Center Stage Interviews/Jastalyn Dragorth

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Log by Leafiara

10 Olaesta 5119 // April 10, 2019 - in the Twilight Hall Auditorium


Introduction

Arbiter Jastalyn Dragorth has faithfully served Elanthia for many years and in many capacities. Read on as this sweet bardess and social butterfly takes the time to share dear memories, deep motivations, and much more in a revealing interview!

"My most prized possession isn't something I can bring and show, though it's always with me because my most prized possession is the gift of friendship I have received from many in this room and many that can't be here. It's the reason I do what I do and work so hard for Twilight Hall and some of the other groups I belong to." ~Arbiter Jastalyn Dragorth


In-Character Interview

Introductions

[Twilight Hall, Auditorium]

Twin twilight blue carpets cascade down the aisles among the tri-sectioned rows of cushioned, mahogany benches. Suspended above, a glass ceiling reflects and refracts the sunlight, sending it scattering to every corner of the room. At one end of the auditorium lies a crescent-shaped dais of silver-veined alabaster flanked by three large marble columns, each housing brilliant scarlet owl sconces. The banners of Twilight and the CHE hang in tandem from the translucent ceiling. You also see a circular ebonwood cart with some stuff on it, a painted owl carved podium, a massive steel portcullis and a shiny brass placard.

Speaking heartily to Leafiara, Chamorr says, "We get to ask tough questions, right."

Speaking mischievously to Chamorr, Leafiara says, "The toughest."

Jastalyn softly asks, "What tough questions?"

Leafiara glances upward and whistles quietly, an innocent look on her face.

Leafiara cackles!

Jastalyn shakes her head.

Speaking quietly to Chamorr, Khylynnia exclaims, "Make em REALLY tough!"

Jastalyn shakes her head, clucking her tongue.

Speaking quietly to Chamorr, Khylynnia exclaims, "You know, like what's her favorite outfit!"

Speaking heartily to Khylynnia, Chamorr says, "The toughest."

Khylynnia giggles.

Jastalyn chuckles.

Jastalyn just nudged Khylynnia.

Leafiara says, "We'll explain in just a few moments when we get started--but, in short, Khy and I have a few questions each prepared in advance, and then afterward we'll open the floor to all."

Leafiara hoots.

Speaking curiously to Khylynnia, Leafiara asks, "Speaking of which... are we ready?"

Leafiara tilts her head toward Khylynnia, examining her intently as the tip of one ear twitches briefly.

Jastalyn grins.

Jastalyn walks over to the bench and settles down.

Jastalyn smiles.

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Khylynnia exclaims, "I am!"

Leafiara gives Jastalyn a strong, encouraging smile.

Leafiara nods eagerly at Khylynnia.

Leafiara hoots.

Chamorr pours himself a stein of golden Twilight ale.

Leafiara exclaims, "Then let's get started!"

Leafiara nods at Khylynnia.

Leafiara clears her throat.

Chamorr takes a drink from his golden Twilight ale.

Chamorr's eyes glaze over slightly and his face pales.

Chamorr is stunned!

Jastalyn softly says, "The ale is a bit strong."

Jastalyn grins at Chamorr.

Master Altheren just came through a massive steel portcullis.

Chamorr heartily says, "Wow. dinna spect a kick."

Jastalyn waves to Altheren.

Altheren smiles.

Leafiara cheerfully greets, "Good afternoon and welcome! On behalf of both Twilight Hall and the TownCrier, I'm one of your hosts today, Leafi--"

Jastalyn stands up.

Khylynnia quietly interrupts, "--and I'm Khy! It is a pleasure to be here with you today as we--"

Leafiara eagerly concludes, "--bring you our first monthly Center Stage interview!"

Chamorr applauds Leafiara.

Leafiara hoots.

Leafiara leans softly against Khylynnia.

Jastalyn grins at Leafiara.

Jastalyn grins at Khylynnia.

Khylynnia reverently wishes, "I know that my companion here would agree with me when I say that we hope you enjoy the interview, and we encourage your participation after we are finished!"

Leafiara earnestly agrees, "Absolutely! Although we're hosts, your questions might be even more important than ours."

Leafiara pleasantly continues, "After all, the TownCrier's goal is keeping the community informed -and- engaged with topics--or in this case people-- of interest! And that means finding out about the things -you- want to hear."

Khylynnia fervently adds, "Twilight Hall is proud to co-host these interviews, as we are highly interested in cataloging the residents of our wonderful realm! Our goal is to chronicle these individuals to have record for future generations."

Leafiara interjects, "Oh, I should mention... Luxie intended to be here, but had a very unfortunate circumstance come up."

Chamorr heartily says, "Awww."

Jastalyn adopts an agreeable expression.

Speaking amicably to Khylynnia, Leafiara exclaims, "Anyway... please go on!"

Leafiara nods enthusiastically!

Khylynnia grins at Leafiara.

Jastalyn clears her throat.

Jastalyn smiles.

Khylynnia earnestly continues, "We at Twilight Hall hold to the belief that magical research, and history should be available to everyone to study, and what better way that to start with getting to know the people."

Leafiara nods approvingly at Khylynnia.

Leafiara interestedly wonders, "So, who -is- our first interviewee?"

Leafiara theatrically inquires, "Who, today, will be taking Center Stage?"v

Leafiara flashes a wide grin.

Leafiara continues, "She's the officer of two fine organizations! She's a familiar face in the Landing and Icemule alike! She cobbles, she paints, she smooches, and she's beloved by countless adoring fans! That's right... today we're -very- happy to chat with..."

Jastalyn chuckles.

Khylynnia proudly reveals, "Jastalyn Dragorth! Arbiter of Twilight Hall, Chairman of Fenog s Regulars and current member of the Icemule Trace Town Council!"

Leafiara applauds Jastalyn.

Jastalyn smiles.

Leafiara lets out a cheer!

Jastalyn curtsies gracefully.

Jastalyn grins.

Jastalyn softly says, "Thank you."

Chamorr applauds Jastalyn.

Leafiara happily adds, "And Frost Queen!"

Leafiara's face breaks into a cheeky grin.

Jastalyn begins chuckling at Leafiara!

Khylynnia points at Leafiara.

Khylynnia nods eagerly at Leafiara.

Leafiara amicably explains, "Khy and I have a dozen questions for Jast, then afterward we'll open the floor for as many of -your- questions as we can get to in the time we have today..."

Leafiara excitedly says, "So, without further ado..."

Leafiara flashes a quick grin at Khylynnia.

Leafiara enthuses, "Let s get started!"

Jastalyn smiles.

Leafiara tilts her head toward Khylynnia, examining her intently as the tip of one ear twitches briefly.

Khylynnia turns to face Jastalyn.


Question 1: Bardess Jastalyn

Speaking curiously to Jastalyn, Khylynnia asks, "I am pretty sure that everyone already knows that you are a bard, but why did you choose it as your profession?"

Jastalyn smiles at Khylynnia.

Speaking softly to Khylynnia, Jastalyn says, "Because I love music and magic, and I thought it a good combination. I love to write, and aren't bards naturally flirty? I thought it a good fit."

Leafiara laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement.

Khylynnia begins chortling at Jastalyn.

Speaking quietly to Jastalyn, Khylynnia inquires, "And, as a followup, how long have you been pursuing life as an adventurer?"

Jastalyn ponders.

Khylynnia removes a twilight grey leather volume from in her black leather purse.

Leafiara bemusedly says, "Naturally flirty. I love it."

Khylynnia carefully opens her grey leather volume.

Khylynnia removes a scarlet owl quill with a silver nib from in her grey leather volume.

Speaking softly to Khylynnia, Jastalyn says, "Twenty-three years, which means I was extremely young when I started."

Jastalyn smiles at Khylynnia.

Leafiara beams happily at Jastalyn!

Jastalyn grins.

Khylynnia raises an eyebrow in Leafiara's direction.

Leafiara nods in agreement.

Leafiara turns to face Jastalyn.

Jastalyn smiles at Leafiara.


Question 2: Enjoyable Time

Speaking inquisitively to Jastalyn, Leafiara asks, "And looking back at that twenty-three year journey... what's been the most enjoyable period of your adventuring?"

Leafiara adds, "Foes you found especially exciting, friends you shared great company with--that sort of thing."

Leafiara gives Jastalyn a strong, encouraging smile.

Jastalyn softly says, "The most enjoyable time I'd have to say was in the beginning. I met so many nice people so quickly, and back then everyone was helpful, kind and sharing. I was immediately outfitted and any question I had about being new to the realms was answered earnestly. I miss those times."

Leafiara grins.

Jastalyn smiles at Leafiara.

Leafiara nods understandingly.

Leafiara agreeably exclaims, "Definitely exciting times, just getting started!"

Jastalyn grins at Leafiara.

Khylynnia agrees with Leafiara.

Leafiara turns to face Khylynnia.

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Khylynnia says, "Yes, definitely."

Leafiara nods firmly.


Question 3: Inspiration

Khylynnia rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Leafiara leans forward.

Speaking quietly to Jastalyn, Khylynnia queries, "Thinking back on your life as an adventurer, who would you say has had the most impact, and why are they an inspiration to you?"

Jastalyn smiles at Khylynnia.

Leafiara gazes with interest at Jastalyn.

Speaking softly to Khylynnia, Jastalyn says, "There have been a few, but one particularly comes to mind. His name was Akivas, and he was not only my closest friend at the time but he also became a treasured mentor."

Leafiara nods.

Speaking softly to Khylynnia, Jastalyn says, "When I built the lodge in Icemule, I made a memorial for him near the fishing pond."

Leafiara nods understandingly.

Speaking softly to Khylynnia, Jastalyn says, "We would spend many hours fishing and talking about life, and those are times that stay with me always."

Khylynnia grins at Jastalyn.

Jastalyn smiles at Khylynnia.

Leafiara says, "Oh... I'm sorry to hear he's gone, but those are wonderful memories."

Leafiara smiles at Jastalyn.

Jastalyn nods.


Question 4: Prized Possession

Speaking to Jastalyn, Leafiara inquires, "We'll segue then... speaking of memories, what would you say is your most prized possession?"

Leafiara interestedly clarifies, "Not necessarily what would fetch the most on the open market, but an item valuable or personal to you!"

Leafiara tilts her head toward Jastalyn, examining her intently as the tip of one ear twitches briefly.

Jastalyn grins at Leafiara.

Leafiara grins impishly at Jastalyn.

Jastalyn softly says, "Khylynnia mentioned that I should bring along my most prized possession. My most prized possession isn't something I can bring and show, though it's always with me because my most prized possession is the gift of friendship I have received from many in this room and many that can't be here."

Jastalyn softly says, "It's the reason I do what I do and work so hard for Twilight Hall and some of the other groups I belong to."

Leafiara beams happily at Jastalyn!

Jastalyn flushes slightly, some color reaching her cheeks.

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Khylynnia says, "That was a darned good answer."

Leafiara coyly asks, "That... is way too sweet an answer. What's the real one?"

Leafiara appears to be struggling to keep a straight face.

Leafiara adds, "Kidding."

Leafiara snickers.

Jastalyn grins.


Question 5: Twilight Hall

Speaking quietly to Jastalyn, Khylynnia asks, "I already know the answer to this, but which one of the Cooperative Houses of Elanthia do you belong to, and what is your role in that organization?"

Jastalyn grins.

Speaking softly to Khylynnia, Jastalyn says, "I have only been a member of one House in Elanthia, anf of course it's Twilight Hall."

Speaking softly to Khylynnia, Jastalyn says, "I started my officer life as Envoy, but I have also served as Ambassador, Event Planner, and now Arbiter."

Speaking softly to Khylynnia, Jastalyn says, "And it has been one of my main motivations in all I do, no matter what city I'm in at the time."

Speaking quietly to Jastalyn, Khylynnia asks, "You mentioned that you are the Arbiter of Twilight Hall, what duties do you perform as Arbiter?"

Leafiara nods understandingly.

Speaking softly to Khylynnia, Jastalyn says, "I oversee members and the Ambassador. I assist with training and meetings. I am in place to help if the Chairman, for some reason, cannot complete her duties."

Speaking quietly to Jastalyn, Khylynnia asks, "Who would you say was the most instrumental in your choice to join Twilight Hall, and why?"

Leafiara folds her hands.

Speaking softly to Khylynnia, Jastalyn says, "When I joined Twilight Hall many years ago it was because a very close friend of mine, named Alinel, came to me raving about this great House and the people in it. I owe her a big thank you, but sadly she isn't in the realms anymore."

Leafiara grins.

Jastalyn smiles.

Leafiara hopefully says, "Most people come back sooner or later."

Jastalyn grins at Leafiara.

Midgar nods while tilting his black felt fedora forward and giving a quick, teeth-flashing grin.

Jastalyn softly says, "We never truly leave."

Jastalyn grins at Leafiara.

Leafiara nods in agreement.


Question 6: Upcoming Plans

Speaking thoughtfully to Jastalyn, Leafiara asks, "On a related note... Are you working on any projects or events with any organization you're a part of--Twilight Hall, Fenog's Regulars, or the Icemule Town Council--that you'd like to share with us today?"

Rendena softly says, "Nah."

Speaking mischievously to Jastalyn, Leafiara prompts, "Even a light teaser?"

Leafiara grins impishly.

Rendena softly says, "We never do."

Jastalyn grins.

Khylynnia grins at Rendena.

Leafiara nods eagerly at Rendena.

Leafiara adds, "And it's okay if all the projects are top secret and you can't share."

Leafiara grins impishly.

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Jastalyn says, "Currently I am on a planning committee to help host the first Guardians of the West Gala that will include several other halls in the Landing and Icemule Trace. It will take place at the end of this month."

Jastalyn grins at Leafiara.

Leafiara beams happily at Jastalyn!

Midgar grins at Jastalyn.

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Jastalyn says, "I always, always have something in the works or plans that are getting worked on."

Speaking approvingly to Jastalyn, Leafiara says, "You're a unifier! Very nice."

Midgar takes a drink from his Turamzzyrian champagne.

Jastalyn grins.

Leafiara grins at Jastalyn.

Khylynnia begins chuckling at Jastalyn!

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Khylynnia exclaims, "She likes to keep busy!"

Leafiara pleasedly says, "I'll look forward to that gala."

Leafiara nods in agreement at Khylynnia.

Khylynnia turns to face Jastalyn.

Jastalyn grins at Leafiara.

Jastalyn softly says, "I do keep busy."


Question 7: Significant Moment

Speaking quietly to Jastalyn, Khylynnia asks, "Since we are looking back at your journey thus far, does any pivotal moment stick out? Maybe a point when your focus or path shifted significantly?"

Chamorr raises his hand.

Leafiara nods approvingly at Chamorr.

Leafiara says, "Bear will be first up when Khy and I are done."

Leafiara hoots.

Khylynnia nods approvingly at Chamorr.

Chamorr nods.

Speaking softly to Khylynnia, Jastalyn says, "I have never been an avid hunter. I suppose I'm more of a social animal. When I met my husband, Dyllin, that all changed and we began hunting together. I had to research how to be better hunting in the wilds and my path did shift quite a bit."

Leafiara nods understandingly.

Jastalyn chuckles.

Jastalyn softly says, "Though I am still quite social."

Jastalyn winks.


Question 8: Cobbling

Leafiara says, "In that case, let's move on to an entirely different type of learning..."

Speaking interestedly to Jastalyn, Leafiara exclaims, "Next I'd like to discuss a topic near and dear to both our hearts: cobbling!"

Jastalyn grins from ear to ear.

Leafiara expectantly inquires, "How and why did you get into the art of making shoes, and what are one or two of your favorite pairs or clients so far?"

Leafiara adds, "And I'll look forward to whatever you have for your own gala."

Jastalyn rubs her hands over her high-heeled shoes, tidying their appearance.

Leafiara extends her leg and slowly rotating her ankle, models a pair of pristine white silk sandals laced with leaf-patterned silk ribbon.

Jastalyn grins at Leafiara.

Leafiara nods knowingly at Jastalyn.

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Jastalyn says, "I have to admit, learning to cobble was the bane of my existence for probably three years. I wanted to learn to make shoes because I love shoes and I love coordinating my ensemble."

Jastalyn softly asks, "My favorites?"

Leafiara grins at Jastalyn.

Jastalyn softly says, "That's a tough one."

Speaking knowingly to Jastalyn, Leafiara says, "It's a long process."

Leafiara starts chortling.

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Jastalyn says, "Though recently I have made some very nice shoes and boots with those great heels sold at this past Duskruin, and those would probably be my favorites."

Jastalyn grins at Leafiara.

Speaking quietly to Jastalyn, Khylynnia says, "I'm still an amateur at cobbling myself."

Jastalyn grins at Khylynnia.

Leafiara nods understandingly at Jastalyn.


Question 9: Painting

Speaking quietly to Jastalyn, Khylynnia asks, "What made you decide to get into painting? And speaking of, do you have a favorite painting? If so, which one is it?"

Jastalyn grins at Khylynnia.

Midgar takes a drink from his Turamzzyrian champagne.

Midgar looks rather relaxed.

Speaking quietly to Jastalyn, Khylynnia says, "I know which one of your paintings is MY favorite."

Khylynnia glances at Leafiara.

Leafiara pushes on Khylynnia without much success.

Khylynnia giggles.

Speaking softly to Khylynnia, Jastalyn says, "Painting is another artistic expression, much like cobbling, where I can bring my imagination to life. I know which one you like best, and to be honest I think you've been the only one to ever commission a painting from me."

Jastalyn grins at Khylynnia.

Leafiara surprisedly asks, "Wait, really?"

Leafiara gawks at Jastalyn.

Speaking to Jastalyn, Leafiara marvels, "But your paintings are so amazing..."

Leafiara ponders.

Khylynnia closes her eyes and turns an ear towards Jastalyn, listening to her with a curious expression.

Speaking softly to Khylynnia, Jastalyn says, "I thoroughly enjoyed that painting and continue to do so, especially with all the publicity it gets."

Jastalyn grins.

Jastalyn grins at Leafiara.

Khylynnia grins slowly.

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Jastalyn says, "Thank you."

Leafiara announces, "You heard it here first! She's open for commissions and nobody takes her up on it, so get in line!"

Leafiara grins from ear to ear.

Jastalyn grins.

Khylynnia agrees with Leafiara.

Leafiara adds, "And ask her to see her amazing portfolio."

Leafiara nods encouragingly.

Jastalyn softly says, "And I would gladly show off my painting wall in my office after the interview."

Jastalyn smiles.

Leafiara groans.

Jastalyn giggles at Leafiara.

Leafiara gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

Leafiara hurriedly says, "Moving on..."

Leafiara glances upward and whistles quietly, an innocent look on her face.


Question 10: Aspirations

Speaking philosophically to Jastalyn, Leafiara begins, "I've always thought that even though we live -in- the present, we live -for- the future..."

Speaking wonderingly to Jastalyn, Leafiara inquires, "What are some of your personal and professional aspirations? Dreams to chase, goals to pursue?"

Jastalyn ponders.

Leafiara grins.

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Jastalyn says, "Future goals might be to see a growth in membership and activity in Fenog's and to help foster the growth and activity here in Twilight Hall."

Leafiara nods approvingly at Jastalyn.

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Jastalyn says, "Of course, personally, I would like to train much more than my current schedule."

Leafiara nods understandingly at Jastalyn.

Leafiara musingly says, "Never enough time."

Jastalyn grins at Leafiara.

Jastalyn softly says, "It's a balance that's not easy to keep."

Leafiara nods understandingly.

Leafiara turns to face Khylynnia.


Question 11: Close Friends

Speaking quietly to Jastalyn, Khylynnia says, "My last question to you has to do with friendships."

Jastalyn smiles at Khylynnia.

Leafiara nods at Jastalyn.

Speaking quietly to Jastalyn, Khylynnia asks, "Would you mind naming some of the people that are your closest friends and confidants?"

Jastalyn softly says, "Naming."

Jastalyn softly says, "Ok."

Jastalyn grins.

Jastalyn softly says, "Three of them are in this room right now."

Logeerkamer steeples her fingers in her lap, quietly observing her surroundings.

Jastalyn grins at Logeerkamer.

Jastalyn softly says, "Honestly, I work very closely with my closest friends and confidants and I consider myself a very lucky woman to have the opportunity to do so."

Leafiara smiles at Jastalyn.

Jastalyn softly says, "I do have to say."

Jastalyn softly says, "There is one that rises above the others, no hard feelings or offense of course."

Jastalyn softly says, "But she was with me from my beginning here as an officer and has stood by my side through many hard times."

Jastalyn softly says, "And continues to do so."

Jastalyn smiles at Logeerkamer.

Jastalyn gives Logeerkamer a lingering kiss on the cheek.

Leafiara grins at Logeerkamer.

Logeerkamer blushes a florid shade of crimson.

Leafiara applauds Logeerkamer.

Jastalyn softly says, "Without her, I'm not sure where I'd be right now and I am forever grateful."

Jastalyn smiles.

Khylynnia nods understandingly at Jastalyn.

Khylynnia turns to face Leafiara.

Jastalyn softly asks, "Should I point out the other two?"

Jastalyn grins at Khylynnia.

Jastalyn grins at Leafiara.

Leafiara amicably exclaims, "It's all up to you. Your interview!"

Leafiara flashes a quick grin at Jastalyn.

Speaking quietly to Jastalyn, Khylynnia says, "That is entirely up to you."

Leafiara nods at Khylynnia.

Khylynnia giggles at Leafiara.

Jastalyn softly says, "There are others of course, but the three of you are most prevalent in my life."

Jastalyn softly says, "And my dearest most recently adopted daughter, Abies."

Leafiara nods understandingly.

Logeerkamer smiles sweetly.

Jastalyn grins.


Question 12: Memorable Moment

Speaking amicably to Jastalyn, Leafiara begins, "And my own last question... after this we'll take a brief one minute intermission and then open the floor to our audience..."

Speaking simply to Jastalyn, Leafiara asks, "What's been the most memorable moment in your life?"

Jastalyn grins.

Jastalyn softly asks, "Goodness, I have to pick one?"

Leafiara casually says, "Or, you know, at least -one- of them if figuring out the top one is too tough."

Leafiara grins at Jastalyn.

Jastalyn grins.

Jastalyn ponders.

Jastalyn softly says, "The birth of my twins in Stone Manor. It was an amazing day and I got two lovely children from it."

Leafiara beams happily at Jastalyn!

Jastalyn softly says, "I know you don't see them around much. They're off doing their own thing these days."

Jastalyn grins at Leafiara.

Leafiara teasingly asks, "They grow up so quickly?"

Leafiara grins.

Jastalyn nods at Leafiara.

Jastalyn softly says, "And just run off."

Jastalyn chuckles.

Leafiara nods understandingly.

Jastalyn softly says, "Or it could be the day I finally finished cobbling, that had to be a close second."

Jastalyn grins.

Leafiara laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement.

Leafiara nods understandingly at Jastalyn.


Question 13, From Chamorr: The Gala

Leafiara amicably says, "Very well! That concludes the questions from Khy and me..."

Jastalyn grins at Leafiara.

Chamorr applauds Jastalyn.

Khylynnia suddenly pauses, a look of consternation crossing her features as she listens intently.

Chamorr applauds Jastalyn.

Chamorr applauds Jastalyn.

Jastalyn grins at Chamorr.

Leafiara says, "We'll take a very brief one minute intermission for refreshments, then go to Bear's question and anyone else's."

Leafiara hoots.

Logeerkamer nods at Jastalyn.

Jastalyn slowly empties her lungs.

Jastalyn nods.

Midgar takes a drink from his Turamzzyrian champagne.

Midgar looks rather relaxed.

Leafiara musingly says, "While we wait, I suppose I might as well explain the rules... simply RAISE your HAND and I'll add you to the queue, then later call on you when it's your turn."

Leafiara reminds, "Good time for refreshments too!"

Jastalyn smiles.

Leafiara helps herself to a frosted owl-shaped cake.

Leafiara takes a bite of her owl-shaped cake.

Chamorr drops a stein of golden Twilight ale.

Leafiara takes a bite of her owl-shaped cake.

Leafiara carefully surveys her surroundings.

Leafiara nods understandingly.

Leafiara exclaims, "Very well--we move on to Bear's question!"

Leafiara nods at Chamorr.

Chamorr pours himself a cup of Manny's Special.

Jastalyn smiles at Chamorr.

Speaking cheerfully to Chamorr, Leafiara exclaims, "You're up!"

Chamorr heartily says, "That was fast."

Leafiara lightly reminds, "I did say one minute."

Leafiara starts chortling.

Jastalyn grins.

Speaking heartily to Jastalyn, Chamorr says, "Hiya Jastalyn."

Jastalyn grins at Chamorr.

Speaking softly to Chamorr, Jastalyn says, "Hey there."

Midgar smoothes out the fabric of his double-breasted vest with a palm, then adjusts the hem with a brief tug.

Midgar takes a drink from his Turamzzyrian champagne.

Midgar looks rather relaxed.

Jastalyn grins.

Speaking heartily to Jastalyn, Chamorr says, "Ord an Dragan wants to help with yer Gala, a ball I believe, do ya have the details."

Jastalyn grins at Chamorr.

Jastalyn softly says, "I do, let me find them."

Leafiara nods understandingly.

Jastalyn softly says, "The 28th of this month from 8 PM Elven until 11. We'll be setting up a tent, though the location of the tent hasn't been determined yet. It will be in Icemule Trace."

Leafiara nods approvingly.

Leafiara optimistically asks, "Will it be a warm tent?"

Chamorr heartily says, "Excellent. let us know how to help."

Jastalyn softly says, "It will include the halls of Icemule Town Guard, Fenog's Regulars, and Ord an Dragan."

Jastalyn grins at Chamorr.

Jastalyn nods at Chamorr.

Jastalyn nods at Leafiara.

Chamorr heartily says, "Either Leafi or Iseo."

Jastalyn grins.

Leafiara playfully asks, "Or do I have to wear my flaming sandals to keep warm in Icemule?"

Leafiara nods at Jastalyn.

Leafiara turns to Jastalyn and cheers!

Jastalyn grins at Leafiara.

Jastalyn softly says, "You might want to wear a coat to the tent, then your escort can hold it while you socialize."

Leafiara nods understandingly at Jastalyn.

Jastalyn grins at Leafiara.


Question 14, From Loreleki: Favorite Spell

Leafiara curiously asks, "Did anyone else have questions for the lovely Jastalyn today?"

Loreleki raises her hand.

Chamorr nods at Jastalyn.

Leafiara nods at Loreleki.

Jastalyn smiles.

Rendena raises her hand.

Jastalyn hugs Chamorr.

Speaking to Loreleki, Leafiara exclaims, "You're up!"

Leafiara nods at Rendena.

Chamorr hugs Jastalyn, who wraps him in a warm embrace.

Loreleki curtsies to Jastalyn.

Midgar raises his hand.

Midgar grins.

Jastalyn smiles at Loreleki.

Leafiara nods at Midgar.

Speaking heartily to Jastalyn, Chamorr says, "Thanks much."

Jastalyn grins at Chamorr.

Speaking melodically to Jastalyn, Loreleki says, "First let me thank you for doing this publicly."

Jastalyn smiles at Loreleki.

Speaking melodically to Jastalyn, Loreleki says, "I know it must be nerve wracking."

Jastalyn grins at Loreleki.

Jastalyn holds up two fingers and slowly pinches them together until they are almost touching.

Leafiara appears to be trying hard not to grin.

Speaking melodically to Jastalyn, Loreleki asks, "I have but one question if you will. Several of my close friends are bards, and I was wondering, what would be your favorite bardic spell, and why?"

Leafiara tilts her head toward Jastalyn, examining her intently as the tip of one ear twitches briefly.

Speaking softly to Loreleki, Jastalyn says, "Finally, an easy question."

Jastalyn grins.

Leafiara appears to be struggling to keep a straight face.

Loreleki smiles at Jastalyn.

Speaking softly to Loreleki, Jastalyn says, "My answer would be Song of Sonic Disruption because it's a nice area spell that does the most damage. It takes quite a bit of mana, but it's well worth it."

Leafiara grins wickedly.

Jastalyn grins at Loreleki.

Loreleki nods understandingly at Jastalyn.

Loreleki melodically says, "Thank you."

Leafiara nods appreciatively.

Jastalyn grins at Loreleki.

Loreleki walks over to the bench and settles down.

Speaking softly to Loreleki, Jastalyn says, "Thank you."


Question 15, From Rendena: Fenog's Regulars

Leafiara turns to face Rendena.

Speaking cheerfully to Rendena, Leafiara informs, "You're up!"

Rendena softly says, "I too have spent a long time in the lands."

Jastalyn grins.

Leafiara tilts her head toward Rendena, examining her intently as the tip of one ear twitches briefly.

Rendena softly says, "But what I wanted to ask you was why did you pick Icemule for Fenog's, and I learned stuff today about you, that I did not know."

Jastalyn grins at Rendena.

Leafiara grins at Rendena.

Speaking softly to Rendena, Jastalyn says, "That's a really good question."

Speaking softly to Rendena, Jastalyn says, "Part of the reason was that at the time, Icemule didn't have many halls invested in the area. They still really don't. The town is small and the citizens are tightly knit. It was difficult to get a foot in, but I feel it was the right decision. Besides, every great lodge needs mountains of snow around it."

Jastalyn grins.

Leafiara laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement.

Chamorr smiles.

Leafiara nods approvingly.

Rendena softly says, "Not always."

Leafiara grins.

Leafiara turns to face Midgar.

Rendena softly says, "When I started about 20ish years ago it wasn't."

Midgar grins.


Question 16, From Midgar: Date

Speaking cheerfully to Midgar, Leafiara informs, "You're up next!"

Jastalyn smiles at Midgar.

Midgar exclaims, "My question is simple and to the point!"

Midgar nods.

Jastalyn chuckles.

Leafiara takes a bite of her owl-shaped cake.

Chamorr heartily says, "Uhoh."

Midgar asks, "Will you go on a date with me?"

Midgar grins at Jastalyn.

Jastalyn grins at Midgar.

Leafiara's jaw drops.

Khylynnia chuckles.

Speaking softly to Midgar, Jastalyn says, "Yes."

Rendena laughs!

Leafiara lets out a cheer!

Altheren chuckles.

Rendena softly says, "Simple."

Jastalyn chuckles.

Jastalyn ponders.

Khylynnia quietly says, "And to the point."

Khylynnia grins at Rendena.

Leafiara enthuses, "Romance blossoms!"

Rendena laughs!

Speaking softly to Midgar, Jastalyn says, "Do you cobble? I know a great place."

Leafiara bemusedly says, "Or something."

Rendena softly exclaims, "She has kids!"

Jastalyn grins.

Midgar nods while tilting his black felt fedora forward and giving a quick, teeth-flashing grin.

Rendena softly says, "And married."

Rendena softly asks, "Why you ask that?"

Leafiara appears to be trying hard not to grin.

Jastalyn softly says, "It's Khy's fault."

Jastalyn nods at Rendena.

Midgar says, "It never hurts to ask."

Midgar nods.

Leafiara bemusedly asks, "Well, who -wouldn't- want a date with her?"

Jastalyn smiles.

Leafiara praises Jastalyn.

Leafiara nods.

Midgar says, "Exactly."

Midgar nods at Leafiara.

Chamorr rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Leafiara grins at Midgar.

Jastalyn softly says, "I do like long walks in the park and champagne picnics."

Jastalyn grins.

Midgar says, "You said we get to ask questions, so there."

Midgar grins.

Leafiara flashes a quick grin.

Jastalyn chuckles.


Question 17, From Chamorr: Admiration

Leafiara inquisitively asks, "Are there any other questions?"

Leafiara adds, "I should mention, since I forgot earlier..."

Jastalyn grins at Leafiara.

Leafiara helpfully exclaims, "Door prizes are offered to any who have a question!"

Leafiara nods encouragingly.

Jastalyn chuckles.

Chamorr raises his hand.

Jastalyn grins at Chamorr.

Leafiara adds, "But only one per person."

Leafiara snickers.

Leafiara nods at Chamorr.

Speaking to Chamorr, Leafiara exclaims, "You're up!"

Jastalyn laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement.

Khylynnia chuckles.

Midgar says, "Apparently my question already got me a prize."

Midgar grins.

Chamorr heartily says, "Not a question really."

Leafiara grins at Midgar from ear to ear.

Jastalyn grins.

Rendena softly asks, "Does that mean I get door prizes if people ask me for dates?"

Jastalyn laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement.

Jastalyn gives Rendena a friendly hug.

Speaking to Rendena, Leafiara repeats, "Only one per person! You're already eligible."

Leafiara giggles.

Speaking heartily to Jastalyn, Chamorr says, "You come a long way, and I admire ya for it."

Jastalyn blushes a red shade at Chamorr.

Speaking softly to Chamorr, Jastalyn says, "And you are a wonderful, long-time friend, and it's people like you who work just as hard that makes the lands what they are."

Chamorr heartily says, "That's it."

Jastalyn smiles at Chamorr.

Leafiara smiles quietly to herself.

Jastalyn hugs Chamorr.

Chamorr hugs Jastalyn, who wraps him in a warm embrace.

Speaking softly to Chamorr, Jastalyn says, "And thank you."

Jastalyn smiles at Chamorr.

Chamorr winks at Jastalyn.

Jastalyn grins.


Wrap-Up

Leafiara pleasantly asks, "Well... you've all been a lovely audience today! Are there any more questions, or shall we move on to see Lady Jastalyn's painting collection--or perhaps choose prizes?"

Leafiara grins mischievously.

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Khylynnia asks, "Were there any more questions for our vict....interviewee?"

Jastalyn grins.

Leafiara tickles Khylynnia into laughing.

Jastalyn glances at Khylynnia.

(Leafiara smiles innocently at Jastalyn.)

Jastalyn softly says, "How about we can go to my office and they can peruse paintings while picking prizes."

Leafiara nods approvingly at Jastalyn.

Jastalyn softly says, "That almost sounded Ordim'd."

Jastalyn grins.

Leafiara eagerly exclaims, "Sounds like a plan!"

Leafiara turns to Jastalyn and cheers!

Altheren bows.

Jastalyn grins.

Altheren stands up.

Master Altheren just went through a massive steel portcullis.

Jastalyn softly says, "Gather close if you'd like."

Logeerkamer stands back up.

Jastalyn softly says, "The door guard doesn't let everyone in."

Leafiara exclaims, "Thank you all for coming today and join up with Jasta for paintings and prizes!"

Jastalyn grins.

Khylynnia quietly exclaims, "Prize picking painting perusal!"

Jastalyn grins at Khylynnia.

Jastalyn softly says, "There you go."

Chamorr takes a drink from his Manny's Special.

Leafiara says, "Next month we hope to interview either Pukk or Rovvi, or perhaps a very special guest."

Jastalyn grins at Leafiara.

Chamorr takes a drink from his Manny's Special.

Jastalyn leans down and pulls the hand brake free of the wheels. The ebonwood cart rolls toward her and then stops, as if waiting.

Jastalyn softly says, "I think we have everyone."

Leafiara nods in agreement.

Leafiara exclaims, "Seems so!"

[travel to Jast's secret office]

Midgar says, "Not so secret anymore."

Midgar smirks.

Jastalyn softly says, "Oh good."

Jastalyn grins at Midgar.

Jastalyn holds up two fingers and slowly pinches them together until they are almost touching.

Leafiara cryptically says, "Mystical Twilight Hall magic."

Khylynnia suddenly pauses, a look of consternation crossing her features as she listens intently.

Jastalyn taps an elaborate gold-framed painting on a wall.

Leafiara wiggles her fingers.

Khylynnia quietly says, "There are nine paintings on that wall."

Leafiara says, "Eleven."

Leafiara nods enthusiastically!

Jastalyn grins.

Khylynnia quietly says, "My favorite is the ninth."

Jastalyn softly says, "There's also coffee and mimosas on the tray."

Jastalyn taps an engraved silver tray on a glass-topped fel desk.

Jastalyn pours herself a tall glass of caramel iced coffee.

Jastalyn raises her caramel iced coffee in a toast!

Midgar says, "Finally some booze in here."

Jastalyn softly says, "Thank you everyone who came out and watched me put on the spot."

Jastalyn grins.

Leafiara begins chortling at Midgar.

Jastalyn takes a drink from her caramel iced coffee.

Leafiara grins impishly at Jastalyn.

Jastalyn grins at Midgar.

Leafiara nods at Khylynnia.

Rendena softly says, "It was good fun."

Midgar pours himself a flute of Turamzzyrian champagne.

Leafiara beams!

Jastalyn grins at Rendena.

Jastalyn softly says, "It was."

Midgar takes a drink from his Turamzzyrian champagne.

Jastalyn takes a drink from her caramel iced coffee.

Speaking heartily to Jastalyn, Chamorr says, "Nicely done."

Leafiara grins.

Jastalyn grins at Chamorr.

Jastalyn softly says, "Thank you."

Chamorr nods.

Jastalyn softly says, "I will have to recreate the one I made for the Lodge of Logeerkamer and put it here."

Jastalyn grins at Logeerkamer.

Jastalyn softly says, "The other one I should say."

Logeerkamer grins at Jastalyn.

Leafiara eagerly says, "And the one from the pie shop with the water sprite."

Leafiara hoots.

Jastalyn grins at Leafiara.

Leafiara flashes a quick grin.

Leafiara grins at Logeerkamer.

Jastalyn takes a drink from her caramel iced coffee.

Jastalyn softly says, "Oh also."

Jastalyn softly says, "I hold painting classes and give away easels."

Jastalyn grins.

Leafiara turns to Jastalyn and cheers!

Khylynnia put a scarlet owl quill with a silver nib in her grey leather volume.

Khylynnia gently closes her grey leather volume.

Khylynnia put a twilight grey leather volume in her black leather purse.

Jastalyn softly says, "On the 26th of this month I'll be in Vaalor for the Spring Rises in the East festival with an art class at 3 PM Elven in the Ancient Gardens."

Midgar takes a drink from his Turamzzyrian champagne.

Midgar looks rather relaxed.

Chamorr heartily asks, "No scotch?"

Speaking quietly to Chamorr, Khylynnia says, "I asked her the same thing."

Leafiara nods understandingly at Jastalyn.

Jastalyn grins at Khylynnia.

Khylynnia begins chuckling at Chamorr!

Leafiara starts chortling.

Speaking heartily to Leafiara, Chamorr says, "What kinda prize list is that."

Midgar says, "You are one busy little bee."

Midgar grins at Jastalyn.

Speaking to Chamorr, Leafiara answers, "A good one is what it is!"

Leafiara nods enthusiastically!

Jastalyn softly says, "It's the Twilight Hall prize list."

Jastalyn grins at Midgar.

Speaking softly to Midgar, Jastalyn says, "Sometimes."

Speaking heartily to Leafiara, Chamorr says, "I'll have da cookie."

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Khylynnia says, "He means that he wants scotch as a prize."

Jastalyn takes a drink from her caramel iced coffee.

Leafiara laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement.

Khylynnia chuckles.

Speaking bemusedly to Khylynnia, Leafiara says, "Ohhh."

Chamorr nods at Leafiara.

Midgar takes a drink from his Turamzzyrian champagne.

Midgar looks rather relaxed.

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Khylynnia exclaims, "I'll get it!"

Leafiara nods at Khylynnia.

Khylynnia quietly exclaims, "Right back!"

Historian Khylynnia just went through a reinforced faewood door.

Jastalyn grins.

Leafiara asks, "And what of prizes for our other volunteers with questions?"

Leafiara carefully surveys her surroundings.

Leafiara glances at Rendena.

Leafiara glances at Midgar.

Leafiara glances at Loreleki.

Midgar says, "I told you, I already won mine."

Midgar winks.

Leafiara grins at Midgar.

Leafiara nods understandingly.

Jastalyn grins.

Leafiara amusedly exclaims, "Very well then!"

Leafiara leans softly against Jastalyn.

Jastalyn gives Leafiara a lingering kiss on the cheek.

Historian Khylynnia just came through a reinforced faewood door.

Leafiara blushes a light pink shade at Jastalyn.

Khylynnia offers Chamorr an owl-shaped sugar cookie.

Chamorr accepts Khylynnia's sugar cookie.

Khylynnia kisses Chamorr on the nose.

Leafiara giggles.

Speaking heartily to Khylynnia, Chamorr says, "Thanks much."

Jastalyn grins.

Chamorr takes a bite of his sugar cookie.

Chamorr suddenly starts moving light-footedly.

Leafiara starts chortling.

Chamorr rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Chamorr heartily says, "Ohhh."

Speaking to Rendena, Leafiara asks, "Would you like a prize?"

Jastalyn grins.

Midgar takes a drink from his Turamzzyrian champagne.

Midgar looks rather relaxed.

Rendena softly says, "I remember getting a gift of white pearl necklace from a water creature."

Chamorr put an owl-shaped sugar cookie in his bearskin cloak.

Rendena nods at Leafiara.

Jastalyn grins at Rendena.

Leafiara grins impishly at Rendena.

Jastalyn softly says, "I got a blue hairpin."

Chamorr takes a drink from his Manny's Special.

Chamorr takes a drink from his Manny's Special.

Rendena softly says, "I think they were different though."

Jastalyn takes a drink from her caramel iced coffee.

Jastalyn sits down next to a glass-topped fel desk.

Chamorr suddenly stops moving light-footedly.

Jastalyn smiles at Rendena.

Rendena softly says, "I think mine was a water fairy."

Jastalyn softly says, "Mine was from a water sprite."

Rendena softly says, "Or water nymph."

Jastalyn softly says, "His name started with a 'C' but I can't remember right now."

Rendena softly says, "Don't remember."

Jastalyn takes a drink from her caramel iced coffee.

Jastalyn stands up.

As Jastalyn settles herself onto a white velvet wing-back chair, she checks the contents of a glass-topped fel desk making sure everything is in order.

Speaking quietly to Rendena, Khylynnia asks, "Have you found something you like on the list?"

Leafiara takes a bite of her owl-shaped cake.

Leafiara tilts her head toward Rendena, examining her intently as the tip of one ear twitches briefly.

Rendena softly says, "Let me look at the list."

Leafiara nods understandingly at Rendena.

Jastalyn grins at Midgar.

Khylynnia suddenly pauses, a look of consternation crossing her features as she listens intently.

Jastalyn takes a drink from her caramel iced coffee.

Leafiara says, "We hope everyone learned some interesting things about Jast today! I know I sure did."

Chamorr agrees with Leafiara.

Jastalyn chuckles.

Speaking to Jastalyn, Leafiara asks, "While Rendena chooses a prize, were there any final words you might like to say to everyone?"

Jastalyn softly says, "I don't know what you could have learned really."

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Khylynnia exclaims, "I did too! When she's nervous she accepts date proposals from audience members!"

Jastalyn softly says, "Just thank you. I was nervous but it was so much fun and so good to see everyone who came out."

Speaking eagerly to Jastalyn, Leafiara says, "Learned there's an upcoming ball and why Fenog's is in Icemule and--"

Leafiara giggles at Khylynnia.

Jastalyn laughs at Khylynnia!

Leafiara grins at Jastalyn from ear to ear.

Jastalyn grins at Leafiara.

Speaking to Jastalyn, Leafiara continues, "Learned how long you've been adventuring and heard about friends of yours I've never heard of..."



Out-Of-Character Interview

[Note: These questions were answered prior to the in-character interview.]

"The best thing about Gemstone, and what keeps me coming back, is the ability to create whatever your imagination can come up with in actions and song." ~Arbiter Jastalyn Dragorth


How long have you played Gemstone? Have you taken any breaks or played straight through?

I first found Gemstone in 1996. I was a stay-at-home mom with one in school and a toddler at home. I have taken several breaks throughout the years, but do we ever really leave?


How did you find out about the game?

I found it by accident when it was still on AOL. I don't remember if I learned about it in a chat room or found it searching for a similar type of game to play.


What do you think is the best thing about Gemstone?

The best thing about Gemstone, and what keeps me coming back, is the ability to create whatever your imagination can come up with in actions and song. I tried some graphic-based games but they couldn’t hold my interest with the restrictions.


Imagine you're Wyrom for a day and can 'do' one thing. What are you changing/removing/adding/replacing and why?

Honestly, I would like to be able to learn how to make clothes as we are able to make shoes. I know it was a thought at one time but was never finished. I enjoy coordinating outfits for different occasions. It may seem shallow to some, but I see it as an expression of individuality.


Do you have multiple accounts that you play at the same time?

Yes, several.


Do you have a Premium subscription?

I do, just one.


How many different 'main' characters have you had over the years?

I would say three. The first was shortly after I started playing Gemstone, and after trying different classes I found I really enjoyed playing a rogue. Rogues are naturally flirty, which was fitting, but I felt they were helpful in general because back then we didn't have an NPC locksmith. The next one was my warrior. She was awesome. Sometimes you just want to smash things. And lastly, my bard. I love music and learning new things. Becoming a bard and learning all the nuances that are involved with that class has been challenging. I’m still learning!


Who are/were your most notable characters?

Jastalyn is my most notable character by far. I'd have to say, that's probably the only one.


Did you draw inspiration from any other fiction, or even fact, when envisioning Jastalyn?

The book, Rhapsody: Symphony of Ages by Elizabeth Haydon. It's a good read, or at least it was at the time, and it inspired me to create Jastalyn.


Have you developed a written history or backstory for your character?

I have. It's here - http://www.fenogs.com/jastalyn.html


Would you like to name one or two things about Jastalyn that you think most people would be surprised to find out? These can be as minor or as major as you want.

Her ears are ticklish, um she had twins; a son and a daughter, with Dyllin before he left on his hiatus. I miss roleplaying the kids and family.


Have you ever roleplayed a character who's very different from your own personality? And why or why not?

It's difficult but I think Jast is unlike me in several ways. She gets involved in a lot of groups and I'm mostly a homebody. She's also gotten slightly involved in politics and I hate politics. She also wears way better clothes!


What are some of your favorite events? These can be run by GMs or players.

Ebon Gate has always been my favorite time of year. I love to see what the GMs have cooked up for us to do and games to play. I'm slightly addicted to those games that cost silvers and sometimes, ok all the time, I spend way too much for what I come out with. But, I enjoy it nonetheless.


Do you as a player have a different most memorable Gemstone moment than Jastalyn does as a character?

Yes, I would have to say in my early weeks of first finding Gemstone. I was a noob in Wehnimer’s Landing and I met so many nice people that just started outfitting me with gear and spells, and helping me learn to hunt. I miss those times. I miss the intense roleplay that doesn't seem to be prevalent in today's Gemstone.


What do you feel is the biggest mistake that most GS players make? Why?

I would have to say the biggest mistake is when players don't separate their in game experiences from real life. I have made many friends in Gemstone, even a few more than friends, but for the most part people have to remember it’s just a game. Don't take it too seriously, or yourself for that matter. At the end of the day when you turn off the computer (well most of us) you're still you, in your place, in your time, and that's what's important.


What advice would you offer to a new player?

Be patient. Learning to play this game is hard enough with all the mechanics available and the roleplay aspect. It's difficult when you're young in trainings, but that's true across the board. Yes, it gets frustrating, but it does get easier and so much better as you grow. Make some hunting friends, but also have fun! There's so many things to do in Elanthia!


What are a few things you'd like to do or experience in GS that you haven't yet?

This is the toughest question so far. I've been all over the lands and done so many things from fishing in a boat in Illistim to chasing down Grishom Stone to his manor in Mist Harbor. I think something I'd like to learn is game coding. I would like to be a Mentor and see if I enjoy it, and if so, go from there. I have so much respect for all of the GMs and how hard they work to make our game experience rich and fulfilling. I'm not sure if I would enjoy it, but I'd like to get a first-hand look.