04-27-2023, 01:26 AM
This half giant with the elvish mind saw Iperanton now, and recognized him. Galvishar gestured, saying, "Come this way."
The half giant stumbled that way. Clearly she was affected by the encounter and struggle with the tentacled rotmonster, and would probably not be running right away. But as she stumbled that way, she saw the riders together with the urban camels there.
Galvishar climbed on again to the urban camel kneeling for him. He said, "She won't be able to run, and should not be left to go on by herself, but we can't have her with her size riding on any urban camel, or any animal. We should go on at a pace to be of any assistance to her if she would need it."
Iperanton said, "I could not use teleportation on that rotmonster. We should not just leave it."
Jaydeen said, "You know we cannot just stay here, we must go on toward Quadick, as soon as possible, especially if we go on more slowly. It seems that rotmonster did not land upright anyway, and is stuck where it is now, as it is not moving anywhere."
Lucion said, "And we will soon have to find a way and use that to deal with these rotmonsters, which must be increasing and are spreading out from the Primal Forest."
05-01-2023, 01:30 AM
The riders, now all on the urban camels, were going on, toward Quadick which was their destination, with city lights from it just showing between low hills ahead as night came, still went more slowly, being careful to have the half giant who had fought with that rotmonster continue with them, not being able to run now, and still stumbling a bit. After a while like this, with the riders also trying to be attentive to noticing any other tentacled strangler rotmonsters ahead on this road, which might be coming toward them, a voice shouting some distance behind them surprised them suddenly.
They all turned to see who was behind them that would shout toward them, even the half giant looked back with intent interest.
It was dark but as they stopped there they very soon saw who was coming nearer along this road. It was the figures of Arapegol and Jaydeen's original form, and the dwarf they had seen, Garvendag. They came to these riders waiting with the half giant, and Gasha, in Jaydeen's original body, said, "I came carrying these two others in the form of the huge wolf, with which I can run fast. We thought we would meet you in Quadick. But I just saw you all ahead and realized something must have happened that stopped you. I stopped for these two to climb off, and transformed back from my creature form, to not alarm the urban camels if we had come closer. But you were far enough ahead still that I had to call after you."
Jaydeen in the elfin body said, "Yes, a lot has happened. There have been strangler rotmonsters along this road, the half giant here is injured from an encounter, and there might be more this way. We can only go on more slowly and really watch out for any more."
Klara in Arapegol's original body said, "I see. But there is Quadick ahead, and we must go on. We will join in fighting any further strangler rotmonster ahead, still, that we can go on and reach that destination."
05-04-2023, 01:03 AM
Quadick came more into sight with its lights showing through the nighttime surroundings. The riders knew with riding quickly, as they could, they would be there not much later. But for the sake of the half giant who yet had some difficulty with walking, the others walking did not have the one among them turn back into the beast they would ride there, if the riders raced further ahead, and the riders went at the pace the half giant and the others could manage, this way. So they approached that city much more slowly, while they needed to watch for any further rotmonster coming their way on this road, and they would not have been very much faster anyway to watch effectively for that.
Nothing occurred until later as it came closer to the middle of the night they neared the short road from this one that continued on, which led to the gate of Quadick. There though they saw in the darkness ahead a strangler rotmonster approaching, it was on the road further on. But then it turned. It was not approaching them, then. It was approaching Quadick!
05-08-2023, 01:07 AM
The riders all saw this. Jaydeen said, "We were going to come back there to Quadick, and these rotmonsters are already attacking it!"
Iperanton said, "We do not know that more have come there, we must do what we can to stop this one, and we must catch up quickly enough. I have no good place to have teleportation put it to be out of the way. Anywhere within reach will permit the rotmonster to attack others or to return right here to approach Quadick again."
Galvishar said, "Then we must use our blades on it, together, to overcome that creature. Go, let's stop it from reaching Quadick!"
The riders all saw the need to hurry ahead, so Iperanton told the the others who walked to watch out for each other while they could go forward at their pace toward Quadick. The riders with the urban camels they were on then rushed forward to that road, where they would turn toward Quadick. The strangler rotmonster was now well ahead much of the way toward the city. The riders had the urban camels they were on run at the fast pace they could go, to reach the rotmonster before it came to the entrance to the city, as the rotmonster moved quickly as well.
Galvishar brought his urban camel nearest first, and swung out with his own blade at a tentacle left behind as other tentacles reached out toward Quadick, striking hard to cut deeply into that tentacle. The rotmonster stopped, rotating a bit to turn a large eye on those who had come. As tentacles reached out toward them, the urban camel that Galvishar was riding fled away from there, past the others.
05-11-2023, 01:10 AM
The tentacled rotmonster still approached the others then, still on their urban camels. Iperanton said aloud, "All here attack!" He hopped abruptly down from his mount, that he would not be carried away whenever that animal would flee from the rotmonster. The others saw that must be done to carry on an attack, and they quickly dismounted. Two tentacles from that creature reached out right then, coming toward Iperanton.
Iperanton swung the staff he had hard at one tentacle and the rotmonster withdrew it, as the other tentacle came hard against him, and started quickly wrapping around him. He struck at that with the staff, but the tentacle lifted him from the ground. Just then Trysina in Lucion's body struck with that one's short sword at that tentacle, hard enough that it was cut through. Iperanton dropped to the ground then, fortunately before he would have been pulled up higher.
Lucion in Trysina's body and Jaydeen in the elfin body stood ready as the rotmonster was using four other tentacles to reach for any of them, to shake them when they were grabbed and to strangle them. These ones armed with short swords, or the blade Jaydeen had, would be able to just strike at one tentacle while other tentacles would yet strike.
05-15-2023, 01:13 AM
The strangler rotmonster was not blindly waving tentacles around, they reached out with coordination with the great eye of the rotmonster monitoring them. Trysina in Lucion's body turned swiftly to strike at one tentacle reaching for Lucion in her body then, hard enough that it quivered back. But another tentacle still reached Lucion then, he just fell to the ground without that tentacle going around him. But then another tentacle reached Jaydeen in the elfin body, and with it around her before a reaction was possible, Jaydeen was lifted up.
Galvishar then came running back, and waved his blade out, and reached the tentacle that pulled Jaydeen up, and he struck it, hard, so that it released Jaydeen to drop to the ground. The rotmonster backed off, then, certainly aware most of the tentacles had been hurt, and the rotmonster no longer wanted to attack, alone without the others there. The rotmonster went left, into the shrubs beyond the road leading into the entrance to Quadick just a little further ahead, as Iperanton still shot arrows after that creature. And they saw to their dismay the sight of another rotmonster there at the entrance, and men with swords around it.
05-18-2023, 01:17 AM
Galvishar called out, "There was another, that came here. We should help those fighting it!"
The others left the urban camels, that would avoid coming too close to a strangler rotmonster, and hurried toward the city entrance, and Iperanton shot with arrows he still had against that creature when near enough. Jaydeen said, "Maybe more of these rotmonsters already came into the city!"
Iperanton said, "That would be a disaster. But we should help those here in stopping this one!" He shot more arrows into the creature.
That creature turned and they saw the great eye, and the maw of that creature. Two tentacles had been cut from it, they saw. This creature also turned from that way which would lead right into the city, moving quickly to the shrubs along the side, the same way as the other one.
But soldiers at the gate were now starting to close it!
05-22-2023, 01:21 AM
Iperanton hurriedly toward the gate, and called out to the soldiers, "Hold on before you close it. We were here helping to discourage that rotmonster from entering, and another that was on its way further back. They are both gone now, thanks to us. We came a long way, and our journey started here, to bring resolution to the mixup among people here. We think we can resolve that tomorrow for all were changed here. You owe it to us to let us in where we can rest after our journey on the long way we went to accomplish all this, before closing. There is no danger here just now."
One soldier, who stopped to hear Iperanton, said, "You really better be right. You will be held responsible if it is not true and another such monster is coming. And really, how could you and those with you walk very far from here?"
"We have urban camels for our mounts. We could just not bring them near, where we also fought against the rotmonster here. Permit us to get those again, and we can enter Quadick with them, and if you please would, there are those a little way behind us who went with us and really helped for us to accomplish what we have, let them enter in too, for them to join us again."
"Alright, I see a man and a woman back there who seem to be leading several urban camels. We will wait for those."
Iperanton looked back just then. Galvishar and Jaydeen were a little way behind him coming up toward the gate. Much further back Lucion and Trysina in each other's bodies were bringing along now the five urban camels that were serving the five riders that way toward the city entrance. Fortunately no further rotmonsters were in sight.
05-25-2023, 01:24 AM
Lucion and Trysina entered in through the gate which had not yet been closed, to join Iperanton, Jaydeen, and Galvishar there, with the urban camels they led, which knew this city. The soldier who had spoken with Iperanton said, "There is something coming, now!" He moved the gate more so it could be closed soon.
Iperanton said, "Yes, I see now. It is a huge animal creature running this way, with some figure riding on top. I know, it must be Gasha, with Klara and the dwarf Garvendag, who have traveled with us. Leave it open, soldier! The animal will not be a threat, it is Gasha who will transform."
Indeed, when the great wolf with the riders came to the gate they stopped just outside of it, apart from the urban camels within, and the riders came off the wolf's back, and the wolf change shape, until appearing again as Jaydeen's original body. With Klara, in Arapegol's original body, and the dwarf Garvendag, he came forward through the gate. Gasha said, "We had been coming along this road going here to Quadick, and we discerned the strangler rotmonster you must have fought, which hurried from the gate into the dark brush further to the side. Then we could tell you were there, and the guards left it open for you all to enter. So I hurried here with these two to catch up with you before it was closed."
Jaydeen, in the elfin body, asked, "But what about the one in your original body, the half giant?"
"I told her we would have to catch up, and tell those here to not close it yet, we would have to wait for her. She told us to go ahead. She can still walk, she just can't run now."
The soldier who had spoken with Iperanton previously said to him, "If any creature like the threatening one we just confronted is seen approaching we will have to close this immediately, whether she is already entered through here or still out there. It is also late and we don't want to leave this open long to be watching. We are not going to wait another half hour."
Gasha in Jaydeen's original body said, "Look, there along the road. Do you see her? I see it must be her, still way out there, but coming this way."
The soldier said, "Yes, that must be her. But she is way out there where we can just see her, and she is coming so slowly, like she walks carefully from being injured. She would not get here soon!"
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