Thursday, March 28, 2013

Isle Imperium 1.41 -- Meet, Greet, and Compete!



Following the announcement of the Diamond Grey Legion’s new pride shard, a dinner reception is held, which is graced by visiting dignitaries from various other legions, such as:

Ivory                                                                            
TEL TIN TOR, Ivory Legate
                                                                                                    
Ruby
RASELDAN, Ebon Rake Admiral (and some of his generals)
OJIN, Redstar Cloudstrike ChampionRISA, Frontline Sanctifier

Silver
SER ILDANE, Silver Thorn Scholar
SER RINALDO, Silver Thorn Champion
SER LORENS, Templar of the Order of the Gilden Drake
SER RAIMUNDO, Forsworn Blade Knight

as well as later arrivals, including:

Amber                                                   
PANDORA, Empathic Visionary 
ULBARICH, String Lyre Lyric             
                                                              
Emerald
KATSUMOTO, Esteemed Heavenly Court Martial 
RENJIN (3rd), Lost Warbound Celestial Shadow
AJI (4th), Crimson Blade Tempest Whirlwind
 
Sapphire                                                                                                               
XOLXA, Helios Shield Commander                                                    
LOXTAS, Obsidian Jaguar Guardian                                                   

Platin
CRUSIS, Beloved of DJAMOUD
(Except where indicated, all dignitaries are members of the First Number of their respective legions, led by their Pride.)

In the course of the evening—encompassing the First’s obligatory mingling with each set—much occurs and is learned:
  • Neither Emerald nor Platin deign to eat our food!
  • The Sapphire contingent leaves early, relieved and gratified by VARIAN’S understanding of their need to do so.
  • Ulbarich is formerly of the Diamond, having transferred to Amber with the help of AUDEN.
  • The Amber pair probes gently into Diamond’s involvement in the fall of one of their opponent’s strongholds.
  • Katsumoto is KENJIRO’S elder brother; there is some tension between the two; and Katsumoto seems to hold ALECTO responsible for Kenjiro’s defection.
  • TERENTIUS has traveled extensively in Ruby territory on mission zeros, making friends and possibly more, in the case of Ojin. He is also said to have a brother, one Cardius, in the Diamond.
  • Raseldan is Elect, and recognizes ARCTURUS as Elect. CATALINA is recognized as a dragoon.
  • The Bejeweled Warder built the Tower of Spinels in the Caliphate; the embodied shard Djamoud invites him to “join again”, informs him that “Bone is on the verge of attracting legendaries”, and hints that he may be willing to transfer when Diones has constructed something worthy.
  • Crusis apparently has major issues with her “little sister” KHIMERE’S transfer, and needles her that the latter’s beloved shard is now embracing someone new. Kim replies that she is “no quidnunc”.
  • Tel Tin Tor narrowly escapes potential physical assault from ALOYSIUS, Terry, Kenjiro, OLIVERUS, ISAACUS, Ser Orlando, and the Silver contingent, due to perceived over-familiarity with the women of the First.
  • SER ORLANDO was involved in something from which Rinaldo thinks his heart needs to heal.
  • The Silver delegates invite the First to their upcoming competition of scholars; the delegates of Amber, Ruby, and Sapphire likewise issue cordial invitations.

ARSELUS ARTILIAN informs the First minutes prior that there will be contests between each of them and a representative of each visiting legion. After hasty scrambling (and consulting with LORD HANOR), these are held as follow:

archery: Cat vs. Pandora                                                                  footrace: Aly vs. Katsumoto
standing jump: Kim vs. Risa                                                            discus throw: MANTIUS vs. Crusis
javelin throw: Arc vs. Ser Lorens                                                     test of strength: Ian vs. Tel Tin Tor

After much struggle (and amiable cheating on virtually all sides), the First manage to win all their contests, with the exception of Aly, who ties with Katsumoto.

Much drinking follows, over the course of which the delegates gradually take their leave. Katsumoto admonishes Aly to try and make his brother happy. Ian gives a bottle of wine to Tel Tin Tor, who attempts to give him one of his chained girls in response. The Ruby mounts happily stay and drink with the Diamond’s Fifth until the wee hours of the morning.

At 4 a.m., the First, Second, and Third Numbers report for a briefing with Ollie, Terry, and Isaac on the mission Tabernacle Run, previously attempted by the Seventh and First, in succession, of the Diamond Red. This mission involves breaching the edifice known as the Tabernacle, in order to destroy the beacon which will eventually allow greater forces of Chaos to access the ten entry points corresponding to the ten legions. (Currently, only four of these are designated as front line.)

The mission is divided into three phases, each to be handled by one number and one ruling warder, as follows:
  1. The Third, led by ELINORA and Auden, will get the team to the first waypoint. They will hold the waypoint for six minutes and five seconds before returning to Peerdin, with or without their comrades.
  2. The Second, led by Lord Hanor and Terry, will open the 17 gates needed to access the Tabernacle. They will hold the gates for three minutes and five seconds before returning to the waypoint, with or without their comrades.
  3. The First, led by Ian and Kenjiro, will breach the tabernacle and destroy the beacon—which shifts position every three seconds—in under three minutes. They are not to return to Peerdin if they exceed this time.
Only elite-class and higher shards and actions are expected to function during this mission; empath and warrior taxonomies are judged detrimental, while dragoons and martials are recommended.

After hurried resharding, the mission commences. The Third and Second successfully deliver the First to the Tabernacle.

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