Duty Session 382: A Distant Voyage
A new year has begun, and the way has been opened. Only the bravest of souls seems willing to risk the long journey that may bring them to other lands, beyond.
Stormy seas beacon. Leviathans lurk in the depths. The unknown expanses of the ocean call to those with an adventurous heart. But will they survive to find out what lies beyond the edge of Yamato?
OOC: This +duty requires a minimum of a week of travel. Please plan accordingly around time-sensitive events.
Rec. Party: 5+
World Rewards: Access to the 'Land of Dragons'.
"Hey! didn't think I'd see someone I knew here. So care for a game? We got a long trip ahead of us."
Rizadoman walks onto the deck of the ship, one day they would have much better travel arrangements but for now this was the only way to get to the palace lands. In fact he was only going for a single night and then would be going back, in time for the wave that is likely pending. With a heavy look in his eye he walks out to the bow of the ship and waits only imagining whats going to come.
People need access to the palace lands. Mizuki needs to get out there and help people, right? This is something she can do. She's got stuff to work through, but... life goes on. The world won't stop while she figures out #-1 FUNCTION (ANSI) EXPECTS 2 ARGUMENTS BUT GOT 1 she is.
Besides, #-1 FUNCTION (ANSI) EXPECTS 2 ARGUMENTS BUT GOT 1ever else she is, she's also a badass cat ninja, right? Right!
As she's looking around to see who's on this team, she enters the common room, and GASPS. "You brought a GAME? What is it?! How do I play?!" She rushes over, staring down at the board and pieces and absorbing information with a part of her brain unused for the past almost year and a half, tail shaping into a ? with the tip twitching lazily.
As we reach deeper water, some hours later, there is a -thunk- as of striking something beneath the waves. Has Scale developed submarines? No, there's a scraping sound as the ship is dragged to a halt, and sea monsters scramvle aboard and begin attacking everyone and everything. It is a mess.
She notes and will explain the rules as she sets up the pieces for play watching the catgirl. While her tail is swishing a bit. Miho then laughs at the response from Mizuki's tail. The game would help pass the time but she knows there may be things to do on the trip.
"Aye, certain things that are in dire need for the people at the Landing. Smithing supplies to be exact."
There would be some time for games before they hit the deep water at least.
The fun and games are over for the moment Miho sighs she's very strong in a way someone of her frame on earth could never be. That matters little as she gets her Katana out and starts attacking the creatures she's also breathing fire from time to time at them too.
Scale Submarines? Why would Scale be attacking? The game is interrupted by a monster attack! Mizuki stands up from her seat, "Oh, COME ON!" And then...
And then she just starts giggling, for several seconds. "Hehehehehehehe... I haven't had to be annoyed at a game being interrupted... haha... for over a year! Hahahahahahaha o-okay, I'm okay..." She takes a deep breath, and hurries up to the deck.
Where she comes face to fishface with one of Innsmouth's Finest! She shanks it, pins its weapon arm with her other hand, and bites down on the neck hard, trying to kill it in the traditional cat fashion. When its health is low enough, she digs her claws in, clambers onto its shoulders, and then leaps off with one last rake, shattering it into polygons!
As Mizuki's leap carries her over the battlefield, she twists to face downward, takes a breath, and then breathes a plume of flame over the attackers, vaporizing the water still clinging to their skin and, hopefully, burning them enough to make them easy for everyone to finish off together after she lands dramatically on the other side of the group!
Rizadoman waits on the bow, sitting eyes closed as he takes in a deep breath with every passing of the ship. At least his sea sickness seems to no longer bother him. At least that is what he thinks up until the attack on the ship. The sea monsters attack and Rizadoman quickly gets up and is ready to unleash firey torment upon the attackers, until the rocking of the ship catches up to him and instead he finds himself losing his breakfast over the sside of the ship.
The monsters are pushed overboard finally, they can't keep up with the vigorous defense, but the ship is damaged none the less
Worse, the weather starts getting rough, and the tiny ship, well, not as tiny as all that, but it's tossed regardless. Lightning arcs out of the sky, and the adventurers will have to support the crew, offering protection or conducting repairs or just lending muscle where needed.
Rizadoman feels much better after his sttomach empties, "It appears I will be fasting for the rest of the voyage." He comments to himself as he shakes it off, just in time for the rain and lightning to get rough. Taking a deep breath his scales turn blood red in a flicker before he begins to break apart his shield and throws one of the chained swords up in the air spinning it. He has now become a giant lightning rod.
Weather is a pain.
The world sees fit to remind Mizuki that not only is she no longer in a climate-controlled building most of her life, but that there are acts of nature even a warm coat of fur can't protect her from!
Mizuki... doesn't really know anything about maintaining a ship! She can't even really be ship's cat, if there are any rodents around smaller than dire rats they're too hard for her to catch... Well, she still has her natural weretiger strength and speed! She moves heavy things, and when the weather is particularly bad, races around the decks lending help where needed, until eventally she sees someone fall overboard, and while diving over the side holding a rope to save them, her hand slips, leaving them BOTH in the drink...
"We'll get you something big when we hit the Landing then!"
She'll do her best but she's a bit worn down from the fighting earlier. It doesn't go so well.
Even after the immediate repairs, she ship is showing damage, but it's not in immediate danger of sinking, at least. On the other hand, there are no end of injuries, some small, but some pretty bad, The party must make sure as many crew are tended as possible, so that the ship can be sailed on. Otherwise, it's a floating coffin.
Mizuki is dragged back aboard looking like a drowned cat. At least she's practiced in drying herself, surrounding herself (and the Lander who fell before her) with a flame-filled Aero effect until warm and dry.
Injuries, she's little help for. She has no relevant game Skills, and only some antitoxins and basic healing potions, which are of no help curing diseases or broken bones.
She mostly spends this time brooding alone as she tries to stay out of people's way.
Rizadoman looks at the injured people and quickly moves to help them, " The ancestors of those who all sailed these seas I call on thee. Heal those who still live today." With a bright light from his shield he begins to cst healing magic on the sailors trying to heal them. At least no one will die today from all the damage the ship has been through.
After all that's befallen the ship, however, the winds, which had been steady to ZOMG, now fall to nothing, and the ship is becalmed. "The storm before blew us off course," the Captain adds, which does't help much, does it? "We need wind, and to go in that direction," he points at his map. Now to work out which way "that" is in a drifting ship.
Rizadoman looks at the daytime sky and frowns, " If we simply wait a little while the stars will come out and it should provide an easier heading. However we can likely just head east in general. " The lizardman is quick to commit to his own idea as he begins to try to channel enough air to get the ship moving but all he seems to manage is a light breeze.
Air magic isn't unfamiliar to Mizuki, as she demonstrated earlier in the trip! However, using it *this* way may take some doing... Mostly she knows basic lightning attack spells, and air defensive spells. Maybe she can use Flash Step to push the ship a little, working with others?
If anyone knows an actual Wave Arte for calling the wind, Mizuki does her best to imitate it untrained with supervision. This isn't a battle, and getting it right the first try doesn't really matter, so maybe she can pull that off well enough to help.
The ship makes progress again, but we are behind schedule, or, stated another way, we've eaten all the food for the length of the journey we'd planned, and the added unplanned days were unplanned for food also, which means we need to acquire more. It's kind of important. The Landers are not pleased with our planning, such as it is. Or isn't.
Mizuki, buoyed by her success with wind, is optimistic about the search for food! She does her part to put those sharp were fang eyes and ears to good use, pointing out sea life in the distance!
Rizadoman was not so fortunate when it came to his hunting, as not a single bird int he sky or fish in the sea was able to be found in such a way that would appease any sailors, little lone adventurers. There was absolutely no food to be found out here from Rizadoman's perspective.
Sadly, we still seem to be lost. We are so far off course, the captain has given up on navigation, and the Landers are grumbling much more aggressivley. "I know a good song," Schneider says, trying to distract a lander. But he can't, in the clutch, actually remember the words. Or the tune. "Anyone else?" he asks.
Rizadoman is not any more of a bartender then he is a hunter it appears. In fact he seems to only be able to serve up water, and not just water, salt water. He really isn't a good bartender, not one bit. However that doesn't matter as it sounds like they are finally there.
"The castle of black metal is rising in the sky It's super robot Mazinger Z Its invincible power is protecting us Justice in my heart, pilder on Flying high iron fist! Rocket Punch! It is now, got it now, Breast Fire! Magin go Mazin go Mazinger Z!"
"The castle of black metal is breaking the mountain It's super robot Mazinger Z The anger of justice is for everyone Praying for the peace, pilder on Shoot it, hit it! Missile Punch! It is now, got it now, Rust Hurricane! Magin go Mazin go Mazinger Z!"
She's having a ball but she's a bit off key...
Mizuki knows lots of songs! However, pop music and videogame vocals are often ill-fitting and difficult for landers to understand, and when she can't help but hum pirate- and ocean-themed background music, the repetitiveness gets on people's nerves...
Oh hey! Miho's singing a song that Mizuki remembers! Or at least, she knows the melody from Super Robot Wars games... She eagerly follows it up with a song that... doesn't come out as cool as it plays in her head, since there's no instruments... Also, while everyone else can tell what she's singing, native Japanese speakers can surely hear her American accent mangling some of the pronunciation... Oh well, her eyes may be blue, but she's got samurai spirit, right? Right?
"Burn it up! Hear a shout! MAZINGER!"
"The final judgment has been passed / Darkness? army surges forward / The flame covering the sky burns red, red, burning!"
"BURNING MAZINGER! BURNING MAZIIIIIIN--"
"Illuminated by a single flash of lightning / Metal guards loom / God?s on the ground. Embodying miracles / Now the world is wrapped in darkness / Waiting for that power!"
"If it?s with you, feel it, KNIGHT-O! If it?s you it?s possible, ROCK ME!"
"There's no art of escaping from destiny / Shake off your sorrow and push forward / Howl passionately with burning anger, saver, savior?!"
"Cleave the onslaught of dark clouds / Shatter them with a powerful hit / Now, break the wall! Release the future!"
"Every person seeks love / Chasing that light..."
"If it?s with you, feel it, KNIGHT-O! If it?s you it?s possible, ROCK ME!" (etc)
She's smiling, but the song doesn't seem to be helping anyone break through anything...
Things are looking grim as the sun sets, but the Landers don't quite have the energy to attack the players by now. Then, just as the sun is rising, the lookout shouts, "Land ho!" And not just land, but Seeker's Landing. We've actually gotten where we meant to go. The captain seems as surprised as anyone. The crew actually drags themselves up and starts getting ready to make port.