Violus escorted us back to his garden of nymphs where we told him our story of the past months adventuring to this city. He thinks we’re in a unique position to help humanity because of our relationship with Nod. That is, we’re somewhat trusted and not completely insane. Due to some perverse kind of affection Nod has for Violus, he fully expects to be “enslaved” by her when she attacks the city. In this case enslavement means transforming into some horrific monster as he descends into chaos. Not cool.
We did uncover one potentially useful bit of information about Nod. As god of chaos and entropy, she is incapable of understanding patterns. Concepts like planning and strategery are almost completely alien to her.
Aviadorra’s death seems to have been of minor consequence to Violus. He had a backup golden girl, Vashinn, who looks just like Aviadorra. Violus’ long-shot plan for redemption, and for humanity’s salvation, begins with shooting us all to the moon to escape from Nod’s impending attack. Apparently Cerebelle hang out in moon bases. Who knew? From there, Vashinn will continue on to fulfill her role as humanity’s ambassador on the galactic stage. The party, however, will be split and sent back to earth, into hiding until the time is right. We’re told that top men are working on a plan to fight Nod, and that we may be of some use. Top. Men.
Paul’s vacation: During the year off, Paul finds a new pixy friend that seems to love sitting on his shoulder. He also hung out with Vashiin awhile and tried to get her to wear some clothes. He also learned that she came from a city south of the golden bee empire. Apparently she is very afraid of the golden bees as they are highly intelligent and are trying to enslave all humans.
Adam’s Science Experiment: I traveled to a super secret compound where I met up with my mysterious new friend Clayton. He honored our ‘backroom deal’ and we set about replacing what I had lost many years ago. Weather or not this can be fully accomplished remains to be seen. The entity we have created feels more like an extension of my own will than a true counterpart, but Clayton seems to think that will change over time.
Over the course of the year the land seemed to change noticeably, and once docile forest creatures would attack the compound from time to time. In truth, I began to look forward to these attacks. It was good to get out and spread my wings… so to speak.
Clayton seems to truly believe that his organization is, on the whole, serving to safeguard humanity’s future. Danello’s ideas about whom they truly serve are at odds with Clayton’s beliefs. After some badgering, Clayton has agreed to investigate wether Danello’s claims in this case hold any water.
So now, there is little else to do but wait to be fetched by Violus’ minions. Violus didn’t really try to incentivize us to join his cause, and in fact openly mocked our efforts to escort Aviadora to safety. This is despite the fact that she died in the center of a massive black cloud that overtook us steps away from the garden we found him lounging in.
And who is this Vashiin chick? She actually reminds me of what I thought Aviadora would be like before I met her; arrogant and insufferable. Skoll of course immediately and awkwardly supplicated himself to her. It’s kind of cute that ‘humanities representative and ruler’ wears a collar around her neck. I won’t pretend not to take some pleasure in the fact that the being holding the chain to that collar will be forced wear a collar of his own. And Nod holds his chain.
So then, I wonder if we will at some point be expected to dance on Vashiin’s leash. Wouldn’t we then be indirectly working for Nod? Perhaps I’m being pessimistic. However, it seems to me despite our personal feelings or intentions we have served Nod quite admirably up until now. Were we ever escorting Avi to Violus City? What have we accomplished, truly?
We played an instrumental role in delivering unto Nod a corporeal form. We protected and nurtured that form in it’s infancy. We dismantled a cult that didn’t have the slightest idea as to how to worship her properly. On our way to Violus City we left a path of destruction in our wake and doubled back only to deliver our dear friend right into her hands before personally guiding her the rest of the way to Violus and the throne of the world.
But I, at least, never claimed to be a hero. Perhaps I flirted with the notion for a moment or two near the end but I’ve since put such naive and childish fantasies to rest. When the emissaries of Violus find me I shall be in good spirits, humming a merry tune I heard in my dreams…
0rca’s meditation: 0rca spent her time in relative exile at Winston’s compound, seeking the council of Annabelle. Given 0rca’s newly-forged nihilistic tendencies, it was of little consequence to her if Winston happened to be there. Tinkering in Annabelle’s workshop has been therapeutic- it gave 0rca a temporary feeling of purpose. And as she worked to transform her body and soul, she enjoyed knowing that her friends may not recognize her when they reunite.
Skoll, Sannah, and Spanky arrived near his hometown of Aviollage. Sannah was in for a wake up call as she had to suddenly deal with the schema changing facts that an entire village believed that Violus had enslaved mankind; Violus was considered an enemy; Aviadorra (and apparently, Vashiin), were seen as more important than Violus; and that rampant sexual escapades were not only NOT the norm, but were actually frowned upon.
The villagers were quite happy to see the safe return of Skoll, but obviously were confused as to why the venture took so long. They were saddened to learn of Aviadorra’s death, but were somewhat relieved to learn that Violus was the new pet of an even more powerful god.
The three set up a home and began cultivating their mushrooms and caterpillars. They worked to create a habitat where the two could grow and reproduce. Every once in a while a couple seeking to have children might come to the new “witch doctor”, Skoll, and receive just what they needed to get the job done. The population of Aviollage has increased dramatically since Skoll left.
The villagers were regaled with adventures on a regular basis. Minotaurs, Bees, Gargoyles, Imps, Skeletons, Mummies, Lions, Tanks, Fire-Demons, and countless other adventures were made all the more riveting with Skoll’s “phantastic” special effects.
The boys came to like Adam’s character the most – the same way that every dark, brooding character with demon-like deformities who helps the hero (the villagers naturally saw Skoll as the main character). Adam was seen as similar to “Venom” or the “Darth Vader”. A lot of the kids liked the idea of robots who serve humanity – they have never encountered a Cerebelle before. They loved seeing things like minotaur horns, gargoyle wings, bee suits, snake heads, and all of the other mysteries that Skoll brought them to witness.
Skoll wrote the adventure down so that the children would have a story to read after he eventually left. The children generally liked “the part when Skoll dashed in to save the girl who was about to be killed”. But were mortified to learn how the child later came to be the one to kill Aviadorra. Perhaps they learned a valuable lesson about being a hero, and trusting the unknown.
Hunting for food was suddenly much easier for the clan, what with having a hunting dog, a flying man who can dominate animals. With Skoll around, tamer animals from the Wilds were likely to be somewhat domesticated and trained to aide with protection and hunting. Spanky learned about hunting and battle during these hunting trips and he became more and more accustomed to being relied upon.
Once a month or so, Skoll would take Spanky out for a whacky jungle adventure in the Wilds. They learned quite a bit in their adventures and had a grand ol’ time. They always came back with more fun stories to tell.
Sannah generally avoided the hunts due to all the complications regarding pregnancy. In fact, Sannah became a mother after just a few months. She had plenty of time to mull over that which she had taken for granted for her whole life. Perhaps she even came to a conclusion over Skoll’s proposition.
(Paul’s original entry)
Violus escorted us back to his garden of nymphs where we told him our story of the past months adventuring to this city.He gave us the bad news that he will become the pet of Nod, at least for some time. He asks us to take Vashiin from the city and wait for his liberation.
We have sixteen hours before we must evacuate the city so we take some time to arm ourselves with the wares from the city. Paul gets a new set of armor, Skoll rocks two pistols with laser sights, oRCA buys something and Clay is eerily silent.
After being equipped with new shiny items we head off on a rocket rail to the moon. The trip apparently takes a few hours, we were zooming (Slow moving vehicles stay to the right). Each of us picks a destination to do some personal shit while the lord of chaos wreaks havoc in Violus. Skoll goes back to the wilds, Adam tries to clone something, our depressed friend oRCA tries to commit network suicide, and Paul just hangs out with the druids in some ruins.
With the party split, the year goes by rather quickly.
During the year off, Paul finds a new pixy friend that seems to love sitting on his shoulder. He also hung out with Vashiin awhile and tried to get her to wear some clothes. He also learned that she came from a city south of the golden bee empire. Apparently she is very afraid of the golden bees as they are highly intelligent and are trying to enslave all humans.