Tome: A Mystery RPG
A death in the Library of Worlds forces the characters of the murdered writer to find his killer. With the fate of several literary worlds at stake, the murderer must be stopped if the Library is to survive.
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Jave Harron

The group materializes outside the "Twilight Empire" tome to see Aemos and Lady Yang facing them. Below them is a dead boy with a shattered construct next to him.

"Jason's dead," Aemos says grimmly. "But we found some more evidence."

"We now know what book was taken from your creator's room," Yang adds. "But it is hardly good news."

"It's a thaumaturgical text called the Book of Thoth," Aemos replies. "Research derived from it is what allowed the creation of the Tomeworlds in the first place. Rumored to contain not only the knowledge of the gods, but also prophecies of the future and annuls of the forgotten past. It's a book encoded in thaumaturgical math and symbolism."

"We have narrowed down the list of suspects, but-" Yang notes. "There's still some horrible things. Jason was sent to guard the entrance to the Tomeworlds, and now he and his brother are dead. One murder's just motivated another."

9/14/2008 #1
Cam S

"Thoth...the name is familiar..." Moros mutters, "is there any way to know how many murderers were involved?"

9/14/2008 #2
Monev11235

"So wait, let me guess. We need to guess at which Tomeoworld Eleutherios is in now?" Clockroach added.

9/14/2008 #3
Crownbreaker

"Perhaps we should do some investigating of this latest murder before we go running off again." Geminos says. He gives Jason's corpse a thoughtful look.

"How many people know Jason is dead?"

9/15/2008 #4
Jave Harron

"Neither. We know who the culprit was," Yang replies. "We saw it from a spy biomorph's sensory feed. Eleutherios blasted him with a shotgun. And blew up the construct with an explosive. We saw him approaching another tome as well, the one called 'Enemies of the State.' That tome in particular has nasty things inside it."

9/15/2008 #5
The Crazy Talk Kid

"Any specifics then in that case?" Ades asks, still unaccustomed to his voice.

9/15/2008 #6
Cam S

"Has anyone thought of just locking him inside a tomeworld? Put it in a water-tight lead box, drop it in the deepest part of the ocean and forget about it for a couple years? Is that not something we can do?" Moros asked rhetorically, looking down at his feet.

9/15/2008 #7
dreamshell

"Even if that were possible," the recently quiet Chandi speaks up, "it is likely that, with this book, the Radicals might no longer need worry over Eleutherios' fate. We know they can create characters to use for their own agenda and now, perhaps even whole tomeworlds."

9/18/2008 #8
Crownbreaker

"Then perhaps we should simply lock the man in this world," Geminos says. "And directly confront the Radicals. If they can simply create all the characters they need, we gain very little by catching Eleutherios."

9/18/2008 #9
The Crazy Talk Kid

"All our work will have been for nothing if they're building some kind of army to attack as we speak," Ades stated grimly.

9/18/2008 #10
Jave Harron

Yang considers this idea. "This Library depends on the goods exported from the tomeworlds," she says. "But some more than others. "Enemies of the State" provides many of the constructs and thaumechanics that keep this library running. We'll lock the other tomes away in the meantime."

"I recall what you said about the Sus earlier," Aemos notes. "What if them, and perhaps even that mercenary, are prototypes for a larger effort? But humans and organic sapients normally require living space and food and water. It would be impossible for them to hide an army here. And large-scale export traffic between tomeworlds would be very unsuitable for organics..."

"But how about constructs and soulshells?" Clockroach inquires.

"An army of constructs would be difficult to hide. But it might be done," Aemos says. "Remember how our imports from Tomeworlds arrive in massive, automated receiving areas? An inactivated or partially activated army of constructs could certainly be hidden down there... Even if they're disassembled, waiting in boxes. Or perhaps..."

An alarmed look appears on the old man's face. "Shit," he mutters. "It's making sense."

"Something to do with the Book of Thoth?" Moros adds.

"Thaumath from that book is what allowed us to create Tomeworlds in the first place. If the killer stole that as their motive," Aemos adds. "Then they could create their own tome worlds. But, if they wanted an army, they could create a theoretically limitless supply of troops, constructs, and supplies. Not to mention a nearly undetectable base of operations. An infinite army, based out of a single tome..."

Aemos looses himself in thought.

"If there's someone trying to start a plan like that," Yang notes. "Then they'll likely start somewhere few people look. You'll find the receiving bays downstairs, and down a long and narrow hallway."

She gestures towards a nearby bolted metal door.

9/18/2008 #11
The Crazy Talk Kid

"Why don't we just attack now? They would never expect an attack now," Ades suggests. He continues, "It's not like we don't have allies in the tomeworlds we've visited."

9/18/2008 #12
Jave Harron

"And transport a whole army through without anyone noticing?" Aemos notes. "If we want an army, then perhaps you should check downstairs to see if there are Radicals down there. If they do have a construct army, we might be able to reprogram it. Just bring any strange constructs you find to me."

9/19/2008 #13
Jave Harron

The group enters the hatch to find a hallway hewn from solid rock, unlike most of the other passages in the Library they have seen so far. They proceed forward until they reach a cavernous, dimmly lit chamber. There are several stacks of crates off on the side, with constructs moving various objects from machine parts to thaumaturgical goods into vats and boxes. There is a large, clear area in the floor, with no constructs or objects on it.

"What's that?" Ades asks, looking at the clear area.

There is a loud wailing siren, and red lights start flashing. All of a sudden, a ship appears in the center of the cleared portion of the floor. The Corredine Imperial symbol is on it, and several soaked but watertight containers are onboard. Immediately, the constructs began to disassemble the barge with cutters and torches, while crane like constructs move the crates on top of it. The constructs take the metal from the barge, and dump it into a pile. Another series of constructs sort the scrap metal, making machine parts from it.

"It seems that this is where Admiral Soun's gifts went," Chandi notes.

There are four passages leading out of the room. There is the hallway they entered from, a hallway near where the scrap metal is taken, and two passages where crates are taken.

9/19/2008 . Edited by dreamshell, 9/19/2008 #14
Jave Harron

The group follows the scrap metal passageway, and hears a voice echoing down the corridor. "So, coming to do the Moderates' bidding, eh?" Eleutherios voice taunts.

The speaker is unseen, and the voice is coming from around a bend in the hallway.

"Why are you fighting? You're just a random ideas that some unfortunate bastard had," the voice taunts. "I know why I'm fighting. You're all just a bunch of pawns!"

9/20/2008 #15
dreamshell

Chandi takes out her pistols in anticipation. She looks to the others, hoping everyone is at the ready.

"You have no better alternatives for us, Eleutherios," the warrior-diplomat replies, though admits to herself that she and all of the group seem to be risking their new lives for little reason. They had been promised freedom early on if they worked for the Moderates, but what allegiance did they owe them in the first place?

9/20/2008 . Edited 9/20/2008 #16
Crownbreaker

"The fools are the most entertained," Geminos says, laughing. Each twin readies a shotgun. "They have no responsibility." It was hardly appropriate for a man who was just another fantasy to begin throwing stones.

"Entertain me."

9/20/2008 . Edited by dreamshell, 9/20/2008 #17
Monev11235

"What, precisely, do you fight for?" Clockroach replies.

9/20/2008 . Edited by dreamshell, 9/20/2008 #18
The Crazy Talk Kid

"Afraid, Su-boy?" Ades taunts as he draws his blades.

"Yes, do you fear us in our combat prowess Su-like man?" Oro attempts to mock him as well while Ades shakes his head.

9/20/2008 #19
Cam S

"Where are a mountain of lovesick arthropods when you need them?" Moros mumbles to himself.

9/20/2008 #20
Jave Harron

"I fight to bring order to this world. But not just restoring some dead nation," Eleutherios' voice replies. "For all I care, Kaftor can stay dead. And the Librarians can have their corpse of a civilization. But I will make my own way. Fuck the gods, fuck fate, fuck the Tomes! If there is no order, then I shall create it with my own hands!"

Just then, the shadow of Eleutherios appears around a corner. He then appears, leaning against the wall. In his hands, he holds a weapon that resembles a large bore shotgun or rifle. He aims it at the wall, and pulls the trigger. A spherical projectile ricochets off the wall and lands directly in front of the group.

The grenade detonates, sending out a bright flash of light. Even Clockroach and Ades' optical sensors are overloaded, but they recover functionality faster.

"Oh, and for the fuckhole that raped me," he taunts as a secondary grenade is launched. A strange smell fills the air. "That pheromone works on anything organic. Everyone's going to find you a lot more attractive now. For now, I have an appointment to make."

The organic members of the party find themselves in an aroused state, with biomancy causing overwhelming lust to be directed at Moros.

9/20/2008 #21
The Crazy Talk Kid

"Son of a bitch," Ades mutters. "Oro, help me hold off the organics from Moros!"

9/21/2008 #22
Cam S

Moros begins backing away from the others.

He concentrates the pain produces from the barbed wire into short, concentrated blasts and used it to halt anyone who got too close.

"Someone point me toward the nearest body of water...please..." he said, his voice strained.

9/21/2008 #23
The Crazy Talk Kid

"Run now!" Ades yells to him as he and Oro are attempting to deter their comrades from raping another. Oro is haing difficulty keeping off the twins while Ades slugs Chandi to try to get her to back off or knock some sense into her. "Run anywhere now!"

9/21/2008 #24
dreamshell

Chandi, frenzied by the pheromones, uses her thaumokinetics to increase the gravitational pressure around Ades. His soulshell strains under the weight and begins to collapse upon itself, leaving Ades an immobile, compacted wreck. Offhandedly, the warrior-diplomat sends Oro flying against a wall and continues to make her way towards her new obsession—Moros.

9/21/2008 #25
Monev11235

"Moros, run!" Clockroach repeats the command as it releases a thaumokinetic blast to fling Chandi back.

9/21/2008 . Edited by dreamshell, 9/21/2008 #26
Jave Harron

Chandi is knocked back by a burst of pain from Moros' defensive field. The Geminos twins, evolving a resistance to the phermones, consider why Eleutherios, a fairly competent warrior, would use such a nonsensical tactic as gangraping a thaumaturge. Some hydrocarbons were also floating around in the mix. Why would he put sugars in the pheromone bomb? Sure, Moros had been behind having the Trilos gang rape him, but he would probably not care for petty revenge in this sense. Especially in a group with three constructs.

Such a tactic could get everyone closer together in the chaos of battle. They were in a fairly enclosed corridor. Just then, another grenade ricocheted around the corner. Clockroach is quick to catch a glimpse of writing on the grenade. "Corredine Arsenal, Mark 2 Incideniary Grenade." With the hydrocarbons spread around by the previous grenades, this one would set a lot of people on fire. Especially tight clusters of people in enclosed environments. Eleutherios' tactics suddenly make more sense.

9/21/2008 . Edited by dreamshell, 9/21/2008 #27
Cam S

Moros is running; he needs to jump in the ocean. Provided a shark or squid doesn't start humping him, that would probably be the best idea.

9/21/2008 #28
The Crazy Talk Kid

Oro kicks the grenade back down the hall and goes to assist his master who is cursing Chandi's name while attempting to repair himself.

9/21/2008 #29
Monev11235

Clockroach thaumokinetically assists Oro's kick, launching the grenade to a safe distance.

9/21/2008 #30
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