IC CHAT: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)   Posted by The Empress.Group: 0
Ulfur Tellurii
 Mountains, 24 posts
Mon 28 Jan 2019
at 11:40
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
Ulfur smiled, remaining seated at his table, and then gestured to the empty seats - only one of which had been previously occupied by Bezaleel, "Please join me... the rest of you too. I am curious enough about this situation but, as you say, let us speak before we .. ahh, probe?"

His eyes hint a little at a smile and his expression is warm enough as he adds, "Besides, you're not bristling like these two were when I first arrived, somewhat taller and more wolflike with a crimson shadow!"
Bezaleel Shades
 Shadows, 227 posts
 The Endless Night
 Eclipse of the Moon
Tue 29 Jan 2019
at 11:07
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
Bezaleel looked away slightly bashful, "I...didn't naw on my scarf on purpose! Plus those blight really do taste awful, even compared to the flesh of the dead. Bleeh." he put a finger to his mouth mocking throwing up.

Putting his hands in his pockets he turned around, looking at Ulfur, "Aren't keen on fighting are you? I find it can leave a nice first impression, especially compared to talking. I tend to put a foot in my own mouth, so I let my actions and fighting speak more for me. Besides, we have been talking, and can continue to do so."

Putting his hands behind his head he spoke, "I'm curious to what you can do as well. I'm sure it's mutual."

Bezaleel continued to talk, most of his face covered by his scarf still. "However, I do find your brightly colored shadow off-putting. Such a place like that wouldn't be keen of the dark. Very much like a dream indeed."
Ulfur Tellurii
 Mountains, 27 posts
Tue 29 Jan 2019
at 11:48
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
"Depending on whether this Realm is the Dream or the other", offers Ulfur is riposte, "I am a smith or a skald, coming to terms with my Divine nature; I can fight, and well enough, but when there is need rather than when there is none. If fighting is your talking, then let us fight, but let us make the knowing of one another a threefold thing. We speak, we fight, and, if this realm permits it, we provide a gift for one another... be it found, or made or uncovered. Otherwise let us simply talk... and eat and drink, for that is the nature of this place"
Bezaleel Shades
 Shadows, 229 posts
 The Endless Night
 Eclipse of the Moon
Tue 29 Jan 2019
at 11:52
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
Bezaleel raised a brow, his vortex like eyes tightened in likeness of a camera shutter, "The only gift I can appropriately give is either knowledge, souls, or some of my people as a proxy to be welcomed there. If you are a smith, I imagine you can craft items better than I can smith with shadows. I doubt your people would find mine much of a home while alive though."
Ulfur Tellurii
 Mountains, 28 posts
Tue 29 Jan 2019
at 12:05
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
"Even with so few words, we learn much of one another", offered Ulfur, acknowledging Bezaleel's adeptness where he had claimed none, "I would be honoured to receive emissaries or expatriates from your people... Our peoples might learn much from one another"
Bezaleel Shades
 Shadows, 230 posts
 The Endless Night
 Eclipse of the Moon
Tue 29 Jan 2019
at 12:24
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
Bezaleel nodded, "My people, are those who are undead. Resurrected in death or those who gave their lives in acceptance for shadow, partaking its power and expanded lifespan. I likewise would be honored to receive emissaries. I do not wish for it to last long however, I doubt the turning of your people having prolonged exposure there would bode well. Nor do I want us to mix the other up in our mortal affairs too much."

Nudging his head as if pointing him to come along, Bezaleel turned and continued to the arena. "This is a more friendly bout. I can heal you or myself, so do not worry about injuries. Just no cutting off extremities, we stop before lethal strikes. Sound good?
Ulfur Tellurii
 Mountains, 29 posts
Tue 29 Jan 2019
at 14:04
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
"Under those terms, fair enough", standing finally and following Bezaleel and Anathema to the arena with some trepidation; newborn into his power, he would face these ancients, and he wondered how their worldviews had fared in millennia as divine
Theadeacus Aso
 Death, 99 posts
 Hierophant
Tue 29 Jan 2019
at 15:15
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
Theadeacus was shocked and stunned by the revelations of his two allies. He had to sit down, his head resting in his hands. Somehow in the years that he was gone Bezaleel's Realm had not only birthed new gods but gods that were intent on destroying death, his domain and a fundamental force of reality. He had also lain with his daughter, Ophelia, and conceived two new gods. Then there was Anathema, who for all intents should be dead, breaking into the Buoy through a literal rift in space.

Theadeacus exhaled deeply. Then again. And once more before he was calm enough not to fly into a shouting tirade.

He looked to the pair, Anathema largely ignoring the implications of her very existence, and Bezaleel who was was either blissfully ignorant of what he had wrought upon the Tree or avoiding discussing it. He continued to watch them and silently made a resolution.
Anathema Viese
 Reflections, 115 posts
 What are these feelings?
 Where do they lead me?
Wed 30 Jan 2019
at 00:01
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
Anna steps aside as Bezaleel leads the outsider god to the arena himself. She wasn't really much of a fighter but it seemed a lot of gods were more accustomed to violence than she. She hangs back for a while and watches Theadeacus's efforts to avoid making a stress mess and chuckles softly. When it seemed he was calm she hobbled over and spoke quietly with him.

"I have a pretty good idea I know what you're thinkin'," she says reassuringly. "I mean, you're Deekin, the god of death! Trust me, it's not as bad as it sounds. I'll explain everything real soon, okay? No more secrets... well, a reduced number of secrets. A responsible quantity of unknowns!"

She offers a hand to him so that they could walk together to the arena, confident that his necrotic contact decay power ability is nullified in the buoy.
Bezaleel Shades
 Shadows, 236 posts
 The Endless Night
 Eclipse of the Moon
Wed 30 Jan 2019
at 00:16
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
Bezaleel's gaze drifted from Theadeacus, turning infront of him. His shoulders lowered some and his tail didn't sway quite as much. Maybe it was a guilty consciousness, feeling more responsible than Anathema for how Theadeacus took it all.

After all, looking at what he said. He already knew the implications of his actions. Sighing Bezaleel waved a hand to the others as he guided Ulfur to the arena.

Standing in it, Bezaleel stretched and jumped around full of agility. Cracking his neck he grabbed his kusari-gama and took stance. "Ready when ever you are."

OOC: I'll leave Empress to dictate the fight and outcome of the actions we take.
Petra Filfeex
 Luck, Earth, 78 posts
Wed 30 Jan 2019
at 03:35
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
"A dream? An interesting thought, though one with perhaps concerning implications. Never the less, from what I have seen thus far, I do not think it has any bearing on whether either tree is more 'real' than the other. The reality of a thing seems to have little to do with whence it came."

Petra turned to address Anathema directly. "Hello Lady Anathema, I am pleased to make your acquaintance. This 'science' you speak of is intriguing. Perhaps even more so than these gentlemen's impending duel, though only just."
Anathema Viese
 Reflections, 117 posts
 What are these feelings?
 Where do they lead me?
Wed 30 Jan 2019
at 04:00
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
Anathema curtsies as Petra finds an opportunity to greet her. "Haha, please no formality. Anna is just fine!" She chuckles happily. "Well, science isn't really all that different from just trying to figure out how the world works normally save for a little extra rigor in the statistics. But if you're as curious to know more about this other-trees business as I am then I'd be happy to have you on board!" She glances to the side. "Soon as the boys stop flexing, of course. Though I can see why that would be interesting too..."

Anna's visible eye flicks up to the light-shadowed goddess' ears. "Those're some very impressive flappers you have up there. Can you fly with those? It looks like you ought to be able to fly with those!" She has to resist giving them an investigatory stroke... or two...

As they walk to the arena together, Anna realizes Ulfur seems to be expecting to spar with her as well. "Ah, I am afraid I'll have to decline a match," she says, flapping a hand like she's trying to fan away the suggestion. "This dress is mortal-worked, we'd tear it to pieces. Plus, I'm not much of a fighter. You'd think the savior of the tree would be a total badass but it was just a fluke, anyone could've done it."

This message was last edited by the player at 14:03, Wed 30 Jan.

Petra Filfeex
 Luck, Earth, 79 posts
Wed 30 Jan 2019
at 22:26
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
"N-no... I cannot fly." Petra eyed Anna curiously as her ears were accosted, though she did not pull away.

"I do find myself quite curious about the nature of the universe, both from curiosity and recent events. So I would be very happy to participate in any efforts to learn more."

She followed after the others towards the arena. "I agree that it can wait, however. I am curious about this duel as well."
Bezaleel Shades
 Shadows, 243 posts
 The Endless Night
 Eclipse of the Moon
Wed 30 Jan 2019
at 22:36
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
Bezaleel looked up at Anathema as his ears twitched and one flopped foward, "Not anyone could have done it. Nor did anyone else. It was just you who did." he smiled up at her.

"Wear it with a bit pride my friend. Besides, it is pretty hot being a badass, I can feel the heat from here" he formed a fan of shadow and waved it at himself, winking at her teasingly.

The fan fell apart into emphereal shadow-stuff dripping to the ground as he released it. Looking back at Ulfur, still ready to start.
The Empress
 GM, 543 posts
 Hopeless Romantic
Thu 31 Jan 2019
at 01:08
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
OOC: I'm here, I'm here.

The Arena was a powerfully magical area, now that the Buoy had been restored to its original condition. While by default it would serve as an ordinary room, it could also respond to the wishes of the combatants, becoming a pocket space a mile in radius with variable terrain in order to prevent collateral damage to the buoy.

As the challenger, Bezaleel had the right of choosing the terrain and time-of-day.

As the challenged, Ulfur had the right of choosing the weapons and abilities that could be used - major powers, minor powers, artifacts, magic of a specified level, and summons are the categories the arena understood.

Once those were agreed upon, the pocket space would be created and the battle would commence, being view able through a number of scrying fountains near the arena room.

The arena also understood betting and handicaps. Betting would be officiated through Dondarion, and viewing of the match within the pocket space. Souls, Essence, and Favors were the currencies that could be used as bets.

Odds stood at 2:1 in favor of Bezaleel with no handicaps in play and neutral terrain.
Bezaleel Shades
 Shadows, 245 posts
 The Endless Night
 Eclipse of the Moon
Thu 31 Jan 2019
at 01:13
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
Bezaleel tapped his chin as he thought on what terrain. Figuring that Ulfur may use his picks to his advantage Bezaleel decided he would do the same.

Picking a dense overgrown forest at night with a low moon.
Ulfur Tellurii
 Mountains, 30 posts
Thu 31 Jan 2019
at 11:36
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
"No summoning", stated Ulfur to begin, not even sure what that might entail, and even as he watched the Buoy transform the space to a low-lit undergrowth, "No magic, no artifacts. Any powers..."

Laughing, he added one further clarification, "No eating one's opponent either"
Bezaleel Shades
 Shadows, 247 posts
 The Endless Night
 Eclipse of the Moon
Thu 31 Jan 2019
at 11:47
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
Bezaleel smiled, rolling his shoulders, "Got it. No summoning, no artifacts, and no magic. Any powers. My kind of fight."

Giving a fanged smile, he pulled his scarf up. The shadows wrapping around Bezaleel as he fell into the brush.
Ulfur Tellurii
 Mountains, 32 posts
Thu 31 Jan 2019
at 18:36
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
Letting Bezaleel fade into the shadows, as he expected he might, Ulfur remained where he stood for a moment, his form rippling with damascene swirls. Idly, he wondered if he should have placed a bet before the contest begun, and if so, who on?


First things first then, he considered, moving off into the brush himself even as he attempting to bring forth a trio of pyroclastic explosions to level the undergrowth in the direction Bezaleel had vanished; if his theories on his own magic and the suppression of the Buoy worked as he hoped, they would clear the cover and the magma that followed would ensure the rest caught flame and made for sufficient chaos that an ambush would be ... complicated


Now, the final test, was whether he might bring forth the Dream
Bezaleel Shades
 Shadows, 250 posts
 The Endless Night
 Eclipse of the Moon
Thu 31 Jan 2019
at 22:41
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
Bezaleel assumed his wraith form, flying high in the growth, taking a circled motion around to Ulfur. Ready to raise a wall of hardening shadows to hold off any ranged attacks and defend himself early.

This message was last edited by the player at 23:20, Thu 31 Jan.

Theadeacus Aso
 Death, 111 posts
 Hierophant
Thu 31 Jan 2019
at 23:16
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
Theadeacus recovered, slowly but surely, and turned his attention to the arena projections. He was surprised if he were to be honest. The terms of the fight have equalized the field of battle but Bezaleel wasn't known for dragging out fights; he'd expected Ulfur to be unconscious by now.

Perhaps there was more to this new god. Or maybe Bezaleel had changed.
The Empress
 GM, 550 posts
 Hopeless Romantic
Thu 31 Jan 2019
at 23:20
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
OOC: Please post your actions in the thread I've created for this duel.

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:20, Thu 31 Jan.

Anathema Viese
 Reflections, 124 posts
 What are these feelings?
 Where do they lead me?
Fri 1 Feb 2019
at 01:31
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
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!"

This message was last edited by the player at 01:32, Fri 01 Feb.

Petra Filfeex
 Luck, Earth, 81 posts
Mon 4 Feb 2019
at 20:38
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
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?
 Where do they lead me?
Tue 5 Feb 2019
at 09:12
IC CHAT 2: The Forgotten Buoy (Player Characters Only)
"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."