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54246"Never mind, Morte. What happens, happens. I'm going to head through the portal now."
54247The portal lens appears cold and lifeless in your hands. It seems that it will not function outside the modron cube.
54248Put the lens away.
54249"Well..." Morte pauses. "Yeah, there's one other thing you should know - the YOU I knew before, the YOU that led us here, he wasn't like you. At all."
54250"What do you mean?"
54251The portal lens throbs with power. It awaits your choice of a destination...
54252"What do you mean?"
54253The Hive, near the Flophouse.
54254The Hive, near the Mortuary.
54255"Never mind, Morte. I'm ready to head through the portal now - you with me?"
54256The Hive, near the marketplace.
54257The Hive, near the Smoldering Corpse bar.
54258The Lower Ward.
54259The Clerk's Ward.
54260The Weeping Stone Catacombs.
54261Never mind. Put the lens away.
54262"Never mind, Morte. What happens, happens. I'm going to head through the portal now."
54263"The other YOU, he... he didn't care very much for anybody. For anyone. We could have ALL died in the Fortress, and he wouldn't have blinked. So... I just want you to hold on to your differences, because... well, I like this *you* better. A LOT better."
54264"But that's not all you want to say, is it?"
54265"Is that it?"
54266"Never mind, Morte. I'm ready to head through the portal now - you with me?"
54267"Never mind, Morte. What happens, happens. I'm going to head through the portal now."
54268"All's I'm saying is that, despite all your asinine behavior, YOU got more spirit than he ever did. The other YOU, he... he was detached from everything. So... I just want you to keep that in mind."
54269"But that's not all you want to say, is it?"
54270"Is that it?"
54271"Never mind, Morte. I'm ready to head through the portal now - you with me?"
54272"Never mind, Morte. What happens, happens. I'm going to head through the portal now."
54273"No..." Morte pauses. "There's one other thing - I may not have liked that *other* you very much, but he was one smart basher - the smartest basher I've ever known; he always had every angle covered. If he died at the Fortress, that means... well..."
54274"You don't think I can succeed, do you?"
54275"Never mind, Morte. I'm ready to head through the portal now - you with me?"
54276"Never mind, Morte. What happens, happens. I'm going to head through the portal now."
54277"No..." Morte shakes his head. "It's not that, chief. Because it's not always who's smartest, or who's the most powerful, or who's the toughest... sometimes it comes down to who you are and what you *really* want. I mean, once you wanted to become immortal - but in the end, is that *really* what you wanted? Just be sure of what you want this time, is all I'm saying."
54278"Fair enough. Look, Morte... we haven't really talked about this, but you know you don't have to come with me to this place, right? I'll understand if you don't want to."
54279"Understood. If you've said your peace, let's go. You ready?"
54280"Understood; thanks for the advice, Morte. I'm going to head through the portal now."
54281"Yeah... I know, chief. And I can't lie to you... I don't want to go... but I will. Just know that once we step through that portal, it isn't going to be just about *you* anymore. This is our lives you're playing with, and we don't get back up when we die."
54282"Then why are you..."
54283"Then why are you..."
54284"Then why are you..."
54285"Then why are you..."
54286"Then why are you..."
54287Yellow-Fingers scampers off, mumbling sourly all the while.
54288Leave.
54289This is a dustless shelf with an empty space - skull-sized - between two grinning skulls.
54290This is a dustless shelf with an empty space - skull-sized - between two grinning skulls.
54291Leave it alone.
54292Leave it alone.
54293"No escape for you now."
54294"All right, everyone, you've seen enough!"
54295"Your times up, distiller."
54296"Let's get him!"
54297"Another trespasser? Prepare to die!"
54298"Die, vile beast!"
54300I'd like to do an in-party interaction test, Testocles.
54301Then a test it shall be. I will spew forth some pointless placeholder text, which you are reading now. My lovely assistant, Test babe, will ask a few words of wisdom, and then I will finish up the interactions with a last tidbit of savory dialog.
54302And there you have it. A successful test of character interaction, dripping with drama and suspense. I do hope you have enjoyed our little show.
54303I'd like to do an in-party interaction test, Testocles.
54304I wish I could help you, but I can't find TEST babe, my lovely assistant. If you place her next to me (via the world editor) I would be most happy to proceed with the test.
54305Batteries not included. Not available in stores. Some assembly required. Use as directed. Offer void where prohibited by law.
54306"I've been looking for you, deva."
54307"I've been looking for you, deva."
54308"I've been looking for you, deva."
54309"I've been looking for you, deva."
54310"I've been looking for you, deva."
54311"I've been looking for you, deva."
54312I found the angel Ravel spoke of, "Trias," imprisoned in Curst. To think the citizens would treat an angel in such a way... this really is a city of cutthroats and back stabbers. Not that that's any different from any of the OTHER places I've been to.
54313"What is it you wish of me, mortal? Speak your mind and then depart."
54314"I have some questions for you..."
54315"I have your sword."
54316"Forget it. Farewell."
54317"What need you, mortal?"
54318"I had some questions for you..."
54319"I have your sword."
54320"Nothing. Farewell."
54321"I thank you for freeing me. I owe you much." His charred wings flutter. "What would you ask of me, mortal? I'm afraid I can offer little in the way of boons."
54322"I have many questions for you..."
54323"Ah well. Farewell."
54324The deva raises its head and rests its gaze upon you. His voice is pure and melodic. "What is it you wish of me, mortal? Speak your mind and leave me to my memories of paradise."
54325"Ravel the hag told me to seek you."
54326"I have heard rumors of a plague that emerged when they opened this prison."
54327"What is this place?"
54328"Who are you?"
54329"Memories of paradise?"
54332The deva turns its head and rests its gaze upon Morte. "The stench of Baator lies thick about you, skull."
54333The deva turns its head and rests its gaze upon Morte. "The stench of Baator lies thick about you, skull."
54363The deva turns its head and rests its gaze upon Morte. "The stench of Baator lies thick about you, skull."
54364"You keep foul company, mortal... but ask your questions of me, and leave me to my memories of paradise."
54365"Ravel the hag told me to seek you."
54366"I have heard rumors of a plague that emerged when they opened this prison."
54367"What is this place?"
54368"Who are you?"
54369"Memories of paradise?"
54370"Is this your sword? It was in the middle of the prison."
54371"Forget it. Farewell."
54372"You bring a *tanar'ri,*" he hisses the word, "to *my* presence?"
54373"What, did the wings give it away?"
54374"Well, yes. Why not?"
54375"Another request?"
54376"Ravel the hag told me to seek you."
54377"I have heard rumors of a plague that emerged when they opened this prison."
54378"What is this place?"
54379"Who are you?"
54380"You said something about memories of paradise?"
54381"Is this your sword? It was in the middle of the prison."
54382"How did your wings get burnt?"
54383"Forget it. Farewell."
54384He looks shocked for a moment. "Celestial Fire? You have recovered my blade? Will you free me? Then strike a blow against the chain!"
54385"I had some questions first..."
54386Strike a blow against the chain.
54387Strike the deva.
54388"Not yet. Farewell."
54389"Ravel... Ravel... her name strikes sparks in my memory, but... no, it is gone. These chains are like the murky waters of the Styx - the longer they remain, the less I remember. Should I be freed, I could answer your questions to your satisfaction."
54390"How can you be freed?"
54391"Then I'll come back later. Farewell."
54392Trias told me that he can only be freed by an act of kindness - in this case, by retrieving his sword and striking off his chains.
54393"It is their own doing. In forging these chains for me to wear, they tempered the links with bitterness and betrayal. Their short-sightedness has been their downfall; had they heeded my warnings, this would not have happened." A great sadness fills his eyes. "My heart pities them."
54394"How did you get here?"
54395"How can these chains be broken and the plague lifted?"
54396"I had other questions for you..."
54397"Farewell... for now."
54398"You lie upon the neutral ground of the Outlands, within the walls of the gate town of Curst, home of traitors and betrayers, a town that borders the prison plane of Carceri. You are buried within the prison and in the cell of Trias the Condemned, laid low and hurled into this cell where I am bound until freed by an action of kindness, mercy, and justice."
54399"Tell me of Curst."
54400"Tell me of Carceri."
54401"How were you laid low?"
54402"How can you be freed?"
54403"I had some other questions for you..."
54404"I am Trias the Condemned, Trias the Wounded, Elysium's lost child, a general of the Hosts of the Upper Planes."
54405"What is this place?"
54406"How did you get here?"
54407"The Upper Planes?"
54408"The Condemned?"
54409"That is all I have left to me in this place. Now what is it you wish of me, mortal? Speak your mind and then leave."
54410"I had a few questions for you..."
54411"How did you get here?"
54412"What can you tell me of this paradise?"
54413"Forget it. Farewell."
54414"Mortal, I shall answer all your questions once you free me, and with a clearer mind as well. Now strike the blow and return my sword!"
54415Strike a blow against the chains.
54416Strike the deva.
54417Leave.
54418"Yes?"
54419"I have questions, yet again."
54420Strike a blow against the chains.
54421Strike the deva.
54422Leave.
54423The blade is a flicker of white fire in your hands as you strike the deva. He shrieks horribly as he dies... the sound of a world dying is contained within his voice, and you can't help but feel that you've made a terrible mistake.
54424"That's done, then..."
54425The chains sunder easily under the blade, and the sound of a thunderclap resonates between your ears. Everything goes black for a moment, and you feel the blade vanish from between your fingers.
54426Wait...
54427"An act of kindness done to me shall set me free. My sword - my soul - is an agent of such kindness. Fetch the blade for me and strike my chains off. It is kept somewhere in this prison, in a locked and guarded chamber. I know the combination to the entrance." He speaks three arcane syllables that burn into your memory. "Free me, and I should be... in your debt. Perhaps I can aid you in what you seek."
54428"Is this your sword? It was in the middle of the prison."
54429"What do you know of what I seek?"
54430"Betrayed, in the town known for betrayals. I thought I could spark the light of goodness here, set a few souls free of the traps they created for themselves. Instead, I found myself ensnared, quite against my will, by my former cohorts, bound up in this lightless bubble beneath the earth."
54431"How can you be freed?"
54432"I had some more questions for you..."
54433"Well, good luck. Farewell."
54434A shadow passes over his face. "Never again shall I see them, I fear, the ordered beauty of Arcadia, the vistas of Elysium, the Seven Mounts of Mount Celestia... all the ugliness contained in these Lower Planes is effaced there, where it is truly possible to believe in redemption. Too many look only to the Lower Planes for their inspiration and aid, I fear..."
54435"What can you tell me of Arcadia?"
54436"What can you tell me of Elysium?"
54437"What can you tell me of Mount Celestia?"
54438"I see... I had some other questions..."
54439"Probably. Farewell."
54440"I was a champion of the hosts of the Upper Planes, now subdued and buried beneath this loathsome city. I wish to fly free again, far from here, far from these chains that submerge my very being into stagnation."
54441"What can you tell me of those chains?"
54442"How can you be freed?"
54443"But your wings are charred; you cannot fly."
54444"I had some other questions..."
54445"Good luck. Farewell."
54446He smiles, sadly. "You wear the marks of it upon your face and carry it within your heart. Should these chains be lifted from me... then I should be able to divine your purpose more deeply, guide you more truly. Until then..." The deva shrugs. "Until then I cannot even give you the benefit of good advice. These chains smother memory and instinct."
54447"Very well. I'll find your sword. Farewell."
54448His face darkens, and lightens with pity. "A town of traitors, to themselves and to others. None may be trusted here, and all seek to draw all others into their tangled schemes... even those who wish only to do good."
54449"What can you tell me of Carceri?"
54450"How were you betrayed?"
54451"I had some more questions for you..."
54452"I see. Farewell."
54453"It is the prison of the planes, a plane where even powers are helpless before betrayal. Few leave it, and all who do, leave it changed."
54454"Tell me of Curst."
54455"How were you betrayed?"
54456"I had some more questions for you..."
54457"I see. Farewell."
54458"It was part of the grand betrayal - they seared my wings as they manacled me, that I might not flee them even through the earth. It is the nature of this place that things of beauty are not tolerated."
54459"I see. I had more questions for you..."
54460"I see. Farewell."
54461"An ordered paradise, all has its place, and is content - not the chaos and treachery of these lower worlds. A paradise of patterns such as you have never known."
54462"What can you tell me of Elysium?"
54463"What can you tell me of Mount Celestia?"
54464"I had some other questions..."
54465"My thanks. Farewell."
54466"The Restful Plane, a plane of peaceful repose, where tides of chaos and order wash the inhabitants with good. Forests, grassy plains, all of which do not echo beauty but *are* beauty itself. It is a place like no other. It is the pinnacle of goodness and mercy."
54467"What can you tell me of Arcadia?"
54468"What can you tell me of Mount Celestia?"
54469"I had some other questions..."
54470"My thanks. Farewell."
54471"The Seven Mountains of Goodness and Law, a plane where all is bathed in the warm radiance of justice and mercy. An ideal. Where the inhabitants strive for justice and mercy and are not content with playing within the shadows of those ideals. They are ideals to be upheld, not food for the mouths of the small-minded and grasping."
54472"What can you tell me of Arcadia?"
54473"What can you tell me of Elysium?"
54474"I had some other questions..."
54475"My thanks. Farewell."
54476"These chains are of such a make that they bind me without binding. They drown memories, holding them beneath a stagnant river so that my knowledge slowly slips and ebbs. I cannot break them with my strength... only an immortal divine force, an act of justice and mercy may shatter them."
54477"And what is that force?"
54478"I see. I had some other questions..."
54479"I see. Farewell."
54480"I will not be baited by one who travels with fiends. Tanar'ri, despite the suppleness of your form, you will not find me such an easy target as this mortal. Speak your mind and leave Trias to his imprisonment."
54481"You speak glibly, tanar'ri, as do all of your kind. Ask your questions, mortal, and leave."
54482"I'm not mortal."
54483"Ravel the hag sent me to you. She said you had knowledge for me about my stolen mortality."
54484"I have heard rumors of a plague that emerged when they opened this prison."
54485"What is this place?"
54486"Who are you?"
54487"Is this your sword? It was in the middle of the prison."
54488"How did your wings get burnt?"
54489"Forget it. Farewell."
54490The deva laughs in pure, silver tones. "As you wish, mortal. What do you require of me?"
54491"Ravel the hag sent me to you. She said you had knowledge for me about my stolen mortality."
54492"I have heard rumors of a plague that emerged when they opened this prison."
54493"What is this place?"
54494"Who are you?"
54495"Is this your sword? It was in the middle of the prison."
54496"How did your wings get burnt?"
54497"Forget it. Farewell."
54498"Ravel... the night hag... a stolen mortality... this all seems so familiar to me, yet I fear I cannot dredge up the knowledge while these chains confine me."
54499"Why not?"
54500"How can these chains be broken?"
54501"Why were you confined?"
54502"It is their own doing. In forging these chains for me to wear, they tempered the links with bitterness and betrayal. Their short-sightedness has been their downfall; had they heeded my warnings, this would not have happened." A great sadness fills his eyes. "My heart pities them."
54503"What can you tell me of those chains?"
54504"How can those chains be broken?"
54505"I had more questions..."
54506"This? This is the dungeon below the gate town of Curst, portal to Carceri, the prison plane of the gods. This is the home of traitors, the bitter, the condemned... whether or not they deserve their condemnation."
54507"I am Trias, the Condemned, once a general of the Hosts of the Upper Planes, now languishing in a fetid bubble below the most wretched of gate towns."
54508"What is this place?"
54509"How did you get here?"
54510He looks shocked for a moment. "Celestial Fire? You have recovered my blade? Will you free me? Then strike a blow against the chain!"
54511"I had some questions first..."
54512Strike a blow against the chain.
54513Strike the deva.
54514"Not yet. Farewell."
54515"It was part of the grand betrayal - they seared my wings as they manacled me, that I might not flee them even through the earth. It is the nature of this place that things of beauty are not tolerated."
54516"I had more questions for you..."
54517"I see. Farewell."
54518"These chains imprison more than my movements. Memories of much knowledge do I have, but the chains distort the memory."
54519"How can the chains be broken?"
54520"If I still possessed my instrument of my station, these chains could be sundered easily. My blade, Celestial Fire, is held by the shadows of this town, used to power their poor prison. If I only possessed it in my hand... such freedom would I again know. It is kept in this foul prison, in a locked and guarded chamber. The door is locked, but I know the combination." He speaks three arcane syllables that burn into your mind. "Return and strike these chains with my blade, and my restored memory should enlighten both of us."
54521"Is this your sword? It was in the middle of the prison."
54522"The people of this town - traitors all - know nothing of truth and beauty. They cannot tolerate it. They lured me here and chained me. Mortals do not possess the perspective that allows them to grow the strength of character to rise above desires, as I sought to teach them."
54523"Again?"
54524"Ravel the hag sent me to you. She said you had knowledge for me about my stolen mortality."
54525"I have heard rumors of a plague that emerged when they opened this prison."
54526"What is this place?"
54527"Who are you?"
54528"Is this your sword? It was in the middle of the prison."
54529"How did your wings get burnt?"
54530"Forget it. Farewell."
54531A sneer twists his beautiful face. "Surely, mistress tanar'ri, you don't believe that mortals can ever gain that perspective? Not when you are what you are - your very nature cries out to subdue any chance mortals might have to rise above their base instincts."
54532"All right, that's enough. I had more questions, Trias."
54533"That's enough. Farewell, Trias."
54534His eyes flash lightning. "The hosts have let their hearts falter, for they dare not confront the fiends directly. Where is their spirit, their love of purity? My lords direct the war from afar, manipulating the fiends into costly battles with one another, giving them weapons and filling their minds with the knowledge of how to hurt each other more effectively so that they might not look up and see our golden fields."
54535"How can this be changed?"
54536"I see. I had other questions..."
54537Trias settles back, though his charred wings rustle slightly. "There are ways to change even the minds of immortal generals, mortal. Someday, they shall see, of that I have no doubt."
54538"I see. I had other questions..."
54539"I see. Farewell."
54540"Mortal, I shall answer all your questions once you free me, and with a clearer mind as well. Now strike the blow and return my sword!"
54541Strike a blow against the chains.
54542Strike the deva.
54543Leave.
54544The chains sunder easily under the blade, and the sound of a thunderclap resonates between your ears. Everything goes black for a moment, and you feel the blade vanish from between your fingers.
54545Wait...
54546The blade is a flicker of white fire in your hands as you strike the deva. He shrieks horribly as he dies... the sound of a world dying is contained within his voice, and you can't help but feel that you've made a terrible mistake.
54547"That's done, then..."
54548"You have another question?"
54549"Ravel the hag sent me to you. She said you had knowledge for me about my stolen mortality."
54550"I have heard rumors of a plague that emerged when they opened this prison."
54551"What is this place?"
54552"Who are you?"
54553"Is this your sword? It was in the middle of the prison."
54554"How did your wings get burnt?"
54555"Forget it. Farewell."
54556"Do you seek power over the minds of your fellow mortals? Do you hope for wishes to be granted? Do you want wealth? Do you seek more souls to torment?"
54557"I seek knowledge, not power or wealth."
54558"Give me power."
54559"Tell me of wealth."
54560"I can give you power no more than I can give you wisdom or insight. It is not a gift that is given, but rather one that is earned. The failure to understand this is often the downfall of mortals."
54561"Then give me knowledge."
54562"Then give me wealth."
54563"Then earn it, and watch your nature diminish even as you are *worth* more. Speak not in the language of merchants to me."
54564"Then give me power."
54565"Then give me knowledge."
54566"Then speak your desire."
54567"My mortality has been stolen from me. I wish to reclaim it."
54568"Forget it. Farewell."
54569Trias the deva has told me that a fiend named Fhjull Forked-Tongue might be able to aid me in my quest. This fiend lives in the Outlands, and apparently is under some sort of obligation to Trias.
54570"You speak foolishness. Yet... there is one who might be able to help you with what you seek. It is a fiend, named Fhjull Forked-Tongue. He shall aid you." The deva's lips quirk in a small smile. "He is under an obligation to do charity."
54571"How do I reach him?"
54572I can leave Curst and find Fhjull by taking a link of Trias' broken chain and finding a portal to the north.
54573"Its halls are dark and seem empty - but like you, it draws tormented souls to it like a lodestone. Like you, it is empty and yet full of time's cast-offs. Like you, it is a monument to torment. Shall I tell you of these souls, wanderer?"
54574"Yes."
54575"There lies a portal to the north of this prison. Its key is a broken chain link." He looks meaningfully at the shattered links around his feet, stoops, and presses one into your hand. "An appropriate key for one who seeks to leave Curst."
54576"My thanks. Farewell."
54577His bloody smile widens. "They are the souls of those who died in your place. They have become shadows that you may live. They are *your* shadows, the shades you cast upon existence, and they will find you, wanderer, and they will make you suffer for their torments. You will receive your due at their hands, you and those who are foolish enough to accompany you."
54578"I'm sure. What can you tell me of this keeper?"
54579"Thanks for the encouragement, Trias. Now you shall die."
54580"We'll see about that. What will you do when I have left you, Trias?"
54581"Farewell, mortal. I have... business... to attend to." He looks meaningfully at the ceiling of his prison, and leaps into the earth above him like a diver into an ocean.
54582Null Node
54583"I yield to you this hour, mortal. My imprisonment has weakened me... in my state, I am no match for you."
54584"Trias, even if you were in your full glory, you'd be no match for me. Now tell me what I need to know."
54585"I still require knowledge from you, Trias. Tell me how to reach the Fortress of Regrets."
54586Kill the deva.
54587"Look at them, scurrying to save their meager possessions and their meager lives. I notice you did nothing to aid them. Your selfishness has made me stronger."
54588"Look at them, scurrying to save their meager possessions and their meager lives. I notice you did nothing to aid them. Your selfishness has made me stronger."
54589"Why did you lie to me?"
54590"Why have you dragged Curst to the Outlands?"
54591"Nice trick with the city here, Trias. Tell me how to reach the Fortress of Regrets and we'll have done."
54592Attack him.
54599"You have tried to reform this town, mortal, but it is too late for them. Now they reap the rewards of their faithlessness."
54600"You have tried to reform this town, mortal, but it is too late for them. Now they reap the rewards of their faithlessness."
54601"Why did you lie to me?"
54602"Why have you dragged Curst to the Outlands?"
54603"Nice trick with the city here, Trias. Tell me how to reach the Fortress of Regrets and we'll have done."
54604Attack him.
54605Trias looks out over the city. "Much good you have done in such a short time, mortal. It shall not be enough to keep these traitors from realizing the depths of their folly."
54606Trias looks out over the city. "Much good you have done in such a short time, mortal. It shall not be enough to keep these traitors from realizing the depths of their folly."
54607"Why did you lie to me?"
54608"Why have you dragged Curst to the Outlands?"
54609"Nice trick with the city here, Trias. Tell me how to reach the Fortress of Regrets and we'll have done."
54610Attack him.
54611Trias' eyes light, and a spark dances along his blade. "Now we shall see if you can die. At the very least, you shall suffer."
54612Attack him.
54613Wait.
54614"Let's talk this out!"
54615Attack him.
54616Wait.
54617"Let's talk this out!"
54618"You were in need of direction. The price of your need was betrayal. How is it that you believe that you have earned the right to any truths in this life or the next? Such arrogance. Indeed, it was your duty as a lesser being to free me. I owe you nothing, and it is what I have given. I gave you more than you deserved. You freed me to help yourself."
54619"Then why have you dragged Curst into the Outlands?"
54620"A city of betrayers have been betrayed and received what they have deserved. There is no 'why'. It seals my compact with the Lower Planes. The greater good is served."
54621"You made a compact with the Lower Planes?"
54622"The greater good? What greater good is that?"
54623"Who appointed you executioner? What gives you the right to do this?"
54624"One cannot scale Mount Celestia without an army. The composition of that army is of importance to me. It is much easier to hire such creatures than force them into an attack."
54625"You're going to attack Mount Celestia with *fiends?* Is consorting with them not against your nature?"
54626"You're going to attack Mount Celestia with *fiends?* Is consorting with them not against your nature?"
54627"The blood spilled by an army of fiends will be redeemed by the righteous wrath of the Hosts of Heaven. Those who fall do so in the name of a greater good. This town falls in the name of the greater good - the expunging of evil. A small sacrifice, considering those who are to be sacrificed."
54628"No good comes of evil roots, I fear."
54629"Very well. I agree. Just tell me how to reach the Fortress of Regrets and I'll leave you to your sacrifice."
54630"I am *here.* I see the evil. I am willing to act on it. My *will* gives me the right."
54631"One's will does not give one the right, Trias."
54632"Very well. I agree. Just tell me how to reach the Fortress of Regrets and I'll leave you to your sacrifice."
54633The deva's face darkens. "I am doing this to redeem the name of Good!" he snarls. "While the generals of the Upper Planes cower behind their golden gates and feed a brutal war that devours the innocent, I will bring them into confrontation with what they fear most, and through that confrontation, they will overcome their fear."
54634"By betraying your *homeland?*"
54635"And you will taint the fields of Good with evil incarnate?"
54636"There must be another way, Trias."
54637The deva's face darkens. "I am doing this to redeem the name of Good!" he snarls. "While the generals of the Upper Planes cower behind their golden gates and feed a brutal war that devours the innocent, I will bring them into confrontation with what they fear most, and through that confrontation, they will overcome their fear."
54638"You assume much of their chances, tanar'ri. An idea whose time has come is stronger than any army. And what know you of military tactics, *temptress?* Your skills lie in other pursuits." His eyes travel over her body. "Leave strategy to those of us who understand it."
54639"You are a mystery to me, tanar'ri. This is, I am sure, precisely as you wish it to be." He turns his attentions back to you.
54640"Do you think to solve this problem by betraying your *homeland?*"
54641"Will you taint the fields of Good with evil incarnate?"
54642"There must be another way, Trias."
54643"There must be another way, Trias."
54644"I shall speak of betrayal to you, human. Betrayal is an abandonment of the war against evil. Betrayal is cowardice, selling weapons to your adversaries out of fear that they might stop killing each other and turn upon you. Betrayal is refusing to lead by example. Betrayal is letting the fiends run rampant through the planes until evil has corrupted all hearts. Ask not why I scale Mount Celestia and seek to set fire to its comfort-laden slopes with war. It is no betrayal."
54645"You would taint the essence of good with evil incarnate. That sounds like betrayal."
54646"Betrayal is betrayal."
54647"I've had enough of your self-righteousness, Trias. Prepare to die."
54648"There are many definitions of betrayal. One must live long enough to experience them all. Even your life, were it not fraught with forgetfulness, does not have the range of centuries necessary to appreciate them. Such a betrayal is no betrayal at all."
54649"What really happened to your wings, Trias?"
54650"Stand down, Trias, and we will not come to blows."
54651"Enough, Trias. Defend yourself."
54652"Tell me how to reach the Fortress of Regrets, Trias, and I shall leave you here."
54653"Baator's fires burn hot indeed, but they are candles compared to a father's anger." He flutters the burnt shreds of his wings. "There is no pain like being cast from Mount Celestia."
54654"Stand down, Trias. You can still be redeemed."
54655"Stand down, Trias. You can still be redeemed."
54656"So you're fallen, then? Why should I believe any of your words?"
54657"Is your foolishness so great that you wish to test your pseudo-immortality against a true immortal? Step aside, human, or we shall test this claim of yours."
54658"Bring it on, Trias."
54659"It has been a long time since I have wielded my blade against another. We shall duel, you and I."
54660Attack him.
54661Trias' eyes gleam. "I think not, mortal. You cast shadows on existence, you call torment down from the heavens, and it is in my power to open you to the Light." White fire dances on his blade. "We shall duel, you and I."
54662"All right, Trias... but I'm going to kill you."
54663"I will not be judged by you, mortal, not when you have lived the lives you have. Let me tell you of betrayal: Betrayal is cowardice, selling weapons to your adversaries out of fear that they might stop killing each other and turn upon you. Betrayal is refusing to lead by example. Betrayal is letting the fiends run rampant through the planes until evil has corrupted all hearts. Ask not therefore why I scale Mount Celestia and seek to set fire to its slopes with war."
54664"You would taint the essence of good with evil incarnate. That sounds like betrayal."
54665"Betrayal is betrayal."
54666"I've had enough of your self-righteousness, Trias. Prepare to die."
54667He looks deeply into your eyes. "The time for redemption has passed, mortal. I regret nothing. If one truly believes in a cause, one must be willing to betray it. I truly believe in Good, and so I choose to betray it."
54668"Maybe I can change your mind..."
54669He scoffs. "You are not one to speak of redemption, mortal. You reek of evil; your words are snares and lies. No, this plan shall continue, and we shall see Heaven's gates burning, by and by."
54670"Then we shall fight."
54671"Let us have a contest of arms, mortal, and we shall see whose ideas have the greater weight behind them. Defend yourself, mortal."
54672Prepare yourself.
54673Attack the deva.
54674"The taint will not remain for long, and it will be washed away by the purity of those who remain. It is a sacrifice for the greater good."
54675"Betraying your homeland?"
54676"That's enough, Trias. Stand down, or we shall fight."
54677"You, who speak in terms of human lifetimes, presume to tell a true immortal that there must be another way? I have examined the other routes, mortal, and this is the only way."
54678"What really happened to your wings, Trias?"
54679"That's enough, Trias. Stand down, or we shall fight."
54680"Speak not to me of treacheries and falling, mortal. I am willing to sacrifice even myself that Good might triumph."
54681"That's noble, Trias, but what gives you the right?"
54682"I hope you're ready to make that sacrifice now, Trias. I mean to be the instrument of judgment."
54683"Stay your hand, mortal. You came to me in search of knowledge that is known to me alone. No one else in the planes may speak of what I am to tell you. If you truly wish this knowledge, you must promise to spare my life."
54684"No deal, Trias. Tell me now, or I shall slay you, and damned be the consequences."
54685"I will spare your life if you give me the knowledge I seek."
54686"I vow to spare your life if you give me the knowledge I seek."
54687Kill the deva.
54688He coughs bloody spittle. "Before I tell you, I must exact a promise from you. You must vow to spare my life."
54689"No deal, Trias. Tell me now, or I shall slay you, and damned be the consequences."
54690"I will spare your life if you give me the knowledge I seek."
54691"I vow to spare your life if you give me the knowledge I seek."
54692Kill the deva.
54693"You need this knowledge, or you shall suffer... perpetually."
54694"I said, *tell me.*"
54695"I will spare your life if you give me the knowledge I seek."
54696"I vow to spare your life if you give me the knowledge I seek."
54697Kill the deva.
54698"The portal to the place you seek lies within the torus above the spire, in the city of Sigil, the City of Doors. In that city, there is a place where the dead of your kind are taken..."
54699"You mean the *Mortuary?*"
54700"What is the key?"
54701He laughs quietly. "You have little choice, mortal. Swear to me or lose this knowledge forever."
54702"Very well. I will spare your life if you give me the knowledge I seek."
54703"Very well. I vow to spare your life if you give me the knowledge I seek."
54704Kill the deva.
54705You strike him down, shattering the bones of his proud face, bruising his immaculate form. With his dying strength, he says, "Know that you have damned yourself. In killing me, you have shattered the last shield that you have against the horrors that will consume you. The fiend I tricked... he is now free..." His weak chuckle trickles off, and the light vanishes from his eyes.
54706"Just die, already."
54707"It is where you awoke of late, is it not? The planes seem filled with such ironies of late. So *close* you were, then..."
54708"What is the key?"
54709"The Fortress of Regrets is mortared with tears, and like calls to like. To enter the Fortress, you must contribute something to it. When you pass near the portal, should you carry regret in your mind, you will feel the presence of the portal, like the cold embrace of death."
54710"And?"
54711Trias the Betrayer gave me the key to the Fortress of Regrets. The portal lies somewhere in the Mortuary; I can locate it by keeping a regret fresh in my mind, and it will chill me as I draw near. Once in front of the portal, I must tear a scrap of my skin from my body and inscribe a regret on it with blood drawn from my left index finger.
54712"While this chill bathes you, you must tear off a scrap of your own skin, and write a regret upon it with blood from your left index finger. The portal will open, and you can discover the truth behind the Fortress of Regrets - and perhaps meet its keeper."
54713"How do you know this?"
54714"What can you tell me of the keeper of the Fortress?"
54715"Many alliances have I sought across the planes. My search brought me to the Fortress, where I spoke to its lord and keeper of its shadowed halls. No doubt you should wish to return to Sigil now. The blood you have on your hands shall act as the key to this portal; simply step through the door by which you entered, and you shall return."
54716"What can you tell me of this keeper?"
54717"What can you tell me of the Fortress?"
54718"My thanks, Trias. Now you shall die."
54719"What will you do when I have left you, Trias?"
54720"Powerful is that one. You shall not best him, and you shall not be able to wrest your mortality from his cold grip. It is lost to you. You have embarked on an errand undertaken only by fools."
54721"Foolish I may be, but I will know more about this keeper."
54722"Go on."
54723"A man's mortality is a compass that points his way in life. If it may be grasped like an object, much can be learned about the nature of the man it was torn from. Your adversary knows more about you than you will ever know. He has watched you and studied you across many of your half-lives. I know his heart. He will not return that which you seek."
54724"My thanks, Trias. Now you shall die."
54725"What will you do when I have left you, Trias?"
54726"But you swore..."
54727"I lied."
54728"I never swore. I simply stated that I would spare your life. I've changed my mind."
54729"I'm kidding. What will you do when I have left you, Trias?"
54730"I shall once again attempt to levy a host against the gates of Paradise. They will not have me back, and there is no other purpose to my existence."
54731"Then I'll have to stop you. Now."
54732"Trias, have you forgotten the face of your father?"
54733"Good luck with it. Farewell."
54734"Good luck with it. Farewell."
54735"I curse you to lives without meaning. May you suffer in your perpetual pain-filled shell and never hold on to the memories of the pleasure of light and love. What little of your humanity remains shall be the death of you, mortal."
54736Strike him down. "Farewell, Trias."
54737"You swore to spare my life, mortal."
54738"Let's just say I'm doing it for the greater good, Trias."
54739"I never swore. I simply stated that I would spare your life. And now I realize that would be pointless. In other words, I've changed my mind."
54740"Go ahead and try, then. But know that they'll be prepared for you. Farewell, Trias. May your venture fail."
54741"Go ahead and try, then. But know that they'll be prepared for you. Farewell, Trias. May your venture fail."
54742"What do you mean?"
54743"The Upper Planes are the home of justice, beauty, and goodness. They are also home to forgiveness. Go home. Admit your error and beg forgiveness."
54744"The Upper Planes are the home of justice, beauty, and goodness. They are also home to forgiveness. Go home. Admit your error and beg forgiveness."
54745"Forget it. Farewell, Trias."
54746"Forget it. Farewell, Trias."
54747He opens his mouth for an angry retort... and pauses, reflecting. He bows his head. "You speak convincing words, mortal, and their wisdom pierces me. I shall seek the forgiveness of my fathers, and accept any retribution they choose. Take this, and farewell, mortal. If we meet again, it is my hope that I will be redeemed."
54748"Best of luck, Trias. Farewell."
54749"Best of luck, Trias. Farewell."
54750I convinced Trias to seek forgiveness in the Upper Planes.
54751I convinced Trias to seek forgiveness in the Upper Planes - and then Vhailor attacked him.
54752His face brightens, and then darkens again. He looks away. "I cannot return. My transgressions are too great. There is no forgiveness for one such as me. I shall serve the cause of Good in my own way now."
54753"There is forgiveness, Trias. Just as you are greater than a lowly petitioner, so are the powers of the Upper Planes more just than you. You are not the epitome of goodness; remember that you can trust them."
54754"Then I'll have to stop you here."
54755"Then farewell, and always remember you had a chance at redemption and refused it."
54756"Then farewell, and always remember you had a chance at redemption and refused it."
54757"Again?"
54758"I had more questions for you."
54759"Not really. Farewell."
54760Vhailor strikes him down, shattering the bones of his proud face, bloodying his immaculate form. With his dying strength, Trias says, "Know that you have damned yourself. In killing me, you have shattered the last shield that you have against the horrors that will consume you. The fiend I tricked... he is now free..." His weak chuckle trickles off, and the light vanishes from his eyes.
54761"Just die, already."
54762Morte shoots back, "You don't smell any better. When was the last time you bathed?"
54763Morte shoots back, "You don't smell any better. When was the last time you bathed?"
54764Morte shoots back, "You don't smell any better. When was the last time you bathed?"
54765Grace breathes, "A deva... yet those chains do not seem to bind him so much as smother his mind..."
54766Grace breathes, "A deva... yet those chains do not seem to bind him so much as smother his mind..."
54767"It was not my intention to tempt you, deva. I fear that your confinement has affected you adversely."
54768"I disagree, Lord Trias. You simply had an overabundance of trust in your spirit for them."
54769Fall-from-Grace breaks in suddenly. "What are your views on the Blood War, Lord Trias?"
54770Fall-from-Grace speaks gently. "Are you sure you wish to do this? This deva may be the only way you have to recover any more of your memories. Ravel sent us to him; will you now cut him down before he reveals his secrets?"
54771"Do you think that you can end the Blood War by taking it to the gates of Paradise? The evil in the Lower Planes is nigh-infinite. The legions of the Baator and the Abyss reflect this. Before you arm yourself with nothing but pompous arrogance, you should remember the terrible power of infinite evil focused toward a single goal. Do not give them an excuse to take the Blood War to the Upper Planes or the multiverse will suffer."
54772"One can learn from all things, if one is perceptive enough, my lord. One would do well to remember that a wise man takes every opportunity to learn."
54773"The chains do not hold him. Belief chains him."
54774"Deva, I had questions for you..."
54775*There is no JUSTICE in your actions, deva. This time you shall NOT imprison me with FALSE words. This time you shall be SENTENCED.* Vhailor advances on Trias, his axe drawn.
54776"Vhailor, stop!"
54777Attack Trias.
54778*Justice has LONG sought you, deva. With this CRIME, you shall be SENTENCED.* Vhailor advances on Trias, his axe drawn.
54779"Vhailor, stop!"
54780Attack Trias.
54781*The deva shall NOT walk free. No matter your vow, JUSTICE must be SERVED.*
54782Watch.
54784Attack the deva, despite your vow.
54785Attack the deva.
54786As you watch Yellow-Fingers hurriedly scamper off, you're struck with the feeling that you won't be seeing him again anytime soon.
54787Leave.
54788This man is draped in filthy, tattered brown robes, a long hood concealing most of his face from view.
54789"Greetings..."
54790Leave him be.
54791You see his eyes narrow beneath his hood, and he takes a step back. "What do ye want?"
54792"What are you doing?"
54793"What is this place?"
54794"What is this place?"
54795"I had some questions..."
54796"Nothing. Farewell."
54797"I like ta mind me own business, cutter, an' I'll ask ye ta do the same."
54798"What is this place?"
54799"What is this place?"
54800"I had some questions..."
54801"That's all I wished to know. Farewell."
54802He looks around himself. "No proper name for it, really. The Trash Warrens, I s'pose ye could say."
54803"What are you doing here?"
54804"I had some questions..."
54805"That's all I wished to know. Farewell."
54806"Pharod's village, cutter." He points up to the ceiling bricks and garbage, high above you in the stinking darkness. "The Buried Village."
54807"What are you doing here?"
54808"I had some questions..."
54809"That's all I wished to know. Farewell."
54810"Eh?"
54811"I'm looking for a man named Pharod."
54812"I'm looking for a man named Pharod."
54813"I'm looking for a journal I've lost."
54814"Never mind. Farewell."
54815He just shakes his head, puzzled.
54816"How about Pharod? Know where he is?"
54817"How about Pharod? Know where he is?"
54818"Never mind. Farewell."
54819The man nods. "Ye'll want ta make yer way ta the southwestern part a' maze a' trash. There's a trap door there, leadin' down ta where Pharod's at."
54820"I'm also looking for a journal I've lost."
54821"That's all I wished to know. Farewell."
54822The man nods. "There's an arch leadin' northwest out a' this big chamber... ye'll find ol' Pharod through there."
54823"I'm also looking for a journal I've lost."
54824"That's all I wished to know. Farewell."
54825The man takes a step back, peering suspiciously at you from beneath his hood. "Again, eh? What do ye want?"
54826"What are you doing?"
54827"What is this place?"
54828"What is this place?"
54829"I had some questions..."
54830"Nothing. Farewell."
54831"What Ravel said, in the maze - she said you draw people who suffer to you, like a lodestone." Morte shakes his head. "Maybe it's because *you've* been suffering all this time. Maybe when you end up settling things... maybe *we'll* know a bit of peace, too. Maybe."
54832"Maybe so. Then... are you with me, Morte?"
54833"Understood; thanks for the advice, Morte. I'm going to head through the portal now."
54834"What Ravel said, in the maze - and what Fell said about that symbol, Torment? They say you draw people who suffer to you, like a lodestone." Morte shakes his head. "Maybe it's because *you've* been suffering all this time. Maybe when you end up settling things... maybe *we'll* know a bit of peace, too. Maybe."
54835"Maybe so. Then... are you with me, Morte?"
54836"Understood; thanks for the advice, Morte. I'm going to head through the portal now."
54837"I've known you for a long time, chief, and there's *something* about you - you draw people who suffer to you, like a lodestone." Morte shakes his head. "Maybe it's because *you've* been suffering all this time. Maybe when you end up settling things... maybe *we'll* know a bit of peace, too. Maybe."
54838"Maybe so. Then... are you with me, Morte?"
54839"Understood; thanks for the advice, Morte. I'm going to head through the portal now."
54840Morte falls silent.
54841"The skull was me." Morte says quietly. "The woman was some chit named Deionarra; I never knew the archer..."
54842"Yeah..." Morte rattles, as if shivering. "Chief, at this Fortress - there's shadows *everywhere*..."
54843"They spoke to me like the Pillar of Skulls..." Morte's voice drops. "They *knew*..."
54844"All right; look, you two: I need to know all you can tell me about this Fortress..."
54845"I can't tell you anymore, chief - except we're bound to be divided as soon as we arrive, it's a HUGE place, and it's crawling with shadows... and somewhere in that Fortress is something more powerful than *any* of us."
54846"I can't tell you anymore, chief - except any group that goes in there is bound to be divided as soon as they arrive, it's a HUGE place, and it's crawling with shadows... and somewhere in that Fortress is something more powerful than anything you've encountered."
54847"Query: Received. Response: Nordom is readied and waited. Awaiting to profess further directives."
54848"Actually, it's 'process'... never mind. Vhailor?"
54849"Actually, it's 'process'... never mind. Ignus?"
54850"Actually, it's 'process'... never mind. Fall-from-Grace?"
54851"Actually, it's 'process'... never mind. Annah?"
54852"Actually, it's 'process'... never mind. Dak'kon?"
54853"Actually, it's 'process'... never mind. Dak'kon?"
54854"Actually, it's 'process'... never mind. Morte?"
54855"Actually, it's 'process'... never mind. Morte?"
54856"All right then... let's see what's on the other side of this portal."
54857"All right then... let's see what's on the other side of this portal."
54858"All right then... let's see what's on the other side of this portal."
54859Vhailor answers only with silence; as you turn to look at him, you see his eyes burning into you. They flicker for a moment, as if in thought, then you are suddenly struck by a terrible feeling he's searching your features... as if looking for something... some weakness.
54860"Uh... Ignus?"
54861"Uh... Fall-from-Grace?"
54862"Uh... Annah?"
54863"Uh... Dak'kon?"
54864"Uh... Dak'kon?"
54865"Uh... Morte?"
54866"Uh... Morte?"
54867"All right then... let's see what's on the other side of this portal."
54868"All right then... let's see what's on the other side of this portal."
54869"All right then... let's see what's on the other side of this portal."
54870I have slain the wererat and been rewarded by Phineas. It was a meager reward, considering what I went through to accomplish the deed, but money is money.
54871"Is this your sword? It was in the middle of the prison."
54872"Forget it. Farewell."
54873"I guess it's not a zombie, then..."
54874"Deva, I had some questions for you..."
54875Strike the deva's chains.
54876Strike the deva down.
54877Leave.
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54881"I hope so. I had some questions for you..."
54882"Farewell."
54883"I can smell the taint of your betrayal on you, feel and hear the approach of my brethren as they come to spirit me back to Baator... away with you, oath-breaker! I have given you all I can! I can give you nothing more!"
54884"Is there really no more to give?"
54885"I just have a few more questions for you..."
54886"Farewell, then."
54887"Farewell, then."
54888"Farewell, then."
54889The fiend freezes. "Eh... nothing of value. Maybe a trifling charm, a trinket you might have... if you are truly in need of them, then yes, you may have them... otherwise..."
54890"What have you got?"
54891"Forget it. Just answer some questions for me."
54892"Farewell, then."
54893"Forget it. Farewell."
54894"Forget it. Farewell."
54895"Feh! Thrice-damned be you, mortal! You had best pray that the deva has eternity running through his veins, for if he has not, I shall see to it that you will pay me back in kind, but it will not be magic that I will expect in return... Urkhhhh... ugnnnhhh... no, no, I meant no harm... I withdraw my poorly-worded speech... I meant no harm..."
54896"Good. Hand it over. Now."
54897"If you have no need for them, Forked-Tongue, I could use them."
54898"Forget it, Forked-Tongue. Answer some questions instead..."
54899"Farewell, then."
54900"Farewell, then."
54901"Farewell, then."
54902"Cursed, advantage-seeking... certainly you may look at my wares. What would you like to see?"
54903Examine the cruel-looking axe: "What's this?"
54904Examine the knotted string: "What's this?"
54905Examine the green lozenge: "What's this?"
54906Examine the green-steeled knife: "What's this?"
54907Examine the green-hued dagger: "What's this?"
54908Examine the squirming bugs: "What are these?"
54909"Do you happen to have any spells?"
54910"Forget it. Answer some questions for me instead."
54911"Farewell, then."
54912"None of them. Farewell."
54913"None of them. Farewell."
54914"Argh! I can always use these items! I can use them especially against the horde of fiends you have so thoughtlessly led to my door!"
54915"That's too bad. Pass them over, then."
54916"Then I shall allow you to keep them."
54917"Feh! Your generosity is that of the thrice-accursed devas of Elysium. What more do you want from poor Fhjull?"
54918"Come to think of it, let me see your wares."
54919"Just the answers to some questions..."
54920"Farewell, then."
54921"Nothing for now. Farewell."
54922"Nothing for now. Farewell."
54923He grits his teeth. "How may I serve you further?"
54924"How do I get out of this crater?"
54925"How do I leave again?"
54926"Tell me about Trias."
54927"So why are the baatezu chasing you?"
54928"Do you have anything you'd like to... share with me?"
54929"Why are you hiding out in this crater?"
54930"Farewell, then."
54931"You can't right now. Farewell."
54932"You can't right now. Farewell."
54933"Ha! What trouble will you bring next time? Your kind always returns... feh!"
54934"Farewell."
54935"Feh... does this mean that you shall leave me to my solitude once again? Then I proclaim, with as much delight as possible, that the portal lies under the arse-end of this creature's bones. It will return you to that groveling hovel town of Curst, from whence you came, and I can think of few more befitting ways for you to travel."
54936"Thanks. I had a few more questions..."
54937"Farewell, then."
54938"Farewell, then."
54939"Farewell, then."
54940"That skulking pseudo-child of light! That contemptible... aggh... I mean no harm to him and his treacherous, lying, no-respect-for-the-law ways! Feh! He is a deceiver, mortal, and you should trust him in nothing. I mean this, of course, with all due charity and..." Forked-Tongue spits on the ground, "... kindness. His deception has cost me an eternity... unless he should die." His toothy grin is surprisingly hopeful.
54941"I had a few more questions..."
54942"Farewell, then."
54943"Farewell, then."
54944"Farewell, then."
54945"Feh... they seek to balance their books, to redress wrongs, to ensure that all is set right. My existence, away from their sight, mars the perfection they seek to levy on the face of evil."
54946"I had a few more questions..."
54947"Farewell, then."
54948"Farewell, then."
54949"Farewell, then."
54950"This is the skeleton of Ul-Goris, the father of the goristro. They're living, bearlike siege-towers, juggernauts of chaos, huge, practically unstoppable, highly resistant to magic... and Ul-Goris' bones, in the crater where he fell to his death, radiate much energy that prevents scrying. Feh!"
54951"I had a few more questions..."
54952"Farewell, then."
54953"Farewell, then."
54954"Farewell, then."
54955"Feh... that is Hatred's Gift, a fine weapon for one such as yourself." He chuckles to himself. "I don't think you'll want it... there is a curse laid on it. Perhaps you would reconsider..."
54956"I'll take it anyway."
54957Examine the knotted string: "What's this?"
54958Examine the green lozenge: "What's this?"
54959Examine the green-steeled knife: "What's this?"
54960Examine the green-hued dagger: "What's this?"
54961Examine the squirming bugs: "What are these?"
54962"Do you happen to have any spells?"
54963"Forget it. Answer some questions for me instead."
54964"Farewell, then."
54965"None of them. Farewell."
54966"None of them. Farewell."
54967"That old thing? Feh! That is the Gordian knot. Cut it, and you become twice the leader you are already, heh heh. And of course it comes with its own price, one I am thankfully powerless to stop."
54968"I'll take it anyway."
54969Examine the cruel-looking axe: "What's this?"
54970Examine the green lozenge: "What's this?"
54971Examine the green-steeled knife: "What's this?"
54972Examine the green-hued dagger: "What's this?"
54973Examine the squirming bugs: "What are these?"
54974"Do you happen to have any spells?"
54975"Forget it. Answer some questions for me instead."
54976"Farewell, then."
54977"None of them. Farewell."
54978"None of them. Farewell."
54979He sighs. "An adder's tear, that is. Put it in your mouth and you shall kiss like an adder, full of venom and hatred."
54980"I'll take it."
54981Examine the cruel-looking axe: "What's this?"
54982Examine the knotted string: "What's this?"
54983Examine the green-steeled knife: "What's this?"
54984Examine the green-hued dagger: "What's this?"
54985Examine the squirming bugs: "What are these?"
54986"Do you happen to have any spells?"
54987"Forget it. Answer some questions for me instead."
54988"Farewell, then."
54989"None of them. Farewell."
54990"None of them. Farewell."
54991"A memento from my time in Baator - a knife carved from Baatorian green steel, one of the strongest materials I have ever known. Feh! Take my history and be done!"
54992"I will take it. I'm not sure I'm done, though."
54993Examine the cruel-looking axe: "What's this?"
54994Examine the knotted string: "What's this?"
54995Examine the green lozenge: "What's this?"
54996Examine the green-hued dagger: "What's this?"
54997Examine the squirming bugs: "What are these?"
54998"Do you happen to have any spells?"
54999"Forget it. Answer some questions for me instead."
55000"Farewell, then."
55001"None of them. Farewell."
55002"None of them. Farewell."
55003"That old thing? Feh! It is but a dagger of Baatorian green steel. Holds an edge. It's nothing you would want, to be sure."
55004"I'll take it anyway."
55005Examine the cruel-looking axe: "What's this?"
55006Examine the knotted string: "What's this?"
55007Examine the green lozenge: "What's this?"
55008Examine the green-steeled knife: "What's this?"
55009Examine the squirming bugs: "What are these?"
55010"Do you happen to have any spells?"
55011Unused Slots
55012Command Feedback Level
55013Rest not permitted.
55014"Forget it. Answer some questions for me instead."
55015"Farewell, then."
55016"None of them. Farewell."
55017"None of them. Farewell."
55018"Those? They are *kassegs,* parasites that will lodge in your brain and devour your mental energy with no appreciable benefit... Feh! Cursed contract! They boost your mental power, something you surely could use! Take them! Take them!"
55019"I will."
55020Examine the cruel-looking axe: "What's this?"
55021You may not rest when your party is scattered.
55022Examine the knotted string: "What's this?"
55023Examine the green lozenge: "What's this?"
55024Examine the green-steeled knife: "What's this?"
55025Examine the green-hued dagger: "What's this?"
55026"Do you happen to have any spells?"
55027"Forget it. Answer some questions for me instead."
55028"Farewell, then."
55029"None of them. Farewell."
55030"None of them. Farewell."
55031"Feh! Of course you will! Is there anything else you require from your *humble* servant?!"
55032Examine the cruel-looking axe: "What's this?"
55033Examine the knotted string: "What's this?"
55034Examine the green lozenge: "What's this?"
55035Examine the green-steeled knife: "What's this?"
55036Examine the green-hued dagger: "What's this?"
55037Examine the squirming bugs: "What are these?"
55038"Do you happen to have any spells?"
55039"Forget it. Answer some questions for me instead."
55040"Farewell, then."
55041"None of them. Farewell."
55042"None of them. Farewell."
55043"Bah! You will strip me of all my possessions! You want spells? Feh! This is what I have, bloodsucker!" He rattles off a list of spells.
55046"How about a nice Remove Curse?"
55047"Give me another Remove Curse."
55048"Globe of Invulnerability sounds useful. Let's have it."
55049"You have any more Globes of Invulnerability?"
55050"How about that Chain Lightning Storm?"
55051"Another Chain Lightning Storm would be good..."
55052"Acid Storm sounds dangerous. Give it to me."
55053"Acid Storm. Give it to me."
55054"Bladestorm? Impressive name. I want it."
55055"Give me another Bladestorm."
55056"Stygian Ice Storm? That sounds too dangerous for you to have around... I'd best take it from you."
55057"Stygian Ice Storm? I'd like that."
55058"That was an empty list you just spoke."
55059"Forget it. I have some questions."
55060"Farewell, then."
55061"Forget it. Farewell."
55062"Forget it. Farewell."
55063His hand disappears as he reaches into a strange space/not-space. He pulls out a scroll that feels strangely like supple human skin, and thrusts it at you. "Feh! Take it and be dam... take it!"
55064"Thanks... what else have you got in the way of spells?"
55065"Let's take a look at those items again."
55066"Forget it. I have some questions."
55067"Farewell, then."
55068"Forget it. Farewell."
55069This strange blade is an ugly looking weapon, shaped so that it resembles one of the symbols on your left arm. Black veins worm their way across the surface of the metal, and the edge looks so dull that it couldn't even cut warm butter. It feels slightly warm to the touch.
55070"Forget it. Farewell."
55071Leave the blade alone.
55072He grimaces toothily. "Deep and profound joy it is to tell you that you have plundered all of my copies of that particular spell. Feh!"
55073"What other spells do you have?"
55074"Let's take a look at those items again."
55075"Forget it. I have some questions."
55076"Farewell, then."
55077This weapon appears to be made of an unusual metal. Examining it reveals that it is constructed of one solid piece of metal rather than a blade inserted into a hilt. As you ponder this the blade begins to shift and change in your hand. It looks as if it is trying to break free of its current form.
55078"Forget it. Farewell."
55079Will the blade to change.
55080"Forget it. Farewell."
55081Forked-Tongue snarls at you. "You have ruined, destroyed, eviscerated one of the most unique spell libraries in the multiverse... for all the good it will do you. I have no more spells to give you."
55082"Let's take a look at those items again."
55083"Forget it, then. Answer some questions instead..."
55084"Farewell, then."
55085"Farewell, then."
55086"Farewell, then."
55087"Feh! So you've returned! And what did the Pillar speak of? Did it answer your insipid questions?"
55088"I just had a few questions..."
55089"Forget it. Farewell."
55090"Argh! What? WHAT??"
55091"I just had a few questions..."
55092"Pillar of Skulls: known to be composed of the living heads of mortals who have lied, where said lies resulted in the deaths of other mortals. The Pillar serves as a repository of knowledge. The Pillar will demand payment for sharing said knowledge no less than ninety-seven percent of the time. The Pillar's demands are consistently of a level that the typical mortal would call 'very great.' Logic would suggest one not query the Pillar unless the need for a particular unit of information could be considered similarly 'very great.'"
55093Giltspur's Auction Block
55094"Forget it. Farewell."
55095"Feh! The fetid stench of a tanar'ri! I can smell it for leagues! Show some respect for my home! Can't you find some fumes or acidic vapors to try and drown your scent? Feh! I'll never get that tanar'ric stench out of the place. It'll draw baatezu from all over the planes."
55096"Oh, and it's not just any tanar'ri, but a tanar'ri whore who's just walked into my home... things can't get any worse. Come in! Come in! Please, my home is your home!" He waves his hands in the air in despair. "Why don't you invite all the rest of your Abyssal harpies into my home to torment me?"
55097"Feh! The fetid stench of a tanar'ri! I can smell it for leagues! Show some respect for my home! Can't you find some fumes or acidic vapors to try and drown your scent? Feh! I'll never get that tanar'ric stench out of the place. It'll draw baatezu from all over the planes."
55098"Have you come to kill me?! Torment me? If so, know that I still have much power at my disposal!"
55099The cube *chrrrups,* and there is a *klik-klik-klik* as its eyes blink wildly. The cube whirls to face you, its eyes wide, then flings its two free hands up in the air, as if in surrender... yet its two crossbows have turned in its hands and are now trained on you. In a strange, detached way, you can't help but notice that every joint on this creature seems to be a series of *whrrrring* gears and cogs.
55100"I have not come to kill you."
55101"I have not come to torment you."
55102"Uh..."
55103"I just want the answers to some questions..."
55104"Forget it. Farewell."
55105After a moment of staring at you, its cubic body swivels, turning its back on you, and begins bobbing up and down as if running away - yet its feet remain firmly planted facing front. As it "runs," the gears of its crossbows start *klikking* and *twanging* in the creature's hands.
55106"Uh... do you know you're facing backwards?"
55107The creature suddenly stops its bobbing motion, then swivels back around to face you. "Backwards modron = 'Nordom'?" The cube's voice has a metallic, warbling quality to it, as if every word it speaks is jumping off a spring and landing... well, somewhere else. Its mouth forms a bizarre sideways semi-circle, which you take to be a smile. "Gratitudes! Gratefuls!"
55108"Uh... I'm sorry?"
55109I've learned the danger of names. While wandering around inside Rubikon, I encountered a strange modron - when I spoke to him, he thought I was naming him. His new name is 'Nordom,' and for a modron, he seems pretty... unhinged.
55110"Backwards modron = 'Nordom'?" The cube's voice has a metallic, warbling quality to it, as if every word it speaks is jumping off a spring and landing... well, somewhere else. Its mouth forms a bizarre sideways semi-circle, which you take to be a smile. "Gratitudes! Gratefuls!"
55111"Uh... I'm sorry?"
55112"Not sorries. Null sorries. Gratitudes! Indentification of self comprosized by doubtings + mullings + analysis." The cube *chrrrups* again, and one of its eyes blinks with a *klik* - then after a moment, the other eye *kliks,* as if it doesn't want to be left out.
55113"I still don't understand."
55114"You're grateful... that I identified you? Aren't you a modron?"
55115The cube's features steady themselves, and its mouth forms a flat line. "Indemnification of this unit (was) compromised. Subject - addressee indemnified unit as 'Nordom.' Gratitudes tendered for providing Nordom indemnification."
55116"It was nothing. Really."
55117Nordom's eyes *klik* blink once, twice, three times; each time the black spots in the center of his eyes dilate - by the third blink, they are the size of dots. "Real-eye-zation reached: Nordom null know name of addressee. Indemify yourself."
55118"You mean 'identify,' right?"
55119Truth: "I don't really *have* a name, Nordom."
55120Lie: "Adahn. My name is Adahn."
55121"Affirmatory. Indent-ify, required. Request: Identify identity to Nordom."
55122Truth: "I don't really *have* a name, Nordom."
55123Lie: "Adahn. My name is Adahn."
55124"Nordom, I don't want to identify myself. In fact, I'd like to end this conversation with you and be about my business."
55125Nordom's eyes widen, the diameter of his 'pupils' growing back to normal size. He *klik* blinks once - but the metal shutters that fall across his eyes don't rise. After a moment, they begin rattling, as if stuck.
55126"Uh... Nordom. You can open your eyes now."
55127There is another *klik* and Nordom's eyes open. "Not closing eyes: Engaged-ged in Action Clarification for Subject (Unidentified, Nameless). Formulating... submitting query: Are you lost?"
55128"Lost? What do you mean?"
55129"Lost? What do you mean?"
55130"Lost? What do you mean?"
55131As Nordom's warbling query ends with the word 'Lost,' a curious crawling sensation worms through the back of your skull - with it comes two certainties, hand in hand: This is not the first time you've heard this, and that what Nordom is *about* to say to your next question is important.
55132"When you say 'loss,' Nordom, what do you mean?"
55133"Absence of Name = Absence of Identity = Absence of Purpose = Absence of Place in Multiverse = Null State = Loss. Nordom existed in State, Null, until Subject (Unidentified, Nameless) attached identity to Nordom. Null Identity, Null Purpose, Null Place equates to 'Loss.'"
55134"Well, I imagine I had a name once, but I forgot it."
55135"Formulating new query." There is a *tkkk-tkkk-tkkk* as Nordom blinks three times, rapidly - the sound is like the tapping of a hammer on a sheet of tin. "Explain to Nordom why you performed this action: FORGOT-ing."
55136"It just happened. It wasn't intentional."
55137"It's in my nature to forget things, I think."
55138"It's a side effect of my... condition, I think."
55139The metal shutters seal over Nordom's eyes with a *whrrr,* then he rattles to himself for a few moments with his eyes closed. When they *klik* open, Nordom *chrrrups.* "Query: Memory defective?"
55140"Yes, you could say that."
55141"Pre-Conditional Action to clarify Query: Nordom memory space not yet near capacity. Query/Action: In event of 'Yes' return from Subject (Unidentified, Nameless) Nordom can re-remember for you."
55142"Sure, go ahead, Nordom... anyway, look, I really have to be about my business."
55143"Thanks for the offer, Nordom. You can if you want. But look, I really should be going."
55144Nordom's eyes widen, the diameter of his 'pupils' growing back to normal size. He *klik* blinks once, but the metal shutters that fall across his eyes don't rise.
55145"Uh... Nordom. You can open your eyes now."
55146There is another *klik* and Nordom's eyes open. "Not closing eyes: Action Clarification for Adahn. Filing Information, Remembering. Adahn: Name catalogued. Nordom will not forget identity, sentient: Adahn."
55147"Great. Anyway, Nordom, it's been great, but I have to be going."
55148There is a sudden, rapid series of *kliks* and *twangs* from the crossbows in Nordom's hands. His eyes spin and re-focus on the crossbows, holding the right one up closer to his side, as if listening to it.
55149"Is everything okay?"
55150One of Nordom's eyes remain on the crossbow, which is *klikking* faintly, and his other eye focuses on you. "Query: May these ones join you on your gurney?"
55151"Celestial Fire"
55152Jagged Ring
55153Bodice
55154Motley Axe
55155Your new eyeball.
55156Bone Whistle
55157"Uh, don't you mean 'journey'?"
55158"Celestial Fire"
55159Tenement Storeroom Key
55160ClickLButtonPoint
55161Second Circle of Zerthimon
55162Small Red Key
55163Whistle of Warding
55164"You know, I REALLY don't think that would be a good idea. No, not now... Nordom."
55165"Well... all right. I may have to move some people around, however."
55166"Sure. We could always use a hand... or four."
55167"Veritably. Journey, affirmed. Permission granted?"
55168"You know, I REALLY don't think that would be a good idea. No, not now... Nordom."
55169"Well... all right. I may have to move some people around, however."
55170"Sure. We could always use a hand... or four."
55171Nordom stares at you with his wide eyes. His right crossbow *ker-klaks,* then Nordom blinks. "Appendix Query: Please?"
55172"Not this time, Nordom."
55173"Well... all right. I may have to move some people around, however."
55174"Well... all right. We could always use a hand... or four."
55175Nordom's mouth swivels into a downward semi-circle. "Answer to query: received and ack-knowledged. Nordom will persist in abstinence of larger community. Nordom will continue to inhabit this polygonal space until retrieved."
55176"Very well. I may return, Nordom."
55177Nordom's 'mouth' forms the bizarre semi-circle it did before, and his two crossbows begin *klikking* and *twanging* violently, almost vibrating out of his hands. "Gratitudes! Gratefuls! Nordom and crossbows have been attached to a larger community."
55178"I wouldn't be too grateful just yet. Let's move out..."
55179Null_Node
55180Null_Node
55181"Attention, Nordom: required!" Nordom turn-swivels to you, stutters in mid-path, then re-orients himself with a *klank.* "Response to Query: Action being performed on crossbows? Submit Request for Clarification: Null crossbows present."
55182"You have a pair of crossbows right there, Nordom."
55183"Oh, really? What do you call those two -klicking- things in your hands?"
55184"Never mind, Nordom. I had some other questions for you..."
55185"Forget it, Nordom. Let's move on."
55186"Clarifaction: Statement 'rife with fallacies.' Nordom does not employ crossbows." He stutters for a moment, then suddenly the crossbows are pointing at you - but you didn't see them move. "N-N-N-Null crossbows."
55187"Must you constantly befoul the smell of my home with the rotting stench of a tanar'ri? Ask your questions and begone!"
55188"Tell me of Trias."
55189"Don't point those crossbows at me."
55190"Nordom, you *employ* crossbows - you have TWO of them right there."
55191"Oh, really? What do you call those two -klicking- things in your hands?"
55192"Never mind, Nordom. I had some other questions for you..."
55193"Forget it, Nordom. Let's move on."
55194You blink for just a moment - and the crossbows are suddenly pointing at Nordom. He seems oblivious to their movements, his gaze remaining focused on you. "Contradiction not initiate contraction. Null crossbows."
55195"Oh, really? What do you call those two -klicking- things in your hands, Nordom?"
55196"Never mind, Nordom. I had some other questions for you..."
55197"Forget it, Nordom. Let's move on."
55198"Response: Two -KLICKING- objects held in opposable digits." Nordom raises his riveted fingers and waves the two crossbows, which suddenly start *klikking* and *twanging,* as if in irritation. "Response: Objects = Gear spirits."
55199"Gear spirits? What do you mean?"
55200"Never mind, Nordom. I had some other questions for you..."
55201"Forget it, Nordom. Let's move on."
55202"Query: Define: Gear spirits. Response: Gear spirits."
55203"Yeah, but what *are* gear spirits?"
55204"Yeah, but what *are* gear spirits?"
55205"Query = Query: Define = Define: Gear spirits. Response = Gear spirits."
55206"Never mind, Nordom. I had some other questions for you..."
55207"Forget it, Nordom. Let's move on."
55208Nordom *chrrrups.* "Query requires submitting of Chronology: Shall Nordom submit chronology?"
55209"Yes, I would like to know."
55210"Never mind, Nordom. I had some other questions for you..."
55211"Forget it, Nordom. Let's move on."
55212"Orders received at initiation of Rubikon project: Departure from Plane/Mechanus. Stage First: Arrival at Destination: Plane/Limbo. Stage Second: Parameters dictated by Superior/Creative Director: Shaped matter of Plane (Limbo) to test hypothesis. Rubikon dungeon constructed."
55213"Go on..."
55214"Hold on, Nordom. What's the Plane of Mechanus?"
55215"Never mind, Nordom. I had some other questions for you..."
55216"Forget it, Nordom. Let's move on."
55217"Superior/ - Director of 'Create' - lost in field test. Chronology disrupted upon achievement of Stage Second, Third Stage (disruption) occurs, not part of project directives."
55218"What happened during this third stage?"
55219"What was this field test?"
55220"Never mind, Nordom. I had some other questions for you..."
55221"Forget it, Nordom. Let's move on."
55222"Superior/ - Director of 'Create' - field test: Scouting perimeters of Rubikon (Difficult) Dungeon construct to determine: Variances. Many deviations detected: errors considerable." Nordom gives a low whine and shuts his eyes with a *klik.* "Director of 'Create' not return from field test."
55223"I see. What happened during that third stage you mentioned?"
55224"What happened to him?"
55225"I heard that the Rubikon Wizard disintegrated the Creative Director."
55226"What happened to him?"
55227"Never mind, Nordom. I had some other questions for you..."
55228"Forget it, Nordom. Let's move on."
55229There is a sudden burst of *klikking* from the left crossbow, and Nordom lifts the crossbow up to his side, as if to hear it better. The *klikking* goes on for some time, until it is suddenly silenced by a long, reverberating *twannnnng* from the right crossbow.
55230"Uh, Nordom? Any idea what happened to him?"
55231"Forget it - what happened during the third stage of the project?"
55232"Never mind, Nordom. I had some other questions for you..."
55233"Forget it, Nordom. Let's move on."
55234"Suspicion, Unsubstantiated: Superior encountered an error." Nordom's eyes *klik,* as if to clear them. "Hypothesis: The error may have been large and unexpected."
55235"I suppose that's possible. What happened during the third stage of the project?"
55236"Never mind, Nordom. I had some other questions for you..."
55237"Forget it, Nordom. Let's move on."
55238"CELESTIAL FIRE" Damage: 3-18 Slashing Enchanted: +2 Special: +2 to Armor Class +10 Fire Damage +10% Resistance to Slashing Attacks THAC0: +2 Speed: 3 Weight: 5 Proficiency: Edged Usable only by Lawful Good characters "Celestial Fire" is the only object that Trias has left to remind him of the Upper Planes. This heavy blade is warm to the touch, and flames have been carved across the surface of the blade. The intricacy of the carvings is breathtaking; they are done with such skill that the sword seems to be burning with metallic flames... someone must have spent several centuries rendering them. The metal of the blade is unfamiliar... it is heavy, but it shines like silver. The sword looks several millennia old. A faint hum can be felt within it, and the vibration becomes stronger when it touches human flesh. Not surprisingly, "Celestial Fire" can be wielded only by those with sufficient strength and purity of heart. When used in combat, "Celestial Fire" bursts into a holy radiance that burns any evil creature it strikes in combat.
55239SECOND CIRCLE OF ZERTHIMON Allows user to copy "Scripture of Steel" into Spell Book Range: 180 feet Duration: 30 seconds Speed: 1 Area of Effect: 70 feet radius Saving Throw: None Weight: 1 Usable only by Mages and Nameless One Inscribed upon this circular stone plate is the Second Circle of Zerthimon: "*Know* that flesh cannot mark steel. *Know* that steel may mark flesh. In *knowing* this, Zerthimon became free." "*Know* that the tentacled ones were of flesh. They relied on the flesh and used it as tools for their will. One of the places where flesh served their will were the Fields of Husks on the False Worlds of the *illithids.*" "The Fields were where the bodies of the People were cast after the *illithids* had consumed their brains. When the brain had been devoured, the husks came to be fertilizer to grow the poison-stemmed grasses of the *illithids.* Zerthimon worked the Fields with no *knowing* of himself or what he had become. He was a tool of flesh, and the flesh was content." "It was upon these fields that Zerthimon came to *know* the scripture of steel. During one of the turnings, as Zerthimon tilled the Fields with his hands, he came across a husk whose brain remained within it. It has not been used as food. Yet it was dead." "The thought that one of the husks had died a death without serving as food for the *illithids* was a thought Zerthimon had difficulty understanding. From that thought, came a desire to *know* what had happened to the husk." "Embedded in the skull of the husk was a steel blade. It had pierced the bone. Zerthimon realized that was what had killed the husk. The steel had marked the flesh, but the flesh had not marked the steel." "Zerthimon took the blade and studied its surface. In it, he saw his reflection. It was in the reflection of the steel that Zerthimon first *knew* himself. Its edge was sharp, its will the wearer's. It was the blade that would come to be raised against Gith when Zerthimon made the Pronouncement of Two Skies." "Zerthimon kept the blade for many turnings, and many were the thoughts he had about it. He used it in the fields to aid his work. In using it, he thought about how it was not used." "The *illithids* were powerful. Zerthimon had believed that there was nothing that they did not *know.* Yet the *illithids* never carried tools of steel. They only used flesh as tools. Everything was done through flesh, for the tentacled ones were made of flesh and they *knew* flesh. Yet steel was superior to flesh. When the blade had killed the husk, it was the flesh that had been weaker than the steel." "It was then that Zerthimon came to *know* that flesh yielded to steel. In *knowing* that, he came to *know* that steel was stronger than the *illithids.*" "Steel became the scripture of the People. *Know* that steel is the scripture by which the People came to *know* freedom."
55240WORK HAMMER Damage: 1-6 Crushing Speed: 6 Weight: 6 Proficiency: Hammers Usable only by Fighters This is a heavy work hammer. It has a long handle and a metal head that looks like it could shape steel and crush skulls with ease.
55241SMALL RED KEY Weight: 0 Taken from the Starved Dog sentry in the main hall of the Tenement of Thugs, this slender strongbox key is ornately crafted and appears as though it might be of significance to the Starved Dogs Barking gang.
55242TENEMENT STOREROOM KEY Weight: 0 This plain iron key is scratched and worn from repeated use.
55243WHISTLE OF WARDING Invokes: "Anti-Magic Shell" Weight: 0 Carved of human bone, the Whistle of Warding is a favorite artifact of the practicing Necromancer. The enchantments placed upon the item allow its possessor to invoke its magic simply by blowing a tune on the whistle. The whistle can only be blown one time, for once its enchantment is released, its power is spent and the item crumbles to dust.
55244"Citing/Rubikon Wizard/Megalomaniac Declaration of Freedom: Creative Director encountered Error: Rubikon Wizard. Hypothesis: Director discounted strength of error. Sought to correct aberrance in Rubikon Wizard. Result: Director = Nulled."
55245"Actually, Nordom, Rubikon still has a Director - me."
55246"That's what the Wizard claimed - so, after he was 'nulled,' what happened during the third stage of the project?"
55247"Never mind, Nordom. I had some other questions for you..."
55248"Forget it, Nordom. Let's move on."
55249"Suspicion, Unsubstantiated = Now Confirmed: Superior encountered an error." Nordom's eyes *klik,* as if to clear them. "Query: The error was large and unexpected?"
55250"I'll say. I don't think he had much difficulty in wiping out the Director."
55251"We'll discuss it some other time - tell me about the third stage of the Project."
55252"I'll tell you later, Nordom. For now, I had some other questions for you..."
55253"Forget it, Nordom. Let's move on."
55254"Processing new information..." Nordom stares at you for a moment in silence, then there is a low grinding of gears from inside his frame. After a moment, he *chrrrups.* "Fate of Creative Director confirmed. Director = Nulled."
55255"Well, actually, Nordom, I'm the new Creative Director of Rubikon."
55256"Glad I could clear that up for you, Nordom. Now, I had some other questions for you..."
55257"Forget it, Nordom. Let's move on."
55258Nordom stares at you for a moment in silence, then a slow *whrrrr* comes from inside his frame and he *KLIKS.* You're not certain, but it sounds like something clicked into place.
55259"Uh... you all right, Nordom?"
55260"Uh... you all right, Nordom?"
55261Had a repeat of that stabilizing incident with Nordom, similar to when I told him that his separation from the Source may have caused his shift in perspective - when I told Nordom that I was the new Creative Director of Rubikon, he seemed to become even more stable. I think maybe establishing a new chain of command for Nordom helped him become even more 'focused.' Maybe the loss of the Director unhinged him more than I knew.
55262Something strange happened when I told Nordom that I was the new Creative Director of Rubikon - he seemed to become more *stable.* It's odd, but I think maybe establishing a new chain of command for Nordom helped him become... well, a little more 'focused.' Maybe the loss of the Director unhinged him more than I knew.
55263"Status Updated: Creative Director now re-affirmed in hierarchy." To your surprise, some of the warbling has gone out of Nordom's voice; it is more level, more controlled than it was before. The effect is a little unnerving.
55264"Hmmmm. Nordom... out of curiosity, what sort of duties is the Creative Director responsible for? And how much do you have to obey him?"
55265"Hmmmm. Nordom... out of curiosity, what sort of duties is the Creative Director responsible for? And how much do you have to obey him?"
55266"I see. Glad I could clear that up for you. But back to the stages of the project - what happened during the third stage?"
55267"Nordom, I had some other questions for you..."
55268"I think we've talked enough. Let's move on."
55269"Third Stage, unprecedented: Nordom-specific stage. Hypothesis: Lack of Director, plus Exposure to Plane (chaos) resulted in perspective of /Nordom/ to deviate from norm."
55270"'Deviate from norm'? How?"
55271"Never mind, Nordom. I had some other questions for you..."
55272"Forget it, Nordom. Let's move on."
55273"Introspective cycle commencing." Nordom *kliks* his eyes closed and begins to *hum.* A few moments later, his eyes *klik* open. "Introspective Evaluation: Perceptions have become (1) smaller and (B) louder. Wings have been replaced with arms: reason unknown. Suspicion/hypothesis: not liked wings? Speculation. Nordom was once -ONE- but is now smaller, louder -ONE! - Change has resulted in information-processing difficulties."
55274"Do you think your separation from the Source is what caused your perspective shift from that quieter, broader 'one' to the smaller, louder 'one'?"
55275"I see, Nordom. I had some other questions for you..."
55276"I've heard enough, Nordom. Let's move on."
55277Nordom stares at you for a moment in silence, then a slow *whrrrr* comes from inside his frame and he *KER-KLIKS.* You're not certain, but it sounds like something clicked into place.
55278"Nordom?"
55279"Nordom?"
55280Had a repeat of that stabilizing incident with Nordom, similar to when I told him I was the new Creative Director - when I told Nordom that it was probably his separation from the Source that caused his change in perspective, he seemed to become even more stable. I think maybe helping Nordom realize *what* happened to him helped him become even more 'focused.' His separation from the Source may have been a greater shock to his system than I realized.
55281Something strange happened when I told Nordom that it was probably his separation from the Source that caused his change in perspective - he seemed to become more *stable.* It's odd, but I think maybe helping Nordom realize *what* happened to him helped him become... well, a little more 'focused.' Maybe his separation from the Source unhinged him more than I knew.
55282"Status Updated: Introspection Drain Halted; re-routing speculation routines to main queue." To your surprise, some of the warbling has gone out of Nordom's voice; it is more level, more controlled than it was before. The effect is a little unnerving.
55283"Nordom, I had some other questions for you..."
55284"I think we've talked enough. Let's move on."
55285Nordom freezes, then slowly the gears in his elbows begin turning in a slow, hypnotic synchronization. "Define/Query: Mechanus. Plane of Order. Sense. Cause generates Effect. Predictable. Law. Logic. Regimented. Obedience. Gears turn. Mechanus = Nordom Origin. Mechanus = Null Home/Nordom."
55286"Nordom, what do you mean, 'Null Home'?"

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