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4 posts. Alias of Sebecloki.


The 'born eunuch' of the Grand Vizier Abalach-Re's army ranks, known as the mansabdars in the Badawī or Bedouin tongue of her fearsome Temüjin horse archer tribes, suddenly reappears among the company of House Vordon.

His elaborate scale male of pangolin plate slowly re-emerges into view, gradually disassociating itself from the similar shades of the surrounding rock as he moves.

Husayn quickly sheathes his elaborately ornamented shamshir-e shekârgar or 'hunter's sword', the blade elegantly decorated with sinuous writing in both the Devanāgarī and Badawī tongues, extracts from the Sundara Kāṇḍa. This is the title of the famed 'beautiful episode' of the well known Raamite poem Śrīrāmachandracaritamānasashatra, composed by the great Desi poet Jadaguru Rāmānandacharya, and which centers upon the exploits of the great hero, the varana Hanumān. The monkey-like warrior is said to have burned the palace of the yakṣa, king Rāvaṇa.

"Well, I suppose my concealment is no longer required if we intent to parlay with these creatures, for I don't, as a general rule, make a habit of stabbing even temporary allies in the back."

His expression then assumes a more sober demeanor as he considers the new intelligence brought to like by Taalik and Amunet,

"These are, indeed, troubling, though perhaps not altogether surprising, revelations about my beleaguered home. Surely, none could imagine one so powerful and ancient as Dregoth would remain sleeping, or sleep restfully, and upon awakening not seek a hard revenge upon those responsible for his long-past defeat. Indubitably, principle among this number is the Grand Vizier Abalach-Re, sorcerer-queen or Ram."

Kethe Cinderfell wrote:

Kethe raises her hand to get the others' attention. "I may have found another way. There is an invisible ramp connecting this ledge to... well, to be honest I don't know where it leads. We should perhaps explore this path."

She turns to the mul, smiling. "I am sorry to interrupt your fascinating explanation, for I have heard much of Raam and its history. How interesting that devices used by its ancient rules can be found here."

The knowledge check was in relation to what Husayn mentioned, was trying to see if any of that was ringing a bell, and hoping to be able to go "why yes, my good sir, I have a fair idea of what you're talking about, indeed."

Husayn turns, seemingly surprised by Kethe's comment, as much as by her new discovery,

"There is nothing for which to see grace, noble druid -- it is just that, given our recent discussions, I... wonder whether the yakṣa lords of ancient Raam might have been... what?... clients? perhaps of these Stoneburners. It makes me wonder what other mysteries the city might hold in its ancient parts. I hope one day we will have an opportunity to explore these questions together in the city which I once called home..."

The mul's voice trails off, as if at once nostalgic, but also imparting a sudden realization of having perhaps spoken to much on a sensitive, even dangerous topic -- presumably his reason for being separated from the environs of Abalach-Re's city state.

Rokan the Ascetic wrote:

"I am using caution." Rokan snaps at the bard, annoyed. Then, a little more level, "Just assume I'm scanning things when I approach them. Traps and triggers. Arcane, psionic, and mundane."

A brief pause later...

"These are just controls, and they appear to need my psionic energy to operate. That means there is a limit to how much I can do this in a day, and we should be careful to not get ourselves stuck somewhere undesirable. We should also be ready for a fight when I'm bringing a platform to us that we cannot yet see. Perhaps, if we can see its approach and that it entails trouble, I can cut off my own power or even reverse it..." He trails off, pondering.

[dice=knowledge (psionics), can platform motion be stopped between destinations and/or reversed?]1d20 + 12

The mul points at the illustrated hieroglyphic reliefs which stand behind the 'handles' of the control station.

"This reminds me of the stories of the Tāḍa Thaggī, the so-called Mountain of Assassins. It is said that, in ancient days, the yakṣa lords of Raam would use the vimānas to bear their servants, the vicious assassins known as the thaggī or ṭhogī up and down the snow-dusted peak of the mountain in which the ogres kept their enforcerers ensconced. They were purportedly destroyed when Abalach-Re conquered the city, a process which included laying siege to Tāḍa Thaggī. The assassins were eventually starved, and, in later years, replaced by a new order loyal to the sorcerer-queen. The mountain itself has been renamed Jebel al Hashâshīn, in the Bedouin language of the Temujin horse warriors whose Invincible Horde the sorcerer queen led to victory against the former rulers of Raam."

The mul 'natural eunuch' of Raam, who had accompanied the embassy to Faalcuun's Pavilion of Mercy, has also followed the company on this new leg of the journey, and approaches the control station with interest.

"These images look like a vimāna, a flying machine from the legends of Raam. It is said that the ogre magi called yakṣas, who used to rule the human population called the Desi before the advent of Abalach-Re and her horse warriors, used such devices in their wars. There is an ancient scientific text in the Devanāgarī tongue, the language of the Desi, which speaks of them called the Vaimānika Śāstra."