On Stranger Tides.   Posted by Dread Pirate Robert.Group: 0
Vasily Pavlychenko
 player, 182 posts
 Ussuran Sorcerer/Duelist
 HP: 0
Fri 1 Oct 2021
at 12:24
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"Looks like this one is another workshop of some sort. Looks like it is for doing something with crystals. Maybe they can be processed and turned into all this green glass-like stuff? Or I guess it could be anything, really.

Anyone know anything special about crystals? Maybe a more expert eye could make more sense of this. Maybe they are gemstones even?"

Fiora Ambrogia
 player, 38 posts
 Sophia's Daughter Strega
Fri 1 Oct 2021
at 15:01
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"Sadly no.  They're pretty, but I'm not familiar with different types of stone."



[I'm guessing something would have been said if they have more or less fate to them than expected.]
Alessandra Castillo
 player, 46 posts
 A lady, then a pirate.
Sun 3 Oct 2021
at 00:48
Re: Inside the Cathedral
In reply to Vasily Pavlychenko (msg # 557):

"They are very pretty, no matter what they are." Alessandra says.
Dread Pirate Robert
 GM, 246 posts
 Master of Fate
 Danger Pool: 5
Wed 6 Oct 2021
at 16:14
Re: Inside the Cathedral
Fiora didn't see anything but normal Fate strands to the crystals. Those fell into two categories--the Fate of having been plucked from the ground, and the Potential to be anything else.

However, she is sensing strands in this room. It takes a bit of concentration to realize that they are not attached to the walls and floor of the structure, but that the room itself seems to have strands. At that point, she realizes that they are faded strands... as if something happened long ago in this room and the strands are all that remain.
Fiora Ambrogia
 player, 39 posts
 Sophia's Daughter Strega
Fri 8 Oct 2021
at 07:40
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"Something important happened here...  A very long time ago."  Stepping into the room, Fiora reaches out for one of the detached strands and touches it, just barely brushing the faded fate.  "Something that was important, and then suddenly wasn't, just leaving the strands hanging like this."

Looking around at the room, she frowns a bit as she thinks, then smiles.  "Or it was cut loose, like that deck in the other room.  This might be what it looks like after they do that.  I wonder how it's done?"
Vasily Pavlychenko
 player, 183 posts
 Ussuran Sorcerer/Duelist
 HP: 0
Fri 8 Oct 2021
at 15:17
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"Well, this appears to be some kind of workshop. Perhaps one or more inventions of great power or great historical significance were created here? If that were the case, would such an invention retain an actual thread connecting it to the workshop? After all, no one really considers where most things are made; once they're done, it is how they are used that has the actual significance. The workshop may simply no longer play any part in the fates of the things it created.

Of course, once again, it seems there's nothing useful we can really garner from this room. Barring, of course, long-term study to determine how they utilized these crystals to do something useful."

Anders Mendelsson
 player, 41 posts
 Vesten
Fri 8 Oct 2021
at 17:27
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"You may be right... about not getting any useful information out of this room," Anders agrees. "I'm just not that sure. And, of course, I know nothing about Fate strands."

"If this was a workshop of some sort... one that involved working with these crystals, then might that fact that no one has worked in this room for over a thousand years have caused the strands to fade?"

"What would happen if we remove one of these crystals from the room? Would they suddenly gain new strands?"

"I'd always associated Fate with living creatures. Does a rock really have a Fate?"

Fiora Ambrogia
 player, 40 posts
 Sophia's Daughter Strega
Fri 8 Oct 2021
at 18:10
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"Yes and no.  Everything The Creator made has a fate, be it ever so humble, but most of those strands may as well be set in stone.  A rock will stay where it rests unless something living moves it, and so it's fate is always entwined with the living.  I could grasp that fate-"  She grabs at the air and tugs.  The sharp-eyed might notice the skin of her finger indenting as though pulling on a thread, but nothing happens.

"But it's not given to us to change the fate of the world except through the living.  Pull as I might, that fate won't change unless a hand or a hoof or a paw touches it."  She grins.  "If someone stands on the far side of the stone I could move it by pulling on their strands, but they'd not enjoy the process of being used as a net.  Or I could bless their strength, to move the stone more easily, which they might enjoy more.  A curse could make them trip over it, but aiming them to trip over a specific stone is far beyond my skill."

This message was last edited by the player at 18:11, Fri 08 Oct.

Valentino Iocovelli
 player, 82 posts
 Vodacce Nobleman
Fri 8 Oct 2021
at 23:57
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"Ha-ha-ha! I almost understood that, Fiora," Valentino said as he continued to study the crystals from the doorway, "and yet didn't!"

"I suppose it gets down to how you define Fate. Do these crystals have a Fate? Did they in the past? So, someone gathering up the crystal changed it?"

"Would there Fate have been to become part of this structure?"

Alessandra Castillo
 player, 48 posts
 A lady, then a pirate.
Sat 9 Oct 2021
at 23:46
Re: Inside the Cathedral
In reply to Valentino Iocovelli (msg # 565):

Alessandra has to agree with Valentino. She didn't quite understand that herself. A Crystal having a fate itself? Fascinating.
Fiora Ambrogia
 player, 43 posts
 Sophia's Daughter Strega
Wed 13 Oct 2021
at 05:51
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"Maybe?  When the Creator gave humans free will, he imbued us with the ability to rail agianst our fates, to wrest the world to our bidding.  I can wrest it in ways you can't, but if I twist your fate you can still struggle against it.  These stones may not have had this fate until someone or something with free will decided to build this place."
Vasily Pavlychenko
 player, 184 posts
 Ussuran Sorcerer/Duelist
 HP: 0
Fri 15 Oct 2021
at 15:02
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"Well, I suppose if one of us picks up one of the gems, it should add a strand to that gem, right?" Vasily walks over to the apparently unused gems and picks one up. "Anything interesting?"
Anders Mendelsson
 player, 42 posts
 Vesten
Fri 15 Oct 2021
at 15:09
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"I suppose if you're born to it, it's easier to make sense of it," Anders suggested. "Kind of like when someone's born to the sea."

"Can't think of anything else at the moment that would be like that... maybe born to the saddle?"

"If there's nothing to be done with this room, we should check out the last two doors in this hallway, and then see what lies beyond."

"So, Fiora, is there any reason we shouldn't take one or two crystals from this room?"

Dread Pirate Robert
 GM, 249 posts
 Master of Fate
 Danger Pool: 5
Fri 15 Oct 2021
at 15:12
Re: Inside the Cathedral
When Vasily picks up a gem, nothing seems to happen until he speaks. Then there's a faint momentary glow from the crystal. At the same time, Fiora detects a strand start to form, but it quickly goes away when Vasily stops talking.
Vasily Pavlychenko
 player, 185 posts
 Ussuran Sorcerer/Duelist
 HP: 0
Fri 15 Oct 2021
at 15:24
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"Woah... did you all see that glow? Valentino, aren't the 'Fair Folk' associated with storytelling in some way? Could it be that these crystals were created or altered by them?" Vasily peers into the crystal as he talks, to see if he can see any sort of pattern to the glowing.
Dread Pirate Robert
 GM, 250 posts
 Master of Fate
 Danger Pool: 5
Fri 15 Oct 2021
at 16:38
Re: Inside the Cathedral
Once again, the crystal glows as he speaks. And stops glowing when he stops.
Fiora Ambrogia
 player, 45 posts
 Sophia's Daughter Strega
Fri 15 Oct 2021
at 17:29
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"Be very, very careful with that."  Fiora speaks up, stepping forward, hands raised to grab.  "It started to form a new strand of fate when you spoke.  Hold your hand betwen mine, speak slowly, and tell me a story from Ussura."

As the thread starts to form again, she readies herself to snatch it away if it does something untoward.
Vasily Pavlychenko
 player, 186 posts
 Ussuran Sorcerer/Duelist
 HP: 0
Fri 15 Oct 2021
at 17:35
Re: Inside the Cathedral
Vasily does as Fiora asks, since she can see something that he cannot. He relates a story about Matuska helping a village each winter over the course of several years and the village becoming dependant upon the aid, then Matuska being distracted one winter and the village coming to ruin, even worse than they would have in the first year had she not aided them then. It sounds much like Vasily has told this story quite a few times before.
Dread Pirate Robert
 GM, 252 posts
 Master of Fate
 Danger Pool: 5
Sat 16 Oct 2021
at 14:32
Re: Inside the Cathedral
As Vasily speaks, the strand becomes larger and more pronounced, intertwining with Vasily's own strands.

While it's doing this, the crystal begins to change shape, and slowly starts to turn into a miniature sculpture of a village. At the end of his story, the crystal village is in ruins, but it is still clearly the remnants of a village.
Valentino Iocovelli
 player, 83 posts
 Vodacce Nobleman
Sat 16 Oct 2021
at 14:35
Re: Inside the Cathedral
Valentino watches the crystal change in amazement, and casts more than one glance at all of the other crystals.

"So, all these crystals can be changed?" he asks, only semi-directing his question to Fiora.

"And they can be turned into this... cathedral... merely by talking to them?"
Fiora Ambrogia
 player, 47 posts
 Sophia's Daughter Strega
Sat 16 Oct 2021
at 19:30
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"Quite likely."  Fiora answers, one hand pressed to Vasily's chest and holding onto </Aqua>the strand from the crystal.  "Though maybe not the entire cathedral.  I don't know how many voices you would need to do that."  Her other hand is still near his, lightly pressing a few other cords out of the way so she can reach between them.  Her fingers glide over his shirt as she tests the connection curiously.

[Is this like the connection between sword and smith?  He created the model village with his story as the craftsman's tools.]

This message was last edited by the GM at 20:57, Sat 16 Oct.

Anders Mendelsson
 player, 43 posts
 Vesten
Sat 16 Oct 2021
at 21:05
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"Perhaps many people," Anders semi-agrees with Fiora, "but maybe just a few very skilled people and a great amount of time."

"The village did appear rather crude, though clearly it was a village."

"Maybe it takes great skill to make a chair or a pillow out of a crystal. Perhaps those are what the apprentices make, perfecting their craft before they can do things like cathedrals and... ships? I've heard of a crystal ship, but I always thought it referred to a glass-blower's craft."

"And, no offense, Vasily, but while your tale was interesting, I think I'm safe in saying you aren't really a trained story-teller. I don't think you were even trying to shape the crystal into a village. You were just seeing what would happen."

"Since your tale was about a village, that was what the crystal became. I don't suppose you know any tales about a chair?"

Alessandra Castillo
 player, 49 posts
 A lady, then a pirate.
Sat 16 Oct 2021
at 22:33
Re: Inside the Cathedral
In reply to Dread Pirate Robert (msg # 575):

Alessandra gasps and puts a hand over her mouth so as not to make a sound. Goodness.
Vasily Pavlychenko
 player, 187 posts
 Ussuran Sorcerer/Duelist
 HP: 0
Mon 18 Oct 2021
at 18:38
Re: Inside the Cathedral
Vasily examines the crystal-cum-village closely, looking to see how the detail is, and if it matches what he imagined that the village would look like, or if it was more generic; more in line with his, admittedly, limited ability to evoke the imagery in someone else's head.

"Indeed, while it is incumbent upon me to tell this parable, as well as others, and I have related it many times, I am not a trained storyteller. Still, it is kind of amazing that these gems can adjust themselves based upon the speech, or, perhaps, thought, of the holder. Perhaps, though, someone who understood this sort of construction better could work with a much larger gem to create something like this cathedral whole. Perhaps even with the individual bits, like pillows and blankets, all at the same time. If we could figure out how to create such gems, they could be very useful... but I don't think we should take any of these from here, lest they be yet another treasure compelling people to seek out this place."
Valentino Iocovelli
 player, 84 posts
 Vodacce Nobleman
Mon 18 Oct 2021
at 20:57
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"I suppose you have a good point," Valentino responds to Vasily.

"It makes me wonder, though, whether these are naturally-occurring crystals or have they been modified in some way in order to do what they do?"

"Can they only be transformed here within the cathedral? Or will they still do that if removed from this place?"

"I suppose your caution is because we don't really know what they can do. If all they do is change shape, though, what difference would it make outside this place?"

"Also, do they work for anyone, or do you have some sort of talent for it?"

"What about the ones that have already been transformed? Could you change the shape of one of the chairs or pillows?"