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Post by Dungeon Master on Wed Oct 23, 2013 4:31 pm

A group of four priests have become vampires after acquiring special chips from the black market (Millennium made). They are all category F. While the town they serve in has begun to notice disappearances, no one is sure why. All four have access to holy items, including wafers, water, and crosses. While unable to touch them directly, keeping a barrier between themselves and the item allows them to use them as weapons, if need be. In addition, two of them possess SIG Sauer Pro pistols, loaded with fifteen 9x19mm Parabellum rounds. The basement is filled with thirty-eight Ghouls, all past victims of their hunger (sound dampening prevents any of the churchgoers from noticing their groans).

There is a rumor they may have stumbled upon a holy relic of some kind when they bought the chips, but no one is entirely sure.

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Re: Hypocrisy in the Church (Mission)

Post by Almos Lorand on Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:05 pm

It wasn't often that Almos found himself thrust into such an ironic situation. Well over half a century ago, the former monk had renounced his own faith in order to become a vampire. Now, in the pursuit of a weapon to fuel his vendetta against the Almighty, he'd stumbled across vampiric priests of all things. To the casual observer, the recent disappearances could likely go unnoticed. However, Lorand had spent decades relying on the tricks of the trade to stay fed while avoiding detection. He could spot a new feeding ground easily enough, especially when dealing with such sloppy novices as these. They couldn't have been at this for very long, otherwise they'd have most likely moved on to avoid detection by the Church. Stepping out of the shadows of an alley as the sun finally set over the horizon, Almos Lorand made his way towards the front entrance of the Church. The human parishioners had long since gone home for the day which should provide him with an uninterrupted audience with the supernatural clergymen within.

His face stretched into a bemused smirk, the vampire pushed open the front door and slipped into the Church, closing the door behind him. His timing wasn't bad at all. He'd even managed to arrive before they'd had a chance to turn the lights off, not that it would have made a difference. Both hands in his pockets, Almos kept his demeanor confident yet casual. No reason to start a fight just yet.

"Gentlemen, enjoying immortality are we?"

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Re: Hypocrisy in the Church (Mission)

Post by Dungeon Master on Sun Oct 27, 2013 2:52 pm

The four worked to tidy the altar as they quietly (but excitedly) planned their next hunt. The blond haired man walking through the door broke their focus, the comment unnerving two of them. The leader, however, stepped forward, assuming this man to be another of their kind. Even so, he couldn't afford to risk their exposure, so he would have to die before the night was over.

"Of course, my son," he answered with a condescending smile. "With God's love, we shall all reach immortality behind the Pearly Gates." He placed his arms behind his back in a folding motion, motioning with his right index finger to signal his companions to ready themselves for when he gave the signal for attack. Though they appeared to go back to cleaning, two of them grabbed the guns hidden inside the altar while the other began dusting and cleaning, gradually making his way towards the intruder.

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Re: Hypocrisy in the Church (Mission)

Post by Almos Lorand on Thu Oct 31, 2013 5:29 pm

"With God's love eh? I give you credit for managing to say that without choking on your own fangs. Anyway, I'd love to posture all night but I'm on a time table," Almos said, moving towards the head priest that had so generously begun closing that pesky distance already. Casual as ever, Lorand withdrew his hands from his pockets as he spoke to give a light shrug. Coming even with the pews furthest from the alter, Almos gave no warning before immediately descending into violence. Snatching the end of the pew with both hands, Lorands nonchalant forward momentum was whipped forward as he spun to get the large object up off the ground. With a mighty hammerthrow made possible by his vampiric strength, Lorand hurled the pew as hard as he could at the lead vampire occupying the center of the aisle. If the surprise attack crushed him that would be one less target to worry about and based on the exchange he'd just witnessed, these fools would be without a leader. However, even if the priest was alert enough to dodge something like that at this range, those two flunkies of his were still fumbling around behind the alter. A massive wooden missile crushing their heads would serve as a nice wake up call. It was the least the Hungarian could do for his ever so hospitable hosts.

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Re: Hypocrisy in the Church (Mission)

Post by Dungeon Master on Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:04 pm

This man was insane! Having been ready for a fight the moment this man revealed himself as knowledgeable of their true nature, the attack came as no real threat, easy enough to smash through. If this was allowed to continue, though, he'd destroy the whole church before long.

As mentioned before, the head priest smashed through the pew with both arms, the splintered ends crashing and rolling along the floor behind him. Stopping just short of the alter, both of the men were put on alert, producing the guns they'd fished out and firing six bullets each towards the two vampires in the center, not concerned with hitting their leader, since they had full faith he would do something to avoid the attack.

Before the first bullets could fly, the leader of the group jumped into the air, attempting to hang from the ceiling for a diving attack, should the planned ballistics assault fail. From the other end, the final vampire went to close the doors. No reason for the people to see what was happening. He stayed low to avoid being hit by any stray shots. Once completed, he would sprint towards the basement, intending to give himself and his companions a bit of help in fighting this madman.

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Re: Hypocrisy in the Church (Mission)

Post by Almos Lorand on Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:56 am

A wry smirk stretched over Lorand's face as the lead vampire managed to blast through the heavy wooden pew with raw power. It was a mistake that plenty of amateurs made early into vampirism, all that strength and no real durability to back it up. At this point the old man's arms had to be hurting in a bad way as he went for his little acrobat routine. They'd heal in short order, or at least they would if Lorand had any intention of letting his prey live that long. As the leader made his desperate leap for the ceiling, the former monk brought out Enkidu, sending the spiked chain streaking for the other vampire's heart. Helpless in midair with two nearly useless arms was just too good a chance to pass up. After spearing the leader through the heart, a forceful tug would bring his remains crashing back towards the front doors where the last vampire was mussing about. How generous of him to position himself at the end of the central aisle his cohorts were shooting down. As he hauled the leader downwards, Almos rolled to his right to duck behind another large pew as cover before making his way towards the alter via a side aisle with his upper body nearly parallel with the ground to present a more difficult target. Even if stray bullets didn't slow down the buffoon at the front doors, the impact of his late leader would likely shake him long enough to deal with the two gunman.

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Re: Hypocrisy in the Church (Mission)

Post by Dungeon Master on Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:48 pm

These plans weren't working out as well as intended. Some sort of chain monster emerged from the vampire's sleeve, heading straight for the leader. Having overestimated his strength, he found his arms useless in trying to grasp the weapon, only working as fleshy guards against the spiked head (and they only fulfilled that job passably, at best). Embedding itself somewhere above and to the left of the heart, he was still pulled to the ground with the attack, making an almost comical indention in the floor, though this would actually indicate an incredibly hard impact and several broken bones.

Closing the doors, the rear vampire dove forward to avoid the critically injured priest being hurled at him like a flail. This also put him in the path of three of the bullets from the gunmen's attack. Shouting at them in Spanish, he continued to move to the basement door, the stray shots doing little to really slow him. Not bother with unlocking, he ripped the door from its hinges and whistled into the depths. Met with a chorus of groans, shambling corpses began to ascend the staircase and aid their masters.

Both of the men with guns were undeterred by their failure, but they were annoyed. Moving in opposite directions, they attempted to corner the vampire by moving around to his location from each side. Firing two shots each towards the path he'd taken, the first met up with him quickly. Taking aim, he unloaded four more bullets towards the blond vampire.

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Re: Hypocrisy in the Church (Mission)

Post by Almos Lorand on Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:13 am

As much as he hated to admit it, these fools were putting up more of a fight than the Hungarian had anticipated. It was time for a change of tactics. Boot heels skidding across the floor, Almos halted his advance and dove backward to take temporary cover behind one of the pews. His abrupt change in direction had allowed him to avoid the most recent bursts of gunfire but if he didn't start making a dent in the opposition he was quickly going to be overwhelmed. Luckily, one of his opponents had broken off towards another part of the Church and their leader was still out of commission for the time being. Never shy about kicking a man when he was down, Lorand did just that. Breaking from cover will all the speed he could muster, the former monk was upon the still form of the lead vampire in the blink of an eye, arm pulled back for a spear hand strike to the heart. Driving his hand through the injured monster's chest, another roll would bring Lorand back to cover behind the pews on the other side of the Church. He could already hear the approach of the horde that the other vampire had unleashed. With the likely death of their leader, the number of ghouls would hopefully drop significantly but even then he was faced with the trouble three vampires on the other side of the church with weapons and minions aplenty.

Time to fight dirty. Biting down on his thumb to draw blood, Lorand pressed the digit against one of the sigils carved into his chest and softly reciting the ancient rite to invoke his ritual. It was high time someone reintroduced these fools to the concept of fear.

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Re: Hypocrisy in the Church (Mission)

Post by Dungeon Master on Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:28 pm

Annoyed with his failure to hit the unholy beast, the priest fired his last three bullets towards the spiky haired demon before discarding the weapon. Since he was occupied with killing their leader (high time, in his opinion), he jumped from the tops of the pews to attack him with a spinning kick to the back of the head, trying his best to imitate The Matrix with his vampire speed.

As the man ran, the second gun-toting vampire fired four shots towards him, most likely not making contact. Rolling into a kneeling position, he aimed at the stationary foe, blasting two bullets towards his legs.

The third commanded the horde of Ghouls, their numbers remaining the same due to their artificially created nature. Flagging them on with a swift pat to the back like a paratroop commander pushing his men out of the sky, he stayed in the back as the shambling creatures came towards the Hungarian, some taking a route through each row of pews to block any escapes towards that side of the church (on the ground, at least).

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Re: Hypocrisy in the Church (Mission)

Post by Almos Lorand on Thu Dec 05, 2013 1:12 am

As he completed the sigil of blood on the ground, Almos was rewarded with a sharp kick to the back of the head that sent him tumbling forward and out of the path of a pair of bullets intended for his legs. Though bleeding from a shallow cut on his head and a bit dazed, it was a small price to pay for control of their battle field. As he tumbled into the corner of the Church, Almos called upon the power of his ritual to alter the perceptions of his foes. From their perspectives, brilliant crimson cracks would have begun to appear all across the Church for just a moment before the entire building shattered into ash and a rush of imaginary wind and heat signaled a rapid descent. When the setting finally settled they would find themselves adrift in a sea of flame filled with smoldering, screaming bodies. The heavy scent of sulfur and sizzling human flesh filled the air as the damned souls cried in agony and reached out to the vampires for aim on the small rocky islands they seemed to now be standing on.

For Almos though, the deception was as clear as day. He had devised this false Hell after all and had full control over the subtleties making it ever so easy to mask himself behind a false column of smoke on the burning lake. It would appear as if another victim had fallen into the lake of the damned and in all the confusion of the shift, he doubted these fools would have the presence of mind to truly question it. Rubbing the back of his head with his free hand, he lashed out with Enkidu once more, sending the chain in a low arc so that the burning lake would hide the spiked weapon until it reached the heart of the closest vampire priest. The ghouls would need to be dealt with soo but for the moment they would hopefully be halted by their still existing sense of sight perceiving a burning lake between them and the last known location of their prey.

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Re: Hypocrisy in the Church (Mission)

Post by Dungeon Master on Fri Dec 06, 2013 5:44 pm

Was this the price they payed for making a contract with the devil? Had God really cast them down despite their immortality? All three began to question these things as the world around them shattered, bringing them to an otherworldly hell not unlike a level from any number of popular video games. The one previously commanding the Ghouls actually fell to his knees in prayer, the gun-toting priest firing randomly in every direction before emptying the last of the bullets and chucking the useless weapon into a candle holder in the guise of a screaming corpse.

The third was impaled through the heart, blood gushing from his wound and mouth before he died. Despite only being meant as an illusion, the fire was quickly becoming real. The candle holder the man knocked over had not yet been extinguished, so it quickly ignited any of the various flammable objects in the room. The Ghouls, hopelessly confused by what had just happened, looked at each other and the lake of fire. One scratched his head, taking a leap of faith into it. The others saw him fall until he was no longer visible, the one who jumped even more confused at feeling the impact of a hard surface while still seeing the flames and the fall. Ultimately, he did nothing of value.

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Re: Hypocrisy in the Church (Mission)

Post by Almos Lorand on Sun Dec 22, 2013 2:55 pm

Waiting for the gunman to expend his ammunition into the pews and walls of the now burning church, Almos couldn't help but smirk. Only two left and they were panicking badly at this point. As tempting as it would to flicker between various circles of hell to rattle them even more, Almos was on a relatively short time table and any further psychological torture was relatively unnecessary. The visual perception of the lava was still in place and as far his opponents knew, Lorand had been lost beneath the burning surface during their chaotic arrival into this hellish place. He might as well use that miscalculation to his advantage as much as possible. Staying low in a sort of army crawl, Lorand quickly made his way around the edge of the church towards the now empty handed vampire, avoiding the confused ghouls. As the imaginary tortured souls continued to shriek and writhe in agony, the Hungarian was closing in on the other vampire from behind. Once in range, the former monk would leap upwards and attempt to wrap his right arm around the other vampire's neck while driving his left through the heart before dragging him down into the "lava". The other vampire was already praying in hysterics. Almos couldn't wait to see what he'd do after this.

OOC: The illusion will crumble midway through my next post.

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Re: Hypocrisy in the Church (Mission)

Post by Dungeon Master on Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:37 pm

Rather than any of the demons, it was the damned vampire that killed the priest. He joined the other two in death now, possibly in a much realer hell than the illusion they were experiencing now.

The fire was spreading quickly, already having engulfed a number of the Ghouls. Flames transferred from one monster to the next quite easily, since none of them were sure how to react to the situation at hand and no longer had any coherent commands or target to follow. Before long they would all have died, except for the one still spread out on the floor.

The final priest completely ignored everything around him. All he was concerned with was trying in vain to save himself. Prayers were uttered as fast as he could say them, though they would be of no use against the very fake hell or the very real fire. The edge of his clothing began to catch fire, spreading up his sleeve. Tearing it from his body, he saw no choice but to run as far as he could, which wasn't very far until he encountered the illusion of a cliff overlook a lake of lava. In reality, he was a few steps from the front wall. Turning back to face the growing flames, both real and imaginary, he continued his prayer.

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Post by Almos Lorand on Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:21 am

The flames had been useful in culling the horde of ghouls but they had continued to grow at an exponential rate. If this continued on much longer the entire Church would come crashing down on their heads. As vampires they would more than likely survive but it was in inconvenience that Almos would prefer to avoid as much as possible. The surviving priest was hysterical and nearly cornered by the flames, easy prey but also the only lead that Lorand had to the relic that the group had supposedly stumbled across. He needed to be taken alive.

Staying low to once more take advantage of the hellish illusion he'd conjured, Almos advanced on the survivor as the heat of the actual flames increased around him. As the priest began his futile prayers, Almos lunged from the smoke in an attempt to tackle the other vampire into the wall before pinning him there by the upper arms. As he did so, the lava and burning souls of the damned would slowly whither away, sucked into a great black void as the Church seemingly reassembled itself around them. Despite the chaos of the very real flames still growing behind him, the former monk kept a measured expression of mild amusement as he looked into the priest's eyes.

"We don't have much time. Tell me about the relic you mongrels found or I'll drop you right back into that hell pit I pulled you out of."

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Post by Dungeon Master on Sun Dec 29, 2013 1:44 pm

A crowd had begun to gather around the church, everyone wondering what the commotion and flames meant for their peaceful town. A group of men began smashing their shoulders into the heavy wooden doors, trying to bash them open and rescue anyone inside.

The Ghouls had all burned to cinders now, except for the one on the ground. As the illusion broke, it finally regained its senses enough to find the target it was tasked with killing. Shambling towards the two men, it was intent on biting the blond vampire in the neck. It howled something resembling, "For freedom!" but this was merely speculation, since Ghouls lacked the ability to speak coherently or the mental processes to form words on their own.

The priest only screamed, not sure of what the monster was talking about. He clawed at the arm holding him to the wall, hoping the Ghoul he saw out of the corner of his eye could somehow be more quiet when approaching the target from behind. The fire continued spreading, already engulfing several rows of pews and spreading to the basement. If the support beams burned up, the entire church could fall into the ground.

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Post by Almos Lorand on Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:51 pm

No coherent response. The fool was either too traumatized from his experience within Shabiri's Inferno or too ignorant to understand the first thing about true relics. Come to think of it the leader of this little band of simpletons hadn't been that impressive either. The Hungarian had neither the time, nor the incentive to try and peel away at the survivor's knowledge through traditional means. Perhaps with enough time to himself he'd be able to sort through the information he'd already gained but for now it was time to leave this place.

Lifting up the struggling vampire, Almos suddenly loosened his grip and spun with his right arm outstretched. The open handed chopping motion carried the full strength of Lorand's arm, bolstered by the momentum of the swing and aimed at the side of the approaching ghoul's neck. Even with the crackling flames around them, it would take a deaf man to miss the groans and grunts of the surviving minion. Infinitely faster than the zombie slave, Almos intended to swipe straight through the decaying flesh of the creature's neck and continue his turn into a full three-sixty, coming back around with even more momentum to remove the final vampire's head as he fell the few inches to the Church floor.

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Post by Dungeon Master on Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:44 pm

It appeared that the Little Minion That Could just couldn't this time around. Both heads rolled to the ground, fire spreading quickly with it. The basement was aflame now, the wooden fixtures and church paraphernalia bursting into flames within moments. The wooden supports began to char and splinter, sections of the floor becoming wobbly and caving in. The building would come down soon enough.

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Post by Almos Lorand on Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:08 pm

And that was that. With a quick flick of his hand, the former monk removed some of the blood left behind by the zombie and vampire that remained motionless at his feet. Only a few minutes left before the entire place collapsed into a smoldering ruin and from the sounds of it, the crowd outside was still in the front of the church attempting to open the sealed door. It would be child's play to rip through them but after all the time he'd already wasted here Almos just wanted to put the town behind him and continue on to more promising ventures. Straightening his coat, the vampire took off down the main aisle of the church towards the stained glass window just behind the alter. It was a beautiful image of the crucifixion with the emphasis on was. Narrowly avoiding a sinking section of the floor, Almos flung himself into the air and covered his face with his arms just before crashing through the glass artwork to escape the doomed building. Landing in a crouch, the vampire allowed himself a single smirk as he picked a shard of glass out of his sleeve before continuing onward into the night at a steady jog.


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(OOC) You win!
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