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Flarrgj ignores the damage he is recieving. He ignores the healing he is getting, he ignores the ally at his side, he simply dives into the crowd of enemies in front of him with a demonic glee, massive sword flashing through them with rightius furiocity!

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7:27 Assault on the Pagoda 11-12

JIANGU! Chapter 5, Scene 7:27 Assault on the Pagoda 11-12

Gizerak heals Flarrgj as Flarrgj kills one defender and maims another, and suddenly there is no one between him and Bon Quo. Bon Quo looks up from his casting and sees Gizerak. He frowns. “Hands!” he yells, and the Captain of the Mercenaries echoes “Hand drill! Hand drill!” Fugen drops a bowl of fire on the mercenaries, but they still go about stowing their weapons and holding each other’s hands in a circle. The sentry at the southern door drops his swords and dashes up to join the circle.

Bon Quo addresses his nemesis: “Gizerak! You have arrived in time to prevent me from desecrating the temple and cutting off your contact with cursed Sha-gaat forever. I shall return to complete the destruction of this foul religion someday. Sha-gaat abandoned me in my exile, but blessed Angara Mainu restored me!”

Gizerak’s blood chills at the mention of the ancient god of evil- Angara Mainu. Angara Mainu’s name is seldom mentioned now, but his evil once reigned supreme over Sha-gaat and the other gods of the Celestial Pantheon.

“In the service of Angara Mainu did I warn Lord Aikou of the impending cleansing of the palace, and Lord Aikou rewarded me by forcing the cult of Sha-gaat to reinstate me as High Priest! I promoted the unworthy, drove away the faithful, and poisoned the reputation of the church! When I heard that you returned with the invading army, I knew that I must hasten my plans, but I could not quicken the spell of unhallowing. Rejoice not! Without the emperor’s protection, your pathetic religion stands no chance against the might of Angara Mainu!”

Meanwhile, from the east end of the outer hallway, the henchmen hear another mercenary cry “NO!” He has freed himself from the web and circled all the way around counter-clockwise to outflank the henchmen. But now he drops his bow and tries to push his way past the henchmen to join his comrades. He flings Nimdor out of the way, but he cannot reach the circle of his brothers in arms in time. They link hands together with Bon Quo, and as he says a command word, they all vanish.



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5,7:27 (1d20=7, 1d20=17, 1d20=5, 1d20=10, 1d20=19, 1d20=4, 1d20=7, 1d20=14, 1d20=5, 1d20=11, 1d20=1, 1d20=3, 1d20=7, 1d20=17, 1d20=8, 1d20=5, 1d20=16, 1d20=8, 1d20=1, 1d20=4, 1d20=14, 1d20=4, 1d20=6, 1d20=3, 1d20=19, 1d20=1, 1d20=3, 1d20=6, 1d20=1, 1d20=18)

Round 11 Cont’d
13 Kierna 155E/195N. No action
06 Nimdor 200E/235N. Hiding.

Round 12
22 Gizerak 200E/230N. 14/24 hp. Moves Heals 13 hp with scroll.
22 Flarrgj 200E/225N 22/47 hp +10 temp hp. Raging since round 5. Last round of rage. Attacks. 7+mods vs merc7. Hits for 11 pts of damage. Killed. Attacks Merc12. Hits with 17+mods. 14 pts of damage.
22 Termix 195E/230N. Double move.
20 Fugen 165E/180N (lvl 2). HP 18/24. Throws alchemist fire. Misses. Miss direction 3. Hits Merc11 for 6 pts. Merc7 & Merc12 take 1 pt each.
19 Mercenary11 190E/195N. 6 pts alchemist fire in round 12. Stows weapons. Holds hands.
19 Mercenary14 220E/200N. Stows weapons. Holds hands.
19 Mercenary12 200E/220N. Armed with swords. 14 pts from Flarrgj in round 12. 1 pt alch fire splash. Stows weapons. Holds hands.
19 Mercenary13 190E/210N. Armed with bow. Tanglefooted. Stows weapons. Holds hands.
19 Mercenary01 170E/200N. 6 pts sonic dmg, 18 pts scorch damage, and 8 pts sword dmg in round 1. Dead.
19 Mercenary02 205E/230N. 4 pts sonic dmg. Moves and bulrushes Nimdor. Nimdor AtOs. Misses with 5+mods. Dog attacks (readied action) and misses with 10+mods. Bull rush roll 19+mods vs Nimdor defense of 4+mods. Pushes Nimdor back.
19 Mercenary03 170E/205N. Took 3 pts sonic dmg. 6 pts fire damage. 8 pts from Flarrgj in round 3. KOd and Stabilizes after 1 round.
19 Mercenary04 175E/210N. 7 pts from flaming sphere in round 2. 6 pts fire damage round 3. 10 pts from Flarrgj in round 5. KOd and stabilized after 1 round
19 Mercenary06 190E/215N. 7 pts falling damage in round 5. Bow stowed, Entangled but can move. 7+mods. Can’t move.
19 Mercenary05. 175E/170N. 8 pts of falling damage in round 4. 9 pts Magic missile in round 5.. Couped de graced by Human6 in round 5. Dead.
19 Mercenary07 185E/195N. 7 pts from Merc6 landing on him in round 5. 1 pt alch fire spash. Stows weapon. Holds hands.
19 Mercenary08 195E/210N. Double move, dropping weapon.
19 Mercenary10 175E/190N. 4pts suffered from human1 in round5. 4pts from human 4 in round . 9 pts from Kierna in round 6. 5pts from Gizerak. 15 pts from Kierna in round 7. Dead.
19 Mercenary09 195E/175N. Entangled but can move. 14+mods. Moves
18 BonQuo 195E/215N. 1 pt splash damage in round 2. Moves and casts plane shift. Bon Quo and all 8 mercs disappear. Spellcraft rolls. Gizerak 5+mods. Termix 11+mods succeeds. Termix identifies the spell as "Plane Shift"
15 Human2 175E/200N. KOd with 10 pts in round5. KOd and stabilized.1 pt fire splash dmg.
15 Human3 170E/195N. KOd with 13 pts in round5. KOd and stabilized. 1 pt fire splash dmg. Stabilized
15 Human1. 6 pts sword dmg & 3 pts fire dmg in round 6. Fled.
15 Human4 170E/195N. 1 pt fire splash dmg in round 6. 10 pts from Merc2 and 5 pts from Merc10. Readies action.
15 Human5 175E/200N. 1 pt fire splash dmg in round 6.. Readies action.
15 Human6 205E/225N.
14 Halfling01 195E/230N.
14 Halflings2-4. Readied actions.



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Warding himself at the mention of Angara Mainu, Fugen is tempted to curse by the disappearence of Bon-Quo and the mercenaries. Years of practiced silence, however, still his tongue.

Making his way over to the stairs down he finds them still obstructed by th web and an unfortunate mercenary stuck in it and left behind. Standing ready, Fugen waits to see if this one will surrender now that he is alone, or try to keep fighting.

[OOC: Move, ready action to grapple Mercenary06 if he escapes the web on Fugen's side.]
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Nimdor gets his feet back under him, and he looks around sheepishly.

"Well... uh... that's not what I expected..."
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"Surrender, or you shall be scoured from the face of this planet!"

Termix speaks to the mercenary nearby, ready to blast him if he moves in a threatening manner.

<Ready action to cast magic missile targeting mercenary 2 if he moves in a hostile or threatening manner.>
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Letting out a string of curses in the halfling tongue, Gizerak berates himself for allowing Bon-Quo to escape. Warily, he begins circling the inner sanctum of the pagoda. Worried that the ritual of the foul god Angara Mainu has tainted his deity's temple, the cleric begins wiping away the marks that his former mentor placed on the four aspects of Sha-gaat.

When he realizes that Bon-quo and the mercenaries don't appear to be coming back, Gizerak quickly rounds up some of the straggling mob, setting them to work cleaning the temple and disposing of the bodies.

Not adverse to doing work, the cleric joins the others in the grim task.

Where possible, he finds his friends and heals them as best he can.
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7:28 Assault on the Pagoda Aftermath

JIANGU! Chapter 5, Scene 7:28 Assault on the Pagoda Aftermath

The remaining mercenaries are dealt with quickly. The one that tried to join the departure in vain now turns and flees. The halfling cavalier and human nearby chase him down and kill him. The followers of Sha-gaat in the outer hallway set fire to the web. This motivates the mercenary in the stairwell to break free and run up to the balcony, where Fugen grapples him into submission. The last Mercenary in the web is killed as he breaks free. The only prisoner is the mercenary that Fugen grappled, though two others who were struck down are still breathing.

Gizerak realizes that the hallowing and forbiddance spells of the pagoda were dispelled by Bon Quo. Fortunately Bon Quo was unable to finish his spell of unhallowing, which would have severed the temple's connection to Sha-gaat.

Gizerak is able to restore to health two of his human followers who were struck down. Amazingly none of his followers were killed during the assault. This is seen as a good omen, even in the midst of great tragedy.

As more worshipers of Sha-gaat arrive at the temple, the shock and dismay about the murders is repeated over and over. Bon Quo's escape is considered a victory, albeit an incomplete one. This provided some consolation to the faithful. The congregation of Sha-gaat turns to Gizerak for guidance.



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563xp each. I still have to check and see if anyone levels.

Treasure: Each mercenary had two bastard swords, a 12str composite long bow, 40 arrows, a breastplate, a jar of alchemist fire, and a potion of cure light wounds, plus some minor gems and gold (varying by rank).

What to do with the prisoners? (1 conscious, 2 unconscious)

5,7:28 (1d20=8, 1d20=1, 1d20=5, 1d20=11, 1d20=19, 1d20=20, 1d20=13, 1d20=9, 1d20=9, 1d20=1, 1d20=11, 1d20=1, 1d20=20, 1d20=12, 1d20=3, 1d20=13, 1d20=16, 1d20=9, 1d20=5, 1d20=6)

Round 12 Contd
13 Kierna 155E/195N. Readies shot(?)
06 Nimdor 200E/235N. No action.

Round 13
22 Gizerak 200E/230N. 14/24 hp.
22 Flarrgj 200E/225N 22/47 hp. Rage ends.
22 Termix 195E/230N. Readies spell.
20 Fugen 180E/215N (lvl 2). HP 18/24. Move, ready action.
19 Mercenary02 225E/210N. Withdraws, drawing AtO from riding dog. 8+mods. Miss.
19 Mercenary06 190E/215N. 7 pts falling damage in round 5. Bow stowed, Entangled but can move. 7+mods. Cant move. ROlls 1+mods to escape. Fails.
19 Mercenary09 195E/175N. Entangled but can move. 5+mods. Doesn't move.
15 Human4 170E/195N. 1 pt fire splash dmg in round 6. 10 pts from Merc2 and 5 pts from Merc10. Sets fire to web
15 Human5 175E/200N. 1 pt fire splash dmg in round 6. Sets fire to web.
15 Human6 225E/230N. Chases after merc2. Reaches him, but no action remaining.
14 Halfling01 225E/230N. Chases after Merc2. With move rate of 40, reaches him, drawing lance enroute. Attacks. 11+mods. Hits for 6 pts. Dog hits with 19+mods. 6 pts. Merc2 goes down.
14 Halflings2-4. Readied actions.

Round 14
19 Mercenary02 225E/210N. Kod and bleeding.
19 Mercenary06 190E/215N. 7 pts falling damage in round 5. Bow stowed, Rolls 20+mods to escape. Moves 15 feet. Gets out of web. Moves into range of Fugen. Fugen grapples 13+mods. Merc6 resists 9+mods. Fugen wins.
19 Mercenary09 195E/175N. Entangled but can move. 9+mods. Doesn't move.
15 Human4 170E/190N. 1 pt fire splash dmg in round 6. 10 pts from Merc2 and 5 pts from Merc10. Follows fire with readied action.
15 Human5 175E/200N. 1 pt fire splash dmg in round 6. Follows fire with readied action.
15 Human6 215E/175N. Continues around towards web.
14 Halfling01 195E/215N. Moves and attacks Merc09. Misses with 1+mods. Dog hits with 11+mods. 8 pts of damage.
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After securing the surrender of the mercenary he grappled, and relieving him of his gear, Fugen ties him up and escorts him downstairs. There, he suggests that the Temple figures take the two unconscious prisoners into their care and question them when they are well enough to answer. They can then use whatever information that the prisoners provide to help the Interim Government track down and finish off Bon-Quo and his Akiou allies for good.

The conscious prisoner, Fugen wants to take back with the group to Ichiba so that Golock can question him, so he asks Linus or Gizerak to inquire about aquiring some good quality manacles.
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After the unhappy task of seeing to the dead clergy, Gizerak gathers the faithful in the space outside the pagoda. He climbs atop one of the large stone blocks that stands near the doorway.

"My friends. Today will be one that will live on in Sha-gaat's mystery for ages to come. The treachery of Bon-quo and his supporters will not go unpunished. My companions and I must depart soon, our mission to restore the elemental focus will no doubt bring us into contact again the traitor."

"In the meantime, we need to follow the precepts of the Four Royals. The Temple of Stone has stood on this spot for fifteen generations. The King of the North Mountains shows us his spirit in the perserverence of this holy site, even through this most heinous of deeds."

"The Prince of the East Winds brings us the seeds of change. On the winds of our Lord, we will soar higher than before, rising up beyond this horrid ordeal to be stronger than ever and spread his glory across the lands."

"Our hearts have been tested in the flames of the Duke of the Western Flame, and we have not been found wanting! Down to the old and infirmed, the true faithful of Sha-gaat faced the dangers with little regard for their own safety. Our courage was tested and we were not found wanting!"

Looking to the sky, the cleric pauses briefly, now seeing storm clouds appearing on the horizon.

"The Baron of the South Seas now quenches our thirst for healing with the pureness of his cleansing rains. The coming storm will help wash away the grim reminder of those who have fallen, allowing us to mourn them as the Four Royals have put forth in the scriptures."

"Again, I do not want to leave at this low point in our history, but as I go forth to serve the will of Sha-gaat, I promise you this. When the Empire is restored and the Elemental Focus is returned to its proper state, I will return. The Temple of Stone will be the rock that our faith will rest on, the breath of air that speaks the word of Sha-gaat, the Flame that scours the enemies of all that are good from this earth, and the Water to heal those in need."

"In my absence, Father Tuto will guide you as we rebuild from this tragedy. Now, I must prepare for the next part of my journey in the service of Sha-gaat."


With that, he climbs down from the stone, walking to speak with the faithful around him. He speaks quietly with those who have worries, and calms their fears over his departure. As he walks through the crowd, the clouds roll in and a soft rain begins to fall, gently washing away the blood stains that soil the steps of the pagoda.

As he speaks with the other faithful, he inquires about manacles for the prisoner.
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7:29 Much Weeping

JIANGU! Chapter 5, Scene 7:29 Much Weeping

Some of those who accompanied Gizerak back from Merak Town are also clergy, who were expelled by Bon Quo. They prepare the victims of the massacre for burial, under Gizerak’s supervision. The mob of worshippers quickly organizes itself as these expatriot priests now resume their former titles under Gizerak’s authority.

There is much weeping but a renewed determination after Gizerak’ sermon. Bon Quo’s threats make Gizerak’s followers realize that his prophecied purpose requires him to continue seeking the restoration of the emperor.

A search of the compound yields no manacles. The prisoners must be bound with rope. Manacles could certainly be found in nearby Merak Town, however.
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The fighting over, Flarrgj comes down from his rage and is exausted, but continues to try and help with the faithfull in cleaning up the bodies and carnage. However, after a small amount of time he finds a corner to clean himself up and rest.
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The conscious prisoner bound and the temple free, Fugen suggest that they start back to Ichiba, stopping in Marek Town to get the mancles.
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"Yes, we must get back to Ichiba immediately. My grandfather, I'm sure, is already most displeased."
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