Rise of the Black DawnCharacters:
Act 1: The Tunnels
William Adolphe Homer
Balmourg: The Pink Corner
After months of travelling across Allaria surveying the situation with the Apostheoses, Genzo and Homer decide that the best course of action is to start a rebellion in the dwarven lands underneath central Allaria. They made their way to Balmourg two days prior and have since been preparing for their journey through the treacherous underground tunnels to the city of Urbanon, where they hear tensions are rising between its dwarven inhabitants and the apostheoses force keeping them under control. They hire Borus Clay as their guide and have a dangerous encounter with the Black Dawn gang on their way to the city.
---Scene 1: The Pink Corner ------------------------------------------------------------------
Storm clouds loomed in the sky above the capital city of the dwarven race, Balmourg, signs of the storm that was soon to come. Many might think, upon first seeing Balmourg, that it could not take rainfall of any amount; it was, essentially an upside down pyramid built in to what used to be a high Plateau. It would appear to an unknowing visitor that any any water would simply run to the bottom and the lower levels would flood the moment the city had any rain; however, the complex dwarven sewer system that ran along the city drained off any rainwater deep underground into the massive dwarf-made lake that supplied most of their tunnel systems with water. For efficiency, the dwarves had built Balmourg in one of the rainiest regions in all of Allaria.
Genzo Mallku moved through the sidestreets of the pink corner, red-light district, of Balmourg, gaining a few confused looks in the process. Genzo was a tengu, a part of a humanoid bird race, and tengu were relatively rare in Allaria, especially around dwarven cities like Balmourg that were mostly underground. Along with that tengu were known to be very uptight and it was uncommon to see one in any entertainment district. Genzo was incredibly relaxed and fun-loving for a tengu but he was still not the type to be hanging around in this sort of place; his companion, however, was.
At birth, Genzo Mallku and William Adolphe Homer were marked to be servants of Yin and Yang, protectors of balance and harmony, and were sent to a hidden monestary where they were raised in a life of solitude and constant training. Homer quickly showed an incredible magical talent for affecting the dispositions of others and, through developing it, soon became one of the greatest manipulators in all of Allaria, while Genzo developed into a skilled tactician and strategist. Homer's leadership skills combined with Genzo's planning made the two an amazing pair. For this reason, when word spread to the monestary that a group called the apostheoses was weakening the gods and disrupting the balance of Allaria, the were sent out together to investigate and quell this threat. For months they traveled around the region before deciding that a large scale rebellion against the apostheoses was the best course of action; if worship of the gods was restored at least slightly, they might be able to take some action against the apostheoses. They also decided that the region controlled by the dwarves was the best place for the rebellion. The dwarves, with their complex infrastructure would have been a major force in resisting the initial apostheoses takeover had they not surrendered peacefully. Because of their surrender, the dwarves had been left with most of their numbers intact and large amounts of people still resistant to apostheoses rule.
Genzo continued moving through the streets until he reached a gaudy manor painted completely pink with a large garden surrounding it. It was one of the more respectable brothels in the pink corner and the one Homer had decided to spend most off his off time in the past few days the two had been there. As he approached, an aged dwarven woman dressed in fancy silk clothing, the brothel madam, burst through the entrance with a glare on her face centered directly on Genzo. He never used any of her girls and she had begun to treat his arrival as a sign of Homer's soon to be departing, which no one ever seemed to like. After bitter greetings the woman began leading Genzo through the brothel to Homer's room.
They eventually reached one of the upper suites and Genzo entered it to find Homer relaxing in an expensive bed with a naked dwarven woman in each arm. "Ahhh, Genzo, my friend, it took you long enough... girls, would you give us some privacy?" The girls let out disappointed sighs before getting out of bed, dressing in some silken robes, and exiting the room.
"You certainly do love your dwarves, don't you?" Genzo asked, watching the door as the girls left. "Of course, I'd never judge a friend for his taste."
"I do like them, they are much like humans only a bit more... sturdy and voluptuous? They certainly aren't as... wild a goblin, but not many things are."
"You still going on about that? We both know that thing drugged me."
"Although I must say I am still now sure how that work... you and that tiny little thing."
"Remember the wolfen, Homer?"
"*Cough* So what did you find a guide?"
"Yes, an old miner by the name of Borus Clay. He is a member of the "Order of Teramancers", apparently quite respected among the mining community. Although he said that we, as foreigners, in order to travel into the tunnels are going to need a---"
"A passport? Yes, not the easiest thing to get I was told. But my friends here have a few connections to the administrations of it and were able to get me one for two, our guide should be able to travel without one." Homer said, signalling to a slip of paper on a bedstand beside him. Genzo picked up the paper and began examining it.
"I see, well at least you weren't completely useless this time around. If only the whores in every other city we've been to had been so helpful."
"Yes, if only they had... when will we be leaving?"
"With this settled, within a few hours."
"Enough time for me to say goodbye to my 'friends' then."