The ceremony hall
NPC: Alec Cohen - Head of Cohen and Hunter Network
NPC: Unnamed priest
The head of the family walked up to a menacing door that loomed far above the heads of both himself and the seven which followed behind. The metal had been carved and decorated with a praying figure, wings of gold encasing the form in a sign of protection and safety. Two lamps sat by the doors and illuminated it in a hue of red, the entrance to a room that would be considered hell for most seemed almost demonic just by the faint light that stood before them. Deep down in the large compound of the Hunters network the decor had become slowly more Gothic and grim in its design. So now, the group of eight stood before the entrance to what would present them to the objects of sin.
With a sigh the eldest of the group found himself sighing at what was to come, what was to happen. The chances for success were slim and always had been. However, duty was duty. He turned till his back faced the angelic decor and the light began to frame his figure in the bloody shade. His expression grim and tired but still showed the resilience and authority he was known for. "Once again we will send a set of seven in to face the trial of the seven beasts we have sealed. " His voice did not waver despite his lack of motivation for this particular time. His own son and daughter would be sent to face hell. Yet, he could not change that for many other parents had also sent forward their child.
He took two steps forwards, facing the group with a stone cold mask as he continued. "This time, you seven who bare the marks of these creatures influence, will be the ones to go and face the sins, to face their tests. Your aim is simple." He paused, momentarily studying the small group. "Subdue the sins, pass their test, win. Come out of this trial alive and forge a bond with creatures that once bore leadership over our enemies."
With that, Alec had turned around and walked back over towards the doors, motioning to the two priests of their network to open the menacing doors, only pausing as they began to slowly drag themselves open, a deafening creak beginning to drown out even the chanting and whispers of the collected mass of priests and priestess' before them. The hall was a mirror of the entrance they were just at though it was littered far more with those red lamps, the floors dusted with chalk as circles were drawn around the seven pedestals before them. Each one holding an item that all would doubt housed what were once the leaders of the demonic forces.
A goblet, pendant, bangle, bottle, key, lamp and vase.
Alec stepped forwards and began to walk towards the lined up pedestals, arranged to form a circle facing outwards, around each one being a bright white circle lined with runes, multiple priests standing before each one. "No one so far as passed these trials and so have come out, in result either insane of dead." It was a terrible thing to say, words that cast a motion of fear into him. "However, we continue to send those born with your marks in hopes we can use these creatures, the sins." He turned to face them, his hands shoved into the pockets of his suit pants, head tilted. "Now it is your turn."
A priest stepped forwards, escaping the perimeter of Pride's circle for a moment as he stood next to Alec. "We need you all to go to your respective circle. If you bear the sign of Wrath, go to the pedestal with the Vase. If you bear the sign of Greed, go to the bangle. If you bear the sign of Gluttony go to the bottle and if Sloth go to the pendant. Pride is the goblet and Envy is the lamp. Lust is the key." He spoke out, his voice surprisingly calm. He had conducted many of these ceremonies after all.
"Once you step into the circle, we will begin the ceremony and once you hear your assigned priests chant, make physical contact with the items. They will feel your mark, a result of their presence and influence and will drag you into into a subconscious type realm where they will test you." There was a silence before he bowed to those, his respect given to those who risk their lives. He stepped back, returning to his place before Alec once again took the reigns. "I wish you all the best...I hope you all come out of this alive and with news of success." with deep reluctance, Alec also stepped back, walking silently over to the back of the hall as the seven were left to make their move to their impending trials.