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@  wonko the sane? : (07 March 2021 - 04:53 PM)

Or californians being stupid... you know. Either or.

@  ▲ndrusi : (07 March 2021 - 04:00 PM)

Cars without drivers? It must be the Autobots!

@  tigerhawk : (07 March 2021 - 01:41 PM)

With self driving cars we can now say: "There's no drivers in those cars! must be them Oregon robot invaders!"

@  Rycochet : (05 March 2021 - 02:33 PM)

Better than my techniqueccutting off the outside world entirely and curling up in bed for months, barely eating or doing anything but sleep.

@  electricidad : (05 March 2021 - 09:03 AM)

WandaVision's message: Dealing with grief? Curl up with a good book.

@  tigerhawk : (05 March 2021 - 06:21 AM)

There's more S.cots in Appalachia then Scotland.

@  Stepwise : (04 March 2021 - 09:07 PM)

Wonko - I'm really sorry - I've been in that spot where everything is falling apart at the same time.

@  wonko the sane? : (04 March 2021 - 04:49 PM)

a minivan which NOW sounds like it's on it's last legs. Christ, why is everything breaking now?!?!?

@  wonko the sane? : (04 March 2021 - 02:45 PM)

He's willing, but it's our parents minivan, and I'm half the labour.

@  TM2-Megatron : (04 March 2021 - 02:34 PM)

Like anything; if they're willing to haul it away it's theirs.

@  wonko the sane? : (04 March 2021 - 12:44 PM)

And now my brother wants the old fridge, so instead of letting the delivery folk deal with it, I need to move it.

@  NovaSaber : (04 March 2021 - 11:53 AM)

I take objection to the idea that public health is "politics" just because some politicians don't listen to the experts.

@  fourteenwings : (04 March 2021 - 10:59 AM)

I was only replying to the general sentiment of the last three posts before mine.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (04 March 2021 - 10:58 AM)

The person you replied to specifically gave the example of "limiting the amount of people in a facility".

@  NotVeryKnightly : (04 March 2021 - 10:58 AM)

This wasn't about "lock[ing] everyone in the country down".

@  fourteenwings : (04 March 2021 - 10:57 AM)

All I'm saying is there are lockdown and anti-lockdown people and hashing it out in the shoutbox on a toy forum is dumb.

@  fourteenwings : (04 March 2021 - 10:56 AM)

You don't have to lock everyone in the country down to mitigate risks in one population.

@  fourteenwings : (04 March 2021 - 10:56 AM)

Of course older people have it worse, but America is one of those countries where people ship their old people to homes far away from the action anyways.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (04 March 2021 - 10:55 AM)

What ar you even trying to say, anyway? That we shouldn't complain about others increasing the danger more than necessary?

@  fourteenwings : (04 March 2021 - 10:55 AM)

Frankly, there's a lot to say on this issue that can't be encompassed on the shoutbox and I really really don't want to have to deal with politics every single time I check the forums.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (04 March 2021 - 10:54 AM)

To claim that this is about the people in the 20-40 range is also disingenuous.

@  fourteenwings : (04 March 2021 - 10:53 AM)

Essential workers and such are pretty fit on average which is an extra boon for them.

@  fourteenwings : (04 March 2021 - 10:51 AM)

It's not really a personal choice issue, it's a risk versus well, anything you want to do issue. Literally leaving the house results in potential exposure, mask or no. Overall, most of us who hang out here are 20-40, and our survival rate is comparable with some pretty out there statistics.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (04 March 2021 - 10:39 AM)

Anybody who has to go out because of work or groceries or whatever can't just choose to avoid any potential disease-spreaders, for one thing.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (04 March 2021 - 10:38 AM)

Kind of disingenuous to frame this as just a personal choice issue.

@  fourteenwings : (04 March 2021 - 10:22 AM)

This whole "I can't handle people not me having the choice to not put on masks" thing's a bit much.

@  -LittleAutob... : (04 March 2021 - 09:14 AM)

Hey, Florida is one of the most infected states, and we won't even shut down. We may use masks, but restaurants, clubs, you name it, those are still wide open. Also, what's limiting the amount of people in a facility again? :p

@  Steevy Maximus : (03 March 2021 - 08:57 PM)

Oklahoma is right there, apparently. Dang bible belt. Nice people, but not the smartest cookies I've seen.

@  Hg Dragon : (03 March 2021 - 08:52 PM)

Don't worry! COME TO TEXAS WHERE OUR IDIOT GOVENOR DECALRED THE STATE 100% OPEN AND ENDED THE MASK MANDATE!!!

@  TM2-Megatron : (03 March 2021 - 04:21 PM)

Beyond just the not even being able to walk into most stores

@  wonko the sane? : (03 March 2021 - 04:21 PM)

No kidding, but right now: unless it's physically on the shelf in front of you: there's no clear idea when it'll be available. And that goes for just about everything.

@  TM2-Megatron : (03 March 2021 - 04:18 PM)

I've heard new appliances are hard to get, for some reason

@  wonko the sane? : (03 March 2021 - 04:13 PM)

And the new one we settled on is backlogged up to two months. Even better.

@  TM2-Megatron : (03 March 2021 - 11:59 AM)

I mean, it's not all bad. Disney's releasing Speed remastered on 4K

@  wonko the sane? : (03 March 2021 - 08:48 AM)

And now the fridge has died. So far 2021 has been WONDERFUL.

@  Hg Dragon : (01 March 2021 - 08:49 PM)

I'm upset I can't "Like" a shout...

@  TheMightyMol... : (28 February 2021 - 09:39 AM)

The US election? *rimshot*

@  Paladin : (28 February 2021 - 09:19 AM)

WHICH 2016 clown panic?

@  NotVeryKnightly : (28 February 2021 - 07:22 AM)

Didn't that come right after the 2016 clown panic? No way to make clowns not disturbing at the time, surely.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (28 February 2021 - 04:26 AM)

The clown guise is supposed to lure kids in, it's no good if it looks sus in one glance.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (28 February 2021 - 04:15 AM)

The new one tries too hard to be unsettling from the start. Curry's look is just a plain old clown, until he very much is not.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (28 February 2021 - 04:14 AM)

And Curry has a far more disturbing look at times than the newbie.

@  Sabrblade : (28 February 2021 - 02:22 AM)

And the original was a showcase of Tim Curry's delightfulness as an actor. 'Nuff said.

@  unluckiness : (27 February 2021 - 10:19 PM)

first one was a decent horror flick but the second was a mess plotwise and even the scares were worse

@  tigerhawk : (27 February 2021 - 04:57 PM)

Never understood the hype for the IT movies, too many floppy zombie chases, They're not in the least unsettling.

@  Maruten : (25 February 2021 - 06:00 PM)

It's better than the last one!

@  Steevy Maximus : (25 February 2021 - 11:30 AM)

The new Wizards of the Coast logo looks stupid

@  Steevy Maximus : (25 February 2021 - 11:29 AM)

It's really rather shocking watching the Investor Day presentation and seeing how much Hasbro actually owns now.

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 February 2021 - 10:26 AM)

If everyone had COMMON SENSE, then things would maybe go a little better-

@  repowers : (24 February 2021 - 05:33 PM)

If everyone would just have the exact same opinions as me then we wouldn't have this problem


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Posted 21 April 2018 - 11:40 PM

It had only been a day and a half since the battle with Cupid Thunder but it felt like agonizing weeks. With Patch, Tijuego, and EB all gone for different reasons, Henry decided to join the group for at least until their friends were found.

After the stroke of noon, Kage made a journey to the library. But he wasn't looking for a librarian. Rather, he was hoping he could find some sort of answers about magic to try to make sense of things.
 
 
Meanwhile, Dee had been sent to Merchant Javier's. It would have been a wonderful experience due to the pleasant weather and the colorful crowds but recent events cast a bit of a shadow over this supply run. She knew that this was in preparation for their next journey and she was assisting in a capacity that EB usually did...but couldn't in his absence. Furthermore, Cher had been silent since the encounter. However, she didn't have to make the visit alone as she did have Night Cap with her as she got the last few groceries...
 
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Posted 21 April 2018 - 11:51 PM

Using both hands to gather the supplies she was planning to purchase, Dee had her small friend Night Cap sitting in the large pocket on the front of her Overalls. 

 

"Do you see anything you'd like for yourself?" Dee asks, quietly leaning her face forward-toward his tiny furry ear. "There's a little left out of the moneys Kage supplied me with, and I have some of my own besides... think of it as a thank you for coming with me today... you're a sweetheart."  She adds, twisting a lock of hair behind her ear as it falls in front of her eye because of the movement.  



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Posted 22 April 2018 - 11:40 AM

Feeling more tired than he could remember feeling in a long time, Kage entered the Library and sighed. He’d been on edge since they had gotten back from Besseltrade. Worrying, training, tidying, trying to keep EBs garden clear. The Omega Knights patrol had continued throughout the night, as Kage wanted the Knights presence to be felt. He wanted New Londokyork to know he was there but, more importantly, he wanted to send a messege to the underworld: I Am The Night! I Am Always Watching!

As he stood there and looked around, the only sign of this heightened stress, was the fact that he had a lot more stubble around his goatee than usual and a few more shadows under his eyes.

Even this place doesn’t feel right.
What did you expect? She isn’t here.


The proverbial dust had barely dettled on recent events and yet there was no time to stop and tale stock. No time to properly process. SAVAGE and its designs, the Adapters and whatever their mechanical intelligences required. Both were dangers for sure. However, both were dangers that Kage could understand, more or less.

Not so for YPNR. Not so for... whatever Patch had been manipulated into becoming. The former seemed bound and determined to capture, corrupt, neutralise or simply murder any magic users they could find. As well as long teem goals he could not fathom. The latter... wanted to ‘Fix the World’. And, based on what ‘Dark Patch’ had stated before she (quite literally) flew of. The bug witchs twisting of Patchs desire for good, wasn’t going to be pretty.

He and his friends needed a plan. They needed information. Which is why he was here, striding between the bookshelves in search of what remained of the history magic, the uses of magic, Defences against magic, the history of those who hunted magic. Anything thatmight help them save her...!

With a sharp intake of breath, Kage tried to calm himself.

He was also hopeful (but not optimistic) about trying to sneak off and search the innards of the Library for where Patch might have stored the more complex (and dangerous) magic books.

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 07:45 PM

Another day, or night. Whichever it technically is. The nightmare continues. He's not sure how long it's been, in total. It's already felt like ages. So far from home. So far from any of his kind. Trapped. Helpless. Unable to wake up.

It still beats going to work in the morning.

Today's mission is a grocery run. He's here to tag along for the ride and spend not his money.

"Since we travel a lot, let's find some snacks. Does this world have salted fish?"

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 08:08 PM

"Sweet Sir Night Cap, had only I known you enjoy such things... I could have brought barrels full with me when I returned south." Dee sets her jaw and scritches his ear. "Fore now a hunger for it has awoken in my middurds as well, hope valued friend that we find a share plentiful for us both, lest our return trip be waylayed by a shortcut to the ocean."  



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Posted 23 April 2018 - 10:47 PM

Night Cap understands... most of that.

 

Before he can get too dizzy to concentrate, he looks around to see if he can spot any salted fish, or some other snack that's just as good.

 

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 10:25 PM

Night Cap spots what he's seeking and it seems like it might be on sale at the moment.

 
The books Kage was finding were quite simple in terms of information. Perhaps better things were hidden or maybe he had the right sources but didn't see the answers just yet due to the stress.
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Posted 25 April 2018 - 12:07 PM

One and a half days and not a moment spared. 
 
Within hours of Patch’s departure, Beathra had, himself left, disappearing into the woods leaving no discernable trace to track. Only a hastily written note appearing on Kage’s door later that day explained that he would return when the time was right.
 
From there he traveled up and down the roads and byways between the Old Publishing District and Burban.  In the Besseltrade, he was spotted speaking to locals and merchants, questioning them about anything unusual in the area. On the road he could be seen, seemingly waiting and watching, though, as a rule, never far from the woods. Numerous innkeepers remembered the green-clad man, generous with coin and eager for news and a handful of travelers returned home, telling of the cloaked figure with a voice like thunder who saved them from highwaymen or wild animals, appearing from the trees and then vanishing again as quickly.
 
And now, on the outskirts of the Old Publishing District, Beathra once more appeared.  The air had shifted, the wind sang of news and a change in tides and the leaves murmured that the time was right.
 
He was needed.

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 06:00 PM

Dropping another book onto the growing pile atop the table in front of him, Kage sat back and growled in frustration. Then looked around to make sure he was still (mostly) apart from anybody else and would therefore not disturb them.

“No good,” he muttered in barely a whisper. “These books are all too general, too basic. Either that or i’m just not in the right frame off mind.

‘sigh’

Hmm...”

Reaching up to rub his chin, Kage tried to calm himself and focus. Not an easy task. He wanted to be out there searching for her, he wanted to be out there searching for a way to get through to her. A way to break that putrid demons hold on..,!

For jives sake, get a grip on yourself!
I am! I want—!
—No!
What?
No.
We need to—!
No, you don’t.
But i—!
Shut, up!
...
Thank you. Now then. Nobody needs, or wants, a half-cocked Omega Knight running around in a blind fury because he’s thinking with a heart he never knew he had!
I—
—cannot and will not deny me. I know you, little man. You were a shadow until a few months ago.
...yes.
Right then. Now. Calm dow and start THINKING! Remember, the Poet...Beathra...said in his note, that he would return. You can’t compare notes with him if you have nothing to show.
‘Sigh’


Pulling out his RadioComm, Kage took a steadying breath and spoke softly.

“Oracle, does Arsenic Grey still have the Comm i gave her? If so, could you try and reach her. Ask if she can meet with me, i need a mage to talk to.

Also, is Friday available!”

As he waited for a response, Kage started to slowly scan around the Library to see where most of the staff were. He hoped to maybe catch an opening that could let him slip into the back corridors of the Library unnoticed. Kage also ran what info he could glean from the books through his head again, only this time he was more specific in his thinking. He tried to figure out if any book had, even if only in passing, referenced the darker magics. Or beings like Moscareina.

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Posted 26 April 2018 - 08:05 PM

Kage didn't spot any particular places where he could slip away but he did remember one book mentioned transformations in passing. It was very much an editorial instead of something directly instructional but it mentioned legends of werewolves and vampire thralls. Sometimes they could be changed back. Other times, the only course of action was to put them out of their misery.

Just then, Oracle chimed in with, "Where would you like for her to meet you?" Following that, Friday materialized. "Hello Kage. You were in need of my assistance?"

 
As Dee and Night Cap continued shopping, they heard a commotion a few aisles over.
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Posted 26 April 2018 - 10:39 PM

Night Cap faces a sudden dilemma. He has his eyes on the prize, but he can also hear some sort of commotion, and has a vague feeling that it might be important.

"I think I see some salted fish over there."

He points to the fish.

It wasn't much of a dilemma.

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Posted 27 April 2018 - 09:37 AM

Rubbing his face with his left hand, Kage jumped mental tracks as his new lead (however thin) slightly changed his thinking.

“Hmm. Would she be open to meeting me at the Library? This is about searching for dark magics and a solution to Patchs ‘condition’. Otherwise... How about asking if i could either drop by her home, or she drops in on mine. Please tell her i’m asking nicely and that this is important.

Thanks Oracle.”

Flipping his RadioComm closed, Kage returned it to his belt and turned.

“Hello Friday,” he said with a faint smile. Then gestured to the untidy pile of books in front of him.

“I’ve been trying to find any information about light magic, dark magic, magical defences, or magical solutions to the kind of arcane transformations and thralldom Patch has fallen too.

And the best i can find, is this.” Pulling up the open book, he showed Friday the brief and only indirectly relevant editorial references.

“Do any of your files contain any useful notes? Do you know of any other leads i could follow?

Also...,” and here he hesitated a little. “I want you to help my... get into the Librarys backrooms. I know from talking with Patch that she removed and collected the more, shall we say, ‘dangerous’ magic books to store away from the public. I’m fairly certain that they’re still in the building, as i have a hunch she lived, as well as worked, here. Please, help me find it.”


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Posted 29 April 2018 - 07:24 PM

"Don't make this difficult lady."
"Leave me alone! I-I'll use this!"
"Yeah right, like you'd be able to..."

Dee and Night Cap heard something hit the floor and then they felt it. Moreover, the feeling was horrifyingly familiar to Dee as she could feel Cher snap to attention in response. The entire area began to transform as walls and shelves turned into fungal entities. The ground was unevenly soggy and the ceiling lights became glowing mushrooms. Vermin rushed about and an unsettling stench filled the air. The windows gave off an overpowering scent of vinegar as the glass in them started melting.

Perhaps the worst was that some of the shelves began to develop toothy maws and seemed to be moving. Screams of terror could be heard throughout the store.

 
Beathra was making a steady pace into the city when suddenly he was struck by an all too familiar feeling like a piano pushed out of a window. Somewhere in the direction of the coast, the machinations of the demon were in play...

 
Friday was a bit more transparent than usual and flickering slightly. However, she replied to Kage with an apologetic, "I'm sorry. My original protocols dictated that I not store nor translate magical information in order to avoid corruption." Just then, Kage's RadioComm signaled and Oracle calmly said, "Some sort of catastrophe seems to be unfolding at Merchant Javier's. The caller has only given the police a description of 'place gone crazy' as screams can be heard in the background. It sounds like it may be a situation requiring your unique talents."
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Posted 29 April 2018 - 08:01 PM

The magical rumbling caught Beathra in mid stride and he twisted sharply to face the sensation, cloak flaring about him.  Narrowing his eyes, he spoke softly.

 

"So breaks the silence and the fractured bells of mayhem toll their discordnant chime. Once more the carnyx cries for war with fife and drum in military time."

 

Here he broke into a run, dodging down alleys and 'round all that lay before him, ever pressing toward that which called, heeding little danger and ever wearing grim determination upon his face as he went.


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Posted 30 April 2018 - 05:57 AM

As he saw the odd flicker in his digital friend, Kage reached out a hand towards her.

“Friday, are you alri—!”

Only to be cut short by Oracles alert.

“That’s where Lady Destron and Night went to shop. Not good. Not good at all.

Right, I’m on my way Oracle.”

Standing, his pile of books forgotten, Kage turned to dash towards the exit and the waiting Impossible. Then called back.

“Friday, come with me!”

Leaping into his car, Kage flicked the ignition and The Impossible ‘Whooosshed’ off. The loudest noise heard being only the squealing of tires.

I’ll change on the way.


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Posted 01 May 2018 - 02:45 AM

"Blessed Salt.. the fish will keep - a familiar power stirs."  Dee moves in the direction of the source of the disruption... 



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Posted 02 May 2018 - 09:00 PM

Moving a few aisles over, Dee and Night Cap saw an old woman recoiling in fear from something and trying to back away. However, they also saw three goons, possibly from SAVAGE, who were also backing away in terror but in the opposite direction so that they were backing towards the princess.

 
Meanwhile, the Omega Knight and Beathra raced towards the coast in their own ways. Luckily, many people were presumably at work so the streets were moderately clear at the moment.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 09:36 PM

Beathra picked his path efficiently, dodging 'round carts, skipping over ditches and slipping through crowds.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 10:24 PM

Night Cap can do little yet as he's currently riding in a pocket. But it's obvious this is going to be a fight and he must do something to help.

 

"Rawr."

 

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 10:54 PM

"Step aside villains, whatever evil you have unleashed must be stopped..."  Dee says as she tries to move past the oddly fleeing goons "...lest you wish to face these hooves of doom!" She adds after looking down and seeing her friend's eagerness for Battle. 


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