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a part of The Tower, by Jeremiad.

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The Gamemaster [71] The guy that says what's what.
Lance DeBrinn [68] "My destiny shall not be bested by inferior mongoloids."
Sanul, the Caster [29] A disciple of the Black Heavens Cult, one of the original parties of the Non-Believer Clan.
Jeremiad, the Thief [13] A crimeboss from the depths of the underground, he's ready to make a killing on his newest job.
Seth black [3] A servitor of the Demon Saints Cult.
Hayes Kingsley [3] Excels in combat; witch

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Koko Magenta



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.

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Koko was releaved when the battle was over, but as he stood he was cursed with the feeling of unease. Something was bothering him about the whole situation, and he didn't know what. His thoughts were broken by the presentation of the ring to him. He took it and did a fast sigil spell on the ring, which should let him know what type of magic was on the ring. The more complex the spell however the less information Koko would get about it.

After pocketing the ring Koko now had a decision to make. He looked between the two options before pointing towards the large hole in the wall. "There. That... ape probably scares everything else on this floor just as much as it did us. I bet there will be less monsters that way. And maybe it's treasure hoard if it has one."He had no idea if he was right in that assumption but it was as good a guess as any. He let his sigils vanish so he could replenish his mana and finds an already lit torch toight his way instead as he crawls through the hole and peeks inside.

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Upon Koko's evaluation, he deciphers a bit about its usefulness. It's an old charm, used by the Commoners; a third party formed of the people who don't practice magic OR follow religion. This specific charm is an anti-magic charm, made to restrict the power of surrounding auras. (+2 Resistance, -2 Intellect on wearer. Entities exposed to the charm's aura are debuffed for -2 Intellect.)

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Lance simply shrugged his shoulders and followed behind Koko, swords at the ready. It made sense. He was wishing he was in a party of four at the moment so he could deploy the tactic of searching in both places and meeting up back at the hallway later. Right now, it seemed a bit too dangerous to try and go it solo, although he knew the two of them were capable of doing so. He could feel a fabric of darkness in the air, dampening his thoughts and sending an uneasy feeling down his spine. It was as if he was missing something obvious, but couldn't put the pieces together in the right way. Lance racked his brain hard, yet didn't come up with anything. He knew better than to force it further as he needed to be there and now, not distracted about possible situations he couldn't bring to fruition. Lance climbed through the opening in the wall behind Koko and gazed at the sight in front of him.

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It was actually kind of breath taking to reveal a large room for Lance and Koko to enter through the damaged wall. At the far wall of the room was a staircase, presumably leading to the second floor. Lance was half expecting an enemy to be waiting for the two of them to approach before emerging from the shadows and cleaving off a couple of heads to add to it's collection. However, this wasn't the case. Lance had a hunch why. He presumed the demon monkey with the shield and mace was supposed to be that last hurdle at the end of the tunnel. It must have grew impatient waiting for someone to approach this entrance, Lance thought.

"Okay, one floor down. Nine more for you to go!" Lance said reassuringly to the young mage. And ninety-nine more for me, he thought to himself.

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Seeing the stairs across the room froze Koko in his tracks, and he finally let out held breath. He made it to the first check mark, but that was still not much progress. He wanted the adventure to be over already. When Lance mentioned how much further he still had to go his shoulders slumped in fear of what was to come. Still, he went towards the staircase and on the nearest wall to it he pressed his palm into the wall. Smoke came from under his hand, and a single glowing hot sigil was melted into the stone. It was a safety precaution for himself, and perhaps even Lance if it came down to it.

Looking up the stairs Koko turned to Lance and sat down on the ground. "I need to rest before we go any further, my mana is exhausted." He began to meditate for 2 straight hours, regaining his mana. The reason it took 2 hours was because every little sound made Koko a little fearful and interrupted his meditation, otherwise it would have only taken an hour. Once he was finished he stood and stretched, still not quite refreshed but not as tired as before. "Alright, I am as ready as I ever will be."

He heads up the stairs and tit-toes his way onto the second floor, a single light and shield sigil his only solace besides that of Lance behind him who seemed fully willing to let Koko run into all the dark places head first.

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Jeremiad had run off into the maze that was the winding path of the hallways of the First Floor. After a bit of quick sprinting, and recuperating his stealth, he was lucky enough to find a treasure room; looking through the keyhole, he saw there was a few items on pedestals, pristine and waiting to be taken.

"Heheh... Time to make my profit." The thief intended to at least break even on his trip: that meant 600 gold coins to pay for entry. With giddy glee in his little giggle, the professional robber took out his knife, and began picking the rather simple lock. Not even a minute passes, and he's in; he takes a Gilded Battle Axe (-3 Attack, Guaranteed Critical Injuries), 92 gold, and a Scroll of Tranquility.

Once he loots the room, he continues his hunt for valuables.

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The appearance of the Warpriest was...menacing. Lance wasn't one to show another expression or emotion rather than intimidation and focus towards an opponent, but inside he was quivering a bit. Inwardly, he was cursing the goblin's innocent move that had landed them in this situation.

Yet, Lance knew they had a little time. Because it wasn't Lance or Koko that had tore up the Scroll and summoned the Warpriest, the champion would strike the goblin first and, should Lance and Koko choose not to attack it, eventually go back to where it came from. But should they remain passive, Lance would lose the chance to battle one of the greater champions of the land. The opportunity was ripe, but it wouldn't be for long. Coming to a quick realization, he knew the decision was not his.

"Koko," Lance turned to the mage, "I will most likely not be able to beat this champion alone. I will need your help should we attack it. And while it isn't part of your trials, I want to remind you that this is a glorious opportunity. A chance to write your name in the history books as a slayer of Wevvoz the Warpriest. That's quite a resume to have built for whatever apprenticeship you choose to go down. But, I will respect your decision to stand aside and let the Warpriest return should you make it. I can't do it alone, though. Will you help me?"

He knew it wouldn't be long before Wevvoz obliterated the goblin, who was already crippled and couldn't run anywhere, so he was counting on a quick decision. "I need an answer, now!"

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Despite the events that had transpired: the goblin's stealthy attack, his revenge rebuttal in tearing up the scroll, and even the massive boost of power the Warpriest had placed upon himself, what shocked Lance the most was how simple the fight had been. He didn't dismiss the difficulty of it, as it was challenging to defend against such power. The quickness of the exchange of strikes and swipes was certainly a surprise. He felt like he'd battled Wevvoz for a full half hour when a mere two minutes had passed. There was also, of course, the one blow killing shot that Lance had delivered, but attributed that to skill in timing as well as a cunning strategy using the given materials. But what stood out to Lance the most was the fact that Wevvoz the Warpriest, in his final moments, panicked. It blew away the interpretation of what Lance deemed as a champion among fighters. In all his life, he constantly dreamed about battling such champions, defeating them in edgy battles and coming away with brutal injuries and glorious scars of triumphant sentiment. Now, Lance realized they were as diverse in flaws and strengths as any warrior one could come across. The thought of Lance following a similar thought pattern as a champion or elite fighter was epiphany enough for him.

When the dust settled, Lance approached what was left behind in glorious conquest. Scanning over the materials, he knew immediately what he wanted first. Taking off his light and sturdy armor, he knew the Hydrasteel Plating would protect him better while giving him the same mobility and equal speed, if not better. He put the armor on, already feeling lighter than he had when wearing the leather. He grabbed one of the vials of Life and the Charm of Nullification, placing the vial in his pack for a later day and placing the Charm around his neck, next to his lucky necklace. Looking over the rest of it, he knew the Chaos Tome would be better suited for the mage. The Crossbowblade...Lance knew another means of attacking an opponent was a valuable asset. So he would make sure that Koko would wield the functional blade. Lance never cared about the money, so he left it for Koko as well. Turning to the caster, he smiled encouragingly.

"We did it," Lance assured him. "Thank you for protecting me, Koko."

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Seeing the other crystal barrel towards the two, Lance immediately dove into the hallway he just came out of, bracing for impact of...well something.

A massive boom! erupted from the suicidal crystal, shaking the foundation of the floor. The noise alone was deafening. Lance covered his vitals and waited for the noise to pass. That would be his cue to get up.

Finally, it stopped. Blinking, Lance slowly stood up, slightly disoriented but only slightly. Peeking around the corner to survey the damage, he was befuddled to find none. Seeing the paladin approach him, burdened with battle wounds, he could guess what happened as Satogi introduced himself. When Koko told him he'd heard of that name, Lance also recalled the tale and put two and two together.

"Lance DeBrinn, Warrior Nomad from the East," he shook the hand firmly. "Yes, I've heard the legend of your family name. I'm assuming you are part of the lineage?" He kept track of Koko, who was hiding in a dark corner as well as any potential beings who might be alerted to their presence from the crystal's mighty explosion.

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Lance watched the paladin patiently perform the ritual the spirit deserved. He smiled at Satogi's generosity as he wouldn't have had the foresight to do such things himself. Satogi was truly a man of divine faith, something Lance didn't exactly dwell in, but he was thankful someone in their group did.

As Lance and Satogi carried Koko to a room to rest, he couldn't help but notice that Satogi had seen quite a few battles while in here. He'd set himself up as a distraction for the sake of everyone's livelihood and hadn't even so much as grumbled about it. The price of his actions were even more visible than before. Lance would be sure to make it up to him.

When they got into the safe room, Lance set him down and reached into Koko's pack, pulling out the Vial of Life. A realization had come upon him while they traveled and he was going to act upon it. He turned to Satogi, giving him the vial.

"Here," he told the paladin,"It's a Vial of Life. Only give it to Koko should the two of you run into some trouble while you guys rest. I'm going to find you some armor." He turned to leave the room, but stopped himself as he realized that it wouldn't do any good not telling where he was going. He looked back at the two. "I'm going to try and find the room where we battled the crystals. I remembered we didn't open that chest that lay in there. Perhaps it'll carry armor for you or something that'll help us all. He took one foot out and had one more afterthought. He pulled out his worn golden shield and tossed it to the Paladin. "Here, use this in case your shield falters on you in a future battle. It's kind of damaged, but it's better than nothing, right? Besides, who knows what kind of magical properties it may have."

Without an answer, he left the two, sprinting through the corridors and rooms to find the place he'd fought the crystal. While he was fairly good at navigation, being a nomad, he wasn't perfect, especially when it was dark. He soon found himself lost somewhere on the third floor.

"Ah, that isn't good," Lance mumbled to himself when he realized this. Slowing to a walk, he panted as he tried to look for landmarks that would point him in the right direction. He must have missed one while he was running.

He rounded a turn and stopped in his tracks. At the end of this hallway appeared two beings silhouetted be the glow of what appeared to be a shrine inside. Perhaps there may be an item in there that could help Satogi and Koko. But he was worried about how the two would react to his presence. One looked graceful and deadly, like a viper, while the other's large shambling form could prove a great deal of strength to battle against.

"Um, excuse me?" he called out to the two, hoping that his decision would lead to salvation rather than defeat.

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God dammit!

Lance was purely shocked at the initial stab, the adrenaline of his previous encounters blinding him from the surprise attack. His first parry was flimsy from confusion and the knife narrowly missed, sliding just left of his torso. He rolled right to gain distance, but the knife was there once again. At least he was in a better position to swing at the floating object, striking it with more force this time and watching the knife fly a few feet back. The blade circled around and aimed for the middle of his chest again. A downward defensive swing knocked the Sentient Blade to the floor and Lance proceeded to smash his blade downward, cutting the blade in two.

Wraiths! Lance turned to find...well one ghoul with his arm reared back, ready to swipe. Another clumsy parry and Lance was on the ground, rolling backwards. Standing up to meet the newly formed ghoul, he looked for a way out, but the ghoul blocked the entrance. He'd have to get around him somehow.

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A sudden explosion of the mixtures of shadows and brightness had Lance raising his sword instinctively to block ,expecting something to hit him. When he lowered his arm, the ghoul was gone. Standing in his place was the paladin, whom he realized wasn't too far from where they left him. It was obvious who had banished the spirits.

"Thanks," Lance muttered through his panting, trying to recover from the long sprint he'd just endured. Looking around at the remnants of the knife and the ghoul, he knew the Vial of Experience was something to take. As for the Possessed Hilt...well like the name suggests, it wouldn't do much good trying to stab people with the lower half of the knife.

A calm and collected voice suddenly approached and Lance turned to find...well somewhat of a counterpart to Koko. The mage studied each of them considerably, clearly demonstrating a more favored eye towards Koko rather than towards Satogi. He blasted something at Koko, but somehow Lance knew it wouldn't hurt him. Satogi on the other hand...he was worried for his sake as it appeared the two had some history.

But, the mage seemed to leave the paladin alone, giving him nothing more than an insulting finger and proceeded to leave.

"Wait!" Lance called to him, "Who are you?" His aura left a mysterious undertone to his stature that somehow drew Lance towards him. And yet...it was almost like he wasn't there at all...

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Sanul's Mirror Image stopped when Lance called out to him. He turned around, and took a few steps towards Lance, stopping from a respectable distance.

"Who am I? I am Sanul. The Seventh Councilman of the Black Heavens Cult; a member of the Non-Believer Clan."

Sanul really doesn't give a shit about titles, but for the sake of humor...

"I'm the 953rd challenger of the Tower in my cult. I've been sent to reach the top to claim the Realms as mine, as stated in the old scrolls. However, seeing that the highest a challenger has reached was... 500 years ago? Made it to the 532nd floor. Truly, a god incarnate. He even discovered something incredible; when he slayed the 100th champion at the 500th level, the Creator himself came down to congratulate him, and tell him that he was HALFWAY THERE. Halfway, at 500 trials. 500 more awaited him, therefore a thousand trials stand before us all. Too bad the man perished before he could finish the trials; his last message was 'Fuck my fucking fuck, I'm fucking fucked AAAAAH-'. A shame, really."

Sanul knew he'd probably never accomplish such an impossible task. But hey; if it was easy, the Creator would have given up the Realms ages ago, right?

"Now, if you don't mind, I have better things to waste my breath with."

His statement complete, the clone began to leave again.

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It took a moment for Lance to process what Sanul said before he nodded. "Yeah, let's go."

As the trio climbed the steps and proceeded to the next floor, Lance contemplated Sanul's position. The 532nd floor was the highest floor any mortal being had ever reached...and he'd came from the same group that Sanul had. Now, the task of traversing a thousand floors would be enough to weed out the happy-go-lucky adventurer from the serious competitors. But had Lance been trained the same way Sanul had, with the knowledge that he was the 953rd adventurer, the best of them could barely pass the halfway point, and the fact that every single one of them had been trained in presumably a similar fashion, Lance would have very low hopes upon entering the tower as to reaching the top.

But that was just it, wasn't it? Lance had been purposefully trained the way he had for that reason: to take a different approach to surmounting the insurmountable.

And Lance was going to do it. No matter what it took. He'd reach the top because he had no doubt he could.

The question was: where did Sanul find his solace? What gave him his strength to continue?

Perhaps he was doing it for the glory, like Lance. But from the sarcastic tone he'd implied while introducing himself, it seemed like he wasn't one for titles. Maybe he preferred the rewards. The riches that awaited those who reached the top were not tossed aside like a worn pair of boots so easily. But money didn't seem suited for his character either. Maybe he was doing this for the Black Heavens Cult involuntarily. He didn't know how the organization worked, but maybe it was by luck. Who knew?

Suddenly his head was slightly dizzy from the weight of it all.

It seemed like everyone he'd met had some kind of important background behind them. Sanul had the legacy of his cult to propel him. Satogi had his family's legacy. Hell, even Koko had the Magenta line that Lance admitted he vaguely knew about.

He had no background to live up to. No glorified goal staring him in the face, beckoning him onward. He had nothing.

And that's why he felt like he could do this...because no one in his lineage had even attempted.

Reaching the fourth floor, he looked at Satogi and realized his quest had failed. "I'm sorry, Satogi. I tried to find armor for you, but I failed. I had come across some interesting place that looked like it carried some items of worth, but the wraiths drew me off before I could. Besides, it looked like a woman and an orc had gotten there first." He then noticed Koko, who looked rather sharp. "Hey, Koko. Good to see you up and moving." He was still surprised to know that he cared about the boy's safety.

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The demon at the counter greeted his newest customers gladly, and promptly showed him his stocks.

He currently has 7 items available: a Guardian Mini-Cannon (Inflicts an impact of 25 Attack to a single target, single-use) for 825g; a Desecrated Rosary (Damage Resistance in exchange for -9 Faith; minor injuries are negated, criticals become minor and mortal impacts become critical) for 1240g; a White Gem (Grants a random +1 to equipment when applied) for 275g; a Duplication Scroll (Create an identical copy of an item or entity) for 525g; a Ring of Consecration (Reduce enemy Intellect by 3) for 725g; an Armorer's Toolkit (Allows crafting of armor on the spot, at the cost of resources) for 1525g; and finally, an artifact, a Mana Shield (Grants 1 Defense for every 2 Intellect the user has; drains mana to block attacks!) for 3640g.

Seeing his clients were a bit short on money, he offered them his Sacrificial Knife. With it, they could shed some blood and generate the funds needed to purchase something.

Koko shall gain a permanent +1 Intellect if he decides to "deal with the devil"; Satogi shall lose a permanent -1 Faith if he offers his life force.

The merchant has no interest to buy their trinkets; he does not trade, he shall only take cash... or blood.

(OOC: I swear to God I'm gonna kill myself if I keep posting on the wrong floors... (X-X)

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Upon hearing the believer's remark, he rolled his eyes and spat on the cold, stone floor.

"Well, if you're gonna be all aggressive..." Clearly, he wouldn't get near to Koko unless Satogi stood down.

Another time. Patience would pay off for him someday.

Sanul began to leave and said one last thing before getting out of their hair:

"Watch for that tripwire. You almost set off a trap there."