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Aug 10, 2022 9:29 PM
Griffie and the Yiga clan
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Griffie is pretty sure ey has no interest in cooperating with being forced through a Gate. For one, given that this is happening after rejected negotiation attempts, it suggests that the would-be sender knows perfectly well that Griffie won't benefit from being Gated. For two, the would-be sender's compelled puppet has broken free just enough to warn Griffie to run.

But there's nowhere to run, so Griffie summons eir snake to grapple the puppet and disrupt the Gate. Which … does not get dispelled, but instead forms a vortex. The party wizard tries to do something, but Griffie's too close to the vortex and gets sucked in before that happens.

Injuries from uncontrolled spatial discontinuities are pretty bad, but not so bad that ey can't also evaluate eir environment. Ey didn't get the breath knocked out of eir lungs, which is good, given that the air here is wrong and ey needs to hold what breath ey has remaining.

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The area at least looks like a grassy hill overlooking a road. There's a fight going on by the side of the road, two humanoids against three... goblinoids? Maybe? None of them seem to be casters.

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This is the sort of thing ey'd like to intervene in. If ey could breathe. Ey has about three minutes of air, half that if ey exerts emself, probably even less if ey does something stupid like shouting. Ey has the spell slot for Life Bubble but not the time. It's sunny, but not only is there no vital air, there's no fixed air to revitalize either. Ey's going to have to use mythic power on this.

Ey casts Life Bubble using mythic power and inhales deeply. How quickly is the fight going? It'd be nice to self-heal some before going in.

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Pretty quickly. One of the humanoids stabs one of her opponents, turning her attention away from the other for the couple of seconds it takes that one to sweep her off her feet. The other humanoid seems to be at nearly a stalemate with the last of the creatures, at least for now.

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…alright. They're not casters and they're not flyers, so flying form is good, and this probably requires talking, so air elemental form. They don't even have bows. Staying in the air should be fine. Ey transforms into a sparkly silver cloud (which is somehow wearing a pouch?) and flies over.

The local humanoids don't dress in a familiar style, but apparently Goblin has a lot of commonalities across continents, and people who fight goblins often pick up a bit of Goblin? Goblins were Asmodeus's project, so maybe even across alternatives-or-whatever they still use the same language? Serako speaks Celestial. Well, ey doesn't have time to spellcast anyway.

"Stop attacking, I defend you!" ey yells in eir still-not-amazing Goblin.

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A talking silver cloud!

There is apparently a spirit yelling at them. That suffices to get the pair of blue goblinoids and the still-standing humanoid to pause warily, even without knowing what's being said. The red goblinoid would rather beat the fallen humanoid a little more.

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The talking silver cloud is going to … dump something that feels kind of like cold water on the red goblinoid and yell more, since as far as ey could tell, yelling got everyone else to stop and cold water can help people come to their senses. The liquid isn't directly harmful, but the cloud doesn't sound happy.

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Ah, the spirit has taken a side! The red one and one of the blue ones can start throwing rocks at them, then.

One of the humanoids runs away. The other one doesn't move.

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The talking silver cloud is probably the one responsible for the grass suddenly forming sturdy vines that grab everyone. The vines don't seem injurious either. It yells something in a few more languages, before looking frustrated, making some weird gestures, and somehow communicating the sentiment "Peace please. Information please.".

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One of the blue goblinoids tries to gnaw the vines off.

"Peace is when you don't attack," says the other blue goblinoid in no language Griffie's ever heard.

The red goblinoid shouts and struggles and the injured humanoid looks absolutely terrified and does not try to respond.

"Hey, I didn't do anything, I'm not a monster! Let me go!" shouts the humanoid who was trying to run away, likewise in no language Griffie's ever heard before.

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"You attacked!" is a fair objection from the blue goblinoid, as is "I didn't do anything!" from the humanoid. Griffie isn't getting more info than that, though.

The cloud communicates slowly. "I am sorry. I do not hurt you, but I stop you. If I let go, peace?"

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"I just want to walk down the road! In peace! I didn't start anything! Like I already said!" says one of the humanoids.

"I'll go somewhere else," says the blue one who already spoke.

"Don't chase us," says the other blue one.

"I'll kill you!" says the red one. "I'll kill you! I'll kill you five times!"

The other humanoid doesn't say anything.

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The cloud turns to the blue ones. "If I let go, you take red creature?"

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They exchange looks. "Maybe!" says the more talkative one.

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"If you not take red creature, I make red creature sleep. Then you take or leave. No kill."

It's not clear whether the cloud means that ey won't kill the red goblinoid, that they won't allow the goblinoid to kill them, or what.

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That doesn't really seem to the blue goblinoids like it merits a response. "Yes kill!" the red one insists.

"Why do I have to wait around for this?" demands the more talkative humanoid.

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The cloud will go risk some club injuries to hit the red goblinoid with some kind of bludgeoning wind until ey collapses. True to Griffie's word, ey is still breathing and doesn't seem to be bleeding at all. After this, the vines all go away at once, which may or may not be an implicit answer to the humanoid's question.

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That humanoid shouts an insult and runs; the other one whimpers and gets up awkwardly and stiffly. The blue folks start rounding up the fresh fruit they left nearby.

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It would have been nice if Griffie could have managed to handle this situation better, but nobody is dead, which is probably an improvement over doing nothing. To the remaining blue folks, ey asks "Want me to leave?"

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"Uh, yes?"

"No, we want you to work for Ganon."

"Oh, yeah, yeah, stay and work for Ganon."

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They want em to … help their leader? Yeah, no, this isn't solvable through the quality Speak with Animals produces when talking to humanoids. The cloud attempts to make some overexaggerated confused gestures and noises.

"You talk lots, show things, please?"

Ey points at a tree, says "tree", and then goes "Mm?".

Also, ey's now poking emself with a stick and eir appearance is changing a bit at the edges, but ey's not really trying to make this a topic of conversation.

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"Tree," one of the blue folks agrees.

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“More please.”

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They look at one another.

One helpfully points in the direction of the perpetually stormy forest nearby.

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The goblinoids do not seem to have a model of what Griffie actually wants, trying to explain it through Speak with Animals seems like a doomed endeavor, and ey doesn't have the spell slots to prep Share Language today, much less the ley line access needed to actually shove through all of even one of the simpler languages like Chraiqun.

Ey should go find an area with lots of talking about contextually obvious topics and some writing, like a market, try to handle things from the other direction. And somewhere safe-ish to sleep. Share Language and Planar Inquiry to whatever the local Upper Planes are can happen tomorrow.

…can Speak with Animals even translate 'thanks' to humanoids, probably not with enough nuance to actually mean anything. Ey flies off to do an aerial survey. Lay of the Land is useful, but ey might fly more than 4.5 miles today and so it'd be better to cast when ey's nearer to somewhere obviously promising.

So, what does this place look like from the air?

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The place is thick with dead souls wearing slowly away, most of them almost gone and extremely hard to notice.

Ominous purple-black smoke swims through the air around and around and around a distant castle on a grassy plain, behind which rises a volcano. In fact, the plain is surrounded by mountains, mostly snow-capped, carved through here and there by deep canyons. There are towers, all in the same style, some of them glowing blue and some orange.

The nearest thing that might possibly be called a settlement is a single large building with a huge wooden horse head decorating the roof, just down the road from where Griffie landed. There are much larger and more impressive structures to be found, mostly stone, mostly in ruins.

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