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Topic: Auguries of Destruction: The Linsemptus - Q/A
Subject: Not particularly

The office is a rather plain, small building tacked onto the side of the arena, maybe in comparison to real-life it could be considered like a slightly enlarged cubicle of an office building.

As for the chamber, it too is rather plain, but I'll describe that when you get there.

Posted on 2008-05-18 at 19:26:15.

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: Manager of Conflict

Gladiator Arena Main Office
Six Hours before Twilight

"Good afternoon, how may I help you?" The man behind the wooden desk is an elderly man, and he looks kindly towards the dwarf as he enters the small office.

The office looks rather plain, but hardly run down. It is as though the decorator strived for, and achieved, an oversimplification that provides only what is required of an office. In front of the man on the desk there is a crystal orb, presumably so he can witness the arena matches without having to be put into the often-rowdy audience. The man himself is dressed in a style reminiscent of a higher-order cleric, with a robe similar to that of a priest's.

Posted on 2008-05-18 at 19:21:54.
Edited on 2008-05-18 at 19:32:38 by Reralae

Topic: Forgotten Realms: The Unsung Heroes
Subject: "Until you are with me, together in this place"

"We will honour her, as we honour all those who are dear to us and have been taken away,"

Linnix ends her dance as Aelistae does, slowing her movements, moving just slower and slower, until she stops. She returns the embrace given by Aelistae, the tears flowing freely down her cheeks. The image of Caera vanishes from the sight of her eyes, but remains in her mind's eye.

"There's... something I should tell you." Linnix says, "But not here... will you come by my room?"

Feeling very nostalgic, Linnix wanders off to her room in the inn, unsteady, and very much like someone who is daydreaming.

Posted on 2008-05-18 at 19:15:26.
Edited on 2008-05-18 at 19:38:53 by Reralae

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: Staring Contest

Gladiator Arena
Six Hours before Twilight

Xira returns Manalagna's stare, her dark brown eyes so nearly black and void that it is unnerving.

The announcer coughs once more, drawing the attention back to him, "If you wish to hear more about the spell, the manager can answer your questions, as he is the one who cast and continues to maintain the spell. He is inside the main office just outside the arena. You'll also find that your chamber to prepare in is on that side of the arena, as for time, you have until the sand in the hourglass falls." The announcer points to the respective arena end and to the hourglass that somehow appeared unbeknownst to Manalagna in the center of the arena. It appears to be actually made of sand, and is slowly draining from the top down.

Xira turns and walks towards her chamber, "Until later then."

The announcer shakes his head at Xira, "Honestly, why she has to be so... strange... I have no idea." he mutters under his breath.

Posted on 2008-05-18 at 19:07:01.

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: The Lonely Bunny

Between Hylon Forest and Honhinqann
Deserted House
Five and a Half Hours before Twilight

It had actually taken some time to locate the source of the crying sound, and when Tristan does, it is so bizarre he wonders if he even heard right.

Now silent in the house, Tristan stares at a small, bunny statue, hidden in the dust of the now felled Dire Dust Bunny. Dusting it off, it can be seen to be very very lifelike, despite it being marble. It looks so lifelike that it actually looks like it is very sad; very lonely.

Posted on 2008-05-18 at 16:36:44.

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: Run For One's Life

Outer Regions of the Hylon Forest
Unmapped Area
Six Hours before Twilight

Things did not bode well. Despite Deunan's improved speed, somehow Renshiir saw them coming, even through the trees, and evaded them yet again, dashing away.

Not willing to take any chances, as soon as he could, Armand weaves a spell through the air to catch her, but even as he gets line of sight to her through the dense foliage, something goes wrong, and the magic fails. Renshiir stops for an instant, looking back. In that glimpse, you can see green hair, eyes and even skin tone.

"If you're going to kill me anyway, why should I stop? That's what people like you tend to do to people like me who are in the wrong place at the wrong time." Renshiir's voice comes back, sounding terrified beyond belief. Perhaps there was more to this than just simple employment by a shady organization.

Suddenly, she changes her course of movement, now running to the West, to the cliffs.

(BTW, this Twilight is dusk, so it is still in the afternoon, but with the thick foliage and forest canopy, it might as well be night)

Posted on 2008-05-18 at 16:30:31.
Edited on 2008-05-18 at 16:41:50 by Reralae

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: Cold Woman

Gladiataor Arena
Six Hours before Twilight

"I salute your arena prowess ... oh Champion of Champions ... the Mighty Xira ... I am but a stranger in a much stranger land. The world where I come from revels in the granduers of arena combat. The loss of life is common in those arenas, but immortality is granted to those who graduate from the ranks of the arena gladiators! I have forsaken all that glory and promise to make a new life and destiny here. What ... pray tell ... are the arena rules in this place ... and is this a battle to the death ... or do we spare one another's lives?"

The announcer coughs to redirect the question to him, "There is a spell placed over the grounds of this arena that ensure that while unconsciousness is unavoidable, our battles never result in actual death. As for house rules, unfortunately the manager is in constant debate about such rules with all the competetors and so none ever get laid out. As such, besides the 'one on one' rule, anything goes."


A simple question, but the intonation is unnerving. Perhaps Xira's bizarre nature was also another reason why she wasn't often challenged.

"Why do you try to flatter me? There's the truth, and then there's the twisted truth, and you make it sound like I did more than I did."

The announcer's face goes a bit pale, then he whispers to Manalagna, "I've been trying to explain that to her for some time now; she just doesn't get it."

Posted on 2008-05-18 at 16:05:01.
Edited on 2008-05-18 at 16:05:32 by Reralae

Topic: Auguries of Destruction: The Linsemptus - Q/A
Subject: *Yawn*

I think that's enough for tonight... wow, a lot has happened.

Well, I'd better get some sleep before I lose all capability to post tomorrow!


Posted on 2008-05-18 at 07:35:25.

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: Run-Away Bunnies

Between Hylon Forest and Fonhinqann
Main Highway
Six Hours before Twilight

The bunnies all scatter, and even Tristan's keen eyes cannot track all three hundred bunnies as they run in all directions. The small creatures run and run and run, and at most Tristan can only catch thirteen before he cannot find any trace of the others.

A soft sound comes from the open door of the house. It is faint, and Tristan has to strain his ears in order to hear it, but it is there. It sounds vaguely like something crying.

Posted on 2008-05-18 at 07:28:26.
Edited on 2008-05-18 at 07:29:40 by Reralae

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: Misunderstanding

Gladiator Arena
Six Hours before Twilight

"So then... to the victor belongs the spoils?"

To this, the charismatic announcer lets out a boisterous laugh, and claps the dwarf on the shoulder. "Oh no, my friend, your belongings are not in any danger of being taken by Xira; she shows little interest in such things. I said my part, it's up to you to decide whether you listen to me or not."

"What Is My Reward for Defeating Your Defending Champion ... This Xira?"

The announcer nods, "That has been decided mostly by Xira. When she first became champion, she had said she would give a gift to the person who could defeat her. It is something that no other person has in the world, and considering what it is, I'm surprised anyone would even want it, much less use it. Taking this into consideration, you can also collect your prize from the arena manager, who will give you a sum of two thousand golden crowns."

The announcer's eyes look across, spotting movement, "Oh, it looks like you are going to be fortunate enough to meet Xira before the battle; here she comes now."

A human woman walks slowly towards the two standing in the center of the arena. She wears a black ornamental gown, and a few strands of her long black hair can be seen from her hooded face. Her bleak appearance is rather peculiar, but not as much as her hands, which are heavily bandaged.

"Is there a fight today?" the woman, Xira, asks of the announcer. Her voice is, like her appearance, slightly bleak and somewhat empty.

The announcer puts his other arm around her, holding onto both Gladiators, and proudly says, "Yes! Today Manalagna Hammer shall meet you head on in battle! That is this fellow here!"

At this close range, Xira's bandaged hands can be seen in their entirety, and Manalagna cannot help but wonder exactly how in the worlds the woman manages to do anything with her hands in those near-casts.

Posted on 2008-05-18 at 07:19:06.

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: Something's Wrong with This Picture

Between Hylon Forest and Fonhinqann
Deserted House
Six Hours before Twilight

The bunny weakly raises its paws, but just lets them drop, hardly requiring the energy to dodge. However, its head snaps up sharply, catching Tristan in the chest and drawing blood. (-8 hp)

Tristan swings his stand in response, but the bunny actually manages to duck under it this time. Not so for Tristan's second strike though, which catches the bunny on the head, and causes it to disintegrate into a large cloud of dust.

Posted on 2008-05-18 at 06:54:13.

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: Not Quite

Between Hylon Forest and Fonhinqann
Deserted House
Six Hours before Twilight

The Dire Dust Bunny looks at Tristan, then suddenly opens its mouth and unleashes another shower of hits upon Tristan in the form of a new dust bunny swarm. Tristan manages to twist his body to avoid the worst of the attack, but it now felt like he had a few golf-ball like divets in his body. (-3 hp)

The new dust bunny swarm completely ignores Tristan, and runs out the open door, running away from him as fast as possible.

Tristan shows no mercy and whacks the Dire Dust Bunny hard on the back, causing it to crack just a bit more. However, the second hit, and it is a hit, just glances off of its hard body.

Posted on 2008-05-18 at 06:35:47.

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: Nearly There....

Between Hylon Forest and Fonhinqann
Deserted House
Six Hours before Twilight

The bunny goes to strike again, but this time its movements are predictable, and evading it is easy. Once again, Tristan whacks it thrice, once on the side, and twice in the head. Now the cracks extend over its entire body, and the rate in which dust seems to be drawn in and out of the cracks is far greater. One red eye has gone out, and the other is rather dim.

The creature almost seems to want to run, but something keeps it from doing so. A desperate look appears in its one eye as it looks at Tristan for perhaps the final time.

Posted on 2008-05-18 at 05:57:45.

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: Rival Swords

Aqinarr's Soldier's Barracks
Training Hall
Six Hours before Twilight

Yin raises his blade, but Willow is the first to react. Running forward, she slips her blades around Yin's, and twirls him around as she slices, but both hits glance off of Yin's armour. Encouraged by this, Yin twirls around and strikes with his blade, the blade passing through the junction in Willow's armour at the elbow point. The blade passes through, but no blood is drawn, despite the fact that Willow felt her strength wane just slightly from the attack. (+6 nonlethal)

Yin's eyes light up as he successfully strikes the first hit. Perhaps this time would be different...

Posted on 2008-05-18 at 05:42:00.

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: This is Taking a While...

Between Hylon Forest and Fonhinqann
Deserted House
Six Hours before Twilight

The bunny again rears itself back, but this time catches Tristan in the arm with one of its paws. (-3 hp) This time as well, its head bobs from side to side, and it strikes true, drawing blood from Tristan's leg. (-7 hp)

This beast is dangerous, but not so dangerous as Tristan when he puts his mind to it. Twirling his deadly umbrella stand of doom, he whacks the bunny on both sides of its head, the cracks from the strikes traveling a bit along its body. One part of the crack severs the beast's eye, but the redness of the eye remains intact, and doesn't go out. From the cracks now, little puffs of dust trail out in a set rhythm, almost like the beast is breathing in and out, maybe even panting slightly. Not yet finished, Tristan brings the umbrella stand to hit it on its raised back, causing another crack to form.

Posted on 2008-05-18 at 05:27:23.

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: The Persistent Rival

Aqinarr's Soldier's Barracks
Training Hall
Six hours before Twilight

"Are you ready then?"

"You bet!" Yin says, grinning. He holds up the two swords he already picked out for Willow, "These are the ones you always use; I made sure I got the right ones." He says, passing them to Willow.

He then grabs the longsword next to him and almost runs to the starting position outlined on the many circles along the hall. These swords used in the Training Hall are specially made; no death can come from these swords, for they don't draw blood. That doesn't mean they can't knock out a person for an hour or two though, and Yin knows this, but he doesn't care; already, Willow can see in his eyes that strange determination that only a self-proclaimed rival can achieve.

Posted on 2008-05-18 at 05:10:06.

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: One Fell Strike... Huh?

Between Hylon Forest and Fonhinqann
Main Highway
Six Hours before Twilight

The immense bunny brings itself upright, its head touching the ceiling as it slams down with both its paws at Tristan. However, Tristan ducks to the side of both of them, and when it leaps forward to bite, he whaps it sharply with the umbrella stand. The umbrella stand jars in his hand's grip, vibrating roughly from the attack, as a slight crack appears in the bunny's side.

It is definately harder than it looks, Tristan can easily conclude as he raises the umbrella stand. This time he lands it squarely between the eyes of the bunny's head, and a loud CRACK can be heard as a the bunny's head shows a spider-web cracking from the point of impact. The bunny recoils from the attack, and shakes its head, as though clearing its mind of fog, but it returns to gaze at Tristan quickly enough, too quickly for comfort.

Posted on 2008-05-18 at 05:02:06.
Edited on 2008-05-18 at 05:02:21 by Reralae

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: Another Scattered Swarm, and a Strange New Foe

Between Hylon Forest and Fonhinqann
Main Highway
Six Hours before Twilight

Tristan reaches for something, anything behind him, and his hand settles on something cylindrical and round. Just at that moment, however, the immense Dire Dust Bunny leaps out of the closet and its teeth sink into Tristan's shoulder, drawing blood. (-5 hp)

After the attack it draws back from Tristan, as he smashes the swarm it summoned into dust puffs, but not before they manage to bite him a few times (-2 hp). This bunny seems to be as big as Tristan, and if it wanted to, it could look him straight in the eye. Its body is rather bizarre, consisting of speckles of dust compacted into a tangible form. Just how much it is compacted suggests that it is rather hard, not unlike an earth elemental, made up of compacted earth.

Posted on 2008-05-18 at 04:28:32.
Edited on 2008-05-18 at 04:29:21 by Reralae

Topic: Auguries of Destruction: The Linsemptus - Q/A
Subject: You could use...

the not-dusty umbrella stand by the door. (which is behind you now)

Posted on 2008-05-18 at 04:04:43.

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: Shocking Contents

Between Hylon Forest and Fonhinqann
Main Highway
Six Hours before Twilight

Tristan enters the house cautiously, and what does his eyes see in the shadows of the open closet? Two red eyes regarding him intently. Without warning, suddenly Tristan is pelted with another swarm of the dust bunnies he fought just prior. However, despite the unforeseen attack, Tristan manages to jump to the side of most of it. (-5 hp)

The new swarming bunnies right themselves and all stare at the intruding human. As for Tristan, well he...

Posted on 2008-05-18 at 03:58:29.
Edited on 2008-05-18 at 04:02:05 by Reralae

Topic: Auguries of Destruction: The Linsemptus - Q/A
Subject: Not really

The house is a bit run-down, and looks as though it hasn't been occupied for at least 6 months. The fields and road you're on are kind of your regular brand of tall grass and gravel road.

Posted on 2008-05-18 at 03:41:05.

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: One Running Boy, and One Shattered Swarm

Between Hylon Forest and Fonhinqann
Main Highway
Six Hours before Twilight

The boy nods once, then runs, almost for his life. Tristan returns to the process of some serious dusting. First he twists, knocking the bunnies off of him, and then he punches in a whirl, causing multitudes of the creatures to pop in an explosion of dirt and dust. Finally, the small number that are left regroup, just in time to be sent flying by a well-timed kick. Tristan looks on appreciably as all the bunnies in that makeshift soccer-ball pop. The rest of the bunnies that are left, a very small number indeed, all decide it is within their best interest to hop to their own business, and scatter in different directions, no longer a threatening swarm.

Posted on 2008-05-18 at 03:21:25.

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: Poof!

Between Hylon Forest and Fonhinqann
Main Highway
Six Hours before Twilight

Tristan lands in the center of the swarm of dire dust bunnies, but they split apart just before he lands, so he only hits the ground beneath them. The bunnies all band together to counter attack their would-be-attacker, jumping on and all over Tristan. He distinctly feels what seems to be something like needles piercing different parts of his body; how can dust create the sensation of needles?! (-4 hp)

The boy looks on, slightly terrified. Dust given life!? How can this be?!

Posted on 2008-05-18 at 02:50:43.

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: The Reluctant Tourny

Gladiator Arena
Six Hours before Twilight

Standing up to immediately embrace the challenge, Hammer is immediately applauded for as he walks down to enter the arena. Immediately, he notices something a bit strange; he was the only one to come down, and it didn't look like there were any other contenders.

"And who might you be there?" The announcer asks.

"My name is Manalagna Hammer of Clan Hammer. I come from a land far away known as Alastari. A place I may never see again, because I have come to fight against a coming evil that threatens to destroy this world."

Manalagna's last sentence is cut out, for the loud applause given by the crowd ensures that no one except for maybe the announcer heard it. Almost apologetically, the announcer whispers in Manalagna's ear.

"So, it seems we actually have a tournament this time; the defending champion's battles are often... expensive for the contender, and that's why few people challenge her these days. You can use any weapons and gear in your arsenal, however, you cannot summon any allies, familiars, companions or what-have-you; this is a one on one battle." The announcer explains, then hastily adds, "I suggest you don't use any really expensive weapons."

"This battle shall take place upon the marking of the next hour!" The announcer shouts to the audience, "Where the challenger, Manalagna, shall face Xira, the defending champion!"

This brings about more applause from the audience, and then they diminish for the intermission.

"This hour gives you a chance to prepare and technically to meet your opponent, but Xira usually doesn't come out in public, so chances are you won't." The announcer explains to Manalagna, "For being fairly strong, she definitely is a shy and strange person."

Posted on 2008-05-18 at 01:31:38.
Edited on 2008-05-18 at 01:50:47 by Reralae

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus - Information
Subject: The Dark Collectors (Faction)

Initial Knowledge

The Dark Collectors, or just the Collectors, is a largely unknown shady organization with even shadier goals. They run a secret operation, with unknown objectives. Even in incidents where they are directly involved, there is often very very little evidence to show that there was any involvement of this faction.

There are however rumours that have passed around about this faction. One of them suggests that the Dark Collectors is an immense spy ring, capable of infiltrating any organization at any level. Another suggests that they aren't spies, but actual high ranking thieves, stealing artifacts and other magical items, but there is no basis for this rumour, as most of the magical items listed by this rumour are all mythical in the first place. Finally, there is a rumour that suggests they don't exist at all, but they are just a scam made by the authorities to boost taxes and make more annoying security measures.

Despite these rumours, there are no facts about this faction, and very very little can even be found out about it.

Mark of the Collectors

A wavy, golden border stained with blotches of red ink to show blood marks the edges of this artwork. In the center of the black void, descending on a strand of silken thread, is depected a terrible and other-worldly spider, its carapiece's joints all sharp and angular, and it looks as though it is made out of crystal diamonds, rubies and other gemstones. It too is blotched with ink blood. In the clutches of its eight legs is a perfect sphere, a crystal orb that almost seems to shine with power in the image. It is an incredibly life-like image, but is seldom seen.

Hierarchy of the Collectors

The Dark Collectors is made out of an immense hierarchy. At the elite top of the group is one known as the Archangel of Annihilation. The Archangel controls everything in the organization, from rules to schemes, but is hardly ever seen at all. Second in command is the Dark Prosecutor, who is the Archangel's loyal servant. He deals with everyone else in the organization, and is a ruthless person, killing out of habit, and enforcing everything. Everyone else in the organization is a slave to these two people, and they are made to do their bidding. If someone refuses, they are made to regardless, and if they just prove incapable or inefficient, they are killed. These slaves are often actually bred, and as soon as they are born, the Mark of the Collectors is put on their backs. The effects of this tattoo effectively kill the person as soon as their loyalty falters, as well as destroy their body and seal the person's soul from being able to be raised.

Posted on 2008-05-17 at 19:11:47.
Edited on 2008-05-21 at 04:04:25 by Reralae


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