Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Herzog » Fri Jan 15, 2016 6:10 pm

Pritchard pocketed the flask and the now bless shotgun shells. The farmer followed you out and into the garage.

"I'll follow in my pickup. Never know when an extra set of wheels will be useful."

The old man trotted over and got into his truck. He started it, and back out of the driveway and waited to follow you to the school.

Back on the road again, you headed to the school. In that direction, you notice it was getting cloudy and dark, despite the time of day. Approaching the school, you quickly realize that dark, ominous clouds centered themselves over the school. It surreal and altogether unnatural.

Nearing the school entrance, you see several abandoned cars. There was no one in sight.

Entering the campus, you drive up to the entrance. In the parking lot, you think you spied your husbands sedan.
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Esimae Brayman » Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:31 am

Esimae peered upwards through the windshield at the darkening sky. It was ominous and her worst fears were causing a cold chill down her spine. Creating a nexus portal at the school would be very bad news. The blood of innocents could be used in very dark magics and the hell that could be brought across to this world was beyond most mud-brain's comprehension. She muttered an elven curse under her breath.

With the parking lot unlikely to have a traffic problem, she stopped the SUV near the family sedan. She had to check it to be sure.

Esimae exited the Toyota, leaving it running with the door open, and took the repeating crossbow in hand as she approached the vehicle. She moved first to the driver's side door to pear in the window. Then she opened the door itself to get a better look inside.
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Herzog » Fri Jan 22, 2016 5:44 pm

Pritchard followed behind in his truck. He stopped behind your Toyota and leaned his head out the window to see if everything was alright. A glance up the clouds made him worried. One could feel the ominous pressure of the gathering storm.

The family sedan was empty. THe keys were not in the ignition, and your husbands messenger bag and suit jacket lay tossed in the front passenger seat. THere was nothing else out of the ordinary in the car.
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Esimae Brayman » Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:14 pm

Esimae straightened from looking into the sedan as she turned to look at the farmer. Her face was tight with concern and determination. She called, “It looks as expected if my husband went inside right after parking and has not come out again.”

She was not sure she could ask the farmer to follow her into the school or not. The school could be a nexus to hell… or just holding everyone inside for safekeeping. Yeah, she did not believe that the Principal called everyone to take shelter in the gymnasium to ride out the trouble.

She climbed back into the Toyota, laying the crossbow on the seat again. She drove the 4x4 straight towards the main entrance of the school. The parking lot ended and there was a loading and unloading zone for the line of school buses to cross before the wide sidewalk that ran the length of the school building and the 40 foot sidewalk that led straight to the double doors. She drove right onto the wide sidewalk before making a sharp turn 90 degrees to the right, stopping after. She shifted into reverse and then backed her Toyota towards the double-doors of the school to leave the vehicle poised for a quick getaway later if necessary.

Turning off the engine, Esimae climbed out and started really arming herself to enter the school. She buckled on the pair of swords and the bandoleer of throwing knives. In the close confines of the school, the crossbow would be less useful and she left it on the seat.

She was certainly not going to be inconspicuous with her armed appearance. She pulled a leather overcoat from the duffle bag. It would conceal her weapons from casual observation and she could pull it closed over the bandoleer. But open she had full access to her arsenal and some light armor protection from the demon claws. The jacket was enchanted with a protection from evil spell that made it painful for demons to touch. Worked great until the demons figured out they needed to use weapons instead.

Esimae looked to see what Pritchard was doing.
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Herzog » Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:18 am

Farmer Pritchard had nodded and watched you as hopped back in the SUV. He hesitated as you drove to the front of the school, watching you back up to the double words. Understanding was on his face, and he put his truck back into gear. He meant to mimic positioning his vehicle, but leave a path for your SUV. That put him off the sidewalk and in the grass. His truck's tires were the kind that could handle a bit off roading, and didn't have an issue with the lack of pavement.

Turning off the engine, Pritchard left the keys in the truck. He got out of the truck and trotted up to you as you finished decking yourself. He had his pockets full of blessed shells, and the shotgun in one hand. He had retrieved his hunting knife and had that hanging off his belt.

"What's with the clouds. That the demon's doing?"

"Do you have a plan?"
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Esimae Brayman » Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:13 pm

Esimae shook her head, “No really… at least not from a strategic point of view. Tactically, I am going to attack any demon I see as try to not to make too much noise in doing it.”

She gestured to the sky as they stood before the double doors of the school, “That could be dark magic. Your typical demon cannot do things like that. But a few demon lords working on a ritual could be messing with the weather to open a large portal and turn this school into a nexus point for crossing over.”

“Gah! The could be using the blood of the innocent to power the ritual! Come on!”

She drew the small, curved sword in her left hand and a throwing knife in her right as she opened the door and crossed the threshold into the school.
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Herzog » Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:29 am

"Sounds good, " replied the farmer. He had a firm grip on his shotgun as the two of you entered the school.

Through the front doors, you found yourself in the school lobby. Directly in front you, was a reception desk or island. It was unoccupied, and the the wood paneling appeared to have claw marks. Behind the island, was the glass walls and doors leading to the administrative and principle offices. The offices were dark. From there, a long hallway stretched left and right. Here and there, are scatter books and bags that had been carelessly dropped.

The school was unnatural dark and quiet. An occasional flicker could be seen from some of the fluorescence lights as they struggled to stay on. In the distance, you could make a thrumming with an almost unnatural rhythm to it. No demons could be seen.
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Esimae Brayman » Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:01 am

Esimae’s features grew tighter as she saw the claw marks. The demons had been inside the school and not necessarily found what they were after… but she was having trouble believing that optimistic fallacy.

She murmured, “Not good… not good.”

Not bothering to explore the Administrative sections, she continued straight to the hallway and deeper into the school. She passed by the first few classrooms, finding more of the same. They were empty of teachers and children, while debris of hasty departure was strewn about. She looked both ways and then took the one that appeared to have the noise of the thrumming coming from it.
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Herzog » Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:51 am

Pritchard was grimed faced as he followed after you. No words were necessary at this point. It was apparent that a sense of urgency was needed to find the children.

Following the hallways and the thrumming eventually lead you to the gym. As you made the final turn before the 2 double doors leading into the large space, you come across your first set of demons!

A group of 4 stood guard visible at the doors. They were upright, with nasty claws and horns. But no wings like what you encountered on the road earlier in the day. They see you about the same time and snarl as they prepare to attack!
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Esimae Brayman » Thu May 05, 2016 8:09 pm

Esimae had a feral grin as the four demons saw her and she spoke to Prichard, "We have lost surprise now, shoot the two on the ends first."

She flung the first of the blessed knives at one of the two demons in the middle, the surprised look on its face priceless after the expression of contempt it showed when the throwing knife came at it. A normal knife would have be nothing but a mosquito bite. But the throwing knife not only sunk in deep into its chest like cutting into butter, the metal itself countered the demon's healing properties too. And simply touching the blade would burn demon flesh like acid so they could not yank it out themselves without tremendous willpower. The smart demons, and there were not many of those, clawed the flesh around the blade and hoped to get the holy weapon to fall out of their flesh that way. But in their chest, that was likely to be fatal. One demon was out of the fight, even if it did not know it yet.

As the other three demons advanced and the shotgun discharged, Esimae threw a second blade and it was more of a minor wound as the other demon in the middle shielded himself with a forearm. The knife lodged into it instead of somewhere more vital.

She drew the longer katana from its sheath and stepped forward to take a martial stance, ready to counter strike when they charged into range. "Where's my children, you bastards?"
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Herzog » Tue May 10, 2016 7:48 am

The demon with the blessed knife buried in it's chest, fell back screeching and hissing. In futility, it tried to pull the knife out, but each time the holy blade sizzled and burned it's hands. It was certainly out of the fight, and not long for this world.

Pritchards blast took a demon on the end. The shot tore through it's upper chest, severing an arm and ruining the torso. That demon fell to the ground, thrashing as the as the holy buckshot did their work.

The second throwing knife caused pain in the arm of the one demon, but did not slow it down. Screams of rage where the only answer to your question. The pair were quick and charged at the same time. Their claws swiped at you from both sides.

The old farmer worked the slide in this shotgun, but is now enable to get a clear shot.

"More coming!" he shouted in warning as a few more demons came charging down from one of the darkened hallways. He turned and leveled his shotgun at the new threat.
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Esimae Brayman » Tue May 17, 2016 5:30 am

Esimae whirled and danced, the two curved blades weaving the pattern she had been taught by her father. The smaller demons were merely grunts in the hellish armies. "Keep pumping rounds into their reinforcements. I got these two," She said as she leaped to the side, flanking one and spinning around to slash with the katana deep into the side of the already wounded one.

Her maneuver had put the falling one between her and the other. Pritchard was left open for the briefest of moments; just enough to let the demon think the farmer could be easy pickings. But Esimae's spinning momentum carried her around in the arc she had been moving and the stupid hellish creature was too eager to try slashing at the farmer while he was focused on other demons. Therefore it missed the flashing blade of Esimae's smaller sword as it jabbed in around where its kidney would be on a human and the bloody tip poked out through the center of its abdomen.

Esimae ripped the blade back out with a twist and jerk to slice more demon flesh on the way out. The second of the demons crumbled. She turned to stand ready to receive the next demons that made it past Prichard's shotgun blasts.

"How are you doing for ammo, Prichard? she asked calm and collected. She was definitely in the zone of combat. It fit like an old glove, despite the years since she was actively hunting.
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Herzog » Tue May 24, 2016 6:03 am

The shotgun blasts echoed down the school hallways as Pritchard fired in to the charging demon reinforcements. By now there were half a dozen of the demon grunts. The farmers shotgun had managed to down two of the 6 and wound a third.

"Have a few shells yet!" Pritchard yelled before he had to defend himself from a demon slash. He grunted as he brought the shotgun up to block a clawed slash. The old man nearly lost his firearm and was being pushed back.

The other demons rushed you, despite the effectiveness of your blades.
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Esimae Brayman » Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:44 am

"After you are out, fall back and try to get my two throwing knives. They are better than nothing," Esimae instructed as a whirling back slash opened up the demon trying to grapple Prichard in the side so deep the blade cut into the spine. She had not stopped moving as the small blade easily slide out of the dead demon's flesh to parry a reaching claw from another while she put the longer blade through the throat of the one in front of her.

She spun through the swing and danced out from between the pair as her blades continued to weave that complex form she had drilled for years. With a twist and flick of a wrist she flung demon gore from the smaller blade and splattered the farther demon in the face to get its attention. It was about to make a play for Prichard and she couldn't have that.

The near lunged and she could not stop it from crashing into her, despite driving the smaller blade sharp edge under its chin to slice into its neck. While she killed the demon, its weight still crashed into her and she slipped on demon blood smearing the tiled floor of the school hallway. She went down to her back with her left arm and blade tangled with heavy demon corpse on top of her. She was losing her mobility and her large blade was useless in fighting from close quarters and flat on her back.

Esimae tossed the sword to slide along the floor towards Prichard. She reached for the next throwing knife from her bandolier and hefted it to get ready to throw it.
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Herzog » Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:04 am

Snarls and grunts echoes through the school hallway as the battle continued. With your help at distracting one of the demons, Pritchard was able fire off another shotgun blast, taking another demon out of the fight. There were only a pair of demons left.

"Right, I'll---" was all he was able to get out in response, before one of the last demons charge him. He quickly fired his last shell, but the demon dodged at the last second.

"Argh! Damn you!" the farmer cursed he wasn't able to block a slash completely. He was scratched badly on one his arms before he managed the club the demon in the head with the barrel of his shotgun.

Meanwhile, the other demon pounced on you as you lay struggling to free yourself from the a dead demon.
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