A2 S3: From A Different Perspective.   Posted by GM.Group: archive 0
GM
 GM, 442 posts
 Past Future
Sun 8 Nov 2015
at 14:56
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
The return to the room that had stacks of boxes and barrels on either side of a narrow stone ramp down the middle was uneventful.
The slower movement while carrying the dead body may even have helped.

Taking one of the poles against the wall, Infantryman Neqo stuck it into the same barrel and started rotating it.
As he did, the ramp rose until it looked like a normal floor.
Junior Priest Khivasha
Sun 8 Nov 2015
at 14:57
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
"Shall we go directly to my temple or do you need to return your equipment first?"
Huruyan
 player, 237 posts
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 Exp. Pts: 2057
Sun 8 Nov 2015
at 22:16
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
In reply to Junior Priest Khivasha (msg # 49):

"I think we can go to your temple first, Priest Khivasha", Huruyan answers respectfully.
Kumahl
 player, 284 posts
Sun 8 Nov 2015
at 22:52
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
Grateful that Huruyan is finally coming around, Kumahl curses the RNG and nods in agreement with Huruyan.
GM
 GM, 446 posts
 Past Future
Tue 10 Nov 2015
at 02:47
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
Leaving the warehouse under the scrutiny of the guards wearing the Crossed Key emblems, the party wound its way through the city.
Junior Priest Khivasha answered Kumahl's questions of where they were as they traveled.
The party soon arrived at an extended plaza in front of the massive pyramid that formed the Temple of Ksarul.
There were steep stairs up the side that rose to the main temple complex entrance on top.

They turned west and passed in front of a less massive pyramid of the Temple of Thumis.
It had no stairs on this side but there was a street between them that had stairs up for each temple.
The Temple of Thumis was almost half the size of Ksarul's but had a lower extension to the west that almost made up the difference.

The park that flanked the wall to the Foreign Quarter extended towards the Thumis Temple pyramid and its extension.
The thoroughfare became narrower and crowded. There were some delays as the obviously important were given right of way.

Just past the park corner was a tall cluster of clan houses abutting the wall for those that handled all the needs of the various temple's maintenance and supplies.

Passing between these clan houses and the Temple of Thumis they saw the promenade that ran behind the temple and turned to the bridge over the Eqnonel River.
The river flowed east to west under the bridge and behind another row of Temple pyramids that flanked the promenade.

On the left across the promenade from the Temple of Thumis was the massive Temple of Vimuhla.
The Temple of Chegarra was on the right and smaller even than the Temple of Thumis.

The smell of burnt flesh wafted from the Temple of Vimuhla.
Across the river a temple gong resonated as a time for prayer was marked.
GM
 GM, 448 posts
 Past Future
Tue 10 Nov 2015
at 21:05
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
Arriving at the Temple of Chegarra was similar to arriving at a military outpost.
Warriors in elaborate silvered armor and bronze helmets stood guard at the stairs of the rectangular pyramid.
Their red and white checkered capes draped down their backs.

Junior Priest Khivasha saluted the first guard with a thump of his chest and explained that his party had returned from a successful mission but that one of their's had been lost.

The guard responded with congratulation for his success and that the Officer of the Day would be informed.
The guard pulled forth a silver whistle and piped a series of signals.
Almost instantly there was an answering whistle from the left of the pyramid.
Armed men poured forth and rushed towards the party from an adjoining barracks on the left side.
It was a squat building between the Temple and the river.

Soon there were warriors taking the body of their fallen from the party and carrying it up the stairs sideways.
As they reached the top of the Temple, an officer behind a handful of functionaries began descending the stairs.

Junior Priest Khivasha saluted the officer and introduced Priest Captain Bazhan of the Shining Orb to Craftsman Kumahl and Hunter Huruyan.
Khivasha made his report to one of the well dressed functionary priests while the Officer of the Day listened.

Priest Captain Bazhan was wearing actual steel armor under his red and white checked silk ropes.
His ornate helmet of bronze was inset with rubies and pearls in patterns.
The functionary priests wore silver trimmed chlen-hide armor under their red and white checkered linen robes.

Junior Priest Khivasha looked happy not to be having to report a failure of the mission.
There were little details of who had done what but primarily that the water had been completely drained and the shrine sealed.
A lot of attention was paid to the rods of the Doorways and the missing Eye.

Priest Captain Bazhan ordered a functionary to check the records for who had been to the shrine so that the search for the culprits could begin.

He ordered another to provide Proof of Services Rendered to the Emerald Fisher clan representatives.

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:41, Tue 10 Nov 2015.

Kumahl
 player, 285 posts
Wed 11 Nov 2015
at 01:37
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
Kumahl nods his way through the introductions and checkpoints and is careful to only speak when spoken to.

He shows a great deal of surprise when he sees Priest Captain Bazhan in a suit steel armor. Bazhan must be a fairly important person, suits of steel armor being very hard to modify to fit another person once they are made. Even that much steel in one place, just about blows Kumahl's mind.

[Private to Kumahl: Kumahl waves to the Emerald Fisher representatives and makes a point to let them know that Huruyan and himself would be coming back at a later time.]
[Private to Kumahl: You and Huruyan are the Emerald Fisher representatives.]

This message was last edited by the GM at 12:46, Thu 12 Nov 2015.

Junior Priest Khivasha
Wed 11 Nov 2015
at 13:06
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
Craftsman Kumahl if you could separate the Doorway rods between the ones that were in the shrine and the ones you found outside?

Turning to Huruyan, "In personal thanks for what you have done for the Temple I give you my axe."
Pulling an axe from his left side harness he handed it to Huruyan.
"As a follower of Chegarra may this axe serve you well and inspire you to greatness."

It is a very well made chlen-hide axe with many intricate holy symbols engraved into it.

Turning back to Kumalh, "As you seem to favor helms, in personal thanks for what you have done for the Temple I give you mine."
Khivasha took off his helmet and offered it to Kumahl.
Huruyan
 player, 238 posts
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Wed 11 Nov 2015
at 16:24
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
In reply to Junior Priest Khivasha (msg # 55):

Huruyan has been looking around and finds himself very impressed by the great temples and the people. The steel armor is particularly impressive.

Huruyan is deeply moved by the gift and thanks Junior Priest Khivasha politely, profusely and respectfully. Then turning to Kumahl, "Look Kumahl isn't it beautiful!"

Back to Khivasha, "Would it be possible to enter the temple? I have never even been in one so grand, and to be able to pray to Chegarra here... WOW!"

This message was last edited by the player at 16:41, Wed 11 Nov 2015.

Kumahl
 player, 286 posts
Thu 12 Nov 2015
at 02:57
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
"May Chegarra anoint thy head that you may never have need of this gift." Taking the helm from Khivasha, he tries it on for size and fit. Making mental notes as to its fit and design, Kumahl runs his hands over it, already thinking of ways to replicate it and improve it.

Taking the Helmet from his head, Kumahl stores it protectively in his pack, which he re shoulders.

"Huruyan, hopefully you will fancy the weapon more than the Chaskeri." He pats Huruyan reassuringly, "It should serve you well."

Uncertain who asked about the Doorway rods, Kumahl heads to the porters and extracts the wrapped rods. "These made up the Doorway found in the shrine."

Heading to another basket, Kumahl removed another set of Doorway rods, not bound with rope, "These were found in the reeds near exit of that Doorway and the lair of the Chaskeri."

Kumahl checks to see where the suit chest and leggings have ended up so that he can return the to the Emerald Fisher Clan.
GM
 GM, 450 posts
 Past Future
Thu 12 Nov 2015
at 12:57
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
Priest Captain Bazhan ordered a functionary to have the shrine's Doorway rods collected and inspected.

That functionary had the guard pipe a signal for troops to collect and deliver the rods into the Temple.

Obviously junior warriors came from the barracks and carried the rods back with them.

Priest Captain Bazhan turned over any remaining details to his functionaries and headed back to the top of the pyramid.

This message was last edited by the GM at 00:45, Sat 14 Nov 2015.

Junior Priest Khivasha
Thu 12 Nov 2015
at 13:04
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
"Craftsman Kumahl, did you want to take those other rods to your Temple or were you going to take them back to your clan houseboats?"

"I can have Infantryman Ghuru and Neqo escort you there while Huruyan visits our Temple."

"Or, do you want to wait here while we make a quick prayer?"
"Then Infantryman Ghuru and Neqo can escort you both back to your clan."

This message was last edited by the GM at 00:45, Sat 14 Nov 2015.

Kumahl
 player, 287 posts
Thu 12 Nov 2015
at 22:19
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
As much as he would have loved to study the functional Doorway, the Brethren of Cheggra needed answers more than Kumahl needed to satiate his curiosity.

With the pants and shirt of the suit returned from the stretcher, Kumahl repacked them in the porters baskets.

"Huruyan, I need to return the suit to the Clan Dive Master. This other Doorway I will secure in the Temple of Thumis for further investigation, before returning to the Clan docks."

Kumahl looks at the height of the sun, tries to remember where the Clan docks are from the Temples, and attempts a rough estimate of how long it would take to get to the Docks and back to the Temples.

"I would like to meet with the Brethren of Thumis and then we need to get some better equipment."

This message was last edited by the player at 03:27, Sat 14 Nov 2015.

Huruyan
 player, 242 posts
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Sat 14 Nov 2015
at 08:33
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
In reply to Kumahl (msg # 60):

"If by equipment you mean clothing and possibly armor, then I agree. However, right now I would like to see the inside of this temple and give thanks to Chegarra." Turning to Khivasha, Huruyan gestures toward the temple and says, "Would you please lead the way?"
Kumahl
 player, 290 posts
Sat 14 Nov 2015
at 17:54
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
Waving to his brother and passing a nod to Priest Khivasha, Kumahl hurries down to join up with the porters and those returning to Clan Emerald Fisher.

"Who is leading this gathering? Am I, if so, don't be surprised if I get lost a time or two. After all I am new here."
Junior Priest Khivasha
Sun 15 Nov 2015
at 03:42
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
"You have only to tell Infantryman Ghuru where you need to go and they will escort you there."

"Sending them to guide you is the least I can do for all you've done for me."
Kumahl
 player, 292 posts
Sun 15 Nov 2015
at 13:53
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
"Infantryman Ghuru, thanks again for the escort. We need to first stop in the Foreign Quarters and then make our way back to the Temple of Thumis. Whenever you are ready, let us be off."

As the group departs, Kumahl gives a salute, "Be well my Brothers."
Huruyan
 player, 245 posts
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Sun 15 Nov 2015
at 21:16
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
In reply to Kumahl (msg # 64):

"Thanks for taking care of the equipment, Kumahl. We won't be to long and I will meet you back at the clan tonight."
GM
 GM, 458 posts
 Past Future
Mon 16 Nov 2015
at 13:31
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
Junior Priest Khivasha lead Huruyan as they mounted the steps that raised them closer to the Gods.
At the top of the pyramid were two pavilions one on the river side and one away away from it.
These were sitting on an additional raised layer including a narrow walkway that ran between them.
Worshipers could stand between the pavilions and in front of a large carved monument depicting scenes of Chegarra as a bearded hero of early middle age,
fully armored and in battles against the forces of evil.
His emblem of a glittering silver axe could be seen on the back wall of each pavilion above wide stairs leading down into the depths.
There was a ledge below the monument covered with gifts to the God and incense holders to carry prayers to the heavens.
Huruyan
 player, 246 posts
 P-7 T-7 B-3 W-0
 Exp. Pts: 2057
Mon 16 Nov 2015
at 22:27
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
In reply to GM (msg # 66):

"May we stop here for a moment to view the battle scenes?"
Junior Priest Khivasha
Tue 17 Nov 2015
at 00:45
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
"Certainly, that is the purpose of this location."

"I'm not sure what was done where you hail from but here the inner temple is only open to those that are priests."

"Your clanhouse shrine and battlefield ceremonies are for the benefit of lay members such as yourself."
"If you feel that your clan is not supporting your faith as much as you would like, we can arrange for a priest to visit your clanhouse shrine on holy days."

"Offerings can be given here if you would like us to include you in our prayers."
Huruyan
 player, 247 posts
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Tue 17 Nov 2015
at 01:30
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
In reply to Junior Priest Khivasha (msg # 68):

"I will do that." Then Huruyan just admired the scenes on the monument.
GM
 GM, 459 posts
 Past Future
Tue 17 Nov 2015
at 13:10
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
Infantrymen Ghuru and Neqo led the small column back past the Temple of Thumis and through the sculptured landscape of the park to the tower gate.
Everyone passed through the gate with only a pause to let their betters through first.

The guards were far more lax with people entering the Foreign Quarter than those trying to leave it.

As the party descended each tier of the broad thoroughfare the majority of the buildings became noticeably less maintained.

The clearing that served as a park in this area was barely more than dirt with a noticeable number of purple weeds mixed with the green ones.
It looked like the only thing keeping them alive was the spilled water from the two fountains.

Soon the stench of home penetrated everything again as you exited the Gate of the Blue Towers and wound your way through the moored boats and floating platforms.

The guards in emerald green stopped their dicing just long enough to acknowledge your arrival at your clan boats.
Huruyan
 player, 248 posts
 P-7 T-7 B-3 W-0
 Exp. Pts: 2057
Tue 17 Nov 2015
at 14:36
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
In reply to GM (msg # 70):

After admiring the battle scenes for a while Huruyan knelt and made a prayer of thanks to Chegarra, then he asked Junior Priest Khivasha to provide him with a guide to lead him to the clan boats.
Kumahl
 player, 293 posts
Tue 17 Nov 2015
at 16:27
A2 S3: From A Different Perspective
In reply to Huruyan (msg # 71):

Upon arriving at the clan boats, Kumahl sends a message for Senior Most Diver Uchang. When Uchang arrives, Kumahl greats him, "Brother Uchang, the suit worked marvelously. I have brought it back to your keeping." With that, Kumahl instructs the porters carrying the Suit to follow Uchang.

Kumahl stores the rest of his equipment and locates some burlap bags. Taking the rods from the remaining porter's basket, Kumahl secures and wraps the rods in the burlap. Securing a sling to shoulder the rods, Kumahl then rejoins the Infantryman.

"Infantryman Ghuru and Neqo, would you care to eat before we return to the Temple District?"