Breath's show of force and the arrival of reinforcements give Buzz Cut second thoughts. "Sorry, I thought you were someone else," he meekly whispers. "Come on guys, let's go." The trio tries to slink away...
Walking up behind Squeaky Voice and Stretch as quietly as he can, The Shadow of the Evermore stops right behind them and barks, in his deepest and most fearsome voice, "These small children causing you trouble, Breath of New Moon?"
Breath of New Moon: "They were about to provide me with some exercise, but it seems they've remembered a previous engagement."
Post by crusssdaddy on Jul 21, 2011 14:15:13 GMT -6
Fated to Die: "Someone should go with the Bone Crone, to watch her back. I'll go see if I can set up a talk with the pastor about saving my soul or something... I'd like to learn more about this little piggy."
Breath also asks the assembled company if she can borrow a knife or daggar from someone. If no one has one or is unwilling to part with one she'll try to buy one in town "as a momento of my visit". Once she has a knife, she'll try to blacken the blade with soot &/or grease in preparation for her mission.
She'll also leave her glaive, armour, and other gear with someone to watch... she'd prefer Minion of the Unholy Fragnog, as a fellow bone-man (bone-person? ;D) who may also feel he owes her a debt for helping rescue him from the Foreman's pit.
Post by crusssdaddy on Jul 22, 2011 17:00:07 GMT -6
Fated to Die: "Yeah, it's a church right? They gotta have some interest in shepherding lost souls. What's the best time? I'll pound on the door and demand to talk to the Pastor, say I've had a portentious dream and I must warn him."
[OOC: I forgot some of what happened previously. Is there a best time to talk to the Pastor to create a distraction, i.e. is there a specific time that the cave/mountain needs to be watched from the bell tower?]
Eye of Thundera and Minion of the Unholy Fragnog stand watch at the front and side paths leading to the graveyard. (Minion holds on to Breath's gear).
Breath of New Moon is almost invisible, a pale skeleton skulking in the shadows. A visitor to the cemetery might almost mistake her for an undead creature of legend.
As Breath begins to climb the ancient tree, she feels a strange mental sensation--as though a great, brooding intelligence slumbers nearby. Drawing upon her sorcerous mental training (save vs. spells = 18), Breath quiets her thoughts and remains undetected. Catlike (Dexterity check = 9) she drops to the church roof without a sound.
Last Edit: Jul 22, 2011 17:28:30 GMT -6 by mushgnome
Fated to Die approaches the whitewashed building at the rear of the church that serves as its rectory. His knock at the door is answered by a surprised-looking Matron who lowers her gaze respectfully to avoid making eye contact with the handsome Ulfire stranger.
She gestures for you to enter and leads you down a narrow, austere hallway to a small office. It is dominated by a massive, trapezoidal desk made from granite. On one side of the desk are two Shaker-style chairs; on the other side is a lumpy purple cushion. The Matron invites you to sit in one of the chairs and leaves you alone...
Breath of New Moon vaults over the railing and enters the bell tower. The bell is a massive iron thing, covered in arcane runes. There is a trap door that presumable leads down to the church; it is shut.
Breath leans on the railing and looks out over the hills. At first, she is not sure exactly what she is looking for. But, there! On the northwest horizon is an ominous green light. It flashes regularly every 30 seconds like a beacon.
The blinking light comes from the top of a distinctive trapezoidal foothill just to the northwest of town. You make careful note of the direction and landmarks, and you feel reasonably confident you can find this hill.
A frightened-looking younger Matron enters the room carrying a tray with three plates and two glasses of milk. The Pastor sets one plate down on the floor and slides it underneath the hem of his robe. Then he grabs a fork and noisily starts in on the second plate. He gestures toward the third plate with his scrambled-egg covered chin, indicating the food is for you. There is a tasty assortment of eggs, bacon, sausages, and other high-cholesterol delicacies.
Post by crusssdaddy on Jul 25, 2011 7:43:16 GMT -6
Fated to Die digs into the food.
"I have good news for you, Pastor. The Masters are pleased with your work. Word of your... admirable appetites has spread. I have been sent to bestow several new glories upon you, several new blessings. I will provide much for you to eat, so that for a brief time all of your appetites may be sated."
"Are you ready to receive the blessings that you have earned? If so, we must sequester ourselves in privacy. I've noticed your cemetery - does it have a vault, inside of which we may be free from prying eyes? The primal energies of such a location will be beneficial to your enrichment, but no one else must be privy to the inner mysteries of the Church into which I will induct you."
From her perch on the bell-tower, Breath of New Moon hears the voices of The Pastor and Fated to Die as they cross the courtyard toward the church. She quickly shimmies down the tree and rejoins her companions in the cemetery.
Last Edit: Jul 26, 2011 9:18:46 GMT -6 by mushgnome
Upon reaching the bottom of the stairs to the church door, The Pastor rests to catch his breath with his hand on the railing. He produces a handkerchief from his pocket and mops his brow, panting with exertion. "Our bell... tolls loud... and deep... (huff) the runes... are... almost... (puff) complete..."
Fated to Die: "Rest a moment, Pastor. Can you summon a matron to fetch two flasks of oil? I need one to anoint you and one to anoint me. Thank you, and hurry."
"While we wait, your initiation begins." Fated to Die looks up, considers a bit, then traces symbols in the sky. "Witness yon stars... observe their alignment. The small red star, over there... know it, you? 'Lets us now commence the Feast, when rises blood upon the East.' A good omen my friend, a good omen..."
The Pastor nods his sweaty head in agreement. He is completely out of breath and his stomach gurgles loudly. He procures a small bell from his robe and rings it, summoning one of the Matrons. He pants a few words into her ear, and she returns a minute later with the requested flasks of oil.