Silvertown ripped the empty magazine out of the Thompson, let it fall and retrieved a spare from the garter on her right leg to make the weapon ready again.
Newkirk rolled to his feet with surprising nimbleness and the two spellcasters exchanged fire once more - a ball of eerie blue light appeared in his cupped palm, causing Silvertown to shiver. There was an electric tingle that seemed to pass through her, accompanied by a distinct sense of otherworldliness that was well above and beyond the normal effect of magic.
Yorck recognised it. She raised her wand as if parrying a high blow with a sword, and Newkirk's spell wobbled unstably before dispersing into nothingness. Recognising an opportunity, she fired off a quick firebolt.
The spell flew straight and true, striking its target just below the heart. But Newkirk shimmered where he had been hit, there was no burn - and then the real Newkirk stepped in from two paces left and replied with a firebolt that came off Yorck's Shield in a jet of sparks.
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Silvertown's dress, unfortunately, does not feature pockets of any kind - let alone the kind that would be suited for the carrying of additional ammunition. However, she clearly has alternate carriage for such useful things.
Newkirk's spell is a highly modified Chromatic Orb, a first-level spell dealing 13.5 (average) damage to a single target, in a damage type of the caster's choice. The original elements are acid, cold, fire, lightning, poison and thunder - but it does not seem like any of those were used by Newkirk here. Which one was is not stated.
Silvertown's physical reaction is similar in style to that noted by Beckton in "Fall Rot" (#42041) and Osterley in "Bowler" (#42043).
Yorck's action is Counterspell, which is technically a spell but is more akin to a technique. She interferes in the casting of Newkirk's magic and neutralises the attempt. Both sides have expended magical energy, though how much either side has is not trivial to explain.
- #3959 Posted 3 years ago
Newkirk's defensive magic is not a spell, though it is a combination of extremely short range teleportation and a small illusion. To what degree he was hit by the firebolt is not clearly described.
Operation Python 2 was conducted by the predominantly-Australian Z Special Unit, following up on Python 1 with the intent of organising guerilla movements in Borneo to fight the occupying Axis forces and setting up observation posts to report on the Sibutu Passage where Imperial Japanese Navy ships would often transit.
- #3960 Posted 3 years ago
Sorry did I say 2v1? I meant 3v1. I thought that Newkirk might be employing Blur or Mirror Image but you state that his defensive magic isn't a spell, maybe a displacer cloak or somesuch? I am curious about the reactions now that you've pointed them out. I hope they are important to the story in some way.
- #4013 Posted 3 years ago
@RQ: I see you're savouring the catching up :D
- #4019 Posted 3 years ago
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Newkirk frowned as another sliver of the future was revealed to him. At this point divination was me…Python 1
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