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 Post subject: Re: Belial's Bound
PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:19 pm 
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Melrov continues to wear his uniform while on duty, having it repaired by the Horn's servants as it wears out. Notably, he is never again seen as drunk as he was that first night they discussed the matter... indeed, Puella is not sure that he hasn't given up drinking entirely, and he spends as much time with his daughter as he can.

If she asks again, he does have a request. "A magic sword. Or some other weapon, perhaps; a sword's what I'm used to, but I can practice with anything."


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 Post subject: Re: Belial's Bound
PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:32 pm 
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She tests it by the simple expedient of having drinks brought for them both while they discuss the sword.

"You will have a weapon." she agrees.


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 Post subject: Re: Belial's Bound
PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 12:10 am 
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Melrov does not touch the alcohol, perhaps from a new desire for abstinence, perhaps simply not trusting himself to lose control around her again. He nods in response to her. "Thank you, ma'am. I'm sure it will only aid in performing my duties."


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 Post subject: Re: Belial's Bound
PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 10:21 pm 
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Ritual Weeks 9 and 10

Puella's blood stains the water of her golden chalice again over the next few weeks, as the witch seeks to discern when and where the next threat to the Horn will arrive. Now that the Horn possesses a true, consecrated altar of Belial, she works all such spells before the altar, seeking to strengthen her Lord's connection with this unholy place as well as the answers He gives.

[both divination checks passed]

Melrov and his raiding bands make a sharp return to activity after their period of downtime, as the witch pushes him hard for results - and for the benefit of his training - and the Horn soon swells with a wave of fresh captives.

[Ruthless 21, 17; 17 new peasants; 1 new boggard]


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 Post subject: Re: Belial's Bound
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Divination results
Week Nine

Recover thy strength, and rejoice in the triumphs of Hell. Fire and frost shall win their victories.

Week Ten
A hunter most dire poaches upon thy flock. Make him thy prey.

Week Eleven
The silver shadow chooses not yet to alight, but forget him at thy peril.

Week Twelve
The old foe of the scarred one draws nigh. He shall shine his burning light through the cracks in thy wall.


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 Post subject: Re: Belial's Bound
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Divination results
Week 13

A verdant noose waits across the path. Cut it, or turn it to thy purpose, else it will strangle thee and thine.

Week 14
A lone voice crying out shall be heard, but it will avail him naught. Silence him, or let him silence himself.

Week 15
Do what is needful for thy master's ambitions, and be rewarded.

Week 16
Beware the ashen nightmare.


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 Post subject: Re: Belial's Bound
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Organization Actions for Weeks 11, 12, 13

11 - Lay Low (+1 Secrecy)
11 - Gather Information: dragon. (Connections 12)
12 - Guard
12 - Gather Information: Inquisition, Runaways, Nuns (Connections 25)
13 - Abduct (Ruthless 16, 7 captives)
13 - Criminal Enterprise (Ruthless 18, 310 gp)


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 Post subject: Re: Belial's Bound
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Pre-Abbey Divination
Thou risk much to capture the queen; failure may awaken the sleeping dragon. At all costs, douse the torchbearers.

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11 - Gather Information: dragon. (Connections 12)

The answers gathered from this boil down to, "dragon? What dragon?"


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 Post subject: Re: Belial's Bound
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Gaerlan waits to claim sevenof his victims from amid the abbey's sisters, though one claim goes out for Annabeth after his meeting with Valiera. Just as well, he thinks. Too damn close to Valiessa. A second goes to the poor deluded noble daughter that believed he loved her. Well... at least he made love to her. She is put into service to Thea, to see what may come of it. While he waits to make his remaining claims he reaches out to the Baron's and his contacts, paying an exorbitant amount to satisfy his curiosity. Only when the baron finally delivers his promised to Gaerlan does the blackguard make his move, sending Irulen to investigate the sisters. Any hint if eldritch might is sniffed out among the slaves and servants, and these become his selections. Any remainder is selected from among the young and bright - and they are fitted into his training programs.

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Irulen is not nearly so picky. Nine women are taken seemingly at random. They range in age from young to middle age, and are lined up shortly after their selection. Irulen is in her typical red stained apron. Her hands are clean, but the sleeves of her gown are wet and stained with blood. "I need an assistant. Only one is required. The rest of you will serve as test subjects. Make a mistake, act out, or otherwise fail and you your potential use in that role will be at an end." The words are not delivered as a threat, simply an explanation. She picks one woman out of the line. "Come, you will have the first opportunity." When the woman hesitates Irulen snaps her fingers, "Come along." There is no third cry. Irulen raises a hand and two of the Bound seize the woman, dragging her roughly off. Irulen points at the next in the line, "Come. We have our first subject for the day."


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 Post subject: Re: Belial's Bound
PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:16 am 
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Aluroon wrote:
Any hint if eldritch might is sniffed out among the slaves and servants, and these become his selections. Any remainder is selected from among the young and bright - and they are fitted into his training programs.


There turn out to be three prisoners with significant amounts of celestial heritage; an elderly woman, a middle-aged man, and a young boy. Such bloodlines are not incredibly common, but far from unheard of in Talingarde. The latter two may be able to tease some measure of power out of their lineage, if given training or encouragement... perhaps.


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