[IC] Chapter 2.   Posted by Narrator.Group: 0
Xanthia
 PC, 21 posts
 Player; Soren
Mon 23 Apr 2018
at 18:51
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
Xanthia slowly descends to the ground again, grinning at the fleeing rabble.

"And don't let me catch you around here again!", she shouts after them.

Frowning at the two figures in the red haze, she reckons that she'd better stay out of whatever argument they're having, and instead turns to face the two black-cloaked thugs trying to enter the temple.

'Hey! Get away from there. You Are Not Us!'

This message was last edited by the player at 21:05, Mon 23 Apr 2018.

Narrator
 GM, 430 posts
Mon 23 Apr 2018
at 19:40
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
Xanthia:
'Hey! Get away from there. You Are Not Us!'


"You moony nobles always harassing the working man! Aren't us all we? Or something..." and as they come short with words they yell a cry that is supposed to encourage them but is more giving out the uncertainty. With the shout, they charge towards Xanthia.
Ordanestyu
 PC, 274 posts
Tue 24 Apr 2018
at 08:03
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
Narrator:
Ordanestyu:
Ordanestyu nods his head. "I think your father's magic is just the right thing to use against you", and the warrior calls down a supercharged blast of energy from the sky, smiting his adversary so that he flies backwards charred and smoking. His beard is not so fine anymore.


The star captain is stricken down. He starts to stumble up leaning on his beautiful, but now charred, sword. You hear him marvel: "What happened? How is this possible?" He tries hard to get up but can't make it to an upright position. He is kneeling away from you only depending on his sword, hanging his head down.


Ordanestyu, honourable to the last allows his opponent to stand and face him. What takes place next is a perfect display of swordsmanship, as Ordanestyu plays Polaris like a puppet. The combat finishes with a deft flick and the Golden sword is thrown into the air and nimbly caught.

"You are beaten Polaris, but I do not treat you as foe, because I am an honourable warrior. I shall continue to offer you worship, but I serve the Red Moon now."
Narrator
 GM, 432 posts
Tue 24 Apr 2018
at 13:27
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
In reply to Ordanestyu (msg # 132):

"You have shown great honor, and mercy. I will accept your offering. Serve your new god with the pride of the Sun. When the Red Sun raises, you will get your reward."

Polaris turns away and starts to walk into his castle. The view starts to change and the red mist fade away. You find yourself in front of the temple. In place of the god you just confronted is the same priest that held you previously. His robe is badly burnt and he is in bruises. He limps out of the yard hanging his bruised arm.

In your hand, lays the Golden Scimitar that once belonged to that unfortunate man. The pommel of the sword is hot like it has just transformed, shaped to a red sickle.

All the covert studies of Yanafal Tarnis and finally this moment clarified to you the meaning of Death and Pride in the face of the Moon. You are now one of Hers.
Salina
 PC, 116 posts
Wed 25 Apr 2018
at 13:33
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
In reply to Narrator (msg # 129):
quote:
There is light in the room. Someone must have been light the oil lamp. That someone is going through Vania's belongings on the fancy, sturdy table that is at the end of the room. The intruder is wearing a black cloak and didn't notice you. Probably he is relying on the upstairs duo to keep you busy.

Near the door is Vania's personal library. It is a mostly empty bookcase containing some Lunar grimoires and books. That is the same bookcase you know how to open to get access to the tunnel.


Yanis tenses, eager to pounce the intrurder. Salina gives Enelmet an alarmed glance, her hand going to the pearl on her throat.
Xanthia
 PC, 24 posts
 Player; Soren
Fri 27 Apr 2018
at 21:27
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
Xanthia faces the two thugs with her scimitars drawn.

"You think the Goddess only serves soup and heals wounds? Did you forget her Dark side?"

They circle her, trying to outflank her, but she easily takes out one thug and then smoothly pivots to strike at the other.

As they limp away, she sheathes her weapons again and tries to evaluate the situation. She notices Vania the Moonglow outside the temple. The priestess gives Xantia a curt nod of acknowledgement.
Ordanestyu
 PC, 277 posts
Sun 29 Apr 2018
at 17:41
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
Gathering himself Ordanestyu lets his defeated foe retreat and then strides back into the temple.
Vania the Moonglow
 NPC, 12 posts
 High Priestess of the Red
Mon 30 Apr 2018
at 13:51
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
Vania meets Xanthia and Ordanestyu at the temple door. She is very pleased.

"The temple will not forget your heroic deeds today. We are very grateful. We will arrange a feast soon commemorating this victory."

She turns to Ordanestyu and takes him by the hand. It looks like she is measuring the power you have just collected.
"I saw what happened to you. You were called by Yanafal Tarnis and the Red Goddess herself and you responded. Not everyone gets to do it that way. Study the newly kindled power of moon in you and visit the temple later. I can tell you more."
She stands still a while eyes closed.

She presents Xanthia to Ordanestyu.
"Ordanestyu, have you met Xanthia? She has been helping around in the temple."
Enelmet
 PC, 184 posts
 Subtle gardener, 5ToB
 Teelo N. br of Ordanestyu
Tue 1 May 2018
at 21:49
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
Salina:
In reply to Narrator (msg # 129):
quote:
There is light in the room. Someone must have been light the oil lamp. That someone is going through Vania's belongings on the fancy, sturdy table that is at the end of the room. The intruder is wearing a black cloak and didn't notice you. Probably he is relying on the upstairs duo to keep you busy.

Near the door is Vania's personal library. It is a mostly empty bookcase containing some Lunar grimoires and books. That is the same bookcase you know how to open to get access to the tunnel.


Yanis tenses, eager to pounce the intrurder. Salina gives Enelmet an alarmed glance, her hand going to the pearl on her throat.


Enelmet holds up a hand asking for Yanis's restraint, he tilts his head closing his eyes as he focuses on the intruder. "What you seek is hidden inside yourself." he says "...and always has been."
Xanthia
 PC, 26 posts
 Player; Soren
Tue 1 May 2018
at 22:05
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
In reply to Vania the Moonglow (msg # 137):

Xanthia gives a friendly smile to Ordanestyu.

"Was that you fighting in the red cloud? And you were chosen to follow Yanafal Tarnils? Very impressive."

She frowns. "Do you know who those thugs were? And why were they attacking the temple?"
Ordanestyu
 PC, 278 posts
Wed 2 May 2018
at 06:26
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
Xanthia:
In reply to Vania the Moonglow (msg # 137):

Xanthia gives a friendly smile to Ordanestyu.

"Was that you fighting in the red cloud? And you were chosen to follow Yanafal Tarnils? Very impressive."

She frowns. "Do you know who those thugs were? And why were they attacking the temple?"


Ordanestyu bows to Xanthia

"Thank you.  Truth be told it was a fine way to end an otherwise awful day... My foe was a priest who I suspect is from the Yellow Standard brotherhood. This stinks of their low handed meddling. As for the thugs I saw none. Is everyone okay? My Brother?"
Vania the Moonglow
 NPC, 13 posts
 High Priestess of the Red
Thu 3 May 2018
at 12:09
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
"Your brother went with Yanis and Salina to the back. I haven't seen them since. We should go check them out. Hope they are not in trouble", Vania states concerned.
Narrator
 GM, 438 posts
Thu 3 May 2018
at 12:41
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
Enelmet:
Enelmet holds up a hand asking for Yanis's restraint, he tilts his head closing his eyes as he focuses on the intruder. "What you seek is hidden inside yourself." he says "...and always has been."


The black cloak jumps up as he is taken by surprise. He draws his dagger by instinct. "Why... what do you mean? I was just... just seeking the light."
Enelmet
 PC, 186 posts
 Subtle gardener, 5ToB
 Teelo N. br of Ordanestyu
Fri 4 May 2018
at 10:58
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
'A donation for the poor? very commendable.' Enelmet hold out his hand 'come with me to the Teelo Nori house and let me show you what good such donations can accomplish. There are always some there turning their life around... for some it takes longer than others. But we rejoice when we are no longer needed'
Ordanestyu
 PC, 280 posts
Fri 4 May 2018
at 13:18
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
Vania the Moonglow:
"Your brother went with Yanis and Salina to the back. I haven't seen them since. We should go check them out. Hope they are not in trouble", Vania states concerned.


"If his squirrel is with him he'll be fine" quips Ohanzee as he heads off to find his brother.
Narrator
 GM, 439 posts
Fri 4 May 2018
at 15:06
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
Enelmet:
'A donation for the poor? very commendable.' Enelmet hold out his hand 'come with me to the Teelo Nori house and let me show you what good such donations can accomplish. There are always some there turning their life around... for some it takes longer than others. But we rejoice when we are no longer needed'


Now you finally see the man better. He is in the thirties. His face tells about the stark life he had lived. He has tears in his eyes.
"How did you know? I was hired to the Yellow Wheel Tri-Pact just when I was just a kid. My parents weren't there to guide me to good ways. I did my deeds and proceeded to be some kind of leader of this group. While all the way I have felt I would have more to give than just killing and doing the dirty work of others. Recently I got interested in this Red Moon thing you are having. This job gave me an access to the temple and I hoped I could've snatched some kind of information someone could read for me. Are you saying you could show me, the failed life, that there is more to this than just killing? No one has ever treated me this way."
Enelmet
 PC, 187 posts
 Subtle gardener, 5ToB
 Teelo N. br of Ordanestyu
Fri 4 May 2018
at 18:37
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
Truly, friend, I know little; but the goddess knows much and sometimes the cupbearer knows what the goddess needs her to know, and so with me. I cannot say at this hour what it is that the goddess may think best for you, but she has paths for all comers, we are all us. I can introduce you to many who follow her in different ways and it may be that one of these will call out to you. It costs nothing to listen. Though alms to the poor have their own merit.
Enelmet
 PC, 188 posts
 Subtle gardener, 5ToB
 Teelo N. br of Ordanestyu
Fri 4 May 2018
at 22:26
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
As they usher the interloper back towards the temple entrance Enelmet hears his intake of breath as Vania enters with Ordanestyu and Xanthia. They wait in the shadows until Vania goes off into the temple with Ishala leaving the exit clear.

'We are just leaving Brother', Enelmet tells Ordanestyu, 'There is no cause for concern, I believe the goddess wants me to bring this pligrim amongst her adherents. I thought we'd start with... the...'
He runs out of steam, looking questioningly at the soldier, before embarrassingly hugging him
'Oh, Rusty!  now we are indeed all us, I am so happy. Are you alright?
Ordanestyu
 PC, 281 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 04:14
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
Enelmet:
As they usher the interloper back towards the temple entrance Enelmet hears his intake of breath as Vania enters with Ordanestyu and Xanthia. They wait in the shadows until Vania goes off into the temple with Ishala leaving the exit clear.

'We are just leaving Brother', Enelmet tells Ordanestyu, 'There is no cause for concern, I believe the goddess wants me to bring this pligrim amongst her adherents. I thought we'd start with... the...'
He runs out of steam, looking questioningly at the soldier, before embarrassingly hugging him
'Oh, Rusty!  now we are indeed all us, I am so happy. Are you alright?

Ordanestyu returns the fierce hug "Aye, and favoured by the God of war. Fate it seems is a fickle thing and despite my recent bad luck, my skills and faith prevailed. I follow both the old and the new, it seems Polaris is in favour of my new commitment, so I am doubly stronger now. Both Fire and Moon and look."

He holds up his weapon

"I have a new sword...Both golden and shaped like the moon. I will be invincible with this and you at my side dear brother."
Vania the Moonglow
 NPC, 13 posts
 High Priestess of the Red
Tue 8 May 2018
at 05:37
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
Vania meets Yanis and Salina at the main chamber. Yanis is excited about the events revising them to all. Vania draws Salina to side.

"Thank you Salina for taking care of him. You all are very welcome in the temple anytime. I hope I see you all in the ceremonies. You did great service to the temple."

Vania seems really relieved. Like everything is going as planned from this moment on.

This message was last updated by the player at 05:37, Tue 08 May 2018.

Narrator
 GM, 443 posts
Tue 8 May 2018
at 07:20
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
The celebration ends abruptly as Lord Tarsic arrives at the temple. He is accompanied by an older bearded man. He is Gren Turgo, a Brown Man (Lunar scholar). You can tell by the Truth and Moon runes all over his brown gown. All Vania, Tarsic and Yanis also, seem to know him. Tarsic is little out of breath like he would be running around the city. He and Gren carry a sack. You know, the one you take with you when you travel.

Tarsic goes to Vania but doesn't care if others hear too.
"He didn't take the news lightly. I think we need to cool off a little while and let the dust settle." They nod to each other and turn to Yanis and Gren who are chatting lightly about Yanis' initiation.

"Yanis, you remember Gren's stories about Pavis? Well, guess what, I managed to secure you two a trip there. I have your travel ware here and you are leaving tonight!"

Yanis gets really excited and starts to plan the trip with Gren who seems also quite excited about the possibility to visit Pavis.

Lord Tarsic turns to you all. "Looks like you had quite a ruckus here. Well done. By the way, has any of you seen Moon Boat before?" he asks suggestively.
Ordanestyu
 PC, 283 posts
Tue 8 May 2018
at 14:55
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
Ordanestyu had seen one before and answers in the affirmative.

"Yes Lord, last year when the delegation from Glamour arrived."
Xanthia
 PC, 27 posts
 Player; Soren
Tue 8 May 2018
at 16:37
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
"Not sure what happened exactly, my lord," replies Xanthia. "Some people were attacking the temple, but we managed to drive them off."

"I saw at moon boat at the Imperial College once," she adds. "Always wanted to ride in one!"

This message was last edited by the player at 21:01, Tue 08 May 2018.

Salina
 PC, 119 posts
Tue 8 May 2018
at 20:13
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
Salina has a distant look about her. "My mother used to tell me about moonboats when I was a child. She never turned lunar but she loved the Goddess and her boats. I would also very much like to see one."
Narrator
 GM, 445 posts
Fri 11 May 2018
at 18:05
Re: [IC] Chapter 2
We close this chapter to the view of you escorting Yanis and Gren to the far side of the city where an actual Moon Boat awaits. It resembles the sleek, oar-driven galleys often seen on the Oslir river, but without oars or a mast. The bow and stern are drawn up very high and covered with silver mined from the Moon. The boats are made from special wood, harvested exclusively in the Yolp Mountains and then heavily enchanted. Yanis is really eager to hop on board.

"Look at that thing. It is gorgeous. Not too bad being a Lunar, eh?" Yanis pokes Ordanestyu. Vania and Lord Tarsic seem serious but stern about Yanis leaving to Pavis. "Remember Yanis, you meet Sor-Eel the Short at Pavis. He will take care of your needs. Take care", Lord Tarsic instructs Yanis before he and Gren board the ship.

The ground rumbles as the ship takes off. The sight is magical as it ascends above you using the power of the Moon. After rising a while it takes off and starts to move away from Serris. You can barely see Yanis still waving at you from the deck.

This message was last edited by the GM at 18:06, Fri 11 May 2018.