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Surreality United's Medieval Castle

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The Guild known as Surreality United had decided on using a four story medieval castle as their Guild HQ. It was one of the many Guild houses that would eventually situate on Adventurer’s Island, but for now it was one of four that had already been built.

The inside of the Guild house had not been decorated yet, other than the toilets on each floors and the extremely basic bedrooms on the top floor each room was empty and could not be filled until the Guild had repaid their debt.

“I am going to ask you guys to stay on Adventurer’s Island for now. There has been some trouble in Avalon and it might be best if you avoided it for now. The Imperial Guards are doing their best to handle it, but if push comes to shove they might need as much help as possible from the registered Guilds and it’d be easier for us to request your help if we know where to find you.â€

After escorting the group into their house Sierra took a bow before exiting. “Oh, just so we’re clear. It wasn’t really a request. Stay put.â€

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"Quarius, have you any spells or rituals that I might be able to copy into my books while we wait? Maybe we can swap spells or something."

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Quarius nodded. "That sounds like a good idea. But don't read anything written on my spellbook unless I tell you it is safe to read and point directly at the word. I don't want to accidentally set off one of the numerous Explosive Runes I've written into my spellbook."

 

[Quarius trades spells with Bachydios.]

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"Ahh, this looks like a wonderful place!" cried Korrelia, even though the interior of the house was admittedly barren. Well, more space to set up a karaoke in the future. She danced around the wide space of the living-room, then set down to work.

 

"We should advertise our guild around, and attract more members," she said. "I'll put up a notification to all players in the forum about our guild. Hopefully we'll get some new members in no time."

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Knock. Knock. Knock. A series of loud knocks rattled the portcullis of the castle of Surreality United.

 

Outside was standing a figure completely garbed in drab gunmetal-grey armor, standing nearly eight feet tall and as broad as two ordinary men. Sheathed across its back was a massive greatsword that looked large enough to cleave a horse in twain, but aside from that, the figure seemed to be empty-handed. A brassy, amplified voice crackling with static boomed out, <INTRODUCTION. I am Sanger, mighty warrior of the Warforged! HONEST DECLARATION. I am not a double-amputee halfling midget inside a magical suit of armor! ANNOUNCEMENT OF INTENT.  I have heard your summons for valiant warriors willing to work for honor, glory and profit!  I am here to join Surreality United!>

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Bachydios looked up with annoyance from Quarius' ritual book, which he was copying Comprehend Language from. He saw the hulking chunk of metal on their doorsteps, and thought that it reminded him of the Knight class from a Fire Emblem game. More importantly, he noted the giant broadsword and wondered if it was a real weapon or merely an aesthetically accessory.

 

"Oh, come on, he's gotta be compensating," the Tiefling muttered as he returned to his copying.

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The loud knocking emanated through the deceptively paper-thin walls of Surreality United Castle, jolting Korrelia out of her afternoon beauty sleep. Before she had even left her room, a voice (mysteriously crackling with static) had announced the visitor's profile and intent. She walked out of her room, past Bachydios, who looked up and muttered something crossly before returning to his copying.

 

She opened the door, trying to look as regal as possible in the face of a suit of armour much taller than her.

 

"Hello, Sanger. I am Korrelia, leader of Surreality United. We accept only the bravest and most dedicated warriors into our guild. To prove your dedication and ensure future loyalty, I'd like you to complete this stack of application forms asking the most inane questions about yourself. If you can get through bureaucracy, no goblin or thug will stand in your way."

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The great suit of armor glanced towards the stack of papers the woman proffered towards it, then looked towards its own hands. They were large, clumsy things with only four fingers a hand, as if they had belonged to an old-school cartoon character. Certainly not very suited for grasping delicate instruments like a pen.

 

<EXCLAMATION OF EXASPERATION. Damn it, how do I write with gauntlets on?>

 

[Roll for filling up documents without breaking pen]

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Amroth sat cross-legged on the floor, his bow on his lap, softly polishing the wood, after which he would grease up the string. He didn't know if the game had any armour or weapon deterioration system, but he wasn't going to find out mid battle. He heard the noise that Sanger made and he raised an eyebrow at the hulking machine standing in the doorway. "Sanger? Did he used to be a singer in real life or something?" He muttered to himself, feeling a bit uncomfortable. He was used to the four others in his team and still a bit weary of the new guys he created a guild with. Now even more people joined up and the guild seemed to fill with people he didn't know. He didn't know if they would be useful or could be trusted.

 

He was just about to raise and greet the creature when Korrelia walked over and greeted the.... thing, talking about forms and bureaucracy. Amroth had no idea how she could ever have created any forms in the time they had been here but he shrugged. He nodded welcoming to Sanger and gave a small wave before he finished polishing his bow. When he was done inspecting his work he looked at Korrelia. "Oh, before I forget, I only have 74 GP in my inventory now, so I'll donate that now and make up any difference after the next quest or when I find something to sell or whatever." He said across the room and opened his menu, going to the new guild section and donated all his money.

 

[Amroth donated 74 GP to the guild house]

[3676 GP left in debt]

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With the people rolling up at the door now, Aramachus decided security may be an issue to consider. "I volunteer to act as guard and patrol the castle, at least until we earn enough money to hire some guards." He set up his tent just inside the main gate as a sort of base/checkpoint, then set about familiarizing himself with the intricacies (or lack thereof) of the castle's layout.

 

Meanwhile, two more people were lining up behind the Warforged to join as well. Evidently the invitation for members was working well.

 

Solitude had recognized Amroth, listed as the guild second-in-charge, and so had decided to come throw his lot in with his old, original questing party. "Evidently, it's hard to play this game by yourself." he said upon meeting members of his old group. He intended to station in the castle as a safe resting place (among other humans and away from the eerily soulless NPCs living in the inns and such), before even thinking of question again anytime soon.

 

The next new applicant was definitely ready for questing though. The silvery-skinned Genasi Windsoul approached too, somewhat relieved that there were other newbies to the guild already. "I'd also like to sign up."

 

[Donating 76G to the guild]

[3600G debt remaining]

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Dayereth blinked as a man mountain even bigger than Aramachus entered the guild and was met by Korrelia. Seeing as the newcomer didn't seem to have any hostile intentions, the warlock soon returned to fiddling with his clothes, trying to figure out how to alter them to make them more dramatic when he was moving and casting spells.

 

[Donating 325G(?) to the guild] (I forgot how much I deducted... but I think this was it, based on my fiddling calculations in the Episode 2 thread. Will make up the last 50 later. >.>)

[3275 debt remaining]

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"Oh hello to all of you," said Korrelia, pleasantly surprised at the turnout. "Get in line, please. Oh, Solitude, do you know Amroth? In that case you're automatically in, since you're trustworthy! And as for you..." she looked at the Genasi, curious about his silver skin. "Do tell me your name."

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Clack.

 

A figure stepped onto the marble flooring of the guild, wearing a flowing crimson robe that fluttered in the breeze that blew out the open doorway. She placed the tip of her blade on the ground, holding it before her with both hands as she surveyed the guild hall before her. "This is Surreality United, correct?" The Magma Genasi spoke in a loud, authoritative voice that resonated within the empty halls. She raised the sheathed sword, bringing it down on the ground with a sharp tapping sound.

 

"My name is Valandra El-Maddrath, and I would like to join your guild."

 

...

 

In the meantime, Quarius finished copying the ritual spells from Bachydios's book, looking up at all the members who were pouring their money into the guild coffers. "I'll withhold from payment until I am capable of handing over the full 325GP," he said to Korrelia. "No point putting my money in early. It doesn't generate interest, and I'd rather keep it on hand for emergencies."

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Less than an hour since she had last stepped out of Surreality United’s medieval castle Sierra came strutting back in with the same mischievous smile that was always plastered on her face. “I see you managed to grow your group while I was gone,†she commented as she eyed the newcomers. “I believe we haven’t met. I am Sierra, one of the towns Guildmasters tasked by the Emperor with managing the many adventurers that seek accommodation in Avalon.â€

She loudly cleared her throat to make sure that all eyes were on her and everyone was paying attention. “I have work for you. You are free to decline, but if you do so I will have to ask you to leave Avalon. Of course you’ll be rewarded and as per our rules you’ll be free to keep anything acquired while working in service of the Emperor.â€

“Lucky for you, your job is relatively easy. Most of the Imperial Guard is busy in the main plaza on the Central Avalon bluff. Security has been tightened due to a planned appearance of the Imperial Family at the Grand Temple. None of this is very important though, the only thing you need to know is that I need you to act as the city’s law enforcement for the day and resolve any problems you stumble upon.â€

“Any question?â€

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Amroth greeted Solitude as he walked in. "Good to see you mate, glad you made it so far." He said smiling, he was kind of worried that his old pal might have died, but to find each other again like this was wonderful. He wanted to chat up when Sierra came in. "So we're free to deny this, yet we'll be kicked out of our guild house and the city when we do... That doesn't sound like we have much choice. What kind of 'problems' could we expect though?" He didn't like this Sierra girl, she reminded him of this guy from his youth that would organize a decent game but then abuse his powers by taking people's in-game money and removing them from their point of contact if they ever said anything he didn't like.

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"Please," Sierra scoffed, "don't be stupid. You always have a choice. It just happens that now there is a right choice and a wrong one, but I wouldn't do anything to stop you from making the wrong choice. And I can't really tell you what trouble to expect. Even if I could, I think it would be far more entertaining if you found out for yourselves."

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Bachydios stopped his deciphering of Quarius' handwriting to gather around for a look at all the new players they were getting. Two Genasi and another Tiefling like himself. What a haul. He hung back passively, waiting for a chance to be introduced.

 

But right then the Guildmaster Sierra entered the room and announced work for them. It wasn't a quest though, it seemed, for there wasn't any in-game message appearing on his UI. Bachydios frowned. Was something broken? He tapped at the hologram menu quizzically, but nothing changed. Ah well.

 

He waited until after Sierra has shot a retort back at Amroth before speaking.

 

"Law enforcement means we can use force, right? But uh, it'll be Player Characters we'll be enforcing order over? Or do we have any reason to expect disturbances from Non-Player Characters as well? Someone make a History check or something." 

 

"Also, when do we set out? Learning rituals is such boring work."

 

[Pay 200g for the Guildhouse. 3075g debt remaining]

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“While working in service of the Emperor you are free to use force at your own discretion, however you shouldn’t forget that we aren’t living in a totalitarian state wherein unwarranted brutality gets ignored. Behave. And again, I have no idea what kind of trouble, if any, is waiting for you.â€

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"Maybe Sierra's the trouble," murmured Korrelia under her breath. To cover up her badmouthing, she quickly piped up, "I guess we should take the correct choice then. How many people would you need, Sierra? I think that for this Quest, we should let our new members -- barring Solitude -- show what they're capable of, so we'll prioritise their entry over some older members. Once we assemble our teams, let's depart."

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Sierra ignored the jab. "I don't care, you're in charge, you decide. As long as you remember every member in the guild can, and will, be held accountable for problems caused by your members. So if you want to take care of everything by yourself, you are free to do so."

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"Oh, yes, my 'name' is Dei." the Genasi Windsoul replied. He eyed the more imposing female Genasi who also seemed to be joining. He wasn't too concerned; she seemed to be geared toward Defender, so it made sense for her to be so imposing. He was content to go unnoticed, although it was some reassurance Korrelia had noticed him. This attentive person being the guild leader boded well.

 

"I'm ready to roll whenever."

 

--

 

Solitude shrugged, "Indeed I wasn't ready to go on another quest yet, no problem staying behind. He was glad he'd joined the guild now though. With the members being sent out to apprehend criminals, it was best that he was taking a break from his underhanded deeds.

 

--

 

Aramachus lamented missing out on this noble quest of dispensing law and order - indeed, it was his very calling. But it was only appropriate the newer members be inspected in the field before taking up residence at the castle.

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Korrelia shot a Look at Sierra. She could tell, with her womanly instinct, that they would simply not get along.

 

"I'm not going to take care of everything by myself," she said calmly. "In fact, I shall be democratic and ask everyone to choose their own teams." She made a deliberate show of turning to face everyone. "Pick your groups then, and do so wisely, lest I be accused of influencing your decisions."

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Bachydios raised a hand and waved nervously, signaling his intent to be heard. He hoped also to cut the ice between the two women.

 

"This is a good opportunity for ice-breaking and strategizing. Since we're going to split into team, let's all briefly introduce ourselves and what we're capable of. Maybe we can come up with team combos while we're at it."

 

He drew out his orb and made it glow and levitate in the air for theatrical effect.

 

"I'm Bachydios, an Illusionist Controller with the ability to inflict status effects like Slow, Daze, Prone, Immobilize and even Helpless with my Daily Power. I'm of better use with melee teammates, since they can better take advantage of Helpless and Prone. My At-Will doesn't do friendly damage, so it's all good even if the battle goes long and I'm only left with At-Will powers."

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Amroth smiled at Bachydios' introduction. "That sounds like a really interesting class. I am a hard hitting strong striking greatbow ranger, in other words, a Striker." He patted his bow and placed it upright next to him, it towered over him by a good hand. "If the dice go my way I deal massive damage and I can even strike two enemies at once with my at will. I am mobile, allowing me to seek cover if I need to or to run around the cover of an enemy to strike. Since I use a bow I can strike from great distances and my daily allows me to stack even more damage. One of my encounter abilities even allows me to interrupt an attack, hurting the attacker and possibly stopping him from attacking. Furthermore I have the 'heal' skill which allows me to stabilize a person if shit ever hits the fan. I'm not really good with enemies who come too close and although my health is decent, I still think of myself as rather squishy. So teaming up with a defender and a healer would be wonderful."

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"I'm Dayereth, a warlock. I think that's a Striker. And I want to be with Korrelia~~~" Dayereth volunteered, Fey Stepping forward to appear beside the bard in a dramatic swirl of his robes.

 

"Other than that, I don't really mind who my other teammates are. Though it would be nice to have a new man mountain, since 'machus isn't joining us this time. Maybe that new guy?" he suggested, waving a hand at the huge suit of armor. The guy was probably overcompensating for something, but at the very least, he'd make a useful shield for them to hide behind when the battles got tough. They'd probably get partial concealment just from standing behind him.

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