The Puppet Master Chronicles

Mirrors and Marrionettes

The Puppet Masters Emerge

Iuris stood before the people of Ascardian and delivered a moving speech. Inciting them to pick up their lives, and carry them out of the darkness of the caves and into the light of the sun. There they would build a new home, Rapture, Iuris, Kothar, Thanatos, and several Knights of the Old Code would take up arms and travel to the top of the mountain that housed the Tutis Domus and seize the crystal that had protected them all of these years. They wold not let the draconic threat stop them.

They set out soon after the speech was made gathering whatever equipment they needed and Iuris putting the command of the city in the hands of the Knights of the Old Code. The climb before them was daunting, but not impossible. They made it to the top with only minor incident involving a bird and what appeared to be primitive humans.

Finding a plateau at the top of the long trek they began to navigate the lush wilderness until they saw a large tower. Three stories tall, the structure was made of a stone hued the darkest black. The party decided to steer clear of the menacing structure when a small portal suddenly appeared in front of one of the Knights, he walked into it before he could even realize what was happening, the portal closed immediately after. Instantly portals began popping up all around them, the party quickly raced for the Tower, seeing it as the only safe haven in this strange wilderness.

The door opened with ease and they were quickly inside. The first room was a hallway, the candles on the wall immediately ignited at their entry. The light they cast was normal, but the color of the flame was that of the darkest black. As the flames ignited the door slammed shut with a resounding thud. The party, seeing no other option, continued deeper into the tower carefully.

The second room was nearly identical to the one before it, with one exception, in between of each sconce was a different picture. Each bearing a name plate and showing the death of a person in a gruesome manner: Decapitation, impalement, etc.. With the exception of one frame, which housed a blank canvas and nameplate.

The third room was what appeared to be a long abandoned sitting room. A couch and chair facing towards a large, ornate fireplace. There were two paths on the dusty floor, one leading to a door opposite them, and the other leading directly into the fireplace. The final door had no path leading to it. The party began to investigate, on the mantle was a picture of Kothar as a child with a man…presumably his father.

The party soon discovered a switch on the mantle and it swung open quickly revealing a darkened path way. As the party started down the hall they began to hear the sound of skittering in the walls around them. Unsure of what was happening the held their ground and waited when suddenly a large number of beetles and other bugs dropped from the ceiling out of a small hole and onto Thanatos, they crawled into his clothing fell into his mouth and then scurried off towards the couch where they stopped, faced the party as one and watched them intently.

Sufficiently caught off guard by this unexpected action the party quickly torched the couch. The insects just sat there as they burnt to death, the sound of their exoskeletons popping with the heat echoing around the small room. The party left the fire, assuming it would die down of it’s own accord and hurried back to the hallway where they pressed onward…

-To be concluded (ran out of time to finish writing this.)

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