to spear her with its trident!
Meanwhile, Curtana's holy blast strikes thrue, a blast of light striking and stinging the fishfolk nearby, some of them recoiling from the sudden burst of light and squinting their eyes, though it is shortly responded to with several Sahuagin javelin-throwers chucking javelins at him! "Holding up pretty well!" Calls back Sir Vey towards Curtana, one of the other tanks on the front line with him. Yes. Yes he does think he's funny. He occasionally actually is, even. When he's not making people groan with punishment.
Gwen's lightning blast rips over the sea lord, dealing... slightly reduced damage, though fighting fire with fire is surprisingly still somewhat effective, likely due to the base monster being a water monster, weak to electrical attacks. The Sea Lord's response is to lift its off hand, directing a bolt of lightning straight back towards Gwen in retaliation!
Meanwhile, Haru's wise movements seem to help protect the cart, which a small force of Sahuagin has begun to attack, filtering in from behind and starting to assault those less experienced adventurers! Several blasts of water sent towards the cart, along with those inexperienced adventurers. As those caltrops are set up, the sea lord continued its movements, and triggered the caltrop lines! Several of the ground spikes stabbing into the Ancient Lord, causing damage to it! The sky overhead begins to rumble with a brewing storm, lightning striking down in several places among the adventurer forces -- one of which is Haru's location. Though not directly striking him, he is in range for a possible AoE blast from the lightning strike!
Meanwhile, Hifumi sends his Snapdragon Friend to go unleash a burst of yellow pollen breath that coats several of the Sahuagin, their HP beginning to rapidly tick down while they occasionally cough from poison coursing through their veins.
Last but not least, Fukasa Yuri twirls the blade of her spear around several times, before flashing forward with a smirk, the points of her trident dragged along the road, several sparks coming off of it as she brings it up towards the Ancient Sea Lord, a whirling disk flying vertically towards the center of the Sea Lord's chest to cut into it with its razor edge! Almost immediately, lightning crashes at Yuri's location, forcing her to back off and possibly dealing damage to her.
She pops an Anchor Howl draling the boss attention away for a moment and keeping her from being harmed. She's quick to counter attack too.
Time to spook everyone she knows /again/ with said attack name as she let lose into savage wind based melee attacks upon the Sea King!
Glancing over to the Ancient Sea Lord and seeing the battle going well, Curtana focuses at the closer enemies at hand. Rearing his longsword back, he engulfs the plain sword in flame before throwing it forward at a nearby cluster of sahagin. The heated blade cuts through several of the fishfolk like butter, and the intensity of the flames is enough that even those that dodged the blade itself gained the Burning debuff. The hedgeknight catches and releases his sword multiple times, helping to clear up the hoard.
Her counterattack is necessarily abbreviated, without the time and place to do a full windup and punch. But she doesn't /need/ all that, she can concentrate the full force and impact of a telling blow into an inch of actual motion. Two and a half centimeters is all that's needed for her strike to build up to full power, slamming into the Sea Lord and costing him another big chunk of HP. She, at least, may now be able to stand with her Guildies and the other seriouus gamers, rather than playing catchup on fighting skills as she's done for so long in this game.
The green Ioun stone is tossed forward, seeming to stop midaid as if something 'caught' it instead of hurling forward like a baseball. Gravity wells around the stone as chunks of earth ker-thunk-towards the center. Piece by Piece Haru summons his biggest Elemental Companion, Terra, that stands four meters tall with an Ioun Stone at the core of her heart. It looks more akin to a machine of war as the overcharged stones lock into her drill-like arms causing them to spark as mana overflows. It is enough to be felt on the air, much like the Lord's storm, only it is not Air. It is raw arcane power.
Haru climbs up, holding on the edge of Terra as he reaches the top. A finger lines up against his silver monocle. Relic Activated. Target Acquired: Ancient Sea Lord. Power at Sixty Percent. Assessing Weak Points. Power at Seventy Percent. Weak Point Identified. Power at Eighty... "Got you." He releases the stored energy from the stones and the energy levels burst to 120 percent. The Enchanter and his Summon aim the weapon line a cannon of pure black-purple force as it rips down the battlefield at the boss. Big honkin' Magic Attack.
Look, giant mermen are technically big fish guys, but they're definitely not murlocs! The Ancient Sea Lord would be offended, if it could read Gwen's thoughts, at least. It was not like its lowly minions! The Ancient Sea Lord turned its gaze towards Gwen as she called its attention to her, and that savage wind-based melee attack comes in towards it! ... ... And is deflected by several quick movements of the Ancient Sea Lord's trident!
"Yes Sir!" Vey responds quickly towards Curtana at that direction, a javelin coming towards him that he mostly manages to avoid. Unfortunately, the cart was not nearly as lucky, as several of the javelins strike its wheels, a few of the spokes cracking, though the wheels still holding the cart. For now. Meanwhile, the counterattack with flaming sword is... surprisingly effective against the horde, dealing moderate damage to a few of the individuals! Unfortunately, as it was only him and a few of the three groups dealing damage to the horde, progress was ending up slower than the combat with the Ancient Sea Lord.
Speaking of which, the Ancient Sea Lord was being counter-attacked by a quick short strike that caused its health bar to chunk down, the Ancient Sea Lord physically forced back by the strike from the martial artist, it almost seeming to stumble, even though it's kind of more just swimming in its own tide than standing, being a giant, jacked merman. Hifumi reminds the adventurers to use their tasty rat bentos, which several of the soldiers do, taking shifts to swap out and eat their bentos and take advantage of the strength buff which causes them to be able to fight harder and make more progress than before!
Terra is summoned, electrical energy and arcane power causing the air to be charged and cause the hair on the back of one's neck to stand on end, several of the mages of the group shuffling uncomfortably at the feeling. That feeling usually meant danger. A danger made very present suddenly, as Haru's summon unleashes a massive mana cannon towards the Ancient Sea Lord, engulfing it and removing a large chunk of its health.
... The true danger was yet to come though, as Fukasa Yuri smoothly slides on the surface of the water around a blast of lightning. "Any allies who don't want to burn, get clear of melee distance! Come forth, my darling triad! Unleash hell upon this beast within your Blistering Depths!" Her trident is spun in the air, three summon circles appearing around the edges of her trident, before settling into place in a triangle around the boss. A Sand-swimming beetle, a salamander, and a monster pufferfush all rising out of the circles and unleashing their attacks in waves, the beetle first creating an earthen coffin around the boss, then a massive burst of fire heating the earthen coffin into a molten coffin. A final wave of water from the monster pufferfish surrounds the coffin, hot and cold meeting to cause an almost explosive expansion of blistering hot water, molten rock fragmenting and bursting from the center, as the Ancient Sea Lord is revealed once more, now covered in awful burns that makes it scream within its scalding, watery prison.
The smell of ozone suddenly bites into the air, as the Ancient Sea Lord lets out an awful screech, those clouds overhead swirling suddenly as bolts of lightning strike down rapidly all at once over the battlefield, the lightning arcing together. The entire raid party has to start running, as those arcs hit the center of the lightning strike, an explosion of electrical energy spreads suddenly out over the entire battlefield! Even the Sahuagin Horde having to flee from range. The only thing left unscathed that remained in the massive AoE being the Ancient Sea Lord itself, lightning arcing over it and its trident as it gives a low, dark chuckle. Tremble before the might of the sea.
But having backed off so far, there's a question of how to get back into the melee fastest. This is accomplished by executing a flying roundhouse kick to the Sea Lord, leaping, spinning, combining the rotational and charging energy into one solid hit that will cost this boss a big chunk of HP.
A glowing barrier forms about Gwen protecting her from this latest attack, then a moment later she's charging at the boss again screaming, also is that a texas accent yes and she's sounding like a certain pistol packing Man named Sam as she leaps at it.
The hairs on the back of his neck suddenly stand on end, and it's very easy to see why. Taking in a calming breath to steady himself, the Pooka starts to channel Hamon through his body and focuses it entirely into his kite shield. With it visibally supercharged with the sun's energy, Curt braces himself and takes the electric blast head on. Lightning battles lightning and eventually cancelled out one another, leaving the knight mostly unharmed, but now with crazy hair.
Not wanting to let this energy go to waste, Curt slings his shield away from him, the Hamon-infused metal bouncing against several sahagin with audible 'dong's. "Don't press too far ahead, Gwen!"
Vine lashes wrap around the Sea Lord, holding it in place and burning into it deeply from Haru's spell, prepping it for oncoming attacks with bonus damage in addition to the base damage! A trait of Burn Vine Hostage immediately taken advantage of by Yeowang, a flying roundhouse kick striking the Ancient Sea Lord and causing the explosion of damage from the Burn Vine Hostage in addition to her original strike, causing the health of the Ancient Sea Lord to chunk down faster and faster. Until finally, the last chunk of health is claimed by Gwen, who strikes the Ancient Sea Lord in the center of its chest, causing another vine to explode. Followed by the Ancient Sea Lord itself, which bursts into pixels, EXP, and loot.
Which allows the rest of the party to begin focusing on the oncoming Sahuagin threat that was attempting to destroy their cart. Curtana's supercharged kite shield being launched towards Sahuagin, causing massive damage to several of the Sahuagin, along with them seeming to pause a moment, stunned. A moment taken advantage of by the other tanks on the Sahuagin Horde front, which strike down any Sahuagin that survived the initial shield bounce! As this is happening, buffetting wind strikes others of the Sahuagin, causing damage and knocking them on the ground. Several of the support DPS launching into action to make carefully aimed shots while the Sahuagin themselves are still downed, along with those DPS was a slightly grumpy, redirected Yuri. Who was pouting. She didn't get to finish off the boss. Hmph! How rude! And she used her big flashy attack too! Nevermind that after said attack she'd had to run and duck for cover in her energy coat, which is why she was among said ranged DPS. But nobody saw that. Definitely nobody. Yep. They just saw Yuri turn and run towards the Sahuagin horde, valiantly moving to the side of combat where she was needed to launch jets of superconcentrated water to slice through the Sahuagin and weaken them to make it easier for the melee DPS to finish off several Sahuagin. The general area attacks being quickly taken advantage of by groups A or B.
The Sahuagin, now on their back feet, are starting to falter slightly, many of the back line having to retreat far from the center of the town to avoid attacks, while the front line is mostly down, leaving mainly the javelin throwers and sahuagin mages to attempt to fight off the adventurers. A fight that was not going well so far, but fight on they did, several of the javelin throwers dashing in to throw dangerously accurate strikes towards the adventurers!
The water spells are little better than falling rain and it doesn't stop Curtana from closing the distance to the mages that were trying to pin him down. Not even using the sword in his hand, Curtana uses the weight of his armor and the strength carrying it to just slam into the sahagin directly. He even sent one hapless fish mage airborne! "Not long now, everyone! Stay strong!"
She's still surrounded, and she'll have to defend and attack with the same hand, both hands doing both things, there's not a luxury of free time as she sees how bad the cart has been damaged. She had thought someone was protecting it while she fought the sea lord, but it seems that was not the case. No matter, she switches to the one-armed blocking crane neck strikes, deflecting and attacking with the same hand in order to mix the maximum of offense and defense into the same moves. It's starting to force them back!
"THIS IS FOR WHAT YOU BASTARDS DID TO ME IN GOLDSHIRE! GRAND CROSSS!"
She then lets lose a massive burst of holy light in the shape of a cross trying to burn down the remaining fishmen.
'Eat your salads!' wait. Right. in-combat food eating is important too! Somewhat reluctantly, the adventurers eat another full meal! ... .... Being a raid member is suffering sometimes! But the healing is good! And helps bolster the forces back into the thick of it.
SLAM! Curtana runs full force into the side of a Sahuagin, smashing into one of the high-level sahuagin mage and sending them flying, the initial strike hitting hard, and then the fall damage from being flung into an object causing it to die.
A massive dark fire burst rips through the sahuagin forces, dealing heavy damage and simply reducing some of them to ash. Several of the nearby adventurers reflexively move out of the way of the featherstorm falling around Haru. This isn't necessarily smart, but at least they're trying to avoid a possible AoE? Yeowang's quick strikes and deflections let her dance through the Sahuagin horde, deftly knocking out and causing damage to many of the Sahuagin, leaving them weak as the flash of holy light washes over a massive cross of the remaining battlefield, many of the remaining sahuagin reduced to exp and items.
And last but not least, Fukasa Yuri lifts her tridnt, "My minions from the depths, awaken yerself that ye may reap the flesh of fish within thy Grave Call for death." The final sahuagin are assaulted from behind by several summoned zombie sailors, which stab through their backs with cutlasses, ending the battle all at once.
"Victory has been achieved! PUSH INTO THE MANSION! THE HEART OF THE CITY WILL NO DOUBT BE THERE, AND SO WE WILL TURN IT INTO OUR BASE TO TAKE BACK THE COLOSSEUM TAKEN FROM US!"
And the charge is led into the mansion. A few minor encounters with Sahuagin are quickly dealt with on the way to the mansion, but ultimately not much is in the way of getting to the dungeon heart. The more seasoned adventurers breaking the heart while the novice adventurers begin to fortify the manor against possible roaming monsters approaching them and taking them unaware.
Dungeon Complete. First Clear:
<Several other adventurers are listed on the stone slab, such as Sir Prize, Lord Helmington, and Captain Clause.>