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2,437 posts. Alias of Dennis Harry.


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Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

"A pragmatist, like your father. I am glad to hear it. Yes, there is something which you can do to assist me with my goals. You can stay alive. I am wary of where you go and who you interact with Alessandro, you seem to know too much of our ways".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the Hardy

"I am sorry that there was no time to repair your leg before the change, this change in your physical makeup should enable you to feel better. No, we are not agents of the Devil. We still have free will, well most of us do, our only true master is the thirst. It is that which you must master to ensure that you retain control over your actions. While the Devil may tempt me, God still favors me, as he favors you, Lord Andrew. Where to begin? There is so much to teach you and such a short space of time for you to learn everything!"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

"My comfort is irrelevant, it is my goals which matter to me most. It seems you are one who spends a great deal of time out in the night, do you find comfort in darkness?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the Hardy

Brian's shoulders slump. " Truly I am sorry for what I have wrought upon you Lord Andrew. You are now blood of my blood. I am a member of an Order which has been fighting evil for centuries. Sometimes it becomes necessary for the lesser evil to go on while the greater evil is confronted. I will try to explain everything to you but first we must discuss what you have become. You are now, through my blood a member of the Salubri Clan, an order comprised of Vampires".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Finn Garrety

You spend the remainder of the evening gathering the contacts you believe that you need to perform the services you believe that you require.

Exhausted, you return to your room for much needed sleep.


Will update the thread tomorrow or Wednesday. Things are moving forward now as another one of your ilk has fallen under the fang....


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the Hardy

"For that I am sorry. Events have moved far too rapidly. I will need you on my side. You have fallen too far into the camp of the Inquisition for me to reason with you. Instead, I must bring you across..."

You see Brian come over to you and take you into his arms, you feel a pinch in your neck, a flash of pain and then...

Your heart begins to beat rapidly, then slower, then slower, you feel lightheaded. Unable to struggle, you lay limp. Confusion, fear, wonder, anger all course within you but whatever was in that drink prevents you from acting. You black out.

Some time later your eyes open, you feel a white hot stream of molten lava poured down your throat. You attempt to fight the feeling away but you are still too weak to move... Brian away from you. t is Brian doing this to you!

He staggers backwards as you fall off of your chair, "Mayhaps I gave you a bit much. But it was necessary. You will see, I can explain it all to you now, now that you have no choice but to aid me..."

What do you say?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the

You drink deeply, the Blood of Christ is as potent as you have ever tasted before... Almost like Faith given liquid form.

Make a Stamina check DC 8.

Brian stands as you begin to wobble in your chair, "Yes, The Lord promises those who stay the Road of Heaven Life Eternal. It is a difficult path to walk and one fraught with peril. How are you feeling my friend?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

You reset the traps and lay down to sleep along with your companion, the man with No Name.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the Hardy

Brian turns to you. He begins a brief prayer to the Lord and drinks from the Chalice, he then hands it to you.

"The Lord is our light and our life. It is through Him, that we will see the true path. The blood of Christ".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo and Michele Querini

Hans pauses, "I was not aware you were coming here Signore Santo".

He walks to the door and opens it, "Enter if you have business with me again this night".

Behind Hans Michael you do see the familiar form of Michele Querini.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Finn Garrety

The name Alexander of Constantinople is somewhat familiar to you though your powerful recollection is somewhat vague. He is an advisor to the Voivode of Constantinople though he is not of Clan Tzimisce.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the Hardy

"Twenty-one Lord Andrew".

As you come to the bottom rung, you see that Brian has set a few lanterns to provide light in the shelter which is much larger under the water than it first appeared above the water.

A chalice stands on a small altar. Icons of Jesus, Mary, the Holy Spirit and other Saints adorn the walls. The cross of the Templers sits on the far wall nearest to you. There are three seats

"Welcome, this is the respite which has been created for us by our forefathers in the Order. There was always doubt as to the Church's support of our organization as we grew in power. There are similar safe houses near other Chapter Houses across Europe".

He turns his back to you and begins to prepare the Chalice for communion.

"Tell me Andrew, do you trust the Teutons which you have aligned yourself with?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Finn Garrety

Grima wrings his hands, "Yes Signore, I could se the man boy in the window of the house as I passed by. Grown men were bowing to him as if he were some sort of Royalty. I know not who he is but he must be important to command such respect!"

Make an Intelligence + Occult roll DC 8 or Intelligence + Kindred Lore roll DC 6 to see if the name rings any bells. Never mind, you have Eidetic Memory, roll Perception + Alertness DC 6 to recall where you heard the name before...


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the Hardy

You follow Brian through the mist to a small craft steered by oar. Her invites you to sit near him as her gets on the boat. He paddles out into the waters of the Mediterranean. You are surprised he can guide the vessel in the mist especially in the dead of night.

You arrive at a small patch of rock in the sea, he bids you to get off with him. You follow suit fascinated at your destination, he shoves the boat off into the sea and turns to you, "Tread carefully it is slippery".

He bends down to reach a hatch, a small lantern illuminates a rusty set of metal rungs which do down into the dark. He heads down first beckoning for you to follow.

What do you do?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Capelli

Dominic grins as well.

Moses laughs heartily, "No my friend, I meant you will be a cloistered monk. Enjoy these days of adventure for they will surely be your last. Soon it is off to dusty tomes and long days with those long dead".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the Hardy

The mists coil around you both.

Gaelic "What began as a warehouse break in has become so much more complicated. We must fortify you for the trials ahead. The Inquisition knows not what it does. Come Andrew, accompany me to my abode that we may take communion and determine the next best course of action".


Michael pause for a moment, I will need to DMPC Michele here.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

As you near your home, you see Alyssa's "father" standing in the walkway observing the night sky. He turns his steely gaze towards you.

"Good evening Alessandro, having a pleasant evening?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Capelli

Moses chimes in from his spot on the floor, "This is a dangerous lifestyle. Your brother though will likely be a cloistered monk, or the equivalent of such. Once this danger passes all will be well. The upheaval of the recent decades will be quashed with what will take place here and soon. Or so I was told anyway".

Dominic nods and lays back, looking somewhat more relaxed.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Finn Garrety

You see no one else with him.

He hustles in, "Signore, I was able to locate the place where the travelers you sought are staying. It was a Manse in one of the more affluent neighborhoods of the city. The luggage though arrived at an Inn, the Winnowing. As so, it is unclear if the travelers are staying in one place or just visiting another or vice versa. One of the men delivering the goods told me the young man's name was Alexander of Constantinople".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the Hardy

Brian stares at you in shock, "You have seen these things with your own eyes? Have any others seen such things? Are they aware of what they have witnessed?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

"For now, we sleep here, your traps will keep the uninvited away. I will give this Sadir another evening to change his mind. After that, I will journey to see my Master. You will stay here for that journey. I will instruct you on what to do before I go".


Alessandro Khadaji wrote:
Honestly, the hesitation is because I'm a bit lost... Too much to do and no way to do it.

I hear you, that is part of what delays my posting at times as well. Do whatever you think is best next. We will be moving into some down time shortly so some of these issues will resolve themselves while others will not...


Keith S. wrote:

Good enough. Just wanted to see if the first part would be boring for anyone and if I should change it up.

I plan to get rolling with some initial posts tomorrow night in the gameplay section.

I should point out that I have a challenging job that sometimes blows up, so I may randomly miss a post here or there. And every once in awhile I get to play a face to face game that disrupts my posting.

But I plan to post nightly to the best of my ability.

Thanks again for playing and I look forward to it.

No worries, I have the same problem.


No I have not.


Keith S. wrote:

@ Storyteller - we should discuss the detect evil ability of a paladin.

I have had players insist it was a form of magical radar that allowed them to detect range and bearing of evil as long as they concentrated. They could rotate and never be surprised while detect evil is operating.

I do not use detect evil this way. It does detect evil within 60 feet, and it does allow you to focus in a visible object within 60 feet to determine further information. It may prevent surprise from evil creatures if you know they are about. But it is certainly not a guarantee.

So I don't consider it magical radar, just a powerful ability.

Just want you to be clear on this if it is a key component of a paladin build for you.

Fine for me I don't consider it the lynch pin for my build plus I would tend to agree with your interpretation of the rule.


My submission.

Athromar Karthis
Human Noble of Taldor
Paladin of Iomedae L-G

Strength – 16 (5 +2 Bonus for Human)
Dexterity – 10
Constitution – 12 (2)
Intelligence – 12 (2)
Wisdom – 11 (1)
Charisma – 16 (10)

Hit Points = 11

AC = 16 (Chain Shirt + Heavy Steel Shield)

Initiative +4

Fortitude +3
Reflex +2
Will +3

BAB = +1

Attack = +4
Damage = 1d8+3 Long Sword (19-20 x2)

CMB = +4
CMD = 14

Skills:
Diplomacy - +7
Knowledge Nobility – +5
Perception - +1
Sense Motive - +4
Use Magic Device - +4

Feats:
Lightning Reflexes
Improved Initiative

30’ Movement

Traits:
Indomitable Faith
Dangerously Curious

Special Abilities:
Aura of good,
Detect evil,
Smite evil 1/day

Languages:
Common
Halfling

Equipment:
Backpack
Rope (Hemp)
Signet Ring (House Noble Symbol)
Waterskin
Holy Symbol (Wood)

5 GP

Concept: Noble son seeking to restore the glory of the Empire. Hailing from Cassomir his inclination to accept all peoples regardless of background and race is seen as an oddity amongst his peers. Athromar though sees the current state of the Empire as one of corrupt nepotism which must be somehow swept away before the old glory can be restored. Growing up, Athromar was drawn to the arcane arts and his parents sought magical tutors for him to achieve any possible potential. One day, he was drawn towards a beautiful woman speaking about the Goddess Iomadae. Despite his parents protests, his destiny lay on the path to being one of her followers.

A younger cousin of a Senator in the Empire gives him contacts though he has yet to press his agenda having been only recently been granted powers by his Goddess, he is 25 years old. In addition, as Iomadae is not one of the more popular religions of the Empire, Athromar is a bit apprehensive at pushing such a radical agenda. Currently Athromar is considering whether he should press support for a war effort against Qadira or if such an action would be against the tenets of his new faith.


Never mind, I just figured it out!


Still waiting for Alessandro and Michele to respond in game. I believe that this night will be over relatively soon and the next day can begin, well for some of you, one of you shall never see the light of day again...at least not for long enough to do much but perish horrifically.

Soon, we will do a few weeks of downtime [in game] and regroup as there are some important events I ant to get to now that most of the background work has been laid down for the real meat of the story. Yeah, I know 5,000 posts is a lot of background :-)


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Finn Garrety

The voice of Grima responds, "I know the hour is late Signore, I felt I had to come to you straight away with what I learned..."


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Capelli

Dominic grins back but it is a weak grin at best, it seems that perhaps the gravity of what is taking place has finally dawned on him.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

"Permission yes. From the Prince of this City? No. However, as I am blood to his blood, he would no doubt forgive the transgression. It is pivotal that we interact as little as possible with the Kindred in this city. More importantly, it is pivotal that you do not display your abilities to any unless we slay them thereafter. Due to your age and experience, I cannot explain why this is the case, only that it is the case and in this you must trust me. Have you further questions?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo

You head to meet with Fahdi, when you arrive you hear him conversing with another person, the voice easily recognizable. It is Michele Querini!

What do you do?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the Hardy

Baldemar groans, "I too may have a potential meeting that I am perhaps now late for. Let us meet on the morrow as we will still need to formulate both a strategy and follow up with the Giovanni to seek more information". The Teutons take their leave.

Federico holds back for a moment, "May I stay here the night Signore? Perhaps I can seek out Xing Shi?"

I assume you agree to this minor request.

You head into the dark of night en route to your meeting with the Templar, Brian. As you arrive on the docks near where you believe you are to meet him, from the mists coming in the harbor he appears, as if a phantom.

In Gaelic. "I am glad you are here, I was afraid you had forgotten or something unfortunate had befallen you. Have you any further information on the events of the warehouse?"


Thread updated for everyone. :-)


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Capelli

Your rest is disturbed by Dominic, "Brother. How will your new ally find you? Does he know to come here? Is there some way you can contact him to let him know of our plight? With my liquid courage having waned in the wee hours I find myself a bit vexed by our current predicament".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Finn Garrety

Your rest is disturbed by a soft knock on your door, do you answer?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

As your cronies leave, what do you do next?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the Hardy

"Can we count on these allies to aid us in this struggle?"

FYI Andrew, you still need to meet with the Templar contact this night and your time grows short..


Xing Shi

What Vamp books do you have on hand?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini

"You need not deceive him, simply send the man as an emissary on your behalf and on the behalf of Sadir. Find the woman and you will find the man with No Name I assure you. Any further questions?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo

You received the name, I will PM it to you, I did not RP that part as it slipped my mind.

Where do you go now?


Baby got me sick last week. Its been a rough few months. Good news is that soon I should get the 20th anniversary edition of the Dark Ages book. Other good news is that I may be able to do an actual update this week. I will try to be more active certainly by the new year.


Stickin with what I have and my planned progression. Will finalize avatar next week.


Should ease off next week then we can get back to the game. Thanks for the patience gentlemen.


Not a problem, I am moving slowly anyway as I am so busy at work lately.


Never got a chance to get to it Caps, will try to do it this wek.


I will look through books to make sure I dont have a better option than what I already picked n finalize this weekend.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

He brings you to your original safehouse to rest for the evening. As you lay down to rest he begins to tell you of the traditions of the Kindred - I will tell you what pages to reference in the book when I have moment.

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