Prologue: The Room at the End of the World.   Posted by ylva.Group: 0
Sumta
 player, 5 posts
Sat 22 Aug 2020
at 21:14
Prologue: The Room at the End of the World
"What, ending? The whole thing?" Sumta said incredulously. "The gods aren't just going to let the world end. They're still using it." He didn't know much about the gods in general, but Rovagug's imprisonment was common knowledge. It was the only thing that the gods actually agreed on. They certainly weren't going to just forget about the place they had him locked up.

But, Sumta had to admit, he wasn't the one at home in the giant otherworldly palace, playing with sunbeams and shade in his hands. "What do you mean by 'ending'?" he asked, trying to keep his voice under control. It was stupid to try shouting at a mage unless you were very sure about how strong they were.
Issynia
 player, 4 posts
Sat 22 Aug 2020
at 21:30
Prologue: The Room at the End of the World
The armored woman looked around, her confusion only growing at each statement made by these people. The simulacrum, at least, said things she could respond to.

"Of course we don't matter. Who could matter to something as big as the world?" She shrugged her shoulders. There was little to do but wait and listen. These were clearly matters outside her ken.
Morgan DeLisle
 player, 11 posts
 Enchanting Courtesan,
 Nirvana's Embrace
Mon 24 Aug 2020
at 02:55
Prologue: The Room at the End of the World
"Forgotten?"

The words seems to cut into the woman like a knife, and the mention of being insignificant to the world made by one of the others seems to twist that knife. She doesn't say anything else. She just stands there, a rattled expression on her face. You can barely see her shaking a little bit.

A nerve was clearly struck.
Abasi
 player, 1 post
Mon 24 Aug 2020
at 05:11
Prologue: The Room at the End of the World
Abasi had remained quiet since his arrival, opting instead to pull his composure back together and wait for the pain to lessen to a manageable level before looking around at his surroundings and taking stock of the others in here with him, only returning his attention to the creature aping a man's form at the talk of the world ending.
"And yet, here we stand. You may not care about us, but you obviously want something. Let's hear it." His tone was not friendly by any means, but it was more impatient than outright hostile.
ylva
 GM, 11 posts
Mon 24 Aug 2020
at 17:39
Prologue: The Room at the End of the World
"I am not wanting. There is being nothing to want." The strange man once again provides his imitation of a smile. "You are not being here because of me. You are caught in the gears of your world, like threads. As it is breaking, you are being pulled in and caught up in events far beyond your reach."

You start to feel dizzy, and the room around you seems very far away. The man continues to speak, but it feels like the words are coming from a distance, heard over the rush of blood and your own heartbeat. "The cycle is beginning, small ones. You are having an opportunity that most never can - the opportunity to try again." Your vision, already fading, goes entirely black, and you are drifting in the darkness, the only sound a faint, metallic clicking noise -

You open your eyes. You are standing on the docks of Katapesh. It is bustling, thronging with sailors, merchants, and travelers. A wave of noise assaults your ears, dozens of languages being spoken, merchants hawking wares, guides offering their services to the travelers. You smell the salt of the ocean, the sharp tang of sweat, and food from the many stalls set up around the lower city. It is midmorning.
Issynia
 player, 7 posts
Mon 24 Aug 2020
at 21:43
Prologue: The Room at the End of the World
Standing with the party is a full-sized camel, saddled to be ridden. It rears back and gives a low of surprise, seeming ready to bolt.

"Amarra! I was worried about you!" Issynia throws her arms around the camel's neck, which calms the animal immediately.

"You were just with me heading back from the wellspring, yes?"

The camel deliberately raises one foot - which, oddly, is steel-clad like a horse's hoof, although with the expected split toe - and brings it down one time in a loud clop.

"But you don't remember seeing a creepy man talking about the world while surrounded by void, do you?"

The camel turns its head so its large eye is level with Issynia's. Clop, clop.

Sighing, Issynia keeps one hand reassuringly on the camel as she turns to get her bearings.

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Marili
 player, 6 posts
Mon 24 Aug 2020
at 22:38
Prologue: The Room at the End of the World
"Wait-" Is all Marili can get out before there's the familiar scent of the dockside, similar to how it had been when she'd arrived from Absolom. Was it the same day?

"The end is the beginning is the end." She says to herself as she moves aside to regather her bearings and attempting to tether something important from the Simulacrums vague talkings.

"Threads. Cycles. Moon-wait, no. Gears? Too many vague things. Okay, okay." She takes a deep breath to steady herself before stumbling a little into the crowd. There were others in the void, it made sense to see if they could be found at he docks first.
Sumta
 player, 6 posts
Mon 24 Aug 2020
at 23:16
Prologue: The Room at the End of the World
Sumta crossed his arms, looking somewhere between frustrated and contemplative. He stood out in the crowd, so after a moment he began wading through to one of the areas with less urgent foot traffic. The gnoll turned and waved to get the attention of the others and gather people.

"Nobody knows what that was?" he asked. "I don't know what manner of cycle or whatever he was talking about, but I don't like being jerked around. However, I admit don't know much about magic or gods or whatever that had to do with, so if anybody does, I'm all ears." He surveyed the rest of the group to see if any information was forthcoming.
Silas Assad
 player, 6 posts
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 01:10
Prologue: The Room at the End of the World
Silas gags a little as he smells the air at the docks, full of unwashed people and fish guts and more other offensive odours than he cares to consider. He takes a moment to compose himself after his ordeal, straightening his beard and dusting off imaginary dirt from his already immaculate clothes. When the large Gnoll who had also been in that mysterious hall asks for information, Silas snaps back, "How should I know? Incredibly rude, that fellow. Kidnapping us without so much as an invitation then spouting cryptic nonsense when asked to explain himself. I say, we're better off without him and his foolishness." His short rant concluded, he takes a deep breath then continues in a far friendlier tone, "For my own part, I intend to return to my residence and have a nice, soothing cup of tea to relax after that, and think no more of this rude fellow. You may all consider yourselves cordially invited, as well, should you wish to join me. My cook, Nadia, always makes a lovely set of pastries for lunch on Oathday."
Abasi
 player, 3 posts
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 07:30
Prologue: The Room at the End of the World
Abasi stumbled at the sudden shift of surroundings, catching himself on a barrel as he adjusted to the noise now surrounding him. As he slowly grew accustomed to the bustle, he began to pick out familiar figures in the crowd, and began slipping through the crowd at the gesturing of the gnoll, clearing his throat on arriving before speaking. "What we just experienced could have been many things. For example, we may trapped in a clever enchantment, our real bodies chained up and left to rot somewhere. Without more information guessing is pointless."
When the older man opened his own mouth, Abasi watched his frustration with a faint amusement playing across his face, waiting for him to finish before responding. "I suppose it couldn't hurt to enjoy the fruits of another man's house for a short while. Lead the way, maybe-illusion."
Morgan DeLisle
 player, 14 posts
 Enchanting Courtesan,
 Nirvana's Embrace
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 14:55
Prologue: The Room at the End of the World
"What that was, my gnoll acquaintance, was an outsider playing with us. They tend to do that when you've grabbed their attention." Morgan adjusts her outfit, "Something isn't right though. That strange sensation wasn't anything I can simply ignore. Besides, whatever has happened is of massive scale. Something has removed some of the blessings of my goddess from me."

She shakes her head at the suggestion that they are under an illusion, Non. This cannot be an illusion. My blessings would not be gone and aside from that I have a pendant that alerts me to them. It isn't reacting. That creature in that place that had poor taste in women said something about a cycle. What if were are displaced in time? It would explain the loss of my blessing. I need to pay tribute to get it."

Tapping her chin in thought, "If that is the case, which of the two times this month I hadn't paid it by this time of day are we now located?"

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Issynia
 player, 8 posts
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 15:19
Prologue: The Room at the End of the World
Issynia turns in response to a groan from her camel. "All right, I'll tell him."

She turns to speak to Silas. "My camel offers to carry you back to your home, sir. I'd like to say it's courtesy, but I suspect she's just hoping to get a pastry."

At a hurt look from the animal, she adds, "She's quite clean, and she understands Taldane. Reads and writes, too, although her spelling's quite terrible. Oh, don't give me that look, you constantly confuse the fricative and aspirated consonants."

Turning her attention to Morgan, Issynia furrows her brow in confusion at the beautiful woman. "A goddess? Which one? And... ah, you mentioned... Xazuthuth?" She puts a hand to her head, her frown deepening. "I think it would be a good idea to go somewhere quieter to talk. This is all... so..." She sighs.
Morgan DeLisle
 player, 15 posts
 Enchanting Courtesan,
 Nirvana's Embrace
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 15:55
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"Oh I wouldn't worry about Xazuthuth. He's just an overly affectionate wizard. He wouldn't kidnap a large group like this just to mess with their heads. Though that weird feeling that something wasn't right..."

"But I digress. As to which goddess and the tribute she demands...," the woman grins mischievously, "take a look at me, Love, and take a guess. I should perhaps be a bit offended you haven't heard of me, but apparently the world has forgotten me as well so who am I to judge?"

Morgan strides over to Issynia in a motion that is barely not slinking, and coils around her arm, taking her hand in hers, "I'd be willing to forgive it if you'd help me out. Have you ever taken part in a ritual offering to Calistria, my big strong little one? It would do wonders for those nerves of yours and clear both our heads."

The offer is clearly sexual. It's hard to tell if she is just teasing, testing what your reaction would be, or seriously offering something sexual in front of everyone, but it's probably a mix of all three.

OOC: Any resistance to her holding your arm would be gracefully respected.

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Issynia
 player, 10 posts
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 16:16
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Issynia goes very still, swallowing twice, and entirely fails to stop a rose blush from creeping up her neck and face.

"I... ah... have not, before..." She clears her throat, making no attempt to move away but also not managing to meet Morgan's eyes. "I'd be happy to help, of course. But you'd... need to show me what to do."

Issynia looks up and down Morgan to try to spot a holy symbol or temple markings... and quickly gets distracted by other features. Her blush deepens.

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Sumta
 player, 7 posts
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 17:07
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Sumta nodded to the older man. "Sensible enough. It's no good worrying about what we don't understand, although I will keep it in mind. As for your offer, I have not enjoyed much human hospitality since my arrival in Katapesh, and I am pleased to accept yours. I am Sumta, by the way; known as Sumta Al'yaenit."

DC 16 Knowledge(Planes)

Spoiler text: (Highlight or hover over the text to view)
The title "Al'yaenit", or "the yaenit", refers to one of the many types of Outsider servants of Lamashtu, the demon goddess. They are hyena-like demons.


The large gnoll grinned wide, shaking his head at Morgan. "You think too highly of these daily blessings of your goddess! I have been blessed from birth by Lamashtu, Mother of Beasts, and even I could find a better explanation if her favor were gone. Perhaps you have offended Calistria by not swearing vengeance against your kidnapper! Or, if not her, some other deity has been similarly offended and simply decided to pay more attention." Sumta leaned in, taking on a lower voice and conspiratorial voice. "Or, if you wish to consider the simplest explanation instead of 'displacement in time', we were just unconscious for a day."

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Morgan DeLisle
 player, 17 posts
 Enchanting Courtesan,
 Nirvana's Embrace
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 17:30
Prologue: The Room at the End of the World
Morgan smiles at Issynia's acceptance, tilting the woman's gaze gently back to hers with a gentle touch of one curved finger and a thumb in the way oft seen in romantic plays, "Don't worry about anything, my dear. I will take care of everything for you. As a special gift I will have you experience all the fineries, which many pay hundreds of gold to partake in. It shall be something to remember I assure you."

It is this point in which Sumta begins and starts his comments on Calistria. However, Morgan has devoted all her attention to Issynia and when Sumta leans in she acts as if he is invisible and mute. Her eyes are locked to Issynia, as if she is the only one in the world, "Would you prefer attendance to the man's home for pleasantries after, or would you like to visit the temple I attend and experience the ritual in her very house? I'm sure his home is lovely, so I am fine either way. Though visiting the temple would save me a trip later for more anointing oils."

A light squeeze of her hand and a wink upon the mention of anointing oils makes certain saucy implications clear.

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Issynia
 player, 12 posts
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 19:00
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Issynia nods, her attention firmly held by the courtesan. "Tribute comes first. I am certain we can catch up with the others later."

In the corner of her mind, something Sumta had said was... distressing? Surprising? Whatever it was could wait until her head was clear.
Morgan DeLisle
 player, 22 posts
 Enchanting Courtesan,
 Nirvana's Embrace
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 20:08
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"Excellent." Morgan turns to Silas, "Might I know the address for your abode so that we might take you up on your offer in a bit? I will bring a gift of thanks on the way. Perhaps some extra snacks for our discussion?"
Silas Assad
 player, 7 posts
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 20:11
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Silas gives the two women a bemused smile and tells them, "When you decide to grace us with your presence, my house is just down the road from the Golden Scarab in Dawn Gate. Number 43, big fountain in the middle of the walkway, it's the only fountain on the street so you really can't miss it. Everyone else who wishes to join me, please, follow me." With that he heads off in the direction of his house, clearly eager to be away from the crowds and smells of the docks.
Sumta
 player, 9 posts
Wed 26 Aug 2020
at 01:04
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Sumta followed the man. "You have yet to tell me your name. I can stick with 'old man' if you want, though." He walked along, doing his best to put his mind off the strangeness of the events. "Dawn Gate is a nice area- what is it you do? I work as a gladiator, but I'm too new to be earning what the crowd favorites do." He was popular amongst the gnolls of course, but they weren't usually the ones in the expensive seats. Fortunately, popularity could be spun into visits and meals. Lamashtu had other faithful even the city, and he was particularly welcomed by them.
ylva
 GM, 16 posts
Wed 26 Aug 2020
at 01:48
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Most of the group makes their way to Silas's home, while two make their way to another place, to do things that are perhaps best left to their own memories. As promised, Nadia has made food, her cooking skills being quite considerable, and in all the time is passed by both groups in a quite agreeable manner.

There is one oddity, however. The food, while delectable, does not consist of pastries, but rather peppers and sliced beef with bread, cheese, and a light cake with fruit for dessert.
Silas Assad
 player, 8 posts
Wed 26 Aug 2020
at 02:29
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"Oh my, you're absolutely correct, where are my manners!" Silas cries in reply to Sumta's question, "I do apologize, that whole ordeal has left my nerves terribly frayed, but I can't be letting such trivial things diminish my manners. My name is Silas Assad, and I was a merchant in my younger years. Did well enough for myself that now I only rarely need to personally take part in any sort of business deal, mostly I just enjoy my twilight years with good company, food and pesh."

When dinner is served, Silas frowns as Nadia puts an unexpected dish in front of each of them. It's one of his favourites, certainly, but not one normally served on Oathday, and Nadia had been his cook for several years at this point, she certainly knew better. Excusing himself from the table as soon as was polite, after a few bites, he steps into the kitchen and hisses at Nadia as she is cleaning up her mess. "What is the meaning of this, Nadia! Have you got your days crossed up? It's Oathday today, where are the pastries?"
Marili
 player, 8 posts
Wed 26 Aug 2020
at 04:03
Prologue: The Room at the End of the World
Tagging along and attempting to keep track of everyone and everything had started to fizzle Marili's already frazzled mental state, and the irritating feeling of familiarity didn't help once she was certain she was there to fulfill some obscure prophecy - but there wasn't a lot that could be done if the world was going to end, and possibly end again.

So deep in her own internal scribings that only once the delightful scent of a cooked meal is she properly aware that she's followed the others to a very nice home and to a very nice meal, mentally kicking herself for not paying attention - One of them was clearly a gnoll! She had to start paying better attention!

After dinner though.

She watches Silas excuse himself into what she assumed was the kitchen, and to the others quietly asks between bites "Do you think he doesn't like beef? Would that be strange?"
ylva
 GM, 18 posts
Wed 26 Aug 2020
at 19:08
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Nadia's response is clearly audible from the kitchen. "B-but...Master, it's Moonday today. Moonday the twentieth."

Shakily, she points to a calendar on the wall of the main room, where the household tasks are tracked and appointments are noted. It has today marked as the twentieth of Pharast. It looks to be genuine.
Sumta
 player, 10 posts
Wed 26 Aug 2020
at 20:51
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"Might just be commending the cook. Gnolls mostly eat meat, but I'd be impressed with any cook that could turn things around on such short-" Sumta started, but while Silas's tone had been discrete enough to pass unheard, the cook's protestations were not.

"Moonday? The Pit take us all, but that woman might've been right," he muttered. Normally, he'd just assume confusion on the servant's part, or even an implausible excuse for a mistake, but not after what had happened. "So all that business about cycles and trying it over again… But what are we supposed to do about it? I don't even have an arena fight I can use this to cheat on. Hmm. You didn't catch the outcomes of any races or other betting events, did you?"