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The Surface: D'ulkunde (private)

Re: The Surface: D'ulkunde (private)

Postby Alric » Sun Sep 12, 2010 2:55 pm

The room beyond the door was dark and cold...Vithar detected nothing save the outlines of shelves and tables; this room may have been a small library or study. Vithar wondered what the debris on the floor was from, but that wasn't the first thing on his mind at the moment. Discovering the source of the noise was his current top priority.

The lead Highland Raider scanned the area around and above him with his infrared vision before creating a mana light, sword in his hands. If it created heat, he'd see it.

"Don't tell me who or whatever it is brought friends...good thing we brought enough pain for everyone," spake Vithar with an exasperated sigh as he raised his greatsword. "Keep an eye on the door...the sound was out in the hall so it will come from there." Vithar was still wary about closing the doors and sealing them off temporarily from the hallway. If they really were being followed there was no guarantee that their pursuer had slipped into the room with them, and Vithar had yet to see another door leading out of the room.
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Re: The Surface: D'ulkunde (private)

Postby Durlyn Val'Sarghress » Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:34 pm

"Multiple Xuile'solen? There's a pleasant thought" Durlyn quipped as he followed everyone else into the room they'd discovered, more interested in making sure the enemy didn't get the drop on him and his team than he was in the contents of the room and if there were any valuables that make this trip worth a near death experience.

"Xuile'solen are blind and hunt by smell, taste, and hearing, and possess no sorcerous abilities, but are immune to pure mana so bolts and shields won't stop them. If we're lucky they'll only have primitive bone made weapons on them, if not...Better be ready for a sword fight" Durlyn whispered to his commander, not wanting to give away their position.

"I might be able to fry them with fire sorcery as they come through the doorway if you wish" flashing the lighter he'd purchased to make fire sorcery easier to cast.
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Re: The Surface: D'ulkunde (private)

Postby Maria » Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:05 pm

Hindrvitni followed Trinita in. The objects scattered about the room were dry, indicating the large metal door was well sealed when the water rose to flood the hallway. The orbs of light followed her, illuminating the room about them. Paper, notes, ledgers, writing utensils, and various things that could have been magnifying glasses lay on the floor. The drowussu picked up a ledger, flipping through its pages, before setting it down on the table in the middle of the room.

At a cursory glance the notes on the floor didn’t seem to hold much, though mentions of a leaking problem in some place labelled the ‘main district’ was a common theme. “Found anything, Trinita?”


Vitni felt herself instantly drawn to the bookcases, they reminded her of her old home. “The Les’annr library was a great one“, she recalled.

Finding a history tome of interest on one of the shelves she set to gingerly pulling it from its place, careful not to damage the book. “This will prove valuable to the historians of Chel’el’sussoloth.” Looking to the side, she found the second companion volume and pulled it out as well. Both books in hand she set her pack down and opened it. The gems inside inhaled sharply, and she could hear them again now that their breathing was no longer muffled.

Without hesitation she stuffed the books inside the pack, covering the gems, and shutting them up again as she tied the bag and slung it over her shoulder. “I am -not- in the mood, stones.”

Tracing her pale fingers over the bookshelves, she read their titles till she came to the end. A door.


It was much smaller than the other one, and was made of wood, not of metal. “A sign of status?" It had some cracks in it, and a hole now occupied the place where the door handle once was. Stepping forward, Hindrvitni’s foot hit something and it rolled away with a metallic ‘ting’. “Ah, there’s the handle.” Kicking it out of the way, she crouched down to peek through the hole. Nothing but dark again.

“Sir! There’s another room here.”
_ _ _

The group can flip through the notes and journals for further information if they wish.
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Re: The Surface: D'ulkunde (private)

Postby Alric » Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:03 pm

"Watch yourself, Durlyn…this room's filled with books and paper. Hit them before they come into this room. The Xuile'solen are ignorant of steel as well as mana arts, so if we are alert we can pick them off at our leisure," Vithar said in a sober tone before he turned to the study proper, confident that the others were covering the entrance.

Sheathing his sword for the moment, Vithar stooped down to pick up one of the books lying on the ground and flipped through it. The book appeared to be a record of the city maintenance. Of particular note to the Highland Raider were warnings of leaks in the main center of the city; this report had to have fallen on deaf ears. Vithar looked through the journal for any further information about the city and its layout.

Hindrvitni's comment on the Les'annr library drew Vithar's attention. "I hear the Les'annr house had one of the most extensive libraries in Chel'el'sussoloth, if not the entire underworld," he said solemnly. Rumors said that it was less in scale only to the Orthorbbae Library and perhaps the great libraries of the Sharen clan. "I never saw it myself. I wonder how much of the collection survived the fall of the Dutan'vir clan," muttered the Highland Raider as he collected whatever books appeared of worth. "Look around…there's bound to be information around here on the city at large," said Vithar as he placed the books into his pack.

Vithar walked over to the damaged wooden door that Hindrvitni was currently looking over. Someone had surely spared no expense on making this study visually impressive. "Let's see what's beyond this door," grunted the male Raider as he moved to open the carved door.
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Re: The Surface: D'ulkunde (private)

Postby django » Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:49 am

Trinita was combing through the books finding nothing of interests at the moment. That was until something caught his eye. A book on herbs. He turned to Vitni showing her the book "I found a book on herbs! Think on the possibility's this place may be hiding, if only we had time to clean and sort this out." It was truly a shame he thought but he had to keep his mind focused. A squad of Greenies are missing and possibly killed.

Trinita continued to be alert ignoring the books but was being mindful of them and watched his steps. Following the Commander to the door, he watched their backs as they inspected the door, making sure nothing would surprise them. What happened to these people they must have left in a hurry to leave all these books behind.

(Just for thought guys what would your character voice actor be if this was animated? I would have Seth Green as Trinita.)
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Re: The Surface: D'ulkunde (private)

Postby Maria » Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:00 am

City Maintenance Record

Entry 319,
The crack above the main district has grown and spread. Workers have been dispatched to deal with it…

…repair was a (illegible), a whole section of the wall gave way. The lower levels of the main district have been flooded, and tenants have evacuated to the higher levels.…

…the water was filled with them. Bloated, and bobbing on the surface….

Entry 321,
Water levels have risen, the main district is now a lake cutting off the way to the royals district, communication has (illegible)….

Entry 327,
A number of columns supporting the ceiling have fallen away, and a section has caved in….

….water has been deemed contaminated and undrinkable, a few of ours have fallen ill. We will venture out…

Entry 330,
The world outside is ashes…

…we lost a group to the black marked devils…starving, must return home and make contact with the survivors in the royals district…

Entry 331,
Those (illegible) bastards are withholding food, we (illegible) attack (illegible) regain (illegible) before they (illegible) it….

-The journal ends here-

_ _ _

Getting up and away from the door, Vitni gave the commander room and turned her attention to Trinita. It seemed she wasn’t the only one mesmerized by the books of this small library. The knowledge they contained held no price tag. “Take a few for yourself, we don’t have to hand everything over for the clan to sell. I won’t tell H’ladna.” She would have winked had she not been shaken up by the previous events. Instead she merely nodded her head with an awkward smile.

The door was mute, uttering no sound as it slowly swung open. At first there was only dark, but pale shapes…no…-figures- stood out against the darkness. Hindrvitni squinted, stepping up on her toes to look over Vithar’s shoulder. The mana lights followed her, venturing into the room with the hesitation of a child exploring a long forgotten attic.

The room held a pale crowd of unmoving forms, all standing posed with their arms outstretched as if they had something to offer. Mannequins. Copies of the female image. Each was the same as the one next to it.

And all were headless.
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Re: The Surface: D'ulkunde (private)

Postby django » Mon Sep 20, 2010 5:48 am

Trinita turned his head to Vithi with smile that said thank you "Awesome. Then I'll take sometime to have a look around." There was more then enough of them to keep guard, who knows what he might find. Looking through the piles of books again. He found a few more to his liking, all about herbs or way to healing.

Trinita then decided to read the journal Vithi found. "Oh my... There was a flood some where." That thought frightened Trinita, he hated fast moving water. It made him sick just being near a river.

He continued reading out load so the others could hear.

Returning to the group shortly after, he caught up with Vithi and Vithar in the room. Rows and rows of headless Mannequins. This wouldn't typicly be weird but the situation they were in made this creepy.

"Black marked devils? Could they be talking about Olaths from the first generations or something else?" He asked his comrades.
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Re: The Surface: D'ulkunde (private)

Postby Durlyn Val'Sarghress » Mon Sep 20, 2010 6:02 pm

"Understoood Sir" Durlyn said, keeping his eyes on the entrance, lighter in hand, ready to incinerate anything that tried to get inside, being careful to make sure his aim was directed at the entrance and not the books like his commander had warned.

"What ya talking about Trin?" Durlyn asked, unaware of the headless mannequins because he was reluctant to take his eyes off the entrance to the room for any reason, not wanting to give the enemy the opportunity to jump him.
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Re: The Surface: D'ulkunde (private)

Postby Alric » Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:48 pm

Vithar looked aside at the journal that Hindrvitni had found. "Black marked devils…sounds like they were attacked by the Siyah Khorshed after the city flooded. Perhaps the flood was engineered by these raiders?" Vithar had instantly recalled the savage Siyah Khorshed clan, nomadic marauders who looted settlements throughout the world, both over and under. The hypothesis that they were responsible for the city's destruction was not unreasonable at this point.

The part about the royal sector of the city was of particular interest for the Highland Raiders. "There's a clear area of the city, or at least there was when this was written," Vithar pointed out. "There may be something of worth there. For now, we'll record the location of this study." The books contained within would be valuable to many collectors and scholars throughout the underworld.

Vithar peered inside the next room as he opened the door. A muttered oath could be heard from the Highland Raider as he looked inside the room. The chamber was festooned with a multitude of female mannequins, albeit all without heads. Vithar cautiously entered the room, looking to see whether the statues were sculpted without heads or if someone had removed the heads at some earlier date. "For what purposes were these mannequin's made for? Fitting clothing? Religious purposes?," the drowolath male rhetorically questioned as he lightly tapped one with the hilt of his sword to see what they were made of.

"Loot what you wish, but do not tarry here. Even in death, the builders of this city cannot be trusted," Vithar grunted as he surveyed the room further, particularly looking for any exits.
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Re: The Surface: D'ulkunde (private)

Postby Phoenix0995 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 3:04 am

Tallau'wa listened to what Trinita read out loud, then said in response to Vithar, "Maybe the Siyah'Khorshed caused the flood, but how? Wouldn't they have to get inside the city to cause such a leak? So far, it seems to me that the place where the leak originated was pretty far inside the city. Maybe it was bad engineering on the part of the architects, or maybe it was just really old." She thought about that for a moment, then shook her head. "No, if it were just age, then it probably would have been detected earlier, and it probably would have been more widespread. Same goes for bad engineering." She looked up at the ceiling. "Who knows? Perhaps it was the Siyah'Khorshed after all, or maybe something that I haven't thought of."

She looked at the titles on some of the books on the shelves. Nothing instantly caught her interest, so she looked inside the next room and saw the headless mannequins. "Wow. I wonder what this was supposed to be. A storage room, perhaps?" she said, as she looked to see whether there was anything else inside.
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Re: The Surface: D'ulkunde (private)

Postby Maria » Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:57 pm

(Sorry about the lateness)

“Their limps aren’t detachable; I don’t think they were for clothes fitting. Images of their goddess perhaps?” She squinted at the floor, no heads, no left over chips, nothing. They may have been sculpted like this. The drowussu ran her hand over their decapitated necks, they were fairly smooth but she could feel definite cuts. “They must have…cut off the heads at some point. It may have been a retribution of sorts, against the goddess that abandoned them.

The room was bare of anything else, but as they ventured further in there appeared to be exceptions to the headless mannequin room. Five mannequins, of different shape than the others and all with their heads still attached to their shoulders, their brows creased in what seemed to be anxiety.

Hindrvitni moved one of the mana lights towards the five mannequins, and immediately wished she had not done so for each stone figure was a perfect replica of the members of the squad.

“...Sir?”
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Re: The Surface: D'ulkunde (private)

Postby django » Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:50 pm

"Yes sir." He glanced at Vithar before moving forward, walking down the rows of statues. "They could catch a fine price in the market, even without their heads on." Trinita said "Would the Siyah'Khorsh flood the place? That would waste a lot of potential Treasure or perhaps they didn't care But you would think the Journal would mention a siege happening."

Trinita's Stomach twisted with an unfamiliar fear at the sight of the five statues "Its... Holy shit!" Trinita rasped, he didn't have to say it out load, it was right there in front of them. It was them!

Trinita Slowly pulled out his sword, the metal scraped against the spider silk sheath. "We haven't been here long, It couldn't be possible to be that fast and be that perfect." Trinita tried to remain calm but there was an edge of fear in his voice as he stared at the statue of himself, it was so perfect it even had his Axes sticking out of his shoulders. He's never seen anything like and he wished he never had.

"This place is cursed."
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Re: The Surface: D'ulkunde (private)

Postby Phoenix0995 » Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:35 pm

Tallau'wa's first instinct when she saw the replica of herself standing there was to destroy it. Her second thought was that maybe doing so wouldn't be a very good idea. Who knew what might happen? She had no idea how these had been made; maybe a seer had sculpted them before the flood. But she didn't really believe that. What she did believe, she wasn't sure.

"Maybe all of the mannequins in this room, except for these five, are... templates. Enchanted, or cursed, so that anyone with an aura who comes down here gets an exact replica of themselves in this room. And perhaps they reflect not only our bodies, but our minds as well... though I'm guessing that no one in here is feeling any emotion as mild as anxiety. I know I'm not."

A thought occurred to her. "Perhaps if what I said is true, then these might... update themselves. What if someone gets injured...?" She trailed off, then said, "Doing this may be a bad idea, but behind the fear, I'm curious to see what happens." She took the arrow from her bow, then, before she had time to think about what might happen, she used the head to slice her left palm. The cut she left was shallow, but deep enough that it should show up on her mannequin if it responded to what happened to her.
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Re: The Surface: D'ulkunde (private)

Postby Durlyn Val'Sarghress » Sun Sep 26, 2010 4:43 am

Durlyn heard the words and fears of his comrades, gritting his teeth together in anger to stave off the cold chill that ran up his spine, but dared not take his eyes off the entrance to confirm what his teammates had seen, not wanting to give whatever sicko lived here an opportunity to attack him from behind.

He tightened his grip on his sword and extended his golem shield, lighter still in hand and ready to fry any enemy that approached with a burst of fire sorcery.

"Absolutely disgusting..." he growled, his eyes cold and steely with rage and revulsion at whoever had gone through the trouble of making such bizarre and eerie constructs, wondering if they were the result of some long lost form of golem tech or sorcery...No one could sculpt statues of them that quickly afterall, it was supposed to be a lengthy process at best, unless a master earth sorcerer was involved.

"So what now Commander? We gonna stick around to find out who's idea of a sick joke this is or move on? Can't stay here forever."
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Re: The Surface: D'ulkunde (private)

Postby Alric » Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:27 pm

Vithar stepped into the room after Hindrvitni, sword in his hands. "Seems likely that they stored the statues here after disfiguring them. But why store them here? Why not destroy them altogether?" Things must have been dire indeed for the people in this place if they brazenly defaced idols. Had the populace fallen under some form of dementia? Few sane drow would risk incurring the terrible wrath of spurned gods.

The Highland Raider's thoughts on what could have possessed the inhabitants of D'ulkunde to do such a thing were then dashed from his head by a far more disturbing find. Five statues, each one an exact stone replica of a respective Highland Raider present! Vithar's eyes opened wide in shock as he beheld a stone simulacrum of himself, in the same stance as to what he now held.

"This place is cursed," he heard Trinita say after what appeared to be a millennium of silence. "Surely this is a city of the mad! Let's finish our business and get out of here, lest we find far worse horrors." muttered Vithar as he wiped the perspiration from his forehead with a hand that was not entirely steady.

Vithar nodded as to Tallau'wa's proposed explanation. "It could be possible. We've all seen golem masks that reflect the mood and countenance of the wearer. Perhaps these work on a similar basis." Vithar looked around to see if there were any exits to the room that they were in. He certainly didn't relish the thought of staying in this room any longer than they had to.
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