RP Thread Number: 49
When Occured: Between Sessions #22 and #23
Location: Book of Communication
Out of Game Date: Jan 26 – Feb 07, 2019
Participants: Luke, Sidonai
Original Thread: http://silkandspices.net/forums/index.php?topic=31.0
A conversation using a book capable of being written by two parties over a long distance.
I thought I’d update you on what I’ve been up to, and ask about what you’ve been up to.
1. We were given the location of an Umberlee ship that contained an Tsovinar artifact for our cleric that follows her. We set out immediately to get there before the other scavengers. It was being guarded by Dawnbreaker, a blue dragon, because he couldn’t get inside to get at the treasure. There was an Eidolon in there, and it was scaring him. When asked, he said he “did not deal with dead things”. We struck a deal, gave him the gold, and took the artifact. I dickered him down to keeping 20% because we did all the work, and he was just extorting us for the rest.
2. We also started our raid to follow Glorion into the Underdark. We had to find where he took Veronwe, the avatar of Corellon. He’s a pretty cool guy, and used to be Glorion’s hero. Now he and many others have been carted into the Underdark as slaves. Lolth’s avatar, Shea, was there, and we did enough damage to cause her to flee. We almost killed that vessel. She is actively courting Rabbit, my girlfriend, who wants nothing to do with Lolth. We ended up getting the ledger and finding out where everyone was taken.
I followed up on the poison. It can be made. Nasty bit of work, but my requirements for watching and ensuring no more but what we paid for was made is a sticking point in the negotiations. It’s a process.
What have you been up to since our last communication? How have things been going?
I very much appreciate you talking with me more. I realize this is probably awkward. I am glad you survived all of that, both of those situations could have gone awry. Especially since both of them dealt with other gods. You should consider avoiding the gods, they are finicky and not very trustable.
A blue dragon… and he told you his name was Dawnbreaker? Don’t you have another dragon who is an ally? Is this something you can follow up on?
As for Veronwe, I have heard his name. We have never met but Glorion must have something powerful to keep him tied up. Are Veronwe’s guardians with him? I would have assumed if they had been there is no way Glorion would have been able to take him.
Shae is the name she is using? Don’t let Shae talk with Rabbit alone. The spider goddess is… tricky to handle. This is the third different avatar I have heard approaching mortals. I think things are moving and I need to look into this more.
You said you have one of their slave logs? Do you still have it? I might be able to help. The drow utilize a connection between their slave logs, some of their logs act as master records and as slaves change hands the book is automatically and remotely updated when another book changes its entry. The dwarves have something similar for their books but this is something we can work with. If it is an actual slave log, I might be able to help you upgrade it to a master log. You would know all the slaves in their empire and their last known entered location.
It might help you find Veronwe.
I haven’t been able to avoid the gods because they are apparently strewn across my groups path in life. I can’t sneeze without running into an avatar or godly imbued island. The jury is still out if this is actually helpful.
I offered to buy Dawnbreaker a drink if he comes to Kokand. He doesn’t have a good poker face, so I am sure he slips into human form and muddles about. We’ll see if that works. My friend Nightscale was a black dragon before she had a change in temperament. Now she’s mostly copper with a bit of gold. I had no idea dragons could change color. We’ll see if Dawnbreaker comes by.
Veronwe’s guardians were with him, but I found one of the fairies wings and retrieved them in case I can fix them when I find them. I suspect Glorion is using Moari’s collars. We have a few of those laying around from freeing people. They are pretty hard to deal with when you are locked into one. They size to fit and are very powerful.
Shae has talked to Rabbit before, but Sekhmet sings to Rabbit to drown it out. Sekhmet favors Rabbit and would take her if Rabbit wanted. Rabbit is unsure, and after her experiences as a maiden I can’t blame her. My goddess is only about those that willingly are interested, and would not ever push it. Shae? She’s pushy. We didn’t really let her talk to us at all, but just attacked when we hit the Drow outpost, so I’m not sure she’s much for talking. I’m not really a fan, myself.
It is a slave log. I real one. If you can tell me how to upgrade it to a master records log, I would be grateful.
Tell me about what you have been doing. You didn’t way last time. I want to know about your life, as well.
I apologize, I had assumed that was a rhetorical set of questions. To be honest no one really asks about me personally except maybe your sister Elaine, and she doesn’t know how to relate to people so it comes out a little weird.
I am doing well, a few years ago I had some serious problems, your mom suffered because of it. However things have been coming back together. The competition with others in my domain is pretty fierce, and I am not someone who tends to move forward with violence, I don’t think it has a long term benefit, so it caused me to lose some ground then.
Personally I am looking at making a trip to your plane at some point soon. Things are getting easier to go there, but things are becoming exponentially more dangerous. I think a lot of non-natives of your plane are starting to move. However, it would be a chance to secure some things I need and to see some of my children. I would like to come see you if that is acceptable to you. I completely understand if it is too soon though, I wasn’t there for your mother or you like I would have liked.
Although I think I might have something to help your mother, it isn’t ready yet but situations are changing and I might be able to bring her back to me if they go far enough.
As for my personal life, I am not currently seeing anyone romantically. I do have arrangements with several people, and to be honest I have a hard time saying no, but nothing serious at least.
I will see if I can get you the incantation and sigil needed to connect with the master logs in the drow slave lists. It might take a little while, but I still have a little influence down there, and there are a couple of favors I can call in.
Oh and a side note, I think Mori’s collars come from a different deity, I can’t see Mori designing those. I will look into that as well.
How serious are you with Rabbit? Will there be grandchildren? Is there a ring? I realize it may seem bizarre but I like those kind of details. Also, are you in the same situation with Glorion’s brother?
I really do want to know about your life. It helps me to know who you are.
I suspect whatever is happening, is related to our series of quests, as it’s making it easier to bring all the non-plane influences in. I should warn you we are actively trying to shut that down, so timing for a visit might need to be careful.
I would like to see you. Book communications are nice, but first I’d like to know my father, and second it would help me put to rest the skeptical part of my mind.
I have a lot of mixed feelings about my mother. On one hand, she loved me very much and was a very good mother, but I also know she hurt a lot of people and did favor bloody violence as a solution. I’ve come to understand why she was hunted down, but it still doesn’t help how I feel about her execution because I saw a side of her many didn’t. I still have nightmares about it, reliving when I watched.
Perhaps I got my romantic proclivities from you. I have a hard time saying no as well. My current relationships are with people that are okay with that. I was forthright in my inability to be faithful, and it seems to be working. I hope you find someone that will give you the same latitude. Unless things are different down there?
I would be grateful if you could get me the incantation and sigil. I don’t like the shift of power balances that come with Glorion taking Veronwe down to the Underdark. Plus, he’s a nice man in his own stuffy elven way.
It never occurred to me that Mori was using a different artifact. I will have to have it checked on my end. I never bothered.
Rabbit and I are currently negotiation if we want children and when. Nesterim, Glorion’s brother, and I just became more than a side thing. We had just formalized we are seeing each other. He is glad to be out of succession for the throne, and prefers life in Kokand because he has more freedom. We are still deciding what that relationship will mean for us.
When I was on the Island of the God’s, Sekhmet sent a future daughter of Rabbit and mine’s to come “not” give us future information. I’m not sure what that’s worth, but I’m hoping it means we all live through this weird situation my group has found ourselves in.
I am grateful that you tell me about your life as well. I haven’t ever had a real family, but this seems like how it should be. If there is anything you need to help with the skepticism please let me know.
Don’t have any mixed feelings for your mother. She loved you incredibly and deeply. She wouldn’t ever blink for you, doing anything you asked her. I do agree her methods were more extreme then what even I would go with, however you seem to surround with people and that tendency. Your mother was no different then Rabbit, I think nowadays I would have approached her differently, found a way to curb the violence.
I will have the sigil and incantation for you before the end of the week. I will also try and arrange to talk to you. If a visit can’t be done (however I am still trying to go with that first) I will strive to access your stones or some similar device.
Have you given either of your lovers a token of your love? Any rings out there Is would be aware of?
I will talk to you soon my son,
I don’t ever doubt my mother loved me. That was never my concern. She was a good mother.
I am using a borrowed stone from the elven family during out attempts to sort these things out. Those are mighty expensive artifacts, and I don’t know anyone that knows how to tap into a network, but I’ve heard it’s possible.
I have not given either of them a token. I am a bit cowardly in romance, and having not just one person, but two that will put up with me is a bit startling. I am trying to figure out how to balance them without offending the other. It’s a work in progress.
I have had family, and they tend to talk to each other even when they don’t want anything from each other. That is my understanding.
I haven’t had the family experience you have, I am already learning and finding I was missing something. Thank you for at least talking with me.
Your mother was a good person too. She didn’t just murder people in the warrens. She selected specific people, all rich or nobles to bring about her desire for the masses. It pleases me that you took the best parts of your mother. They would have never gone after her as hard as they did if she selected the low and common.
I know how to tap into one. If your sister came by with something like the stone would you consider using it with me occasionally. It takes more power and the book is more continuous but I would like to hear your voice, at least until I can visit you.
I am glad you are surrounded by people who love you. Do the two partners get along? Can you work it into a triangle? It would give the group more support when they all feel invested with each other.
As for tokens, I would recommend get them something small. It doesn’t have to be a wedding ring, but get them a token. It goes a long way. I am experienced in helping with long term relationships and if it blows up the relationship you are better off getting that out of the way and moving on.
It makes sense my mother went after people in power. Nobody cares if you kill the poor. They made an extreme example out of her, but got squeamish about me.
I would use a stone if my sister came by. I hardly know her. Oh, you should warn her off sleeping with Sargon. It’s a whole pile of drama that could be easily avoided.
My partners are accepting of each others and work together professionally on occasion. They are in the process of regarding each other in a friendly fashion.
I will take your advice, and give them each something small. Rabbit gave me a music box from our loot haul recently, but maybe I will have something made for her. We are doing pretty well financially. Better than I have ever done. if I can buy a ring of immunity I can afford a small token.
I am just bad at romance.
Good afternoon my son,
I will send Elaine a message immediately. She was talking to me about you, she likes you a lot evidently. Unusual for her, she hates most people. Don’t warn her too much, she might take it as a challenge then, she can be problematic when she gets her dander up.
A drow woman gave you a gift and didn’t force something in return, or make it clear you belonged to her? You definitely have a wild card there. An elf noble who is serious. This is very fascinating for me. Are either seeing other people?
Definitely get them small tokens, or at least the drow since she has started it. You aren’t bad at romance, you are bad at the game. Obviously the romance aspect you are good at. You have been honest and they are still both with you. Keep that path, I think you will get further with either one of them then trying to be suave. The drow especially sounds especially unable to communicate, take the lead on that and I think you have it made.
Oh, and if you want, I believe I can send you either a dagger, or an arrowhead/crossbow bolt you could use to make that poison. You would poke your boyfriend with it, get some blood on it. It will absorb his essence and then you use it on Glorion and it should kill him. It will still be dangerous to any of his bloodline (either ritually or physically) so I would then destroy that weapon after its purpose is over.
If your interested let me know, and let me know if a dagger blade, arrowhead or crossbow bolt head.
It’s not a huge deal with Elaine. It’s just I have a younger protege that I’ve been helping, and she is really into Sargon, and Sargon is really bad at relationships. There was a lot of hurt and stupid to go around, and I feel like I’m surrounded by teenagers. I just think they can self destruct on their own without any interference.
Nesterim does see others, but I’m not sure how serious. He only recently said he wanted to be more serious with me. He’s a politician, and I think he was gauging me and my relationship to Rabbit. He is interested in making her more comfortable, probably as a long elven game of making himself more comfortable. Neither like my short life span though, and are now apparently going to “fix” that. I’m not interested in becoming a litch, so there are definite limits there.
I will get Rabbit a small token. She will probably quietly love it, but not say anything much. She’s worried about being attached to an abyssal pact and that she might die. I’m not terribly worried because she has the cat’s favor, and things tend to work out for the cat and those she favors.
Are you sure about the dagger? You’ve already given me so much in the way of information. I don’t want you to do too much, because I don’t want you to think that’s the only reason I’m talking to you. I prefer to get to know you to trying to get things out of you.
I have no doubt both of your elves will come through on that plan. There are several options you can take for a longer lifespan. I could help you locate them if theirs do not pan out. I would appreciate you living longer myself.
Nestrim approached you? That is a very good sign that they are both serious about you. The fact that a drow and a wood elf haven’t killed each other in your presence let alone tolerating your intimacy with the other is only capable by someone who has the luck of the cat. Congratulations my son. However, it is like the saying of riding a tiger… it might not be so easy to get off its back once things are moving.
To be honest the dagger is nothing, there are many weapons out there and if for some reason it doesn’t work I have other options as well. Some of those are far more brutal an end for him, but maybe he deserves it. Would you like me to send a sample pack along with the dagger? I assume you want a dagger since you mentioned it specifically.
I also want to be incredibly clear my son. Nothing I offer or send you comes with a string, an expectation or any need for payment. I feel I am far behind my duties as a father, especially with the circumstances of your mother’s death and I feel I need to do this.
I’ve had relationships blow up in my face. I feel like I’m taking this to a much higher level of risk than my usual. I really like Rabbit, who is far more of a physical threat than I will ever be. I also really like Nesterim who cut his teeth on royal politics. He is a political force when he wants to be.
(Did I mention I slept with Nesterim in a game of gay chicken, but it turned out he favored men? I had also had a song composed of our exploits that was very unfavorable to him, and after we slept together a couple of times we sort of worked it? It’s a good story, but I should save it for when we talk because it’s funnier that way.)
It’s sort of odd for me to be talking to you. When I was a child I had my mothers second-hand view of you. It was unrealistic in a lot of ways. Then I had every monk, cleric, and authority figure tell me how awful and dangerous you must be. I got more worried. Even Glorion liked to go on and on that because my father is other-planar fire and death were coming my way.
You seem more down to earth and nicer than I could have hoped for. I just wanted to make sure that you know that I did not start talking to you because you could provide me with goods and information. I want to know you, as my father.
That said, I would not say no to the dagger. I am worried about Glorion because he is a better fighter than I am. I don’t know precisely who is backing him but he’s managed to elude us multiple times, with us throwing everything we had at him. I feel he is a problem we, as a group, let get out of hand, and should have ended a long time ago. Now he’s hurting people everywhere, and especially the people I care for specifically. If I wasn’t feeling desperate I would just muddle along as I always do.
I just want to get to know you, as my father, because I would like to have family out in the world.
I see you like living dangerously, someone dangerous physically and someone dangerous politically. I approve my son. I want to hear that story, I think it would make me laugh. I admit I have never heard of a good gay chicken story, but one that ends up with the two of you caring for each other is one to be sung by bards.
The dagger is already on its way, I may have a second tool that can be used although in either case you might want to give those items to your girlfriend (is that the right term for her?) to use if you think Glorion might be more skilled.
They are all right in their own ways, I don’t want to mislead you about me. To some people I do form a divine image and I fill that role for them, or at the very least as someone of authority. To others who harm what is mine, I am terrible. To those that are in my way, I am wrathful. To those that betray me, I never forget and never forgive. I don’t want you to think I am portraying myself different than I am.
There are rules where I was born that I must follow, there are punishments I must meet out and there are people I will protect and wreak a horrible vengeance over. In the end it is a death struggle with my peers and myself, we were created this way and unless I can find a way to unhook our dharma, it is the way it will end for us.
I also like power, I won’t lie or ask forgiveness to some of those above for that desire. I also love, I care for and I cherish som people, some things, some ideas.
I also make mistakes… as I did 20+ years ago when I gave up on you being alive. I can tell you now I want family, and I am willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen.
I am grateful for the help with the dagger. I look forward to receiving it. I hope there are instructions? I am not much with artifacts.
I want to get to know you. I never had a chance before, but I am willing to learn who you are, and I have always wanted a father in my life.
You should learn a bit about Sekhmet. Her followers have never met a rule system they didn’t subvert or game to their own advantage. She doesn’t like rules, and often reframes things so she can play by her own. I have an entire book of essays on subverting power structures that are a part of her teachings.
I don’t think you have to do whatever it takes. Let’s just get to know each other. I think the most important thing to me is to get to you know.
There will be instructions of course, but it is pretty simple I believe, stab your boyfriend with it, cast the enchantment then stab Glorion… or was that cast the enchantment, stab your boyfriend then stab Glorion… I am old and tend to forget the details (seriously, cast the enchantment first…).
Since you first contacted me I have already had what I can find brought to me. She seems someone we could live in close quarters with. It makes sense why you feel comfortable in it, and I am happy it brings you happiness. To be honest, there is a lot of power working through our forces, but I think you would find more happiness there.
I believe that is the most important thing to me as well.
Then I guess I’ll just tell you thank you. I am very grateful that you reached out, and that despite my skepticism I responded. This is turning out well, so thank you.
Do you know when you will be back to Kokand? If you find out let me know, I would like to make arrangements to visit.
Also please feel free to ask any information you need. The book is good about alerting me when its not open.
I’m currently in Kokand. We’ll be here for a week or so, but then we head out to the Underdark again. Once we get Veronwe we’ll be coming right back. I’ll let you know as I near coming back to town.
You’ve already helped me more than my wildest dreams. I guess pays to have family in infernal places? Just being able to modify the Drow slave log book into a master book will help us free those that were taken, and track where Veronwe was taken with his guards. The dagger will help us kill Glorion, who is a blight on everyone’s safety.
Let me know when you come to Kokand. I would like to meet you. I’ll take you to my favorite bars.
Of course it pays to know people! Please think nothing of these gifts, I missed a lot of birthdays, Yule’s and other holidays. I am fairly sure Elaine should be there within a couple of days so you will get the dagger.
The slave book is easy, the drow already started the necessary incantations and it costs me little to flip the connection. I would do what I can to minimize your exposure down there. I am not allowed to talk about some things, but I can tell you to not stay there if you can avoid it. The underdark is undergoing changes and its abyssal influence is increasing. In fact you might want to consider not going down there. If you insist, watch your girlfriend, she is already primed for an abyssal demon, just exposure down there is probably enough to set it off.
I look forward to hearing about Glorion’s death, I do not think that can come fast enough.
I would like to go bar hopping with you, it would be enjoyable to get out of here for awhile. I may already be on the plane when you get back to the surface, just contact me.
Oh note though, I do not know if the book will work within the underdark, it does have a sizable pool of infernal energy but with the abyss spilling out under there it is probably going to cut off regular and infernal contact methods.
I don’t plan to be down in the Underdark any longer than necessary. It’s not my thing. It’s not good for Rabbit, but we will be getting her Sekhmet’s blessings before we go. Sekhmet has decided to sing to her to drown out the abyssal influence for ages now, without any requests for reciprocity. She is has also been blessed by Corellon. I might get her to get doubly blessed before we go, and that could help drown it all out somewhat.
I’ll let you know when I pop up topside again. I hope it’s soon. I do not like the Underdark.
I’m a bit curious. How old are you? I assume you have an extended life span, but I’m not sure I ever knew?
Good, I am glad you are taking precautions, please make sure you do the same for yourself.
I am old my son. I was alive during the war of the three and fortunately survived that. So to answer that, I am pretty old, not many things on the prime material plane are older than me, but there are a lot of things older in the outer planes so I can’t claim any huge significance outside the prime plane.
Do you believe in reincarnation Luke?
You remember the war of the three? From my understanding Infernal folks didn’t fight in that war. We’ve been trying to dig up what we can on it, but like you said. Nobody here is that old.
I don’t know about reincarnation. Yet, everywhere my group goes there are prophecies, and ancient avatars letting us know they’ve seen us all before. I don’t feel reincarnated. Yet, I suppose I wouldn’t. Sekhmet is very quiet on the subject, so I don’t have a lot to go on. It’s not big for us.
Most of the avatars, etc, that we have met make a point of saying that Sargon, our storm sorcerer/cleric of Tsovinar, is new. New, new, new, new. We don’t know what that means, and only know he’s tied to Tsovinar somehow, and has decided to take up that mantle.
Yet, they make a big deal about us. “One of you will fall!” is what Veronwe said, but he was surprised it was Glorion. He then said “One of you always falls”. I don’t know what that means. It’s tied to the three, as they are trying to come through again. That’s all we know.
So reincarnation is a weird subject right now.
I do remember the war of the three. You assume I was infernal my entire existence? Make sense that people do assume that. No, I was a mortal tiefling during the first war.
Your group is more special than most. Many believe (including the gods) that there is a cosmic cycle, the seasons come and go as do the souls of everything that lives. Not all people believe in reincarnation, probably not even most, but I have seen enough to believe at least some people get reborn.
Maybe it isn’t a cycle where everyone gets reborn, maybe specific individuals come back for specific reasons. I wouldn’t know that aspect. I can tell you that is why souls are so valuable and are used as currency by a lot of outer planar creatures, by the way not just the ones you deem ‘evil’, celestials deal in them too.
Your group has an aura around it. At first no one paid real attention, I know individually Lolth was watching Rabbit, I think Sekhmet is eyeing you, but nothing big. Could just be avatar bodies they are looking at. However, the devils above me are shifting their plans because the gods have changed up things.
I know Corellon, Lolth, Vandria have all shown interest from the Seldarine, while Umberlee and some of her allies are becoming agitated. The Abyss is raging right now and some of the older deities have become more watchful, some are even waking up as if they are expecting something to happen.
Would you believe me if I said your mother and I have been together before? I truly believe that, and she did too at the time. I have been thinking about her a lot, especially since we got in communication with each other. Do you think when things have settled for you a bit you might be able to help me?
I actually had no idea you were a Tiefling then. If mother told me that’s how you started out, I must have forgotten. I am still kind of shocked that you saw the first war of the three.
You also have a lot more god gossip than I do. I only know what the cats deign to tell me, and that is more than most, I think. I am taking Rabbit to feed the cats at the temple, and she is going to ask for Sekhmet’s blessing. Sekhmet might end up with two of us, then. Of all the gods you named, despite my bias, I think that’s a better deal.
I don’t know how I could help, but we can definitely talk about it. I’m not a cleric of sufficient power to do a resurrection of that level. I don’t have anything of hers to even consider it. They took everything from me, and left me with just the clothes on my back. I can possibly offer you options, as I am well versed in the methods used?
Thanks for writing me back,
Good Morning Son,
You never have to thank me for talking to you. There may be times you curse me for talking to you, but thanking is not required. I get as much if not more out of our talks. I like doing this.
I am glad for Sekhmet, perhaps if my life had gone a little differently I would have found her my path as well. I am glad you follow her, she seems to be one of the better gods that way. Whatever you do, keep Rabbit away from any of the Seldarine.
I still remember most of my time as a mortal, although to be honest I can go decades without thinking about it if I am busy. If you ever ascended as a devil, you know that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t still be able to follow Sekhmet. There truly is very little difference between celestial and devil. One religions celestial is another religion’s devil.
Demon, now that is a totally different animal, people always get confused. Demons and devils not even close, and the difference is devastating to those who don’t realize it.
As for your mother, I am more in need of the adventuring aspect as opposed to religious first. When they killed your mother, they consigned her soul like the witch hunters do to all they execute, to a phylactery so she can’t be reborn or brought back. The first thing I need to do is find her and bring her back. The ritual part we can worry about after that.
Will always be here for you,
I have no real idea what ascension looks like. I’m rather fond of the mortal plane, with it’s alcohol and regular parties. Kokand has grown on me as well. I’m not sure I’d ever leave it.
It think the difference between demons and devils is very muddled for most people. Abyssal forces just read as another aspect for those that aren’t versed in it.
Adventuring is what my friends and I do. We are getting rather good at it, too. We can definitely talk about it.
I have to ask a question that is going to sound patronizing, but it isn’t. Do you understand the difference between your heritage on the infernal side, and the abyssal demonic side?
Just to reassure, you can ascend and never leave the material plane. It limits your upward mobility with power but definitely can be done. It isn’t a “either or” situation at all. I can live on your plane as long as I want, but the difference is the power I can pull is severely limited comparatively. This goes for avatars as well, they will never be quite as strong as on their own planes. I would love to see you ascend into the court of Sekhmet. The Kmet overall as a pantheon are interesting, lots of stories of ascensions.
I definitely can use your team’s help, and I will happily pay for it too. Talk to me when things settle I have several things.
That’s not patronizing. I don’t think most of us Tieflings know the details. I only know the broad strokes. Most of the orphanage staff treated it all the same, and unless someone is an Underdark priestess, or . . . someone like you, I don’t think the details are talked about.
I know I don’t like abyssal anything. It’s one of the few things that sets my teeth on edge. I had always assumed it was my religious affiliations, but maybe not. j
I am very undereducated. Salkya did her best to educate me on what I am, but she’s not a Tiefling, and as a human could only do so much.
I have a clear lack of knowledge, that’s true.
As for paying us, that would go a long way to convincing my team, but I have mixed feelings about being paid by family.
Devils and Demons… Infernal and Abyssal… seem similar to prime material planar people but the end result is different. Don’t get me wrong, both of them are probably not going to make average human happy.
The infernal/devil side is about extension of power. Organization, empires and most importantly order. Of course everyone will want to improve their status, but a devil can generally be bargained with and will follow the stipulations. Not a lot different in ideal between devils and a lot of empires… punishments can be more brutal, and on an individual level problems, but overall they represent stability.
The abyssal/demon side is all consuming hunger for flesh, power and wealth. Get what you can, when you can. Demons tend to be a lot stronger in combat (whereas the devils are a lot smarter on how they move). If there is going to be a wave of devouring evil, almost always its going to be demons. Unlike hell that has 9 levels the Abyss has unlimited layers. Things come in and make a push and get consumed by others.
To be honest I am not sure how Lolth survives there, she is always besieged by the others because she isn’t quite so… demonic.
When we can sit and talk I think I can give a much better explanation.
Oh, and please don’t have mixed feelings about being paid. You will be the recipient as my oldest (and currently only) son, meaning a lot of myself stuff is yours if something happened to me.
That makes sense. The abyssal energies seem wild and barely contained. I know what it does to hand maidens, as they become more and more out of control and dangerous.
Don’t you have daughters that would get your inheritance? I know I have at least one sister. I didn’t imagine you’d follow standard father to son inheritance patterns.
Please do not take this the wrong way, I think daughters should be given the inheritance, but right now that isn’t the rules I have to follow. Right now, if I don’t have a male heir, my holdings go to the rival that can prove they are the most worthy. If I have a male heir, I can leave him with a copper piece, give the rest to Elaine and it would be legal.
Right now, under the current rulership a male is the only one who can lead a house, and with that dictate how things are done including what to do with the wealth of the house.
You are right, I don’t personally believe in the standard father to son inheritance pattern, it is just what I am stuck with.
I understand. I think you should set your inheritance orders to give me as little as possible, though. I live with practically nothing, and can barely be trusted with the clothes I wear. I am sure my half sisters have probably spent more time earning your household than I have, and deserve it more.
My sweet son,
Trust me when I say they as a rule take far more then they put in. Which is how it should be with children and parents. I don’t run a child slavery ring, they should profit from my wealth. However, I suspect if I gave you a large chunk you would at least do something with it, and not just fritter it away.
Seriously, some of your sisters have never lacked for money and I think it has damaged them for it.
I think it would help to explain that I don’t live with much. I live a very ascetic life, mostly devoted to my religion. I have a very small one room home in the poorest section of Kokand called The Warrens, where most people find me when they need healing or help. My friends Keyleth has a burgeoning empire, and she has given me a room to stay at in her large estate in Kokand. I often stay in the Warrens, where most of my “flock” reside.
Most of my money goes to the Temple of Sekhmet, or towards schooling, healing, and help for the denizens of The Warrens.
It’s to that I don’t keep money for myself. In our last haul I paid enough gold for a lifetime to procure a ring to make me immune to Sargon’s primary attack effect. But I negotiated my sword from Corellon, and had it blessed into a Paladin’s weapon with Sekhmet, and my draconic friend donated scales to make my armor, and let me barter some extra’s for it’s manufacture.
If I have needs, I can get what I want. There are always easy marks in the world that will donate to a good cause. Even Glorion donated to my charity, “Redeemed Tieflings for Noble Rule”. He bought quite a few books for children unwittingly.
I don’t know if I could ever explain why to you, but I want to make it clear I am incredibly proud of you. Proud of the man you have become, of the child you were, of the accomplishments you have done and will do. I am proud of your position with Sekhmet, of the scams you run and the people you save. I am proud of you.
You never have to worry, I will always leave enough for your siblings, they would have to keep on willfully spending like they do now for centuries before they would need to be concerned. I will always leave enough for my debts, to be honest I don’t have to be in debt, but I find that it reinforces relationships when there is the give and take between people, even if the interest costs me more than the debt would.
Finally whatever you may receive from me, you may do as you wish. Anything I need accomplished will already be taken into account for with my final wishes, what I leave for you, you are welcome to give to the temple of Sekhmet, give it to the Warrens or set it on fire… or maybe keep a couple of mementos of me.
How many siblings do I currently have? Do they really spend that much? I guess it’s hard for me to imagine access to money like that. I have spent my whole life finding things without cash in hand.
I appreciate the kind words. Let’s hope you still think that way when you meet me.
To be honest your siblings range a gamut of cost. Vaihannia has an elven mother and she expects to live like her royal mother… but she is my daughter and dutiful so I cannot turn it away. Many siblings live very well off lives. Some have productive careers, others are dilettantes.
You have 37 sisters at this time, ranging from 414… of elven stock (not Vaihannia) down to Mischa, who is an adorable 7 year old. If you like I can give you their names and contact information. I think a lot of them would be excited about a brother.
By the time you get back you will have an expense account with the Bankers Guild in Kokand waiting for you.
I have no doubt I will be more enthralled by my son when I see you!
I have 37 sisters? Ranging from 414 to 7? I am in quite a lot of shock at that. I had always assumed I had no family anywhere.
Wait, which elven royal is Valhannia’s mother? I am neck deep in elven politics right now.
Yes, please. If you could give me a list, I would be very grateful. I travel quite a bit, and if I am nearby I’d like to meet those that I can.
I would like to know my family. After having none for so long, it is important to me to know everyone.
You would be surprised at how often I am asked to father a child. Sometimes it is altruistic reasons, such as a barren couple. Very rarely it is someone who is in love with me… your mother is the only incident of that with currently alive children. The rest it is almost always a power move, trying to get in with my good graces… and it works, or to give a bargaining chip.
I hate it when they are conceived for the purpose of being a pawn, that almost always results in a horrific life for the mother (I would never harm the child).
Valhannia is up in the northwest part of your continent, one of the royal Elven houses on the coasts of Eire, actually you should get to know her, she is also fairly kind and would make an excellent ally for your new house.
I will have Elayne provide you a list, I don’t want to commit them to this book just to protect them from others.
That just seems like an odd request to me. I mean that’s great, but it never occurred to me to ask a devil for a child. Maybe not having the right parts precludes that from my decision making.
I mean, I have been asked to father a child, but only because we are in a relationship. I’m not sure I would with someone I didn’t have an emotional bond with. Not at this stage of my life.
Valhannia is in a different elven kingdom than the one I’m playing in. Good to know, though, and even better when I eventually meet her.
I look forward to meeting all of them.
Good morning my son,
Sometimes it is a wonderful day, you wake up in bed with a beautiful set of twins (one boy, one girl), you have a refreshing breakfast, maybe some morning delight, then onto a shopping trip… Then some mornings you wake up to find Demonic fiends nipping at your feet, and gods going missing. Sorry, I thought I would share my morning thoughts before proceeding. Let me know if that isn’t something you want to hear. I can feel Elaine rolling her eyes when I tell her things sometimes.
Women and babies, they range a whole gamut of reasons for babies. Generally it is a need for a child, whether infertility or incompatibility. But a large percentage of them want children thinking they can use them against me. Often they are surprised when it bites them in the butt.
She is a rebel and her family hates her non-nobility behavior (your sister Valhannia). I am amused by it, she is strong willed, much like Elaine, although she looks far more elven than tiefling. You should go visit her if you get a free few weeks, or if you are in the area. It would be good to get her near you, she could use exposure to your outlook.
Are they real demonic fiends, or the kind you are related to?
That’s very sad that people want to use a child to manipulate you. I feel bad for the child in that instance.
I’ll have to see where my quest takes me, but when I get that list, I’ll make sure to stop by any sisters I have in the area when I travel. I’ll keep you updated when I do.
This is the first time anyone has accused me of being a good influence. Even my temple feels I am a terrible influence! I don’t know how to feel about being a good child.
Today it was the ones we are related to. In fact one of them will try to insist you are her nephew… don’t ask how she thinks that, she is crazy.
I try to make sure the child doesn’t suffer, they usually don’t notice except if their parent dies in the struggle. Also that doesn’t happen often, but every once in awhile someone tries to bind me, or use one of my foes against me.
I suspect at least your temple leader believes in how good you are, and obviously Sekhmet believes in it. She gave you the position of paladin that isn’t just a case of you being the first person interested. I am sure others have been, you are the first person she decided to invest power into.