Monstrous Compendium Ch5 bit – the Classics

Faster. Kirito ducked a chitinous claw and a buzz of mental force, weaving his strikes in and out of Klein’s blocks. Both their HP bars had dipped past yellow and were eating into red. The Winged Serpent was hanging on, but Pollista had opened deep gashes in emerald scales, despite Kirito’s best efforts to draw her strikes away from their ally. We have to move faster

Something warm splashed down his cheek.

What the-?

Thunder rumbled, and fire rained from the sky.

Dynamm stared up at the firebird in the clouds, gold and ruby and sapphire flames raining down, and felt the gnawing in his guts finally start to ease. “Awesome.”

And here came something even more beautiful. Tae, an empty quiver over her shoulder and flame-drops running over her wings. Touching down with tears in her eyes… and a knife in her hand.

She knelt by him where Issin and others had dragged them clear of the comb, peeling back his clothes from the psiwasp’s angry red infestation. “This is really going to hurt.”

“Hurt means alive,” Dynamm gasped out. “I’ll take it.”

“Well then….” She took a deep breath, and gave him a shaky smile. “I’m Tae Mistfeather, and I’m here to rescue you.”

A/N: Because the bunnies couldn’t resist. 😉


30 thoughts on “Monstrous Compendium Ch5 bit – the Classics

  1. Well, not like I have anything to complain about regarding failed saves versus tasteless bunnies. Littoral anyone? 🙂

    That is going to happen, even if I haven’t decided who it is going to happen to.


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  2. Given how that scene wound up, how long before Dynamm has to blast in a grate and send everyone sliding down a garbage chute? “This is some rescue. When you came in here, didn’t yo have a plan for getting out?”

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  3. “What are you doing?”
    “Someone’s got to save our skins. Into the garbage chute, Fly Girl.”

    “Lovely guy. Either I’m going to kill him or I’m beginning to like him.”

    Through I don’t think either can call them whatever is the local equivalent of a nerf herder . . . okay I’ll stop with the Star Wars stuff . . . .

    The Phoenix a summon or a nature ally? Can it do something like Phoenix Down?

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    1. Tragically DnD Phoenixes can’t really do anything like Phoenix Down – to the best of my knowledge, at any rate.

      This… Hmmm. Maybe one of Zack’s party already picked up a Summoning Materia spell of a high enough level?

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    2. This Star Wars quoting and such makes me curious if there is a way for our heroes to pull something like an Obi-Wan . . . you know “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for” kind of thing?

      Just a bit of misdirection – not here, not important, just ignore these players sneaking in or sneaking out, nope, nothing to see here . . .

      Well, Kirito can already do something like that, still . . .

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  4. … Now I have to wonder if her complete lack of recognition when someone compliments Tae on her Star Wars reference later is something that gives her away.

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      1. I’ve met one of them. They also had not watched Princess Bride as they weren’t fond of romance movies. After I managed to stop giggling, I told her that it wasn’t a kissing movie. Because what else do you say to that?

        I would think the demographic that isn’t familiar with Star Wars and the demographic that plays MMOs, particularly that portion that plays on the day of release, doesn’t really overlap. Sure you have outliers like Asuna in the game, but she is literally a fluke. Canon. It’s going to stand out. If it’s brought up.

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      1. Luckily there are surefire tests of whether someone is human and of whether someone is Japanese.

        Humans have read Walter Russel Meade’s Special Providence, the complete works of Crane Brinton, Bill Creech’s Five Pillars of TQM, The Encyclopedia of Military History, Bush’s Modern Arms and Free Men, Kahn’s On Thermonuclear War and On Escalation, and understand the essential difference between a democracy and a republic. In human school, conflating republics and democracies tells them you are a philosophical zombie, and they kick you out.

        Japanese have memorized the complete works of Pete Drucker, Ed Deming, and The Mythical Man Month, and can explain Taiguchi methods. If someone cannot complete “You can’t inspect quality in…”, they are not Japanese.

        In all seriousness, “I’m Tae Mistfeather, and I’m here to rescue you.”

        Maybe she’s Comanche? XP


      2. Hang on a second, she’s been partying with them for a while now. If she is not referencing the movie, why in the world is she introducing herself to Dynamm?

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      3. Because she is about to do something painful to him, she likes him, she feels guilty about hiding the truth from him, and this is a way of coming clean. Whether he picked up on it is another issue.

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