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Known World - Dead Gods hear no pray (CYOA) - "frozen"

Discussion in 'Choose Your Own Adventure Land' started by Karwelas, May 9, 2015.

  1. Karwelas Dwarf Taffer

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    Votes... closed.

    And thus, with this decision, we can finally said that prologue can be closed. Weaver came from her... vacation. It is time for Known World to realize that Spymaster came back. Or rather don't realize that.


    Rewards for finishing arc/plot - Summary of most important decisions:
    - You escaped from prison and helped Archmage Masked... And impressed him/her/it.
    - Your companions from prison escaped with you, but that what happened later make fate of some of them uncertain. Blue Eyes died, Madman was taken by Masked for unknown reason, head hunter and thief escaped together and paladin fate remain unknown.
    - Dambarg promised you that he will found you and pay his debt as soon as he will save Silvana... We will see if you can trust his words.
    - Blue Eyes death gave you more questions then answers... Maybe you could save him... but you can't change past. "Silver Towers. Alargon failed." those words is everything you have now.
    - Fate of wizards that you freed is uncertain... But you know where you can found them if they survived.
    - You traveled to Larnmarn, City of Wonders - to find answers and man responsible for your imprisonment. And you found him.
    - You contacted your old smuggler contact: Barnaba. Perhaps he will be useful in future.
    - You meet Council again and agreed to work with them and Professor Castor... we will see what you can achieve now.

    + 1 Feat point for finishing arc.
    + Two companions: Dwarf Regreh and mysterious demonologist Castor.
    + Reputation with Purple Robes (-100 - enemies), Circle - Masked (+?), Circle - Zabadon (?), Circle - O.M Lysang (?), Council (+45 - Hotter), Larnmarn - factions (+25 - Thieves, Assassins, Guard, Council Mercenaries, Whores/Beggars, Wizards)
    + Companion relationship - Regreh (65 - Friendly), Castor (45 - hotter).
    + Some equipment, safehouse, contact with old 'comrade' from Goban Tar.


    End of Prologue.

    Act/Arc I - Fires in Larnmarn... started.
     
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  2. Nevill Arcane

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    :bro:

    I have no fist and I must bro.

    Also,
    Do we? Did I miss any post about these wizards? We kind of freed them and forgot about them.

    We were supposed to learn which circle they come from, but we as players never asked. :M
     
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  3. Violet Literate

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    A. Seems interesting
     
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  4. Karwelas Dwarf Taffer

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    Ah, heh. I forget Circle name. But this should be enough to found them. Circle name is: Vinis Vera.
     
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  5. Karwelas Dwarf Taffer

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    Oh, by the way - added links to first post. Will update character sheets and some other things soon.
     
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  6. Karwelas Dwarf Taffer

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    By the way - you can ask any questions to any character now, as between chapters there will be few days of free time where you will get more info and help from Council. Want to talk with anyone from Council, ask Regreh or Castor about something (or confront them about lies...) or have any idea about what do in Larnmarn (like trying to contact Gerrik, looking around, contacting old friends, et cetera)... Feel free to post.
     
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  7. Karwelas Dwarf Taffer

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    OK, I slowly finish an introduction to Act 1. It should appear today/tomorrow or during weekend.

    Well, a bit of info now - we entered main stage of game. Your character can die now so be careful. Actually, anyone can die now. You will get dangerous job and expect that if you fuck up rolls or make wrong decision... Well, who knows. (I will also finally use more rolls then two in update... Heh)

    Also, you will get some persons under your command. They will be part of your party and will be connected to Larnmarn factions. Also, more things - during choices I'm giving you MOST of ways, but not all of them to solve problems. It is always possible to get best outcome from many of situations by simple choice that I give you, but sometimes it is more worth it to make your plan. So yeah, freeform is and will always be an option.

    You can always try to get out of Larnmarn if things go south, but know that will have it's consequences. They may deal with their problems alone, but if you escape... Well, they may not be happy bout it.

    You may also have questions about companion/world rep system. It work pretty much like Fangshi system. Higher rep - more they like and trust you. But don't think it makes them don't betray you... Under certain circumstances. But that will be rare, if it ever happened. Just be careful with that who you trust.

    You also may ask - is it possible to make everyone like me/can I make my enemies my friends/can I use them/can I betray everyone and everything myself. Or - can I go anywhere I want?

    Answer - yes. But...
    - It would be extremely difficult to make friends with everyone and that would be hard as fuck route. Feel free to try.
    - This depends on character, why they became your enemy and what you did to them. There is difference between mercenary that fight against you because he was paid to do it and paladins that do it becouse this of their beliefs.
    - Use them... Yes. In many ways. And yes, also THOSE ways.
    - Again, yes. I even have name for that route. (Not that I plan routes, those are just basics conditions. I can't plan your game and I don't want to, it is part of Myth/Overlord charm that I try to capture while I also create with my own style) If you make it alive, that is.
    Last question - yes, Zinoth is all yours.

    Well... Any more questions, ladies and gentlemen?
    :lol:
     
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  8. Nevill Arcane

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    You mean, we couldn't before?

    Why? What do they care if Wev leaves? They won't have to deal with one of their Lords and they won't have to part with 15K gold. Why don't they just say 'good riddance'?

    1) A sitrep on the demonic incursion would be nice, now that we've agreed to sort it out.

    Anything the public doesn't know, but the Council does. Any patterns to portal locations? What are the demons, what types are there, how does one combat them? What is done to contain the threat?

    2) Were any atttempts made to follow the demons through the portals instead? I know, it's suicidal, but still.

    3) How big of an incursion we are talking about each time? Why not turn the whole Ward into one giant deathtrap? It's not like anyone still lives there... right?

    4) To Castor - how does anchoring work? What are we looking for, exactly - is it a person, or is it an item? What if the anchor is moved to another place? Why do the portals open only in one Ward, does it indicate the anchor is there? Is there anything to mess with the navigational aspect (like noise generation for radars, to throw the aiming off). Are there any leads that allow to trace the anchor? Something that interferes with or reacts to its presence?

    5) Does he know any other prominent demonologists and their current whereabouts?

    6) Is it possible to redirect the anchor to another plane (like, to the Void or somewhere else)?


    To GM - does the Council know about the Purple Robes? Did Castor tell them anything about where he had been for a year?
     
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  9. Karwelas Dwarf Taffer

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  10. Nevill Arcane

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    Eh, my mistake for assuming we are privy to all of Castor's knowledge.

    Ask him if they asked any questions about his whereabouts for the last few months, and what he told them.

    How did they know of the explosion? It is quite far away, there shouldn't be any sounds.

    Also, we told them that Masked is alive, but did we say anything else?

    If it's the same place, why not encase it in granite/molten lava/whatever so that nothing that tries to exit survives?

    If the location keeps shifting, which is what I think is happening, then is there any pattern? A maximum radius? Any rule at all?
     
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  11. Karwelas Dwarf Taffer

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    Oh, and about Lords - I figured out you mean Kaizoku. Answer is simple - he is
    expendable pawn, like many people in Larnmarn. They don't care about him at all... They just want you to pay for easy access to him. And you will get more then fair payment if they want to keep that deal.
     
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  12. Nevill Arcane

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    Well, ok. I wonder, though, what about building a dam and flooding the Ward? Can demons breath under water? :M

    I guess it is time to put our experience as a spy and a field agent to work. Work with the Council to hire an agent network (maybe even contact the guys we've met and told them to not sign up for demon fighting duty - though their value as spies is questionable), then infiltrate the Ward. Maybe even try and take measurements during the invasion itself, searching for energy surges or any other anomalies that would help determine the location of the anchor. We will need to establish ways to get out of the Ward fast, first. Preferably multiple ones.

    It would also be interesting if our rings of True Seeing can't help us see something related to the threat. This needs to be discussed with Castor and best kept secret from the Council, though.

    If the pieces were still alive, do we know what's on the other side? :M
     
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    Well, ok. I wonder, though, what about building a dam and flooding the Ward? Can demons breath under water? :M

    Actually, this is pretty cool plan, but it have big, big problems inside of it. a) - You would be forced to transport water above laaarge city walls becouse it isn't exacly on water level. It is around 20 meters below, along with tunnels under city. b) Opening portal would probably drain water fast... Castor says that they are on some neutral, empty world, probably flat and full of sand and yes, it would slow them for some time, but they would deal with it, eventually. Either by letting whole water into portal (or entire Lake if you somehow connect it with Drunk 'lake') or by callling units that can swim without problems. Or by just getting angry and impatient and sending whole squad of wizards along with normal units and make them create air pockets and then dealing with city walls.

    I guess it is time to put our experience as a spy and a field agent to work. Work with the Council to hire an agent network (maybe even contact the guys we've met and told them to not sign up for demon fighting duty - though their value as spies is questionable), then infiltrate the Ward. Maybe even try and take measurements during the invasion itself, searching for energy surges or any other anomalies that would help determine the location of the anchor. We will need to establish ways to get out of the Ward fast, first. Preferably multiple ones.

    It would also be interesting if our rings of True Seeing can't help us see something related to the threat. This needs to be discussed with Castor and best kept secret from the Council, though.

    If the pieces were still alive, do we know what's on the other side? :M

    Actually, yes. Demons. A lot of demons. Big, small, looking like humans or like something you couldn't even imagine. Tents and camps each way you look. And in the middle, other side of portal.

    Also, Castor says that he probably even know who is commanding those hordes. 23th Army of Garmako. Generals Umbra and Pulvis, serving under Lord Corvus. Part of great empire, existing for thousands of years and ruling more then 20 000 planes. How the hells he knows that? Well, he only shrugs and with smile responds 'Later, Weaver. Later.'
     
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  14. Nevill Arcane

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    What's their MO? They've been fighting this battle for a few months now. Why didn't they escalate matters already? Are they thinking to exhaust us?

    Is this a problem that can also be solved by taking out their leadership, or are they easily replaceable?

    Also, generals 'Ash' and 'Shadow'? Are we in the middle of a Kreegan invasion? :lol:

    [​IMG]

    So, if aiming the anchors is hard, is it possible to confuse the aim, opening the portal into the Void instead. Disrupting should be easier, no? Would be funny if their 23th army got sucked in.

    I take it that burying the Ward under a ton of rock - making an artificial mountain out of it - is not feasible, either? I am talking worst-case scenarios here, of course.

    Did the Council ever think to turn to the Circle? I imagine they are not too interested in joining the other 20000 planets. There should be a contingency plan if our intervention fails.

    Ask the Castor about our rings and their potential to find the anchors. Does this need a vote?

    How do you find the anchors when they are active? It would make sense to pre-install equipment that can determine an anchor's proximity on the highest points of the town, in hopes to find out who does this:
    In full secrecy, of course.

    Edit: is there any way to detect demons? They must have sneaked some of their mages in. I wonder if those can be traced - either with Council means, or with the rings.

    By the way, why didn't the rings detect Castor's true identity under the illusions? Did we never put them on?

    Now that the Council obliges us with free food and energy drinks, there is no reason not to make full use of them.
     
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  16. Nevill Arcane

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    The anchors are silent when they aren't active. What can we find if there are no clues? Where would we even start the search?

    The idea is to install the equipment to point us to the 'points of interest'. The anchors can't be moved when they are active. We will have to wait until the next invasion/activation before we start the second phase of our plan. Once the portal closes, the locations we detected will need to be hit hard and fast before the mages relocate/evacuate the anchor - and they would probably fall without external support.

    I don't think we can attack during the invasion itself - not only because of all the demons, but also out of fear of the explosion.

    That's just one way of doing things, of course if there is any way to get to the mages before they activate the portal one more time, it would be ideal.

    By the way, does Castor have any idea why the portal closes precisely at dawn? Is there something during the day that makes it hard to maintain a connection?
     
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  17. Nevill Arcane

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    Also, who is in the Council? Are its members public figures?

    Is there a way to ensure that no information is leaking out to the enemy agents? Who do we speak about such things?

    It's the first thing that needs to be done before coming up with any plans. Doubly so for a spymaster.
     
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    Did any cults, or other new movements started before this mess?
    Were there any changes in pecking order of city?
    What material is needed to build anchor? Anything special? We might be able to track it by that.
     
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  20. Nevill Arcane

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    Sorry, I did not understand that. What is the main attack? Are you talking about the time when the mages will complete their calculations?

    My understanding is that they have managed to place one or a few anchors to open a temporary portal. If we get that out of the way, shouldn't it solve the problem, making the invaders start anew? Or do we need to remove each and every anchor in existence (and the mages with them)?

    So what you are saying is that we can't single out the anchor's magical field? There are no unique traits signifying those?

    Or did the Council simply not know what to look for before they had Castor falling into their hands?

    One of the plot point of MMVI and their demonic invasion revolves around the demons subverting a Council member, Slicker Silvertongue, to their religion. :M

    It is a necessary precaution.
     
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    Interlude 2
    Star on night sky

    You look at Castor and Council, at shadow figures and visible people, awaiting your decision. You know that many things depends on words you will say in a moment... your head work like silent dwarf clockwork. Tick, tack. Thinking about every possible outcome of that contract, you finally decide.

    Looking at them, you open your hands, bowing slowly, with grin on your face. Like he always did.

    'My dear Council, you just made a deal.' still smiling, you turn your eyes on Castor. He also grins and make an slight nod. You see
    relief on Katarina face, Kardim only rubs his chin, Alexander have poker face and finally, mayor Raggins pats his stomach with pleasure. Shadows only move, but you hear some sighs and satisfied whispers between those.

    'Good.' finally, one of shadows speaks. 'Then we have a deal. You are free to go now, but we must keep profesor around for a while. Our people will contact you soon.' you hear silent sound of little bell and door behind you open again. You nods to Council and Castor and walk away.

    Regreh sits on bench near doors, muttering something to himself. As he stroke his beard, you slowly come near him and cough. He jumps on bench, almost breaking it under his weigh. Cracking sound make even guards near door look at both of you, with suprise. One of them shakes his head.

    'So... what you decided?' he glances at you, still stroking his beard. It is easy to say that he is either angry or nervous and you don't blame him. Not everybody get Council 'invitation' and it isn't exacly thing that make people happy, especially when you actually try to hide from attention. But it is their city and you didn't had any choice.

    'We work for Council now. Our goal - get rid of something called anchors... I mean... uh. How to say it. We must help Castor with thing he order us to do. This is everything.' you shrughs. Nothing new in your job... maybe except demons. Yes, it is a new thing... well, you always can get the hell away from there when things will look bad. You are even sure that Council would not mind that at all... they will have more important things to do. 'Well, it seems that we can get back to home... I wonder if...' you sits on bench, but Talking Man came out of corridor that you came from, gesturing to you. As he come closer, you see his smile.

    'I'm sorry, ma'am. I didn't knew who you are. If I would have that knowledge, I would inform you about my employers reasons. I hope that it won't have impact on our relationship during our cooperation.' he made an slight bow, probably as some sort of apology.

    'No, I don't mind. I understand that you had your orders... I know how people like you work. Experience, you could say.' yes, experience. You remember people like him, in past. He is someone that some people could call "majordomo" if Council would ever had anything like that. Man that everyone trust enough to do their orders when they are together in that room. One of few people that probably sometimes have access to their discussions. He and those guards around you are most trusted people in that town. And you are pretty sure that they would kill you without any moment of regret if Council would say anything about that... not that you would ever make yourself get into situation like that.

    'Ah, good. I will now escort you back to your home, if you don't mind... professor Castor must stay for with us for a while. Oh, Gods, I almost forget... I'm Gartiro.' he again offers you slight bow. 'I know that you are called by many names, ma'am Weaver... but who is your companion?'

    Regreh offers him a nod as he respond. 'I'm Regreh Mertelsson, son of Mertel.'

    'Pleasure to meet you, sir.' another bow... an simple gesture, habit or maybe his way of showing respect? Who knows.

    Almost 30 minutes later, you are back in last floor, in building next to Library. At your safehouse. Little squad of Bloody Larns that escorted you back to your home says little goodbye. You also see two of them, guarding door to your safehouse. They nods to you with respect and walk away... finally, you close door behind you. And then you search every room.

    'What the hells are you doing, girl?' Regreh looks like at you like he would look at some kind of weirdo... again, you don't blame him.

    'Searching for any sort of listening or observing device... they could leave this kind of thing here. I would do same.' you search for some more time, but you find nothing. Well, they either didn't did that or it is hidden so well that you can't find it on our own. Tired, you lies on sofa, as Regreh get to kitchen part and start to cook something, without any question.

    'So... about this Council... you know any of them?' he cuts onions, meat and some potatoes to make another disk... probably some sort of fricassee. 'Damn those onions...' he rubs his eyes with wrists, still cutting.

    'I either heard or meet some of them... I mean, those that say they are part of it in public. That woman, with elf ears... she is Katarina Cook, leader of Whores. Pretty fine woman, for my taste. ' you heard giggle and fast added. 'I mean, in my taste of working with her! Damn you... I mean, she isn't that bad, actually, she is pretty nice.'

    'You are into woman? I didn't knew.' he giggles again.

    'Wait, no! I mean... I don't mind woman or man, but I really don't feel attached to people like that.' you sighs as Regreh still giggles. Damn this dwarf, really. So immature sometimes...

    'So wait, you are still an virgin then? But you have a daughter, right?' you almost choke with your own saliva.

    'Wait, I didn't said THAT. I mean, yes, Hiri is my daughter, but she is adopted. I can't have any child... something connected to my... condition. And I'm not damn virgin, you pervert dwarf.' you shakes your head as Regreh put onion and meat into pot and pour some water into it.

    'Oh... I didn't know... I'm sorry, girl.' his voice changes... a bit sad tone. Probably thinks that he offended you, but you only shrugh.

    'I don't mind that, Reg, really. I don't had time for a kids anyway, except Hiri... but she was... other kind of child. I told you how I met her, right?'

    'Yep, you mentioned it. On streets, trying to pickpocket you... you took her and trained as... well, spy? Spymaster? I don't know how to say it.' he shrugs.

    'Let's just say that she knows what I know.' you prefer to not to talk about training Hiri... it was hard part of your life. Almost as your training...

    'By the way. Why you did that? I mean, you could took any child and train it. Why her? Why you even wanted to train any kid?' he looks at you, stirting liquid in pot with large, wooden spoon.

    'You know, I think it was... well, it was something in way she was looking at me. How desperate, but also stubborn she was. It was that kind of fire in look that you see only in eyes of people that have nothing to lose...' and I know something about that - you add in your own thoughts.

    'Yeah, but why you took kid? There are many older people that could be better in this.' Regreh keep asking questions. Well, can't blame him... you did same with him when you were locked.

    'It isn't about that she was kid... I mean, that was important. But I manage to live to this day thanks to person did same to me.' you smile to your memories... both dark and bright.

    'Care to tell this story? I would like to hear it, seems to be interesting.' he looks at you with standard dwarf "discoverer" look in his eyes. You sighs, thinking...

    'Well... Not whole story, it would take few days to tell all of it... but some? Why not, but you will owe me your part of YOUR story, all right?' you stretchs on a sofa, yawning.

    'Fine.' he nods and looks into pot. 'We must wait for our dinner anyway...'

    'So, it started long ago... two hundred years, almost, to be precise... I was just after "waking up" from my mindless stance, after Tear happend. It was almost...'

    ***​
    Four years.

    Four years of empty, broken mind. Four years of darkness without any sort of memory about anything. Time when my body was fighting with that I was broken. With lack of my soul. But I managed to make it. I was lucky, some could say. Those people that were less luck, are now either dead for long time or are mindless beasts on Void Wastelands, fighing with Guardians and sucking anything that have any kind of live force that they can feast on.

    But it isn't story about those poor folk. I was broken, as my soul was still new in this body... well, not soul. Substitue for it, that body and mind created from shards of old Rega memories. Will of life so strong that it managed to create another soul for a body, amazing isn't it? Well, many people didn't found it amazing. Rather scary as hells. I was hungry, in both ways. Sucking out some people that sometimes tried to kill me, sometimes luring them into beds with me... I didn't wanted to harm anyone, so I sucked only a bit of their live force. I was starving often. I also needed normal food... but only becouse it was natural for me. I didn't need it in other mean then of my own sanity. I felt hunger and my stomach grumbling, but now I know it was only my mind.

    It was hell. I took more beatings and rape attemps then I remember... I maybe don't remember most of those. Sometimes... they succeed... sometimes not. Live isn't pretty, is it? But I couldn't do anything about it. I was wandering around, form town to town, from village to village, trying to just make it. To see another sunrise.

    And one time, I don't even remember when... I tried to steal some bread from man, in middle of town that name I don't even remember... Just run for it. I remember it was empty alley and he was one of a few persons walking around. Twilight already came. He was... weird, but then I didn't even saw that. I was too busy staying on edge of sanity. I grabed bread from his own hands and tried to make run for it! But... I felt how his hand closed on my wrist. He was high, but he didn't looked like he was strong... rather weak and a bit old, with grey beard under his hood.

    I still remember how fast he moved, throwed me into air and hit road with my body so hard that I broke my two ribs. I remember how looked at me when I was lying there, gasping in pain. And I remember his first words that he ever spoke to me. He crouched, looking at my face, but he was a bit far away, so I couldn't touch him. He was looking in my eyes.

    'Do you want this?' he pointed on bread in his other hand. I nodded, still in pain. He looked at my hands and reach it to me... but it still was too far away. I tried to crawl closer, but when I reached bread, he moved faster then I could even get with my full speed, don't even mentioning crawling on road, in middle of some dirty alley.

    'If you want to steal, at least do it right. You can't even reach it when I give it to you... why you are so slow?' he looked at his hand and reached to me again. And I crawled to him, but I was too slow again. And again. And again... Gods, it probably looked so hilarious... girl with dirty, teared clothes, crawling and old man, walking around in circles in middle of some dingy alley.

    Finally, I felt anger. It was first time for... long, long while that I felt that emotion. I screamed, but with my dry throat back then, I probably heard like an some kind of frog. I rised on my legs and rushed at him, despite pain. He was just standing there, like he would looking at some sort of funny, little animal trying to bite it without any teeth... damn, my face still hurt. He knocked me out with two simple punches.

    I woke up in room and I almost shat myself. I swear, Regreh, I was scarred that I was kidnapped by some sort of slaver or souteneur. Damn it, but I was too weak too even run away... I could just look around. Simple, clean room, like in any little in in any town from there to Dane Pass. I tried to move, but I realized that I had no clothes on me... I also was clean, first time for long, long while... I almost cried from both fear and happiness. I was lying there for Gods know how long, when he came though only door. He looked at me, but only that. Moving around, he was placing some things from his bag on his table. I was observing him for whole time. Finally, he took an dagger, from some sort of pocket in his cloak. I tried to move, as he slowly get next to me and placed it on my throat. He grabbed my hand and placed it on his wrist.

    'Feed.' he said, with peremptory tone of voice. I looked at him, dumbstrucked. His grip on dagger became a bit stronger as he repeated. 'Feed on me. Until I order you to stop.' I did what he ask, sucking his live force, for long, long time... at least for me, it was pretty long. I didn't wanted to hurt him, so I stopped... again, I felt pressure on my throat.

    'Did I ordered you to stop?' I didn't responded... but did as he said. I was sucking and sucking... until he became pale and said it. Another pressure of dagger on my throat. 'Enough.' He rised from chair and slowly get to his bag on table, drinking some potion form it. He wasn't so pale anymore, but he still was weak. He took an pipe from his pocket and started to smoke. I couldn't even say anything... but he also was silent. He didn't even looked at me. For long time, he was just... sitting there. Smoking and drinking some wine.

    Finally, after some time, he walked to the door and looked at me. 'Sleep for now.' Only thing he said. I tried to say something, but I couldn't even mutter... but before he left, he gave me some bread and water. I was eating like I would never eat anything in future, I swear Regreh. It was like I was first time eating food... I still remember that taste. When you are hungry, Regreh, you don't mind anything. Taste of simple bread and water is like food of gods. I eat and drink until I was full... and I sleeped.

    When I woke up again, he was in room already, looking at me from distance. From stool, like before. He repeated things like that for few next days... I don't even know how long. Feed, sleep, go to toilet with his help... I knew it was some inn at that time...I heard voices under floor. All of it without any sort of conversation. I tried to speak, but he was ordering me to stay silent everytime. Finally, one day, I woke up with him sitting next to me, on stool. I looked at him, waiting... I though he wanted my body, like many before him... I tried to take sheet off me, but he stopped me, without any emotion on his face, except his normal, calm, cold glance. Finally, he said...

    'Do you want to change this?' he was silent for a moment and I almost decided to ask what it meant, but he continued. 'Do you want to change your life, souless girl? You aren't what you was before, despite what you may think. People fear your kind. You are new on this world. Tell me, do you want to let people that want hurt you... do it? Or you want to fight for your right to live, to feel and to act?'

    I tried to say something, but only thing I could come with was... 'I... w-want. I... w-wa-ant!' My voice was still weak, but I tried to still say it. Finally, I managed to say more. 'I... w-want-t... f-fight-t!'

    He looked at me, for long time. Smoking pipe and observing my face. Drinking wine. Maybe thinking. Maybe just looking. Finally, he nodded a bit and said it.

    'Then I will teach you.'

    For first few weeks I wasn't rising form bed. He bring some people and those people let me feed on them... I didn't killed any, of course. I was getting stronger and stronger. He didn't let me talk with those people. Even with him, I... actually at that time, I didn't even talked with him. I was just listening and he was looking. This is everything. Eating, sucking, toilet, bed, bath... not in that order. It lasted for Gods know how long... I never asked.

    And one day, when I was strong enough to walk around our room, he gave me clothes and... lens. Color lens.

    'Never take this out in public. Don't let a anyone hit you in eye or you will get glass shards inside of it.' everything he ever said about my disguise was that. I still was forced to be silent in town. He told people around that I'm mute. I didn't mind that.

    I started to walk with him to buy some food and do other things. Carry something from and to inn. Go talk with some people... well, he was doing it. I was just following him around, observing. People often didn't even looked at me. Only in inn, patrons ofter offered me smile or some tips. I became waitress, later, as he ordered me to pay for my part of rent. I never spoke to either inkeeper or his wife, but those were good people. I was doing it for almost half of year. Six months of live as mute waitress walking with my... well... master? Owner? Boss? I know we was in one of town of Northend Kingdom and they don't mind slavery as long as it isn't one of their own citizens that is slave or slaver.

    And then, one day, he gave me dagger and gave me short instruction.

    'This night another man will come to you, he will touch you and he will think that you are paid to do this. You will kill him.' I looked at him, scared and shooked my head... I felt how he slapped me and pressed that dagger to my own throat again. 'You will do that or he will kill you.'

    And... that man came that night. He was young, but his eyes... well, enough to say, he wasn't best man I ever saw. But he was kind to me, asked if I really want to do it. I nodded... he undressed and started to touch me... It was nice, but at same time, terrible... Finally, he was trying to get into me, but I panicked. I grabbed his chest and... startes sucking his live out of him, like I never did. He choked and tried to push me, but he was too weak... he died, looking in my eyes, with fear and regret.

    It was... kind of funny, you know. I killed people before. I mean, on March. And before it... at least I thought so back then. It just wasn't me. Riza soul was in Void at that time. I had her memories, her body... but I was different. I act diferrent. I think in different way. This is why I never though to came back to her house, her family. She was dead for them... and I wanted it to stay like this. They deserved peace. Anyway...

    He came back, looking at body... I think he was observing everything... maybe there was hole in wall? I don't know. Anyway, he looked at me and nodded. 'Good.' I know it was only one word, but from his mouth... it was like damn honour. Shit, I know how it sounds, but it really make me proud of myself. Well, maybe not so proud at that time, there was dead body lying on bed next to me... he took body with help of inkeeper. I never asked about this. He never talked with me about this. Everything was fine.

    From that time, he started to train me... fighting, dirty moves, creeping, hidding in shadows. Everything. I still remember those damn lessons. In that in, just below roof, there was pretty big attic. He trained me there. Right moves, stabs, dodges.

    'Armored target, plate. Bastard sword. Stab, cut, knockdown, finishing move!' his voice was silent, but still hard as still is. I stabbed imagined enemy between his armor plates, cut him in other weak place and tried to do a knocking move, but suddenly, my master hit me with his branch. He always did that.

    'Wrong!' SLAP! I squeaked as I felt pain on my back. 'Wrong leg move, you would be already impaled on his blade or maybe you would be forced to search your teeth on that floor. Again!' Another try. SLAP! I felt another hit. He looked at me and shook his head. 'Again!'. 'Again!', 'Again!'. I don't even remember how many times we repeated those sequences... He always was beating me in part of training where I fought with him. No mercy for apprentice, eh?

    Anyway, he trained me, Regreh. He saved my live back there and trained me for long time, until he was sure that I know everything what I should. He left me after handshake... heh. He always was that kind of man... I never saw him offering handshake to other person then this apprentice. That was good, but sad day. Sarkon, old fool. And my master.

    ***​
    And with those words, you finished first part of your story. Regreh look at you for a while and sighed.

    'Hard life, aye. It seems that your master was both caring and cruel man...' he mutters, pouring soup into bowls for you and him.

    'He wasn't cruel. His metods of training, yes. Those maybe. But he, never.' you rises from sofa and slowly get to chair, sitting on other side of it... 'Well... let's eat. We must get some energy... tomorrow we will work.'

    And stars above our heads will shine.

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    Well, I hope you like this short interlude for start of Act I. Real update will show up soon. I was a bit ill for this weekend and was forced to forget about writing for that time.
     
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  23. Karwelas Dwarf Taffer

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    I updated an character sheets, connecting those to update that should appear tomorrow. Also, I'm terrible at editing posts. Just saying. If you don't know where those are, remember - first post is your best friend.

    If you wonder why Castor sheet is a bit different then Reg's - it is that he don't exactly trust you too much now, after shit that happend last chapter(s). And you learned new facts about him. Just wait a bit, everything will be clear.

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    Also, I hope you like working with a bit larger team. You aren't really thinking that Council will left you without some sort of support, right? :smug:
     
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    Chapter 1
    "Here in Larnmarn..."

    Here in Larnmarn, in every inn
    we sing all day, like we always did,
    songs about gold and better old time,
    about great maidens and brave lads!

    Refrain: Larnmarn, Larnmarn,
    I will give you my gold!
    Larnmarn, Larnmarn,
    and it's fine folk!

    Here in Larnmarn, on every street,
    you may meet either archmage or twit,
    both kings and jesters drinks together here,
    until famous floor of our taverns, they meet!

    Here in Lanmarn, you will lose your gold,
    not always in pretty way, but... hey! - you know,
    we don't let them hurt you, this isn't savage land,
    this is your old Larnmarn, full of thieves like us!

    And after this short song, you finally know,
    something about Larnmarn, I did my job,
    now it is time, to pay for my words,
    buy me some beer and you are free to go!

    by Kailravo, Bard of Mist.



    Larnmarn was cold as every morning. Lake surrounding city was and still is main cause behind cold temperature, even in middle of summer. People learned to accept that. 'It is just one of it's charms', they say. Well... in your safehouse you didn't feel that cold - dwarven pipes and masonry keep warm air inside of buildings. And even if you would want to get rid of that air - you don't have any windows in it, so only way would be just opening ventilation shafts and waiting.

    Last day, you just waited for a little after Regreh served some good dish... not that you even remember what it was, some sort of meat. This isn't important, anyway. Castor didn't came back, but that was easy to predict... Council want to keep him safe. Some random house in Dwarf Ward isn't safe enough.

    Anyway, instead of worring about little lying demonologist, you decided to collect last pieces of informations that you ordered and finally have better look at this whole thing.

    Informations you decided to get in first interlude (open)

    Larnmarn and it's situation: Nothing really new outside of that you learned - demons attack, it harms trade and make people scared. More and more mercs come to replace those that die every attack. Dwarves are still creating new pipes all around their Ward. Council meetings are rumored to happend every week, instead of two.

    City Guards are allowed to use lethal force on anyone that try to get into any secured area. Thieves and Assassins now have official permission to do it. (Not that they ever needed it. It is just formality) Prices for food are very stable. Wizards do less of their public lectures in their Ward.

    Well, there are also some interesting informations about bunch of nobles from Lords that want to escape from Larnmarn as soon as shit become to dangerous for them and they want to hire most of smugglers to work for them, when people will want to escape from city if everything fails and demons will get into other Wards.

    Known World informations: Not much happend in Known World since your disapperance... at least some people could say so. But those people would be blind. You aren't one of them.
    Shonzang Empire want to made some sort of deal, as you learned from Samer, back in Ravenhord (they sent someone to Circle to make a deal).

    Some sects from South Kingdoms became a bit more active and started to support new king, out of blue. Interesting... and suprising. They were in conflict for many years with king now. It may be interesting enough to look at.
    Dragon Empire announced that they want to form new generation of famous Dragon Spear. Many people responded and tournament to get best ones is still in progress. (legendary force of 150 soldiers armed with spears and trained in advanced combat techniques. Each 50 years they are formed again and old ones retires. But even more famous thing then their skills are their magical boots - rumored to give man an speed and stamina of an horse for around 24 hour each week. Charge of soldiers running with their spears aimed at you, when they are as fast and strong as horses... yeah, it makes you want to be in other place. Any other place then direction to their charge. Their boots are so well guarded by Dragon Empire that they always organize hunting party to get anyone outside their ranks that manage to either stole or get it other way).

    Dwarves priests sings that their Pantheon became bigger - new godlike child was born. When Regreh himself heard about this, he ran away to town, you found him drunk as fuck. You never saw any dwarf so happy. Yes, this is something big.

    Something happend in Free Tribunat, but not much details came with those rumors. Some people say that big fleet of people from Far North came and pillaged at least three of those towns and then retreated. Some other people say that they came there, escaping from something. Other people say - it was just an layover and they are traveling to some other place (most of people think that they are going to attack Sand People desert towns, far away on south, beyond Barrier in South Kingdoms.

    Also, Masked came back/his body was found! This is fresh one. One day, Circle just send message about that rewards will no longer be provided to anyone. Huh, interesting... yes? No? Why, ma'am? You heard about this... I'm so sorry...

    Guardians (large group of people that dedicated their lives to protect rest of lands from those Void creatures that managed to get on Zinoth by Rift) warned kingdoms around Void Wasteland about increased activity of void creatures. Some of those were supposed to appear outside of Wastelands.

    Your disapperance, infromations about yourself: You tried to dig deep, among many of your aliases and covers, but you found nothing. Some people spread rumors about Ravenhord and truth behind it, but most of people either don't believe or don't care. Except Council and Circle that pay for those informations. Probably those that survived explossion are talking about it around.

    About Hiri and other agents from old House: This matter was probably most important for you... you spend most of your 'information fee' gold on it. You also tried to dig on your own... and surprisingly, you found something. Some of beggars that you hired told you something about girl very, very similiar to Hiri that also hired some of them. She was searching for someone, woman. You heard enough to know that it as about you, even if she didn't knew either color of her eyes or hair - it is actually thing that make that woman you. She appeared two months ago with party of some people, from what beggars says, those were her friends, but they were far to young to be any of your agents. She spend some time, around month searching for that woman, but suddenly, she and her party get away from town in one night, probably after some information... direction? Well, most of beggars says they went either south or east.

    About anyone else from old House - nothing.

    Blue Eyes and his death: Again, nothing but one thing - Silver Towers mostly either refers to either one of sects in South Kingdoms or... to Dragon Empire caverns, one of those were one of wyrms sleeps. You managed to find both main temple and those caverns and marked those on your private map.


    Pretty big collection of information... not always useful, but you know that searching informations is like trying to find golden powder in sand - it takes time and a lot of patience to strain informations and rumors. Anyway, you write those to your journal in your own code and decides to look around... until you heard knock.

    'Hey, is somebody home?. Hello?' you heard male voice. Young male, probably young adult. You slowly come to door, with your blade hidden behind you. Looking though eyehole you see pretty face. Blue eyes. Blonde, short hair. Short beard. Blue cloak and scale armor, pretty nice work... standard equipment of Larnmarn City Guard. You decide to open door.

    'Yes?' you look at him, now looking at his whole body. Higher then you, but to be honest, you aren't biggest woman in Known World... but you are still pretty high! Hard to say how well builded he is under that armor, but he is rather strong. Designations on his armlet points out that he is one of lower officers.

    'Oh...' he offers you an troubled smile. 'Ma'am... Black?' he looks at sheet of paper in his hand. Huh, using your old fake alias? Interesting.

    'Maybe... depends who ask.' you tighten your grip on blade. He takes something from his pocket and shows to you... Council sigil. So he is one of their agents... 'Then, yes. Come in, please.' you open door and let him in. He thanks you with nod and still troubled smile.

    'I'm Falr.' he looks around your safehouse and then turn his eyes on you. 'I will be your... contact with Council, ma'am. Also, I'm connection to everything you may need from our forces.'

    'Everything I may need? This is new. Anything else... why not an little lecture for new colleague?' you grins to him, trying to get him into one of oldest spy jokes. You would scold him for teaching you how to work, but sadly, he brokes it with his words.

    'My masters told me about that you worked for them in past, ma'am, so I did not thought you would want this... but, if you really want, I can remind you...' he scratches his beard, a little bit more troubled then before. You shake your head with disappointment and sighs. 'Oh. And by everything... I mean everything. If you will need some sort of support from Guard in some matter, inform me. If you will need something official, like document or license, inform me. And so on. Every Guild is for... most of your requests. I will try to ask Council for support.'

    Huh, they really were serious about this work... working alone is one thing. But commaning entire guilds to help you finding those damn anchors? Damn. Well, not ENTIRE guilds and not commanding, but requesting a bit of their help, but hey! It make you feel important.

    'I see. Impressive. So you are my contact. Nice to meet you... you can call me Weaver, this is how most of people do it these days. But in public, please use Black or Laizne.' you put your blade into scabbard. He looks at it, suprised.

    'Damn it... I see you are ready for everything, Weaver. I would be dead if you would want it. Anyway, I'm not only our contact... I was send there to work with you, all time. As officer of Guard I can do many things even as myself, without any support of other guilds. I hope you don't mind.' he looks at you, waiting for response.

    Yeah, you could predict that Council would want their man as a part of group that search anchors. You smile to him and hake your head.

    'No, I don't mind. I knew something like this will happend. Anyway, welcome in our group. I think my... well... other part of group, dwarf Regreh is somewhere in Ward... probably "collecting informations". Or like normal people call it - drinking.' he chuckles and nods.

    'Good to know... So, maybe we will go around Drunk Ward, I suppose you want to meet Profe...' knock. Knock, knock. You both of you look at door, but nobody respond. You nod to him and points at other site of the door, so he will be hidden behind it. He nods and try to silently get into that place... hard thing to do with armor. Clicking scales are loud. Damn it...

    You look though keyhole to see pair of people. Man and woman, wearing black, leather armors and cloaks. Simple scabbards and blades in those... at least woman have blades, two short swords. You don't see any weapon on man. Man have short, black hair and beard, brown eyes. Woman hair are also black, but way longer, almost reach her shoulder. Her eyes are... woah. You heard about purple eyes, but never saw any like those. Really pretty.

    Your sensitive eyes also let you see little, hidden crossbows under their cloaks... huh. Assassins. You whisper decide to open door, but before that you warn Falr. He nods and takes his long sword in his hands.

    Slowly opening door you looks at assassins... and they look at you.

    'Weaver?' woman voice is almost painful for your ears... she sounds like damn harpy. Actually, it is almost pretty voice, but you heard people like that too many times - confidence, perfection and big ego. 'Alexander send us. We are here to help you.'

    You look at them, suprised, when they show you private sigil of Varnemo family, not Assassins Guild. Man, instead of cold eyes as his companion, offers you small smile.

    'May we come in?' you slowly open door, hidding your blade again. Falr, suprised, do same thing. Pair of assassins get looks at him and welcome him with same nods.

    'I'm Avian and this is Natrila... Alex... I mean, Alexander send us to help you with your job. We aren't officaly there, of course. Oh and if you have any doubt that he send us... well, welcome... Auntie.' Avian chuckles while Natrila only shakes her head and place her hand on forehead, sighing... Aunite... damn this little brat.

    'Uh, anyway... we were talking about where we should go today... we must start our work, ma'am Weaver. Many people want to talk with you. You must see many things.' Falr scratches his head, troubled... yes. Who the hell he means? Before you can even ask, Avian interrupts.

    'Oh... and Weaver. Alexander asked us to ask you if you can drop by and meet with him soon. He want to talk with you.' Avian adds quickly.


    You sighs... welcome back, Weaver. Time to work.

    ***

    Time to choose...

    1. You must decide where you will go today, as you don't have infinite time to spend on talking and searching informations. While you could use some help from Avian and Natrila, Guilds are probably too busy to help you with those things, for now (unless I point out that you may send Falr to contact those and get response next update). Update itself timeskips by three days, so you have some time too choose and meet or search something or someone. Some activities take whole day, some only part of it.

    First day - (put choosen thing there, if you send someone else to deal with it, write name next to like "Informations about X (Avian))
    Second -
    Third -

    a) Visting Castor in Drunk District (includes information about state of district, looking around and everything you can think of and tell me you want to do there) - 3/4 of day or whole day if you choose some more activity there. (You MUST choose this one) - possible only for you, but adding others may give more results.
    b) Information directly from Guilds - 1/4 of day each one. (Thieves, Assassins, Guard, Council Mercenaries, Whores/Beggars, Wizards) - May send Falr, but you can't do Castor activity same time.
    c) Visiting someone that want to meet you - 1/4 of day each (Alexander, Katarina Cook, Kardim Brotheron, leaders of Thieves and Wizard Guilds) - possible only for you.
    d) Searching most possible points for placing anchors - 1/2 of day each Ward. - May send Guard, Wizards or do it with your group. Each one may give other results.
    e) Try to find anyone connected to demons and leading to more traces - 1/2 of day - Possible for you as Circle don't want thing about anchor spread. May give you new choices and leads.
    f) Nevill plan
    g) Freeform. (Give me an idea, I will give you activity time and possible people)

    2. Eating... uh... sucking? You must tell Council how much people you want.
    a) Enough to feed you without killing them
    b) Enough to feed you with sucking them dry.
    c) A little more then you need to get more Soul points - Max five people each two weeks.

    Hope you like this update!

     
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  25. Karwelas Dwarf Taffer

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    And 24 - 48 hours to vote. Just adding this. Not tagging.
     
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