Present: Lujan, Jalthyn, Amelia
We walked through the door, which was of outstanding, first-age, relic-quality craftsmanship. Continuing down the hallway, we notice there is a thin filament of shadow upon the floor as we walk through, though the floor is truly solid beneath.
Upon proceeding far enough, we come across a deep cavern that extends far below and far above what we are capable of perceiving. Jalthyn even sent a light source downward that reappeared above us, continued downward, and then reappeared above a couple times before hitting a stopping point.
Jalthyn and Amelia both flared their caste marks, while Amelia greeted the darkness and it spoke back saying, “solar exalted agents of the Unconquered Sun may step forward onto the path.” Jalthyn stepped forward onto the essence-made stepping stone that appeared in front of them into the darkness.
Once we both went about halfway, Lujan lit his caste mark as well and followed. Upon reaching the other side, we step onto a stone platform almost identical to the one we left, without being shrouded in shadow. Based on Jalthyn’s observations, the stepping stones that appeared for us would not have appeared for any other type of exalted other than Solar exalted, so it could be assured that this place is a safe place.
Upon crossing the threshold, we find ourselves in the beginning of another hallway. Not far down the hallway is another room where the sides of the room and the ceiling look as if we were standing inside of a precious stone. The walls are polished to such a sheen that it takes on the appearance of gemstone, but it’s not truly translucent.
Laid in the floor are concentric rings of runes similar to those seen at the back of the initial door and the end of the initial walkway. At the center is a small depression with a pool of essence suspended within. The outermost ring from the center pool, which is a couple feet in width, is filled with runes that spiral around the pool of essence, contrived of several rings in total. The outermost ring establishes the foundation, then the understanding continues inward. Jalthyn and Amelia begin to analyze.
Lujan suddenly throws a coin into the pool of essence. It strikes completely dead center. As Lujan’s banner gives off light from the essence, the pool resonates in response.
Amelia then addresses the pool of essence, acknowledging that we have come upon being summoned and wanting to know what its desire is. She addressed it in the Old tongue, and the rings begin spinning and flaring on its own, flaring at points along the foundation in a pattern that spell out words in response: “Welcome, agents of the unconquered Sun, it has been longer than my creators had hoped.” It asks for a donation of essence. We each respond by providing 5 essence to the pool.
What we gave to the being in the essence takes form in the pool of essence, standing up before us in a human form. The being has jaw-length hair and is rather androgynous in form with a style of clothing that is familiar perhaps to Amelia in that it’s high class but older world style.
It speaks, “I am Talis. Thank you for replenishing me enough that I may take this form and function once again.”
It realizes then that only Amelia speaks High and begins speaking in the low tongue. Talis continues in low, “ It has been centuries since I last spoke with any of my creator’s kind. How may I assist you/serve you in your journey?”
Jalthyn: “Who are your creators?”
Talis: “Solars of my time crafted me from their own essence. I am the combination of their efforts to create a caretaker that could survive until the solars could return.”
Jalthyn: “What are you caretakers of?”
Talis: “I was created to take care of this fortress, to be a safe haven against the genocide that was wrought against us.”
Amelia: “Are you the one that summoned us here?”
Talis: “I do not have that ability. That was the unconquered sun that was responsible for that.”
Amelia: “We are recently exalted, and do not yet know our path In this world. We were summoned here and hoped to obtain some sort of direction or purpose upon coming here.”
Talis: “First and foremost, this fortress was created to be a sanctuary against the persecution and to be a rallying point for when the solar returned. However, my creators had not anticipated how long it would take for someone to reclaim this fortress. As such, a lot of it has fallen to disrepair. The greater functions of our fortress rely upon me to power and control them at the solars’ direction.” At this point he gestures at the command words inlaid upon the rings around him.
Jalthyn: “Can you now repair the things that have fallen into disrepair with us here to recharge you?”
Talis: “I can take assessment at this point, and with a quick analysis, the castle lacks the most fundamental means of producing basic sustenance. So this is likely where we should begin. There are rooms for you to reclaim as your own that do not require my assistance.”
Jalthyn: “What do you need to regain full capacity?”
Talis is basically unsure and would need time to assess the condition of the fortress.
Amelia: “Can you guide us moving forward?”
Tails: “I can certainly guide you in the short term and provide means for you to find ways to strengthen the fortress, which will then allow me to assist you further.”
Amelia asks: “ Can you communicate with the Unconquered Sun? Was it our previous selves that made you?”
Talis responds: “It was students of your previous selves that created me, and when your group took to the field, there was nothing that stood against you. You were the pinnacle of the Solar exalted of your time, and no Solar could stand against you.”
*GM RET CANON*
I did not have my notes open when answering this question and did not do my notes justice when recalling them on the fly.
Talis: “I can speak to the Unconquered Sun, but he answers in his own time. It was students of your previous selves that created me. All of you were a beacon, an ever improving target the Solar tried to reach. Each of you where more than a match for any other Solar. When just a few of you worked together you could defeat a full circle of Exalted. When all of you worked together, you made gods second guess if they really wanted to stand in your way.”
* END GM RET CANON*
Jalthyn: “Did we ever live here or come here ourselves?”
Talis: “Unfortunately your strength as a group meant that you were primary targets during the genocide of the exalted, and you were isolated and removed through exceeding effort on the part of the dragon blooded, and never made it to this stronghold. When you fell, there were members of the solar exalted who created this place when they realized there was no way to stop the moving forward of events of the time.”