Steelwood at The Hill – Updates

Friday, April 21st
A Curious Beginning

A group of people find themselves on the lakefront near of a banquet table. Some come from far away, others simply enjoy the late afternoon.

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There are also two wolf men who seem to have been friends since the very first moment. Between reciprocal curiosity and some past history, people begin to get confident with each other.

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Someone is still distrustful to the two creatures, a lone wolf comes to visit, perhaps attracted by the scent of food.

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Suddenly something in the sky attracts their attention, a multicolored sphere, similar to a star, with a blinding light, appears above the lake. What will it ever be?

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Sunday, April 23rd
Something Strange
All the people are looking at the bright star over the hills, it changes color and pulses of a vivid light, they ‘ve never seen something like that before.

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Animals around the hills look agitated and nervous. One of the goats start to run around like crazy , making weird noises. Laura tries to quiet the goat.

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The two wolfmen are agitated and people became suspicious of them. Fortunately all is resolved just with a verbal fight.

The tension in the air is palpable and when they started to think that the star was just a natural event, it fell down from the sky with a big noise.

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People decide to go check the impact site, but instead of finding a crater, they find a man who says to be called Belthazar.

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Belthazar turns out to be a gentleman even though some of them suspect that his kindness hides much more …

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Monday, April 24th
Bad Things

Balthezar is at the table, eating and speaking with Laura. He offers her a gift for the nice welcome, and looks very kind, also if he avoids to answer to personal questions.

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Some Pixies seems to be attracted from his pouch and for distract them, Balthezar gives to them a shiny stone. Maraya joins Laura and suddenly changes opinion on Balthezar. Others find it really suspicious and start to wonder what is happening.

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The two wolfmen, one fae and one elf hunter, try to find out the truth about Balthezar, but without too much success. He avoids to answer to direct questions or for them , he lies. Laura looks charmed from him.

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One of the Pixie tries again to check Balthezar’s pouch, and he menaces her with a piece of iron with the excuse to warn her. Meanwhile Maraya tries to convince others about the genuine kindness of Balthezar, but others think that he is now also more suspicious. The elf Ithil goes to investigate.

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Balthezar answers the questions from her and from the others, revealing the name of his original land. It’s almost day and the people decides to go to sleep. Balthezar asks to Laura a place where to rest and obtains it, with sarcastic comments from the others.

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Tuesday, April 25th
 The Followers

The people wake up in a bright morning and enjoy the food already done on the table. They wonder why Balthezar is not around and about the meaning of the ring that Laura got like gift from him.

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Max wakes up too and joins the others at the table, he starts to eat and check the ring too without to find anything of strange

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Balthezar wakes up and joins the others at the table, but suddently reveals his true nature leaving others bewildered and unbelieving. Max tries to escape from Balthezar’s trap , but when he realized to be in, is already too much late.

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Balthezar explains that he trapped them like in a crystal ball, and now they can’t escape. It’s also useless to try to fight him, his powers are too much strong and they are now his puppets.
Between disbelief and anger , Balthezar announces that Laura accepted his ring, so will be his bride in the hell, making clear that he is a demon.

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Suddently Balthezar warns them to touch the glowing stones, or they will die ’cause the crystal ball eats their life essence. Max is weak due the hit with the magic crystal ball and joins the table while Balthezar disappear in a cloud of orange smoke, promising them to return soon.

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Laura doesn’t believe in what is happening while others try to find a way to escape. Maybe Max has something in his diary about this demon, but is not sure at all.

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Thursday, April 27th
The Bitter Truth

Max returns from his camp with the diary. Other people join the group and they discover that they can enter in the crystal ball, but they can’t leave it

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Max reads the diary and the informations don’t tell how to kill Balthezar but give them more informations about him and the life stones. Someone wonder if they can use them for break the curse.

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Laura doesn’t look so normal, she still repeating that is all an invention and that is happening nothing around. Some thinks that she is under the influx of Balthezar.

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Max evokes Balthezar that suddenly appears in front to them asking to have the book. He asks him to make them free but he refuses ordering Laura to take Max’s book.

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Laura refuses to accomplish and Balthezar angry, goes away promising them a week without food for have them more available to execute his orders, before to vanish again. The crew decides so for a plan.
They will try to destroy all the life stones in once, but they will need the help of one Shaman (Maraya) hoping that is the right solution for destroy Balthezar next time he will appear.

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Friday, April 28th
The End Of All

People gathered the stones of life on the ground and discussed their plan to destroy them and then call Balthezar to test the outcome.

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Maraya the shaman begins the ritual by invoking spirits for destroying the stones simultaneously. A lightning rips the sky and hits the stones of life leaving only pieces on the ground.

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Max on Maraya’s request calls Balthazar that suddenly appears between them. For few moments he doesn’t realize what happened, but when he does, he goes extremely angry menacing the people around.

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People think that the final move is to destroy also the ring, but Laura tossed it somewhere. Luckily they find it while Max tests the powers of Balthezar, now clearly weaker.

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Artorias destroys the ring and Balthezar falls on the ground lifeless. At this point Maraya completes the ritual and a big crack swallows Balthezar’s body that before to disappear promises to return.

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Now all seems normal, the crystal ball around them vanished and they slowly start to think that is finally all ended. Maraya suggests an animal sacrifice for the spirits, Max and Yami, suggest almost seriously to use Laura as sacrifice due the fact that she still deny what just happened. Anyway they decide to go to sleep for the night and deal with the last issues the morning after.

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