A Knight To Remember - 5120-09-22 - First Orders of Business in Order and Business (log)

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Imaerasta 22-23, 5120

by Leafiara Autumnwind of the TownCrier


Summary

  • A town militia man announces Marshal Khylon's meeting on town defense at the courtyard of the barracks, so Sir Cryheart leads on to gather there. Militia member Casiphia arrives as well, before Khylon, to exchange some pleasantries. Mayor Leafiara tells her that her hard work hasn't gone unnoticed and she'll make a fine captain or marshal one day; Casi says she hasn't hurt her feelings and has no desire to truly be the marshal, but it was to be temporary and she did it for Thadston; Leafi agrees and says that was part of why she selected Khylon, in case bringing back Thadston takes longer than expected.
  • Khylon arrives and greets everyone jovially, including "Lady C" and Captains Stormyrain and Shinann, and thanks the mayor for the appointment while saying not to worry--he won't even unpack his bags, as he bets Thaddy Daddy will be back real soon since he won't want the smell of dwarf in the barracks. He's serving until Thadston can come back, to help recruit and crack some skulls, and he'll lean heavily on the captains. He knows why Renpaw wants someone in the position, but the captains are good at what they do and he'll be here to take blame if it goes south. Meanwhile, his Guard Captain replacement is Dunigan, an old associate from his mercenary days.
  • On to business, we're faced with problems from the Rooks, Rone, some new "Knave," and he wonders if anyone's seen Grishom Stone's "blood puppy" lately or rumors of Lich King Barnom Slim. Leafi also mentions Amos and Stephos DeArchon as suspects in the attack on Walward's wagons.
  • First up, the Rooks.
    • Berost says kill 'em, Thrassus says flush out the tunnels, and Sir Goldstr says run them out of town or make them join the militia.
    • Cryheart says to keep in mind some if not all are allegedly citizens.
    • Leafi begins to mention they've suddenly changed tactics in the past month compared to the year and a half before then, so Khylon interrupts asking if she's ever been married; she says no, just engaged, and he says at first marriages go great, but it fades in time, sometimes a month and sometimes years, and he figures that's her and the Rooks. She says if we presume she's behind it, then check wth the militia how their successful operations have gone, since Thadston clams to have been opposing them.
    • Cryheart says perhaps offer a pardon and see what happens; Khylon says Puptilian tried that and it didn't work.
    • Faerinn says to take a hard look at Stephos, as he's the only candidate who hasn't been attacked who has the means to start and arm a rival chapter of the Rooks. Leafi agrees that there seem to be at least two factions, and Khylon agrees Faerinn has a point. He (Khylon) says if someone's trying to move in on Rook territory, they'll go back to their old tactics.
    • Khylon asks the captains for tactics and plans. Shinann says the militia hasn't been actively pursuing them as of late, and agrees with the second faction possibility since she's never heard the Rooks demand payoffs in front of a crowd.
    • Stormy says in the past we've had some success finding common ground which has led to short periods of rest, and her plans would be to address the Rooks' leaders instead of its membership, which consists of some townsfolk and others career criminals. Khylon reiterates: how do we go at Mother if we're not to go cutting up citizens in masks. Stormy says request a meeting with her and go from there--if she's lost control, that should be apparent, and if she's pushed the current direction, that too should be apparent, so we'll know if we need to take her down or help her regain control. Stormy says issues with the Rooks under her leadership have mostly been small in nature.
    • Khylon says we'll try that, but a Rook is a Rook and it's just a matter of time until we see. Stormy agrees they're untrustworthy, but better the demon we know than the demon we don't. She doesn't believe Mother is different, but is stable and things have been predictable. Leafi says she's already tried to request a meeting with Mother recently to no response and wonders if she's been captured or killed, but Khylon says maybe a new one.
    • Lastly, Guarrin says if the Rooks are dependent on protection money for incoming ships, then cut off that flow of silvers with protection at the docks.
  • Next up, Rone.
    • Leafi says Rone issued her an ultimatum, but it seems hollow and a bluff worth calling since we've never seen this Rone kill. Also, Rone's opposing the Rooks, imitation Rooks, or whatever they are, so perhaps prioritize other things.
    • Thrassus and Leafi both raise the possibility of leaving Rone be until after the Rook problem is solved.
    • Khylon points to the flagpole in the courtyard, capped with a spear tip taken from Walkar's office after his death, and says Walkar would have dug a grave for Rooks and Rone. He says some see Rone as an ally, tool, or even a weapon, but Rone just represents more lawlessness. The citizens should look to the militia and guard for security, not the Rooks or Rone. He'll issue a warrant for Rone's arrest tomorrow, and meet with Guard Captain Dunigan and see if we can accomplish the same for the guard.
  • Next up, Amos and Stephos.
    • Khylon says Dunigan will look into them and he'll help if possible.
    • Leafi says to look into the ownership of Dragonsclaw Arms over the past few years, as one of Mother's first meetings with the town was in the back alley there and Amos is moving in--as well as proposing renovations in Shanty Town, also Rook territory.
    • Faerinn says check the Darkstone Daily while looking for Stephos, since one name seems to be staying out of their headlines... and being mad about the delay with the Steward of the Guilds decision appears to be the only stance the Darkstone Daily has taken.
  • Leafi mentions the possibility of the Daily Darkstone potentially being behind some of the things they report, as something like Octaven's disappearance is either made up, information they somehow got before anyone else, or their own doing. Khylon asks Magister Raelee if she is missing. Raelee says she's no longer at the outpost and Khylon says that's Imperial code for yes and asks where she went, as he thought she was in a glass box. Raelee asks why he wants to know and he asks why she wants to be defensive. He thinks it's important to know if a mad mage with a grudge goes missing. Raelee says she didn't take demands from Thadston either, so Leafiara suggests asking Breshon or Cordarius instead. Raelee says Breshon is not here, but Cordarius knows, so Khylon says he'll ask.
  • Leafi says we have to assume anything said here is compromised, but it could be used to our advantage if enemies act on what we say only for us to decide against the plan beforehand. Khylon says we're talking ideas, not specifics, so he has no worries.
  • Next up, the unknown faction in grey that's attacked Rooks and Murdos. Faerinn seems to believe they're Stephos'. Leafi is unsure and says she wouldn't be surprised if they're Rone's, since Rone's ultimatum included the vigilante not coming alone--and yet we've never seen Rone followers this time. Opposing Rooks and Malluch also fits Rone.
  • Dame Evia asks if any of the organizations being discussed here have been officially, legally designated as criminal organizations; Khylon says the Rooks have.
  • Back to Amos, Khylon says he doesn't trust anyone who comes to town throwing money around, as Stone did that. Leafi says Amos is so dubious we're actually considering Stephos; Shinann says they could be working together; Leafi agrees and that's part of why she wants Dragonsclaw Arms ownership looked into, in case it's transferred from Stephos or an associate to Amos. Khylon says we'll dig into that.
  • Last up, if Barnom Slim's spotted, that's easy: bless a blade and kill him. He tells Goblyn he's surprised Barnom hasn't come for Lich's Landing yet and Goblyn says she doesn't think he'll be coming for it in easy ways, or maybe it'll be time to be his again. Khylon says maybe it'll be time to bury him again.
  • Casiphia takes her leave, saying it's been a pleasure. Xorus notes that Amos and Stephos both have connections to Jantalar, the latter having imported weapons from there, and Khylon says nothing good ever comes from Jantalar.


Highlights - Comedic

Stormyrain says, "Merry eve, all."
Radeek mutters, "Town faces blood, death, fire, an' d'struction...definitely has da makins of a merry eve I reckon."
Speaking amusedly to Radeek, Stormyrain asks, "And when is that anything outside the norm for the Landing?"
Speaking to Radeek, Leafiara acknowledges, "Well, it is our way as of late."
Speaking to Stormyrain, Leafiara agrees, "Or as of always, sure."
Casiphia says, "...Mayor."
Casiphia nods at Leafiara.
Speaking to Casiphia, Faerinn says, "Things have gotten so topsy turvy she actually decried the Rooks last week."
Khylon says, "Thank ye Mayor for dis appoinment, as there will be no disappoinment."
Khylon says, "I'm servin' until Thad can come back. End o' story. I'll help recruit where we can, I'll definitely help crack some skulls and try to keep these streets clean, and I'll be leanin' heavily on the Captains."
Khylon says, "I know why ol' Renpaw...or is it Renpae now? Heh. I know why he want'd someone in the position, but let's be honest, ye two ladies are good at what ye do."
Khylon nods at Stormyrain.
Khylon nods at Shinann.
Khylon says, "I'll just be 'ere to take the blame if it goes south."
Speaking amusedly to Khylon, Leafiara says, "Sheesh, if you'd explained that *before* the appointment then my decision wouldn't have needed nearly as much thought as it did."
Khylon says, "Gotta keep ye on yer toes Mayor."
Speaking coyly to Khylon, Leafiara says, "Right, because the rest of the town isn't any good at that."
Khylon says, "When ye get married...everything is great."
Khylon says, "Touchin' all da time, laughin' all the time, flowers, unicorns, Glaesen Star trips, you name it."
Khylon says, "But then it fades....in time. Sometimes a month, sometimes years..."
Khylon says, "It fades."
Evia says, "Then menfolk think they can stop obeying, which is wrong."
Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Shumtimes 5 minootsh."
Pukk says, "Huh."
Pukk says, "I got married and was sacrificed on an altar that very night....she skipped a couple of phases it seems."
Speaking to Balley, Pukk says, "Well, we thought Stormy was Mother at first, but now we think that Mother is Future Leafi that came back in time."
Khylon says, "We could drown da mayor and see if Mother vanishes."
Speaking to Pukk, Chaoswynd says, "We meaning you, and the various voices in your head."
Khylon asks, "Is Octaven missin'?"
Raelee states, "She is no longer at the Outpost."
Khylon says, "That's imperial code for, yes."
Khylon asks, "So where'd she go?"
Faerinn asks, "Anyone checked under Cordarius's bed?"


Highlights - Thematic

Leafiara says, "The Rooks, or at least something appearing to be them, have had a sudden change of tactics this past month as compared to the past year and a half before then..."
Khylon asks, "No offense Mayor, but...ye ev'r been married?"
Speaking curiously to Khylon, Leafiara asks, "...no, why?"
Khylon says, "Figures. No offense of course..."
Leafiara adds, "I am engaged though."
Khylon says, "But let me explain."
Khylon says, "When ye get married...everything is great."
Khylon says, "Touchin' all da time, laughin' all the time, flowers, unicorns, Glaesen Star trips, you name it."
Khylon says, "But then it fades....in time. Sometimes a month, sometimes years..."
Khylon says, "It fades."
Khylon says, "I figure that's you and da Rooks."
Speaking to Khylon, Stormyrain says, "I think we request a meeting with Mother, and go from there."
Khylon asks, "And what do you want out o' dis meetin'?"
Khylon asks, "And why not nab the hag right then?"
Stormyrain says, "If this is a case of her losing control, that should be apparent. If it's a case of her pushing the current direction, that should be apparent. Then we know if we need to take her down, or help her regain control since, for the most part, under her leadership the issues with the Rooks have been mostly small in nature."
Khylon says, "Fine. We'll try dat route firs'."
Khylon says, "But I'm tellin' ya, a Rook is a Rook is a Rook."
Khylon says, "Jus' a matt'r o' time until you see, dey a Rook."
Stormyrain says, "Yes. Rooks are notorious for being untrustworthy."
Khylon says, "If Mother is tryin' to make ye t'ink she's different...."
Stormyrain says, "I don't disagree. But the demon you know is better than the demon you don't."
Khylon says, "And yer thinkin' it..."
Khylon says, "Den she's halfway won."
Speaking to Khylon, Stormyrain says, "I don't think she's different, I think she's been stable and things have been predictable. I prefer that to this."
Khylon asks, "Fair 'nuff Cap'n. We'll send another message. Mayor, maybe a new one?"
Speaking to Khylon, Leafiara agrees, "I'll try again, certainly."
Khylon says, "Containment is preferred to chaos. But containment shouldn't las' forever."


Log

Awaiting Khylon

[Town Square Central]

This is the heart of the main square of Wehnimer's Landing. The impromptu shops of the bazaar are clustered around this central gathering place, where townsfolk, travellers, and adventurers meet to talk, conspire or raise expeditions to the far-flung reaches of Elanith. At the north end, an old well, with moss-covered stones and a craggy roof, is shaded from the moonlight by a strong, robust tree. The oak is tall and straight, and it is apparent that the roots run deep. You also see the Shayen disk, a black-tipped twilight grey wolf, the Keemar disk, the Kippe disk, an amber-eyed tawny range wolf, the Kiwoeachi disk, the Missandai disk, the Uskeye disk, some wolifrew lichen, a bottle of red wine, the Taulramil disk, the blue Shardner disk, a sleek ruffed lemur that is sitting, the Targetina disk, a mistwood serving cart with some stuff on it, an herbal remedy donation bin and some stone benches with some stuff on it.

Also here: Mayor Leafiara, Shayen, Radeek, Trazzle who is kneeling, Pinson who is sitting, Incentor, Nubunga, Marijka, Berost, Keemar, Bernadette, Fysor, Kippe, Kiwoeachi, Conquerer of Reim Sareyna, Barrister Faerinn, Sir Cryheart, Uskeye who is sitting, Lady Missandai who is sitting, Stellarra, Squire Legionnaire Taulramil, Aurili, Dhela, Tneps who is kneeling, Diamondelille, Shardner who is sitting, Yardie, Targetina

The sky begins to fill with huge clouds, dark and grey on the bottom, pale and white atop, their puffy crowns ascending toward the heavens.


[General] Zephyrn asks, "Does number of cannons matter if you only have 1 person running it?"

A young girl rushes by some traveling merchants in the street, navigating through them before slipping off to the edge of a dark alley where she hands what looks like a rolled-up scroll to someone in the shadows. A moment later they part ways, the dark figure stepping back out of sight, and the girl disappearing into a crowd of townspeople.

Speaking deeply to Radeek, Berost says, "As usual as well."

Faerinn says, "My guess is Thadston will show up halfway and try to rest Khylon for his job back."

Radeek sings thunderously:

"Here comes da rain ag'in"

Kiwoeachi says, "I'll attempt not to die."

Berost deeply says, "Jest kill all them different factions an be done wif it."

Pukk recites:

"Everybody join Cryheart!"

[General] Telagan thinks, "Not really - theoretically you could open with a large broadside but if you're boarding, no."

Berost deeply says, "See if my old bones can hang tonight."

[General] Nordred asks, "Of course it matters! Who's gonna be afraid of 1 cannon?"

[General] Leafiara observes, "Another lovely rainy night in the Landing!"

Pukk recites:

"Everybody join Cryheart!"

[General] Roblar thinks, "Nordred fired his guns, and da nalls just dropped and fell."

[General] Zephyrn thinks, "I found it took ridiculous number of cannon hits to do much of anything so didn't seem worth it aside from the fun."

Speaking to Balley, Leafiara says, "Oh, good, was hoping either you or Stormyrain or both would be here in case someone has a proposal involving scrying."

Leafiara says, "I don't know if they will, but."

Leafiara says, "Wanting options open."

Stormyrain says, "Merry eve, all."

Balley softly says, "You are in luck Leafi."

Leafiara offers Shinann a piece of ivory parchment.

Balley whispers, "Sorry I have been hiding. I was trying to make some decisions on things."

Speaking to Shinann, Leafiara says, "A bit of briefing I intend to hand to Khylon as well."

Shinann accepts Leafiara's ivory parchment.

Bernadette softly says, "Merry eve."

Speaking to Shinann, Leafiara says, "You might not agree, but these are just some of my thoughts."

Leafiara offers Stormyrain a piece of ivory parchment.

Radeek mutters, "Town faces blood, death, fire, an' d'struction...definitely has da makins of a merry eve I reckon."

Stormyrain accepts Leafiara's ivory parchment.

Speaking amusedly to Radeek, Stormyrain asks, "And when is that anything outside the norm for the Landing?"

Speaking to Radeek, Leafiara acknowledges, "Well, it is our way as of late."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Leafiara agrees, "Or as of always, sure."

Shinann says, "Hmm."

Shinann offers Leafiara a piece of ivory parchment.

Leafiara accepts Shinann's ivory parchment.

Radeek says, "Oh, it ain't dat I likes killin...but a fellers gotta be good at somethin'."

Speaking to Shinann, Leafiara says, "I'll elaborate much more during the meeting, of course..."

Speaking to Shinann, Leafiara says, "Just keeping brief notes for all our sakes."

Stormyrain offers Leafiara a piece of ivory parchment.

Leafiara accepts Stormyrain's ivory parchment.

Leafiara says, "And others might have better ideas too."

A town militia man wanders by and shouts, "Marshal Khylon will be gathering inside the courtyard of the Town Barracks shortly to begin some open discussion on his plans and suggestions and ideas on how to help decrease the crime within town. All are welcome! The barracks are located along North Ring Road!"

Phokus says, "Read yer piece in da paper, good stuff."

Cryheart says, "Join... moving shortly."

Speaking to Phokus, Leafiara asks, "Which one?"

[travel]

[Wehnimer's, North Ring Rd.]

The east-west road continues, closed in on the south by the militia barracks and on the north by the twelve-foot-high wall of the city itself. The occasional thud of leather boots in unison upon cobbled pavement and the clipped shouts of barked orders reverberate off the modwir walls along this part of the road. The scents of leather, weapon oil and hearty cooking fill the night air. You also see the town barracks.

Also here: Shayen, Radeek, Marijka, Berost, Bernadette, Kippe, Conquerer of Reim Sareyna, Dhela, Diamondelille, Pukk, Felita, Guarrin, Gypsy Scribe Balley, Dame Evia, Lord Asben, Kiwoeachi, Xorus, Sir Cryheart, High Lord Gutstorm

Gutstorm stumbles toward the town barracks before regaining his balance.

Speaking helpfully to Gutstorm, Leafiara says, "The gate."

High Lord Gutstorm moves toward a thick iron gate and then stumbles, making a total fool out of himself.

[Town Barracks, Inner Courtyard]

Stone walls wrap around to form a solid enclosure to the courtyard, the ground smooth and paved with dark cobblestones. Barely visible beyond the thick iron gate stretches North Ring Road and an expanse of the palisades of Wehnimer's Landing. A large two-story brick building dominates the far end of the courtyard, its roof topped with a black and grey flag. You also see a brilliant purple kitten wearing a purple collar clasped with a pair of crossed silver swords and a dark wooden table with an iron bucket on it.

Also here: Shayen, Radeek, Marijka, Berost, Bernadette, Kippe, Conquerer of Reim Sareyna, Dhela, Diamondelille, Pukk, Felita, Guarrin, Gypsy Scribe Balley, Dame Evia, Lord Asben, Kiwoeachi, Xorus, Stormyrain, Sir Cryheart, High Lord Gutstorm, Barrister Faerinn, Lord Thrassus, Shinann

Radeek asks, "Who here reckons dat dis Khylon in charge be a bad idea?"

Speaking to Radeek, Stormyrain says, "He's been Marshal before."

Speaking curiously to Radeek, Leafiara says, "Not me, or else I wouldn't have appointed him."

Speaking to Radeek, Leafiara inquires, "Concerns?"

Stormyrain says, "And he's been Captain of the Guard since."

Radeek says, "Just askin...don't pull a Cosima on me."


Casiphia's Greetings

Lady Casiphia just arrived.

Gutstorm whistles at Casiphia!

Leafiara says, "The main concern is if he's healthy or not after Raznel's curse years ago... other than that no one could raise an objection against him."

Kiwoeachi says, "Little ones up front."

Casiphia smiles at Gutstorm.

Gutstorm mutters hubbahubba.

Speaking amiably to Casiphia, Leafiara says, "Ah! Lady Casiphia, hello."

Casiphia waves.

Radeek says, "I'se hot enough wit'out bein set aflame."

Cryheart says, "Evening, Lady Casiphia."

Casiphia says, "Evening all."

Speaking to Casiphia, Leafiara says, "I meant to write to you, but I've been, well, distracted with preparations for tonight."

Casiphia says, "Captains."

Casiphia nods at Stormyrain.

Casiphia nods at Shinann.

Casiphia says, "...Mayor."

Casiphia nods at Leafiara.

Shinann nods at Casiphia.

Casiphia says, "I do not envy your schedule."

Casiphia nods at Leafiara.

Speaking earnestly to Casiphia, Leafiara says, "I wanted to let you know, your hard work over these past years has definitely not gone unnoticed or unappreciated by me."

Casiphia says, "I appreciate that."

Leafiara grins at Casiphia.

Speaking to Casiphia, Faerinn says, "Things have gotten so topsy turvy she actually decried the Rooks last week."

Casiphia says, "You haven't hurt my feelings, if that is your concern, with Khylon's placement."

Speaking to Casiphia, Leafiara says, "I truly believe you'll make a great captain or even marshal one day if you keep on your current path."

Casiphia says, "Thadston will be back soon."

[General] Cryheart thinks, "We are meeting just inside the barracks."

Speaking to Casiphia, Leafiara admits, "It was, yes."

Leafiara chuckles.

Speaking to Casiphia, Faerinn says, "If that is a thing you might be interested in."

Casiphia says, "I have no desire to truly be the Marshal. It was to be temporary and I did it for Thadston."

Speaking to Casiphia, Leafiara agrees, "And yes, we'll bring him back to his senses somehow."

Leafiara nods at Casiphia.

Speaking to Casiphia, Leafiara says, "Right, that was part of why I selected Khylon--just preparation for the worst case where it takes longer to bring Thadston back than we all hope."

Leafiara slowly empties her lungs.

Kippe whispers something to Chaoswynd.

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Dish playsh needsh a darboard."

Casiphia leans against a large two-story brick building.

Speaking to Gutstorm, Leafiara says, "There's one inside."

Gutstorm drunkenly asks, "Why not out ere?"


Khylon's Introduction

Marshal Khylon just arrived.

Khylon grunts in greeting.

>l khy

You see Marshal Khylon Oakspear.

He appears to be a Dwarf of the Mordrakam Clan. He is stout. He appears to be past his prime. He has large steel grey eyes and bronze skin. He has long, thick deep red hair worn in intricate onyx braids. He has a square-jawed face, a broken nose and thick burly arms. He has a long kempt deep red beard set with tiny onyx axe-shaped clips. He has a missing eye and some missing fingers.

He is in good shape.

He is wearing a battered orc hide helm ornamented with chipped troll tusks, some blackened steel prayerbeads, a small black leather eyepatch, a pair of dark mithril bracers, a dented mithril tower shield, a crisp militia uniform, a large sack, an old tattered pouch, a oiled leather pack, a mithril-bound orc hide scabbard, a large sack, a mithril alloy mesh kilt, and a pair of scuffed black boots.

Casiphia bows to Khylon.

Khylon grunts urgently, calling for assistance!

Speaking amiably to Khylon, Leafiara exclaims, "Mashal. Good eve to you!"

Cryheart says, "Hello Marshal Khylon."

Balley softly says, "Hello Khylon."

Speaking to Khylon, Goldstr says, "Evenin Marshall."

Khylon grunts happily, grinning.

Khylon says, "Evenin' ever'un."

Faerinn says, "Congratulations."

Khylon says, "Glad ye decid'd to make it. I thought I'd have us meet outside, even though we're in da barracks."

Speaking suddenly to Khylon, Leafiara says, "Oh, yes, where are my manners. Congratulations indeed, and I know we can all trust in you."

Speaking deeply to Khylon, Berost says, "Finally someone o' tha right stature an lineage."

Khylon says, "I heard ye all like da standin' in da rain somethin' fierce."

Khylon snickers.

Speaking to Khylon, Pukk says, "You're welcome."

Khylon says, "Lady C."

Khylon nods at Casiphia.

Casiphia smiles.

Gutstorm drunkenly asks, "Wotsha Marshill dooz?"

>l casi

You see Lady Casiphia Malatina.

She appears to be a Human.

She is average height. She appears to be in the prime of life. She has long-lashed dark brown eyes and fair skin. She has shoulder length, curly bluish-black hair arranged in a twisted roll at the back of her head and held in place by some carved ivory beads. She has an oval face, a small nose and wide hips.

She is in good shape.

She is wearing a suede-lined mantle of peppered wolf fur, a single-shoulder oiled leather vest, a wide leather baldric hung with a collection of various daggers, a trim black linen shirt left open at the collar, a slender clear crystal ring, a slotted leather belt displaying various tools and pouches, some crisp black brocade breeches, and some scuffed black suede knee-boots cuffed in grey fur.

Khylon says, "Ye were jus' too tall fer Marshal."

Khylon nods at Casiphia.

Khylon snickers.

Casiphia chuckles.

Casiphia waves her hand in a dismissive gesture.

Khylon says, "Captains Stormyrain and Shinann, been a bit o' time."

Khylon bows to Stormyrain.

Khylon bows to Shinann.

Shinann bows to Khylon.

Shinann says, "It has."

Shinann smiles at Khylon.

Speaking to Khylon, Stormyrain states, "Good to see you back with us, Marshal."

Khylon says, "Thank ye Mayor for dis appoinment, as there will be no disappoinment."

Leafiara grins at Khylon.

Speaking drunkenly to Bernadette, Gutstorm says, "Yooz got shumfin on yooz nose."

Shinann chuckles.

Bernadette softly says, "A spider I tink."

Khylon says, "...and don't worry. I won't even unpack mah bags."

Speaking confidently to Khylon, Leafiara says, "I have all the faith in you."

Leafiara chuckles.

Bernadette softly says, "On me arm now."

Khylon says, "Ole Thaddy Daddy'll be back real soon I bet."

Shinann shifts her weight.

Speaking deeply in Dwarven to Khylon, Berost says something you don't understand.

Speaking drunkenly to Bernadette, Gutstorm asks, "Yooz gunna eat dat?"

Khylon says, "Hard to wash out the smell o' dwarf, he won't want me around long."

Khylon snickers.

Khylon turns to Berost and cheers!

Berost grins.

Khylon grunts at Berost.

Leafiara amusedly says, "Right then."

Erienne says, "Perhaps a bath would help."

[General] Xayd thinks, "Another rainy night eh."

Khylon says, "So before we begin, few things I wan' to get in the air out thar."

Speaking amiably to Khylon, Leafiara says, "We're all ears."

Gutstorm drunkenly exclaims, "Good idea!"

Sareyna asks, "Aren't baths anathema to dwarves though?"

[General] Leafiara pleasedly agrees, "Indeed!"

[General] Stormyrain thinks, "We are just inside the gates of the Barracks with Khylon. He likes to make us stand in the rain.."

Dhela says, "Not at all."

Speaking deeply to Khylon, Roelon asks, "Besides the smell of wet dwarf?"

Erienne whispers something to Sareyna.

Khylon says, "I'm servin' until Thad can come back. End o' story. I'll help recruit where we can, I'll definitely help crack some skulls and try to keep these streets clean, and I'll be leanin' heavily on the Captains."

[General] Leafiara interjects, "He knows us well."

Gutstorm drunkenly asks, "Kin I help ye crack a foo shkullsh?"

Berost deeply says, "Well, 'cept the Thad part. Derned fool off his rocker."

Khylon says, "I know why ol' Renpaw...or is it Renpae now? Heh. I know why he want'd someone in the position, but let's be honest, ye two ladies are good at what ye do."

Khylon nods at Stormyrain.

Khylon nods at Shinann.

Khylon says, "I'll just be 'ere to take the blame if it goes south."

Khylon snickers.

Pietra whispers something to Asben.

Shinann says, "Thank you. Most kind."

Khylon grunts noncommittally and shrugs his shoulders.

Speaking amusedly to Khylon, Leafiara says, "Sheesh, if you'd explained that *before* the appointment then my decision wouldn't have needed nearly as much thought as it did."

Leafiara chuckles.

Stormyrain nods gratefully at Khylon.

Khylon says, "Gotta keep ye on yer toes Mayor."

Speaking drunkenly to Berost, Gutstorm says, "Shmokin dat will shtunt yooz growf."

Leafiara grins at Khylon.

Radeek mutters, "South be m'favorite d'rection...can't figger out why ever'one reckons it be bad."

Speaking coyly to Khylon, Leafiara says, "Right, because the rest of the town isn't any good at that."

Leafiara snickers.

Pietra whispers something to Asben.

Faerinn says, "I think the hand pylons does enough of that already."

Khylon says, "I've select'd my Guard Captain replacement for now. One o' mah old associates from my mercenary days. Dunigan. He's only slightly taller than me."

Casiphia nods at Khylon.

Speaking in Dwarven, Berost deeply says something you don't understand.


Trouble in Paradise: The Rooks

Khylon says, "Now, let's chat."

Guarrin whispers something to Cryheart.

Khylon says, "We've got those bloody Rooks."

Cryheart whispers something to Guarrin.

Khylon says, "We've got that bloody Rone."

Khylon asks, "We've got some bloody Knave lad or lass?"

Evia says, "Crack 'em skulls."

Speaking to Khylon, Leafiara says, "It's quite a mess indeed and allegiances are very unclear."

Khylon asks, "Any'un seen Grishom's blood puppy lately?"

Speaking to Khylon, Pukk says, "That's alot of bloody people."

Leafiara adds, "As are motives."

Khylon asks, "And rumors o' da Lich?"

Berost deeply says, "Simple plan, perfect."

Cryheart says, "I hae nae."

Sareyna says, "Blood puppy..I want one."

Speaking to Khylon, Leafiara says, "Been a month since Malluch's been about, but yes, I heard the Barnom rumors..."

Speaking deeply to Khylon, Berost says, "Aint no rumor, crazy fool is wanderin around somewhere."

Khylon nods at Leafiara.

Speaking to Sareyna, Kiwoeachi says, "Chandry has one."

Xorus says, "I reckon that is a lot of skulls to be cracking."

Faerinn says, "I thought the Lich was going to take us all to dinner."

Khylon says, "So let's talk Rooks firs'."

Leafiara says, "We also have Amos and Stephos as potential suspects in the attack on Walward."

Faerinn says, "He must be learning how to cook."

Khylon says, "I ain't got no fancy list or sign up formal crap. So, use yer words, be patient wit' me."

Khylon nods at Leafiara.

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Walwad make da good minichersh."

Leafiara says, "Darn, was hoping for a list."

Speaking to Khylon, Goldstr says, "Ya knows da only good Rook be er."

Leafiara says, "Alright, regardless..."

Pietra softly says, "Blood puppy... no."

Khylon asks, "So who wants to throw out their ideas on the Rooks?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk asks, "I like him already. Can we keep him? Please?"

Leafiara says, "The Rooks, or at least something appearing to be them, have had a sudden change of tactics this past month as compared to the past year and a half before then..."

Speaking deeply to Khylon, Berost says, "Kill em."

Thrassus says, "Flush out the tunnels where they make their nest."

Leafiara says, "Thadston insists that he was one of the only things standing in the Rooks' way."

Khylon asks, "No offense Mayor, but...ye ev'r been married?"

Speaking to Khylon, Goldstr says, "Jess runs em out a town er join yer Militia."

Speaking curiously to Khylon, Leafiara asks, "...no, why?"

Khylon says, "Figures. No offense of course..."

Leafiara adds, "I am engaged though."

Cryheart asks, "Keep in mind, some Rooks are allegedly citizens of this town?"

Khylon says, "But let me explain."

Erienne says, "Smart woman."

Cryheart says, "If nae all."

Leafiara says, "I'll continue my thought after your explanation, then."

Khylon says, "When ye get married...everything is great."

Leafiara tilts her head at Khylon.

Kiwoeachi says, "She just ain't found the right gal.. er.."

Khylon says, "Touchin' all da time, laughin' all the time, flowers, unicorns, Glaesen Star trips, you name it."

Speaking in Elven, Xayd says somethinng you don't understand..

Khylon says, "But then it fades....in time. Sometimes a month, sometimes years..."

Khylon nods.

Khylon says, "It fades."

Evia says, "Then menfolk think they can stop obeying, which is wrong."

Khylon says, "I figure that's you and da Rooks."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Shumtimes 5 minootsh."

Pukk says, "Huh."

Radeek mutters, "Dis is gonna be good...."

Khylon says, "It's been a long phase, but yer to the real part now."

Speaking to Khylon, Leafiara says, "Yes, for the sake of the argument, let's presume Mother's behind all this and has changed strategies. So here's my thought..."

Khylon says, "Da Rooks ain't nev'r chang'd."

Khylon says, "Dey nev'r will."

Thrassus says, "Then you see all the things that were there all along, but were too smitten to see before."

Khylon nods.

Khylon exclaims, "Exactly!"

Pukk says, "I got married and was sacrificed on an altar that very night....she skipped a couple of phases it seems."

Khylon points at Thrassus.

Leafiara says, "If there's any merit to Thadston saying that he was standing in their way, then in theory he should have been opposing their operations and militia members should have intel on how to move against them."

Khylon taps his nose.

Speaking slowly to Khylon, Goblyn says, "This is a ... strange analogy."

Gutstorm drunkenly asks, "Sho should we marry da rooksh off to da each utter, or did me mish da point?"

Khylon asks, "Is it?"

Khylon peers quizzically at Goblyn.

Speaking to Khylon, Leafiara says, "In other words, your own militia should be able to tell you how the successful operations have been working, and go from there. But Thadston never shared this with the public."

Khylon snickers.

Goblyn nods quickly at Khylon!

Leafiara adds, "Nor should he have."

Radeek says, "Quick...someone marry Mother."

Speaking to Khylon, Goblyn adds, "But maybe the living of this town are -very- strange in some times."

Goblyn looks at Khylon and breaks into a cheeky grin.

Radeek says, "I thinks Cryheart shoul' does it."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pietra asks, "You the Khylon whisperer?"

Balley softly says, "We really do not know much about Mother."

Khylon asks, "Captains, ye got any Rook thoughts?"

Balley softly says, "She just shows up when it suits her purposes."

Khylon says, "We know Mother probably bleeds like da res'."

Khylon snickers.

Shinann says, "I have never cared for them."

Casiphia says, "If we get the chance."

Speaking to Goblyn, Goldstr asks, "An Ye Lass still gones be swappin rings wid Crux?"

Casiphia nods at Khylon.

Khylon says, "I ain't meanin' yer big feelin's."

Khylon nods at Shinann.

Speaking drunkenly to Goblyn, Gutstorm says, "If yooz waitin fer dem to smoosh, yooz wait long time."

Khylon says, "Dis ain't a meetin' for feelin's."

Stormyrain asks, "I'm not sure what you're looking for. The conversation you're having and the one the Mayor is having..seem a bit different?"

Leafiara clarifies, "And just to explain, I was thinking that Thadston was simply blowing smoke trying to win his hearing and *hasn't* really waged operations against them in the past couple years."

Shinann says, "I know..."

Speaking shyly to Goldstr, Goblyn says, "... maybe."

Khylon says, "Tactics. Plans."

Pietra whispers something to Sacru.

Speaking to Balley, Pukk says, "Well, we thought Stormy was Mother at first, but now we think that Mother is Future Leafi that came back in time."

Evia says, "I smell smoke."

Shinann says, "We have not been actively pursing them of late, if that is what you are asking."

Sacru whispers something to Pietra.

Shinann says, "Sir."

Cryheart says, "Perhaps offer a pardon for all Rooks..and see what happens."

Khylon says, "We could drown da mayor and see if Mother vanishes."

Khylon snickers at Pukk.

Khylon smirks.

Speaking to Pukk, Chaoswynd says, "We meaning you, and the various voices in your head."

Cryheart begins chuckling at Khylon!

Khylon says, "We tried dat Cryheart."

Khylon says, "Ol' Pup did that once."

Pukk says, "Cay is still Rone though."

Khylon says, "Didn't work."

Gutstorm drunkenly asks, "Kin I be depooty mayer if ye drown her?"

Cryheart says, "Aye."

Leafiara says, "Pup tried a raid on the tunnels and that didn't work either." [actually, it might have been Thadston without Pup rather than both together, but I forget]

Khylon says, "Can't polish a terd. Still a terd."

Balley softly says, "There are many things that have been done in the past that never made sense and we have questioned often. I wish we really knew who this Mother is and why she showed up all of a sudden."

Radeek says, "Tis easy...set up a meetin wit' da Rooks...gits alla der leaders in one place...an kills em...cut off da head a da Selshis..so ta speaks."

Speaking to Goblyn, Chaoswynd asks, "What? You didn't know?"

Speaking to Khylon, Faerinn says, "I hope when you investigate all these attacks you take a good hard look at Stephos DeArchon. He's the only candidate that hasn't been attacked that has the means to start a rival chapter of the Rooks, and to arm them such as he has."

Leafiara points at Faerinn.

Speaking amusedly to Chaoswynd, Goblyn asks, "Maybe?"

Khylon nods at Faerinn.

Stormyrain says, "In the past we've had some success finding common ground with the Rooks, which has led to short periods of rest before a new leader will take over and make their play to create a name for themselves. If I had to make plans it would be to address the leaders of the Rooks versus the membership, since many of them are our townsfolk, and others are career criminals."

Kiwoeachi says, "I'm for all out war and carnage."

Speaking to Khylon, Leafiara agrees, "I'm inclined to believe that there are at least two factions of Rooks right now. I could be mistaken, but many things don't seem to fit."

Khylon says, "Honey hair has a good point."

Khylon nods at Faerinn.

Leafiara says, "Or perhaps only one faction and one impersonating faction."

Speaking to Kiwoeachi, Sareyna says, "I have raised you well kiki."

Faerinn says, "Regardless of what Amos says about the pylons its bluster. He's vague, because he doesn't have the information requested. He more concerned about us being impressed with him than actually doing something impressive."

Pukk asks, "Honey hair?"

Khylon says, "Let's be honest, if someone is tryin' to move in on da Rook's territory, they're gonna go back to their old tactics."

Faerinn grins at Khylon.

Balley softly asks, "Do you think Mother and Rone are working together? Or against each other?"

Speaking to Radeek, Stormyrain says, "See, we aren't too far off in our lines of thought."

Leafiara says, "Which, truly, is the problem in all of this--too many possibilities and difficulties sorting out agendas, motives, and identities."

Radeek says, "Faction er fiction...coul' be a ploy ta keeps ya guessin."

Speaking to Balley, Pukk says, "Yes."

Speaking to Balley, Leafiara says, "Hap and I have raised the theory that they're the same person. My friend Khy[lynnia] thinks Rone is perhaps a protege of Mother who's upset at not getting proper inheritance of leadership."

Speaking to Sareyna, Kiwoeachi says, "I won't say it's not selfish, empuff gotta empuff."

Evia says, "So two factions of outlaws then...."

Shinann says, "I do know I have never heard them demand payoffs in front of crowds... so I am thinking there could be a second faction at play."

Balley softly says, "I see. Well, I do not trust Mother as you know, I do not trust people who seem to think they have all the power."

Thrassus says, "I have."

Khylon says, "Dey gettin' bold."

Khylon nods at Shinann.

Stormyrain sighs slightly and rubs her temples.


Khylon asks, "So what's yer leader idea den Stormy?"

Kiwoeachi says, "I'd send in some really big guy to attract all them and then sneak in behind steal their plans see what they're up to with a small group of rogues."

Leafiara says, "It's as if the current crop of Rooks have reverted, or are doing a bad impersonation of Rysus' Rooks based on reading town history. That's my take, at least."

Faerinn says, "The current Rone seems to be the only one I've seen actively helping people though."

Thrassus says, "They attempted to extort Lylia when she was mayor for food aid during the blight."

Speaking to Goblyn, Pukk says, "We definitely know that Rone isn't Hapenlok though."

Khylon asks, "If we're not to go cuttin' up our citizens in masks...how do we go at Moth'r?"

Balley softly says, "I think Rone and Mother will get overly confident and end up killing each other."

Speaking bemusedly to Pukk, Goblyn says, "He will not be able to keep this secret to himself. I think maybe you are correct."

Felita asks, "Do Rooks wear masks?"

Speaking to Balley, Leafiara says, "Except I've never seen this Rone kill anyone yet, which is why I find their ultimatum to me amusing... but more on that when we get to the Rone part of the discussion."

Berost deeply says, "Bah, they be knowin what they doin. They put on the rook they get it."

Speaking to Khylon, Stormyrain says, "I think we request a meeting with Mother, and go from there."

Stormyrain shrugs.

Speaking drunkenly to Felita, Gutstorm says, "Wit long beaksh."

Khylon asks, "And what do you want out o' dis meetin'?"

Khylon asks, "And why not nab the hag right then?"

Khylon snickers.

Faerinn says, "Sounds good to me."

Gutstorm drunkenly asks, "And crack'er shkull?"

Leafiara interjects, "I've already requested a meeting with Mother and she's not responded, which just makes it all the more suspicious. I think it's possible she's been captured or even killed already."

Leafiara says, "No one's seen her in about three weeks now."

Stormyrain says, "If this is a case of her losing control, that should be apparent. If it's a case of her pushing the current direction, that should be apparent. Then we know if we need to take her down, or help her regain control since, for the most part, under her leadership the issues with the Rooks have been mostly small in nature."

Speaking dryly to Leafiara, Marijka says, "Or she's not the refreshing change of pace in leaders that you hoped she'd be, and is entirely uninterested in meeting."

Speaking to Leafiara, Goldstr says, "Actually me thinks ye should ignore Mother."

Khylon says, "Fine. We'll try dat route firs'."

Khylon nods at Stormyrain.

Speaking to Marijka, Leafiara agrees, "Very possible, just saying that it would be breaking precedent."

Khylon says, "But I'm tellin' ya, a Rook is a Rook is a Rook."

Sareyna asks, "Is a Rook?"

Khylon says, "Jus' a matt'r o' time until you see, dey a Rook."

Stormyrain says, "Yes. Rooks are notorious for being untrustworthy."

Speaking quietly to herself, Marijka mutters, "And a Rone is a Rone is a Rone."

Speaking to Goldstr, Leafiara acknowledges, "I'd rather at least attempt to get answers than go right to the killing, but... I do hunt bandits all the time, so I understand your perspective."

Khylon says, "If Mother is tryin' to make ye t'ink she's different...."

Stormyrain says, "I don't disagree. But the demon you know is better than the demon you don't."

Stormyrain shrugs.

Speaking slowly to Khylon, Goblyn says, "Until maybe they are ... something else."

Khylon says, "And yer thinkin' it..."

Faerinn says, "They say third time's a charm though."

Khylon says, "Den she's halfway won."

Goblyn mutters something about Kestrels.

Khylon nods at Stormyrain.

Speaking to Khylon, Stormyrain says, "I don't think she's different, I think she's been stable and things have been predictable. I prefer that to this."

Khylon asks, "Fair 'nuff Cap'n. We'll send another message. Mayor, maybe a new one?"

Khylon peers quizzically at Leafiara.

Khylon nods at Stormyrain.

Speaking to Khylon, Leafiara agrees, "I'll try again, certainly."


Pick a Bone with Rone

Leafiara says, "And this'll play into what we're about to say with Rone, too."

Khylon says, "Containment is preferred to chaos. But containment shouldn't las' forever."

Khylon says, "Well, Rone, is easy."

Leafiara peers quizzically at Khylon.

Khylon says, "But I'd like to hear everyone's thoughts."

Khylon says, "So...go."

Khylon nods.

Leafiara slowly says, "I'm not sure easy is how I'd describe it, but..."

Guarrin says, "If the Rooks are dependent upon their intake of silvers for ...protection of incoming ships. Stopping that flow of silvers would certainly get Mother's attention."

Casiphia says, "This will be interesting."

Casiphia nods at Khylon.

Khylon says, "Ye know me, ye know me."

Khylon nods at Casiphia.

Leafiara says, "Rone already gave an ultimatum to me to either issue some grand denouncement of all crime, or else justice would come for me."

Leafiara says, "I figure, call the bluff."

Khylon asks, "Stop 'em how?"

Pukk says, "We can always marry Rone off to somebody. That will be like containment."

Khylon peers quizzically at Guarrin.

Speaking to Guarrin, Goldstr says, "Good tinkin."

Speaking to Balley, Pukk asks, "What do you say? Want to marry Rone?"

Leafiara says, "Either I don't issue any denouncement, or I do issue it but include a denouncement of Rone, as a sort of lure."

Thrassus asks, "At the moment, Rone seems focused on the Rooks. Perhaps we leave them be until the Rook problem is solved?"

Speaking to Khylon, Guarrin says, "Prevent the Rooks from collecting. It occurred on the docks with Amos' ships the other day."

Pietra whispers something to Chaoswynd.

Speaking to Leafiara, Marijka says, "Rone has never been quite so enthusiastic a proponent of destroying crime as to stop it himself."

Leafiara says, "We haven't seen this Rone kill anyone yet, so the ultimatum seems hollow and worth risking calling it."

Khylon nods at Guarrin.

Sareyna says, "Yes let's marry Rone to Hap ..poor Rone would off himself within a week."

Khylon asks, "Wit' our militia instead and guards?"

Erienne whispers something to Leafiara.

Speaking drunkenly to Pukk, Gutstorm says, "Balley got like 40 daughtersh, maybe one dem marry Rone."

Speaking to Khylon, Goldstr exclaims, "Wid both!"

Speaking to Gutstorm, Pukk says, "40 daughters would be inhumane punishment for sure."

Speaking thoughtfully to Khylon, Leafiara says, "I suppose, precisely *because* we've never seen this Rone kill anyone, it's not all that great a risk to send our full forces after them..."

Leafiara says, "But this Rone is also opposing the Rooks, or the splinter Rooks, or whatever they are."

Faerinn says, "This Rone might be for a snatch and grab though."

Leafiara suggests, "Maybe we should make other priorities higher. But as always, open to ideas."

Khylon says, "Here's my thoughts, and ye'll be hard press'd to convince me oth'rwise, jus' sayin'."

Balley softly says, "No I am just out of a marriage. Do not want another."

Shinann says, "We do not want more vigilantism in this town."

Khylon points at a black and grey flag.

Khylon asks, "See dat?"

>l flag

The flag flaps and ripples, its black and grey canvas surface holding the emblazoned symbol of Wehnimer's Landing's crest, the image of a striped warcat. The top of the flagpole is capped with an old steel spear tip.

Khylon says, "Dat old steel spear tip."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Yer a dwarf, shay no more, we know how da dwarf min werksh."

Khylon says, "From Walkar's life. Dey took it out o' his office when he died."

Khylon says, "Hung it right up thar."

Khylon says, "Walkar didn't put up wit' any crap."

Khylon says, "He would have dug a grave for Rooks and Rone alike."

Casiphia leans against a large two-story brick building.

Pietra whispers something to Balley.

Khylon says, "Ya see, da problem wit' Rone..."

Khylon says, "Is some o' you see an ally. Or a tool. Or maybe ev'n a weapon."

Khylon says, "But what Rone represents, is more lawlessness."

Leafiara muses, "I mostly just see a mystery, but go on."

Speaking to Leafiara, Goldstr exclaims, "Ye picked a fine one!"

Faerinn says, "That habit of Walkar's made him real hard to defend in a murder trial though."

Xorus whispers something to Thrassus.

Speaking drunkenly to Casiphia, Gutstorm asks, "Come ere offen?"

Speaking to Goldstr, Leafiara says, "I knew he wouldn't agree with me on all things, or even most--part of the reason I picked him."

Speaking to Faerinn, Goldstr says, "Was da armor nae da real Walkar."

Speaking to Khylon, Kiwoeachi says, "Best thing I've heard someone say yet."

Speaking to Goldstr, Leafiara says, "Like Crux appointing Stormy an advisor so she'd keep him honest."

Pietra whispers something to Asben.

Khylon says, "Da Militia and Guard needs to be the law and security o' da town. Da citizens need to look to us, not the Rooks, not to Rone, to us."

Speaking to Goblyn, Pukk says, "I guess lawlessness isn't a good thing...nobody else cheered."

Speaking musingly to Khylon, Leafiara acknowledges, "Fair enough, makes sense to me."

Speaking to Goldstr, Faerinn says, "Not when he threatened an already arrested man with a crossbow bolt through the head."

Sareyna says, "Sorry I was too busy being lawless."

Speaking slowly to Pukk, Goblyn notes, "This is maybe... true in some ways, yes? Not in others."

Speaking to Pukk, Kiwoeachi says, "Don't care for fools that wear masks and think they're heroes while committing crimes."

Khylon says, "Ye appoint'd me for a reason. I'm open to conversations, but, dis is my course."

Khylon says, "I'll be issuin' a warrant for Rone's arrest tomorrow."

Draccor darkly says, "Laws were made to be broken."

Gutstorm drunkenly asks, "Why wait?"

Speaking to Khylon, Thrassus says, "You are making sense to me so far."

Speaking to Kiwoeachi, Pukk exclaims, "But I only wore that mask to bed!"

Khylon says, "I'll meet wit' Dunigan and see if we can't accomplish the same for da guard."

Goblyn whispers something to Pukk.

Speaking to Khylon, Leafiara says, "Very well, I'm not opposed at all."

Speaking to Khylon, Marijka says, "You just let me know if he resists that arrest."

Khylon grins at Marijka.

Khylon says, "Part o' me hopes he does."

Khylon snickers.

Speaking firmly to Khylon, Marijka says, "ALL of me hopes he does."

Speaking to Balley, Pietra says, "I repeat. My longtime friend."

Sareyna says, "Wait isn't making sense here direct lawlessness."

Speaking to Marijka, Leafiara says, "This isn't Malluch this time, ya know."

Goldstr exclaims, "Folks, we gots a Marshal here!"

Kiwoeachi says, "Now now, don't forsake diplomacy, remember you need Rone's information."

Pukk whispers something to Goblyn.


The Amos and Stephos Conspiracies

Khylon says, "Dunigan will look into Amos and Stephos. I'll help if possible."

Speaking to Kiwoeachi, Leafiara says, "If Rone actually had any, they would have given it to me when I asked for evidence."

Khylon says, "Both o' them smell oily."

Khylon says, "So we'll see."

Speaking to Khylon, Leafiara says, "Ah, as for Amos and Stephos, a suggestion on my part..."

Speaking to Kiwoeachi, Marijka says, "Oh, I can be diplomatic. I can be incredibly diplomatic. I can diplomat like you've never seen a diplomat."

Khylon turns an inquisitive ear toward Leafiara.

Speaking to Khylon, Faerinn says, "Oh and when you go looking for Stephos check the Darkstone Daily."

Speaking to Khylon, Leafiara says, "We need to look into the ownership of Dragonsclaw Arms over the past few years at least."

Speaking to Khylon, Leafiara says, "I've been considering Mother's past maneuvers and one of her initial meetings with us was in the back alley there--territory where Amos is now moving in."

Khylon asks, "That lil' brochure thingie?"

Khylon peers quizzically at Faerinn.

Khylon says, "We'll try to see what we can do 'bout dat."

Speaking to Khylon, Leafiara says, "And he's also moving in with a proposal to renovate Shanty Town--also known as common Rook territory."

Speaking to Khylon, Faerinn says, "Yeah, only one name seems to be staying out of their headlines."

Casiphia says, "A bounty on information."

Casiphia nods at Khylon.

Kiwoeachi says, "Money talks, I've seen it."

Pukk says, "I would like to see a Cholen statue in Shanty Town."

Umbazi says, "Though he hasn't mentioned where the poor people will live once the area is renovated beyond their incomes."

Khylon asks, "So Amos movin' in on Mother's territory, so to speak?"

Kiwoeachi asks, "Erm, heard it?"

Speaking to Khylon, Leafiara says, "Potentially, yes."

Khylon asks, "And da Knave too?"

Speaking to Khylon, Faerinn says, "And being mad about a delay on the Steward of Guilds decision seems to be the only stance they've actually taken."

Leafiara says, "And I'm very curious who Amos has purchased Dragonsclaw Arms from, or will be."

Khylon nods at Faerinn.

Speaking drunkenly to Pukk, Gutstorm says, "I mish me shtatchoo."

Speaking to Kiwoeachi, Sareyna asks, "Seen money talkin so what have you umm ...seen walkin?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Umbazi says, "Or maybe he just owns the Sleeping Dragon Pub." [also possible; this was always unclear]

Speaking to Sareyna, Kiwoeachi says, "Lotta fine women."


Octaven Interlude

Leafiara says, "Regarding the Daily Darkstone, I have some suspicions that some of them might be behind the very things they report--events like Octaven's disappearance, either they're making it up, somehow getting information before the rest of us, or responsible for it themselves."

Speaking to Kiwoeachi, Sareyna asks, "Streetwalkers?"

Pukk asks, "You think so?"

Leafiara admits, "I've actually thought about asking for extra guard detail around the Raging Thrak Inn in case the Darkstone reporters try anything funny with Miss Newsby."

Leafiara says, "She usually works out of the inn."

Khylon glances at Raelee.

Kiwoeachi exclaims, "Oh that would be inspired!"

Khylon asks, "Is Octaven missin'?"

Raelee states, "She is no longer at the Outpost."

Sareyna asks, "Wait so we are having news wars now too?"

'Khylon says, "That's imperial code for, yes."

Speaking to Sareyna, Leafiara says, "Not yet, but I worry."

Khylon snickers.

Speaking to Sareyna, Marijka says, "All wars are information wars."

Khylon asks, "So where'd she go?"

Khylon peers quizzically at Raelee.

Speaking drunkenly to Goblyn, Gutstorm says, "Her nickname is Havenshinker."

Speaking to Sareyna, Leafiara says, "Thankfully most of the TownCrier reporters are seasoned and we take care of ourselves, but Newsby's a civilian."

Faerinn asks, "Anyone checked under Cordarius's bed?"

[General] Pukk exclaims, "This just in. Mayor Leafiara and Khylon are in cahoots to discredit the Daily Darkstone amid rumors that Khylon is preparing a dwarven army to take over Landing!"

Speaking to Khylon, Raelee asks, "Why do you want to know?"

Khylon says, "I thought she was in some little glass box like a tiny ballerina."

Khylon peers quizzically at Raelee.

Khylon asks, "Why do you wan' to be so defensive?"

Speaking to Raelee, Leafiara offers, "It is vital information to determining how deep the Daily Darkstone's roots and sources go..."

Khylon says, "I think it's an important thing to know if some mad mage lady with a grudge goes missing."

Khylon asks, "Don't you?"

Leafiara admits, "And that. Good thinking."

Speaking pointedly to Khylon, Raelee says, "I did not take demands from Thadston either."

Shinann says, "Maybe we need to write the Hall..."

Speaking in Dwarven, Gutstorm drunkenly asks something you don't understand.

Speaking to Khylon, Leafiara suggests, "Maybe just ask Breshon and Cordarius about Octaven instead."

Shinann says, "Make sure they are aware of all of this."

Faerinn says, "Before Cordarius tries to marry the box."

Speaking to Raelee, Guarrin asks, "Are they aware of all this?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Raelee suggests, "Start with Breshon."

Gutstorm drunkenly asks, "Kin we visit Larsye?"

Leafiara admits, "To be fair, Breshon seems to almost never know what's going on in that outpost, but it can't hurt to at least try."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Me not shay datname right."

Speaking helpfully to Gutstorm, Leafiara says, "Larsya."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Yeah, piratre giwl."

Shayen says, "Wha."

[long pause in dialogue here]

(OOC) Leafiara's player whispers to the group, "Hmm, hopefully we didn't lose him."

Pukk says, "It's quiet...too quiet."

(OOC) Shinann's player whispers to the group, "We'll see."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Feelsh like baff night."

Pukk says, "I think he knows that we are onto him and he won't be able to sneak his dwarven army into town without us noticing."

Pukk says, "If you are guilty of trying to take over the town say nothing."

Pietra says, "Guts, you smelly short man."

Khylon belches.

Pukk exclaims, "Aha!"

Leafiara says, "Speaking of which, I think we have to assume anything being said here is potentially compromised."

Raelee says, "... Cordarius and I are not precisely having cordial chats over tea on a daily basis."

Pukk says, "He belched, that is also confirmation."

Speaking to Leafiara, Kippe advises, "Count on it."

(OOC) Guarrin's player whispers to the group, "I need to crash. Have fun !"

Guarrin quickly scales up the wall and leaps over the side!

Pietra says, "Impressive as usual."

Sareyna says, "Limber lil guy."

Leafiara says, "It's possible that having spies watching us is to our advantage, though, if we say something that's picked up on and acted on by one of our enemies--only for us to decide against it before they act."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk asks, "So he bought you out did he? What was your price? A nice pair of shiny shackles?"

Kiwoeachi says, "Like a spider."

Raelee says, "Of course, given that Breshon is not actually here... I doubt he knows much of anything."

Khylon says, "We're talkin' ideas, not detailed specifics. So spies, shmies."

Speaking to Leafiara, Shinann says, "So, the Hall it is."

Raelee says, "Cordarius knows. He may be a fool, but he is not an idiot."

Khylon says, "I ain't gonna advertise our specifics."

Sareyna says, "I squish spiders ever so gracefully beneath my delicate feet."

Khylon says, "Den I'll ask apple boy."

Khylon nods at Raelee.

Faerinn says, "Probably using her to boost his chair at council meetings."

Khylon says, "Lil' strange a wizard in glass jus' up and vanish's out o' yer outpost."

Khylon nods at Raelee.

Casiphia says, "We won't miss her."

Casiphia smirks.

Khylon agrees with Casiphia.

Khylon says, "Until we do."

Leafiara says, "Yeah, I'm not sure I'd care about her disappearance either except for the thought of some enemy forcing her into their service or something to that effect."

Leafiara muses, "Or ransom."

Faerinn says, "He was supposed to apprehend her and Vlashandra. Had a very roundabout way of doing it."

Speaking to Khylon, Raelee observes, "This town tends to react quite poorly to the Hall and the Empire meddling in its affairs."

Faerinn says, "Having Vlashandra do it for him."


Mystery Faction Action

Khylon says, "So what's dis oth'r faction in town? Heard some wear grey? Attack'd Rooks. Attack'd Burdos. I'm tryin' to find out what I can o 'em."

Marijka curiously says, "In grey? I like them already."

Leafiara says, "Yeah, some unknown group that just seems to attack anything and everything."

Faerinn says, "Stephos Boyz."

Leafiara says, "Rooks, Malluch, Stone."

Faerinn says, "I'm still workshopping the name."

Speaking to Leafiara, Marijka says, "More liking."

Speaking to Khylon, Raelee says, "That in itself gives us cause to keep our own affairs close to the chest."

Sareyna says, "I like willy nilly attacks ..fun fun."

The voice of Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Shoundsh like da mayer needsh to hire moar milisha."

Speaking to Leafiara, Marijka asks, "In fact, doesn't that mean they're enacting precisely the policy I encouraged you to consider?"

Faerinn says, "Knavesmen."

Leafiara says, "It's a volunteer militia."

Faerinn says, "The Grey Knavy."

Speaking to Marijka, Leafiara explains, "No, because they have no obvious motive other than massacre everything and get massacred in turn."

The voice of Gutstorm drunkenly asks, "Yooz kin 'bolaunteerily recroot' no?"

Kiwoeachi says, "Yea we don't live in some republic."

Marijka whispers something to Leafiara.

Khylon says, "It's all Grnavy."

Khylon nods at Faerinn.

Sareyna says, "Grey-vy knave-y."

Leafiara says, "They might even be Rone's, to be honest, but it's pure speculation. I haven't seen them go after Rone yet."

Khylon asks, "Rone follow'rs?"

Leafiara explains, "Part of Rone's ultimatum to me did include that they wouldn't come alone when they came for me."

Pukk asks, "So, what do you have to say for yourself?"

The voice of Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Feral like da table."

Shinann asks, "Rone has followers?"

Leafiara says, "Sure seems odd since there are no clearly identifiable Rone followers right now."

Speaking to Pietra, Pukk asks, "You're a Rone spy, aren't you?"

Faerinn says, "I don't think this one has any. Maybe fans."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra asks, "When is the cake?"

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra asks, "Sure. Why not?"

Speaking to Shinann, Leafiara agrees, "None that we know of, right, which makes Rone's threat seem so... toothless."

Pukk says, "I knew it all along."

Leafiara says, "But if this new faction is actually them and not the 'Knave' Amos wants us to believe..."

Leafiara shrugs.

Pukk says, "You and Cay always seemed so close."

Sareyna says, "Is toothless a old joke."

Speaking drunkenly to Pukk, Gutstorm says, "Who datin dish week? me feel sho out da loop."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "We just spot each other sneakin around is all."

Khylon says, "I don't trus' any'un who comes into town throwin' money 'round."

Khylon says, "Stone did dat."

Leafiara offers, "And opposing the Rooks and Malluch at the same time does seem like something Rone would do."

Faerinn says, "Amos and Stone have a lot in common."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "That did not make me seem not spyish. Oops."

Leafiara says, "They do, for sure."

Pukk says, "I don't know. Money can buy some nice things..."

Speaking to Khylon, Evia says, "If I may ask a question, of these various organizations being discussed here, have all or any been officially, legally designated as criminal organizations? And if so...criminals. Get 'em."

Khylon says, "It's easy to know our town's history and see what work'd."

Leafiara dryly says, "Seriously, Amos is so dubious that we're honestly contemplating if Stephos is a better council pick than him."

Speaking to Khylon, Goldstr says, "An verra simpl If dey breaks our laws DEAL wid em no matter who dey be."

Khylon says, "Rooks are criminals."

Khylon nods at Evia.

Evia adopts an agreeable expression.

Pietra whispers something to Sacru.

Speaking to Leafiara, Shinann says, "Unless they are working together..."

Sareyna asks, "Even the juvenile Rooks?"

Speaking to Shinann, Leafiara says, "Also very possible."

Speaking to Shinann, Leafiara says, "Intentionally narrowing the field to just the two of them."

Leafiara says, "That's part of why I said investigate who's owned Dragonsclaw Arms."

Shinann says, "Does look strange..."

Leafiara says, "If it happened to transfer from Stephos or an associate to Amos..."

Khylon nods at Leafiara.

Kiwoeachi says, "Make a list of things to do, then do them great plan."

Khylon says, "We'll dig into dat."

Leafiara praises Khylon.

Sacru whispers something to Pietra.

Pukk says, "Dwarven joke...dig."

Speaking relievedly to Khylon, Leafiara says, "I know we don't agree on everything, but it sure feels good to have an actual marshal back."

Leafiara chuckles.

Khylon nods at Leafiara.

Leafiara winks at Khylon.

Pietra whispers something to Sacru.

Khylon says, "We'll bring some ord'r back to dis town. Ain't gonna see it torn apart."

Leafiara grins at Khylon.


Barnom Problems?

Khylon says, "Lich King sightin'....dat one's easy."

Khylon says, "Bless a blade and send 'em back to 'ell."

Khylon nods.

Leafiara says, "Vlashandra too if we see her."

Khylon says, "Surpris'd he ain't come for your little town yet."

Leafiara mutters, "Even more so her. Oh, I hate her."

Khylon snickers at Goblyn.

Faerinn says, "He's still making that dinner he promised us."

Speaking slowly to Khylon, Goblyn says, "I do not think he will be coming for it in easy ways."

Speaking to Khylon, Kiwoeachi asks, "Just as much your town, no?"

Faerinn says, "Probably came into town for ingredients."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Da lich king feller ish dat bad."

Leafiara says, "The six-month long dinner plan."

Speaking to Khylon, Goldstr says, "OUR lil town me friend."

Speaking to Goblyn, Pukk asks, "Has Cruxy ate the lich king yet?"

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Ishnt..."

Speaking to Goldstr, Leafiara says, "He means Lich's Landing."

Kiwoeachi exclaims, "I'll eat him!"

Speaking to Khylon, Goblyn asks, "Or maybe it will be the time for this town to be his again. We will be seeing, yes?"

Khylon says, "Maybe it'll be time for us to bury 'em again."

Khylon nods.

Speaking to Goblyn, Marijka says, "I don't doubt the prospect would appeal to you."

Speaking to Goblyn, Leafiara says, "Well, if you'd let him in, I'd maybe be okay enough with that. Just keep him there and far away from the rest of us."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Im wit Goblyn on dish one."

Speaking slowly to Marijka, Goblyn asks, "Which of this two prospects?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Faerinn asks, "Does Stephos have any ties to Jantalar?"

Sareyna asks, "Can't umm keep a good semi-man down?"

Speaking to Faerinn, Leafiara says, "Xorus said yes, I believe."


Parting

Casiphia says, "Captains, Marshal."

Casiphia nods.

Speaking to Goblyn, Marijka says, "Perhaps we'll discuss that next opportunity."

Speaking to Leafiara, Goblyn exclaims, "But it is a very nice place, Mayor Leafiara!"

Umbazi says, "I say we bury him in pieces this time."

Casiphia says, "It's been a pleasure. Good to see more faces in the barracks."

Speaking slyly to Goblyn, Leafiara says, "Good, so he'll want to stay there forever."

Speaking to Casiphia, Faerinn says, "Good night, and careful on these wet rooftops."

Casiphia says, "Goodnight."

Casiphia quickly scales up the wall and leaps over the side!

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Why she not use da door."

Khylon asks, "I can't say she's too bad watchin' goin' away, ye know?"

Khylon grunts.

Sareyna says, "There is another nimble one."

Gutstorm quickly scales up the wall and leaps over the side!

Speaking lightly to Khylon, Leafiara says, "Careful, you're not the first marshal who's liked her look."

Khylon says, "Him, not so much."

Khylon snickers.

Speaking to Khylon, Marijka warns, "Don't ruin that more or less positive impression you've made initially."

Khylon begins chuckling at Marijka!

Khylon says, "I think she had da right o' it though."

Faerinn says, "Yeah, I remember Xorus mentioning that. Both Amos and Stephos have ties to shady deals in Jantalar."

Khylon says, "Da hour's late. I appreciate ye all."

Khylon asks, "Any questions or suggestions before we go?"

Xorus says, "He imported weapons here from Jantalar a few years ago."

Speaking sincerely to Khylon, Leafiara says, "Thank you for an extremely productive meeting."

Kiwoeachi says, "Drink next time."

Khylon says, "Nothin' good has ev'r come from Jantalar."

Speaking to Khylon, Marijka says, "Bring lots of troops when you execute that arrest warrant."

Speaking to Khylon, Goldstr exclaims, "Glads ye wid us Sir!"

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "Let's talk about the shipments of pickles from Icemule as cover for the orphan kidnapping trade in uhm, somewhere. Later."

Faerinn says, "That's it."

Speaking deeply to Khylon, Berost says, "Ale, end tha Rooks, then more ale."

Gutstorm drunkenly asks, "Hey Xorus, wanna shell me dat rat?"

Xorus asks, "Which rat?"

Gutstorm drunkenly exclaims, "All of em!"

Shinann says, "So many rats..."

Leafiara says, "And I'll attempt the Mother outreach yet again, as mentioned."

Khylon exclaims, "Ye all have a good night!"

Khylon nods at Leafiara.

Khylon glances at some stone walls.

Leafiara says, "If no response this time, we move."


Discussion Afterward

Kiwoeachi gestures while calling upon the lesser spirits for aid...

Kiwoeachi gestures.

Your surroundings blur for a moment . . .

[Town Square Central]

This is the heart of the main square of Wehnimer's Landing. The impromptu shops of the bazaar are clustered around this central gathering place, where townsfolk, travellers, and adventurers meet to talk, conspire or raise expeditions to the far-flung reaches of Elanith. At the north end, an old well, with moss-covered stones and a craggy roof, is shaded from the moonlight by a strong, robust tree. The oak is tall and straight, and it is apparent that the roots run deep. You also see an enruned thanot coffer, a pale-faced coppery barn owl that is flying around, a bottle-nosed yellowish brown bandicoot, a badly damaged iron trunk, a sinuous bone white serpent, some wolifrew lichen, a bottle of red wine, the blue Shardner disk, a sleek ruffed lemur, the Targetina disk, a mistwood serving cart with some stuff on it, an herbal remedy donation bin and some stone benches with some stuff on it.

Also here: Shinann, Sir Cryheart, Felita, Pukk, Diamondelille, Dhela, Conquerer of Reim Sareyna, Kippe, Bernadette, Berost, Marijka, Shayen, Gypsy Scribe Balley, Dame Evia, Lord Asben, Kiwoeachi, Xorus, Goldstr, Pietra, Miss Goblyn, Pinson who is sitting, Reinwulfe who is sitting, Viva, Shardner who is sitting, Targetina

Leafiara says, "Ah well, Khylon was done anyway."

Kiwoeachi says, "Oops."

Evia says, "Works for me."

Kiwoeachi says, "Uhh."

Kiwoeachi says, "My bad."

Goblyn yells, "Everyone will be having a very nice night!"

Kiwoeachi says, "Good shot tho."

Speaking to Goblyn, Pietra says, "I like that idea."

Bernadette softly says, "Bulls eye."

Pukk says, "Wow you were fast tonight."

Leafiara surprisedly says, "That went way better than expected."

Pukk says, "Shiny was in a hurry to leave."

Speaking to Leafiara, Marijka admits, "He may not have been the worst possible person for the job."

Speaking to Pukk, Leafiara says, "Still some spring in his step even now."

Pietra whispers something to Pukk.

Gutstorm drunkenly asks, "What ye all doin here?"

Goldstr exclaims, "I tinks we gots a good marshal here!"

Kiwoeachi says, "You can blame me for that one."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Sareyna says, "Hiding from you."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk says, "Somebody put a hot coal in his armor."

Speaking to Viva, Reinwulfe says, "I owe you ten, it would seem."

Leafiara says, "I do think Casiphia would have been great too. Just wanted someone who we could trust to hold a full five year term if he really had to."

Kiwoeachi says, "Welp, sorry bout that."

Kiwoeachi says, "New spell and all."

Pietra whispers something to Sacru.

Shinann says, "Excuse me, please."

Shinann just went northwest.

Leafiara says, "She always runs off so quick."

Magister Raelee just went west.

Leafiara adds, "Her too."

Sareyna says, "Wait where is the nude gnome."

Speaking curiously to a pale-faced coppery barn owl, Leafiara asks, "Seriously, how do you put up with her sometimes?"

Sareyna says, "Whew there she is."

Kiwoeachi says, "Least I waited til the end."

Sareyna says, "Sheeeees baaaaaack."

Kiwoeachi says, "Welp, learn something new everyday."

Kiwoeachi says, "Can't wait to read about what happened tomorrow, because I have no idea."

Sareyna says, "Poo happens ..you just gave Khylon an easy exit all that nodding waving and stuff."

Marijka whispers something to Leafiara.

Reinwulfe asks, "So the meeting went well? Law and order is restored to our good town?"

Kiwoeachi says, "Well he seemed ready to go anyway."

Speaking to Kiwoeachi, Sareyna says, "Find the positives I say."

Kiwoeachi says, "I hope I'm not in the news."

Kiwoeachi says, "Empath abducts city."

Speaking to Kiwoeachi, Marijka says, "If I were the newsworthy sort it'd entertain me, to be honest."

Speaking gently to Kiwoeachi, Leafiara says, "Hey, it happens to all of us eventually."

Sareyna says, "I myself always hope to be the news."

Sareyna says, "Notoriety becomes me."

Speaking to Sareyna, Kiwoeachi says, "Like crime."

Kiwoeachi says, "Crime."

Stiara just arrived.

Sareyna says, "Crime is a rich avenue to explore."

Stiara weakly says, "Healing please? Acid trap in the tower..."

The night watchman, leading a group of deputies, strides swiftly in.

With great ease, the night watchman grabs Stiara and shackles her wrists.

"There you are! I got a tip that I'd find you here," says the night watchman.

With a keen eye, the night watchman glances over Stiara quickly. He says, "We'll not have you dying before sentence is carried out. Let's get you healed up, though there will of course be a slight charge for it." With that, a demure looking city official, evidently an empath, comes forward and heals all Stiara's maladies.

The night watchman then drags her off.

Leafiara amusedly says, "Oh, well, that solved that then."

Sareyna says, "Not from the pokey ya can't."

Kiwoeachi says, "Where'd ya go."

Leafiara says, "Got arrested."

Sareyna says, "She's in the hoosegow kiki."

Kiwoeachi says, "Nice."

Leafiara says, "Must have been the one who set off the trap."

Reinwulfe notes, "I appreciate the healthcare provisions made for convicts though."

Kiwoeachi asks, "Someone die?"

Leafiara says, "No one escapes the law, not even me."

Leafiara say, "In fact, on my first day as mayor, I too set off a trap in the east tower."

Leafiara says, "Wasn't quite how I expected to spend the night..."

Speaking to Leafiara, Kiwoeachi says, "Way to make an entrance, show everyone you're tough."

Speaking to Leafiara, Reinwulfe says, "A superstitious sort might call that an omen."

Sareyna says, "Probably criminal mischief."

Leafiara coyly says, "We'll call it a fun after party from inauguration day."

Speaking to Leafiara, Marijka says, "Every mayor lives to achieve some notoriety. You just seemed to want to frontload it."

Speaking to Leafiara, Kiwoeachi says, "Like beat up the biggest guy around and nobody mess with you."

Leafiara says, "And I'm sure that's going in the Daily Darkstone now, but whatever."

Leafiara amusedly ssay, "Even if they print it, most people won't believe it."

Kiwoeachi says, "But you just said it."

Sareyna asks, "Umm I can try beat up asben ..will I be infamous then?"

Speaking teasingly to Kiwoeachi, Leafiara says, "It's too late at night, not enough people around to hear me. It'll be written off as rumor."

Speaking to Kiwoeachi, Marijka says, "Promoting truth is not one of their primary publishing goals. That really doesn't matter."

Speaking to Leafiara, Kiwoeachi says, "Well good, nobody needs to know the truth."

Kiwoeachi exclaims, "Secrets are powerful tools!"

Speaking to Kiwoeachi, Marijka says, "A battle can be fought entirely through the flow and presentation of information."

Keemar says, "Still a bit lively here tonight."

Kiwoeachi says, "Make yer enemy think what is not true."

Kiwoeachi says, "And believe it is right."

Speaking to Kiwoeachi, Marijka says, "That's the very beginnings of it."

Leafiara says, "Yeah, that was more or less what I was hinting to Khylon."

Speaking to Kiwoeachi, Marijka says, "It goes much, much more deeply than that, of course."

Leafiara says, "Not sure if he followed me on that."

Kiwoeachi says, "Yea I think someone wrote a book about it."

Kiwoeachi says, "Something about wars and such."

Speaking to Leafiara, Keemar says, "New in town, and these lands. So far enjoying this fine town."

Leafiara slyly says, "If Khylon happens to change direction on one of his strategies, he should probably tell no one but the captains."

Speaking to Kiwoeachi, Marijka quotes, "'If you are strong, feign weakness. If you are weak, feign strength.' Yes, that is required reading for even the youngest in the guild. But I refer to something well beyond that."