The Paris Opera House

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Sep 4, 2015
Death's Door - Beyond the Gate


The Paris Opera House was built many, many years ago, during a golden age of prosperity in one of the countries located on the continent of Rupee. It was a grand construction, the pride of the city of Paris, extraordinaire and beautiful, a home for arts of all kinds. Several Opera Halls, painting studios, art gallery exhibits, a massive giant of a building, made for all to flock to. It was highly successful, for the first years. But the giant nature of the building took a toll and it eventually went out of business due to a combination of high pricing and a lack of maintenance, before the great wars.

After the wars, the Opera House was reopened, and became the base for a group called the Meeting

The Paris Opera House was built many years ago and was a very successful theater on Booga, located in the Desolate Lands not too far from the Crescent Hunter Guild, eventually closing down thanks to a lack of upkeep on the place and a mysterious phantom scaring off most of the producers and customers. After time passed a Solarian hero vanquished the phantom and took up his mask, while covertly establishing an organization within the hidden chambers of the opera house, the Meeting of the Dark.

The Meeting of the Dark was created as a small council of dark empowered heroes willing to take the blame of things and take on missions to preserve the name of heroes, making sure there would always be hope. Though their methods and personal have changed, the mission remains the same.

In response to growing threats around Booga, the Meeting reorganized. No longer a paranormal investigation council, the Meeting has taken upon itself to identity, investigate, and destroy major threats as an independent paramilitary organization. Armed with a small army of mercenaries and operatives as strike forces, enhanced by the presence of Operatives and field agents, provided with a fleet of vans that can slip through shadows to move faster across Booga, the Meeting has the raw force to fight a shadow war against any target. Not only that, but their research and development teams mean they can study and counter whatever target they're after, rebuilding their arsenal to kill it.

The Meeting is separated into multiple ranks akin to a ladder. The highest rung is the Leader. They are the final authority on all Meeting business, and act as a director of sorts. The second highest is the Co-Leader. They act as the leader when the above is missing, and are the leader's right hand man. The primary rung is the Operatives, who form the actual core of the Meeting. They are the ones who preform the majority of the Meeting's actions, and vote to appoint the leader. Below the Operatives are the field agents, who report to the Meeting what they see and hear regarding any targets the Meeting might wish to eliminate. The second lowest rung is the Mercenary Captain, who lead groups of mercenaries into battle. The lowest is the hired soldiers of the mercenaries, who serve as brute force and strike team soldiers intended to aid Operatives.

Meeting Members
Leader: The Dark Gunner
Co-Leader: Vincent
Operations Group Director:
Chief of Research:
Chief of Engineering:
Operatives: Azura, Constantine

Joining the Meeting involves either presenting an invitation to a mercenary of the Meeting, or asking to join from one. From there the Operatives discuss the new recruit. Operatives are the only thing in demand, for the field agents and mercs are easily bought. The Meeting is always ready to outsource if the needs arises.

The public area is the entrance, the ticket and concession lounge, the main theater seating, and to those willing to pay all but box 8 for private seating. Mercs guard the entrance to both the building and the private boxes as mostly excuses to get paid.

The off public back stage area is where both preparation for the play is held, and various Meeting business. Medical bays, training rooms, shooting yards, and sleeping quarters for the mercs are here. Coffers of money, discarded weapons, magical artifacts, and other spoils of victory are held in storage rooms here. All well guarded mind you.

Within the back stage areas includes three major areas. Scientific research labs staffed by pratical people and by dark aligned mages to detect whatever is brought before them, to reverse engineer any magic or genetic mutation. Next to it is the manufactoring bays, capable of producing anything they can afford for the Meeting. Lastly there's a collection of prison cells also located here, to keep any dangerous threats locked away, and open to interrogation.

Underneath the Opera House is a massive chasm with it's own small lake, which possesses an island that serves as the Meeting's true headquarters, only accessible by dark aligned powers calling forth a boat. On the island is a house full of rooms for the operative so, including places to sort current investigations and planned actions, quarters to house members needing to lay low and protected for a while. The main room has a computer that stores all Meeting data ever obtained, and thus is kept under tight lock and key. While traditionally a Meeting is a small council which keeps no records, this one does for knowing a threat on Booga will inevitable resurface.


Current Investigations:

The Solarian said:
After the defeat of the Reliquary of the Damned inside the Opera House, Meeting members received a vision of a robed burning figure, identified as a Solarian. After Jacen Petronov freed Sylvanas from the our imprisonment, the figure reappeared again saying Jacen will not be harmed. After consulting with the local Withereds, the Solarians have agreed to share all the information they had. A conference has been had with the Heroes Organization, who have agreed to recognize the threat, and get ready. Currently the Meeting is working to secure anti-magic arms and armors, and refining tracking of the Solarian.

The Necromancer said:
A powerful Mage and undead servant are wandering the lands, causing trouble and sometimes wreaking havoc. After a successful capture of his servant Sylvanas in Port Garham, she was imprisoned in the Opera House. A week later Jacen and two magic wielding allies broke in and freed her, killing a significant number of the merc guards. While we are repairing the Opera House a bounty has been placed on Jacen's head. He has continued his rampage across the Desolate Lands, but has managed to start covering his tracks better, leaving us forced to compare murder scenes and test for his handy work. As such, a lot more murders have become less solid evidence against him.
(Recap of the adventure from the previous thread. Magiana and Aquario of the Sisterhood of White Magic have come to the Paris Opera House under deception by Jacen in order to free Sylvanas from the Meeting of the Dark's captivity. Aquario has put the audience of a show under a sleeping mist in order to let him and Magiana seek out Sylvanas while Jacen makes his bold rescue within the back stages.)

The actors from the stage had run off to seek cover while the guards noticed the mages in the area.

"You! We must get you to safety!" They called.
"Magiana, hurry and find the girl while I try to keep those two busy." Aquario whispered to the girl. He turned to the guards casually walked away from his seat and held his wand defensively to the guards. He had to be careful as to not hurt any innocent audience members. He fixed his glasses before glaring intimidatingly to the guards.

"We are here to carry someone to safety." He said sternly. "Please allow us to do our jobs or I will have no choice but to hold you back."
"Right!" Magiana whispered back obediently, pushing herself onto the front stage using her hands first and running through the curtains as fast as her feet would allow. "Now to find her..."
"What are you talking about, it's our job to carry someone to safety, you are the one who needs protecting, the Opera House is under attack!" The guards replied moving to him. "Quickly to the back stages!"


The stage was deserted, but there were pathways leading behind.
"Well.. I was the one who put everyone to sleep." Aquario said calmly. He knew that his words could spark an argument so he kept his guard up. "But please, we are only here for a mission. Allow us to capture the hostage and we will leave peacefully."

Aquario glanced at Magiana, wondering if she found the hostage. He turned back to the guards with his hand at hand. "But please don't mind us. We will leave here as soon as we find the hostage."
The guards assumed a hostile expression and aimed rifles at Aquario.

"Sir put down any weapons or tools on you, do not attempt any spellcraft, or we will shoot. No one is being taken for hostage today." They said calmly but with rightouesness.


Magiana would see guards and actors retreating down the stone corridor.

"Keep running!" A guard yelled.
"Keep us safe!" An actor replied.
"Agreed." Aquario replied. "I do believe you are unaware of the illegal actions being performed or held within this vicinity, yes?"

He listened to the guards, hopefully enough to buy Magiana some time. Of course, he never really put his wand down, he just pointed it to the floor, away from them.

"We were sent here to get someone and return her to safety. I am not here to hurt anyone."
"We are above the law." The guard stated. "Now out the wand down. You're not taking anyone."


Deeper in was another explosion, followed by panicked screams. It sounded like fighting wasn't far away.
An explosion?! Magiana's running picked up and she advised escapees to be careful in their fleeing. "Do avoid the racket! It's dangerous going near it!" She hoped Jacen would be the one doing it but she was in trouble if it wasn't.
Aquario sighed at the response given to him by the guards and shook his head.

"I beg to differ." He slowly lifted his wand in the air. "You are not above any law."

He instantly flicked his wand in the direction of one of the guards, a strong and mysterious force pushing him back and up against a wall. Aquario instantly began to dash back stage, trying to keep the two guards away from each other.
The guard pushed against the wall struggled even with the wind knocked out of him. The other guard chased after Aquario firing rifle shots at him.


The actors ignored Magiana's warnings as they fled. Deeper close to the sound. "Ugh..." Said a woman's voice with a dark echo. "Don't worry Syl, I got you." Jacen reassured. There were rifle shots, the sound of fire, and the screams of someone being burned alive.
"You have better found the girl, Magiana..." Aquario whispered to himself. "Or else we'll be in a much bigger problem..."

Aquario, through the screaming and panic of the actors, did his best to avoid getting shot as well as prevent the innocent actors from getting hurt as well. He stood in the middle of the commotion and held his want, expecting the guard at any second. He was obviously annoyed at all the screaming.
"There's fire!? What's going on?" Magiana stumbled closer to where she could hear Jacen.

"M-Mister Jacen, it's dangerous to stay here. We need to go, but it's important you and the one you were looking for escape while it's still dark. Mister Aquario and I will try to keep any unnecessary injury from happening." She hissed in a whisper. "But I have no clue where the exit around here is-" Magiana covered her ears to flinch at the sound of gunshots. It made her heartbeat race.
The guard came to a running stop and fired his gun at Aquario's wand. All of the actors dove to the ground.


Jacen was holding his katana in one hand, and his undead elf in the other slowly advancing forward past a blockade of guards who were shooting at him. Jacen himself looked exhausted but pressed on, managing to slice bullets away from him. There were bodies on the floor, some dead, others burnt, some non-human, including a dark little man with wings.
Magiana grew sick from looking at so many bodies on the floor strewn before them, but she snapped out of it in time. "O-oh! How didn't I think of it sooner... Hold on." 

She held up her wand with a shaking grip, but used both her hands to whisper a chant under her breath; forming a bubble-shield of sorts around herself and Jacen with the woman. "Th-this ought to help. I d-don't know how long I can hold it from shattering." Her voice sounded strained as the pink bubble shield bounced off a whizzing bullet. Part of her wanted to help the ones injured, but she couldn't lend a hand to those holding a person in hostage. Regardless, she felt a pit in her stomach. Was it dread? She couldn't tell. She just wanted to get out of there.
Aquario just barely managed to get a shield up for himself. A bullet had already hit his arm in his attempt to move it out of the way. He was in pain but he made sure to keep his serious demeanor up. He glanced at Magiana and held up his wand to the guards shooting at them.

"Magiana!" He called out. "Focus your energy to blast the guns harmlessly from their hands! Think of it like a blast of air!"

Aquario flicked his wand at a shooting guard and a mysterious invisible force pushed the gun out of his hands and across the area.
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