The cold air greeted her like a friend as Luna opened the door to her small cabin while the moon rose. Her black leather armor and blacksteel sword hung by the small fire place. She only wore her white priestess robes and cloak with her rune covered, ceremonial, 4 inch, dagger. Her fingers brushed her bow and quiver hanging next to the door frame as she exited. The carcass of a wolf she had killed that morning was already on the stone alter on top of a hill about 80 to 90 yards to the right of her cabin. As she approached she could see the hundreds of runes carved into the alter and a foot in front of it a large sliver great sword sunk halfway into the solid stone slab the alter rested on, stood keeping a silent vigil over the alter and surrounding tundra. A single large sapphire was set in its handle and caught the moonlight reflecting it in small points of light blue light around the alter. She dug the knife into the wolfs stomach and sliced outwards towards its throat as the runes in the dagger began to glow a deep purple alongside the runes on the alter. as her knife hit the jugular causing a large amount of blood to spray out as the blood seemed to freeze in mid air and suck back towards the alter filling the runes until one by one each went dim finally Luna pulled out the heart and held out her black tome letting the book float out of her hand slightly and open on its own. She spoke a few words the whispers told her too as blood from the heart drained on to the pages fading to black dust as splashed upon them. finally Luna dropped the heart onto the open book causing it as well to fade to dust and be absorbed as the cold black leather tome closed and landed back in her hand gently. "Took you long enough.." she heard her masters voice cut through the usual mummers and whimpers she was used to hearing around her causing them to fade and fall silent. "Wolf...really? A wolf? i know it technically meets the requirements but its disgusting. you know my followers used to serve me virgins. I wasn't that picky and it could have just been anyone but the effort they took was really nice..you could learn a thing or two from them, go into town....get me some real blood.." "And get run out of town and tracked down and killed after they tear your shrine down and burn everything to cinders?" Luna interrupted softly as she felt an invisible icy hand close around her throat like a vice. "You will not interrupt who you serve. I wont tell you again you stupid half-ling." he said slowly in a tone that sounded like finger nails scraping steel. "Forgive me.." Luna gasped out slowly as she felt the hand shrink away letting her drop to her knees gasping for air. "Get up. i have a task for you wretch." he spat causing Luna to stand up slowly as her breath returned. There is an older temple of mine Ive been sensing for a long time now. An artifact some misguided paladin or warrior failed to destroy while they were burning my temple..." he said with an annoyed sigh. "Anyway...the point is i need you to go. Tomorrow. By morning." He said shortly before adding.. "Oh and you may want to enlist a little help. Because bandits may or may not be infesting the place. But hey! that's not a problem for you...you...people person.." he said slowly winding down under Luna's slowly raising eyebrow. "Im a creepy, monotone priestess to a god that captures souls to do his bidding with a cursed book literally designed to repel people I-." "Ok, Ok, point made. pay them." he said as a black smog like circle opened up from the ground in front of Luna and a coin purse slowly formed out of it as the black substance dissipated. "Give them that, and let them take whatever the bandits got, loot, weapons, whatever. We only need the artifact. I'll tell you the location in the morning." He said curtly. Luna nodded "As you say." she said with a bow as she felt his presence leave and the whispers around her started up again softly. She rose from her bow and cleaned the alter. Afterwards she sat with her back resting on her favorite pine tree a few feet away from the shrine she sat and began to meditate as she allowed the whispers to carry her mind and soul into the dark abyss were she simply floated on its surface. Her form shrouded in the shadows of pine tree as the night grew longer.