Keeping Up with the Kestrels - 5117-11-17 - Secrets, Thanks, Lightning, a Bloodhound, and a Shade

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Eoantos 17-18, 5117

by Leafiara Autumnwind of the TownCrier


Summary

  • Dennet says the pylon plan has been delayed to next Feastday.
  • Dennet says that Reannah doesn't know about Cyph, asks that no one tell her, and says he'll cut off everyone's access to Reannah until they can perform the ritual.
  • Dennet says he did care for Cyph and thanks everyone for welcoming him, saying the Landing showed him more affection in a year than he did throughout his life.
  • Dennet says to tell the Mayor he'll want the body.
  • Ysharra caps and gets obliterated by lightning.
  • A hooded figure brushes by Irar briefly.
  • Winston the bloodhound returns. (The bloodhound had gone missing from the Landing.)
  • Irar excuses himself to visit Koar's shrine, but a chill fills the air and he's later killed in the shrine, seemingly by a shade (...which Leafiara knows because she was spying on him).



I'll think about editing down the log of the discussion afterward with Irar too when several people rushed over there, but basically here are its own bullet points and it has no log for now:

  • Irar claims that a shade boiled his flesh, turned his heart to ice, broke his body, and told him he failed (it's unclear as to failing at what).
  • Irar continues saying that he wants to ask for a Watcher, and everyone who ran over continues saying no. (For those only following along in logs, I think I've cut this particular plot thread out in the past, but he's been asking for as many people as he can find to help him try to contact the Church. As far as I can tell, nobody's ever agreed until tonight when Hap said he might be able to get word via Sir Mires or Felcroth.)
  • Skepticism over the blood marble altar abounds, as does concern over whether Irar is thinking clearly, while the group tries to convince him to find another location to pray, but he insists he won't abandon the shrine.
  • Irar asks if he has failed; the consensus response is that only his congregation can decide that.



Log

Dennet's Secrecy

For a brief moment, amidst the falling snow, an almost invisible sphere seems to float through the air, only momentarily noticed because of the falling snow disappearing behind it.

Emerging from the gate of the Hendoran Outpost, a blue-robed figure marches out and towards the town, slowly passing through the gate and heading in the direction of Moot Hall. The shadow of his hood conceals his face, but archaic runes run up the length of both of his arms.

The mage marches towards Moot Hall, the fabric of his robe tossed about in the cold wind. The very earth seems to shift and sometimes crack beneath his feet as he walks, leaving behind an trail of uneven cobblestones and dirt. A gust of wind tosses the hood of his robe back, and his blue and brown eyes are stricken with equal stares of anger and sorrow. He looks tired, very very tired.

Grand Magister Dennet just arrived.

Speaking carefully to Dennet, Raelee greets, "Grand Magister."

Xorus says, "Grand evening."

Cryheart says, "Good evening, grand magister."

Speaking to Dennet, Ysharra says, "I'm sorry."

Dirra says, "Grand Magister."

Speaking sympathetically to Dennet, Florania says, "Good--ah... no, simply 'evening.'."

Lylia murmurs, "Grand Magister. My condolences."

Speaking to Dennet, Lornieh says, "Very sorry for your loss, Grand Magister."

Cryheart says, "We are all sorry for the recent loss."

Osloe says, "Sorry for your loss."

Speaking to Dennet, Dirra says, "My condolences to you and yours on the loss."

Dennet tiredly says, "...thank you."

(Hapenlok nods gravely at Dennet, but says nothing.)

Speaking quietly to Dennet, you say, "Very sorry."

Dennet clenches his fists for a moment, and the ground trembles again.

Dennet says, "I will not keep you this night."

Dennet says, "Our plans will be delayed."

Cryheart asks, "Pylon next weekend?"

Speaking to Dennet, Ysharra asks, "How is Reannah dealing with this?"

Dennet says, "But I shall let you know soon when we shall..."

Dennet nods at Cryheart.

Dennet says, "Reannah does not know."

Dennet says, "...and I will ask that you keep it as such."

Speaking to Dennet, Osloe asks, "How is she?"

Dennet says, "She is not well and is running out of time."

Stormyrain evenly asks, "You know that the moment Drandea finds out, Reannah will know, yes?"

Dennet says, "She does not need the news of Cyph to make things worse."

Dennet says, "She will not learn either."

Dennet says, "I have restricted all access to Reannah until we can perform the ritual."

Speaking to Dennet, Lornieh asks, "Does Naimorai know?"

Dennet says, "Yes."

Speaking to Dennet, Dirra says, "I hope you are right, but secrets are like water....they flow where they wish and nothing can stop water...."

Dennet asks, "No, can it not?"

Dennet peers quizzically at Dirra.

Dirra cocks her head at Dennet.

Dennet says, "Earth and stone can stop water."

Dennet says, "...and I am a master of both."

Speaking to Dennet, Dirra says, "Not for long."

Dirra says, "Water always finds a way."

Stormyrain says, "Even if I could guarantee that, there are so many in the barracks who have come to love the Lady Drandea, I cannot guarantee tongues have not already wagged."

Dennet says, "Then Drandea will not have access to Reannah either."

Stormyrain asks, "Reannah has been asking for her mother. Will you tell her you've forbidden it?"

Stormyrain raises her eyebrow, the dark bloodjewel half-ring set within only enhancing her skeptical expression.

Dennet says, "My wife is fortunate at this time if she is able to stomach a meal."

Dennet says, "If she asks for her mother, I will delay."

Dennet says, "It is not your news to share."

Dennet says, "It is not your decision to make."

Dennet says, "It will matter nothing if she learns of his death and then it escalates her own."

Dennet says, "We shall be ready to complete our next step a week from this night, Feastday."


Dennet's Appreciation

Dennet starts to turn but then stops.

Dennet says, "My son..."

Dennet says, "...and I were not as close as we should have been."

Cryheart says, "May his spirit rest in peace."

Speaking to Dennet, Zosozpage says, "Our prayers are with you."

Speaking to Dennet, Ysharra says, "He told us."

Dennet says, "I could go so far as to say, were our roles reversed, he may not even attend my memorial."

You quietly say, "And we could see it even if he hadn't told us."

Arnylon says, "You and he will be closer once you enter Goseana's embrace. We all are in the end."

Dennet says, "But we did have some moments, and I cared for him, even if I showed so badly."

Speaking to Arnylon, Ascaria says, "Death binds us together."

Speaking to Dennet, Shinann asks, "Next step? So, there will be another?"

Dennet says, "I want to thank you for your acceptance and affection towards Cyph."

Dennet glances at Shinann.

You opine, "He was a fine person."

Speaking to Dennet, Lornieh says, "I will miss Cyph."

Dennet says, "He quickly came to love this town, for whatever reason, and felt more at home than he ever did in Chastonia or Immuron."

Madmountan says, "This town has that odd effect on people."

Speaking to Dennet, Ysharra says, "The mayor made him a citizen during his final moments."

Cryheart says, "It is good he found a home he deared."

Dennet says, "So thank you, for giving him more support and kindness in a year, than I perhaps ever did in his life."

Speaking to Dennet, Kiske says, "Probably because like most of us...he had made some rather grievous mistakes and was trying to do better."

Ysharra says, "It is a a place to come find yourself and your abilities..."

You softly say, "Town of outcasts. That's us. The Landing."

You nod at Dennet.

Ysharra says, "Your..."

Ysharra glances at Dennet.

Ysharra says, "Potential."

Speaking to Dennet, Ysharra says, "And your limitations."

Speaking to Ysharra, Stormyrain murmurs, "Or lose them. Remember, many here took part in taking his away."

Dennet says, "Tell the Mayor, I will want the body."

Kiske says, "...from what I hear anyways."

Berkana says, "You can also hide from your past here, or so I have experienced."

Archales says, "Better to ask sooner rather than later with mayor Crux."

Madmountan says, "Hopefully he didn't eat it yet."

Stormyrain states, "The message will be given to the Mayor."

Dennet nods.

Speaking to Dennet, Dirra says, "If you want this shielded from you wife, you best scrutinize all with access. Secrets never lay buried long. Do take care with that."

Grand Magister Dennet just marched off to the north.


Ysharra Caps

[discussion about keeping secrets from Reannah]

(OOC) Ysharra's player whispers to the group, "Heh. I just capped."

(OOC) You whisper, "Congrats!" to your group.

(OOC) Maylan's player whispers to the group, "Uh just now??"

Goldstr beams happily at Ysharra!

(OOC) Xorus's player whispers to the group, "Woot!"

Lornieh beams happily at Ysharra!

(OOC) Cryheart's player whispers to the group, "Congrats."

(OOC) Dinaden's player whispers to the group, "Woot, grats!"

(OOC) Subarashi's player whispers to the group, "Grats!"

(OOC) Shinann's player whispers to the group, "Congrats!"

(OOC) Berkana's player whispers to the group, "Congrats."

(OOC) Lornieh's player whispers to the group, "Congrats!"

(OOC) Raelee's player whispers to the group, "Now you're gonna die."

A bolt of lightning streaks down from the sky and strikes Ysharra!

... 20 points of damage!

Heavy shock gives Ysharra fits!

She is knocked to the ground!

She is stunned!

A tremendous crack of thunder follows instantly!

Roelaren lets out a cheer!

(OOC) Zosozpage's player whispers to the group, "Congrats!"

Dinaden applauds.

Arnylon chuckles.

Maylan grins.

You snicker.

Cryheart laughs at Ysharra!

Berkana chuckles.

(OOC) Pookia's player whispers to the group, "Wooohoo!"

(OOC) Katiesa's player whispers to the group, "Everyone step away slow... too late."

Lornieh says, "Uh oh, here it comes."

Kapik snickers.

Newsby shifts her weight.

Cryheart rolls Ysharra over.

Ysharra says, "Yeah, yeah."

Xorus gazes up into the sky.

(OOC) Kipa's player whispers to the group, "Congrats!"

(OOC) Stormyrain's player whispers to the group, "Yay."

Mystrae applauds Ysharra.

Thrassus nods at Ysharra.

Goldstr laughs!

Ulkov glances at Ysharra and folds his arms over his chest.

Xorus gazes up into the heavens.

Roelaren turns to Ysharra and cheers!

Hapenlok asks, "Thunder snow?"

You dust Ysharra off.

(OOC) Madmountan's player whispers to the group, "Yay! nice!"

The fire wyrdling chuckles.

Hapenlok ducks his head.

Ysharra gazes up into the heavens.

Darconas melodically exclaims, "Hey I never got a lightning bolt when I capped!"

Darconas gibbers incoherently.

(OOC) Lylia's player whispers to the group, "Congratulations! Ka-pow, lightning to the face!"

Hapenlok looks at Ysharra and gasps, trembling and flailing his arms in panic!

Ysharra says, "Was that totally necessary? Besides, should have been blue fire..."

Speaking to Darconas, Dghaashi asks, "Maybe you never capped?"

Darconas whistles a complicated ditty, impressing you with his virtuosity.

Roelaren grins at Ysharra.

(OOC) Kiske's player whispers to the group, "'congrats!"

Speaking sincerely to Ysharra, you say, "Definitely necessary."

Katiesa glances expectantly up.

Shinann chuckles to herself.

(OOC) Arnylon's player whispers to the group, "I got a whole bunch of bolts when I capped. They kept going til I croaked."

(OOC) Ysharra's player whispers to the group, "Thank you all!"

Archales gives a short little hum of surprise.

Raising his hands before him, Archales quickly backpedals away from Ysharra.

(OOC) Roelaren's player whispers to the group, "That was priceless."

Darconas melodically says, "I would like some lightning bolts..."

Darconas whistles a complicated ditty, impressing you with his virtuosity.

Maylan grins evilly.

(OOC) Subarashi's player whispers to the group, "Now comes the insanity of post cap goals!"

Ysharra snickers at Archales.

Roelaren grins.

(OOC) Lornieh's player whispers to the group, "Yeah, they kept hitting Chemaine in our warcamp until she died."

(OOC) Zosozpage's player whispers to the group, "That must be new, Zoso never got bolted."

Zosozpage chuckles.

A bolt of lightning streaks down from the sky and strikes Ysharra!

... 1 point of damage!

Light shock to back. That stings!

A tremendous crack of thunder follows instantly!

A bolt of lightning streaks down from the sky and strikes Ysharra!

... 1 point of damage!

Light shock to back. That stings!

A tremendous crack of thunder follows instantly!

A bolt of lightning streaks down from the sky and strikes Ysharra!

... 1 point of damage!

Light shock to back. That stings!

A tremendous crack of thunder follows instantly!

A bolt of lightning streaks down from the sky and strikes Ysharra!

... 1 point of damage!

Light shock to back. That stings!

A tremendous crack of thunder follows instantly!

A bolt of lightning streaks down from the sky and strikes Ysharra!

... 5 points of damage!

Mild electric jolt sends Ysharra into spasms.

She is stunned!

A tremendous crack of thunder follows instantly!

A bolt of lightning streaks down from the sky and strikes Ysharra!

... 1 point of damage!

Light shock to back. That stings!

A tremendous crack of thunder follows instantly!

A bolt of lightning streaks down from the sky and strikes Ysharra!

... 1 point of damage!

Light shock to back. That stings!

A tremendous crack of thunder follows instantly!

A bolt of lightning streaks down from the sky and strikes Ysharra!

... 1 point of damage!

Light shock to back. That stings!

A tremendous crack of thunder follows instantly!

A bolt of lightning streaks down from the sky and strikes Ysharra!

... 3 points of damage!

Heavy spark to back. Bet that hurts.

A tremendous crack of thunder follows instantly!

A bolt of lightning streaks down from the sky and strikes Ysharra!

... 1 point of damage!

Light shock to back. That stings!

A tremendous crack of thunder follows instantly!

A bolt of lightning streaks down from the sky and strikes Ysharra!

... 1 point of damage!

Light shock to back. That stings!

A tremendous crack of thunder follows instantly!

A bolt of lightning streaks down from the sky and strikes Ysharra!

... 1 point of damage!

Light shock to back. That stings!

A tremendous crack of thunder follows instantly!

A bolt of lightning streaks down from the sky and strikes Ysharra!

... 1 point of damage!

Heavy spark to back. Bet that hurts.

A tremendous crack of thunder follows instantly!

You grin slowly.

Lornieh laughs!

A bolt of lightning streaks down from the sky and strikes Ysharra!

... 4 points of damage!

Heavy spark to back. Bet that hurts.

A tremendous crack of thunder follows instantly!

A bolt of lightning streaks down from the sky and strikes Ysharra!

... 1 point of damage!

Light shock to back. That stings!

A tremendous crack of thunder follows instantly!

A bolt of lightning streaks down from the sky and strikes Ysharra!

... 4 points of damage!

Heavy spark to back. Bet that hurts.

A tremendous crack of thunder follows instantly!

Maylan applauds.

Darconas cackles!

A bolt of lightning streaks down from the sky and strikes Ysharra!

... 4 points of damage!

Heavy spark to back. Bet that hurts.

A tremendous crack of thunder follows instantly!

Cryheart laughs!

Stormyrain stares off into space.

Ysharra coughs.

Kapik cackles!

Deckits gazes up into the heavens.

Florania gazes in amusement at her surroundings.

Zosozpage cackles!

Lornieh says, "Geez."

Lifting first one foot and then another, Archales slowly backpedals.

A bolt of lightning streaks down from the sky and strikes Ysharra!

... 1 point of damage!

Light shock to head. That stings!

A tremendous crack of thunder follows instantly!

Ulkov claps his hands together in delight!

Pookia snickers.

Arnylon chuckles.

Subarashi takes a few steps back.

Dirra gazes up into the heavens.

Newsby flails her arms about.

Berkana stares off into space.

Lylia examines her fingernails.

Kipa fidgets.

Xorus ponders.

Maylan exclaims, "Huzzah!!!!!!"

A bolt of lightning streaks down from the sky and strikes Ysharra!

... 34 points of damage!

Massive electrical shock turns head into shark bait. Time to feed the fish.

Ysharra drops dead at your feet!

The silvery luminescence fades from around Ysharra.

Ysharra becomes unbalanced for a second, then recovers.

Ysharra appears to lose some internal strength.

Ysharra seems hesitant.

Ysharra no longer appears to be listening intently.

A silver light faintly flickers around Ysharra, then fades.

Ysharra is no longer moving so silently.

Ysharra seems to lose an aura of confidence.

Ysharra appears less powerful.

Ysharra seems to lose some internal strength.

Ysharra loses a thorny barrier.

The light blue glow leaves Ysharra.

The deep blue glow leaves Ysharra.

The white light leaves Ysharra.

The very powerful look leaves Ysharra.

The glowing specks of energy surrounding Ysharra suddenly shoot off in all directions, then quickly fade away.

The powerful look leaves Ysharra.

Ysharra seems a bit less imposing.

Ysharra seems to lose some dexterity.

The air about Ysharra stops shimmering.

The dull golden nimbus fades from around Ysharra.

A tremendous crack of thunder follows instantly!

Cryheart says, "Ooof."

Archales coughs.

Ulkov nods approvingly.

Newsby's jaw drops.

Newsby just went south.


A Cloaked Figure

[more discussion of Reannah follows]

Irar stumbles forward as someone in a hooded cloak brushes past him then briskly walks off.

Dinaden glances at Irar.

You glance at Irar.

Speaking to Irar, Dinaden asks, "Ok Deacon?"

Speaking to Dinaden, Irar asks, "Eh?"

Speaking to Irar, you say, "I know it's cold, but you can't be numb enough not to have felt that."

Ysharra glances at Irar.

Speaking absently to Irar, you say, "Curious."

(OOC) Irar's player whispers to the group, "I've been dealing with ISP issues since I stepped in tonight. Sorry. I'm seeing everything like 5 minutes late lol."

Irar shudders.

Speaking surreptitiously to Irar, you ask, "Say, by any chance was the woman who gave you the whiskey wearing a hooded cloak?" [in reference to back when he collapsed, as he claimed he was given a drink earlier that night]

Speaking to you, Irar says, "I don't remember."

You nod sympathetically at Irar.

Speaking to you, Irar says, "She was pleasant. And somehow familiar."

Speaking to Irar, Marijka advises, "It wasn't me."

Speaking thoughtfully to Irar, you ask, "And you said attractive before too, yes?"

Speaking to you, Irar says, "But I don't recall a face... I was tired from a long night and a service I held afterwards."

Speaking to you, Irar says, "It certainly wasn't Helga."

Irar smirks at you!

Speaking frankly to Irar, you say, "I haven't been able to find any leads, but I'm still trying. And Helga wouldn't tell me anything."

Speaking to you, Irar says, "I suspect the point of that search is moot now."

Irar frowns.

You raise an eyebrow in Irar's direction.

Speaking faintly to Irar, you admit, "Suppose so..."

Ysharra looks thoughtfully at Irar.

Speaking to you, Irar says, "I would like to meet this hooded figure, though."

Irar smiles.

You stare at Irar.

Speaking slowly to Irar, you explain, "One just brushed by you a few moments ago."

Irar says, "I am very tired of secretive folk."

Speaking concernedly to Irar, you ask, "Are you sure your mind is intact?"

Speaking bluntly to Irar, you say, "Because I'm not."

Lylia asks, "Did you not notice in the press of the crowd?"

Lylia cocks her head at Irar.

Shinann looks thoughtfully at Irar.

Speaking to you, Irar says, "I can't say."

Lylia says, "I thought you were about to be toppled over."

A droopy-eyed tan bloodhound just arrived.

You hesitantly say, "Well, that's... some progress, I guess."

[cue 300 lines of affection toward Winston, who had been missing]


Prayers, Spying, and Death

Irar says, "Good evening, all. I need to visit Koar's shrine."

Lylia bows to Irar.

You turn toward Irar and render a sharp hand salute.

Irar bows.

Irar's group just went south.

You ponder.

You rub your wiregrass bracelet.

You become invisible.

The wiregrass bracelet suddenly disintegrates!

[Leafiara pursues alone]

[Light of the Godking]

A warm halo of sunlight filters through the crystalline dome above, each facet of the glass casting a bright golden mosaic along the textured stone floor. The smooth stone walls of the shrine are enameled with the image of a large golden crown. A track of worn, ashen grey carpet begins at the double doors and divides the chamber until ending just before a wide stone dais. Upon the raised platform is a high altar crafted from blood marble, its soft white surface speckled with sanguine motes.

Also here: Irar who is kneeling

You raise an eyebrow, but no one can see you.

You rub your chin thoughtfully.

Irar continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

[several minutes pass]

You ponder quietly uninterrupted, since no one can see you.

Irar continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

Irar rubs his crystal amulet.

Irar gets an odd look on his face.

You raise an eyebrow, but no one can see you.

Irar continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

[elsewhere, Ysharra dies for a seemingly non-capping-related reason; Leafi fogs over to check on her but she assures things are well, so she returns to Irar]

There is a brief coldness to the air.

You raise an eyebrow, but no one can see you.

Irar squints.

Irar scrubs his hand through his short jet black hair in frustration.

Irar continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

The air grows colder.

Your invisibility falls.

You clench your jaw.

You feel the blood drain from your face. [whoops! didn't know clenching her jaw would pull her out of hiding]

>go door

[Outpost, Outer Courtyard]

Four raised garden beds fill the courtyard with a wide crushed gravel path passing through vegetable staples to the Hendoran stables. The whinnying and neighing of horses continually fill the air and accompany the sounds of uniformed auxiliaries moving about the gardens and in and out of storage sheds built along the wall. Periodically, mounted Hendorans ride their horses southward to the main entrance of the outpost, while others return from the same direction and disappear into the stables. You also see a tall stone rotunda.

You worriedly say, "Yikes..."

You remove a wiregrass bracelet from in your instrument case.

You attach a wiregrass bracelet to your wrist.

You rub your wiregrass bracelet.

You become invisible.

[having accidentally been seen, Leafiara lies to Irar over thoughts that she was looking for Dinaden (the other person in his group when he left); she doesn't go back inside and waits outside the rotunda for 8-10 minutes]

You pray, "Irar... you'd best be safe in there."

You grumble.

You tap your foot impatiently.

You quietly say, "Can I really just stand outside..."

You grab a small shadowy black crystal sphere from a small pocket inside of your angora cape.

You whisper aloud, "C'mon, Irar. The second you're out of there..."

You give your best hateful look, but the effect is lost since you can't be seen.

You uneasily say, "Ugh."

[Irar is killed]

I>go rot

[Light of the Godking]

A warm halo of sunlight filters through the crystalline dome above, each facet of the glass casting a bright golden mosaic along the textured stone floor. The smooth stone walls of the shrine are enameled with the image of a large golden crown. A track of worn, ashen grey carpet begins at the double doors and divides the chamber until ending just before a wide stone dais. Upon the raised platform is a high altar crafted from blood marble, its soft white surface speckled with sanguine motes. Also here: the body of Irar who is lying down

Suddenly you have the strangest feeling that you are being watched.

The feeling fades as quickly as it came.

The shadow melts into the ground and the air grows warm again.

Suddenly you have the strangest feeling that you are being watched.

The feeling fades as quickly as it came.

You raise an eyebrow, but no one can see you.

You ask, "What happened?"

The ghostly voice of Irar says, "A shade..."

Suddenly you have the strangest feeling that you are being watched.

The feeling fades as quickly as it came.

Suddenly you have the strangest feeling that you are being watched.

The feeling fades as quickly as it came.

I>unhide

You are visible again.

You frown.

You tuck the black crystal sphere into a small pocket inside of your angora cape.

Shinann just arrived.

The ghostly voice of Irar says, "Violated my sanctuary."