Dark Earth

DE-EN3/4
For Queen and Country / Just Seen a Face

Group 1
For Queen and Country

  • Lancelot, Tristran, Lamorak, Stark and others set off to Bamburgh Castle to meet with Queen Ann, and ask for her assistance in defending Hantonne Keep from Claudas
  • Lancelot has vivid dreams with Queen Ann and someone that is referred to as Morgana, a horned woman.
  • On their journey, they came across a small chapel with a pyre outside of it
  • Two Chosen were brought and they entered the chapel
  • The surrounding area of the chapel was full of crows
  • Inside the chapel, they note the following:
    • The chapel has a pentagram etched on the floor
    • It has small sconces that resemble the outside pyre along the edge
  • They ignite the fire as Lancelot notices the moon through an opening in the roof. It is the Winter Solstice and they light aligns with the moon
  • They are sent on a vision back in time
  • The chapel retreats in time but the stone and etching of the pentagram remain
  • They see the familiar horned woman kneeling before a cloaked figure. His jeweled/ringed hand on her head.
  • He snaps her to the side and harpies come and attack from the trees as the cloaked figure leaves in a puff of smoke
  • The Chosen are able to fight back the harpies and heal the horned woman
  • When she awakens, more harpies come and attack
  • She almost seems to notice the Chosen, but as if only in passing
  • The horned woman seems to stop time, inspect the harpies, and casts a spell which restarts time and turns all the harpies to crows
  • The Chosen continue to their visit to Queen Ann
  • They meet Queen Ann, inform her of many things, and argue among themselves … a lot
  • At dinner later they meet three children of Ann: Gareth, Isolde and Gawain (female). Her eldest son, Prince Mordred is leading her forces to the south
  • Prince Gareth challenges Lancelot to a joust
  • Queen Ann agrees to send 500 troops and 50,000 GP
  • Lancelot loses the joust
  • Tristran pulls his bow; he is subdued and spends the night in jail where he hooks up with Isolde who had been giving him the eye all night
  • Lancelot has en emo moment and takes off to the woods
  • The Chosen follow him, convince him to go back home with them and notice they are being followed on the way back home
  • They are confronted and attacked by a group of seemingly confused individuals who do not know why they are following them, but know to release a crow when they find “the boy”
  • Lamorak releases the crow and shadow demons attack; they dispatch them and the group of follower
  • They make it back home

Group 2
Just Seen a Face

  • The Chosen were dispatched to:
    • Find the group that’s been causing trouble for Claudas, and
    • Meet with King Gogfran Gawr in Tintagel
  • On the way they noticed they were being followed by Perceval
  • Perceval ran away from home to follow the chosen
  • They were ambushed by a group of shadow demons
  • During the fight, Perceval attacked a shadow demon and light erupted from his sword; much to Perceval’s surprise
  • After dispatching the shadow demons, they found the bandit camp and followed them to Tintagel (how convenient)
  • At Tintagel they met with King Gogfran, except for Silversheen, who waited outside in the form of a horse
  • The chosen managed to negotiate with King Gogfran 3,000 men (no gold)
  • Silversheen while in horse form outside noticed someone climbing the wall towards the 2nd floor of the castle tower
  • When he actiavted his Chosen primeval awareness the figure climbing the wall pinged as one
  • Silversheen transformed back into dragon form and whistled to the person
  • Having been startled and rolling a 1 on his atletics check, the person fell
  • He managed to run away and Silversheen gave chase
  • The chosen inside her the kerfuffle and also gave chase
  • The person mounted a horse and seemed like he was going to get away when Elric prodded Perceval to call for him
  • Perceval yelled “ARRRRRRRRRTHUR”, the person stopped, turned around, paused, and yelled back, “Where you got your scar, Perceval!”
  • As he sped away, he was joined by 7 other riders; all dressed in heavy armor. The chosen did not give chase
  • King Gogfran agreed to personally accompany his troops to Hantonne with his wife. As an emissary, he is sending in advance with the Chosen his daughter, Gwyyyynevere, a half-elf.
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DE-EN2
A mother's love; A rival's return
  • While Gwen, Lucifer, Kel-Mega and Stark where away attending to various things Lancelot and the Chosen that were left learned of 200 mounted soldiers of Claudas 4 days away. This is when them and various other English Chosen were called upon by Vivienne
  • Darwin saw a piece of a vision that others had not seen. If Darwin chooses to share it, that’s up to him
  • The Chosen shared (most) of their knowledge of events thus far with each other, including:
    • Claudas rules with an iron fist
    • Queen Ann is his major threat
    • There have many instances of sabotage recently against locations important to Claudas. They have been marked with the sign of a dragon against a rising sun
    • Some Chosen shared stories of distant lands that they’ve visited, with little luck in finding anything that would help England (yet)
  • When Vivienne was asked about Arthur and the “wish” that she referenced in regards to how he is the key to liberating England, she sent the Chosen on a vision quest of the past. Information gathered:
    • The Chosen were put into the bodies of 6 humans, who were accusing another group of 2 tieflings, 2 aasimar and 2 humans of treacherous acts (no details revealed)
    • A fight quickly ensued, during which they heard the name Valaria as the new Queen coming from a booming voice from outside
    • After the fight, the witnessed the new (pregnant) Queen walking in their direction. Their occupied bodies informing someone close to her of the events
    • They departed their bodies and followed Valaria into a temple whose alter was very similar to that of The One.
    • She prayed for some time, as if she were in a deep trance. She walked away with tears in her eyes, with her hands on her belly as if holding her unborn child
    • Time sped up to a room of what seemed like Roman architecture, Valaria surrounded by several others, including the white haired man who was Megareus’ side shortly after his assassination, and what seemed to be Valaria’s twin, except with dark hair. Now the resemblance was clear; it was Althamea Hadrianus
    • One person asked Valaria, “Do you feel her?” Her response, “Nothing”.
    • They leave and she is questioned by the white-haired man. She lied; he knows; she claims she’s safe
    • Time moves forward again; Valaria is giving birth in a place that is reminiscent of old English architecture. She is with her sister, Althamea and several house maids. She gives birth to a boy, Marsalos. Upon first holding him, she sings to him and wishes upon her child the protection, guidance, wisdom of all who came before him for he and all who come after him; so that he may be the key to “lift the veil …”
    • Generation after generation you follow the lives the girls and boys that are the descendants of that day. Eventually joining with another line that some of the Chosen had already seen, that which leads to the time of the coronation of Uther.
    • They witness a young lady, a dragon, the man, their love, their passion, the Conception. This beautiful soul and body, the mother. The father, Uther Pendragon, transforms before them into a silver dragon, marked on the chest with the pentagram some had seen before. Away it flew, and they followed the childhood of Arthur
    • They saw him as an active youth; swift, cunning, athletic. They saw him as a squire of Claudas. His treatment, harsh. But Arthur never faltered. They saw the day he lost Claudas’ sword, his panic to find another, the running by the stone, it calling to him. He withdraws it. When he does, reality snaps back
  • The Chosen spend the next several days gathering information, debating tactics, preparing the Hantonne Keep and sending an advanced party to meet with the incoming troops.
  • They learn that they are led by Sir Bors; Lancelot’s former challenger the day he was to earn his knighthood
  • They agree to a 6 on 6 battle. Bors sees them as children
  • They kick Bors’ arse, and he yields to Lancelot. Half of his men fleeing and abandoning the battle. The rest pledge their fealty to Hantonne Keep and the noble House du Lac
  • Hantonne Keep earns an additional 100 mounted soldiers .. all these new mouths to feed!!
  • It takes 2 months to get them settled, (INSERT DOWN TIME ACTIVITY HERE), and prepare the castle for winter. By the end of the mod and after the 2 months, it is November
  • Your spent DTD are preventing an all out winter famine. With current stocks, and the additional troops and animals, things are still very scarce though. English winters are rough. One wrong thing could tip the balance (NOT THAT IT WOULD EVER HAPPEN IN MY MOD MUAHAHAHAHA)
  • But the scarier part is what’s coming in the spring. Rumors of war are all over. People are saying the Claudas is coming to destroy their lands, and take their souls. Many take solace in Lancelot, Silversheen, and the rest of their new Lords, but they are all still very frightened. Their King is dead, and they pray for his son.
  • A flyer is brought to them from London. WANTED for 10,000 GP, DEAD OR ALIVE. A detailed drawing of Arthur. When Lancelot displays it in the Keep central square, as the NEW KING, it is stolen.
  • They find it was stolen by a boy. His name is PERCEVAL; Arthur’s 11 year old “best friend”. He viciously defends Arthur. With Lancelot’s blessing, Lamarrac squires Perceval.
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DE-A12 The Royal Wedding
Raise or Raze: Part V - Tier 2 Capstone

The royal wedding between Princess Valaria Hadrianus, heir to family title of Baetica and Lord Marsalos Valerius Corvus, Protector of Seville, is set. The preparations are all made and the celebrations are beginning. Nobles and Chosen from across the land are invited to join in the festivities. A grand party with all these nobles and Chosen in attendance – what could possibly go wrong?

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DE-A11.1 Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Raise or Raze: Plot Point Mod 2
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DE-A11.3 Birth of the Lizard Queen
Raise or Raze: Plot Point Mod 4

Summoned by Tolivar and Seria, the Chosen arrive in Baelo Claudia to continue to unravel the mystery of the Atlantean heirs using the Emerald Tablets. The Chosen ride the Tides of Chaos to try and unravel the mystery and continue their search on whether to Raise or Raze Atlantis!

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DE-A11.2 The Emeral Tablet of Atlantis
Raise or Raze: Plot Point Mod 3

Now that the magic of the Emerald Tablet of Atlantis has been unlocked, deciphering its secrets has proven to be more than just reading the tablet. The Chosen have been tasked with unlocking its power and interpreting its contents. The tides of Chaos will lead them down this dangerous path into the unchartered waters of Unal, the island remnants of what Atlantis left behind.

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DE-A11.4 Weekend at Babylon's
Raise or Raze: Plot Point Mod 4

The Chosen are taken back to Babylon where they learn a little more about Hephaestion, the Lich King. The problem is that sometimes what you know can and will be used against you.

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DE-A11 The Magic Conch
Raise or Raze: Plot Point Mod 1

Attempting to learn the background of the Kings of Atlantis and the babies born to Althamea, the Chosen set off to the library of Alexandria. What they find there is a mystery to the Chosen, and the tides of Chaos that drive reality.

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DE-A9 One Hundred Hands to Atlantis
Raise or Raze: Part IV

The sounds of the forge bring the Chosen back to the Lake of Vivienne. Here they find Tyriom forging his own workshop. He speaks to them of another Atlantean escapee, the Lady Seria Azaesian, the keeper of the Library of Atlantis. With her may lie the knowledge the Chosen need to make their way to the Heavens and retrieve the weapon of Neptune. Now, will she be willing to part with her knowledge?

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DE-A10 Echoes of Truth
Raise or Raze: Part V

What led to the fall of Atlantis? How are the lines of Atlantean Nobility chosen? What’s the secret behind Valaria’s and Althamea’s adoption to King Cadizio? What were the people of Atlantis like? Can they be trusted to rule the city without threat to the Earth? How is the Umbra involved?

The answers are all there if you know how to listen …

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