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    Default Mission: The crucible.

    Synn decided to walk with the active members of the White Star to the location they had abandoned recently. It's early in the morning and the streets are quiet still with a slight chill in the air. The sky is open and cloudless and it promises to be a glorious spring day.

    At a safe distance from the former orphanage stands a robed mage, hands held midair as if he was some kind of mime. Synn raises an eyebrow and walks up to the catfolk wizard.
    "Hey Gutzget. What's going on?" She asks. The black furred catfolk turns to her and smiles thinly in recognition.
    "Oh hey Synn. Protective barrier. Planar bleed."
    "Oh." is all Synn replies.
    "That's what you get when you lot abandon the job. Good to see you're gonna fix it at least." he continues. Though Synn doesn't like what he's saying she doesn't object and merely returns to the assembled White Stars.
    "Right boys and girls. Planar bad things 101. Events have weight. Extremely emotional events affect planar barriers. Even more so when mixed with magic, especially divine magic. Nobody knows why divine magic in particular. You have such an event and some magic and leave it to rest and it warps planar barriers making resonant planes bleed together. This can happen with happy events but only rarely. Guess what kind of event caused this instance.
    2 solutions: First is, cut out the affected part of the plane and surrender it to the bleeding plane. The Despot doesn't like parts of Mysthaven being sacrificed, it's small enough already. Second, go in and find the thing keeping the bleed going and resolve it. Easier said than done most times. Once resolved I can excise the piece of the invading plane and merge it with this one, normalizing it. Better hop to it, I'll stand by here and watch until it's time to act. Either when it's resolved or when the planar bleed becomes to bad and I have to cut away the area."
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    Sarvine raises an eyebrow at the sassy catfolk but doesn't have the attention to spare to throw it back at him.
    "Anything happen while you were doing this? Anything go in or out of the building, any magical signatures appear, that sort of thing. Or have you just been standing here staring at a wall for a few hours?"

    A little recon never hurt anyone, and against planar things it would be doubly useful.


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    Tarsus had walked with the unit, dressed in uniform, armed and armored. "That's probably my fault," he admits. "It's my… mother in there." He struggles with the word, never having been a truly good fit for their relationship. And now thought of it is freighted with grief. "Or what's left of her," he sighs. "The White Stars will do what we have to, as we have always done, but it's probably a good thing I won't be joining you." His eyes dart to Tsukohari, the only person present who already knew. "On this mission or any other. The Company needs my efforts elsewhere—questions that need answers."

    "I have arranged for additional support for you, and I asked him to meet us here," Tarsus explains, looking around. "Wanted to avoid any, uh, golem troubles."

    "And here I am," a voice announcement in suave tones a few paces away from the team, and approaching. A young-ish looking man wears the White Star uniform. He is of average height and slender build, and atop his head he wears a wide-brimmed black hat. His elegant features, pale skin, and the trace of blunted fangs behind his smile betray his vampiric heritage. Strapped to his chest is a sheathed dagger, from his hip hangs a bolt case and across his back is slung an exquisite looking crossbow. The dhampir approaches with a smooth stride and tugs at his uniform, and smiles at Tarsus. "It's not a perfect fit," he says to the cleric, "but it's manageable." He looks to the others, "Ah! My manners. Hello! I'm Natan Pendrot—I'm a good eye and a sharp shot, and I look forward to working with all of you."
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    Oparal has noted in the Company's ledgers that Tarsus has failed to purchase any equipment for himself: "Maybe that would be for the best, I trust you will join us in the next mission when you are adequately equipped."

    Her lensed eyes focus on the new arrival, which she, as always, didn't trust, before she continues: "Speaking of getting equipment, what is in it for the Company to deal with this situation? In terms of financial incentives, of course."

    She also notices the crossbow: "Natan, is it? I know an exceptional weapon when I see one and that", she points at it, "is quite something. We should talk later, provided you survive."





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    Natan smiles in recognition. "Oparal, yes?" He offers a handshake. "I'm not worried. It's our Captain who bears all the risk in our current state," the sharpshooter replies. "Tsukohari-san," he says bowing his head briefly but stiffly, "I stand ready to serve the Company."

    Tarsus clears his throat. "The financial incentive is that we don't get blacklisted by the Usurer's Guild for bailing on a job," he explains to the company wizard. "And I won't be joining you on this or any other mission for the foreseeable future. I'm no longer on combat duty; I'm more useful elsewhere."




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    Quote Originally Posted by theScrappy View Post
    Tarsus clears his throat. "The financial incentive is that we don't get blacklisted by the Usurer's Guild for bailing on a job," he explains to the company wizard. "And I won't be joining you on this or any other mission for the foreseeable future. I'm no longer on combat duty; I'm more useful elsewhere."
    "Oh, we got a job to deal with this? A paid job? Very well, then, let us get this over with.", she nods, "I was not aware that was going to be a permanent arrangement. May your efforts be useful to the Company.", she concludes.

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    Natan smiles in recognition. "Oparal, yes?" He offers a handshake. "I'm not worried. It's our Captain who bears all the risk in our current state," the sharpshooter replies. "Tsukohari-san," he says bowing his head briefly but stiffly, "I stand ready to serve the Company."
    Oparal's paranoid senses are tingling: "You've been studying us?", she waves his hand away, there were too many contact poisons in existence she knew about to risk exposure, "Sorry, I don't do handshakes, but the gesture is appreciated."





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    Default Mission: The crucible.

    "I know I'm new here," Natan interjects quietly, his crossbow ready, "but what if we just killed that thing for them instead of committing ourselves? Blood oaths are not unsworn easily and it could be what you infer from 'allegiance' is different from what he implies."

    "Be wary of entering long term relationships on short notice."




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    "And they are losing. They need our help, and we need theirs to get through the horde of creatures. There are worse gods or aspects to be indebted to than Sarenrae, as far as I'm personally concerned, and this doesn't involve any small considerations. Care went out the window when Tarsus ran - now I have to put all my chips on the table, or not at all, so you can kindly hush, too. I'm not happy he brought you in with this being the first I've ever met you, still."
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    Default Mission: The crucible.

    Natan tips his hat respectfully. "I would only advise that one rash choice does not support another. Involving yourself in this eternal war will have impacts—on this mission, on your your other commitments, on your relations to other deities," he says with emphasis. "This war will never end. They cannot win or lose, unless we fail at our objective and end the planar drift."




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    The noble hound archon snarls with loathing.
    "The discord oozes off you! One head says one thing, the others oppose! In such climate Evil always triumphs!" he shouts, raising his spear again and howling loudly. With a shimmer he dissappears and is replaced by a massive armored figure. The cuirasse of the armored giants resplendent gold and his horsehair-topped helmet waving proudly. A massive shield with a blazing sun embossed on it is one of his hands and a shining spear of elysian bronze make up his other hand.
    Authentic Forum Dice-rollbeating spell resistance 21 - (1d20+10) [16] ((Spell resistance not beat))
    Authentic Forum Dice-rollcalm emotions vs Shield Archon dc18 - (1d20+9) [17] ((Save not beat))
    "I stand for the Light! No shadow will fall upon me!" it bellows from within it's hardened shell as it readies for battle.
    ((Shield Archon keeps initiative of the Hound Archon. No more negotiations are possible. He will attack.))

    First round:
    Elsa moves to circle round the heavenly servant.
    Oparal casts Fly.
    Tsukohari antagonizes the Shield archon an keeps his attention focused squarely on her.
    Sarvine lays her Evil eye on the celestial before her.
    Shield archon...
    Natan shoots his crossbow. (only once?)
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    - Freya 'Forcefox' DeVos - Power Corrupts
    - Tycho Boughbreaker - Fall of Melior

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    - Against the Shadow - Pathfinder Midnight campaign
    - Chronicles of Misthaven - Pathfinder Homebrew campaign

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