View Full Version : The Incomplete Domain [Ravenloft]
11-03-2006, 10:30 AM
Deep within the swirling, poisonous mists of Ravenloft, an new domain stands. Not yet directly connected to the rest of the demiplane, it appears suddenly and incongruously from the mist as a japanese temple. Shadowy armies mill about in the mist outside the temple, but seem completely oblivious to what is going on... everything outside of the temple is unfinished, as if the creation of the place had been interrupted at a critical stage..
As you approach the building, a large symbol to either side of the gate in the main wall catches your attention: a grey circle, bordered in royal blue, bearing a stylized fox head.
The domain of Balnaroth, ancestral home of the shadow werefoxes and location of the NorZilliar family manor.
11-03-2006, 10:34 AM
Krystal wakes up. The first thing she notices is that sanctuary is shockingly intact considering all that went on. As she looks around, she sees people from the temple everywhere. Some sleeping, others sitting quietly in groups.
Her father and her uncle are off in a corner, discussing something quietly while Myobi bustles around seeing to everyone's comfort. She looks at the still sleeping Exachix and walks to the garden door in bafflement...
There, she sees the reason for the strangeness: where the garden ought to be is a swirling formless void of shadows and mist. Realization comes to her then: they have been caught.
11-03-2006, 10:35 AM
Earin pulls himself awake, rubbing his head where it had hit the wall earlier.
He looks around vaguely, then pulls himself together.
"What is this place?"
11-03-2006, 10:37 AM
((Wait, so does this mean there is no sanctuary at Inari's?))
11-03-2006, 10:37 AM
mIlias opens his eyes and looks around cautiously while slowly getting up in a sitting position.
11-03-2006, 10:38 AM
Earin glances around, and he notices Vael.
He walks over to him, drawing his rapier.
Vael remains unconcious.
11-03-2006, 10:40 AM
(( Everything back in Town is "normal": the Dark Powers were interrupted. This is merely a shadow of the temple, although the defenders very nearly lost. As I warned several of you: I didn't hold back - your actions mattered. If Inari had been killed, or if the hands of darkness had just a little more time, then this would be a lot more inconvenient... ))
11-03-2006, 10:42 AM
*Myobi looks at Earin*
No fighting, Earin. If you want to know why, look out the door
11-03-2006, 10:42 AM
mIlias searches for his sword but finds nothing. He seems quite displeased by this.
11-03-2006, 10:43 AM
"We'll all be safer without him."
Earin's eyes are cold and hateful as he stares at Vael.
11-03-2006, 10:45 AM
mKrystal and mlKyrian stare out the door with a mixture of fear and annoyance
They betrayed us...
Loki sits in a corner with a stunned expression, mumbling endlessly that he can't feel something.
11-03-2006, 10:47 AM
After a short while mIlias shrugs and stops looking for his sword. He looks up and grins to himself.
11-03-2006, 10:51 AM
Earin trembles with supressed rage and puts his rapier away.
"If he so much as looks at any of us wrong..."
He gives Vael one last glare and walks over to the door and looks out.
Vael mentally relaxes, glad that he wouldn't have to defend himself. He appears to remain unconcious.
11-03-2006, 10:57 AM
(( Shadows and mists, and the vague form of armies gathered to attack [they never will, but Earin doesn't know that] ))
11-03-2006, 10:59 AM
Earin looks over to Myobi.
"What is going on?"
11-03-2006, 11:04 AM
*Fenric looks up from his conversation*
We are in Ravenloft, Earin. Everyone who "died" or was unconscious at the end of the battle was captured. As you can see by looking around, the summoned things are all gone, but everyone else is sitting around waiting to see what happens next.
We have to put our faith in Inari, and our friends back home, to rescue us. Fortunately, our side appears to have prevailed - the transferance did not occur, or we'd be repeating yesterday's battle every day forever.
11-03-2006, 11:06 AM
Earin glares at Vael again.
"And what is this filth doing here?"
Vael mentally flinches at the term.
11-03-2006, 11:08 AM
mIlias stand up and walks over to look out the door. He raises an eyebrow at the sight, and leans against the doorframe.
11-03-2006, 11:09 AM
*Fenric shrugs, having been in blood rage at the time. Krystal looks over at Vael*
He came in with a small wave of folk. I suspect someone escaped through the mirror and alerted Trog's... He was Fenix for most of the fight, though. He fought mirror-Myobu and made him explode again. The explosion seems to have turned him back to Vael.
11-03-2006, 11:11 AM
Earin looks confused.
"Fenix? Is this another persona that he made?"
11-03-2006, 11:13 AM
*Fenric goes "ah"*
To the best of my understanding, Fenix is a celestial of some sort that has posessed Vael in an attempt to redeem him. By his account, though, Fenix seems to have annoyed half the Town in trying.
11-03-2006, 11:15 AM
mIlias continues to look out the door, idly juggling a small ball of fire. He seems strangely unaffected by the situation, a mad grin on his face.
11-03-2006, 11:18 AM
"Vael will use that to his advantage, if I know him."
11-03-2006, 11:23 AM
Kyrstal looks at Vael distrustfully, Fenric just shrugs.
11-03-2006, 11:25 AM
"So how do we get out of here?"
Vael wonders how long he will have to wait before he can 'wake up' without looking suspicious.
11-03-2006, 11:28 AM
mIlias throws his ball of fire into the air and grabs it again before turning around A drink would be great now. Any drinks in this place?
11-03-2006, 11:32 AM
Myobi tries to use her "sushi bar" power, but it fizzles. mKrystal rolls her eyes and creates a bottle of Vodka for mIlias.
Knock yourself out. Please.
*Fenric shakes his head*
We cannot: if we venture into the mists, it will kill us. We have to be rescued from the outside.
11-03-2006, 11:32 AM
Exachix stirrs himself awake.
"Oh by the gods..."
11-03-2006, 11:34 AM
mIlias takes the bottle, looks at it and grins Wish I could do that. he says and leans back against the doorframe, drinking while watching the army outside.
11-03-2006, 11:34 AM
"Are you certain of that? There is no way out? Surely there is something..."
A thought comes to him and he glances over to where the mirrors normally are.
11-03-2006, 11:38 AM
(( There is no mirror. The cola machine is there, though ))
Reasonably sure, Earin. Without outside influence, the mists are poisonous and life-draining. Teleports off-plane and plane-shifts simply fizzle, and cleric powers are greatly diminished.
*Krystal comes back over to Exachix*
Good morning, dear... welcome to Ravenloft. I wish we could have visited Dad's home rather than this place, though.
11-03-2006, 11:40 AM
Exachix shakes his head.
He props himself up against the wall.
"Anything major happen?"
11-03-2006, 11:41 AM
"And what about psionics? Could they, perhaps, help bypass this mist?"
He studies the world outside.
Vael slowly lets his eyes open.
11-03-2006, 11:42 AM
mIlias smirks as a random thought pops into is mind What would happen if I threw some fire at those guys out there?
11-03-2006, 11:45 AM
There is an entire domain of psioniscists from Athas, so I'd imagine not. Can't say I'm an expert on the place, but the general notion is that once your caught, you don't escape on your own. There are some remarkably powerful beings who are trapped as domain lords.... The powers might let you go if they get bored of you (like they did with Fenric's home - although even that was hardly "kind"), but the only real hope is to be rescued.
*mKrystal shakes her head*
Why dn't you try it and find out?
(( The answer is "nothing", they are merely images of what the Hand of Violence meant to be there, before the three hands you faced were killed.
The rescuers get to face: Deceit, Corruption, Fear, Violence, Death, and the master of all: The Hand of Mists ))
11-03-2006, 11:47 AM
Earin looks outside, frustrated.
Vael stands slowly, wondering how Earin will react once that he sees he is awake.
11-03-2006, 11:50 AM
mExachix awakes slowly, and with a groan.
"Aw damn it."
Exachix stands up slowly, and frowns.
"What about the Arcane? Do they work?"
((Wait, is mExachix here?))
11-03-2006, 11:53 AM
((Don't spoil it :)))
mIlias nods and grins as he throws the ball in his hand at the misty army, watching in childlike anticipation as it flies. Seeing nothing happen his smile fades Aw that's not fair! This place is boring!
11-03-2006, 11:54 AM
(( Fenric, Myobi, Krystal, Exachix, Earin, Vael/Fenix, Fendran, mIlias, mExachix, mKrystal, mlKyrian, and Loki ))
Yes, dear: most of our spells work just fine. The only ones that won't are things like Greater Teleport, Planeshift, and other interplanar travel spells
11-03-2006, 11:56 AM
Earin turns around and sees Vael awake. In an instant reaction he places his hand on his rapier and guards his mind, bringing his psionic power to readiness.
Vael raises his hands in front of him in a gesture that shows him to be unarmed. The fact that he is a psionicist lessens the gesture's meaning, unfortunately.
11-03-2006, 11:58 AM
Exachix hmms and closes his eyes, before looking around the room.
"Then at least that's something."
mExachix stands up and looks around too. Before scowling at Exachix.
11-03-2006, 12:03 PM
Earin eyes Vael warily.
"I don't care whether we have to work together in this or not. I don't trust you."
Vael doesn't seem surprised.
I haven't given you any reason to ever trust me, even when I was your master. I may not like your distrust, but I can't argue against it.
11-03-2006, 12:05 PM
mIlias sits down and drinks, looking around at everyone with a smirk
11-03-2006, 12:09 PM
"I'm glad that you can admit that, at least."
Vael doesn't say anything, but takes Earin's anger in silence.
11-03-2006, 12:37 PM
mExachix sits back down, cross legged, thinking.
11-03-2006, 12:48 PM
Earin turns away, and Vael looks down at his feet.
Earin... I know you won't believe me, but I have to do this for myself. I'm sorry. Sorry for everything I have done to you and Elya.
Earin whirls back around.
"Sorry? SORRY?! Do you think that matters to me at all?! You ruined my life, and hers! I could kill you even if you were sorry and feel fine about it!"
11-03-2006, 12:57 PM
mExachix opens one eye to look at the pair, then closes it again.
Exachix sits down and gets out a book from his robe, and begins to read.
11-03-2006, 12:59 PM
mIlias juggles with his empty vodka bottle and watches Earin & Vael with interrest, hoping a fight breaks out to kill the boredom.
11-03-2006, 01:00 PM
Vael steps back, his eyes sad.
I don't expect you to forgive me.
"Don't try and use your mind games on me."
11-03-2006, 01:02 PM
Exachix soon closes his book and lays down.
"Just taking a nap."
((Food. be back soon.))
11-03-2006, 01:05 PM
Vael realizes that he will get nowhere and just stops talking. He sits down and puts his head in his hands.
Earin watches him carefully.
11-03-2006, 01:11 PM
mIlias looks displeased at the two not fighting. He throws the empty bottle out the door and begins "drawing" things with streaks of fire along the floor.
11-03-2006, 01:13 PM
Vael glances over to mIlias, and stares at the fire, at first curious, and then somehow slightly joyous. He shakes his head after a moment, but his eyes are drawn back to it.
A little red light begins to shine in his eyes.
11-03-2006, 01:15 PM
mIlias appears to be completely consumed by his drawing, and pretty drunk too. He keep drawing complex images with the flames, mostly of people dying.
11-03-2006, 01:17 PM
Vael seems to get absorbed into watching the fire, and his eyes turn completely red. They are an ember, cheery red, warming and happy.
11-03-2006, 01:18 PM
mIlias looks up at Vael briefly and tilts his head. The drawing continues.
11-03-2006, 01:19 PM
Fenric and Fendran, Myobi, and Krystal all look at the fire, and at Vael.
11-03-2006, 01:20 PM
A change comes over Vael, not obvious as it usually is, but subtle. He transforms gently into Fenix, who walks over to the fire.
Your images are harsh... fire does not have to be that way.
Earin narrows his eyes.
11-03-2006, 01:22 PM
mIlias looks up and grins Of course not, but I like it like this. Much more fun.
11-03-2006, 01:26 PM
Fenix looks as if he is about to snarl, but controls himself.
Fire does not only consume. Focusing only on that aspect is unnatural.
He raises his hand and a small fire grows there.
It gives back as well.
Earin stares at the fire in Fenix's hand in disbelief. It wasn't psionic, or arcane... which left only one option that he knew of.
11-03-2006, 01:31 PM
mIlias grins, and not in a pleasant way Fire tranforms. he says as the images start to shift.
11-03-2006, 01:33 PM
Yes. Yes it does. It purifies and refines.
He places his hand among mIlias's drawings and lets fire seep out from it, fusing the images into a solid, flickering mass of flame.
11-03-2006, 01:38 PM
mIlias watches in amusement I guess you could say it like that, too. he moves a hand through the flames, smiling to himself. But by that logic I would be the purest creature of all.
11-03-2006, 01:40 PM
Not if you let yourself focus on the wrong aspects. Fire can destroy as well.
Fenix looks to mIlias meaningfully.
11-03-2006, 01:44 PM
Exachix wakes back up and looks at Krystal.
11-03-2006, 01:48 PM
I don't focus. I just am. he says and looks at his now burning hand.
11-03-2006, 01:54 PM
Krystal smiles and snuggles up to Exachix
I'm sure Karsen, Gezina, Kazuki and the kits are already working out a plan to save us... I'm glad you're here, though.
11-03-2006, 01:55 PM
Then you misconcieve what fire is.
Earin stares at the fire that Fenix created, now entirely unsure as to Fenix's true nature.
11-03-2006, 01:56 PM
Exachix smiles and wraps an arm around Krystal.
"I'm glad you're here. They should be comming, they will be."
11-03-2006, 02:02 PM
mIlias looks at Fenix with confusion And how would I be wrong? he asks as the flames around his hand expand to quickly consume his entire arm.
11-03-2006, 02:04 PM
Fenix looks into mIlias's eyes. His eyes seem to peer into his soul in a fashion that some people would find disturbing.
I don't know everything about you, in fact, I know very little. But I can sense your nature. It is in turmoil.
11-03-2006, 02:07 PM
mIlias gives him a wicked smirk I have never been better.
11-03-2006, 02:27 PM
I cannot force help on anyone.
Earin stares at him.
"Are you Fenix?"
11-03-2006, 02:34 PM
mIlias grins But... what help would you offer?
11-03-2006, 02:34 PM
Fenric leaves Fendran to himself, and goes over to help Myobi comfort and calm the worried priests and acolytes.
11-03-2006, 02:38 PM
I would help you see who you can be.
He looks at Earin.
Yes, Earin, I am Fenix.
He turns away from mIlias and gets down on one knee.
Please, I beg you to forgive Vael. He truly is repentant in his heart.
Earin glares in sudden distaste.
"And how do you know that he isn't fooling you?"
11-03-2006, 02:42 PM
mIlias laughs and shakes his head Why would I want to be anyone else?
11-03-2006, 02:55 PM
Fenix glances back to mIlias.
One should be one's self. That is why I want to help you.
He doesn't reply to Earin, but just looks at him pleadingly.
Earin sighs and looks away, more convinced by his lack of words than Vael's rationalization.
11-03-2006, 02:59 PM
What makes you think I'm not myself? he asks, now completely engulfed in flames.
11-03-2006, 03:02 PM
Exachix looks over at the three, thinking something, but soon returns his attention to Krystal.
11-03-2006, 03:04 PM
"Just give me time to think."
Earin is obviously stalling.
Fenix sighs and turns to mIlias.
Because I can see that you are not yet who you are meant to be.
((And this is him moralizing, not some stupid prophesy))
11-03-2006, 03:12 PM
mIlias' eyes burn brighter and he smiles I'm meant to more than I am now? Wooo, just think of the bloodbath I could create with such power!
((And this is just him being insane :smallbiggrin:))
11-03-2006, 03:14 PM
Fenix shakes his head.
You clearly have no idea what I'm talking about.
11-03-2006, 03:17 PM
mIlias grins Maybe not, but one can always dream.
The flames around him die out and he looks down at his clothes, which are still soaked in blood, though it is now dry I feel so dry.
11-03-2006, 03:20 PM
Fenix wonders how long it will take mIlias to even have a chance of redemption, if ever.
11-03-2006, 03:26 PM
mIlias leans back with a satisfied smiles and closes his eyes, dreaming of slaughter and whores... and ale.
11-03-2006, 04:02 PM
Exachix murmurs something. He seems to be falling asleep, but also is quite cold to touch.
11-03-2006, 04:05 PM
Krystal wraps around Exachix to keep him warm.
Don't you leave me here, Exachix.
11-03-2006, 04:07 PM
Exachix shakes his head, and he's shivering slightly.
"I won't go. No, I will not go."
11-03-2006, 04:09 PM
mIlias looks up and chuckles evily Freezing, eh? I can warm you if you'd like.
11-03-2006, 04:10 PM
Exachix ignores mIllias and closes his eyes.
11-03-2006, 04:20 PM
mIlias shrugs and leans back again.
11-03-2006, 04:39 PM
Krystal creates a heavy blanket and bundles up with Exachix underneath it
Here... this will help
11-03-2006, 04:42 PM
Exachix smiles and snuggles under the blanket, he shivers slightly less but still quite a bit.
11-03-2006, 04:43 PM
Fenix creates a small fire in the middle of the shadowy temple. He sits cross-legged before it and begins to sing softly in celestial. Despite his soft voice, it carries throughout the temple. The song is warm and loving, even to those who do not know the words.
((And so help you if you ask me to make up words for it))
11-03-2006, 04:53 PM
Exachix smiles as he warms up and soon falls asleep, head resting gently on Krystal.
((Got to go. Goodnight.))
11-03-2006, 06:17 PM
Gezina and Karsen appear in a bit of a heap, nearby Exachix and Krystal. They are both quite unconscious, but seem otherwise unhurt.
Fenric's daughter, Kirana, appears nearby. She is also unhurt.
11-03-2006, 06:26 PM
mIlias looks up and smiles Visitors... lovely.
11-03-2006, 06:30 PM
Fenric's daughter, Karina, also appears: unconscious but seemingly unharmed.
(( The Hand of Death is not someone you really want to see ))
11-03-2006, 06:31 PM
Fenix looks over at the group. He shrugs, picks up his fire and sets it down nearby them, hoping to keep them warm.
11-03-2006, 06:34 PM
Fenric's son, Ferdar, appears in the same condition as the others.
11-03-2006, 06:35 PM
Earin looks confused at the mass of people appearing.
11-03-2006, 06:48 PM
mIlias just grins
11-03-2006, 06:49 PM
Fenix continues his song, letting the fire burn a little brighter and higher.
11-03-2006, 06:54 PM
mIlias creates his own fire... or rather, becomes his own fire.
11-03-2006, 07:03 PM
Fenric's daughter, Ayame, appears beside the others. The temple begins to feel more solid and less like mist.
11-03-2006, 07:20 PM
mIlias stands up and walks around the temple a bit.
11-03-2006, 07:22 PM
Fenix's song slowly dies away, and he closes his eyes as he sits next to the fire.
Earin seems to have gone into some sort of meditation.
11-03-2006, 07:28 PM
The temple seems to snap into sharp focus. There is no longer a sense of strangeness about it. Indeed, it seems to be the way it should be...
*Fenric looks up*
*Fenric walks over to the door and looks out*
11-03-2006, 07:42 PM
Krystal gets up, leaving Exachix sleeping quietly, and goes over by Fenric
What's going on out there, Dad. Why are the kits showing up?
*Fenric points to the fight on the plane*
They've come... these are the casualties: trapped like us.
11-03-2006, 07:44 PM
mIlias grins And here we sit, left out of the glorious fight entirely. How cruel.
11-03-2006, 07:49 PM
Fenric's son, Yoshiro, appears in the sanctuary. Fenric snarls and tries to walk through the door... and finds that he can.
He blinks a few times and looks at mIlias
Krystal doesn't take so long, and blasts an enhanced bolt of positive energy into the Hand of Mist's back.
11-03-2006, 07:54 PM
mIlias, seeing Krystal cast the bolt, lights up in a cruel smile. We can throw things at it now? Fantastic! he laughs and bursts into flames as he jumps to the door and throws a massive jet of flame at the Hand. BURN!!
11-03-2006, 07:55 PM
Kazuki appears in the sanctuary: The garden appears in the back.
Elya appears in the sanctuary: The priest's and acolyte's quarters appear.
11-03-2006, 08:00 PM
mIlias cheers as he watches the hand get fried. He launches a few balls of fire at him.
11-03-2006, 08:01 PM
Krystal concentrates, then sends a swarm of magic missiles at the Hand of Mists. (( Ehance Spell feat plus psionic enhancement: 15 missiles each of 2d4+2 damage that cannot miss ))
Little Kyrian appears in the sanctuary: The area in front of the temple becomes the Town street .
11-03-2006, 08:06 PM
((Oh great. I didn't even get a chance to react. :p Oh well))
Earin runs over to Elya and takes her into his arms.
"Elya, are you alright?"
She is, for many obvious reason, unresponsive.
11-03-2006, 08:07 PM
mIlias cheers again and smashes his fist into the wall, apparently not caring about the pain. He turns back to the doorway and concentrates. A moment later loud explosions are heard from the battlefield and the sanctuary lights up from the resulting bursts. BURN IT ALL!
11-03-2006, 08:11 PM
Earin snarls and walks over to the entrance. He sees the Hand and growls deep in his throat.
He suddenly lifts slightly into the air, glowing blue.
"YOU. WILL. PAY."
Using the strength of psionics that he is known for, Earin expends far much more power than most people would be able to wield at one time. A massive jet of lightning streams from each of his hands towards the Hand. His eyes radiate sheer psionic power.
((Yay for maximized, enhanced twin energy bolts!))
11-03-2006, 08:15 PM
mIlias dances around, cheering, and throws another massive jet of flame at the hand.
11-03-2006, 08:20 PM
Earin, enraged, just sends masses of mental energy towards the Hand, no longer converting it to anything with his mind.
11-03-2006, 08:24 PM
Earin's attack doesn't make his head explode, but it does further weaken his power. The street, outbuildings, and garden all fade into nothing, and the temple walls become translucent and mist-like.
11-03-2006, 08:25 PM
mIlias looks around, slightly confused. Huh? This is by far the strangest thing that's ever happened to me.
11-03-2006, 08:27 PM
Earin continues his mental assualt, with the same strength, but his feet touch the ground after a second, and in another moment, he goes down on one knee. In a third, he falls to the ground, catching himself with a hand, but the assualt goes on.
11-03-2006, 08:29 PM
The temple disappears altogether, as does the mist. Everyone is suddenly lying on the ground in the wildlands of the Plane of Shadow.
(( And everyone should go to the "Trackless Mists" thread to go home ))
Fendran wakes up on the cold, dark ground of the Plane of Shadow. He blinks a couple of times, then scowls at the landscape in general. He gets up and walks around, encountering mExachix.
Get up! It looks like the do-gooders managed to prevail. And you forgot to ask for a ride home, didn't you?
11-04-2006, 09:24 AM
mExachix wakes slowly, he sees Fendran.
"Did I? Do I care?"
He realises what happened.
"DAMMIT! I didn't get my mirror!"
That's the least of your worries: look around at where you are, now.
11-04-2006, 09:33 AM
mExachix growls, but looks around.
"This stupid plane!"
Yeah, we're on Shadows. Those lovely folks decided we weren't worth rescuing, apparently
11-04-2006, 09:45 AM
"Those frelling thoddos! I suppose his greatness that you are has another plan of getting out of here? Or An idea?"
Fendran sighs, but it is not entirely genuine
I'd teleport away, but for the irritating lack of my spellbooks.
Fortunately, I'm from here. My tower is a bit of a walk, but can be walked to. After that, the idea is to plan how to avenge myself on my brother. And I have a thought for that...
Fendran's eyes gleam with evil malice
11-04-2006, 09:55 AM
mExachix raises an eyebrow.
"Your brother? And if you are from here why didn't you just go back to your tower! Why do you want me?"
Fendran looks at mExachix
Fenric is my half-brother. And I didn't so much want you as stumble across you: I only just regained consciousness myself. But now that you are here, perhaps you would like to assist in hurting these fools - and getting another shot at Exachix
11-04-2006, 09:59 AM
"Ah right. I'll help you out."
Fendran leads mExachix through the shadowy wilderness. The ten mile walk to the borders of the domain of Balnaroth passes uneventfully, if annoying for the distance.
The border itself still bears the faintest traces of mist in low places. Beyond, the landscape rapidly becomes more tamed, showing the signs of civilization. Fendran stops to point out landmarks.
The family keep is over there. I am not welcome, of course, they call me a Traitor. The remains of the castle of my former master are on the mountainside, over there. We should see if that Phoenix woman left anything useful... the master had a substantial treasury, and it was not all in one place. My tower is on the hill beyond... she didn't know about me, and left it alone.
The hill is easily three more miles away. There is a village less than half a mile on.
We can rest in Norlath - the village you see, there.
11-04-2006, 10:10 AM
"Ravenloft is more than a bunch of shadows then."
The demiplane is composed of domains, each ruled over by a lord appointed by the Dark Powers. Each domain is a world unto itself: some are temperate, one is a blistering desert, another is a frozen land. Each lord strives to reach a goal kept forever out of reach by the powers.
The Dark Powers maintain the demiplane for their amusement... and they collect tragic or epic individuals from various worlds who amuse them. Fenric has caught their attention, and that led to the unpleasantness we experienced earlier.
11-04-2006, 10:17 AM
"Ah right. Questions. One, who are you exactly, and two, what if you try to do something other than the goal?"
11-04-2006, 01:36 PM
Fendran shakes his head
I am Fendran NorZilliar, son of the current lord Ferdar NorZilliar by his second wife. I was a servant of the evil lich who was the lord of this domain until his untimely demise at the hands of several Townsfolk that Fenric sent.
If a domain lord attempts to escape, the Dark Powers cause him severe pain and trouble. Theoretically, a lord can find a replacement, but that is more often than not simply a trap. If a lord displeases the Dark Powers sufficiently, they may replace him. The ousted lord is taken away for endless tormet.
11-04-2006, 01:38 PM
"Ah right then."
(( Let's assume they made it to a tavern, and have been sitting for a while ))
Fenrdran sips his drink and looks up from a small, smoky mirror that he has been staring into for hours.
The silly brother of mine still hasn't enough sense to check himself for tracers after talking to me. I have learned some valuable information: the kits are coming here to visit their grandfather.
I know, that sounds pointless. But one of the kits is married to none other than Exachix: so he will be here as well. And furthermore, poor father isn't doing so well these days...
Can you see the opportunity in this situation?
11-04-2006, 06:07 PM
((yeah. They did it without telling us.))
"Run in. Nab the lot of them? Wait, who's married to Exachix?"
Fendran shakes his head.
You need to learn more subtelty:
Krystal alone could make our lives difficult. I have no desire to directly confront 8 of Fenric's children all at once. Exachix is married to Krystal, by the way.
Fendran grins a truly evil grin
No, I think the time has come for a fame-job: Murder the partiarch of the clan, and get Exachix blamed for it!
11-04-2006, 06:18 PM
"It'll get Exachix killed, and most of the NorZilliars would turn on him... I like it."
He shuffles his feet.
"I wasn't really thinking about that."
You have managed to see one level in. Look deeper:
The clan is chaotic, but too noble to simply kill him outright. He will, of course, strongly maintain his innocence. They will investigate and get strangely conflicting evidence.
That is when further murders start. We don't make these so obviously Exachix, but suspicion will naturally fall on him. This will divide and confuse the family, and make it easier to target the ones we want to kill.
This will cause the family to call for Fenric. And finally, the point of all this work: The moment he is here in Ravenloft, we can claim our prize from the Dark Powers!
11-04-2006, 06:27 PM
mExachix thinks some more.
"So who would we kill. The patriarch. Who else? And what would our prize be... what would we get?"
Our wishes, of course! We were promised a wish in exchange for delivering Fenric to Ravenloft.
Our other targets are, of course, the ones you suggested at first: the other of Fenric's children. The final target, and the untimate insult to Exachix, of course, is when he is blamed for Krystal's death.
After that, they most likely will execute him!
11-04-2006, 06:32 PM
((nice. Can I OOC point out the lifebond))
mExy smirks, and grins.
"Yes! Ha Ha!"
(( I know, but Fendran doesn't. And it's a good plan :P
On further reflection: Fendran would probably suggest doing things like this even if he did know about the life-bond. Getting Krystal out of the way is a major help ))
11-04-2006, 06:43 PM
((so he gets two in one... Krystal and Exachix... hmm yes. Okay then))
(( And this is the evil plan: Nobody said it had to succeed... ))
11-04-2006, 06:51 PM
((Thy words are true.))
mExachix downs his drink.
"Now a when."
Fendran glances at his mirror
I think we have a few days to prepare: It will take Fenric's kits at least a day or two to prepare for the trip. Then we need to let them settle in for a few days so that most of the people here recognize Exachix on sight. Then we can begin... once bodies start appearing, no one will be allowed to leave, so there is no danger of them going home early.
11-04-2006, 06:55 PM
"And since Exachix is the newcomer... But what about me? They could just as easily suspect me.... Oh wait. They may not have to see me."
But they will see you: in a lovely red robe, with appropriate make up and nonmagical disguise!
11-04-2006, 07:04 PM
"1) I'm not a fox, 2) I can't STAND wearing red."
11-04-2006, 07:05 PM
But they will see you: in a lovely red robe, with appropriate make up and nonmagical disguise!
((Oh yes, that will work ever so well :wink:))
(( Actually... it should work fine. Here's why:
The plan is for the murder to take place quietly, and only to let a servant or so see mExachix leaving. He need only look "close enough" to pass for Exy at a distance, and that to people who don't really know Exy all that well.
Any magical effect would be quickly detected by Fenric's family, so it has to be "mundane". Pisonics would be absolutely ideal, but neither Fendran nor mExachix has access to such things.
Scrying will show someone who looks like Exachix, and Divination will yield the name as Exachix. I think it really would work ))
11-05-2006, 03:14 AM
((And if mExachix has his hood up so that people don't see his face... people would see a ran in a red robe rimmed with runes etc etc. (therefore sign) Exachix.))
mExy takes another sip of his drink. Patiently waiting.
11-14-2006, 12:38 PM
((I'm not double posting. Really. I'm not.))
mExachix takes ANOTHER sip of his drink.
11-14-2006, 02:11 PM
Fendran comes back in (although it would have appeared he never left) and fetches mExachix.
I have stirred up some small trouble in Town so they will think I am back there. We should now proceed to my tower and make preparations.
11-14-2006, 02:42 PM
mExachix nods and will follow Fendran, a smirk on his face.
"Good. Trouble that makes them think you are not here is good. Even less if they think you are unaccompanied with someone."
11-14-2006, 02:45 PM
Fendran leads the way out of the small village and up into the mountains, to where his tower is sheltered among the broken crags.
11-14-2006, 02:46 PM
mExy looks at the tower.
"Hey! Much better place than that accursed Temple."
11-14-2006, 03:07 PM
Wait until you are inside...
Inside, as promised, is the tower of a spoiled aristocratic brat. It is opulent, comfortably furnished, and well-provisioned. Unfortunately for the rest of the multiverse, this brat is also talented and evil.
11-14-2006, 03:15 PM
"And this must have taken ages to build. Lovely place."
11-15-2006, 10:48 AM
Not so long as you might think... but that's not really the point. It's time to test out something I was getting ready before recent events interfered.
Fendran goes over to his desk and removes an evil looking dagger from a box.
This is my proudest achievement. My Dagger of Mist has no bonus, and deals no especial damage. Yet it is enchanted to Epic levels...
Fendran gloats over the thing like a child with his favourite toy
Should you deal a fatal blow with this dagger, the victim's soul is shocked by the mists.
Fendran looks up with a gleam of pure malicious wickedness
AND CANNOT BE RESURRECTED!
(( Mechanics: The dagger must deal the fatal blow - that is, the target must be reduced to -10 or less. The target gets a fort save DC 25, or they are killed "permanently". A Wish or a Miracle can remove the effect, otherwise no resurrecting magic will work ))
11-15-2006, 11:34 AM
mExy's eyes light up.
"Ooh. And it would be tested on 2 people i take it? Fen and Exachix?"
He smiles fiendishly.
11-15-2006, 03:59 PM
Fendran shakes his head
Use it on Exachix if you want, but Fenric must be trapped here in order for us to get our wishes, remember? No... the dagger first gets used on Lord Ferdar, of course.
11-15-2006, 04:01 PM
"Oh yes. Our dearest Lord. Where is he now?"
11-15-2006, 04:05 PM
Fendran looks out the window
Right now he is safely tucked away in NorZilliar manor. Without the excuse of the kits' visit, we'll not get near him. Once the manor is full of only vaguely-known guests, we will have our oppoutunity to infiltrate it.
11-15-2006, 04:07 PM
mExachix wanders over to chair.
"So... The Kits visit, we infiltrate with miscellaneous guests, and we're in."
He turns to Fendran.
"Mind if I sit down?"
11-15-2006, 04:09 PM
Fendran shakes his head
Not at all. And while we are waiting, I have plans of the manor and grounds for you to study. I also have descriptions of the standard defenses of the house, and descriptions of the people critical to avoid.
11-15-2006, 04:12 PM
mExy nods in confirmation, sitting down.
"And this time, we must be ready for every eventuality. Last time we attacked something we got whisked away by the dark forces. There will be quite a few people there that may hate us zealously very quickly, and we must be ready for when they try to stop us."
11-15-2006, 04:19 PM
Oh, they will hate us, no doubt.
The first thing to keep in mind is that we are not sticking around to fight. These are assassinations, not pitched battles: get in, get the target, get out. To that end, you will have a ring attuned to a circle I have set in the woods outside the manor. My family hates psionics, and therefore has little ability to trace a teleport.
The second defense is to obscure our identity beyond the disguises. We will operate from my master's ruined keep, opening the field to any of over a hundred evil spellweavers who all hate the family.
The final contingency is to get out of here quickly if need be. I have another teleport-target circle in the shadow wilds. You will have a gem that when broken will send you there: there is nothing the foxes can do to prevent that spell from working short of anti-magic - which cripples them worse than us. Once beyond the walls of mist, another gem of planeshifting will take you wherever you wish.
11-15-2006, 04:28 PM
mExachix nods. Taking mental notes.
"Are we sure none of the family are Psionicists. I noted that Krystal used Psionics to Augment her spells. And if hundreds of spellweavers do show up then how do we ensure they don't collapse our plans so we all go to dust."
"And let's hope it's not boring. Boring means we'll relax and be off guard. And not too easy. It means we could fall straight in. What disguises are we going in as?"
11-15-2006, 04:35 PM
I meant that we would lay a false trail to the keep so that should the NorZilliars catch on that Exachix was innocent, their investigation would lead there and they subsequently would not know which of the evil ones it was...
And should one of my former colleagues show up, we let him take the blame. If a group of them showed up and attacked the manor, we would need to stand aside and let things work themselves out.
As to psioniscists... to put it simply: Krystal did not grow up in the manor. I didn't just say they weren't psioniscists, they hate psionics with a passion bordering on religious fervor. And if they *do* trace it, they'll end up in the woods - not particularly useful... though I'd recommend not lingering.
Disguises? You will be Exachix, obviously. I will be on the Ethereal Plane.
11-15-2006, 04:39 PM
mExachix leans back in the chair.
"Hmm. You have planned this well. I would require a red robe however. Hooded would be perfect. And you on the Ethereal plane would watch me as I work? Jumping in at critical moments?"
11-15-2006, 04:43 PM
I have had the basic outline planned for some time, but they know me too well.
Not only will you have a red robe, you will have one of his own robes. That will strengthen the deception for when they use their divination on the events.
And that is correct, I would be watching at the Ethereal Border.
11-15-2006, 04:45 PM
"Okay then. Where are the maps of the grounds so I can look at them. I may as well get myself ready for this."
11-15-2006, 04:48 PM
Fendran opens the drawer of his desk and extracts a sizeable bundle of parchment tied with string containing maps of the manor, grounds, and surrounding countryside. Descriptions of defensive magic, golems, and guard posts, and a set of mini-bios with pictures of the main family members who would poke through a disguise without even trying too hard. He hands the bundle to mExachix.
That ought to keep you out of trouble for a while.
11-15-2006, 04:51 PM
He goes and stands by a table, spreading the larger map(s) of the manor out, looking at points of interest.
11-28-2006, 01:53 AM
((So It's not Lost))
Over the week or so. mExy (he he. mexy!) seems to have spread the maps all over the table, using candle holders to weigh the corners down. The defensive magic and golem specifications are off to the right. And spread out on that side of the table. The Family tree thing is on the left. mExy has poured over this data for the whole week, and signs of sleeplessness have set in. ((He's not slept for 2 days on the run, but he slept slightly 3 nights ago.))
11-28-2006, 12:52 PM
(( Delayed, but not forgotten :) ))
11-28-2006, 12:56 PM
((that's ok. =D Just putting it up so we could find it...))
11-28-2006, 03:32 PM
Fendran charges into the main room with a huge grin
They're here at last!
11-28-2006, 03:34 PM
"Horray! Right. I had a thought. If I'm going to get anyone, we need to be sure that Exachix is in his room when I do so, don't we?"
11-28-2006, 03:54 PM
His room would leave him a witness in Krystal... although her word would be somewhat suspect. It would be better if he were out and about for some reason... say, visiting the outhouse.
11-28-2006, 03:55 PM
"Well, I really meant out of the way. So there is only one Exachix a' wandering."
11-28-2006, 03:59 PM
Yes, we need to keep him occupied at that particular time. I will attend to that detail while you are busy.
Some simple magic to keep him busy... a few wizard-locked doors, for instance... in the worst case, I'll knock him out temporarily.
11-28-2006, 04:00 PM
"We should be ready soon then..."
"Sorry Fendran. I've been very interested in these maps..."
soon, mExy smiles to Fendran.
"Apoligies. But I must retire if I am to be really ready for this."
With that he wanders off to bed.
11-30-2006, 12:18 PM
Fendran scowls at his scrying mirror
Will those two never get out of that bedroom? You'd think they'd been married long enough to be over this phase already!
11-30-2006, 12:20 PM
mExy Comes back from an extended sleep.
"How can you watch that!"
He goes and stands over by the maps.
11-30-2006, 12:22 PM
Fendran shakes his head
It's not like I'll get a notification when he finally leaves the room, you know. I have to watch for our opportunity to strike.
11-30-2006, 12:23 PM
He looks at the mirror.
11-30-2006, 03:40 PM
It appears those two are inseperable. This is going to get inconvenient... We may need to recruit a third helper.
11-30-2006, 03:42 PM
mExy looks at Fendran.
"You have someone in mind?"
11-30-2006, 03:44 PM
Of course: there's only one person who would do. We need a Krystal to accompany Exachix.
11-30-2006, 03:46 PM
"Our Krystal?" ((mKrystal... This could get interesting...))
11-30-2006, 04:05 PM
None other will do... and she was stiffed out of a Wish herself, so there is some incentive for her beyond whatever we come up with.
11-30-2006, 04:08 PM
"But at that we limit ourselves. 3 should be enough. Any more and communications begin to die."
11-30-2006, 04:13 PM
Fendran growls softly
Trust me, I know. I generally keep things at just me. But if Exachix and Krystal are never apart, then we have to have a Krystal along with you for the first killing.
She doesn't have to DO anything, she just has to be there.
11-30-2006, 04:17 PM
"Even better. Then we don't have to seperate the two.. and they can do... well. Detail ommited."
((Sorry, goodnight Fenric))
11-30-2006, 04:49 PM
(( Goodnight. Like I said, there's no rush on this ))
12-01-2006, 11:55 AM
mExy awakens again in the chair he slept in.
"Hmm? Oh... Good Morning. Fendran, you know these chairs are really comfortable?"
He looks around.
12-01-2006, 11:59 AM
Fendran grins from the chair that he crashed in
Yeah, they are. Now to find Krystal...
Fendran goes over to his scrying mirror and begins to search for mirror-Krystal
12-01-2006, 12:02 PM
mExy stands up and goes over to the crying mirror. Watching the pictures change he thinks.
12-01-2006, 12:42 PM
Fendran rubs his eyes
I hate those two: Krystal and her psionically enhanced spells, and mirror-Krystal with her magic-enhanced psionics. I think mirror-Krystal is poking around the ruined temple in mirror-town. The powers alone know why she would be there or what she hopes to find...
12-01-2006, 12:45 PM
"It's not that nice a place there is it... Perhaps she's looking for power."
((be back after food))
12-01-2006, 02:06 PM
No doubt. And I think it's time we go offer her some...
Fendran stands and stretches, then opens a gateway to the ruins and walks through.
12-01-2006, 02:10 PM
mExy smiles and follows.
12-01-2006, 05:15 PM
An interplanar gate opens up, and Fendran and mKrystal come through. Fendran drinks another healing potion and flops in a chair with a disgusted expression.
That was at least twice as much effort as it should have been!
mKrystal arches an eyebrow at him
It's not my fault you failed to plan for the appearance of your counterpart from our world.
12-01-2006, 05:17 PM
mExy comes through the gate before it closes.
"Someone's got some problems."
He sits down in a chair.
12-01-2006, 05:20 PM
Fendran snarls softly. mKrystal laughs at him, then looks at mExachix
So... we're going to impersonate the happy couple and frame them for murder as step one, is it? I want to see the maps of the place myself.
12-01-2006, 05:23 PM
mExy smiles, and stands, before walking over to the table which he spread all the maps and other data over.
"That's the plan, and here it is. I think Fendran was scrying on them before..." He smiles at Fendran. "And what did he do? Rather than watching the door to their room to see if they come out, he watches them in bed."
12-01-2006, 05:33 PM
mKrystal rolls her eyes
So not only is he fat, he is a voyeur? Lovely. I'll have to remember to put up anti-scrying spells whenever I take a bath from now on.
mExy hears in his mind
How long before we kill this bozo?
12-01-2006, 05:37 PM
Woa! *shuffling of papers in mind.* Well... I don't know. He may still prove useful. Why do you ask? Want to kill him and strike off on our own?
12-01-2006, 05:44 PM
mKrystal looks at the maps
While this time around it's useful for "us", this thing of his with Fenric is personal. I do not want to get dragged into Ravenloft politics.
I don't think his scheme will work as well as he thinks thinks it will. After we kill the father, we need to make Exachix, Krystal, and Fendran the next targets and then get out of here! Let the corpse of Fendran take the blame.
12-01-2006, 05:49 PM
mExy looks over to map with mKrystal.
No... That seems like a good idea... dump the fat fool somewhere, like, Exachix's room, and dart off somewhere. That would be fun. So, why are you now helping me, why didn't you go and do this yourself and get me in trouble with him and the rest of them?
12-01-2006, 05:50 PM
mKrystal's grip on the map tightens
As much as it pains me to admit, I do not believe I could kill him on my own... And besides: you have the dagger.
12-01-2006, 05:53 PM
mExy looks as Krystal's grip tightens.
Fair Enough. Okay then. I'll side with Fendran, until we decide to break off, then I'll be with you. He looks over at the far side of the map. But How can i be sure you won't turn back on me?
12-01-2006, 06:03 PM
You can't. Anymore than I can trust you. But from what I saw in the fight at Inari's, we're closely enough matched that if we fight, chances are good neither of us walks away.
My agreement is merely to get our revenge and get out of town: We split Fendran's little treasury here, and then we're done; no fancy agreements, no long term commitment, just a one-job stand.
Our risk is low if we stay realistic with our goals. Fendran's goals are not realistic and if either of us side with him, all three of us will die.
12-07-2006, 12:06 PM
mExy hmms. He's been thinking for a very long time.
Very Well then. But just for this one job. I kill Exachix, You kill Krystal, we both hit Fendran, and then jump outta here. Or do we do Fendran, then Exy and Krystal?
12-07-2006, 12:12 PM
mKrystal scowls in thought at the maps
Your first way was best: Get the do-gooders out of the way first, so that if things go south at that stage, Fendran is still around to take the heat.
12-07-2006, 12:14 PM
mExy smiles slightly.
Yes... ok, still go with Fendran's plan to begin with though? Kill the silly grandfather first?
12-07-2006, 12:23 PM
We need to keep his trust or our plan will fall apart. It shouldn't be a big deal, and it will get our primary targets isolated and easier to hit.
12-07-2006, 12:34 PM
mExy takes a deep breath.
Ok. So do you think our new plan will work? Or is it still doomed?
12-07-2006, 12:45 PM
The plan will create the necessary confusion to afford us our opportunity, yes. Otherwise, I'd never have come here
(( Of course: had she stayed, she would now be enslaved by the godruped, but she has no way of knowing that... ))
12-07-2006, 12:47 PM
And then we go, using the contingencies that Fendran himself made... Ok. So, now we need when we will be jumping in there for the kill.
12-07-2006, 12:51 PM
(( I'm about to get lunch, then I've got an appointment in an hour. How's tomorrow looking for you? ))
12-07-2006, 12:55 PM
((it's looking ok from here. And I hope to be on for a longer while on fridays anyway.))
12-08-2006, 12:20 PM
Fendran jumps up with a shout of triumph
At last! Krystal and Exachix have gone out for a picnic! The time to strike is at hand!
12-08-2006, 12:25 PM
Exachix spins round to look at Fendran.
12-08-2006, 12:30 PM
mKrystal grins wickedly
It's about time... let's get this started
She glances at mExachix
And if we can catch those two outside, perhaps it will be quicker than I had hoped...
Fendran promptly casts a spell to allow the group to travel along the Ethereal borders, opening a small grey portal.
Let's get started!
12-08-2006, 12:33 PM
mExy takes a deep breath.
Right. And then the sooner we can get outta this hell-hole.
12-08-2006, 12:34 PM
Fendran and Krystal enter the portal
12-08-2006, 04:57 PM
The scortched and severely dehydrated mKrystal appears in the main chamber of Fendran's tower. She greedily gulps down several healing potions, then laughs wickedly.
It worked! It worked! Now for the looting!
Sipping frequently from a glass of cool water, she rapidly gathers up the treasures she had set her eyes on during the past week of staying in the tower.
12-08-2006, 05:16 PM
mExy appears soon later. Scorched, beaten, and exhausted, he slumps into a chair and puts both hands to his face.
12-08-2006, 05:23 PM
mKrystal chuckles and hands him a potion
We did it! The fools have died at last!
She makes a grand gesture around the tower
He's stockpiled a lot of goodies here, better grab your share before those foxes catch up with you.
mKrystal resumes her dilligent stuffing of a bag of holding.
12-08-2006, 05:26 PM
mExy smiles and wanders around, grabbing what he would like to steal. He grabs a couple of gemstones as well as a collection of potions.
"Exachix, Krystal, Fendran. All dead. And we only had to kill 1 person to do it!"
He also grabs to maps, and finds a bag of holding for himself.
12-08-2006, 05:28 PM
The simple plans are always the best!
A strange, alarm-like noise rings through the tower
That's Fendran's scrying alarm. We've got about five minutes before this place is swarming with *very* hostile wizards
12-08-2006, 05:30 PM
"Then It's time to get outta here."
He grabs onto one of the other of many contingencies.
"Should I leave you here or are you comming with me?"
12-08-2006, 05:32 PM
mKrystal shakes her head
Sorry, dude. No long-term stuff for me: I'm off for home. c-ya!
mKrystal casts a powerful teleport spell and disappears.
12-08-2006, 05:34 PM
mExy growls and activates one of the contingencies.
"Curses! Stupid decays!"
He groans and then smiles, before using one of the other magic items he found to wish himself back outta here. This one works.
12-08-2006, 05:36 PM
Only short minutes later, a full dozen wizards teleport in acompanied by 50 warriors. They tear the tower to pieces and carry everything of value off.
12-08-2006, 05:39 PM
((And so mExy and mKrystal leave the scene. what other strange mirrors will appear now? How will they die this time?))
12-08-2006, 05:46 PM
(( Hmm... I've still got a small bunch of mirror kits unaccounted for. ))
12-08-2006, 05:50 PM
((oh smeggity. mLor. mKarsen. mKaraki...... Ah well. I can just assume total mirrorness therefore Karsen was never found and Karaki got caught on his first robbery and hanged. Whay! Freedom from plot lines!))
12-13-2006, 01:22 PM
((No! That wasn't me!))
Lorrian enters the Tavern in this domain, she looks around and inconpicuoulsy gets a drink at the bar.
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