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  • #16
    In a frontier land, a community has formed itself around an old structure. This structure is venerated as a holy site, and is maintained by an order of monks. These monks toil endlessly, for the Men who came before charged them with a most grave task.

    For indeed, the monks speak that this shrine - this Man temple - was the furnace of Man's mighty power. But it is a dangerous power - the monks believe Man shackled a great spirit of light, lightning, and fire. The monks do as Man taught their forebears so long ago, performing vital rites to preserve the wards binding the spirit in service. Should they fail, the spirit could break free, releasing a foul poison across the surrounding countryside, slaying all plants and animals, and blighting the earth, air, and water for generations to come.

    Unfortunately, vital materials necessary to maintain the wards grow scarce. Some brave, Good Dogs will be needed to find more, before it's too late.

    [Translation: The Monks maintain a nuclear power plant, one which could not be decommissioned before the fall of Man. Humans could only teach their Dogs how to repair and maintain the machinery that keeps the plant running. Parts are short, though, and only the barest understanding was imparted upon the monks on how to repair broken pieces. They have no knowledge or ability to readily manufacture more. And this "holy site" has gathered a growing community, including hundreds of farmers, fisherdogs, and merchants. If the monks can't keep the reactor in working order, it could melt down, irradiating the land for miles.]


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    • #17
      Originally posted by TheGraySoul View Post

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      Basically a fox found a copy of the Fox and Hound and is using it to try and bring the two groups together. I imagine they would all freak when it was revealed that Man was trying to domesticate Foxes at one point.


      I think they would freak out more when they found out that a Dog chose to disobey Man and side with a Fox who (accidentally) got a loyal dog killed.

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      • #18
        Legend has, that Man once employed a powerful creature against the Monarchies of Mau, called the "Lesser Pond-derr". From what the scholars could gather, it was a formless ghost, capable of hypnotizing every cat, no matter how large or cunning, and making them attack it, though it was invulnerable to both claw and bite. What became of the Lesser Pond-derr isn't known, but apparently its fate was linked to that of Man and it has died with him. Still, it would make a strong companion in the occassional squarrels against Cats, so it is a Good Boys duty to find out what happened to this mythical beast.

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        Well, Laserpointers. Duh.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Asmael View Post
          Legend has, that Man once employed a powerful creature against the Monarchies of Mau, called the "Lesser Pond-derr". From what the scholars could gather, it was a formless ghost, capable of hypnotizing every cat, no matter how large or cunning, and making them attack it, though it was invulnerable to both claw and bite. What became of the Lesser Pond-derr isn't known, but apparently its fate was linked to that of Man and it has died with him. Still, it would make a strong companion in the occassional squarrels against Cats, so it is a Good Boys duty to find out what happened to this mythical beast.

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          Well, Laserpointers. Duh.
          Man was said to have bent many spirits to his service. There is great debate among Dog priests over what degree of Man's power was theurgic in nature. Man certainly captured lightning, as well as fire and light. They could touch a wall and illuminate a room, as if by daylight. And they were said to possess trinkets or wands that could summon flame. Stories tell even of Man speaking to other men over great distances, summoning their friends or other Men that bore savory-smelling foodstuffs.


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          • #20
            Here's one that I've been thinking about...

            While investigating a ruin a band of adventurers stumbled upon a vile necromancer from the Monarchies of Mau. After subduing him the cat confessed that it had been in the ruins looking for the location of a hidden underground tomb containing bodies of frozen Old Ones. He also claims that he has the ability to bring these Old Ones back to life...

            Should the party venture forth with their new prisoner and help bring Man back into the world? Or is this one case where they should not fetch what was left behind?

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            • #21
              There is a legend about a place of magic among Good Boys. Some say, the So Far is a pedestal made of the clouds themselves, others claim that it is woven from the hair of long-forgotten beasts and others yet say that "So Far" isn't a place as much as it is a state of mind, the ultimate Ascension of being a Good Boy. Whatever the case, a order of German Sheperds under the banner of their mythical founder "Runter vom Sofa" are still on a crusade, digging up every bit of information they can about mans most guarded place where, it is said, Good Boys could ascend to if they were truly good indeed.

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              "Runter vom Sofa" being German for "Get off the sofa!", though "vom" in a surname also indicates nobility.

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              • #22
                The cats have made some pretty ridiculous claims over the centuries, but their latest tales are mind numbingly outlandish. Feline archaeologists are claiming that Man worshiped Cats as deities, and that the felines were the inspiration behind Man's culture and technology. They have even gone so far as to claim they found a relic of colossal size. A crumbling statue baring the face of a Man atop the body of a great Cat. The statue has long since fallen to ruin, but the Cats are confident they can piece it back together once they excavate the remains...

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                • #23
                  The Golden Thread... even in the time of man, this relic was so ancient as to be considered mythical. Scripture claims that when rolled across the ground, the thread will magically lead you to whatever you are seeking. If this is true, it could prove invaluable in locating more relics of Man for future generations. And now, it seems, we have located the fabled resting place of the Golden Thread.

                  Unfortunately, we are not the only ones. The rumors of a magical ball of thread made entirely of gold has attracted the attention of the felines who have hindered our excavation on more than one occasion. This has become a race against the clock to reach the thread's primary chamber and claim it in the name of good dogs everywhere!

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                  • #24
                    It's a rumor that, while not technically a heresy, is still not a good idea to repeat in front of officials of the church of man. Supposedly, there was a faction among man, a cult really, that figured out a way to avoid whatever it was that caused the others to disappear. See, what they did is that they did what they did to us but in reverse. These men turned themselves into dogs like us (and supposedly a few cats as well). Obviously, the church finds the idea of man forsaking his divinity to avoid their fall a bit distasteful, and finds the rumors of these former men manipluating dog (and cat, I guess) society though various puppet groups with the goal of world domination outragous. Recently rumors have surfaced claiming the ruins of the holy city of this cult have been located in the east, a dangerous ruin now known only as... the Pitt

                    (Yeah, so I thought it would be cute if the furry fandom were the dog culture version of the Illuminati in Pugmire, a dangerous anti-monarchist conspiracy armed with hypertech/magic that wants to put every dog on a leash.


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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by The young man in the cafe View Post

                      (Yeah, so I thought it would be cute if the furry fandom were the dog culture version of the Illuminati in Pugmire

                      I love it.

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                      • #26
                        There is danger in the air. A schism has begun to form within the theocracy of the good Dogs. Some have begun to voice their ideas regarding the nature of ascended beasts. If Dogs were the favored servants of Man, they claim, then why did Man choose to share ascension with other beasts, and not just their canine companions? Surely Man would not have raised them so if they did not wish for all beasts to share in their bounty. There are even alleged translations which depict Dog and Cat living in harmony together during the time of Man's reign.

                        A new religious sect has begun to form off these beliefs. One which claims Man loves all (ascended) animals equally, instead of favoring one over the others. They have started talks of reformation policies and others ideals that threaten the elevated standing of Dogs everywhere. But one can not teach an old Dog new tricks, or in this case, new ideas. Those who preach equality and those who preach favoritism have started to come into conflict with each other. As a Good Dog, you must either support one side of the debate, or decide on a compromise between them.

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                        • #27
                          Some secrets should have died with Man. Feline scholars and archaeologists have unearthed records that speak of powers lost to memory. Powers such as Cats being able to steal one's breath, hypnotize with a gaze, or even cheat death itself eight consecutive times, and those are just what they've translated so far. But even worse of all, feline mystics have begun experimental research hoping to reawaken these lost abilities. The Church of Man has flown into action, hoping to stop these experiments before they can replicate their ultimate power, the mythical ability to take the form of Man itself!

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                          • #28
                            Word has it the "Cult of Cujo Reborn" is seeking to bring to life an ancient demon-dog in order to terrorize the good dogs of the kingdom. Can they be stopped before they go too far?

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                            • #29
                              Nobody listens to Old Dog Chester. Why should they? He's crazy. To this day, he insists that he crawled down a Rat tunnel in a mountainside, and discovered a vast Rat civilization. Supposedly, this "Rat Haven" had millions of Rats living peacefully together, building Toys for Man knows what purpose. Chester thinks they are planning something horrible. Everybody laughs. Some ask him to describe these Toys, laughing all the while. Others just bark at him to go away. Nobody takes his fears seriously. Everybody knows that Rats are just grubby scavengers, living off the filth discarded by more civilized individuals. Sure, you get a few bizarre cultists, but other than that, they're just a bunch of pests, right? Now, you and your pack are looking at a complicated Toy taken from the bag of a Rat traveler that pissed off the wrong Cat. The Toy is perfectly sized for Rat paws. Could Old Dog Chester have been right all along?

                              (Rats are extremely intelligent even without being uplifted, so it seems only natural to me that uplifted ones could have quite an impressive society.)


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                              • #30
                                In places where the grass grows thin, the marks of man can still be seen, the straight black rock that marks the edges of Man's territory. Whever a good dog comes to these dark stretches - and they can often be recognised by the coloured warning sigils known as the "eyes of cats" - a dog must stop and meditate until his heart is completely silent so that he may hear the blessing of man.
                                Then when he has listened for the voice of man, may he cross the dark stretches into Man's territory.

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