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Loose Ends
« on: October 29, 2016, 02:26:56 pm »

Prolog

It had been a full week since the quorum had lost Sarapheen, while liberating High Oaks Castle from the demonic thrall Jack Eaton Jr. and his mad witch Mama Kark.

Everyone had hoped that the angel would simply return soon (she having told them that she was immortal after all), but as the days went by, with no sign of her, the urgency of getting Robor and Beats back into their own bodies grew - as well as the need to liberate the Saint from the curse of that terrible cleaver.

Even now, the Priest could feel the need building, to slice clean, innocent, flesh with the blade. It wasn't an irresistible compulsion (yet), but it was a constant, steady, yearning - occupying his mind and ever inserting itself into the fore of all thought.

For now, it wasn't hard to repetitively dismiss, but the ceaseless urging was beginning to become quite wearisome.

For this, the Saint was grateful to have the strange child/spirit Usdiyona around. The bear-girl had to be taken in by someone, and made a great 'big sister' to Faith, sharing a room with her, and helping ready her each day for when Mother Rosemary came to pick her up for preschool.

Not that he felt he could ever harm Faith - but it was good to have Usdiyona there - just to make sure he was never alone with the small child, while still feeling the weight of the black cleaver.

'Besides,' he found himself thinking offhandedly, 'Usdiyona's blood will satisfy the blade's need just as well as any other child. No need to harm Faith if it ever came down to it...'

For Robor and Beats, things were not quite as bad - just awkward and needlessly complicated.

Beats for instance, couldn't go out on the street to meet contacts and tend to 'his boys' while stuck in Robor's body. They simply wouldn't trust a strange yuppy-looking white dude (and who would blame them). Sure, Beats could take Robor with him and have him do all the talking, but these things required a certain level of 'finesse' that Robor just couldn't articulate with only a few days' practice.

And Beats found it downright creepy, hearing his own voice come out of some doppelganger - but with a totally foreign inflection, accent, and speech pattern.

Robor on the other hand, seemed to be taking it all in stride. Perhaps he actually liked taking Beat's body for a joyride - and almost getting it killed on at least two separate occasions...

'We got to get this done soon!' Beats thought to himself, shaking his head.

For Emend, the week had dragged on - a nagging thought burning in his mind. He recalled what Sarapheen had said about Shade and Soul Stones:

"How exactly do we destroy this?" Emend had asked, feeling the crystal with his hand.

"And is the false soul still trapped within?"

Answering Emend, Sarapheen replied, "just crush it with something hard, like a hammer."

"It still has a false imprint in it," she continued; "a dark and flawed copy of whoever Hans really was, when he was alive."

"The real soul of Hans is not in the crystal. You'll only be hurting Infernal interests by destroying it."

"Now a Soul Stone on the other hand, you would not want to destroy."

"The greater good is served by returning it to its rightful owner, or using high level Spirit to sever the binding the stone has on the trapped soul - essentially setting it free."


Was Doll a flawed copy then? Or the trapped soul of a real child? Mama Kark had been in the process of trying to steal Usdiyona's soul too. Emend having, more or less, inadvertently rescued her from that fate.

And what of the other children's bodies? They had found the remains three girls in the underground lab with Hans, but had only met Doll. What of the spirits of the other two?

Perhaps it was the Avenging Angel in him talking now, but it felt to Emend like a terrible injustice was being ignored (or missed) concerning Mama Kark's victims and high Oaks Castle. One that needed to be righted as soon as possible.

If only Emend could council with his mentor, the Avenging Angel Jarom, to seek greater wisdom in the matter - but without Sarapheen acting as intermediary, he had no way to contact him.

Discussing this (and the rest of the quorum's current needs) with the others, Emend learned that Robor's mentor, the Spirit Warden Morrow Wind, actually spent more time on earth than most angels - and that there was a hidden hallow on the Blackfoot Indian Reservation in Saskatchewan Canada, where he had trained Robor during his initiation.

If the quorum could get there, then they would surly draw the attention of Morrow Wind, who in turn, could put them in contact with the rest of their mentors. That, and he would probably know what had become of Sarapheen as well.

"I can portal now," Beats declared helpfully, "just give me as much detailed info as you can about the place and we're good!"
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Re: Loose Ends
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2017, 05:02:20 pm »

Washington National Cathedral; Monday October 24th 2016

Following Robor's briefing, and the group making arrangements for the trip, they met together once again in the depths of the Washington National Cathedral.

It felt good to be proactive once more, instead of everyone sitting around waiting for things to happen.

Beats worked his magic and successfully opened a portal to the place Robor had described (and which he had looked up for himself online). If a picture was worth a thousand words, then Google Earth was worth a three thousand mile 'blind' hop into the Canadian wilderness.

On the other side of the portal was a wide rolling prairie, covered with small thickets of trees along the banks of a wandering river. In the distance, a large sandstone escarpment rose up majestically, among a particularly thick cropping of trees.

Robor had mentioned that the river they were seeing, actually flowed out from a cave in the mount, and that the area around the head of the river was the hallow itself.

"That hallow is sacred ground to the natives," Usdiyona said, walking up to the portal and looking through. "You'll need me as a spirit rep, should the tribal elders catch us out here."

Where had she come from? She was supposed to be staying back at the Saint's place with Mother Rosemary.

As if to answer the hanging question, the Saint's cell phone abruptly rang. It was Mother Rosemary.

"Usdiyona is missing!," she said frantically through the speaker, "There was a dirty orange traffic cone in the living room. I have no idea where it came from! When I put it out on the curb and came back in, Usdiyona was gone! What should I do?"

Meanwhile, Usdiyona stood with her hands behind her back, pretending to ignore the phone call, while turning her foot on the floor and humming innocently to herself.
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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2017, 06:07:24 pm »

"Young lady you..!"

Saint sighs.

She shouldn't be here. But she is more than just a child, we've seen this. And it seems like she might know her way around...

"She followed me out Mother Rosemary, i'll take care of her for now, nothing to worry about. Tell Faith I love her."

After putting away his phone, Saint activates Pulse of the Living World and Analyze, taking in his surroundings with his new sight. He'd never been out to the wilderness like this before, he was excited to take in the new sights despite himself.

"We're not expecting trouble, right Robor?"
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2017, 06:18:14 pm »

"Shouldn't be. Never encountered any here." Robor says with a grin.
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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2017, 07:55:30 pm »

"Saw on TV dere are like huge bears here right?" Beats asks, a faint sense of fear lingering about them but now mostly diminished with the knowledge he could probably beat one in a fight with his new powers.

He is about to bring up a spacial map but stops himself and instead reaches up to touch the tattoo on his bicep, casting sense life.
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2017, 12:11:28 pm »

"Huge bears?!? Where?!?" Usdiyona asked, suddenly turning into a full grown 400 lbs black bear.

Rearing up on her hind legs, she stood at seven feet and roared!

Then she got back on all fours, lumbered through the gate and started snorfing around on the ground as if looking for a scent.
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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2017, 12:18:35 pm »

Emend casts Scales of Thought, before taking a moment to observe their surroundings.

"I don't think we need to worry about bears given what we are," Emend responds.

"... And why would you steal a traffic cone?" He asks, turning to Usdiyona.
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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2017, 10:43:52 pm »

Usdiyona snorts and swings her huge head side to side at Emend's question. She hadn't stolen any traffic cone.
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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2017, 08:11:08 pm »

Blackfoot Confederacy Indian Reservation, Saskatchewan Canada; Monday October 24th 2016

On the other side of the portal, nature was thriving.

Beats' Sense life initially overwhelmed his mind - flooding it with trillions of tiny stabbing needles - until the spell overloaded completely and mercifully collapsed in upon itself.

For the briefest of moments, Beats had been aware of every microbe crawling on his skin. Of the earth, grass, and trees - an overabundant world of insects, bugs, and weird minute things everywhere.

So much white-noise in fact, that the spell had not even gotten to the higher lifeforms present, before burning itself out.

Trying again, this time limiting the parameters to creatures larger than a mouse, Beats received more manageable feedback - though he was still astounded at how profuse the area teamed with life.

He sensed a pair of bald eagles nesting nearby, flocks of birds of all kinds, in flight or resting on branches, woodpeckers searching for grubs. On the ground were guinee hens, turkeys, a hunting fox, porcupines, and numberless chipmunks - scurrying everywhere. In hidden burrows were snakes and a solitary wolverine. In the river, there were catfish, pike, and trout, while the mud held sleeping turtles and frogs. On the waters, were a large flock of Canadian geese.

Usdiyona meanwhile, could see a large moose, standing majestically on the edge of the prairie near the trees surrounding the hallow. It was not there in the real world of course, but was some sort of spirit watching from twilight. It appeared to see her and the company of awakened ones however, and motioned with its great antlers for Usdiyona to follow - turning to slowly make its way back into the trees.

Usdiyona could also see the spirit energy radiating outward from the area that the moose spirit was heading into. That would be the hallow, the sacred ground, a place where her essence could be refreshed.

All these things the Saint could also sense with Pulse of the Living - the abundance of natural life nearby, the steady flow of living power springing forth from the hallow, and the presence of the supernatural entity moving away in that direction (though this particular mage-sight did not actually allow him to see what form it took).

Trying to glean more information about the mysterious thing, Saint cast Analyze Life, getting back a sentient reading to indicate it was much closer to being human than animal or spirit, and at the same time, a higher lifeform than even any of those by themselves. The information was such, that caused a curious though to enter the Saint's mind - what would he get back, if he used this spell on himself or his companions (or even Sarapheen), as they were all ascended to some degree above regular humanity by virtue of their awakening and Discipleship.

As Emend stepped through the portal, his Scales of Thought reveled a multitude of instinctual behaviors - the animals - and only one human-like intellect in the area (other than that of himself and his companions). Whatever it was, seemed far off, in the direction Robor had indicated was the hallow.

As for Robor, who yet had to activate any spells, he simple stepped out of the portal, breathed in the clean refreshing air, and took a moment to enjoy the sunshine on his face.

Morrow Wind was a capable Spirit Warden after all, having been a Blood Indian Chief in mortality more than a century ago - meaning there was almost zero chance of rogue spirits accosting them here. In fact, during his training, Robor recalled having to travel some distance from the Reservation to find any spirits actually worthy of testing his newfound mettle on.

The quorum was safe here in these sacred grounds; and Morrow Wind would know of their arrival when they entered the hallow.
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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2017, 11:57:18 pm »

"Wow, loads more dan rats and cats out here." Beats says quietly "Which way are we headed?"
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« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2017, 12:04:43 am »

Now curious, Saint applies Analyze to each of those present - including himself. If this last act is not possible he'll ask Beats to Analyze him.

"I think there's another disciple here, or maybe Morrowind - something supernatural anyway, moving away. Seems almost human. Maybe we should follow it?" He asks, directing the question to Robor as he shifts his sight unto his companions.
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« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2017, 08:00:39 am »

Seeing no imediate threat of huge bears or anything ;) Usdiyona changed back to her human self and asked "did you all see that moose over there? It went into the trees. It wants us to follow it."
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« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2017, 08:38:26 am »

Analyzing everyone, Saint could see that he and his quorum companions all classified as something more than human. Their awakening had indeed elevated their beings beyond their banal kin.

Compaired to the mysterious entity however, the Saint and company were still a step lower on the evolutionary scale.

Sarapheen had said that the Disciples could one day ascend to become Angels and everything Saint's spell was showing seemed to indicate this to be true. That should mean that the Saint was sensing the presence of the angel Morrow Wind.

As for Usdiyona, she read as an unusual animal/supernatural hybrid. The comparison to a werewolf did come to mind; only in this case, the components seemed reversed.

Where a werewolf would likely read as human/animal, Usdiyona read as animal/human.
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« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2017, 08:42:28 am »

The mention of a moose rang a bell for Robor. He knew that Morrow Wind's anima was a huge stamping moose and that among the Blackfoot Indians, the moose was a spirit escort for the dead.

This moose the bear-girl had seen, would either be Morrow Wind himself or one of his spirit guardians.
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« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2017, 10:48:20 am »

"Yep, definitely Morrowind", Saint says, after finishing his analysis.

"Or, at the very least, something greater than us all. I guess that could mean either a demon or an angel. But I doubt anyone other than Morrowind would be here."

Having said that, Saint begins following the moose - the sights were beautiful and all but there were more pressing matters to get to - most notably that accursed cleaver.
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« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2017, 11:24:06 am »

"I don't think there's much doubt on that. Morrowind's domain is safe. We can stop being paranoid here." Robor says, as he begins to walk to the Hollow.

"Just take it easy here guys."
 
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« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2017, 12:58:49 pm »

Beats just shrugs, enjoying 'seeing' all the different animals and follows along
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« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2017, 02:34:23 pm »

At ease that they will likely not have another psycho witch to deal with, Emend quietly follows Robor.
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« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2017, 05:56:26 pm »

Making their way through the trees, the team came to a clearing at the base of the sandstone escarpment with a thirty foot tall totem pole standing centrally. It was painted black, with white, red, and yellow highlights outlining the carvings; and looked like a number of birds perched one-atop-another - the utmost being an eagle with wings spread wide.

Usdiyona could see that the large carved eagle held some sort of powerful dormant spirit inside, while Emend and Saint could sense something supernatural about it. It was not living, so Beats' spell failed to pick up anything unusual about it; and Robor already knew this trick (Morrow Wind had once shone him the flying fiery phoenix that he could summon from the carving).

At the head of the clearing itself, the river literally sprung out of the ground, having carved a round gaping hollow in the mount from natural erosion. It was literally a hallow within a hollow - and level three, judging by the resonance.

Under the overhang of the hollow itself was a flat expanse, where someone had set up a primitive camp - including a small medicine lodge covered in hand painted buckskins.

Again, this was no ordinary structure, and the bear-girl could see that it was actually a rank 4 spirit all by itself (being more powerful than any of the icky things Mama Kark had kept under her thrall). Emend and the Saint meanwhile, could feel a strange alien sentience about it, while Beats could sense its weird 'living' vibe. Robor knew the medicine lodge was some kind of spirit thing, but he had no idea how powerful it was and had never seen it do anything unusual (and it wasn't something Morrow Wind had ever bothered to explain, come to think of it).

A white smoke rose up through a small opening in the top of the medicine lodge and the flap of buckskin that normally covered the entry was pulled back - an invitation to enter.

Additionally, there were no signs of any moose...
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« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2017, 07:14:41 pm »

"What on earth is that thing?" Saint asks, looking directly at the medicine lodge.
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« Reply #20 on: February 22, 2017, 08:13:53 pm »

"Kinda seems alive." Beats adds helpfully while walking closer
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« Reply #21 on: February 22, 2017, 10:42:01 pm »

"Any reason this guy couldn't just live in a normal tent... Or better yet somewhere among society?" Emend asks to no one in particular.
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« Reply #22 on: February 22, 2017, 11:36:06 pm »

"What on earth is that thing?" Saint asks, looking directly at the medicine lodge.
"Some kind of spirit. Can't remember what, if anything, Morrowing said about it. Everything's in order." Robo says with a shrug.
"Any reason this guy couldn't just live in a normal tent... Or better yet somewhere among society?" Emend asks to no one in particular.
"That wouldn't be especially enigmatic enough for an angel, Emend. Have to maintain an image."
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« Reply #23 on: February 23, 2017, 12:47:11 am »

"Yeah, it exists here and in twilight," Usdiyona said to Robor's pointing the lodge out as a spirit.

"But what the heck is that thing snoozing in the totem?"
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« Reply #24 on: February 23, 2017, 08:39:01 pm »

Entering the medicine lodge, everyone saw an elderly-looking Indian man with white hair in a long braid, dressed in a colorful beaded vest with a modern dress-shirt and bolo tie.

He wore snakeskin cowboy boots and a large silver and tuquois belt buckle, depicting an eagle, with matching cufflinks.

Some burlap cushions (old russet sacks perhaps?) were set around the inner wall of the lodge, while a small fire burned in the center.

White smoke wafted from a branch of sage, set to smolder in a large abalone shell.

Some pegs on a post behind the Indian man held a large ceremonial headress and feathered robe.

Of course, Robor recognized his mentor - the Spirit Warden Morrow Wind.

As the group entered, he held his right palm up and, in a deep rich voice, very seriously said "HOW."

Then, a moment later the stern facade cracked and the man chuckled with a smile, explaining, "Naw, we don't really say 'how' haha!"

"Now, I'm not surprised to see you and your friends here Robor... hm?"

Morrow Wind had been talking to Beats in Robot's body, but raised an eyebrow and after looking at the others, continued speaking, now to Robor in Beats' body.

"This, I will admit, is a bit surprising haha! Not to mention the cute Ursamorph."

"Hello young lady," he said to Usdiyona, "I am the Spirit Warden Morrow Wind, I havn't had the pleasure of seeing your kind in many decades."

"You stick with these good people and do your best to keep out of mischief and I won't have to come send you back to your own side of the  curtain, OK?"

Then speaking again to the group he said, "I have an idea why you are all here, but it is best if you tell me in your own words - and then I will fill in the parts you miss."
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« Reply #25 on: February 23, 2017, 09:37:04 pm »

"I'm Beats." Beats/Robor begins "You've guessed that we got da switch. Happened when a portal went weird, den Sera exploded on the other side of da curtain and we haven't seen her since."
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« Reply #26 on: February 23, 2017, 10:18:41 pm »

Saint kneels and bows his head to the angel.

"We believe Sarapheen was overwhelmed by paradoxical forces and a portal meant to transport us back to safety after our mission at High Oaks Castle instead sent her, Robor and Beats into the Shadow. Sarapheen was destroyed. Beats suffered a similar incident and he and Robor were, well... I suppose you can see what happened to them for yourself."

"It has been a week but Sarapheen has yet to reform. While it might take longer we are in dire need of her support right now. I have been cursed by an item belonging to the - now dead - evil spirit master Mama Kark. It is a terrible curse and though I fight it I find it gnawing away at me with a strength that grows by the day. Robor and Beats are suffering from their own curse and as a result we are unable to consolidate our victory in High Oaks without Sarapheen's aid. As Emend did not know how to contact his sire, we had no other choice but to disturb you, divine messenger Morrowind. On behalf of any who might be too prideful to do so as well as myself, I humbly beg you for your aid."
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« Reply #27 on: February 24, 2017, 05:58:30 pm »

Given he wasn't present for most of what went wrong, and that Saint's explanation seemed detailed enough, Emend simply waits to see how Morrow Wind replies.
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« Reply #28 on: February 24, 2017, 09:58:02 pm »

"Hmm, yes, paradox is a fickle bitch " Morrow Wind replied to Saint, motioning for him to get up off the ground.

"Sarapheen will be all right. Her being will fully reincorporate in a week (or another three at the most). I think you will manage fine without her until then."

"You may find her a bit more cautious about overdoing the vulgar affects in the future. This is the first time she has been disrupted - and I hear from others, that is a most unpleasant experience."

"I'll take their word for it and try to keep my imortallity streak going, untarnished, haha!"

"Now, please show me this cursed item."
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« Reply #29 on: February 25, 2017, 08:46:46 am »

Saint takes the cleaver from a bag where he'd carefully wrapped it up in cloth and offers it to Morrowing.
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« Reply #30 on: February 25, 2017, 09:43:19 pm »

Morrow Wind took the cleaver and unwrapped it, frowning as he looked deep into the blade.

"This weapon has an ugly history," he said, reaching down to pick up the abalone shell with the smoldering sage in it.

Passing the cleaver through the smoke a few times to purify it, he then cast Supernal Dispellation.

There was a loud cracking sound and the blade abruptly turned chalky white - then a shreik, as the anguish of all the children ever tormented by the blade flew out!

Dark images swirled about the lodge a moment, in the form of a black sooty dust devil, mixing with the white smoke and turning gray - quieting as the colors combined - and finally going silent and leaving only the smoldering sage once again.

As the dust devil dissipated, Saint could feel the weight of the thirsty cleaver lift off of him. At last he was free of the curse and Faith would be safe around him once again.

Morrow Wind then tossed what was left of the cleaver into the fire - where it began to flake apart and burn away, metal and all.

Turning the the others, he asked, "So, what is next?"
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« Reply #31 on: February 25, 2017, 09:58:50 pm »

"If you could fix these two it would make things less confusing," Emend replies, motioning to Robor and Beats.
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« Reply #32 on: February 25, 2017, 10:12:58 pm »

Saint drops to his knees again and presses his head against the ground at Morrowind's feet.

"Thank you".

He gets back up shortly thereafter, beyond relieved to be free of that accursed weapon.
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« Reply #33 on: February 26, 2017, 11:20:34 am »

Beats agrees with Emend "Yeh, dis bodys too white."
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« Reply #34 on: February 26, 2017, 05:04:42 pm »

"Yeah, do we eat soon?" Usdiyona asked hopefully.
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« Reply #35 on: February 26, 2017, 07:35:44 pm »

Morrow Wind stroked his chin, considering Robor and Beats' plight.

"Unfortunately," he began, "there is no one (on Earth) with enough mastery of Lingua Intelligentia to undo this permanently."

"The paradox has fundamentally changed who each of you are - and any spell that alters that will eventually end (also being subject to dispelling magic)."

"You could for example, change your appearance back with the Life arcanum, but it would only be temporary."

"I suppose I could petition intervention on your behalf from the Archangel Benjamin - but... I don't think he will see you (yet)."

"He is the type not to be taken for granted, and as such, demands a certain level of heartfelt gratitude from those who would seek his aid."

"I feel that your quorum needs to finish its business with High Oaks Castle, and recover a certain heaven-blessed weapon from the Shadow, before I would even bring the petition forward."

"It would go a long way, proving your worthyness in the matter - not to mention appeasing the ire of The Armorer - who one really doesn't want to get their bad side."
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« Reply #36 on: February 26, 2017, 07:39:25 pm »

"Why is the Armorer angry?"
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« Reply #37 on: February 26, 2017, 07:39:30 pm »

"Yeah, do we eat soon?" Usdiyona asked hopefully.

Morrow Wind reached into his vest pocket to pull out a Pay Day nut-bar, which he handed to the bear-girl.

"Soon," he said, "soon."
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« Reply #38 on: February 26, 2017, 07:46:26 pm »

"Why is the Armorer angry?"

"You left one of his 'children' in the possession of the infernal." Morrow Wind explained.

"I'm sure it was unavoidable at the time, but until the weapon is recovered, you can expect no further endowments from him."

"Best the weapon is recovered, to show your dilligence, and not be a blemish upon your quest to earn the Archangel Benjamin's favor."
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« Reply #39 on: February 26, 2017, 09:08:43 pm »

Beats sighs, loosing the weapon had been unavoidable at the time but getting it back might be tricky "Had no choice bout the weapon. Made sure to be clear to the mutt dat next time we met I'd end it though so it won't be a problem."
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« Reply #40 on: February 27, 2017, 12:44:36 am »

Saint considers the situation, "I think we should secure High Oaks before we go on doing anything else. Beats, Robor... I may be able to help you with one of those temporary fixes Divine Messenger Morrowind mentionned. It would only be for a while - perhaps a week or even a month if the casting goes especially well - but if it would make the two of you more comfortable I could attempt to change your features into that of each other's bodies, more or less.

I'd be much more comfortable engaging in such a ritual with Sarapheen's guidance but I don't think much could stand to go wrong."

"Of course keeping the two spells active could prove rather draining, but if you ask it of me I will do it."
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« Reply #41 on: February 27, 2017, 03:34:48 pm »

"That's a kind offer, Saint, but I don't think altering their appearance is worth the handicap. We have many enemies now after all," Emend replies.

"Besides, the men are angels. Surely they should just accept this as a trial and not further embarrass themselves by groveling for the aid of others," he thinks to himself.
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« Reply #42 on: February 27, 2017, 04:25:51 pm »

Beats appears to consider it a bit before replying "No worries, let's deal with da castle and take out the demon with da sword. I can still use my space abilities at least."
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« Reply #43 on: February 28, 2017, 08:40:36 pm »

Usdiyona gladly takes the payday and wonders how she could be of help.
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« Reply #44 on: March 01, 2017, 11:06:12 am »

"How do we find the beast that took the weapon?"
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« Reply #45 on: March 01, 2017, 02:40:28 pm »

"I would suggest finding the weapon instead," Morrow Wind replied.

Motioning to Beats' cesti, he continued; "Gaze into the creation of the Armorer - study its resonance."

"To know it, is to know its brother. Then return to where you lost it and simply follow the trail."

Then looking Beats up and down, he added, "Or just have 'mini-you' use his space mojo to track it down, haha!"
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« Reply #46 on: March 02, 2017, 08:10:27 pm »

"Once we get da castle sorted I can try that then!" Beats says, he clearly isn't too happy still being in the wrong body by having a plan helps
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« Reply #47 on: March 03, 2017, 04:45:02 pm »

Robor nods, frowing slightly.
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« Reply #48 on: March 04, 2017, 08:55:21 pm »

Thinking that now might actually be as good a time as any  Beats sits down trying to copy how Morrow Wind is sitting and attempts to Study or Read the resonance of his Cestus.
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« Reply #49 on: March 05, 2017, 09:32:18 pm »

Opening his eyes to the supernatural, Beats could see the subtle currents of mystical powers at work within the cesti. There was a strong resonance of righteous fury, mixed with angelic radiance, and superior craftsmanship. He could also see the magical weave of the weapon's particular powers and function - which he was already familiar with.

Comparing what he was seeing in the cesti to the rest of the heavenly gifts granted to the quorum, Beats saw that the resonance was identical. The underlying signature was like a fingerprint. He knew that unless the Armorer was intentionally hiding the resonance, Beats would be able to accurately identify any weapon the angel had ever created.
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