Descent into wickedness.
It was decided to rest down there in the old tunnel of the palace before moving further. They had discovered, just beyond, a corridor lit with magical sconces and a gateway at the end, but now it was time to recoup their strength. Haennah slept well while Shen and Norgarth rested less, the dwarf taking some time to explore the nearby passageways while the others slept.
Before they continued, Haennah decided to study what she had found on the Yuan Ti king. His royal garb was precious indeed, and ornate. It had to be worth at least 3000gp, maybe more to a collector. The curious clothing was made of thick copper plate, leather straps and a fine cloth and was deeply carved and adorned in green/blue coloured mosaic inlays, depicting snakes, sun and moon motifs, and interlaced with bold geometric shapes such as triangles and diamonds. There was also a pouch on a leather strap.
The wide heavy girdle was adorned with a large circular disk at the front depicting the sun top half, the moon lower and hanging from it lozenge shaped plates. The wide deep belt was made of thick square plates linked together, carved and inlayed with blue green stones. This was to be worn over a long sash of fine red cloth with gold edging, which when wrapped around created a short but many layered skirt split at one side to the waist. Haennah felt the fabric, it was thick and heavy like a soldier’s tunic but soft as the finest lambs wool.
There were a pair of copper bracers that covered the wrists and half way up the forearms, decorated in similar fashion as the rest of the attire. Haennah recognised the magic flowing from them easy enough - Immunity from Fire. There was a single large thick pauldron, carved in strong geometric shapes that if worn by her would extend from slightly above the top of her left shoulder to just above her elbow.
The necklace was made of chunky square plates similar to the girdle and also decorated with downward pointing triangular lozenges connected by narrow copper links.A narrow copper headband adorned with thin copper chains completed the set.
Her arcana sensed great enchantment in the items. It was strangely simple to comprehend their power, the shapes and symbols adorning them giving hint to the power within, except for the pouch which seemed to be keeping as secret. This made her slightly wary and she decided not to pry for the moment, But as for the rest, she could not hold back her curiosity any longer.
Yet trying on the Yuan Ti regalia was a struggle , as if they had a mind of their own, resisting the urge to be worn against her own clothing. She felt hot and stifled my her own clothes, her skin crawled and nothing seemed to fit right. Her magical scaled bracers and her cloak of the moon were useless now, any magic in them tightly sealed away from her, there was no point in keeping such items on,.... so be it.
Moving into the shadows for privacy she removed her clothes. Standing there in stockings and underwear she looked down at the new clothes. It wouldn't leave much to the imagination, while the split skirt was long enough to cover the top of her thighs and wrap down to just below her knees, the heavy copper necklace would only just cover her breasts, and even then leave most of that flesh visible underneath. She reached out for the skirt but again her skin crawled. It seemed she had no choice, and so removing her undergarments, folded it all up carefully and placed them in her backpack.
She stood there in the darkness looking down at her nakedness for a moment. She really wasn’t very curvy at all, more lanky than feminine, and a bit too skinny. Her gaze fell on the black crystal heart, the skin around the edge was pale and smooth, accentuating the jagged black facets of the exposed part of the heart in her chest, its new, permanent host.
She wrapped the skirt around her waist, fastening and adjusting it to suit her skinny legs, so the split unfurled comfortably over her left thigh. She lifted the necklace over her head, it sat wide over her shoulders and draped down over her chest, while it just covered the crystal heart its shape barely hid the outline of her breasts. It felt chilly against her and weighed heavy on her shoulders. She could sense a great power inside it, its magic had a heavy reptilian taint that seemed to shiver through her from her neck down to her hips and into her legs.
Fixing the bracers round her forearms she felt the cool tingle of the magic as its Fire Protection settled into her skin. She then strapped the pouldron onto her shoulder, and got a shock as the sensation of the enchantment washed over her. It felt is if her skin had tightened and toughened as if leather.. no steel! She prodded and tweaked at her skin, yes she could feel it, the shoulder guard had given her body protection is if she were wearing plate armour. Not impervious but far better than naked flesh! She placed the thin light circlet on her head and brushed the chains back over her hair so they sat like a fine headdress over her head, barely visible.
She mused how comfortable it all felt, the sickly crawling sensation had not returned, but also the immediate sensations of the items had also waned as it their power had gone dormant, but she had one more item to go.
She picked up and then fixed on the heavy girdle. It hung low on her hips, pulling the skirt waistband down and leaving her soft belly exposed, the sun/moon plate resting against her groin. The belt curved up over her hip bones and draped down the sides and tops of her buttocks, she fastened the last clasp into place. Like an electric shock the magical enchantment ran through her!
Her neck muscles filled out, her collarbones thickening as new muscle wrapped around them, a new shape to her cleavage as her chest muscles began to grow and separate, pushed up and defined. The transformation moved to her shoulders and arms, filling out, thickening with layers of hard dense muscle as the little fat on her body peeled away leaving ripped definition. Her arms move outward from her body as her biceps grew bigger, more than doubling in size and continuing to swell. She turned her arm and flexed it watching the veins appearing, as her triceps grew and bulged out becoming more defined, and her forearms took shape.
She looked down at her exposed abdomen, watching the growth move down further, tiny cords of steely veins developing as the last remnant of softness burnt away and tiny mountains of muscle pushed upward and became defined and hard. Buttocks grew firm and hips widened and filled with power, along with her thighs, as her quads ballooned outward as bone thickened and muscle expanded. She could see each muscle group lift and separate into their own defined region, followed by her calves as they shaped into diamond hard teardrops.
The magic of the Yuan Ti King’s raiment filled her again. A younger, more naïve, more innocent Haennah would have shunned the sensation and thrown the items from her body, but that girl was more a distant memory than a reality. She let its taint wash over her, and smiled a wicked smile, as she boldly stepped out of the shadows, scantily dressed like a Yuan Ti princess.