As some of you know myself, Peaches, and a handful of others have been gathering certain ritual components for some time now. This ritual will allow myself and all who accompany me to conduct a raid on a hellish demi-plane known as the Rød Vej, the domain of the Cult of Ceno. We have all the components, the time to cross the threshold is upon us, and we need help. And for any who have concerns about what power this ritual draws on and the morality of, it is an Andorran ritual. Those of the dark inclination please do not be discouraged, we need your help as well. The enemy thinks that the darkness is their friend, we need to come together as one unified force and show them that neither the Light nor the Dark will see the innocent suffer under their wickedness, and that their days of terrorizing the good people of the world are coming to an end.
The purpose of this raid is to rescue the tormented souls that they have trapped there. The ritual will take us to Nix’s soul, and we’ll hopefully be able to save any souls that are nearby her as well. If that’s not doable, then we get Nix out of there and live to fight another day. If the trapped souls have to be trapped one by one, then so be it. If that is doable, then we get in, we grab the souls, and we get the bloody hell out. Every second spent in that gods forsaken place carries the risk of death and even damnation. Needless to say that this mission is not for the faint of heart, dying on the Rød Vej damages the soul far more so than dying on Arawyn does. Because of this, obliteration is a very real risk on this mission. If you are not at peace with yourself and unwilling to take that risk, this is not a job for you. There is no shame in that, and there are still other ways to assist if you are so inclined. We will need people to cast protections on us before we make the dive, as well as supplies to more effectively fight the Cult of Ceno.
I know many of you will be ready to raise your weapons and rush to the fight with us, but the ritual can not carry the whole of Travance into hell. There will be a limit on how many people can make the dive into the Rød Vej, though I do not yet know what that limit is. My best guess is that the limit will be about 10-15, 20 at the very most. We may not even know until we perform the ritual. Those who have been actively working towards preparing for this mission with the rest of us, as well as those with a score to settle against the Cult of Ceno from past skirmishes will be first on the roster. Time and date are also yet to be determined, but this will be happening at this upcoming Baronial gathering. (24th-26th) The ritual will either be taking place late Friday or Saturday night.
Now, to consolidate all the technical details
Information those who are interested need to know
The Cult of Ceno: a heretical sect that broke off from the Agauran faith following Ceno, an archdevil that has strayed from Agaura, and its nine Archfiends. Their weakness is sacred divine energies.
Party limit: exact limit unknown, likely 10-15 people. 20 if we're lucky, we may not know until the ritual is complete
Date: 1222 June gathering, 24th-26th. Hopefully the first night.
Time: Depends. If it's the first night then the hope is just after 2am, gathering a few minutes before that. If it's the second night then just after 12 am.
What we still need to prepare
People to repair our armor and people to cast protections on us before we depart. Valence casters and Healers that can cast the Circle of Rejuvenation in particular.
Bards that know the fanfare of Victory spell
Potions of Heroism
So many healing items (scrolls, potions, salves, mana infusions, etc.)
Scrolls of the Bless Weapon spell
Glyph Plates infused with Divine energy
I'd also like all of us who are taking the dive into hell to have our armaments consecrated to the wielder's god of choice. This isn't necessary, but I feel it would help to unify us before the raid.
And once more I’d like to reiterate, this mission carries the risk of obliteration.
May the Mother strengthen our hearts,
May the Queen steady our blades
May the Judge guide our way,
And may the Reaper grant the tormented their rest.
Na Biodh Eagal Air Olc
Buaidh No Bàs
- Amhrán Briste-Laoch
I greatly appreciate all of you, Ephrem especially, a liturgy is exactly what we need going into this. Though Jarden, I would also appreciate if you would not give people false hope. The only way to completely avoid obliteration from the Rød Vej is to not go. There are cautionary measures we can take to protect ourselves, but the risk can not be eliminated entirely.
One of our people working on one of those cautionary measures will also require a gem, crystal, or item of personal importance to each of us who are taking the dive into hell.
I was unaware Nix's soul was still in peril, and I find myself greatly disturbed by this. She was a friend, and not someone who should suffer such a fate. Indeed, the Cult of Ceno has greatly disturbed the balance by removing souls from their inherent cycle, and I shall do what I can to aid you in rectifying this matter.
I can craft much of what you need, although my abilities are not such that I can do so in great numbers or terribly quickly. Furthermore, my abilities have reached the point that if you would have me, my sword shall aid thine work directly on this otherworldly journey. You have my pledge to aid this mission.
-Maen Milesus, Cleric of Visigalis
Ceno is a wast of potential. That cult has so much power to shape a demi plane into what they want, and yet, they chose the least perplexing, least interesting path posible. One day I will pan fry Ceno in ostrages, but that day is yet to come. For now, we will get my sisters soul out of that place. I will see you their Amhrán! For those of you woried about obliteration, I emplor you to not be, obliteration can be a window to an unfathonably beutiful existance. If you fear obliteration in this place talk to me, I may be able to help.
-Don't let the 5 stones see you leave
I can conduct a Liturgy before heading to this horrible place. Through my priesthood to Valos I can allow attendees to use divine energy when striking a foe. I can also lend one skill or spell of my own to every single person who participates in the Liturgy; this might be very helpful. Once you determine the time and place, allow me (and other clergy of both Light and Dark) to hold this service right before the ritual takes place; perhaps it can even be encompassed within the ritual itself.
To clergy of all the gods,
Let us gather together the first night at this upcoming feast to discuss such a Liturgy.
To all those who follow the Light,
As Primus of the Church of Light in Travance, I enjoin all those persons who are faithful to the Light to consider this cause, either to go or to support those taking up this cause. In saving as many innocent souls that are being used to power this archdevil's foul purposes, I deem this endeavor worthy of the Justice of Valos. Be prudent in your choice of entering the Red Road, but by all means give support and aid those who are able to do so if you cannot go yourself.
Yours in the Light,
I will bring all that I can. -Aseir Belberk