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Author Topic: McCreary's Planet -- Act IV: The Goddess of War  (Read 119574 times)

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« Reply #30 on: February 12, 2020, 12:44:50 am »

"Suffice it to say, I have lived a sheltered life.  While I, of course, am familiar with the basics, I was hoping to hear your unique insight on the matter as a religious specialist." You lie through your teeth, still smiling.

John looks suspicious, but [15] nods. "That's fair, I apologize for jumping to conclusions, I'm somewhat new to the borderlands."

"Could you start from the beginning? I've only really heard parts and pieces, never the full story."

Long ago, the land was barren and cold. Until the Seed found it. It ripped off its wings, cut out its stomach, and fell to the earth. It [died, long-sleep, rest], but the world awakened. It grew forth great bounty. Soon, too soon, humanity awoke, and the Sleeping Seed spoke. It taught us many things, turning us from beasts into a civilization. It showed us how to work the land for food, how to work steel and gear, how to build and craft, and play music. It showed us many works of art it had dreamed of. Worlds that it crafted to test us.

Many, many things of wonder. We built a city upon its tomb and spread out across the land. But the further from its grace, the worse the earth is, so we must study what the Seed allows us to carry out his eternal work.


The globe is encircled with many words; "...steel, electronics, holy weapons..." It lists a great many of these things, but the gist is skills or complicated processes.

He pauses, catching your gaze on the globe. He smiles widely, explaining, "Ah yes, The Language of His Holy Scholars. I was taught to read it as an apprentice. It is a truly difficult scrip to master."

It's archaic, but you understand it better than the language upon the books at Doc Mitchell's house. It doesn't cause your eyes to strain that hard, or make your head feel like its humming. Going with the flow, you take the obvious bait, "What does it mean?"

"That is a shortened list of many things the Seed has taught us. We carry his concepts with us on our missionary work, so that all may realize what he has done for us."

Then there were the demons. The fell from the sky, cruel men and women who ripped apart the earth. At first, they pillaged and raided. Then they began to grow more and more wicked. They raised the dead,  corrupting the lands and themselves in the proccess. They destroyed much of the area to the west of the holy city, reaching the gates. But the Seed made his anger manifest, and this sacred avatar slaughtered the King of the Dead, a great serpent beast with twisting tentacles and wicked claws.

The battles lasted hundreds of years, sieges lasting literal generations.


You're close to crying by the end of it. Fleeting emotions that don't feel like they're genuinely yours. A mixed bag of anger, sadness, and regret. A cold burn of genuine hatred grows, lighting a fire in your belly. [0 vs. 20]

"And they were put to the fire. Scourged from existence with a burning hatred that wiped away every trace of corruption. Not even dust remained to interrupt the Great Work." You speak without thinking, finishing the priest's sentence.

"Your translation is off, but you have a good grasp of the scholar's tongue. Was it one of your parents? Odd they didn't teach you more." But he beams at you with genuine happiness. Only noticing the night falling on the town when the rain begins to patter on the glass of the high windows, "Do you have a place to stay, Pheobe? I can't deny the children of my siblings a place to rest for the night. I can make you up a cot near the fireplace with some of the apprentices."





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Re: McCreary's Planet
« Reply #31 on: February 12, 2020, 12:52:19 am »

"That'd be lovely, thank you!"

I'm beginning to develop a theory for the bracketed word-bundles that turn up sometimes-- [died, long-sleep, rest] [creator, maker, non-Empyeral], and some of the shorter ones like [protein] and [angel]. Could be wrong, but I think the brackets are used to indicate words that have no exact English translation-- implying that whatever we've been speaking, it's not English.

Perhaps we'll learn more about that later.
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« Reply #32 on: February 12, 2020, 01:41:36 am »

We can not stay here until we deal with the group that was bothering the doctor.  I have a feeling they will be investigating the fire and will possibly be upon us.  Best to move on a bit after learning some things.

Ask him about any rumors, news or gossip, this should give us information on things nearby without it making it look like we are ignorant completely.  Explain that we have been traveling for a while and need to keep going for a bit longer until we are done.  Thank him for the offer but decline for now.

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« Reply #33 on: February 12, 2020, 01:45:04 am »

I think we can risk spending the night.  It'll allow us to be on top of our game tomorrow to deal with any and all threats that come our way.

"That'd be lovely, thank you!"

I'm beginning to develop a theory for the bracketed word-bundles that turn up sometimes-- [died, long-sleep, rest] [creator, maker, non-Empyeral], and some of the shorter ones like [protein] and [angel]. Could be wrong, but I think the brackets are used to indicate words that have no exact English translation-- implying that whatever we've been speaking, it's not English.

Perhaps we'll learn more about that later.
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« Reply #34 on: February 12, 2020, 07:00:47 am »

I think we can risk spending the night.  It'll allow us be on top of our game tomorrow to deal with any and all threats that come our way.

"That'd be lovely, thank you!"

I'm beginning to develop a theory for the bracketed word-bundles that turn up sometimes-- [died, long-sleep, rest] [creator, maker, non-Empyeral], and some of the shorter ones like [protein] and [angel]. Could be wrong, but I think the brackets are used to indicate words that have no exact English translation-- implying that whatever we've been speaking, it's not English.

Perhaps we'll learn more about that later.
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« Reply #35 on: February 12, 2020, 07:04:54 am »

"Suffice it to say, I have lived a sheltered life.  While I of course am familiar with the basics, I was hoping to hear your unique insight on the matter as a religious specialist."
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« Reply #36 on: February 12, 2020, 11:17:30 am »

"Suffice it to say, I have lived a sheltered life.  While I of course am familiar with the basics, I was hoping to hear your unique insight on the matter as a religious specialist."
+1

...We said that already.
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« Reply #37 on: February 12, 2020, 02:56:10 pm »

"Suffice it to say, I have lived a sheltered life.  While I of course am familiar with the basics, I was hoping to hear your unique insight on the matter as a religious specialist."
+1

...We said that already.
No we didnít, we asked what the religion was, this is the difference between asking what Norse paganism is and asking what they think about Odin or Loki
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« Reply #38 on: February 12, 2020, 03:00:38 pm »

"Suffice it to say, I have lived a sheltered life.  While I of course am familiar with the basics, I was hoping to hear your unique insight on the matter as a religious specialist."
+1

...We said that already.
No we didnít, we asked what the religion was, this is the difference between asking what Norse paganism is and asking what they think about Odin or Loki

To clarify, the action you added a +1 to has already been carried out (verbatim) in a recent update.  It doesn't make sense to say the exact same thing again in this context.
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« Reply #39 on: February 12, 2020, 03:07:34 pm »

"Suffice it to say, I have lived a sheltered life.  While I of course am familiar with the basics, I was hoping to hear your unique insight on the matter as a religious specialist."
+1

...We said that already.
No we didnít, we asked what the religion was, this is the difference between asking what Norse paganism is and asking what they think about Odin or Loki

To clarify, the action you added a +1 to has already been carried out (verbatim) in a recent update.  It doesn't make sense to say the exact same thing again in this context.
Oh, oops. I will look for the update. Sorry for missing it
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« Reply #40 on: February 12, 2020, 03:13:48 pm »

I think we can risk spending the night.  It'll allow us be on top of our game tomorrow to deal with any and all threats that come our way.

"That'd be lovely, thank you!"

I'm beginning to develop a theory for the bracketed word-bundles that turn up sometimes-- [died, long-sleep, rest] [creator, maker, non-Empyeral], and some of the shorter ones like [protein] and [angel]. Could be wrong, but I think the brackets are used to indicate words that have no exact English translation-- implying that whatever we've been speaking, it's not English.

Perhaps we'll learn more about that later.
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« Reply #41 on: February 13, 2020, 12:15:54 am »

"That'd be lovely, thank you!" You smile at him, and he returns it. His posture is more at ease. The smile is almost joyful, and it reaches his eyes.

"I need to go consult the Mother. She has the final say, of course."  He leaves you through a backdoor in the church.

You rise from the pew and inch closer to the globe, going behind the table. Manuscripts lie across the surface, haphazardly strewn. You pay them no mind, getting closer to the orb. Its gold leaf over a hollow aluminum sphere. The steel previously seen is wrought around it in a tight chain of plaques and words.  You realize that were it not so cumbersome; you could probably carry it right out the front door. You'd be unlikely to find a buyer with such a thing having more cultural value than actual worth.

You start away as the backdoor swings open, and an older woman stumps out, leaning heavily on a cane. She walks with a pronounced limp, her eyes fixed in a stern countenance. Set on you appraisingly. You give a weak smile, and she does not return it.

"So this is the whelp then, John. She looks like some raider trash." She sniffs disapprovingly, coming to a stop very close to you, catching you off-guard. She has one of her gnarled hands in her pocket-- and you feel your eyes glance there-- [8] ah, too late to stop. Worse still, she notices.
"What, girl? You think a priest needs a gun?"

She wears an icy smile, looking you up and down. She reaches out, tapping the globe with her cane. It lands on a word there, 'vehicles.'

"What's that say, girl? And what does it mean?"



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« Reply #42 on: February 13, 2020, 12:55:31 am »

Say whatever seems right. We should know this.
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« Reply #43 on: February 13, 2020, 02:28:07 am »

Hmm.  What are the benefits and disadvantages of telling her what we know?
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« Reply #44 on: February 13, 2020, 02:32:35 am »

 ďIt says vehicles. Vehicle is a name for a large metal object used for transportationĒ
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