[IC] Swords Beneath the Starlight

[IC] Swords Beneath the Starlight
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"Urgh... thanks again."

Logan is finding all of this incredibly unpleasant! Sure, the wounds are gone, but the memories of the wounds aren't. They're going to need a good rest after this. A good rest, and maybe to, like, go cry for a while or something. Yeah, that sounds good. Evening plans made.

For now, Logan flies 5 spaces north - well out of "getting fucked up" range, but close enough to swoop in and help if the situation calls for it.
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Lyander rushed up towards the bandits through the trees, aiming to get closer.

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Moves are made!

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A bandit emerges from the woods and strikes at Sunny! Miss!!

Sunny counterattacks! Hit! 10 damage!!!

BANDIT: 12/22 HP

SUNNY: 15/18

+2 EXP

The boss stays in place!

89/100

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The mysterious cleric moves! The fencer advances! The hunter advances!

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Barnabas moves up to beside Saya and returned to his humanoid form as he did so, form fatigue beginning to overcome him and not wanting to be totally tapped out. It looks like the human group were descending on the town now, and he was curious about how they were going to act.

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"Don't get me started on Henchmen."
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Saya circles around overhead for a while, then comes in to land and transforms back into humanoid form.

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"Are you all right? I'm sorry I was hasty and got knocked down..."
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"Heh. Only to rescue me from my own rushing in. I'm fine, the beorc's magic patched me up well, though maybe you could use another spell?" He asked, concerned about Saya's momentary unconsciousness.
"Don't get me started on Henchmen."
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Milo keeps taking deep breaths. He's not in great shape, still nursing a (second) brutal axe wound on his side.

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"I'm just... a little out of practice. As for being a magnet, I suppose it's better me than someone not made for the frontlines."

He rubs the back of his head, almost in embarrassment, then winces and returns the hand to his side.

"Thanks though. I think I'll be okay for now, just going to take a breather. for a second."
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The laguz move about and transform...

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Sunny hums to herself as she lets her magics guide her hand, dodging to the side as the bandit swung at her. She offers him a simple sideways glance, then continues moving. Her friends could deal with him. Instead, her sights lock onto the man who had slain their captain. Her tubes of shadow coil around her arm as she raises it from her tome, and Sunny smiles as they arc forward.

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Mazelina will move two up and two to the right! Milo needs help, and she's just the person to help him! Time for a heal!

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"You're going to be okay," she says, smiling, "but feel free to keep resting if you need."
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Casey watches as Mazelina approaches, her staff glowing faintly with a mysterious energy. Whatever it is that she does, it seems to be a big help to Milo, though now hardly seems like the time to consider how exactly that works. No matter how she does it, Mazelina's ability to keep their band alive and healthy does a great deal to set Casey's mind at ease. A small smile creeps onto his face.
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"You heard the lady," he tells Milo. "Take a breather, you've earned it." With that, Casey makes his move, charging forwards to take up a position next to Sunny. Every person in this group is fighting to keep each other alive, and Casey can't help but feel he hasn't pulled his weight. He aims to change that. As quickly as he can, he rushes towards the bandit in front of him, pulling his dagger and thrusting it towards his enemy!

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Airitech, grim as ever, shoots the bandit that Casey is targeting.

TEAMWORK.
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Lyander will charge the bandit boss and attempt to stab the heck out of him! Less talking, more fighting!
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Okay! Okay this is going pretty well now! Logan's got two possible moves here:

If the non-leader bandit is still up after those attacks, they'll move up two spaces, attack, then continue two more spaces up and one right to hover over the village.

Otherwise, they'll move up three, right one, attack the bandit leader, then retreat left one.
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"Thanks again Mazelina.  I think I should be good to get back to it now though."

Milo looks at how things are going however, and sees not only the rest of his group now rushing the leader of the bandits but these new strangers.  New, capable strangers, who very likely care about dealing with these bandits and whoever might have survived the massacre over anything else.  Meanwhile, Milo can't help but glance over at Captain Brenden's body even now, and knows the other members of his group are likely dealing with similar feelings.  Plus, wasn't that mysterious swordsman their leader?  What if they missed that and killed his underling before they could find him and stop him from doing this again?

He runs over to the fencer and archer to talk to them, and realizes that it is only now that he's taken a real look at them without the cover of the forest.  While he was initially running towards the archer, who he had already seen helping them with the bandits, but then catches the woman.  She had the bearing of someone important, a noble perhaps?  The archer seemed to be following her as well.

Milo, upon reaching her, immediately snapped to attention and crisply bowed to her - moving in a quick, precise way that might stand out from his typical more casual movements to anyone watching.

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"M-Ma'am," he starts as he straightens back up.  "Thank you for your group's help.  Would it be - that is - if you would allow it, ma'am, our captain was... killed fighting that man's leader.  We were hoping to take care of him ourselves so we can maybe find who is actually behind this before he dies and avenge our captain.  If that is acceptable to you, ma'am."

He then spun quickly around to the archer and bowed again to him.  "Thank you as well sir, without you stepping in me and my companions would have been in real trouble."  He then turned back to the woman and waited for a response.

That... could have gone better, but Milo might be thinking that these people were clearly decent enough to help them they might be able to listen.  He might be thinking that, but honestly there was a part of him still expecting a lashing for daring to suggest anything to someone higher up.  Ah, Retrovia.

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Sunny calls upon the might of Progress once more, engaging Bartok the Brawler in combat!!

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"Grr... this was supposed to be an easy job!! Hell, the job was over! Then a bunch of misfit nobodies and their pets show up and start slaughtering my men!?"

He hefts his axe, glaring you dead in the eye.

"Well I ain't dying like this! Time to show you what Bartok the Brawler learned back in the army!"

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Sunny strikes! Her magic slams into Bartok's chest!

Bartok is out of range, and thus incapable of counter-attacking.

BARTOK: 16/25 HP

+2 EXP

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Mazelina rushes to catch up to the group, her heart thumping to the beat of war! She raises her staff and heals Milo back to full health!

Lucky!!! She saves a charge of her staff with WEAPONSAVER.

+2 EXP

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Young Casey dives in with his blade, ready to fight to the death! He strikes at the bandit!

His knife finds its mark! 5 damage!!!

The bandit counter-attacks! He misses, his axe finding purchase only in the grass!

BANDIT: 7/22 HP

+2 EXP

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Airitech delivers a follow up strike! His arrow whistles through the air as it seeks its prey!

It hits! The bandit takes 5 damage!

BANDIT: 2/22 HP

+2 EXP

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Brave Lyander charges forward, raising his blade against Bartok!

He strikes! Bartok takes 8 damage!

Bartok counters! He misses!

BARTOK: 8/25 HP

+2 EXP

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Logan dives upon the bandit, ready to finish him off! Their lance glistens in the sunlight as the wind flows through their hair!

Logan strikes, their blade finding the bastard's heart in no time at all! He falls dead!

+7 EXP!

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The lady hears Milo's words. Her face flashes with conflicting messages of serenity and uncertainty. She closes her eyes, breathes.  When she opens them once more, all that is gone. There's nothing there but confidence and compassion.

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"I understand. I'll leave the rest to you. We will speak once this battle is finished, if it pleases you. Until then, please be careful."

The archer seems ready to object, but she shakes her head and he is silenced before he begins, bowing instead.

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106/100 EXP

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You have leveled up!

GROWTH AND PROGRESS ARE YOURS, BRAVE HEROES!

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"Thank you, it uh, looks like this should be over soon anyways."  Milo breathes a sigh of relief as he sees Bartok's remaining bandit fall and about to be overwhelmed himself.  Suddenly, he freezes up and his face goes pale.  "Oh right, I'm Milo.  My apologies.  That would be fine with me, er, us, as you wish."
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"A pleasure to meet you, Milo, though the circumstances are grim. I'm... Lien. I look forward to continuing our conversation after the battle."
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Baylee looks at the last man standing and sneers. She snaps the shaft in half in her shoulder and squares up.
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"This is an end to you and your ways. Maybe if you curse your commander with your last breath you'll have a chance at escaping hell."

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Boy, is Mazelina tired. Out of breath, she rushes towards the group and their new companions. With a bright smile on her face, she raises a hand to wave,her other firmly on her staff. Was she leaning on it? Maybe a little.

Mazelina will move one left and two up!
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"Is anyone hurting?"
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