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Topic: Hidden Corruption Q&A
Subject: Well...


In case you folks haven't connected it yet, Davena is in fact the Mistress from the silver screens.  


Good luck with your plans to be a PITA.  Hope you have a nice epitaph for Kith...



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 17:47:23.

Topic: Reralae's Fragments of A'niorna
Subject: Two for two...


Subscribed! 



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 17:45:41.

Topic: Bug Reports!
Subject:


Awwww, yisssss! 

I've had hundreds and hundreds of reports today of hack attempts blocked.  I did some server work, and now, these type of attempts result in an instant firewall level block.  Woooooooot!



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 17:06:00.

Topic: Hidden Corruption Q&A
Subject: hard way...


There you go, breebles.  One more shot at the easy way.  Then, the hard way really begins...



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 16:58:53.

Topic: Reralae's Fragments of A'niorna
Subject: yep


I chose wisely, enlisting your help. 



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 16:58:05.

Topic: The Corruption Hidden Beneath the Surface...
Subject: now you've gone and done it...


Davena's face settles into a tight lipped smile as she dabs once at her bloodied lip.  The two dark-robed men look entirely uneasy with the situation. 


"Mistress, shall we..." Hagan begins, but Davena cuts him off mid sentence.


"Silence," she hisses, and he instantly complies.  The blonde woman takes a deep breath.  "Brother Charl," she requests in a tone like one would use to ask for more wine, "please fetch one of the ghouls for me."


He bobs his head.  "Of course, Mistress," he replies, rapidly exiting the room. 


Meanwhile, Davena - much stronger than she appears - effortlessly maneuvers Kithran back onto the bed, taking a moment to smooth out the gown as she arranges the garment around the rogue's prone form.  The silence of the room is broken by quiet giggling as Charl returns, leading a large ghoul with a particulalry savage - and insane - expression.


Davena looks down at Kithran.  "Understand, I could continue to channel D'hurgen's power to hold you still, or we could bind you.   But I will not waste my Dark Lord's blessings on such trifles, and I see no need for the crudeness of ropes." 


She glances at the ghoul, then back at the rogue.  "If you resist again, I will have my companion here bite you.  I can instruct him to do so shallowly - but it will be enough to fix you motionless.  We can do it every time that you so much as flinch; he does not grow weary.  And of course, there are plenty more of his brethren where he came from."


"Each bite will hurt, of course," she states lightly, as if discussing seating arrangements at a dinner party, "but I would be amenable to the acolytes practicing their use of the Dark Lord's gifts of restoration upon you.  We can keep you like this... indefinitely, really.  That is, of course, assuming that we wish to minimize your discomfort."


Her expression grows very cold.  "I would prefer to minimize your discomfort.  I would prefer that the events to come are a positive experience for all involved, I truly would.  But if you refuse to accept our Lord's blessings willingly, if you insist on making a nuisance of yourself... I can ensure your compliance with a depth of agony that you cannot begin to imagine.  Great and powerful men have begged for me to end their suffering, have lost their minds to the agony, have lacked the ability to reason, to speak, to do little but soil their own breeches and wait for death.  All that makes you... YOU, will be long gone.  Is that truly what you want?"


For a moment, a crack shows in the facade - Davena looks ever so slightly weary.  But the crack soon closes, and her expression warms as she takes the rogue's hand in her own.  "Kithran," she speaks, "I understand that right now, you wish me dead.  You hope and pray for your friends to arrive and save you - but that will not happen.  If you ever see your companions again, it will be their reanimated corpses in one form or another; your time with them as you know them now is done."


She stares wistfully into the distance for a moment.  "You have been brought here to receive a great gift, Kithran.  I would choose for you to enjoy all that it entails, for you to receive the honor and power that comes with it.  You do not yet understand, but you will.  In time, you will."


She releases the rogue's hand, places it carefully at Kith's side as she stands.  "You will receive this gift, whether you wish to do so or not.  I have communed with the gods, have spoken with an Oracle of the Sands - you WILL be the one to bring the anchor into the world, regardless of your feelings on the matter. Exactly how that happens is largely up to you, child."


She steps back, and at a gesture, the ghoul steps forward.  A droplet of ichor falls from its fangs to the floor.  Davena speaks again.


"I will release you from the hold now, "she states.  "Once more, I will offer to answer any questions that you may have."  She pauses, her expression grows hard and cold again.  "I would advise you to stay where you are, however.  If you move, the ghoul will bite you - and you will receive your first punishment after.  If you were not aware, you will be unable to move or resist, but you will feel absolutely everything.  Do you understand?"


With an uttered syllable, the paralysis is gone from Kithran's body.  Davena's beautiful, scarred face wears an open, almost hopefuly expression.


 



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 16:54:02.
Edited on 2019-10-24 at 17:02:53 by t_catt11

Topic: Hidden Corruption Q&A
Subject: butter me up...


...it won't help Kith. 

You give 'em the easy way or the hard way.  Why do they ALWAYS pick the hard way?



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 16:07:21.

Topic: Reralae's Fragments of A'niorna
Subject: yup


I can't wait!



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 15:42:05.

Topic: Hidden Corruption Q&A
Subject:


Oh, I bet at some point, numbers count for something. 



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 15:19:09.

Topic: Audalis is 30 years old!!!
Subject: and...


...you say that like it's a bad thing!



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 11:44:35.

Topic: Audalis is 30 years old!!!
Subject:


I don't really have a draft, per se.  What I have is an idea that Yanamari and I collaborated on some years ago. 

If you turn your attention to the map of Antaron, up in the top right, you'll see the Hidden Isles of Cal'ele'miur.  How can islands be hidden?

The idea is that in Audalis, there is an entire other world, another dimension if you will, right beneath our noses.  This is the fae world, populated by a huge assortment of beings.  Some of these exist in the normal world, most do not.  These islands exist in both worlds, and in neither, in a state of flux, and those that find them could potentially travel back and forth between the worlds.  Otherwise, you have more standard trops like fairy rings that can mark where portals have temporarily existed. 

While Audalis itself is considered to be a low magic gaming world, more "realistic" tha, say, Grayhawk or Faerun, the fae realm itself is very magical in nature.  By and large, life from the two worlds is incompatible with the other; short visits are one thing, but long excursions are almost always fatal. 

I'm sure that I have other notes, but this is the main gist, the idea I'd like to see expanded on, brought to life.  What do you think?



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 11:26:21.

Topic: Hidden Corruption Q&A
Subject:


She is not tied down.  There are the three in the room, yes. 

You know for a fact that Davena is a spellcaster with some power.  The other two are apparently priests; whether they also have spells is not clear.  Remember that in Audalis, you'll have many clergy that cannot cast spells, that act as priests or reverends or pastors in the real world - they teach, they pray, etc, but they cannot perform "miracles" like clerics can. 

Of course, they absolutely could be clerics, as well; the odds of overpowering or rushing past three spellcasters are... not great.



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 11:12:16.

Topic: Hidden Corruption Q&A
Subject:


I think that Reralae was referring to seeing Kith's private story as a silver screen, since nobody else is privvy to that.



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 10:57:09.

Topic: Hidden Corruption Q&A
Subject:


I mean, sure, you knew... but did you?  I considered making Davena another victim, just to twist it more.  But, whatevs. 

I have obviously decided to post both threads here so that you can all read along. 

I trust that with the caliber of players we have, metagaming won't be an issue?  Ghoul + scream + furious Garn has to mean you guys operate under the assumption that both were taken (which is how everyone initially reacted). 



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 10:47:49.

Topic: The Corruption Hidden Beneath the Surface...
Subject: elsewhere...


The world slowly settles into focus.  Kithran finds herself coughing, her mouth horrifically dry and tasting of metal shavings.  A flask is pressed to her lips, and the rogue reflexively drinks the sweet liquid offered.  "There, there," a feminine voice coos.


Full consciousness finally snaps into place, and Kith is able to focus on her surroundings.


She is lying on a relatively simple wooden bed in a small chamber with one (closed) wooden door, a small table, and two simple chairs.  The damndable greenish light is not present; the light in this room is provided via normal flame on a wall sconce.  The voice comes from the lovely, scarred face of Davena, who is capping a metal flask.  Two men stand silently behind her, near the door.


With a start, Kithran realizes that she is dressed in a long, flowing white gown; her normal clothing and adventuring equipment are nowhere to be seen. 


Davena smiles in a knowing way and nods.  "I am certain that this is very confusing for you, Kithran.  I want you to be as comfortable as possible, and you must certainly have questions.  Feel free to ask anything, and I will answer to the best of my ability."


She glances back towards the door.  "Brothers Charl and Hagan will not harm you unless you make that necessary."  A scarred corner of the woman's mouth lifts slightly.  "You may try to run if you wish, but I think that you will find it useless to do so, and it will try my patience."  Her voice hardens.  "As the brothers can attest, it is not healthy to try my patience." 


Even across the room, Kith can pick up on the men shrinking from the tone.  It is abundantly clear that they hold Davena in deep esteem - and likely view her with mortal fear.


The smile returns to Davena's face and voice.  "I understand if you are angry or afraid, anyone would be. But I want you to understand - you are special.  You have been chosen.  You are valuable.  You have every opportunity to be treated as such... provided you have the wisdom to make the best of things."


She puts the flask away in an inner pocket and fixed Kith with a gaze.  "What can I answer for you?" Davena asks.



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 10:33:05.
Edited on 2019-10-24 at 10:35:29 by t_catt11

Topic: Hidden Corruption Q&A
Subject:


With close inspection, Gib can tell that the trap will likely activate upon the opening of the door.  The exact nature of the spell cannot be determined.

I'm all for starting fires!  Point of fact - old weathered oaken doors can be difficult to set ablaze.  I'm not sure that a torch will do it in a reasonable amount of time, and it's very likely to just char the door and go out (ever owned a fireplace?).



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 10:18:48.

Topic: Hidden Corruption Q&A
Subject: heh


Kith wishes it was just to leave traps in your way.  That's just a bonus.



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 10:05:23.

Topic: The Corruption Hidden Beneath the Surface...
Subject: down into the belly of the beast...


Aranwen and Ch'dau may have both been angry, but they were far from alone.  Garn is apoplectic - and seems to be seeking to blame anyone.  "How could you let her be taken?" he railed.  "We saved you, we trusted you... then they pull her from under your very noses!  We must find her!"

After Cedric's insistence on healing Aranwen's wound, the party presses on in the new configuration.  Much like before, the fetid stench of decay hangs over everything.  The weird greenish light never wavers.

The long hallway continues to slope gently down until, at last, another simple wooden door is encountered.  Like the one at the top of the tunnel, this one is plain, with a simple handle. 

Suddenly, Gib speaks up.  "Therassor has revealed to me that this door is magically trapped," he states. 

Midge nods in agreement.  "There is an evocation charm of some sort on it.  The signature is not powerful, but it is there.  It's not the same as the front door," the cid offers in addition. 

Then, you hear it - groans from the other side of the foor.  Judging from the sound, several, zombies sit just beyond it.



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 09:51:58.

Topic: Hidden Corruption Q&A
Subject:


10-4.  Just trying to stay on top of things.



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 09:48:53.

Topic: Hidden Corruption Q&A
Subject: post in the works


Ch;dau has point, now?  Does that put Aranwen at rearguard, rest of the marching order is the same?



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 09:39:42.

Topic: Audalis is 30 years old!!!
Subject:


Well, we do have a kazari article already, which gives the basics of what someone needs to know to play a character.  Maybe just do the Capasha thing and we can link them.



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 09:36:38.

Topic: Audalis is 30 years old!!!
Subject:


If you'd like to help at all, I'd love to have your input.

There is some rudimentary groundwork done (not published) on Audalis fae.  I can share, if you'd like?



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 09:28:35.

Topic: Audalis is 30 years old!!!
Subject: yeah...


I see at least two articles out of your work, man.  One, an overview of the Kazari - need to use the khords and syls to help lay it out.

Two, Capahsa itself.

Thoughts?



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 09:22:34.

Topic: Audalis is 30 years old!!!
Subject: old?


Tell me about it, man.



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 09:14:45.

Topic: Audalis is 30 years old!!!
Subject: so...


...back in the day (as in, fifteen years ago, give or take), we had the RDI community really engaged with helping to flesh out Audalis. 

One thing we did was a couple of contests, where we gave away actual, tangible prizes for winners.  I'd be open to something like that again, except I'm not sure that we have enough regular users to even bother with such a thing.



Posted on 2019-10-24 at 09:13:48.

 
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