The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist.   Posted by Skald.Group: 0
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 133 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Fri 30 Dec 2016
at 23:26
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Yes, perhaps a password.  I shall enter first and speak the word 'omphalos'.  Should some dark force attempt to paralyse me then by the grace of Dauros I shall be spared."  Tesseryn moves to the centre of the north wall of the large room where the map would suggest a passage should be and runs his gauntletted hands over the wall.
Skald
 GM, 1231 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Mon 2 Jan 2017
at 13:31
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The meaning of the words on the parchment provoke much discussion, but Tesseryn is more a man of action than of words and, guided by Cogwitz, carefully examines that portion of the north wall that the Halfling believes to be an illusion.

Certainly the paladin's questing fingers find the wall only too solid ... but as he continues to probe, Tesseryn's fingers suddenly sink into the stone and with a cry of triumph and a grunt of effort he manages to pull off a piece of ... wood ?

A rather rotten looking plank to be sure, it's lower edge almost completely eaten away.  Tesseryn tries again ...

It does not take long for the paladin to clear away the planks that block the opening, though the illusion of the wall does not waver one jot.

Poking your heads through, you see a short corridor leading to a large circular chamber done in what can best be described as the 'deteriorated ornate' style, with murals that were once fine and vibrant but are now faded and flaking, depicting the earthly life of Mitra.  The air is filled with the sweet scent of flowers.

In the centre of the chamber sits a creature with a long snakelike body and a more or less human face.  Its scales are green-gold in colour ...

"What do you here, foul creatures ?!!  Would you despoil the tomb of Mitra himself ?  Come then ... advance if you dare ... I shall pray that Mitra show your spirits mercy !"

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 134 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 3 Jan 2017
at 11:24
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Initially Tesseryn does not reply, instead looking back to the party. "Another guardian awaits within, a guardian naga I believe, a creature of great wisdom and purity.  Also, the room within does not appear to match Brindle's map, the exiting passage is on the opposite side.  I shall enter and make our quest known to the guardian ... perhaps it can offer some assistance."

With a reassuring nod to Cogwitz he turns to the passage once more and rather self-consciously speaks the password  "omphalos."

He enters the passage with sword drawn and stops at the entrance to the circular room, lowering his sword tip to the floor, then addresses the guardian cordially.  "I am Tesseryn Brightsoul, the arm of Dauros.  Together with these brave companions I am on a sacred quest in the name of Mitra."

This message was last edited by the player at 11:45, Tue 03 Jan 2017.

Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 588 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Tue 3 Jan 2017
at 19:12
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Thrilled that someone was paying attention, Aurion put his plans to attack the creature on hold. He did wonder if his snakes would enjoy meeting the creature though...
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 135 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 3 Jan 2017
at 23:39
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Realising his mistake, that both map fragments actually do match the room perfectly, Tesseryn silently admonishes himself for his overconfidence.  He grits his teeth and braces himself for the inevitable lightning strike, and paralysis, and whatever else the gods may choose to test their faithful servant with.  If he survives the short walk he will speak the aforementioned words of greeting.
Brindle
 player, 770 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Thu 5 Jan 2017
at 08:34
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle watches from the start of the corridor as Tesseryn ventures inside, hoping that his guess about the password word prove correct. Brindle glances back at Cogwitz to see whether the halfling was still concentrating on magic detection. If not then Brindle will cast detect magic too.
Cogwitz
 player, 96 posts
Fri 6 Jan 2017
at 21:07
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz watched as Tesseryn pushed into the hallway.  Cogwitz hadn't thought it was just an image to disguise the passage, but it seemed right compared to the map.  With his detect magic still in operation Cogwitz looked into the hall to see if there were magical affects.
Skald
 GM, 1232 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 8 Jan 2017
at 06:14
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Thanks indeed be to Dauros for surely it is by the god's grace alone that Tesseryn thinks to say "Omphalos" before striding confidently down the short passageway to greet the guardian naga that sits in the centre.

No harm befalls the Paladin, and a minute shift in the creature's gaze shows it acknowledges the lowering of the blade and what that signifies.

"You know my name," the naga says softly as it listens to Tesseryn's short speech, "and your words ... are pleasing to my ear.  Yet how do I know that you speak the truth ?  Evil is treacherous, lying and deceitful.  What proof can you offer as to your righteous intent ?"

Both Halflings poke their heads into the corridor so that they can see, Brindle turning to his kinsman to confirm that Cogwitz is still looking for mystical auras.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 136 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 9 Jan 2017
at 14:05
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn turns briefly and looks back to where Leisha would be standing were it not for the illusory wall blocking the passage.  She would note his quirked eyebrow were it not for the helmet covering his brow.  "Navel indeed."

Turning back to face the naga, Tesseryn advances slowly into the room.  "I wear the ring Mitra's Favour.  It was bestowed upon me by Sir Holomir a short time ago when we first entered this labyrinth.  I wear it on behalf of this fellowship gathered by the gods themselves and charged with a quest to 'sort it out'.  We are two resourceful halflings, a virtuous lady, an elven wizard, an orc of uncharacteristic valour, and myself.  The ring's power has protected us thus far, and thus far we have prevailed against the minions of Set and their cunning machinations.  We would welcome such advice as you can offer to steer us towards our goal, which, though somewhat brief in the stating, clearly means to thwart the resurgent power of Set and allow the folk of Mitra's Fist to resume their rightful but lapsed following of Mitra's teachings."  He pauses for breath, and to allow the others to come forward to add their own confirmation of his tale.
Brindle
 player, 771 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Thu 12 Jan 2017
at 13:55
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Omphalos," Brindle also says as he strides forward to join Tesseryn. "You can call me Brindle. Tesseryn speaks truly - we would certainly appreciate your advice on what needs to be done here. Any information you can give to help us understand how the current situation has come about would also be of interest and may assist us as well."
Cogwitz
 player, 97 posts
Thu 12 Jan 2017
at 19:21
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Not to be outdone by Brindle, Cogwitz likewise says, "Omphalos" and moves into the chamber with the Naga.
Skald
 GM, 1233 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 15 Jan 2017
at 13:49
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Omphalos indeed," the owner of that name smirks wryly, greeting each of the Halflings in turn with a sway and a dip of his head.  "I see you have learned at least one of my secrets.  The creature seems much mollified by Tesseryn's words as much as the ring he bears, and appears prepared to at least hear you out.

"Your words are most pleasing," he amends his earlier statement. "And I most heartily commend your intent ... though you should know you are not the first to make such an attempt, though none before you has enjoyed such blessed patronage."

"Let the rest of your companions advance !" the naga commands in a louder voice, "then we will speak further."
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 589 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Mon 16 Jan 2017
at 02:44
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Aurion utters the apparent password, and approaches, his snakes peeking out of the collar of his robe, gazing in awe at their giant cousin.
Leisha
 player, 178 posts
Mon 16 Jan 2017
at 03:10
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha steps through the illusion, giving Aurion a curious look.  "Haven't we established by now that it's his name?" she asks, curiously.  "Hello!  I'm Leisha," she offers.  "It's a pleasure to meet you."
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 137 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 17 Jan 2017
at 06:34
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Illusory wall ... secrets ... Tesseryn muses.  He steps to the left to allow room for the others to enter and does not speak further, instead concentrating on detecting evil ... just in case.
Skald
 GM, 1234 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sat 21 Jan 2017
at 14:20
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The rest of the group step forward, pronouncing, muttering or growling the Naga's name in turn.  Though Aurion's snakes seem in awe of Omphalos, the Naga does not seem to notice them, nor indeed Leisha.  Indeed, it is the Orc to whom his gaze is drawn ...

Omphalos's eyes widen as he spots Wrukaog, but it is not the Orc's appearance that seems to concern the Naga.

"You carry the silvered likeness of Mitra !" Omphalos exclaims.  "That you would dare ..."

Surprisingly the Naga's tone becomes much warmer.  "That you have dared the perils and recovered the holy statue from the lair of the fell creatures who had nested there," he sways, dipping his head to honour Wrukaog, "as well as the token of the god that you bear," he repeats the gesture towards Tesseryn, "convinces me of your pure intent." 

"How may I be of service ?"  His eyes turn towards Brindle, his forked tongue flickering across his lips as he now gives serious consideration to the Halfling's earlier questions.

"What needs be done is as Tesseryn of the Brightsoul has stated - the routing out of all evil presences within the Dark Tower of Set !"

"As to the how," Omphalos's lips curl in a smile, "if it were easy the deed would already be done.  Against such evil, it seems that the power of light alone will not suffice.  However powerful artifacts may be found within these halls, scattered over the decades as they were lost and recovered and lost again."

"I stand guard here, arraying mystical defences to preserve both the tomb of Mitra and the Heart of Law.  If you are worthy you may pray at the tomb and perhaps take up the mantle of the gem ..."
Leisha
 player, 179 posts
Sat 21 Jan 2017
at 17:36
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"And we're certainly glad you're here," Leisha says.  "We never would have expected to find a friendly face in this mire.  Do you happen to know what qualifies someone as worthy?"
Brindle
 player, 772 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 22 Jan 2017
at 01:48
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Thank you, Omphalos. Can you tell us any more about the powerful artifacts we should be looking for? The three statues of Mitra in the 3-alcove room back there all have an ornate ring, amulet and belt. One of the statues holds a mace with a stylised lion's head. This silver statue of Mitra has none of those items, so are some or all of those the artifacts you mentioned that we should look for?" Brindle asks.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 138 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 23 Jan 2017
at 12:31
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn relaxes (not that you'd notice any change) as his suspicions are once again found to be groundless.  He listens intently to the questions and the guardian's answers.  He purses his lips a little as the naga assumes that Wrukaog carries the silver statue for safe keeping, but manages to say nothing.  He awaits answers to the insightful questions that his companions have already asked before adding more.

However he believes he already knows the answer to Leisha's question; in his experience proving worthy usually means enduring painful ordeals.  Brindle's annotated map promised such.  When the questions have been answered and he can contain himself no longer, "I would pray at the Tomb and offer my respect to Mitra."
Cogwitz
 player, 98 posts
Tue 24 Jan 2017
at 06:35
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
At the mention of powerful artifacts, Cogwitz listens more closely to the answer the naga gives.  He wondered if they had passed by any of them already at this point...
Leisha
 player, 180 posts
Tue 24 Jan 2017
at 06:39
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha keeps a politely attentive expression directed towards Omphalos, sternly resisting the urge to give Tesseryn an, `oooh, that's a good one!' look.
Skald
 GM, 1235 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Fri 27 Jan 2017
at 06:47
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The naga considers the questions posed ...

"The gods judge," Omphalos answers Leisha patiently.  "The worthy are rewarded, the unworthy are punished."

"Aye," he nods as Brindle describes the statues of Mitra, "the Lion ring, the Lion Belt and the Lion Amulet are holy relics, worn by Mitra when he walked the earth as a man."

"The ring your companion wears, a sign of Mitra's favour.  It is said within it is bound the spirit of Sir George, Prince of the High Peaks and Champion of the Faith. It wards the bearer from the forces of darkness."

"The belt, the girding of Mitra, is said to be joined with the spirit of Princess Jamalla the Wise, Holy of Holies, Mother of the Masses, Benefactress of the Poor and Mitra's Handmaiden.  It protects the bearer and those close by from any evil arrayed against them.  It is a travesty that it is now in the hands of Set's minions !"

"Within the amulet, Mitra's eye, rests the spirit of Charlamack the Just, High Priest of Mitra.  It assists and protects, guiding the hand and feet of the bearer.  Alas, this was but recently taken from the White Tower by cowardly rat-faced thieves !  Beyond bearing !"

"Separately the relics are most beneficial, but when worn together, the bearer may be showered with further blessings.  The histories are vague, but it is known at least that one bearer, centuries ago who united the three was impervious to all magic and able to destroy undead with but a glance !"

"The mace is not a relic, but was bourne by Helson the Bold and would bring much honour to any worthy to wield it.  Alas it was taken by the miscreants who serve Set, and so is lost."

"The Heart of Law is one of the three Soul Gems, aligned to the Light.  It is said that the bearer can never be slain.  Diametrically opposed is the Soul of Chaos which is said to steal the life force from friend or foe," Omphalos struggles to get these words out, so obvious is his distaste for so foul an artifact.  "You must be wary of it."

"The last of the Soul Gems is the Mind of Balance," his tone improves to the merely sternly disapproving. "It is neither good nor evil.  It is said that with this gem one may literally buy eternal life," if a snake could shrug, this one does, "though I do not know what that means."

Tesseryn's wish meets with approval from this wisest of nagas.  "A boon which I may most gladly and easily grant," Omphalos proclaims, nodding his head towards the western wall which shimmers to reveal two large doors which swing open at his glance.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 139 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Fri 27 Jan 2017
at 23:15
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Sir George of the High Peaks." Tesseryn murmurs, gazing in wonder at the ring on his upraised hand.  "These holy relics must be won back from the vile followers of Set."

With a perfunctory nod to Oomphalos, he turns towards the newly revealed doorway, ready to be proven worthy.  Pausing at the threshold he looks back at his companions.  "Will anyone else seek to honour Mitra?"
Cogwitz
 player, 99 posts
Sat 28 Jan 2017
at 06:00
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz thought it would be a good idea to pay homage to Mitra as well and steps forward at Tesseryn's call.  I will, if it is okay.
Brindle
 player, 773 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sat 28 Jan 2017
at 13:30
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle grinned at Tesseryn and Cogwitz's enthusiasm.

"I'll come and see how you go," he decides.