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AlanG
post Mar 2 2014, 01:25 PM
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It is with a mixture of great happiness and troubling anxiety that I stand in my family's home in Lathenthwaite, prematurely returned from my turning on the Wheel of Life. How, and why this has happened is perplexing to me.

I remember our last conflict with Allockra and the sharp pain as his blade pierced my side and I knew that the last shred of my Vitae had been whisked away, but an intense desire to support my friends and comrades drove me on, just one last time. We offered Allockra mercy over damnation and finally my body and spirit failed and I found myself standing before Garath, the Angel of Death himself. Garath led me towards Mortai's haven and I longed for the tender succor that it offered.

As I travelled onwards, I felt a warm glow of life around me. I was bathed within it and embraced life's sweet kiss, but something felt wrong. I had lost Garath and could not find my way to Mortai's haven. I looked around in desperation and the warm glow I felt grew hotter and hotter and my soul started to blister, something was happening to me and I could feel a change coming over me. I tried to shout but smoke of the fire filled me, choking and consuming me from within and without. Despite the roar of the fire, I could hear a heart beat, slow, calm and steady. I am ashamed to say I began to lose all hope. I felt abandoned and that my very soul was to be consumed in the seemingly perilous fires of some unknown evil.

Then I remembered the love and support I received from Mortai. I began to pray, and my prayers did not go unanswered. Through the flickering red and orange flames, I saw the image of Sir Garath beckoning to something or someone. Then I glimpsed our Lord Mortai, though I could not make him out completely through the fire. I began to cry, relieved that he had heard my prayers, that he cared for me but my tears were consumed by the flames before they could fall. The fire roared and I sensed something was angered. I heard shouting and saw the dark shadow of a celestial sword brought to bare and a screech rang out, like nails down a chalk board. The sounds of divine battle rang out around me and then I felt a hand upon my shoulder and I was lifted from the flames. Lord Mortai screamed as flames shot up his hand, and his skin cracked and burned.

The flames gave chase, licking around my feet as I fled but Garath appeared at my side, brining his shield to the fore as the flames licked around it. He told to me run and I knew such battles were the domain of the Divine and the Angelic, no place for me. I needed to escape and fled to home to Primus.

I awoke, on the Isle of Lathenthwaite naked, cold and alone in a new form confused and filled with apprehension. I had no idea how long I had been gone. Hours? Days? Weeks? Months? Years even. I didn't know so staggered towards the manner in the hope of finding my brother Fabian and possible answers within.

The shock and surprise on his face was clear and I knew my return had not followed the traditional timescale normally associated with the those returned before. What were the reasons for this shorten period and what had I seen? What evil had attempted to consume my soul? Has this happened to anyone else? Are those blessed with Vitae likely to suffer the same or great threats to they souls? Following our trip to the village of Purple Blossom last year and the cultists corrupting that Phoenix, could my experience by linked in some way? Whilst I have been away, has anyone returned to the village or heard of anything similar happening?

Though my new form seems more powerful then before and I feel a sense of incredible good fortunate on my return, I feel the need to warn others of a possibly threat or misfortunate that may befall others though I cannot support this feeling with any fact or insightful knowledge as to why.

Perhaps others may be able to shed more light on the matter. In faith,


Victor Somas
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post Mar 2 2014, 09:04 PM
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Welcome back my Lord, I agree it sounds like the machinations of the Phoenix Cult. Mortai bless you, you are indeed fortunate to be returned to us unscathed

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post Mar 2 2014, 09:51 PM
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Thank you Thoby. I am very pleased to be back but still harbour some concern as to way I returned earlier that would have been expected. I have more now then ever to thank Mortai and Sir Garath. I dread to think what would have happened had I not been blessed by their love, strength and support.


The flames and fiery attack on my soul, could be from some demonic or Dark Phoenix link attack though thankfully I appear unscathed. Before my final death in Novus of last year, I knew Lady Petulia Hylos was looking into events linked to the Dark Phoenix and my brother Fabian has been getting me up to date with the events surrounding the Final Dawn in Thimon, later Final Dawn in Deci, and the links of the 138th Legion to the Cult of the Dark Phoenix. Its seems I missed much but I am glad to hear of the brave actions of those mercenaries involved.


If it is some Dark Phoenix Cult, I am hoping perhaps The Immortal Phoenix, Xuetli, and his group, From the Ashes, maybe able to help me get a clear understanding of how the power of the Phoenix works and if they know of any way in which someone of evil intent could corrupt it in some way. If there is still a Cult out there, hell bent on using such powers in a foul and unnatural way, I should warn Xuetli to be on his guard just in case his group are attacked.

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Victor.



QUOTE(giles @ Mar 2 2014, 09:04 PM) *
Welcome back my Lord, I agree it sounds like the machinations of the Phoenix Cult. Mortai bless you, you are indeed fortunate to be have returned to us unscathed

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post Mar 2 2014, 11:41 PM
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It began as it always begins; with an ending. I found Victor waiting for me in the Cradle and together we began the journey to the Valley of Life.

There was a screech, a terrible cry, and your soul was snatched from my hand. Very few beings possess the power to transgress the pathways which I travel. Very few can take a soul from the hands of the Angel of Death.

With growing frustration and anger I searched the paths, but found nothing. Then, as I thought the soul lost to me, I heard a whispered prayer, Victor's desperate prayer to my Lord for succour. I gently cupped the prayer in my hands and carried it to my Lord. It was a sad, tragic thing, but all that could be found of his loyal servant. His anger was immediate and a righteous fury blazed within me.

Lifting my lantern high, I led my Lord back through the pathways of the dead until we found the crack through which the prayer had slipped. My Lord raised Death high in his hands and brought its terrible blade down upon the wall. Beyond the sundering we saw only smoke and fire. My gaze was turned away by the heat, but I recognised the spark of divinity - this, then, was the power which could wrest a soul from my grasp. Within the flames I saw Victor's soul.

My Lord raised his sword and charged. I stayed at his side, my shield guarding his flank from the flameridden beings which emerged from the conflagration. We fought our way to Victor's soul. As my Lord reached for him, his flesh was charred, but he wrenched the soul free.

Knowing my Lord's will, I once more took the soul in my hands and took wing back towards the Valley. As I flew, however, the flames snatched at us and I knew that I could not outpace them. Pushing Victor ahead of me, I turned and readied myself to hold the path. My Lord fell back and together we slowly retreated, fighting all the while. The power in the flames was too great - it was all we could do to hold it off long enough for Victor's soul to reach safety. I cannot say how long we fought, but eventually we stumbled, grievously burnt but alive, into the Valley.

I could sense that Victor lived once more, though his soul may be charred. For a while at least, not my concern.


Sr Garath Vaine
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post Mar 3 2014, 05:26 PM
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That is worrying indeed. I am only glad that you have been returned safe to us.

I attended Kei-Ry this Sunsday gone and received my punishment.

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post Mar 3 2014, 05:47 PM
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Has someone thought about getting some people together and start looking into this, people being reborn in an instant is a good thing as long as something malign isn't at play and I fear from this that it is.

I'll come and lend a hand if anyone does look into it, sounds like you all get yourselves into trouble when you go out without me, you know where to find me.

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post Mar 3 2014, 08:16 PM
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Teldor,

My brother told me of your sentence and though sad to hear you had to lose your life, the laws of the Empire are there to be upheld. Without them, there would be anarchy. Let us put the past behind us and seek comfort in the strong bond of friendship we have. You are more than welcome to visit me before we next step out together as Brothers in Arms, should you wish to talk more in private.

In Purity,

Victor


QUOTE(MattJ @ Mar 3 2014, 05:26 PM) *
That is worrying indeed. I am only glad that you have been returned safe to us.

I attended Kei-Ry this Sunsday gone and received my punishment.

Wretch

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post Mar 3 2014, 08:21 PM
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Reason,

I share your fear and hope my Lord Mortai and Sir Garath were able to rescue my soul before anything tainted in in some way. I have to admit to feeling fine and greatly strengthen in this new form so I believe their swift action prevented such a thing from happening. It seems others who have fallen, have also experienced similar events so I believe it will need greater investigation.

Victor Somas.




QUOTE(Ryan @ Mar 3 2014, 05:47 PM) *
Has someone thought about getting some people together and start looking into this, people being reborn in an instant is a good thing as long as something malign isn't at play and I fear from this that it is.

I'll come and lend a hand if anyone does look into it, sounds like you all get yourselves into trouble when you go out without me, you know where to find me.

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post Mar 4 2014, 06:51 PM
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Good to have you back Victor.

This is troubling indeed I will see if I can get a lead so we can muster and investigate further.

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