Stormrage’s rampage of the libraries was a successful one; having finally received the crossbow she had been searching for for some time, she turned her sights towards other interesting items. But first she got this:
Continuing on in her quest, she found herself pitted against one of Oryx’s most trusted guardians, Janus the Doorwarden. After getting a ton of keys flung at her by the irate doorman, she found a powerful item lying in the rubble of the battle; an item capable of immense destruction and untold power:
And then a cat ate it.
She then proceeded to solo the resulting Encore, surpassing 10k fame in the process.
A little while later, once again fighting the unstoppable hordes of Oryx’s fighters, she was able to get another powerful item that she didn’t particularly want to use:
Luckily, she knew a local priest who could use it.
The screams of the wounded echoed throughout the massive subterranean room. With no one to heal them, they had to continue to limp along, desperately dodging the attacks of the massive golem, intent on ending their pathetic lives. A rock sailed past Stormrage’s head, exploding on the floor and bringing one of her compatriots to the ground, where the warrior was then finished off by a bolt of magic coming from one of the massive pillars in the corner of the room. Stormrage had no time to mourn the loss, as a massive blast of magic nearly doomed her as well. Skipping nimbly to the right and away from her friends, she was suddenly impeded when a glob of green magic liquid struck her, making her movements slow and clumsy. Off in the distance, a wizard, similarly separated from the group, was felled by the golem. Stormrage, focusing once again on what was at hand, suddenly found herself facing a massive cascade of which threatened to bury her in rock. She ran as quickly as she could with her impediment, but found herself caught between the rubble and a burst of magic from a passing boulder. No! she thought to herself, This is not how it ends! Reciting the spell that every inhabitant of the Nexus knew by heart, she left the subterranean labyrinth and returned to safety.
So, it turns out that events are good for business. Learning from a wise wizard in the Nexus that she could make herself stronger despite having drunk all the potions she could possible hold, Stormrage was eager for more. Luckily, a bunch of bee nests had for some reason started popping up in the Nexus, putting everyone’s lives in danger! Many other Nexus inhabitants had joined forces to combat the new threat, and Stormrage was eager to jump into battle against the mutant insects.
Slaying a massive Queen Bee, Stormrage took the stinger from the dead bug and crafted it into a razor-sharp dagger that could cut through anything. This time, she was able to give it to an assassin friend of hers before her pets could devour it:
She found many small trinkets throughout her time on the pest eradication patrol, including many honey rings (very tasty for pets), some speedy bee armors (also quite tasty for the cats) and some powerful tiered armors. But none of these were very interesting for her, because she had her sights on something else; legends told of a set of items which a huntress like herself could use to great effect to channel the power of the insects. She had already obtained many of the rings, but had yet to see any of the other parts. She was determined to change that.
But first, she got another knife:
After a while longer of beating up insects, she got to the queen of the nest once again. (How did such massive bee hives manage to form in the Nexus?) Slaying her, Stormrage then demolished the chest of items the massive bug had been guarding, and beheld a beautiful treasure which she decided outclassed the dragonstalker trap she had had for so long:
She then got like, three more of them.
Now, Stormrage had the trap and the ring. She still needed to get the armor and the bow. She had heard that the lightweight armor she was searching for could be obtained by destroying the smaller bee nests scattered throughout the hive, and so she doubled her efforts to destroy each and every one in sight. It was not long before she at last managed to obtain this armor:
This left but one item in the set. The bow could only be obtained by defeating the Beekeeper, an odd man who for some reason lived among the bees. This was an issue for Stormrage, because her compatriots did not seem interested in killing him, and only in crushing the queen bees. Luckily, since the insects had horded all of their loot in chests for a few days, she got lucky while destroying one of the massive loot boxes:
She had at last completed the set. Putting on every item, she found a new power coursing through her body, giving her the swiftness and aggression the bees were known for. Feeling a surge of triumph, she let forth a mighty battle cry:
Now, as much fun as it was to squash the giant bugs, Stormrage had had enough of that for a while. She had gotten 3 Exaltations (whatever the heck that meant) from it, and decided to move onto other things.
Spying the entrance to the Puppet Master’s Encore (a special performance which she had gone to several times and thoroughly enjoyed) about to close, she dove in and joined a group of Nexus denizens in their fight against evil puppet man. After destroying his magic puppets (which Stormrage did feel kind of bad about), she and her friends killed him too, and then proceeded to loot his corpse.
Machine gun obtained!
Also, she killed some snakes in a new temple she discovered, and got some weirdly toxic armor:
Deciding it was probably unsuitable for contact with human skin, she let her cat eat it instead.
Throughout the entire time, she had been collecting construction equipment to give to the chaps that had been rebuilding a bunch of things everywhere. She finally went back for her rewards, and received some interesting objects:
She turned some of them in, and got some cool items: