As Marka and Zablex poke around they uncover the structures beneath the overgrowth and find a set of obelisks. They both suddenly feel cold and turn towards the well. They see two cloaked shadows. Marka ignites his lightsaber and Zablex enters a fighting stance. "You who have abused your power: you have known and relied solely upon them. You must learn that power isn't everything and thus you shall live a new life without your gifts." Marka growled, "You'll have to kill me first!" He attacks the figure facing him and he is thrown back into the obelisk behind him. "Fool! Now pay the price for your abuse!" Marka feels like he is being torn apart and screams in pain.
Zablex rushes to try to stop the first figure but the second appears before him. He winds up a punch and the figure catches it. "You have used your powers as a crutch for too long, walk without your gift and truly know what it means to live." He is thrown into another obelisk and then both start to glow; Zablex a pale grey and Marka a shadowy red. "We will leave you with the means to survive but you shall walk the earth like your allies; without power to bend reality to your will but fear not, for when you have proven yourselves worthy your gifts shall be restored." The two shadows say in perfect synchronicity. The auras begin to drift towards the well and the two begin to feel weaker and weaker by the second. they both pass out and then the auras merge and drop into the well. The shadows walk back to the well, "This is your trial; the trial of self. "
When they come to, Marka sees his lightsaber a few feet away and opens his hand to call it to him but it doesn't move. He tries again but to no avail. He tries to feel out where the shadow was but feels...nothing. Nothing but a sense of blindness. He starts to panic, "What has happened to me; what have you done?!" He yells to the well.
Zablex moves to the well and finds hieroglyphics that were familiar. He translates them and tells Marka their powers have been cut off. Marka picks up his lightsaber, activates it and slices Zablex in half at the waist. He cries out in pain and his lower half disintegrates into dust and reforms. Marka feels the suffering and he draws it into himself, feeding upon it. "They said we would be allowed to retain the ability to survive; I guess that has been explained by your attack." Zablex tells Marka. Marka puts his lightsaber away and removes his helmet revealing his eyes had changed slightly: they no longer look bloodshot but have that ember-yellow color characteristic of his kind. "You don't seem too different, Nobody." He growls, trying to put on a confident face but failing. Zablex tries to cast a couple spells but nothing happens. He tries to shift his gauntlets into Arrowguns but they don't even react. "It seems we both are without the majority of our powers." Marka heaves a defeated groan and they both begin walking back to the ruins of The Empress.
OOC: And now they have the wonderful trial of Ability Loss. Zablex's curse and armor enchantments are still in effect but cannot use magic. Marka still has the ability to feed on the Dark Side of the Force and has his heightened reflexes so he is still competent with a lightsaber but cannot access any other Force Powers (No lightning, memory walk, choking, telekinesis, etc.). This is only to be temporary and that call is going to be dictated by @Runa, @Omega_Tahu and @Traykar seeing as they know how to determine such calls. This is going to be what is the biggest nerf for my characters. R3-AF16 still has his Sorcerer's Apprentice hat which will give him better defense but that's really it seeing as he hasn't been used much nor utilized. Speaking of that astromech...
IC: Some rubble shifts and R3 launches himself out of the heap. "
That really hurt, where is everyone?" He asks himself as he scans for the crew and finds their location. He begins to fly over there.
Marka and Zablex feel unsteady on their feet and Marka carves out walking staves for them. They hike across the woods and Marka tries to find where the others are. "Marius, Sar, Hope, Ruin, Massacre, does anyone copy?" Marka calls on his comm device. (@Runa, @KAI_BORG)