OOC: To make things simpler, I removed spells Storage, Amplification, and Conduction. Let's just say that they are required anyways, so there is no need to mention them at all. Also, it seems that my understanding of Familiar
is completely wrong (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Familiar_spirit
), so let me rename it Drone
Also, I need to get my brain bleached after reading some other CYOA here...
[ ] Use your Scouts
You start to evaluate the situation. Things that can make magic "disappear" cannot be good for your health. You'd better investigate what it is.
You relax yourself in an upright position, facing at the direction of that... thing, and shine a beam of magic energy with your closest Scout. Quietly suspending above the calm lake, you focus yourself intensely, searching for a response caused by your active scanning.
You unconsciously hold your breath, and pray for a response. In such nights, your safety depends solely on your sense of magic, and the last thing you want is to encounter an existence which evades your scanning. Ah hah! There is the reflection!
As you confirmed that this thing does not absorb
your magic, you let out a light sigh. After all, you really don't want to fight a magical black hole. In dark.
Then, you (or your Scout) sense a sudden shudder from the "black hole". You are surprised at the motion: it almost feels organic. Great. Even better! A living black hole.
You think sarcastically. And I probably just woke it up. Better play it safe.
And by "play it safe", you mean "shine a beam of light
to reveal its true form". For some reason, your mind gets so anxious about your reduced magic control that you just did not register the rudeness of pointing a spotlight at something woken up by yourself
. Perhaps you are away from civilization for too long.
You squeeze your eyes again, and briefly see the "black hole" disappearing, and the magical reflection reveals some sort of humanoid. Of course, you can only see a tiny figure.
It takes you full five seconds to remember that people generally don't like to have a searchlight pointed at their eyes. You immediately dim it, and start to consider the option of "get closer and apologize". Heck, you might even get directions towards a civilization! However, you are much more cautious than that. After all, she (is it a female figure?) just emerged from a blob of void, so she is probably not human. Years of adventure have taught you at least one thing: any magical creature that obtains a humanoid form is exceedingly dangerous to deal with. In addition, the more appealing its form is, the more you should consider running away.
Of course, when you are already noticed, you probably shouldn't make sudden movements. Therefore, you firmly hold your ground (air?), slowly pull back your Scout, and carefully look at the figure. She is lazily drifts in your direction.
The wind is silent and chilling, you can almost feel the surrounding darkness compress towards you, threatening to swallow you alive. You shake your head, survey the environment, but your human eyes see nothing but distant shadows, and you clearly know that you are not in your best condition to fight. Flight, however, is an option.
Under the pale-yellow halo emitted by your Scout, you finally see a glint of reflection from her blood red pupils. At that moment, you feel a chill piercing right through your body, causing you to tremor involuntarily. What?
You scream in your mind with great confusion. There is no way I would be terrified by THAT! No, it must be some psychological attack.
Taking deep breaths, you forcefully calm down your trembling body. You mutter to yourself while searching through possible spells that may cause this effect, with no results. Just as you try to scratch your head, a moment of enlightenment struck you as you see your slender hands:
You are in your 15-year-old
body. When you were 15, you had not even seen a chicken slaughtered, let alone encountering unknown magic creature on the edge of a dark forest, above a lake. It is not accustomed to holding back fear!
And if she can terrify your body just by staring, she must be dangerous
. You'd better trust your instincts.
You warm up your spells, and slowly start to drift back, with Interceptor between you and the creature. With your eyes and four beams of magic pointed from multiple directions, you make sure this figure cannot possibly make unexpected movements. Your make the gesture of STOP, clearly threatening ?come closer and I will blast you in your face with this mysterious glowy floaty thingy?. After all, you
know how an Interceptor can drain all your energy in an instant (with an impressive wall of bullets), but she
She didn't stop, and you took your time to improvise a plan to escape, which involves flying like a ballistic missile, if she closes into fifty meters.
! That child-like, cheerful voice emerges right behind your ears. The sudden, unexpected intimacy makes your blood rush but you cannot detect anything! You shout out loud and follow your reflexes to dive, sweep the surface of the lake, turn back, and ?
Indeed, your magic senses are always right. Nothing is there.
You immediately understand that you fell in a trap of illusion, so you bolt back to pull apart the distance, and turn to face the creature. Illuminated by your drones, you see a small girl with short blond hair, wearing pitch black vest and skirt. A small ribbon is tied on her hair, and you can just make out her delicate fingers extending from the white blouse covering her arm.
She is right in front of you, at arm's length. Eerie red eyes fixed with yours, and a wide grin on her face.
She ?steps? forward in the air, and you cautiously back off, line your Interceptor on your side, and point its nose at her. Every nerve in your body is screaming DANGER
to you, and you need a plan, now
The girl puts her index finger at her lips, which hooks upward cheerfully. Her red eyes scan your Interceptor for a moment, then return to you, smiling.
"Are you a human
How delightful her voice is! She must have the smile of an angel? if you ignore her hungry gaze, that is.
- Ordinary Human Being
- Pristine and clean
- Magic is marginally functional
- Adrenaline is blowing up your heart, and making your limbs numb
- You just failed a Sanity check, if you noticed at all
- 1 x Water bottle. Nice and sturdy, filled with fresh water
- 1 x Sword and scabbard. Built to be abused, good for both utility and fighting
- You cannot fight with it effectively right now
- 1 x Leather belt. Your sword holster and water bottle are attached to it
- 1 x Small cloth bag of steel balls. Why on Earth do you have these?!
- Cotton shirt, trousers and various clothing. Nothing fancy, but you don't have shoes
- Thrust. Reactionless propulsion. You fly with this.
- Body Reinforcement. Reinforces your body against impact and acceleration. You use it to protect your fragile body
- Command Drone. Four types are currently available, with cap of 4. To switch type or loadout, you must destroy the drone and respawn
- Scout. Enlarges your detection zone, relays information, and act as spotlight or designator. Can be commanded over great distance
- Interceptor. Small, extremely fast and agile. Consumes ridiculous amount of magic while fighting. Can be commanded within a few kilometers
- Fighter. All-around type, do whatever you want with them. Jack-of-all-trade, master-of-none. Can be commanded over great distance
- Bomb. What to say? A homing bomb! Can be commanded over great distance
- Some control over elements Fire, Air, Water, and Earth. Not synchronized enough for spells
Your Active Drones
- 3 x Scout. Closest one is 50 meters from you
- 1 x Interceptor. Right by your head, pointing at the dangerous innocent looking girl
[ ] "Yes. What about you?"
[ ] "No. Why would you think I am a human?"
[ ] Go ballistic, literally. Humanoid magic creatures are usually quite territorial, so she must be the only one in this region. Right?
[ ] Point blank barrage! it's not like you can miss at this range, right?
[ ] Other plans?