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The Cult of the Beastlords, An Outsider's PerspectiveDISCLAIMER: Due to the factors hindering researches into the Beastlord, much of the information here are conjectures and extrapolation from observation of the Fortress of the Beastlords’ inhabitants. All information here is presented as the truth, though there may be errors of the memory or interpretation. If the reader finds themselves skeptical of the information, the author fully encourages them to make their way to Great Rock (armed, of course) and find answers on their own. After all, one learns best by doing.15 Sarapin, 738 AFThe first encounter of the author with the Cult was a personal one, spurred to by their conspirations with Rimba, a Minian pygmy priest. To put a long story short, Rimba had been forcing his chieftain to send pygmies after young adventurers, kidnapping them and harvesting their organs for the Cult of the Beastlords.The reader may wonder how the author had come across this plot. To put it simply, the author nearly became part of the harvest. Thanks to the intervention of Trema Xanatov and Drathi Azon, they were able to escape. 20 Daedalan, 738 AFThe kidnappings have been linked to the Cult of the Beastlords, which reside in a fortress in Great Rock. Though the author has yet to understand the cause for the organ harvest, it had been deemed necessarily to put an end to it. Utilizing the Fortress’ own mechanism and resources, the Head Priestess, Hellitha, was slain.Though she returned from the Hall of Death not long after, the kidnappings had stopped.16-24 Aeguary, 738 AFHaving been warned that the cultists may be hostile, the author had entered with considerable caution. The guards at the entrance of the fortress attacked before any discussions could be had, but they were quickly subdued. The commotions had drawn the notice of Bearnath, a strange humanoid creature possessing both the features of many animals, and of a human. Its claim to be the leader of the cultists were confirmed by the other cultists, and did not seem to be as hostile. When asked, it simply replied, “Soon, the Beastlord will be summoned, and we will prey upon your kind. Savor the time you have left, wretch.”This was taken by the author as an invitation to explore the Fortress. Some cultists still lashed out at them, but they were quickly put down.16-24 Aeguary, 738 AF Cont.Adorning central hall of the Fortress were four murals. Though the workmanship was crude, the art proven somewhat informative. When asked about the true meaning of the murals, Bearnath simply said, “It means that the things on the murals will happen. Stop bothering me!”The murals were variations of the same central theme of a misshapen creature, referred to by the cultists as The Beastlord. Possessing a chimerical combination of other predatorial features, it was the apex of the food chain, terrorizing other animals, and even mortals. The reason that a collection of mortals would worship such a being would be quickly made apparent by the saying, “The Beastlord will avenge me!” commonly shouted by the cultists whenever they have been wronged. Though the author would like to refrain from any philosophical stance, such behaviour of performing self-destructive acts of devotion to malevolent greater beings can be seen throughout Achaea. It is the duty of the author’s city and their House to oppose such ideals.20-22 Miraman, 738 AFAs previous visits by the author have been complicated by ambushes during their research, the author had brought along their friend, Rubber Ducky Bakkla of the Carnivalis Institute of Jestering, to help with gathering information and dissuading unnecessary violence. Though violence of the unnecessary kind still occurred, more headway was made in learning of the cultists’ way of life.A Beastlord cultist (it was not clear whether ‘Beastlord’ can be used to referred to them, seeing as their Fortress was named the Fortress of the Beastlords, yet they worship a singular ‘Beastlord’) can be spotted by their robes which obscure all their features. Most of the cultists seemed to be common mortals, all wearing masks at all times. Even in sleep, these cultists would keep their masks on.Called the Masks of the Beast, these masks are sought after by some Occultists as Karma items. Thus it can be assumed that the cultists of the Beastlord have a lifestyle similar to Occultists, such as would require creation of karmic items.Within the Fortress exists an exclusive sect, led by Hellitha, the High Priestess. The author and her have met before. It did not endear them to her. When questioned about the structure of leadership within the Fortress, Bearnath threatened the author with extreme bodily harm. The difference of the normal cult and the sect, which will be referred to as the members Temple of the Beastlords, may not be readily obvious to an outsider. From the author’s observation, it would appear that excluding Bearnath, the normal cultists do not transform themselves into bestial forms.The members of the Temple seemingly possess claws, or rather, talons. This appear to be a universal trait amongst them, They do not possess most of their faculties, but were able to make basic conversation, as well as perform magic.Key members of the cult, at the time of this writing, cannot be easily separated between the Temple members and the followers of Bearnath. However, all but Bearnath seems to be allied directly to Hellitha. [unfinished]Author: Gwynrii, Runewarden of the Discurean Outriders
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