Pick a side. You'll have a little time to develop minimal defensive structures, for anyone who wants to use their Leadership or War talents. Of course, there will also be plenty of chances to toss a few snowballs at friends and frenemies. Make sure to dress for the weather (cold, snowy, and maybe a bit breezy). Ample tea, hot cocoa, and heated wine will be available for all participants.
Nov. 19, 2018, 8:30 p.m.
Arx - Ward of House Grayson - Triumph Plaza
Comments and Log
Merril, an Assistant Page, 3 Bisland pride guards arrive, following Lailah.
2 Novice Keaton Huntsmen, River, a juvenile Oakhaven bloodhound arrive, following Amari.
Having heard about the snowball fight, the Bruvir family -- of which there are three 'people': Scout Rowenova, Professor Draven, and Sir Floppington the soulful hound -- show up at the Triumph Plaza. The dutiful dog leads forth before the human couple holding hands with one another: her right + his left. Nova merrily notes, "So are you going to fight with me or against me, hmm?"
Michael has joined the The Shining Lands, Made of Silver, Gold, and Glass.
Amari has joined the The Shining Lands, Made of Silver, Gold, and Glass.
Lailah has joined the Assembly of Peers, Made of Wood and Glass.
Waldemai has joined the Assembly of Peers, Made of Wood and Glass.
Oswyn has joined the Assembly of Peers, Made of Wood and Glass.
Anabelle has joined the The Shining Lands, Made of Silver, Gold, and Glass.
Valor, a beautiful fan-tailed pigeon arrives, following Nurie.
Lisebet makes her way to where she's heard there's going to be snow fun. It was a lot of fun last year. She's probably not much better at it this year, but she'll be warmer. She's wearing blue and white - nicely protective and warm leathers. She pauses as she arrives to get the hang of things.
Nurie has joined the Assembly of Peers, Made of Wood and Glass.
Snow tumbles out of the sky, driven by a light wind that was gustier earlier in the day. Drifts form a rather high rim around Triumph Plaza's flatter green, now a white sea of falling waves and random lumpy hillocks. An attempt at making terrain by an army of Bisland, Whitehawk, and the occasional unfortunate pedestrian has produced an interesting landscape to say the least. Brooms and shovels put to work create an excellent balance of dunes and clumpy, lumpy snowballs. Though the army of tools are now stuck in a cart, and the hardworking staff sip on hot chocolate or hot cider, the nonalcoholic sort (for now) being served up. Several stations are littered around the periphery so no one is too far from running to get heated wine or tea. There may be coffee too.
Delilah is hard to miss: she's dressed in bright blue, for one, and sitting on a platform of sorts. One that has a shivering Lycene adventurer sitting beside her, and two guards still shoveling. "I think that's everything!" she calls out, waving her gloved hands. "Everyone on Team Frost, go that way!" she points to the Assembly. "And everyone on Team Snow, go to the Shining Lands! But not really or else the King would be really cross."
1 Grayson House Guards, Peaches, a lovely white war filly with a peach saddle, Deliverance, an albino falcon, Stormy, a silvery gray hunting hound, Rascal, a hyper terrier, Rosalie, a lady in waiting, Ajax arrive, following Reese.
Reese arrives at the snowball fight while in the company of Ajax. She is wearing a warm cloak and pink gloves. The girl peeks over the area, trying to get a feel for things here.
Amari arrives with a bloodhound and two guards in Keaton green cloaks. Of that trio, only the dog looks happy to be here with her tail wagging furiously and her drool running freely in glistening streamers. Since they arrive just as the teams begin to form, the lawyer claps her gloved hands together excitedly, gives her dog a scritch and leaves them to try and follow Delilah's instructions. Team Frost, or Team Snow? She looks undecided for all of a second before turning Snow-ward, smiling pleasantly as she watches to see who else will sort out to her side as well.
Lisebet has joined the The Shining Lands, Made of Silver, Gold, and Glass.
Ajax arrives in tow with Reese, his fingers moving to the clasp of his cloak, slowly loosening it as his brown eyes gaze about.
Nurie steps into the plaza in wide-eyed excitement. If her cheeks are a little flushed, it's mostly because of the brisk walk that she's taken over, rather than cold--her long wool coat and cowl and cozy looking mittens have banished any shivering. She doesn't seem to recognize many present--but she does spy a certain scholar and a smith, and so she drifts cheerfully over Oswyn and Waldemai's way.
Michael Bisland, Lord of yadda yadda stands /ready/ on Snowside. He has spent way too much time devising strategems and tactics for the upcoming battle. Black wool garments, a white cloak worn overtop like it might /somehow/ be used for camoflage. Maybe. "SNOW TEAM OVER HERE!"
Oswyn is not quite sure what he's doing here. His satchel's over his shoulder, as usual, and really, he was just running an errand. Somehow, he got pulled in.
Reese looks over the teams and seems all thoughtful. "I think we should split up to keep the teams even." She says thoughtfully.
Anabelle wanders in when she heard the commotion and stuck around observing until she figured out what was happened. Now that the teams are being make, she looks around from one to the other and on a whim wanders over to the man waving for Team Snow. Her purple cloak lined with fur is pulled up around her as she sweeps over to Michael and his area.
Dot, the war-wiener, Judy, an investigative assistant arrive, following Harper.
Oswyn rubs his gloved hands together and confers with the others on team Frost.
The many opportunities to have something toasty to drink are equally matched by the opportunity for something warm and tasty. Chestnuts roasting joyously on a small fire lend their mouthwatering scent. Another Bisland servant is busily making sure a supply of cheese and hot sausages are available, along with some toasted bread. Or toasted bread and cheese, it's all good. Small, tasty little pastries are set out on a tray to go with the hot chocolate. Should someone lack mittens or a good water-resistant cloak, there are a few of those in mismatched shades in a crate, just in case.
"I agree, your highness." Ajax dips his head, his lips keeping curled into a polite smile.
Lisebet picks a team by absolutely brilliant strategy of choosing the team with Amari on it. Because they're friends. Yup, this one is a winner, she is. "Hey, I'll play," she offers.
2 House Deepwood Guards, Kaia arrive, following Maddox.
2 House Deepwood Guards, Kaia leave, following Maddox.
Giggling and bouncing along into the Plaza with Rowenova, Draven bounces around hand-in-hand with his Wife, cheerfully with Sir Floppington along with him. "I dunno! I want to do both! I want to be on your team! But I want to be against you! You pick!"
Reese glances over to Ajax, giving him a smile. "Okay, lets split." She then starts to toward the Shining Lands team.
Reese has joined the The Shining Lands, Made of Silver, Gold, and Glass.
And pick she does as Nova leads Draven to Lailah, Waldemai, Oswyn, and Nurie.
Rowenova has joined the Assembly of Peers, Made of Wood and Glass.
Draven has joined the Assembly of Peers, Made of Wood and Glass.
Harper has joined the The Shining Lands, Made of Silver, Gold, and Glass.
Amari might have chosen her team simply because she likes snow more than frost, because it's fluffy and nice and doesn't bite toes and fingers off. Hard to say. Lisebet choosing her team earns her a smile, "It's wonderful to see you! This will be fantastic, I'm sure." If Michael can carry the rest of the team, she might have made her choice on that assumption, if she thought that far ahead. She politely nods and smiles to the other teammates of Snow, "I should warn you all that I am absolutely terrible, but at the Winter festival I almost hit Victus with a snowball. Almost."
Ajax has joined the Assembly of Peers, Made of Wood and Glass.
Harper slips in and spies her fellow guards, heading off toward them. When she realizes too late that she's stepped off into a snowball fight, she's too late to escape and jumps in the middle of it. Grinning at her team, she says, "Heya, got room for another here?"
Reese checked intellect + war at difficulty 15, rolling 33 higher.
Nurie does not at all look intimidated or concerned about skill, instead the Lycene is practically levitating, all aflutter at the opportunity. While she listens in on the plans made by her group, she is spying on some people nearby, and starts to try to scoop up some snow, to pat it into her first lumpy snowball.
Ajax checked intellect + war at difficulty 15, rolling 11 higher.
Reese starts directing her team toward building shelters. She is being a bossy Grayson princess, but seems to know what she is doing and the structures are being placed at stragetic spots. Reese gets her gloved hands snowy and joins with such, helping the building.
Anabelle checked command + leadership at difficulty 15, rolling 25 higher.
Lailah checked command + leadership at difficulty 15, rolling 20 higher.
"Well, I can suppose, I can try." Ajax's hand moving to the back of his head, "I do alright against bandits, but bein' real here. We're a lil' outmatched here. But let's show em' what we got, eh?"
Oswyn nods to Ajax. He frowns, and then turns to Delilah and calls, "No rocks in the snowballs, right?" He looks a bit nervous.
Waldemai agrees, "Sure. As long as there's no ice in those snowballs..." Ooh, rocks. Someone even sneakier than he is.
Rowenova says, "If there is, we have a medic on hand!"
Draven is just having a blast with all of this, giggling and bouncing in place as he learns how to make a snowball and peeks over at the other team. He sees Amari over on the other side of the field and beams her a bright smile, waving his hand at her wildly.
Harper quirks a grin at Reese then starts lifting and packing snow as directed, saying cheerfully, "Yes ma'am!" Her building certainly isn't pretty, but falls squarely in the functional side of things.
Amari waves at Harper, her new teammate, before growing still and silent to listen to Reese describe what she wants and where, as far as defensive structures go. The Keaton looks like she understands the basic idea, so shrugs, flashes a quick grin at Lisebet and drops into a crouch to try and slowly roll a giant structural snowball. She's doing that as she watches the other team begin their preparations, which of course means she takes note of who all is over there, and who might be wildly waving at her. She grins and waves back to Draven, naturally. "Don't hit me, please!"
Lisebet follows Reese's instructions, working to put together the structures as requested. She's quiet and content, as they work together. Amari gets a smile. Harper does too, and a little wave. And there's a Draven over there, and he gets a wave in return. Then Lisebet calls out, "Good luck to everyone! Let's all have fun!"
Ajax looks amongst the group gathered, his tilting his head to Oswyn, giving the man a wry grin.
Suffering no obstacle, an urchin in a mismatch set of coats arrives, delivering a message to Ajax before departing.
Reese is directing them for building six structures and helping to build such as well. There seems to be a snow structure for each of them going up.
Oswyn scurries about, attempting to help build structures with his other teammates. He is... not great at this, but he's putting effort in. It also involves a lot of squinting, and honestly, he doesn't do well with hand signals. At all. Yelling at him is the way to go!
Giggling Draven beams his bright smile at Amari. "I won't! Not hard! Maybe a soft hit! You watch! I'll get you!" He says, then giggles and beams his smile over at Lisebet, waving wildly at her too, then peeking back at the rest of the his group, his bright smile unwavering. Then suddenly there is structures being built and he scrambles to help.
Nova waves back toward Amari then she chases after Draven to go help with the snow structures that Oswyn is setting up. She happily pats with ungloved hands and just has a great time with this, like it were in her blood. Maybe it is!
Anabelle recognizes Reese and gives her a little wave as she gets to work helping on the structures, her leather gloves certainly coming in handy. Patting down the snow to compact it, she giggles softly to herself, "I sure hope Rymarr doesn't come by and see me playing in the snow at my age."
Nurie is skipping around to dart here and there to lend a hand wherever it's needed. She may be more used to embroidering things and making sure her lady is well attended than anything martial, but she makes up for it with high spirits. Every once in awhils her gaze moves towards the other lines, more out of curiousity than anything else, or perhaps sizing up the potential targets.
Ajax gives the group working a small grin as he moves around the edges of the fray, assisting where he can in the construction.
Lailah is organizing from behind the lines, using her familiarity with the plaza to help the statues be a part of the defensive structures they place. She puts in some effort of her own in between coordinating.
Harper works furiously to build a snow wall, simple and neat, trying to make it as sound as she can. Piling up the snow higher and higher, she gets it just high enough to crouch behind before working to pack a bit of extra snow on top. As an afterthought, she goes around to the front and pokes out a smiley face in the front of it, then stands back and dusts her hands. Grinning, she says, "There, that oughta do it."
Through all the throng, Delilah has been actively dashing off to the field to confer with her fellow judges -- a Lycene adventurer, a Bisland guard, a very put out cat. Okay, maybe not so much the cat. She throws a quick look over her shoulder at the structures taking shape, and if impartiality has to go before the fall, her spiralling, delighted laughter is a dangerous thing indeed. "Everyone, hurry! You have another two minutes and then I call time!" With what is she calling time? A pair of metal hand cymbals, nothing very impressive, but they can be heard through the snowy evening well enough.
Waldemai uses his strong blacksmith's arms and shoulders to push a pile of snow up in front of himself. "There...protection and ammunition, all in one pile."
Sir Floppington spots Delilah and starts to track and follow after her before then finally sitting down right next to her.
Reese looks over to Anabelle, giving her a grin. "He won't mind. This war games. Practice! And we are totally going to completely win." She says toward her. Her cheeks are pink from teh cold and she seems to be having a good time.
Michael checked dexterity + small wpn at difficulty 15, rolling 15 higher.
Lailah checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 15, rolling 7 higher.
Waldemai checked dexterity + brawl at difficulty 15, rolling 24 higher.
Ajax's fingers moving to scoop up some snow in his hands, his gaze moving between the people gathered as he starts patting down the snow, "I've not done this in ages." he offers, seeming enjoying himself.
Reese checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 24, rolling 45 higher.
Waldemai goes to dump an armload of snow on his favorite princess, recipient of the notorious pink unicorn.
Reese notices that Waldemai is about to attack! She gives the man a playful smile and then darts to the side of the snow dump, being quite the nimble princess.
Amari checked dexterity + small wpn at difficulty 15, rolling 2 lower.
Oswyn checked dexterity + small wpn at difficulty 15, rolling 8 lower.
Michael dips beside a structure with his eyes poking over the edge of the battlements. Between ramparts, he watchs as Lailah trundles about doing whatever she is doing. POORLY. And its easy to track her and lob a snowball across the way to catch her!
Lailah is just making snowballs for others to use when someone decides he wishes to regret his life and throws a snowball at her. She gets hit and glares at Michael balefully.
Reese checked dexterity + small wpn at difficulty 15, rolling 25 higher.
Rowenova checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 40, rolling 16 higher.
Rowenova checked dexterity + brawl at difficulty 15, rolling 33 higher.
Oswyn has a snowball in hand; he turns, pops his head over the top of his lopsided structure, and completely fails to notice any snowballs coming at him. He squints mightily, pulling his arm back to fling the snowball at.... someone. It's closer to Lisebet than anyone else, but... that's not saying much. It fell rather short. It was quite sad.
Amari tucks in behind one of the Reese designed snowbank walls and pats a snowball together with plenty of care and in a completely unhurried manner. When she has one that's perfectly round and lovely she peeps over the wall and flings it at Oswyn. Which may or may not have actually been intended. The throw is not good. The snowball goes up in a high arc and drops like a stone, narrowly missing scholar!
Lisebet is busy making a snowball when one comes flying her way. She ducks instinctively, and then her eyes narrow as she looks trying to decide who threw that at her. She's making the best snowball right now, and she's going to throw it back at whoever that was - just watch. Was it - hrm... who did that?
Reese checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 33, rolling 26 higher.
Anabelle is working dilligently at forming the most perfect snowball ever. As perfectly round shere that she packs between her hands, rubbing smooth any lumps and holding it up to a critical eye before finally being satisfied and putting it aside as ammunition for whoever needs it. Then she starts on the next one.
After picking up a bucket, Nova quickly spins a 3/4 circle with it down low, so it gathers up snow and then charges out to the battle field toward Reese!
Harper checked dexterity + small wpn at difficulty 15, rolling 7 higher.
Draven checked dexterity + small wpn at difficulty 15, rolling 0 higher.
Her lady isn't here to protect, but perhaps some of that extends to others by definition. Because when Lailah is hit by a snowball by a KNIGHT Nurie gets a very fierce look on her face. "That was not well done!" she cries. "It must be answered!!" And with that the Lycene tailor is scrambling fearlessly across to attempt to dump snow on that dastardly knight (Michael!)
Nurie checked dexterity + brawl at difficulty 15, rolling 8 lower.
Reese launches a snowball at Rowenova, but the scout is able to dart away from such. She manages to evade Rownova's attack as well. She gives Rowenova a playful grin.
After trying to toss the snow from her bucket out in a quick motion at Reese, Nova completely misses her and then wolfishly grins back before dashing back to join back up with her own team!
Draven practically plops down into the snow and rounds himself off a snowball, then bounces back up to his feet with his bright smile and tosses it in Amari's direction. His aim may not be amazing, but it's not absolutely terrible, either!
Unfortunately, in her gusto and hot-headedness, Nurie quite forgets about the other effects of snow being trampled underfoot--slipperyness! Just as she's about to let the volley of snow fly, she slips and tumbles down right on her rump, spinning out and making for a very easy prone target.
Harper spots Waldemai going for Reese and grins impishly. Snagging one of the snowballs packed up so expertly by Anabelle with a quick nod of thanks, she turns and sets her sights on him as he misses Reese with the bucket of snow. Just when he turns, she lobs the snowball directly at him, pegging him with it.
Waldemai checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 15, rolling 16 higher.
Amari checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 15, rolling 0 higher.
Waldemai is surprising nimble for a blacksmith. Not so nimble as Princess as Princess Reese, of course. "Nyah!" he sticks his tongue out at his assailant.
3 Armed Confessors, 2 House Velenosa Guards arrive, following Alistair.
Harper grins impishly at Waldemai before ducking behind her wall, and calls out, "I'll get you next time, my pretty!"
Ajax checked dexterity + small wpn at difficulty 15, rolling 17 higher.
Well so maybe it wasn't the best of throws, Draven tosses the small sphere of snow at Amari, and slips, falling face first into the snow with a decent thush. Snow flies out from around him and he just giggles his way happily back up, onto his feet.
Reese checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 17, rolling 38 higher.
Reese gets attacked again and once again she nimbly darts to the the side. She gives Ajax a playful smile. "I am very very hard to hit, Ajax." She ays to the warrior. She seems to be having lots of fun even as she goes to scoop up more snow.
With a snowball packed into his hand, Ajax slips to the side in the epic snow battle between Nova and Reese, the poor snowball missing the mark from the famed Grayson's grace, the mercenary lets out a loud laugh, "Always next time!" he calls over his tenor filled with mirth.
At the end of the first round of battle, Triumph Plaza is full of heroic warriors dashing around in knee-deep drifts of snow, hurling balls at one another. The relentless pursuit of Reese in particular leaves her adrift in waves of snowflakes and ice crystals in the air, convergences of attacks by flung missiles and actual armfuls of the white stuff doing little right off the bat. Lailah diligently makes a snowball while Team Snow has double the production thanks to Anabelle and Lisebet. Those imbalances are going to count now that the free ammunition is gone, other than armfuls of snow. Structures of surreal design, low humps or impressive walls, provide protection for those who want to run behind them!
A battle in the streets of Arx does not go unnoticed by the Crown's loyal order of Inquisitors. Such a scene requires investigation. The black and red of the uniform stands out against any pure white, though likely any mush is tinged with dirt that is natural to a city. Alistair peers at all these people... having fun... and joy... and he starts to grow fur and turn green -- or likely just stands there making sure no one is throwing Ice Fire. Because thats probably a thing.
Amari is already starting to gather a handful of snow for her next very carefully crafted, perfectly smooth and round snowball of perfection when Draven's projectile drops out of the clear blue sky and glances off her shoulder to disintegrate in a shower of white. Her dodge comes about ten seconds too late, and mostly just involves her falling back onto her behind to press her back to the wall of snow, and not very gracefully at that. "Why?" She laughs, then over her shoulder and the wall, she calls plaintively, "Don't hit me, I'm not ready." This is true, her snowball is not nearly done. It's going to take a long while at the rate she's slowly patting it together.
Reese charges toward the other team with a bucket full of snow, not using the available structure she made and not taking the time to roll up snowballs either. She even makes some kind of noise, that is sort of a rawr! She sounds like a princess and not a bear though. This should be noted in case any investigators are listening closely!
Oswyn has hunkered down and is packing together a snowball. He at least seems like he's done this before. He casts a sidelong look at a rock, then shakes his head and keeps using just snow. He has honour.
Lisebet checked dexterity + small wpn at difficulty 20, rolling 8 lower.
Waldemai ducks his head behind his pile of snow, where it appears he is busily doing something.
Anabelle checked dexterity + small wpn at difficulty 15, rolling 1 lower.
Lisebet pops up, throws her snowball in Oswyn's general direction, but it falls apart halfway there, with a few crumbs making it nearly to his cover. She's going to have to work on that throwing arm, that's for sure!
Nurie looks down at herself, her expression shocked that she hasn't been pelted. But then there's a new gleam in her eye--while most of the field is quiet, with people busy taking shelter or making things, she scrambles to her feet and makes a beeline for an interception with one of the other fort's walls, to try and remove some of that cover! "WE DARE!" is her battle cry as she runs headlong. In for a silver, in for a pound!
Rowenova has rolled a critical success!
Rowenova checked dexterity + brawl at difficulty 15, rolling 51 higher.
Anabelle wants to get in on the fun and as she sees the rest of her team making snowballs, she picks up one she'd already prepared and lobs it randomly in the direction of the other team, picking Ajaz out of all the targets over there. Her throw almost looks good, but falls just short, which makes her cringe a little. She really isn't good at this kind of thing.
Reese checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 51, rolling 21 higher.
Reese checked dexterity + brawl at difficulty 15, rolling 12 higher.
Ajax is busy trying to move backwards, his eyes going wide as the snowball thrown by Anabelle goes right over his head, the man seeming spooked for a moment lowers his body.
Reese looks over to Rowenova and nods. She then starts to charge at Alistair and tries to dump snow on him.
Within her calloused hands (the right one of which has a ring of star iron with a ruby heart at an offset angle), Nova tightly grips her snow bucket and spins around in a crouch as she gathers up snow in said bucket until it brims over with crystaline whiteness. Almost like she were dancing, she spins up to her full height and shouts over to Draven, "Nice!" Charges forth with her bucket, heading out to the field between the teams and lets out a battle cry from her Northern lungs, "PRINCESS REESE!" She does not actually attack the princess, though! Instead, when it looks like they almost clash, Nova head jerks toward the yonder Inquisitor, at which point they both seem to apparently coordinate and suddenly charges toward Alistair over there. A whole bucket of snow is coming his way!
Not having time to freeze his alchemy and make Ice Fire, Draven is giggling and trying really hard to move around properly with just how bundled up the little Lycene man is against the cold. He tries to bend down to prepare a snowball, but just ends up flopping into the snow and giggling. He crawls back to his feet and starts to pack one up, but then he sees Alistair there, maybe noticing the red colors, which gives him pause for a few seconds. He giggles back at Amari and waves a free hand over at her. "I got you! I win!" He teases, giving her a playful wink.
Alistair checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 15, rolling 28 higher.
Alistair checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 15, rolling 36 higher.
Alistair checked composure at difficulty 20, rolling 1 higher.
Harper slips down behind her wall and starts packing up snow in her best estimation of a snowball. They're once again not overly pretty, and certainly not perfectly round, but nicely and firmly packed. She peeks over the wall occasionally just to watch for anything incoming.
Reese joins in with Rowenova's attack, seemingly not focusing on attacking the other team any more, but instead her focus is on trying to cover Alistair in snow. He is able to dodge her bucket of snow. Her cheeks are pink and her breathing is a bit elevated. "We might get taken in for questioning." She murmurs under her breath to Rowenova.
Terese has joined the The Shining Lands, Made of Silver, Gold, and Glass.
Lilia has joined the The Shining Lands, Made of Silver, Gold, and Glass.
Having already sent the flying snow from her own bucket, Nova bug eyes after what Reese tells her then she deftly spin and runs away: back to team base with her empty bucket!
Ajax checked dexterity + small wpn at difficulty 15, rolling 16 higher.
SPLASH! Is what it would sound like if it was a bit warmer. Alistair gets a bucket of snow flung in his direction, the cascade of slightly frozen water crashing into his large form and covering his entire face and jacket. There is a deep rumble as hands emerge from the impromtu snowman and he snaps his jacket, letting the snow fall to the ground. His eyes stare into Rowenova's soul for a moment as he licks his lips to taste some of the snow.
Reese checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 16, rolling 38 higher.
Terese takes up position beside Lisebet with a grin, "I have come to your aid, and come bearing munitions." she scoops some snow up and packs it into a tight ball ready for throwing.
Nova keeps running and does not stop until the nearest snow shelter behind which she might hide. She sure hopes she was able to bring her souls along, too! She suddenly tumbles in a cloaked roll behind a snow shelter!
Harper adds the snowball that she packed up to the stockpile, then moves carefully out of the line of fire and turns around to wave to her team, calling over, "Sorry, I gotta run. Good luck!" Looking over at Delilah, she yells, "Thanks, Delilah! May the best snowballs win!" Grinning she turns to make her way out, though Alistair gets a slight chuckle before she goes, as she says, "Good luck staying dry, Inquisitor!"
How long has Lilia been here? Just long enough to take cover on one side of the battlefield, back against a wall. She tucks up against the side of it, cheeks flushed with the cold and with some mirth, and from that vantage begins to gather up double handfuls of snow to pack into tight little balls. "Who's winning?"
Harper has left the The Shining Lands, Made of Silver, Gold, and Glass.
Dot, the war-wiener, Judy, an investigative assistant leave, following Harper.
Stalking the perimeter like an indigo ghost, Delilah is there to hurry any latecomer to the right teams or spaces. "Go over there, pick up a snowball or make your own!" she calls to Lilia and Terese in kind. "Free for all as it were!" She waves warmly as Harper heads on her way, beaming brightly. "You did great, have a lovely knight, Harper. Say hello to my sister if you see her!" Snow is kicked up in the air as she finally doubles over, laughing. "Rowenova has laid siege, I fear!"
Michael checked dexterity + small wpn at difficulty 15, rolling 0 higher.
Delilah checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 15, rolling 9 higher.
Amari checked dexterity + small wpn at difficulty 15, rolling 7 lower.
Alistair checked composure + intimidation at difficulty 15, rolling 28 higher.
Sir Floppington happily follows Delilah all over and even barks once or twice at the various shenanigans of the snow fighters!
Amari checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 15, rolling 8 higher.
Waldemai pops up from behind his pile of snow and flings his snowball at the first opponent he sees: Amari!
Reese darts back to her team after trying to attack Alistair. Apparently he is too scary for her to keep trying to attack!
Nova has the same idea that Reese does, and she hides behind a snow shelter!
Waldemai checked dexterity + small wpn at difficulty 15, rolling 1 lower.
Nurie the Barbarian continues her assault upon the opposite team's walls; where one doesn't have skill, at least one can be used as a self-propelled battering ram. It's a good thing she has on a warm woolen coat, because one side of her is encrusted with snow from shoulder to hip as she puts her all into removing some of the cover so that her team has a better shot at getting those snowballs through.
Amari answers Draven with a snowball of vengeance rather than words! Up she pops, and with a look of determination and utter concentration she winds up and throws her perfectly crafted at the alchemist. Well, she /tries/ to. She doesn't let go soon enough and more or less throws it at the ground where it gets eaten by the knee deep snow with a sad fump sound. She's standing there, stunned by how bad her throw was when she sees motion in the periphery of her vision - Waldemai! He hurls one at her and she neatly, casually turns her shoulder and it goes right on by. She watches it, then looks back to the thrower with a stern look of disapproval.
Oswyn stays behind cover, packing together another snowball. This means he has two in front of him, ready for the taking. He is keeping calm and carrying on. Every so often, he looks up and around, squinting.
Anabelle is going to stick with making snowballs after her feeble attempt at throwing one. Still with meticulous attention to detail and making them as perfect as possible, smoothing them to perfect spheres before piling them neatly for her team mates.
Alistair rumbles again, crossing his arms. He doesn't even dust off the rest of the snow. The snow doesn't... even seem to effect him. Thats odd. Gets in all the worst places. Probably in his socks right now. But he looks as if he is enjoying a drink of burbon by the crackling fire.
Reese checked dexterity + small wpn at difficulty 15, rolling 30 higher.
Waldemai Miss! What a surprise. He ducks down again.
Reese reaches for an extra snow ball and she tries to launch such toward Ajax. She peeks out of hiding in order to aim.
Back here with her team, Nova stays down behind a snow shelter and packs up a brand new snowball which she soon sets into her empty bucket.
Nurie just ... hey! Oh. Lisebet gets that mischievous look on her face, and then she tucks her hood over, pulls her cloak tight and then races across the field to canonball into one of the structures on the other team. Two can play at that game!
Amari checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 15, rolling 0 higher.
Draven checked dexterity + small wpn at difficulty 15, rolling 5 higher.
When Amari throws a snowball back at him, Draven giggles and flops back down into the snow, with an entirely unnecessary dodge as the attack goes whistling way over his head. He giggles again and scrambles back to his feet, then with the prepared projectile in his hands.... He casts his Snowball spell at Amari!
Ajax checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 15, rolling 9 higher.
Reese manages to send her snowball straight at Ajax's forehead! She has pretty good aim too.
Terese, seeing a break in the lines of fire, rises from beside Lisebet to make a daring charge across the field, laughing warmly as she charges towards Nurie, crashing into the snow and doing her best to demolish the structure, laughing as she calls out, "Launch the utmost of attacks, my friends!"
Standing in the middle of a snowball fight, even behind a snow wall is probably not too smart. Amari pays for it when a snowball is cast in her direction and hits her pretty squarely. She looks shocked. Shocked and appalled! "I wasn't ready." And the sun was probably in her eyes too. Totally unfair.
Lilia checked dexterity + small wpn at difficulty 15, rolling 9 higher.
Nurie has rolled a critical success!
Nurie checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 15, rolling 18 higher.
Ajax checked dexterity + small wpn at difficulty 15, rolling 29 higher.
Delilah has rolled 1 6-sided dice: 3
Oswyn checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 15, rolling 17 higher.
"Oi, we need to keep some chaos over our Wolf-sco." his spiel is cut short as he's beaned in the face with a snowball, a loud laugh is heard from the man as he calls over towards Reese, "It'll take more then that, yer Highness." his hand moving to take up a new snowball as he lobs it over towards poor Amari.
Amari checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 15, rolling 9 higher.
Reese checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 29, rolling 22 higher.
Clonk! Amari is hit again, despite her best flailing, the Ajax missile gets through her wavy hands screen and knocks her down with a squeak. She's ded.
Reese looks to Ajax, giving him a playful smile. She manages to dart away from his snowball.
Snowball assembled, Lilia leans just enough past her snow-barrier to spot Nurie's assault on the fortress wall. Her eyes go wide for a moment, and then she pops up. "You...! Taste snow!" She gives that ball an almighty toss, too. A valiant one, though not quite with the effect she'd intended.
Michael's attempt to fling a snowball at Delilah ends about as predicted. An excellent lob on his part, but she can dash surprisingly well through a great deal of snow even though her lesser height is no advantage here. On the off chance she gets pelted by the crystalline spray of a breaking ball, she dives to the nearest, larger point of safety other than a structure or the Lord Bisland. That would be running behind Alistair, like you do.
Amari dies! Draven giggles and bounces up out of his little dugout of snow, bouncing through the snow towards her in a heroic attempt to rescue the poor lady he beamed with a snowball earlier... Until he trips and flops, likely landing right on top of her.
"I am not to be used as cover..." Alistair remarks to any who try to duck behind him...
Waldemai checked dexterity + brawl at difficulty 15, rolling 17 higher.
Amari checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 15, rolling 7 lower.
Michael vaults the top of the structure he had taken up residence in to CHARGE across the battlefield. Into the enemy lines! Where Lailah has kept herself the last round. His shoulder lowers and chin tucks then he BARRELS through her fortification like a rampaging something!
Oswyn starts when snow smashes into the snowball he was making. How did that even happen? He blinks, snowflakes caught in his eyelashes, and then squints up at the sky. "Oh!" He scrambles to his feet and waves. "Sorry! I have to leave - I have an appointment to get to!"
Waldemai watched his last snowball go flying past the woman called Amari. "None of that now," he says and goes to dump an armload of snow over her head.
The Lycene tailor ducks and weaves, going low to avoid being hit by Lilia's snowball as it comes barrelling over the top of Lilia's snow barrier. And of course, when a Lycene goes low, what happens? They fight dirty! And Nurie now kicks and knees the structure that Lilia just vacated with a renewed passion and practicing her victory raised hand fist pump, sending happy snow spray kicking up behind her.
Oswyn has left the Assembly of Peers, Made of Wood and Glass.
Amari is brushing the snow off herself and shaking out her skirts when rather than snowballs, she gets a full armload of snow dumped on her - and a stumbling Draven. She's down, and dead again, her shriek of fright cut off as she lands face down in the snow, tripped up in her own silks and possibly over a Draven limb or two. It's hard to tell then if she's laughing or sobbing after that, as she struggles to get up.
Rarrrgh! The petite Farshaw Lady is full of snow. Totally full of snow. She shakes a bit, as she stands, giggling madly. She wipes snow from her face, and then, like a miniature abominable snowman, she then heads for the next structure she can see, intent on barrelling throutgh them all if she can! Well, except for hte one Michael just barrelled through - that one is off her list.
Anabelle checked dexterity + small wpn at difficulty 15, rolling 23 higher.
Reese is overheard praising Delilah: great snow ball fight!
Nurie checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 15, rolling 6 lower.
Reese is overheard praising Rowenova: Good aim and brave!
Reese is overheard praising Alistair: very very scary!
Reese is overheard praising Ajax: Snowball fight!
With one snow ball left, Nova plucks up the round sphere of icy doom which is suddenly launched toward Micheal for having broken down a snow shelter! Then, she peeks over toward the other team and is momentarily concerned about the crying or the laughing that she might be hearing but is not sure which one. "Are you ok?" She calls out toward Amari who just got dumped/tackled upon.
Draven never stops laughing or giggling, even if he completely, accidently tackles Amari. He climbs his way back up to his feet and starts to brush himself off. "Are you okay! I didn't mean to fall on you!" He says, giggling brightly and reaching down a hand to offer to help her up to her feet.
Anabelle tries this whole throwing thing again. She grabs up her most perfect snowball and lobs it at another random target, this time picking Nurie out of the enemy team. She takes aim before winding up and letting the ball fly, squeeeing and bouncing at it seems right on track.
Rowenova checked dexterity + small wpn at difficulty 15, rolling 10 higher.
Nurie is overheard praising Delilah: Super fun event! Yay snow fight!! Thank you! <3
Michael checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 15, rolling 27 higher.
Reese checked dexterity + brawl at difficulty 15, rolling 27 higher.
Ajax checked dexterity + brawl at difficulty 15, rolling 9 higher.
Terese grins, rising from the ruin of the snow structure she had demolished previously, rising like a great dragon foretold in the stories. She sees one enemy structure remaining and snow flying from her as she hurtles herself into the last remaining structure, snow flying everywhere, a muffled, "AFFWAAACK!" can be heard from the pile of snow she is now surrounded by that used to be a structure.
Reese checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 15, rolling 63 higher.
Lilia has to scramble to avoid being caught in the wreckage of her toppled snow tower. It has nothing to do with the way she's laughing, as that is mostly contained... right up until the victory dance is interrupted by a lobbed gob of snow in reparation for the assault. She takes new cover, and there begins to gather up more handfuls of snow to reload the nearest empty bucket. These may not be proper snow balls, exactly. Maybe more like snow hemispheres.
Waldemai checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 15, rolling 33 higher.
Amari turns onto her side and props herself up on her elbow. It's hard to tell if she was crying or what, since her face is mostly snow and it takes her a while, with eyes tightly shut to brush it all away. "I can't feel my toe and my face is cold, and I lost a glove." She complains, but it's a mild complaint, not a scream of abject pain or anything. "I think I'm alright otherwise. Who won? Is it over?" Important questions, that she desperately wants to know, probably so she doesn't have to worry about being hit with more snowballs.
After hearing about Amari's glove, Sir Floppington sniffs it out of the snow and dutifully returns it to the lawyer lady whilst wagging profusely!
Michael checked dexterity + small wpn at difficulty 15, rolling 8 higher.
"Thank you, kind Sir." Amari smiles, offering Sir Flop a patpat for his good deed before reclaiming her glove.
Amari is overheard praising Delilah.
Lailah checked dexterity + medium wpn at difficulty 15, rolling 3 higher.
Amari is overheard praising Rowenova.
Lisebet is overheard praising Delilah: great snowball fight!
Sir Floppington is a Good Boy, the Bestest Boi, and he leans close to Amari whilst wagging his tail after the return of the glove. He sits down and is still wagging which dusts up snow behind him!
Waldemai has left the Assembly of Peers, Made of Wood and Glass.
Lisebet has rolled a critical success!
Lisebet checked dexterity + small wpn at difficulty 15, rolling 3 higher.
Alistair checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 15, rolling 49 higher.
The bestest of boys, Sir Floppington is going to end up receiving a treat if he is allowed one. Because Scribble, being the man who is not about to be in a fight, will come over with a proper treat. Being a sausage. Oh, how did THAT get there? Bad Scribble!
The human canonball that is Lisebet comes up, and there's that Alistair ... standing there. What the heck - She has snow from the structure she just divebombed, and she throws it at Alistair. Mischief gleams on the Farshaw noble's face with that throw. Which is shockingly on target for once.
When it turns out Amari seems to be okay, Draven giggles and smiles down at her. "I think I beat you. It's okay! I'm sure you'll beat me next time! Oh! I need to go! To check on my Alchemy! Okay! Bye!" He says happily, beaming his smile down at her and turning to dash through the snow, waving at Rowenova. "I'll see you at home! I love you!"
After her snow shelter is destroyed (the one behind which she was hiding), Rowenova kips up to her booted feet just in time to see Lisebet's throw, "Yes!" says she rather loudly! A perceptive one, the Wolf Scout does not seem to really mind if Sir Flops gets a sausage treat! He does what he wants to! "Bye! Love you, too!" calls out Nova to Draven!
Rowenova says, "See you at home!"
Michael checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 15, rolling 26 higher.
Draven has left the Assembly of Peers, Made of Wood and Glass.
Delilah is caught up in the midst of it all, kicking snow up into the air. She throws her hands up into the air. "For individual performance, Scout Rowenova won. For overall disaster and demolition, the team of Princess Reese, Lord Michael and everyone else! Now fetch yourself some hot cocoa before we all melt!"
Ajax hands move together as he shifts his eyes over towards Rowenova, clapping for the wolf scout, "Well done, Scout!" he offers, a large smile on his features.
The Nuriemonster at the gates takes a huge snowball to the face, courtesy of Anabelle! She staggers back a little, blinded from the snow in her eyes and hood, sneezing ferociously as some even gets up her nose! But she is laughing too, and shuddering as some snow finally gets inside her coat, wiping at her face with her mittens! She is, however, blinded for the moment, standing in the ruins of the snow structure she toppled moments before. It does let her grope around to make a snowball, however--at least until the call for cocoa is made. That's just too much to resist, so the Lycene tailor will head that way, clapping her mittens together to shake off the worst of the snow.
Anabelle stands and dusts off snow that's clinging to her cloak and the skirt of her dress, relieved that's she managed to remain unscathed by snowballs throughout the battle, her cheeks flushed and rosy as she runs a gloved hand through amber locks as she ducks back behind one of their shelters when she realizes there are still snowballs flying.
Rowenova trudges forth through the snowy field toward the warm beverages, "Aww, thank you!" says she to Ajax! "You, too!" Sir Floppington happily accepts the offered food from Scribble with even more wags and dusting of snow beside him!
Lilia checked dexterity + small wpn at difficulty 15, rolling 3 lower.
Splargk. Another snowball smacks right into the High Inquisitor. All is remembered. Nothing is forgotten or forgiven. There are special cells for such infractions! Lisebet gets a peer and the mischief is rewarded with a dour aura.
Amari waves after Draven though her hand isn't entirely back in glove, so the empty fingers flap with the gesture. She stays parked in the snow, maybe not sure yet if it's over, at least not until she hears Delilah say as much. Up she gets then, brushing herself off as best she can before she trudges a straight line through the snow after Sir Flop and Rowenova. She huffs out a loud breath when she gets to the hot cocoa, then smiles. "That went well."
"Well done," calls Lilia. "With special recognition to the human battering ram..." Nurie. Is she really taking advantage of the fact that the tailor is still reeling from a snowball? Perhaps. Not, likely, as it will matter; snow rhombuses don't throw very well and this is liable to go sailing right over the other woman's head, which makes the blonde briefly hide her face behind both snow-covered gloves. Then she rises to dust herself free from clots of clinging white, which gives her an opportunity to finally look around, to finally size up the scattered remnants of both teams.
Comfy cells with cocoa! That's the ticket. Lisebet grins at that peer, managing a bit of a curtsey, and then she turns to dust herself off and head for cocoa. She really is covered in snow - it's a good thing she's got all that cloak and hood and the like, though she pulls it back now, some of her luxurious black hair showing as she moves to take that cocoa. "That was such fun!" A nod to Amari, and then a giggle. "I think I got more snow on me than anyone else." A sidelong glance at Alistair and then a " Mostly."
At the sounds of cocoa, Ajax follows behind Rowenova giving her a wry grin, "Psh, hardly on my end. I was just trying to support ya." his fingers moving to his cloak his shoulders rolling to let some of the snow fall from his cloak.
Terese emerges from the snow to shake most of it off and trudges through to get some cocoa and heads over to Lisebet, "A wonderful melee, I'm glad that I had the chance to enjoy it. You did quite a wonderful bit of destruction yourself, Lady Farshaw." she ships the cocoa to warm up some more.
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