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Author Topic: Fireless: 5/5  (Read 4181 times)

Dread

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Fireless: 5/5
« on: February 14, 2019, 06:03:33 pm »

New guy here, so let me know if this is in the wrong place.



Our keepers are dead.
The chains are broken.
Our god has fled.
The gate is open.

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All could see the tower, that great pillar of rock atop a snow-clad mountain. They could see the brilliant radiance that poured from its apex, ever-constant as the pale stars wheeled overhead. They could see it no matter where they were, for the tower did not dip out of sight; nor did it shrink into the distance. It was always there, rising from the eastern horizon. Never any closer. Never any farther.
All could feel the warmth it provided to otherwise dreary lands, the tower in the east that bestowed light and nourished life.
Few could see the great soul imprisoned within the tower, how its unfathomable might lit the lands and fed the crops.
Fewer knew of the tower's true purpose: It is an anchor, a stabilizer, keeping the eternal void beyond at bay.


Then the light went out.

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The world is dark, lit only by the pale stars twinkling above. The last harvests are reaped in shadow, their fruits scarce defenses against the fall to come.

Without light, without food, and without hope, the depths of man's barbarity is revealed. Kingdoms and cities perish, ransacked and looted by roving bands of thugs, bandits, or, worst of all, warlocks. Civilization crumbles. Hundreds die by the hour.

The anchor is gone, and cracks appear. The void reaches out to reclaim what it once owned, speeding the descent into chaos.

An ancient shadow, long suppressed by the light of the tower, rises again.
And, in the depths of a long-buried library, a band of treasure-hunters find something remarkable. Plans for the great tower. Letters on how the bright soul was entrapped, imprisoned.

Or so they're told. None of them are learned in ancient linguistics. Fortunately, they've brought along their employer: A wizened old warlock with a lengthy beard, a fanatical appreciation for rare books, an oddly indifferent attitute towards the impending apocalypse, and an imminent need for a capable escort. They've been promised supplies and whatever treasures they could find in the library - not that gold is much use at the world's ending. Without the tower, the coins and gilded goblets hidden away in chests and alcoves do not even glint but lie dully in the shadows cast by the old warlock's sparking fingertips.

A thread of hope is knit there in the depths of the earth, and for a moment it seems there is a chance that the world is not so doomed after all.

"Hmm. Hmm. Ah, yes. Here it is. All you need is three incredibly powerful warlocks, the key to a door that doesn't exist, and chains that can hold a god.

Easy, yes?"



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« Last Edit: March 29, 2019, 03:18:09 pm by Dread »
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WyrdByrd

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Re: Fireless: 0/5
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2019, 07:20:04 pm »

No need to worry! So long as you're using RTD mechanics, this section should work fine.
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Re: Fireless: 1/5
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2019, 07:51:17 pm »

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Done.
« Last Edit: February 15, 2019, 08:43:29 am by TricMagic »
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Dread

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Re: Fireless: 0/5
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2019, 07:54:15 pm »

No need to worry! So long as you're using RTD mechanics, this section should work fine.
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Sweet, thank you. Accepted.

Will post in morning.

Reserved a slot for you.
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Dustan Hache

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Re: Fireless: 2/5
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2019, 08:17:42 pm »

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I figure at some point, you're just gonna run outta fucks to give and just off yourself whenever you get hurt at all. It's not like there's any downsides to it. Hangover? Suicide will fix that. Stubbed your toe? Suicide. Headache? Suicide. Papercut? Suicide.

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Re: Fireless: 2/5
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2019, 08:25:22 pm »

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Looks like you've got one too many stat points there.
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Re: Fireless: 2/5
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2019, 09:05:17 pm »

Interesting. Will post sheet when I get back to PC.
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"You are a shameful gaggle of cowards who has made a mockery of the challenge, but you have avoided death. Sit and eat."

Dread

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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2019, 09:20:36 pm »

Interesting. Will post sheet when I get back to PC.

Reserved a spot.
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Re: Fireless: 2/5
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2019, 09:34:18 pm »

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Looks like you've got one too many stat points there.
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I figure at some point, you're just gonna run outta fucks to give and just off yourself whenever you get hurt at all. It's not like there's any downsides to it. Hangover? Suicide will fix that. Stubbed your toe? Suicide. Headache? Suicide. Papercut? Suicide.

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Re: Fireless: 4/5
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2019, 09:35:41 pm »

Looks interesting.

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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2019, 09:48:05 pm »

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Looks like you've got one too many stat points there.
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Looks interesting.

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Both accepted. Starting turn will hopefully be up tomorrow, assuming TricMagic and Coolrune's sheets are in by then.
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« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2019, 12:34:24 am »

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"You are a shameful gaggle of cowards who has made a mockery of the challenge, but you have avoided death. Sit and eat."

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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2019, 07:48:15 am »

Hey, can I join? If so:
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« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2019, 04:12:17 pm »

Hey, can I join? If so:
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Hey, sorry, but I think five characters is about the upper limit of what I'm comfortable managing at the moment. If you'd like, I can add you to a waitlist and notify you when a spot opens.

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Chisaiko added to the list.



Drip. Drip. Drip.

   The trickle of water nearby, the occasional crinkling of weathered parchment, and the shuffling of idle feet break the still, grave-like silence of this ancient place. 'Mirthful' rests on a sturdy bench of dusty stone, one hand held aloft and casting dim sparks from its fingers as the other flips through the pages of a rotting tome. He hums to himself as he reads, sounding more like a random string of notes than any discernable tune. Of course, Mirthful is not his name. A foolish warlock that would make him. And, after trekking through the woods and delving into this ancient tomb of knowledge at his behest, none of the assembled treasure hunters would regard him as foolish.

   He is elderly, hunched over, with spots on his skin and an unplacable accent to his voice. Every hair on his head seems to have migrated downwards into his bushy silver beard, which he strokes periodically whenever a hand is not required to turn the next page of the tome on his lap. Clad in a rough brown robe tied at the waist with a flaxen belt, he lacks any trace of the adornment or flair commonly associated with warlocks. Mirthful looks, at first glance, like a harmless old man.

   The scars on his arms and the deep, powerful resonance of his voice tell a different story. A soldier's arm, tried in battle. A warlock's voice, well-used to the power of the Cants. The old man's magical field is strong enough that a babe could sense it, let alone a troupe of wary and magically-inclined treasure hunters.   It's all rather suspicious. Mirthful clearly is not as frail and weary as his weathered appearance would suggest. He doesn't need their protection. So why are they here?

   The hunters, with little better to do than wait, take stock of their surroundings. Mirthful sits in what once might have been a reading nook, a bench-lined hemispherical indent in the east wall of the main library rows. There, the dust of unfathomably old books lies atop hundreds of shelves carved from natural stone. The northern, western, and southern walls all bear archways leading into dark stone tunnels. The northern tunnel leads back the way they came, up to the surface. The southern tunnel is a set of stairs leading downwards, and faint magical fields can be felt from below. Finally, the western tunnel is short and flat, leading into what appears to be storage rooms.

   At present, only the closest of the shelves can be seen past the nook for their lights are weak: Mirthful's sparks cast only enough to read by, and the bundles of luminescent moss tied to the others' belts are little better. They can, however, see their immediate surroundings: The thick coating of dust on the floor and benches, the faded murals painted onto the walls, the brittle bones scattered at their feet, and the other members of their motley crew.

A fair-haired man in a multicoloured cloak sits on the bench opposite Mirthful. Even seated, The Skald's lofty stature is readily apparent.
'Chisaiko' brushes a smear of dust from the woven clothes that rest lightly on her thin frame. Her unusual green hair is the by far most vibrant color in this dead, dreary place.
'Aegis' stands near the closest shelf, solidly built and clad in boiled armour that creaks as she moves.
The young man in the slightly-too-large tunic is Dustan. He paces the length of the reading nook, leaving an elliptical trail of footsteps in millenia of dust.
'Fifteen', leaning on the wall next to The Skald, keeps watch for any dangers that present themselves. The spun cloak in which he wraps himself provides ample defense against the chill of the underground.

   Mirthful's discordant tune gives way to a series of mumbled revelations. Few words can be picked out of the quiet jumble he spouts, but a particular emphasis seems to be placed on "buried", "return", and "chasm". The warlock quiets for a moment, then looks up from his book as if taking notice of the others for the first time. "Oh. Oh, you all are still here. I'll suffice here just fine for the moment alone, if you'd please. Surely there's some of that treasure you sought farther into the archives. Erm, though perhaps do be careful. I shall need you all in one piece to escort me out of here when I am finished."
With that, Mirthful returns to his task and takes no further notice of the hunters.



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Dustan Hache

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« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2019, 06:58:03 pm »

(I will just say I have zero regrets about what I am going to do, since you gave us moss instead of torches.)
Dustan, having had little in the way of food since this trip started, eats the moss before heading deeper into the archives.
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I figure at some point, you're just gonna run outta fucks to give and just off yourself whenever you get hurt at all. It's not like there's any downsides to it. Hangover? Suicide will fix that. Stubbed your toe? Suicide. Headache? Suicide. Papercut? Suicide.
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