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PachoPacho nodded as she explained, this was at least possibly putting things together with the legion. Imadyr assassins, Lady Carr, and Ms. cotton.

"I will your highness."Pacho replied knowing refusal was not an option. He knew he did not need to lecture the mystic spy on anything but he would go through the motions none the less. With that he fell behind the princess and followed her to the Empress's private chambers.
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Date 4th of Elystryëlle, 7453 (Winter)
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Pacho & DanteDante is the first to arrive at the Empress' chambers and hit a wall of guards in front of the doors. The legendary leader's quarters are actually a three-story tower, one of many accessible from the palace. This one is particularly reinforced with double-walled stone and several magical protections. The metallic door looks scary with all those arcane and clerical runes around the frame to repeal intruders, it looks like a vault. The dozen of imperial guards in the way are cosmetic at best in front of that gate. The monk shows them the keys, yet there's a lot of push back to let him through. - " Sorry sir monk, nobody is allowed inside! ". Taevar is the first one to catch up. - " Oh man, Tatsuo upset princess Aurelia and was sent to jail for refusing to apologize to her. Not good. She is with Pacho and will catch up with us soon. "


 

 

 
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Dante I have been granted easement of the palace by order of Chancellor Frederick Olm. You may take it up with him and be reassigned to sweeping the city streets of the nightly riff raff, or you can let me in.

The monk bristled at the guards being in his way. They'd lost enough time and he was in no mood for more games.
 
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Pacho & DanteTaevar suddenly has a flashback of the barbarian in Nuxvar that lost his face to Dante. The monk is intimidating with the key in hands and a deadly look. The guards are beginning to think that it would be unwise to stay in the way. After all, the empress is no more and it's unlikely that he stole the keys. A sergeant whisper from behind to his commander. - " I think he's a monk from the iron bell, the Empress' hands. They are also with Princess Aurelia, we might end up as sewer guards if we mess up with them! " There's some hesitation as the leader try to read if the martial artist is saying the truth, finally the Captain asks his men to move aside. - " Fine you can go through with your investigation, however I will ask that you declare anything taken before you leave. We are bond to protect the late Empress personal possessions until her successor is named. "

There's no more meat shield between him and the door, the keyhole is actually in a metallic lion head mouth. As he turns the key, the lion's jaws open and there are a series of gears and chains rolling inside the walls. The door open and lead to a stairway going up outside on a large platform. You can see platform on the middle level mapThe Platform is an exterior garden covered with a roof. Flowers, plants, benches and a few wooden sculptures of animal decorate the green place. There are small coffee tables and sounds like someone spent a great deal of time here before. Dante notices at least a dozen of place to hide and ambush in this overgrown place. - " Nice relaxing place, do you think there are traps or guardians she left behind? " Taevar is carefully looking around, lifting large leaves and looking behind bushes and flowers. This is unusual as those plants don't seem to die from cold. Another large metallic door leads inside the Empress' tower, the gate have another Lion's head in the center of it. Besides that, there are four large windows facing the garden, covered with exterior shutters.


 

 

 
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TatsuoAnother city, another jail. It takes a while for Tatsuo to be escorted to his final destination in the lower level of the palace. The place is huge and the dungeon is probably the cleanest that the Patrenian ever visited. Security is tight and he crosses at least twenty doors and fifty men before finally reaching his destination. There are other corridors leading to remote critical area of the palace basement such as the mint, treasury and so on. He's asked to put all his gear in a chest, everything DC 25 sleight of hand to hide something from the guards and clericwithout exception including holy symbol and small items. A set of fresh neutral grey clothes are provided. A cleric is investigating him after for any remaining magical items or spells. He has his own cell, but three walls out of four are large metallic grid wall that allows the guards and other prisoners to see each other. The place sounds reserved for minor offenders, there's a drunk guard unconscious on the right cell and an unknown guy on the other side that got into a violent fistfight judging by his swollen face and a broken nose. The guards are professional and don't bother or torment the prisoners.


 

 

 
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TatsuoThe spy is delightfully cooperative with the guards, as blithely as if getting escorted to a party, complete with affable smile. All his gear is packed into the magical haversack before being deposited in the chest, a precaution to avoid losing anything.

Newly clad, Tatsuo has to admit that this is one of the more secure yet better managed prisons that he has ever seen, few as those occasions have been. Looking for something to do, he spots the fellow prisoners on either side. The spy quickly discards the unconscious one from his mind. The other one looks promising.

Siding up to bars on the left, Tatsuo gives a Take 10 on Diplomacy (unmagicked): 25.friendly nod to the bruised fighter. Dropping the formal air in his voice, he asks affably,"Hey, buddy, what are you in for?"

He smiles a self-deprecating smile to himself. "It has to be better than mine. 'Insulting a member of the imperial crown and refusal to apologize,' that Patrenian princess called it," he mockingly echoes. He lowers his voice some, but not enough to actually avoid being overheard. "It could be that she thought I was staring too long. Maybe, she thought I wasn't staring long enough at her rockin' bod. ... Who can tell with women?" He shrugs before he leans in closer with a conspiratorial smile and wink. "Though, a rockin' bod she certainly has."


 
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Al-Zuna is the mother of life and elements and one of the oldest divinity known in the world. Only the elder elemental gods preceded her. The Ziggurat's interior is a world wonder, very vast and colourful. The blue tiles give an impression of water, while the hotter colours of the walls feel warm. The visitors are coming from all cultural background and races, not only Matuzalian worship the old mother. Elizabeth, Sayyida and Korag arrive first, while Rana excused herself to look into other things about the trials. - " Such a wonderful place! It's only my second visit here. " Korag looks around with Axe on his shoulder. - " Too shiny, I'm blind! Must have taken forever to build that place. " The gentle princess nods. - " It took nearly five hundred years to complete, it's one of the oldest temples of the city. " The flat praying hall is gigantic, at least 20 000 people could fit, hundreds are currently praying spread in small groups. Near the front of the worship space is a structure called the Minbar, the raised steps from which the priests deliver their sermon once a day. Al-Zuna is often represented as an Matuzalian woman riding a lion.

They begin looking around. - " If I got that right, Pacho said there's a secret sanctuary dedicated the elemental Gods under here that the Empress visited often secretly to pray and consort with the old Gods. I heard about it, that place is older than the city and there are portals leading to the elemental planes, that's why they build the Ziggurat over it to protect this sanctuary. Maybe this is where Eryka got the scepter of the elder elemental gods in the first place, a logical resting place for it? Where to begin? " There are many stairs leading under the main floor, deeper in the Ziggurat, that place is massive. After looking around for an hour they begin to believe that it will take more than a day to visit the numerous floors.


 

 
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Dante Dante says not another word as he walks past the guards; they were just doing their jobs – but he had to do his.

Walking into the massive tower Dante can’t help but shake his head at the size and opulence of it all. He had never truly seen how the ‘other side’ lived. His quarters at the monastery were small and functional, a few decorative items – and his one was one of the nicer rooms with a window looking down the mountainside; this was like another world.

He had chastised the sultana for her opulence, and here the empress lived a life all the same.

What a waste of resources.

One thing Dante knew, was that if for some reason he became emperor things would change. They could feed all the people of slums with the money gained by selling off but a fraction of art here, and they had yet to even get inside.

Probably – I hear she was rather paranoid near the end, but I doubt they would be random – probably very specific panic buttons. You wouldn’t want to invite a foreign dignitary over for tea and have them accidently set off a fireball.

Dante had been fireballed once. He would not recommend the experience.

We should focus on the upstairs and the audience chamber. I imagine if there was anything to find those are the places it would be.

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MadaraRana's preparations were long so that she may attempt some stealth in hiding her disappearance, and reappearance as Madara, the self-titled "Violet Rose". Due to her own make-up, clothing changes and illusory tweaking, Madara is almost wholly another person. Standing at six feet tall, with a solitary braid of violet-colored hair peeking out beneath her hood over her modest chest. Her dark robes were loose all over but slimming upon hips likely blessed by any and all goddesses of beauty. All skin was covered by the multiple shades of similar-colored cloth, though from her nose to her chin, where her hood no longer covers, her pale skin and blue-tinted lips are visible with a bewitching smile. Once prepared, she Non-detection, 7-hour duration, DC 17guarded herself from divining eyes.

Though this was not Rana in the flesh, as a follower of Al-Zuna, the greatest, the source of most of her admiration for a the form, thought to her not to be one of a human impressed on a goddess, but that of a goddess impressing upon her people as a whole. Indeed, if not Matazulans, her family was quite beautiful, Adira being the greatest, to her knowledge. Though her skin, as Madara, is paler than her original peoples, she is quite prideful in the image she constructed herself.

Once in the ziggurat, Madara could hear the conversation between Sayyida, Korag and Elizabeth. Taking an wind fanelegant fan from her waistband. She covered her chin as she approached, "What pretty children are present. I do believe you called for me." Her tone was smooth and sultry like the silks and velvets that made the ensemble of her garments. She slapped her fan against her open palm before smirking at the gathered crowd of nobility, "Where to begin is simple. An introduction, I am Madara." She grasps the sides of her skirt to perform an unpracticed curtsy, as is standard for a lowborn, her head was bowed for that moment before she lifts her gaze, "You, I presume, are Princess Elizabeth Valkarana, adorable as all royalty are."

Madara saunters closely to the group, maintaining enough distance that she could pull away before anyone could grasp at her robes, her hood, or her cloak, much less her person. She glances to those about here, "I would find this solution to be simple for persons of such high station as yourselves. Are there not clergy that monitor and take care of such the holiest of places? I doubt even your empress would allow whatever chamber holds such an item to go untended. If not by mortal hands, at least mortal eyes would have been curious enough to wander about such a holy sanctum for a room normally barred or concealed. It is better to take with the locals that know this place better than we."

 
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PachoPacho took in the quarters, tasteful and extravagant. He had seen how the rich lived but this put his previous experience to shame. One cannot deny the Empress’s taste even if it was on the expensive side.

Pacho went and graze his hand over the foliage, smirking a little as he thought of the possibility of the Empress hiding the crown in the bushes. He nodded to the monks suggestion, he doubted they would find much here, still though on the off chance he gave a
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"Keep an eye out for correspondents from Ms. Cotton or anything from Nanyl or Xyandril" Pacho passed on in case the monk had missed what the princess had said, though he doubted it.

With that he followed Dante up the stairs, looking for a particular spot to get a view of the room so that he might inspect its magic energies. He wished the spy was here, this was far more his field of expertise. The princess’s little tantrum had cost them.

Once he found his spot he withdrew his alchemical kit from the bag and began to brew a quick potion. With that he grabbed the vial and took a quick swig. He gagged at the taste, his eyes closed tight. When he opened them again they glowed green as he began to inspecCaste Arcane sightt the room.
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The Valkara's princess gracefully greet Violent. - " Yes, I'm Elizabeth Valkarana. The pleasure is mine. Do you know when Rana will join us? Did she brief you about our quest? " She sounds a bit preoccupied with her missing friend safety. Korag waves at the newcomer. - " Oye Violet! "

Strangely, the place is not full of cleric or people who seem to live here. The place is set up for people to pray mostly on their own. They finally found an old tanned woman wearing an orange and red Sari of Al-Zuna in one of the lowest levels. She is taking care of flowers and the various alcoves of that floor where statues are on display. - " Please my daughter... Speak a bit louder, my ears are not what they used to be. " Korag remains at distance looking at the groups walking the floor. Elizabeth graciously bows following the Matuzalian's custom. - " Nice meeting you, my name is Elizabeth. "


 

 
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Pacho & DanteNo traps or creatures were hidden in the garden after a complete sweep of the platform. Taevar found a woman smoking pipe made from ivory, nothing else is out of the ordinary. The bard left it on the table where he found it. - " It smells northern cannabis and herbs. " By the time they open the large door leading to the tower, Pacho and Aurelia caught up without Tatsuo. She doesn't mention him. - " I didn't come here in years... "

Dante is the first one to enter the Empress' lair, there's a lot of space in there. The floor is navy blue marble of the highest quality and the stone walls are covered with tapestries and painting. Occasional weapons and armour are on display, all been used by the late empress, some damaged and were never repaired. The foyer is the first room they visit, the place light up suddenly with magical golden brazier hanging from the roof. Two ten feet high iron armoured statue are flanking the entrance to the audience chamber. Their faces are made of platinum. One is a reproduction of Xydanyël, goddess of war, raising a bronze bastard sword in hands. The second statue is Nanyl, goddess of death, her eyes are closed as if she is sleeping. Both ironclad women have a northern and gothic style. They can feel the divine energy coming from those immobile avatars, sanctifying the whole tower. Aurelia kneels on one knee and lowers her head to the statues before entering. - " Those were offered by the head of each religion to Empress Helena, they protect the tower in many ways I heard. " Taevar doesn't seem reassured. - " They are intimidating, yet I can feel their blessing. When did you become a priestess your imperial highness? " She patiently answers with her usual stoic face. - " I was seven when I heard her calling for the first time. The sounds of drums and battles of the past and some who have yet to come. " The princess looks at Dante already walking ahead in the hall. - " Are we looking for something in particular? This is a large place. "


 

 

 
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Tatsuo- " Yo! I'm here because of a misunderstanding and you? " The guy laughs and chokes a bit, amused about the description of the princess anatomy. - " ha ha ha she is from a goddess bloodline, that hourglass body comes with the territory since generations. " He snorts some blood clots from his nose. - " She probably doesn't dislike you since you weren't assigned to some remote location on a goose chase or simply disappeared. I was in the Empire military in my youth, I know how it works. "


 

 
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TatsuoInternally, Tatsuo has reservations about the pugilist's conclusion. It seems more likely that distraction with their quest mollified any worse initial response. He shrugs, "Maybe. Or maybe, I got lucky."

Leaning his back against the bars, he snickers. With a questioning brow yet easy-going smile, Tatsuo smoothly probes, "Uh huh, how big that misunderstanding we talking, my friend? Work, women? And how 'misunderstood' does the other guy look?" motioning vaguely at the guy's bruises.

Cocking his head over Take 10 on Sense Motive: 21 to impressions whence he hails, what he's like.toward the fellow prisoner, he asks, "So, what do I call you, buddy?"


 
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MadaraPressing her fan beneath her lip at the relatively muted reaction for meeting someone new. Madara speaks softly, "Intriguing, a royal concerned for another person. Well, royalty is above other people after all, I am sure our princess and yourself got along swimmingly." She gives an off-hand wave to the other member of royalty present, Korag, a dwarven prince. She shrugs her shoulders at Elizabeth's questioning, "How should I know what such a dainty member of royalty has planned. She told me that you seek an artifact of elemental origin that possibly resides here. Though she told me that her intention was to investigate further about some 'trial' and that her place was not digging through catacombs and hunting buried treasure. Typical, hiring a lowborn to do the dirtywork at her behest."

Madara walks along with the others as they had abided by her suggestion. Such a holy place, a temple was infested with pilgrims but the locals, priests were not present. This city, at the very least, was most unusual. She maintains some distance to Elizabeth when addressing the woman in the sari, offering a similar greeting to Elizabeth, "While our business is on other matters...Why is this place, a temple to the greatest left so undefended? I could think of so many young persons that could possibly be benefiting guidance of the greatest, Al-Zuna." She hugs her chest with some disgust at how the temple is being treated in her eyes.

 
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