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[F09 - PP - Shield & Beat] «The Gatekeeper of Fire»

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Swapping Gear:

-Stinging Nettle [THN 2, ENV 1]
+Seeking Aura [LD 3]

"I mean, there's no sense in being out here if we're not pushing ourselves," Shield said, quirking an eyebrow. "If you think you can keep up on one of those big ol' scary dungeons, then I'd say we can make something happen. It's just..." He rolled his shoulders and stretched his neck. "My back is killing me from having to carry this team." With that, he put an extra hitch in his step and took off at a jog back towards the main settlement. The trip back was easy work compared to the trip up, having Horus to navigate and the path remaining fresh in their minds, the journey was done in half the time. From there, it was straight to the teleportation plaza and up to Tomoika.

Shield was back on his home turf. He had spent so much time grinding on the twenty first floor that it was difficult to find passages that he hadn't explored before. Now though, thanks to the statues he and Beat had unlocked from their most recent quest chain Shield's scouting prowess had increased ever so slightly. However, at the upper echelons of that skill tree, each new bonus put you onto practically a new tier. Thing that might have only been accessible to the most skilled and specialized of scouts were now closer to Shield's grasp.

He took the rope bridge to the mines and began to navigate towards the tunnels that would take them deeper into the mines than he usually went. These were the passages where players reported getting lost, or having passages change on them. The crystals and fungi that were the floor's natural light were less of the cool blues and purples of the floor proper, taking on greys and reds and oranges. The tunnels were narrower and had tighter turns, giving the whole area a more sinister and foreboding sense, not to mention cramped. "This is where things are going to start to get interesting."

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Consuming Lucky Joe (+3 LD) [ID#81077] LD: 10

Consuming Yum Rum Cake (+2 Dmg/(-15 MIT) [ID#75962] Dmg: 23 Mit: 3

 

 

Beat smirked as he slapped Shield on the back, "With how much of the lifting I've been doing, I'm surprised that little bit hurts your back. Guess you really are getting old." His hand moved through the air and a small piece of rum cake appeared in his hand with a fork in the other, "Well, if we're farming, I'm buffing." He said, giving Horus a small bite which evoked a small coo from the normally testy falcon. The torched here really did seem like they had almost been forgotten by programmers who never came by to re-light them. It added to the danger of the upper floors, which really made one think, "Can you imagine what floor fifty is going to be like?" 

How many of us will live to see that though?

He finished his rum cake and summoned his menus again, This time a small cup of coffee on a dish appeared. The aroma was a nice contrast to the stale air of the caves they were walking through, "Man, can I plan a snack or what?" he said, smacking his lips as the flavor of the coffee complemented the rum cake to make a culinary experience that he had come to deeply enjoy. 

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Consuming Lucky Roast Duckling (+1 LD) [ID#76746]
Adding housing kitchen bonus +1 -> +2 LD

"Well," Shield said, looking for something good to grasp onto in the sentiment of that speculation. "We're going to be a lot stronger by then. Hopefully that will help at least to some extent..." That wasn't a complete answer. Of course their strength would be better, but if the twenty fifth floor was anything to judge by, the next rung up that ladder of ascending quarters would be even more hellish.

Shield searched through their inventory, diving into Beat's collection of food buffs. "What on earth did you organize all of this by? Which celebrity they most resemble?" He pulled out a lesser loot buff, looking over the tiny roast bird and shaking his head before putting it down the hatch as quickly as he could. He knew it was just a digital piece of data, but it didn't feel right enjoying such a young morsel as that. He made a face and shook it off. "Keep your eyes open. This area is pretty unpredictable."

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out of combat for 2/2 rounds. Energy replenished. 

Searching for Chest: ID# 150775: LD: 9 + 10 = 19 = Chest found!

Beat raised an eyebrow as he continued to look around, "Well, it was organized by buff, but I keep neglecting to go back and reorganize when I take things out or put things in." he said, shrugging as he continued to watch their flank. A few minutes passed through the winding tunnels before the passageway seemed to open up into a much wider hall way. In the middle of the path, in plain sight with properly lit torches surrounding it was a glimmering chest. Beat rolled his eyes as he pointed to the alluring box in their way, "Oh man, Shield. How lucky are we? I wonder who left this here?" His words dripped with sarcasm as he amused himself with his own satire. 

The enemy is either well hidden or hasn't spawned yet. 

"I'll keep a look out, you do your thing chest inspector." He said, pointing down the hallway, sending Horus down to check as he kept an eye out closer to Shield. Beat's demeanor took on a more serious note as the danger presented by the monsters on this floor gave him pause. He wasn't about to underestimate an enemy to their demise. 

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Opening Chest - ID# 150778 results: Loot: 11+7=18

  • [16-20] = (Floor * 150) Col, (8) materials, perfect armor/shield, (2) rare consumables

Loot Total:
Col: 3,150
Materials: 8
Perfect Armor/Shields: [
150778a]
Rare Consumables: [150778b] [150778c]

Shield made the decision that it was best to work quickly to avoid being still working as whatever it was showed up. He stepped closer, inspecting for signs of traps, before kneeling down, taking out a golden key and holding it in front of the lock. It dissolved into glittering, golden dust to the sound of clinking metal. The lid cracked open, and a display menu appeared showing the chest's contents.

"Not bad," he said, quickly choosing the option to collect all of the contents. "Found an unidentified armor I'll need to ID. Who knows what could come of that? Tell you what. If we find weapons, anything with Absolute Accuracy I'll let you look at. Anything with Vampiric on it is something I'll hold onto." He stood and dusted himself off, hot-footing his way back over to Beat so that they wouldn't get separated in the midst of whatever commotion opening the chest might have caused. "Look lively. We'll see what happens."

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Passive [+1 EN] Battle Healing [+24 HP

Action: Weeping Moon + Charge vs Stone Soldier 1-4 | -12 EN

[H:3] Beat | HP: 1160/1225 | EN: 108/120 | MIT: 3 | DMG 23 | Absolute ACC: 7 | EVA: 0 | BH: 24 | Conc (0/3) | QChange (0/3)
[H:7] Shield: HP: 1813/1850 | EN: 149/176 | DMG: 2 | EVA: -1 | MIT: 181 | BH:92 | HB: 48 | THN: 69 | ENV: 18/4

Stone Soldier 1 | HP: 636/888 | DMG: 264 | ID#150786: BD: 1 + 7 - 1 = 7 = Hit | 28 x 9 = 252

Stone Soldier 2 | HP: 636/888 | DMG: 264 | ID#150787: BD: 4 + 7 - 1 = 10 = Hit | 28 x 9 = 252

Stone Soldier 3 | HP: 591/888 | DMG: 264 | ID#150788: BD: 9 + 7 - 1 = 15 = Minor Crit | 33 x 9 = 297 + 24 bleed/rnd 2/2

Stone Soldier 4 | HP: 636/888 | DMG: 264 | ID#150789: BD: 1 + 7 - 1 = 7 = Hit | 28 x 9 = 252

Horus returned silently, retaking his usual perch, an indication that he had not found anything. As the seconds went by, Beat's nerves grew more and more tense.

Okay, so then where a-

Before Beat could finish his thought, a tremor vibrated the cavern around them and, moments later, four stone warriors pulled themselves out of the walls and charged the two players. "Ah, so I guess the walls do have eyes." Beat said with a smirk as he charged towards the center and charged his spear with energy. He leaped into the air and made a full circle spin, releasing his lunar sword art, a pale yellow wave of energy infused with a red aura racing outward from his spear. The wave quickly crashed into each warrior, sending them into the wall indentations they had just emerged from and leaving a large gash in one of them. "Alright, I bought you some time to grab aggro, it's all you Shield!" he said, happy with the result from his attack.

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Passive [N/A]

Action: Howl [-9 EN]

[H:1/1/2/1] Beat | HP: 1160/1225 | EN: 120/120 | MIT: 3 | DMG 23 | Absolute ACC: 7 | EVA: 0 | BH: 24 | Conc (0/3) | QChange (0/3)
[H:4/4/4/4] Shield: HP: 1601/1850 | EN: 167/176 | DMG: 2 | EVA: -1 | MIT: 181 | BH:92 | HB: 48 | THN: 69 | ENV: 18/4

Stone Soldier 1 | HP: 621/880 | DMG: 264 | - ID# 150804 results: MOB: 8+1=9 - Hit! 264-181=83 dmg [FLA - 15 dmg]
Stone Soldier 2 | HP: 621/880 | DMG: 264 | - ID# 150805 results: MOB: 5+1=6 - Hit! 264-181=83 dmg [FLA - 15 dmg]
Stone Soldier 3 | HP: 567/880 | DMG: 264 | [24 bleed/1]ID# 150806 results: MOB: 2+1=3 - Miss
Stone Soldier 4 | HP: 621/880 | DMG: 264 | - ID# 150807 results: MOB: 6+1=7 - Hit! 264-181=83 dmg [FLA - 15 dmg]

Shield leaped back from the empty chest just as it shattered, its stamina depleted from the depletion of its contents - it no longer served a purpose. Shield filled his lungs and doubled over, aiming his voice at the ground, sending a tremor through the stone. "HEY, ROCKS-FOR-BRAINS! WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOCUSING ON THE SMALL FRY WHEN YOU GOT A NICE BIG PIECE OF STEAK AND POTATOES OVER HERE TO TENDERIZE!?"

The stony creatures looked confused at first, glancing blankly back and forth at one another before bearing their weapons and charging at Shield. The foes were armed with an assortment of weapons, brandishing each as they lined up their attacks. They hacked and slashed at Shield, looking for purchase on him anywhere they could with their stone-make weapons. He managed to deflect one of their attacks entirely, but the others still managed to land a hit.

No sense in giving up hits so readily if I don't have my defensive damage up.

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Passive [+1 EN] Battle Healing [+24 HP

Action: Weeping Moon vs Stone Soldier 1-4 | -12 EN

[H:2/2/4/3] Beat | HP: 1184/1225 | EN: 97/120 | MIT: 3 | DMG 23 | Absolute ACC: 7 | EVA: 0 | BH: 24 | Conc (0/3) | QChange (0/3)
[H:4/4/4/4] Shield: HP: 1601/1850 | EN: 167/176 | DMG: 2 | EVA: -1 | MIT: 181 | BH:92 | HB: 48 | THN: 69 | ENV: 18/4

Stone Soldier 1 | HP: 414/880 | DMG: 264 | - ID# 150868: BD: 6 + 7 = 13 = Hit | 23 x 9 = 207
Stone Soldier 2 | HP: 414/880 | DMG: 264 | - ID# 150869: BD: 7 + 7 = 14 = Hit | 23 x 9 = 207
Stone Soldier 3 | HP: 315/880 | DMG: 264 |   ID# 150870: BD: 9 + 7 = 16 = Minor Crit | 28 x 9 = 252 [24 bleed/2]
Stone Soldier 4 | HP: 360/880 | DMG: 264 | - ID# 150871: BD: 10 + 7 = 17 = Major Crit | 29 x 9 = 261 [24 bleed/2]

"Gotta love the aggro system. ALL RIGHT GRANITE HEADS TIME FOR ANOTHER TASTE!" He shouted as he spear filled with energy once again. Beat charged the group surrounding Shield, releasing his sword art in his partner's face, the wave splashing harmlessly and crashing right into the four soldiers, "Weeping Moon!" Two of the earthen soldiers were forced backwards, though managed to stay on their feet, while one of them toppled over with a large chunk of its torso now missing. The fourth soldier was far less fortunate. The wave caught it from the side, cleaving through its arm and cutting into its body as it was tossed into the wall once again. 

That was a good one!

Beat grinned at the one who had lost its arm, "Oooh tough break! Maybe next time just let us have the treasure yeah?" The young player was feeling himself in this battle, his timing and execution seemed to be sharper than they had been in the Cerberus fight. IT was a satisfying feeling to say the least. 

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Passive [+1 EN] Battle Healing [+92 HP] Holy Blessing [+48 HP]

Action: Howl [-9 EN]

[H:2/2/4/3] Beat | HP: 1184/1225 | EN: 97/120 | MIT: 3 | DMG 23 | Absolute ACC: 7 | EVA: 0 | BH: 24 | Conc (0/3) | QChange (0/3)
[H:8/8/8/8] Shield: HP: 1575/1850 | EN: 158/176 | DMG: 2 | EVA: -1 | MIT: 181 | BH:92 | HB: 48 | THN: 15

Stone Soldier 1 | HP: 399/880 | DMG: 264 | - ID# 150915 results: MOB: 7+1=8 - Hit! 264-181=83 dmg [FLA - 15 dmg]
Stone Soldier 2 | HP: 414/880 | DMG: 264 | - ID# 150916 results: MOB: 2+1=3 - Miss
Stone Soldier 3 | HP: 276/880 | DMG: 264 | [24 bleed/1] ID# 150917 results: MOB: 7+1=8 - Hit! 264-181=83 dmg [FLA - 15 dmg]
Stone Soldier 4 | HP: 336/880 | DMG: 264 | [24 bleed/1] ID# 150918 results: MOB: 3+1=4 - Miss

"Big problem with that suggestion," Shield said, rolling his eyes as some of the warriors seemed to be spending a little bit too much time focusing on Beat's movements. "IT IMPLIES THERE WILL BE A NEXT TIME!" His sound swept over the stone figures. Immediately, the few stray faces snapped back to Shield and as a group, the answered those words with violence.

This time, their composure was beginning to show signs of crumbling. Two of them managed to connect, each taking a minute amount of damage from the flames of his shield. The others seemed to be having a hard time getting their attacks to find a good target. One of them whiffed altogether, while the other swung his stone sword only to have it bounce harmlessly off of the Manticore Mask. "It looks like something has started to rattle them a little. I couldn't exactly say what though. What do you think, Beat?"

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Passive [+1 EN] Battle Healing [+24 HP]

Action: Weeping Moon vs Stone Soldier 1-4 | -12 EN

[H:2/2/4/3] Beat | HP: 1208/1225 | EN: 86/120 | MIT: 3 | DMG 23 | Absolute ACC: 7 | EVA: 0 | BH: 24 | Conc (0/3) | QChange (0/3)
[H:8/8/8/8] Shield: HP: 1575/1850 | EN: 158/176 | DMG: 2 | EVA: -1 | MIT: 181 | BH:92 | HB: 48 | THN: 15

Stone Soldier 1 | HP: 138/880 | DMG: 264 | - ID# 151127: BD: 10 + 7 = Major Crit | 29 x 9 = 261 [24 bleed/2]
Stone Soldier 2 | HP: 207/880 | DMG: 264 | - ID# 151128: BD: 4 + 7 = HIt | 23 x 9 =  207
Stone Soldier 3 | HP: 15/880 | DMG: 264 | [24 bleed/2] ID# 151129: BD: 10 + 7 = Major Crit | 29 x 9 = 261 [24 bleed/2]
Stone Soldier 4 | HP: 129/880 | DMG: 264 | [24 bleed/1] ID# 151130: BD: 3 + 7 = HIt | 23 x 9 =  207

Beat smiled as he prepared his lunar sword art once again, "Well, the moon is quite a force to be reckoned with. I would want to deal with it." The pale yellow light from his spear outshone the now dimming torches in the cavern, giving the soldier's pause as Beat wound up for his attack, "Oh, by all means, defend yourself, but we all know how well that's been working for ya."

"Weeping Moon!" 

With a spin of his spear, the ring of energy materialized and expanded to the walls of the cave, crashing into the soldiers once again. This time cleaving half of the torso off of the weakest soldier while taking the sword arm off of another. With where their health was, this would be over with Beat's next attack. "Alright Shield, I think that one is going to drop before he can attack," He said, pointing to the soldier who was attempting to figure out how to walk with half of his body missing, "and the rest are done in one more attack."

 

 

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Passive [+1 EN] Battle Healing [+92 HP] Holy Blessing [+48 HP]

Action: Energize > Beat [-10 EN]

[H:4/3/6/4] Beat | HP: 1208/1225 | EN: 94/120 | MIT: 3 | DMG 23 | Absolute ACC: 7 | EVA: 0 | BH: 24 | Conc (0/3) | QChange (0/3)
[H:8/8/8/8] Shield: HP: 1549/1850 | EN: 149/176 | DMG: 2 | EVA: -1 | MIT: 181 | BH:92 | HB: 48 | THN: 15

Stone Soldier 1 | HP: 99/880 | DMG: 264 | [24 bleed/1] ID# 151227 results: MOB: 7+1=8 - Hit! 264-181=83 dmg [FLA - 15 dmg]
Stone Soldier 2 | HP: 207/880 | DMG: 264 | - ID# 151228 results: MOB: 3+1=4 - Miss
Stone Soldier 3 | HP: 0/880 | DMG: 264 | [24 bleed/1]
Stone Soldier 4 | HP: 90/880 | DMG: 264 | [24 bleed/0] - ID# 151229 results: MOB: 7+1=8 - Hit! 264-181=83 dmg [FLA - 15 dmg]

Hit points were becoming scarce among the attacking mobs, several of them already bleeding. That meant that now it was time to start thinking about upcoming fights. As long as they were smart, they wouldn't need to stop right away. He drew out his sword and swung it wide, holding it out and focusing on the point where little wisps of pale blue light began to swirl together into a ball. In a moment, his skill was complete, and he tossed the ball of energy over to his companion. "Let's keep you topped off. No need to slow down any time soon," he said with a smirk.

The stone warriors were back on their feet now after Beat's last attack. From the look of its depleting health bar though, Shield reckoned one of them wouldn't be in a moment. They charged, their stone steps crashing against the tunnel floor, echoing like an avalanche. Soon, the one who was lowest in health lost his last few hit points and burst, showering his allies as they laid into Shield with their weapons. Two of them struck, both of which were burned by his defenses. "Think you can finish them off? I reckon they're about done."

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Passive [+1 EN] Battle Healing [+24HP]

Action: Weeping Moon vs Stone Soldier 1,2,&4 | -11 EN

[H:4/3/6/4] Beat | HP: 1225/1225 | EN: 84/120 | MIT: 3 | DMG 23 | Absolute ACC: 7 | EVA: 0 | BH: 24 | Conc (0/3) | QChange (0/3)
[H:8/8/8/8] Shield: HP: 1549/1850 | EN: 149/176 | DMG: 2 | EVA: -1 | MIT: 181 | BH:92 | HB: 48 | THN: 15

Stone Soldier 1 | HP: 0/880 | DMG: 264 |  ID# 151387: BD: 8 + 7 = hit | 23 x 9 = 207
Stone Soldier 2 | HP: 0/880 | DMG: 264 | -ID# 151388: BD: 9 + 7 = hit | 28 x 9 = 252
Stone Soldier 3 | HP: 0/880 | DMG: 264 |
Stone Soldier 4 | HP: 0/880 | DMG: 264 |  ID# 151389: BD: 10 + 7 = hit | 29 x 9 = 261

Loot: 

ID# 151390: LD: 10 + 10 = 20 CD: 10 = 6160 col and 1 T3 Perfect Weapon
ID# 151391: LD: 9 + 10 = 19 CD: 2 = 2640 col, 1 T3 Perfect Consumable and 1 T3 Rare Trinket 
ID# 151392: LD: 2 + 10 = 12 CD: 11 = 4400 col and 1 T3 Rare Armor/Shield
ID# 151393: LD: 20 + 10 = 30 CD: 12 = 2640 col and 1 F21 Intermediate dungeon map

Beat's eyes gave the group of now three soldiers a quick scan. One of the soldiers was just inside his kill range, by his estimate, but the others would have no chance to survive, they had made their time, "Oh yeah, they're donezo. It''ll be over in a flash!" Beat's spear glowed menacingly as the stone soldiers took a step back, afraid of what they knew was coming. Beat spun again, releasing the lunar wave of energy that cleaved clean through the remaining three monsters with ease. Each one fell and burst into a shower of red pixels as the reward screen came up. 

"Well, not a bad first haul. Got another map, which is never a bad thing." He remarked, stashing the loot into their party bag to be divided up later. IT felt good to be getting real loot for defeating mobs again. "Alright mister tank, let's see if we can find our own dungeon around here. I think I have a map of one not too far from here if we don't have any luck."

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Searching for Dungeon - ID# 151407 results: Loot: 18+11=29 - Advanced Dungeon

Loot Total:
Col: 18,990
Materials: 8
Perfect Armor/Shields: [
150778a]
Rare Armor/Shields: [
151392]
Perfect Weapons: [151390]
Rare Trinket [151391b]
Perfect Consumables: [151391a]

Rare Consumables: [150778b] [150778c]
Intermediate Dungeon Map: [
151393]

"I've looked over the map we found before," Shield said, gesturing towards the tunnel that continued down deeper into the unsteady underbellies of the floor's mines. "I believe it leads us down that way. However," he said, stepping closer to the passage, "I believe there is more to the story than just that." He slowly walked the span of the entrance, looking along the arching tunnel mouth from one wall, up along the ceiling, back down the other wall. "Now let's see if..." his foot felt along the floor, until he felt something catch. With a swift motion, he stepped down and leaped back as the floor where he had been standing dropped away.

The entire segment of hall sloped downward, the floor beyond disappearing past the ceiling of the moving section. "This portion is like a switch track on a railroad. The ground floor is the easy dungeon, the one on the map. The basement floor," he said, nodding down to another path that slowly slid into view, lining up with the mouth of the passage that had angled down to meet it. "That is the trap dungeon. It's meant to trap players who aren't being cautious. The monsters are much meaner. The loot, however, is going to be much nicer." He looked to Beat, already knowing his answer to the unasked question.

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Passive: +1 EN 

85/120

 

Beat's face lit up as soon Shield mentioned the danger of the trap dungeon. There were several areas of the game he had seen that seemed to lay the more difficult dungeons and encounters as a sort of trap. You had to stumble into them or actively search them out to find them, but it was always worth the effort. The experience a loot drops gained from dungeons was how he and Shield had gotten as strong as they had so quickly in the beginning. 

"Well, you know I love a decent challenge and the loot is a nice incentive for sure. Trap dungeon is my vote." He said, figuring he knew that Shield, despite his practical and cautious nature, would choose the same. The older player was certainly not ignorant of how tough he truly was and with a solid dps like Beat, the time to complete the dungeon would be no issue. 

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