On Stranger Tides.   Posted by Dread Pirate Robert.Group: 0
Dread Pirate Robert
 GM, 253 posts
 Master of Fate
 Danger Pool: 5
Fri 5 Nov 2021
at 05:21
Re: Inside the Cathedral
As Valentino tells his story, the crystal in his hand does indeed take on the shape of a wheelbarrow. Again, it's a rather crude representation though it's clear that it is supposed to be a wheelbarrow.
Anders Mendelsson
 player, 45 posts
 Vesten
Fri 5 Nov 2021
at 05:38
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"So, you think this place breaks the rules of Sorte as you know them, is that it?" Anders seeks to clarify. "Or is it possible that you just don't know all the rules?"

"One of the few things I've learned over the years is that rules are usually made to define a normal occurrence, but they seldom deal with the unusual. Those are conditional rules that get added later."

"Hmmm. Admittedly, neither of you may be a trained storyteller, but if telling a story produces a simple effect, what happens if you sing? Remember, too, that songs can tell a story, but there is a wide range of styles. Perhaps the style of singing produces different results."

"Anyway, shall we move on? Even if we guess correctly, of what use does it have right now?"

Vasily Pavlychenko
 player, 191 posts
 Ussuran Sorcerer/Duelist
 HP: 0
Fri 5 Nov 2021
at 16:39
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"I'm sure there is more to be learned from this, but you are right; we're here with a purpose, so we should try to avoid getting too distracted."
Alessandra Castillo
 player, 51 posts
 A lady, then a pirate.
Sat 6 Nov 2021
at 23:07
Re: Inside the Cathedral
In reply to Anders Mendelsson (msg # 593):

"You're right. Songs can tell a story, too." Alessandra adds.
Valentino Iocovelli
 player, 87 posts
 Vodacce Nobleman
Thu 2 Dec 2021
at 03:43
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"That... was... weird... and strange... or are those two things the same?" Valentino says when the crystal changes.

"Oh. Ha-ha-ha. No, Vasily, I can't say that the story is typical of Vodacce. I kind of just made it up. Sounds like you think it needs some editing!"

"I am as fascinated by sorcery as the next person, but this place is so much more than that."

"It does not seem to be typical Syrne construction, so I would like to learn if it is, or it belongs to one of the previous cultures."

"Remember, too, that we don't know all that much about the Syrne. And I'm starting to think that half of that is probably wrong."

Fiora Ambrogia
 player, 51 posts
 Sophia's Daughter Strega
Thu 2 Dec 2021
at 03:48
Re: Inside the Cathedral
Valentino Iocovelli:
"Remember, too, that we don't know all that much about the Syrne. And I'm starting to think that half of that is probably wrong."

"Or it's correct, but only about some of them.  If some people a thousand years hence studied the buildings of Avalon for a century before finding Vodacce, I expect they might be quite confused for a time."  Fiora offers.  "I would love to spend the time to learn everything of this place, but even if I live that long, I have the impression the pearl may not wait."



[OOC: And this was post 1337.  I just had to acknowledge this.]

This message was last edited by the player at 05:00, Thu 02 Dec 2021.

Vasily Pavlychenko
 player, 192 posts
 Ussuran Sorcerer/Duelist
 HP: 0
Thu 2 Dec 2021
at 18:36
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"Valentino, I don't think it necessarily needs any editing. I just had not encountered a story of that form before. Perhaps you've invented something new. You could, perhaps, turn that into fame and power, no?

As for misunderstanding our own history, certainly that is one reason to be sure to record as much detail about the present as possible; so that our descendants will have to rely on guesswork less than we do."

Alessandra Castillo
 player, 52 posts
 A lady, then a pirate.
Sat 4 Dec 2021
at 23:13
Re: Inside the Cathedral
In reply to Vasily Pavlychenko (msg # 598):

"Good point." Alessandra nods.
Anders Mendelsson
 player, 46 posts
 Vesten
Sun 5 Dec 2021
at 18:11
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"I've heard the adage about being doomed to repeat the past if you don't pay attention to it," Anders says. "Not sure I buy into that, though. I mean, there is so little chance of the exact same circumstances occurring twice... not to mention that the person making the decision will have the same experiences on which to base that decision... that it seems unlikely to matter."

"Well, let's check out the next room. We've still got a lot of... cathedral... I'm going to keep calling it that until someone suggests a better term... to explore. I'm sure we'll find a lot of surprises, but I'm starting to wonder if we'll actually learn anything."


He moves down the hallway to the next door, and makes sure everyone else has followed... including Prad... before he opens it.
Vasily Pavlychenko
 player, 193 posts
 Ussuran Sorcerer/Duelist
 HP: 0
Mon 6 Dec 2021
at 18:49
Re: Inside the Cathedral
Vasily follows, somewhat glad that someone else is taking a turn opening doors.
Alessandra Castillo
 player, 53 posts
 A lady, then a pirate.
Sat 11 Dec 2021
at 22:56
Re: Inside the Cathedral
In reply to Anders Mendelsson (msg # 600):

"The more we look, the more chance we've got of learning anything." Alessandra remarks.
Dread Pirate Robert
 GM, 254 posts
 Master of Fate
 Danger Pool: 5
Mon 20 Dec 2021
at 05:29
Re: Inside the Cathedral
The doors in the hallway were staggered rather than be across from each other, so the next door down was on the right. It isn't until you are practically next to it that you realize that there may be something dark on the other side as the green glass of the walls are still translucent but there's not as much light coming through.

Anders opens the door and it is easily discernible what the cause of the darkness is: the decor of this living quarters is all black! It's still all crystal of some sort, but it's black crystal. The outside light that comes in through the back wall and windows is getting absorbed by all the black furniture and furnishings.

You realize this is somewhat consistent with the other two living quarters: the first was light green, the second was dark green, and now this one is black. It takes a little bit of effort, but you can confirm that it is black and not just a very dark green.


The last door in the hallway is on the left, and after Anders opens that door, you easily see that it appears to be an office. There's a desk against the right-hand wall with a chair behind it and another chair beside it closer to the door. There are shelves above the desk, a few more on the wall across from the door, and cabinets against the left-hand wall.

Naturally, it's all made of green crystal.
Vasily Pavlychenko
 player, 194 posts
 Ussuran Sorcerer/Duelist
 HP: 0
Mon 20 Dec 2021
at 16:01
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"Well, still no sign of anything from the Pearl, it seems. This hallway seems primarily to be somewhere that people lived and worked; bedrooms and offices and labs. The fact that it is identifiable as such seems to indicate that whoever created and occupied this place must have a significant amount in common with humans, even if they, themselves, were not human."
Fiora Ambrogia
 player, 52 posts
 Sophia's Daughter Strega
Mon 20 Dec 2021
at 16:19
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"I'm minded of legends of people cursed to find light pianful."  Fiora comments, looking around the black room.  "But I don't think they'd choose to have windows.  What purpose could they have for a room that's so dark when lit by the sun shining in?  Did their eyes see something we can't?"
Anders Mendelsson
 player, 47 posts
 Vesten
Fri 24 Dec 2021
at 04:45
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"That's a good observation, Vasily," responds Anders.

"In some respects, they would definitely seem to be human-like. This layout is perfectly consistent with the way normal people would live. I just can't quite get a handle on what them do different... mentally?"

"Sure, there are different attitudes among people today, but, where you agree with them or not, you at least can understand their thinking. That just doesn't seem to be the case with the Syrne. As Fiora said, what's the point of having a black room... with windows?"

"That's also a good point about them seeing something we can't. Remember, this entire cathedral wasn't exactly visible from the road. I'm still not sure why we could see it from a different angle. Was it because we had the Pearl? Could they see into another realm? For that matter, are WE in another realm now?"

"So, yeah, maybe they could see something here that we can't? How will we ever know?"

Valentino Iocovelli
 player, 88 posts
 Vodacce Nobleman
Fri 24 Dec 2021
at 04:51
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"Why didn't I think of that?!" Valentino suddenly exclaims. "It's the Pearl! I bet Prad here sees it... whatever IT is."

"Maybe it even requires some sort of sorcery that none of us have ever heard of! We don't know what it is that changes the crystals just by speaking. Is that some sort of sorcery?"

Fiora Ambrogia
 player, 53 posts
 Sophia's Daughter Strega
Fri 24 Dec 2021
at 05:24
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"The crystals are some form of sorcery, but as I said before, I think it's one that's already done long ago, and now they wait.  The strands of fate between man and crystal flow the wrong way when you're shaping them, theirs reaching to touch yours instead of you imposing yours on them.  Almost..."  Her eybrows rise and her mouth opens in an 'ah hah!' expression.  "Almost like they're feeling your fate to figure out what shape they should take."
Alessandra Castillo
 player, 55 posts
 A lady, then a pirate.
Sun 26 Dec 2021
at 01:36
Re: Inside the Cathedral
In reply to Dread Pirate Robert (msg # 603):

"It is like a Crystal church." Alessandra says.
Anders Mendelsson
 player, 48 posts
 Vesten
Wed 5 Jan 2022
at 20:29
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"Whatever these Syrne were, they were still slaves to the paperwork!" Anders says as he looks over the 'office' without touching anything.

"If they have their own language, I doubt if I can read it, even if it's written in standard script. The letters might be the same, but the words would be meaningless."

"Anyone want to delve into this room now? Or should we continue on?"

Vasily Pavlychenko
 player, 195 posts
 Ussuran Sorcerer/Duelist
 HP: 0
Wed 5 Jan 2022
at 21:06
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"It seems to me that if the Pearl itself is not reacting, either by itself, or through the agency of Prad, that this room is not important to its disposition. So we should keep looking."
Alessandra Castillo
 player, 56 posts
 A lady, then a pirate.
Sat 8 Jan 2022
at 22:45
Re: Inside the Cathedral
In reply to Vasily Pavlychenko (msg # 611):

So Alessandra follows the others into another room.
Dread Pirate Robert
 GM, 256 posts
 Master of Fate
 Danger Pool: 5
Thu 27 Jan 2022
at 05:10
Re: Inside the Cathedral
Unless anyone wants to explore the other living quarters, the hallway ends in a pair of double doors just past the office. They are green glass doors with a darker overlaid pattern that resembles wrought iron decoration, but a closer examination shows it to be a darker green glass.

Looking through the glass doors, you can see that there's a balcony overlooking a large open area. There does not appear to be any lock on the door, and they swing in towards you just by using the handles.

Stepping out onto the balcony, you can now see that it's overlooking a large amphitheater... if that's what it was supposed to be. The semi-circular area has what appears to be seating along the curved back and sides, on stepped levels like an open theater.

At either end of the balcony, there's an open doorway that looks to lead into the towers that you saw on the outside that were on each side of the structure.
Fiora Ambrogia
 player, 54 posts
 Sophia's Daughter Strega
Thu 27 Jan 2022
at 06:28
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"Well, if this is a church, the altar's down there."  Looking to either side at the stairs, Fiora picks the nearest set and starts heading closer to get a better look.  "Shall we look closer?"  Though phrased as a question, it's obviously an invitation to come with rather than questioning whether they should.
Vasily Pavlychenko
 player, 196 posts
 Ussuran Sorcerer/Duelist
 HP: 0
Thu 27 Jan 2022
at 14:32
Re: Inside the Cathedral
"I believe we should, though I must say, this seems more evocative of the ancient Numan senate than a church, to me. Once the worship of Theus became the dominant religion amongst the Numan Empire, I think the cathedrals and large churches were built in the style of the government buildings of the day. But I think, generally, most such places of worship have the focus of the audience forward, rather than on a single person; after all, you are meant to be worshiping the omnipresent Theus, not the priest.

I guess it is possible that this structure, or something like it, is the basis for those Numan structures. But, once again I'm conjecturing, with no way to prove or disprove my theories.

Do we want to attempt to climb down directly, or find our way down by less precarious means?"

Dread Pirate Robert
 GM, 257 posts
 Master of Fate
 Danger Pool: 5
Thu 27 Jan 2022
at 20:31
Re: Inside the Cathedral
No sooner does Fiora start to move to the left end of the balcony than everyone realizes that Prad has already started moving in that direction.

When Anders catches up to him and steps in front of him, Prad runs right into him, but then stops.