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Lance DeBrinn

"My destiny shall not be bested by inferior mongoloids."

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a character in “The Tower”, originally authored by NeverEndingFlip, as played by RolePlayGateway

Description

Lance DeBrinn


Gender- Male

Age- 22

Height- 6'5"

Weight- 220 lbs.

Stature- Extremely well built...like a soldier.

Personality


Honest, Observant, Tactical, Calm, Arrogant, Aggressive, Blunt.

Lance is very straight forward with people. Never trying to deceive or trick another, he'd rather fight someone up close and personal than lure them into a trap. Few things catch his eye and he more often than not knows when he's being led on. Many complement him on his quick thinking in a heated battle as well as his calm under pressure. However, he knows his skill and is not worried about being hurt by anything or anyone and believes his way is more often than not the right way. He's also very quick to point that out to someone and typically forces the party he's with to go along with it. People disapprove his brash nature when talking to people. He will let you know when you suck at doing whatever it is you're doing.

Skills


Sword Fighting- Physical Skill. He has yet to be beaten in head-to-head combat between blades. He provides quick counter-attacks and furious combinations of strokes on his opponents, often leaving them with many gashes as they fall in defeat and usually death. +2 Attack when using swords.

Agility- Physical Skill. He can be described in the words "Artful Dodger". Despite his tall stature, he can fold up and contort his body in a lot of ways to dodge, reach, and counter another enemy's blows. 25% chance to dodge any attack, even skills.

Dexterity- Physical Skill. He will often make the first blow and then some. He likes to carry the momentum and is good at it. If the opponent takes the momentum, he snatches it right back within a couple of blows. His counters are quick and often decisive in a battle. +1 Attack temporarily upon chaining successful hits.

Power Shifting- Magic Aligned. With the help of a consumable shard, he has the power to change his combat style around an attribute (Fire, Water, Wind, etc.) he chooses to associate with. Eating a shard alone will not do anything to the consumer. A spell must be uttered before doing so in order to take effect...the spell often relating with the attributed shard being consumed. When done correctly, all skills he uses are now associated with that attribute for a time frame of about ten to fifteen minutes. He also gains an array of new skills specifically centered around the attribute.


Equipment


Hat- A very stylish looking white fedora. No actual use...just there for decor. No buffs.

Armor- Hydrasteel Plating. It's lighter and more mobile for him. The plates form around his body like a natural extension of his skin. +5 Defense. +2 Speed. Immune to mortal or critical strikes from blunt weapons.

Weapon- Double Haven Swords. Short swords that are tinted gold, but transparent. The material is custom made and very expensive...an extremely high tier of Carbon Structuring forming the substance known as Haven Diamond. Practically indestructible by force, they're the most reliable things he has. They were forged with the help of an Alchemist, a Wizard, and a Sorcerer in one room. +4 Attack, +2 Intellect.

Gloves- Light tape around his palms and knuckles to prevent friction between the hilt and his hand. +1 Attack.

Charm- He wears a blue pendant shaped into a trinity knot. It has a secret magically ability he has no idea about. Shatters to absorb 1 mortal wound.
Charm of Nullification. It glows a brilliant white. Wearer is immune to Magical abilities if defense is higher than opponent's intellect.

Shoes-White dress shoes that sparkle like military shoes, yet they function as well as Nikes. +1 Speed.

Backpack- Consumable Shards- These shards are the catalyst to his Power Shifting ability. He must eat one to activate it. He carries x6 Fire Shards x5 Wind Shards, x3 Earth Shards, x4 Electric Shards, x3 Water Shards, x2 Plant Shards, x2 Dark Shards, x2 Light Shards, and x1 Mind Shard. The Mind Shard is the rarest of his current collection and the most powerful.
Materials- Spider Fang (Venomous- Alchemist Ingredient)
Golden Shield (Barely Functional- Alchemist Ingredient)
Vial of Life (Restores drinker to full strength.)
Jar of Pure Evil (Alchemist Ingredient)
Stats


Attack: 13+7=20
Defense: 7+5=12
Speed: 17+3=20
Intellect: 10+2=12
Faith: 7
Stealth: 0
Resilience: 0

History


Lance is an extremely skilled warrior with training in Alchemist arts. Not much is known about him except for the fact that he lives as a wanderer in the eastern part of the continent and has fought many evils before. He has a connection with the Magenta line, but it is very faint and he is unclear where it stems from. More to be revealed as the adventure goes on!

So begins...

Lance DeBrinn's Story

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Despite hearing the legends, seeing the massive tower in the distance, and even the mental and physical preparedness he endured leading to this moment, the sight of the tower up close was still enough to leave him slack-jawed and in awe.

Lance couldn't help but notice where the bleak clouds hid the top of the massive spire...or the halfway point. It's ornate design brought along a sense of beauty to it. It was a historical relic of what had past and what may come. The structure itself became a beacon of faith. It was a challenge to be conquered; it was a journey to be endured. It was a mountain waiting to be peaked by only the best the land could offer. And Lance was going to take that title.

"Fuck," Lance just had to let...well something out. "That thing is huge." Vocalizing the structure seemed to emphasize the massiveness of the task at hand. Lance was more hesitant with each step as he approached the door, key in hand.

Well, he thought. This was it. He double checked everything he had brought. Food, water, plenty of consumable shards. The rest of the bag was empty to carry potential loot he'd get. He checked his clothing, as sturdy and clean as ever. He drew his Haven Swords, which were his most valued possession and everything he swore his life by. Finally, he touched his lucky pendant: A blue-stoned Trinity Knot, as a ritual for safe traveling. Of course, he'd need more than that. Finally working up the nerve, he opened the door and went inside to meet his destiny.

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The young mage didn't notice the figure lurking behind him, but he was rather interested in the large tome he had found. He stored it for now but he would definitely want to check it out later. He heard the doors to the Tower open again behind him and he instantly scurried to a hiding place. He watched a blonde man pass by him and remained hidden in the darkness while he walked by, but soon Koko became aware of his placement outside of the light and squeeked loudly in fear and jumped from the dark corner. He was now exposed to the blonde figure, which made him even more fearful. He got into a feeble fighting stance that seemed to make him look only more fragile as he observed this new presence.

"Don't you dare try to hurt me! I-i'm tougher than I look!" He made a weak punch into mid-air as if to show off just how much he didn't know how to fight hand-to-hand. Only after he made himself look like a fool did he realize just how much larger the man was than him, and he instantly got onto his knees with his forehead on the ground. "Please forgive me sir, I didn't know what came over me! Please don't kill me!

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Lance was half expecting a massive bear or ancient colossally sized spirit to immediately grab him and rip out his innards upon opening the door. But an even more daunting task lay out in front of him...hallways. In the back of his mind, he was cursing himself for not drawing his swords to be ready for something. But, level one was level one, he guessed. He drew them now and stepped inside, cautious of every step he took. Maybe a little too cautious. He was overly observant navigating his way through the halls and he had a slower pace because of it.

It also carried it's blessing. Lance could immediately tell something wasn't right. He noticed he wasn't alone upon entering and was glad to have two blades of security poised in front of him, ready to defend against whatever.

A large squeak caused him to immediately step into combat position, feet shoulder width apart, swords crossed in an X in front of him as he turned towards the sound. A young blonde haired mage stepped into the light, as if running in fear from something in the dark. His blue eyes immediately fixed upon Lance's, and stepped into an insecure stance of his own, throwing a weak punch in the air as if to intimidate him.

Lance eyed the boy with caution. He'd heard the legends of what kind of creatures lived within this tower, ready to feast upon those who dared to rise up to the challenge. And while he'd never heard of a trickster being who took upon the image of a frail looking mage to lure victims in, he didn't dismiss the possibility. So when the boy dropped to a knee in surrender, he didn't exactly loosen his guard. It actually heightened it.

He looked around to see if he could find any other threats before looking at the boy once more. "Who are you?" he asked with command in his voice. At the same time, he didn't know if the boy was actually just another challenger entering the tower. He certainly didn't look the part. But he guessed that maybe the uniform he wore came from the Bretanians. He wasn't sure, but maybe...just maybe...he could be here looking for the same kind of reward he was. "Where do you come from?"

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As the young boy began to calm down, the man in front of him seemed confused. Fair enough, as it was their first meeting. Koko stood up slowly and looked rather uncomfortable as he answered the man. "Koko Magenta is my name, from the Bretanian Royal Magic academy. The Tower is my final challenge, but its.... so dark." He covers his mouth with his hand to muffle his own squeak as a rock could be heard falling down a dark hallway. He instinctively runs from the sound and hides behind the man, seeing something move where it came from. He becomes self-aware after his initial fear and takes a step away from the stranger. "Sorry..."

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Jeremiad was following the young mage rather closely, until another challenger came in and approached Koko. At that point, he decided to back off; he was stealthy, but more people means more eyes to spot him.

However... that said, he DID say he was going to rob as many people as possible today. Meh, how hard could it be?

Jeremiad placed himself in the shadows, and whispered a few words as the shadows consumed him, cloaking his every move (Invisibility). He tiptoes towards Koko, and very carefully puts his hand into the boy's satchel. It wasn't easy; he'd done this hundreds of times before, but Koko was so on edge a fly would probably spook him. However, with a quick swipe, he managed to take the mage's Sigil Tome. As soon as he drew his hand out of the caster's bag, he sprinted away; the darkness of the Tower silencing his footsteps as he ran away with a quiet snicker.

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Lance raised a brow as Koko introduced himself. The story seemed plausible. He'd heard of the school and recognized the uniform. Perhaps this was another challenger of the tower. He lowered his guard a bit.

The sound of rocks falling was enough to spook the young Koko as he ran behind Lance in fear. Lance just stood there, unable to do anything but watch the boy realize what he was doing and step away, apologizing. He chuckled inwardly.

"Koko, huh?" Lance eyed the mage. "So why would a school as prestigious as Bretanian send a young mage with high potential to his ultimate doom by sending him to the unconquered Tower?" He caught the slightest movement on the boy's uniform as it jostled slightly. It seemed...ordinary...and yet so unnatural. He'd put the random placement on wind, but any that blew wasn't strong enough to move clothing like that. Also, the wind was moving in a completely different direction than the direction the uniform swayed with ever so slight movement. Weirder things have happened and he'd dismiss it for now. But just in case, he'd become more aware of what was going on around him.

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Koko wasn't sure what the man meant by his question, and it made Koko think about the implications but the answer was what he was dreading in the near future. "Well, it's the same challenge for every apprentice at the end of their training to reach the tenth floor. So I have to... uhm...." His voice drifted off into obscurity as he realized what kind of task he had gotten himself into. He didn't even notice the pilfering of his spell book and just shuffled uncomfortably in place as he felt a great amount of anxiety of what would befall him in the future.

It was then that a creature approached them, from behind the blonde man. Koko snapped to attention and frozen in fear as the creature got closer. He pointed at the creature to alert the man as he reached back to grab his sigil book, but grabbed the other book instead. He had a strange moment where he did a double take on the book and found his sigil tome missing, which confused him. With the monster getting closer he threw out a random destruction sigil in desperation and sent an explosive force through the hallway hoping to end the thing quickly. He jumped at the sound of his own attack and hid behind the man again, letting out a squeak as he did so.

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"Jesus!" Lance cried and barrel-rolled to the left just as the blast whizzed past him, singing some exposed hairs. When he got up, he realized his fedora was no longer on his head, falling off in the blast and landing not too far from his current position.

"Don't they teach you to be more aware of what you cast? You nearly hit me!" Lance turned irritably towards the young mage, picking up his fedora and frisbeeing it towards him. "Hold this." He then turned to face this new threat.

The arachnid was massive for it's kind, spindly legged and black, but it stood a mere two feet tall to Lance's six foot five stature. It's multiple eyes could be seen by the reflection of the light as well as tiny follicles of hair on the head. None of that was as menacing as the set of fangs the creature held it it's mouth, ready to stab into flesh. Lance smiled...cruel and knowing. "Hello beautiful."

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Jeremiad could have sworn he has home-free, but as the mage blasted in his direction, he couldn't help but react. "Oh, shit!" He yelled out as he rolled out of the way, the blast wave knocking him off his feet and causing him to falter and land on his face.

Although he wasn't really wounded, he knew he'd given away his presence. Incapable of recasting his invisibility until no one was aware of him, he decided to just escape the old-fashioned way, his soft, supple cloth shoes muffling his steps as he sprinted quietly into the darkness of the Tower.

Once he managed a bit of distance, he decided to take some time and actually find some damn loot around here. He drew one of his trusty Treasure scrolls and whispered its magic. With a satisfying *poof*, he found himself placed in front of an obsidian chest.

"Oooh, baby! I hit the jackpot tonight!" he thought to himself. He had heard about these things; they contained relics of immense power, created at the Beginning when the Creator granted the first humans impossible tools and weapons to create the world as they pleased. These tools were revoked when the Tower was erected, but they still lay here, and HE had just found one of them.

"Now... How to open it?" The chest had no hinges, no locks, it was almost a box. He tried jamming his knife into the one slot he found, but it was no use; whatever lock this thing had was NOT a normal lock, no way he could pick it. He'd heard that magic could open these, but to him, "magic" was just a five-letter word.

"Welp, shit. I'll find a way to open it soon enough," he thought. Maybe he'd find a key nearby? He left a mental note of where the chest was, and continued wandering in search of some way to open the damned thing.

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Koko stayed back as the man finished the arachnid off with his swords, his fear planting him strictly away from the danger. He had noticed another voice when he had cast his spell however, and was curious about it. He paid little attention to the minor detail however as the man had just finished his battle and Koko did a little cheer for the warrior. He seemed rather pleased with his work, but turned and point dramatically down the hallway. His finger swished in place and a glowing sigil of light floated from his figure to hover above their heads, providing them protection from the darkness.

"Alright mister....well whatever your name is. I will hire you as my guardian while I am in the Tower, at the payment of three-thousand Pents upon my safe exit of this evil place." This technically wasn't cheatings, as the mages hadn't said he had to get to the 10th floor alone. The man seemed strong and with an offer like that from one of his family's reputation, he was sure the arrangement would work out for both of them.

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The arachnid charged first. Lance was ready, jabbing forward with his right handed sword. The overgrown spider caught the blade within it's mouth and bit down, holding the blade within it's jaws. It began to back up, dragging Lance with him. He nearly lost his grip on his sword upon the initial tug, yet held on while his eyes wandered for a plausible solution. As the spider tried to drag him into the darkness, one of it's legs was within swinging distance for his other sword. He aimed for the joint and timed it perfectly, hearing a sickening crack! as the leg was sliced off. A loud shriek erupted from the mouth and the spider let go of the other blade. Lance had the momentum and he was going to use it, stepping forward and unleashing a left diagonal slice along the spider's neck. The head detached and fell to the floor, bouncing a tiny bit before laying still. The spider body had fallen on it's back due to the unbalanced positioning of it's remaining legs, which were twitching and curling up. The spider was dead.

Satisfied, he turned around toward Koko and retrieved his fedora from him. Upon grabbing it, he brushed hands with the mage and felt a magical aura he hadn't felt in years. He had minimal instruction in magical arts and didn't really care for it besides when it crossed with alchemy to create the consumable shards that enhanced his power in a variety of ways. He did, however, know about magical auras and how to sense them to some extent. Sensing auras was one of the first things taught to a mage and how they work. While Koko would probably see into his own magical aura clear as day and constant, Lance could see auras in flashes, as he was relatively weak with magic. But he had the knowledge of what the auras meant. He knew it was based off heritage as each family's magic is in tune with their blood...or at least that was how he was taught. There would be fluctuations deviating from that heritage line as the magic users came into their own and learned their own abilities with the influence of instructors. Even then, Lance could see a glimpse of how other instructors and friends as well as his own studying developed his aura into it's own unique entity. However, the basic magic line, no matter how covered up it may seem, was there and Lance recognized it. He'd come into contact with this heritage line before. The question was when?

Flipping the hat upon his head, Lance processed the boy's request. Coming up with a plan, he spoke calmly, "I will not accept that request. In fact..." he walked over to the remains of the spider, examining the body for possible tools, weapons, and ingredients. "...I want you to lead me to the tenth floor." He grabbed one of the venomous fangs and yanked it out, placing it in his backpack. Perhaps I can use this to make a Poison Shard later, he thought as he yanked the second fang and held it out to Koko for him to take. He could probably use one as well.

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Koko was a little confused as to why this man did not want the money, but it still seemed that he did wish to travel together in the Tower and that was enough for Koko. When offered the spider fang Koko took it hesitantly, as he was not an alchemist and was not used to touching fresh ingredients. Then again, he could use it as a dagger if things got rough so he stashed the item carefully, so he wouldn't stab himself when reaching into his pack. He still wished to know where he sigil tome went off to, but he could survive on the sigils he could remember off the top of his head so it wasn't that much of a concern. His family had hundreds of said tomes in their library, all made for their family specifically. It was actually illegal for anyone outside of their family to own one of the family tomes so he was sure it would turn up eventually.

"We should get moving then, if we are to make it to the tenth floor." Getting impatient with all this waiting around Koko grabbed the mans hand and started walking in the original direction he was going, not sure if it was the safest route but it was just as good as any other. His sigil light followed them, and a sigil of protection that Koko placed in front of them, which should stop any initial attacks from the front magical or otherwise. Two sigils drained still only the smallest of measureable energy from Koko, he could hold up the spells for a whole day without rest but they would still limit his combat potential as more time passed.

"What was your name? Mine was Koko Magenta if you forgot too." Koko was horrible with names, so it might take a few tries to remember it. He felt he would have that chance as the two of them were going to spend the next couple weeks fighting their way to the tenth floor or even beyond.

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There was a change in his demeanor. Lance could feel it as he walked behind Koko, who led the way. When he first met the boy, he was scared of even the slightest noise. Now, it was like witnessing a completely different mage. But what triggered this new behavior? Perhaps it was merely his own company that brought him confidence. Maybe when he was slaying the spider, Koko was realizing what kind of warrior he was and felt a bit more secure for it. Maybe it was just a slow start. Maybe it was something else entirely. He wouldn't know, but what he did know was this mage wasn't the most honest fellow, immediately trying to acquire his services in exchange for payment. He wouldn't have it. Especially since this was an evaluation for Koko. Lance would make sure this boy truly completed his test, whether he passed or not.

Koko brought him out of his thoughtful state with his question. He realized he hadn't really introduced himself yet and was shocked how much the two had already been through before even both names were let out. "Lance," he responded surely, "Lance DeBrinn." He knew it wouldn't get much recognition. It was a relatively unknown name. He liked it that way.

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Koko didn't recognize the mans name, but would try to remember it out of respect. His enthusiasm about the trip ahead was short lived as he slowed with each step, the darkness seeming to close in on the young mage as he got more and more fearful. They ended up in a steady walk, which seemed more like Koko was the one being pushed ahead by Lance's presence instead of Koko pulling him along. They came to several intersections and Koko always turned right then left to keep a generally forward moving direction and to avoid getting lost, as he could just as easily move backwards with the same system. He was distracted however as he turned right into a dead corpse, his nose almost hitting the dead man's face.

The corpse was impaled on a gate of spikes that had come from the walls and ceiling, holding the corpse up at the same time as blocking the hallway. Koko froze inches from the corpse and released Lance's hand. His scream echoed throughout the halls and he curled into a ball on the floor holding his head with his hands. He was shaking and seemed to be having a panic attack. After a few minutes he was able to move and think again, looking up at Lance with embarrassment.

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The passages went on, a left, a right, a left, a right, and so on. Lance noticed the balanced approach Koko was taking to navigating the first floor, trying to keep moving in one direction. Lance knew that it was a basic navigation technique: to get from point A to point B in the most direct way possible. It wasn't the technique he'd use, but he'd let the mage lead the duo. Although at this point, Lance thought, it was more like he was herding Koko into his decision making process.

The scream that came from Koko when they rounded that corner and found a rotting body immediately irritated Lance, causing him to plug his ears and try to block out the noise. It didn't work. When it finally stopped, Lance found Koko in a mess on the floor, huddled in a ball of fright. God, do the people of Bretanian show these trainees what death is like?

"Get up," Lance told the mage, walking towards the impaled corpse. "Screaming won't do anything but attract unwanted attention. It's an inanimate entity and should be treated as such." He looked at the body suspended in the air by spikes, trying to learn from it. The spike were thick and numerous, making travel through them impossible. Lance looked back at the mage with a stern look. "What can be learned from this? Look closely now."

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Koko's scream rang throughout the floor, alarming all the enemies that hear it.

Almost immediately after the young mage calms down, a pack of wolves blast through an unlocked door near the duo. Snarling and hungry, the dozen or so of wild dogs assault the party.

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The mage sat up and more or less looked at the floor as he man explained it his way. Koko couldn't really get a grip on what was being said as he was still rather on edge. He stood and sighed in the direction of the spikes, seeing how they overlapped but nothing else crossed his mind. He didnt have any more time to think on it as a pack of wolves came out of nowhere. Koko rose away from the ground onto his toes to avoid the jaws of one wolf on his heels, and Koko flashed it away with a quick force bubble to bounce it in the opposite direction. He skirted back behind Lance and let him deal with the wolves.

He turned around to see the spikes at their back, and Koko got an idea. He drew four explosion sigils on the cross-points between the spikes and lit them all at once. The explosions were "aimed" through the spikes instead of at them, so it would only blast out the obstruction. Koko cheered for his success and ran through the opening. "Come on, Lance!" Koko didn't dare go further into the dark tunnels without his backup, and the fact that his light sigil was currently following him to illuminate the fight.

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Before anything else could happen, a loud bang followed by the barking and snapping of jaws emanating from the wolves that burst through a locked door. "Shit!" Lance cried out as one of the dogs leaped in the air, heading for him. An upward crossing slice cut through the beast, killing it instantly. The body slammed into him, causing him to fall backwards. A second dog came charging up his left side, so he kicked the wolf away, slicing at a third coming up at the right. He got up and barrel-rolled away from the threat, the wolves snapping at his heels. He pivoted, jabbing into a wolf he didn't know was there until his sword cut through it. Ten wolves left. Lance could now see that Koko was behind him.

Two wolves bounded at him at once, one aiming for his right arm, the other his left leg. Lance smashed his hilt into the temple of the wolf on his left and cut upward on the wolf on his right, catching it in the throat. He instinctively ducked, letting the wolf body roll over him and land with a meaty thud on the floor. And still more were coming.

BOOOOOM!

A large explosion behind him sent shockwaves through the floor and made him nearly lose his balance. He could feel the heat across his back and feel the debris pelt against it. The wolves lost their footing, scuttling and scurrying around in confusion. Lance turned around to find the spikes were no longer there, but rather were destroyed, revealing a gap. Koko was already through it, motioning for Lance to follow. He jumped through the opening, tripping over the dead corpse that had fallen through the other side from the blast. Lance's foot was entangled with something around it's neck, something glittering. Lance tugged at his foot until he heard a snap as the thing around the corpse's neck broke. The snap of jaws closing near his ear brought him back to reality as he jolted up and charged down the hallway. Lance hoped that the body would distract the wolves while he and Koko ran.

But luck wouldn't be on their side. As they rounded the next, Lance found himself cursing at the wall that lay in the path. A chest was right against it, probably what the victim of the spike trap had discovered upon going down this hallway. Besides that, there was no path to the right or the left. The only way was back to the wolves. They were trapped.

"Whatever you do, don't open that chest unless I say," Lance told the mage as he reached into his backpack and pulled out a fire shard. "Da mihi virtutem lapidis ignis," he whispered, then consumed the shard. Instantly, he felt the power coarse through his veins, a blazing heat rushed through his body. He felt warm...and he liked it. Lance watched his swords catch fire, burning brightly and intensely. He held the sword out in front of him, launching a test fire ball from the blade. It shot out and smashed into the wall, dissipating upon contact, but leaving the exposed rock charred. Now, he had range.

"Okay, wait for my call," he told the mage. "Get whatever sigils you can think of ready. We have nine more of these things to kill."

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Koko stopped short as he saw there was no way out of thecorridor. He froze in place and turned to look at the wolves as Lance turned to defend their position. He had never seen anyone imbue themselves with elemental energy but he didn't bother questioning it as he drew two sigils, one a fire sigil and the other a shield sigil. He pressed his palms against them so that they would stay in his hands, and allow him to rapidly cast with a movement of his arm. He extended out the shield hand and made a wall of energy in front of him to deflect any attacks, and shot the fireball out as needed.

He was not well versed in high-speed combat and had to use Lance as a protector when he could not handle the combat, but he did set a wolf or two aflame. One caught him off guard and knocked him down, causing him to loose his shield sigil. He flamed the wolf and scooted back against the wall. The last wolf left to him he used a double handed flame attack to keep at bay if not kill off entirely. He was now drained of mana and could only keep his light up for another hour or so without rest. He stayed in his ball shape in the corner until it was safe, unsure if he was up to the task of getting to the tenth floor.

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As the wolves were taken care of, another monster got into the fray; a Demon Ape came sprinting through... a wall, smashing a hole through the corridor, carrying a large, steel mace in one hand and a golden shield in the other. It immediately tries to go for Lance, considering it a bigger threat than the tired caster.

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Lance charged forward into the wolves that deemed him their target. Lance sliced outward on his left, then jabbed right with his right sword. The wolf on the left reared backwards, making him miss that stroke. He did land the hit on the right wolf, stabbing it straight through the heart, the flame killing it instantly. The other three wolves went at him, two leaping at his face while one went for his legs. An easy side swipe across his face cut off the head of one of the wolves, cauterizing the neck. At the same time, he ducked and let the second leaping wolf fly over him.

It was the third wolf that pounced on him, making Lance fall on his back and lose grip of his swords. He struggled against the canine, fighting against the weight and rapid moving feet, prying the wolf's jaws open and holding them away from his face. The wolf started jerking out of the grip, breathing rapidly into Lance's face. Lance used the motion against the wolf, shoving him off and allowing the wolf to fly farther than he would've had he flung it off with resistance. He had time to reach for one of his swords and get on a knee before he was surrounded by the three wolves. They all attacked en masse. Lance reacted quickly, holding out his sword in front of him and making one quick and graceful spin, hearing a nice scccchhhhing! as the blade made contact with every body. The wolves collapsed in heaps around him, dead. Lance got up and picked his other sword up, looking at Koko to realize he had taken care of his load, draining himself to near completion. Lance was a bit muscle weary, but his adrenaline and his power rush from the Fire Shard kept him going.

And it was a good thing he hadn't lost his adrenaline rush yet because just as he'd gotten up, a loud smash erupted down the hallway a bit. Lance turned to see a black hairy monkey with sinister red eyes carrying a golden shield and steel mace charging towards his position. Use his momentum against him... the thought came to him almost on cue and he began to duel the creature.

Lance shot fireballs in the monkey's path, spaced somewhat randomly. Because the monkey was...well a monkey, Lance considered the possibility of the Ape being agile enough to dodge the flames, but Lance didn't think it was going to happen. If the monkey tripped up, Lance would barrel-roll out of the way, letting the monkey's momentum carry it through and potentially hurting itself. If the monkey didn't, Lance set himself up in a defensive X position with his swords...just in case. He figured he'd have an easier time breaking through that gold shield than the steel mace since gold was more malleable than steel. Although, both were considerably weaker materials than what his sword had. Nevertheless, he considered any possible magical qualities both equipment items may have.

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The ape raised his shield as soon as it saw the inferno being launched at it; blocking the majority of the fireballs and dodging the few he couldn't deflect, he then threw his battered shield like a discus, flinging molten gold everywhere and a rather large, heavy projectile in Lance's direction. Braking before he'd hit Lance, the beastly chimp decided to take care of the young mage in the corner; raising his massive mace up and over his head with his two hands, he attempts to slam his weapon into the boy in the corner.

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Lance saw the melting shield being flung at him and immediately sprung to the right just as the shield went whirring by. It made a massive metal clang as it hit the wall behind him and clattered to the floor. A few bits of molten gold from the shield had landed on his hand and he shook it off before it singed his skin. Anticipating an upcoming attack, Lance sprung into another ready position, this one offensive.

But the monkey had moved on, already paying attention to Koko as it gripped the mace within it's paws and began to rise it upon the young mage's curled up body. Oh no you don't... Lance thought, determined to stop the attack as he rolled forward. He got there just as the Demon Ape was bringing the mace downward. Lance brought his left-handed flamed sword up to meet the mace, a resounding clash echoed as the two weapons collided. The mace would be too heavy to block with the sword no matter the material of it, so instead he swung across, not upward, to hit the mace on the side. The mace's momentum would probably shift when contact was made, causing the blunt weapon to land with a brutal smack against the stone floor to the left of the mage. Without a shield and with the weapon out of the way, Lance was free with his right-handed sword to stab the Demon Ape directly in the heart, the flamed tip probably penetrating through the fur like a knife through butter.

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The chimp was felled with the incredibly effective thrust of Lance's blade; leaving an entry, and exit wound, that left the large monkey almost instantly dead. A search of his corpse leaves 4 gold coins, his mace intact (+3 Attack, -1 Speed), his shield ruined, and a small sapphire ring on the chimp's ring finger (Needs further analysis to determine perks.)

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The beast was slain. The victory was theirs. Lance drew a sigh of relief. It wasn't that this fight itself was taxing to his strength and stamina so much as it was his desire to conserve as much energy as he could with the possibility of there being a fight in the future that would sap his strength. He knew which each peril he fell into, he'd risk not having enough ability to conquer other challenges. For now, he was fine.

Lance examined the loot. Four coins, a gold shield barely able to function as such, his mace, and a ring on the chimp's finger. Lance knew he could probably use the gold in an alchemy table in case they ever found one or when he left, so he took the shield and strapped it to his back. It was still warm from the flames he'd thrust upon it, but the metal itself had a bit of time to harden. He wasn't interested in the money, not even for the gold as the coins contained very little. He didn't need the mace as he was graceful enough with his dual swords. He wouldn't have a use for it. As for the ring...well Lance was curious about what it may do, but he wanted to leave the mage with something. So, he took the ring off the chimp's finger and presented it to Koko. "For you," Lance told him, "Thank you for your help."

He looked back on the deceased animal. "The coins are yours as well should you want them," he told the mage, "The mace too. I'd say take the mace just in case you need to defend yourself without magic, but if you don't want to then I won't stop you." He examined the chest once more before turning towards the jagged opening in the wall the Demon Ape had come through. "Don't open that chest, by the way. It's probably what killed our rotting friend in the hallway over there." He remembered the door the wolves had burst through that started this ordeal and Lance knew it was decision time.

"Okay, so we have two options," Lance half thought out loud, half told Koko. "We can either go through the wall the way the Demon Ape came or we can go through the door the wolves came through back where we came. You're the guide, so you make the decision." He wanted Koko to navigate this tower himself. Lance would be there in fights in case he needed him, but he wanted the mage to learn and develop within the Tower, for nothing was more satisfying than personal triumph.