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“A Knight is Sworn to Valour. His Heart Knows Only Virtue. His Blade Defends the Helpless. His Might Upholds the Weak. His Word Speaks Only Truth. His Wrath Undoes the Wicked.”

Every child in Cantôn knows of the Knight’s Code. From peasant-born waifs playing with sticks in the mud to keen-eyed noble sons practicing with cold steel in the training yard, all have at the very least dreamed of one day becoming a knight themselves. To ride out on errantry into the Five Duchies Kingdom and beyond for God and Glory, bringing the Law of Adam to the wicked and the Blade of Cain to the beast.

The Knights of Cantôn are sworn to follow the Code, to obey the King, to refuse no call for aid honestly asked for, to seek out and destroy the Foe wherever it may lurk and rid the world of evil.

Were it so easy…

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>>5906360
Is this a trans quest?
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Many years from now, not far from home...

The innkeep went about his business with the same steady surety of a veteran, assessing his stocks as a commander would inspect his marshalled forces. It was a good time to do so since the goodwife was resting, babe sound asleep in her arms, and the other young uns were over at one at the Old Man's farm doing chores on the promise of picking their choice of apples from the owner's tree at the end of the day. The Old Man's own sons had died during the war, and the holy men said that it stood the soul in good stead to help one's neighbors. Besides, the peace and quiet was a welcome change of pace to the usual bustle of business and bairns. Even the bard had been absent the past few months, although that in itself was not unusual.

The innkeeps hands, rough and callused, brushed over the barrels and kegs arrayed in good order for the stocktake as the count turned to the more exotic imports. There were the Montbrun spirits, of course, prices varying with the qualty. A Romani Red of particularly good year, a vintage so rare and fine that Lords would welcome it at their table. The innkeep kept that seperate from the rest of the wine stock, on the off chance a member of the higher nobility ever had cause to stay at his establishment.

There was another bottle, at the very end, not for patrons humble or mighty. A gift, from the bard no less. It was something of an acquired taste, extracted from the sap of the tree that could not grow in this part of the world, but the innkeep had come to appreciate it. Hailing from as far south of Cathagi as Cathagi was from Norsikaa, the market for it here was entirely non-existent.

A twitch at the corner of the innkeeps lips was the only indication any observer might have gleaned as to his inner thoughts. Perhaps they might share a glass when the wandering troubador returned from his travails, albeit a very small one. And hear another story about a certain knight's adventures in that far-off land...

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POV Verification Vote: Open for 24 hours
If your ID changes during this thread, please link back to your OG vote here or your new ID votes might not be counted.

>Young Lord Damien Andrei, elder brother and heir to House Andrei

>Sir Robert Gilbern, the calculating Second Herald of the Ordo Reginate

>Sir Karlaus Rabe, the gruff Montbrun companion

>Sir Neil dan Marc, the loyal Sworn Man from Fallavon

>Tracker Jean, the Business Partner from the Wastelands

>Sir Willem Glasdale, the friendly protector of Grenmire

>Young Lady Frida Vancewell, the cunning viper of Montbrun

>Father Towbray, the zealous priest of the Angelite Sect
Noting his ship has only just departed Cathagi
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>>5906361
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>>5906362
>Young Lady Frida Vancewell, the cunning viper of Montbrun

BABE WAKE UP! NEW STV JUST DROPPED!!
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>>5906362
>Father Towbray, the zealous priest of the Angelite Sect
Cool
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I've updated the main equipment/trait pastebin, but the site was giving me troubles with 'potentially offensive content' warnings.

Let me know if the link isn't working properly.
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>>5906362
>>Sir Willem Glasdale, the friendly protector of Grenmire
come on gladdy
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>>5906362
>Sir Willem Glasdale, the friendly protector of Grenmire

Let’s goooo!
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>>5906362
>Sir Karlaus Rabe, the gruff Montbrun companion

I wonder how Rabe is doing
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Super glad to have you back. Can't wait to dive back into this
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>>5906369
Seems you made the sheet private.
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>It was something of an acquired taste, extracted from the sap of the tree that could not grow in this part of the world

Hang on a second is the Innkeep a Khave lover too?
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>>5906362
>>Sir Karlaus Rabe, the gruff Montbrun companion

So it begins.
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>>5906362
>>Sir Willem Glasdale, the friendly protector of Grenmire

Welcome back Forgotten, hope you've been well.
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>>5906362
>Father Towbray, the zealous priest of the Angelite Sect
Right makes Might !
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>>5906375
Cheers, was hoping sending the link directly would get us around that but no luck.

Hopefully this serves as a workaround.
https://pastes.io/hjcp8qttlh
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>>5906362
>Sir Karlaus Rabe, the gruff Montbrun companion

Good to have you back Forgotten
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>>5906384
I love this!!
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>>5906362
>Sir Karlaus Rabe, the gruff Montbrun companion

WE ARE SO BACK ME HEARTIES
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>>5906362
>Father Towbray, the zealous priest of the Angelite Sect

LETS GO STV IS BACK!
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>>5906362
>Young Lady Frida Vancewell, the cunning viper of Montbrun
It has been 10000 years.....
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>>5906362
>>Sir Willem Glasdale, the friendly protector of Grenmire
STV 123 ABC DO RAY ME
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>>5906362
>Sir Willem Glasdale, the friendly protector of Grenmire
We've ignored him for too long.

Welcome back, Bard!
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>>5906362

>Sir Willem Glasdale, the friendly protector of Grenmire
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>>5906396
My guy he was the last POV
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>>5906362
>Young Lord Damien Andrei, elder brother and heir to House Andrei

I want to vote for all of them though
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>>5906360
>Sir Willem Glasdale, the friendly protector of Grenmire

Since the last thread and this one, my mom got sick and died, and I fell in love and got into a relationship with someone I'm pretty sure is my soulmate. Life is weird and shitty and wonderful, and it feels good that through all of it, Forgotten is still willingly giving up free time to bring us these absolutely fantastic quests.
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>>5906400
Wait shit Glasdale was the last thread's winner, nevermind, changing my vote to

>Sir Karlaus Rabe, the gruff Montbrun companion
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>>5906370
>>5906402
fug your right
changing too
>Sir Karlaus Rabe, the gruff Montbrun companion
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>>5906362
>Sir Karlaus Rabe, the gruff Montbrun companion
My body is ready. Begin the Valour.
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>>5906362
>Father Towbray, the zealous priest of the Angelite Sect

ITS HAPPENING! WE HAVE WAITED LONG FOR THIS DAY.
IN AN AGE OF BOREDOM AND DEAD QUESTS HE RETURNED TO RESTORE THIS BOARD ONCE MORE!

Also, verification post secured!
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>>5906424
Adding image for ease of finding anchor post and to celebrate this momentous return.
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>>5906424

do you smell it, anon? It’s coming…

G O L D E N A G E
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>>5906360
>Tracker Jean, the Business Partner from the Wastelands
We never picked Jean, so I'll go for this. Also, IT'S FUCKING BAAAAAAAAACK LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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Anchor. Hippopotamus
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>>5906362
>Tracker Jean, the Business Partner from the Wastelands

>5906437
This is true. Plus I want to know how are things in the desert.
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>>5906362
>Sir Robert Gilbern, the calculating Second Herald of the Ordo Reginate
I would like to hear how Courageous Sky interrupted the meeting with the Queen and her court of spies
Welcome back, Forgotten :)
DEUS VULT ILUD
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>>5906362
>Sir Karlaus Rabe, the gruff Montbrun companion
I have waited so long for this day. For the return of the king.
Man I want to vote for Tobray, but I'd be more curious about what he does in the mainland.
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>>5906362
>Young Lord Damien Andrei, elder brother and heir to House Andrei
Family life could be fun.
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>>5906362
>Young Lady Frida Vancewell, the cunning viper of Montbrun
!!!
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>>5906362
>Young Lady Frida Vancewell, the cunning viper of Montbrun
I am a S I M P
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>>5906362
>>Young Lord Damien Andrei, elder brother and heir to House Andrei
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>>5906362
>>Young Lady Frida Vancewell, the cunning viper of Montbrun

What the WIFE doing?
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>>5906362
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
>Sir Karlaus Rabe, the gruff Montbrun companion
Last thread I'd JUST finished reading the archives before I found out the thread was over.
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>>5906362
>Sir Neil dan Marc, the loyal Sworn Man from Fallavon
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HE’S BACK, FORGOTTEN’S RETURNED!!! Awesome to see you back man, and glad you decided to take a break for a while. Looks like getting a crusade started to reconquer the Hol-erm, Fatherland. Yeah, that’s it, totally it.
>Father Towbray, the zealous priest of the Angelite Sect
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>>5906362
>Young Lord Damien Andrei, elder brother and heir to House Andrei
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>>5906362
>Father Towbray, the zealous priest of the Angelite Sect
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>>5906362
We quest for the Almighty! By the Angel's Grace STV returns!
>Sir Karlaus Rabe, the gruff Montbrun companion

Let's see how our intel helped out the Rabes.

Search word: scrungle
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>>5906362
>Sir Robert Gilbern, the calculating Second Herald of the Ordo Reginate

Should be interesting
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>>5906362
>Sir Robert Gilbern, the calculating Second Herald of the Ordo Reginate
Oh look... you're back.
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>>5906362
>Sir Willem Glasdale, the friendly protector of Grenmire

Valorous time.

>>5906369
'Bastard sword' can flag the document as offensive just because it uses the word bastard.
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>>5906362
>Verification Vote
It's-a me Mario

>Sir Robert Gilbern, the calculating Second Herald of the Ordo Reginate
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>>5906362
>Young Lord Damien Andrei, elder brother and heir to House Andrei
Welcome back
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>>5906362
>>Tracker Jean, the Business Partner from the Wastelands
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>>5906360
>Tracker Jean, the Business Partner from the Wastelands
LETS FUCKING GO. Welcome back man!
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>>5906362
FUCK YEEEEEEEEEEEA LET'S GET CHIVALROUS

>Sir Willem Glasdale, the friendly protector of Grenmire
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>>5906362
>Sir Karlaus Rabe, the gruff Montbrun companion
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>>5906362
>Young Lord Damien Andrei, elder brother and heir to House Andrei

Glad to see you're back Forgotten, I heard that the last year was pretty rough so I hope things get better soon
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>>5906362
>Father Towbray, the zealous priest of the Angelite Sect
THE ANGEL GUIDES ME!
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Post rare Emiles. NOW!!!
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>>5906362
>Young Lady Frida Vancewell, the cunning viper of Montbrun
THIS IS CANTON
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>>5906362
>Father Towbray, the zealous priest of the Angelite Sect
Verifying, glad you're back Forg
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>>5906947
At once knigga
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>>5906362
>Sir Robert Gilbern, the calculating Second Herald of the Ordo Reginate

WE. ARE. BAAAACK.
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>>5906362
>Young Lord Damien Andrei, elder brother and heir to House Andrei
Let's see what's going on back home
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>>5906362
>>Sir Neil dan Marc, the loyal Sworn Man from Fallavon

Dawn has come! We RIDE BOIS!!!
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>>5906395
Clarifying this is me btw. Original verification post was on my cell data xd
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>>5906362
dont mind me, just getting a few fresh 1 by IDs so i can same fag freely later.
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>>5907355
Not a foolproof system, certainly. But you’d have to be fairly autistic to put multiple placeholder votes in and vote differently enough of the course of the thread that it wasn’t obviously consistent just so you can successfully samefag a portion of the votes.

You could just not be an unchivalrous wretch and enjoy the ride.
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>>5907355
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>>5907355
Go back F*llavon where you belong
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>>5906362
>>Father Towbray, the zealous priest of the Angelite Sect

Lets DO THIS
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>>5906362
Oh God it's been SO long!
I had almost... forgotten

Anyway Great to see you back I cant wait for the Cathargi High arc
and the memes too obviously
Will be phone posting so my ID will likely change a lot if that's okay

>Father Towbray, the zealous priest of the Angelite Sect
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>>5907443
just link back an call out ID's that are not you if they link back to this post
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>>5906362
>Sir Robert Gilbern, the calculating Second Herald of the Ordo Reginate

Hope I snuck in under the wire. Haven't gotten to vote in StV before.
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>>5907444
Will do
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>>5906362
>Sir Willem Glasdale, the friendly protector of Grenmire
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>>5906362

>Sir Neil dan Marc, the loyal Sworn Man from Fallavon
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Sir Rabe and Father Towbray are tied, but my personal preference is to see Rabe so I'll begin writing now rather than putting it to a roll.

Verification still open until the 24 hour from thread start.
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>>5906362
SHIT I missed the 24h window aaaaaaaaah
praying this counts anyway.
>Sir Robert Gilbern, the calculating Second Herald of the Ordo Reginate
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>>5906362
>>Sir Robert Gilbern, the calculating Second Herald of the Ordo Reginate

I've been waiting for this for a very very long time.
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Tunegan, 27th Day of Kostrimun, 883 A.C.E. - The Torwatcher Gate - House Montbrun Lands


Sir Karlaus Rabe had hope for battle in the Duke Montbrun's personal fiefdom, a little bloodletting on the last weeks against the scaley pests before winter settled in. Normally, even in less interesting times, one could hope for a stray bandit or out-of-the-way serpent nest. But the mountain passes had remained deathly silent on every patrol. Even the daily number of refugees Wastelander refugees had dropped to zero.

Since word of the fall of Freetown had reached Canton a flood of Wastelander refugees had poured in. The new, scared faces and hungry mouths with strange tongues and stranger manners came with problems enough of their own but the noise was still preferable to the silence that soon followed. That flood had gradually slowed to a trickle, each caravan and group bringing ill news of rampant serpent attacks. Settlements razed, inhabitants devoured. Now the trickle had stopped entirely. Not a soul.

Even the punitive expeditions being led the by increasingly prominent Order of the Broken Blade presence had halted altogether. The last, and largest, had not returned it all. Not even a messenger had been spotted. Sir Gerhard Rabe, third in line to the House title and closest in age to Karlaus, had left with that expedition over a week ago.

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"Let's say they do try the passes come spring, assuming they haven't all starved and eaten one another having run out of Wasteland settlers, they're going to be shitting steel when the Banner is called and we put our lances to 'em." The speaker, Sir Johan of Esslingen, was some years younger and had apparently misread Sir Rabe's dour mood as an invitation to voice his political opinion. "Aid from Aubres will be slow in coming, if it comes at all."

"Because the King would refuse to help..." Sir Sigurd Manheim took his time with his words, scratching the missing socket under his old eyepatch. "...or because our Duke is too stubborn to ask?"

"Careful, old timer."

"Listen here, pup-"

Sir Rabe eyed the two scowling men with bored disdain. Another thing he hated was the politics. The Esslingens, the Manheims, the Heilbronn. All talk, talk, talk. Even the Alderague had sent a courtier, if only to snub the Duke directly rather than with their absence. The Norwache were noticably absent from collection or arse kissers at the Duke's Court, although the Rabes had some inkling it had to do with the Langlish Free Company they had recently engaged. Perhaps Lord Norwache was had been taking this Prime Serpent threat much more seriously and much more earlier than anyone else by bolstering their household troops, but there could also be less flattering reasons. Lord Rabe had assured his son they would be leaning on their few friends at Court and see if there was some advantage to be had or threat to be avoided. It seemed even his family was playing the game.

This is why Sir Rabe preferred the battlefield to banquet table. He was just about to say as much, in terms likely to even further diminish his House's standing, when he noticed the hush that had settled over the room. The three armoured men that had entered the room in single file had made no noise and spoken no word, and yet somehow their presence made this wing of the Torwatcher Gate feel suffocatingly small and confining. Sir Karlaus Rabe had never seen these men before in his life, but he knew exactly who they were. By their heraldry alone, he knew their stories. By the wing emblems on their shoulders he knew their worth. knew each of them by the heraldry of their coat-of-arms, and the sigil of wings on their shoulders.

[2/3]
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Sir Brockland the Stone. Sir Henry the Just. Sir Adelheid Griffinbane.

There was something eerie about the legendary Pegasi Knights, men who had touched and lived something either made from or very close to the divine. Every man among them was a Knight of the Realm, of course, someone who had made a name for themselves either long before their adoption by one of the princes of the skies or inevitably established through legendary feats very soon after. Lands, title and marriage were all forsworn when they were adopted into any of the Pegasi Clans (although not for lack of attention from the Montbrun lasses).

In Montbrun, where kinship and Stone Oaths were of paramount importance, the lack thereof and obesience to a distinct and unwritten Code known only to them was another reason why their awe often rubbed shoulders with wariness. There were whispers that a rider knew where their steeds flew at all times, even miles apart, and vice versa. It sounded far-fetched, sorcerous even, but it would explain some of the more astounding stories of said knights leaping from cliffs or battlements onto the back of their mounts midflight. The people of Montbrun did not discuss such men openly, save for their mighty feats in battle, and even among themselves it was oftentimes the room fell silent for a spell when such a living legend entered.

Sir Henry the Just offers the room a polite smile while his compatriot Sir Adelheid Griffinbane scans his surroundings with all the naked fierceness one would expect with a face deeply scarred by giant talon marks.

"Please, as you were." Sir Brockland the Stone, THE Sir Brockland the Stone intones with a dour nod as the living legends settled into a table in the corner like they were any other mortal men taking their leisure.

Furtive glances and hushed whispers gradually resumed. But the reason for the silence and stares from the Montbrun knights present was not due to hero worship alone.

When Canton was young and mankind's grip on the continent lay under constant threat of annhilation from the Wild, the Serpent, the Foreign, there were times when entire Pegasi Clans moved to war and destruction of those who would interlope upon their mountain territories. But even in times of existential threat, when a new alliance with a Pegasi Clan has been formed in the face of an unprecedented threat, as was the case with the Southern Peak Clans in the War of the Three Sisters, that the number of Pegasi Knights has never exceeded a dozen. One for every Pegasi Clan, and selected on no rule or basis that the Montbrun Courts of man have ever

The Pegasi Knights were rarely seen together, save for times of great strife. And now they were here, not one, but three. One meant adventure, two meant trouble. But three? Three meant war, and every Brun soul present knew it.

[3/4]
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>>5907599
*have ever managed to anticipate or influence for meaningful political gain in the schemes of man.
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The Duke Montbrun would call the Banners, of that there could now be no doubt. Likely before the snows of winter had even begun to melt.

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>The hammer may fall hardest on the Törwatcher Gates, but those citadels are anvils of war well used and well tested in the past. But the narrower and less popular passes, one of which Castle Rabe stands at the mouth of, they may not fare so well. Sir Rabe returns to home to make preperations there before the Banners are called. [Hearty]

>Politics aside, the Duke's seat of power will form the core of the Duchy's war effort. This is the time to take stock, to organise and begin getting used to fighting together. There is a lot of work to do, and only a winter to do it in. Sir Rabe Remain here, train with the other knights, take what measures you can in terms of preparing this place for a siege. [Hearty]

>War may be on the horizon, but the Banners have not been called yet. Who else but you will look out for your missing kin? You must find him. With others of like, if they have the balls, but alone if need be. The Banners have not been called. Sir Rabe sets out with a small force into the Wasteland to find his brother. [Hearty]
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>>5907603
>The hammer may fall hardest on the Törwatcher Gates, but those citadels are anvils of war well used and well tested in the past. But the narrower and less popular passes, one of which Castle Rabe stands at the mouth of, they may not fare so well. Sir Rabe returns to home to make preperations there before the Banners are called. [Hearty]


I think Rabe is a family man and as a knight, he knows that his brother knows the perils of the job. I think he'd go home to prepare his family and their castle before everyone is called in rather than go risking himself stupidly on a wild goose chase looking for his brother


>>5906373
Verification post
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>>5907603
>War may be on the horizon, but the Banners have not been called yet. Who else but you will look out for your missing kin? You must find him. With others of like, if they have the balls, but alone if need be. The Banners have not been called. Sir Rabe sets out with a small force into the Wasteland to find his brother. [Hearty]
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>>5907603
>The hammer may fall hardest on the Törwatcher Gates, but those citadels are anvils of war well used and well tested in the past. But the narrower and less popular passes, one of which Castle Rabe stands at the mouth of, they may not fare so well. Sir Rabe returns to home to make preperations there before the Banners are called. [Hearty]

verification
>>5906389
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>>5906370
me
>War may be on the horizon, but the Banners have not been called yet. Who else but you will look out for your missing kin? You must find him. With others of like, if they have the balls, but alone if need be. The Banners have not been called. Sir Rabe sets out with a small force into the Wasteland to find his brother. [Hearty]
>>5907603
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>>5907593
>The Esslingens, the Manheims, the Heilbronn. All talk, talk, talk. Even the Alderague had sent a courtier, if only to snub the Duke directly rather than with their absence. The Norwache were noticably absent from collection or arse kissers at the Duke's Court

Goddamn the Montbrunebowl is real, the duke is in serious shit with his vassals if they are openly snubbing him.

No wonder Vancewell thinks she cam be duchess.

>>5907599
Damn I just went from finding Pegasus knights corny to kind of dope still want a Griffin like Karl frigging Franz though

>>5907603
>War may be on the horizon, but the Banners have not been called yet. Who else but you will look out for your missing kin? You must find him. With others of like, if they have the balls, but alone if need be. The Banners have not been called. Sir Rabe sets out with a small force into the Wasteland to find his brother. [Hearty]

With the delicate political situation that seems to be on a razors edge I could see the young duke being indecisive in a crisis though it might risk our bro Rabe.

Make it worseDO IT!you know you want to

>>5906365
Yeye
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>>5907603
>The hammer may fall hardest on the Törwatcher Gates, but those citadels are anvils of war well used and well tested in the past. But the narrower and less popular passes, one of which Castle Rabe stands at the mouth of, they may not fare so well. Sir Rabe returns to home to make preperations there before the Banners are called. [Hearty]
I think Karlaus trusts his brother enough. He'll return, right?
>>5906437
me
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>>5907603
>>The hammer may fall hardest on the Törwatcher Gates, but those citadels are anvils of war well used and well tested in the past. But the narrower and less popular passes, one of which Castle Rabe stands at the mouth of, they may not fare so well. Sir Rabe returns to home to make preperations there before the Banners are called. [Hearty]

Karlaus most definitely wants to search for his brother, though he knows he can't abandon his own family for a chance of finding him.

>>5906506
Me.
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>>5907603
>>The hammer may fall hardest on the Törwatcher Gates, but those citadels are anvils of war well used and well tested in the past. But the narrower and less popular passes, one of which Castle Rabe stands at the mouth of, they may not fare so well. Sir Rabe returns to home to make preperations there before the Banners are called. [Hearty]

>>5906383
verifyin'
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>>5907603
>>5906654

>The hammer may fall hardest on the Törwatcher Gates, but those citadels are anvils of war well used and well tested in the past. But the narrower and less popular passes, one of which Castle Rabe stands at the mouth of, they may not fare so well. Sir Rabe returns to home to make preperations there before the Banners are called. [Hearty]

I would think that Rabe knows the measure of his own brother. He would want to help him, but the rest of his family and Montbrun needs him. The snakefiends can't get access by a side route or Montbrun will be doomed.
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>>5906362
Oh shit oh fuck I missed this by 3 hours can I still play pretty please Hangman?
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>>5907603
VP:>>5906711
>War may be on the horizon, but the Banners have not been called yet. Who else but you will look out for your missing kin? You must find him. With others of like, if they have the balls, but alone if need be. The Banners have not been called. Sir Rabe sets out with a small force into the Wasteland to find his brother. [Hearty]
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>>5907603
>>Politics aside, the Duke's seat of power will form the core of the Duchy's war effort. This is the time to take stock, to organise and begin getting used to fighting together. There is a lot of work to do, and only a winter to do it in. Sir Rabe Remain here, train with the other knights, take what measures you can in terms of preparing this place for a siege. [Hearty]

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>>5907603
>The hammer may fall hardest on the Törwatcher Gates, but those citadels are anvils of war well used and well tested in the past. But the narrower and less popular passes, one of which Castle Rabe stands at the mouth of, they may not fare so well. Sir Rabe returns to home to make preperations there before the Banners are called. [Hearty]

>>5906933
V check
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>>5907603
>War may be on the horizon, but the Banners have not been called yet. Who else but you will look out for your missing kin? You must find him. With others of like, if they have the balls, but alone if need be. The Banners have not been called. Sir Rabe sets out with a small force into the Wasteland to find his brother. [Hearty]
Definitely more in-character for Karlaus, given how he behaved when we were being stalked by the Wodenaki

>>5906449
Moi
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>>5907603
>>The hammer may fall hardest on the Törwatcher Gates, but those citadels are anvils of war well used and well tested in the past. But the narrower and less popular passes, one of which Castle Rabe stands at the mouth of, they may not fare so well. Sir Rabe returns to home to make preperations there before the Banners are called. [Hearty]

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>>5906362
>Father Towbray, the zealous priest of the Angelite Sect

We’re BACK bitches - so keen

Slightly late boss, hope it’s still okay

>>5907603

>The hammer may fall hardest on the Törwatcher Gates, but those citadels are anvils of war well used and well tested in the past. But the narrower and less popular passes, one of which Castle Rabe stands at the mouth of, they may not fare so well. Sir Rabe returns to home to make preperations there before the Banners are called. [Hearty]
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>>5907603
>War may be on the horizon, but the Banners have not been called yet. Who else but you will look out for your missing kin? You must find him. With others of like, if they have the balls, but alone if need be. The Banners have not been called. Sir Rabe sets out with a small force into the Wasteland to find his brother. [Hearty]

Hoping it counts
>>5907625
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But dang, we'll be safe in Cathagi while our friends will be fighting for their lives against snakemens.

We'll literally come back with an Hawaiian shirt, sunglasses and tan while everyone's busy burying their deads.

"Sup Guys! Who wanna go on a lil' crusade in Ardenne?"
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>>5907657
Honestly as fucked up as it is we could use that. Their grief and anger towards the Foe could easily be turned towards Ardenne. A clear enemy, a clear goal, something for the entire nation to band together around and defeat as one. And an honourable man of legend to lead them into the darkness and into glory
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>>5907657
To be honest, the possibility of getting shanked in some shitty alley in Cathagi as a result of accidentally going head first into a complex battle of intrigue and skullduggery is very real.
>>5906947
posting rare Emile
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>>5907661
Or people will be weary after a potentially costly and bloody conflict after the foe and will be reluctant to jump into what seems like an especially perilous conflict which has been already been tried multiple time in history and has only concluded in complete defeat for Canton.

But still, I think you onto something. If after the snakemen war the Faction and the prince are trying to prepare for some shit, we could try to convince the queensmen (AKA our boy Gilbern) to push for our crusade and call for a massive conscription from the noble house, dragging as much of the Prince's forces with us into Ardenne.

But if it came to that, it will be a whole other can of worm.
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>>5907670
>>Or people will be weary after a potentially costly and bloody conflict after the foe and will be reluctant to jump into what seems like an especially perilous conflict which has been already been tried multiple time in history and has only concluded in complete defeat for Canton.

Oh I don't disagree at all, it'll be a hard sell. However, if the Angelites have spread far enough we'll be able to use them to rabble rouse a little, get people stirred up and outraged. Not only have we gone through a bloody battle against the Snakemen but the DEADMEN sit within our own lands, ruling a place that belongs to the living, in absolute defiance of what is right and just and good. It spits in the face of Cain and Adam and every living soul (etc etc).

And with Gilberns support (great idea btw, I didn't think of that) and a little political maneuvering to make anyone avoiding it seem cowardly and traitorous we might actually get the crusade we've been after.

In saying all that, pitching it like this is a bit too politically savvy for Emile. The idea might need to come from someone else (like Lady Vancewell). She could use it to help consolidate her own power and position and together we rise
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>>5907675
Although maybe he'll learn some political savviness whilst in Cathargi? This place is rife with dangerous politics after all
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>>5907675
Well, with a bit of luck ol' Father in Law might kick the bucket in the upcoming snakemen conflict. Lady Vancewell thus beinghis sole heir and gain the title.

Furthermore, with Montbrun being quite traditional folk, it's quite possible that relatives of Frida come for the position and land of the Vancewell.

And that's where our latter of courting come into play, cuz then Frida can say she was already being courted by someone and thus avoid all possible complication by marrying us and making us Vancewell successor (on paper).

We thus, gain lands, a wife and the possibility of leaving an heir before we go accomplishing our destiny.

Also, something I might have misunderstood. But is Father Towbray a relative of the Vancewell. If so, it would be hilarious as hell for him to office at our wedding.
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>>5907682
That's some good thinking re: Vancewell. I'm liking our possible future plans here for sure

>>is Father Towbray a relative of the Vancewell.

Can't remember honestly but yeah that'd be great
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>>5907603

>War may be on the horizon, but the Banners have not been called yet. Who else but you will look out for your missing kin? You must find him. With others of like, if they have the balls, but alone if need be. The Banners have not been called. Sir Rabe sets out with a small force into the Wasteland to find his brother. [Hearty]

I think that while I really don't want to risk our best bro Karlaus, since this is absolutely the riskiest option, I think given what I know about him, the most in-character option for him is to follow his brother out into the wastes. Karlaus is a heroic brother in arms-type, not the most pragmatic or the most ambitious person, and while the other two options are ones it makes sense for him to make, I think the one he WOULD make is to follow his brother into danger. He befriended Emile because Emile is exactly the kind of person who would do the same for his kin; that's what they have in common with each other.
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>>5907603
>War may be on the horizon, but the Banners have not been called yet. Who else but you will look out for your missing kin? You must find him. With others of like, if they have the balls, but alone if need be. The Banners have not been called. Sir Rabe sets out with a small force into the Wasteland to find his brother. [Hearty]

First this, since I fear if this isn’t chosen then his brother is absolutely going to be dead, rather then ambiguously missing as the text suggests right now. Besides that, How much of the Carthage Arc is going to be Skied forward by @Forgotten, and how much of it is going to be played straight? Because sitting in a palace doing intrigue for 5 straight years, is a bit much even for a former ASOIAF fan like myself.
>>5906551
Verify, thee Hereitic.
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>>5907603
>Politics aside, the Duke's seat of power will form the core of the Duchy's war effort. This is the time to take stock, to organise and begin getting used to fighting together. There is a lot of work to do, and only a winter to do it in. Sir Rabe Remain here, train with the other knights, take what measures you can in terms of preparing this place for a siege. [Hearty]
>>5906520
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>>5907603
>>Politics aside, the Duke's seat of power will form the core of the Duchy's war effort. This is the time to take stock, to organise and begin getting used to fighting together. There is a lot of work to do, and only a winter to do it in. Sir Rabe Remain here, train with the other knights, take what measures you can in terms of preparing this place for a siege. [Hearty]

>>5906461
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>>5907603
>>The hammer may fall hardest on the Törwatcher Gates, but those citadels are anvils of war well used and well tested in the past. But the narrower and less popular passes, one of which Castle Rabe stands at the mouth of, they may not fare so well. Sir Rabe returns to home to make preperations there before the Banners are called. [Hearty]

me >>5907579
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>>5907603
>The hammer may fall hardest on the Törwatcher Gates, but those citadels are anvils of war well used and well tested in the past. But the narrower and less popular passes, one of which Castle Rabe stands at the mouth of, they may not fare so well. Sir Rabe returns to home to make preperations there before the Banners are called. [Hearty]

>>5906900
dats me
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>>5907721
Not 5 years, we plan on being there, what, 2 years? If I remember correctly, that's how long the service in the DG lasts.
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>>5907149
this is me

>>5907603
>The hammer may fall hardest on the Törwatcher Gates, but those citadels are anvils of war well used and well tested in the past. But the narrower and less popular passes, one of which Castle Rabe stands at the mouth of, they may not fare so well. Sir Rabe returns to home to make preperations there before the Banners are called. [Hearty]
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>>5907789
Do you or anyone else know what the length of service is then? Because I very much remember it being at least a period of 3 years minimum. But if not, then I would happily love that to be shortened. It makes it so much easier for us to come in and kill the Prime Serpent if that service is reduced in length.
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>>5907799
I'm certain it was two years. And by the end of it you could choose from the Dragon treasure and take as much as you could carry. (5 Wealth)
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>>5907799
From thread 6:
>You have of course heard of the order, and you learn some more of the details now. The Dragon Guard is not considered one of the Cantôn orders, though many Cantôn knights have served on it alongside an eclectic body of warriors all foreign to Cathagi. A trial may be required to join, after which you are given a sack of gold [2 Wealth] and serve for two years as part of the Dragon’s personal bodyguard. After two years of service, largely sitting around the Crescent Palace from what you’ve heard, you are given as much riches from the treasury as you can carry in two hands [4 Wealth] and your time in the Dragon Guard is served.

So yea, 2 year service with plenty of gold to spend, if we don't die of course.
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>>5907818
Fucking Sweet! Granted the money system is differ now from before, but that’s going to make the time difference way better then what I had originally planned for it to be.
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>>5907603
>The hammer may fall hardest on the Törwatcher Gates, but those citadels are anvils of war well used and well tested in the past. But the narrower and less popular passes, one of which Castle Rabe stands at the mouth of, they may not fare so well. Sir Rabe returns to home to make preperations there before the Banners are called. [Hearty]

>>5906388
Glad you like it boss ! Here's a Pegasus knight.

Verification : >>5906384
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>>5907603
>>The hammer may fall hardest on the Törwatcher Gates, but those citadels are anvils of war well used and well tested in the past. But the narrower and less popular passes, one of which Castle Rabe stands at the mouth of, they may not fare so well. Sir Rabe returns to home to make preperations there before the Banners are called. [Hearty]

>>5906444
ME
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>>5907603
>War may be on the horizon, but the Banners have not been called yet. Who else but you will look out for your missing kin? You must find him. With others of like, if they have the balls, but alone if need be. The Banners have not been called. Sir Rabe sets out with a small force into the Wasteland to find his brother. [Hearty]

Emile went on a brother rescue mission, so why deny Rabe that duty?
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Am I still banned?

Let's find out
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I wasn't able to grab a V-card due to a rando IP range ban, but I wouldn't want to weasel in anyway; samefags shitted up the Prodigal Son thread awhile back.

Just want to stress to anons that heading back to Rabe lands is the smart choice, but Rabe is bold and brash, he wouldn't play it safe. In fact, he would swagger up to the Pegasi Kniggas, ask them if they're pussies or not, and dare them to join him in a search for his brother and other Broken Blade Crusaders. Inshallah
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AH DAMN IT!
I MISSED THE PUNCH IN!
Oh well, Guess I'm just reading this one. Good luck fellas! Don't do anything I wouldn't do!
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>>5907603
>The hammer may fall hardest on the Törwatcher Gates, but those citadels are anvils of war well used and well tested in the past. But the narrower and less popular passes, one of which Castle Rabe stands at the mouth of, they may not fare so well. Sir Rabe returns to home to make preperations there before the Banners are called. [Hearty]

>>5906571
M
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>>5907603
>The hammer may fall hardest on the Törwatcher Gates, but those citadels are anvils of war well used and well tested in the past. But the narrower and less popular passes, one of which Castle Rabe stands at the mouth of, they may not fare so well. Sir Rabe returns to home to make preperations there before the Banners are called. [Hearty]

>>5906391
this is me
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>>5907603
>War may be on the horizon, but the Banners have not been called yet. Who else but you will look out for your missing kin? You must find him. With others of like, if they have the balls, but alone if need be. The Banners have not been called. Sir Rabe sets out with a small force into the Wasteland to find his brother. [Hearty]

>>5906973
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>>5907603
>The hammer may fall hardest on the Törwatcher Gates, but those citadels are anvils of war well used and well tested in the past. But the narrower and less popular passes, one of which Castle Rabe stands at the mouth of, they may not fare so well. Sir Rabe returns to home to make preperations there before the Banners are called. [Hearty]
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>>5907603
>>War may be on the horizon, but the Banners have not been called yet. Who else but you will look out for your missing kin? You must find him. With others of like, if they have the balls, but alone if need be. The Banners have not been called. Sir Rabe sets out with a small force into the Wasteland to find his brother. [Hearty]

me>>5906395
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>>5907657
A Knight is sworn to defend the realm and we promised to aid Rabe, not to mention Vancewell could be in the firing line.
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>>5907603
>Politics aside, the Duke's seat of power will form the core of the Duchy's war effort. This is the time to take stock, to organise and begin getting used to fighting together. There is a lot of work to do, and only a winter to do it in. Sir Rabe Remain here, train with the other knights, take what measures you can in terms of preparing this place for a siege. [Hearty]
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>>5907682
Staying in Cathagi makes Fridas Courtship more difficult and doesn't exactly e hence our material prospects nor does any build up for ardenne, relying on any arbitrary chance for her father dying fighting the snake men seems dubious if not foolish, if anything we should be actively participating in events if we want to marry her.
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We need to remember a few things when it comes to Cathaggi, plans and the future.

1. Vancewells Courtship to the Marquis is purposefully on fast rack by both families probably due to the upcoming montbrine bowl, a crisis will do to that powder keg.

We only have a leg in the door due to Pascae and the Marquis being temporarily incapacitated.

2.The Faction situation is going to blow up sooner or later and God knows what's planned within that, with the birth of the second prince at the start of the thread I'm inclined to believe very soon.

3.Cathaggi while it's reach is long is a whole world away from Canton, unless we invest the money and time extremely well we aren't exactly gaining material for our future endeavours outside the wealth.

The Dragonguard might be prestigious but it's also quasi traitorous and compeletly subservient to Cathaggi politics.

4.Many of the events are going to heavily affect our friends, families and loved ones and staying abroad means not helping any of them and just accepting whatever happens with little hope of intervening.
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>>5907603
>>War may be on the horizon, but the Banners have not been called yet. Who else but you will look out for your missing kin? You must find him. With others of like, if they have the balls, but alone if need be. The Banners have not been called. Sir Rabe sets out with a small force into the Wasteland to find his brother. [Hearty]

He can search for the brother and perhaps scout for the path the serpents will take.

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>>5908184
Well, all of these are very good points and all, but our friendship and trust with Gilbern depends on us joining the Dragon Guard and sending information. I doubt we will be the next James Bonds, but we can do the bare minimum. Plus, if we don't have Gilbern on our side, the First Herald will paint a nice target on out back. Furthermore, the Prince is very aware of us and he doesn't like us, especially after foiling his plans. We must cool off for a while and stay out of his reach, let Mother, Sister and Robert build up some favours and shore up the defense, so to speak.

And yes, courting Frida will be a challenge, but lets hope we can intrigue her enough until we return. Hell, if it really becomes too serious, we can always come back, no?
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>>5908201
>but our friendship and trust with Gilbern depends on us joining the Dragon Guard and sending information

I'd argue it stands on being more loyal and true to his cause than simply the joining the Dragonguard which many anons have laid as the most obvious way forward, if we were to lay out a plan to say.... sway a powerful and ambitious house to his cause with solid material for reasonable cause he'd likely be on board.

As for doing the bare minimum for the Dragonguard, that's two years for anything and everything to happen and no discernible way to walk away from it if we want to and additionally we will have to not only navigate the dangers of theor politics but the absolute authority and undisputiable word of the Dragon itself if it says "Kill the orphans" we will have to kill the orphans.

the First herald and the prince are a concern and I don't disagree they'll will be issues but they both have larger fish to fry than us, I agree stay off at least the prince's radar for a bit to cool down but that doesn't mean staying Cathaggi.

>And yes, courting Frida will be a challenge, but lets hope we can intrigue her enough until we return. Hell, if it really becomes too serious, we can always come back, no?

Again it makes a situation that we barely have a foot in and are already punching way above our weight in much harder and we have no idea what cancelling the contract entails with the Dragonguard entails, it could be death, slavery or something even worse.
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>>5908201
We also have a lot of new things to learn while we are here that will help us back home. I posted this in one of the last threads, but its a list of things we should look to do while we are here for 2 years.

To Do in Cathago
>Join the Dragon Guard
>Find Sir Gilbern's Aethenium Contact
>Gather information on the Sons of Sin from the Aethenium
>Gather information on Ardenne from the Aethenium
>Gather information on Jess' weird loyalty ritual from the Aethenium
>Get a way to translate Jess' language or otherwise start teaching her the Cantonian Dialect
>Discover the words said by Cain to the Dragon
>Seek out the hermit Swordmaster Zawahiel
>Discover and Interfere in and the Prince's plans in Cathagi
>Study for our Praetor exam/search Aethenium for ancient law for Praetor bonuses
>Inform Chaptermaster Callahan about the Echo of Adam and textual differences in the Book of Brothers
>Confront Chaptermaster Callahan about the Order of Chains
>Engage in Commerce (strictly no Copperclipping) and make trade contacts for the Andrei family.
>Keep an eye out for nice things for Frida
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>>5908223
I should say, its not like we will be doing nothing if we stay here. We have debts to pay, a crusade that needs funding, we need to make new friends, and become stronger to fight the Foe that infest Ardenne. Nova Cathagi is the place we can learn about and acquire the things we need to fight without special dispensation or raising attention.
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Question, but since it’s been so dang long since the last thread, what kind of upgrades and/or traits that we can get for ourselves? How can we get them? And, are their anyways to naturally improve on our combat prowess while we also start finally getting around to helping to deal with our social and Cunning that I think outside of a -20 speech buff, we are severely lacking and need a number of improvements on?
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>>5907603
>>The hammer may fall hardest on the Törwatcher Gates, but those citadels are anvils of war well used and well tested in the past. But the narrower and less popular passes, one of which Castle Rabe stands at the mouth of, they may not fare so well. Sir Rabe returns to home to make preperations there before the Banners are called. [Hearty]

>>5906834
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>>5908223
I feel we should run some caravans back to Canton at the very least, we mad a fair bit of cash while doing it in Canton and Cathaggi is a focus of global trade so its quite lucrative even when not copperclipping.

Might also be a good way to show Frida we aren't entirely a meathead who can only hit things with his shield.

>Discover the words said by Cain to the Dragon
Do you really think the Dragon would actually answer that when its related to its utmost humiliation?
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>>5908239
We havent seen the Market yet so right now thats a bit nebulous, our Knight vows are powerful if compromising due to the vows associated with them and outside that Allies and comrades can help at times.
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>>5908239
We can't get better armor or weapons unless we get some serious favor or fey/magic/divine boost. We also just got a magic bastard sword.
If we want to improve our combat skills we would probably need to dedicate some our time with a teacher. I mention it in my list, but Swordmaster Zawahiel is somewhere out in the desert wastes around Cathagi.
As our next upgrade to improve our social stuff "easily" we need to spend money to get the expensive finery beyond good clothes for a +5dc.
There's also a lot of things to unlock from gaining Adam/Cain points. There's also Thorn points, but we should be trying to lose our Thorn points now anyway for Beseeching the Angel bonuses. -5dc for each point sucks man.

>>5908243
>Do you really think the Dragon would actually answer that when its related to its utmost humiliation?
If we were to earn its favor in an Emile fashion we could possibly ask for what was said or other such information about the faith/SoS. Though to be honest such a favor could be better used to save people alive today than to worry about the words of the past for those sweet Adam points. There's also the Aethenium. It might be written down somewhere.
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How should we actually wage war on the deadmen folks? Been thinking about it while on break, my thought is a build up forts along main roads into whatever population centers we want to retake.
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>>5908239
I think we have a positive speech modifier that also has the caveat of always saying the truth?
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>>5908243
>Do you really think the Dragon would actually answer that when its related to its utmost humiliation?

I think that's dependent on if we get on his good side for sure if we ask him straight up he roasts us but if we ask him after helping him with something (like getting him a new animal for his menagerie) he maybe more amicable it is a risk but it's not something I see as impossible
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>>5908275
Getting on the Dragon's good side enough for him to willingly give up the information we seek would probably be a Quest in and of itself. We have too much on our plate to spend a decade getting on an up-jumped satanic lizard's good side just to learn something that we could find out through easier/more expedient means.
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>>5908265
>>5908275
I don't know about you but cozying up to a tyrannical lizard who has pretty literally enslaved a good chunk of humanity leaves a bad taste in mouth.

>it is a risk but it's not something I see as impossible
look I agree it's not but it's reaching the incredulous point of critting forbidden lore levels of possible, not to mention being a huge timesink and dubious prospect of laying the ground for the opportunity.

>>5908266
Seems like trying to overcome the puppetmasters of the deadmen is the best bet, Forts seem to be the current strategy but I don't know if we'll be able to take the longform strategy on such a campagin as the deadmen are unrelenting.
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>>5908336
I think you are overthinking how long and hard we have to work here. All the Exoria needed to do was bring him a big animal from Canton. Granted it wasn't easy, but I think if the perfect opportunity presents itself we can earn a favor.

Also not to get too meta, but this is a Quest. Opportunity generally presents itself. Forgotten surely wouldn't have us timeskip through 2 years with zero interesting things happening or a way to prove ourselves.
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>>5907603
>Politics aside, the Duke's seat of power will form the core of the Duchy's war effort. This is the time to take stock, to organise and begin getting used to fighting together. There is a lot of work to do, and only a winter to do it in. Sir Rabe Remain here, train with the other knights, take what measures you can in terms of preparing this place for a siege. [Hearty]
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>>5908223
Also add:
>Hire tutor to teach Jess and Mikail Cantonian (And also Emile Cathargi)
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>>5907603
Hearty Definitional strikes m,e as the most in character for Rabe. Suicidal mission worthy of the songs? uhhh yes please

>War may be on the horizon, but the Banners have not been called yet. Who else but you will look out for your missing kin? You must find him. With others of like, if they have the balls, but alone if need be. The Banners have not been called. Sir Rabe sets out with a small force into the Wasteland to find his brother. [Hearty]

Veri
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>>5908464
i think you want to undersell the task to sell the fantasy, Exoria had to travel 3/4's of the world to obtain that Direwolf and as far as we were told was a passing fancy, it could be likely its less than that but I don't think you should be selling it short, we are in strange lands and have only really begun to scratch the surface of their alien politics, we do not know consequences of overreaching or trespassing particulalry when it comes to the Dragon whos every word is very literally the law.
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>>5907603
>>The hammer may fall hardest on the Törwatcher Gates, but those citadels are anvils of war well used and well tested in the past. But the narrower and less popular passes, one of which Castle Rabe stands at the mouth of, they may not fare so well. Sir Rabe returns to home to make preperations there before the Banners are called. [Hearty]

me >>5906990
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>>5908223
Not to forget find what could possibly be the surviving members of house Ardenne, who's apparently still in Cathagi as we speak.

He could be useful to us, if only to learn more about what happened to his family that night. And he could also possibly give us justification for our crusade.
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>>5908608
Th Ardenne heir left long before we heard about him according to Towbrays friend.

I sincerely think the crusade is better off without his bloodline being involved since it opens a can of worms about what comes after we don't need on top of the typical crusading politics.
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>>5908622

>“So, he could still be here.” You consider what leads might be available to you, but to describe them as scant at this very moment in time would be unduly charitable. “Brazen enough to have his heraldry recorded by a scholar abroad, but not so foolish as to thumb the eye of the Duchess Romaine directly on our home territory.”

From how Forgotten has written it, it seems more likely he would still be in the city
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>>5908628
Huh, guess I'll eat my hat. Guess the question now is what in the pit is he doing here?
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>>5908265
>There's also the Aethenium. It might be written down somewhere.
>>5908289
> lizard's good side just to learn something that we could find out through easier/more expedient means.
2 years
if the dragon is as ruthlessly prideful as people are saying theres no way he would allow the aethenium to record the events of those days in honest light, it was his worst defeat he suffered it would be heavily doctored and biased which is why the only way your getting the truth on the matter is from the dragon himself in a private audience where his pride and public image are not at stake

he has a vested interest in either downplaying the events or simply banning them from being discussed in public discourse. as it could easily lead to a second slave revolt or a assassination attempt if people think humans are strong enough to take him out

if you think the info is not worth sucking up to him that's fine not gonna argue that point but I really doubt we will find the truth about the brothers in a cathagi library
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>>5908633
Ironically enough, I'd wager the same we're trying to do: Trying to found information and gather strength to reclaim Ardenne.

I'll go further and bet he's himself already in the Dragon guard.

He might have already chatted with the Gorgon Caste for magical favors or informations
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Whilst we wait for an update I'm just going to drop some info I've been collecting on the Sons of Sin. Nothing groundbreaking but fun to keep track of:


• Adam and Cain are the 6th and 7th Sons respectively (likely Anguish and Adversary). Both rejected Sin – Thread 16

• Adam was martyred (Anguish) – Thread 16

• Cain went hunting his other brothers (the Sons of Sin) (Adversary) – Thread 16

• Son of Sin Agony was sighted decades ago (at least as far back as the Crusades) somewhere south and east of Cathagi and the Deepwood – Thread 13

• Son of Sin Anarchy was sighted and bound beneath the ruins – Threads 16/17

• Sons of Sin cannot be permanently killed, once killed they must be quickly bound as they take a new host – Thread 17

• The previous location of the Son of Sin Abyssal is discovered. Silver chains and black sails are referenced (the black sails include an image specifically of “Black Sails” by Forgotten). Black sails have been referenced to be a terrible thing to see at sea – almost certain doom. The words “Seek. Deep. Into. The. ABYSS” are repeated.

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Princes Body Guard:

• A red armoured knight referred to as “Sanguine” – Thread 25

• Forgotten uses an image called “The Paladin Sanguine” for the red armoured bodyguard – Thread 25

• “The Paladin Sanguine” has many names including but not limited to: “The Knight in Red” and “The Crimson Chevalier” – Thread 25

• The Paladin Sanguine provides evidence for being the Son of Sin Avarice, to quote: ““As for what I want?” The Paladin Sanguine leans in close, his voice dropping to a whisper. “I want what we all want deep down, Emile. Money. Adoration. Power. I want it ALL””

• During the assault at Motte-Fallavon where Man broke the power of the Wild, there was a warrior clad in “dull red” armour “Metaxas Sinclarus”. This man is listed as “Cains Chosen 2nd Emancipation Cohort” (12). This man survived in the vision we had. This is after a bargain with Sin was struck and the Sons were forged but before the Seventh Son began to hunt the remaining Sins (16). – Threads 12, 16

• The Prince is seen with his protector described as wearing “full-plate forged to a dull red” – Thread 9

• In Thread 13, the assault on the ruins at Motte-Fallavon where Anarchy is being kept, Sir Gilbern references a “red monster” helping the Kingsman faction. This is likely alluding to the Son of Sin Avarice, the Princes bodyguard. – Thread 13

• Later in Thread 16 a guard references “that red fucker” as killing people indiscriminately, clearly the same person being referenced by Sir Gilbern, likely the Princes bodyguard, the Son of Sin Avarice. – Thread 16
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>>5908638
The first option seems a bit strange since more than wealth will be needed o retake Ardenne and the house is practically non-existent but at the same time I can't see another big game reason so to speak why he'd be here.

>>5908642
I feel I should point out that one of the Ancestor's from our vision atthe Fallavon vigil had a dull red breastplate.
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>>5908642
Also thread sixteen fucker might more likely refer to Anarchy who also was red and on the scene, I believe the vigil in Aubreys had Avarice mentioned in passing as the prince's guard.
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>>5908666
>>Also thread sixteen fucker might more likely refer to Anarchy who also was red and on the scene, I believe the vigil in Aubreys had Avarice mentioned in passing as the prince's guard.

Ah yep, you're correct. That's my mistake, I should have reviewed it more closely. That's Anarchy in thread 16

>>5908665
>>I feel I should point out that one of the Ancestor's from our vision at the Fallavon vigil had a dull red breastplate.

On this one though, I can't find mention of a red breastplate specifically. However, I believe that is Metaxas Sinclarus. He was who we saw in the vigil vision wearing dull red full-plate armour Thread 12 and known as Cains Chosen 2nd Emancipation Cohort
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>SELECTED: The hammer may fall hardest on the Törwatcher Gates, but those citadels are anvils of war well used and well tested in the ages past. But the narrower and less popular passes, one of which Castle Rabe stands at the mouth of, they may not fare so well. Sir Rabe returns home to make preperations there before the Banners are called. [Hearty]

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Castle Andrei, year unknown.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBsCV9wwbfg&ab_channel=JeffGrace-Topic - Ardenrise

It is your home, Castle Andrei, the stronghold and refuge of your noble house these past 300 years since the Night of Three Sisters. The familiar walls loom before you, but the promise of security and home you used to feel is replaced with... absence.

Snow builds in the courtyard unattended, blocking doorways, windows and thoroughfares. Vines, leafless and ashen black, curl up over steps and walls in the manner of clutching fingers. The roof of the keep has collapsed inward like soft-boiled egg punctured by a finger. You cannot tell if the gaping rift in the curtain wall was caused by a violent collapse under siege, or the result of time and inattention. There are no corpses where invaders would have stormed the breach or scaled the walls, nor are bodies where the defenders would have laid down their lives to repel the attackers present. No bodies, or even bloodstains. But for a son of Romaine, the absence of bodies rarely serves as any meaningful reassurance.

Half of the door to the castle lies cast upon the floor, the interior of the castle open to the elements, the other half swinging on a single hinge in the chilling breeze. It is your home, Castle Andrei, but not as you know it.

Inside is only worse.

[1/4]
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Walking up the frozen stone stairway feels more like venturing into a cursed, long-forgotten tomb than it does a return to the the hearth and home you remember. This long hallway where your siblings chased each other, their laughter echoing and bringing smiles to the servants and men-at-arms you each ducked between, empty and silent. That fireplace where Father let you and Damien stay up well past your bedtime as you listened rapt with attention to the veterans of his guard sharing stories of war and glory with one another, desolate and cold. Here the great hall where your people, family and subjects all, took their meals together and lit the nights with sound and song. Hushed and bare, now more a crime scene than a place for feasting.

You find your family seated around the head table in the great hall. Their bodies are desicatted, long having rotted and left nothing for the crows and other scavengers. But it is clear they each met violent ends, ribs shattered, skulls cracked or missing skeletal limbs.

Lord Nikolas Andrei, Father, leans back at the head of the table. His jaw of grey bone is extended upwards in a silent scream of horror. To his left, in various mute postures of terror, your sisters lie in turn. Maryla, the bravest, her courage futile in the end. Halina, book clutched tight to her chest as a futile shield. Anastazja, recognizable only by virtue of the prettiest dress now little more than brightly coloured rags. Roselyn, resigned to an end her schemes could not forestall. To Father's right, the sight of Mother's remains futilely hunched over the youngest twins, Lenna and Aleksy, finally drives you to your knees weeping.

" 'I shall reclaim Ardenne, or die in the attempt.' " A figure stands by a shattered window, the curtain makes no sound as it flaps in the winter wind. "That is the oath you took, isn't it?"

"Brother?" The shred of hope sparked at the sound of Young Lord Damien Andrei's voice wilts as you look at him closer.

[2/4]
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"To wage war on the Dread Lords. To challenge their reign and interfere with their plans. To upset the natural order." Your brother shakes his head, the left side of his face is entirely missing. His right eye stares through you, deathless and disappointed. "Did you not pause to think of who would bear the cost? The countless souls that you would condemn?"

"No..."

"You sought to make your mark on the world, boy." You turn at the voice of Father, to see him now hunched over the end of the table from his noble seat. His empty eyes are lances into your soul.

"No..." You cannot move, you cannot even cry out or protest your best of intentions. The other corpses around the table begin to stir. "Father, please..."

"And in your arrogance..." Father's voice is not alone, the chilling weight of ages and accussation of every restless soul denied their final peace lurks behind those empty eyes. "You Have Doomed Us All."

You feel cold talons, ageless and far from anything remotely human, grip the back of your neck as the skeletal hands of your murdered family reach for you in a loveless embrace.

[3/4]
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"No!!!" You cry out in a strangled moan, thrashing an arm up with your shadowed oponent, wasting precious moments before half-realising you are merely tangled up in a blanket.

"Milord!" It takes you a moment to register the boy standing at the foot of your bed, a sheathed sword in one hand and the other held out in the same way a stableboy might calm a jittery stallion.

"M...Mikail?" You ask blearily, tiredness already seeping back in now that your heart has stopped racing.

"All's well Brother Rousseau, you needn't come in. No, we're fine. Thank you kindly, holy sir." You hear your squire speaking at the doorway, before turning back to you. The sheathed blade is now nowhere to be seen. "Rest, sire. You're safe."

Safe? Yes... Yes, that's right. You can feel the humidity now, and hear the ocean waves. You're in Cathagi, a guest of Kyria Eustace on the Stratiokas Caste's island home. You're not in any immediate danger, not here at least, and home is thousands of miles and an entire sea away. You're fine. Everyone is fine.

"Rest easy milord." Your faithful squire picks up the flung blanket from the floor, the concern in his eyes now merely attentive to the details incumbent with his duties. "You'll have forgotten this by morning, I'm sure."

Even as you hear the words the details of your troubling dream begin to slip from your mind like mist through your fingers, but the memory of Mikail's troubled expression in your waking moments lingers a little longer before your thoughts fully turn to the present.

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> "... Mikail. My clothes, and those sandals." You go for a quiet walk in the early hours of the morning, alone, watching the Sun rise on this Stratiokas. Still troubled and unable find rest, you find a peaceful spot to pray. [Divine]

>"Cain on the Cross... That is the last time I have khave before bed. Well squire, fancy an early start to our morning constitutionals?" You try to shake your unease with a jest and distraction. Combat has always cleared the mind in your case. You spar at the nearby palaestra, first with Mikail and then with another early riser from among the locals. [Hearty]

> "Reginae have mercy on us... Mikail, what time is it?" There is not even the hint of of light outside. You try to slip back to sleep, and even get a few more hours in before dawn comes. This waking nightmare will pass, and day will come again. You dream of family and rest easy. [Idealist] (Avoid Tired modifier)
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>>5908702

>"Cain on the Cross... That is the last time I have khave before bed. Well squire, fancy an early start to our morning constitutionals?" You try to shake your unease with a jest and distraction. Combat has always cleared the mind in your case. You spar at the nearby palaestra, first with Mikail and then with another early riser from among the locals. [Hearty]

I was tempted to go for the Divine option but I think Mikail deserves our attention. He's not just a good lad, he's the best. So we'll spar, we'll train and we'll see where he is at. Lets make the most of an early start to the day, we're a knight after all


>>5906373
Linking
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>>5908702
> "... Mikail. My clothes, and those sandals." You go for a quiet walk in the early hours of the morning, alone, watching the Sun rise on this Stratiokas. Still troubled and unable find rest, you find a peaceful spot to pray. [Divine]

pray the bad feels away

>>5906391
this is me
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>>5908702
> "... Mikail. My clothes, and those sandals." You go for a quiet walk in the early hours of the morning, alone, watching the Sun rise on this Stratiokas. Still troubled and unable find rest, you find a peaceful spot to pray. [Divine]
FAITH BROTHERS, FAITH
>>5906978
C'est Moi

I'm making my way rereading the Quest to catch up on the lore, still unbelievably excited you're back Forgotten, and I can't wait until we make zombies explode with our holy cock, also is our magic shit gonna make us shoot blanks or is God on a different wavelength?
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>>5908702
>> "... Mikail. My clothes, and those sandals." You go for a quiet walk in the early hours of the morning, alone, watching the Sun rise on this Stratiokas. Still troubled and unable find rest, you find a peaceful spot to pray. [Divine]

>>5906380
V-Card
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>>5908702
>> "... Mikail. My clothes, and those sandals." You go for a quiet walk in the early hours of the morning, alone, watching the Sun rise on this Stratiokas. Still troubled and unable find rest, you find a peaceful spot to pray. [Divine]

>>5906365
mors certa, hora incerta
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Also
>Father towbray leaves
>Immediately be afflicted by visions casting doubt on the crusade

Fucking deadmen illuminati
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>>5908705
>also is our magic shit gonna make us shoot blanks or is God on a different wavelength?
>not being megachad to slap them with your living cock
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>>5908702
>"Cain on the Cross... That is the last time I have khave before bed. Well squire, fancy an early start to our morning constitutionals?" You try to shake your unease with a jest and distraction. Combat has always cleared the mind in your case. You spar at the nearby palaestra, first with Mikail and then with another early riser from among the locals. [Hearty]

“Come boy, I was blessed with troubled sleep and now im going to make it everyone’s problem.”

Me>>5906990
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>>5908702
> "... Mikail. My clothes, and those sandals." You go for a quiet walk in the early hours of the morning, alone, watching the Sun rise on this Stratiokas. Still troubled and unable find rest, you find a peaceful spot to pray. [Divine]

Laugh in the face of our opposition. It is laughable that our enemies are so fearful of us that they seek to pathetically haunt my dreams at the mere idea that they are challenged.
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>>5908705
The blessing of the Almighty and the miracles of his disciples are distinct from and superior to any blasphemous sorcerous magiks. To even suggest they are related or comparable to one another is heresy of the highest order.
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>>5908715
>>5906424
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>>5908702
> "... Mikail. My clothes, and those sandals." You go for a quiet walk in the early hours of the morning, alone, watching the Sun rise on this Stratiokas. Still troubled and unable find rest, you find a peaceful spot to pray. [Divine]

Still unsure if my late anchor counts, continuing to use it for now:
>>5907625
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>>5908716
do saints who wield relics have kids though?
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>>5908720
Don't worry anon, I'm counting you.
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>>5908724
And do saints who wield relics have shortened lifespans?

I do love a good causation vs correlation argument.
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>>5908726
touche, though I can't help but notice you didn't answer the question, you wouldn't leave an answer dubious right right?
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>>5908726
The evasion is... Telling
Also the Creedo Caininite Is 100% looking for the ArchSinners to help kill the Deadites, we should get them on side somehow
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>>5908702

>"Cain on the Cross... That is the last time I have khave before bed. Well squire, fancy an early start to our morning constitutionals?" You try to shake your unease with a jest and distraction. Combat has always cleared the mind in your case. You spar at the nearby palaestra, first with Mikail and then with another early riser from among the locals. [Hearty]


We haven't spent enough time with Mikail lately, and I'm also always shamelessly curious about whatever mystery NPCs Forgotten wants to throw our way. I don't like that Tired modifier, but metagaming everything we love away for 5 DC is a Prince kind of move, and those days are long behind us
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>>5908725
Aw yiss thanks Boss!
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>>5908702
>"Cain on the Cross... That is the last time I have khave before bed. Well squire, fancy an early start to our morning constitutionals?" You try to shake your unease with a jest and distraction. Combat has always cleared the mind in your case. You spar at the nearby palaestra, first with Mikail and then with another early riser from among the locals. [Hearty]
Just a nightmare, that's all. Just a nightmare...
>>5906437
Moi
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>>5908702
>> "Reginae have mercy on us... Mikail, what time is it?" There is not even the hint of of light outside. You try to slip back to sleep, and even get a few more hours in before dawn comes. This waking nightmare will pass, and day will come again. You dream of family and rest easy. [Idealist] (Avoid Tired modifier)
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>>5908737
verification
>>5906400
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>>5908702
>> "... Mikail. My clothes, and those sandals." You go for a quiet walk in the early hours of the morning, alone, watching the Sun rise on this Stratiokas. Still troubled and unable find rest, you find a peaceful spot to pray. [Divine]
>>5906395
tis me
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>>5908702

vp:>>5906711


> "Reginae have mercy on us... Mikail, what time is it?" There is not even the hint of of light outside. You try to slip back to sleep, and even get a few more hours in before dawn comes. This waking nightmare will pass, and day will come again. You dream of family and rest easy. [Idealist] (Avoid Tired modifier)
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>>5908702
>Cain on the Cross... That is the last time I have khave before bed. Well squire, fancy an early start to our morning constitutionals?" You try to shake your unease with a jest and distraction. Combat has always cleared the mind in your case. You spar at the nearby palaestra, first with Mikail and then with another early riser from among the locals. [Hearty]

>>5906394
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>>5908702
> "... Mikail. My clothes, and those sandals." You go for a quiet walk in the early hours of the morning, alone, watching the Sun rise on this Stratiokas. Still troubled and unable find rest, you find a peaceful spot to pray. [Divine]


Verify
>>5906389
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>>5908702
>> "... Mikail. My clothes, and those sandals." You go for a quiet walk in the early hours of the morning, alone, watching the Sun rise on this Stratiokas. Still troubled and unable find rest, you find a peaceful spot to pray. [Divine]
>>5906506
Me.
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>>5908702
>> "Reginae have mercy on us... Mikail, what time is it?" There is not even the hint of of light outside. You try to slip back to sleep, and even get a few more hours in before dawn comes. This waking nightmare will pass, and day will come again. You dream of family and rest easy. [Idealist]
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>>5908702
>>"Cain on the Cross... That is the last time I have khave before bed. Well squire, fancy an early start to our morning constitutionals?" You try to shake your unease with a jest and distraction. Combat has always cleared the mind in your case. You spar at the nearby palaestra, first with Mikail and then with another early riser from among the locals. [Hearty]

We are not so meek to be shaken by a simple night terror!

>>5906383
Me
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>>5908702
> "Reginae have mercy on us... Mikail, what time is it?" There is not even the hint of of light outside. You try to slip back to sleep, and even get a few more hours in before dawn comes. This waking nightmare will pass, and day will come again. You dream of family and rest easy. [Idealist]

We should sleep, I'm tired of working with this -5 dc. If you would sacrifice Kid for +5dc, you can sleep an extra few hours to keep it. We're still injured too.
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>>5908702
>Cain on the Cross... That is the last time I have khave before bed. Well squire, fancy an early start to our morning constitutionals?" You try to shake your unease with a jest and distraction. Combat has always cleared the mind in your case. You spar at the nearby palaestra, first with Mikail and then with another early riser from among the locals. [Hearty]

VP: >>5906551
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>>5908702
>"Cain on the Cross... That is the last time I have khave before bed. Well squire, fancy an early start to our morning constitutionals?" You try to shake your unease with a jest and distraction. Combat has always cleared the mind in your case. You spar at the nearby palaestra, first with Mikail and then with another early riser from among the locals. [Hearty]
Hopefully we can learn something from the other warriors on this island as well. What a disturbing dream.

>>5906449
me
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>>5908702
> "... Mikail. My clothes, and those sandals." You go for a quiet walk in the early hours of the morning, alone, watching the Sun rise on this Stratiokas. Still troubled and unable find rest, you find a peaceful spot to pray. [Divine]

me : >>5906384
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>>5908702
> "Reginae have mercy on us... Mikail, what time is it?" There is not even the hint of of light outside. You try to slip back to sleep, and even get a few more hours in before dawn comes. This waking nightmare will pass, and day will come again. You dream of family and rest easy. [Idealist]

>>5906461
Me.
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>>5908702
> "Reginae have mercy on us... Mikail, what time is it?" There is not even the hint of of light outside. You try to slip back to sleep, and even get a few more hours in before dawn comes. This waking nightmare will pass, and day will come again. You dream of family and rest easy. [Idealist]
>>5907742
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>>5908702
> "... Mikail. My clothes, and those sandals." You go for a quiet walk in the early hours of the morning, alone, watching the Sun rise on this Stratiokas. Still troubled and unable find rest, you find a peaceful spot to pray. [Divine]

it is time to /nightwalk/

>>5906900
me
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>>5908702
>"Cain on the Cross... That is the last time I have khave before bed. Well squire, fancy an early start to our morning constitutionals?" You try to shake your unease with a jest and distraction. Combat has always cleared the mind in your case. You spar at the nearby palaestra, first with Mikail and then with another early riser from among the locals. [Hearty]
MYSTERY BOX
>>5906519
ANCHORS AWAY
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>>5908702
> "... Mikail. My clothes, and those sandals." You go for a quiet walk in the early hours of the morning, alone, watching the Sun rise on this Stratiokas. Still troubled and unable find rest, you find a peaceful spot to pray. [Divine]

He needs company.

>>5906666
(Me)
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>>5908702
>> "Reginae have mercy on us... Mikail, what time is it?" There is not even the hint of of light outside. You try to slip back to sleep, and even get a few more hours in before dawn comes. This waking nightmare will pass, and day will come again. You dream of family and rest easy. [Idealist]

>>5906444
Me.
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>>5908702

> "... Mikail. My clothes, and those sandals." You go for a quiet walk in the early hours of the morning, alone, watching the Sun rise on this Stratiokas. Still troubled and unable find rest, you find a peaceful spot to pray. [Divine]

Pray the fae away

Veri>>5907443
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>>5908702
>"... Mikail. My clothes, and those sandals." You go for a quiet walk in the early hours of the morning, alone, watching the Sun rise on this Stratiokas. Still troubled and unable find rest, you find a peaceful spot to pray. [Divine]

Ask him to join us on the walk though

>>5907655
V card

>>5908709
Do we need a new confessor given the Father’s absence?
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>>5909041
I bet theres one somewhere in the city if were really in need for spiritual guidance.
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>>5906399
>>5908702
> "... Mikail. My clothes, and those sandals." You go for a quiet walk in the early hours of the morning, alone, watching the Sun rise on this Stratiokas. Still troubled and unable find rest, you find a peaceful spot to pray. [Divine]
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>>5908702
>"Reginae have mercy on us... Mikail, what time is it?" There is not even the hint of of light outside. You try to slip back to sleep, and even get a few more hours in before dawn comes. This waking nightmare will pass, and day will come again. You dream of family and rest easy. [Idealist]
+5 DC

>>5907003
Me
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>>5909041
nahhhh we have an angel
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>>5906973
FP

>>5908702
>"Cain on the Cross... That is the last time I have khave before bed. Well squire, fancy an early start to our morning constitutionals?" You try to shake your unease with a jest and distraction. Combat has always cleared the mind in your case. You spar at the nearby palaestra, first with Mikail and then with another early riser from among the locals. [Hearty]
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>>5906360
Oh man here we go again.
Can't believe I missed the deadline to post, demm wife and new puppy keeping me distracted.
Guse il have just have to lurk and enjoy the ride.
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>>5909041
Possibly but given the limited nature of the faiths place is Cathaggi it might be hard to have one thats trustworthy or orthodox.
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>>5909357
Chapel master has been proposed last thread, and it's a choice I support, even though it's a little presumptuous
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>>5909358
I dunno we didn't get any answers to why he possesses that flail, if he turns out to be in bed with one of the ongoing conspiracies that could be trouble.
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>>5909368
What's the deal with a flail? I can't remember
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>>5909386
There was a Censer in his office that hung from a sliver chain. He could be in the the Order of Chains or know of it.
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>>5908702
> "Reginae have mercy on us... Mikail, what time is it?" There is not even the hint of of light outside. You try to slip back to sleep, and even get a few more hours in before dawn comes. This waking nightmare will pass, and day will come again. You dream of family and rest easy. [Idealist]

>>5906706
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>>5909396
Ahh. And from what we've gathered the order of chains is committed to combatting the sons of sin? My following of the plots is really foggy
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>>5909478
They were, for reasons that aren't entirely clear they seem to at least be no longer active, at worse knowledge of them is heretical as it challenges the orthodoxy of the faith.

We need to tread carefully when exploring them, we might have a rising star as a secondary reginate agent but we could readily fall if we tread wrongly.
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>>5909480
God damn, I need to re read through this thing.
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>>5909492
Theirs a conspiracy pastebin but I'm having trouble accessing it right now so it might be dead, also I'm not sure if it's up to date.

https://pastebin.com/55pd59ku
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>>5907149
it me

>>5908702
> "... Mikail. My clothes, and those sandals." You go for a quiet walk in the early hours of the morning, alone, watching the Sun rise on this Stratiokas. Still troubled and unable find rest, you find a peaceful spot to pray. [Divine]
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>>5909480
>>5909478

I think knowledge of them is heresy because if you know about them, then you know about the Sons of Sin and the alternate version of the Book of Brothers. Obviously having that info out in the public domain would be problematic for the church because goddamn son, it doesn't look good.

There are 2 versions of the Book of Brothers, a church approved version and an alternate version. The approved version has 12 passages and makes no reference to the Sons striking a deal with Sin. The approved version also notes that Cain "reaps a bloody vengeance against the Wild" after the Wild is broken at Motte-Fallavon, whereas the alternate version doesn't include the Wild in the reaping and instead references the Sons of Sin.

So the Order of the Chains are likely founded by Cains Ten Thousand. They hunt the Sons of Sin which is something no one can know about because it directly contradicts the Churches version of events for the founding of their own faith.

For reference from Thread 16:

I Salve Reginae Raises Her Sons in the City.

II The Sons Preach to the People and Defy the Slavers.

III The Sons Escape into the Wilderness.

IV Salve Reginae is Tormented.

V The Almighty Appears Before the Sons.

VI The Sons Return from Exile, The Seventh Son is Crucified.

VII The Sons Smite the Dragon and Raze the City.

VIII The Sons Lead the People Across the Sea to Cantôn.

IX A Bargain is Struck with Sin. The Sons are Forged.

AVARICE
AGONY
ANARCHY
ABYSSAL
ATROCITY
ANGUISH
ADVERSARY


X The Power of the Wild is broken at Motte-Fallavon.

XI Five Sons turn to Sin. The Sixth Son is Martyred.

XII The Seventh Son Reaps a Bloody Vengeance. Two Sins Are Chained, the Rest Scattered.

XIII The Seventh Son and his Ten Thousand Embark to Hunt the Remaining Sins.

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Church version

1. Salve Reginae Raises Her Sons in the City.

2. The Sons Preach to the People and Defy the Slavers.

3. The Sons Escape into the Wilderness.

4. Salve Reginae is Tormented.

5. The Almighty Appears Before the Sons.

6. The Sons Return from Exile, Cain is Crucified.

7. The Sons Smite the Dragon and Raze the City.

8. The Sons Lead the People Across the Sea to Cantôn.

9. The Power of the Wild is broken at Motte-Fallavon.

10. Adam is Martyred at the Hands of the Wild.

11. Cain Reaps a Bloody Vengeance Against the Wild.

12. Cain and his Ten Thousand Embark to Unknown Shores.

https://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/2019/3924727/
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>>5908702
>> "Reginae have mercy on us... Mikail, what time is it?" There is not even the hint of of light outside. You try to slip back to sleep, and even get a few more hours in before dawn comes. This waking nightmare will pass, and day will come again. You dream of family and rest easy. [Idealist]
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>>5909527
The sons of sin and the order of chains challenges the very foundation and raises legitimate questions on the nature of the church, the brothers and the foundation of Canton, it's exposure as a truth perceived or otherwise deeply challenges the institutions of the Realm.l not just the church but the crown itself and Feudalism as mechanisms of society.

It also challenges the whole "Relics aren't magic" as well since the sons are supposedly strongly intwined with church history if the 13 steps holds true and are clearly not divine.

I wonder if there's been the equivalent of the hussies yet in Canton?
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>>5909572
Shit I meant hussites, I hate phone posting.
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>>5909527
>They hunt the Sons of Sin which is something no one can know about because it directly contradicts the Churches version of events for the founding of their own faith.

The other larger ordos do know of their existance. Like the order of names and the reginate are two which definitely know of their existance and actively work to keep that info from indiscriminate eyes. Trident likely knows since names and them do trade information to keep abreast of threats to the realm.
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>>5909588
I think the order of names were more there as clean up and guides for the expedition since there was heavy bluejay and Fey presence in the area the ruins were in.

Not to ay they couldn't be but we get into an area of how many people are party to this conspiracy and how incredulous it might become, the reginate or at least its core peadership is easy, a entire order or two becomes questionable.
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>>5909600
The order of names archive was where we first came across the mention of the Order of chains.

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There are several rumors of Black Sails sighted to the west and closer each year, the very mention of which appears to terrify seasoned sailors of Langland beyond the usual brand of pirate. The Order of Names has only collected second hand accounts from friends in the Order of the Trident and Given that all interviewees claim no one who sees a Black Sail lives to tell the tale, both you and the author are understandably critical of their veracity.

Finally you come across a deteriorating report, decades old and apparently copied from an even older original. That would put it… well at least as far back as the [-] Crusades. The excerpts list no location other than it took place on the road from somewhere south and east of Cathagi and the Deepwood.

”We came across another Son of Sin, this time we were not taken by surprise and challenged him on the road. Of our remaining party of eight, including three anointed knights, only I survive to report this. He, or rather IT, said the same thing over again as butchered us. ‘I AM AGONY’.

-Sir Paul Rayan of the Order of Chains”
Order of Chains? You’ve never heard of such an organisation. Curious, you flip through a further page before…
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The scribe was also extremely quick to squirrel away the scroll once he realised what it was.

> ”Oh my, dreadfully sorry.” Brother Caiphas smiles nervously at the new deposit of large tomes plopped on your desk. He politely, but firmly, collects the material that recently had your attention. ”My apologies, I don’t know how that irrelevant stuff got mixed in here. Please, pay it no heed.”
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>>5909618
while thats true that doesn'tmake them a primary conspirator in the conspiracy, or I'm wrong and it runs deep.

The whole thing honestly makes me wary of the church and the reginate as a whole, I know we can trust Gilbern to a degree but the man is willing to do a lot in the name of the church and what I suspect is personal if not familial absolution.
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>>5909296
Yeah I feel the same way
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honestly with how pious our boy is i really hope we can find evidence that the sons of sin have nothing to do with the brothers and were instead something made by pit worshipping sect that attempted to corrupt the faith or simply a super weapon gone wrong I don't we would make our boy lie to protect a false faith which means we will be at odds with all of the church
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>>5909872
Good thing [Idealism] is king and the relationship changes nothing, the brothers still freed the slaves from Cathaggi & the Dragon, broke the Wild and set the standard of what mankind should strive for and the destiny laid out for us.

If the sons of sin exist it is to remind us that even companions of those exemplars were falliable, humanity lives in a fallen world and as such have mortal failings that can only be surpassed through spirit alone, no oratory skill, cunning or strength of arms will provide for you if you do not carry the spirit of the brothers with you, to build a truly better one than the one that exists.
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One thing that stands out to me is that even in the uncensored version of The Book of Brothers, the passage about The Almighty is still there unchanged, as far as we know. We don't know what the exact deal is, and barring some good rolls and dedicated effort in that direction on Emile's part, we may never know, but it's entirely possible that the Almighty is a real thing and that the core of this religion isn't just a sham, but instead far more complicated than what gets presented to the public.
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>>5909872
>>corrupt the faith or simply a super weapon gone wrong


I think given the passages in the Book of Brothers, that's exactly what happened. In both the Churches version and the Alternate version, "The Almighty" appears before the Sons (passage 5 in both). This is pretty important because it suggests that the faith IS real and that there IS a good, holy deity, not just an evil one.

It's not until the Sons have smote the Dragon and razed the city and led their people across the sea to Canton that the bargain is struck with Sin and the Sons are Forged.

This tells me that they were, at the very least, corrupted. But the usage of the word "forged" suggests that the "Sons" could in fact be weapons (or armour etc) with corrupting influence that always take a new host when a host is killed (as we've previously seen).

Alternatively, later on it says the Sons turn to Sin and two Sins are chained and the seventh Son and his Ten Thousand hunt the remaining Sins. So maybe the corrupting weapons/armour are the Sins themselves and the Sons were "forged" by these items being created and given to them. The original Sons long dead but the Sins remaining, taking a new host each time they are "killed" and needing to be chained yet again.

Or I could just be wildly flailing here lol. It's all a lot and I love it
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> SELECTED: "... Mikail. My clothes, and those sandals." You go for a quiet walk in the early hours of the morning, alone, watching the Sun rise on this Stratiokas. Still troubled and unable find rest, you find a peaceful spot to pray. [Divine]

As you leave your guest lodgings with the Daughters of the Dragon, and make your way to nowhere in particular, the odd night patrol of Stratiokas passes you by. The first rays of dawn’s light have barely begun creep over the starry night sky. Despite the early hour none of the Cathagi warrior caste challenge you and few even acknowledge your presence, chatting with their fellows as they patrol the shores of their private island. When you first came across soldiers of their ilk on the King’s Highway, you had seen them bear the assault of the braying beastmen with a stoic silence, with barely a grunt or gasp even in their dying breaths. It is odd, to see these typically silent automatons pass the time on their requisite duties in casual conversation with their comrades.

You pay them little heed yourself, your mind still much troubled by your disturbed sleep. The more you struggle to recall the nature of your waking nightmare, the more the details seem to slip from your mind. You remember the dream was something… cold, deathly quiet and lifelessness. They are dark memories, and it disturbs you to be unable to recall the specifics of what roused you from your sleep so unwelcomely.

The shores of Stratiokas Isle could not feel further from the drifting memories of that dream. You can feel the late-year humidity of the southern temperate winds on your face, the sound of the sea’s gentle washing tide and the promise of warmth and life brought by the rising sun on the distant horizon. The view and pleasant solitude helps steady your hand and calm your breath, but you are still not entirely at peace.

[1/2]
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You find yourself sorely missing your friend and confidante, Father Towbray. He would you help dispel this vague shaken confidence and doubt to the virtues of your adopted cause with ease, as he had time and time again over the course of your pilgrimage. Righteousness. That is something you must cling to all the more surely this far from home.

You pause in your walk among the shore. Your confessor may have departed on his own holy mission, but there is always someone that will listen to the faithful in need. Carefully removing your sandals and setting them aside, you kneel where the grey water breaks upon the sand and begin to pray.

You begin by reciting again your usual evening prayer, a comforting start to the personal holy communion, beseeching heaven for the wellbeing and good fortune of your fellow Andrei kinsmen.

“May our family always be a place of generosity, understanding, forgiveness and joy.
Kindly give us the wisdom and courage to be witnesses to your eternal design for our lands;
and grant that Salve Reginae’s own love for Adam and Cain may always guide our path to holiness as a family.”


You include Saint Ignatius’ prayer for the family of Rousseau and Daubeny, as you have ever since bringing them the news of Sir Gabriel Rousseau’s demise.

“O Salve Reginae,
when all is darkness
and they feel our weakness and helplessness,
give Rousseau the sense of Your presence,
Your love, and Your strength.
Help Daubeny to have perfect trust
in Your protecting love
and strengthening power,
so that nothing may frighten or worry them,
for, living close to You,
they shall see Your hand,
Your purpose, Your will through all things.”


You whisper a final verse, a new addition and uttered with fervent devotion. You beseech the Angel and Heaven for this one thing more…

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>You pray for the strength required to surrender fully to the Angel’s will, to shake off the sin of doubt and ever affirm the righteousness of your path, to grant you the fortitude to carry on the cause against any odds. [Divine]

>You pray for the triumph of Father Towbray and his brethren’s cause, that their words might fall upon receptive ears amongst both the masses and the clergy, the Salve Reginae might soften the hearts of those that could view them as radicals. [Hearty]

>You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]
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>>5909889
I think its fairly interesting to note the timeline of when the sons were forged.

Razing Cathagi, defeating the dragon and freeing the slaves to begin an exodus was not as difficult as the threat to humanity when faced with the Wild.

But when we consider that Ursen used to roam Romani lands, that might mean that large stretchs of wild fae forests must have extended through much of the continent.

Imagine a continent size fallvietnam and the shit it would take to tame it.
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>>5909898

>You pray for the triumph of Father Towbray and his brethren’s cause, that their words might fall upon receptive ears amongst both the masses and the clergy, the Salve Reginae might soften the hearts of those that could view them as radicals. [Hearty]

stuck between family and tobray


>>5906370
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>>5909898
>>You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]
>>5906367
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>>5909898
>>You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]

The familial bonds are extremely important to andrei.

me >>5906990
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>>5909898
>You pray for the triumph of Father Towbray and his brethren’s cause, that their words might fall upon receptive ears amongst both the masses and the clergy, the Salve Reginae might soften the hearts of those that could view them as radicals. [Hearty]

He is gonna have a tough time ahead of him.

>>5906391
this is me
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>You pray for the triumph of Father Towbray and his brethren’s cause, that their words might fall upon receptive ears amongst both the masses and the clergy, the Salve Reginae might soften the hearts of those that could view them as radicals. [Hearty]


>>5906373
Me


>>5909902
Yeah for sure, that would be something to behold and sort of paints the choice of the Sons in quite a light. To be constantly assaulted on all sides and be faced with such a dire threat so frequently, it's not too difficult to see how they failed and turned to Sin
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>>590988
STV seems to lean into the silence of god, angels do not announce themselves or actively engage the evils of the world instead they inspire men to fight evil and to be good & righteous characters, maybe the best trick the fallen world or Pit has is convincing mankind that the divine is a lie and it is all sorcery and subterfuge.

>>5909889
>that the "Sons" could in fact be weapons (or armour etc)
I think the forging is a bit more metaphorical, magic seems to be an esoteric practice and incredibly potent at even a basic level and who the hell knows what was conjured up from the pit to ''forge'' them. Though if it's not I am really REALLY glad we didn't take the Hammer.

Also I don't recall Anarchy being diminished by the absence of it's hammer once it dropped it.

>>5909898
>You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]

I kind of want to pray for larger humanity but I think the lensing is a bit poor at the moment.

>>5906365
Me papers sir
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Fuck I forgot to link my vote to the actual post

>>5909898

Sorry Forgotten, my vote and link is here
>>5909911
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>>5909898
>>You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]
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>>5909898

>You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]

We literally just had a nightmare about our family dying and being ressurected as Deadmen, I feel like this is what makes sense for Emile's emotional state

>>5906400
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>>5909913
>>I think the forging is a bit more metaphorical

Yeah probably. I was trying to look at it from a different angle but it's likely as you say, they were "forged" by being imbued with magic and accepting a deal.

>>Also I don't recall Anarchy being diminished by the absence of it's hammer once it dropped it.

Also a good point
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just a reflection on anarchy his ability/gimmick was a aoe frenzy aura and yet his close combat ability was monstrous it makes me wonder if we fight purely combat speced son if we would have any chance of winning
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>>5909902
Y'know if F*llavon is a shadow of it's former self and the HEIR of Ursen was still fuckoff huge a lot of that might make way too much sense and thats not without adding that a lot of the previously threatened species were in abundance, even being superpowered the brothers could only be in two places at most at any one time.

Sincerly Fuck F*llavon though, it got what it deserved.
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>>5909898
>You pray for the triumph of Father Towbray and his brethren’s cause, that their words might fall upon receptive ears amongst both the masses and the clergy, the Salve Reginae might soften the hearts of those that could view them as radicals. [Hearty]

>>5906461
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>>5909918
If we ever encounter Zawahiel we might find out, though I suspect a SoS with their mind intact is far more lethal than the mad dog Anarchy was.

God I hate how much I've been wrong about the Sins being behind things, I sincerly hope Zawahiel is just a dope samurai or something
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>>5909898

vp:>>5906711

>You pray for the triumph of Father Towbray and his brethren’s cause, that their words might fall upon receptive ears amongst both the masses and the clergy, the Salve Reginae might soften the hearts of those that could view them as radicals. [Hearty]
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>>5909898
>You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]

If we must eat the Sin of this world - at least our family and greater humanity can survive and prosper

I was close to voting for the Father though.

>>5907655
V post
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>>5909898
>You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]
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>>5909898
>You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]
Gotta look out for the senpai
>>5906437
Me
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>>5909898
>You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]

>>5906571
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>>5909898
>You pray for the triumph of Father Towbray and his brethren’s cause, that their words might fall upon receptive ears amongst both the masses and the clergy, the Salve Reginae might soften the hearts of those that could view them as radicals. [Hearty]

>>5906860
Witness me
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>>5909898
>You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]

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>>5906389
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>>5909898
>>You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]

>>5906506
Me.
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>>5909898
>>You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]
>>5906383
me
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>>5909898
>>5906654
>You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]

Family, simple as.
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>>5909898
>You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]

>>5906933
Verification
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>>5909898
>You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]

Following this >>5909916 anon's reasoning.

Verily >>5907625
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>>5909898
>You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]

Let us pray not for ourselves but for others.

>>5906706
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>>5909898
>You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]

>>5906900
meme
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>You pray for the triumph of Father Towbray and his brethren’s cause, that their words might fall upon receptive ears amongst both the masses and the clergy, the Salve Reginae might soften the hearts of those that could view them as radicals. [Hearty]
>>5906551
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>>5909898
>You pray for the strength required to surrender fully to the Angel’s will, to shake off the sin of doubt and ever affirm the righteousness of your path, to grant you the fortitude to carry on the cause against any odds. [Divine]
>>5907742
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>>5909898
>You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]

>>5907003
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>>5908223
Additionally, this being a hub of trade & the Dragonguard being madeup of warriors from across the known world and beyond:
>Gain Allies among the Norsikaan Brawlers & Berserkers
>Gain Allies among the Lan*lish Bravos & Free Companies
>Gain Allies among the Cathagi Peltasts & Hoplites
>Gain Allies among our fellow Cantonian Dragonknights
>Gain Allies among our fellow non-Cantonian followers of Adam & Cain (who may also have knowledge of the Sons of Sin not suppressed by the Church)
>Acquire Wasteland Mustangs
>Acquire Masterwork Plate Armors
>Acquire Masterwork Bastard Swords
>Acquire Sturdy Lances
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>>5909898
>>You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]
>>5906444
Mea
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>>5910445
you forgot the most important thing
>acquire faeussy
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>>5909898
>You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]
After that nightmare? This is the obvious choice.

>>5906682
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>>5910586
I'm still a little salty we missed out on quality leglock time with a hoplite
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>>5910593
It would've ended with having a bastard child with a slaver.
I'm disappointed that there were so much coomer influence guiding the choices last time.
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>>5909898
>You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]

>>5906973
V
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>>5910675
Wow wow wow are you telling me a young knight who had previous trysts with sinful women was tempted by the exotic muscular warrior woman?
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>>5910775
There's a pretty sizable difference between "bad follower of The Almighty" and "Commander in the forces of one of the Great Evils", Anon.

Like, it's very clear that Emile has a thing for Evil Women which is based, but we really need to keep our heads screwed on straight while we're here in Cathaggi. Besides, getting our dick wet while trying to court a Canton Noblewoman isn't exactly a very good look for Emile, and would reflect poorly on our family.
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>>5906399
Me

>>5909898
>You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]

>>5910675
>acting like an attractive young man enjoying his adventures in an exotic land is the same as some cringe akun harem coomer power fantasy
You won the vote and you're still salty. We're playing as a knight, not a monk.
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>>5910803
It goes against our vows and would have forced us to be with Kyria Eustace, as she would have definitely had our child. This would not have been a quick tumble in the sack.

Speaking as a forever Daubeny enjoyer, chances at Vancewell would no longer be a thing. If you treasure the chance to snag Frida, vote against the coomer votes.
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>>5910586
>>5910593
>>5910803

True, it's not like we believe ourselves to be the goddamn chosen knight of a freaking All-Mighty-saked angel, right? And that that the religion that we believe in HEAVILY frown upon doing the deed outside of marriage and with partners that aren't a chosen spoose.

Emile has clearly gained feelings for Frida, and he himself has acknowledged it, so considering the culture he has been raised in and how courting and relationship work in his homeland, him continuing to tryst after tryst would be out of character.
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>>5910803
>>5910775
luv Frida, 'ate slavers
simple as
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>>5910789
It's a clear case of "I can fix her" and Emile as a vector for "Damn it, the big naive idiot is kinda hot."
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>>5910826
I'm not saying cheat, I'm heavily on the frida train. I simply long for what could have been
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>>5909898
>>You pray for the strength required to surrender fully to the Angel’s will, to shake off the sin of doubt and ever affirm the righteousness of your path, to grant you the fortitude to carry on the cause against any odds. [Divine]
>>5906395
mee
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>>5909898
>>You pray for the triumph of Father Towbray and his brethren’s cause, that their words might fall upon receptive ears amongst both the masses and the clergy, the Salve Reginae might soften the hearts of those that could view them as radicals. [Hearty]

>>5906380
'tis I!
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>>5910445
We're on the wrong side of the world for a Wasteland mustang, personally I'd like to see if we can't find some unarmed.

Also Shieldfighting master when?
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>>5909898
>You pray for the strength required to surrender fully to the Angel’s will, to shake off the sin of doubt and ever affirm the righteousness of your path, to grant you the fortitude to carry on the cause against any odds. [Divine]
Double divine options
>>5910851
We could fix her, but whatever's wrong with her is way hotter
>>5910982
We should see about crossbreeding Hannibal with a Mustang, strong, fast, and pissed at anyone that isn't us
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>>5911005
I think Emille thinks there isn't something strictly wrong with her yet and it's more they are just complete polar opposites in outlook.

>Don't you just hate her when she says that Emille?
>That's the problem Rabe when she's says stuff like that I just want to jump her
>...What's wrong with you Emille
>Its called love Rabe

Breeding Hannibal sound like a rad idea.
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>>5909898
>>You pray for the triumph of Father Towbray and his brethren’s cause, that their words might fall upon receptive ears amongst both the masses and the clergy, the Salve Reginae might soften the hearts of those that could view them as radicals. [Hearty]
>>5906834
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>>5909898
>You pray for the triumph of Father Towbray and his brethren’s cause, that their words might fall upon receptive ears amongst both the masses and the clergy, the Salve Reginae might soften the hearts of those that could view them as radicals. [Hearty]
This is what matters most. Our Divine Mission.

>>5906449
Me
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>>5910675
>>5910811
>100% chance of impregnation from a ONS
Are you from Texas? Or Akun?
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>>5911412
My guy she literally wanted to get impregnated.
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>>5909898
>You pray for the triumph of Father Towbray and his brethren’s cause, that their words might fall upon receptive ears amongst both the masses and the clergy, the Salve Reginae might soften the hearts of those that could view them as radicals. [Hearty]

>>5906394
Got the wrong one at first. My bad. Next time I'll post an image I can remember.
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Late finish tonight, will be a few hours behind the usual update time but I will aim to get it out for you.
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>>5911474
Image

Only kidding, thanks for even being here and putting in the effort
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>>5911474
Sick fucking image, also I just caught up to the first encounter with Sin in the archive and it's occured to me that the calls to abandon our vows when we're woken up to our first Vigil might be more direct quotes than anyone's really picked up on so far...
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>>5911479
Oh man, welcome. You get to read all this shit with fresh eyes for the first time, that's awesome.

Here, have a turtlewolf
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>>5911479
You referring to thread 8?:

Fenegan, 18th Day of Savrimun, 883 A.C.E, Fair Aubrey, The Lion's Mane Inn - Present Day, First Light

"To arms, to arms. The Foe is at the walls.” You awake to the hushed whisper and shake on your shoulder. In your waking moments you almost forget that speaker is a priest, not a guard, and the words are a ceremonial awakening and not an earnest clarion call.

”To arms, to arms. The Foe is at the walls.” Around you the scene is repeated several times, three other young knights are similarly wakened by a huddle of priests.

You and your fellow knights remain silent as you rise stiffly, having slept in your armour. Over 800 years ago, at this very spot, men not unlike yourself had repelled assault after assault from the walls of Aubrey. Attacks could occur at any moment, if not from the massed armies then from the sky or unnatural fiends clambering the walls as if it were a ladder. Moments of respite were few and far between, and rarely wasted on the dangerous luxury of changing out of one’s armour. Your column approached the Reliquary, half-a-dozen softly humming monks hold candles on either side of you.

”The beasts have breached the walls.” A priest to your left intones in a singer’s voice.

”All is lost. We are doomed.” Another from behind you speaks in a deeper baritone.

”Forsake your vows. Flee for your lives.” One cries from the front. As he does so your column halts

”Is the courage of Man so frail? Do your backs still flinch from your master’s whips? Not all flee, one still stands. And one is all it takes.” Chapter Master Gilles de Moray bars the way through, his face grim. His armour and white garment seem to gleam in the candlelight. His hand thrusts open the door to where you shall stand the Vigil. ”Witness. And rejoice.”
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>>5911483
No you fool, I'm rereading it with fresh eyes because I'm retarded and can't retain information very well, I posted in the last thread as the guy reading it for the first time just to catch it in hiatus,
The Turtlewolf is a top tier meme though, I do remember it from the last time I read this. Have a Shekel Knight
>>5911485
Yes, specifically the calls to Forsake vows and that claim all is doomed,we know this is the moment that the SoS split from Cain and Adam and my personal theory is they actually killed Adam in their cowardice
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>>5911487
That knight has some shekels for sure. Interesting theory

I will fix the Turtlewolfs ear one day, it annoys me every time I post it, just not quite enough to edit it again
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>>5911487
Also it seems we have been working under the assumption that Adam and Cain were Regina's only sons until the deal with sin, but reading the secret version nowhere is it stated that the others were added later, it's always "the brothers" and "sons" Cain is even referred to as the seventh son before leaving cathargi, which makes me think that maybe the holy mother ran an orphanage/tended slave children taken from their parents, or some such considering the amount of children and no mention of a father or provider.
We really have to ask the dragon about the number of sons pre bargin, or see if we can't find a contemporary source in the library.
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>>5911492
We might not even need to trouble the dragon. We’ve got years. Time to archive bing the arthenium. There should be old records of it all, since the cathagi would likely want to belittle our faith by recording all the mortal beginnings.
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>>5911487
I mean it could also just be doomering since the wild (and possibly the sons of sin) struck hard and fast at Aubreys with such ferocity Adam got killed holding the walls.
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>>5911535
Law of narrative conservation, we've been given two pieces of information about a far off event thus they have to be related or there wasn't a point in mentioning either.
>>5911492
I don't think they're literal sons, and to me all the information we've seen it seems like they're the unnamed Disciples of Adam/Cain since when we were in the Sin-Pit the pictures of the SoSs were in the same places that we usually see the Disciples. I think it's way more likely that the A & C were in charge of a hardened group of warriors, maybe a shitload of them die at M-F and the last however many turn to Satan to kill Fae and stack bodies before scattering in the wake of Adam's death.
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>SELECTED: You pray in affirmation for the safety of your family, that the Almighty cast a shield over your House so that no illness or injury befall any of them. That their lives and happiness are first and foremost in your heart, even if the path you must tread is not a happy one. [Idealist]

You are set on a path of no return, this much you know. It is a glorious undertaking, carrying the mandate of Heaven and serving as the Angel’s chosen instrument, but it is not an easy one. You know great hardship and suffering lie ahead, and your only wish is that those dearest to you are spared from any part in it.

“Today is the day the Almighty has made,
We rejoice and are glad in it.
Father, Mother, Roselyn, Damien,
Anastazja, Halina, Maryla, Lenna and Aleksy.
Take the souls into your keeping, O Lord.
Charge your Angels to watch over them,
To preserve and to protect,
So that they might serve you, Lord.”


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At the behest of the Exalted Kyria Eustace, your stay is extended whilst you tour the isle of warriors with her. Most notably there is palaestra, where every form of training from swordplay to wrestling in the nude occurs; the marina, where ships are not only made but ship-poard action and beach landing exercises are conducted, as well as the agora which serves as both a sort of meeting place and market without any clear price structure. In fact the latter is more like a communal warehouse, with any off-duty Stratiokas picking what they need from the available wares brought in from the main city by slaves. If there is some sort of system to prevent theft or wholesale theft, you do not pick up on it.

It is clear that your part at least in Eustace and Militades expedition was left out upon their return. While few Cathagi here aside from the fluent Kyria Helena speak more than a word or two of the Cantonian tongue, you find yourself the center of attention on more than one occasion. The warrior caste of Cathagi view you as some of an eccentric oddity. One the one hand you are self-evidently an exoria barbarian and natural rival of their kind by virtue of your Romani origin, on the other you are clearly a skilled warrior that came to their Exalted’s aid and were ultimately not a small player in the winning hand of whatever political game they play at the Crescent Palace.

The most familiar faces during your tour are Kyria Eustace, of course, but also the sharp-tongued Kyria Helena and the somewhat dour Kyrios Leon. You find much to discuss during your time here but, as warriors all, conversation during your stay almost always leads to…

>SELECTED #33: A discussion on strategy, tactics, famous historical battles and differing approaches to warfare between your two cultures. Gender and aside, the two of you are self-evidently alike in the sense you are both warriors and elevated status in society. Your father, Lord Nikolai Andrei, was still a squire in the wanning years of the Border Wars but your grandfather was a man grown when the ships of the Cathagi invasion first landed on Romaine’s shores. There is a shared history here, bloody as it is, and warriors love this type of talk. [War Stories]
>Write in: Discuss specifically their past wars with the peoples of the south
>Write in: Compare their stellar light infantry role and whether they have any options regarding available heavy infantry and shock calvary roles.

The Stratiokas Caste fields one of, if not the, finest light infantry formations in the world. Peltasts and slingers screen the flanks and forward assault cohorts while the solid phalanxes of the hoplites march inexorably onward. Although the Stratiokas hoplites may not be as well armoured as many of the levies that Canton, depending on the wealth of the Lord raising them, they certainly compensate for it in discipline.

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>>5911553
I took your point a bit to literally in my response, it makes sense thematically but I wouldn't trust an oral retelling of a centuries old event ver batem.

But I've been wrong bout a lot so hey you could be right.
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As you suspected the Stratiokas, whilst an elite backbone to the mainstay Cathagi battleline, but they are so highly specialized in this role that they are inevitably heavily reliant on mercenaries and other levy troops to flesh out the shortcomings when faced with combined arms opponents. Man for man, the Cathagi warrior caste could probably endure and grind down the frontal charge of any infantry formation in the world. Even the fierce Norsikaan huscarls, once the fury of their initial wild charge and reaping longaxes were stalled, would inevitably be ground down by the tight discipline and silent determination of the Stratiokas. The typical strategy of the Stratiokas involves doing just that, relying more on the mercenaries and levies to at the very least balance out the other elements until the core of the enemy army has been broken. But sometimes, depending on the quantity or quality of the mercenaries bought and paid for, these enlisted sellswords cannot do even that and melt away leaving the isolated Caste core vulnerable.


Unsupported, the Stratiokas have no answer for a stampede of Azir Bloodpact lancers taking their rear or a thunderous charge of heavily armoured Cantonian knights in their flank. As a result, To your shock, Kyria Helena outright tells you the elderly Autarch Maia recognised your heraldry immediately as belonging to one of those knights that had been at the forefront of the charge that did just that to their ‘expeditionary force’ that you recognise as the War of Borders many years ago.

Calvary is not their only point of vulnerability. The Caste’s skirmishers, mainly youngbloods seeking to earn their place in the phalanx, would prove little match for the legendary range and accuracy of the Summer Isles archers. Raised shields of the phalanxes themselves might endure, but for how long? Apparently the nomads of the steppes and dunes that border the fertile vassal cities of Cathagi are not to be discounted either, they have at times formed great hordes that threaten to sweep into Cathagi itself in times past. While the Cathagi Stratiokas is usually on campaign somewhere in the remnants of the Empire, garrisoning vassal states or exacting ‘tribute’ from lesser neighbors, it is these nomadic uprisings that have typically been the main grounds for pitched battles in living memory.

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While Kyria and Helena are derisive of the fighting qualities of the settlements found along the Everwarm Waters, the translator for Kyrios Leon does comment with a tone of caution that the nation on the fare side of the Everwarm Waters ‘Mahn-see-pore’ is a rising power and brings some unique threats to the traditional Cathagi domination of that region. It is telling that none of them even mention the Deepwood, or the Ardenne.

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>While this talk is indeed fascinating, during your tour you have seen not one temple or any sign of worship. You had always heard the Cathagi worshipped the Dragon as a literal God, but there is nary a statue of the beast. Cautiously, you ask a few questions about the nature of their faith and worship.

>You knew a little of the Summer Isles and their famed archers. But Azir? Mansipoor? You have never even heard of these far off places to the South and East that your hosts speak of matter-of-factly in casual conversation. You must know more. [Hearty]

> Kyria Helena also immediately recognised the heraldry, but you had at first brushed that off as a back-handed acknowledgement of the aid you lent Kryia Eustace. That direct connection between the Stratiokas Autarch Maia and the man who bore the heraldry of House Andrei during the War of Borders decades ago fascinates you.[Idealist]
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>>5911564
>You knew a little of the Summer Isles and their famed archers. But Azir? Mansipoor? You have never even heard of these far off places to the South and East that your hosts speak of matter-of-factly in casual conversation. You must know more. [Hearty]
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>>5911564
>>You knew a little of the Summer Isles and their famed archers. But Azir? Mansipoor? You have never even heard of these far off places to the South and East that your hosts speak of matter-of-factly in casual conversation. You must know more. [Hearty]
Offer up some of what we know of the fights with the wild, lizardmen and the ardenne in exchange, continuing the trading of information.

I'm personally very curious about the ardenne. Unlike the others, this locale is one very close to cathagi, there must have been some form of contact or they must have already known to stay away from the deadmen. Depending on their reaction, we might get a clue on how to proceed to get more information during our stay here in the Dragon Guard.

me >>5907579
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>>5911564
>>While this talk is indeed fascinating, during your tour you have seen not one temple or any sign of worship. You had always heard the Cathagi worshipped the Dragon as a literal God, but there is nary a statue of the beast. Cautiously, you ask a few questions about the nature of their faith and worship.
>>5906370
ME
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>>5911564
>You knew a little of the Summer Isles and their famed archers. But Azir? Mansipoor? You have never even heard of these far off places to the South and East that your hosts speak of matter-of-factly in casual conversation. You must know more. [Hearty]

maybe we will learn something neat

>>5906391
this is me
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>>5911564
>Kyria Helena also immediately recognised the heraldry, but you had at first brushed that off as a back-handed acknowledgement of the aid you lent Kryia Eustace. That direct connection between the Stratiokas Autarch Maia and the man who bore the heraldry of House Andrei during the War of Borders decades ago fascinates you.[Idealist]

>>5906571
C
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>>5911564
>You knew a little of the Summer Isles and their famed archers. But Azir? Mansipoor? You have never even heard of these far off places to the South and East that your hosts speak of matter-of-factly in casual conversation. You must know more. [Hearty]

Back this one boss
>>5911572

Always good to get more info about the region

Linking post here
>>5906373
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>>5911564
> Kyria Helena also immediately recognised the heraldry, but you had at first brushed that off as a back-handed acknowledgement of the aid you lent Kryia Eustace. That direct connection between the Stratiokas Autarch Maia and the man who bore the heraldry of House Andrei during the War of Borders decades ago fascinates you.[Idealist]

The other two options feel like something we can ask about another time and potentially from other people, but I feel as if the Idealist option is something that will only be relevant here, and would be an inconvenient thread to pursue later

>>5906400
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>>5911564
>You knew a little of the Summer Isles and their famed archers. But Azir? Mansipoor? You have never even heard of these far off places to the South and East that your hosts speak of matter-of-factly in casual conversation. You must know more. [Hearty]
I do wonder if our Grandfather had some fun in Cathagi on his own pilgrimage.
Also, I'm like 55% convinced that it's not going to be a literal Dragon perched on a throne in the middle of a city but more of a symbolic title attached to a very real Emperor, like how Tyrant used to just be a name for kings in Greece and even the term Draconic was taken from a supposedly real guy. It's not unheard of for dynasties to take mythological creatures as symbols or even to refer to the sitting ruler by a specific term, it could even be like the Cathagi/Carthagi thing that being that it's a mistranslation or misunderstanding but it forms a lasting cultural impression
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>>5911564
> Kyria Helena also immediately recognised the heraldry, but you had at first brushed that off as a back-handed acknowledgement of the aid you lent Kryia Eustace. That direct connection between the Stratiokas Autarch Maia and the man who bore the heraldry of House Andrei during the War of Borders decades ago fascinates you.[Idealist]

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>>5911564
>>5906654
This is a tough choice to be honest. Either we find out about our family or we get a chance to learn about far off lands that might have rare trade goods and/or knowledge that can help our cause.

>>5911597
You do make a good point, knowledge of our family is limited, but we can probably find good information on these other places in the Aethenium.

I guess I'll vote for the family one then.
> Kyria Helena also immediately recognised the heraldry, but you had at first brushed that off as a back-handed acknowledgement of the aid you lent Kryia Eustace. That direct connection between the Stratiokas Autarch Maia and the man who bore the heraldry of House Andrei during the War of Borders decades ago fascinates you.[Idealist]

However, I would like to add these places as something that Emile would be interested to look up in the Aethenium or speak to others about should he have time.
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>>5911564
>>You knew a little of the Summer Isles and their famed archers. But Azir? Mansipoor? You have never even heard of these far off places to the South and East that your hosts speak of matter-of-factly in casual conversation. You must know more. [Hearty]
As well, if this "Mansipoor" may start threatening the dominion of Cathagi in the Everwarm Waters (which border Canton), then we ought to know about them, and i'm sure that Gilbern will appreciate that too (have a mental breakdown).
>>5906519
anchor
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>>5911564
> Kyria Helena also immediately recognised the heraldry, but you had at first brushed that off as a back-handed acknowledgement of the aid you lent Kryia Eustace. That direct connection between the Stratiokas Autarch Maia and the man who bore the heraldry of House Andrei during the War of Borders decades ago fascinates you.[Idealist]
I am interested to hear their reasoning for invading. Most likely, it was for slaves, but it always seemed like a genuine invasion.
>>5906437
Me
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Also, a question; When an ability refers to Foes, does it mean "THE FOE" or just "Enemies"? It's been a bit.
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>>5911652
THE FOE, that was discussed a little while ago. We decided that it it was more honest and in line with the oath than just "enemies" people and shit (if I'm remembering correctly)
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>>5911652
I'm pretty sure it refers to "THE FOE", that is, non-humans and such. We even had a vote about it and we went with the more monstrous definition of Foe.
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>>5911652
People chose to make the distinction that the Foe is xenophobic in nature and refers to monster's not humans despite the long tally of human failings in the world.
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>>5911664
The Foe is the Foe, it's clearly defined. Shit cunts are shit cunts, people can be bad but they aren't the Foe. It's completely different and it isn't Xenophobic
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>>5911664
Humans are capable of repenting and seeing the errors of their ways. The Foe cannot. There are always exceptions of course. For a human to be a Foe would require giving up their humanity.
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>>5911666
>>5911667
You don't need to spout the reasoning, I remember the vote and logic espoused, nor did I forget how the Foe was defined.

Father Towbray clearly disagreed and saw unreptence as a further degeneration brought on the world.
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>>5911671
Anon... arguing and spouting the reasoning is a time honoured tradition here. Who would we be if we didn't make sure you knew what we meant in extreme detail?
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>>5911564
>You knew a little of the Summer Isles and their famed archers. But Azir? Mansipoor? You have never even heard of these far off places to the South and East that your hosts speak of matter-of-factly in casual conversation. You must know more. [Hearty]

Anyone taking bets on which culture these new peoples will draw on?

>>5906365
Me papers

>>5911572
I'd support but I don't think the Stratiokos is the best person to ask old history of if it's not martially inclined.

I couple of years or so back I remember a couple of Anons theorybashed Ardenne being the southern entrepot for trade with Cathaggi until its fall, which lead to Pascae gaining it now monopoly on Maritime trade which is extraordinarily convinent could likely have been the reason it was so wealthy and why their was talk of it secession before the night of three sisters, especially if there were cordial or warm relationships in Cathaggi.
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>>5911682
>>Anyone taking bets on which culture these new peoples will draw on?


https://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Summer_Isles /s but not that /s black people good with bows lol
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>>5911685
>summer islanders
I see we share the same braincell.
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>>5911564
>>You knew a little of the Summer Isles and their famed archers. But Azir? Mansipoor? You have never even heard of these far off places to the South and East that your hosts speak of matter-of-factly in casual conversation. You must know more. [Hearty]
This is most useful (and interesting), though I do also want to know more about our Ancestor from a different perspective.

>>5906449
Me
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>>5911564
>>You knew a little of the Summer Isles and their famed archers. But Azir? Mansipoor? You have never even heard of these far off places to the South and East that your hosts speak of matter-of-factly in casual conversation. You must know more. [Hearty]
I must know more about the world.

>>5906506
Me!
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>>5911564

vp:>>5906711


> Kyria Helena also immediately recognised the heraldry, but you had at first brushed that off as a back-handed acknowledgement of the aid you lent Kryia Eustace. That direct connection between the Stratiokas Autarch Maia and the man who bore the heraldry of House Andrei during the War of Borders decades ago fascinates you.[Idealist]
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>>5911682
The archers have been teased when we were chosing the cohort that slaughtered the mercenaries on the street and which took the Merchanta. So they seem like tall Africans who specialize in bows. For Azir, I'm not sure. Maybe something Central Asian or steppe like? For Mansipoor, I suppose it could be something along the lines of India or Mughal Empire.
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>>5911564
>>You knew a little of the Summer Isles and their famed archers. But Azir? Mansipoor? You have never even heard of these far off places to the South and East that your hosts speak of matter-of-factly in casual conversation. You must know more. [Hearty]

>>5906380
It's moi
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>>5911564
>> Kyria Helena also immediately recognised the heraldry, but you had at first brushed that off as a back-handed acknowledgement of the aid you lent Kryia Eustace. That direct connection between the Stratiokas Autarch Maia and the man who bore the heraldry of House Andrei during the War of Borders decades ago fascinates you.[Idealist]

>>5907003
Me
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>>5911656
LAME! Let us be the glorified soldier that see's all men as Hobbs saw them, spineless, cruel, greedy, and brutish!
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>>5911564
>Kyria Helena also immediately recognised the heraldry, but you had at first brushed that off as a back-handed acknowledgement of the aid you lent Kryia Eustace. That direct connection between the Stratiokas Autarch Maia and the man who bore the heraldry of House Andrei during the War of Borders decades ago fascinates you.[Idealist]
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>>5911564
>While this talk is indeed fascinating, during your tour you have seen not one temple or any sign of worship. You had always heard the Cathagi worshipped the Dragon as a literal God, but there is nary a statue of the beast. Cautiously, you ask a few questions about the nature of their faith and worship.
>>5910372
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>>5911564
> Kyria Helena also immediately recognised the heraldry, but you had at first brushed that off as a back-handed acknowledgement of the aid you lent Kryia Eustace. That direct connection between the Stratiokas Autarch Maia and the man who bore the heraldry of House Andrei during the War of Borders decades ago fascinates you.[Idealist]
>>5907149
It me.
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>>5911564
>You knew a little of the Summer Isles and their famed archers. But Azir? Mansipoor? You have never even heard of these far off places to the South and East that your hosts speak of matter-of-factly in casual conversation. You must know more. [Hearty]

>>5906461
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>>5911564
>You knew a little of the Summer Isles and their famed archers. But Azir? Mansipoor? You have never even heard of these far off places to the South and East that your hosts speak of matter-of-factly in casual conversation. You must know more. [Hearty]

>>5907655
V card
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>>5906973
Me again

>>5911564
>While this talk is indeed fascinating, during your tour you have seen not one temple or any sign of worship. You had always heard the Cathagi worshipped the Dragon as a literal God, but there is nary a statue of the beast. Cautiously, you ask a few questions about the nature of their faith and worship.
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>>5911564
> Kyria Helena also immediately recognised the heraldry, but you had at first brushed that off as a back-handed acknowledgement of the aid you lent Kryia Eustace. That direct connection between the Stratiokas Autarch Maia and the man who bore the heraldry of House Andrei during the War of Borders decades ago fascinates you.[Idealist]

I really wanna pick all options, but anon is right that the other two options are stuff we'll find out anyway during our stay, this is something we can only ask here.

Verily: >>5907625
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>>5906399
Me

>>5911564
> Kyria Helena also immediately recognised the heraldry, but you had at first brushed that off as a back-handed acknowledgement of the aid you lent Kryia Eustace. That direct connection between the Stratiokas Autarch Maia and the man who bore the heraldry of House Andrei during the War of Borders decades ago fascinates you.[Idealist]

Damn it Forgotten, forcing us to pick between 3 great options. Where are the Summer Isles? Are they the same as the Tempest Isles?

We can learn more about the East during our stay at Cathagi but this might be our only chance to ask the spinster who knows of our ancestor
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>>5911685
Fuck me… I swear to god I thought I was being original with the archer bit at least, if not the name.
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>>5911564
> Kyria Helena also immediately recognised the heraldry, but you had at first brushed that off as a back-handed acknowledgement of the aid you lent Kryia Eustace. That direct connection between the Stratiokas Autarch Maia and the man who bore the heraldry of House Andrei during the War of Borders decades ago fascinates you.[Idealist]
>>5906367
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>You knew a little of the Summer Isles and their famed archers. But Azir? Mansipoor? You have never even heard of these far off places to the South and East that your hosts speak of matter-of-factly in casual conversation. You must know more. [Hearty]
>>5911970
Lmao, Forgotten was a grrm fan from the start.
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>>5912135
>>>5906551
Also Verification: >>5906551
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>>5911564
>>You knew a little of the Summer Isles and their famed archers. But Azir? Mansipoor? You have never even heard of these far off places to the South and East that your hosts speak of matter-of-factly in casual conversation. You must know more. [Hearty]
>>5906834
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>>5911564

>Kyria Helena also immediately recognised the heraldry, but you had at first brushed that off as a back-handed acknowledgement of the aid you lent Kryia Eustace. That direct connection between the Stratiokas Autarch Maia and the man who bore the heraldry of House Andrei during the War of Borders decades ago fascinates you.[Idealist]

>>5906706
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>SELECTED: You knew a little of the Tempest Isles and their famed archers. But Azir? Mansipoor? You have never even heard of these far off places to the South and East that your hosts speak of matter-of-factly in casual conversation. You must know more. [Hearty]

While you are interested in the shared history of your house and the Stratiokas during the War of Borders, a violent and bloody one no doubt if the stories you heard from Father are anything to go by, it is the mention of far off realms that grabs your attention. These nations of man, apparently every bit as large and populous as your own homeland, don’t appear on any map you’ve seen during your travels in Canton.

Mansipoor, as it turns out, is not actually the name of any nation or peoples but rather it is the term that the Cathagi have coined for a wide confederation of petty kingdoms situated in the islets and tributaries on the far side of the inland sea known as the Everwarm Waters. The Empire of the Dragon at its height dominated the entire region, and you suspect several of these Mansipoor city states were actually originally Cathagi colonies like Langland. Even after the decline of the Empire, the western shores of that sea have always been claimed by Cathagi. The expeditions sent to enforce that claim and extract tribute from those lands have proven profitable indeed, but Kyrios Leon’s cohort is the only one of the Stratiokas’ columns to have directly faced the Mansipoor in open battle as the sphere of influence between the two powers rubs against one another. He speaks of large swarms of light infantry that sweep in through openings gouged out by bizarre and horrifying semi-tamed monsters. Unfortunately, his acumen of this far off land is limited to their battlefield tactics. If you want to know more of their trade goods or culture you are told that you should ask one of the Merchanta Caste, and you think the slave translator was being polite in how they phrased that response.

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Of the Azir Azai (your mispronunciation of ‘Ashai’ is politely corrected), even less is known. The Merchanta have deep ties with explorers and daring merchants willing to brave the deserts and travel to the far, far South. The sponsoring of such caravans is an extremely expensive, extremely risky and extremely profitable endeavour as such convoys attempt to make their way through the steppes and ultimately cross what sounds by all accounts to be the largest river in the world to bring back invaluable trade goods where even a single wagon of which would make a man as rich as any prince. But of the Azir themselves, Cathagi has no official diplomatic ties save for an ancient Dictat of the Dragon commanding that any of their banished princes that travel to the City to join the Dragon Guard are to not to be molested and granted unfettered access to those prestigious ranks without further trials to test their worth.

Kyria Helena has fought alongside one such Dragon Guard cohort against a particularly large band of desert bandits plaguing caravan routes, and these ‘Bloodpacts’ seem to be entirely heavy cavalry or heavy infantry depending on the banished prince that leads them. Such cohorts may or may not be the mainstay of Azir armies, but Kyria Helena admits with some chagrin the men of these elite formations were uniformly exceptional fighters and almost seemed to embrace death. You are shocked to hear that when one of these princes died from their wounds in the aftermath of the battle every single one of his surviving Bloodpact, more than a score of men all told, committed ritual group suicide.





Ultimately, you spend the better part of a week here as a guest of the Exalted Kryia Eustace. The Stratiokas take the merits of healing and recuperation for the soldiery very seriously and you receive treatment and poulstices for your wounds imparted during the Long Walk with all the diligence you could have expected from the Sisters of Mercy at the Church of the Holy Juvenescence.

>Gain BATTERED (+0DC) Status
>Injury 'Whip marks' reduced to -2DC

Monegan, 4th Day of Estrimun, 883 A.C.E.

On the last day of your stay here, Kryia Eustace takes you to a part of the Isle you had not previously been privy to. This tour is much more formal that the previous outings, with dozens of Kyri officers and both elder Stratiokas Autarchs in attendance. You get the distinct impression that the presence of yourself, Mikail and Brother Rousseau is not the reason for the gathering but your hosts have made of particular point of making sure you are here.

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The reason becomes apparent as soon as you exit the tall marble building they call the ‘Skia’ their house of Caste government where the veterans assemble to discuss politics and plan campaigns.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzIjikjFPjE&ab_channel=JamesHorner-Topic - Stratiokas Assembly

The Field of the Dragon’s Children is a plain that has been purposefully cleared and levelled for this impressive display of military might. Standing row by row in complete silence, helms grimly faced forward and polished spears glinting upwards, there must be scores upon scores of Stratiokas cohorts each with a hundred warriors in their number. Distinguished only by the colour of the cloak and a square banner held at the front of each column, you lose count in the high forties and you were only barely halfway.

There must be thousands upon thousands of them on parade here and untold many more thousands garrisoning vassal states or on campaign in the Everwarm waters, as many as ten thousand or more all said. You had known Cathagi, even in decline, was still a force worth reckoning with but you had no idea though that their core elite infantry line could match anyone of the Cantonian duchies entire military levy. At a nod from the Autarchs the Kyria Exalted Eustace raises a hand in salute, answered by the double clang of thousands of shields upon thousands of spear shafts. As the cohorts moves into marching order in perfect unison, still utterly silent and indefatigable, you feel a hint of dread.

If Cathagi were to invade Romaine in earnest, with the aim of establishing a new tributary like the Everwarm waters, you begin to fear at your people’s prospects of success. Canton itself could splinter, if the Duchies did not unite in time.

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>Military might is nothing if their triumph is not willed by the Almighty. They may look pretty on parade here, with their shiny spears and devotion to a false idol, but your people have frustrated their ambitions before more than once. And by God if it comes to it they will beat them again. You may report on their strength in time, but you will not panic those at home by adding any urgency to it. [Divine]

>This isn’t just a parade, it’s an invasion force. The military might of Cathagi’s core is multitudes stronger than anyone at home had imagined. You must warn Sir Gilbern at the first opportunity, with a direct message via your griffinhawk. [Hearty]

>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]
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FYI lads I will not updating tomorrow night, taking the day for myself. I will probably do that roughly once or twice a week on the weekends to avoid burnout.

Ya'll have a good one, I'm so happy to see so many of you back after the hiatus!
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>>5912386
>these ‘Bloodpacts’ seem to be entirely heavy cavalry or heavy infantry depending on the banished prince that leads them. Such cohorts may or may not be the mainstay of Azir armies, but Kyria Helena admits with some chagrin the men of these elite formations were uniformly exceptional fighters and almost seemed to embrace death. You are shocked to hear that when one of these princes died from their wounds in the aftermath of the battle every single one of his surviving Bloodpact, more than a score of men all told, committed ritual group suicide.

... Samurai? I wonder if theres any in the Dragon Guard right now. So curious.

>>5912395
>>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]

And yet for all their power,
>> Directly south of Cathagi, once the arable land finishes, is harsh desert and arid landscapes. Not quite as inimicial to life as the Sahara, but certainly treacherous to all but the nomadic desert tribes that reside there. They vary from Bedouins-types living in tents to formidable steppe hordes, both a threat and a valuable source of mercenary recruitment. Keeping the desert-folk divided is an important ongoing concern for the ancient city that once demanded their vassalage.

A show of force to warn off against another crusade. Considering that the entire city saw us endure the harshest possible walk unbowed, they might see us as one would could conceivably rouse a crusade.

me >>5906990
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>>5912395
>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]

Damn Forgotten you paint a good word picture. Love the music choice as well, great movie

>>5906373
Me

>>5912398
Great to have you back on the horse, enjoy your weekend chief
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>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]

Cathagi has long been an empire on the decline and this shows it. A military parade meant to inform and impress the still residing military power of Cathagi, after almost a thousand years of decline and a massive slave revolt that created a rival nation that could not only handle its best, but utterly surpass it.

Therefore, it makes sense why they created this presentation, so has to create a force projection that scares of any direct involvement with them, with the fear of mass casualties for any crusade fighting them, but what would only cause a generation or two of recovery for Cantôn, would prove actually worse for Cathagi as they can’t replace any large numbers that they lose against us without everyone else seeming them for the dead thing that it is.

Though, I would love to send the message to Gilbert anyway just to cause him to have a panic attack and a headache over this information and our possible role in all it. God, do I love making that man suffer.
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>>5912438
Also Vp: >>5906551, and have a good weekend man, 5 updates a week is treat enough in my book. I just hope it lasts longer then a month this time, nor the extra extra long wait that might happen again in the future.
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>>5912438
>Though, I would love to send the message to Gilbert anyway just to cause him to have a panic attack and a headache over this information and our possible role in all it. God, do I love making that man suffer.


Haha yes, poor Gilbert is a goldmine. I love the spiraling paranoia we create in his mind
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>>5912395
>>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]
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A point to note is that this might also be a opportunity for cathagi to ascertain whether we are communicating with our homeland and how. Any sudden bird messengers or couriers would likely be followed. Furthermore this is the homelands of the griffinhawks and they would understand the significance of releasing one and countermeasures to hunt down one.

We should be exhibiting more caution than normal when utilising the merchant network to pass the report and not too soon, once we get back from their island.
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>>5912386
>The sponsoring of such caravans is an extremely expensive, extremely risky and extremely profitable endeavour as such convoys attempt to make their way through the steppes and ultimately cross what sounds by all accounts to be the largest river in the world to bring back invaluable trade goods where even a single wagon of which would make a man as rich as any prince.

[Desire to copperclip intensifies]

Holy shit if we could get away with a Caravan and back it would be such a boon to anything we wanted to do, Vancewell, Ardenne, anything could be done with that level of wealth.

>>5912395
>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]

Curious if it's meant to be a display for us or not, if it is they might have suspicions of our connection or are simply paranoid about another crusade adament.

We should do our due dilligence but this could just as likely be an attempt to alarm us into playing our hand.

>>5912403
I sincerly hope we encounter one, I want to learn unarmed martial arts.

>>5906365
Me papers.
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>>5912395
>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]

They aren't dumb, the possibility of us being a spy isn't that remote- just who exactly we're spying for.
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>>5912395
>>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]
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>>5912395
>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]
We're assuredly being shown the cream of the crop here, not to mention the real problem of those heavy infantry being that they're weak to heavy cav due to flanking (at least as far as I remember, but I could well be talking out of my ass)
Also as a thought, after we join the Dragon Guard I bet we'll get a crash course on how to fuck these guys up, being that they're the ones the dragon guard is most likely to fight (Varangians aren't intended to fight Barbarian hordes, they're meant to take on Legionaries)
As a Question, do Guardians get vacation days?
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>>5912395
you lose count in the high forties and you were only barely halfway.
so we are looking at a force of 10000+

we are the reason their in the good books with the dragon this "could" simply be a mark of respect towards us either way they caught that dire wolf with seal from prince if they are going to support the prince in a civil war like moors supported the visgothic petty kings before they turned on them this could be really bad

>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]
preferably in the merchant speak in a letter taken by ship i agree with anons that griffenhawks are risky
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>>5912395

vp:>>5906711


>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]
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>>5912395
>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]

>>5906391
this is me

>>5912398
Thanks for bringing it back from Hiatus.
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>>5906399
Me

>>5912395
>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]

An out-right cathagi invasion right now would make little sense, their last futile effort is in living memory and they wouldn't tolerate a Canton knight witness as a witness, let alone as an esteemed guest. Couple that with their mercenary services for the faction in Canton and the growing threat of Mansipoor that requires their attention, and I just don't see it.
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>>5912569
*witness as a visitor
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>>5912395
>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]

>>5906394
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>>5912395
>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]
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>>5912395
>>5906654
>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]

Even a dying lion is dangerous. Should the Dragon get it in their mind to rebuild the former glory of Cathagi, Canton must be prepared.
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>>5912395
>Military might is nothing if their triumph is not willed by the Almighty. They may look pretty on parade here, with their shiny spears and devotion to a false idol, but your people have frustrated their ambitions before more than once. And by God if it comes to it they will beat them again. You may report on their strength in time, but you will not panic those at home by adding any urgency to it. [Divine]
>>5911874
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>>5912395
>>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]
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>>5912395
>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]

>>5906933
Me
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>>5912395
>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]

>>5906900
itsa me
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>>5912395
>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]

>>5906461
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>>5912395
>Military might is nothing if their triumph is not willed by the Almighty. They may look pretty on parade here, with their shiny spears and devotion to a false idol, but your people have frustrated their ambitions before more than once. And by God if it comes to it they will beat them again. You may report on their strength in time, but you will not panic those at home by adding any urgency to it. [Divine]

>>5906666
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>>5912395
>>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]

They're definitely warning us and showing off they combat against them will be futile. We need to be very discreet about reporting this.

>>5906506
Me
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>>5912395
>Military might is nothing if their triumph is not willed by the Almighty. They may look pretty on parade here, with their shiny spears and devotion to a false idol, but your people have frustrated their ambitions before more than once. And by God if it comes to it they will beat them again. You may report on their strength in time, but you will not panic those at home by adding any urgency to it. [Divine]

Verily >>5907625
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>>5912395
>Military might is nothing if their triumph is not willed by the Almighty. They may look pretty on parade here, with their shiny spears and devotion to a false idol, but your people have frustrated their ambitions before more than once. And by God if it comes to it they will beat them again. You may report on their strength in time, but you will not panic those at home by adding any urgency to it. [Divine]

>>5907003
Me
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>>5912403
>they might see us as one would could conceivably rouse a crusade.

I mean, we actually announced our intention to rouse a crusade. Not against them though...
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>>5912395
>>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]

>>5906380
Me and my post
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>>5912395
>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]


Trust & Verify
>>5906389
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>>5912395
>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]

>>5906384
Dude that's awesome, did you mean for him to be off-center like that? It's a perfect meme template...

>And the Dragon asked the Saint, "If I were to wage war on Canton, who would win?"
>The Saint replied, "If you marshaled your Ten Thousand along with your personal guard and marched on Romaine in earnest, it would cause me a little trouble"
>But would you lose?
>pic rel (credit to >>5906384)

>>5906449
Me
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>>5913522
The Dragon broke before Salvae Reginae did.
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>>5913522
Nice
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>>5912395
>>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]

If it were an actually invasion force, we would not have been invited to watch. It's a display and we are conveniently present to bear witness and pass the word.

>>5906706
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>>5913522
Are you blessed because you are Emile? Or are you Emile because you are blessed?
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In another reality Emile took Supreme arrogance for the Gojo experience.
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>>5907149
Yo yo yo, its me.
>>5912395
>>This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]

>>5913522
The Dragon's Back shall be broken over the Angel's knee.
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It would be a good laugh if we end up friends with the dragon some how.
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>SELECTED: This is a demonstration of power. Perhaps none of them suspect that you report to the Ordo Reginate specifically, but they know you will bring word back of what you have seen here. You will be careful to ensure you are not watched and pass this alarming report on discretely after minimal delay. [Idealist]

Until now the significance of the Cathagi to you has been a predominantly spiritual one. Between your pilgrimage, your sequestration at the Church of Holy Juvenescence and your newfound holy mission you had almost forgotten what this City is. It is the beating heart of a dying empire, one that still remembers its lost ancient glory and long covets its return. Be they Merchanta, Medusae or Stratiokas you have little doubt that each dreams of conquest by their own varying means and each will steer this behemoth in the direction most in line with their ambition. Kyria Eustace and the Stratiokas might favour you, but that does not mean they will refrain from using you as a piece in the endless struggle in the halls of power that looms behind every column in the Crescent Palace.

Sir Gilbern will hear of this report on the strength of the Cathagi warrior caste, -and- that they wanted you to see it. Perhaps it is a signal, or a warning, or even a direct threat. Doubtless the Queen’s Second Herald has more information to cast context on this demonstration than you. In any case you must be extremely careful, biding your time before following up on the Ordo Reginate contacts in this region.

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>>5914796
I'm still hoping the Dragon is a dimensionally displaced Asgorga.

It would bring a tear to my eye if nothing else.
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During your stay you have learnt much, both on the tactics and doctrines of the Cathagi warrior caste but also their unique culture and upbringing that raises such grim and disciplined soldiers. It is effectively a society within a society, so removed from the day-to-day Cathagi experience that the distinctions in uniform and style compared to the regular guards and mercenaries in the City seems natural rather than bizarre.

You have fostered some respect for their martial discipline despite their foreign nature, but you cannot forget who they are and what side of the battlefield you will be fighting on should old rivalries re-emerge. At the end of the day they are slavers, in war and in peace, one generation enslaving the next from birth to the will of the Tyrant and the promise of Empire.

Returning to the mainland by ferry, you’re granted some time to reflect on what you will do upon your return to the City proper.

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> The Aethaeneum. Even the Cantonian scholars, never quick to praise the slaver empire, call this place the single greatest library in the known world. Your access will be limited by both language and your status as a foreigner, but even so there must be some knowledge of interest or utility to be found in its ancient halls. [Visit the Aethaneum]

>Your fae companion has been left unsupervised in the City for far too long. Jess the Kid can handle herself, they are not the type to let themselves fall afoul of an opportunistic thug or slaver looking for another body to add to their stock of flesh. Still... you dread to think of the lengths a slavemaster might go to if they learnt of, or even suspected, her true nature. [Search for Jess]

>While still not fully recovered, you are well enough to call upon the Norsikaans at the Crescent Palace. Northern barbarians they may be, but the issuance of a challenge to a duel was clear. This is a matter of honour, Cantonian honour to be precise. Besides, it will afford you a glimpse at the quarters of the renowned Dragon Guard. [The Duel]

>There is no rush. This is the Great City of Cathagi, ancient and glorious. Merchants, warriors and scholars are lured here from North, South, East and West like moths to the flame. You need but turn the corner to see something that you would never have dreamed encountering back in Canton. [Wander the City]
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>>5915170
>Your fae companion has been left unsupervised in the City for far too long. Jess the Kid can handle herself, they are not the type to let themselves fall afoul of an opportunistic thug or slaver looking for another body to add to their stock of flesh. Still... you dread to think of the lengths a slavemaster might go to if they learnt of, or even suspected, her true nature. [Search for Jess]


Ah man... I really want to go to the library but we can't just let Jess run around unsupervised forever.


>>5906373
Me
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>>5915170
>Your fae companion has been left unsupervised in the City for far too long. Jess the Kid can handle herself, they are not the type to let themselves fall afoul of an opportunistic thug or slaver looking for another body to add to their stock of flesh. Still... you dread to think of the lengths a slavemaster might go to if they learnt of, or even suspected, her true nature. [Search for Jess]

>>5906461
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>>5915167
>It is the beating heart of a dying empire, one that still remembers its lost ancient glory and long covets its return. Be they Merchanta, Medusae or Stratiokas you have little doubt that each dreams of conquest by their own varying means and each will steer this behemoth in the direction most in line with their ambition. on.

Just a reminder to you Cathagiboos that this means a fucking shitshow for Canton and all good Kniggas.

>>5915170
>Your fae companion has been left unsupervised in the City for far too long. Jess the Kid can handle herself, they are not the type to let themselves fall afoul of an opportunistic thug or slaver looking for another body to add to their stock of flesh. Still... you dread to think of the lengths a slavemaster might go to if they learnt of, or even suspected, her true nature. [Search for Jess]

Oh fucking hell we still haven't seen her since the Church, she can handle herself but she's a long way from F*llavon and as much as I'd like to wander the City or go for the duel we should make sure she's okay.

I don't even want to imagine what would have to a enslaved Fey

>>5906365
Me papers.
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>>5906399
Me

>>5915170
>While still not fully recovered, you are well enough to call upon the Norsikaans at the Crescent Palace. Northern barbarians they may be, but the issuance of a challenge to a duel was clear. This is a matter of honour, Cantonian honour to be precise. Besides, it will afford you a glimpse at the quarters of the renowned Dragon Guard. [The Duel]

Feels like a while since we've seen some combat
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>>5915170
>Your fae companion has been left unsupervised in the City for far too long. Jess the Kid can handle herself, they are not the type to let themselves fall afoul of an opportunistic thug or slaver looking for another body to add to their stock of flesh. Still... you dread to think of the lengths a slavemaster might go to if they learnt of, or even suspected, her true nature. [Search for Jess]
>>5906367
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>>5915170
>Your fae companion has been left unsupervised in the City for far too long. Jess the Kid can handle herself, they are not the type to let themselves fall afoul of an opportunistic thug or slaver looking for another body to add to their stock of flesh. Still... you dread to think of the lengths a slavemaster might go to if they learnt of, or even suspected, her true nature. [Search for Jess]
We should find our Honky
Also, we need to scour our holy book for mentions of Red Mystery Knights, the SoS all wear Red and seem to not enjoy showing their real faces... Wait, I've just had a brainwave, wasn't there an artifact for one of the Brotherhoods in Canton that replaced their personality with a gestalt of all the previous grandmasters? That could be related somehow, we can already somewhat guess that each Son operates slightly different to one another (Anarchy was Nuts, but Avarice had a deeper cunning about him and is probably whispering in the prince's ear, we're assuming Abyss is running a pirate nation of Blacksails)
Oh, and if we Wed Vancewell, how well is that going to mesh with retaking the Ardennes even in the best case scenario, I'd also love to make some Dragon Guard pals and take them back with us to kill Undead (Maybe we could bait Dragon into sending a detachment with us to capture a Deadman for his amusement)
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>>5915170
>>5906654

>Your fae companion has been left unsupervised in the City for far too long. Jess the Kid can handle herself, they are not the type to let themselves fall afoul of an opportunistic thug or slaver looking for another body to add to their stock of flesh. Still... you dread to think of the lengths a slavemaster might go to if they learnt of, or even suspected, her true nature. [Search for Jess]

Time to retrieve our little explorer.
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>>5915170
>>Your fae companion has been left unsupervised in the City for far too long. Jess the Kid can handle herself, they are not the type to let themselves fall afoul of an opportunistic thug or slaver looking for another body to add to their stock of flesh. Still... you dread to think of the lengths a slavemaster might go to if they learnt of, or even suspected, her true nature. [Search for Jess]
>>5906383
me
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>>5915180
>wasn't there an artifact for one of the Brotherhoods in Canton that replaced their personality with a gestalt of all the previous grandmasters?
You're smoking Crack anon, there was a not diablo shard from Anarchy's ruins that influenced a scholar in Port bounty to become a serial killer but thats it for weird magic shit we've seen outside the Fae enclave.

>how well is that going to mesh with retaking the Ardennes even in the best case scenario
If she doesn't forfill her ambitions we get one of the wealthiest and powerful houses in Montbrune on our side, if she fulfills her ambition we get the entire duchy.

The Dragonguard are tied to Cathaggi we'd have a even bigger rudder to turn to get Cathaggi onside and one word from the Dragon could kill it not to mention the issue of their own political sphere which is beset by its own complications.
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>>5915170
>Your fae companion has been left unsupervised in the City for far too long. Jess the Kid can handle herself, they are not the type to let themselves fall afoul of an opportunistic thug or slaver looking for another body to add to their stock of flesh. Still... you dread to think of the lengths a slavemaster might go to if they learnt of, or even suspected, her true nature. [Search for Jess]

>>5906391
this is me
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>>5915170
>> The Aethaeneum. Even the Cantonian scholars, never quick to praise the slaver empire, call this place the single greatest library in the known world. Your access will be limited by both language and your status as a foreigner, but even so there must be some knowledge of interest or utility to be found in its ancient halls. [Visit the Aethaneum]
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>>5915219
I posit that he was talking about the dragon guard that had finished their 2-3 year stint at the same time as us
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>>5915260
If you're right the chances are better but I don't know how much it would help push the Ardenne in a meaningfuk way unless we really network and get in bed with some noble houses.
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>>5915170
>While still not fully recovered, you are well enough to call upon the Norsikaans at the Crescent Palace. Northern barbarians they may be, but the issuance of a challenge to a duel was clear. This is a matter of honour, Cantonian honour to be precise. Besides, it will afford you a glimpse at the quarters of the renowned Dragon Guard. [The Duel]

>>5906394
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>>5915170
>Your fae companion has been left unsupervised in the City for far too long. Jess the Kid can handle herself, they are not the type to let themselves fall afoul of an opportunistic thug or slaver looking for another body to add to their stock of flesh. Still... you dread to think of the lengths a slavemaster might go to if they learnt of, or even suspected, her true nature. [Search for Jess]
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>>5915330

Forgot to link back

>>5906706
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I really feel like you guys are overly panicking on how well Jess is doing. She’s a master hunter and excellent hidden master, if she wants to get caught or found, that will be on her deciding to be seen, not the other way around. As such, for what we really should focus on next,
> The Aethaeneum. Even the Cantonian scholars, never quick to praise the slaver empire, call this place the single greatest library in the known world. Your access will be limited by both language and your status as a foreigner, but even so there must be some knowledge of interest or utility to be found in its ancient halls. [Visit the Aethaneum]
We need that knowledge, and unlike a duel with a noriskan, it’s not going to cause us fatal harm or injury in the process, plus lore and world building with a dash of SOS information, so yes.
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>>5915339
We've never been in this city before, nor has she, a being who spent her life up until very recently living in a forest. She's probably fine... probably, but it's also probably better for us to check in on her and keep an eye on her lest she cause problems or find herself captured.

And I mean a little meta consideration here but this is about the 3rd time (roughly) that Forgotten has asked us if we want to check on her. We can keep ignoring it but I reckon if we go down that path something *interesting* will happen and likely not in a good way
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>>5915170
>The Aethaeneum. Even the Cantonian scholars, never quick to praise the slaver empire, call this place the single greatest library in the known world. Your access will be limited by both language and your status as a foreigner, but even so there must be some knowledge of interest or utility to be found in its ancient halls. [Visit the Aethaneum]
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>>5915341
Oh, yeah that is a good warning sign, if it’s shown up twice before, then we should check up on her then.
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>>5915353
So I decided to check because I wasn't quite sure if I misremembering or if it really has been ages.

She vanished when we first arrived, only to be briefly seen and then disappear again at our acknowledgment. But her being gone has been brought up a few times since then and kind of looks like a meta-narrative warning at this point:

>Thread 31 – “You have not sighted Jess or Orin since you disembarked, but you trust they are taking up the rear”

>Thread 31 – “…you were correct in assuming that Orin was at the rear. Jess however is nowhere to be seen”

>Thread 32 – “You’ve caught neither sight nor sound of your Fae companion since stepping ashore”

We see her once again:
>Thread 32 – “Movement atop one of the rooftops a street or two over catches your eye. You chuckle, shaking your head in amusement at the sight of Jess the Kid perched on the rooftop edge”

Jess then goes off on her own again:
>Thread 32 – “…sparing a nod for Jess as you leave her to her own devices.”

An in-universe warning about Jess being off on her own all the time:
>Thread 33 – “The Chapter Master’s caution regarding slavers now has you concerned for your archer, Jess the Kid, who has been up to her own devices ever since you stepped ashore weeks ago”

>Thread 33 – A post from Forgotten “I will at least give you something to discuss, you have about a week until you are recovered enough to consider taking up with the Norsikaans on the agreed duel. In addition to possibly searching for Jess and visiting the Aethenaeum, what else would anons like to do during that time?”

>Thread 34 – “>Your fae companion has been left unsupervised in the City for far too long.”
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>>5915170
>Your fae companion has been left unsupervised in the City for far too long. Jess the Kid can handle herself, they are not the type to let themselves fall afoul of an opportunistic thug or slaver looking for another body to add to their stock of flesh. Still... you dread to think of the lengths a slavemaster might go to if they learnt of, or even suspected, her true nature. [Search for Jess]
FAAAAAAAAAE, GET YOUR ASS BACK HERE
>>5906437
Me
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>>5915170

vp:>>5906711


> The Aethaeneum. Even the Cantonian scholars, never quick to praise the slaver empire, call this place the single greatest library in the known world. Your access will be limited by both language and your status as a foreigner, but even so there must be some knowledge of interest or utility to be found in its ancient halls. [Visit the Aethaneum]
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>>5915170
>>Your fae companion has been left unsupervised in the City for far too long. Jess the Kid can handle herself, they are not the type to let themselves fall afoul of an opportunistic thug or slaver looking for another body to add to their stock of flesh. Still... you dread to think of the lengths a slavemaster might go to if they learnt of, or even suspected, her true nature. [Search for Jess]

Where'd our favorite golden retriever wander off to?

>>5906506
Me
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>>5915170
>There is no rush. This is the Great City of Cathagi, ancient and glorious. Merchants, warriors and scholars are lured here from North, South, East and West like moths to the flame. You need but turn the corner to see something that you would never have dreamed encountering back in Canton. [Wander the City]
>>5912691
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>>5915170
>>Your fae companion has been left unsupervised in the City for far too long. Jess the Kid can handle herself, they are not the type to let themselves fall afoul of an opportunistic thug or slaver looking for another body to add to their stock of flesh. Still... you dread to think of the lengths a slavemaster might go to if they learnt of, or even suspected, her true nature. [Search for Jess]
>>5906519
anchor
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>>5915170
>>Your fae companion has been left unsupervised in the City for far too long. Jess the Kid can handle herself, they are not the type to let themselves fall afoul of an opportunistic thug or slaver looking for another body to add to their stock of flesh. Still... you dread to think of the lengths a slavemaster might go to if they learnt of, or even suspected, her true nature. [Search for Jess]

defend the faefu at all costs
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>>5915170
>The Aethaeneum. Even the Cantonian scholars, never quick to praise the slaver empire, call this place the single greatest library in the known world. Your access will be limited by both language and your status as a foreigner, but even so there must be some knowledge of interest or utility to be found in its ancient halls. [Visit the Aethaneum]

>>5906571
Y
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>>5915170
>Your fae companion has been left unsupervised in the City for far too long. Jess the Kid can handle herself, they are not the type to let themselves fall afoul of an opportunistic thug or slaver looking for another body to add to their stock of flesh. Still... you dread to think of the lengths a slavemaster might go to if they learnt of, or even suspected, her true nature. [Search for Jess]

>>5906933
Me.
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>>5915170
>Your fae companion has been left unsupervised in the City for far too long. Jess the Kid can handle herself, they are not the type to let themselves fall afoul of an opportunistic thug or slaver looking for another body to add to their stock of flesh. Still... you dread to think of the lengths a slavemaster might go to if they learnt of, or even suspected, her true nature. [Search for Jess]

verify
>>5906389
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>>5915170
>>Your fae companion has been left unsupervised in the City for far too long. Jess the Kid can handle herself, they are not the type to let themselves fall afoul of an opportunistic thug or slaver looking for another body to add to their stock of flesh. Still... you dread to think of the lengths a slavemaster might go to if they learnt of, or even suspected, her true nature. [Search for Jess]
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>>5915170
>>Your fae companion has been left unsupervised in the City for far too long. Jess the Kid can handle herself, they are not the type to let themselves fall afoul of an opportunistic thug or slaver looking for another body to add to their stock of flesh. Still... you dread to think of the lengths a slavemaster might go to if they learnt of, or even suspected, her true nature. [Search for Jess]
>>5906395
me
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>>5915170
>While still not fully recovered, you are well enough to call upon the Norsikaans at the Crescent Palace. Northern barbarians they may be, but the issuance of a challenge to a duel was clear. This is a matter of honour, Cantonian honour to be precise. Besides, it will afford you a glimpse at the quarters of the renowned Dragon Guard. [The Duel]

>>5907459
Me
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>>5915170
>The Aethaeneum. Even the Cantonian scholars, never quick to praise the slaver empire, call this place the single greatest library in the known world. Your access will be limited by both language and your status as a foreigner, but even so there must be some knowledge of interest or utility to be found in its ancient halls. [Visit the Aethaneum]

>>5907003
Me
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>>5915170
>Your fae companion has been left unsupervised in the City for far too long. Jess the Kid can handle herself, they are not the type to let themselves fall afoul of an opportunistic thug or slaver looking for another body to add to their stock of flesh. Still... you dread to think of the lengths a slavemaster might go to if they learnt of, or even suspected, her true nature. [Search for Jess]

>>5906449
Me
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>>5915170
>>Your fae companion has been left unsupervised in the City for far too long. Jess the Kid can handle herself, they are not the type to let themselves fall afoul of an opportunistic thug or slaver looking for another body to add to their stock of flesh. Still... you dread to think of the lengths a slavemaster might go to if they learnt of, or even suspected, her true nature. [Search for Jess]

Time to not let Kid Mk2 die a horrible death.

me >>5906990
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>>5915219
I swear I'm not smoking crack, I'm rereading through the quest and Forgotten offhandedly mentioned it when talking about the Brotherhood of the Broken Blade but I can't remember where
>>5915260
Is right, I was thinking about other knights finishing their service at the same time we were.
>>5915267
Historically the king's bodyguard have had immense amounts of power in their court, although I specifically more meant getting a cadre of very talented knights that have nowhere to really turn to after their terms of service other than another term, plus I assume we're not going to really stop preaching anytime soon and as long as we don't start openly saying "Break the Dragon across the Salvae Regina's Knee" then we'll be good.

Retaking the Ardennes would also be a great opportunity for FQM to kick into his Realm builder phase of this quest, and I think an Arc Finale on-top of a volcanic island (or a Formerly-Sunken Land, whatever floats your landmass) killing a Necromancer could be a great deal of fun, along with reclaiming a bunch of long dead cities
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>>5916382
>I swear I'm not smoking crack, I'm rereading through the quest and Forgotten offhandedly mentioned it when talking about the Brotherhood of the Broken Blade but I can't remember where

You're not smoking crack.

Its the grandmaster of the Torwatcher Order.

https://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/2020/4104172/#p4134232

>What’s the most legendary artefact/relic lusted for by adventurers and scholars alike?
Some have been named already, such as Cain’s sword or Adam’s armour. There is also the armour of the Torwatch Grandmaster, an inherently magical item where the bearer takes on the same identity of each previous owner combined.

I've been on a rereading binge myself so I renoted that.
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Are the Torwatcher Order and the Pegasi Clans one and the same?
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>>5916393
As far as we can see, they are difference organisations that are closely allied.

per https://pastebin.com/Zkumkcg1
>>The Torwächter – Cain Aligned
Every man of Montbrun knows a Pegasus is no mere horse to be tamed. Though a worthy man may win their respect and even friendship, they will only stoop to having a rider a handful of times in their lives and even then never a different one. The Torwächter are the only force in Canton to field an all-Pegasus unit, these riders pledging to protect Mountains where the Pegasus nests are found for life.

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Emphasis on unit. The pegasi knights are part of the Torwatchers but not all Torwatcher knights are pegasi knights.

And from

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>>5907599
>When Canton was young and mankind's grip on the continent lay under constant threat of annhilation from the Wild, the Serpent, the Foreign, there were times when entire Pegasi Clans moved to war and destruction of those who would interlope upon their mountain territories. But even in times of existential threat, when a new alliance with a Pegasi Clan has been formed in the face of an unprecedented threat, as was the case with the Southern Peak Clans in the War of the Three Sisters, that the number of Pegasi Knights has never exceeded a dozen. One for every Pegasi Clan, and selected on no rule or basis that the Montbrun Courts of man have ever

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The clans of pegasi will each adopt a single knight exemplar to be its champion rider.
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>>5916382
Find a source for it and I'll believe yo-
>>5916388
>Crack is real
huh, guess I take that back.

>Historically the king's bodyguard have had immense amounts of power in their court
Yeah but this is the king's bodyguard a world away from Canton and when their term ends.

a Cadre of knights is more doable given brotherhoods are a cultural thing for knights of common cause, as an aside I like the name Brotherhood of the dawn.

>Retaking the Ardennes would also be a great opportunity for FQM to kick into his Realm builder phase of this quest
I think its a bit of a endgame goal though I've had similar thoughts about marrying Vancewell though I feel with how the Wealth system got revised Forgotten didn't intend for this to be really Realm building.
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>>5915170
>Your fae companion has been left unsupervised in the City for far too long. Jess the Kid can handle herself, they are not the type to let themselves fall afoul of an opportunistic thug or slaver looking for another body to add to their stock of flesh. Still... you dread to think of the lengths a slavemaster might go to if they learnt of, or even suspected, her true nature. [Search for Jess]

>>5907655
V card
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>SELECTED: Your fae companion has been left unsupervised in the City for far too long. Jess the Kid can handle herself, they are not the type to let themselves fall afoul of an opportunistic thug or slaver looking for another body to add to their stock of flesh. Still... you dread to think of the lengths a slavemaster might go to if they learnt of, or even suspected, her true nature. [Search for Jess]

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Tracking Roll: Combing Cathagi for Jester-Makes-Fool-of-All
> Oblivious Quarry / Unfamiliar Massive Urban Environment 20DC
> Familiar Loyal Companion +15DC
> Courageous Sky +1 Re-Roll
>Current Wealth: 190 Sequins
> Coin for Information +1 Re-Roll (using this Re-Roll will cost 5 Sequins)
> Coin for Information II +1 Re-Roll (using this Re-Roll will cost 10 Sequins)
> 35DC

Double Fail = You find evidence that the Fae might have gotten into a spot of strife.
0 = After a full week you still find no clue or leads as to her whereabouts, it is as if Jess the Kid has disappeared off the face of the Earth.
1 = Your search bears little fruit after several days, your only lead takes you to a decrepit and dilapidated section of the Old City. Navigating these ruins inhabited by the outcast and destitute will not be easy. [Pathfinder test]
2 = While you don’t manage to pinpoint your archer’s precise location, your efforts to locate her after several days is eventually noticed. Jess the Kid approaches you eventually on her own terms, although she will remain aloof as to her recent activities without direct prodding.
3 = Despite the size of the City, you have enough of an understanding of your strange Fae companions predilections that you manage to locate her within the day. And the strange folk she has been keeping company with. Sister(?)-for-Life Quest Revealed
Double Pass = Even if you do not locate Jess, you do have reason to believe that she is perfectly safe.


3 rolls of 1d100. You have ONE re-roll, as well TWO optional re-rolls

This is also the first instance that I have included a re-roll you can effectively pay for. I will leave the choice of whether to use those discretionary re-rolls to the rollers, rather than any vote. New IDs rolling will not be counted unless linking back to a verification post.
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Rolled 92 (1d100)

>>5916408

Oh salve regina. Adam and cain bless my rolls.

me >>5906990
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Rolled 72 (1d100)

>>5916408
come on dice find me a jess

>>5906391
this is me
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Rolled 78 (1d100)

>>5916408
Angel guide us

>>5906373
Me
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>>5916409
>>5916410
>>5916411
PLEASE! re-roll
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Rolled 55 (1d100)

>>5916408
>>5916409
rerolling
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Rolled 82 (1d100)

>>5916411
>>5916410
>>5916409
Holy fuck, a total wipe out. At least there were no crit fails.

I don't know how may Sequins we currently have but it's obviously worth it for this info in particular.

>>5916408
Re-rolling my roll here
>>5916411
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>>5916413
Fuck...
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>>5916413
Sigh. This was an issue.

Thing is based off the wording of the results, she would have likely came back to us in time eventually. Now I just added a complication.
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Rolled 93 (1d100)

>>5916408
>>5916410

re roll
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>>5916413
>>5916414
>>5916418

Fuck, this is so bad. Poor Jess is screwed
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The Angel has clearly decided Emile has been slacking and has placed a challenge infront of him.
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Rolled 94 (1d100)

>>5916408
Verily >>5907625
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>shes gotten into trouble
>we have no successes at all to find her
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>>5916425
Inb4 she gets sold to the fucking Dragon
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>>5916427
that would be a nat 100 i think or maybe the dragon menagerie is a safer place for her then the alternative better to be a curiosity to the dragon then being seen as exotic woman by a flesh trader
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>>5916431
I am being a little hyperbolic but if she gets caught it'll be a matter of time till someone realises she's not entirely human and shorter still until some slave monger discovers how exotic she is.

>maybe the dragon menagerie is a safer place for her then the alternative
I sincerly hope so.
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>0 Success:After a full week you still find no clue or leads as to her whereabouts, it is as if Jess the Kid has disappeared off the face of the Earth.
>55 Double Fail: You find evidence that the Fae might have gotten into a spot of strife.
>-15 Sequins [Wealth: 175 Sequins]

Monegan, 11th Day of Estrimun, 883 A.C.E.

You’ve spent the last week searching for any clue of Jess’ presence, much of it spent in areas Chapter Master Callahan had specifically advised avoiding if at all possible. You could spend weeks more and not even cover a portion of the winding maze of a City. With your grasp of the Cathagi language so basic, it’s amazing you made this much progress at all.

You’ve spoken with tattooed sailors down at the docks to the answer of silent shrugs. You have bartered with gilded merchants and stall owners to be met with expressions of mild bemusement. You have pleaded with chalk wreathed religious devotees and a dozen other different denominations of zealot to the sound of prayer and platitude. You have begged with beggars for any scrap of information and, while coin loosened tongues of the latter, even this only served to spill useless rumours and false leads that wasted even more time.

Good news finds willing ears, and you proved all too ready to purchase that promise at face value several times until you learnt your lesson. And after all that coin and all that effort you have nothing, nothing other than an odd account in the form of an account from a beggar clearly suffering from heatstroke or an ailment of the mind.

[1/2]
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[2/2]

The closest you’ve had to anything even resembling a lead is reports of a figure robed in black and purple, with a mask of gold. There were others with less ostentatious in their presence, and one of them was possibly too lithe and diminutive to be a guard. Whilst trying to investigate this lead you are met with stony silence and cold shoulders the moment you describe said figure, and you have no idea why.

You may have started this search only mildly concerned for your Fae archer’s wellbeing but now, a week later and a purse lighter, you are in a near state of panic.

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You have done what you can for now, you can only offer a prayer to the Almighty that Jess the Kid remains unharmed. You will have to leave this for now, and return to your search in a week’s time. Who knows, by then someone may have seen something that you can action. [Divine]

>Local sources of information are clearly unreliable or even hostile to your aims but friendly faces may prove little help either. You could ask the Knights Comitas for some context regarding the mysterious figure and, while you have only just begun to foster good relations with the Stratiokas, it is perhaps time to call in a favour. [Idealist]

>In a city rife with copperclippers from every nation there must be -someone- willing to talk, you just need to find the right source. You’ve spent a tidy sum in vain thus far, and it will take all that again on this single source to prod a lead regarding this figure of black, purple and gold. [Hearty] [ -15 Sequins]
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>>5916459
*with less ostentatious masks
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>>5916459
>Local sources of information are clearly unreliable or even hostile to your aims but friendly faces may prove little help either. You could ask the Knights Comitas for some context regarding the mysterious figure and, while you have only just begun to foster good relations with the Stratiokas, it is perhaps time to call in a favour. [Idealist]

Fuck it. I think the Hearty choice will only get us taken advantage of by the cities peoples but whilst I trust Jess we can't just give up when we have such an easily accessible and soft option of asking our associates for help. Owing the Stratiokas isn't a bad thing either, we'll be here a while and developing that contact is a good thing, especially if they can help us right now.


>>5906373
Me
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>>5906360
On another note, Forgotten, how does it feel to be back? Were you expecting such an immediate flood of players to come back and jump straight back in discussing things and hashing out theories and shit?
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>>5916459
>You have done what you can for now, you can only offer a prayer to the Almighty that Jess the Kid remains unharmed. You will have to leave this for now, and return to your search in a week’s time. Who knows, by then someone may have seen something that you can action. [Divine]
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>>5916465
It feels pretty damn good, not going to lie. And you know I absolute love the exchange of theories, especially since we seem to have become much more civilized about it since the early threads.

I am honestly quite impressed with the lore recall of some anons here, but I obviously cannot weigh in as to how hot/cold tinfoilanons are in piecing the puzzle together. That would spoil the fun.
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>>5916467
Haha yeah I admit when I posted some stuff I was curious if you'd get excited and throw a comment in but it's probably for the best that you didn't. And yeah it's like night and day between how things are discussed now and how they used to be. It's fucking fun though, I'm loving having this quest back.
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>>5916459

>In a city rife with copperclippers from every nation there must be -someone- willing to talk, you just need to find the right source. You’ve spent a tidy sum in vain thus far, and it will take all that again on this single source to prod a lead regarding this figure of black, purple and gold. [Hearty] [ -15 Sequins]

I.do.not.like.this. this sounds like magic and I really do not like the Idea of Jess being around a Medusae or even just a warlock/witch.

>>5906365
Bad vibes pass
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Could someone post a pic of Jess for me? I want to make a thing
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>>5916467
It's amazing that the early threads were survivable, early STV was a barfight with a broken bottle level vicious

>>5916477
here you go
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>>5916480
That is a sick picture, do we have another with her face a little more clear or direct on? Rather than angled and covered by her jester hat stuff? If not it's cool, I can use this, it'll just be harder
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>>5916483
I assume it looks a tad more feminine.... or not? fucking Fey.
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>>5916484
This'll work, cheers mate
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>>5916480
theres a reason emile got a bother and a squire after our first unfortunate mc 2 back ups
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>>5916459
>Local sources of information are clearly unreliable or even hostile to your aims but friendly faces may prove little help either. You could ask the Knights Comitas for some context regarding the mysterious figure and, while you have only just begun to foster good relations with the Stratiokas, it is perhaps time to call in a favour. [Idealist]
She's our companion after all, don't want her to get into trouble.
>>5906437
Me
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>>5916487
Rip Rosseau, I wonder what could have been.

If we end up calling in a Favor for the love of god do not call on the Stratiokas Jess is a valuable assest we really should keep away from Cathaggi factions in case we need her skills.
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>>5916489
>>If we end up calling in a Favor for the love of god do not call on the Stratiokas

Why not? They're friendly to us at the moment. It isn't as if we have to spill all the beans and say "Oh we need help finding a fae" we can literally just describe her and her tendencies and ask for help tracking down where she might be
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>>5916490
Their prime loyalty is Cathaggi and the Dragon's interests, questions start arising once we make that request, particularly who and what she is, how she got in this predicament and what is the target doing with her. with every question asked the more questions will be raised and as a spy we cannot afford that, Jess can't either.

and thats not mentioning her own usefulness as a asset to us as a hidden quantity, which she proved in port bounty.
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>>5916499
>> who and what she is, how she got in this predicament and what is the target doing with her.

Those are pretty easily answered questions I think, even without lies (which would break Emiles vows).

"She is a close companion of ours from a remote region of Canton, as such she is unused to cities and extremely unfamiliar with the local culture here. It appears she may have run afoul of local customs or otherwise found herself in a compromising position. It is very important to us that she be found and her safety ensured."

Not a word of a lie and whilst it would make people aware of her, that's not really a huge downside. She excels in stealth and trickiness, she can still hide amongst the masses and move across roof tops even if people know of her existence.

I'd also add that considering we're here for years, it's quite likely that people will learn of her existence. "So we should delay that as long as possible" I here you typing, sure, in an ideal world. Right now though circumstances aren't ideal, she might be in danger, she might be captured, we need to find her. It's a small price to say.

On top of all that, again, as we are likely here for a couple of years it is important to forge strong alliances and friendly associations. Owing someone a favour is more useful than it seems. People don't scorn those that owe them favours because then the favour is of no use. If we do things for them and they for us, it tightens bonds, we get closer to them and gain more access to a society we otherwise never would. We learn things.

Currently we are nothing more than a curiosity. There is little risk in asking a favour.
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Here we go, a shitty, silly, new meme for the thread
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>>5916507
Outstanding
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>>5916459
>In a city rife with copperclippers from every nation there must be -someone- willing to talk, you just need to find the right source. You’ve spent a tidy sum in vain thus far, and it will take all that again on this single source to prod a lead regarding this figure of black, purple and gold. [Hearty] [ -15 Sequins]

Gotta get Jess back even if it means dealing with copper clippers

>>5906391
this is me
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>>5916459
>Local sources of information are clearly unreliable or even hostile to your aims but friendly faces may prove little help either. You could ask the Knights Comitas for some context regarding the mysterious figure and, while you have only just begun to foster good relations with the Stratiokas, it is perhaps time to call in a favour. [Idealist]

I honestly feel that spending anymore is pointless we're just going to continue to be scammed. We need people that we can trust.

>>5906506
Me.
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>>5916404
>brotherhood of the Dawn
Pretty sick, although I think you're missing the more obvious name
>the Moonslayer Order

Also, I wanted to openly theorize that the Island to the east of Aubres is volcanic (Sudden rise out of the sea bed followed by immense clouds of ash blocking out the sun, and if the actual volcano was bright enough I could see it reflecting off the upper atmosphere to look like another moon, speaking of have we been blessed with any lore dumps about what the first two moons are like?) Plus it seems to be about equivalent to Crete/Minos and one of those was a volcano that's had an eruption in the last 10k years, although I myself am a gigantic fan of the whole "Sunken world of dead things and scuttling creatures unfit for the eyes of God" trope since I read Lovecraft and Terry Pratchett too close together although based on the fact we haven't heard any hints along the line of "some say Man used to hold dominion over the waters until the Almighty took his land and pushed it beneath the waves"
>>5916459
>Local sources of information are clearly unreliable or even hostile to your aims but friendly faces may prove little help either. You could ask the Knights Comitas for some context regarding the mysterious figure and, while you have only just begun to foster good relations with the Stratiokas, it is perhaps time to call in a favour. [Idealist]
The Almighty helps those that help themselves
>>5916507
Great meme, keep up the good work. Took me a sec to see her(s).
>>5916467
I get your point of view, but sometimes it feels like clutching at straws in the dark after your hands have fallen asleep
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>>5916459
>>In a city rife with copperclippers from every nation there must be -someone- willing to talk, you just need to find the right source. You’ve spent a tidy sum in vain thus far, and it will take all that again on this single source to prod a lead regarding this figure of black, purple and gold. [Hearty] [ -15 Sequins]

We're gonna punch a wordy slaver in the mouth aren't we?

>>5906383
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>>5916543
Whoops meant Romaine, not Aubres, I mixed up the latter with Andrei too, my bad
Also, terrible plan incoming, we kill Avarice to out him as a Pitspawn when he bodysurfs although I have a weird feeling that when they're not fresh off a few centuries of imprisonment they could direct it more (plus assuming the given timeline is mostly accurate he was imprisoned after Adam's death but before Cain left us to fend for ourselves)
Oh, and this is a full Shadowrun I don't even believe myself, but what if Adam wasn't technically a Son of Sin, but instead they all took "A" names to honour him, from all we've been given it kinda seemed like Adam was running things more than Cain was.
Also, idle speculation, Orders are Canaanite and Brotherhoods are Adamant, this is based on literally nothing but a thought I had while pissing and decided sounded neat even though I can pull several examples that can prove me wrong
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>>5916455
Giving up and assuming that things will be fine with the Divine option may as well be consigning Jess to a death sentence, Fae are special and rare and this robed figure is absolutely using her as a sacrifice for some ritual. Calling in a favor is an option, but drawing more Comitas attention to our companion might out her as a Fae, which we wouldn't want, and owing the Stratiokas a favor would probably bite us in the ass more than we'd like, especially when we're in an already tenuous situation here with the whole 'being a Reginate spy' deal. I think it's time to unzip our knightly wallet once again, boys

>>5916459
>In a city rife with copperclippers from every nation there must be -someone- willing to talk, you just need to find the right source. You’ve spent a tidy sum in vain thus far, and it will take all that again on this single source to prod a lead regarding this figure of black, purple and gold. [Hearty] [ -15 Sequins]

>>5906400
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>>5916459
>>In a city rife with copperclippers from every nation there must be -someone- willing to talk, you just need to find the right source. You’ve spent a tidy sum in vain thus far, and it will take all that again on this single source to prod a lead regarding this figure of black, purple and gold. [Hearty] [ -15 Sequins]
the copper clipper in me weeps god i hope it's not another roll
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>>5916505
I'm worried less about breaking vows and more about suspicion and compromising information, a vague answer isn't going to cut why we're asking such a favor moreso if this proves to involve magic or god forbid whoevers involved has the slightest inkling of what Jess is.

>Right now though circumstances aren't ideal, she might be in danger, she might be captured, we need to find her. It's a small price to say
I never said don't save her, I said don't call upon the favor of the Stratiokas.

>Owing someone a favour is more useful than it seems.
Then keep whatever favor we have and go to the Comitas or someone else to help find her.

>>5916543
Moonslayer order is kinda dope not going to lie. From memory the first two moons are bog standard with no real properties actively known about.

>but what if Adam wasn't technically a Son of Sin, but instead they all took "A" names to honour him, from all we've been given it kinda seemed like Adam was running things more than Cain was.
I have the growing suspicion that Adam and Cain weren't Sins, I know it runs counter to the scripture in the ruins but in a way it makes the sins worse, they tried to emulate heaven given power and fell to corruption through either design or hubris.
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>>5916459
>You have done what you can for now, you can only offer a prayer to the Almighty that Jess the Kid remains unharmed. You will have to leave this for now, and return to your search in a week’s time. Who knows, by then someone may have seen something that you can action. [Divine]

>>5906380
But for real, she's really busting our purses over there.
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>>5916583
>a vague answer isn't going to cut why we're asking such a favor moreso if this proves to involve magic or god forbid whoevers involved has the slightest inkling of what Jess is.

Exactly why not? Why would it not cut it? Are we supposed to describe every facet of her life? I think it's pretty fair to say "she's a friend, she's lives in the woods, this shit isn't her shit and we need help to find her". That's not all that suspicious, especially in a city of slavers...


Also

>moreso if this proves to involve magic or god forbid whoevers involved has the slightest inkling of what Jess is

Where is this even coming from? It's a stretch to say the least. It feels like it would be a massively weird coincidence for their first thought to be "Oh he needs help, this clearly involves magic/his friend is a Fae" like why would their mind go there in the first place? It makes no sense.

>>I never said don't save her, I said don't call upon the favor of the Stratiokas.

You're arguing against an easy and available method of saving her. Paying the citizens here money is just leading us to be scammed and taken advantage of and simply trusting in the Divine is... essentially just hoping she's okay and forgetting about it.

>Then keep whatever favor we have and go to the Comitas or someone else to help find her.

The Comitas *are* a apart of this option. You could do a write in? Point being though that exchanging favours with the Stratiokas and deepening ties could be useful. We're not a fully fledged spy, we're simple going to report on stuff we see that could be of note according to what we said to Gilbern. So there's no need to go deep Shadowrun territory. We aren't James Bond

>I have the growing suspicion that Adam and Cain weren't Sins

I'm actually interested in what you're thinking here. What makes you think they might not be?
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>>5916459
>>In a city rife with copperclippers from every nation there must be -someone- willing to talk, you just need to find the right source. You’ve spent a tidy sum in vain thus far, and it will take all that again on this single source to prod a lead regarding this figure of black, purple and gold. [Hearty] [ -15 Sequins]

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>>5916636
"Where is this even coming from? It's a stretch to say the least. It feels like it would be a massively weird coincidence for their first thought to be "Oh he needs help, this clearly involves magic/his friend is a Fae" like why would their mind go there in the first place? It makes no sense."

Personally, my suspicion is that the person in the mask and robes is likely some kind of magic user, witch, warlock, etc., and one with a particular reputation, given that everyone immediately clams the fuck up when we bring them up. It's likely that if people know who they are, then even vaguely mentioning that they have some kind of interest in Jess would potentially indicate to them that Jess is unusual and not a regular human. This is an empire of slavers, if this robed figure were just a regular fleshmonger then they likely wouldn't be as intimidating to others - it seems like they're bad news of the magical variety.
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>>5916459
>In a city rife with copperclippers from every nation there must be -someone- willing to talk, you just need to find the right source. You’ve spent a tidy sum in vain thus far, and it will take all that again on this single source to prod a lead regarding this figure of black, purple and gold. [Hearty] [ -15 Sequins]
What an adventure! Hope Jess is having the time of her life

>>5906449
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>>5916459
>Local sources of information are clearly unreliable or even hostile to your aims but friendly faces may prove little help either. You could ask the Knights Comitas for some context regarding the mysterious figure and, while you have only just begun to foster good relations with the Stratiokas, it is perhaps time to call in a favour. [Idealist]
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>>5916459
>Local sources of information are clearly unreliable or even hostile to your aims but friendly faces may prove little help either. You could ask the Knights Comitas for some context regarding the mysterious figure and, while you have only just begun to foster good relations with the Stratiokas, it is perhaps time to call in a favour. [Idealist]
Verily >>5907625
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>>5916459
>>Local sources of information are clearly unreliable or even hostile to your aims but friendly faces may prove little help either. You could ask the Knights Comitas for some context regarding the mysterious figure and, while you have only just begun to foster good relations with the Stratiokas, it is perhaps time to call in a favour. [Idealist]

>>5906900
mememememe
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>>5916697
Im glad we have the anti magic fuck you sword right now if the masked person is some sort of super mage
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>>5917012
I support the violent slaughter of foreign mages
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>>5916459
>>In a city rife with copperclippers from every nation there must be -someone- willing to talk, you just need to find the right source. You’ve spent a tidy sum in vain thus far, and it will take all that again on this single source to prod a lead regarding this figure of black, purple and gold. [Hearty] [ -15 Sequins]
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>>5916459
>>In a city rife with copperclippers from every nation there must be -someone- willing to talk, you just need to find the right source. You’ve spent a tidy sum in vain thus far, and it will take all that again on this single source to prod a lead regarding this figure of black, purple and gold. [Hearty] [ -15 Sequins]
>>5906834
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>>5916459
>>In a city rife with copperclippers from every nation there must be -someone- willing to talk, you just need to find the right source. You’ve spent a tidy sum in vain thus far, and it will take all that again on this single source to prod a lead regarding this figure of black, purple and gold. [Hearty] [ -15 Sequins]

I vote we withhold her wages for the funds we spent trying to find her.

Its not like she uses it anyways and this sort of nonsense does at least require a slap on the wrist.

Also our coin purse needs saving. +1Thorn

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>>5916483
I did do this somewhat simplified edit if that helps
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>>5917762
QT Fae GF, thanks for the art although now all I can see is literally everyone being just short of certain that Emile has a clown fetish he somehow gained in the forests of Fallevon
>Frida offhandedly mentions in a letter how she's been buying white grease paint, bells, and garish fabric for when we share her bed upon our return
>Rabe talks to our brother about how they need to make sure we can't hire any jesters for our wedding, just to eliminate the temptation
>Father Towbray's been praying that the Clussy doesn't lead us into damnation
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>>5906399
Me

>>5916459
>Local sources of information are clearly unreliable or even hostile to your aims but friendly faces may prove little help either. You could ask the Knights Comitas for some context regarding the mysterious figure and, while you have only just begun to foster good relations with the Stratiokas, it is perhaps time to call in a favour. [Idealist]

>>5917783
Your post makes me want to vomit
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>>5917783
I did this because of you
>>5917793
Then you're gonna hate this
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>>5917798
>Jess after being captured by a brothel owner with a circus-themed brothel.

We must save her from fae kissing any more mortals. Who knows what the consequences could be from such acts.
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>>5917798
TOPKEK
>inb4 we find her in the Cathagi equivalent to a comedy club practicing her Art to a finely sharpened point
> "ah, Growglad, I so happy see you" *Pops fake breast balloons causing the crowd of degenerates to erupt into laughter*
>>5917805
Speaking of which, when are we getting the ability to have Crit 99s after getting a Langlish Kiss from Jess? I'm also suddenly getting the mental image of Jess being made fun of by other Fae for being near us for so long
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>SELECTED: In a city rife with copperclippers from every nation there must be -someone- willing to talk, you just need to find the right source. You’ve spent a tidy sum in vain thus far, and it will take all that again on this single source to prod a lead regarding this figure of black, purple and gold. [Hearty] [ -15 Sequins] [Wealth: 160 Sequins]
Honestly as entertaining as Emile owing favours to an active faction of the Palace would have been down the line, the immediate expense is perhaps well worth avoiding the potential hassle.

“This unfortunate vassal may know of who you speak.” Securing a meeting with the information broker sitting across from you has cost a pretty penny, twice the amount that a skilled mercenary might expect as a week’s retainer, and several times what a skilled craftsman might turn over in a month.“Such a person of that description was indeed seen in the company of a figure robed in purple, black and gold. And it is in this issue that this worthless thrall can perhaps offer you some paltry assistance.”


His name is Bahidir Arslan. You imagine that the amount paid for just a short audience with him is little more than a pittance to this member of the Merchanta Case, the evidence of their wealth is clear and apparent in the richness of their cloth, the shine of their jewellery and the comfort of their surroundings. You’ve never had much patience for those men who place wealth and the pursuit of profit above all else, but this man’s business is information and business for him appears to be very good indeed.


“Your Cantish is excellent.” Sincere in both your surprise and your compliment, there is even the tinge of a familiar Romani accent to his lilt.


“Your kind words are as water in the desert to the shrivelled heart of this paltry peasant, kind Sir Andrei.” You make no remark on the fact that you had yet to formally introduce yourself, he is an information broker after all. “This humble helot’s commerce is in information, which can only be spoken or written. Every new language is merely another opening in the market to corner and capitalise in this regard, as best as this sorry serf is able.”


“Sound enough burgher logic.” You nod, wondering just how many ‘markets’ this information broken has access to. “Although there really is no need to refer to yourself so harshly merely because you are discussing commerce with a man of noble blood.”

[1/3]
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“It is as it should be, highborn. There are some in our Great City that forget their place as His abject servants, his wayward possessions and instruments that foster their own hubristic ambitions. As mighty as we Merchanta might appear, few of the lesser castes understand that the Merchanta Caste owns nothing itself. We are but mere peddlers in the product of Empire, the agent of the sale rather than the owner. In reality there is not a single clipped copper coin to our name.” Bahadir inspects the back of his left hand, smiling at his fingers replete with a set of rare stones that could fund a Cantonian Lord’s banner for months. “But yes, our Greatest and Highest Master in his magnanimity permits us to enjoy the fruits of his investments and comfort in some small pleasures commensurate with his success.”


“...I see.” Your doubtful expression only causes Bahadir to smile wider before moving on to the topic at hand.
“Purple is a sacred colour in this land. Only those who serve the Dragon directly, his personal guards and attendants, are permitted to wear it.” You hadn’t noticed foreigners being stripped of their purple clothes upon arrival at the Cathagi docks, but then again you suppose purple is not a very popular colour in Cantonian fabrics. Certainly the Norsikaans you encountered were wearing the purple livery of the Dragon Guard, so perhaps there is some truth to the significance of the colour. “The one you seek is a sorceress of the Medusae Caste, this much is obvious. Such is the kindness of my heart and sympathy for your plight that I shall not charge you for this information.”

Your heart sinks. The Medusae, personal attendants to the Dragon and de-facto rulers of the Cathagi Empire in his name. Little wonder no one wanted to speak with you the moment you described the figure Jess might have been seen in the company of. Whilst the mad beggar made not mention of the lithe masked figure being bound or under threat, them being seen together with one of the ruling caste of this slaver empire can mean nothing good.

“It is the sorry duty of this deplorable bondsman to speak words that bring such a well-born and kind customer sorrow. But this is perhaps not as dire as first appears.” The two of you are alone in the room, curtains heavy and the air thick with expensive incense. And yet the Merchanta glances ever-so-briefly before speaking in hushed tones. “Ordinarily such favoured servants of the Palace are nigh untouchable. But… there are rumours that one of their number has fallen out of favour, has been cast out by her own cultish sisterhood.”

“Cast out?” You voice barely above a whisper, the weighty subject of a rogue Medusae not being lost even on a foreigner such as yourself. “Whatever for?”

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“This pitiful heirodule deals in information, not speculation.” Bahadir admonishes in a normal voice. “But the description of the other masked figures is a link to those rumours that cannot be discarded.”

“Does the pitiful heirodule know where I can find them?”

Dropping the pretence of humble self-accolades for the first time during your audience, Bahadir Arslan of the Merchanta Casta answers with his widest smile yet, every tooth gleaming as golden as the rings on his fingers.

“I know where you can start.”





The Old City. By the time of the Book of Brothers was writ Cathagi was already ancient. Indeed on the maps the name of the city is Nova Cathagi, ‘Nova’ meaning ‘New’. In the centuries, or perhaps the millennium, since Cathagi was first founded the structures of today have been built on both the outskirts and the ruins of the old. In some places, so much of the old city has been swept over by one disaster or another only to be built over that there are swathes of the city entire where ruins the size of entire towns in their own right lie beneath.None live there except the desperate, the dispossessed (according to some) the damned.

You stand at the entrance of one such warren, Mikail and Brother Rousseau by your side. It is here that your information broker claimed most sightings of this ‘Rogue Medusae’ have originated from. Roughly.

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> You spent months in fucking -Fallavon- of all places, fording rivers ridden with Trolls, scaling mountains overwhelmed with wyverns and braved undergrowth bristling with Basilisks. Almighty knows you can handle the side passage of an underground ruin or two. [Divine] [Pathfinder test]

>The winding path where light from the surface still shines down is the most straightforward route. It is also the most obvious place to lie in wait for any idiot wanderer with a heavy purse and empty head. On the other hand, one would have to be desperate indeed to consider a fully armoured knight a worthwhile mark. [Hearty]

>You should hire a local that knows this area well enough to lead you down the lesser known pathways that will offer the most discretion. But Cain on the Cross, this Fae archer of yours sure is racking up quite a bill. [Idealist] [-5 Sequins]
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>>5917798
Reginae Wept, gets called out as a Jess clussy advocate and then doubled down. That's going in the OC meme folder for sure.
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Rolled 15 (1d100)

>>5917815
This is giving serious Fallavon flashbacks. Remember what happened last time we hired someone in a situation like this. Also, rolling to see if our luck has improved.

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>>5917815
>The winding path where light from the surface still shines down is the most straightforward route. It is also the most obvious place to lie in wait for any idiot wanderer with a heavy purse and empty head. On the other hand, one would have to be desperate indeed to consider a fully armoured knight a worthwhile mark. [Hearty]

Since when have we ever been the sneaky type?

Veri>>5907443
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>>5917818
Another excellent addition to the growing folder
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>>5917816
Jess is for friendship, lore, and transcending the limited thinking/closed-mindedness of our upbringing. Not for lewd. I'm not even sure if Fae have genitals as they are closer to sentient plants than men.
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>>5917815
> You spent months in fucking -Fallavon- of all places, fording rivers ridden with Trolls, scaling mountains overwhelmed with wyverns and braved undergrowth bristling with Basilisks. Almighty knows you can handle the side passage of an underground ruin or two. [Divine] [Pathfinder test]

>>5906461
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>>5917815
>>The winding path where light from the surface still shines down is the most straightforward route. It is also the most obvious place to lie in wait for any idiot wanderer with a heavy purse and empty head. On the other hand, one would have to be desperate indeed to consider a fully armoured knight a worthwhile mark. [Hearty]
inb4 the norskans go to info broker to find out why emile is taking so long to arrive for the duel only for them to find out he solo'd all the gangsters in the slum and a medusa sorceress
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>>5917823
>>5906370
me btw
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>>5917815
>The winding path where light from the surface still shines down is the most straightforward route. It is also the most obvious place to lie in wait for any idiot wanderer with a heavy purse and empty head. On the other hand, one would have to be desperate indeed to consider a fully armoured knight a worthwhile mark. [Hearty]

>>5907003
Me
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>>5906399
>> You spent months in fucking -Fallavon- of all places, fording rivers ridden with Trolls, scaling mountains overwhelmed with wyverns and braved undergrowth bristling with Basilisks. Almighty knows you can handle the side passage of an underground ruin or two. [Divine] [Pathfinder test]

>>5906399
Me

>Securing a meeting with the information broker sitting across from you has cost a pretty penny, twice the amount that a skilled mercenary might expect as a week’s retainer, and several times what a skilled craftsman might turn over in a month
>[-15 Sequins][Wealth: 160 Sequins]
>Our savings surpass several years worth of middle class earnings
Are... are we a copper clipper?
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>>5917815
> You spent months in fucking -Fallavon- of all places, fording rivers ridden with Trolls, scaling mountains overwhelmed with wyverns and braved undergrowth bristling with Basilisks. Almighty knows you can handle the side passage of an underground ruin or two. [Divine] [Pathfinder test]
Fuck it, I feel like anyone we'd pay would just lead us in circles not to mention we can always just pay someone else later if we fuck up, although I do feel like there's a bit of a time limit we're not seeing

Also total tinfoilry moment here, the Prince is trying to establish a secular state with a direct rule by the King, with a Son of Sin whispering in his ear about how he could be an Emperor in his own right without some woman chosen out of a nunnery owning half his kingdom especially if the subtext of "The King and Queen have been fighting for quite some time" is true then he probably doesn't like one of them, he hires mercenaries because he can't really trust Kingsmen or Queensmen seeing as how he doesn't just want to be in control he wants to overturn the board the game is played on.
Plus really the thing this era is missing from IRL is the constant threat of the Head of Faith being assassinated, speaking of I wonder if previous Queens have been killed and if they just elect a new one? I assume we haven't had a situation that was somewhere between Henry the 8th meets the Height of the Western Schism, although that does sound deeply funny.

Just to make a statement while rereading, I absolutely love how it seems that to everyone else, Emile is a Schizophrenic Idiot Savant that's either playing the known world for fools or is insanely lucky to the point of unironic divine assistance and no-one can really tell one way or the other
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>>5917815
>> You spent months in fucking -Fallavon- of all places, fording rivers ridden with Trolls, scaling mountains overwhelmed with wyverns and braved undergrowth bristling with Basilisks. Almighty knows you can handle the side passage of an underground ruin or two. [Divine] [Pathfinder test]

Fuck fallavon, fuck old city.

me >>5907579
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>>5917815
> You spent months in fucking -Fallavon- of all places, fording rivers ridden with Trolls, scaling mountains overwhelmed with wyverns and braved undergrowth bristling with Basilisks. Almighty knows you can handle the side passage of an underground ruin or two. [Divine] [Pathfinder test]

If we lived and succeeded through Fallavon we will live and succeed through this.

>>5906391
this is me
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>>5917815
>> You spent months in fucking -Fallavon- of all places, fording rivers ridden with Trolls, scaling mountains overwhelmed with wyverns and braved undergrowth bristling with Basilisks. Almighty knows you can handle the side passage of an underground ruin or two. [Divine] [Pathfinder test]

I swear if we just waste à thread running around, just for Jess to be like "oh, hey! Good to see ya" I'll swear I will campaign for leaving her ass in Cathagi

>>5906380
My v-post
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>>5917873
I think we are about to stumble ass first into a conspiracy, get ambushed, and have to fight our way out. AGAIN.
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>>5917815
> You spent months in fucking -Fallavon- of all places, fording rivers ridden with Trolls, scaling mountains overwhelmed with wyverns and braved undergrowth bristling with Basilisks. Almighty knows you can handle the side passage of an underground ruin or two. [Divine] [Pathfinder test]

I fucking hate being right about the Medusae caste being (kinda) Involved.

>>5906365
I hate being right pass.

>>5916636
With the point being moot now I'll admit I am defintely shadowrunning hard, we're goint to be operating in the upper circles of Cathaggi politics and if we're going to actually spy for the reginate the margin for error is small when the consequences for betraying the Dragon is terrible.

>We aren't James Bond
>Flashy acts of skullduggery and espionage
>Big bad Femme fatale GF
>Pure Daubney GF RIP
>Being absolute hell to handle
>working for HER majesty's secret service
All we need is gadgets and we'd be pitch perfect.

>What makes you think they might not be?
Unless we've been lead falsely on what the Dragon is, the brothers would have had to be potent beyond belief to take it on, sure its not entirely out of the question that they merely were using magic to buff up but its striking then that they are the only ones to be able to lead a true and proper uprising against it.

Also I don't know how much we should hold the ruins to being compeletly accurate but that might be me being overly suspicious.

>>5917831
The Prince inherits the kingsman faction by merit of being heir apparent, I have the suspicion that he's not so much going rogue but more he's the technical 2IC of the faction but his father doesn't care all that much for the Factional politics and as such he just uses it to further his agenda which probably includes finding a equivalent to the magical Arsenal the church has under lock and key which is where the sons or at least Avarice or whatever he is comes into things.

God I really REALLY want to know how the fuck Avarice came about in the kingsmen

>>5917875
At least there won't be another sin present right... RIGHT?!
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>>5917879
>At least there won't be another sin present right...
don't worry we'd win
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>>5917815
>> You spent months in fucking -Fallavon- of all places, fording rivers ridden with Trolls, scaling mountains overwhelmed with wyverns and braved undergrowth bristling with Basilisks. Almighty knows you can handle the side passage of an underground ruin or two. [Divine] [Pathfinder test]

I really don't want to risk hiring another Craig.

>>5906506
Me
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>>5917815 #
>The winding path where light from the surface still shines down is the most straightforward route. It is also the most obvious place to lie in wait for any idiot wanderer with a heavy purse and empty head. On the other hand, one would have to be desperate indeed to consider a fully armoured knight a worthwhile mark. [Hearty

Link to me:
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>>5917815
>>5906654
>The winding path where light from the surface still shines down is the most straightforward route. It is also the most obvious place to lie in wait for any idiot wanderer with a heavy purse and empty head. On the other hand, one would have to be desperate indeed to consider a fully armoured knight a worthwhile mark. [Hearty]

We have been wronged and this rogue outcast has robbed us of our own. We have nothing to hide.

On another note, I wonder if this Medusae outcast member grabbed Jess because it would grab our attention...
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>> You spent months in fucking -Fallavon- of all places, fording rivers ridden with Trolls, scaling mountains overwhelmed with wyverns and braved undergrowth bristling with Basilisks. Almighty knows you can handle the side passage of an underground ruin or two. [Divine] [Pathfinder test]

>>5917820
Emile will honk the cabbage!

>>5906383
me
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>>5917815
> You spent months in fucking -Fallavon- of all places, fording rivers ridden with Trolls, scaling mountains overwhelmed with wyverns and braved undergrowth bristling with Basilisks. Almighty knows you can handle the side passage of an underground ruin or two. [Divine] [Pathfinder test]
Ugh, the last time we fought against low-life scum, our dear brother almost bit the bullet. Lets hope all those days spent tracking the same brother in the shithole known as Fallavon will pay dividends here.
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>>5917815
> You spent months in fucking -Fallavon- of all places, fording rivers ridden with Trolls, scaling mountains overwhelmed with wyverns and braved undergrowth bristling with Basilisks. Almighty knows you can handle the side passage of an underground ruin or two. [Divine] [Pathfinder test]

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>>5917815
> You spent months in fucking -Fallavon- of all places, fording rivers ridden with Trolls, scaling mountains overwhelmed with wyverns and braved undergrowth bristling with Basilisks. Almighty knows you can handle the side passage of an underground ruin or two. [Divine] [Pathfinder test]
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>>5917815
> You spent months in fucking -Fallavon- of all places, fording rivers ridden with Trolls, scaling mountains overwhelmed with wyverns and braved undergrowth bristling with Basilisks. Almighty knows you can handle the side passage of an underground ruin or two. [Divine] [Pathfinder test]


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>>5917815
>The winding path where light from the surface still shines down is the most straightforward route. It is also the most obvious place to lie in wait for any idiot wanderer with a heavy purse and empty head. On the other hand, one would have to be desperate indeed to consider a fully armoured knight a worthwhile mark. [Hearty]
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>>5918045
Fuck my id changed. This is me >>5906476
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>>5917966
Also to add, if we are to decide where to start looking, maybe an overgrown park or botanical garden would be a good place? Jess might've been looking for another place to plant her little "colony." Plus, she might just be kindred souls with this rogue Medusa. Or maybe the Medusa wants to capture her and serve her to her sisters as a way to redeem herself. That would be a big problem.
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>>5917815
>You should hire a local that knows this area well enough to lead you down the lesser known pathways that will offer the most discretion. But Cain on the Cross, this Fae archer of yours sure is racking up quite a bill. [Idealist] [-5 Sequins]
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>>5917815
>You should hire a local that knows this area well enough to lead you down the lesser known pathways that will offer the most discretion. But Cain on the Cross, this Fae archer of yours sure is racking up quite a bill. [Idealist] [-5 Sequins]

Going into fucking Mos Isley here we better get a local guide.

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>>5918330
I think it's less Mos isley and more new londo
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>>5917815
>You should hire a local that knows this area well enough to lead you down the lesser known pathways that will offer the most discretion. But Cain on the Cross, this Fae archer of yours sure is racking up quite a bill. [Idealist] [-5 Sequins]
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>>5917818
That one time in Fallavon.
> You spent months in fucking -Fallavon- of all places, fording rivers ridden with Trolls, scaling mountains overwhelmed with wyverns and braved undergrowth bristling with Basilisks. Almighty knows you can handle the side passage of an underground ruin or two. [Divine] [Pathfinder test]
>>5906519
anchor
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>>5918439
woops, forgot to link to the actual vote
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>>5917815
>You spent months in fucking -Fallavon- of all places, fording rivers ridden with Trolls, scaling mountains overwhelmed with wyverns and braved undergrowth bristling with Basilisks. Almighty knows you can handle the side passage of an underground ruin or two. [Divine] [Pathfinder test]
Fear not, for the angel is with us. But the Angel is incoporeal, so we should probably go and pick up our squire at the least (if we're permited) before we venture forth so we're not fucked out of luck alone in the undercity. Maybe even Rousseau too if he feels inclined.

>>5906415
The post
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>>5917815
>> You spent months in fucking -Fallavon- of all places, fording rivers ridden with Trolls, scaling mountains overwhelmed with wyverns and braved undergrowth bristling with Basilisks. Almighty knows you can handle the side passage of an underground ruin or two. [Divine] [Pathfinder test]
>>5906395
fucking fallavon
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>>5917815
>> You spent months in fucking -Fallavon- of all places, fording rivers ridden with Trolls, scaling mountains overwhelmed with wyverns and braved undergrowth bristling with Basilisks. Almighty knows you can handle the side passage of an underground ruin or two. [Divine] [Pathfinder test]

I wonder if our ranger gear works here.

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>>5917815
>> You spent months in fucking -Fallavon- of all places, fording rivers ridden with Trolls, scaling mountains overwhelmed with wyverns and braved undergrowth bristling with Basilisks. Almighty knows you can handle the side passage of an underground ruin or two. [Divine] [Pathfinder test]

We should be on the look out for large gardens and trees, that's what she was looking for last time.

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>>5917815
>> You spent months in fucking -Fallavon- of all places, fording rivers ridden with Trolls, scaling mountains overwhelmed with wyverns and braved undergrowth bristling with Basilisks. Almighty knows you can handle the side passage of an underground ruin or two. [Divine] [Pathfinder test]
Adventure awaits!

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>>5918488
Both are with us already, dear illiterate anon.
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>>5916543
Just found the Moon-Lore myself, there's Diadem (the normal moon) and Deirdre which appears to have a very eclectic orbit "Usually appears as no more than a bright star or coin sized offshoot, but tonight dwarfs her dependable sister" (paraphrased) it's on nights where the latter sister is larger than the former that the Wild is more active, which also helps explain why the ocean is so fucked up the tides must be insane
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