Council of Thieves

The Play Begins, from Zarias's POV (Bullet Points)

  • Reshan got the scar taken off by Arael.
  • When he got back, Rin tries to slam Reshan against the wall.
  • Rin held Harley’s sword to Reshan’s throat.
  • “What the FUCK did you do?” screamed Rin.
  • Nisha tried to stop the fight, putting a hand on each of their chests\
  • I positioned myself behind Reshan to back Rin up if needed.
  • “The scar was a sign of trust. You betrayed that trust when you threatened to burn my ticket if I didn’t give you a cut,” responded Reshan.
  • “You do that all the time, you twat,” I said.
  • Nisha succeeds in getting them to separate.
  • We learn that Thessing is playing the role of the Bailiff and Asmodeus.
  • Thessing walks up to Cinder and tells him he’ll make us all pay for what was done to him.
  • After he walks off, Nisha says that Rin and Reshan need to work out their problems so it doesn’t interfere with the play.
  • Nisha makes Rin and Reshan join her in the closet for a private conversation.
  • Naturally, Cinder and Harley are at the door evedropping.
  • Nisha asks Rin why he’s mad about Reshan getting the scar removed.
  • “I don’t tolerate dumbasses, and he’s clearly a moron,” said Rin.
  • “That’s your opinion. It doesn’t mean he is. And he has the right to remove it if he wants,” said Nisha.
  • Rin asks why she’s defending him, and Nisha denies that she is, although Reshan says that she was just to be annoying.
  • “Reshan, why did you get the scar removed? He can’t heal you from a distance, you realize that?” asked Nisha.
  • “He won’t heal me anyway, he said so,” said Reshan.
  • “That was emotion talking, wasn’t it? Nisha asked.
  • “Oh, no. I’m quite calm now. I won’t heal him,” said Rin.
  • They both storm out of the closet leaving Nisha there alone and upset.
  • After she exits the closet, Nisha finds me.
  • “Zarias, I feel that I should tell you about Aroden so that you can do a good job of portraying his follower on stage.”
  • I reluctantly agree.
  • She launches into a long history about Aroden, telling me about his many long histories.
  • She basically asks me to act like a disciple of Aroden on stage so that I can help to spread the light to the people.
    *I tell her the role calls for a bumbling idiot.
  • “I can do bumbling idiot, I don’t think I can do missionary.
  • In a rare moment of clarity, I can tell that Nisha is very disappointed and offended by my response.
  • “Oh, ok,” she says. “I’m going to go practice my lines now.” she walks away quickly.
  • “It’s because I don’t talk good!” I yelled after her.
  • She waves over her shoulder at me. “It’s fine.” It wasn’t.
  • I retreat into the closet to practice for a while.
  • Cinder talks to Melek to get a feel for his opinion of Liberty’s Blade.
  • Melek thinks we’re cool. He doesn’t like mean people like the Bastards of Erebus so he likes what we did. For that matter, he doesn’t like Thessing very much.
  • We get illusions as costumes. Melek is the one who makes them.
  • My costume looks like a bumbling old man with a missing tooth and a balding head.
  • I go to Nisha and say “See what I mean?”
  • She responds “It is actions that speak loudest.”
  • On the fifth day since we temporarily moved into the playhouse, we have a dress rehearsal.
  • Robahl warns us “The people are known for throwing things if you mess up, so don’t.”
  • The performance begins.
  • The crowd is really rowdy at first, but as we continue to perform they get more and more into the play.
  • By the end of the fourth act, there’s wild applause and someone yells “We love you Handerthaan!!” to Cinder.
  • When the play ends, the crowd goes totally wild, screaming and applauding. They throw money and roses at the stage.
  • Backstage, Robahld meets us. There are tears in his eyes. He clapped for us.
  • “By Calestria’s backside, that was amazing. I actually have faith in you guys. Do that again tomorrow and we’ll all be rich.”
    *The next day is the day of the play.
  • Robahld is really happy at first and tells us we’re the best crew he’s ever had.
  • He goes to talk to someone about the trials and comes back to us, looking haunted.
  • “You’re all going to be fine,” he tells us, clearly lying.
  • We get in position to begin the play.
  • When the curtains open, we can see that our whole rebel group is right there, dead center in the front row.
  • Cinder’s “girlfriend” is there with them.
  • Before the play starts, Rin casts Mage armor on him and me using my wand.
  • Thessing is looking nervous and closing his eyes as the Visbaronetess Delour Aulamaxa begins to sing.
  • The first act goes really really well.
  • The crowd cheers at the end of the first act.
  • The second act starts. Larazod is strapped shirtless to a torture table.
  • The rest of us are cuffed kneeling around him.
  • Drovalid comes out on stage. Nisha’s illusion makes her look like a shirtless guy with a bag over his head.
  • As Drovalid says his first line, he drags the whip over Larazod’s chest.
  • The whip, as it turns out, is enchanted to be a Vicious Whip, which damages the wielder and does more damage to the victim
  • Nisha can feel an outside presence forcing her to whip hard to torture us. She could try to resist it but doesn’t, feeling that a little blood will make it look more real.
  • The first time Drovalid tries to hit me, I dodge backwards at the last second, making it look as though the whip had hit me hard enough to knock me on my back when in reality it missed.
  • Another round of torture. As Nisha makes her rounds, I slip my bonds so I can be better prepared to dodge out of the way.
  • She still hits me but the blow isn’t too bad.
  • On the third round of torture, however, she really manages to nail me with that whip, doing some serious damage.
    Rin uses his hexes to heal me, Rin, and Nisha.
  • The second act ends.
  • Backstage, we heal up by drinking potions.
  • The third act starts.
  • In this act Drovalid joins our side and is to start going through the trials with us.
  • When Cinder delivers his lines saying to Drovalid to “Burn with him,” he lights his horns on fire.
  • The “flukes” we’re given as props are actually rotgrubs that burrow agonizingly through one’s skin and make their way to your brain to eat it.
  • We’re supposed to act as though we’re receiving orgasmic pleasure while really in horrid pain.
  • Harley’s character joins us for this section.
  • Tentacles reach out of the ground and grab her, crushing the life out of her.
  • The play says that the tentacles are supposed to be really pleasurable.
  • People begin applying their “flukes.”
  • The tentacles are doing serious damage to Harley, nearly killing her.
  • Rin tries to contact Arael through the scar he gave the man, but is unable to make contact.
  • After Larazod takes out his “fluke,” Harley is released by the large tentacles and dropped to the floor, where smaller tentacles that don’t harm her grab her.
  • Rin uses a hex of illusion to make it look like his “fluke” crawls all the way up to his neck.
  • He is supposed to do an impression of someone and their three wives, so he humps the air excitedly.
  • I whisper through the scar that I have telling Rin to tell Cinder to use his illusion powers on me so I don’t have to put the rotgrub in me.
  • Cinder is able to successfully create the illusion.
  • I spear the bug on my flensing knife and throw it to the ground, Cinder’s illusion helping to make it look real.
  • During the intermission, Arael makes his way backstage to heal people.
  • Since we’ve been friendly to Melek, he allows Arael to come backstage.
  • Arael heals Harley, Reshan, and Nisha, who had taken the most damage.
  • We begin the fourth act.
  • As we say our lines, a massive metal contraption that looks like a monstrous beast is rolled out on stage. It has acid in its belly.
    *End of session

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