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PostSubject: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Sat May 23, 2009 11:36 am

OOC: Please, forgive the thread title. It's oddly fitting, and at least it's not as obscure as the last one....

The corpse of Marchosias flickers in an indertimate state between Dead/Not Dead/Mostly Dead/Never Really Alive in the First Place until, when nobody is actually looking at it, it vanishes entirely.

At precisely the same moment, a statue of the fallen demon manifests behind the altar; all three faces look moderately furious, and all four hands are giving onlookers the finger.

The other demons, as well as the congregation, have all vanished as well, decaying into brimstone, cobwebs, or dust. Only the swordsman's weapon(A +2 Flaming Greatsword) remains.

Everything is quiet, at least as much as possible when Yatigan is present. There are two doors behind the altar, and once each on the right and left walls of the chapel. There are two sets of stairs, which passed unnoticed in the battle, near the entrance to the chapel, which apprently lead to a sort of balcony above.
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PostSubject: Re: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Sat May 23, 2009 5:16 pm

Artichoke wearily wipes blood off his face and says, "Okay - let's start using up the pews to barricade every entrance. I don't want anything jumping us while we rest. And we are definitely resting." He joins the others in moving things around as needed.

OOC: I believe we're dropping the "re-equip your PC as you level up" approach (right, John?) and switching to PCs using what they find - and buying/trading for new equipment, so someone might want to consider using the greatsword.
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PostSubject: Re: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Sun May 24, 2009 11:09 pm

OOC: That's correct. Until we change our minds again.

The pews and such are oddly easy to shift; light when you pick them up, they seem MUCH heavier once they're in front of the doors. Help, perhaps, from Hidimba's subconscious?
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PostSubject: Re: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Tue May 26, 2009 8:00 am

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OOC: That's correct. Until we change our minds again.

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The pews and such are oddly easy to shift; light when you pick them up, they seem MUCH heavier once they're in front of the doors. Help, perhaps, from Hidimba's subconscious?

Interesting. Artichoke is appreciative enough, but since he's not quite sure whether it comes from Hidimba or somewhere else, he settles for being thankful in general. Once the pews are in place, he says, "Okay, people - let's get some rest. We'll take three watches. Say...," he looks around, "Lizzy and Yatagan on first, Lien and Odanais on second, Christabel and me on the last one."

Unless something else comes up, Artichoke then turns in, but not before spending a little time going over the group's recent use of tactics - and the strengths and weaknesses thereof - in his head. Especially his own. The former-motivational-speaker's time at Emmanuel Raze's academy has taught him a few things, including the need to sometimes be a little more hands-on in his approaches than he used to be. But with so many meatshi..., um, allies, maybe I should take a different tack. Artichoke makes a note to himself to consider some other options and then drifts off to sleep. And pleasant dreams of fame, fortune and leading a legion which does not include any references to pork.
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PostSubject: Re: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Tue May 26, 2009 1:34 pm

Lizzy reluctantly agrees to take the first watch. This Artichoke guy is really starting to rub him the wrong way what with all the ordering around. We might have to settle this once and for all thinks Lizzy. At least he has Yatagan to keep him amused for the watch. "So Yats, tell me about how you came to have Treasure."
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PostSubject: Re: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Tue May 26, 2009 2:16 pm

Odanais naps on his magic bedroll (1 temporary hit point).


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PostSubject: Re: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Tue May 26, 2009 2:16 pm

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PostSubject: Re: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Tue May 26, 2009 2:49 pm

Everyone, by the way, is now level 8. Could be useful, when you fight the *next* god.
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PostSubject: Re: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Tue May 26, 2009 3:25 pm

overeddie wrote:
"So Yats, tell me about how you came to have Treasure."
Being mindful of Lizzie's averse reaction to theology, Yatagan gives him the no-bullshit version of the Gospel of Treasure, which begins "A sea captain tried to kill us with her on the docks..."

He goes on to relate the story of the Fateful Haul, where, during an attempt on haul the pig across town in a wagon to get it blessed at the Dog Temple, we accidentally (on purpose) convinced a crowd of onlookers she was a god.

He finishes with the rousing verses from the Book of WTF?! where Odanais 1 first heals in Treasure's name after being fucked up by wraiths in the land of the dead.


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PostSubject: Re: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Tue May 26, 2009 4:11 pm

Rolzup wrote:
Everyone, by the way, is now level 8. Could be useful, when you fight the *next* god.

Woohoo! For equipment, we'll just retain the items we have currently at 7th, right?
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PostSubject: Re: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Tue May 26, 2009 4:26 pm

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He finishes with the rousing verses from the Book of WTF?! where Odanais 1 first heals in Treasure's name after being fucked up by wraiths in the land of the dead.
"Hmm. This fucking by wraiths sounds like something I can get behind..."
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PostSubject: Re: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Tue May 26, 2009 4:34 pm

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"Hmm. This fucking by wraiths sounds like something I can get behind..."
"It left him rather drained" replies Yatagan drolly.
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PostSubject: Re: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Tue May 26, 2009 4:40 pm

"Touche Yats! By the way did you happen to bring any beer with you?"
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PostSubject: Re: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Wed May 27, 2009 2:59 pm

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Woohoo! For equipment, we'll just retain the items we have currently at 7th, right?

OOC: Yup.

Sleep doesn't come easily -- the lighting never changes, so the room remains bright. And time passes oddly, if it's passing at all. Nevertheless, there comes a time when everyone feels as rested as their likely to get -- the floor here is surprsingly comfortable, at least.

If anyone dreams, they don't remember it. Just as well, that.

Where, then, does Artichoke plan to lead his brave company of heroes?

Or alternatively, this troupe of madmen, weasels, and spectral armadillos?
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PostSubject: Re: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Wed May 27, 2009 5:12 pm

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Or alternatively, this troupe of madmen, weasels, and spectral armadillos?

OOC: This precise question may never have been asked in the history of D&D.

IC: Once everyone is up and more or less functional, Artichoke says, "Let's check that door," indicating the one which the one surviving enemy had fled into. He helps the others move the pews they had piled in front of it and then opens it.
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PostSubject: Re: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Wed May 27, 2009 6:23 pm

There's a short hallway, leading North and then turning to the West. Just around the corner is a set of stairs leading up; further down the hall are two door, about 10 feet apart, and then the corridor turns to the South again -- clearly leading to the other door out of the Chapel.

It's strange here, more so than usual. Everything is just a little blurry; out of focus enough to be irritating and distracting, without actually obscuring any details. Things in the background seem to recede a little when you're not looking directly at them, fading away entirely if you don't refocus.
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PostSubject: Re: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Wed May 27, 2009 6:54 pm

I don't like it. "All right," says Artichoke, after having studied the area as closely as possible, and giving himself the beginnings of a headache in the bargain, "Let's check those two doors first and then the stairs." He moves to the closest door with the others and opens it.
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PostSubject: Re: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Wed May 27, 2009 7:01 pm

Lien looks nauseous as he tries to examine the surroundings.

"Wonderful, this world doesn't fully exist when we're not looking at it. If we put the armadillo in a collections box, will it be both dead and alive at the same time until we open the box to check?"

"Lead on, brother Artichoke." Then he walks straight past Artichoke and opens the other door too, listening at it only as he's opening it: he doesn't want to prevent the pain, just fully experience it as it inevitably explodes out at him.
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PostSubject: Re: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Wed May 27, 2009 8:13 pm

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It's strange here, more so than usual. Everything is just a little blurry; out of focus enough to be irritating and distracting, without actually obscuring any details. Things in the background seem to recede a little when you're not looking directly at them, fading away entirely if you don't refocus.

Odanais takes a moment to meditate upon the strangeness. Does it seem like Hidimba just doesn't remember this section well or is there something more going on?

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PostSubject: Re: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Wed May 27, 2009 8:43 pm

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If we put the armadillo in a collections box, will it be both dead and alive at the same time until we open the box to check?"
"Of course!" says Yatagan loudly, pondering the question just long for Lien to finish speaking it.

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Then he walks straight past Artichoke and opens the other door too, listening at it only as he's opening it: he doesn't want to prevent the pain, just fully experience it as it inevitably explodes out at him.
Yatagan breaks into a trot to keep up. He doesn't intend to let Lien hog all the martyrdom.

It's not that Yatagan wants to be a martyr. If he understood the concept better he'd find it distasteful. But it's talked up so much in his profession, he feels that it's part of the standard he swore to uphold.
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PostSubject: Re: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Thu May 28, 2009 9:58 am

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He moves to the closest door with the others and opens it.

It's a small library; the walls are all hidden behind shelves, and the shelves are entirely filled with various books. Some of these seem more solid, more real, than others -- they stick out like sore thumbs.

Atatl Jones wrote:
Then he walks straight past Artichoke and opens the other door too, listening at it only as he's opening it: he doesn't want to prevent the pain, just fully experience it as it inevitably explodes out at him.

A simple table, some equally simple wooden chairs, and even more vagueness than the hallway conveys. It's impossible even to count the number of chairs; are there three? Four? Two? Five?

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Does it seem like Hidimba just doesn't remember this section well or is there something more going on?

The former seems likely, in Odanais 'opinion. Perhaps Hidimba was just a Christmas and Easter Satanist?
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PostSubject: Re: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Thu May 28, 2009 10:22 am

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It's a small library; the walls are all hidden behind shelves, and the shelves are entirely filled with various books. Some of these seem more solid, more real, than others -- they stick out like sore thumbs.

"Looks like this place is safe, or as safe as any place in here," says Artichoke, walking over to the shelves and randomly examining a couple of the more solid books.
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PostSubject: Re: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Thu May 28, 2009 10:44 am

Rolzup wrote:
It's a small library; the walls are all hidden behind shelves, and the shelves are entirely filled with various books. Some of these seem more solid, more real, than others -- they stick out like sore thumbs.

Odanais grabs one of the solid books with one hand, and one of the not quite there books with mage hand.

Rolzup wrote:
Perhaps Hidimba was just a Christmas and Easter Satanist?

Hehe....
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PostSubject: Re: In the Church of the Poisoned Mind   Thu May 28, 2009 11:17 am

Lien looks at a few books. Do they have any sort of organization? He's going to look for books of esoteric philosophy, the more dry and incomprehensible the better.

That, and any especially lurid books. It gets lonely being trapped in one's one body for all of eternity.
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