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The First Arcana Ritual was performed in 161 AYZ in [[Amarna]]. It was held on the same day as the birthday party of Prince [[Alastair Rimânez]]. All of his closest family members, friends, and allies were invited to the celebration. Unbeknownst to most of the guests, they were unwittingly made to participate in the ritual.
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The First Arcana Ritual was performed in 161 AYZ in [[Amarna]]. It was held on the same day as the birthday party of King [[Luther Arimanes]]. All of his closest family members, friends, and allies were invited to the celebration. Unbeknownst to most of the guests, they were unwittingly made to participate in the ritual.
 
The ritual technically failed, as Alastair was killed by an unknown assailant before it could be completed. However, the Arcana were indeed summoned, and many of the participants made deals with them.
 
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
Prince Alastair Rimânez came up with the initial idea for the ritual, though he was inspired by his advisers. Having already bound several of the Arcana to him as servants through various dealings, he wanted to place the others under his thrall.
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Luther came up with the initial idea for the ritual, though he was inspired by his advisers. Having already bound several of the Arcana to him as servants through various dealings, he wanted to place the others under his thrall.
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From his court magician [[Selca Ducani]], Luther learned that a young man named [[Ardath Dastagir]] had visited Selca to request access to his books on the occult. Ardath had admitted to Selca he wanted to summon the Arcana to make a deal with them, although he did not reveal what the deal would be. Luther arranged a meeting with Ardath, and the two discussed the occult, tarot, and the Arcana. Ardath was easily convinced to participate in the ritual, as he had his own agenda.
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The two planned to gather enough people to represent each of the Major Arcana cards. Luther arranged for the ritual to occur on his birthday, using the guise of a celebration to attract the necessary individuals as party guests. They would dine in the palace dining room, unaware that they were participating in the ritual. Ardath would cast a spell on the guests, making them impulsively drink the wine all at the same time (this form of communion would link them all together), and complete the summoning with another spell.
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Luther planned for his wife [[Philomena Cohilas|Philomena]], her family, various city officials, and all of his household servants to become hosts to the Major Arcana.
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== The Ritual Participants ==
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0. The Fool. This role was left blank.
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1. The Magician: [[Ardath Dastagir]], who at the time had replaced Selca Ducani as court magician.
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2. The High Priestess: Queen [[Philomena Cohilas]], Luther's wife.
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3. The Empress: Unknown.
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4. The Emperor: Unknown.
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5. The Hierophant: Unknown.
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6. The Lovers: Haya and Alexios Cohilas, Luther's in-laws.
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7. The Chariot: Faysal Chiron, the commander of the Amarnan Army.
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8. Justice: The supreme judge of Amarna.
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9. The Hermit: [[Cyrus Spyridon]], the arena champion.
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10. The Wheel of Fortune: The royal treasurer/master of coin.
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11. Strength: Unknown.
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12. The Hanged Man: [[Selca Ducani]], former lieutenant, demoted to courtier.
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13. Death: The surgeon general.
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14. Temperance: Unknown.
   
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15. The Devil: King [[Luther Arimanes]], ruler of Amarna.
From his court magician [[Selca Ducani]], Alastair learned that a young man named [[Ardath Dastagir]] had visited Selca to request access to his books on the occult. Ardath had admitted to Selca he wanted to summon the Arcana to make a deal with them, although he did not reveal what the deal would be. Alastair arranged a meeting with Ardath, and the two discussed the occult, tarot, and the Arcana. Ardath was easily convinced to participate in the ritual.
 
   
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16. The Tower: Badar Mansouri, the head of public relations and one of Naomi's suitors.
The two planned to gather enough people to represent each of the Major Arcana cards. Alastair arranged for the ritual to occur on his birthday, using the guise of a celebration to attract the necessary individuals as party guests. They would dine in the palace dining room, unaware that they were participating in the ritual. Ardath would cast a spell on the guests, making them impulsively drink the wine all at the same time (this form of communion would link them all together), and complete the summoning with another spell.
 
   
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17. The Star: Zainab Cohilas, Philomena's sister.
At some point, Alastair concluded that it was possible to have one person represent more than one card, as not all of the cards were personified. Ardath was ambivalent about this, but went along with it once he was assured it would not prevent him from summoning the Arcana. Thus, several of the guests were made to play dual roles, with one in particular - the arena champion [[Titus]] - playing two and a half.
 
   
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18. The Moon: Naomi Cohilas, Philomena's sister.
In total, Alastair planned for his wife, Princess [[Philomena Cohilas|Philomena]], various city officials, and all of his household servants to become hosts to the Major Arcana.
 
   
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19. The Sun: Fairuza Cohilas, Philomena's sister.
== The Ritual ==
 
On the night of the ritual, everything appeared to go smoothly. The guests arrived on time, and there were no delays in getting them to the dining room. The only issue was in moving Selca, who had been in the dungeon for some time, to the table so he could represent the Hanged Man.
 
   
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20. Judgement: Unknown.
However, once everyone was seated but before Ardath could complete the first spell, Alastair proposed a toast. He thanked everyone for coming, then proceeded to make well-wishes for each person sitting at the table. At some point during the well-wishes, he was struck from behind with a kitchen knife.
 
   
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21. The World: This role was left blank.
Ardath quickly finished the spell, forcing everyone to drink the wine compulsively even as Alastair lay dying before them. He then rushed through the summoning spell.
 
   
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Luther mistakenly believed all of the cards were real beings and sought to bind them to his will. Of the 22 Major Arcana expected, only one appeared - the Magician. This being proceeded to make dealings with all of those present. Ardath's deal involved trading Luther's life for that of Ardath's wife Marena, resulting in Luther's death/disappearance. This neatly coincided with Luther's wish to become one of the Arcana, as his spirit joined the Magician's in the Arcane Realm.
Of the 22 Major Arcana expected, only four appeared. The Magician, the High Priestess, the Hanged Man and the Hermit each successfully made deals with Ardath, Philomena, Selca, and Titus.
 

Revision as of 03:14, 16 September 2019

The First Arcana Ritual was performed in 161 AYZ in Amarna. It was held on the same day as the birthday party of King Luther Arimanes. All of his closest family members, friends, and allies were invited to the celebration. Unbeknownst to most of the guests, they were unwittingly made to participate in the ritual.

Background

Luther came up with the initial idea for the ritual, though he was inspired by his advisers. Having already bound several of the Arcana to him as servants through various dealings, he wanted to place the others under his thrall.

From his court magician Selca Ducani, Luther learned that a young man named Ardath Dastagir had visited Selca to request access to his books on the occult. Ardath had admitted to Selca he wanted to summon the Arcana to make a deal with them, although he did not reveal what the deal would be. Luther arranged a meeting with Ardath, and the two discussed the occult, tarot, and the Arcana. Ardath was easily convinced to participate in the ritual, as he had his own agenda.

The two planned to gather enough people to represent each of the Major Arcana cards. Luther arranged for the ritual to occur on his birthday, using the guise of a celebration to attract the necessary individuals as party guests. They would dine in the palace dining room, unaware that they were participating in the ritual. Ardath would cast a spell on the guests, making them impulsively drink the wine all at the same time (this form of communion would link them all together), and complete the summoning with another spell.

Luther planned for his wife Philomena, her family, various city officials, and all of his household servants to become hosts to the Major Arcana.

The Ritual Participants

0. The Fool. This role was left blank.

1. The Magician: Ardath Dastagir, who at the time had replaced Selca Ducani as court magician.

2. The High Priestess: Queen Philomena Cohilas, Luther's wife.

3. The Empress: Unknown.

4. The Emperor: Unknown.

5. The Hierophant: Unknown.

6. The Lovers: Haya and Alexios Cohilas, Luther's in-laws.

7. The Chariot: Faysal Chiron, the commander of the Amarnan Army.

8. Justice: The supreme judge of Amarna.

9. The Hermit: Cyrus Spyridon, the arena champion.

10. The Wheel of Fortune: The royal treasurer/master of coin.

11. Strength: Unknown.

12. The Hanged Man: Selca Ducani, former lieutenant, demoted to courtier.

13. Death: The surgeon general.

14. Temperance: Unknown.

15. The Devil: King Luther Arimanes, ruler of Amarna.

16. The Tower: Badar Mansouri, the head of public relations and one of Naomi's suitors.

17. The Star: Zainab Cohilas, Philomena's sister.

18. The Moon: Naomi Cohilas, Philomena's sister.

19. The Sun: Fairuza Cohilas, Philomena's sister.

20. Judgement: Unknown.

21. The World: This role was left blank.

Luther mistakenly believed all of the cards were real beings and sought to bind them to his will. Of the 22 Major Arcana expected, only one appeared - the Magician. This being proceeded to make dealings with all of those present. Ardath's deal involved trading Luther's life for that of Ardath's wife Marena, resulting in Luther's death/disappearance. This neatly coincided with Luther's wish to become one of the Arcana, as his spirit joined the Magician's in the Arcane Realm.

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