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  1. And now to figure out who Trigon's father is. Alex, did you want me to make him up, or did you? Also, gonna handle Draygos' reply next but first: gonna eat. And a question for Shade: how does your character's weird bargain power work again? I got the general idea, I don't wanna get it wrong when you start...
  2. ((I have no detailed information for Iarte, I'm just making it up as I go. Since this is your home city feel free to add some things to it.)) ((Awe-Inspiring is on.)) As Trigon approaches the docks he walks by villagers, fishermen, traders, and others on the city's outskirts. As he passes by most stare in awe. Some recognize the boy that fell overboard and was thought lost forever; others just see a handsome naked nova carrying a Trident. A group of baselines begins to form and follow him as he makes his way past the docks and into to the city, whispering to themselves the entire time. As Trigon approaches, his father steps outside to see what all of the commotion is about... ((And now is about a good time to decide who Trigon's father is. We should do that in the gameplay discussion thread, or through PMs.))
  3. ***** Kalukatesh Awareness (Per 5, Awareness 4, M-Per 1, +3 from EMV): 2, 2, 2, 6, 6, 8, 8, 8, 9, 10, 10, 10 (Mega: 3) Successes: 7 (phenomenal) ***** As Kalukatesh descends he sees that the site is deserted. There are no laborers or novas in sight, and no actual construction seems to be taking place. There are no labor camps and no proof that any ever existed. Kalukatesh cannot even find any footprints. The foundations for the citadel have been laid out and a few walls have been erected. This structure differs in size and shape from the other two citadels; it is smaller and uses rounded walls, unlike the sharp angles of the other two. But there are several other odd things that come to Kalukatesh's attention. The first is that this citadel is being constructed out of thick, solid wood whereas the other citadels are made of rock and iron that are shaped into sharp angles. Some of the walls look 'incomplete' to Kalukatesh; part of a wall will be missing, as if the wood used was too short or not thick enough. But the most important observation ((thanks to 7 successes and telescopic vision)) is this: When Kalukatesh gets close to the walls, he can see that they are actually expanding and enlarging at a very slow speed. It appears this citadel is "alive" and growing from the ground up. This explains both the lack of workers, and how it managed to appear so suddenly and without warning. Obviously a nova and/or some form of magic are involved. ***** Kalukatesh Military Science (Int 5, Military Science 5, M-Int 1, Ability Mastery): 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 (Mega: 8) Successes: 5 ***** Like stated before, sending a unit of soldiers would take a day by land and be risky. But if Kalukatesh does go to Enicaar there are some griffon riders there and a good possibility of finding a nova or two willing to accompany him. But that is all assuming he wants to bring combatants here. There are no enemies to fight, and no defenses that he can detect. He could probably annihilate the structure on his own right now from what he can see, but something seems wrong with the situation. It is strange that Sile Amune would command a new citadel be constructed, and not put up any defenses or guardians. Nertartaral typically swarms masses of soldiers into places he wishes to advance into. That's how he built Talon and Claw Citadels. Kalukatesh could destroy the foundations now and report a success to Samaethir, or he could leave it as is and tell her of his findings. He could also choose to investigate more in whatever way he feels necessary. He has a week after all. There doesn't appear to be anything near the structure to provide any clues, so going elsewhere may bring an answer. Someone at Enicaar or the gardens at Silgaea may be able to help, if Kalukatesh decides to involve anyone else.
  4. ***** Coraline Rapport (Wit 4, Rapport 1): 1, 5, 8, 9, 10 Successes: 3 Phyremus is not offended by your presence, though she keeps a calm and serious expression at all times. Her tone and mannerisms tell you that she is curious. She does not seem preoccupied, so you are not bothering her. ***** "If it's a view of the city you want, then there is no better place than here. Welcome to my temple Coraline. I am Phyremus, the guardian of the city." "Your father says you have lived within the Upper Realm until recently. I've never been to the sanctuaries above but I understand they are places of tranquility. Gaia must be a shock to you." Phyremus pulls her wings closer to herself so that she may approach Coraline. Even with her wings pulled to her back, they tower behind Coraline and cast her in shadow. She looks over the city once she is at Coraline's side. "My job is to watch over the city and the baselines within it as if they are my children. I carry out the law when it is necessary but spend most of my time here." Phyremus walks back from the ledge. "Erwin will command his own legion soon. I cannot recall his skill in battle since I have not seen him in war, but he will have a chance to prove himself to everyone eventually. Our lands are besieged on all sides by enemies. You may have noticed that war is a constant presence on Gaia. Novas that prove themselves in battle gain the respect of the Archon and the Pantheon." Phyremus walks to her large cushion but doesn't sit down. "If one isn't a warrior, then one must find some way to contribute to the war effort. Your father says you are a master of the forge. That is fortunate. We haven't had one for some time now. We look forward to your efforts young one." When the conversation is finished Phyremus walks to Coraline, and places a strong hand on her shoulder. "Justice be with you." ((Is there anywhere in particular you would like to go next? Otherwise, I can chose a random place for you. You could also have us fast-forward to meeting Erwin if you want.))
  5. I didn't even realize it was New Years Eve until I heard fireworks...
  6. Sorry for the delay, been getting IRL financial things taken care of. Things should be okay for now in that realm.
  7. I stand corrected! But since I don't have a map made up, we have no clue how far/close places are from one another and I totally made those travel times up. But in my head, Cibura was kinda close to Silgaea, thus the reason everyone guards it so well. But at 566 kph... *goes to edit post*
  8. RAGE! Look what I missed while my Internet was down! http://www.teamfortress.com/war/part1/ Internet, I shall never leave you again! *sob* At least Soldiers won...
  9. The Temple of Phyremus stands tall at the top of Mount Silgaea. The narrow walkways to the temple's entrance wind around the mountainside almost at random, and give a breathtaking view of the city below. Coraline reaches the base of the temple. The tower is extremely wide, and the doorless entrance is wide enough to march a small legion through. Two men stand watch at the entrance; each carries a spear and wears a metal helmet with a pair of long feathered wings at the sides. One of them approaches Coraline to question her, but when he sees her silver eyes he stops with a quick and short bow and then extends his arm towards the tower to invite her in. "The mistress is at the top floor." he says. He does not follow Coraline in and returns to standing at his post. The temple's lower floor is one single circular room, with four sets of stairs at the outer edges leading to the floor above. The room is full of bird-oriented artworks such as small carvings and tapestries. Sets of armor with feather motifs adorn the walls with ornamental polearms crisscrossed in between. The marble flooring displays the stars of the night sky. A Champion of Phyremus bows in respect to Coraline as he passes. The four stairways spiral along the wall upwards to the top of the tower. Open rooms line each stairway with the odd window looking out to the city. In all of the rooms Coraline passes, even a kitchen, she sees birds. The birds range from doves and pigeons to more exotic species Coraline has never encountered before, all living in harmony with one another and without cages. Even more odd, none of them make a sound of any kind or flutter away when she passes. They seem to be at peace. Coraline's stairway reaches the top of the tower, though the walk is long. The walls disappear and the domed roof is instead supported by several marble columns. The entire floor is exposed to the skies and the winds; it's intimidating to those not accustomed to great heights. There are no railings at the edges to stop Coraline from tumbling over. There is a large circular cushion at the center of the floor, and several other pieces of furniture scattered about. Near the cushion stands Phyremus. She wears a robe with a metal breastplate and boots. She appears as a beautiful baseline with one great exception; white feathered wings sprout from her back. The wings are so massive they would span the entire tower's radius if she were to stretch them out. She is clearly too large to use her own tower's stairs. A dove lands on Coraline's shoulder. Phyremus turns to face her with an inquisitive look when she appears. "A nova visitor. I don't believe we've met before. Are you perhaps Erwin's sister?" The dove flutters away.
  10. Added Prologues for Coraline and Trigon. Added an entry for Lycetrian to the regions thread.
  11. Lycetrian Lycetrian is a small coastal region lying along the western borderlands. It serves as an important trading location between Darmathia and the lands to the west, as well as being an important stop for sea traders. Iarte The trading port of Iarte may be smaller than Silgaea but it is more multicultural. Traders from around the world sell their wares at Iarte, where they are then sold and traded throughout Darmathia's inland areas. The city is governed by a family of nova merchants. Mount Kakus Kakus is a semi-active volcano near the ocean. It stands out from other local volcanoes because of it's green magma, which is sometimes sought after by nova blacksmiths because it is reputed to have enchanted properties. A small tribe of volcano worshipers live in the forests near the mount, in homes built atop stone stilts. The volcano is named after a nova who once ruled the region. The Green Shore The product of Mount Kakus, the sands of this shore are a deep green. The sands go so deep into the ocean that the entire shoreline has a green hue to it. It is a favored gathering spot for the Merfolk.
  12. Sorry to BN and Alex about the lack of intro fiction like with the other prologues. I kinda just wanted to get them started. I'll edit one in later for each of you, since I want every prologue to be bookended by some. Up next are meta and Shade. So I propose: Meta - I was thinking the prologue could be about establishing your people's new home. It would start with you and your people at their new "home" city which they recently started setting up. The rest of the prologue would consist of you ridding the region of some bandits that have been threatening the area. Sound good? Any ideas you have are welcome. Shade - I have no idea. How would you like to begin? Also, what kind of theme and flow would you like your prologue to have? Your character is a trickster, so NPC interaction is pretty much a necessity.
  13. ******************** Location: The Green Shore, Lycetrian Waves gently roll upon the green shores of Lycetrian. The green sands run deep into the ocean making the shoreline waters glisten like a giant emerald. Crabs and other sealife dart around the waters, and a heron stands still watching for fish. Off the shoreline the sands give way to soil and forest. In the distance the smoking peak of Mount Kakus can be seen. A figure emerges from the waters. Trigon stands at the shore, nude. In one hand he holds a trident. ((This is Trigon's first time back to Darmathia since he fell overboard. It has been around a year. What he does or where he goes from this point is up to him.))
  14. ******************** Location: Coraline's Workshop, Silgaea Coraline has been in Silgaea for a week but most of the Pantheon novas only know of her name. She has been introduced to Marmir and several prominent novas in the Pantheon, but has spent most of her time setting up her new workshop. Her twin brother Erwin hasn't had much time for her either and has asked her to meet him later in the day at his chamber so they can catch-up. Before the reunion with Erwin, Coraline has time to familiarize herself with the city and meet a few more novas. ((If you'd like to extend the scene in the workshop for whatever reason you can. Otherwise we can move along. If there are any particular places or novas you would like to have Coraline come across then she can head in that direction, otherwise I'll have her 'stumble' across places at random as she explores. I also understand you may not be able to reply as often as you would like due to RL issues. No rush.))
  15. ((We'll go ahead to Cibura. K doesn't have any super-speed to get him there quickly aside from Enhanced Movement + Wings, but he doesn't need to sleep thanks to Adaptability so that helps. The trip takes almost two days, unless you decide to detour or rest. Since Wings go at walking speed you'll be going at x4 your walking speed while gliding and using Enhanced Movement.)) ((EDIT: Nevermind, he does have superspeed. Wings go at running speed, plus your Sizemorph: Grow raises running speed due to size. Combined, it all gives him the equivalent of Hypermovement at one dot. Instead of two days, he's there within an hour or two...)) Cibura has few landmarks and they are spread far apart. There are long expanses of clay and mud, with the occasional shambled mountain cluster or shallow canyon. Further hurting navigation on the ground is the optical distortion caused by rising heat. Then there are the hidden rivers of mud which have swallowed several hundred soldiers over the years. But from the sky Kalukatesh is able to see everything from afar and doesn't need to worry about terrain hazards. ***** Kalukatesh: Navigation (Per 5, Navigation 2, M-Per 1): 1, 1, 2, 7, 8, 8, 8 (Mega: 7) 6 successes ***** It takes Kalukatesh almost two days to reach his destination from Silgaea even though he goes in a direct line; he leaves during morning and arrives during the evening of the next day. Kalukatesh arrives at his destination before noon. The rocky outcropping is easily visible from the sky. It is a hill made of rust-colored rock that juts out from the mudflats at a slight angle. There is no vegetation or fresh water in sight. On the highest part of the outcropping Kalukatesh can make out what appears to be foundations for a building, but he can't be sure without a closer view. ((You can see more detail by either flying in closer or using EMV. You can choose to make an assault by yourself if you feel you can handle any defenses you see, or you can go to Enicaar for soldiers. If you feel you don't need soldiers you don't need to send them in. The distance from Enicaar to this hill would take over a day by foot due to the heat, and several soldiers would likely die from exhaustion. Asking for griffon rider assistance is an option.))
  16. Well, finally got my cable back up, so am back online again. If the Internet were a person I would be hugging it right now and sobbing. My Internet actually got turned back on Christmas Eve night, but I've been busy since then with all the porn I missed over two weeks holiday cheer.
  17. And I'm out for tonight. By 'tonight' I mean 3:45 PM, which is my current bedtime heh. I got two prologues up, I'll be doing BlueNinja next then I'll be hitting up Shade, Alex, and Meta next (in random order).
  18. Taralogan The region of Taralogan consists of winding mountains and sprawling marshlands. The old mountains reach high into the sky and are famously thick with fog at most hours. They would normally be an obstacle for travelers but monks have established a series of roads, bridges, and shrines to assist those who pass through.
  19. Location: A roadside shrine in Taralogan "...and I shall chant your hymn for good fortune on my way to Konark, ancient one." The trader placed some incense on the tray beneath the dragon idol and lit it. He always stopped to pray at the Ancient One's roadside shrines when he passed through Taralogan; the monks said it lived here during the dry season and that it flew above the clouds and kept an eye out for lost souls. One could never be too careful. The trader exchanged gossip with the shrine's monk and climbed back atop his horse. He made sure his packs were secure and then continued along the mountain path. The thick trees and fog from the marsh below made navigating hard for most people but he had been along this route so many times that he could do it blindfolded. The trader's horse took him down into the thick of the fog and then across a small stream. He finally emerged into the enormous valley known as the Trail of the Great Serpent, which created a wide road for several kilometers. Then something in the fog caught his eye. He stopped his elk and squinted to see. "Eh, what's that? I don't remember a hill being there..." ********** Location: The roof of the Chamber of Light, Silgaea It is early morning, and the sun has yet to fully come over the horizon. The Pantheon Fortress is mostly built inside of Mount Silgaea, with parts of it extending outward and upward from the rock. There are various balconies here that can support Kalukatesh's weight, and it is on one of these balconies that he is waiting patiently. This particular marble balcony is an extension of the Chamber of Light and has a small canopied pool with seating cushions, but nothing Kalakutesh could use in his natural form. "You're early." A booming voice calls behind Kalukatesh. The dragon turns to see Ojin, the Living Shield. His layers of heavy armor make every footstep sound like a swordfight. When he gets near Kalakutesh he reaches out to hand him a sheet of vellum; it displays a hand-drawn map with notes on it. Ojin speaks in his usual brusque manner. There is little emotion in his voice, just impatience. "Šile Amûnan rangers were seen near Enicaar beyond the current armistice line. We already knew they were sending more soldiers and supplies to their border citadels. This just confirms their intention to start another push. The Archon feels they will be pushing harder than usual this time due to the amount of troops they are moving, and Lady Samaethir has requested I station more of my warriors in the area as a defense. I'll be at the battlements by this evening and will remain until the Archon summons me back to the western frontier." Ojin steps away and turns his back to Kalakutesh then continues. "The Lady has requested your aid. You know that Šile Amûne has two citadels on their side of Cibura. One of our griffon riders recently scouted them building the foundations for a third, hidden deep within a rocky region. This citadel cannot be allowed to happen. You are to find the construction site using that map and determine the best course for destroying it. You can take a unit of soldiers from Enicaar when you make your assault." Ojin walks away but continues talking. "The Lady says you should take as long as you need. She says she does not expect you to return here for at least a week. And that the Archon is too busy to see you." And with that Ojin leaves the balcony the way he came onto it, abruptly leaving Kalakutesh alone again. ((Ojin was at Cibura during the decisive battle that ended the first war. He fought alongside K at the time and respects him as a warrior but he doesn't care for him as a friend. He meets with K in person instead of sending a messenger out of respect for his past deeds. Ojin is now an extension of Samaethir's will and if Samaethir wishes for K to be away from the Archon as much as possible -- and she does -- then so does Ojin. This explains his coldness and lack of pleasantry.))
  20. Sanagea Located near Silgaea, it was the first region taken over by Marmir when he begun his expansion. The region is one of the more populated in Darmathia with the city of Konark at it's center and a series of villages in the surrounding wilds. The region is mostly hills and fields and contributes a great deal of grain to the domain. Konark The capital of Sanagea. It was founded by the father of Samaethir, who declared himself king and his daughter as heir. When Marmir invaded Konark he slew Samaethir's father and took her as his wife. Marmir is now considered King of the city with Samaethir Queen. Konark consists of a main castle protected by a stone wall. Peasants and workers live outside the castle and are protected by a second smaller wall.
  21. Location: The Brass Ziggurat, Sea of Sarakan The minister continued reading the lower council's deployment requests. The demon Sultan Yinsolahad shifted a bit at his banquet table and turned his bored gaze to the cage at his left. The blood imp within picked at his food a bit, but decided not to eat. It seemed to be as bored as Yinsolahad was. He sighed and listened patiently. "...and finally, the southern walls are in need of repair after the latest bombardments but the council says it doesn't currently have the resources or manpower to complete the task so they are requesting a diversion of said resources away from the construction of the new ziggurat to complete the task." The minister rolled up the scroll and bowed his head awaiting a response. Yinsolahad put his elbow on the arm of his chair and rested his head in his palm. He continued staring at the cage. "You want your resource allocation so badly? The ziggurat construction has been planned for years." "But your highness! If the southern walls break down we would be vulnerable to invasion again. Your mother's forces can only be held back if they hold against her weapons!" Yinsolahad tossed a grape at the imp. "And how badly does the council want it repaired?" "Well...very badly, of course. It's a matter of security." There was a pause. "Aren't you as concerned?" "Sure, but resources are finite. I need to be...compensated...somehow." "Compensated?" The minister didn't like the sound of that. Yinsolahad smirked and turned to look at the minister. "Let's make a deal." ********** Location: Underworld Gateway, Lichiduum A deformed crab drags itself across the mud and filth in front of the gateway. It's just about to reach a rat carcass when Draygos emerges. The crab scurries away into it's hole. Draygos notices it is night and is then hit by the foul stench. He is standing on a wet, muddied landmass of some kind. The Underworld portal is behind him, and he can hear faint wailing coming from it. The portal is lined with what appear to be small totems with skulls atop them; they are likely wards to keep cthonic creatures from passing over. Draygos barely has time to think before a raven flies down off one of the totems and lands a few meters in front of him. It's face darts around quizzically. It's eyes are a glowing green. <Greetings.> the raven says telepathically. <You must be the one. The Spider Queen's tapestries said you would arrive. Please, follow me to my tower. It's best not to wander these forests. They are...unwelcoming." The raven starts hopping away. ***** Observations: It is nighttime as far as you can tell yet the sun is in the sky; it is dim as if obscured by clouds. You cannot see very far in front of you either, as if a deep fog exists everywhere. You hear water waves nearby so must be close to a shoreline. *****
  22. Yeah I just woke up at 1AM. I really need to take care of that. I end up sleeping during the aftrenoon hours when you guys are most likely to be available. But to jump ahead a bit, where will each of you wish to start? And in what situation? Tell me all of this, and then I can start your Prologue thread so we can get moving. For example Sky's character's prologue will start with him exiting the Underworld portal into Darmathia for the first time. This isn't a flashback though, his character is just going to be new to the Pantheon. Your Prologue should take place soon before the game itself is supposed to start. Maybe a week or month or so beforehand. If you can't think of anything just tell me and I'll come up with something. And Cottus, if you have any other powers of any kind made up from before you can post them
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