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Anathema Viese
 Reflections, 124 posts
 What are these feelings?
 Where do they lead me?
Fri 1 Feb 2019
at 01:31
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Anna smiles at Bezzy's reassurances, giving him a quick peck on the cheek with her cool, shiny lips. "Good luck!" she says, waving enthusiastically as he steps into the arena grounds. She signals to the beacon that she wants to put a hundred souls on Bezaleel. She's not really a gambling person, but the odds seemed fair and Anna wanted to support her little brother.

She seats herself on a railing, crossing her legs and folding her hands demurely in her lap as she looks back to Petra. "Well, since you seem pretty new to this whole gods thing -- don't worry about that by the way, it took me quite a while too -- I guess I should start with what this Blight thing you're probably wondering what the butts we keep talking about is. It takes a bit of explanation so here's the one-oh-one!

We live on a vast world tree called Taeltresin. The tree is kind of a metaphor but it manifests as a tree in what we perceive to be reality. It has branches, and fruits, and seeds, and roots. On the world tree, our reality is. But there's a whole existence outside the world tree which we call the Beyond, where our reality isn't. Sometimes creatures from Beyond infiltrate the tree, causing sickness and corruption. No one I've spoken to knows why they do this, not even the Pantheon, but I've formed a few theories. The pantheon just says they're incomprehensible assholes, but I think that's quitter talk!

The Blight was a particularly bad infection. Instead of being like a virus, it was more like a parasite; it rooted deep into the tree, turning its own power against it, and so was able to spread faster, more insidiously, and more resiliently than ever before. The tree's greatest warriors and scholars didn't appreciate the difference until they had already lost. Innumerable realms went dark, corrupted or subsumed into the Beyond. Creatures from Beyond -- we call them the Mad -- prowled the branches of the tree as twisted abominations, only partially implemented into reality as we understand it. Taeltresin was in a bad state.

But just when all hope seemed lost, Taeltresin began to immunize. With the last of its energy it birthed several new gods and realms -- those you've met here in this drifting buoy -- who were resistant to the Blight. We reclaimed several key fonts of the tree's power, rescued the pantheon, and eventually defeated the center of the Blight's presence on the tree. There were several hard battles that I did my best to stay on the periphery of, but in the end circumstance conspired to see that I struck the final blow. The story of what happened when I did is something I want Bezzy to be here for, but the short version is... I absorbed the Blight. Part of it, anyway."


She coughs softly. "Near as I can tell, travel between trees is all but impossible. If you really are from another tree, you'll be the first I've ever heard of!"

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Petra Filfeex
 Luck, Earth, 81 posts
Mon 4 Feb 2019
at 20:38
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Petra listened to Anna's explanation with interest, her ears swaying to and fro as she nodded at the appropriate points.

"Perhaps... Perhaps the trees we perceive are merely branches of a yet greater tree? Perhaps I should pay Myriad a visit again and ask her..."

The talk of the blight was of particular interest, and concern. "This... 'blight'. Could you tell me how to look for it? I do not think Myriad suffers from such a thing, but you say that it was particularly insidious, so..." Petra shrugged.

"As for how you stopped it. You say you absorbed the blight? That sounds... dangerous, and costly. But I'm sure it was necessary. Hopefully it will be unique as well." She smiled.
Anathema Viese
 Reflections, 137 posts
 What are these feelings?
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Tue 5 Feb 2019
at 09:12
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"I suppose it's possible, but somehow I doubt it," Anna says offhandedly. "Such a model would raise more questions than it answers." She momentarily considers whether it is noteworthy that Petra can apparently converse with her tree whenever she likes, but on further thought she realizes it's not that dissimilar to what Taeltresin gods do in Noor all the time. She'll definitely want to make a stop there sometime.

"Look for oily gray mists," Anna suggests, "or creatures whose only purpose seems to be to mess with your realm in particular. Technically the mists are a symptom; they're not present in realms that have been completely corrupted. In Arthos, my viese -- a small, winged people -- were being systematically driven to extinction by a race of cat monsters. Made it a bit awkward when I first met Bezzy, haha! In any event though if Myriad were under attack there should be no doubt."

Anna shrugs dismissively at Petra's concerns. "I don't think anyone else would have thought twice about simply destroying it, but I was in a unique position and I took advantage of it. It's opened a lot of doors. I don't regret it."
Petra Filfeex
 Luck, Earth, 86 posts
Thu 21 Feb 2019
at 23:01
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"Ah, apologies, I misunderstood." Petra turned her eyes to the unfolding battle for a moment.

"This talk of dreams... It worries me. I don't fear that it might make Myriad less real, but if I, and Forterra, are a dream, it begs the question: who is the dreamer?" She hugged her arms over her stomach. "Forterra, my home, is an idyllic place. It's wars and conflicts are so far in the past that they are but a vague memory even to me. To dream of such a place so vividly that it becomes real... I fear that such a dreamer may be in the midst of terrible strife..." She fell silent for a moment.

"It worries me..."
Bezaleel Shades
 Shadows, 316 posts
 I fucked my way into this
 I'll fuck my way out
Wed 13 Mar 2019
at 07:23
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The field returning to normal, Bezaleel stood over Ulfur's unconscious body. His wraith form's fire and shadow flickered around as his eyes tightened for a moment.

Landing on his feet he switched back to normal. His hand glowed with a dull grey light. Channeling the positive energy slowly to heal himself back to full health.

When he finished he crouched over on the side of Ulfur, and put his hand on his chest, beginning to heal him as well. Slapping Ulfur in the face a couple times to wake him up as he healed him. "Rise n shine magma boy. You lost, but you fought well. Maybe next time we'll do a straight fight instead of blowing yourself up?"

Standing up he offered a hand, as Ulfur went to take it he turned it ethereal so he would stumble down. Grabbing the back of his arm and helping him up before he completely fell. "Sorry, gotta have fun where I can take it." he smiled.

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Ulfur Tellurii
 Mountains, 45 posts
Wed 13 Mar 2019
at 08:17
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Letting the healing energies suffuse him, Ulfur contemplated the fight and its outcome. He even let the Shadow God slap him around a bit as he did; they had earned that much - that and the prank where a man of the mountain would have let the solidity of their aid show the truth of their trust. But Bezaleel's nature was that of a fish, slippery and needing to be tickled to where you wanted them, so he took the pratfall with grace

When he stood, under his own power, he smiled to show no hard feeling, "I promise not to blow myself up, if you promise a stand-up fight, eh? No fighting from the shadows. With the shadows"

Nodding at the spectators, he hoped that even with his loss he had provided a sufficient demonstration that any incursion into his Realm would be costly. He had yet to have a feel for how internecine the struggles between any of them might become

Instead, he returned his attention to Bezaleel, "Now ... We have fought, we should speak ... of the rebel half-shade who made their way to my Realm, of incursions into your own and, in time, of gifts and emissaries"
Bezaleel Shades
 Shadows, 318 posts
 I fucked my way into this
 I'll fuck my way out
Wed 13 Mar 2019
at 09:32
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Bezaleel put his hands behind his head, "That may be a lot to ask, I am the shadows after all." he stuck his tongue out as he joked. "A squared up, knock em down fight? I'm all for it next time."

Bezaleel's eyebrow raised as he was curious on the existence of a half-shade as well as the fact one got out. "Half-Shade? Invaded your realm? That does not sound good. I hope they did not cause you trouble. I assure you, I sent no such mortal or any out of my own realm. It is a haven for those who are forgotten and forsaken. Those who have lost their lives to find a second one in undeath or for others to be welcomed into the shadowy lands of the eternal night no matter there backgrounds. I leave most of my mortals to their own devices and means. I only see to the more important matters. The laws and rules of my land are made by those who inhabit it. They make their own lives in Erebus..."

"Tell me, is this half-shade still alive? I would wish to know how he went about leaving the realm exactly. It would be most troublesome if the mindless undead slipped from my grasp and ran about devouring what ever they wish. It should be quite hard for mortals to leave via the portals that naturally occur. They are typically one way."

Then Bezaleel's face and tone dropped as he moved to the other point of conversation Ulfur wanted to make. "Incursions into my own? I've but one notable incursion to happen. I have been promptly dealing with the source of that. If you wish to traverse my realm, or have some mortals with you or by themselves. I do not mind. I only ask that you be mindful of your place inside my realm as well as the order of things there. How ever if you have knowledge of a second incursion that has happened or will, I would be most appreciative to hear of it."
Ulfur Tellurii
 Mountains, 47 posts
Wed 13 Mar 2019
at 09:57
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Laughing, Ulfur acknowledged the riposte about being the shadows, letting his mirth fade as the talk turned to more serious matters

"His name was Kral, called the Twice-Blessed. He was half-shade, half-Aso, though of your Realm I'm led to believe", and Ulfur's humour faded entirely, as he looked somewhat sheepish, "He was immolated. By me. I had had a bad morning... Perhaps his rebellion was in becoming ... less forsaken, redeemed? I would welcome such in my Realm, were they to ask"

Considering for a moment, Ulfur was careful with his words, "I have taken one under my protection, a pilgrim-hero raised to a demigod. She walks between the Realms, a herald for me now. Before, she gathered those unhappy with their circumstances. Waifs and strays. Her need was that I slumbered. Dreamt. Of the other tree, whose influence had my shadow crimson when I first came to the Buoy. Whilst I slept a Goddess harvested my Realm, my people. Gethu. Do you know of her? She claimed such richs under the name of the Pantheon; I must now seek an introduction to find out the truth of the matter, challenge it. But softly... I have taken one of her lives; I would claim a second, in bondage, not fire, for her to right the evils she has inflicted."

Pausing once more, his next words were soft to match Bezaleel's own, "Ah. You misunderstand. It has been suggested that I visit your Realm, entreat with you on behalf of those ... subjugated. Perhaps learn from you, much as we spoke about before we fought. Though it may be that others of the Pantheon, or claiming to act in their name, try to claim some tithe from you as they have me. Was that the invasion you faced?"
Bezaleel Shades
 Shadows, 320 posts
 I fucked my way into this
 I'll fuck my way out
Wed 13 Mar 2019
at 14:19
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Bezaleel was now more curious, "Half-Aso? I feel like me and Theadeacus must have a discussion now. I am sorry to hear of his demise. He was not mine to call his fate upon. He was brought up while I slept. I would be careful in raising status upon those who you do not know have fealty to you or not. Or if it comes at a whim."

He waved his hand slightly, "Maybe she is just looking for others she can relate to, find a greater purpose in her actions and raise herself along with them. I know of no Gethu, as far as I know the Pantheon itself under Vex does not claim anyone's realms unless you would pose to agress them openly and have with violence and undermining. That is my assumption at least. A tithe however not an invasion. Has occurred. It is to bring back a fighting force of the Pantheon. Those who do not wish to be part of my realm and the fate they were given, I turn to the tithe and Pantheon to avoid my mortals being taken. I do not agree with it. Anathema herself over there had refused if once. You were sleeping and they had not known you. I imagine a tithe on the land was a natural thing for them to take. Tch." his voice sounded more and more aggitated when he spoke about it.

"You can talk to them in the valley divine. Have them returned to you most likely. I would suggest that you create new mortals to trade places with those you lost. That way you do not tip negatively on their scales. Associate with them if you feel like it. They are not exactly welcomed openly by us. If I were to give you my own opinion it would be indifferent. I am stilling sizing up each member and understanding them as different people. Until then, they are an ally when needed, to be kept at arms length. But not an enemy to made of."

Bezaleel rubbed his head some. "My apologies for being misunderstanding your meaning though. If you would like to come to my realm, you are welcome to. If you would want an introduction to the Pantheon, I can grant you one as well."

Waving a hand to follow him he walked to the map in the hub so they can traverse to the Valley of Banners.
Ulfur Tellurii
 Mountains, 48 posts
Wed 13 Mar 2019
at 15:35
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Listening carefully to Bezaleel's words, Ulfur considered how he might respond. He pursed his lips, thoughtful, then nodded once, "Perhaps I might request an introduction, then. Clear up whatever misunderstanding has occurred. Ensure I understand the nature of the tithe required and it's purpose..."
Anathema Viese
 Reflections, 159 posts
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Wed 13 Mar 2019
at 15:56
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Anna had been listening to the two fighty boiz chitchat, smiling genially and taking a backseat. She straightened up some at hearing her name. "Yes indeed! They were so cruel to my little brother, I couldn't trust their judgement anymore."
Ulfur Tellurii
 Mountains, 49 posts
Wed 13 Mar 2019
at 16:02
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"Brother?", asked Ulfur, turning his body to include Anathema in the conversation, "I confess I know little of the Realms beyond my own, and then only these past days..."
Anathema Viese
 Reflections, 160 posts
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Wed 13 Mar 2019
at 16:12
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"Well, not blood-brothers," Anna clarifies sheepishly. "Brother in arms. It was a rough war." She hops over and leans over Bezaleel from behind, wrapping her arms around his shoulders affectionately, flashing a V-sign at Ulfur with her more-visible hand.
Ulfur Tellurii
 Mountains, 50 posts
Wed 13 Mar 2019
at 16:20
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"You prove my point", the Lord of the Mountains smiled, interpreting her gesture as a friendly one, "What war?"
Bezaleel Shades
 Shadows, 322 posts
 I fucked my way into this
 I'll fuck my way out
Wed 13 Mar 2019
at 16:47
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Bezaleel's tail whipped about happily as Anathema embraced him, "Yes, indeed." he agreed as Anathema clarified.

Bezaleel picked up from what Anathema said about their judgment, "I was set up to be killed by the Pantheon after I was to create a child with my would be assassin. An amaranth permitted by their judgment. Theadeacus however, took my place upon his request to them...I can't say I've come close to forgiving them, but I know not all are at fault entirely. I am also to blame. My demeanor and faith of trust in them, mainly."

"The fact they also require a tithe of our mortals unannounced, then send them to wars of their own is also distasteful. One such war is one we fought along side each other in.

To answer your question, Ulfur. It was the Battle of Noor as well as the last attack to drive the blight out of Taeltresin in the realm supernatural and heart of the world tree.

This is the first we have seen everyone and Anathema since. As well as meet Petra and you.
"

Looking down he left a bit of a advice on the Pantheon, "Be warned though, to act out would be brash, that is coming from me at that. So I definitely do not suggest anything that would be unbecoming in the slightest. Most have poor attitudes. A few found me amusing that was about it. I can't really say what their attitude towards you will be considering the number of new gods and old ones coming about."

Rubbing his chin with his hand he continued, "Though, your demeanor is better than my own. So I think you would fair better than I."

Looking over his shoulder some at Anathema, he spoke. "Speaking of blood though, I discovered my mother's existence. That as well my predecessor was indeed my father. I would like to see if there was some way for you to help me remove the blight's influence over him.

I know of no one better than you to come to with this endeavor. Given your magic and knowledge. I would entrust it to you before I mess things up more.
" he rubbed the back of his head as he shyly admitted that.

"I'd be trusting you with his life as well as my own."
Anathema Viese
 Reflections, 161 posts
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Wed 13 Mar 2019
at 17:29
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Anna disengages from Bezaleel and steps around to the side so the three gods are roughly evenly spaced.

"For my part I understand why the Pantheon wanted a tithe," Anna adds. "And an army, and even to amaranth one of us new growth gods. My main problem with the Pantheon is that they're just so- damn- conceited!" She punctuates each of those last words by slamming a fist into her palm, each hit producing a loud clink! from her metallic skin. "If they had just friggin' asked and explained the situation I'm sure any one of us would've been happy to offer ourselves up. I was actually very curious about the River Styx at the time and considering dying just to see what it was like! But noooo, they had to pull authority on us. They might be ancient and knowledgeable and powerful and knowledgeable about ancient power, but they're a bunch of butts. Never take orders from a butt."

Anna's quiet for a time, calming herself after her little outburst. When Bezaleel addresses her again she perks up, eyes widening.

"Oh, you found Diadea? Wonderful, I want to have words with that pretty little witch. The pantheon may have ordered it but she's the one who did the deed. Want me to destroy her entire realm for you?" There was no facetiousness in Anna's tone; she sounded for all the realms like she genuinely believed she could do it. Her destructive nature was waylaid by what came next, however.

"Me? You want me to try and exorcise your father? I... I'm not sure my modest abilities are up to the task, but I would be honored to try! It's the least I can do! I tentatively had a visit to Erebus penciled into my schedule after I took care of some issues in Arthos, but if it's time-critical I can pop on over shortly."
Bezaleel Shades
 Shadows, 323 posts
 I fucked my way into this
 I'll fuck my way out
Wed 13 Mar 2019
at 17:45
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Bezaleel rubbed his head some, clarifying to Anathema shyly, "Ah no no, not Ophelia's mother... My own mother."

A fanged smile came across his face though, "As much as I would like that Anathema. I'm afraid doing so now, would further complicate things considering Ophelia. However, she will reap what she has sown."

Putting a hand on Anathema's shoulder, Bezaleel reassured her, "I'm sure they will be enlightening at the very least. It can't be any worse than what I would try, so there is that." He smiled lightly then put his hand back down to his pocket.

"Time sensitive it is not. I am currently speaking and seeing about business with a being pacted under my mother. I wish to see what it is she is doing in my realm. After that I plan to take care of Marilla as that is the most pressing thing. With those things done. I would be more than glad to have you here and see what can be done."
Ulfur Tellurii
 Mountains, 51 posts
Wed 13 Mar 2019
at 17:56
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Absorbing everything that was said, Ulfur felt as if the road he had taken had been through foothills and the mists had finally cleared to reveal the true mountains. Patience and wariness were need, the snow-capped mountain not the one of flame and fertility and change. As they spoke, he nodded. Gleaned what he could
Anathema Viese
 Reflections, 162 posts
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Wed 13 Mar 2019
at 17:58
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Anna blinks, replaying her eidetic memory over again. Opps. Anna blushes bright, luminescent cyan. "Right, sorry, guess I got carried away there..."

Nodding along as Bezaleel continues, Anna couldn't help but envy Bezaleel for having a whole family. She knew so little about her own, and what she did know terrified her.

"Yeah, the antideath thing sounds important," Anna confirms. "Please be careful, Bezzybro. Something about that whole story reeks. Anywhoodles, I'll keep you up to date on what's going on in my realm and when I'll be ready to transition over."

After remembering that Ulfur was busy getting overshadowed by the shadow god during her last explanation, Anna turns to Ulfur and repeats most of what she told Petra just a few moments ago (in message #75, to be specific).
Ulfur Tellurii
 Mountains, 53 posts
Thu 14 Mar 2019
at 16:04
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At Anna's repeated explanation, Ulfur nodded thoughtfully once more; there was plenty of pitfalls and, it seemed, existential threats not only to those of his Realm, but the whole of Creation. Certainly a need to tread carefully

He turned to Bezaleel, "Best introduce me to this Pantheon then, so I might confirm this tithe..."
Bezaleel Shades
 Shadows, 329 posts
 I fucked my way into this
 I'll fuck my way out
Thu 14 Mar 2019
at 16:53
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Bezaleel shrugged, "It may be better if you don't get one from me at all. I'm not sure what exactly my image is with them, but I'll do so."

Waving his hand he left the arena going to the upstairs room where the map was. Ready to throw another instance into the valley.
Anathema Viese
 Reflections, 168 posts
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Thu 14 Mar 2019
at 16:58
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Anna waves a cheerful farewell as Bezaleel leaves her sight. "Good luck!" she calls. She's not quite ready to drop into the Tattered Valley yet... in fact, maybe best for the Pantheon to think she is dead for as long as possible. Instead she returns to the bar, helping herself to another fancy wineglass of grape juice. Under the counter her feet alternate happily tapping the footrest.
Anathema Viese
 Reflections, 179 posts
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Wed 20 Mar 2019
at 16:51
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After a few seconds of drinking to herself and thinking, Anna spins around on her stool and looks to Theadeacus.

"Hey Deekin, I just remembered," she says. "Y'know those globs of essence I dropped when I died? Yeah, wasn't expecting to come back from that and I trusted you to be responsible with power more than anyone else. One of 'em was yours to begin with anyways -- I never actually got around to making the artifact I borrowed it to make -- but the other came from this big blight beast I killed. I'd like it back if you haven't used it already. I'll feel a little safer knowing I have a panic button in case something happens."

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Theadeacus Aso
 Death, 158 posts
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Sat 6 Apr 2019
at 01:35
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Theadeacus moved to Anathema, producing the Essence from within himself.

"Here you are Anathema. I am glad that you returned for it. If something had happened I intended to use it for....less conservative purposes. Luckily there is no such need for those extremes."

He gave a slight smile but revealed no deeper meaning to his words. Nor would he.
Anathema Viese
 Reflections, 190 posts
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Sat 20 Apr 2019
at 02:35
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Anna cups the preferred essence in her hands and absorbs it back into herself, sending ticklish motes of light up her tattoos that make her shiver pleasantly. "Thank you."

Anna looks into the bottom of her glass, absentmindedly swishing around the scant few purple drops still left there. "So I did promise that when this was all over I'd answer any questions you might have about what I've been up to," she says suddenly. She looks over with an inviting smile. "What did you want to know?"