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PostSubject: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Sat Sep 08, 2012 12:19 am

(To whom it may concern, welcome to the Rusty Horseshoe. Whether you've stumbled onto these forums by accident or are reading this as your proper introduction, we're a small RP group that will hopefully branch out as we go along. Keeping the spirit of time in mind, I won't waste anymore time on an introduction and lay out the opening scene of The Forgotten Legacy.)

11:13 PM, Zetrionith's Market District. A middle-class mill worker named Vong decides to visit a more run-down general goods store on account of the fact that he's not exactly swimming in gold at the moment. Walking in, he assumed the shopkeeper was busy in the back of the store, so he helped himself to look around, see if there's anything he might want to buy. In one of the dank corners laid a mirror that seemed to capture his attention, as odd as it seemed. The mirror itself was already on old supports, looking like no one had touched it in years with all the dusts and cobwebs surrounding it. When Vong came to see his reflection in the mirror, he had touched it with his finger to dust it off, and something strange seemed to occur. His reflection seemed to twist and turn until it formed into something inhuman. Before he could get a good look, the mirror had shattered. As it turns out, a demon had been inhabiting that mirror, and Vong projecting himself as he traced across the mirror allowed the demon to be free of this prison and assume control of the man's body.

12:07 AM, Zetrionith's Central Town Square. Vong, being under the control of a crazed demon who seeks nothing more than to roam and live in sin roams around, starting fights, drinking as much as his current body could drink, anything that he set his mind to. Naturally, all this debauchery caught the attention of the local guards, who eventually tried to get the seemingly average man to just calm down or they'd have to take him in. Of course, they didn't realize that in a state like this, he'd be much stronger than any of those men. He made quick work of them, but before he could return to the local pub, all the exhilaration, drinking and fighting had tired the man's body, despite his mind being under the hold of another beast. Unable to continue, he simply collapsed right there on that bloody mess of the city streets, leaving the demon stuck in the body until something would give him a reason to awaken. Or someone.
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Sat Sep 08, 2012 7:25 pm

12:10 AM, Calaereth is walking around the town square, just on a walk from a long day, trying to pull enough money to buy food for herself. She walks up to find a crowd of people, wondering what they could possibly be looking at. She sees what is a rather gruesome sight, and wonders what happened. Then, a woman from across the circle of people speaks up, saying that she had seen the event from her house. She spoke of a man, who happened to be laying in the pile of bodies, fought off a whole group of the cities guards, and then collapsed to the ground. An eerie silence fell over the group, as a man wearing bulky leather armor approached the mess. He told all of the townspeople that they needed to go back to their homes and not worry about the events that had occurred in the square. So, as she was told, she wandered off, and on her way home, she couldn't help but think of what had happened in the city that night. She wondered how so few people witnessed the fight and how the man was able to fight off a large group of guards all by himself. She arrived at her home, where she would get some sleep before a long day of shopping tomorrow. She was to attend a wedding, and she wanted to find a proper bridesmaid dress. She had experience with sewing, and could easily make a beautiful dress herself, but she did not have the time.


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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:01 pm

12:01 AM - Meridan, Chapel of the Divines. Allessalei, who had recently finished her midnight prayers, descended from her Divine tower of her Church, her white hair glistening under the Moon's soothing beams as she passed by windows. Although she was not tired, she had a feeling, gnawing at her subconscious, that her Gods required her to speak to them. Before falling asleep, Allessalei doused her feather bed in a spritz of water, blessed by her Gods, to rid the evil spirits that plagued her dreams, in order to hold clear contact with her Gods. She quickly drifted into a deep sleep. Allessalei found herself, before her 3 Gods, Zahn, Dreht, and Iosis, their presences lifting the spirit of Allessalei, immediately soothing the agitation of her day. "My Gods." She knelt, touching her fingers to her head, left shoulder, right shoulder, and torso. "What have you called me for?" she asked, sustaining her footing once more. "Allessalei. My fellow Divines and I believe it to be in the best interest of both you and ourselves, for you to travel. Travel to the city of Zetrionith, and spread the beliefs of our Powers just as you have done so successfully for Meridan. We have already come into contact with the High Priest of a Church in that area, and have informed him of your inevitable visit. May you know that your travels will be Blessed and Guarded by us." The Gods all said in Harmory, before Allessalei was brought back into her life. Her eyes opened with a jolt, gasping for air. She stood, saying a silent prayer, a thanks to her Gods for this message. She immediately began making preparations for her now soon trip to the city of Zetrionith.
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Sun Sep 09, 2012 4:43 pm

What a... Troublesome situation this was. The contact Meidas was supposed to meet that day had suddenly screwed everything up, contacting him would now be far more difficult. The contact in question had been a resident of Zetrionith for many years now- one of very few demons that inhabited this district. This low-ranked creature of the underworld resided in some old mostly ignored store, but when the Necromancer arrive he was nowhere to be found.

It had taken a while for this girl to come across the demon's whereabouts, but along the way she had easily found out what he had been up to. A man had been going around causing mischief that evening- word was that he appeared unlike a human and more like a monster... A demon perhaps? Following his trail of chaos and violence proved easy and soon enough this girl found herself looking at some corpse lying on the ground, presumably belonging to her target.. Or more like, inhabited by him.

She was surrounded by a crowd of onlookers surprised by the "massacre" though it was beginning to thin thanks to the presence of a higher ranking security officer telling them off at the crime scene. Soon enough people would return to their homes to allow the short female to get a better view of things: This body she looked for was surrounding by at least 5 others, clearly identifiable as guards from their clothing. These would be no problem except for the fact that there were also some living guards in the area, most notably higher ranked ones wishing to investigate these events. Zetrionith was the biggest most successful city of the land, to say that it housed some of the most powerful warriors would not be an exaggeration- Just jumping in to try and retrieve the body would be a horrible idea.

Should they realize that he had been possessed by a demon (Or worse, find out he still was) would raise some alarm and create fear and paranoia for demons... Which would be incredibly troublesome for Meidas- She couldn't let this happen! But what could she do? Clearly that demon could not have made things any worse... She wondered whether the information he held was worth all these troubles.

There was some hope, however, in that the demon would do something and distract or get rid of these new guards. From that distance Meidas dark presence could be sensed by those sensitive to it- maybe he could seek her instead?
If things turned for the worse then the little necromancer would have to take matters into her own hands...
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:36 pm

Vin approached the scene from the south end of the street. He was heading directly towards the guards in the middle of the crowd. He didn't particularly care what had happened. But when the order came down to investigate and handle the guards he wasn't one to to disobey. Vin was now next to the rather heavy looking guard. The guards back facing Vin he tapped the man on his right shoulder.

"WHAT THE HELL DO YOU WANT!" the man bellowed then quickly getting nervous with a single glance at the markings on his clothing. "He sent you...." his statement was said with a bit of surprise and terror at the same time. Vin nodded and then moved forward. As the guard began to fill him in on the situation he could be seen analyzing the crowd.
(Vin would look strange to most people in the crowd. He stood taller than most people at a fair sized 6 feet 4 inches. He was covered from head to toe in in a black garb. The outfit itself was a bit old and the black appeared to be more of a grey tone now. It was also marked with several silver outlines of divine marks of his god.)

The aura of the body was a bit of a concern for Vin. He couldn't exactly discern what it was but he knew it wasn't quite right so he would have to handle this just right.

He looked over at the guard again and then spoke. "If you can hurry up and get this mess sorted out. Boss said i need to escort the body and i am getting rather tired."
The guard looked at him then gave a big sigh of relief. "Well better off your mess than mine i guess. Just hang out for a few minutes and we will get it loaded up for transport."

Vin gave a great big yawn then walked over to the side of the street once again looking at the crowd. He was certain that the nights tho eventful was far from over so keeping a watchful eye could prove quite beneficial.
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Sun Sep 09, 2012 11:36 pm

Yami had been exploring the city since his arrival, admiring the beautiful city before he noticed people seeming to be gathering towards the town square. Feeling something dark towards that direction, he decided to check it out himself. Once he was able to get a view of what the crowd of people were looking at, he felt disgusted at the bloody sight. Yami could feel that dark feeling coming from the body that was obviously not a guard and most likely caused such the massacre. As the crowd thinned out and other guards came to clean up the mess, Yami could feel another dark presence from the thinned crowd. Without making himself looking obvious, he tried to pinpoint the presence, noticing a girl with pale skin. 'There's something not right about her. Could she be connected to this?' Yami felt it was in everyone's best interest to watch the pale girl and see if she was responsible or connected to this massacre. He wasn't gonna allow anymore death in the city if he could prevent it.
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Mon Sep 10, 2012 2:32 am

About 10 minutes later the Cart and horse were ready to go and the guard called Vin closer to him. "I'm not sure what you all want with the body but the transports all ready. Don't forget to tell your boss how co-operative we were with you." Vin just nodded as he mounted the horse grabbed the reigns and led it off. They weren't going at a very fast speed. It was too dark for Vin to allow the horse into a full run.

Vin looked at the dim moon light peering from behind the cloud cover. The air was cold and the visibility was quite poor. He spoke to himself as he got out of sight from the guard and crowd. "The boss better appreciate me working this late job, I mean he could have sent anyone why me on a simple delivery." His complaints continued till he was out of ear shout of the guard.

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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:44 pm

What was happening!? Some mysterious man arrived and requested the body to be loaded to be taken away. Why that body specifically and not the many dead guards around? Did he know about the Demon? That strange man, despite his strange outfit, seemed to hold high authority- most likely working for the local government... If that demon end up in the hands of the authorities Mei's mission would surely fail... She could not allow this.

The girl immediately abandoned the crowd in chase of the cart transporting the body. During the 10 minutes spent loading it she had learned what she thought was more enough to pull off this stunt. It was a dark night and the road was not wide, this meant that he would be traveling quite slowly. There was also only one man in the vehicle: The strange man from before- He was also most definitely unarmed. Finally, there were no escorts- the vehicle was completely on it's own! She could definitely take it by force.

And so Meidas abandoned her hiding spot, revealing herself: A rather average-sized teenage girl with dark hair contrasting on her pale skin. She was wearing a completely black dress in the fashion of high-middle class citizens- the design was simple yet elegant though it was clear from the fabrics used that it was just an imitation done on a smaller budget. This combination of dark colors would allow the necromancer to hide herself well in the darkness that enveloped the streets that evening, allowing her figure to nimbly make it's way out of there without gaining much attention. Her bright crimson eyes were perhaps the inly feature visible through the veil of night.

She couldn't attack the cart immediately lest she within reach for reinforcements to arrive. She would chase the vehicle for a couple of minutes.. 3-5... She lost count, instead focused on running after it- Meidas wasn't a fast runner but the car was going quite slow anyways and she had great endurance for running. Once the opportunity had arisen (That is, nobody was around) the girl made her move: A bolt of light was shot from her figure and towards the car, barely missing it and passing by the side. It was a harmless flare only intended to get some attention- She would have to make the cart stop.


"Stop at once!" She exclaimed loudly but not yet in a shouting tone. Now that the situation had arrived she wasn't exactly sure how to proceed... Should she threaten the man with death and steal the body? Should she just dispose of him there and deal with the demon quickly? Would there be a fight...? It seemed that violence dominated most of her options... She began preparing a spell as the driver got out, ready for battle at any moment...

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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:05 pm

Yami narrowed his eyes as he kept his gaze on the pale girl, watching as she left the crowd. He waited a bit before following her, hiding away from where she hid. It took a while for him to realize she was after the cart. When she left her hiding spot, he had a better view of her and felt she was familiar to him. Yami tensed when the girl shot the bolt of light and yelled for the person driving the cart to stop, placing his good hand on his dark sword. Yami decided to wait and see what happened before making a move, trying to figure out why the girl was so familiar.
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:13 pm

12:23 AM, at the Purple Dragon tavern

"Tea would be just fine," Shaen told the bartender, his voice barely a whisper. The older, bearded man made a grunt, then pushed the filled mug towards the customer. After setting down a couple of coins, Shaen raised the mug towards his nose and took a deep breath. Although it was a far cry from the apple tea that he enjoyed making back home, the strong mint smell was comforting. The scent was able to calm him slightly.

Despite everything beneficial about being here in a big city, it was draining. Even at this ungodly hour, the tavern was still active and only a few people had turned in for sleep. He blinked a couple of times. Off in the corner, he could hear hushed whispers and in another corner, two men were arguing rather loudly. He reached a hand up and began to slowly massage his temple. It had been nearly a week since he had gotten a full night's worth of sleep and even he was beginning to feel the effects.

Suddenly, he heard a rather loud noise outside, followed by the rather familiar-sounding yell of a young woman. Shaen let the mug of tea drop the last centimeter or so back onto the table, bit his lips together and reached for his staff. If what he thought he heard was any indication of what was actually going on, it was not going to be pretty.

Shaen stopped as soon as he flung open the door and stepped outside the tavern. "Mei..." he whispered, the colour draining from his face. He clenched his staff in both hands, preparing to keep the girl from doing something she would later regret.
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:38 pm

What a horrible night to have a curse... These thoughts ran through Ramelus's mind as he drifted through the alleyways of central Zetrionith.

Nowhere to go.. nowhere to see.. not like this, anyway. Laying down for a moment on the ground, he tried to compose himself and decide whether he'd stay out for another hour or so. It'd already been a few months or so since he acquired this power of his, but didn't make it any easier to come to terms with. Was it a twisted way of fate to make sure that no one would ever see him as an outcast again? Or just a curse to prevent him from showing his face. Sure, he could just take off the mask and walk around like a regular person, but then all that he'd gotten would be going to waste. Besides, it was bad enough getting mocked at home for being a freak. Here, he'd just be a freak in armor. Of course, this would be the one time where he wouldn't be allowed any quiet, as Bat popped up next to him, along his shoulder. "You know, you can be such a bore sometimes, you know that? Always moping about how you can't actually talk to anyone as a person anymore. You should be thanking me, it's not like that red flesh of yours is going to get any positive looks, anyway." He said to him telepathically, as blind as ever.

"For something that's thousands of years old, I'd expect you to be a bit more quiet by now. And less obnoxious." Ramelus replied as he saw the familiar form droop it's head slightly. He wasn't quite sure whether this was part of him or just the nature of the item, but Bat always proved to be somewhat childish when it came to conversation. "At least I'm not walking around pretending to be a human." The fact that he'd even say that makes it so much more narrow-sighted. "You don't even walk! You're just hanging off my neck all the time!" These days, he seemed to be losing his temper more often. It wasn't exactly a reassuring quality, but the job isn't exactly stress-free.

As Ramelus continued yelling to what appeared to be his shoulder, a common citizen couldn't help but pass by the alley. In most situations, he came off as a random bum on the streets, with the ragged clothes and grown-out hair to boot."Are you all right, sir?"The woman beckoned towards him, which called Ram's attention forward. Well, now you've gone and cocked up! Bat spoke to him, giggling all the while at the irony of his host looking like a crazy person for talking to it. Letting his already swelling anger get the best of him; he stood up to run towards this woman, grabbing her with both hands. "You keep your mouth shut, you hear me! I've got it in my right mind to-" He stopped as he had stepped out of the alleyway to grab the woman, and this allowed him to see a scene that had took place in the nearby city square. Dropping her on instinct, he allowed her to run off as he moved closer to take a look.

Bloody, how bloody it seemed to be. A bunch of average watchmen, with gashes all over their bodies. Something like this couldn't have been done by just anyone.. and not easily at that. Finding one of the local officials, as he was pretty much hidden in plain sight at this point, he went to ask a few questions about the incident. "What happened here, exactly?" Ramelus gave off to the nearest authority near the scene. "Oh, it's a shame. Looked like some guy with a weapon got drunk and disorderly. Tore these guys a new one that's for sure." Ram stopped to ponder what could have possibly happened all that while ago. After all, there was no way someone with a sword could have made cuts like that. "The murderer passed out too. Just got taken away by some tall guy in a black garb."

Well, out of all things to happen, this seemed like a whole mish-mash of terrible events. Normally, he wouldn't get involved.. but when the business of information was in play, Ramelus knew that it would be in his favor to know what happened. "Ooh, murder mystery! I'll bet it was the butler!" Bat quickly popped out to add. "With our luck, it'll be much more complicated than that." Wrapping his belt filled with daggers over him, he prepped himself as he rushed in the direction the guard pointed him towards. If he could get that body for himself, it'd do him much better as an information source. Besides, there might be some goods left on his body, if he's dead. Ducking and weaving behind corners, he caught a cart which seemed to be dragging along to the sides. Especially considering the fact that there were quite a few people chasing after this rickety old thing, there had to be something valuable on there. With that, he continued steadily, making sure that the others after the cart were just enough of a distance away that the didn't catch on to him lurking around.
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Wed Sep 12, 2012 1:43 am

The horse bucked a little bit as the bright light had startled it. Vin managed to calm the horse before turning around to acknowledge the girl making all the racket.

She was a little bit out of his normal reach of view and so her qualities weren't quite clear. He was sure by the voice she wasn't too old and by the light display he knew she knew how to do more than your average youngster. "A little bit passed your bed time isn't it little girl?" It took him a minute but he could make out what seemed to be the figure of another young figure this one male and carrying some kind of staff or elongated weapon. As if the two people before him weren't issues enough he could sense at least 2 more spectators. 1 of these didn't bug Vin, but the other was a wild card and Vin did not enjoy Unknowns in a fight.

Vin dismounted the horse and stood next to it looking out at the girl and what seemed to be her companion. "Now what, your just gonna kill me and take the body? " Vin began to move towards the girl his body seemed to be relaxed and he showed no aggression in his steps or in his body language. "Now i don't know what you want with me or this body, but i do know i cant just hand it over to you." As he got in closer he realized the extreme difference in the size of the other two compared to him. These two were relatively short and skinny where as Vin was rather tall and Full. At this distance it was also a lot easier for him to read the pairs auras which once again left him with more questions than answers. The twos auras couldn't be more different the boys was more like Vin's than the girls.

Vin stood now 5 feet from the girl and around 20 from the boy. He bowed a little as he introduced himself to the girl. "Hello there, My name is Vind'lan. And who might you be?"
Whether this turn into a battle or remain a pleasant exchange of words was now up to the girl either way Vin thought it rude not to introduce yourself. His body language was a relaxed tone but his mind was at the ready to react if anything should change.
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:51 pm

Everything had gotten way way... WAY worse! It definitely wasn't Mei's lucky day- surely there was divine intervention involved with this, her luck couldn't be this bad. First, Shaen happened to come out from a very nearby building which made the girl have to turn her head around to confirm it was actually her partner in there, she spoke not a word to her friend but it could be seen on her face she was not pleased with his appearance. Second, this distraction had allowed the mysterious man from the cart approach Mei; now standing close to her to the point where she couldn't try any offensive maneuver without endangering herself. The man was very tall now that she could get a good luck at him, big and well built: He was definitely some kind of martial artist which meant she was extremely vulnerable at this distance. Then there was a person following the necromancer, he had attempted to silently tail her but his skills in stealth weren't exactly stellar so she had managed to spot him following her even if she failed to react in any way- Either way he was likely hostile.
Finally, all this distraction made her lose concentration and unable to prepare the spell she had planned.

In fewer words, she was stuck in a position where she couldn't make the slightest error lest she be attacked. Shaen would at least ensure she made it out relatively safely but he also meant she could neither lie nor try anything vile... The girl definitely looked like the villain in this situation.

Her only hope was to try and talk this through peacefully. She grit her teeth disappointed at the turn of events and raised her head to look at the far taller man confronting her. Mei would try her best not to look nervous or scared, skill which she was rather proficient at...

"I am Meidas Roseheart- that is all I will say about me for now. It is unfortunate we had to meet in such conditions..." She had to speak the truth- Shaen would not let the girl go around spewing fake identities to fool others. She would now simply go straight to the point, being completely honest though trying her best to hide some facts.

"I couldn't care less what happens to that body... Or his 'friend', but I do needd to talk to him for a bit. I hope that won't be too much of an inconvenience.." The girl uttered straightly. By now she had come to admit that keeping the body was beyond her reach, the same went for hiding her identity and the presence of demons. She figured that if they were taking the body they already knew what was in it... Trying to hide these facts would just make her look foolish.

The strategy was now "Talk to the demon and leave" abandoning the creature to it's fate. It would mean that Meidas be forced to leave this town soon.. She would have brought enough troubles to herself but at least her objective would have been fulfilled- it was a bad deal, but one she was willing to accept.
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:50 pm

Shaen was quiet as he watched the exchange between the two. Once Mei began to speak, his grip around his staff loosened and a touch of colour began to return to his face. Even so, an observant onlooker would be able to tell that he was still looking a bit pale. After he regained his composure, he took a moment to examine the big guy... Vind'lan, as he introduced himself. Even from a distance, Shaen could tell that it would be extremely unwise to engage this guy in hand-to-hand combat. He appeared to be much taller than either he or Mei and probably about as heavy as both of them put together.

After he was done observing the scene, he stepped out closer to where Mei and Vind'lan were standing. "I, for one, would not appreciate having more dead people," he said, his voice taking on the slightest hint of a cold tone as he stepped into the light of the city street. He turned and bowed his head slightly towards Vind'lan. It was best to treat people with respect until they did something to lose it. "My name is Shaen and I am but a humble priest hailing from the land of Meridan. It is an honour to make your acquaintance." He shifted the weight of his staff so that the holy symbol that was dangling off the end was now in plain sight. Anyone who had studied religion or history fairly extensively would know that the symbol belonged to the followers of Elyon, an obscure sect that most casual pedestrians would probably not have heard of.

Discreetly, he shot a glance at Mei. If she knew what was wise for the both of them, she'd talk to the dead man and be done with it. Then, they could get on with their business in the city and leave. Quickly, he returned his attention to Vind'lan. "If you do not mind me asking, what is so important about this body?" Even in Meridan, where a proper burial of a deceased loved one was of the utmost priority, a viewing of the body would generally be permitted. Perhaps there was something special (dangerous, perhaps?) about this man. His ears pricked back slightly and it suddenly got colder. Without thinking, he pulled his cloak in closer to his body and continued to look towards Vind'lan, awaiting an answer.
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:25 am

Vin's mind was racing he had to find a way to get the body there and he rather not have to fight this little girl and her companion. Vin was never one to do the violence if he was able to avoid it. The girl had mentioned talking to the body before this was an obvious attempt to speak with the thing within but maybe she didn't know he was aware of the presence. This was only a slight possibility but it was still something he could try and use and he had just the best idea to go along with it.

Vin scratched at his chin garb a bit as tho to pertain the thinking motion. After a few moments he began to speak again. "I don't see the harm in letting you speak to him, i mean hes probably just another drunk murderer anyways. In exchange tho you have to answer a few questions that i have ok?" Vin was hopeful the pair would take his non violent interjection or he would have to solve it the 'other' way.
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:46 pm

The girl continued to look straight at the significantly taller man without faltering. She could not show any fear or nervousness even if those were the exact emotions coursing through her at the moment. Mei would look extremely suspicious should she act obviously desperate at that may mean the body would be denied from her... At the moment this tall man was setting the conditions.

The necromancer turned her once again to look at her partner Shaen and nodded to him before letting her gaze return towards the man. She would accept his conditions and speak the truth... The risk of being denied talking to the demon was high, but refusing would be a 100% chance of failure- there was no reason not to take this smaller odds.

"Alright then, I simply ask you be discrete with what you may learn in the coming minutes... It may be unsettling." She ended with a confident smile, sure that something complicated was bound to come up and her identity would better be revealed... She had already abandoned most hope of staying in this city- she couldn't possibly make it worse.

The young necro took a step back so that she could better look at the presumed martial artist in the eyes, guaranteeing an acceptable serious conversation. Her bright crimson eyes becoming quite noticeable in the darkness that engulfed the scene as she awaited the first fateful question.
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:19 pm

Yami frowned as he had finally recognized the girl once she spoken her name. Tightening his grip on his sword, Yami wondered if he should wait it out or make his move and detain Meidas. He was a bit confused why she would want to speak to the murderer, but from what he knew abut her and the dark feeling coming from the murderer, he knew it was not good for anyone. Deciding that waiting would waste time, Yami left his hiding spot and revealed himself to the three, speaking in a harsh tone. "I'm afraid those questions will have to be given another time. Ms. Roseheart has a meeting with a few high priests in Meridan that shouldn't be delayed any longer." He kept his grip on the handle of his sword as he looked at Meidas as well as Shaen.
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:43 pm

Wanted criminals.. talking to the dead.. and all these strange characters like something out of a novel.. how fantastic! The excitement of it seemed so different to Ramelus. Much more interesting than the typical bank robber or petty pickpockets. He would know; he owns 95% of them. Something like this raised so many questions.. with so little time to act, though. Soon enough, the body would be gone, as would most of them, with nothing to show for it. Of course, Bat seemed to be consistently nagging in his ear. "Come on, you gotta do something! Do something now or they're gonna get awayyyy!" The most annoying part of telepathy is that it can't be turned off. It was right, though; he had to do something before they paraded off. With little time to act, Ramelus had to think of something drastic.

To examine the group more closely, Ramelus took to a nearby home, which no one seemed to be occupying at the moment, and picked the lock to enter inside. For now, he'd be hidden in plain sight as he took a look out the window. Now then, there was the wrapped-up giant who seemed to be increasingly confrontational; best to avoid him as not to get crushed. A little priest, as he appeared to be. Doesn't look like much of a fighter, not really a threat. A knight in shining armor.. and yet why would he carry a sword that seems so ominous? Such a strange thing for a knight of a holy order to have. And then there was the one.. the one that seemed to go by Roseheart, as the man named her. Out of the few so far, she seemed to be the intriguing. After all, she was the darkest clothed out of the bunch. If there was anyone who had information at the moment, she would be the one.

At this point, grabbing the body seemed virtually impossible, with all of them around. That would have to wait for another day. Although.. the girl seemed to know much about the body, more than the rest might have.. If he took the girl, he would have the chance to take the body another day. That would do it, then! Ramelus would take her back to his hiding hole for now. And he knew just the way to do it. With his hands clasped together, Ramelus closed his eyes and prepared a spell of darkness, to shroud the already gloomy scene. As he stepped outside, he set forth his cloud into the air, giving a reasonable 30 foot radius of pitch-black surrounding the cart and those around it.With this in mind, he rushed into the scene, easily being able to see through the darkness to discern Roseheart from the others. Making things quick so that the shroud will hold until he disappeared, Ramelus spoke to the girl briefly.

"Quiet, or I cut you down right here. You're coming with me, witch."

Despite having no real basis to call her magical, it made him seem powerful than he actually was right now. So, without warning, he grabbed the girl up over his shoulder and made a quick dash for the nearest entrance to the thieves' underground network. Fascinating how unorganized that band of misfits seemed to be until Ramelus came along. He kept a rag over her mouth just to muffle her until they got there. If necessary, he'd just knock her out entirely, but he wasn't exactly keen on unjust violence. Tasteful violence, maybe, but not to a child.
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Sat Sep 15, 2012 3:43 am

Vin was caught a little off guard by the shroud of shade. He was expecting something but this display of magic was a little more than originally thought. None the less the man had move in towards him and the girl said something and he could feel the slight gust as he darted outward. He didn't know why the man decided to abduct the girl but girl or evil she was still a damsel in distress and Vin's sense of duty was gonna make him step in.

He darted to the closest appearance of light and then looked around a bit. It didn't take him too long to spot him with the girl on his shoulder. Moving towards the man he spoke. "Maybe you should put the girl down buddy, I mean you look a bit old to be interested in the young ones." He was sure that wasn't the mans intentions but if the man thought of him as less of an immediate threat he might possibly lower his guard. The entire time he was going through this he could hear a voice in the back of his head just asking him "Who is she to you? Why not just leave her?". He wasn't sure if it was one of his actual thought or just his belt chiming in its 2 cents as it often did. He was never able to truly discern the difference between his inner voice and that of his familiars.
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:27 am

Choosing to ignore the strange sword user, the young priest was about to object to being asked questions when, out of nowhere, a man... no, Shaen frowned to himself, the guy was clearly not human. Shaen's dark glance flitted towards the horns, a telltale sign of a tiefling. He blinked a couple of times. He began to move closer in the direction that the man was going and took a few steps towards the center of the commotion. His duty was to protect Mei, but his curiousity was starting to get the better of him.

He was not that far into the street when, all of a sudden, a huge cloud of darkness began emanating from where the strange being stood and shot out rather fast. As it enveloped him, it felt like someone had frozen his very core and he grabbed his staff, determined not to throw up.

Come on, he thought to himself, biting his lips together nearly hard enough to make them bleed. Focus... keep Mei safe... He took a deep breath and focused all of his energy towards the palm of his hand. His hand grew warm, but, much to his chagrin, he could not create a light strong enough to see through the darkness. He bit harder and could taste the slightly metallic flavor of his own blood. It was at least a minute before the darkness cleared up enough to see and when it began to clear, his eyes widened.

"Mei!" The girl was gone, along with the strange tiefling. Quickly, he moved over towards the one who appeared to be some sort of knight. "The... girl..." he stuttered, barely able to speak. "What... what happened to her?" His voice was rough.
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:07 pm

A voice coming from behind managed to grab all of the necromancer's attention, making her turn around in order to identify it's source. There stood a Paladin of Meridian whom, she guessed, was the person attempting to follow her earlier that she had just dismissed. His timing could not be worse: He would attempt to capture her and interrupt the negotiations she was partaking in most likely resulting in a fight and completely screwing up her plans.

Her face turned to a frown upon realizing what was going on, seeing a knight of the holy land was one of the most disgusting things she could imagine; she had grown to hate the land that raised her which she believed just full of her enemies... Her final months in that place were surely the worst in her life! She would never return, specially not to die as she figured would happen should she be captured.

"Over my dead -" Her response was interrupted by a cloud of darkness engulfing her body and affecting her sight. She had a rather acceptable level of darkvision but this sudden change came as a surprise, startling the young necromancer. She looked around, puzzled, until she eventually turned around to try and discover the source.... She found it! Immediately as turned around she could see a shadowy man standing right next to her. How did he get there without Mei noticing!? She paused for an instant, confused and surprised. Before she could react Mei was forcefully grabbed and carried off.

"O_O Kyaaa!" She just squealed at first as she tried to free herself to no avail. Within seconds she had realized there was no way she could escape from this with just her physical strength- relaxing her body. She was clearly angered by this but was aware that struggling was futile, Mei could see the cart containing the body get farther and farther away from her... Her mission most likely doomed to failure now.

"What the hell do you think you're doing!?" She asked the kidnapper in a calm yet hate-filled voice. She tried to talk more but she found her voice to be completely muffled by some rag blocking her mouth. How dare this man treat her like this!? He would pay dearly when he put her down - To her it seemed this kidnapper was ruining everything for no reason! But what could she do now?
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:34 am

"It's just a dream, it's just a dream, it's just a dream..." she told herself. Calaereth had woken up in the middle of the woods, unable to distinguish the real world from her dreams. She heard some wolves howling, and finally noticed the moon's position. "Midnight", she said. She looked around, not knowing where she should go. But, she felt the trees just north of her, giving the slightest tugging sensation. Guessing that mother nature was giving her a sign, she followed it. She had been walking for what seemed like hours, however had only been 10 minutes or so. Finally, she was just walking out of a clearing where a rather large man (a Tiefling, by the shape of his ears, she noted) ran by at an amazing pace. He had almost hit her, and so she was a little angry. So, in order to find out what he was doing, she turned to his direction and noticed something she had not seen before. He was carrying a rather small girl. A kidnapper? So, she pulled out her staff, which she was unaware that she was in possession of at the time, and let a whisper leave her lips, pointing her staff at the ground in front of the man. All of a sudden, a wall of rock had shot up out of the ground, and stood about 10 feet tall. She heard some others yelling, and turned around, and saw people standing by a small cart. So, she walked over there, and began to question the people there. She noticed a priest, a knight, who was carrying a rather wicked-looking sword, and a few others. "What happened here?", she asked calmly. Surveying the scene, it looks as though it was rather misty as of late, so she was thinking about that. The look of concern on the priest's face told her that something bad had occurred here. She was unable to put two and two together without that missing variable that these people knew.
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:25 pm

Hm.. all things considered, that went better than expected. In his worst case scenario, Ramelus expected to be grabbed up by a large hand out of the darkness and had the life shaken out of him. It didn't help that he still had valuables on him from the last heist they had made, which kept him on edge as well. Still, the fact that he was still standing, and had the girl at the moment was definitely better than planned. Now came the tougher part, getting away with the girl fast enough. That wouldn't be easy, as a new variable in the form of a giant rock wall seemed to get in his way. Or so he thought as it rose.

The girl appeared to be skilled at casting, just not at using it effectively just yet. As it went up, it went where Ramelus was about a moment earlier, and didn't block him, as intended. However, as it went up, the physical top of the wall seemed to hit his left foot and tripped him up, having him fall from the other side of it. This also caused him to drop the girl as well, as he couldn't help but do after losing all his balance from such a hit. Still, he was on the side of a solid rock wall at the moment, which meant that he had the perfect opportunity to get away. Damn.. his foot looked gashed from the side from that jagged rock. Then again, it could have been clean-cut rock as that'd make a better edge to slash him with. "You're walking on a bad foot and you're thinking about how cut the rock is up there!?" Bat chimed in, thinking it a bit stupid to be thinking about types of rocks at a time like this. "Just shut up for once! I didn't ask for your opinion!" Ramelus argued back. Either way, it didn't change their situation.

After managing to get up, walking wasn't as hard, which gave Ram'Kur some motivation to move forward towards the nearest tunnel. Dusting off her person, he picked up Ms.Roseheart and started to walk at a fast pace. The intersection of the next corner held a Thieves Tunnel that he opened the cover for and dropped into.

*Thieves Tunnel - After Ram'Kur had taken control of the Zetrionith Thieves Guild, he noticed plans that had already been underway for a private evacuation system underneath the guild's headquarters in case he had ever needed to take refuge for any reason that he was in danger. Seeing the potential in the tunnel design, he had the men who already begun the work to expand it into a city-wide tunnel system. This allowed for proper members of the guild to sneak through the entire city without being detected by the authorities and made a quick getaway in pesky situations. The tunnels in question are just excavated dirt under the foundations of buildings, but make for great cover.*
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Mon Sep 17, 2012 2:00 am

Vin was very frustrated at the moment. He had the whole situation handled soon he would have captured the man and the girl would be explaining everything to him. Now there was a stone wall between him and the answers he sought. He could try and chase him down but the distraction combined with the low visibility and the fact he had to deliver this body would not permit him to do so. Vin gave out a big sigh of reluctance as he started to move towards the crowd of people who kept him from his goal.

First he looked to the woman who had summoned the barrier. She seemed to have quite a bit of questions as any good person would. Tho he was quite infuriated at the sight of the girls intrusion he still could not forget his manners. He bowed and introduced himself once more then went on to answering her question. Clearly a little modification to the truth would certainly make this event more conclusive on the bad guy standpoint. "I was delivering this body to the morgue when I met up with my Friend here and his lovely companion. Sadly we were ambushed and that man got away with Shaen's, Companion." He eyed Shaen as to insinuate that he should go along with his little white lie.

Vin approached Shaen getting and put his hand on his shoulder. "Tough luck on the girl Shaen. Im sure theres plenty of other fish in the seas as it were." He slid what appeared to be a small card (Like a business card) into one of shaens revealed pockets. (Or openings if there are no pockets ) "We really should get together sometime. I'm sure I can "find" all kinds of things to do. Well you know where to "find" me, i must be going."

Vin bowed as he said goodbye to the other members around him then approached his cart. He mounted the horses and trotted away towards his original location surely not wanting to be even later than he was already.



(The card left on Shaen, simply read " 1265 Concord, 8:00 am, Alone." )
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue:A City In Illumination   Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:46 pm

Calaereth had walked over to one of the men seen standing around the cart, as it was leaving, and introduced herself to the strange man. She wanted to know exactly what was so important with the girl, the man carrying her, who seemed strangely familiar to her. The man she was looking at seemed to have been given something, but that seemed irrelevant to the situation at hand.

Now, her heart was racing. She could have just helped a very dangerous criminal run away, or assisted an innocent man escorting an injured girl away from a fight. Nonetheless, she needed information. By now, she felt a slight pounding in her head, and she could now tell herself that it wasn't a dream. But, she did not know how she was able to manage to summon such a large wall without losing recollection of it. She knew she did it, she felt natural power flowing through her. Maybe it was the strength of the forest around her. She could feel a weak force beneath her. Not weak enough to ignore, but more weakened by the distance the force had to travel to reach the surface. If it was powerful enough to give her the ability to do that..and so easily... No. It couldn't be. She was warned as a child to not believe in such silly folktales such as this. There had to be another explanation for it.

Now, if only she could find out what she had just interrupted, and what consequences lay in the future for her actions now..
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