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Ivastaen 27, 5118

by Leafiara Autumnwind of the TownCrier


Log

Gathering and Introductions: Lylia, Raelee, Shinann, Stormyrain, Xorus

[Helga's, Dining Hall]

Tinted glass oil lamps hang from iron sconces, casting a dim glow over the smoke-stained walls of the low-ceilinged room. Several tables and an oaken sideboard, bearing traces of the previous day's meals, are flanked by a long wooden bench and a few smaller chairs. A leaded glass window, its dusty panes half-covered by filmy curtains, looks out on the dark street, and a brick hearth smolders against the north wall.

Also here: Great Lord Evician who is sitting on a long wooden bench, Irar, Dergoatean, Danthius who is sitting on a long wooden bench, Bernadette, Ysharra, Melikor, Lady Authriea who is sitting, Lady Stiana who is sitting, Great Lord Ferrumus who is sitting on a long wooden bench, Rheider, Dwi who is sitting, Grand Lady Roelaren, Marshal Meureii, Tymelorde, Dame Evia who is sitting, Qafziel, Merrymaker Maylan who is sitting, Conquerer of Reim Melivn, Lord Xorus, Stormyrain, Chaoswynd, Conquerer of Reim Ktovashy, Phelicidea, Eiliriel, Mayor Lylia, Lady Luxelle, Chatelaine Traiva who is sitting on a wooden chair, Lady Wintersylph, High Lord Bjornsong, Shinann, Mister Pukk, Grand Lady Roelaren, Magister Raelee, Aeith, Aeraaxu, Lord Nazarr, Dirra, Joness, Aurourra

You lightly say, "I suppose we can get started, and the stragglers can arrive late if they wish."

You grin.

Roelaren takes a drink from her mint on the rum.

Luxelle says, "Remember, refreshments are in the other room at the bar. You can order from here, but Miss Helga does not wait on tables."

You clear your throat.

Dame Evia just arrived.

You nod in agreement at Luxelle.

Lylia smiles at Evia.

Joness gasps.

Evia smiles.

Speaking to Luxelle, Maylan says, "That's because she is a useless hussy."

Evia nods curtly to Lylia.

Lylia narrows her eyes.

(Joness stands up straight and grabs a paper to write on.)

Stormyrain takes a drink from her elven cinnamon brandy.

Maylan says, "It matters not. I brought my own."

You recite:

"Good evening all, and welcome to tonight's Wehnimer's Landing Town Hall meeting!"

Evia says, "Here to listen to the oldsters gibber, as I heard it told in town square."

Evia sits down.

You grin at Evia.

Dirra squints at Maylan.

You recite:

"On behalf of the TownCrier, I'm your host, Leafi, and we hope to keep you all informed about and engaged with events here in our frontier town."

You recite:

"Tonight will begin with introductions, a recap of recent news in and around the Landing, and then our panelists will take questions about anything on your mind that concerns our town."

You nod once.

You recite:

"So, first, it is my pleasure as always to introduce our moderator, TownCrier founder Miss Luxelle--please give her a warm welcome!"

You turn to face Luxelle.

You applaud Luxelle.

Luxelle beams!

Evia applauds Luxelle.

Luxelle curtsies gracefully.

Aeraaxu applauds.

Lylia smiles at Luxelle.

Tymelorde just arrived.

Joness praises Luxelle, expounding upon her fine features and excellent characteristics.

Traiva applauds politely.

Shinann smiles at Luxelle.

Lylia nods in greeting at Tymelorde.

Stormyrain smiles at Luxelle.

You recite:

"As moderator, Luxelle will keep track of the question queue tonight and keep the proceedings moving along. To join the queue, simply RAISE your HAND and she will add you to the queue, give instructions, and later inform you when it's your turn."

Lylia smiles.

Marshal Meureii just arrived.

Luxelle removes a copper-bound white leather notebook from in her raw silk pelisse.

Tymelorde winks at Lylia.

You mention, "The queue is open even now, if you already have questions in mind."

Lylia nods in greeting at Meureii.

You nod.

Luxelle reaches towards her ear, and the quill releases its hold on her ear to climb into her hand.

Luxelle nods.

Meureii gives a sharp bark of greeting.

Meureii smiles quietly to himself.

Roelaren takes a drink from her frozen Dinghy.

Roelaren looks rather relaxed.

Lylia surveys the area.

Chaoswynd grins at Meureii.

Speaking sincerely to Lylia, Meureii says, "Good evening Mayor."

Stormyrain smiles at Meureii.

You recite:

"And just who might be answering your questions? Let's find out as we move on to introducing our panelists! Tonight we're honored to have with us: Landing Mayor Lylia, Magister Raelee of the Hall of Mages, Captain Shinann of the Landing militia, Captain Stormyrain of the Landing militia, and Mayoral Advisor Xorus!"

Meureii turns toward Chaoswynd and renders a sharp hand salute.

Dwi grunts, amused.

Dwi heartily says, "Ah."

Meureii gives a sharp bark of greeting to Stormyrain.

Dwi plops down to the ground in a sitting position.

Stormyrain inclines her head.

Meureii raises his hand.

Luxelle nods at Meureii.

Lylia brushes her fingers lightly against her two-horned hennin.

Traiva applauds politely.

Lylia inclines her head.

You recite:

"Questions may go to any one, two, or three of our panelists, or you may simply ask a question undirected and our panelists will decide among themselves who answers."

Dwi scoots over next to Luxelle.

Shinann folds her hands behind her back.

Dwi grunts happily, grinning.

Danthius smiles.

Rheider gives Luxelle a friendly hug.

Rheider chuckles.

Aeith smiles at Dwi.

You recite:

"Please note that panelists may decline to answer a question even if asked, or may volunteer an answer even if not asked."

You nod once.

Stiana sits down.

Authriea sits down.

Rheider grins at Dwi.

Phelicidea leans against a rough wooden table.

Luxelle sits down.

Danthius sits down on the long wooden bench.

Dirra nods.

You add, "And that time will come soon, but first--"

Dwi nods rhythmically.

Ferrumus sits down on the long wooden bench.

You briskly exclaim, "It's on to the news, beginning with the most recent!"


Recap: The Interim Marshal

You ruefully begin, "As reported last month, the whereabouts of our current militia marshal Thrayzar are unknown--we have some possible inklings, but nothing confirmed, and in any case we can't contact him at this time."

Dwi winks at Rheider.

You pragmatically say, "Unfortunate though this is, the town council has seen fit in the interest of town safety to put forward a list of candidates for Mayor Lylia's consideration, one of whom will be appointed as interim Steward of the Militia."

Rheider winks at Dwi.

Danthius grins.

You simply say, "These candidates are..."

Shinann shifts her weight.

You state, "Lady Casiphia, who is a businesswoman formerly from Mestanir and had recently been in pursuit of the witch Raznel along with Sir Thadston."

Dwi heartily asks, "Candidates?"

Dwi grunts in annoyance, rolling her eyes.

Lylia says, "Yes."

You nod at Dwi.

You continue, "Khylon Oakspear, the current captain of the town guard and the previous marshal prior to Thrayzar."

Dwi heartily asks, "It dont e'er stop?"

You continue, "Kilron, the pawnshop owner, a somewhat enigmatic man--more mysteries are rumored of him than you might realize."

Danthius ponders.

Speaking to Dwi, Meureii says, "More like nominees."

Speaking to Dwi, Rheider says, "Sadly no... ya just get older and meaner with time."

Rheider grins at Dwi.

Lylia tersely says, "This is not an election. Let Leafiara finish."

You conclude, "And lastly new Landing citizen Thadston Andrews, former Hendoran knight and outpost commander prior to Dennet. Again, he had until recently been pursuing Raznel."

Speaking to herself, Maylan says, "And Quin Telaren."

Maylan coughs.

Lylia narrows her eyes.

Meureii whispers something to Dwi.

You gaze in wonder at your surroundings.

Dwi touches one finger to her lips.

Stormyrain takes a drink from her elven cinnamon brandy.

Stormyrain looks rather relaxed.

Dwi grunts and nods.

Lylia nods encouragingly to you.

You decisively announce, "A debate between the four is expected to be held the next Eve of the Huntress--yes, that is as soon as merely five days from now! One hopes we'll learn more at that time, if not sooner."

You grin at Lylia.

Lylia shifts her eyes to Maylan.

Lylia smiles quietly to herself.


Recap: The Volcano and the Vathor

You note, "Now, despite Thrayzar's absence, the Landing has done quite well defending itself from two major recent attacks, which are our other subjects this evening..."

You tentatively explain, "A couple of weeks ago, the volcano out toward the Glatoph unexpectedly erupted, showering the Landing with--well, with what I can only call fiery death."

You clear your throat.

Dwi mutters something about bolcanoes.

Roelaren shudders.

You continue, "While many in town scrambled to put out fires and save lives, other adventurers set out toward the volcano itself and encountered fire elementals, fire giants, and even, of all things, a vathor."

Rheider begins chuckling at Dwi!

You proudly exclaim, "Naturally, all of these malicious beings were slain--most of them before they could get anywhere near the gates--and, as ever, the Landing stands strong!"

You raise your fist in a display of defiance.

Qafziel rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Roelaren lets out a cheer!

Aeith nods.

You calmly conclude, "Since that time, there's been no sign of further volcanic activity. While nothing is certain, I believe it was an isolated incident incited by the vathor and something we don't need to expect to happen again soon."

Rheider snickers.

Speaking to himself, Melivn says, "I think they just call that Restday on Teras."

Luxelle shudders.

Melivn ponders.

Melivn shrugs.

You try hard not to grin.

Stormyrain gazes in amusement at Melivn.

Maylan snickers.

You suggest, "Be that as it may, it's never a bad idea to brush up on some of the tactics for defending the town since an attack can come at any time--as our last piece of news tonight might demonstrate."

You let out a long, contemplative breath.


Recap: Stone Clones

You begin, "Last week Malluch once asked again for an audience and gave warning about a dangerous ship that he swore needed to be destroyed."

Lylia whispers something to Xorus.

You evenly say, "Whether out of curiosity or any other reason, many of us went to investigate and found the ship matching Malluch's description. One of its crew members attempted to refuse us boarding, but eventually the inspection proceeded and on the ship we found..."

Xorus smiles quietly to himself.

You ominously inform, "Crates filled with clones of Grishom Stone."

You rub your chin thoughtfully.

Dwi squints.

Roelaren blinks.

Roelaren says, "Wow."

Danthius nods slowly.

You note, "Their original destinations, based on markings on the crate, appear to have been Ubl, Fairport, and Vornavis... for reasons unknown."

Dwi heartily asks, "Clowns?"

Dwi peers quizzically at Danthius.

Stormyrain shifts her weight.

Melivn glances at Stormyrain.

Danthius shakes his head.

Stormyrain gives a sidelong glance at Melivn.

Dwi grunts noncommittally and shrugs her shoulders.

Stormyrain takes a drink from her elven cinnamon brandy.

Stormyrain looks rather relaxed.

Melivn grins slowly.

The voice of Thrassus says, "Yes, clowns."

You continue, "But since we prevented their travel, their new destination became the Landing. They arose where they were, many of them attacking us on the ship, while many others left the ship to run amok in town and cause havoc. While fighting these extremely dangerous figures--people--beings--whatever one might call them... we only narrowly escaped the ship before it exploded."

Aeith shudders.

Dwi mutters something about circuses..

Melivn whispers something to Stormyrain.

You add, "As with the creatures from the volcano, our defenders of course slew every enemy in an extended battle."

Luxelle shifts her weight.

Roelaren smiles.

You speculatively conclude, "But -unlike- with the volcano and the vathor, whoever was behind the Stone clones might still be out there--so I'd have to recommend keeping a watchful eye out. One never knows."

You nod once.

Lylia warmly says, "Thank you for these recommendations and assurances."

Roelaren nods.

Lylia smiles at you.

You formally say, "That concludes the news over this past month, which means it's time to proceed to your questions."

You smile at Lylia.

Danthius nods once.

Stormyrain grumbles at Melivn.

Speaking quietly to Danthius, Dwi says, "I patrolled."

Melivn hums a seemingly random tune.

Xorus whispers something to Lylia.

You remind, "Just remember, RAISE a HAND to join the queue with anything on your mind regarding the Landing--whether from the recent news we just covered or not."

Danthius smiles at Dwi.

Leafiara smiles and looks out over the assembled crowd.

You nod at Luxelle.


Question #1, From Meureii, Answered By Stormyrain and Lylia: Malluch Sympathizer?

Luxelle says, "And our first question tonight..."

Luxelle says, "Meureii has the floor for the next question."

Luxelle nods at Meureii.

Lylia turns to face Meureii.

Meureii nods at Luxelle.

Meureii takes a few steps in a small circle.

You take a moment to observe everything you can about Meureii.

Meureii says, "This one is for you my friend."

(Dwi starts to raise her hand...but catching a look from a few of her elders... does not.)

Qafziel turns an inquisitive ear toward Meureii.

Meureii takes a moment to observe Stormyrain.

Stormyrain gives a sidelong glance at Meureii.

Stormyrain inclines her head.

You fold your hands.

Speaking curiously to Stormyrain, Meureii says, "That night with Malluch."

Rheider just nudged Dwi.

Rheider grins.

Speaking seriously to Stormyrain, Meureii says, "I hope you, and any others for that matter, are nae growing sympathetic towards him."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Meureii inquires, "Would you care to let everyone know further the reasons you are however?"

Meureii glances appraisingly around the room.

You give your eyebrow a little workout.

Stormyrain slowly asks, "What?"

Shinann blinks.

Danthius ponders.

Speaking to Meureii, Stormyrain asks, "First of all, which night? The last one or the first one?"

Ysharra says, "Might as well."

Lylia smiles at Ysharra.

Melikor nods in greeting.

Lylia kisses Ysharra tenderly on the cheek.

Ysharra smiles at Lylia.

Lylia kisses Melikor tenderly on the cheek.

Stormyrain takes a drink from her elven cinnamon brandy.

Ysharra kisses Lylia on the cheek.

Melikor kisses Lylia on the cheek.

Stormyrain dusts off her hands.

Lylia murmurs, "Good evening to you both."

Ysharra grins at Stormyrain.

Shinann looks thoughtfully at Meureii.

Eiliriel smiles.

Speaking to Stormyrain, Meureii says, "The one where we dealt with the clones."

Melikor quietly says, "Evening."

Meureii takes a moment to observe Stormyrain.

Melikor gives Eiliriel a friendly hug.

Rheider raises his hand.

Speaking quietly to Lylia, Ysharra whispers aloud, "I hope it's better than the last evening."

Luxelle nods at Rheider.

Eiliriel gives Melikor a friendly hug.

Eiliriel gives Ysharra a friendly hug.

Ysharra smiles at Meureii.

Dwi mutters something about clowns.

Eiliriel looks over at Ysharra and shakes her head.

Ysharra kisses Eiliriel tenderly on the cheek.

Danthius grins.

Evia folds her hands in her lap.

Ysharra smiles at Maylan.

Speaking to Meureii, Stormyrain asks, "And can you restate your question? Asked me to let people know why I am sympathetic to him, but that assumes that I am. Is there something you are hinting at?"

Rheider says, "Seems to me, much of destruction comes from our acceptance of others into the town...."

Maylan waves to Ysharra.

Meureii says, "Rather, there was no hint."

You politely agree, "While we do accept pointed questions, I too am not entirely sure what it is you're asking, so if you could clarify..."

Ysharra smiles over at Lylia and taps herself on the nose, her expression widening into a grin.

Shinann gives a sidelong glance at Rheider.

Rheider asks, "Anyone in charge of fishing that about to make sure it safe?"

Dwi leans forward and rests her chin in her hand, a thoughtful expression on her face.

Stiana says, "Aye, first you say you hope she's NOT sympathetic, but then in the next breath asks why she is."

Stiana grins.

Meureii plainly says, "You seem to be growing sympathetic towards him as evidence in the statements made after, while there were only a couple people present."

Joness gives a short little hum of surprise.

Speaking to Stiana, Meureii says, "Aye, I do hope."

Lylia smiles quietly to herself.

Speaking to Meureii, Stormyrain asks, "Which statements, exactly?"

Stormyrain says, "I'm not sure at which point you arrived, or what part of the conversation you overheard."

Speaking quietly to Stormyrain, Meureii says, "Again, if you chose to nae answer that is perfectly fine as pointed out by the moderator."

Dwi grunts, amused.

Speaking to Meureii, Stormyrain says, "I'm happy to answer the question, once I know what it is."

Meureii slowly empties his lungs.

You clarify, "Actually, I think your question is fine. But what exactly it is--that's the real concern."

You chuckle.

Stormyrain gives a sidelong glance at you.

Speaking to you, Meureii says, "I have asked twice now."

Appearing lost in the commotion around her, Maylan's eyes slowly begin to cross as she stares off into the distance.  Abruptly, Maylan shakes her head, and her eyes focus forward.

Dwi raises her hands in surrender!

Luxelle nods at Dwi.

Meureii shrugs.

Dwi grunts at Luxelle and shakes her head.

Lylia notes, "It is hard to answer a question when the premise behind it is flawed."

Dwi babbles something unintelligible.

Evia squints.

You notice Dwi slip into a hiding place.

Stiana asks, "My point was, one second you are saying you hope she's not, but the next is accusing her of it.... perhaps you should just come out with what makes you think she is?"

Lylia scowls.

Lylia points at Dwi, ruining her hiding place.

Lylia firmly says, "No."

Dwi sighs.

Luxelle shifts her weight.

You explain, "I don't know which statements you're talking about--nor, apparently, does Captain Stormy here. And presumably not most of our audience."

Dwi nods at Luxelle.

Speaking amusedly to you, Meureii says, "Of course."

Ysharra winks at Lylia.

Dwi grunts out an eloquent description of herself.

Speaking dryly to Lylia, Xorus asks, "Why are you still beating your husband, Mayor?"

Speaking to Stormyrain, Meureii says, "Thank you for playing along."

Dwi wipes the sweat from her brow.

Dwi beams happily at Luxelle!

Speaking to Xorus, Lylia replies, "Because he does not attend Town Halls, clearly."

Speaking to Xorus, Evia says, "That would be private."

Evia shakes her head at Xorus and clucks her tongue.

Speaking offhandedly to Stormyrain, you whisper aloud, "Is he your Stonmel now?"

Lylia smiles quietly to herself.

Speaking to Meureii, Stormyrain asks, "Malluch is a Jastevian. We have that in common. Often I make comments to inspire his faith, but as for sympathy?"

Rheider chuckles.

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "Obviously, you have a lesson to impart."

Stormyrain looks thoughtful for a moment, then shrugs.

Rheider says, "Or just not answer at all."

Speaking sternly to you, Meureii says, "Do nae ever."

Ysharra smiles quietly to herself.

You grin crookedly.

Melikor glances dubiously at Ysharra.

Meureii nods understandingly at Stormyrain.

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "Surely you've heard the rhetorical device, stop looking at me like that."

Lylia says, "I would like to address this matter, for although it was not directed at me, it was directed at my guard captain, who has earned my trust."

Ysharra gives Melikor a series of teasing little prods along the spine.

Speaking to Meureii, Stormyrain says, "I gave him thanks for the information he gave us, rightfully, because it was correct. And I inquired as to his health and comfort, as I do all our prisoners. Nothing more, nothing less."

You nod at Lylia.

Lylia smoothly says, "When you are done, that is."

Melikor snickers at Ysharra.

Lylia nods.

Shinann nods slowly.

Speaking to Lylia, Meureii interjects, "There is nae a reason you should feel any need to defend."

Speaking to Meureii, Stormyrain asks, "Does that answer what you are asking?"

Speaking to Stormyrain, Meureii says, "Clearly."

Stormyrain inclines her head.

Lylia says, "It has come to my attention that there are many in this town who seem to feel they know best -- better than mere elected officials or guard-captains, better than Town Councils. They have taken it upon themselves to write missives as though they are in positions of power locally, informing others of news of the Landing. They do us all a grave disservice, for they do not know what else is being discussed."

Lylia gives a sigh of resignation.

Melikor folds his arms over his chest.

Dwi quietly says, "Graves."

Dwi nods.

Xorus raises an eyebrow.

Speaking to Lylia, Meureii says, "Well."

Lylia says, "So when they send out such missives, they risk a great deal..."

Meureii chuckles to himself.

Roelaren nods.

You thoughtfully tap a finger against your lips.

Speaking to Lylia, Meureii says, "On that note I have sworn oaths to those higher than yourself."

Meureii shrugs.

Lylia says, "It is a similar situation with the Guard Captain and the prisoner. We simply do not know the full gambit she is --"

Lylia peers quizzically at Meureii.

Meureii says, "And was asked to forward the message along."

Evia asks, "Missives?"

Speaking to Meureii, Lylia says, "Pardon? Perhaps you know something I do not."

Lylia begins chuckling at Meureii!

Evia scratches at her clothing.

You furrow your brow, probably adding a wrinkle or two in the process.

Meureii shrugs.

Speaking to Meureii, Lylia says, "I was speaking of Irar's letter to the Prelate."

Meureii holds his sides and lets out a rumbling belly laugh.

Speaking to Lylia, Meureii exclaims, "Well then do nae do that!"

Speaking to Meureii, Lylia says, "But we can discuss these other matters later."

Lylia smiles widely, but the expression doesn't reach her eyes.

Meureii dismissively says, "There were missives sent to the towns named on the chests."

Dwi gazes in awe at Lylia.

(OOC) Stormyrain's player whispers to the group, "Stormy's a Militia Captain; they're separate from the town Guard."

Meureii says, "Caskets..."

Xorus frowns.

Meureii says, "Whatever those were."

Stiana says, "I am soooo confused."

Lylia continues, "At any rate, I was using this as illustrative of Stormyrain's discussions with Malluch."

Evia leans back.

Speaking to Stiana, Meureii says, "Misunderstandings and..."

Meureii takes a moment to observe Stormyrain.

Lylia stresses, "We simply do. Not. Know. And we must therefore trust that her seeming cordial relationship with him has a purpose."

Stormyrain casually glances at Meureii.

You ponder the meaning of Stiana's existence.

Speaking to Meureii, Ysharra says, "Opportunities."

Ysharra nods once at Meureii.

Lylia says, "I am willing to trust her, as I have been for some time."

Lylia smiles at Stormyrain.

Meureii nods at Ysharra.

Stormyrain places a hand over her heart.

Stormyrain bows to Lylia.

Evia says, "One may express sympathy, and hold empathy, for the plight of a fellow being, without precluding that justice itself, which is said to be blind, must hold sway in the face of criminality."

Meureii points at Ysharra.

Evia folds her hands in her lap.

Lylia pointedly says, "I do hope none would gainsay me in this."

You grin at Evia.

Lylia inclines her head.

Speaking to Ysharra, Meureii says, "Precisely the word I was looking for."

Speaking to you, Lylia says, "I am finished."

You nod at Lylia.

Pukk waves to Bernadette.

Lylia attends to her two-horned hennin, making the hennin as presentable as possible.

Speaking to Meureii, Ysharra says, "Forgive me for snatching it from your brain, it looked lonesome."

Roelaren smiles at Bernadette.

Bernadette smiles.

Roelaren smiles at Bernadette.

Speaking concernedly to Stiana, you ask, "Though you're one person, I'm worried others here might feel the same--is there any followup you'd like to ask, since you were the one to voice confusion?"

Ysharra winks at Meureii.

Roelaren smiles at Bernadette.

Stiana rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Stiana says, "I wouldn't even know where to start in all that."

Stiana chuckles.

You grin at Stiana.

Meureii smiles quietly to himself.

Bernadette nods warily to Pukk.

Speaking lightly to Stiana, you say, "Ah, well... if you do want to ask anything at any point, you're only a hand raise away."

You give Stiana a strong, encouraging smile.

Stormyrain leans against the sideboard, taking a momentary rest.

Stiana nods.

Roelaren takes a drink from her frozen Dinghy.

Roelaren looks rather relaxed.


Question #2, From Rheider, Answered By Shinann and Lylia: Vetting Newcomers?

Speaking to Luxelle, you say, "It seems we're ready for our next question then, Miss Luxie."

You grin at Luxelle.

Luxelle says, "I think that us to our next question. Remember, if you want to be added to the list of people asking a question, raise your hand."

Evia says, "All I gained was writing missives is frowned upon."

Luxelle says, "Rheider has the floor for the next question."

Luxelle nods at Rheider.

Evia ducks her head.

Lylia smiles at Rheider.

You take a moment to observe everything you can about Rheider.

Stiana giggles at Evia.

Ysharra looks thoughtfully at Raelee.

Dwi dusts Ferrumus off.

Speaking to Evia, Stiana says, "Yeah, something like that."

Raelee surreptitiously glances at Ysharra.

Dwi shakes her head at Ferrumus and clucks her tongue.

Rheider says, "What is being done to vet out others that make their way into the town... and we so happily give them a grand tour of our defenses."

Speaking to Evia, Melivn says, "Ya don't think for yourself or write to anyone on your views of matters that would be terrible."

Ferrumus blinks.

Speaking to Evia, Melivn says, "There are smarter people for that." [bolding since this comes back later in the night]

Melivn shrugs.

Shinann nods at Lylia.

Rheider says, "Too many times I've heard... they're here for trade."

Rheider says, "They're here for whatever...."

Rheider says, "And then they are here for our detriment."

Speaking to Rheider, Shinann asks, "And you are here for?"

Evia whispers something to Melivn.

Ysharra raises an eyebrow in Raelee's direction.

Bernadette nods.

You flash a quick grin at Shinann.

Rheider smiles at Shinann.

Melivn agrees with Evia.

Dwi quietly asks, "Ale?"

Rheider says, "The question stands."

Roelaren takes a drink from her frozen Dinghy.

Roelaren looks rather relaxed.

Shinann says, "No... I am asking a honest question."

Lylia nods at Rheider.

Shinann says, "He wants us to examine everyone."

Rheider says, "I know you old lady."

Rheider grins at Shinann.

Shinann says, "I am doing so."

Shinann says, "No, you do not."

Rheider inclines his ear, listening intently.

Shinann says, "I only saw you for the first time the other night."

Ysharra nods at Raelee.

Shinann says, "So,"

You surreptitiously mouth, "Old?"

Stiana giggles at you.

Rheider says, "I suppose a better word be vintage, but the question stands."

Shinann says, "We will hear your answer as to why you are here if you expect it of everyone."

Shinann seems to be waiting for something.

Stiana glances at Rheider.

Rheider says, "I am here... to live."

Maylan amusedly asks, "Are the Townhall sessions always this fun?"

Maylan flutters her wings happily, bouncing in place.

You chuckle.

Ysharra nods slowly at Raelee.

Stiana smirks.

Speaking to Maylan, Lylia says, "Yes. Sometimes we talk about blood marble, too."

Stiana looks over at Maylan and shakes her head.

You nod knowingly at Lylia.

Maylan blinks at Lylia.

Shinann says, "Surely, you have an ulterior motive."

Stormyrain glances with dismay at Lylia.

Shinann nods at Rheider.

Rheider says, "I like marbles."

Rheider grins.

Dwi smirks.

Lylia dryly remarks, "It is a laugh a fortnight."

Rheider says, "I got confused."

Shinann says, "Since you implied everyone does, I include you in responding in kind."

Shinann nods at Rheider.

Rheider turns an inquisitive ear toward Shinann.

Shinann seems to be waiting for something.

You glance expectantly between Shinann and Rheider.

Shinann raises an eyebrow in Rheider's direction.

Stormyrain shifts her weight.

Shinann asks, "You are a spy?"

Dwi squints.

Shinann asks, "You are a trader?"

Rheider says, "Spy? I lucky to find my butt with a map and two hands."

Shinann asks, "You are what?"

Lylia murmurs, "Surely not in our midst."

Rheider says, "Like you... I am a healer."

Rheider grins at Shinann.

Stiana laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement.

Dwi quietly says, "Butt maps."

Dwi chuckles.

Maylan says, "A healer should know where the rump is."

Maylan's features scrunch up as she guffaws loudly, all the while grinning enthusiastically.

Shinann says, "If you are not willing to answer the question, then we cannot take it as a serious question."

Qafziel removes a creased and torn star chart from in his gold chart case.

Shinann says, "I am not."

Shinann says, "I am done."

Qafziel shows Rheider his torn star chart.

(Joness writes down something with a grin, then nods to himself, smirking.)

Rheider shrugs.

Qafziel carefully unrolls his torn star chart.

Qafziel nods.

Speaking to Dwi, Evia says, "Stay away from the dark splotch near the middle, and the wide crevice down the center."

Qafziel rolls up his torn star chart neatly, making sure the ends are even.

Qafziel put a creased and torn star chart in his gold chart case.

You nod understandingly at Shinann.

Qafziel put a ruby and gold puzzle sphere in his gold chart case.

Shinann folds her arms over her chest.

Lylia smiles quietly to herself.

Greenish-black flames spring to life in Lylia's hand...

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

Lylia nods to you.

Phelicidea glances at Lylia.

You nod at Lylia.

Lylia smoothly says, "If I may."

Lylia simply says, "We are a free town. Vetting is not something we can afford to do, although we do reserve the right to examine cargo on ships and in wagons. We must always balance security and safety with openness. It is a delicate balance indeed."

Lylia says, "Not everyone will agree on where that line is drawn."

Aeith nods.

Rheider nods at Lylia.

Rheider says, "Seems reasonable."

Roelaren nods.

Lylia says, "Some will say, 'The town is as open and vulnerable as a child at play!' And others claim, 'The Mayor is stifling our freedom by saying we cannot even write letters to our friends!'."

Lylia raises her voice in merry laughter.

Lylia says, "The truth of the matter, of course, lies in between."

Rheider agrees with Lylia.

Lylia says, "Write as you wish -- but not to heads of state as though you represent us."

Lylia smiles.

Lylia says, "Come and go as you please -- but not with ill intent."

Dwi rests her hands on her knees and breathes deep to relax.

Roelaren nods at Lylia.

Lylia says, "It is all quite simple in that way."

Evia ponders.

Lylia folds her hands.

Melivn says, "You could always move to Vaalor, if you want vetting and to carry around your papers all the time. It's -super- fun."

You nod understandingly.

Lylia says, "I hope this answers your question a bit more fully."

Speaking softly to Lylia, Wintersylph says, "Since I am single, I kinda like the vetting part, especially if there's a pat down by one of dem big Realm Knights."

You nod knowingly at Melivn.

Lylia begins chuckling at Wintersylph!

Rheider begins chuckling at Melivn!

Wintersylph blushes a delicate shade of pale pink.

Joness grins crookedly at Wintersylph.

Bernadette chuckles.

Ferrumus begins chuckling at Wintersylph!

Luxelle clasps her hand over her mouth.

Roelaren begins chuckling at Wintersylph!

Ysharra gives a sidelong glance at Raelee.

Chaoswynd appears to be struggling to keep a straight face.

You bury your face in your hands.

You chuckle.

Speaking to Melivn, Lylia replies, "Write as you wish, if you write at all."

Lylia dismissively says, "I only ask that you not sign my name to words that are not mine, or the town's."

Evia whispers something to Meureii.

Lylia looks thoughtful for a moment, then shrugs.

Lylia loftily says, "I am finished."

Lylia nods once.

You nod understandingly.

Dwi quietly says, "I couldnt sign my name to nuthin."

Dwi sighs.

Speaking to Lylia, Rheider says, "Thank you for your words."

Lylia inclines her head.

Stormyrain can offer Chaoswynd only a blank expression.

Maylan says, "Words are good."

Maylan says, "Good words."

Chaoswynd begins chuckling at Stormyrain!

Maylan nods approvingly.

Dwi grunts at Maylan and nods.

Speaking sincerely to Rheider, Lylia says, "I am glad you asked it. It is a worthwhile point of discussion."

Ysharra smiles at Raelee.

Speaking to Lylia, Rheider says, "Too many time I've seen the harm in it... I was just curious."

Stormyrain folds her arms over her chest.

You grin at Rheider.

Lylia nods in agreement at Rheider.

Tymelorde asks, "So, I haven't been paying attention, are we allowed to kill playing children who are writing letters?"

Tymelorde squints.

Lylia says, "Yes. But only outside the town's walls. Not my jurisdiction."

Speaking softly to Maylan, Wintersylph says, "Since yer usually drunk, I bet yer missives are actually... interesting to read, probably make half sense as well."

Luxelle shifts her weight.

You lightly note, "Like Maylan said earlier, it's been a very fun meeting already... and it might not be over, but the question queue is currently empty."

Speaking flatly to Tymelorde, Meureii says, "Nae."

Lylia surveys the area.

Tymelorde nods.

Dwi mutters something about candidates.

You gently offer, "If any concerns are on your mind, now is the time to bring them up."

Dwi squints at Rheider.

Speaking to Wintersylph, Stiana says, "Still probably make more sense than these questions so far."

Luxelle shifts her weight.

Rheider bites Dwi!

Qafziel raises his hand.

Luxelle nods at Qafziel.

You turn to face Qafziel.

Luxelle smiles.

You give Qafziel a strong, encouraging smile.

Dwi grunts at Rheider menacingly!

Rheider snickers.

Ysharra ponders.

Ysharra raises her hand.

Luxelle asks, "Aha, a volunteer! Who else wants to raise a question?"

Luxelle nods at Ysharra.

Ysharra nods at Luxelle.


Question #3, From Qafziel, Answered By Lylia: Shantytown Plans?

Luxelle says, "Qafziel has the floor for the next question."

Luxelle nods at Qafziel.

You grin at Luxelle.

Lylia nods at Qafziel.

Qafziel says, "As I discussed several weeks ago, I am rather new to this town. While I was exploring and getting to know the town --"

Qafziel seriously says, "And not for nefarious reasons..."

You tilt your head slightly toward Qafziel, noting the subtle changes in his muscles and breathing.

Lylia smiles at Qafziel.

Luxelle nods at Qafziel.

Stormyrain shifts her weight.

Eiliriel chuckles.

Stormyrain folds her arms over her chest.

Dwi chuckles to herself.

Qafziel says, "I noticed that there is an area southeast in town here that doesn't seem as, hmm."

Qafziel says, "Well-to-do."

Dwi quietly says, "Farious."

You cock your head at Qafziel.

Dwi chuckles to herself.

Qafziel says, "I'd like to know what the Mayor is doing to address these residents and their pain."

You grin slowly at Joness. [from a whispered conversation]

Lylia says, "Colloquially referrred to as 'Shantytown'. Yes."

Evia leans softly against Maylan.

Pukk frowns.

You glance at Maylan.

Maylan smiles at Evia.

Maylan looks about with a puzzled expression on her face.

Danthius sits down on the long wooden bench.

Dwi shakes her head at Danthius and clucks her tongue.

Lylia says, "There are a few plans in mind. Maylan has offered one, a community garden so the residents there may eat more wholesome food and learn something of how to care for themselves."

Evia whispers something to Maylan.

Evia grins at Maylan.

Melikor nods at Ysharra.

Maylan grins at Evia.

Roelaren smiles.

Qafziel nods thoughtfully.

Maylan says, "By the gods I will get my garden."

Melivn glances at Maylan.

Bernadette smiles.

You flash a wide grin at Maylan.

Bernadette rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Evia roars!

Stiana smiles.

Lylia says, "And of course, some of our town's guards grew up there, as did a few of our merchants' assistants. There was a baker's boy some years ago who lived there, for example."

(Qafziel appears perplexed at Lylia's response.)

Lylia says, "I prefer to think of it less as 'Shantytown' and more as affordable housing for those with insufficient means."

Lylia smiles thinly.

Melivn whispers something to Maylan.

Dwi grunts, amused.

Danthius nods in agreement.

Qafziel says, "Mm. I'm not sure that I agree with you, Mayor Lylia."

Evia pushes her blue flax flower more firmly into place, tucking a stray strand of her deep auburn hair behind it.

Lylia says, "We can, of course, improve their lot -- but too much improvement would send prices spiraling."

Maylan thumps her mop-fringed pegleg on the floor in three rapid successions.

Qafziel frowns.

Rheider chuckles.

Ysharra touches one finger to her lips.

Lylia says, "And that is your right, of course."

Rheider just nudged Dwi.

Dwi grunts, amused.

Qafziel says, "So you stated there were a few plans in mind, but only addressed one plan from a citizen - I presume."

Qafziel peers quizzically at Lylia.

Lylia says, "You are more than welcome to offer your own plans."

Lylia smiles quietly to herself.

Qafziel says, "I certainly will."

Lylia says, "We would all like very much to hear them."

Lylia stares pointedly at Qafziel waiting for an answer.

Lylia asks, "Or would you prefer to submit them in writing?"

Qafziel asks, "First, do they have adequate teachers?"

Qafziel peers quizzically at Lylia.

Dwi quietly asks, "I plan to stop the bandits...who wanna help?"

Qafziel says, "Oh, I've learned well that I am not to write missives, Mayor Lylia."

Qafziel smiles patiently.

Lylia raises her voice in merry laughter.

Lylia says, "If you are writing to heads of state and leaders of foreign provinces, then yes, I would appreciate it if you did not, although of course I cannot stop you."

Qafziel nods thoughtfully.

Speaking softly to Lylia, Wintersylph says, "If we let Maylan put a garden in da skid row section of town, my bet is she will grow hops."

Lylia says, "As for education, yes."

Maylan says, "I will grow flax."

Maylan flashes a wide grin.

Dwi grunts happily, grinning.

Speaking to Lylia, Xorus says, "There should be law for that on matters of security."

Dwi quietly says, "Hops."

Danthius grins.

You flash a quick grin at Maylan.

Meureii glances between Maylan and Evia.

Speaking softly to Maylan, Wintersylph says, "Same difference."

Ysharra says, "Hops are a hardy flower that sell for a good price."

Lylia says, "Mistress Surofee has made it her business, and of course, we have a fine museum and library nearby."

Evia beams happily at Maylan!

Maylan cocks her head.

Maylan ponders.

Raelee glances dubiously at Lylia.

Ysharra says, "And grow lushly with a small amount of space."

Maylan tugs on her leather bandolier, contemplating a deep thought.

Lylia says, "You are more than welcome to go and offer instruction to the urchins as well."

Dwi nods at Ysharra.

Maylan idly gnaws on the stem of the glossy oak pipe in her mouth.

Lylia says, "And I am working tirelessly on a proper Academy for children of particular promise."

Qafziel asks, "Are there days for residents to go into the museum and library without being hassled for not, say, having appropriate clothing or shoes?"

Ysharra says, "You could do much worse with a garden that's meant to offer a variety of benefits."

Danthius smiles.

Dwi grunts at Ysharra and nods.

Stormyrain shifts her weight.

Lylia asks, "All are welcome there. Or perhaps you have not visited in your current raiment and seen for yourself that you were not turned away?"

Lylia raises an eyebrow.

Lylia brushes her fingers lightly against her silk gown.

Qafziel stares at Lylia.

Qafziel coughs.

Dwi quietly says, "Let's all jus grow hops."

Speaking to herself, Stiana asks, "The museum has a dress code?"

Lylia smiles faintly.

Dwi grunts in agreement.

Meureii raises his hand.

Luxelle nods at Meureii.

Evia says, "They do not of course, have adequate teachers, or schools, when they could be learning valuable skills such as weaving, and flax milling, and lace making, and tailoring, and...."

Ysharra nods at Maylan.

Evia clasps her hand over her mouth.

Speaking to Qafziel, Maylan says, "If they'll let me in, they'll let anyone in."

Qafziel curtly says, "I do think that was quite enough for tonight."

Qafziel nods at Luxelle.

Qafziel nods to you.

You grin at Qafziel.

Speaking to Evia, Lylia says, "Trade skills are not my purview. But I welcome education in the trades."

Shinann says, "I am with them a lot. I help the women deliver their babies."

Joness grins at Dwi.

Roelaren grins at Evia.

Lylia inclines her head.

Qafziel turns an inquisitive ear toward Shinann.

Stormyrain smiles at Shinann.

You diplomatically comment, "A very lively discussion tonight."

Ysharra smiles at Shinann.

Bernadette smiles.

Speaking to Stiana, Danthius says, "Not if dey let Gorku in dere..."

Speaking to Qafziel, Lylia says, "Thank you for your questions."

Lylia smiles.

Dwi smirks.

Stiana begins chuckling at Danthius!

You nod at Luxelle.

Shinann shifts her weight.

Question #4 and #5, From Ysharra, Answered By Lylia, Xorus, Shinann, Leafiara, Meureii, Evia: Actor Hostages? Corpse Pillar?

Luxelle says, "Ysharra has the floor for the next question."

Luxelle nods at Ysharra.

You turn to face Ysharra.

Ysharra asks, "Hello. My question is for the two captains. Do you know by chance what has happened to the four who were pretending to be Cruxophim's victims?"

Speaking quietly to Luxelle, Dwi says, "Less hope is bout hops."

Lylia gazes admiringly at Ysharra.

Dwi snaps her fingers.

Luxelle chuckles.

Nazarr grins.

Lylia whispers something to Ysharra.

Rheider begins chuckling at Dwi!

Luxelle frets.

Ysharra says, "Also I noticed there's still a pillar of bodies on the Black Sands."

You glance between Stormyrain and Shinann.

Danthius nods in agreement.

Lylia flatly says, "Working on it."

Evia shudders.

Ysharra grins at Lylia.

Xorus agrees, "Well constructed. It is holding up under the weather."

Lylia sets her mouth in a thin line of disapproval.

Maylan mutters pie-meat.

Shinann asks, "No, they were taken by the town guards. We were only told they were impostors. I think it was the Judge that told us, right?"

Danthius shudders.

You whisper, "Captains, if I remember correctly they were in the care of the Silver Gryphons and not the militia, yes?" to your group.

[whispered exchange continues]

Stormyrain nods at Shinann.

Roelaren mutters pillar.

Speaking to Xorus, Ysharra says, "I'm certainly impressed with how a boneless lump of stitched flesh on a beach has survived scavengers, the surf and so on."

Dwi gives a short little hum of surprise.

Aeith shudders.

Danthius gets a blank look on his face.

Melikor nods at Ysharra.

Dwi glances briefly up, then down again. Suddenly, her eyes bulge and she whips her head back up, gaping around the room.

Ysharra says, "In truth I couldn't remember who had taken custody of them, so I figured I'd ask with the two of you. My apologies if they're under the town's jurisdiction rather than the militia specifically."

You offer, "If I remember, they were ultimately taken into custody of the Silver Gryphons."

Wintersylph tries to pinch Pukk, but he leans away just in time.

Pukk leans on Wintersylph.

Shinann says, "Ahh... the Gryphons had them."

Shinann nods.

Speaking softly to her knight's shield, Wintersylph asks, "Had?"

Speaking to you, Meureii offers, "They were removed and taken to the prison by the guards for interrogation."

Shinann says, "I just knew it was not the militia."

Lylia murmurs, "Perhaps one of our Silver Gryphons, or those who are close to them, could address this question."

You nod understandingly at Meureii.

Lylia surveys the area.

Lylia thoughtfully taps a finger against her lips.

Meureii says, "I oversaw their stay and have nae heard a word about any further questioning of them."

Ysharra ponders.

Ysharra nods slowly at Meureii.

Evia says, "They were fed up a bit, housed securely, and returned to the town custody, as far as I know."

You nod understandingly at Evia.

Speaking to Meureii, Ysharra says, "Thank you. I suppose we're all in the same ignorance of their status, then."

Shinann says, "We were never allowed to question them so I am sorry I cannot answer more completely."

Evia says, "Quite curious who they really were."

Lylia mildly notes, "Yes, it is challenging sometimes to keep track of everything. Letters, gloves, four accusers masquerading as victims."

Rheider furrows his brow.

Stormyrain gazes in amusement at Lylia.

Danthius grins.

Ysharra ponders.

Bernadette nods.

You conclude, "So the Silver Gryphons, then the town guard, and now still I guess we wait until one day when they might drop the act and reveal something more to whoever's questioning them."

You let out a long, contemplative breath.

Ysharra says, "Well, in that case, I relinquish the floor. Unless we want to talk more about those bodies."

Evia raises her hand.

Luxelle nods at Evia.

Xorus says, "They are presumably part of whichever factions were backing Malluch."

Lylia says, "I have nothing more to say about them than I said about them the last time."

Stiana begins to breathe less deeply.

(Lylia turns her palms up and offers an eloquent, wordless shrug.)

You nod understandingly.

Ysharra grins at Lylia.


Question #6, From Evia, Answered by Shinann, Stormyrain, Leafiara: Interim Marshal Casiphia?

Evia says, "My question is for Captain Stormyrain, and whoever else wishes to add an answer."

Ysharra rests a gentle hand on Melikor's arm.

Evia says, "In regards to, pardon me if I say it wrong...."

Stormyrain smiles at Evia.

Evia asks, "Casiphia?"

Evia nods.

Lylia nods at Evia.

Luxelle shifts her weight.

Stormyrain nods.

You take a moment to observe everything you can about Evia.

[whispered conversation that Evia accidentally went ahead of Meureii; no worries to be had]

Meureii smiles quietly to himself.

Dwi scoots over next to Aeith.

Melikor smiles at Ysharra.

Evia asks, "You seemed reluctant or somewhat disapproving of her as a candidate for the interim marshal postion, was there some specific reason, or just general lack of experience?"

Speaking quietly to Aeith, Dwi says, "Hi."

Dwi grunts happily, grinning.

Ysharra grins slowly at Melikor.

You nod at Luxelle.

Speaking to Evia, Shinann says, "I do not think she has the experience."

Evia nods.

Dwi yawns.

Speaking to Evia, Stormyrain says, "She's young, and inexperienced. And though I am sure she's been somewhat hardened by the recent trip and things she has endured, she holds nothing in the way of town defense strategy and oversight that I am aware of. And certainly not a lot compared to the other candidates. That being said, it is not my opinion that matters."

Raelee gets a distant look in her eyes.

Lylia counters, "Your opinion most certainly does matter."

Evia says, "Fair enough. just curious as it is hard to keep track of people one is not so familiar with."

Melikor nods at Ysharra.

Roelaren adopts an agreeable expression.

Speaking to Lylia, Stormyrain says, "I should say, it is not my vote."

Lylia smiles at Stormyrain.

Shinann says, "I would much rather Captain Stormyrain in that spot."

You ponder.

Stormyrain gives a sidelong glance at Shinann.

Melikor casually glances at Eiliriel.

Shinann examines her fingernails.

Eiliriel looks thoughtfully at Melikor.

Roelaren agrees with Shinann.

Lylia whispers something to Stormyrain.

Evia says, "That was all I had."

Evia nods at Luxelle.

Bjornsong melodically says, "She was an assistant to the Arms merchant Tykel for a time, so I assume she has experience in arms."

Stormyrain nods gratefully at Lylia.

Speaking to a spindly bone white imp, Ysharra says, "Nice sword."

You nod at Bjornsong.

Melikor grins slowly at Eiliriel.

Dwi leans on Aeith.

Luxelle says, "All right, let me get this list sorted back out."

Luxelle glances at a copper-bound white leather notebook in her hand.

Bjornsong melodically asks, "And what experience does Larton bring?" [cleared up later that he was either thinking of Kilron or the previous Town Council candidates]

Eiliriel begins chuckling at Melikor!

Luxelle says, "Meureii has the floor for the next question."

Luxelle nods at Meureii.

Shinann says, "She does. But, I know of no experience in handling soldiers."

Speaking to Bjornsong, Stormyrain says, "Assisting in an arms shop is not the same as overseeing a militia. And ours is...well. Unusual."

Shinann nods at Bjornsong.

You offer, "And has experience running her own business, as mentioned before--though one wonders how much help that would be to a militia role."

Lylia gazes with interest at Meureii.


Question #7, From Meureii, Answered by Lylia: Frontier Days?

Meureii cheerfully exclaims, "Frontier Days!"

Evia smiles at Luxelle.

Stormyrain says, "Larton is not on the list of candidates that I am aware of."

You flash a wide grin at Meureii.

Chaoswynd gazes in amusement at Meureii.

Lylia nods at Stormyrain.

Speaking to Evia, Stormyrain asks, "Does that answer your question?"

Speaking curiously to Lylia, Meureii asks, "Do we have any information that the rumors are true?"

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "We forgot to use it earlier."

Xorus raises an eyebrow.

Meureii asks, "Is it happening this year and if so any exciting new additions planned?"

Evia nods at Stormyrain.

Stormyrain inclines her head.

Evia says, "Yes'm."

Dwi quietly says, "Do miltias knows the name o' der blades... I wunner."

Dwi rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Stormyrain adds, "That being said, I am holding my final opinion until after the debates this coming week."

Dwi mutters something about bidness.

Rheider just nudged Dwi.

You glance at a striped owl.

Speaking distractedly to Stormyrain, Meureii says, "Larton most certainly was."

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "None of them made it long enough to become animates. Or they were missing too much to have held a sword after."

Meureii turns an inquisitive ear toward Lylia.

Stormyrain looks thoughtfully at Meureii.

Chaoswynd glances between a striped owl and yourself.

Shinann agrees with Stormyrain.

Lylia says, "It is happening this year. I have hopes that some Faendryl merchants will visit. I am sure that more than a few are more curious about Wehnimer's Landing than were before."

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "I suppose they'd have a hard time with no arms and all."

Melikor ponders.

Speaking to Meureii, Stormyrain says, "You're incorrect, I believe. Kilron is on the list. Not Larton."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Meureii exclaims, "Ah!"

Melikor glances dubiously at Eiliriel.

Eiliriel arches one eyebrow at Melikor in an expression of sardonic amusement.

Speaking to Stormyrain, Maylan says, "And Sleepy."

Maylan nods.

Meureii says, "Kilron...Larton..."

Meureii holds up his hand and tilts it side to side in a so-so gesture.

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "Claidhmores do have those as requirements, I feel."

Stormyrain gazes in amusement at Meureii.

Meureii appears to be trying hard not to grin.

Dwi nods at Meureii.

Dwi mutters something about scoundrels.

Shinann says, "Khylon, Kilron, Casiphia and Thadston."

Speaking to Meureii, Lylia says, "I know little more than that, at least so far. We shall, of course, welcome our meeting halls to sell their wares."

Speaking to Shinann, Maylan says, "And Sleepy."

Maylan nods.

Lylia shifts her eyes to Maylan.

Shinann raises an eyebrow in Maylan's direction.

Luxelle shakes her head.

Stormyrain gazes in amusement at Chaoswynd.

Speaking to Maylan, Lylia says, "I shall bring that up with the Town Council too."

You chuckle.

Maylan lets out a cheer!

Roelaren raises her hand.

Luxelle nods at Roelaren.

Speaking dryly to Ysharra, Melikor says, "Perhaps I could animate a mentalist, they could wield it with their mind."

Chaoswynd looks thoughtfully at Stormyrain.

Ysharra laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement from Melikor.

Speaking to Meureii, Luxelle asks, "Did your question get answered, Mister Meureii?"

Stormyrain grins crookedly at Chaoswynd.

Dwi scoots over next to a leaded glass window.

Speaking to Meureii, Lylia says, "I hope this answers your question as fully as I can manage it at the moment."

Chaoswynd gazes in amusement at Stormyrain.

Speaking to Luxelle, Meureii says, "It most certainly did Miss Luxelle."

Stormyrain preens.

Meureii nods at Lylia.

You nod understandingly.

Luxelle nods.

Speaking to Lylia, Meureii says, "Aye thank you."

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "One of the creepy fellows running about in the Sanctum might fit that bill. We'll have to try it."

Luxelle says, "All right, then the next one on the list is..."

Luxelle glances at a copper-bound white leather notebook in her hand.

Melikor agrees with Ysharra.

You tilt your head slightly toward Luxelle, noting the subtle changes in her muscles and breathing.

Luxelle holds her breath.

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor asks, "They wield swords with their minds?"


Question #8, From Roelaren, Answered by Shinann, Leafiara, Lylia, Xorus: Thadston Favoritism?

Luxelle says, "Roelaren has the floor for the next question."

Luxelle nods at Roelaren.

You turn to face Roelaren.

Rheider turns an inquisitive ear toward Roelaren.

You nod at Luxelle.

Ysharra ponders.

Roelaren says, "Is it possible that this list was put together to favor Sir Thadston who out of all but one has a lot of experience."

Dwi tinkers absentmindedly with the clasp on her dark chestnut cloak and appears quite uninterested in her surroundings.

Roelaren smiles.

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "They make your sword -or runestaff, I don't think they discriminate- turn into a serpent."

Melikor ponders.

Roelaren says, "For anyone."

You nod understandingly at Roelaren.

Roelaren says, "On the panel."

Shinann says, "I do not think so. Khylon is the most logical choice. If he is well enough now."

Speaking to Roelaren, Rheider says, "I think you find a question instead of an answer."

You comment, "Khylon has quite a bit of experience too, and was the previous marshal before Thrayzar."

Pukk quietly says, "Thadston was added suddenly at the last minute."

Melikor agrees with Shinann.

Stormyrain shifts her weight.

Evia smiles fondly.

Speaking to Roelaren, Lylia says, "It is possible, of course. The selection process was less open than I may have liked."

Lylia narrows her eyes.

Roelaren says, "That is the one that I was referring to."

Ysharra raises an eyebrow in Pukk's direction.

Xorus says, "I would never rule out the plausibility of meddling and corruption in such processes."

You nod in agreement at Xorus.

Speaking to Pukk, Ysharra says, "You think that because..."

Roelaren says, "The other two seem less qualified."

Roelaren nods at Xorus.

Lylia says, "Not the first time I have seen the Town Council arrive at decisions without me."

Lylia smiles wryly.

Roelaren says, "Just a thought."

Speaking quietly to Ysharra, Pukk says, "He was added at the last minute to make it look like it was something that just came up...too much of a coincidence."

Roelaren nods.

You glance down.

Dwi just closed a fur-lined dark chestnut cloak.

You rub your chin thoughtfully.

Evia says, "Take away their comfie chairs for four weeks."

Evia nods.

You shake your head.

Speaking softly to Roelaren, Wintersylph says, "Less qualified because most nae know the backgrounds of who they are."

Shinann says, "I think hearing them at the end of the week will help a lot. Remember, this is a temporary position."

Speaking to Pukk, Ysharra says, "Coincidences happen all the time. Especially ones you shouldn't trust."

You nod in agreement at Shinann.

Roelaren agrees with Shinann.

Lylia says, "I shall make no decisions before hearing them all, of course. And yes -- this is a temporary appointment."

Maylan says, "Quin is naturally the most qualified, given his extensive field experience."

Dwi stands up.

Lylia hides her face in her upturned palm and slowly shakes her head. After a barely audible sigh, she regards Maylan with world-weary gaze.

Eiliriel gazes in amusement at Maylan.

Dwi sits down next to Danthius.

Rheider kneels down.

Xorus says, "I remember the parchment that was plastered across the pawnshop a few years ago. I suppose we will hear from Kilron directly his attitudes next week."

Dergoatean just arrived.

Roelaren says, "Thank ye."

Chaoswynd grins at Dergoatean.

Ysharra gazes intently at Melikor, holding her breath until she abruptly looks away.

Lylia nods at Xorus.

Speaking to Wintersylph, you mention, "Kilron has been the most secretive about his own background... in that one case, at least, there isn't much more to go on but rumor until we hear from him."

Dergoatean waves to Chaoswynd.

Lylia says, "Yes. We shall ask him about it."

Stiana raises her hand.

Luxelle nods at Stiana.

Melikor peers quizzically at Ysharra.

(OOC) You whisper, "Seriously, I kind of hinted at it on the officials, but Kilron has his own entire History of Kilron page." to your group.

Ysharra whispers something to Melikor.

Qafziel bows.

Ysharra grins at Melikor.

Qafziel just went south.

(OOC) You whisper, "Https://gswiki.play.net/History_of_Kilron <-- did NOT expect to see that while putting together the post. :D." to your group.

Speaking softly to you, Wintersylph says, "But we know some about Casiphia, and she certainly has good motive to be Marshal."

You nod at Luxelle.


Question #9, From Stiana, Answered by Lylia, Shinann, Irar, Leafiara, Stormyrain, Raelee: Legitimate Thadston?

Luxelle says, "Stiana has the floor for the next question."

Luxelle nods at Stiana.

Lylia turns to face Stiana.

Melikor scratches Ysharra's back.

Irar just arrived.

Danthius turns an inquisitive ear toward Stiana.

Ysharra smiles at Melikor.

Irar bows.

You add Dergoatean to your group.

Roelaren smiles at Irar.

Irar joins your group.

Lylia sets her mouth in a thin line of disapproval.

Dwi rummages around in her pockets.

Rheider nods to Irar in greeting.

Irar nods to Rheider in greeting.

Lylia whispers something to Dergoatean.

You mention, "Well, we have two very late panelists joining us now, if you'd like to ask anything of Goat or Irar."

You chuckle.

Bernadette and Irar clasp forearms in greeting.

Stiana says, "This is open to anyone... are any of you concerned that Thadston has been named a candidate? Also, has anyone had much interaction with him since he returned? Considering he was a golem not too long ago."

Stiana grins.

Dergoatean ducks his head.

A spindly bone white imp jumps over a copper lockpick.

Lylia says, "He was not a golem. That was not him at all, any more than that imp is me if it wears my face temporarily."

Speaking jovially to Stiana, you jest, "Yeah, but so was Irar."

Lylia glances at a spindly bone white imp.

You snicker.

Stiana ponders.

Pukk quietly asks, "Irar was a golem?"

Maylan glances between Lylia and a spindly bone white imp.

Melikor grins slowly at Ysharra.

Pukk gasps.

Pukk glances at Irar.

Melikor frowns at a spindly bone white imp.

Shinann says, "He was never a golem. A golem was made to look like him."

Speaking to a spindly bone white imp, Melikor says, "Stand still."

Wintersylph laughs at Pukk!

Rheider says, "Irar was not a golem."

Stiana says, "Considering a golem was crafted to impersonate him is perhaps a better way of saying it."

Speaking to Pukk, Irar says, "According to Leafiara, possibly."

Melikor mutters under his breath.

Dwi works her fingers under her blue vultite helm and scratches her head.

You nod at Stiana.

Irar smirks.

Raelee folds her arms over her chest.

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "Mimicry and flattery, however that aphorism goes."

Maylan suspiciously says, "I am also not a golem."

Ysharra nods at Lylia.

You simply assure, "Just lightening the mood as we approach the end of our time."

You nod.

Pukk is admiring Irar.

Dwi quietly asks, "How do ye know yer notta golem?"

Rheider begins chuckling at Pukk!

Pukk works his fingers under his black cavalier hat and scratches his head.

Dwi grunts noncommittally and shrugs her shoulders.

Speaking to you, Evia asks, "We're dyin?"

Evia wrings her hands.

Speaking to Dwi, Ysharra says, "A golem couldn't hold her liquor."

Stiana asks, "I suppose Crux could eat me and if I explode inside him, I'm a golem?"

Stiana chuckles.

Roelaren grins.

Ysharra gives a sidelong glance at Maylan.

Lylia says, "This is the real Thadston. I have worked with him profitably in the past. He is a pragmatic man and a skilled one. I am not concerned that he has cast his die with this town, nor that he would seek to be one of its defenders."

Dwi grunts at Ysharra.

Dwi quietly exclaims, "Am not then!"

Lylia nods at Stormyrain.

You nod in agreement at Lylia.

Roelaren grins.

Bernadette grins.

Bernadette chuckles.

Ysharra chuckles.

Stiana asks, "So you've had enough interaction with him since his return to be able to tell it's really him?"

Shinann says, "It is Thadston. He scowled at me."

Roelaren grins.

Lylia says, "Yes."

Speaking to Stiana, Irar says, "I've interacted with Sir Andrews."

Irar nods at Stiana.

Lylia turns her head toward Irar to favor him with a silent, withering gaze.

Ferrumus glances at a spindly bone white imp.

Ysharra says, "We could ask him to chop something off and heal him, say it's a requirement for public office around here."

You mention, "Thadston saved many people standing in this room--at very least Stormy and myself, off the top of my head--during one rather ill-fated mission against the Blameless. Some of us do have familiarity."

Raelee interjects, "... if I may..."

You nod at Raelee.

Ysharra nods at Raelee.

Irar nods.

Lylia turns to face Raelee.

Ferrumus nods with satisfaction.

Stiana begins chuckling at Ysharra!

Bernadette chuckles.

Rheider smiles at you.

Speaking quietly to Ferrumus, Dwi says, "Is like a teeny tiny ye."

Stormyrain says, "He is truly Thadston. He remembers details of our interactions that a golem would not know about."

Stormyrain folds her arms over her chest.

You nod at Stormyrain.

Shinann nods at Stormyrain.

Raelee says, "I spent more time with the golem than I have with the man since his return."

Ysharra winks at Stiana.

Evia says, "Besides which he is one of two of the four prospects with specific martial leadership experience."

Dwi leans forward.

Ferrumus grins.

Ferrumus nods.

Raelee says, "As I told Dennet, the golem was a very poor facsimile. It never held up under scrutiny."

A spindly bone white imp jumps over a copper lockpick.

You nod once.

You chuckle.

Stiana nods at Raelee.

Lylia glances at a spindly bone white imp.

Dwi grunts, amused.

Shinann shifts her weight.

Melikor frowns at a spindly bone white imp.

Raelee says, "And as to the behavior of the man..."

A spindly bone white imp snatches up a copper lockpick and crunches down on it quickly.

Ysharra grins slowly at Lylia.

(Raelee faintly shrugs.)

Melikor shrugs at a spindly bone white imp.

Ferrumus grins.

Dwi chuckles to herself.

Raelee says, "We have not spoken much... and that is quite normal."

Speaking to Lylia, Melikor says, "I think he was just hungry."

You nod in agreement.

Speaking quietly to Raelee, Pukk says, "That otta do it, thanks Rae."

Stormyrain gives a sidelong glance at Raelee.

Xorus grins.

Raelee says, "I do have my concerns about his choice... but..."

Lylia nods at Melikor.

Raelee slowly says, "... likely not the same concerns as the rest of you. But, he will do as he will."

Luxelle nods.

You ponder the meaning of Raelee's existence.

Lylia smiles at Raelee.

Ysharra glances at a spindly bone white imp.

Ysharra nods slowly at Lylia.

Luxelle asks, "Nobody has another question?"

You glance appraisingly around the room.

Luxelle shifts her weight.

Evia raises her hand.

Luxelle nods at Evia.

Luxelle beams!

Rheider says, "None that won't be answered with a question."

Rheider grins at Luxelle.

Speaking quietly to a spindly bone white imp, Dwi says, "A katana collection would complete the ullusion."

Dwi grunts, amused.

[OOC whispers: Lylia asks if anyone wants to add anything before we wrap up, in case of unfinished business, and Xorus says we should talk about the ship of Stone golems. So I said sure, after the last question I'd give space for panelists to talk about whatever was left over. And it went so well that I think we'll do it from now on! So, thanks to Lylia and Xorus for that!]


Question #10, From Evia, Answered by Xorus: Epochxin Cure?

Evia says, "Any news regarding help for little girl Larsya afflicted with...."

Ferrumus grins at Dwi.

Ferrumus nods slowly.

Evia asks, "That horrible old age thing?"

Stormyrain folds her arms over her chest.

Maylan winces.

Speaking to Dwi, Melikor says, "He prefers claidhmores."

Bernadette rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Stormyrain gives a sidelong glance at Raelee.

Dwi grunts at Melikor and nods.

Evia says, "Pardon my inability to enunciate."

Lylia nods to you.

Evia coughs.

You let out a long, contemplative breath.

Raelee raises an eyebrow in Stormyrain's direction.

You nod slowly at Evia.

Stormyrain nods faintly at Shinann.

Speaking to Dwi, Ysharra says, "Or fleshsore oozing bulbs. He's really handy with those."

Dwi smirks.

Rheider pokes Dwi in the ribs.

Melikor agrees with Ysharra.

Stormyrain slowly empties her lungs.

Ferrumus smirks.

Melikor appears less confident and fearless.

Xorus says, "I am working on the epochxin issue, it is a dangerous thing to try to treat. With a unique condition I am unable to conduct proper tests."

Dergoatean put some fine crystalline chalk in his leather satchel.

Dergoatean put a leather book in his black and white longcoat.

Ysharra ponders.

You nod understandingly at Xorus.

Speaking quietly to Ferrumus, Dwi says, "Looks like Danthius now."

Dwi chuckles.

Thrassus suddenly fades into view.

Thrassus mutters under his breath.

As Thrassus focuses, his head bows slightly, and he stares balefully ahead from beneath his furrowed brow as he murmurs an invocation...

Thrassus gestures.

Thrassus suddenly disappears.

Danthius rolls his eyes at Dwi.

Melikor snickers.

Dwi smirks.

Ysharra whispers something to Xorus.

Evia says, "Poor child, that was my only question, whether any progress."

Evia nods.

Lylia nods at Evia.

Ysharra grins at Xorus.

You sadly admit, "It's been quite some time since Breshon has invited us over."

Xorus says, "The ideal would be to transform her without melting her."

Evia nods slowly.

Ysharra says, "He's a hunter, perhaps he'll be out more now that the seasons are transitioning."

You nod at Ysharra.

Evia says, "Recongealing a child would be quite difficult."

Evia starts chortling.

You nod at Luxelle.

Dwi nods impatiently.

Ysharra says, "One assumes he waits out the spring to give the new birth time to mature."

Dwi smirks.

Bernadette nods.

Rheider grins at Luxelle.

Rheider stands up.

Evician sits down on the long wooden bench.

Speaking quietly to a spindly bone white imp, Dwi says, "Could watch ye all day."

Dwi quietly says, "And I might."

Ysharra smiles.

Ysharra nods at Dwi.

Melikor shifts his eyes to Dwi.

Speaking to Dwi, Ysharra says, "He often has my attention, too- oh, you mean the imp."

Dwi grunts at Ysharra and nods.

Speaking to Dwi, Ysharra says, "Also a fascinating creature."

Lylia gazes in amusement at Ysharra.

Evician grins at Melikor.

Melikor gives Ysharra a series of teasing little prods along the spine.

Dwi quietly says, "Still looks like Danthius."

Dwi chuckles to herself.

Evician nods to Lylia in greeting.

Speaking innocently to Melikor, Ysharra asks, "What?"

Danthius squints.


Lylia nods graciously at Evician.


Concluding Topics: Xorus Speaks on the Grishom Golems, with Additional Thoughts from Shinann, Ysharra, Stiana, Stormyrain, Raelee, Dergoatean, Maylan

You lightly state, "It seems we've covered our final question of the evening, but at this time, before we conclude the evening, I'd like to clear the floor for our honored panelists to touch on any noteworthy subjects they believe haven't been covered yet."

You clear your throat.

You turn to face Xorus.

Xorus nods slowly.

Lylia gazes with interest at Xorus.

Shinann folds her hands behind her back.

Bernadette and Evician clasp forearms in greeting.

Xorus says, "There is this matter of the Grishom Stone flesh golems that were found passing through our docks."

Phelicidea takes a moment to observe Evician.

Ysharra smiles at Xorus.

Speaking to Xorus, Dergoatean says, ""Matter" feels like a bit of an undersell."

You chuckle.

Xorus nods.

Evician smiles at Phelicidea.

Evician winks at Phelicidea.

Phelicidea nods slowly at Evician.

Evician smiles warmly at Phelicidea.

Xorus says, "This was brought to our attention by a sudden vision from Malluch, which was rather suspicious and given extremely urgent timing."

Irar squints at Evician.

Lylia nods in agreement at Xorus.

You nod in agreement.

Evician glances at Irar.

Evician smiles at Irar.

Evician nods to Irar in greeting.

Phelicidea raises an eyebrow.

Irar nods to Evician in greeting.

Ysharra gazes with awe at Xorus.

Xorus says, "On face value it would seem Stone is using our port to send his flesh golems throughout the Empire. In this case all along the western coast."

You ponder the meaning of Xorus's existence.

Dwi squints at a spindly bone white imp.

(Evia parrots, in a parrot-like shrill "Any port in a storm! Squwaaaak!")

Xorus says, "Where they are originating from is unclear. It could be the Bleaklands, or the Deadfall if the barrier is failing, or quite possibly Glaoveln if he is aligned with Kragnack the krolvin war leader."

Shinann says, "All ships coming in and going out will be inspected from the Landing."

Evician grins at Evia.

Xorus nods.

Bernadette nods at Shinann.

Raelee glances at Xorus.

You thoughtfully tap a finger against your lips.

Ysharra ponders.

Shinann says, "Did not mean to interrupt."

Dwi begins chuckling at a spindly bone white imp!

Dwi applauds.

Stormyrain shifts her weight.

Melikor snickers at Dwi.

Speaking softly to Xorus, Wintersylph says, "Perhaps Mestanir."

Roelaren takes a drink from her frozen Dinghy.

Roelaren looks rather relaxed.

Xorus says, "I would suggest caution on taking what we saw on face value, he has taken a revived interest in making spectacles and has a history of manipulating the town."

Evia says, "Option three sounds fascinating."

You nod in agreement at Xorus.

Dwi grunts at the imp in agreement.

Speaking to Xorus, Ysharra says, "That guard who announced Malluch wanted a word referred to the dock. I wonder now if it was more than just a casual remark."

Evician says, "Like he was fed the information."

Evia ponders.

Dergoatean looks thoughtfully at Ysharra.

Shinann gives a sidelong glance at Evician.

Xorus says, "The point may well have been to bait people into spreading word of it to the south. It was a branch of the southern imperial navy that kidnapped our town marshal outside of Ubl, we have bad blood with the Estorian nobles, and Malluch was probably associated with a radical aspect of the southern Order of Voln."

Ysharra says, "We still don't know how Malluch had that information, after all."

Ysharra nods at Dergoatean.

Dwi gazes in amazement at a spindly bone white imp.

A spindly bone white imp scratches at the wrinkled skin around one of its elbows.

Xorus nods at Ysharra.

Dwi grunts at the imp happily, grinning.

Lylia nods in agreement at Ysharra.

Phelicidea cocks her head at Evician.

Marshal Meureii just went south.

Lylia glances south.

You hear a murmured invocation.

Lylia sets her mouth in a thin line of disapproval.

Xorus says, "I still think it is rather likely that Malluch was his own copycat, he may have his mind toyed with by Stone himself."

Dwi stares intently at bone white imp until the imp turns to look at her. For a moment, the imp's features shift to match Dwi's, but then something distracts the imp and it looks away.

You ponder the meaning of Xorus's existence.

Lylia raises an eyebrow in Xorus's direction.

Shinann raises an eyebrow in Xorus's direction.

Evician nods slowly at Xorus.

Lylia looks thoughtful for a moment, then shrugs.

Dwi stares intently at bone white imp until the imp turns to look at her. For a moment, the imp's features shift to match Dwi's, but then something distracts the imp and it looks away.

Lylia nods slowly.

Dwi grunts at the imp, amused.

Stiana says, "Odd thought, but is there any chance Grishom is this Alchemist? Grishom was before my time living in the Landing."

Evia asks, "Had anyone a clue why we seemed to hear what sounded like boys on the ship that night?" [Editor's note: I think it was a forgotten letter in "body." :D]

Melikor winks at Dwi.

Speaking quietly to a spindly bone white imp, Dwi says, "Dont blame ye."

Melikor begins chuckling at Dwi!

Xorus says, "I doubt he is the Alchemist."

Lylia smiles at Ysharra.

Dwi scratches at her beard.

Stormyrain offers, "That would be far too much work for Grishom. He would not need to take all those steps to compel folks to do what he wished, now that he has the Star, in my opinion."

You ponder the meaning of Stormyrain's existence.

Ysharra says, "I do, too. Their goals seem different."

You nod faintly.

Raelee interjects, "... this is a fairly small point to bring forth, however..."

Ysharra turns to face Raelee.

Raelee says, "I believe the Bleaklands can most probably be eliminated as a point of origin."

You take a moment to observe everything you can about Raelee.

Ysharra gazes fondly at Melikor.

Lylia smiles quietly to herself.

Chaoswynd leans against the hearth, taking a momentary rest.

Speaking to Stormyrain, Dergoatean says, "I suspect he takes a measure of satisfaction from toying with his schemes, rather than just pursing maximum efficiency."

Dwi just nudged Danthius.

Dwi points at a spindly bone white imp.

Raelee says, "This is not the first time we have seen crates of a blue-eyed bodies."

Xorus says, "I warned that those crates would explode, there was no need to open them. The mages among us were able to see inside them without it."

Raelee says, "I believe this 'project' of his, whatever it may be, predates the incident that created the Bleaklands."

Speaking slowly to Dergoatean, Stormyrain says, "I think that used to be true, however I think now--mayhaps not so much."

Ysharra nods at Xorus.

Speaking to Stormyrain, Dergoatean says, "I find it more useful to think of what the Star wants than what Stone wants."

Staring into space, you pause to mull over multiple possibilities and potential nuances.

Xorus says, "These flesh golems are covered in a black ichor that seems to be the same slimy residue that is found on the blood trees."

Maylan ponders.

Evia says, "Mm."

Speaking to Raelee, Dergoatean asks, "When did we see crates of blue-eyed bodies before?"

Speaking to Dergoatean, Stormyrain says, "..and toying with schemes would be more a Grishom Stone act, than one of the Star, I believe."

Xorus says, "Perhaps it is only very similar, but it seems to be the same."

Lylia nods at Raelee.

Dergoatean agrees with Stormyrain.

Speaking to Xorus, Maylan asks, "And like that goo that Goblyn put on my back after her little experiment?"

Raelee lets out a long, contemplative breath.

Lylia smiles quietly to herself.

Danthius stares intently at bone white imp until the imp turns to look at him. For a moment, the imp's features shift to match Danthius's, but then something distracts the imp and it looks away.

Danthius grins.

A spindly bone white imp whirls and stares at a friendly sun spirit with an expression of alarm on its pale face. A breeze springs up around the imp and pulses outward in waves. Each wave carries the sound of many unintelligible voices speaking at once in tones of alarm, and the voices rise to a painful cacophony that sends the spirit backing hurriedly away before the imp calms down.

Dwi nods gratefully to the bone white imp.

You gaze in amusement at your surroundings.

Speaking to Dergoatean, Raelee says, "... not recently."

Dergoatean nods at Raelee.

Speaking quietly to Danthius, Dwi says, "Still looks like ye."

Dwi chuckles.

Evician says, "You know, it's not hard to smuggle things in and out of this town...."

Speaking softly to Raelee, Wintersylph asks, "Where do you suggest?"

Speaking to Raelee, Stormyrain agrees, "We saw them in the hole he dug, before he had the Star."

Maylan says, "Well that is a relief."

Danthius squints at Dwi.

Raelee nods at Stormyrain.

Stormyrain ponders.

Phelicidea folds her arms over her chest.

Evia says, "Shoddy golem crafting, leaky black goo."

Evia starts chortling.

Speaking to Wintersylph, Raelee says, "It is not a matter of where. That is not information I have."

Irar smiles.

Melikor grins slowly at Ysharra.

(Evician mutters, "Keeps golems fresh, year after year...)

Ysharra pokes Melikor in the ribs.

Stormyrain shifts her weight.


Concluding Topics: Goat Reviews the Ship of Stone Clones, with Additional Thoughts from Xorus, Leafiara, Shinann, Evia

Dergoatean says, "I did want to review a few findings from that evening."

Dwi grunts at the imp happily, grinning.

You take a moment to observe everything you can about Dergoatean.

Dergoatean says, "First, the man guarding the dock resisted our search, but only lightly. He may have been instructed to have us find the golems, or he may have been kept in the dark."

Evician snorts derisively at Irar!

Irar winks at Evician.

Dergoatean says, "I don't recall his appearance, to be honest. But if anyone else does, it would good to keep an eye out for him."

Evician grins slowly at Irar.

Dergoatean says, "Second, the golems did not seem given to speaking. It's unclear where they had that ability but simply had not be commanded to make use of it."

You nod at Dergoatean.

Dergoatean says, "Third, we found that the golems had substantial, but not insurmountable combat capabilities, varying across several of our known professions."

Dergoatean says, "Fourth, I believe we have no hard evidence that Grishom Stone actually caused this shipment, or this attack. It seems likely, but there are other sinister powers at work in our world."

Lylia begins chuckling at Ysharra!

Dergoatean says, "Finally, if any sees Granthem - he has some explaining to do."

Ysharra winks at Lylia.

Dergoatean says, "For those who haven't met him, he's the spitting image of Stone, like those golems."

Roelaren grins.

Speaking quietly to a spindly bone white imp, Dwi asks, "Ye should foller me aroun...I stole Rioja ... why not ye?"

Dergoatean says, "And he has no memories prior to arriving in our town under odd circumstances."

Dwi winks at a spindly bone white imp.

Roelaren mutters splaning.

Evia asks, "What do you wish him to explain?"

Melikor smiles at Dwi.

Speaking to Evia, Dergoatean exclaims, "The clones!"

Speaking to Dwi, Melikor says, "Have to summon your own, I'm afraid."

Dwi mutters something about clowns.

You curiously ask, "Why would he know anything about them?"

Xorus says, "He has a way of waking up around dead bodies with no memory of how it happened."

Speaking to Evia, Dergoatean says, "I guess I actually mean to suggest that he should be prevented from access to any sensitive information, perhaps detained."

Speaking softly to Raelee, Wintersylph says, "The Golems are the work of a Summoner, and all Summoners originate in Mestanir, so thats a good starting point, it is also the origination of the Blameless, the Hand of Koar, the Mandis Crystal, and where Casiphia's Weapon shop was before the War of the Shadow destroyed it, we should look to Mestanir if we want answers."

You nod at Xorus.

Evician winks at Irar.

Evia slowly empties her lungs.

Dergoatean says, "That's my roundup."

Dergoatean grins.

Shinann ponders.

You rub your chin thoughtfully.

Bernadette nods.

Speaking approvingly to Dergoatean, you say, "All very good things to make note of."

You nod at Dergoatean.

The acorn amulet hanging from Evia's neck suddenly flares a bright shade of yellow.

Shinann adopts an agreeable expression.

Xorus says, "We also only opened three crates, something like two dozen clones."

You curiously admit, "Though I still don't necessarily see why Granthem would know anything, but maybe it can't hurt to ask."

You shrug.

Xorus says, "We killed far more than that in the fire fight."

You nod at Xorus.

Ysharra nods at Xorus.

Shinann says, "Lots were in the hold."

Lylia nods in agreement at Xorus.

Speaking to you, Dergoatean says, "I think it's more like 'Why would he tell us?'."

Speaking to Xorus, Ysharra asks, "I assumed the fellow who tried to stop us tipped someone off, no?"

You grin at Dergoatean.

Irar smiles at Evician.

Ysharra says, "And awoke other holds."

Speaking to you, Dergoatean says, "But again, I really mean we should just be wary of him."

Dwi sighs at a spindly bone white imp.

Evician nods at Irar.

Speaking to you, Dergoatean says, "Hopefully everyone already was."

Evician smiles at Irar.

Speaking to Wintersylph, Raelee says, "... that is patently false. A group that labeled themselves as Summoners came from Mestanir. The vast majority of summoners actually hair from elsewhere - many elsewheres. And the Mandis Crystals were brought north to be used against Mestanir - they did not originate there."

Speaking to Dergoatean, you acknowledge, "He was a pretty amicable guy during the last town council debate, but yes, his background is pretty mysterious, so I understand that."

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "We could hear them wake below us and all around us."

You nod at Dergoatean.

Xorus says, "As I said. I simply advise caution. This incident had the feel of us being lured into seeing something we were meant to see for a purpose we do not know."

You nod understandingly at Xorus.

Evia asks, "And then there is Rodnay. Still up on the reach, I take it?"

Dergoatean points at Xorus.

Shinann nods slowly.

Dergoatean adopts an agreeable expression.

You nod at Evia.

Speaking softly to Raelee, Wintersylph says, "The crystal was destroyed in Mestanir, and the shards were dispersed from there."

Speaking to Evia, you reply, "As far as we know."

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "I'll bet that fellow headed for a safe corner to watch the fireworks."

Speaking quietly to a spindly bone white imp, Dwi says, "Bet I could feed ye good...gitcha all strong agin."

Dwi nods impatiently.

Roelaren smiles at Bernadette.

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "Or out of town."

Dwi smirks.

Melikor smirks.

Lylia nods at Xorus.

Dwi points at Melikor.

Dwi cackles!

Shinann says, "I did search, but had no luck. I assume he left town."

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "When I saw the first few of them dodge my gardening I considered the same."

Evia says, "Unfortunate he has not had a look into Malluch's head."

Dwi points at a spindly bone white imp.

Ysharra grins at Melikor.

You nod at Shinann.

Melikor squints at Dwi.

Melikor smiles at Ysharra.

Dwi grunts, amused.

Speaking to Evia, you agree, "I'm with you on that. He's always so helpful."

Speaking softly to Raelee, Wintersylph says, "Grishom IS from Mestanir, is and was part of the Arcane Eyes, and is all that matter currently."

Ysharra says, "I still think we should cut that arm off. Malluch, that is."

Evician glances up.

Stormyrain shifts her weight.

Ysharra says, "We have empaths. They can give him a new one."

(Dwi shoves an engraved thanot box out of the way and crawls into her floating disk.)

Shinann blinks at Ysharra.

You notice Dwi botch an attempt to conceal herself.

You nod to Wolfloner in greeting.

Dwi grunts in annoyance, rolling her eyes.

You notice Dwi slip into a hiding place.

Wintersylph grins.

You see the Dwi disk close.


Wrapping Up

You say, "I believe those were were all our topics this evening, so a quick word about our next Town Hall meetings before we conclude..."

Evia smiles.

Melikor snickers.

Ysharra chuckles.

You recite:

"First, thank you all again for coming out tonight to speak with everyone and raise very interesting questions! We hope everyone had an enjoyable time this evening."

Lylia inclines her head.

Roelaren smiles.

Luxelle nods.

Ysharra smiles at Lylia.

Luxelle beams!

Lylia smiles at Ysharra.

You recite:

"Rumors are that Bloodriven Village will be opening to visitors again in the coming month..."

Maylan wiggles her eyebrows.

Beldannon turns to you and cheers!

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "It wasn't tea, but at least I got to hear your thoughts. On the various questions asked."

Evician cocks his head at Phelicidea.

Ysharra folds her hands behind her back.

Chaoswynd begins chortling at Shinann.

Shinann nods.

Bernadette chuckles.

Raelee glances between Lylia and Ysharra.

Lylia nods in agreement at Ysharra.

Melikor smiles at Ysharra.

You recite:

"It's a very popular village with many here and we will try to schedule our meetings at times when they're closed to visitors, so we currently plan on meetings during the 10th and 30th of next month."

Speaking to you, Lylia says, "Wonderful news."

You nod eagerly at Lylia.

Ysharra leans softly against Melikor.

You recite:

"Until next we meet, on behalf of the TownCrier, we hope that all of you stay safe and are well."

Kordoc blinks.

Leafiara smiles at the assembled crowd.

Irar smiles.

Aeith smiles.

Phelicidea raises an eyebrow.

Evia applauds.

Melikor smiles at Ysharra.

Luxelle says, "Thank you all for participating tonight, our panel and our audience."

Roelaren applauds.

Luxelle beams!

You nod emphatically at Luxelle!

Bernadette applauds.

Luxelle stands up.

Lylia places a hand over her heart.

Lylia bows.

Kordoc applauds politely.

Shinann says, "All of us are always available for questions. At anytime."

You pleasantly comment, "Definitely an exceptional night!"

Dergoatean applauds.

Roelaren says, "And thank all of ye for being here to answer our questions."

Melikor smiles.

Shinann nods.

Ysharra smiles at Xorus.

You nod in agreement at Shinann.

Aeith says, "Thank you all."

Roelaren lets out a cheer!

Melikor applauds politely.

Evia rolls backward, then springs to her feet, ready again for action!

Lylia says, "Thank you all for your questions and to my fellow panelists for their answers."

Ysharra grins at Melikor.

Melikor glances inquiringly at Ysharra.

You offhandedly acknowledge, "I do hope to see many of you at Bloodriven. It's one of my favorite places."

You chuckle.

Irar sniffs.

Lylia shifts her eyes to Irar.

Evia stretches.

Lylia narrows her eyes.

Irar glances at Lylia.

Lylia turns around.

Phelicidea slowly empties her lungs.

Speaking to Lylia, Irar asks, "Can I help you with something, Mayor?"

Irar smiles at Lylia.

Evia mutters something about friction.

Evia glances around the room.

You suddenly say, "Oh! I should of course mention that while the night is 'officially' concluded, many panelists may choose to stay for further discussion."

You nod.

Stormyrain slowly empties her lungs.

(Lylia arranges the veils on her hennin, apparently having heard nothing.)

You add, "But that is up to them."

Luxelle chuckles.

Roelaren gives Bernadette a friendly hug.

Melikor smiles at Ysharra.

Roelaren hugs Bjornsong, who wraps her in a warm embrace.

Bernadette hugs Roelaren, who wraps her in a warm embrace.

Roelaren smiles.

Bernadette smiles.

Stormyrain gives a sidelong glance at Chaoswynd.

Roelaren says, "Take care hun."

Pukk waves.

Nazarr waves.

Pukk quietly says, "Was interesting."

Bernadette softly says, "And ye."

Evia stifles a yawn.

Wintersylph pinches Pukk!

Roelaren hugs Bjornsong, who wraps her in a warm embrace.

Zakarius looks over at Lylia and shakes his head.

Lylia brushes her fingers lightly against her two-horned hennin.

Ysharra flashes a quick grin at Melikor.

Pukk snuggles up to Wintersylph.

Roelaren hugs Wintersylph, who wraps her in a warm embrace.

You hug Pukk, who wraps you in a warm embrace.

Wintersylph giggles.

Roelaren waves.

Pukk hugs you, and you wrap him in a warm embrace.

Zakarius grins at Lylia.

Speaking quietly to Wintersylph, Pukk says, "You just like pinching my tush."

Lylia nods at Zakarius.

Zakarius grins at Lylia.

Pukk grins at Wintersylph.

Speaking softly to Pukk, Wintersylph says, "So..."

Pukk grins.

Pukk quietly says, "I knew it."