Payment of Existence

Marama's Hatred
Pain Becomes You

At the Grotto, the Abyssals dealt with the Circus Moribund seeking entry to Vakingrad. A deal was struck that they could perform only the censored play edited together byOrzam. The Melkin Fool in Red was disappointed, but performed anyway.

The group then traveled to Marama’s Fell, where they met Ruined Mantle of Grace, a Minikin ghost. After rapidly defeating him, he took them to see Thrice-Dead Achiba and his golem, Nameless Man of Iron. Achiba accepted their terms of aid from Lover Clad in the Raiment of Tears, and presented the forces arrayed against him.

The Abyssals, thinking that control of the Manse would give them an edge, traveled to the far north of the shadowlands. There they met the Hundred Nightmare Army, a mercenary company based in the Labyrinth. They granted passage to the Manse and there they met a formidable Defense Grid. With the use of his Resistance charms and careful management of his Essence, Lament of Blessings Lost claimed the Manse as his, and returned with two hearthstones.

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Who is 'She Who Must Be Obeyed'?
A First Meeting With Lover Clad

Part II begins here.

With the workers and craftsmen of Vakingrad, allowed special dispensation to work in the Grotto, and the slave labor provided by the stranger Ten-Scalpel Adharma, the Grotto looks well on its way to being livable.

With this work set down, the group traveled to the Vale of Dust and Shadow to meet with the Deathlord there, Ten-Scalpel’s master, Lover Clad in the Raiment of Tears. Upon their arrival, she wasted no time using her Charms to win them over into her bed. Guide to Journey’s End and Lament of Blessing’s Lost chose to endure the physical pain of refusing the Lover’s advances, but Storm of Grim Harvest welcomed them. Before taking the young deathknight to bed, Lover tasked the Abyssal Circle with aiding in the conquering of Marama’s Fell, and ensuring an alliance with an unquestioned ruler of that shadowlands.

The group returned to the Grotto, to plan their next move, only to find the Circus Moribund waiting for them.

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