The Destroyer.   Posted by The Marshall.Group: 0
Peter Firecrow
 player, 290 posts
 Not that kind of Indian
 Wanna buy a gun?
Wed 3 Apr 2013
at 13:58
Re: The Destroyer
Peter's eyebrows shot up and he stood stock-still as the talk of possibly resurrecting someone came up. He hadn't realized that was actually possible outside of the Bible and some resuscitation by medical personnel back in the day. He waited in silence as they retrieved the corpse and then continued to watch in amazement as it was performed...and worked!

He shook his head in wonderment. "That...is the craziest thing I have seen in a long time. And that is saying something. But this was a good thing as opposed to most of he others."

Then Rowan and the martial artist's daughter began talking. He couldn't help but chuckle quietly, "That sounded like something they said in that old set of movies, Star Force or something."
The Marshall
 GM, 1492 posts
 aka "helbent4"
 aka Tony
Fri 5 Apr 2013
at 04:28
Re: The Destroyer
Along with Kayla, the other Mountie helped Sullivan up. Kayla said, "he's going to need to rest at bit. And heal."

"Ohhh... man, what happened? Great to see you all. I remember going down. Then nothing. Must have been out for a while, eh?"
Kayla and Cpl. Beaujolais moved him to a quiet part of the hall, out of the way.

While this fascinating scene was going on, Trejo drew Simon aside and talked with him, quietly.

Coming over, Simon then shook hands all around. He thanked the posse for their deeds. "That was a brave thing you did. I'd like to make everyone who wants a Companion of the order. Kind of like a friend of the Templars. The medical plan is decent but there's no dental. You all get a badge, if you want it, so other Templars will know you're a friend."

"As for Jason, I hear he slew Modeen himself! Not bad for a Squire. I think you've earned your wings, time for a promotion."
He drew his sword.

"Kneel down. This is the short version of the ceremony."

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:14, Fri 05 Apr 2013.

Jason Sinclair
 player, 183 posts
 Texas Ranger
 Squire
Fri 5 Apr 2013
at 05:21
Re: The Destroyer
   Jason kneels before the Grandmaster. He is silent and quite thoughtful. For a man who has worked for this moment for a bit now you might think he is almost sad.
The Marshall
 GM, 1493 posts
 aka "helbent4"
 aka Tony
Fri 5 Apr 2013
at 06:40
Re: The Destroyer
In reply to Jason Sinclair (msg # 861):

As per tradition, Trejo moved up to stand behind Jason on his left. Simon continued. "This is the short version of the ceremony. Normally you'd get a day to prepare, learn the deeds of the Templar who's sword you will be receiving. There would be pomp and ceremony. Cake and cookies after. But we've got bigger fish to fry, so I'm dispensing with that.

"Templar Trejo mentioned that you have already laid hands upon someone to heal them. This is extraordinary. But then, we live in times that are far from normal. Perhaps the saints are already working through you, I have no special insight on this now.

"Now I ask you, Jason Sullivan Sinclair, to swear to uphold the Vow of Poverty. Templars are the righteous fists of the new world. It is our duty to cleanse the land by might, and by example. With our might, we destroy the foul things of this earth, both human and otherwise. By our example, we show others that terror must not be tolerated. The destroyers of peace must be fought, and only those who are willing to partake in this battle shall enjoy the leadership of the Templars. One cannot battle evil with might if he is intent only on gathering material things. Neither can a proper example be set for those others who join our fight against evil. For these reasons we shun material things."

"We shun wealth. We shun greed. We shun gathering more than a person needs to survive and to fight. Do you, Jason Sinclair, swear this vow of poverty?"



"Ours is a pious order. Those who join our ranks have proven themselves to other brothers and sisters. They have weathered the storm of evil and triumphed. And they have made great sacrifices.

"For those sacrifices, we are rewarded with Holy strength. We ask not where these powers come from, and we do not worship its source. But we do praise and remember the men and women who fought the powers of darkness before our time. These are the Saints, and we owe them for their struggles against the darkness."

"Do you, Jason Sullivan Sinclair, swear to uphold the virtues of the Saints?"



"Despite the divine presence in our lives, occasionally even Templars must fall from grace. Some become disillusioned, falling prey to the sometimes overwhelming power of evil in this world. Some are wily tricksters to begin with, and somehow manage to fool their mentors, and even the Grand Master. Such is the power of evil in this age.

"When Templars embrace the darkness, when they break the Vow of Poverty, when they shelter the undeserving, when they fail to protect the righteous, when they prove themselves beyond redemption, it is our sad duty to cleanse their memories in blood. Traitors are to be slain and their bodies left to the scavengers. Their swords are to be returned here, to this Hall of Heroes, and cleansed of their taint by the Grand Master.

"Should you encounter such a traitor in your wanderings, Jason Sinclair, it is your duty to slay him or her. Know too that should you turn from the path of virtue, your brothers and sisters will hunt you down as well.

Do you, Jason Sullivan Sinclair, swear this Oath of Blood?"



"Our deeds are the stuff of legend, but that is not why we perform them. We do not struggle merely to have our names hallowed until the end of time. Yet we pay homage to those who have gone before by remembering their names and their deeds.

"Jason Sullivan Sinclair, you are to be given the sword of Templar Muhammad "Chance" Ka'im Basara. Honour his memory."


From behind Jason, Trejo stepped forward and presented to him the ancient broadsword that the Posse recovered from the Cathedral of Bone within Wichita's Ghost storm. It belonged to the Templar that that had tried to defeat the Anti-Bishop, and failed. They had wrested it from the servant of Evil known as the Anti-Bishop.

"You'd tell Chance's story here, but we can get to that later."

Using his left hand, Simon presented Jason with the white tabard that was folded over his sword arm. He continued, "This is the sword of Muhammad "Chance" Ka'im Basara. It is my honor to bestow it unto you, Jason Sullivan Sinclair. May you do service to its memory.

"I also present to you this tabard. The mark upon it is the Maltese Cross, an ancient symbol of our order. You will not worship it, and you will not use it for personal gain. You will wear it as a sign that you are one of the leaders of the new world. One of the few who will punish the wicked and protect the good so that the future of all humanity will not end this way again.

"There is no greater challenge in this ruined world than joining our order. You will endure many hardships. You will sacrifice all for the good of many. You will turn your back on the unworthy. And you will most likely suffer a painful death for your efforts.

"But know that it is the sacrifice of heroes that will build a new world, one in which men and women are free from the oppression and horror of the present and the bleak omens of the future."


Finally, he gripped his sword in both hands and tapped Jason on one shoulder, then the other.

"Arise and turn and face your comrades, Jason Sullivan Sinclair. For you are now a Templar."

This message was last edited by the GM at 08:19, Fri 05 Apr 2013.

Roadkill
 player, 635 posts
 Road Warrior
 former Road Ganger
Fri 5 Apr 2013
at 12:16
Re: The Destroyer
In reply to The Marshall (msg # 862):

Listening and watching what the templar guys were doing, Roadkill was actually a bit "wowed" by it all for about 10 seconds. Sure it sounded fancy and all but way over the top for a dude that drives a truck. He looks at Goose and and raises his eyebrows as he rolls his eyes and then quietly says to Smoker.

"This is why I only drive a rig. Interesting though."
Rowan Dawson
 player, 844 posts
 Medic
 Story-Teller
Fri 5 Apr 2013
at 12:43
Re: The Destroyer
Roadkill:
In reply to The Marshall (msg # 862):

Listening and watching what the templar guys were doing, Roadkill was actually a bit "wowed" by it all for about 10 seconds. Sure it sounded fancy and all but way over the top for a dude that drives a truck. He looks at Goose and and raises his eyebrows as he rolls his eyes and then quietly says to Smoker.

"This is why I only drive a rig. Interesting though."

Rowan Watches and thinks impresive but it is aimed at them selves.
And they have not built the centre nor held it, others had to do that for them.
She is not sure where the templars are going but they pay a high price for the journey
Smoker Nix
 player, 425 posts
 Scavenger & Tech
 Truck Crew
Fri 5 Apr 2013
at 14:11
Re: The Destroyer
Smoker too watched the ceremony a bit wide-eyed.

"Guess that's why I fix things, not fight 'em."
Jason Sinclair
 player, 184 posts
 Texas Ranger
 Squire
Fri 5 Apr 2013
at 14:50
Re: The Destroyer
The Marshall:
In reply to Jason Sinclair (msg # 861):

As per tradition, Trejo moved up to stand behind Jason on his left. Simon continued. "This is the short version of the ceremony. Normally you'd get a day to prepare, learn the deeds of the Templar who's sword you will be receiving. There would be pomp and ceremony. Cake and cookies after. But we've got bigger fish to fry, so I'm dispensing with that.

"Templar Trejo mentioned that you have already laid hands upon someone to heal them. This is extraordinary. But then, we live in times that are far from normal. Perhaps the saints are already working through you, I have no special insight on this now.

"Now I ask you, Jason Sullivan Sinclair, to swear to uphold the Vow of Poverty. Templars are the righteous fists of the new world. It is our duty to cleanse the land by might, and by example. With our might, we destroy the foul things of this earth, both human and otherwise. By our example, we show others that terror must not be tolerated. The destroyers of peace must be fought, and only those who are willing to partake in this battle shall enjoy the leadership of the Templars. One cannot battle evil with might if he is intent only on gathering material things. Neither can a proper example be set for those others who join our fight against evil. For these reasons we shun material things."

"We shun wealth. We shun greed. We shun gathering more than a person needs to survive and to fight. Do you, Jason Sinclair, swear this vow of poverty?"


"Yes, Grandmaster I do."

"Ours is a pious order. Those who join our ranks have proven themselves to other brothers and sisters. They have weathered the storm of evil and triumphed. And they have made great sacrifices.

"For those sacrifices, we are rewarded with Holy strength. We ask not where these powers come from, and we do not worship its source. But we do praise and remember the men and women who fought the powers of darkness before our time. These are the Saints, and we owe them for their struggles against the darkness."

"Do you, Jason Sullivan Sinclair, swear to uphold the virtues of the Saints?"


"To do any less would make their sacrifices pointless."

"Despite the divine presence in our lives, occasionally even Templars must fall from grace. Some become disillusioned, falling prey to the sometimes overwhelming power of evil in this world. Some are wily tricksters to begin with, and somehow manage to fool their mentors, and even the Grand Master. Such is the power of evil in this age.

"When Templars embrace the darkness, when they break the Vow of Poverty, when they shelter the undeserving, when they fail to protect the righteous, when they prove themselves beyond redemption, it is our sad duty to cleanse their memories in blood. Traitors are to be slain and their bodies left to the scavengers. Their swords are to be returned here, to this Hall of Heroes, and cleansed of their taint by the Grand Master.

"Should you encounter such a traitor in your wanderings, Jason Sinclair, it is your duty to slay him or her. Know too that should you turn from the path of virtue, your brothers and sisters will hunt you down as well.

Do you, Jason Sullivan Sinclair, swear this Oath of Blood?"


"I will Grandmaster. As I did to Modeen I will do to all."

"Our deeds are the stuff of legend, but that is not why we perform them. We do not struggle merely to have our names hallowed until the end of time. Yet we pay homage to those who have gone before by remembering their names and their deeds.

"Jason Sullivan Sinclair, you are to be given the sword of Templar Muhammad "Chance" Ka'im Basara. Honour his memory."


From behind Jason, Trejo stepped forward and presented to him the ancient broadsword that the Posse recovered from the Cathedral of Bone within Wichita's Ghost storm. It belonged to the Templar that that had tried to defeat the Anti-Bishop, and failed. They had wrested it from the servant of Evil known as the Anti-Bishop.

"You'd tell Chance's story here, but we can get to that later."

Using his left hand, Simon presented Jason with the white tabard that was folded over his sword arm. He continued, "This is the sword of Muhammad "Chance" Ka'im Basara. It is my honor to bestow it unto you, Jason Sullivan Sinclair. May you do service to its memory.

"I also present to you this tabard. The mark upon it is the Maltese Cross, an ancient symbol of our order. You will not worship it, and you will not use it for personal gain. You will wear it as a sign that you are one of the leaders of the new world. One of the few who will punish the wicked and protect the good so that the future of all humanity will not end this way again.

"There is no greater challenge in this ruined world than joining our order. You will endure many hardships. You will sacrifice all for the good of many. You will turn your back on the unworthy. And you will most likely suffer a painful death for your efforts.

"But know that it is the sacrifice of heroes that will build a new world, one in which men and women are free from the oppression and horror of the present and the bleak omens of the future."


Finally, he gripped his sword in both hands and tapped Jason on one shoulder, then the other.

"Arise and turn and face your comrades, Jason Sullivan Sinclair. For you are now a Templar."


"Well guys I guess this calls for some level of celebration."
Jane Guin
 player, 309 posts
 Renegade Black Hat
 Former USAF Pilot
Fri 5 Apr 2013
at 15:07
Re: The Destroyer
Jane watched went on but didn't say anything.  It wasn't her place to say something.  It was both a curse and a blessing that was about to be given.  Was it earned?  Yeah, Jason had earned the honor but then with it came great responsibility and only Jason could say if he was ready for that.  Of course there was that internal fight to forever see yourself as being worthy and if you DID manage to see yourself as being worthy, was that a sin by itself?  Was that meaning you were no longer worthy and had crossed the line?

Jane wished Jason the best of luck with all that he was about to embark upon.  Life was hard enough for the normal person let alone somebody who was so blessed like the Templars and Rowan.  No, she was glad that she was a simple girl who was taking it one day at a time.

She smiled over at Jason and nodded.  "I couldn't hear you say that you accepted such a responsibility but since you say it's cause for celebration that mean you do?  I still call you Jason or does the new outfit come with a new name that I have to learn."
Jason Sinclair
 player, 186 posts
 Texas Ranger
 Squire
Fri 5 Apr 2013
at 15:30
Re: The Destroyer
  "Nope still Jason or Ranger or just about anything reasonable. Hey you works in a pinch."
The Marshall
 GM, 1495 posts
 aka "helbent4"
 aka Tony
Mon 8 Apr 2013
at 08:27
Re: The Destroyer
In reply to Jason Sinclair (msg # 869):

The four other Templars that had remained in Boise swarmed around Jason, congratulating him. There was Walt Stilson and James Kaiser, experienced Templars who were going to form the cadre of the local defence (along with Tech. Sgt. Crichton, the Junker). Plus two newer Templars were there: Denis Carlton (Knight of the Round Table wanna-be, with long blond hair and a broadsword) and Winnie Franklin (intense, Katana on one hip and .357 on the other). Jason's new companions were happy for him, either slapping him on the back or hugging him.

Simon handed the badges of the Companions (white armbands with black Maltese Cross) to any that wanted them. "The few people remaining that respect the Templars will help you out. Or at least give you a break. Call it the Templar's discount."
Smoker Nix
 player, 426 posts
 Scavenger & Tech
 Truck Crew
Mon 8 Apr 2013
at 08:52
Re: The Destroyer
Smoker will accept one of the armbands if offered. You never know when such things might come in handy!
Simon
 NPC, 1 post
 Head Templar
Mon 8 Apr 2013
at 09:06
Re: The Destroyer
In reply to Smoker Nix (msg # 871):

"Wear it wisely, and remember, I and all the Templars are in your debt."
Jane Guin
 player, 313 posts
 Renegade Black Hat
 Former USAF Pilot
Mon 8 Apr 2013
at 13:59
Re: The Destroyer
In reply to Simon (msg # 872):


Jane walked over to get an armband if they would give her one.  It might come in handy and she really did believe in trying to cover all contingencies.  If given one, she'll look at the person and shrug if they mention about being in debt.  "Just doing what I could at the time I could do it."
Roadkill
 player, 636 posts
 Road Warrior
 former Road Ganger
Mon 8 Apr 2013
at 14:51
Re: The Destroyer
In reply to Jane Guin (msg # 873):

Not really sure why he would ever want an armband of a cross, Roadkill didn't go and get one, after all, it seems everyone else has them so no need. Of course if handed one he wouldn't turn it down. That would just be disrespectful and as everyone knows, Roadkill is accepting and respectful of all, even animals and woman.
Smoker Nix
 player, 427 posts
 Scavenger & Tech
 Truck Crew
Mon 8 Apr 2013
at 16:18
Re: The Destroyer
"Thank you," said Smoker. He put the armband on, for the time being at least. When in amongst the Templars it did no harm to display affiliation. Later... well, maybe it might live in a pocket and get pulled out when advantageous.
Rowan Dawson
 player, 852 posts
 Medic
 Story-Teller
Mon 8 Apr 2013
at 18:07
Re: The Destroyer
The Marshall:
In reply to Jason Sinclair (msg # 869):

Simon handed the badges of the Companions (white armbands with black Maltese Cross) to any that wanted them. "The few people remaining that respect the Templars will help you out. Or at least give you a break. Call it the Templar's discount."


rowan
"I think sir out there in the wilds you have respect, of more people than you realise."
"But if I may look to your centre as well as out there."
"I will carry the band with thanks in memmory of those templar friends I have lost".
Peter Firecrow
 player, 291 posts
 Not that kind of Indian
 Wanna buy a gun?
Wed 10 Apr 2013
at 01:56
Re: The Destroyer
Peter wanted a cigarette. The ceremony was making him itch. It was starting to remind him of the Old Wayers of the Indian Nations. He didn't go in for that stuff. He was a Ravenite. Modern technology not mumbo jumbo. Truthfully, he wasn't even very comfortable around Rowan let along the Templars.

But the Wasted West didn't care what you liked or what you believed in. It made for strange bedfellows and for stranger shit.

He hesitated and then reluctantly took an armband, but tucked it away instead of putting it on. He thought it might have more chances to get him killed than it did to help him along, but he kept that to himself. Let the others celebrate and have a good day for once.
Roadkill
 player, 637 posts
 Road Warrior
 former Road Ganger
Wed 10 Apr 2013
at 03:23
Re: The Destroyer
In reply to Peter Firecrow (msg # 877):

Noticing Peter's clear and similar response to the whole thing.

"Hey that was all interesting. I'm just going to wait outside for a bit. I got a feeling you have all got more religious stuff to talk about amounst yourselves."

Roadkill walks off and takes out his tobacco. Yeah he should get some more he think.
The Marshall
 GM, 1496 posts
 aka "helbent4"
 aka Tony
Fri 12 Apr 2013
at 21:18
Re: The Destroyer
Everyone was given a badge and inducted into the Companions unless they refused. This included Schaeffer. There was no ceremony, but there was cake. Just kidding, no cake!

The non-Templars or Companions were ushered out of the Hall at Simon's command.

Outside, Goose came and got everyone having a smoke.

"Come on back inside, folks. There was a real reason for dragging your asses back here."
Rowan Dawson
 player, 853 posts
 Medic
 Story-Teller
Fri 12 Apr 2013
at 22:30
Re: The Destroyer
The Marshall:
Everyone was given a badge and inducted into the Companions unless they refused. This included Schaeffer. There was no ceremony, but there was cake. Just kidding, no cake!

The non-Templars or Companions were ushered out of the Hall at Simon's command.

Outside, Goose came and got everyone having a smoke.

"Come on back inside, folks. There was a real reason for dragging your asses back here."

 Rowan walks back in with Shaefer and Trickster
Jane Guin
 player, 314 posts
 Renegade Black Hat
 Former USAF Pilot
Sat 13 Apr 2013
at 02:20
Re: The Destroyer
Janes arched an eyebrow but followed the others in.  It looked like it was time to get back to business.
Peter Firecrow
 player, 292 posts
 Not that kind of Indian
 Wanna buy a gun?
Sat 13 Apr 2013
at 04:23
Re: The Destroyer
Peter looked at the half-smoked cigarette in his hand and then back at Goose. After a moment, he rolled his eyes and sighed softly, but he put the cigarette out gently and carefully stowed it away. Then he made his way back inside to hear the rest of what God's Gifts wanted to say.
Roadkill
 player, 638 posts
 Road Warrior
 former Road Ganger
Sat 13 Apr 2013
at 04:39
Re: The Destroyer
In reply to Jane Guin (msg # 881):

Goose brings all back inside

"Oh really, that stuff took a long time"

Roadkill follows them in.

"Just needed a break"
Goose
Sat 13 Apr 2013
at 10:57
Re: The Destroyer
In reply to Roadkill (msg # 883):

"You know how it is. No rest for the Wicked." He smiled and glanced at Peter.

"It's a courier job. Just your speed. Don't worry, we'll get your truck back to you before you get moving."