Dec 02, 2022 12:34 AM
carissa meets a tyrant
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(The Heaven they started from, to be clear.)

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... Shit.

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"All right," says Duke Sikandros in a completely calm voice, as he watches the rest of his angelic army pop back to Heaven. "That was a defeat." A total defeat that was completely his fault. "A tactical defeat. There were six hidden chambers in the castle containing near-finished circles easy to stumble across, Mendax's mechanism -" he inclines his head to the engineer "- and a sealed package labeled TO THE TEMPLE OF ABADAR that may well be delivered. Nonetheless, work reverse-engineering the Plane Shift spell will continue, as well as recreating the items of Golarion here in Heaven."

He will smile, very sharply and abruptly, his helmet melting into a fanged face:

"A defeat suffered. But we will continue, we will advance, and we will continue the exploitation of the single greatest new resource that Heaven has encountered since the days of Revelation."

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Lehali waits until everyone else is gone before:

"My lord."

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"Yes, Pala Lehali, you were completely correct in every respect and I should never have doubted you."

He considers. "Except for conquering the City of Brass. We should not, at that point, have conquered the City of Brass."

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"We should have talked to our local allies as soon as we knew they were -"

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"Yes, Pala Lehali, that is correct, Pala Lehali."

The helmet is now back, and he grits his teeth behind it.

"I am aware. Nonetheless. The battle is lost. The war is not over."

And I do not, frankly, care where the soul of Carissa Sevar has found itself. Our contract is not finished.

I will not yield.

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This is going to be expensive!!

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I propose a moratorium on intervention on Golarion in light of these extremely powerful dangerous outsiders -

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- who you just had make your people a bunch of spellsilver and diamonds, didn't you. 

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In the infirmary of the floating castle, Retty, wizard apprentice of Mavelar Merseigor, clutching a brightly colored packet of daily medications, tiptoes anxiously to the hallway to peek out. 

 

 

Nobody. 

 

 

 

....just to be safe he repents of having gone to the hallway without permission. Can't be too careful when your life is this dangerous. He wavers over whether to take the medication and maybe have to repent of stealing the medication (they had been talking like they were going to give it to him, but then vanished), or leave the medication and maybe have to repent of Not Finishing A Course Of Antibiotics, which, it was just explained to him literally twenty seconds ago, is a very bad sin. 

 

 

"Mav?" he says cautiously, clearing the golden-spiderweb around him because he's pretty sure it's antiscrying. "Mav?"

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KNOW ALWAYS THAT YOU ARE LOVED AND THAT YOU ARE FORGIVEN






 

TAKE THE ANTIBIOTICS

 





FEAR NOT AS YOU ARE HARSHER EVEN THAN PHARASMA IN JUDGING YOURSELF







PLEASE LET THE CLERICS OF IOMEDAE AT THE FRONT DOOR OF THE CASTLE IN

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Asmodeus observes for the consideration of the other gods that the just-observed intervention came after he had proposed a cessation of interventions and while the details of such were being actively negotiated, in contravention of established standards for -

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Sarenrae is well known to all to hear nothing spoken by Asmodeus. Someone else should probably have brought it up if She was to be bound by it, or indeed aware of it. 

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Duke Sikandros has considered the possibility of despair, and decided against it. He does not, in fact, expect to be summoned back, though he has his traps; the odds that anyone would in fact find and collect one are fairly low, especially since his castle will eventually run out of fuel and sink, if it isn't scavenged first. No, he simply hates despair. If he must feel cold and empty and horrible, he will fill the emptiness with iron determination - to master the arts of wizardry, to find his way back to Golarion, and to accomplish his vengeance upon Cheliax.

And so he is practicing cantrips, when he feels the familiar pull, and yields to it.

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"It's been about six minutes and there are two dozen adventuring parties and two national armies, one of them Cheliax's, on board this airship trying to kill each other," says a man in bloody, scorched plate armor. Not the summoner; someone grabbed the summoner the instant the circle completed and vanished.

"We'd prefer to conceal that we got you back; can I ask you what evidence we'd need to destroy on this ship if we want to make sure no one else can try to do so?"

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He Angelic Hastes himself. "The two obvious possibilities are that you are a Chelish agent trying to make me destroy all of my backup plans to ensure a summoning, or that you really weren't sure how not to sound like one. Do you have ten seconds to explain to me why this plan is preferable to my wiping out the Chelish national army?"

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"- then Cheliax will know you're here and go after your summoner again, and we think we're going to beat them without you. If you have backup plans not on this specific airship as I'm sure you do I'm not asking about those!!"

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He doesn't, actually.

"Self-destruct sequence," he says calmly, "if you can get your people out."

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"- so it's not true that you can make diamonds?"

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"A task too simple for words," he says. "But replacing your expended spells and items is not."

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"From my state of information that's not worth Cheliax being on the ship for longer but if you want to go out there and kill everyone, fine. - Mind Blank."

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"I'll trust your words," he says. "The airship will burn. Message me when it's done, include the code-word Arucanian."

And he'll drop his weight, soften his feet, two quick steps through a wall into a hidden passageway totally inaccessible by anyone who can't cut through walls, down a floor, moving almost completely silently - 

(What kind of evil overlord's fortress doesn't have a self-destruct switch? His only concession to practicality was that instead of making it a gigantic flashy lever with DO NOT PULL on it, he made it a quiet button in a room totally inaccessible to anyone but an angel. The flashy lever with DO NOT PULL on it drops you into the spike pit.)

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(Someone did try the flashy lever with DO NOT PULL but they had a Fly up)

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The self-destruct button sets off explosives! Quite a lot of explosives! There's the ones under the floorboards, the ones under the walls, the ones in the secret hidden passageways, the ones that puncture the vacuum-lift towers that contributed to holding it up, the ones that blew the main power line, the ones that blew the doors, and the ones that are intended to make the computers totally impossible for anyone to extract any information from! Also the random ones that just do explosive damage to anyone in the building and not in Gaseous Form, you know, a few of those.

He'll push it three times while drumming his fingers on some adjacent plating, which also explodes some tanks full of stuff you would really rather not breathe in, at least if you have lungs, that would ordinarily have harmlessly sunk to the bottom of the ocean. Because screw Cheliax, that's why.

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