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The Srechethan Kabal - Journal

Postby -Lacie- » Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:24 pm

Entry #4

We Seek the Greater Expansion of the DreamState .... no matter the cost.


That statement has taken on new meaning to the members of the Kabal of late. What sort of cost will be paid for making the discoveries that lay just ahead???

Now that the Guild has been secured, purchased outright, fair and square, the work could commence, and not a moment too soon. With the onslaught of the Chaos Eclipse, we must work quickly, but maintain a high standard; using what we know and not let the bedlam surrounding us to hinder or distract us. This, in itself, is going to be quite a feat, however; but the timing couldn't be better, short as the time may be within to act.

The Cauldron has begun to yield its secrets. We have to be exceptionally careful at this juncture, and not rush this, knowing how little time we have with which to work. It truly is all about the energies in the City, this much we are completely confident. The trick is.. well, will be tricky and a delicate process.

To the members, let this serve as notice: I need your help. You all know your assignments and if you need assistance and/or materials, please... let your associates know. The public nature of this venue prohibits further detail, but you all know what you need to do.

To give an overview, it is ALL about the energy. That is the key, so your contributions are greatly appreciated, and will be rewarded in kind. Remember the lessons of the recent past & stick to the plan. We know the goal & know how we intend to reach it. You know how to get in contact with me....


She senses the Cauldron call to her from across the City, nodding as if receiving a sort of message. She makes a note on the palm of one hand with the quill retrieved from her hair.
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The Srechethan Kabal - Journal Entry #6

Postby -Lacie- » Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:58 pm

What is the Srechethan Kabal?

What is it, indeed! Simply put, it is a Guild. Yes, a Guild like the WordSmith's or DreamSmith's or Master Teacher's Guilds, but with a few notable exceptions.

First off, there are no magical, impossible requirements to meet, hold, or get from an Elder. There is a mentorship process, but it is one which would be pleasing to most appetites.

Secondly, the Kabal are a group of free thinkers, who yearn to learn more of the intricacies of the City, and not quite as concerned by the acquisition of power, glory or fame (although those accolades are very possibly attained).

Thirdly, and possibly more importantly, the Kabal is one of the oldest Guilds in the City. Established with the creation of the Lost Caves, this Guild's history was created by Teng and his brother, Agonarius, after the battle in the Lost Caves* after their father, Hasenthes, passed into the Boundary Mists.

Finally, the Kabal does share some similarities with other Guilds. Participation is encouraged and lack thereof will warrant exclusion. This Guild is no badge of honor to be waved around casually. The Kabal is not limited by Sphere, Orbit, Focus, House affiliation, City of Origin or length of time dreaming. Those in the Guild must adhere to some basic rules of secrecy, honor & inquisitiveness.


Who are in the Kabal?

Well, now down to the meat of the post, eh? The Kabal respect the privacy & safety of the members. I fully acknowledge that I am a member, but this is by choice, as it is the choice of every other member. The reason is clear-cut. Members of the Kabal hold keys with which to enter the Kabal Guild Hall and Laboratory. While some may seek entry out of curiosity or other reason, we prefer not to be hunted down so that we may drop our keys. Besides, we have taken precautions against this, so no keys will be dropping out of packs accidentally. What are those precautions? Seriously, you think I would tell outsiders? Come on, give me a little credit here. Members may choose to acknowledge their inclusion or not, at their discretion. We all have excellent Arts. Use them.

What do the Kabal do inside their cavernous retreat? Planning to blow up the City?

Well, of course not! This would be counterproductive to our philosophy. We seek the Unknowns within the fabric of the DreamState. I had a mantra long ago which still seems to apply:

We Seek the Greater Expansion of the DreamState ... by whatever means necessary.

Realizing this may seem a bit brash, I have removed the last part. I was crazy, wild and much bolder a couple of decades ago.

The Kabal seek the Unknowns - lost Planes, areas, Arts, abilities, skills, knowledge and such. The Kabal of old has had some mild success at this. In the Lyran era, The Penumbra (my original guild back then) and the Kabal joined forces during the time of Asmodan and Iden. The Penumbra were intensively exploring the Chasm of Souls when we were able to unearth the portal along the Firey Path, which leads to the Citadel. We later used the Collectors Three and the Soul Essence of Asmodan to create the first House Prime Artifact (the Heart of Shadow), which was created in Gerriel's Sanctuary by the Penumbra, Prelate and the Kabal. We also had a lot to do with unearthing the 5 Caches, which are (or were in my era) sacred places, locked and used for the rituals of the Kabal.


Right, that was an eon and a half ago. What have you done lately?

An excellent question! Here is a list:

1. We have reestablished a center of operation (Guild Hall), fought with a Titan (Agonarius) over what the Guild should be doing and subsequently purchased rights, locks and keys from him. We are very grateful to Agonarius for taking the time and effort to set up this Guild Hall for us, showing us what is possible and then allowing us to learn for ourselves what is possible when a group of people actually.... Dream.

2. As stated above, Agonarius and the guild managed to unearth the Crypt shortly after doing some experimentation on the South Sanctuary. Details of this is learned during the entry process into the Guild, or to anyone who just wishes to know in general.

3. The Guild has been reorganized. New keys have been made and secured. We are currently working to repair the destruction and/or building of the Corrupted Portals in Threshold and the damage done to one of our own locks.

4. More.... to be known upon entry into the Guild.


So how do I get into the Guild?

Another excellent question! Curiosity. Inquisitiveness. The Kabal have members belonging to other Houses & the FreeSpirits. The thing about the Kabal is ... you may not know you are a candidate, but you may have shown some exceptional qualities that would fit the Guild's standard and not even know it. All members will not hold keys as it just isn't practical or warranted, tho ALL members will be granted access to the Guild Hall.

To join? Ask. Inquire. We do have some rules about theft & destruction of the Hall's property, but these are about the same as the rules for the Houses and other Guild Halls.


In conclusion

The Kabal isn't an offshoot of the Redeemers (that is the new stronghold at the end of Edgeward Barrows). The Guild is much older than that. Think of the Kabal Guild as a sandbox. The area has been squared off, materials & information has been placed inside and all that is needed now is a few people who wish to do more in the City of Dreams than fight over land, trinkets, bobbles, and such, and actually Dream and DO something within the City for the advancement, enjoyment and amazement of others.

Interested? I do hope so. We are in the midst of a Chaos Eclipse which just might destroy the City if we don't think... THEN act appropriately. The one I went through was devastating. But it taught me something: if people can set aside their differences and join for a common cause, great expansions are indeed possible within the City of Dreams.


Seek...

*Battle of Lost Caves - There have been two posts with the two opposing histories of this plane. They can be located within these Archives. Lost Caves History, Part 1 and Part 2

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The Screchethan Kabal - Journal Entry #7

Postby -Lacie- » Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:21 pm

The meeting set for this past Sunday was well attended and productive. Set up as an informative venue for the City, with tours included of the inside of the Guild Hall, many attended and had many of their questions answered. I was especially pleased to see the City Guard as well as Eldryck Venym in attendance. Letting the other groups and houses of the City know more about the Kabal was the intention of this gathering.

For those unable to attend, I will provide a small summary of the goings on:

The meeting began in North Sanctuary with me giving some details of the history and nature of the Screchethan Kabal, as well as where to find more information in the Archives. I tried to keep it informal and allow for questions, and several asked very good questions, which clarified things for others.

Eventually, someone asked about tours inside the Guild. Those who know me, know what a private person I am. But, this isn't about me, and I pushed that nature aside, and took two small groups on a tour of the inside of the Guild Hall. The "tourists" were allowed to look around, examine talismen and ask further questions. The two groups were very respectful and polite and seemed to have their curiosity satisfied.

As a result of the meeting and tours, I believe we may have two more dreamers who are interested in joining the Guild, which is a pleasant bonus. After the tours were over and I was in the process of cleaning up, we were visited by the Caretakers, who also received a tour. Frank brought his Apprentice, Seeri, with him. She is an interesting lady who I hope more of the City gets to meet.

We have several projects going on within the Guild, which have progressed nicely recently. Future journal entries will provide what public information would be deemed appropriate for general consumption.

If anyone missed the meeting and tours and would like such, I am usually in the Lost Caves and the North Sanctuary is a good place to go to find me. Otherwise, please seek me out in the City.

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Re: The Srechethan Kabal - Journal

Postby -Lacie- » Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:41 pm

You have entered Lost Caves

>She runs her fingers along the edges of the silvery, metalic stand, curving along the sides of the hematite basin on top. Her senses fill with the scents of the candles; her mind fills with possibilities; a slight smile crosses her lips.

>She turns towards the Cache and enters quietly, leaning over and checking on the condition of the sapling, nodding approvingly at its health and height.

>She returns to the Crypt, sitting down on one of the higher steps and removes her journal from her pack, opening it to a fresh page, pausing to look around the room again.


Journal Entry #8 - The work begins.

Current projects will have to be put on hold for now; the Chaos Eclipse strengthens with each new dream and we have important work to do. The City needs us, that much is evident. Time will tell how the efforts will be appreciated.

Two pressing goals befall us; one that can only be done in the City, and one must which stay within the confines of these secured walls. I will need my materials and my instruments, but that won't be a problem. The other members are ready for this. Others will want to help; that should be allowed as well.

>She mutters thinking of how Ra'as feels his diety is the only one who can get anything done in this City.

Purity will be kept, in small, intense quantities, within the room of positive energy. In here tho...

The other room contains the Positive Energy. Nothing extra in here. Too many things could go terribly wrong in here.

>She looks to the ceiling, making sure the huge pyre isn't charring the top of the cavern, then nods as she returns to her journal entry.

The other room contains the Positive Energy. This room now permeates with Negative Energy. Since the pyre has been set and heating the Crucible, the Air hangs heavy with it. I could sit and bask in the energy all day, but that only helps me.

The first hurdle I see would be getting the repaired Generators working. With the addition of cyclical energy, anything placed within the Basin in the middle will receive the benefit of both types of energy.

I would say using Chakrams would be the fastest way to get the Generators sparked into life, but that may be quite dangerous. Fast might be better tho; time is so short and there is so much we must do.

>She licks her bottom lip slowly, thinking to herself, "Ye only dream... twice." and grins, shaking her head.

Once the Generators are shocked into working order, I will need a strong Soulie here to douse the process in waves of Water.

>She nods to herself, considering the right Soulie for that job.

This must be attempted before the City Guard attempts their assault upon the Mount. If we can get the Generators to supply the Basin with Energy, their efforts will be rightly timed and more successful.
>She draws a crude sketch of the Generators, each suppling the Basin a single thread of energy and forming a triad. She circles the drawing a few times.

The other project is something the Kabal excels at and will be a much easier task. My ... Other will be able to aid considerably in that project.

The search will begin immediately and it will most likely take little time to discern the location of the Ancient Sanctuary.

>She makes a note to craft a couple of Divining Rods in the margin of the journal entry and snaps the Journal closed.
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Re: The Srechethan Kabal - Journal

Postby -Lacie- » Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:52 am

Journal Entry #9 - The Flaming Crucible

The Crucible's sides have an erubescent glow about them. It was ready.

The Chao Processor would be needed, of course, and the prototype of the Collector that I was able to cobble together. Should be close. Should be...

She nods a few times as she writes, biting on one fingernail idly

I left the Circle intact, hoping to attract the proper amount of energy from the Opposite. A day... two at most should produce a result.

She stops to fashion a banner, warning the others of possible sparks, flying debris & explosions.

Results take time, we have very little....

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Re: The Srechethan Kabal - Journal

Postby -Lacie- » Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:35 am

Journal Entry #10 - fin

Betrayal. Rubble everywhere. I should just close it down and let them have this... too. Maybe it was never to be in the first place, or not needed here in this City. Maybe the next one will...

She picks up the Thank You note off the ledge, noticing the distinct markings and coloring, just shaking her head.

I see no reason to hold the Guild open any longer. It is not wanted in this City, so it will not be. I will be in the Ossuary, should the need arise to speak. Otherwise... Guild disbanned, Hall closed... until further notice.

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Re: The Srechethan Kabal - Journal XII

Postby -Lacie- » Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:10 pm

She reads over the last entry in the journal a few times before pulling the quill from her hair.
A few taps of the stiff quilled feathers reminding her of her mood. She begins another entry, the tears it from the journal, turning to a fresh page


NOTE: Journal Entry XXI destroyed in raging pyre

Entry XII:
Note to Self: This isn't about me.

The Guildmates were, of course, furious, but not at the vandals. They were furious with my decision. Once again,
the Teacher learns.... or tries to. But this is behind us. We move forward.

The South Sanctuary project WILL proceed on time and on schedule. You know where I am; meet when you can.
Material storage... not an issue. See me for a list of what we need.

~Lacie~

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