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Topic: Forum Games: Forum Games / [RP] Emblems of Fate [MAIN GAME] [SIGNUPS ALWAYS OPEN]


The next few seconds were a flurry of data. One of the melee creatures backed off, the other one was violently eviscerated by the dark beam of energy fired by the one in the back which, just as planned, failed to deal any significant amount of damage to Alice. Then, almost immediately afterwards, the one in the back threw a hurried attack in Alice’s general direction, a panicked attack which would likely be followed by more panicked attacks.

[First and foremost, Alice dives out of the way of the projectile as best as possible.]

[Then, she conjures up a (nother) thick wall of ice.]

[Banking on the fact that the vine monster will likely consider this an attempt to protect Alice and therefore try to break the wall down, Alice hurls herself over the wall, leaving most of her mass behind, trying to land as close to the vine monster as possible (ideally right on top if it).]

[Once there, Alice engages it in melee combat, doing her best to cut it to ribbons with as many blades as possible.]

Randall Zhao

The fight unfolding in front of me was quite a spectacle. Everything unfolded so quickly; before I knew it, one of the disgusting, writhing creatures of plant-matter was torn apart by an attack by one of its own allies. The kid said something, although I didn’t hear it. I couldn’t say whether it was because there was too much noise around me or because I was so absorbed in the surreal clash unfolding before me.

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Topic: Forum Games: Forum Games / [RP] Emblems of Fate [MAIN GAME] [SIGNUPS ALWAYS OPEN]


The battle raged on, the facts continued to present themselves. The creature in the back had nearly finished charging whatever potentially devastating attack it had been. Alice could not get through the two in the front, for they had formed a tight mesh of vines which would have unfortunate consequences if her core were to pass through it. The best course of action would be to avoid the ranged attack while isolating the two melee attackers so Alice and the other one could deal with them.

[Alice creates the largest, thickest sheet of ice possible on such short notice: partially to block or weaken the magical bolt, partially to obfuscate vision by the ranged attacker, and partially to separate the melee attackers from their friend.]

[As soon as the wall is in place, Alice shifts her core to the ground and, with some of her body, attempts to create blocks of ice around the two melee-adversaries’ feet, freezing them to the ground, so that the slime will have an easier shot.]

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Topic: Forum Games: Forum Games / [RP] Emblems of Fate [MAIN GAME] [SIGNUPS ALWAYS OPEN]


The creature of viney tendril reaches to intercept Alice, surely enough. Of course, this would be of little use against a creature such as herself. One of liquid. Slippery, hard to grasp, and harder to stop.

[Alice melts her armor and attempts to shift her core out of harm’s way.]

[Then, she cuts at her would-be-captors in whatever ways necessary to open up a path to the one in the back, with the help of Erubutters.]

[Once the opening arises, if the opening arises, Alice charges at the one in the back and disrupts its attack in whatever way seems most appropriate while simultaneously forming a magically reinforced sheet of ice to protect her core, in case the attack goes off.]

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Topic: Forum Games: Forum Games / [RP] Emblems of Fate [MAIN GAME] [SIGNUPS ALWAYS OPEN]

[Lay Dungeon with lay knob]


Alice, the slime, and two humans found themselves in a reasonably sized clearing surrounded by incredibly dense foliage. The air was thick with moisture and various other unsavory vapors. The ground was nearly wet enough for the four figures to sink into the ground.

Then, three figures of plantlike material emerge. Two of them moved in, as though to engage in melee combat, while the third stayed back, apparently channeling some sort of projectile attack.

“Humans, stay back. I’ll take the one in the back, you deal with the other two, for now.”

[Alice manifests what equates to a suit of armor made from ice, with two arms and two legs and gaps for movement, with blade-like appendages as opposed to forearms and hands.]

[Then she charges at the one in the back.]

[Knob has his own post which he hasn’t written yet.]

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Topic: Forum Games: Forum Games / [RP] Emblems of Fate [MAIN GAME] [SIGNUPS ALWAYS OPEN]

[Cue Lay Dungeon with Lay Knob.]

Randall Zhao

I woke up in a hotel room. Or at least, that’s what I’d have thought if I didn’t remember everything else. After stumbling out of bed and making myself something that resembled presentable, I shambled out of my room towards where I seemed to remember a cafeteria being.

The empty, grasping feeling in the pit of my stomach told me that, like an idiot, I’d completely neglected to eat anything since I woke up in this strange place.

I took a seat off to the side at a reasonably sized table with a touchscreen monitor on it prompting me to select a food. After overcoming the somewhat confusing idea that I could order literally any food and then basking in the glory of that fact for a bit, I ended up with a plate of risotto and some cream of mushroom soup in front of me.

After taking a hesitant bite to make sure it actually tasted like real food, I dug in and was interrupted by the sound of what would have qualified as quite the disturbing sound. I looked up, paused to swallow my food, and said, “Can I help you?” to the slimy creature who had that teenager in tow behind her.

“The answer to that should be obvious.”

I thought about saying something back, but returned to eating my food, instead. After finishing another several bites of somehow real-tasting food, I decided to respond, if simply out of the uncanny feeling that I was having holes bored into the back of my head. “I suppose you want us to go conquer a dungeon or something.”

The kid slides off, presumably to get food. “No, I’m just here for the good of my health. Maybe I’ll ask you out to dinner while I’m at it.”

“Happily married here, I think I’ll pass.”

“Rejected? I suppose I won’t have to wait on you eating dinner, at least.” I actually smiled, exchanging wits was something familiar for me to latch onto in such an unfamiliar setting.

For lack of a proper response, though, I returned to my food. After finishing it, the slime says, “Now that you’re finished… Where are we going?”

“Dungeon, I guess.”

“Which one?”

“I dunno, probably one with a water element, assuming I’m understanding how all this works correctly.”

You most likely are.

You’re awfully quiet, aren’t you?

We headed off towards what was presumably the teleporter room to do glorious battle or some-such.


[Bland postas.]

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Topic: Forum Games: Forum Games / [RP] Emblems of Fate [MAIN GAME] [SIGNUPS ALWAYS OPEN]

[Pre-Time Skip. This is in the evening. I have lots of important stuffs that need covering in this post.]

Randall Zhao

After watching the battle, everybody seemed to wander off — some in groups, others not — towards the bedrooms which, our captor-hosts explained, we would be staying in for 3 out of 10 days, indefinitely. I followed suit.

I entered into what could pass off for a perfectly ordinary hotel room with all of the conveniences of an ordinary hotel, save for a few things extra: like a somewhat advanced-looking computer rig which, based on previous observations such as the anachronistic virtual-reality helmets, would probably be more than anything us muggles could produce.

He mentioned earlier that it would probably be prudent to take a look at the official rules involving battles and whatnot, so I decided to boot it up and see what was up. The first strange thing I noticed was that it prompted me to select an operating system to boot on. The list included every version of windows ever, a laundry list of Macintosh OS’s, and at least two-dozen builds of Linux.

After selecting Windows 7, which booted straight to a desktop, I was shocked to discover a small icon in the lower right hand corner signifying an internet connection. I forgot about learning whatever arbitrary rules were in place on arena battles. If the internet actually worked, although I suspected it wouldn’t… My wife. Lauren.

It did. What sort of kidnappers worth their bits gave their captives functional internet access?

The kind with continent-shattering power.
She was right, of course, but I wasn’t concerned about that, I had bigger fish to fry.

Even more surprising than the apparent internet access was that skype was… already installed.

Where are you?                                                               7:13 AM
This isn't funny!
...                                                                          7:14 AM
Well, you're clearly not online.                                             7:15 AM
You better tell me what's up as soon as you get internet
again, though.

Lauren was on. My heart skipped a beat or three. It sounds cheesy, but I’d like to see any sane man kidnapped out of the blue, have his definition of reality shattered, and then react calmly upon realizing that he could talk to his wife without a gun pointed at the back of his head.

Hey, I'm here.                                                               1:32 AM
There's a lot to explain, but I have time.
Things are crazy right now.                                                  1:33 AM

So, over the next two hours, I explained it to her; I explained how I woke up in an unfamiliar setting, how magic was real, how I now had the power to wield it, how some mysterious captors with nigh-godlike powers probably had some crazy plan for us. Above all though, I took the opportunity to tell her how much I loved her. Even through a computer screen and who-knows-how-many miles, the opportunity meant a lot to me. Things were uncertain right now, I might wake up tomorrow to the literal rapture. If magic was real, who knew what else was?

I slept like a baby that night. Things were crazy and uncertain, but at least I got to tell my wife what was happening before descending into the uncertainty of another day.

[Unfinished text is unfinished, testing some formatting stuffs.]

[Dammit, hexacode doesn’t work in here, I can’t change the colour to skype blue. Lameee]

[Or any color, apparently.]

[Busy now, will finish post… eventually. It’s gonna be a long one, with flashbacks and such.]

[Done. Will do flashbacks and such at a later time.]

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Topic: Forum Games: Forum Games / The General Thread

Testing a thing, looking for a formatting dealie in textile.

is it…

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Topic: Forum Games: Forum Games / [RP] Emblems of Fate [SIGNUPS AND DISCUSSION] [ALWAYS OPEN]

I had about a 7 month overlap with you, before you left, although I don’t much remember you.

Which could be either a good or a bad thing for you, because I can’t remember if I like you or not.

EDIT: NVM. Apparently you posted ~2 years ago, but didn’t say much of import, which might explain why I don’t remember you.

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Topic: Forum Games: Forum Games / [RP] Emblems of Fate [SIGNUPS AND DISCUSSION] [ALWAYS OPEN]

Holy what, this is the first time you’ve posted in nearly 2 years. Huh.

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Topic: Forum Games: Forum Games / [RP] Emblems of Fate [SIGNUPS AND DISCUSSION] [ALWAYS OPEN]

Hey guys, I’m not in charge here or anything, but I DO know how to write dialogue better than through the forum. So you guys should do this thing because I would appreciate it, and you’ll be writing better.

So, just to explain, when people talk to one another in real life, they tend to keep their parts short. Typically, one person’s line is under eight words long, and even a lengthy bit of humor (Like, say, a quip about somebody’s mother) won’t surpass twenty.

For reference, that above paragraph was FORTY-SIX words long. People don’t talk in paragraphs, and they don’t always use good grammar!

Now, I’m not saying to spam the forum with a bunch of seven word posts, that would be horrible and I would not read your dialogue.

So, what you do is you go here (or make a private pad, if you’re scared of people griefing your post) and plan out what each person in the conversation will say beforehand. Then, each of you runs off on your own and writes a post around it from their own perspective.

This method will allow you to write dialogue which is both good and non-spammy, qualities which are difficult to attain simultaneously when you’re going back and forth on the forum.

Cheers, happy writing.

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Topic: Forum Games: Forum Games / [RP] Emblems of Fate [MAIN GAME] [SIGNUPS ALWAYS OPEN]

[Ah, an excuse to not to respond. Yey]

Randall Zhao

Just as more people started to gather around, as though to strike up conversation, Telerius announces, “And so we have our first arena battle.”

Cynthia motioned for everybody to move towards a room, explaining that we would all be able to watch the duel through some VR helmets. Apparently, their arsenal of magical powers included having technology which wouldn’t be fully developed for years.

[And then Randall watched the show, wishing for a bag of popcorn and a soft-drink.]

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[Interacting with that Knoob guy.]

Randall Zhao

Some weirdo’s talking, walking fetish approached me and crossed her arms, followed by a teenager almost as ordinary looking as Alice had, in human form.

“Can I help you?” I said.

“Most likely.” Her voice sounded like she was talking through a mouthful of water. To be expected, really.

“And how would I go about doing that?”

“This… Telerius mentioned teamwork. I’m here to form a team.”

“You sure are good at this interaction thing, aren’t you?” I’m a jerk sometimes.

“Clearly. I can tell we’ll be the best of friends.”

“And what about that guy behind you?”

“Not important.”

The kid showed up, at this point, but he kind of just stood there. He reached to scratch the back of his head, not saying anything.

“Well kid? What about you?”

“I uh… I have nothing to do with this.”

“Clearly, you do.”

“No really, this was her idea.”

“See? He’s just my human.” She said it so matter-of-factly, it caught me a little off guard.

“What a horrible thing to say.”

But it’s true! Alice’s voice. I didn’t know how to respond to that.

“More to the point. We’re going to have to fight. I was watching earlier, and you fought ‘me’, yes?” I didn’t do much of the fighting.

“Well, Alice did. I was plotting the downfall of civilization.”

“Don’t worry, I don’t expect the human half to be useful.” So. Blunt.

“Hey now, that’s not a very nice thing to say.” I’m sure she already knew that.

“I don’t care. So. Are you willing to work together?”

Are you?

I don’t see why not.

“She is, I’m more concerned with getting home.”

“I doubt you’ll be able to unless Telerius lets you. Your only option is to play ball, I think.” It was true, unfortunately.

“So I’ve noticed. Not much more to say, really.”

The slime let out a deep, gurgly chuckle. “Don’t worry, you’ll be safe in my hands.”

“Hey now, you didn’t even let me buy you dinner yet. Plus I’m married.” I can be very clever sometimes. Or, at least, I’d like to think that I can.

“I assure you, I wouldn’t be using my hands for that. But I’m sure that would be too much for you; you’d simply melt away.” She smiled a smile that would give children nightmares. It would give me nightmares. So sue me.

“That is positively horrifying.” Her smile widened. It was… unnerving, to say the least.

[Huzzah, we wrote dialogue!]

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Randall Zhao

I woke with a start, in an unfamiliar setting ripped-. No, I remembered then. The creature of shadows, the laser, the floor.

The room seems to be in no state of disrepair, however. It was as good as new, as though the battle that had happened earlier had never actually occurred. Then, two figures emerged from a flash of purple light: Cynthia and Telerius, my captors and the captors of those around me, too.

Telerius’s voice, “I appreciate your efforts…”

And so the twelve figures in the center stood, waiting for somebody to challenge them.

Don’t. Alice’s voice.

She was right, of course. A mere shadow of one of them had taken on Alice and all of the other new entities by itself, and fared pretty well. Victory was astronomically improbable, even I knew this.

So I waited.

[Busy right now.]

[Eventually I will start writing interesting things.]

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Topic: Forum Games: Forum Games / [RP] Emblems of Fate [MAIN GAME] [SIGNUPS ALWAYS OPEN]


Sure enough, the creature ran out of options, and presumably out of energy. In what was likely a last ditch attempt at bringing another down with it, it charged with all the menace of a thousand angry dogs at a slime, who had successfully done nothing the entire fight. Too far for Alice to react, she simply observed as some of the other entities piled onto the shadowy being. Then, with one last unearthly scream, the creature exploded into a cloud of dark mist. Some of the others emerged sputtering from the cloud.

And that was the end of the fight, with only one fatality. All things considered, that went about as well as could be reasonably hoped.

[Bleh, dryness.]

[Nothing interesting to say, really.]

[Writing for fights is hard.]

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[Deleted by imperial decree.]

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One of Alice’s allies fell. It wasn’t a slow overwhelming, either. Just out of the blue, when things seemed to be going so well, a tremendous stream of darkness erupted with such unholy violence that the air itself seemed to tremble. And just like that, it was gone. Vaporized. Returned, presumably, to its masters’ soul.

She could see it charging another blast. She could sense the dark power coalescing with all of its predatory might. Not getting hit by that thing was priority number one. Surely it couldn’t keep up this level of destructive power for much longer. Surely.


[Not much interesting to do, honestly. “Oh, channel magic at it, yey.”]

[Oh well, maybe it’ll fall over at some point.]

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Magic coalesces into a fine mist of sheer cold and water. With some effort, Alice hurls it at the shadowy figure floating in the middle of the room.

At the same time, a flurry of other projectiles and attacks reach it and… it gets hit by everything. Then it exploded in a small burst of darkness, erasing the energies which clung to it, allowing it to move freely once more. Its movements became quicker and more erratic. It began charging a what would likely soon be a beam of pure death, at about the same time.

The creature was on its last ropes. If it was capable of this type of vigor all along, then it would have started off moving this quickly. All Alice and the other entities had to do was stay out of the way until the thing tired itself out: then victory would be come swiftly and assuredly.

[Alice starts strafing around it as quickly and unpredictably as mathematically possible. She’s doing her very best to stay out of the way of whatever devastating attack it was preparing, and will continue doing so until the creature is either tired or shows no sign of becoming tired.]

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Topic: Forum Games: Forum Games / [RP] Emblems of Fate [SIGNUPS AND DISCUSSION] [ALWAYS OPEN]

Wait what? They fixed fountain-hooking?

Trash game 0/10.

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The flurry of information assaulting Alice’s mind vanishes almost as quickly as it appeared upon getting out of the way. Then it turns its attention to an odd, metallic creature somewhere nearby.

The creature continues disregarding Alice, apparently considering her a non-threat. It was largely intangible, but a flurry of small particles infused with magical energy could probably do significant damage. With an opening like this, Alice would be a fool not to take her best shot.

[Alice stops moving and begins channeling a powerful attack. Although Alice prefers melee combat, attempting to engage it like that again would likely be ill-advised. She attempts to pull as much moisture out of the air as possible and conjure more to fill in the gaps, creating a storm of minuscule ice particles infused with magicks, then push it at the entity. Rather than a narrow projectile, Alice is attempting to hit it with the widest attack possible to make fully getting out of the way as difficult as possible.]

[She is also aware of the possibility of the shadow shifting its attention back to her upon seeing her channel this attack and is ready to dive out of the way as quickly as possible should this occur.]

[I’m sleeping, now.]

[I’ll be back in about 7 hours for one post, then I’ll be gone for another 9 hours for school.]


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Agony. Pain was no object for Alice, but this equated to psychic assault. The physical damage dealt was not crippling, and Alice knew this, but that couldn’t stop the barrage of sensation which assaulted her normally sterile perception of reality. This wasn’t her body’s reaction to damage, this was the damage.

A wall would be woefully ineffective with so many beams pointed at her, escape was the only prudent option.

[Alice attempts to hurl herself out of the way, as much to clear her perception of such impurities as pain as to escape the actual threat of temporary evaporation.]

[After escaping the immediate threat, Alice will do her best to evade further damage by bobbing, weaving, sliding, whatever. If she notices that she is no longer a target, she will stop to do the suggested logical thing and assault the shadow with a wave of pure cold.]

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Surely enough, it displays devastating power, shooting a beam of dense, black energy which tears through the wall at incredible pace. That, however, was all Alice needed to know. Taking hits was not in her best interests.

The creature was too nimble to reliably hit any ranged attack. Options were limited. Even the best remaining option was not entirely wise.

[As Sherlock Holmes once was paraphrased by me, “When the impossible has been eliminated: whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”]

[Likewise, when the impossible has been eliminated: whatever remains, however improbable, must be the best decision.]

[Alice charges at the entity, keeping an eye on its tentacles and doing her best to stay out of the line of fire. When in range, she tries to cut at its torso with blade-like appendages.]

Randall Zhao

I’d been able to stay out of the way of the combat up until then, but this was too much. The flurry of black beams had just begun when a searing, creeping, throbbing pain appeared in my chest.

The last thing I remember was the ground flying up at my face, along with a lurching feeling in my stomach.

[Randall K.O.’d]

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Topic: Forum Games: Forum Games / [RP] Emblems of Fate [MAIN GAME] [SIGNUPS ALWAYS OPEN]

[That’s more my speed!]

[It is literally Slenderman.]


Just as Alice tore into the shadowy tank, all of the shadows suddenly ceased movement. They dissolved into sinuous strands of darkness which flowed towards the center of the room, coalescing into a grotesque, thin figure with which any present humans would immediately draw parallels to Slenderman.

This was clearly supposed to be a conclusion to the battle, a final push. Therefore, it would be a much more sizable threat than the group of shadows before. As it formed, Alice immediately started conjuring the largest, thickest wall of ice possible. She didn’t know what it was capable yet, and she didn’t want to be vulnerable when she did.

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The enemy lines are falling apart, the battle is almost done with. So much for a challenge, the enemies were clearly pale imitations of the real things, although not much more could really be expected, really.

The shadow of that tank from earlier was shelling a comrade with explosives. It was immobile, undefended, and distracted; the perfect target.

[Alice charges at Shadow Therean, trying to get behind it (away from the gun) so that she can have the longest period of free attacks, then begins to stab and cut it with as many blade-like appendages as quickly as possible.]

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[7 minutes to write this post before I have to go to school.]



The defensive shell had formed without incident and that irritating black sludge had been removed from her core when suddenly the world shattered.

Fortunately, the tank that did it seemed to be preoccupied with other matters at the moment and had not been able to do significant damage to the core. Effectively, Alice was safe and the plan had gone off without a hitch.

[Alice, having realized that the shadows are relatively fragile and would not require direct attention, fires a TUTORIALCOUGH shoots a water-propelled icicle at Shadow Alison.]

[School now, be back in 10 hours.]

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Obviously he has to distribute it to other people entitled to such money, as well. But I’d estimate he has at least 1 billion dollars to his name right now, without any shadow of a doubt.