Moonshine Manor's Night of Service with 5118 Mayoral Candidates

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8 Charlatos, 5118, coverage by TownCrier Correspondent Irar

Puptilian and Moonshine Manor hosted a night of service to raise funds for charity, one each chosen by 5118 Wehnimer's Landing Mayoral Candidates, Leafiara and Lylia. The candidates answered questions from those gathered over a variety of topics, expounding upon their campaign's stances on the issues presented.

Introduction

[Town Square, Small Park]

A small, shaded park fills an old vacant lot behind a row of buildings, the bright lamplight from the square filtering through the passage to the north to illuminate the area with a soft glow. A weatherworn grey marble statue of a stocky human in pioneer's clothing overlooks the park, his stone hat encrusted by the gifts of decades of passing birds and his right hand half-upraised as if it once held some now-missing object. You also see an outgoing lake spirit that is flying around, a forest wolf, an old bentwood cart with some stuff on it, a bright yellow building and some ornate wrought iron benches.

Also here: Refram, Relic Hunter Ulkov, Relic Hunter Madmountan, Shinann, Ladmartigan who is kneeling, Elanon, Maiden Leafiara, Novice Brightguard, Puptilian, Tetreves, Oddfinger

Obvious paths: north, south, west


Ulkov says, "Evenin."

Leafiara greets, "Evening to everyone just arriving."

Leafiara grins.

You say, "Evening."

You smile.

Puptilian says, "This is completely informal night so enjoy the drinks off the carts, harass the candidates as you feel is needed and donate to the candidate of your choice."

Lylia jokes, "Not quite late enough to be fashionable, but I do what I can."

Puptilian recites:

   "Please enjoy yourselves.  Take the time to speak to the candidates and hand each of them your donations.  We'll count the donations at 12am"

Puptilian recites:

   "Oh and drink all you like off the cart donated by Moonshine Manor"

Leafiara pleasantly says, "A very nice crowd--it's good to see everyone interested in this campaign season."

Lylia says, "As this is also a service night, if anyone would like scrolls infused or checked for infusion, do let me know."

Puptilian says, "Thank you to both Candidates for showing up. Speak as you like and collect donations as we go. Honor system as this all goes to charity. Who ever gets the most donation gets to choose where."

Lylia says, "And there will soon be a Brigatta presentation and demonstration of scroll infusions."

Speaking to Cryheart, Puptilian says, "So much easier being on THIS SIDE of the campaign."

Leafiara amicably says, "Welcome all to tonight's meet and greet. Please ask if you have any questions, concerns, needs to be met--spells, blessings, imbedded magic, chrisms... anything on your mind."

Leafiara nods.

Puptilian grins mischievously.

Cryheart nods at Puptilian.

Brightguard glances at Leafiara.

Cryheart says, "I can imagine."

Speaking to Puptilian, Lylia says, "Indeed."

You grin at Puptilian.

Lylia chuckles.

Speaking to Puptilian, Lylia says, "And you had a great many challengers, not the one that each of us face."

Puptilian says, "Interesting thought that both of these do have one campaign under their belts so they do know whats expected."

Leafiara nods in agreement at Puptilian.

Speaking to Lylia, Puptilian says, "The first campaign is always the hardest I believe."

Cryheart says, "Aye."

Cryheart says, "Live and learn."

Speaking to Puptilian, Lylia says, "That remains to be seen. I believe I had quite a challenge during the first one as well."

Lylia diplomatically says, "Although the greater scrutiny we both face as candidates this time around is its own challenge, I believe."

Speaking to Lylia, Leafiara agrees, "Very true."

Speaking to Lylia, Puptilian says, "In my opinion at this very point you two are even so work hard on the campaign."

Speaking to Puptilian, Lylia says, "I consider that a compliment."

Cryheart says, "Ladies."

Speaking curiously to Cryheart, Leafiara asks, "Yes, Sir Knight? Do you have a question for us this eve?"

Cryheart asks, "To which charity would ye give the donations to, if I may ask?"

Leafiara thoughtfully says, "Earlier tonight I was considering Rone Academy, but after discussing it more, I'd consider any options that my donors bring up--since any money will have come from them."

Speaking to Cryheart, Lylia says, "As a matter of fact, I would prefer to see 'big silver' out of politics altogether. I dislike the idea that the wealthiest are those with the loudest voices. Although I appreciate the value of donations, I would rather it be motivated by something other than political concerns."

Cryheart says, "I am nae political."

Leafiara rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Lylia says, "While I am aware that the nature of this contest is amicable, it is a danger."

Leafiara nods understandingly at Lylia.

Lylia says, "With that said, I would donate the funds to improving our museum and its library."

Cryheart says, "As I cannae endorse one over the other, being a protector of this town."

Cryheart nods.

Leafiara nods understandingly at Cryheart.

You nod approvingly at Cryheart.

Traiva smiles at Cryheart.

Cryheart says, "So..I shall give equal amounts."

Leafiara nods at Cryheart.

Cryheart says, "Be right back."

Leafiara grins.

Lylia says, "Something that would benefit all of us and improve the educational state of our populace."


Candidate Questions and Answers

Traiva: Demons and Blood Magic in Town

Speaking to Leafiara, Traiva asks, "What are your thoughts on the recent changes allowing Blood Magic and summoned demons within town walls?"

Speaking to Lylia, Puptilian says, "I can safely say I was the poorest in both elections so I can safely say big money does not always win."

Lylia nods at Traiva.

Cryheart says, "And nae to seem I am buying anything..but my donation will be modest."

Speaking gratefully to Cryheart, Leafiara says, "It is still appreciated."

Leafiara smiles at Cryheart.

Cryheart smiles.

Cryheart says, "Welcome."

Lylia says, "Oh, absolutely -- but that was also the first election in some time. I do not know that such considerations were as grave then as they are now that we are all more sophisticated about the electoral process."

Lylia places a hand over her heart.

Lylia bows to Cryheart.

Cryheart bows to Lylia.

Speaking to Cryheart, Lylia says, "I thank you, and the museum thanks you."

Cryheart says, "Good luck to ye both."

Cryheart smiles.

Cryheart says, "Welcome."

Speaking to Lylia, you ask, "More sophisticated? How so?"

Speaking to Traiva, Leafiara says, "Two interesting topics, one at a time. I'm all for the summoning of minor demons, as I've never seen them get out of hand--and those who have visited Icemule Trace know they've long been allowed there with no trouble at all."

Speaking to you, Lylia says, "We have seen more elections. More campaigning. More possible avenues for influence."

Lylia nods in agreement at Leafiara.

You nod at Lylia.

Madmountan offers Lylia a Wehnimer's promissory note.

Speaking to Leafiara, Traiva asks, "What about the Blood Magic?"

Lylia gazes with interest at Leafiara.

Speaking to Traiva, Leafiara continues, "As for blood magic... I have several friends and people I look up to who practice it, including the current mayor, and again nothing seems too amiss. In fact, before he was mayor, Cruxophim and I did good work together helping to find a cure for the black blood curse."

Leafiara nods at Traiva.

Eiliriel smiles at Lylia.

Traiva nods.

Leafiara adds, "Militia captain Stormyrain is another example."

Speaking to Traiva, Lylia asks, "Did you intend the question for one candidate, or for both of us?"

Leafiara nods at Traiva.

Gorku says, "Very interesting."

Speaking to Lylia, Traiva says, "I was about to ask you, as well."

Speaking to Lylia, Traiva asks, "What are your thoughts?"

Leafiara nods in agreement at Traiva.

Leafiara turns to face Lylia.

Lylia chuckles.

Lylia says, "I think my thoughts on the summoning of all carefully controlled extra-planar entities is quite clear. Puptilian can no doubt tell you how I beleaguered him."

Lylia gazes in amusement at Puptilian.

Leafiara laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement.

Speaking to Lylia, Traiva says, "I would like you to tell me."

Speaking to Leafiara, Puptilian says, "And a point of note, even Stormyrain never did blood magic in town as it can be dangerous. I have no issues ith the magic, just the danger it brings makes it very dangerous in town."

Leafiara looks thoughtfully at Puptilian.

Puptilian agrees with Lylia.

Speaking curiously to Puptilian, Leafiara says, "Interesting to note, thank you. I'll have to ask her more about her thoughts on that some time, then."

Leafiara nods at Puptilian.

Speaking to Leafiara, Puptilian says, "And Stormy's teacher was very huge on the point it should never be done in town."

Lylia says, "Sorcery should not be seen solely as the dark sister of other magics, but as an esteemed form of magical inquiry in its own right. I favor the presence of demons. I control them, and I trust other sorcerers to have the strength of will to do the same."

Leafiara nods understandingly at Puptilian.

Traiva nods at Lylia.

Lylia says, "As for blood magic, it is less familiar to me. I do not practice it; I do not allow my own blood to be spilled for it, either. Yet I value inquiry and open exploration."

Leafiara nods in agreement at Lylia.

Traiva nods slowly.

Lylia says, "We have laws already; rather than create new ones that are prejudicial to certain forms of magic, we should enforce those we have."

Ulkov nods approvingly.

Gorku nods in agreement.

Speaking to Traiva, Lylia says, "I hope that answers your question in full."

Speaking to Lylia, Traiva says, "Thank you."

Lylia inclines her head.

Leafiara clarifies, "Just so I'm clear on this myself, I also don't practice blood magic and never have. I've considered it and even asked a couple of friends to tell me what they knew, but at this time it doesn't seem like anything I'd be interested in learning. I can't say I've learned anything that makes me opposed to its practice, though."

Gorku smiles.

Leafiara adds, "At least not yet."

Leafiara nods at Puptilian.

Cryheart turns an inquisitive ear toward Leafiara.

Cryheart nods.

Speaking to Puptilian, Leafiara assures, "I'll ask Stormy for more of her thoughts, to be sure."

Lylia notes, "I do find it of interest. I find all manner of things interesting. But practicing them is another matter. I do value intellectual curiosity, though."

Lylia smiles quietly to herself.

Leafiara nods in agreement at Lylia.

Speaking to Leafiara, Puptilian says, "Sadly her teacher Sarvia is not around anymore but yes ask Stormyrain."

Leafiara nods once at Puptilian.

Speaking to Puptilian, Leafiara notes, "Interestingly enough, she -was- one of the people I spoke with... but she didn't mention any dangers to practicing in town, specifically. Maybe because she was busy answering other questions I had, though."

Leafiara nods.

Cryheart grins.

Speaking to Leafiara, Puptilian says, "I trained under her enough to protect myself and my mind against the magic. Beyond that she was andmore later Stormy a source of reference when I had questions. Sad we do not have that wisdom any."

Leafiara looks thoughtfully at Puptilian.

Leafiara nods understandingly at Puptilian.

Lylia asks, "It is always a pity when we lose any piece of our history or culture. All the more reason why magics that had previously been relegated to a shadowy demi-legal realm should be welcomed. How else may they be studied and written about in earnest?"

Gorku nods.

Gorku nods in agreement.

Lylia asks, "How much knowledge has been lost to superstitious dread and book-burnings?"

Lylia gives a sigh of regret.

Gorku sighs.

Leafiara rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Leafiara nods understandingly at Lylia.

Gorku says, "Too much."

Lylia nods in agreement at Gorku.

Lylia smiles quietly to herself.

Xorus just arrived.

Leafiara nods to Xorus in greeting.

Lylia smiles at Xorus.

Xorus nods in greeting at Leafiara.

Xorus smiles at Lylia.

Lylia says, "Ah, my campaign manager. If anyone knows the value of books..."

Lylia nods at Xorus.

Cryheart says, "I am nae in favor of the dark magics, however, in order to protect citizens and ourselves, some of the magical ranks should understand that magic."

Puptilian: Campaign Managers

Puptilian says, "So who are the campaign managers."

Puptilian says, "Xorus for Lylia and who..."

Madmountan grins at Puptilian.

Puptilian glances at Leafiara.

Leafiara lightly agrees, "Strength in diversity."

Leafiara nods at Cryheart.

Cryheart nods at Xorus.

Puptilian asks, "For Leafiara?"

Cryheart nods at Leafiara.

Speaking to Cryheart, Lylia says, "Precisely so. Whether we favor knowledge or not, the knowledge exists. We must therefore attempt to acquire it."

Xorus nods at Cryheart.

Speaking to Puptilian, Leafiara replies, "Vrom."

Leafiara grins at Puptilian.

Puptilian nods.

Cryheart nods at Lylia.

Lylia says, "Xorus is my campaign manager."

Speaking to Leafiara, you ask, "The day-owl?"

Leafiara nods in agreement to you.

You grin at Leafiara.

Leafiara grins at you.

Madmountan asks, "Is Vrom of the healing persuasion?"

Madmountan's skin takes on a slight flush as Refram focuses on him.

Madmountan stares at Refram.

Ulkov nods at Madmountan.

Refram shrugs at Madmountan.

You nod at Madmountan.

Madmountan grins.

Leafiara replies, "He is. A giantkin empath--more active in the mornings and afternoons."

Madmountan nods.

Leafiara nods at Madmountan.

You chuckle.

Madmountan says, "Thought I had met him."

Lylia says, "I believe I have seen him in passing."

Cryheart says, "I have seen Vrom."

Lylia says, "Although we have not been introduced."

Lylia smiles.

Meureii adopts an agreeable expression.

Speaking to Madmountan, Traiva says, "You do not forget him once you have met."

Cryheart nods at Leafiara.

Madmountan grins at Traiva.

Meureii politely says, "A unique individual."

Ulkov says, "He's an interesting one."

Ulkov nods at Traiva.

Leafiara grins at Meureii.

Lylia says, "I believe most people already know Xorus rather well."

Ulkov nods at Meureii.

Lylia chuckles.

Cryheart adopts an agreeable expression.

Xorus raises an eyebrow.

Speaking to Meureii, Leafiara agrees, "A very interesting man."

Leafiara laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement.

Meureii agrees with Lylia.

Lylia lightly says, "And I should hope they know both candidates."

Speaking sincerely to Lylia, Meureii says, "And Xorus needs no introduction really."

Lylia nods at Meureii.

Eiliriel dryly says, "Perhaps Xorus likes introducing himself. Regularly."

Leafiara adds, "Vrom is also a fine example of the type of person I'd like to be more involved with our town, as so much of our politics focus on our night owls."

Leafiara grins.

Lylia gazes in amusement at Eiliriel.

You nod at Leafiara.

Leafiara flashes a quick grin at Eiliriel.

Interlude: All Townsfolk Matter

Lylia says, "Absolutely. Using executive authority to ensure that all people are heard by our town clerks and bureaucrats is vitally important."

Lylia says, "Particularly as we recently lost a town clerk to 'Rone.'."

Lylia shakes her head.

Traiva says, "Thank you both for answering my question."

Lylia says, "A position that should be filled quickly once the new mayor takes her office."

Traiva says, "If you will excuse me."

Traiva sinks into a deep curtsy.

Lylia nods at Traiva.

Lylia says, "Be well."

Lylia smiles.

Cryheart bows to Traiva.

Leafiara curtsies gracefully to Traiva.

Speaking to Lylia, you say, "Ah, yes. The coveted position of ambiguous clerk."

You chuckle to yourself.

Speaking to you, Lylia says, "Some people have a talent for administrative tasks. They also serve who organize papers."

Lylia grins at you.

You nod at Lylia.

You say, "I do wonder what happened to his family."

Leafiara lightly clarifies, "Having the people's voices heard by our clerks is a goal, yes, but also our town guard and militia. Maybe I could have chosen a better word than just 'politics,' but all town matters."

Lylia says, "We should never neglect the value of such skills."

Puptilian recites:

   "Moonshine Manor woudl like to thank and welcome everyone for coming.  You quiet ones this is informal and a way for all of you to get to know the two candidates.  Dont be shy and ask questions"

Leafiara takes a drink from her iced lemonade.

Leafiara nods in agreement at Puptilian.

Lylia agrees, "All townsfolk matter, of course."

You smile at Lylia.

Lylia folds her hands.

Leafiara nods at Lylia.

Madmountan grins.

Xannorath leans back.

Lylia says, "Yes, please do ask."

Lylia smiles.

Leafiara adds, "Or comment, if you'd rather make statements than questions."

Leafiara carefully surveys her surroundings.

Lylia coughs.

Cryheart: Rooks Under Town

Cryheart asks, "So how do each of ye feel about the Rooks underneath the town?"

Leafiara nods at Cryheart.

Lylia says, "Ah, the Rooks."

Lylia says, "Glad you asked."

Cryheart says, "Indeed."

Cryheart smiles.

Ulkov folds his arms over his chest.

Lylia says, "The Rooks have always been with us in some form. Why? I think we need to look at the deeper reason for their existence, not merely attempt to pull them out root and branch. That solves nothing."

Puptilian grins.

Speaking to Cryheart, Lylia says, "And I do not believe that is one simple answer. Not poverty alone, for many in Shantytown do not join the Rooks."

Leafiara comments, "The Rooks... always a complex question. They have the right to live where they do without being pursued, since from my understanding the underground is outside Landing jurisdiction."

Lylia continues, "Nor is it fear or loyalty, although these are commingled."

Lylia looks like she was about to say something to Leafiara, but she hesitates, obviously having changed her mind.

Leafiara suddenly says, "Ah... you should finish first."

Leafiara nods at Lylia.

Lylia says, "Oh, forgive me."

Lylia smiles quietly to herself.

Leafiara grins.

Lylia lightly says, "I thought that since you graciously went first on the previous questions, you would wish a break."

Eiliriel politely says, "I also have a question when both of you are finished on the current question."

Lylia nods at Eiliriel.

Leafiara amicably says, "I never need a break, but it was impolite of me. Do go on."

Leafiara nods at Lylia.

Leafiara nods at Eiliriel.

Lylia says, "The Rooks have committed criminal acts. There is no way around this, and no reason to ignore it. But if we address the root causes that produce these crimes, then we turn the Rooks from an adversary to a weapon - one we wield, not one we fear."

Lylia inclines her head.

Speaking to Leafiara, Lylia says, "Please proceed."

Leafiara nods at Lylia.

Leafiara notes, "The Rooks have recently made a number of very foolish attacks, from an assault on the Hendoran outpost to attempting to assassinate Rodnay. Out in the open for all to see."

Leafiara frankly says, "But we should also acknowledge the many times when their more secret operations have given us valuable information about our enemies. If they would stop attempting to be a militia and provide their intel to the actual militia, I think we could accomplish good things together."

Leafiara carefully says, "We can't go on letting them try to play executioners, but... they do have some very valuable talents. Ones that I'd like to see about bringing into the fold--as Pup offered during his term with offers of clemency for service."

Leafiara concludes, "Those are my thoughts on the Rooks. A delicate and complex subject."

Lylia says, "Just so. Highly complex."

Leafiara nods at Cryheart.

You nod.

Leafiara nods at Lylia.

Cryheart says, "Aye."

Hapenlok just arrived.

Leafiara nods to Hapenlok in greeting.

Lylia waves to Hapenlok.

Cryheart waves to Hapenlok.

Madmountan says, "Uh oh, here comes trouble."

Hapenlok asks, "Well....what's all this then?"

Eiliriel: Racial Discrimination in Town

Lylia says, "I believe there was another question, too..."

Lylia surveys the area.

Eiliriel nods at Lylia.

Lylia nods at Eiliriel.

Leafiara mentions, "I believe Eiliriel wanted to ask a question first, but afterward, Deacon."

Leafiara nods to you.

You chuckle.

Lylia says, "And I somehow feel sure Hapenlok will have questions."

Leafiara nods knowingly at Lylia.

You say, "Ah, apologies."

Hapenlok asks, "Questions?"

Lylia nods at Hapenlok.

Eiliriel evenly asks, "Quite a few of us, the Dark Elves and the Forest Gnomes and, in particular, the Half-Krolvin suffer from discrimination on the part of townsfolk, especially the merchants. What would you both see done about this?"

Lylia flatly says, "End it."

Lylia clarifies, "The discriminatory practices, I mean."

Leafiara grins at Lylia.

Lylia asks, "What shame would it bring on this town if the very mayor, should she be Faendryl, could not shop at Bin's store or Tykel's without paying more?"

Eiliriel mildly asks, "Would that be from encouraging more equal practices or some other method?"

Lylia says, "It is another absurd and benighted superstition we must root out. I take a prescriptivist's approach here, at least at first -- require shopkeepers to offer equitable prices or face penalties, for example -- but I believe we need a change of thinking overall."

Puptilian says, "Ladies and Gents, I do have to go but Madmountain will continue to represent Moonshine for the night. Thank you again both candidates for showing up and good luck in the debates."

Hapenlok says, "Well, i've got no bad feelings about Half-breed Krol. considering they get treated worst by the Krol then they ever could here. but you're not going to take away a hundred years of bad feelings with the wave of a hand."

Madmountan turns toward Puptilian and renders a sharp salute with his bottle of Manor Moonshine.

Lylia says, "We saw from Chaston Griffin and his assault on half-Elves what such blind and unreasoning dislike can lead to -- and it is far worse than simply paying too much at shops."

Speaking appreciatively to Puptilian, Leafiara says, "Thank you for hosting as you have."

Leafiara grins at Puptilian.

Leafiara curtsies gracefully to Puptilian.

Speaking coolly to Hapenlok, Eiliriel says, "I addressed my question to the two prospective mayors."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Lylia says, "A hundred years is not as long to me as it is to you, Hap. But you are right about that."

Puptilian waves.

Lylia says, "Which is why I say it begins with the rule of law, which is something we can control."

Wpoole asks, "Who taking donations?"

Speaking to Wpoole, Leafiara replies, "The mayoral candidates--which would be Lady Lylia and myself."

Madmountan recites:

   "Each candidate is taking donations for the charity of their choice.  We'll tally them up at midnight.  Please donate directly to the candidate."

Wpoole asks, "Is is based off looks?"

Leafiara nods once.

Hapenlok says, "And whatever pickpockets are operating undetected."

Leafiara gazes in amusement at Wpoole.

Speaking to Leafiara, Lylia says, "I expounded rather at length on that. Forgive me for taking so long. It is clearly a subject close to my heart."

Lylia smiles.

Madmountan grins at Hapenlok.

Leafiara grins at Lylia.

Cryheart says, "A dangerous question friend."

Speaking understandingly to Lylia, Leafiara says, "Of course, it should close to everyone's."

Cryheart smiles at Wpoole.

Wpoole chuckles.

Cryheart says, "With the candidates being ladies."

Wpoole just handed Leafiara some coins.

Wpoole just handed Lylia some coins.

Leafiara smiles at Wpoole.

Leafiara curtsies gracefully to Wpoole.

Wpoole smiles.

Wpoole says, "Just to be safe."

Lylia bows to Wpoole.

Wpoole sits down.

Speaking to Wpoole, Lylia says, "Thank you."

Speaking to Eiliriel, Leafiara replies, "Unfair pricing in our shops is well known, and I truly don't know why our merchants believe they can get away with it. They must know that word gets around."

Leafiara shakes her head.

Lylia chuckles.

Lylia accepts Shinann's promissory note.

Lylia places a hand over her heart.

Shinann offers Leafiara a Wehnimer's promissory note.

Lylia bows to Shinann.

Leafiara accepts Shinann's promissory note.

Lylia put a Wehnimer's promissory note in her wrap.

Leafiara curtsies gracefully to Shinann.

Shinann bows to Lylia.

Shinann bows to Leafiara.

Speaking to Eiliriel, Leafiara continues, "Lady Alendrial was recently nominated to position of Steward of the Coffers, and with so much information about our finances at her disposal I'd like to work with her for possible solutions."

Madmountan recites:

   "There are only 15 minutes left to make donations to the mayoral candidate of your choice (or both).  The candidate with the most donations picks which charity all of the money will be donated to.  Donate away!"

Leafiara adds, "And she too is familiar with discrimination--she did great work to protect our half-elven population and half-elves in other places from Chaston's crusades, which Lady Lylia mentioned."

Lylia inclines her head.

Lylia says, "She was heroic."

Leafiara nods in agreement at Lylia.

Shinann agrees with Lylia.

Speaking to Eiliriel, Leafiara concludes, "I'm certain we can find some solution. And I'll make every effort."

Leafiara nods at Eiliriel.

Shinann says, "While I will not wear either, I would like a pin from you both."

Eiliriel looks thoughtfully at Leafiara.

Leafiara grins at Shinann.

Leafiara smiles at Eiliriel.

Lylia removes a silver lily-etched button that reads "Team Lylia: Because the Right Words Move Worlds." from in her wrap.

Lylia chuckles.

Shinann says, "I will take that one."

Eiliriel gently asks, "Every effort to do what?"

Shinann nods at Lylia.

Speaking amicably to Shinann, Leafiara says, "Certainly--if nothing else these are memories of this campaign season."

Leafiara nods.

Shinann grins.

Lylia raises her voice in merry laughter.

Shinann says, "Thank you."

Speaking to Eiliriel, Leafiara clarifies, "Every effort to find a solution to their unfair pricing."

Leafiara nods at Eiliriel.

Leafiara grabs a leaf-shaped button that reads "Team Leafi: For Frontier Freedom and Ideals!" from a small pocket inside of her red silk cape.

Leafiara offers Shinann a leaf-shaped button that reads "Team Leafi: For Frontier Freedom and Ideals!".

Shinann accepts Leafiara's leaf-shaped button.

Eiliriel arches a skeptical eyebrow as she takes in her surroundings.

Shinann says, "Thank you."

Eiliriel asks, "And in your eyes, what would that solution be?"

Shinann put a leaf-shaped button that reads "Team Leafi: For Frontier Freedom and Ideals!" in her soft suede cloak.

Shinann put a silver lily-etched button that reads "Team Lylia: Because the Right Words Move Worlds." in her soft suede cloak.

Shinann wraps her soft suede cloak tightly around herself, as if to keep out the cold.

Lylia smiles at Xorus.

Speaking to Eiliriel, Leafiara explains, "Ah, maybe I wasn't clear enough on this. I believe Alendrial would know better than I since she already has access to our town's financial information. I don't think it's wise to decide now what the best solution is until speaking with someone who has that knowledge."

Eiliriel neutrally says, "Thank you for your thoughtful response."

Leafiara adds, "But I doubt there are any options I wouldn't consider, as long as they're nonviolent."

Leafiara nods at Eiliriel.

Lylia adds, "Wise counsel is always welcome. Alendrial surely has a great deal to add."

Leafiara nods at Lylia.

Lylia smiles at you.

Irar: Flax?

Speaking to you, Leafiara asks, "Deacon--you had a question, I believe?"

Leafiara grins at you.

You say, "Well, it's not mine so much as what I've heard around town."

Ulkov raises an eyebrow.

You say, "A very concerning amount of discussion... It's almost reached a pitch."

Leafiara nods to you.

You glance between Leafiara and Lylia.

Lylia gazes with interest at you.

Leafiara glances at you and folds her hands.

You ask, "Flax?"

Leafiara chuckles.

Lylia says, "If this is about who our favorite Deacon of Koar is...."

You snicker to yourself.

Shinann appears to be trying hard not to grin.

Lylia chuckles.

Hapenlok falls over.

Meureii grins at you.

Lylia says, "Ah, the other pressing concern."

Leafiara grins crookedly at Hapenlok.

Ulkov stares off into space.

Hapenlok mutters under his breath.

Lylia says, "I yield the floor to my opponent first."

Lylia grins at Leafiara.

Leafiara nods appreciatively at Lylia.

You say, "I keep hearing about it. Had to know positions on this divisive matter."

You nod once.

Lylia says, "Believe it or not, I do have thoughts on the matter."

Hapenlok takes a slow, deep breath then pinches the bridge of his nose.

You listen carefully to Lylia.

Lylia chuckles.

Cryheart grins.

Hapenlok murmurs, "Why do we encourage her."

Lylia looks over at you and shakes her head.

Lylia nods at Leafiara.

Speaking to you, Leafiara says, "First let me say that Evia recently left a very comprehensive report with the current Mayor about the harvesting and uses of flax that's well worth the read, for those who haven't seen."

You nod at Leafiara.

Cryheart nods at Leafiara.

Leafiara clarifies, "Just in case anyone -didn't- know the context of this question."

Lylia agrees with Leafiara.

Leafiara flashes a quick grin.

You grin at Leafiara.

Speaking to Leafiara, you say, "An incredible report, I'd say."

Lylia agrees, "Quite thorough."

You nod approvingly.

Leafiara continues, "We definitely need to work on more self-reliance in my opinion, and improving our trade offerings."

Madmountan recites:

   "There are only 5 minutes left to make donations to the mayoral candidate of your choice (or both).  The candidate with the most donations picks which charity all of the money will be donated to.  Donate away!"

Hapenlok says, "Well, a pleasant diversion. i need to get back to work."

Leafiara mentions, "Many of our citizens don't trust the Turamzzyrian Empire--understandable, of course, because if they did then they might have chosen to live there and not here."

Leafiara earnestly says, "So we do have to work to maintain our independence as best we can. We have to work with our own resources and our own people, and if our people are passionate about flax--and hopefully not just Dame Evia--then working to produce and sell more of it is a great idea."

Leafiara nods to you.

You nod at Leafiara.

You turn to face Lylia.

Lylia inclines her head.

Speaking interestedly to Lylia, Leafiara says, "I'm very curious about your thoughts now, Lady Lylia."

Leafiara grins at Lylia.

Lylia says, "I am a firm believer in letting expertise speak while I listen. Dame Evia is our expert. We should benefit from her research. Specifically, this relates to one of the greatest oversights in the Landing -- using our port as it should be used. Currently, we move goods through it but touch them little or not at all."

(Lylia paces as she warms to her subject.)

Lylia asks, "We chop wood, we ship wood. We grow grain, we ship grain. Why do we not have manufacturing? Why do we not chop wood, add value, and ship finished lumber? Furnishings?"

Lylia raises an eyebrow.

Hapenlok mutters, "Ships."

(Lylia gently pounds her open palm with her fist for emphasis.)

Hapenlok narrows his eyes.

Lylia says, "This is the essence of 'soft power.' This is the heart of it. This is where we find our safety, our security, and our wealth."

Hapenlok murmurs, "Excuse me please."

Lylia says, "Can an empire be built on flax? Not alone, no. But it is one building block of an empire."

Leafiara nods in agreement at Lylia.

Ulkov chuckles to himself.

Lylia says, "But not an empire in the classical sense."

Lylia smiles quietly to herself.

Lylia says, "We have no need of empires when we have good relations with our southern neighbor, for the most part."

Madmountan Announces Candidate Donation Totals and the Winning Charity

Madmountan recites:

   "We will be wrapping this up shortly folks.  Thank you very much for coming.  If the candidates could please finish answering their last question and then please tally up their donations by consolidating their donations into a single promissory note, and hand the donations to me, I will make the final official count and get some more information on each candidate's chose charity."

Lylia says, "But what we do need is prosperity. Flax is only a part of it."

Lylia nods once.

You nod at Lylia.

Speaking to a dark-haired half-elven priestess, Lylia says, "I fear nothing."

Lylia says, "But thank you for the warning."

Speaking to Wintersylph, you say, "High Priestess. Greetings."

You bow to Wintersylph.

Speaking to a dark-haired half-elven priestess, Xorus says, "The dragon is the one flying away."

Wintersylph's eyes twinkle with merriment as she playfully drops into a quick curtsy before you, letting out a soft giggle as she rises.

You smile at Wintersylph.

Madmountan exclaims, "And no adding any of your own silvers to the stash!"

Madmountan grins stupidly.

Leafiara grins at Madmountan.

Xannorath chuckles.

You chuckle at Madmountan.

Ulkov chuckles.

Stormyrain just arrived.

Stormyrain casually observes her surroundings.

Leafiara waves to Stormyrain.

Stormyrain smiles.

Meureii pulls back his upper lip revealing his sharp incisors, giving Stormyrain an angry snarl.

Stormyrain inclines her head.

You nod to Stormyrain in greeting.

Rhayveign nods to Stormyrain in greeting.

Leafiara gives Stormyrain a friendly hug.

Stormyrain settles her gaze on Meureii, watching him intently.

Speaking to Stormyrain, you say, "Evening, Captain."

Lylia says, "I also have an announcement about thse donations."

Speaking to Madmountan, Ulkov asks, "So how'd the ladies do?"

Madmountan asks, "Remind me again what each of the candidate's charity was?"

Lylia says, "By the way, if anyone has questions we have not answered, please feel free to ask. The time for donations may have ended, but the time for questions never does."

Lylia smiles.

Speaking to Leafiara, Madmountan asks, "Tell me your charity of choice?"

Speaking to Madmountan, Leafiara says, "After some thought, I'd like it to go to the Wellington Orphanage. Our children have been very troubled lately."

Leafiara nods at Madmountan.

Madmountan nods at Leafiara.

Lylia asks, "Ah, changing your mind?"

Speaking to Lylia, Madmountan asks, "And yourself?"

Lylia smiles at Leafiara.

Leafiara nods at Lylia.

Lylia says, "Always one's prerogative to change and change again."

Lylia inclines her head.

Cryheart says, "The orphanage is a great charity."

Madmountan grins.

Cryheart nods at Leafiara.

Ulkov appears to be trying hard not to grin.

Lylia says, "It absolutely is."

Cryheart nods at Lylia.

Leafiara nods in agreement.

Speaking to Madmountan, Shinann says, "Make sure Surofee gets that directly. No sending by way of Tyrrah, please."

Lylia asks, "How much will the orphanage be receiving, then?"

Madmountan grins at Shinann.

Madmountan agrees with Shinann.

Shinann smiles.

Cryheart grins at Shinann.

Xannorath leans forward.

Madmountan asks, "Wait, so you both picked the orhanage?"

Ulkov says, "Seems so."

Leafiara curiously asks, "Or how much will the musem be receiving?"

Ulkov nods once at Madmountan.

Lylia says, "No."

Madmountan exclaims, "Ah!"

Madmountan says, "I see..."

Madmountan asks, "The museum and the orphanage?"

Lylia says, "I have remained with my first choice. The museum and its library."

Madmountan nods at Lylia.

Meureii says, "The past and the future."

Lylia smiles at Meureii.

Lylia says, "I believe the museum is also important to the future."

Shinann says, "Both good causes."

Madmountan asks, "Should I say the individual totals, or merely the grand total?"

Shinann nods.

Lylia winks.

Madmountan grins.

Leafiara says, "It was my understanding that whoever raised the most donations, their preferred charity would get all of them."

Cryheart says, "Oh...I suggest a room in the museum where the small cat cannae escape."

Cryheart appears to be trying hard not to grin.

Speaking sincerely to Lylia, Meureii says, "Without a doubt."

Madmountan says, "Ahh, I'll give full disclosure."

Ulkov nods once at Leafiara.

Shinann begins chuckling at Cryheart!

Speaking softly to Lylia, Wintersylph says, "I like that choice."

Lylia says, "I prefer full disclosure."

Leafiara adds, "But it's Moonshine's event, so any way that you would like to do it."

Speaking quietly to Lylia, Meureii says, "I am rather partial to history myself."

Leafiara nods in agreement at Lylia.

Lylia smiles at Meureii.

Madmountan says, "Leafiara amassed small fortune of five hundred and five thousand silvers."

Lylia applauds.

Cryheart applauds.

You applaud.

Eiliriel applauds politely.

Leafiara curtsies gracefully.

Xorus says, "Well done."

Meureii gives Leafiara a piercing bark of pure joy!

Wintersylph applauds.

Rhayveign applauds.

Madmountan says, "And Lylia, amazingly, amassed even more with a total of one million, two hundred four thousand, five hundre silvers."

Leafiara applauds.

Shinann applauds.

Ulkov nods approvingly.

Xannorath hoots.

Eiliriel applauds.

Lylia clearly says, "And now that the contest is over, I would like to contribute a million silvers to Leafiara's chosen charity of the orphanage, in addition to the funding that is going to the museum."

Leafiara grins at Lylia.

Wintersylph applauds Lylia.

Shinann smiles at Lylia.

Meureii applauds Lylia.

Eiliriel applauds Lylia.

Cryheart smiles at Lylia.

Lylia says, "One moment while I get that note."

You applaud Lylia.

Madmountan asks, "So the grand total over over one point seven million silvers is going to be going to the museum. Unless anyone has an objection about the way we chose to do this that they would like to voice?"

Cryheart says, "Well...good luck ladies."

Speaking gratefully to Lylia, Leafiara says, "I know the orphanage will appreciate it--thank you."

Cryheart nods at Leafiara.

Leafiara rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Cryheart nods at Lylia.

Lylia inclines her head.

Madmountan asks, "We have a matching donation to the orphanage? Is that what I'm understanding?"

Stormyrain nods at Madmountan.

Madmountan grins.

Leafiara adds, "I guess I shouldn't let her get too far ahead, hm, and donate to the musem as well myself?"

Leafiara grins.

Madmountan exclaims, "Bah, that may start a neverending cycle!"

Leafiara raises her voice in merry laughter.

Stormyrain takes a deep breath, blinking a couple of times before resuming a calm expression.

Stormyrain wrinkles her nose.

Speaking to Madmountan, Leafiara vows, "Only one note. I'll be right back."

Leafiara winks.

Speaking to Madmountan, Lylia says, "I trust you shall deliver it to Headmistress Surofee."

Speaking fondly to Lylia, Leafiara says, "I'll return the gesture myself--a million silvers to our museum. I know many appreciate its library."

Leafiara nods.

Madmountan says, "I'm sure the Orphanage will appreciate that."

Lylia places a hand over her heart.

Lylia gives Leafiara a friendly hug.

Leafiara hugs Lylia.

Lylia sincerely says, "That is lovely."

Madmountan asks, "And this is your personal donation to the museum?"

Leafiara grins at Madmountan.

Shinann clears her throat.

Stormyrain gazes in amusement at Shinann.

Cruxophim amicably greets, "Evening, all."

Stormyrain snickers to herself.

Ulkov says, "Well done, ladies."

You cough.

Ulkov nods approvingly.

Rhayveign gives Cruxophim a lingering kiss on the cheek.

Speaking to Madmountan, Leafiara replies, "Exactly that."

Madmountan nods at Leafiara.

Ulkov turns toward Cruxophim and renders a sharp hand salute.

Leafiara turns toward Cruxophim and renders a sharp hand salute.

Leafiara hugs Cruxophim, who wraps her in a warm embrace.

Stormyrain smiles at you.

You nod to Cruxophim in greeting.

Cruxophim hugs Leafiara, who wraps him in a warm embrace.

Cruxophim kisses Lylia tenderly on the cheek.

Speaking to Cruxophim, you say, "Mayor."

Lylia gives Cruxophim a lingering kiss on the cheek.

Speaking warmly to Cruxophim, Leafiara greets, "Mayor. I trust all is well?"

Lylia says, "I quite enjoyed it."

Speaking amicably to Leafiara, Cruxophim assures, "Indeed."

Leafiara nods approvingly at Cruxophim.

Shinann says, "The first of many debates."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Madmountan says, "I may need your assistance in making sure the Musem and the Orphanage get the sizeable donations that were made this evening."

Eiliriel nods in greeting at Cruxophim.

Eiliriel says, "Hello, Mayor."

Ulkov says, "I looked forward to the next contest."

Ulkov grins wickedly.

Speaking amicably to Madmountan, Cruxophim agrees, "Of course."

Lylia grins at Ulkov.

Madmountan nods at Cruxophim.

Leafiara nods at Ulkov.

Cruxophim begins chuckling at Ulkov!

Cruxophim nods in greeting at Xorus.

Lylia says, "I look forward to seeing to it that our voting public is well-informed about our candidates."

Cruxophim nods in greeting at Shinann.

Cruxophim nods in greeting at Stormyrain.

Xorus nods to Cruxophim in greeting.

Xannorath nods at Rhayveign.

Shinann nods to Cruxophim in greeting.

Leafiara nods once at Lylia.

Stormyrain nods at Cruxophim.

Madmountan recites:

   "Thanks again for coming to Moonshine Manor's night of service where we asked the candidates questions and made donations to charities.  I'll make sure the silvers get to the right places.  Please feel free to stay and chat with the candidates."

Cruxophim bemusedly notes, "They're really getting into the spirit of it, eh?"

Lylia grins at Cruxophim.

Leafiara flashes a quick grin at Cruxophim.

Leafiara turns toward Madmountan and renders a sharp hand salute.

Dirra sinks into a deep curtsy.

Speaking sincerely to Madmountan, Leafiara says, "Thank you and Moonshine Manor for hosting."

Post-event Discussion: Signs and Barnom

Stormyrain slowly empties her lungs.

Lylia places a hand over her heart.

Cruxophim gives Dirra a lingering kiss on the cheek.

Lylia bows to Dirra.

Cruxophim nods in agreement at Madmountan.

Leafiara curtsies gracefully to Dirra.

Speaking to Wintersylph, you ask, "How goes your work with the revival?"

Dirra says, "I am sorry to have missed."

You smile at Wintersylph.

Dirra asks, "When is the next?"

Speaking to Madmountan, Lylia says, "Indeed. We are grateful for the chance to speak."

Cruxophim pleasantly apologizes, "Sorry I couldn't make it, meeting ran a bit longer than expected."

You nod to Elbromo in greeting.

Speaking amicably to Dirra, Leafiara says, "It is not too late, I think, if you have a question--but the next debate is on the 9th, hosted by the Order of the Silver Gryphon."

Dirra curtsies to Cruxophim.

Speaking to Dirra, Lylia says, "That would be...hm. this Eve of the Huntress."

Elbromo nods to you.

Elbromo bows.

Leafiara curtsies gracefully to Elbromo.

You bow to Elbromo.

Speaking softly to you, Wintersylph says, "Hard at it, spoke to a few in depth recently."

Elbromo bows to Leafiara.

Elbromo bows to Cruxophim.

You nod at Wintersylph.

Leafiara smiles at Elbromo.

Elbromo smiles.

Elbromo says, "Evenins everyone."

Speaking to Dirra, Lylia says, "The Silver Gryphons are hosting a debate."

Cruxophim kisses Wintersylph on the cheek.

Cruxophim leans softly against you, and you note the scent of dry olibanum, vetiver, and black moss over opoponax and hints of blood clinging to him.

Elbromo hugs Stormyrain.

Lylia smiles at Elbromo.

Elbromo hugs Rhayveign.

Elbromo hugs Lylia.

Cruxophim gives Rhayveign a lingering kiss on the nose.

Speaking to Lylia, Dirra asks, "The hour of gathering? I know I will not be voting as I am a citizen beyond but I do have a question?"

Cruxophim chuckles.

Rhayveign skips in a circle around Cruxophim.


Elbromo hugs Dirra, who wraps him in a warm embrace.

Rhayveign winks at Cruxophim.

Elbromo gives Leafiara a friendly hug.

Cruxophim grins at Rhayveign.

Leafiara gives Elbromo a friendly hug.

Leafiara grins at Elbromo.

Dirra gives Elbromo a friendly hug.

Speaking to Dirra, Lylia says, "At four hours before midnight."

Shinann says, "Eight."

Stormyrain slowly empties her lungs.

Speaking to Lylia, Dirra says, "Thank you Miss Rashere."

Dirra curtsies to Lylia.

Lylia nods at Dirra.

Shinann says, "I think."

Eiliriel corrects, "She is Lady Rashere."

Shinann grins.

Elbromo bows to Meureii.

Speaking softly to Cruxophim, Wintersylph says, "No nibbilin, just in case you got pripors."

Elbromo smiles.

Cruxophim bites Wintersylph!

Cruxophim snickers at Wintersylph.

Elbromo hugs Wintersylph.

Dirra blushes a nice shade of rosy pink.

Lylia grins at Eiliriel.

Eiliriel smiles.

Speaking gently to Wintersylph, Cruxophim chides, "I'm not going to eat you, dear."

Cruxophim begins chuckling at Wintersylph!

Cruxophim shakes his head, clucking his tongue.

Speaking to Lylia, Dirra says, "Apologies, Lady Rashere."

Speaking softly to Cruxophim, Wintersylph says, "Oh, thats a relief."

Speaking to Dirra, Eiliriel says, "Such accidents do happen, but she has been married some time."

Cruxophim nods approvingly at Madmountan.

Lylia says, "Ah, none needed. These things happen."

Lylia smiles.

Wintersylph nods at Elbromo.

Leafiara lightly inquires, "Are there any other questions, since we're still gathered? Comments, concerns?"

Leafiara carefully surveys her surroundings.

Cruxophim recites:

   "Parkdonuts!"

Leafiara grins at Cruxophim.

Eiliriel begins chuckling at Cruxophim!

Cruxophim kisses Semiera tenderly on the cheek.

Semiera gives Cruxophim a lingering kiss on the cheek.

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Wintersylph says, "I have a concern."

You listen carefully to Wintersylph.

Speaking curiously to Wintersylph, Leafiara says, "Please share if you'd like."

Elbromo asks, "Ive been hearin a fairly effective campaign for Lylia..hae seen much but one sign for yours Leafi..are ye holding back?"

Lylia smiles at Rhayveign.

Leafiara nods at Wintersylph.

Cruxophim gives Semiera a playful bite.

Lylia hugs Rhayveign.

Lylia grins at Elbromo.

Rhayveign hugs Lylia.

Wintersylph softly says, "I'm concerned that one of you knows Barnom to well, and the other not at all."

Cruxophim gazes in amusement at Wintersylph.

Ulkov grunts, amused.

Xorus raises an eyebrow.

Semiera says, "Barnom was amusing."

Speaking curiously to Elbromo, Leafiara asks, "What do you mean by one sign, exactly?"

Speaking to Elbromo, Lylia asks, "I cannot imagine that either candidate would hold back. Why should we give in to the...'soft bigotry of high expectations,' was it, Xorus?"

Speaking bemusedly to Wintersylph, Cruxophim wonders, "Why do you continue going on about Barnom?"

Lylia cocks her head at Xorus.

Xorus chuckles.

Cruxophim laughs softly, trying to hide his amusement.

Lylia corrects, "Low expectations."

Dirra cocks her head at Leafiara.

Speaking to Lylia, Xorus says, "Something to that effect."

Speaking to Wintersylph, Leafiara reminds, "Barnom Slim is well gone by now--I hardly think it matters much either way, but I do appreciate the concern."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Semiera teases, "Haven't you heard, he was such a bad man?"

Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Ulkov whispers aloud, "Ever worried about the next army of the dead."

Ulkov nods sagely.

Speaking softly to Cruxophim, Wintersylph says, "Well, der is a residual, from his... well I talk later about it."

Speaking to Xorus, Lylia says, "This is why I choose experience to guide me."

Speaking wryly to Semiera, Cruxophim agrees, "Very bad. Also insane."

Lylia smiles.

Rhayveign starts chortling.

Hapenlok yawns.

Lylia grins at Rhayveign.

Semiera says, "Let's not forget rotting."

Semiera flashes a wide grin.

Speaking mildly to Wintersylph, Cruxophim reminds, "There's residue from everything that happens here."

Cruxophim begins chuckling at Ulkov!

Leafiara smiles at Dirra.

Semiera yawns.

Dirra nods.

Elbromo says, "I saw ony one sign of yours so far..but Ive heard whispers of Lylias name from ' townsfolks' and several signs of hers in the same area."

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Wintersylph says, "You are sorely mistaken if you think peoples releationship with Barnom, won't afffect the outcome of a Landing Mayortorial Race."

Speaking suddenly to Elbromo, Leafiara says, "Ah... literal signs. Mine are posted outside in the square, outside the adventurer's guild, and outside of Helga's."

Cruxophim can offer Wintersylph only a blank expression.

Leafiara nods at Elbromo.

Speaking to Wintersylph, Hapenlok says, "Well, obviously they don't care."

Elbromo says, "But maybe Im just at the wrong places."

Hapenlok nods at Cruxophim.

Leafiara grins at Elbromo.

Cruxophim chuckles.

Elbromo shrugs at Leafiara.

Hapenlok says, "*HE* got elected even after i brought it up. multiple times."

Speaking to Wintersylph, Dirra asks, "Beg my pardon, I am not familiar with the name?"

Speaking softly to Hapenlok, Wintersylph says, "Some do, some voters do."

Speaking to Wintersylph, Hapenlok says, "Yes, apparently 17 did."

Leafiara waves to Hoodtralfeck.

With a closed mouth, Hapenlok moves his jaw up and down in a circular motion. Turning his head toward Cruxophim, Hapenlok forcefully ejects a wad of spit, narrowly missing his feet.

Wintersylph nods at Hapenlok.

Hapenlok shrugs.

Hoodtralfeck waves to Leafiara.

Cruxophim begins chuckling at Hapenlok!

Elbromo says, "Okies..."

Lylia smiles quietly to herself.

Hapenlok says, "But that's ...ancient history as far as i'm concerned."