Chapter 1: Shard of Fate.   Posted by Dungeon Master.Group: 0
Neva
 Sphere Singer, 29 posts
Tue 15 Sep 2020
at 14:29
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"Maybe some digging? Something buried under there? Or specific plants they wanted?"
She considered the tracks.
"Well, something as big as a drake should leave some easy tracks. I probably can figure it out. I've followed caravans before to find the People."
Jade Eurydice
 Kineticist, 26 posts
Wed 16 Sep 2020
at 13:18
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Jade stared at the earth a bit, trying to get a feel for the broken up areas.  "Let me see if I can figure something out... but this is probably well beyond me."

OOC: Jade will try to figure something out, though I don't know what roll that might be.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 79 posts
Thu 17 Sep 2020
at 15:37
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Jade turns her elemental senses towards the earthen cubes and examines them. It takes some time.
Jade Eurydice
 Kineticist, 28 posts
Fri 18 Sep 2020
at 17:38
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"There was definitely earth magic used here, and high level stuff.  Aether, too.  Whoever divided them up also moved them around and whatever that other magic - binding magic? - whatever that was hit the area either while the cubes were being moved around of afterwards.
 I can't lift them, but if someone helped me, we can probably dig one out and then shift the rest.  Whatever is bound is down under the cubes.  I think.  I have no idea what it is, though."

Imryll Quizeiros
 Eldritch Knight, 27 posts
 HP 51/51, AC 20
Fri 18 Sep 2020
at 19:50
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Imryll listens how everyone is trying to find clues about what happened here. He suspects they'll find out when whatever was summoned here attacks them by surprise.
Anyway, when Jade asks about help to dig one of the cubes of earth he feels that at least there will be something to do while waiting for the disaster to happen.
"I'll help you dig the cube. In the meantime someone figures out the combination to shift the rest for when we finish doing it."
Jade Eurydice
 Kineticist, 29 posts
Sat 19 Sep 2020
at 15:20
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Jade nodded.  "If you can break the earth up a bit, I can move it pretty quickly away."
Sarn Theris
 Hellknight, 41 posts
Sat 19 Sep 2020
at 15:41
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"I know I'm the one that suggested it, but perhaps we shouldn't disturb whatever is buried and bound here," he said this even as he grabbed an any-tool and started to form it into a spade.
Imryll Quizeiros
 Eldritch Knight, 28 posts
 HP 51/51, AC 20
Sat 19 Sep 2020
at 16:10
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Imryll looks at Sarn with his elven sword already in his hands. He meditates about his words for a couple of seconds and replies.
"Well... we can ask it a couple of questions and send him back to sleep "
And starts breaking up the earth with his sword.
Jade Eurydice
 Kineticist, 30 posts
Mon 21 Sep 2020
at 14:09
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"I'm hoping that once we see what it is, we'll have a better idea of what the dangers are before we break the actual bindings.  If it's something too risky, we'll leave it alone."
Sarn Theris
 Hellknight, 42 posts
Mon 21 Sep 2020
at 15:35
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Sarn nodded and started breaking up the ground with his shovel. The any-tool was masterwork and did a decent job at moving earth. It was a good a course of action as any at the moment. It was not as though he could help with tracking.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 80 posts
Mon 21 Sep 2020
at 17:28
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The dirt block needed to shift the others is cleared and using her sense for the elemental magics used to shift them Jade is able to guide in returning them to their original orientation, using her somewhat limited control over earth is able to make each cube movable with a little muscle aid.

Partway through the process of shifting that blocks around there is a discharge of magical energy that all present can feel regardless of talent for magic. The cubes rapidly rearranged with startling speed those under your feet still moving around by in ways that with clear deliberate effort allow you to maintain your footing.

They settle all around you, forming an earthen hut with an open doorway in full view.

Sitting on one cube in the corner is a hooded man, the only feature you can see of him is the long gray beard on his chin.

Jade recognizes this set off features and the voice that speaks. As do any of you that have met him.

Shard motions with a hand and cubes come out of the ground to form seats like his.

"Hello. I see you've the awareness and ability to shift that lock. I am known as Shard, though I've been called other things. Sit. Speak. I'll listen."

There is not much emotion in his voice, only a deep, long tenured sorrow and a far more fresh glimmer of optimism at your arrival.

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Sarn Theris
 Hellknight, 43 posts
Tue 22 Sep 2020
at 03:58
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Theris took in his surroundings after all the shifting, as well as the new arrival. He took a seat and leaned forward, his elbows resting on his knees. His question was a simple one, "What happened here?"
Dungeon Master
 GM, 81 posts
Tue 22 Sep 2020
at 05:35
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"Ah. I was casting some binding rituals and a group of folks caused some trouble. A few of them managed to leave. Perhaps I shouldn't have let the drake's handle it. No matter, once I have had a sit I'll see to them I suppose. Are you here about the interloper spine?"

He says all this very nonchalantly, as if he's been attacked in this way so many times he's bored of it.

Also though he mentioned drakes there is no sign of any in the hut. You'd certainly have noticed one.

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Imryll Quizeiros
 Eldritch Knight, 29 posts
 HP 51/51, AC 20
Tue 22 Sep 2020
at 10:24
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Imryll listens quietly to Shard while he cleans his blade. When he mentions the folks and the interloper spine he stops for a fraction of a second and looks back at him.
"I'm afraid we are. The interloper spine infected one of your drakes and he attacked the tavern in town. Killed several people and could have been much worse without our intervention and a fair share of luck. There are some other people taking care of the folks."
He looks at the rest of the team briefly and continues.
"Should we be concerned about you, the rest of your drakes, wherever they are, or the folks that left this area?" There's been already enough deaths."

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Dungeon Master
 GM, 83 posts
Sun 27 Sep 2020
at 16:40
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He clenches his fist, but it alomst immediately relaxes and he slouches a little,  "One of my drakes was infected then? I'm sorry. I should have been able to pursue it when it chased the attackers, but rituals went awry and I... well I'm not physically well. I needed to see to my condition before I would be able. Damnable state of me."

It starts raining outside. A bit heavily as well, though not a downpour. Most of you remember it being pretty sunny not long ago though...

"As for worrying about my being infected, you don't need to be. Though my word doesn't carry much weight. Test me by healing me with divine power if you must."

He starts to slouch a little more to one side, but sharply rights himself, muttering under his breath, "Dammit."

Shard places a hand to his face. Though the rain isn't getting inside he is suddenly soaking wet, water dripping from underneath his robe, along with the occasional shard of stone or shard of ice. Looking closely, you can see he is smoking a little bit as well.

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Sarn Theris
 Hellknight, 44 posts
Mon 28 Sep 2020
at 01:16
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Sarn had a dozen more questions. Like who attacked him? Where did they "manage to leave" to? And what did they want? But when the Hellknight noted the "damnable state" of the wizard, he paused.

Sarn noted the weather and his odd condition and rose from his seat. He tried to recall if he had ever heard of anything like this. "What is this? Did you get yourself sewn in and out of the planes?"

[OOC: Take 10 on Knowledge (Planes), result 20]

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Vagras of Kleinhold
 player, 17 posts
 Future Loremaster
Tue 29 Sep 2020
at 05:50
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Vagras peered intently at Shard and then around them. The elements were clearly going crazy around the wounded man. "Is there anything we can do to help stabilize your condition?" he asked.

OOC:
22:50, Today: Vagras of Kleinhold rolled 23 using 1d20+14.  Knowledge: Planes.
22:50, Today: Vagras of Kleinhold rolled 27 using 1d20+17.  Knowledge: Arcana.

Jade Eurydice
 Kineticist, 31 posts
Tue 29 Sep 2020
at 15:44
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"Is there anything we can do to help you stabilize.  You are holding... a lot of elements within you.  More than I thought possible.  The strain..." Jade spoke in something of a ramble.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 85 posts
Thu 1 Oct 2020
at 22:37
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"Thank you, but I am doing the only thing I know off that can be done about it. The ritual outside was to hold me together. Though that's not really the right wording. I am not much of a me. I am not me, only a shard. Hence the name. Impressive binding magic no? Holding together a piece of something." his tone is a little warmer but slowly goes back to fairly monotone, "I will get straight to the point with you. I'm going to need your help, but not with my condition necessarily. Rather an aspect of the cause of it. I can't deal with this, I'm not the protagonist anymore. Maybe you people are."
Sarn Theris
 Hellknight, 45 posts
Sun 4 Oct 2020
at 21:17
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Sarn looked over at the others, paused for a moment, and then set his eyes on Shard again. "What do you need?"
Imryll Quizeiros
 Eldritch Knight, 30 posts
 HP 51/51, AC 20
Sun 4 Oct 2020
at 22:14
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Imryll narrows his eyes.
"When a... creature like you asks for help it's usually bad news. What do you need from us?
He looks at Shard and at Sarn. He feels they are about to get into a lot of trouble, and he hopes that it doesn't finish with them dead.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 86 posts
Thu 8 Oct 2020
at 00:22
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"I won't be enigmatic with you and make you do a series of tasks before I trust you with the truth about the situation. That's annoying and in the end always proves pointless and causes more trouble than it's worth." Shard reaches for his hood.

And he pulls it down, revealing an incredibly aged catfolk beneath it. He's gaunt and has that long gray beard and mane to match his thinning fur. His eyes are sunken in as all mortals near the edge of their lifespan have and his face is equally gaunt. He has all the look of a really, really fragile man. His eyes are clearly functional, but almost seem to look through you at a larger picture. His expression is shaky, but less emotional than you would think. Most importantly despite his appearance and condition you get the distinct feeling,

"If you prove evil and betray me I can just kill you, but that's nothing anyone wants. So there's no point in hiding things. It's important for you to know what you are dealing with. The kind of person you are dealing with." He leans back.

"The interloper spine was after me. I'm... or rather the person I am a piece of, is an ascended mortal not of this plane. Very much like you folks 'I' set out on the adventurer's life for my own reasons that stopped mattering ages ago. I saved my world from a grave threat as I sought to redeem evil where I could and crush the irredeemable with enough force to send a message. I forged my homeland into a Utopia and ascended. The gods there however had a non-intervention rule that demanded I leave that plane. I refused to abandon my people to the frequent threats to the world they would have to face. Back then I thought I should be the chosen hero to end the need for all chosen heroes. The gods wouldn't hear of it, but I had no quarrel with them. The stalemate broke when they betrayed me and an ally of mine was slain. So I warred against them, slaughtering any that were to blame and opposed my plans unless they agreed to stop doing that. For good or ill, eventually I was the only one left standing. After that, I ruled as the God-King of my world, with a simple rule. They called it 'Rule Number One': Don't be a dick. Everyone was provided for so long as you contributed even in the smallest way to society, with everything being a meritocracy. If you did ill, the reason for it would be discerned with magic and if it was just being evil you would be destroyed in an appropriate way. If it was for a reason, I would try to fix that reason. The worst punishments were for trying to tamper with the validity of the detection and discernment methods and various human trafficking related things. Live well and free, and prosper together. Break rule number one for no reason and you died. Simple. It worked. It never stopped working, no matter how many times threats came against it. Our Utopia lasted so long that my name was so forgotten to history that even I forgot it sometimes. They simply called me 'The Source' for all the safety, prosperity, and knowledge I gave."

His eyes sweep across the group, "That is who I am a piece of, the kind of person you are dealing with... the person asking for your help. Is there any problem with that? You can leave in peace if there is. I am no threat to you or your world."

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Sarn Theris
 Hellknight, 46 posts
Thu 8 Oct 2020
at 13:57
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Sarn listened to Shard's story with a discerning ear. The indirect threat, the ascension to godhood, the autocratic rule; it all made clear the nature of their collective relationship. He did not object to any particular point. He had been threatened before and, as a Hellknight, he could even appreciate a simple autocracy. There were certainly more oppressive forms of rule. By way of tentative acceptance of the terms he asked a couple of questions, "And the interloper? Where does it fit in?"
Imryll Quizeiros
 Eldritch Knight, 31 posts
 HP 51/51, AC 20
Thu 8 Oct 2020
at 20:27
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Imryll frowns. If what he's saying it's true, a god that asks for help is even worse news.
"What kind of help do you need from us? what are we suppose to do that a god can not achieve himself?"
He's not a fan of autocracy, and ascended gods that set their own moral compass as imposed rule for a whole plane, but he has no choice... The sooner they resolve the danger they came to get rid of, the better.
Jade Eurydice
 Kineticist, 32 posts
Tue 13 Oct 2020
at 19:52
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"I don't have a problem with that," Jade noted, but let the others lead the discussion for now.