Robed erithian monk

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The robed erithian monk is a NPC in Ta'Vaalor that invites adventurers to the Order of Voln.

Description

Tall and slender, the monk is clearly out of place among the locals.  Dressed in humble robes, the only obvious adornment, a medallion bearing a white nautilus shell on a shield of black, hangs loosely around his neck.  Watery, pale grey eyes shine like deep pools of wisdom from an ageless face, while a single shock of steel grey hair hangs down his back from the braided topknot atop his head.

Questions

Liabo Pantheon
>ask monk about Charl
A robed erithian monk says, "Lord Charl is master of the seas, and it isn't very wise to call his attention to you.  He doesn't much like land-dwellers, but he swears fealty to Lord Koar and lends his power to the fight against the undead.  His symbol is an emerald trident on a field of blue."

>ask monk about Cholen
A robed erithian monk says, "Ah, the twin brother of Jastev, Lord Cholen!  He is the patron of song and dance, and is one of the more whimsical and cheerful of the great Lords of Liabo.  His symbol is a crimson lute on a field of gold."

>ask monk about Eonak
A robed erithian monk says, "Ah, the artificer of the gods, Lord Eonak.  He believes in hard work, even he did not let the loss of his arm stop him -- he has a veil iron arm he made himself.  He is the consort of Imaera, and his symbol is a golden anvil on a field of brown."

>ask monk about Imaera
A robed erithian monk says, "Ah, the Lady Imaera.  She makes the grass green, the trees grow and the flowers bloom.  Farmers and sylvans alike worship her, and because of her popularity between the two, she has two varying symbols.  The sylvans often wear a brown doe upon a field of green, while farmers prefer a golden sheaf of grain on a field of green."

>ask monk about Jastev
A robed erithian monk says, "Lord Jastev... the somber counterpart to Lord Cholen, his brother.  They are both the offspring of Lady Imaera and Lord Eonak, and Lord Jastev is gifted with prophecy.  He is also patron of paintings and other art, and his symbol is a black artist's brush, or, a silver crystal ball upon a field of grey."

>ask monk about Kai
A robed erithian monk says, "Lord Kai is the Master of Battle.  I met him once, while walking the path of enlightenment... many years ago.  I almost beat him, I did!  But he bested me in the end.  It was a very memorable experience.  His symbol is silver clenched fist on a field of crimson."

>ask monk about Koar
A robed erithian monk says, "Lord Koar is the King of the Gods, and he is the patron of justice.  He is wed to the Lady Lumnis, goddess of wisdom.  His symbol is a golden crown on a field of white."

>ask monk about Lorminstra
The erithian monk looks solemn for a moment and says, "Lorminstra teaches us mercy.  That's not the the same as being softhearted mind you, sometimes the best way to be merciful is to put something out of its misery."

>ask monk about Lumnis
A robed erithian monk says, "Lady Lumnis is the goddess of wisdom and knowledge.  Unlike Fash'lo'nae, she knows how dangerous some knowledge can be and practices caution in her studies, as do her followers.  Her symbol is a golden scroll overlaying five conjoined circles."

>ask monk about Oleani
A robed erithian monk says, "Lady Oleani is the Goddess of Love in all its forms.  She is overjoyed when true love sparks no matter the circumstances, and is usually asked to bless weddings.  Her symbol is a red heart with a budding flower growing from within it."

>ask monk about Phoen
A robed erithian monk says, "Lord Phoen is the God of the Sun, and many consider him to be the patron of fatherhood.  I thought I saw him once, while gazing up at the summer sky... his golden locks were nearly blinding!  His symbol is a golden sunburst on a field of blue."

>ask monk about Ronan
A robed erithian monk says, "Lord Ronan is the true god of night, and he watches over us all while we sleep, protecting us from the horrible nightmares of Sheru.  He also roots out those terrible things which would seek solace in the shadows, and is one of the greatest warriors against the tides of darkness.  His symbol is a silver-edged black sword on a field of black."

>ask monk about Tonis
A robed erithian monk says, "Lord Tonis is the messenger of the Gods, and is the son of Lord Phoen and Lady Oleani.  He's very quick, but unfortunately, he's worshipped by alot of thieves.  His symbol is is a golden pegasus on a field of blue."
Neutral Pantheon
>ask monk about Gosaena
A robed erithian monk says, "Ah, Gosaena.  The Silent Watcher behind the gates... she is what lies beyond the Ebon Gates of the Lady of Winter.  She is death personified, the peace one finds with one's final passing."

>ask monk about Zelia
A robed erithian monk says, "She is the goddess of the moons, and is absolutely crazy.  She doesn't like Sheru much, and that makes her alright in my book."
Lornon Pantheon
>ask monk about Andelas
A robed erithian monk says, "Andelas... he is the lord of cats, and his mood is as fickle as any of them mangy felines.  He casts in his lot with Lornon, and I don't trust him.  Never can trust a cat."

>ask monk about Eorgina
A robed erithian monk says, "The Queen of Tyranny, she is.  All the evil rulers kings and queens you've heard about, they're nothing compared to her.  Abuse of power... it's a terrible thing, and she loves it."

>ask monk about Fash'lo'nae
A robed erithian monk says, "Fash'lo'nae is a terrible being, caring little for anything that stands in his pursuit of knowledge that none should ever know.  His practices are in direct opposition of the Lady Lumnis."

>ask monk about Ivas
A robed erithian monk says, "She's a manipulator, a liar, a seductress through and through.  She'll lure you close by tugging on your heart strings and then destroy you.  It's a sad sad thing she does, using the pure emotion of love and perverting it into something terrible."

>ask monk about Luukos
A robed erithian monk squints, his wrinkles growing deeper.  He says in a hushed tone, "Luukos is the bane of good here.  He is the father of lies, treachery and the undead."

>ask monk about Marlu
A robed erithian monk says, "The Destroyer... he is the lord of demons and other terrible monstrosities."

>ask monk about Mularos
A robed erithian monk says, "Mularos?  Sick practices that one does.  He's part of the Lornon pantheon, and he'll manipulate people to do horrible things.  Insidious evil, it's disgusting."

>ask monk about Sheru
A robed erithian monk glances at you and says, "Sheru's the lord of all nightmares, and the things he conjures up aren't meant for the eyes of men.  He's just like Luukos, usin the curse of undead to harm and infect people with his evil."

>ask monk about V'tull
A robed erithian monk says, "He lusts only for battle and blood, his power comes through the annihilation of everything in his path.  It's a perversion of Lord Kai's tenets, and it's sickening to see such pure ideals twisted into such mockeries."
Lesser Spirits
>ask monk about Aeia
A robed erithian monk says, "I'd never heard of Aeia until a sailor friend of mine returned from Torre, I think he had visited that place called River's Rest.  He said that she was the earth mother and loved plants, especially lilies.  I think he said her symbol was a white lily on a field of green."

>ask monk about Amasalen
A robed erithian monk spits on the ground and says, "He finds power in bloodlettings and ritual sacrifice, and worst of all, he enjoys working for Luukos.  No real surprise that a former Faendryl who ascended into god-like power would cast his chips in with such an evil being."

>ask wmonk about Arachne
A robed erithian monk says, "She's a betrayer and a liar, one of the things I hate the most.  Rumor has it there's a temple out in the wilds somewhere where her worshippers do unspeakable things.  I'd go and set things right there... but I have not the strength of my youth any longer."

>ask monk about Ghezresh
A robed erithian monk says, "Huh? Might want to ask me something else."

(This is listed among the monk's questions, so presumably he will have an answer at some point. He just doesn't have one now.)

>ask monk about Huntress
A robed erithian monk says, "She was betrayed by Arachne, but she was strong and endured... she ascended to become an immortal spirit and is now the patron of righteous vengeance.  Her symbol is an eight-pointed star on a field of black."

>ask monk about Jaston
A robed erithian monk says, "Ah, the Windrunner.  He is charged with caring for birds and the Four Winds.  He was raised into power by the Lady Imaera after the Ur-Daemon War."  He pushes back a shudder at the mention of the the war, "And ever since, has been watching over the skies.  His symbol is a white feather on a field of green and white."

>ask monk about Kuon
A robed erithian monk says, "Lord Kuon was once a giantman, but he worked to heal the land with the Lady Imaera after the great wars of the Drakes and the Ur-Daemon ravaged the world.  She gifted him with immortality and he has since continued to cultivate beautiful plants and make them grow.  His symbol is a gold leaf upon a field of brown."

>ask monk about Laethe
A robed erithian monk says, "Lord Laethe is the twin brother of Lord Voaris, the two supposedly lost their parents long ago during the Ur-Daemon War.  Lord Laethe watches over those who have lost their loved ones.  His symbol is a black rose upon a field of purple."

>ask monk about Leya
A robed erithian monk says, "The Lady Leya is the daughter of Lord Kai and an elven woman.  She too, felt the touch of Luukos in a foul plot of deception and evil, and it cost her her mortal lover, Egan.  It's said her shrine is out in the wilds around here, somewhere, but I have never laid eyes upon it.  Her symbol is an ivory-hilted dagger upon a field of blue."

>ask monk about Niima
A robed erithian monk says, "Lady Niima, ah, I've known some sailors who've had dreams of her.  She is the daughter of Lord Charl and eases his temper.  You might even see a carving of her as a ship's figurehead.  Her symbol is a grey dolphin upon a field of blue."

>ask monk about Onar
A robed erithian monk says, "Onar... he's the patron of homicide, the lord of assassins.  I don't trust shadowy types like that, and rumor has it he works for Eorgina quite alot."

>ask monk about Tilamaire
A robed erithian monk says, "Lord Tilamaire is the immortal servant of Lord Cholen, his immortality granted due to a song of pure joy and talent.  His symbol is a yellow note on a field of blue."

>ask monk about Voaris
A robed erithian monk says, "Lord Voaris watches over those newly in love or those who love despite all odds, such as a half-elf and a pure elven noble.  His symbol is a yellow rose upon a field of red."

>ask monk about Voln
The erithian monk looks at you with a twinkle in his eye and says, "You can find out more by following the eastern trail."
Miscellaneous
ask monk about weather
The erithian monk says, "We don't get much weather 'round these here parts.  The mountains and the bay protect us from most of it.  But when we do, boy, let me tell you the storms are something fierce!"

>ask monk about fighting
The erithian monk looks at you and says, "Fighting is an art, not a science.  Oh yeah, there are those what might say that the equipment is everything, but that just ain't so.  It's all in how you use that equipment."

>ask monk about past
The erithian monk sighs and says, "The past is past, there is little we can do to recapture it."  He grins broadly.  "Oh but if I could..."

>ask monk about undead
The erithian monk sighs and says, "Those poor cursed things.  The best thing one can do is put them out of their misery.  There are many evil powers that create undead beings you know.  A lot of folks think that the undead and Chaos are the same thing, but they are wrong.  There are demonic powers, local gods, the Dark Lords, and all kinds of other evil powers that curse the undead."

>ask monk about Chaos
The erithian monk leans back and says, "Chaos has always been a serious problem, but they are not the only threat to Elanthia.  Some people get so wrapped up in hating Chaos that they allow themselves to be blinded to other evils and then find themselves undone in the end anyway.  That's part of the insidious power of Chaos."

>ask monk about weapons
The erithian monk says, "Good weapons are your best friends.  I never go out into the wilds without a good sword in one hand, and a spare weapon or two in my sheath or pack."

>ask monk about armor
The erithian monk says, "Using armor is fine art.  It takes many years of study and practice to learn to use armor properly.  And it's just like dressing for the weather, you wouldn't wear a sleeveless shirt in a snowstorm, would you?"

>ask monk about shields
The erithian monk says, "A good shield is a must if you plan to survive in the wilds."

>ask monk about wilds
The erithian monk says, "The wilds can be a dangerous place.  You have to be properly prepared, and it's best to have a good friend or two along with you if you head out."

>ask monk about likes
A robed erithian monk says, "In my youth, I enjoyed good battles and fearsome beasts."

>ask monk about dislikes
A robed erithian monk says, "Undead, liars and thieves.  These are the root of all things unjust and wrong."

>ask monk about life
A robed erithian monk says, "My life has been good and long.  Lots of battles."

Invitation


Room Messaging

The erithian monk closes his eyes in focused concentration.  At his subtle gesture, a light breeze swirls through the area, carrying the scent of lotus blossoms and sandalwood.

A robed erithian monk absently fingers his medallion and says, "The Voln-Dai may not be ancient, but we are strong."

A robed erithian monk devoutly states, "If you wish to find enlightenment, seek the monastery in the pass."

A robed erithian monk slips away, silent as the wind.

A robed erithian monk produces a small prayer book from his robe, reads a few words, and stows the book while lost in quiet contemplation.

A robed erithian monk says, "The path to the light often leads through darkness."

A robed erithian monk quietly says, "The undead are a plague upon this land... one that must be stopped."

A robed erithian monk gracefully slips from form to form, holding each successive pose just a bit longer than the one before.