Dec 02, 2022 1:29 AM
carissa meets a tyrant
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Most of the people on the airship die!!! 

 

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Mav does not die, because his most useless apprentice, Retty, flings himself out of a nook at him and yells 'get out!!!!!!' and Mav is not the kind of idiot who ignores the advice of one's terrified and obviously driven-mad apprentices popping out of nooks when thought dead. He teleports himself and Retty home. 

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Some of the other people on the airship are really too powerful for their own good and can survive a few explosions and teleport out. 

 

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"Arucanian standing by if you want a ride out of here," comes the Message.

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"Understood," he says. "Currently a seventh of a Chelish mile north-northwest of Absalom, swimming for shore, disguised as a mortal."

(He fell, hit the water, and then shapeshifted himself and his clothes. He's still wearing his ring, of course, but that's the only giveaway.)

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Then after a little while, another mortal will swim up to him, faster than mortals can really swim. He hasn't taken off the armor. He offers a hand. "With your leave -"

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"Leave to teleport me is granted," he says.

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New location, pretty cathedral, shrouded in antiscrying. "Can you direct us in how to get more of your allies -"

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He can start burning circles on the ground! Unbound ones!

"Do you swear that you are an ally of Iomedae and the Good gods and a foe of Cheliax and Asmodeus?"

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"I so swear. - I actually have no idea who you are, there was not a lot of time for explanations."

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"Duke Sikandros of the Iron Ring, lord of Kakogya," he says, his form shifting to assume his dread armor, "A prince from a domain beyond that of Asmodeus, Whose servants have offended me."

He thinks loudly that if any gods want to give him emergency magic powers he is totally fine with this as long as these magical powers come with no price tag greater than 'continue cooperating against the Chelish leadership and Asmodeus,' at whom he is pissed.

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Happy to but he's too far away!!

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He does not especially have the spirit.

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Yes, that. Unfortunately.

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The man's expression shifts a bit more skeptical at the dread armor and declaration, but only a bit; new enemies of Asmodeus are still great news. "And how can we aid you in pursuing your grievance with Him?"

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"First, by having several summoners come to complete these circles so I can bring my armies across; second - I can construct, oh, six plans to destroy the palace in Egorian, if the Chelish leadership is presently there, or any other Asmodean strongpoints you desire to name. I would prefer to do this with minimal loss of life, and would value magical support in doing so, as well as strategic advice on which strongpoints are the most valuable targets and which of my plans might face - difficulties."

He pauses. "I also desire to rescue the soul of my vassal Carissa Sevar from Hell, though that may, perhaps, be delayed, as annihilating Asmodeus's forces on Golarion is a more urgent priority."

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He Messages someone, presumably regarding getting some summoners in here; Sikandros has Celestial now but he's still speaking too quietly to be overheard easily.

 

"I imagine they've gone to ground until they determine if you're here. Of course, they'll have to show themselves at some point if you invade their country. What are your plans for once you've conquered it, if you conquer it?"

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"In coordination with local allies, make it fantastically rich, wipe out the Church of Asmodeus, and find some capable viceroy in whose hands to place the day-to-day administration who can preserve the people's prosperity, ensure good governance, and prevent the people from descending into Hell. Asmodeus has wronged me sufficiently that denying Him souls from territory I control seems to me wholly fitting."

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" - all right." He passes the message along. "People should be here to do additional summons shortly. We can also start a True Resurrection on your previous summoner if you want, though it'll almost certainly fail as they'll have Maledicted her."

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"Acknowledged. Opportunity cost?"

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"If we're gonna have a fight today, we'll use the ninth circle spell slot for the most important dead combatant. If the fight's going to be later....substantially better to try to get her back sooner."

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AAAAAHHHHH -

(he does not have a high enough Bluff to keep his discomfort with what he's saying from leaking through to a gifted audience, though he's hard to read inside his face-concealing infernal plate -)

" - The fight will begin today."

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