Chapter Four: The Final Empire.   Posted by The Empire.Group: 0
Zanne
 player, 271 posts
 Human Sorcerer
 R 9/9 HP 64/64
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 03:44
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"Amusing?" Zanne snorts. "Sure. I need to get a bunch of people to safety. I know it can be done... but I'm not sure how in this place."
Vander
 player, 336 posts
 AC-20, PD-21, MD-16
 HP-72/72, Recovery-8/8
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 15:11
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
In reply to The Empire (msg # 54):

"Yeah-we are not having an a good time here. We could use some help." Vander said, a little annoyed that their dire situation was mocked. Only he was allowed to do that...
The Empire
 GM, 838 posts
Sun 25 Mar 2018
at 12:34
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
The priestess looks thoughtful for a moment. Yes.. I suppose my knowledge and craft can direct your species' natural powers. I believe... yes, I can perform this spell with you, but at a cost. You must consume the mirror and free my soul to power the magic.
Zanne
 player, 272 posts
 Human Sorcerer
 R 9/9 HP 64/64
Tue 27 Mar 2018
at 21:33
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
Zanne glances around at the others but then shrugs. "Well, I don't see a lot of other options," she says, as much to them as the priestess. "If it means we can get these folks somewhere safe... sure, you got a deal. What do I have to do, just break the mirror or build a fire, or what?"
The Empire
 GM, 841 posts
Thu 5 Apr 2018
at 06:33
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
After some discussion and magical experimentation the priestess determines the maximum range of the teleportation and you figure out a suitable destination, somewhere that you have visited before and can visualise. You settle on Riverfall, a large trading town in the Giantstep Mountains close to the High Dock hills, around 100 miles Northwest of Axis.

Everyone gather together is a circle as close as you can...

Giving you a few days to react, otherwise you will be teleported at the weekend :)
The Empire
 GM, 842 posts
Mon 9 Apr 2018
at 10:22
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
The priestess taps into Zanne's racial power, vastly magnified by the destruction of the mirror. There is a surge of magic, a moment of bright light and universal transcendence, then your reappear on a snow-covered escarpment half a mile above the road leading to Riverfall. The wind is freezing and the villagers immediately begin to shiver with cold.

One of the villagers, a young malnourished woman, raises her gaze and looks around in wonder and satisfaction.

"At last!" She truns to Zanne, a wicked smile on her face, before disappearing in a flash of mana. Her last words linger in the frigid air.

"My thanks for the new body. Now if you will excuse me, I have important work to do"
Vander
 player, 337 posts
 AC-20, PD-21, MD-16
 HP-72/72, Recovery-8/8
Mon 9 Apr 2018
at 14:29
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
In reply to The Empire (msg # 60):

Vander moves to throw a dagger at the woman's neck...but she was already gone. "I really hate those scum!" He snarls, and kicks a clot of dirt.
Durum Stoneguard
 player, 206 posts
 Dwarf, Druid; AC 21
 HP: 80/80; Rec: 10/10
Tue 10 Apr 2018
at 22:36
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"Who, or what, did you just unleash upon my world?" Durum asks. "Try to remember this is likely your world now as well."
Zanne
 player, 273 posts
 Human Sorcerer
 R 9/9 HP 64/64
Wed 11 Apr 2018
at 00:34
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"DAMN IT!" Zanne shouts in frustration as Vander throws his dagger. She turns her temper on the dwarf. "I don't know what she is, and I didn't hear other plans! Now, let's get the rest out of the cold before we lose everyone and then you can continue to blame me for what happened!"
Vander
 player, 338 posts
 AC-20, PD-21, MD-16
 HP-72/72, Recovery-8/8
Wed 11 Apr 2018
at 18:40
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
In reply to Durum Stoneguard (msg # 62):

"Hey, Zanne just saved the lives of all these people!" Vander snapped at Durum. "If we did not exceed to that...things...demands, they may all well be dead! Not that we knew the thing could possess people!"
Durum Stoneguard
 player, 207 posts
 Dwarf, Druid; AC 21
 HP: 80/80; Rec: 10/10
Wed 11 Apr 2018
at 22:24
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
As Zanne and Vander turn on him with anger, Durum stands silently and listens to what they're saying. Once they finish, he nods to them slightly.

"I apologize," he says, his voice lower and more gravelly then normal. "Saving these people is important and the right thing to do, but.." he falls silent with a shrug.

He glances at the people who were saved. "We still need someplace safe for them."
Gilad Rott
 player, 378 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 72/72 Rec: 9/9
Mon 16 Apr 2018
at 19:16
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
Gilad grimaces as the priestess vanishes, musing over her final words. "I don't like the sound of that... still, we did what we had to." he idly strums his kantele, in tune with the howling wind, "Let's not dwell upon our erstwhile benefactress and her motives, when we've more pressing concerns..."

Peering down the slope towards Riverfall, the bard straightens his hat. "We'll catch our death out here, best make it into town. And best make sure we've got our story straight, wouldn't do to go about advertising we've slipped through another reality." he looks over his friends, and the shivering townsfolk. "Refugees, of course, but from a calamity that shan't arouse the local authorities' suspicions. Mayhaps an emerging hellhole, like the one we encountered with Master Stoneguard's counterpart. We can certainly recall the clockwork demons in detail... what do you think?"
Vander
 player, 339 posts
 AC-20, PD-21, MD-16
 HP-72/72, Recovery-8/8
Mon 23 Apr 2018
at 17:55
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"We don't need to lie, or go into explicit detail. We can let the many people Zanne just rescued give the truth to our story. So let's get them squared away and safe before anything else happens." Vander pointed out. "The fact they are here and need help should be the priority. The rest will sort itself out."
Zanne
 player, 274 posts
 Human Sorcerer
 R 9/9 HP 64/64
Mon 23 Apr 2018
at 21:14
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
Zanne gives a smile to Vander, clearly touched by his support. "I think our dwarf would know the best story," she points out to Gilad. "Being both a native and an expert in how things should be done."
Gilad Rott
 player, 379 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 72/72 Rec: 9/9
Tue 24 Apr 2018
at 05:16
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"Don't need to lie?" Gilad arches an eyebrow at Vander's declaration. "Careful, Zanne, you're making an honest man out of him!" the bard grins for a moment, but his smile fades as he considers their position. "I wish that were so, but if this realm is truly as far under the yoke of oppression as we're told, I fear we've no choice but to hold our tongues. Brooken lies in ruins, razed by the imperial army-- how do you think 'loyal' citizens of this empire will treat her refugees?"

"But you're right, our guide knows this land better than us." he answers Zanne, and gives the dwarf a nod. "Your counsel is welcome, of course, Master Stoneguard. For now, seems we've little time to spare, I suggest we get ourselves to Riverfall..."
Vander
 player, 340 posts
 AC-20, PD-21, MD-16
 HP-72/72, Recovery-8/8
Tue 24 Apr 2018
at 14:42
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
In reply to Gilad Rott (msg # 69):

"I am honest. She is honestly perfect in every way, expect her taste in men which I cannot understand-but am more than willing to take advantage of." He grinned at Zanne. "Having a place in mind for these people is the best plan I have heard yet. Let's get going to Riverfall."
Durum Stoneguard
 player, 208 posts
 Dwarf, Druid; AC 21
 HP: 80/80; Rec: 10/10
Wed 25 Apr 2018
at 03:23
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"Given that the Emperor ordered the slaughter of Brooken," Durum says slowly. "I wouldn't expect them to find safe haven in any of his cities. They are mostly likely believed to be dead, so if they don't draw attention to themselves and break up into smaller groups..." He falls silent with a shrug.

He looks directly at Zanne. "I don't know what to tell you. I wasn't expecting more than the four heroes. I don't want to see these people die, but people do die and many have already. Many more will die if we cannot stop the Emperor. I am a druid, but I'm more warrior that mage."
The Empire
 GM, 845 posts
Tue 1 May 2018
at 12:04
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
Moving fast to avoid the biting cold, you shepherd the villagers down the escarpment to the road leading to Riverfall, which comes into view as you round a high down. You remember the town fondly. It is set into a terraced hillside, and the river above is diverted into a hundred different streams, pools and waterfalls that crisscross the city, before rejoining the river to flow into the valley below. The water in the streams is warm from underground springs and an almost tropical haze of heat surrounds the town, creating a micro-climate where tropical lianas, palms and fruit grow trees grow in every courtyard and garden.

What you see before you, however, is a sad shadow of that charming town. By the look of it most the intricate waterworks have been demolished or damaged, and the town has been stripped bare of vegetation. The streets seem half empty; however a dozen Imperial guards stand outside the gate where your road ends, questioning the small line of peasants trying to enter...
Gilad Rott
 player, 380 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 72/72 Rec: 9/9
Wed 2 May 2018
at 18:50
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"By ourselves, I'd suggest finding another way to slip into town..." Gilad mutters, face falling as he sees the guards awaiting them up ahead. "But we've too many for that. We'll have to brave the front gate." he tugs his cloak closer around his chest.

Should none of his allies suggest otherwise, the bard leads the refugees towards the gate, holding out hope that between the enchantments of old Niftt's doublet and Gilad's own silver tongue, they might yet talk their way through...
Durum Stoneguard
 player, 209 posts
 Dwarf, Druid; AC 21
 HP: 80/80; Rec: 10/10
Thu 3 May 2018
at 02:39
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"If the guards recognize me, they'll try to kill me," Durum says flatly. "And likely everyone with me. I'll take down many of them in the process, but I have no illusions of immortality."

With a silent shrug, he follows Gilad toward the gates. As he walks, he hums quietly to himself. His bare feet sink slightly into the stone and earth of the packed roadway yet he leaves no more tracks than another traveler.
Vander
 player, 341 posts
 AC-20, PD-21, MD-16
 HP-72/72, Recovery-8/8
Thu 3 May 2018
at 14:31
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"I am very good and getting into and out of places. There may be a black market or underground method for getting inside." Vander pointed out. "If they have an underground stream, they might have underground passages as well."
Gilad Rott
 player, 381 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 72/72 Rec: 9/9
Thu 3 May 2018
at 17:30
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"Then I hope you've some means of staying unrecognized." the bard remarks, halting in his tracks as Durum brings up his own infamy. "Er... do you?"
Zanne
 player, 275 posts
 Human Sorcerer
 R 9/9 HP 64/64
Tue 8 May 2018
at 02:57
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"Well, how likely is that?" Zanne slows down a bit as she asks the dwarf. "Can we get by with a fake name, or is your picture posted at every gate?"
Durum Stoneguard
 player, 210 posts
 Dwarf, Druid; AC 21
 HP: 80/80; Rec: 10/10
Tue 8 May 2018
at 03:12
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
Durum pauses to consider the questions. As he ponders, a grey squirrel darts from the underbrush and climbs to his shoulder. Absentmindedly, he pulls an acorn from a pouch and hands it to the squirrel. As the happy creature darts away, Durum answers.

"I haven't stood in an arena in nearly twenty years. I look quite different since then, a fake name should be sufficient. But there is a chance my former fame will cause problems."

He frowns slightly, "If they search me," he adds as he lifts his shirt revealing a belt made of finest leather and studded with gemstones. "This might give me away. Do any of you have magic that could disguise it?"
The Empire
 GM, 847 posts
Thu 10 May 2018
at 11:16
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
You approach the gates, gaining some comfort from the fact that all of the peasants queuing have been admitted. Only as you are closer do you realise they are all showing some sort of glyphstone to the guard sergeant. Durum hasn't seen this before, but it's been a while since he entered an Imperial town.

Up close the guards look tired and out of sorts, although their armour and weapons are gleaming. The sargeant calls out as you approach. "Form an orderly queue and present your permissions!"