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Public Notices / Re: Notices from House Mistari
« on: November 20, 2021, 05:43:19 pm »
House Mistari has been Blessed by the Maiden of Pain, Loviatar.

Last night we partook in a quest to capture the Shadow Hin known as Ten of Ten, a lower leader of the group causing trouble for the halfling of the region.

I had received instruction directly from the goddess herself to bring pain to this creature.

Having my request to join the University's upcoming trek to capture it denied, I had not choice but to do so myself with my faithful house members. It is never wise to refuse the demands of a deity.

House Mistari, with the halfling warrior Pearl, set out to do the Goddess' bidding. While doing so, we were able to save Pearl's parents and a young halfling boy.

Ten of Ten was captured and we all took part in the ritual of pain. The Maiden was pleased and for the next few days we bare her holy whip marks upon our backs. If you doubt, you may ask to touch them and you will be blessed with but a small touch from the lady.

For our obedience, she saw fit to grant our desire and remove the issue that was causing the most immediate and fatal concern for both Pearl and my house member Sid.

While the intention was never to kill Ten of Ten, he elected to take his own life instead of being submitted to captivity at the hands of the University while they attempted to find a way to cure him. That was not the outcome I had desired but he did as he felt best.

Obedience is rewarded.

Praise the Maiden of Pain, the Willing Whip, Loviatar.

~Mistress Mistari

Groups & Concepts / Re: House Mistari
« on: November 02, 2021, 01:54:27 am »

Public Notices / Re: Notices from House Mistari
« on: October 19, 2021, 08:53:54 pm »
Posted only in the slums.

Greetings nameless writer of insults,

I am pleased my posters are being seen. Perhaps those who need my aid will take the time to contact me.

It is a shame I am not welcomed in the Western District. Does Diiri or any of the other numerous gang lords support your attempt to keep commerce from occurring?

You see me as cruel, I see me as a teacher. I see you as cruel for coddling and keeping the teachings and wisdoms of experiencing and enduring pain from those who could grow from it. Do you keep children from growing up so they do not have to experience the growing pains as well?

As far as your soft, decadent and privileged comment: Decadent, yes, but I am far from soft. I can guarantee you that I am far from the common, pathetic Upper dweller.

I am quite aware of what life is like in your District. In fact, I attempted to aid and provide an ally in the Upper District. I suggested ways in which your District could milk the soft and arrogant Upper denizens for as much coin as possible. But I was informed that your District prefers to play the martyr. They do not wish to better themselves or their situation in any way.

For my trouble, one of my members was beaten to near death because he refused to pay the "protection fee" charged for walking the streets.

You will never be worth anyone's time until you believe you are worth their time.

I bid you good day and may the pain you experience teach you and provide growth.

~Mistress Mistari

P.S. If you wish a face to face meeting, I would be most happy to bring a spread of food with me upon my visit to aid in feeding those you house.

A copy of the original letter is added for reference.

We have seen your posters in West Conch.  You are not welcome in the slums.  Not all of us here are cruel overlords who need to violently or emotionally abuse our staff.  And I guarantee that those of us here who are cruel overlords can do those things far better than soft, decadent and privileged uptowners like you ever could.  You have no idea what life is like here.  Keep your twisted ways in Uptown. 


Public Notices / Re: Fane of the Thorned Rose
« on: October 18, 2021, 05:32:56 pm »
Posted only in the Slums

Public Notices / Fane of the Thorned Rose
« on: October 18, 2021, 04:10:08 pm »
Posted Only in the Upper District

OOC: This is for background activities and services offered by the faction. I will not be RPing meetings of this nature out in game.

Journals & Backgrounds / Re: The Mystery of Mistari
« on: October 18, 2021, 02:22:00 pm »
Saul and I have not had a chance to enjoy the goblin brew. I am reconsidering my desire to have him as my first.

Firstly, it seems premature to name a First when there are no other contenders. Also, I am not sure he is of the right mentality to fulfill the duties required of the First.

Is there a secondly? Did I write one? Gods I'm tired...

I was looking for tasks that the House could complete together and caught a glimpse of the elf's ship.

It is not nearly as massive and impressive as I would have thought. I also did not get too close but I didn't see any crewmen.

I suppose they could have all been asleep, or otherwise occupied, below deck but one would think that there should be someone topside at all times. What if an evil horrible priestess of the Maiden came aboard?

Sid has found me. It is nice to have one of the old house returned. With him came some news that I am not sure I want to entertain yet. I could really use someone to talk to about it. Alas for lack of First.

Saul has presented me with an opportunity to please the Maiden yet I am not sure I am brave enough. I find shame in this. I have been meditating and it seems to me that she wishes I go through with it but it is so intimate that I feel that once again it should only be something the First does.

At one time I was considering Fazian for the role. I doubt he could do this, even if he was the First.

I visited the library. I am not hopeful I will find what I seek but I await word on if anything was located. Perhaps Tyche will smile upon me, as she seems to have a strong foothold in the city.

Why do adventurers fear pain? I can understand the soft nobles and ignorant peasants but you would think that adventurers, more than any others, would understand and appreciate the lessons that pain brings. Do they not gauge themselves based on their martial prowess? To grow, there must be pain.

Netherese Library / Nobility
« on: October 17, 2021, 08:48:21 pm »
Zarissa Mistari enters the library and takes a moment to survey the area. With a small nod to herself, she makes sure her whip is secured safely coiled at her hip and her hair is still tightly wound in a bun before approaching the nearest librarian for assistance.

She speaks softly out of respect for the institution but still with a sense of authority and expectation of aid.

She asks for information on nobility of the region. Specifically, what are the most common paths to becoming recognized nobility, does the region have a writing on such? If not, information on how current noble houses came to be recognized.

Groups & Concepts / House Mistari
« on: October 14, 2021, 02:08:46 pm »
Player faction.

We have a player owned house that serves as our faction base in Upper. I hope to have a spawn point soon for the faction members to set there.

We are not a goodly aligned faction but we aren't baby killers and puppy eaters either.

Mistress Mistari is a Priestess of Loviatar.

We are looking for loyal members who wish to be part of a matron run faction.

There are currently few faction goals and we are open to support personal plots, assuming they do not clash with the house.

Please hit me up with any questions. Discord is best but forum will work as well.

Journals & Backgrounds / Re: The Mystery of Mistari
« on: October 10, 2021, 07:55:11 pm »
I would say there is a lot to catch up on but there really wasn't until yesterday.

The mages are still toying with rats. I see them occasionally watching me from the corners. I do wonder if the people know it really is the University that are keeping them riled up.

I was starting to despair of my perpetually empty house when upon a walk through the Market I hear a familiar baritone.

My Saul has returned. In a way.

He is not as he was. Time will tell if that is a good thing or not.

I will need to work with him to uncover hidden truths. I have a feeling there are answers to questions waiting to be discovered.

He said there was an elven sailor who recognized my name. Turns out he meant the Lauriella woman. I had all but forgotten her.

I suppose I owe her a debt of gratitude for being nosey enough to learn Mulhorandi. Had she not known it, Saul might have had a more difficult time upon his arrival.

I need to find a way to egg on her hatred of the paperman. Perhaps I should seek him out. I'm sure there is more to this than meets the eye.

As Saul and I were shopping, Zin appeared. He had been gone for some time.

It was nice to have two of my males with me, if even for a short while. Zin soon left again. He is quite the odd one.

I was praying and had just risen from a rest when the Maiden saw fit to have me aid in another rat hunt. I'm not too sure how I ended up there but I've learned not to question the will of the gods.

I was generally ignored by those of the Nebular. Luckily Shang was there, so at least I got a greeting.

Seems I joined as they were fighting. Oh the life of an adventurer.

After the fight is when it got interesting.

We heard some singing. Goblin singing.

The sound led us to a small camp. We appeared to have interrupted some kind of ritual or ceremony.

They were fermenting hallucinogenic mushrooms. It was quite refreshing.

I partook. It had less of an affect on me but I still enjoyed myself.

I also learned that Shang has no tolerance for practices that are not his own. A shame.

I barely managed to cork two bottles before he kicked over the cook pot.

Saul and I will quite enjoy these.

Journals & Backgrounds / Re: The Mystery of Mistari
« on: September 07, 2021, 08:16:01 pm »
The house is quiet.

The plants are back to quickly wilting and dying. I've hired a Western District boy to take care of them. Maybe eventually he can move in permanently.

Brahn has left the area. After the altercation with Durandel and Shang, I most likely would have excused him anyway. So, no loss to the house.

I usually take joy in decorating but there is no reason to make changes. I could work on my scroll crafting but my supply of silver and gold has run out. Shang is gathering such but under the employ of an arcanist.

During my travels, I used to hear whispers of someone tailing me. I do wonder if they still are.

Public Notices / Re: Notices from House Mistari
« on: August 27, 2021, 09:36:22 pm »
House Mistari is seeking a bard to join its ranks.

Private house stage has already been set up. You will have your own room and share in the communal storage.

Larger public stage may eventually be possible.

You will be responsible for providing music for Lovitarian rituals and ceremonies as well as entertainment for the house and its guests and allies.

Send letter to the Mistari Estate in Upper for further information or to express interest.

~Mistress Mistari

Journals & Backgrounds / Re: The Mystery of Mistari
« on: August 15, 2021, 08:21:39 pm »
Attended an organized brawl in the Slums.

I will admit to being impressed with their hospitality. While I admit I may have not noticed but I like to think they decided not to use the opportunity to lighten our purses in any other way than wagers.

It felt good to spar with my house. We all learned of our own weaknesses and strengths.

It wasn't exactly what I needed but, I have yet to find one worthy to provide that.

In the mean time, I am pretending that I am worthy of this following. As such, I am working on house ranks. It might make the house feel more cohesive for the members to know their standing.

I'm sorry mother, First Male just isn't going to work here. I personally do not see an issue with it but the holder of that honor would forever be teased by those of lesser mind.

I also would like to have a Second Male, so to speak.

So far I have:

Maybe? The retainer or lowest tier would be one earning their place. The position above that would be a member of the house but not held to the highest standards I demand of those who wish to be mine.

Ranks above those would require branding and oathtaking.

Should there be another non-branded rank? I shall have to think on this.

Journals & Backgrounds / Re: The Mystery of Mistari
« on: August 12, 2021, 02:19:52 pm »
I had planned to leave today. Another city, another failure. The Maiden has blessed me with a pain that I can not endure.

How did mother do it? She was able to work with both sides and better those who were in need while causing those who deserved it to suffer.

Why do they refuse aid? They rail against the insults and name calling yet they act in ways that prove the arrogant to be exactly right.

I've lost someone I thought was a friend because he does not want to better himself. He prefers to be the brute monster that everyone sees him as.

That hurts.

What allies are left? Both sides of the conflict are just as stubborn and arrogant. The middle ground is only out for coin. They could be of use but only if I can show them how they would profit.

I am just a failure all around. I am certain I'll be killed soon, or at least severely beaten. This town seems to thrive off of its hostilities.

I follow the Maiden of Pain but this is just chaos for the sake of chaos.

I gave Boy his freedom. I am not worthy to be Mistress of someone against their will. I told him to do what he wishes.

He is the one that has convinced me to stay. He removed his collar, I think that might have hurt more than the pain I was already experiencing. But, he wishes to be part of the house.

I don't feel I have the right to even have a house right now, let alone brand someone into it for life. He will eventually leave. I will spare him the life oath.

Saul is still missing. He has sent no word. If I leave, he would not be able to find me. Where would I go anyway?

So, here I sit. Useless.

Journals & Backgrounds / Re: The Mystery of Mistari
« on: August 08, 2021, 07:33:07 pm »
Gained members, lost a member.

Such is the way.

Why do they not seem to think on their own? You can be part of a house and have a Mistress and still have your own mind. It isn't a difficult thing...

There are so many tieflings here. I think there may be a portal somewhere letting them all in. Or maybe they all know it is a safe place.

It wouldn't normally be an issue even though some of them are of demonic origin. But I seem to have run afoul of one most arrogant. And for no real reason.

He seemed the most non-chaotic of them all. I had hoped to be allies. We could have accomplished much with an alliance, if not even a friendship.

But he chooses to refuse the demands of my goddess. I can't ignore a god. He may think he is above them but in the end he will find he can't either.

The irony? He hates "monsters" yet, technically, he is one. Horns, tail, non human origin. He certainly isn't an elf or a hin.

In a way, I feel sorry for him. Having to walk around the district he thinks he runs fully warded.

I admit to having a giant sized ego but his challenges even mine. Add in the arrogance and I think he may be compensating for something... maybe he's actually a eunuch.

Hm. No wonder the bitch he claims to not own is always so rude. Poor thing.

Boy is doing well. I think I may allow him a room upstairs soon.

I have purchased a location in the Market District and as soon as the odd sign magics allow I will begin furnishing it and turning it into a temple to the Maiden.

I do still plan to have something in Upper, for that is where her temples are usually found, but you have to take what is given sometimes.

The pain of growth. Pain is life.

Oh, speaking of pain... even though he didn't show it, I relished in knowing the pain that tiefling felt seeing a monster in his district. Even if just for a moment. I could feel the Maiden smile upon me for that.

Back to work. We will endure, Mother.

Public Notices / Notices from House Mistari
« on: August 05, 2021, 04:32:42 pm »
Let it be known that House Mistari will not aid the individual known as the Apprentice Xayatoth until he submits himself to me for retribution for his harm to my person.

The House does support the Upper District, the city and realm as a whole and the Nebular University institution. We will aid any of them whenever needed.

The Maiden of Pain demands retribution and she teaches through pain.
Through pain we all learn and grow. Through pain we become our true selves.

~Mistress Mistari

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