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Disciples / Re: Shadows of Things Past
« on: May 26, 2018, 05:37:34 pm »
"Deal!" the hound hissed with supreme delectation, abruptly taking on shadows from the surrounding area. They cloyed around the monster for a moment and then seeped into its flesh - transforming it into something different.

The large Egyptian Mastiff's body changed from canid to humanoid, while the head remained the same - only the ears elongating to stand twice as tall as before. A royal Egyptian robe with blue and gold nemes head crown formed on him as well, while a long hooked rod of lapis lazuli and gold appeared in the air nearby.

The seven foot tall Pharaoh-looking thing reached out to grasp it - laughing.


A sudden shame shot through Robor, as he instinctively realized that by making a deal with this devil, he had somehow made it even more powerful than it had before.

Rather than feel guilty about it however, he managed to convince himself that he really hadn't had any choice, and that it was somehow... for the better?

Robor could also sense the general direction of each piece of the demon's treasure, though it was hard to fix on an exact location, across the barrier between worlds. He suspected that he could pinpoint each item precisely when on the same plane.

Rakshasa meanwhile, smiled, looking down at the two disciples still stuck in the muddy crater.

"When you have gathered it all, then I will come and fulfill my part of our bargain. You may now leave the circle. A'nekh Djet!"

With that, the demon teleported away.

The mud spirits did not stop their plodding pursuit of Robor and Beats, at Rakshasa's departure however, mindlessly continuing to follow as Beats led them in circles.

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: May 26, 2018, 04:42:08 pm »
Yeah, that makes sense.

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: May 25, 2018, 03:53:31 pm »
"Fine, but you still get to ferry me to wherever his nonesense is." Robor says .

"Just me then, hound."

What does Robor Mean by this - I'm a little confused...  ???

Disciples / Re: Enemies At The Gates
« on: May 24, 2018, 05:20:38 pm »
"Hello Mr. 'Emend'," the woman replied; "Nicolette is currently overseas with another client, but if you will leave a callback number, I can pass a message along. She should return your call this evening after 9:00pm, due to the time zone changes. I hope that won't be too inconvenient."

Disciples / Re: Shadows of Things Past
« on: May 23, 2018, 08:02:48 pm »
"Stalking?!? Harrumph!" the regal canine huffed, "I spun a web and waited for someone to fly into it. Nothing more."

"So then, is it just you?" he asked Robor, "or your friend too?"

"You agree to recover all the pieces of my collection? During which time I will grant the power to unerringly know their exact whereabouts. And after receipt, I agree to serve for one hundred and one years as the guardian of a location and treasures of your choosing."

Disciples / Re: Enemies At The Gates
« on: May 23, 2018, 07:52:36 pm »
"de Corday Linguistics," a female voice answered Nicolette's cell, though it was not her; "How may I help you?"

Disciples / Re: Enemies At The Gates
« on: May 19, 2018, 03:14:47 pm »
The Saint (Killer) found Emmend and UsdiYona in the kitchen.

The place was a disaster area. Not that he hadn't seen them same in his own kitchen from time to time.

Disciples / Re: Shadows of Things Past
« on: May 19, 2018, 03:12:45 pm »
"You mean it?" The mastiff replied; "You'll recover the treasures you took to secure my services?"

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: May 18, 2018, 10:25:56 am »
"Dis is just getting stupid..." Beats mutters to himself before trying one last time

Is this important enough to Beats to actually spend Willpower on (+3 Dice)?

Disciples / Re: Shadows of Things Past
« on: May 18, 2018, 08:50:21 am »
Once again, Beats was unable to overcome the potency of the stone pylon's ward and ban.

Fortunately, the mud creatures were pondering and slow. It was an easy matter to outmaneuver them in the huge expanse of the boggy crater - and they seemed too stupid to actually split up in any attempt to corral or flank the disciples.

"What?!?" the mastiff hound scoffed at Robor's question; "Gads no! I guard treasures! ...Though, I suppose exceptions could be made to guard a person; but that would suggest I am a 'bodyguard' spirit, which I emphatically am not."

"Best you just give me an area to guard and some treasures to go with it - so as to avoid any potential confusion."

Disciples / Re: Enemies At The Gates
« on: May 18, 2018, 08:37:49 am »
"Of course," Mr. Swane answered; "Call me anytime. I can be reached at this line directly, or through the Office of Blume and Blumenthal."

In regard to the follow up question, he explained, "Our Office was contacted by the client to act as mediator between your two parties. I was only informed this morning that you might have the item, which is what prompted this cold call."

"My apologies for bothering you on a Sunday, but the client is quite eager to confirm authenticity and move into negotiations (as appropriate)."

Disciples / Re: Enemies At The Gates
« on: May 17, 2018, 08:35:36 pm »
"I represent an interested party, who has an extensive knowledge of the item's background. I personally, have not known anything about the item until today, but have been provided a detailed portfolio of its description and the legends surrounding it."

"I must admit that it all sounds completely fantastic to me, but the client is quite serious about making a very generous offer - If... the item turns out to be the original piece and not simply a replica or fake."

Disciples / Re: Enemies At The Gates
« on: May 17, 2018, 07:37:08 pm »
"Father Giles Moreau?" A voice asked, continuing; "I am Robert Swane. I represent the Estate Panning and Acquisitions Firm of Blume & Blumenthal, here in Arlington."

"It has come to the attention of a client of ours, that you may have recently come into possession of an unusual curiosity of ancient origin. A glass figure of a human heart, if I understand correctly."

"If you have such an item and are interested in learning more about its provenance or would be willing to entertain prospective offers for it, I would love to schedule a meeting with you at your convenience."

Disciples / Re: Enemies At The Gates
« on: May 17, 2018, 05:52:58 pm »
Down in the basement, the Saint (Killer) had just finished his oblation at the hallow, when his cell phone rang. It was an Arlington Virginia number, but not one he was familiar with.

Disciples / Re: Shadows of Things Past
« on: May 17, 2018, 05:48:11 pm »
Beats' teleport failed miserably, as he could not focus enough of his fleeting power to pull the spell together.

Robor meanwhile, tried to force himself across the barrier, but he too was thwarted - It had already been a long day, and he just wasn't feeling as if he had enough will left in him to overcome it.

"Really?" the mastiff sighed dramatically; "You're going to go that route are you? You know I could grant you power to locate all the pieces of my collection if you wanted. Recover it all and you would win my loyal services for one hundred and one years. I am a Guardian Spirit after all."


As this went on, the mud things began to slowly advance on Robor and Beats' position.

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: May 16, 2018, 04:44:05 pm »
Beat's might not know it, due to lack of prime, but such ward/bans commonly allow an exception for thier creator.

Of course the mastiff has not actually used any magic. The 'locals' are just spirits that were already in the crater to begin with.

Also, Beat's is familiar enough with space to know that wards and bans are not foolproof - a high enough success in the casting can still overcome them (hint hint).

Disciples / Re: Shadows of Things Past
« on: May 14, 2018, 08:54:52 pm »
"One 1920s Remington Rand portable typewriter with glass keys. The one Adolph Hitler used to write 'Mein Kampf' as a matter of fact."

"Ninety-two 'George the IV' gold sovereigns in a Wells Fargo bag."

"A blue on white Ming vase. Priceless."

"Eighty-one works of fine jewelry - gold, platinum, diamonds, emeralds, opals, sapphires, rubies, and so forth."

"A one-hundred-thousand dollar ransom in Canadian currency. The poor girl."

"The Righteous Judges' panel of the Ghent Altarpiece."

"And the Michigan driver's license of one 'John Warner' - mostly for its... sentimental, value."

"You will return these to me... or provide me the pleasure of seeing you beaten into the mud by the 'locals'. I'd be satisfied either way really. The choice is yours."

As the mastiff finished speaking, six large lumps of mud rose up from the center of the slimy crater. They continued to pile up upon themselves, until they were standing six feet tall on four thick columnar oozing limbs. Other than that, they had no other defined form.

Disciples / Re: Shadows of Things Past
« on: May 14, 2018, 11:53:35 am »
"You know why I am here!" the mastiff snarled angrily, incensed by Robor and Beats' cavalier dismissal of the danger it actually presented.

"You took what was mine and I want it back - All. Of. It."

Disciples / Re: Shadows of Things Past
« on: May 13, 2018, 11:32:34 am »
"Well, well... Isn't this a delightful little surprise?" a familiar voice taunted, as a large figure moved into sight at the edge of the dark woods.

There, just on the other side of the stone pylons, was the sleek Egyptian mastiff hound that the disciples had defeated a year and a half ago.

"I would say it's about time the two of you showed up again, but I really did have all eternity to wait."

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: May 11, 2018, 03:40:00 pm »
Just waiting for Robor's reaction, before springing the plot twist on y'all, haha! :D

Disciples / Re: Shadows of Things Past
« on: May 11, 2018, 03:38:26 pm »
As Beats mentioned going back, Robor realized that they couldn't. His spirit road had already closed behind them...

Disciples / Re: Shadows of Things Past
« on: May 10, 2018, 08:48:02 pm »
Beat's was unable to pass between the pylons, finding a ban of some kind preventing him from doing so.

Disciples / Re: Shadows of Things Past
« on: May 10, 2018, 06:12:47 pm »
Climbing up out of the swampy crater to find more solid ground for casting, Robor and Beats were surprised to see that someone (or something) had erected stone pylons around the entirety of the crater itself - set back about twelve feet from the edge.

Strange writings, looking somewhat Arabic in nature, adorned each of the six foot high pylons, which numbered thirty three in total. All were set at equidistance from one another, forming as distinct perimeter.

As Beats began to scry out the location of the two vampires, he found that he couldn't retain his grasp of the magical energies necessary to cast the spell. Robor too, was unable to summon his spirit.

It was as if the area inside the pylons was completely dead to magic...

Media & Mayhem / Re: Halloween living up to its tropes
« on: May 10, 2018, 05:51:40 pm »
Looks like they just don't get into the old Halloween spirit like they used to anymore haha!  ;D

Community Conversation / Re: Another Round of Pruning
« on: May 10, 2018, 05:50:37 pm »
I haven't been on CYS much the last few days, is this still a problem? Or has it finally began to settle?

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: May 08, 2018, 07:31:09 pm »
Killer has got all of the mana for today (4).

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: May 08, 2018, 07:30:38 pm »
Set up a new thread for Beats and Robor. The rest continue in the current thread.  8)

Disciples / Shadows of Things Past
« on: May 08, 2018, 07:24:17 pm »
Continued From (Enemies At The Gates)


Walking across the gauntlet, Robor and Beats found themselves entering the shadow on the edge of a large familiar-looking bog-filled crater. It was the very same pit of sloppy mud they had fallen into when inadvertently portaled here by Sarapheen - back when the castle was still owned by Jack Eaton Jr.

The place was still a fog-shrouded wood, with the colors dull, muted, or just plain wrong. Trees were twisted and reaching and suggestive of the horrific abominations the disciples had encountered in the flesh grove - which come to think of it, really wasn't that far away... only a couple hundred yards in that? direction...

Movement of the shadows brought Beats and Robors' attention back to their surroundings. The shadows here (in the shadow) had the habit of flickering and shifting on their own. It was weird too, as there was no real sunlight to speak of - just a strange sort of overcast hue that backlit a sky full of roiling black clouds - while an oily black ribbon of foul viscous fluid drifted sinuously across the firmament above.

Far off, to the southeast horizon, a tall imposing skyline could be made out above the trees - high in the air - much too high in fact to be anything one would encounter on earth.

Robor and Beats had seen it once before, but had perhaps forgotten about it, save for in lost dreams and fevered nightmares.

Disciples / Re: Enemies At The Gates
« on: May 08, 2018, 06:56:42 pm »
High Oaks Castle; Sunday Afternoon, February 4th 2018

Regrouping at High Oaks Castle, Beats healed his companions, while Robor created a spirit road, so that he and Beats could head into the shadow to scry out the location of the two missing vampires.

As this went on, The Saint (Killer) retired to the pool to soak up some mana, while UsdiYona hit up the kitchen.

That left Emend a moment to reflect quietly on things by himself (as long as he didn't let all the noise coming from the kitchen distract him). Of course, UsdiYona was part spirit... and the last spirit to go hog wild in the castle was the Sclorch... and that certainly did a number on the library...

Maybe he should go see if UsdiYona needed any 'help' after all.


Beats and Robor Continued in (Shadows of Things Past)

Community Conversation / Re: Another Round of Pruning
« on: May 07, 2018, 03:30:46 pm »
Not too hard really, you just need to download a "kit" for it and set it loose.

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: May 07, 2018, 03:29:28 pm »
Need to know if Robor and Beats want to try going into the shadow now, or go to the castle as Emend suggests first.

Also, what does the Saint (Killer) intend to do?

UsdiYona would go with either Emend or the Saint (whoever asks) - though if she thinks Faith could be in danger, she would likely want to go with the Saint over the two...

Community Conversation / Re: Another Round of Pruning
« on: May 07, 2018, 10:57:46 am »
I have to prune here, mostly because I only get a set amount of space with MySQL database. When I get upwards of 95% things slow down a little bit. It was only when I went over 100% that it was really lagging.

Don't really know how the CYS forums are for space though. I'd be more inclined to believe it to be a denial of service attack.

Alexp could check on his end, and it might be worth notifying him about it if it keeps happening.

Back in the Ryder days, he did actually launch a ddos attack and the FBI got involved and spanked him for it. At least that's how I think it ended haha!

Disciples / Re: Enemies At The Gates
« on: May 05, 2018, 08:08:18 pm »
Washington National Cathedral; Sunday Morning, February 4th 2018

After portaling out of the abandoned subway tunnel, the disciples carefully made their way to the east side of the Washington National Cathedral. Being Sunday morning, a mass was in progress and the disciples had to slip in through a delivery door. It did not help that they all looked a terrible mess.

Once in their usual meeting space, down in the lower levels, the Saint (Killer) used his magic to purge the radiation poisoning from everyone.

Beats meanwhile, tried to use the items he had collected to locate the remaining Belial's Brood vampires, but was unsuccessful. According to his spell, the owners of the sympathic links were not anywhere on Earth.

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: May 05, 2018, 07:48:44 pm »
Karate Demo went pretty good! Probably post our update tomorrow.  8)

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: May 04, 2018, 10:40:56 am »
Yep, still busy. We are doing a karate demo at a festival tomorrow, so been doing a lot of practice this week. Should get us back on track Sunday-ish.  :)

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: May 01, 2018, 07:14:17 pm »
May have to break things up into multiple threads again though...

Who would go with who, if you think the vamps might try an attack? Could happen at one of the following places -

High Oaks Castle
Emend's family home
Beat's hood
Robor's home
Saint's home

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: May 01, 2018, 07:08:21 pm »
Got some work going on update, but can't decide on whether to throw a peticular plot point at you now, or wrap it into the next adventure.

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: April 30, 2018, 10:52:10 am »
Going to be a very busy week. Will try to post the next update, sometime Tues maybe.

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: April 28, 2018, 05:46:08 pm »
The radition is bad, but it is a really good thing the hydrocyanic acid barrel did not burst open. It would have taken all the Saint had to keep everyone alive long enough to flee.

Fortunately (or unfortunately) it was buried in the tunnel collapse over the subway platform.

As for why the things are down at the other end of the tunnel... Can't tell you until we wrap up the adventure haha!

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: April 27, 2018, 08:55:50 pm »
Not unless you want to do agrivated damage. But the cost has been casting sympathically, due to them being beyond sensory range.

Disciples / Re: Enemies At The Gates
« on: April 27, 2018, 05:28:27 pm »
It was not too long, before the sounds of battle died down.

Checking with their relative mage sites, the disciples were surprised to find quite a lot of the creatures still waiting - just beyond the ward that prevented enemies of Belial's Brood from entering the area.

The number of lesser creatures seemed to have been whittled down to about twelve - while both of the gargantuan monstrosities still remained.

It was questionable, given the Saint (Killer)'s quickly dwindling mana, as to whether life force assault was even worth the effort.

Additionally, all this standing around - bathed in enough rads to kill a horse - was slowly beginning to take a toll...

Disciples / Re: Enemies At The Gates
« on: April 26, 2018, 04:15:59 pm »
The Saint (Killer) could feel a few of the lesser creatures succumb to his manipulations, each staying to fight it out with the psychotically enraged greater one. The sounds of battle continued to echo up the tunnel along with the occasional tremor shaking the ground.

As this went on, Emend was able to deduce that the creatures fighting each other were actually outside the bounds of the ward that Belia's Brood had set up through the profane statue.

Disciples / Re: Enemies At The Gates
« on: April 25, 2018, 08:34:37 pm »
At the Saint (Killer)'s instigation, a terrible row abruptly broke out down at the far reaches of the darkened subway tunnel!

Rancorous howls and savage snarls echoed up the passage, along with thunderous blows that shook the ground and sent a keening ring up the rails. This was all followed by lamenting yelps and shrieking squeals, that seemed to flee away from the focal point of the loud raucous.

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: April 25, 2018, 11:10:47 am »
Will try to update tonight.

Disciples / Re: Enemies At The Gates
« on: April 22, 2018, 09:39:47 pm »
Well down the tunnel, at least a couple hundred feet, the Saint (Killer) picked up the lifeforms that Robor had detected with his mind magic. There were twenty four humanoid, yet sub-human, species that the Saint (Killer) had never before encountered. In fact, after taking a moment to really analyze what he was sensing, he could tell that they had been altered in some manner similar to his fantasia and body honing abilities - only in more visceral and entirely alien ways. It was suddenly unclear if the creatures had been brought up to sub-human or near-human, from a lower species, or... reduced to sub-human from a higher form.

Then continuing his scan, he felt out two incredibly disturbing amalgams of sub-human and animal life. Giant abominations of fused creations - as if a multitude of living flesh had been sewn or merged together to create perverse golems of colossal proportions. Whatever they were, they were both equally as massive as the industrial waste demon had been, but incredibly, monsters of the living world! Somehow neither demonic, nor creatures of the shadow!

Beats meanwhile, opened a window into the distant darkness, unable to see anything in the pitch black. He could hear a multitude of things breathing heavily in that portion of the rail tunnel however, and the lumbering movements of huge creatures jostling about, like a herd of cows milling around in a pen.

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: April 22, 2018, 06:57:05 pm »
On the road, but plan on updating tonight.

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: April 21, 2018, 08:54:40 pm »
OK, so...

What is the team's plans now?

It looks like Beats can track the two escaped vampires, but when/how?

Taking anything else from the current scene?

Portaling out? to where? Incidently curious about where Beats opened the other end of his first gate. I presumed it would be high in the sky to avoid sleepers seeing it. I was half tempted to have a Boeing 747 accidently fly into it haha!

Anyone want to try oh, I don't know... scrying down the other end of the subway tunnel, where Robor detected the mass of sentient minds?

Community Conversation / Re: Another Round of Pruning
« on: April 21, 2018, 04:18:40 pm »
Purge and re-pointing successful!  8)

Disciples / Re: Enemies At The Gates
« on: April 21, 2018, 10:06:43 am »
Miguel, chuckled at the bear-girl's impatience and moved to stand by Robor in twilight. It was one of the few occasions that Robor could see the ghost clearly - being that he only ever saw his blurred form through the wrong arcanum.

"What is it that you see?" He asked.

Disciples / Re: Enemies At The Gates
« on: April 21, 2018, 09:57:38 am »
Beats found a number of small personal effects near the large stone sarcophagus, and took one that seemed to have a strong empathic link to its vampiric owner - a pewter goblet fashioned from the upturned half of human skull.

The dirt that the Saint (Killer) had already collected, seemed to be linked to the other vampire.

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