Temple Hill.   Posted by Narrator.Group: 0
Narrator
 GM, 7329 posts
 DM says
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Tue 28 Jan 2020
at 19:05
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Urrun (msg # 271):

The question of what happens to the gate when the statue is turned away occurs to Hograth...
Narrator
 GM, 7330 posts
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Tue 28 Jan 2020
at 19:14
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Narrator (msg # 272):

The grotto of Vejovis, built into the side of a hill, is marked by a statue of a youth bearing a lightning  bolt and leading a goat on a leash. Accross from it are a number of robed and mangled bodies arranged for a pyre, and beyond that is a slightly run down looking domed structure ringed by a colonnade, and graced by a statue of a woman crowned with flowers, and a two faced bearded man. There sppear to have been offerings of flowers, but they are now piled on the pyre.
Melchizidek
 player, 794 posts
 Priest of Helios
 Son of the sun
Tue 28 Jan 2020
at 19:33
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Narrator (msg # 273):

Melchizadek and his demon hunters move in, looking around at the scene of carnage trying to piece together what happened. The agents had to be somewhere...

"ANYONE STILL HERE?"
Hograth Podkarmen
 player, 408 posts
 Holy Dwarven Warrior
 Of Hades, Get it Right!
Tue 28 Jan 2020
at 19:34
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Melchizidek (msg # 274):

Hograth was getting ready to go through the gate when he heard someone else calling out. He replied to give them directions, noting who the newcomers were when they arrived.
Goran the Marked
 player, 206 posts
 Priest of Hors
Tue 28 Jan 2020
at 19:36
Re: Temple Hill
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Narrator
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Tue 28 Jan 2020
at 20:11
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Goran the Marked (msg # 276):

There appear to be more than one visitor outside...
Goran the Marked
 player, 207 posts
 Priest of Hors
Tue 28 Jan 2020
at 21:49
Re: Temple Hill
Goran steps back through the portal.

"Nothing to report there, besides the birds, the bees, and some nice soft grass.  Nothing hostile that I saw.  Definitely seems like spring there, which I would have expected from the columns."
Hograth Podkarmen
 player, 409 posts
 Holy Dwarven Warrior
 Of Hades, Get it Right!
Tue 28 Jan 2020
at 22:42
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Goran the Marked (msg # 278):

With Goran's safe return, Hograth gets everyone together.

"We seem to have visitors. Lets hope these are our backup..."

With that, he checks the next room.
Melchizidek
 player, 795 posts
 Priest of Helios
 Son of the sun
Tue 28 Jan 2020
at 22:46
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Hograth Podkarmen (msg # 279):

Melchizedek will lead his group through to the romm he hears voices in. Seeing the three there with at least one symbol of the Haderaum, he will introduce the team as a group of demon hunters sent as backup...and ask the situation.
Goran the Marked
 player, 208 posts
 Priest of Hors
Tue 28 Jan 2020
at 22:47
Re: Temple Hill
Goran will move the statue so it points at none of the columns, and then walk out to meet the visitors.
Hograth Podkarmen
 player, 410 posts
 Holy Dwarven Warrior
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Tue 28 Jan 2020
at 22:52
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Melchizidek (msg # 280):

Seeing the holy symbol of Helios, Hograth relaxes a little and introduced himself.

"We seem to have a portal for each season that needs to be investigated for corruption. I suspect a druid may help a little there. And we have the rest of this hill that needs to be searched..."
Goran the Marked
 player, 209 posts
 Priest of Hors
Tue 28 Jan 2020
at 23:45
Re: Temple Hill
"People call me Goran the marked, because of the burn on my cheek.  I guided the people in the hills of Shevnia until we were overrun.  Now I am here in town to support the Sun god, Hors."

Goran states this like everyone should know who Hors is, and is a bit taken aback when they do not immediately respond with the proper reverence.  Internally, he scoffs at them and their lack of respect.  Obviously they were heathens, like Hograth and Urrun.  However, if they were not enemies, perhaps he could work with them, even if they were not friends.
Stenet Fjall
 player, 349 posts
 Dwarf Holy Warrior
 HP: 13/13 FP: 17/17
Wed 29 Jan 2020
at 01:12
Re: Temple Hill
"I'm Stenet Fjall.  Holy slayer, at your service gentleman.  This is Razael," he indicates Razael, "a demon slayer.  Just off a mission killing demons and undead out in the vinelands and gettin bored drinkin ale."

He sizes them up and gives them a nod.

"I suspect we should fully search this hill 'fore poking into portals that lead, umm, you say to different seasons?  I don't know much about portals, but I'd hate to come back and find a hilltop full of imps waiting to catch us stumbling back out."
Melchizidek
 player, 796 posts
 Priest of Helios
 Son of the sun
Wed 29 Jan 2020
at 05:33
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Goran the Marked (msg # 283):

"You serve the sun god Hors, I serve the sun god Helios...I wonder if they be different names for the same being?"
Hograth Podkarmen
 player, 411 posts
 Holy Dwarven Warrior
 Of Hades, Get it Right!
Wed 29 Jan 2020
at 05:35
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Melchizidek (msg # 285):

"Please to have you all along. I agree, the hill needs to be cleansed, but we also need to set up a gaurd here, or we could be trying to cleanse the place of all the demons in hell. I have not yet worked out if the portals can be opened from the other side..."
Goran the Marked
 player, 210 posts
 Priest of Hors
Wed 29 Jan 2020
at 16:22
Re: Temple Hill
Goran greets the others politely, although he is somewhat reserved.  That is, until Melchizadek speaks up.  When he mentions his own worship of a sun god, Goran's face brightens noticeably, and he starts asking questions.

"I thought I might be the last after my community was overrun by wild creatures and monstrosities.  It is so good to hear of someone who may share my faith.

How does Helios appear and speak to you?

What are the guidelines and requirements that Helios has required of you?

What sorts of rituals and prayers do you use to understand the deeper mysteries of his faith?

What abilities has he bestowed up on you, as a messenger of his goodness?"


Then, somewhat abashedly, Goran realizes that perhaps this wasn't the time or the place for a religious discussion.  However, this was the most important thing in his life, so it came with a lot of enthusiasm and engagement from his side.

Absently he touches the scar on his cheek, which looks remarkably like a sun when looked at directly.
Melchizidek
 player, 797 posts
 Priest of Helios
 Son of the sun
Wed 29 Jan 2020
at 19:48
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Goran the Marked (msg # 287):

Melchizadek is glad to answer any questions about Helios...though I (the player) may need the GMs help with that!
Stenet Fjall
 player, 350 posts
 Dwarf Holy Warrior
 HP: 13/13 FP: 17/17
Fri 31 Jan 2020
at 01:15
Re: Temple Hill
Stenet steps over to Hograth to give the Sun worshipers space to talk 'god shop', but he does keep checking the surrounding area while they talk.

"Can the portals be closed from this side?  If so, can we spare a lookout to watch them and give a shout if one opens while we're clearing the area?"

This message was last edited by the player at 01:16, Fri 31 Jan.

Hograth Podkarmen
 player, 412 posts
 Holy Dwarven Warrior
 Of Hades, Get it Right!
Fri 31 Jan 2020
at 01:24
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Stenet Fjall (msg # 289):

"We can. The Portals seem to be controlled by this statue. Point it at the portal, and it opens. But I do not know if it works from the other side. That is why I thought we could set up a guard and then clear the rest of the area before checking out the portals."
Narrator
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Fri 31 Jan 2020
at 01:27
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Melchizidek (msg # 288):

Melchizidec, who wears blue and white robes over a suit of red chased brigandine armor, carries an orichalcum staff with a sunburst at the tip. he glows as if a golden ray of sunlight was ever falling upon him, and his voice is melodious..

After a brief interaction, Goran realizes that Helios is the god of the summer sun in its splendor, not the dying and rebirthing sun of the winter solstice. Helios is young, carefree, and musically gifted, just what you would expect of the young summer sun, one that plays during midsommer rather than fights the darkness on its own ground. That said, Melchizadek has fought with many kinds of undead, elder things and human brigands beside. He is not as concerned with the important business of setting pyres, but can fire burning bolts of sunlight at his enemies.
Melchizidek
 player, 798 posts
 Priest of Helios
 Son of the sun
Fri 31 Jan 2020
at 01:30
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Narrator (msg # 291):

"I would sing for you, but maybe later. Who is your canine friend? They usually like a good song, don't they?"
Stenet Fjall
 player, 351 posts
 Dwarf Holy Warrior
 HP: 13/13 FP: 17/17
Fri 31 Jan 2020
at 03:39
Re: Temple Hill
Stenet nods as Hograth lays out his ideas, "Sound plan."

This message was last edited by the player at 03:39, Fri 31 Jan.

Hograth Podkarmen
 player, 413 posts
 Holy Dwarven Warrior
 Of Hades, Get it Right!
Fri 31 Jan 2020
at 04:01
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Stenet Fjall (msg # 293):

"We just need a few more bodies...reliable ones!"
Goran the Marked
 player, 211 posts
 Priest of Hors
Fri 31 Jan 2020
at 18:05
Re: Temple Hill
In discussion with Goran, Melchizadek will recognize a more primitive version of himself.

OOC As they talk, Melchizadek will discover that Goran comes from the country, and tends to be close-minded towards those who do not share his theological approach.  As a hill priest, he has only been exposed to Hors, and his accompanying religious principles.  Goran thus lacks the broader perspective which comes with a religious community, and tends to relate badly to other priestly types.  He only reacts well to Melchizadek because they are kindred spirits in a sense, and Goran can see they might be worshiping different aspects of the same god.

He wears mail and a pot helm with a habit over the top.  His morning star has silver inlays, and he carries a shield.  Goran has a prominent burn scar on his right cheek in the shape of a sunburst, which was given to him when he joined the priesthood. He bears a holy symbol to the minor sun-god Hors around his neck.

Because the town where he resided was often attacked by monsters and raiding parties, Goran's gifts are more primitive than more well-developed religions.  He can heal, and create food and water.  Hors has given him the ability to affect spirits, and protect his fellow adventurers.  His only real offensive ability is to imbue his morningstar with the flames of Hors.

Melchizidek
 player, 799 posts
 Priest of Helios
 Son of the sun
Fri 31 Jan 2020
at 21:11
Re: Temple Hill
In reply to Goran the Marked (msg # 295):

Melchizadek will take an immediate liking to the other Sun priest. Like him, his main strengths are in healing and creation of food and water, and of course light. While he can use the power of the sun offensively, he is more skilled in manipulating minds and emotions, though with demons, that is rarely a factor.

So for now, while the thought of investigating the summer gate beckons, Melchizadek will pause to ask what the current plan is. Perhaps he and Goran can wait here to guard the gates while the rest of you go Demon hunting?