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Returned stood atop the mountain surveying the camps.  The massive tribe of yetis had raided his fortress a few months back, and he had been hunting them ever since.  They'd harried them all the way up the northern steppes, through the mountains, and to the Keeper lands.  It was time to finish this once and for all.  He had lost many men in the mountains from disease, cold, and occasional yeti raids.  But they had adapted.  They had used their full feruchemists to make heat medallions.  They had been able to light smokeless fires, able to provide easy warmth using fabrials.  They would continue to adapt and to pursue vengeance.  He would protect his people.  Standing there, atop that lookout, he had a sudden epiphany.  His name. 

He had always avoided choosing a name as a returned.  None of them felt right.  After all, nobody really knew what he had returned to do.  After he had found his way to the Alleyverse, he thought he had missed his reason.  But standing up there, he found that he hadn't missed it.  He had only just now found it.  His purpose was a protector.  He would protect his people, even going so far as to pursue vengeance for them.  And, the Diagram willing, he would succeed.  His name would be Stormbreaker, parting the storm for his people.  Stormbreaker the fierce, god of protection.  He held it in, so the scout showing him around wouldn't think him insane, but in private company with his council, he revealed it. 

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Stormbreaker was about to receive an ambassador from the Keepers.  This probably wouldn't go well.  He stood atop the same mountain that. He had had his epiphany, and it seemed symbolic.  A symbolic gesture.  The same mountain that he had realized his purpose, he would fulfill that purpose.  He turned to his faithful second/bodyguard/knight at his right, Edalb, and said, "I need you to keep this man here until he agrees with us.  Use force if necessary."  Turning to his faithful general/bodyguard at his left, Hasharan, he said, "I will need a report on the army after this.  While the meeting is happening, stand in the doorway looking intimidating in your plate."  He noted the approaching retinue, and fell into parade rest.  Hasharan's elites, only a few of them, mimicked him.  He would give this man quite a show of Diagramist efficiency.  

He greeted the man shaking his hand.  He was tall, and his features were long.  Very Terris looking.  He shook Stormbreaker's hand, and muttered the formalities.  He said "Most Holy" instead of his true name.  Stormbreaker corrected him with a laugh, "An easy mistake to make, I haven't had my name for a while.  But about after a millennium, I finally chose one.  Stormbreaker the fierce, god of protection.  You may call me Stormbreaker."  He turned and walked the man into a small hut set atop the mountain.  They had begun to settle in, and make a more permanent dwelling.  

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Hello all, and welcome to The Campaign.  Anyone can join.  If you'd like to join the Diagramist and be a little more involved, than you have my permission to do so.  This is a continuation of Fortress Eternal, so I would advise checking that out before you throw a character here.  

And Ark, when you get back from vacation, feel free to play the keeper rep.  If any other keeper wants to, then that's fine.

@Ark1002 @beantheboy12 @rest of guild 

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Zekuri ran his sharpening stone over the edge of his huge sword wiating for the meeting to be over.  He leaned against a tree and watched the mountain top warily, looking out for trouble. He watched Stormblunderer, or whatever he called himself these days, walk into the little hut followed by the Keeper ambassador, expecting at any moment for someone to pull a dagger.

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Jacien walked through the camp, his grey cloak’s hood up. Auri grew at his feet, following on his rounds through the camp. He watched the men, measuring their morale and occasionally using a bit of progression to heal an injury.

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You... don't... have... armies...

You're not a great guild, so you don't get the power you're using. It was voted on you can't even have armies, yet you do.

 

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16 hours ago, Ark1002 said:

 

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I think we RPd recruitment.  But if we aren't allowed armies than we can always just ignore you and fight the yetis.

 

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And we can have armies...

 

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4 hours ago, Ark1002 said:

 

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Hmm.  Quick, everyone change your rep to Diagramists!

 

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On 4/8/2019 at 6:37 PM, Ark1002 said:

And we can have armies...

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Good thing I do too :lol:

 

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2 hours ago, Grey Knight said:

 

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Which isn't allowed to be abused in Guild Wars, unfortunately.

For you.

Not me.

 

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12 hours ago, Ark1002 said:

Which isn't allowed to be abused in Guild Wars, unfortunately.

For you.

Not me.

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I have no idea what any of that meant, so I'll just assume you said, "Thermonuke everything, Grey! It'll be fun!" :P

Not really, of course. That'd be a jerk move if I did. Definitely not going to that.

A pair of Thunderhawks shot over Stormbreaker, dropping out of sight as they turned around the mountain. Moments later, an explosion shook the mountain.

Clan Raukaan had been operating in the mountains for months now, taking advantage of their superior technology to go places where the Diagramists couldn't reach. Their collaboration with the Diagramists was lackluster- Captain Trajan kept muttering about "unaugmented mortals" whenever he spoke with their ambassadors- but, for the moment, they were following Stormbreaker's orders.

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Hope you don't mind the minor godmodding, Vargo. Just tell me if you want it changed.

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Your army isn't allowed to rival a Great Guild, is what I'm saying. :P

In a flash, the Thunderhawks were grounded, the doors ripped open, and the Marines within heads ripped off. Then the ship blew up, shrapnel flying.

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The ambassador, Rook, grinned as ten feruchemists sprinted up behind him.

Three had blood of some sort on them, one was extremely muscular, and lugging a Space marine gun with him.

He pointed to them, sending them back to the village.

Then the rest followed, an escort.

Stormbreaker, the scum who was invading the mountain, would soon find out exactly who they were. 

@Grey Knight @Vargo Seldon

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18 minutes ago, Ark1002 said:

Your army isn't allowed to rival a Great Guild, is what I'm saying. :P

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9 minutes ago, Grey Knight said:

 

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He is right, you don't control a great guild so your army cant rival that of a great guild.

But there are multiple points to consider, the main one is that I'm not sure the Keepers are still a great guild because they don't have any more active people.

They barely scraped together the minimum people to qualify as a great guild, and one of those guys went inactive and the rest don't contribute anything to it, so I think calling it a great guild is definitely a stretch.

 

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Wrong! Fura is back, and even so Silva qualified us!

 

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8 hours ago, Grey Knight said:

A pair of Thunderhawks shot over Stormbreaker, dropping out of sight as they turned around the mountain. Moments later, an explosion shook the mountain.

Clan Raukaan had been operating in the mountains for months now, taking advantage of their superior technology to go places where the Diagramists couldn't reach. Their collaboration with the Diagramists was lackluster- Captain Trajan kept muttering about "unaugmented mortals" whenever he spoke with their ambassadors- but, for the moment, they were following Stormbreaker's orders.

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'Tis fine.  Plus everyone in my guild has begun changing their rep to our guild.  So we will be a great guild.  Very soon now.  Ark I hope you enjoy playing on both sides.  You wouldn't switch affiliation would you?

Stormbreaker turned to see the ten feruchemists.  As he watched, three peeled off and headed for the village.  The other seven provided an escort for the ambassador.  Tough opponents, but he'd fought tougher.  Plus, with Hasharan's elites with him, there was virtually no way he could lose this fight.  In the days to come though...  He grimaced.  This would not be an easy war with no army.  Hopefully that would change.  "Hello ambassador."  He held out a hand.  "I hope you will be accommodating in our quest for revenge.  However, there is one small issue."  He pointed down the mountain to the smoking reck that was the space marine ships.  "You will need to pay for that.  Those men and ships were expensive.  If you don't it will be considered an act of war."

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Alright, let's try to settle this.

Firstly, Silva is not a mod, so her qualification means nothing. (Sorry, Silva). 

By law, a Great Guild needs 5 active members to keep its special status and privileges, right? So, if the Keepers can prove that all of their members are actively involved in the Alleyverse RP, then they stay a Great Guild and this conversation is over.

If they can't, then my sadistic side gets to have some fun :P

@Ark1002 @MacThorstenson

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No, I meant that Silva had changed guild after we achieved great guild status.

No, I wouldn't.

"They did not request a treaty. They were invading." He looked at the man. "We will authorize the extermination of one Yeti tribe, the one that attacked." He paused. "In return for a permanent treaty, from you, to never again enter our mountains, without our permission."

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12 minutes ago, Ark1002 said:

"They did not request a treaty. They were invading." He looked at the man. "We will authorize the extermination of one Yeti tribe, the one that attacked." He paused. "In return for a permanent treaty, from you, to never again enter our mountains, without our permission."

Stormbreaker nodded.  The terms were reasonable.  Reasonable, however, did not necessarily mean adequate.  "You are correct in that one yeti tribe did indeed attack us.  However, they were joined by another, and perhaps more.  At the least, we must purge three.  Then and only then will we sign a treaty."

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15 minutes ago, Ark1002 said:

No, I wouldn't.

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I'm not sure what you mean by this. Could you explain?

 

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I was saying to Vargo I wouldn't switch.

"That isn't possible. The tribe that attacked you was extraordinarily large, the biggest on the continent, but all other Yeti tribes were, and are, accounted for."

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37 minutes ago, Ark1002 said:

"That isn't possible. The tribe that attacked you was extraordinarily large, the biggest on the continent, but all other Yeti tribes were, and are, accounted for."

"All I know," Stormbreaker said, "Is that midway through a battle, the tribe we were fighting was joined by rienforcements."  He stood up for a moment, and crossed to the other side of the room.  An aide tried to help him, but Stormbreaker waved him away.  He walked to an small brown unassuming cabinet on the opposite side of the room.  He opened the door and withdrew a small gilded book from it.  The book was made of brown leather gilded in gold lining, with a small gemstone set into the back cover.  Taking it carefully in both hands, as if holding a precious child, he brought it to the table, so to speak.  Setting it down with the utmost care, he opened the cover with the pad of his thumb.  On the first page it had these words emblazoned on the paper: 

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The Diagram

For the eyes of his most holy Stormbreaker only

All others may see only at his discretion.

He looked up at the representative and began speaking.  "This book dictates everything we do.  It is our most important work of art.  A directory.  It has never led us astray, and will continue to lead us in the right direction.  The process of creating it is rather complex."  He began pacing.  "Each morning when I wake, I report my dreams to a scholar.  I've done away with priests you see, scholars are much more useful.  Anyhow, this scholar writes what I say.  He and several others try to interpret, and they come out with a reasonable plan.  After passing my approval, the Diagram is adjusted or added to accordingly.  I then draw any images I saw on the pages where they would most fit.  Then, the scholars edit the plan ever so slightly to accommodate this new information."  He stoped and looked dead into the man's eyes, "This Diagram is never wrong.  That is what we do.  And now this Diagram want us to eradicate every yeti that came to us.  This isn't just about the future protection of my people, but of yours too.  If a band that large was able to find and attack us, how long is it until they attack you too?  I only ask for cooperation."

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"We will cooperate. But you may not kill other tribes."

He paused.

"And, we have a treaty. With the Ghostbloods. If we are at war, they have to help."

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22 hours ago, Ark1002 said:

"We will cooperate. But you may not kill other tribes."

He paused.

"And, we have a treaty. With the Ghostbloods. If we are at war, they have to help."

Stormbreaker smiled.  "Coincidentally, we also have a similar treaty with the Ghostbloods.  If we go to war, they stay out of it."

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"That's unfortunate."

He looked at him. "But I don't believe you."

"Either way, you have your permission. Will you force further conflict on yourself?"

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5 hours ago, Ark1002 said:

"That's unfortunate."

He looked at him. "But I don't believe you."

"Either way, you have your permission. Will you force further conflict on yourself?"

@Vargo Seldon

Stormbreaker smiled.  "It's up to you what you choose to believe.  I think these negotiations were a success.  Yes we will accept your permission, and will not touch the other tribes.  But, if another tribe gets involved, we take it down too."  He picked up the small book, walked over to Edalb, and gave it to her.  

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Is it alright if Edalb is there?  Being my second and all?  Also, since Bean is gone is it alright if Edalb becomes the Militia Commander?

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