GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
04-19-2018, 09:56 AM
Post: #51
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Twinesworth was oblivious to the ominous feeling hanging over the ruins. "Why, to imagine these buildings have held up so well in an active earthquake zone, it just further proves how marvellous this find is! It is simply incredible that, even working with the primitive tools of hundreds of years ago, the lost empire could build such fantastically durable buildings!" He called over to a group of colonists retreating past towards the fortified buildings. "What ho, ladies and gentlemen! No need for all this fuss, just a minor earthquake, you know. I say, why don't you get together a little party to head back to the colony and find some of the scientists to send back here? We're going to need archaeological architects to examine these buildings, plus all manner of historical experts. I'm sure they'd all want to see this!"
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04-19-2018, 10:04 AM
Post: #52
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
The ground fell out from under Twinesworth, burying him in broken cobblestone and Imperial rockcrete, two long protrusions, bone coloured shot up from the ground, on top of gesticulating, fleshy tendrils with rocky exterior plates indiscriminately across its surface, the two tentacles rose further, heading towards the fortification, ripping up the ground before it and shot down towards it. The first speared a soldier through the torso, his gun going off in his grip, the bullet sent wild. The second shot through the wall, breaking the blocks and flailing wildly, it cut one colonist across the back, blood sprayed against it, the tendril seemed to flail with greater fury.

The low, omnipresent groan rolled across the landscape again, this time coming from beneath them. A third tendril shot up through the ground, this time on the far side of the fortification.

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04-19-2018, 10:18 AM
Post: #53
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
"My word!" said Twinesworth, from where he was pinned under the collapsed building. "I suppose I was wrong about the earthquake." He smiled, and started trying to free himself from the rubble. "What a spectacular creature! This is quite a discovery!"
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04-19-2018, 10:19 AM
Post: #54
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Twinesworth quickly extracts himself from the rubble, now outside the fortified building, he can see all three of the tendrils.

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04-19-2018, 10:24 AM
Post: #55
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
"It must be simply gigantic!" said Twinesworth. "And extremely strong as well, if it is capable of burrowing those tentacle-flails through the cobblestones. They seemed quite solid construction when I walked on them!" He picked up his notebook from the surrounding rubble. "I wonder if it is burrowing through the earth freely, or using tunnels it previously dug? It may be borrowing the use of a local ancient sewer system. I suppose I don't even know if it is one creature. It may be three, forming a hunting pack! My, how exciting!"
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04-19-2018, 11:42 AM
Post: #56
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Harvey looked at the poor impaled man, and then at the other who'd been cut down by the tentacle inside.

Well. No time to worry about what the fuck was happening. Why could be asked once everything was calm again.

So, he drew his sword, he drew his pistol, and he charged the inner tendril. Right before he reached sword range, he shot at the tentacle, then juked to the side in preparation to swing down at it's blind retaliation.

“One day you wake up and realize the world can be conquered.” - Doctor Impossible
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04-19-2018, 12:53 PM
Post: #57
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Rovyn shouts instructions to his crew as he sees the tendrils burst from the ground.

"Fig and Ellie, start shooting and keep your distance! Iasi, get ready to tend to anyone who's hurt. Benjy, you're with me. Min, try and ward us, I'm going up close."

Rovyn sprints for the nearest tentacle, bounding off of rocks and gaining momentum for a powerful cut through it. He follows up by drawing a pistol and blasting at the wound, marking the spot for the others to concentrate their fire.

The one, the only, Vancho!
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04-20-2018, 04:30 AM
Post: #58
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Harvey's shot hit the tendril in the soft flesh exposed between the rocky scales, tearing through it, the monster beneath the ground roared, the tendril arm scything around in an arc in retaliation, Harvey's juke got him outside of its reach but the tendril had swung away from his sword range.

The soldiers began shooting at the interior tendril, as they had it surrounded and the bullets began to have significant impact on the creature's appendage, damaging it significantly. It hung, weak and barely powerful enough to swing around after the barrage.

Fig and Ellie began shooting at the tendril stuck through the wall, bullets tearing into its flesh, the beast roared and the tendril withdrew and struck back through the wall again, this time collapsing it and killing two soldiers and a colonist, before the swinging claw decapitated another soldier, sending the head soaring in an arc, spraying blood in an arterial shower out of the soldier's neck as the body slumped slowly to its knees and keeled over.

The third arm, the one that was currently impaling a soldier swung around, throwing the body off of itself. The corpse flew through the air and landed on Min-Ju, knocking the occultist off her feet, interrupting her spell casting, Iasi ran to her side. The tendril however, was widely exposed and Rovyn's running jump, his goat like legs idle for jumping on the uneven surfaces of the ruins, took him soaring into the air, his swinging blade cutting a vicious swathe through the length of the tendril, sending blood spraying. He landed and shot, the bullet barely grazing the surface, but taking a fair chunk of meat with it nonetheless. The third tendril was now weakened, and gushing blood, the creature roared from beneath the building.

Twinseworth noted as he watched the brawl that the other tendrils reacted vicariuously when one of them was injured by shot or blade. They were clearly connected to a singular creature!

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Yesterday, 11:04 AM
Post: #59
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Harvey made sure to finish the damn thing anyway before moving on, running up and swinging as hard as he could into the damaged weakened tendril, before pulling his sword free again. He'd go outside to see how shit was going afterwards.

“One day you wake up and realize the world can be conquered.” - Doctor Impossible
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Today, 07:15 AM
Post: #60
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Rovyn laughs as the tendril gushes blood. He watches its thrashing and then moves in for the kill.

The one, the only, Vancho!
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Today, 07:29 AM
Post: #61
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Harvey's sword cut through the immobilised tendril, cutting the thing in twain and causing another roar from the beast below. Rovyn meanwhile saw that the slashed tendril was bleeding profusely and growing weaker in its swings, allowing for a quick clean cut through it, decapitating another tendril. The soldiers cheered.

The beast below roared again, this time shaking the ruins as it moved below the surface. The remaining tendril withdrew back into the ground. Everything went suddenly very still and quiet.

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Today, 07:59 AM
Post: #62
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
"Recover the wounded and get to higher ground." Harvey commanded, looking suspiciously at the hole of the tendril he'd decapitated. He wasn't ready to believe this was over, especially since the movement he'd seen had been above ground and this creature had only shoved tentacles from underneath.

“One day you wake up and realize the world can be conquered.” - Doctor Impossible
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Today, 09:36 AM (This post was last modified: Today 09:37 AM by Galloglasses.)
Post: #63
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
The soldiers and colonists barely had time to scarper from the fortified ruin before the ground exploded from underneath them, fragments of rock and stone went everywhere, several people sent flying in the blast of motion, a bolbous multi-limbed creature, roughly spherical in contortion with a ravenous circular maw filled with thousands of teeth on the top of its head. It raised itself out of the crater it had made on four triangular protrusions from its bottom, covered in shining, diamond like protrusions on the rocky exterior scales. Its two now useless tendrils hanging limply under it but held closely to its 'legs' to keep the wounds safe, five more tendrils like them sprouted at seemingly random junctions on its body, the tendrils obscenely long, furious quick, and wickedly sharp. A sixth tendril raised up above it, it ended in a large, bulbous and riddled with holes. It convulsed nauseatingly.

The creature's roar above ground was more shrill than earth shaking, but could still be felt reverberating in the bones. Twinesworth likely surmised that perhaps its vocal organs helped in loosening silt, dirt and loose rock before it used whatever means of locomotion to dig through the ground. The creature was fully a third the size of the interior of the fortified ruin, It had five bulging eyes, milky white and without pupils blinking stupidly at the dazzling light of the surface world. Its tendrils flayed madly as it roared, the bulbous tendril held out of reach convulsed and spikes shot out of it.

Three colonists were speared through their torsos, two soldiers were eviscerated on two of its tendrils, a third was speared through the abodomen, lifted bodily off the ground and tossed unceremoniously into the creature's maw, the teeth rotated in circular rythms reducing the screaming man to a sprouting fountain of blood in seconds.

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Today, 10:29 AM
Post: #64
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
So, kill it now and accept some losses here and now, or attempt to kill it now? "Aim for it's eyes and fall back!" Seemed like the only squishy points were it's eyes and the tendrils anyway. Harvey attempted to move and climb up a pile of ruins or up a wall and start carefully picking off shots at it's eyes from his pistol.

“One day you wake up and realize the world can be conquered.” - Doctor Impossible
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Today, 12:07 PM
Post: #65
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Rovyn sheathes his swords and draws his guns, then runs over to his group.

"Min! You all right? We need to find this thing's weakness!"

He takes a few pot-shots at the beast but is more concerned with getting himself and his crew out of reach of its tentacles.

The one, the only, Vancho!
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