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PostSubject: Blood on the Sands - IC   Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:21 pm

The excitement of the crowds fills the bricked dungeon beneath.

RAH!RAH!RAH!RAH!RAH!RAH!

The thump with each cheer reverberates the walls.

Every so often, a great and long cheer raises, and you know that someone has just died.

The bricks were black, not the black from paint, but from filth and disease. No matter how many times they clean the chambers with fire, the walls oozed with sickness. The arched ceilings had seen thousands come and go, and that was just in the last few years.
The only light came from the exit, guarded by heavy bone bars and the sentries who protected them. The holding dungeon was crowded, some of these prisoners you have met before, some were not.

Another great roar goes up, and you look towards the exit. Who would be next to die for the crowds?

Your thoughts turn to happier days, before you were taken to this horrible place. Just how long had you been here? Why were you here? Who deserved to die for this atrocity?

Did it matter anymore? In mere moments, you would be forced into that light, and there you would either kill or die.
Would you be forced to kill the others in the holding area? the very same people whom you had shared a disgusting gruel with this very same morning? Or would fed to some horrible and ferocious beast?

The wait was almost as deadly as the act itself.....
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PostSubject: Re: Blood on the Sands - IC   Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:11 pm

All the city states of Athas were distinct in culture. However, the one thing they all shared culturally was a love for the games. The most common was the gladiatorial fights.

It was the last place Apollon wanted to be in. This was the realm of the Half-Giants, Thri-Kreen, and Muls. It was not a place for a human performer... a performer to those that didn't know any better. Apollon was as good with a blade as he was with his lute. He was a master of the show and espionage. He was hardly a fighter compared to the others in the holding area.

He wanted out. Not just get away from the death awaiting him in the arena for but for revenge. Unfinished business he had for those that put him here.

Apollon knew he needed help to accomplish this. He wasn't the only one who wanted to be here. Hell, no one did.

He had already come to know a few others here. Igto, the Half-Giant; Throd, the Mul; and Hakka, the Thri-Kreen. Those three he trusted the most to have the same desire as him to break from these cages. It was only with them he had shared his wishes with. The wish to escape.

He waited in the back of the holding cell playing out a little beat on his legs. Today a plan was to be made. All he needed was for the others to come to him. He wouldn't force them. He wasn't their master. They were free to make their own chooses.
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PostSubject: Re: Blood on the Sands - IC   Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:37 pm

Throd stood defiantly in the centre of the cell, his bronzed muscled arms crossed. He waited patiently for what was to come. He found himself a slave once again although this time in dire circumstances.

While he waited he mused if escaping two years ago had been worth it. He was born a slave as most Mul are. The majority of Mul were put to task in either the labour camps or as gladiators. He had been lucky and shown aptitude in crafting weapons and armour, he had become an artisan for his master and had a good a life as a slave could expect.

It wasn't planned but he became caught up in a slave revolt and subsequent escape, they had fled into the desert and scattered. It had been foolish, no food or water had been taken. There was pursuit but the Mul's legendary stamina served Throd well, the pursuit called off with them perhaps content that the sun would do their work for them.

Lost and close to death Throd was saved by an elven hermit, an earth cleric. There was a cool cave to convalesce.

He found the elf to be tolerable and had even started to enjoy his companionship towards the end. He' spent two years under his tutelage learning the ways of the earth and why it was important that it was preserved. They had been travelling the desert when a raiding party took them, elven bandits looking for slaves to sell. They of course found that Throd already had a slaves brand, an obvious escapee.


As the crowd roared Throd looked around impasively at those he shared a cell with. He had been lucky that the slavers hadn't killed him out of hand. This was at least a chance. He wanted his freedom back.
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PostSubject: Re: Blood on the Sands - IC   Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:56 am

The guard knocks on the bone bars hard with his weapon.
"Volenteers?" He sneers.

It was a trap....sort of. Being the first ones out was a double edged sword. Those who were first out were the first prey for whatever lay outside, but they were also the first to get the weapons dropped by those who had already died. A quiet pall settles over the cell as each person had to agonize over thier fate.

Would you take the bait?

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PostSubject: Re: Blood on the Sands - IC   Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:19 pm

Igto, taking up a major part of the cell they found themselves in, sighed a massive sigh that seemed to rumble through the stones around them all. The dried blood from his previous fights smeared across his face, the blood of those he had made into nothing with his massive weapons. It wasn't the life he had wanted. Not in the slightest. But it was where he was now and he would make do. As all his kind did, he would adapt to the situation and make do.

He trudges his massive feet over towards Apollon, wondering what the smart man had in store. Hell he was the closest thing to a friend that Igto had in here, as well as the others of their little band of misfits.

"What you think? What is next?"

The call comes in from their captors.

"Should we stay or should we go now?"
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PostSubject: Re: Blood on the Sands - IC   Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:26 am

Throd flexes his arms and rolls his shoulders.

"I would have the best pick of the weapons. I doubt now will be the time,..." which is accompanied by an imperceptible nod at Apollon "...but if it is I would be as well armed as I can be."

Almost anything would be better than staying in this dank place. Best to have the sun at my back and a blade in hand Thrud thought.
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PostSubject: Re: Blood on the Sands - IC   Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:17 am

The crowd keeps up the chant, getting louder and louder, but no volenteers came forward.

The guards started to look concerned under their masked helms.

The volume and tempo grows: RAH!RAH!RAH!RAH!RAH!
Finally, a woman approaches the gate, and the guards.


"Whats the holdup?" she asks, with an air of superiority.
"No volunteers lady tempar."one guard replies, full of fear.

She turns and addresses you,
"Listen up dregs. These guards are going to open this gate and you will all walk out and die for the pleasure of the crowds, and our Lord-king. Those who remain in here will have to deal with me."
Your cell-mates were silent. It was obvious what this lady was:
A templar, the secret police of the dragon kings, in this case, Nibenay himself. Their magic was the same kind that Ravaged the world, draining life from athas as surly as from its inhabitants. They were both feared and hated in equal measure.

She turns and walks out of sight, leaving the guards.

They look at each other and then open the door......
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PostSubject: Re: Blood on the Sands - IC   Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:37 pm

Apollon whispers to Thord and Igto, "We must put on a show. A good one. Something that catches the crowds love. When we do we are no longer expendable. That will buy us time at least."

Apollon knew the arenas. He'd been to the games before. There was two different types of fighters. Those that were prized and those that were the expendable supporting cast. Apollon, Throd, and Igto needed to become those prize fighters instead of the expendable they are now.

"Work as a team. Make it flashy and brutal. Finally, be the final ones standing."

Apollon kept his mouth shut when the templar came up. He listened and kept his tongue in check less he wanted to lose it.

When the door opens Apollon stands cracking his neck, "Let's give them a show or die trying at least."

He then steps forth leaving the dark and dank cell for the heat and relentless rays of Athas' sun.
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PostSubject: Re: Blood on the Sands - IC   Yesterday at 1:28 am

Throd nodded at Apollon’s words. They were sensible. He didn’t trust the small man (small at least to Throd) but then he trusted exactly no one at this present time. If they broke free it would be all about who could run the faster.

The Mul turned to the guards “We are ready” Throd said grimly
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PostSubject: Re: Blood on the Sands - IC   Today at 6:28 am

Igto simply nods his big head, glad someone else was doing the thinking. Thinking made his head want to leave his body. Not comfy at all.

"Ready."
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