d%:  = 62
/72% (includes modifiers for being in darkness/shadow + escaping)
d%:  = 89
d20:  = 18
Conditions (at the end of this post; time format= minutes:seconds): Aura of Darkness (46:00); Shadow Vision (16:00); Shade Armor (6:00); Ominous Shadow (2:30); Shadow Defense (5:00 remaining)
Unless otherwise stated, Érebos speaks in Dragonese during dialogue and thinks in Ancient Greek.
Hesitation may be unbecoming, but haste makes waste, and fools rush in, Celeste
Sum of All Fears wrote: ↑Sat Jul 03, 2021 6:27 pm
October 23, 111PA
Skulls and Eshmun reach Rana’s side easily. Eshumn is unfamiliar with the lady standing in front of Rana. Rana seems to trust her and Skulls gives a nod of acknowledgement to the woman. Eshmun does see that she is armed. Given how tight security was in this place she should most definitely not be armed.
Kianra seems both relieved and worried about the words from her friend. ”Ven was taken? We can worry about that in a moment. Right now we need to get out of here. I don’t know why but Shroud’s friends don’t seem to like you guys. We need to leave while we can. Shroud hasn’t said anything on the radio so I don’t know whose side he is on.”
Kianra turns and helps cut a path through the crowd towards the entrance with Skulls and Eshmun close behind. As Kianra turns to begin moving, Patches feels his sixth sense kick off.
Erebos moves through the crowd and draws his rifle from his shadow pocket. The length of the item proves an issue as it causes Erebos to gently bump into a few people as he moves through the crowd. He can see the Hell Blazers being led by Kianra heading for the exit. In his head he hears Celeste, ”Hesitation is unbecoming. Your sister has failed her test. It is up to you to finish it. Complete your task and eliminate them all.”
He then hears over the radio, ”How disappointing, sister.”
Erebos bumps into another person. It’s getting quite crowded near the entrance. It will be very difficult to use a rifle in this area. (-5 to strike in the crowded area)
Erebos is running out of time to make a decision. On the one hand he has the orders from the Sunaj strike team to kill his former teammates, and on the other he has his team that he painstakingly put together. Targeted for some unknown reason by his people. Nothing makes sense. What Erebos knows without a doubt is that if he fails to act one way or another he will lose his ability to choose and affect the outcome of this crazy situation.
he thinks, aware that Celeste is in his head after hearing her voice in it - just as he had begun to suspect.
Erebos hates people inside his head. If there's one thing that will piss him off faster than a cat lapping chain lightning, it's intruding uninvited into the one place he considers absolutely private - his thoughts.
Still, he is under orders, and the Shadow Mage's loyalty to the Sunaj is absolute. And yet, something is
holding him back... something gnawing at the back of his head. Celeste's behavior only solidifies this... this is either a setup, or a mistake of some kind. Perhaps the Sunaj are even testing his
Erebos rescued Rana from the clutches of death itself, and her code of honor is as strong as her will - the Sunaj knows she would not betray him willingly.
And Skulls - well, Skulls has had the chance to gut him at several opportunities, and nothing Shroud has seen would lend itself to the suspicion that he would. No reason to question his loyalty.
This Staphra and Pythonian, on the other hand... yes, perhaps they
are responsible for whatever actions the Hellblazers have taken to put them in the Sunaj crosshairs.
Either way, the Shadow Mage decides to act: Because he cannot trust Celeste, he does
trust Rana, and he isn't sure what
the hell is going on, he
will sort it out himself. But first, the Hellblazers must escape this situation so he can do so.
You should not have lied to us, Celeste. I expected better from a sister to the cause
he thinks, and shuts off his comms.
Because Shroud knows Celeste is in his head, he will actively try to resist her probing from this point forward, going so far as to think in the recently obtained Gobblely language so as to mask his thoughts, and hoping she doesn't know it too.
(In Gobblely) Need to get us out of here.
The Shadow Mage acts quickly, knowing time is of the essence, and that Celeste is likely aware that he will not carry out his orders - at least not until he sorts out what is going on.
He will begin by casting Shadow Defense
(1 action), covering himself from any potential sudden attack(s) from behind or the side.
He then casts the Cloud Shadow
(2 actions) spell, blanketing a 500' radius (including outside, if GM allows) in an eerie supernatural shadow.
This will slow things down, and I can lead the Hellblazers out of here to make our getaway
he thinks in Gobblely.
He then casts Shadow Shift
(1 action) as he steps into a large nearby shadow, and appears directly in front of Rana and Kianra, rifle in hand but not pointing it at anyone.
"Hostiles inbound. We need to go. Now,"
he says, and casts a Wall of Darkness
(1 action) directly behind the Hellblazer furthest away. Presumably, Eshmun or Skulls, as crudely shown below.
Since the Staphra and Pythonian are traveling with them, he will presume they are "with" the Hellblazers, perhaps as hired help or guides (thus, he will act as if they are allies - for now).
When Rana tells him they need their weapons, the Shadow Mage will then begin to move toward the front door, casting Ominous Shadow
(1 action) as he does and projecting his shadow forward, in front of himself in a 15' wide and 10' long blanket of intimidation as he approaches the door, expecting the Hellblazers to follow him. When he reaches where the weapons check is, he will say, "We are taking our weapons back. Don't even think about trying to stop us"
in a firm voice to whomever is manning the booth, as he waits for the Hellblazers to retrieve their weapons. Erebos will be careful to turn himself in such a way that his shadow affects whomever is manning the booth, but not his fellow teammates.
If he comes into range of any other hostiles(including bouncers), he will turn so that his shadow is projected on them and bark "Get out of my way!"
in a sharp voice.
In both instances, he is counting on the magic to amplify his intimidating presence (roll below).
d%:  = 14
/65%/85% (+20% bonus vs. anyone in his Ominous Shadow as indicated by spell)