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Gatherings of the Ordo (Old timeline)
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06/12/2014
"Dark Walker."

I was called over stone by Araul to watch over the door to Aria's house, which was blazened over by a shield of Light, which led me to expect the worst, though through the chatter over stone, sounded as if he knew what was occuring.

First personal encounter with the Dark Walker. It was only visible to me when I attempted to not look at it, which made it difficult to combat. The swings that made contact, even when I empowered them with the Shadows seemed to strike, though only disturbed it's form, like a gasious mass. It responded, and evaded me after the initial strike, and spoke in a gutteral tone, similar to the way Jester speaks when not Common. The way the words flowed out seemed innately similar to his language, though it repeated itself in Common, as if expecting me not to understand the initial statement, or knowing I did not understand, and adapting. I felt it's presence in my mind... I saw flickers of Martin, and fear became known to me.

It disappeared from my sight, and I ordered Araul to open a portal to get the lot of those inside out of the house, as it somehow began to open a portal into someplace... Dark. I saw no landscapes, nothing of life. Only of night and Shadow as is flowed outward, and swarmed upon the house like Locust. I shattered a Fel stone to disrupt the portal, but the Shadows remained to do damage to the home, as I was propelled from the roof.

When I returned to my senses, I looked back to the house, and it looked as if war had been waged upon it, flames and blood spattered and splayed about all of it I could see, as a scream erupted from it, as I attempted to get there to aid whom yet lived. There laid the bodies of many an Ordo, darkened by blood that poured from daggers upon their hearts. I found the Prophetess, yet living, and dragged her from the house, the my mind blankened to this what almost seemed like a nightmare. She was upon the brink of death, as I drew my blade, with a Lifedrawing enchantment upon it, and went to place it in her hand, intending to have her do enough harm to me that she might survive the wound. With aid of those calling over stone, I managed to see the faltering of my mind, as the false vision of the Prophetess, attempted to wrest my blade from me. I could only evade before being pulled through portal to the Black Library.

Araul had instigated his own police state upon the Black Library, sealing all of us within it and placing Daralis as guard to ensure none departed. I returned downstairs to observe this to learn Araul had not policed himself therein, though for what I am unaware, he stated he had only intended to be gone a moment.

He brought back with him the Harbinger, whom had us gather that he might purge the curses from the souls of those 'marked' by the Dark Walker. Ana's curse was lifted with ease at the Harbinger's abilities, and was sent into the other room with Aria, both of whom inhabitted the bodies of the other. Ana being in the body of Aria, and vice versa, through some means I was not present to witness. Lilly was called in to watch over them with healing.

Connie was hesitant to lay down, and further inquired if it would be painful in her usual fashion. She only went to lay down after I had warned her, and Araul attempted to strike her out cold, and she evaded the blow. During the process of the culling of Connie's curse, Lilly called for Araul, whom entered the room, and took witness to their sudden state of unconsciousness, as their souls departed and sought their true bodies. Araul in haste called out over stone for the Harbinger to stop, and claimed that his work was doing harm to their souls, which led the Harbinger to work more directly, and actually stab at the curse, which embodied a parasite like a spider within their bodies. Luckily Lilly came soon after to do healing, though the damage was entirely unneccesary. The purging of Ana's curse caused no harm to the others.

After the killing of the curse/parasite, they seemed to ooze out small red orbs, that looked almost like eggs. The Harbinger worked quickly to destroy the lot of them, though it's uncertain if all were gotten, we had not stopped to count all of them before the purging of the final parasite.
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