Altrage walked up to the Summit from the secret loft entrance to see the large vessel pulling up to the beach. Just then three familar figures appeared, Magnifico, Sieu, and Pacco all lept over the railing to the pirate ship and land softly on the sand below. The time is drawing near. He thought. My plan will come to be, it must, I will not allow anyone to stop it. Just then from below the deck numerous beastmen appeared. Altrage counted seven all of different race. An Orc wearing an odd golden head piece lept over the railing along with a slimy looking snake enchantress. Next were a pecular looking Yagudo and a two headed Mamool Ja. Then there was a Gigas who had markings on his body and the biggest troll Altrage had ever seen. Finally a quadav with a shell that looked unpenatrible lept over the railing to join the rest.
"Looks like the cast is all here," Altrage mused, "I assume you have the neck pieces ready Carlia?" He said to Carlia who had silently approached behind them.
"Of course," she replied, "Everyone from our group is wearing one except you and our three companions below."
"Get them on those three as soon as possible we want to assure our guests we have no intentions of causing harm," Altrage instructed, "As for me, I will put mine out when they put theirs on as a token of trust. Now where are the dischargers?" He took the neck pieces from her as she fumbled through her pouch.
"Right here," Carlia said revealing two units with buttons that were locked behind a clear glass. Altrage carefully took the two objects from her and placed them in his pockets.
"And the scrolls?" he double checked.
"I've placed the invisibility spell on them," she replied, "they are up against the mountain side on a table, invisible from plain sight."
"Very good," Altrage replied, "Now, once the beastmen lords arrive at the summit, its just me and them. I want everyone else to board the ship, get as many supplies as you can from the base without being a distraction and have everyone wait for me, understood?"
"Yes, sir," she replied with a salute which Altrage returned.
"Now go," he urged and with that Carlia was gone. Altrage stood alone again at the near top of the mountain. Now is the time to change the fate of the world, to change the very views of vana'diel. He thought. Just then Magnifico and company reached the top of the mountain. The three companions were already wearing their neck pieces. It was a simple chain collar and attached to the front of the necklace was a bomb core that was set to explode when one of the buttons were pressed.
"Hey Altrage! Long time no-" Magnifico began but Altrage's sharp look stopped him dead in his tracks.
"We are to set the stage, remember?" Altrage warned underhis breath as Magnifico passed him to lead the beastmen to where they would stand.
"Right," Magnifico muttered back. The beastmen were standing the closest to the edge of the summit a plan that Altrage had insisted just incase one of them could sense the presence of the scrolls. Once the Beastmen lords had be situated, Magnifico disappeared.
"Why you comrades have shiny neck piece?" asked Overlord Badgodek.
"First, Welcome to the first ever Summit meeting, good sirs and ma'dam" exclaimed Altrage with his arms wide open giving a slight bow, "Now these necklaces each one of you will have to put on as well. sadly, for the time being." Immediately the beastmen grew restless.
"Now, now, calm down," Altrage started, "there is no need to get all upset, it's merely for my crew's sake, as we are all wearing one too, so must you." He produced a neckpiece for each of the beastmen and handed one out to each. Medusa amused by the shiny pendant put on the necklace almost immediately without concern as with the Gurfurlur the Menacing and Tzee Xicu the Manifest.
"Your companies promise us power unimaginable!" exclaimed the Gigas, Alkyoneus, "yet all you do is give us stupid shiny gift?!" The beastmen mummered in accord but Altrage quickly turned their attention towards him.
"In due time, Beastmen Lords," he said, "Now if you will please. Just put on the necklaces, as I am too." Altrage put the last necklace around his own neck. The bombcore's red light was pulsating around his neck.
"Now here in my pockets are two units that can make these bomb cores explode causing the wearer to die," Altrage informed the beastmen, "Overlord Badgodek, since you showed the most concern I shall give you one and I shall hold the other. This way we can remain on neutral grounds. Oh and I should warn you, it matters not your strength to resist fire magic, as these bomb cores have been tested and can blow a hole in this side of this mountain all the way to the other side."
"You pretend to know uss well boy," the Lamia hissed, "yet we could ssnap you in two before you even though about pressssing the button."
"Ah yes, I was afraid of that," Altrage mused turning his back to them and looking at the mountain side, "But then you realize that I have my crew down below who would active the second defensive plan."
"Oh and what is that?" asked Tzee Xicu, "another one of your silly tricks I presume?"
"Something like that," Altrage said, "See inside this wall is planted twenty of these very same bomb cores. The rest between rock and very highly compressed magma. My crew is watching me right now, and they have the trigger for those bomb cores on my ship, which they will not hesitate to pull the trigger if something were to happen to me."
"I must ask you child of Altana," started the Adamantking, "Why is it you have turned to the ex-confederate for aid? Why do you offer us power unimaginable?"
"Because I'm tired of the pety ways of mankind," Altrage stated, "I'm tired of history being written in accordance to kings and leaders. This fairytale world they have created is based around lies and convictions. For that they must be punished, with the help of the newly formed Confederate this dream of mine can become a reality."
"Are you inssissting that we join together with the beasstmen from the middle landss?" sneered the Lamia. The though of working together fumed her.
"Yes, actually I am," Altrage insisted, "you must, the problem with the Crystal War was that is was five versus four. A problematic obstacle to begin with. But with all of the Beastmen around the globe united, you would be unstopable!"
"You kind would hold no rank in us," Overlord Badgodek stated, "We kill all kid of Altana."
"When that time comes, then so be it," Altrage stated, "For I too must pay for my sins, and if death be the price then I shall open my arms and embrace it."
"You are a true warrior," the Quadav stated, "If you had alone be born a Quadav you'd hold rank in my armies."
"Sadly that be not case..." Altrage said, "So what says you? Will you form the Confederate once again to crush your enemies?" The Beastmen lord looked about themselves and nodded in accord.
"We shall form our alliance once more to cleanse the world of its sins," the Yagudo stated as the rest of the Lords nodded.
"Good, now we can get down to business," Altrage stated, "I have before you a special scroll, one which will make your armies even more powerful that ever." Alrage lifted his finger and with a snap the invisibility ward was released showing the beastmen seven scrolls that were laid on a table top. Immediately the beastmen started to stand in excitement and curiousity.
"Please, please, sit down good sirs and ma'dams," Altrage started, "Need I remind you that if you appear to approach me too quickly the bomb cores in the mountain side will be triggered and we will all die." Reconsidering their move the beastmen lords all sat down again and waited for Altrage to finish explaining.
"Tell us what does this scroll do?" asked the two-headed Mamool Ja, Gurlool Ja Ja, "Yes, yes we are curious as to the potental of this mighty scroll we see before us."
"These seven scrolls are the only ones of their kind," Altrage began, "They hold the power to make the caster invincible for ever. This is the once thought to be lost, scroll of Utsusemi: San."
"We heard stories of scroll," Gurfurlur mentioned, "According to past, it turn caster to shadow for ever! Make him invincible for ever!"
"You are absolutely correct, good sir," Altrage said.
"But what do you want from uss," hissed Medusa, "Ssurely we cannot accept thiss gift from you without you getting anything in return."
"Yes, there is something I desire," the Corsair stated looked down at the dirt below him, "but luckily it falls within your goals as well."
"What you mean?" asked the Orc Lord.
"My only desire is that you target the Empire of Aht Urghan first," he revealed, "remove them from exist and you will have completed my request. Your honor bounds you to it once you take this scroll and if you choose to ignore my request, then the Empire will at your toes anyway, that nation is the largest of all the nations and the most wealthy, it would seem logical to take it down first to begin with at any rate."
"You request will be honored," Overlord Badgodek responded after some silence.
"Good then if that is all let me give the signal to my crew mates that everything has gone well and you may collect your scrolls," Altrage started pulling his hexagun from its holster. He shot a Fire round into the air and ushered the beastmen to pick up one scroll each from the table.
"There is also a scroll of Instant Warp on the table for each of you too," Altrage noted, "please take it for your convience and if you would just remove the neckpieces once you have reached your home just for safety purposes." The beastmen lords followed Altrage's instruction and all used the warp scroll and disappeared in thin air. Now to wait for them to arrive. Altrage said as he ran down to the ship to depart.
((Sorry for the very long post I was going to post half of it last night but my internet was acting all fishy))