You struggle against the flame serpent, and manage to worm your way out of its mouth, landing on the ring with a heavy thud, losing 2 Hits.
You see that Toko is visibly panicking, but forces herself to sit in her seat, smiling and waving occasionally at anyone who looks her way. Each time one of the fire serpents draws near, she recoils, but is unable to flee, likely to keep up her public image.
The serpent that dropped you (Serpent A) comes in for another round to take a bite out of your leg!
Some of the guards rush in to try and help you attack it, fighting it off with swords.
The two serpents coil around you in tandem, giving you light first degree burns and blowing away your wind cyclone. You lose four Hits.
As all this goes down, Little Smokey poses in the center of the ring, twisting and gesturing dramatically with the staff, all while laughing and having fun with it. You see that the snakes move in tandem with the staff's directions.
Serpent B tries to wrap you up in its tail again, while Serpent C simply shows off in front of the crowd, twisting and turning and cartwheeling.
"He had a falling out with one of his closest colleagues – something about 'creative differences' and the direction of their group? I found him face-deep in a bottle of whiskey one night at a bar and told him all that the Pattern Juggler and the Crimson King did for me… oh god, please save him!"
With a careful touch, Alder resets Boneless' throat, and a low honk, a bit hoarse, comes out. Boneless will live.
Ruby Curls appears to faint with relief, flopping over backward.Roll #1 8 + 1 = 9
/ Roll #2 5 + 1 = 6
/ Roll #3 6 + 1 = 7