Darshak Rebel Esteem Progress Messages

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To gain access to certain areas on Ash island (such as many of the entrances to, and in the Rebel Base, and the esteem safe tree west of the barrens graveyard) you will need esteem. To gain access to the most esteem required areas inside the rebel base, all the way up to being able to see Tyris Drakesblood, and up to current level of maximum esteem, you can check your esteem levels with different things many NPCs say inside the rebel base and in the barrens. The following is the very long order in which one gets esteem:

Firstly you gain access to the rebel base cave entrance. With a bit more esteem you can enter through the rebel tunnels into Ash City. With a bit more you can cross the water area on a row boat inside the rebel base. After that, it starts with Garrote Ropely, the esteem bridge crossing messages. This is what he says:

5/27/09 11:21:30p Garrote Ropely says, "Yeah, just go back the way you came."

5/27/09 11:21:30p Garrote Ropely says, "These planks ain't sturdy enough for the likes of you, landlubber."

5/27/09 11:21:31p Garrote Ropely says, "Ye might... fall in."

5/27/09 11:21:31p Garrote Ropely laughs harshly.



5/27/09 12:54:32a Garrote Ropely says, "Mobius' teeth, but I'm tired of you exiles crawling around here."

5/27/09 12:54:33a Garrote Ropely says, "One of yers throat is gonna get slit if you don't step careful-like."

5/27/09 12:54:33a Garrote Ropely says, "Yer lot's killed near as many of ours as the Darshak have."



5/27/09 12:55:22a Amputated Johnny says, "Come a lil' closer, Super Chicken."

5/27/09 12:55:22a Amputated Johnny says, "Johnny won't hurt ye."

5/27/09 12:55:23a Amputated Johnny says, "That's a good lad."

5/27/09 12:55:23a Amputated Johnny says, "Been starvin' fer company since I lost me legs."

5/27/09 12:55:24a Amputated Johnny says, "Was on watch fer Kiril when it happened."

5/27/09 12:55:24a Amputated Johnny says, "Sky was red that mornin' and we all saw blood in tha future."

5/27/09 12:55:25a Amputated Johnny says, "What I wished I'd seen is tha cannonball shot 'cross our bow."

5/27/09 12:55:25a Amputated Johnny says, "Cheeky merchants should have known better than ta haze Kiril."

5/27/09 12:55:25a Amputated Johnny puffs a cigar.

5/27/09 12:55:27a Amputated Johnny says, "Now, I passed out 'round then."

5/27/09 12:55:27a Amputated Johnny says, "Elsewise woulda been on the boardin' party after we grappled 'em, legs or no."

5/27/09 12:55:28a Amputated Johnny says, "With Kiril, every day was an adventure."

5/27/09 12:55:28a Amputated Johnny says, "Now after yer lot took 'er down, sad day that was..."

5/27/09 12:55:29a Amputated Johnny says, "Wasn't sure exactly what I was gonna do, where I was gonna go."

5/27/09 12:55:29a Amputated Johnny says, "Always did find tha priests made me skin crawl, though."

5/27/09 12:55:29a Amputated Johnny says, "When Tyris swore he'd bring death ta the old ones,"

5/27/09 12:55:30a Amputated Johnny says, "I knew where me loyalties lay."

5/27/09 12:55:30a Amputated Johnny says, "The pirates are a rough and strange lot, but..."

5/27/09 12:55:31a Amputated Johnny says, "On any day, storms or no, I'd rather sail with them than the dark robes."

5/27/09 12:55:31a Amputated Johnny blows a large cloud of smoke.

5/27/09 12:55:33a Amputated Johnny says, "Since our little uprising began, Tyris ain't found much use fer me."

5/27/09 12:55:33a Amputated Johnny says, "Mostly I'm just smokin' me time away,"

5/27/09 12:55:34a Amputated Johnny says, "Listenin' to word 'bout all the adventures I ain't having."

5/27/09 12:55:34a Amputated Johnny says, "Could be worse, though, most o' the company's good."

5/27/09 12:55:34a Amputated Johnny says, "I'm havin' no part with some o' them noble lads and lasses though."

5/27/09 12:55:35a Amputated Johnny says, "They ain't have the heart for a cause, and just here to compare coats of arms."

5/27/09 12:55:35a Amputated Johnny whispers, "If t'were up ta me, I'd send a few of 'em to tha shredders."

5/27/09 12:55:36a Amputated Johnny says, "But that be fer Tyris to decide."



Sparky the puppy NPC in the barrens barks at rebels, but he bites rebels who are almost ready to cross the bridge.

across the bridge, this is the order new esteem messages come in.



6/13/09 1:43:25a Garrote Ropely says, "Just so ye knows, I still don't like ye."

6/13/09 1:43:26a Garrote Ropely says, "Tyris' and company say yer all right, though. Git along."

6/13/09 1:43:26a Garrote Ropely scowls.




/15/09 12:25:09a Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "I will say this for you, Super Chicken."

6/15/09 12:25:10a Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "You are bold to have come here."

6/15/09 12:25:10a Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "Lord Tyris would like nothing more than to burn your insignificant penal colony to the ground."

6/15/09 12:25:11a Radatz Smoulderbeam flourishes a saber.

6/15/09 12:25:11a Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "You have yet to earn my trust, mud squatter."



6/15/09 12:24:30a Obadiah Direstorm stares at Super Chicken with deep-set eyes.

6/15/09 12:24:31a Obadiah Direstorm says, "I am naught but a loyal vassal to the Drakesbloods."

6/15/09 12:24:31a Obadiah Direstorm says, "The Direstorm pedigree is unsullied by disloyalty."

6/15/09 12:24:31a Obadiah Direstorm says, "You would see my heart's truth if you'd observed my weeping when we heard Kiril had fallen."

6/15/09 12:24:32a Obadiah Direstorm says, "My finest silk tunic and mink robe are forever tearstained by my fierce bereavement."

6/15/09 12:24:32a Obadiah Direstorm shines his sword with a silken cloth.

6/15/09 12:24:33a Obadiah Direstorm asks, "Did you have a hand in her death, wretch?"

6/15/09 12:24:33a Obadiah Direstorm says, "If I discover you did, I'll see to your gruesome execution."

6/15/09 12:24:34a Obadiah Direstorm exclaims, "My life for Drakesblood!"

6/15/09 12:24:34a Obadiah Direstorm smiles coldly.




6/16/09 8:50:05p Obadiah Direstorm says, "Henceforth, Super Chicken, you may refer to me as Obadiah."

6/16/09 8:50:06p Obadiah Direstorm says, "Lord Obadiah is acceptably respectful as well..."

6/16/09 8:50:06p Obadiah Direstorm says, "...though your contemporaries seem unburdened by respect for their superiors."

6/16/09 8:50:07p Obadiah Direstorm says, "As I am sworn to Tyris' service, I must urge you to serve our cause with valor."

6/16/09 8:50:07p Obadiah Direstorm says, "Seek the purveyors of twisted magics in their hiding holes, and destroy them relentlessly."

6/16/09 8:50:08p Obadiah Direstorm says, "This is not the time for caution. You must strike boldly, Super Chicken."

6/16/09 8:50:08p Obadiah Direstorm says, "...I would hunt them myself, but I must be steadfast in guarding Tyris' chambers."

6/16/09 8:50:09p Obadiah Direstorm says, "The enemy hides their daggers in every cloak."

6/16/09 8:50:09p Obadiah Direstorm adjusts his golden bracelets deftly.

6/16/09 8:50:10p Obadiah Direstorm says, "The shrewd among us would do well to be watchful when dealing with enemies of such cunning."

6/16/09 8:50:10p Obadiah Direstorm sips amber liquid from a gem-encrusted flask.




7/21/09 4:04:26p Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "Looking to meet with Tyris, I presume."

7/21/09 4:04:26p Radatz Smoulderbeam leans on his saber.

7/21/09 4:04:27p Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "He is very busy, and I cannot imagine he would wish to be troubled by the likes of you."

7/21/09 4:04:27p Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "He has a war to wage, you know."

7/21/09 4:04:28p Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "Perhaps he will have time for gossip when the Darshak have been defeated."




/25/09 8:32:28a Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "Forgive me if I am not eager to let you pass, Super Chicken."

7/25/09 8:32:28a Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "Tyris and I were lads together."

7/25/09 8:32:29a Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "He'd always thrash me when we played Darshak and merchant."

7/25/09 8:32:29a Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "Now I'm here to watch his back."

7/25/09 8:32:30a Radatz Smoulderbeam smiles ruefully.

7/25/09 8:32:30a Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "Kiril was too old for our games, at least she always said so."

7/25/09 8:32:31a Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "Sometimes she'd join in and thrash us both anyway."

7/25/09 8:32:31a Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "I can't let the same fate that caught Kiril befall Tyris."

7/25/09 8:32:32a Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "I like ye well enough, but ye need to prove yourself."



7/28/09 12:48:16a Garrote Ropely nods grudgingly to Super Chicken.

7/28/09 12:48:17a Garrote Ropely says, "I was a guard for Tyris' family."

7/28/09 12:48:17a Garrote Ropely says, "Good at tyin' knots, if ye know what I'm meanin.'"

7/28/09 12:48:18a Garrote Ropely says, "Good fer turnin' Darshak scum up by their toes."

7/28/09 12:48:18a Garrote Ropely grins manically.

7/28/09 12:48:19a Garrote Ropely says, "Come on across, now."





7/29/09 1:57:41a Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "All right, Super Chicken."

7/29/09 1:57:41a Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "I've heard your name over tankards of grog, muttered in grudging respect..."

7/29/09 1:57:42a Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "...and occasionally, accompanied by praise."

7/29/09 1:57:42a Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "I can't ignore the opinions of the pirates who keep this ship afloat."

7/29/09 1:57:43a Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "Looks like it's time to let you past to talk with Tyris."

7/29/09 1:57:43a Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "He has no love of exiles, though, not since Kiril."

7/29/09 1:57:43a Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "He may not have much to say to you."

7/29/09 1:57:44a Radatz Smoulderbeam grimaces.




7/29/09 1:58:44a Tyris Drakesblood looks up from his battle plans.

7/29/09 1:58:45a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Super Chicken, many of my commanders seem to have a high opinion of you."

7/29/09 1:58:46a Tyris Drakesblood asks, "What are you really worth to the cause, though?"

7/29/09 1:58:46a Tyris Drakesblood says, "You're an exile, likely one of the motley mob who surrounded my sister, throwing stones and pelting insults..."

7/29/09 1:58:46a Tyris Drakesblood says, "...scratching and cawing at her like crows mobbing an eagle."

7/29/09 1:58:47a Tyris Drakesblood says, "No doubt you're reliable, cunning, and gifted in flattery."

7/29/09 1:58:47a Tyris Drakesblood says, "My men and women are susceptible to these gifts. They're pirates and nobles, greedy and vain."

7/29/09 1:58:48a Tyris Drakesblood says, "This ragtag crowd I've collected are mostly loyal to me, but many show no real love for me or the cause."

7/29/09 1:58:48a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Most of them are just barely scratching out a living, and throwing in with me seemed good for their future."

7/29/09 1:58:49a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Some have noble birth, but the majority are the sons of fishermen..."

7/29/09 1:58:49a Tyris Drakesblood says, "...or daughters of crofters, poorer than the dirt or rocky beach they were whelped on."

7/29/09 1:58:51a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Now, I'm predisposed to dislike you."

7/29/09 1:58:51a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Perhaps dislike is even too weak a word."

7/29/09 1:58:51a Tyris Drakesblood says, "I hate your kind. The Darshak are a blight, evil, and treacherous."

7/29/09 1:58:52a Tyris Drakesblood says, "But your kind killed my only sister."

7/29/09 1:58:52a Tyris Drakesblood pauses for a moment to collect himself.

7/29/09 1:58:55a Tyris Drakesblood says, "In spite of all this, Super Chicken, you may be useful."

7/29/09 1:58:55a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Now that I've met you, and sized you up, I'll ask you to continue aiding my pirates."

7/29/09 1:58:56a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Leap into danger for them -- your kind make good fodder."

7/29/09 1:58:56a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Prove yourself to me, and then, perhaps, I'll bring you in to my circle of trust."

7/29/09 1:58:57a Tyris Drakesblood waves a hand in dismissal.





8/3/09 2:54:40p Obadiah Direstorm says, "Ah, valiant Super Chicken."

8/3/09 2:54:40p Obadiah Direstorm says, "You've managed the surprising feat of rising beyond the contempt I reserve for all exiles."

8/3/09 2:54:41p Obadiah Direstorm says, "This is an impressive accomplishment in itself."

8/3/09 2:54:41p Obadiah Direstorm says, "Most exiles aren't worth a tin of my boot polish."

8/3/09 2:54:42p Obadiah Direstorm offers you a slightly-scuffed boot.

8/3/09 2:54:42p Obadiah Direstorm says, "You've earned the right, though. Go ahead, polish it."

8/3/09 2:54:42p Obadiah Direstorm says, "There's a tin around here, somewhere..."

8/3/09 2:54:43p Obadiah Direstorm says, "When you've got it all polished, use one of my maha-hair brushes to buff it."

8/3/09 2:54:43p Obadiah Direstorm smiles smugly.






8/13/09 3:16:29p Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "Well met, Super Chicken."

8/13/09 3:16:30p Radatz Smoulderbeam whispers, "As I'm sure I've told you, Tyris and I grew up together."

8/13/09 3:16:30p Radatz Smoulderbeam whispers, "We've been watching each others' backs since then."

8/13/09 3:16:31p Radatz Smoulderbeam whispers, "Obadiah though, he's new. Speaks nice, has money."

8/13/09 3:16:31p Radatz Smoulderbeam whispers, "We pirates aren't a wealthy bunch, either. Haven't seen a coin of his hoard for the cause."

8/13/09 3:16:32p Radatz Smoulderbeam whispers, "The Direstorms have been in bed with the Theocracy for hundreds of years."

8/13/09 3:16:32p Radatz Smoulderbeam whispers, "Obadiah would have use believe he's a rogue, but something about his story smells..."

8/13/09 3:16:33p Radatz Smoulderbeam whispers, "...strange. Stranger than those sweet-smelling cigarettes he smokes."

8/13/09 3:16:33p Radatz Smoulderbeam whispers, "Keep an eye on him for me. I trust him less than I trust you."

8/13/09 3:16:33p Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "Well! Go on and talk with Tyris, then. Keep your eyes sharp."

8/13/09 3:16:34p Radatz Smoulderbeam pats Super Chicken smartly on the back.





8/13/09 3:17:57p Tyris Drakesblood looks up from his battle plans.

8/13/09 3:17:58p Tyris Drakesblood says, "You've proven to be a surprisingly reliable ally, Super Chicken."

8/13/09 3:17:58p Tyris Drakesblood says, "There is a way in which you and... other exiles may prove very valuable to me indeed."

8/13/09 3:17:59p Tyris Drakesblood says, "In all decisions, I must weigh the risk to the pirates involved."

8/13/09 3:17:59p Tyris Drakesblood says, "There is one mission which I have deemed too dangerous which might nonetheless interest you."

8/13/09 3:18:00p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Puddleby's exiles are becoming known for their adventurousness."

8/13/09 3:18:00p Tyris Drakesblood pauses, chewing thoughtfully on a writing quill.

8/13/09 3:18:02p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The Darshak, though more inclined to sack and loot..."

8/13/09 3:18:02p Tyris Drakesblood says, "...have erected a temple in the remains of Rosentide."

8/13/09 3:18:03p Tyris Drakesblood says, "It is not cunningly built, indeed I doubt they've managed to facilitate planar transference..."

8/13/09 3:18:03p Tyris Drakesblood says, "...but it still functions for many of their dark rites."

8/13/09 3:18:04p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Their priests reduce the soul of a being to odious liquid, putrescent but magically potent."

8/13/09 3:18:05p Tyris Drakesblood says, "This very substance, this dark alchemy, is the power in the skull of the Liches."

8/13/09 3:18:05p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Bring the liquid to me and I will keep the priests from using it for more evil."

8/13/09 3:18:06p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The potential to strike into their very temple... you may prove valuable."




8/14/09 11:58:07p Tyris Drakesblood looks up from his battle plans.

8/14/09 11:58:08p Tyris Drakesblood says, "If you're to be helping me, I should give you a few lessons of Darshak history."

8/14/09 11:58:09p Tyris Drakesblood says, "To defeat your enemy, you must first know them as well as you know yourself."

8/14/09 11:58:09p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Who knows the Darshak better than I? Raised as the second son of a great family, I was to be a scholar."

8/14/09 11:58:10p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Only the first child was to learn the art of war."

8/14/09 11:58:10p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Kiril intervened for me, though, and together we learned the ways of war from a battle-scarred admiral."

8/14/09 11:58:13p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The cult, as it is often thought of now, began with four families."

8/14/09 11:58:14p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Great families, they were, many kings and queens among them."

8/14/09 11:58:14p Tyris Drakesblood says, "This was all long before the Ascendancy, when the races of Shan Deral had their own kingdoms."

8/14/09 11:58:14p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The human kingdoms, although vast in numbers and power, were divided into eleven kingdoms."

8/14/09 11:58:15p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The Drakesbloods, Direstorms, Galestriders and Imperious convened a secret council."

8/14/09 11:58:15p Tyris Drakesblood says, "They gathered the wisest scholars of the era, asking them to find a way to eternal life."





8/20/09 12:56:46a Tyris Drakesblood looks up from his battle plans.

8/20/09 12:56:48a Tyris Drakesblood says, "If you're to be helping me, I should give you a few lessons of Darshak history."

8/20/09 12:56:48a Tyris Drakesblood says, "To defeat your enemy, you must first know them as well as you know yourself."

8/20/09 12:56:49a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Who knows the Darshak better than I? Raised as the second son of a great family, I was to be a scholar."

8/20/09 12:56:49a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Only the first child was to learn the art of war."

8/20/09 12:56:50a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Kiril intervened for me, though, and together we learned the ways of war from a battle-scarred admiral."

8/20/09 12:56:52a Tyris Drakesblood says, "The cult, as it is often thought of now, began with four families."

8/20/09 12:56:53a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Great families, they were, many kings and queens among them."

8/20/09 12:56:53a Tyris Drakesblood says, "This was all long before the Ascendancy, when the races of Shan Deral had their own kingdoms."

8/20/09 12:56:54a Tyris Drakesblood says, "The human kingdoms, although vast in numbers and power, were divided into eleven kingdoms."

8/20/09 12:56:54a Tyris Drakesblood says, "The Drakesbloods, Direstorms, Galestriders and Imperious convened a secret council."

8/20/09 12:56:54a Tyris Drakesblood says, "They gathered the wisest scholars of the era, asking them to find a way to eternal life."

8/20/09 12:56:55a Tyris Drakesblood says, "In exchange, the families promised wealth, and powers of a sort that cannot be gained through research."

8/20/09 12:56:55a Tyris Drakesblood pours himself a glass of wine.

8/20/09 12:56:57a Tyris Drakesblood says, "The scholars who refused to help became the first research subjects."

8/20/09 12:56:57a Tyris Drakesblood says, "All scholars were transported to Gathner, which was then notable only for being a desolate island prison city."

8/20/09 12:56:58a Tyris Drakesblood says, "The walls of Gathner's prison were the ocean. No ships ever left Gathner."

8/20/09 12:56:58a Tyris Drakesblood says, "True to their promise of power, the great families granted the cooperative scholars a host of guards..."

8/20/09 12:56:59a Tyris Drakesblood says, "...and declared them governors of Gathner."

8/20/09 12:56:59a Tyris Drakesblood sips his wine.

8/20/09 12:56:59a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Now, as the scholars became successful in their research, so too did the ambitions of the nobles grow."

8/20/09 12:57:00a Tyris Drakesblood says, "It was said about Gathner that only those with a black heart were imprisoned there,"

8/20/09 12:57:00a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Gathner, where the cliffs and water were the deep black of midnight."

8/20/09 12:57:01a Tyris Drakesblood says, "The scholars took this folklore and fashioned themselves after it."

8/20/09 12:57:01a Tyris Drakesblood says, "They dyed their robes black, and called themselves Darshak -- "black heart," in the tongue the scholars preferred."

8/20/09 12:57:02a Tyris Drakesblood says, "They used the lives of the prison's inmates with little thought, and extended their own in the process."

8/20/09 12:57:02a Tyris Drakesblood says, "They began to think of themselves as priests of a dark God."

8/20/09 12:57:02a Tyris Drakesblood pours himself another glass of wine.

8/20/09 12:57:03a Tyris Drakesblood says, "The priests, drunk on the wine of power, commandeered the next boat of supplies sent to them by the nobles."

8/20/09 12:57:03a Tyris Drakesblood says, "They sent an envoy to Shan Deral's mainland, to meet with their noble patrons."

8/20/09 12:57:04a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Demanding greater still power from the nobles -- rule as equals -- they birthed a new religion."

8/20/09 12:57:04a Tyris Drakesblood says, "The Darshak Theocracy, commonly known as the cult, started and spread throughout other noble families."

8/20/09 12:57:05a Tyris Drakesblood says, "It spread like wild, preying on initiates who greedily sought eternal life and power."

8/20/09 12:57:05a Tyris Drakesblood says, "In reality, most were consumed like kindling before a forest fire."

8/20/09 12:57:05a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Those kingdoms which did not submit willingly were taken by force."

8/20/09 12:57:06a Tyris Drakesblood says, "The ruling families and priest class extended their lives, feeding on their loyal subjects."

8/20/09 12:57:06a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Aye, and they fed on each other, too -- Darshak society is marked by opulence, treachery, and blood feuds."

8/20/09 12:57:07a Tyris Drakesblood finishes the second glass of wine.




8/21/09 8:12:03p Tyris Drakesblood looks up from his battle plans.

8/21/09 8:12:05p Tyris Drakesblood says, "If you're to be helping me, I should give you a few lessons of Darshak history."

8/21/09 8:12:05p Tyris Drakesblood says, "To defeat your enemy, you must first know them as well as you know yourself."

8/21/09 8:12:06p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Who knows the Darshak better than I? Raised as the second son of a great family, I was to be a scholar."

8/21/09 8:12:06p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Only the first child was to learn the art of war."

8/21/09 8:12:07p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Kiril intervened for me, though, and together we learned the ways of war from a battle-scarred admiral."

8/21/09 8:12:10p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The cult, as it is often thought of now, began with four families."

8/21/09 8:12:10p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Great families, they were, many kings and queens among them."

8/21/09 8:12:11p Tyris Drakesblood says, "This was all long before the Ascendancy, when the races of Shan Deral had their own kingdoms."

8/21/09 8:12:11p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The human kingdoms, although vast in numbers and power, were divided into eleven kingdoms."

8/21/09 8:12:12p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The Drakesbloods, Direstorms, Galestriders and Imperious convened a secret council."

8/21/09 8:12:12p Tyris Drakesblood says, "They gathered the wisest scholars of the era, asking them to find a way to eternal life."

8/21/09 8:12:13p Tyris Drakesblood says, "In exchange, the families promised wealth, and powers of a sort that cannot be gained through research."

8/21/09 8:12:13p Tyris Drakesblood pours himself a glass of wine.

8/21/09 8:12:15p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The scholars who refused to help became the first research subjects."

8/21/09 8:12:16p Tyris Drakesblood says, "All scholars were transported to Gathner, which was then notable only for being a desolate island prison city."

8/21/09 8:12:16p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The walls of Gathner's prison were the ocean. No ships ever left Gathner."

8/21/09 8:12:17p Tyris Drakesblood says, "True to their promise of power, the great families granted the cooperative scholars a host of guards..."

8/21/09 8:12:17p Tyris Drakesblood says, "...and declared them governors of Gathner."

8/21/09 8:12:18p Tyris Drakesblood sips his wine.

8/21/09 8:12:18p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Now, as the scholars became successful in their research, so too did the ambitions of the nobles grow."

8/21/09 8:12:19p Tyris Drakesblood says, "It was said about Gathner that only those with a black heart were imprisoned there,"

8/21/09 8:12:19p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Gathner, where the cliffs and water were the deep black of midnight."

8/21/09 8:12:20p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The scholars took this folklore and fashioned themselves after it."

8/21/09 8:12:20p Tyris Drakesblood says, "They dyed their robes black, and called themselves Darshak -- "black heart," in the tongue the scholars preferred."

8/21/09 8:12:21p Tyris Drakesblood says, "They used the lives of the prison's inmates with little thought, and extended their own in the process."

8/21/09 8:12:21p Tyris Drakesblood says, "They began to think of themselves as priests of a dark God."

8/21/09 8:12:22p Tyris Drakesblood pours himself another glass of wine.

8/21/09 8:12:22p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The priests, drunk on the wine of power, commandeered the next boat of supplies sent to them by the nobles."

8/21/09 8:12:23p Tyris Drakesblood says, "They sent an envoy to Shan Deral's mainland, to meet with their noble patrons."

8/21/09 8:12:23p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Demanding greater still power from the nobles -- rule as equals -- they birthed a new religion."

8/21/09 8:12:24p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The Darshak Theocracy, commonly known as the cult, started and spread throughout other noble families."

8/21/09 8:12:24p Tyris Drakesblood says, "It spread like wild, preying on initiates who greedily sought eternal life and power."

8/21/09 8:12:25p Tyris Drakesblood says, "In reality, most were consumed like kindling before a forest fire."

8/21/09 8:12:25p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Those kingdoms which did not submit willingly were taken by force."

8/21/09 8:12:26p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The ruling families and priest class extended their lives, feeding on their loyal subjects."

8/21/09 8:12:26p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Aye, and they fed on each other, too -- Darshak society is marked by opulence, treachery, and blood feuds."

8/21/09 8:12:27p Tyris Drakesblood finishes the second glass of wine.

8/21/09 8:12:27p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The disappearance of the Theocracy from the Mainland was largely due to Mobius' rise."

8/21/09 8:12:28p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Not much is known, but it is theorized he came from one of the four remaining human kingdoms."

8/21/09 8:12:28p Tyris Drakesblood says, "He united them, and defeated the cult in just one battle with the use of his Dark Sentinels."

8/21/09 8:12:29p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The leaders of the cult were exiled and left to to the mercy of pirates and outlaws."

8/21/09 8:12:29p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Or so the Emperor thought. He did not know of the existing power structure on Gathner."

8/21/09 8:12:30p Tyris Drakesblood says, "He did not predict how easily those he exiled were converted to the Theocracy's ways."

8/21/09 8:12:30p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The priest and scholars of the Theocracy, of course, did not realize the value of the pirates."

8/21/09 8:12:31p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The former noblemen, however, were quick to grasp their uses as free agents."

8/21/09 8:12:31p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The Drakesbloods quickly married into prominent pirate families, forming a lasting alliance."

8/21/09 8:12:32p Tyris Drakesblood smiles.

8/21/09 8:12:32p Tyris Drakesblood says, ""Citizens," these new members were called, and they served the Theocracy for centuries since."

8/21/09 8:12:33p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Those who wished were allowed to give up their will to the Theocracy in exchange for the power that brings."

8/21/09 8:12:33p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The pirates were sent to search for recruits, both willing and unwilling."

8/21/09 8:12:34p Tyris Drakesblood says, "In exchange they had the powers and protection of the Theocracy, and all the booty they could steal."

8/21/09 8:12:34p Tyris Drakesblood says, "At sea they discovered artifacts and more sources of power, like the temple on this island."

8/21/09 8:12:35p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The Theocracy set up outposts wherever there was a strong connection with the undine plane."

8/21/09 8:12:35p Tyris Drakesblood smiles slightly.

8/21/09 8:12:36p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The Darshak have always been better at appropriation than at making anything of their own."

8/21/09 8:12:36p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Attempts to replicate the artifacts and buildings of old have all failed."

8/21/09 8:12:37p Tyris Drakesblood says, "As you see, their temple in Rosentide is fancifully decorated, but lacks the power of the original."





8/22/09 4:06:27a Tyris Drakesblood looks up from his battle plans.

8/22/09 4:06:30a Tyris Drakesblood says, "You've been one of my most valuable agents, Super Chicken."

8/22/09 4:06:30a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Let's consider the future of this war we've pitched."

8/22/09 4:06:31a Tyris Drakesblood says, "This mountain fortress of ours, rickety though it may be, has been a great asset."

8/22/09 4:06:31a Tyris Drakesblood says, "The mountain makes a much finer barrier for defense than the stone walls the Darshak rely on in Rosentide."

8/22/09 4:06:31a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Walls can be tunneled under, and they can also serve as a trap."

8/22/09 4:06:32a Tyris Drakesblood says, "One of these days, I may withdraw my agents from that city."

8/22/09 4:06:32a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Then, I swear to the stars, I will burn that whole city down."

8/22/09 4:06:33a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Our mountain warren here is riddled with secret entrances and exits."

8/22/09 4:06:33a Tyris Drakesblood says, "We've traps to spring in case of infiltration or invasion."

8/22/09 4:06:34a Tyris Drakesblood says, "We can outmaneuver them, even within their own city."

8/22/09 4:06:34a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Digging tunnels beneath their walls allows us to plant agents, weaponry..."

8/22/09 4:06:34a Tyris Drakesblood says, "...and to pass on information without direct conflict."

8/22/09 4:06:35a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Many of the crew are former slaves, freed by our agents and now serving as tacticians for guerilla warfare."




8/28/09 10:26:31p Tyris Drakesblood looks up from his battle plans.

8/28/09 10:26:34p Tyris Drakesblood says, "You've been one of my most valuable agents, Super Chicken."

8/28/09 10:26:34p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Let's consider the future of this war we've pitched."

8/28/09 10:26:35p Tyris Drakesblood says, "This mountain fortress of ours, rickety though it may be, has been a great asset."

8/28/09 10:26:35p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The mountain makes a much finer barrier for defense than the stone walls the Darshak rely on in Rosentide."

8/28/09 10:26:36p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Walls can be tunneled under, and they can also serve as a trap."

8/28/09 10:26:36p Tyris Drakesblood says, "One of these days, I may withdraw my agents from that city."

8/28/09 10:26:37p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Then, I swear to the stars, I will burn that whole city down."

8/28/09 10:26:37p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Our mountain warren here is riddled with secret entrances and exits."

8/28/09 10:26:38p Tyris Drakesblood says, "We've traps to spring in case of infiltration or invasion."

8/28/09 10:26:38p Tyris Drakesblood says, "We can outmaneuver them, even within their own city."

8/28/09 10:26:39p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Digging tunnels beneath their walls allows us to plant agents, weaponry..."

8/28/09 10:26:39p Tyris Drakesblood says, "...and to pass on information without direct conflict."

8/28/09 10:26:39p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Many of the crew are former slaves, freed by our agents and now serving as tacticians for guerilla warfare."

8/28/09 10:26:40p Tyris Drakesblood smiles grimly as he points at a map.

8/28/09 10:26:40p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Now, we're fighting a war of attrition with the Darshak."

8/28/09 10:26:41p Tyris Drakesblood says, "I spent all my resources on what we have, and a vast bulk of our supplies are scavenged from the Darshak."

8/28/09 10:26:41p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Our torches are stolen from the sconces of their chambers, our weapons from their troops."

8/28/09 10:26:42p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Our floorboards are planks pried from the decks of their ships."

8/28/09 10:26:42p Tyris Drakesblood says, "All this would not be possible if Amdiroth were a less inept commander."

8/28/09 10:26:43p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Commanding, though, is not his inclination."

8/28/09 10:26:43p Tyris Drakesblood says, "No, he is content to let the priests rule as they see fit, while he conducts his terrible experiments."

8/28/09 10:26:44p Tyris Drakesblood asks, "What do the priests know of command?"

8/28/09 10:26:44p Tyris Drakesblood says, "They are good at sacrificing, but have no tactical training."

8/28/09 10:26:45p Tyris Drakesblood says, "The whole of the Darshak operation on Ash is ripe for destruction."

8/28/09 10:26:45p Tyris Drakesblood tugs at an earring.

8/28/09 10:26:46p Tyris Drakesblood says, "We should not target Amdiroth."

8/28/09 10:26:46p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Should he fall, a more competent commander may take his place."

8/28/09 10:26:46p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Rather, we should continue to focus on disrupting operations, freeing slaves and interrupting ceremonies."

8/28/09 10:26:47p Tyris Drakesblood says, "Save the wretched thoom for last."

8/28/09 10:26:47p Tyris Drakesblood laughs hoarsely.




Obadiah Direstorm stops talking to you at this point.




9/9/09 2:01:56a Radatz Smoulderbeam smiles at Super Chicken.

9/9/09 2:01:57a Radatz Smoulderbeam says, "You're clear, Super Chicken. Go on ahead."

9/9/09 2:01:57a Radatz Smoulderbeam steps aside.




9/9/09 2:02:11a Tyris Drakesblood looks up from his battle plans.

9/9/09 2:02:15a Tyris Drakesblood asks, "Super Chicken, what brings you to my chambers?"

9/9/09 2:02:15a Tyris Drakesblood says, "You've been a crucial agent in our struggle here."

9/9/09 2:02:15a Tyris Drakesblood says, "Your strength in battle and fearlessness have been a boon to the cause."

9/9/09 2:02:16a Tyris Drakesblood says, "I imagine the Darshak in charge of the Rosentide operation use your name as an epithet."

9/9/09 2:02:16a Tyris Drakesblood laughs heartily.

9/9/09 2:02:17a Tyris Drakesblood says, "I've no particular missions to send you on, but you're welcome to visit whenever you wish."




10/10/09 12:23:34a Obadiah Direstorm asks, "How do you fare, Super Chicken?"

10/10/09 12:23:34a Obadiah Direstorm gestures west with a lace-cuffed wrist.

10/10/09 12:23:34a Obadiah Direstorm says, "Tyris has been without your wise counsel."

10/10/09 12:23:35a Obadiah Direstorm says, "It is magnificent that you have returned."

10/10/09 12:23:35a Obadiah Direstorm says, "It is... unfortunate that our resources are so limited."

10/10/09 12:23:36a Obadiah Direstorm says, "Many of our most dangerous missions require exiles with hearts as gold as yours."

10/10/09 12:23:36a Obadiah Direstorm takes a thin cigarette from an elegant case.

10/10/09 12:23:37a Obadiah Direstorm says, "Without your help, the cause might stagnate. We only wish we could offer more for your valor."

10/10/09 12:23:37a Obadiah Direstorm blows a serpentine cloud of smoke.