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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04-21-2018, 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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04-22-2018, 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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04-22-2018, 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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04-22-2018, 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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04-22-2018, 09:36 AM (This post was last modified: 04-22-2018 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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04-22-2018, 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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04-22-2018, 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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04-23-2018, 02:28 AM
Post: #66
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Harvey's group followed his example and got to higher ground amongst the ruins, taking potshots at the things eyes, a few landed on target, bursting two of the things eyes into a mess of gore as it exploded outward. Harvey's shots damaged a third, largest eye, causing the eye to convulse and burst, the creature screamed, thrashing its tendrils everywhere. Its remaining eyes focused on Harvey as it turned to face his position, firing spikes out of its bulbous tendril, but not hitting anyone with any effect.

Rovyn manages a lucky shot on a fourth eye, blinding it but not destroying it, but manages to help pick up Min and move his group back from the furious beast's assault.

The beast's tendrils flailed furiously but blinding, only killing one Colonists with its sweeps. The bulbous tendril kept firing more spikes but without any guidance, they were mostly harmless as they pierced and clatter amidst the fallen stonework. The soldiers, while disoriented and scattered, nonetheless surrounded the beast and trained their weapons on it. While many shots harmless pinged off of rocky scales, most hit home and a fusillade of over thirty rifles tore holes in the beast's flesh, eliciting another ear splitting peel as the beast trembled and screamed. Blood now flowing from numerous wounds amidst its rocky scales.

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04-23-2018, 08:55 AM (This post was last modified: 04-23-2018 08:56 AM by Demonsul.)
Post: #67
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
"What an incredible creature!" exclaimed Twinesworth, furiously taking notes. "Marvellous! Simply fantastic! If a predator like this could exist and sustain itself, what could it possibly be eating? I have no words, no words! I say, if this is but a taste of what this new world has to offer, I fear I could never bring myself to leave!"
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04-23-2018, 10:15 AM
Post: #68
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Harvey hurled himself away behind the ruins he'd climbed up, to dodge away from the shooting spikes, because if he got hit by one of those then he was losing something. After that, he ran around with his sword drawn in his off hand again. Okay, he ran up to the beast and began picking off careful shots and nicking tentacles as they passed with his sword, keeping his distance away from doing any real damage. He just wanted to attempt to lead this thing away from the other forces for when it went into it's death throes.

“One day you wake up and realize the world can be conquered.” - Doctor Impossible
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04-23-2018, 01:27 PM
Post: #69
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
"You can marvel about it after it's dead!"

Rovyn aims his guns and fires for where the creature's scales have already been pierced. He's certainly not getting close to that thing again, not when it's flailing in a blind rage.

The one, the only, Vancho!
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04-24-2018, 01:41 AM
Post: #70
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Harvey's careful approach using the uneven terrain to best hide from the sweeping attacks proved remarkably effective, landing more direct hits on the oozing orifices that were once the creature's eyes, the bullets landing deep within the creature. Shielding himself from the sweeping attacks using the rubble, he got a few choices strikes on the seeping tentacles with his off hand sword. Nothing powerful enough to disable them but it kept the creature bleeding and enraged in its blindness. His crew kept their distance and shot at the creature and doing a fair amount of damage, what shots that didn't rebound off of rocky scales.

Rovyn's careful aiming at where the creature was already wounded was effective, and then, suddenly with one shot the creature's side exploded outwards in a gush of blood and multicoloured fluid that looked hissed and ate away at whatever it touched. A few soldiers got skited with it but fortunately only jackets and helmets were lost to it as the soldiers quickly abandoned the corroding gear. The creature reeled from the wound, whatever organ Rovyn had pierced had been important and the creature's interior organs seemed resistant to its own acids, oddly enough. The creature stumbled on the four diamond studded protrusions beneath it as it fought to keep its balance, its arms slowing in their swings, the bulbous tendril swaying wildly but producing no more spikes.

The soldiers unleash a syncronised, withering fussilade into the creature, plumes of blood erupting from the softer flesh of the creature as dozens of bullets hit home, many of the colonists went at the creature's now failing limbs with axes and shovel blades, carving out bloody wounds on the creature's many limbs.

It swayed one way once, then another, before finally, with a whimpering squeal, it fell over onto the rubble, its tendrils flailing weakly before falling to the ground, limp. The creature let out a few more pitiful whines as it bleed out, before finally falling still and silent, forevermore.

Everyone cheered.

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04-24-2018, 01:51 AM
Post: #71
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
"Silence!" Yelled Harvey shooting his pistol into the air for emphasis. "We can celebrate when we're away from this place. Gather your gear and help the wounded. If this thing nicked you with anything, see a medic and clean out the wound immediately."

He looked to Rovyn and Twinesworth. "I move that we retreat back to base camp and return with more military preparation. We don't know if this is even the only one of these things, let alone if there is anything worse. What I saw before this thing stuck was above ground. We've lost about a dozen already and used much ammo."

“One day you wake up and realize the world can be conquered.” - Doctor Impossible
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04-24-2018, 01:27 PM
Post: #72
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Rovyn looks at the beast.

"I think we should at least get what we can out of the corpse, in case we encounter one of these again. We have to do better - unless we know its weaknesses, next time we'll be in the same boat. And I don't think we can afford to bleed soldiers like this."

He gathers his team to start (carefully) assessing the creature's armor, as well as any weak points in its anatomy.

The one, the only, Vancho!
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04-25-2018, 02:12 AM
Post: #73
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
The creature's armour only appeared to be stone but when pryed off with a knife, appeared to be multiple layers of some chitinous material. The shape of each 'scale' wasn't random either, but the creature, when compressed, the scales meshed together to create a single hard surface. Above ground the creature evidently couldn't maintain the unified shell but presumably when compacted and travelling underground, the pressures involved forced the shell together. Bullets could damage the scales but in the end it was the same as shooting multiple layers of thin steel, you could dent it but that would be about the height of it. The flesh of the creature was evidently vulnerable to shot and blade, as were its many tendrils, which had sparse chitinous scaling, evidently used as powerful muscles to help with locomotion and prey capturing. The eyes were obvious weak points as were the bottom of the creature beneath its four 'legs', which contained something that looked like it spurted raw rock burning acid, as was the mouth on the 'top' of the creature's body, were the maw seemed incapable of fully closing and exposed the creature's interior, one well placed grenade would have easily felled it. Though weak, both these points would be hard to attack if they fought such creatures head on as they had done in this instance.

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04-25-2018, 05:57 AM
Post: #74
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
"Jolly good! Keep breaking it down!" shouted Twinesworth to the colonists as he picked his way across the rubble towards the others. "We need the whole thing in transportable state, so we can reconstruct it when we return it back to the colony! Our good men of science will no doubt be eager to thoroughly investigate every inch of this beast! Those armour-plates it has look very durable indeed," he continued, talking aloud as he admired the corpse of the monster, "I wonder what predators here pose such a magnificent specimen such a threat as to necessitate evolving them?" He gave Harvey a good-natured elbow nudge. "No doubt something we're eager to find, hm? Now, who last saw my umbrella?"
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04-25-2018, 08:31 AM
Post: #75
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
"Nngh." Harvey grunted. He could do with less nightmarish beasts. "Maybe you dropped it when the beast appeared." He made a horrid bird face at the dissection going on. "I'm going to keep an eye out to make sure the fight and it's death cries didn't attract attention."

"But next time I call out for danger we should just get out of here." Harvey walked off to take a watchful position again.

“One day you wake up and realize the world can be conquered.” - Doctor Impossible
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04-25-2018, 08:44 AM (This post was last modified: 04-25-2018 08:50 AM by Galloglasses.)
Post: #76
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Harvey climbed high up in the ruins and kept a careful watch out for anymore creatures.

After some time, he noticed the noise of bridsong and insect activity picked up again, the noise of the forest slowly returned to normal. The same strange not-bird silhouettes still fluttered around the tower in the distance, apparently unconcerned with the commotion. The city was still, he did not spot anything unusual pass by.

The colonists went to work, happily tearing apart the creature that caused them so much woe, the injured were seen to by Iasi, Min Ju and the others, the herbal remedies she made coming in very useful in disinfecting wounds and making poultices.

Having the creature sectioned and being made ready for transport back to basecamp took hours. The diamonds on its leg proved to be the real deal and colonists and soldiers alike began happily taking at least one fist sized diamond apiece before turning the rest over to the bosses. These jewels would fare a pretty penny with the merchant ships when they return with supplies.

[Gained 50 Diamonds, worth 5000 gold apiece]

The sun was setting, it would be likely that they would be forced to spend one night on the edge of the city ruins before heading back. But when morning came, the watches would report no disturbances and no one was horribly murdered in the night. Twinseworth had his umbrella returned to him, an adventurous colonist had found it where it had been tossed in the chaos and gave it back.

Return to Base?

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04-25-2018, 08:57 AM (This post was last modified: 04-25-2018 08:58 AM by Demonsul.)
Post: #77
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
"Excellent work, everyone!" said Twinesworth, now once again clutching his umbrella in the morning light. "Let us head back to the colony post-haste! We have a great deal of news to share!"
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04-25-2018, 04:20 PM
Post: #78
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
"Make sure to get the artifacts, and be careful with them."

Rovyn sighs, but he doesn't want to stay without a larger military presence so he reluctantly agrees to go back to the colony.

The one, the only, Vancho!
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04-27-2018, 08:04 AM
Post: #79
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
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