Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!=====Deceiver's Gambit===== Arcturius prepared a few bombs with his alchemy in case he'd have to fight against [[Izanagi]] should they cross paths again. He accompanied a group, which included Raul, the O'Harris brothers, [[Janus Todd|Fox]], [[Illyria]] and the man in golden armor who called himself Katsutoshi,, in a quest to rescue Haruko from Irvin's and Izanagi's clutches. After what he'd been through, Arcturius found himself unable to trust Katsutoshi who had attacked him and the thieves last night and who was now suddenly working as their ally. He also wasn't sure what to think of Illyria and Fox, the two members of the [[Dwarven Triad]], who were quite secretive. The group teleported to the countryside near [[Trinity Gask]], the capital of the [[Crimson Coalition]]. Raul led them to a hidden Union hideout near the city and, after the group had one more member in the form of the necromancer [[Razravkar Dominus]], they began planning what to do once they were inside the city. They knew Trinity Gask was one of several potential locations where Haruko might've been taken, but even if the girl wasn't in the city, they might hopefully learn where Irvin could've taken her from the Sinlarine who were showing up there to participate in the [[Tsèni Tournament]]s. They reasoned that if anyone knew about a Sinlarine shaman like Irvin, it would be his fellow Sinlarine. They entered the city in the guise of actors and then split up into smaller groups to gather intel and locate the Sinlarine. Arcturius ended up doing his own investigations in the ''[[Witch Elves]]'' tavern inn once he learned that some people had spotted a man fitting Irvin's looks there. Arcturius asked around despite knowing that he was in enemy territory, but his gamble paid off as his investigations led him to the tavern's back alley where he met with the [[Weird Sisters]], a trio of witches who gave him, Fox and Katsutoshi a few cryptic clues how to rescue Haruko and where to start looking for her. The party members had been successful in gathering intel as they regrouped. They began putting the pieces of the puzzle together, finally discovering that Haruko had last been seen visiting a trio of witches known as the Weird Sisters. The party enlisted the aid of a [[Libaterran Tribes#Sinlarine|Sinlarine]] teen named [[Beira]] who led them to the witches. They were also joined by a few members of the mysterious [[Grey Guard]]s as well as a few members of Grace's [[Mullencamp]] unit, and the smug elf [[Lirado Qavennurrie]] who seemed to have a history with Illyria. Arcturius also took note of Thorn's presence in the city despite having last seen him in Hidefall, and expressed concern about Thorn to Grace once the dwarf was out of earshot, but the Mullencamp captain chose to ignore his warnings. While on their way to the alley where the witches were, the party saw how the golden-armored warrior Katsutoshi was fighting against a man named [[Rahovart]] whom Arcturius saw as a victim. Despite aiding in subduing Rahovart who turned out to be a demon, he also made sure to use his illusions to confuse Katsutoshi so that he wouldn't kill him. Leaving the demon in Coalition custody, Arcturius followed after the rest of the party to meet the witches. The witches told the group that they could help them access a portal to the place where Haruko was being held but only if each group member gave the witches their most prized possessions, whether rocks, coins or other valued objects. After the entry fee had been paid, the group entered [[Malperdy]], a labyrinth beneath Trinity Gask. Arcturius eventually surrendered one of the only things of value he had, his home, before entering the labyrinth where Haruko's kidnappers--the rogue shaman Irvin and the strange fox beast [[Izanagi]]--were residing. While traversing the labyrinth, the group faced the monstrous guardians of Malperdy: the [[Creatures#Unseen|Unseen]]. It was thanks to the quick thinking of several party members and Fox sacrificing himself to lure the Unseen to the [[Land of the Dead]] through a necromantic portal that the party survived. Gazing into the vale to see both [[Grim Reaper]] and the land of the dead froze Arcturius with fear. The sights he saw left their mark upon the boy and shook him to his core, despite attempts by some of the group to comfort him, namely Beira. However, the party was confronted by Izanagi immediately afterwards. The beast mocked their efforts to save Haruko but also surprisingly asked them what the ''real'' reason for them entering Malperdy was. Some party members tried to buy some time to keep Izanagi distracted so they humoured him with answers. Arcturius, however, chose to answer honestly his motivation for why he was there: to save Haruko and fulfill his promise to aid and protect her. The armored warrior Katsutoshi, however, wasn't amused and tried to attack Izanagi while the beast was focusing on other people's answers, only ending up triggering Izanagi's trap which made the party fall to its seeming doom. Believing that he had finally met his end, and failing to grasp ahold of Razravkar as the elven necromancer summoned forth his shades to carry him to safety, Arcturius resigned himself to falling to his death. However, after seeing Raul and some of the others still try to find a way to save themselves, he became inspired and chose to keep trying as well. Utilizing his song of wind, the bard tried to slow everyone's fall, but found that his own voice wasn't enough. With the aid of Beira and an [[Deidra Finian|ghostly voice]] the descent was slowed, causing the ground to reform beneath them and reveal that the fall had been a test of faith, to see if the party could work together even in extreme duress and prevail against the odds. The moment of peace didn't last long as they soon found themselves reunited with the dwarf Thorn, whose sudden arrival to a seemingly secluded location like Malperdy surprised Arcturius and only made him grow even more suspicious. The dwarf had disappeared in Hidefall, disappeared again in Trinity Gask and was only now showing himself again? Although Thorn gave the party a believable story of how he had managed to follow them to Malperdy before falling into a trap like they had, Arcturius felt uneasy around him. He chose not to dwell on it as the party ventured forward again, however, as there were more pressing matters to attend to than a drunk dwarf with good timing. The trek was cut short by [[Creatures#Troll|trolls]], who the group engaged. Arcturius once again employed his song of calming but, due to his previous efforts with slowing their fall, he had to enlist the aid of Illyria and Beira to make his song have any impact upon the trolls. After dispatching the trolls with a clever use of enchanted songs, sedative arrows and sneak attacks, the group discovered Haruko under attack by more trolls in what appeared to be a vast treasure chamber. Some party members rushed to fend off the attacking trolls whilst some instead chose to rush to Haruko's side, with Arc among them who immediately asked about her wellbeing. It was only upon reaching Haruko that he noticed the presence of both Fox and Razravkar, curious about the survival of Fox from the Land of the Dead as well why Razravkar hadn't rejoined the party if he had survived the trap earlier. However, the boy was soon shocked by misunderstanding Haruko's words by believing her to say he wasn't trust-worthy. Fox then revealed much to everyone's shock that he was not in fact Fox, one of the Triad's leaders, but instead he was [[Janus Todd]], a mere apprentice of the ''real'' Fox who was none other than Thorn, the group's supposed ally. It was then that the party found out that the armored man Katsutoshi was working ''for'' Janus after the two had made a deal in the aftermath of the assault in Hidefall, and Katsutoshi attacked Thorn with results which surprised the party members. Thorn transformed in front of their eyes due to the pain of the wound which the armored man had inflicted with his enchanted sword and turned into none other than the dreaded Izanagi, the very same fox beast who had stolen Haruko from Hidefall and left the group to its doom in the chasm earlier. It turned out that Thorn was in fact not only Izanagi and Fox but also a [[Races#Kitsune kitsune]] and the ''true'' Katsutoshi and thus Haruko's husband who had been using the party for his own ends. The ''fake'', golden-armored Katsutoshi, however, was actually [[Gilgamesh]], a human warrior from both the real Katsutoshi's and Haruko's past who had partially caused Haruko's imprisonment millennia ago. Whirling from the revelations, Arcturius found his composure beginning to slip. In the last moment of clarity, Arcturius tried to defend Haruko from Razravkar's Sundering spell by slicing his hand off, only to be stopped by Raul who tried to reason with his necromancer friend. But, the assault had been exactly what Laverna, whose spirit had been trapped in Haruko's body, had been waiting for, and she absorbed Razravkar's spell to finally take over Haruko's body and transform her into [[Izanami]], revealing Haruko as the same kind of kitsune as the real Katsutoshi was. After thanking Razravkar for enabling her plan to succeed, the Laverna-possessed Haruko then leaped on a nearby pile of gold to give birth to not one child but twins. The revelation of Haruko's true form was the final straw. The sights he had seen combined with the revelation of the quest as well as his sacrifice of his home being in vain, caused Arcturius's bottled up emotions to burst through with him suffering a mental breakdown. He called out the entire group on their actions along with Haruko and Izanagi but was detained by Sara, who immobilised the bard in an attempt to stop him from hurting himself or anyone else. Arcturius struggled but it was not for long as he was soon lulled to sleep by an all to familiar song which was his own song of calming, sung by none other then Beira before he succumbed to unconsciousness. Sara took the last flask of Godfire from Arc, the bard remaining unconscious until the next day. Because he had fallen unconscious, Arcturius didn't witness the end of the [[Battle of Malperdy]] although he would learn the specifics of what had happened after he'd woken up. Once the battle had ended with Janus and Gilgamesh taking Haruko's newborn twins as well as a few other people through a portal, the group was left to perish in the crumbling Malperdy. It was thanks to actions from Grace's subordinates in the Mullencamp that the remaining party members were saved and brought to the surface although they were immediately imprisoned for having caused this mess and letting Laverna flee from their grasp. The party, along with several other people who had been found in Malperdy, would remain in the Coalition's custody until the Coalition's leadership would decide their fates. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the The Gamer's Alliance Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://tga.fandom.com/wiki/Arcturius"