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Animus Moderators ([personal profile] animusmods) wrote in [community profile] animus_ooc2013-12-16 08:40 am
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Event: Into An Abyss; Part Two

As Monday dawns and the morning wears on, the rift on floor twenty-three grows ever larger. By mid-morning it's large enough for an adult to step inside entirely. Of course, anyone who tries will be torn to pieces and killed in the pitch black of wherever the rift opens into. Of course, if people can get in, then Things can get out--and they do. The creatures resemble plague doctors, when they resemble anything at all. They shift and twitch and warp in and out of reality, as if they're only tenuously connected to this plane of existence to begin with. Those who get close to them, they attack, with the following rules governing their behavior:

-Plague doctors use physical attacks, ripping and tearing their victims to pieces with hands and teeth. They travel very quickly and, when slipping in and out of reality, can seem to teleport from one spot to the next unpredictably.
-Characters whose collars are yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet will be attacked if the plague doctors notice them.
-Characters whose collars are yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet cannot harm the plague doctors. They must hide or run.
-Plague doctors become more powerful the closer to violet the character they are attacking is. A plague doctor attacking a character with a yellow collar will be weaker than the same one attacking a character with an indigo collar.
-Characters whose collars are orange will be completely ignored by the plague doctors unless the character directly attacks one.
-Characters whose collars are orange are capable of injuring and killing plague doctors, provided the means by which they attack are entirely mundane. They cannot receive enchanted items from other characters, for example.
-Plague doctors can only be killed by completely destroying the head. It has to be crushed into pieces.
-Plague doctors will carry any retrieval unit they notice into the rift they came from.

While all this is happening, of course, there are still collar checks to think about--and Aria is still in charge of those. The infirmary has been transformed into something of a fortress--there are only two retrieval units guarding the outside, because of the plague doctor danger, but the floor itself has been sealed up with all sorts of technological devices that make those sensitive to the supernatural feel a little strange and uneasy, although being on the floor is not harmful in any way.

Aria sends another announcement over the loudspeaker today:

"Hi, guys, don't forget your collar checks, okay? We've done our best to make the infirmary safe for you guys from those things. And, um, those things--I think they're after us. If you can figure out something that can be done about them, let me know, okay? Oh, but even if you can't, and you just want to talk to me, you can go ahead and come down to the infirmary anyway! I'd really like to talk to all of you. I'm the retrieval unit with glasses--I've been handling your collar checks for a while, now, so I hope you can recognize me!"

If you would like to speak to Aria, there is an NPC log here.
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[personal profile] withani 2013-12-16 01:57 pm (UTC)(link)
What sort of attacks do the plague doctors use/what kind of injuries would result?
withani: ("With a face like that")

[personal profile] withani 2013-12-16 02:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks very much!

EDIT: ACTUALLY another question. Given the comment that the plague doctors will take any units they see back into the rift with them, does this mean that there may be some units outside of the fortress, or will they all/almost all be centralized around the 2nd floor?
Edited 2013-12-16 14:08 (UTC)
withani: (I'll just go over there now)

[personal profile] withani 2013-12-17 12:35 am (UTC)(link)
I AM SORRY FOR SO MANY QUESTIONS BUT would something like Dani's invisibility/intangibility allow her to effectively hide from the plague doctors? (Assuming of course she uses them on floors where powers work)
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[personal profile] animusnpcs 2013-12-18 02:55 pm (UTC)(link)
It would be ineffective; the plague doctors would be able to perceive and attack her as if she wasn't using powers at all.
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[personal profile] warriorscribe 2013-12-16 02:34 pm (UTC)(link)
How effective are various means of defense against their attacks, like armor, shields, force fields, etc.?
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[personal profile] animusnpcs 2013-12-16 02:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Anything that utilizes magical/superhuman means is ineffective. Mundane armor is a little more effective, though it can still be ripped up.
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[personal profile] warriorscribe 2013-12-16 02:43 pm (UTC)(link)
So basically it would be as if Enoch's armor wasn't there?

Also, can residents teleport into the fortress?
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[personal profile] animusnpcs 2013-12-16 02:44 pm (UTC)(link)
1. Right.

2. They cannot, though they can teleport to the area immediately outside it and walk in.
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[personal profile] warriorscribe 2013-12-16 04:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Ack, one more. Are retrieval units a variety of shapes, sizes, and apparent ages, or are they generally all in the same age range/height/whatever?
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[personal profile] animusnpcs 2013-12-16 04:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Retrieval units are roughly the same age range and height, though there are some minor differences and they can be different genders and races.
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[personal profile] neverbeamemory 2013-12-16 03:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Dare I ask....

1) The rules regarding collar checks still apply - so characters will still fall unconscious the day afterwards if they boycott? Will there be any retrieval for them at all?

2) Does the infirmary still serve as such? Characters can still find things that they might need to treat injuries etc?

3) What happens if a character dies in general (not necessarily by plague doctor or large rift but it could happen)? Is there any retrieval/revival?
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[personal profile] animusnpcs 2013-12-16 03:43 pm (UTC)(link)
1. Characters will still fall unconscious, yes. Retrieval units may attempt to retrieve them, but it may or may not actually work.

2. Yes.

3. Revival does work as normal for the moment.
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[personal profile] bowandblade 2013-12-16 05:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Is there anything abnormal about the injuries left by plague doctors? Can they still be healed by supernatural powers?

How are the retrieval units reacting to the plague doctors? Are they actively trying to get away from the plague doctors?
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[personal profile] animusnpcs 2013-12-18 02:57 pm (UTC)(link)
Wounds can be healed as long as the plague doctor is not actively attacking the person someone is trying to heal. There's nothing abnormal about them.

The retrieval units for the moment are staying in the infirmary, where the plague doctors won't enter. The ones guarding the door will attempt to fight off a plague doctor if one of the residents is attempting to escape them, but will otherwise retreat into the infirmary until the plague doctor leaves.
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[personal profile] gradosfinest 2013-12-16 05:45 pm (UTC)(link)
How tough are the Plague Doctors when directly engaged with an orange collar? I assume they must have considerable physical strength and can probably still take a hit or two without going down?
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[personal profile] animusnpcs 2013-12-18 02:58 pm (UTC)(link)
They're quite capable and quick, yes. They don't react much to attacks that aren't aimed at the head, although they can be tripped up/tied up/etc.
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[personal profile] frilliance 2013-12-16 06:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Will there be a similar monster attacking the orange collar guys later? Or is there a very SPECIFIC reason why the orange guys aren't being attacked? I don't mind if you don't tell me yet - just curious.

Oh, and is it possible for the orange collar guys to drive the doctors off instead of killing them?
Edited 2013-12-16 23:01 (UTC)
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[personal profile] animusnpcs 2013-12-18 02:59 pm (UTC)(link)
There is a reason orange collared characters aren't being attacked, though it is a mystery.

The orange collared person would have to do something indirectly, like creating a trap or redirecting an assault, in order to do something like that. It would be possible in that instance.
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[personal profile] bloodyashes 2013-12-16 09:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Do the plague doctors look any different when the glamour flickers?
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[personal profile] animusnpcs 2013-12-18 02:59 pm (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] wegotlucky 2013-12-17 12:33 am (UTC)(link)
Do weapons count as mundane means?

For instance, Ocelot's gun or Neal's sword? Neither are magical in any way unless film counts against them
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[personal profile] animusnpcs 2013-12-18 02:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Weapons count as mundane as long as they're not magic/enchanted/otherwise enhanced with powers weapons.
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[personal profile] idkworldruler 2013-12-19 05:10 am (UTC)(link)
Was meaning to ask this earlier. But can a character whose collar is either green, blue violet or indigo be capable of either momentarily blinding the docs through bright lights? Or perhaps use the environment/traps around them to cause harm? As it wouldn't be them directly doing the damage.
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Now with right account...

[personal profile] ninjainviolet 2013-12-20 02:46 am (UTC)(link)
If I'm reading this right, the plague doctors are "average" strength when fighting against a blue-collared person, since they're in the middle? And if so, just how strong is that?
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[personal profile] ninjainviolet 2013-12-26 09:41 am (UTC)(link)
Okay! Thank you!