[SL] Curse of the Sanctum
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<br><h3>➤ Prelim: <i>A Grave for Puritans</i></h3>
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<p><i>Year II in the rule of Boss Elphaba Revlis, <span title="quod est superius est sicut quod est inferius">l̵͍̏o̸̜̕n̴̦̉g̷̼̑ ̵̺̾m̵̰̕a̶̦͆y̷̤͘ ̶̣͐s̷̘͋h̴̪͆ë̸̠́ ̷̣̉r̶̪̆e̴̬͠i̸͎͝g̵̢̅n̴͙͆</span></i>

<p>It began with the falling of the red star.<p>

Such portentous events as these build with great momentum. A child at the time, Elphaba Revlis remembers very little of the actual incident; But the story of it has been scarred into Salsolan culture ever since.<p>

It is impossible to ignore such a heavenly mandate. The night the red star fell, Siv Helsi was crushed to death in her yurt, and the ground splintered and the sea rose up to swallow it.<p>

The scar turned white. Salsola mourned, but never for long. Life has a way of striving for normalcy, making even the greatest traumas easy to set aside.<p>

It began again on the cusp of autumn past. Enough time had lapsed for the connection between catalysts to seem tenuous. Fighting dissenters against her rule in the political sphere, the consequences of the second event seemed unfortunate but not motivated to the new ruler.<p>

When Ondine Heiwa fell from the bluffs to be consumed by her terror and the grey waves below, the gesture was bleaker; A reminder. <i>Don’t forget,</i> her death extolled, <i>don’t forget the price.</i><p>

The Boss and the Erilaz worked hard to conceal the uneasy, greasy rift this death left in its wake. A wedding, a celebration, a feast. Good things come in threes, but so to do curses.<p>

Loki Helsi, second Crone of Salsola and third Sanctum attendee, was <a href="https://soulsrpg.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=41741">found burned alive</a> at the stake on neutral territory just beyond the border. His death marked the third blow, the third word on a blank page, the third warning.<p>

This time, <a href="https://soulsrpg.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=42118">Elphaba listens</a>.<p>

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<br><h3>➤ Plot Stage I: <i>Nobody Expects the Salsolan Inquisition</i></h3>
<p>Loki’s horrific death has set the grand stage for strife within the Thistle Kingdom. Convinced now that the manner of his horrific murder matches the tone of the Sanctum Tier’s previous two losses, Elphaba is certain that her Faction has been cursed.<p>

Her fury has broad reaches, and demands penance. She wants nothing more than to hold a scapegoat for this loss in the palm of her hand, and will go to any efforts to see someone punished.<p>

First, she must make certain that the source of this violent hex does not come from within her own coven - or worse, that no secret wielder of dark Craft has infiltrated their midst without her knowledge. To assess the internal situation, she has reassigned O’Riley’s immense capabilities specifically to this task.<p>

Previously the Erilaz, for the period of this plot <a href="https://soulsrpg.com/forum/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=3965"><b>O’Riley Eternity</b></a> will be known as <b>the High Inquisitor.</b><p>

O’Riley has drafted a select assemblage of trusted Faction-Tier individuals to assist him in his task of hunting out any problematic individuals within the Family. For the duration of this plot, the following characters have amended rank titles:<p>

<li><a href="https://soulsrpg.com/forum/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=3566"><b>Brocade Valentine:</b></a> <i>Inquisitor</i></li>
<li><a href="https://soulsrpg.com/forum/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=4568"><b>Kamari Kaiser:</b></a> <i>Inquisitor</i></li>
<li><a href="https://soulsrpg.com/forum/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=3516"><b>Idrieus Eternity:</b></a> <i>Inquisitor</i></li>
<li><a href="https://soulsrpg.com/forum/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=4359"><b>Krios Revlis:</b></a> <i>Inquisitor</i></li>
<li><a href="https://soulsrpg.com/forum/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=3485"><b>Helena Troy Lykoi:</b></a> <i>Inquisitor</i></li>

<b>The Inquisitors</b> have been assigned a very specific task - Through any means and with any force necessary, they are to uncover treasonous intentions within the pack, particularly any relating to misuse of witchcraft.<p>

High Inquisitor O’Riley has made it clear that they are to keep tabs on one-another also - No one but the Boss and the Erilaz himself are truly free of suspicion.<p>

There is a grace period lull in time, during which the Inquisition prepare themselves to attend their new duty, and undertake training from <i>völva</i> witch <a href="https://wiki.soulsrpg.com/index.php?n=Characters.KyndaHelsi">Kynda Helsi</a> as to what signs they are hunting for. Kynda and her daughter Víborg were mysteriously summoned from Portland just prior to the funeral, and her abrupt and authoritative presence in the pack gives many in the coven cause for concern. Suspense builds like electricity in the chilly air.<p>

As word spreads that a witch-hunt is building, the populace of Salsola react in a myriad of ways. Some scramble to hide their poisons and potions, fearing that any sign of non-mandated Craft might draw unwanted attention; Others push against the tide of suspicion and fear, loudly proclaiming their dissent and drawing the dangerous eye of the Inquisition; Some even relish the chance to finally watch a witch burn.<p>

<i>What about you? Do you dread the oncoming Inquisition, or welcome it as an opportunity to cast blame and suspicion on your neighbors?</i><p>

<br><h3>➤ Points and Prizes</h3>
<ul><li>You can earn a maximum of <b>50 game points</b> per character for participating in <b>Plot Stage I</b>
<li><b>+10 game points</b> for every thread related to this story arc <i>(can be counted up to 5 times per character)</i></ul>

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<br><i>Much love and Happy Posting - Team Salsola</i></center><br>
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<br><h3>➤ Plot Stage II: <i>The Devil We Knew</i></h3>
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<p>It’s mid-spring in the Peninsula.<p>

The boglands are rich with heavy, wet loam. Due to an obstinate winter the final thaw has yet to come, leaving Tantramar marshy and treacherous. Here and there the more stalwart flora is returning, the hedgerows and evergreens thick with verdancy and the perfect place for spying eyes to loiter.<p>

In the Thistle Kingdom, everyone is on edge.<p>

The Inquisition has conducted a thorough cleansing of the denizens of Salsola. The air is tainted with foul, stale secrets brought to light - some have suffered the loss of face, whilst others yet have capitalized upon the upheaval of their neighbors. For every truth uncovered, a viper’s nest of lies are born.<p>

In the end, a single individual is brought forth for judgement. Delfina Heiwa, daughter of Isabella Heiwa, sister of the dead Seer.<p>

<a href="https://soulsrpg.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=39850"><i>Murderer.</i><sup>[m]</sup></a><p>

The noble house of Heiwa is in disgrace. <a href="https://soulsrpg.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=42566">Persecuted by the Inquisitors<sup>[m]</sup></a> after poisoning and <a href="https://soulsrpg.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=42522">viciously attacking<sup>[m]</sup></a> Kamari Kaiser with the intent to silence her, Delfina is convicted of an attempt against the life of a Faction Tier elite, and accused of sororicide.<p>

A public trial - the first of its kind - is ordained by the young Queen. Imprisoned until her sentencing, Delfina’s agonising wails and demented shrieks can still be heard echoing through the Ruins. Judgement is nigh, and Salsola is not known for its mercy. <a href="https://soulsrpg.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=42587"><b>Let the trial begin!</b></a><p>

<br><h3>➤ OOC Note</h3>
<p>The Trial of Delfina Heiwa is a non-mandatory pack thread. We have made this thread non-mandatory due to the fact that it is labelled <b>mature</b> for implied deaths and themes of violence.<p>

If you would like your character to have taken part of the trial but do not wish to participate in a [m] thread, please let us know and we will make allowances for your character to have been present.<p>

<br><h3>➤ Points and Prizes</h3>
<ul><li>You can earn an additional <b>+10 game points</b> per character for participating in the non-mandatory pack thread!</ul>

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<br><i>Much love and Happy Posting - Team Salsola</i></center><br>

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