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The Council of Thirteen

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Azahul

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Rask gazed around the room, his expression impassive, while inside, even in his maddened state, he felt a measure of apprehension. The Council of Thirteen were hardly an enemy to underestimate, and Rask had no illusions. The Council were his enemies, it just remained to be seen whether they considered him or Nagash more dangerous to their continued reign. A skaven himself, he knew that they would be likely to try and manipulate him to their advantage. Nagash was a being of no small power, and the Council would leap on the chance to send an enemy to his death, fighting another one of their enemies. Rask nearly smiled, anticipating their reactions to his plan.
"You have much-much nerve. We thought-thought you were dead Rask, and soon you will wish you had maintained that illusion-deception."
The dry, rasping voice echoed through the chamber, as the lord of Clan Pestilens spoke.
"Let us kill-kill this traitor now," spoke the half-concealed Council member for Clan Eshin, his head shrouded in the shadows, a darkness even Rask found difficult to penetrate. Clan Eshin was always going to be the hardest to win over, for Rask had eliminated a great number of their assassins, masters, and even entire Triads before he went into hiding. When he had disappeared, it had made it seem like Eshin had finally been successful, and to discover him still alive must be a great disappointment.
The Seer Lord raised his hand however, stopping any movement before the Vermin Guards posted at the entrances and flanking Rask could make an attempt to attack the skaven vampire.
"Why-why did you come?"
For the first time since he entered the chamber, Rask spoke.
"Nagash is rising. He fight-fights a band of vampires, but when he has dealt with them he will remember-recall this council, our master race. He will try and destroy-kill us. However, the fight-war will be much easier if we ally-help the vampires. We can let-let them take the brunt of the fighting, and deal with both Nagash and the bloodsuckers once he is dead-dead. Some of these vampires have much-much warpstone. I wish to find-find the Fellblade, and I will use it to kill-kill Nagash. I need-need help though. Skaven help-help, not man-thing help, or vampire help."
The Council was silent for a long moment, before the Seer Lord gestured.
"Take him to the cell-cells. We must discuss-consider this new information."
 

Azahul

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The guards stood around Rask, their warpstone halberds levelled at his chest, waiting for the slightlest twitch that would give them cause to strike. Eshin was not the only group to resent Rask, for he had once slain an entire regiment of the Vermin Guard, reanimating their corpses as his wights. It was not surprising that the white-furred guards were so eagre to spill his blood, so he ensured that his body remained completely still, not moving a muscle, until the call came to bring him before the Council once more.
Once within the shadowy hall, the Seer Lord gestured, and the guards reluctantly withdrew. These were amongst the most powerful beings in the Skaven race, and so they felt little fear at the prospect of Rask attempting to strike them down.
"We-we have decided." The Seer Lord seemed to have taken on the role of spokes-rat for the Council, but he paused to look at the other members before he continued.
Rask waited patiently, darting quick looks at the other members of the Council as he did so. The Eshin Master seemed smug, not a good sign, while those of Clan Pestilens and Skryre were impassive, no hint on their faces as to their feelings. The other members of the Council wore similar expressions, all bar one. Clan Moulder's representitive looked disappointed, although Rask half-suspected that would be because he would have liked to experiment upon a skaven vampire.
"We will not help-aid you in your war against Nagash. We will-will show you a way for you to fight-fight him however," the Seer Lord went on after a few moments. "We will tell-tell you where to find the Fellblade. With that weapon you can kill-kill Nagash, make sure he is no longer a threat."
Rask paused. It looked as though he would escape this meeting with his life, which was good, but the only aid he was being offered would be most dangerous to himself personally. That would explain Eshin's expression in any case, as this would in all likelihood mean that Rask would be killed defeating the Council's greatest enemy. Quite a cunning plan, and frankly, no more than Rask expected from the Council.
"We will take-take you through the Underempire, to the place where you can most easily reach the blade. It will be a long journey, although you will be kept safe-safe from harm by our Vermin Guard. They shall make sure you find the blade, and take it to face Nagash. Should you try to flee-flee, or refuse to accept the blade, they shall kill you. Is this all understood?"
Rask nodded, once. This appeared to be his only way out of here alive, although his continued survival would soon rest on his undead constitution being strong enough to resist the Fellblade's effects. Until he held the weapon in his paw, there would be little chance of escape. Once he did though, he would be living on borrowed time until the Guard relaxed their vigil enough for him to flee.
Not long after, a column of Vermin Guard, led by a pair of Grey Seers. The Council was taking no chances with their new, dangerous 'ally'. Rask would die, one way or another.
 
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