The City of Amapolis - The Temple of Amaris - Outside.   Posted by Historian.Group: 0
Historian
 GM, 8 posts
Mon 28 May 2018
at 16:24
The City of Amapolis - The Temple of Amaris - Outside
Facing a lazily moving river, the temple is a large golden building with arched entrances on all four sides. Around the flat roof of the building is a parapet topped with silver spikes. At each of the four corners is a turret topped with a silver domed roof where a vigilant guard keeps watch. The domed roof on each turret has a twisting spire topped with an angel with wings spread wide. A staircase comes up through a center tourelle that is topped with a large domed roof topped with spire and angel. The windows line the building in the middle, and are highly decorated with columns and filigree. There is constant streams of believers day and night that enter the temple to worship at their Lady's feet.

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:00, Mon 18 June 2018.

Historian
 GM, 142 posts
Tue 30 Jul 2019
at 19:10
The City of Amapolis - The Temple of Amaris - Outside
In reply to Historian (msg # 1):

- from city streets

Long felt very strange, as though he no longer fit properly in his body. The mage had done something to him. His hair was long, and his body felt weaker and there was a softness to his chest that was uncomfortable when he walked.  He'd been hiding in the shadows, making sure no one saw him. He'd sure everyone would be shocked. The people at the bar had looked shocked. Some even bowed and one guy even held the door open as Long ran out, happy to see him go. He had to get to Zen to see if *e could heal him.
Chen Zhou
 player, 1 post
 There is no apocalypse
 just endless smaller ones
Sun 18 Aug 2019
at 18:41
The City of Amapolis - The Temple of Amaris - Outside
Long was not the only one to feel like hiding that day. Chen was nervous, her abilities going strong due to not wanting to be noticed among the many vampires in the streets.

The problem was that, due to said nervousness, she had been putting far too much magic into her abilities, so where they were usually supposed to have a subtle effect, they now made her appear... abnormally normal. An onlooker would see that there was absolutely nothing that stood out about her in any way, and that no matter how hard they looked, the lack of visual traits made it hard to commit her to memory. And even that lack of visual references in itself would oddly enough feel that there was nothing out of the ordinary about that either.

Still, the woman that looked neither old, nor young, nor short, nor tall, with hair that might be white, black or brown did appear to be waiting for someone at the Temple entrance, fidgeting slightly in inexplicably understandable nervousness. She had not noticed Long thus far, due to his (or her) efforts in remaining hidden.
Historian
 GM, 152 posts
Sun 18 Aug 2019
at 23:32
The City of Amapolis - The Temple of Amaris - Outside
Long's hand reached out to grab the strange woman by the shoulder. It should have been easy for her to hide from him, but her taxation and her whizzing emotions gave her away as being right in front of him.

"Hey!" he called out, then cleared his throat as his voice came out in the dulcet tones of a contralto rather than his slightly raspy tenor. He tried again, purposely making his voice sound a littler lower. "What's wrong?"
Chen Zhou
 player, 2 posts
 There is no apocalypse
 just endless smaller ones
Sun 18 Aug 2019
at 23:59
The City of Amapolis - The Temple of Amaris - Outside
When Long's hand touched Chen's shoulder, she spun around, her face a myriad of emotions though none of them positive ones. Stuck somewhere between fight and flight, her expression looked somewhere between a cornered tiger and a deer, though either animal had been extinct for so long that only the Originators might still remember it.

For an instant, her concentration wavered due to the shock, and Long's mind would get a glimpse of white hair and rare Asian features before whatever mask she was holding up was in place once again, and details slipped away again like oil over water. At seeing Long showed no signs of attempting to subdue her, she relaxed somewhat, casting a quick glance around to make sure no one had noticed her slip-up just now. It took a few deep breaths for her to get the wave of adrenaline roaring through her veins under control again, or at least manageable to the point where it would no longer affect her voice.

- "Hm-ahem. Hello. Wrong? What would be wrong?"

She looked the woman up and down for a moment. The woman before her was not unattractive, around half a foot taller than her and her face having a hint of something masculine about it without seeming overly butchy. Her hair was a shade of brown with blonde highlights falling in ringlets she could remember wanting as a child, though her own hair had never had any natural inclination to curl of its own. She had not faced Long when she had spoken and as such did not know whether she was human or a vampire, so as a precaution she kept a close eye on his lips, though hiding it by looking him in the face and trusting her spell to cover up the oddities. Deep breaths and focus, just the way she had been taught...
Historian
 GM, 153 posts
Mon 19 Aug 2019
at 00:46
The City of Amapolis - The Temple of Amaris - Outside
Long's pupil's dilated as the emotions that Chen Zhou was feeling hit him like an anvil. Because she pushed so much fear into him, he was uncertain if the fear was his or hers. He pulled her into his shadows with a shaking hand as his own emotions of fear began to spill over towards her. "Oh my god! So awful! We have to hide don't we?! Let's go find my father. Wait? Would that be a good idea? I'm so confused!"

While he was speaking, his fangs had extended as a reaction to his fear.
Chen Zhou
 player, 3 posts
 There is no apocalypse
 just endless smaller ones
Mon 19 Aug 2019
at 16:14
The City of Amapolis - The Temple of Amaris - Outside
It had been a good thing that Chen had calmed herself, as by the time Long's fangs became visible, she was once again in control of her emotion by wrapping them in a blanket of calmness that helped her concentrate. Normally a vampire would incite alarm, but given where she was, running into a vampire had actually been something she had prepared herself for. Dangerous as it may be for her, it at least was something... expected.

Still, there were a couple of problems left to tackle. The vampire before her seemed almost neurotic, genuinely afraid of something, and she was fairly certain her powers were not to blame for it. What that was she did not know, but she did realize something else: If Long managed to look past her abilities well enough to grab her shoulder like she had earlier, she knew that meeting her father -- likely an older and more experienced vampire himself -- was something she had best avoid, at the very least until after she could assess what had caused Long to see through her powers and see if she could fix that particular weakness before it would be a Hunter seeing through them next time.

Fortunately, she could make use of Long's current mental state to influence her thoughts and guide her away from that idea in more natural ways. Giving Long a reassuring smile, she placed a hand on the taller woman's shoulder, and mimicked what she had told her during their encounter less than a minute ago.

- "Hey, what's wrong? You can tell me, we're both women."

The thing was, Long intrigued her. She was hiding, certainly, but a quick glance around her showed that no one was really looking for her, which meant that what she was trying to avoid getting seen by were vampires in general. Which, given that Long was a vampire herself, did not make much sense. Still, her power was up and she was dividing her attention between actively focusing on it now as she reviewed the earlier encounter, and paying attention to Long to figure out the mystery of this vampire, whom she believed did not realize she was a human due to her power, which would mean she was not completely immune to her power after all, which was reassuring to say the least.
Historian
 GM, 155 posts
Mon 19 Aug 2019
at 18:41
The City of Amapolis - The Temple of Amaris - Outside
A shrill laugh burst from Long's mouth. "We're both women? Right! It looks that way doesn't it?"

As the strangers level of calm flowed over the Brethren, the grip he had on the woman's shoulder began to relax. "If I told you,  you'd probably run straight for the King or the Goddess to spill the news, wouldn't you? And I didn't mean to flirt with someone's wife! What was she doing being all seductive and leaning like that with her husband not more than 3 feet away? Ugh, I'm so angry about it all!"

Angry vibes began to spill out of him and a man nearby them began to push another parishioner still waiting outside, "EY YOU! Yer cutting!" the man roughly hollered as he pushed a woman who'd been standing in front of him all along.

"I DID NOT CUT. YOU OAF!" The woman said as she began to push back.  Soon more parishioners began to take up the argument and someone elbowed Long in the shoulder.
Chen Zhou
 player, 4 posts
 There is no apocalypse
 just endless smaller ones
Tue 20 Aug 2019
at 12:00
The City of Amapolis - The Temple of Amaris - Outside
Chen really couldn't figure out what was wrong that made Long that frantic. While the grip on her shoulder relaxed, giving her at least some indication of how well Long was responding to her attempts to put her at ease, what followed did allow her to at least figure out the flow of events leading up to this moment. So Long swung the wrong way, definitely not an uncommon thing as far as she was aware, and it made someone's husband jealous. But that didn't quite add up to the accusation that preceded it.

- "Wait -- what does the King or the Goddess even have to do with it? Did you try and seduce a princess or something?"

She smirked for a moment, before continuing, mostly to downplay the way her words could be interpreted given Long's current state of mind.

- "Look, if it's that, i can assure you i wouldn't even make it halfway to the King before getting thrown out, so whatever the big secret here is i wouldn't even have the opportunity to talk to either of them. Pragmatically, there is no need to worry about that."

Of course, she knew the true reason the Palace was pretty much the last place on Earth she would want to be, boiling oceans included, but by appealing to Long's sense of logic she hoped to avoid a situation where she would be asked to trust a complete stranger. Rather let her deduce on her own that there was no way for her to betray whatever secret was bothering her, it was better to have Long convince herself than for her to try and do it.
Historian
 GM, 156 posts
Tue 20 Aug 2019
at 14:41
The City of Amapolis - The Temple of Amaris - Outside

More people were yelling having taken up the general feeling of ire that was still coming from Long. Two men fell down beside them, locked in an angry struggle.

From inside the temple, Killishandra roared from the doorway, asking what the meaning of all this was. Long then realized that he was the one causing all the rage in front of the temple. "Oh Amaris Save us, I'm in it now!" he groaned.

Guards came streaming from everywhere, "Hold forth, Vermin!" one of the guards commanded. "Stop all this!"

He gave the woman a steady look, "There's a side gate to the gardens of the Bishop. I have a key. I can help you avoid arrest. I'm so sorry for this."



He took some deep breaths and the crowd began to calm down. Some were weeping with regret and confusion, looking around. Guards began to arrest people for questioning, rounding them up.
Killishandra Vex'Morland
 player, 25 posts
 The Venatrix
 Originator
Tue 20 Aug 2019
at 15:28
The City of Amapolis - The Temple of Amaris - Outside
The Venatrix walked down the stairs with the deliberate steps of a hunting cat. “Who started this? Who dared profane the sanctity of this temple by quarreling as though they were ruffians inside a pub?”

Her voice maintained that deadly calm that still cut through the din like a blade. Her eyes were turning a darker red and the elongation of her fangs was very evident.