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Once Upon a DDO Episode 11

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5/31/2014 4:22:55 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
2 Weeks Earlier

Oryus had warned Airmax that searching for the Spellmaster was a futile errand. "You don't find the Spellmaster," Oryus had said. "He finds you."

Airmax hadn't believed the claim. He was a Moderator! He had access to the whereabouts of everyone in the Kingdom! But two-and-a-half weeks of useless searching had forced him to admit that Oryus was correct. Airmax had even dredged through the Pollust and found nothing but scum and villainy.

Airmax cleared a patch of ground with a wave of his hand. It seemed like a slight waste of magic, but then again, magic wasn't limited in quantity. Airmax sat on the cleared ground and glanced up.

The sun sank like the chest of a man giving his last breath. The sky glowed a rusty red. Airmax sighed. Had it really been a mere 14 years since the Rune Wars had ended? It seemed like such a short period of time, and even then, some of those years had seen the Kingdom's darkest times. Although Fluffy had met his end, Koopin had disappeared as well, and the Dark Plague swept across the land, smiting trolls and intellectuals alike.

And then Juggle appeared.

Airmax permitted himself the luxury of a second sigh. He was supposed to be locating the Spellmaster, not reminiscing about the past. The Kingdom was in danger of splitting into a civil war or, even worse, collapsing entirely. A renewed enforcement of the laws of the land comprised the sole solution.

By the time Airmax stopped brooding, the sun had vanished entirely. The moon loomed in the sky like a ripe, silver fruit. Airmax hadn't even noticed the celestial change. He frowned. That wasn't like him.

Airmax looked up. He'd heard it. A slight sound, barely audible over the wind. He strained his ears. There it was again!

"Airmaxxxxxxx."

Airmax blinked. When his eyes opened, a cloaked figure stood before him. Airmax took a step back. The figure spoke, but it remained motionless while doing so, as if the voice emanated from all around rather than the figure itself.

"I understand you've been searching for me."

__________________________________________

Present Day

bsh1 removed two wineglasses from the cabinet and set them both on the counter. He recovered a bottle of chilled white wine and poured himself a glass. The other glass he filled with red wine at normal room temperature. YYW would return soon, he hoped. And nothing said celebration quite like a glass of wine and a romantic evening.

Or morning, really. It was getting quite late.

bsh1 sat on the couch and gazed out the window. The market below was nearly invisible against the dark backdrop of the night sky. The wealthier neighborhoods cast some light, but the poorer ones held none. bsh1 swirled and sipped his wine, closing his eyes as he did so.

He opened them again when someone knocked on his door.

Now this was strange, bsh1 thought. YYW would just let himself in. He rose and walked over to the door. When he opened it, he was surprised to see OncomingStorm standing there.

"Storm!" bsh1 exclaimed. "What are you doing here?"

"I'm sorry," OncomingStorm answered. "I know it's early - really early. I hope I didn't wake you?"

"You didn't," bsh1 smiled. "Come in, come in." He stepped aside and closed the door once OncomingStorm had entered. "Can I get you something? Wine?"

"I'm fine, thanks," OncomingStorm replied. He seemed uneasy. He kept rubbing his hands together and glancing about bsh1's room. "Nice place," he said weakly. "Very...lavish." bsh1 flushed but didn't answer.

"So what brings you here?" he smiled. He raised his wineglass to his lips.

OncomingStorm swallowed. "Well, I -"

He stopped when another knock came at the door. bsh1 glanced at it. His face betrayed a flicker of annoyance.

"I hadn't realized it was visit bsh1 day," he joked, proceeding toward the door. He opened it with his free hand. "Hi, Thett! Can I help you? Who's your friend?"

Thett just lowered his head, scrutinizing the carpet as though it contained the answers to all life's mysteries. The other man produced a needle form within his robe. Without a word, he lunged at bsh1.

bsh1 reacted instantly. He hurled the wine at his assailant and moved to slam the door. Thett reached out and prevented the door from closing. Silence didn't flinch as the wine dripped down his face and body. He simply strode forward, brandishing the needle like a dagger.

Oncoming looked up at the disturbance. He drew his sword and marched forward. He didn't ask what was going on - he didn't need to.

Silence drew a handgun with his other hand and aimed it at OncomingStorm. Thett's eyes widened. He staggered sideways and crashed into Silence, causing the bullet to veer off and miss its target.

Before Silence could turn to Thett, Thett advanced toward OncomingStorm.

"This doesn't concern you, Storm," he said.

"You're breaking into the Palace and attacking us," OncomingStorm responded. "I think you'll find it does, traitor."

Thett barely had time to draw his own sword before OncomingStorm sprang at him. Suddenly all thought fled from the room. There was only instinct. Parry, riposte, parry, riposte. OncomingStorm thrust at Thett, who jumped sideways. Thett cut back at OncomingStorm, only to have steel meet steel. They leaped apart again.

Silence, meanwhile, steadily marched toward bsh1. He ducked under a china plate hurled by bsh1 and kept moving. bsh1 ran toward the bedroom, but Silence beat him to it, slamming the door before bsh1 could enter.

In response, bsh1 punched Silence in the face.

Silence fell backward, snarling. It was the first sound he'd made since entering the Palace. bsh1 leapt on him and grasped for the needle. The two wrestled over it.

OncomingStorm leapt over the pair as he cut again at Thett. Thett danced backwards, whirling his sword over his head, keeping OncomingStorm at bay. Then Thett bumped into a wall. He felt it with his free hand. He was trapped. OncomingStorm stabbed forward. Thett stared as the blade rushed toward his body.

______________________________________________

"You know how nothing exciting ever happens when we're at the Palace?" Romanii asked SeventhProfessor, who nodded sagely.

"I know what you mean," she said. "Though bureaucracy isn't really all that exciting regardless. My presence only makes it marginally more tolerable."

"I mean the explosions, the treachery, the action..." Romanii trailed off. "Nothing like that happens to us."

"Whoa, whoa," SeventhProfessor cautioned. "This sounds like backtracking. Romanii, you're not thinking -"

"I don't know," Romanii groaned. "They're going to kill kbub, you know."

"kbub killed President TUF."

"Bubba killed President TUF. And I thought you were against the death penalty anyway?"

SeventhProfessor frowned at Romanii. "I knew you were no good for me."

"Why's that then?"

SeventhProfessor clapped Romanii on the shoulder. "You make me think too much." As of one mind, they looked back at the Palace. Even without its high spires, it still cut an intimidating figure.

"Don't you ever wonder," Romanii asked, so quietly that his voice might have been SeventhProfessor's imagination, "if we're on the right side in all this?"

SeventhProfessor glanced at the stars, as though they might spell out the answer. But they didn't. The heavens remained as cold and indifferent as they always did. If Juggle was watching from somewhere up there, then it certainly wasn't going to interfere.

"All the time," SeventhProfessor answered softly.
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5/31/2014 4:31:00 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Excellent as always!
#UnbanTheMadman

#StandWithBossy

#BetOnThett

"bossy r u like 85 years old and have lost ur mind"
~mysteriouscrystals

"I've honestly never seen seventh post anything that wasn't completely idiotic in a trying-to-be-funny way."
~F-16

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ESocialBookworm
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5/31/2014 4:34:42 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/31/2014 4:31:00 PM, SeventhProfessor wrote:
Excellent as always!

As of right now, I ship you with romanii.
Solonkr~
I don't care about whether an ideology is "necessary" or not,
I care about how to solve problems,
which is what everyone else should also care about.

Ken~
In essence, the world is fucked up and you can either ignore it, become cynical or bitter about it.

Me~
"BAILEY + SOLON = SAILEY
MY SHIP SAILEY MUST SAIL"

SCREW THAT SHIZ #BANNIE = BAILEY & ANNIE

P.S. Shipped Sailey before it was cannon bitches.
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5/31/2014 4:35:56 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/31/2014 4:34:42 PM, ESocialBookworm wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:31:00 PM, SeventhProfessor wrote:
Excellent as always!

As of right now, I ship you with romanii.

Same.
#UnbanTheMadman

#StandWithBossy

#BetOnThett

"bossy r u like 85 years old and have lost ur mind"
~mysteriouscrystals

"I've honestly never seen seventh post anything that wasn't completely idiotic in a trying-to-be-funny way."
~F-16

https://docs.google.com...
EndarkenedRationalist
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5/31/2014 4:36:05 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/31/2014 4:34:42 PM, ESocialBookworm wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:31:00 PM, SeventhProfessor wrote:
Excellent as always!

As of right now, I ship you with romanii.

And what's their shipper name?
SeventhProfessor
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5/31/2014 4:37:59 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/31/2014 4:36:05 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:34:42 PM, ESocialBookworm wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:31:00 PM, SeventhProfessor wrote:
Excellent as always!

As of right now, I ship you with romanii.

And what's their shipper name?

Sevanii?
#UnbanTheMadman

#StandWithBossy

#BetOnThett

"bossy r u like 85 years old and have lost ur mind"
~mysteriouscrystals

"I've honestly never seen seventh post anything that wasn't completely idiotic in a trying-to-be-funny way."
~F-16

https://docs.google.com...
EndarkenedRationalist
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5/31/2014 4:40:27 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/31/2014 4:37:59 PM, SeventhProfessor wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:36:05 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:34:42 PM, ESocialBookworm wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:31:00 PM, SeventhProfessor wrote:
Excellent as always!

As of right now, I ship you with romanii.

And what's their shipper name?

Sevanii?

OMG. That's adorable. :-)
baus
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5/31/2014 4:43:51 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Who tf is oryus lel
Without death, life has no meaning.

Without life, death has no significance.
baus
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5/31/2014 4:45:08 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/31/2014 4:36:05 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:34:42 PM, ESocialBookworm wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:31:00 PM, SeventhProfessor wrote:
Excellent as always!

As of right now, I ship you with romanii.

And what's their shipper name?

Promani
Without death, life has no meaning.

Without life, death has no significance.
ESocialBookworm
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5/31/2014 4:54:00 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/31/2014 4:40:27 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:37:59 PM, SeventhProfessor wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:36:05 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:34:42 PM, ESocialBookworm wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:31:00 PM, SeventhProfessor wrote:
Excellent as always!

As of right now, I ship you with romanii.

And what's their shipper name?

Sevanii?

OMG. That's adorable. :-)

IKR!!!

If you kill either of them and make one live alone, ER, I will [CENSORED BY THE DDO ToS].
Solonkr~
I don't care about whether an ideology is "necessary" or not,
I care about how to solve problems,
which is what everyone else should also care about.

Ken~
In essence, the world is fucked up and you can either ignore it, become cynical or bitter about it.

Me~
"BAILEY + SOLON = SAILEY
MY SHIP SAILEY MUST SAIL"

SCREW THAT SHIZ #BANNIE = BAILEY & ANNIE

P.S. Shipped Sailey before it was cannon bitches.
ESocialBookworm
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5/31/2014 4:54:32 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/31/2014 4:35:56 PM, SeventhProfessor wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:34:42 PM, ESocialBookworm wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:31:00 PM, SeventhProfessor wrote:
Excellent as always!

As of right now, I ship you with romanii.

Same.

I wonder what his reaction will be when he sees this...
Solonkr~
I don't care about whether an ideology is "necessary" or not,
I care about how to solve problems,
which is what everyone else should also care about.

Ken~
In essence, the world is fucked up and you can either ignore it, become cynical or bitter about it.

Me~
"BAILEY + SOLON = SAILEY
MY SHIP SAILEY MUST SAIL"

SCREW THAT SHIZ #BANNIE = BAILEY & ANNIE

P.S. Shipped Sailey before it was cannon bitches.
ESocialBookworm
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5/31/2014 4:55:47 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/31/2014 4:45:08 PM, baus wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:36:05 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:34:42 PM, ESocialBookworm wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:31:00 PM, SeventhProfessor wrote:
Excellent as always!

As of right now, I ship you with romanii.

And what's their shipper name?

Promani

That is cute too
Solonkr~
I don't care about whether an ideology is "necessary" or not,
I care about how to solve problems,
which is what everyone else should also care about.

Ken~
In essence, the world is fucked up and you can either ignore it, become cynical or bitter about it.

Me~
"BAILEY + SOLON = SAILEY
MY SHIP SAILEY MUST SAIL"

SCREW THAT SHIZ #BANNIE = BAILEY & ANNIE

P.S. Shipped Sailey before it was cannon bitches.
SeventhProfessor
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5/31/2014 4:56:06 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/31/2014 4:54:32 PM, ESocialBookworm wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:35:56 PM, SeventhProfessor wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:34:42 PM, ESocialBookworm wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:31:00 PM, SeventhProfessor wrote:
Excellent as always!

As of right now, I ship you with romanii.

Same.

I wonder what his reaction will be when he sees this...

Psh, it's not like I sigged it or anything...
#UnbanTheMadman

#StandWithBossy

#BetOnThett

"bossy r u like 85 years old and have lost ur mind"
~mysteriouscrystals

"I've honestly never seen seventh post anything that wasn't completely idiotic in a trying-to-be-funny way."
~F-16

https://docs.google.com...
ESocialBookworm
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5/31/2014 4:58:26 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/31/2014 4:56:06 PM, SeventhProfessor wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:54:32 PM, ESocialBookworm wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:35:56 PM, SeventhProfessor wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:34:42 PM, ESocialBookworm wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:31:00 PM, SeventhProfessor wrote:
Excellent as always!

As of right now, I ship you with romanii.

Same.

I wonder what his reaction will be when he sees this...

Psh, it's not like I sigged it or anything...

Me too...
Solonkr~
I don't care about whether an ideology is "necessary" or not,
I care about how to solve problems,
which is what everyone else should also care about.

Ken~
In essence, the world is fucked up and you can either ignore it, become cynical or bitter about it.

Me~
"BAILEY + SOLON = SAILEY
MY SHIP SAILEY MUST SAIL"

SCREW THAT SHIZ #BANNIE = BAILEY & ANNIE

P.S. Shipped Sailey before it was cannon bitches.
YYW
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5/31/2014 6:07:17 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/31/2014 5:30:54 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
At 5/31/2014 4:56:47 PM, YYW wrote:
Wow. Another great episode! Bsh1 will be ok, right?

http://www.reactiongifs.com...

Oh, you! lol
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5/31/2014 7:29:14 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/31/2014 4:22:55 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:

Hahaha this was awesome! :D
Not sure what to say about "Sevanii", though...
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5/31/2014 8:21:17 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Me and Romanii
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#UnbanTheMadman

#StandWithBossy

#BetOnThett

"bossy r u like 85 years old and have lost ur mind"
~mysteriouscrystals

"I've honestly never seen seventh post anything that wasn't completely idiotic in a trying-to-be-funny way."
~F-16

https://docs.google.com...