Hunting for History

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Hunting for History

Postby Emotionaloverload » Thu May 04, 2017 1:20 am

[Holding out for a Hero]

I saw him as clear as you can see anyone. The city was different then. People filed out of the Meeting Hall looking tired and frustrated from putting in a full days work before someone ran up and yelled in distress that the water was poisoned. Everyone's eyes turned to the grimy cobble streets as ankhs drew themselves in blood.

That didn't seem to slow him. He sped past the crowd, halting at the well in front of the Temple of Torm and drank from it like it was nothing. He was sure then that the water was diseased; the city would have to take precautions. He told them.

I have to confess my first image of him came from a very lewd statue that has a hard time leaving my mind but, then and now, he looks like he always does in subtle gold and white attire and his signature mask; (the one and only) Amadeo Pneuma.

I notice subtle difference in his gaze sometimes. Enough times that when I think back on this vision I can see that he is not the same. His look at the well reminds me of an old tiger; comfortable in his space but weary.

Still, I'm glad that that old tiger remained. I asked Our Lady for someone that had been there when she presented herself. I wanted a clearer view. More of a view than the documents I gathered from the library among Euclio Cartan's things could give me.

She gave me Amadeo. Praise be.
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Re: Hunting for History

Postby Emotionaloverload » Fri May 05, 2017 10:26 pm

[Map of the World]

We were set to see the Pax. All of it. While we were at it, I suggested that we tend to the merchant's complaint about the 'newness' of Cordor. It seems the old merchants couldn't be sure where to find the materials they needed on the Pax and the new merchants couldn't be bothered. It is a strange complaint to have but that sort of staleness isn't uncommon on the island.

I never have the problem of 'newness'. The city sometimes feels like a fuzzy dream in which all of the lines are soft and nothing ever seems to add up. I can see the different versions of it; the infernal flags outside the barracks, the Thayan Conclave where the slums stand, or the tall shrine of Chauntea near the old windmill. Even the people, long since gone, make an appearance...on the harder days.

On days like that I like to visit the cows in the farmlands. I love those cows. Although, lately that double-dealing cow thief; Faeren Ashlight gets on my mind. I never much liked thieves, least of all a cow thief.

It can really ruin the visit.
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Re: Hunting for History

Postby Emotionaloverload » Mon May 08, 2017 12:01 am

[Zombie Stomp]

I met Obren in the farmlands one night. We both share a disdain for the undead there; for different reasons. He is a sweet man but I find all Triadists strange. Anyone that has to wait for 'orders' to do the right thing or get started on the right thing is odd to me. I suppose that is true of all Knights, most of all the 'Benwickian' ones. You'd think people would learn their own history and get the hint but I suppose that is just my wishful thinking.

I've been searching for the answers on those undead. Thanks to poor record keeping, it is very hard to pin any theory down but every tenday I get a little closer and this time I am keeping records, just in case.

Pity I'm the only one.
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Re: Hunting for History

Postby Emotionaloverload » Mon May 08, 2017 11:55 am

[Criminal Mind]

I never knew that the Mayfield's Inn used to be on the Pax. It is so cramped and loud now. I can see why people don't enjoy it anymore. As I walked in, so did the Rogue; adorned with daggers and a charming smile. He was on his way to the bar when the Monk came from upstairs. He was dressed in black with grey trim and a large helmet on that, sort of, reminded me of a pot.

The Monk was a man of few words. The air around him seemed heavy with the tension of violence; a brutal man. The Rogue threw a quip, a bit of humor but his gaze was cold and stiff. He changed his position to prepare for the fight.

The Monk was sure of himself and struck first but the Rogue drew a red glowing dagger, attacking with it. This seemed to come as a surprise because the Monk drew away, as if to cast but the Rogue fled back out the door...and then the vision was over.

I looked into them both with Amadeo's help. Rumor has it that the Rogue didn't make it to Fort Bendir before the Monk caught up with him and slew the Rogue and his lover on the Trader's Road.

They were both Cordorians. This was an important vision to have after the Healing incident with Ortega because I was...conflicted, I guess you could say. Don't tell Vincent, though. I don't think he'd approve.

In the vision, the history, both men were Cordorians and criminals, in their own way; moving outside the law while also incidentally doing good for the city. Now you could break down the amount of good and the bad and tally it up till you could satisfy yourself with an answer of who the true Cordorian was but you would still have to play with the grey. Not everything is black and white, no matter what the paladins try to tell you.

This city has parts to it. Its not all a potential bastion of 'Light'. If you saw the city the way I have seen it, in many of its versions, you would notice that we have made every effort to push back the slums. We have divided our taverns and our theatres.

You cannot throw out everything you believe to be 'bad' or opposite and still thrive. History has shown that, at the very least. Cordor thrives on change and that cannot happen under that level of restriction.

Even knowing all that, I was hurt by Ortega's actions. I suppose that in my mind I like to imagine all Cordorians, at least, working with some vague aim to better the city so when someone does something so opposite, it spears me in my warm, plushy heart.

Still, I couldn't shake my distaste for how the guards handled the matter. At first I spoke with Jadoth Dawnfire. He worried me with his bloodthirsty manner. If I'm honest, he still worries me. I'll have to look in on him. Anyway, he was eager to tangle with even the commoners; the poor and the sick, suggesting that he shouldn't have to protect those that weren't glad or grateful for his aid.

I was beside myself with that but Amadeo assured me that that was unlike him. Not that it helped much given the way they handled Ortega's case. Now, I'm sure you will say “but you can't be against the criminal and then against the punishment”...but you can though because when the punishment is handed down without diligence then the guard is no worse than those they are trying to punish.

In this case, the guards took one statement; mine and ran with it. Granted, I know what happened. Its hard to miss red attire in a sea of rags but that's hardly the point. They constantly get on about how those of the Clover are up to no-good but that means nothing if you do not have proof (and if you had proof you could press charges already). You have only your suspicion.

I'm not saying this is true of all guards but Cordorian Guards boast being morally upright and working within the law. That can't be true when they wait for an excuse to act on a suspicion. If the suspect was someone else, they would have dropped it to a warning due to insufficient evidence.

At any rate, I don't feel too traitorous by holding this opinion since, at least, Amadeo agrees with me. The entire mess makes me think a Rashemi proverb I found in the library; “You can't have the sheep and the money.”

Anyway, both the vision and the incident brings me back to that problematic question; What does it mean to be Cordorian?
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Re: Hunting for History

Postby Emotionaloverload » Sat May 13, 2017 5:56 pm

[I Feel a Change Comin' On]

There is something refreshing about Cordorian elections. It used to be more chaotic when there were three Councilors but it still has that pop of flare that the other settlements can't grasp. They always do things peacefully or devolve into violence. Only Cordorians seem to be able to generate the appropriate amount of spite for one another but return to work together when its all over. It is uniquely us.

There is always that one candidate that wants to take Cordor back to the 'Good Ol'days' because they believe everything here is broken. Candidates like that usually don't know their own history and should be ashamed to ever describe themselves as Cordorian.

Then there is the professional business man or professional politician. Most people are worried about these candidates because they tend to be out for themselves but, honestly, Cordor was moved forward by people that were out for themselves so I can't really provide any fault on them until they do something that hurts the city.

Of course, there is also the Eldafire candidate. Now you will say, how can one family be their own category but I will tell you. Every few generations, one of theirs comes along and tries desperately to stuff the city back into the mold that they have envisioned. That is not the Cordorian way, to go backwards. Jadoth said it the best, it is very Myonian elven.

Naturally, most people don't see it but when the current reiteration of the Eldafire has to run on the platform of 'promising not to rewrite the law system' then you can gleam some notion of how bad it is. They won't tell you how many times they stepped in to revert changes in the guard, in the laws and in the leadership. Too many times. It is no wonder they are so disliked. It is now made worse by the Benwickian paladins after the Fall of Light Keep. There are no two elements that have hurt the city more.

I could go on for hours detailing how but I'll spare you. I'm sure you see it. I know you see it because I saw it in the words and glances of Cordorians during the election. This is why I encourage all Cordorians to think and act rather than just side with their 'factions' or faiths.

Think it through. Always.
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Re: Hunting for History

Postby Emotionaloverload » Fri May 19, 2017 3:00 am

[We're Off to Meet the Wizard]

I caught sight of the Red Wizard while I was following the Nomad Elf. He is so pretentious; I love it. You should see him pour wine. Its practically an event. I try to find the Old Thayan Enclave at all hours and wait outside just to see him come or go.

He loves to have a crowd with him. To be see, to be known, talked about and what have you. He always has some real characters with him. Its never a dull moment. It might be strange to say, given that we have never met, but it makes me miss him.

In a city overrun by paladin types, I miss all those true characters like him and those that he seemed to attract. They were full of life and action. They were drive by desires and passions, not just faith and duty. You might think its sad to constantly be searching through the city for the older versions of it but when you are surrounded by paper cut-outs...its hard not to.

He scares me a little, though. Sometimes the space around him bends in a way that I've not seen another Wizard do and he seems to look at me. I mean really look at me, like he sees me. I'm sure he doesn't. He couldn't.

...Right?
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Re: Hunting for History

Postby Emotionaloverload » Sun May 28, 2017 6:00 pm

[We Didn't Start the Fire]

I was going to talk about how seemingly every complaint in the city comes to my door and that I do my best to investigate it or see it tended to but then six Cordorian Elites pulled me off the street. I was going to talk about how I was taken into a private meeting with King Edward's private guard and commanded to deliver all my documentation on Our Lady Cordoria as soon as it was compiled so that he could consider converting. And more over that I had no friend to tell when I was released.

I was going to talk about all that and the sacrifices of Duty but then I ran into Eric Lugger on the road. I could feel my thoughts bend and dispel to compel me to stay with him, to assist him today. He received a speedy putting him on the trail of the First Knight of Cordor, so naturally, my expertise was welcome but even that one I didn't know.

Thankfully, Our Lady wasn't restricting herself to compulsive thoughts this tenday. She Blessed us with sight of the past and direction, leading us into the forest where we found Amadeo Pneuma and Sarina Dragonsong. I should have known something was off when the pendant rattled. It never rattles.

The first thing I noticed is that there was only one exit. That weighed hard on me because I was foolish, I didn't ward us for a fight. I assumed if Our Lady was leading us, there couldn't possible be a fight. I can't imagine why I would think that. Life is full of danger and your work will bring you to it; Always be prepared to protect.

I ran through the blessings n my head a dozen times. I knew I could give him a fighting chance and turn the fight on its head for as long as I was standing. I would be proud to die protecting a Cordorian against a traitor. And make no mistake, that is what she is.

She confessed to all that she had done. She said she was unapologetic then later claimed she was a liar...as if that would help her case. What was worse is that Amadeo was on her side. This was a trap but one designed to attack hearts, not bodies. Although, I wasn't entire convinced it wouldn't break into a fight. If all it takes is a few meetings and two good deeds to convince Amadeo of something then she could easily have attacked and the damage done before he could have intervened.

She said her city betrayed her which sent her down this path. Really? You get a little push back, a little challenge, a little threat and you don't stay and fight for what is yours? For that great city? Worse yet, you torture someone later? You don't just wake up into torture. The state of mind you need to tie someone down and CARVE INTO THEIR FLESH while they wail and squirm isn't something that happens overnight. You cannot convince me that a single, alleged, betrayal was enough to send you straight to Hell.

Lugger may have bent a little to Amadeo's talks of 'No justice without mercy', the need for empathy and the exercise of compassion but I'm not plagued with a soft heart. /I/ \am\ /a/ \Cordorian!\ I will always be the exact right amount of suspicious for stupid, soft minded garbage like this. Words are not enough to sway me when horrible crimes have been committed. Not-even-half cleaning up your own mess will not convince me.

Yes, there is no justice without mercy. Fine I will give you that but there is no healing without justice too. You cannot set things aside. You cannot preach forgetfulness, Amadeo! Less so when YOU stood in the Commons with me lamenting how the island doesn't record its history well enough.

Do you know which monk I needed then? Which monk wouldn't get out of my head then entire ambush? Nautilus! He would have agreed with me. He would know that just because you are trying for righteousness (allegedly!~) doesn't mean that we cast aside your sins, that we forget. No, we bring hellfire and high water and pull every punch that is needed to heal those mistakes.

Yes, doing all that won't make it as though that pain was never dealt or the crime never committed but NOT doing it will cause a greater wound. One which will allow others to do it. One which will make it okay to just take someone's word, that hasn't earned it, as their punishment.

No! I'll not have it. Nautilus said it best “To forsake Justice is to surrender a fitting punishment to the capricious authority of Tymora. I will not take that chance.”
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Re: Hunting for History

Postby Emotionaloverload » Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:40 am

[Future Days]

I always know when I have been off the Pax. You might not understand. You might say “Surely you know...you were there.” but its not that easy. Things get foggier the longer I stay away. My mind turns into sand art in a strong gust. I always manage to find my way home, though. I wake up to paperwork being knocked off the shelf from when I stumbled in and a barely-locked door.

I would like to say that staying in Cordor is better. The versions of the city start to pile onto one another. There is this particular one that has been vexing me (likely because I have been slacking in cleaning up my notes and putting them on the board).

I see it whenever I stand in the city square. There is this Banite coming from the Merchant District, down a walkway that isn't there anymore. He has a Cordor Guard badge on his shoulder. He stops at the sound of knocking...I think that's the wall of the old Commons.

He casts a True Seeing spell. Perhaps he is a priest; he has the build of one. A door appears in the masonry of the Commons; a plain smooth stone door. Before he can reach out to touch it, it swings open to reveal a band of drow that pour out...and then its over.

Its strange that I'm hung up on that knocking. Why would they knock? After all this time, do Drow just reveal themselves to be of excellent humor? Could they not open the door otherwise? The sound is maddening.

Something about the entire thing has me on edge but how do you report that? “Oh, hi, resident Eye of Cordor here, I'd like to make a report because my gut suggests something is amiss. Nothing overly specific, just something. Oh, you want proof? Will a 90+ year vision of the past that I can only explain to you in words work? No? Didn't think so.”

I tried to find records of this but, naturally, the 'goodly' folk of the island sort to have all traces of a successfully run Banite Cordor Guard erased.

And they claim the Patrician was bad.
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Re: Hunting for History

Postby Emotionaloverload » Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:14 pm

[Cold]

I am starting to think that its bad that I can only relate to the relics or the visions of old like Amadeo. He and I had this strangely personal talk in the library and when we parted ways all that I could think was that this was the first real talk I've had in forever. That is not to say that I haven't had talks with people; I have sat with Obren, Kyle, Casimir, Jadoth, Buppi and others but they felt unreal. Or did I feel unreal being there with them?

I wanted so badly to be enamored with Azar or Erasmus. Both are beautiful in their own way but every time I try it feels like I'm staring at an oil painting. I don't know where to start and, really, what would be the point? For Cordor? Sure but my time could be better spent finishing the projects for the museum or the King.

There is no point to things in the present unless they need to be remembered. I am starting to hate this time. There is only work that makes it bearable. I spent the last few months chasing the other versions, catching a glimpse of other timelines and hunting for Haston Reyne in the sewers. He is very hard to pin down but he is worth it.

It all comes out clear like Amadeo which is strange because he is in the present...right?
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Re: Hunting for History

Postby Emotionaloverload » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:05 pm

[Heathens]

I stood on the bridge watching Krad Saikoro and company put on their disguises and wait for passersby to 'toll'. I stood on the bridge watching Katar Black do the same. And the Banites and the Hoarite and everyone in between. Its unoriginal, unimaginative garbage. It got old the first day it happened and, of course, Wharftowners can't come up with something better.

Pathetic animals that they are. I really don't know what people were expecting from a town that honors a coward; a man than ran away, for good. You better believe that I am not letting history forget /that/. I'm not against pulling back when you can't win but to forever turn your back on your city and your people is a weakness beyond words so Wharftowners will never surprise me. I never expect anything other than the bottom of the barrel from them and that is all I ever get.

Now you might say, 'well, some versions of the town have been good.' No, they haven't. There have been some -leaders- that have tried to follow Cordor's First Knight and what she set out for the place but that has no baring on the town. One fleeting leader changes nothing. If you need anymore proof, look around or ask around and you'll find that they don't even know their own history. They have no identity. Just a gathering of worthless misfits that couldn't cut it in the city.

Its in war time that I find myself thinking of the Herial Ghalen, Butcher of Wharftown. Some might turn their nose up to him and heavens knows that even he, in the end, was sorry for his deeds but I am not. I stand by them. Honor and virtue should be reserved for your people; Cordorians. Meanwhile, for everyone else, you should pull out every trick you can muster.

This is the only reason I like Ortega; we see eye to eye on that. Pity though, that everyone I know is a paladin type. Maybe I should dye my hair black and wear darker colours to get the right help for the job. Maybe~

Faith and Kingdom, my brothers and sister. Faith and Kingdom!
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Re: Hunting for History

Postby Emotionaloverload » Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:23 pm

[Long Live The King]

I spoke with the High Chancellor. I searched around for assassins, thugs and arsonists. I wasn't about to let paladin mentality hurt the war. You fight with everything you can think of. Then I woke up the next day and the King had pledged to raze Wharftown. I couldn't have been happier. We were on the same page; Cordor.

I honestly didn't think I could love the King more but after this decision, I absolutely do. I found more love to share, in here somewhere. My elation was short lived, though. They all came to me asking about Wharftowners, about what I think, 'how we can help'...Disgusting.

I had to struggle and fight to drum up an ounce of support for Cordorians that were sick and cold and hungry. Only three of us turned up to heal and the rest stood on the sidelines eating like it was a circus attraction. So you cannot tell me that you are good. That you feel badly for Wharftowners. That you want to help.

You can't be good one day then...what? Tired the next. Lazy. Bored? What is it? What compels you to waste your time and resources on anything other than your people? Now, I'm not against getting Wharftowners that want to be Cordorians. Cordor is a place of fresh starts and they are welcome under the condition of actually becoming Cordorians but for you to want to house foreigners and divert resources to them for no reason other than your /feelings/...I can't get behind that.

But I'm a team player. You have to be to work in government. So I will help out with the High Chancellor's directive. Although, the only real concern with the razing isn't the loss of Wharftowner life but the coastline and the nearby magical forest. Unfortunately, the island is so closely connected so one big change causes ripples that could reach us on the other coastline.

I will have to follow up with that. I did suggest to her to look into it. What were you expecting? Did you really think my 'helping out' would be anything other than watching out for the interests of MY people?

You should know me better than that, by now.
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