NIGHT 3 ENDS.
Exhausted and hungry, the Lenks and Princess Zilda settle down to eat once more. This time, food has been kindly given to them by the stable workers, on the owner's orders, as they've actually been pretty helpful, despite all odds.
Still, though, Princess Zilda can't shake the feeling that they're being watched. More than once, she caught movement out of the corner of her eye and turned, expecting one of the remaining Lenks to be there, but there was no one. It's putting her on edge, feeling like she needs to look over her shoulder every moment to make sure no harm comes to her group.
As she eats her dinner, she eyes everyone warily, wondering just who it could be that might have not-so-kind intentions for them, shivering as a sudden gust of cold air sends chills down her back.
Just to her left, she catches that movement again, expecting nothing once more. She lets out a startled gasp, though, when she sees The Unhappy Mask Salesman sitting there, as if nothing is wrong, as if he didn't just die.
He's kind of translucent, though, which is weird.
"I can't believe you guys left me behind," he complains loudly, causing the Lenks to all stand, dropping their food to the ground, swords at the ready. "I thought we were traveling together?"
"You can't be here!" Red insists.
"Why not?" Ruvio asks, confusion evident in his voice. "It's a stable. Anyone's allowed unless the owner says otherwise."
"You're dead," Blue points out.
Ruvio's head tilts to the side. "Why would you think that?"
"We saw your body this morning!" Green answers. "You were dead! And now you're all -- ghostly!"
Ruvio lifts his hand in front of his face -- or the mask that covers it -- staring right through it at Green. "Oh. This is awkward. But I'm not dead, or else I wouldn't be here!"
"No, I'm afraid you're dead," Zilda says, then adds, "Probably."
Ruvio's shoulders slump in obvious disappointment. "Well... can I still come with you guys? Maybe I can be helpful? I can, like, go through walls or something? Check things out?"
"Of course n--" Blue starts, but Zilda cuts them off.
"Of course you can," she answers. "We might need the help, honestly. And we should be leaving soon."
That settled, they finish their dinner quickly and pack their things, tired, but still needing to cover more ground as soon as possible.
Things go fairly well for them for awhile, as they pass through the split mountain of Dueling Peaks, then follow the river west. Once they cross the bridge, though, they turn off the path, as it will only add extra time to their travels, and that's when things start to go downhill.
Zilda still feels as though they're being watched, even though she had wanted to chalk it all up to Ruvio's ghostly presence.
Red clearly also feels on edge as they take their sword out and begin swinging it wildly around, hitting various structures and trees until, suddenly it snaps in half
"Oops," they mumble, dropping the broken pieces to the ground. "Hey, Blue, can I borrow your sword?"
Before Blue can say anything, though, there's a loud BOOM! nearby, followed by a huge cloud of smoke rising into the air.
"I'm gonna go check that out!" Blue says, but just as they're about to take off, the nearest tree breaks and falls on them, killing them instantly.
"Crap," says Princess Zilda, looking at the Shield of Nine.
It reads: Blue (Paix672 [Irish-Shiratori]) has been killed.
followed by Six lives remaining. Sword restored. Enemy approaches.
They all look up to see that Blue has been regenerated, of course, along with Red's sword, which appears to have been magically fixed.
But the thing that they're not expecting is another Lenk: this one wearing a black hat, tunic and boots and with pure white hair. He's also holding a bomb, so there's that.
DAY 3 BEGINS.
Paix672 (Irish-Shiratori) was killed.
An officer has been suspended.