Dragon Scale, Moss: Night (Archive Repost)

Cursed with an evil blade, Knight Almelchaya Al Elazuul sets out to be freed of it in the company of other individuals bearing with their own demons.
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Thrighan looked back to see his comrades had come to see the fight. They wouldn't interfere, in fact, most of them were looking forward to seeing Thrighan either prove his skill for all his bragging, or get his ass handed to him by a woman.

Aroal began to circle Thrighan, anticipating his first blow. The barbarian man turned to follow her movements, his eyes sharply observing her movements. It became aparent to him that she wasn't going to strike first. He swung his massive sword above his head, first making a show of strength. Aroal's expression didn't change. He ran at her, his blade dropped down to the side for a slash. Aroal stood her ground, but crouched slightly, ready to spring when she saw just how he was attacking.

Thrighan slashed from the side, a blow that would hit her in her center of gravity. As the swing came around, Aroal fell backwards, bending at the knee, since she couldn't get the distance she would need to jump back. She caught herself with her hands, and as he finished his swing, she pushed herself back up, making it into a crouch.

As soon as she was up again, he could swing back, she stayed low and rolled to the side, just as he began to swing down to where she had crouched. His blade slammed loudly into the cobblestone, sending sparks and chips of stone flying. Aroal was at his side though. She was on her feet quickly and spinning before he could bring his blade completely up. She only intended to hit with one blade, and she did. The axe in her right hand caught him at the waist, between his armor, and she was ready to block with the left. It was superficial to someone like him, but the first successful blow of the fight.

"Are you certain you want to fight with such a slow blade?" she asked, half-taunting and half-advising.

Thrighan hissed in response to the sting of the wound, then struck back with his elbow. Aroal anticipated it and took the blow in the chest, but fell back with it, absorbing little of the impact. She caught her own landing and used the energy to roll back to a safer distance.

The barbarian man turned, trying to ignore the wound in his side. He had no comeback for Aroal, but he was pissed.

OOC: Gonna pause there for a few more posts.
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Sara watched Aroal from inside the door. “She moves with such grace, and has no fear of such an up close confrontation. It’s as if she was dancing a dance she had practice all her life.” Sara said aloud to those near her. She then continued to gaze at what she saw as a beautiful dance.
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Al sighed and listened to the brawl happening outside the bar. There was no need to help Aroal, she was more than capable of taking out a drunkard, even if he was married to her at one time. Elainne came downstairs looking a lot cleaner. "Master Al..." She yawned. "I feel like I've been sleeping on sticks for the past week."

"You have been." Al muttered. Elainne shot him a quick glare and paused at the sound of battle.

"Is there something happening outside?" She asked.

Al nodded. "Yeah, Aroal is taking care of her business. You'd be best to stay out of it."
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Unfortunately for Aroal and Thrighan's score, the streets of Dragon Scale were not the best place to settle it. It didn't take long for someone to inform the city guard of the duel, and soon, several guardsmen were hurrying up the street.

Thrighan turned to face Aroal, but she saw the guard coming from over her shoulder. She wouldn't defy them, after all, it wasn't a good idea to fight in town. Hopefully she could convince them that she was only defending herself. Thrighan, still oblivious to the approaching guard, swung at Aroal again. She jumped back, out of the massive blade's range. Before he could swing again, the guards announced themselves.

"Hey! You there! Drop your weapons!" a guard cried out. They were six men in all. Four had their swords ready and the two others had their crossbows leveled at Thrighan.

Aroal obeyed, and dropped her axes. Thrighan, however, turned to look over his shoulder with a glare towards the guards.

"Falaris damn you," he spat. "This is between me and my wife! Let me handle my business in peace!"

"Don't call me your wife!" Aroal snapped back at Thrighan.

"I don't care who she is or what your business, we won't tolerate you fighting in our streets!" the same guard replied firmly. "Drop your weapon, or we will fire!"

Thrighan didn't reply to the order. Instead, he swung about, heaving his sword in an arch as he did. It caught one of the bowmen by surprise and tore through his chest. With a scream of shock, the guard fell back, but he managed to aim his crossbow at Thrighan and fire. The heavy bolt peirced the barbarian's leather armor at the shoulder. The other bowman fired again, his bolt, though aimed for the chest, caught Thrighan's bicep.

Aroal was shocked. She had no idea that Thrighan would lash out at the city guard. The man he hit was as good as dead unless a very skilled priestess could get to him within the minute. The arrows hadn't stopped him either. He was like a wild animal, the injuries only served to anger him further.

OOC: Gonna pause for now, I'm tired of typing.
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She wasn't going to stand by and let the guards fight him though. Aroal picked up one of her axes and dashed up behind Thrighan. She jumped on his back and wrapped her legs around his waist, then threw her arms and the axe over his head. Holding onto either end of the axe, she pressed the handle into Thrighan's throat, trying to choke him.

"Bring him down!" she cried to the guards. Thrighan's main concern became his breathing as Aroal was crushing his windpipe. The barbarian clawed at the axe, but she had wrapped herself tightly around him and had her full weight and strength on the axe.

The guards reacted quickly, recognizing the opening. They charged, intending to knock him off his feet and disarm him. With Aroal clinging to him, they couldn't run him through without potentially killing her too. The two swordsmen threw their weight into Thrighan.

However, the fight had caught the attention of others. In the spirit plane, the intense well of rage generated from Thrighan caught the attention of a Hyuri. The spirit of rage was pleased to find itself a victim and quickly spirit took ahold of Thrighan's mind. The barbarian wasn't strong enough to resist the possession, and he didn't want to fight it either. Rage consumed Thrighan's mind.

As the guards hit him, Thrighan pushed himself forward, countering their momentum. The guards were knocked flat on their backs, but Thrighan dropped his weapon in the process. He was single minded in getting Aroal off his back.

Aroal felt a chill up her spine and suddenly Thrighan's strength increased. He was snarling like a wild animal and she could feel his muscles bulging. She didn't budge though. Aroal clung to the axe as if her life depended on it. Why wasn't he going down? What she couldn't see was the sudden change in expression. Thrighan's pupils had shrank to pinpricks and his eyes had gone nearly completely white from Hyuri's possession.
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OOC: Edited my last post, so feel free to respond now. Thrighan has become a berserker. Try and stop him or run and hide.
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Sara stood still in the frantic crowd and watched in terror. Her skin crawled as her mind went quite; she feared for the crowed and her companion. Something about this man just went terribly wrong and she know they were going to have to take action.
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Myel-Elina was utterly terrified by the scene. She didn't like fighting, and that one was getting worse each instant. She had believed Aroal could win easily, but the intervention of the guards, the attack of Thrighan and finally his sudden strength and terrible look took her from excitement to terror.

I have to do something. I cannot stay here. I must help, I have to find the courage. Myel-Elina gathered the little courage left in her, and took her crossbow. Slowly, carefully, she managed to load it. She lift her weapon, trying not to tremble. Then, she aimed at Thrighan's kneel, hoping this could stop him...
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The second a Hyuri spirit came up, the wolves snapped. They lept to their feet and skidded to a stop at the door, ready to leap for the neck. But old Zylan called them back as he approached slowly. "Sense a spirit, do you?" he said to them as he came out of the door. "Mieijha," the old man barked as he pushed out to the front of the croud. Sure, he didn't expect to break the spell, but he figured he might slow it down a bit.

"Great existence all, your power I call forth. Quell the monstrous fury of the beast!" Magic energies struck towards the heart of the beserker, but it wouldn't be enough. Zylanthian knew his own power would not be enough. A sorcerer's magic could only do so much against a spirit's. But he had to keep trying. Keep casting spells! "Force of nature, rise to tear your child's heart free of this primal presence!" Another spell, this time to break possession. The spells would work without him now, so he decided to, at best, restrict him some. "Earthly forces, show your might and hold back the tide of fury!" The final spell would weigh down his body. Surely, his beserker strength could still move, but, he hoped, not as well. The spell required focus to continue, because it was the strength of his will that created physical control. The stronger his mind, the stronger he would be held back. So, Zylan gave it his all. These were all spells he used on animals, but Aroal's husband was reduced to it in some fashion, so he hoped that he would work...



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OOC: Gonna control Mieijha while Justine and Rory are away.

IC: Mieijha had been ignoring the fight for the most part, while enjoying a cup of tea. However, when Hyuri decended into Thrighan, she felt it. The elf dropped her teacup on the table and gasped. She hopped out of her seat and dashed out after Zylan.

"It's Hyuri! He's become a berserker!" she announced to all who didn't know. It was said that even the most powerful shamans could not break the hold of Hyuri, but she had to try. They were in the middle of a city!

"Leperchaun, Spirit of Confusion, decend upon this warrior!" Mieijha called quickly, and the goblin-like forms of Leperchaun appeared. They sought out Thrighan and tried to drive themselves into his mind, to break Hyuri's hold.

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"Oh shit" Scythed said when Mieijha cried out 'hyuri'. He drew his sword and ran towards Thrighan taking a swing at his ankle, hoping to sever the tendon above the heel and imobilize him
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By all rights, Thrighan should have been unconscious from Aroal's choking, but he still fought her. When she heard Mieijha's shout, she knew why she wasn't stopping. Hyuri had possessed him. He would keep fighting until his body could move no more. Starving his brain of oxygen obvious wasn't enough to stop him.

Zylan's spell to break the possession had little effect, at first. Thrighan was not fighting the possession in his mind, he fully accepted Hyuri. However, Mieijha's summon managed to loosen some of Hyuri's hold. With Zylan still focusing his spell, Hyuri's power was being pried, ever so slightly, from Thrighan's mind.

His movements slowed, but he still fought the magical bonds, snarling like a wild beast. When Scythed's blade hacked into his ankle, Thrighan faltered. Hyuri couldn't force a leg with a severed tendon to move. The barbarian fell forward. The momentum threw Aroal from his back, flipping her forward. She released one hand on her axe haft and let herself fly. She landed on her back, her armor skidding her across the cobblestone.

"We have to kill him!" one of the guards shouted. "Get reinforcements!" he ordered the other guard, who promptly ran off.

Aroal had no objections, but for some reason, her heart sank when the guard said they had to kill Thrighan. Why should she mourn his loss? He was a heartless man and a cruel husband. Never once had he showed her tenderness when she was his wife. She didn't intend to kill him when this duel began, if anything, she only wanted to humiliate him. If they wanted to kill him though, she would be the one to do it. Emotions be damned. He was a berserker, and if she shamed him, he'd only find her again. He might die with the wounds he sustained thus far.

Aroal pushed herself back on her feet. She needed a larger weapon than her axes. They didn't cut deep enough to be fatal to a berserker. She ran back to where the possession first took him, and the guard's attack disarmed him. His greatsword still laid on the ground and Aroal swooped down to pick it up. It was heavier than what she was used to, but she had wielded a greatsword before and she was a strong woman.

Meanwhile, the fall had been a shock to Hyuri, who had slipped slightly, but a primal rage from Thrighan himself allowed Hyuri to slip back into total control. The effect of the wizard and shaman's spells was broken. The berserker forced himself back up, putting his weight on his good leg. His movement was inhibited by his wounded leg, but he still moved on, this time for Scythed.

"Damn!" Mieijha spat. She saw the spirit form of hyuri on Thrighan's back clearly now, with Aroal out of the way. "I felt it almost lose it's hold!" she growled in frustration to Zylan. "I don't think he's fighting it at all."

Aroal came charging in from the side with a battlecry, Thrighan's greatsword in her hands. He was hunched over, which luckily for her, brought his head lower. She leapt up, then came back down with all her weight behind the blade, aiming for the back of his neck. With a sickly crunch, the heavy sword broke through his vertebrae and more ripped than severed the barbarian's head from his shoulders. His body crashed to the street heavily.

Aroal landed on her feet, but with such force she had to drop down to a crouch to save her knees. It...it was done. Thrighan was dead. She wasn't sure if that broke Hyuri's possession over his body, but he was dead. She stood slowly, still holding his greatsword and looked down at his body, her expression blank and unreadable.
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The death of the demon of a man finally let the wizard drop his focus and wipe the sweat from his brow. "Looks like I need to brush up on my skills.," Zylan said, scratching his head. "I should hope we never meet another of those again. That's quite a way to tell a man when you are not quite good enough at something..." In the flurry of the event, Zylan had managed to lose his cane. He didn't particularly need it to walk or stand as other old men did. It was only his eye.

The two wolves backed down and, moments later, Wolfgang had retrieved his cane as a dutiful dog might have. "Ahh... Well, don't be expecting dessert for this," the old man chided. "I've already spent too much of my savings on you..."
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"As fun as that was, i'm kinda glad it's over." Scythed said, prodding Thrighan's corpse corpse with his sword "He just wouldn't die would he?" He wiped the blood off his sword on Thrighan's clothes before returning it to it's sheath "... i need a drink." He said, and walked off towards the inn.
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Sara drooled at the site of all the blood. It took her a second and then she wiped her lips and chin. “Such power, I have never seen. Aroal I would follow you in to the depths of Kardis’ tomb and back,” Sara gasped. She had already admired Aroal but now she felt as though she walked among a goddess and would protect her at all cost. Although it was clear she didn’t need protecting.
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