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And aggressive stair girl...decides to escalate again.

"What's this?" she asks, plucking the skeleton from his shoulder.

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"It's mine," he snaps. "I made it out of a squirrel I tortured to death."

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...She blinks at the 'tortured to death' bit.

"Now why would you go and do something like that?" she asks after a moment. "You know you don't actually get more power out of it if they suffer."

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He grins.

"No, but it's fun."

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"Nasty little boy," she sneers. "What's so great about you, that Sorani Savaross favors you so?"

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"It's because I'm better than you. Give me back my squirrel."

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"You are not," she says flatly.

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"Give me back my squirrel," he repeats.

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"I don't see why I should."

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"Yeah? Want to find out?"

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She freezes him in place again and turns to leave.

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He hits her with the pain spell.

She is enveloped in complete sensory noise. Searing heat and freezing cold and agonizing pain all over her body - blinding white light in her eyes, a deafening roar in her ears, taste and smell overwhelmed by nameless intensity -

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She collapses to the ground. Her hold on him evaporates.

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He keeps it on her for a full minute and then lets up and retrieves his squirrel.

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She does not get up immediately, or in any way attempt to stop him from retrieving his squirrel.

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Satisfied, he walks away.

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Savarosse is very pleased with him.

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Good! He's pretty pleased with himself too!

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He has been progressing excellently in his studies, and taking decisive action like that against his co-prentice deserves a reward beyond just dessert; are there any materials he would like for magical experimentation?

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"A drakelet," he says immediately.

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"Alright," he says, clearly having figured out what prompted Tassairen into poking at necromancy in the first place.

A few days later he presents his student with a (drugged for convenient storage) drakelet, and advises him on when the drugs are likely to wear off, assuming he wants it more sensate when he kills it.

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Yes, yes he does. He learns all kinds of interesting things about drakelets before it dies.

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The next lesson is devoted to less haphazard necromancy than he managed with the squirrel. Here is a trick to use the corpse's lingering ripples to make it behave more like it did when alive; here is a clever trick to let the skeletal wings lift it like they still had membrane...

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Ooooh. He is going to have the best reanimated drakelet.

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Excellent.

After what he did to that one girl over the squirrel no one messes with it.

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