In Sickness and In Health
(Please note, this was originally created at the same time as Chasing Shadows, hence the reference to business in Redfield)
Templar Captain Malvolio Borgia strode down the hallways in a Temple of Astra and wondered about his next mission. He had been on several small missions previously, though the last important one had been the mission to find the Mage named Letom. His promotion in the order had been from his actions in a mission, when he and several other Templars had subdued a small cult that had been trying to summon an even smaller army of demons. He could still feel the sting of wounds he had received, and thought that most of them would likely leave scars.
The Hallway opened up into a room that was dedicated to the Templar’s god: Lady Astra. A ruby statue of her Cross was built at the far end of the room, with a altar for offerings built in from of it. Several priests were chanting in unison while several more were sacrificing a bull to Astra, the pungent scent of burning meat filling the room.
Several Templars were standing in the back of the room looking on, but one of them drew Malvolio’s gaze: Knight Commander Maurice Ashwind was tall for a Half-Elf, standing almost six feet tall, dwarfing most of the Templars in the room, including Malvolio. He looked splendid in his gold armor and flowing red cape, not to mention the long, curved sword at this side. The Half-Elf’s grey hair was tied back in a ponytail that reached his belt.
“Malvolio,” Maurice said, no emotion showing on his stern, thin face “I’m glad you obeyed my summons.”
“You’re welcome, Commander,” Malvolio said, the scars on his face stretching and thinning as spoke “I know you had your reasons for summoning so soon after my last mission.”
“Yes, I’m sorry about that, but I’m afraid that this mission is rather important: the orders came from Sir Terrence of the Knights-Paladin.”
Malvolio frowned: Terrence was the toady of Sir Scaevius, the Left hand of the Emperor. If a Knights-Templar had been sent, then the mission must be important.
As if sensing his thoughts, the Knight-Commander continued “You and a squad of Templars will be deployed to Heathrow: It’s a small town in the Imperial heartland that serves as a hospital to wounded Imperial Soldiers that aren’t in active duty.”
“I’ve heard of Heathrow,” Malvolio said “Aren’t the Legionaries there led by Markus Thanos, that Centurion that lost his leg fighting against the Chaos Races up north?”
“The same,” Maurice said “in any case, he sent us a messenger: apparently, a plague is raging in Heathrow the likes of which they and we have never seen. It may have been demonically or magically created. The messenger and his horse died two hours after we got the news, but we burned the bodies before anyone else could be infected.”
The Commander sighed and said “Some local Plague Doctors, the Followers of Asclepius, are working on cure, but I doubt it’ll be made in time: over three quarters of the town is infected, and half of those are dead or dying as we speak.”
Maurice then turned the Malvolio and said “I assigned to do this because you one of the only two Knight Captains available to do so at the moment: the other one is away on business in Redfield. I want you to recruit as many Templars as possible to keep the plague in check and assist in creating a cure. If the plague is magically created, then you should see if any Inquisitors in the area will help as well, maybe some Venators if necessary.”
“Yessir, I’ll leave immediately,” Malvolio said, and prepared to leave.
“Wait,” Maurice said, and waited before the Templar Captain stopped and said “Captain, I’ve heard that you’ve had past experience with a Demon of Wrath and survived, have you not?”
When Malvolio nodded the Templar Commander said “I’ve also heard that this Demon killed your fiancée and mauled you nigh onto death. If any Demons are involved with the creation of this plague, please do not let personal feelings get in the way of the mission. It seems callous when I say it, but trust me when I say that feelings can cloud your judgment, and might even cause the mission to fail.”
Malvolio nodded, letting no emotion show on his face to let Maurice know how deep the words stung.
“Good Luck to you,” the Commander said “and may Astra speed you on your way.”
As Malvolio left the room, he smirked: the mission seemed easy compared to his last one. In the coming days, he would wonder why Maurice had assigned him to this mission, and if the other Knight-Captain’s Mission had been as hard as his…
Welcome to In Sickness and In Health: An Errant Campaign that hopefully won’t die like the other RPs I’ve tried to run in the past. The Goal of the Campaign is simple: Assist the Doctors in finding a cure to the plague, find the cause of it, and try not to become infected with the plague yourself.
Sign-Ups will be open until there are a sufficient amount of players who want to participate, and there will be major DM posts will be posted every Saturday, though minor DM posts will be posted now and then.
Please note that if you drop out of the RP, or go inactive for too long, that your character will most likely die in a painful manner.
Character Creation Criteria:
Please note that the majority of the Characters in this Campaign are Templars and Inquisitors. Unaligned Character and Venators are accepted as well, but I would prefer to be fewer of them than Templars and Inquisitors.
Here are the list of races you can sign up as:
- Templars – Humans, possibly half-elves or other human-like races or half-bloods (but anything other that pure blooded humans would be shunned, as most Templars are Nobles or Priests.).
- Inquisitors – Humans, possibly half-elves or other human-like races or half-bloods (anything other than pure-blooded humans are rare, as the rest are magical races.).
- Venators – Humans, Elves, and Dwarves.
Kill on sight, but can masquerade as humans:
- Templars – Werewolves and Human Magi. Vampires and Demon-kin cannot join the Templars due to their unholy nature.
- Inquisitors – Werewolves, Human Magi, and Vampires.
- Venators – Werewolves, Vampires, and Human Magi are unable to hide their monstrous side, and Demon-kin would be hard pressed to do so. If you want to play as one of these, you should hash it out with Wolfy, as I’ll accept anything that sounds cool.
Blank Sign-up sheets can be found here.
If you signed up in the previous incarnation of this topic, and wish to play as that character now, than that character can be found here:
Malvolio Borgia – DM NPC