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    posted a message on Codex Anathema, vol. VIII: "Rise of the Quori"

    Sohar (as he was starting to call himself), replied to Aukan while preparing his cube: "The spirits will not say much now, they will do..."

    The scholar's cube started spinning with a strange angle while levitating. After a while, the structure seemed to open partially, revealing a blue light, which pointed in a direction, with the cube also positioning itself in an arrow-like way, steadily pointing the same spot, even when the owner was moving.

    [OOC: Sorgen is using the "If there is suitable shelter for you and your companions with range, you know it and where to find." use of Wild Cunning, to confirm if Aukan's choice was optimal, or there is a new one.]

    While the cube seemed to adjust as the needle of a compass, Sorgen addressed Ilmo: "Yes, master Ilmo, we would like to listen..." - His tone enigmatic, probably more due to his distraction than anything else.

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    posted a message on Codex Anathema, vol. VIII: "Rise of the Quori"

    Sorgen looks undecided on how to get down from that tree. He could use his magic to glide down gracefully, but after the poor display of ability during battle, he decided not to waste resources and especially avoid risking awkward looks and judgments. 

    After carefully coming down from the massive branches, he addressed everyone, looking submissive and thankful. "I don't know what we would have done without your help, gentlemen... Especially what I would have done." - Before they could reply, he went on. - "I have ways to magically locate a safe (or as safe as possible) camping site, and let the spirits of Zendikar help us in setting up the camp. If you'd like. But I also trust Aukan judgment, if it's corroborated by the opinions of our honorable guides." 

    Sorgen started looking at his wounds and then fleetingly at his companions, as if unsure of where to rest his gaze, if at all. 

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    Sorgen, hands trembling more because of a dire sense of shame due to his terrible aim on his first three crossbow shots at the beast, finally landed a bolt that drew some blood.

    From his higher vantage point he let out a hysterical "YESS!" while smirking diabolically, though still feeling awkward due to his previous misses. 

    [OOC: 10 damage, sneak attack thanks to Aukan being adjacent.] 

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    From his newly found vantage point, Sorgen takes out his crossbow and fires a hasty bolt, which missed the nearest beast by a long shot. A hissed curse escaped out of the rogue's mouth.

    [OOC: All rolls]

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    Sorgen was shaking, traumatized by the violence of the hits taken. Without the arcane aura that shielded him, he could have died. 

    [Shielding Aurora reduced damage to 10]

    His urge of escaping the danger stirred heavily with a need of revenge, and after a split second of agonizing indecision, Sorgen retorted with a passionate attack, helped by Ilmo's artful inspiration. He hit the beast with an inelegant but powerful strike, which severed a major artery in the predator's musucular throat. Blood shoot out, painting a tall red arc high in the air, following the backlash towards Sorgen, whose face became completely covered in thick crimson on all of its right side. 

    The predator had become a prey, but Sorgen didn't stop thinking, although his expression became an indecipherable mask of satisfaction muddled by pain and fear, and made horrifying by the blood. 

    He leaped back as fast as he could, distancing himself from the carnage, preparing to resort to magic to save his own life. 

    [OOC: 11 damage, moved 40 ft far from every animal, to the East  http://dice.brainclouds.net/CampaignView.aspx?ID=C3A847F30844477681F567366CAE0B27&URL=%2fCampaigns.aspx ] 

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    Sorgen feels a rush of adrenaline pumping through his being like few times before in his life. This was the stuff of the expeditions of his father and he was neck-deep in it. A marvelous, and just as dangerous beast was in front of him, ferocious, Cassiel was already hit by it, but three more of them were in melee with the predator. The other beast took more of a beating, although he couldn't be sure how much she was close to death. The beast was clearly in a bad condition and he stopped thinking when he realized that: he could go for his first Zendikarian kill..! 

    Surprising everyone (like he desperately wanted to), and following his patron's ways, Sorgen shielded himself in the blink of an eye with an aura seemingly made of a throng of minuscule stars, like a miniature version of the whole of Syberis. 

    Protected, and threatening, in this fashion, he dashed through the undergrowth with unnatural ease, and coming dangerously close to the wounded beast, he unleashed the fury of his signature magical attack, delivering it with his trusty whip. 

    [OOC: 23 after Advantage! http://dice.brainclouds.net/Result.aspx?ID=QXYNNBYM ] 

    The elegance of the attack was admirable, but at the end of that acrobatic maneuver with a touch of arcane, nothing but a thin bloody line opened up on the muzzle of the feline-like creature, although a shimmering mantle of energy that appeared around it was foreboding of dire consequences for the beast, if it moved past those nearly invisible borders. 

    [OOC: 4 damage, 6 more if beast moves before end of next turn  http://dice.brainclouds.net/Result.aspx?ID=DLG6A7GA ] 

    Before even checking the condition of his quarry, Sorgen stepped back witha flourishing move, again baffling in its disregard of the difficulty of the terrain. He kept a distance from himself and the beast that allowed his starry aura to engulf it: another threat for the survival of the creature. 

    [OOC: 3 radiant damage if the creature ends its turn within 10 ft of Sorgen. Also, Sorgen stays exactly at 10 ft from the creature.]

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    Sorgen walks with his mouth open in awe, shifting his sight from the immense canopy to the huge branches choked by vines of the middle level of the jungle, to the impenetrable undergrowth. 

    [Initiative roll: 2+3=5, April 7, 2:04 AM, GMT+4 on Discord]

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    Sorgen looked rather silent during the last moments with Sorala and Northson. He was generally kind to them, but looked rather uneasy, especially in front of Sorala, while with Northson he looked even a bit rude, introducing himself hastily and without making eye contact. Even in case his companions might have noticed his brhaviour, for sure they couldn't know why he behaved like that. 

    He looked much better when they got into Last Chance. His eyes were sparkling with anticipation for the trip, and he looked distracted, but enthusiastic. 

    At some point when the group was almost ready to go, Sorgen told them he would have "communed with the Roil" and invited them to watch the process, although he made sure to perform the ritual in the most isolated place he could find.

    [OOC: Stealth if required to avoid direct looks to the Hedron Archive from people passing by: 6 total... http://dice.brainclouds.net/Result.aspx?ID=FJE2DDLG ] 

    Taking out the Hedron Archive from a heavy box that looked black on the inside, he activated the cubic artifact, making a cryptic circle of translucent runes come out from it. 

    [OOC: Casts Augury as a ritual, asking omen about the trip they are about to undertake, in the jungle] 

    [OOC: Rolls for the trip: crit on Survival, 9 total on Perception, on Discord. Nature roll with Seeker Advantage after short rest: 21 (15+6) - http://dice.brainclouds.net/Result.aspx?ID=PEH9JAWQ ] 

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    posted a message on Codex Anathema, vol. VIII: "Rise of the Quori"

    Sorgen, who was silent and lost in thought while listening to the Zendikari discussing the route, liked where the plan was going. 

    He wanted to find the fabled lost city of his father, or the mysterious and hidden inner sea. This new path offered a chance to explore most of the places he wanted to see in the shortest time. Because yes, time was a factor. His heart more than his mind knew it. Ignoring the thought that he might have been chosen for this purpose by intelligences greater than his own, he decides to try to vote for this new, reasonable and amply discussed route. 

    "I agree with Ra'sakar this time. This path combines most of the speed of water travel while avoiding the most treacherous waters, and on foot it might get us through lands that are at the very least not claimed by anyone except from the spirits of the land..." - He noted puzzled looks, looking up from the map to the eyes of the companions. - "... If there are such entities at all." - He continued. - "I won't hide from you that I hope to find some help along the way. I happen to be the son of a famous local expeditioner, and although life took me far from here, his name and legacy might still open some doors in the inner... Regions. I also appreciate that Aukan is confident about traveling on foot. As he says, even if we have been given means to travel the waterways, these means are not bounding us to the coasts or rivers like a physical vessel and crew would: we can alternate fast travel by boat to stealth on land. I must confess I think they have given us these means for more than just utility: it must have some significance. But that's why I like this latter option: it makes us start and finish the way they want us to, without binding us to a... Strict course of action. "

    Sorgen always wanted to leave as many options open when it came to movement and travel. That was the message he felt embedded in the nature of his patron, and he was not going to fight it, especially when all the gifts he had been imbued with were confirming he should always be unfettered

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    posted a message on Codex Anathema, vol. VIII: "Rise of the Quori"

    A Flamewind's quote, nearly a slogan for the Covenant, flared into Sorgen's mind: "Never run away from the responsibilities that have been given to you." - The absent-minded rogue shakes up abruptly and finally replies: "Never mind, Lerithyn, never mind."

    "I actually think the boat might be useful to navigate the treacherous Silundi Sea... "The Sea Of Lost Souls"... " - He utters the name as if making fun of it. - "... And reach the much-sought-after Sunder Bay. We would avoid the countless perils of the Vastwood. But I'm not the expert, I will follow you through whatever course you will decide."

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    posted a message on Codex Anathema, vol. VIII: "Rise of the Quori"

    After a while, Sorgen realized Lerithyn had actually asked him a question. He asked him to trade him the folding ship. Initially this seemed ridiculous, but after thinking a few more instants, the scholar realized he could have found more use in something else. "What would you trade for it?" - He finally asked, looking interested and suspicious at the same time.

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    posted a message on Codex Anathema, vol. VIII: "Rise of the Quori"

    Sorgen couldn't hide a smirk after the revelation... He remembered of old stories told by his father, of a shadowy warrior who eventually became a hero, after deserting a pirate ship in the hidden Halimar sea, eventually becoming an explorer of his own, pushing into the farthest reaches of the Silundi Sea, beyond the Island of Secrets, confronting the legendary Wrexial, the Risen Deep... Now he had his own boat, and portable too! Too bad he had no idea how to helm a ship..!

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    Sorgen looked slightly irritated by Lerithyn move, but tried to tie in in an accommodating manner: "Oh, yes, the box... I was just going to ask you, sir Lerithyn, if you could help us understand if there's some extra magical property in it, since it feels strange they would have left m- I mean, us, with one less object of utility than the members of this party. I'd like to take this box as part of my share, later on..." - Sorgen referred to the quick decision made when they met, about which item would go to which member. He didn't find those items interesting, the box was instead more interesting, especially since he was always on the look-out for a way to store his hedron in a fitting container - one that screened the precious relic from scrying, possibly.

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    posted a message on Codex Anathema, vol. VIII: "Rise of the Quori"

    With a tiny bit of pride, Sorgen replies to Aukan about his connection to the Roil. "Well, I can commune with what I would call a spirit of the land of Zendikar. Or with a connection to it. An aspect of The Traveler probably, which might coincide with the entity called Talib by the Kor, and Cosi "The Trickster" by the Merfolk. This makes it close to the Roil, according to my knowledge, and now even according to the name you have for it..." - Sorgen couldn't avoid showing he doesn't know the nature of this entity clearly, even if the connection with the Goliath name seemed convincing. Perhaps his pride made him speak too hastily, and he recognized this, so he changed the subject quickly. - "I will show all of you in due time, for now, we better reach our destination quickly. Thanks for asking though, Aukan..."

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    posted a message on Codex Anathema, vol. VIII: "Rise of the Quori"

    Sorgen had heard Cassiel doing "that thing" before, but didn't give it much thought before this moment. He could guess those were very exotic languages, and he pondered for a bit if to ask Cassiel about them, or just try to consult with "the cube" (how he sometimes called his Hedron Archive) about them.
    He decided he wanted to approach Cassiel later on to talk, and see how open he was about it before "asking the cube": he would have left that as a way to double-check the sincerity of his travel-mate...

    For some reason, though, Cassiel made him consider the option of getting a bit more personal, casting aside his loner demeanor for once. A feeling/thought he also had about Lerithyn, and in a different way about Ra'sakar and Aukan, although in their case, that instinctive respect was also mixed with envy about their Zendikari backgrounds being more extensive than his. He had more neutral feelings about Major for now, due to his nature, but he knew he could relate well with warforged, back in Sharn.

    All in all, he was surprised to find himself in the company of individuals he felt quite comfortable with, a rarity in his experience. He wondered cynically if the Foundation or the Covenant, or even Flamewind himself had something to do with this coincidence.

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