A credible way to kill Pella Ardinay?

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Re: A credible way to kill Pella Ardinay?

Postby Istrian » Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:44 pm

Greymarch2000 wrote:I would imagine that trapping her soul would make resurrecting her body impossible, or at least just give the miracle worker a brain-dead body or something like that.


That's a good idea too... a plan is starting to emerge involving soul jars and Tharkold Dominant by day, Orrorsh Dominant by night :twisted: (not Aysle because it leaves Ardinay with too many non-contradictory tricks up her sleeve, and also makes it easier to use detection spells from Aysle to find her).

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Re: A credible way to kill Pella Ardinay?

Postby Kuildeous » Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:22 pm

A spell/ritual/miracle called Sunder Spirit would be good. Obviously this could be a Darkness tool from Aysle.

It could also be an Orrorshan ritual designed to help Uthorion out since the war is still early enough that the High Lords aren’t yet stabbing each other in the back (plot twist is that it does help Uthorion now but could screw him over later).

Or maybe a desperate dark cyberwitch coven decides that if they absorb Ardinay’s soul then they could operate better within the Cyberpapacy.

Or a technodemon has been recruited by Uthorion to perform the ritual in exchange for a “permanent” Aysle/Tharkold mixed zone where the technodemon can rule over it and enjoy the high magic. The technodemon may be short-sighted in this arrangement.

Thrakmoss wants to use Ardinay’s body to fuse the avatar of Rec Stalek with a high-magic vessel. Thrakmoss doesn’t understand how magic works, but he thinks it’s a worthwhile gamble.

Dr. Mobius just wants to mummify Ardinay because that's hilarious.

Something this major likely requires some really unique components, and this can be how the Storm Knights follow the trail. First they investigate crime scenes where these strange artifacts were stolen. With proper research, the SKs discover what the ritual is and get a clue to where the thieves will strike next. Maybe they get there too late. Maybe they stop the theft, but the cabal continues with the ritual. Maybe it won’t sunder her spirit, but it could do nasty things. In any case, it probably involves killing innocents as some sympathetic ritual, so the SKs would want to stop that regardless.

Back in the D&D days, I had a story item called the Oubliette. Since D&D had resurrection so readily available, including the means of resurrecting someone without a body, I figured that the underworld had a way of keeping high-profile targets from getting resurrected. The Oubliette was an underground chamber where the victim was shackled with all their limbs hacked off but one. The remaining arm had a ring of sustenance on the finger—which kept the person alive without needing food or water. So the really high-profile targets that crossed the underworld in a major way would never get killed. They would just be locked up and immune to resurrection. Of course, there were other tools like scrying and what not, so even that wasn’t foolproof. Whether you want to pursue something that macabre with Ardinay is up to you. That’s more Tharkold or Orrorsh than Aysle, but Aysle darkness can get pretty nasty.
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Re: A credible way to kill Pella Ardinay?

Postby jhosmer1 » Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:23 pm

The Aysle Sourcebook mentions Ebonite, the Tainted Metal, which gives weapons the Slaying ability. It's not a stretch to imagine an artifact Ebonite Blade that can slay the soul. It'd be like the Morganti weapons on Steven Brust's Vlad Taltos novels.

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Re: A credible way to kill Pella Ardinay?

Postby QuarrelBlue » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:04 pm

jhosmer1 wrote:The Aysle Sourcebook mentions Ebonite, the Tainted Metal, which gives weapons the Slaying ability. It's not a stretch to imagine an artifact Ebonite Blade that can slay the soul. It'd be like the Morganti weapons on Steven Brust's Vlad Taltos novels.

Wait. An Ebonite Blade that can slay the soul!?

...By the way, a Nuclear Suicide Bomber Gospog can be a terrible terror weapon with enough firepower to vaporize Lady Pella and her entire court, and can cause serious problem without some method to quickly detect and netralize it.
(Remember, gospogs are strangely adaptable and function without Contradiction in every realm)

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Re: A credible way to kill Pella Ardinay?

Postby Wakshani » Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:00 pm

Take the God Box adventure,

Cross out "Baruk Khah" and write in "Uthorian".
Cross out "Lanala" and write in "Pella Ardinay".

Taa daa!

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Re: A credible way to kill Pella Ardinay?

Postby mystic101 » Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:03 pm

A lot of these plans are very complicated.

A simpler solution might be to just have an assassin inject her with a solution of powdered ebonite.

People with Light perks have to make a Defeat test each and every round that they're in contact with ebonite. If it's been injected, then they're unavoidably in contact with it every single round. And if they were still alive when they were injected, then the ebonite dust would've been distributed by their bloodstream all throughout their body tissues, making it virtually impossible to remove.

So even if someone used Raise Dead or an equivalent power on them, it just gives them x number of rounds of life before they then keel over again. That could only be repeated x number of times, for x number of rounds each time, until eventually the cleric would fail one of their Spirit rolls and then that would be that. Final death.

The momentary resurrections could be fairly pathos inducing, if played right. The first one to tearfully inform the victim of their situation. One to ask them what their final wishes were, another to say one last goodbye to any loved ones, etc. It couldn't, and shouldn't, go on for very long, of course. Then they'd be gone forever.

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Re: A credible way to kill Pella Ardinay?

Postby Atama » Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:39 pm

mystic101 wrote:A lot of these plans are very complicated.

A simpler solution might be to just have an assassin inject her with a solution of powdered ebonite.

People with Light perks have to make a Defeat test each and every round that they're in contact with ebonite. If it's been injected, then they're unavoidably in contact with it every single round. And if they were still alive when they were injected, then the ebonite dust would've been distributed by their bloodstream all throughout their body tissues, making it virtually impossible to remove.

So even if someone used Raise Dead or an equivalent power on them, it just gives them x number of rounds of life before they then keel over again. That could only be repeated x number of times, for x number of rounds each time, until eventually the cleric would fail one of their Spirit rolls and then that would be that. Final death.

The momentary resurrections could be fairly pathos inducing, if played right. The first one to tearfully inform the victim of their situation. One to ask them what their final wishes were, another to say one last goodbye to any loved ones, etc. It couldn't, and shouldn't, go on for very long, of course. Then they'd be gone forever.

Maybe the only way to save her at that point is magic based on Darkness...
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