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Castle Vankoryth Entrance Hall

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a part of The Multiverse, by Remæus.

You have officially entered the castle. The ceilings are high, and grand mahogany doors grace every wall, leading to other presumable grand rooms. Gargoyles silently scream down on all who enter, daring them to vandalize the place, and a wide spiraling stair case goes both up and down. Large tapestries inlaid with gold hang from the farthest walls, and large vases housing dead roses sit in each corner.

Nevan holds sovereignty over Castle Vankoryth Entrance Hall, giving them the ability to make limited changes.

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You have officially entered the castle. The ceilings are high, and grand mahogany doors grace every wall, leading to other presumably grand rooms. Gargoyles silently scream down on all who enter, daring them to vandalize the place, and a wide spiraling stair case goes both up and down. Large tapestries inlaid with gold hang from the farthest walls, and large vases housing dead roses sit in each corner as you progress.

Do not underestimate the size of the entrance hall, as even Mortuus the undead Dragon was able to lay within its confines and partake in various activities.



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Manik Chakor

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A Pischacha and one of Castle Vankoryth's errand boys. He's the go-to vampire if you need to find someone.
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Castle Vankoryth Entrance Hall

You have officially entered the castle. The ceilings are high, and grand mahogany doors grace every wall, leading to other presumable grand rooms. Gargoyles silently scream down on all who enter, daring them to vandalize the place, and a wide spiraling stair case goes both up and down. Large tapestries inlaid with gold hang from the farthest walls, and large vases housing dead roses sit in each corner.

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Castle Vankoryth Entrance Hall is a part of Castle Vankoryth.

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Mr Niac [12] A businessman with ancient looking eyes.
Manik Chakor [11] A young looking pischacha who roams the halls of Castle Vankoryth, running errands for the Vankoryth Detente and lingering about.
Valentine Taikuus [9] A young mage who may be a little to confident in his abilities.
Risika Neferet [8] A Mercenary: Hire at your own Risk
Charles LeMarr [5] Vampire born of spite.

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Character Portrait: Ulrich Paternosta Character Portrait: Casper Harpert
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"Aligned and hanging by a thin thread. But I need something to do on the weekends." Casper retorted, purple rimmed irises flickering up to meet Ulrich's. A slight sneer appeared on his face; an ever-so-small distaste for the yellow-threaded vampire that had come from the shadows beneath the stairs.

"I asked around. I guess he's rabble-rousing, if we were in the twenties and you were a flapper." he said, turning on a heel. "We're going to a bar. Uh... Gambit's. Sound good?"

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Character Portrait: Ulrich Paternosta Character Portrait: Casper Harpert
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"Thin thread, eh?" He raised a brow, "Perks ain't enough for you, kid? Free cars, free castle, free neck?" Ulrich returned the sneer.

"Hah!" His loud laugh rang once as a guard rushed back inside, "Figures he'd be there. S'wonder I haven't run into the lout yet. Alright, shall we?" Ulrich began marching after the guard, outside to where a Descorp hover SUV waited, shining purple on the ground.

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Character Portrait: Alexander (Alex)
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Alex looked around outside before going inside, stopping right at the front of the door, when he noticed this strange thing he did not expect there. A newspaper. "What the fuck?" he wondered, picking it up. It was dated for tomorrow, but he did not notice this. He walked into the entrance hall. "I didn't even know we got the newspaper...".

However, when he opened it, and looked at the front page, he looked there, shocked. The headline read "Vankoryth Castle Attacked by Unknown Defenders of Humanity". Thats when he noticed the date. As he called a guard over, two grenade crashed through the window. He was not afraid, until he noticed what the grenades were. Normally, he would not worry about sunlight. He had found a very good adaptation to it. But these, these were Ultra UV Enhanced Sunlight Grenades. They would fry pretty much any vampire, reguardless if they had a weakness to sun or not.

He quickly took cover as they went off, killing a few guards. That's when a few guards came in through the front door. Alex was about to tell them to get ready for an assault, except then, they attacked them. That's impossible. They...they are vampires, I can tell...but...if I focus...something is off... Whoever these people were, they were somehow able to mask themselves as Vampires. He quickly took a sword and stabbed one of them, and sure enough, he bled like a human. He began fighting them off with the other guards that were coming in hearing the noise, but they also had people coming in, armed with crossbows and swords, but they were all very advanced. Alex yelled at the top of the lungs "WE ARE UNDER ATTACK!".

In truth, it was not an actual Assault, just a well trained and well equipped strike team. He soon found himself dueling someone with equal skill as his own. And he had over 100 years of practice.

But, he couldn't get over this one disturbing bit about them. They could mask themselves as vampires. How?

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The grenade blast woke the sleeping beast, entangled as she was in the sheets of the bed in the grandiose room. She slid to her feet and searched for something to pull on before shaking her head. “Ughhh, fuck it. If there really is an attack, it's best to go in naked-”

The beast slithered her way free from the shell and left it slumped on the floor alongside the dress. She shook herself off, feeling like a butterfly free of the cocoon, but she was much uglier. She cast a toothy grin at Zosimos, as a fresh reminder that THIS was the creature he bedded, not just a simple human. Not that it mattered, her shell was plenty convincing where it mattered, and he knew what he was dealing with.

It wasn't a minute before one of the attackers found themselves with those vicious red teeth around the top of their skull before it was crunched off. The downside to being a convincing Vampire meant that the humans were open to the dhampir's attack, and she was much in the mood for breakfast as she crunched and engulfed fragments of skull before spitting at another.
Welcome to the Castle, motherfuckers!
Watch out for the attack dhampir.

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Character Portrait: Timo Character Portrait: General Yves Beauregard Character Portrait: Athena Ivanova Character Portrait: Dracul Protective Front Character Portrait: Alexander (Alex)
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#, as written by Rulke
Athena and Yves rushed into the fray with a detachment of well trained soldiers. She smirked at their feeble attempts. The nanites they had injected with by Descorp were keeping the effects of said grenades happening. In truth this group seemed more like a rabble, not at all prepared. The French vampire meanwhile pulled out his rapier in one hand and Desert Eagle in the other, not caring whom they killed as he parried and made swift work on the pathetic denizens who had thought to attack this place.

Meanwhile Athena, had pulled out her custom made rifle and was gunning them down intensely, focusing her fire on the ones nearest. This was laughable, they had attacked heavily defended area. Something did not sit right with this woman, here they being incredibly dull-witted and sending a small force to be massacred. Still she fired her rifle and took care of many as she could, but after third reload she could not ignore this, "It's a distraction." she yelled out, "They are trying to distract us, clean out the rest of them, I need twelve men and Alex to follow me outside, I have a feeling I know what they're after!"

Yves saluted and tore apart one of the untrained rabble, finally hulking out, his muscle mass growing and strength reaching terrifying heights as he literally smashed apart one of the men's head with a mere punch.

As this went on Athena, gathered Alex and her twelve soldiers and whispered, "No one sane would attack us with this small a force, it's a distraction."

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Character Portrait: Timo Character Portrait: The Harlequin Character Portrait: General Yves Beauregard Character Portrait: Athena Ivanova Character Portrait: Dracul Protective Front Character Portrait: Alexander (Alex)
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#, as written by Nevan
Castle Vankoryth was not just home to bloodless flesh. It was home to stone, to ancient magics and scriptures that bound material together to create new, living golems. Those golems were gargoyles, who lined some hallways, who perched atop the castle walls and besides balconies; who watched everything and everyone.

And some of them... Were alive.

And so, when the attacking strike-team began to cause a commotion, the stone-monsters woke and descended upon the invaders in a glorious, yet horrific spectacle of tearing meat from bone and ending the lives of undead. They could not have expected them, they could not have been prepared and they could simply not defend against the overwhelming power that the stone had to offer.

They stole much of the glory that morning, and when the attack ended almost as soon as it had begun, the Gargoyles returned to their posts and ceased moving. Someone would have to clean them, though.

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Character Portrait: Timo Character Portrait: The Harlequin Character Portrait: General Yves Beauregard Character Portrait: Athena Ivanova Character Portrait: Dracul Protective Front Character Portrait: Alexander (Alex)
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Timo had not at all been expecting reinforcements when she'd descended, and the strange, canid-like dhampir leapt out of the way of one of the stone gargoyles to avoid being smeared across the floor. Where the stone beasts were slow, she was quick, lightning fast with barely any mass to weigh her down. She picked off a few that the gargoyles missed, but when she settled in to finally devour her prey, she noticed that the taste was....familiar, yes, but off.

She spat it out immediately and cringed, praying that word wouldn't trickle back to the authorities that she'd been killing humans again. It was their fault for being so convincing. But as she watched the pieces that did not regenerate start to populate the grounds outside and the entrance hall, her metaphorical heart sank to the pit of her equally as metaphorical stomach.
But what could she do? They attacked first!

She moved outside with Athena's direction, only barely addressing her and Yves. They probably didn't know that the dhampir was spending the night in the castle, so it was likely a very unpleasant surprise. Timo seemed more concerned with protecting the Detente HQ than intimidating the two of them, which she surely would have tried if the situation was less hectic.
“Humans though....” she muttered. “I thought we were supposed to be protecting them, not slaughtering them...”

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Character Portrait: Timo Character Portrait: The Harlequin Character Portrait: General Yves Beauregard Character Portrait: Athena Ivanova Character Portrait: Dracul Protective Front Character Portrait: Alexander (Alex)
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Alex was stabbed before the Gargoyles came in, but after Athena did. His eyes began to turn blue, but he tried to contain it. He seemed to be changing, and then, he just rushed past Athena like lightning, ripping into one person and drinking his blood, healing himself. But, whatever that was, his eyes turning blue, that was not natural.

After the soldiers, Gargoyles, and such was over, he looked at Athena with anger and worry. "How...HOW...these are humans! Not Vampires! I have known people to try feeble things like this, but NONE of them were as effective as this! None of them! I couldn't tell until they attacked us themselves!"

"Do you know what this means? We could be looking at a large scale infiltration! We...have a problem".

He took some deep breaths, and then sat down, and said "So...which one of us is going to tell Casren? My dad will not be happy when he hears this..."

That's when he looked down at one of the bodies, probably the commander, and saw something on his ring finger. He took the ring off, and looked at it. "It....it's connected...". He showed Athena. "This Ring.....I have seen this before. The man who stabbed me used a knife with this same design...". The Ring had a Silver Wolf Head, with Ruby eyes.

"We need to find out what they were a distraction for? Why would...where do we keep our important documents? If they could disguise themselves, who else was here? We need to check this entire place for anything stolen!"

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Character Portrait: Daemala Tauvyr
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Even the dead roses had long lost their petals.

Though the interior of the castle wasn't dirty, it wasn't anything to write home about The staff had been drastically reduced, the candles burned at half what they once did. It barely smelled of blood. Daemala's footsteps echoed, an impressive feat of itself as she rarely made a sound.

There were no carpets, one might notice, no throw rugs or runners. The stairs had chips, and there were scorch marks high up the walls. No tapestries hung, in fact there was no fabric at all. Daemala didn't even look at the stairs, pausing in the center of the room to allow the rest the time to absorb it.

"Glory days long past," She noted aloud, "Still, home."

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Character Portrait: Daemala Tauvyr Character Portrait: Thoroark Eldren
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#, as written by duramon
"Most Intriguing" He began, taking a step into the hall with his fingers under his chin. "I see you have kept it well under such circumstance , I applaud your dedication madame." He clicked his fingers and the room was at once populated by men in cloaks, he cocked his head upwards and they obediently filled back out of the room in a much less ominous manner, leaving the original two behind and him with a grin, his fingers templed "I have sent my men for the finest decor I have garnered from my travels, worry not, we shall soon restore this place to its former glory, take it as a show of good faith." He offered, gliding step by step across the floor towards her without a sound and then bowed low with a smile.

"I offer you anything you may require to decorate this castle as you wish, as it should be. If it please you, then let us continue forward, I believe there is much more to see." He stood straight and stepped to her side, awaiting his guide to continue further in.

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Character Portrait: Daemala Tauvyr
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Daemala's eyes widened to moons at the word "finest" followed flagrantly by the word "decor". If she could have paled any further, she would have. It wasn't that the stranger had bad taste, or taste at all she thought flicking her eyes to follow the cloaks, it was just that it wasn't her taste. And even still, it wasn't that.

In truth, Daemala hadn't been past the first floor since...

She hadn't been in any rooms aside this hall and her own since...

"Good faith," Daemala repeated the words, snapping out of her horror and nodding curtly. "I'd put the best faith in the latest issue of DecoTerra, as well as whatever they're doing on the other side of the world."

She flashed a fanged smile and sauntered south towards the Room of Reason. She didn't want to think about how they were going to fill the empty of the Castle. There were more important matters to discuss.

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Character Portrait: Ulrich Paternosta Character Portrait: CPO. S-097 Jeff
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"Follow me," Ulrich called to his strange guest, heading out of the castle and towards Verinotte Hollow.

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Character Portrait: Daemala Tauvyr Character Portrait: Zosimos Character Portrait: Mr Niac
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#, as written by Rulke
Mr Niac was let into the entrance hall by the attendant. He had to admit he was impressed, it was an impressive castle that much was certain. Nonetheless, he had Business and could marvel later. He had Lessard families had all but died out except for a few loose heirs there was the need for a careful but strong hand in Lutetia to keep order. This is where the Detente came in, although no longer nearly as influential as they once were they still had stakes no pun intended. They controlled Verinotte Hollow a small village, but enough that Mr Niac considered worthy of his attention.

Thus, he would wait.

as for what he was offering no mere building but an entire Quarter of Lutetia known as Vargeras. A definite fixer upper but also the top location for nightlife and perfect for an enterprising group to stake their claim in.

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Character Portrait: Daemala Tauvyr Character Portrait: Zosimos Character Portrait: Mr Niac
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"Can I offer you something to drink?" Daemala descended the sweeping staircase, a carefully composed entrance meant to impress. She smiled, lips closed, and extended a cold hand for Mr. Niac to shake.

"Daemala Tauvyr, pleasure to meet you."

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Character Portrait: Daemala Tauvyr Character Portrait: Zosimos Character Portrait: Mr Niac
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#, as written by Rulke
Mr Niac would greatly appreciate the manners and nod approvingly as well as admiring the lady of the house, "Mr Niac, I understand it is formal, but I never give my first name for professional reasons."

He would follow to sit down at a nearby table before opening his case and presenting the information and deed, "I recently came into the knowledge of your tidy venture and noting how well Verinotte Hollow is run I opted to provide another opportunity. Lutetia is a city which needs love and shrewd minds to improve it. With your reputation, I was hoping to provide something worth your time. The Quarter is known as Vargeras and it is the leisure and ritzy side of Lutetia you would be well positioned to make substantial improvements and none of Lessard cares about leadership anymore which is not surprising since the family is splintered, but consider this a test if you run this well I will provide Lessard Estate for an extremely knocked down price." grinning he would reveal the details in the paperwork for the perusal of the lady of the castle.

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Daemala Tauvyr grinned. It was the type of grin which made skin crawl, and the viewer of such a grin may doubt whether they are in the right place at the right time. She gingerly took the deed, spreading the paperwork out in a fan. It took her moments to read over most of it, but she did have one question.

"There is a strong...wolf presence in this city, is there not?" Her smile faltered, but didn't fade.

"This all sounds marvelous..." Fixer Uppers were Daemala's favorite, as she could re-imagine them to her elegantly gaudy tastes.

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#, as written by Rulke
Mr Niac knew he had her but he needed to be careful with the price so he would first pull out a device for paying as well for signing the deed before speaking, "Of course relatively speaking something like this won't be cheap, but whereas most would ask for at least a hundred mil, I am willing to offer it instead for the exclusive price of 56 Million with the added incentive that though there is large werewolf presence, most are obedient hard-working members of society."

Knowing things were perfect he would continue, "Just sign the electronic pad and when you are next free I will take you there and show you around and if you wish for an extra 500,000 I could offer some of my own skilled labour to help make the place livable if you don't have anyone yourself. So, do we have a deal, Ms Tauvyr?"

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Daemala did some quick calculations. She would have to liquidate a portion of her personal coffers, but the price wasn’t at all unreasonable.

She reached for the electronic pad.

“Tell me more about some landmarks. What sort of establishments exist here? Any trouble tenants?”

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#, as written by Rulke
Mr Niac could understand their wish to know, but the information was in the documents, surely that was enough, "Well there is a Police Precinct, two Hospitals one specialised in treating Werewolves, a closed down bar, corner cafe, many bars and nightclubs among more. I don't know what else to tell you, Madame Tauvyr, the information I have not memorized outside of essential details and anything else in the paperwork." with that he opens his briefcase and pull out more documents and deposits it down on the table, "So, before you sign are you buying my workforce or will you handle the work with your own team?" evidently she was intrigued he just needed her to sign so he could move on.

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At the sound of nightlife, Daemala was in full stop. She grabbed the paperwork, withdrawing from her hair a sleek fountainquill. With a flourish, the deed was done.

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#, as written by Rulke
Mr Niac gave a sharp affirmative nod as he took up the paperwork, before digging out a ring of keys, "You are now the proud owner of a district in Lutetia. I have taken the initiative to build a Gate you can use to transport stuff. It is Technological, so you need to program in the destination but it would allow for your village to begin moving to the place if they wish to move to the City instead of Verinotte Hollow. You likely could reach out to others in Terra and exclaim you are providing a haven." grinning he would start to move away, "When you wish to see the location just phone number on my card here, and I shall be there to discuss further plans. I hope you enjoy your purchase."

Daemala Tauvyr has arrived, coming from Room of Reason.

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Character Portrait: Daemala Tauvyr Character Portrait: Mr Niac Character Portrait: Risika Neferet Character Portrait: Valentine Taikuus Character Portrait: Charles LeMarr
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 “ ”

Daemala Tauvyr has left the area, heading out into Castle Vankoryth.
Zosimos has arrived, coming from Room of Reason.