LOCATION: The Temple of the Mother (Craw)   Posted by DM.Group: 0
DM
 GM, 387 posts
Sun 27 Sep 2015
at 17:49
Chapter 4: The Temple of the Mother (Craw)
The group makes their way to the Temple of the Mother at the center of Craw.  They meet the same lentakri priest from the day before who informs them Raf has not yet returned.  After another casting of yesterday's communication spell he asks, "Would you like to wait longer for High Priest Raf or should I show you to the entrance to the shrine he is praying at?"
Xtitkk
 player, 21 posts
Sun 27 Sep 2015
at 23:13
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In reply to DM (msg # 1):

While we wait for High Priest Raf would we be able to peruse your histories. Xtitkk politely enquires.
Montgomery
 human monk, 36 posts
 HP-32 AC19/F-16/T-19
 FRT+6/REF+6/WILL+9
Mon 28 Sep 2015
at 01:22
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In reply to DM (msg # 1):

Not to hinder Xtitkk in his desire to learn, Montgomery chooses his words to accommodate both,
"We may wait for a bit longer but we would eventually like for you to show us the entrance."
The temple does afford a good place to learn and study, perhaps their benefactor would send them back when their business was done.
DM
 GM, 392 posts
Mon 28 Sep 2015
at 02:17
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"Of course.  We do stick to a strictly oral history though.  Do you mind listening to our resident historian?"

OOC - I'm presently working on a bunch of background information for players that have various knowledge skills.  I should have most of it done in a few days.  I'll give you some of what they would know, but if I need to I'll move on without specifics and post it for you later. 

Xtitkk
 player, 22 posts
Mon 28 Sep 2015
at 08:28
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In reply to Montgomery (msg # 3):

Xtitkk grimaced at the manites comment. Surely you don't intend to undertake to crawl around underground. If we were meant for such things our Divine would have created us differently. He prompted chinning in the direction of the earthen Guug to emphasize this.

This message was last edited by the player at 14:22, Mon 28 Sept 2015.

Guuug
 player, 48 posts
Mon 28 Sep 2015
at 10:23
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Guuug seems utterly oblivious Xtitkk is talking about him, standing impassively like one of the sculptures around them.
Montgomery
 human monk, 37 posts
 HP-32 AC19/F-16/T-19
 FRT+6/REF+6/WILL+9
Mon 28 Sep 2015
at 15:56
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In reply to Xtitkk (msg # 5):

"Perhaps we were not created for such but we have an excellent expert on the matter. Gruug can point out to us the best points and guide is."
Looking to Gruug with a big smile he asks him directly,
"What do you think? Can you navigate us through the underground?"
Xtitkk
 player, 23 posts
Mon 28 Sep 2015
at 20:49
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In reply to Montgomery (msg # 7):

This declaration prompted a Xtitkk to doubt the manites sanit.y In which case One shall continue to review the annuals until Thee hath finished crawling about underground
Guuug
 player, 50 posts
Thu 1 Oct 2015
at 22:22
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Guuug slowly moved his head. It took a moment for folk to realize he was nodding."I like caves. Pretty. If I fit in, I can guide. I like stone. Stones tell a story, and caves tell long ones."
DM
 GM, 413 posts
Fri 2 Oct 2015
at 00:54
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"Very well.  If you wish to review our story please find the priest at the back of the temple, Lim.  Otherwise I can take you to the entrance to the shrine where Raf is.  Please follow me."  The lentakri priest begins to slowly make his way out of the temple.
Montgomery
 human monk, 38 posts
 HP-32 AC19/F-16/T-19
 FRT+6/REF+6/WILL+9
Sun 4 Oct 2015
at 19:23
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Nodding agreeably to Xtitkk Montgomery speaks to Guuug to do just that then,
"Well my friend, you shall be our expert underground, while this man shows us to the entrance."
Obviously this was a common trek and not too dangerous else surely they would not allow strangers to just wander the underground to their deaths.
DM
 GM, 440 posts
Sun 4 Oct 2015
at 19:36
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Lim waves to Xtitkk as the first priest points toward the back of the temple.  Those going to the underground shrine follow behind the priest.  The group makes their way to the exit gates of Craw.  the priest leads you around the outside of the gate about a quarter of the way around the city facing the Amicus Ocean.  The water is still and calm, which is the normal for this body of water.  A few tiny waves splash against the rocks below.

The priest motions to a thin stone staircase carved into the side of the mountain.  The stairs head down toward the water.  "Follow."  He says.  The priest stays behind as the group continues down the thin stairway.  The view is breathtaking as you look out over the rocks and water to your left.  At the bottom of the stairs the path heads into a cavern that is carved from underneath the mountain.  The path ends at a slope into a large pool of water, most likely the water mentioned that would need to be swam through.

OOC - If you stayed with Lim the historian please label each post at the top with something like "With Historian" to keep the two groups clear. 

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:37, Sun 04 Oct 2015.

Montgomery
 human monk, 39 posts
 HP-32 AC19/F-16/T-19
 FRT+6/REF+6/WILL+9
Sun 4 Oct 2015
at 19:50
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Montgomery does his best to keep up with the priest while taking in the view, pausing every so often as he reflects.
"I am surprised we do not see more people, the view is so beautiful that it would draw spectators."

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:57, Sun 04 Oct 2015.

Guuug
 player, 52 posts
Tue 13 Oct 2015
at 11:58
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Guuug seems to be wondering why they had stopped..
DM
 GM, 479 posts
Tue 13 Oct 2015
at 21:01
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The group leaves the priest at the top of the stairs and continues down to the bottom where the water blocks their path.  Shiana reminds the group they will need to swim the rest of the way and asks if anyone needs to prepare for the swim.
Montgomery
 human monk, 40 posts
 HP-32 AC19/F-16/T-19
 FRT+6/REF+6/WILL+9
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 18:22
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Montgomery is a little concerned for their big friend,
"Guuug, can you swim? I know there are underground lakes and those in the mountains but it would be good to know if it is a problem."
He looks around for any sort of flotation devices, loose wood or the like.
DM
 GM, 485 posts
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 19:18
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Small bits of driftwood can be found, but nothing that would likely hold Guuug afloat.  Most of the area is rocky and rough.
Guuug
 player, 53 posts
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 20:31
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Guuug confirmed the obvious. "Swim? I can... wade?"


OOC: How deep and far across is this?
DM
 GM, 486 posts
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 21:23
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OOC - The priest had mentioned needing to go under the water long enough to go under some rocks and come up in a hidden cavern on the other side. 
Guuug
 player, 54 posts
Fri 23 Oct 2015
at 12:11
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In reply to DM (msg # 19):

I think Xtikk has left, so we'll have to move on with just me and Monty I guess?
DM
 GM, 549 posts
Fri 23 Oct 2015
at 12:40
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The group enters the chilly cavern water.  Opening your eyes underneath a light can be seen below.  The water is calm and easy to swim through.  You make your way toward the lights coming up out of the water and into an enclosed cavern after a short swim.

The cavern has been made into a shrine to The Mother.  Similar to the temple in decoration, sculptures and murals fill the area.  The difference can be seen in the quality of items here.  Every item left in this shrine is expertly crafted, and not all by the same hand from the looks of it.

A lentakri in dry grey robes kneels at the center of the room facing away from you.  Several sculptures around the room glow with magical light fully illuminating the area.  A tunnel brnching off into darkness can be seen past the lentakri.
Guuug
 player, 55 posts
Fri 23 Oct 2015
at 13:16
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Guuug stepped up carefully, not wanting to topple a fragile object like a statue by mistake, and began appreciating the art, once again seeming content to to someone else do the talking.
Xtitkk
 player, 24 posts
Mon 26 Oct 2015
at 05:48
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A Historic journey

Xtitkk thanked the priest and made his way to the Church Archives. Introducing himself to any of the Order and enquiring about at least eight items including the one they were searching for.
Montgomery
 human monk, 41 posts
 HP-32 AC19/F-16/T-19
 FRT+6/REF+6/WILL+9
Mon 26 Oct 2015
at 08:23
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Montgomery breaks the surface of the water as quietly as he can clearing his eyes so he can see what is around. Once he can tell he is in some sort of shrine he maintains his respectful manner. Exiting the water he looks about then takes a seat near the worshiper, not wanting to disturb him in mid prayer.
DM
 GM, 568 posts
Mon 26 Oct 2015
at 13:53
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In reply to Xtitkk (msg # 23):

Xtitkk finds information on five of the eight items he asks about.  The historian sits with him and tells the stories of each item, admitting he does not know of the other three.  He does know of the Sword of Senectus though.

The sword itself is said to have the power, in the hands of the right person, to lead nations.  However, a great evil came to the land of Senectus before the country bore that name.  The sword was used to trap this evil and then hidden away so as to not allow the evil to escape.  Some believe the invasion in Senectus is the result of releasing that evil.  However, given what other stories the historian knows he does not beleive this to be the case.  He thinks the events in Senectus are separate from the evil associated with the sword.
Raf
 NPC, 1 post
 high priest
 of The Mother
Mon 26 Oct 2015
at 13:56
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The man sits for a moment longer after Montgomery sits down before opening his eyes.  "Greetings... come... to... worship."  He speaks with the pace of the lentakri.
Montgomery
 human monk, 42 posts
 HP-32 AC19/F-16/T-19
 FRT+6/REF+6/WILL+9
Wed 28 Oct 2015
at 20:33
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Turning to the man Montgomery states,
"Actually...we...have...come...to...see...you. We...were...sent...to...retrieve...an...item...you...are...holding...for...our...employer."
Speaking slowly and in a fashion he had spoken.
Raf
 NPC, 2 posts
 high priest
 of The Mother
Wed 28 Oct 2015
at 23:06
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The high priest turns to face you and raises his eyebrows.  "Employer?... Who?... What... item?"
Montgomery
 human monk, 43 posts
 HP-32 AC19/F-16/T-19
 FRT+6/REF+6/WILL+9
Wed 28 Oct 2015
at 23:58
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OOC- forgot employers name and do not see chapter 1, 2 or 3
DM
 GM, 580 posts
Fri 30 Oct 2015
at 00:55
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OOC - Sorry, I put the threads back.  Her name was Kezra. 
Montgomery
 human monk, 44 posts
 HP-32 AC19/F-16/T-19
 FRT+6/REF+6/WILL+9
Sat 31 Oct 2015
at 00:34
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"Yes....Kezra....sent....us....to.....retrieve....a....sword.....you....are.....holding....for.....her."
Montgomery is almost winded holding his breath to speak so slowly but tries to get it all out and clear.
Raf
 NPC, 3 posts
 high priest
 of The Mother
Sat 31 Oct 2015
at 20:38
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"Time... to... retrieve... Sword... of... Senectus?"  Raf frowns.  "Too... soon.  But... not... mine... to... reject.  Will... need... four... or... more."  He points behind you.  Where you expect to see the rest of your group is empty space.  Only Guuug and Montgomery stand in the cavern with Raf.  (Xtitkk had stayed behind in the temple, but the others are nowhere to be seen)  "Surely... she... knew.  Send... message... from... town?  Temple... will... send... magically... for... donation." 
Montgomery
 human monk, 45 posts
 HP-32 AC19/F-16/T-19
 FRT+6/REF+6/WILL+9
Sat 31 Oct 2015
at 20:50
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Mildly confused Montgomery continues with the line of questioning and in the same fashion.
"Four? .... Why....four?....What....donation....do....you....speak....of?"
Then besides himself and Guuug, where did the others go? But that could wait until later. Surely they did not drown in the small underwater jaunt.
Raf
 NPC, 4 posts
 high priest
 of The Mother
Sun 1 Nov 2015
at 16:58
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"The... texts... say... must... have... four... to... retrieve... the... sword.  If... you... make... donation... at... temple... we... will... send... back... to... Kezra... to... find... more... worthy... people."
Xtitkk
 player, 25 posts
Mon 2 Nov 2015
at 10:18
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In reply to DM (msg # 25):

Considering what he'd just learnt this was Truly an ominous prospect. Would there be any means to purge the canker from the blade or perhaps attaching a means of neutralising it. he asked the Archivist.
DM
 GM, 590 posts
Mon 2 Nov 2015
at 13:11
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In reply to Xtitkk (msg # 35):

"Ah.  There was an attempt to neutralize the evil."  Lim tells Xtitkk.  He looks around before continuing.  "Another soul was trapped within the sword to keep the evil at bay.  It has never been confirmed but I believe there was a great sacrifice.  King Winston and the dwarven hero Carleon once traveled with two others.  In my readings I believe their disappearance coincides with the timing of the arrival of the sword."
Montgomery
 human monk, 47 posts
 HP-32 AC19/F-16/T-19
 FRT+6/REF+6/WILL+9
Mon 2 Nov 2015
at 17:57
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It slowly occurs to him what is needed and nods his head to Raf in agreement of sending off for more people.
"That....would....be....fine, ....if....we....need....more....then....do....so. ....We....do....have....one....more....that....is....with....your....Archivist."
Though that was only three, they would still need at least one more and who is to say they would all make it. Their own group dwindled to only three in the journey thus far.
Raf
 NPC, 5 posts
 high priest
 of The Mother
Mon 2 Nov 2015
at 21:25
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Raf nods in understanding.  He closes his eyes and returns to meditating assuming the group can make their decisions on their own.

OOC - You can press on against his warning or return to either the temple or Valarez.  Let me know what you'd like to do.  On a metagaming note, I have new groups set up when all the original groups return so you will have at least four if you leave and return.
Xtitkk
 player, 26 posts
Mon 9 Nov 2015
at 18:22
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In reply to DM (msg # 36):

To bind another's soul into a such an item with the intention to have them hold at bay what sounds to be a multitude of evil presences. Would any Goodly Divine undertake to permit such a thing as this does not hold to be a goodly thing. he quietly declares.
DM
 GM, 631 posts
Mon 9 Nov 2015
at 21:50
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In reply to Xtitkk (msg # 39):

"Such a task was taken on by mortals, not by gods.  We all make foolish choices in life.  Perhaps even choices we would change if given the chance.  Although men of honor and purity are often heroes, they also often make choices in the name of their god that others may view as foolish."
Montgomery
 human monk, 48 posts
 HP-32 AC19/F-16/T-19
 FRT+6/REF+6/WILL+9
Tue 10 Nov 2015
at 18:29
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OOC- Assuming Raf will summon the others? Or do we need to, either is fine
Xtitkk
 player, 27 posts
Tue 10 Nov 2015
at 18:32
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In reply to DM (msg # 40):

True, however the action was not prevented; as such I speculate it was allowed by a Divine. Irrespective of any theories whatever took place has done so for a reason.


ooc if we regroup to have four, I suggest you two ask Raf to have the sword brought to the city. Xtitkk prefers not to crawl travel underground it's too restrictive and he can't move freely. Its difficult enough for him to be in buildings.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:36, Tue 10 Nov 2015.

DM
 GM, 647 posts
Tue 10 Nov 2015
at 22:32
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In reply to Montgomery (msg # 41):

OOC - I'm fine having Raf summon them if that's the route the group is taking.  I hadn't read a decision from the group so I wasn't sure.  Bare with me while we wait for the groups to finish up if that is the case.  You can continue to ask Raf questions until then if you want more information.

DM
 GM, 648 posts
Tue 10 Nov 2015
at 22:34
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In reply to Xtitkk (msg # 42):

"Yes.  I see your point.  Then again, it is merely a theory of mine.  Either way we will probably never know the full truth."

Xtitkk
 player, 28 posts
Fri 13 Nov 2015
at 21:00
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In reply to DM (msg # 44):

Perhaps, the Will of the Great One be done. Xtitkk agrees then continues to look through the Temple's Library.
DM
 GM, 693 posts
Wed 18 Nov 2015
at 00:53
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Raf begins to meditate again.  As he falls into a trance he begins to silently mouth some words.  After a few minutes he comes out of the trance and looks to Montgomery.  "I...sent...word...brother...Emmett...more...will...come...several...days...after."


Lim speaks up again, "There is another interesting story about that land.  Many years before it was Senectus there was another sword of legend and power called Alhazard.  It was broken into nine pieces and strewn across the area.  Two heroes named Asheroth and Symun searched the land and reforged the sword.  They used it to slay a great devil and bring peace and safety to the land.  Asheroth has a statue dedicated to him outside the library in Valarez.  There isn't much connection between this and the sword you asked about, but I find it interesting that the stories seem similar for both."
Montgomery
 human monk, 49 posts
 HP-32 AC19/F-16/T-19
 FRT+6/REF+6/WILL+9
Wed 18 Nov 2015
at 04:08
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Montgomery nods to Raf replying,
"Very.....well.....We.....will.....go.....back .....to.....the.....inn.....and.....wait.....until.....they.....come.....Thanks.....for.....your.....time"
With that determined he takes his leave and returns to the inn the way he came.
Guuug
 player, 56 posts
Wed 18 Nov 2015
at 08:28
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Guuug plodded alongside Montgomery.

"What now?"
DM
 GM, 703 posts
Thu 19 Nov 2015
at 00:50
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As they swim back under the water and arrive on the rocky shore Guuug and Montgomery and horrified at the scene before them.  The mangled body of Maldrek lay on the rocks.  Blood and dozens of arrows scatter the area.  Off in the water a small ship sails away from the shore.  The flag is that of the former Ferrignis.  Since the grand exodus the remaining people of Senectus's enemy have turned to raider and pirates.  They often take captives and sell them into slavery in other parts of the world.  Shiana and Chala are nowhere to be seen.
Montgomery
 human monk, 50 posts
 HP-32 AC19/F-16/T-19
 FRT+6/REF+6/WILL+9
Thu 19 Nov 2015
at 10:21
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In reply to Guuug (msg # 48):

"Mark this day Guuug, for if we are to track down our lost friends once we are done we will need a good reckoning of time."
With the ship sailing away they could not hope to mount a rescue in time. They would likely require the services their patroness could provide. Which would be less likely if they failed to return with her item. Surely the pirates had a routine of where they tended to sell off their stolen goods.
Still bobbing in the water he swims to their dead comrads, finding any bit of value on them claims.
"Come this should buy them a decent burial, you grab the other."
DM
 GM, 715 posts
Sat 21 Nov 2015
at 20:57
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Guuug and Montgomery do what they can for their lost and fallen companions before returning to The Stone.  Xtitkk joins them after a few more hours at the temple.  The group sits and talks about what has happened and what must still be done in the inn.  They also think on who else Raf will send to help them in their task as the night grows late.

OOC - go ahead to the next thread while we wait for the rest of your group and make any possible plans