since the purple portal seemed to be stuck on the Cloud. Lorikeet stationed herself by the mirror to explain the situation to those who happened by. PMF offered pick up and healing services for any who wanted to hunt on the Cloud and skydive off. A little while before the event was scheduled to begin, Malkor announced. "The Portal Search and Assault Contest is now registering contestants. Collaborate for the purse or conspire against the weak! All it takes to enter is a dueling glove." Kintok, Highlander, Chi, Manquilor, Insanelife, and Dobbin registered first, although Dobbin retired to the library shortly thereafter. Malkor sunstoned, "Late registration is allowed throughout the duration of the contest. Bring a glove." Chi sunstoned, "Healers welcome for the portal challenge! Chi can't be only one. *gulp*!" The group moved
"All it takes to enter is a dueling glove."
to the ocean, and just as they reached the island, Malkor announced over the sunstone, "And I'm giving a thousand coins to whomever manages to kill the most contestants. Good luck!"
Lorikeet waits for anyone needing a heal to walk, fall, or get chained into the hut.
the group in the first snell. She set up in the hut northeast of the river crossing to serve as an "equal opportunity healer" for any who wanted a heal or chained a fallen to her. The Noth gods were delighted with the opportunity for mischief, and soon the town was full with a couple landews, some pallidews, and assorted other creatures. Chi polished his chain and started ferrying fallen fighters to Lorikeet. In the meantime, a second group of six--Thalion, Lanna, Tas, Nyika, Zed, and Brackus--entered the contest. They chose to land on the north side and headed to the underground.
Tas explains the rules.
the first group of exiles was having trouble with the massive spawns in Noth town. They wanted to start searching away from town, but they kept falling. At about that time Michael came to the hut in town and asked Lorikeet to fill him in on the rules. The group in the underground was searching, the group that was in town spread out and fell, and Michael was down to lightning.
Tas leads the way to the underground.
Frozen Shade came along to chain some of the fallens to Lorikeet. She was able to get a couple, but warned us of a hel that was in the neighborhood. While the underground group continued searching, passing by the underground lake, running into a little trouble with two pallidews but nothing they couldn't handle, the exiles in town felt like they were trapped by the large number of creatures patrolling the huts. While they talked about making a run for it out of town, they had some difficulty, retreating to the hut for a heal each time. In the meantime, Michael's spirit was drifting by a lake.
Taking a look at the barrier underground.
The others in town sunstoned for more members. Coriakin came along to help, and about the same time Knucklehead brought Michael to Lorikeet for a heal. Highlander was having extremely bad weather and left to try and recover in the library. The six underground hunters started to wonder if they were going in circles, and looking in the wrong places, as the monotony of the rock walls and barren ground seemed to stretch on endlessly. They got a couple chests from a pair of xars to perk them up and then headed out the Western Outpost. Since they had heard others had been in town, they decided to head down to the south beach to search. Meanwhile, back in town, a hel had arrived and Lorikeet was still healing fallens that were chained to her, only now they tended to be mangled.
Checking the map and trying not to get lost.
Everyone had been searching for quite a while, so it was time for the first clue. Lorikeet sunstoned, "This is a clue. Where the portal is found, you don't need pf. Malkor added his own twist on the clue as well.
Malkor takes the opportunity to advertise for his prize.
participating in a different contest than the beleagered group in town. After getting to the west beach, they proceeded through the pf to the south beach area, where they ran into Michael. Michael sunstoned, "What's the current count for most kills?" Malkor replied, "15-way tie at zero, I believe." Michael came back to the group and dropped Zed quickly. Then he went after Tas.
Michael drops Zed with an eye on Malkor's prize.
Nyika asked, "He is killing us all?" just as Tas fell. Michael left but came back soon after, felling Brackus and then aiming for Nyika to ensure his prize. It took a while, but he was successful. Michael headed north and the others continued south to the south shore. They were there when the last clue was given, and so were in a poor position for the final stretch run.
Michael tells Nyika she's next.
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