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Originally written by Why I Am So Prone to Outbursts:

12. Is it? While most members don't trumpet their religions, I'm aware of only four Jews among the more active members. That's really not so many. Why is Spiderweb so popular among the Finns?
Depends on how you look at it. I can think of six members who are, in my opinion and if I remember correctly, somehow Jewish. There's yourself, Randomizer, Drakefyre, Zeviz, Infernal (the cool one), and Thralni.

I can think of four known or suspected Finns. TGM, Riibu, Curio (or was that only on Polaris? If he was, he was before my time) and Redstart.

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Originally written by WiKiSpidweb:

What is this for?
And where did the other hidden forums go?

When a new forum was created (I believe it was the one for Avernum 4), the secret forums were deleted and the BoA Editor forum was semi-merged with the Blades of Avernum forum. It was brought to Jeff's attention that the BoA Editor Forum had disappeared, and he unmerged it. At least, I think that's how it happened.

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Originally written by Dikiyoba:

Rakshasi, are you in Mannik still or elsewhere?

Dikiyoba.

Whichever can be said to be more convenient? Probably Mannik, though, because Cassius still sees vampires.

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"I really can't say I approve of your latest maneuver, Barbados."

"Nonsense, Kuberr! Have you any idea how much trouble Cassius would have made if we kept using him? Such a temper, and no head nor patience for business at all!"

"And you felt it would be a good idea to turn him against us, and to send assassins who were sure to fail after him?"

"Well, I don't deny that that was the best plan, but the fact remains that Cassius is now gone. And be quiet, I've gotten the spell ready."

"This better be good..."

Barbados and Kuberr were standing atop a high tower, with the full moon overhead and the wind swirling about them. They were staring downward at a silver bowl upon a tripod, within which the night sky was perfectly reflected. Barbados whispered, "None escape the eye... Nothing is hidden, as long as light still shines and the moon still reigns..." The reflected image in the pool suddenly shifted. It traced a line of perspective from the pool to the moon and then backwards; now everything in the pool was revealed from the moon's point of view. Barbados and Kuberr were watching themselves watching a pool, which was in turn watching them...

Barbados twisted his fingers elegantly, and the image shifted to reveal events transpiring a hundred yards to the east. A brave merchant, who had refused the offer of protection extended by a minor vampire lord, was now paying the price. Henchmen were ransacking the shop and destroying its wares, while another one held a knife to the merchant's wife and the merchant himself watched helplessly. Kuberr nodded curtly.

Now Barbados and Kuberr were watching as a ship rocked serenely a in a harbor a few miles away, on the coast. A bird cawed throatily, and suddenly shadows separated themselves from the darkness and revealed themselves to be vampires. They struck the deck guards, hurled them overboard, and descended into the lower holds. After much screaming, they emerged holding cases which contained valuable treasures. Kuberr now motioned to Barbados, and the image again changed.

Lemnus and Lamia, the two experienced assassins whom Cassius had previously relied upon, were sneaking onto the grounds of an impressive manor. They moved quietly and through the shadows, evading sentries and sleeping servants. They came to an impressive-looking door, nodded to each other, and entered quietly. A man was sleeping; they woke him up.

Lamia slammed the man's mouth shut and pinched his nose. Lemnus slapped him until he became fully awake. Lamia allowed him to breath in bursts. Lemnus said, "You're pretty brave. Only a few have had the heart to stand up to the Triumvirate. But that ends now. Doesn't it?" The man's eyes darted fearfully from Lamia's cold eyes to Lemnus's angry ones. He nodded jerkily. Lemnus and Lamia began outlining the terms of his concession, most of which dealt with shipping fees and tariffs. Kuberr waved his hands, and the reflection followed its path up to the moon and back down.

Kuberr said, "I suppose things could be going worse. I think we should consider expanding. With your men and my contacts-" Barbados suddenly broke in. "Hush! I see something!" Kuberr sounded annoyed. "I beg your pardon?"

Barbados stabbed his finger at a large, silvery monument a long distance away; it certainly hadn't been there the last time he had checked. It was surrounded by blighted land and had mindless, shambling undead moving around it. Barbados and Kuberr both leaned closer for a better look. "What the hell is that?"

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Cassius was back to his old ways. The vampries that he saw knew better than to interfere with his work, so he was able to act more or less as he had before, spreading chaos and ruin to everyone he could. Barbados seemed to think that ignoring him would be the best course of action, and Cassius didn't exactly mind. He liked being a free agent again, and picking his own enemies. It was quite refreshing.

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Hmm. Nayld, is that a roundabout way of inviting me to join you? Do you want me to "cure" you, and if so in approximately how many posts?

Also, do the participants want to continue the Love/Demon/Undead/Vampire war?

EDIT: Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Safey, I think Ephesos is irritated because you never defined the entire demonic race as being "your" faction, and also because getting consent for every little detail (which, in this case, barely relates to your character and certainly has no effect on the current events) is tiresome.

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The nice thing about Oriental-themed RPGs made by Western entities is that they are in no way accountable for actually giving legitimate portrayals of anything in their target culture, and none of their fans notice the liberties taken anyway.

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Those of us who remember the classic nuisances remeber the surge of emotion at seeing yet another topic or post, and immediately knowing that it would be something completely idiotic. That's not something you can read in archives. Nor can you see the topics and posts in context, as they're effectively all archives.

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You know, if you didn't talk about Ed he wouldn't try to impersonate or harass you. :rolleyes: You people need to move on and stop comparing every noob to Ed; otherwise, he'll keep popping up.

Ed was Public Pubic. Ed is not Public Enemy.

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Okay, so the Mannik vampires are once more an NPC faction. Cassius is on his own and is hostile to most of the vampires. The vampires are working secretly to undo the Harath faction's power in Mannik.

Maybe I could do with a long-term agenda. Anyone have any suggestions?

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It was six months ago that Cassius had originally arrived in Mannik. The city was relatively large and had an ample population, two things which attracted him. Cassius had heard that Harath ruled the city, but had seen little evidence of it in his time there.

Now, between him, Barbados, and Kuberr, the city's ancient structure was beginning to crumble. Kidnappings, assassinations, and minor crimes had seen a sharp upsurge since that fateful meeting between the three. Cassius was fine with serving as the head muscle; it was more or less like his previous existence, except now his violent acts had an actual purpose behind them. Barbados operated as an intermediary and coordinated with the rest of the vampires. Kuberr procured a steady stream of targets as well as profits.

However, Cassius found the job a bit stressful. There was much more sitting and talking, as well as more rules and secrecy. Cassius thought it all a bit much; he had been keen on the idea of operating openly, but Barbados and Kuberr were opposed for their own reasons.

The twins Lamia and Lemnus entered his private chamber. Since his rise to power, they had become his lieutenants. They didn't speak much and they weren't the most amiable, but they had a sort of roughness and air of action about them which Cassius respected and shared. The two bowed. "We have the west river sector, and Kathleen has been cleared out." Kathleen was a vampire who had been controling the trade in the area. "What would you like us to do now, my lord?"

Cassius thought. The inter-clan war was going well, and soon all dissident vampires would be purged or thrown out of the city. The time had come to reveal the next step of the plan to the lower ranks. "Come closer. This is a very important matter. We have made powerful enemies, and we must be ready for an attack."

Lemnus shook his head. "The followers of Harath are nothing; they are chaff in the wind." Lamia also spoke. "There is only one clan now, and it is yours. If there remain any outside, we will find them."

Cassius admired how much the twins had managed to deduce and find out, considering no one told them much. "No, the city itself is now ours. But there are powerful forces outside, and they may at any time come for us."

The twins exchanged a look of suprise. Lemnus said, "Who, my master? Who would stand against all our might?"

Cassius sighed. "I have made a bad decision. And that is all I will tell you. Keep what you have heard secret, but be prepared. The time will come when all we have built will be challenged. Now go."

The twins hesitated and glanced at each other. Then they nodded. They approached Cassius, drawing daggers from their sleeves as they came. "This is for the best," Lemnus said. As Lamia lunged forward with her dagger, she muttered, "Barbados sends his blessing."

Cassius dodged the blow. "That backstabbing old fool! He wants this for himself, does he? He's welcome to it! Let's see how far he gets with you two traitors!" While he was speaking, Lemnus slung his dagger at Cassius. It hit him in the stomach, but pierced nothing vital. Cassius roared and seized both by the throat, one in each hand. "Suffer!", he shouted. And he poured pain itself into the two. They screamed and twisted in agony. It hurt Cassius as well, but not nearly as much. After a few moments, he dropped them to the floor. They remained there, wailing. Panting and clutching his wound, Cassius stumbled out of the room.

He assumed that Barbados would have most of the vampires on his side. Barbados was old, and would soon die. He was also not much of a fighter, but he was a talker. The vampires would gravitate to him because he could bring them more power, and because they would be able to oust him later. Cassius managed to leave unseen, and found one of his old haunts where he could recuperate in peace. He seriously contemplated the wisdom of his recent actions, and resolved to not mix himself in anything larger than himself for the near future.

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He mentioned he was considering it early on, I think when information about N:R was first released.

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People, let's get a few things straight here (although I myself am not experienced in any sense at RPing, and I do break these rules). There are three purposes of an RP, the way I see it:
1) To entertain the other players/readers
2) To build your character
3) To interact with other players.

RPing is not about fighting wars or "winning". Also, since you are playing with other real, human people, you have to start thinking about them as well. You can't win every fight you get in, or decide exactly how thing happen when it affects someone else. You have to take some, but more importantly you have to lose some.

Lord Safey, in my opinion, having a demon capable of fooling a god is itself a violation of the "don't have a God character" rule. Also, supposing even a fraction as large as 1/10 of your demons are that powerful, your entire army is overpowered.

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"Hold on!" Cassius stepped forward. "No one is killing anyone! At least, not while I'm around." He glared at James, Geltor, and the other demon. "We need to discuss this. At least, I need to discuss this. I'm working very hard right now to stabilize my own home, I don't have the time to fight two wars. Nor will I ever have the interest." Cassius ran his hands through his hair.

"How can you say that?" James exploded. "This is going to rip the world apart! And all you want to do is hide in your little castle? They'll come for you, you know!"

"You have to join us!" Geltor said. "We have the power to remake this world, with ourselves at the head and humanity at our feet! What more do you want?"

"I want peace!", Cassius shouted. "No dying, no killing, nothing! I- I need to clear my head." Cassius slumped down nearby and began furiously massaging his temples. James and Geltor began arguing with each other and trying to pull Cassius back into the argument.

After about a minute, Cassius stood up again. "All right, quiet, this is what I'm going to do. I'm going to go back to my city." James and Geltor spluttered. Cassius continued, "I'm going to gather all my people together. I'm going to fulfill some other obligations I have. And then I'm going to protect the neutrality of my home. If either of you in any way interferes with my running of my city, you'll have Hell to pay." Cassius met everyone's eyes. James and Geltor both looked angry now. But Cassius turned on his heel and left anyway.

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New question: will there be a large gap between releases for Macs and PCs like other Spiderweb games?

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Hmm. I haven't checked that, but I will on my next run-through.

Oh wait. :mad:

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Sorry Safey, while I was busy re-writing the Kama Sutra your post snuck in. I'll try to remember to reply to it in my next IC. But world-destroying demons and business-minded warlords don't mix well. I think the answer will have to be no; at least while Kuberr is in the picture.

Also, ET, sorry for possibly encroaching on your territory there. But I've had this in the works for a while now, and I just couldn't forget about the idea.

Also, for future easy reference, the general idea of the post is that the vampire clans are in an uproar, and Merv's backer Kuberr (god of the deal) has come into the light. Kuberr, Cassius, and Barbados (a scheming old vampire) are going to seize power in a triumvirate.

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Cassius was casually strolling along a dirty little alley, when Kuroshin dropped out of the sky next to him. Kuroshin looked more anxious than usual, and had a long gash on his cheek.

"Mervingorix is dead!", he hissed. "The work of a god! And I heard other things as well." He looked at Cassius with a bit more courage. "And you too, eh? A god yourself?"

"Scurry away, little rat," Cassius drawled. "There's nothing for you here."

"Yes, there is! Gods running lose, and master Mervingorix dead! It's like the bloodlines have been cut with a dagger; no one can control the clans now! Half the elders are dead too, and all fear for their lives!" By now Kuroshin's eyes were darting wildly. "Not to mention whatever killed the master is still out there! It's madness!"

"And what is it you want me to do?" Cassius asked angrily. "I'm not doing your dirty work; you got yourselves into this mess, find your own way out."

"That's what I've been trying to tell you! Not only is this your chance to build up a clan for yourself, but letting the vampires run loose is only going to end up worse for you in the long run. Now, there's going to be an assembly. No more councils, they won't come out of hiding. But an assembly, where petitions will be discussed and a new plan worked out. Please, at least stay for the first few minutes."

"I seem to remember," Cassius said coldly, "that the last time I came at your invitation, I had to slaughter twenty people on my way out. Surely you wouldn't try again?"

"Ah. No, no. We wouldn't dare! It's going to be a real meeting, with representatives from all over. In the same place, though... But that was a very good spell, if you don't mind me saying so." Kuroshin was obviously trying to flatter Cassius.

"Oh, so you saw that? Were you hiding behind mother Daunnaya's skirt, then?" Cassius was pretending to become extremely angry, although the idea of himself in charge of a clan indeed did seem like a logical and enticing plan.

Kuroshin, meanwhile, was backing down. "Fine, don't come! Don't do anything! I have to leave now!" He took off.

Cassius, meanwhile, stood still for a moment and then turned around, back the way he had come.

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On the night of the full moon, Cassius once again approached the circular chamber in the sewers. This time, though, he inspected it from a small opening near the roof. There were vampires, but after careful inspection they appeared to be from different clans. There was also a restlessness to them which plainly meant that they were losing discipline. The meeting probably was not a set-up.

Cassius dropped down to the ground. Most of the room was already full, and the meeting was likely to start soon. Murmurs were heard among the more intelligent and wise vampires present. The most senior one, a wizened man named Barbados, beckoned Cassius to him. He was standing in the center and giving orders to other, lesser vampires.

"My son, approach. I had heard, and certainly hoped, that you might come. With you here we may accomplish much more. You are not to be put on trial for any crime, by the way." He winked at Cassius in a casual and amused way. "Just a few more minutes. Stand here by my side."

Cassius looked around. The conversations were dying down. A last few vampires entered, and then the ground door was slammed shut. Barbados moved to the center.

"My fellows, we are in a most grievous age. We have fallen into disarray, with no one to guide us. Some of you," he took a long look around, "have chosen to attempt to profit from these circumstances. That is not the way-" Suddenly, the ancient door burst open with a loud, deep clang. A youthful but sedate man, dressed in black robes of rich fabric and design, entered but stood respectfully to the side.

Barbados would have none of it. "And you are you, young sir? You interrupt a great thing with very little cause. Take a seat."

The young man bowed. "With all courtesy, no, your honor. I will stand. And as for my identity, I believe my name will serve." The nature of his voice clearly indicated that his belief would be upheld. "I am called Kuberr."

Barbados sighed. To Cassius he muttered, "Probably yet another arrogant young dog, hoping to become the leader of the pack." To the rest of the chamber, he continued, "As I was saying, we have come together here to determine what will be done in the future, and to arrange a proper memorial to our departed Mervingorix-"

"Ah, so you knew him?" The young gentleman was rubbing his almost-smooth chin thoughtfully. "I came to the right place, then." Something was distinctly odd about this man; his robes were not of the dramatic and intimidating style which vampires usually preferred, but of the kind which a merchant might wear in the city. He spoke with no respect either, and looked much more healthy and robust than the usual thin and pale vampire. "In fact, I was doing business with him. I am, by the way, definitely not a vampire." He bowed again, amid gasps and angry shouts.

Barbados took the young man's words as a personal insult. "And how," he called, "did you come to be here, sir?"

"Well, that's simple. I walked." The man smiled as if this explained everything. After a few moments, he decided to continue. "I am the patron deity of obligation and business." He smiled cheerfully. "Old Merv and I were working on a deal, when he happened to be murdered in cold blood. I was hoping to find if I could still complete the deal. And also, if possible, details of his death." He looked around curiously.

Cassius's head was spinning. This was obviously not the god who had killed Mervingorix, so that meant at least two other gods were tied up in this sordid business. Mervingorix had completely ignored the centuries of tradition and secrecy in which the vampires had operated, for who knew what reward.

Barbados looked flustered. "This meeting is adjourned! Return to your homes; we will discuss this at a later time!" He paused for a moment, then gestured for Cassius to follow him to Kuberr, who was approaching as well.

"Business? Business? Are you mad?" Barbados was almost spitting.

Kuberr now grinned. "I assure you, my investment is ridiculously priced in my favor; but no, I myself am sane."

"What have you invested in, then?" Cassius was the one who spoke this time. He was extremely eager to find out more about the apparent brains behind Mervingorix's schemes, as well as his backing. He recalled that Mervingorix had implied something of this sort back when he first confronted Cassius.

The man smiled. "Ah, another all-powerful entrepreneur, are you? Nice to meet you." He extended his hand; it was extremely fair. "As for my business, I and the fellow were working to revitalize the market in this sector. Mostly by seizing control of the black market trade." He looked around sheepishly. "But I guess my luck is back, isn't it? Seems that you fellows can probably help me out."

Barbados excused himself, dragged away Cassius, and had a hurried discussion with him. "My boy, we must capitalize on this event!" Far from being angry and insulted before, Barbados was now wide-eyed and eager. "We promise this man whatever he wants, ask for a little time and a helping hand, then take over the clans! With that kind of power we can take over the whole damn kingdom's market if that man wants us to!" Barbados's long beard swayed excitedly.

Cassius shot a glance at the man. "I don't like this. I don't like the looks of him." The man was examining his fingernails. "What if he stabs us in the back? And how are we supposed to do it?"

Barbados laughed. "Child, if Mervingorix could do it, between the three of us I think we can!" And Kuberr appeared at their side. "So." He looked avid. "Have we got a deal? We'll all work together, then?" Barbados nodded and nudged Cassius, who also nodded reluctantly.

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I'm against forcing everyone to take a side with or against the demons; as I said, it upsets too many plans and completely overshadows any other things which players may have wanted to do. The demons also don't make sense, and probably shouldn't be as powerful as they are.

Edit: From here down, the long-and-short can be found in the above post.

If everyone wants to make the RP be about fighting demons, I'll go with it. But I'm sure some people will object. So Safey, you'll have to either play around us or find some more conservative route to go.

I think you should fight against an NPC faction like you suggested until your power has been reduced to a level where you're in the league of other players. In the league. Have the NPCs destroy your entire army if you have to, or go the other way and have them kill your main character and then just play with what's left of your forces. But don't keep both; it ruins the experience.

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this is my other account cuz i got locked out from my old one when i forgot my password. silly me .
bad MUFFIN. BAD MUFFFFFIN NOOB!

Good people of Spiderweb, your attention please: ignore the troll. Do not respond to the troll. Do not claim to not be the troll. Do not speculate on the troll's identity.

The more responses to the troll, the harder the work becomes for our moderators and the more the troll succeeds in its goal.

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Well, the problem with besieging Kirwood is that the people in Kirwood have already decided on what they want to do and how they'll do it. Besieging the city means that they have to rethink their plans and change everything to cope with your new ideas. I'm sure that at least a few people in Kirwood will object.

Instead, try to work with the other RPers to develop situations for you to act in, rather than forcing changes upon others.

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And do you already know what Mervingorix is interested in? If not, Dikiyoba might have something interesting for him.
I don't have much planned, except some sort of far-reaching underground operation which has the support of powerful, to-be-named forces. I'd like to hear your suggestion, but if someone else was hoping or planning something, we can work with that too.

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Ephesos, did you forget that there's already a faction named the Forsaken? Or are you and Dikiyoba plotting together?

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Cassius focused. Long ago, he and Mervingorix had shared a bond, a mental connection. The link had weakened, but now that he was once again listening to it he could feel Mervingorix thinking. He was worried. Cassius focused even more. Mervingorix was hiding in an old temple, not far, but deep in a mountain range. Cassius at once began moving.

When he arrived at the temple, it was dusk. Pretty birds were twittering and the trees were rustling. The temple, though, smelled of rot. Cassius entered through the front doors and saw the source. The temple's old inhabitants had been killed, dragged to the center, and drained dry.

Mervingorix came out of a set of ornate doors across from him. "I was wondering when you'd come for me." He sounded almost resigned, hopeless.

"Yes, I've decided to kill you. Now let's not waste any time; as I remember, you have many important things to do." Cassius bared his teeth.

"Just tell me one thing before I die, though; how did you do it? Few have ever forced their own release from servitude, and those that did needed their master present in some form."

Cassius laughed. "Are you stalling for time, or actually curious? Well, I'll humor you. But first, let me point out that hundreds and hundreds of vampires have escaped servitude... through death. That is where my story begins. When I found myself in service to you, I decided to end my own life. I threw myself into a pool of molten lava. Oh, it was pain beyond imagination. But I did not die. Or rather, I did, but I remained. The fire shaped and molded me; it awakened something inside me. It kept me here, saved me in a sense. And at that point, I became a god."

Mervingorix looked stunned, and swayed. He almost hit the doors behind him, but saved himself just in time. "You? A god! Well, I suppose I'm not suprised. Kill me now." He opened his arms wide and bared his neck invitingly.

Cassius moved forward. He conjured a whip in his hand, the ultimate symbol of punishment and oppression. Just as he was about to strike, Mervingorix shouted, "Now!" and a huge man wrapped completely in shining mail jumped out from behind the doors and tackled Cassius. Cassius tried to whip the man, but it did nothing. He tried to bite him, but his teeth could not work through the armor. The man, meanwhile, was casting some sort of spell. The world swirled around the two of them, and suddenly Cassius found himself back in Mannik, with Mervingorix's laughter echoing in his ears.

The man was panting. He muttered, "Had to. Forced. Don't come back." And without another word of explanation, he disappeared.

The people still on the streets were looking quite curious, and doubtless the town militia was on its way. Cassius quickly moved off and found himself a place to rest and plan.

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Cassius stalked through the sewers, moonlight filtering in from above occasionally. The sewers were, he noticed, suprisingly well-maintained and sanitary. But the surface was ruled by obsessive fanatics, they probably would have taken personal insult to know that just yards under their beds, little bugs were crawling and feasting and criminals of all kinds could be stashing God knew what underneath them.

Cassius hadn't seen a sign of a vampire yet, but he was confident they were nearby. He could feel them. He walked a bit faster. He turned a sharp corner, saw a heavy door, and headed for it without hesitation. He strode into a dark chamber, used probably for some containment purpose once, but now drained and filled with creatures black-cloaked and white-eyed.

The turnout was nowhere near what Kuroshin had promised. Nor was there, at a stone table facing him, the traditional council of Elders which presided over most meetings. There was Daunnaya, another henchman of Mervingorix's. And to his left and right, more of his men. They stared at Cassius knowingly and smirked to each other.

"Where is the council?"

Daunnaya laughed coldly. "Here. And the accused, the traitor, is now here as well."

"Save it. What of your master then? Will he face me himself?"

Again Daunnaya laughed. "No. He has important business to conduct, dear Cassius, and you are far from important."

Cassius's temper was rising and almost ready to express itself very strongly. "So what am I here for? What is the point in this waste of time?"

For the third time, Daunnaya laughed. Cassius resolved to make sure he ripped out her throat before she could do it again. Then Daunnaya spoke. "Little Cassius, you always were an arrogant brute. This isn't about you; it is about things far more complicated and deep than you could even understand. However, you are like a rabid dog; you continue to pester and stir up trouble among us. You do not know friend from foe, and you have been sentenced to death." With that, she stood up. As one, the others rose as well and approached Cassius, thirsty looks on their faces. The full moon was out, and they intended to satisfy themselves on one of their own.

Cassius believed only at most a few understood his true, godly nature. Certainly the vampire clans did not yet; such information would have drawn far more attention than he wanted to see in a lifetime. But the alternative was constant skirmishes and attempts at assassinations. As he stepped forward, Cassius pondered the costs and the benefits.

In the centuries before his ascension, Cassius had learned a thing or two, and created a thing or two of his own. One such thing was Molon Labe, the Defiance spell. The area he was in was a prime location for its use.

Cassius threw his arms out and then snapped his hands together, with a curse to strengthen it. From his hands emerged a snaky, glittering rope, which flew to Daunnaya and attached itself to her, causing her skin to boil. She screamed and slashed at it, but it only reformed a moment later. The beetles grew larger, and some changed targets to get better choices of dining. More and more filled the room, being born from the rapidly dissolving skeletons and moving to others. The room had only a few openings, and Cassius kept the beetles away from those. Some vampires were trying to survive with blasts of fire, but they did little unless the vampire set his own limbs aflame. Soon they were all dead. Molon Labe could and indeed was meant to take on a very small army. And now, the smaller beetles were attacking the large, sluggish ones. A perfect circle. But soon they too would decay into dust and the chain would break.

Cassius walked out of the chamber, closing the door behind him. The trip had not been a complete waste; Mervingorix was up to something, at the very least. He also had wanted Cassius's help, but since Cassius had refused Mervingorix wanted him out of the way. Cassius pondered his next move.

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