A Knight To Remember - 5121-04-29 - Alendrial, a Helping Hand (log)

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Olaesta 29-30, 5121

by Leafiara Autumnwind of the TownCrier


The Night in a Nutshell

[in Town Square Central]
Lady Alendrial just arrived.
Alendrial says, "I will be getting a table at Thrak's Inn."
Lady Alendrial just went northwest.
[at the table]
Alendrial smiles.
Speaking to Alendrial, Leifa asks, "May we sit with you?"
Pukk says, "Remember, separate bills."
Alendrial says, "Yes. Of course. Please have a seat."
Alendrial begins chuckling at Pukk!
Speaking to Alendrial, Faerinn says, "A pleasure to finally meet you. I was starting to think you might not exist."
Alendrial grins at Faerinn.
Alendrial says, "The pleasure is mine."
Alendrial nods at Faerinn.
Alendrial says, "The Town Council is cut in half. I am a very busy person."
Speaking to Alendrial, Faerinn says, "Also I'd like to thank you for all you did smuggling half-elves out of Talador even though Pup tried to turn them away."
Alendrial says, "Sir Thadston passed along a message I was being sought."
Alendrial says, "I suppose in reference to the news last night."
Alendrial grins at Faerinn.
Alendrial nods at Faerinn.
Alendrial says, "The danger to our kind is not over."
Alendrial nods at Faerinn.
Speaking to Alendrial, Faerinn says, "Never."
Alendrial says, "But the Scions are making progress."
Guarrin casually mentions, "Then of course the matter of the next election."
Alendrial nods at Faerinn.
Alendrial says, "I have already spoken to Cordarius in the last few days, on updates regarding an election."
Alendrial says, "His ideas are promising. I will leave it at that for now."
Alendrial says, "There is no sense in splitting hairs over details that may evolve during our discussions."
Speaking to Alendrial, Faerinn asks, "Based on what has been found so far. Do you think your husband is the Knave?"
Alendrial says, "My husband..."
Alendrial chuckles.
Faerinn says, "Or ex if that is the case."
Alendrial says, "No, he is my husband still...it has just been awhile since I called him that."
Alendrial says, "Arguably, he has not been my husband for years. Truthfully."
Alendrial begins chuckling at Thrassus!
Alendrial says, "I am afraid that only begins to define it."
Alendrial nods at Thrassus.
Alendrial says, "I do not know if he is the Knave."
Alendrial says, "I have considered it. The failure too finance the rebuilding of the home made me think of it."
Speaking softly to Alendrial, Chandrellia asks, "If I may be so bold, have you noticed any recent change in his actions, from when you last saw him, has he spoken to anyone that you found odd? Or out of place?"
Leafiara prompts, "So then... are there any alibis you could think of?"
Speaking to Alendrial, Geijon asks, "And if I accepted truce for th' Rooks, would you declare yourself mother?"
Faerinn asks, "With those missing payments is he even in town?"
Alendrial says, "That is several questions all at once."
Alendrial says, "Let me go back to one of the first questions."
Alendrial says, "Of what was learned last night..."
Alendrial says, "I only know minor details, and of course, whatever Amos boasted."
Alendrial asks, "So what makes you suspect him?"
Alendrial asks, "That you found?"
Leafiara says, "The main thing possibly linking him was a cigar box and a seawater vial."
Leifa removes a plump brown cigar from in her honeycomb case.
Alendrial nods.
Chandrellia removes a plump brown cigar from in her black leather jacket.
Leafiara admits, "It's not much, and considering what other things were in the tunnel, some of us thought it could be a setup as well."
Chandrellia offers Alendrial a plump brown cigar.
Alendrial chuckles.
Alendrial says, "Those look like his."
Alendrial accepts Chandrellia's brown cigar.
Chandrellia softly says, "That was one of them."
Alendrial raises a cigar to her nose and draws in the aroma.
Alendrial says, "Clove."
Alendrial slowly empties her lungs.
Alendrial nods.
Xorus says, "There were crates from Jantalar and Seareach as well."
Alendrial offers Chandrellia a plump brown cigar.
Chandrellia declines Alendrial's offer.
Speaking softly to Alendrial, Chandrellia says, "You may keep ma'am."
Alendrial drops a plump brown cigar.
Faerinn says, "The Knave first showed up pretending to be Rooks. Loves to impersonate other factions."
Alendrial says, "I'd rather not."
Alendrial nods at Chandrellia.
Speaking softly to Alendrial, Chandrellia says, "I do not partake of such things so it has no use to me."
Alendrial says, "Those cigars certainly fit the ones he has used, even during our good days in Idolone."
Speaking to Alendrial, Thrassus asks, "Is he the type to adhere to the superstition with the vial of seawater?"
Alendrial says, "He has his rituals, yes. For awhile he had, abandoned some when we fled here."
Alendrial nods at Thrassus.
Alendrial says, "It is possible he has returned to some old habits."
Alendrial asks, "Someone mentioned Jantalar and Seareach?"
Alendrial nods.
Xorus says, "Yes. There were crates with their crests."
Alendrial nods.
Xorus says, "In the room with the costumes of other factions."
Alendrial says, "He has ties to both. Or did."
Alendrial says, "I am sorry, but in many ways, he is already dead to me."
Alendrial says, "Something that perhaps should have happened years ago."
Speaking to Alendrial, Leifa urges, "Then give us what you know so you can be done with him for good."
Leafiara calmly says, "Let's allow her to catch up with our many questions."
Alendrial shrugs at Leifa.
Alendrial says, "I don't know that I have much else to add."
Alendrial says, "The things you saw certainly point to Stephos. I am more surprised he was caught so easily."
Shinann says, "Seems sloppy for him..."
Guarrin says, "It seems almost too convenient."
Goldstr says, "Whys dey may be plants."
Roelon deeply asks, "After all this time, to easily slip up?"
Alendrial says, "There is no love for Stephos in this town, or much of anywhere in the Empire."
Alendrial says, "He is the perfect criminal, if someone wanted to throw blame."
Alendrial says, "I am sorry for him, if that is the case."
Speaking to Alendrial, Leafiara asks, "You helped take him into custody once before. Do you have any leads that could help us capture him again, whether it ends up being for his protection or his arrest?"
Alendrial says, "But I warned him. For years. I warned him."
Alendrial glances at Leafiara.
Alendrial sighs.
Alendrial says, "I could try."
Speaking to Alendrial, Leafiara admits, "If you don't want to, I certainly understand..."
Alendrial says, "Even Ayred has left his side for mine."
Speaking curiously to Alendrial, Leafiara asks, "Wait, what?"
Speaking to Alendrial, Stormyrain asks, "How is Ayred?"
Speaking to Alendrial, Leafiara asks, "That happened between now and when you worked with Amos to get Thrayzar back?"
Alendrial says, "He is well. He is, very well. Part of his tortured past was put away."
Alendrial nods at Stormyrain.
Stormyrain smiles.
Stormyrain says, "I'm very glad to hear that. I think of him often, and wish him well."
Alendrial peers quizzically at Leafiara.
Alendrial says, "No. Ayred is with me I said."
Alendrial nods at Leafiara.
Speaking suddenly to Alendrial, Leafiara says, "Oh, apologies."
Leafiara sheepishly says, "I misheard."
Alendrial chuckles.
Alendrial says, "You were even confusing me."
Speaking to Alendrial, Geijon approves, "Thank you for facing this scrutiny."
Speaking softly to Alendrial, Chandrellia says, "I do have one more question if I may ma'am."
Alendrial says, "Amos is known to break chains. He ended any future for other half-elves like Ayred."
Speaking softly to Alendrial, Chandrellia asks, "The Town Guard Captain, where does his jurisdiction end?"
Alendrial begins chuckling at Geijon!
Alendrial says, "I am on the council. Scrutiny is the job."
Alendrial begins chuckling at Chandrellia!
Alendrial asks, "Who is to say anymore, truly?"
Speaking softly to Alendrial, Chandrellia says, "You and the council say."
Alendrial says, "There is chaos in the streets and in Moot Hall."
Alendrial asks, "Do you have something more specific based on that question?"
Speaking to Alendrial, Goldstr says, "If I may an nae mean to sound disrespectful."
Alendrial peers quizzically at Chandrellia.
Chandrellia softly asks, "So he has the authority to stretch his limits beyond the gates of our town, putting the lives of those here at risk by being some place he needn't be?"
Alendrial says, "We are currently in discussions with the Consortium. On correcting and clarifying several things."
Guarrin says, "I do hope the Judge's family is well back in Mestanir though."
Speaking to Alendrial, Goldstr asks, "Are partners in any way wid Amos?"
Speaking softly to Alendrial, Chandrellia says, "Upon further looking several of us discovered several Armigers guarding a newly dug tunnel."
Alendrial says, "The mines and its operation are owned by the Consortium, and the Armigers are currently aiding our town guard. They are protecting the town, and also members of the Consortium and its ventures."
Alendrial nods at Chandrellia.
Alendrial says, "We are working with the Consortium the best we can, yes."
Alendrial nods at Goldstr.
Alendrial says, "I did work with Amos to see Ayred's butcher killed."
Speaking drunkenly to Alendrial, Gutstorm slurs, "Do yoo live a dubba life and also conceal your utter identy of Mutter of da Rooksh?"
Alendrial says, "The Consortium and the Council are in discussions right now, regarding new updates to bring back an election, and of course some clarity to our local government."
Alendrial says, "I fear for Renpaw, I do. But we need further rules for situations like this."
Alendrial begins chuckling at Gutstorm!
Alendrial says, "I am not Mother. Not anymore."
Gutstorm drunkenly slurs, "So it wash troo."
Speaking to Alendrial, Goldstr says, "I asked me question cuz I have NO trust in Amos or do I deem da Consortium as a ruling group in any way of da Landing."
Leafiara asks, "How *did* Manard get his position, anyway?"
Geijon whispers something to Stormyrain.
Alendrial says, "The Consortium placed him."
Speaking softly to Alendrial, Chandrellia asks, "Without the consent of the council?"
Alendrial says, "It is complicated."
Alendrial nods at Chandrellia.
Leafiara slowly says, "You seem to be telling us that they're throwing their weight around to appoint whichever leaders they want into whichever positions they want."
Alendrial says, "We hope it will not be soon."
Chandrellia softly says, "And yet here we sit listening to you say you are speaking with him about votes, and elections for a mayor, what's not to say he just doesn't place whoever he likes in that position, he needs to be gone from our town and we need the council to know what side they are on."
Speaking to Leafiara, Leifa says, "Which is what it's seemed like from the start."
Alendrial says, "You misunderstand me then."
Leafiara says, "I certainly hope I do."
Alendrial says, "Cordarius has proposed several things. I have reviewed most of it. We've begun some initial discussions with the Consortium. We are trying to reach an agreement."
Alendrial says, "On who and how to govern going forward."
Leafiara asks, "Why are the Consortium's voices more relevant in these decisions than every other citizen's?"
Chandrellia softly says, "Or the council's."
Alendrial shrugs.
Alendrial says, "I do not agree with the Consortium's rise. But it has happened, and we can argue how and why, but it has happened."
Alendrial says, "Creating some new order forward will need to be a balance of give and take. Not just conflict."
Alendrial shrugs.
Alendrial says, "You spoke of Stephos, and getting word to him."
Alendrial says, "I know I can. I don't wish to, but I know I can."
Speaking softly to Alendrial, Chandrellia asks, "Do you know where he is?"
Alendrial says, "No. He had the way about him. Even in Idolone."
Speaking to Alendrial, Faerinn says, "I have to speak an objection. If Amos gets word you are in communication with Stephos."
Speaking to Alendrial, Faerinn says, "He'll use that as an excuse to have you removed from the council and jailed."
Alendrial says, "If anything, Amos should be thankful."
Alendrial says, "If anyone can lure Stephos, it's me."
A town clerk arrives suddenly, moving promptly and passes a small note to Alendrial.  She nods and sighs, slipping the clerk a few coins as a tip for running the message.  The clerk dashes off.
Alendrial scoots her chair back and stands up.
Alendrial asks, "I need a few minutes. Ten or so. Keep the table warm?"
Alendrial says, "I will be back."
Alendrial says, "I will return shortly. I have missed these conversations. The personalities in Moot Hall are blah."
Alendrial chuckles.
Alendrial waves.
Lady Alendrial just went out.
[minutes later]
You see Amos waving at your table, clearly hoping that you will invite him to sit with you.  If you would like, you may invite Amos to allow him to join you.
Lord Amos arrives at your table.
Chandrellia softly says, "Who asked you here."
Speaking to Amos, Faerinn asks, "How is our Baystone doing?"
Amos says, "Geijon did."
Amos begins chuckling at Chandrellia!
Amos grins at Faerinn.
Amos says, "I did not want to keep you all waiting and worried."
Amos says, "The Consortium has had reports of Stephos being spotted in town this night. We are concerned for Alendrial, for a few reasons. We've ensured her protection until we can be sure the threat has been removed."
Speaking softly to Amos, Chandrellia says, "Oh please, the only person you are concerned for is yourself."
Amos begins chuckling at Chandrellia!
Amos says, "Some evenings, yes."
Amos nods at Chandrellia.
Rozanikka asks, "In protective custody then?"
Amos says, "We're all selfish at times."
Amos says, "Custody? Hardly. Alendrial is a member of the Council. We are protecting her."
Amos says, "I could have left you waiting. I came here as a courtesy."
Leafiara says, "Because Alendrial's under threat of being attacked by Stephos, I see."
Leafiara says, "Desperate times, clearly."
Amos says, "Attacked, may be a bit of a stretch."
Amos nods at Leafiara.
Amos says, "It is not without cause to suspect he might try to take her."
Leafiara says, "If the fear is that he might try to take her, then it seems like using her as bait would be reasonable, not hiding her away."
Amos asks, "Do you make it a practice of leveraging humans as bait?"
Amos peers quizzically at Leafiara.
Amos says, "I suppose you cannot teach an old Rook new tricks."
Amos smirks.
Speaking to Amos, Leafiara says, "During our talk that you interrupted, she was willing to help us try to lure Stephos."
Stormyrain says, "I would remind everyone that Alendrial is not quite a helpless lass..and if someone tried to 'take' her she'd likely put up one damned significant fight."
Speaking to Leafiara, Stormyrain says, "Including if the Consortium 'took' her."
Speaking softly to Stormyrain, Chandrellia says, "Unless she was jumped by surprise and outnumbered."
Stormyrain says, "I've been jumped by surprised by multiple bandits, yet here I stand. I would fight with Alendrial at my side if need be. She's cunning, and capable."
Amos nods at Stormyrain.
Amos says, "Alendrial is aware of our plan. We will likely keep her at the Outpost, Larsya will be made aware."
Amos says, "I do not expect Stephos to come near the imperial outpost."
Speaking to Amos, Goldstr asks, "Ye has da Earl's favor to use da Outpost?"
Chandrellia softly says, "Oh and how much are you offering the Empire for the stone you found? Just thought they would be wanting to know what you found."
Amos begins chuckling at Goldstr!
Amos says, "I have more favor than lion's teeth around my neck."
Amos nods at Goldstr.
Goldstr scowls at Amos.
Amos says, "The Empire has no claim to baystone."
Amos nods at Chandrellia.
Amos says, "If they wish baystone in abundance, then Wehnimer's Landing will profit from it."
Amos nods at Chandrellia.
Chandrellia laughs!
Speaking softly to Amos, Chandrellia says, "You are a funny man."
Amos peers quizzically at Ycelacie.
Goldstr exclaims, "Er Amos WILL profit from it!"
Leafiara says, "Quite confident you'll find more of it, then."
Faerinn says, "I actually do hope Baystone is something of beauty that can come out of the Landing for once."
Amos says, "They have brought me several more stones already. Yes."
Chandrellia softly asks, "So there is no reason we can't go down the tunnels now right?"
Amos says, "You openly threatened the Consortium and said you would stab me in the eyes."
Amos nods at Chandrellia.
Amos says, "That is absolutely valid reasons for you to be nowhere near our operations. Ever."
Amos nods at Faerinn.
Amos agrees with Faerinn.
Amos says, "We agree Faerinn."
Speaking to Amos, Geijon states, "Congratulations. Do you think you can market this stone? I was skeptical, but you have delivered and mind you it is close to th' Holding where we have had trouble with folks who dig. I realize th' jobs, equity and opportunity th' work brings."
Amos says, "It is painful to hear such distrust, but I understand it."
Amos says, "There will always be those who disagree. But we shouldn't have to disagree and still be poor."
Amos chuckles.
Speaking to Amos, Geijon asks, "When last were you poor?"
Amos says, "The stone is being inspected. It will be a few days before we know more."
Amos nods at Geijon.
Amos says, "I was poor until I climbed out of the lion's den."
Amos nods at Geijon.
Amos says, "Remind Thadston of that sometime."
Leafiara notes, "Considering the fact that Stephos has been spotted in town and the urgency that he could disappear at any moment, we're sure having a leisurely conversation."
Amos says, "There are hired armigers, guards and imperial soldiers to manage dangers."
Amos nods at Leafiara.
Speaking to Amos, Pukk asks, "So, have you found Raznel's caves yet?"
Speaking to Amos, Leifa says, "Your nonchalant attitude doesn't inspire confidence."
Speaking inquisitively to Amos, Ycelacie says, "I wanna know more about tunnels, I am an investor yanno."
Amos says, "I do not serve the town by raising a hammer into the air and chasing every criminal who threatens the town."
Amos nods at Leifa.
Amos nods at Ycelacie.
Amos says, "We will meet more soon, the Consortium and the twelve."
Amos nods at Ycelacie.
Ycelacie says, "I turn on people quickly so I have been told."
Ycelacie says, "I better not be asked to move rocks."
Ycelacie says, "Although I am a geomancer.... not by hand though."
Ycelacie says, "Also I don't have much in the way of finances."
Ycelacie says, "We will talk later."
Speaking to Amos, Geijon reiterates, "Do you mind a question before you go."
Amos says, "I am sorry, there are many questions."
Amos asks, "What was your question Sir Geijon?"
Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk asks, "Did he answer whether he found Raznel's cave while doing his mining yet?"
Amos asks, "Why would I be seeking those?"
Amos peers quizzically at Pukk.
Amos shakes his head.
Speaking to Amos, Pukk says, "Sure you wouldn't...."
Amos turns an inquisitive ear toward Geijon.
Speaking to Amos, Geijon says, "What is your assessment of Jantalar? Th' instance with th' brewer I'd like explained. You put a lot of us at risk."
Amos says, "No. You placed yourself at risk by going. I made it very clear."
Speaking to Amos, Geijon says, "I might say your answer is deflection."
Speaking softly to Geijon, Chandrellia says, "It always is."
Speaking softly to Geijon, Chandrellia says, "He likes to put the blame on others."
Chandrellia softly says, "Unless it's in his favor."
Geijon says, "I don't want to assume on this or Amos considering th' stakes."
Amos says, "Yet, look. The Brewmaster is dead. Jantalar did not raise an eyebrow at it."
Speaking to Amos, Geijon asks, "Was that because of us and Cordarius or....nothing you did?"
Geijon says, "Our name was on it."
Thrassus says, "From what I have heard of the fellow the province likely considers his death a favor."
Amos says, "I nearly snapped him in two. Yes."
Amos asks, "Do you know what was done, to people like Ayred?"
Amos asks, "Do you know the torture and torment done to those thrown into the pits?"
Speaking to Amos, Stormyrain states, "I do, and anyone who did that to Ayred deserves what they got."
Amos nods at Stormyrain.
Amos says, "...and that was our mission in Jantalar. As Captain Stormyrain explained."
Faerinn says, "I would have snapped the Brewmaster in two myself if given half the chance. I don't regret what we did in Jantalar."
Amos nods at Faerinn.
Amos says, "The connection of Thrayzar in it all? Coincidence. An opportunity."
Amos says, "The beginning of a stronger relationship, you and I."
Amos says, "I have stayed longer than I anticipated. I merely wished to update you on Alendrial so you were not worried."
Amos says, "I have some other business to see to."
Amos removes a piece of dark cerulean baystone from in his worn leather pack.
Amos grins.
Amos tilts his dark cerulean baystone side to side, making the light play off it.
Amos asks, "Magnificent. Isn't it?"
Faerinn says, "Tuck it in for me and tell it good night."
Amos begins chuckling at Faerinn!
Speaking to Amos, Goldstr exclaims, "We DO wants to see Lady' D'Archon back.  Soon!"
Amos nods at Goldstr.
Amos says, "We all do."
Speaking to Amos, Geijon says, "A lot of folks look to you, to bring opportunity."
Amos says, "The future of Wehnimer's Landing is bright. It will take all of us."
Amos says, "Resistance only lives for so long."
Amos grins at Chandrellia.
Amos says, "Goodnight everyone."
Speaking softly to Amos, Chandrellia says, "I'm an elf I have a long life."
Amos put a piece of dark cerulean baystone in his worn leather pack.
Lord Amos just went out.


Log

Coming Confrontation?

[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 Markx disk, a heap of heavy stones, the Cosmicrain disk, the Waraugh disk, the Emmeranne disk, the Rozanikka disk, the Torpe disk, a sleek brown mouse, the Benidiction disk, a sinuous bone white serpent, a massive snowy white tiger, the clam-shaped Immoras disk, the Enzot disk, an amber-eyed tawny range wolf, the Guarrin disk, the Viva disk, a black-toed saddleback foxhound, a pale-faced coppery barn owl, the Brassbeard disk, a ruffled snowy owl that is flying around, the Zachion disk, the Faerinn disk, a large acorn, a large acorn, a round silver-banded barrel, an herbal remedy donation bin and some stone benches with some stuff on it.

Also here: Event Planner Leafiara, Markx, Shinann, Cosmicrain, Waraugh, Delyorik, Emmeranne, Rozanikka, Great Lord Torpe, Benidiction, Roelon, Morigesh, Lady Immoras, Enzot, Kippe, Sir Cryheart, Geijon, Guarrin, Viva, Jurist of Eye Leifa, Pietra, Brassbeard, Zachion, Fisher Beldannon, Barrister Faerinn, Pukk, Berost, Jerlendo

Speaking to Emmeranne, Rozanikka exclaims, "Good, I need my hunting parnters free of distraction!"

[General] Cryheart thinks, "Tis raining in the Landing."

Pukk recites:

"Either Guarrin or Cryheart"

[General] Ycelacie thinks, "Yay."

[General] Leafiara pleasantly thinks, "Always love the rain."

Guarrin offers Leifa a carved rowan horn banded with silvery mithril.

Speaking to Leifa, Guarrin says, "Fine craftsmanship."

Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk says, "You really need to be on the ball."

Speaking to Leifa, Guarrin says, "Let's hear it."

Cryheart says, "We were."

Speaking to Leafiara, Geijon asks, "How would you grade your handling of th' Rooks, Mayor Leafiara?"

Guarrin designates Cryheart as the new leader of the group.

Speaking to Geijon, Pietra says, "Timing."

Delyorik says, "Hrm."

Speaking musingly to Geijon, Leafiara says, "That's going to depend on what happens with this strike on Mother."

Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk asks, "Is that really Geijon and did he suffer a head injury?"

Speaking to Geijon, Leafiara says, "I've made a heavy bet that's sort of all or nothing."

Speaking to Geijon, Leafiara says, "Either I made the extremely wrong call or extremely right one and we'll know soon."

Delyorik says, "Shadows."

Speaking to Geijon, Leafiara says, "That said..."

Speaking to Leafiara, Geijon says, "My bet is on stopping Stone."

Speaking softly to Leifa, Chandrellia says, "Sorry I'm falling head over heels."

Speaking to Geijon, Leafiara says, "I need to confront her."

Cryheart says, "That is Sir Geijon."

Delyorik says, "They're cute, but..."

Cryheart nods at Pukk.

Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk says, "I knew it. A head injury."

Bernadette softly says, "I been werkin on me project."

Delyorik says, "Nobody knows the shadows."

Speaking to Leafiara, Geijon concedes, "I will never be Mayor, popular or not."

Speaking to Chandrellia, Pukk says, "I think you might need to heal Geijon's head injury."

Delyorik says, "Have fun."

Speaking to Geijon, Leafiara admits, "I doubt I'll ever run again myself."

Speaking to Leafiara, Geijon says, "You get two."

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Chandrellia says, "I'm gonna sneak your name in as a write in."

Leafiara says, "Turns out, the Landing's voices are too numerous and too chaotic for even me."

Geijon whispers something to Pietra.

Speaking to Leifa, Guarrin admits, "A bit more shine than I'd prefer."

Pietra asks, "What?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk asks, "You mean you don't want to be mayor again?"

Speaking to a pale-faced coppery barn owl, Pukk says, "Okay, now you can be mayor and not have to worry about Leafiara's feelings."

Speaking to Pukk, Leafiara says, "Nah... don't need to be, to protect the town."

Speaking to Pukk, Delyorik says, "She wants to. I can see it."

The coppery barn owl hoots at Pukk.

Geijon asks, "What Mayor will bring prosperity and growth?"

Speaking to a pale-faced coppery barn owl, Pukk says, "Well, that's true. You already are mayor in spirit."

Speaking to Leafiara, Viva says, "You've always protected us Mayor."

Geijon says, "Th consortium is blowing up mines, close to our home."

[Leafi has to step away for a few seconds, then comes back]

Speaking to Geijon, Pietra says, "I don't know what was said or why ... um. I don't know why you asked me that."

Speaking to Chandrellia, Delyorik asks, "You think I wouldn't be me if I were Mayor?"

Leafiara says, "Hapenlok's campaign was about safety and prosperity. Whether anyone believed he'd know how to do it, well..."

Speaking to Pietra, Geijon says, "All of our Mayors have fought a demi-god in Stone. Puptilian th' ranger, Cruxophim who was a lichborn, Lylia th' Faendryl and and old friend then Leafiara."

Delyorik says, "Then again, I couldn't care less about politics."

Delyorik says, "Or much else, actually."

Pukk recites:

"Vote Owly for mayor! A vote for Owly is a vote for integrity and owl stuff!"

Leafiara says, "I'm honestly beginning to get concerned that my dark horse theory of Amos working for Stone could be true."


Alendrial's Arrival

Lady Alendrial just arrived.

Alendrial says, "I will be getting a table at Thrak's Inn."

Lady Alendrial just went northwest.

Leafiara amiably says, "Councilwoman, good--"

Cryheart says, "Join."

Leafiara curiously says, "Well okay then."

Leifa says, "Well, then."

Berost deeply says, "Well then ..."

Cryheart says, "We are headed to Thrak's Inn."

Roelon deeply says, "Aye..."

Pukk says, "Well that was quick."

Cryheart says, "Moving."

Leafiara says, "Should be the Abandoned Inn if secrecy is what she's after."

Speaking to Geijon, Pietra says, "Well, uhm. Far too many people talking for me to follow what you're trying to say right now."

Rozanikka says, "Couldn't find any way around the armigers in the fresh tunnel, try as I might."

Pukk recites:

"Join Cryheart!"

Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk says, "Oops."

Leafiara says, "A table, she said."

Leafiara says, "Looks like the Tipsy Thrak Table."

Alendrial waves at Shinann and invites her and her group to come sit at her table.

Following Shinann, you head over to the Tipsy Thrak Table. [note: this is just a quirk of how table mechanics work; Cryheart was leading, but Alendrial could invite anyone in the group and it would bring the whole group over]

[Tipsy Thrak Table]

The table wobbles a bit here, sloshing the drinks set down upon it. Someone thoughtfully tried to even it up by placing a broken dagger blade beneath one of the table legs. The table surface is darkened with age and spilled ale, but the painting of a thrak can still be seen: it is sitting on its rump, a flagon of ale in hand and balanced upon its comical pot-belly, with stars and birds flying about its head.

Also here: Event Planner Leafiara, Sir Cryheart, Berost, Pukk, Barrister Faerinn, Pietra, Jurist of Eye Leifa, Guarrin, Kippe, Roelon, Lady in Waiting Chandrellia, Bernadette, Viva, Rozanikka, Shinann, Lord Thrassus, Lady Alendrial who is sitting

Cryheart says, "Aye."

Alendrial smiles.

Cryheart says, "Lady Alendrial."

Speaking to Alendrial, Leifa asks, "May we sit with you?"

Pietra says, "We lost the errant knight."

Pukk says, "Remember, separate bills."

Alendrial says, "Yes. Of course. Please have a seat."

Alendrial begins chuckling at Pukk!

Speaking to Alendrial, Faerinn says, "A pleasure to finally meet you. I was starting to think you might not exist."

Speaking softly to Alendrial, Bernadette says, "Milady."

Alendrial waves at Geijon and invites him to come sit at this table.

Leifa nods appreciatively at Alendrial.

Alendrial grins at Faerinn.

Speaking softly to Pukk, Chandrellia says, "I heard you were paying for everyone."

Alendrial says, "The pleasure is mine."

Alendrial nods at Faerinn.

Pukk says, "Ha! Yeah, not happening."

Speaking to Alendrial, Geijon says, "Thank you, Councilwoman."

Alendrial says, "The Town Council is cut in half. I am a very busy person."

Speaking softly to Pukk, Chandrellia says, "You can make up the silver on the corner near the bank."

Speaking to Alendrial, Thrassus says, "I would say so."

Speaking to Alendrial, Faerinn says, "Also I'd like to thank you for all you did smuggling half-elves out of Talador even though Pup tried to turn them away."


About Elections

Alendrial says, "Sir Thadston passed along a message I was being sought."

Speaking to Chandrellia, Pukk says, "I don't want to take you business away from you."

Alendrial says, "I suppose in reference to the news last night."

Alendrial grins at Faerinn.

Alendrial nods at Faerinn.

Thrassus says, "I am guessing Thadston will be along soon."

Leafiara curiously says, "Yes, we were wondering about any information or insights you could provide."

Alendrial says, "The danger to our kind is not over."

Alendrial nods at Faerinn.

Speaking softly to Alendrial, Chandrellia asks, "Yes the council is split, what can we do to repair it?"

Speaking to Alendrial, Faerinn says, "Never."

Thrassus says, "Have the mayor name councilmembers, mainly."

Alendrial says, "But the Scions are making progress."

Guarrin casually mentions, "Then of course the matter of the next election."

Alendrial nods at Faerinn.

Speaking softly to Thrassus, Chandrellia says, "That just leaves one problem, their is no mayor for now."

Faerinn says, "Just need to find a mayor to fill those seats."

Alendrial waves at Xorus and invites him to come sit at this table.

Speaking to Xorus, Pukk says, "Have a seat and just know that we are getting separate bills."

Leafiara heavily says, "Would also be helpful to have a situation where appointed council members aren't being killed off like poor Khylon."

Alendrial says, "I have already spoken to Cordarius in the last few days, on updates regarding an election."

Chandrellia softly says, "Until voting is allowed back how is that to happen, we have paid judge, and the Gods only know who else."

Alendrial says, "His ideas are promising. I will leave it at that for now."

Goldstr says, "Goods to hear."

Speaking to Alendrial, Geijon says, "That is good because expect to hear from my Order shortly on that matter."

Alendrial says, "There is no sense in splitting hairs over details that may evolve during our discussions."

Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk asks, "The lady has asked everybody to have a seat. You should sit, yes?"

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "I'm not your waitress, but I'll take a tip."


About Stephos

Speaking to Alendrial, Faerinn asks, "Based on what has been found so far. Do you think your husband is the Knave?"

Cryheart says, "Looking for a place to sit."

Speaking to Pietra, Pukk asks, "Can you also get my a sandwich?"

Speaking to Pietra, Pukk says, "Thanks."

Alendrial says, "My husband..."

Alendrial chuckles.

Leafiara says, "Bit of a blunt question, but no use dancing around it."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "Fresh out of sandwiches."

Faerinn says, "Or ex if that is the case."

Speaking to Alendrial, Leafiara says, "We'd heard about his missing payments on your house on West Ring Road, since months ago. It's troubling and seems unlike him."

Alendrial says, "No, he is my husband still...it has just been awhile since I called him that."

Shinann asks, "Oh?"

Alendrial says, "Arguably, he has not been my husband for years. Truthfully."

Thrassus asks, "Trouble in paradise?"

Speaking quietly to herself, Pietra says, "Oh I know how that feels."

Alendrial begins chuckling at Thrassus!

Leifa flatly says, "Relatable."

Speaking to Alendrial, Leafiara offers, "...possibly for the better, is what many are thinking."

Alendrial says, "I am afraid that only begins to define it."

Alendrial nods at Thrassus.

Thrassus nods understandingly.

Alendrial says, "I do not know if he is the Knave."

Alendrial says, "I have considered it. The failure too finance the rebuilding of the home made me think of it."

Speaking softly to Alendrial, Chandrellia asks, "If I may be so bold, have you noticed any recent change in his actions, from when you last saw him, has he spoken to anyone that you found odd? Or out of place?"

Leafiara prompts, "So then... are there any alibis you could think of?"

Speaking to Alendrial, Geijon asks, "And if I accepted truce for th' Rooks, would you declare yourself mother?"

Faerinn asks, "With those missing payments is he even in town?"

Speaking to Chandrellia, Pukk says, "Geesh. Personal questions."

Leafiara says, "Ah, yeah, the Mother matter was going to come up too..."

Alendrial says, "That is several questions all at once."

Chandrellia softly says, "Forgive me ma'am."

Rozanikka laughs, "As long as we get through them all."

Alendrial says, "Let me go back to one of the first questions."

Pietra whispers something to Geijon.

Alendrial says, "Of what was learned last night..."

Stormyrain whispers something to Guarrin.

Alendrial says, "I only know minor details, and of course, whatever Amos boasted."

Alendrial asks, "So what makes you suspect him?"

Faerinn says, "Amos might be distracted by his new rock now."

Alendrial asks, "That you found?"

Leafiara says, "The main thing possibly linking him was a cigar box and a seawater vial."

Leifa removes a plump brown cigar from in her honeycomb case.

Alendrial nods.

Chandrellia removes a plump brown cigar from in her black leather jacket.

Leafiara admits, "It's not much, and considering what other things were in the tunnel, some of us thought it could be a setup as well."

Chandrellia offers Alendrial a plump brown cigar.

Alendrial chuckles.

Geijon whispers something to Pietra.

Alendrial says, "Those look like his."

Alendrial accepts Chandrellia's brown cigar.

Chandrellia softly says, "That was one of them."

Faerinn says, "But before then profiling the Knave and Stephos. They operate in a similar fashion."

Speaking to Alendrial, Goldstr says, "But be thoughts dey was planted."

Alendrial raises a cigar to her nose and draws in the aroma.

Alendrial says, "Clove."

Alendrial slowly empties her lungs.

Alendrial nods.

Xorus says, "There were crates from Jantalar and Seareach as well." [Alendrial comes back to this later]

Alendrial offers Chandrellia a plump brown cigar.

Chandrellia declines Alendrial's offer.

Leafiara reasons, "It's possible that Stephos was working with Amos at some point but there was a betrayal or falling out."

Leifa says, "It has a very distinctive odor."

Speaking softly to Alendrial, Chandrellia says, "You may keep ma'am."

Alendrial drops a plump brown cigar.

Faerinn says, "The Knave first showed up pretending to be Rooks. Loves to impersonate other factions."

Alendrial says, "I'd rather not."

Alendrial nods at Chandrellia.

Geijon whispers something to Pietra.

Leafiara says, "The elimination of every council candidate except Stephos and Amos remains suspicious to this day."

Speaking softly to Alendrial, Chandrellia says, "I do not partake of such things so it has no use to me."

Speaking to Faerinn, Guarrin says, "It is a sound strategy."

Leifa whispers something to Chandrellia.

Speaking to Asben, Pietra says, "Don't say a word."

Faerinn says, "Also I saw Khylon's last moments."

Asben whispers something to Pietra.

Alendrial says, "Those cigars certainly fit the ones he has used, even during our good days in Idolone."

Rozanikka notes, "But again, if impersonation is the Knave's game, a setup can't be ruled out."

Speaking to Alendrial, Thrassus asks, "Is he the type to adhere to the superstition with the vial of seawater?"

Faerinn says, "He saw the Knave in his last moments and was not surprised by whomever killed him. Khylon had been presented with Stephos or Amos as the Knave."

Alendrial says, "He has his rituals, yes. For awhile he had, abandoned some when we fled here."

Leafiara says, "Whether he is or isn't the Knave, we'll need to investigate regardless. The trouble is, the news of last night getting out so openly means it'll be that much more difficult to get Stephos to come forward for questioning..."

Alendrial nods at Thrassus.

Thrassus nods understandingly.

Alendrial says, "It is possible he has returned to some old habits."

Pietra whispers something to Geijon.

Alendrial asks, "Someone mentioned Jantalar and Seareach?"

Faerinn says, "But also entirely possible someone is just stereotyping him based on where he's from as a clue."

Xorus says, "Yes. There were crates with their crests."

Alendrial nods.

Guarrin whispers something to Stormyrain.

Xorus says, "In the room with the costumes of other factions."

Alendrial says, "He has ties to both. Or did."

Alendrial says, "I am sorry, but in many ways, he is already dead to me."

Alendrial says, "Something that perhaps should have happened years ago."

Guarrin asks, "What was in the crates?"

Gutstorm drunkenly slurs, "She shounds abailable."

Speaking to Alendrial, Leifa urges, "Then give us what you know so you can be done with him for good."

Goldstr says, "Dey was empty."

Leafiara calmly says, "Let's allow her to catch up with our many questions."

Alendrial shrugs at Leifa.

Alendrial says, "I don't know that I have much else to add."

Gutstorm drunkenly slurs, "Yoo poor girl."

Alendrial says, "The things you saw certainly point to Stephos. I am more surprised he was caught so easily."

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

Speaking to Pietra, Geijon says, "I sometimes talk in extremes. All of us will die for th' city, as much bolster or loudness I might boast. Even when my words fail me, I do hope my actions align with my love for our people."

Leafiara says, "It's very unusual."

Shinann says, "Seems sloppy for him..."

Guarrin says, "It seems almost too convenient."

Goldstr says, "Whys dey may be plants."

Roelon deeply asks, "After all this time, to easily slip up?"

Alendrial says, "There is no love for Stephos in this town, or much of anywhere in the Empire."

Berost deeply says, "Amos be usin him, fer them Jantalar and Seareach contacts, fer his people, then boosted him."

Speaking drunkenly in Dwarven to Berost, Gutstorm slurs something you don't understand.

Chandrellia softly says, "And he hasn't been caught yet, just wanted for questioning is all."

Speaking to Berost, Leafiara acknowledges, "Very plausible."

Alendrial says, "He is the perfect criminal, if someone wanted to throw blame."

Alendrial says, "I am sorry for him, if that is the case."

Speaking to Alendrial, Leafiara asks, "You helped take him into custody once before. Do you have any leads that could help us capture him again, whether it ends up being for his protection or his arrest?"

Alendrial says, "But I warned him. For years. I warned him."

Berost deeply says, "I ain never met er dealt with him, but evrything points to us not being able to just walk in on his printing setup if he didnt want us to.."

Alendrial glances at Leafiara.

Alendrial sighs.

Alendrial says, "I could try."

Guarrin whispers something to Kippe.

Speaking to Alendrial, Leafiara admits, "If you don't want to, I certainly understand..."

Speaking to Alendrial, Geijon asks, "Why does he return, in your estimation?"

Alendrial says, "Even Ayred has left his side for mine."

Speaking to Kippe, Pietra asks, "Teras, you said?"

Speaking curiously to Alendrial, Leafiara asks, "Wait, what?"

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

Speaking to Alendrial, Stormyrain asks, "How is Ayred?"

Speaking to Alendrial, Leafiara asks, "That happened between now and when you worked with Amos to get Thrayzar back?"

Alendrial says, "He is well. He is, very well. Part of his tortured past was put away."

Alendrial nods at Stormyrain.

Stormyrain smiles.

Stormyrain says, "I'm very glad to hear that. I think of him often, and wish him well."

Geijon whispers something to Stormyrain.

Alendrial peers quizzically at Leafiara.

Alendrial says, "No. Ayred is with me I said."

Alendrial nods at Leafiara.

Speaking suddenly to Alendrial, Leafiara says, "Oh, apologies."

Leafiara nods at Alendrial.

Leafiara sheepishly says, "I misheard."

Leafiara chuckles.

Alendrial chuckles.

Alendrial says, "You were even confusing me."

Leafiara grins at Alendrial.

Speaking softly to Alendrial, Chandrellia says, "She has a knack for that."


About the Consortium

Speaking to Alendrial, Geijon approves, "Thank you for facing this scrutiny."

Speaking softly to Alendrial, Chandrellia says, "I do have one more question if I may ma'am."

Alendrial says, "Amos is known to break chains. He ended any future for other half-elves like Ayred."

Speaking softly to Alendrial, Chandrellia asks, "The Town Guard Captain, where does his jurisdiction end?"

Alendrial begins chuckling at Geijon!

Alendrial says, "I am on the council. Scrutiny is the job."

Geijon grins.

Alendrial begins chuckling at Chandrellia!

Alendrial asks, "Who is to say anymore, truly?"

Chandrellia peers quizzically at Alendrial.

Speaking softly to Alendrial, Chandrellia says, "You and the council say."

Speaking curiously to Alendrial, Leafiara asks, "Err... wouldn't that be you, the town council?"

Alendrial says, "There is chaos in the streets and in Moot Hall."

Speaking drunkenly to Alendrial, Gutstorm slurs, "Kin me axe ye a question?"

Alendrial asks, "Do you have something more specific based on that question?"

Speaking to Alendrial, Goldstr says, "If I may an nae mean to sound disrespectful."

Alendrial peers quizzically at Chandrellia.

Leafiara inquires, "Then why even file with the council for approvals?"

Chandrellia softly asks, "So he has the authority to stretch his limits beyond the gates of our town, putting the lives of those here at risk by being some place he needn't be?"

Chandrellia softly says, "Yes."

Ycelacie curiously asks, "What are we talking about?"

Alendrial says, "We are currently in discussions with the Consortium. On correcting and clarifying several things."

Speaking offhandedly to Ycelacie, Leafiara says, "The mining operation."

Chandrellia softly says, "I was wandering the mines today after hearing an explosion."

Guarrin says, "I do hope the Judge's family is well back in Mestanir though."

Speaking to Alendrial, Goldstr asks, "Are partners in any way wid Amos?"

Speaking softly to Alendrial, Chandrellia says, "Upon further looking several of us discovered several Armigers guarding a newly dug tunnel."

Alendrial says, "The mines and its operation are owned by the Consortium, and the Armigers are currently aiding our town guard. They are protecting the town, and also members of the Consortium and its ventures."

Alendrial nods at Chandrellia.

Geijon whispers something to Stormyrain.

Speaking softly to Alendrial, Chandrellia says, "When we tried to go past to make sure everyone was ok and not hurt we were stopped."

Leafiara says, "I could have sworn that was Imperial territory out there."

Chandrellia softly says, "We were told if we tried again the guard captain would come and arrest us."

Speaking to Leafiara, Guarrin asks, "Where?"

Alendrial says, "We are working with the Consortium the best we can, yes."

Alendrial nods at Goldstr.

Alendrial says, "I did work with Amos to see Ayred's butcher killed."

Speaking to Guarrin, Leafiara says, "Outside the gates in general, but in this specific case the Lysierian Hills mine."

Goldstr scowls.

Speaking to Guarrin, Leafiara adds, "The crystal golem one, not the kobold one."

Goldstr says, "Ahhh dat be fine."

Speaking to Leafiara, Guarrin says, "Ah, the Holding was once, long ago."

Speaking drunkenly to Alendrial, Gutstorm slurs, "Do yoo live a dubba life and also conceal your utter identy of Mutter of da Rooksh?"

Xorus says, "That's Tralog's old silver mine. I doubt there is much silver left, but it sounds like they found something new."

Faerinn says, "Certainly not going to mourn that man Amos killed in Jantalar."

Gutstorm drunkenly slurs, "Goldstr shaid it."

Alendrial says, "The Consortium and the Council are in discussions right now, regarding new updates to bring back an election, and of course some clarity to our local government."

Faerinn says, "The Brewmaster."

Thrassus says, "Whatever it is they found, it is well hidden."

Alendrial says, "I fear for Renpaw, I do. But we need further rules for situations like this."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk asks, "So, are you saying the consortium is improperly mining in the imp lands and trying to bring trouble to Landing by doing so?"

Alendrial begins chuckling at Gutstorm!

Leafiara says, "It would be a bit... silly... to put on a mask and call herself Mother again after having been a previous Mother and admitting as much openly during the council debates in Moot Hall."

Alendrial says, "I am not Mother. Not anymore."

Faerinn says, "It's called Baystone. It's cerulean and new."

Speaking dubiously to Pukk, Leafiara says, "No, I'm not sure what they're doing at all."

Gutstorm gawks at Alendrial.

Gutstorm drunkenly slurs, "So it wash troo."

Gutstorm stares off into space.

Speaking to Alendrial, Goldstr says, "I asked me question cuz I have NO trust in Amos or do I deem da Consortium as a ruling group in any way of da Landing."

Leafiara asks, "How *did* Manard get his position, anyway?"

Geijon whispers something to Stormyrain.

Alendrial says, "The Consortium placed him."

Leafiara peers quizzically at Alendrial.

Speaking softly to Alendrial, Chandrellia asks, "Without the consent of the council?"

Alendrial says, "It is complicated."

Alendrial nods at Chandrellia.

Leafiara slowly says, "You seem to be telling us that they're throwing their weight around to appoint whichever leaders they want into whichever positions they want."

Alendrial says, "We hope it will not be soon."

Chandrellia softly says, "And yet here we sit listening to you say you are speaking with him about votes, and elections for a mayor, what's not to say he just doesn't place whoever he likes in that position, he needs to be gone from our town and we need the council to know what side they are on."

Speaking to Leafiara, Leifa says, "Which is what it's seemed like from the start."

Alendrial says, "You misunderstand me then."

Leafiara says, "I certainly hope I do."

Speaking to Leafiara, Goldstr says, "I be mixed a bit der."

Alendrial says, "Cordarius has proposed several things. I have reviewed most of it. We've begun some initial discussions with the Consortium. We are trying to reach an agreement."

Alendrial says, "On who and how to govern going forward."

Leafiara asks, "Why are the Consortium's voices more relevant in these decisions than every other citizen's?"

Geijon whispers something to Stormyrain.

Chandrellia softly says, "Or the council's."

Xorus bluntly says, "They are the town's business owners."

Gutstorm drunkenly slurs, "Dey greasing da palmsh Leafi, DUH."

Pietra whispers something to Kippe.

Speaking to Leafiara, Pietra says, "He's right. Money."

Leafiara says, "They're five business owners among dozens."

Goldstr says, "Da Council we elected."

Leafiara says, "If that's the answer, then bring in Tykel, Aznell, Edwina, and every other merchant for these discussions."

Faerinn says, "Well one member of the council."

Alendrial shrugs.

Guarrin whispers something to Geijon.

Chandrellia softly says, "I still say we need to shut their shops down until this comes to a close, they decided to shut out our Mayor, I say we shut out their business."

Faerinn says, "The rest is on leave, emptry, or appointed by Hendor."

Alendrial says, "I do not agree with the Consortium's rise. But it has happened, and we can argue how and why, but it has happened."

Gutstorm drunkenly slurs, "Where ish Maylan when we need her, she good wif a torch."

Speaking to Chandrellia, Leifa says, "I'm still boycotting those businesses on my own accord, and the town bankers."

Alendrial says, "Creating some new order forward will need to be a balance of give and take. Not just conflict."

Alendrial shrugs.

Speaking to Gutstorm, Pietra says, "I don't know, you seemed to have a knack for fire last night with that printing press."

Speaking softly to Alendrial, Chandrellia says, "Then help us undo this, get the council to back us and be done with Amos and the Consortium."

Speaking drunkenly to Pietra, Gutstorm slurs, "Finner shlipped."

Speaking curiously to Cryheart, Leafiara asks, "I know you own a shop next to mine. Care to be the first two in a second consortium?"

Speaking to Leifa, Kippe says, "Solhaven's merchants and banks thank you."

Goldstr asks, "Give to AMOS an take wha?"

Faerinn says, "I think the ship of refilling the seats has sailed, burned, and sank to the bottom of the Bay."

Ycelacie curiously asks, "Amos?"

Geijon whispers something to Stormyrain.

Speaking softly to Ycelacie, Chandrellia asks, "Just know paying attention are we?"


Back to Stephos

Alendrial says, "You spoke of Stephos, and getting word to him."

Speaking to Faerinn, Leafiara says, "Jovery's appointment of Cordarius was probably the beginning of the end, much as I like him."

Alendrial says, "I know I can. I don't wish to, but I know I can."

Geijon whispers something to Shinann.

Speaking softly to Alendrial, Chandrellia asks, "Do you know where he is?"

Alendrial says, "No. He had the way about him. Even in Idolone."

Speaking to Asben, Ycelacie asks, "Was that a pretend eye patch?"

Speaking to Alendrial, Faerinn says, "I have to speak an objection. If Amos gets word you are in communication with Stephos."

Speaking to Alendrial, Faerinn says, "He'll use that as an excuse to have you removed from the council and jailed."

Speaking softly to Faerinn, Chandrellia says, "Something tells me, he won't."

Pietra asks, "Do you think he doesn't know they're married....?"

Goldstr says, "But Amos prolly has ears in dis room."

Leafiara admits, "I wouldn't be surprised if one of his fireflies is listening at this very moment."

Speaking to Chandrellia, Faerinn says, "Because anything has escaped him so far. He's controlled the towns narrative since he got here."

Alendrial says, "If anything, Amos should be thankful."

Alendrial says, "If anyone can lure Stephos, it's me."

Speaking softly to Faerinn, Chandrellia says, "Ok I will give you that."

Speaking to Alendrial, Goldstr says, "Hanged woulds be me word."

Speaking to Faerinn, Guarrin says, "Impressively so, I'd add."

Geijon whispers something to Guarrin.


Alendrial Steps Away

A town clerk arrives suddenly, moving promptly and passes a small note to Alendrial. She nods and sighs, slipping the clerk a few coins as a tip for running the message. The clerk dashes off.

Alendrial scoots her chair back and stands up.

Thrassus asks, "Duty calls?"

Leafiara ruefully asks, "Ah, more business to see to?"

Alendrial asks, "I need a few minutes. Ten or so. Keep the table warm?"

Faerinn says, "The same mechanism to remove a mayor can remove council members. Amos is just looking for an excuse."

Alendrial says, "I will be back."

Leafiara surprisedly says, "Oh."

Ycelacie says, "Sounds like maybe fun stuff soon."

Rozanikka casually urges, "Talk amongst yourselves."

Leafiara patiently assures, "We'll be here."

Geijon whispers something to Guarrin.

Alendrial says, "I will return shortly. I have missed these conversations. The personalities in Moot Hall are blah."

Alendrial chuckles.

Alendrial waves.

Lady Alendrial just went out.


Among Ourselves

Leafiara whispers to the group, "Well, that was interesting in entirely different ways than expected."

Faerinn asks, "So who actually thinks she is coming back?"

Leafiara muses, "We've touched on Stephos, elections, the relationship of the council and the Consortium, and even Mother--"

Leafiara abruptly says, "That's not the worst question."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pietra asks, "You touched Mother?"

Geijon whispers something to Guarrin.

Leifa says, "I need a drink."

Leifa says, "I'll return shortly."

Speaking to Pietra, Pukk says, "You beat me to it."

Xorus says, "Well, if a prism suddenly lands on the table..."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "Great minds."

Rozanikka muses, "Honestly between last night's tunnel fun and today's detonations, I half expect her to be planting explosives around the building."

Leafiara musingly says, "Right then, let's go warn the Raging Thrak to be on the lookout."

Cryheart says, "Then everyone should skedaddle."

Speaking to Kippe, Pietra says, "What."

Leafiara assures, "I'll be back in a moment."

[travel]

[The Thrak's Booth]

The smell of sour small beer assaults your nose as you enter this rather cramped and hot booth. Half-cured pelts of exotic creatures line the walls and a chair made of yellowed troll king bones sits in a half shadow in one corner. Seated in the chair is the ruined hulk of a man, his potbelly, bulbous red nose and cracked leather armor show that he has long since given up caring for his appearance. You also see the warrior Raging Thrak that is sitting. Obvious exits: out

Speaking helpfully to the warrior Raging Thrak, Leafiara says, "Watch for danger around the Inn."

Leafiara says, "We're concerned of a possible plot."

Leafiara says, "If it doesn't happen in the next twenty minutes or so, though, it probably won't."

[Tipsy Thrak Table]

The table wobbles a bit here, sloshing the drinks set down upon it. Someone thoughtfully tried to even it up by placing a broken dagger blade beneath one of the table legs. The table surface is darkened with age and spilled ale, but the painting of a thrak can still be seen: it is sitting on its rump, a flagon of ale in hand and balanced upon its comical pot-belly, with stars and birds flying about its head. You also see the Gutstorm disk, a plump brown cigar, a green-eyed grey and white kitten, the Guarrin disk, the Viva disk, the Faerinn disk, the Rozanikka disk and the Bernadette disk.

Also here: Event Planner Leafiara, Lord Asben, Jurist of Eye Leifa who is sitting, Ycelacie, Seaward Gutstorm who is sitting, Drektor, Stormyrain, Lord Telagan who is sitting, Xorus who is sitting, Goldstr who is sitting, Geijon who is sitting, Magister Raelee, Sir Cryheart, Berost who is sitting, Pukk, Barrister Faerinn who is sitting, Pietra, Guarrin, Kippe, Roelon, Lady in Waiting Chandrellia, Bernadette, Viva who is sitting, Rozanikka who is sitting, Shinann who is sitting, Lord Thrassus

Leafiara reports, "Warned him."

Speaking to Kippe, Pietra says, "I'm surprised I'm still upright."

Geijon whispers something to Guarrin.

Speaking to Leafiara, Stormyrain asks, "Warned who?"

Speaking to Stormyrain, Leafiara says, "The Raging Thrak."

Leafiara says, "In case of danger to our Councilwoman on her way back, or before then."

Chandrellia softly asks, "I have a question for the Gryphons, and this is not a smartass request so please, don't think it is, but, the tunnels that Raznel had connected to the holding go thru the mines where Amos was mining?"

Geijon whispers something to Guarrin.

Speaking to Chandrellia, Guarrin says, "The tunnels are extensive. It is possible."

Speaking to Chandrellia, Leafiara says, "Pukk and I had been wondering too."

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Chandrellia says, "Well that throws up another theory then."

Speaking to Chandrellia, Guarrin adds, "However, they have been caved in."

Cryheart says, "Those tunnels were originally dug by dwarves."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra asks, "Whiskey? Gin?"

Cryheart says, "Under the Holding."

Speaking softly to Guarrin, Chandrellia says, "Unless they are beinge mined out again."

Pukk exclaims, "No! I see how it is!"

Leafiara says, "And now they have dwarven mining materials and potentially dwarven miners."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra asks, "Cognac?"

Shinann says, "I did not know that."

Speaking to Chandrellia, Guarrin says, "And, if they are beneath the Holding, the question of ownership I imagine could be raised."

Geijon says, "Valid concern."

Cryheart says, "Vurk, was a guard of the tunnels for a long time."

Speaking softly to Guarrin, Chandrellia says, "Well according to Amos he has all the documentation all legal like."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra asks, "Ginger?"

Faerinn says, "Also the specimen found in the mine was real. I doubt the discovery of Baystone was a cherry on top to invade the holding."

Speaking to Pietra, Pukk says, "You can't buy me off with chea....expensive liquor."

Geijon says, "Th' Holding as we call it, could fall, has been taken over, but it is just bricks. It is not th' flesh and blood of people, this city of Wehnimers."

Leafiara says, "We didn't see the discovery of the baystone, so it could have been a staged event and he already had the stone. This is all very speculative, though, admittedly."


Alendrial Under Protection

You see Amos waving at your table, clearly hoping that you will invite him to sit with you. If you would like, you may invite Amos to allow him to join you.

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "I was saving it for a special occasion. Odd choice of now, but it's yours if you'd like."

Pietra says, "Oh come on."

Geijon waves at Amos and invites him to come sit at this table.

Thrassus waves at Amos and invites him to come sit at this table.

Lord Amos arrives at your table.

Chandrellia softly says, "Who asked you here."

Speaking to Amos, Faerinn asks, "How is our Baystone doing?"

Amos says, "Geijon did."

Amos begins chuckling at Chandrellia!

Speaking softly to Amos, Chandrellia says, "Nice try."

Amos grins at Faerinn.

Speaking to Ycelacie, Pietra says, "Yes, Pukk is my friend. I like Pukk. Stop asking me stupid questions that aren't your business."

Speaking to Amos, Pukk asks, "I bet your ears were burning just now, weren't they?"

Speaking softly to Amos, Chandrellia asks, "Come to stick your ear in what is being said?"

Amos says, "I did not want to keep you all waiting and worried."

Speaking in Giantman to Amos, Guarrin greets something you don't understand.

Chandrellia softly says, "Surprised you just don't have your stinkflies doing it."

Chandrellia softly says, "I mean fireflies."

Amos says, "The Consortium has had reports of Stephos being spotted in town this night. We are concerned for Alendrial, for a few reasons. We've ensured her protection until we can be sure the threat has been removed."

Speaking to Amos, Goldstr says, "I donna tinks ye was invited here."

Leafiara slowly says, "Uh-huh."

Speaking softly to Amos, Chandrellia says, "Oh please, the only person you are concerned for is yourself."

Amos begins chuckling at Chandrellia!

Amos says, "Some evenings, yes."

Amos nods at Chandrellia.

Rozanikka asks, "In protective custody then?"

Chandrellia softly says, "All evenings yes."

Amos says, "We're all selfish at times."

Speaking to Amos, Thrassus asks, "Where was he spotted in town, out of curiosity?"

Leafiara slowly asks, "Let me get this straight, he came straight back to town and has let himself be spotted the same night after his lair was exposed?"

Chandrellia softly says, "Or is it that Stephos has someting on you and you are scared he will reveal it so you need to cut him off before he can."

Amos says, "Custody? Hardly. Alendrial is a member of the Council. We are protecting her."

Speaking to Amos, Geijon states, "You didn't exactly explain Jantalar, but we rescued Thrayzar so half a dozen of this and half a dozen of that."

Pietra says, "So now the council woman is locked up somewhere, Stephos is running around, and we get the Amos story."

Speaking curiously to Amos, Ycelacie says, "How can I aid with the mining effort."

Speaking softly to Amos, Chandrellia says, "I think we can do a better job of that than you."

Roelon deeply says, "With or without her consent ah assume."

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Chandrellia asks, "Can we please just start killing armigers again?"

Goldstr asks, "Protection er Custody?"

Speaking wryly to Chandrellia, Leafiara says, "No."

Amos says, "I could have left you waiting. I came here as a courtesy."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pietra says, "To be fair, his 'lair' did kind of get crushed and blown up. Perhaps he's just homelss."

Rozanikka laughs, "Mighty big of you."

Chandrellia softly asks, "So where is she? Oh wait at an undisclosed location right?"

Leafiara says, "Because Alendrial's under threat of being attacked by Stephos, I see."

Leafiara says, "Desperate times, clearly."

Amos says, "Attacked, may be a bit of a stretch."

Amos nods at Leafiara.

Chandrellia softly says, "Can one of the Captains ask the clerk to come back I have a question for her."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk asks, "You believe this hog wash?"

Amos says, "It is not without cause to suspect he might try to take her."

Speaking amusedly to Pukk, Leafiara says, "Nope."

Stormyrain asks, "We don't oversee the clerks?"

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "Smells like hog wash."

Pukk says, "Oh good."

Stormyrain says, "You'd have just as much luck as we would there."

Speaking softly to Stormyrain, Chandrellia says, "Was a thought."

Speaking to Amos, Shinann asks, "How do we know you did not take her before you came here?"

Guarrin slowly asks, "...and he is a suspect because of cigars, and seawater?"

Shinann says, "I mean."

Leafiara says, "If the fear is that he might try to take her, then it seems like using her as bait would be reasonable, not hiding her away."

Speaking to Guarrin, Kippe agrees, "Damning evidence."

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Chandrellia says, "Think Amos is just a scared little boy."

Speaking unconvincingly to Amos, Pukk says, "You are clearly doing us and Alendrial a service. Thank you SO very much."

Amos asks, "Do you make it a practice of leveraging humans as bait?" [OOC: I assume this was an OOC slip up and what he meant was "people" since Alendrial's a half-elf, but I'm not convinced enough to correct it in editing]

Amos peers quizzically at Leafiara.

Speaking softly to Amos, Chandrellia says, "When it works."

Amos says, "I suppose you cannot teach an old Rook new tricks."

Amos smirks.

Speaking to Amos, Leafiara says, "During our talk that you interrupted, she was willing to help us try to lure Stephos."

Leifa splutters, "Why I oughtta...."

Speaking to Amos, Ycelacie says, "I wouldn't pay too much attention to what they say."

Speaking to Amos, Pukk asks, "Have you tried chocolates?"

Speaking softly to Amos, Chandrellia says, "No I guess you can... errr no you can't."

Stormyrain says, "I would remind everyone that Alendrial is not quite a helpless lass..and if someone tried to 'take' her she'd likely put up one damned significant fight."

Speaking to Leafiara, Stormyrain says, "Including if the Consortium 'took' her."

Geijon whispers something to Guarrin.

Speaking softly to Stormyrain, Chandrellia says, "Unless she was jumped by surprise and outnumbered."

Leafiara patiently says, "Alright, then we can go look for Stephos. So be it."

Stormyrain says, "I've been jumped by surprised by multiple bandits, yet here I stand. I would fight with Alendrial at my side if need be. She's cunning, and capable."

Speaking coyly to Leafiara, Ycelacie asks, "Who made you leader?"

Speaking to Guarrin, Geijon says, "Most true."

Amos nods at Stormyrain.

Speaking indifferently to Ycelacie, Leafiara says, "Just my suggestion. People are willing to agree or disagree."

Speaking softly to Stormyrain, Chandrellia says, "Sorry I don't know her well, I trust your words and judgment."

Speaking to Chandrellia, Stormyrain says, "She ..was Mother for a very long time."

Speaking softly to Stormyrain, Chandrellia says, "I thought that was a joke."

Stormyrain says, "It was not."

Amos says, "Alendrial is aware of our plan. We will likely keep her at the Outpost, Larsya will be made aware."

Chandrellia surprisedly says, "Oh."

Geijon comments, "Th' mayor of th' Landing has long had it harsh."

Speaking to Chandrellia, Stormyrain says, "The first Mother, actually."

Geijon says, "All of them."

Speaking softly to Amos, Chandrellia asks, "So when do we get to go play in the tunnel?"

Faerinn says, "Well that's interesting."

Amos says, "I do not expect Stephos to come near the imperial outpost."

Speaking to Amos, Goldstr asks, "Ye has da Earl's favor to use da Outpost?"

Stormyrain says, "..he likely would avoid that area given the last time he was in custody it was there."

Chandrellia softly says, "Oh and how much are you offering the Empire for the stone you found? Just thought they would be wanting to know what you found."

Amos begins chuckling at Goldstr!

Speaking to Goldstr, Guarrin says, "I imagine he will ask Lady Larsya."

Amos says, "I have more favor than lion's teeth around my neck."

Amos nods at Goldstr.

Goldstr scowls at Amos.

Amos says, "The Empire has no claim to baystone."

Amos nods at Chandrellia.

Chandrellia softly says, "Mmmm awfully small lion."

Amos says, "If they wish baystone in abundance, then Wehnimer's Landing will profit from it."

Amos nods at Chandrellia.

Chandrellia laughs!

Speaking softly to Amos, Chandrellia says, "You are a funny man."

Amos peers quizzically at Ycelacie.

Goldstr exclaims, "Er Amos WILL profit from it!"

Leafiara says, "Quite confident you'll find more of it, then."

Leafiara says, "Suppose time will tell."

Faerinn says, "I actually do hope Baystone is something of beauty that can come out of the Landing for once."

Amos says, "They have brought me several more stones already. Yes."

Chandrellia softly asks, "So there is no reason we can't go down the tunnels now right?"

Ycelacie turns away from Amos, ignoring him.

Amos says, "You openly threatened the Consortium and said you would stab me in the eyes."

Amos nods at Chandrellia.

Amos says, "That is absolutely valid reasons for you to be nowhere near our operations. Ever."

Speaking softly to Amos, Chandrellia says, "Oh one day, I'll be quiet, but I do have some interesting fantasies."

Chandrellia winks at Amos.

Amos nods at Faerinn.

Speaking to Amos, Guarrin says, "I have not, and as our new neighbor, I am most curious."

Amos agrees with Faerinn.

Speaking dismissively to Amos, Rozanikka laughs, "Oh, that's just a local turn of phrase."

Amos says, "We agree Faerinn."

Speaking to Amos, Geijon states, "Congratulations. Do you think you can market this stone? I was skeptical, but you have delivered and mind you it is close to th' Holding where we have had trouble with folks who dig. I realize th' jobs, equity and opportunity th' work brings."

Amos says, "It is painful to hear such distrust, but I understand it."

Amos says, "There will always be those who disagree. But we shouldn't have to disagree and still be poor."

Amos chuckles.

Speaking softly to Amos, Chandrellia says, "I feel sorry for you."

Chandrellia softly says, "I really truly do."

Speaking to Amos, Geijon asks, "When last were you poor?"

Amos says, "The stone is being inspected. It will be a few days before we know more."

Amos nods at Geijon.

Geijon pokes Amos in the ribs.

Amos says, "I was poor until I climbed out of the lion's den."

Amos nods at Geijon.

Speaking to Amos, Faerinn says, "I hope to have an opportunity to inspect some myself soon."

Amos says, "Remind Thadston of that sometime."

Leafiara notes, "Considering the fact that Stephos has been spotted in town and the urgency that he could disappear at any moment, we're sure having a leisurely conversation."

Speaking to Geijon, Goldstr says, "ALL tings he does be to line his pockets."

Speaking to Amos, Geijon says, "He reminded me, aye."

Speaking to Amos, Pietra asks, "And you will be paying taxes and such to help rebuild this town after all the damage that's been done?"

Amos says, "There are hired armigers, guards and imperial soldiers to manage dangers."

Thrassus asks, "We have taxes?"

Amos nods at Leafiara.

Kippe whispers something to Leafiara.

Speaking to Thrassus, Pietra says, "He should."

Speaking to Amos, Pukk asks, "So, have you found Raznel's caves yet?" [we'll revisit this later]

Speaking softly to Amos, Chandrellia says, "You mean to babysit the tunnels."

Geijon whispers something to Goldstr.

Speaking to Amos, Leifa says, "Your nonchalant attitude doesn't inspire confidence."

Speaking to Thrassus, Pietra says, "But I'm sure that doesn't even enter into any of this."

Speaking inquisitively to Amos, Ycelacie says, "I wanna know more about tunnels, I am an investor yanno."

Amos says, "I do not serve the town by raising a hammer into the air and chasing every criminal who threatens the town."

Amos nods at Leifa.

Ycelacie smiles at Amos.

Speaking to Goldstr, Geijon acknowledges, "Probably."

Amos nods at Ycelacie.

Amos says, "We will meet more soon, the Consortium and the twelve."

Amos nods at Ycelacie.

Speaking to Amos, Geijon inquires, "Mind a question?"

Ycelacie says, "I turn on people quickly so I have been told."

Ycelacie says, "I better not be asked to move rocks."

Speaking to Ycelacie, Faerinn says, "Well that's a terrible reference for one's self."

Ycelacie says, "Although I am a geomancer.... not by hand though."

Speaking to Amos, Goldstr asks, "Kin ye answer Sir Geijon's question?"

Speaking to Amos, Geijon reiterates, "Do you mind a question before you go."

Ycelacie says, "Also I don't have much in the way of finances."

Ycelacie says, "We will talk later."

Amos says, "I am sorry, there are many questions."

Ycelacie nods at Amos.

Amos asks, "What was your question Sir Geijon?"

Geijon nods at Amos.

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk asks, "Did he answer whether he found Raznel's cave while doing his mining yet?"

Leafiara looks at Pukk and shakes her head.

Pukk nods.

Amos asks, "Why would I be seeking those?"

Amos peers quizzically at Pukk.

Amos shakes his head.

Leafiara says, "Could be full of valuable blood marble."

Speaking to Amos, Pukk says, "Sure you wouldn't...."

Amos turns an inquisitive ear toward Geijon.

Speaking to Amos, Geijon says, "What is your assessment of Jantalar? Th' instance with th' brewer I'd like explained. You put a lot of us at risk."

Amos says, "No. You placed yourself at risk by going. I made it very clear."

Faerinn says, "The Brewer was a monster."

Speaking to Amos, Geijon says, "I might say your answer is deflection."

Speaking softly to Geijon, Chandrellia says, "It always is."

Speaking softly to Geijon, Chandrellia says, "He likes to put the blame on others."

Chandrellia softly says, "Unless it's in his favor."

Guarrin offhandedly mentions, "He did tell us of the risks and his personal interests."

Speaking to Geijon, Goldstr says, "Maybe better to ask why he wanted Marshal Thrayzar."

Guarrin adds, "Although I am not certain of what trip you speak of."

Geijon says, "I don't want to assume on this or Amos considering th' stakes."

Amos says, "Yet, look. The Brewmaster is dead. Jantalar did not raise an eyebrow at it."

Speaking to Amos, Geijon asks, "Was that because of us and Cordarius or....nothing you did?"

Guarrin says, "I heard it looked...personal. His demise, that is."

Geijon says, "Our name was on it."

Thrassus says, "From what I have heard of the fellow the province likely considers his death a favor."

Speaking to Guarrin, Faerinn says, "I saw it. It was very personal."

Amos says, "I nearly snapped him in two. Yes."

Stormyrain says, "If we are going to simply rehash things months behind us, you will all need to excuse me. I have work to do and the hour grows late."

Amos asks, "Do you know what was done, to people like Ayred?"

Amos asks, "Do you know the torture and torment done to those thrown into the pits?"

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Chandrellia asks, "Hey can we set up a boxing match between Amos and Thadston, maybe it would bring a good revenue for the town, I mean Amos is always saying he wants to help the town grow and expand right?"

Speaking to Amos, Stormyrain states, "I do, and anyone who did that to Ayred deserves what they got."

Amos nods at Stormyrain.

Stormyrain just went out.

Amos says, "...and that was our mission in Jantalar. As Captain Stormyrain explained."

Faerinn says, "I would have snapped the Brewmaster in two myself if given half the chance. I don't regret what we did in Jantalar."

Amos nods at Faerinn.

Amos says, "The connection of Thrayzar in it all? Coincidence. An opportunity."

Geijon says, "No. Jantalar was a success."

Amos says, "The beginning of a stronger relationship, you and I."

Speaking to Drektor, Pietra says, "You seem to be enjoying a midnight snack or five."

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Chandrellia asks, "Well, this chat has been short lived, we were meant to spak with Alendrial and she is obviously not coming back, so perhaps this conversation should end for the night?"

Amos says, "I have stayed longer than I anticipated. I merely wished to update you on Alendrial so you were not worried."

Drektor says, "Guys gotta eat."

Amos says, "I have some other business to see to."

Speaking to Drektor, Pietra says, "Indeed."

Goldstr exclaims, "We has our Marshall back! Mission accomplished in me mind!"

Amos removes a piece of dark cerulean baystone from in his worn leather pack.

Amos grins.

Amos tilts his dark cerulean baystone side to side, making the light play off it.

Amos asks, "Magnificent. Isn't it?"

Speaking to Amos, Pietra asks, "Can I have a piece?"

Speaking to Amos, Goldstr says, "Hopes dat makes ye rich/er."

Faerinn says, "Tuck it in for me and tell it good night."

Speaking to Amos, Pietra says, "I hear it looks like the ocean in a rock."

Amos begins chuckling at Faerinn!

Speaking to Amos, Goldstr exclaims, "We DO wants to see Lady' D'Archon back. Soon!"

Amos nods at Goldstr.

Amos says, "We all do."

Speaking to Amos, Geijon says, "A lot of folks look to you, to bring opportunity."

Amos says, "The future of Wehnimer's Landing is bright. It will take all of us."

Leifa muses, "But where, is the question."

Amos says, "Resistance only lives for so long."

Amos grins at Chandrellia.

Amos says, "Goodnight everyone."

Speaking softly to Amos, Chandrellia says, "I'm an elf I have a long life."

Amos put a piece of dark cerulean baystone in his worn leather pack.

Lord Amos just went out.


Discussion Afterward: Grappling with History

Pietra says, "I guess I can't have a piece."

Geijon says, "Mmm."

Goldstr exclaims, "An again I DO admire yer gift a words!"

Speaking to Chandrellia, Leifa exclaims, "You told him!"

Speaking to Pietra, Rozanikka sighs, "Never hurts to ask."

Geijon whispers something to Guarrin.

Ycelacie says, "Well no fun stuff."

Thrassus says, "It's likely only one of a few that has been extracted at the moment. Give them time to dig up more."

Speaking softly to herself, Chandrellia says, "I was doing so well in talking with her and then, he showed up and ruined everything."

Faerinn says, "She didn't make it back to the table."

Speaking softly to Faerinn, Chandrellia says, "Yeah, just disappeared like Renpaw."

Telagan says, "Supposin' time for 'nother rescue."

Goldstr exclaims, "He says wha we wants to hear an it DO line hispockets!"

Cryheart says, "Well..time to rest and reflect."

Speaking to Rozanikka, Pietra says, "I've heard it is quite pretty."

Speaking to Geijon, Pukk says, "I wish to thank you for keeping an open mind with regards to the Rooks."

Leafiara says, "If she's really in the outpost, then between Thadston and Larsya it should be relatively easy to get to her."

Guarrin says, "Off to a farm in Mestanir as well."

Leafiara says, "Which is why--"

Leafiara nods at Guarrin.

Leafiara concludes, "She's probably not in the outpost."

Leifa says, "Night, my friends."

Speaking to Pukk, Geijon says, "It has been hard for me."

Pietra says, "And I suppose we'll never catch Stephos now."

Pietra says, "I mean, if we wanted to."

Guarrin says, "Good night everyone."

Speaking to Geijon, Leafiara says, "For what it's worth, I agree Mother needs to demask."

Bernadette softly says, "Nite."

Speaking to Geijon, Pukk says, "I can imagine and I can sympathize. Thank you for trying."

Speaking to Geijon, Leafiara says, "At minimum, as a start."

Goldstr says, "I be tinkin it may NAE actually be Stephos."

Goldstr says, "Jess too easy."

Leafiara says, "He's eluded everybody for years, but spotted in town the night after his lair is exposed."

Leafiara sarcastically says, "Sure, sounds believable."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pietra says, "I told you, he's homeless."

Chandrellia softly says, "And damn it I missed speaking with Shinann about the militia."

Speaking to Chandrellia, Leafiara says, "Well... there's always time, she's always around."

Goldstr says, "OK folks da hour be late. I see ye all on da morrow."

Geijon asks, "What is your intent?"

Speaking to Geijon, Ycelacie asks, "Yes?"

Geijon asks, "Do you all know th' history of th' rooks?"

Geijon closes his eyes for a moment.

Pukk nods at Geijon.

Geijon says, "All of it."

Ycelacie shakes her head.

Faerinn says, "I know they use children as shields and that's all I really need to know."

Faerinn scoots his chair back and stands up.

Ycelacie says, "Not really much any."

Leafiara says, "Only the past five years or so myself."

Speaking to Pukk, Geijon asks, "Where does yours start?"

Speaking to Geijon, Pukk says, "Pup explained it to me in detail once."

Pukk says, "He doesn't like the rooks."

Geijon shifts his weight.

Pukk says, "Or didn't. Don't know about now."

>l

[Tipsy Thrak Table]

The table wobbles a bit here, sloshing the drinks set down upon it. Someone thoughtfully tried to even it up by placing a broken dagger blade beneath one of the table legs. The table surface is darkened with age and spilled ale, but the painting of a thrak can still be seen: it is sitting on its rump, a flagon of ale in hand and balanced upon its comical pot-belly, with stars and birds flying about its head. You also see the palm frond-shaped Leafiara disk, a plump brown cigar, a green-eyed grey and white kitten, the Viva disk, the Faerinn disk and the Bernadette disk.

Also here: Lord Asben, Event Planner Leafiara, Ycelacie, Geijon who is sitting, Pukk, Barrister Faerinn, Roelon, Lady in Waiting Chandrellia, Bernadette, Viva who is sitting

Geijon says, "I wish people would ask me...why, more often."

Geijon nods at Pietra.

Pietra raises an eyebrow in Geijon's direction.

Ycelacie says, "I honestly don't care too much about the detals."

Leafiara says, "I've vaguely heard about the connections to Elithain Cross at the start, I believe from Sir Bristenn."

Pietra says, "I'm too tired to ask coherent questions."

Ycelacie says, "It also seems pointless in the end."

Ycelacie says, "Arbitrary."

Geijon says, "In 5110, a summoner and charismatic man named Grishom Stone was seen. He loved women with green eyes."

Speaking to Geijon, Pukk says, "Knowing history is always good. But expecting history to always repeat, isn't so good."

Pietra nods in agreement at Pukk.

Pukk nods at Pietra.

Geijon nods at Pukk.

Geijon says, "It shifts."

Ycelacie says, "Well I dun like Stone please continue."

Pukk nods.

Chandrellia softly says, "Oh great and I have green eyes."

Speaking to Pukk, Leafiara says, "Yeah, I'm mostly in agreement with what Dendum and Hapenlok have pointed out... most of the Rooks of the past have been killed off in past battles, and what's left is--"

Leafiara rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Speaking to Geijon, Pukk says, "Which is why I respect your ability to keep an open mind."

Ycelacie says, "He looked at me as if I couldn't kill him."

Leafiara concludes, "Well, I'm not sure of what's left, exactly. That's why we need to confront Mother."

Pukk nods at Leafiara.

Leafiara adds, "Or, at least, I do. She might actually listen if I'm the one saying it."

Speaking to Pukk, Geijon says, "I've erred and thank you for that comment."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk says, "I believe, as you do, that Mother killed off or expelled the old ones."

Pietra rubs her eyes.

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Chandrellia says, "Just make sure you have a witness with you or people may start saying you are Mother again."

Speaking to Pukk, Leafiara says, "Well, it's not just that... but town defenders killed off the old ones too."

Pietra says, "Goodnight folks."

Leafiara grins at Chandrellia.

Geijon says, "Th' Rooks have morphed."

Ycelacie says, "I am very interested in his history please tell the story."

Speaking to Geijon, Pukk says, "I believe wholeheartedly in what the Gryphons do. Don't let my jokes fool you. It is hard to protect a town that runs towards destruction."

Geijon says, "It comes to Thrayzar and Drangell, an orc and a troll cursed by Raznel."

Speaking to Chandrellia, Leafiara assures, "I'll be *right* back."

Geijon gibbers incoherently.

[she runs and comes right back]

[Tipsy Thrak Table]

The table wobbles a bit here, sloshing the drinks set down upon it. Someone thoughtfully tried to even it up by placing a broken dagger blade beneath one of the table legs. The table surface is darkened with age and spilled ale, but the painting of a thrak can still be seen: it is sitting on its rump, a flagon of ale in hand and balanced upon its comical pot-belly, with stars and birds flying about its head. You also see a plump brown cigar, a green-eyed grey and white kitten, the Viva disk, the Faerinn disk and the Bernadette disk.

Also here: Event Planner Leafiara, Ycelacie, Geijon who is sitting, Pukk, Barrister Faerinn, Roelon, Lady in Waiting Chandrellia, Bernadette, Viva who is sitting

Geijon says, "One was a human turned orc. The other a human turned troll."

Pukk nods.

Geijon says, "Each cursed by Raznel."

Bernadette nods.

Leafiara nods at Geijon.

Pukk nods.

Ycelacie curiously says, "Raz..."

Ycelacie raises an eyebrow.

Ycelacie asks, "Who?"

Geijon says, "Raznel was a witch, aided by Pylasar or Peter, through time."

Chandrellia softly says, "She was a witch."

Geijon nods.

Ycelacie says, "Was."

Chandrellia softly says, "But she is long gone now."

Leafiara says, "Responsible for the blight that we only just managed to suppress last year."

Ycelacie asks, "So no more...?"

Ycelacie nods.

Leafiara says, "And responsible for many other things, like the destruction of Talador."

Pukk says, "Good night all."

Speaking softly to Pukk, Chandrellia says, "Night Pukk."

Pukk says, "Night night."

Bernadette softly says, "Nite Jester."

Speaking to Bernadette, Pukk exclaims, "Night Spiky!"

Faerinn says, "I'm turning in for the night too."

Geijon says, "All of them served Grishhom Stone, a Mestanir Red mage who operated as a summoner and sought to defy the Hall of Mages and restrictions on magic."

Leafiara nods at Geijon.

Ycelacie curiously asks, "Stone was a mage?"

Geijon says, "10 years ago."

Ycelacie scowls.

Geijon nods at Ycelacie.

Leafiara nods absently.

Ycelacie says, "That will make things more difficult."

Speaking softly to Geijon, Chandrellia says, "You don't think he still is? That's something you can't just take away."

Ycelacie says, "Of course it still is."

Leafiara says, "I mean, he still is, just... his powers and talents have gone so far beyond now that he doesn't even need traditional wizard magic."

Geijon says, "They defied th' Empire's edict on registration. It lead to th' War of Nations with Baron Hochstib Lerep who worshipped, sacrified and bled people to power his crystals."

Ycelacie says, "Well.."

Chandrellia nods at Leafiara.

Leafiara nods at Geijon.

Bernadette nods at Geijon.

Geijon says, "He was killed by Falicor amidst th' collection of Holswort, his sister and others."

Ycelacie says, "It also means he won't be entirely ignorant to things arcanic in nature."

Geijon says, "They closed off Solhaven and Icemule then surrounded Wehnimers. Only Falicors victory and th' support of Hendor and Icemule did we remove th' woke of the Mandis Crystals."

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Chandrellia says, "I think and this is my thought."

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Chandrellia says, "That she knwos more then she is saying."

Speaking to Chandrellia, Leafiara says, "Alendrial? I think she might be under duress."

Leafiara nods at Geijon.

Ycelacie nods slowly.

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Chandrellia says, "I hope so cause I was puuting things together in my head and I may be overstepping but, you could almost think she was setting him up."

Speaking to Chandrellia, Leafiara says, "I didn't think of this until just now, but when she said Stephos was already dead to her, that might have been a coded cry for help."

Chandrellia softly says, "I mean she pretty much said it herself."

Geijon says, "Drangell fought four pronged attacks on th' city, he lost, but as a troll he regenerated again and again."

Leafiara nods at Geijon.

Geijon says, "Stone would attack under th' guise of something else, sending Drangell a second time, a third time."

Geijon says, "We thought him dead, then th' Rooks formed."

Ycelacie wrinkles her nose.

Ycelacie says, "Do we know what Stone is now."

Chandrellia chuckles.

Bernadette nods.

Ycelacie says, "He isn't a lich."

Speaking softly to Ycelacie, Chandrellia says, "A monster of sorts."

Ycelacie says, "Has he ascended."

Chandrellia softly says, "No not a lich."

Geijon says, "A masked general, prisms and explosions in th' city, dead, everywhere."

Speaking softly to Geijon, Chandrellia exclaims, "I remember that fight!"

Ycelacie asks, "Is a clone?"

Chandrellia softly says, "I was sooo young."

Geijon says, "Bird masked Rooks."

Ycelacie asks, "Is he still mortal?"

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Chandrellia asks, "Wasnt that just when the mayoral campaigns were starting up or something?"

Geijon says, "Vaguely."

Ycelacie asks, "Well it has to be something?"

Leafiara says, "The difference between the Mother Rooks and any other version of the Rooks... if the other incarnations had found Thadston drunk in the tunnels, it wouldn't have been an arrow shooting him in the leg and a warning to go home, it would have been a crimson orb immediately to blow all of us up."

Geijon adopts an agreeable expression.

Speaking lightly to Chandrellia, Leafiara says, "No, different circumstances."

Chandrellia nods.

Ycelacie says, "Hopefully not pure living otherwordly thick armor."

Geijon says, "Eventually we found th' tunnels, fought them to th' death, bled and died."

Speaking to Geijon, Leafiara says, "Though now that you mention it, we really are constantly surrounded by masked people. Rooks, Rone, Mother, the Fist as Chandrellia's talking about..."

Bernadette nods.

Geijon says, "Th' leader's headquarters was found, heavily trapped, out in th' trollfan."

Leafiara nods at Geijon.

Bernadette nods.

Geijon says, "We near all died."

Geijon says, "Cryheart."

Geijon says, "Myself."

Geijon says, "Roblar."

Leafiara says, "We were recently back there, when we went to get the statue from Vlashandra."

Leafiara grins at Geijon.

Speaking to Chandrellia, Leafiara says, "If you remember, all the arrow traps and flame traps in the wall and such."

Leafiara says, "Same place... still there all these years later."

Chandrellia nods.

Geijon says, "Til we came upon th' den and it was Drangell. He surrendered immediatly."

Leafiara nods at Geijon.

Geijon says, "Alendrial used th' same den."

Geijon says, "Rysus died as th' second."

Geijon says, "Now we have mother."

Bernadette nods.

Leafiara nods.

Geijon asks, "Has she changed them?"

Geijon says, "Folks believe so."

Leafiara says, "They aren't as violent as they used to be, but the smuggling does need to stop."

Leafiara says, "And the extortion for protection money."

Geijon scoots his chair back and stands up.

Geijon says, "Mother needs to negoiate."

Leafiara nods at Geijon.

Bernadette nods.

Speaking to Geijon, Leafiara says, "I'm going to try next time I see her. Drop the mask, the smuggling, and the extortion, and we can see what we can do."

Geijon says, "I said to her two days ago I'd kill her and her entire organization, but now I am faced with reality in that, it means killing Landing Citizens who put on masks."

Leafiara nods absently at Geijon.

Geijon shakes his head.

Leafiara heavily says, "Never an ideal solution."

Bernadette rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Leafiara says, "I really hope I haven't bet wrong that she's open to reason in the end."

Leafiara says, "We'll see."

Bernadette nods.

Leafiara says, "She has to know it's a suicide mission to oppose Thadston."

Chandrellia nods.

Speaking to Leafiara, Geijon says, "Hence th' weigh on my shoulders and more consideration to yours."

Leafiara nods appreciatively at Geijon.

Geijon says, "Th' People think she is."

Geijon says, "I ignored it."

Speaking to Geijon, Leafiara says, "And if I've come across as dismissive at any point myself, I do apologize. I understand that some grudges are really challenging."

Leafiara says, "I was blind with vengeance after Raznel for years."

Speaking softly to Geijon, Chandrellia says, "I don't think all Rooks are actually Rooks, I am sure some may do it for the feel of protection the name Rooks, comes with."

Leafiara says, "Nothing anyone could have said or done would have stopped me."

Geijon nods at Chandrellia.

Geijon says, "Th' mask."

Leafiara nods at Chandrellia.

Geijon adopts an agreeable expression.

Chandrellia nods at Geijon.

Speaking softly to Geijon, Chandrellia says, "And we all, wear a mask of some sort."

Speaking to Chandrellia, Leafiara says, "That's one of Mother's favorite lines too, and yet... we do show our faces."

Leafiara says, "She needs to show hers. It's a simple leap of faith and a step forward in trust."

Bernadette nods.

Geijon says, "You know. I don't object. I'd like to say assimilate, become militia, pull back th' spectre, but I see th' protection and power of it."

Chandrellia softly says, "I'm not Mother I swear it."

Leafiara grins at Chandrellia.

Bernadette grins at Chandrellia.

Chandrellia nods at Leafiara.

Leafiara slowly empties her lungs.

Chandrellia softly says, "And right now, trust is a huge thing in this town."

Leafiara agrees with Chandrellia.

Chandrellia softly says, "No one knows who to trust and who not to."

Leafiara says, "Trust, and fighting against our pasts."

Geijon says, "I am tired, pressed by war, but if I quit, people die so I, and we, like me, continue."

Leafiara says, "Both the things that have changed and the things that haven't."

Leafiara slowly empties her lungs.

Leafiara nods slowly at Geijon.

Leafiara says, "I'll admit..."

Geijon says, "Don't envy me or us, don't feel jealous."

Geijon says, "It is ugly work."

Leafiara says, "I was whispering to someone this very night, that just standing here and listening to Amos half-filled me with the urge to leave the room and leave the Landing to its own devices."

Leafiara says, "Amos and all his lies."

Speaking to Ycelacie, Geijon says, "I am ready."

Leafiara says, "But I'm still here and I'm not going. Not now. We have work to do."

Geijon asks, "What if Amos isn't lying?"

Geijon glances at Leafiara.

Chandrellia nods at Leafiara.

Speaking to Geijon, Leafiara sighs, "Yeah. That possibility does worry me."

Speaking softly to Geijon, Chandrellia asks, "Then why not just come out and shed his mask too?"

Leafiara says, "Another thing I could have bet wrong on."

Geijon agrees with Leafiara.

Leafiara says, "Though, even if he's not lying, his cancellation of elections is a problem."

Leafiara lets out a long, contemplative breath.

Speaking to Leafiara, Geijon says, "I used to think Magister Raelee would answer that, have clairvoyance, but I was wrong. I was mistaken."

Leafiara says, "I wonder when he wants to move on capturing Stephos."

Leafiara grins at Geijon.

Geijon nods at Chandrellia.

Speaking softly to Geijon, Chandrellia says, "None is perfect."

Chandrellia softly says, "Everyone makes mistakes, all we can do is look back and do what we can to change them."

Geijon says, "My Order, and I, live on ideals to strive for, intent to build on, but I have been wrong as anyone could be, too many times, but it is that intent and purpose that I hope rings true."

Leafiara grins at Geijon.

Geijon bows to Chandrellia.

Geijon nods at Leafiara.

Speaking to Geijon, Leafiara says, "I can't deny it, you're doing great and always have for the town. I appreciate your forthrightness tonight."

Leafiara grins.

Speaking softly to Geijon, Chandrellia says, "By making mistakes, we strengthen ourselves, our souls and minds as well."

Leafiara nods absently at Chandrellia.

Bernadette nods.

Geijon nods.

Bernadette rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Ycelacie blinks.

Ycelacie says, "Thank you for the information."

Ycelacie waves.

With a barely perceptible twitch of her fingers, Ycelacie mouths a quiet phrase.

Ycelacie gestures.

Ycelacie suddenly disappears.

Geijon says, "Mm."

Geijon pulls out a chair and seats himself at the table.

Leafiara says, "Thankfully Mother said she'll come back to meet with us about her next strike on the Knave. We'll present her with the points from tonight then."

Leafiara says, "My main thought..."

Bernadette nods.

Leafiara says, "As long as a Landing citizen is still alive, it's not too late to change."

Leafiara nods.

Chandrellia agrees with Leafiara.

Leafiara says, "But they have to make the effort and take the steps."

Chandrellia softly says, "And I'm not going any place."

Geijon says, "That faction ends. Knave masked or otherwise, but even after Stone remains."

Chandrellia softly says, "One at a time."

Leafiara nods at Geijon.

Geijon says, "Perhap's th' Rooks serve their neutrality."

Geijon says, "Least they aren't looking to be demi-gods."

Leafiara chuckles.

Leafiara says, "Well... yes, there's that."

Geijon put a gleaming rune-scribed maul in his threaded war harness.

Leafiara says, "But I truly don't like thieves."

Geijon scoots his chair back and stands up.

Bernadette nods.

Leafiara says, "I've apologized to the captains before and will say it again here."

Leafiara says, "I'm sorry for not heeding the warnings that the Rooks hadn't given up their criminal operations."

Leafiara says, "I thought that because I hadn't seen it myself, I shouldn't believe it."

Chandrellia nods at Leafiara.

Geijon says, "Oh murderous snitches make my top five. I'd probably label th' dark four first, demons and undead second then Grishom, but it's not far."

Leafiara says, "Then finally I did see them attacking Amos' ship and extorting dockworkers for protection money."

Leafiara grins at Geijon.

Geijon adopts an agreeable expression.

Speaking to Leafiara, Geijon says, "Hence, all my support for elections. It is normalacy, win or lose, you deserve a vote."

Leafiara stretches her arms out in front of her, attempting to loosen the tension in her neck and shoulders.

Leafiara grins at Geijon.

Leafiara nods.

Chandrellia softly says, "I think I am going to go play with this staff and see how the cows fare against it." [minotaurs]

Geijon bows.

Leafiara mimes raising a glass and gives a toast to Chandrellia's health.

Leafiara curtsies gracefully to Geijon.

Geijon says, "Eve."

Leafiara says, "I should call it a night myself."

Chandrellia curtsies to Geijon.

Leafiara wishes, "Good eve all."