The Blood Cartel: The Star Child

Discussion in 'ROLEPLAY GRAVEYARD' started by Diana, Sep 3, 2011.

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    CAST LIST
    Lester/Malvolen: [MENTION=10]Asmodeus[/MENTION];
    Eureka: [MENTION=12]Ocha Hou-ou[/MENTION];
    Alexandra: [MENTION=8]Diana Notacat[/MENTION];
    Rum: [MENTION=17]Porg[/MENTION];
    Tequila: [MENTION=822]jovianthundergod[/MENTION];
    Noel: [MENTION=285]Tegan[/MENTION];
    Koit: @浜崎 Zypher;
    Julius: [MENTION=143]Orion[/MENTION];
    Gael: [MENTION=390]Effort[/MENTION];





    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #CCFFFF; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=ngm>600 years ago, a child was born at Castle Gothenheim on the Night of Shame. He was the first king of men, and he united the tribes into a single kingdom. 300 years of peace ensued, before the Orc Wars ravaged the land. Then the old kingdom was all but destroyed and only two cities survived the conflict. The cities grew in the wake of the Orc invasion and in time were brought to the very brink of war. But then, as if by mirale, Prince Conway of Vonheldus and Princess Helena of Leitania found love and united the cities to form Heleway, the greatest human kingdom to have ever stood. For another three centuries peace and prosperity followed. But tonight... in Millicent, a coastal town at the far northern shores of the kingdom and built upon the ancient ruins of Gothenheim... the ghosts of the past will rise again... <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> It was evening by the time Brother Lester had finished scrubbing the stainglass window of the church. Stepping down from his ladder, he straightened some of the pews and gave the altar a polish. Everything was tidy once more and ready for morning prayers tomorrow. Rain had begun to fall outside and grey clouds were hanging over the sleepy town of Milicent. With no tavern or guesthouse to speak of in this settlement, he pitied any poor travellers caught out in the coming storm. <span class="time">-04:28 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Courrier New,verdana,serif; color: #FFFFFF; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> [Eureka Princess, Runaway, Soon to be drenched. ] <span class="time">-04:32 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Courrier New,verdana,serif; color: #FFFFFF; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> [Koit enters.] <span class="time">-04:32 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Courrier New,verdana,serif; color: #FFFFFF; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> [Rum Gulbrand s sailing on the high seas heading for a small pillagable town!] <span class="time">-04:33 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Courrier New,verdana,serif; color: #FFFFFF; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> [Noel ] <span class="time">-04:33 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFFFF; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> <font size=1>[Geal is now known as: searches for magic,]</font> <span class="time">-04:34 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFFFF; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> <font size=1>[searches for magic, is now known as: Geal]</font> <span class="time">-04:34 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> <font size=2>[Geal searches for magic and adventure!!!]</font> <span class="time">-04:34 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Knowing Millicent was a secluded seaport, a place no traveler would willing visit the young runaway princess smiled knowing no one would expect her there. Soon she'd book passage and after that be safely in her sorceress aunt's realm. <span class="time">-04:36 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> <font size=2>[Koit waited outside his mark, just under the awning of the bakery street, watching the movements of some of the inhabiants before turning on his heel and heading towards the church. It was seemingly the perfect, dry, place to wait until nightfall where he could begin his robbery.]</font> <span class="time">-04:36 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Courrier New,verdana,serif; color: #FFFFFF; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> [Tequila Gulbrand enters.] <span class="time">-04:37 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #380474; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Within the church's earthen cellars, where the villagers kept their Winter dead for a Spring burial, a solitary figure lay curled in on itself. Distantly, it was aware of the thump of raindrops, like horse hooves, against the earth above. <span class="time">-04:38 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> (too dark Noel, please) <span class="time">-04:38 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> <font size=2>[Rum Gulbrand stood at the back of his ship, holding the wheel in one hand and taking a swig from a carved wooden hipflask. his various subordinates were all leaning over the edge of the ship, glaring at the small collection of lights that sparkled in the cove. &quot;Anchor aweigh lads!&quot; he called out. &quot;Tonight we'll be having ourselves some mutton i'd wager!&quot;]</font> <span class="time">-04:38 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> (I agree) <span class="time">-04:38 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> Lester got down on his hands and knees, polishing the great stone slabs that formed the floor of the church. Each one was inscribed with a name of a saint or hero of the old kingdom. He ran his cloth over the engraved names of Sir Merrick of Vonheldus, Ando of the Open Road and Dalibor the Insane, humming to himself as he worked. &quot;Shiney and clean, my lovely stones. There we go. All better.&quot; He muttered to himself. It had become a custom after living on his own for all these years. <span class="time">-04:38 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Courrier New,verdana,serif; color: #FFFFFF; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> [Alexandra was on the trail, unseen and unheard by the one she is following.] <span class="time">-04:39 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> It soon was apparent to the travel weary princess that this place was too small to even have an inn. Though she was not keen on the idea, she started heading for the church. <span class="time">-04:40 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal spent many days traveling to this town. He felt some higher force was guiding him here and he didn't resist it since he knew it was built on ruins. Maybe he'll get to explore some of the old parts and learn something useful. <span class="time">-04:40 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #CCFFFF; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=ngm>The rain began to fall heavier and heavier, a rumble of thunder announcing the opening to the coming storm. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit entered the church, more than a bit damp and shook himself out, blinking as he glanced around what appeared to be an empty hall. &quot;Um, hello? Is anybody home?&quot; He looked around, finding his gaze being drawn to some of the statues. <span class="time">-04:41 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Wearing a dark brown leather armor and a heavy black hood, if she were spotted trailing after the girl she might look like an imposing figure. Yet, in the rain she didn't make her presence known. Eyes only on the girl who... was heading for a church. Great. A Church. Alexandra grimaced under her cloak. <span class="time">-04:42 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> <font size=2>[Tequila Gulbrand looked out over the seas and smirked as her brother called out for anchor. She couldn't wait to enjoy herself.]</font> <span class="time">-04:42 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> The rain became more burdensome and the lightning more threatening and Geal hurried toward a church. He was used to churches, he just hoped the other people he saw running inside were friendly. <span class="time">-04:42 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> Lester looked up from his polishing. At the other end of the small church stood a young man in damp clothes. He didn't look like anyone from around these parts. Putting his cloth back in the soap bucket he got up and almost tripped on his robes. &quot;Yes? Who's there? What is it?&quot; <span class="time">-04:43 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> <font size=2>[Rum Gulbrand moved his way down the boat, calling to his men &quot;Awright you scurvy dawgs! Half o' yee's with me on the dinghies! the rest o' you coil up the sail, I don't wanna see the ol' girl wrecked by that storm when we get back!&quot; He motioned to his sister and first mate to join him as he watched the small boats being lowered down into the water. &quot;Faster lads! Or me an' Tequila'll be eatin' all the sheeps!&quot;]</font> <span class="time">-04:43 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> &quot;Ah, my apologies, I'm just looking for a bit of dry area to rest for a while, is it permitted to stay here?&quot; Koit called out to the man uneasily, he never was one to care much for churches as they usually didn't agree with his...tastes, in occupation and companionship. <span class="time">-04:44 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>In the crow's nest of Rum's ship, the lookout observed the distant town through his eyeglass. It was small, and the keep at its centre seemed ruined and run down. There was a lighthouse far to the east and a church on the west edge. There were only a few torches glowing from the castle. There could not have been more than a handful of militia barracked there. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> The young woman did not run when the sky broke open, though she did hasten her pace once her hood was firmly in place. She looked much like any traveler. Her boots were very good quality, but muddy. Her cloak keeled off all but the worse weather, but wrinkled. She carried nothing shiney, though her belt knife if drawn would glisen in the light of a fire or moonlight, and cut easily all but the most stubborn of materials. &quot;Hold the door please,&quot; her soft voice called out when she was on the third step. <span class="time">-04:46 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Far below the figure shifted in its slumber... <span class="time">-04:47 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> &quot;Oh, of course&quot; Geal held open the door for the girl who called out for it and greeted her with a smile as she came in. About to close the door once more he noticed some one else approaching. <span class="time">-04:48 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> <font size=2>[Tequila Gulbrand settled herself on the dinghy and watched as the sails were tied up and the small boat began its slow journey inward, the rain merely an invconvenience to their journey.]</font> <span class="time">-04:48 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;Rest? Rest?&quot; the young cleric scratched his head, muttering to himself and looking at the windows. Rain was now striking them hard. Then he looked back as Geal and Eureka made their way inside. &quot;Travellers, are you? Hmm... right... er... travellers.. yes.&quot; He moved towards them, pulling back the hood of his robe to show a young face, twitchy from lack of sleep. &quot;Any chance of a donation?&quot; he asked with a hopeful smile. <span class="time">-04:50 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Alexandra didn't rush as she stepped up the church stairs. Only the curve of a subtle smile could be seen as she flash it at Geal along with a softly mumbled 'thank you'. Once inside the church, she walked towards the seats, not making a move towards the girl but instead kneeling down in front of a seat and clasping her gloved hands together as if she were praying. <span class="time">-04:51 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> &quot;Of course,&quot; the woman said, knowing that donations would help a church more than paying for an inn room. However she had found church folk much more nosey then merchants. No helping that tonight though. She held out a few copper coins. <span class="time">-04:52 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit turned to look back at the newcomers and smiled meekly. &quot;Donation? Well, I have a bit of extra coin I suppose I can spare...&quot; <i>That I can always steal from the collection tray later if I don't find much of worth at my mark...</i> He nodded, retrieving a sole silver coin and extended it in his hand alongside the woman. <span class="time">-04:52 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum laughed, a healthy deep rumble of a laugh, as the dinghies pushed their way towards the shore. He stood on the prow of the first dinghy, a skill it had taken him years to master, but he'd fortunately gotten the hang of it before he'd inherited the ship. &quot;What're we doin' when we get there lads!?&quot; He shouted out to various shouts, among them the word 'pillage' showing up a lot. &quot;And how're we gonna do it eh!?&quot; This garnered a more solid response of &quot;LIKE PIRATES!&quot; Rum laughed again &quot;That's right lads! don't you forget it!&quot; He was the first to step off the boat as it ran up onto the rocky beach. <span class="time">-04:53 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> From somewhere beyond the damp cellar air came an otherworldly hiss. The figure remained motionless. <span class="time">-04:54 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal smiled at the next person came in and shut the door firmly to discourage the cold from coming in and turned around to face the hallway. &quot;I'd be happy to contribute to the church.&quot; Even though he did leave the monestary he felt some kinship with people of religious work. Approaching the priest he reached into a pocket and put in his hand a handful of coins while shaking it &quot;Bless thee, brother&quot; <span class="time">-04:54 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> ...as if doing its very best to ignore the sound. <span class="time">-04:55 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;Ooh,&quot; murmured Lester as he came forward and scooped the coins out of Eureka's hand. &quot;Proper royal coinage, eh? Not seen a Conway Copper in a while?&quot; He bit the coin. &quot;From the heartlands, are you? Wonderful. Never been there myself.&quot; Then he turned to Koit's outstretched hand. &quot;Aah! A Cidolfas Silver! Good good!&quot; He took the coins and moved back down the aisle, still muttering to himself <span class="time">-04:55 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> Lester stopped and turned as Geal greeted him, blinking up at the traveller. &quot;Brother...? No. You're far too tall.&quot; <span class="time">-04:56 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila chuckled at her brother's antics but answered right along and with just as much enthusiasm as the rest of them. She enjoyed these events as much as the next person, after all. <span class="time">-04:57 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The Lookout in Rum's ship watched the dinghies make the sure and gave a rasping chuckle. Pocketing his spyglass he turned and prepared to climb down the mast. But he had barely moved when he froze suddenly, his eyes going wide as he saw what was happening on the deck... <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit couldn't help but raise his eyebrow at the woman near him, &quot;Royal coinage? I wouldn't take you for the silver spoon type...&quot; He smirked. Maybe he should follow her around and see what other riches she carried on her, but he didn't wish to be too suspicious, &quot;I'm Koit Leok, jack of all trades.&quot; He extended his hand to the woman. <i>Extend a friendly hand and cut the purse with the other after all...</i> <span class="time">-04:59 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal laughed at the cleric and patted his arm as he took a seat on a pew, keeping his arms in his dark cloak. <span class="time">-04:59 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> &quot;Mm, yes,&quot; she said in agreement of where she was from, but was glad for the priest's attention to move on. She look a few steps away, pulling back her hood so that she could properly look around at the interior of the building. <span class="time">-05:00 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> She took in a slow deep breath as she 'prayed' at the pew. The place made her uncomfortable. Once upon a time she was a good little girl, worshipped their gods and believed in their words. But it was so hard to keep faith in something that allowed your life to become so... twisted. Alexandra cast a side glance, watching the others in the church. Taking a mental note of what they said and how they moved. Odd collections of people often turned out to be more than coincidences... <span class="time">-05:00 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;Could you all take off your shoes?&quot; Lester asked, his scratchy voice echoing around the church. &quot;I've just polished the floors you know. Very important, these slabs.&quot; <span class="time">-05:00 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> How very tedious! She smiled at Koit, but did not take his hand as she started to lean down to take off her boots. &quot;Eugenia&quot; <span class="time">-05:02 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal obliged the priest with removing his boots and setting them aside. <span class="time">-05:02 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit frowned, not so easy to crack. &quot;Pleasure to make your acquaintance Miss Eugenia.&quot; He nodded and plunked down on one of the other pews and began to fiddle with his boots, worried that he'd have to put them back on later to get back to his mark. His dagger and pistol glinted in the pale light as he brushed his cloak back from his side. <span class="time">-05:05 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;Shoes, shoes, dirty shoes!&quot; Lester hummed as he polished the altar again. <span class="time">-05:05 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> It was plain to see that the woman in the hood was definitely <i>not</i> taking off her shoes. <span class="time">-05:05 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> The pirates made their way up the rocky path to be faced with the first few buildings to make up the village. He placed a finger to his lips theatrically and made a little play of tiptoing up to the nearest door, knocking a quick few taps on it with his knuckles in an overly careful way. When a voice from within called out asking who it was he turned to his crew and bowed to them, recieving an obedient and very loud &quot;PIRATES!&quot; and with that he kicked down the door, and ushed a few men into the house &quot;I'lll be headin' for the church lads! They always keep the best pretties there! C'mon Tequila!&quot; <span class="time">-05:06 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>In an alleyway parallel to where Rum and Tequila were moving, another figure made his way to the church. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> A gun? Well these were not safe times. Holding her boots now, Eureka nodded to Koit, &quot;The same,&quot; and headed to the alter. Even the mental words though made her cold. <span class="time">-05:09 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> &quot;Yessir!&quot; Tequila replied almost mockingly, looking at the men as they pillaged through the house. She smirked before quickly following after her brother. <span class="time">-05:10 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit set his feet down, his boot still on his feet. Something about the gibbering priest didn't seem right to him and recently cleaned floors or not he certainly wasn't going to be taking his boots off. Instead he stood and made his way towards the back of the church, back towards the doors. If he wasn't going to be staying long he wouldn't want to disturb the others too much on his departure. <span class="time">-05:11 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;I don't have any food!&quot; Lester shouted suddenly, spinning from the altar to stare at Eureka and Koit. &quot;If you came here for food you'll disappointed. Because I don't have any! Nobody does! No one brings food to a church. So if you want food you can't. You can't, you can't, you can't!&quot; He noticed the shoes the travellers were holding. &quot;Ewww! Nasty shoes!&quot; With a grimace he moved around the other side of the altar. <span class="time">-05:12 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal's eyebrows scrunched together and he looked around, his eyes searching the church. He got a bad feeling. <span class="time">-05:13 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Under her breath she snickered. A faint movement of her body as her head tilted to the side, trying to keep her laugh inaudible. The man had been in his church for much too long. Still, she kept an eye on the girl. Wary of where she floated off to, and vigilent to the motions of the others. <span class="time">-05:14 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Above Koit, near the entrance, a long and narrow shaft led to the bell tower, where a bell swayed slightly as the storm winds struck the church walls. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;Just remember lads! No 'avin yer ways with the lovely ladies in this town! That's the Gulbrand way and if yer wan' yersel' a woman, ye catch 'er heart fair an' square! If yer wanted to go aroun' rapin' along with the pillagin' you shouldn't 'av join'd mah father's crew!&quot; He shouted as a few of the pirates broke into a young woman's house near him. He trusted them not to, but he liked to make it known to the pillagees that they were a better class of Pirate. He strode down the small street with his sister, making a beeline to the church, idly swinging the hooked pulley he carried as he went &quot;So Tequila, what d'ya think o' this place, nice eh?&quot; <span class="time">-05:17 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> 'Crazy loon,' thought the princess as she watched the priest before bowing her head to the alter. 'I'm so close. Please make this last leg of the journey swift,' Food would have nice, but she could wait til morning. &quot;Priest, where may I rest?&quot; <span class="time">-05:19 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit visibly jumped back, startled by the sounds of the winds picking up outside the walls of the church. The whole time he had spent in the church had all been one eerie time. He looked back uncomfortably at Eugenia and the others that had gathered. &quot;Sounds like quite a storm eh?&quot; He forced out a light laugh to calm his nerves. <span class="time">-05:20 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal started getting restless, which was the main cause of him leaving the monestary. But on top of that he had an eerie feeling which caused him to stand up and pace around the church with a creeping sensation going up his spine. <span class="time">-05:20 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila looked around as they ran. &quot;Oh, aye, it's not bad,&quot; she told Rum with a slight grin. She watched as around them, more of their crew broke into homes and took what they pleased. <span class="time">-05:21 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> He attributed the sensation to the storm, but remained pacing. &quot;I'm sure if the storm gets bad enough there is a cellar the good priest would let use refuge in.&quot; <span class="time">-05:22 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> Lester stared at Eureka as if she was mad, frowning into her eyes for long seconds before suddenly remembering himself. &quot;Oh yes, you're the travellers.&quot; He pointed to a door on the other side of the church. &quot;There's a chapel with a fireplace just through th--&quot; <span class="time">-05:22 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>CRAAAAAAAAAAAAASH! The whole church shook suddenly and Koit heard something above him make an awful snapping sound. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> &quot;Oh fu-&quot; Koit dived away from the snapping noise just in time to dodge the bell as it crashed to the floor, pinning his cloak to the floor, and him with it. <span class="time">-05:23 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> &quot;Ayeeeeeeee,&quot; boots in on hand, pack on her back, but still she quickly go herself clutching the first person <span class="time">-05:24 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Person near her, the priest. <span class="time">-05:24 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The bell slammed into the church floor, pinning Koit's cloak for a moment, and then the stone slabs began to creak and shudder. The weight of the bell was too much... <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Courrier New,verdana,serif; color: #FFFFFF; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> [Julius Enters the town with a stern look on his face, confused by the rather unkind situation which had befallen the town. Slung over his shoulder was a battle axe with ornate carvings on the blade. But the man wore a gauntlet on his right hand. Strange carvings adorned it on the back of the hand. Steel greaves protected his legs below the knees. A brown cloak hung around his shoulders while the hood was down. He had no need to hide his face.] <span class="time">-05:25 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>And after the bell came the rope that it was attached to... It was on fire. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The ground began to give way. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Alexandra was on her feet in an instant, both hands hovering near her hips where on one side was a silver dagger and the other a simple looking pistol. She was now stepping away from the seats, headed towards the creaking bell. &quot;Everyone stand back from it. It may crash through the stone.&quot; The first words she had spoken this evening! <span class="time">-05:26 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal felt like his gut spiked up into his throat as the bell smashed into the floor. He lurched toward the bell as the stones started to crack, grabbing at Koit and trying to pull him loose of the bell! <span class="time">-05:26 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> The crash reverberated through the cellar, causing the hissing noise to increase in pitch and jolting the figure awake. In the darkness a single eye snapped open, burning an infernal crimson. &quot;By the Putrid Spewing Nethers of Shorvalt! I am trying to sleep!&quot; Both of Noel's eyes were open now as she glared at the root-strewn ceiling, the shadows already swallowing her. <span class="time">-05:26 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit struggled against his cloak, pulling his own dagger free (now visibly an elongated spearhead), and wildly slashed at his cloak, freeing himself from near the bell and crawling as quickly as he could away from where the floor was beginning to give way to the weight of the bell. <span class="time">-05:27 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum stepped back a little, watching as the Bell fell out of view from the church's tower, and turning to Tequila with a puzzled yet amused expression he said &quot;What was that? Was that us?&quot; <span class="time">-05:27 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The rope fell down after the bell and landed across the pews on Eureka's left, the flames leaping onto the wood as if it were soaked in oil. The fire began to spread, faster than their eyes could follow. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #CCFFFF; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=ngm>As Rum turned around to speak to Tequila, he noticed something over her shoulder. His ship was in the dock where he had left it... but its upper deck was on fire. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Fire on the ropes. And oil. She could smell it thick in the air! Alexandra turned back, walking quickly towards Eureka and finally snatching her by the arm. &quot;The place is about to burn. Come with me, quickly. Out of the church.&quot; <span class="time">-05:29 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> The princess looked at the quickly spreading fire in horror! &quot;Yes,&quot; she agreed without much thought. Running to the front door was the best idea right now! <span class="time">-05:29 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;Great devouring bullsquids!&quot; Rum exclaimed, puching past Tequila a bit and stepping forwards as though it would give him a better look at the ship &quot;The ship! Dad's Ship! What are those pillock's doin'!?&quot; <span class="time">-05:30 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The floor gave way, the slabs collapsing around the front door and plunging down into the catacomb beneath. The fiery rope went with it, whipping around and setting other pews and wall-hangings on fire, along with the heavy curtains by the front door <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> As Koit came free of the trapped cloak he dove expertly away from the bell and got up into a run and scooped up his boots, ready to exit. <span class="time">-05:31 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> (Was the bell near the front door?) <span class="time">-05:31 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;OH GOOD GOD! WE'RE GOING TO DIE!&quot; screamed Lester as he hid behind the altar. <span class="time">-05:32 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> The shadows around Noel suddenly receded as she stared up at the flaming bell tumbling toward her in horror. &quot;Well shi-&quot; <span class="time">-05:32 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> (Yes) <span class="time">-05:32 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Brown hair framed the pair of jade green eyes set in a thin and pale face. Strange noises were coming from the church, the place which he had sought out in the first place. After all pilgrimages were not always made to bars. Next he noticed the smell of something burning, looking over to see a ship on fire out at the port. But that wasn't his problem right now. Walking a bit faster than his usual pace the stern-faced man made his way to the church. He would ignore all in his path unless they started up trouble. <span class="time">-05:32 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila shook her head. &quot;It couldn't have been.&quot; She looked around the town quickly, just in time to get pushed aside. She heard his outburst, and easily saw what caused it. &quot;The ship! It's on fire!&quot; she stated as though it wasn't obvious. <span class="time">-05:33 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit gathered his wits and avoided the flames as he made his way towards the priest and wrested him by the wrist, &quot;An exit? Where is it?&quot; He growled, &quot;And I'd better get a refund for all of this.&quot; <span class="time">-05:33 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> A great distorted clang reverberated through the church, as if the bell had collided with something heavy. <span class="time">-05:33 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;IT'S ON FIRE!&quot; shrieked the cleric, pointing a trembling finger at the door, which was now barred by a burning curtain and a bell-shaped chasm. &quot;YOU KILLED MY DOOR!&quot; <span class="time">-05:34 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Before the flaming, now considerably dented iron piece came flying up and through the hole in the floor. It hung suspended in the air for one horrific moment, before it began to plummet again. <span class="time">-05:35 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Before the princess wenting tearing off towards the front door where the slabs had fallen, Alexandra snagged her by the back of her shirt and jerked her back. &quot;Watch it.&quot; The entire room was burning, and all the ways out were now blocked by fire. ...And now that bell was freaking out, and Alexandra had a very chilling shiver down her spine! <span class="time">-05:35 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Arriving at the church, he could smell more fire and heard people shouting inside. Holy men were in danger! Perhaps even the priest he had come to see! Quickly bringing his battle axe into both hands, he started to chop into the door from the outside. Julius would rescue those trapped inside. Or else his journey would have ben rather pointless. <span class="time">-05:36 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit was having none of the priest's wild shreiking and brought the blunt face of the spearhead across Lester's cheek before dropping the priest as he caught the bell appearing from the hole below and dropping down again, &quot;What in the nine hells was that?&quot; <span class="time">-05:36 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;Yeh don' say lass?&quot; Rum shouted to the wind. &quot;LADS!!&quot; He called, heralding a selection of heads to be poked out windows and doors &quot;Lads! Get back to the ship! she's burning! You dogs better stop 'er or so 'elp me god!&quot; The pirates all ran off, leaving them there &quot;We bett'r focus then lass&quot; He said, though the normal spring in his voice was gone. &quot;You think we should try and get us some plunder b'fer that church burns completely?&quot; <span class="time">-05:36 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> &quot;The, the windows?&quot; the now very frightened princess asked. She had no intention of burning to death after all. <span class="time">-05:37 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>A figure rushed through the smoke, pushing Geal forcibly to one side. It was cloaked, wreathed in shadow. He caught barely a glimpse of it as it leapt across the chasm, underneath the bell which had just shot once more into the air. The cloaked figure cleared the gap in a single, inhuman leap and crashed through the doors and out of the church. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> After shoving his feet back into his boots Gael stood up was going to approach the cleric but noticed now that he was quite mad. Geal started running for another door when a shiver crawled up his spine and he looked back to see the bell come back up from the hole in the floor. Nasuea passed through Geal, and it had nothing to do with him being nervous. &quot;We must leave. Now!&quot; and he kicked a door open. <span class="time">-05:37 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> (Oops) <span class="time">-05:37 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The doors flew open and struck Julius, followed by a robed figure that collided with him and rollled with him down the marble steps into the street beyond <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Outside of the burning church, Noel materialized from the shadows, massaging her reddened fist. Her eyes narrowed as she scanned the treeline surrounding the church. <span class="time">-05:38 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila looked back at the church. &quot;Aye, there may still be something to salvage of the place.&quot; <span class="time">-05:38 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #CCFFFF; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=ngm>The door Geal had kicked open led to a small chapel, with a fireplace, rugs and chairs. It must have been where Lester had his private quarters. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Julius was knocked aside by a shadowy figure leaving the church in an ungodly fashion. Colliding with him rroughly, Julius used his training to end their roll with him on top. The shaft of the axe pinned the figure by the throat. &quot;WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?&quot; Nothing made of shadows was innocent in his eyes. The gauntlet on his hand had a blue glow coming from the runes. <span class="time">-05:40 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> &quot;There is our way out. Don't scream.&quot; Without explaining to the little girl what she was about to do, Alexandra heft her up under one arm. Taking a few steps backwards, Alexandra made a running leap over the hole in the floor and through the now open front doors. Alexandra dropped her just as quickly, pulling her gun and eyeing the fleeing arsonist now rolling on the ground with Julius. ...she had a delema! Help with that, or keep an eye on the girl! <span class="time">-05:40 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Before Julius had even finished speaking he was thrown into the air by a pulse of magic. The robed figure blinked out of existence and then reappeared in the air beside him, bringing his elbow down and slamming the man back into the ground. His attacker landed a second afterwards, snatching up a satchel he had dropped and making a dash for the nearest alleyway. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel's lips arched in a grin when she spotted Alexandra. &quot;Well, now it gets interesting.&quot; <span class="time">-05:42 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> &quot;There may be a safer way out back here!&quot; Geal didn't know who was left, or if there was anyone else, the smoke was getting too thick. He trudged into the room and dove through a window. <span class="time">-05:42 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit watched as Alexandra made her exit and steeled himself to do the same, making his way to the center of the church he sprinted as quickly as he could towards the now open door and lunged forward, clearing the gap with ease. As he landed he tripped and was sent spiraling out into the middle of the street. <span class="time">-05:42 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;Uuuugh... my stones.. no... I'm sorry my darlings...&quot; Lester muttered as he passed out behind the altar, flames and thick smoke gathering around him. <span class="time">-05:43 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Oh but the princess wanted to scream! Never the less she bit her lip and closed her eyes as they flew over the bell shaped casum. She opened them just in time to be dropped on the floor. &quot;ouch,&quot; she complained. &quot;How did you...?&quot; Pick me up like a rag doll. Maybe she didn't want to know. Dropping her boots, she quickly stuck her feet in them. <span class="time">-05:43 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum grinned at his sister, he trusted his men to sort out the ship, so he pushed the worry out of his mind and enjoyed the moment, a tactic he'd found incredibly usefull on many occasions. &quot;Then let's go my dearest!&quot; With that he swung the pulley, launching it forward and through one of the great stained glass windows on the side of the church, the glss smashing in with a tremendous crash. A massive plume of thick black smoke escaped as the glass gave way lit by a deep orange glow &quot;Er.. per'aps not then..?&quot; <span class="time">-05:43 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>As Koit landed in the alleyway beyond the chapel, a figure almost tripped over him. Pausing a moment and hooking the satchel over his shoulder, the robed figure kicked Geal full in the face and then leapt over him and ran onwards. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> (Sheesh, so rude) <span class="time">-05:45 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Julius felt the wind knocked out ouf him, landing on his back and his stern expression cracked. Getting himself up into a crouched position he looked up only to see the figure trying to escape. So long as there was life in him, this mysterious creature wouldn't escape! Dashing after the shadowy creature he slammed his axe's blade into the alley wall &amp; watched as cracks spread through it quickly. The wall collapsed right in the shadowy figure's path. <span class="time">-05:45 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> (sorry, change Koit to Geal there) <span class="time">-05:45 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The robed figure, having kicked Geal, had sprinted down the street only to find it blocked by Julius's shattering blow. He turned, straightening the straps of his satchel, and lifted a hand. Beneath his hood Julius could make out a bearded smile. And then there was a pulse of magic and the figure was gone. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila scowled. She had really been looking forward to what they may find in the place, but if there was going to be that much of a danger... Well, she sure wasn't going to risk it at this point. &quot;Should we hurry back, or try another way?&quot; she asked Rum, unsure of what she actually wanted his answer to be. After all, there could be great valuables in there burning. <span class="time">-05:47 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Alexandra was ready to give aid and give chase after Julias and the fleeing culprit... but for now someone else was more important. She turned to grumble at Eureka, a very clear frown could be seen under her cloak. There was still that chill feeling over her skin, but she hadn't yet seen... &quot;You chose a fine night to run away from home, <i>princess</i>.&quot; <span class="time">-05:48 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Julius glared at the bearded figure &amp; raised his axe up into the air. &quot;COWARD! COME BACK AND FACE ME!&quot; Only with occult tricks could someone have bested him so easily. Even then, had he gotten a chance to truly use his gauntlet the tide would have turned quite a bit. <span class="time">-05:49 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;Uuugh!&quot; Lester moaned as a pulley fell on top of him, along with the fragments of his nicely polished stainglass window. He went back to sleep, breathing in the lovely smoke as warm fires soothed his weary bones. <span class="time">-05:49 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal saw stars and red and black as from nowhere a booted foot connected with his face. For the moment he was blind and was pretty curtain there was blood flowing from his face. <span class="time">-05:49 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum paused a second,not looking at his sister, aware of a lot of noise round the front of the church. He pulled his pulley back, the hook catching Lester's robes. &quot;I say we pick up any val'bles once it's all black an' finished eh? He was aware of extra weight on his pulley an tugged at it harder, resulting on the priest flopping out through the window and him falling backwards. He stood back up quickly &quot;We don' tell the crew 'bout that right?&quot; He said before running over to the fallen man &quot;You ok sir? got any gold on yer?&quot; <span class="time">-05:51 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> As Koit picked himself up off the ground he looked back towards the door, expecting the priest to have followed. &quot;Shit...&quot; He growled, but there was no way to get back, at least from this entrance. From where he landed he could make out the women, the one who referred to herself as Eugenia and the other one that hardly spoke. He picked himself up and pulled his pistol free, noting the sounds of looting from elsewhere in the city. &quot;Ladies, it doesn't appear the city is any safer than that church.&quot; <span class="time">-05:51 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Her eyes growing wide, Eureka wondered not who this woman was, but how she'd been found out. Her own fathers men were off running south after her trail! She'd even sold the horse she had borrowed days earlier, knowing she was close to the coast. &quot;What do you want?&quot; <span class="time">-05:51 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Turning back toward the direction of the church, Julius started to run back towards the sacred structure which had been so defiled by fiendish flames. Whoever that bearded man was would pay for this. But now he had to check for survivors. Hopefully they had some information which could lead to sweet vengeance. <span class="time">-05:52 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;The bell...&quot; murmured Lester as he clutched at Rum's leg. &quot;The bell... stupid place to put it... my poor stones...&quot; He promptly passed out and Rum noticed that his leg was on fire. <span class="time">-05:53 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Behind Alexandra the shadows shifted. &quot;It seems you've come a long way from 'plucky scullery maid,' my dear.&quot; She did not look like the Noel Alex had known on the Night of Shame. The vampiress appeared older, now, her once wild dark hair now silvery and smooth. <span class="time">-05:54 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;Graduated to princess nabber?&quot; <span class="time">-05:54 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> &quot;I want to see you back home where you belo-&quot; Urg...! Alexandra froze, but just as quickly the only part of her face seen under the cloak had shifted from a frown to a snarl. She whirled around, a pistol pulled from her belt and pointed at the silver haired woman. &quot;Viper. I've been looking for you for a long, long time...&quot; <span class="time">-05:55 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Slowly his senses came back to him. Everything was differnt colored and he felt strange waves brushing against his mind. He saw figures who were colors they shouldn't be and colors flowing and throbbing. None of his made sense to him. He opened his eyes when he realized they were closed. Upon opening his eyes all was normal, and his face throbbed painfully as he tried getting up. <span class="time">-05:56 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;Well,&quot; Noel purred, cocking an eyebrow with clear amusement. &quot;Here I am, love. Let's see how you've grown.&quot; <span class="time">-05:57 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit jumped back as the third woman seemingly appeared from nowhere, and the woman that hadn't spoken much seemed to have quite a grudge with her. &quot;Eugenia, what's going on?&quot; He whispered, his pistol still at the ready. <span class="time">-05:58 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Arriving at the church quickly, Julius searched for anyone still living. He found Geal trying to stand up in pain. With the axe slung over his shoulder once more, he grabbed the wounded man's hand and helped him up. Leaning the injured man up against the wall a suspicious look took hold of his hard features. &quot;What happened here? What was that shadowy creature?&quot; <span class="time">-05:58 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> &quot;Of course,&quot; Tequila muttered as she poked at the man with the toe of her boot. &quot;Is he still alive?&quot; she asked just before Lester spoke. She rose an eyebrow, and then saw that the poor guy's leg was on fire. &quot;Rum!&quot; she exclaimed, pulling off her threadbare shirt to reveal a dark tank and began to put out the fire. <span class="time">-05:59 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> A grim smile flashed under the hood, complete with a hint of pearly white teeth. &quot;I'm no fool, viper. What are you seeking here?&quot; Alexandra cocked her pistol, her other hand hovering near the silver dagger at her hip. There was a princess here, a burning church and a fleeing assailant. This was more than a random encounter, and if something larger was at stake... even if she DID want to rip the bitch's face off, she had to think of the bigger picture! <span class="time">-05:59 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> The princess shook her head, she knew not what was going on. She did know one thing though. &quot;Don't know, not staying to find ou,&quot; and with that the princess started going down the stairs. <span class="time">-06:00 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> &quot;W-wait!&quot; Koit cried out, not wishing to be caught up in what appeared to be bad blood between the other two women, and set off after the princess. &quot;Don't leave me with them!&quot; <span class="time">-06:01 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;Ow! Ow!&quot; Lester murmured as Tequila beat the fire out on his leg. &quot;No mother, stop! I won't touch it again - I swear!&quot; <span class="time">-06:02 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal tried gathering his focus but the pain was pretty distracting, it was almost all he could think about. &quot;Well....The bell broke the ground...and there was fire...and I was kicked in the face.&quot; Slowly, before, Julius's eyes, the gash on his cheek started to knit back together. <span class="time">-06:02 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel laughed, non-pulsed by the pistol aimed at her heart. &quot;My dear, you'd better be catching your quarry. Show some pride,&quot; she motioned to the fleeing princess. <span class="time">-06:02 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> A look of mistrust bloomed in his green eyes upon witnessing the wound healing itself. No normal human could do that without magic. If this WAS a normal human. &quot;How are you healing like that? Tell me or I'll give you a worse wound than THAT.&quot; It seemed that anyone who did not appear quite so human was subject to his wrath. At least until that fugitive had been caught. <span class="time">-06:04 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Gods be damned. Alexandra's pistol was holstered in a flash of a second, her other hand flicking out as she cast her magic. Magic the viper bitch had graced her with...! A whip made of her own shadow flickered out, catching the fleeing princess and her stupid running companion both by the legs. She jerked it until the fell face first to the ground. <span class="time">-06:04 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;Poor man's delirious!&quot; Rum chuckled, before grabbing the man by his face and delivering a light 'wake-up' backhand to him. &quot;Now we was just happily pillagin' this 'ere town, it's a nice town by the way good work, when suddenly all hell broke loose.&quot; He said, looking in the man's eyes and hoping he understood. &quot;Now you have any idea 'oo did this to yer church? Cos I 'ave a fellin' in mah bones it's the same buggers that set my ship alight!&quot; He looked to Tequila, to see if she agreed with his suspicions before releasing the man's face. <span class="time">-06:05 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The rain was falling heavier now, and night was drawing in. The fire had consumed most of the church now - fierce and unquenchable. Luckily the pirate ship had not been as badly damaged and the rest of Rum's crew were getting it under control. As the town was pillaged by the pirates, the small castle in the middle of town remained silent despite the lanterns burning there. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Unseen by the others, Noel frowned and clutched her side as if it pained her, before regaining her composure. <span class="time">-06:07 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> &quot;What? What are you talking about?&quot; His cheek felt really itchy but his head stopped throbbing. As soon as Julius spoke and had Geal's attention the wound stopped healing. At least it stopped after the bleeding stopped. &quot;Where-Is everyone else okay?&quot; Geal blinked &quot;Who are you?&quot; <span class="time">-06:07 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> Lester blinked and came to his senses, setting up on the wet grass and looking around. &quot;Wh... where am I?&quot; He squinted up at the two pirates standing over him. &quot;Father Mallory? What... how...&quot; The young cleric looked thoroughly confused. <span class="time">-06:07 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Fwmph! And like that the princess was laid low, in the mud. Irritation was oozing from her very being as she lifted herself up. &quot;Let me go!&quot; she demanded in a voice no longer sweet but authoritative. She fumbled at her leg, trying to detach whatever it was that had caught her ankles. <span class="time">-06:07 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit was falling face-first towards the pavement yet again, but by what he couldn't quite ascertain. He set his pistol back in the loop of his belt and began kicking at whatever held his leg, even reaching for his spearhead to try and lash at it. <span class="time">-06:08 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila looked at her now ruined shirt and sighed. That was her favorite one too. She half listened to Rum's interrogation, listening harder when he mentioned that the bugger involved in the church fire was involved in the ship's. She glanced at Rum to see him looking at her. &quot;Aye, a good assumption indeed.&quot; Tequila tossed the shirt aside. <span class="time">-06:08 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> &quot;Flee from me again and I'll be carrying you back to your castle tied to a stick!&quot; she shouted through the rain. Her eyes were right back on Noel, however, narrowing when she jumped at the woman without warning. Brandishing that silver knife and aiming for her throat! <span class="time">-06:09 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> Lester looked wide-eyed at the two pirates. &quot;Are you...er... are you friends of Father Mallory?&quot; <span class="time">-06:10 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum sighed &quot;'E didn't 'ear a damned word aye said!&quot; He shrugged. &quot;Yer outside a church lad, an i'd wager it's yours, but you'd know better 'an I. It's gone though.. real shame that, bet you 'ad some nice pretties in there ey?&quot; <span class="time">-06:10 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> (damnit, switch Lester and Rum) <span class="time">-06:10 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> Lester got up, unsteadily, leaning on Rum for support. Then, turning, he noticed the burning church behind him. &quot;OH MY GOD! THE CHURCH IS ON FIRE!&quot; He started rushing forward again. &quot;FATHER MALLORY! FATHER!&quot; <span class="time">-06:11 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> He didn't know what Geal was and didn't trust him. But right now this was the only person he had found near the church. &quot;I am Julius Belgrade. A member of the Holy Brotherhood. Who are YOU?&quot; If anyone peered below his cloak they would find armor covering his chest with the symbol of his order engraved into it. Now he held Geal by the collar, clearly not intending to let him go until he got some answers of his own. &quot;More importantly, where is the priest of this church?&quot; <span class="time">-06:12 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> &quot;Let me go you damnable woman!&quot; Eureka yelled once more. She was too close to her freedom for this to happen. <span class="time">-06:13 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel's form blurred for a moment, as she seemed to glide between the rain drops, Alex's blade barely skimming her neck. &quot;You've gotten fast, but this is pointless, my heart.&quot; Noel's voice barely rang out above Lester's screams. A tentacle made of thick shadow shot out from Noel's shadow and grasped Alexandra's wrist. The dark appendage twisted to an impossible angle, trying to force her to drop the knife. <span class="time">-06:14 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> &quot;Let go you BITCH!&quot; Koit cried out, as he continued to lash at whatever held his ankle with the spearhead with one arm while with the other he tried to pull himself from the grasp of whatever enchantment she had placed on him. <span class="time">-06:14 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila grabbed Lester by the collar and pulled him back. &quot;Oh no you don't! I didn't just ruin a shirt to save you just for you to run back in and get yourself killed,&quot; she growled. <span class="time">-06:15 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Alexandra let go of the princess and thief. Not because they asked, but because she had bigger bitches to fry! She twisted her arm, wrapping the shadow around it farther and gripped on to it with her other hand. She jerked it HARD tugging Noel forward. &quot;I've learned your tricks as well, viper. What are your plans here?! Destroying another royal family? Raping a village and helpless priests?!&quot; <span class="time">-06:16 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;I have to save him!&quot; Lester yelled, struggling against Tequila. &quot;FATHER MALLORY!&quot; He pushed against Tequila and fell with her across the wet ground of the graveyard, the two if them colliding with a headstone. The cleric was sobbing and struggling. <span class="time">-06:16 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> The Holy Brotherhood. Geal's eyebrows rose, he knew of them &quot;I am Geal D'Sheck from the Fosten monastary, we are brothers by faith, it is an honor to meet you. I did not see the priest come out of the church...the smoke was too thick.&quot; <span class="time">-06:17 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Whatever was holding Koit there was released, and he sighed but he knew it wasn't over yet, he clutched the princess and helped her to her feet. &quot;The castle. Go.&quot; <span class="time">-06:18 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;Woah now boy!&quot; Rum roared as he picked up the priest by the scruff of his neck. &quot;As the lass said, we aint lettin' you go kill yersel' after we jus' saved yeh.&quot; He glanced at his sister. &quot;Now what's in it fer us if we save yer father?&quot; He asked, putting the man down, but not letting go &quot;You alrigh'?&quot; he asked the woman. <span class="time">-06:19 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Finally she was free! Getting up onto her feet, mud dripping off her she glanced back at the two women, magic arcane, fighting. &quot;what?&quot; she asked in confusion as the man geared her arm. She wanted a ship not a castle! <span class="time">-06:19 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> Lester continued thrashing and trying to get at the church, tears streaming down his cheeks. Behind him, the headstone Tequila had collided with reflected the fires of the church. It was engraved with a name..... FATHER THOMAS MALLORY. <span class="time">-06:20 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;All of those things sound lovely, but I've moved on to bigger things,&quot; Noel mused as Alexandra's fist suddenly shattered her jaw, sending a spray of blood across the younger vampire's face. &quot;And you may have learned many tricks,&quot; Alexandra's body suddenly dropped, as if through a trapdoor. She emerged again, through the shadow of a tree branch at the base of the stairs. &quot;You haven't learned everything.&quot; <span class="time">-06:20 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila fell back, keeping her hold on the mad priest, and felt her head hit something hard. She sat up and rubbed her head, turning to look at see what it was. Rum helped the priest up and she chuckled. &quot;Lookie here, Rum. I don't think we'll be saving anyone.&quot; <span class="time">-06:20 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel grinned down at Alexandra from the top of the stairs, her broken jaw already mending. <span class="time">-06:22 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> &quot;It's far from here and easily defendable, besides, I heard an ancestor of mine had spent a bit of time here, we can escape past it if it's not far enough for you but for now let's get out of here!&quot; He hissed at her, tugging at her arm as he began to charge forward, away from the two women entwined in their fight. <span class="time">-06:22 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Geal still did not have his complete trust as this could have been a desperate lie. But he was alone here and needed allies for now. Even potentially false ones. It was more than once now he had heard a priest name yelled across the town. He turned to see a cleric in peril, apparently being assaulted by strange women. One of them appeared enshrouded in darkness. Glaring angrily he spoke to Geal in a lower voice than usual. &quot;Search inside for Father Mallory. If you try to flee, I will find you.&quot; Charging off toward where Lester thrashed so helplessly. &quot;LEt that cleric go. NOW.&quot; Battle Axe in hand, his face had no room for patience. <span class="time">-06:22 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;Oh bloody 'ell&quot; Rum exclaimed, realising that he now couldn't let the man go, lest he get himself hurt, and he'd never hear the end of it from his sister if he did. &quot;Ok then lad&quot; He said, hoisting the much smaller priest over his shoulder. &quot;Time ter go for a walk ey?&quot; We can come back when the fire's done it's work.&quot; <span class="time">-06:23 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> It was sadly the only half sensible thing,besides it did not seem the man was going to let her say no. Later she would slip away again, but for the moment she ran with Koit, in the rain, to the castle <span class="time">-06:24 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> The shifting through the shadows had been disorienting... but mostly just angering! No, no she <i>hadn't</i> learned that trick just yet! Growling in anger, Alex through her hands out and wove her shadows around Noel's legs. Giving another sharp jerk to fling her body across the church's courtyard! &quot;I've got no patient for games with you!&quot; <span class="time">-06:24 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;No! Father! He's still in there! NO!&quot; Lester kicked and thrashed as the pirate hoisted him onto his shoulder. Across the graveyard he could see Julius appearing from the smoke and yelling his ultimatum. <span class="time">-06:25 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel's lips parted in a silent scream, or was it a laugh, choked by the blood that erupted from her throat. She dazed lay on the steps, body too broken to heal quickly. <span class="time">-06:26 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> &quot;Right, just go back inside and search for Father Mallory&quot; Geal took a few steps from the church and looked around at it, observing the flames and the smoke pouring out of the windows. &quot;Sure.&quot; Geal went up to one of the billowing windows and tried using his cloak to fan the smoke away so he could look in. <span class="time">-06:26 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila turned to the yelling. &quot;Why, so he can run inside after a dead man?&quot; she snapped at the stranger. <span class="time">-06:28 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Inside the church, Geal could just make out the bell lying on its side amidst the burning pews. There was hole drilled through it, about the size of a fist. No one had noticed this when it first dropped. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> &quot;He's not going anywhere. I'll take him But niether are you. I WANT ANSWERS!&quot; He yelled, closing the distance between them rather quickly as he passed across the hallowed ground. &quot;I'll take him now.&quot; <span class="time">-06:30 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> (Make that courtyard, not steps.) <span class="time">-06:30 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Alexandra moved fast. Her vest parting as she pulled a solid, thick piece of jagged wood from it. She didn't question the ease of felling her sire, all she thirsted for was the woman's death! Solid in her hand, Alexandra brought the stake down swift. Piercing the vampire's heart with the very wood of the Gahron Tree, granted to her from the tree itself. She twisted it in the woman's chest. Burying it up the edge until there was a satisfying splinter of the wood hitting the stairs on the other side of her body! <span class="time">-06:30 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> (ahem, courtyard ground then...!) <span class="time">-06:31 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #CCFFFF; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=ngm>The castle was small and ramshackle, built onto the ruins of a much older mound. A small stone path led up to it, where carriages lay idle and malnourished horses were tied up. The portcullis was fully raised and rusting. It looked like it hadn't been lowered in years. In the gatehouse, they could see a guard with his feet up on the table, snoozing away. His uniform was a mess and he smelled of too many nights without a good bath. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal noticed the odd hole in the bell, and at this moment he couldn't decide what it meant. He turned away from the window and smashed in another &quot;Fathe-*coughhackcoughcough*&quot; smoke billowed out of the window once he smashed it open. <span class="time">-06:32 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel's eyes shot open, a gasp escaping her lips as she writhed on the edge of the stake, which had suddenly sprouted tiny roots that pierced her flesh. Noel was laughing, even as the stake, guided by some unseen force, moved Alexandra's arm back. Noel was still laughing when she sat up and hooked her finger into the collar of her tunic. &quot;You see, my heart...&quot; <span class="time">-06:34 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;Sure! 'ave 'im!&quot; Rum rumbled, tossing the priest at the charging man. &quot;We just didn't wan' ter waste a good shirt!&quot; He laughed, looking at his sister. &quot;Well with that little adventure done, whaddaya say we go check out tha' castle? I fear the boys may not have brought back as much as we'd 'oped, what with the fire an all!&quot; <span class="time">-06:34 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel's tunic fell open to reveal her naked breast, spattered with aged roots that pulsed life into her. &quot;We're in service to the same God.&quot; The heart of the Gahron Tree beat in place of her once dead one. <span class="time">-06:35 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> For the first time in a very, very long time Alexandra looked stunned and startled! &quot;Wh-...what the fuck...!&quot; Alexandra stumbled backwards. What was this shit! She didn't even... <span class="time">-06:36 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;Oooph!&quot; Lester hit the ground and rolled against the headstone, where the name &quot;FATHER THOMAS MALLORY&quot; was inscribed. He didn't notice this as he put his hand on the gravestone and pulled himself up again to gaze at the church. &quot;Where are the nuns?&quot; he gasped. &quot;Oh god... why...?&quot; <span class="time">-06:36 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit frowned at the aspect of being faced with a guard but it seemed like he was asleep for now and for that Koit was thankful. &quot;Okay, I'm going to sneak past, follow exactly as I do Eugenia.&quot; He nodded seriously at her as he crouched down and began to slowly creep along the edge of the outer wall and just under eye level of where the guard would catch him should he suddenly awaken. <span class="time">-06:36 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> This was the stupidest thing ever! Why sneak into the castle? She did as she was told though, not wanting to draw yet more attention to herself. The imps of perversion must have laid in wait in this town, that was the only explanation for this night! <span class="time">-06:38 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Reeking of smoke and smudged with some soot Geal made his way to the back of the church while putting his cloak back on and putting his pack back on over it. &quot;Oh there's the priest. Excuse me Julius, but I can't get back in the church it is too....Oh, I found father Mallory.&quot; Geal walked over and crouched in front of the tombstone the priest was using to stand up. <span class="time">-06:38 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> Lester grabbed Geal suddenly, shaking him. &quot;YOU DID? IS HE ALRIGHT? WHERE IS HE???&quot; <span class="time">-06:40 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;I died on the roots of that tree, Alexandra,&quot; Noel was already retying her tunic closed, her expression guarded. &quot;With the rain and the blood it absorbed me, gave me a choice: Serve the elder magics or remain trapped in that earthen prison forever.&quot; A long fang peeked from her lips as Noel grinned to her ward. &quot;You can guess the rest.&quot; <span class="time">-06:40 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>As Koit and Eureka crept past the guardhouse, there was the sound of drunken singing from the courtyard. Two guards were making their way across the yard, leaning against one another and sharing a flagon of ale. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> &quot;Easy easy. Look.&quot; with as gentle a disposition he could muster Geal directed Lester's attention to the tombstone, resting a hand on his back. <span class="time">-06:41 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Skidding to a sudden stop and creating a cloud of dust, he quickly turned and headed for where Lester had landed. Spotting the tombstone he sighed bitterly. A pang of sympathy was felt for the grieving lad. Just his luck. He looked up in time to see Geal approaching. &quot;Yes, it seems we all found the father.&quot; Pointing at the tombstone while looking over at Lester as the cleric grabbed Geal in what looked like madness. &quot;Calm down cleric! We found him. He's buried here.&quot; He sighed and caught his breath. &quot;NOW THEN. . . what happened here?&quot; <span class="time">-06:42 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;Wh... how... I...&quot; Lester gripped the headstone, peering closely at the engravings and at the date of death below it. More than a decade ago. &quot;But... it's... I... he.... I WAS JUST COOKING HIM BREAKFAST!!&quot; <span class="time">-06:42 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila shook her head sadly. &quot;Yes, let's go, Rum. I think we're done here,&quot; she stated as she turned away from the strangers. &quot;Might as well get something out of this night.&quot; <span class="time">-06:43 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Julius tilted his head. &quot;Don't tell me this fire was result of your cooking.&quot; Confusion was starting to set in. Something was definitely wrong here. <span class="time">-06:44 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> &quot;If you give me some bullshit about working with the good guys...&quot; she hissed. Serving the Gahron tree. Why would anything, EVER, let this viper...! It was now that Alexandra realized the princess was missing. The girl's footprints still fresh over the muddy ground. Though she gave a frustrated growl, almost tilting on her feet in the want to attack Noel again... Alexandra had to take off running towards the castle! <span class="time">-06:44 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit stopped suddenly, peering into the courtyard and stopping short of throwing his hands into the air from frustration. &quot;You seem to have a way with words, maybe you should go ask them for refuge?&quot; He turned and whispered to the princess, &quot;Otherwise we'll have to find another way to sneak in...&quot; <span class="time">-06:44 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> &quot;You just know they'll be kinder to a girl,&quot; she hissed at the man. She then stood and walked in the direction of the men. &quot;Good guards, some assistance please.&quot; <span class="time">-06:46 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum grinned as they came across the front of the castle, the guard sitting in his post. The other's were ahead of them and he could not see them, nor did he know they were there. He marched up to the guard's little room and leaned on the windowsill peering in &quot;Hello there!&quot; He said stirring the guard with a start. &quot;I see you are guarding this fine establishment, and I'm sure you do a ver' good job too! And bein' the upstandin' gentl'man I am I thought I'd inform yeh that I and this lass 'ere be pirates, an' we intend on pillaging this fine establishment tonight. Now you can try an' stop us if yer wan' but I would'ne recommend it on account of you bein' a small, dirty man, and me bein' a much larger, yet still dirty, man.&quot; <span class="time">-06:47 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> &quot;I don't know how to explain it. Maybe it was...something in the church, padre.&quot; He remembered the chilling feeling he had, and remembered the bell flying up into the air, and the fist sized hole in it. <span class="time">-06:47 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> Lester slumped against the gravestone, weeping helplessly. &quot;It can't be... I just saw him.... OH GOD, WHY?!!&quot; <span class="time">-06:47 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit couldn't refute her words, following behind her silently, taking a careful glance over his shoulder, his hand resting on his pistol at his hip. <span class="time">-06:47 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Looking down at the tombstone again, Julius finally took a closer look at the date. &quot;Well cleric that doesn't seem quite possible.&quot; Slinging his axe back over his shoulder a sigh escaped him before turning those green eyes on Geal. &quot;Do you think something's bewitched him?&quot; <span class="time">-06:48 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The two guards whirled at the sound of Eureka's voice, fixing drunken eyes on her. They stared at her for a moment and then smiled. "Oh hey, they're early!" One of them turned to the barracks at the other end of the courtyard and shouted. "She's here!" The other one fumbled for his pockets, reaching in and pulling out a playing card. He swayed towards Eureka, belching drunkenly. "Ace of... of Diamonds... that means... I'm first. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The guard at the gatehouse woke up and stared at Rum. Then he yawned and looked past him, cocking an ear at the sound of the pirates pillaging the town. "Noisier than usual tonight? Well, whatever floats your boat." He noticed Tequila and gave a smile, before reaching into his jacket and taking out a playing card. "Four of clubs, darling. I'll be seeing your soon." He winked at her. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> When I was in the church, before the bell fell, I was feeling something ominous. And after the bell broke through the ground, it got worse. A cold cold feeling, like nothing I felt before.&quot; Geal shudders at remembering it &quot;Then, all this happened.&quot; He waved vaguely back at the burning church. <span class="time">-06:52 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> The muddy princess was very confussed by the drunk guard, but they were drunk. &quot;who is the master of this estate?&quot; It was best to just find someone sober! <span class="time">-06:52 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;No, the old priest died ten years ago.&quot; The shadows behind Geal and Juilius shifted, parted, and through stepped Noel, her eyes trained on the cleric before the tombstone. &quot;The same day the vampires put the glamour on him.&quot; <span class="time">-06:53 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The guard continue stumbling towards Eureka, unzipping his fly and grinning. "You are, darling." He answered. "YOU ARE." <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila scoffed at the guard before scowling. &quot;In your dreams, maybe,&quot; she grumbled before storming through the gate. She didn't bother to see if Rum was following. She couldn't believe that guard! <span class="time">-06:54 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;AAAAAGH!&quot; screamed Lester as the vampire appeared before them. He scrambled away from the headstone and hid behind Julius, clutching his leg. <span class="time">-06:54 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> The chill spread through him again like a wave as Geal turned around, muttering a prayer at the same time to face the creature, what ever it was. <span class="time">-06:54 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> &quot;OI! Back off!&quot; Koit shouted, seeing what was happening and retrieved the spearhead from his waistband. &quot;Touch her and I'll chop it off.&quot; He growled thrusting the tip of the spearhead at the guard. &quot;We're here to seek refuge from the village.&quot; <span class="time">-06:55 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> &quot;It must be the creature I chased through the town. Whatever it was, it knew powerful magic.&quot; Julius had just enough time to speak before he felt darkness close by. Soon enough a woman's voice followed. Readying his battle axe, Julius wore an expression of cold stone. &quot;And why would they do that, creature of the dark? Choose your next words carefully creature of darkness. . . you are unwelcome here. . .&quot; <span class="time">-06:56 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> What a moment for Alexandra to arrive. A completely horrified looking princess and a guard dropping his pants. ...and a thief thrusting his spear at a guard. Without caring two licks of what happened to the thief, Alexandra stomped up behind Eureka, hoisted her up under and arm, and turned around to leave the castle with her. &quot;I told you not to run from me, and here you are making matters worse.&quot; <span class="time">-06:56 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum stared at the guard in disbelief, as if expecting him to be dead for a second after Tequila left. &quot;Ah swear, noone in this bloody village listens to a word I say. An' it were a good lit'le speech too!&quot; He said, smacking the guard sharply round the side of the head as he turned away and followed Tequila. <span class="time">-06:57 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The guard recoiled quickly, stooping down with his hands above his head as Koit approached him. "I'm sorry, Master. I'm sorry." He waved the card feebly. "But... I'm the Ace... I swear, it's my card!" Behind them, other soldiers were stumbling out of the barracks, all half-dressed, drunk and fixing hungry eyes on Eureka. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>"Aagh!" hissed the guard as Rum struck him. He cowered down behind his desk, going quiet and sitting in the shadows obediently. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> &quot;Wha...&quot; this was beyond drunkenness and Eureka was glad for Koit to step in at that awkward moment. Though her relief was short lived as she was once more grabbed by the magic woman. &quot;You again?&quot; <span class="time">-07:00 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel regarded Julius with a level stare. &quot;And you would do well to remember to whom you speak, human.&quot; Noel folded her arms across her chest and turned her gaze to the castle in the distance. &quot;The vampires have this entire town in their grasp.&quot; <span class="time">-07:00 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit nearly shreiked as Alexandra snatched the princess from behind him. &quot;What are you doing here? Leave this woman alone!&quot; He cried out, grabbing his pistol and training it on the guard while he pointed the blade at the magic woman. <span class="time">-07:01 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;You are all in great danger.&quot; <span class="time">-07:01 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Alexandra stopped, Eureka still under her arm as the woman tilted her own head to glance over her shoulder. &quot;This woman is going back to her home. You would do well to stop walking head first in to trouble. There is something ill in this town.&quot; Her head motioned to gesture at the guard who was still leering... yet didn't seemed to be concerned with how strange Koit, Eureka and even herself were. Normally guards made a huge fuss. <span class="time">-07:03 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal eyed the burning church and remembered getting kicked in the face, and now looked at this creature. &quot;Yeah thanks for the warning.&quot; <span class="time">-07:03 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>"Hey!" slurred one of the guard as they watched Alexandra pick up Eureka. "What this shit? Which one are we getting?" <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> &quot;And I'll hold your heart in my grasp if you don't remeber to whom you speak, vampire.&quot; Clenching the hand with thegauntlet into a fist, it glowed with a pure blue light. One that would not leave Noel feeling so high and mighty before him. The Brotherhood had sent him here prepared with a powerful relic. Holy power that could turn the tide of an entire battle. <span class="time">-07:03 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: "Verdana",verdana,serif; color: #FFFFFF; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> <font size=1 face=verdana>[<font color=red>Tequila Gulbrand</font> logged out of the chat.]</font> <span class="time">-((07:05 Aug 29))</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;I just.. I... I was cooking breakfast...&quot; Lester muttered as he clutched Julius's leg and looked away from the vampire. &quot;There was a knock on the door... I... I answered and...wh... I... EYES.. THOSE EYES...&quot; <span class="time">-07:05 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit narrowed his gaze, as if sizing up Alexandra. &quot;All right, but you'd better take me with you, at least out of this town because I'm not sticking around with this madness.&quot; He frowned, turning his gun away from the woman and back to the guard. &quot;And what about mister happy here?&quot; <span class="time">-07:05 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;Now now what's this?&quot; Rum roared happily, as he walked in on the tense scene with Tequila. &quot;don't mind us!&quot; He said, walking between Koit and the guard, &quot;We'll just be takin' some oh this castle's pretties. And then we'll be on our way! no 'arm done!|&quot; <span class="time">-07:06 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The guards were slowly gathering and not looking so cheerful anymore. All of them began taking playing cards out of their pockets and looking expectantly at Alexandria and Eureka. "Well?" shouted one of them. "Are we doing this or not?" <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Ah, vampire. &quot;Yeah, padre, you were put under a glamour by a vampire and that is why you do not remember Father Mallory dying.&quot; <span class="time">-07:07 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel turned her attention from Julius and Geal and back to Lester. &quot;Now,&quot; she purred kneeling before the shaking man. &quot;I need you to remember, Brother Lester, where the other door is.&quot; <span class="time">-07:08 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;Aaagh! THE EYES!&quot; Lester brought an arm across his face and buried his head in the grass. &quot;JUST LIKE THOSE! STARING... DEEP... OH GOD!&quot; He was crying again, his body shaking with mortal terror. <span class="time">-07:09 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Alexandra flashed the guards a brilliant smile. One that didn't match the impatient tone in her voice. &quot;Dear hearts, we are not the ones you are waiting for tonight... When they arrive, I am sure you will find bliss.&quot; Shifting Eureka's weight, she continued walking. <span class="time">-07:10 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Being next to this creature didn't make Geal feel good at all, but he was going to stay by Lester. &quot;I think you've put him through enough.&quot; <span class="time">-07:10 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Some of the guards lowered their heads, while others cursed. One of them edged towards Koit, pointing nervously. "What about him? Is.. is he for us?" Another two were eyeing up Rum as he arrived in his pirate outfit. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Given the fact she was kneeling right next to him, Julius held the battle axe in a position ready to hack apart Noel. He hated to gain information through means of dark magic. Using the unbladed end of the battle axe he knocked Noel away from the cleric roughly. &quot;I'VE HAD ENOUGH OF YOU! Set him free from this glamour of yours or I swear I will cut your head off right NOW!&quot; <span class="time">-07:12 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit didn't waste any time following Alex and Eureka, putting his gun away and retrieving a staff that had been strapped to his back underneath the cloak the whole time and attached the spearhead to the spear. &quot;No but they are.&quot; Koit smirked and jabbed a thumb at the two pirates, before picking up his pace after Alexandra. <span class="time">-07:12 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> This was uncomfortable and humilitating, but Eureka did not want to be dropped again, and perhaps have to stay in this unholy castle! <span class="time">-07:12 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The guards turned towards Rum and Tequila and all at once started forward, each of them waving their playing card. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> There was a raise of her eyebrow as Koit so willingly sold out the two others that had appeared. But seeing as they weren't her current charge... She shrugged her shoulders and continued walking off with Eureka! &quot;We are getting out of this castle as quickly as possible.&quot; <span class="time">-07:15 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel's eyes shifted upward to glance at Geal and Julius from her kneeling position, now a few feet away from them. A primal, ancient insanity swirled in their depths even though her voice was steady and smooth. &quot;It was not I who did this to him. I serve a different purpose,&quot; she cooed, unfazed by the blow. Blood dripped from her split lips. &quot;And I am, if you would just ALLOW ME.&quot; The last two words tore through their ears like a death whimper, that chilled them to the bone. <span class="time">-07:15 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> &quot;I honestly have no issue with that Miss,&quot; the princess replied from under the vampiress' arm. Later perhaps she could get away from the strange woman, but for now she wanted to escape the degrnged guards. <span class="time">-07:16 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum glared at Koit, before glancing at Tequila and then the guards &quot;Now lass.. I don' think we need ter..&quot; But it was too late, the idea of one man buying her 'services' had got her annoyed, the idea of her giving herself to this many men resulted only in a whirling blade and a lot of blood. Rum sighed and picked up a playing card, inspecting it sadly before turning to the now leaving Koit. &quot;See what yer've done!? This be on yer head.. not mine lad!&quot; He called out, throwing the card down, his shoulders sagging, he hated needless loss of life. <span class="time">-07:17 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> &quot;I said I'm coming with you!&quot; Koit cried out and chased after Alexandra his spear bouncing at his side. &quot;Don't blame me, I'm just a humble theif!&quot; <span class="time">-07:18 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>As Tequila struck down the first guard the others turned and fled, rushing back into the barracks and hiding under the beds. They slammed the doors closed and peered through the window, cowering and terrified. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> &quot;Agh!&quot; oh it hurt, but he felt the tearing sensation eased by what felt like a cushion of power. Geal watched, both his arms tucked uner his cloak as he looked up at the vampire. &quot;Do it.&quot; <span class="time">-07:20 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum chuckled a bit as he watched the men flee, there was something rather amusing about pure terror in a drunk man. &quot;C'mon Tequila! let's get us some pretties!&quot; He called, but she didn't move &quot;I'll stay here, I'll kill any of those bastards that come back out!&quot; Rum shrugged and made for a wodden door into one of the castle's round towers. <span class="time">-07:22 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Julius clenched his jaw in anger, for the first time in a long time feeling helpless in a situation which had such a brutally clear solution. He should have just decapitated Noel. Lies were all that came from the mouths of unholy ones. He did not believe them. Chilled to the bone as he was. . . there was still an iron will and a soul of steel beneath all that armor. &quot;You have one chance vampire. But I will not allow you to continue defiling this poor cleric much longer. Help him before I really hurt you.&quot; His words rang coldly, not having the supernatural force which Noel did. But it was clear that he would fight for the soul of Lester. Stranger or not, no innocent man deserved such torment. <span class="time">-07:22 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel glided forward until she knelt with Lester again, her hands cupping his face. &quot;All right my sweet,&quot; she lowered her lips to his ear and whispered, her voice taking on strange depths. &quot;I need you to think about doors. I need you to remember, my darling.&quot; One finger slipped under his hood, soothing his brow. &quot;Remember the other door for me, Lester.&quot; <span class="time">-07:24 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> &quot;Idiots.&quot; Was all Alexandra muttered under her breath when the pirates didn't seem to want to follow them out. The castle was no place for anyone... it was a bitter, cursed place. Much like the rest of the town. Alexandra kept stomping back towards town... that shivery sensation was running up her spine again. That meant the Viper was still there. ....What for?! <span class="time">-07:25 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Roots sprouted from her finger tips and tickled the skin of his cheeks. <span class="time">-07:26 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal's eyebrows rose as he watched roots spread from the vampires fingers. <span class="time">-07:28 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;Doors.. but there's only... well..apart from ... the stones... the pretty stones. Underneath. That's where they went. They told me... they told me to look after the pretty stones. The covered the catacombs... where the people went.. the people with the eyes. They came out through the main stone... underneath the bell tower...&quot; <span class="time">-07:28 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Once beyond the wall the princess, who had been still, started to wiggle. &quot;You may but me down now,&quot; she said in a displeased voice. There was only so much of being carried around like a bail of hay she could handle after all. <span class="time">-07:28 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit looked at Alexandra expectantly. &quot;I'd do it, it's not like she could get away from you with that...thing you can do with that magic you seem to have.&quot; He turned up his nose as he walked alongside her. &quot;What's the best way out of the town? Maybe we can...er...commandeer a ship?&quot; <span class="time">-07:30 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel frowned and resisted the urge to shake Lester. &quot;No darling, the bell fell on that one. We can't go that way anymore,&quot; her grip on his became firmer, but not painful, as she pulled his head back to look into his eyes. By now the roots had tangled themselves in his hair. &quot;I need the other door, the secret.&quot; <span class="time">-07:31 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>As Rum entered the west tower, he could hear a strange sound from within. It was similar to scratching or rustling. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> Lester frowned, lost in Noel's eyes. &quot;The other...? Oh... yes... in case the main tunnel was blocked.... in case someone blocked it.. yes... another tunnel... all the way to the south... under the town... they showed me it... when they gave me the pretty stones... the ones to cover them. The pretty stones were taken from the second entrance... where the lovely ruins. The lovely old ruins.... at the castle.... that's where the tunnel starts...&quot; <span class="time">-07:34 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Rum heard a crashing sound from one of the rooms ahead of him <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> &quot;What are in these tunnels that is so important?&quot; Julius was wary of the information that Lester gave. It may have been a trick of someone in a vampire's thrall. He would never trust a vampire. <span class="time">-07:36 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum grumbled, more drunk guards he bet. He placed his hand on his cutlass handle and let the rope uncoil from his left hand to hold the pulley loose and swinging. &quot;Bloody guards&quot; he said, picking up a rusted goblet and tossing it aside before venturing through another door, further into the castle. <span class="time">-07:36 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;The... people... the ones... who... the travellers. They needed somewhere to rest.&quot; <span class="time">-07:37 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> &quot;_I_ will be taking her highness home.&quot; Alexandra stopped long enough to drop the princess, but as soon as the girl was back on her feet, Alexandra had her by the arm. Upon walking again, they were drawing near the graveyard where that Viper was standing with the priest, and the two strangers. She was just catching the tail end of their conversation. ...Tunnels...? <span class="time">-07:37 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel's eyes narrowed to feline slits before a smile broke her face. &quot;Thank you, my sweet, you can rest now.&quot; She pressed her lips against his forehead, and closing his eyelids with the tips of her fingers, before letting his head fall against the grass. <span class="time">-07:37 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The scratching ahead of Rum grew louder and behind the next door he could hear things crashing - great weights being tipped over and locks unbolted. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel stood once more, turning her back to the humans, to face the castle. &quot;You will run if you know what's good for you.&quot; And she was gone, a zigzagging blur amongst the buildings, running towards the castle. <span class="time">-07:39 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> There was a heavy unsettled feeling growing in his gut, and if there was one thing Rum listened to it was his gut. Besides this place had no good treasure right? Except that brooch, he thought, pocketing a brooch that was laid on a table, before backing his way out of the room again, making for the exit, quicker than he'd like to admit. <span class="time">-07:39 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit stopped short as he watched Alexandra drop the girl and explain her intentions. <i>Not if she doesn't want to go home you won't...</i> He thought to himself but simply nodded, continuing to follow her, shooting eye daggers at the back of her head as they walked. As they stopped he watched in awe as the other magical woman dashed off as a blur of color. <span class="time">-07:40 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Did this woman, magic or no, know how dangerous her words were. An admitted thief was walking with them and she all but spilled Eureka's identity! &quot;You are mistaken,&quot; she stated even while being dragged around. &quot;I will not be returning home!&quot; <span class="time">-07:40 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> &quot;This is very ominous&quot; Geal looked aside and noticed the others. &quot;Oh. Hello.&quot; <span class="time">-07:41 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Alexandra ignored the princess! &quot;Why is that woman heading to the castle? There is nothing back there but sin and misery.&quot; she announced loud, asking the two men with the priest. <span class="time">-07:42 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The doors behind Rum flew open with a deafening crash and all at once the world was drowned in snarls and hisses. A hundred shapes rushed from the room, pouring up through a hole in the floor, their pale flesh reflect the glow of their lanterns and their fangs and claws extended. With furious howls the vampire horde surged down the corridor towards him. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;Woah shit!&quot; He cried, barreling back through the door into the courtyard and running towards the gate, grabbing Tequila's arm on the way &quot;C'mon lass, time teh go!&quot; <span class="time">-07:43 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Julius didn't bother chasing after her, the health of the cleric was more important. Besides it was not all that wise to hunt vampires in the dead of night. Instead he propped up Lester against the headstone. Hopefully he was released from the glamour. But he would never truly be purged until a blessing was given &amp; holy water partaken of by the poor man. <span class="time">-07:43 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Processing the information he heard and trying mush it all together he came out with an inference. &quot;I think the castle is inhabited by vampires.&quot; <span class="time">-07:43 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> Lester blinked and looked up at Geal. &quot;Don't be silly,&quot; he muttered. &quot;The castle is staffed by the finest royal militia. They should be able to deal with a few...&quot; His words trailed off as he heard the chorus of howls echoing from the castle. <span class="time">-07:45 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> &quot;Vampires.&quot; The deadpan statement was followed quickly by a whole stream of cursing. Vampires! A coven of vampires, ripe for the slaying and here she had a runaway princess to deal with..! Of all the rotton luck..! The viper could be awakening her bretheren and feasting on the blood of those pirates as they stood. &quot;Don't stand there like fools! Run!&quot; Alexandra was already dragging the princess away! <span class="time">-07:46 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel came to a stop near the foot of the steps, just in time to see two pirates rushing toward her, and a horde of vampires cresting the palace steps. &quot;...Oops. Too late.&quot; Noel spun on her heels and made for the rooftops. <span class="time">-07:46 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit's gaze drifted to the castle that they had just left not terribly long ago erupted in the sounds of howls. His grip around the shaft of his spear tightened and his other hand's fingers gently brushed across his pistol. &quot;V-vampires?&quot; Koit cried out and chased after the princess and Alexandra, pulling his pistol free from it's spot on his belt. &quot;I trust you know how to deal with them?&quot; He cried to Alex as they ran. <span class="time">-07:48 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geals body erupted with goosebumps. &quot;Yes, running. But to where? Surely they'll catch up soon.&quot; <span class="time">-07:48 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Hauling Lester up he just followed the others as they ran. <span class="time">-07:48 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The Vampires poured into the courtyard, shrieking in fury. Behind them, the castle guards locked and boarded up their barracks, hiding away from their enraged overlords. Leaping over the walls and phasing from shadow to shadow, the horde gave chase to the pirates. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> &quot;We should purge the castle of it's evil. This town should be made safe those who walk in the footsteps of the lord.&quot; Julius said as he stared off into the distance at the castle. Howling had not fallen on deaf ears. Everything in this town was so horribly profaned. Had the brotherhood known this when they sent him here? Was he sent to his death? <span class="time">-07:49 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Courrier New,verdana,serif; color: #FFFFFF; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> [Tequila Gulbrand enters.] <span class="time">-07:49 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Eureka couldn't run as fast as she wished when the word vampire was spoken. She knew the story as well as anyone! The Gahron Tree, the dead prince and princess that became her ancestors and formed this empire. She would let this magic woman lead her to safety! <span class="time">-07:49 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum ran like a demon, Tequila dragged behind, but so far keeping her footing. He didn't run into the town, if the vampires were chasing him, he didn't want to lead them to any of his men still busy, and if they weren't following him, well they were more likely to head into the town. So he headed for the church, skipping as much of the small town as he could and staying away from the buildings as much as possible. <span class="time">-07:49 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> &quot;Three or four, perhaps even a handful. ...this is not a handful of vampires!&quot; Alexandra shouted. She was rushing them past the church, heading towards town! <span class="time">-07:53 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>A vampire phased from the shadows ahead and stretched out an arm, clotheslining Rum to the ground. It circled the dazed pirate, running a tongue over its fangs as it pondered the best way to kill him <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> Lester hurried after Alexandria, down the main street into the heart of the town. &quot;Oh God! Oh God! Wait for me!&quot; <span class="time">-07:54 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel looked to either side of her; she was surrounded by her brethren as they surged forward as one. She was able to weave through the horde still unnoticed until she was able to break away and make her way back to one of the still empty streets. She spotted another one of her kind, crouched over the pirate from before. Her right arm began to twitch. <span class="time">-07:55 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> Shadows passed over Julius as figures leapt from rooftop to rooftop. He was being hunted. <span class="time">-07:55 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila watched her brother fall to the ground and sprang back, her sword in front of her. She saw the vampire circle her brother's fallen body as he tried to regain his senses, and couldn't just let the thing eat him. So she did the only thing she could think of, and swung her sword, hoping it did something. <span class="time">-07:56 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit didn't need to hear anymore, his feet spurred by the fear he felt from the promise of a death brought only by his blood being drained from him, drop by drop. &quot;Then we best get out of town. Can vampires swim? Maybe the water can protect us?&quot; <span class="time">-07:57 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel could only watch as her arm moved of its own volition. Before it shot out, no longer shadow but a spear of wood and leaves, it pierced the solitary vampire's chest, through the heart and out his ribcage. The vampire writhed against the stake, its scream cut short as its head was freed of its neck by Tequilla. <span class="time">-07:57 Aug 29</span></div>
     
  2. <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> &quot;From what I've heard, they can't cross running water.&quot;Geal huffed while running. <span class="time">-07:58 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> &quot;You'll find that very few myths and assumptions are true about vampires!&quot; If there wasn't a horde breathing down their necks, she might've found it amusing! For now, Alexandra was dragging the princess down the town streets, weaving through buildings and heading towards the docks! <span class="time">-07:59 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Koit's question was cut short as a hand seized his shoulder. He was hoisted upwards, dragged painfully up the wall of the nearest house where a vampire hung like a spider from one of the windowsills. The man's legs were kicking as he was suspended in the air, the vampire's fangs coming down towards him <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;Holy..&quot; Rum started as he got himself to his feet &quot;That's a neat trick you've got there!&quot; He said to Noel &quot;And thankye, both of ye&quot; He added, rubbing the back of his head, women saving him was not something that should happen to a pirate captain. <span class="time">-07:59 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;...&quot; Noel's arm receded back to its normal form. In a flash, she rushed forward, taking the two humans by their collars. &quot;You two are coming with me,&quot; she muttered before the three were swallowed by shadows. <span class="time">-08:00 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>A shape emerged from the shadows behind Tequila, grabbing her sword and and forcing her head to one side, exposing the neck. The vampire's fangs came down towards her throat. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Julius did not flee despite the ever gathering shadows threatening to drown him in darkness. Throwing off his brown cloak, his armor was fully revealed. Metals created in a blessed forge had been combined to create this protection from the unholy scourge. Red steel covered his chest &amp; back laced with gold patterns. Silverly steel glinted on his arms and legs. The others could run but he would stay and fight. He could buy them some time. Looking over to a wall, he quickly threw his axe through the air, decapitating the vampire about to feast on Koit. <span class="time">-08:00 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>(switch mine and Tegan's) <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Rushing toward tequila rather than after his axe, Julius dashed toward the woman in peril and grabbed the vampire by it's skull as the runes glowed a pure blue. It burned the unholy creature &amp; made it scream in pain before it's head was suddenly crushed into ash. <span class="time">-08:02 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> From under his cloak flashed a sword which Geal aimed perfectly. It zipped through the air and burried itself in the chest of the vampire holding Koit aloft. It shrieked and fell to the ground with a thump. Geal ran over, take his sword from the corpse and helping Koit up. &quot;I guess we're not running fast enough.&quot; <span class="time">-08:03 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Truth be told. Alexandra didn't give two shits about the thief, or anyone else in the blasted town! So long as she got this princess and herself away, that would be enough! The docks were already in sight as she continued dragging Eureka, trupping or not! <span class="time">-08:03 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Tequila and Rum soon found themselves deposited in an abandoned tavern near the docks. However, there was no sign of the woman who had rescued them. Noel was running through the shadows between worlds, following the scent of her ward. <span class="time">-08:03 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit cried out as he was snatched back and dragged up a wall, he cried out as he could see the fangs coming at him out of the corner of his eye but was saved by the quick thinking of one of the strangers and he plummeted back to the ground, landing roughly and rolling forward. &quot;Ach! That smarts!&quot; He stood and continued to run, his ankles a bit sore as he ran. &quot;THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT!&quot; He cried at Alexandra, though really, he was just looking for someone to blame. <span class="time">-08:03 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> (Fixing! Fixing!) <span class="time">-08:04 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> (Oh... Orion, I teleported them. I'm grabbing up everyone! o_o) <span class="time">-08:05 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>A vampire emerged from the shadows behind Julius, driving its foot into the back of his knee. The creature's foot burned on contact with the holy armour, but it was enough to make Julius stumble. A second vampire dodged between the shadows and raked its claws across his back, cutting a gouge in the back of his armour before recoiling as its fingers burned. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> The princess had no breath to spare. In fact the magic woman ran impossibly fast, but there was a moment, a brief moment where she saw the water and she knew soon she would be safe! <span class="time">-08:06 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> The tavern Rum and Tequila were in was completely dark, not a single lamp was lit. <span class="time">-08:08 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> Lester panted for breath. &quot;WAAAIT!&quot; he cried as he tried to keep up with Alexandria and Eureka. There were shadows all around him, and in the various houses he could hear townsfolk and pirates screaming. Nothing made sense anymore. <span class="time">-08:08 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;Bloody hell...&quot; Rum commented, a little stunned by the sudden transit &quot;been a weird night eh Lass..&quot; he voiced to his sister, before looking around the tavern and taking stock of his situation. &quot;Thin' it migh' be time teh go eh?&quot; He said, kicking the door open and emerging near the water, just in frot of the princess and the vampire. <span class="time">-08:08 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Once she reached the docks, Alexandra paused long enough to eye what was floating on the warf. The pirate ship was there, slightly burned but still water ready. Most of it's crew missing! Alex dragged Eureka up the planks and all but tossed her on the deck. &quot;Take this and shoot anything that tries to climb up!&quot; She thrust the gun in the princess' hands, along with a few rounds of pellets. Alex pointed at the pirate. &quot;Get this ship going!&quot; <span class="time">-08:09 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> A hand emerged from the shadows, snatching Alexandra's wrist. &quot;No! Foolish child!&quot; Noel hissed, appearing fully. <span class="time">-08:11 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Julius yelled out in rage as he staggered forward, landing on his knees. Gritting his teeth and ignoring the pain as best he could. . . he rose up to his feet again. Clenching his fist once more the gauntlet glowed with a divine light. It was far more potent than his armor. It was a holy relic and a weapon. Thrusting his fist up into the air it glowed brighter and brighter like a beacon of defiant hope against such overwhelming darkness. &quot;Come for me you fowl creatures. . . COME FOR YOUR TRUE DEATH!&quot; <span class="time">-08:11 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Eureka looked at Alexandra like she was mad when she was given the gun. Forced to take it really! The princess had never shot a gun in her life! Eureka prayed this was not going to be the day she learned how, but she smartly pointed away from the magic woman and down at the deck. <span class="time">-08:11 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit continued running, grabbing the man who saved him by the arm and tried to drag him along, thrusting his spear at the vampires that dared to come near them, his pistol having been shoved back in his belt where it belonged. &quot;Come on, we have a boat to catch!&quot; He cried thrusting his spear through the face of another dark creature. <span class="time">-08:11 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;We'll never make it, help me gather your comrades in the tavern. I can ward it for a while.&quot; <span class="time">-08:12 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Vampires appeared across the deck of the ship, unfolding from the shadows of the mast and sails, walking steadily towards Eureka. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila nodded and squinted through the dark, though she couldn't really tell where anything was. &quot;It has been one helluva night,&quot; she agreed. She couldn't tell which direction the door was to even begin to suggest getting out of there. <span class="time">-08:13 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Ge\\\\\\\'al: </span> &quot;That we do! Come, Brother!&quot; he spurred the cleric on and pulled his shortswords from under his cloak in case any more vampires decided to get close. <span class="time">-08:13 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFFFF; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> <font size=1>[Ge\\\\\\\'al is now known as: Geal]</font> <span class="time">-08:13 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> (That was weird) <span class="time">-08:13 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;AAAAAAAGH!&quot; Lester yelled as he ran towards the tavern and barrelled into Rum, knocking him back into the darkness. <span class="time">-08:14 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> &quot;What makes you think I will trust YOU, viper!&quot; Alexandra hissed! But the vampires were advancing on her princess. Alexandra shook the woman off before snatching up the girl. &quot;....fine! Do as you will! We'll ward the tavern!&quot; <span class="time">-08:14 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The vampires danced between the shadows around Julius, hacking and slashing at the holy warrior. The air was full of snarls becoming squeals, the smell of burning flesh. Piece by piece they scratched his armour and nicked his flesh. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;Stay in the darkness! Light no lamps!&quot; Noel called as she ran into the shadows. <span class="time">-08:15 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Eureka was about to try to shoot at the mass of darkness that was coming at her, vampires of course, before yet again she was snatched up by the magic woman. She did not protest, but she wished there was a better way than this. <span class="time">-08:15 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> ... The shadows above Julius and Geal shifted, before the streetlamps suddenly shattered, sending the street into darkness. There were no more shadows for the vampires to shift into. <span class="time">-08:16 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Only moments to make sure she had the princess and was safely hidden away in the shadows of the tavern. And though she hated it with every fiber, she added her own shadows to those created and manipulated by the viper. Inside the tavern it was dark, eerie and dark for those not accostomed to it. &quot;Say not a word, princess. You'll not enjoy being a vampire's meal.&quot; <span class="time">-08:18 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> There was a shriek next to Geal and one of the vampires collapsed into a pile of dust. <span class="time">-08:18 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum just stayed on the floor as others ran through the door of the tavern, it was definitely less disruptive than moving at this point, he could hear the woman that had saved them shouting about the darkness and fortunately right now him and his sister were in it. <span class="time">-08:18 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Seeing everyone else head for the tavern, he slapped Koit on the shoulder to get his attention and veered toward the tavern, diving in. <span class="time">-08:19 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Julius tried to keep his mouth shut with each new wound the vampires gave him. Despite Koit's help he shook the boy off. Turning to face the shadow dwelling creatures he smirked, the gauntlet still glowing. Suddenly he thrust his fist into the ground. Cracks emerged in the solid earth, revealing blue light just like the kind his gauntlet gave off. In a bright flash of divine light the holy crater utterly destroyed those vampires that were now unable to hide in shadow. Now satisfied, he ran with Koit toward the others. <span class="time">-08:19 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit didn't ask twice and followed the other man's lead, heading towards the tavern, only to pause to watch the divine might that Julius was exhibiting. He nodded to the man and turned back, heading towards the tavern and diving in after Geal. <span class="time">-08:21 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel slipped inside just after Julius, slamming the door shut and bolting it when everyone was inside. The sire cast a glance over at her shoulder at her ward. &quot;Alexandra, help me ward the entrances!&quot; <span class="time">-08:23 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Staggering, the princess blindly found a chair and sat in it, exhausted. She sat the gun and pellets in her lap, closing her eyes. There was no use looking around. Instead she listened. <span class="time">-08:23 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel turned back to the door and sank her fangs into the palm of her hand, drawing dark blood. The vampire began to scrawl strange patterns across the door. <span class="time">-08:25 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> After hundreds of years of hunting for this woman, all Alexandra wanted to scream was 'FUCK YOU'. Yet, she found herself following orders like some witless puppy. Spells ready, Alexandra stepped from door to door, drawing symbols over the archways with a finger and sealing them with blood. <span class="time">-08:26 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Warding? Geal didn't know what he could do but he tried using his faith, what of it there was. He thrust his hand up in the air and bowed his head &quot;Our God father of all creation...&quot; he muttered a prayer holding his hand up. When he was done he didn't feel anything coming from himself or see any fancy lights or anything. He only felt and saw the wards the creature and the other woman were doing. He tucked his swords away back under his cloak and sat cross legged, his head bowed, praying. <span class="time">-08:26 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum pulled himself up and sat himself at the bar.. &quot;So no light eh?&quot; he commented conversationally.. &quot;how about booze.. we allowed booze?&quot; He asked to the group in general, reaching over the bar to find a bottle. <span class="time">-08:27 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>On the deck of the ship, the Vampire Lord stood, watching his minions surround the tavern. His hair was silver, his eyes deep and blue. Turning, he peered at the deck of the pirate ship. It has been pierced by something - a hole about the size of a fist running through each deck and causing a slow breach. He frowned. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> All Koit could do was watch as the two women scrawled strange symbols on the doors, his eyes narrowing. It was slowly sinking in to the theif, &quot;You two...you're the same aren't you? Maybe you two should tell us what's going on, and I mean all of it.&quot; He frowned, standing and slamming his spear into the ground letting it sit there. &quot;For our sanity that is...&quot; <span class="time">-08:28 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> Lester slumped back against the wall, his face flecked with blood and tears. &quot;They've.... they've been here all along. The vampires... hiding beneath the town....&quot; <span class="time">-08:29 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Once the wards were complete to her satisfaction, Noel allowed herself to sink to the floor, visibly spent. She closed her eyes and savored the feel of the darkness. &quot;They cannot enter even through shadow, now. You may light a lamp if you wish.&quot; She had almost forgotten that humans couldn't see in the dark. <span class="time">-08:30 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The Vampire Lord ran his hand over the sail of the pirate ship. It had been singed... burnt by an incredible fire. His frown deepened. This was not his doing... <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> She opened one eye to regard Koit. &quot;It's the Vampire Lord.&quot; <span class="time">-08:31 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Alexandra passed her hand over a lamp, lighting the flame with a spell. Now she pushed back her hood, revealing dark red hair, unusual green eyes... and very very pale skin. &quot;I am here for the princess. What shit you fools got yourselves in to doesn't involve me.&quot; She had nothing but glares for the vampire across the room. &quot;What does he want here?&quot; <span class="time">-08:32 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> &quot;I would like to know very much how the Vampires came to rule this town.&quot; He was sitting on the floor, pressing his gauntlet to every wound created by his unholy foes. <span class="time">-08:32 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Eureka opened her eyes and looked at Alexandra, then the color drained from her face. &quot;Came for...me?&quot; her voice trembling. She knew what happened when her family last dealt with vampires. <span class="time">-08:34 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum found a bottle, he didn't know what it was but at this point he wasn't much for caring. He popped the cork out and took a swig, wincing and spitting it out as the light came back on. As his eyes focussed on the label he read the words &quot;wood polish&quot; &quot;ARGH!! Who keeps polish in a corked bottle!?&quot; He yelled throwing the bottle across the bar where it smashed on the floor. &quot;Bastards have got me ship 'aven't they? They've got my Dad's ship!&quot; He said dejectedly, his head hitting the bar. <span class="time">-08:34 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> &quot;Listen, bitch, we're all in this together whether you like it or not, and it's not a sign of lunacy that I want to know more about what we're dealing with, your attitude isn't exactly appreciated.&quot; Koit spat at Alexandra, squinting against the sudden harsh light of the lamp. <span class="time">-08:35 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;The legends were true...&quot; Lester whimpered. &quot;The Vampire Cartel... they've opposed the royal bloodline for 600 years...&quot; <span class="time">-08:36 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila gave her brother a pat on the shoulder and, using what light was available, began searching bottles for him to help cheer him up. Still, she kept one ear open for the explanation. She was curious, after all. <span class="time">-08:36 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;More than my ward searches for you, princess.&quot; Noel's voice cut through the noise. &quot;It all began on the Night of Shame...No, before that.&quot; Noel leaned her head against the wall and closed her eyes, remembering. <span class="time">-08:36 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Finished praying, Geal lifted his head. &quot;Story time now?&quot; <span class="time">-08:37 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Vampires inside, vampires outside and history over 600 years in the making. &quot;But why me?&quot; <span class="time">-08:38 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> There was a flash of teeth. Very sharp pointy teeth. &quot;And I haven't eaten this evening and would enjoying having one less idiot to worry about.&quot; At the mention of The Night of Shame, Alexandra silenced. Narrowing her eyes to stare quite viciously at Noel. &quot;That night you destroyed my life. Destroyed me, my King, my country...&quot; <span class="time">-08:38 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> &quot;The...vampire cartel? The Night of Shame? What occured during the Night of Shame?&quot; Koit raised an eyebrow, unphased by Alexandra's threat. <span class="time">-08:39 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;The Night of Shame, yes...&quot; Lester muttered, crawling across the floor to kneel with the others. &quot;That's when the vampires first revealed themselves. They sent someone... an assassin... to stop the birth of the first king....&quot; <span class="time">-08:39 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;But the assassination attempt failed,&quot; Noel cast a glare at Alexandra. <span class="time">-08:40 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;thanks to the blundering of a human wizard.&quot; <span class="time">-08:40 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> &quot;A wizard? <span class="time">-08:41 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;Yes... a human wizard tried to take the throne, but he messed up his own plan AND the vampire's. The assassin was killed... and slept for 300 years. Then she struck again, in the time of the Two Cities...&quot; <span class="time">-08:41 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;The Vampire Cartel had to bide its time before it could assassinate the Royal Lovers once more. This time as they met in secret in Gahron's Glade, at the roots of the mighty tree.&quot; <span class="time">-08:43 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel was looking at Lester with a strange expression as she spoke. <span class="time">-08:43 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;But... they didn't count on the tree being... well... legend says it was alive... that it could see things and do things... perform miracles...&quot; <span class="time">-08:43 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> &quot;They say <i>she</i> was also there that night. The very same vampire assassin from the Shameful Night.&quot; Alexandra payed no attention to Koit now... she was staring at Noel! <span class="time">-08:44 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum was only half listening to the story, aware his sister was searching for a drink for him. all he wanted was something to get that polish taste out of his mouth. Though he perked up at the mention of Gahron's Glade. &quot;No. you're fuckin' kiddin meh! This can't be connected to Gahron's!&quot; <span class="time">-08:44 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> &quot;It's considered the epic of love stories, I know, but it's over exaggerated, right? No way five commoners helped stop a war.&quot; <span class="time">-08:44 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;A rumor, no vampire has ever lived that long...Or could be so famously incompetent,&quot; Noel waved Alexandra off. &quot;Yes, it is the very same Glade and the very same story.&quot; <span class="time">-08:45 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;Probably not,&quot; Lester agreed with Eureka. &quot;It's too far fetched. But thing we know is true. The assassin failed a second time.&quot; <span class="time">-08:45 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;This time, it was by Gahron's Tree that did the trick.&quot; <span class="time">-08:46 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Run turned around on the bar stool, drawing his cutlass. &quot;My ancestor, Ale Gulbrand, only one of the Gulbrand family to not be a pirate was there. It's true, all true. This is the sword that killed the vampire no less.. passed down..&quot; He said, holding it up, as if seeing it for the first time in ages. <span class="time">-08:46 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;The tree was said to be possessed by Elder Magics... a power older and greater than the vampires.&quot; <span class="time">-08:47 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> &quot;Yet here we are. A vampire horde, a vampire lord... and a vampire assassin. What could be the goal this night? Destroy another of the royal line..?&quot; <span class="time">-08:47 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> &quot;They don't need an assassin for that, there is not going to be a line any longer!&quot; Eureka said, crossing her arms and frowning. <span class="time">-08:48 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit nodded, looking between the members gathered. &quot;So how is it that I've been told the story of the Night of Shame but instead has been told as one of my ancestors had been involved?&quot; <span class="time">-08:48 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel smirked at Alexandra and tapped the tip of her nose in confirmation. &quot;The tree still works its magic did not forget the deal struck with the lovers in the Glade.&quot; <span class="time">-08:49 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;...What?&quot; Noel was staring at Koit, now. <span class="time">-08:49 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> ...Then to Eureka. <span class="time">-08:49 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;...humans.&quot; <span class="time">-08:50 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> &quot;I've heard of the Night of Shame, but instead it was how my ancestor helped to stop an evil wizard by killing him...?&quot; He raised an eyebrow, &quot;I don't remember his name though...I think it started with a B...&quot; <span class="time">-08:50 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Julius merely sat there in silence, listening to the other as he continued to mend his wounds. It was a lovely history lesson and all, but bleeding needed to be stopped. More than that, they needed to be purified of any unholy infection. Otherwise he might become that which he hunted. <span class="time">-08:51 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geals head spun with all this information <span class="time">-08:52 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila finally found something that wasn't labeled as a cleaning agent and handed it to her brother. Then she sat down next to him so she could listen more closely. She stayed silent though, processing all the information given thus far. <span class="time">-08:52 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;No one ever knew... why. Why did the vampires hate us so. Why did they try... again and again... to stop the course of royal lovers. Father Mallory told me once... it's the greatest question of history. Why is the Cartel doing this?&quot; <span class="time">-08:52 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> &quot;Ironic that the one who cause such misery now must work to stop it.&quot; Alexandra smirked, at least until she cast at annoyed look towards Koit. &quot;Your ancestor was just as stupid as you are. A bumbling moron that got lucky and fumbled a scheme. What is important is the -present-. What the priest says is important. WHY do they do this.&quot; <span class="time">-08:53 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum sheathed his cutlass, and took the bottle, nodding at his sister and swigging it, sighing happily as the warm liquid washed down his throat. &quot;You know.. the reason my family stays at sea is because of Gahron's Glade, Dad always used to say that it was a sign us Gulbrands were meant to stay at sea.. guess it all caught up with us eventually di'nt it?&quot; <span class="time">-08:54 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> &quot;Who cares why. How are we going to get out of this?&quot; <span class="time">-08:54 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;Looks to me as though a few of us have connections to the past eh? My gut's tellin' me that ain't coincidence!&quot; <span class="time">-08:55 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;I forget how young you are,&quot; Noel's head lulled back on her shoulders as she looked over everyone, her gaze rested on Julius for a moment, her grin widened as she watched him tend his wounds. She could smell his blood. &quot;Nothing is coincidence. All is legend.&quot; <span class="time">-08:57 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit nodded in Alexandra's direction and frowned. &quot;I suppose I can't disagree with you, it's important for us to figure out why and how we get out of here.&quot; He took a step closer to Alexandra, &quot;And I may be an idiot but at least I care for others unlike a certain heartless bitch like you. I feel bad for your family if you have any.&quot; <span class="time">-08:57 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Outside, the Vampire Lord examined the boat and then eyed the tavern. As the screams of the slaughtered pirates filled the night, he pondered the situation. Why had he been awoken? Why had all these strangers come at once into town? And what had caused the fire at the church that had blocked his catacombs? <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal hopped up suddenly. &quot;I...am starving.&quot; He rumaged through his pack and pulled out two handfuls of jerky and started chomping away. &quot;Would anybody else like some?&quot; <span class="time">-08:59 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel's eyes shifted to Geal. &quot;The Star Children and the Vampire Lords. Their war rages and you mortals are mere pawns on the board.&quot; She turned her gaze finally to Eureka. &quot;That is why they plague your line.&quot; <span class="time">-09:01 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> That was it. She c rossed the few steps, hoisted Koit up by the shirt and rammed him against the nearest wall. &quot;Let me tell you something about this heartless bitch, little man. That viper,&quot; she pointed at Noel, &quot;raped me, after my sister's boyfriend did, trying to falsely cure me of vampirism that I have been cursed with since that very Shameful Night. My sister and family are long dead while I try to save little shits like you from bitches like her. I suggest you curb your tongue and help us do something constructive. Protect the princess and royal line.&quot; <span class="time">-09:02 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> The princess should have felt uncomfortable with the vampires gaze upon her. Instead she frowned. &quot;Stupid,&quot; she muttered. The tilted her head. &quot;Can the game be ended?&quot; <span class="time">-09:04 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;Star Children...&quot; Lester echoed weakly. &quot;What the hell are St--&quot; He flinched as Alexandria sprung into sudden violence and gripped the nearest table leg in fear. <span class="time">-09:05 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit struggled against the hand against the throat, thinking about going for his gun but stopping short, seeing sense for once. He'd just have to cut her purse if he lived through all of this. &quot;I will.&quot; He groaned as he flailed to get out of her grasp. <span class="time">-09:07 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel was silent now, her eyes closed as she leaned against the wall and listened to the sounds outside. <span class="time">-09:07 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFFFF; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> <font size=1>[Lester is now known as: The Vampire Lord]</font> <span class="time">-09:08 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #CCFFFF; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=ngm>There was a soft rapping upon the door <span class="time">-The Vampire Lord</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Alexandra tossed Koit down at Noel's feet. Whether that meant she was done with him, or she was offering him up as a sacrifice was unclear. &quot;I've never heard of Star Chil-&quot; She hushed at the knocking. <span class="time">-09:08 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #01C5BB; background-color: #;"><span class="username">The Vampire Lord: </span> &quot;Open...&quot; whispered a voice. <span class="time">-09:09 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Slowly Geal put his jerky away and put his arms under his cloak when he heard the door being knocked on. <span class="time">-09:09 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel's eyes snapped open. &quot;Blow out the light...&quot;she barely managed to choke out. <span class="time">-09:09 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #01C5BB; background-color: #;"><span class="username">The Vampire Lord: </span> &quot;Open...&quot; the voice repeated. <span class="time">-09:10 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum was up in an instant, his hands covering the lamp as fast as he could and blowing out the light. <span class="time">-09:10 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Alexandra crossed the room to stand in front of the princess and shield her from the door. <span class="time">-09:11 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila jumped at the knocking, not expecting anything to come close to them any longer. She gulped at the voice that whispered and yet was loud enough for the whole room. She gripped her sword as the light was blown out. <span class="time">-09:11 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> &quot;We're closed for the night.&quot; His voice had a spiteful ring to it, as if he wanted to face whoever this was head on, by himself. <span class="time">-09:11 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> &quot;We're closed for the night.&quot; His voice had a spiteful ring to it, as if he wanted to face whoever this was head on, by himself. <span class="time">-09:11 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit restrained himself from coughing but instead found his breath and crawled to where his spear remained stabbed into the floorboards and pulled it free, retrieving his pistol as well. <span class="time">-09:11 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>There were hisses and snarls from outside, and they could feel things pressing against the windows and walls, touching for an instant before recoiling. <span class="time">-The Vampire Lord</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel fell forward onto her hands and knees, the roots of Gahron writhing beneath her flesh. &quot;Restrain....me.....!&quot; Even now she fought her body, kept her limbs under her control. <span class="time">-09:12 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #01C5BB; background-color: #;"><span class="username">The Vampire Lord: </span> &quot;Speak with me...&quot; the voice whispered. <span class="time">-09:12 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Eureka placed her hand on the dirty gun on her lap and closed her eyes. &quot;I just wanted to get to Aunt Isabella's,&quot; she whispered. <span class="time">-09:12 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum stood up straight, pulling his rifle round into a ready to fire position. Looking over at Noel, expecting her to take up the mantle of spokesperson. <span class="time">-09:14 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> &quot;Hold her down! Now!&quot; Alexandra weaved her own spell, using shadowy threads to wrap around Noel. ....She didn't know why it was necessary, but she wasn't going to question it at this point! <span class="time">-09:14 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Through the window, Geal could see that most of the lanterns in the town had now been snuffed out. Except for one... on the far edge of town... on the hill overlooking the waters... <span class="time">-The Vampire Lord</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #01C5BB; background-color: #;"><span class="username">The Vampire Lord: </span> &quot;Open!&quot; the voice hissed louder and impatiently. <span class="time">-09:14 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Letting go of hos swords Geal threw himself on top of Noel, he may not be the heaviest but he knew how to restrain people's limbs from moving...just never tried it on a vampire <span class="time">-09:15 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila rushed forward to help hold down Noel. She didn't know what good she would be, but she had to try. It seemed important anyway. <span class="time">-09:15 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit wasn't going to fight these orders anymore and he marched over to Noel and uncerimoniously plopped the entirety of his weight down on her, sitting down on the center of her back, his pistol trained at the back of her head. &quot;I won't shoot unless you ask me to.&quot; <span class="time">-09:15 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #01C5BB; background-color: #;"><span class="username">The Vampire Lord: </span> &quot;SPEAK. WITH. ME.&quot; The voice roared and the tavern shook. <span class="time">-09:16 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel choked down her screams as she thrashed against Alexandra's restraints, longing to obey. Her elongated fangs flashed as she bit at Tequila's hands. <span class="time">-09:16 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Julius knealed down next to Noel. &quot;It really pains me to do this. . .&quot; Using the gaunlet hand, he held the vampiress to the floor by her throat. The holy power would likely make her limbs go limp. <span class="time">-09:16 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum breathed deep, and shouldered his rifle, taking careful aim at the door. The woman seemed reoccupied, maybe he'd have to talk. &quot;You want us to talk?&quot; he said outloud, &quot;What do you wanna say!?&quot; <span class="time">-09:16 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> The roots crawled beneath the flesh of her face, holding her. <span class="time">-09:17 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> The flesh around her throat sizzled against Julius's guantlet. <span class="time">-09:17 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #01C5BB; background-color: #;"><span class="username">The Vampire Lord: </span> &quot;Why...&quot; hissed the voice through the trembling door, &quot;...have you attacked my children?&quot; <span class="time">-09:17 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Eh? &quot;They kind of came out and started killing people...&quot; <span class="time">-09:18 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila winced, feeling the teeth caress her hands. She did what she could to keep her hold though, gulping down any fear she could. <span class="time">-09:18 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum shifted the rifle a little, stretching his neck &quot;Now, I don't remember doin' that&quot; he said as clearly as he could manage &quot;What makes you thin' I did?&quot; <span class="time">-09:18 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Eureka looked up and turned in the direction of the door. &quot;What is he talking about?&quot; she whispered. <span class="time">-09:19 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;F...Fa..&quot; Noel cried like a starved child. &quot;Father!&quot; <span class="time">-09:19 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #01C5BB; background-color: #;"><span class="username">The Vampire Lord: </span> There was silence from the other side of the door. <span class="time">-09:19 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;Father I'm here!&quot; Her eyes were glazed with madness as she thrashed against the humans. <span class="time">-09:19 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Ju;ius tightened his grip on her throat, trying to keep Noel from talking. &quot;Because unholy creatures like you do not deserve to walk this earth, cursed as you are!&quot; <span class="time">-09:20 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;Father! Father come to me!&quot; Noel shrieked through the tears. <span class="time">-09:20 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Behind Alexandra, something cut across the night sky. A thin streak of red... followed by a tiny plume of fire on the cliffside. <span class="time">-The Vampire Lord</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Her eyes narrowed. &quot;He is trying to command her. Move her away from the door.&quot; Alexandra crossed the dark room, pressing a hand to the door. She had no desire to protect the viper, but... god damn this was complicated! <span class="time">-09:21 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> There was a hiss followed by a wet POP as Noel's neck cracked in his grip. <span class="time">-09:21 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;Fa...ther...&quot;Noel whispered, broken. <span class="time">-09:21 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> &quot;Ew&quot; Geal shuffled awkwardly, still holding onto the vampire while trying to manuever her closer to the bar <span class="time">-09:22 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #01C5BB; background-color: #;"><span class="username">The Vampire Lord: </span> ... &quot;Alexandra.&quot; <span class="time">-09:22 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #01C5BB; background-color: #;"><span class="username">The Vampire Lord: </span> .... &quot;Have you come, at last, to join us?&quot; <span class="time">-09:22 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila nodded at Alexandra's request, and began pulling at Noel. <span class="time">-09:22 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit nodded at Alexandra and stared as he watched her neck being crushed by Julius' grasp. He leaped away from her body and turned his pistol back to the door, wishing he could shoot at the voice but afraid of breaking the seal. <span class="time">-09:23 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Eureka, her eyes searching for something to look at saw the flames outside. &quot;Hu?&quot; The princess took hold of the gun and stood up. &quot;um, something is happening I think.&quot; <span class="time">-09:23 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> ...shit. &quot;I have no love for you or your kind.&quot; she responded in a hiss towards the door. Her palm pressed flat against it. She wouldn't be one of them. She wouldn't. &quot;Why do you try to destroy the royal bloodlines? What will you gain?&quot; <span class="time">-09:24 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Julius moved with the group, never loosening his grip on Noel's throat. &quot;Go back to the hell from whence you came! Trouble these souls no more!&quot; <span class="time">-09:24 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Eureka peered through the window and saw a lantern glowing on the cliffside, up near the lighthouse on the edge of town. <span class="time">-The Vampire Lord</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum's rifle was slowly trained on Alexandra, the man outside used her name, and she had shown violent tendancies, he wouldn't let her turn on them all. <span class="time">-09:25 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #01C5BB; background-color: #;"><span class="username">The Vampire Lord: </span> &quot;Oh, Alexandra...&quot; whispered the voice, a sickly chuckle filtered through the door. &quot;It is not a question of what we gain... but of what we lose... if we do not stop you.&quot; <span class="time">-09:25 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #01C5BB; background-color: #;"><span class="username">The Vampire Lord: </span> ...there was another chuckle. &quot;Sorry... THEM.&quot; <span class="time">-09:26 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel was twitching in Julius's grip, her body trying to heal itself despite his holy magics, even now trying to obey the voice on the other end of the door. The roots had spread through her body, now, her skin taking on a greenish tint. <span class="time">-09:26 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Listening, hoping for knowledge or inspiration by what was said she continued to watch outside. <span class="time">-09:26 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #01C5BB; background-color: #;"><span class="username">The Vampire Lord: </span> &quot;Because you are not one of them anymore, Alexandra. You are US now.&quot; <span class="time">-09:26 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit caught wind of what Rum was doing and couldn't help but agree, aiming his pistol now on the woman. <span class="time">-09:27 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>From the top of the lighthouse, Eureka saw a small of greenish light shoot up and ascend behind the storm clouds. <span class="time">-The Vampire Lord</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila pulled Noel further from the door. She was sure she'd never be able to do this alone... She wrapped an arm around Noel's waist and leaned low to push her away from the action near the door. <span class="time">-09:27 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> &quot;I am <i>not</i> one of you.&quot; she growled through clenched teeth. She could feel them moving behind her. Shifting their guns in her direction, their hearts beating harder. Faster. Fear of her. ...as they should fear! &quot;Answer my questions! Why do the vampires try to destroy the royal bloodlines! What is the fucking point to all of this...!&quot; <span class="time">-09:28 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> &quot;That can't be good,&quot; she said aloud as she tilted her head, watching the green light. A flickering moment of memory of summer in the woods. <span class="time">-09:29 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Through the window, Eureka saw something pass briefly in front of the lighthouse lantern. Someone was up there. And with the Lord at the opposite door, there were no vampires around that particular window of the tavern. <span class="time">-The Vampire Lord</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> &quot;What was that your highness?&quot; He shot a glance at Eureka but kept his pistol trained on the woman, Alexandra. <span class="time">-09:30 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #01C5BB; background-color: #;"><span class="username">The Vampire Lord: </span> There was silence from the other side of the door. <span class="time">-09:31 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> (Brb for a second, have to pump my sister's bike tire) <span class="time">-09:31 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;Fa...ther...&quot; Noel whimpered over and over. &quot;I've... where...&quot; Noel's eyes shut as roots wound their way across her pupils. <span class="time">-09:31 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> &quot;There's something, someone out there,&quot; she looked in the direction of the thief then back out the window. &quot;We are pawns, right?&quot; <span class="time">-09:31 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #01C5BB; background-color: #;"><span class="username">The Vampire Lord: </span> &quot;Highness?&quot; echoed the voice. <span class="time">-09:31 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> &quot;Shut your mouth already!&quot; Julius tightened his grip even further, obviously not caring for Noel's life. <span class="time">-09:33 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #01C5BB; background-color: #;"><span class="username">The Vampire Lord: </span> The voice moved closed to the door. <span class="time">-09:33 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> &quot;Yeah, that's what we call my pretentious little sister. She's always been daddy's little princess.&quot; Koit called out, hoping that he hadn't doomed the poor woman. <span class="time">-09:33 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #01C5BB; background-color: #;"><span class="username">The Vampire Lord: </span> &quot;Noel...&quot; it whispered. &quot;I accept.... your invitation.&quot; <span class="time">-09:34 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The lock on the door shattered and the bar lifted, the door pushing in against the warding magics. <span class="time">-The Vampire Lord</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel sighed with relief and went limp in Julius's grip. <span class="time">-09:34 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> &quot;I've got her,&quot; Tequila told Julius. &quot;Focus on that.&quot; She nodded to the door. <span class="time">-09:35 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> (Is back) <span class="time">-09:35 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Outside the howls of the vampires grew to deafening volume. The door was wreathed in white light, the wards battling furiously against the push of the vampire lord <span class="time">-The Vampire Lord</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Alexandra shot Koit a glare. He would not see it in the dark, but now she was sure she should have killed him a few moments ago. ...and now the door was opening! Alexandra threw her weight against the door, released Noel from her shadow restraits and now forced her shadows against the door too! &quot;Stupid shit...!&quot; <span class="time">-09:36 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #CCFFFF; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=ngm>Through the window, the lighthouse shimmered slightly in green light, and another bolt shot up through the stormclouds. <span class="time">-The Vampire Lord</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum swore under his breathe and let go of his rifle, it swinging back to sit behind his back as he tore a piece of bandage from his chest and dipped it in the bottle he'd been drinking from, grabbing the still hot lantern and holding it up ready. <span class="time">-09:36 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFFFF; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> <font size=1>[The Vampire Lord is now known as: Lester]</font> <span class="time">-09:37 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;Oh shit!&quot; Lester yelled, &quot;We're doomed! We're gonna die!&quot; He scrambled to the back of the tavern, his back pressed to the window Eureka had been staring through. <span class="time">-09:38 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Thuds began on the rooftop as vampires landed and began clawing through the thatch <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> The princess was more afraid, and looked away from the window. In her mind she tried to keep the image of a perfect summers day so as not to completely panic. It was working, but barely. <span class="time">-09:38 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> &quot;Fantastic, what are we going to do now?&quot; <span class="time">-09:39 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> Lester clutched Eureka's arm in terror. &quot;It doesn't make sense! He thinks we attacked him! But it wasn't us! We didn't cut the bell rope! We didn't block his catacomb entrance! It was someone else!&quot; <span class="time">-09:41 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit knew that he was screwing things up, curse his foot in mouth issues! Well if he was supposed to protect the princess that's exactly what he would do, he placed himself between Eureka and the door that the Vampire Lord was trying to get in, raising his spear and pistol, ready to defend her to his last breath. <span class="time">-09:41 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The door shook violently, throwing Alexandra back, the gap getting wider and wider <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> &quot;WHO was it, then, priest?! WHO? Tell them! I can't hold these wards on m- arg!&quot; Even as she was saying it, their pounding sent her stumbling away from the door. She would only be able to hold the wards for so long, and they were quickly breaking through! <span class="time">-09:43 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum, held the lamp closer to the dangling bandage &quot;Did you say there was somethin' happ'nin at the lighthouse?&quot; He said to the princess, &quot;Cos how far do you think we can run b'fore this lot rips us limb from limb?&quot; <span class="time">-09:43 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> &quot;Cut the...?&quot; the princess tried to shake the frantic priest off her. It was hard to think let alone stay calm when someone wasn't making sense. &quot;Sense... Sense... Why can you remember that!&quot; He was crazy before now! <span class="time">-09:44 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;I DON'T KNOW!&quot; Lester screamed, before looking at Julius. &quot;You saw him, right? The man! He stole something, right?!&quot; <span class="time">-09:44 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>There was a thump from upstairs. The first vampire had gotten through the roof. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> &quot;He kicked me in the face...&quot; <span class="time">-09:45 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila moved Noel to the other side of the bar and then returned to stand next to her brother, sword in hand. She looked up to the sound above them. &quot;Oh shit...&quot; she muttered to herself. <span class="time">-09:45 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> It was too late. The vampires were now in the building. Alexandra crossed the room, grabbing a table and throwing it through the glass window. Next she grabbed Koit and tossed him out after it. &quot;RUN. RUN NOW. Out through there!&quot; <span class="time">-09:46 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> &quot;He had something ib a bag. I couldn't see what it was. And I couldn't catch him.&quot; He replied with a touch of resentment. He still despised how that creature had escaped him. <span class="time">-09:46 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit was caught off guard as he was tossed out the window, managing to land rather skillfully despite it. Not wishing to disobey the one that he had a personality clash with he extended his hand for the princess and as soon as she'd grab it he would take off as fast as his feet would carry her, towards the lighthouse. <span class="time">-09:48 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The door sprang open, smashing against the far wall and shattering apart. In the door stood the Vampire Lord - over seven foot, pale and with flowing silver hair. He raised one leg, slowly stepping over the threshold. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;You heard the lady!&quot; Rum roared, dipping the bandage in the hot lamp and watching it catch before tossing the bottle at the top of the stairs &quot;Maybe that'll slow em down!&quot; He roared, rushing to grab Noel &quot;You saved us Lass! now it's our turn!&quot; He said to her as he hoisted her up and ran for the broken window. <span class="time">-09:48 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> With one last shake the princess was free of the priest grip and she ran for the now open window. She wasn't sure where the others would flee, but she knew where to go. Pawn or not, she was going to find out what was going on, and that meant the light house. If she didn't go there she doubted she'd survive. <span class="time">-09:48 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila jumped out the window after Rum, not bothering to look behind her as the door sprang open. <span class="time">-09:49 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;Oh my gooood!&quot; Lester yelled as he scrambled out the window after the others. &quot;Wait for me!&quot; <span class="time">-09:49 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit grabbed the princess as he tucked the pistol back in his belt and began to pull her along, keeping his spear at the ready, making their way towards the lighthouse. <span class="time">-09:50 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Alexandra put herself between the others and the Vampire Lord. To buy them time was her reason. That WAS her reason. Even as she stared him down with a gross sort of fascination. &quot;You are her sire.&quot; <span class="time">-09:50 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> &quot;Hurry up!&quot; Geal helped dump Lester out the window and once he was out he himself jumped through and took off running after the Princess and Koit. <span class="time">-09:51 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>"I am your lord," the Vampire responded, stepping fully over the threshold and towering over Alexandria. "And you will honour your family, Alexandra." <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;...n..no...fath..er...&quot; Noel mumbled, struggling against Rum's grip. Even injured, the vampire was still stronger than most human men. Rum was having a hard time holding her as he ran. <span class="time">-09:52 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> She cast a grim, wicked smile. &quot;Are you going to make me, Oh Ancient Lord?&quot; She tilted her head to cast a look over her shoulder and see how far the others had gotten. <span class="time">-09:53 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;Harr harr!&quot; Rum roared as he held the struggling vampire and looked to Tequila &quot;Feels like i've just slept with a lass in a barn and have had to jump out the window as her father turns up!&quot; he shouted laughing. The jokes were keeping the fear away as they pelted it across the fields and up towards the lighthouse. <span class="time">-09:54 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>And as she did so, the hand of the Vampire Lord closed around her throat. Alexandra was lifted from the ground. "If you had come to me... all those centuries ago, Alexandra... then you would feel as I feel. You would know what I know." He squeezed her throat. "That it is written in the stars that a child born of royal love will be our doom." <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> (time for me to go home) <span class="time">-09:55 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: "Verdana",verdana,serif; color: #FFFFFF; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> <font size=1 face=verdana>[<font color=red>Tequila Gulbrand</font> logged out of the chat.]</font> <span class="time">-((09:55 Aug 29))</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> As much as he didn't want to stand with a vampire, Alexandria needed some sort of help. The Vampire Lord wasn't backing down. Someone needed to put the fear of God back into him. Pulling it out from his belt, was a cross made of silver. Holding it in his gauntlet hand raised it up right into the face of the Vampire Lord as it suddenly blazed with divine power. &quot;HOLY CROSS!!!&quot; <span class="time">-09:56 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;Oh shit! They're coming!&quot; Lester screamed as he ran with the others. Behind them, the vampire minions were pouring over and around the tavern, giving chase as Julius and Alexandra remained with the Vampire Lord. <span class="time">-09:56 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> As she was taken further away from the tavern, the Vampire Lord's hold began to slowly loose from her. Noel blinked her eyes, back to their usual icy blue, and realized that she was being carried by a human. &quot;Unhand me!&quot; She hissed. <span class="time">-09:57 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> &quot;Keep running!&quot; Koit shouted, breaking the shaft of the spear under his arm and tucking the spearhead back into his belt, no time to keep it all intact. He continued to run and pulled his pistol free, firing over his shoulder at the vampires that came after them. <span class="time">-09:58 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Alexandra was flung to one side and the Vampire Lord moved in the blink of an eye, slapping the cross from Julius's hands and slamming his other hand into the warrior's chest. Julius was knocked against the far wall. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> (Assume this is posted BEFORE Julias'!) Alexandra didn't struggle - she was no fool! But her teeth were clenched, and she could not help that assinine smile! &quot;Seems to me... you're asking for death..!&quot; <span class="time">-09:58 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #CCFFFF; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=ngm>Up the hill ahead, the lighthouse was not what it seemed. It resembled some of the ruins at the castle. In fact... it seemed to be made of the same stone. It was like a tower from the original construction. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> The slope of the hill got steeper, Eureka knew that running would not be an option for her much longer, but she gave it all she had. <span class="time">-10:00 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> She crashed to the floor, getting to her feet as quickly as she could. That stupid human should have ran when he had the chance! Alexandra darted forward, scooting past the Vampire Lord to go grabbing for Julius! <span class="time">-10:00 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum took a sidelong glance at the woman over his shoulder. &quot;You kiddin'? I'm savin' yer hide lass! If I letcha go now those things'll catch up!&quot; He told her, watching as his sister accelerated ahead. <span class="time">-10:00 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Belgrade felt the immense unholy strength of the Vampire Lord knock the wind out of him as he was sent flying into the wall. His cross was on the floor. Could he still reach it? All those wounds from earlier. . . along with this newest injury. There was only so much the human body could take. <span class="time">-10:00 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>"The Brotherhood?" hissed the Vampire Lord as he moved towards Julius's slumped form. "You labour in your contempt for us, like arrant children. If only you knew the truth." <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit's legs pumped up and down as fast as they would go, the princess' hand still in his as he tried to help her keep speed as they headed up the increasingly steep hill towards the lighthouse, which was almost within their reach. &quot;Just...a bit...further!&quot; He cried out, firing a couple more shots at the vampires. <span class="time">-10:02 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> &quot;You're almost as stupid as the thief...!&quot; Reaching Julius before the Vampire Lord, she hoisted him to his feet. Both she and the man went tumbling out the window! <span class="time">-10:02 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #CCFFFF; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=ngm>In the highest chamber of the tower, a lantern still burned, and every now and then were pulses of green light. An exterior staircase - part of the original construction, led to the top. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> &quot;I know the truth. It's what gives my the faith to stand against monsters like you.&quot; The look in those green eyes would defy the dark one until death itself claimed him. He would not give in to weakness, to evil. It finally appeared however, that the holy warrior would not be able to stand and fight. But then Alexandra rescued him from an almost certain fate. He ran with her the best he could. He would need lots of rest when the time came. &quot;You should have left me there. . . I'l only slow you down.&quot; <span class="time">-10:03 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel's eyes drank in the sight of the glowing lighthouse, the stars twinkling in the night sky above. And it all became so clear.&quot;I said let me GO!&quot; With a final wrench, Noel tore away from Rum's grip, her form blinking in the shadows before reappearing on a rooftop. She glared at the lighthouse with murderous intent. &quot;It's him...&quot; <span class="time">-10:05 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> &quot;Alright everybody, it apears we go up!&quot; Geal followed the Princess and Koi up the stairs, sweating from the effort but no slowing. <span class="time">-10:05 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Breath panting, there was no time to stop and think. All she could do is keep running and when the stairs were in her line of sight she took as deep a breath as she could so she could start running them! <span class="time">-10:05 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The Vampire Lord moved to follow, his claw reaching out to seize Alexandra, but then the tavern shook again and something pierced the wall beside him, leaving a fist-sized hold and setting his cloak on fire. He hissed, retreating inside the tavern and beating at the flames. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> &quot;Go!&quot; He guided the princess to the stairs and started to climb just ahead of her, in case something malevolent was up there she would be safer behind him. <span class="time">-10:06 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> (Grah, you kids move too fast for my granny eyes. Assume Noel got away before they reached the lighthouse.) <span class="time">-10:06 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum made sure he was the last to start on the stairs, pulling his rifle round and taking shots at the vampire as he waited for the other to get onto the stairway, he then proceeded to follow them all up. <span class="time">-10:07 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> &quot;I certaintly won't save you a second time!&quot; she shouted, running towards the hill with the lighthouse. She cast a look behind them to see the new hole in the side of the tavern. ...Peculiar, but there was no investigating it! <span class="time">-10:08 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #CCFFFF; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=ngm>At the top of the stairs, Noel saw inside the chamber of the lighthouse. There was a vast floor covered in astrology maps, books and scribbled papers. And at its centre, a telescope, mounted and daubed in magical glyphs. Every minute or so it glowed with sickly green light and then a bolt of energy shout up through the roof and into the night sky. And at the base of the telescope, a bearded man sat with a small rock in his hands. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> Lester ran up the stairs after Koit, trying to get past him as he panicked. &quot;Wait for me! Wait for me!&quot; <span class="time">-10:10 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;I should have known,&quot; Noel sneered at the man. &quot;Humans never change.&quot; The roots beneath the flesh of her breasts writhed in response. <span class="time">-10:11 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFFFF; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> <font size=1>[Lester is now known as: Malvolen]</font> <span class="time">-10:11 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel pitched forward, pressing her body onto the outer walls of the lighthouse and began to crawl her way up. <span class="time">-10:11 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00C000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Malvolen: </span> The wizard rose to his feet and turned to look at Noel, the rock in his hand. &quot;Well, well. My ancestors were right about you.&quot; <span class="time">-10:12 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> (Annnnnnd just assume I went into the lighthouse, now XD) <span class="time">-10:12 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> (*shoots her last post*) <span class="time">-10:12 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> The final steps, the landing in sight, Eureka's lungs hurt. She all but collapsed on the last step. <span class="time">-10:13 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Julius was literally running on adrenaline at this point. If he stopped for too long, or perhaps at all, he would probably collapse in exaustion. <span class="time">-10:13 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit stopped at the top and helped the princess up the last of the steps and peered into the lighthouse, barely making out the charts and other astrological things. <span class="time">-10:13 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> When Geal stumbled onto the landing and caught his breath and looked around in wonder for a moment. <span class="time">-10:14 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel arched an eyebrow. &quot;So this is what your family has been up to all these years,&quot; Noel made a show of examining his equipment. &quot;Must have thought your luck was in when that little rock fell into your hands.&quot; <span class="time">-10:14 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> At the top of the hill and at the foot of the light house, she was looking upwards. Julius looked ready to drop, and she wasn't waiting for him as she stalked inside. <span class="time">-10:16 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;I'm curious...&quot; Noel tapped the spine of a random tome with her finger. &quot;What did your ancestors say about me?&quot; She flashed a grin at the wizard. <span class="time">-10:16 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum leaned heavily on a wall and panted once he got to the top, staring in disbelief at the lack of fatigue Noel showed. He pulled himself upright and composed himself a little more, peering over the edge, why hadn't the vampires attacked this man yet? he was making no attempt to hide himself.. <span class="time">-10:16 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00C000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Malvolen: </span> The Wizard smiled at Princess Eureka as she collapsed at the top of the stairs. He held up the stone and looked back at Noel. &quot;Finally... the proof we always needed. A piece of the Star Child. So many years we've sought for it. Now I've found it... and the prophecy is true.&quot; He pointed his other hand at Eureka. &quot;She's the one...&quot; <span class="time">-10:17 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal shifted himself in front of the princess <span class="time">-10:18 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Eureka, tired, no exhausted looked at the wizard in bewilderment. &quot;What?&quot; She wanted to ask a better question then that, but she was still catching her breath. <span class="time">-10:18 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit stood heaving and gestured at the wizard, &quot;One what? If you're intending on harming her I'm afraid you'll probably have to go through the rest of us.&quot; He took in a deep breath and pulled free the remains of his spear with one hand and held his pistol in the other, enough to make them evident but not enough to seem threatening. <span class="time">-10:18 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00C000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Malvolen: </span> &quot;600 years... waiting for the stars to align... for the vampires to return to the ruins of Gothenheim... for the Princess to pass through this place... on this night... at this hour.&quot; <span class="time">-10:19 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Trudging up the stairs through sheer determination he tried to catch up. Everything he had brought was gone. . . his axe, the armor was damaged, his cross was gone too. All the holy warrior really had left was his gauntlet. <span class="time">-10:20 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>something smashed through one side of the roof and out the other, leaving little sparks of fire and a smoking, fist-sized hole in the roof. <span class="time">-Malvolen</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Taking several steps up at a time, she made it up faster than those silly humans. Hidden in the shadows, she stepped behind the others and circle the small room without saying a word. Another crazy wizard with a prophecy... <span class="time">-10:20 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel's eyes blazed. &quot;Fool! Have you any idea what will happen? You would defile your own realm?!&quot; Noel seethed, her shadow tentacles writhing around her. <span class="time">-10:21 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00C000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Malvolen: </span> &quot;I WILL BRING PEACE!&quot; Malvolen snapped back at the vampire. He placed the rock back in the satchel and returned to adjusting his telescope. &quot;Just one more pulse I think.&quot; The telescope shot out a blast of light, the green bolt shooting up through the observatory roof and into the storm clouds. <span class="time">-10:22 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal squinted. &quot;Hey, you're the asshole that kicked me in the face. You asshole!&quot; <span class="time">-10:23 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00C000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Malvolen: </span> &quot;None of this would have happened,&quot; Malvolen said as he adjusted the telescope. &quot;...if the Vampire Lord and the Star Child had loved one another. If they had loved their child and not quarrelled over it.&quot; <span class="time">-10:24 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Eureka finally had breath and strength to stand without toppling. Before running away she would have been still in shock. She wasn't a lot stronger now, but she was willing to give a challenge everything she had. &quot;Wizard what is the cost of this peace?&quot; <span class="time">-10:24 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00C000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Malvolen: </span> &quot;Tell them the story, Noel. The story your father told you.&quot; <span class="time">-10:25 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit made another move to stand in front of the princess, this time raising the spear, ready to fight if he needed to. <span class="time">-10:25 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Alexandra pulled out her pistol, aimed at the back of the wizard... and paused! Vampire Lord and Star Child... with a child...? .... &quot;What bullshittery is this?&quot; she announced from behind him, stepping out in to the open! <span class="time">-10:25 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal whispered to some one close by &quot;That asshole kicked me in the face&quot; <span class="time">-10:27 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel's eyes bore into the wizard's and, shockingly, she relented to the human's will. &quot;Long ago, when the land was young, there was the God of the Earth and the Mother of the Cosmos and they loved with a passion that scorched hotter than the sun.&quot; <span class="time">-10:27 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Rum was the last one up the stairs, and he passed a cowering Lester, who would not go any further. Below them the vampires had paused, spread out on the field between the lighthouse and tavern. They were sniffing the air, looking around nervously <span class="time">-Malvolen</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;Their coupling produced a child, who at birth took all their love and passion and held it within its tiny body.&quot; Noel took a slow step to the burning crater in the floor, her silver hair bristling as she spoke. <span class="time">-10:29 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Something struck the hillside beyond, a shower of flame setting the grass alight <span class="time">-Malvolen</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;Their love turned to hate as they fought over the child, deciding its fate. Would rule on the Earth or reign in Heaven?&quot; <span class="time">-10:30 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>It was small... barely the size of a fist <span class="time">-Malvolen</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;What the...?&quot; Rum said quietly to himself as he observed the vampires all around the base of the lighthouse. He was listening to the conversations, but he wasn't sure how it applied to him. That alone made him quite angry, was he even part of this tale? or was he and his sister just some unlucky buggers who'd got swept up in this stupid story!? <span class="time">-10:31 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Julius walked in on the story just as Noel mentioned that someone's coupling had produced. <span class="time">-10:31 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;Their conflict brought chaos to the land, until at last, The God of the Earth retreated back into the corrupted soil, and became the Vampire Lord, while the Mother of the Cosmos returned to her starry kingdom as the Star Child, only manifesting herself by the gifts of luck and inspiration she bestows on her beloved.&quot; <span class="time">-10:33 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit's eyes thinned as he listened to the story. &quot;So what does this have to do with our princess here?&quot; <span class="time">-10:33 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;And the child. The product of their perfect union, was lost.&quot; Noel ended the story with a final glare at Malvolen as she peered into the crater in the lighthouse floor. <span class="time">-10:34 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00C000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Malvolen: </span> &quot;Oh no,&quot; Malvolen added, turning from the telescope with a smile. &quot;Not lost.&quot; He spread his hands and gestured to everyone in the room. &quot;The child grew and prospered and multiplied across the land.&quot; <span class="time">-10:36 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00C000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Malvolen: </span> &quot;The child was US. Humans.&quot; <span class="time">-10:36 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;You dare to suggest--&quot; <span class="time">-10:36 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> (Not fast enough) <span class="time">-10:36 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00C000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Malvolen: </span> Offspring of the Holy Father and the Holy Mother, who went their separate ways. <span class="time">-10:36 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00C000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Malvolen: </span> &quot;And in the royal bloodlines - which the vampires so despise - was carried the purest seed of that first child.&quot; <span class="time">-10:37 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00C000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Malvolen: </span> And now... after millenia... after centuries of my family's toil... I have brought them back together...&quot; Malvolen pointed to the town, &quot;The Vampire Father...&quot; He pointed to Eureka, &quot;The human daughter...&quot; He raised his eyes to the storm clouds, &quot;And the Mother of the Elder Magics... THE STAR CHILD!&quot; <span class="time">-10:37 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Another rock tore through the roof and landed in a burning crater. <span class="time">-Malvolen</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Outside, Rum saw the vampires lift their heads in unison <span class="time">-Malvolen</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> &quot;I have a bad feeling...&quot; <span class="time">-10:38 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>More rocks began striking the hillside, setting fires here and there <span class="time">-Malvolen</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Eureka squirmed at the mention of bloodline and seed. &quot;That still doesn't explain your peace,&quot; nor really the vampire obsession. Not completely. Jealousy perhaps. <span class="time">-10:39 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Above them the clouds became tinged with red... as if something was about to break through <span class="time">-Malvolen</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum followed the vampires gaze upwards and stepped back a little, grabbing onto the edge of the lighthouse &quot;Ah Bugger..&quot; <span class="time">-10:40 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00C000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Malvolen: </span> Malvolen stroked his satchel. &quot;I took a fragment of her. I proved that it was you. That you are the one who can heal us. I just need to bring you all together. To be reconciled. <span class="time">-10:40 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Alexandra cast a narrow eyed look at Eureka. Her gun was still pointed at the wizard, though. &quot;No good can come from this...!&quot; <span class="time">-10:40 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Eureka shook her head. &quot;I think you might be mistaken.&quot; <span class="time">-10:41 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit frowned as he looked between Noel and Malvolen but settled his gaze on the wizard. &quot;What are you suggesting?&quot; He asked, taking a step forward and holding his own gun out as well. <span class="time">-10:41 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00C000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Malvolen: </span> &quot;The vampires have shunned the stars - the light of the sun, the magics of the trees. They hate the things up there, in space. But I will bring you together. I will reunite you.&quot; He raised his arms as the tower began to shake. &quot;The star child is descending!&quot; <span class="time">-10:41 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal kept his hands under his cloak <span class="time">-10:41 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;Insignificant worm!&quot; Noel roared. &quot;How could a race full of such contempt and ignorance be the blessed child?&quot; Noel's tentacles shot out towards Malvolen. &quot;Die and take your blasphemy with you!&quot; <span class="time">-10:42 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Eureka took out her knife, sharp as ever. &quot;Very wrong, I'm sorry...&quot; she sliced open her palm with the knife. <span class="time">-10:42 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>More rocks were peppering the landscape - trails of fire falling from the sky. The rocks were hot and fast moving... the smaller debris breaking from something larger... <span class="time">-Malvolen</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00C000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Malvolen: </span> Malvolen smiled, even as the tentacles came around his throat.... even as the life was choked from him and his face contorted. &quot;It doesn't matter.... we'll all... be... together now....&quot; <span class="time">-10:43 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Alexandra leaned, casting a look out the large windows to see the skies above! &quot;...son of a bitch...!&quot; <span class="time">-10:43 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The sky was turned red. Rum felt the ground shaking... the sky getting hotter and hotter. <span class="time">-Malvolen</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;Uh.. I think we may 'ave a bigg'r problem than a mad ol' man..&quot; <span class="time">-10:44 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFFFF; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> <font size=1>[Malvolen is now known as: Lester]</font> <span class="time">-10:44 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> Eureka watched as the oozing sap came out. &quot;I just wanted a chance,&quot; and she finally sighed. <span class="time">-10:44 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> Lester stopped crying and lifted his head from his hands, looking up as the sky parted. His hand reached out and tugged Rum's trouser-leg. &quot;Boat...&quot; he murmured.... &quot;BOOOOOOAT!&quot; <span class="time">-10:45 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;You would destroy this world?&quot; Noel's tentacles tightened around his neck. <span class="time">-10:45 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Rocks were falling now in shower, larger and larger chunks, raining into the sea and across the town, starting boiling fires in every quarter <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> A scent in the air caught her attention. Sap. It was familiar... <span class="time">-10:46 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> <a href='http://ih1.redbubble.net/work.4546051.1.flat,550x550,075,f.hidden-princess.jpg' target='_blank'>http://ih1.redbubble.net/work.4546051.1.flat,550x550,075,f.hidden-princess.jpg</a> <span class="time">-10:46 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Eureka: </span> People yelling at each other, looking at the sky, no one noticed the princess no longer standing there. <span class="time">-10:47 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum looked down at the man, and then to the vampires. Were they too preoccupied to attack them? &quot;The boat? Good idea, but you thin' we can make it through those vampires!?&quot; He asked the priest. <span class="time">-10:47 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;I DON'T FUCKING CAAAAARE!&quot; Lester screamed as he started running back down the steps again. <span class="time">-10:47 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit turned to see what the princess had done. &quot;NO! Don't tell me you believed his lies?!&quot; Koit cried before turning to Alexandra, &quot;Looks like your princess needs your help, you take her and I'll take the holy man here! We need to leave and now I think!&quot; Koit placed his weapons away and ran into the room, placing one of the bigger and more arcane looking books into his bag and grabbing onto Julius. <span class="time">-10:47 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal, the only one not yelling, just waiting... <span class="time">-10:47 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> When Alexandra turned back, the princess was gone. Her first thought was that someone had snagged her but.... in the princess' place was a flower! ...A flower of the Gahron Tree...! <span class="time">-10:48 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #CCFFFF; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=ngm>The Wizard's heart gave out and with a shudder he was dead. The tower was shaking now. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;...oops.&quot; <span class="time">-10:48 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> She really should have paid closer attention in assassin training... <span class="time">-10:49 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> &quot;The princess is a damned tree?!&quot; The entire lighthouse was shaking, the wizard was dead, and now the Cosmos was raining down on them..! <span class="time">-10:49 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;Damnit!&quot; Rum yelled, jumping over the side and landing on the stairs in front of the priest &quot;Now stop there-&quot; The tower began to shake, at which point Rum looked at the man &quot;Know what? Me either!&quot; and he turned and ran down the steps. <span class="time">-10:49 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Up above the storm clouds parted and the massive shape of the meteor filled the sky and blotted out the starlight. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> &quot;Yeah might be time to go&quot; <span class="time">-10:50 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;It makes sense, you know, considering!&quot; There was a goddess about to slam into them, really a shaking tower was the least of her worries. <span class="time">-10:50 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Julius staggered out into the crater, where the stranges runes and designs had been inscribed. Raising his fist into the air, he brought it down onto what seemed like the source of this strange spell, prophecy. . . whatever it was now. Hopefully it would do some good. If not. . . what could be worse than the end of the world? <span class="time">-10:50 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit helped Julius down to the stairs and began to climb down them, tugging the man along as best he could, &quot;What the hell was that?&quot; He asked. <span class="time">-10:51 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel knelt and picked up the chunk of meteor Malvolen had been holding. <span class="time">-10:51 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The vampires were terrified. They fled from the beach and back towards the castle, sprinting and leaping to the supposed safety of their catacombs. It was all they knew... all they could think off in their terror. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Alexandra leaned out the window, turning to cast a look of sheer bewilderment back at Noel. &quot;...and you're just going to fucking stand there?! Son of a fucking...!&quot; <span class="time">-10:51 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;Right, right...Kids.&quot; Noel pocketed the shard and stood next to Alexandra. &quot;Shall we?&quot; <span class="time">-10:52 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The telescope shattered under Julius's strike, but some of the green energy clung to his gauntlet, giving it a powerful and eerie glow. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;That'll do!&quot; Ale commented, vaulting over the side of the stairs and landing in a roll &quot;Those buggers are all running.&quot; he commented, looking back at the group running down the tower. &quot;All those who want to live, yer now meh crew! get on meh ship and we might jus' make it out o' 'ere!&quot; <span class="time">-10:54 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> Lester sprinted up the gangplank and onto the pirate ship, running around the sails and jumping up and down. &quot;Go! GO! MAKE IT GO!&quot; <span class="time">-10:54 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> Alexandra grabbed the Flower Princess from the floor and tucked her safely in to her shirt. Julius shattered the telescope, and Alexandra paused. &quot;...that! He's drawing her to the planet with power points! There must be others!&quot; <span class="time">-10:56 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Once again there was running, Geal didn't know what else to do so he ran toward the boat. Seemed like the best thing to do. <span class="time">-10:56 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Julius stared at the strange glow now coming from his gauntlet. Blue had turned to green. Had it been tainted by the strange spell that seemed to have doomed them all? &quot;VAMPIRE! . . . Noel!!&quot; Julius wanted her attention. Would she think of something he could not as the others fled in terror? Begrade would not be remembered fleeing like a coward in his last moments. He knew that much. <span class="time">-10:56 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum ran to the helm, taking stock of the situation and pointing to the priest &quot;You! Unfurl the-&quot; Then he remembered himself &quot;Damn! You! pull that rope!&quot; he shouted, picking out Geal and ordering him to yank another rope. &quot;I'll make 'er go but you lot'd better damned 'elp me do it!&quot; <span class="time">-10:57 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal stopped for a moment, looking back at the tower, outlined by the red sky. Was there something else that could be done? <span class="time">-10:57 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit stopped at the bottom of the tower and waited for the others, if they weren't coming he wouldn't flee with the others. He knew that without the vampire women this whole thing would be lost, but what was it that they were supposed to do? <span class="time">-10:58 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #CCFFFF; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=ngm>Julius felt the power in his gauntlet. It had increased... he could feel the pulse waiting to release itself... a huge amount of power... perhaps not enough to stop the meteor...but enough to move something a little smaller.... <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Courrier New,verdana,serif; color: #FFFFFF; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> [Tequila Gulbrand enters.] <span class="time">-10:58 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> &quot;Gah&quot; He'd help make the ship go. He got onto the ship and did as he was told. <span class="time">-10:58 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;We'll determine that from the ship!&quot; Noel shouted over the winds that whipped around them, pointing to the others fleeing to the ship below.&quot;I don't know what those humans think they're doing but it beats scurrying into the catacombs.&quot; Noel reached out, clutching Alexandra's and Julius's hand and allowed their bodies to fall from the window toward the ground below. <span class="time">-10:59 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;ROPE! ROPE!&quot; Lester screamed as he yanked on every rope he could find. <span class="time">-10:59 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Their forms shifted mid-air as Noel cut through the shadows, bringing her ward and the human with her. Their bodies were deposited unceremoniously onto the ship. <span class="time">-11:00 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit noticed the others landing nearby and chased after them, fleeing from the tower, the book in his satchel smacking against his leg uncomfortably. He just hoped he wouldn't be left behind, making it to the ship last. <span class="time">-11:01 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila jumped into action once she was with the familiarity of the ship. She quickly grabbed hold of the anchor crank and slowly turned it to get the anchor off the sea floor. The ship wouldn't move too much until the sails were down, but it was a start. <span class="time">-11:01 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> &quot;Noel, what is locked away in those catacombs? Was what that wizard took the only thing?&quot; Belgrade asked her in a weary tone. &quot;This gauntlet. . . it has more power than I have ever seen it possess before. It must mean something.&quot; <span class="time">-11:01 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum roared with a cry of triumph, he was back in familiar waters now, and he seemed to have some vestige of a crew, who at least for now were willing to do what he said, maybe they would make it out of this! &quot;Shadow Lady!&quot; he called, gesturing to Noel, &quot;Yeh wouldn't mind checking the lowr decks would yeh? I noticed a hole from one o' them fallin' stars and I'd rather not sink once we get out into the real waters.&quot; He noticed Koit running towards them and made a mental note not to leave without him, as far as he was concerned these people were his crew for now and you didn't leave crew behind if you could help it! <span class="time">-11:04 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;My people,&quot; Noel replied though she was staring into the sky above. &quot;I don't know what it MEANS, human, but it might buy us some precious few seconds...&quot; Of course, she meant that Julius should use the gauntlet to accelerate the ship's speed. There was not enough wind in the sails to get them moving any faster. Perhaps with the gauntlet... <span class="time">-11:06 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit dived for the ship just as it was pulling from port, landing with a tumble onto the deck, grunting and pulling himself up and limping as quickly as he could to where Rum was steering the ship. &quot;Where exactly, are we going?&quot; <span class="time">-11:06 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>The Meteor pierced the rain clouds and plummetted towards the town, wreathed in fire and boiling the air around it. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> &quot;Why don't we just send that fucking ROCK back where it came from!&quot; Alexandra shouted, pointing at the stone Noel had picked up from the lighthouse! <span class="time">-11:06 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;We're going the hell awa' from this damn'd town!&quot; Rum yelled, spinning the wheel and sending the ship banking so it pointed out to sea. &quot;Though the wind's a bit low. DAMNIT!!&quot; He cried, hitting the wheel. <span class="time">-11:09 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;I THINK IT'S A BIT TOO FUCKING LATE!&quot; Lester shrieked as he ran past Alexandra and yanked at another rope. The ship was moving from the shore and turning out to sea. But there was no way now that it would clear the shockwave. <span class="time">-11:09 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal said a prayer <span class="time">-11:12 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel's form blinked again as she finished speaking to Julius, heading Rum's request, she went to the lower decks. <span class="time">-11:12 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> (*heeding) <span class="time">-11:12 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit growled and headed down to the deck and peered over the edge of the water, hoping for a solution, any solution. <span class="time">-11:13 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Looking back at the meteor which plummetted toward the town, Julius decided it would probably get the job done. As far as killing several vampires anyway. One day, the humans could rebuild. If the world didn't end. Now focusing his green eyes on the sail, it seemed they shimmered almost like the gauntlet did. &quot;Lord, give me the strength. . .&quot; Aiming his open palm at the sails he moved his arm back before suddenly thrusting it out at the sails. Powerful winds suddenly howled out of it, filling the sails in a way that was nothing short of miraculous. The wind itself could actually be seen, having a green, enchanted sparklyness to it. <span class="time">-11:13 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Noel found a hole in the lower deck, formed by a fragment of the meteor tearing through. Water was flooding in. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Tequila tightened the anchor into place and hurried over to Rum as she looked at what everyone else was doing. <span class="time">-11:14 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>A bolt of green shot from Julius's gauntlet, like it had from the telescope, and struck the mast and sails. With a shudder the ship began to accelerate, riding away against the current and building exponential speed. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel extended her arm over the gushing leak, allowing her shadows to coat the hole, stopping it tight so that no more water came through. <span class="time">-11:15 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;Haha! Now we're talkin'!&quot; Rum roared as the ship rocketed forward. holding onto the wheel he leaned forwards &quot;I gotta get me one o' those!!&quot; he shouted. &quot;Alright you dogs! Hold on tight and we might all make it out!&quot; he yelled, obviously enjoying himself, as he turned the wheel to give them a heading more suited to escaping the Meteor. <span class="time">-11:16 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>An arm closed locked around Noel's neck and pulled her backwards, another arm locking around her chest and pinning her arms. "Do you understand now, child?" hissed the voice of the Vampire Lord. "Our kind and the stars will never be one. It brings only disaster." His arms contracted, crushing her. "Return to my side, and help me kill the bloodline. No saviour must be allowed to bring us together!" <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFFFF; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> <font size=1 face=verdana>[<font color=red>Eureka</font> has timed out.]</font> <span class="time">-11:18 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> &quot;AAAAAAAAAAAAGH!&quot; yelled Lester as the ship shot away through the waves, green light in its sails as behind it the town of Millicent was covered by shadow and raining fire. <span class="time">-11:18 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit was nearly knocked over as the ship suddenly took off. &quot;I'll go take a look at the front!&quot; He cried to the captain and headed up towards the bow, at least there he could keep an eye out for anything they might hit. <span class="time">-11:19 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;Father--&quot; Noel choked, even now her body refused to struggle against him, even though the roots of the Gahron Tree ate at her. Her loyalty to her lord was stronger. <span class="time">-11:19 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> She was limp in arms, obedient. <span class="time">-11:20 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> As the ship sped away, she leaned against the railing. Watching the rain of fire and stone that pelted the town out in the wanning distance. ...the Star Child and the Vampire Lord having a child... a human born to destroy them both. Destroy all vampires... if it could be done... <span class="time">-11:21 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #CCFFFF; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=ngm>The meteor struck and for a moment there seemed to be silence. Then a pulse of light and the fireball erased the town in an instant. The shockwave erupted, shooting out in all directions. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Rum grabbed his sister's wrist and the wheel as the meteor struck, praying that they were out of range of any carnage, and also that Noel had managed to sort out any holes there might be. <span class="time">-11:24 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal looked around &quot;Shouldn't Noel have been back by now?&quot; <span class="time">-11:25 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #CCFFFF; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=ngm>The shore was obliterated by the impact and the seas displaced outwards, a wave rushing after the ship and flinging it headlong into the ocean. Finally the power of Julius's gauntlet gave out and the ship was propelled on its moments, spinning and swirling through the water, before finally breaking out into the open sea. It drifted, dead in the water, with fire and debris raining slowly around it <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit cringed as the meteor hit and ducked down, clutching to the railing as tightly as he could, and looked back at the rest of the ship, hoping it was still all in one piece. <span class="time">-11:27 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;Father,&quot; Noel rasped, arching her back against him. &quot;I've been so lost without you,&quot; she whimpered even as the ship was rocked, it didn't seem to effect the two. <span class="time">-11:28 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> With everyone and everything tossed in, out around the ship, somewhere Alexandra lost the flower. She lost -herself-! Finding herself coughing and sputtering, having been thrown in to the ocean waves during the shockwave! &quot;...gods be damned...!&quot; She coughed, cursing the whole lot of them...! <span class="time">-11:29 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Her brother's hold on her wrist faltered when the waves hit hard, and Tequila still found herself propelled backwards onto her bask side. She felt the ship circle around a little but stayed in her semi seated position. <span class="time">-11:30 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;Please, Father!&quot; <span class="time">-11:30 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal was heading down below when the wave hit them, he bounced around off the walls like a marble in a cylindrical metal container thrown down a hill. <span class="time">-11:30 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;Tequila.. take the wheel, he's right, she's been gone a long time an' ah don' wanna risk a leak.&quot; He moved down to the door into the ship.. anyone comin' wi' meh!?&quot; <span class="time">-11:30 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Courrier New,verdana,serif; color: #FFFFFF; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> [Flower ] <span class="time">-11:31 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> Julius had collapsed onto his knees just as the gauntlet gave out, the light fading from green back to blue. The impact sent his body straight into the base of the mast. He was now out cold. <span class="time">-11:31 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8E8E38; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Lester: </span> Lester finally released the rope he was holding onto and collapsed on the deck. Behind him a pillar of smoke rose from the impact site and, amongst the grey, silver wings rose and beat majestically. A creature, half-seen amidst the fire, released a beautiful and twisted cry, before falling back into flame. It was the only glimpse they would ever get of a Star Child.... one of the elder beings which had left the earth so very long ago. <span class="time">-11:31 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #00688B; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Tequila Gulbrand: </span> Nodding, Tequila jumped up and took the wheel. She grabbed it and tried to steady the ship while Rum looked after Noel. <span class="time">-11:32 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #F7B3DA; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Flower: </span> There was extreme heat in the air, then there was nothing but water everywhere. Heavy pressure on her delicat tissue. Eventually though the flower, the princess bobbed onto the surface of the water. <span class="time">-11:32 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit stood, still shaken from the waves hitting the ship but still mostly intact and rushed to Julius' side checking to see if he was still okay. &quot;Sir, wake up!&quot; He squatted next to him and checked for any vital signs. <span class="time">-11:33 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>"You will never stop the Cartel," the Vampire Lord whispered into Noel's ear. "If it takes us another milenium, we shall defy the prophecy. We shall kill any of royal blood who dare to love. As long as our kind continues, so will this pledge." <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal was battered and once again dazed, looking around some room he entered unintentionally by way of being bounced around. <span class="time">-11:35 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #c0c0c0; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Julius: </span> His eyes were closed and unfortunately the holy warrior did indeed seem dead to the world. Yet if they checked his vitals throughly enough there was still hope. Belgrade's heart had not stopped beating and he was still breathing. But he was truly exhausted and on the brink of oblivion itself. <span class="time">-11:35 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;Ah guess you're comin' wi' meh then!&quot; Rum said, pulling Geal to his feet inside the hold, &quot;It's this way.&quot; Rum said, making his way down a hatch into the partly flooded lower section of the ship. <span class="time">-11:37 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel rolled her eyes, dropping the fawning act. &quot;Oh father, you always did know me best,&quot; she chuckled, turning around in his grip. &quot;But you forgot something.&quot; <span class="time">-11:37 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> There was the sound of flesh ripping, Noel's bark-covered arm pierced through the Vampire Lord's chest. The roots of Gahron Tree pulsed under her skin. <span class="time">-11:38 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;I take after you.&quot; Noel purred. <span class="time">-11:39 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> (OH SHI-brb) <span class="time">-11:39 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: "Verdana",verdana,serif; color: #FFFFFF; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> <font size=1 face=verdana>[<font color=red>Geal</font> logged out of the chat.]</font> <span class="time">-((11:40 Aug 29))</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #CCFFFF; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=ngm>By the time Rum and Geal reached the lower hold, it was to find Noel stood with nothing but a handful of ash. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;Y-you awright Lass?&quot; Rum queried, not getting too close &quot;You were gone a long time, I trus' we ain't sinkin'?&quot; <span class="time">-11:41 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;And now... I am the Cartel.&quot; Noel whispered to the ashes. <span class="time">-11:41 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> Noel looked up to Rum and grinned. &quot;No. We won't be sinking.&quot; <span class="time">-11:42 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Courrier New,verdana,serif; color: #FFFFFF; background-color: #000000;"><span class="username"> </span> [Geal enters.] <span class="time">-11:43 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit was thankful that when he looked close enough that he could tell that Julius was still hanging on but now his attentions turned to the princess and Alexandra. &quot;Where did the other two get off to?&quot; He asked Tequila as he began to scan the deck with his eyes, &quot;Don't tell me they fell in the water!?&quot; He cried out, running to the edge of the ship and started scanning the water's surface. <span class="time">-11:44 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;Ah well that's good!&quot; Rum said &quot;Yeh know girl, you make a pretty good deck hand!&quot; he joked, aware she probably wouldn't find it funny. &quot;Now shall we get up on deck? It's a bit wetter down 'ere than I like.&quot; <span class="time">-11:44 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal looked from Noel to the ashes and surmised that she had found and killed a vampire that had made it's wayonto the ship &quot;You missed all the fireworks&quot; <span class="time">-11:44 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;Indeed.&quot; Noel let the ashes fall into the water that pooled around their knees as she made her way back up top with Rum. &quot;And you humans make surprisingly good Star Child slayers.&quot; <span class="time">-11:45 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;I managed to find plenty of my own excitement,&quot; Noel added to Geal. <span class="time">-11:46 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #CCFFFF; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=ngm>The ship circled lazily in the debris-strewn waters, Tequila holding her steady and Lester and Julius lay unconscious on the deck. As Noel, Geal and Rum emerged once more onto the deck they saw the pillar of smoke rising from Millicent and the odd glimpse of silver wings within the chaos. <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #CCFFFF; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=ngm>Alexandra stood on the prow, gazing out to sea, and beside her Koit leaned over the edge and saw a flower bobbing in the water beside them <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> &quot;I imagine you did&quot; Geal said as they came onto the deck <span class="time">-11:47 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> (Pssst, GM must of missed when Alexandra got thrown OFF the boat... D:&lt; ) <span class="time">-11:48 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> (Stoopid vampire can no swim!) <span class="time">-11:48 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #99182C; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Alexandra: </span> (We'll assume Alex climbed back in the boat. &gt;:) <span class="time">-11:52 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> (Like Jesus) <span class="time">-11:52 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> &quot;Oh look the flower! Alexandra, quickly get it before it drifts too far!&quot; <span class="time">-11:53 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> Koit didn't think twice as he dove into the water to rescue the princess and bring her back to the ship, hoping to find Alexandra back aboard. <span class="time">-11:54 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> Once they were all out on the boat Rum took a quick glace inside the hold, noticing a tell-tale glint of gold in the corners. They had been a good crew indeed. He took a moment of sadness befoe focussing on the flame-soaked town in the distance &quot;So.. is it over then?&quot; <span class="time">-11:55 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FF0000; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Geal: </span> Geal had a very distinct feelig it was far from over &quot;I have a very distinct feeling it is not over&quot; <span class="time">-11:56 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #6600FF; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Noel: </span> &quot;Until the next falling star.&quot; Noel murmured, staring off into the wreckage on the shore. <span class="time">-11:57 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #B4FF49; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Koit: </span> &quot;Oh and by the way Lester, I still want that refund.&quot; <span class="time">-11:58 Aug 29</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>Alexandra leaned down and helped Koit back onto the ship. Between them they held the flower and gazed at it in the fire-lit sky. It was a flower of the Gahron Tree... an offspring of the Elder Magics... just as the royal bloodline of the kingdom. Part human... part magic... part vampire. The three sides of a war that was far from over... <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: Verdana,verdana,serif; color: #FFFF00; background-color: #0;"><span class="username"> </span> <p class=nnar>THE END <span class="time">-Lester</span></div>
    <div class="post" style="font-family: verdana,verdana,serif; color: #8B4513; background-color: #;"><span class="username">Rum Gulbrand: </span> &quot;So then! Ahm lookin' fer a new crew!&quot; <span class="time">-11:58 Aug 29</span></div>