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Jiangu! Chapter 6:26 Cathedral Square

Fugen, Gizerak, and Nimdor scan the buildings along the highway, across the open area from the Cathedral. None of them detect any signs of recent occupation or disturbance.



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With no signs of recent activity in the area, Fugen spurs Fig forward at a canter to the doors of the Cathedral, trying to cover the open ground quickly, but not with undue haste. Once he reaches the door, he wheels Fig around to look back across the square to see if his action brought anything or anyone that might have been hiding out to where they might be seen.
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Termix rides behind Fugen, keeping up as best he can.
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6:27 The Cathedral Door

Jiangu! Chapter 6:27 The Cathedral Door

There is no movement of any kind within the cathedral square. The silence is eerie to Fugen. The last time he passed this way, the square was crowded and noisy. From this vantage point Fugen has an aerial view of Ichiba, miles away.

The front door into the cathedral complex is ajar, as Termix and Kierna left it when they departed the cathedral in haste over a month earlier.

The heroes conduct a careful and thorough reconnaisance of the cathedral. The outer gallery is filled with decomposing bodies that have been dismembered. These are the remains of the undead that were slain by Termix, Kierna, and the original henchmen when the rescued those taking refuge in the cathedral. Little seems to have changed since then, other than the accumulation of dust and further decomposition of the bodies. There is one noticable change: Two relatively new dead bodies lie at the door into the narthex. They have been dead for a few weeks, which means they died after the rescue of the refugees. They are dressed as civilians and were carrying light weapons: an axe and a mace. Both seem to have been blasted to death by powerful energy.

The interior of the Cathedral is still awe-inspiring, though its glory has been diminished by the effects of several days in which it was a prison for the refugees followed by a summer of neglect.




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"Well.... Kierna... this place looks almost exactly the same."
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6:28 Time Passes

Jiangu! Chapter 6:28 Time Passes

Perhaps because they are tired from their journey up the steep mountain road, the heroes do little for the next several hours after exploring the Cathedral. It is now midafternoon.
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"Well, shall we pick a place to set up our headquarters?"
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"I think one of the chapels off the Nave would be good. Toward the back, where we'll hear and be able to see any visitors before they see us, and anyone taking a cursory look in won't notice our gear or our presence."
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Kierna nods to Termix' comment. "It does," she whispers, "apart from those two."

She gestures towards the two newer corpses.

"What do you think did that, a trap on the door perhaps? I think we should try and find out before we make ourselves too comfortable."
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"Allow me, then."

Nimdor steps up and searches for traps at any room the group wishes to enter.
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Turning his attention to the two newer bodies, Gizerak inspects them for any sign as to who they were.
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Keeping an eye directed outwards while the others inspect the cathedral, Fugen makes sure to ask Gizerak if the cathedral's sanctification spells are still in tact.
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Jiangu! Chapter 6:29 Magical Auras

Gizerak says a prayer to detect magic, and can see two strong magical auras. One is centered in the middle of the cathedral in a 40 foot radius. The other fills the sanctuary, nave, and narthex: in other words, the entire area within the main building of the cathedral. It is at the threshold of this area where the two two fresh(er) bodies were found. Gizerak cannot identify the specific spells. Termix and Kierna recall from their previous adventure here that Golock told them the Cathedral was protected by spells of hallowing and forbiddance.

Nimdor does not detect any traps in the cathedral. Gizerak does not find anything on the bodies to identify them.




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Thinking over Termix and Kierna's memory of what the spells were supposed to be, Gizerak comes up with a hypothesis which he relays to the others.

"Based on my knowledge of those spells, I believe that the cathedral is still protected. I do not know of anyone who would still be in this haunted province who is still pure of heart."

Pointing to the two bodies, he continues on.

"They look to not have been dead as long as the other bodies, and since they are likely evil at heart like the rest of those who survive in this province, the forbidance spell likely caused them physical harm, enough so to kill them."

"I think that this would be a good place to act as our base of operations while we work at getting into the palace and freeing the emperor."

With his explanation done, Gizerak finishes searching the two new bodies for valuables that may help them in their quest, and strides towards area of the forbidance spell, hoping that he was right.

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Wrinkling his brow at Nimdor's comment about not being "pure of heart" Fugen signs to ask Gizerak how specific the spell's definition is and whether the party members might be vulnerable to the spell's effect.
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The cathedral having been searched Flarrgj looks around to the others. "It apears that it will serve. Shall we move on to the real mission?"
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"Not yet." Nimdor stands, smirking, and shaking his finger.

"You see, we need to set this place up. It's a standard procedure in an infiltration: make sure your base is ready for anything, before you proceed. You never know, if we need to fall back here, it would be terrible if we're not ready to. At the least, make sure we all have the location of every room memorized."
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6:30 No Ill Effects

Jiangu! Chapter 6:30 No Ill Effects

The Church of the Celestial Pantheon is the official faith of the empire, so Gizerak is quite familiar with it even if he isn't a member. "The aura of forbiddance will only harm someone who is evil" he answers. All of the heroes enter the area of forbiddance as they explore the cathedral, with no ill effects.
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After explaining away the fears of the others, Gizerak asks Nimdor to see if he can't find some hidden passageway that may lead directly from the cathedral to the palace. It would figure that the political heart of the Empire would somehow be connected to the religious heart of the Empire, especially with the two being so close geographically.
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6:31 Night in the Cathedral

Jiangu! Chapter 6:31 Night in the Cathedral

Nimdor and Kierna search the cathedral thoroughly. The spend the rest of the day examining cracks in the floor and possible triggers that might reveal such a secret passage. They do not find any secret exit. The shadows lengthen as dusk approaches. Eventually it is too dark for the humans to see.




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As much as he would like to get out his lamp to provide a light to see by, Fugen doesn't want to give such obvious evidence of their presence away to those who might see and thus contents himself with his poor night vision.

Unfortunately, this also limits any conversation he might have with the others and so Fugen finds himself doing very little besides sitting his turn at watch that night.
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"Alright, we aren't going to find anything else tonight. Time to break."
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