A1F) Montavious & Skara: The Path to Darkness

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A1F) Montavious & Skara: The Path to Darkness

Post by cave_lion » Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:09 pm

Montavious:
You have an uneventful journey to the castle of Egorian's ruling aristocracy where you are set up in a handsome guest room and told that you will be summoned in due course. The guest services are fantastic, so you enjoy your stay with a fine wine and 4 course meal.
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Later in the evening, you are roused by a servant and told to gather your things and follow. But much to your surprise, you are not escorted to the public hall where introductions to the Queen are made, but instead are taken to the door of a hard to reach corner room in one of the tall outside towers. Your escort hesitantly knocks on the door and then with an odd little glance at you, runs away quickly down the stairs you came up. Shortly after this, the door quietly swings open whereupon you hear a pleasant voice calling for you to Come on in! As you pass the threshold, the door swings shut behind, and standing before you in the smallish room (about 20' x 20') is a smiling bearded man with 2 gorgeous horns on his head and a set of paints and brushes in his black nailed hands:
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Montavious my boy! So nice of you to come visit with me! I am known as Asmodeus in these parts, and I fear my reputation precedes me... I am sure you are going crazy with anticipation to find out why you are here, but we must wait for one more visitor before I can divulge my sinister plot!..... Ha Ha Ha just kidding my boy! So how's it feel finishing all that schooling you've been working on? Excited to get out on your own and make a name for yourself?

The conversation continues for an hour or so, with you first trying desperately to figure out how to converse properly with an evil god. You quickly settle on a discussion of art and music, an obviously mutual interest. Asmodeus does most of the talking, and the more he tries to set you at ease the more nervous you become. At one point in the conversation, Asmodeus pauses and says ahh here they come, good....good....
You begin to smell something in the air--a kind of electrical power--and then with a burst of air two humanoids suddenly reverse fade into view.
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Asmodeus says: Lrilatha! So good of you to bring her for us. And Skara, I trust the Contessa was not too harsh in her persuasions? Montavious VonMater, meet the vivacious Contessa Lrilatha and her alluring guest Skara Syralis. Skara, meet Montavious. And my name is Asmodeus. But I'm sure a smart girl like you has already figured that out yes?

Skara:
The journey was quick and painless. Good to know that Teleporting isn't a big deal. Standing before you are the horned gentleman (see 2nd spoiler pic above) and Montavious, who appears to be a human musician based on his clothing and equipment (a mix from his appearance, with the sharp features of a Chelaxian and the red hair of an Ulfen) .
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Asmodeus speaks
The Contessa backs away to a small corner table and Asmodeus continues speaking to Montavious and Skara:
I have a problem my friends, and I have brought you here to help me with it. There is big news happening, big news indeed, and my fellow deities are being a mite selfish in letting me participate in the discussions. Luckily Pharasma
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Pharasma is the Goddess of fate, death, prophecy , and birth; who has prophesied those who will be in the coming party of adventurers

 

deemed it necessary to alert me to the situation. Now I am not one to sit back and let things play themselves out without dipping my hands into the dough, if you know what I mean, so I have called you here to discuss the matter, give you pertinent information and give you my assurances that this matter is a concern for me as much as it is for the ones who will call you.
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Asmodeus then fills you in on many of the details of the situation as described here

 

Now Montavious, I can look into your soul and see a good man. A simple man of music. You have no desire to be mixed up with the likes of me. Even your father is more than you can take. I'm sure a day with me would have you running off the nearest cliff with a knife at your throat on the way down >:) But you must know, I would not have called you here unless I knew that you were the right man for the job. And Skara, well, we both know you will lay your loyalties to the one with the most rewards... I have a very simple proposition for you. I will give both of you a special talent to aid you on your quest, and in return you will look for something that I have been seeking for far too many years to even mention to you. I will provide you with the means to know immediately if you have found the item, and all you will need to do is bring it to me. What do you say?
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Post by LinusMundane » Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:47 pm

Unsteadily Montavious respondsWhat is it we are looking for? I am not OK with providing you a tool for evil and...and kill me if you like but...but if we are searching for something that will bring harm to the world....I will have no part in it. Why would you need us...mere mortals to acquire something for you, be it mundane or extravagant? I am looking for adventure but if the price is too high, I will find my adventure elsewhere.

Montavious spends a second or two trying to calm his nerves. Now, if we are searching for a simple item that could not be used for evil, I guess...it would be OK to do that for you.
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Re: 1F) Montavious & Skara: The Path to Darkness

Post by patransom » Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:31 am

THINKING: As if we have a choice... I hope he doesn't want us to sign anything in blood.

Skara tries to reply nonchalantly while looking around without much hope for a means of escape, What's the special talent? And do I get to keep it permanently? Because the risk on this job seems pretty high: big dungeon full of demons and such.
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Post by LinusMundane » Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:36 am

Hearing Skara's words about a dungeon full of demons, Montavious has a confused look on his face. And that's the other thing, a dungeon full of demons? How can we go up against that?
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Post by patransom » Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:55 am

LinusMundane wrote:Hearing Skara's words about a dungeon full of demons, Montavious has a confused look on his face. What do you mean, a dungeon full of demons? Is that where we are expected to go?
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Re: 1F) Montavious & Skara: The Path to Darkness

Post by cave_lion » Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:33 pm

Asmodeus responds:
Now now Montavious. You misjudge me as so many of your kind do! I am not here to destroy you or your world. Where is the fun in that? Everything is a system of checks and balances. Evil is merely the back of good in the coin of life. There can not be one without the other. Now these Demons in the Dungeon, they don't understand this. They just want to kill, kill, kill. On and on, with no mercy and no reason. I am not this way! You don't see a bunch of Devils locked up underneath the world do you? No these creatures are imprisoned for a reason and they need to remain that way. Why Pharasma has chosen children for this task I have no idea, but children it is and that is who is going. You can take that up with Desna if you'd like if she shows her face to you. I am not commissioning this adventure, I am merely attempting to provide some assistance in return for a favor...
The item I desire for you to find for me is merely an heirloom that was taken from my....let's say my Grandmother...a very long time ago. It has nothing to do with this world or the beings in it and I give you my word it will bring no harm to anyone.

Ah Skara, ever pragmatic aren't we? You may want to focus on getting through to the other side before you question what will be there when you make it? I am sure a trade can be arranged if we meet again (suddenly his handsome face picks up this really scary evil grin)...But I digress...the gift I am proposing to give you is merely a bit of my darkness, allowing you to see where you would not normally be able to see. A very important ability where you are going! Skara, you already have this gift; though I can make it better for you, tell dear Montavious it doesn't hurt a bit will you?

This is no big secret by the way. Nothing hidden from view... I'm sure Sarenrae is snooping around as we speak, listening in where she doesn't belong.
(he says this looking up at the ceiling as if there is something there.)So don't you worry. It's all on the up and up. You scratch my back. I'll scratch yours. I am sure there will come a time, if you accept my gift, when you will realize that the only reason your miserable life is still moving forward on this plane is because of me. But we can talk of that if you return, yes?

Somewhere during this diatribe the Contessa started humming the tune "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord." No words--just the melody...very softly but getting louder, until Asmodeus turned to stare at her for a second. She shut up after that.

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Post by LinusMundane » Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:44 pm

As for scratching backs, I will go, because I am looking for adventure in this world, and because I have no other choice. You will provide us with something, as you said, and I will get this "heirloom" for you and then our deal is done, no calling on me in the future, no expectations.

To Skara My name is Montavious and it is a pleasure to meet you. It seems we are bound together for the foreseeable future and I hope we can become friends along the way.
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Post by patransom » Sat Oct 10, 2009 10:52 am

Skara says to Asmodeus, Better darkvision? Sounds like a fair enough deal. Not that I'm really in a position to negotiate, right? I'll go.

She then looks at Montavious curiously, I'm Skara. Skara Syralis. Not used to being greeted politely, she's not entirely sure how to respond, so she looks at Montavious' feet, Where did you get those shoes? Are they comfortable?
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Post by LinusMundane » Sat Oct 10, 2009 11:18 am

TO Skara, answering her politely in accordance with her obvious uncomfortablity My shoes were a gift from my mother before I left, and they are comfortable indeed!

To Asmodeus And what have you got for me? How soon may we begin, I would like to get going as soon as possible, if you don't mind
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Re: 1F) Montavious & Skara: The Path to Darkness

Post by cave_lion » Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:33 pm

Montavious wrote:To Asmodeus “And what have you got for me? How soon may we begin, I would like to get going as soon as possible, if you don't mind”
Asmodeus replies with a rolling chuckle:
Ah impetuous youth, how eager you are to rush into battle! You will be leaving soon enough... Contessa, go round up Skara's belongings and deliver them at Goddess Shelyn's command. I have other matters to attend to, it has been a pleasure meeting the both of you. May Desna's luck aid you in your quest; as you are going to need it... He chuckles again gently and then spreads the fingers of both of his hands, one hand toward each of you, saying Don't be sad about your mother Montavious, she will miss you but she has gotten her most fervent wish, for you are leaving the City of Thorns; perhaps never to return. And then in a voice of command COME Spirit--the ones you seek are here. As he does this a dark purplish energy begins seething around his fingers and then shoots out at both of you, at the same time, directly into your eyes. There is a moment of intense pain as your vision turns purplish black for a few agonizing seconds. When sight returns Asmodeus has been replaced by a winged elven woman who Montavious recognizes as The Spirit of Adoration, the herald for Goddess Shelyn.
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As she speaks her hands dance to her words as if she is creating a fine piece of music:
Well well...it appears the Dark Lord has done all the dirty work here...how appropriate. I am to take you to a gathering of heroes as Asmodeus has told you. Lady Shelyn sends her Love Montavious and wishes you well in your quest. Her wings then rise above her and quickly swoop down to brush against both of you while she chants in the Elven tongue. As you both begin to fade away, the pain in your head from whatever Asmodeus did to you likewise fades to nothing.
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Montavious now has dark vision (see in the dark up to 60'). Skara's dark vision increases from 60' to 90.' This is a permanent supernatural effect. If supernatural effects are blocked for whatever reason, Skara will revert to her normal 60' vision.
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