Athos: The Return

Session XXX: Bordering on Paranoid

Chapter 30: Bordering on Paranoid

Excerpt from the ramblings of a once mentally healthy Simon Bloom

I hate this city. How many bad things can happen before we end up leaving it a smoldering pile of ashes? That would probably be easier, and considering the circumstances may be inevitable. What with Vinsanthius converting above us and there being a pretty good chance an Urn is below us, it’s difficult to imagine any other outcomes. But we came all the way here and there’s no way I’m turning back now. There’s only one other gate leading down, and for some reason the key is right there staring me down. No magic, no traps; just a door and a key. It took us ten minutes to open that gate. We lead pretty strange lives so excuse our suspicions when things are too easy.

Fun Fact #1: Arch-Knights are given their position by completing 7 trials of strength and wit and then absorbing the nigh incomprehensible power of a piece of pottery quite likely as old as our plane itself.

Fun Fact #2: This all takes place under a church with one door.

Fun Fact #3: Fun Fact #2 may not be true if we have to blast our way out of here.

Oh right, I should mention that our source is an illusion of the Padros that appears in the room under that suspicious gate. Our suspicions were still not vanquished though; by our usual standards this still appears too easy. We have a quantifiable amount of challenges that are designed to be difficult for mortals, and the reward is something we’re all already half way to mastering. Is Nox laughing in a closet at the end? Will he jump out and say, “I can’t believe you guys fell for that!” Big Stormy would never let me live that one down, would you? Well that was rude. Sorry this mental connection thing is really difficult to deal with.

Anyway, the first trial was the silly, old riddle of the doors behind the honest man and the liar. One can only tell the truth, the other can only tell lies and each have a door behind them, of which one is the correct door. Literally so silly and so old that I could not for the life of me, which is immortal, remember. Lucky Anatolius was able to figure it out. You ask which door the other would point to and go into the opposite. I’m not going to bother explain why because it’s silly and old.

So that was one trial over and it was relatively easy. We didn’t have to kill anything so I’m going to chalk that up to the best experience I have had in the last 14 or so days. Of course the next trial wasn’t so peaceful. Thankfully we had to fight giant spiders; I doubt anyone would hate us for that “crime.”

That went as expected. Violence, poison, some great show of power by yours truly. We came, we saw, we moved on rather quickly. If the rest of the trials to the Urn are this easy, then we will begin to border on paranoid.

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