[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth.   Posted by The Strange.Group: 0
Daesa Lightspire
 player, 3 posts
 Nano
 Psionic
Wed 29 Jun 2016
at 04:04
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
It is not everyday that a strange bird comes to you saying that there is a grand adventure waiting for you!  It took little more than hearing that favor will be gained with the Pope for her to pack her things and make an immediate departure.

Her arrival was a quiet one, but once she starts making her way to the city, her excitement grows.  She has never seen buildings like this!  However the lack of privacy and doors with locks are a little worrying .  However she promised to open herself to new experiences.

So she's lingering in the main common area, after having secured herself a light dinner.  There is much time before she has to go to the House of Truth, and she is doing her best to pass that time before she drives herself mad with anticipation.
Dexil Guilan
 player, 3 posts
 Jack
 School of Hard Knocks
Wed 29 Jun 2016
at 09:01
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
Dexil had barely spoken to his guide on the three days through the wall. He hadn't spoken to anyone for any great length of time. He followed the instructions and on those night when someone had lingered outside of a safehouse he'd wondered about their remains the morning after upon seeing them.

The city itself, on arriving, suited his psyche. It seemed calm and introverted to a degree. No hustle and bustle like some of the other Steadfast cities and towns he'd visited. The Placent Arran was architecturally interesting and remarkably similar to his upbringing. The lack of security and privacy didn't even occur to him; neither were things he overly worried about nor expected.

He decided that, needing information and with time until the meeting, that the common room would be an adequate location to reference his materials in researching the city and its history as well as to meet any locals who might also possess useful knowledge.
Taelan Faswell
 player, 4 posts
 Jack
 Fugitive
Thu 30 Jun 2016
at 03:41
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
Satisfied that there was nothing unpleasant waiting for him in his room he stepped fully into the room, pulling the pathetic curtain closed behind him. His hand left his weapon to reach up and remove his hat for a moment, taking in the simply decorations. He smiled softly, thankful for the fact he had a bed again. Sleeping outside for the last couple weeks had not been fun and while the safe houses had been a lot more secure than out in the open, having his own "private" space was a very welcome concept.

He set his hat down on the small table and reached out for the glowglobe, inspecting it for a moment before holding it up about a foot from the ceiling, activating it in a spot that would give off the most light possible. He eyed the chest for a minute before looking down at the small pack at this side. He didn't have that much on him as it was and it seemed unlikely that he would need to keep anything secure that he wasn't planning on carrying around with him anyway.

With that he stepped through the synthcloth into the room with the two disks and the water basin, not initially sure what to make of it. He reach out and touched the upper disk first, watching to see if it reacted in any way before doing the same to the bottom. He would study it for a moment, trying to see if he could make sense of what this could be for.

This message was last edited by the GM at 21:02, Thu 30 June 2016.

The Strange
 GM, 25 posts
 Many faces
 all the same.
Sat 2 Jul 2016
at 01:42
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
In the Common Room

[For Jaeda]
You are the first to arrive, and while getting your room and getting squared away goes well enough, clearly there was much to be understood, and perhaps lost. Although weak libations and general mid-day offerings are provided at no cost, but indeed, no one seems inclined to help you initially with your predicament, although the slightly upturned noses at the state of your clothing, even the fresher pair, and body behind false smiles suggest that something extra might have been expected.

As such, when the question is asked, the servant so unfortunate as to be chosen states for a moment, blinking, a look of confusion on her face. “They tol' us, put 'em in the Wave rooms. There's only, like, a couple handfuls at mos', an' those go for the highest... so...” A pause, and then a grin, one that's almost bordering on impolite. “You don' know the Wave, do ya? Betram found a whole knock o' em last harvest, he sez, but I think he pinched 'em off a Jack or somethin'. Crazy things. Just step in, an' pow. Clean. Clothes, wounds, 'n all! Feels like the devil itself inside yer drawers for a mo', but you'll never feel fresher after. Costs me 3 shins a use, an' they jus' gives it to yer for free. An' here you is askin' me how. Ha!”

Chuckling to herself, she forgets all manners and starts to walk away, head shaking back and forth.

[For Daesa]

Once back down in the common area, you see two people already congregating there, although another figure passes by you on the stairs going up, his face and sense of urgent paranoia both obvious and weirdly familiar. It's hard to place him, however, other than the oddly-shaped hat and strange, rectangular dagger strapped to his side.

The two in the common area are a study in contrasts. The first somehow manages to look both hardened and rough while exhibiting a wild-eyed innocence just beneath the surface, his eyes flitting over everything both in seeming attention to detail as well as drinking in strange, new sights, whenever they can arrest themselves from whatever tome he is currently reading. The other, a flamboyantly-dressed warrior, seems to grow more in consternation as a conversation between her and a local servant seem to amuse the servant to no end.

[For Dexil]
When you initially entered, there was a glimpse of a woman climbing up the same stairs you would later climb yourself, leading to your accommodations. When you returned to the common room, it was apparently as the first to retire down here to wait. Your book doesn't give much on the city – at its time of writing little was still known, aside from its being tamed by the Order of Truth, the setup of a benevolent Duchy, and rumors of mechanical menaces that protected the walls but never harassed the people living inside.

When the flamboyant fighter first came down the stairs to find a worker, her discomfit was obvious, written all over her frame. The what of it, of course, was unclear. However, the subject clearly caused conflict with the worker she spoke to... which then translated somehow into slight laughter.

About that time, another figure began to descend the stairs.

Upstairs

[For Taelan]
The device is odd, that's for certain. Dry, metallic at places, a strange, milky syth at others. There is symmetry, however. Reaching out, your fingers touch along the top rim of the upper disc, to feel the slightest of hums, vibration against the hand. It is the same with the lower half, although, with a slight inspiration, you don't pull your hand back with the initial sensation. [Difficulty 3 Intelligence roll, succeeded.]

Leaving it there provides an alarming surprise. A field of translucent, slightly opaque energy engulfs the portion of the hand between the two discs. It's not complete – there are starts, stutters, and stops throughout the short process. The feeling on your skin is not entirely present... a feeling of warm, fuzzy … something, wrapping around, and painlessly burrowing through the skin, leaving comfort and a pleasant afterimage of sensation after it.

Eventually, presence of mind allows you to pull the hand back out... a hand now completely free of drit, dust,or even the signs thereof. Indeed, even the clear evidence of little microabrasions are gone.
Jaeda Swiftsteel
 player, 8 posts
 Glaive
 Intense Training
Sat 2 Jul 2016
at 02:00
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
Just...step in?

Jaeda looks skeptical. She doesn't try to stop the woman who is already leaving. She figures she'd probably have to pay 3 shiv to get a fuller explanation. Instead, she turns to head back to her room. If anyone seems to be sneering at her she just gives them a self-depreciating smile. Yep, I'm foreign and dumbass but I can laugh at myself, too, see?

It was a tactic that had worked for her before, laughing at herself, and really, what did it matter if people thought she was an over-privileged idiot worthy of disdain? She thought their doors were a joke, she really did. She wasn't going to get a lick of sleep, but...maybe she'd be BAM clean just like that while...demons roared in her pants. Apparently.

She actually clenched her fists as a wave of fear and anxiety washed over her. Everything she'd been taught said, yes, well, exactly. Demons WOULD be roaring through her pants.

Everything she'd learned since leaving the Black City said that was hogwash, but the fear still churned in her gut. Still, she wouldn't be able to do what she did if she couldn't face fear. She closed her eyes and made herself step inside the Wave.
Taelan Faswell
 player, 5 posts
 Jack
 Fugitive
Sat 2 Jul 2016
at 18:34
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
Taelan almost pulled his hand back instinctively as the machine started but he was glad that he didn't. He stared at his hand curiously as he the energies coming from the device enveloped his hand. An eyebrow raised suspiciously at the strange feeling of what felt like a tiny, friendly warm crawling around inside his skin. It was admittedly a little uncomfortable, but the end result seemed to make it more worth the momentary unpleasantness.

Seeing the work was done, he looked down at his gloved hand, surprised at the level of cleanliness that had suddenly been achieved in stark contrast to the rest of his clothes. Curiosity struck again as he peeled off the glove on his right hand, a frowning for a moment as he realized that not all marks would get cleaned. He was impressed however that it had somehow even cleaned the dirt from under his fingernails.

Now confident that the machine wasn't going to main or disfigure him he thought for a moment. Walking back into the main area of his room he picked up his hat and put it back on, stepping fully into the device this time, glad that this was likely going to be the cleanest he would be in quite a while.
Daesa Lightspire
 player, 4 posts
 Nano
 Psionic
Mon 4 Jul 2016
at 00:43
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
Daesa almost pauses on the stairs as she passes by the hat wearing stranger.  Something strikes her about him that she just cannot place.  She almost follows him, but realizes that he probably isn't the sort who enjoys strange women invading his personal space.  Not that it's all that private.

Either way she lands in the common area, looking over the group that is gathered and decides for now to get her own table.  With one patron in a book and the other looking slightly horrified, she figures it is best to observe them for a few moments longer.

Besides, her eyes are on the stairs to see if Hat Man returns.
Dexil Guilan
 player, 4 posts
 Jack
 School of Hard Knocks
Mon 4 Jul 2016
at 09:36
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
Noting that the establishment appeared to be busier than he expected and his research turning up little information, Dexil closed his book and rested his hands on top of it.

He watched each patron as they entered, of left, in quite obvious fashion. He stared, not intently or impolitely, just ... oddly. It wasn't the invasive scrutiny of a cut-purse or attacker; more the passive observation an animal or machine.

His mind tallied the patrons; there was little commonality bar their outward species. He'd seen the same arrangement back home when the automata assembled for specific causes. The thought rolled around his head for a moment before he decided on a logical plan to ascertain if they were here for the same reason he was;

He spoke clearly and at sufficient volume for anyone in the common room and nearby to hear; "The Order of Truth and the Barony of Labaryth in Ancuan seek your presence. There is a need for stalwart heroes, and the Order has seen you."

The words were ingrained in his mind from the messenger automata that had spoken them too him. Whilst it had found and checked it's recipient that impersonal nature of the message seemed ... rote. He'd thought there would be more when the automata went on to explain that multiple individuals were required....
The Strange
 GM, 26 posts
 Many faces
 all the same.
Mon 4 Jul 2016
at 19:51
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
[In the common room]

Shortly before Dexil makes his statement, Jaeda, too, makes her way upstairs, the shifting look on her face clear as she brushes past Daesa to do so. As such, Daesa is the only one to hear Dexil state, quite clearly, and in a tone very reminiscent of the bird's automaton voice, the original summons.

[In the various rooms]

The Wave, as it was revealed to be called, is silent when not in use. However, the moment a foot touches it, bare or booted, a hum begins, as well as a strange, cycling sound. Once the body is completely on the lower disc, the energy buildup begins anew. From inside the field, it is clear that it is throughout... visually almost a liquid, wrapping about the body.

For Taelin, the feeling is like what he felt with his hand, but this time magnified to envelop his entire body.

For Jaeda, the feeling of the energy as it enters her body cannot be psychically pleasant... indeed, it is the physical equivalent of every scary story she grew up with. Demons of air, clearly, power this device... pushing through, invading the body in to every inch. Warmth. Unnatural pleasure. Fuzzy tendrils wrapping about, permeating every aspect of your very being. This is the sort of thing you were taught is how possession by these demons would feel.

It may feel like it lasts only a second. Perhaps it feels like hours. In reality, the process lasts all of 30 seconds before the machine shuts down. In the end, the slightest amount of steam escapes the skin, although all is dry.

The skin itself is clean, perhaps cleaner than it's ever been naturally – all drit, dust, stains, etcetera are gone. Hides and leather are as if brand new. Metal is shined to the nth degree. Cybernetics gleam. There is no sign of rust or obvious age anywhere. Natural scars, of course, remain... no cracks, dents, or the like are impacted, but even they seem well-kept now. The cleanliness is perfect.

As to after-effects, there seem to be none directly apparent.
Jaeda Swiftsteel
 player, 9 posts
 Glaive
 Intense Training
Mon 4 Jul 2016
at 20:26
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
In reply to The Strange (msg # 18):

She staggers back, gasping. She puts her hand on her chest for a few moments, trying to calm her racing heart.

"Cleaning. It just cleaned me," Jaeda whispered,cover and over, until she could get the twisting sensation out of her gut.

Only when she was composed did she make her way back to the common room, intent on her original plan. Listen, learn, and look for others who might have been summoned, as she had. Though if all the Wave rooms were in the same section...she paused in the hallway, looking up and down, thoughtfully.
Taelan Faswell
 player, 6 posts
 Jack
 Fugitive
Mon 4 Jul 2016
at 23:52
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
Taelan's eyes widened a bit at the odd sensation. He had initially thought that putting his hand in first would prepare him for stepping all the way in. It most definately did not. A shiver ran down his spine as he felt the little fuzzy worms flow through him, the feeling of them slithering through his lungs and stomach more than a little unpleasant. Still, he stood there until it seemed to be finished, surprised by how refreshed he felt.

He stepped into the more open area of him room and looked down at himself with a smile. How long had it been since he was this clean? He reached up and touched his chin, admittedly curious if the device had given him a clean shave too. Realizing it hadn't he chuckled regardless. His smile faded as a thought crossed him and he turned to look at his weapon, worried the machine may have dne something harmful to it. His grin returned as, after a few moments inspection, he realized it was fine.

With a soft sigh he looked back at the pathetic leather that was serving as a door to his room. He had planned to secluded himself in his room until called for but without a proper door there was no point in doing so. Better to find a spot in the common room where he could watched the whole room. With that he stepped out into the hall and looked around, spotting the woman with the colorful outfit. At first he only afforded her a short glance before he noted a hint of familiarity. He looked back to her again and stopped in his tracks, his expression a mix of surprise and confusion. "...Jaeda?"
Lofwyr Hawkesong
 player, 1 post
 Nano
 Ports and Plugs
Tue 5 Jul 2016
at 03:02
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
"Isn't that just the wizzest of things you've ever /seen/." Comes a voice from up near the glowglobes of the ceiling. Its a cheerful voice, familiar enough to some. It comes from a rather odd looking figure. Wrapped in scavenger's robes, in good repair and clean. An off-white color, but with odd electric panels glowing blue and green making designs across the chest and back of the outfit.

More lines of the glowing material twine down the sleeves and matching pants. Tucked into serviceable boots of black leather. His head is covered by a hood, but long strands of unruly black hair peek out here and there. A pair of multi-lense goggles sit on his head, atop a grinning face and a pair of brilliant almost-too-bright electric blue eyes. Angular features, a bright smile and just the hint of smile lines starting to form at the corners of his eyes gives a hint to his usual demeanor.

Atop the robes are dozens of pouches and small packs, all cunningly strapped down so they don't dangle as he floats in the air.

Because he is indeed floating.

"I mean I've had that done before but its just soo great! I mean you can't get that kind of clean with just a bath!" He waves one hand idily. Its a gleaming silver cybernetic, covered in ports and interface points. "That really get-down-in-there-and-get-it-all-grimed-out clean! Love it!"

A soft hup sound from the figure and he pushes off the ceiling to land on the floor. "I'm Lofwyr! You all can call me Lof. Or Loffy. Or That Guy. I've answered to 'STOP OR I'LL SHOOT' before but that is not one I try to have thrown at me that ofte--wait..." The chatter stops as he peers towards the newly refreshed group. Slowly he circles around behind Taelan, pacing round the group before stopping.

"Tee!" The exclamation comes with a finger point. "I knew I recognized the back of that head! I mean you look a lot better than when I last saw you! Your upright and everything! I mean I kinda had to put that bump on the back of your head but you survived and everything! Wizz. I mean really wizz!" He slowly nods before blinking. "Wait. Uh. Um." Now looking curiously towards the rest.

"...so...um...tell me you got out of your last line of work. Please?"

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:24, Tue 05 July 2016.

Jaeda Swiftsteel
 player, 10 posts
 Glaive
 Intense Training
Tue 5 Jul 2016
at 04:04
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
"T? I didn't expect to run into you here." Jaeda asks, eyes widening in surprise. But...even as she says that she seems to come to some conclusion.

Then, the appearance of the flamboyant fellow who just...bounced off the ceiling and who also appears to know T makes her blink a few times. Then she recovers herself. As the other two seem to know each other, she sweeps off her hat and bows as well. "Jaeda Swiftsteel," she replies.

She straightens and regards the two men. The Wave rooms had all been in the same section, then. "I take it the both of you received a mysterious summons similar to the one I received. Grand promises of favor and all that sort of thing?"

If they hadn't, she was honor-bound not to give up too many details, but...she really didn't think she was wrong here.
Daesa Lightspire
 player, 5 posts
 Nano
 Psionic
Tue 5 Jul 2016
at 14:26
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
Daesa was so wrapped up in waiting for Hat Man to return that she almost didn't hear Dexil read her invitation verbatim. It then occurs to her that she wasn't the only one to get such an invitation, so she gets to her feet again and approaches Dexil.

"You too? I hope that this isn't a trap.  I mean, the House of Truth would probably be truthful, so it probably isn't a trap but it's good to be prepared right?"  The young woman word vomits in her excitement. "Do you know the Man in the Hat?"

This message was last edited by the GM at 15:32, Tue 05 July 2016.

Dexil Guilan
 player, 5 posts
 Jack
 School of Hard Knocks
Tue 5 Jul 2016
at 15:00
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
Dexil gestured for the young lady to sit;

"I know little of the Order bar the name and what I've gathered from the few Aeon Priests I've spoken too. I do hope this isn't a ploy to entrap us. That would be regrettable."

Looking around he raised an eyebrow; "I didn't see a man in a hat here. I've seen many people in hats before though I suspect your referencing a more recent and immediate event? There will be others I suspect. Two is not enough in any situation where heroes are required. I am not a hero, perhaps my inclusion is a mistake..."

The young mans words were odd, like there was too much thinking behind them, their structure awkward compared to most others of the 9th World.

"Assuming we're here in response to the same invite, whatever it is that hasn't been revealed yet, why do you think the Order invited you? Have you performed heroic deeds in this Steadfast?"
Taelan Faswell
 player, 7 posts
 Jack
 Fugitive
Wed 6 Jul 2016
at 00:30
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
Taelan opened his mouth to respond to Jaeda when there was a sudden voice behind him. He turned to look at the source of the interruption, his widening again once again at yet another familiar face. He stared in disbelief as his eyes shot between the two of them, obviously more than a little stunned. He closed his eyes for a moment and took a deep breath, centering himself a bit as he tipped his hat back, bringing his face a bit out of the shadow that would be formed by it.

"Yes, I remember you too... Though I didn't really expect to see you again. I... no I don't do that kind of work, thankfully. We'll, uh... talk about that later." A hand came up to absentmindedly rub the back of his neck, the sensation of something hard hitting him in the back of the head coming back a little bit. "I also remember hitting a little harder than I expected. Had a headache for a week..."

He shook his head softly before considering Jaeda a moment as she spoke of the reason for her being here. He chuckled to himself and crossed his arms over his chest. "Let me guess, little flying creature came up to you and started talking? The level of coincidence here is a little hard to believe." Despite his words, he was relieved to see here. A friendly face did make him feel a little better about this whole situation. Lofwyr was familiar to him as well, even though he had only met him the once. He raised an eyebrow as he looked back to the eccentric man in white robes. "I'm assuming you got summoned here by something similar?"

This message was last edited by the player at 02:59, Wed 06 July 2016.

Daesa Lightspire
 player, 6 posts
 Nano
 Psionic
Wed 6 Jul 2016
at 02:41
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
"I trained with Aeon Priests in my youth, so I know a little but not enough to satisfy your curiosity."  Daesa runs her fingers through her ginger hair before she takes the offered seat.

"Well hopefully, I mean I am sure we both have our talents but two would not be enough for such a lofty invitation.  Maybe the Man in the Hat is part of the group as you suggest."  Though his musings on hats cause her eyes to glass over before she shakes her head.  "It was a specific one, I am sure he'll turn out."

"For me, I am sure some former teacher of mine perhaps sent my name along.  I can't recall anything that would label me as heroic.  I suppose all will be revealed in time."
Lofwyr Hawkesong
 player, 2 posts
 Nano
 Ports and Plugs
Wed 6 Jul 2016
at 02:55
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
"Oh wait wait! Formality!" Lofwyr grinned for a moment before he swept into a graceful bow. "Lofwyr Hawksong, at your service. Tinkerer, collector, salvage, and general man about town. At your service!"

He paused before offering her a wink. "Or something like that at least."

Then he turned towards Taelan with an equally wide grin coloring his features. "Sorry about that my friend! Sometimes I don't realise my own strength!" Again he flexed that cyberarm before his sharp eyes flickered between the pair.

"Indeed! A little bird gave me a message to be here. So here I am. I wanted so hard to capture that little bird to..." A pause. "...help it function better. Yeah. That is totally why. Anyway!  I didn't know there were this many people here! That is great though. I always like meeting new people!"
Jaeda Swiftsteel
 player, 11 posts
 Glaive
 Intense Training
Wed 6 Jul 2016
at 19:26
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
In reply to Lofwyr Hawkesong (msg # 27):

Jaeda's eyes twinkled in amusement at the tinkerer's antics, and she smiled at the wink. She returned her fancy hat to her head as she answered T's question. "A little bird for me as well," she says. "At least they're wining and dining us nicely."

She looks back and forth between them, clearly burning with curiosity. T might recognize the look she gets when she's just dying to ask questions. Still, she also chooses not to pry. She does have some control over that curiosity, when she wants to.

"Well, don't stand about the hall on my account," she says cheerfully. "I was just on my way back down. I only thought to stop because I thought perhaps others who had been contacted might be coming out of quote-Wave rooms-unquote too. And lo, they were."
Taelan Faswell
 player, 8 posts
 Jack
 Fugitive
Thu 7 Jul 2016
at 07:17
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
Taelan watched Lofwyr for a moment with a slight smirk on his face, the man as loud and enthusiastic as he remembered him. He raised a hand out of his crossed arms for a brief second in an informal greeting. "It should be obvious at this point you both know who I am so pardon me if I don't twirl and bow too."

His eyes fixed on Jaeda for a moment, indeed recognizing the expression. He shook his head and met her gaze. "I'm guessing by that look on your face you're in the dark just as much of the two of us are when it comes to this. If we all received the same message from that bird, I doubt that any of us knows more than you do. Well..." He glanced back at the man with all the bits of machinery hanging off him. "Unless you know more?"

Giving Lofwyr a moment to respond he nodded in agreement towards Jaeda's idea of moving back downstairs. "That sounds fair. I was planning on sitting alone for a time but I would be willing to join you. I wasn't even planning on using the... Wave, did you call it? It was mostly my own curiosity that helped me figure out that device. And seeing as they somehow don't feel the need for proper doors I would very happily leave this area. Ladies first." He gestures for Jaeda to lead the way, giving her a look as if mildly teasing her as he did so.
Lofwyr Hawkesong
 player, 3 posts
 Nano
 Ports and Plugs
Fri 8 Jul 2016
at 18:25
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
"Down it is then! And on to finding out just what all this is about!" A pause. "And I'm sure you twirl and bow quite well Tee. I'll trust you, so you don't have to demonstrate!" The wide smile on Lofwyr's face is genuine enough, eyes crinkled just slightly with laughter before he lightly stepped towards the stairs.

"Nope! Don't know a thing. Which always bothers me to no end, but at least we'll find out soon enough I'm sure. I mean you don't call an meeting with multiple people without some kind of plan behind it!" A pause again. "Unless your mad. I mean I suppose the sender could be mad. As in crazy mad, not angry mad, but then the birds would have been...I don't know. Flying biting skull monsters or something. Who knows."


"And sitting alone is never as much fun as sitting with company! That is a science /fact/."
The Strange
 GM, 28 posts
 Many faces
 all the same.
Sat 9 Jul 2016
at 03:32
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
Between showers, room explorations, and talking, time has definitely passed. Already outside, the light has begun to fade, announcing the coming of dusk. As such, it's perhaps fortuitous that those upstairs chose to come down at this time.

As Taelan leads the group down the stairs, it likely is with a bit of shock that he sees yet another familiar face in Dexil, at the moment in conversation with a woman he wouldn't recognize. However, there isn't really much time to react, as two men choose this moment to walk through the main doors, their very presence demanding attention.

The two are not dressed identically, although it is clear they are of the same order... Aeon Priests.

One stands at an easy seven feet tall, a mountain of a man, in golden, pleated robes that nearly touch the floor. Three scarlet scarves, with golden inlaid patterns running throughout them, wrapped in separated  layers around the neck. A golden cowl covers most of his head, held in place by a scarlet rope across his brow. Half of his face is obscured by what appears to be a second skin, thick and reptilian in appearance, with three segmented eyes where one of his natural eyes is covered. This skin of this protuberance, despite appearing scaled, also gives off the appearance of movement.

The other stands at a far more reasonable five and a half feet, dwarfed by her companion, but at the same time far more regal. She, too, wears robes, although they somehow give off the impression of being both flexible and metallic simultaneously. Gold patterns course through the surface of her robes, constantly shifting and changing. Her cowl is almost a helm, dropping back into a spike that ends between her shoulders. Her own face is clear of odd objects, although her eyes have clearly been replaced, the golden orbs almost glowing.

The female Priest is the one to speak, her voice oddly mechanical and echoing. “Children of Order, I seek those invited to join us at the House of Truth this eve. Please, announce yourself if you are here, so we can take you to the Baron and Cardinal.”
Jaeda Swiftsteel
 player, 12 posts
 Glaive
 Intense Training
Sat 9 Jul 2016
at 03:41
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
In reply to The Strange (msg # 31):

If ever anyone looked like a demon, the scaled, seven foot tall four-eyed man is it.

If ever anyone sounded like a demon, the Aeon Priestess is it. Jaeda has trouble looking at either of them, and a little color drains from her face. For just one moment, it looks as though she's having second thoughts.

But then she thinks about the trek here. The safehouses. The dwindling store of shivs in her pockets. And the fact that she's been all over the world, far from the provincial views of the home she left.

It brings her little comfort, but it allows her to simply say, "Jaeda Swiftsteel. Present." She glances uneasily at her companions to see their reactions. She's pretty sure they'll just take it in stride. Everyone in the lands outside the Black City seems to take everything in stride.

Just what manner of job will this be?
Daesa Lightspire
 player, 7 posts
 Nano
 Psionic
Mon 11 Jul 2016
at 02:58
[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
So many things are happening at once that Daesa head nearly starts to spin.  First the Hat Man comes down the stairs, which is very exciting.  She turns to Dexil and politely gestures in Taelan's direction.  "/That/ is the hat man!"

However more guests arrive, and Daesa's face light up as she recognizes that they are Aeon Priests.  She quickly stands and approaches them, giving a short bow of reverence she addresses the shorter one.

"Daesa Lightspire, here and accounted for."  Though she turns to look at Jaeda as she introduces herself, and tilts her head as the color runs out of her face.
Lofwyr Hawkesong
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Tue 12 Jul 2016
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[IC] Episode 001: Entering Labaryth
Aeon Priests.

Most people would be respectful.

Some people would be terrified.

"I want to poke his face." Lofwyr's voice is low, but his eyes are bright. "I mean is it some kind of biomechanical mask? Is it really awesome cyberware? Did he remove it from something else and then put it on? Does she have some kind of voice modulation system installed? Is it...."

He paused.

"Take a breath." The obviously insane salvager muttered under his breath as he followed his own advice. Even if he /did/ still want to poke at the giants face and see what the lady priest was hiding under her robes.

"Er." A longer pause. "Lofwyr here. Yeah. Definitely here. Definitely not up to anything." Like planning on analyzing their obvious adaptions.