Landing Events - 5120-04-03 - An Orc and a Hard Place (log)

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Olaesta 3-4, 5120

by Leafiara Autumnwind of the TownCrier


Summary

  • A flicker of crimson light appears out by the Deadfall in the Upper Trollfang and Sir Cryheart leads on to investigate. Branches slowly peel back, revealing a pulsating red light deep within, and Grishom Stone eventually emerges.
  • Berkana tells Grishom she wishes he'd vacate her tower by the jetty, while Alisette asks him if he knows his forest is restless; he says it's not restless, but busy. He says congratulations are in order, looking at Mayor Leafiara, and that the people have chosen their sacrifice--a jest, of course. She reminds that she argued for Breshon letting him cure Larsya and he says he knows. Krampton asks if he knows what the aura around Thadston is, but Grishom says Thadston has to deal with his own demons.
  • Grishom says he comes with a gift. He's not forgotten Mayor Lylia's act in turning Glethad over to his care, and asks if everyone hasn't found Thrayzar. Captain Stormyrain tells him that he knows we haven't. Thrassus says he's basically an ordinary orc, but Grishom says far from it; Leafi says he's more trained, but Grishom says Thrayzar "exists without existing"--aftermath of his time as Rone.
  • Grishom says he can't find Thrayzar or would offer that gift alone, but knows it will only be a matter of time until the Landing finds him. (Puptilian interjects that his animal friends will find him.) Thus, his gift... a thin black vein or root coils in his palm and snaps off, forming a dark murky shard in his hand--and then his other hand.
  • He offers two choices for when Thrayzar is found: either a cure to again become the orc he was before he lost his mind, or to again become the man he was before Raznel's curse. Pup says he already chose years ago to stay an orc; Stormy clarifies that it's the version of Thrayzar that we knew. Either will repair his mind and Grishom knows Thrayzar has preferred his orc form in the past. He says it's the most he could do for Lylia's generosity a month ago; Sir Goldstr asks if he means least, and Grishom says no, the most. Lylia says it was the logical choice and she did it without expectation of a gift.
  • Guarrin asks why the generosity, but Grishom says he explained that; Guarrin presses why this particular reward, but Grishom moves on to greeting Anru. Grishom says until next time, but Leafi asks if he wants us to return here when we find Thrayzar or if he'll find us; he says he'll find us, and that is the least he could do.
  • Goldstr tells Grishom his long term goal will never come to be; Grishom asks what he thinks he knows of his long term goal. Goldstr says we're not slaves, which Grishom chuckles off; Captain Shinann says Stone wants worshippers and Goldstr agrees, moreso worshippers. Grishom says the Arkati seek worshippers and slaves, but he's beyond the Arkati and it's within us to be the same, and says that many of us are enslaved to the Drakes' pets, glancing at Pup. Pup says he willingly follows Imaera's wishes and nothing is forced on him; Grishom says he's not ready yet and he understands, and says the threads of heaven are thinner than we may think.
  • Loamian tells Grishom to use his power to give his gift to Thrayzar himself, and Leafi notes that he's beyond the Arkati but unable to find Thrayzar. He looks at her and says "disappointing," while Lylia adds that the Arkati find many things beyond them or choose not to engage. Cruxophim says he's probably not above rising to challenges of competence, but Leafi says the question is in what way Stone is beyond the Arkati and just says he makes her curious. They might clash at some point, but right now it's true she doesn't have the history with him that others do. Grishom reiterates that he's not our enemy.
  • Grishom says he believes we're finished for the evening and that when we find Thrayzar, the gift is ours. Cryheart wishes for the forest to engulf him into a long sleep, and he leaves.
  • Afterward, the group discusses the ramifications of finding Thrayzar in light of this. Dergoatean, meanwhile, returns to the Deadfall and reports that some gathered there saw a face trying to push its way out of a tree, saying "help me."


Highlights

Speaking to Raelee, Hapenlok says, "At least I'm not as annoying to you as Pukk is."
Speaking to Raelee, Pukk asks, "You don't think I'm annoying do you Raerae?"
Speaking to Raelee, Hapenlok whispers aloud, "Kill him."
Speaking to Raelee, Hapenlok whispers aloud, "I'll bribe the guards on your behalf."
Speaking to Raelee, Pukk says, "Happy is always kidding...he is like that...a big kidder."
Raelee slowly says, "... I do not think I am interested in a competition regarding who can irritate me the most."
Speaking to Chaoswynd, Puptilian asks, "So what is the over under before someone kills the new mayor?"
Speaking to Chaoswynd, Puptilian asks, "30 days?"
Speaking to Puptilian, Madmountan says, "If we weren't standing in TSC, I could arrange now."
Speaking to Leafiara, Hapenlok says, "To be fair, we do discuss things, we do plan for things, and that plan is usually shot to hell in the first two seconds of the fight."
Grishom says, "When you find the orc, I present two choices to him."
Dergoatean says, "Truth, or dare."

[then the following night...]

Speaking to Goblyn, Hapenlok groans, "I wasn't ready for you."
Speaking curiously to Hapenlok, Goblyn asks, "Why will you think you will -ever- be this 'ready' for me?"
Speaking heartily to Viva, Chamorr says, "Tomorrow at 5 Ord an Dragan will be taking folks to Shadow Valley."
Speaking curiously to Chamorr, Goblyn asks, "You will be making a sacrifice of them?"
Speaking heartily to Goblyn, Chamorr says, "We will be sacrificing by the hundreds."
Speaking slowly to Chamorr, Goblyn says, "I do mean the people on this hunt, not my friends."
Morofinwe quietly says, "I wish I could get a pooka for a mount."
Speaking hopefully to Morofinwe, Leafiara encourages, "Maybe one day!"
Speaking thoughtfully to Morofinwe, Leafiara says, "Though you might sort of--fall right through it, unless the saddle was blessed.."
Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk asks, "So you don't deny that you are maybe possibly thinking about not having a rumored relationship with Lylia then?"
Speaking to Cryheart, Erienne says, "I thought you were in a relationship with someone else."
Cryheart says, "Her ladyship Athalia."
Speaking slowly to Erienne, Goblyn asks, "He does have this relationship with his oath, yes?"
Cryheart says, "And that too."
Pukk recites:
"Everybody join Cryheart!"
Cryheart says, "Sky is clear."
Cryheart asks, "And why are we gathering?"
Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk says, "We shouldn't let a clear sky rob us of our fun."
Cryheart asks, "What fun?"
Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk says, "The fun of joining you."
Evia recites:
"The sky is clear
But have no fear
Cuz if it clouds up
CRYHEART is here!"


Log

Approaching the Deadfall

[Fragrant Freesia Table]

A small bouquet of freesias fills the air around the table with a heady fragrance. Narrow green and blue ribbons are tied around the neck of the simple glass jar that serves as a vase, giving the table a rather homespun air.

Also here: Aderion, Asune, Najash, Pareris, Ohleg, Sewer Scamp Ushakaron, Xannorath, Lady Sochestie, Jooniper, Master Nroth, Lady Adelynn, Bumdor, Great Lord Villorn who is sitting, Conquerer of Reim Lylia, Conquerer of Reim Thrassus, Malucen, Lady Darksin, Rothruin, Great Lord Alornen, Master Eledryn, Delphos, Sammoon, Ryecruss, Gidion, Great Lord Monthas, Twyler, Mayor Leafiara, Otsakleia, Bochser, Vailshira, Oogway, Razanetika, Ensayn, Rhoyne, Silnoc, Meggiemae, Lurrah, Lord Sorlu, Great Lord Siggurd, Onisa, Rinthius, Zosopage, Alakazim, Lilitigress, Cytiger, Vrethyr, Lord Morofinwe, Darant, Trallihn, Ushea, Kelgan, Lord Zolis, Dougross, Drefore, Sonnillon, High Lady Shyspirit, High Lord Mongonator, Zrick, Taernath, High Lord Gutstorm, Voltung, Vaerdn, Valif, Conquerer of Reim Xorus, Luathaich, Lady Issibella, Lady Alisette, Lord Darkkstormmer, Pietra, Ashwyrr, Thornepeous, Strathome, Lady Isophenee, Lady Aeryi, Great Lady Persistance, Kamein, Yagrush who is kneeling, Lady Lenaie who is kneeling, Envoy Elgrim, Lokrimesh, Finwrick, Felarathael, Cavian, Grizahl, Kyshar, Lord Everall, Grand Lord Myharl, Nochternus, Tilbin, Hours, Feine, Kelaren, Great Lord Alarinn, Ryjin, Vonaq, Ardque, Iteno, Dravnib, Snooshezis, Fulvus, Kholac, Dreaven

A light thunder rumbles on the horizon.

Guarrin says, "Oh, well, found everyone."

Speaking drunkenly to Razanetika, Gutstorm says, "Yooz is the toot in my tooter."

A thin bolt of white lightning flashes in the sky.

[Town Square Central]

This is the heart of the main square of Wehnimer's Landing. The impromptu shops of the bazaar are clustered around this central gathering place, where townsfolk, travellers, and adventurers meet to talk, conspire or raise expeditions to the far-flung reaches of Elanith. At the north end, an old well, with moss-covered stones and a craggy roof, is shaded from the moonlight by a strong, robust tree. The oak is tall and straight, and it is apparent that the roots run deep. You also see the Ciyuka disk, a black-tipped majestic snow leopard, the Gutstorm disk, the Dougross disk, some chocolate cream-spread cookies, a tiny pocket mouse, the Ulk disk, a pale-faced coppery barn owl, a dull gold coin, a dull gold coin, a dull gold coin, a dull gold coin, a dull gold coin, a dull gold coin, a white crystal, a rose-marrow potion, some wolifrew lichen, a large bull frog, a tincture of wolifrew, an ayanad crystal, a large acorn, a large acorn, a large acorn, a large acorn, a mistwood serving cart with some stuff on it, an herbal remedy donation bin, some stone benches with some stuff on it and a sunset-hued leaf-shaped sign that reads, "Vote Leafiara, a Night and Day Difference!".

Also here: Mayor Leafiara, Lady Ciyuka, Hapenlok, Lady Erienne, High Lord Gutstorm, Arav, Dougross who is sitting, Stormyrain, Bernadette, Krampton, Mistress Berkana, Lyrna, Shinann, Pukk, Ulk, Haleran, Sir Cryheart, Magister Raelee, High Lord Balzighast, Zaneon who is sitting

Leafiara marvels, "That's quite the lightning out there!"

Erienne says, "Now I'm not sure what to do."

Gutstorm yells, "By the power of da gods, zap Pukk if yooz kin hear me!!"

Speaking to Raelee, Hapenlok says, "At least I'm not as annoying to you as Pukk is."

Speaking drunkenly to Pukk, Gutstorm says, "Prolly a false alarm."

Speaking hopefully to Pukk, Leafiara exclaims, "It's time!"

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk says, "I already said it...you're late."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk says, "Geesh you become mayor and you get late."

Speaking amusedly to Pukk, Leafiara says, "Fair enough then."

Speaking to Ciyuka, Hapenlok says, "Well, that was a good talk. Very enlightening, don't forget what I told you though."

Pukk recites:

"Everybody join Cryheart! Because the mayor says so!"

Speaking amusedly to Pukk, Leafiara says, "You're not the mayor yet."

Puptilian asks, "Where you going?"

Puptilian peers quizzically at Cryheart. [he had walked west, then back east]

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk says, "No, that was for you."

Cryheart says, "I tripped."

Pukk says, "Let me fix that..."

Speaking helpfully to Puptilian, Leafiara says, "We're just gathering near him so he gets struck by lightning instead of us."

Pukk recites:

"Everybody join Cryheart! Because the mayor Leafi says so!"

Speaking to Puptilian, Hapenlok asks, "Well, that was interesting. Wasn't it?"

Speaking to Raelee, Pukk asks, "You don't think I'm annoying do you Raerae?"

Speaking lightly to Pukk, Leafiara says, "Good luck on that one."

Speaking to Raelee, Hapenlok whispers aloud, "Kill him."

Speaking to Raelee, Hapenlok whispers aloud, "I'll bribe the guards on your behalf."

Speaking to Raelee, Pukk says, "Happy is always kidding...he is like that...a big kidder."

Raelee slowly says, "... I do not think I am interested in a competition regarding who can irritate me the most."

Leafiara says, "Just as a quick reminder, several local organizations host bounty help outside the adventurer's guild tomorrow at 10 in the evening and I'll be there if anyone would like to discuss anything."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Puptilian asks, "So what is the over under before someone kills the new mayor?"

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Puptilian asks, "30 days?"

Leafiara adds, "And then we have a town meeting on the 5th, at 11 in the evening, at Helga's."

Lyrna says, "That seems like a long time."

Speaking to Raelee, Hapenlok says, "Well, at least I'm annoying you about something related to a present problem we're facing. Pukk? ...is just Pukk."

Speaking amusedly to Puptilian, Leafiara says, "Already happened during the campaign."

Speaking to Puptilian, Madmountan says, "If we weren't standing in TSC, I could arrange now."

Speaking to Raelee, Hapenlok adds, "Well, usually that's how I'm annoying you."

Speaking to Puptilian, Chaoswynd says, "I'm not sure I want to take you up on that betting pool."

Speaking to Leafiara, Puptilian says, "You were not mayor yet."

Speaking to Puptilian, Leafiara protests, "I think it counts."

A small mote of crimson light floats by.

Krampton says, "Thadsstons."

Xorus says, "It is a tradition in this town to murder both mayors and mayoral candidates."

Beyond the trees of the Upper Trollfang, at the edge of the gnarled black woods, a flicker of crimson light shimmers briefly.

Lyrna says, "One might wonder why anyone would run for mayor, with that kind of tradition."

Puptilian says, "Stone."

Leafiara musingly says, "Ah, Stone."

Hapenlok grumbles, "Grishom..."

Sonnillon raspily says, "Watch for incoming rocks."

Speaking wryly to Stormyrain, Leafiara says, "See, we should've discussed this..."

Guarrin mutters, "That doesn't look good."

Bernadette softly says, "Aye."

Speaking affably to Cryheart, Leafiara says, "Well, you're in the lead, Sir Knight."

Speaking to Leafiara, Hapenlok says, "To be fair, we do discuss things, we do plan for things, and that plan is usually shot to hell in the first two seconds of the fight."

Loamian waves to Nicolas.

Speaking to Hapenlok, Leafiara concedes, "True."

Loamian exclaims, "You're just in time!"

Speaking to Loamian, Nicolas asks, "What's going on?"

Cryheart says, "Heading out."

Speaking to Leafiara, Hapenlok says, "This is why I don't bother planning."

Cryheart says, "Moving out in five..."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Leafiara admits, "I had wings on my button because I usually prefer to wing it, myself."

Cryheart says, "Four."

Cryheart says, "Three."

Cryheart says, "Two."

Cryheart says, "One."

Cryheart says, "Onward to the forest we go."

Pietra exclaims, "Cryblob rides again!"

Stormyrain whispers something to Leafiara.

[travel begins]

Hapenlok says, "I'm going to do something uncharacteristic, tonight. And keep quiet ...probably."

Lyrna says, "I'll believe it when it happens."

Pietra exclaims, "The gangs all here! Ish!"

Hapenlok says, "Let's see how cocky he is."

Pietra asks, "Who's going to be cocky?"

Hapenlok says, "Besides, there's not a lot I can do to him right now that he won't recover from."

Speaking to Pietra, Leafiara says, "Stone."

Pietra exclaims, "Oh!"

Leafiara musingly says, "Wonder what he wants this time."

Your disk arrives, following you dutifully.

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "I fink he likes to hear hisself talk."

Lyrna says, "Probably wants to see what dealing with you is going to entail, love."

Hapenlok says, "Oh, my ego is hoping that it's me."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Leafiara says, "Can do that without an audience, though..."

[travel concludes]

[Upper Trollfang]

The path twists and turns as it covers this area of transition between a dark forest to the southwest and a flat, moonlit plain to the north. You also see a gnarled black forest.

Also here: High Lord Gutstorm, Bernadette, Mistress Berkana, Lyrna, Pukk, Magister Raelee, High Lord Mongonator, Sreka, Guarrin, Hapenlok, Lady Erienne, Stormyrain, Krampton, Shinann, Orlicks, High Lord Asben, Relic Hunter Madmountan, Puptilian, Small Game Huntress Rendena, High Lady Shyspirit, Conquerer of Reim Xorus, Chaoswynd, Mayor Leafiara, Sonnillon, Lady Alisette, Tilbin, Loamian, Tolida, Lazaryth, Xannorath, Nicolas, Conquerer of Reim Lexbubba, Tsarok, Sir Cryheart

Pukk yells, "Mr. Stone. We are sending our resident murderous halfling named Happy out to talk to you!"

Speaking to Hapenlok, Pukk says, "You're up."

Speaking to Leafiara, Lazaryth asks, "What are we doing?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Hapenlok suggests, "Gag him?"

Lazaryth says, "I think I missed something."

Speaking drunkenly to Hapenlok, Gutstorm says, "Pre-emptive strike."

Speaking slowly to Lazaryth, Leafiara says, "I think we're meeting with Grishom Stone."

A crimson firefly zips by.

Erienne exclaims, "Ooh pretty!"

Loamian says, "I peered into it and apparently the forest is closed for the night, we may as well go pack it in."

Alisette exclaims, "A firefly!"

Berkana says, "Ooo. Firely."

Pietra says, "And we are going to mock him."

Madmountan says, "Quick, trap it in a jar."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Pukk exclaims, "Kill it!"

Hapenlok says, "Grishom, it's pissing rain, and we're out here ....apparently to speak...to you."

Speaking dryly to Leafiara, Lazaryth says, "I see."

Hapenlok exclaims, "So, let's get this over with so we can tell you to bugger yourself, and get back to drinking!"

Speaking to Pietra, Leafiara recalls, "You know, I did that once and he looked at me, but after all the stories I'd heard, I expected him to just kill me."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pietra asks, "Safety in numbers?"

Speaking to Pietra, Leafiara exclaims, "Not from what I've heard. Not with him!"

The voice of Puptilian says, "Nothing is ever safe around Stone."

Speaking to Asben, Erienne asks, "What?"

Pukk recites:

"Everybody stand away from Happy...he might be getting zapped soon"

Pietra says, "Well then."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Soon as any fitin startsh, Im hidin."

Hapenlok moves to stand in front of Pukk.

Pukk exclaims, "No!"

A gnarled branch begins to shift at the edge of the forest.

Alisette inquires, "The forest is moving?"

Speaking to Hapenlok, Loamian says, "If you get zapped we get zapped with you."

Nicolas says, "Creepy."

Speaking to Alisette, Hapenlok says, "Yup."

Sonnillon raspily exclaims, "That branch is coming right for us!"

Speaking drunkenly to Alisette, Gutstorm says, "Check it out."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Puptilian says, "My last memory of this place was the kids."

Leafiara: "We've gathered outside of the Deadfall forest, where--a branch appears to be moving. If any wish to join us on this potentially dangerous night!"

Sreka says, "I've never seen it do that before."

Speaking to Loamian, Pukk says, "Happy likes getting zapped...it makes him...happy."

Speaking to a gnarled black forest, Alisette says, "Hold your ground."

Speaking to Alisette, Hapenlok says, "Kind of a long story."

(OOC) Lyrna's player whispers to the group, "Gah! Canine emergency, back soon..."

Puptilian says, "This area had a barrier built around it by the druids."

Pietra says, "Mmm, druids."

Speaking to Puptilian, Leafiara says, "He tore that one open last time."

(OOC) Pukk's player whispers to the group, "Doggone it Lyrna..."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Alisette says, "You will have to tell me sometime."

Puptilian says, "Was supposed to choke out the trees. But yes Stone broke into it."

Puptilian asks, "And took the head druid, correct?"

Speaking to Puptilian, Leafiara says, "Indeed."

Alisette says, "Demon."

Sonnillon whispers to the group, "The forest appears to be closed." [OOC: meaning we can't go forest]

More gnarled black branches begin to bend and twist.

Puptilian says, "We owe the druids for their help."

Sreka says, "That looks pretty lively to me."

Speaking to Sreka, Leafiara says, "In a manner of speaking..."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Pukk says, "Try using fire."

Speaking to Balley, Alisette says, "Mom, the forest is moving."

Hapenlok whispers something to Leafiara.

Pukk says, "Aha."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "I need a drink."

Leafiara says, "He does have a way with entrances, at least."

(OOC) Hapenlok's player whispers to the group, "Incidentally, I was about to explode that serpent. Hehe. I'm so on edge."

Gutstorm turns to you abruptly and tells you that he loves you.

Speaking to Gutstorm, Lylia says, "I know."

Speaking quietly to Gutstorm, Nightflame asks, "Really?"

Speaking to Gutstorm, Hapenlok says, "No, no, NO."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Pietra says, "Aww, I love you too, ya old drunk."

Speaking raspily to Gutstorm, Sonnillon says, "No you don't."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Hapenlok says, "I need you to be ...not drunk."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Im dokay."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Aeith says, "Good luck with that one."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Leafiara says, "Then we'll know the end is near."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Loamian asks, "Does death clear the alcohol?"

Pietra asks, "Is he ever not drunk?"

Lazaryth asks, "Is there a reason we think Stone is in the Trollfang?"

Pukk recites:

"I would like to congratulate our newest Landing couple...Lylia and Hapenlok! They will be known as Happilia"

Speaking to Sonnillon, Pietra says, "Oh, I bet he's really flammable."

One by one, dark branches begin to peel back, curling outward like the bending, black bones of a macabre ribcage. Deep within the cavity, like a beating heart, a pulsating red light throbs from within.

Speaking to Pukk, Hapenlok says, "I'm about to throw you in that forest."

Lylia says, "Two husbands are enough. I shall not take a third."

Bernadette softly says, "Thas why."

Lazaryth says, "That doesn't seem quite normal."

Leafiara says, "Ahhh... so that's where it went."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Thrassus says, "That's a pretty good sign."

Cryheart says, "No one light a match close to Gutstorm."

Berkana whispers something to Lylia.

Stormyrain whispers something to Guarrin.

Xorus says, "Only wonderful things can come from using the Bloodstar on that black tree maw."


Grishom's Gift

The red glow continues to pulse, and soon a robed figure emerges, stepping out from the glow and stepping forward, passing through the backdrop of crimson and shadows, the sanguine curtain and gnarled branches closing up behind him.

Grishom flashes a wide grin.

Cryheart says, "Well...guess who came to visit."

Pietra says, "Well that's a fine how do you do."

Speaking wryly to Grishom, Leafiara says, "Sure took you long enough."

Xorus says, "Good evening."

Speaking to Grishom, Erienne says, "So dramatic."

Speaking in Faendryl to Lylia, Dergoatean says something you don't understand.

Speaking to Grishom, Leafiara admits, "But, like you said... good at theatrics."

Grishom grins at Guarrin.

Speaking to Grishom, Berkana says, "I really wish you would vacate my tower on the jetty."

Speaking in Faendryl to Dergoatean, Lylia says something you don't understand.

Ushakaron deeply asks, "Ahh it's the bloody guy or blood guy or something like that?"

Grishom smirks at Berkana.

Cryheart says, "Evening Stone."

Stormyrain whispers something to Guarrin.

Speaking to Grishom, Pukk says, "You know you could sneak up on somebody if you didn't make such a ruckus first."

Speaking curiously to Grishom, Leafiara asks, "And what brings you out of the forest this time?"

Speaking to Grishom, Alisette asks, "Evening. Did you know your forest is restless?"

Grishom says, "It is not restless."

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Nightflame says, "Greed, the hope of infinite power, that stuff."

Grishom says, "It is busy."

Alisette raises an eyebrow in Grishom's direction.

Pukk whispers to the group, "It's okay folks. Roblar is here. We will be okay now."

Cryheart says, "Ahhh."

Ushakaron deeply says, "Well that sounds promising? Or scary."

Speaking to Grishom, Berkana says, "Soon as I can find a talented enough rogue to tease open that gate... I'm cleaning it."

Grishom says, "I understand congratulations are in order."

Speaking to Grishom, Alisette asks, "Busy doing what?"

Grishom glances at Leafiara.

Leafiara gazes in amusement at Grishom.

Grishom grins.

Grishom says, "The people have chosen their sacrifice."

Grishom smirks.

Speaking curiously to Grishom, Leafiara says, "And here I thought you didn't have a taste for local poli--"

Grishom says, "I jest..."

Leafiara suddenly says, "Uh-huh."

Leafiara chuckles.

Cryheart says, "Of course."

Hapenlok says, "Actually, it's not that far from-"

Speaking raspily to Leafiara, Sonnillon exclaims, "We are outside of town!" [OOC: bit of an inside comment, but Leafi had been explaining to him on some day or other that the law doesn't extend outside the gates and anything goes in the wilderness]

Hapenlok says, "...never mind."

Sammoon says, "Ah."

Speaking to Grishom, Leafiara offers, "For what it's worth, I was on the side saying Breshon should have let you cure Larsya."

Sammoon says, "The summoner."

Grishom says, "I know."

Leafiara grins.

Erienne whispers something to Grishom.

Speaking quietly to Grishom, Nightflame asks, "Da army of Golems are busy, what may they be doing Stone?"

Speaking to Grishom, Sreka asks, "When you say sacrifice, do you mean that literally?"

Sammoon says, "Building."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Pukk whispers aloud, "Now's youre chance....blast him."

Speaking to Sreka, Lylia says, "Figurative, I imagine."

Speaking curiously to Grishom, Leafiara asks, "So in any case thank you, I suppose. But, truly, to what do we owe the--honor tonight?"

Speaking to Pukk, Hapenlok says, "Not yet."

Sammoon says, "Could the sacrifice be a halflin."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Hapenlok says, "Enough of that."

Speaking to Lylia, Sreka says, "Well, you can never tell."

Alisette says, "No."

Grishom grins.

Sammoon says, "Nae me, anyway."

Speaking to Grishom, Krampton asks, "Ya wouldn't happen ta know what the crimson aura that is around Thadston's neck is would ya?"

Grishom says, "I bring a gift."

Sonnillon raspily says, "Time for a drinkie poo."

Sammoon says, "Gift."

Grishom peers quizzically at Krampton.

Speaking to herself, Stormyrain whispers aloud, "It's a trap."

Balley softly asks, "A gift?"

Speaking to Sonnillon, Tilbin asks, "Jes' one?"

Cryheart says, "A gift, how generous of ye."

Speaking pleasedly to Grishom, Pukk exclaims, "For me? Oh you shouldn't have!"

Speaking to Grishom, Goldstr asks, "A gift?"

Xorus whispers something to Lylia.

Grishom grins at Xorus.

Speaking raspily to Tilbin, Sonnillon says, "No fighting signs tonight... not yet at least."

Sammoon says, "It ain't likely to be a good gift."

Xorus winks at Grishom.

Sammoon says, "Like silvers."

Sammoon says, "Er food."

Sammoon says, "Food would be good."

Grishom grins at Krampton.

Speaking to Grishom, Sreka asks, "What kind of gift? What does it do?"

Speaking quietly to Grishom, Nightflame says, "Dats what ya said to Cross, exactly If I recall correctly."

Grishom says, "I am afraid he must deal with his own demons."

Grishom nods at Krampton.

Speaking raspily to Tilbin, Sonnillon asks, "Maybe it's big fireworks?"

Grishom grins at Stormyrain.

Speaking to Grishom, Krampton says, "Demons you says."

Stormyrain smiles thinly.

Grishom says, "I have not forgotten your act in regards to sending Glethad with me."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Pukk says, "You scared me."

Lylia nods at Grishom.

Speaking coolly to Pukk, Cruxophim purrs, "Good."

Pukk exclaims, "I'm poisoned now!"

Pukk says, "Oh wait.."

Grishom asks, "You have not found the orc yet, I presume?"

Speaking to Pukk, Eledryn asks, "Again?"

Stormyrain clenches her jaw.

Nyatherra softly says, "Wasn't me."

Shinann shifts her weight.

Sammoon says, "Ok."

Lylia says, "I have seen only thoroughly ordinary orcs."

Sammoon says, "Not food."

Eledryn whispers something to Pukk.

Stormyrain stiffly says, "You know we have not."

Thrassus says, "He is basically an ordinary orc now, I believe."

Grishom says, "He is still far from ordinary."

Leafiara says, "A far more trained body... and instincts."

Sammoon asks, "Who's ordinary?"

Grishom says, "He exists, without existing still."

Sammoon says, "Er na."

Speaking quietly to himself, Nightflame asks, "Is anybody truly normal around here?"

Pukk says, "Clear as mud."

Sammoon says, "Oh."

Grishom says, "Residual aftermath of his time as Rone I suppose."

Leafiara says, "Many of us did suspect he's still out there, despite what Raznel's paragons said."

Sammoon says, "I get it."

Sammoon says, "Undead."

The abyran'a whips its tail about itself in a menacing fashion, clearly ready to slap at anything that comes within range.

Speaking to Nightflame, Hapenlok whispers aloud, "Not really."

Ensayn sincerely says, "I'm how I always remember me."

Sammoon says, "Mebbe."

Speaking quietly to himself, Dergoatean says, "How very existential."

Sonnillon raspily says, "Undead are not welcome here. come back when your living."

Speaking to a short-armed muted coppery abyran'a, Berkana says, "I know how you feel."

Leafiara muses, "Temporal issues compounding other problems..."

Grishom nods at Leafiara.

Leafiara nods briefly at Grishom.

Grishom says, "I cannot find him, or I would offer that gift alone."

Pukk mutters, "Argle gargle goo goo goo."

Eledryn whispers something to Erienne.

Pukk says, "That's all I understand."

Grishom says, "But I know your record as a town, so I know it will only be a matter of time until you do find him."

Speaking to Grishom, Sammoon asks, "Where was he last?"

Grishom says, "Then, my gift comes into play."

Balley softly says, "People and things tend to show up out of the blue."

Puptilian says, "I have confidence that my animal friends will find the orc. We don't need help."

Cruxophim wryly guesses, "Melgorehn's Valley?"

Erienne whispers something to Eledryn.

Sonnillon raspily says, "Let's put out free ale and cherry tarts. We will have him by sundown tomorrow."

Grishom holds out his hand and the sleeve of his red robe slides back slightly.

Speaking lightly to Puptilian, Leafiara says, "Well, he did say he's not offering help with finding him, anyway."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Berkana says, "We always go there."

Pukk exclaims, "Ooh a magic trick!"

Sammoon says, "Nothin up his sleeve."

Nyatherra softly says, "Does he have a trick up his sleeve."

Sonnillon raspily asks, "Cards?"

Speaking to Nyatherra, Panndoris says, "Jes thick wrist."

Berkana asks, "Cards?"

Sammoon says, "I'd like food better."

Sonnillon raspily exclaims, "Don't play cards with him!"

Sammoon says, "For the record, I love halflings."

Sammoon says, "Just like meself better."

Speaking softly to Sammoon, Nyatherra asks, "Don't we all?"

Speaking raspily to Sammoon, Sonnillon says, "Fun sized they are."

A thin black vein, or root, snakes out from underneath the sleeve of Grishom's robe and stretches slowly up his arm, coiling and pooling within his palm. The root-vein expands then snaps off, forming a dark murky shard in his hand. Repeating the theatrics, he does the same with his other hand.

Sammoon points at Pukk.

Sammoon says, "He said it."

Grishom says, "When you find the orc, I present two choices to him."

Grishom says, "Each a cure."

Nyatherra softly asks, "Is that a snake in your sleeve or are you just happy to see me?"

Sammoon asks, "Cure for what?"

Dergoatean says, "Truth, or dare."

Goldstr asks, "Shards a wha?"

Sammoon says, "Pray tell."

Speaking to Nyatherra, Pukk says, "I'm happy to see you though."

Leafiara says, "...this should be interesting..."

Sonnillon raspily asks, "Death or slower death?"

Grishom says, "Each will cure him, one to the man the was, or one to the orc he was...before he lost his mind."

Speaking quietly to Grishom, Nightflame asks, "You trade a curse for a curse?"

Speaking amusedly to Sonnillon, Cruxophim suggests, "Everlasting unlife?"

Speaking quietly to Grishom, Nightflame says, "That's nonsense."

Speaking to Grishom, Dergoatean says, "No fine print, I'm sure."

Alisette asks, "Cure him?"

Speaking raspily to Cruxophim, Sonnillon says, "Maybe."

Puptilian says, "He made his choice years ago to stay an orc."

Stormyrain asks, "Which orc? The version we know, or the version that is pure orc?"

Speaking derisively to Grishom, Hapenlok asks, "Like the cure for Wellington?"

Sammoon says, "Back to the existin thin."

Sreka asks, "What's the catch?"

The shards melt into Grishom's hands and the black root-veins recoil, crawling back down the length of his bare arms and beneath the cover of his sleeves.

Sammoon says, "We cure him of existin."

Grishom says, "The version you knew."

Sonnillon raspily says, "Could put him to the torch. We haven't had a good burning in a while."

Lylia says, "Why would he not be the one to make that choice? Surely none of you seek to deny him either."

Leafiara curiously says, "Seems an odd thing to give a choice to someone who can only think as... deeply as an orc. Hm."

Stormyrain nods slowly.

Sammoon says, "That really looks uncomfortable."

Speaking derisively to Lylia, Hapenlok asks, "If it were anyone other than ...him?"

Speaking to Lylia, Dergoatean asks, "Does he have the presence of mind to make the decision?"

Nyatherra whispers something to Panndoris.

Balley softly says, "Interesting."

Speaking to Dergoatean, Leafiara admits, "That's what I'm wondering as well."

Alisette offers, "What if he seeks neither of your choices?"

Leafiara acknowledges, "We haven't seen him in months. Maybe he has moments of ludicity."

Grishom says, "Both will repair his mind. But I understand he may not wish to become his former self, long before his original curse. I have seen parts of his mind, long ago. I know he prefers the form he held, before recent."

Lylia whispers something to Xorus.

Thrassus asks, "He could be the one that was snipping off the limbs of the mayoral candidates, perhaps?"

Speaking to Berkana, Guarrin says, "I'm sure you will have learned it by weeks end."

Speaking to Leafiara, Dergoatean says, "Just... for a baseline, the local orcs probably wouldn't make full sense out of me offering a shard from either hand."

Speaking to Grishom, Goldstr says, "I would tinks dat be true."

Leafiara says, "Faerinn has a theory about the limb assassin, but--I'll save that for a less pressing time."

Sonnillon whispers to the group, "Maybe he just needs some water and fertilizer."

Speaking quietly to Grishom, Nightflame asks, "How bout you, you wanna be yer former self?"

Thrassus says, "It's possible. He could have just been hungry."

Sammoon says, "Sounds good."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk asks, "Does he think it's Grishom too?"

Grishom grins at Nightflame.

Xorus whispers something to Lylia.

Grishom says, "It is the most I could do, for your generosity a month ago."

Panndoris whispers something to Nyatherra.

Dergoatean asks, "The most?"

Sammoon says, "I ain't sure he's trustworthy."

Speaking to Grishom, Goldstr asks, "Donna ye means da least?"

Lylia says, "Thank you for that. It was the logical choice. I did it without expectation of a gift."

Grishom says, "No. Not in this case."

Grishom nods at Lylia.

Grishom says, "It is the most."

Grishom nods at Goldstr.

Panndoris whispers something to Stormyrain.

Speaking raspily to Tilbin, Sonnillon says, "I always get dolled up and there is never a dance."

Grishom asks, "Do you have a question?"

Grishom peers quizzically at Guarrin.

Speaking to Grishom, Guarrin asks, "Aye. Why this ..generosity?"

Rodentiarella whispers something to Nyatherra.

Grishom says, "I believe I explained that."

Speaking to Guarrin, Leafiara says, "A return for Glethad."

Guarrin says, "Yes, yes."

Speaking to Leafiara, Hapenlok adds, "Which wasn't much of a choice at all."

Guarrin says, "Why this particular reward."

Grishom grins at Anru.

Guarrin adds, "If that is what you wish to call it."

Speaking to Leafiara, Hapenlok mutters, "Forget it. I said I was going to shut up tonight, and I've mostly done that. sort of."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "I fink he wanna knows if ye has ultraterior motiff too."

Sammoon asks, "Burstin eh?"

Grishom smirks.

Grishom says, "It has been some time."

Grishom nods at Anru.

Lylia whispers something to Xorus.

Anru softly says, "Too long."

Speaking quietly to Gutstorm, Nightflame says, "You should load that whiskey in that water gun o yours, at least then you can level the playing field."

Speaking drunkenly to Nightflame, Gutstorm says, "Me tried."

Speaking to Grishom, Anru says, "It is a pleasure to see you again."

Xorus whispers something to Lylia.

Sammoon asks, "This goin poorly?"

Grishom says, "I'm quite sure it is."

Speaking raspily to Nightflame, Sonnillon asks, "Whiskey fight?"

Speaking to Grishom, Panndoris says, "Orcs lookin fer ye."

Speaking quietly to Sonnillon, Nightflame says, "Sure."

Speaking raspily to Nightflame, Sonnillon says, "Now this actually might get interesting."

Speaking to a fluffy grey cat, Berkana says, "Poor kitty."

Grishom gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

Grishom says, "Until next time..."

Grishom flashes a wide grin.

Speaking to Grishom, Hapenlok says, "See you in hell, Stone."

Lylia agrees, "Until next time."

Leafiara asks, "I suppose we're to return here when we find him, then? Or will you find us?"

Loamian says, "Take your time."

Sammoon asks, "Das Teras, ain't it?"

Speaking to Grishom, Alisette says, "Next time, sir."

Balley softly says, "I am sure you will be round Grishom."

Ensayn thoughtfully says, "Suppose there is always a next time."

Sonnillon raspily says, "Damn lightning with no thunder."

Bernadette softly says, "We be waitin fer ye."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Pukk says, "See, you had your chance."

Cryheart says, "And an evening to ye as well."

Grishom says, "Once you find him, the least I could do is find you."

Grishom says, "See. Now the least."

Grishom nods at Goldstr.


Impending Questions

Speaking to Grishom, Goldstr says, "Yer long term goal will neveh comes to be."

Speaking to Grishom, Hapenlok says, "Altruism doesn't suit you."

Grishom turns to face Goldstr.

Grishom asks, "Oh?"

Speaking to Grishom, Hapenlok says, "Being on fire, does, though."

Grishom peers quizzically at Goldstr.

Grishom says, "Enlighten me."

Grishom turns an inquisitive ear toward Goldstr.

Speaking to Grishom, Goldstr says, "We nae be slaves."

Grishom asks, "What of my goal do you even think you know?"

Goldstr begins chuckling at Grishom!

Grishom asks, "Slaves? You think I wish you as slaves?"

Speaking to Grishom, Pukk says, "That is it your goal...."

Speaking quietly to Grishom, Nightflame says, "I know why da Eyes send ya packing."

Sammoon says, "Ain't likely to be in our favor I'd say."

Sonnillon raspily says, "I could use an ale."

Shinann says, "He wants worshippers... not slaves."

Grishom chuckles.

Speaking casually to Goldstr, Cruxophim offers, "You can be my slave for half-price, if you want. It's a deal! It's a steal!"

Speaking to Shinann, Hapenlok says, "Little difference, there."

Sonnillon raspily says, "Some one fetch a barrel of ale."

Speaking to Grishom, Goldstr says, "Well aye but mer so worshippers."

Grishom says, "Arkati seeks worshippers and slaves."

Thrassus says, "It might be a good idea to search out a particular essay, I would suggest."

Puptilian says, "I am no slave of Lady Imaera."

Sammoon says, "Insane too."

Grishom says, "I am beyond the Arkati."

Anru says, "This one wants something more useful."

Sammoon says, "Ahhh."

Sammoon says, "He said it."

Grishom says, "It is within you, to be the same."

Speaking slowly to Grishom, Leafiara asks, "And with that power, you want... what?"

Speaking to Grishom, Alisette asks, "And do you seek something from us?"

Speaking to Grishom, Goldstr says, "Dat be me main point a wha I say."

Nightflame quietly says, "Yup, you are."

Speaking raspily to Tilbin, Sonnillon says, "Beer the solution to and cause of all the fun in life."

Ensayn grumbles, "Never had any use for a spirit that can't offer me a sandwich."

Sammoon says, "Lightnin here please."

Speaking jokingly to Grishom, Sochestie asks, "Is it, if so, show me the way?"

Speaking pointedly to Grishom, Hapenlok says, "Elithain thought like you did. And he died for that miscalculation."

Speaking to Grishom, Sreka says, "I heard that you wanted to be like a drake in power. Maybe more."

Sonnillon raspily asks, "Unlimited power?"

Everall whispers to the group, "You know someone's gone crazy when they say that... oh boy."

Sammoon says, "Na on me."

Speaking to Ensayn, Dergoatean says, "Nothing is better than eternal happiness, and a sandwich is better than nothing. So we must conclude..."

Sammoon glances at Grishom.

Sammoon says, "That one."

Speaking to Dergoatean, Pietra asks, "You have sandwiches?"

Sonnillon raspily exclaims, "I'm in for the unlimited power. Where do I sign up!"

Speaking dismissively to Hapenlok, Cruxophim wonders, "Don't you have some exploding to do, or something?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk says, "And I thought Zelia was the crazy one."

Grishom says, "It is many of you who are enslaved to the Drakes' pets."

Grishom says, "Remember that."

Speaking to Pietra, Dergoatean exclaims, "I wish! It would be better than eternal happiness!"

Grishom glances at Puptilian.

Grishom says, "You serve pets."

Loamian says, "The Arkati could find an orc man and could cure him of his curse without strings attached."

Panndoris says, "The Drakes' pets..."

Speaking agreeably to Pietra, Ensayn says, "That was my thought."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Hapenlok says, "Oh, I went that route the last time. I got thrown in the stocks."

Sammoon asks, "There'll be food?"

Speaking quietly to Grishom, Nightflame says, "Sounds like a good book we could publish "Beyond the Arkati: an Unbeliever's View"."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Hapenlok says, "I'm being pretty patient tonight."

Sonnillon raspily exclaims, "Thems is fighting words sir!"

Speaking to Grishom, Puptilian asks, "What do you mean I serve pets?"

Speaking amusedly to Nightflame, Leafiara says, "He already did." [OOC: there are various copies of Beyond the Arkati around certain in-game libraries]

Sonnillon raspily exclaims, "Fighting words!"

Grishom says, "Your Arkati."

Speaking to Grishom, Eledryn says, "I may fancy some of the Arkati, but I call nobody my master."

Everall says, "I drink Koar's light, I enjoy it... it's refreshing."

Speaking to Eledryn, Pukk says, "That's not what you said the other night."

Puptilian says, "I willingly follow my Lady's wishes. Willing is the key word there."

Speaking raspily to Tilbin, Sonnillon says, "Starting to sound like we might get to burn something tonight."

Puptilian says, "Nothing is forced on me."

Speaking to Pukk, Eledryn says, "You said that was just our dirty little secret."

Speaking to Sonnillon, Tilbin asks, "Ya got yer torch ready?"

Grishom smirks.

Dergoatean says, "All of this is a just step removed from the Eye itself means to say..."

Speaking to Eledryn, Pukk says, "Oh."

Sammoon says, "Waffles be good."

Grishom says, "You are not ready yet."

Grishom says, "I understand."

Speaking to Grishom, Sammoon says, "Das fer sure."

Balley softly asks, "Who is not ready for what?"

Sreka whispers to the group, "I don't see why he would want us to have unlimited power. That just means more rivals for him."

Guarrin curiously asks, "What makes one ready?"

Speaking to Grishom, Panndoris says, "Only Drake I follow is dis one."

Panndoris shows Grishom his rolaren waraxe.

Speaking to Grishom, Pukk says, "Have you thought about following Lord Cholen. Things are much more amusing then."

Lylia says, "Now that is an interesting question."

Sammoon says, "Ain't ready to be sucked in on dissun's scheme."

Speaking quietly to Balley, Nightflame says, "Ya got ta read da book."

Speaking to Grishom, Puptilian says, "You serve your own history, your own memory, wishes, and oaths of your dead father. You serve more then you want to admit yourself."

Dergoatean says, "I've had closer taste of his power than most. It's not what it's cracked up to be."

Sammoon says, "Bad feelings."

Sonnillon raspily asks, "I hear all this talk about slaves. But what I want to know is when are we all getting paid?"

Berkana whispers something to Cruxophim.

Speaking to Puptilian, Leafiara says, "Mmm, of all the people, you remind me of a discussion with Crux at this past Ebon Gate festival when he was musing that we're all slaves to some desire or other."

Berkana whispers something to Cruxophim.

Speaking softly to Nightflame, Balley says, "I prefer not to read but to experience."

Pukk glances between Berkana and Cruxophim.

Speaking to Sonnillon, Sammoon says, "Slaves get paid with rag and gruel."

Grishom says, "The threads of heaven are thinner than you may think."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk says, "Love is in the air."

Speaking to Grishom, Loamian says, "Use your beyond Arkati power to go give your gift to the orc-man yourself and bless us with your absence."

Grishom mocks grabbing an invisible thread and snapping it.

Speaking raspily to Grishom, Sonnillon says, "Ruling in hell sounds better."

Cruxophim calmly adds, "And the shackles of hell far less binding."

Grishom grins.

Sammoon says, "Buy ya a ticket to Teras."

Speaking wonderingly to Razanetika, Ensayn asks, "Was there something there?"

Speaking raspily to Cruxophim, Sonnillon says, "This is getting awful preachy."

Leafiara muses, "Beyond the Arkati, but also incapable of finding Thrayzar..."

Leafiara looks thoughtfully at Grishom.

Speaking to Cruxophim, Dergoatean says, "Yes, that did the trick."

Grishom glances at Leafiara.

Speaking to Balley, Pukk says, "Maybe he can tell you about your scarab and why it was different."

Sammoon asks, "Oxymoron?"

Speaking to Grishom, Leafiara reasons, "You said it."

Leafiara flashes a quick grin.

Speaking raspily to Cruxophim, Sonnillon says, "Well for a talking tree man."

Lylia notes, "The gods themselves find many things beyond them, or they simply choose not to engage in them."

Sammoon asks, "That the right word?"

Rendena softly says, "No nothing in this journal about the current situation."

Grishom says, "Disappointing."

Grishom nods at Leafiara.

Sammoon says, "Conundrum."

Speaking lightly to Leafiara, Cruxophim speculates, "Probably not above rising to simple challenges of competence, also."

Speaking softly to Pukk, Balley says, "How would he know? I do not think we ever will."

Speaking to Grishom, Puptilian says, "Close to what...15 years now you grow in power, gain magic in many ways, and yet you still have the goal your father started all these years ago. To be more powerful then the Gods. You are blind to your worship of your dead and a slave to your memories. Amusing really now that I realize that."

Leafiara says, "In that case, the question is beyond the Arkati in what way."

Lylia asks, "Does Charl know of squirrels?"

Berkana says, "Ah, red rain. My favorite."

Speaking amusedly to Puptilian, Cruxophim remarks, "Took you long enough."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Leafiara says, "A challenge? No... I'm a pretty neutral party in this, actually."

Lylia says, "It was a question Silvean asked in one of his essays."

Speaking quietly to his green elven longcoat, Eledryn remarks, "And I JUST got you cleaned."

Speaking to Lylia, Pukk says, "Yes, yes he does."

Speaking to Puptilian, Guarrin admits, "Suppose that's a fair point."

Leafiara says, "I leave the longstanding grudges to Puptilian, Stormyrain, and others."

Speaking gently to Leafiara, Cruxophim muses, "I'm teasing, of course."

Speaking to Grishom, Leafiara admits, "You just make me curious. I wonder what you're after and why."

Grishom grins at Leafiara.

Cruxophim drolly states, "Grudges are so 5119."

Raelee quietly murmurs, "Curiosity always deserves reward."

Speaking to Leafiara, Goldstr says, "Nea be grudges, jess lookin at da truth."

Speaking raspily to Tilbin, Sonnillon says, "Probably after hours."

Hapenlok murmurs, "The Fascination shall become ...death."

Sonnillon raspily says, "Yay blood rain."

Lyrna asks, "Does it have to be blood?"

Speaking to Grishom, Leafiara says, "The time might well come that we clash. But I don't have the history with you that others do, that's certainly true."

Ensayn says, "Never too late to drudge up a grudge."

Sonnillon raspily asks, "Don't you normally bath in blood after a battle?"

Grishom says, "I am not your enemy."

vGrishom nods at Leafiara.

Speaking to Lyrna, Pukk exclaims, "Blood rain is what Grishom does best!"

Speaking to Grishom, Leafiara says, "...we'll see."

Leafiara grins.

Sammoon asks, "Das da gift?"

Speaking raspily to Pukk, Sonnillon says, "We got hood winked."

Speaking to Raelee, Nightflame quietly says, "There's a narrow bridge between Reward and Consequence."

Sammoon says, "Berry juice."

Grishom nods at Cruxophim.

Lyrna says, "Yeah. Unfortunately..."

Speaking to Sonnillon, Pukk says, "I don't have a hood though."

Speaking to Eledryn, Sammoon says, "We could ferment that."

Speaking to Sammoon, Eledryn says, "That's not berries."

Rendena softly says, "That was back in 5102."

Speaking raspily to Pukk, Sonnillon says, "Roof winked."

Speaking to Leafiara, Goldstr asks, "Ye enjoy his gift a da bathouse?"

Sammoon says, "Oh."

Rendena softly says, "Griffin sword."

Speaking to Goldstr, Leafiara asks, "...that was from him?"

Speaking to Cruxophim, Pukk says, "Show off."

Speaking to Sammoon, Eledryn says, "Surely you've punched enough things to know what blood smells like."

Lylia says, "It is not called the Stone Baths because of its construction materials."

Grishom smirks at Lylia.

Sammoon says, "Splatters a big."

Sammoon says, "Bit."

Leafiara says, "Learning something new all the time then."

Hapenlok mutters, "I still am going to burn that building down, some day."

Xorus says, "That clerk is still quite taken with you."

Speaking to Lylia, Pukk says, "Oh...I didn't know that."

Grishom looks over at Krampton and shakes his head.

Stormyrain gives a sidelong glance at Grishom.

Hapenlok says, "It'd be worth the hefty fine and jail sentence, I swear."

Speaking to Lylia, Pukk asks, "So he made those baths?"

Grishom grins at Stormyrain.

Hapenlok says, "Cholgar's was more desirable."

Puptilian says, "He repaired the bath house. Not created it."

Speaking to Grishom, Pukk exclaims, "You truly are evil!!"

Leafiara admits, "The baths have been good to me. Not that I knew this until now."

Speaking to Grishom, Sammoon says, "Odd way of gettin others to help ya out."

Sammoon says, "Honey."

Pukk exclaims, "Evil!"

Sammoon says, "Na vinegar and threats."

Speaking to Sammoon, Hapenlok asks, "It's how he operates, see?"

Lylia says, "A gift to the town, I was led to believe. The Stone Baths, the Wellington Home -- both of these are named after those who built them. Or remodeled them."

Speaking to Lylia, Eledryn says, "I.... never knew."

Speaking to Grishom, Pukk exclaims, "I gave you the benefit of the doubt...but since you are the one who made those baths....you sir...are evil!"

Pietra whispers something to Sonnillon.

Grishom says, "I believe we are finished for the evening."

Speaking to Sammoon, Hapenlok says, "It's very seductive, how he operates. You almost don't realize you're doing his bidding until it's too late."

Grishom says, "Goodnight. When you find the orc..."

Speaking grimly to Pukk, Cruxophim mutters, "I know how you hate baths."

Grishom nods.

Speaking to Grishom, Erienne says, "They don't know all of your history."

Speaking to Grishom, Pukk says, "And not like a Xorus evil...but a frightening evil evil."

Grishom says, "The gift is yours."

Erienne says, "I remember."

Speaking to Grishom, Lylia says, "Goodnight to you."

Sammoon asks, "Baths?"

Cryheart says, "May the forest engulf ye into a long sleep."

Balley softly says, "Goodnight Grishom."

Pietra says, "Yippee and stuff."

Loamian says, "Keep your gift."

Grishom smirks at Cryheart.

Speaking quietly to Grishom, Tsarok says, "Toodles."

Cryheart winks at Grishom.

Nyatherra softly says, "I dont need a bath. I smell like pineapple."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Pukk says, "Hurry...blast him."

Speaking to Pukk, Hapenlok says, "No point. This time."

Hapenlok says, "Much as it pains me to admit it."

Grishom nods at Anru.

Speaking to Pukk, Sammoon says, "You got quite the stirrin stick, ain't ya."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Leafiara says, "Long term plans on your part and on his, then."

Speaking to Sammoon, Pukk says, "No, I don't have a stick."

Rendena softly says, "We didn't accomplish our goal."

Speaking to Rendena, Leafiara asks, "...which?"

Rendena softly says, "The person is still prisoner."

Grishom walks towards the Deadfall forest and it opens wide, its gnarled branches embracing him as he steps into a crimson haze awaiting within. Moments later the woods close up and go still.


Discussion Afterward

Speaking to Leafiara, Hapenlok says, "It's apparent that I may not just be fighting him, in the future."

Speaking raspily to Tilbin, Sonnillon says, "Trained monkeys."

Hapenlok says, "But ...others."

Cryheart whispers something to Guarrin.

Ushakaron yells, "I wanna come in!"

Speaking raspily to Pukk, Sonnillon asks, "Burn the forest down?"

Sammoon says, "Ok."

Speaking slowly to Hapenlok, Leafiara asks, "Well, yes. Did you ever think otherwise?"

Speaking to Sonnillon, Pietra says, "Now set it on fire."

Sammoon says, "Dat guy is weird."

Xorus says, "Amusing."

Pukk says, "I think we shall curse Grishom with the most horrible fate known."

Sammoon says, "Bit scary."

Speaking to Rendena, Pukk says, "Go talk to him."

Speaking to Leafiara, Hapenlok says, "Well, I was being optimistic."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Leafiara says, "Well, captains, you've certainly known Thrayzar better and longer than I have..."

Speaking to Leafiara, Hapenlok says, "Besides."

Speaking to a gnarled black forest, Alisette says, "See you again, forest."

Shinann asks, "And?"

Speaking raspily to Pukk, Sonnillon says, "We are going to need oil it just wont light."

Speaking to Leafiara, Loamian asks, "You're not actually going to find Thrayzar for him are you?"

Cryheart says, "That gent, if ye can call em one, is a very powerful being."

Speaking raspily to Pukk, Sonnillon says, "Or a wizard."

Goldstr says, "I still luvs da honorable Ork Thrayzar."

Speaking to Leafiara, Stormyrain states, "If you think that I hold 'a grudge' against Grishom, you truly have not ever listened to a word I have said. I would appreciate it if in the future you leave statements like that out of your ..negotiations."

Nyatherra softly exclaims, "People to kill and things to see, ya know!"

Speaking to Shinann, Leafiara says, "And--the way he worded things, it seems that if we find him, he'll come for us whether we want him to or not."

Pukk yells, "Just you wait Grishom! We are going to send Rendena to talk to you! Then you will ask for forgiveness!"

Xorus says, "Finding Thrayzar is exceedingly difficult."

Hapenlok says, "The shiny one speaks truth."

Xorus says, "Unless we essentially stumble upon him by accident."

Hapenlok says, "If it was a matter of simply killing him, we would have done it already."

Sonnillon raspily exclaims, "I like the Illoke better!"

Sonnillon raspily says, "In out and back for second dinner."

Speaking slowly to Stormyrain, Leafiara says, "...very well then, maybe I haven't understood you properly. It'll not come up again."

Cryheart asks, "Ok..head to town?"

Lazaryth says, "I don't suppose there's some way to set an orc trap."

Hapenlok says, "And I feel like, that either way....Stone wins."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Goldstr says, "An we wish dat was simple."

Lazaryth says, "Surely there must be something they're mad about."

Zosopage asks, "Anyone have a stickpin?"

Speaking to Ensayn, Sammoon says, "I been talkin about food all evenin."

Cryheart says, "Moving back to Moot Hall."

Erienne says, "You should all do yourselves a favor and not trust anything regarding Grishom Stone."

Stormyrain says, "As for Thrayzar, if we find him, we can go from there."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Leafiara says, "Should we find him at all? If we do, Grishom comes for him."

Cryheart says, "Moving back to Moot Hall."

Sammoon says, "In my other kilt."

Mongonator changes his tune, adding a new element to his song...

Mongonator skillfully begins to weave another verse into his harmony.

Mongonator sings a song of revelry, bringing to life the memories of such wonderous merrymaking that you feel as though you never left so long ago. Visions of the drink and the dance fill your mind. Your vision blurs, your surroundings shift and you suddenly realize you are not quite where you were before!

[Raging Thrak, Trophy Room]

Tiny smudges of soot mar the fieldstones used to create the grand fireplace in this cozy room. A collection of plaques hangs above an immense grey marble mantel cluttered with trophy cups and bowls. Fashioned from a single stone slab, the hearth extends to an impressive black bear rug with its maw frozen in a silent roar. Several overstuffed wingback chairs, each covered in deep jewel-tone chintz, are scattered about the room. Against the back wall, a tall glass-front curio houses several ancient mementos and a thrak hide curtain hangs nearby. You also see a rose-marrow potion, the translucent Mistyfall disk, the parrot-shaped Katami disk, the parrot-shaped Tarine disk, an intricately woven straw wastebasket, a basket of sticks, a shifting twilight grey rift, a carved wooden sign and a droopy-eyed tan bloodhound.

Also here: High Lord Mongonator, Sir Cryheart, Shinann, Krampton, Stormyrain, Lady Erienne, Hapenlok, Sreka, Magister Raelee, Pukk, Bernadette, High Lord Gutstorm, Orlicks, High Lord Asben, Puptilian, Small Game Huntress Rendena, Conquerer of Reim Xorus, Chaoswynd, Sonnillon, Lady Alisette, Tilbin, Loamian, Tolida, Lazaryth, Nicolas, Conquerer of Reim Lexbubba, Pietra, Guarrin, Aeith, Goldstr, Draught, Dergoatean, Zosopage, Sammoon, Commander Roblar, Arasleaf, Lady Sochestie, Berost, Sewer Scamp Ushakaron, Death Knight Warclaidh, Tsarok, Rasson, Lady Mistyfall, Tarine, High Lady Katami

[travel begins]

Speaking to Erienne, Lazaryth asks, "Oh?"

Mongonator says, "Shortcut."

Cryheart says, "Oops."

Speaking to Leafiara, Puptilian says, "I on the other hand have seen him sacrific children, innocent women, elves, and other things. He knows fully well what I believe of him so no need to bring me up because he already knows."

Speaking to Erienne, Hapenlok says, "Maybe they'll listen to you, I've been saying this for years."

Cryheart says, "Nice cast."

Sammoon says, "Give a guy bit of warnin."

Leafiara says, "But we also can't leave him out..."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Erienne says, "I know you have and I know why."

Sammoon asks, "Where's dis Thrayzar?"

[travel ends]

[Town Square, East]

Here in the center of a broad plaza near the commercial area of the bazaar stands the impressive facade of the slate-roofed Moot Hall, where the citizens of Wehnimer's Landing hold various official, religious and social functions. Facing the square are some of the town's more prosperous shops, still doing business with the many customers who still frequent the streets at night. You also see the Eledryn disk, a large purple wooden barrel and a polished bleakstone statue.

Also here: Orlicks, High Lord Asben, Puptilian, Small Game Huntress Rendena, Conquerer of Reim Xorus, Chaoswynd, Sonnillon, Lady Alisette, Tilbin, Loamian, Tolida, Lazaryth, Nicolas, Conquerer of Reim Lexbubba, Pietra, Guarrin, Aeith, Goldstr, Draught, Dergoatean, Zosopage, Sammoon, Commander Roblar, Arasleaf, Lady Sochestie, Berost, Sewer Scamp Ushakaron, Death Knight Warclaidh, Rasson, High Lord Gutstorm, Bernadette, Pukk, Magister Raelee, Sreka, Hapenlok, Lady Erienne, Stormyrain, Krampton, Shinann, High Lord Mongonator, Sir Cryheart, Master Eledryn

Speaking to Puptilian, Dergoatean says, "We'll resist him, you and I. And others. Just... not yet, I'm afraid."

Loamian asks, "Why would Grishom want to find Thrayzar and why would we want to aid him?"

Cryheart says, "Eerie."

Dergoatean says, "Hmmm."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Puptilian says, "The last update from my friends have promising leads but nothing solid."

Goldstr exclaims, "Jess me opinion folks but WARE Stone's gifts!"

Sammoon says, "I'm thinkin Thrayzar may help get old Grishom."

Speaking to Puptilian, Stormyrain says, "It will not be easy to find him, in the first place."

Speaking curiously to Puptilian, Guarrin asks, "Regarding?"

Speaking to Goldstr, Eledryn says, "I didn't know he was behind the Stone Baths. I might have... enjoyed that gift a few times."

Guarrin says, "Ah."

Sammoon says, "Could be a tool."

Hapenlok says, "No."

Lylia says, "There is something to know about Stone's gifts. He offers them, and the alternatives are that he just takes what he wishes anyway."

Speaking to Goldstr, Leafiara says, "He doesn't seem to be giving an option, though--it seemed clear that if we find Thrayzar, Grishom will find us afterward."

An enormously loud farting sound suddenly invades the area.

Speaking to Guarrin, Puptilian says, "I have a pack of wolves and a large number of birds helping on our search of the orc."

Lylia asks, "So, the choices there are to ah...how to put this delicately?"

Speaking to Dergoatean, Puptilian says, "You are one of few that been there every step against him."

Speaking to Dergoatean, Puptilian says, "We remember."

Sammoon asks, "Bend over and take it?"

Speaking drunkenly to Razanetika, Gutstorm asks, "Didja name yer dragon, tooter?"

Speaking to Sammoon, Pukk says, "That's pretty delicate."

Speaking to Sammoon, Lylia says, "Or get bought dinner first."

Speaking softly to Gutstorm, Razanetika says, "I hadn't thought of that."

Speaking raspily to Tilbin, Sonnillon says, "I'm going to go kill something so I feel better about my self after that big let down."

Sammoon says, "I'm still about the food."

Leafiara says, "He worded it smoothly, but essentially--either we leave Thrayzar out in the wilderness, or we find him and then Grishom finds us."

Pukk asks, "Wait...I'm suppose to get dinner first??"

Erienne whispers something to Puptilian.

Speaking to Sonnillon, Tilbin says, "Good idea."

Speaking to Leafiara, Hapenlok asks, "And then what?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Hapenlok asks, "He takes him, like he takes Glethad?"

Speaking amusedly to Lylia, Guarrin says, "I'd say you're no longer. Don't think you need to put things delicately."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Leafiara says, "And then he offers Thrayzar this... choice."

Loamian asks, "Leave Thrayzar out in the wilderness, who is to say that isn't what Thayzar wants?"

Alisette worriedly says, "I still am not sure what the real reason for his offer of the 'gift' is."

Sammoon says, "I'm votin find da guy, then deal with mister personality."

Sammoon says, "And poke him with his gift."

Speaking to Alisette, Leafiara muses, "Because he'd never tell us."

Speaking to Loamian, Puptilian says, "It's up to him to return. I only seek him to make sure he knows he has friends."

Sreka says, "Maybe find Thrayzar and warn him that Stone is after him."

Hapenlok says, "It's very seductive, Grishom's deals."

Rendena softly says, "There is light times these days I'd like to think."

Ensayn sadly says, "Most things come with a string attached."

Speaking to Leafiara, Alisette says, "Not directly, no."

Speaking to Xorus, Pukk asks, "You know about that evil part...I was just kidding right?"

Speaking to Xorus, Pukk pleads, "Please don't kill me!"

Speaking to Hapenlok, Sammoon asks, "You want skinny red arms?"

Sreka says, "I don't think we should make any deal with Stone, though."

Hapenlok says, "I mean look at Wellington. And what he did there."

The voice of Pukk says, "Oh good."

Goldstr says, "In his own mind Thrayzar will do wha be best fer da Landin."

Speaking to Sreka, Leafiara says, "...we didn't. He extended it and is going to make good on it."

Lazaryth says, "I'm falling asleep on my feet. I'm not even sure exactly what happened tonight."

Hapenlok says, "...I'm just."

Speaking to Puptilian, Loamian says, "I appreciate the idea but if contact with Thrayzar implies contact with Stone then let's leave well enough alone."

Speaking to Leafiara, Sreka says, "Stone only cares about Stone."

Hapenlok says, "I'm going to bed. I feel like kicking all of you in the shins right now."

Lylia whispers something to Xorus.

Speaking wryly to Sreka, Leafiara says, "That's more or less what I just said."

Hapenlok says, "I'm not in a good mood."

Sammoon asks, "But is Thrayzar sane?"

Speaking to Hapenlok, Pukk says, "Well at your height, I will settle for my toes."

Sammoon says, "We got one loon."

Dergoatean says, "I'm going to watch the entrance to the forest for a bit."

Speaking to Sammoon, Leafiara says, "Currently... I doubt it. But we haven't seen him in months, so there's nothing to say for certain."

Speaking to Loamian, Puptilian says, "You can trust I have zero interest in helping Stone."

Hapenlok mutters, "I'm thinking about killing Thrayzar. I can't believe I'm actually entertaining that thought."

Dergoatean says, "Perhaps I'll see a few of you there."

Speaking to Puptilian, Leafiara says, "But you're going to seek Thrayzar. It's still playing into his hands..."

Xorus indifferently says, "Thrayzar is one of the last of Raznel's works remaining, unraveling him only makes it more difficult to unravel the others."

Sammoon says, "So the demon ya know, er the demon ya know."

Speaking confidently to Puptilian, Loamian says, "I'm certain of that."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Shinann says, "Just try it."

Sammoon says, "Rough choices."

Sammoon says, "I'm movin to Pinefar."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Pukk says, "How so? You are our murderous halfling wizard."

The voice of Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Leafi wont know, she is only da mayer."

Hapenlok asks, "Try what?"

Leafiara dubiously asks, "Won't know what?"

Sammoon says, "Yeehaw."

Hapenlok asks, "I think I was thinking out loud, again. Wasn't I?"

Speaking to Puptilian, Loamian says, "I don't even know who Thayzar is, perhaps if I'd known him I would feel more like you."

Razanetika softly says, "About Goblyn."

Leafiara says, "Ahh. Goblyn comes and goes when she pleases."

Speaking to Lylia, Pukk exclaims, "I think Happy and you will make a great couple!"

Speaking to Loamian, Puptilian says, "He was a man at first hired by Stone to track down a lady. Along the way he made his way here, found he loved the people and the town and has been a friend since."

You notice Gutstorm slip into a hiding place.

Razanetika softly asks, "You know I saw you right?"

The voice of Gutstorm drunkenly says, "I fink dey saw me in icemool."

Speaking to Loamian, Puptilian says, "The curse turning him into an orc and the reason he was hired by Stone is one that would take me a few nights to tell."

Speaking to Puptilian, Loamian says, "Apologies for cutting you off."

Speaking to Loamian, Puptilian says, "No worries at all. I have no issues telling history."

Speaking to Puptilian, Leafiara asks, "So you and the captains are looking for him... do we have anyone else on the trail needing to be informed about tonight?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Puptilian says, "I have friends looking but not people."

Aeith says, "I must take my leave, but I will keep my eyes and ears on the woods as well for any signs in the days ahead."

Speaking appreciatively to Aeith, Leafiara says, "Thank you. We need everyone to make this town what it is."

Aeith says, "And so will he."

Erienne whispers something to Guarrin.

Speaking to Leafiara, Puptilian says, "I will warn you despite the fact I know you wont listen. Stone makes deals. These deals always look great on the surface and may even give the other side something they want. The problem is his deals always turn in his favor and long term has hurt more then help this town. Never think for a moment you can out think, outplan, outwit Stone. Many try and lose."

Speaking to Puptilian, Leafiara reminds, "I'm not the one looking for Thrayzar. You are."

Speaking to Puptilian, Lylia says, "You give him almost as much power as his red rock has."

Speaking to Puptilian, Leafiara says, "And I was just about to say..."

Speaking to Leafiara, Hapenlok says, "I agree, Mayor. I think some of us forgot what resulted from his 'help' with Walkar Wellington."

Speaking to Leafiara, Puptilian says, "And I never said I would tell anyone when I find him. I will only pass a message and my friends may not even tell me where they find him."

Speaking to Puptilian, Leafiara says, "I'd rather leave this decision to the captains who have known Thrayzar--and, for that matter, Stone--longer than I have."

Speaking to Puptilian, Leafiara says, "And I can respect that." [referring to not telling anyone]

Sreka says, "Some of us never knew Walkar Wellington."

Speaking to Lylia, Puptilian says, "I give him no power. I only know what I have witnessed when dealing with him. I simply do not underestimate him like many do."

Speaking to Sreka, Hapenlok says, "A man who, in his quest for vengance, donned a set of cursed armor, which took over his being."

Puptilian says, "And good night everyone."

Speaking to Sreka, Hapenlok says, "Who was our Mayor."

You hear very soft footsteps.

Leafiara clarifies, "I'm not looking to make any deal with Stone. He doesn't in particular have anything I want, so far."

Lylia says, "I have never underestimated him either."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Sreka asks, "Did he know it was cursed?"

Leafiara slowly says, "Ah, they always run off..." [was targeted speech, but he was gone]

Speaking to Sreka, Hapenlok says, "And he turned abomination, and almost killed us all, in his rage."

Speaking to Sreka, Hapenlok says, "Honestly, I don't really think he cared, he just wanted to kill Elithain Cross."

Hapenlok says, "And Grishom."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Sreka says, "I never heard of Cross, either."

Speaking to Sreka, Hapenlok says, "It's a really long story."

Hapenlok says, "I mean, really long."

Speaking to Sreka, Hapenlok says, "I'm a little fatigued right now, but I'll tell you the tale, eventually."

Dergoatean: "So here's something."

Leafiara: "Yes?"

Dergoatean: "A few of us just saw some sort of face trying to push its way out of a tree in Deadfall."

Dergoatean: "Elven maybe."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "I swear--if there's anything I've learned in these past four days, it's that can I fight alongside people for years and have no idea who they are."

Hapenlok: "No, no thanks. I'm staying inside for that one."

Dergoatean: "It had a mouth for a second. Said 'help me'. That was all of it."

Speaking amusedly to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "Such is the way of things."

Hapenlok: "Nope."

Hapenlok says, "Well, I think I accidentally said something out loud that I kind of regret thinking."

Hapenlok says, "You know, that habit of thinking out loud."

Leafiara adds, "Also, I can't believe Mother hasn't approached me in three whole days."

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "The simplest solution is to never make assumptions. Take things at face value with every interaction, and try not to pre-judge a person based on what you 'think' you know. Everyone wears many faces, depending on the company they're in."

Speaking ruefully to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "Well, that's unfortunate."

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "It's just the way of things."

Speaking to Leafiara, Sreka says, "You do it too."

Speaking suddenly to Chaoswynd, Leafiara asks, "Wait. Is that what Mother meant when she told Shinann she wears a 'mask' of ivory?"

Hapenlok says, "Guess I got more to think of."

Lylia: "There was a man who was taken and presumably sacrificed. Briarstorm? Briarthorn? A druid of Wyrdeep."

Speaking to Sreka, Leafiara protests, "I do not! That's what people find frustrating at times!"

Dergoatean: "Oh, right. The Wyrdeep fellow. That was a bad time."

Leafiara: "Ah, Briarstorm, yes."

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "Perhaps so. Only that woman really knows what she meant, though that may not be far from the mark."

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "And to be honest, even if I did know enough to give you a definitive answer to that question, I wouldn't be at liberty to do so when the company in question isn't present."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "Fair enough."

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "And by the way, yes, you too wear masks. Depending on the company you're in."

Speaking insistently to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "I do not."

Speaking earnestly to Chaoswynd, Guarrin praises, "You, are very wise."

Speaking wearily to Chaoswynd, Leafiara offers, "Give me an example?"

Erienne says, "We all do."

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd asks, "Oh? So you're going to tell me that you regard everyone within the Landing in the same manner that you do Lyrna?"

Speaking confusedly to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "That's not a mask."

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "It is, in it's own fashion."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "Difference of feelings doesn't mean that one is less sincere."

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "The feelings are the mask, silly."

Speaking simply to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "I'm always who I am. Whether people like it or not."

Speaking to Leafiara, Erienne says, "Please be wary when dealing with Grishom."

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "You have characteristics that you always display, yes. However, you take on different tones and approaches, depending on the situation, as well as the person to whom you're speaking."

Speaking helpfully to Erienne, Leafiara says, "Don't worry, I'm not going to deal with him."

Erienne says, "Even better."


The Next Night: Goblyn Up Information

[Town Square Central]

This is the heart of the main square of Wehnimer's Landing. The impromptu shops of the bazaar are clustered around this central gathering place, where townsfolk, travellers, and adventurers meet to talk, conspire or raise expeditions to the far-flung reaches of Elanith. At the north end, an old well, with moss-covered stones and a craggy roof, is shaded from the moonlight by a strong, robust tree. The oak is tall and straight, and it is apparent that the roots run deep. You also see the Alornen disk, a highland jaguar, a large acorn, the Asben disk, a fiendish panther, the Dhazu disk, the Yagrush disk, the palm frond-shaped Leafiara disk, the Lexbubba disk, a scaled fire wyrdling, the Chamorr disk, the Dougross disk, a round otter fur cap, a pair of fur-lined boots, a tiger-claw, a jackblade, a large acorn, a shabby charcoal cat, a backpack, some wolifrew lichen, an herbal remedy donation bin and some stone benches with some stuff on it.

Also here: Great Lord Alornen, Lilitigress, Cytiger, Adodak, Jasterone who is sitting, High Lord Asben, Amerek, Vultair who is sitting, Trallihn, Orionian, Wyrdram, Dhazu who is kneeling, Yagrush, Mayor Leafiara, Lexbubba, Orlicks, Hapenlok who is sitting, Sir Cryheart, Inoxia, Beaumaunt, Lord Encrease who is kneeling, Lord Chamorr, Dougross who is sitting, Haleran

Miss Goblyn just arrived, skipping merrily.

Leafiara says, "Last night, Pup said that even if he finds Thrayzar, he might not tell anyone he did."

Goblyn skips in a circle around Amerek.

Leafiara muses, "I guess we'll just see."

Cryheart says, "Hello Miss Goblyn."

Speaking pleasedly to Goblyn, Leafiara says, "Goblyn! Hello again."

Viva says, "Anyone know of any groups off hunting in Shadow Valley? I heard that a group of adventurers was going that way to vanquish some of the undead."

Speaking to Goblyn, Hapenlok groans, "I wasn't ready for you."

Speaking to Viva, Leafiara says, "That's tomorrow. Bear here knows all about it."

Cryheart asks, "How are ye, Miss Goblyn?"

Viva says, "Ahh indeed."

Speaking curiously to Hapenlok, Goblyn asks, "Why will you think you will -ever- be this 'ready' for me?"

Speaking to Goblyn, Hapenlok says, "Because half the time it involves me bleeding a lot."

Chamorr heartily says, "Right."

Speaking to Cryheart, Goblyn exclaims, "I am as I always am, Cryheart!"

Speaking to Goblyn, Hapenlok says, "When I see you."

Wolfloner adjusts Goblyn's inky black liquid to cushion her movements.

Speaking baffledly to Hapenlok, Goblyn asks, "You are not ready for the bleeding in this moment?"

Speaking heartily to Viva, Chamorr says, "Howdy."

Speaking to Goblyn, Orlicks asks, "Ya here to make dem spider bags fancier?"

Speaking to Goblyn, Hapenlok says, "I just bled a lot hunting elementals."

Speaking to Goblyn, Hapenlok adds, "I got better."

Speaking to Orlicks, Goblyn says, "Not in this night, unless you do win a game."

Hapenlok says, "And I'm actually healing scars."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Goblyn asks, "Maybe you should be saving your bleeding for me, not for them?"

Speaking heartily to Viva, Chamorr says, "Tomorrow at 5 Ord an Dragan will be taking folks to Shadow Valley."

Speaking to Leafiara, Viva says, "Keeping my eyes and ears open for the long pause."

Orlicks says, "I wanna plays."

Speaking witheringly to Goblyn, Hapenlok says, "No thanks."

Speaking heartily to Viva, Chamorr says, "You are more than welcome to join."

Speaking amusedly to Viva, Leafiara explains, "That one over there. We call him Bear."

Leafiara points at Chamorr.

Speaking curiously to Chamorr, Goblyn asks, "You will be making a sacrifice of them?"

Speaking to Hapenlok, Goblyn grumbles, "You are just grouchy."

Felita says, "Oo."

Speaking knowingly to Goblyn, Leafiara agrees, "He always is."

Speaking to Chamorr, Viva asks, "May I join you, Great Bear, in vanquishing undead at some point in the future?"

Speaking to Goblyn, Hapenlok says, "No, I am in a bit of a mood tonight, Goblyn."

Speaking heartily to Goblyn, Chamorr says, "We will be sacrificing by the hundreds."

Speaking to Goblyn, Pukk says, "He is always happy."

Felita says, "Hi Missie Goblyn."

Speaking to Goblyn, Hapenlok says, "Grishom Stone just gets me in that mood."

Speaking heartily to Viva, Chamorr says, "Absolutely."

Speaking slowly to Chamorr, Goblyn says, "I do mean the people on this hunt, not my friends."

Speaking cheerfully to Felita, Goblyn says, "Hello, Felita."

Speaking to Goblyn, Pukk says, "Did you know that Grishom made those stone baths? He is truly evil for that."

Speaking heartily to Goblyn, Chamorr says, "Plenty a ponies is gonna bite da dust."

Morofinwe quietly says, "I wish I could get a pooka for a mount."

Speaking slowly to Pukk, Goblyn says, "I do know that he did... make them in some ways, yes."

Speaking to Goblyn, Hapenlok says, "We should go burn it down. If your shop goes, the bathhouse should go."

Speaking to Pukk, Goblyn says, "It will be better if they are maybe made -of- him."

Speaking hopefully to Morofinwe, Leafiara encourages, "Maybe one day!"

Speaking to Pukk, Goblyn says, "But not all things are better in all times."

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Morofinwe says, "I have always wanted one."

Speaking thoughtfully to Morofinwe, Leafiara says, "Though you might sort of--fall right through it, unless the saddle was blessed.."

Chamorr heartily says, "Them Stone Baths were there long afore Stone took em over."

Goblyn asks, "Grishom was here in this night past?"

Leafiara affirms, "He was!"

Felita says, "Thems say he made em."

Speaking to Chamorr, Goblyn says, "They were there for the taking of so--"

Speaking to Goblyn, Pukk says, "He made those baths to encourage people to wash...such an insidious evil."

Goblyn clasps her hand over her mouth.

Jasterone asks, "Any good foragers in here tonight?"

Speaking to Chamorr, Goblyn says, "They were there for many reasons of delicious thought."

Speaking to Jasterone, Goblyn asks, "This is maybe depending on what you are foraging, yes?"

Speaking to Pukk, Leafiara admits, "It sure does explain a lot about why many of the rooms are antimagic, too."

Speaking to Jasterone, Goblyn asks, "Hearts? Livers? Kidneys?"

Speaking to Goblyn, Amerek asks, "Looking for body parts?"

Jasterone says, "I have been all over Coastal Cliffs and cannot find seaweed strands anywhere."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk exclaims, "Oh yeah!"

Speaking to Leafiara, Goblyn exclaims, "Oh! Oh!"

Speaking to Jasterone, Hapenlok asks, "Have you gone to the beach, proper?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Goblyn exclaims, "You are the Mayor Leafiara now!"

Speaking curiously to Goblyn, Leafiara asks, "Hm?"

Goblyn flails her arms about.

Leafiara exclaims, "Ah!"

Leafiara says, "That's right, we haven't seen each other since then."

Speaking to Amerek, Asben says, "Showing it off already."

Leafiara grins at Goblyn from ear to ear.

Speaking to Jasterone, Hapenlok says, "I'm no expert, but I think that's a good place to find some seaweed, with the tides and such."

Goblyn giggles at Leafiara.

Amerek says, "Maybe I'll get some use of this yet."

Speaking quietly to Jasterone, Morofinwe says, "I will help you out."

Speaking amusedly to Goblyn, Leafiara says, "Yep, I'm insane enough to take on this job for a year."

Pukk asks, "So, maybe tonight we can play 'How far will the halfling go?'"

Speaking quietly to Jasterone, Morofinwe asks, "How many do you seek?"

Speaking curiously to Pukk, Goblyn wonders, "What is the rules of this game?"

Pukk says, "We just need to find a halfling to tie to the ballista..."

Speaking to Pukk, Hapenlok warns, "I'm not in any mood for your tomfoolery, tonight."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Goblyn asks, "You are ever in this mood?"

Speaking wryly to Hapenlok, Leafiara says, "Or any other night for that matter."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Pukk says, "Pukkfoolery you mean."

Speaking quietly to Hapenlok, Morofinwe says, "His name is Pukk, not Tom."

Felita asks, "Ye gotta chase em down first?"

Speaking to Goblyn, Hapenlok says, "Not really. But tonight is a bad night to...provoke me."

Speaking to Felita, Pukk says, "Nah, Happy will volunteer for us."

Speaking heartily to Felita, Chamorr says, "Set a trap usin a tart, can't resist."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Goblyn asks, "You will explain why?"

Lazaryth just arrived.

Felita says, "Oo thasa good idee."

Leafiara hoots at Lazaryth.

Lazaryth begins chuckling at Leafiara!

Speaking to Leafiara, Lazaryth says, "I just saw you."

Speaking amusedly to Lazaryth, Leafiara asks, "And?"

Speaking delightedly to Goblyn, Lazaryth exclaims, "Goblyn!"

Speaking cheerfully to Lazaryth, Goblyn exclaims, "Lazaryth!"

Speaking to Chamorr, Pukk says, "A foot-shaped tart."

Speaking to Goblyn, Lazaryth says, "You even remember my name."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Goblyn says, "I do, yes."

Speaking to Goblyn, Hapenlok says, "Well, to make the explanation brief, we were presented with a choice last night, by Grishom...the illusion of free will."

Speaking heartily to Pukk, Chamorr says, "Put the tart on the ballista."

Lazaryth says, "I'm going to slay a few Grimswarm, then I'll be back."

Speaking to Goblyn, Hapenlok says, "And either decision probably means he wins."

Lazaryth says, "Don't anyone go anywhere."

Speaking heartily to Pukk, Chamorr says, "And wait."

Leafiara clarifies, "To be fair, the choice was more for Thrayzar than anything..."

Leafiara muses, "Although, on the other hand, our choice now is whether to actually find Thrayzar or not."

Speaking to Leafiara, Goblyn asks, "What is this choice he did give?"

Speaking to Hapenlok, Pukk asks, "Unrelated to our halfling trap ideas...what flavor tart do you like?"

Felita asks, "Why does he wannem?"

Speaking heartily to Leafiara, Chamorr says, "Leave him be."

Goblyn whispers something to Pukk.

Speaking to Goblyn, Leafiara says, "Grishom is offering to either restore just Thrayzar's mind, or restore that and also restore him into his original body."

Speaking to Goblyn, Hapenlok says, "And I know a possible solution, but I almost got killed on the spot for mentioning it out loud by one of the militia captains."

Felita asks, "Misser Stone?"

Speaking to Chamorr, Leafiara agrees, "I'm with you that it might be for the best, but I don't think anything will stop the captains from looking."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Pukk says, "Ah, you probably like crab apple tarts then."

Goblyn asks, "Why is this a ... difficult choice to be making?"

Felita asks, "Wha do he want fer a trade?"

Lyrna says, "Because we don't know what other stings might be attached."

Goblyn asks, "Maybe I should be asking: what is Grishom's price?"

Speaking confusedly to Lyrna, Goblyn asks, "He did not ask for a price?"

Leafiara muses, "Well, so far he's made it out that there is no price, and it's just thanks for Lylia turning over Glethad to him."

Speaking to Goblyn, Hapenlok says, "He claims none....just like he claimed none when he helped us with Walkar Wellington....yet, he wound up escaping."

Lyrna says, "He said it was in exchange for... yes. It's a 'thank you'."

Speaking heartily to Leafiara, Chamorr says, "There is always a price."

Pukk says, "You both have the same ideas..."

Speaking to Leafiara, Goblyn asks, "Someone did ask him this, if there is one, or if there is a consequence?"

Felita asks, "He mebee waitin to catch us offin gards?"

Speaking amusedly to Goblyn, Leafiara says, "Well, a few of us tried, but he didn't really answer us about ulterior motives."

Speaking to Goblyn, Hapenlok says, "And that was when we went to the Wyrdeep to gather ingredients required to reverse that cursed armor that Walkar used to wear."

Speaking to Chamorr, Goblyn agrees, "Every action does have a consequence. This is even more true, maybe, with magic."

Speaking to Goblyn, Hapenlok says, "Which, I have to admit, he did...but the other items helped him escape."

Speaking heartily to Leafiara, Chamorr says, "How bout a simple anwser."

Speaking to Lyrna, Iowen asks, "Have you found yourself a new home?"

Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk exclaims, "So, I hear that you and Lylia are a couple now. Congrats!"

Lyrna says, "And yes, would it make him in some way tied to Stone regardless of his wishes. Like... the one that he is in 'thanks' for."

Leafiara acknowledges, "People are definitely split on what to do here, finding Thrayzar or not."

Speaking heartily to Leafiara, Chamorr says, "NO."

Lyrna says, "I have."

Felita says, "Ise cornfuzzled."

Lyrna says, "Here in Landing."

Speaking sincerely to Lyrna, Iowen says, "I'm glad."

Speaking to Leafiara, Hapenlok says, "Then there's the minority, who thinks 'find him and kill him.'."

Cryheart asks, "Ye starting a rumor?"

Speaking to Lyrna, Iowen says, "Vaalor's overrated."

Goblyn asks, "It is known by many where Thrayzar is in this current time?"

Speaking to Chamorr, Leafiara says, "That's not my call. The entire town is free to search for him if they want, and if it's any business, it's militia business more than the mayor's."

Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk asks, "Is it a rumor if I mention it in passing?"

Speaking to Goblyn, Leafiara says, "No... unless they know and are keeping it secret, no one knows where he is."

Felita says, "I tink he hidin somewhar."

Goblyn ponders.

Speaking heartily to Leafiara, Chamorr says, "Turnin over a citizen is yer biznizz."

Cryheart says, "A rumor is a rumor...that is generally nae true."

Speaking to Chamorr, Leafiara says, "We're not turning him over."

Goblyn curiously asks, "Why will Grishom not be offering this... offer... to Thrayzar in a manner that is maybe more direct?"

Felita says, "Mebee they kiddin onna square."

Speaking to Goblyn, Leafiara explains, "Well, he says he's unable to find Thrayzar himself."

Cryheart says, "So he says."

Speaking to Leafiara, Hapenlok says, "Which is strange as hell."

Lyrna says, "It is odd that the offer is to US and not to him, once he's found."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Leafiara says, "It really is."

Speaking to Leafiara, Hapenlok says, "If he's speaking truth."

Cryheart says, "But if he cannae, then that is a weakness in Stone."

Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk asks, "So you don't deny that you are maybe possibly thinking about not having a rumored relationship with Lylia then?"

Lazaryth asks, "Yes. Based on the little I know of Stone, it seems unlikely. Doesn't it?"

Speaking to Goblyn, Stormyrain greets, "It is good to see you."

Speaking dubiously to Leafiara, Goblyn says, "This is... not very much in keeping with Grishom to not be able to do this finding."

Felita says, "I tink hes a baddin anna ways."

Leafiara reiterates, "And yet, like we saw in that vision of the future, Grishom couldn't find the future Stormyrain without using Balley's power..."

Speaking to Cryheart, Erienne says, "I thought you were in a relationship with someone else."

Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk says, "Your silence speaks volumes."

Leafiara agrees, "But it's very odd. I challenged him on it and he didn't clarify much."

Cryheart says, "Her ladyship Athalia."

Speaking slowly to Erienne, Goblyn asks, "He does have this relationship with his oath, yes?"

Lyrna says, "They never do, I feel."

Cryheart says, "And that too."

Lyrna says, "Clarify anything."

Hapenlok says, "Well, I've known Stone to be a master seer."

Speaking to Lyrna, Leafiara says, "No, but even for him... this was less clarity than usual."

Speaking to Goblyn, Raelee says, "... Goblyn."

Speaking to Leafiara, Stormyrain says, "I don't recall interpreting any of the visions as Stone needing Balley's power to find me. Mayhaps I missed one or two, but he would not."

Speaking to Lyrna, Leafiara says, "He spoke much more clearly about what he would and wouldn't have done for Larsya."

Speaking to Goblyn, Guarrin greets, "Good evening."

Speaking slowly to Raelee, Goblyn says, "Hello, Raelee."

Lyrna says, "No-one seems to be clear much at all around here, really."

Speaking to Lyrna, Goblyn asks, "This is maybe because it is foggy, yes?"

Speaking to Stormyrain, Leafiara says, "In one of them, Balley tracked you down and told Stone she'd found you for him..."

Speaking carefully to Lyrna, Goblyn says, "Grishom does maybe like things in this way in some times, keeping his secrets."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Hapenlok says, "I mostly kept to my word last night. i kept somewhat quiet."

Lyrna says, "That seems unlikely, but perhaps."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Leafiara admits, "It's possible he didn't 'need' her and just preferred to do it that way, though."

Erienne whispers something to Cryheart.

Speaking to Leafiara, Stormyrain says, "That's not using her power, that is using her...or it was her garnering favor for him."

Cryheart whispers something to Erienne.

Stormyrain states, "If he wanted to use her power he would simply use her, much like one would use a scrying pool. He's more than capable."

Speaking to Goblyn, Lyrna asks, "And yet there also seems to be an odd tendency to ... gloat? About having secrets?"

Speaking to Lyrna, Goblyn says, "Maybe, yes."

Lyrna grins at Goblyn.

Hapenlok whispers something to Leafiara.

Speaking curiously to Stormyrain, Leafiara asks, "So, then... do you think he's capable of finding Thrayzar after all?"

Hapenlok whispers something to Leafiara.

Stormyrain says, "Absolutely. It just does not fit his plan."

Speaking to Lyrna, Pukk says, "I don't gloat when I have a secret. I just make sure everybody knows it and I won't tell them."

Evia asks, "How's everyone this fine night?"

Stormyrain says, "Or he doesn't care to even try."

Speaking to Evia, Hapenlok says, "Could be better."

Lazaryth says, "I'm about to fall asleep on my feet."

Guarrin whispers something to Cryheart.

Lyrna says, "In Ta'Vaalor, I'm sure there were just as many secrets, but they'd just tell us that we'd know when we need to, if we knew anything."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Leafiara muses, "Maybe too much time and energy for him to do it, so he'd rather leave the finding part to us..."

Stormyrain continues, "I've yet to meet a Seer who is as strong as Grishom, and I've met my fair share."

Lazaryth asks, "Has Stone been caught in outright lies before?"

Speaking to Lazaryth, Hapenlok says, "Usually they don't become outright lies until we find out he was lying."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Pukk says, "Have you spoken to that fortuneteller? She seems to know many things unseen."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Hapenlok says, "He's that seductive."

Speaking to Leafiara, Asben says, "I still can't imagine he doesn't have reason for it all."

Speaking amusedly to Pukk, Stormyrain says, "Yes, I am familiar with the Soothsayer."

Hapenlok says, "You don't realize you're servicing him, until it's usually too late."

Speaking to himself, Guarrin mutters, "I've known a blind prophet that claimed to have visions. Those visions weren't very helpful."

Hapenlok says, "That's why...I really wish you'd let Thrayzar be."

Speaking suddenly to Hapenlok, Leafiara asks, "But if Grishom can find Thrayzar himself, then... that probably gets rid of most of the reason we'd even consider not finding him, right?"

Hapenlok says, "I'm actually going to walk away for a bit and get a snack. I'm getting hungry. And angry."

Speaking in Sylvankind to Goblyn, Altheren says something you don't understand.

Speaking to a forest wolf, Pukk says, "I'm not tasty at all."

Speaking in Sylvankind with an odd lyrical cadence to Altheren, Goblyn says something you don't understand.

Felita says, "Tink I not tastey."

Hapenlok says, "So I'll be back in a couple minutes."

Leafiara musingly asks, "Either way, it seems like we have to locate him, at least. Or is there any downside that I'm not seeing?"

Speaking in Sylvankind to Goblyn, Altheren says something you don't understand.

Lyrna asks, "The possibility that Stone uses him against us?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk asks, "Have you tried a locate spell?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Hapenlok says, "I'd prefer that we don't."

Guarrin curiously asks, "Why do we need to locate him?"

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

Hapenlok says, "But more on that later."

Speaking in Sylvankind to Goblyn, Altheren says something you don't understand.

Hapenlok exclaims, "I'm starving!"

Pukk yells, "Enjoy your tart Happy!"

Speaking in Sylvankind, Lazaryth flatly says something you don't understand.

Lyrna says, "It would be nice if we didn't have any blood rain tonight though."

Speaking amusedly to Lazaryth, Leafiara says, "But it's not like you're old or anything, like some people I know."

Leafiara glances appraisingly at Chaoswynd.

Lyrna says, "It's making me sick, just to smell it."

Goblyn wonders, "Grishom did say when he will return, or he did not?"

Lazaryth says, "No. But I will be, one day, won't I? If I allow it to happen."

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd asks, "Any opportunity you can get, eh?"

Speaking to Goblyn, Leafiara says, "Just whenever we find Thrayzar."

Lyrna says, "No, he didn't."

Speaking to Goblyn, Stormyrain says, "When we have found Thrayzar, he will find us."

Speaking in Sylvankind to Goblyn, Altheren says something you don't understand.

Speaking to Stormyrain, Guarrin asks, "..but why?"

Leafiara adds, "Assuming we do manage to find him."

Goblyn says, "Maybe Thrayzar will only be this found when he is wishing to be found."

Madmountan asks, "Anyone checked the Upper Trollfang with the rest of the orcs?"

Felita says, "Hes waiting til we find misser Thrazerr."

Pukk offers Madmountan a round otter fur cap.

Pukk says, "Here, this will look good on you."

Lazaryth asks, "There's no kind of lure we can use?"

Madmountan shows Pukk his orange lobster hat.

Speaking to Guarrin, Stormyrain says, "You'd have to ask Grishom that, or wait to see what his plan ends up being. Clearly he needs Thrayzar of clear mind for some purpose. We may not know what that purpose is for years."

Chamorr heartily says, "Why are we looking for him in the first place."

Evia whispers something to Cryheart.

Lazaryth asks, "Something orcs go crazy for?"

Speaking to Madmountan, Pukk exclaims, "Oooh! Lucky!"

Felita says, "Coz misser Stone says he wanna fix him."

Guarrin casually suggests, "Perhaps ...it's best not to search for Thrayzar."

Speaking to Chamorr, Leafiara says, "Well, he's a missing citizen and our marshal. We had to find him either way."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Goblyn asks, "You do have some ideas on what this purpose is, what he does need Thrayzar for?"

Cryheart whispers something to Evia.

Balley softly says, "I thought Thrayzar was going to find us."

Speaking slowly to Goblyn, Stormyrain says, "I do not."

Speaking to Guarrin, Leafiara says, "I was at least considering that possibility last night, but everyone seems to believe that Grishom actually could find Thrayzar if he wanted to."

Speaking heartily to Leafiara, Chamorr asks, "And ya decided to look now?"

Speaking to Guarrin, Leafiara reasons, "So I'm not sure there's any good reason not to."

Zosopage says, "We'll probably end up stumbling into each other."

Speaking to Chamorr, Leafiara says, "The captains and Thadston have been looking for months."

Speaking to Lyrna, Pukk says, "Oh yeah."

Goblyn offers, "Maybe he does not wish to be this found."

Cryheart whispers something to Evia.

Speaking to Goblyn, Leafiara acknowledges, "Anything's possible."v

Lyrna asks, "Oh! My lockpicks?"

Pukk removes an imflass-edged vaalin lockpick inset with a scarlet despanal from in his threaded web reticule.

Pukk offers Lyrna an imflass-edged vaalin lockpick inset with a scarlet despanal.

Speaking to Leafiara, Stormyrain comments, "There may be a reason Grishom is not seeking him, though. And that may be that if he interferes at this point in time, it may alter the path he wants to bring to fruition."

Speaking to Goblyn, Lazaryth asks, "Even if he doesn't wish to be found, as he is now.. would the man Thrayzar once was want to be found?"

Lazaryth asks, "And if the man and the orc think differently.. who do we owe allegiance to, the man version or the orc version?"

Speaking to Evia, Guarrin whispers aloud, "I don't know how yet, but I'm quite certain this is Geijon's fault."

Cryheart whispers something to Orlicks.

Evia whispers something to Cryheart.

Balley softly says, "Every vision we have seen has been if things are not changed. We need to change them and not wait for things to happen."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Lazaryth says, "Not a bad thought."

Speaking slowly to Lazaryth, Goblyn asks, "I do not know. I did not speak with Thrayzar in many times. Maybe others here will opine?"

Cryheart whispers something to Evia.

Stormyrain continues, "Sometimes when looking into the future it is like examining the different skeins of a spider's web--and if you wish to find your way to a specific spot in the web, you need to isolate one strand."

Stormyrain adds, "If that makes sense."

Zosopage says, "Have to choose the right path to get there."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Goblyn says, "And some futures are not always futures."

Speaking casually to Stormyrain, Guarrin observes, "Which is why reliance on such...well, I've seen it end poorly."

Speaking to Zosopage, Goblyn laughs, "And in some times, the wrong path to get to this place you want!"

Speaking to Goblyn, Stormyrain says, "Or they might be, if one fly lands in the web on THIS strand..and allows for another strand to be open and available to catch a fly later."

Speaking to Goblyn, Zosopage says, "Very true."

Speaking to Guarrin, Stormyrain suggests, "It's less about relying on, and more about being aware of what might come to pass."

Goblyn says, "I will be back in some short minutes. I do maybe have another question, maybe two."

Razanetika softly says, "Eeps."

Stormyrain murmurs, "Moment."

Inky black liquid seeps out from under Goblyn's feet and the tips of her fingers, coiling around and consuming her until she is no longer visible. The liquid seems to shudder, then vanishes.

Razanetika softly asks, "Where she go?"

Gutstorm drunkenly exclaims, "Hey she fergot my pie!"

Leafiara amusedly says, "Oh, good. Gives me time to unload these heavy gems."

Leafiara assures, "Right back, friends."

[selling junk, returning]

Leafiara relievedly says, "Whew."

Speaking drunkenly to Leafiara, Gutstorm says, "As HONORARY depooty mayer, I needs to know when da town has visiters, like Mish Goblyn."

Speaking drunkenly to Leafiara, Gutstorm exclaims, "She promished me two pies!"

Speaking to Gutstorm, Leafiara assures, "I'm sure she'll deliver!"

Pukk exclaims, "Aha!"

Jhenni huskily asks, "Is you a visitor or a resident?"

Speaking confidently to Gutstorm, Leafiara says, "She does take great pride in her baking."

Felita says, "Mebbe she bringin us some goodies."

Balley gazes into her crystal scrying bowl, her expression growing blank and eyes unfocused. After a short while she blinks a few times and seems to be aware of her surroundings again.

Felita says, "Oo goodies."

Balley softly says, "Um Leafi."

Speaking curiously to Balley, Leafiara asks, "Yeah?"

Gutstorm sings with jollity to Jhenni:

"Jhenni, me has ye noomba!!!

Ate sex sheben fife tree oh NIEE-INE!"

Balley softly asks, "Is there a mine by the grave yard?"

Speaking to Balley, Leafiara says, "There's the old mine road, I suppose... that's kind of close."

Balley softly says, "I was jut looking to see if I could get a sense of where he may be."

Speaking to Balley, Leafiara says, "And the kobold mine."

Balley gazes into her crystal scrying bowl, her expression growing blank and eyes unfocused. After a short while she blinks a few times and seems to be aware of her surroundings again.

Balley softly says, "Ok."

Speaking drunkenly to Cryheart, Gutstorm asks, "Yoo see me slippas?"

Gutstorm shows Cryheart his pink bunny slippers.

Cryheart says, "Aye...I hae seen em."

Leafiara says, "The kobold mine is very often visited by young members of the Order of Voln, though, so I feel like someone would have found him if he's around there."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Oh my."

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Morofinwe says, "I was just in there last night wandering."

Morofinwe quietly says, "I saw nothing."

Erienne says, "It is fairly large."

Inky black liquid seeps out of the earth, coiling around to form a hollow column. It then slips into itself, diminishing as it slides along the palms and under the feet of Goblyn, who has appeared in its midst.

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Morofinwe says, "I try to check on things and youngsters."

(Gutstorm scans the area for a suitable target and spots Goblyn.)

Gutstorm drunkenly exclaims, "Target Acquired!!!"

Gutstorm takes quick aim at Goblyn and pulls the silver lever on the monir water cannon!

With a click and a loud *WHOOSH*, a torrent of water hurtles out of the cannon directly at her! The spray hits Goblyn right in the head with a loud *SPLAT*, knocking her backwards to land comically on her rear!

Pukk recites:

"Everybody join Cryheart!"

Speaking drunkenly to Goblyn, Gutstorm asks, "Where me pie?"

Speaking drunkenly to Goblyn, Gutstorm exclaims, "Yer in da cwub!"

Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk says, "You're it."

Erienne says, "There are actually quite a few places in there one could hide."

Cryheart says, "Sky is clear."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Goblyn says, "Maybe I will be making one of this that is..."

Cryheart asks, "And why are we gathering?"

Speaking to Gutstorm, Goblyn asks, "With a better liquid, yes?"

Lyrna says, "Thank goodness."

Speaking huskily to Gutstorm, Jhenni asks, "Wait-wait-wait! Did you say, 'Ate Sex Sebin'?"

Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk says, "We shouldn't let a clear sky rob us of our fun."

Erienne whispers something to Asben.

Cryheart asks, "What fun?"

Felita asks, "But does ye use betteh butteh?"

Speaking to Cryheart, Zosopage says, "You can make Pukk cry, then it will be raining."

Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk says, "The fun of joining you."

Leafiara ventures, "I think, wherever Thrayzar is, he's probably a bit further than the very near environs or else we would've located him by now. Could be wrong, but that's my thought."

Evia recites:

"The sky is clear

But have no fear

Cuz if it clouds up

CRYHEART is here!"

Speaking huskily to Gutstorm, Jhenni says, "Only if you be Khylynnia."

Goblyn says, "One question I do have is..."

Speaking to Goblyn, Pukk says, "The answer is three."

Speaking carefully to Stormyrain, Goblyn asks, "It is known how Thrayzar did become this way that he is in current times?"

Speaking heartily to Leafiara, Chamorr says, "If he's found, how long afore Stone knows where he is."

Speaking to Goblyn, Stormyrain asks, "How he became the full orc?"

Speaking to Pukk, Goblyn asks, "How will this number be this answer?"

Stormyrain asks, "Or how he became the orc-man?"

Speaking to Chamorr, Leafiara guesses, "I'm thinking barely any time at all."

Speaking to Goblyn, Pukk says, "It just is. It's the mystery of the gods."

Goblyn says, "Both, maybe."

Evia says, "Or if he is or was in the current times."

Lyrna asks, "Wait he changed twice?"

Balley softly says, "He has to be hiding in plain sight."

Speaking to Lyrna, Leafiara says, "In a sense, yes..."

Stormyrain says, "How he became the man cursed as orc is known, and he became the full orc as a result of the work of Raznel."

Stormyrain says, "They are very related."

Speaking to Balley, Goblyn says, "He will be killed by some who do not know him if he is in plain sight, I do think."

Speaking to Lyrna, Leafiara says, "Many years ago he was turned into an orc in body, but not in mind. Only recently was his mind transformed by Raznel."

Speaking to Balley, Pukk asks, "You're not telling me that Gutstorm is the orc in question are you?"

Hapenlok murmurs, "Or someone who knows him."

Balley softly says, "Yes but I mean he is somewhere but we have not thought of that location."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Goblyn asks, "You do think that this second is maybe a... reason Grishom will like to make this changes to him?"

Speaking to Lyrna, Leafiara says, "Both times the work of Raznel. You could say the second time was... the completion of her work, in a way."

Pukk exclaims, "Let's ransack the mayor's office! He might be in there!"

Lyrna says, "That's... very odd. It wasn't just a finish to the ..."

Lyrna chuckles.

Stormyrain asks, "It is possible that he seeks some of the knowledge Raznel had, or mayhaps even some of the knowledge Praxopius had that caused Thrayzar to be within our time, and then not?"

Lyrna asks, "I mean the initial ... curse... didn't just slowly keep working until it finished?"

Lyrna asks, "It was two seperate events?"

Cryheart says, "That is my thought."

Evia says, "Maybe he's hidden inside the bleakstone statue."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "I want dat statchoo."

Felita asks, "Iffin we kin break it mebee he inside?"

Speaking to Goblyn, Raelee asks, "Have you an interest in this outside of curiosity?"

Speaking to Lyrna, Stormyrain says, "When he was cursed into the form of an orc, he was stable in that form, with the mind of a man--mostly, really-- for many years."

Leafiara slowly says, "I'm pretty sure if he was trapped in the statue for half a year, he'd be dead..."

The irregular series of soft and loud booms continues, travelling easily through the earth.

Evia glances down.

Evia says, "Errp."

Speaking to Raelee, Goblyn says, "I will like to observe what he does to make this reversion to this old ways of Thrayzar. How, and this level of success. But..."

Balley softly says, "They are getting louder."

The earth falls back into stillness.

Leafiara muses, "Then again, I've seen stranger things around here..."

Lazaryth asks, "Which do you think is worse? To have the mind of a man but the body of an orc? Or to be full orc?"

Evia says, "The earth has gas pains."

Balley softly says, "He would not be underground would he."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Men are crazy so...."

Speaking carefully to Raelee, Goblyn says, "I will like to know more what he is removing and what he will be doing with it, if it is no longer making Thrayzar into his present self."

Speaking curiously to Stormyrain, Guarrin asks, "Has he expressed any interest in Thrayzar before?"

Speaking to Guarrin, Stormyrain says, "They have a lot of history, yes."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Leafiara says, "Puptilian said it last night, but Thrayzar came to prefer the orc body--at least at some point in time. Or at least that's my understanding."

Speaking to Guarrin, Goblyn says, "It is interesting, maybe that he did give two options..."

Stormyrain says, "It is not..friendly."

Speaking to Leafiara, Lazaryth says, "Really? That surprises me."

Speaking to Leafiara, Goblyn says, "But in both of this options, his mind is restored."

Speaking to Leafiara, Lazaryth says, "Not a fan of romance, then."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Leafiara acknowledges, "Me too, but I suppose it's a bit stronger."

Goblyn asks, "The body maybe does not matter to Grishom?"

Speaking heartily to Goblyn, Chamorr says, "Thats exactly how he sucks ya in."

Speaking to Goblyn, Leafiara muses, "It does seem that way."

Felita asks, "What woulds be less werser?"

Speaking laughingly to Chamorr, Goblyn says, "Grishom will not be doing this... sucking in of me."

Gutstorm offers Lyrna a flagon of Ice Drake rum.

Lyrna declines Gutstorm's offer.

Balley softly says, "I wonder what has the land soo upset."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "More fer me."

Balley softly says, "The noise and restless nature."

Lyrna says, "Thank you, but.. no."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Leafiara whispers aloud, "She's pregnant, no strong drinks for her for another few months."

Speaking heartily to Goblyn, Chamorr says, "If you want to see what he does then yes he will."

Zosopage says, "Someone probably cast Quake."

Speaking to Guarrin, Stormyrain says, "Thrayzar and Drangell were originally dispatched to kill Raznel, decades ago now. They thought they were successful, and she cursed Thrayzar in what they believed to be her dying throes...then he was hired by, and eventually turned on, Grishom and fought against him with the Landing."

Balley softly says, "All the rumbles and crashes."

Speaking to Lyrna, Goblyn asks, "You will like to drink some very nice, fresh blood?"

Speaking drunkenly to Leafiara, Gutstorm exclaims, "If she having a dwarf, she needs to drink to elp built up his tolrance!"

Speaking to Lyrna, Goblyn coos, "It will maybe be -very- healthy for this state!"

Speaking amusedly to Gutstorm, Leafiara says, "She's not having a dwarf."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Alornen asks, "Is that how that works?"

Lyrna says, "I haven't even been able to eat meat the last month or so."

Stormyrain says, "And Grishom does not--forgive? Easily. Or forget."

Alornen says, "Geesh, I need to brush up on my medical training."

Alornen exclaims, "Here I've been saying the opposite!"

Speaking to Stormyrain, Guarrin responds, "Ah, that provides some clarity. Perhaps this is as simple as wanting to play with Thrayzar a bit."

Lyrna says, "Even the smell of blood has made me sick. I can't imagine drinking it."

Speaking helpfully to Lyrna, Goblyn offers, "I can be making you not conscious while you consume it, yes?"

Speaking to Guarrin, Stormyrain says, "It could be."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk asks, "Lyrna isn't pregnant is she?"

Lyrna says, "Ah, no. I think I'll skip that."

Speaking amusedly to Pukk, Leafiara says, "She is."

Lyrna says, "I am."

Speaking amusedly to Guarrin, Goblyn says, "It is maybe a mistake to call anything he does do simple."

Stormyrain says, "But I doubt that he'd expend the energy on something so petty given his rise in power, as of late. But that is just my opinion."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk exclaims, "You know the dangers of that!"

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk exclaims, "If that baby gets loose it can destroy Landing!"

Lyrna asks, "What?"

Zosopage says, "Most of the time what he needs is blood. Perhaps he needs Thrayzar's blood."

Speaking to Lyrna, Leafiara explains, "Pukk believes babies are born--possessed."

Guarrin explains, "Most motivations boil down to a handful of things. He clearly wants attention and enjoys...playing with a meal before devouring it."

Speaking to Lyrna, Pukk asks, "Did they not teach you the evils of children?"

Speaking gently to Lyrna, Leafiara says, "Don't worry about it too much."

Speaking to Lyrna, Pukk exclaims, "They are summoned from a demonic plane and can destroy this land!"

Speaking to Pukk, Evia says, "The backup is Everyone Join Guarrin."

Lyrna says, "It'll be a bit before she's causing that kind of trouble."

Balley softly asks, "Lyrna is it Pukk's baby?"

Lyrna says, "No."

Speaking confidently to Lyrna, Leafiara says, "I'm sure the baby will turn out just fine, and Pukk and Goblyn and everyone will love her."

Balley softly says, "Oh then we are safe."

Speaking to Dougross, Lazaryth says, "Thank you."

Speaking to Balley, Pukk exclaims, "I didn't kiss her, so it can't be mine!"

Chaoswynd offers Stormyrain a cup of warm elven cinnamon brandy.

Stormyrain accepts Chaoswynd's elven cinnamon brandy.

Lazaryth says, "As lovely as you all are, it's past time for bed."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Ill love it if da baby is born wif a beard."

Stormyrain murmurs, "For all his faults, the man does know how to pick a good brandy."

Speaking to Goblyn, Lazaryth says, "Good to see you, as always."

Speaking offhandedly to Evia, Guarrin asks, "I thought I retired after the last wars?"

Speaking coyly to Balley, Leafiara says, "We just have to make sure Lyrna's the one who spends the most time raising her, and not some crazy person like me."

Pukk recites:

"Everybody join Leafiara!"

Speaking to Lazaryth, Goblyn asks, "You are leaving?"

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Stormyrain states, "Grishom, I mean. Of course."

Speaking to Goblyn, Lazaryth asks, "Is that a problem?"

Chamorr heartily says, "This is trying to get into the head of a psychotic, whatever he wants, the answer should be NO."

Balley softly says, "You are too busy now Leafi dear."

Lyrna says, "Auntie Leafi."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Goblyn says, "It is not. You will not like to play the game, I do not think."

Speaking in Sylvankind to Goblyn, Lazaryth says something you don't understand.

Speaking to Guarrin, Evia asks, "Retirement was cancelled, didn't ya get the memo?"

Speaking to Goblyn, Lazaryth asks, "Which game?"

Speaking to Goblyn, Pukk says, "I'm trying to convince the mayor to talk to the council and give me the town herald title."

Speaking raspily to Pukk, Sonnillon asks, "Will we be needing torches tonight?"

Speaking to Lazaryth, Goblyn says, "Fire in the Sky. Though I do not know if anyone will like to play this night."

Speaking approvingly to Pukk, Leafiara says, "You definitely do deserve it for years of service."

Speaking drunkenly to Goblyn, Gutstorm says, "Play da game of cast first ask later."

Speaking to Sonnillon, Pukk says, "Always."

Goblyn exclaims, "That is not a game!"

Speaking huskily to Pukk, Jhenni asks, "And pichforks?"

Lazaryth says, "It sounds entertaining."

Speaking to Goblyn, Evia asks, "What about Smoke on the Water, also?"

Lazaryth says, "But I'm about to collapse."

Sonnillon raspily exclaims, "I love games!"

Felita says, "Souns like it kibbe fun."

Speaking to Jhenni, Pukk says, "Always."

Speaking to Evia, Goblyn asks, "What is this game?"

Speaking sagely to Lazaryth, Leafiara says, "It's better to collapse in a fire, though."

Lazaryth says, "If you play, I want to hear a full report next time."

Evia exclaims, "I donno but the title is great!"

Speaking to Lyrna, Pukk asks, "Are you sure you're pregnant and not just constipated?"

Goblyn says, "I think maybe it will be another day for playing it."

(Lyrna rubs her belly. "And getting fat in the process?")

Pukk recites:

"Everybody kiss Zosopage!"

Speaking to Evia, Goblyn says, "You will find this game you did make a name for, though, and give some rules to it."

Evia says, "Erp."

Zosopage gives Pukk a friendly little kick.

Speaking amusedly to Lyrna, Leafiara says, "I mean, really, she'll have a field day."

Evia says, "Oookay."

Speaking to Zosopage, Pukk says, "You flirt you."

Zosopage says, "Everyone punch Pukk."

Goblyn cheerfully exclaims, "I will maybe be having some things to see to now, I will see you all in another time!"

Pukk recites:

"Everybody join Goblyn now!"

Speaking appreciatively to Goblyn, Leafiara says, "Thanks for coming to see us! Always a pleasure."

Felita says, "Bye Missie Goblyn."

Speaking to Goblyn, Hapenlok says, "I'll see you later. I guess."

Goblyn says, "I did like the answers you were giving, for my questions."

Sonnillon raspily says, "So where is this orc we are supposed to kill...... I mean find."

Speaking heartily to Goblyn, Chamorr says, "See ya."

Hapenlok says, "I'm about to go do some work myself."

Speaking to Goblyn, Pukk says, "I'm good at this."

Goblyn yells, "Everyone will have a nice night!"

Inky black liquid seeps out from under Goblyn's feet and the tips of her fingers, coiling around and consuming her until she is no longer visible. The liquid seems to shudder, then vanishes.