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  • Lioness
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    Lioness' Ramblings

    Same drill as my thread on the old forum.
    Sometimes I feel the urge to talk about my games and and the characters I play and don't want to derail someone else's thread to talk about them.

    I've ran a weekly mixed game on and off since 2008.

    I have a Roaring20s game that I occasionally speak fondly of, it takes place in an alternate 20th century Earth where Solar and Lunar Exalted first appeared during the First World War. It's on hiatus until there's enough 3e resources to do it justice.

    I run a Dragon-Blooded pick-up game with two people I work with on the occasions when the office is quiet.

    Sometimes I feel the urge to talk about my games and and the characters I play and don't want to derail someone else's thread to talk about them.

    Characters I am playing or have played, bolded have active stories at the time of updating this, others not so much.

    Alia Al-Hisham (Malefactor Caste)
    Johor Anirah (Mortal)
    Autumn Shade (Chosen of Endings)
    Jiro Corinna (Earth Aspect)
    Crystal Dove (Chosen of Secrets)
    Dusk Rose (Slayer Caste)
    Elusive Quicksilver (Full Moon Caste)
    Sesus Harmonia (Fire Aspect)
    Iza Iyanna (Wood Aspect)
    Kumari Kalire (Water Aspect)
    Tallifer Mailys (Air Aspect)
    Mirthful Whirling Blades (Moonsilver Caste)
    Moonlight Sage (No Moon Caste)
    Radiant Mya (Night Caste)
    The Mystic Crowned in Sanguine Locks (Daybreak Caste)
    Nalia (Dawn Caste)
    Blazing Phoenix (Fiend Caste)
    Pious Autumn (Chosen of Battles)
    Poena Hanim (Fiend Caste)
    Moon Touched Rania (Changing Moon Caste)
    Saphia Marais (Moonshadow Caste)
    Sapphire Rhea (Changing Moon Caste)
    Rika (Air Aspect)
    Single Step Serafina (Chosen of Journeys)
    Mnemon Sehuya (Earth Aspect)
    The Waning Sunset Bride (Daybreak Caste)
    Vengeful Orchid (Night Caste)
    Last edited by Lioness; 06-11-2019, 07:46 AM.

  • Bastet
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    We came back from Great Forks wondering who the hell Duck Faction were and wondering if the Sidereals had finally lost their minds.

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  • Lioness
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    These events took place in Seven Sentinels prior to and during the Relic Hunt arc.

    The Poultry War
    Shortly after the Berasad caravan arrived on the outskirts of Seven Sentinels they made note of the law that prohibited the slaughter of birds within the limits of the city*. The southerners put their money together and constructed several chicken coups reasoning that they would quickly see a return on their investment through sales of meat and eggs.

    While this was going on the former slaves from Taeron were introduced to the city and seeing the enterprising southerners making money Antonia a single mother of two boys approached Lycoris Rose a retired Guild Factor and was able to persuade her to lend money to start an ostrich farm. Antonia’s Ostriches and the Chickens of Berasad didn’t come directly to blows but as both groups were using their children to run errands it led to a situation where Antonia’s oldest son Olus struck Thandi a Berasadi girl who was trying to delay his delivery with an improvised club (an ostrich leg) this is considered by many to be the first blow of The Poultry War.

    Thandi returned with a bruise on her arm called the attack unprovoked, pretty soon the Berasad children were harassing Olus and his brother creating the pretence that the southerners were trying to drive the former slaves out of business. The leaders of both the Taeroni and Berasad were able to successfully deescalate the situation before it spiralled out of control but there's still serious concerns how close the two groups came to violence over misbehaving children.

    Most recently a third group came to prominence, the enigmatic Duck Faction started by a second Taeroni group who had gained their start by trapping local water fowl. While a latecomer onto the scene Duck Faction banners were displayed all over Seven Sentinels as part of a surreal marketing campaign that’s drawn a mixture of interest and annoyance from residents.

    *This law traces its origin back to a sorcerous pact that ensures the distinctive glass towers of Seven Sentinels are not constantly fouled.
    Last edited by Lioness; 02-23-2020, 09:07 AM.

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  • TheCountAlucard
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    Originally posted by Trax View Post
    Also Poultry Wars.
    I await the revelation that Duck Vader was An-Chicken Skyclucker this whole time!

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  • Trax
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    That arc had been a lot of fun, and now we're going to be going back to glorious Vorshgard soon, my Twilight received a mutant birb messenger for an audience. Look forward to Lioness putting that stuff up soon! Also Poultry Wars.

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  • Lioness
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    And the loose ends.

    Relic Hunt Part 4, Epilogue

    Arta allowed Ysabeau to travel back with the PCs where she meets her daughter Harmony in Life for the first time since she was an infant. While her attunement to the universal song gives her a somewhat alien outlook of things she appreciates the opportunity to meet her half-human daughter.

    Shanishara learns that Harmonious Jade was sent by Lilia Lan the former Lunar PC and Eyeblinder’s creator. The two Night Castes discuss their relationships to their weapons and their previous incarnations, Jade feels that given what she knows of Golden Shadowed Arrow he would strike her down rather than let her take up Eagle’s Rain meanwhile Shani feels uncomfortable being compared to Lu Zhin especially and feels a bit inadequate surrounded by his contemporaries – for the time being at least she won’t take up the longfang in favour of forging her own destiny.

    Dreamweaver helps Tempest to speak to Suzu in her dreamstate. Initially finding her in her old family home with her parents and three brothers seemingly unaware of where she is. As the scene progresses a dark liquid on the edge of her consciousness starts to leak into the memory and take everyone away.

    It transpires that Suzu knows her situation and is so exhausted from this experience that she’s enjoying a respite where she can see her family again. They both suspect there is a course of action to be taken in order to help the exaltation finish bonding with her but are unclear what it is.

    Despite Dreamweaver offering further visits Tempest in particular fears that his interference will only slow things down.

    Meanwhile...

    Sesus Artashakthra had found the second Emerald Thurible while the PCs are distracted by Ysabeau, Typhon and Suzu and she returns to the Realm victorious. Rather than seeing it as a way to cut Mnemon out of her business she’s got an extremely ambitious idea of combining the power of the two Emerald Thuribles and the two of them ruling together. Her relationship with Mnemon has been in a tug of war for control since the start, but now she’s in ascendancy but by pushing for marriage she’s let her feelings get in the way of her goals and this could cost her long-term.

    Relic Hunt Final Scores:
    Dead Exalted 1- The Axeman died nameless, remembered simply as a Dawn Caste who lost his way. Sesus Kalia almost died at Typhon’s hands but will make a full recovery.
    PC Artifact Recovery 2- Eyeblinder was returned to Seven Sentinels and Joyous Sky and Linarra have hidden Lokeyaw in the hopes of it not ensnaring another wielder anytime soon.
    NPC Artifact Recovery 1- Artashakthra has the second Emerald Thurible but what she really wants is Mnemon.

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  • Lioness
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    Last part of the story, just the epilogue to go.

    Relic Hunt Part 3

    Returning to Seven Sentinels in the aftermath of the Black Chase there was some lingering trepidation about the encounter with Axeman but it took second stage to the fact that Eyeblinder was potentially getting further and further away from them now.

    Tempest consults with his Lunar mate Mhambi because divination and omen reading are something of a specialty of her people the Berasad. Their camp fire had previously shown an image of what looked to be a hand reaching for a ball on the end of a chain which previously nobody had known what quite to make of but was now their best lead.

    The initial assumption was that the ball on chain was some kind of weapon like a morning star but Harmonious Jade set the record straight, explaining that what they’d seen in the fire was consistent with an Emerald Thurible a powerful demonology talisman and that the Cult of Darknesses’ Unseeing Eye had reasons to suspect that one was in Great Forks causing them to backtrack to the city in the hopes of stopping the thief in the act.

    To everyone’s surprise when they arrived in Great Forks there was a ship from the Realm in the harbour and it didn’t take much from that to discern that a group of Dragon-Blooded from House Sesus were in the city led by a very familiar face.

    There’s discussion about killing Sesus Artashakthra in retribution for the incident with Lu Zhin but her appearance in the city so close to the theft of his longfang can’t possibly be a coincidence. Sesus Linarra approaches her grandmother and is told that he tried to kill her on the way here a few days ago. She’s pretty adamant that it was him because despite her would-be assassin covering his face he had the same height, build and fighting style.

    Obviously it can’t be Lu Zhin’s reincarnation because that’s Shanishara and attempts were made to summon his ghost in the immediate aftermath of his death meaning that unless something stranger is afoot the thief has to be some kind of copycat. Though the who and why of it remain a mystery there was at least some comfort that they weren’t about to be confronted by some remnant of their friend.

    It’s concluded that Artashakthra is the target and she’s pretty content to remain in the open and play bait so that everyone gets what they want. It’s here that she reveals she’d anticipated some version of this encounter and reveals her bodyguard Ysabeau, the Heartrending Grace a serpent bodied demon of the Second Circle and Harmony in Life’s mother.

    It transpires that the reason that there was a Thurible in Great Forks was because a few decades earlier a Heptagram researcher by the name of Cynis Ebalis had liberated it before fleeing to the threshold. Eventually summoning Ysabeau and having her produce a daughter for him to continue his research into a phenomena called the universal song a superstring theory type understanding of Creation’s essence that the demon was uniquely attuned to.

    While this is going on, one of the younger Dragon-Blooded and one of Arta’s favourites decides she’d like to hit on Nileen. The advances are interrupted when a masked figure with a longfang strikes.

    He’s powerful and intent on killing the younger Dragon-Blooded, Nileen’s on her own and is a bit outmatched which is bringing back a lot of unwelcome memories of how she failed to protect her twin from assassination so long ago. Fortunately at least there’s two of them and Kalia’s no slouch but even then, Nileen is knocked aside with a mighty blow and forced to look on in horror as the spear finds its way into the Terrestrial’s stomach. Kalia narrowly avoids death (last -4 health level) and she frantically tries to get away from her attacker trailing blood across the stone floor as Nileen gets a second wind and pounces upon the would-be assassin's back and holds her garotte to his throat.

    It’s by this point that the others have heard the commotion and come to offer assistance, the assassin realising that he’s lost drops Eyeblinder. Upon being unmasked it is revealed to be Typhon whose relationship with Lu Zhin was complicated. It transpires that after stealing Eyeblinder Typhon taught it to better emulate the Night Caste and that Kalia was a secondary target after Arta and Ysabeau proved way too much to handle a few days earlier. He wanted to hurt the Sesus Matriarch if he couldn’t kill her.

    After venting their anger it became apparent that this was the Deathknight’s extremely fucked up way of handling love and grief so they reclaimed their property and let him go.

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  • Bastet
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    Due to how long this game has ran for and the fact Harmony has been there for most of it, its fun to reflect on how much she has grown. When we first met her she had a bit of trouble with how much her empathic powers were bleeding through and defining her emotional state. Early on it seemed like she always wanted what we wanted and there were concerns that it was worse than an initial power disparity because we were imposing our feelings onto her. I like that gradually over the years she has gained a mastery of this and knows where other people end and she begins.

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  • Lioness
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    Next two characters have something in common, they were both created as moderately interesting extras who’ve grown from that role due to their significance to player characters.

    Suzu
    Originally a bandit trying to extort a toll from Impetuous Tempest on his travels, the Dawn Caste would go onto meet with her employer only to discover that “the bandit king” she worked for was a tentacled chthonic god with a penchant for collecting eyes. Including one of Suzu’s the last time she’d disappointed it.
    Tempest defeated the horror and took her with him on his adventures along with another Solar called Midnight Blooming Jasmine. The three of them would go onto be romantically linked and travel the world together until she got sick in a way she wasn’t going to recover from.
    Jasmine made a deal with certain deities in her extended family for Suzu to be prepared for Erubian Exaltation a move that would save the mortal woman’s life and in return she would return to their service. Thus, Tempest was left alone, one of the two women of his life forced to return to being the assassin her family wanted her to be and the other interred in a metal coffin where she might remain for years.

    Harmony in Life
    Perhaps the most unusual thing about Harmony is that she’s an empath who inherited her abilities from her demon mother, or that despite her lineage she ended up as a pretty devoted worshiper of the Unconquered Sun.
    Harmony first met Joyous Sky in Great Forks where she was a little star struck to meet one of the Solar Exalted and Sky took a liking to her as well, one that her lover Sesus Linarra encouraged into a romantic relationship and ultimately a three-person marriage.
    Since the circle founded Seven Sentinels Joyous Sky has been reluctant to be a central figure in the local religion, leaving her wife to be the immediate spiritual leader for the city’s largest organised faith.

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  • The Hug Ninja
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    Lioness is probably going to be talking about Nileen or Erubian Exalted again pretty soon so I should explain a few things.

    I first made the Erubian Exalted for the Ex3 playtest, the most unique thing about them is that they sleep in sealed and fluid filled containers called coffins, caskets or sarcophagi (depending on the local custom) for an indeterminate amount of time before their exaltation takes hold. Think like the Chrysalis Grotesques of the Green Sun Princes but being stashed underground or in abandoned buildings for years at a time and tended to by cultists.

    As such their physiology and mental state is unique. Their blood has replaced with this syrup thick blue liquid that glows in their veins when they exert themselves and all Erubians can shrug off damage and heal terrifyingly fast. They’re a close match for Dragon-Blooded one on one, they lack the potential power of aura states and signature charms, also their charm tree is refined for subterfuge and assassination which can cost them the edge in a direct engagement, though they are durable enough to pose a serious problem if they’re underestimated.

    Their creator is a mystery and the divine secret society that’s harnessed the exaltations doesn’t really understand what they’re dealing with. They look at the massive amount of downtime in the sarcophagi and the impact it has on their psyches as a serious flaw in the process when that's a bit like complaining that a kintsugi bowl has cracks in it.

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  • Lioness
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    There's more NPCs who demand an explaination before I can do part 3 of the story justice.

    Sesus Artashakthra
    (Fun fact: I got this character’s name and a few details from the previous developers during the long wait for Dragon-Blooded because I wanted to try and keep my House Sesus in-line with the eventual book. However due to them leaving the matriarch changed but by this point the Arta in my games was her own distinct character).

    The current matriarch of House Sesus was someone who was never intended for much in the way of greatness, she was a graduate of the Spiral Academy in a time where her family looked to generals for its leadership. A formative experience in her youth took her to the far east with her Hearth where they accidently became embroiled in a country's civil war and ended up helping a warrior clan overthrow the government.

    Along with the rest of her Hearth she got a tattoo on her shoulder and named an honorary member of the clan, but whereas her sworn siblings sought to remove their tattoos when they returned to the Isle, Arta kept hers as an acknowledgment of what she really was. Family focused but utterly ruthless in pursuit of her duties, the only point of concern during Artashakthra’s meteoric rise was that she continued to acquire tattoos to commemorate key events in her life. Initially they were a thing shared only with her lovers but over the course of her centuries long life came to become a full “body suit” giving her an incredibly striking appearance but one that’s been known to make Immaculate Monks uneasy.

    She’s got a very cherished clandestine partnership with Mnemon that’s given her access to second circle demons on critical ventures in exchange for little favours along the way. There are assurances from both sides that they won’t have to skulk around in the shadows forever but neither side is certain that they mean that or what the conditions to going public would even be.

    When she discovered her grandchildren Viola and Linarra had aligned themselves with anathema and weren’t coming home she saw opportunity where others saw shame. House Cathak had recently claimed Thorns as a Satrapy (with the PCs help, the PCs weren’t down for the Satrapy part but didn’t want to commit resources to fighting the Realm) and were dependent on House Nellens to help their new investment grow (they have money that's not Ragara money).

    Arta spoke of a common enemy but didn’t fully appreciate how loyal Lu Zhin remained to House Cathak. An oversight that led to him foiling her attempt to set up a geomantic bomb under Greyfalls (to clarify, in my game Greyfalls is a Nellens Satrapy as it had been in second edition) the resulting explosion killing him rather than striking the devastating blow to two rival Great Houses that she’d intended.

    She let the PCs think of her as dead after that, but Yakuza Hot Grandma was never going to stay away forever!

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  • Flare
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    To clarify, Tempest's argument about saving the Axeman didn't actually come from the process of the Axeman being an unwitting pawn, but rather came from his own history and backstory. Through the conversation, Tempest never actually implied the Axeman was good, or that that mattered to him, and the reason for it is pretty simple.

    It's known in the OOC but not in the IC that Tempest was an extremely violent gangster in Nexus before his Exaltation, with a large body count and a significant number of grudges. His violent tendencies are why he's managed to become so strong, because he always pushed himself by getting into more and more fights. He's also always had a temper, which made Lokeyaw, a weapon that enhances Anger and Wrath, a terrifying prospect for him to handle because of how close he feels the axe is to him.

    His Exaltation came not after a fight or anything like that, but rather when he made the choice that he wasn't going to be a killer anymore and walked away from what he had built up and his entire life to find something else to do with what he had, because all he had felt was emptiness at leaving dead people wherever he went. To him, the Axeman, and any person he comes up against, isn't beyond saving, because he considers himself far worse then other people, and he's making the effort to change, so everyone deserves the attempt to change. Because of this, even when faced against someone who could have sought out a talking demon axe for nefarious means, he's still very against killing them because he doesn't want people to make the same mistakes he has. This is also why he's never particularly tried to kill Wyne; even when he's facing down something people consider the literal devil, he doesn't think Wyne is all bad, or at least that he isn't beyond saving somehow.

    When he got the axe, he also realized he didn't trust himself to handle it effectively while still holding Atansis, and he gave it to Sky and her family, thinking they could manage it better.

    The ghost scene was also fairly cool to me as a player because Tempest intimidated them into dispersing rather then engaging by yelling at them.

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  • The Hug Ninja
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    So my earlier comment on Sharp Light of Judgement was based on the Axeman.
    He had something that was making his withering attacks do a small amount of lethal damage, this made him a nightmare to deal with but it also had disturbing implications. It was either one of Lokeyaw's Evocations doing this or it was Edge of Morning Sunlight/Sharp Light of Judgement and this Solar hated everyone so much that not acting on it gave him limit.
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  • Lioness
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    Relic Hunt part 2

    The revelation that the Axeman is a Solar is a point of division for the circle, there’s a serious question of if he can even be saved. While Tempest and Sky are opposed to the idea that they should kill him Shanishara (Night Caste and Lu Zhin’s reincarnation) is wary of simply accepting that the axe is entirely at fault for this situation. Who’s going to hold a mad Solar accountable if not them? Argument ensues.

    Around this time Nileen (non-canonical Exalt) decides to finally tell the others what’s going on with her. She has a form of dissociative identity disorder that’s a consequence of compartmentalising parts of her personality for so long that it’s given rise to an internal power struggle. It explains a few of her weirder moments but overall this aspect of her is met with acceptance.
    Nileen goes into an empty room to confront Jaanavi her other-self, her original self and for the time being at least both sides of her come to an understanding. She emerges from the room with a plan to deal with the Axeman, they’re going to lure him into the depths of the Black Chase and make it so that he’s fighting the forest as much as he’s fighting them.

    From here they head to Sijan, Sesus Viola (Fire Aspect) and Crystal Amarath (Twilight) have a necromancer as a contact and occasional lover which seems like a good idea for making the Black Chase as hostile to the Axeman as humanly possible. To everyone’s surprise they encounter Wyne accompanied by a little girl. Wyne explains that because of Lokeyaw’s nightmares, the girl Tadita had been orphaned. Her father had killed her mother in a bout of rage and that Wyne had intervened on behalf of the little girl. He offered his aid in stopping the Axeman and his help was accepted.
    Meanwhile Viola and Crystal’s contact put them in touch with the Hexmanse a school of necromancy ran by a being known only as The Headmaster. The talent is varied as are the prices the students ask for and they decide on three of them. Abalrose who has an unusual affinity for dead wood, Forson who has some control over carrion and scavengers and lastly Calama who deals in curses.

    With Wyne and the three students they look for a part of the Black Chase to be their battle ground and Nileen has her heart set on a swamp for a whole number of reasons. Even by the standards of the Black Chase the swamp is raw concentrated evil, Shani has a weird nightmare and awakens to find that she was sleepwalking away from the safety of camp. Finally, Nileen discreetly puts the last part of her plan into motion, with only a mundane knife Shanishara has struggled against the more dangerous enemies the circle has faced. To that end they enlist Abalrose’s aid in seeking a powerful poison so that the Night Caste can make her first strike really count. It’s a way to force the issue with the Axeman since neither Sky nor Tempest is versed in medicine.

    It doesn’t take long for the Axeman to find them, in the dead of night and so close to the swamp the scene is like something out of a horror movie. The axe comes flying out of the darkness screaming through the air like a boomerang striking Tempest before returning back to its master. The circle scramble to face this threat, the Axeman has avoided much of the traps and is in turn trying to lure them out to a clearing in the shadow of a nearby cairn. He weathers the elemental bolts of the Dragon-Blooded sisters as Shani and Nileen creep through the shadows looking for the ideal moment. Crystal covers the escape of the necromancy students as Tempest, Sky and Wyne confront him head on. Wyne and Sky are quickly pushed back by the ferocity of the attack while Tempest holds his own. Lokeyaw and Atansis make unearthly shrieking sounds as metal meets metal, they’re fundamentally opposing concepts in weapon form and there can only be one.

    It’s here that Shani makes her move and stabs the maddened Solar before Nileen leaps onto his back and brings her garotte down upon his throat. It’s here that their concern turns towards Lokeyaw, it’s capable of restoring the Axeman’s vitality rather quickly if it wants to. By this point there were also monstrous howls coming from the trees, something was coming that could at the very least give their enemy a chance to recover. Sesus Linarra (Water Aspect) froze the Axeman’s arm in a sleeve of ice to loosen his grip upon the weapon and finally, the axe tumbles from his grasp. Sky blasts it away before he can retrieve it and Tempest goes to collect the weapon so this can finally end. But now it's time for Wyne to make his move and remind everyone of his true colours. Tadita always seemed very optimistic and cheerful despite being recently orphaned and there’s a reason for that. He’d taken all her sorrow and anger and forged them into raw spheres of hate. He’d never agreed to bring the Axeman in alive and in that moment raised his Spitecaster to the gap in the Axeman’s helmet and on behalf of a little girl he pulled the trigger before disappearing into the trees with tip of his hat.

    Hungry Ghosts started to flood through Abalrose’s defences but without the Axeman calling out to them as an avatar of violence and wrath they were easily dispersed and the circle was left to reflect upon the fact they’d probably never know who the Axeman was or why he did the things he did.
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  • Lioness
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    Relic Hunt, part 1

    As the story begins Seven Sentinels (city where the PCs live in the southern Scavenger Lands, has 7 skyscrapers hence the name) is currently trying to welcome two new groups that have recently arrived in the city and promote unity with the River Festival. Unfortunately, during the event someone stole Eyeblinder, the Orichalcum longfang of Lu Zhin (the recently deceased Night Caste PC).
    The thief was apparently no opportunist as they neglected other items that could have been stolen at the same time. Furthermore, Eyeblinder is not a storied weapon of the First Age but was forged a few years prior as a replacement for the direlance Sunflame.
    After investigating possible leads there seemed to be no trail to go cold and they were going to have to use more esoteric means of locating their quarry. They were somewhat distracted from this by a wave of people reporting terrifying and violent nightmares, given that the Three in Great Forks were among the people they were going to ask about the longfang their destination is pretty settled.

    Great Forks has been hit slightly harder by the wave of nightmares because they use a system of indenture and powerful drugs to deal with criminals. The extent of the nightmares had woken up a few of them and caused them to go on murderous rampages. Nothing the law enforcers couldn’t handle but it’s disquieting to say the least.
    The Exalts of Seven Sentinels are on good terms with the Three who appreciate the offer of help, the only one of these convicts to still be alive a man called Sour Note is terrified of going back to sleep let alone his drug induced indenture and would rather be executed than face that again.
    Impetuous Tempest (Dawn Caste) has a sentient daiklave called Atansis Kohl who recognises what’s going on and attributes it to an axe that’s sufficiently like her that she considers him a brother, apparently this axe known as Lokeyaw was imprisoned within a tree some point during the First Age and someone must’ve recovered him.

    They get a little help from Dreamweaver to allow Tempest to enter the man’s mind and see what they’re up against. Tempest finds himself in a forest where Sour Note and others are hiding from someone.
    So, when he goes investigating the matter he comes across a mountain of a man his face hidden by a metal helmet that looks more like a torture contraption than anything someone would wear into battle it’s oversized and barely allows him to see, his equipment is similarly cobbled together with broken chains hanging from his body and his weapon of choice is a sizable axe, Lokeyaw.
    Tempest tries words and it doesn’t accomplish anything. There’s an unnatural sharpness to the man’s attacks as he lunges, enough to give even a Dawn Caste cause for concern but as the two exert themselves golden sunlight starts pouring through the iron mask. The Axeman is a Solar.
    Rather than being horrified Tempest delights in testing his limits. He’s able to incapacitate the Axeman only to have Lokeyaw take over the man’s body completely, moving the Solar’s unconscious body around like a sinister marionette. He wants a reckoning with Atansis who seems to be hiding from him in the dream.
    Tempest goes all out, but unfortunately Sour Note almost has a heart attack from having the two battle inside his dream and the connection is severed. While Tempest might have proven himself the better fighter than the Axeman, he might have shown too much of his hand so they’ll be better prepared for the main event because there's no mistaking it, they’re coming for them now.
    Joyous Sky (Zenith Caste) is pretty horrified by this turn of events not least because there’s another Solar Exalt involved. Even if Tempest can defeat them the Axeman and Lokeyaw are carving a pretty serious path of destruction and finding Eyeblinder is going to have to wait for now.
    Last edited by Lioness; 01-09-2020, 04:21 PM.

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