The slums are a rundown, old heap of a town tucked deep in the jungles, with townsfolk consisting mostly of poachers, black marketeers, thieves, and fugitives. While the ideal tourist spot, some travel to the Slums to make use of the black markets. (+2 Defense, +2 Speed)

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Postby Sarah » 11/22/2017 6:22 PM

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      A mansion in the Slums. An outsider would not recognize it, but Luca and every other citizen could. The building was not one cohesive house. Every house in the confines of the block was owned privately by one man. Like every rich man in the Slums this one had property to hide his illegal businesses. Like very rich man in the Slums he liked top show his illegal treasures off. This night was no different than any other. The rich men were going to compare sizes yet again for everyone’s viewing pleasure.










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Re: [Quest | Self]

Postby Sarah » 11/22/2017 6:22 PM

      Luca was seldom invited to such parties. The extravagance required a level of connection to the illegal world he just didn’t have yet. He saved too many children to be considered ‘bad’ and few gangs had an interest in someone with soft spots. It didn’t typically matter to Luca whether or not he was invited. His concerns lied more often in feeding himself and the children in his care. Anything else could be overcome by his powers and training.










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Re: [Quest | Self]

Postby Sarah » 11/22/2017 6:22 PM

      Along with his lack of connections Luca was only a child. He was fourteen and looked it. Puberty was barely hitting, and he was still quite short. It would be a few years before he could fake his way into the lives of those more fortunate than his own.

      The invitation had been sent by a new victim of the Slums. He was a wealthy man that had been doing illegal business within the confines of rules and regulations. After so long doing something as tedious as that grew boring. Instead of outing himself and going to jail he moved the majority of his possessions to the Slums.










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Postby Sarah » 11/22/2017 6:23 PM

      Everyone in the Slums was a thief. No one dared to steal from this man. Luca heard the screams at night the first few nights the man had been moving in. And days later flayed and maimed bodies began to be hung from the outer buildings on the block. Torture aside the man also hired red eyed demons to patrol the mansion halls. Their perception was beyond human, and no one who set foot on the property was spared from their bloodlust.










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Postby Sarah » 11/22/2017 6:23 PM

      Regardless of his apprehensions Luca wasn’t going to pass up on the opportunity to witness such a party - especially not for this new and violent man. Night fell on the Slums and the masquerade began. It was an unspoken rule that these events were totally anonymous. Luca had been prepared, and his mask was fashioned after his guardian stone, labradorite. It was cheap, but it was good enough. Some day he would make one for himself or go to a true lapidary if he was ever rich enough to do so.










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Postby Sarah » 11/22/2017 6:23 PM

      He entered the extravagance with all the rest. He milled and mingled and followed the general flow of the crowd. Food and drink was rotated by the servants, and he made sure he ate modestly. It was usual for him to scarf down whatever he had as quickly as possible. It was a bat habit that came from almost never eating, but that didn’t mean he forgot the manners that the lab had almost literally pounded into him.










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Postby Sarah » 11/22/2017 6:23 PM

      An hour passed, and then another and it was clear people were growing bored. There were slaves on display, and stolen art, and poached animal hides were lining the halls. It was a lot to take in, but on his third time around the buildings he too was beginning to lose interest.

      “Ladies and Gentlemen,” a voice that could only be their host’s boomed. “If I could bring your attention to the courtyard, we will be starting this party in just a moment,” the voice finished, and the door to his right clicked open. Not wanting to get trampled Luca backed off. He went to the second story of the building instead, and found the once closed windows were now all open. The second floor was still too crowded, so he made the climb to the roof and found it empty. Below him people milled into the courtyard and heads leaned out curiously form the windows of the first and second floors. Just blow him, on the rim of the roof were spotlights. They led down towards the main attraction. A square box in the center of the courtyard.










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Re: [Quest | Self]

Postby Sarah » 11/22/2017 6:24 PM

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      Luca was thankful for the lights. If anyone thought to look up, which they never did, he would go totally unseen. He could watch whatever happened from relative safety. Below him the fabric that was covering the cube was pulled away. In a sudden swoosh a cage was revealed, and inside it was a creature so terrible it brought bile up into Luca’s throat. He clutched his stomach as dinner threatened to spill out of him. Control was his middle name, but other attendees were not as fortunate. The smell of vomit was suffocating below, and those who had thought they’d be safe were now vomiting from the assaulting smell.










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Postby Sarah » 11/22/2017 6:25 PM

      If everyone wasn’t so enthralled in the monster inside the cage people would have fled the party just for the smell. Luca wouldn’t have blamed him either, and did his best to ignore the smalls wafting up from below. He focused instead on the creature in the cage.

      “To say the creature is unsettling is to say the sky is blue, or that water is wet. Its sclera and irises are so utterly black one might be convinced it has no sight at all; however, its head moves with intelligence as though it can see and know everything that is around it. Surely a creature of such other worldly quality must be eliminated,” the host’s voice boomed again.










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Postby Sarah » 11/22/2017 6:25 PM

      “A quasi-sentient being with such power is not meant to live in this humble world,” the voice continued. “Beyond its vast intelligence it can both create and control a scalding hot, plasma-like substance. A strange shadow-like fog also emanated from the creature. The purpose of this fog, as well as its origin is entirely unknown,” the voice explained dramatically.










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Postby Sarah » 11/22/2017 6:25 PM

      “To some this creature is reminiscent of a dog. Loyalty to its master had been observed and exploited. It has a loping gait and looks to rely on endurance over speed just as a dog might. Although it cannot speak it can learn and understand commands,” the voice said. Luca was not convinced it was a tamed creature. It sat too still in the cage, its eyes watching the party goers with a bloodlust Luca could sense from two stories up. “This terrifying creature is loyal to only me, and it will be the newest edition to my guard,” the voice announced. “I have been working in tandem with many scientists to bring this creature to existence. I hope you all enjoy seeing it from now on,” the voice finished.










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Postby Sarah » 11/22/2017 6:26 PM

      Luca was going to be sick. This man had a connection to the laboratories. Below the people crowded around to get a closer look at the monster. Luca decided to ditch the party. He was never safe, and now he was hunted. The host had not said as much, but Luca knew. The laboratories knew where he was, and they were watching him now. Perhaps they had never stopped.

      As he fled he hadn't even noticed the guards appearance surrounding the people inside the mansion.










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