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This is a log of the weekly RP night in Icemule captured from the viewpoint of Aliashyrah.


Punctuality is Overrated

[Icemule Trace, Town Center - 2300] (u4042150)

A tranquil square dusted with snow sprawls beneath a sturdy mule statue standing placidly atop a tall plinth of silver-veined black stone. The brilliance of the stars refracts through the statue, casting prismatic glints over the townsfolk nearby. Some denizens, mostly halflings but with a scattering of other folk mixed in, chatter by a roaring bonfire, lazing on a smooth dark stone bench or stargazing on colorful cloaks spread out on the ground. Others mill around a burled pine message board standing close to a colorful silver-bound barrel. You also see the glossy pink Lilanna disk shaped like a jellyfish, an animated falchion hovering in mid-air, the glaesine Rillarie disk streaked with cobalt veins, the translucent Malcoier disk, the drake-incised Draelor disk, a massive grey wolf, the Finneyl disk, a massive snowy white tiger, the sparking Dendum disk, a resplendent obsidian black raven that is flying around, a dark-eyed mountain wolf, the ice-covered Yairra disk, the Wolfloner disk, a vine-carved cherrywood cart with some stuff on it, a soft grey penguin feather, a blue-boughed Ossian pine adorned with multicolored crystal ornaments and a woven bark wastebin.

Also here: Recruiter Lilanna, Rillarie, Darwul, Malcoier, Draelor, Lord Darphin, Perigourd, Finneyl, Buckkee who is lying down, Fisher Roelon, Tetreves who is sitting, Lord Sorlu, Sphider, Adjutant Yairra, Pub Proprietor Lithyia, Vendayan, Wolfloner, Belrog

Obvious paths: north, northeast, east, south, west

Jkarog just arrived.


You look at Jkarog, cautious not to let your gaze linger for too long.

You see Jkarog, the Krolvin Trader.

He is average height. He appears to be middle-aged. He has hooded dark blue eyes and dark blue fur. He has a ragged mane of wild, silver hair with a blue streak running through it. He has a weathered face and a twice-broken nose.

He is wearing a faded sailcloth vest, an old leather bracelet dangling widowwood charms, and a pair of dark canvas breeches.


Phomate asks, "Drink ?"

Rillarie grins.

Lithyia points at a silver-banded monir keg carved with a pair of stalking wolves.

Perigourd glances appraisingly at Jkarog.

Suddenly, frosty white lightning lashes in all directions from a point in midair. A rift opens at that singular point, and Missoni steps out of the rift. Twisting magical energy halos her for a moment before fading away as the rift vanishes.

Draelor helps himself to a tumbler of dark chocolate stout.

With straightened posture and a firm chin, Sorlu presents himself to Jkarog with a short, courteous bow.

Roelon shifts his weight.

Phomate helps himself to a tumbler of dark chocolate stout.

Olgretien just arrived.

Lithyia says, "I brought Wolf's keg tonight."

A lazy wild dark crimson dog arrives.

Molz chuckles.

Lifting up his crystal tumbler, Darphin takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Perigourd nods slowly at Jkarog.

Lithyia asks, "Isnt it lovely?"

Perigourd turns toward Olgretien and renders a sharp salute with his amber Wildwood whiskey.

Lithyia points at a silver-banded monir keg carved with a pair of stalking wolves.

Roelon takes a moment to observe Jkarog.

Speaking to Jkarog, Sorlu says, "Good evening, Jkarog."

Perigourd takes a drink from his amber Wildwood whiskey.

Lilanna turns toward Olgretien and renders a sharp hand salute.

Rillarie gazes admiringly at Lithyia.

Jkarog idly says, "Finally, a bit of pleasant weather."

Perigourd takes Missoni's hand into his own.

Roelon nods to Jkarog in greeting.

Olgretien faces Perigourd and smartly brings his right fist up to his chest. Holding it there, he bows deeply.

Lithyia ponders.

Lifting up his crystal tumbler, Phomate takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Speaking to Yairra, Molz says, "Thank you."

Rillarie opens her ruhani greatcloak, parting the wool with brisk efficiency.

Lithyia turns to face Jkarog.

Lilanna nods to Jkarog in greeting.

Lifting up his crystal tumbler, Phomate takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Roelon nods to you.

Straightening your back, you give a formal, low curtsy to Jkarog. In time with your greater movement, you incline your head as well in a brief nod in his direction.

Missoni gives Perigourd a gentle kiss on the cheek.

Olgretien bows deeply at the waist, honoring Missoni.

Roelon's eyes suddenly flash with a deep sanguine glow.

Roelon playfully flips the folds of his black woolen kilt.

Sorlu smiles at you.

Lithyia says, "Well well well, it's Jkarrrrrrrog."

Straightening your back, you give a formal, low curtsy to Roelon. In time with your greater movement, you incline your head as well in a brief nod in his direction.

Rillarie removes a filigreed porcelain flagon from in her canvas rucksack.

Lithyia helps herself to a tumbler of dark chocolate stout.

Perigourd leans softly against Missoni.

Phomate throws his head back and howls, sounding quite like a coyote!

Missoni nods to Jkarog in greeting.

Perigourd waggles his fingers mystically at Missoni. How nice.

Lithyia offers Jkarog a tumbler of dark chocolate stout.

You smile at Sorlu.

Lilanna nods to you in greeting.

Lithyia says, "Been awhile."

Lithyia says, "Have a drink."

Phomate begins to walk east but suddenly trips and goes flailing out of sight!

Lithyia says, "Dont throw this one."

Straightening your back, you give a formal, low curtsy to Lilanna. In time with your greater movement, you incline your head as well in a brief nod in her direction.

Speaking hesitantly to Lithyia, Jkarog asks, "Why did you say it like that?"

Roelon helps himself to a tumbler of dark chocolate stout.

Lilanna chuckles.

Billowing gusts of heavy snow buffet your face.

Olgretien gazes with interest at a burled pine message board.

Jkarog accepts Lithyia's dark chocolate stout.

Lithyia says, "I dont know, i like rolling the r of your name."

Lifting up his crystal tumbler, Roelon takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Jkarog glances at a tumbler of dark chocolate stout in his hand.

Speaking amusedly to Jkarog, you say, "She feels it gives it more authenticity."

Lithyia shrugs at Jkarog.

Roelon slowly empties his lungs.

Ashraam just arrived.

You chuckle at Jkarog.

Lithyia helps herself to a tumbler of dark chocolate stout.

Sorlu gazes in amusement at Lithyia.

Lithyia offers Wolfloner a tumbler of dark chocolate stout.

Lithyia says, "Jkarrrrrrrog."

Lithyia says, "Sounds good."

Lithyia nods.

Lithyia grins at Darwul.

Speaking to Lithyia, Draelor says, "That was a good one."

Wolfloner loses some awareness.

Perigourd says, "A pirate feel to it."

Perigourd nods thoughtfully.

Lithyia says, "Yar."

Jkarog carefully sips his stout.

Yairra takes a moment to observe Jkarog.

Sorlu chuckles to himself.

Perigourd takes a drink from his amber Wildwood whiskey.

Lithyia nods at Perigourd.

Roelon grins at Perigourd.

Perigourd says, "Perhaps a past better distanced from in his case."

Lifting up his crystal tumbler, Roelon takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Darphin leans softly against Mystiq.

Roelon nods at Lithyia.

Ashraam takes a drink from his rock lizard potion.

Rillarie helps herself to a tumbler of dark chocolate stout.

Speaking frankly to Lithyia, Jkarog says, "It's a bit sweet for my tastes."

Ashraam just went west.

Speaking to Mystiq, Darphin says, "Good eve my love."

Roelon deeply says, "Ah good batch."

Roelon swirls the contents of his dark chocolate stout briefly and lifts it to his nose, inhaling the scent of the stout rising from within.

Speaking to Jkarog, you say, "You seem in a much more even-tempered mood than you sometimes are."

Sorlu nods to Mystiq in greeting.

Lithyia says, "Well it is good for you to try new things."

Darphin nods to Jkarog in greeting.

Chairwoman Jastalyn just arrived.

Rillarie nods in greeting at Mystiq.

Lithyia says, "So thank you for at least trying."

Jastalyn joins Roelon's group.

Roelon's eyes suddenly flash with a deep sanguine glow.

Roelon turns to face Jastalyn.

Roelon playfully flips the folds of his black woolen kilt.

Lithyia nods at Jkarog.

Rillarie smiles at Jastalyn.

Lifting up his crystal tumbler, Roelon takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Lord Barjin just arrived.

Lithyia joins Roelon's group.

Lilanna hugs Jastalyn, who wraps her in a warm embrace.

Jastalyn leans softly against Roelon.

Lithyia exclaims, "Last call for the keg!"

Lithyia points at a silver-banded monir keg carved with a pair of stalking wolves.

Yairra helps herself to a tumbler of dark chocolate stout.

Jastalyn hugs Lilanna, who wraps her in a warm embrace.

Yairra joins Roelon's group.

Lifting up his crystal tumbler, Draelor takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Lilanna joins Roelon's group.

Jastalyn gives Lithyia a friendly hug.

Billowing gusts of heavy snow buffet your face.

Missoni helps herself to a tumbler of dark chocolate stout.

Lithyia gives Jastalyn a friendly hug.

Speaking mildly to you, Jkarog says, "Well, it is a lovely night. It's a bit too warm around these parts for my liking, most of the time."

Missoni smiles.

Jastalyn waves to Sorlu.

Tetreves stands up.

Lithyia picks up a silver-banded monir keg carved with a pair of stalking wolves, carefully setting a locking pin back in the tap. Looks like the party is over!

Roelon raises an eyebrow.

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Missoni takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Perigourd looks thoughtfully at Jkarog.

Jkarog glances at a burled pine message board.

Sorlu nods.

Wolfloner joins Roelon's group.

With straightened posture and a firm chin, Sorlu presents himself to Jastalyn with a short, courteous bow.

Lithyia offers Wolfloner a tumbler of dark chocolate stout.

Buckkee just arrived.

Darphin nods.

Speaking to Jkarog, you say, "It sounds as if you and Valfald have that in common."

Wolfloner accepts Lithyia's dark chocolate stout.

Lithyia winks at Wolfloner.

Lithyia points at her monir keg.

Lithyia says, "Your keg."

Lithyia wiggles her eyebrows at Wolfloner.

Tikba arrives, guided by an urchin, who nods to Tikba and quickly takes off.

Speaking to you, Jkarog says, "I suppose that's something."

Inclining her head slightly, Tikba offers the most minimal of bows with an air of utmost politeness.

Lithyia coyly asks, "I wonder though Wolf, who is the other wolf on the keg?"

Lithyia grins at Wolfloner.

Mystiq joins Darphin's group.

Lithyia winks at Wolfloner.

Darphin smiles at Mystiq.

Speaking to Jkarog, you ask, "Have you and the others been finding your stride in our lovely city a bit more?"

Lifting up his crystal tumbler, Roelon takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Perigourd takes a drink from his amber Wildwood whiskey.

Billowing gusts of heavy snow buffet your face.

Jkarog offers a neutral smile in response.

Speaking to Jkarog, you say, "I have not had a chance to stop by the Icewall Penitentiary, but since I have not heard of any expansion efforts..."

You smirk.

Snowflakes drift lazily through the air, instantly melting on your skin as the heat from the nearby roaring bonfire keeps you warm.

Roelon casually observes his surroundings.

Sorlu chuckles to himself.

Lilanna starts chortling.

Lithyia places a silver-banded monir keg carved with a pair of stalking wolves on the ground and fiddles with the tap. Looks like it's party time!

Lithyia helps herself to a tumbler of dark chocolate stout.

Lithyia says, "Really the last call."

Lithyia points at a silver-banded monir keg carved with a pair of stalking wolves.

Lithyia says, "Dark chocolate stout tonight."

Darphin shows Mystiq his wool sweater.

Jastalyn helps herself to a tumbler of dark chocolate stout.

Lifting up his crystal tumbler, Draelor takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Jastalyn smiles.

Lithyia winks at Jastalyn.

Yairra gives Jastalyn a warm buss on the lips.

Jkarog says, "Mayor Dabbings has put many of our best sailors to good use."

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Jastalyn takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Tikba looks thoughtfully at Jkarog.

You nod approvingly at Jkarog.

Roelon nods slowly.

Jastalyn gives Olgretien a friendly hug.

Lithyia picks up a silver-banded monir keg carved with a pair of stalking wolves, carefully setting a locking pin back in the tap. Looks like the party is over!

Lithyia put a silver-banded monir keg carved with a pair of stalking wolves in her pashmina wrap.

Speaking to Jkarog, Perigourd asks, "Doing what specifically?"

Lithyia just closed a soft knitted orchid-motif shadowy ebon pashmina wrap.

Perigourd takes a drink from his amber Wildwood whiskey.

Barjin grunts sadly, a small tear forming in the corner of his eye.

In a perfect imitation of you, from right behind you, a voice asks, "What do the worst sailors do?"

Olgretien performs a distinctly giantman bow to Jastalyn.

Lithyia asks, "What's wrong Barjin?"

Speaking to Jkarog, you say, "Yes, I believe at least one was given a very important job. He struggled with wandering at the start, however."

Yairra starts chuckling at you!

Lithyia smiles at Barjin.

Jkarog says, "Patrolling the Frostmain, mostly. There are still plenty of krolvin who have not flocked to our gently wafting banners."

Lithyia just opened a soft knitted orchid-motif shadowy ebon pashmina wrap.

Barjin hums distractedly to himself.

Missoni nods thoughtfully at Jkarog.

Roelon rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Rillarie cocks her head.

Barjin quietly grunts at Lithyia his thanks.

Roelon helps himself to a tumbler of dark chocolate stout.

Roelon nods once.

Tetreves ponders.

Lithyia grins at Barjin.

Jkarog says, "They'll eventually need to be brought to heel. Or to keel, I suppose."

Brute doesn't seem quite the same as he was a moment ago.

Lithyia picks up a silver-banded monir keg carved with a pair of stalking wolves, carefully setting a locking pin back in the tap. Looks like the party is over!

Roelon leans back.

Lilanna grins at Jkarog.

Jkarog smirks, showing a hint of his fangs.

Perigourd ponders.

Merrymaker Opalina just arrived.

Tikba produces a slender black portfolio edged in gilt from the depths of her white flyrsilk toqua.

Darphin nods to Opalina in greeting.

Speaking to Jkarog, Sorlu agrees, "Lines must be drawn. It is the way of the world."

Rillarie gazes with interest at Jkarog.

Jkarog glances at Sorlu.

Roelon grins at Sorlu.

Lithyia swirls the contents of her dark chocolate stout briefly and lifts it to her nose, inhaling the scent of the stout rising from within.

Roelon deeply says, "Aye, indeed."

Barjin grunts at Jkarog skeptically, raising his bushy eyebrows.

Opalina smiles at Roelon.

Sorlu smiles at Roelon.

Roelon gazes with interest at the dark chocolate stout in his hand.

With straightened posture and a firm chin, Sorlu presents himself to Opalina with a short, courteous bow.

Roelon hugs Opalina, who wraps him in a warm embrace.

Roelon smiles.

Speaking to Sorlu, Darphin says, "If they are not drawn, one can not cross them."

Opalina hugs Roelon, who wraps her in a warm embrace.

Lifting up his crystal tumbler, Roelon takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Sorlu grins at Darphin.

Roelon lets out a cheer!

Sorlu chuckles to himself.

Missoni agrees with Perigourd.

Jkarog impatiently asks, "Speaking of lines, one of my most unbroken ones is the need for punctuality. Where is he?"

Opalina waves to Darphin.

Jkarog glances around and taps his foot.

Missoni curiously asks, "You are expecting the Mayor?"

Lilanna asks, "He?"

Umber eyes alert and expression wary, Perigourd gazes at his surroundings.

Jkarog scoffs at Missoni.

Jastalyn softly says, "I hope everything is alright."

Lithyia waves to Missoni.

You look at Missoni and shake your head.

Missoni shrugs helplessly.

Sorlu asks, "Mayor Dabbings?"

Speaking to Jkarog, you ask, "You are lookin gfor the Mayor?"

Rillarie licks her lips.

Speaking to Missoni, Jkarog says, "No, he's far too busy throwing dinner parties to meet with the likes of me."

Sorlu appears to be trying hard not to grin.

Speaking to Jkarog, you say, "You may have a better chance of finding him in his office."

Roelon glances at Jkarog.

Jastalyn chuckles.

Missoni gazes in amusement at Jkarog.

Yairra snorts derisively at Jkarog!

Roelon deeply asks, "Ye don' say?"

Roelon grins.

Lifting up his crystal tumbler, Roelon takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Speaking to Jkarog, you ask, "Unless you had an appointment for this time?"

Wolfloner gazes up into the sky.

Roelon rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Lithyia sticks her tongue out and manages to catch a snowflake on its tip!

Speaking to Jkarog, Missoni asks, "Who, then?"

Speaking softly to Jkarog, Jastalyn says, "That was to welcome delegates that actually mostly didn't make it to the dinner."

Billowing gusts of heavy snow buffet your face.

Lithyia nods at Jastalyn.

Lithyia sticks her tongue out and manages to catch a snowflake on its tip!

Jkarog waspishly asks, "Or did you all forget that I was a trader of some renown, and might be of use at a meeting with other traders?"

Speaking softly to Jkarog, Jastalyn asks, "Jealous?"

Yairra casually says, "People gotta eat."

Speaking to you, Darphin asks, "Given the loss of life, would it still be a dinner party, or a conveniently timed wake?"

Jkarog smiles acidly.

Speaking quietly to Jkarog, Rillarie asks, "How could we?"

Lithyia's jaw drops.

Rillarie coughs.

Rillarie giggles.

Lithyia blinks.

Perigourd looks thoughtfully at Jkarog.

Jkarog's expression softens and he rolls his eyes ruefully.

Tikba gazes in amusement at Jkarog.

Dendum suddenly fades into view.

Lithyia says, "It might be snowing but it sre is getting hot in here."

Jastalyn softly asks, "Trader or traitor?"

Rillarie flashes a quick grin.

Lithyia chuckles.

Tetreves fidgets.

Speaking to Jkarog, Perigourd asks, "You're supposed to meet with the other representative from Briarmoon?"

Lithyia fans herself.

You ask, "Are you familiar with our post office?"

Rillarie gazes respectfully at Jkarog.

Jkarog says, "Of course, I don't blame you. Not trusting me is one of the smartest things you lot have done."

You say, "Perhaps your invitation was there and you neglected to pick it up."

Jastalyn adopts an agreeable expression.

Sorlu smiles at Jkarog.

Lithyia shrugs.

Roelon grins slowly.

Lithyia says, "Well you... didnt start things on the best footing with us."

Lithyia glances at Jkarog.

Lifting up his crystal tumbler, Olgretien takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Lithyia says, "And then you threw my drink... which...didnt help."

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Lithyia takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Olgretien applauds Missoni.

Lithyia shrugs.

Olgretien snickers.

Vendayan smiles at Lithyia.

Missoni blushes a nice shade of dark red.

Sorlu grins slowly.

You smile quietly to yourself.

Speaking to Lithyia, Lilanna says, "Let it go... just like he did."

Lithyia agrees with Roelon.

Lilanna chuckles.

Jastalyn softly says, "Angry and a self-proclaimed liar. The North remembers."

Vendayan snickers.

Olgretien deeply says, "Dats a tattle tater."

Sorlu grins at Lilanna.

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Jastalyn takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Olgretien winks at Missoni.

Lithyia says, "I gave him a drink, Lil...i gave him my stout."

Vendayan just nudged Lilanna.

Speaking to Lithyia, Barjin asks, "If I gather up some garlic next time Im down River's Rest way, any chance you can brew up something that'll keep the vampires away? I mean garlic brew will probably keep EVERYONE away anyways, but It never hurts to cover all the bases. Or if not, any you brewers work on commision?"

Lithyia points at Mystiq.

Perigourd pours himself a glass of scarlet Oire wine.

Lithyia grins at Barjin.

Missoni flashes a quick grin at Olgretien.

Rillarie glances at Missoni.

Perigourd takes a drink from his scarlet Oire wine.

Jastalyn lifts a knobby sentient potato wearing a plush brown teddy bear costume from her shoulder.

Sorlu grins at Barjin.

Lithyia says, "I mean, i can make you a special bottle."

Lithyia nods at Barjin.

Olgretien takes a drink from his strong black coffee.

Holding a knobby sentient potato wearing a plush brown teddy bear costume overhead, Jastalyn focuses on her sentient potato. She suddenly looks drained.

The potato recovers some vitality.

Barjin gazes with awe at his surroundings.


The Lich and the Krolvin

Ellerel appears in a puff of smoke.


You see Ellerel Barrowfoot the Warlock.

He appears to be a Paradis Halfling.

He is short but substantial. He appears to be middle-aged. He has heavy-lidded coal black eyes and light skin. He has thinning, swept-back dark grey hair with wings of white at the temples. He has a lined face, a pinched nose and an unimpressive chin.

He is in good shape.

He is holding a knotted haon walking stick in his left hand.

He is wearing a deep green silk cravat secured by a gold and lapis pin, a midnight blue wool doublet with golden pentagonal buttons, some blue-black wool trousers, and a pair of dark leather boots.


Lithyia just opened a soft knitted orchid-motif shadowy ebon pashmina wrap.

Speaking to Barjin, Perigourd says, "I have it on first hand account that vampires don't care about garlic."

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Missoni takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Lithyia glances at Ellerel.

Rillarie glances at Ellerel.

Jastalyn tosses a potato around. It looks at her and squeals, "Queeeeeeee!"

Roelon glances at Ellerel.

Roelon grins.

Missoni nods to Ellerel in greeting.

Lithyia exclaims, "Ellerel!"

Sorlu peers quizzically at Ellerel.

Ruminating upon Ellerel, you give consideration to his qualifications.

Jkarog waves his hand in front of his face, coughing.

Yairra glances at Ellerel.

Speaking deeply to Ellerel, Roelon says, "It hae been awhile."

Lilanna nods to Ellerel in greeting.

Roelon nods.

Draelor ponders.

Sorlu grins slowly.

Perigourd nods in greeting at Ellerel.

Ellerel blinks.

Speaking approvingly to Ellerel, you say, "An excellent entrance."

Opalina leans on the plinth supporting the mule statue.

Inclining her head slightly, Tikba offers the most minimal of bows to Ellerel with an air of utmost politeness.

Lithyia just closed a soft knitted orchid-motif shadowy ebon pashmina wrap.

A thick flurry of snowflakes drifts down from the grey skies.

Speaking to Ellerel, Sorlu greets, "Good evening, Ellerel."

Ellerel turns around and adjusts his cravat.

Sorlu agrees with you.

Speaking to Ellerel, you tease, "Very subtle."

Sorlu chuckles to himself.

Ellerel awkwardly says, "Ah, good evening."

Draelor nods at Dendum.

Jastalyn raises an eyebrow in Ellerel's direction.

Rillarie starts chortling at you!

Darphin removes a mist-swirled glass eyeball talisman from his neck.

Willm just arrived.

Speaking softly to Ellerel, Jastalyn asks, "Soomething making you uncomfortable?"

Lithyia asks, "Or someone?"

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Jastalyn takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Speaking quietly to Jkarog, Ellerel says, "I didn't expect you to be in the midst of everything."

Jebbidias put a scratched faewood runestaff in his dark grey harness.

Ashraam just arrived.

Darphin offers Sorlu a mist-swirled glass eyeball talisman.

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Jastalyn takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Sorlu accepts Darphin's glass eyeball talisman.

Speaking teasingly to Jastalyn, you quip, "Ever worn a bodysuit just a half size too small?"

Lilanna raises an eyebrow.

Perigourd glances between Jkarog and Ellerel.

Sorlu raises an eyebrow in Darphin's direction.

You grin slowly.

Perigourd scratches at his beard.

You smile at Ellerel.

Lithyia grins at you.

Speaking softly to you, Jastalyn says, "Of course."

Yairra surreptitiously glances at Jastalyn.

Jastalyn grins at Yairra.

Speaking to Jastalyn, you say, "Then you have your answer."

Sorlu grins at Darphin.

Darphin chuckles.

Yairra murmurs, "She's wearing one now, I suspect."

Jastalyn whispers something to Yairra.

Lithyia snickers.

Speaking sharply to Ellerel, Jkarog says, "You're late."

Sorlu hangs a mist-swirled glass eyeball talisman around his neck.

Yairra starts chortling.

Ellerel coughs.

Lithyia glances between Jkarog and Ellerel.

Darwul just arrived.

You glance appraisingly between Jkarog and Ellerel.

Ellerel says, "Am I? I tend to lose track of time these days."

Speaking softly to you, Jastalyn says, "It's never made me feel awkward."

Lithyia says, "Jkarrrrrog was just complaining to us that he wasnt invited to the mayors dinner."

Lithyia nods at Ellerel.

Malcoier just arrived.

Sorlu brushes his fingers lightly against his glass eyeball talisma

Opalina cocks her head.

Ellerel blinks at Lithyia.

Speaking to Jastalyn, you comment, "Yours are made of cloth."

Lithyia shrugs at Ellerel.

You shrug.

Rillarie gives a sidelong glance at Tetreves.

Rillarie chuckles.

Ellerel says, "Oh, was there a supper? I do love good food."

Jastalyn grins.

Lithyia says, "He seemed upset about it."

Tetreves looks at Rillarie and hums.

Barjin lets out a loud belch as he lazily scratches his backside.

Lithyia says, "It was a meeting with Briarmoon."

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "The Mayor hosted at Dabbings Manor."

Malcoier recites a series of mystical phrases while raising his hands...

Speaking to Ellerel, Perigourd says, "For the representatives of Briarmoon when they came."

Finneyl just left.

Darwul joins Malcoier's group.

Speaking to Perigourd, you correct, "Representative."

Perigourd takes a drink from his scarlet Oire wine.

Tetreves chuckles.

Lilanna shifts her weight.

Rillarie grins impishly.

Missoni frets.

Speaking to you, Perigourd asks, "The second is still here, as far as I know?"

Willm just arrived.

Ellerel blushes a nice shade of pink.

Roelon shifts his weight.

Sorlu frowns.

Ellerel says, "I'm afraid I've been quite busy."

Billowing gusts of heavy snow buffet your face.

Darphin agrees with Sorlu.

Roelon nods at Perigourd.

Perigourd says, "Unless they perished from their wounds."

Lithyia sticks her tongue out.

Jkarog slowly empties his lungs.

Speaking to Perigourd, you say, "Perhaps, but she was not at the dinner."

Dendum tugs on the leather-strapped warg fur hood of his buckskin jacket, allowing it to shadow his face.

Jastalyn softly says, "I understood the woman delegate was to use the chronomage to return home."

Tikba looks at Perigourd with concern.

Speaking to Ellerel, Darphin says, "You would have been in short running for the life of the party."

Perigourd takes a drink from his scarlet Oire wine.

Speaking mildly to Perigourd, Tikba says, "I am sorry I missed the dinner."

You chuckle at Sorlu.

Speaking deeply to Ellerel, Olgretien asks, "Had other meetins didja?"

Speaking to you, Dendum says, ""Hrmm, well...dinner was made before so many of them died...so it was for representatives and was held with representative..."

Lithyia removes a lacquered square basket from in her pashmina wrap.

Dendum nods sagely.

Olgretien glances at Jkarog.

Sorlu leans leisurely on his Nalfein-styled cane, a thoughtful expression upon his face.

Speaking to Ellerel, Jkarog prompts, "Perhaps we should go some place less crowded?"

Lithyia put a lacquered square basket in her pashmina wrap.

Lithyia removes a large white wicker basket from in her pashmina wrap.

Lithyia says, "Oh i have some tarts from the dinner in my basketifer."

Lithyia helps herself to a sugar-dusted lingonberry tart.

Lithyia offers Ellerel a sugar-dusted lingonberry tart.

Ellerel looks around cautiously, leaning on his walking stick.

Barjin pours himself a mug of rum-laced coffee.

Roelon whispers something to Jastalyn.

Rillarie grins impishly at Lithyia.

Roelon nods.

Missoni glances between Ellerel and Jkarog.

Roelon nods at Jastalyn.

Olgretien takes a drink from his strong black coffee.

Jastalyn softly says, "Clovertooth Hall has a lovely auditorium and meetings rooms."

Ellerel grins at Lithyia.

Ellerel accepts Lithyia's lingonberry tart.

Jastalyn nods at Roelon.

Lithyia helps herself to a sugar-dusted lingonberry tart.

Roelon nods once.

Speaking to Lithyia, Ellerel exclaims, "Oh, such a delight!"

Ellerel takes a bite of his lingonberry tart.

Lithyia offers Jkarog a sugar-dusted lingonberry tart.

Lithyia says, "Here, try that."

Lithyia nods at Jkarog.

Lithyia put a large white wicker basket in her pashmina wrap.

Speaking sweetly to Jkarog, you purr, "This is a close knit community. Surely you do not wish to separate yourself from all of us when you are just getting so happily settled."

Ellerel takes a bite of his lingonberry tart.

Lithyia grins at Ellerel.

Roelon grins at you.

Lithyia says, "Lingberries are best berries."

Sorlu smiles quietly to himself.

Lithyia nods at Ellerel.

Dendum removes a ragged red sack from in his woven basket.

Lithyia pokes Jkarog in the ribs.

Lithyia points at Mystiq.

Lithyia says, "Erm."

Dendum carefully examines his red sack.

Speaking to Ellerel, Jkarog says, "There are a great many inns and taverns here. Pick one."

Dendum carefully inspects his red sack.

Lithyia glances at a sugar-dusted lingonberry tart in her hand.

Rillarie glances at Dendum.

Dendum drops a ragged red sack.

Lithyia glances at Jkarog.

Lithyia quietly says, "I know a great tavern about to open."

Jastalyn softly says, "The Thirsty Penguin is very nearby."

Lithyia offers Jkarog a sugar-dusted lingonberry tart.

Rillarie giggles at Lithyia.

Lithyia grins at Rillarie.

Speaking amusedly to Jastalyn, you say, "I am not certain the rest of us are invited."

You chuckle.

Jastalyn grins.

Speaking primly to Jkarog, Ellerel says, "This isn't a private meeting. I don't mind sharing plans with my friends."

Speaking impishly to Lithyia, Rillarie chirps, "The greatest."

Lithyia agrees with Rillarie.

You nod approvingly at Ellerel.

Sorlu smiles at Ellerel.

Olgretien raises an eyebrow.

Jkarog makes a sound low in the back of his throat.

Speaking to Jkarog, you say, "You might take some lessons from Ellerel. He has had longer to find a way to fit in."

Jkarog says, "Oh, very well."

Speaking to you, Darphin says, "Any meeting in a tavern is an open meeting."

Elronae just arrived.

Lithyia waves to Elronae.

As you rub your serpentine armbands, a series of sanguine tentacles snake out, coiling between your fingers and caressing your palms.

Jkarog scowls at you.

Picking up a nearby stick, Olgretien idly prods the wood in the roaring bonfire, sending tiny motes of glowing ember into the air above.

Elronae waves to Lithyia.

Rillarie smiles at Elronae.

Jastalyn clasps Elronae's hand tenderly.

You smile at Jkarog.

Elronae exclaims, "Hi!"

Darphin joins Jastalyn's group.

Lithyia shrugs.

Lithyia takes a bite of her lingonberry tart.

Jastalyn grins at Elronae.

Ellerel grabs Jkarog's hand.

Tikba nods slowly at Perigourd.

Speaking encouragingly to Jkarog, you say, "We all have faith in you."

Dendum gasps.

Jastalyn clasps Dendum's hand tenderly.

You try hard not to grin.

Jastalyn shushes Dendum!

Olgretien sits back from a roaring bonfire.

Ellerel says, "The Thirsty Penguin sounds like a delightful option. I do love their food."

Ellerel's group just went west.

Chairwoman Jastalyn's group just went west.

Sorlu hums a seemingly random tune.

Lord Sorlu strides away moving west, his group following close behind.

Lord Sorlu's group just strode through some swinging doors.

[The Thirsty Penguin, Bar - 3426] (u4043211)

Practical, as are most halfling institutions, the entry leads straight into the bar of the Thirsty Penguin Tavern. A glittering bead curtain hangs off to one side, swinging lazily each time someone passes through it. The entire wall behind the bar is studded with small, polished bronze mirrors. You also see the drake-incised Draelor disk, the sparking Dendum disk, the glaesine Rillarie disk streaked with cobalt veins, the ice-covered Yairra disk, the glossy pink Lilanna disk shaped like a jellyfish, the Wolfloner disk, a resplendent obsidian black raven that is flying around, a massive snowy white tiger, an animated falchion hovering in mid-air, a chalkboard menu and a scruffy bartender.

Also here: Lord Sorlu, Olgretien, Draelor, Elronae, Recruiter Lilanna, Rillarie, Fisher Roelon, Seneschal Dendum, Tetreves, Adjutant Yairra, Pub Proprietor Lithyia, Wolfloner, Chairwoman Jastalyn, Jkarog, Ellerel who is sitting

Lithyia just opened a soft knitted orchid-motif shadowy ebon pashmina wrap.

Dendum rubs his hands together briskly, a look of anticipation on his face.

Lithyia takes a bite of her lingonberry tart.

Lithyia asks, "Anyone want more stout?"

Dendum fidgets nervously and appears rather uncomfortable.

Lithyia removes a silver-banded monir keg carved with a pair of stalking wolves from in her pashmina wrap.

Lithyia places a silver-banded monir keg carved with a pair of stalking wolves on the floor and fiddles with the tap. Looks like it's party time!

Tetreves raises his hand.

Lithyia just closed a soft knitted orchid-motif shadowy ebon pashmina wrap.

Rillarie reaches out and touches a dark polished wooden bar.

Speaking to Jkarog, a scruffy bartender asks, "What have I told you about outside food and drink?"

Lithyia points at a silver-banded monir keg carved with a pair of stalking wolves.

Rillarie grins at Tetreves.

Jastalyn helps herself to a tumbler of dark chocolate stout.

Lithyia says, "Drink up."

Lord Darphin's group just arrived.

Sorlu peers quizzically at Roelon.

Rillarie raises her dark chocolate stout in a toast!

Jastalyn smiles.

Tetreves just tried to pull a silver-banded monir keg carved with a pair of stalking wolves.

Lithyia glances at a scruffy bartender.

Sorlu glances at Jastalyn.

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Jastalyn takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Perigourd's group just arrived.

Jkarog asks, "...that it's worth a bribe?"

Lithyia says, "I'm serving my booze in here and you cant stop me."

Tikba nods appreciatively at Perigourd.

Jkarog hands over a small bag of silvers to the bartender.

Rillarie grins impishly at Tetreves.

Lilanna chuckles.

Olgretien removes a flagon of Talbot's Special from on a dark polished wooden bar.

A scruffy bartender says, "Right."

Lifting up his crystal tumbler, Tetreves takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Rillarie begins chuckling at a scruffy bartender!

Lilanna helps herself to a tumbler of dark chocolate stout.

Tetreves grins at Rillarie.

Olgretien takes a drink from his Talbot's Special.

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Missoni takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Rillarie winks at Tetreves.

Ellerel places an order and pays the scruffy halfling bartender.

The attentive halfling bartender nods and says, "Yes, sir. One hard cider coming up!" With a modicum of activity, the bartender quicky places Ellerel's order on top of the wooden bar.

Tikba takes a drink from her herbal honey tea.

Ellerel removes a cup of hard cider from on a dark polished wooden bar.

Vendayan just arrived.

Ellerel takes a drink from his hard cider.

Speaking to a scruffy bartender, you ask, "It was made by the Lady Lithyia. I am fairly certain she has held a whole drinking game with her "outside food". Surely you are not treating our krolvin friend differently, yes?"

Bathcwyn Missoni flounces out amidst a diffuse cloud of prismatic glitter.

Roelon grins.

A scruffy bartender leans on the wooden bar and asks, "What will it be?"

Lilanna snickers.

Roelon glances between a tumbler of dark chocolate stout and a scruffy bartender.

Sorlu grins.

Roelon whistles tunelessly to himself.

Lifting up his crystal tumbler, Roelon takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Bathcwyn Missoni flounces in amidst a diffuse cloud of prismatic glitter.

Lithyia grins.

Jastalyn giggles at Lilanna.

Missoni moves to Perigourd's side and they lace their fingers together.


A New Magic School and Unpaid Dues

Ellerel exclaims, "Very well then. I'm quite satisfied!"

Missoni just handed Perigourd some coins.

Missoni gives Perigourd a gentle pat.

You gaze with interest at a scruffy bartender.

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Lithyia takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Lifting up his crystal tumbler, Tetreves takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Rillarie grins slowly at you.

Roelon shifts his weight.

Dendum collects a ko'nag clasped pouch from a large compartment inside the grey leather case.

Elronae helps herself to a tumbler of dark chocolate stout.

Perigourd put a glass of scarlet Oire wine in his suede cloak.

Speaking to Jkarog, Ellerel continues, "Now then, assuming that the matter of payment is sufficient, you'll do it?"

Rillarie turns to Lithyia and cheers!

Lithyia nods at Rillarie.

Dendum removes a flagon of Talbot's Special from on a dark polished wooden bar.

Lithyia smirks.

Lilanna's concentration shifts and becomes more focused as she slightly tilts an ear in a particular direction.

Roelon furrows his brow.

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Lithyia takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Jkarog carefully says, "I haven't yet decided."

Lithyia helps herself to a tumbler of dark chocolate stout.

Perigourd raises an eyebrow.

Lithyia rummages around in her pockets.

Roelon grins.

Lithyia picks up a silver-banded monir keg carved with a pair of stalking wolves, carefully setting a locking pin back in the tap. Looks like the party is over!

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Yairra takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Lithyia just opened a soft knitted orchid-motif shadowy ebon pashmina wrap.

Jkarog says, "After all, things have been going so well."

Yairra leans against a dark polished wooden bar.

Lithyia put a silver-banded monir keg carved with a pair of stalking wolves in her pashmina wrap.

Lithyia just closed a soft knitted orchid-motif shadowy ebon pashmina wrap.

Roelon grins.

Sorlu casually glances between Jkarog and Ellerel.

Jastalyn softly asks, "What trading are you bringing in?"

Lithyia grins.

Jastalyn raises an eyebrow in Jkarog's direction.

Lithyia turns an inquisitive ear toward Jkarog.

Sorlu places an order and pays the scruffy halfling bartender.

The attentive halfling bartender nods and says, "Yes, Sorlu. One herbal honey tea coming up!" With a modicum of activity, the bartender quicky places Sorlu's order on top of the wooden bar.

Sorlu removes a cup of herbal honey tea from on a dark polished wooden bar.

Lithyia mutters tea.

Lithyia glances at Sorlu.

Lithyia rolls her eyes.

Rillarie smirks at Sorlu.

Tikba glances between Jkarog and Ellerel.

Speaking to Sorlu, Darphin says, "He is a good trader, not agreeing to do for the right price allows him to drive price up even though he'd do it for half what he eventually gets."

Sorlu smirks.

Darphin nods at Sorlu.

Sorlu takes a drink from his herbal honey tea.

Yairra glances at a tumbler of dark chocolate stout in her hand.

Dendum takes a drink from his Talbot's Special.

Sorlu grins at Darphin.

Ellerel says, "Jkarog is in negotiations to help me find more teachers for my academy of magic."

Yairra glances at Sorlu.

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Yairra takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Roelon rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Dendum takes a drink from his Talbot's Special.

Sorlu nods approvingly at Ellerel.

Lilanna frowns.

Speaking softly to Ellerel, Jastalyn asks, "And where is this academy?"

Dendum nods once.

Lilanna asks, "What kind of teachers?"

Tikba nods thoughtfully at Ellerel.

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "This is excellent news."

Speaking to Ellerel, Sorlu asks, "Good news to hear. Is there any way we might assist you in this as well?"

Speaking to Ellerel, Darphin says, "What kind of magic."

Jastalyn stares at you.

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "They Mayor had said that you were working to get one running."

Perigourd scratches at his beard.

Lilanna nods at Darphin.

Speaking to Ellerel, Perigourd asks, "Krolvin instructors?"

Speaking to Darphin, Sorlu says, "All the kinds..."

Speaking to Darphin, Lilanna says, "Same idea."

Sorlu grins slowly at Darphin.

Vendayan grins at Jkarog.

Speaking softly to you, Jastalyn says, "Even the Ta'Mori questions the teachings."

Rillarie chuckles.

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Rillarie takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Lithyia sarcastically says, "Only magic i know is the kind i make with my knitting needles."

Lithyia chuckles.

Ellerel says, "Why, here in Icemule Trace, of course."

Elronae waggles her fingers mystically at Lithyia. How nice.

Speaking to Jastalyn, you say, "Likely only to find out how to sign up."

Lithyia grins at Elronae.

You grin at Jastalyn.

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Missoni takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Lilanna says, "Blood magick is outlawed in icemule."

You nod approvingly at Ellerel.

An officer of the Rogue Guild arrives and glances around. "Ah, there you are, Jkarog!" he says in a slightly agitated tone. "I have come to formally declare that your membership privileges have been revoked." He then makes a note on his parchment and leaves.

Perigourd glances at Jkarog.

Lithyia's jaw drops.

Tikba shakes her head at Jkarog and clucks her tongue.

Sorlu appears to be trying hard not to grin.

Yairra laughs!

Speaking cheerfully to Lithyia, Rillarie chirps, "It's true. That sweater you made me doesn't itch at all."

Lifting up his crystal tumbler, Tetreves takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Draelor laughs!

You chuckle at Jkarog.

Lilanna snorts!

Dendum glances up.

Wolfloner grins coldly, his eyes reflecting no emotion.

Lithyia grins at Rillarie.

Lithyia grins at Wolfloner.

Perigourd takes a drink from his slooberry rum.

Speaking to you, Darphin says, "Depending on the magic, perhaps."

Lilanna laughs!

Jkarog says nothing, but stares after the officer.

Speaking to Jkarog, you say, "It would seem that was one bribe you failed to pay."

Lithyia says, "Erm, officer."

Tetreves says, "Well, then."

Rillarie squints.

Yairra says, "The guild is serious business."

Lithyia glances at Jkarog.

Speaking softly to Ellerel, Jastalyn asks, "Is the Mayor aware of your plans?"

Rillarie surreptitiously glances at Jkarog.

Jkarog idly says, "It seems I might be in need of a bit more scratch."

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Rillarie takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Rillarie chuckles.

Rillarie holds up two fingers and slowly pinches them together until they are almost touching.

You chuckle at Jkarog.

Sorlu grins at Jkarog.

Speaking in Guildspeak, Lithyia says something you don't understand.

Roelon grins.

Speaking to Jkarog, Yairra says, "We can find you some work."

Wolfloner invites Jkarog to become a member in the Rogue Guild.

Speaking in Guildspeak, Lithyia says something you don't understand.

Speaking to Jastalyn, Ellerel says, "Mayor Dabbings has cleared the way for the construction. The grounds are in the Magical Burrow."

Speaking to Jkarog, Darphin says, "Perhaps if you strike a deal with the dean of the magic school."

Speaking to Jastalyn, you say, "The mayor has mentioned in the past that Ellerel would be working to set up the school and help run it."

Speaking to Jkarog, Tikba deadpans, "Do you have any magical knowledge?"

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "A fitting location."

Speaking aloofly to Tikba, Jkarog says, "Some."

Jastalyn softly asks, "And the teachings to be taught there?"

Tikba nods politely at Jkarog.

Speaking breezily to Ellerel, Jkarog says, "The fact remains that you don't yet have an academy of magic."

Speaking softly to you, Jastalyn says, "Could you please stop answering for our guest? He seems to speak just fine."

Roelon shifts his weight.

Lithyia gazes heavenward.

You smile at Jastalyn.

Tikba nods thoughtfully at Roelon.

Lithyia sighs.

Jkarog says, "And the magic users that I know are... prickly."

Perigourd takes a drink from his slooberry rum.

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Lithyia takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Perigourd chuckles.

Missoni glances appraisingly at Jkarog.

Olgretien takes a drink from his Talbot's Special.

Speaking softly to Jkarog, Jastalyn says, "My thought exactly."

Perigourd leans softly against Missoni.

Lilanna glances at Jkarog.

Ellerel says, "There is also the matter that most of their arts are currently illegal in Icemule Trace."

Lithyia sarcastically says, "Not the only prickly folks around."

Jastalyn adopts an agreeable expression.

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Lithyia takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Lithyia snickers.

Ellerel considers that for a moment and then dismisses the thought with a wave of his hand.

Speaking to Ellerel, Lilanna says, "I did say that..."

Lifting up his crystal tumbler, Draelor takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Sorlu says, "Construction of such a place should be relatively easy, especially if our new giant friends are willing to lend a hand."

Speaking to Lilanna, Ellerel says, "True, you did."

Speaking softly to Jkarog, Jastalyn says, "I watched you do blood magic on the island with my own eyes."

Sorlu says, "And laws can be....adjusted."

Sorlu nods once.

Lithyia glances between Jastalyn and Jkarog.

You smile at Sorlu.

Lord Randsford just arrived.

Lithyia glances at Sorlu.

Speaking to Jastalyn, Jkarog asks, "Are you sure?"

Tikba looks thoughtfully at Sorlu.

Speaking to Ellerel, Darphin says, "Fret not, there is an entire nation of which ice mule is only one town."

Randsford squints.

Speaking to Sorlu, Lilanna says, "Or they can.. not."

Jkarog offers a slightly seedy grin.

Rillarie furtively glances at a lazy wild dark crimson dog.

Roelon nods to Randsford in greeting.

Lithyia whispers something to Jastalyn.

Randsford nods to Roelon in greeting.

Lilanna nods to Randsford in greeting.

Speaking to Lilanna, Sorlu says, "Time will reveal."

Roelon grins at Jkarog.

Rillarie smiles at Randsford.

Sorlu grins slowly at Lilanna.

Rillarie waves.

Speaking softly to Jkarog, Jastalyn says, "I watched you cut your hand until you bled, spill your blood on the ground and speak words of magic, saw their outcome."

Your serpentine armbands constrict against your flesh.

Rillarie seems to lose an aura of confidence.

You say, "We cannot let fear hamper study and growth. I am sure Ellerel is more than qualified to set up the magic school or the Mayor would not have chosen him."

Speaking softly to Jkarog, Jastalyn says, "So yes,, I'm sure."

Roelon nods at Jastalyn.

Rillarie is no longer moving so silently.

Jkarog says, "Now that my contract with the Guild has been severed, I am certainly in need of some spare coin."

Sorlu agrees with you.

Lilanna nods at Sorlu.

Dendum just handed Jkarog some coins.

Rillarie begins chuckling at Dendum!

Lithyia rummages around in her pockets.

Perigourd takes a drink from his slooberry rum.

Yairra just handed Jkarog some coins.

Wolfloner invites Jkarog to become a member in the Rogue Guild.

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Rillarie takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Vendayan smirks.

Jkarog frowns at Wolfloner.

Lithyia says, "I'm opening a tavern in a couple weeks...i could put ya ta work there Jkarrrrrrog."

Speaking to Wolfloner, Jkarog asks, "Can we negotiate on that price?"

Lithyia says, "You could...wash my dishes."

Vendayan says, "I like this guy."

Vendayan nods at Jkarog.

Lithyia grins at Jkarog.

Sorlu gazes in amusement at Wolfloner.

Sorlu chuckles.

Wolfloner nods at Jkarog.

Vendayan grins.

Speaking to you, Darphin says, "The magics we ban should still be studied, less they become the bane of our defenses."

You smile at Darphin.

Wolfloner just handed Jkarog some coins.

Lithyia says, "My floor needs sweepin too."

Lithyia nods at Jkarog.

Lithyia grins at Wolfloner.

Ellerel says, "As I was saying, Icemule's restrictions on blood magic are there to keep followers of Amasalen from doing wicked things."

Wolfloner invites Jkarog to become a member in the Rogue Guild.

You chuckle at Lithyia.

Lithyia smirks at you!

You listen carefully to Ellerel.

Perigourd says, "For good reason."

Speaking to Yairra, Vendayan asks, "Do we actually ban magic that involves blood?"

Lilanna says, "The magics banned are for good cause, and not on a whim."

Perigourd glances appraisingly at Ellerel.

Vendayan raises an eyebrow.

Darphin turns an inquisitive ear toward Ellerel.

Speaking to Darphin, Sorlu says, "And there is no greater vulnerability than ignorance. I agree, we should not avoid such magics."

Dendum says, "The Krolvin's lack of restrictions on blood magic has seen multiple homelands destroyed."

Speaking to Wolfloner, Jkarog asks, "That's still a stiff price. Doesn't anyone have, oh, seven thousand silvers?"

Speaking to Vendayan, Yairra asks, "Do -we- or do the people of Icemule?"

Vendayan rummages around in his pockets.

Lithyia says, "I mean i could get ya seven thousand silvers."

Lithyia glances at Jkarog.

Tikba mildly says, "I did not realize the concern was for followers of a particular arkati."

A scruffy bartender says, "If you hadn't given me seven thousand, you would."

Lithyia asks, "You gonna sweep my floors and wash mah dishes?"

Lithyia glances at Jkarog.

Speaking deeply to Ellerel, Olgretien asks, "Talbot say this school'd be in town?"

Perigourd takes a drink from his slooberry rum.

Speaking to Tikba, Perigourd says, "History."

Speaking to a scruffy bartender, you say, "Which you neatly avoided my question on that."

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Lithyia takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Wolfloner just went out.

Jkarog says, "Hoisted on the petard of my altruism. How very like me."

Vendayan just went out.

Lithyia says, "Wolf went to get the money."

Lithyia smirks.

Vendayan just arrived.

Lithyia says, "Wolf is a good man."

Lithyia nods at Jkarog.

Tikba looks thoughtfully at Perigourd.

Wolfloner just arrived.

Lithyia says, "I should know."

Lithyia chuckles.

Speaking to Jkarog, Darphin says, "Seven thousand sounds like enough to be owed a favor in lue of."

Speaking to Jkarog, Ellerel says, "You really have mastered Common quite quickly."

Jkarog gives a faint shrug of his shoulders.

Speaking to Jkarog, Wolfloner says, "You drive a hard bargain."

Speaking softly to Jkarog, Jastalyn says, "Your altruism is a lot like Sorlu's morals, mostly a myth."

Rillarie grins slowly.

Speaking to Lithyia, Vendayan says, "You're biased, because he wears your pocket squares."

Lithyia smirks at Wolfloner.

Vendayan snickers.

Lithyia laughs at Vendayan!

Sorlu smirks at Jastalyn.

Wolfloner just handed Jkarog some coins.

Speaking to a scruffy bartender, you say, "I note that many in the group are holding the same stout as the Krol, and yet you only charged him."

Jastalyn winks at Sorlu.

Lithyia exclaims, "He looks very good in my pocket squares!"

Lithyia gazes fondly at Wolfloner.

Wolfloner invites Jkarog to become a member in the Rogue Guild.

Tikba gazes in amusement at Wolfloner.

Darphin glances at you.

Speaking to Wolfloner, Jkarog says, "I accept your offer to rejoin the Guild. No doubt this will be a lucrative contract for both of us."

Lithyia says, "And yet i gave him stout for free."

Lifting up his crystal tumbler, Darphin takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Jastalyn takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Speaking deeply to you, Olgretien exclaims, "I paid for mine!"

Lithyia glances at a scruffy bartender.

Lifting up his crystal tumbler, Darphin takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Darphin winks at you.

Lithyia smirks at Jkarog.

Wolfloner nods at Jkarog.

Lithyia grins at Wolfloner.

Jkarog just handed Wolfloner some coins.

Perigourd appears less confident.

Speaking mildly to Perigourd, Tikba says, "I have heard it said that some followers of Koar have committed terrible atrocities in the past, but we must learn to forgive and trust each other."

Jkarog nods at Wolfloner.

Speaking to Ellerel, Perigourd says, "One would expect there to be ready halfling candidates here who could teach within the academy."

Jkarog whispers something to Wolfloner.

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Lilanna takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Lithyia glances between Jkarog and Wolfloner.

Wolfloner nods at Jkarog.

Yairra leans against a dark polished wooden bar.

Vendayan asks, "What's needed to complete the school?"

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Lithyia takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Yairra casually observes her surroundings.

Speaking softly to Tikba, Jastalyn says, "The blameless."

Ellerel says, "There are quite a few teachers of renown."

Rillarie casts a bemused glance at Yairra.

Tikba nods somberly at Jastalyn.

Wolfloner smiles.

Speaking to Perigourd, you tease, "Perhaps they are banning halfling magic teachers as well because of fear from the past."

Yairra shrugs nonchalantly at Rillarie.

Speaking to Tikba, Perigourd says, "Some stray from the path, for certain."

Lithyia whispers something to Wolfloner.

With a subtle tilt of her head, Yairra's elegant finger taps lightly on her bottom lip as she becomes lost in thought.

Rillarie appears to be trying hard not to grin.

Sorlu says, "Perhaps the answer is a simple one. If the issue was in regards to Amasalen's servants using it, then we can simply forbid the worship of Amasalen within Icemule's walls."

Speaking deeply to Ellerel, Olgretien asks, "Ya task him to find half-krol teachers? Or jes teachers in genral?"

Ellerel says, "Although some, if you can imagine, aren't exactly champing at the bit to work with a two hundred year old lich stuffed into his descendant's body. I can't, for the life of me, imagine why."

Ellerel sighs.

Jastalyn looks over at Sorlu and shakes her head.

Tikba gazes in amusement at Ellerel.

Speaking to Sorlu, Randsford says, "Slippery slope that is."

Tikba nods in agreement at Randsford.

Vendayan asks, "And you don't have laborers to build a school?"

Speaking to Sorlu, Darphin says, "Or just make a law against destroying towns."

Speaking to Ellerel, Yairra says, "Sounds interesting."

Speaking to Sorlu, Perigourd says, "That may be a quick way to attract Yfa to return."

Lilanna shakes her head.

Perigourd chuckles.

Olgretien glances at Perigourd.

Lithyia says, "Well Ellerel i only work magic with knitting needles and stills so...."

Lithyia shrugs at Ellerel.

Speaking to Randsford, Sorlu says, "It can be revoked at a later date, when a more secure time comes."

Speaking awkwardly to Ellerel, Jkarog says, "That isn't true, is it? It's just some nonsense you've made up to bolster your mystique."

Lithyia agrees with Wolfloner.

Sorlu smiles at Randsford.

Jkarog squints at Ellerel.

You grin slowly at Jkarog.

Dendum sighs at Jkarog.

Lilanna begins chuckling at Jkarog!

Ellerel takes a drink from his hard cider.

Speaking to Sorlu, Randsford says, "Only to be replaced by another ban perhaps."

Randsford shrugs at Sorlu.

Speaking to Jkarog, Dendum remarks, "....the other lich was worse."

Vendayan rummages around in his pockets.

Perigourd takes a drink from his slooberry rum.

Speaking politely to Jkarog, Tikba asks, "Have you had the chance to learn the history of Icemule Trace, since you have come here?"

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Yairra takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Speaking to Ellerel, Darphin asks, "You have such a teacher sharing knowledge?"

Speaking to Jkarog, Tikba says, "You may find it interesting."

Speaking to Dendum, you say, "And I hear his flesh suit fit much less neatly."

Speaking uneasily to Jkarog, Ellerel says, "It's not something I like to think about too much."

Lithyia nominates Jkarog for the office of Guild Master.

Randsford says, "We are meant to be free, restricting is anti what we are trying to accomplish here."

Speaking deeply to Dendum, Olgretien asks, "Which lich?"

Sorlu leans leisurely on his Nalfein-styled cane, a thoughtful expression upon his face.

Lithyia winks at Jkarog.

Speaking to Olgretien, Dendum says, "The thrice dead one."

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Yairra takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Lithyia grins at Wolfloner.

Olgretien deeply asks, "Turdfeller?"

Wolfloner nominates Jkarog for the office of Guild Master.

Lithyia glances at Olgretien.

Olgretien cocks his head at Dendum.

Speaking to Olgretien, Perigourd says, "I expect he refers to Zeban."

Speaking to Darphin, Ellerel says, "Oh, there are all sorts of talented folks about."

Olgretien shudders.

Dendum nods.

Olgretien nods.

Speaking curiously to Ellerel, you ask, "Not that I object, but why did you choose Jkarog to be the one to procure teachers?"

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Missoni takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Speaking softly to Ellerel, Jastalyn says, "And just as many defenders."

Yairra glances at Randsford.

Yairra gives a short little hum of surprise.

Speaking to Ellerel, Darphin says, "And so many new, or old magics to be discovered in the expanding north."

Lifting up his crystal tumbler, Wolfloner takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Perigourd looks thoughtfully at Darphin.

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Lithyia takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Speaking to you, Sorlu says, "I suspect because of his skill in the magical arts, as well as his willingness to teach us those skills."

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Jastalyn takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Ellerel says, "I'm especially interested in how the techniques of his people's native magic might push our study of magic further."

Missoni agrees with Perigourd.

Tikba nods in agreement at Ellerel.

Sorlu smiles at you.

Darphin agrees with Ellerel.

You nod at Ellerel.

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "I would be very interested to find out the answer to that as well."

Lithyia asks, "So uh, we all gonna end up dying cause of this...studying?"

Sorlu nods.

Jastalyn softly says, "Such a blood thirsty lot."

Lithyia glances at Ellerel.

Sorlu says, "Very good. Very good."

Ellerel says, "However, the public sentiment is still... murky on the subject."

Tetreves furrows his brow.

Roelon rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Olgretien deeply says, "Likely."

Olgretien nods once.

Draelor frowns.

Jkarog says, "Discriminatory, if I might say."

Speaking to Ellerel, Perigourd asks, "What safeguards do you intend to maintain?"

Lithyia glances at Jkarog.

Rillarie glances at Tetreves.

Rillarie grins impishly.

Sorlu agrees with Jkarog.

Lithyia glances at Sorlu.

Speaking to Jkarog, Sorlu says, "You aren't wrong."

Lithyia rolls her eyes at Sorlu.

Wolfloner quietly asks, "Is any magic inherently good or evil?"

Jkarog says, "No one looks twice at a halfling calling meteors down upon their foes."

Speaking deeply to Perigourd, Olgretien says, "I vote fer distance."

Speaking to Ellerel, Darphin says, "Public sentiment is murky on most magics that push boundries.. just ask any demonist."

Vendayan squints.

Perigourd begins chuckling at Olgretien!

Yairra looks thoughtfully at Wolfloner.

Speaking to Wolfloner, Yairra says, "I would say so."

Sorlu begins chuckling at Darphin!

Wolfloner turns an inquisitive ear toward Yairra.

Roelon grins slowly.

Missoni folds her hands.

Vendayan suddenly fades into view.


Blood Magic Debate

Jkarog says, "Blood magic doesn't push boundaries. We've been doing it for centuries, if not longer."

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Jastalyn takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Tetreves mutters under his breath.

Speaking softly to Jkarog, Jastalyn says, "'we', which includes you."

Speaking to Jkarog, Darphin says, "Neither does summoning a minor demon but watch how fast most towns throw you in jail for doing it."

Speaking to Jkarog, Randsford says, "Demonstrations of its beneficial uses perhaps are in order, somewhere safely outside the constraints of the town of course."

Randsford nods slowly at Jkarog.

Speaking to Jastalyn, Jkarog says, "We being a collective pronoun for the krolvin people."

Jkarog scoffs.

Jastalyn grins at Jkarog.

Lithyia says, "You magic users are strange folks...."

Lithyia nods.

Jastalyn winks at Jkarog.

Rillarie smirks.

Elronae grumbles at Lithyia.

Lithyia shrugs.

Yairra winks at Lithyia.

Lilanna grins at Lithyia.

Speaking to Jkarog, Ellerel says, "Yes, really quite remarkable, your grasp of Common."

Lithyia grins.

Ellerel glances suspiciously at Jkarog.

Tikba gazes in amusement at Ellerel.

Lithyia exclaims, "I mean...i like many of you!"

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "You are seeing a display of his skills in that."

Roelon shifts his weight.

Lithyia grins at Lilanna.

Darphin says, "May your next skien of yarn be waxed."

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "Apparently he cast a charm."

Sorlu glances between Ellerel and Jkarog.

Jkarog quietly says, "I'm a quick study."

Lithyia laughs at Darphin!

Darphin nods at Lithyia.

Lithyia glances at Darphin.

Lithyia sneers at Darphin.

Wolfloner sits down.

Darphin grins at Lithyia.

Lithyia chuckles.

Roelon shifts his weight.

Ellerel says, "I have spoken to Mayor Dabbings regarding the matter."

Roelon pours himself a glass of vivid green absinthe.

Wolfloner turns an inquisitive ear toward Ellerel.

Roelon casually observes his surroundings.

Ellerel says, "It will have to be put to a public ballot."

Lithyia says, "Oh voting is always so much fun in this town."

Lithyia applauds.

Tikba nods thoughtfully at Ellerel.

Lithyia grins.

Yairra says, "One more thing...to decide."

Wolfloner turns an inquisitive ear toward Yairra.

Tetreves grins at Rillarie.

Tikba approvingly says, "A public vote is surely the best way."

Roelon nods at Randsford.

You smile.

Perigourd takes a drink from his dark ale.

Lithyia quietly says, "We cant even decide on a name."

Lithyia snickers.

Randsford shrugs at Roelon.

Missoni shrugs at Perigourd.

Jastalyn gently takes hold of Randsford's hand.

Speaking to Lithyia, Sorlu says, "This is a far easier decision."

Speaking amusedly to Lithyia, Tikba says, "A public vote is the best way for that as well, no doubt."

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Jastalyn takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Speaking simply to Wolfloner, Yairra says, "I suppose it's not the deciding, it's the debating that's tiresome."

Jkarog says, "Such a cavalier approach. Your people's rights aren't being put up for a vote by people who--indeed--can't even decide what to call their new nation."

As you rub your serpentine armbands, a series of sanguine tentacles snake out, coiling between your fingers and caressing your palms.

Lithyia chuckles.

Lithyia grins at Jkarog.

Rillarie glances up.

Speaking to Ellerel, Darphin asks, "And if one wanted to work with your school, once the studies are approved, or if they arent, how would they?"

Yairra points at Jkarog.

Lithyia says, "Jkarrrrrrrog got jokes."

Lithyia points at Jkarog.

Yairra exclaims, "The man has a point!"

Speaking to Jkarog, you correct, "We have sent some lovely choices to the Mayor and are now just waiting on a vote."

Speaking softly to Jkarog, Jastalyn says, "Judge when you've stood in our shoes."

Randsford nods slowly at Yairra.

Speaking to Jkarog, Tikba says, "Surely your people will be voting as well."

Roelon rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Roelon shrugs.

Lithyia asks, "Are they citizens?"

Randsford nods in agreement at Roelon.

Speaking impishly to Jkarog, Rillarie quips, "Let's hear what you'd call us, then."

Yairra says, "I think our collective patience is being whittled to sharp little nubs."

Speaking to Jkarog, Ellerel says, "Like it or no, your destiny is tied to ours now. We have cast our lot, and here we are. And by that collective pronoun, I am referring to you and I: two individuals who have done very little to repair their spotty reputations."

Speaking softly to Rillarie, Jastalyn says, "Probably not the best idea, considering our last encounter."

Rillarie grins wickedly at Jastalyn.

Randsford says, "I would argue to ban such a thing would be the opposite of unity we seek. There are risks but we have not banned implosions and the ilk either."

Randsford shrugs.

Roelon nods at Randsford.

You smile quietly to yourself.

Lilanna nods at Yairra.

Speaking primly to Ellerel, Jkarog asks, "Ugh. Pedantic. Is that how I sound?"

Speaking softly to Randsford, Jastalyn says, "Away from the general public and with safety standards in place."

Ellerel says, "Frequently."

Lithyia glances between Jkarog and Ellerel.

Randsford nods in agreement at Jastalyn.

Ellerel takes a drink from his hard cider.

Rillarie glances down.

Roelon nods at Jastalyn.

Dendum draws a fragmented staff bound by mycelium threads from one of the bearskin weapon loops secured with jade buttons sewn inside of his buckskin jacket. A trail of shimmering bistre fungal particles showers from it, slowly floating away.

Speaking to Jkarog, Lilanna says, "Quite the vocab..."

Rillarie glances at Dendum.

Ellerel asks, "What do you all think?"

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Lilanna takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Perigourd takes a drink from his dark ale.

Yairra glances around the room.

Strong winds can be heard coming from outside.

Speaking to Jkarog, Sorlu says, "Jkarog, you and your people most certainly have my support, as they always have. It is horrible to even consider that you are being denied your cultural practices. From my position on the Council, I will do everything I can to make this right."

Lithyia shrugs.

Olgretien deeply asks, "'Bout de school?"

Speaking to Lilanna, Randsford says, "He needs that vocab to beg for silvers, hopefully he can use it to start earning them."

Randsford glances at Jkarog.

Sorlu nods at Jkarog.

Lithyia glances at Sorlu.

Lilanna begins chuckling at Randsford!

You smile at Sorlu.

Speaking to Ellerel, Darphin says, "About the school or your pendantic speeches."

Perigourd glances at Sorlu.

Dendum says, "Think the history of the Blood Mages is clear, ever it corrupts and destroys."

Dendum says, "School sounds good though."

Roelon grins at Randsford.

Draelor nods at Dendum.

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "I think Icemule has a long history of letting her people decide. I do not see why we should sway from that now."

Missoni cocks her head.

Sorlu glances at Dendum.

Lilanna rolls her eyes at Sorlu.

Olgretien deeply says, "I'd rather it be outside of town, the further the better."

Speaking to Sorlu, Perigourd says, "I would hardly say that all of their cultural practices are acceptable."

Wolfloner nods to you.

Speaking to Perigourd, Ellerel says, "Safeguards are at the heart of every successful training institution."

Roelon agrees with you.

Tikba looks thoughtfully at Ellerel.

Rillarie glances appreciatively at Ellerel.

Ellerel says, "Arguably, if one were to learn forbidden arts, the safest place to do so is in a heavily warded building."

Lithyia says, "Far away from town."

Lithyia glances at Ellerel.

Rillarie chuckles.

Olgretien deeply says, "Wards can fail."

Perigourd says, "Or to consider why they're forbidden."

Speaking to Ellerel, Missoni says, "I am sure such instruction could be conducted responsibly."

Perigourd chuckles.

Olgretien deeply says, "I've seen it."

Tetreves asks, ""How about the scatter?"

Sorlu glances at Perigourd.

Speaking to Olgretien, Perigourd says, "Indeed."

Speaking softly to Lithyia, Jastalyn says, "Magical burrow is the chosen spot."

Roelon rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Lithyia grins at Tetreves.

Olgretien grins at Tetreves.

Tikba grins wryly at Missoni.

Jkarog says, "I may not be familiar with Icemule Trace's history, but I know a good bit about Turamzzyr's."

Yairra says, "I'm not particularly a fan of banning anything. If you're asking opinions."

Speaking to Olgretien, Perigourd says, "That the ten themselves ever escaped is proof of this."

Rillarie smirks at Tetreves.

Olgretien cocks his head at Jastalyn.

Speaking deeply to Jastalyn, Olgretien asks, "It's been decided?"

Missoni shifts her weight.

Speaking softly to Olgretien, Jastalyn says, "That's what he says."

Speaking to Lithyia, Jkarog says, "The Wizardwaste wasn't just a town, but an entire region consumed by magic."

Rillarie nods emphatically at Lilanna!

Randsford nods slowly at Lilanna.

Tikba says, "It is the use that makes the sword good or evil, not the blade."

Wolfloner turns an inquisitive ear toward Jkarog.

Jkarog says, "That's what happens when people aren't properly trained."

Wolfloner nods at Jkarog.

You nod.

Lithyia turns an inquisitive ear toward Jkarog.

Lithyia asks, "Just...dont blow up my tavern okay?"

Olgretien deeply says, "Or they are and are jes evil."

Sorlu grins at you.

Jastalyn softly asks, "So forbidden blood magic that could incur many dangers being practiced by those who also summon demons, what could possibly go wrong?"


Hypothetical Puppies

Speaking to Dendum, Ellerel says, "I also don't believe that magic is inherently good or evil."

You chuckle at Sorlu.

Tikba grins wryly at Lilanna.

Speaking to Jkarog, Perigourd says, "You may be misinformed as to your history then."

Perigourd takes a drink from his dark ale.

Lilanna smirks.

Wolfloner nods at Ellerel.

Speaking to Ellerel, Dendum says, ""You...are a lich trapped in ancestors body."

Randsford nods in agreement at Ellerel.

Speaking to Ellerel, Sorlu agrees, "It is the hand that wields it."

Vendayan glances at Tikba and rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "A very enlightened viewpoint."

Roelon rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Speaking to Dendum, Ellerel says, "What I did to my descendant was unequivocally an evil act, but his sacrifice--or murder, if you'd have it bluntly--has led to some good, I hope."

Speaking deeply to Sorlu, Olgretien says, "And the more hands the more likely someone will misuse."

Tikba nods slowly at Ellerel.

Speaking to Ellerel, Darphin says, "I think we could get a vote from Lithyia in favor for your endeavors if her tavern was properly supported by such a school."

Lithyia sarcastically asks, "What could possibly go wrong?"

Speaking to Olgretien, Sorlu says, "But the more hands that will be available to slap down the one stray."

Sorlu nods at Olgretien.

Lithyia begins chuckling at Darphin!

Lithyia says, "I would prefer my tavern not have anything to do with this school."

Wolfloner grins coldly, his eyes reflecting no emotion.

Lithyia glances at Darphin.

Olgretien deeply says, "Blades can strike them down."

Olgretien nods once.

Lilanna nods at Lithyia.

Speaking to Lithyia, you say, "Students make for thirsty customers."

Lithyia says, "Yeah but i dont want blood magic in my tavern."

Randsford says, "A few months ago we thought doom would fall to this town by letting the Krolvin in and yet here we are now."

Randsford shrugs.

Olgretien takes a drink from his Talbot's Special.

Yairra says, "Teaching the proper respect for the magic, perhaps some neatly placed regulations....but a full on ban? I don't support this."

Speaking to Lithyia, Darphin says, "Every school needs a uniform, and sweaters in the cold weather. even if its blood magic money."

Lithyia says, "I hear it ruins perfectly good booze."

Darphin winks at Lithyia.

Perigourd takes a drink from his dark ale.

Lithyia begins chuckling at Darphin!

Lithyia says, "Oh yeah, i can knit them uniforms."

Rillarie grins at Randsford.

Lithyia says, "Im fine with that."

Lithyia nods.

Sorlu nods at Yairra.

Olgretien grins at Lithyia.

Jastalyn shakes her head at Lithyia and clucks her tongue.

Roelon casually observes his surroundings.

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "As always, Icemule is not short on opinions."

Roelon takes a drink from his vivid green absinthe.

Speaking to Dendum, Ellerel says, "But let us say that the real Ellerel Barrowfoot was an evil person. A monster who kicked husky puppies and doused the garden of poor old widow Butterfur with lye."

Lithyia shrugs at Jastalyn.

Speaking to Dendum, Ellerel asks, "Would the magic I did still have been evil?"

Lithyia says, "We excel at opinions."

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "But I think you had the right of it when you suggested that we revisit this topic with an official vote."

Speaking to Ellerel, Dendum remarks, "The one that consumed your own blood line to extend your life?"

Speaking to Ellerel, Dendum says, "Yes."

Speaking to Ellerel, Rillarie says, "Yes."

Speaking to Ellerel, you supply, "Or was perhaps a bandit."

Lithyia exclaims, "Not the husky puppies!"

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "No one here seems to care about the lives of bandits."

Yairra starts chuckling at you!

Speaking amusedly to Ellerel, Tikba says, "Surely you can come up with more evil acts than those."

Speaking deeply to Lithyia, Olgretien says, "Get 10 Mulers together and ya get 15 opinyuns."

Jkarog says, "Or krolvin pirates, I'd add."

Lithyia says, "Theyre.... bandits."

Lithyia glances at you.

Roelon shakes his head.

Lithyia grins at Olgretien.

Sorlu says, "I once suggested we might create a process by which a license can be obtained to practice magics that were previously considered forbiden. I think this is something the Council could easily oversee."

Lithyia agrees with Olgretien.

Rillarie smirks at Olgretien.

Roelon deeply says, "What was done was done."

Speaking to Jkarog, Yairra says, "They're rich."

Speaking to you, Randsford says, "They too can grab a mop."

Randsford grins at you.

Yairra nods once.

You nod approvingly at Sorlu.

Perigourd shakes his head.

Elronae removes a demon permit from in her black velvet longcoat.

Elronae waves a demon permit around.

Speaking to Sorlu, you say, "An excellent idea."

Perigourd takes a drink from his dark ale.

Sorlu says, "To make sure it is properly monitored, of course."

Speaking deeply to Ellerel, Roelon says, "What ye do now is what ah consider important."

Sorlu nods.

Lithyia asks, "Speaking of the mop... Jkarrrrrog when can you start?"

Elronae put a demon permit in her black velvet longcoat.

Elronae just closed a high-collared black velvet longcoat with brushed silver buttons.

Lithyia exclaims, "My floors await you!"

Speaking to Sorlu, Perigourd asks, "And how much for these licenses?"

Speaking to Lithyia, Jkarog exclaims, "But I'm two third of a guildmaster of the Rogue Guild!"

Lithyia grins at Jkarog.

Missoni glances appraisingly at Perigourd and quirks an eyebrow in his direction.

Speaking in Guildspeak, Lithyia exclaims something you don't understand.

Speaking to Perigourd, Sorlu says, "We'll cross that bridge once we arrive there."

Sorlu nods at Perigourd.

Speaking in Guildspeak, Lithyia says something you don't understand.

Lithyia nods at Jkarog.

Roelon rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Jkarog glances at Lithyia and slowly exhales.

Lithyia chuckles.

Perigourd chuckles to himself.

Roelon takes a drink from his vivid green absinthe.

You grin at Perigourd.

Speaking to Ellerel, Dendum remarks, "The greatest darkness is the one that blinds us to our own failings....Blood Magic, to sacrifice life to gain power quickly....it is a dark road to start walking down."

Ellerel says, "Let me use a cleaner example."

Randsford nods slowly at Roelon.

Sorlu smiles.

Speaking to Dendum, Perigourd says, "It has already corrupted the Angargreft."

Ellerel asks, "I have a rather impressive little spell called Dark Catalyst. If I cast it on one of our hypothetical puppies from earlier, is it evil?"

Lithyia glances at Ellerel.

Ellerel looks around expectantly.

Lithyia exclaims, "Can we stop bringing up the puppies!"

Lithyia glances at Ellerel.

Rillarie raises an eyebrow in Ellerel's direction.

Speaking quietly to Ellerel, Rillarie says, "Yes."

Tikba amusedly asks, "What is the puppy doing?"

Speaking to Lithyia, Ellerel says, "They're quite fine--and imaginary--I assure you."

Speaking to Sorlu, Darphin asks, "My ability to gather knowledge and expand my personal best at the whims of a group of individuals who couldnt cast an agreeable vote on any subject, even if there was only one option to vote on?"

Olgretien glances at Lithyia, teeth chattering and rubbing his hands together for warmth.

Lithyia says, "They best be imaginary."

Speaking to Ellerel, Sorlu says, "Depends on which puppy."

Speaking to Ellerel, Dendum inquires, "Did learning this spell require you to sarcifice puppies?"

Lithyia glances at Ellerel.

Olgretien blinks.

Speaking to Tikba, Vendayan asks, "Is the puppy evil?"

Blade Yardie just arrived.

Vendayan chuckles.

Lithyia waves to Yardie.

Tikba nods in agreement at Vendayan.

Ellerel asks, "Now, let us say that I have cast it upon Zeban, and ended his miserable life with it. Is my spell still evil?"

Wolfloner quietly asks, "Perhaps an agreement of mutual respect of each other belief's and an agreement and understanding not to impose those belief's on others?"

Speaking to Ellerel, Dendum says, "Because even the act of learning Blood Magic requires the sacrifice of life."

Yairra asks, "Did the puppy chew on my table leg?"

Missoni lets out a long, contemplative breath.

Yardie blinks at Ellerel.

Speaking firmly to Ellerel, Rillarie says, "-Yes-. Taking a life is evil."

Yardie groans, "Dare I ask?"

Lithyia glances at Rillarie.

Tikba looks thoughtfully at Rillarie.

Sorlu looks thoughtfully at Darphin.

Speaking to Rillarie, Yairra says, "We take life every day, Rillarie."

Speaking to Darphin, Sorlu says, "I know a touch of magic."

Lithyia asks, "Even all those bandits i murdered?"

Speaking politely to Rillarie, Tikba says, "Your nation will lack for soldiers as well as mages."

Lithyia glances at Rillarie.

Sorlu smiles at Darphin.

Speaking to Rillarie, you whisper aloud, "I suggest you do not go to the adventure guild any time soon. Halline does not share your opinion."

Elronae grins at Lithyia.

Speaking to Dendum, Jkarog asks, "So every time you spill blood, you're performing an evil act. Even if it's yours?"

Lithyia grins.

Rillarie rolls her eyes.

Speaking softly to Yairra, Jastalyn says, "Not all of us."

Speaking to Jkarog, Dendum inquires, ""Have you seen one nation that employs?"

Perigourd takes a drink from his dark ale.

Speaking to Sorlu, Darphin says, "Of that i am sure."

Sorlu smiles.

Speaking to Jkarog, Dendum asks, "One mage that delved into this that did not end in disaster?"

Lithyia asks, "What about those pirates?"

Lithyia ponders.

Speaking to Dendum, Ellerel says, "You must have given yourself some truly nefarious nicks whilst shaving your face."

Speaking to Jastalyn, Yairra asks, "Well, if you don't know, you perhaps did at some point. I mean, evil?"

Dendum scratches at his beard.

Speaking to Dendum, Ellerel says, "Each one, a crime against existence."

Randsford says, "This debate is pointless without a proper demonstration or understanding of blood magic. We are fearful of what we do not know and understand."

Yardie asks, "What did I walk into?"

Randsford shakes his head.

Lithyia says, "Nefarious...."

Rillarie sighs softly.

Lithyia mutters knitting.

Speaking to Randsford, Yardie says, "Oh I understand it. It's evil."

Wolfloner says, "Perhaps an agreement of mutual respect of each other belief's and an agreement and understanding not to impose those belief's on others? An agreement of autonomy."

Jastalyn winks at Yardie.

Lilanna begins chuckling at Yardie!

Ellerel says, "Spilling your own blood is no more evil than spilling bad cider."

Speaking to Yardie, Yairra says, "We're contemplating sacrifcing you with blood magic. Welcome to the conversation."

Randsford nods slowly at Yardie.

Missoni sighs.

Perigourd nods slowly at Yardie.

You chuckle at Ellerel.

Speaking to Yardie, Lilanna says, "Icemule."

Sorlu grins at Darphin.

Ellerel pours some of his cider out onto the bar as if to prove his point, and the bartender glares at him.

Tikba nods in agreement at Ellerel.

Speaking to Yardie, Vendayan says, "They are explaining how blood magic is amazing and the town should buy theirs now."

Lithyia says, "You..."

Speaking to a scruffy bartender, Ellerel says, "Sorry, I didn't mean..."

Speaking to Yardie, Randsford says, "All magic is if used in such a manner."

Lithyia exclaims, "Ellerel!"

Lithyia exclaims, "You dont spill good booze!"

A scruffy bartender says, "Sure you didn't."

Lithyia exclaims, "Jkarog can tell you about that!"

Mystiq leans softly against Yardie.

Olgretien takes a drink from his Talbot's Special.

Missoni traces a finger over her vaelfyren peony. A small spark follows the path of her finger across the peony.

Roelon furrows his brow.

Lifting up his crystal tumbler, Wolfloner takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Lithyia gazes heavenward.

Mystiq flutters her eyelashes at Yardie.

Speaking to Randsford, Yardie says, "Some things should have been forbidden."

Roelon takes a drink from his vivid green absinthe.

Lithyia grumbles.

Speaking to Lithyia, Darphin says, "It didnt come from the keg so it probably wasnt good booze."

Yardie grins at Mystiq.

Jastalyn softly says, "Just as long as he doesn't spit on me, I'm not upset about spilled cider."

Lithyia grins at Darphin.

Speaking deeply to Yardie, Roelon says, "So they keep tellin' me."

Lifting up his crystal tumbler, Wolfloner takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Roelon pulls the folds of his black woolen kilt more tightly around his waist.

Roelon takes a drink from his vivid green absinthe.

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Lilanna takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Darphin leans softly against Mystiq.

Speaking to Yardie, Randsford says, "Yes, we said that originally and nearly let all the Krolvin die on their island. Evil begets evil."

Lithyia shakes her head.

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "I agree with your points. Intent and use matters far more than the tool used. But you may be wasting your breath if you wish to fully change the minds of everyone here."

Jkarog says, "You're all calling into question my people's practices when *that* monstrosity is walking around."

Randsford shrugs at Yardie.

Darphin gives Mystiq a warm buss on the lips.

(Lithyia buries her head on Wolfloner's shoulder.)

Jkarog points at the dancing potato.

Lithyia sighs.

Jkarog says, "Tell me that's natural."

Roelon furrows his brow.

You chuckle at Jkarog.

Lithyia says, "It's a potato..it came from nature."

Darphin removes a waxy sentient potato growing a white-tipped fuschia winter rose from in his black leather jacket.

Jastalyn chuckles.

Darphin removes a blue-streaked white winter rose from in his black leather jacket.

Speaking to Randsford, Yardie says, "That....makes...ANTI...sense."

Olgretien takes a drink from his ice water.

Darphin holds a blue-streaked white winter rose to his potato's little face and it devours the rose.

Sorlu grins slowly.

Darphin put a waxy sentient potato connected to a blue-streaked white winter rose in his black leather jacket.

Randsford chuckles.

Tikba gazes in amusement at Jkarog.

Rillarie shakes her head.

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Elronae takes a measured drink of the stout inside.


Blood Magic and Slavery

Jastalyn softly says, "Alright, so let's recap."

Tetreves glances at a lazy wild dark crimson dog.

Olgretien takes a drink from his ice water.

Randsford nods in agreement at Jastalyn.

Wolfloner turns an inquisitive ear toward Jastalyn.

Missoni snaps her fingers, and the dog moves to her side obediently.

Lithyia grins at Jastalyn.

Speaking softly to Jkarog, Jastalyn asks, "Are you bringing in prickly teachers for Ellerel?"

Roelon grins.

Olgretien tips his head back and empties a glass of ice water down his gullet!

Yardie asks, "So you're allowing Blood Magic in Icemule?"

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Lilanna takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Lithyia shrugs at Yardie.

Darphin says, "I feel the argument to be had isnt the type of magic studied, but the extent of the studies.. one of the first spells any sorcerer learns while hunting rats would technically fall under "blood magic" if you wanted to paint the picture."

Jkarog says, "I'll do my best. If blood magic remains banned, they still know some arts of the spirit and the mind that are not common in these parts."

Yardie asks, "You didn't learn from Burdos in the Landing?"

Lithyia says, "Guess we're gonna vote on it."

Speaking softly to Yardie, Jastalyn says, "That hasn't entirely been decided."

Lifting up his crystal tumbler, Jkarog takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Missoni gazes with interest at Jkarog.

Speaking to Lithyia, Draelor says, "Seems so."

Speaking to Yardie, you say, "I believe the only thing being discussed it putting it to a vote to hear the voices of the people on the matter."

Speaking curiously to Jkarog, Missoni asks, "Such as?"

Tikba nods in agreement to you.

Speaking softly to Jkarog, Jastalyn asks, "Are you demanding more coin?"

Lithyia just handed Jkarog some coins.

Lithyia says, "There... more coin."

Lithyia says, "One...to be exact."

Lithyia winks at Jkarog.

Randsford says, "Banning something only pushes it underground where it festers. By allowing it with controls at least it can be watched and studied."

Tetreves grins.

Perigourd shrugs nonchalantly at Missoni.

Speaking to Missoni, Jkarog says, "Halflings make for exceptional elementalists, on average. They aren't quite so innately gifted with some of the arts we've picked up."

Sorlu nods at Randsford.

Speaking to Randsford, Yardie asks, "Like sorcery?"

Randsford nods slowly at Yardie.

Speaking to Randsford, Dendum asks, ""Like Murder?"

Speaking to Randsford, Yardie asks, "Witchcraft? Mentalism?"

Rillarie glances at Dendum.

Speaking wryly to Dendum, Tikba says, "There are many people who study murder."

Speaking to Dendum, Randsford asks, "Isn't the arena we all go to murder?"

Randsford peers quizzically at Dendum.

Speaking thoughtfully to Jkarog, Missoni asks, "Do you refer to a blending of the mental and spiritual spheres?"

Jkarog says, "My people have been to farflung islands full of savants that can move stones with their minds, and who swim through strange planes beyond imagining."

Lithyia mutters rsn.

Lithyia attempts to hum a merry little tune.

Lithyia grins at Dendum.

Speaking to Randsford, Yardie says, "I've murdered. I've murdered for occupational reasons."

Speaking interestedly to Jkarog, Missoni says, "Fascinating."

Tikba looks thoughtfully at Jkarog.

Randsford chuckles.

Randsford nods slowly at Yardie.

Yairra says, "I've murdered for fun."

Speaking firmly to Randsford, Yardie says, "The difference is I have never claimed to be a good person."

Rillarie narrows her eyes.

Missoni says, "I do like strange planes."

Jkarog says, "We've also traded with witch doctors in vile swamps, and raided the cities of dead priests who still shuffled about in bodies of stone."

Jkarog says, "The krolvin can be useful to this nation of yours, if you simply allow us to be ourselves."

Speaking to Jkarog, Perigourd asks, "Ulda?"

Speaking to Randsford, Yardie says, "I hate justifications of malice."

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "It sounds as if you have chosen well in hiring Jkarog to find teachers. This school may end up being able to rival some in the larger cities."

Lithyia glances at Jkarog.

Lithyia says, "No....slavery."

Randsford nods in agreement at Yardie.

Lithyia glances at Jkarog.

Sorlu agrees with Jkarog.

Tikba nods in agreement at Lithyia.

Missoni lightly drums her fingers on her leg.

Speaking to Jkarog, Sorlu says, "Well said. Well said, indeed."

Jkarog glances at Lithyia and slowly exhales.

You smile at Jkarog.

Sorlu nods.

Lithyia says, "None."

Lithyia says, "No."

You nod in agreement at Sorlu.

Lithyia says, "Nonnnnnnnne."

Jkarog asks, "Why is it always about slaves with you people?"

Wolfloner asks, "When knowledge is suppressed what has history shown is the aftermath of such an action?"

Lithyia says, "Because we despise slavery."

Roelon slowly empties his lungs.

Speaking to Yardie, Randsford says, "Both sides are valid in this argument, right and wrong are based on which side of the line you wish to sit upon."

Roelon shakes his head.

Jastalyn softly says, "Don't confuse us all with Sorlu."

Missoni agrees, "I should like to learn more of these phenomena."

Sorlu peers quizzically at Jastalyn.

Perigourd glances appraisingly at Missoni.

Speaking to Jkarog, Ellerel says, "The practice is something even my colleagues on the Council of Ten never considered."

Speaking to Jkarog, Darphin says, "Steer into it, put it to vote, do we want slaves, or blood magic.."

Darphin winks at Jkarog.

You quietly whisper to Jkarog, "They like to have their hills to die on. Give them this one and you will be surprised what other things they will allow in time."

Speaking to Jastalyn, Sorlu says, "Do not slander my name, Councillor. I am certainly no fan of slavery, and have made a lifetime of ending it anywhere I stumbled across it."

Sorlu frowns at Jastalyn.

Ellerel says, "Taking away free will is worse, even, than murder."

Speaking to Jkarog, Yardie says, "It is vile."

Tetreves nods at Rillarie.

Speaking softly to Sorlu, Jastalyn says, "We all remember your auction stunt."

Lithyia gazes heavenward.

Speaking to Jkarog, Dendum says, ""The Krolvin are very good ship builders, and warriors...and could hunt the pinefar for meat....they can read the stars...there are many things that can be shared besides a practice it is said your own people sometimes turn against."

Tikba looks thoughtfully at Ellerel.

Vendayan says, "I think the latter takes away a superset of valuable things which includes the former."

Speaking to Jkarog, Yardie says, "Vile when the Dhe'nar do it. Vile when the krolvin do it. Vile when the kiramon do it. No slavery."

Rillarie nods politely.

Lithyia agrees with Yardie.

Speaking to Jastalyn, Sorlu says, "I do as well. No slavery was permitted then, nor is it now. At the time, there was simply some confusion over one of the entrants work status."

Sorlu shrugs at Jastalyn.

Jastalyn points at Yardie.

Jastalyn applauds Yardie.

Tetreves nods.

Speaking to Jastalyn, Sorlu says, "It was quickly corrected, of course."

Perigourd smirks at Sorlu.

Sorlu smiles at Jastalyn.

Randsford nods in agreement at Yardie.

Yardie mutters, "I'll die on that hill if need be."

Tetreves just went out.

You quietly whisper to Jkarog, "As I said...."

You smile quietly to yourself.

Speaking to Yardie, Perigourd says, "They'll just bring you back with blood magic."

Wolfloner says, "History also clearly demonstrates what happens when a group tries to impose their will on another."

Perigourd removes a glass of scarlet Oire wine from in his suede cloak.

Roelon rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Randsford begins chuckling at Perigourd!

Jastalyn begins chuckling at Perigourd!

Speaking to Perigourd, Missoni says, "We would not need blood magic for that."

Lithyia agrees with Wolfloner.

Jkarog says, "We've abided by your rules about indenture."

Speaking to Yardie, Sorlu says, "And I alongside you."

Lilanna nods at Yardie.

Sorlu nods at Yardie.

Tikba grins at Missoni.

Speaking to Perigourd, Yardie asks, "Not if your wife brings me back first?"

Lithyia says, "Slavery."

Lithyia glances at Jkarog.

Perigourd chuckles.

Lithyia says, "Say the word."

Chronicler Falvicar just arrived.

Missoni wiggles her nose.

Speaking to Lithyia, Jkarog says, "You and your synonyms."

Speaking softly to Jkarog, Jastalyn says, "You're the one that brought up slavery. Don't try to muddy the topic."

Lithyia snickers at Jkarog.

Jkarog spits to the side, muttering.

Lithyia says, "That's disgusting."

Yairra glances to her left.

Lithyia glances at Jkarog.

Jkarog says, "Slavery, then. We have abolished the practice."

Speaking mildly to Jkarog, Tikba says, "I understand. Common is a difficult language."

Wolfloner glances at Jkarog.

Speaking softly to Jkarog, Jastalyn says, "And don't start that spitting again."

Speaking to Missoni, Yardie says, "C'mon now. You're just mad because you'd summon a Yardie before a vathor."

Speaking softly to Jkarog, Jastalyn says, "It's rude."

Sorlu nods at Jkarog.

Roelon nods once at Jkarog.

Missoni gazes in amusement at Yardie.

Speaking to Jkarog, Yardie says, "Good."

Speaking to Jastalyn, Randsford says, "At least he didn't do it at your feet this time."

Randsford grins at Jastalyn.

Jastalyn tries to pull Jkarog towards her.

Jastalyn agrees with Randsford.

Speaking to Yardie, Missoni says, "I have summoned the former long before the latter."

Jkarog says, "And a great many krolvin now serve in this nameless nation's navy, although they are fed with Dabbings silvers."

Speaking to Jkarog, Sorlu says, "Which speaks highly to the willingness of your people to integrate with ours."

Missoni evenly says, "Under appropriate conditions, of course."

Speaking softly to Jkarog, Jastalyn says, "Even the most stubborn of us can see light it presented properly."

Speaking to Missoni, Yardie exclaims, "Wait. That's not true. You're not my mother!"

Yairra says, "Mmm nothing more loyal that a soldier dependent on coin."

Missoni looks rather confused.

Speaking to Yardie, Missoni confirms, "I am not."

Sorlu gazes in amusement at Yairra.

Speaking to Jkarog, Wolfloner says, "They do not serve as slaves."

Speaking softly to Missoni, Yardie says, "She had nicer hair."

Perigourd glances between Missoni and Yardie.

Perigourd wipes the sweat from his brow.

Tikba says, "The krolvin are citizens of Icemule now. No doubt they serve to protect their home."

Falvicar nods firmly.

Perigourd glances away.

Yardie glances at Perigourd.

Sorlu agrees with Tikba.

Jkarog says, "My point is that if krolvin sailors have bolstered your naval forces..."

Speaking to Wolfloner, you say, "I think he is continuing his comments about how his people are integrating and adapting."

Darphin nods at Ellerel.

Speaking to Yardie, Missoni says, "I will have to take your word for it, as we have not met."

Lithyia asks, "Do they have citizenship now?"

Missoni flips her long black hair off of her shoulder, revealing a brief glimpse of rainbow ombre streaks beneath. When her hair settles, the delicate wisps of rainbow ombre are nowhere to be seen.

Jastalyn raises an eyebrow in Jkarog's direction.

Jkarog says, "...krolvin mages can make this nation a world power."

Wolfloner nods at Jkarog.

Sorlu applauds Jkarog.

Speaking to Jkarog, Dendum says, ""We do not need another dark power."

You smile at Jkarog.

Sorlu says, "Quite so."

Yardie mutters, "Stormcrow."

Speaking softly to Jkarog, Jastalyn says, "So bring them."

Speaking to Dendum, Draelor says, "Already enough about."

Lilanna nods at Dendum.

Jastalyn softly says, "But if they start sacrificing our citizens, there will be hell to pay."

Inclining her head slightly, Tikba offers the most minimal of bows with an air of utmost politeness.

Speaking to Dendum, Sorlu says, "The stronger we become, the more good we will be able to do...the better we can beat back the darkness."

Wolfloner nods at Jastalyn.

Tikba just went east.

Speaking wearily to Jkarog, Ellerel says, "You understand that, even if the laws against blood magic are repealed, there are standards for the practice of magic that must be adhered to."

Sorlu smiles at you.

Speaking to Jkarog, Yardie exclaims, "Instead of casting a spell, you can cast a rod...and fish!"

Lithyia whispers something to Sorlu.

Jkarog impatiently says, "Yes, of course I understand."

Sorlu smirks at Lithyia.

Lithyia shakes her head at Sorlu and clucks her tongue.

Falvicar coughs.

Roelon takes a drink from his vivid green absinthe.

Speaking to Jkarog, Dendum says, ""Long has Icemule stood as a light against the darkness of the northern wilds.....it can look to Reim...it can look to Gavolen to see where those who desire power over wisdom end up."

Speaking to Yardie, Jkarog says, "Fishing is for peasants. Fish, however, should be for everyone."

Speaking to Yardie, Jkarog says, "If you're offering, that is."

Speaking to Jkarog, Yardie asks, "Peasant!?"

Jastalyn smiles at Dendum.

Dendum says, "It can look to the Moonsedge."

Lithyia says, "Oh now Yardie is gonna lose it...."

Jastalyn hugs Yardie, who wraps her in a warm embrace.

Speaking to Dendum, you say, "I believe the story goes that it was love that pushed Barlan to the evil that now pollutes Moonsedge."

Darphin leans softly against Mystiq.

Draelor says, "He didn't insult baking so perhaps not."

(Yardie scratches his scar, glancing at Jkarog, muttering, "I think I like Cyllost better.)

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Elronae takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Speaking to Lithyia, Randsford says, "I think I caused some of that earlier."

Lithyia grins at Draelor.

Randsford grins at Lithyia.

Lithyia grins at Randsford.

Sorlu nods approvingly.

Ellerel says, "We shouldn't count our cockatrices before they hatch. It's very possible that the ban will remain in force."

Speaking to you, Perigourd says, "An evil that would not have been possible excepting for Zeban though."

Jastalyn reaches out and touches her Oleani pendant.

Lithyia whispers something to Wolfloner.

Lithyia nods at Wolfloner.

Perigourd takes a drink from his scarlet Oire wine.

Yairra wrinkles her nose.

A resplendent obsidian black raven suddenly crashes into Perigourd, landing in a tangle of feathers on the floor. With an irate caw at him, the raven quickly flaps back into the air.

Lithyia stretches.

Randsford nods slowly to you.

Perigourd glances at a resplendent obsidian black raven.

Ellerel says, "But if it is repealed, Jkarog, I will need your help in establishing firm guidelines that all practitioners must follow within our nation's boundaries."

Speaking to you, Randsford says, "That is one working theory."

Speaking to Ellerel, Darphin says, "But even if the practice is banned, the knowledg should still be gathered."

Speaking to Jkarog, Ellerel says, "Our goal is to help build this nation, not tear it apart in blood and flame."

Speaking softly to Ellerel, Jastalyn says, "I think I'm beginning to like you. Stop that."


Blood and Power

Speaking to Jkarog, Wolfloner asks, "Can you be more specific on how Krolvin magic would benefit the new nation?"

Jastalyn grins.

Lithyia turns an inquisitive ear toward Jkarog.

Lifting up her crystal tumbler, Elronae takes a measured drink of the stout inside.

Jkarog gives a frustrated bark from the back of his throat.

Randsford nods in agreement at Wolfloner.

Roelon furrows his brow.

Speaking to Wolfloner, Jkarog says, "Blood is a source of significant power."

Yardie glances at Jkarog.

Speaking softly to Jkarog, Jastalyn says, "Not all power is good."

Speaking to Jkarog, you remind, "And you mentioned other sorts of magic that the Krolvin know as well."

Lithyia claps her hands together and opens them to reveal a slender rolaren dagger fashioned from a sharpened knitting needle!

Speaking to Jkarog, Wolfloner asks, "To be used in the defense of the nation?"

Jastalyn softly says, "Complete power corrupts completely."

Jkarog says, "Blood Mages, those who practice the deeper mysteries, can do wondrous things with their spells."

Speaking to Jastalyn, Darphin says, "Good or bad is a matter of perception and has little to do with power."

Speaking to Jkarog, Yardie says, "That's how it starts..."

Speaking to Jastalyn, Sorlu says, "Only the weak."

Randsford nods slowly at Darphin.

Perigourd nods in agreement.

Jastalyn begins chuckling at Sorlu!

Jkarog says, "But many among the krolvin practice rote blood spells."

Lithyia ponders.

Jkarog glances at Jastalyn.

Lithyia turns an inquisitive ear toward Jkarog.

Missoni gazes with interest at Jkarog.

You chuckle at Sorlu.

Speaking softly to Jkarog, Jastalyn says, "Take a breath."

A scruffy bartender takes a tiny sip of penguin pilsner. He smacks his lips and says, "Just right."

Speaking softly to Jkarog, Jastalyn asks, "Do you need a hug?"

Lithyia grins at a scruffy bartender.

Missoni thoughtfully says, "Most of the blood mages I have met practice flow magic."

Jastalyn leans in Jkarog's direction and, with her eyebrows raised in an expectant expression, emphatically motions for Jkarog to move closer to her.

Speaking to Jkarog, Wolfloner asks, "What is the consequence of this magic and what fuels it?"

Roelon shifts his weight.

Roelon glances at Jastalyn.

Roelon grins.

Speaking to Wolfloner, Jkarog says, "Our spells are more efficient, and therefore more sustainable."

Randsford leans on Jastalyn, giving her a companionable grin.

Randsford snickers.

Sorlu nods approvingly.

Jastalyn smiles at Randsford.

Perigourd raises an eyebrow in Jkarog's direction.

Lithyia turns an inquisitive ear toward Jkarog.

Jastalyn winks at Roelon.

Yardie scornfully mutters, "Because there's always blood and bodies to go around."

Yairra steeples her fingers together, quietly observing her surroundings.

Dendum says, "We can summon Grishom Stone to teach lectures."

Sorlu says, "I hear little reason why we would avoid this magic. Old superstitions must not interfere with our growth."

Speaking to Jkarog, Wolfloner asks, "And what fuels this magic?"

Sorlu shrugs slightly.

Ellerel says, "The fact is that blood magic is a subject about which most Elanthian mages know frighteningly little."

Randsford nods approvingly at Jastalyn.

Speaking to Wolfloner, Jkarog says, "The power of life itself."

Wolfloner turns an inquisitive ear toward Ellerel.

Perigourd glances skeptically at Jkarog.

Speaking softly to Sorlu, Jastalyn says, "Because I don't think we should avoid it either."

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "And it is that ignorance that is a weakness."

Speaking to Jkarog, Wolfloner asks, "Whose life?"

Lithyia shudders.

Speaking to Jkarog, Perigourd says, "That lies with Imaera."

Lilanna nods at Wolfloner.

Speaking softly to Sorlu, Jastalyn says, "Something is coming for us and we need to prepare to defend ourselves."

Speaking to Jastalyn, Sorlu says, "Ah, you've come around. Very good."

Sorlu nods approvingly at Jastalyn.

Speaking to Wolfloner, Jkarog says, "Yours, mine, whoever gives a bit of themselves to power it."

Lithyia asks, "Gives... or has it taken from?"

Lithyia glances at Jkarog.

Missoni nods approvingly at Jkarog.

Speaking softly to Sorlu, Jastalyn says, "But it must have rules, kept in check."

Speaking to Jkarog, Wolfloner asks, "Willingly or unwillingly?"

Speaking to Lithyia, Jkarog says, "Blood magic does not need to involve violence against others."

Speaking to Jastalyn, Sorlu says, "And yes, quite so. I can sense in the air that we will need every weapon available to us."

Lithyia says, "No...but it can."

Jastalyn nods at Sorlu.

You nod in agreement.

Speaking to Jastalyn, Darphin says, "I hate that this makes two meetings in a row we have agreed on something."

Speaking to Wolfloner, Dendum reminds, ""You will remember when the blood trees sucked the life of the landing's children and the 'gno of the woods surrounding it to bring forth lasting abominations that had to be destroyed....Blood Magic can make such things."

Wolfloner stands up.

Yairra says, "We're never going to be able to keep evil from using any mundane source of power with bad intentions. Why not benefit from the good it can do and sort out the scales of justice on the...misuse..."

Speaking to Wolfloner, Jkarog says, "Willingly given blood from another is of the highest quality, but... it can be taken as well."

You say, "How lovely that already three councillors see eye to eye on the upcoming vote."

Sorlu looks thoughtfully at Jkarog.

Roelon snickers.

Roelon rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Speaking softly to Darphin, Jastalyn says, "You'll soon get over that feeling, I just don't share your motives."

Lithyia gazes heavenward.

Randsford nods in agreement at Yairra.

Speaking to Jkarog, Wolfloner says, "The former can be discussed. The latter is unacceptable in my view."

Jastalyn softly says, "I can see sense in it."

Lithyia agrees with Wolfloner.

Lithyia tosses her rolaren dagger into the air, where it appears to vanish!

Jastalyn softly says, "Even if my own beliefs don't allow me to participate."

Speaking to Dendum, Ellerel says, "Yes, but if you look deep under the town, you can see the creations of my dear cousin Thurfel Fetlock. Those were made without the aid of blood magic."

Speaking quietly to Missoni, Perigourd says, "And here I thought the only vampires about remained in Moonsedge."

Ellerel says, "Any magic can be use in perverse fashion."

Wolfloner nods at Ellerel.

Jastalyn nods at Ellerel.

Speaking to Ellerel, Dendum remarks, ""Yes...we should also not teach lich craft."

Sorlu nods at Ellerel.

Dendum nods at Ellerel.

Speaking to Ellerel, you agree, "And can be used for good."

Roelon agrees with Ellerel.

Randsford grins at Perigourd.

Speaking to Ellerel, Dendum says, "This we agree on."

Speaking to Jastalyn, Darphin says, "My motives are simple, to make myself better so i can make a better place for my family. it really only looks to benifit the town and nation we wish to be apart of."

A scruffy bartender says, "Fetlock? I thought his last name was Morpholik."

Speaking to Ellerel, Dendum says, ""It is the same hubris that corrupts and leads to a council of ten."

Yairra says, "All actions can be used in perverse fashion. It's wholly dependent on the individual."

Lithyia raises an eyebrow.

Speaking to Ellerel, Dendum asks, ""You truly do make the same mistake over and over eh?"

Speaking to a scruffy bartender, Ellerel says, "Yes, well, we all chose stupid names when we annointed ourselves as the Council."

Lithyia glances at Ellerel.

Randsford nods slowly at Yairra.

Speaking to Ellerel, Wolfloner says, "In your opinion can blood magic be use without inflicting a cost on the new nations and it's population."

Speaking softly to Darphin, Jastalyn says, "Your loyalties are to the Ta'Mori as opposed to my loyalties to the safety and security of Icemule."

Ellerel vehemently says, "I hate history lessons."

Wolfloner sits down.

Lithyia smiles at Wolfloner.

Roelon rubs his chin thoughtfully.

You smile quietly to yourself.

Speaking to Jastalyn, Darphin asks, "Do you not protect your family first?"

Draelor frowns.

Speaking softly to Darphin, Jastalyn says, "Icemule is my family."

Lithyia reaches out and pulls a dull gold coin from thin air!

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "History will likely need to be a part of the school. But I am certain you can find other teachers for that more dull subject."

Lilanna agrees with Jastalyn.

Speaking gently to Jastalyn, Ellerel says, "And mine. I have no other family members to depend on."

Sorlu nods to you.

Jastalyn smiles at Ellerel.

Jastalyn snaps her fingers.

Ellerel says, "If the measure passes, and the restrictions are lifted, I will do everything in my power to keep this town safe."

Speaking to you, Perigourd says, "Oddly enough, it's a lot like fortune telling."

Speaking to Ellerel, you tease, "An occupational hazzard when you choose to wear your descendants."

Perigourd takes a drink from his amber Wildwood whiskey.

Perigourd looks quite relaxed.

Ellerel says, "And my powers are... not inconsiderable."

Lithyia asks, "And if you fail?"

Lithyia glances at Ellerel.

Sorlu agrees with Ellerel.

Speaking softly to Ellerel, Jastalyn says, "I will be around to make sure you keep that word."

Lithyia pops her coin into her mouth and smiles.

Speaking to Jastalyn, Darphin says, "And on the day that Icemule accepts us as its family, then it it will be our family, till then i have a loyalty to my family, but dont think i dont have a desire to be of service to the new nation and Icemule."

Sorlu glances at Jastalyn.

Vendayan just went west.

Sorlu frowns.

Vendayan just arrived.

Speaking to Lithyia, Ellerel says, "Darkness is stretching over the land, my dear."

Roelon slowly empties his lungs.

Roelon nods slowly at Ellerel.

Randsford nods grimly at Ellerel.

Lilanna sighs.

Missoni frowns.

Dendum says, "It seems to have found a way into this Tavern already."

Lilanna nods at Ellerel.

Speaking softly to Darphin, Jastalyn says, "Then we definitely understand each other."

Ellerel says, "We may not have the luxury of complete safety beneath its shadow."

Wolfloner says, "I do not believe that any magic is inherently good of evil. But is any endeavor or path the Ends can not justify the means it which it is practiced. We have have ethics that govern it's use."

Jkarog grimly says, "Safety at any time is an illusion. Just ask Ellerel's puppies."

Jastalyn nods at Wolfloner.

Lithyia nods.

You chuckle at Jkarog.

Jastalyn shakes her head, clucking her tongue.

Perigourd takes a drink from his amber Wildwood whiskey.

Perigourd looks quite relaxed.

Lithyia says, "Let's...not talk about the puppies."

Lilanna rolls her eyes.

Speaking to Jkarog, you remind, "Hypothetical puppies."

Speaking to Jastalyn, Sorlu says, "You should strive towards showing Ellerel more kindness, dear Councillor. Let us not forget all he has done for us already. He has been nothing short of an asset to this town in his time here."

Speaking to Jkarog, you say, "You will have them calling for your blood if they think you go about hurting puppies."

Jkarog tiredly says, "I will reach out to my colleagues."

Sorlu nods at Jastalyn.

Lithyia agrees with you.

Roelon slowly empties his lungs.

Speaking softly to Sorlu, Jastalyn says, "I believe I have already."

Speaking to you, Darphin says, "Theoretically hypothetical."

Speaking to Jkarog, Wolfloner says, "It is a lesson that the Faendryl learned all too well at heavy cost."

Jkarog says, "As for whether they will come, it very much depends on what Icemule Trace will do."

You flash a quick grin at Darphin.

Falvicar looks at Roelon and hums.

Speaking softly to Sorlu, Jastalyn says, "Agreeing with, offering assistance, and more."

Sorlu nods at Jkarog.

Speaking softly to Sorlu, Jastalyn says, "Keep up."

Missoni cocks her head.

Speaking to Wolfloner, Jkarog says, "We're smarter than they were."

Yairra says, "Icemule will likely argue about it for several weeks."

Speaking to Jastalyn, Sorlu says, "Then surely he does not need to be motivated by threats."

Jkarog glances at a tumbler of dark chocolate stout in his hand.

Missoni shifts her eyes to Jkarog.

Lithyia glances at Jkarog.

Perigourd takes a drink from his amber Wildwood whiskey.

Perigourd looks quite relaxed.

Speaking to Lithyia, Jkarog says, "This has grown on me. It's acceptable."

Speaking to Yairra, you say, "Not if it is just put to a vote."

Lithyia says, "Yairra, it's what we do best here."

Lithyia winks at Yairra.

Jkarog drains the rest of his stout and wipes his mouth with the furry back of his hand.

Speaking softly to Sorlu, Jastalyn says, "Then you misunderstood my statement as a threat. Good thing he didn't seem to."

Yairra grins at Lithyia.

Lithyia beams happily at Jkarog!

Speaking sarcastically to Lithyia, Yairra says, "It's my favorite part."

Lithyia says, "Good! I am glad you enjoy a chocolate oat stout."

Speaking to Jastalyn, Sorlu says, "Or perhaps it was simply his gentle way."

Sorlu chuckles to himself.

Sorlu shrugs at Jastalyn.

Yardie removes a tall bottle of rich chocolate stout from in his buffed leather pack.

Lithyia says, "Look at us Jkarrrrrog, we're getting on much better now."

Speaking softly to Sorlu, Jastalyn says, "And your aggressive one."

Lithyia and Jkarog shake hands.

Yardie takes a drink from his rich chocolate stout.

Lithyia grins at Jkarog.

Sorlu peers quizzically at Jastalyn.

Jkarog looks thoughtfully at Lithyia.

Speaking softly to Lithyia, Jastalyn says, "And you get clean floors."

Speaking to Lithyia, Randsford says, "The impossible can be possible."

Jastalyn winks at Lithyia.

Randsford squints at Lithyia.

You say, "When one is as powerful as Ellerel, threats are easy to ignore and not take offense to."

Lithyia grins at Jastalyn.

Jkarog says, "Yes, well. No time like the present to hunt down blood mages."

Lithyia chuckles.

Jkarog heads out through the door.

Lithyia says, "He needs to learn to say good bye."

Ellerel glances out.

Dendum nods.

Olgretien raises an eyebrow.

Roelon shifts his weight.

Lithyia chuckles.

Speaking to himself, Yardie asks, "Was that a contract?"

Lithyia says, "We'll work on that."

Vendayan shrugs.

Dendum says, "Agree with the Krolvin."

Missoni folds her hands.

Speaking to Jastalyn, Sorlu says, "I'm sure I don't know what you mean."

Speaking softly to Lithyia, Jastalyn says, "At least he didn't spit at us."

Lilanna ponders.

Vendayan begins chuckling at Dendum!

Lithyia nods at Jastalyn.

Jastalyn chuckles.

Lithyia exclaims, "Progress!"

Speaking to Ellerel, Darphin says, "This seems to have gone well for you."

Ellerel takes a drink from his hard cider.

Speaking softly to Ellerel, Jastalyn says, "I'm glad you were here tonight."

Lilanna says, "Hunt down blood mages..."

Lilanna ponders.

Perigourd chuckles.

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "We are entering an exciting time."

Speaking softly to Ellerel, Jastalyn says, "I think I understand you much better now."

Speaking to Darphin, Ellerel says, "Well for Icemule, I hope. I don't have much skin in the game."

Lilanna says, "Interesting choice of words."

Sorlu agrees with you.

Speaking to Ellerel, you ask, "Do you know when the construction will begin on the school?"

Speaking to Lilanna, Ellerel says, "Yes, well."

Speaking softly to Ellerel, Jastalyn says, "When you're protecting your family, all of your skin is in the game."

Lithyia says, "Ellerel...if you need uniforms..."

Yairra glances out.

Lithyia says, "You come to me."

Speaking to Darphin, Randsford says, "He has earned our trust. If anyone can do it safely it is him."

Lithyia points at herself.

Wolfloner says, "Not doubting the intelligence of the Krolvin. But remember what happened with the Star of Khar'ta. Your people are not immune to calamity."

Randsford nods approvingly at Ellerel.

Speaking to you, Ellerel says, "Construction has already begun."

Lithyia nods at Ellerel.

Lilanna begins chuckling at Ellerel!

Roelon deeply asks, "Aye?"

Wolfloner nods.

Roelon raises an eyebrow in Ellerel's direction.

Roelon grins.

Speaking deeply to you, Olgretien says, "Ders an old sayin bout excitin' times."

Speaking to Ellerel, Darphin says, "Its not the skin, but the blood that seems important now."

You nod approvingly at Ellerel.

Ellerel says, "But... it's just a building until we have teachers, and students."

Darphin nods at Randsford.

Wolfloner says, "He left."

Lithyia nods at Wolfloner.

Lithyia says, "He left quickly."

Speaking to Ellerel, you ask, "How wonderful! Is there an estimated completion time?"

Lithyia says, "He hasnt learn the art of saying good bye."

Sorlu nods at Ellerel.

Speaking to Olgretien, you say, "Do enlighten me."

Speaking to Wolfloner, Ellerel says, "They're sometimes brusque like that. I wouldn't take it personally."

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "It may be easier to gather teachers if they have a building to settle in once they come."

Speaking deeply to you, Olgretien says, "Some use it as a curse, that you may live in "excitin' times"..."

Wolfloner says, "Star of Khar'ta show that the Krolvin are not immune calamity when magic is not respected."

Lithyia nods at Wolfloner.

Speaking to Wolfloner, Ellerel says, "If we'd had someone speaking sense to us a century and change ago, so much senseless trouble could have been avoided."

Lilanna grins at Olgretien.

Sorlu grins slowly at Olgretien.

Speaking softly to you, Jastalyn says, "Accomodations, yes."

Wolfloner nods at Ellerel.

Speaking to Olgretien, you say, "What some mean for a curse, others may enjoy for a blessing."

Olgretien agrees with you.

You grin slowly at Sorlu.

Speaking to Ellerel, Dendum says, ""If only there had been a Wendwillow in the north to say 'eh using lich magic will not end well'."

Lithyia grins at Dendum.

Roelon takes a drink from his vivid green absinthe.

Lithyia says, "If only."

Lithyia nods.

Speaking to Ellerel, Randsford says, "Not all of you listen to logic."

Randsford mutters zeban.

Speaking to Ellerel, Dendum says, ""then you could have said 'oh no magic is not good or evil this will end well the children of my children will thank me for it'."

Speaking to Dendum, Lilanna says, "Perhaps there was, but they were stuck under the snow."


A Story of Halflings and The Council of Ten

Speaking to Dendum, Ellerel says, "We weren't liches back then, you know."

Lilanna grins.

Ellerel says, "That came after."

Perigourd takes a drink from his amber Wildwood whiskey.

Perigourd looks quite relaxed.

Speaking to Ellerel, Sorlu says, "Things will certainly be different now. Icemule is strong... her people are united and her heart is pure."

Sorlu nods at Ellerel.

You nod in agreement at Sorlu.

You smile.

Randsford glances at Sorlu.

Randsford says, "Mostly pure."

Ellerel distantly says, "There was a soothsayer."

Randsford grins at Sorlu.

Sorlu smiles at Randsford.

You say, "And with so many hard earned lessons behind her, Icemule has much wisdom to pull from."

Lithyia sarcastically says, "Somewhat united."

Sorlu nods to you.

Lithyia sarcastically says, "Mostly."

Draelor says, "Sometimes."

Lilanna chuckles.

Darphin turns an inquisitive ear toward Ellerel.

Sorlu gazes in amusement at his surroundings.

Lithyia sarcastically says, "Occasionally."

Ellerel says, "Her name was Gavrail. No doubt you've heard of her, if you were raised around these parts."

Perigourd nods grimly.

Falvicar ponders.

Missoni nods slightly.

Lithyia turns an inquisitive ear toward Ellerel.

Roelon rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Vendayan sits down next to a dark polished wooden bar.

Wolfloner says, "Perhaps I should said magic is not inherently good or evil. But it is the magic that needs to be controlled. Not the magic controlling the practionner."

Urnicus just arrived.

Urnicus just went out.

Yairra glances down.

Speaking to Wolfloner, you ask, "Which a school of magic will teach, yes?"

Speaking to Wolfloner, you say, "The control of which you speak."

Ellerel says, "She was just a wise woman, to start, one of a dozen or so among the first settlers here."

Wolfloner nods to you.

Speaking softly to Ellerel, Jastalyn asks, "I have something you might be able to use?"

Sorlu turns an inquisitive ear toward Ellerel.

Speaking to you, Wolfloner says, "I would think so. Yes."

Ellerel seems a bit lost in thought.

You nod approvingly at Wolfloner.

Wolfloner nods to you.

Lithyia quietly says, "One would hope."

Ellerel blinks at Jastalyn.

Speaking to Jastalyn, Ellerel asks, "Oh?"

Missoni agrees with Perigourd.

Speaking to Ellerel, Dendum inquires, "And when did she fall?"

Speaking softly to Ellerel, Jastalyn says, "I have a well stocked personal library I'd be willing to donate to your school."

Speaking softly to Ellerel, Jastalyn says, "Even if you only want the magic books."

Speaking to Jastalyn, Ellerel says, "Oh, that would be most kind of you."

Jastalyn beams happily at Ellerel!

Vendayan nods understandingly.

Speaking to Dendum, Ellerel says, "She fell... well, back when my phylactery was destroyed."

Jastalyn softly says, "A school isn't a school without a library."

Speaking to Jastalyn, you say, "I would be very interested in a chance to peruse your library as well, if the offer is for more than just the school."

Ellerel says, "More than two decades ago, now."

Jastalyn nods to you.

Jastalyn softly says, "Of course."

Dendum sighs.

Yardie says, "Liches."

Jastalyn tickles Lithyia as they grin at each other.

Lithyia smiles.

Yairra glances over her shoulder.

Olgretien begins chuckling at Lithyia!

Yairra glances suspiciously around the room.

Ellerel says, "It's a sad tale, and no doubt you all have better things to listen to."

Perigourd folds his hands behind his back.

Adjutant Yairra just tiptoed out.

You smile at Jastalyn.

Dendum says, "No...just Yardie."

Lithyia grins at Dendum.

Lilanna chuckles.

Speaking to Ellerel, Dendum says, ""So feel free to continue with this tale of sadness."

Yardie asks, "Wait, what?"

Lithyia nods at Dendum.

Speaking to Ellerel, Darphin says, "If you'd share, i believe you have our attention.. as well as anyone does in this town."

Speaking deeply to Ellerel, Olgretien says, "Tell it if ya has time."

Ellerel ponders.

Missoni adopts an agreeable expression.

Lithyia says, "Aye, if you have the time, do tell it."

Lithyia nods at Ellerel.

Lithyia just opened a soft knitted orchid-motif shadowy ebon pashmina wrap.

Ellerel says, "I will endeavor to be quick, but it is not a short one."

Lithyia removes a large white wicker basket from in her pashmina wrap.

Missoni says, "I should like to hear it."

Lithyia helps herself to a sugar-dusted lingonberry tart.

Lithyia offers Ellerel a sugar-dusted lingonberry tart.

Speaking to Ellerel, Sorlu says, "Take your time."

Sorlu nods.

Lithyia says, "This will help keep your energy up."

Draelor just went out.

Missoni produces a shallow chalice swirling lambent starveil within twilight-hued baleglass from the depths of her airy robes.

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "A story worth hearing often takes time to tell."

Sorlu nods to you.

Ellerel accepts Lithyia's lingonberry tart.

Lithyia closes both of the upper doors on her white wicker basket, hiding its contents from sight.

Lithyia put a large white wicker basket in her pashmina wrap.

Ellerel says, "Mm."

Missoni takes a drink from her vaelfyren chalice.

Lithyia just closed a soft knitted orchid-motif shadowy ebon pashmina wrap.

You nod gratefully at Jastalyn.

Lithyia nods at Ellerel.

Straightening your back, you give a formal, low curtsy to Jastalyn. In time with your greater movement, you incline your head as well in a brief nod in her direction.

Lilanna tilts her head toward Ellerel, examining him intently as the tip of one ear twitches briefly.

Lithyia wiggles her eyebrows at Ellerel.

Ellerel says, "Back when our people were still wanderers, during the millennia of our migration away from the Steppes, we came to the Sea of Fire."

Missoni agrees with Perigourd.

Sorlu turns an inquisitive ear toward Ellerel.

Missoni gazes with interest at Ellerel.

Perigourd looks thoughtfully at Ellerel.

Jastalyn smiles.

Ellerel says, "There developed a schism among the Paradis over whether to voyage into the vast desert or to cleave more closely to greener pastures."

Lithyia quietly says, "One of my favorite people is from there."

Lithyia glances at Wolfloner.

Lithyia giggles.

Wolfloner turns an inquisitive ear toward Ellerel.

Lithyia blushes a nice shade of dark red.

Wolfloner rubs Lithyia tenderly.

Lithyia smiles at Wolfloner.

Darphin rests a gentle hand on Mystiq's arm.

Ellerel says, "Those who voyaged into the desert became known as the High Paradis, and the ones who headed west joined the Kannalan Empire and became known as the Low Paradis."

Roelon nods slowly at Falvicar.

Ellerel says, "My ancestors were High Paradis. They are said to be the reason why Tehir enjoy such spicy food to this day."

Ellerel chuckles.

Missoni takes a drink from her vaelfyren chalice.

You smile at Ellerel.

Wolfloner smiles at Ellerel.

Olgretien takes a drink from his Talbot's Special.

Jastalyn grins.

Ellerel says, "...but I meander. The High Paradis found Yuriqen, and upon leaving there, came to this place with a few sylvankind who were taken by wanderlust or fondness for halflings."

Lithyia turns an inquisitive ear toward Ellerel.

Wolfloner smiles.

Ellerel says, "They founded a settlement here that they called Ice Vale."

Missoni casually observes her surroundings.

Idly picking at your manicured fingernail, you remain distant, yet observant.

Ellerel says, "During those days, these were gentler lands, with real winters and summers. There was plenty of game and good farmland."

Sorlu nods slowly.

Ellerel says, "And some priests of Liabo entered into an agreement with the citizens of Ice Vale and founded the Temple of Hope up on the mountains."

Sorlu glances at you.

Sorlu smiles quietly to himself.

Missoni nods thoughtfully.

Ellerel says, "And then dear Talbot Dabbings decided to sacrifice himself during the Battle of Wehnimer's Landing."

Darphin nods.

Wolfloner frowns.

Wolfloner nods.

Sorlu surreptitiously glances at Mystiq.

Lithyia turns an inquisitive ear toward Ellerel.

Ellerel says, "His heroism was not appreciated by the Turamzzyrian Empire, which had at that point absorbed most of the Kannalan lands and peoples, including the Low Paradis."

Perigourd leans softly against Missoni.

Falvicar sits down.

Ellerel says, "They held a meeting called the Little Trine, which resulted in a resolution to find the Low Paradis a permanent home."

Missoni nods slightly at Perigourd.

Ellerel says, "And, driven by rumors of Ice Vale here in the north, they begin their smaller migration here."

Wolfloner turns an inquisitive ear toward Ellerel.

Sorlu murmurs, "Yet another failing of the Empire."

Sorlu shakes his head, clucking his tongue.

Ellerel says, "Gavrail, I mentioned, was a wise woman. She began having visions that told her that Ice Vale would be destroyed."

Lithyia agrees with Sorlu.

Perigourd surreptitiously glances at Sorlu.

You surreptitiously glance at Roelon.

Falvicar ponders.

Randsford squints.

Ellerel says, "As the Low Paradis began to settle here, the game trails began to run dry, and suddenly there was starvation in the town."

Missoni frowns.

Sorlu frowns.

Lithyia frowns.

Missoni takes a drink from her vaelfyren chalice.

Ellerel says, "Ironically, Gavrail agitated for a northbound expedition beyond Aenatumgana, claiming that she had seen visions of habitable land across the Long Snow, but she was mocked by the people of Ice Vale."

Sorlu grins at Darphin.

Missoni gazes with interest at Ellerel.

Lithyia turns an inquisitive ear toward Ellerel.

Ellerel says, "Her calls eventually resulted in the founding of the Pinefar trading post, but... no one was foolish enough to cross the Long Snow based on wild visions."

Missoni murmurs, "Yet."

Sorlu grins at Missoni.

Ellerel says, "And then something changed. She started advocating against the Low Paradis, claiming they were just an imperial trick to claim these lands."

You gaze with interest at Ellerel.

Perigourd nods slowly at Missoni.

Ellerel says, "She began advocating for the purity of High Paradis bloodlines, and she even forsook her family name--Muletooth--for its halfling tongue translation: Lentaral. I think even then that she had fallen under the sway of Amasalen."

Darphin says, "Invasion via migration, talk about your long game plans."

Ellerel says, "And then cold came."

Missoni furrows her brow.

Ellerel says, "There was a terrible blizzard. I remember that it sounded like the graupel was banging on the door and the roof, like a monster trying to get in."

Ellerel says, "I was quite young then."

Lithyia nods.

Ellerel says, "It was unrelenting. We gathered in our town lodge, most of which is buried beneath the glacier these days."

Perigourd looks thoughtfully at Ellerel.

Ellerel says, "Everyone started seeing a little more wisdom in Gavrail's doomsayings. After all, she had been preaching about disaster, and she had kept it just vague enough that the blizzard fit."

Missoni nods slowly.

Darphin's body pulses momentarily into semi transparency and then returns to normal.

Missoni takes a drink from her vaelfyren chalice.

Sorlu surreptitiously glances at Roelon.

Ellerel says, "Some folks left for the promised land she had prophecied in the north. We know what happened to them now."

Sorlu leans leisurely on his Nalfein-styled cane, a thoughtful expression upon his face.

Lithyia raises an eyebrow in Ellerel's direction.

You nod slowly at Ellerel.

Ellerel says, "A scant few made it, and they founded Cold River there."

Missoni nods understandingly.

Sorlu says, "A small miracle that even those few made it."

Wolfloner nods at Sorlu.

Ellerel says, "The blizzard left, but the cold remained. Something had changed about these lands, and we have not seen a real summer since."

Ellerel says, "And, being halflings--and sylvankind, mind you--we rebuilt."

Sorlu nods.

Lilanna nods at Ellerel.

Ellerel asks, "We founded Icemule Trace. My grandparents' signatures are on the founding document, you know?"

Lithyia smiles at Ellerel.

You smile at Ellerel.

Jastalyn smiles at Ellerel.

Sorlu cocks his head at Ellerel.

Missoni nods thoughtfully.

Ellerel says, "And more Low Paradis continued to migrate here until it was a real town, along with other peoples who were tired of the pace of life in the south."

Roelon shifts his weight.

Olgretien takes a drink from his Talbot's Special.

Sorlu grins.

Roelon nods slowly at Randsford.

Ellerel says, "And here's where I return to the story."

Sorlu turns an inquisitive ear toward Ellerel.

Perigourd leans against a dark polished wooden bar.

Ellerel says, "Gavrail gathered a number of us to her cause, playing on our fears of losing what made our people unique."

Speaking softly to Ellerel, Jastalyn says, "Icemule is your family and your home. I'd say you have a lot of skin in the game."

Ellerel nods at Jastalyn.

Ellerel says, "Perhaps."

Ellerel says, "We gave up our names in favor of their halfling translations."

Missoni nods slightly.

Speaking to Ellerel, Wolfloner asks, "This...ever winter that changed the enviroment. Is is permanent?"

Ellerel says, "Or, in some cases, nonsense words. A morpholik is a type of burr that gets stuck in horses' tails, if I recall correctly. I doubt Thurfel knew that when he picked it."

You chuckle at Ellerel.

Wolfloner smiles.

Missoni grins wryly.

Perigourd says, "He had his own sense of humor."

Speaking to Wolfloner, Ellerel says, "I haven't seen any signs of it changing in a century or so."

Perigourd pours himself a leaf-etched glass of deep amber Wildwood whiskey.

Wolfloner nods at Ellerel.

Sorlu rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Missoni takes a drink from her vaelfyren chalice.

Perigourd takes a drink from his amber Wildwood whiskey.

Perigourd looks quite relaxed.

Ellerel says, "We were the most favored of Gavrail's followers."

Ellerel says, "There were Elymir and Thulevier Clovertooth, Thurfel Fetlock, Trianvar Wisterling, Aslakian Wanderwall, Cheritz Farrier, Zeban Redbriar, and Thalaes Swiftcanter."

Roelon rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Randsford mutters zeban.

Sorlu nods slowly.

Lithyia nods at Randsford.

Ellerel says, "And... well, you know my real name isn't Ellerel."

Ellerel slowly empties his lungs.

You nod slowly at Ellerel.

Wolfloner smiles.

Ellerel says, "I picked the name 'Ornot' because Gavrail told me it was a type of egg-eating weasel from the Steppes. I've never actually checked."

Ellerel shrugs.

Jastalyn giggles.

Lithyia grins.

Jastalyn softly says, "So you like spicy eggs, got it."

Ellerel says, "At any rate, we were a silly little coterie under her, practicing our little dark magics."

Sorlu appears to be trying hard not to grin.

Perigourd furrows his brow.

Lithyia snickers at Sorlu.

Ellerel says, "Most of the Council didn't have enough magical talent to fill a thimble, back in those days."

Ellerel says, "I remember it took both Elymir and Thulevier an hour to curse an old woman's cat and turn it green. They laughed about it for days."

Sorlu flashes a wide grin.

Lithyia begins chuckling at Ellerel!

Jastalyn grins at Ellerel.

Missoni shakes her head, totally at a loss.

Ellerel says, "Everything changed with the Emissary came."

You chuckle.

Perigourd takes a drink from his amber Wildwood whiskey.

Perigourd looks quite relaxed.

Randsford says, "If not some poor puppy."

Randsford shakes his head.

Ellerel says, "He appeared to us, a tall, broad fellow wearing a mask, but you could see that he had scales around the edges of his face."

Jastalyn shakes her head at Randsford and clucks her tongue.

Lilanna hums a sad little tune.

Ellerel says, "Gavrail brought him."

Jastalyn appears to be trying hard not to grin.

Randsford leans on Jastalyn, giving her a companionable grin.

Ellerel says, "And he taught us things. Vile things."

Missoni frowns.

Jastalyn raises an eyebrow in Ellerel's direction.

Sorlu nods.

Sorlu smirks at Lithyia.

Lithyia attempts to hum a merry little tune.

Ellerel says, "He came to the town one day, brazen as you please, and demanded that all of Icemule Trace submit to serve Amasalen."

Roelon rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Lithyia gawks at Ellerel.

Jastalyn shakes her head, clucking her tongue.

Lilanna nods.

Dendum says, "He taught them how to sacrifice life for power."

Lilanna sighs.

Randsford squints.

Ellerel says, "They refused, and hordes of dead things attacked, killing dozens of our friends and family members."

Missoni nods grimly.

Lithyia frowns at Ellerel.

Perigourd nods somberly.

Lilanna closes her eyes tightly and takes a deep breath, a single tear overflowing down her face.

Lilanna growls ferociously!

Ellerel says, "Talbot Dabbings had a son named Talvon. The next time the Emissary came, Talvon fought and killed him. I remember watching the Emissary's body turn to bloody muck after he died."

Lilanna says, "They killed my parents..."

Lithyia frowns at Lilanna.

Speaking to Lilanna, Yardie asks, "Who did?"

Lilanna glances at Yardie.

Ellerel says, "So... Gavrail had us storm the Dabbings house by night and kill Talvon in his bed."

As you push your hand against your serpentine armbands, several tentacles wrap around it.

Jastalyn hugs Lilanna, who wraps her in a warm embrace.

Lilanna says, "The servants of that wretch."

Yardie nods understandingly at Lilanna.

Jastalyn hangs her head.

Sorlu nods to you.

Lilanna hugs Jastalyn, who wraps her in a warm embrace.

Missoni nods sympathetically at Lilanna.

Jastalyn slowly empties her lungs.

Perigourd takes a drink from his amber Wildwood whiskey.

Perigourd looks quite relaxed.

Jastalyn leans softly against Lilanna.

Ellerel says, "He wasn't a day under forty, but he screamed and cried and begged as he died. I remember thinking that I must be a monster now, to be a part of such a thing."

Ruminating upon Ellerel, you give consideration to his qualifications.

Jastalyn nods at Ellerel.

Ellerel says, "We were caught, of course."

Ellerel says, "There was no getting away with what we had done."

Lilanna snuggles Jastalyn, who responds by cradling an arm around her.

Ellerel says, "None of us were practiced murderers. Better killers might have been more quiet."

Ellerel sighs.

Lithyia fidgets.

Missoni takes a drink from her vaelfyren chalice.

Sorlu says, "I would have expected a Dabbings to meet death with more dignity than that."

Sorlu frowns.

Speaking to Ellerel, Wolfloner says, "You know the pitfalls of power uncontrolled."

Ellerel says, "There was a gathering in the town center and this judge--this funny little woman with close-set eyes--she asked if anyone would speak up for us before we were hanged."

Lithyia agrees with Wolfloner.

Perigourd takes a drink from his amber Wildwood whiskey.

Perigourd looks quite relaxed.

Roelon furrows his brow.

Ellerel says, "And someone shouted out that hanging was too quick."

Ellerel says, "The crowd was mad with bloodlust by then."

Jastalyn nods slowly.

Ellerel says, "They came for us, and... do you know, I thought even then that maybe they would let us go."

Ellerel says, "Hope is a terrible thing when on the scaffold."

Lithyia agrees with Wolfloner.

Ellerel closes his eyes for a moment.

Sorlu nods in agreement at Ellerel.

Sorlu says, "One imagines so."

Falvicar tilts his head toward Ellerel, examining him intently as the tip of one ear twitches briefly.

Perigourd takes a drink from his amber Wildwood whiskey.

Perigourd looks quite relaxed.

Ellerel says, "They tore us down, and they dragged us to the cemetery."

Ellerel says, "They made us sleep on the ground, bound and unfed, while they dug a chamber underneath old Talbot Dabbings's memorial."

Missoni agrees with Perigourd.

Ellerel says, "And then they buried us alive."

Lithyia gawks at Ellerel.

Lithyia blinks.

You nod at Ellerel.

Falvicar nods slowly.

Roelon blinks.

Lithyia shudders.

Ellerel bitterly says, "Frontier justice."

Lilanna nods.

Sorlu nods once.

Randsford shakes his head.

Speaking to Ellerel, Perigourd says, "Perhaps a bit further than justice."

Olgretien takes a drink from his Talbot's Special.

Ellerel places his tart on the bar. "I suddenly find I am not hungry," he admits.

Darphin says, "That goes further than blood lust too..."

Lithyia nods at Ellerel.

Sorlu looks thoughtfully at Ellerel.

Missoni furrows her brow.

Mystiq leans softly against Darphin.

Roelon frowns.

Ellerel says, "The first few hours were the worst. The others wept, they repented, they called on gods."

You nod at Sorlu.

Ellerel asks, "Liabo, at first. I think that's always the instinct, because they're the kind ones, aren't they?"

Jastalyn softly says, "Like Talvon did."

Wolfloner smiles at Ellerel.

Ellerel says, "But then Gavrail started praying to Amasalen."

Lithyia says, "Not always."

Missoni mutters something about Charl.

Ellerel says, "It wasn't him that responded."

Lithyia raises an eyebrow in Ellerel's direction.

Jastalyn raises an eyebrow.

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "The danger of reckless prayer."

You brush your fingers lightly against your jade-leafed pendant.

Ellerel says, "There was a woman's voice, a voice like scales rubbing together."

Ellerel says, "She said that he had sent her to help us."

Perigourd grunts.

Missoni glances at Perigourd and quirks an eyebrow in his direction.

Ellerel says, "She asked us about things that were precious to us. Said that she needed to find them, because they would be important."

Missoni rests a gentle hand on Perigourd's arm.

Ellerel says, "And she taught us the words to say, and the symbols to draw. We'd been thrown in with little more than scraps to cover us, so we drew with our fingers until they were bloody."

Ellerel says, "I was thankful for the cold, because I could barely feel how much fingers hurt."

Sorlu nods slowly at Ellerel.

Ellerel says, "I don't remember much of the actual dying. I felt so cold, and then very warm, and then... nothing."

Ellerel says, "I think it must have been for a while. Maybe a day or so."

Ellerel says, "It was too dark and I was too dead to tell."

Vendayan rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Vendayan just went out.

Jastalyn shakes her head, clucking her tongue.

Dendum touches his moonstone prayerbeads lightly as he ponders.

Ellerel says, "And then... I was suddenly back in my body, but I didn't feel much any more. No pain, for certain. Anger, hatred, rage. All of those things, yes."

Lithyia turns an inquisitive ear toward Ellerel.

You gaze with interest at Ellerel.

Missoni furrows her brow.

Ellerel weakly says, "And then we simply existed in that sealed tomb for more than a hundred and fifty years."

Lithyia gawks at Ellerel.

Ellerel says, "I still can't abide being in small rooms."

Jastalyn winces.

Speaking to Ellerel, Sorlu says, "That seems to me the worst part of this story so far. I can't imagine.."

Wolfloner quietly says, "No wonder."

Sorlu shudders.

You nod in agreement.

Speaking to Sorlu, Ellerel says, "Before I died, I thought that dying was the worst thing I could imagine."

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "A torture for the mind as well as body."

Lithyia quietly says, "What a nightmare."

Roelon nods slowly.

Sorlu nods at Ellerel.

Speaking softly to Sorlu, Jastalyn asks, "So murdering the Mayor's son wasn't the worst part for you?"

A pained expression crosses Missoni's face.

Speaking to Jastalyn, Sorlu says, "His suffering didn't last nearly as long."

Ellerel says, "The funny thing is that when my phylactery was destroyed, I actually looked forward to dying."

Jastalyn slowly empties her lungs.

Sorlu cocks his head at Ellerel.

Speaking softly to Sorlu, Jastalyn says, "Your lack of empathy still manages to astound me."

Ellerel says, "But then... when I escaped, I found that I couldn't face it."

Lithyia takes a moment to observe Ellerel.

Ellerel says, "It's a powerful thing, the urge to survive."

Missoni nods slowly at Perigourd.

You nod at Ellerel.

Ellerel says, "Powerful enough that I killed my own grandson and am wearing his body. I may not be a monster, but I have done monstrous things."

Speaking to Ellerel, Randsford asks, "How did you escape?"

Dendum inhales deeply upon his pipe, puckering his lips and sending out one ring of smoke before him briefly.

Speaking to Jastalyn, Sorlu asks, "It is not a lack of empathy, it's just simply the truth. A few minutes of suffering compared to a century and a half of it. Which would you prefer?"

Speaking to Randsford, Ellerel says, "Mobs are rarely well-organized and thoughtful about their work."

Randsford nods slowly at Ellerel.

Speaking softly to Sorlu, Jastalyn says, "The Mayor's son did nothing to deserve his sentence at least."

Ellerel says, "When the heroes of twenty years ago destroyed the Council's phylacteries, they had quite a fight on their hands."

Speaking to Jastalyn, Sorlu says, "I do not disagree, based on this story."

Sorlu nods at Jastalyn.

Missoni agrees with Ellerel.

Ellerel says, "The others all fought to the bitter end."

Speaking to Jastalyn, Darphin says, "Matter of perception... he did slay one of thier leaders..."

Ellerel says, "Zeban and I did the unexpected, and simply left."

Ellerel says, "I'm sure, in the fray, that no one thought to take accountability and make sure every lich had been destroyed."

Missoni grins wryly.

Ellerel asks, "After all, who can tell one withered, decaying husk from another?"

Sorlu chuckles to himself.

Darphin rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Dendum asks, "This is a tavern joke?"

Ellerel begins chuckling at Dendum!

Sorlu grins slowly.

Ellerel says, "The point is that the drive to survive can make people do terrible things."

Lithyia leans against a dark polished wooden bar.

Roelon agrees with Ellerel.

Sorlu nods at Ellerel.

Darphin removes a bone-inlaid shadowy black banner that reads, "Why Side with the Lesser Evil? Vote for Cruxophim!" from in his canvas bag.

Missoni nods slightly.

Ellerel says, "The folk of Ice Vale, the Council, even the vengeful mobs that killed us twice."

Sorlu begins chuckling at Darphin!

Darphin offers Sorlu a bone-inlaid shadowy black banner that reads, "Why Side with the Lesser Evil? Vote for Cruxophim!".

Falvicar slowly empties his lungs.

Sorlu accepts Darphin's shadowy black banner.

Arranging his face into a formal expression, Perigourd gives a respectful bow, one hand going to his suede hood to keep it in place.

Perigourd just went out.

Ellerel says, "It's important that we not lose sight of who we want to be as we fight to survive against the Dusk Coven."

Sorlu gazes in amusement at the shadowy black banner in his hand.

You smile at Ellerel.

Lithyia nods at Ellerel.

Sorlu nods at Ellerel.

Lilanna nods at Ellerel.

Dendum blinks.

Ellerel says, "...if we let ourselves become monsters, they will have won even if they are vanquished from this world."

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "A powerful reminder and one well worth listening to."

Dendum asks, "So vote no on blood magic?"

Sorlu adopts an agreeable expression.

You chuckle at Dendum.

Sorlu frowns at Dendum.

Lithyia grins at Dendum.

Speaking to Sorlu, Darphin says, "See, i always have the oddest things, and that seems to be oddly tied to the story tonight."

Ellerel says, "Although I may have once been immortal, the aches in these joints are a sharp reminder that this body is not."

Ellerel slowly empties his lungs.

Ellerel struggles to stand, but fails.

Ellerel winces.

Ellerel stands up.

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "We thank you for lingering to share your history."

Missoni slowly empties her lungs.

Ellerel says, "I should get myself to bed, now that I have darkened everyone's evening with an old man's bitter tales."

Lithyia says, "No, it was enlightening."

Lithyia smiles at Ellerel.

Straightening your back, you give a formal, low curtsy to Ellerel. In time with your greater movement, you incline your head as well in a brief nod in his direction.

Roelon stares at his vivid green absinthe.

Roelon takes a drink from his vivid green absinthe.

Speaking softly to Ellerel, Missoni says, "A grim tale, but a necessary one."

Roelon slowly empties his lungs.

Missoni nods appreciatively at Ellerel.

Speaking to Missoni, Yardie says, "Educational."

Inclining his head slightly, Sorlu offers the most minimal of bows to Ellerel with an air of utmost politeness.

Ellerel spins his walking stick with surprising deftness before tapping it on the ground.

Speaking to Ellerel, Darphin says, "Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. even personal knowledge."

Speaking to Ellerel, Sorlu says, "Thank you for the story tonight."

Ellerel leans on his stick.

Lilanna nods.

Wolfloner nods at Ellerel.

Ellerel says, "Of course."

Speaking softly to Roelon, you warn, "Careful. It would seem the story warns that with the burden of visions there is often much danger of corruption."

Ellerel says, "A... good evening to you all."

Lithyia nods at Ellerel.

You nod at Ellerel.

Speaking to Ellerel, you say, "To you as well."

Randsford bows to Ellerel.

Speaking to Ellerel, Missoni wishes, "Fair eve."

Olgretien performs a distinctly giantman bow to Ellerel.

Ellerel gestures as if he is about to cast a spell, but apparently thinks better of it and resorts to walking toward the door instead.

Speaking to Ellerel, Wolfloner says, "Your insight will serve you well."

Sorlu smiles.

Ellerel just went out.