In a Bleak Land Beyond the Eyes of Man.   Posted by Amateratsu.Group: 0
Amateratsu
 GM, 90 posts
Mon 21 Apr 2014
at 04:00
In a Bleak Land Beyond the Eyes of Man
You survey your Domain you hear the screams of the wretched Crying out begging for some iota of mercy but none deserve any.
Beautiful Dawn
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 Sometimes a doctor
Mon 21 Apr 2014
at 04:28
Re: In a Bleak Land Beyond the Eyes of Man

The Hamlet, as it was known to scholars of such things, was the sanctum of the Beautiful Dawn.  It was a peculiar place, reminiscent of the Old Germany before Bismarck and the Industrial Revolution.  A sleepy village atop a great big hill, surrounded by an impenetrable field of fog.  While there was only ever light from the sky on occasion, no one struggled to see in the Hamlet -- it was illuminated without source.  Somber ochres, black, grays, and greens made up the color palate of the Hamlet -- it was a world trapped perpetually in fall.

Those creatures which lived and resided along with the Beautiful Dawn were translucent, gaunt mockeries of their corporeal selves.  These supplicants took on a form reminiscent of the ghosts of Hades, or else were in some way transmogrified into beasts and monsters.  Muted and drained, these creatures lurch around the town square or mingle in doorways, performing the actions of a town polity without any of the jovial qualities one might associate with small towns.  Indeed, being in the Hamlet can prove to be a trying ordeal, for the bizarre architecture and grotesque inhabitants can combine into something rather haunting.

Behind the din of the supplicants can be heard a constant cacophony of screams and cries.  The source is indeterminate, but the sounds permeate the air at all times.  When the denizens are silent, the whole of the Hamlet rings with the sobs and screeches of the invisible damned.

The hill slopes downwards, a stone pathway laid down to prevent any from having to trod on the dried grass.  However, no matter how long one walks away -- or if they feel rather giddy, rolls away -- the Hamlet remains only a few steps back.  One cannot progress down the hill, as though it were a Sisyphean homage.  The thick fog prevents sight to the base of the hill, or to anything around it -- if there is land beyond the fog or at the bottom of the slope, it has not been seen by mortal or demigod eyes.

Beneath the Hamlet's cobblestones exists a labyrinth of research rooms, prisons, torture cells, and various closets and rooms of indeterminate (yet vaguely sinister) purpose.  These vary wildly, from medieval to modern -- some research rooms are stone, with handblown beakers and splotches of ancient blood, while others are white porcelain with exceedingly pure white light and a clinical sterility that borders on the unnatural.  At the base of this labyrinth is the Throne Room, a beautiful and ornate auditorium that dwarfs the Hamlet under which it resides.  Here the Beautiful Dawn hears her supplicants and meets with dignitaries.

The City Hall has a strange door in the far side of the main hall, directly opposite of the door to the Hamlet.  This threshold is usually sealed, but when opened leads not to a closet or meeting room, but instead up to Earth.  The corresponding door can change, but always there is something macabre to delineate the door to the Hamlet from any other.  The keyhole for the Door to the Hamlet, when one presses their ear against it, can transmit the howls and screams of the damned.  A disorienting effect, by most accounts.
Amateratsu
 GM, 91 posts
Mon 21 Apr 2014
at 05:15
Re: In a Bleak Land Beyond the Eyes of Man
The comforting Monotony is broken, a Fearsome servant comes forward


"MY lady, I would have your forgiveness for disturbing you. A French Demigod Wishes to parley with you, shall I have him flayed alive, or brought in under flag of truce?" is curious.
Beautiful Dawn
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Mon 21 Apr 2014
at 05:22
Re: In a Bleak Land Beyond the Eyes of Man
Franziska looked at the servant for a moment.  "Yes, I'll see him.  There's no need to flay him -- lead him to me."  She moved on the throne for a moment, her clothing losing the militaristic timbre she preferred when speaking to mortals and instead becoming something grand and ornate.  Fur lined her bodice, her corset accentuating the new clothes, and a beautiful gown darker than black flowed over her legs.  The exercise was simple, but one she enjoyed -- it had served her well during her time as a spy, to be able to shift from face to face and from outfit to outfit.

Happy with her appearance, she waited for this demigod to arrive.  Her five Einherjar soldiers stood in the shadows of the auditorium.  High above, attached to the vaulted ceiling, an enormous ornate cauldron of fire was suspended by chain, green flames flickering out of the holes in the side.  A mixture of brazier and chandelier, it provided enough illumination for Franziska's theatrical nature.
Amateratsu
 GM, 92 posts
Mon 21 Apr 2014
at 05:31
Re: In a Bleak Land Beyond the Eyes of Man
Well the Demigod comes in, Civilian clothes, looking quite Generic in dress but has a refined musculature and calcuating Air

He bows Low "Beautiful Dawn"

He sighs "Thank you for recieving me, as our people are currently enemies it shows generousity to even enteratin a petition from me"


sighs then continues

"I want my Cousins Soul, and will pay any price for it"
he finishes bluntly.
Beautiful Dawn
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Mon 21 Apr 2014
at 05:35
Re: In a Bleak Land Beyond the Eyes of Man
"Are we?  And here I thought we had conquered your people.  Hmm."  Franziska smiled at the man and stood, a single fluid motion of inhuman grace.  A moment later she was behind the Frenchman, examining his neck.  "Your cousin's soul?  You must forgive me, Herr Frenchman, I do not know every member of my court by the smell of their blood.  You must be more specific than that, if you intend to strike a bargain with me.  Tell me of your cousin.  Then we can determine such things as 'price.'"

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Amateratsu
 GM, 93 posts
Mon 21 Apr 2014
at 05:51
Re: In a Bleak Land Beyond the Eyes of Man
Gives a description "A girl of only 15 when she was shot, in a misunderstanding she was very pretty, she had red hair, and fair skin"

gives lenghty description


a few hours latter, the servants bring a dozen or so ghosts in he dismisses them one by one, sighingly despairingly then... his eyes pale


Looks at her and crys

"Marguitte" He says in recognition

she pauses

"Francais what brings you here you are still alive it is not your time."
she begs him he turns "I am ready to negotiate" He says in defeat.
Beautiful Dawn
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Mon 21 Apr 2014
at 05:58
Re: In a Bleak Land Beyond the Eyes of Man
The procession was interesting, but watching the man grow progressively more resigned and distraught was what truly made this exchange worthwhile to Ziska.  And then he saw her.  The change in Francais' face was remarkable... delicious, even.

"Mmm.  You're right, Francais, she is quite pretty."  The goddess took a moment to move around the ghost, taking in Marguitte's features in the process.  "Now then... you wish to negotiate for this woman's soul, believing her death unjust.  I would be willing to part with this pearl if you performed for me three tasks.  Does that sound acceptable, Francais?  Or shall I take your cousin into the depths of my Hamlet and enjoy her company?"
Amateratsu
 GM, 94 posts
Mon 21 Apr 2014
at 06:12
Re: In a Bleak Land Beyond the Eyes of Man
He sighs, she shakes her head seeming afraid for him and he looks to her like hes selling his soul to the devil

"I agree to your price
" He sighs
Beautiful Dawn
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Mon 21 Apr 2014
at 06:18
Re: In a Bleak Land Beyond the Eyes of Man
"You won't regret it," she lied, draping her arms over his shoulder and pressing her lips to his ear.  "Little Marguitte will be safe and sound, sitting alone and away from all those nasty other spirits who aren't even remotely related to you.  All you have to do is perform these three little tasks for me.  It'll barely make you break a sweat.  I'd do it myself, but you know how Fate can be -- sometimes we sweep people up when we least expect it.  Sometimes they even die for us, are martyred for us.  Say, how did Marguitte die again...?"

She slipped through the shadows again, and smiled from a seat in the audience.  "But what are the tasks!"  She appeared in a different seat.  "Tell us, tell us!"  And then back to her throne.  "Well, if you're really interested... I'll tell you the very first task now, and if you succeed, my door will be open for you, Francais.  The first task is really just a triffle, the simplest of all possible tasks.  You need to kill General Carruthers."
Amateratsu
 GM, 95 posts
Mon 21 Apr 2014
at 06:41
Re: In a Bleak Land Beyond the Eyes of Man
HE sighs

looks down then nods "It will be done" he says looking at the ghost of his cousin one last time and goes off.
Beautiful Dawn
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 Sometimes an assassin
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Mon 21 Apr 2014
at 06:44
Re: In a Bleak Land Beyond the Eyes of Man
Ziska draped an arm around Marguitte's shoulder.  "Let's get you comfortable.  A nice isolation cell.  You look like you have remarkable lungs... it would be a shame if he succeeded at all three tasks.  I would have enjoyed adding you to the chorus.  Alas..."  She motioned for her steward to see Francais off, before having one of her Einherjar take the shade off to one of the many rooms of perpetual brightness.
Amateratsu
 GM, 96 posts
Mon 21 Apr 2014
at 14:55
Re: In a Bleak Land Beyond the Eyes of Man
Shes nervous as shes taken off.

Her court all waits for beautiful Dawns actions attentively

She go to Earth to look for something to do, or...
Beautiful Dawn
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Mon 21 Apr 2014
at 15:03
Re: In a Bleak Land Beyond the Eyes of Man
"That concludes today's business.  I believe it's time to see whether or not we've conquered Europe."  She shifted her clothing again, returning to the more militaristic outfit she enjoyed.  Franziska motioned for her Einherjar to follow and made her way up to through the labyrinth.  She paused at some of the laboratories, checking on the inhabitants, the experiments, or the victims (depending on the room), and finally opened the door to the Hamlet itself.

Nodding to the supplicants milling about, she entered the Hall, crossed the room, and exited the Hamlet for the mortal plane.  The ascent was easy, despite the vast metaphysical distance between the Underworld and the mundane universe.  Just a step through a door, and she was there.

Ziska looked around, taking in her surroundings.  It was often important to determine where one was after exiting her sanctum.
Amateratsu
 GM, 97 posts
Mon 21 Apr 2014
at 17:04
Re: In a Bleak Land Beyond the Eyes of Man
Shes in a relatively prosperous neighbourhood hard to tell which country, but she sees all the prominent swastikas.

Its either in germany or occupied France, its a prosperous middle class neighbourhood, from the looks.
Beautiful Dawn
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 Sometimes an assassin
 Sometimes a doctor
Mon 21 Apr 2014
at 20:05
Re: In a Bleak Land Beyond the Eyes of Man
Ah good, I won't have to kill anyone quite yet.  She made her way down the street, her eyes absorbing the information being presented to her.  Would she need to speak in French?  In German?  It mattered not.

Ultimately, the Beautiful Dawn hoped not to have cause to make use of her powers.  Altering the rules of the world often cast a great net of Fate around those near her, and she already have enough of the buggers bound to her -- adding more would just be an egregious, unconscionable act of antipathy.

If at all possible, Ziska would make her way to a cafe or mead hall, somewhere she could interact with the locals.  She didn't necessarily want to interact with the locals, but it was part of her training, learning to suppress her own godhood and treat humans as humans, and not walking sides of meat.
Amateratsu
 GM, 98 posts
Tue 22 Apr 2014
at 18:25
Re: In a Bleak Land Beyond the Eyes of Man
After a bit she finds she is in France, She can hear the accent, she does find a cafeteria though, and sees the Nazi soldiers going around strutting confidently, and the people some seem to resent them.
Beautiful Dawn
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 Sometimes a doctor
Tue 22 Apr 2014
at 18:57
Re: In a Bleak Land Beyond the Eyes of Man
Franziska resisted the urge to condescend and narrow her eyes at the little creatures.  We're here to mend bridges, not burn them.  Well... not yet, anyways.  They don't understand the splendor of the Third Reich.  That's hardly their fault, they just need to be taught.  And that isn't our job.  Just mingle with the worthwhile mortals and leave the others.  She entered the cafeteria and nodded to the individuals within, moving to a waitress or server to get a mug of something vile and frothy.  It seemed to be all the rage.

With that, she moved to a corner table to sit alone and study the room.  Eavesdropping on the room wasn't too difficult for her senses, and she wanted to catalogue the conversations for further study.
Amateratsu
 GM, 101 posts
Sat 23 Aug 2014
at 01:36
Re: In a Bleak Land Beyond the Eyes of Man
well several conversations on the reich, long story short most DONT welcome it.