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  • scratch_flannigan
    scratch_flannigan  2 days ago

    Section Six starts in 1.75 hours. That will be 7pm CST (GMT - 6).

    Good(ish) characters of LEVEL 10 or below.

    We will meet at the Iron Minogon in Webster's Landing. Just assume that your character received a mysterious invitation.

    I will be IG as Taran if you have any questions!

  • Zhymm
    Zhymm  1 week ago

    Happy Turkey Day (i.e.Thanksgiving Day) to all our US players. And Happy Thursday to all others!

  • Zhymm
    Zhymm  2 weeks ago

    Uh, what happened to my message? Two paragraphs now random impulses across the interwebs ...

    Take care, Scratch.

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    Zhymm  2 weeks ago

  • scratch_flannigan
    scratch_flannigan  2 weeks ago

    RL calls me away from Section Six tonight, folks! sad

    Should any of you want to go ahead and run it, please feel free to do so! smile

  • Crayzee4dnd
    Crayzee4dnd  3 weeks ago

    Sam and Hugdish's wedding will begin in about 4 hours from this post. Yay!

  • scratch_flannigan
    scratch_flannigan  3 weeks ago

    Section Six starts in 2 hours. That will be 7pm CDT (GMT - 5).

    Good(ish) characters of LEVEL 9 or below.

    This week will be a bit different, with time being "frozen" at the end of the last event.

    There will be a portal in the Iron Minogon that will take your character to the very start of the Temple level in the Yuan Ti caves.

    If you did not join last week, that is perfectly ok. Just assume that you caught up with us like we do whenever someone shows up late.

    If your character has never been on a section six mission, you can assume that you stumbled on us while exploring !

    It is a little unorthodox, but we will make it all work! biglaugh

    I will be IG as Taran if you have any questions!

  • Squidget
    Squidget  3 weeks ago

    Edrick and Vae in the same day? heart suprised

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    Hello Edrick and Vae!

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So....you want to be an Empyrean?

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11:21:17 pm GMT 09/12/21
Jandari Registered Member #1320 Joined: 10:38:49 pm GMT 06/23/08
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The young man is sleeping deeply...having gone to bed completely exhausted.

From a deep slumber….where he dreams vividly…..he hears a loud clanging noise and a series of shouts that rouses him from his sleep!

“Get you, you lot… get up and stand to for inspection!!”

The young men, from aged 15-19, all jumped out of their small bunks and tried to wipe the sleep from their eyes. They stood….swaying, some of them, and tried to wake quickly.

The Knight Preceptor walked slowly among the ranks in the main barracks.

“YOU…rust on that mail coat!”

“YOU….stand to and prepare to clean the fireplace!”

“YOU….why is there rust on your blade?!”

As each question is asked… an answer is attempted...and an answer is destroyed.

“WRONG!” is the first word the poor sods hear.

This, my young friends, is the life a new Empyrean. You MUST be beaten and broken… as YOU are individuals. And WE are a team… an organized fighting force...and WE stand as one.

THAT… is your first lesson.

Learn it well, young man.
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11:29:14 pm GMT 09/12/21
Jandari Registered Member #1320 Joined: 10:38:49 pm GMT 06/23/08
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Every minute….of every day...was scripted.

Until a man was knighted into the Holy Service….his every moment was accounted for.

Fort Bennars was a hustle and bustle of hectic activity. Knights training….Young Acolytes serving them….Squires commanding the acolytes yet serving their seniors….it was all a coordinated dance of seniority and servitude.

To begin… a young man was inducted, in his youthful adolescent years, as an acolyte. Most of their mothers and fathers brought them to the Fort to learn discipline and a sense of service to something greater than themselves.

Others were taken as Squires and given their oaths as older males...perhaps 19 or more. Trained at a fervent pace and indoctrinated as an Empyrean Prospect.
None of them were given even ONE inch.
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12:02:58 am GMT 09/13/21
Jandari Registered Member #1320 Joined: 10:38:49 pm GMT 06/23/08
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Every minute of every day was scheduled.

Every second was intended to teach lessons. Lessons in abundance.

From peeling potatoes to shoveling horse manure...humility was NOT in short supply.

And THAT was by design.

“We are Ordained Knights and Warrior Monks...and we will EXCEL at both, gentlemen!”

The lessons in service to the light were numerous to say the least.

Religious training….books...scrolls….and philosophy. Both of life and of war.

Early morning….religious services.

Mid morning...the same.

All day… Service to others was drilled into their heads.

Make food….serve the poor….clothe the weak….feed the destitute.

Such was the way of an Empyrean acolyte.
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12:44:55 am GMT 09/13/21
Jandari Registered Member #1320 Joined: 10:38:49 pm GMT 06/23/08
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“Acolyte! Stand to and square off! Face your aggressor!”

The combat training was relentless. Non-stop.

“It is only the warrior who chooses pacifism, recuit…. ALL others are condemned to it!” The preceptors had repeated, over and over again.

The young men had been trained in the fundamentals of swordsmanship, small group tactics, shield to shield combat, and working in combined units.

It had been DRILLED into them from the beginning.

“Shield to shield…. Shoulder to shoulder...sword to sword! Stand fast, men… and stand together!!”

They drilled it over and over. Non stop. Until they could not hold their weapons and shields up any more.

Such was the way of the Empyrean Aurora Crusade.
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1:46:14 pm GMT 09/16/21
Jandari Registered Member #1320 Joined: 10:38:49 pm GMT 06/23/08
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The Crusader paced back and forth in the chapel… as the young acolytes listened to his lecture. It was one of many. But this one was the most important. It was about conviction. As much to inspire as to instruct, really.

His white eyes bore into each of them as they sat and listened...enthralled….at the blonde paladin’s moving words.

He culminated the lecture with the following:

“Each of you, for himself or herself, by himself or herself, and on his or her own honor, must speak. It is a solemn and weighty responsibility and not lightly to be flung aside at the bullying of any pulpit, government or ruler. Each must decide for himself or herself alone what is right and what is wrong, which course is righteous and which isn’t, based upon your own FAITH. You cannot shirk this and be an Empyrean, for to decide it against your convictions is to be an unqualified and inexcusable traitor. It is traitorous both against yourself and your professed creed and oath.

Let men label you as they may, if you alone of all the crowds decide one way, and that way be the right way by your convictions of the light, you have done your duty by yourself and by your oath. Hold up your head for you have nothing to be ashamed of.

It doesn’t matter what the group says. It doesn’t matter what the nobles or the common mobs say. It doesn’t matter if the whole realm decides that something wrong is something right. Righteousness is based on one principle above all else: The requirement that we stand up for what we believe in, no matter the odds or consequences.

When the mob and their leaders and the whole world tell you to move. Your job is to plant yourself like a mighty oak beside the river of truth and tell the whole world:

‘No, you move.’

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2:11:22 pm GMT 10/11/21
Jandari Registered Member #1320 Joined: 10:38:49 pm GMT 06/23/08
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The Chapel at Fort Bennars, this day, was full.

All in attendance were here to experience a service led by Father Ebraeren, The Radiant. He was a masterful speaker, gifted with the ability to inspire, and so learned in the scriptures it flowed from his lips like honey to the ear of the listener.

As the service drew to a close, Father Ebraeren opened the large text, from which he read, to the middle section.

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“And now….let us all stand as one...and recite the Canticle of Absolution!”

As once, those gathered came to their feet with great and fiery enthusiasm….and ALL began to recite, as one:

The Canticle of Absolution of the Empyrean Aurora Crusade

Praise the Light for its divine guidance,
as It endures, so shall we.
We who are Hunters of Evil,
shall strive in its name, eternally.
We, the Order of the Empyrean,
shall delve into the Dark Shadows.
We shall seek out the Taint,
we shall pursue the Vilest of Evil.
It is we who stand guard,
our Eternal Watch shall not fail.
For we are the Empyrean Aurora!
We Empyreans are the Hammers,
we slay the Darkness without fear.
Founded in great mystery we were,
Chapter and verse, devoted to the Light and its teachings.
Though in Hamley we are quartered,
our eyes encompass the Island, at large.
No Devil shall elude our gaze,
no Demon shall elude its Fate.
We shall be the Keepers of the Light, Immortal,
and all Secrets shall be our Knowledge.
We are the Guardians of Thain, resolute!
Caution and secrecy are our code,
watchfulness and patience are our way.
Hidden from the Eyes of Chaos,
we strike without warning or dread.
Though we find ourselves in Shadows,
no Blackness will enter our Hearts.
No treachery will touch our souls,
no pride will sully our thoughts.
We shall be Pure amongst Impurity,
we shall be Innocence amongst Guilt.
We are the Isle’s Humble Saviors!
We are spread across the Heavens,
our watch is untiring and ceaseless.
The Gods of the Light shall guard our Souls,
as we Guard those of innocents.
Our will shall be our weapons,
our faith shall be our armor.
Our minds will be secure fortresses,
no Temptation will weaken our resolve.
Though unnumbered lurking perils await us,
our blades will ever be ready.
For we are Righteousness’ Vengeance!
Masters of all weapons are we,
no defense exists against our wrath.
With the Nemesis shall we fight,
with an Aegis to shield us.
In bloodshed shall we save the innocent,
Noble death shall be our Everlasting Creed.
War Unending shall be our accepted Fate,
in battle shall we be steeped.
We shall be unstinting in Hatred,
we shall hunger for Holy Jihad.
For we are the Swords of Justice!
When all flee in hideous disarray,
strong and sound shall we stand.
Cowardice is wholly unknown to us,
our courage comes from Righteousness.
Unbowed and unshaken against all foes,
we shall claim victory with blood.
Steady and surely we hunt them,
those who dare oppose our wrath.
Death stalks us in many forms,
the grotesque and the utterly inhuman.
We are the Bringers of Hope!
Bloody battles unending constantly await us,
redemption the reward for our vigilance.
When corruption rears its unspeakable head,
ours is the blade that descends.
When unspeakable Horrors invade our realm,
our Exorcisms shall hurl them back.
There is no Chaos spawned horror,
which can resist our indomitable conviction.
With undaunted courage we shall prevail,
no arcane magics shall overcome us.
We are the Bearers of Victory!
No corruption shall blemish our realm,
no Immaterial Fiend shall be spared.
No Malevolent Spirit will oppose us,
no Creation of Sin shall survive.
No Unholy Deed shall go Unpunished,
all Blasphemous Acts shall be Atoned.
No Spawn of Misrule shall avoid us,
all are banished to the Void.
Nothing shall evade our Cleansing Fire,
not Daemon or Spawn or Renegade.
For we are Righteousness’ Divine Blade!
Heavenly Blessings are laid upon us,
the Abyss is ours to Tame.
Though Sorceries shall be against us,
no Witchcraft will bring our Doom.
Though Spell or Incantation blocks us,
our conviction shall see us Victorious.
No Hex can overcome our determination,
our resolve is as strong as steel.
Sigils and wards shall watch over us,
prayers shall serve as our Guide.
For we are the Light’s Chosen!
There is much darkness awaiting us,
yet our Faith lights our path.
Falsehood surrounds us at every turn,
yet no Traitor shall confound us.
No despicable trickery will thwart us,
no Damnation shall bring us low.
There is no peace for us,
for an eternity we will strive.
Though mere mortals in the Light’s service,
everlasting shall be our True Duty.
May the Guiding Light forever be our vanguard!

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