Spirit of Empyrea

Prologue - Part 1

Conversation with #empyrean on Ximni@magicstar.net (irc)
(1:26:47 AM) Ximni: since tonights adventure is my idea that makes me the owner of it
(1:27:08 AM) Plastik: yep yep
(1:28:14 AM) Ximni: my idea: big celebration, lots of heroes and other famous people are invited, music and feast and all that, you two find Naxitl and takes him for a walk, chaos happens
(1:28:29 AM) Plastik: chaos!
(1:28:44 AM) Ximni: this is set pre-Portal, to make things a bit more fun
(1:29:01 AM) Ximni: does that sound ok to you?
(1:29:09 AM) Plastik: so sort of a prologue in essence
(1:29:14 AM) Ximni: yeah
(1:30:22 AM) Plastik: to before the characters are Eidolons or just before Naxitl has gained his portal power?
(1:30:40 AM) Plastik: and it sounds fine to me
(1:31:01 AM) Ximni: well, I kinda assumed you're there because you have some kind of power and have excelled in some way
(1:31:17 AM) Gemini: Sounds good
(1:31:35 AM) Gemini: Right, we are prominent in some fashion, possibly for being Eidolons?
(1:31:41 AM) Ximni: I imagine us as honored guests, and that how we meet
(1:31:45 AM) Ximni: yeah
(1:31:50 AM) Plastik: that works for me
(1:32:04 AM) Ximni: I'm famous for being a living library, I know everything
(1:32:19 AM) Ximni: that's why they keep me in a cage
(1:32:30 AM) You are now known as Naxitl
(1:32:30 AM) Gemini: In reality
(1:32:40 AM) Gemini is now known as Reln
(1:32:47 AM) Plastik is now known as Tenoch
(1:33:00 AM) MrGM [Mibbit@MagicStar-563A38.cust.tele2.se] entered the room.
(1:33:33 AM) Naxitl: Tenoch did great things in the arena, right?
(1:33:58 AM) Tenoch: Yeah was considered a major champion and excelled at most arena events
(1:35:20 AM) Naxitl: What kind of thing would Reln be famous for?
(1:35:33 AM) Tenoch: also somewhat infamous for his seeming quasi-religious devotion to battle and strength, so some people consider him a heretic
(1:38:14 AM) Reln: He was a former undersecretary for the Cardinal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, which is (a, stolen from Catholicism, and b, something that's a cross between the Roman Inquisition and MI5)
(1:38:33 AM) Tenoch: Holy Spy
(1:38:37 AM) Reln: Yep
(1:38:46 AM) Reln: But, more like George Smiley, less James Bond.
(1:39:11 AM) Tenoch: ah
(1:41:22 AM) Naxitl: Tech-Pope Tetl III has arranged the most splendid Feast Of A Thousand Lights you have ever seen. The streets of the temple city of Colhuah are filled with music, the smells of exotic foods is in the air and thousands of paper lanterns are ready to ascend into the heavens tonight.
(1:43:30 AM) MrGM: Everybody that is anybody is there, and a rare few are lucky to be seated at the same large table as the Tech-Pope himself. After a long outdoors feast most of the honored guests scatter to talk amongst themselves.
(1:44:25 AM) MrGM: want more to set up the scene? it'll mostly be talking anyway
(1:45:19 AM) Tenoch: (so its basically outdoor feast full of hotshots talking in their own little clich?s)
(1:45:58 AM) MrGM: yeah, I figured a social scene would be the best to start things
(1:47:00 AM) Tenoch: ( that works, I can work with that, but I gotta use the bathroom real quick, i'll brb)
(1:48:19 AM) MrGM: general layout of major buildings in the city http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9d/TenochtitlanModel.JPG
(1:49:08 AM) Tenoch: (back)
(1:52:44 AM) Reln lingers among the the luminaries, his boney fingers gingerly clasped around a cup of spiced ale, traditional for the season. He nodded his head casually as Bishop Jor'un rattled off a rather biased screed against the lower-peakers. Whatever his own opinion of the poorer villages, Rlen hid them behind a benign smile and polite noises, such as 'mm,' and 'I see, how interesting.'
(1:53:43 AM) MrGM: (no Establishing Questions?)
(1:54:26 AM) Reln: ( Oh! Right. I forgot about those, sorry! brb, bathroom too)
(1:55:35 AM) MrGM feels like he was the only one to prepare for this session
(1:55:38 AM) Tenoch: ( are most of the people here of one mind politically or are some that represent more heretical factions present as well?)
(1:56:54 AM) Tenoch: (we'll get better)
(2:00:04 AM) Naxitl: (I hope so, it'd be a shame if we got worse :P)
(2:00:23 AM) Tenoch: (how do we wanna do the Establishing questions order? since its to the left? I ask -> who answers)
(2:01:17 AM) Naxitl: (counter-alphabetically, since I started things and that way everybody gets a turn)
(2:01:35 AM) Tenoch: (alright)
(2:01:50 AM) Naxitl: (Tenoch -> Reln -> Naxitl -> Tenoch)
(2:02:00 AM) Tenoch: (yeah, that works)
(2:02:00 AM) Reln: (back)
(2:02:22 AM) Tenoch: (see above for my establishing question and the establishing question order)
(2:04:11 AM) Reln: (crap, Ikea?)
(2:04:53 AM) Naxitl: (I'll jump in for now then)
(2:05:35 AM) Tenoch: (cool)
(2:05:56 AM) Naxitl: (some heretical factions got invitations, but nobody has been able to identify anybody from them yet)
(2:07:41 AM) Naxitl: ( what topics of conversation, besides the unfortunate death of High-Bishop Aztlán, are the most common this evening?)
(2:11:17 AM) Tenoch: ( Mostly minor pleasantries and banter aimed at forming lasting contacts but a few can be heard murmuring about the Tech Pope's seeming lack of courage in dealing with heretical factions with a few odd chime in toward paranoia about uprisings that have yet to even form)
(2:12:02 AM) Tenoch: ( essentially conservative worries that society may splinter if a stronger guiding hand is not provided)
(2:15:36 AM) Naxitl: (no more questions?)
(2:16:14 AM) Reln left the room (quit: Disintegrated: Computer has gone to sleep.).
(2:16:25 AM) Tenoch: (o_o)
(2:16:40 AM) Tenoch: (I was gonna see if he was gonna come back and ask a question)
(2:16:55 AM) Tenoch: (guess it was IKEA)
(2:17:23 AM) Tenoch: (but hey I can ask another question and move on)
(2:17:29 AM) Tenoch: (that work?)
(2:17:44 AM) MrGM: (sure, go ahead)
(2:18:52 AM) Tenoch: (Have any military types deemed it worth their time to stay after the feast or is the grouping now mostly academics and holy men?)
(2:18:54 AM) MrGM: (also, we are once again being way to detailed)
(2:19:12 AM) Tenoch: (we seem to have that problem, thats my last question though)
(2:20:43 AM) Naxitl: (the captains of the city guard and on the Pope's bodyguards are still there, but the other various military leaders seem to have wandered off somewhere)
(2:21:49 AM) Tenoch: (build you coffee table and get back online Gemini!)
(2:22:24 AM) Naxitl: (do the guards look like they're alert, or do they seem a bit more relaxed?)
(2:23:05 AM) Naxitl: (my last question for now)
(2:24:59 AM) Tenoch: ( The guards surrounding the most important guests seem more alert than the rest of the them, who seem to be more distracted by the paper lanterns than protecting anyone from danger)
(2:28:22 AM) MrGM: (this is one of the reasons I want more players)
(2:28:33 AM) Tenoch: (did the freaking delivery guy stab Gemini?)
(2:28:52 AM) Tenoch: (yeah i'm definitely seeing how one or two more could help so much)
(2:29:40 AM) MrGM: (I guess so. Lets do some RP talk and get some stuff happening. Jailbreaks don't happen on their own.)
(2:30:23 AM) Naxitl is sitting in a cage with golden bars, and is still surrounded by some curious people. He's been answering stupid questions from the other guests the whole day, and he's getting worn out.
(2:31:53 AM) Naxitl: "Yes, the alchdan treefrogs used to live that high up, but they haven't been seen there since the time of Pope Chapultec II."
(2:33:00 AM) Naxitl: "No, there are no ghels in Maglia anymore. They all died in the Great Fire of the Fox."
(2:33:21 AM) Tenoch wanders up to the cage containing the living library, eyeing the people who surround the cage. The rattle of his binding chains signifies his presence as he pushes through the crowd and sets his eyes upon Naxitl.
(2:33:51 AM) Tenoch: "I have a question for you"
(2:33:51 AM) Naxitl: "Ah, you are Tenoch, correct?"
(2:34:39 AM) Tenoch: "Shouldn't you already know that?"
(2:35:11 AM) Naxitl nods "Indeed, the library knows all."
(2:36:39 AM) Tenoch: "Then tell me, is it really proper for you to be sitting in a cage answering foolish questions posed to you by those with no confidence in their own minds?"
(2:37:19 AM) Naxitl shoots a glance towards the Tech-Pope
(2:37:42 AM) Naxitl: "Knowledge is sacred. Knowledge is power. Power must be kept safe."
(2:38:02 AM) Naxitl: "Such are the commands of the Tech-Pope."
(2:38:39 AM) Tenoch: "You sing like a bird"
(2:39:09 AM) Naxitl: "I have many talents, but singing is not one of them, I'm afraid."
(2:39:48 AM) Naxitl: "I may know every song ever written, but knowing is not doing."
(2:40:54 AM) Tenoch lets out a bit of laughter and stoops over so his face is right next to the bars. The Macuahuitl hanging from one his chains twitches and sways ever so slightly, seeming to threaten those who stand too close to him.
(2:41:09 AM) Naxitl: "Doing is your strong side. Nobody else has collected as many retsal tusks as you during a single evening."
(2:43:16 AM) Tenoch: "Haha a fine observation from the Tech-Pope's caged bird, tell me what would you do if you were free?"
(2:43:45 AM) Naxitl: "Knowing is one thing, experiencing is another."
(2:44:07 AM) Naxitl: "There are many wonders in this world, many things to explore and enjoy."
(2:45:19 AM) Tenoch: "Well then, lets just see if I have the virtue of being right this time!"
(2:46:18 AM) MrGM: The guards step up next to you. "Sir, please step away from the cage."
(2:46:41 AM) Tenoch: "or what?"
(2:47:18 AM) MrGM: "Our orders are to keep guests at a safe distance from the cage."
(2:48:25 AM) Tenoch: "So boring, so boring, the world falls apart around you and you don't have the courage to grasp it, Everyone seems to like to sit on high chairs and stagnate. Well I think you are a bunch of cowards."
(2:49:01 AM) Tenoch stands up and faces the guard down while the chain attached to the Macuahuitl at his side, twitches to life and swings wildly at the cage.
(2:49:22 AM) Naxitl looks at Tenoch and sees a possible answer, but now is not the time
(2:50:12 AM) Tenoch: (he's just aiming to cut one of the bars to make a point)
(2:50:21 AM) Tenoch: (do I need to draw for that?)
(2:50:37 AM) MrGM: The guard answers "Please calm down sir, you're upsetting the guests."
(2:51:01 AM) MrGM: (I'll allow it, rule of cool)
(2:52:48 AM) Tenoch eyes the single cut bar and Naxitl as the Macuahuitl falls back lifelessly to his side. He then eyes the guard and takes a step away from the cage. "You should probably fix that, The Tech Pope's bird might fly away"
(2:53:59 AM) MrGM: (I wish IKEA-boy would come back now, I have a nice transition to the next scene)
(2:54:51 AM) Tenoch: (wanna wait for him for a minute and hope he finds the missing screw piece that fits into peg hole B3?)
(2:55:09 AM) MrGM: (sure)
(2:55:16 AM) Tenoch: (I am seriously thinking the delivery man stabbed him)
(2:55:29 AM) MrGM: (I'll tell you about my scene idea while we wait)
(2:55:34 AM) Tenoch: (ok)
(2:56:34 AM) MrGM: (due to what just happened, the cage is moved to a room somewhere, and office or a small study or something, doesn't really matter.)
(2:57:31 AM) MrGM: (Tenoch follows to see where the cage is taken, and is thinking about giving those bars another cut or two)
(2:57:45 AM) Tenoch: (slice slice)
(2:58:29 AM) MrGM: (meanwhile, Reln has been closely watching from the shadows, he knows something will most likely happen, and has been sneaking around too)
(2:59:15 AM) MrGM: (the scene starts with Tenoch coming into the room, and after soem conversation Reln emerges from the shadows)
(2:59:28 AM) Tenoch: (sounds perfect)
(3:00:17 AM) MrGM: (jailbreak time, some sneaking, a draw or two for the guards)
(3:01:13 AM) MrGM: (the scene after that would probably be what happens when somebody notices that the little bird is missing)
(3:01:46 AM) MrGM: (this was what I had planned for tonight)
(3:02:26 AM) Tenoch: (sounds good, if Gemini ever gets back
(3:04:27 AM) MrGM: (he's been gone for like an hour now)
(3:05:52 AM) Tenoch: (yeah seriously whats up with that?)
(3:07:04 AM) MrGM: (well, maybe we could build us a new Gemini?)
(3:18:39 AM) MrGM: (Hmm… I don't want to continue unless Gemini is here. We can't really form the PC group without him.)
(3:19:53 AM) MrGM: (does Tenoch have somethign he wants to go find? some treasure or a rare monster or something? Naxitl could find that for him)
(3:20:34 AM) Tenoch: (hm)
(3:20:51 AM) Tenoch: (no but Naxitl's knowledge could be useful to his plans)
(3:21:20 AM) MrGM: (ok, I'm looking for good reasons for the PCs to stick together)
(3:21:55 AM) Naxitl knows everything, but does not always remember it
(3:22:02 AM) Tenoch: (aside from all being Eidolons and all having that inherent knowledge of Empyrean?)
(3:22:45 AM) Tenoch: (the inherent knowledge being that the world is broken and it must be revived)
(3:23:01 AM) MrGM: (there's an Eidolon in control of Cloudport, and he's content in sitting there and getting rich)
(3:23:13 AM) Tenoch: (fair enough)
(3:24:10 AM) Tenoch: (well Tenoch at least wants to revive the world and bring it under order)
(3:24:18 AM) MrGM: (I'm not sure all Eidolons knows everything about existence being broken and all that)
(3:24:39 AM) MrGM: (I might have missed that part in the book)
(3:24:43 AM) Tenoch: (yeah they might not all know, but I imagine Tenoch is one that has a gut feeling that the world isn't right)
(3:25:05 AM) Tenoch: (he doesn't know the truth, just feels that the world isn't right and that something needs to be done)
(3:25:52 AM) Tenoch: (oh and he wants to conquer Tonalan)
(3:26:35 AM) Tenoch: (but Naxitl
(3:26:37 AM) MrGM: (I think that vague feeling and dreams and such works best for starting PCs, and having them discover more as their adventures continue)
(3:27:02 AM) Tenoch: 's knowledge interests him because it is a valuable resource, and because he wants to know whats wrong with the world)
(3:27:15 AM) Tenoch: (yeah that works)
(3:27:48 AM) Naxitl: (easy, there's no strawberry flavoured milkshakes anymore :P)
(3:27:55 AM) Tenoch: (nooooooooooooo)
(3:28:28 AM) Tenoch: (Reln and Tenoch are probably not going to get along very well)
(3:29:16 AM) Tenoch: (sneaky priest vs combat mad warrior)
(3:29:39 AM) MrGM: (let mortal kombat begin!)
(3:30:11 AM) Tenoch: (well unless people feel like putting pure anima into their attacks or using magic…they can't hurt Tenoch)
(3:30:43 AM) Naxitl: (I don't need to hurt you, I have Portals)
(3:31:10 AM) Tenoch: (true!)
(3:32:37 AM) Naxitl: (I have this great idea about us getting two big round metal shields. I'll portal both, and them we'll toss one of them away, and then stap through.)
(3:32:59 AM) Tenoch: (ha)
(3:33:42 AM) Naxitl: (Getting off a cliff would be really easy. Do the sheild trick with Reln and Naxitl, and Tenoch would just jump after them.)
(3:34:38 AM) Tenoch: (yep)
(3:34:44 AM) Naxitl: (Being assaulted by flying rocks? No problem, just portal the shields and hide behind one.)
(3:35:04 AM) Tenoch: (Tenoch would just stand there)
(3:35:16 AM) Tenoch: (unless they are magic rocks)
(3:35:18 AM) Naxitl: (Portals are really good for quick exits too.)
(3:35:37 AM) Tenoch: (…Tenoch is kind of a munchkin)
(3:35:45 AM) Naxitl: (magic rocks? no,no,no… they're aether rocks)
(3:35:52 AM) Tenoch: (oh shi…RUN)
(3:36:45 AM) Naxitl: (Run? How undignified. A true gentleman uses portals.)
(3:37:04 AM) Naxitl: (No need to get all sweaty.)
(3:38:08 AM) Tenoch: (ok seriously Gemini needs to get back)
(3:38:10 AM) MrGM: (I wish we could portal to Gemini and check what's going on. It's been an hour and a half now.)
(3:39:01 AM) Tenoch: (no shit, is the desk/coffee table/night stand really the most important thing right now? or was it someone who seriously needed him)
(3:39:12 AM) Tenoch: (maybe it was the police and Gemini is really a murderer)
(3:39:52 AM) Naxitl: (wanna end it here or wait a while longer?)
(3:41:48 AM) Tenoch: (eh its up to you, I would like to finish the next scene at least, but jeez)
(3:42:51 AM) MrGM: (well, the next scene is an important one, so I kinda want to have him here for that)
(3:44:00 AM) MrGM: (do you have any suggestions as to how we could modify it so we could play it now, and still have a good way of including Gemini later?)
(3:46:04 AM) MrGM: (the way I see it, both you and he are the types of people who want to use others for their own goals, and having that "hey! you could be useful to my plans!" scene would give us a natural reason to stick together right now)
(3:46:05 AM) Tenoch: (hm not really, the scene progression as it is now seems to work best, the main problem with continuing in some other way is it would either be a solo Tenoch scene which is a little boring or something similar since someone is still all caged up)
(3:46:16 AM) Tenoch: (yeah I agree)
(3:46:26 AM) Tenoch: (hence why he needs to get back)
(3:46:50 AM) MrGM is a master at constructing narratives :P
(3:50:23 AM) MrGM: (I've saved everythign that's happened tonight, I can throw together an adventure log for the wiki tomorrow)
(3:50:42 AM) Tenoch: (alright, I guess Gemini isn't coming bacK)
(3:50:54 AM) Tenoch: (I seriously hope he doesn't show up and say he was building a table)
(3:51:01 AM) MrGM: (yes, feeding the wiki is my primary role in this group)
(3:51:11 AM) Tenoch: (wikislave)
(3:51:49 AM) MrGM: (it felt like he wanted to play…)
(3:52:36 AM) Tenoch: (yeah, who knows, maybe one of his friends stopped by with an emergency or something)
(3:52:40 AM) Tenoch: (I dunno)
(3:53:49 AM) MrGM: (I know he really wants to do a Dungeon World/Planescape thing, we've talked a lot about it while you were gone)
(3:54:22 AM) Tenoch: (I haven't tried Dungeon World)
(3:54:51 AM) MrGM: (I've skimmed the character sheet a few times, and I've got a couple of ideas for hacks)
(3:55:09 AM) Tenoch: heh
(3:55:19 AM) MrGM: (the major ones are a Naruto-based ninja game and a tabletop mecha skirmish game)
(3:55:37 AM) Tenoch: (well he's been gone for 2 hours, safe to say he isn't coming back, so wanna just end it for today?)
(3:56:01 AM) MrGM: (yeah, I doubt he's coming back tonight)
(3:56:23 AM) Tenoch is now known as Plastik
(3:59:50 AM) MrGM: (the thing is that I really want to play the game a bit before I start hacking it)
(4:00:13 AM) Plastik: yeah I can understand that
(4:00:20 AM) MrGM: I wanna feel like I know what I'm doing with the system
(4:00:30 AM) You are now known as Ximni
(4:02:29 AM) MrGM left the room (quit: Disintegrated: http://www.mibbit.com ajax IRC Client).


Reln – Secretive/Treasure Box (stayed quiet and observed)
Tenoch – Boisterous/Towering (demanded place at the cage and confronted the guard)
Naxitl – Apathy/Grey (didn't really care much about what appaned at the celebration)



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