Invitation to The Temple of Lies
I am pleased to inform you that a mysterious and rare event has recently occurred and though it is not yet apparent, it is an event which involves you directly. I am the Mendacious Oracle of the Temple of Lies. My forbearers and I have, for many centuries, foretold the destinies of a great many fortunate souls-and some unfortunate ones. It is our responsibility to receive visions from the Dark Gods and dispense them to those worthy of the knowledge the gods have chosen to impart. Consider yourself one such individual. A vision, unlike any other I have received in my great years, has been given me and cannot be ignored. I would even go to so great a length as to demand you come to me on Kymerus, rather than merely extend my invitation. I say this because to fail to impart my vision would be to damn the both of us in the eyes of the great Master of Magic and Fate, Tzeentch, and the other Ruinous Powers as well. Were I able to tell you on this parchment what I have to say, you would readily understand, but it is only safe to speak to you here. Your transportation and living expenses have been arranged for. Furthermore, you will be granted access to the entirety of the temple’s services and vast libraries after you arrive and forever after. Be assured, what you will learn from me greatly outweighs any concerns you may possess. I look forward to making your acquaintance.
‘Til we meet,
The Heretics each got the above invitation from members of the Temple of Lies. Garvosh was approached by a sniveling weakling that promised him paid travel to Kymerus. After accepting the invitation he heard the sorcerer, who gave him his wings and horns, speak in his mind. He told him to destroy Damon’s Third Treatise on Matters Rare, a relic kept within the Temple of Lies. Destroying it would please Baphtar.
Moxus while studying in Tarnor a city in Q'sal got approached by a friendly man offering him the invitation. Moxus readily accepted knowing the Oracle of The Temple of Lies was an honored and important figure for his world and faith. Moxus also remembered that the rare grimoire Damon’s Third Treatise on Matters Rare was kept in the Temple of Lies and was eager to find the it.
Markus Vanger was speaking to a crowd on the planet of Sagrave where the locals spoke of the return of Lord Banehowl. Markus roused the crowd to attack the Dark Eldar slavers. When the crowd dispersed a swirl of shadows and stink surrounded him and a gangly two headed creature approached him. It's name was Gresh and asked him to deliver him a sample of twisted flesh from the Temple of Lies to him for Doctor Mephistur, who was delayed. Markus wasn't sure what it was talking about but before he could ask much more a man approached him and handed him an invitation. Gresh disappeared as quickly as he appeared. Markus sensed destiny's hand and accepted the invitation.
Prince Rayleigh was looking on as his ship was being constructed. It was a wreck when he found it. The ship was formally named the Chains of Judgement, an inquisitorial ship that appeared from the warp over a year ago. It was a mess but quite a capable prize. It was almost ready to sail the stars. Now it's name was Retribution. On his previous ship he had sailed passed Messia where he picked up a crew and among it's crew was Konrad. Konrad was a capable ally to Rayleigh and helped him select a capable crew. They both looked on as a markedly stout, middle aged
woman dressed in robes of animal hide approached them from behind. Her name was Elika and she had an invitation for them both, saying that fate was already at work bringing them together. Rayleigh and Konrad both reluctant to accept with the ship nearing completion. She told them the future of the Screaming Vortex was at stake and also their lives. This caught their interest and they accepted. Rayleigh was interested in more than the invitation and spent some nights with Elika during their journey to Kymerus.
They arrived on Carrion Corpse, the sole spaceport of Kymerus. Elika left ahead of the group to make arrangements and the group was expected to wait for transport. Konrad and Rayleigh travelled to the crashed Barge that served as an inn, Markus followed them realizing they were all connected to the same glorious destiny. Rayleigh and Konrad looked at the cloaked figure curiously but accepted his presence. Moxus decided to read his own tomes before following the travellers. Garvosh had some trouble stilling his traveling heart and wanted to set out with his trusty mount. Garvosh approached Moxus and asked him where he could find food and supplies for his mount. Moxus was reluctant to respond but summoned his powers and spoke to all the Heretics in their minds. He told them his name and intentions. Garvosh decided to look elsewhere for food and the location of the Temple. Locals didn't know the location to the Temple so he was stranded until transport arrived. He decided to camp on the outskirts of town.
Konrad, Moxus, Rayleigh and Markus ran into Theon Theron, the owner of the Barge. He had rooms for them ready, as requested by the Temple. He seemed agitated by Heretics, especially Moxus. His entire staff was comprised of youngsters. Moxus deduced that Theron didn't seem to like old people.
A warrior who calls himself the Disciple of Crox lived just outside Carrion Corpse, scratching a meager existence in the barrens of Kymerus. So blessed with the Gifts of the Blood God Khorne that he was barely human, he wandered the world seeking fellow warriors to challenge to single combat. Thus far, he had not been bested, and he dedicated each kill to Khorne. He was a wandering berserker without the sanity to leave this planet.
The inhabitants of Carrion Corpse had learned to just ignore his cries for a challenger, as he would only fight those who accepted his challenge, and would grow tired if his challenge went ignored long enough. Rayleigh heard the challenger shout his challenge from outside and was bored enough to accept the challenge. The warrior was massive but his power sword quickly broke the warrior's weapon, it didn't stop him as he pummeled him with his fists. Konrad found a higher vantage point and prepared his sniper. Moxus and Markus watched the duel. Rayleigh who clearly had the upper hand was about to win the fight when Konrad decided to intervene. He shot the creature but the shot didn't manage to kill him. The Disciple roared and charged his position. As he passed Moxus charged his Q'sal crystal and stunned the warrior. It looked at him but before it could break free from the shock Rayleigh finished the warrior off. Angry at Konrad and Moxus that they interrupted his duel he confronted them. Moxus quickly told him he only stunned him so Rayleigh could finish him off, Rayleigh accepted the explanation but told him never to do it again. Rayleigh's shield was broken and he gave it to Konrad for repairs. Konrad went to work in his room, Rayleigh decided to rest in his with some company. Moxus studied his tomes in his room and Markus did likewise.
Garvosh saw fire from the barge and was in need of some warmth, there was no wood to be found on this world. When he approached he saw the fire was a corpse of a large warrior burning. He realized there must have been a great warrior here who bested the large disciple. He looked around the barge for this warrior and finally found Rayleigh, due to Markus. He asked him to fight him but Rayleigh wasn't interested in this brute. Garvosh then told him he would duel him with only his knife and if Rayleigh could make him bleed he would leave him alone. Rayleigh, interested in this new way of fighting accepted. Garvosh became frenzied and tried to end it quickly, Rayleigh much faster than Garvosh parried the knife and shattered it. Garvosh, surprised at this magic became even angrier and redoubled his attack. It was then that Rayleigh slashed him across his chest. Garvosh so lost in his frenzy continued the fight. It was then that Markus approached, he proclaimed Rayleigh the winner. Rayleigh kicked Garosh in the chest sending him sprawling into the hallway. Garvosh managed to calm down and accepted his loss, he went outside to rest with his mount.
The next day Orick arrived with a wagon to take them to the Temple of Lies. He checked to see if everyone was present but noticed that Doctor Mephistur was missing. Markus remembered Gresh and told him that the Doctor was delayed. It took some convincing to get Garvosh to join but it wasn't long until they drove toward their destination. Orick was quite interested in their travels and asked each of them about their travels. He made a deal with Konrad in trade of a story, Konrad wanted to drive the vehicle. Orick readily accepted. During their trip Markus noticed a flying creature following them from a distance. When they drove into a canyon he lost track of it. It was then many more of the flying creatures appeared. They were mutated cherubs ready to attack the Heretics. Orick hid himself underneath the vehicle as it stopped in it's track.
The Heretics dispatched the mutated Cherubs by blade, gun, spell and sermon. The vehicle was full of blood and oil-like substance. Garvosh grabbed Orick and they quickly drove away.