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PostSubject: The Chastening   Fri Jul 04, 2014 2:26 pm

Farmers, guardsmen, priests, over-zealous hunters, adventurers, and drunks--anyone up too late or up too early might see, of a pre-dawn morning, a frail, hooded figure walking toward Old Skull Hill.

Never alone, he is occasionally accompanied by a golden-haired, golden-armored Dawnknight, his gaze intense and careful as they approach the hill. But most times, it’s his mate who guides him, yawning, frowning with concern, his sleepy dragon eyes piercing the morning haze as they place the two buckets and the burlap-wrapped bastard sword in their usual spots.

They fill the buckets with water and arrange the bastard sword across the hooded man’s shoulders, then they carefully hang the buckets off the sword. Finally, lifting and balancing the arranged weight, the hooded figure goes running up the hill.

Sometimes he sprints; sometimes he barely walks. Sometimes the buckets are full to overflowing; sometimes they are nearly empty. Sometimes he makes it up the hill; most times, he falters, one bucket or the other sliding off the sword and bouncing downward as he falls hard against the rocky slope.

But, each time, he stands, trudges down the hill, refills the buckets, and tries again, again, again, until, somehow, he finds a way to reach the hilltop in time to stand and rest, gazing reverently as the rising sun’s light rushes headlong across the fields, like a long lost love, toward the sleepy village.
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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:04 am

Nearby, a silent figure watches, a young woman, about the age of 21-22. Dressed in some plain white robes, and with a blue metallic blade on her back. As time goes on, she watches the man carefully, as he wanders back and forth between the river and the hill. back and forth, back and forth.

After having watches him for a while, she disappears from the spot she was standing on, and the next time they see her, she's on the top of the mountain, likely having run/crawled up on the other side of the mountain. As the man reaches the top, the woman merely smiles as him.
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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Sat Jul 05, 2014 2:53 pm

Sweating and out of breath, the man struggles to compose himself before speaking. His smile can be seen above his beardless chin in the growing light, even beneath the hood. It seems genuine, yet it's hard not to notice his quick glance down the hill to make sure his companion can still see him from below.

Unceremoniously dropping his burden, he pulls his yellow hood back to reveal bright eyes within pallid face that looks anemic, as if from sudden weight loss.

"Hello there. My name's Cleo. What's yours?"
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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:51 pm

The woman simply bows to Cleo, and smiles. She then gently gestures to herself, then holds a finger infront of her mouth.

Depending on how good his memory might be, he might realize he's meet this woman before, though by now it was over a year ago, when she had wandered into the temple, had a small talk with him, before having simply left again.

The woman also has a white mask placed in her belt at her hip. With some orange markings around the left eye, and part of the mouth, and with 4 tears under the right eye

She then smiles again, tilting her head a little, looking him over, judging his current state.
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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:11 pm

Cleo nods in understanding at the woman's gesture, but gives no outward sign that he recognizes the woman.

The young priest, previously possessed of a lean and wiry strength, now seems twenty pounds lighter, twenty pounds weaker. He is drenched in sweat from his efforts, but has finally caught his breath. His cheeks are sunken and there is darkness around his eyes.

But his spirits seem high as he gestures somewhat excitedly, bidding her to watch with him the gold-hued sunrise.
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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Sat Jul 05, 2014 10:09 pm

The woman looks to the sunrise, and nods, closing her eyes to meditate. a gentle golden warm glow beginning to radiate from her.

She stands there for a while, until most the actual rising of the sun has passed, before opening her eyes once more, as the glow fades. Before looking back to the priest with a gentle smile. She then makes a simple gesture, back down the mountain, and before he has a chance, she hurries over the pick up the bundled up sword, and the two buckets, swinging it over her shoulder, and slowly begins to walk back down, turning to see if he'll follow.
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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Sat Jul 05, 2014 10:28 pm

While her eyes are closed in meditation, Cleo takes a break from his own reverie to take closer note of her sword, her robes, her painted mask, trying to learn what he can of her from the items on her person.

Any question on his lips is interrupted by her sudden movement, and he smirks mirthfully as she makes her way down the hillside, following as fast as his weary legs will allow.

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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:17 am

The Sword on her back, would be the one considered a Katana but common folk, though considering it's appearance, it doesn't seem like it's been used anytime recently. The Blue sheen, would likely come from the fact that it appears to be made from Mithral.

Her Robes are mostly white, some dirt here and there, likely from her climb up the mountain, and appears to be very easy to move in. glancing over the robes, he'd also note that the gloves she seems to be wearing are made from some red scales, as he knows the material somewhat, he'd likely know they're dragon scales.

Her Mask appears to be made from wood, and have since then been painted white, and with a careful hand, has been plainted the way it was. With an orange outline around the left eye, and the left part of the mouth. And then with 4 tears under the right eye.


The woman makes her way down the mountain, though she keeps turning around to make sure the Cleo is still following, and hasn't fallen over.
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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:18 am

While sipping from his flask at the bottom of the hill waiting for Cleophus to regain enough breath to come back, Lucent would notice he's now not alone and would wait for him, unmoving and sporting his trademark frowny expression.
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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:21 am

Cleo makes his way carefully down the hill, glancing at Jay with a friendly but curious look, as if to ask "do you know this person?"

Reaching the bottom of the hill, he takes a sip of water from his canteen as he watches to see what she's going to do with his sword.

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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:47 am

Jay would merely see the same woman that he'd seen when people were sent into hell the second time, the mute monk that helped bring back Cleo's soul

Once down, the woman merely placed the buckets on the ground, and hands the sword back to Cleo with a smile.
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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Sun Jul 06, 2014 12:14 pm

Elric would be standing next to Jay waiting patiently as well.
He responds to Cleophus' inquiry:

"She is the monk sworn to silence that hath gone to the hells to rescue thine soul along with the paladin Milo."
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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Sun Jul 06, 2014 12:31 pm

Cleo smiles, bowing graciously to the woman, then he looks around at the little group, as if struck with a sudden thought.

He looks toward the morning sun, then back to the others.

"Then this is a perfect assemblage for what's next. Come, if you will. There is something that must be done, and now is the time."

He arranges the buckets and sword so that he can sling them over one shoulder, the buckets hanging hobo-style from one end. With his other hand, he grabs Jay's hand, and practically tries to pull him in the direction of Chauntea's temple.

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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Sun Jul 06, 2014 12:37 pm

"Lead on Dawnbringer" Replies Elric as he moves to aid him with the buckets should he seem to falter.
If not he'd still be within arms reach just in case.
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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:21 pm

Lucent would follow along even though he doesn't seem very convinced.
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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Sun Jul 06, 2014 3:52 pm

Cleo leads the little bunch, or all who would follow, into the House of Plenty. There, he first asks for Rebecca. If she is present, he inquires to her health and offers any immediate aid that he might, before seeking out any familiar cleric at the temple.

Of the cleric, Cleo requests, by virtue of Lathander's alliance with Chauntea, or by virtue of his friendship with Julia and Rwolf, or by virtue of a generous donation, the use of a font.

Urging his companions to gather around, Cleo produces a vial of finest holy water, holding it up to the tinted morn-light that beams through the stained glass of the temple. He opens the vial and pours its sun-soaked contents into the font.

Supporting himself occasionally with one hand on Jay's arm, and frequently smiling encouragement at each assembled person, Cleo recites a lengthy, ancient prayer, ritualistically troubling the holy water with his finger, drawing familiar patterns in time with his words.

Finally reaching the ritual's end, Cleo closes his eyes and utters the word "Karovir". Then he falls toward the font, supporting his frail frame with one hand on each edge of the structure as he looks into the water, silent, watching, listening.

(( DM-approved casting of Discern Location. If the use of the Chauntean font would not be approved, Cleo would have dragged everyone to the Dawnspire and done it there.))

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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:43 pm

The priests and priestesses of the Chauntean temple lower their heads and pray, surrounding the Dawnlord in a circle.
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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:44 pm

Light bursts from the font, bathing Cleo's fevered cheeks. He lifts his head, still clutching the font, muttering "no. no. not again. not---"

He stops, takes a deep, centering breath, and whispers a few words that only those assembled nearby might hear.

Then he collapses backward into Jay, still conscious but utterly weakened.

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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:48 pm

As Leeora finally arrives in Shadowdale, she spots Elric as he heads into the Temple and she sees who he is in accompaniment with. Immediately, she follows and stands towards the back. She takes a hold of her holy pendant of Lathander and prays softly, hoping to strengthen whatever it is Cleo is doing. She prays deeply, lending all of her inner strength to him.
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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:52 pm

The Silent woman follows the gathering, and once Cleo attempts his magics, she merely stands quiet, having no divine nor arcane gifts of her own, she merely observes, as she usually does.
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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:26 am

Lucent would hold Cleophus enough for him to stand on his own and then he would suggest to walk back home if he's done.
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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:47 am

Cleo nods,  smiles a goodbye to those assembled,  and makes his halting way to the temple door.

On the way out,  noticing the new Dawngreeter, Leeora, Cleo clasps her hand and whispers in her ear:  "Lovely light of Dawn, go ahead of me to the Dawnspire and make ready. When I arrive,  we will pray to the Morninglord for life's renewal in the body of noble Trip Kindred."

At last,  he exits the temple and joins Jay on a lovely walk home.

On opening her hand, Leeora would find a palm full of diamonds.
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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:28 am

She smiles serenely to Cleo, then listens as he whispers to her, holding his hand tightly. A nod after she hears his words, then she peers to her hand as he leaves. Seeing the diamonds, she knows what is to be done. She immediately repacks her things and begins to make her way out of town in a hurry, no care for any troubles she may encounter.
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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:01 pm

Once A new day arrives, the silent woman is once again out near the home of the Dawnlord and the Dragon"man" keeping a silent watch of the home, waiting for either of the two to come out.
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PostSubject: Re: The Chastening   Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:02 am

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