Those Aren't Tears/2018-12-08 Elspie Gives a Mission (log)

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This log is from premium storyline Those Aren't Tears on December 8, 2018, from the viewpoint of Lady Darcena Wolf-Valslayer.

Summary

  • Elspie whispers to the adventurers gathered at her dock.
  • Elspie's voice drifts in on the breeze, her tone whispered but clear. "I'm reasonably certain this is working... the spells they wove into the cell aren't as strong as they seem to believe, and I've managed to find a way to get messages out... at least when Nazhor isn't nearby. Ilsola, hopefully you're there, and that you were able to get others as well."
  • Elspie whispers, "Nazhor, Duvainiel, and at least two others are frequently here in this place with me, and believe me incapacitated inside this magical room. As a result, they haven't been particularly careful about discussing their plans, and I've managed to learn some things."
  • Elspie whispers, "Nazhor has my necklace, and is using its power as part of some scheme. He doesn't have everything he needs, though. He's looking for... something else. Some source of power that he needs to complete whatever it is he's working on. He's got Duvainiel looking for it, but it's apparently well hidden. He's given her some sort of a token, and he's cast a spell on it to allow her to find this hidden item."
  • Elspie whispers, "Unfortunately for him, I'm not incapacitated at all, and was able to both decipher his spells and emulate them after he left. I've managed to cast similar spells onto some of the coins that Bran-... That Brannogh used to give me every year. These spells are different from the ones that Nazhor laid upon Duvainiel's token... they will locate the item, but blanket it in an extra layer of concealment, keeping it from being located by Duvainiel."
  • Elspie whispers, "From what I've been able to gather, none of the tokens will work if the individual charged with keeping the item safe is nearby, as they will simply reinforce the magics keeping it hidden if they witness any interference. Once you have located the item, you must ensure that its protector is not in the same room in order for the spells laid upon the coins to function properly."
  • Elspie whispers, "The only clue I have is that Duvainiel has been instructed to focus her search on the docks of various cities. I'd suggest that you look there as well, and simply strive to beat Duvainiel to the target."
  • Elspie whispers, "Please, take these coins and distribute them to any who are willing to help. Time is of the essence. Whatever Nazhor is after, he must not be allowed to gain control of it! His plans are... From what I have been able to ascertain, he seeks the complete destruction of Mist Harbor, and does not intend to stop there. Please, find this item, and protect it. This must be the first priority. Once he has been thwarted I shall put my efforts towards my own freedom. The spells they have used to bind me are not nearly strong enough to hold me for long, once I put my will towards escape!"
  • Several delicate brass coins appear that have "All My Love" written on them
  • Adventurers recall that Nazhor has been seen pestering Mazorn in River's Rest at his dock-side warehouse and that Mazorn had a chest at one point of which he was very protective; they leave for River's Rest
  • Mazorn reluctantly allows adventurers inside the warehouse but refuses to tell them anything about the chest or where it is
  • Adventurers convince Mazorn to leave the warehouse; upon raising the coins Elspie gave them, it pulses once with a bright, cerulean light. The light suffuses the area, highlighting the lines of every surface for a heartbeat, before slowly dissipating. Off to one side, however, a rectangular area retains a small portion of the cerulean glow.
  • Duvainiel arrives and raises her iron spike high, and brings it down hard against her palm, piercing it! She gasps as blood flows from the wound, twining up the spike before dispersing into a very fine red mist. The mist sweeps around the room in a circular pattern before coalescing onto the cerulean-outlined space. As the mist gathers around it, the color shifts from a deep red to a pitch black. Once the last bit of blue is covered, there is an almighty *CRACK*, and the shape is gone.
  • Duvainiel tells the adventurers that the boss thanks them for their help
  • Mazorn is livid; Ilsola doesn't know what to do next, but eventually decides she is going to requisition more soldiers, double the watch, keep an ear out for Elspie, request Elspie's supervisor from the Drakes to see what he can tell them, and leaves

GM Cast: Elspie, Ilsola, Mazorn

Adventurers: Alastir, Lady Darcena, Lady Elysia, Lord Hammerrhead, Khobra, Maiden Leafiara, Nodyre

Log Snippets

Editor’s note: Many of the ambient noises or individuals interacting with each other outside of the scope of the events of the night have been removed from this retelling. Grammar and spelling has been corrected for ease of understanding. Actions have been combined in places to reduce the length while maintaining the atmosphere. Some conversational pieces that were meant to happen sequentially but did not due to the nature of parsing speech in the game (i.e., player A says one piece of information, player B asks a question, player A continues with more information, then player A answers the question) have been reordered (e.g., player A says both pieces of information, player B asks a question, player A answers the question) in every situation where it makes sense to do so and doesn’t disrupt the actual proceedings.

Elspie Gives The Mission

[Sunset Cay, Dock]
This dock is weathered but sturdy and stretches out towards the open sea a short ways.  Despite the motion of the waves underneath its surface, the dock remains firm, anchored by sturdy support columns at regular intervals.  A small wooden dinghy is securely tied to one of the farthest columns with a length of thick rope.  You also see a short wooden dock.
Obvious paths: none

Nodyre nods slowly.
Leafiara leans on you, giving you a companionable grin, and you note the scent of cookie dough, sugar, vanilla, and chocolate around her.
You nod to Leafiara in greeting and hug her, stirring the scent of cookie dough, sugar, vanilla, and chocolate from her skin, who wraps you in a warm embrace.
Leafiara grins impishly at you.
Nodyre searches around for a moment.
Leafiara gives you a friendly hug.
Ilsola says, "I have not seen or heard anything regarding Nazhor's presence, personally.  I have people watching for him, however."
Leafiara stomps down hard with one of her autumn-hued sandals.
You nod to Khobra in greeting.

Elspie's voice drifts in on the breeze, her tone whispered but clear.  "I'm reasonably certain this is working... the spells they wove into the cell aren't as strong as they seem to believe, and I've managed to find a way to get messages out... at least when Nazhor isn't nearby.  Ilsola, hopefully you're there, and that you were able to get others as well."

Khobra nods in greeting to you.
Ilsola inclines her ear, listening intently.
Leafiara carefully surveys her surroundings.
Khobra casually observes her surroundings.
Hammerrhead pensively says, "Ah-hmmm."
Hammerrhead surveys his surroundings carefully.
Speaking to Khobra, you apologize, "I meant to bring you a rum."
Khobra smirks at you!

Elspie whispers, "Nazhor, Duvainiel, and at least two others are frequently here in this place with me, and believe me incapacitated inside this magical room.  As a result, they haven't been particularly careful about discussing their plans, and I've managed to learn some things."

Ilsola scowls.
Leafiara nods knowingly.
Nodyre frowns.
Hammerrhead inclines his ear, listening intently.

Elspie whispers, "Nazhor has my necklace, and is using its power as part of some scheme.  He doesn't have everything he needs, though.  He's looking for... something else.  Some source of power that he needs to complete whatever it is he's working on.  He's got Duvainiel looking for it, but it's apparently well hidden.  He's given her some sort of a token, and he's cast a spell on it to allow her to find this hidden item."

You say, "We're listening to Elspie."
You nod at Elysia.
You listen, but don't hear anything unusual.
Elysia nods.
Nodyre rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Elspie whispers, "Unfortunately for him, I'm not incapacitated at all, and was able to both decipher his spells and emulate them after he left.  I've managed to cast similar spells onto some of the coins that Bran-... That Brannogh used to give me every year.  These spells are different from the ones that Nazhor laid upon Duvainiel's token... they will locate the item, but blanket it in an extra layer of concealment, keeping it from being located by Duvainiel."

Ilsola squints.
Nodyre nods slowly.
Khobra leans to her right slightly.
Nodyre says, "Talented mage this Drake..."
You ponder.
Leafiara offhandedly says, "Drakes tend to be that..."

Elspie whispers, "From what I've been able to gather, none of the tokens will work if the individual charged with keeping the item safe is nearby, as they will simply reinforce the magics keeping it hidden if they witness any interference.  Once you have located the item, you must ensure that its protector is not in the same room in order for the spells laid upon the coins to function properly."

Elysia nods in agreement.
Nodyre nods at Leafiara.
Ilsola nods in agreement.
Ilsola says, "I have actually inquired about her service time... talented might be understating things if her commander is to be believed."
You ponder.
A boom of thunder blasts through the grey skies.
Leafiara nods absently at Ilsola.

Elspie whispers, "The only clue I have is that Duvainiel has been instructed to focus her search on the docks of various cities.  I'd suggest that you look there as well, and simply strive to beat Duvainiel to the target."

You glance up.
Leafiara nods faintly.
Nodyre says, "Docks of various cities..."
Nodyre says, "No dock of note in Icemule Trace -- nor Ta'Illistim."
(Darcena looks very interested at that.)

Elspie whispers, "Please, take these coins and distribute them to any who are willing to help.  Time is of the essence.  Whatever Nazhor is after, he must not be allowed to gain control of it!  His plans are... From what I have been able to ascertain, he seeks the complete destruction of Mist Harbor, and does not intend to stop there.  Please, find this item, and protect it.  This must be the first priority.  Once he has been thwarted I shall put my efforts towards my own freedom.  The spells they have used to bind me are not nearly strong enough to hold me for long, once I put my will towards escape!"

Alastir asks, "I believe there are airship docks, no?"
Nodyre nods at Alastir.
Ilsola blinks.
Speaking to Alastir, Nodyre says, "Astute observation."
Leafiara thoughtfully taps a finger against her lips.
Elysia says, "Well... there is the airship dock yes."
Ilsola says, "I... see."
A pained expression crosses Ilsola's face.
Nodyre says, "Zul Logoth would have neither I believe."
Elysia, Alastir, and Leafiara pick up a delicate brass coin.
Leafiara grins crookedly at Nodyre.
Ilsola asks, "It would appear we are on the clock, then?"
Ilsola glances at a delicate brass coin.
Nodyre nods at Ilsola.
Leafiara gazes thoughtfully at her brass coin.
Nodyre and Darcena pick up a delicate brass coin.

There appears to be something written on it.

In the Common language, it reads:
All My Love

Nodyre tucks a delicate brass coin into a small pocket inside of his hooded jacket.
Khobra picks up a delicate brass coin.
You turn over your brass coin.
Leafiara turns over her brass coin.
Hammerrhead picks up a delicate brass coin.

Flip what?  Do you think you're an acrobat?

Hammerrhead tosses his coin up in the air and catches it deftly with the other hand.  It comes up heads!
You give a sidelong glance at Leafiara.
Khobra put a delicate brass coin in her midnight black cloak.
Ilsola picks up a delicate brass coin.
Khobra removes a delicate brass coin from in her midnight black cloak.
Alastir asks, "Shall we discuss the search parameters?"
Nodyre nods at Alastir.
Speaking to Hammerrhead, Leafiara exclaims, "Careful, these look delicate!"
Leafiara flashes a quick grin.
Ilsola nods slowly at Alastir.
Ilsola says, "We need a plan."
Hammerrhead grins nervously.
Nodyre says, "Lots of ground to cover."
Leafiara tilts her head toward Ilsola, examining her intently as the tip of one ear twitches briefly.
Nodyre asks, "Do we split our resources?"
You ask, "Elspie, can you hear us?"
Ilsola says, "Docks is far too vague... THIS is a dock."
Alastir says, "I feel comfortable looking over Ta'Illistim and Ta'Vaalor."
A pained expression crosses Ilsola's face.
Nodyre nods at Ilsola.
Ilsola slowly empties her lungs.
You say, "River's Rest."
You nod.
Nodyre says, "I could certainly examine the docks at the Landing."
Khobra says, "The people in queztion were interezted in the Cabin's location, it would wize to ztart in thiz general area."
Leafiara mentions, "I came from Solhaven..."
Speaking to you, Ilsola asks, "Wasn't Nazhor seen there?"
You say, "I've seen Nazhor on the docks in..."
A boom of thunder blasts through the grey skies.
You say, "Yes."
You nod at Ilsola.
Ilsola grumbles.
Nodyre nods.
Leafiara suddenly flexes her fingers within her autumn-hued gloves.
Elysia says, "I'm in Icemule right now for Winterfest.  There is a dock at White Haven, but I am unsure if that would be considered part of the city proper."
Nodyre says, "River's Rest would make a great deal of sense."
Ilsola asks, "And what about this individual charged with keeping the item safe?  Who could that be?"
Hammerrhead agrees with Nodyre.
You say, "Nazhor was there at Mazorn's warehouse."
Elysia nods at Nodyre.
You say, "More than once, I think."
Speaking to Ilsola, Nodyre says, "Also a puzzle."
Leafiara rubs her chin thoughtfully.
(Darcena looks unhappy as she speaks Mazorn's name.)
Nodyre nods to you.
Elysia says, "Solhaven has several dock areas."
Ilsola grumbles.
Hammerrhead rubs his chin thoughtfully.
Leafiara nods at Elysia.
Nodyre says, "I would start out search at that very warehouse."
Ilsola says, "So we have no idea what we're looking for, only that we must find something hidden, using these coins."
You say, "Mazorn had that crate..."
You ponder.
Speaking to you, Hammerrhead says, "Uh-boy, da Green Lady better not r'turn."
Hammerrhead cringes.
Nodyre nods at Ilsola.
You squint at Hammerrhead.
Leafiara grins slowly at Hammerrhead.
You sternly say, "She was very misunderstood."
Speaking to you, Nodyre says, "Oh, he did...."
Ilsola asks, "What warehouse?  This Mazorn individual?"
Nodyre nods at Ilsola.
Speaking slowly to you, Hammerrhead says, "Oh."
Elysia rubs a delicate brass coin in her hand.
Ilsola asks, "Was this Mazorn a mage of some kind?"
Speaking to Ilsola, Hammerrhead says, "Yah, set up a nice lil' warehouse by da Stone Eye."
You say, "He was a merchant."
Speaking to Ilsola, Hammerrhead says, "Den asploded it."
You ask, "He met Veridese on the docks of... Solhaven, I think it was?"
Elysia turns over her brass coin.
You say, "And rebuilt it."
Hammerrhead says, "Er, da Green Lady did."
You nod at Hammerrhead.
Ilsola dryly says, "Some trader."
Hammerrhead agrees with you.
Leafiara gazes in amusement at Ilsola.
Nodyre nods to you.
Khobra turns an inquisitive ear toward you.
Khobra tosses her coin up in the air and catches it deftly with the other hand.  It comes up heads!
Nodyre grins at Khobra.
You say, "No time to waste."
You say, "I'm heading there."
Nodyre joins your group.
Ilsola nods in agreement.
Hammerrhead says, "Okeydokey, I'll go der too."
Khobra joins your group.
You say, "Meet you all at the Sanctuary."
You nod.
Nodyre says, "Hmmm."
Ilsola says, "Let's start there.  I shall meet you there."
Hammerrhead nods.
Nodyre whispers, "Solhaven, yes?"
Elysia says, "I'll run down from Icemule."
You quietly whisper to Nodyre, "River's Rest."
Leafiara exclaims, "Very well!"
A boom of thunder blasts through the grey skies.
Nodyre whispers, "River's rest."
Ilsola wanders off.
Khobra nods to you.
Nodyre nods.
Lord Hammerrhead just went across a short wooden dock.
You say, "We will wait for you Elysia."
Nodyre just went across a short wooden dock.

To River's Rest

[River's Rest, Sanctuary]
Deep in the forest rests a small shrine lovingly carved of the silvery haon wood that surrounds you.  Crickets chirping and the gentle rustling of leaves fill the air with a strong sense of life.  From somewhere nearby the gentle sound of running water completes the quiet symphony.  Little else disturbs the peace save for an occasional muted voice drifting on the breeze.
Obvious paths: southeast

Hammerrhead says, "Der be sounds'a hammerin' inside da werkshop."
Leafiara looks thoughtfully at Hammerrhead.
You frown.
Hammerrhead says, "Jest took'a look."
Hammerrhead ducks his head.
You nod at Hammerrhead.
You say, "I know Elysia is coming down from Icemule."
Nodyre nods to you.
You ask, "Who else was there?"
Nodyre says, "Alastir, who is in the Elven Nations."
Hammerrhead says, "Hooboy, hopefulleh no flyin' griffins ever' which way."
Khobra says, "Vne other woman, do not know her name."
Khobra agrees with Nodyre.
You say, "Probably Elysia."
Nodyre says, "And of course Ilsola."
Hammerrhead states, "Kris'haresh."
Hammerrhead prods himself in the ribs with his thumb.
Leafiara lightly drums her fingers on her leg.
Hammerrhead thoughtfully says, "Dhu."
You nod at Nodyre.
Hammerrhead smiles through missing teeth.
You give a sidelong glance at Hammerrhead.
Hammerrhead smiles at you.
Speaking in Giantman, you say, "I am confused by a clans brother who is simultaneously wearing my family."
Leafiara gazes thoughtfully at her brass coin.
Nodyre nods.
Nodyre grabs a delicate brass coin from a small pocket inside of his hooded jacket.
A haze of black mist gathers around Nodyre as he prepares a spell...
Nodyre gestures at a delicate brass coin.
You swap your brass coin from your left to your right hand.
Nodyre nods.
You rub the brass coin in your hand.
Leafiara visibly whispers to the group, "Do everyone's coins say the same thing?"
Leafiara raises an eyebrow.
Khobra removes a delicate brass coin from in her midnight black cloak.
Nodyre whispers to the group, "Mine reads "All My Love"."
You say, "All My Love."
Nodyre nods.
Leafiara nods absently.
Khobra nods.
You say, "Here we are."
Nodyre turns to Elysia and cheers!
You say, "I will take us to the warehouse first."
Speaking to Elysia, Hammerrhead says, "'lo guv'na."
Hammerrhead blinks.
Nodyre says, "Be on the lookout for a rogue lass."

The Warehouse

Elysia begins chortling at Hammerrhead.
You ask, "A rogue lass?"
Nodyre says, "Duvainiel."
You say, "Ah."
You nod at Nodyre.
Leafiara mischievously says, "I'm often on the lookout for--"
Hammerrhead scratches his ear.
Leafiara suddenly says, "Oh."
Leafiara nods understandingly.
You stare at Leafiara.
Nodyre grins at Leafiara.
Leafiara flails her arms about.
You quietly whisper to Leafiara, "Down girl."
Elysia grabs a delicate brass coin from a small moonstone-edged pocket inside of her velvet longcoat.
Khobra says, "ZHE iz mine."
Leafiara grins sheepishly at you.
Nodyre nods at Khobra.
Speaking to Khobra, Nodyre says, "Noted."

[Floating Dock, Tempest River]
A massive dock stretches far out over the river's surface, complete with large support columns at regular intervals, several slips for boats of various sizes, and a series of steps leading towards the swiftly flowing river.  A large warehouse sits adjacent to the slips, and a ramp leads up to the Stone Eye veranda.  You also see the Hammerrhead disk, the palm frond-shaped Leafiara disk, a ruffed greatfang and a mischievous glacier spirit that is flying around.
Also here: Lady Elysia, Khobra, Lord Hammerrhead, Nodyre, Maiden Leafiara
Obvious paths: up

The large warehouse appears to be closed.
Nodyre blinks.
The sound of hammering can be heard from inside the warehouse.
Leafiara cocks her head and examines the large warehouse.
You turn your ear toward a large warehouse.  Sounds about like you expected.
Nodyre searches around for a moment.
Hammerrhead sniffs at a large warehouse.
Elysia gazes at a large warehouse.
Hammerrhead rubs his chin thoughtfully.
You belt out, "Yoohoo!"
You belt out, "You pantaloons!"
You turn your ear toward a large warehouse.  Sounds about like you expected.
(Leafiara sneaks up to the large warehouse to listen in.)
From beyond a large warehouse, you hear Mazorn yell, "We're closed, sorry!"
You belt out, "Mazorn!"
Hammerrhead yells, "Okey, we come back 'nuther day den!"
Nodyre yells, "Mazorn, we seek your audience!"
You stare at Hammerrhead.
You belt out, "I promise not to bite this time, Mazorn!"
Ilsola wanders in.
Leafiara gazes in amusement at her surroundings.
You nod at Ilsola.
Hammerrhead grunts in tribute to Ilsola as he bangs his fist sharply upon his ruby full plate in a barbaric salute.
Elysia curtsies gracefully to Ilsola.
Ilsola squints at a large warehouse.
You say, "Mazorn is in there."
You nod at Ilsola.
Ilsola asks, "Is this the place?"
Khobra yells, "Come out, we have buzinezz to zpeak on."
Nodyre nods at Ilsola.
Elysia nods at Ilsola.
Nodyre and Ilsola knock on a large warehouse.
You belt out, "It relates to Nazhor, Mazorn."
Khobra yells, "Vill pay for the time."
Leafiara takes a moment to observe a large warehouse.
You belt out, "Big toothy guy. Been haunting your dreams."
Speaking to a large warehouse, Hammerrhead shouts, "Engarde!"
With a roar, Hammerrhead lowers his shoulder and charges the large warehouse!
Nodyre frowns.
From beyond a large warehouse, you hear Mazorn yell, "Look, I'm sorry, but we're closed for a few days.  Renovations!"
Elysia begins chuckling at Hammerrhead!
Khobra yells, "Vill pay for the time!"
Ilsola scowls at a large warehouse.
Leafiara rubs her chin thoughtfully.
You belt out, "Knock it off, Mazorn!"
Nodyre yells, "Mazorn, we don't need to come in - will you come out?"
You belt out, "Don't make me go look for Veridese!"
Hammerrhead thoughtfully says, "Gonna need more 'novations iffah keep shoulder slamin dis warehouse, eh."
Khobra yells, "Zilver ztill help vith renovationz I hear."
Leafiara begins chortling at Hammerrhead.
Mazorn just came through a large warehouse.
Mazorn says, "Look, I...."
Leafiara nods to Mazorn in greeting.
Nodyre takes a gallant bow, tipping his bycocket slightly, before sweeping it behind his back.  After a moment's pause he rises and places his bycocket firmly on his head, adjusting it to fit.
You stare at Mazorn.
Hammerrhead's fingers briefly touch his coppery greathelm as he renders a casual salute to Mazorn.
Mazorn glances at you.
Speaking to Mazorn, Nodyre says, "Good evening."
Speaking to Mazorn, Hammerrhead says, "'Ey guy."
Mazorn says, "Oh no..."
Mazorn gazes up into the heavens.
Ilsola peers quizzically at Mazorn.
You impatiently say, "I said I wouldn't bite you this time."
Elysia curtsies gracefully to Mazorn.
Leafiara bemusedly says, "You heard her voice, only have yourself to blame for coming out."
Elysia glances at you.
Mazorn nods at Elysia.
Mazorn asks, "What is it?"
Speaking to Mazorn, Nodyre asks, "Might you be able to assist us with a search?"
Elysia shows Mazorn her brass coin.
You ask, "Have you seen Nazhor recently?"
You peer quizzically at Mazorn.
Ilsola says, "Trader Mazorn, we have reason to believe that you have an item of some value hidden away in your warehouse.  We would like permission to enter and check for it."
You say, "Big toothy grin."
Mazorn blinks.
Mazorn says, "I assure you, I have no idea what you're talking about."
Speaking to you, Mazorn says, "And I've seen nothing of the sort."
Speaking to Mazorn, Nodyre says, "We've seen your ... wares, sir."
You gaze with a distinctly annoyed countenance at Mazorn.
You say, "You've seen Nazhor."
Nodyre nods to you.
You say, "Big. Toothy. Grin."
You say, "Laughs."
Speaking to Mazorn, Elysia says, "The wolf lady over there might blow it down.  It would be safer if you just let us take a peek."
Elysia grins at Mazorn.
Leafiara appears to be struggling to keep a straight face.
Speaking to Mazorn, Khobra asks, "An innocent look around zhould be no problem then, yez?"
You grin slowly at Mazorn.
You take a deep breath.
You slowly and deliberately empty your filled lungs.
You take a deep breath.
You slowly and deliberately empty your filled lungs.
You glance at a large warehouse.
Speaking to you, Mazorn says, "If you mean the idiot who... yes, fine.  I know who you're speaking of.  But he's not HERE, I can assure you of that."
Elysia leans on Leafiara, giving her a companionable grin.
Leafiara smiles at Elysia.
You say, "Ah, thank you."
Elysia gazes with interest at you.
You nod slowly at Mazorn.
Speaking to Mazorn, Nodyre asks, "Would you have something he might ... covet?"
Leafiara approvingly says, "Diplomacy."
Speaking curiously to Mazorn, you say, "But he has been."
You say, "So he could have hidden something away."
Speaking to Mazorn, Ilsola says, "Would you let us take a look, then?  If there is nothing to see, then we can simply check and be on our way."
Elysia nods in agreement at Leafiara.
A pained expression crosses Mazorn's face.
Nodyre nods at Ilsola.
Speaking to Mazorn, you whisper aloud, "I don't care about the smuggling."
Mazorn blinks at you.
Speaking to Leafiara, Elysia says, "I favor the blunt approach.  I suppose I'm somewhat unusual for an elf."
Elysia grins at Leafiara.
Nodyre chuckles.
Leafiara flashes a quick grin at Elysia.
Speaking to Mazorn, Hammerrhead inquires, "'appent ta gran'pappy alterer?  Guy was a hoot?"
Hammerrhead glances appraisingly at a large warehouse.
Mazorn says, "I haven't seen him in some time.  I've been busy.  The renovations I mentioned."
Speaking to Mazorn, Elysia says, "She's correct.  We really don't care what else you get up to inside your warehouse."
Mazorn sighs.
You sternly say, "Unless the smuggling involves a person named Elspie."
Leafiara furrows her brow.
Hammerrhead says, "Ah, yes.  O'course."
Hammerrhead nods in agreement at Mazorn.
You ask, "Are your 'renovations'a  prison?"
Mazorn says, "Fine."
Nodyre bows to Mazorn.
Mazorn says, "Let me unbar the doors.  It will be just a moment."
Nodyre squints at a delicate brass coin.
Mazorn bows to Ilsola.
Nodyre rubs a delicate brass coin in his hand.
Elysia nods graciously at Mazorn.
Ilsola nods firmly.
You say, "Don't run, Mazorn."
Leafiara hoots.
You say, "Don't even think of it."
You say, "I will find you."
He smells just like Mazorn.
Darcena smiles crookedly and a flash of green seems to appear in her mischievous eyes and fades just as quickly.
Leafiara looks at you and hums.
Elysia hums an old Elven tune.
Nodyre searches around for a moment.
Ilsola mutters under her breath.
Khobra tosses her coin up in the air and catches it deftly with the other hand.  It comes up heads!
Hammerrhead says, "Oh well, dat be it den."
Hammerrhead shrugs.
Leafiara paces back and forth.
Nodyre squints at a large warehouse.
You move toward a large warehouse, striding away.
 

Inside the Warehouse

[Mazorn's Warehouse, Interior]
This expansive warehouse carries with it both the scent of freshly cut lumber and the sound of the river flowing beneath the newly laid dock floor underfoot.  Massive reinforced shelves line the walls, weighted down with crates and barrels of every size, shape, and color imaginable.  Here and there, dockhands bustle about, calling out orders and rearranging inventory while doing their best to stay out of each other's way.  Broad doors lead back out onto the docks.
Also here: Mazorn
Obvious exits: none

Nodyre nods.
Speaking to Mazorn, Nodyre says, "Thank you."
Leafiara observes her surroundings with a keen eye.
Nodyre rubs a delicate brass coin in his hand.
Nodyre searches around for a moment.
Mazorn asks, "You see?"
You sniff.
Mazorn glances at you.
Khobra kneels down.
Mazorn says, "Nothing to see here."
You raise your brass coin high overhead, but nothing happens.
Ilsola ponders.
Speaking to Mazorn, Nodyre asks, "Will you close the door while we search?"
Speaking to Mazorn, Hammerrhead remarks, "Ah love whatcha dun wif' da place."
You ponder.
Speaking to Mazorn, Nodyre says, "There are others seeking entry."
Elysia casts an appraising gaze over her surroundings, seemingly taking in every detail.
Leafiara sings lilting, lightsome lyrics in a lively summons to local spirits!  Shining leaves surround her, sparkling and sprightly, and she loosely sways her body lightly...
Leafiara gestures.
The area becomes brighter.
Leafiara carefully surveys her surroundings.
Speaking to Mazorn, Nodyre says, "Who we wish not to encounter."
Speaking to Nodyre, Mazorn asks, "Others?"
(Khobra begins inspecting the floor for tracks.)
Speaking to Mazorn, Nodyre says, "Agents of Nazhor."
Elysia turns over her brass coin.
Mazorn asks, "What exactly is going on here?"
Hammerrhead rubs his chin thoughtfully.
You ask, "Do you want too hear the story, Mazorn?"
Hammerrhead says, "Pow-wow."
You ask, "Do you have some stout in your office?"
Hammerrhead nods in agreement at Mazorn.
You give your eyebrow a little workout.
Speaking to Mazorn, Nodyre says, "Just close the doors please before they find a way in."
Speaking to Mazorn, Ilsola asks, "Trader Mazorn, we are in search of an item of power.  Do you have anything like that hidden away?"
Nodyre points at some broad doors.
Mazorn squints.
Nodyre searches around for a moment.
Leafiara scans the ground and her immediate surroundings.
You frankly say, "You may save hundreds of lives, Mazorn."
Mazorn evasively says, "I have a great many things for sale in many places.  It could be anything."
Speaking to Mazorn, Hammerrhead asks, "D'ja e'er find dat trunk dat was swept'a'way?"
Khobra stands up.
Hammerrhead points down.
Nodyre rubs his chin thoughtfully.
You ask, "After you brought so much death to River's Rest, don't you feel you should balance the scales?"
Hammerrhead adds, "Affer da 'splosion."
You peer quizzically at Mazorn.
Mazorn says, "I did indeed.  It's been recovered, and is safe."
Mazorn nods firmly.
You frown.
Hammerrhead relievedly says, "Oh gute."
Ilsola asks, "That is this trunk?"
Ilsola coughs.
Ilsola asks, "What?"
Hammerrhead glances haughtily around the room.
(Khobra begins checking the lining of the shelves against the wall, pushing books slightly forward from time to time before returning them to their placement.)
Leafiara takes a moment to observe Mazorn.
Mazorn says, "It's nothing to concern yourselves with."
Nodyre searches around for a moment.
Khobra glances at Mazorn.
Speaking to Mazorn, Nodyre asks, "Would it be something Nazhor is concerned with?"
Mazorn says, "It's quite safe, and will not bother anyone."
Hammerrhead smiles at Mazorn.
Hammerrhead nods.
You say, "Mazorn. Nazhor has murdered someone and kidnapped another person."
You say, "He has her locked in a magical cell."
Nodyre nods.
Speaking coyly to you, Hammerrhead says, "Ah want one'a dem."
Speaking to Nodyre, Mazorn says, "From what I remember of the lunatic, he was unstable to the extreme.  I wouldn't venture any sort of a guess about what he would or wouldn't find concerning."
You say, "He's also planning for everyone at Mist Harbor to die somehow."
Ilsola raises her brass coin high over her head, but nothing happens.
Hammerrhead mutters something about majick-cells.
Nodyre raises his brass coin high over his head, but nothing happens.
Leafiara grins mischievously at Hammerrhead.
Leafiara glances upward and whistles quietly, an innocent look on her face.
Hammerrhead whistles tunelessly to himself.
Nodyre turns over his brass coin.
Elysia raises her brass coin high over her head, but nothing happens.
You ask, "Mazorn. Could you step out?"
Elysia gazes at a delicate brass coin in her hand.
You ask, "For a moment?"
You point at some broad doors.
Speaking to you, Mazorn exclaims, "I.... what?!"
Leafiara snickers at Hammerrhead.
Nodyre searches around for a moment.
You patiently ask, "Would you please step out there with me?"
You say, "Ilsola here is the town administrator of Mist Harbor."
Leafiara bites her lip.
Elysia furrows her brow.
You say, "She seems pretty levelheaded and like she wouldn't do anything to your warehouse."
Speaking reasonably to you, Mazorn says, "My dear lady, you have made your feelings towards me QUITE well known.  I'm certainly not going anywhere with you, or leaving you alone in my warehouse."
You point at Ilsola.
Hammerrhead absently asks, "Jineer 'round?"
Ilsola grumbles at Mazorn.
Hammerrhead says, "Oh."
Hammerrhead rubs his purple eyes.
You tuck the brass coin into a small pocket inside of your black leather coat.
Hammerrhead smiles slightly.
You draw a sinew-wrapped fused vertebral staff densely carved with Saramar runes from one of the weapon loops sewn inside of your black leather coat.
You offer your fused vertebral staff to Mazorn, who has 30 seconds to accept the offer.  Click CANCEL to prematurely cancel the offer.
You say, "I give you my beloved staff to hold in good faith."
(Khobra moves a barrel to the side, glancing upon the floor where it once stood.)
Leafiara gawks at you.
Speaking to Mazorn, Ilsola asks, "Look, we were told that there might be an item here that was being protected.  COULD that be your chest?"
Hammerrhead looks thoughtfully at you.
Mazorn has declined the offer.
You say, "Let me step out with him, and you will know."
Speaking to you, Hammerrhead says, "Dat be kinet."
You say, "He could be the protector."
Hammerrhead clears his throat.
You say, "An unwitting protector."
Nodyre nods to you.
You give a sidelong glance at Mazorn.
You mutter, "Or a witting one."
Speaking to you, Mazorn says, "While I appreciate the gesture, I suspect there is much you might do to harm me if I were to take it."
Nodyre whispers to the group, "Good thinking."
Elysia chortles softly at some secret joke.
Speaking to Mazorn, Khobra inquires, "How long have you been vorking upon the varehouze?"
You ask, "Perhaps if all of us step out except Ilsola?"
You peer quizzically at Mazorn.
Elysia asks, "Four... five months or so?"
Speaking to Khobra, Mazorn says, "We started renovations a week or so ago."
Speaking solemnly to Khobra, Hammerrhead says, "Thousants, and thousants of years ahgo."
You patiently say, "He could have hidden it in that time, Mazorn."
Speaking to Mazorn, Khobra continues, "And, vhere did the fundz for thiz project come from?"
You stress, "I am trying, Mazorn."
Mazorn says, "Look.... IF the chest was here... it's perfectly safe.  I'm not saying that it IS, but IF it were, there'd be no reason to fuss about it."
You growl at Mazorn.
Ilsola hums angrily to herself.
Leafiara gazes heavenward.
You growl, "But I'm quickly losing patience."
Speaking to Mazorn, Ilsola says, "You're being overly obstinate, Trader."
Speaking to Mazorn, Khobra counters, "Vhy vould there be no fuzz? Vhat makez you zure thiz place iz zo zafe?"
Nodyre searches around for a moment.
Speaking to Ilsola, Mazorn says, "I have had PLENTY of experience with being falsely accused of things, my Lady."
You laugh softly, trying to hide your amusement from Mazorn.
Speaking to Mazorn, Hammerrhead declares, "We shall solve dis o'er a game of Rosh'am'bo!"
Ilsola frowns at Mazorn, her expression full of doubt.
Hammerrhead works his fingers under his coppery greathelm and scratches his head.
Mazorn sighs.
Leafiara admits, "False accusations do happen, it's true. They're a real problem."
Leafiara rubs her chin thoughtfully.
Speaking to Leafiara, Elysia says, "I tried dragging him outside, but he's... too... portly."
Elysia coughs.
Leafiara grins crookedly at Elysia.
You mock, "Falsely."
Hammerrhead says, "Need sum winterberry."
Hammerrhead glances around the room and hangs his head.
Speaking to you, Mazorn snaps, "You believe what you choose to.  You always have."
You hunch your shoulders and snarl menacingly at Mazorn!
(Khobra moves a crates to the side, glancing upon the floor where it once stood.)
You adamantly counter, "Your story has always stunk of rotting fish off a Solhaven dock!"
Leafiara furrows her brow.
Speaking to Mazorn, Ilsola asks, "Trader... the question is a simple one.  Would your 'chest' be something that might interest someone who was seeking an item of power?"
Elysia gazes in amusement at you.
Mazorn turns away, ignoring you.
Hammerrhead hoots at Mazorn.
(Darcena mutters angrily to herself, her eyes flashing green, and begins to pace around the warehouse.)
Speaking to Ilsola, Mazorn says, "It might, yes.  But that's irrelevant, because there's no way that it can be taken."
Speaking to Mazorn, Nodyre says, "Famous last words."
Nodyre gazes heavenward.
Leafiara dubiously says, "Uh-huh."
Elysia slowly says, "You might be wrong about that."
Nodyre folds his arms over his chest, drumming his fingers on his hooded jacket.
Speaking to Ilsola, Mazorn says, "When I recovered it, I took it to a variety of very expensive mages, and they laid a series of enchantments upon it that will keep it safe and hidden."
You angrily remark, "It may not need to be TAKEN, Mazorn."
Hammerrhead whispers to the group, "Mah famest last werds gonna be, 'wish ah had time fer *one* more bowl'a chili'."
Hammerrhead nods sagely.
Leafiara earnestly advises, "Overconfidence can kill."
Leafiara wryly says, "Trust me, I know."
Leafiara nods once.
Speaking to Mazorn, Ilsola says, "I understand what you're saying, Trader, but we have reason to believe that a very dangerous individual has taken an interest.  This 'Nazhor' person may be attempting to have a minion of his steal your chest."
Speaking to Elysia, you implore, "Ask him how he knows Nazhor."
Speaking to Leafiara, you beg, "Get him out of the warehouse and check the coin!"
Leafiara flails her arms about.
Speaking to Mazorn, you whine, "Elspie could DIE, Mazorn."
Speaking flusteredly to you, Leafiara says, "If you can't do it, I can't do it! You're way scarier than I am."
Leafiara carefully adds, "In a... good way."
Leafiara nods firmly to you.
Speaking to you, Elysia says, "Didn't we have those sorts of discussions with him months ago?  I don't think he knows the truth from a hole in the ground, really."
Nodyre searches around for a moment.
Speaking to Leafiara, you mutter, "Use your chocolate smell! Lure him, Leafi! Lure him!"
Leafiara ponders.
Nodyre just nudged Leafiara.
Elysia starts chortling.
Hammerrhead surprisedly says, "Ooh."
Mazorn says, "I certainly don't want anyone to die on my behalf... I got more than enough blame for that the last time."
Hammerrhead glances appraisingly at Leafiara.
Leafiara mumbles, "Worth a shot..."
Elysia asks, "Chocolate smell?"
Mazorn mutters under his breath.
Leafiara leans on Elysia, giving her a companionable grin.
Ilsola glances at Mazorn.
Khobra whispers to the group, "Vould thiz perzon know vhat Nazhor lookz like, do you believe?"
Elysia sniffs at Leafiara.
Elysia nods approvingly.
Leafiara winks at Elysia.
Elysia grins at Leafiara.
You nod at Khobra.
Nodyre searches around for a moment.
Elysia whispers to the group, "I've been told very few if any of us know what Nazhor really looks like."
Leafiara glances at a delicate brass coin in her hand.
You ponder.
Speaking to Mazorn, Hammerrhead says, "Ferget what we be talkin' bout, chocklate got mah attention."
You whisper, "I've got his smell stuck deep in my nostrils." to your group.
(Darcena taps the side of her nose.)
Leafiara nods understandingly to you.
Hammerrhead adds, "And ah don't got much 'tention ta spare at dat."
Nodyre whispers to the group, "He was at the pawnshop when the arrest occurred."
Hammerrhead manages a sad-eyed grin.
Mazorn slowly empties his lungs.
Speaking to Mazorn, Khobra inquires, "Can you dezcribe the lazt perzon you did buzinezz vith and vhen it vaz?"
You glance at Mazorn.
Leafiara tucks her chin slightly, juts out her lower lip, and pouts for all she's worth!  She does her best to catch Mazorn's eyes with a wide, limpid gaze.
You say, "Maz."
Elysia whispers to the group, "I believe he disguises himself with illusions though."
You say, "I'll step out with you."
Hammerrhead grins at Leafiara smugly.
Mazorn asks, "You're saying that I need to leave here, and then I can get RID of you all?"
You say, "Yes."
Elysia gazes with interest at Leafiara.
Leafiara cheerfully exclaims, "That's the bargain!"
You mutter, "Sort of."
Speaking to Mazorn, Ilsola says, "I believe that would be wise, yes."
Nodyre nods at Mazorn.
Khobra nods at Mazorn.
Elysia nods at Mazorn.
Mazorn grumbles.
Nodyre raises his brass coin high over his head, but nothing happens.
You think to yourself, "Mazorn will never be rid of me."
Speaking to Mazorn, Hammerrhead asks, "Mebbe asplode yer workshop agin too.  Be ... different, dunno?"
Hammerrhead scratches at a pair of open eyes tattooed with one on each cheekbone.
Mazorn says, "Fine!  Fine... I will step out for a minute."
Speaking to Hammerrhead, Nodyre asks, "Not with us inside, eh?"
Mazorn grumbles.
Khobra nods respectfully at Mazorn.
The black ora medallion around Khobra's neck is momentarily engulfed in a shroud of darkness!
Ilsola says, "Thank you, Trader.  We will be quick."
Leafiara turns to Mazorn and cheers!
Nodyre praises Mazorn.
Mazorn grumbles.
Speaking to Nodyre, Hammerrhead comments, "Was fun last time it asploded while's we was inside."
Mazorn just went through some broad doors.

Paint It Blue

Elysia, Nodyre, Darcena, Leafiara, Hammerrhead, and Ilsola raise their coin high overhead, and it pulses once with a bright, cerulean light.  The light suffuses the area, highlighting the lines of every surface for a heartbeat, before slowly dissipating.  Off to one side, however, a rectangular area retains a small portion of the cerulean glow.

Nodyre gasps.
Leafiara carefully surveys her surroundings.
Nodyre searches around for a moment.
Elysia casts an appraising gaze over her surroundings, seemingly taking in every detail.
You mutter, "I knew it."
Nodyre says, "We need to close those doors."
Ilsola blinks.
Khobra squints at some broad doors.
Ilsola gasps.
(Darcena points at the glowing rectangle.)
You say, "There."
Nodyre gazes in wonder at his surroundings.
Leafiara observes her surroundings with a keen eye.
You belt out, "Mazorn!"
Ilsola asks, "And... these coins... are protecting it?"
Khobra looks over at you and shakes her head.
Hammerrhead mutters something about rectangles..
Hammerrhead grumbles to himself.
Speaking to you, Khobra says, "No, not yet."
You turn over your brass coin.
Mazorn just entered some broad doors.
Mazorn asks, "Well?"
You stare at Mazorn.
Hammerrhead's fingers briefly touch his coppery greathelm as he renders a casual salute to Mazorn.
Mazorn blinks.
You say, "It's here."
Leafiara lightly drums her fingers on her leg.
Elysia says, "This is... only the first place we checked, and we know there are multiple."
Hammerrhead says, "'Ey guy."
Mazorn exclaims, "You... what have you done?!"
Leafiara peers quizzically at Mazorn.
Hammerrhead rubs his chin thoughtfully.
Speaking to Mazorn, Ilsola says, "Relax, Trader.  We have reinforced the spells hiding it."
You say, "I need to see in your renovated area, Mazorn."
Khobra put a delicate brass coin in her ebon longcoat.
Hammerrhead says, "Dat da ten jillion coin question."
Mazorn exclaims, "HIDING?!  You've painted it bright blue for all to see!"
Hammerrhead smiles.
Leafiara mischievously asks, "Can't leave us alone for a moment, eh?"
Leafiara appears to be trying hard not to grin.
You sigh loudly.
Khobra casually observes her surroundings.
Ilsola says, "We have the support of a very powerful Drake, who has assured us that it is safer this way."
Speaking to Mazorn, Nodyre says, "It needs to be moved! This was the first place we looked; far too obvious a location."
Speaking to Mazorn, Hammerrhead says, "We helpt ya paint ya werkshop.  More repairs tho' and we talkin' bout spinnin' fer alterations."
Hammerrhead nods once at Mazorn.
Mazorn asks, "Oh you do, do you?  Are you are willing to bet everything on this Drake of yours?"
You glance at Hammerrhead and unsuccessfully try to stifle your grin.
Khobra glances between Mazorn and Ilsola.
Speaking sternly to Hammerrhead, you say, "This is not a laughing matter."
Hammerrhead smiles without an iota of intelligence.
Speaking to you, Hammerrhead replies, "Nope."
You hear someone laugh.
Nodyre searches around for a moment.
You listen, but don't hear anything unusual.
Ilsola blinks.
Khobra carefully weaves her spell into the air, trails of indigo and silver mist following the somatic components.  Twisting and twining, the skeins of energy slip away from her, leaving moisture to drop from her fingertips...
Khobra gestures.
A sudden burst of bright light emanates from Khobra's hand!
You sniff.
Ilsola stares at Duvainiel.
Leafiara sings lilting, lightsome lyrics in a lively summons to local spirits!  Shining leaves surround her, sparkling and sprightly, and she loosely sways her body lightly...
Leafiara gestures.
Nothing happens.
Duvainiel laughs!
Khobra squints at Duvainiel.
Leafiara takes a moment to observe Duvainiel.
Hammerrhead grunts in tribute to Duvainiel as he bangs his fist sharply upon his ruby full plate in a barbaric salute.
Speaking to Khobra, Nodyre says, "Your turn."
Mazorn asks, "Who is that?"
You scornfully exclaim, "Great!"
Speaking to Mazorn, Nodyre says, "Nazhor's agent."
Duvainiel says, "Ya... ya really... really..."
You say, "Nazhor's minion, Mazorn."
Duvainiel raises her iron spike high over her head, but nothing happens.
Hammerrhead rubs his chin thoughtfully.
Leafiara cocks her head.
Khobra says, "Get him avay from her."
Ephemeral twists of silver-hazed mist wreathe your forearms as you murmur a serene phrase for Web...
Your spell is ready.
You gesture at Duvainiel.
Cloudy wisps swirl about Duvainiel.
  CS: +299 - TD: +288 + CvA: +12 + d100: +72 - -5 == +100
  Warded off!
The wisps dissipate harmlessly into the air.
Cast Roundtime 3 Seconds.
Nodyre blinks.
Duvainiel asks, "Ya really dink ya can hide it?"
You grin slowly at Duvainiel.
Duvainiel raises her iron spike high over her head, but nothing happens.
Mazorn just went through some broad doors.
Leafiara furrows her brow.
Speaking to Duvainiel, Elysia says, "Apparently we can."
You exclaim, "Maz!"
Khobra moves to stand in front of Duvainiel.
Nodyre's hands snap to the hilts of a curved high steel sica and a steeply curved vultite kukri and deftly draws them from the scabbards on a simple swordbelt!
Khobra glances at some broad doors.
Duvainiel raises her iron spike high, and brings it down hard against her palm, piercing it!  She gasps as blood flows from the wound, twining up the spike before dispersing into a very fine red mist.  The mist sweeps around the room in a circular pattern before coalescing onto the cerulean-outlined space.  As the mist gathers around it, the color shifts from a deep red to a pitch black.  Once the last bit of blue is covered, there is an almighty *CRACK*, and the shape is gone.
You growl ferociously!
Elysia sighs.
Leafiara squints.
You belt out, "WORTHLESS COWARD!"
Ilsola's jaw drops.
Elysia says, "Mazorn is rather useless."
Hammerrhead passes a hand over his sickly yellow face.
Ilsola exclaims, "What?!"
Ilsola asks, "What happened?"
Nodyre says, "It's gone."
Ilsola asks, "Where did it go?"
You say, "She broke it."
Hammerrhead says, "Gute 'scape strat'gy."
Duvainiel mockingly says, "Da boss gets wha 'e wans."
Leafiara absently says, "Well, like I said... overconfidence can kill..."
Ilsola says, "But... Elspie said..."
Duvainiel says, "'n ya led 'im right ta 'im."
Ilsola groans.
Khobra takes a slow, deep breath then pinches the bridge of her nose.
You say, "As if he didn't already know."
You roll your eyes.
The voice of Duvainiel amusedly asks, "Ya dink it'd be da easy?"
Khobra searches around for a moment.
Ilsola tiredly says, "This was all a setup."
Ilsola swears long, loud and well.
Khobra growls ferociously!
Leafiara simply agrees, "Seems so."
Ilsola gazes heavenward.
The voice of Duvainiel mockingly taunts, "Da boss danks ya fer ya 'elp in da matta."
You concernedly ask, "Was it even Elspie we heard?"
Nodyre searches around for a moment.
Speaking to you, Nodyre says, "Probably not."
(Hammerrhead bows to the shadows.)
Ilsola exclaims, "Duvainiel!  What does Nazhor want with the chest?!"
Hammerrhead gets a blank look on his face.
Ilsola exclaims, "Where is Elspie?!"
Elysia says, "She's gone."
Ilsola growls, her face a mask of frustration.
The voice of Duvainiel flippantly says, "I dun know nuddin... I ain' seen nuddin'."
You hear someone laugh.
Nodyre searches around for a moment.
You ask, "But did you hear something, Duvainiel?"
Ilsola slowly empties her lungs.
You ask, "Did you smell it?"
You ask, "DID YOU TASTE IT?"


Now What?

Ilsola hopelessly asks, "Now what?"
Leafiara looks thoughtfully at Ilsola.
You mutter angrily.
Leafiara distantly says, "That is the question, mm."
You say, "Find Mazorn."
Speaking to Ilsola, Nodyre says, "Now we brace for the worst."
You say, "Find out how he knows Nazorn and why he was here."
You say, "Get top mages to work on Cendadric."
You say, "And the First Sergeant."
You ask, "You didn't just let him go, did you?"
You scowl at Ilsola.
Ilsola asks, "So just to recap this wonderful little adventure... we were played for fools, led this Duvainiel right to the item that Nazhor needed to enact his plans, and we now have no Drake, no chest, and no good plans?"
Ilsola says, "Lovely."
You scoff, "I always have plans."
Speaking to Ilsola, Hammerrhead says, "Dis place has a bar tho'."
Leafiara tilts her head toward you, examining you intently as the tip of one ear twitches briefly.
Hammerrhead smiles hopefully.
Speaking to you, Ilsola says, "The former First Sergeant was found hanging in his cell this morning, if you must know.  Suicide."
Khobra asks, "Vhat other traderz did Nazhor meet?"
Nodyre gasps.
You stare at Ilsola.
Elysia asks, "Did I misunderstand?  Weren't there multiple locations and multiple docks?"
Khobra blinks at Ilsola.
Speaking to Ilsola, Nodyre asks, "And you didn't think to tell us earlier?"
Ilsola exclaims, "We were a little BUSY!"
Khobra says, "Zuicide, or.. did he have 'help' in hiz zuicide."
Leafiara furrows her brow.
Nodyre gazes heavenward.
Hammerrhead tries to eat his brass coin.
Ilsola grumbles.
Speaking to Khobra, Ilsola says, "I have no idea.  He was sequestered, and no one was supposed to have access."
Ilsola sighs.
Elysia casts an appraising gaze over her surroundings, seemingly taking in every detail.
Ilsola says, "We need answers, somehow."
Leafiara thoughtfully taps a finger against her lips.
Elysia says, "Rectangles remind me of doorways."
Khobra says, "Vait, if the coins helped detect zhouded magic, perhapz they can help uz find Drake."
Khobra says, "Thiz is there magic."
Leafiara nods approvingly at Khobra.
Speaking to Khobra, Nodyre says, "Not a bad thought."
Khobra says, "Perhapz we can find another to backlazh the magic uzed to track them."
Ilsola scratches her head.
Hammerrhead confusedly asks, "Reck'tangle majick?"
Hammerrhead rubs his purple eyes.
Hammerrhead shifts his weight.
Speaking thoughtfully to Khobra, Leafiara says, "Makes sense to me. I like it."
Ilsola says, "I... I don't know.  I feel like this is all a bit much."
Mazorn wanders in.
You say, "I told you what to do."
Hammerrhead nods in agreement at Ilsola.
Leafiara nods to Mazorn in greeting.
Speaking impatiently to Ilsola, you say, "You are not a woman of action."
Speaking to Ilsola, Khobra says, "We zhould return you to the Harbor, your zafety cannot be enzured here."
Speaking happily to Mazorn, Hammerrhead says, "'Ey guy."
Mazorn exclaims, "Look what you DID!"
Hammerrhead's jaw drops.
Ilsola sighs at Mazorn.
Speaking to Mazorn, Nodyre asks, "So what are we in for now?"
Speaking to Mazorn, you say, "He got to it."
Speaking to Mazorn, you say, "You should have just been honest from the beginning."
Mazorn exclaims, "Because YOU led him here!"
You ask, "What is it, Mazorn?"
You ask, "What is your relationship with Nazhor?"
Mazorn exclaims, "There were no issues until YOU all showed up!"
You ask, "Do you know Duvainiel?"
Leafiara raises her hands toward Mazorn in surrender!
You mock, "Odd how we feel the same about YOU."
You mouth, "Veridese."
You growl at Mazorn.
Hammerrhead grins at you nervously.
Speaking to you, Mazorn says, "I've never spoken to either of them.  The lunatic showed up and started spouting nonsense months ago, and that's the last I've heard of him."
You ask, "What nonsense?"
Mazorn gnashes his teeth.
You ask, "What was he spouting, Mazorn?"
Khobra glances between Mazorn and yourself.
You tap your foot impatiently.
Speaking to you, Mazorn exclaims, "Nonsense!  He was babbling!  It made no sense whatsoever, so I had him removed!"
You coyly warn, "I feel my promise wearing off."
Ilsola sighs at Mazorn.
You run the tip of your tongue over the point of one of your fangs.
Leafiara gazes in wonder at her surroundings.
Speaking to Mazorn, Elysia says, "Repeat what he said.  Just because it made no sense to YOU..."
He smells just like Mazorn.
Speaking to Mazorn, Ilsola asks, "You're not a particularly clever individual, are you?"
Mazorn blinks at Ilsola.
Speaking to Ilsola, Mazorn asks, "I beg your pardon?"
Speaking to Mazorn, Khobra asks, "Non-zenze makez zenze to the inzane. Can you recall vhat he vaz babbling?"
Elysia nods in agreement at Ilsola.
Speaking to Mazorn, Ilsola asks, "You really expect us to believe that you had NOTHING to do with all this?"
Mazorn flails his arms about.
Mazorn yells, "Yes I do!"
You nod sagely at Khobra.
Ilsola mutters under her breath.
Speaking to Khobra, you whisper aloud, "I understand nonsense quite well."
Leafiara grins slowly at you.
Speaking calmly to Ilsola, Khobra says, "No more than our late Zergeant and pawnzhop owner."
Speaking to you, Ilsola says, "Maybe you should eat him."
Ilsola mutters under her breath.
Speaking to Mazorn, Elysia asks, "Please just repeat what he said, that you considered nonsensical?"
Speaking coyly to Mazorn, you murmur, "You said the same thing about Veridese."
Mazorn says, "I...."
Speaking to Ilsola, Khobra says, "Magic iz being uzed againzt them."
Leafiara concernedly says, "If anyone's eating anyone, just give me warning so I can look away and pretend not to know anything."
Leafiara nods once.
You draw the vultite butcher knife from one of the slots on your slate battle harness.
Speaking to Mazorn, you croon, "I'm very hungry, Maz."
Speaking to Elysia, Mazorn says, "I can't recall, and that's the truth.  Not that this lot is inclined to believe it.  I've heard many tongues, but this was something totally different."
(Darcena lithely lopes a few steps closer to Mazorn, the green in her eyes intensifying.)
Khobra turns an inquisitive ear toward Mazorn.
Mazorn exclaims, "And from what YOU have all said... if he knew it was here, then he would have simply come and taken it!"
Elysia gazes with a bemused expression at Mazorn.
Ilsola says, "That's not what we said at all, Trader."
You crawl up to Mazorn.
Mazorn says, "Look, you're all raving.  The lot of you.  You're making as little sense as this Nazhor person did."
He smells just like Mazorn.
Ilsola gazes heavenward.
You run the tip of your tongue over the point of one of your fangs.
You give a sidelong glance at Ilsola.
Ilsola states, "The man's an idiot, or under a spell.  In either case, he's less than useless."
Leafiara glances between Mazorn and yourself.
Leafiara glances away.
Leafiara glances upward and whistles quietly, an innocent look on her face.
Darcena whines.
Mazorn says, "I say... that's QUITE enough of this.  I'd like you to all leave, please."
(Darcena bares her fangs at Mazorn, glancing up at him from where she is crouched.)
Khobra casually observes her surroundings.
Ilsola raises an eyebrow in Mazorn's direction.
Khobra takes a few steps back.
Nodyre nods at Mazorn.
Hammerrhead asks, "Er'rite, whatcha store hours tah'morrow?"
Speaking to Mazorn, Nodyre says, "Justifiable."
Hammerrhead cocks his head at Mazorn.
Khobra reasonably says, "He haz been more than fair."
You scowl at Khobra.
You hiss, "He is a betrayer."
Ilsola states, "Fine.  Trader, I am sorry for your loss, and for what it might mean for my town."
Speaking to Ilsola, Elysia says, "I'd venture to say...he's both."
Hammerrhead appears to be poking himself.
Ilsola nods slowly at Elysia.
Leafiara looks thoughtfully at Elysia.
You ask, "We're just letting him go?"
You doubtfully ask, "AGAIN?"
Khobra reasonably says, "Ve can do nothing, he haz done nothing."
Ilsola says, "I think for now he has given us all the help he can."
Speaking to you, Nodyre asks, "What exactly did Mazorn do wrong?"
Elysia shrugs at you.
Khobra agrees with Ilsola.
You say, "He brought death and destruction to River's Rest."
Mazorn says, "I'd like you to leave NOW, please."
You say, "He lied."
Mazorn scowls.
You say, "He was a coward and didn't face Veridese."
You say, "He hid this crate."
Hammerrhead ponders, "Ah kin find da Seap Cap'n."
Ilsola nods once at Mazorn.
You say, "He lied to us again."
Leafiara looks thoughtfully at you.
Elysia says, "Being an idiot, or an idiot under a spell, is not a criminal offense.  Perhaps sadly."
Elysia starts chortling.
You say, "He has relations with Nazhor."
Hammerrhead asks, "Mebbe get sum thrumbscrews, er sump'n?"
Khobra says, "Ve zhould rezpect hiz requezt. It iz hiz zhop."
Nodyre takes a gallant bow, tipping his bycocket slightly, before sweeping it behind his back.  After a moment's pause he rises and places his bycocket firmly on his head, adjusting it to fit.
Leafiara gazes in amusement at Elysia.
(Darcena ticks all the points off on her fingers.)
Nodyre says, "We should go."
Khobra says, "And ve have done vhat ve came to do."
Ilsola says, "Let's leave him be.  We know where he's at, if we need him later."
Ilsola mutters under her breath.
You grumble.
Ilsola nods once at Mazorn.
Ilsola just went through some broad doors.
Speaking appreciatively to Mazorn, Khobra says, "I think you for your time."
Leafiara acknowledges, "Yeah, it's not as if he's going anywhere..."
Khobra corrects, "Thank."
Mazorn nods slowly at Khobra.
You plainly say, "I am really starting to not like that woman."
Leafiara concludes, "Probably."
Khobra mutters common.
Elysia agrees with Leafiara.
Mazorn says, "Good day to you all."
Leafiara dusts you off.
Hammerrhead renders a sharp hand salute.
Leafiara turns toward Mazorn and renders a sharp salute with her brass coin.
(Darcena shakes herself, her whole body ruffling.)
Elysia says, "He seems to like it here, regardless of what trouble follows him in."
Leafiara glances at a delicate brass coin in her hand.
You stand back up.
Leafiara tucks a delicate brass coin into a small pocket inside of her red silk cape.
You sheathe the vultite butcher knife into one of the slots on your slate battle harness.
Speaking to Mazorn, Khobra remarks, "Vill offer my azziztance in the warehouze zhould you azk."
Khobra places a hand over her heart.
You quietly whisper to Mazorn, "I'll see you later, Maz."
Khobra nods.
(Darcena yawns widely, her fangs glinting and the corner of her eyes crinkling, then shakes her head briskly.)
Khobra takes a few steps back.
Khobra just went through some broad doors.
You quietly whisper to Mazorn, "Maybe while you're sleeping."
You grin.
Elysia curtsies gracefully to Mazorn.
You flash a wolfish grin.
Mazorn sighs.
Leafiara grins impishly.

Ilsola States Her Plan

[Floating Dock, Tempest River]
A massive dock stretches far out over the river's surface, complete with large support columns at regular intervals, several slips for boats of various sizes, and a series of steps leading towards the swiftly flowing river.  A large warehouse sits adjacent to the slips, and a ramp leads up to the Stone Eye veranda.  You also see the palm frond-shaped Leafiara disk, the Hammerrhead disk and a mischievous glacier spirit that is flying around.
Also here: Lady Elysia, Lord Hammerrhead, Maiden Leafiara, Khobra
Obvious paths: up
You ponder.
Elysia gazes up into the heavens.
You ask, "Where did that woman go now?"
Khobra says, "Ve zhould return to the Mizt."
Ilsola wanders in.
You say, "Probably not to do what I said."
You stamp your feet.
Khobra says, "Or."
Elysia says, "He is dense.  He was dense last summer, and he's still... dense."
Leafiara nods to Ilsola in greeting.
Elysia chuckles.
You nod at Elysia.
Speaking to Elysia, Ilsola asks, "He was always that obtuse?"
Elysia nods at Ilsola.
You nod eagerly at Ilsola.
Ilsola grunts.
Ilsola says, "In the absence of more information, I'm unsure what we can do.  I will order requisition more soldiers, and double the watch."
Elysia says, "Speaks in nonsensical riddles, evades, and pretends not to know anything about anything, ever.  In summation."
Ilsola says, "I will keep a close ear out for Elspie, though it seems now that she was being allowed to communicate with us."
You clearly say, "Get a mage."
You say, "Have the mage examin Cendadric."
Leafiara says, "If it was even her."
Leafiara rocks back on her heels.
Speaking to you, Ilsola says, "I will request Elspie's supervisor from the Drakes."
Speaking to you, Khobra remarks, "Maybe, maybe not."
You nod slowly at Ilsola.
Speaking to you, Ilsola says, "And we will see what he can tell us."
Ilsola sighs.
You say, "I approve of this plan."
You ask, "Are you goiong to meet with the families?"
You give your eyebrow a little workout.
You ask, "I think they should know, don't yoou?"
Ilsola says, "I thank you all for your assistance... and I'm sorry that things did not go our way."
You ask, "The Five Families?"
Leafiara gives Ilsola a strong, encouraging smile.
Speaking to you, Ilsola says, "I have already met with them, and they are expecting regular updates."
Leafiara offers, "Can only foresee so much."
Leafiara nods at Ilsola.
Speaking to Ilsola, Khobra says, "Vhen requezting the Drakes Zupervisor, zeek vne that can tell uz about the ztolen retirement gift."
Ilsola nods approvingly at Khobra.
Khobra says, "Vould be nice to know vat ve could be facing."
Speaking to Khobra, Ilsola says, "I will do so, to be sure."
Ilsola sighs.
Khobra nods respectfully at Ilsola.
Hammerrhead twiddles his thumbs.
Ilsola says, "Thank you again, all.  Please, if any of you hear anything, let us know."
Leafiara nods understandingly.
Hammerrhead announces a vote of "Yes" to Ilsola, who appears to disregard it.
Leafiara gazes in amusement at Hammerrhead.
Ilsola says, "And now... I have work to do."
You frown at Ilsola.
A pained expression crosses Ilsola's face.
Ilsola nods once.
Ilsola wanders off.

Elysia Reassures Darcena

You mutter, "I cannot stand this."
You plaintively ask, "Is she even still alive?"
You say, "She was grieving her mate."
Leafiara frankly asks, "No way to tell, right?"
You say, "And now..."
Khobra says, "I hate to admit thiz but ve may even need to requezt inzight from the Hall of Magez."
Leafiara mutters, "Bah, the Hall."
Khobra says, "Conzidering vhere the item found, mage uzed and zuch."
Speaking to you, Elysia says, "You children of the shorter lived races are always in such a hurry..."
You pace back and forth.
Elysia grins at you.
You snort derisively at Elysia!
Khobra agrees with Elysia.
You exclaim, "She's probably being tortured, Elysia!"
You say, "Deprived."
You say, "Locked up."
You shudder.
Elysia says, "Her vision didn't seem so.  Just imprisoned.  But not tortured."
You whisper aloud, "They might not even be serving her MEAT."
Khobra agrees with Elysia.
(Darcena looks absolutely horrified.)
Leafiara's face turns slightly pale.
You ask, "But was it even hers?"
You pace back and forth.
Elysia says, "There is no reason to think it wasn't.  At this point, anyway."
You say, "Mazorn doesn't know what he wanted."
You say, "I don't remember."
You say, "Cendadric doesn't remember."
You say, "The First Sergeant is dead."
Leafiara shakes her head.
You say, "There was... There was someone at Caligos."
You say, "No."
Elysia says, "However... I doubt she understands that her method of...communication is apparently not secret.  Her thoughts escaped her room because he allowed them to."
You say, "The Carnival."
You say, "Someone at the Carnival."
You say, "There was. A trader."
You say, "And I think... I think I heard Nazhor there, too."
You exasperatedly ask, "Who IS he?"
Khobra says, "The item hid near the a tempest river, ztormz blocking view of zhipz, people knowing of itemz being killed."
Leafiara furrows her brow.
Leafiara whispers something to Elysia.
Khobra says, "Two relic'z or itemz, taken."
Leafiara appears to be trying hard not to grin.
You groan.
You say, "This is not my expertise, Elysia. Leafi."
Khobra says, "Zingularly doing one thing, but vhat combined."
You say, "I kill things. I sew them up."
You say, "I shove people full of herbs."
Leafiara rubs you gently.
You pace back and forth.
Leafiara admits, "It's not mine either."
Speaking to you, Hammerrhead encourages, "Foods."
You nod eagerly at Hammerrhead.
You say, "I eat food."
Khobra says, "I am headed to the grave-site near the cabin, to collect my thought vhile it iz ztill frezh."

Darcena takes the group to the bar.
[The Stone Eye, Bar]
A granite bar the length of two giantmen dominates the room.  At each end of the bar sit two life-size gargoyles, crouching as if ready to pounce upon an unwary patron.  The stone eyes of the gargoyles radiate a smoky malevolence that seems directed towards you personally.  You also see the palm frond-shaped Leafiara disk, a grey mouse, the Hammerrhead disk, a mischievous glacier spirit that is flying around, a drawbridge guard, Byron the bartender and an elegant slate.
Also here: Lady Elysia, Lord Hammerrhead, Maiden Leafiara
Obvious exits: southwest, northwest

You ask, "Drinks?"
Leafiara stretches her arms out in front of her, attempting to loosen the tension in her neck and shoulders.
You have no silver coins with you.
You groan.
Hammerrhead drops a coin.
Hammerrhead appears to be checking his pockets for something, but finds them empty.
You stare at a silver coin.
Leafiara glances appraisingly at a silver coin.
You stare at Leafiara.
Speaking to Leafiara, you exclaim, "Buy me a drink!"
Leafiara raises her hands in surrender!
Leafiara appears to be checking her pockets for something, but finds them empty.
You exclaim, "A Stuck Pig Ale!"
Leafiara innocently exclaims, "I don't have anythin'!"
Hammerrhead grins crookedly.
You groan at Leafiara.
Elysia just purchased a tankard of Winterberry Ale from Byron the bartender.
Leafiara gawks at Elysia.
Speaking hurriedly to Elysia, Leafiara insists, "You're it!"
You mutter, "Of course the elf is wealthy."
Elysia raises an eyebrow in Leafiara's direction.
Leafiara nods firmly.
Hammerrhead confers quietly with Byron the bartender.
Elysia gazes in amusement at you.
Byron the bartender thinks for a moment and says, "Hmm... some Stuck Pig Ale you say eh?  Well that should cost about oh... 200 silvers.  You can BUY it if you think the price is acceptable."
Speaking to you, Elysia says, "No self respecting bard would be caught near a tavern without a bit of coin for a drink."
You sigh loudly.
Leafiara flashes a quick grin at Elysia.
Elysia takes a drink from her Winterberry Ale.
(Darcena sidles up next to Elysia. As much as a clunkity giantman can sidle.)
Hammerrhead starts chortling.
Elysia rummages around in her pockets.
You clear your throat.
Elysia just purchased a tankard of Winterberry Ale from Byron the bartender.
You ask, "Don't suppose you have 200 silvers?"
You give your eyebrow a little workout.
Elysia offers Leafiara a tankard of Winterberry Ale.
Hammerrhead proclaims, "Okey, I'm off'ta smoosh stuff."
Leafiara accepts Elysia's Winterberry Ale.
Khobra just arrived.
Leafiara turns to Elysia and cheers!
Elysia offers you a tankard of Winterberry Ale.  Click ACCEPT to accept the offer or DECLINE to decline it.  The offer will expire in 30 seconds.
Leafiara turns to Hammerrhead and cheers!
You accept Elysia's offer and are now holding a tankard of Winterberry Ale.
Leafiara takes a drink from her Winterberry Ale.
Elysia just purchased a tankard of Winterberry Ale from Byron the bartender.
(Darcena stares sorrowfully into her ale.)
Speaking gratefully to Elysia, Leafiara exclaims, "Thanks!"
Hammerrhead states, "Bye lady peeples!"
Elysia takes a drink from her Winterberry Ale.
You take a drink from your Winterberry Ale.
You wave to Hammerrhead.
Hammerrhead grunts to you in tribute as he bangs his fist sharply upon his ruby full plate in a barbaric salute.
You say, "Another time."
You nod at Hammerrhead.
Hammerrhead turns toward Elysia and renders a sharp hand salute.
Elysia says, "And now I really am out of silvers."
Hammerrhead nods at Leafiara.
Hammerrhead waves to Khobra.
Leafiara takes a drink from her Winterberry Ale.
Lord Hammerrhead just went southwest.
You take a drink from your Winterberry Ale.
Nice.
You say, "While we stand here and drink ale."
You say, "She's deprived."
Leafiara soberly agrees, "It's not the fun way to be held captive, that's true."
Speaking to you, Khobra says, "Vaz thinking, in few dayz time. Ve gather thoze interezted and zearch the Islandz."
Leafiara frowns.
Elysia says, "Darcena, she's suffered far worse at the wall than sitting in that cell, as terrible as it seems."
You ponder the meaning of Elysia's existence.
You begrudgingly admit, "I suppose so."
You say, "But she wasn't.."
You horrifiedly whisper aloud, "Locked up."
Leafiara rubs you gently.
Elysia gazes with a bemused expression at you.
You darkly mutter, "I'll tell you who should be locked up."
Leafiara cocks her head at you.
You adamantly announce, "Mazorn."
Elysia says, "'It is likely, too, that her fears are not your fears."
You cock your head.
You peer quizzically at Elysia.
You disbelievingly ask, "Really?"
Khobra says, "No rum, thiz a fear."
Leafiara takes a drink from her Winterberry Ale.
Khobra smirks.
Elysia agrees with Khobra.
Leafiara suddenly flexes her fingers within her autumn-hued gloves.
Elysia says, "Were all the spirits to vanish from all the taverns in the lands, that would be a tragedy."
Elysia grins at Khobra.
Speaking to you, Khobra remarks, "Tilamairez."
You say, "Hear hear."
Leafiara takes a drink from her Winterberry Ale.
You ask, "That's when you want to search?"
You peer quizzically at Khobra.
Khobra nods to you.
You ponder.
Khobra says, "The eighth hour of toniz."
You nod once.
You say, "I could do that."
Khobra says, "Thing iz."
Khobra says, "Tricking the trickzterz vatching uz."
You ponder.
Khobra says, "Nazhor von't like uz looking for her. Zhe is ztill alive for a reazon."
You correct, "If she's still alive."
Khobra says, "No. I vould zay he NEEDZ her alive for zomething."
Leafiara takes a drink from her Winterberry Ale.
Elysia says, "She lives because he wants this thing, and she got her messages out to us because he wanted to follow her instructions to find it."
Elysia shrugs.
You gawk at Elysia.
You ask, "You think he's killing her right now?"
Khobra hesitantly says, "I dizagree."
Leafiara gazes heavenward.
Elysia says, "No.  He doesn't have this thing, yet."
Khobra says, "All thiz vould be eazier to do if dead. People vould not be zearching for her."
You frown.
Khobra says, "He needz her magic."
Khobra says, "Vhatever it iz."
You slowly ask, "So you think in a few minutes he'll be killing her?"
You growl at Elysia.
Elysia says, "She said it was a necklace but I think we all agree it's something... else, even if it is strung on a chain."
Khobra says, "And being a former drake of the Demon Wall.."
Elysia looks over at you and shakes her head.
Speaking to you, Elysia says, "I do not think he will, not until he finds what he wants."
Khobra agrees with Elysia.
You fidget.
You disbelievingly say, "Okay."
Leafiara optimistically says, "I have to be off, but hopefully the three of you can untangle more secrets as you talk."
Leafiara gives you a friendly hug, and you detect the faint scent of cookie dough, sugar, vanilla, and chocolate around her.
Elysia takes a drink from her Winterberry Ale.
Leafiara gives Elysia a friendly hug.
You hug Leafiara, who wraps you in a warm embrace.
Khobra nods in greeting at Leafiara.
You say, "I'm going to go shatter some bones myself."
You frown.
Leafiara nods once at Khobra.
You take a drink from your Winterberry Ale.
Nice.
Leafiara grins at Khobra.
You say, "I think better surrounded by blood."
Leafiara wishes, "Be well!"
You nod once.
Leafiara raises her Winterberry Ale in a toast!
Khobra says, "I am now headed to the grave-zote."
Elysia says, "I must run too.  My sibs are running Winterfest and I feel honor bound to visit today."
Leafiara waves.
Leafiara takes ahold of her red silk skirt and turns gracefully, causing the bells on it to chime in time to her movement.
Maiden Leafiara just went southwest.
Elysia takes a drink from her Winterberry Ale.
Khobra says, "Until next ve meet."
You nod at Khobra.
Elysia nods gravely at Khobra.
You give Elysia a friendly hug, stirring the scent of spring water, juniper berry, and vetiver from her skin.
Khobra playfully exclaims, "Bring rum!"
Khobra smirks.

Appearances

You see Duvainiel.
She appears to be a Half-Elf from Talador.
She is of slight height and has barely any meat on her bones.  She appears to be very young.  She has restless melenite-hued eyes and unnaturally pale skin.  She has waist length, tangled multicolored hair twisted into thick, matted locks and interspersed with mismatched beads and ribbons.  She has a gaunt face and a nervous tic.  She has extensive burn scars covering the entire left side of her face.
She is in good shape.
She is holding a corroded iron spike in her right hand.
She is wearing a fraying black leather choker with rusted steel spikes, a tattered and torn brown leather cloak severely burnt along the hem, a holey doublet bearing a burnt crest of Talador over some forest green laminar armor with splotches of russet and raw umber with a mud-stained yellowish chiton underneath, some bronze-toned deerskin leggings slashed to reveal traces of tan suede, and some timeworn boots of dark sienna leather.

You see Lady Elysia M'aire-Snowmane the Spellsinger.
She appears to be a Loenthra Elf.
She is tall.  She appears to be in the prime of life.  She has thick-lashed light violet eyes and fair skin.  She has long, softly curling golden hair artfully arranged over one shoulder and gathered into a silver-netted caul caught with teardrops of green moonstone, leaving wispy tendrils surrounding her face.  She has a classical nose and high cheekbones.  The lines and curves of her face are long and delicate, their aesthetic reflecting grace and refinement.  She has silver-frosted wintry white enamel brushed onto her slim fingernails.
She has a rune tattoo on her arm.
She is in good shape.
She is holding a tankard of Winterberry Ale in her right hand.
She is wearing a small silver holly charm, a pure silver Aspis pin, a flowing myrtle green lambswool cotehardie sashed with a fall of organza-strung silver bells, a slender faenor wristlet set with shining green glimaerstone shards, an amethyst and silver wedding band, and a pair of pale green leather ankle-boots buttoned with chrysoprase gems.

You see Lord Hammerrhead Crusherson the Fighter.
He appears to be a Giantman of the Grot'karesh Clan.
He is massive in height.  He appears to be immature.  He has dilated purple eyes and sickly yellow skin.  He has spiky, raven-black hair caked with clumps of filth and skin flakes.  He has a lopsided and slightly deformed face, a flattened nose and several crusty, protruding nose hairs.  He has a large wad of tobacco stuffed in his lower lip.
He has a tiny moldy bone covered in decaying sinew in the middle of his nose, a tattoo of a semi-spirals that cascades from the shoulder in shades of blue to indigo and violet flowing into a wave at his wrist, a tribal Grot'karesh tattoo inked in vivid sanguine that spans his forehead from temple to temple, a pair of open eyes tattooed with one on each cheekbone, a black chain tattoo on his ankle, a small black skull tattoo on his ankle, a tattoo depicting a hammer driving a rusty nail through a bleeding heart on his arm, a black chain tattoo on his neck, and a small black skull tattoo on his neck.
He is in good shape.
He is holding a delicate brass coin in his left hand.
He is wearing some red-tinted spectacles, a big spiked coppery greathelm, a brushed gold alloy pin, a pipe-shaped carving suspended from a piece of twine, a pipe-shaped carving suspended from a piece of twine, an invar-bound kobold skin badge, a golden wheat sheaf-shaped amulet, a copper ring topped with a silver red-tinged cobbler, a copper ring topped with a silver red-tinged cobbler, a silver crossed-leaves pendant, a tarnished brass bracer inset with fractured agate crescents, a tarnished brass bracer inset with fractured agate crescents, an onyx and beryl pin, a glittering copper barrette, a thin rat's tail anklet, a gold-fluted blue velvet vest, an onyx-inlaid blue dreamstone earcuff, a tear-cut fire opal necklace, a golden topaz inset eonake pin, a shark's tooth earring, a brass-chained weathered suede neckpouch, a copper-mesh backpack, a tasteless khaki-colored greatcloak, a pair of heavy vruul skin gauntlets set with copper knuckle-spikes, a deep brown glaes spider charm, a coppery brown satchel, a bleached crossed bone bowtie, a shiny Master at Arms seal, an attacking copper giantman pin, a pair of heavy copper pauldrons, a badly scuffed wolf hide sheath trimmed with rotting ironwood, a battle-worn copperwork harness, some ruby full plate, some corroded copper carillons, a coppery brown sack with bloodstained runes running down its sides, some frayed hemp pants, some weathered camouflage boots, and a wolf-etched vultite tower shield.

You see Ilsola Tuulikki the Town Administrator.
She appears to be a Human from Torre.
She is average height.  She appears to be very young.  She has kohl-outlined, silver flecked violet eyes and pale skin.  She has shoulder length, thick chestnut hair piled upon her head in elaborate twists and braids that are held in place by a delicate gold-chained ferroniere dangling a russet and cream moth saewehna.  She has a broad face, a pointed nose and carmine-tinged pouting lips.
She is in good shape.
She is holding a delicate brass coin in her right hand.
She is wearing a gauzy emerald green robe fashioned of delicate feathers, a beribboned silk bodice layered with tiny feathers over an ultra fine-weave silk tunic edged in rosy hues, an ankle-length layered silk skirt in varied shades of indigo, and a pair of silk slippers.

You see Mazorn.
He appears to be a Human.
He is tall and has a deep line of scar tissue across his left eye.  He appears to be very young.  He has bright sea green eyes and ruddy skin.  He has very long, straight mahogany hair held in a cinched leather thong.  He has a wide face, a slightly crooked nose and a pronounced jawline.
He is in good shape.
He is wearing a fitted royal blue vest with gleaming silver toggles, a salt-stained black leather pouch, a distressed oilskin hip-satchel, some rugged leather trousers, and some black knee-length boots.