PART 3B: A Nightmare to Forget.   Posted by The Keep.Group: archive 0
The Keep
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Sat 20 Aug 2011
at 19:42
PART 3B: A Nightmare to Forget
At Skyldig's challenge, the flames intensified and rushed towards Teelay and Tor. Both stood frozen as the flames hit them. The moaning of those corpses on the floor rose in a horrifying manner, as the green flames became higher, and rushed at Skydlg's face.

And then the moaning stopped.

The flames parted, to allow a narrow corridor between the hooded figure and the corporal. The figure's robes were seem in the odd light to be red, red like the Vordaks Skyldig had defeated earlier. The figure let the crow leave its hand with a dismissive gesture, a gesture that saw the figure pull its hood back and reveal its horrible visage.

It was human, except the eyes were milky, as the undead of the keep's soldiers had been. It's face was grey, the palour a corpse might take on if dead for too long.

The features were Nisman's. His friend, whome he had thoguht he had protected so well from being sent to the Southern Marches Keep had apparently found his way here anyway.

"Was this what you wanted?" asked Nisman, his voice strong and defiant. "Was Bleget really worth it? Your cousin no more than a scapegoat for your own self destructive desires."

Skyldig's friend - once friend - took one more step forwards. "I came here for you. And now look at me! I repeat, was this what you wanted? Is that place, and that mage, really so important to you that you let me die." Nisman pointed to the corporal's sword. "Will you really fight me and kill me? Again?"

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Skyldig Avsvaghen
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Sat 1 Oct 2011
at 15:48
Re: PART THREE: A Night to Forget

The icy cold which gripped his heart and settled all over him would have had Skyl completely unsurprised had he looked down and seen himself covered in a thick frost.

"N-, Nis," Skyl stammered in the face of the sight before him. "Wha.... What are you doing here?"

Skyl saw the eyes and remembered the keep soldiers that had been turned into an evil mockery of themselves by some dark power. The same had happened to his friend. Except Nisman wasn't supposed to be here. Had he really been found out after all these months and sent to the Southern Marches anyway? And been affected by the same curse? It seemed absurd. And yet a lot of what had happened already that day had been wildly beyond Skyl's previous experience. And he couldn't deny that his friend - or some manipulated version of him - was standing in front of him.

"Where's your company?" Skyl asked uncertainly. His sword was half raised towards the puppet of black magic. But he couldn't help but remember how Colm had seemed to hold the curse at bay and not attack his comrades; surely Nisman - his best friend since he'd joined the army - wouldn't hurt him, however aggrieved he might feel about the situation Skyl had put him in.
The Keep
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Sat 1 Oct 2011
at 16:21
Re: PART THREE: A Night to Forget

"My company?" asked Nisman, "do you think they let me stay in the army after my discover? Oh no, you, they assumed the best of you and let you keep your commision. They assumed you took the fall! When I tried to get you back, take the fall myself, I had no such respects. They knew it was someone else, they said. A stable hand, that's my fate. You get to prove yourself, and my career ends. That was to be my lot. And now your actions have denied me even that!"

Nisman spread his arms wide, anger and frustration on his mottled face, shining through his clouded eyes. He looked to the sword, still partially raised. "Come on, kill me then. Finish what you started and get on with your path to glory!"
Skyldig Avsvaghen
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Sat 1 Oct 2011
at 21:03
Re: PART THREE: A Night to Forget
"Kill you?" said Skyl, his brow knotted and his jaw tight as he struggled to maintain some semblance of control over his expression. "Why would I do that?"

Whilst Skyl couldn't deny the sight of his friend standing in front of him - and despite his horror at seeing his having been so dreadfully corrupted - he nevertheless instinctively felt that somehow what he was being told didn't make sense. Even if Nisman had been stupid enough to own up to his involvement in the theft after Skyl had already been sent away, who would have taken him seriously as the chief perpetrator when even the lieutenant had known it was Skyl's cousin who was ultimately behind it? Surely even if he had been disciplined, it would have been in a less harsh fashion than Skyl had himself. It didn't seem possible that Nisman would have trekked all the way down to such a bleak outpost by himself just to present accusations to Skyl and get caught up in some curse along the way....

"Who did this to you, Nis?" asked Skyl, some slight intent - rather than pure desolation - in his voice. "Who struck you with this curse?" Perhaps, he wondered, the dark magic had actually come first and had brought his friend here for some reason.
The Keep
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Sun 2 Oct 2011
at 09:11
Re: PART THREE: A Night to Forget
Nisman stepped forwards, his empty hands wide open. "You won't," said Nisman, an odd confidence in his voice. He then raised a hand and pointed behind Skyldig to answer the second question. "He did," said Nisman, and there was an odd dissonance in the word. As if Skyldig had just imagined the word 'he'. As if gender, and even the implied humanity, was something Skyldig's mind tried to enforce upon the voice the corporal had just heard.

Skyldig had no time to look around though, for suddenly his mind exploded in pain. It felt as if his temples were being crushed in a vice. Just like the last time something had assaulted Skyldig with the force of its mind alone.

Looking up, Nisman was gone. Another red-eyed, red robed horror was standing facing him, another Vordak with its dessicated grey flesh. The empty hands were not empty - it pointed with a cruel looking black dagger, and swung a crueler black sword directly at Skyldig's head!


OOC: Bad news: Another gotcha. Worse news. Lose 2EP for the Mindforce assault. God news: No surprise attack for the Vordak, I'll let your roll mean you can attack it as normal. Better news: You're gunna go back to the main thread.

This message was last edited by the player at 09:15, Sun 02 Oct 2011.