EX3 West

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A person in a black cloak from head to toe answers the door. It is a woman in the middle of her life. The Temple behind her is dark and you have to strain to look behind her to see what’s inside. “Welcome (she pauses slightly as she notices your metallic skin and weapon and armor) how can we help you brother? Do you seek the truth found within the black flame?”

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Wren stops as the priestess adresses Scythe, his robes billow about him as his movement stops hiding his weapon, he scans the environs of the temple for threats, his body poised but ready for action at a moments notice. ((Rolling for Awareness, note that i have surprise anticipation method as well 4 suxx without my specialty of changes, 6 with))

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Scythe considered the women and held his face level, “I have come to see the black flame and see if it is as powerful as you say. I would wish to see what truths it can bring me and measure them for myself. I have seen many evils and goods in my life. I would test the black flame against what i have seen before and what I know of. I would also seak the council of those that speak to the black flame.”

OOC:I have this strange idea that is popping into my mind of testing the power of this black flame with myself…I dont know. If there became an Oppurninty to have the priest hit me with black fire and i return with Zenith backed holy strike it might make a cool moment but its just an idle thought. I also dont know if id be aware that by

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Starfall merely slips inside behind the others, looking about to see whether there are any imminent threats to be found here.

((2 successes on Perception + Alertness.))

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She opens the door and ushers you inside. It is dimly lit but not too dark to see. The air feels cold and slightly odd. (Perception + Awareness, or Per + Occult) Pillars hold up the temple in the four corners of the rounded room. Many people are sitting on small mats in silent prayer. Whispering something just out of earshot as a chant. The room is lit by flickering black candles that cover all the flat surfaces with wax. All the precious metals and stones have been pulled from the walls and the altar that stands in the center of the room contains a single large black tome. Dust hangs on every inch of the walls and piles in the corners. Old worn rugs decorate the floors and it is obvious this once great temple of some other god is a mere shadow of its former glory.

The female cultist begins to tell you: “We welcome all here and give them peace from life’s struggles. We seek to ascend to our rightful place in this reality and the Black Flame guides us in the dark. The Black Flame forges us into more than we could ever be in life. He blesses us and provides for us in the Dark Eternal.”

None of the cultist look up or make a sound.

She continues: “We know of your kind. Your strength. The Dragons would seek to destroy you. The Black Flame would see you Exalted twice.”

She reaches her hand towards your scythe completely mesmerized and stops shy of touching it. “You are closer to the Flame than you think. Today we send one of our own on her journey of Ascension. Would you like to bear witness?” She pulls her hand back and looks at you patiently.

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((5 suxx on perception+ Awareness)) Wren nrrows his eyebrows as he listens to this woman speak to Scythe. “What do you mean, exalt twice?”

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As she reaches for his weapon the young zenith smiles, “I would offer to allow you to hold it but i do not believe you are strong enough to do so. You may however touch it.” He holds the handle out to her. As she offers to allow them to bear witness he deflects the question for now, “What do you think of my weapon it seems to hold some awe for you?”

2 Successes on Per+ Occult

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((5 successes on Per + Occult – would that give me any insight into what the Black Flame is, or this “second Exaltation”? I’d like to know before I write my next move.))

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You all can feel other presences in the room besides what are visible. The air is cold and stale and the essence feels different. You have heard of places before where the lines between the living and dead blur or cease to exist all together. In this temple, the dead watch.

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The woman speaks to both Wren and Scythe while never taking her eyes off of the weapon. “The souls bound within this weapon are eager to ascend. They whisper their fealty to you and beg for blood and essence.” Her eyes roll back into her head briefly before she snaps back. “They believe themselves to be righteous dead. Court them wisely and you shall have great allies.”

She looks back at Wren, The Black Flame chooses its own champions. The heralds of the Dead. The Walkers of Two Worlds. The Deathless and Undying." She looks back to Scythe. "You should know this. The Hunter of Life and Death is of your blood. "

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Starfall lowers her head as if to contemplate the mysteries the woman hints at, then looks up again, her eyes glowing as though they reflect the light of an unseen fire.

“And when,” she purrs, “do you plan to escort her on her first step toward Ascension?”

((Activating Spirit-Detecting Glance by spending 3 personal essence.))

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“We are ready now. Would you bless us with your presence?”

The motes of essence slight up briefly in your vision. Your sight pierces the shroud and you see the host of dead in the room with you. Ghosts of all ages gaze at you while continuing their own silent prayers. Near the front door you see the line of dead that stretches beyond your sight. It looks as though they are flocking to the temple.

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Scythes grip on his weapon tightens when his brother is mentioned. Scythe asks clearly frustrated by the idea, “Is my brother here then?”

Regerdless of the answer Scythe motions for her to lead the way.

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She starts to lead you on down a small hallway while talking: “No, the Hunter is a favored servant of the Black Flame’s Lords of Death. He is taking our recent trophy to the Phoenix”

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Also 5XP for everyone.

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Starfall trails along after the others, noting the spectral figures but avoiding making any obvious reactions to them (Or to the woman’s words) for the momeent.

((Can I roll Intelligence + Lore to have a clue about whom the Phoenix is or the Lords of Death are?))

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Go for it. Also don’t forget any stunt bonus you may not have used from last time.

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((1 success, so no telling whether that’s enough to know anything useful.))

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“Lords of Death sounds suspiciously like Deathlords….” you think to yourself.

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“What sort of trophy would my brother need to transport personally it. I mean sort of another exalt it would seem like any courioer would do or is it normal for him to move trivial things?” Even through his tone and feeling his anger at his brother is clearly still behind his voice. There is also some surity in his brothers skills. He was hoping that she would want to help build him up and make him look good since he was a servent of the lords of death.

OOC: If you want a social attack to back it im hoping for her to tell us what the cargo is. My gut says its the dragon blooded they captured. Using one of the two die stunts on this one so 8 success. Targeting an intiamcy related to repect or pride in my brother to get her to explain

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It seems like it works. She speaks with the reverence one usually has towards a deity. "Oh but this was trivial at all. He was bringing the Assassin to the Phoenix to face judgement for what she has done. She is dangerous and the Hunter took her personally as his captive. "

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“What did she do?”

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“I don’t have the details. I serve without question. All I know is she hid something of great importance to the Phoenix. The Black Flame blessed her personally and she wants whatever it is back.”

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The woman leads you down a set of dark stairs that open into a long hallway that looks as if it was added after the temple was built. The walls are carved directly into the dark stone underneath. Two great wooden doors are at the end, each bearing a black sun motif.

She knocks on the door and it swings open slowly on its own and she enters. (Starfall: you don’t see any of the dead in the hallway but the room inside is filled with half visible shadow creatures that occasionally take the forms of humans. They hide in the dark corners and simply watch.)

The room itself is huge by comparison to the rest of the temple. The walls are tiers of black wax candles that have melted together to form a coating of wax along both walls. Their flickering orange light gives the impression of a dimly lit tunnel that immediately draws your eyes to the dais ahead. At the far end of the room is a small pedestal with a large stone bowl full of black liquid. In front of it stands a beautiful girl in her early 20s, wrapped in a cloak as dark as her raven hair. Her back is to you and she appears to be kneeling in prayer.

Opposite of the pedestal is a man wearing a similar cloak and hood. Large black chains wrap around his arms and chest. His head is bowed in the same prayer and his hands are clasped together. You can hear him chanting a faint prayer to himself that seems to be in time with the girl’s. Each of his shoulder’s sports a large fanged obsidian skull with a third skull dangling from his neck on one of the chains. When you fully, he gazes up at you with ethereal glowing blue eyes. He pulls down the hood to expose regal features and a completely shaved head.

“Welcome Brothers and Sisters. Your presence honors both us and the Sacred Black Flame. Have you come to bear witness to the ascension of this most righteous young flame?”

The sound of water gently flowing teases the back of your senses. As he finishes speaking, you notice the ceiling for the first time. The same black liquid flows slowly across the entire ceiling some 30 feet above you. Looking up into it shows a dark reflection of the room . (Roll perception + awareness or Percept + occult)

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((9 successes on Perception + Occult – what is this?))

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“Perhaps. That depends entirely on you.” Wren says calmly, while folding his arms. He is a beacon of light in this den of night. (( 5 suxx on perception awarenes)) “I am not sure i approve of your methods within my home. I am sure you are aware of who I am.”

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“Our methods, sun child? We bring peace to those that ask it. I am very aware of you Wren and your growing influence. We mean you no violence though you did bring it to our very door step with those demons outside……”

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Whoa! I answered Snakebit days ago. Did my post get eaten? Stand by…….

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Ok redoing this from memory:

Awesome roll Starfall. You have only heard of the substance but never actually seen it in person. The liquid is drawn straight from the underworld proper. It is the distilled essence of death itself. Most people call it Dark Water and it is said to flow between the islands of the dead.

From your studies you have discerned it has two main uses. First, it is a powerful poison if ingested. It kills quickly and painlessly and is guaranteed to leave a ghost behind. These shades are often recruited by Deathlords to be used as ambassadors and emissaries to the living. Secondly, the substance is rumored to ease the transition between worlds and functions similar to a liquid shadowland…………

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Starfall stiffens, then hisses out “Deathknights” as she drops into a ready stance. then begins making passes with her hands and muttering curses in the tongue of the Old Realm, her feet carrying her through the motes of power she has begun to gather around herself.

“Brilliant Raptor,” she calls out, eyes and hands shining, “fly to my foe! Take him in your claws and consume him!”

((Shaping Sorcery action to cast Flight of the Brilliant Raptor at the armored figure. 7 successes on my roll, so 8 more needed for the spell to fire.))

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“What are you doing” As starfall begins to cast he readies his scythe, “Why are you breaking down peaceful discussion?”

3 success on join battle since we should enter that if a combat spell is being cast.

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The Flames engulf the man in a fireball that is quickly put out by the three blackend skulls now floating in front of him baring their fangs. Pale blue fire pours from their eye sockets and all three are pulling the chains tight floating away from their master. His cheek shows signs of charring on the right side.

“Very well then…..” He rises as his own anima flares to life in an eerie blue elemental flame that leaps around him. He raises his hands and brings them together in a tremendous clap. The black water falls from the ceiling in a torrent.

When you open your eyes you notice that you aren’t wet or even damp. The floor underneath you looks like solid black glass. You can see the mirror image of the room below you now as much brighter. The girl stands unharmed in the now empty room where you were just a moment ago. Around you the air is cold and you can see your breath. Whispers seem to come from the shadows and all of the candles now dance with the same blue pyre flame surrounding your foe. Shadows appear all around you. Roll join battle.

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((join battle 7 – that does include the +3 already))

Wren Jumps back his robes seperating as he raises Tusk in defense. “Well this is certainly another interesting development”

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((3 successes on Join Battle.))

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Wren you are up first:

Wren: 7i
Scythe/Starfall: 3i
Dark DragonBlood: 2i

Expect a few surprises in this one……

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OOC: two things are we adding the three or you because i rolled 3 successes so initive would be 6.

Also please see my post in OOC

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Wren rushes forward his orichalcum weapon gleaming like the rays of dawn pushing away the darkness of night and death.
“Not in my kingdom…” he says, softly. Wren’s tone gentle and caring rather than possessive. He then spins, the arch of Tusk hitting and pushing the creature of darkness (euphemism?) back as he stands in defense of his circle.

Edit:

(( and im an idiot who actually needs to roll for a withering attack 3 motes personal for the brawl excellency ))

10 successes on withering, what is its defense?

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((So since the 3 successes I rolled plus the three we get to add put me at 6 also, how do we break the tie if Scythe and I both have 6?))

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( we both act at same time. Unless one of us hold.)

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Starfall scowls as she assesses the change of location, but the movement of her hands and body does not stop. The violet spiders dancing along and around her lithe frame multiply and accelerate.

“They take our souls and break them,” she hisses, “they make us their slaves to use us as their weapons against Creation! Never again! Not as long as I can stand against it!”

((5 successes on Shape Sorcery – 3 more needed for the spell to fire.))

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Hey guys. Finals are more of a pain than expected. They are over Saturday so I will post Sunday. I’ll toss more XP to you guys for the inconvenience.

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