Dreams of the Lost

Rivienne's Tome Entry #2

DRAFT
- fey helped sema stealth after arashi, we saw him meet with Khariton, they talked, but conversation was one sided as we couldn’t see arashi’s face, kuro satisfied that arashi is the “deal maker” he claims to be
- we learned snow gets hurt when her grace is passed
- we set out to the fey hunt later this afternoon, to pass the time we decide to explore the town, mainly house baer’s library and the city library, we enlist the help of Khariton to escort us
- learn Khariton is 76 yrs old, essence 4 SUPER skilled man, never married, pushes away suiter
- learn that relationship with realm is very one sided for cherak
- offer cherak demon for weather control and artifact repair
- learn Khariton’s motivation “Be true to his heart and the people that look to him.”
- we met back up with arashi and talked with him as we walked out of town, sema went to help kuro arrange supplies, I walked with arashi to the encampment
- he tells me he’s been tracking my gun for 50 years, the SE had, but he won’t say why, he just says I’m worthy of it
- he tells me I only found the gun because someone put it where I could find it, gun spent time in malfeas
- arashi asks what it would take for us to be a brotherhood, I tell him, he swears it on his life
- he gives me a spell cord with x3 of the sworn brotherhood oath on it, I cast the spell
- arashi reveals he is the lightning thief, I am ticked, he tells me the SE is my mother and sema is my 1/2 sister, and that the SE left the gun for me
-sema meets back up and has kuro with her, I tell them what I’ve done, but b/c of the oath I can’t tell them that arashi is the lightning thief, I try to be dissuasive but can’t thwart arashi’s plan as he wants sema and kuro in the brotherhood, as a mokery I throw out they should just join, and much to my dismain they agree after speaking with arashi, I am slightly releaved i will have allies that aren’t solars, I do the spell again, they are shocked but seem to take things in stride
-LT tells us we should be on our way and he can travel faster, he says there is a wood aspect girl we’ll run into he’d like her on our side
- we run into her and fight off monsters
-we build a little house to stay in over night, build a room with bath, have baths, while guys are in bath I just blurt out wood aspect should join us, sema and I convince her, she is shocked and upset just as much as I was, yay a buddy
-arashi takes us to spirit house, stay the night there
-meet 2 spirits in the morning before setting out again


NPC’s We Met:
V’neef Shenji
Shoyu-Ken
Tonan

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Sema's Accounts
entry 1

DRAFT

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Rivienne's Tome Entry #1

I arrived at Cherak this morning via a boat ride from the Realm. The seas were calm and as it was my first long boat ride I was rather surprised I enjoyed it so much. I had to keep my demons dematerialized to make sure the Captain or crew didn’t fret about them, but I image they enjoyed the journey as well.

Once in Cherak I was met by an Air Aspect, Ferem Bayer Khariton (Keratin), who had already met up with my distant cousin Ledaal Sema. Khariton gave me a sour expression when I approached and I made sure to mention my demons and how many there were so he could feel a little more comfortable in the situation. It was also very obvious Khariton has some resentment for the Realm in how they deal with “Cadet” houses here. I’ll need to look into that a little more before I can understand his option or form one of my own. Despite all that he was very polite and escorted us through the town to meet with Commander Cathak Kuro—the man we’d be reporting to.

Passing by the streets of the town it was a rather odd display; the local townsfolk acted as though there were a parade…they seemed awed by our presence. I have been around humans many times, but only in the Realm. It appears out here Dragon Blooded of higher breeding are not necessarily common and therefore we must have seemed an oddity. I must admit, one would think I would be used to this with the taunts of my heritage when I was younger, but the spectacle actually made me feel more uncomfortable than I’ve ever been in the Realm. I suppose that’s the purpose of being out on your own…so I did what Akeron would do—I tilted my chin up, was polite and put a smile on. While passing by the final parts of the crowd it was then that I noticed a very high Essence Water Dragon Blooded standing in with the townsfolk—he was obviously trying to blend in and as such I wondered over to say hello, hoping to find a common minded friend in the crowds in Cherak. The Dragon Blooded told me his name was Arashi and if I saw him I must have been looking for him. He invited me to evening tea. How unusual! Of course I accepted, if simply to find out more about the mysterious man.

Khariton led us to Commander Cathak Kuro’s 1st mate, Eselcia Yasu, and left us in his charge. Yasu said he would bring us to the Commander, but wanted to warn us that 3 days ago Cathak Kuro left on a mission with his Brotherhood and he was the only one to return. Poor man! Sema and I thanked Yasu for his information, it would after all be most helpful in dealing with him gently after such an event. We met with the Commander who insisted we call him Kuro. He explained that his Brotherhood and he were jumped by 3 fey while out North of the town. One of which he described and could only be a famed Catafrack! I dampen my excited at the prospect of battling a fey; this man has after all lost family. We learned from Kuro these fey are likely part of the 7 Storm Winds group that has been terrorizing the North. Since we’d be going into such a significant combat, and the Realm did only send the two of us as backup, Kuro requested he see our combative skills. Sema and I agreed and off we went to his training camp. Sema and I sparred…and after a less than impressive showing on my part Kuro called the fight. Rather disappointed I might have shamed my father with my display, in front of a Commander in the Realm forces no less, I returned with Sema to our Inn rather down trodden.

We went for our evening tea and as I had hoped Arashi was there—we sat with him and he promptly explained he would speak with both of us, but only one at a time. He was a bit abrasive during our little conversation and my hopes for an emotional ally in this city were quickly dashed. He explained he worked for the Lightning Thief—a most notorious Anathema…and he attempted to bargain for entry into the Realm. The Realm! How could this man think that I would allow that after learning he worked for Anathema! Knowing our odds against the Fey would improve with a celestial ranking 5 ally in the fight I did negotiate for him to help again the Fey…his price, to loot the male Fey leaders body. I agreed. He offered other arrangements as well…an artifact airship for something of equal value, perhaps my person as a contact. A favor for a favor. He even offered to travel with us long term if I agreed to help him infiltrate the Realm and The All Seeing Eye. He even went so far as to say he wants to see Sema or I on the Scarlet Thrown. Needless to say I agreed to none of that. He seemed to know me very well though and played up to several things only close family know I’m interested in. This man is obviously a dangerous force in the political arena and I became very cautious. I think he could sense my withdraw as does a predator with its prey. He told me he had information on my essence cannon about why I had it…how this man knew that would be the only topic that would hold my interest with him I don’t know, but it only served to make me all the more careful with my words. I ended our conversation and Arashi excused himself to talk to Sema. There conversation went much the same as ours did I imagine and Sema seemed ill inclined to discuss it. Perhaps once we’ve been traveling together longer…

That night a loud crash of glass from Sema’s room woke me. Worrying for her safety I used my anima to super heat my body and pushed through the wall separating our rooms. With horror I saw as a female Fey reared a huge sword over Sema and was about to slash it down when Arashi blurred into the room. He rushed past the Fey and in one motion she was frozen in midair while Arashi was on the other side of the room. He had somehow managed to steal her heart’s grace! I have never heard of such a thing! With the Fey under Arashi’s control we found out the leader of the Fey was called the Prince of Waking Dreams, the Fey woman—who calls herself Dance of a Thousand Snowflakes, gave us Waking Dreams’ location. We also learned that these Fey eat by feeding off dreams…doing so they can husk a victim or even kill them. Snow also told us that the Fey have been working with The Guild for placid slaves. How long has this been going on!?! Does the Realm know? Surely they can’t, surely they would step in if they learned the Fey were involved. I know most elite Houses have servants, but mindless husks? I find that thought disturbing…

The next morning we met with Kuro for breakfast and were joined by Arashi much to Kuro’s surprise. I explained Arashi agreed to help us on our Fey hunt, but Kuro was rather concerned that Arashi could possibly be a Fey himself. Sema asked that I hand my weapon over to Arashi as with my cold iron bauble it would prove is he were Fey or not. Hand the Green Sun Devil over to someone who could be a Fey? Never! I explained it was a terrible idea to provide a powerful weapon to a possible enemy, she agreed and suggested I remove just the hearthstone from it. I suppose that would be an adequate solution, but then I’d have to disassemble her…which means she wouldn’t be usable for a few moments while we performed our test. Unarmed around a possible Fey?!?! I stated I couldn’t possibly do that and Sema, pleased with herself that she seemed to gleam some insight into me suggested I simply shook Arashi instead. I must admit I don’t care for him, but shooting him is certainly not a pleasing idea. Kuro made the argument that he agreed with the hearthstone being removed, but before I could protest further Arashi stated one shot wouldn’t harm him much and I should go ahead. After shooting him, just a graze of course, it was obvious he wasn’t a Fey. After Arashi left Kuro, Sema and I alone at breakfast Kuro expressed further concern and suggested that we follow Arashi to see if we could track down information. Sema snuck after him.


NPC’s We Met:
Arashi
Cathak Kuro
Ferem Bayer Khariton
Mnemon Cael

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Did a Whole Bunch of Nothing

After arriving back to Lookshy and resting, the group discovered that the plague had come to Lookshy. Maia took on the challenge of curing the plague. Chien figured out that the water supply was contaminated with corpses that had the plague. Chien removed them from the water by his anima banner. Maia made a deal with the devil, I mean Devon and acquired the charms to cure the disease. Maia figured out how she lost Shimikiri. Maia never did figure out how she lost Shimikiri, you all were going to use tracking Charms but didn’t have a point of origin to start from. She remembers the last time she saw Shimikiri was in Lookshy, you guys had since traveled to her manse and back which means, assuming she wasn’t lost sooner, Shimikiri could have been misplaced anywhere in between.
Chien got wind of another solar in the east that is fighting the Realm.

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The Fallen

Upon settling into their new positions, Maia pondered on how to make Lookshy’s manses better. Light furthering his business adventure with Devon. The group went to the Lighting Thief’s house and saw the aftermath of a battle in his apartment. There was no signs of the Lighting Thief, but a witness said that she saw a golden light speed out of Lookshy. Chien was then approached by Devon and was told of an attack on xxxxxxx the Marukan Alliance near Thorns.

The attack was about underway. Chien rounded up the group and used Gervesin to open a gate to the battle. There they saw an exalted that had a silver and green anima banner. There was an acidic and poisonous rain that was due to a spell, it had widen to engross much of the country side. The other exalted saw the party and then flew over to them. When the came face to face. Chien noticed that she was a lunar exalted and was his lunar mate. Both Chien and Typhoon had a vision of each other together in the first age. She told the group to leave before anybody would get hurt. When they didn’t the fight started. Maia noticed that she had spells and charms activated, but she stood there and tried to figure out what to do. Chien and Light gave it their best, but with the spells Maia didn’t counter spell, they couldn’t best her defense. When Maia almost decided to help, she was knocked out by Typhoon. Typhoon then started targeting Light, Light was knocked unconscious. Chien stood face to face with Typhoon, with his emotions getting the better of him. He banished his blade, knowing he couldn’t beat her single handily. “If I’m to die, then I’m glad it is you who will kill me,” Chien told Typhoon. As Typhoon was choking him out with her hands, Chien noticed a change come over Typhoon and saw a tears run out of her eyes. As he was falling unconscious, he wiped the tears off of her face and expected oblivion. The party regained conscious and around them was bodies of the innocents that was slayed by murderous rain. But the bodies were laid out into a figure of Chien’s caste mark. They returned back to Lookshy.

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Party Crashers

Devon wanted to meet with the team and offered Chien a chance to acquire a powerful weapon. Gervesin is a demon that can change into a powerful weapon. With the help of Light and Maia, the swayed the demon for his evil ways and now serves Chien faithfully. Light and Devon Lookshy party was a success. Chien was Kess’s date for the party, Gervesin changed his body of a small child servant. Light was helping Kess’s popularity for the Chumyo. During the party there was an assassination attempted on Kess. There was seven demons, but one managed to sneak attack Kess, but didn’t kill her. Chien was first to act, with a word to Gervesin he changed into a grand grimscythe. An explosion of essense erupted from Chien when he struck to the demon that hit Kess. Essense ghostly blades left grimscythe as he swung and all demons died before they could finish Kess. Upon investigation three out five possible Chumyo’s were assassinated. Chien, Light, Maia and Kess managed to track down where the Demons came from. The other surviving dragonblooded, Maheka Lespa, had summoned demons and sent them out from her house to kill her competition. More specifically, the demons were tracked to the Maheka house and Lespa confessed in open court that she had been summoning demons during the festival. It was not proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that the demons she summoned were the ones responsible for the crime though this confession was enough for Lespa to be banned by the tribunal.
Kess had herself and Lespa taken into custody and a trial was held. Light was Kess’s council for the trial. Light had a rocky start, but during a recess Devon helped Light and Light owes Devon a favor. Lespa was found guilty of murdering the other dragonblooded and was banished from Lookshy. Tess was then promoted to Chumyo. Tess promoted Light to Strategoi Lieson Directorate , Maia Strategoi Intelengce Directorate, and Chien Strategoi Operations Directorate.

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5 Out of 6, Not Bad

The six fair folk had shaped them selves into elementals. The battle started, Chien and Maia started to protect the lunar that was hanging on the cross. Light started to battle all the fair folks. He wasn’t able to damage any of the fair folks, but kept them busy while Maia released the lunar. Chien started to battle the fire elemental fey. The fey decided to trade swing for swing with Chien. Light was taken a beaten and wasn’t going to last much longer. With a battle cry to the Unconquered Sun, Chien cast his combo of charms. With one swing golden essence erupted from his grand daiklave. The essence flew at all of fair folks and slashed them all across the chest. 5 out of the 6 fair folds was destroyed. The only one left was the fire elemental fey and he ran off. The lunar they rescued was Light’s lunar mate name The Prince of Crows. Upon returning to Lookshy, Light met a man named Devon. He was killing blood apes that had killed his personnel of his office. They talked and meet the next day to discuss business relationship. The rest of the party meet him the next morning.

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Reshaping Lookshy

After the battle, Chien hit his limit and took out after the realm. After several hours he calmed down. Light of Respended….blah blah, followed Chien and made his introductions. He was part of Maia and his solar circle. Light then started to hear somebody screaming, but when they found the spot where Light was hearing it, there was nothing there. Chien didn’t hear anything and couldn’t find any signs of anything. Upon arriving back at Lookshy, they started helped with the clean up and then cleared all of the bodies fallen from the battle. Chien and Maia was given promotions in the Lookshy legion. Maia meet her lunar mate, Silver Lord. Silver Lord can change into the Silver Lady, weird lunars. Lookshy held a ceremony for the fallen soldier from the battle and Chien gave the eulogy. Light then decided that it would be beneficial to throw a memorial benefit in Lookshy for the fallen soldiers and to help promote Yushoto Kess to rule Lookshy. Light started to hear the screaming again and wanted help to find out what was going on. Light lead them to a pocket of the wild. They enetered and found a lunar hanging off of hooks over a pool of his blood with 6 feys guarding him. The fey were disguised as elementals and Maia told Chien they were Fey. The battle started.

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Super Solar Time

Session 1

After five years of constant battle in the wild, Chien and Maia returned to creation. Both more powerful than before. While resting, a flying ship from Lookshy found them. The ship took them back to Lookshy. Upon arriving at Lookshy there was an army of zombies attacking the city. The solars noticed that the enemy was taking out all of the dragonblooded officers. Chien and an unknown solar stepped up to the front line of the fighting. Chien took out almost half of the army in one swing. After clearing the field, two abyssals approached them. One of them, a night Dusk caste abyssal, challenged them to a fight. Chien and the other solar pressed the attack against the abyssal, but wasn’t doing much damage. Maia stood back, gave some essense to Chien and stood there looking pretty but from some reason had a shirt on. The rest of abyssal’s army still pressed the attack, but some of the Sixth Maiden exalted arrived and gave support to the city. They took heavy losses. When the abyssal and the solars went through most of their essense, the Mask of Winter arrived on the field. He tried to convince the solars that if they followed him to the underworld, he would leave Lookshy alone. But they wouldn’t give up. After a long battle, the Unconquered Sun arrived and drove the Mask of Winters away After which we realized Maia had Essence Sight active which means she could see the being that appeared to be the US was not, his Essence rating was too low. Also, a group of masked martial artists were what drove the Mask of Winters away.

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Into the Nothing
A whole lot of ouch

Session 1 Chien, Maia, and Devin present.

20th of Resplendent Fire

Introduction of three mortals in Lookshy. 
   Chien- a disgraced soldier living in the slums
   Maia- a doctor
   Devin- a waiter and entrepreneur of illegal pharmaceuticals
Changing Winds introduced himself to all three characters and gave them a mask amulet for 
   good luck.  But they had to sleep with it on or under their pillow to bring them luck.
When they fell asleep with them on, they arrived at an unknown location.  They were put 
   through a boot camp for 14 days and were instructed by Architect of an Ending Age and Lady
   Silverclaws.  (30 dots to spend on improvements to attributes and abilities)

21st of Resplendent Fire

Was evaluated by a water aspect Kaito and drafted back into the 7th Legion.  Was givin orders.

22nd of Resplendent Fire

Characters meet Kess, a dragonblooded and mentor of Maia.  She was now their commander and
   marched them out of Lookshy to distant fort. Along the way she gave them a test apiece and
   they passed.

Session 2 Chein, Devin and Maia present

27th of Resplendent Fire

Maia had a dream about her dead husband, possible ghost in the underworld.
On the way too the fort, Kess found a magnitude 3 army of 200 zombies and ghost.  On the
   way to the fort they were ambushed by that army. Kess gave orders for them make a run 
   for the base with a special code to get back up for her while she fights the army.  When
   the characters broke away they were ambushed by zombies.  Chien and Devin manage to make 
   through, but Maia was thrown off her horse and pinned down.  Chien prayed to the gods and 
   Blaze of the Plain spirit saved Maia from the zombies.  They made it to the fort and got
   help.

28th of Resplendent Fire 765

Most of the dragonblood and Kess, left on a mission to rescue people of a town that the Mask
   of Winters captured. That night the fort was attack and overrun by an army of zombies led
   by an abyssal.  The abyssal beat Chien unconscious in two hits, then knocked out Maia and
   followed by Devin.  While being tortured for the special code Kess told them, Chien and 
   Maia exalted to solars.  Devin gave up part of the code and then was saved by a demon.
   The demon offered him a chance to be saved by becoming an infernal and he took it.
Changing Winds found Chien and Maia, then offered them a chance to go to Kether Rock or go 
   back to Lookshy.  Both agreed to go to Kether Rock.

Session 3 Maia, Devin and Chien present

28th of Resplendent Fire 768

Final test for Maia and Chien to graduate from Kether Rock.  Druss flew them to the middle
   marshes.  Upon reaching the ground Chien spotted Devin near the landing.  Devin was acting
   funny, but Maia thought it was over exposure from the wild. Devin joined back up with them.
With there crew they walked five miles to their location and found a statue that looked like
   it was starting a shadowland growing around it.  The statue was that was black figure that
   was shaped closed to a humanoid, but the face was a little misshapen.  Maia thought it was 
   a spirit sanctuary and thought the entrance was at its mouth.  Maia entered it and then 
   screamed.  Chien followed her in to help her.  They were falling in the underworld into
   the void in the center of (city).  A shaping affect helped Maia get away from the void, 
   but Chien got too close due to a charm preventing the same affect helping him.
Chien's essence was almost pulled away from his body and when he got a way he had a mask upon
   his face.  He noticed that there was another entity in his head, claiming to be his 
   sword.  He ripped the mask off of his face.  He then had a vision of the 5 sisters asking
   him to find the 6th in the Labyrinth.  This is what they said to him:
'When you come upon the Shard of Oblivion, take care not to lay your hands upon it when you
   collect it.  When you reach the Sleeping Madien, take the shard in hand and strike the 
   first lock that binds her.
 Find the life that grows in the world of the Dead and claim for yourself a single seed.  
   Only a strike from the life in death can break the second lock that binds her.
 Only one who embodies the five principles of her sister may destroy the last lock and set 
   her free.'
Devin was transported to Chien and Maia by the same means in the underworld.  Chien could 
   feel what way he needed to go to help the sixth maiden.  They meet Shinami, who studies
   the Labyrinth and could guide them through it.  After discussing where they needed to go
   the price was paid in resources and they set off.
First they went to Cavern of the Ending.  Chien and Maia went through the maze.  Collected 
   the stone and also found a first age box with a warning writing in old realm 'Do not 
   open.'
Then they went Roaktau.  While resting Devin opened the box and a little doll jumped out.  
   It ran to Maia and latched on to her arm.  Devin denied opening the box and made it look
   like it chewed it's way out of the box.  Maia acquired a Shimikiri.  They traveled to the
   center of the city, which is the elemental pole of wood then entered a tower.  They 
   followed it to where creation, underworld and the pole merged.  Chien took two accorns and
   gave one to Maia.
Set out for the heart of the Labyrinth to find the sixth maiden.  After month of walking, the
   group discovered a soulsteel mono-train.  They took the train and was dropped off where
   they needed to go.
Entered a chamber that held the sixth maiden.  Chien grabbed the shard and broke the lock.
   When he grabbed it he was turned into an abyssal.  Chien finished breaking the rest of the
   locks and the great curse took a hold of him.  After the maiden was released she grabbed
   the group and headed to black & white Kings and Queens.  Chien was restored by the maiden
   back to solar and sent the party back to Kether Rock.  Maia thought she might know who the
   the black king is.  Took two months and 3 days to complete the journey.

Session 4 Maia, Devin and Chien present

1 st of Resplendent Air 768

After returning to Kether Rock, the party returned to Lookshy.  Upon reaching the gate the 
   group was detained for questioning for being missing for 3 years.  Kess came and 
   questioned them.  They were released with the the help of Karal Duress, Chien's brother. 
   Duress advised them to get good council for the trail of the desertion.
Chien was allowed back into Gen Karal.  Duress gave Chien a expensive short sword.
The group meet the Lighting Thief and he was part of Chien and Maia's solar circle.  Lighting
   Thief told them of the last of the person of their solar circle, Evelynn an eclipse caste.
   She was supposed to be the best with handling bureaucracy problems.

Session 5 Maia and Chien present

2 nd of Resplendent Air 768

Maia and Chien meet with the Architect and Lady Silverclaw. The Architect helped them out by
   training them some new charms and skills.
Chien and Maia found Evelynn in Lookshy with the help of Chien's new charm.  After
   introductions, Evelynn took them back to her place and they talked about their problem.  
   She agreed to help only if she does it her way and they agreed.
Chien had another dream about the sixth maiden and agreed to go on a mission for her to 
   underneath of Mt Metagalapa and find an obsidian & jade temple in the middle of a cavernous
   maze.
The Lighting Thief agreed to help them on mission.
Maia wild shape some workers for the mission and then forgot to wild shape them equipment.
They arrived to Mt Metagalapa then found a cave that led them down underneath the ground. 
   After extensive travel they crossed a shadow land and in-countered a day caste abyssal. 
   He tried to take out the crew of workers, but they escaped while the Lighting Thief beat 
   and captured him after he begged for mercy.  Chien and Him tied him up and is watching him.
They found the temple.
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