Castle Amber

Creating a monster

#1 by Ronfiction , Wed May 09, 2012 6:27 pm

The Kaleidoscope of souls started off little more than a drawing on a piece of paper. Laying in the burn victim room he had made for himself Terridus didn't want to do much for the first few weeks. Regrowing all the skin on his body was very painful and time consuming. His mind wondered to dark places during his recovery and he didn't like it. Hours on end planning and plot his revenge on the traitor Garrick. In time his mind shifted from Garrick to Stephen and then to his mother Renee. The fate that had befallen her was a blow to the entire family weather they realized it or not.

He thought more and more on what his father had done to Renee and started to plan on a means by which to fix her. He had a lot at his disposal, he was after all the most power thing in existence. He was an Amberite and if it could be done, he could do it. He knew that he would have to use everything he could. Magic, technology, and pattern. He tried to figure out a way to bring the three elements together and drew up the Kaleidoscope.

Once he had a conversation with Stephen, he learned some more about his father's work. Stephen had confirmed something that had been eating at Terridus, it was in fact his father that had turned Virgil into such a strange and random man. Stephen demanded that Terridus fix Virgil before he would let him work on Renee. So, Terridus changed some of the design and then started work on the project.

It took 7 years for him to get the whole thing done. The advanced psychic connectors, the magical interface, coming up with a frame that was strong enough to hold it all together and then building the facility that would house the Kaleidoscope. He had the building constructed on an island that he had formed a few decades ago but he hadn't used it for much other than storing things that interested him.

Once everything was done, terridus had gone out into shadow and done the grim work he had once done before. He had developed a spell that allowed him to find shadows of people. He had used it many times to find shadows of himself which he had sought out and killed for his body guard detail. He used the spell to find shadows of Renee and got two that he really liked. Kidnapping them was not hard, and he had them brought to his facility on Tenebrae.


If someone had told Terridus 100 years ago he'd be sitting on the throne of Amber, he would have laughed.
If someone had told Terridus 50 years ago that his father would be so ok with turning the title over to Renee, he would have argued with them.
If someone had told Terridus anything about the eagle ever, maybe he would be able to help...

 
Ronfiction
Posts: 25
Date registered 04.01.2012


RE: Creating a monster

#2 by Ronfiction , Wed May 09, 2012 10:38 pm

"What do you want from us?!"

The question came in clear to Terridus as he walked from cell to cell. For days the shadow of Renee he had found had been telling at him in some language he didn't understand. He had grown so annoyed that he finally put up the spell that allowed him to understand and speak languages he heard. He stopped and then turned back to the cell. He tilted his head and looked her over again and then spoke.

"It's for something important."

He said simply and turned to leave again. The shadow of Renee was surprised but the answer, it was the first time he had spoken to her since he took her from her home and brought her to this strange and dark place. She stood and ran to the bars of the cell and took hold of them.

"Is it more important than my life? my family?"

The woman yelled and beat her hands against the bars. She yelled and cried in anger. Terridus paused for a moment and flexed his hands nervously. When she was speaking a language he couldn't understand he had no problem taking her hostage and keeping her in a cell. But now that she was talking to him and he understood, she seemed a lot more... Real to him. She spoke of her family, so much like the real Renee.

"Yes."

Was all Terridus was able to get out. He really couldn't even talk down against a shadow of Renee. He turned away from the shadow for good this time and headed out to his machine. He shook some as he came to stand by the machine, still shook up by the conversation he had. He pulled off his mask and rubbed his face some. He knew he had important work to do. He couldn't let these feelings he had get in the way. Simply too much hung in the balance.


If someone had told Terridus 100 years ago he'd be sitting on the throne of Amber, he would have laughed.
If someone had told Terridus 50 years ago that his father would be so ok with turning the title over to Renee, he would have argued with them.
If someone had told Terridus anything about the eagle ever, maybe he would be able to help...

 
Ronfiction
Posts: 25
Date registered 04.01.2012


RE: Creating a monster

#3 by Ronfiction , Thu May 10, 2012 4:31 pm

The first time Terridus operated the kaleidoscope he had gone in alone. It was just a simple test, he checked out the lobby of the machine and a few of it's functions. Terridus tested his power over the machine and then it's emergency shut off system. Everything worked well that test. The second test he took a few of his lab workers in with him to see what a shared vision was like. He saw the inside of all the other's minds and when the machine was at full force, he really knew everything he could from these people. He got their whole history and their deepest dreams. Making physic contact with people in the machine was nothing like he had ever done before. The kaleidoscope was designed to magnify a person's physic powers and with that force, Terridus was looking deeper into someone mind than ever before.

They left the Machine and Terridus was ready for an other test. He had one of the shadows of Renee brought over to the kaleidoscope and had her put into the machine. She was kicking and screaming, Terridus didn't have his spell up so he didn't know what she was saying to him. Once the kaleidoscope turned on she stopped screaming and went into her coma. Terridus entered her mind through the kaleidoscope and explored it completely. He saw everything this woman had experienced and learned all there was to know about her.

He witness her childhood, her marriage and the birth of her children, and even her kidnapping and interment at his hands. It was odd to see someone's memory of himself. He always thought he looked taller than he did. Once he had saw everything, he tried to figure out just how he would go about rendering her into a comatose state the like of which his father had laid on the real Renee. After some time he exited the kaleidoscope to see how he had done. Terridus had succeeded in making a perfect match of the mental state of the real Renee.

Terridus brought the now comatose shadow of Renee back to her cell and when the second shadow of Renee saw how she was now, she panicked and screamed in fear. Terridus had the second shadow brought out and also put into the machine and tested to see if he could do it again. The second trip into the shadow of Renee's mind was just like the first and he wondered if doing this to an amberite was just as easy or if it would be harder. Ideally with Stephen's request to be completed first, he would see into Virgils mind and get a feel for it.

Now, with two false Renees he would hand them off to Stephen in an effort to keep safe the real Renee. Before he did, he ran one last experiment where he went into the head of one of the shadows of Renee that he made comatose and tried to change her back into the way she was. Working on the memory was difficult but with a lot of effort he was able to convert her back.

Terridus theorized that if more physic power was applied and focused onto the person, the easier it would become. He started to conspire a means by which to get more power into the kaleidoscope and wondered just who within the family would help him with such a task. He knew that Scala was the most powerful within his generation and wasn't sure if any of the elder amberites would bother to help. Maybe Astrid or even his brother Lises could help. He couldn't think of anyone else within the generation that would be potent enough to help him.


If someone had told Terridus 100 years ago he'd be sitting on the throne of Amber, he would have laughed.
If someone had told Terridus 50 years ago that his father would be so ok with turning the title over to Renee, he would have argued with them.
If someone had told Terridus anything about the eagle ever, maybe he would be able to help...

 
Ronfiction
Posts: 25
Date registered 04.01.2012


   

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