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Maiden FairA young woman with a tear stained face sits down at the Sunken Flagon bar. "Sundown, leave the bottle," she tells Sal, and begins to drink with steady determination. Her event is interrupted by a well dressed young man. "Pika, please stop," he begs, eyes tearing up. "Did you find the ring," she asks, setting down her 5th cup. The man shakes his head sadly. "Then leave me alone, Lem. I may as well die happy today." "We could get another . . . a copy or something," he argues. "In less than a day? Exactly like Meidron's? No, Lemuil, it's not possible. Just leave me be." She takes another long drink of the Sundown, turning away from the man. He frowns at her, "But . . . sis! We could put the wedding off, he never has to know!" Pika pours another glass. "You know I can't put it off. I'd have to wait another year, and everyone is already in town. What would I say? No . . .
Petals and ThornsIsannon paced his room nervously. Clients never made him this anxious. He was a professional after all. He checked his mirror again, pushing a stubborn hair back into place, looking over his gleaming piercings. They shone brightly in the lamp light, freshly polished. He couldn't help but remember the way it felt when she'd touched them. He suppressed a shiver, calling himself fool. His studio was perfect, he'd put away most of his sketches leaving out only the ones he was most proud of. A divan sat beside the window, covered in a dark blue throw to accentuate pale skin and bright blue eyes . . . Isannon wondered if she would let him paint her. The table held his inks and needles, as well as some chilled wine and a bottle of the finest cider he could find. "She's late," he said softly, looking toward the window. Maybe she wouldn't come. Isa forced himself to sit down, taking a deep breath. He needed to calm d
A Wolf TaleSnow lay in mounds, grey and brown and filthy. Torak growled, smelling man scent everywhere. Smelling like whiskey and piss, they would frighten all the game away, leave mighty Torak hunting field mice. He growled low in his throat, snuffling at the ground. Maybe he would hunt man tonight instead. Pack elders said no, Torak too young, Torak too bold. Hunting men was dangerous. If they saw you, they would come with shining teeth and fire . . . The wolf let out a long, unhappy howl. Distant replies from his pack echoed down the icy mountains. Torak would hunt no mice. No, he could take the men, rip out their throats, taste their blood.He bounded down the hill, following the smell of them. Soon, the sounds of cart and human voices hit his ears, like the cawing of startled birds. They were never silent. Fools. Torak tracked them, watching, waiting. Soon, darkness came. The blossom of fire burne
Blacklake Terrors EpilogueViktos adjusts his cowl, slipping the caravan driver a gold piece. "Trust me, sir, you won't regret making this deal. I am a very wealthy man." The driver shrugs, taking a long drink from his mug. "Don't much care what the cargo is. Just make sure you show up on time." The slim man smiles, a nod his only reply before he slips into the smoky darkness of the tavern. He hated places like this, full of greed and sickness, filthy whores too. Viktos took a chair in the corner, eyes alert. He'd avoided discovery so far, but one could never be too careful. A pretty young girl with a sweet face stopped in front of his table, smiling brightly. "Drink sir? Or something to eat?" Viktos gave her a slow smile, taking in the budding swell of her breasts and slim hips. Poor dear was barely into adolescence and already working as a tavern maid. "I'll have some wine, sweet girl. And if it's not too much to a
Blacklake Terrors pt 3The day dawns bright and cool, the streets busy with Harvestide merchants. The group meets just outside the temple in Blacklake to continue their investigation.Mari is happy she could leave Adra at the MaskDarn stretches his arms "Did you have a nice sleep?"Zara smiles, "I always sleep perfectly after a good dinner."Kyle rub eyes, yawnMari snorts and elbows Kyle. "Don’t' complain, you slept more than me"Kyle avoid Mari elbow, stomach growlingDarn coughs at Zara comment "How was the happy heiress?""You didn't have breakfast?" Mari asks him"Did she do anything weird? Or . . . I dunno . . ." Zara asks"She spent the night asking for stories" Mari yawns. "I left her sleeping, and some of my friends will care after her. She seemed interested to see our dresses and our makeup""Awkward enough she doesn’t want to see the surviving member so much as the uncle," Darn says leaning against the temple wall"Or
LevelingHow It's DoneEach time you complete a quest, you gain a level. After level 10, you must do 2 quests to go up a level.Character quests or personal storyline roleplay do not count toward your levelWhat Do You Get?You get +1 Hit Points at each levelEvery 4 LevelsYou get an additional point to add into your StatsYou get a new FeatIf you are a Spellcaster:-You get 1 new spell each level-Every 2 levels you get to learn the next level of SpellsRemember you can only cast spells of lower level than your casting score. For Mages, you cannot cast a spell that is higher level than your Intelligence score. For Clerics you cannot cast a spell that is higher level than your Wisdom score.
Reputation and ReligionBack to Attack, Defense, and HP ReputationYour reputation describes how well you are known in the city and could open membership in certain factions. This is tied to actions, not personality. Not all quests gain Fame or Infamy (like OC quests). Each quest can be rewarded with one point to either fame or infamy though extreme actions can lead to an extra point for individual characters.You begin with a 0 in Reputation - No One. Character quests or personal storyline roleplay do not provide Fame or Infamy Infamy <
Attack, Defense, and Hit PointsBack to EquipmentThere are 3 types of attacks you can use. Your Attack can change during combat if your allies or opponents use spells. Melee Attack - this is the attack you use any time you hit an opponent with a weapon in your hands. Add your Strength score to any bonus from your weapon and any feat bonus. Ranged Attack - this is the attack you use for a bow or thrown weapon.Add your Dexterity to any bonus from your weapon and any feat bonus. Magic Attack - this is the attack you use when casting a spell on an enemy unless the spell specifically says to use a different attack.If you are a Mage, add your Intelligence to any feat bonus. If you are a Cleric, add your Wisdom to