Derek's Story 2

Yes, you entered the half-collapsed house with Jack.
He is passed out, even as you put him on the floor, there are no chairs in here, but a really old stone oven might be the best place near to place him.
Aegnor sanoo:
They tie him up anyway. Marius stands near the door but still close enough to participate in the talking
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Jack slowly wakes up, he blinks "What in…"
Aegnor sanoo:
'Hey there.'
Derek is holding his sword in his hand, but not threatening him with it.
'As you might guess, you're screwed.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Ah! Void, whats going on? Who are you? Why am I here?"
"…creator damn you."
Aegnor sanoo:
'I'm sure he'd rather damn you, in fact.'
'Now, you can make it easy. You know what we want to know.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Your city-thugs aren't you?"
"Coming here, up to no-good…"
Aegnor sanoo:
(what was that word for demon hunters again?)
Shadowcaller sanoo:
(Ithari.)
Aegnor sanoo:
'We are ithari.' He looks closely to see any kind of reaction on his face.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
He suddenly looks quite afraid, shocked, he had not expected this. "Oh… uh, thats… okay, if you don't hurt me I'll tell, I'll tell you anything."
Aegnor sanoo:
'Go ahead and start. I'll decide if we'll have to hurt you afterwards.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Please, I do anything… it was the most human choice."
Aegnor sanoo:
He brings the sword a bit closer.
'So?'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"The gate is in the woods not far from here, there is a demon as well."
Aegnor sanoo:
'Yes, we were there.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Oh… uh, well what do you know then?"
Aegnor sanoo:
'You can just assume that we want you to tell us everything and that we know it all already.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
He nods slowly, "Right…"
Aegnor sanoo:
He keeps watching his face. Now that the first shock is wearing off he wants to see if the guy is trying to get tricky.
Because if he is, he will get a reminder that he'd better not mess around.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"It have been going on a few years, I wasn't the first one."
Happy sanoo:
*hugs* gnight
Aegnor sanoo:
night *hugs*
Shadowcaller sanoo:
(Night Happy.)

Happy on poistunut keskustelusta.

Shadowcaller sanoo:
"We have been sacrificing souls to it and it grants us what we want."
"It's only unborn souls, not real people!"
Aegnor sanoo:
'What idiots… What makes you think they aren't people? They are souls exactly like yours. Except less tainted.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"It's almost the same as when a woman tries to prevent it… they can always make a new child."
"It was better then the alternetive…"
Aegnor sanoo:
'So if we kill you it doesn't matter since someone can always make a new child?'
'I guess that sounds reasonable.'
He brings the sword to his shoulder.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
He looks even more nervous "I'll talk! I'm talking okay!?"
Aegnor sanoo:
'Did you ever happen to realize that the demons don't necessarily allow the soul to pass on, like in an ordinary death?'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Dose it matter? They look as dead to me as anyone else, and it's not like they are real persons, they haven't even seen anything, or thought anything…"
Aegnor sanoo:
'And they'll never be born or feel or see anything. Instead, they'll be tormented forever. And for what? Demon's gifts.' He says the last part with contempt and disgust.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"We needed it to survive… there was a plague, people got killed, we were desperate."
Aegnor sanoo:
He rolls his eyes. 'So, you decided to call for the demons.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"It seemed like an good idea, there weren't anyone else that could cure us."
"We don't have your fancy city healing."
Aegnor sanoo:
'Yeah, great idea. Then what? Where'd you find the knowledge?'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Uh, well I'm not sure where exactly they got it. But they mentioned Hill Post."
Aegnor sanoo:
Marius probably marks this up.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
He dose.
Aegnor sanoo:
'Keep going.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"So… the demon healed us… for a time."
"It didn't make the plague go away thought."
"Just dampened it for a time."
"So we had to continue to give it souls."
Aegnor sanoo:
'Obviously.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Eventually, with some diplomacy, some of us were fully cured and we could improve life here in other ways… we thought it was worth it."
Aegnor sanoo:
'So, what do you do at the gate? Details.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"We just open it from time to time, it's a easy symbol."
"Then we allow the demon to enter the village…"
"Invisible of course, it finds the expecting mothers… and yeah."
Aegnor sanoo:
'No complaints from the mothers? What about when you all die of old age?'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"They don't know anything about the deal! It's only a small group… me and some other men."
"But the demon cures the whole village in return, they just don't notice it."
Aegnor sanoo:
'And you never realized that the demon caused the sickness in the first place?'
'That had you called the authorities here it'd all have been over with?'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Thats… no, the demon can't possible enter without our help can it?"
Aegnor sanoo:
'Easily. All it needs is one single fool, anywhere.'
'The gate was there before you.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"…you can't possible know that anyway, it's all very complicated."
Aegnor sanoo:
'So, who all know of this?'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"What do you need? Names? It's just me and eight others."
Aegnor sanoo:
'Yes. Who? And don't forget we already know.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"I- creator… I can't turn them in, you will kill them all!"
Aegnor sanoo:
'Actually they'd go to jail. But if you don't, I will kill you, and them all.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"…right."
"It's me, Sam, Rodihn, Krell, Josu, Gren, Hall, Jim and Erik."
Aegnor sanoo:
'What do you know of the demon?'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"It calls itself 'Gul'dan' and… well it have purple skin, these sharp claws and teeth… no hair at all."
"It can turn itself invisible and heal people, thats all we know."
Aegnor sanoo:
'Really… after all those years, nothing else?'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"It's very secretive, dosen't tell us much beside what we should do."
"No one of us dares to ask it anything."
Marius: "Hm, sounds like a Bari demon to me. Nothing to be too afraid of really, quite weak hand-to-hand, more of a manipulator then a fighter."
Aegnor sanoo:
'Anything else that we want to know?'
(asking the man)
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Uh… last night… was a bit different."
Aegnor sanoo:
'We saw.'
'So, what exactly happened?'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"There was this woman, Jenny, we traded with her, everything was okay."
"But she asked around and she talked around…" He sigh.
"Then one day, Hall got the idea to mention it to the demon. Don't ask me why."
"I swear, he's nuts."
"So, the next night when we came, she was there, trapped, all naked…"
"Many of the guys were shocked, but the demon said he didn't want to kill her, he wanted to turn her."
"He had given her some necklance or something, he needed us to… keep her from escaping."
Aegnor sanoo:
'You of course helped her escape as any sane person would do?'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"We couldn't okay? She's still there… in some prison."
Aegnor sanoo:
'So what could he need you for then?'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"We are supposed to bring her to the demon world tomorrow night."
"Open some huge gate- I, it promised us a lot of gold, and magical trinkets."
Aegnor sanoo:
'Open… what the hell are you thinking? If you open something like that do you really think the only thing that will happen is that something will go /in/?'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"The demon have already left many times… it haven't killed us then."
"Why would this be different?"
Aegnor sanoo:
'Because you are idiots. If a single demon kills a village and escapes, we'll hear of it right away and hunt it down. If you open something big it'll take an army to shut it down again.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"An army…? No, we couldn't possible let out anything that big…"
Aegnor sanoo:
'You will not let out /anything/.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"…well, have it your way then. It's over now anyway."
Aegnor sanoo:
'Lucky you.'
He steps away from him and moves to Marius so they can speak without him hearing. 'Hm. So, do we go hunting or bait it with these idiots?'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"I rather want to know who of them learned how to make those symbols before we kill any of them."
"This guy thought…"
Aegnor sanoo:
'I suggest doing that publically after the demon is gone.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
He nods "I just don't want any of these fools to die with valuable information in their head."
Aegnor sanoo:
'Hm. So do we go without alerting them? Shut this guy up and leave him here.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Marius glances back at Jack, "Yeah, if we move fast enough, we could make it before morning."
Aegnor sanoo:
'All right.'
They gag the prisoner and move him so he isn't visible without someone searching the place, then get going back towards the gate?
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Yeah.
By horse?
Aegnor sanoo:
Nah
unless it's too far to get back in one night
Shadowcaller sanoo:
It isn't
Aegnor sanoo:
by foot is better for stealth
Shadowcaller sanoo:
It is… you go by the road?
Aegnor sanoo:
for most of the trip, yes
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Okay, eventually Marius stops. "Okay, I think we are about at the place I have marked out on the map now."
He glances to the side "It sure looks different in the dark."
Aegnor sanoo:
'Doesn't everything. Any sign of the demon?
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Nope, the silver dosen't glow.
Aegnor sanoo:
'Let's find that prison then.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Marius carefully steps into the underbrush.
You go up a small hill, you are starting to recognize this a place a bit now.
There is the glade.
Marius steps out first, you can see something glowing in the distance.
Aegnor sanoo:
They go towards it in formation.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
You can see more runes and signs drawn here and there, they all look old thought.
Eventually, they can see the source of the light, a pillar of white light is in the middle of the glade, in it you can see a naked woman laying still on the ground.
Aegnor sanoo:
'Hm.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
She have a necklance around her neck.
Aegnor sanoo:
Any demons nearby?
Shadowcaller sanoo:
It's the same Iben gave you.
Nope, no demons.
*or was trying to give you.
Aegnor sanoo:
'That necklace seems familiar.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"It dose, dosen't it?"
Aegnor sanoo:
'I wonder if she will, how did Iben put it, retain her mind and become a demon on our side?'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Seriously? I don't know… if I were in the same situation, I would like to be put out."
Aegnor sanoo:
'I'm rather sure the demons know how those things work and aren't afraid of that. So yes, let's get her out.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
He nods. "Let's see what can break that cage."
As you approch it, the woman slowly rises from the ground "…uh? Please… is someone there?"
It looks like she have been crying a lot.
Aegnor sanoo:
Derek gets ready to keep watch to let Marius break the prison.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Calm now, this will only take a minute…" He pokes the prison with his sword, the light fades a bit where he pokes.
"Please… kill me…" The woman says, it sounds like she's in shock.
Marius starts cut the prison, the light around you gets weaker.
Suddenly you notice how your armband starts to glow.
Aegnor sanoo:
'We got company.'
He raises his sword and tries to see anything.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Aw, crap, just give me a minute…"
Aegnor sanoo:
Is the glow getting brighter and how fast?
Shadowcaller sanoo:
It is slowly getting brighter, he can see how one of the runes nearby, starts to glow.
Aegnor sanoo:
'Hm. Should we ambush?'
'You can be the bait with the girl.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Anything special I should do?"
Aegnor sanoo:
'Be careful and don't get killed. I'll attempt the same.'
He moves to the forest and hides.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
He nods "Good luck…"
The rune starts to glow even brighter and suddenly a thin-looking creature appears standing on it, it's skeletal in apperance with purple skin and sharp thin claws and a short tail. It's eyes glow red in the dark.
"WHO DARES BREAK MY CELL?"
Aegnor sanoo:
Derek starts slowly moving closer to it.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Marius stands up, acting confused "S-sorry… I didn't know… please have mercy…"
The demon laughs "YOU WILL MAKE A FINE SERVANT LIKE ALL THE OTHERS, JUST ACCEPT MY BLESSING."
Aegnor sanoo:
Once he's close enough he'll shoot it with a silver bolt through the throat.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"THI-" The bolt goes slightly below it's throat, it falls down on the ground, howling in pain.
Aegnor sanoo:
He attacks with the sword to cut off it's head.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Before the demon can do anything, your already there and with a quick slash with your sword, it's head is separated from the body.
Aegnor sanoo:
I assume it's dead?
Shadowcaller sanoo:
The armband stops to glow.
Aegnor sanoo:
Great.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
(Night?)
Aegnor sanoo:
'All right, finish freeing the girl.'
(*shrug* if you want)
Shadowcaller sanoo:
(Not really, just wondering )
"Great finish there… but yeah, let's."
It takes annother minute, but then the light cast by the prison fades. Leaving the glade in almost complete darkness.
Marius helps the girl up, she's shaking.
"We don't want her to freeze to death now…"
Aegnor sanoo:
(I assume he took the necklace off)
Shadowcaller sanoo:
(It can't be so easily done.)
Aegnor sanoo:
(well, tried)
Shadowcaller sanoo:
(yeah.)
"The necklance is stuck thought."
The girl whimpers.
Aegnor sanoo:
'Hm. We'll have to bring her back with us, I guess.'
'Iben will have to look for three volunteers.' He rolls his eyes.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"So he will be extra happy when we return, lucky us."
Aegnor sanoo:
'Ooh, great, maybe he'll even let us go with only two hours of ranting.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"yeah, how we failed bringing the demon in alive."
Girl: "I- I
Aegnor sanoo:
Derek goes around breaking the runes.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
'm lost…"
Marius is trying to support the girl that seems ready to fall down again at any moment.
"Please, I'm corrupted." She says in a barely hearable voice.
Aegnor sanoo:
'You have a chance.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"..No, I can already feel it…"
Aegnor sanoo:
'If you turn we'll kill you, is that okay?'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Marius: "Let's just take her back to the village, we can talk there."
She nods slowly. "T-thanks…"
Aegnor sanoo:
'Public executions first or take her to the HQ to possibly be saved?'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Your call, either hand, saving someone, other hand more time away from Iben…"
Aegnor sanoo:
'Well, if we go bring her back first we could tell Iben we need to go back to finish up…'
'Besides, having her turn into a demon in the middle of the village is bad PR.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
He nods "True, she dosen't look that demonic yet thought, kind of cute… not that I'm supposed to think about that right now."
Aegnor sanoo:
'Well, you'll be her hero if we manage to save her.' He winks. 'So let's get going.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Heh, good point, let's go as fast as possible then."
Aegnor sanoo:
'Back to the village, grab the horses and get going.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
He nods, "Thats the plan."
Aegnor sanoo:
'Wanna carry the girl?'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
He shrugs "Eh, why not? I'm already carrying her aren't I?"
Aegnor sanoo:
'All right.' They head back.
He remembers to retrieve his bolt though.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Okay, when they return to the village, it's already much lighter.
"Just hope they don't discover that Jack-fellow too early thought."
Aegnor sanoo:
'Hm. Point.'
'Maybe we should dispose of him first.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Yeah… a corpse will be less suspicious, if they do manage to find him."
Aegnor sanoo:
'Okay, I'll handle him, get things ready to leave.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Will do…" As you leave, he is helping the girl up on his horse.
Aegnor sanoo:
He goes to Jack.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
He's at the same place he left him, he have woken up thought "Oh… uh, what happend?"
Aegnor sanoo:
'Rejoice, the demon is dead.' He says with a dry tone.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"What…? You killed it?"
He stammers in disbelief.
Aegnor sanoo:
'That's what we do, remember?'
'And the girl's still human, for now.'
'Unluckily for you, we have to prioritize.'
He walks to him and cuts his throat.
'Oh, right. And I sentence you to death based on evidence of demon worship.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"No, wa-" He tries to stop the blood flow, but without his hands he is dying quite quickly, he looks up at you a last time, meeting your eyes, before his head sinks down to the floor.
Aegnor sanoo:
He finds some rubble to hide the body in.
Retrieving the perfectly usable rope.
And the apparently disappeared gag.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
(Yes. that one >.>)
(Let's just say he somehow managed to remove it… or something.)
When you return, Marius have your horse ready for you. "Just jump up, we need to get out of here."
Aegnor sanoo:
He does.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
And they ride towards Derim.
A few days leter, after getting some clothes to the girl, you once against stand in the head quarters with the girl, she have been getting worse, her skin have taken a dark tone and her fingers have transformed into claws, her teeth have sharpened a lot.
*later
You have given her a cowl, she haven't said much at all during the days on the ride, most likely due the amulet, Marius thinks her tounge is transforming as well.
After asking to meet Iben, you are led by one of the young recuits to his office, where you have to wait a while.
Then some other captain comes out, gives you a glance and respectful nod, before he leaves you with Iben that comes after him.
"What in the name of the creator is /she/?"
(Her name is Jenny Aburn by the way.)
Aegnor sanoo:
'You mentioned something about a way to turn people transformed by those necklaces back into humans? I brought you a test subject.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Jenny: "Iss… there really a way?" Her voice sounds a bit odd and is shaking slightly.
Iben: "You two at my office, now!"
He goes in again, not closing the door behind him.
Aegnor sanoo:
I guess we go.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Marius closes the door after him, and Iben gives you both the *look* "What happend? I want a full report of this!"
Aegnor sanoo:
'We found some idiots calling a demon to save them from a plague. The demon had captured a woman and was turning her with one of those necklaces. We killed the demon and brought the girl here, but someone needs to go execute the cultists. We got their names, though.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"How widespread is this cult, do we need to cleanse the whole town?"
Aegnor sanoo:
'Just a bunch of guys.'
'Also, found a new gate.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Another one? I swear, they turn up everywhere… I guess we have to seal this one as well."
Aegnor sanoo:
'We might find something more interesting if we interrogate the rest of the cultists on where they found the knowledge to open it, though.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Yes, we will dispatch a group as soon as possible, the girl thought… I'm not sure what to do with her."
Aegnor sanoo:
'Try and turn her into a human?'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"And if that fails?" Iben puts his hands behind his back and straightends his back "While it would be terrible, we must look at the bright sides here."
Aegnor sanoo:
'If it fails, we kill her.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"What? Of course not."
"She is far more valuable alive then dead." He pauses, thinking a bit "If she dosen't turn mentally, this could be our great chance."
Aegnor sanoo:
'So you get an inhuman untrained merchant girl? You really think she can resist?'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"We will help her of course, we got the right methods, the right materials and the right drugs, we must at least try."
Aegnor sanoo:
'And then what?'
'We can't force anyone to join the ithari.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Well, what other life would be possible for her? We are the only ones with the demonic artifacts that can make her look human."
Aegnor sanoo:
'Yes, that's pretty much exactly forcing her to join.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"She will realize that we need her… but not, we can't force her to join, you are very correct, we would even have to provide those rings… thats why I need you two to convince her to."
*but no
Aegnor sanoo:
'We try everything we can do turn her back into a human and if it fails we give her the decision. Then, we abide by it and you can always look for your 'volunteers' for the necklace.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Maruis: "You never give up, do you Iben?…"
Iben: "Yes, we will put our best efforts into making her human again, but during that time, I want you two to prepare her for the possibility that she might not and it's in her best intrests to join us."
"If she wouldn't be able to turn back that is."
Aegnor sanoo:
'All right then.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Good… and a job well done I guess." He pauses "Your both dismissed."

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