Chapter Four: The Final Empire.   Posted by The Empire.Group: 0
Zanne
 player, 263 posts
 Human Sorcerer
 R 9/9 HP 64/64
Thu 4 Jan 2018
at 22:27
Chapter Four: The Final Empire
Zanne starts awake. "Vander!" she notices him by her and visibly relaxes. "You're.. okay?" she asks softly.
Vander
 player, 324 posts
 AC-20, PD-21, MD-16
 HP-72/72, Recovery-8/8
Thu 4 Jan 2018
at 22:57
Chapter Four: The Final Empire
In reply to Zanne (msg # 5):

"Slight headache...oh, and a real tragedy-my tunic got all messy! Look, I won't be able to fix that!" He shook his head with mock despair.

"Are you ok?" He then said, sounding actually worried as he took her hand gently.
Gilad Rott
 player, 364 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 72/72 Rec: 9/9
Fri 5 Jan 2018
at 02:51
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
Shakru:
Steadying himself he looked at the others with a big grin on his face "so my soft and fragile friends we survived our adventure" and he roared with laughter


Gilad joins the orc with a hearty laugh of his own. "Yes... against all odds, we did." he smiles faintly. "How are you feeling now, my friend? You'd lost your bluster for a time there, under the Owner's spell..."

Stooping over to pick up his plumed hat, Gilad spies the glowing statuette resembling the Owner and halts in his tracks. "Vander... what became of our erstwhile host?" he calls, keeping his eyes on the curious sculpture.
Vander
 player, 325 posts
 AC-20, PD-21, MD-16
 HP-72/72, Recovery-8/8
Fri 5 Jan 2018
at 03:03
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
In reply to Gilad Rott (msg # 7):

"Ummmm....he had an accident. Fell on a dagger with his neck...7 or 8 times. And after I warned him not to move, too. Real bad luck, that. Not as bad as the people he used as human shields mind you..."
he growled that part.

"I apologize if that upsets you, Zanne." He said to her, touching her cheek and smiling.
Gilad Rott
 player, 365 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 72/72 Rec: 9/9
Fri 5 Jan 2018
at 05:02
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"I shan't shed any tears for him." the bard answers simply, not altogether surprised to hear of their foe's demise. After the sights they saw in Brooken, it'd be hard to argue the Owner deserved any better fate.

"But there's the matter of this trinket..." Gilad indicates the statuette. "Perhaps it holds some inkling of our foe's power, perhaps it holds something far worse." he shrugs. "Perhaps he just had ego enough to craft magic lights in his image. Care to take a look, Zanne?"

As he calls the sorceress over, Gilad continues to study the statuette, trying to recall anything familiar about the enchantments weaved around it...


Gilad Rott rolled 18 using 1d20+10 with rolls of 8. INT + Wandering Minstrel.
Zanne
 player, 264 posts
 Human Sorcerer
 R 9/9 HP 64/64
Fri 5 Jan 2018
at 10:29
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"We gave him at least 7 or 8 chances to do this some other way. You'll have to work harder to upset me." Zanne meets his eyes and smiles, covering his hand with hers.

She glances over at Gilad. "All right," she sighs. "But you tend to do better at this than me." As she speaks she rolls herself up and moves to study the figurine.

23:34, Today: Zanne rolled 17 using 1d20+9 with rolls of 8. Int+Sorc.
The Empire
 GM, 821 posts
Sat 6 Jan 2018
at 12:51
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
Neither Zanne nor Gilad gain any insight into the pulsing statuette, other than the obvious - this is a magical effect.
The Empire
 GM, 823 posts
Mon 8 Jan 2018
at 18:48
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
As you get to your feet you can see our through the shattered walls to the square. The burned and smoking ruins of Brooken lie beyond, with only blackened stone still standing. The square is strewn with scores of corpses, men women and children, none in uniform. Crows are picking over the bodies, which have been dead several days.

However, there is no doubt in your mind that you are in the real Brooken - what's left of it.
Vander
 player, 327 posts
 AC-20, PD-21, MD-16
 HP-72/72, Recovery-8/8
Mon 8 Jan 2018
at 19:08
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
Vander grips Zanne's hand a little tighter seeing the carnage. His face goes pale and he grinds his teeth. "We...we..." words monetarily escape him as the smell wafts over them all.

He gets clean cloth from his pack,  tearing it in half. He makes a rough filter for the nose and mouth, putting it on Zanne first. Then he uses the other half of the cloth for himself.

"We need to burn those bodies. " He finally says. Half choking, but weather from smell or despair he could not say.
The Empire
 GM, 824 posts
Mon 8 Jan 2018
at 19:09
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
Also don't forget the still-sleeping villagers you rescued.
Zanne
 player, 266 posts
 Human Sorcerer
 R 9/9 HP 64/64
Wed 10 Jan 2018
at 01:52
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"Leave it alone for now," Zanne suggests to Gilad. "If that's him, let's hope he's trapped, and if it's a relative, I don't want to start this all over again just yet."

Her face darkens as she notices the carnage and nods gratefully to Vander for his aid. "At least get them out of sight before the others wake up," she agrees. "Too many of them are going to have loved ones among the dead."

Looking around she adds "Where's Sigmund? I'd expect him to already be digging graves."
Gilad Rott
 player, 367 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 72/72 Rec: 9/9
Wed 10 Jan 2018
at 23:04
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
Unable to make head or tails of the statuette, Gilad nods at Zanne's suggestion. Getting to his feet, the bard's face falls as he gets a clearer look at the desolation surrounding them. "Yes... this man and his art has caused enough harm already..."

But as he begins to take a step away from the statuette, the bard hears something from the pommel gem of the dancing blade...


A certain new item's making an INT check to weigh in on what the statuette is!

Gilad Rott rolled 27 using 1d20+15 with rolls of 12.  Sword Know-It-All INT check.
Gilad Rott rolled 17 using 1d20 with rolls of 17.  Recharge.

The Empire
 GM, 825 posts
Thu 11 Jan 2018
at 08:58
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
The gem speaks in a fussy, self-satisfied voice that you all hear in your head.

Ahem! Clearly the item in question is a speaking stone; you can communicate with whoever holds its counterpart. Just hold the stone to activate the spell. Turning to more salient matters, I seem to be missing a body. Please find me a suitable blade post-haste, one commensurate with my standing.
Gilad Rott
 player, 368 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 72/72 Rec: 9/9
Fri 12 Jan 2018
at 01:05
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
Gilad blinks, caught off guard for a moment by the unexpected input from his new trinket. "Well... much obliged." the bard says at last, smiling faintly. "I think I've got a fine abode in mind for you..." he continues, patting his sabre. His brow furrowing inquisitively, Gilad holds the gem against the base of his sword's hilt, half-expecting it to fuse itself into the pommel. If such sorcery is beyond its abilities, alas, the bard resolves to find a craftsman to attach them through more conventional means.

Turning his attention back to the statuette, Gilad ponders who-- or what-- the Owner has been speaking with through this stone. Zanne's probably right, meddling with this could well be an invitation to more trouble, but Gilad's never been one to pass on a mystery. The bard reaches down and picks up the speaking stone...
Vander
 player, 328 posts
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 HP-72/72, Recovery-8/8
Fri 12 Jan 2018
at 03:20
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
Vander looked back at the sleeping townsfolk. Then he held Zanne's hand.  He then headed over to the many, many bodies and proceeded to start to lay them in rows. Zanne could burn them later,  after they where ID'd. Of course, that would Be after the sleeper awoke and faced this horror.

After laying out his third child, next to someone who may or may not be a parent, Vander needed a break. He actually raised the mask and threw up a bit. Then he stabbed the ground for no sensible reason. Then he wiped his eyes and got back to work.

He made sure Zanne did NOT do this work with him...he would not allow it. She could deal with the magic talking rock...or whatever. He would spare her this, even if he wished someone would spare him this. However, it needed doing.
Shakru
 player, 290 posts
 Half-orc barbarian
 Hits 45 / 38 rec: 5/4
Mon 15 Jan 2018
at 10:13
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
Shakru watched the little man starting to move the bodies and laid his axe against the ruins and stepped out after him.

With just a nod the half orc lifted a body as gently as possible on each shoulder and moved them to where Vander was arranging them.

When it came to the children the huge barbarian lifted them gently into his arms and cradled them as he carried them to their final resting place.

He continued like this until the work was done
The Empire
 GM, 827 posts
Sun 21 Jan 2018
at 14:17
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
As soon Gilad touches the statue it flares with a white light before becoming animate, turning to look at Gilad with somehow shrewd eyes. A tinny voice sounds out.

So you are awake at last. Excellent. I am known as the Third Arbitrator and I have been assigned as you judge for the murder of one of our kind, known to you as the Owner. The sentence of death has already been passed, but I am empowered to suspend the sentence indefinitely if you help us unwind a little local difficulty that, in a real sense, is your fault anyway. You see, unlike yourselves, Sigmund had the strength of will to look into the mulitverse. He sought out his heart's desire, a reality where he ruled over an unchallenged Empire. He experienced his whole path to power, a series of improbably victories, alliances and betrayals leading to Sigmund as the supreme leader of the world. But as he followed events, your Sigmund connected with the Sigmund that walked this path in reality. Not, like him, a moral man steeped in honour and nobility, but an unwanted bastard raised by a bitter uncle who wanted nothing more to use him as a proxy to the throne. This Sigmund has consumed the spirit of your friend, but retains his knowledge of events. Sigmund has butchered his way to power, and his perfect foresight leaves all of his enemies ploys in the dust. The only ones than can stop him are you for you , like Sigmund, are not wholly bound to this reality.

Would make sense if those going to bury the bodies stopped and listed to this exchange first I think.
Vander
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 AC-20, PD-21, MD-16
 HP-72/72, Recovery-8/8
Sun 21 Jan 2018
at 17:03
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
In reply to The Empire (msg # 21):

Vander stopped and listened to the voice with horror and rage. "Our fault!? This piece of crap was enslaving people and using them as human shields! You hand out judgement, and you don't take his actions into account!?" He wanted to stab the voice,  but that was silly.
Shakru
 player, 291 posts
 Half-orc barbarian
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Sun 21 Jan 2018
at 19:46
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
Shakru barked a laugh "they are all the same these beings, they are just annoyed that we killed one of their own..."

He looked at the statue with discussed on his face "but if our friend is in danger then we must do all we can to help"
Gilad Rott
 player, 369 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 72/72 Rec: 9/9
Mon 22 Jan 2018
at 02:22
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"Conquered an empire for himself while we were out napping? Sigmund always was a go-getter." the bard attempts a quip, but his tone falls flat, his face lined with obvious concern for their comrade.

"If what you say is true," Gilad addresses the Arbitrator, taking a deep breath, "we accept your terms. We've not a high opinion of your 'law', but we owe it to Sigmund to undo whatever evil's twisted his mind. But answer me this: You're not of our world, why does it concern you who rules these lands?"
Vander
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 HP-72/72, Recovery-8/8
Mon 22 Jan 2018
at 15:53
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
In reply to Gilad Rott (msg # 24):

"It's a trick!" Vander said to Gilad. "These...things are liars! They won't honor any promise they make! Best to fight them now while we still can!"
The Empire
 GM, 828 posts
Wed 24 Jan 2018
at 06:56
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
The statue contrives to look a little shamefaced as it answers Gilad. We also have rules we must abide by. The sequence of events around your exit from the demi-plane has caused a potential reality to become active in the local node, and may even form the dominant braid. Which nobody wants. Besides, totalitarian empires are always bad for business.
Zanne
 player, 267 posts
 Human Sorcerer
 R 9/9 HP 64/64
Wed 24 Jan 2018
at 23:23
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"Our fault," Zanne snorts. "Like we didn't give him enough chances to survive. If that's what you call guilty, it's just another reason to ignore judges and their "law". But..." she sighs. "Vander. Leaving the stupid talking rock out of it- it's Sigmund. We can't just abandon His Royal Highness, even to himself. We owe him that much. Besides-" she gives him a crooked grin "Royal reward, remember?"
Vander
 player, 331 posts
 AC-20, PD-21, MD-16
 HP-72/72, Recovery-8/8
Wed 24 Jan 2018
at 23:43
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
In reply to Zanne (msg # 27):

Vander looked like he wanted to stab the talking stone...as if that would do any good. However, Zanne made his anger melt away, and he grinned back at her. "If I get one evening of dinner and dancing with you, it's reward enough." He kissed her hand, and glared at the statue.
Gilad Rott
 player, 370 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 72/72 Rec: 9/9
Thu 25 Jan 2018
at 07:20
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"What a shame, I hope we haven't inconvenienced you too terribly." Gilad smirks as he answers the Arbitrator, amused by their judge's discomfort. "Of course, since it's in your best interests to see this matter resolved as expeditiously as possible, I'm sure you have all manner of aid and assistance ready to shower upon us, don't you?" he winks. "We'd even be willing to accept your generous offer, provided there are no strings-- or braids, in your case-- attached."