RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable.   Posted by Talon.Group: 0
Talon
 GM, 221 posts
 Weaver of Tales
 The Underlying Order
Wed 4 Mar 2020
at 03:57
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
OOC: Taking some GM liberties to move things along.

Seris was getting her bearings and had decided to delve deeper into the Temple -plus there seemed to be some sort of lock at the main gate which posed a problem- but before Seris had the chance to depart that same door opened and three strangers walked in. A straight backed man with striking black hair, a child in a t-shirt and shorts and another man also in similar attire whose features looked almost... unfinished. The four of them stopped short and regarded one another.

Before they had the chance to speak though, the air started to swim. It was as though having all of them together had sparked off some reaction. Their residual divinity clinging to them like a haze had coalesced, it was gaining momentum as those divine energies swirled and materialized. Around them they could feel the raw material of creation, it was all potential that had never been realized before the End and which had started to cling to them like motes of dust, now it had reached critical mass.

Something major had been set in motion. An entire Realm was taking shape before their eyes. It was going to come into being whether they liked it or not, but with them at its swirling core, they had the ability to influence its birth.

Opening up The Reforging Realm
Talon
 GM, 238 posts
 Weaver of Tales
 The Underlying Order
Tue 10 Mar 2020
at 23:58
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
Nox stepped through a twisted oak archway in another world and found himself back in the quiet temple of Chapel Hollow. It seemed the burst of creation he and the other gods had spontaneously undertook had not destroyed this place of worship. It had changed it however. A sprawl of roots and branches now clung to one wall of the temple and formed an archway, within its boughs that arch rippled like water. It was a beautiful gateway, fresh and new just like its realm.

New Entrance added to Chapel Hollow

A moment later the feral half beast woman followed through the gate and emerged into the temple. The small child god almost bumped into the back of her legs as he came out through the gateway as well.
Neru
 player, 86 posts
 09/10 HP
 King of the Playground
Wed 11 Mar 2020
at 10:54
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
"Huh. Interesting feeling, being in two places at a time. I assume you are used to it, Nox. Being the night or whatever"

Neru gave himself a quick tour for what he had seen of the Chapel already, and after confirming the new realm was the only thing different, came back to Nox and Seris.

"So are we going somewhere?"
Seris
 player, 90 posts
 Goddess of Devouring
 Teeth Hugs 'R' Us
Wed 11 Mar 2020
at 16:23
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
As Seris came to the realm, she felt the fumble that was Neru walking into her from the portal. Stepping to the side she then watched the kid walk about the room.

She was only first here a few moments ago. Seemed he was more familiar here than her. "An angler to hunt, is mine plan. Thou may come along, however mineself doubts how much help thou is. Especially in current state, maybe a distraction, yes? The void I must find again however."
Nox
 player, 118 posts
 10/10 HP
 The Primordial Darkness
Wed 11 Mar 2020
at 16:26
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
Nox shook his head.

"While as you say I'm no stranger to the concept of omnipresence, this is a bit different. It's as much a trait of us being gods as it is that of the realm itself. We still, ultimately, are singular and static now. The split-self is only an exception. Perhaps there are other realms and places that will allow the splitting of my selves but the Forest is the first one I've encountered since the Cataclysm." he replied.

"And yes my good Neru...I was thinking of doing a survey of the new realm we made and our peoples, but not right away. Let them get their bearing a bit before gods come rushing into the picture. If my people cannot even figure out how to at least take their first steps without me, then they were simply too weak and pathetic to be worth my time in the first place. I have no time to coddle them." he said, all with his usual friendly tone of voice and smile.

"With that said...this chapel seems like it has become out headquarters basically. We can use it to access the wastes, and thus other dimensions, and now our own new Forest Realm. And it's stable and angler-snake free...always a bonus. So I want to survey it. And we've explored the main section we're in but the sanctuary in back and below the chapel has been unexplored yet. I intend to change that. We need to ensure this place is truly safe for us." he said.

"So will you come with me Neru and see what the sanctuary holds? Perhaps our new partner in crime Seris would like to join us as well?"

With that, Nox begins walking toward the back of the Chapel.

Nox heads to the sanctuary.
Seris
 player, 92 posts
 Goddess of Devouring
 Teeth Hugs 'R' Us
Wed 11 Mar 2020
at 16:49
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
Seris shrugged, "I do not mind. I know I am familiar to multiples of mine self. I shall come with for now. Mine goal remains the same though; find the void and hunt the black angler-snake." Maybe there were more than one? Or one across the instances, time and relativity were weird now.

Passing by Neru as she went to follow Nox, Seris roughed his hair up with a hand. Maybe to do so out of annoyance for being called granny. Or just to do it. "That one is quite wordy, yes? The primordial.." There was nothing wrong with that, despite her saying something.

As she followed through to the sanctuary Seris did a clawed wave as if beckoning Neru to follow, "Come along child, before the snake free temple decides to eat thee."
Nox
 player, 120 posts
 10/10 HP
 The Primordial Darkness
Wed 11 Mar 2020
at 17:08
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
Nox looked at Seris with amusement.

"So you also met those dastardly snakes. Be careful, kitten...they will whisper sweet mothings to you. Try to bounce your own voice back to you. Lure you in with anything interesting they can think of. But they only have one goal...to EAT YOU. Nasty snakes they are. Perhaps I may come help you on a snake hunt sometime. I'm no fan of theirs." he replied.

"And don't worry about calling me a primordial, kitten. Or should I say lioness...you seem heartier than us for some reason. I wonder what you had to lose to regain so much power?" he said, playfully.

"Well no matter. A woman needs her secrets. I should know. You can call me Nox. You may also know me as Nyx, my female aspect, but I haven't been able to be anything but male since falling to the Cataclysm. So Nox will do. And don't mind Neru - he's basically a millenias old child who's never grown up. But he has his own sort of astute wisdom - don't dismiss him is all I'm saying."
Neru
 player, 87 posts
 09/10 HP
 King of the Playground
Wed 11 Mar 2020
at 18:35
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
Neru whispered to Seris, but intentinally loud enough for Nox to hear.

"He thinks he is amazing, but he is not that big of a deal."

He then continues, loud as usual. "He is right on who I am though. I don't care for ruling over all or anything like that. I want to have fun for all eternity, and help children do so aswell, since I like them. Not as a meal, like you do, but more as a concept. Very few adults have the ability to enjoy life"

The Child God walks with the two, heading for the sanctuary.
Seris
 player, 96 posts
 Goddess of Devouring
 Teeth Hugs 'R' Us
Thu 12 Mar 2020
at 00:57
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
Seris tapped her chin with her claw. It seemed she had a failed understanding. "A moment before I come with." trotting back to the Glade portal, Seris touched it and walked through. Re-creating two instances of her self.

Neru was right in some manor though, the kid was insightful if nothing else. "I enjoy life to it's fullest. At least the way I live it. It has many pleasures to offer, just depends if one wants to ride them or try and take control of them." Waving her hand slightly, she continued "Though, for me, the funnest things are the most dangerous, and the most tasty." she licked her lips lightly.

"I've never heard nor known of Nox, or Nyx. If thou were a primordial, it was not from where I existed or resided. The universe is a big or well was a big place, yes? However your energy is comforting, similar to what I was tied to in my previous existence. Maybe thou are not far off from what I do know."

This message was last edited by the player at 02:44, Thu 12 Mar.

Talon
 GM, 245 posts
 Weaver of Tales
 The Underlying Order
Thu 12 Mar 2020
at 01:04
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
The three assembled gods briefly exchanged greetings and words in the hush of the temple. They were of one mind that the sanctuary was worth exploring. Leaving the oak portal and the hush of the temple behind the trio descended into the sanctuary.

If the gods weren't aware of the End, the narrow halls and featureless doors of the sanctuary would be seem entirely mundane. These halls had painted drywall, bland paintings of landscapes hanging from the walls and plastic plants interspersed. What made this place more than just claustrophobic complex of halls though was the way in which those halls interlocked and separated before folding back in on one another. The many halls were all at a slightly wrong angle, the way they connected was not how a sane builder would lay them out. In some places the way reality had folded together formed double doors or left a window in the ceiling or floor. These oddities were just frequent enough to remind travelers that they were indeed somewhere new.

Opening doors and finding more identical hallways behind them, there was a distinct possibility of getting lost in that florescent labyrinth, but its sprawling nature also sparked imagination.

Decision

Lose Oneself: Press on heedless of consequences into the labyrinth! (This option will start a new adventure and it will keep players away from the Chapel for a minimum of a week.)

Explore the Immediate Halls: This would be a less adventurous approach and a more methodical one which involved combing all the nearest corridors and dead ends to ensure that there were no surprises lingering on the surface of this labyrinth. (Won't initiate an adventure but it makes for a shorter time commitment!)
Neru
 player, 88 posts
 09/10 HP
 King of the Playground
Thu 12 Mar 2020
at 01:13
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
Neru, impulsive as always, made his decision without consulting the others.

"It's time to prove your words, Seris. If you really like danger, you better keep up!"

Neru rushes through one of the doors, and then makes a turn, and heads through another corridor, and then through a window on the floor, and then through another corridor. Being weakened from the cataclysm, Seris (and possibly Nox) would likely have little trouble keeping up with the child, but following him would mean losing themselves in the labyrinth aswell.

Lose Oneself chosen

This message was last edited by the player at 01:13, Thu 12 Mar.

Nox
 player, 123 posts
 10/10 HP
 The Primordial Darkness
Thu 12 Mar 2020
at 03:49
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
Nox rolled his eyes at Neru.

"Kids will be kids. Even silly divine ones." he mused aloud in response to him trying to troll him a bit. It was a more amused tone than anything.

"And I was around before, trust me. Even if you didn't see me or sense me. I wasn't one to focus on advertisement or posturing. I didn't need to." he said with a wink. "Although now, I question my own importance given all that's happened. But who knows...I am certain we only know the tip of the iceberg about the cataclysm. Perhaps we're more important than we know?"

"Seris you should leave your people be for a bit and let them get their bearings and come with us. We could use the company of a hell-cat like you in a labyrinth like this. But if you leave the glade now you'll vanish here." he said as he turned and went through the doors after Neru.

Lose Oneself Chosen.
Seris
 player, 98 posts
 Goddess of Devouring
 Teeth Hugs 'R' Us
Thu 12 Mar 2020
at 05:49
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
Seris's tail waved lightly, "I intend to now, I was lacking in understanding the depth of the instances, but it is no issue now. Learn from experience, yes?"

Perhaps they were more important now. Though Seris never felt she was that important to begin with. She was an apex predator among the realms. Yet her prey always came to her aboad where she'd then hunt them. She rarely had reason to leave and converse.

"Danger is not what one must test their mettle or bravery against, Neru. It is against idiocy and lack of wisdom. Without caution or forethought to what dangers there may be, it will lead to one being ate. Thou may trust my wisdom on this lesson as a testament to it."

<b>Lose Oneself</Lavender>"
Nox
 player, 179 posts
 6/10 HP
 The Primordial Darkness
Wed 1 Apr 2020
at 22:01
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
From Labyrinth  ->

"Oh thank goodness we're back from the maze of doom. Or more like the maze of hunger. I am so done with moss and psychedelic mushrooms and cooked almond tasting slime." he said with a sigh.

"Oh sweet sweet chapel how I've missed you."

But he had work to do, and while he was recuperating he had time to do it.

He flitted from shadow to shadow before finally appearing from the shadow of the altar in the center area of the chapel. He had, over time, acquired some built up bits of divine spark power - inspiration if you will - and was inspired by his adventures on how to utilize it with the chapel's altar. and he had the orb too. All three of them settled for "feeding" it to the reforged realm, and Nox intended to honorably see it be done.

But first, he placed his hands onto the altar and closed his eyes, concentrating. He began to hum with energy as he opened his eyes, the black orbs now glowing golden for a moment...

Nox is initiating an Inspiration project! With this week's gain he now has over 100% and I want to use an inspiration project to upgrade his Summon Ghostly Servitor power into something truly potent and fearsome. He'll use the "10% toward a magical project" inspiration as well as 90% of his normal inspiration to do this, leaving him with 35% left for later. Here's what I'm thinking.

Beckon Darkwraith Vassals - This power is an upgraded version of Summon Ghostly Servitors. Unlike the old power, the ghostly servants called forth are imbued by Nox's darkly divine power. They can very much affect the physical world if they like although can be immaterial like a ghost too, and they have an enervating magical touch attack if not wielding weapons. Nox can call forth one Darkwraith per point of Arcanus he has rather than just 1 at a time. Naturally, as his Arcanus grows so do the potency of his Darkwraiths. They shift appearance and normally look like LOTR ringwraiths and are just as terrifying if Nox doesn't explicitly command them to cloak their Wraithly natures, at which point they can appear as sinister or edgy ghosts.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:02, Wed 01 Apr.

Talon
 GM, 311 posts
 Weaver of Tales
 The Underlying Order
Wed 1 Apr 2020
at 23:56
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
OOC: That'll work for the most part! Your Arcanus score will be tied to your Summon Ghostly Servants ability so the ghost summoned will be stronger based upon Nox's strength. Right now the ability will use all of Nox's Arcanus so other magical abilities won't be possible while a Wraith is summoned (Again, it's possible to augment that) and only one Wraith can be summoned at a time (The cap can be raised to 3 with another Project) So slightly less grand than envisioned, but still a very powerful upgrade.

Visiting the altar at the center of the chapel Nox laid his hands on its surface. Power surged through him. It did not burn or freeze. It felt good. Very good. Senses that had been closed opened again and Nox's ties to the spirits he'd claimed strengthened. Their spectral existence became tied to his own strength. As his magical might grew so did their ability to impact the world.

The ghosts could now become solid entities to strike at foes. When they did become embodied they were briefly vulnerable, but if they were destroyed they would reform within three days. Thankfully Nox also had three of the spirits in reserve and only be able to summon one at a time meant it was unlikely he would run out of them in a fight.

On the far side of the altar his specter appeared, now shrouded in dark robes that were more befitting Nox's tastes, a glint of baleful eyes could be seen within the confines of that cloak.

Meanwhile, ever so delicate cracks ran through the altar. (4 more Inspirations Projects can be conducted on the altar.)
Seris
 player, 138 posts
 Goddess of Devouring
 Teeth Hugs 'R' Us
Fri 3 Apr 2020
at 05:07
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
Seris tilted her head as she watched Nox. It was interesting. Especially considering that he used the altar.

Turning her head Seris decided it best to return home to their realm and await healing as well as to explore the ruins from the land in the orb. It would be interesting to say the least.
Nox
 player, 181 posts
 6/10 HP
 The Primordial Darkness
Fri 3 Apr 2020
at 12:53
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
Nox sighed from the effort, but even though things didn't go quite the way he envisioned it was still a definite upgrade to his power. If he had access to something like this they would have had a lot easier of a time in the maze against the folded man. But the lesson of the day ever since they became fallen gods was baby steps.

Nox then took out the golden orb from whatever metaphysical crevice he had hidden it in, and he placed it on the altar. he placed his hands on the altar once again and he willed that the orb somehow be merged with or its power added to that of their reforged realm.

Ooc: Ok since all three of us decided to use the orb to add on to our realm that's what nox is going to do. If not has any influence over where these ruins will show up in the realm he will try to make them appear somewhere closer to the noctem homeland as I believe the others agreed they would be one of the best of the races to help us explore it. But he's not intentionally making it like exclusive to anyone race or anything.
Talon
 GM, 313 posts
 Weaver of Tales
 The Underlying Order
Fri 3 Apr 2020
at 18:56
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
Bringing out the treasure they had salvaged from the depths of Chapel Hollow, Nox set it upon the altar in response the oak archway nearby lit up and a delicate glowing filigree ran down the roots growing up the wall. Unlike Nox's previous work, the god could feel that this endeavor didn't require the Place of Power, it seemed that anything related to the Reforged Realm could be done independent of the altar, the Realm itself acting as that Place of Power.

OOC: Essentially any Project that primarily relates to the Reforged Realm won't consume your Place of Power charges. (I don't want to disincentive folks from working on adapting the realm after all!)

A second image swam across Nox's eyes as the orb sat there. He could feel the rough edges of the Reforged Realm, places that these grassy plains could adjoin it. The three of most interest to Nox were as follows (There were some on the far side of the Realm, but they would not be accessible to the Noctem so I assumed Nox had no interest in those)

Location One: One place would connect it directly to the Hidarugami hunting grounds, they would have the only contiguous land path to reach these new grass lands. Their lands being the largest, it was the only connection that would benefit a single race.

Location Two: This option would set the land boundary so that it could be reached by both the Noctem and Hidarugami.

Location Three: The last spot available to connect the land would make it most accessible to both the Noctem and Imps.

Any which way it was placed it could only benefit two peoples. Other inhabitants of the Reforged Realm would have difficulty reaching these new plains.
Nox
 player, 182 posts
 6/10 HP
 The Primordial Darkness
Fri 3 Apr 2020
at 21:53
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
OOC: Thanks we appreciate that!

Nox had a choice to make as he narrowed down to three spots that would be good places to expand the realm.

Honestly, he couldn't care less about the Hidarugami right now. Lately they've been getting away with a whole lot of bullcrap and they didn't need to be cut more of a break. He was glad they didn't conflict with the Noctem right now, because he'd let them thin their numbers if it came down to it. Their appetites needed to be reigned in.

No...he wanted a location where not only some races could access it, but races who specifically could actually help the gods themselves investigate and control the new land and the ruins. And the mischievous but lazy nature of the imps would help ensure they initially snooped around and checked things out but couldn't commit enough to actually interfere int he grand scheme of things with the gods' and the Noctem's efforts at true exploration and taming of the area. He would have ideally liked to get the patchwork people to help instead, and maybe they could in segregated instances, but if the Noctem could contain their anger they could use and manipulate the imps enough to still make a positive impact on the gods' plans. He also didn't want the Hidarugami anywhere near the ruins as they would probably try to ruin and spoil the land.

They already were ruining and spoiling their own forests and they had the largest swath of forest controlled currently. And so far the gods were tolerating it. No...Nox knew they had enough. He would share the spoils of the ruins with Seris but would not let her people spoil this new addition to the realm.

Location Three selected - Noctem and Imps
Nox
 player, 184 posts
 6/10 HP
 The Primordial Darkness
Sat 4 Apr 2020
at 19:32
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
After having utilized the orb and expanded the reforged Realm, Nox sent his full presence into the Reforged Realm. While initially not that interesting, the new Realm was turning out gradually become more and more interesting to him over time. Especially after he added the orb's expansion to it as well.

He decided it was time for him to scope out this new addition, and if he couldn't immediately determine why it was resisting his divine earth shaping power he may still learn something new and interesting about the place.

Moving from Chapel to Reforged Realm Adventure Taming of The Grasslands.
Neru
 player, 116 posts
 4/10 HP
 King of the Playground
Sat 4 Apr 2020
at 23:58
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
Neru, having nothing better to do at the moment, and wishing to expand his powers further, would follow Nox to the new land the trio had claimed, though perhaps not all the way.

Moving to Adventure aswell
Abethur
 player, 110 posts
 God of Evolution
 Life is a Spiral
Tue 7 Apr 2020
at 23:48
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
Abethur moved across the Wastes and returned to the Chapel. He stopped at the entrance and marveled at their structure. Such a humble place but one bound up in the insanity that was their new reality. Pushing past his awe he entered the chapel and made his way directly to the Altar. He wasn't sure what it was that compelled him to approach the altar but he new on an instinctive level that he needed its power to change the world, to change himself.

Placing his hands on the stone he concentrated and tried to bring about the enactment of his desires.
Talon
 GM, 321 posts
 Weaver of Tales
 The Underlying Order
Wed 8 Apr 2020
at 15:53
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
Returning from his lonely jaunt through the Wastes, Abethur found the Chapel quiet. No matter. Approaching the altar at its center he placed his hands on its cool stone and felt the power inside it respond. Pouring his energy into the stone the Chapel briefly darkened and a ghostly image of debris and wreckage spread out around him, a flickering fortress of light loomed over him, then he loomed over it as the images receded as though he hung over them. Then the illusion vanished as it had come and the room returned to normal.

Deeper cracks now ran along the altar, testament to the power that had coursed through it. (Three more Inspirations can be conducted on the altar.)
Abethur
 player, 163 posts
 God of Evolution
 Life is a Spiral
Wed 27 May 2020
at 22:10
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
Abethur arrived at the Chapel and allowed his hand to guide over the stone. It was weakening gradually, loosing its potency with each facet of reality made firm. He wondered how many such places of power there were in this new world he found himself in. Still he could not worry about such matters and instead concentrated on his own will. As he passed his power into the altar he could feel the morphic energies growing within himself, expanding and doubling. They washed out of him in a wave, ripping through the boundaries of the realms and surging through the Anaxi. They were imbued with a modicum of his power, propelled forward by the Chapel, and began to change. But he was not done. No a second wave, stronger than the first rode the first, and augmented them once more. Changing what was once influence into mastery.

Soon he would bestow upon them mastery but not today.
Talon
 GM, 412 posts
 Weaver of Tales
 The Underlying Order
Thu 28 May 2020
at 21:34
RP Realm: Chapel Hollow - Stable
Approaching the altar, Abethur poured his collected power into it. This time though the altar remained whole while the glowing portal clinging to the chapel wall flared brightly with the infused power. It seemed that any power Abethur worked that was dedicated to the Reforged Realm did not require a Place of Power as the realm served that function itself. The Place of Power would only be required for unlocking Abethur's own potential or new abilities.

Beyond the gate Abethur could feel the Anaxi changed from his efforts. They still appeared outwardly the same, the changes were deeper than merely the skin they wore.