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Monstrous Mistakes - Kiril and Lucien
« on: November 04, 2015, 11:11:49 pm »

1199, March 14th, 3:00 AM
Outskirts of Sofia, at the base of mount Vitosha, the village of Aleko.
Domain of Kiril, the Anointed


Kiril

Carinus raises his eyebrows.

"I do not possess the ability to manipulate killing shadows, Kiril. I fear my own methods of disposal would result in my terrible demise in this particular situation."

Tendrils spring around Barabus, grabbing the massive man's arms and legs and restraining him. He appears to care about the tendrils exactly as much as he cares about the blades currently within his body.

The thing grins, showing off now-blackened teeth. It whips it's head to his left side and spits black blood into one of the guard's faces. The man screams and falls back, hands coming up to his face, releasing the grip on his blade.

Barabus then lets his right hand morph into a large spike that pierces the last guardsman's belly. The man sinks to his knees, then onto his other hand, pulling his sword from the monster and using it to support himself.

The demon turns his eyes onto Elias then.

The captain grits his teeth and takes a deep breath, almost as if to roar bloody defiance into the monster's face.

The captain croaks then, struggling to speak through the bone that had appeared in his throat. His eyes go wide and he raises his hands to the hole left behind as the lance withdraws into Barabus' body, as if he could stem the tide of blood that flows so freely through his broken artery.

"Gruglh"

Barabus' black eyes turn to Kiril, and he speaks with the chilling voice of a monster.

"No more games. Face me dark o-"

Barabus stops mid-sentence and looks over his shoulder. For the first time, Kiril sees fear and surprise on that terrible face. It soon gives way to a hatred that might have made even him shiver, were he still mortal.

The three demons still among the impaled bodies slink away from their master, any forward advancement they'd planned stopped immediately. Their whispering, however, is redoubled in its intensity.

KILL THE SHAPER, KILL THE KNIGHT

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Lucien

"My lord! I must refuse, the captain of this squad can do his part, I must come with you to hunt this mighty beast I have heard so much of!"

The damned fool actually whistles to his wolves and starts charging towards the village, the things follow him with surprising loyalty (perhaps they wish to eat him?)

Ennius grits his teeth.

"We don't have time my lord, the situation appears dire. I suppose we will have to punish the fool at a later date."

Ennius rides forward on his charger, drawing his cavalry sword and maneuvering his horse with his feet as he loosens his shield from his back.

Following quickly after his most loyal knight and his most stupid ghoul, Lucien traverses the ruined village, the smell of death weighing heavily on him. He hears whispers travelling through the air, unable to make out the words but discomforted by them all the same.

It isn't long at all before they arrive at the village square, but the second they do Lucien instantly feels a powerful regret for every single life decision he's ever made that has led him to this particular moment.

Horrifying otherworldly darkness - more than Lucien has ever seen any Lasombra summon - fill the square, enough to drive an inlking of fear down even him. Things move and shift in the darkness, tendrils that whip and lash viciously at unseen monster. The whispers are much louder here, Lucien can start making out some of the words - he doesn't like any of them, of course.

Scanning the scene, he quickly locates Kiril - the Lasombra stands proudly and defiantly with his two servants, Carinus and Sherazhina. Three tendrils move out of his clothes visibly protecting him. Darkness surrounds him and Lucien cannot help but admire the Lord's power.

However, his attention is rapidly drawn away from his old companion and brought with utmost attention the the monster whom he stands in front of so defiantly.

It stares back at him.

Barabus.

Darius has stopped a good 50 feet away from Barabus, along with his three wolves, and he stands with his jaw wide open, frozen, unable to speak.

Ennius has pulled in his charge and has partially lowered his weapon, just long enough to mutter the words, heard by Lucien ever so acutely, more a statement than a question - "What the Fark is this."

While his features might resemble the old Barabus - before Lucien ever touched him - this Barabus is massive. Large to an inhuman degree, he towers over Kiril and 7 or so dead or dying, armoured men who lie in almost a circle around him. His body oozes black blood from cuts that he doesn't seem to notice, and he is restrained by tendrils which he doesn't seem to care about. He is completely naked, and this serves to outline the terrible, strained black veins that stand out on his body like tight cords. His lips and teeth, visible in a snarl, are black from bloody drool. As he tenses at Lucien's approach, he sees the man's horrifyingly large and powerful muscles ripple, not an ounce of fat on him.

He might be beautiful if he wasn't so terrifying.

Returning to his senses, Lucien realizes the voices are whispering something - this time clearer and louder and with more enthusiasm than ever before.

KILL THE SHAPER. KILL THE KNIGHT
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Re: Monstrous Mistakes - Kiril and Lucien
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2015, 12:26:00 am »

Lucien ignores all feelings for the moment. He steels his mind for the battle that would no doubt come.

He gasps when he lays eyes upon Barabus. He is beautiful, perfected. Lucien knew instantly that this was the form he would use for future ghouls.

He will cast wall of magma around him.

Then he remembers his idiotic servant. The fool was going to get himself killed, and not only that he was going to get his wolfs killed, unacceptable. If he survives this, he'll be the barabus lookalike ghoul.

Oh, thats right. Kiril was there. And by a stroke of luck his mortal guards all appeared to be dying.

"Greetings Kiril. I had hoped to catch up to you before encountering him, but it seems we were to late." He says loudly enough for him to hear over all those annoying whispers.

Then.. he gazed upon Barabus again. "Barabus. It seems you've been busy in since escaping from me. Impressive work." He says, and actually means it. This place.. so much death. "Demon. Will you leave my servants body?" He shouts, and not wanting to waste a good oppertunity also shifts to horrid form.

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Re: Monstrous Mistakes - Kiril and Lucien
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2015, 01:37:48 pm »

Kiril has never liked Lucien- a tiresome, petty sadist lacking imagination.  His horrific mistreatment of Barabus only served to cement the Lasombra's disdain.  And now: his village is destroyed, his guards killed, because of this idiot's mistakes.

Lucien is going to leave. Without Barabus. Just as soon as he finishes delivering his exposition.
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Re: Monstrous Mistakes - Kiril and Lucien
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2015, 12:38:58 am »

Lucien barely has time to get off his mount to begin his transformation into Horrid Form and finish congratulating himself on how amazing he is before Barabus has shifted out of Kiril's tendrils, his body turning liquid and shifting through them like water.

He manages to say "Barabus" before he realizes with almost absurd speed that Barabus' fist will connect with his face far faster than he will be able to speak.

Something feels wrong to him, Barabus shouldn't be this absurdly fast - at least not if he is supposed to be comparable to the other greater kupala Lucien had fought.

The monster reaches Lucien just as he finishes his transformation into Horrid form.

Ennius has tried to reach Lucien and intercept the demon but he was not fast enough.

Barabus pulls back his arm, and then then lets loose a terrifying roar before lashing out with all his strength at Lucien's comparatively fragile skull.

It was with great luck that Lucien managed to duck under the blow, using the giant's height against him and moving into his guard, prepared to unleash his own attack - only to be struck a blow to the stomach by Barabus' left hand. The hit pulls Lucien into the air, crushing his not-so-vital organs and bending his spine, certainly a crippling blow were he mortal. A quarter second after the blow lands Lucien gasps in pain as he registers the veritable springtime bloom of bone spikes that erupts out the side of his back, as Barabus' fist morphs while inside Lucien and explodes solidly outwards.

Barabus raises Lucien above his head, clearly intending to simply smash the Koldun against the ground like a doll until he was incapable of ever making any sort of movement again - only to find his arm gone, cut ever so cleanly at the elbow.

Ennius had finally caught up with Barabus, and in his charge had both severed Barabus' arm and grabbed the gravely injured Lucien (and remains of barabus' arm) with him.

Turns around and then leaps off the mount with Lucien - just in time to avoid the forest of bone that erupts from the earth to impale the horse, flesh tearing and coming to a sudden stop on the demonic spikes.

Ennius struggles to his feet and faces the demon, ready to protect his master to the last.

Lucien, meanwhile, is in great pain.

Darius and his wolves are staying as small and quiet as humanly possible.

Kiril, watching the proceedings with whatever interest he finds himself capable of mustering, has his attention seized by a croaking gasp he hears coming from the pile of dead bodies left by the demon.

"I... accept..."

Turning his head, Kiril realizes the painfully uttered two words seem to come from the wounded Captain Elias.
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Re: Monstrous Mistakes - Kiril and Lucien
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2015, 12:57:20 am »

"Ennius." Lucien says as high as he can muster with a broken body. "Somethings... aw shit this hurts." He pauses slightly. "Something is wrong." He says then waits for Barsbus to disengage Ennius before casting combust on his face quickly followed by a wall of magma around him(Barabus).
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Re: Monstrous Mistakes - Kiril and Lucien
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2015, 08:15:37 pm »

Kiril feels fairly secure turning his attention away from Barabus and Lucien for the moment.
It's really not how he would have liked it- Elias is obviously just trying to avoid death.  Still, why turn down a useful companion.

Kiril uses his teeth to slice open his forearm, then gives his blood to Elias.
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Re: Monstrous Mistakes - Kiril and Lucien
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2015, 01:17:08 am »

The captain struggles briefly to crawl towards Kiril - but Sherazhina moves quickly to turn him over so that he might accept Kiril's blood. His head turned towards the sky, he closes his eyes and lets the dead blood flow through him.

The hole in Elias' neck begins to close.


---

Ennius looks like he's resisting the urge to loudly declare "YOU DON'T FARKING SAY, SIR?". He is, however, somewhat preoccupied at the moment.

Barabus moves to strike Ennius with a powerful, wrecking blow - only to feint him out, reaching around Ennius' block and putting the knight into an incredibly painful looking bear hug.

The monster then rears back his head and brings it crashing down onto Ennius' metal-plated face, a sickening crunch sounds as he destroys his own nose and blinds himself in one eye - while incredibly managing to dent Ennius' helm, snapping the knight's head painfully back from the force of impact.

Barabus brings his massive forehead down onto Ennius' plated face again, and again, and again, and again. No regard whatsoever is given to the damage he causes to his own body, he simply continues mashing Ennius' face until the knight hangs nearly limp from his crushing embrace, the steel plated helm dented and ruined.

The demon moves his remaining hand up to Ennius' neck and then launches him through a nearby building, destroying a wall with the force of the blow.

He turns his terrible gaze onto Lucien next, his face ruined by his own efforts to attack Ennius, black blood dripping liberally down to the floor, teeth shattered by hard metal, nose split and partially removed, and one eye blinded by a badly-aimed headbutt that sent a piece of metal into his own face.

No reaction to the pain. If anything, the monster seems invigorated by the destructive effects his attacks have had on his own visage.

Seeing his opportunity, Lucien raises a hand towards Barabus and heats the air around him till he explodes into fire. The behemoth now burns, with still not the slightest sign of pain, or the slightest hint of panic. He takes one step towards Lucien.

Molten lava explodes out of the earth in a ring around him, rising ten feet high into the air, temporarily imprisoning the demon.

All Lucien can hear is Barabus' maddened laughter from behind the protective wall.
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Re: Monstrous Mistakes - Kiril and Lucien
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2015, 10:36:25 am »

Lucien feels something he hasn't felt it in a long time. Fear? What kind of fear is this? He looks at the building Ennius landed in. A hole. He survived that. He must have.

"Barabus." He shouts over the flames. "Die."

He casts wall of protection again, altering its difficulty by changing the shape, shaping it to fill the previous magma wall as much as possible and killing Barabus with the flames.

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Re: Monstrous Mistakes - Kiril and Lucien
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2015, 02:08:12 pm »

Kiril, satisfied that the captain is not going to die from that particular injury, returns his attention to the battle.

No.  He doesn't want Barabus to die.


In fact, he wants Barabus for his own.

Kiril uses shroud of night to smother luciens Fire..  Barabus doesn't seem affected by them, but few creatures are truly immune to flame.
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Re: Monstrous Mistakes - Kiril and Lucien
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2015, 06:17:30 pm »

Lucien pours the strength of his will and all his koldunic might into creating a second geyser, having it fill the circle he has made entirely, in an attempt to destroy Barabus completely.

The earth shakes as Lucien calls on the spirits of the land to aid him in cleansing the world of this monster. The ground within the circle breaks.

Barabus comes flying over the top of the geyser, flames trailing after him, soles of his naked feet seemingly dripping lava. His flesh has begun to crack and sizzle from the heat of the flames.

He lands kneeling in front of Lucien, laughing and gasping all the while. He falls to a fist temporarily. For a second he looks like he actually begins to feel some of the terrible destruction that has been wrought to him.

"You..."

Through his madness something seems to come forth

"You monster... Hahahahahaha, die?! DIE?! YOU WANT ME TO DIE?!!?!", Barabus roars.

Lucien recoils in fear. He doesn't know if the compulsion is supernatural or merely the knowledge that, unless Barabus is in much worse condition than he pretends to be, he's not much longer for this world.

Kiril's shadows come to put out the few fires still puttering around Barabus' raw, blistered skin. 

"I TRIED, YOU GAVE UP YOUR CHANCE TO LET ME DIE!"

Barabus lunges towards Lucien and wraps his remaining hand around Lucien's face - slamming the horrid form Tzimisce's head into the dirt. Lucien tries to scramble and fight Barabus but his claws merely dig and tear apart unfeeling, uncaring flesh. When Barabus removes his hand Lucien is lying stretched out on the ground, with Barabus kneeling over him. He looks at Lucien through his last eye, and blackened, bloody drool leaks through his mangled lips and broken teeth onto Lucien's cheek.

Plant the Seed, the demons seem to whisper.

Then, with an unbecoming low tone, his lips barely moving, Barabus says - "and now i'll take away yours....".

Barabus jerks, and black liquid erupts from his throat, covering Lucien's face, blinding him, filling his nose, some entering his mouth where he notes the distinct taste of blood but blood that... is wrong. Blood that sickens him. Blood that he does not want anywhere in his system.. and yet it seems to force its way down his throat and into his body, through no choice of his own.

Barabus' hand rests on Lucien's face now, gentle as a lover's. The thumb rests near the edge of Lucien's nose, the base of the palm at his chin, forefingers reaching past his ear and onto his temple.

Barabus seems to slump over, no longer moving. But Lucien, though he cannot see, still feels the life in Barabus' touch.

He also hears Ennius moving through the wreckage of the house the demon had thrown him through.

---

After his last attack on Lucien, Kiril sees Barabus slump over the Tzimisce, no longer moving. Quickly activating his Auspex he notes that Barabus is still alive - he sees that, somehow, the strange energies within him refuse to let him die, sealing in his life force no matter the epic damage that his body has suffered. They appear, at least for the moment, to be overextended, however. Barabus has sustained far too much damage for whatever has made him what he is to keep him functioning normally.
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Re: Monstrous Mistakes - Kiril and Lucien
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2015, 07:00:28 pm »

Still alive, not going to die, but temporarily incapacitated? That seems adequate for Kiril's purpose. 

Amalia will know what this undying demon energy is. She'll be able to help Kiril fix Barabus.  Kiril attempts to take Barabus into his carriage, so that he and what's left of his retinue can get the Fark out of here.
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Re: Monstrous Mistakes - Kiril and Lucien
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2015, 02:30:29 pm »

Lucien gets away from Barabus if possible, after wiping the black stuff from his face he looks at his devastated body with a sick smile. He laughs crudely at the sight.

"Ennius." He barks out. "keep him down. Our goal is accomolished."
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Re: Monstrous Mistakes - Kiril and Lucien
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2015, 10:02:11 pm »

Kiril goes ahead and tries to take Barabus with him.  Ennius sounds like he's still in the wrecked house, and Lucien doesn't seem in any condition to stop him.
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« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2015, 04:07:14 pm »

Ennius stumbles out of the wreckage of the house, coming out through the door rather than the hole that was made by his passing. his armor hangs off him in taters but he appears otherwise uninjured save some disorientation, likely having healed his wounds.

"Is the damned thing dead yet?"
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Re: Monstrous Mistakes - Kiril and Lucien
« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2015, 04:05:14 pm »

"Not yet. I wanted to wait for you." He says as he steps back and casts a modified wall of magma to burn him. He will spend will to act before Kiril and/or that guard dude.
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Re: Monstrous Mistakes - Kiril and Lucien
« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2015, 04:20:58 pm »

Kiril, already nearby, sees Lucien begin to cast his spell and hears him announce his intentions before he casts his spell.

Lucien, notably having no reason to spend any willpower to act before Kiril, is warned by his common sense that he should ascertain just what, exactly, Kiril is doing going so close to Barabus and NOT summon a wall of Lava around him where it might discomfort Kiril.
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« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2015, 05:03:35 pm »

If Lucien starts to cast a spell, Kiril will do his damndest to beat him into torpor with whatever dark steel tentacles he has remaining.

(Knowing that Lucien intends to burn him with lava, Kiril does have a reason to try and spend will to go first.)

If Lucien's common sense prevails, and he refrains from spellcasting, Kiril will address Ennius, intending Lucien to hear as well:

"Your master has trespassed in my domain.  Worse, he has allowed my property to be damaged by his utter failure to properly manage his servants.

He was, however, an ally in Tihuta Pass.  Therefore, as a courtesy, I shall keep only Barabus as recompense. You will be allowed to take your master and depart.  As thanks for my magnanimity, I expect to be provided with any information you may possess regarding the demon that appears to have been driving his actions."
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« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2015, 08:45:38 pm »

Lucien stops his spellcasting at Kirils request. And looks at him. "Ennius, say nothing." Lucien says before turning to look at Barabus. "Check if he's still a threat." He orders before walking away from Barabus towards Kiril, and begins healing as much as possible by burning blood.

He stops about halfway and shifts his form back to a human. "I would appreciate it if you would address me and not my servants. And yes, i have intruded on your lands. I suppose the messenger and i sent didnt make it." He shakes his head. "But make no misstake, Barabus stopped being my property the moment he got possessed during kupalas night. We are doing you a favor here."
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Re: Monstrous Mistakes - Kiril and Lucien
« Reply #18 on: November 14, 2015, 09:15:08 pm »

"What is Kupala's night?  What happened to him?"

Kiril remains alert for possible attacks from Lucien or Ennius.
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« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2015, 09:30:21 pm »

"I am not surprised you have not heard of it. It is not a widely discussed topic outside our clan. It happens once a year, and we drive corrupted spirits, or demons whichever you prefer. And we kill them. Some escape though, this is such an incident."
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« Reply #20 on: November 14, 2015, 09:58:42 pm »

Kiril nods.  "You yourself said he ceased to be your servant when the Kupala possessed him.  *I* am doing *you* a favor by keeping him.  I have friends who can assist with the exorcism, or whatever is required."
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« Reply #21 on: November 15, 2015, 09:19:08 am »

"True." He nods at Kirils words. "This is acceptable if you'll allow me to alter his memory of me and Ennius."
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Re: Monstrous Mistakes - Kiril and Lucien
« Reply #22 on: November 15, 2015, 09:56:16 am »

". . . Do you even possess the ability to do that?"
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Re: Monstrous Mistakes - Kiril and Lucien
« Reply #23 on: November 15, 2015, 01:37:32 pm »

Ennius tacitly shakes his head "no".
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« Reply #24 on: November 15, 2015, 01:47:24 pm »

OOC: crap, i mixed up the disciplines. >.>
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Re: Monstrous Mistakes - Kiril and Lucien
« Reply #25 on: November 15, 2015, 03:05:45 pm »

(Facepalm)

"He won't trouble you again," says Kiril.  Then, as an afterthought, "do you require transport back to your own realms?"
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Re: Monstrous Mistakes - Kiril and Lucien
« Reply #26 on: November 17, 2015, 10:27:12 am »

Lucien looks at Barabus. Then he thinks of the corrupted foul blood. Crap. He needs to contact Sandor. "Indeed he wont." He replies with a non commited tone. "No thank you. my guards are all still alive and i have Ennius. "Do *you* need help getting Barabus to Sofia?"
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« Reply #27 on: November 17, 2015, 10:56:26 am »

"I believe we can manage."  If Lucien has nothing further, Kiril will depart.
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« Reply #28 on: November 17, 2015, 12:40:22 pm »

"All your guards are dead. The only servant you have remaining is Carinus. Are you sure?" He asks. "And then there is him." He pointed at Barabus.
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« Reply #29 on: November 17, 2015, 01:15:56 pm »

Kiril looks at Sherazhina and Elias.

"Barabus is currently incapacitated.  I believe we can manage adequately."
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« Reply #30 on: November 17, 2015, 01:32:18 pm »

Sherazhina is trying to help Elias up, though the ghoul still struggles to stand himself.

It occurs to Kiril that it will be exceedingly difficult to even just raise Barabus to the carriage - though his tendrils should manage.

Still, nothing terribly wrong with accepting trivial aid, if only to ease the tension.
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« Reply #31 on: November 17, 2015, 02:15:28 pm »

Kiril shrugs.  "Very well then.  If you insist."
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Re: Monstrous Mistakes - Kiril and Lucien
« Reply #32 on: November 17, 2015, 02:36:11 pm »

"Oh you had two more." He says while looking at Sherazhina and Elias. "I do not wish to delay here." He adds.
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« Reply #33 on: November 17, 2015, 03:04:09 pm »

"Then, your servant may place Barabus in my carriage and we shall depart."
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« Reply #34 on: November 17, 2015, 09:10:47 pm »

"Darius" He says loudly enough for him to hear. "You and Ennius shall get Barabus into Prince Kirils carriage."
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« Reply #35 on: November 19, 2015, 03:20:38 pm »

Darius appears to have recovered from his dumbfounded state (at least just a tiny little bit). His newfound cowardice, however, has not deserted him.

"Uh... Are you sure?" he asks, looking with great reluctance towards Barabus' barely-living body.

On the bright side, this is probably the most intelligent thing he's done or said so far.
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« Reply #36 on: November 20, 2015, 04:43:50 pm »

"Just do it." He replied sternly.

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« Reply #37 on: November 20, 2015, 04:59:24 pm »

Kiril idly wonders just how difficult it might prove to obtain Ennius.  So sad, to see yet another powerful possession misused by that fleshcrafting disgrace to nobility.  Well, Barabus was his now. Perhaps Ennius someday.
For now, it's enough to consider the potential in the former coachman's interesting new form.  Hopefully there's some scrap of sanity or intelligence left inside him.
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« Reply #38 on: November 20, 2015, 11:33:17 pm »

Darius, cowed by Lucian and shamed by his own cowardice, begins dragging Barabus across the village with Ennius' help. Darrius tries to get the wolves to contribute but they refuse to come anywhere near Barabus, and are not nearly so pliable to threats from Lucien as Darrius himself is.

Elias, supported by Sherazhina and now Carinus, is lead over to Kiril. Some of Kiril's blood trickles down from the side of his mouth, intermingling with his own profusely shedded blood at his neck.

He frees himself from the supportive grasp of his two fellow ghouls and drops to one knee in front of Kiril. There is some hesitation as he struggles to speak - "I... I thank you Kiril. I owe you my life."

The guard captain looks back at his comrades, all dead save the two that had fled.

"I owe you my life", he mumbles again, numbly.

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The group that had first come to Aleko in search of vengeance and peace of mind leaves greatly diminished. Lucien had managed to shift his way off of the remains of Barabus' arm - a feat accomplished so easily for him due purely to the fluid nature of his own flesh-crafting ability. A lesser shifter or someone lacking the ability to fleshcraft entirely would have been forced to leave it in so rooted as it was and tear out the pieces bit by bit.

Ennius grumbles about the need for new armour now that his current set has been ruined, but not much; he isn't the type to bitch and moan.

Most of all Kiril's guards are now dead, though he and Carinus and Sherazhina are unharmed, and now his eternal company has been joined by Elias, new captain of Sofia's guard.

Darius has seemingly been traumatized out of his stupidity-induced bravery.

All that remains is to go back to Sofia, and sort out the demon that still dwelt within the flesh of the former madman's ghoul.

They leave only one thing forgotten...

Amid the ruins of the town of Aleko, three Kupala stand, waiting, around the body of one of Kiril's guardsmen. Armon, his name was - though few ever asked him for it, Kiril not among them.

The black spit that Barabus had spewed into his face still covers him, though it has since dried into a thin black crust. His eyes are shut, closed by Elias before he left with Kiril.

The kupala whisper amongst each other, their voices the only sound in the quarter where the townspeople had all been impaled, among them the messenger Lucien had sent to Sofia, his message carefully read by Barabus, still literate in his demonically-induced madness.

Their dialogue is difficult to hear, for no one is listening, but oft repeated is the same thing they shouted before Barabus had vomited onto Lucien.

Plant the Seed

It is some time before it happens, but when it does it is stunning to behold. Armon wakes up.

He gasps, put into a sudden, profuse sweat. He tries to breathe in but his breath catches in his throat and he goes through the sounds of chocking.

He tries to sit up but his muscles spasm in pain. His heart begins beating wildly. His eyes are thrown open.

They are black, right down to the former whites of his eyes.

"Ckghhlrg"

He coughs blood onto his palm and is frozen in fear when he sees that it is black.

His hands begin shaking and he looks over himself. His veins have begun to bulge and darken. He finds his voice, only to see that he has nothing to say.

"No..."

"Hello, Armon", something alien says from inside his head.

"Nooooo!", He cries out, horrified. The guardsman immediately reaches for his belt and pulls out a dagger - and with a sudden jerk of his arm drives the thing through his eye, into his own brain. The pain is surprisingly numbed - almost non-existent. He still sits straight, and feels practically unharmed. Alive.

He cries out in terror again, screaming his pained obscenities. The Kupala whisper to each other.

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On the third day of their trip back to Sofia, Barrabus remains in his torpor - but Lucien begins to feel ill. He has not felt himself since Aleko and can still feel whatever twisted essence had dwelt within Barrabus live within him. He feels his initial thought was correct - he must see Sandor as soon as possible. This was not something that could wait long.

Do the princes wish to converse during their trip? (Simply assume all conversations happen now).
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Re: Monstrous Mistakes - Kiril and Lucien
« Reply #39 on: November 23, 2015, 06:05:22 pm »

"So, Kiril." Lucien says with a smile. "I have heard news of you becoming Sofia's new prince. I must congratulate you on achieving this."

"May i ask what made your Sire Basilio give up his prince title?"
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« Reply #40 on: November 23, 2015, 06:32:11 pm »

None of your business.
"He is traveling."
Why is he asking?
He can't just be making conversation.  No one is ever just making conversation.
What do Tzimisce talk about?
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« Reply #41 on: November 23, 2015, 07:15:14 pm »

"Traveling?" He asks, mildly surprised. "Why? It seems a bit... odd."

"But then again, i heard many Lasombra were sailors. Did he wish to sail the world?"
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« Reply #42 on: November 24, 2015, 07:27:10 am »

"Yes."

What is so strange about it? Kiril is momentarily angered, thinking of how Basilio abandoned him.

"What of your own clan?  Were there many of you hunting these "kupala?""
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« Reply #43 on: November 24, 2015, 09:41:55 am »

"Did i say something wrong?" He asks in a gentle tone.

Lucien momentarily thinks back to Kupalas night, how the tremere ambushed them on their sacred night.

 He feels himself getting more and more agitated the more he thinks about it. Oh, thats right. He was sick. Even now he feels the corruption budding in his body. Crap. Time's wasting. He shrugs it away for now. He will make sure to stop an hour earlier, and contact Sandor.

"I guess you can say that." He replies. "Our entire clan stops what we were doing, and seek out the nearest Voivoide. During Kupalas night, all Tzimisce put away their differences to cleanse this land from corruption."

Tremere. Farking Tremere. He closes his fist in anger.

"And ofcourse, this is also the usurpers favorite time of the year to attack us."



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« Reply #44 on: November 24, 2015, 11:43:03 am »

"What exactly happened with Barabus?"  Kiril is genuinely curious. 
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« Reply #45 on: November 24, 2015, 01:50:48 pm »

"As we finished the ritual to drive the demons out of the ground, we were ambushed by tremere. The whole thing ended in a three way battle on top of a mountain in a magical storm. We crushed the tremere first, but as we did a greater demon escaped and made its way down the mountain where barabus and other creations waited. Its quite ironic actually."

He chuckles slightly.

"We didn't bring them to the top for the risk of them getting possessed." He clarified.
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« Reply #46 on: November 24, 2015, 03:13:16 pm »

"Did you make him into that new shape, or was that the demon's work?  Last I saw he was distinctly more canine in form."
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« Reply #47 on: November 24, 2015, 04:04:55 pm »

Lucien demeanor immedietly changes to a very serious one.

"That.. is a very good question Kiril. So good i do not know the entire answer. The shapeshifting is the demons work. The shape is of Barabus human form, albeit slightly more.. well more. "

"There is one thing i must tell you, a warning and.. a proposition if you will."

"Barabus did not act alone. The dead humans at the village, they were changed by someone immensly skilled in Viccistude. Barabus himself were also much more powerful than he ought to be. The speed in which he transformed his limbs... It doesn't add up."
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« Reply #48 on: November 24, 2015, 04:42:02 pm »

"You're Propositioning me?" says Kiril with a trace of alarm.
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Re: Monstrous Mistakes - Kiril and Lucien
« Reply #49 on: November 24, 2015, 05:03:53 pm »

OOC: please tell me i did not ask Kiril to Marry Lucien... XD

"Sort of. First, with your permission i will.. question Barabus when the demon is gone. To find out who.. or what helped him. I will ofcourse share all i learn with you."
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