Keeping Up with the Kestrels - 5117-09-30 - Night of the Trade

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Imaerasta 30, 5117

by Leafiara Autumnwind of the TownCrier


Summary

  • Dennet mentions that he'll probably need people's aid with Reannah
  • Raelee confirms the authenticity of the plinite and everyone can see Rodnay inside the coffin
  • The trade is made without a hitch (yes, really)
  • Maylan planned to have Rysus and the Rooks kill Rodnay, but Rodnay uses his powers to put a stop to that, then collapses
  • Kayse, Shinann, and Subarashi take him away to an undisclosed location


Highlights

Dennet says, "I will admit. Reflecting, I cannot recall the full details of your opus..."
Dennet says, "I mean, letter."
Speaking sympathetically to Dennet, Cruxophim jests, "I know how you fear paperwork.  It is a recurring nightmare of mine, as well."
Speaking to Cruxophim, Raelee says, "... he does not do paperwork.  I do paperwork."
Dennet says, "Your natural skill at paperwork could land you a role in the Hall of Mages."
Dennet says, "Were it not for, well, just about everything else about you."
Wolfloner says, "Dennet is not going to honor the bargain."
Wolfloner says, "Take the chest now before you lose it."
Dennet says, "Don't be the boy who cried Wolf...loner."
Dennet asks, "I don't normally release someone from a bane coffin and not put someone else in it...run along and scoop up Hapenlok?"
Dennet smirks at Cruxophim.


Log

The Bustle of the Landing

[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.

The faintest sound of thunder can be heard rumbling in the distance.

The rain descends from the dark sky of night, and along the stone ramparts of the Hendoran Outpost dozens and dozens of rune-carved black mein golems march about, their cold eyes regarding the wilds beyond. Few soldiers are seen among their ranks.

Dark hooded figures move hurriedly across the rooftops of Wehnimer's Landing.

A group of dockworkers finish up their shift at the North Docks, and together, they depart and head off down a street.

Some homes along the streets of Wehnimer's Landing begin to shutter their windows, candlelight snuffed out as the night settles in.

Amidst flashes of lightning and falling rain, three dark-masted ships can be seen on the horizon, beyond the sea gate, but floating gently on the waves, not departing, not arriving.

Thunder echoes in the distance.

A flash of lightning briefly illuminates a dark hooded figure nestled among the shadows of an alleyway in town.

A flash of lightning briefly illuminates a rune-carved black golem towering upon a stone rampart of the Hendoran Outpost.

A flash of lightning briefly illuminates a few townspeople roaming the streets of town.

A flash of lightning briefly illuminates a trio of Landing militia standing watch in an archery tower near the north gates of town.

A flash of lightning briefly illuminates a trio of dark-masted ships on the waters of the bay beyond the sea gate.

A flash of lightning briefly illuminates another hooded figure hugging the shadows of Moot Hall.

A flash of lightning briefly illuminates the main tower of the Hendoran Outpost. Obscured half in shadows, stands a Tehiri man, his burnoose shifting like living darkness, his green veil over his mouth moving with each breath. His eyes are turned to the town of Wehnimer's Landing.

Some militia walk by, "...and remember, keep eyes on Bay's Watch East where they're meeting up..."


Meeting Up With Dennet

[Wehnimer's, Bay's Watch East]

This remote northeast end of Wehnimer's Landing, swept by the fresh breeze from the bay, seems far removed from the commerce and activity of the town to the west. A few guards and militiamen patrol here, the intense look on their faces as the watches come and go bespeaking of the importance of the round-the-clock vigil they keep.

Pale, swirling mist begins to billow out from nothingness before you, and quickly coalesces into a small orb of shifting essence. Suddenly, the orb expands and forms an elliptical portal of swirling blues and blacks, its edges shrouded in dancing blue-white mist.

Dennet steps out of the shifting portal.

Raelee steps out of the shifting portal.

The shifting portal shimmers slightly, the haze within its glowing outline growing opaque as it contracts to a pinpoint of blue-grey mist and vanishes.

Dennet exclaims, "Grand Evening!"

Speaking to Dennet, Irar says, "Evening, Grand Magister."

Dennet says, "Deacon."

Dennet nods at Irar.

Dennet says, "I am glad you are about. My daughter has been asking about you."

Dennet nods at Irar.

Speaking pleasantly to Dennet, Cruxophim greets, "Evening, Grand Magister. Thank you for agreeing to make this public, I do appreciate the move for transparency."

Dennet nods at Cruxophim.

Speaking to Dennet, Irar says, "I'll be glad to be of assistance, and at her call."

Dennet says, "I expect no issues this evening."

Dennet nods at Irar.

Dennet says, "I have seen to it the wilds are being patrolled."

Dennet asks, "I trust you have taken care of inside of town?"

Dennet peers quizzically at Shinann.

Speaking playfully to Dennet, Cruxophim jests, "I'm not sure who'd be fool enough to try, with all these swords and whatnot."

Shinann nods at Dennet.

Shinann says, "The militia is on alert."

Speaking to Dennet, Madmountan says, "The Rooks are about in the shadows, but the militia is out in force too. It seems reasonably secure."

Kayse absently says, "There are Rooks moving about."

Maags sarcastically repeats, "Trust."

Dennet whispers something to Ysharra.

Dennet nods at Kayse.

Dennet says, "There are probably Rooks without masks here."

Dennet says, "Let us be honest."

Dennet chuckles.

Speaking affably to Dennet, Cruxophim inquires, "I hope all of the terms are agreeable, Grand Magister?"

Dennet nods at Cruxophim.

Speaking formally to Dennet, Cruxophim notes, "Excellent."

Dennet says, "Now then..."

Dennet says, "I will admit. Reflecting, I cannot recall the full details of your opus..."

Dennet says, "I mean, letter."

Dennet smirks.

Cruxophim begins chuckling at Dennet!

Dennet asks, "Are we to manage the exchange here?"

Dennet asks, "Both the plinite and the boy brought to this location?"

Kayse nods once at Dennet.

Speaking sympathetically to Dennet, Cruxophim jests, "I know how you fear paperwork. It is a recurring nightmare of mine, as well."

Cruxophim nods at Dennet.

Speaking affably to Dennet, Cruxophim notes, "Here will do nicely, I think."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Raelee says, "... he does not do paperwork. I do paperwork."

Dennet says, "Your natural skill at paperwork could land you a role in the Hall of Mages."

Dennet says, "Were it not for, well, just about everything else about you."

Dennet chuckles.

Speaking wryly to Dennet, Cruxophim muses, "Stranger things have happened, one supposes."

Cruxophim chuckles.

Dennet says, "So, let us walk through this again to clarify."

Dennet says, "I should not risk to be seen not fulfilling my end of the bargain."

Dennet says, "And many here seem quite jumpy."

Dennet says, "Like the shadows are about to come alive and Quinshon devours you."

Dennet chuckles.

Dennet says, "Madness..."

Dennet shakes his head.

Speaking calmly to Dennet, Kayse says, "Quinshon should not be anywhere near here."

Dennet says, "Nor will he."

Dennet says, "The boy is subdued."

(OOC) Cruxophim's player whispers to the group, "TL:DR, we both deliver here, we give Kayse a minute to try and calm Rodnay, then we open the coffin and Raelee inspects the plinite at the same time. Crux has asked for a pardon for Rodnay, etc."

Cruxophim calmly requests, "I'll ask everyone present to try and remain as calm as possible. Anything that you can do to soothe Rodnay -- happy thoughts of cotton candy, whatever -- please do so?"

Kayse nods.

Dennet asks, "The plinite is en route then?"

Speaking to Dennet, Kayse says, "Yes, it should be here shortly."

Dennet nods.

Dennet says, "As should the boy."

Cruxophim nods once at Dennet.

Speaking amicably to Dennet, Cruxophim assures, "Should be en route now."

Cruxophim amicably reminds, "What's most important, I think, is to make Rodnay feel welcome. He may be, eh... a little different, but he's still one of us. Do not forget that."

Dennet asks, "Rowmi would be pleased for the boy's return tonight, don't you think?"

Dennet peers quizzically at Kayse.

Speaking thoughtfully to Dennet, Kayse says, "I am sure he would be. Though that is not why I did this."

Dennet says, "No, of course not."

Dennet says, "Freeing the boy won't bring him back anymore than a relationship would keep him here."

Kayse smirks at Dennet.

Leafiara calmly suggests, "Let's perhaps not bring up such personal topics..."

Dennet says, "Sorry. We are taught many things in the Hall."

Speaking mildly to Dennet, Kayse says, "You don't know a thing about why he left."

Speaking to Dennet, Lornieh says, "That was hitting a little below the belt, even for you."

Dennet says, "Small talk is not one of them."

Dennet asks, "Amorite?"

Dennet peers quizzically at Raelee.

Dennet smirks.

Speaking to Dennet, Raelee says, "There were no courses on casual discourse, no."

Speaking amicably to Dennet, Cruxophim inquires, "Will Magister Bekke be joining us, as well?"

Dennet says, "No."

Dennet says, "She has already collected a small boy and did not feel like being greedy with a matching pair."

Dennet smirks.


The Plinite Arrives

Along one of the dark-masted ships on the waters of the bay, a flash of white light appears briefly.

Speaking calmly to Dennet, Cruxophim assures, "As I did offer as well, anything at all that I can do to aid with helping Lady Reannah, I will be more than happy to do so."

Cruxophim gives Dennet a strong, encouraging smile.

Dennet nods at Cruxophim.

Dennet says, "Of course."

Dennet says, "I will likely be in the need of many volunteers in aiding Reannah."

Nearby, a speck of white light burns into existence.

Briefly, on the other side of the expanding portal stands a half-elven man garbed in an ivory robe, his pink albino eyes watching the area. Scars cover his hands and bare feet, and wires have sewn his mouth shut.

Dennet says, "Ah..."

Dennet nods.

Dennet says, "The Ivory Mage."

From behind the mage within the portal, a short human appears, cigar smoke coiling up from his lips and greyish-brown beard. He winks at Dirra and puckers his lips. He motions with his hand, and a large chest comes into view.

Dennet says, "Stephos looks shorter in person."

Dennet shrugs.

Speaking to Dennet, Madmountan says, "Calm down, it's not a rhimar strongbox."

Dennet says, "They always are I suppose."

Dennet says, "Actually, it is."

Dennet nods at Madmountan.

Speaking to Dennet, Madmountan says, "It is? nice."

From within the white portal, some grey-cloaked figures drag out a rhimar-inlaid chest and place it near Cruxophim and Kayse. The figures nod, and step back into the portal which soon closes up.

Dennet leans forward suddenly, eyes lit up.

(Raelee's gaze immediately locks onto the rhimar-inlaid chest.)

Dennet reaches his hand out instinctively, but then stops himself.

Dennet says, "Yes...the boy."

Speaking confidently to Dennet, Kayse asks, "I vowed to you I would get you this. Where is Rodnay?"

Dennet says, "Forgive me."

Dennet paces back and forth.

Dennet says, "He is coming."

Dennet says, "Please feel free to begin your inspection Magister Raelee."

Arnylon asks, "Was not the inspection to occur simultaneously?"

Raelee raises an eyebrow in Cruxophim's direction.

Speaking calmly to Dennet, Cruxophim reminds, "The inspection is to wait until Rodnay."

Dennet says, "I am sure there is no harm in beginning now."

Wolfloner says, "No inspection till Rodnay arrives."

Cruxophim looks over at Dennet and shakes his head.

Raelee closes her eyes for a moment.

Speaking amusedly to Dennet, Cruxophim assures, "Patience."

Dennet says, "...or not."

Speaking to Dennet, Irar says, "The harm would be breaching the terms of the agreement."

Speaking to Dennet, Maags says, "Yous may be sure. we are not sure."

Kayse dryly says, "They can inspect it all they like, if Rodnay doesn't show up, he doesn't get it."

Dennet says, "The boy is coming."

Dennet gazes up into the heavens.

Dennet nods.


Rodnay Arrives

Dennet says, "He is ready."

Dennet curls his fingers into his a palm, gesturing. A small crack appears in the ground near him.

Dennet says, "We don't all have an Ivory Mage, after all."

Dennet says, "Actually..."

Dennet begins chuckling at Raelee!

Dennet says, "We do."

Dennet says, "Ivory and gold perhaps."

Raelee surreptitiously glances at Dennet.

Raelee simply states, "Fair."

Speaking to Dennet, Ysharra says, "I have to admit, your magic intrigues me. Mine is an earth magic, too, but nothing like this."

Speaking lightly to Dennet, Kayse comments, "You are in a lovely mood."

Dennet nods at Ysharra.

Dennet says, "Correct. Nothing like this."

Dennet agrees with Kayse.

Dennet says, "I am."

Speaking to Dennet, Shinann asks, "Is Rodnay going to come through that crack you just made?"

Dennet tightens his fingers into a balled fist, and the earth begins to split near him.

Wolfloner says, "Dennet is not going to honor the bargain."

Dennet asks, "What else would happen?"

Dennet peers quizzically at Shinann.

Wolfloner says, "Take the chest now before you lose it."

The ground parts near Dennet, peeling open like a river, or a wound, and a crystalline coffin rises up and rests on the ground. The fissure closes up beneath it.

Cryheart glances at a large crystalline coffin.

Dennet says, "Don't be the boy who cried Wolf...loner."

Dennet smirks at Wolfloner.

Speaking diplomatically to Dennet, Cruxophim requests, "Give us five minutes, then the concurrent inspection shall proceed?"

Dennet nods at Cruxophim.

Raelee whispers something to Dennet.

Cruxophim nods appreciatively at Dennet.

Dennet looks over at Raelee and shakes his head.


Inspection

Suddenly within the coffin, the boy's eyes snap open.

Dennet asks, "I don't normally release someone from a bane coffin and not put someone else in it...run along and scoop up Hapenlok?"

Dennet smirks at Cruxophim.

Speaking dryly to Dennet, Cruxophim muses, "I wouldn't object too much."

Cruxophim begins chuckling at Dennet!

Dennet glances at a long rhimar-inlaid chest.

Dennet stands in front of a long rhimar-inlaid chest.

Dennet nods at Raelee.

Speaking teasingly to Dennet, Cruxophim mutters, "He's just as much trouble."

Dennet says, "Please, begin Magister."

Dennet asks, "Would you like him, out of the coffin now?"

Dennet peers quizzically at Cruxophim.

Cruxophim nods in agreement at Dennet.

Raelee kneels down.

Raelee reaches out and touches something in a long rhimar-inlaid chest.

Dennet says, "Examine the plinite Magister. Then we shall open the coffin."

Speaking quietly to herself, Raelee says, "... finally..."

(Raelee picks through the pieces of plinite in the chest methodically.)

Dennet says, "Careful Magister."

Raelee quietly says, "... I know. Trust me, I know."

Speaking to Dennet, Ysharra asks, "You think she needs to be told that, Grand Magister?"

Dennet says, "It helps calm me to do so."

Dennet nods at Ysharra.

Speaking curiously to Dennet, Kayse asks, "You said he was subdued...how? By Quinshon?"

Ysharra whispers something to Dennet.

Dennet nods at Ysharra.

(Raelee keeps examining the plinite, as if fixated upon it.)

Dennet nods at Kayse.

Dennet says, "Inspect, don't experiment, Magister."

Dennet smirks.

Speaking to Dennet, Kayse asks, "And when Quinshon releases his hold?"

Raelee pores over a pile of yellow-gold plinite, engrossed in the study of it.

Dennet glances at Raelee.

Speaking to Dennet, Raelee says, "... it appears genuine."

Dennet says, "The boy has been...troubled since he was found in the Bleaklands."

Dennet nods at Shinann.

Dennet says, "For all intents, he's been somewhat subdued, prior to Quinshon's involvement."

Speaking perplexedly to Dennet, Kayse says, "Odd, he has responded to me before. Even reached out a few times..."

Speaking absently to Dennet, Cruxophim emphasizes, "Involvement?"

Dennet nods at Raelee.

Dennet says, "And that is his subdued form."

Dennet nods at Kayse.

Dennet says, "Imagine then, the power and danger."

Raelee reaches out and touches something in a long rhimar-inlaid chest.


Opening the Coffin

Dennet says, "Please, begin the process to open the coffin."

Dennet nods at Raelee.

Raelee glances at Dennet.

Raelee glances at something in a long rhimar-inlaid chest.

Raelee stands up.

Raelee says, "... right."

Dennet says, "I will remove myself, and the plinite, before the boy awakens."

Raelee glances at something in a long rhimar-inlaid chest.

Dennet says, "I do not think such needs to be explained."

Dennet says, "We will be in contact Mayor."

Dennet says, "I look forward to your people's assistance in healing my wife."

(Raelee places a hand on the coffin, despite the preternatural cold.)

Speaking to Dennet, Raelee says, "... I am going with you."

Dennet nods at Raelee.

Dennet says, "Begin the coffin's unravel. Set it to slower."

Dennet says, "We'll leave then after."

Dennet nods at Raelee.

Raelee nods at Dennet.

(Raelee traces a symbol over the top of the coffin.)

(Raelee retraces the same symbol, at half the speed.)

The faint whorls of golden runes along the coffin flash briefly.

Raelee nods slightly.

Raelee takes a few steps back.

Dennet says, "We will return for the coffin."

Dennet says, "Let us proceed."

Dennet nods at Raelee.

Raelee nods at Dennet.

Dennet gestures, and the ground begins to open. Dennet, Raelee, and the chest of plinite begin to sink out of view before the earth closes up around them.

Beads of liquid begin to form on the surface of the coffin as if it was slowly melting.

The coffin begins to slowly thin.

The coffin finally opens, and Rodnay's limp form glides to the ground as if spilling out of a cocoon. The ground opens briefly, and the coffin sinks into the ground as the fissure closes up.


Welcoming Rodnay Back

Cruxophim gives Rodnay a strong, encouraging smile.

Madmountan grins at Rodnay.

Zosozpage soothingly says, "You are free."

Evician smiles at Rodnay.

Cryheart smiles at Rodnay.

Irar smiles at Rodnay.

Maags smiles at Rodnay.

Gnowei applauds Rodnay.

Lornieh smiles at Rodnay.

Maylan hisses.

Dergoatean walks toward Rodnay.

Speaking gently to Rodnay, Cruxophim greets, "Hello, Rodnay. Welcome home."

Shinann moves to stand in front of Rodnay.

Bravepath smiles at Rodnay.

Zosozpage nods at Rodnay.

Ulkov looks thoughtfully at Rodnay.

Latimus turns to Rodnay and cheers!

Bernadette smiles at Rodnay.

Roelaren smiles at Rodnay.

Yakushi is admiring Rodnay.

Goldstr beams happily at Rodnay!

Madmountan says, "Lets give him some space."

Speaking calmly to Rodnay, Tirayana says, "Welcome."

Tercolla nods to Rodnay in greeting.

Tetreves smiles at Rodnay.

Trisu gawks at Rodnay.

Desreth gazes in awe at Rodnay.

Speaking to Rodnay, Irar says, "Koar's blessings, Rodnay."

Speaking soothingly to Rodnay, Anstara says, "Hello, small friend."

Dergoatean sits down next to Rodnay.

Dirra curtsies to Rodnay.

Authriea nods respectfully at Rodnay.

Roelaren turns to Rodnay and cheers!

Tercolla turns toward Rodnay and renders a sharp salute with his lor runestaff.

Joness smiles at Rodnay.

(Kayse kneels down besides Rodnay.)

Cruxophim gives Rodnay a strong, encouraging smile.

Drung nods at Rodnay.

Cryheart says, "Welcome back, Rodnay."

Anob smiles at Rodnay.

Bernadette softly says, "Welcome home Rodnay."

Roelaren says, "Aye Welcomes back."

Speaking warmly to Rodnay, you enthuse, "Welcome back!"

Beldannon turns toward Rodnay and renders a sharp hand salute.

Speaking in Tehir to Rodnay, Wolfloner asks something you don't understand.

Ramith exclaims, "Heya Rod!"

Cryheart calmly says, "Be well Rodnay."

Speaking to Rodnay, Goldstr says, "Heya ole friend."

Speaking to Rodnay, Lornieh says, "Welcome home."

Speaking calmly to Rodnay, Zosozpage says, "Welcome home."

Speaking gently to Rodnay, Cruxophim soothes, "We are glad to finally have you back. You're free from your confinement now, and home. How do you feel?"

Kayse takes a moment to observe Rodnay.

Maags looks at Rodnay with concern.

Speaking gently to Rodnay, Cruxophim offers, "Is there anything that we can get for you? You need only ask."

Dergoatean whispers something to Rodnay.

Speaking to Rodnay, Ysharra says, "Take your time, child."

Speaking to Rodnay, Evia says, "I am so happy to see you."

Kayse stares at Rodnay.

Goldstr whispers to the group, "Wonder if Rodnay misse the Willow Hall grounds, he seemed happy there."

Xorus says, "Mm."

Ramith smiles at Rodnay.

Speaking to Rodnay, Maags says, "We will take care of yous."

Speaking soothingly to Rodnay, Cruxophim consoles, "I know that you have been through a great and terrible ordeal. We want to help you heal, and to find your home again... with us."

The motes of darkness fade from Rodnay's eyes.

Speaking gently to Rodnay, Cruxophim continues, "You may be hearing a good many thoughts, right now. Many different thoughts, of many different sorts."

Speaking to Rodnay, Ysharra says, "There are several here, like Kayse, who have gone through great risk and effort to bring you back home."

Rodnay begins to look around.

Speaking calmly to Rodnay, Zosozpage says, "We will help you in any way possible if you so wish it."

Speaking to Rodnay, Evia says, "You are looking better by the moment."

Speaking to Rodnay, Tercolla says, "Been a long while."

Speaking gently to Rodnay, Cruxophim soothes, "I know it may seem confusing, but please... all we ask is that you stay calm, and tell us how we can help."


Maylan's Plan

While laying on the ground, Rodnay turns his head, his eyes directly staring at Maylan.

Speaking calmly to Rodnay, Subarashi says, "Hello there..."

Maylan fully extends her wings and stands perfectly still, eyeing Rodnay cautiously.

Speaking to Rodnay, Maags says, "Yous jus needed some fresh air."

Kayse looks over at Rodnay and shakes her head.

Roelaren glances at Rodnay.

Rodnay slowly rises to his feet.

Speaking soothingly to Rodnay, Cruxophim murmurs, "Some people may fear you. Give them a chance to be proven wrong. Many of us have faith in you."

Rodnay stands up.

Maylan eyes Rodnay with a stern expression, her dark sclera reduced to mere slits.

Speaking surreptitiously to Rodnay, Cruxophim murmurs, "People often fear that which they do not understand."

Rodnay moves to stand in front of Maylan.

Cruxophim looks thoughtfully at Rodnay.

(Kayse quickly stands up next to Rodnay, her gaze moving between him and Maylan.)

Speaking heartily to Rodnay, Chamorr says, "You look like I could use a drink."

Speaking to Rodnay, Maylan exclaims, "Stay back!"

Alasatia settles her gaze on Rodnay, watching him intently.

Roelaren peers quizzically at Rodnay.

Arnylon peers quizzically at Maylan.

Cryheart says, "Be calm."

Cryheart nods at Maylan.

Speaking gently to Maylan, Cruxophim suggests, "Calm yourself."

Speaking to Rodnay, Goldstr exclaims, "Welcome home friend!"

Speaking to Rodnay, Ysharra says, "Mostly we're curious. We're here to see you home."

Maylan gulps.

Rodnay squints at Maylan, and suddenly, Maylan freezes, immobilized.

Maylan says, "Mmm..."

A voice in your mind says, "You would send the King and his Birds to kill me?"

Speaking to Rodnay, Evia says, "A time to begin your new life, as a strong young man. You will need rest, good food, and us, your friends. We are all here for you."

Arnylon says, "Potentially the best thing to happen all evening."

Maylan exclaims, "Shhhhhhhhhh!"

Rodnay moves to stand in front of Maylan.

Speaking sternly to Rodnay, Cruxophim assures, "No."

Zosozpage looks over at Rodnay and shakes his head.

Speaking to Rodnay, Arnylon says, "Noobody has sent anyone to kill you. Many here worked very hard to free you."

Speaking sharply to Maylan, Kayse says, "I knew it was you."

Speaking to Rodnay, Goldstr asks, "Ye members dem birds eh?"

Cryheart calmly says, "Nae we dinnae."

Speaking calmly to Rodnay, Zosozpage says, "We have no desire to kill you."

Speaking to Rodnay, Lornieh says, "No one is here to kill you... we welcome you home."

Speaking to Rodnay, Ysharra says, "No. The Rooks aren't here."

Speaking in Tehir to Rodnay, Wolfloner says something you don't understand.

Speaking to Rodnay, Maags says, "All we has wanted is to protect yous."

Cruxophim nods faintly at Rodnay.

A voice in your mind says, "You plot my death as those around you plan my freedom."

Speaking calmly to Rodnay, Zosozpage says, "We will defend you if it came to that."

Rodnay squints at Maylan.

Maylan weakly says, "H...help."

Speaking stoically to Maylan, Cruxophim states, "I'm disappointed in you, Maylan."

Speaking to Maylan, Irar asks, "Methinks you have something to share?"

Speaking to Rodnay, Ysharra says, "That's just Munin up there. She's a raven, not a rook."

Speaking coldly to Maylan, Cruxophim remarks, "I thought you better than that."

Rodnay stands before Maylan, and closes his eyes, concentrating.

(Kayse stands behind Rodnay, her eyes staring into the back of his head as she concentrates.)

Ulkov claps his hands together in delight!

Arnylon glances between Rodnay and Maylan.

Cruxophim looks over at Kayse and shakes his head.

Cryheart calmly says, "She is a healer, Rodnay."

Maylan weakly says, "Release me."

Evia says, "No point in lying to the lad, he is acutely aware of many things we aren't."

Maylan pleadingly exclaims, "Release me!"

Dirra nods at Rodnay.

Cruxophim sternly warns, "Do not harm him."

Suddenly, along the shadows and rooftops nearby, there is a chorus of screaming as dark hooded figures are literally hoisted up into the air by an invisible force, many of them coughing, thrashing, flailing, trying to break free from whatever holds them in the air.

Cruxophim amusedly mutters, "I did warn you."

Speaking to Maylan, Arnylon asks, "How could you?"

A voice in your mind says, "Are these yours"

Goldstr turns to Rodnay and cheers!

Kayse casually says, "Oh, well...."

Rodnay squints at Maylan.

Speaking heartily to Rodnay, Chamorr says, "Release her."

Speaking pleadingly to Rodnay, Maylan exclaims, "Release me!"

Telum says, "Yeah release her."

Goldstr says, "Rodnay be fightin back at da Rooks."

Rodnay turns his hand, and the dark hooded figures, while floating in the air, turn their bows and arrows towards Maylan, as if they were marionattes.

Speaking slowly to Rodnay, Alasatia says, "Release her."

Arnylon asks, "If someone was plotting your death would you want them released?"

Speaking to Rodnay, Hapenlok says, "NO. Rodnay."

Roelaren peers quizzically at Rodnay.

Cryheart calmly says, "Please no, Rodnay."

(Kayse moves to stand in front of Rodnay, a stern expression in her eyes.)

Speaking to Rodnay, Irar exclaims, "There are other ways! Don't!"

Roelaren says, "Dont please no."

Speaking heartily to Rodnay, Chamorr says, "Dont do it."

Speaking gently to Rodnay, Cruxophim reminds, "You have another option, Rodnay. Forgive."

Rodnay glances at Kayse.

Speaking calmly to Rodnay, Kayse says, "I am angry too, but this is not the answer."

Speaking to Rodnay, Goldstr exclaims, "Please lad no!"

Maylan desperately asks, "Do you see what he is?"

Speaking seriously to Rodnay, Cruxophim suggests, "Prove them wrong."

Speaking to Rodnay, Evia says, "Exercise your control, my dear....try."

Subarashi calmly says, "Rodnay, please don't do that. You don't need to kill, here."

Speaking to Maylan, Ulkov says, "I do. Angry."

Ulkov grins wickedly at Maylan.

Speaking to Rodnay, Arnylon says, "She betrayed you."

Speaking to Maylan, Dergoatean asks, "Then what does that make you?"

Ramith says, "We got your back Rodnay, you don't have to do this, you're safe now."

Speaking sympathetically to Rodnay, Cruxophim admits, "It may take some time, and it may take some work... but you can prove them wrong."

Speaking to Rodnay, Hapenlok says, "You skewer her, you skewer me. enough of this."

Speaking to Rodnay, Eoghain says, "He's clearly biased since they're both from another world."

Speaking to Rodnay, Xorus says, "You are a god among insects. Surely you know this now."

Speaking annoyedly to Rodnay, Kayse says, "You are better than her. Put her down." Kayse takes a deep breath and goes back to a soothing tone, "You do not need to do this."

Speaking angrily to Rodnay, Maylan says, "Finish me. Get it over with."

Speaking calmly to Rodnay, Zosozpage says, "We are here because we belive you should be here, to be free and live free with friends."

Speaking to Maylan, Kayse snaps, "Stay out of this. You've caused enough trouble."

Speaking heartily to Rodnay, Chamorr says, "Stand down."

Speaking to Rodnay, Lornieh says, "Don't make her right.... prove her wrong."

Suddenly, an arrow is let fly. Then another, then another. Within the blink of an eye, a dozen arrows are set free from their bows, splitting the air and soaring towards Maylan....and then one by one, the arrows freeze just an inch from Maylan's face, neck and chest. Rodnay squints, and the arrows fall to the ground.

A voice in your mind says, "Plot my death again and I will bend time itself and erase your memory from this world."

Rodnay squints, and Maylan is thrown to the ground, sliding feet away.

Speaking to Rodnay, Evia says, "You have grown much in a short time for one so young. I know you know this too, people think you a child, but you are a young man now. You will grow more in control of yourself every day."

Rodnay smiles at Evia.

Rodnay glances at Kayse.

Rodnay touches Kayse.

A voice in your mind says, "Thank you."

Rodnay suddenly collapses.

Rodnay falls over.

The dark hooded figures fall, and to a one, they scramble off into the night.

Cryheart pulls Rodnay to his feet.

Rodnay falls over.

(Kayse takes Rodnay's hand in hers. She glances between the empaths surrounding Rodnay.)

Rodnay sways back and forth, clearly out of it, and leaning on Kayse.

(Kayse grabs Rodnay's arm and swings it around her neck. She glances at Shinann and Subarashi for assistance.)

Kayse reaches out and holds Rodnay's hand.

Subarashi nods in agreement.

Subarashi joins Kayse's group.

Shinann joins Kayse's group.

(Subarashi gently takes Rodnay's other arm over her shoulder.)

Kayse smiles at Subarashi.

Kayse's group just went southeast.