The Sanctum of the Sun


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The omniportal flashes to life as Devlyn and Allura return to the Sanctum. Devlyn appears to be a little dust-caked with a few spatters of blood on him, but appears to be otherwise unharmed.


Allura searches out Alaina to pass on some important info.
The recap:

Spoiler:
"Yes, but I think that he may be more difficult to help than we had anticipated. I met the strangest woman at the slave markets. Some sort of demon lord. Who likes to wear pink. And serve tea and crumpets. It was a...memorable, for lack of a better term, meeting. She suggested that the devils he sold his soul to would not let go of him easily, and that if they had a vial of his blood that they could use it to scry on his immediate surroundings. Now I don't think she was aware that those surroundings are protected by a god, but she did seem to be quite aware of Arielle and her quest, so this is obviously not good."


Allura wrote:

Allura searches out Alaina to pass on some important info.

The recap:
** spoiler omitted **

I was just doing the same copy/paste thing you did. That's funny ;P


The Dalesman wrote:
Allura wrote:

Allura searches out Alaina to pass on some important info.

The recap:
** spoiler omitted **
I was just doing the same copy/paste thing you did. That's funny ;P

That is funny. :)Great minds and all that I guess.:) Should we head back to the Bazaar now or stay at the Sanctum?


Allura wrote:
The Dalesman wrote:
Allura wrote:

Allura searches out Alaina to pass on some important info.

The recap:
** spoiler omitted **
I was just doing the same copy/paste thing you did. That's funny ;P
That is funny. :)Great minds and all that I guess.:) Should we head back to the Bazaar now or stay at the Sanctum?

They did promise to help Arielle, so they probably need to head back to the Bazaar. We can save the politician's problem for the next quest :)

Besides, we have the 'Not-Quite-Right Pete' thing to possibly deal with, though Devlyn doesn't know about that part yet I don't think...


That accomplished, Devlyn looks back to the omniportal.

"I guess we need to catch up with the others back at the Bazaar and see how the hunt is progressing."


The Dalesman wrote:

That accomplished, Devlyn looks back to the omniportal.

"I guess we need to catch up with the others back at the Bazaar and see how the hunt is progressing."

"Yes, I suppose you're right. Oh, I told the traders to leave a message with Pete at the tackle shop when they had made up their minds about selling us the stars. It seemed like a logical choice, since he's always at the Bazaar and rarely has much to do."


Allura wrote:
The Dalesman wrote:

That accomplished, Devlyn looks back to the omniportal.

"I guess we need to catch up with the others back at the Bazaar and see how the hunt is progressing."

"Yes, I suppose you're right. Oh, I told the traders to leave a message with Pete at the tackle shop when they had made up their minds about selling us the stars. It seemed like a logical choice, since he's always at the Bazaar and rarely has much to do."

"Well, any chance to give him some extra business sounds good to me. Do you want to check in with Pete first before we find the others?"


The Dalesman wrote:

"Well, any chance to give him some extra business sounds good to me. Do you want to check in with Pete first before we find the others?"

"Might as well. It hasn't been long, but I'd hate to miss a meeting with those traders if they did make up their minds quickly."

Scarab Sages

Mmmmm.......brainnnnssss


Allura wrote:
"Might as well. It hasn't been long, but I'd hate to miss a meeting with those traders if they did make up their minds quickly."

"Alright - let's go check in with him."

They activate the omniportal and go to the Bazaar of the Bizarre.

Shadow Lodge

Sunny Godhead wrote:

He also takes great interest in the new delivered cyber-dragon, awed by it complexity and mechanical genius.[/i]

Is it okay to think of it as a transformer?

Not exactly, the container it came in was an extra-dimensional 'space' to make transporting it easier and less noticeable. As for the complexity and mechanical genius, what else did you expect from a draconic gift? ;)


High above, in one of the temple's little-used towers, and shining essence waits. Soon another essence arrives and joins the first. Slowly, ecer so slowly, it begins to take the shape of a humanoid. What is strange is the humanoid appears to have wings and is already outfitted with gear.

This essence can be moved, but reappears here after a few hours. No matter what! It is only visible during the day.


Allura wrote:

Allura searches out Alaina to pass on some important info.

The recap:
** spoiler omitted **

Alaina nods

Thank you Allura, I will put up some extra wards to try and hide him from scrying.


Surprised at Alaina's intelligence and aptitude, Sunny G. continues to admire her scholastic graces. It seems no harm was done given her last encounter with the Hammer of Death.

With the divinations in place, the Sanctum and its security forces will be able to assess the situation if it should danger and death come forth again.

Sunny G. still wonders how he is going to remove that "stain" from the Sanctum Grounds. A job inquiry perhaps?


Allura and Devlyn come rushing through the omniportal, Allura tightly clutching a portable hole as far from her body as she can.

"Sunny G! We need your help right now! It's an emergency!"


The deity has the sense of a malign artifact of a rival deity being suddenly present.


Allura wrote:

Allura and Devlyn come rushing through the omniportal, Allura tightly clutching a portable hole as far from her body as she can.

"Sunny G! We need your help right now! It's an emergency!"

Sunny G. becomes instantly aware of the foul taint in his sanctum. He flares outward like an angry star. Stepping through one of the Sanctum's portals, he quickly approaches Allura.

"Is that what I think it is and what is it doing here!"


Sunny Godhead wrote:
Allura wrote:

Allura and Devlyn come rushing through the omniportal, Allura tightly clutching a portable hole as far from her body as she can.

"Sunny G! We need your help right now! It's an emergency!"

Sunny G. becomes instantly aware of the foul taint in his sanctum. He flares outward like an angry star. Stepping through one of the Sanctum's portals, he quickly approaches Allura.

"Is that what I think it is and what is it doing here!"

"Someone used one of the pieces of Lynora-Jill to make a foul artifact and we need you to destroy it and retrieve and hallow the star inside it. I'm sorry for bringing this to your temple, but you're the only one who can do this. Some dragon thought it would be funny to give this to Arielle."


Allura wrote:
Sunny Godhead wrote:
Allura wrote:

Allura and Devlyn come rushing through the omniportal, Allura tightly clutching a portable hole as far from her body as she can.

"Sunny G! We need your help right now! It's an emergency!"

Sunny G. becomes instantly aware of the foul taint in his sanctum. He flares outward like an angry star. Stepping through one of the Sanctum's portals, he quickly approaches Allura.

"Is that what I think it is and what is it doing here!"

"Someone used one of the pieces of Lynora-Jill to make a foul artifact and we need you to destroy it and retrieve and hallow the star inside it. I'm sorry for bringing this to your temple, but you're the only one who can do this. Some dragon thought it would be funny to give this to Arielle."

Clutching the foul star-thing tightly, Sunny G. takes it from Allura and proceeds towards the Sanctum's Vault. He can feel it squirming his hand, trying to free itself. The though of carrying it cause Sunny G. to revel in disgust.

"Follow me, " he says.

Once they enter the vault the move towards an adjacent chamber. From there, he places the star-thing into an adjacent forge and pours his divine might and solar energies into it.

"Abomination, your existence is at an end."

He begins the enchantments need to destroy and purify the metal.


See ya tomorrow morning


The creation thrashes, utters a psychic scream that would rend the minds of most mortals, and then stops moving, crumbling to ash, leaving only the star behind.


Happy Friday All. Okay - this is where I'm supposed to be now, right? :P


Aritha the Tarnished wrote:

The creation thrashes, utters a psychic scream that would rend the minds of most mortals, and then stops moving, crumbling to ash, leaving only the star behind.

"OOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW................" Devlyn says, clutching his head for a moment. He then blinks, shaking his head. "Well that was fun."


"Well, that was unpleasant. But it's done now. And as soon as the star is cleansed of any dark energies we can give it back to Arielle. What kind of thing could possibly think that it was amusing to give that to a child? Poor kid."


Allura wrote:
"Well, that was unpleasant. But it's done now. And as soon as the star is cleansed of any dark energies we can give it back to Arielle. What kind of thing could possibly think that it was amusing to give that to a child? Poor kid."

"The kind of thing that keeps me going out and beating the ever-loving crap out of them," Devlyn mutters as he rubs his left temple. :)


....And then the threads went silent. [Dun Dun Dun....] :P


The Dalesman wrote:
....And then the boards went silent. [Dun dun dun....]

Heh. It happens.


The Dalesman wrote:

"The kind of thing that keeps me going out and beating the ever-loving crap out of them," Devlyn mutters as he rubs his left temple. :)

She smiles at him and sends soothing thoughts his way, trying to ease the pain.

"I'm pretty sure you'd have to stand in line to get at this one."


Allura wrote:

She smiles at him and sends soothing thoughts his way, trying to ease the pain.

"I'm pretty sure you'd have to stand in line to get at this one."

"Nah - I'd just go around back and get at it that way. It's what we roguish scalawags do" he says with an impish grin.

"Any idea how long it will take to cleanse the star? I'm wondering if we we wait here or go..."

he stops in mid-sentence, a curious look on his face.
"Well that was a soothing thought," he says with a chuckle.


The Dalesman wrote:


"Nah - I'd just go around back and get at it that way. It's what we roguish scalawags do" he says with an impish grin.

"Any idea how long it will take to cleanse the star? I'm wondering if we we wait here or go..."

he stops in mid-sentence, a curious look on his face.
"Well that was a soothing thought," he says with a chuckle.

Allura blushes a little. "I was trying to ease the headache..."


Allura wrote:
Allura blushes a little. "I was trying to ease the headache..."

"It worked like a charm, love - I feel better already," he says as he gives her a quick kiss on her hand, smiling brilliantly.

"Now - do we stay or do we go?"


The Dalesman wrote:
Allura wrote:
Allura blushes a little. "I was trying to ease the headache..."

"It worked like a charm, love - I feel better already," he says as he gives her a quick kiss on her hand, smiling brilliantly.

"Now - do we stay or do we go?"

Retracting his hand then holding the star aloft, Sunny G. utters an incantation.

Ooc: Hindsight

Studying the star for as long as it takes, Sunny G's intent is to discover who would tamper with such a relic. A name, a face, or even an identity would sevre him good.

"if I have need of thee again in the future, I shall send a courier to find you."


Sunny Godhead wrote:

Retracting his hand then holding the star aloft, Sunny G. utters an incantation.

Ooc: Hindsight

Studying the star for as long as it takes, Sunny G's intent is to discover who would tamper with such a relic. A name, a face, or even an identity would sevre him good.

"if I have need of thee again in the future, I shall send a courier to find you."

"Gotcha. I heard the gnome say it was consecrated to some god named 'Lamashtu', if that helps."

He looks back at Allura.

"If that dragon has put competitors in those arena fights, we've got to get somebody in the competition - even if whoever sent the armored nymphs to 'protect' Arielle has some there too (and we need to get confirmation of that)."


The Dalesman wrote:


"Gotcha. I heard the gnome say it was consecrated to some god named 'Lamashtu', if that helps."

He looks back at Allura.

"If that dragon has put competitors in those arena fights, we've got to get somebody in the competition - even if whoever sent the armored nymphs to 'protect' Arielle has some there too (and we need to get confirmation of that)."

Allura nods. "Yes, I think we should head back to the arena now."

To Sunny G:
"I'm pretty sure that JH and Arielle will be by soon to collect that."


Allura wrote:

Allura nods. "Yes, I think we should head back to the arena now."

To Sunny G:
"I'm pretty sure that JH and Arielle will be by soon to collect that."

Thanking Sunny G for his help, Devlyn and Allura head back through the Omniportal to the Bazaar, and return to the arena. While enroute, he updates the others there via communication crystal:

"Sunny G has destroyed the corrupted stuff attached to the star, and is stoking it in some kind of holy forge to take care of the hallowing. He's going to do some investigation into who specifically did it and why, just in case we need to know. He will send word to us if we're needed for anything else. We're heading back to the arena now, and we need to get somebody into the competition to make sure nobody else gets that star. I don't think we'll be able to buy it off someone else anymore..."

And do we get Frequent Portal Miles for all this travel? I'd really like to redeem them for something.... ;P


Sunny Godhead wrote:
The Dalesman wrote:
Allura wrote:
Allura blushes a little. "I was trying to ease the headache..."

"It worked like a charm, love - I feel better already," he says as he gives her a quick kiss on her hand, smiling brilliantly.

"Now - do we stay or do we go?"

Retracting his hand then holding the star aloft, Sunny G. utters an incantation.

Ooc: Hindsight

Studying the star for as long as it takes, Sunny G's intent is to discover who would tamper with such a relic. A name, a face, or even an identity would sevre him good.

"if I have need of thee again in the future, I shall send a courier to find you."

Assuming some sort of item reading ability:

It was a sub-set of Denizens of Leng who are allied to Lamashtu who did the tampering with the star, and they passed it on to a tarnished silver dragon by the name of Aritha, who swallowed the item and grew greatly in power (and the item along with her) during the decades that it inhabited her body. The item lost a good deal of power, when a legendary kingdom razing, empire-shattering, dragon the size of a small town named Daelemos came along and made Aritha an 'offer she couldn't refuse' because he was interested in items with stars. The dragon made no further attempt to interfere with nature of the item, and took it to a lair, warded against magical entry, beneath the Brackenspur Mountains, and didn't interfere with it, before sending it off to the arena at the Bazaar of the Bizarre in the hands of a gnome servant, who presented it to Arielle and her friends.


Using extended Earth Glide/Master Earth, JH takes Arielle on a roller coaster ride beneath the earth. He rises close the surface at certain points, lightly brushing the deep roots of the trees and tickling them both. The swim in the wake of the deep worms, and view gems and precious metals unspoiled by the touch of man. Seeing Arielle's fascination with the crytal formations they circle great caverns, viewing them thru the stone in which they remain. By the time they reach the Sanctum they are both smiling.

He looks for Alaina or Sunny G

"Customer pick up at Register 3", he jests, "One recently cleansed star, please."


Arielle giggles.
"This is a nice place. I came here once before when I was looking for shinies. I like it here. Not as much as I like Mommy's temple though. I met a friend here who helped me look for shinies. I wonder what happened to him?"

Shadow Lodge

Db3's Narrator wrote:

High above, in one of the temple's little-used towers, and shining essence waits. Soon another essence arrives and joins the first. Slowly, ecer so slowly, it begins to take the shape of a humanoid. What is strange is the humanoid appears to have wings and is already outfitted with gear.

This essence can be moved, but reappears here after a few hours. No matter what! It is only visible during the day.

Forget the wings, I've got something cooler than wings in mind.


The Dalesman wrote:
Allura wrote:

Allura nods. "Yes, I think we should head back to the arena now."

To Sunny G:
"I'm pretty sure that JH and Arielle will be by soon to collect that."

Thanking Sunny G for his help, Devlyn and Allura head back through the Omniportal to the Bazaar, and return to the arena. While enroute, he updates the others there via communication crystal:

"Sunny G has destroyed the corrupted stuff attached to the star, and is stoking it in some kind of holy forge to take care of the hallowing. He's going to do some investigation into who specifically did it and why, just in case we need to know. He will send word to us if we're needed for anything else. We're heading back to the arena now, and we need to get somebody into the competition to make sure nobody else gets that star. I don't think we'll be able to buy it off someone else anymore..."

And do we get Frequent Portal Miles for all this travel? I'd really like to redeem them for something.... ;P

You can for a shiny golden suit of holy armor. :p


Jack Hammer wrote:

Using extended Earth Glide/Master Earth, JH takes Arielle on a roller coaster ride beneath the earth. He rises close the surface at certain points, lightly brushing the deep roots of the trees and tickling them both. The swim in the wake of the deep worms, and view gems and precious metals unspoiled by the touch of man. Seeing Arielle's fascination with the crytal formations they circle great caverns, viewing them thru the stone in which they remain. By the time they reach the Sanctum they are both smiling.

He looks for Alaina or Sunny G

"Customer pick up at Register 3", he jests, "One recently cleansed star, please."

He hands the star over to JH in a golden silk case inscribed with Sunny G's holy symbol.

"Ha! You're funny. Da boss told me you had a sense of humor. Here you go, but the boss wants you all back here soon. All of you. He's found some interesting stuff and some distrubing revelations about the history of the star including names and locations."


Arielle reaches for the case and opens it, smiling when she does. "Oh, hurray, it's all better!" she says happily. She holds the star close to her, humming along with its song as she does.


"Thank you, and please pass on our thanks to Sunny G."

"Well, little lady. Are you ready to surf the tasty waves of the earth again?"

Assuming yes, they make the return trip to the arena."


Jack Hammer wrote:

"Thank you, and please pass on our thanks to Sunny G."

"Well, little lady. Are you ready to surf the tasty waves of the earth again?"

Assuming yes, they make the return trip to the arena."

She puts the star in her bag with the others.

"Okay, Daddy. I'm ready."


Alaina gives Arielle and JH a hug

Good luck getting the rest of the stars back guys! I miss Lynora so much!


Keep it down in here! I'm trying to take a nap!


Meanwhile, the cyber dragon begins to explore the Sanctum, searching for any who should not be there. It discovers the strange sun-like essence high in the towers. Scanning the essence, the metallic dragon can not find any information on it in its database.
It goes to show Suuny G a hologram to see if he knows what it is.


Cyber Dragonborn wrote:

Meanwhile, the cyber dragon begins to explore the Sanctum, searching for any who should not be there. It discovers the strange sun-like essence high in the towers. Scanning the essence, the metallic dragon can not find any information on it in its database.

It goes to show Suuny G a hologram to see if he knows what it is.

"Interesting," he says as he looks at the hologrpahic image. "Something has evaded the wards and made a home in the upper towers of the Sanctum."

He looks at the cyberdragon. "Can you make a detailed holomap of our location and the location of this anomaly while ploting the quickest route?"

"Alaina, come see this."


Denizen of Leng wrote:

Assuming some sort of item reading ability:

It was a sub-set of Denizens of Leng who are allied to Lamashtu who did the tampering with the star, and they passed it on to a tarnished silver dragon by the name of Aritha, who swallowed the item and grew greatly in power (and the item along with her) during the decades that it inhabited her body. The item lost a good deal of power, when a legendary kingdom razing, empire-shattering, dragon the size of a small town named Daelemos came along and made Aritha an 'offer she couldn't refuse' because he was interested in items with stars. The dragon made no further attempt to interfere with nature of the item, and took it to a lair, warded against magical entry, beneath the Brackenspur Mountains, and didn't interfere with it, before sending it off to the arena at the Bazaar of the Bizarre in the hands of a gnome servant, who presented it to Arielle and her friends.

I'm going to keep this information for later. I'm sure it will shed some light on to future events. ;-)

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