Round 1 Ends
The chaos was about as delicious as both your mighty Game Master and your Gods hoped and intended.
, an army of chibis erupting behind him with the express purpose of intercepting both Forge
continued with the race at his usual pace, unimpeded by anyone else but also lacking the benefits of speed gifted to some of the others. Forge
aided by his own boon and Rick
by the gift of Lumeus'
unexpected protection, smash through the chibis like they're nothing and are both close on his heels. Rick
, his burst of speed still in tact, draws level with Darkblade
and then overtakes him.
, meanwhile, walking like a cool kid, slips further and further behind.
, having stolen Brooke's boon, runs on, his spindly legs doing their best but not quite helping him to keep up with the best of them just yet.
runs like she's never run before, focusing on her own breath and the pounding of the track beneath her legs and trying her best not to get caught up in any of the chaos.
just runs. Fast enough to keep herself in the mix.
, having witnessed Mag
picking up MOQ
and running past with her at some considerable speed, senses a plot afoot and directs her boon at the pop princess. Though it removes MOQ's
immunity to any harm that may befall her, it does not stop Mag
from taking a considerable run up and then launching her in the air. She soars high above the rest of the group below, gaining more and more ground by the second until Athena's
blight collided with her alien form in midair, dropping MOQ
like a bug caught in an electrified trap. Mag, his early speed boost extinguished, slowly begins to slip further behind as lighter combatants start to close the gap and then overtake him.
, aided by his boon and by his abilities, begins to break off with the leaders, putting a little bit of distance between himself and the group behind.
With an astonishing start and the gift of flight, Lester
gets off to an astonishing start. Being air bound allows him to avoid all of the clashes below and, free of any impairment cast his way, he is just on the cusp of overtaking MOQ
when she is knocked from the sky.
with an unfortunate early and debilitating blight, is scarcely off the finish line but as the ill effects wear off, puts on a burst of speed in the hope of collecting an orb that might help him catch up with the others.
Last but not least (but certainly last), Darius
teleports to the finish line, makes his request to Hera and is, at first, met with a stony wall of silence until the Goddess materialises before him, regarding him with an measuring gaze. Hera scoffs, clearly finding him wanting and, with a wave of her hand, not only sends him back to the starting line but enforces upon him a five second delay wherein he is unable to lift his feet from the floor.
"First, you dishonor the games by cheating and then
you ask a favour of me in such terms? Like I am a hunting dog to be pointed as you wish?" The disembodied voice drips with something that is colder and more dangerous than mere anger. "You will have something from me this games, mortal
but it shall not be my favour."
The spaces indicate different groupings.
1. Lester - just snuck out in front.
2. MOQ - second place but has just been knocked out of the sky. At least 5 seconds recovery time required.
3. Scribe, Rick/Dionysus and Twist - those speedbosts are helpful, right?
4. Darkblade is only fractionally ahead of the rest of the main pack.
5. Forge/Hades, Nay, G/Athena, Brooke, Adri - All more or less neck and neck at this point.
6. Green is still in there with the pack but slowly starting to drop back now, his sheer bulk weighing him down. Alex is trying hard but just not quite fast enough on those spindly legs.
7. Lumeus, walking like the coolest of kids.
8. Omega L, that blight really hurt you, huh?
9. Darius, bringing up the rear. Begins the second round at a five second disadvantage.