Illyria Act 1 - Class Versus Ass - Marduk, known for his random assaults and love of Terry Rogers, is hardly the person one would expect in an expedition into the lost kingdom of Illyria. But by joining the militia forces of the NOL, he finds himself with orders to hang around the Sacred Order base of operations, and wait for for further instructions. Marduk is not good at following directions. When the Sacred Order camp comes under attack by Oswald, the classy assassin runs into Marduk. While the towering hulk has no reason to protect the Sacred Order, he doesn't realize this, and immediately plays the role he thinks he has: as a bodyguard. - created on 17:22:45 03/13/2018 by Oswald and last modified on 14:22:00 03/15/2018. Cast: Oswald and Marduk. Illyria Act 1 - A Matter of Honor - Tensions are high between the Sacred Order and the NOL, for good reason. Noel Vermillion finds herself under strict orders to escort and observe various Sacred Order operatives, and report back her findings. Driving into a hidden valley between the rolling hills and cliff-face of Illyria, she uncovers a diabolical secret of this place. When the squad of Sacred Order Acolytes she's attached to is ambushed by Whitney, however, Noel must save her charges as a matter of honor. Will she be able to save the Sacred Order... in the valley of the sheep? - created on 21:23:06 03/13/2018 by Whitney and last modified on 11:46:35 03/16/2018. Cast: Noel and Whitney. Illyria Act 1 - What Which Cannot Be Known - Sophia has had it tough. Her exploration into the extremes of knowledge has left her twisted into the monstrous form of half snake, half human. Despite this, through the power of will she is able to keep herself together long enough to assist with the expedition, lending her academic knowledge. In turn, Clio is contributing on behalf of the NOL, escorting the joint exploration and research into the tomb. Exploring the side chambers, the pair uncovers a sacred text of incredible power, hidden in an ancient chest. But the magical imprint is far more than mere literature, as the lamia finds her own powers surging up and out of control. As the cursed scroll possesses her, Clio must find a way of containing her power non-lethally, before the lamia harms herself and others. - created on 00:29:18 03/14/2018 by Clio and last modified on 11:16:11 03/15/2018. Cast: Sophia and Clio. Illyria Act 1 - Unlikely Allies - While the NOL regards itself as the bulwark against the darkness against the world, it may come to the surprise of some idealists that the paramilitary organization has some rivals. Leo Whitefang encounters one of the arch-enemies of the NOL trespassing at the Sacred Order headquarters in the dark of the night; the one and only Iron Tager of Sector Seven. The grim and no-nonsense agent of the mysterious organization is after the secrets of the NOL, and thanks to the current arrangement of the NOL and the SO, he has decided erroneously that the Sacred Order is the weakest link. Of course, the Sacred Order is after that particular secret as well. Perhaps there is a common ground between them... - created on 19:41:40 03/15/2018 by Iron Tager and last modified on 00:49:22 03/17/2018. Cast: Leo Whitefang and Iron Tager. Illyria Act 1 - Establishing Footholds - Unparalleled in skill within the NOL, the cold Jin Kisaragi leads the NOL to the forefront of the battle against the occupiers of Illyria. As the expedition sets up, he holds the vanguard as the champion of the NOL. To answer him? An ogre-like creature, fortified with a horde of gnashing goblins and bogies. Armed with the Yukianesa, the unstable Jin Kisaragi faces the army alone, making a demonstration of force to run to the very heart of the strange occupiers of Illyria. - created on 18:34:00 03/16/2018 by Jin Kisaragi and last modified on 12:14:25 03/19/2018. Cast: Munin and Jin Kisaragi. Illyria Act 1 - Uncertain Magnitude - It's not only the Sacred Order acolytes marked by outsiders. Even the Crusaders are targeted for elimination, the heartfilled soldiers volunteering with the Sacred Order to Illyria. Rashid, joining with the crusades as a matter of adventure, finds his team caught in a landslide between a mountain pass. Separated and scattered, he retreats into a nearby cave. There, he finds the ninja Tremor, who arranged the accident and is under strict orders to deal with the Sacred Order ruthlessly. - created on 10:55:09 03/18/2018 by Tremor and last modified on 12:14:37 03/19/2018. Cast: Rashid and Tremor. Illyria Act 1 - Forbidden Knowledge - Having found the Ancient Tomb, Biyu takes the lead in uncovering its secrets. Within, she begins to learn about the details of Illyria's layout, recorded in the cuneiform carved into the stone pillars. Biyu's progress is interrupted, or rather pillaged, by the always too curious Anji. Serving with the NOL, the scholar is eager to learn everything Biyu has come to so far. While the Sacred Order and NOL has been very open on sharing information, that has not been enough for the hungry academic, and Anji has little patience on any secrets that the Sacred Order researcher has withheld on Illyria. He will get what she has learned so far either politely... or by firm force. - created on 11:44:44 03/18/2018 by Anji and last modified on 12:14:48 03/19/2018. Cast: Anji and Biyu. Illyria Act 1 - To Serve Man - Though she has long kept the wool over the eyes of her 'allies', the woman calling herself Sophia Smith has made the first overt move in her plans to sow confusion and dissent between the ranks of the Sacred Order and the NOL - by poisoning the latter's food supply while making sure her face is seen by hard-ass who runs the kitchen - a face that will be very easy to link back to the Sacred Order. Who does she actually work for and what purpose does she have in putting these two factions at each other's throats? Only time will tell. - created on 15:33:08 03/18/2018 by Siren and last modified on 21:29:52 03/19/2018. Cast: Siren and Amandine. Illyria Act 1 - The Light Through the Darkness - Benezet Desire travels to Illyria, where he runs across Sacred Order operative Brandon Malone investigating a case of mysterious psychic links to burial mounds. With Brandon's blessing, Benezet taps Guinee and gives Brandon an insight into the sickness that has afflicted those he is studying: something evil is in the burial sites of the Lost Kingdom. - created on 19:36:54 03/18/2018 by Benezet and last modified on 01:10:02 03/25/2018. Cast: Brandon and Benezet. Illyria Act 1- The Mask Of The Phantom - The Sacred Order leadership is furious at the intervention of the NOL, especially in the wake of the circumstances of Dizzy's surrender. While the leadership has made it very clear about where and when the NOL can mingle with the Sacred Order, there is a heightened concern about if and when the NOL decides to ignore the Sacred Order's wishes, and what the consequences should be. Ky Kiske finally sees it unfold, when a NOL operative trespassies on the Vatican grounds. Expecting the worst, Ky Kiske moves to intercept, and soon discovers the presence of The Phantom... and a rare opportunity to find the command gear taken away from him. - created on 23:27:05 03/18/2018 by Nine and last modified on 20:09:44 03/29/2018. Cast: Ky Kiske and Nine. Illyria Act 1 - A Matter Of Duty - The NOL is not only held in suspicion by the Sacred Order. Some more free-spirited individuals are investigating the shadier side of the paramilitary organization. Zach Glenn, neither Sacred Order nor NOL, is eager to dig out some of the details of the NOL. Breaking into one of their offices in Rome, he soon discovers some details on the standing orders of the NOL operatives and the suggestion of further, secret commands. But before he can learn too much, his illicit entry is intercepted by Potemkin, who has standing orders to deal with trespassers like him. - created on 02:55:39 03/21/2018 by Zach Glenn and last modified on 01:10:14 03/25/2018. Cast: Zach Glenn and Potemkin. Illyria Act 1 - Visions of Finality - Who in the realm today has choice of the easy road or the hard to tread? / and, much concerned for his own estate, would sell his soul to remain in the sun? / Let him depart nor look on our dead / our King asks nothing of any man more than our King has done. (Rudyard Kipling, "The Dead King") - created on 12:45:27 03/21/2018 by Elise and last modified on 13:27:23 03/27/2018. Cast: Elise and Eadni. Illyria Act 1 - Midnight Wandering - Pressing deep into Illyria, the scouts of the Sacred Order have located the remains of a village of the lost kingdom of Illyria. Munin and Hugin, operatives working for the crusaders, soon discover that the hamlet is more than simply abandoned. Franziska, the undead Nazi abomination, has dug her clutches into the village, extinguishing what little life that was there to fuel her desire for power and artifacts. With her horde of undead, she seeks to dispose of both Munin and Hugin, before turning her attention deeper into Illyria. - created on 13:38:39 03/21/2018 by Franziska and last modified on 00:14:57 03/22/2018. Cast: Munin, Franziska, and Hugin. Illyria Act 1 - Secrets Bared - At the mouth of the tomb is a long cavern, bearing strange paintings and symbols along its walls. Julia is busy studying these markings, trying to uncover their origins. When she discovers some of the paint is fresh, however, she is confronted by a strange bear, fur black as night, ambushing her. Not to kill her, but to steal her away... - created on 15:23:04 03/21/2018 by Jezebel and last modified on 00:12:59 03/22/2018. Cast: Jezebel and Julia. Illyria Act 1 - Circle the Square - The leyline nexus in Illyria are an untapped resource of incredible magical power. As the rest of the army drives into the heart of Illyria, the researchers are free to pick and poke through these magical circles. Haruna, in the midst of researching some of the geomantic symbols near an old barrow, soon draws out the latent spirit energy within. But with it comes the very monsters who seek to control the land. A banshee is drawn out, and Haruna finds herself at the front lines of this conflict. - created on 21:46:21 03/21/2018 by Hayley and last modified on 00:50:12 03/26/2018. Cast: Hayley and Haruna. Illyria Act 1 - Melody of Discord - Katarina's contempt for the Sacred Order is already well known. After her dismissive treatment of Ky Kiske, her reputation amongst the acolytes is one of an ogress. Unfortunately for them, the engineer has found herself in charge of constructing the main camp. Unfortunately, she's been saddled with a bunch of useless kids in effort to promote better relations between the NOL and Sacred Order. Assisting the the Sacred Order, Kum Haehyun arrives to survey the work being done, only to find himself caught up in a sudden bit of political manuevering as one of the NOL's newer recruits draws the noble woman's ire. - created on 18:38:10 03/23/2018 by Katarina and last modified on 18:29:24 03/26/2018. Cast: Katarina, Kum Haehyun, and Renka. Illyria Act 1 - From Darkness Comes - While the monstrous invaders are shocked and awed by the NOL attack, there seems to be more to these forces than is obvious at first glance. That much becomes clear when a spy, Lotus, is caught scouting the areas at the base camp's flank. Retreating into the forest around Illyria, the freelance Brother Grimm has intervened in the matters of monster and man. He is in hot pursuit, tracking down Lotus to eliminate her, before she can reach whatever nobles that it serves. - created on 21:49:21 03/28/2018 by Brother Grimm and last modified on 01:08:24 03/29/2018. Cast: Lotus and Brother Grimm. Illyria Act 2 - Let Her Go - Penetrating deep into the security complex of the NOL Detention Center, Ky Kiske locates Dizzy in a safe, sterile garden... all observed by Relius Clover, as part of the latest in his experiments in pacifying the Command Gear, and wooing her into the cause of the NOL. Ky must make a decision. Will he allow Dizzy to stay with the NOL? Or will be break the agreement, and free Dizzy? The futures of both the NOL and the Sacred Order lie in his hands. - created on 13:27:56 04/02/2018 by Relius and last modified on 17:19:23 04/06/2018. Cast: Ky Kiske, Dizzy, and Relius. Illyria Act 2 - Knights Of The Bear Republic - Like the armies of antiquity, the Bear Army has its own champions to match those of the enemy army. In the midst of the chaos in the camp, Marduk quickly realizes that the martial arts of the Bearfolk are all too familiar to him: professional wrestling. Enraged at the wrestling bears, he begins to unleash Vale Tudo, demanding one such champion to dispose of the angry NOL recruit. Masked and mysterious, the champion descends on behalf of Bearkind to deal with Marduk... and perhaps teach him a lesson about himself all the while. - created on 13:48:22 04/02/2018 by Marduk and last modified on 00:12:28 04/14/2018. Cast: Zangief and Marduk. Illyria Act 2 - Rwise From Your Gwaves - With her forces of undead dwindling, Franziska has resorted to replenishing her ranks amongst the barrow downs. The skeletons of the warriors of Illyria are a viable choice to rejuvenate the armies of the necromancer, and her soldiers spread out to dig up the corpses for 'enlistment.' But the cries of the spirits are not easily ignored. Renka, a rank-and-file member of the Novus Orbis Librarium, intercepts Franziska within one of the barrows, disrupting the spiritual flow. Trapped away from her core army, the general must battle the kitsune in solo combat. Decapitating their commander won't destroy the army of the undead, but the chaos may buy enough time... - created on 23:52:24 04/03/2018 by Renka and last modified on 23:57:19 04/08/2018. Cast: Franziska and Renka. Illyria Act 2 - State Secrets - Deep in the control room, Biyu is busy cataloguing and discovering for the Sacred Order, though what she is seeing is beyond her field. With Sophia helping, however, it shouldn't take as long. Unfortunately, someone other than the NOL wants to stop the Sacred Order... and they send one of their largest warriors to do just that. - created on 01:00:36 04/04/2018 by Biyu and last modified on 23:57:31 04/08/2018. Cast: Potemkin, Sophia, and Biyu. Illyria Act 2 - A Scream Into A Whisper - With the help of Benezet, Brandon Malone has found a lead on the mysterious comas. Following the threads of energy, he finds the barrow that houses the queen of the banshees. Within the grave mounds, Brandon alone can to exorcise the queen, to break the hold of the banshees within Illyria. And Brandon must stop this dark magic here, before the full force of the banshees descend upon the soldiers of both NOL and SO. - created on 18:46:39 04/05/2018 by Lotus and last modified on 17:21:03 04/06/2018. Cast: Brandon and Lotus. Illyria Act 2 - The Guardian Watchers - Anji is not too far from the control room, following the flow of energies pulsating through the corridors. Tracking down the flow, he reaches the central energy core of the magical complex. While the energy seems to be intuitively tied to some kind of gate, the energy seems to be circulating up and down. And what more, there seems to be a break in the flow, disrupting and dispersing the flow throughout the infinite corridors. It would be easy enough for the scholar to fix. But as Anji investigates, he accidentally awakens one of the guardian armors, a Dullahan. Infused with the spiritual essence of the creature within the leylines, it moves to destroy Anji... before he repairs the flow. - created on 22:16:13 04/06/2018 by Lotus and last modified on 23:57:41 04/08/2018. Cast: Anji and Lotus. Illyria Act 2 - Seventh Seal - What happens when a battleship of a man and a wandering shounen hero run into each other at a magic/technology facility deep under the earth in the Albanian countryside that once was home to an ancient and wise kingdom? Honestly, mostly banter. But it's GOOD banter. - created on 14:39:26 04/07/2018 by Naoto and last modified on 23:58:04 04/08/2018. Cast: Kokonoe, Iron Tager, and Naoto. Illyria Act 2 - The Borders of Reality - Beneath what's left of Illyria Castle, various agents of the powers gathered in Albania to explore the ancient kingdom are searching the newfound Telluric Complex. Drawn by a chance encounter, Elise Harkness takes a detour into a discovery that finally puts the various elements of the puzzle in place... but she's not the only person to stumble on the answers this day. - created on 21:11:43 04/08/2018 by Elise and last modified on 17:11:50 04/14/2018. Cast: Elise and Nine. Illyria Act 2 - Bread & Bitter Herbs - In which Haruna, who is attractive and cool, is defeated through the deceit and treachery of an evil lolita. - created on 23:12:09 04/08/2018 by Haruna and last modified on 18:52:46 04/20/2018. Cast: Haruna and Amandine. Illyria Act 2 - A Second Overture - Leo Whitefang, working in parallel with Ky Kiske, delves into the Center's corridors to find Dizzy. But just like their last search, Leo seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. He does find a peculiar Gear indeed... just not Dizzy.. The strange, bird-like Gear is known as Dr. Paradigm. Captured in the wake of the Gear Wars between the UN and Japan, he is an intelligent, independent Gear scientist imprisoned by the NOL. Refusing to assist the NOL as an agent, Leo Whitefang provides an opportunity for the scientist to make his own escape... if he can work out a beneficial arrangement with the Sacred Order commander. - created on 16:25:52 04/10/2018 by Dr. Paradigm and last modified on 00:15:45 04/14/2018. Cast: Leo Whitefang and Dr. Paradigm. Illyria Act 2 - Lost In A Landslide - Tremor has only begun his mission. After being driven off by Rashid, the ninja recovers out in the outskirts of Illyria, lurking in the caverns as the invaders and bears battle the expedition. Before he has a chance to fully recover and plot his next counter-attack, the ninja is tracked down by the Arshe Sisters. Thanks to Rashid's information, the duo have come to capture the ninja, and make sure he is no longer a threat to the expedition! - created on 21:46:19 04/13/2018 by Tremor and last modified on 16:14:49 04/14/2018. Cast: Munin, Tremor, and Hugin. Illyria Act 2 - The Quality of Loyalty - Questioning the corruption run amok in his own organization, Sacred Order exorcist Claudio Serafino goes to visit the NOL base camp in hopes of discovering a more like-minded organization. A chance encounter with an enlisted NOL darkstalker might put the NOL's own status into doubt, however. - created on 23:44:46 04/15/2018 by Renka and last modified on 00:59:50 04/21/2018. Cast: Claudio and Renka. Illyria Finale - Loose Ends - Zach Glenn's efforts to reveal the NOL's atrocities to sympathetic ears in their own ranks have been fruitful, and he moves to support the Sacred Order at Illyria. But his arrival at Castle Illyria is met with a NOL operative;: Kagura's aide-de-camp, Hibiki Kohaku. Skeptical and outright hostile to Zach's interventions in the machinations of the NOL, he thinks he has found another saboteur attacking the expedition. Can Zach convince the assistant of the rightness of his words, or will Hibiki be forced to nip a potential threat in the bud? - created on 03:32:46 05/01/2018 by Zach Glenn and last modified on 12:55:37 05/16/2018. Cast: Zach Glenn and Hibiki. Illyria Finale - Aspect Of Fire - Filled with hate and wrath, Kulshedra's Aspect of Fire surrounds Nine, seeping through the tiniest cracks in the seals and wards that bind her. The sorceress finds herself momentarily free of the magics that bind her, but this is a fleeting dream, as she soon finds herself under the dragon's control instead. Its command is simple: come to Illyria Castle and set everything ablaze, friend or foe, and Sorcha and Lotus are unlucky enough to find themselves directly in Nine's way.... - created on 20:13:10 05/01/2018 by Lotus and last modified on 12:55:49 05/16/2018. Cast: Sorcha, Lotus, and Nine. Illyria Finale - Hand In The Puppet Head - The NOL and the SO are at their throats, the only thing keeping an all out war is the final surge of faeries armies, and the restraint of the leadership. And during this paranoia, there is a single suspect. Renka tastes the blood on the uniform, and finds it not of the humans, but of the sheep. Entering the hidden retreat in the valley, she pierces through the sheep in search of the instigator of this entire backlash: Whitney Saulder. - created on 22:42:09 05/05/2018 by Renka and last modified on 13:30:08 05/10/2018. Cast: Whitney and Renka. Illyria Finale - Multi Man Melee - Potemkin is dispatched when the streets of Zepp are thrown into chaos by insurgents who couldn't tolerate letting go of the money and power that came from slavery. Rebellions are often messy and this one is no exception. - created on 20:09:06 05/06/2018 by Aranha and last modified on 20:39:52 05/08/2018. Cast: Aranha and Potemkin. Illyria Finale - Ghost Of A Chance - After his encounter with the Banshee Queen, Brandon had fallen into a deep sleep. But when Brandon awakens, the full force of the banshee army is sweeping around him. Reviving him is the meek scholar, Sophia. Together, Brandon must work with Sophia to stop the armies of the banshees from sweeping away the forces of the NOL and Sacred Order. - created on 20:46:02 05/06/2018 by Munin and last modified on 20:40:26 05/08/2018. Cast: Munin, Brandon, and Sophia. Illyria Finale - Aspect Of Air - Chaos erupts among the Sacred Order acolytes, as one of their number goes unexpectedly berserk. Breaking away and harming her allies with some strange sickness, she feels to a nearby cave. Afflicted by some malady or curse that emanates from her, the possessed acolyte draws the attention of a recently cured Julia, who hears the spirits calling out to her. Julia moves to stop the afflicted acolyte before she can escape the camp and reach Illyria Castle... - created on 13:45:52 05/10/2018 by Julia and last modified on 17:35:39 05/10/2018. Cast: Julia and Saiyuki. Illyria Finale - Broken Pedestals - The arrival of the Sacred Order's commanders, Ky Kiske and Leo Whitefang, couldn't have come at a worse time for the forces in the NOL camp. Most of the Librarium's forces are on edge, or worse, and plenty have an axe to grind with the Order. As Leo Whitefang meets up at the castle, he is intercepted by Clio St. Jeanne, who wants answers. - created on 23:12:05 05/11/2018 by Clio and last modified on 23:29:59 05/12/2018. Cast: Leo Whitefang and Clio. Illyria Finale - Aspect Of Earth - Brought back to the deserted village where they had fought Franziska and her undead, Munin and Hugin wait for Sacred Order to pick up their prisoner. But Tremor at last reveals the depths of his trap! Channeling the spirit of the dragon within himself, he becomes suffused with Kulshedra's Earthen aspect. As Munin and Hugin encounter Tremor's stagnant, deathly aura, they realize that their previous fight was only the beginning... the true battle lies before them. - created on 14:26:23 05/12/2018 by Munin and last modified on 00:10:08 05/14/2018. Cast: Munin, Tremor, and Hugin. Illyria: Aspect of Water - Deep in the heart of the Telluric Complex, Sacred Order's Biyu is tasked to go with the mysterious free agent Anji with an important mission--taking a sacred sword to the core of the complex and using it to shut down the core. However, something is standing in their way. Something diminuitive... but powerful. - created on 21:51:24 05/12/2018 by Biyu and last modified on 12:59:09 05/29/2018. Cast: Anji, Biyu, and Amandine. Illyria Finale - Ghost of a Chance Part 2 - A continuation of Illyria Finale - Ghost Of A Chance, where Sophia and Brandon seek to finish the job that he attempted not too long ago. However, fighting off the army of banshee took its toll on them. Will the lamia and the wizard have enough left in them to end the menace of Sylvanas, the Banshee Queen? - created on 19:39:16 05/13/2018 by Brandon and last modified on 10:24:49 05/14/2018. Cast: Munin, Brandon, and Sophia. Illyria Finale - Final Boss Round 1 - The ultimate opponent that stands between the expedition and the valley is Mab's trump card: Kulshedra! Regenerating at an alarming rate, the multi-headed dragon draws in the power of all four into itself. Both the Sacred Order and the NOL must work together to take down this dragon, before she brings a dark age into Europe once again. - created on 23:19:01 05/25/2018 by Kulshedra and last modified on 04:56:52 05/26/2018. Cast: Lotus, Naoto, Kulshedra, and Renka. Illyria Finale - Final Boss Round 2 - With Kulshedra driven from Castle Illyria, the dragon has reached the Telluric Complex, where she and her minion, Saiyuki, feed upon the raw leyline energy. Before she can fully reform however, Ky Kiske and Munin manage to catch her, and force a battle. While fighting a dragon with so few numbers is challenging, especially alone, a wild card has arrived to assist the heroes: Oswald. - created on 23:02:56 05/26/2018 by Kulshedra and last modified on 14:33:07 05/27/2018. Cast: Oswald, Ky Kiske, Munin, Saiyuki, and Kulshedra. Illyria Finale - Terms - Behind closed doors within Castle Illyria, two leaders speak in private to shape the future of the newly conquered land and how their respective organizations move forward from here. Concessions, compromises, and risks abound as Commander Leo Whitefang makes a cautious deal with the devil. - created on 19:18:27 06/09/2018 by Izanami and last modified on 02:42:37 06/10/2018. Cast: Izanami and Leo Whitefang. The Queen is Dead; Long Live the Queen - With the appointed hour of Saint Elmo's Fire approaching, and the defenders of Illyria fighting desperately, valiantly below for their own survival against faerie forces with nothing to lose, the ritual on which the invasion was predicated draws near. Leo Whitefang, driven by Elise's letter, races for the top of the castle before it's too late, Clio in tow. What they find is a desperate, eldritch danger... but also, help from a most unexpected source. With Mab's plan coming to fruition, and Elise's ancient bargain with the fae hanging over her, what will become of Illyria's defenders in this final hour? - created on 20:37:41 06/30/2018 by Elise and last modified on 20:18:12 07/18/2018. Cast: Morrigan, Elise, Leo Whitefang, and Clio.