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  • AsmodronAsmodron Posts: 2,042Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Khalasian version:

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    Gripped by the cold embrace of death, you succumb to the darkness...

    Eerie blackness surrounds you; no light penetrates the endless gloom. Only a faint wind makes itself known, drifting across your beaten body with a silken touch.

    With each caress of the persistent breeze your senses heighten, and a chill begins to spread through you with increasing intensity. You give a violent shiver as the cold envelops your very soul, crushing your resolve with a merciless bite.

    At once, the unmistakable presence of death overwhelms all else, and your stomach heaves: the stench of decay is ever-present, relentless, and unforgiving. Tears run down your face as the odour assails the senses, and instinctively you wipe them away.

    With one hand pressed against your nose to bar the smell, you cautiously raise the other, warily feeling into the darkness with outstretched fingers. Emptiness greets you; the world is a bleak, unknown wasteland, and your ears strain for any semblance of sound.

    Far in the distance echoes the faint rush of water. At once, the unbearable need to quench an eternal thirst swells within you, and you turn toward the source. Without thought you submit to the harsh environs, stumbling across the uneven terrain beneath your feet.

    Time becomes immeasurable as you struggle onward through desolation. Moments pass, first crawling, then racing without restraint. The terrain shifts and alters beneath your feet with each hazardous step. Silently you persist, eagerly moving toward satiation with unrivalled desperation.

    Time seems to go on, unending, or perhaps never moving to begin with. The harsh landscape seems to stretch on for miles and miles, with no reprieve in sight, no salvation. Possibilities of the end of your existence and utter unending damnation creep up in your mind uncontrollably.

    A cruel mocking laughter breaks the stasis, making you jump in fright. "Unending? You dont know the meaning of the word", the voice taunts.

    You find yourself ripped from your location, quite literally the sensation of being ripped apart fresh in your mind. You stand within a location that has a strong familiarity to it, as your eyes adjust, you realize you are within Tomacula, standing before the statue. No, not exactly, something is different. The land and sky around you seem to be wavering, almost melting, as if a layer of intense heat drapes over it. A sudden realization begins to dawn on you...

    "Yes, this is and is not the location you see", the voice sounds out your recent thought. "As you very well know, I am rather chained to it" the voice states with a hint of maniacal laughter.

    "But it is not I that am the topic of this meeting. It seems you have decided to embrace oblivion. Do you seek to leave my service so easily?". You immediately bluster out apologies and denials of such a thought to ever cross your mind. After what seems like an hour the voice finally speaks again, "I should hope not. Know that if it was not for Me, you would have remained a wandering soul, forever lost upon that desolate plane. None of my lesser siblings would have thought to come and resurrect you. Know that it is through My great power alone that you stand a chance at returning to the living".

    As you begin to give thanks for such a charitable gift, the voice speaks over you, ignoring you "You have much work to still do, Asmodron, and I shall not accept failure. Return now and see to My day".

    A great pressure suddenly fills your mind, as you sense the presence taking a hold of you. Your spirit feels near to ripping as an immense power floods it. Images begin to flicker within your mind in rapid succession, of planes known and unknown, worlds undiscovered, secrets hidden, all accompanied by a constant seething unending wrath of potential denied.

    A strange prickling sensation begins to take over you, and you suddenly notice a strange grey substance crawling up your arm. With sudden realization, you see that it is actually stone encompassing your body. Your eyes widen as you see the liquid stone rise up from your lower half all the way to your head, beginning to cover your eyes and deny you vision.

    "Be still. This process is not that easy in my current situation". You hold back any unrestrained fear and accept the inevitable. The stone completely covers you, and all goes black. You feel an eternity pass with you trapped within as you wonder if you'll ever see the light of day again. Suddenly, a small crack appears before you, so insignificant but such a beautiful sight to behold. You push your entire body against the stone, hearing faint cracks until small pieces begin to break off and drop. Finally, with one final push, you break free, sending shards of stone flying around you. You notice you are outside a cave, back in the world of the living. The sky above, the fresh wind on your face, the scents in the air, it is all such a beautiful sensation and you truly appreciate the freedom given to you as tears well up in your eyes.

    "Do not forget..." a voice faintly whispers at the edge of your hearing. With determination, you head out, your task at hand.



    Yes this is fake o.o . One can dream


    ShaydeAhmetEheneSiduri
  • AhmetAhmet Wherever I wanna bePosts: 3,244Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Cyrenians without orders get Prospero, Valnurana, Phaestus or Scarlatti. Don't think there are any more.

    All I have right now is Valnurana:

    Gripped by the cold embrace of death, you succumb to the darkness...


    Eerie blackness surrounds you; no light penetrates the endless gloom. Only a faint wind makes itself known, drifting across your beaten body with a silken touch.


    With each caress of the persistent breeze your senses heighten, and a chill begins to spread through you with increasing intensity. You give a violent shiver as the cold envelops your very soul, crushing your resolve with a merciless bite.


    At once, the unmistakable presence of death overwhelms all else, and your stomach heaves: the stench of decay is ever-present, relentless, and unforgiving. Tears run down your face as the odour assails the senses, and instinctively you wipe them away.


    With one hand pressed against your nose to bar the smell, you cautiously raise the other, warily feeling into the darkness with outstretched fingers. Emptiness greets you; the world is a bleak, unknown wasteland, and your ears strain for any semblance of sound.


    Far in the distance echoes the faint rush of water. At once, the unbearable need to quench an eternal thirst swells within you, and you turn toward the source. Without thought you submit to the harsh environs, stumbling across the uneven terrain beneath your feet.


    Time becomes immeasurable as you struggle onward through desolation. Moments pass, first crawling, then racing without restraint. The terrain shifts and alters beneath your feet with each hazardous step. Silently you persist, eagerly moving toward satiation with unrivalled desperation.


    The tantalising sound of running water roars in your ears, now deafening in its sweet euphony. Lured onward by the beckoning current, you draw closer, certain your destination lies mere inches from your grasping reach.


    A cool touch at your elbow steadies your footsteps, and a soothing sense of tranquility washes over you in rippling waves.


    Beside you is Valnurana, Goddess of Dreams, Her calm gaze fixed on some distant point. Silently She keeps pace with you, until at last you can go no further, and She motions for you to stop.


    The turbulent world through which you have journeyed is no more; you stand now within a stark cave.


    "Behold the Dream, Ahmet," whispers the Goddess, sweeping a graceful hand around your surroundings, and the solemn walls are awash with a tableau of shifting images. Some are surreal depictions of heroic adventures, others are so vivid as to be indistinguishable from reality; all portray elements of your own past.


    As you stand face to face with your memories, Valnurana's soft words become an echo that reverberates throughout the chamber. "The deeds of all leave a lasting impression upon the Dream, and the final imprint of a perishing mortal is a powerful one indeed. But this... this is not your final death."


    The visions shift from those you recognise to new scenes of triumph and tragedy, of excitement and devastation: a storm of possibilities revealing endless futures, and your soul stirs with the will to live.


    Valnurana turns Her sapphire eyes to you, regarding you with a knowing smile. "There is much yet for you to do in the waking world. Heal, and return to life.


    The delicate caress of feathers brushes your cheek and the Goddess is gone. Enveloped in a close, unseen embrace, you easily succumb to a deep and healing sleep, a serenity that vastly eclipses any rest you have ever taken.


    Familiar dreams play upon the stage of your slumbering mind, and when your eyes open, you find your body and spirit restored. With renewed resolve, you rise and depart the cave.

    Huh. Neat.
    TeshaAereidhna
  • DaeirDaeir AustraliaPosts: 6,165Member, Secret Squirrel @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Deucoolion.
    :pleased::pleased:
    Halos
  • TydasTydas Posts: 232Member ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    Still want to see Aegis', Neraeos', and Prospero's. I can't help but see the last as buying you out of death, like bail money.
  • TahquilTahquil Posts: 3,704Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Krypton pasted Neraeos'
  • RazzloRazzlo Posts: 227Member ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    When I died I got Vastar even though I am an enemy to Vastar and a Cyrenian. Fun times!
  • KlendathuKlendathu Eye of the StormPosts: 2,519Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Razzlo said:
    When I died I got Vastar even though I am an enemy to Vastar and a Cyrenian. Fun times!
    Embrace the Storm!

    Tharos, the Announcer of Delos shouts, "It's near the end of the egghunt and I still haven't figured out how to pronounce Clean-dat-hoo."
  • RazzloRazzlo Posts: 227Member ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    Klendathu said:
    Razzlo said:
    When I died I got Vastar even though I am an enemy to Vastar and a Cyrenian. Fun times!
    Embrace the Storm!
    Yeah, RPwise Razz was pretty damn perplexed. Specially with this speech...

    "You have fallen to calamity, the Storm's influence upon your life too great for
    you to bear. But this is not escapable by death." The climactic God assesses you
    with a stern expression.

    "You will return, Razzlo, and you will have a choice, face and embrace the
    Storm, triumph and glory in its power, or you shall wander these lands again,
    ever imperiled and hindered by its mercurial influence."

    Maybe it is because I heartstopped? The suicide aspect making me face the one God that does not like me much?

    In any case, weird to see the God of the only organization that has you enemied to change your shit
    Aereidhna
  • OmorOmor Posts: 756Member ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    Krypton said:
    [...]

    Prospero:

    [...]
    [...]

    I'm sold, I want to see that every time.
    Omor Ceberek - Targossas

    got gud
  • TreyTrey Posts: 4,442Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    I want to know what tinclenite is.

    MorthifHalos
  • TorrentTorrent Posts: 39Member ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    I laughed at Pandora's, I kept thinking in my head.... you cake nazi!  NO CAKE FOR YOU!!!!
    TrillianaGibbi
  • AhmetAhmet Wherever I wanna bePosts: 3,244Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Trey said:
    I want to know what tinclenite is.
    It's like some super-rare super-precious metal that Prospero found in his travels. Idk much more than that. His shrines are made of it though, if you want to go take a look.
    Huh. Neat.
    Aereidhna
  • TreyTrey Posts: 4,442Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Man I like the new Prospero, at least at first glance. If I weren't completely attached at the hip with Phaestus' order I'd do just fine there, I think.

    KyrraAhmetAereidhna
  • KryptonKrypton shi-KhurenaPosts: 2,055Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Last one, before Ugrach makes them all go away:

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    [...]

    The tantalising sound of running water roars in your ears, now deafening in its
    sweet euphony. Lured onward by the beckoning current, you draw closer, certain
    your destination lies mere inches from your grasping reach.

    It is an eternity before the blessed sight of a roaring waterfall fills your
    gaze, cascading downwards from the jagged edge of a nearby precipice and into
    the lightless depths of the unknown. Parched beyond imagination and wholly
    consumed by a singular purpose, you stagger towards the cliff to an inevitable
    fall.

    You reach out with translucent hands, eager for your first sip from the
    glistening cascade of water. Heedless of your surroundings, you take a final
    step towards the precipice, pitching yourself off the edge entirely.

    As you begin your free fall into the bleak embrace of darkness, a fearsome
    lion's roar followed by the clatter of wheels shatters the eerie tranquility of
    the surroundings. You catch a glimpse of a mailed gauntlet at the fringes of
    your vision, before a violent tugging sensation returns you back onto solid
    ground.

    Saved from the brink of eternal rest, you lift your gaze and settle them upon
    your saviour. The armoured form of Aegis, the God of War, stands upon a chariot
    of blackened steel drawn by two great golden lions. Wordlessly, He beckons for
    you to follow behind Him and proceeds on without a second glance.

    The occasional clacking of wheels break the silence as you trudge behind the God
    of War, moving through the endless, desert-like terrain.

    "In the numerous wars waged in My name, I have sent many souls to wander across
    these wretched wastelands. Thoth returned some of them to life, while others
    were consigned to an everlasting sleep," resonates the voice of the War God,
    "Now it has fallen to the Pantheon to share this responsibility that lies
    abandoned with His death, but time is a precious resource upon My battlefields
    that I cannot afford to waste on you."

    The chariot of blackened steel rolls to a slow stop. The desert-like terrain is
    gone, replaced by unfamiliar, mist-wreathed surroundings. Aegis, God of War
    disembarks from the carriage, His black inscrutable eyes examining your drained
    countenance. "We linger at the threshold of the Soulrealms here. Fate deems that
    you shall live again."

    Swiftly unsheathing a scimitar from a scabbard at His side, Aegis, God of War
    brings the weapon to bear, cleaving you cleanly into two with incredible
    strength and efficient speed. "And so you will," He rumbles, "Learn from this
    experience, [player], and never visit again."

    Your surroundings explode in a flash of blinding light. As the white glow
    gradually recedes, you realise you now linger within a dark and rough cave.
    Glancing down at your fully restored body, you wonder if you are truly whole
    after the disconcerting experience and leave for the world outside.
    (Mhaldor): Herenicus says, "Apologies, I am in-and-out of hold with Verizon wireless customer service."
    TrillianaTydasAileaAereidhna
  • AsmodronAsmodron Posts: 2,042Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    So...Ugrach didnt come back after all and Throne of Death collapsed.


    Should be interesting to see what happens now
  • MorthifMorthif Posts: 1,422Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Logs please for those of us stuck at the beach. 
    GrandueShirszaeSzanthaxSarathai
  • GrandueGrandue Posts: 382Member ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    Asmodron said:
    So...Ugrach didnt come back after all and Throne of Death collapsed.


    Should be interesting to see what happens now
    I thought it odd they would go through all the work of writing all those death sequences for each God only to use them for a couple days before replacing them with a standard death through Ugrach
  • PenwizePenwize Posts: 1,205Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Grandue said:
    Asmodron said:
    So...Ugrach didnt come back after all and Throne of Death collapsed.


    Should be interesting to see what happens now
    I thought it odd they would go through all the work of writing all those death sequences for each God only to use them for a couple days before replacing them with a standard death through Ugrach
    To be fair, I thought the same thing of the whole ember system and the whole demigod essence systems, but those vanished after the events too.
    AhmetTrilliana
  • AsmodronAsmodron Posts: 2,042Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    So since it seems clear Ugrach isnt making an appearance, bets/assumptions on what is coming next? Or perhaps even the 'why' this has happened?


    Frankly im still a bit confused why Ugrach went through all the trouble to 'save' Slith (wouldnt even call it saving..the man is a husk at this point) just to end up betraying.
  • SkyeSkye The Duchess BellaterePosts: 2,568Member, Seafaring Liason @@ - Legendary Achaean
    He didn't betray anything. He was supposed to be hired WEF 1st Sarapin 717AF but HR screwed up. They didn't realise that if they left the position vacant for too long, it would self-destruct.


    ExelethrilMelodieShirszaeZbaco
  • SarathaiSarathai Posts: 2,139Member
    Penwize said:
    Grandue said:
    Asmodron said:
    So...Ugrach didnt come back after all and Throne of Death collapsed.


    Should be interesting to see what happens now
    I thought it odd they would go through all the work of writing all those death sequences for each God only to use them for a couple days before replacing them with a standard death through Ugrach
    To be fair, I thought the same thing of the whole ember system and the whole demigod essence systems, but those vanished after the events too.
    I wouldn't be surprised if they still exist in the code and just require activation, though, so if the Garden ever wants to use them again they can just flip a couple of switches and code in a new "gate" to access it. For example, wasn't there a bug for a few days after Bal'met's finale that made it possible to use a reincarnation gem and reincarnate into a Demigod (with 0 essence)?
    - (Eleusis): Ellodin says, "The Fissure of Echoes is Sarathai's happy place."
    - With sharp, crackling tones, Kyrra tells you, "The ladies must love you immensely."
    - (Eleusian Ranger Techs): Savira says, "Most of the hard stuff seem to have this built in code like: If adventurer_hitting_me = "Sarathai" then send("terminate and selfdestruct")."
    - Makarios says, "Serve well and perish."
    - Xaden says, "Xaden confirmed scrub 2017."



  • MelodieMelodie MhaldorPosts: 4,530Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Wow what a bastard. So much any humility gained to save his son!
    "You have had an extraordinary adventure, my dear. Extraordinary! One that few people could ever imagine. Treasure it. Keep it safe and secure, tucked away in some special place in your heart. 

    But... don't spend the rest of your days chasing a ghost."
  • HalosHalos San FranciscoPosts: 1,413Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    edited July 2016
    It's a bit jarring and out of character compared with how he's been portrayed so far during this death arc yeah.
    It is what I'd expect from Ugrach ... if we didn't know he is taking up curate duty to save his son. And if we hadn't watched him grovel to the gods to accept his gesture as an act of mercy/(self-interest?). And if mortal adventurers hadn't banded together to collect his throne fragments, puzzle them all together, and give their lives to activate it.

    But who knows! Maybe he's being portrayed as an amnesiac. Or a very skilled trickster.

    ETA: I'm going to miss the Deuc death sequence! So badass

    MelodieShirszae
  • HalosHalos San FranciscoPosts: 1,413Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Looking about his new residence, a cold smile crosses Ugrach's visage as he leans back, awaiting his first caller.

    that was me! :D

    Skye
  • SarathaiSarathai Posts: 2,139Member
    edited July 2016
    So is the death arc over, then? Or is there more yet to come in terms of developments with the Lord of the Undead sitting on the Throne of Death?

    (Also, I'd rather keep the Divine-specific death sequences for people in an Order, but that's just me.)
    - (Eleusis): Ellodin says, "The Fissure of Echoes is Sarathai's happy place."
    - With sharp, crackling tones, Kyrra tells you, "The ladies must love you immensely."
    - (Eleusian Ranger Techs): Savira says, "Most of the hard stuff seem to have this built in code like: If adventurer_hitting_me = "Sarathai" then send("terminate and selfdestruct")."
    - Makarios says, "Serve well and perish."
    - Xaden says, "Xaden confirmed scrub 2017."



  • MarisellaMarisella Posts: 149Member ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    edited July 2016
    I thought it was pretty in line with Ugrach's character. He was respectful to the Gods but why would he be respectful of the mortals whom he had to judge?

    Regardless of whether there was a throne or not, he made a deal with the Gods to take over as curator, so I don't think he would care very much if the Gods made the mortals assemble the throne for him.

    Also, the writing is pretty good for the new death sequence, at least.
  • ShirszaeShirszae Caer WitrinPosts: 2,740Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    I am going to miss Scarlatti's sequence. I wish those would stay at least for people in Orders, too

    And you won't understand the cause of your grief...

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    ...But you'll always follow the voices beneath.

    Ahmet
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