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[ 50] Lorna: The Fall of a King
Sun Dec 5 04:26:37 1999
To: All
Ebencaleneezer, King of Demons, Lord of Demon Realm, has earned the attentions of a few immortals, myself included.

Ebencaleneezer insulted all mortals. He called you all incompetent, worm-ridden hunks of flesh. He referred to one of the more (in)famous heroes of the realm as meat to carpet his throne room. He said that all mortals cowered in fear to their gods for protection from his demonic hordes.

Such things are of little concern to me. Then the Demon who calls himself King made a mistake. He mocked Chance.

I have made a wager - a bet that Ebencaleneezer would be slain in his own realm, in his throne room, that a mark of Chance (which is now seared into his demonic flesh, to be removed only by those who slay him) will be placed upon his emptied throne, and that his slayer(s) will survive to walk out of Demon Realm. The bet
is that all this will occur before the end of the outworld month (BEFORE December 31st - I can not attend TFC on the last day of the year due to work requirements), by mortals.

I am providing some incentive to see this happen before the end of the month. In essence, a bounty has been placed upon Ebencaleneezer's throne.

Prizes: The following will be awarded to the first individual, or group, who fights their way through demon realm to reach Ebencaleneezer, slay his guards, the Princes, and Ebencaleneezer himself, to claim the Mark of Chance he bears, then survive to walk out of demon realm without the aid of magical transport:

Pride Items unparalleled in worth.
Enchantable average 10 weapons of demon-slaying.
The secret to the use of Chance coins.

Molo the Arch-Lich has proposed a side bet, which I have accepted. He bets that his Conclave will be the first to slay Ebenecaleneezer in his realm, per the terms outlined. If a Good party of adventurers slays Ebencaleneezer and walks out of Demon Realm before his Conclave, he will provide a simple ring, enchanted against evil, from his own inventory.

Not to be outdone by the Patron of the Dark Arts, I will provide additional incentive for Non-evils, and non-Nashites to defeat the King of Demons. If the first group to slay Ebencaleneezer, and walk out of the demon realm, is not Nashite and not evil, I will bestow Major Amulets of Blocking, Health, or Anti-theft upon the members.

The "fine print": no shortcuts into Demon Realm - entry must be by the "main entrance," beyond the guardian daemons and the gnome. Ebencaleneezer, his guardians, and the Demon Princes must all be slain. The group (or individual) must then leave Demon Realm without using magical transport - no recall, portal, teleport, summon, or other such methods - walk out. Yes, that is possible. The prizes and the prestige for vanquising Ebencaleneezer go only to the FIRST group or individual to do so. For the additional incentives of the amulets,
the group must NOT contain a single Nashite or Evil character, at any point through the task. The secret of using Chance coins will carry additional conditions that will be imparted to the winners, if any, when they are told. Only those group members who are alive during the battle with Ebencaleneezer, survive that battle, and remain alive until the group walks out of Demon Realm will be considered "winners."

A WARNING: If you choose to attempt this, you are accepting the risks entailed. Demon realm is a very dangerous place. You might die. You might lose your equipment. Other people might be trying to kill or otherwise impair you or your group as a means of aiding the success of their own group or side. If you
choose to participate in this adventure, and something really nasty happens to you, do not be surprised, and remember that it was YOUR choice. Finally, beware, the regenerative abilities of Demons are significant.

Lorna, Goddess of Chance
Wager begun: Thursday, December 2nd, 1999.

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