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 Post Posted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:33 am 
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Nate bails out of the back and follows suit.

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 Post Posted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:35 am 
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"My time here is limited," says the ghost, already beginning to fade into transparency. "We are too far from my mortal remains. This very night, within the crypt beneath the cathedral in Cimmura, another restless shade will await you. He will tell you that which you need to know."

Aside from the translucency, the smell, and the face that his horse looks like it's about a breath away from death by starvation, the ghost looks like an ordinary knight.

You might have time to ask one more thing before he fades completely.

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 Post Posted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:40 am 
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The needs of the many over the needs of the few. My own regrets can stand aside.

"Will anyone or anything stand in our way or otherwise endanger us?" Felix asks.

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 Post Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:34 pm 
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"All of the servants of Azash shall stand before thee," intones the ghostly Knight, his voice fading as he vanishes from sight. "And they shall neither rest nor stop until..."

His voice fades from hearing as he fades from sight. The stench of death begins to disperse with the wind.

Roger's tablet picks this moment to beep at him.

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 Post Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:11 pm 
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"Welp," Felix says. "Guess we're heading to Cimmura. We've got time for that, right?"

He gives a solemn nod and a whispered I'm sorry to the spot Sir Parasim's ghost was occupying before turning around and walking away. As Felix is heading back to the truck, he's struck by a thought. He turns to Piper.

"What does it mean to be free of Destiny?"

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 Post Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:47 pm 
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Arkady looks at Ortzel. "Sir Parasim was killed by a demon. It forced it's way into his lungs. I cast it out after a few seconds, but it was already too late." He shakes his head. "If I were to be seeing a ghost back home, I would be deeply suspicious. Here? It is sounding like we will be following his advice. Who knows, it may be confusing Azash for you to detour like that."

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Roger quietly checks the tablet to see what's up.

"I agree with Arkday. Having a ghost pretend to be a double agent doesn't seem like Azash's style."

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 Post Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:25 am 
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"Let's be careful about assumptions, we still know so little about the goings on of Azash's faction and all the elements associated with it."

Felix shakes his head.

"Though I do know we should probably hunt that Seeker down once we're done with political plays and ghostly detours. That thing can't be allowed to roam free. Not after what it's done. Not with what it's capable of."

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 Post Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:15 pm 
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The major road to Chyrellos passes Cimmura, and Sir Parasim's ghost was kind enough to stop you pretty close to the point where it does so; at least you won't need to go far out of your way to meet this second ghost. (Hopefully there won't be a third ghost in some horribly out-of-the-way place).

"Destiny is... kind of like a river," says Piper. "No matter which way those in the river try to swim, they still end up in the same place. The course of the river can only be changed by those outside of it."

Ortzel nods at Arkady's words. "The Pandions take their vows most seriously. For one of them to return from the House of the Dead must require a truly dire reason. For the life of me I cannot imagine what it might be, but there is precedent in Church records; about two hundred years ago it was a ghostly warning which undid a fiendish plot that would otherwise have plunged all the Elene kingdoms into war, and allowed Zemoch to stroll in at their leisure and pic up the pieces."

Roger's tablet tells him that his little camera-trap program has activated; someone logged into the root account and woke up another coldsleeper.

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 Post Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:22 pm 
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Arkady looks at the others. "Under the cathedral. Isn't that where the count said that lights were seen? Now I am wondering if Vanire's men found anything."

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 Post Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:24 pm 
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"That... sounds like it could be dangerous," Felix says to Piper. "At the very least it could put targets on our backs. Are all Terran people free of Destiny, or is it just the ones who have woken up spontaneously?"

Felix once again mounts the turret on the truck, Theresa getting back inside the driver's seat.

"Well, what are we waiting for? To Cimmura! Let's pay Preceptor Vanire a visit and then head on into the catacombs."

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"Speaking of spontaneous awakenings, it looks like one just happened back at the ship."

Roger radios back to have some one (preferably Dr. Vanderbilt) check the cryo pods.

"So the Church is fine with ghosts, but against magic huh?"

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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:37 am 
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"All Terran people," says Piper, promptly.

"Free-willed ghosts have nothing to do with magic," points out Ortzel. "Though the Church does have perfectly sensible objections to the idea of trying to use heretical means to raise ghosts."

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Vanire is a little surprised to see you, but you quickly learn that he has so far been unable to find out anything about the lights in the cemetery. Aside from a list of things that it isn't.

It's certainly not anything that the Primate is personally attending, because the lights have been seen again, even though the Primate himself is currently in Chyrellos, preparing for the election of the Arch-Prelacy.

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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:16 pm 
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"It might have something to do with ghosts," Felix tells Vanire. "We witnessed the shade of Sir Parasim, who informed us of another shade that would be waiting for us in the crypt beneath the cathedral that had vital information for us."

Felix scratches the back of his head.

"He also said the servants of Azash would try to stop us, so I'm not opposed to a Pandion escort if you could provide one."

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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:30 pm 
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"If there are any servants of Azash anywhere near Cimmura, then I'd appreciate the chance to put them to the sword," says Vanire, grimly. "If I march a squad of Knights into the city openly, I'll have the Baron Harparin charging me with invasion and coup within the hour. Which means the men I send to keep an eye out for you will need to be in disguise. Don't worry, they'll have their weapons close at hand. I'll tell them to stay out of the crypt unless called for - ghosts can be skittish sometimes - but rest assured that they will be within earshot. If you run into any dangers that a sword can deal with, just shout, and they will be there."

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