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SANCTUARY

Somewhere high in the vast jagged eternity of the Himalayas exists a timeless cluster of weathered stone buildings, clinging to the icy cliff face, attacked by howling alpine winds, only accessible by an ancient winding path, a stone stairway said to be cut into existence by the gods themselves. Nobody has climbed this stairway in centuries.

In 1907, British explorer Charles Norway, said to have gone insane in search of the elusive Yeti (whom only his fierce Australian rival Buck Lancaster claimed to have witnessed a year earlier), took his team of fellow explorers, assistants and admirers with him into the deadly peaks of the Himalayas, never to be seen again. After a month of pointless wandering, their last known contact with the outside world, at the monastery of Paro Taktsang, went down in legend as being bizarre. Norway, caked in ice and missing many digits (as well as most of his crew), was said to have been speaking in tongues, uttering things about a terrible disease, about a prisoner of the gods, about a simple truth that threatened to undermine society. Then he and his most loyal friends and mountaineers disappeared again, forever.

Ten years later, near the end of World War I, renowned expeditioner Bront Brontson and an international crew of dedicated scientists, mountaineers, military officers and local Nepalese are on the trail after a decade of fading public interest in the story of (posthumously knighted) Sir Norway. It began with the discovery of Norway's base camp at the foot of a colossal, antediluvian staircase carved directly into a massive mountain, a mountain too newly discovered (or rather, re-discovered) to even have been named yet.

However, something quickly became clear. Due to the nature of the mountain and surrounding topography, every day vicious winds slice across the face, making it impossible to travel. Night is calmer but not by much, forcing the explorers into a nocturnal assault. It's constantly snowing. It's tough going - the staircase has been eroded and reshaped over many many years into a hazardous ascent: part ice-chute, part collapsing ruin. In some places where the mountains have oozed apart, blocks are dangerously close to dropping directly into abysses and chasms below. It's cold. There may not be enough supplies. And there's something out there, in the snow. Something deadly.

And not just that. The very first day of the staircase's discovery, at the same instant everyone beheld the much distant shape of what might just be a building near the top of the mountain, Bront Brontson was murdered, from behind, with an icicle.

When I see how many people join I'll then put up the names/professions/slight backstory of everyone in the group, you can choose which you want. But of course each role has secrets too. There are more things going on than meets the eye.

Brontson's Team:

[1] …

[2] …

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Brontson's Team:

[1] Framm

[2] Araver

[3] maurice

[4] Blablah

[5] dawh

[6] ...

Sound's intriguing. :ph34r:

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Is there still time to join, because it looks very intruiging.

So if I can join.

Brontson's Team:

[1] Framm

[2] Araver

[3] maurice

[4] Blablah

[5] dawh

[6] Hirkala

[7] Segul

[8] ...

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signups end at 11 pm (EST) tonight (in about 4 hours), after that I will post the roles that you can choose from

for example if I wanted to be Bob, I would then edit the roster to say:

[1] someone

[2] someone

[3] unreality = Bob

[4] someone

[5] someone

...

then nobody else can be Bob

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How could I resist this...

Brontson's Team:

[1] Framm

[2] Araver

[3] maurice

[4] Blablah

[5] dawh

[6] Hirkala

[7] Segul

[8] GMaster479

[9] woon

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Brontson's Team:

[1] Framm

[2] Araver

[3] maurice

[4] Blablah

[5] dawh

[6] Hirkala

[7] Segul

[8] GMaster479

[9] woon

[10]...

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Well, I am 2:0 for these things... :P

Brontson's Team:

[1] Framm

[2] Araver

[3] maurice

[4] Blablah

[5] dawh

[6] Hirkala

[7] Segul

[8] GMaster479

[9] woon

[10]Izzy

[11]...

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Brontson's Team:

[1] Framm

[2] Araver

[3] maurice

[4] Blablah

[5] dawh

[6] Hirkala

[7] Segul

[8] GMaster479

[9] woon

[10] Izzy

Here are the 10 roles: (first come, first serve). Each one has a bunch of additional secret information known only to that person. They vary in information, responsibility, ability, as you'll see.

All Names are Male/Female interchangeably (you pick the gender)

Gregor/Gregora Ivanov - the cook - fled Russia after the February Revolution (which actually happened in March with the calendar system we use now).

Vice Admiral Sebastian/Samantha Mordock - oversight - discharged with much honor from the Royal Navy after sustaining heavy injuries in a somewhat vicious battle 2 years prior.

Vick/Vicky Brontson - Bront's only child - known to be rash and often periodically at odds with father.

Willem/Wilhelmina Klein - a Dutch botanist and close friend of Charles Norway - has worked for many years with the (somewhat limited) flora & fauna of the Himalayas.

Hieronymus Fabricius - the doctor - lost all of his brothers (also medics in the army) to the Germans' poison gas in the battle of Caporetto. Left Italy to use his surgical and medicinal expertise elsewhere.

John/Joan the Savage - renowned for being able to survive in extreme circumstances, without food and water. Reads a lot of Shakespeare. Became sought after in the world of eager explorers; however, Brontson's vision and potential attracted the Savage to the team.

Scout - always bundled in thick layers of protective clothing and optical/protective gear, nobody knows who Scout really is… only that the team would be long gone without the skills of this mountain master. Before each nocturnal advancement, the team relies on Scout to explore the next elevation's terrain.

Mr/Mrs. Kirkpatrick - a very wealthy American, the CEO of several Great-War conglomerate companies. Privately funded Brontson's entire expedition in search of Charles Norway… of course, explorers are content to take the sponsorship, but it was a shock to everyone when Kirkpatrick himself/herself insisted on joining the expedition as well.

Nischal/Sunita - the local guide (from Nepal) - has been getting increasingly restless as the expedition continues. This is a land of spirits whose hearts are as cold as the temperature.

Brother/Sister Mandrake - accompanying priest/ess - an ex-prisoner that became a proponent of peace. A natural leader when it comes to solving problems when… resources don't match up with the number of people...

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Brontson's Team:

[1] Framm = Scout

[2] Araver

[3] maurice

[4] Blablah

[5] dawh

[6] Hirkala

[7] Segul

[8] GMaster479

[9] woon

[10] Izzy

Edited by Framm 18

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Brontson's Team:

[1] Framm = Scout

[2] Araver

[3] maurice = Nischal

[4] Blablah

[5] dawh

[6] Hirkala

[7] Segul

[8] GMaster479

[9] woon

[10] Izzy

Edited by maurice

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Brontson's Team:

[1] Framm = Scout

[2] Araver

[3] maurice = Nischal

[4] Blablah

[5] dawh

[6] Hirkala

[7] Segul

[8] GMaster479 - Mr. Kirkpatrick

[9] woon

[10] Izzy

Edited by Gmaster479

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Brontson's Team:

[1] Framm = Scout

[2] Araver

[3] maurice = Nischal

[4] Blablah

[5] dawh

[6] Hirkala

[7] Segul

[8] GMaster479 - Mr. Kirkpatrick

[9] woon - Willem

[10] Izzy

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Brontson's Team:

[1] Framm = Scout

[2] Araver

[3] maurice = Nischal

[4] Blablah

[5] dawh

[6] Hirkala - John

[7] Segul

[8] GMaster479 - Mr. Kirkpatrick

[9] woon - Willem

[10] Izzy

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Brontson's Team:

[1] Framm = Scout

[2] Araver = Gregor Ivanov

[3] maurice = Nischal

[4] Blablah

[5] dawh

[6] Hirkala = John the Savage

[7] Segul

[8] GMaster479 = Mr. Kirkpatrick

[9] woon = Willem Klein

[10] Izzy

Update - 4 roles left:

Vice Admiral Sebastian/Samantha Mordock - oversight - discharged with much honor from the Royal Navy after sustaining heavy injuries in a somewhat vicious battle 2 years prior.

Vick/Vicky Brontson - Bront's only child - known to be rash and often periodically at odds with father.

Hieronymus Fabricius - the doctor - lost all of his brothers (also medics in the army) to the Germans' poison gas in the battle of Caporetto. Left Italy to use his surgical and medicinal expertise elsewhere.

Brother/Sister Mandrake - accompanying priest/ess - an ex-prisoner that became a proponent of peace. A natural leader when it comes to solving problems when… resources don't match up with the number of people...

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Brontson's Team:

[1] Framm = Scout

[2] Araver = Gregor Ivanov

[3] maurice = Nischal

[4] Blablah = Vice Admiral Sebastian Mordock

[5] dawh

[6] Hirkala = John the Savage

[7] Segul

[8] GMaster479 = Mr. Kirkpatrick

[9] woon = Willem Klein

[10] Izzy

I'm a monarch of the sea/ The ruler of the queens navy/ Who's praise Great Britain loudly chants/ And we are his sisters and his cousins and his aunts.

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