Temple Hill.   Posted by Narrator.Group: 0
Narrator
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Sat 12 Oct 2019
at 04:48
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Urrun (msg # 164):

There is a faint scent of corruption lurking beneath the smell of the flowers. The statue, which also has painted carved stone flowers, is also garlands, and the altar is covered with flowers, and surrounded by 5hem.
Urrun
 player, 236 posts
Sat 12 Oct 2019
at 18:08
Re: Temple Hill
Urrun wrinkles his nose at the scent of corruption and backs out ... Stinks of bad in there covered with flowers.
Hograth Podkarmen
 player, 382 posts
 Holy Dwarven Warrior
 Of Hades, Get it Right!
Tue 15 Oct 2019
at 00:52
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Urrun (msg # 166):

Hograth will try to pinpoint the source of the corruption smell.
Narrator
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Tue 15 Oct 2019
at 20:46
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Hograth Podkarmen (msg # 167):

There are layers and layers of flowers here, the sickly odor of rot may be coming from them... or beneath them.

Search/ per-4 rolls unless just hauling them out of the room... then flat per+1
Hograth Podkarmen
 player, 383 posts
 Holy Dwarven Warrior
 Of Hades, Get it Right!
Tue 15 Oct 2019
at 22:20
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Narrator (msg # 168):

Hograth will start by looking under the flowers, removing them only if unsuccessful.
Goran the Marked
 player, 181 posts
 Priest of Hors
Tue 15 Oct 2019
at 22:20
Re: Temple Hill
OOC Goran is performing his exorcism until you tell me otherwise.
Narrator
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Tue 15 Oct 2019
at 23:36
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Goran the Marked (msg # 170):

Exorcism complete, all in floral room.
Urrun
 player, 237 posts
Wed 16 Oct 2019
at 04:40
Re: Temple Hill
Urrun uses his nose and other senses to point at what he thinks is the source
Narrator
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Wed 16 Oct 2019
at 13:30
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Urrun (msg # 172):

The layers of flowers conceal rot, some of which may not be vegetal in nature. There is old blood here.
Urrun
 player, 238 posts
Wed 16 Oct 2019
at 18:21
Re: Temple Hill
Urrun will point it out.
Hograth Podkarmen
 player, 384 posts
 Holy Dwarven Warrior
 Of Hades, Get it Right!
Thu 17 Oct 2019
at 03:01
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Narrator (msg # 173):

"This shrine has clearly been corrupted. It will need cleaning and resanctification."
Narrator
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Fri 18 Oct 2019
at 16:32
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Hograth Podkarmen (msg # 175):

That is probably likely. Are you investigating further?
Goran the Marked
 player, 182 posts
 Priest of Hors
Fri 18 Oct 2019
at 23:26
Re: Temple Hill
"Perhaps you would assist me in removing the tainted items?  I intend to create a burial pyre for the dead out there, as befits a Shevnian funeral.  Could we not use whatever is tainted in here to assist with the fire, or throw it on after the bodies have burned to cleanse it?"

OOC fire cleans everything.  No way something like that could be corrupted by old blood or evil...  And by this I mean he's confident and perhaps blind to the alternative.
Urrun
 player, 239 posts
Sat 19 Oct 2019
at 03:09
Re: Temple Hill
Urrun takes a step back and gently shakes his head.
Goran the Marked
 player, 183 posts
 Priest of Hors
Mon 21 Oct 2019
at 15:37
Re: Temple Hill
Goran is surprised at this reaction, as he didn't expect the reaction from Urrun.  However, instead of asking his fellow adventurer a question out loud, he instead gives him a quizzical look.  As his eyebrow arches up in a questioning eye gesture, he feels it pull on his facial scar a bit uncomfortably.
Urrun
 player, 240 posts
Mon 21 Oct 2019
at 15:54
Re: Temple Hill
The look on airtime face is inscrutable. , So you send ashes to the next life? Think this is good?
Goran the Marked
 player, 184 posts
 Priest of Hors
Tue 22 Oct 2019
at 14:26
Re: Temple Hill
Goran is taken aback by Urrun's question, but he answers it straight, assuming that the dog-man does not understand how the Shevnian religion works.

"We believe that the spirit of a person leaves his body at death.  The body is left behind, and it is our responsibility to cleanse what is left and return it to the earth, using fire.  The ashes left behind fertilize the soil, and give us the means to sustain ourselves as we move forward with our lives.

Those left behind can celebrate the lives of the dead with a beautiful bonfire.  The dancing flames will keep them warm, and they can celebrate the memories of their loved ones while they watch them leave this world.  It's a wonderful ceremony, full of sorrow but done with much love.  I find that it draws families and friends together, to build the bonds that link them over their lifetime.

Is this not how you do things...?"


OOC Not sure what the tenants of the Shevnian religion are so I went with what made sense.  If incorrect, please let me know.
Urrun
 player, 241 posts
Tue 22 Oct 2019
at 17:48
Re: Temple Hill
Urrun shakes his head violently ... NO, put dead on,  umm,   high table with gifts and ceremony. Then leave, spirit travels away, animals take some sometimes if spirit permits this. All stay away for three moons. Then spirit gone and ... who cares about table.
Goran the Marked
 player, 185 posts
 Priest of Hors
Tue 22 Oct 2019
at 19:39
Re: Temple Hill
Goran's face contorts into something between horror and incredulousness...  It's obvious he's shocked, and almost as a reaction the words pour out of his mouth, even as he feels his heart clench in judgement:

"We would never allow a human being to be treated like this!  That's how you treat animals!  What you describe is barbaric!"

Goran catches himself after a moment.  While his eyes remain wide with shock, he stops talking, although his mouth still moves for a few seconds.  Almost visibly, he wills himself to regain his composure, and his face slowly regains his more customary discipline.  In a more measured voice, he continues a moment later.

"The Shevnian religion does not allow this.  We are very strict on our rituals and practices.  It may be that you have death rituals, but we do not recognize them as valid.  In fact my leadership would identify your ways as something more akin to Shamanism instead of a valid religion.  It's a basic tenant of our religion, and not negotiable.  These people must be buried according to the Shevnian way."

After saying this, Goran sighs.  Then he pushes a gloved hand through his hair, pulling off his helmet as he does so.  The gesture conveys conflict, as Goran feels an internal pull in many different directions.  Religion has defined his whole life, and his connection to his god was strong.  In this moment he was feeling tested, like he had a direct challenge to his religious beliefs.  He could not help but react defensively to this, because it was something so close to his heart.

At the same time, these were the conversations he most hated to have.  There were many good people who were misguided about religion and what it meant.  They clung to pagan rituals, and the traditions of their past, without ever questioning whether they really meant anything.  In most cases they never knew any better, but also had no interest in looking at the bigger picture.

Religion was one place where people were often the most resistant to change, and he guessed Urrun would be no different.  Goran knew that religion would come between them, and he hated it.  However, he had undergone rituals, and made oaths, and he was bound by the life he had chosen.  Even beyond this, it was something he cared deeply about, and that wasn't something he was going to change.

Still, Urrun had proven honorable, even if he was a savage.  Goran recognized this.  It was hard for him to separate the person from the religion in many cases, but in this moment he could.  Thus, he finishes off his comments with:

"Urrun, you have been honorable in fighting against the demons, and against the corruption we found here.  I recognize that.  We have a difference in religious beliefs, and I do not take that lightly.  However, I can separate the two in this moment.  As long as you can respect my ways with regards to these humans, I will not leave or ask you to leave.  However, I cannot proceed in the way you would for your own kin.  This has to be done my way."

This message was last edited by the player at 19:40, Tue 22 Oct 2019.

Urrun
 player, 242 posts
Tue 22 Oct 2019
at 20:17
Re: Temple Hill
So Your relig-eon say do it our way or go away, you bad?  Most relig-eon say this ... although all say things not the same as other ones.
We have many, many life times experience with our way. Not do evil with those be dead.  You do .. I not help, not watch, not stay close to such evil.



Urrun heads for the door to outside, where he will wait.
Narrator
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Tue 22 Oct 2019
at 21:08
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Urrun (msg # 184):

Two holy types of conflicting religion and a barbarian... what could go wrong?
Urrun
 player, 243 posts
Wed 23 Oct 2019
at 00:00
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Narrator (msg # 185):

God's idea of a true test of his teachings...
Goran the Marked
 player, 186 posts
 Priest of Hors
Wed 23 Oct 2019
at 17:38
Re: Temple Hill
While Goran does not approve of Urrun's response, or his handling of the situation, he also recognizes that he has not been condemned for having different beliefs.  It was an impasse, but also a truce of sorts.  That was the most he could have hoped for, given the difficult situation between them.  For a moment Goran purses his lips, biting back any comments he might have in response to what Urrun said.  Instead, he quietly watches the bouda leave, before going about his business.

OOC Take all the flammables and use them to provision the pyre of bodies.  Take all the corrupted items identified by Urrun and being them along too, so they can be put on the fire at it's height.  Once all of that is done, perform the ritual, and the burn the corpses.  When the fire is at it's hottest, then add anything Urrun identified as corrupted.

You gave us a nice opportunity for RP with this one, but yes...  It is a very difficult position for the 2 characters to be in.  I'm not sure how they reconcile this, if they even can.

Narrator
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Thu 24 Oct 2019
at 01:36
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Goran the Marked (msg # 187):

I will need a search roll in the flower room to identify what is there, or Per-5. Urrun would have a bonus to this...
Urrun
 player, 244 posts
Thu 24 Oct 2019
at 04:33
Re: Temple Hill
Urrun is willing to do that, but his nose has been deadened by all the scents present and he can't point out anything.