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Maximillian Juliand

An infamous psychiatrist and detective.

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a character in “Groundward”, as played by HLP210

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Maximillian Juliand, as he is commonly known, in infamous for solving many psychological mysteries, and delving into the minds of the world's most deranged psychopaths. He is an average-sized man, dressed heavily (yet rather nicely). Despite his heavy style of dress, many are surprised at how agile he is. He secretly wields many light weapons, guns, knives, and even some gadgets that an old friend of his built for him. He is quite notorious, too notorious, in fact. Some people want him dead, some want the centuries to follow to see him alive.

So begins...

Maximillian Juliand's Story

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Maximillian: Brought here? Sir Holly I saw the poster that promised a fine reward!

Sir Holly: Well, yes, that too- you knew my name, eyeeh...?

Maximillian: Maximillian Harvard Juliand, but please, call me Max! And I do my homework, you see, especially when there's a cash price involved!

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Sir Holly: Well. As you OTHERS should be aware... you're being sent on a suicide mission. We need to know what's at the bottom of this hole, here. It goes down for miles, and the furthest known structure is a dwarven outpost... after that, the communication lines get stripped, and we lose all contact.

Maximillian: Wait, wait, wait a minute... a suicide mission?

Sir Holly: Yes.

Maximillian: ... Then why in Gale's name did you offer a cash prize?!

Sir Holly: Simple. Whoever comes out alive gets the prize.

Maximillian: Bu- *pinches the bridge of his nose* Okay, you just said it's a SUICIDE mission.

Sir Holly: Yes?

Maximillian: That means NONE OF US are going to survive!

Sir Holly: Yes. But on the odd chance that you do, the money is yours!

Maximillian: ... A suicide mission implies that NOBODY is going to come back alive, good sir. If there's a chance of survival, then it's NOT a SUICIDE MISSION, it's just a BLOODY DANGEROUS ONE.

Sir Holly: But you're going to die on it, it's inevitable!

Maximillian: ... So there's no prize?

Sir Holly: There is, if you survive!

Maximillian: BUT- GRRR! *throws his hat down and walks away mumbling angrily*

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Sir Holly: What the girl said!

Maximillian: Look Holly, I've come all the way from a project in Miscere just to be here, and I do NOT intend for my talents to go unpaid!

Sir Holly: Well tell me that when your disembodied head rolls out of the cave, and i'll pay you al the money in Borrus!

Fimdk: That's reassuring!

Sir Holly: Hush Fimdk.

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Maximillian: I refuse to go in without payment.

Sir Holly: Grr, fine! Fimdk!

Fimdk: AYE. *leaves to go get Max's payment*

Sir Holly: *sigh* Well, on normal circumstances you COULD have been in there already, but noo, you had to have your bits! *sigh* This is going to take a bit, why don't you go get to know your fellow compatriots, yes?

Max raises an eyebrow, and looks at something in the distance, then returns his eyes to Holly.

Maximillian: Good idea.

Maximillian walks towards the tree, confronting Hasa and Grinya. He crossed his arms, and twitched his lip, making his moustache scuffle.

Maximillian: Maximillian Juliand, world renowned psychiatrist and private detective. Just call me Max. And you two might be?

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Max grins, as a woman is in his presence. In a gentlemanly manner, he takes Hasa's hand.

Maximillian: Well, it is quite the honor to meet you, Ms. Hasa.

Max kisses the top of her hand, and releases it.

Maximillian: Or, is it, MRS. Hasa?

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Max grinned, and put his hands back in his pockets, and looked up at Grinya.

Maximillian: ... Hey. Boy. Down here.

Meanwhile in the background, Fimdk drags a massive chest of gold, larger than him, behind him. Sir Holly tries to remain in uniform.

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Maximillian: I'm Max. Who are you?

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Maximillian: ... And the mutt?

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Maximillian: Oh. Well nice to meet you and Belle.

Sir Holly: Alright, Max, we have your money!

Holly lays his hand out, gesturing to the chest of gold. Maximillian grins and leans in, expecting some of the coins, even holding one up so that the sun reflects off it, ensuring that it is genuine gold. A small mechanical device comes out from under his hat, works it's way through his chestnut-colored hair, and lowers a lens over his eye. The lens zooms around and examines the coins, and then retracts into Max's head. Max shuts the chest and stands up.

Maximillian: Sir Holly, you've got yourself a worker. Just tell me what to do, and consider it done.

Sir Holly sighs in releif.

Sir Holly: Just head in there, get as far as you can downward, and then report back. It's as simple as that.

Maximillian: Alright! You ready, ladies and gentlemen? *looks at Hasa* ... and ladies?

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Sir Holly: Alright! You know the drill, get down as far as you can, and report back what you discover! Good luck, ladies and gentlemen, the fate of our land might fall in your hands...

Max takes a triumphant stride, and heads into the cove that shrinks into the hole where the cave begins.

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So, the group headed into the depths... Gods know what would await them. But at least one of them would have to wonder, if the bravest and the finest had been sent down here before and never come out, what made them so special? Chances were incredibly high, that the sunset that followed the group in, would be the last sunset, let alone sun, they would ever see.
The group went deeper, and deeper, to the point where soon enough, the sun's influence left. The winding tunnels of rock just seemed to go on forever. In fact, they were so deep and ellaborate, Max had begun to think to himself... but that's a different story. Because right now, the group finally began to pick up traces of what had most likely been the previous group. Bootprints, and drag-marks. Max bent down to investigate these, but struggled to do so, as the tunnels were dark. Max reached into his pocket to find some matches, but all he found was an empty matchbox.

Maximillian: Drat.

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Max snatched the container from Grinya, and examined it. His monocle examination apparatus lowered down from his hat as he further inspected it. Max observed every single intricate detail of it, detailing every nook, cranny, lever, and soforth. Then, he stood up, and faced Grinya with the utmost etiquette and uniform.

Maximillian: ... How do I use it?

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Max felt ballsy, so he put his hand near the container as it sparked, lighting his glove on fire. He held his hand over the clues as to what went on down here, completely oblivious to the fact that his hand was on fire.

Bootprints, deep, heavy, someone weighed a lot to have bootprints these big and deep. Drag marks, they aren't wide, they don't seem to change form. There's two of them, parallel, somebody was dragging a cart behind them. Other bootprints. Somebody lighter, foot shape suggests feminine.

Max then looked up at the wall, and saw scratch marks, and then looked back at his work.

Scratch marks. Not of any animal, they end in geometrical shapes. A tool of some sort was hitting the wall rapidly. A rotor, perhaps. Bootprints around here start to get ditzy. The rotor blades aren't that high off the ground.

Max got up and turned to the group, his glove still burning at full blaze. Max didn't seem to care, even though the flames could be seen licking away at the fabric, all the threads splitting and coming loose.

Maximillian: There's a lot of footprints, but this set under us are the freshest. The group was somebody big and heavy, a woman, judging by her weight I would say she's about average height, and slender as all hell-

Max looked up at Hasa, and twerked his brow.

Maximillian: But not as slender as you, beautiful.

Max looked back down at his work.

Maximillian: -and there was a dwarf, and a clumsy one in that. They were probably messing around with some contraption, stuttered around, and made those scratch marks with it.

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Under the Surface

Maximillian: Other than that, no... I would say, that if we found the group that last went in, however, they could make lethal assets..!

On the Surface

There is a convoy of soldiers transporting prisoners on land. The soldiers are dressed in green, bear body armor, and sport fancy multi-shot rifles, as well as long sabres. One of them, the captain, sports a thick beard, and an even thicker magnum. One of the soldiers jumps, his helmet sliding around on his bowl-cut. He clutches his rifle and turns around.

Soldier: ... Did you hear that?

Soldier 2: Hear what?

Soldier: Something in the trees!

Soldier 2: ... It was nothing.

Soldier: I'm telling you, there's something over there!

Captain: Calm down, lieutenant.

Soldier: Captain Wilkes, you have to believe me!

Captain: ...

The Captain leans over to the soldier's older partner (Soldier 2).

Captain: They're never the same after they've killed a man for the first time. Just let his paranoia run it's course, he'll see when we make it to Ironbridge that there was never any threat in the first place.

Soldier 2: Y... yes, Captain.

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Max sprung up in exaggeration, pointing a finger towards the non-existent sky.

Maximillian: OF COURSE! Come, monkeys!

Max begins to stroll down the tunnel, but suddenly stops, shocked.

Maximillian: NOBODY MOVE! *holds a hand up*

To Grinya and Hasa, Max could never look more terrified. Something was happening...

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Maximillian: I said, nobody move!

Hasa, being that close to Max's face, could tell he was being serious this time. Max knew something neither Hasa nor Grinya knew. Max looked a tad bit irritated at Grinya, not appearing to take this seriously. Max looked forward, into the cave, his irregular heartbeat made his whole body tremble, easily able to be seen by Hasa.

Maximillian: There's somebody down there. Somebody alive. Can you hear it?

The sound is quiet... water dropping. Drip, drip, drip, echo, echo, echo. The sound of something snarling in the dark, something almost human. The sound of metal slicing flesh, a more violent (yet still quiet) growl, the sound of flesh tearing, something chewing obnoxiously, and then moving on. It's footsteps sounded flat, as if they were walking on cushions. It became louder, but not quickly. The sound grew, slowly and quietly, taking it's time...

Maximillian reaches into his coat pocket and pulls out a custom crafted revolver, flipping a switch, turning on a mechanical firing mechanism, and pointed it into the dark.

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The footsteps become louder, until they finally stop... Max leans back towards Hasa and Grinya and whispers to them.

Maximillian: Whatever it is, it can see us. It's deciding on if it should attack or not. *turns the barrel on the revolver*

Something sniffs the air in the dark... then it's footsteps become rapid!

Maximillian: It's comi-!

A goblin runs out of the darkness, it's face smeared with blood, and it's skin yellowing and peeling in some areas. It swings a rusty metal meat knife life a maniac, not even seeming to aim. Max attempts to shoot it, but it's moving so sporadically that the bullet flies into the dark cave. It does manage to cut Maximillian's pant leg, and leave behind a small cut before stabbing wildly at Hasa, cutting her down the leg, before finally charging at Grinya.

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The goblin suddenly stops as a the sound of something discharging echoes throughout the whole cave. The goblin's dead body slams into the ground, the hole in the back of it's head letting out a thin, burning steam as blood begins to pour out. Maximillian stands behind it, gun still smoking, face expressionless. He looks hollow at first, but then, as he comes to his senses, the arrogant persona of Maximillian Harvard Juliand returns to life.

Maximillian: ... Cheeky little runt ruined my suit. *puts a hand on the rip*

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Max stared at Grinya aghast. He took a glance at Hasa, hoping she would share his reaction, then turned back, his jaw hanging open.

Maximillian: ... We could have just died, you know!

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Maximillian: Wha- bu- ha- what?

Max looked incredibly confused by Grinya's sudden change of vigor. But finally put a hand on his hip and pinched the bridge of his nose. Max walked over to Grinya and put a hand on his shoulder, turning him around.

Maximillian: Grinya, is it?

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Max thought about punching him, about giving him a solid crack across the jaw. But as he raised his hand, he quickly came conscious of his actions, and decided a simple slap would be better. And so, Max's palm connected with Grinya's cheek.

Maximillian: The hell, man!

Max bore a disgusted look on his face.

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Grinya felt a strong tug on his throat as Max grabbed him with his cane and pulled him back, putting them face-to-face, with Maximillian leaning over his face. He placed a finger on his nose, as if he was a mistress about to make blaring love to his body.

Maximillian: Hold up there big boy.

Max released Grinya from the choke-hold of his cane.

Maximillian: What the hell is wrong with you? Why are you even down here? Why did you bring your pup? This is no place for either of you!

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Maximillian: We could have just died, and you trot around like a boy, and then just walk it off like one of us just tripped!

Maximillian somehow was keeping his composure, not breaking a single sweat.

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Maximillian: ... I think you should go back up.

Max said it in such a way, it was as if he lacked a personality.

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Maximillian: Fine. But when you and the pup get threatened, that's your own fault.

Max proceeded deeper into the dark, taking out a lighter and lighting a dislodged piece of wood, clearing the darkness away.

--Later--

The group arrives in a large area, they can tell this because the sound of their footsteps begin to echo and reverberate. This area here is huge, and yet only a bit of it can be seen with Max's makeshift torch. Within their field of view, scrapes and boot marks could be seen across the floor. There's also a disarmed crossbow, and the imprint of a body in the dust.

Maximillian: It looks like someone had a tango here.