Crime Pays

The Golden Moon Temple Part 16
Xironi Gathers Adventurers

Part 16

Xironielle has discovered a large secret entrance going underground hidden inside the Golden Moon Temple where she works. She gathers up a group of adventurers who can assist her by exploring this underground entrance. Xironielle knows each of them in some way: Hetha from smuggling at the Golden Moon Shrine, Rhaize from his volunteer work at the shrine and him often taking shelter, Taquito from working at his fathers large enterprise Xironelle eats at the Dingleberry Diner all the time, Belladonna from her work as a criminal of Athiisar, and Steve from his righteous acts at the Hillside Temple. Xironielle has been doing a lot of work in Athiisar bringing people to the faith of Pelor. Xironielle has met each of you in her adventurers around the city and you all know Xironielle very well. This however is the first time that the rest of the characters have officially been introduced to each other.

She messages everyone she knows and says that she is calling out the favors that she has accumulated. They all owe Xironi for something in the past and she tells them to meet her at the Tallon Memorial Gardens because she has found something disturbing. She waits in the gardens until she is attacked by a couple of robbers that come from the shadows.

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The Golden Moon Temple Part 15
Gungor's Crimes of Servitude

Part 15

So Gungor took beggars, peasants, people who wouldn’t be missed, and brainwashed them with the power of the Orb. The Orb changes people’s personalities. Gungor used this power to make these people will themselves to wanting to be sacrificed. Gungor was trying to open the gateway further, but it took a numerous quantity of sacrifices. Gungor’s largest struggle was getting past Xironi, so Corinth helped by making Gungor incorporeal, having his insubstantial phasing form bring down the sacrifices.

Gungor heard Corinth talking to him. guiding him step by step, but Gungor knew that the power here was stronger than even Corinth. Gungor opened a door and saw a large demon who was craving corpses. So Gungor tossed some of his sacrifices into the chamber, leaving the huge demon at peace as Corinth commanded the snake to borrow lower and lower. Gungor realized that he could not resist Corinth, Corinth had control over Gungor the moment that Gungor went through the hidden entrance into this secret tunnel. Gungor now could only continue to play his part that was decided for him by Corinth.

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The Golden Moon Temple Part 14
Gungor

Part 14

Gungor used to be a man of faith but after the planes have shifted he has wandered around peddling his wares, begging for his supper. That was when he stumbled upon a hidden entrance. It was a portal of sorts, into the backroom of the temple. The temple is large enough that secret entrances aren’t uncommon. However, even the smugglers didn’t know about this entrance for there seemed to be no reason to enter into this back room. Gungor felt called to go deeper underground. Xironi knew of the backroom, because she use to use it for storage years before the planes shifted. Now, whatever supplies she had stored back there have been used or sold.

As Gungor lifted up some loose stone tiles placed over a large hole he wandered down this oddly smooth tunnel. A tunnel that was hollowed out by a large snake like creature. Gungor found numerous skeletons, a strange orb, and unlimited power. Power that could possess men much stronger willed than Gungor. For Gungor found down here the pathway to the gods. This is a gateway to the divine channel, and it is the in between world of Torril and the astral sea and outer planes. This is what powered the divine miracles of the temple. The gateway isn’t large enough to travel through as a person, but the power definitely can move through here. The divine power only has a limited range and it requires being lower underground. The darkness under Athiisar, whatever horrible thing it is, however, mixes with the power that comes from the divine channel and taints the holy power that is surging through these caverns. This is a gateway which if powered properly (what Gungor was trying to do) or assisted with the help of an Angel or Devil could lead as a hallway to the divine. However at this moment it is a dangerous tool that surges with power untamed. It is unwieldy and untapped, power without anything holding it back. However, what Gungor noticed while down here is that it is locked. It isn’t merely that the divine powers were separated by the spellplague, but that they also didn’t want something to invade… or escape.

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The Golden Moon Temple Part 13
The Old Temple

Part 13

The Golden Moon Temple is anything but golden these days. Since the God’s have been “cut off” there has been little need for those with divine talents. The only person left in charge of the Golden Moon Temple is Xironelle. The temple has been laid waste and covered in dust and a smell of must. The temple once was great but now it is almost abandoned. Only on the rare occasion does a traveller enter in for a little shelter from the rain or for a little food. Occasionally someone will ask for a miracle that Pelor may grant but that is a rare occurrence. The Temple’s income is incredibly low and the Temple is only here by Donation from a few gangs who use it to make deals, trades, and to assist in smuggling. Even though Xironelle doesn’t approve of these kinds of actions, if it can keep the Temple standing then it must be done. The Golden Moon Temple has been home to many deities in the past and it has always had a spiritual aura around it. Yet all adventurers can feel that the power is deluded and distant. The divine powers seep through slowly and you can feel that they are muffled by another source. This has happened to all the temples. These temples are places where divine powers can occur but they are weakened and are strangled by something else, not only because of the distance from the astral sea.

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The Golden Moon Temple Part 12
Divine Nodes

Part 12

There are many temples, and the divine powers work inside some of the temples, but they don’t work outside of them. That is because these select points have a connection the divine channel.

The divine powers, contrary to most beliefs were not cut off. They were diminished, deluded, and muffled because of the distance to the divine planes. You see, the divine planes before the shift were so close together that you didn’t notice the channels. Since they have been pulled apart the channels have been stretched and so the divine powers don’t come through as strong without a “divine power node”.

It is only those select divine nodes where the channels touch Toril’s plane, that any divine powers can be used. That is, unless the channels are opened by the way of a key.

The feywild have suffered a similar fate. They aren’t gone, they are just hidden. It is why when an eladrin teleports they have no direction or control of where they appear. The fey opened up one of their channels because of the broken agreement, the divine however have no need or wish to reopen their channels and something would prefer to keep them sealed.

One such temple with a divine node was known as The Golden Moon Temple

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The Golden Moon Temple Part 11
Spellplague

Part 11

Then the Spellplague came.

The Spellplague altered arcane magic, changing its properties forever. It also had a profound effect on magical items, destroying many of them or changing their effects and powers.
With the Spellplague came worldwide cataclysms. Some lands sank beneath the ocean while others collapsed into the Underdark. The unraveling of the Weave and resulting Spellplague also altered the world’s relationship to the planes.
With the weakening of the Divine with Toril, the influence of the gods became greatly diminished. Divine powers now require more than the actions of a cleric or priest. Now, the addition of a “divine power node” is required whether it is a particular location conducive to a particular deity’s influence, a sanctified temple of holy site, an artifact, or some other node of power. Due to this, those whose power relied upon divine favor found themselves at a dire disadvantage to those who relied upon the sword or spell.
Those worldwide cataclysms and the shifting of planes left a small pocket of time and space. A portal, a gateway, a hidden entrance to the secret tunnel.

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the Golden Moon Temple Part 10
Corith's Mental Presence

Part 10

Beyond the knowledge of anyone. Corinth’s telepathy grew stronger and stronger manipulating the beings above ground. Corinth summoned a serpent from above to carve a tunnel down to Corinth’s chamber. A huge demon found its way into the tunnel and remained their, feeding off of the evil power of Corinth. The demon felt charged with power and devoted his servitude to Corinth, calling him “master”.

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The Golden Moon Temple Part 9
The Construction of the Temple

Origins: The Golden Moon Temple part 1
Corinth Sinatra: The Golden Moon Temple Part 2
Corinth’s Education: The Golden Moon Temple Part 3
The Sacrifice: The Golden Moon Temple Part 4
False Paladin: The Golden Moon Temple Part 5
Corinth Remains: the Golden Moon Temple Part 6
Athiisar Court House: The Golden Moon Temple Part 7
Family Butcher: The Golden Moon Temple Part 8
The Construction of the Temple: The Golden Moon Temple Part 9

After Scooter’s Family Butcher shop closed they noticed that the area had a very strong connection to the divine and they made The Golden Moon Temple. The Golden Moon Temple was a Temple to the deities of Selune and Pelor. Together they make the Golden Moon. It requires both deities together to bring peace and harmony among all people. For the moon does not reflect without the light of the sun. Of course the light of the sun can’t spread everywhere without the help of the moon. Which deity is better has been a debate for years but they both help each other in this symbiotic relationship. Before the Golden Moon Temple was made in the image of Selune and Pelor the warehouse district had no temple for those with the divine inclination to take refuge. The Golden Moon Temple was a splendid sight, dazzling architecture that made even nobles travel across the bridge to the other side just to look upon it with awe.

It was so beautiful that people would pay just to enter into its beautiful sanctum. The architect who designed the temple was one of the most brilliant craftsman in the land. He was paid so well to make this temple but he put every penny he earned back into buying the best materials to make this temple last for all time. The architect didn’t sleep more than two hours a day as he became obsessed, with making this temple his only ambition in life. The architect then died the day after the temple was released from exhaustion, poor diet, and stress. His obsession did in fact turn this temple into the most beautiful and well supported building in all of Athiisar. Even if Athiisar is rained on by fire, flood, dragons, giants, arcane cannons or Tiamat itself, this temple will still stand.

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The Golden Moon Temple Part 8
The Family Butcher

Origins: The Golden Moon Temple part 1
Corinth Sinatra: The Golden Moon Temple Part 2
Corinth’s Education: The Golden Moon Temple Part 3
The Sacrifice: The Golden Moon Temple Part 4
False Paladin: The Golden Moon Temple Part 5
Corinth Remains: the Golden Moon Temple Part 6
Athiisar Court House: The Golden Moon Temple Part 7
The Family Butcher: The Golden Moon Temple part 8

A decade before the spellplague the court house closed and became a butcher’s shop by the name of Scooter’s Family Butcher. Scooter was said to have gone insane, and killed many people. He then cut up the bodies into ground meat and sold them. His business then became incredibly popular, with almost half of the residents of the city taking part in cannibalism without knowing it. Eventually the city guards found him, killed him, and closed his business. The authorities, officials, reporters, gossipers, and the Broadsheets, The Waterside Gazette and The Civic Journal, all agreed to keep the murders and the selling of the meat a dark secret. Only those with great wisdom, literary knowledge, or those that are very old still remember what happened.
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The Golden Moon Temple Part 7
Athiisar Court House

Origins: The Golden Moon Temple part 1
Corinth Sinatra: The Golden Moon Temple Part 2
Corinth’s Education: The Golden Moon Temple Part 3
The Sacrifice: The Golden Moon Temple Part 4
False Paladin: The Golden Moon Temple Part 5
Corinth Remains: the Golden Moon Temple Part 6
Athiisar Court House: The Golden Moon Temple Part 7

Part 7

On the field of sacrifices, as the city of Athiisar was being formed they clung to what little order the city officials could. They built a court system to keep order and keep the structure and safety of Athiisar’s residents. As the city of Athiisar became a popular trade city the nobles disliked the slums and the poor. As the rich get richer and the poor become more poor this causes an unsightly dark spot of the city. The court house became an institution for corrupt nobles to cleanse the sore sight by executing and eliminating the poor. Eventually those nobles were caught and executed in their own court house for the underhanded dealings that they performed. Their greed costing them their lives.

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