Sunday, May 10, 2015

Of Blood and Demons and... Bricks?! (Part 5 - Oh Bloody Hell)

With everything in the cup, they went upstairs into the little tower to ring the bell. Once, twice, thrice, they struck. The ear wrenching sound game way to an creepy silence. The party splashed their blood into the cup and watched it magically drain.

A loud crack was heard. The red orb floating quietly has split right down the middle. More cracks appeared, and a humanoid figure erupted out of the orb followed with red fluids that smelled suspiciously like blood. The figure floated for a bit in the air, opened his eyes. He only mouthed one word, "Run", before he started to convulse in pain. Black lines branched across his skin and then poured out of every orifice, surrounding him. The blood on the floor were drawn to the heap of dark liquid, mixing to finally form a large golem-like figure, completely made of blood and chunks of flesh that blobs around.

Wendy threw down two traps she had prepared prior, one made of aboleth slime she had harvested during the encounter before, the other, a sanctuary trap rigged to deploy a holy field when stepped on. Not a moment too late, as the blob charged with surprising agility, and sends John flying backwards, deploying the holy field. The slime trap also exploded, but the aberration didn't appear to be phased. The party engaged the blood construct. Rin ran in to attack, and discovered that the liquid was acidic as her slash caused it to splash over her. Adam summoned a group of eagles to take flight inside the chapel, circling the target. John recovered from his knockdown and quickly ran up the sides of the huge construct. He tried to pound it, but only burned his first for his trouble.

Meanwhile, Bonbon throws her pet hedgehog Squish up into the air for one of the eagles to catch. Channeling her magic, she used Squish to get a better angle at creature and unleashed a torrent of flame from Squished. The flame tore a gash in the flesh and they saw the original humanoid unconscious in there. The blood construct contracts, and John takes out his double barrel shotgun and aims where they last saw the figure and fires both shots right into the thing. It stops moving, and with a wet plop, the figure was dumped onto the floor from under the construct as the whole thing came crashing apart, flooding the place with blood.

They wake up the person and they find out his name was Chvatil. He informs them that they are currently inside the world of a complex seal that is holding the demon down. Centuries ago, he came with his fellow teammates to stop the demon from rampaging. The fight was fierce and they could not completely kill off the demon. Instead, they sacrificed their souls to hold it in place. However, the seal is weakening, and in recent times, that deterioration is growing at an exponential rate. This resulted in him being corrupted by the demonic influence within the seal. They seek someone to help, though he's not sure how the party managed to get in. His leader was the one who was tried to find people. Regardless, he asks if the party would help them out in defeating the demon. He opened two paths, one that leads deeper into the world to meet the other members of the team, who will try to assist them in their progress. He suspects something might have happened to them too with the seal weakening. The other door, however, would return them back to the outside world. Though he hopes not to have them leave, he will not force them.

The party agrees to help. Before they leave, Chvatil asks them to kill him. By doing so, they fulfill two things, first they will obtain something from him that will help them in their journey to defeat them. Second, he will no longer be vulnerable to the corruption of the demon. Hawk made a move to slay him, but before he could strike, with deft hands, he struck him with a rapier and proclaims, "I'll have you kill me, but I'm not going down without a fight!"

The party was reeling in surprise, not expecting that. Chvatil engaged multiple members of the party in a dazzling display of swordplay. When the group started to pile around him, he slide through the planes and jumped to the back, engaging the weaker wizard. The wizard, Bonbon, was in a bad position; she was alone in the back and pretty far away from her allies. Hawk was already caught in the middle and he charged to intercept him. He dealt a powerful blow, but Chvatil was unfazed, even as he was severely wounded. He revealed his trump card.

Suddenly, everyone was hit by a wave of nausea. The world was spinning and it felt like their blood was boiling and threatening to violently exit their bodies. Their blood, did in fact, violently leave their body, as they zoomed over to Chvatil and he absorbed it all, recovering to peak condition. He began form a blood armor around himself. John and Hawk would not let him and started to unleash a barrage of fists and metal to stop it from completing. Blows and blows they rained upon him until he gave in and exploded into a fantastic bloody mist. All that way left was the brooch he wore and a doorway off to the side into the room. Realizing the brooch was a magic focus, the party took it and entered the white gateway.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Reviews (Food) - Otafuku x Medetai

I don't get the combination either.

Name: Otafuku x Medetai
Address220 East 9th Street New York, NY 10003
Cuisine: Japanese Snacks
Cost: Low Range ($7/6 Takoyaki, $3 Medetai)
Recommendation: It's a cute and unique place. Definitely give it a try if you are in the area.

OxM is located just around the corner of Saint Marks and it's a nice little place I usually like to stop by after dinner on St. Marks for dessert. I discovered this maybe about a year or two back. Their menu is pretty small and I've honestly not tried anything there yet but the Takoyakis and Medetais,but even just for those two, it's still worth a check.

After dinner snack? Yeah, I'm a glutton.
Takoyakis are done in sets of 6 for $7 a dish. They're made fresh and even during low traffic times when they premake them, they're rarely in the warmer for more than a few minutes. These takoyakis are the standard fair. They have a small chunk of squid in each one with a mixture of vegetables and topped with takoyaki sauce, fish flakes, and mayo. These are pretty filling and you could potentially make a lunch of these. Just make sure you stab a few holes inside them to let the hot air out before tossing the whole thing in your mouth. A pleasure to eat.

"Good day sir/madam. My name is Very Berry. How would you like to eat me today?"
I'm always after a Medetai. These comes for $3 a piece. Effectively they are Japanese pastries with something stuffed in the middle. That something is either red bean paste or banana/Nutella. Occasionally they have a special flavor out (I've seen pictures of green tea and this baby up there is the Very Berry one) and those usually costs a little more ($4.50). Now I really like the red bean (nice and sweet) and the Very Berry (tangy as a counterpoint to the chocolate flavor), but I need to warn you about the banana/Nutella. The few times I've tried it, they put way too much banana and not enough Nutella, causing the every bite to be a banana chomp with the one single bite at the center tasting all Nutella. If you like bananas, go for it, but the way they make it doesn't spread the Nutella evenly enough.

So these aren't 5 star quality, but I'd still recommend it for a try. I know there are other places nearby where you can get the takoyakis, but they're good, they're cheap, and the experience of watching your food being prepared just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. So next time, if you're in the area, just drop by for a small snack. It'll be worth it for the experience.