Witchful Thinking - 5119-07-16 - Bear Down, Fire in the Hole (log)

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Koaratos 16-17, 5119

by Leafiara Autumnwind of the TownCrier


Summary

  • Thrayzar hops down from the Moot Hall roof, reporting fewer difficult nights than before, and says he's ready for the temporal experiment in Melgorehn's Reach on the Eve of the Huntress. He admits he's slightly concerned with the lack of planning, but Xorus suggests standing within a circle of runes or glyphs to center the Reach's temporal flux and infusing it with plinite from the Elemental Confluence. Magister Raelee says there needs to be a way to stabilize those performing the experient and suggests an array of runes with one focused on temporal isolation with Thrayzar. She confirms with Thrayzar that he's prepared to make it difficult for them in order to prepare them for the later experiment with Pylasar.
  • After Thrayzar leaves, the crowd turns to talk of the situation with the rotting fish. Mayor Lylia announces that she's stepping up food imports, with half a million covering expenses for now and more coming if needed.
  • A scarab-covered goblin interrupts, saying that they warned the Landing, yet they keep planning, and "she" isn't pleased. He says maybe they don't understand, so he holds out his arms and releases a swarm of scarabs. Adventurers quickly dispatch them, but soon hear noises in the forest and go to investigate.
  • Out in the Lower Dragonsclaw, adventurers soon find themselves attacked by pus-covered huge grizzly bears. Though they fight them off, green mist seeps up from their corpses as they die and many begin reporting feeling as if their skin's on fire.
  • Amidst scarabs, more bears, and the plague setting in heavily, a shadow is seen creeping about and the group soon encounters a decomposing Rook, who sets off a crimson orb to explode. A couple more appear elsewhere, setting off their own orbs. Nonetheless, eventually the town adventurers prevail and the forest quiets down... for now.


Highlights

Pukk quietly says, "That statue is so evil looking...and it gives me the shivers."
Pukk quietly says, "Like something bad is going to happen."
Speaking to Pukk, Lylia says, "It looks exactly like me."
Pukk quietly says, "And the expression reminds me of someone..."
Speaking quietly to Lylia, Pukk says, "Oh yeah...you."
Thrayzar says, "I'm a little concerned with the lack of ideas and planning."
Madmountan says, "We love winging it."
Speaking to Thrayzar, Hapenlok says, "H-how long have you lived among us?"
Kreager huskily says, "Bah, back ta plan B, wingin it.  Somethins nevaer change."
Speaking to Stormyrain, Hapenlok says, "I forsee one problem in all this."
Stormyrain says, "Just one? I foresee many."
Speaking to Stormyrain, Hapenlok says, "Me."
Speaking to Hapenlok, Leafiara muses, "So, same as ever then?"
Speaking to Stormyrain, Avalera asks, "Is that your kind of foresee, or....just logical foresee?"
Speaking to Avalera, Stormyrain says, "Yes."
Stormyrain grins crookedly at Avalera.
As a lanky ivory imp looks at Lylia, the features of the imp's face change until it looks exactly like Lylia, complete with fair skin and stormy grey eyes.  The mimicry lasts only a second before the imp reverts to its normal appearance.
Speaking to a lanky ivory imp, Xorus says, "We already have a statue of her."
Xorus says, "Telling this lot to stop doing something is the surest way to ensure it continues."
Kipara hoarsely asks, "How many scarabs can one owl eat in a night?"
A large growl echoes in the distance.
Evia says, "I know it was not my belly doing it."
Speaking nonchalantly to Evia, Darcena admits, "Might've been mine."
Pukk quietly says, "Darcena always growls when somebody marks her territory."
Speaking to Pukk, Darcena growls, "Yes, do not do that."
Pukk quietly says, "I only did it that once, but I really had to go..."
A roar echoes nearby, but then in a different spot, or a different spot, you can't tell because Cryheart keeps moving around.
Cryheart yells, "Unholy spirit, I am remaining in this spot!"
Darcena takes a bite of her roasted crow.
Speaking curiously to Darcena, Stormyrain asks, "Eating crow, are you?"
Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "Bears."
Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "And now dead bears."
Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "They looked like they were fairly close to begin with."


Log

Thrayzar's Prepared

[Town Square Central]

This is the heart of the main square of Wehnimer's Landing. The impromptu shops of the bazaar are clustered around this central gathering place, where townsfolk, travellers, and adventurers meet to talk, conspire or raise expeditions to the far-flung reaches of Elanith. At the north end, an old well, with moss-covered stones and a craggy roof, is shaded from the moonlight by a strong, robust tree. The oak is tall and straight, and it is apparent that the roots run deep. You also see some stone benches with some stuff on it and an herbal remedy donation bin.

A grey-cloaked figure stalks along some nearby rooftops.

Speaking surprisedly to Hapenlok, Leafiara acknowledges, "Nobody's destroyed the statue yet."

Shinann says, "Hmm."

Leafiara absently says, "Moment."

[Leafi searches the rooftops, but finds nothing]

[Town Square, East]

Here in the center of a broad plaza near the commercial area of the bazaar stands the impressive facade of the slate-roofed Moot Hall, where the citizens of Wehnimer's Landing hold various official, religious and social functions. Facing the square are some of the town's more prosperous shops, still doing business with the many customers who still frequent the streets at night. You also see a polished bleakstone statue, a bone-framed bulletin board and a large purple wooden barrel.

Also here: Event Planner Leafiara, Timoen, Sumdej, Relic Hunter Madmountan, Hapenlok, Claudaro, Chaoswynd, Razanetika, Lyrna, Sofal, Dame Evia, Zyclor, Zosopage, Avalera, Diamondelille, Lord Neelin, Kipara, Mistress Ghianna, Bernadette, Pukk, Sir Cryheart, Lord Chamorr, Shinann, Mayor Lylia

You notice Lylia slip out of hiding.

Leafiara reports, "Couldn't spot any on the few roofs I checked."

Speaking to Lylia, Chaoswynd says, "Truly, that was terrible."

Diamondelille says, "Look like a statue regulur."

(Lylia dusts her hands and moves farther away from the statue behind which she was standing.)

Speaking to Lylia, Hapenlok asks, "I-It's beautiful ...isn't it?"

Lylia says, "Good evening, all."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "There is our Mayor of Mayhem....!"

A grey-cloaked figure stalks along the rooftops, coming closer to Moot Hall.

Lylia says, "Yes, of course it is beautiful."

Speaking to Lylia, Hapenlok says, "And it's killing us."

Lylia says, "Superstitious nonsense."

Bernadette softly says, "Mayor."

Speaking to Shinann, Hapenlok says, "Leafi, should have given you the word."

Evia says, "I'm not killed."

A townsperson walks by and stops and waves at the statue. But then they blink, realize their mistake, then wave at Lylia and walk off blushing.

Speaking to Leafiara, Zosopage says, "We need to find Pukk a jester's outfit."

Shinann says, "She did."

Razanetika softly says, "Silly townperson."

Speaking gently to Zosopage, Leafiara say, "I'm sure he already has one."

Speaking to Razanetika, Lylia says, "Easy mistake in low light."

Diamondelille says, "Looks so."

Speaking quietly to Zosopage, Pukk says, "I have one, but then everybody confuses me with you."

Speaking heartily to Lylia, Chamorr says, "Send it back to the Bleaklands where it belongs."

Speaking to Pukk, you ask, "...right?"

Lylia quips, "Perhaps the statue should have been much larger; then such a mistake would be harder to make."

A grey-cloaked figure sits perched on the rooftop of Moot Hall, then flips through the air and lands on the ground before the large building.

Thrayzar nods.

Goldstr says, "Hail friends."

Leafiara cheerfully greets, "Evenin'!"

Speaking heartily to Thrayzar, Chamorr says, "Howdy."

Thrayzar says, "Evening."

Cryheart says, "Hello Thrayzar."

Thrayzar says, "Captains."

Thrayzar bows to Stormyrain.

Lurrah asks, "Did you see that jump?"

Thrayzar bows to Shinann.

Speaking to Thrayzar, Stormyrain murmurs, "Marshal."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Leafiara observes, "Lookin' better by the week, it seems."

Pukk quietly says, "That wasn't a jump...it was just falling with grace."

Speaking to Pukk, Lylia says, "That is true of every leap, if you think about it."

Thrayzar says, "Some nights are difficult. But they seem fewer now."

Diamondelille says, "Nuttin comin offin it."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Lylia says, "I am glad to hear it."

Timoen quietly asks, "Anybody got guards?"

Speaking to Thrayzar, Evia says, "Very good to see you."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Goldstr says, "Ye do look better Sir."

Thrayzar says, "To you as well."

Thrayzar nods at Evia.

Speaking to Timoen, Lurrah says, "They're home in bed."

Thrayzar says, "I think I am ready."

Speaking softly to Thrayzar, Bernadette says, "Good to see ye sir."

Neelin quietly says, "Quite a gathering we have here."

Thrayzar says, "For the Eve of the Huntress."

Thrayzar taps the side of his head.

Speaking heartily to Thrayzar, Chamorr says, "Hoppin off the roof like a boss, mus be feelin better."

Avalera carefully asks, "For....?"

Madmountan says, "His body is ready."

Speaking to Avalera, Leafiara says, "For the... experiment."

Avalera says, "I hadn't heard of an experiment."

Diamondelille says, "Do good some tricks too."

Cryheart asks, "Aye?"

Thrayzar says, "I do not want us to proceed with Pylasar until we've tried it first."

Speaking to Avalera, Leafiara says, "Oh, if this works out I'm sure we'll be talking about it a great deal..."

Thrayzar taps himself on the chest.

Evia says, "I heard a vague something of one."

A flash of lightning lights up the sky, followed by a rumble of thunder.

Speaking to Leafiara, Avalera says, "I'm sure we'll be talking about it more if it doesn't."

Thrayzar says, "We just need to determine..."

Pukk quietly says, "The gods are playing darts."

Thrayzar says, "How we will do this."

Speaking to Avalera Goldstr says, "Some mind control stuff."

Speaking blithely to Avalera, Leafiara muses, "Optimism is helpful."

Speaking to Pukk, Ysharra says, "That's odd, they never show up at the monthly game."

Thrayzar asks, "The Reach, yes?"

Evia says, "Ugh."

Avalera says, "I wasn't being pessimistic. Merely an observation."

Speaking to Avalera, Leafiara relents, "Fair."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Zosopage says, "Just don't use Pukk's mind. We'd all go crazy for sure."

Thrayzar nods.

Thrayzar asks, "...and have we thought of how exactly this will all, work?"

Thrayzar asks, "Or be controlled?"

Evia asks, "At the top of it?"

Chamorr heartily says, "A mind is a terrible thing."

Thrayzar asks, "Or started?"

Cryheart says, "Good question."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Ysharra says, "It sounds like you will truly be a test run."

Sumdej says, "Okay.. I'm going to go hunt some dead stuff."

Thrayzar asks, "We had discussed a temporal approach?"

Sumdej asks, "Or are we waiting for something to happen with the statue?"

Thrayzar says, "I'm a little concerned with the lack of ideas and planning."

Thrayzar chuckles.

Leafiara remarks, "I think it's very brave."

Madmountan says, "We love winging it."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Hapenlok says, "H-how long have you lived among us?"

Chamorr heartily says, "Planning."

Lylia says, "I am not certain what would 'happen' with it. It is a statue; merely a decorative piece."

Evia says, "Not at all clear on what we are doing."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Goldstr says, "Fer dem magikers to decide, dis warrior jess offerin me blade."

Xorus says, "I would suggest standing within a circle of runes or glyphs, such as those on trapped boxes or a summoning circle, to center the temporal flux of the Reach on it."

Lyrna says, "My apologies that I was unable to be around much of this last week, sir, and help with the planning."

Kreager huskily says, "Bah, back ta plan B, wingin it. Somethins nevaer change."

Chamorr heartily says, "We come up with plans and poof all hell breaks loose."

Speaking to Evia, Lurrah says, "A mob planning to do something unplanned I suppose."

Pukk quietly says, "That statue is so evil looking...and it gives me the shivers."

Speaking to Evia, Lylia explains, "We shall need to become more accomplished with a certain type of mentalism."

Lambov says, "Planning is so boring."

Diamondelille says, "A welcome fer a man outside that gate."

Pukk quietly says, "Like something bad is going to happen."

Speaking to Pukk, Lylia says, "It looks exactly like me."

Xorus says, "Then tickle the dragon's tail, as it were, by infusing it with low grade plinite from the Confluence."

Sumdej says, "It's not terribly evil.... but maybe a little."

Pukk quietly says, "And the expression reminds me of someone..."

Yamamo says, "A good plan could certainly help."

Speaking quietly to Lylia, Pukk says, "Oh yeah...you."

Speaking to Lambov, Leafiara acknowledges, "Usually I'm with you, but we might only have one shot at this particular thing, so... we're taking more precautions than normal."

Evia asks, "What is it we are trying to determine?"

Raelee says, "The struggle in utilizing the temporal flux is that... we do need to find a means to stabilize everyone else so they are not impacted."

Thrayzar says, "We'll need those who can call upon temporal magic, or something that can, and draw the runes."

Speaking to Pukk, Zosopage asks, "You don't like breathing much do you?"

Thrayzar peers quizzically at Raelee.

Speaking to a polished bleakstone statue, Lurrah says, "I've seen worse looks."

Thrayzar asks, "And thoughts on how?"

Hapenlok says, "And there's another problem you all need to consider."

Cryheart says, "Temporal spell casting."

Cryheart says, "I am guessing."

Speaking quietly to Zosopage, Pukk says, "I visit Lorminstra a lot."

Hapenlok says, "....me."

Speaking to Raelee, Ysharra says, "Sounds like your department."

Thrayzar says, "I could wear gold rings on all of my fingers and toes."

Thrayzar smirks.

Lyrna says, "I caught the gist of the idea, but what ARE we looking at doing."

Lyrna says, "More specifically."

Cryheart says, "That may work to draw the moths."

Kreager huskily says, "Guessin folk gunnae need some clerics, in case thins go south."

Speaking coolly to Kreager, Leafiara says, "Always."

Speaking heartily to Thrayzar, Chamorr says, "All twelve of dem."

A white-tailed broom hare appears suddenly in midair and lands lightly on the ground.

Speaking to Lyrna, Lurrah says, "I haven't been able to ascertain a thing."

Cryheart says, "I will leave the spells to those of knowledge."

Timoen quietly asks, "What about a teeny tiny wizard?"

Ysharra glances uneasily at a white-tailed broom hare.

Lyrna asks, "Rather than trying to sort out the memories, going to them?"

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee says, "Perhaps an array, rather than a single circle. One for Thrayzar, the rest for... the rest."

Ysharra says, "...shoo, you."

Thrayzar says, "We'll plan to do this Eve of the Huntress then this week."

The broom hare hops a few times, jumps into the air, and vanishes suddenly!

Cryheart says, "Well..that sounds viable."

Raelee says, "All runes in one focused on temporal isolation, the runes in Thrayzar's designed to move this forward."

Ysharra says, "Good bunny."

The voice of Aleid says, "It is not a "bunny". It is a "hare"."

Thrayzar nods at Raelee.

Hapenlok taps Stormyrain lightly on her shoulder.

The voice of Aleid asks, "You know. Hare today, gone when you ask and all that?"

Stormyrain asks, "Hmm?"

Speaking bemusedly to Chaoswynd, Pukk says, "You're right. Her and the statue both equally look sinister."

Sumdej says, "Ugh... now it's raining."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Hapenlok says, "I forsee one problem in all this."

Stormyrain says, "Just one? I foresee many."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Hapenlok says, "Me."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Leafiara muses, "So, same as ever then?"

Speaking to Stormyrain, Avalera asks, "Is that your kind of forsee, or....just logical foresee?"

Speaking to Avalera, Stormyrain says, "Yes."

Speaking to Darcena, Evia says, "Here ya go."

Stormyrain grins crookedly at Avalera.

Speaking heartily to Hapenlok, Chamorr says, "We could lock ya in a trunk."

Speaking to Avalera, Stormyrain says, "Just the logical one, for now."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Hapenlok says, "I've burned out my nerves. but i can't guarantee they won't spontaneously regenerate."

Thrayzar says, "I shall go get some rest then. I am eager to....to help."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Raelee asks, "But are you prepared to make this difficult?"

Speaking to Thrayzar, Lylia says, "Absolutely."

Thrayzar peers quizzically at Raelee.

Thrayzar says, "Yes."

Raelee nods at Thrayzar.

Thrayzar says, "I will have a focal point ready."

Thrayzar says, "And memories locked."

Ysharra says, "Several of them, it sounds like."

Speaking quietly to Lylia, Pukk says, "It's okay. Death, destruction and maybe some ham are all okay with me."

Lylia says, "This seems wise. Though I admit it is not my area of expertise."

Speaking to Ysharra, Raelee says, "I do not expect Pylasar's mind to be easy to traverse. It is a worthless experiment if there is no attempt to replicate conditions."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Goldstr says, "Aye as dey said to ye. Keep dem doors locked."

Lyrna asks, "So... wait... what are we doing?"


Fishing for Solutions

Lylia says, "While I have all of you here, though, I know there are...concerns about the catch from Darkstone Bay. Or rather, the lack of it."

Sumdej says, "Standing here."

Madmountan asks, "Apparently nothing. Going to the Reach this weekend with Thrayzar?"

Speaking to Raelee, Ysharra says, "I don't know at all how this will work, with either the Marshal here or the mage."

Sumdej says, "Getting wet."

Speaking heartily to Lylia, Chamorr says, "Aye."

Sumdej says, "Developing the pneumonia."

Mistyfall sighs, "Ah, yes, troubled waters.."

Madmountan says, "Dead fish are just as tasty as living ones."

Speaking wryly to Ysharra, Raelee says, "It is an experiment."

Speaking to Madmountan, Hapenlok says, "Diseased dead fish?"

Cryheart says, "I prefer fresh fish myself."

Lylia says, "To that end, and to assuage fears of hunger among the most immediately afflicted population, I am personally stepping up imports of food. Half a million silvers should cover expenses adequately for now."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Madmountan says, "You know me."

Avalera says, "I prefer healthy fish, fresh or otherwise."

Speaking quietly to Madmountan, Neelin says, "I would like to know you."

Speaking to Raelee, Ysharra says, "Yes, and we have but one rat and a rather large maze."

Speaking to Neelin, Leafiara agrees, "He's a great guy to know."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Yay food!"

Speaking to Lylia, Evia asks, "Is there some manner in which I may be helpful?"

Lylia continues, "Should more be needed, then I shall see to that as well. The port remains open, and we are therefore in good stead."

Speaking to Lylia, Hapenlok says, "I'll personally double that amount."

Speaking heartily to Lylia, Chamorr says, "What about the statue."

Thrayzar scales up the side of Moot Hall and disappears across some rooftops.

Leafiara whispers something to Neelin.

Claudaro says, "Where is that blasted bottomless cart at, it seems to have more than enough food to feed the city a few times over."

Goldstr says, "Dem fish was killed by da Witch and n she sent dem serpents."

Speaking to Chamorr, Lylia says, "The statue is a..."

Cryheart says, "Well..there goes Thrayzar."

[gets the cart]

A circular ebonwood cart comes rolling slowly into the room and stops.

Speaking quietly to Hapenlok, Pukk says, "That is so kind too."

Speaking to Claudaro, Leafiara exclaims, "As ya wish!"

Hapenlok says, "And I wouldn't rely on open ports."

Neelin whispers something to Leafiara.

Speaking to Leafiara, Pietra exclaims, "Thanks!"

Lylia concludes, "The statue is a magnificent gift from unknown provenance. I shall have to ask the man who brought it who is responsible for such a generous and elegant gift."

Speaking to Cryheart, Goldstr says, "Good ta sees he hopin da roofs again."

Pukk: "Happy has declared that he will pay for everybody's meals! Everybody thank Happy!"

Cryheart says, "I dinnae think Thrayzar saw the orc sausage."

Pietra asks, "So we're traversing the mind of Pylasar come this Huntress day?"

Speaking to Cryheart, Leafiara says, "I took it off."

Speaking coldly to Hapenlok, Lylia says, "When you run for office and win it, you may gainsay me."

Hapenlok offers Lylia a Wehnimer's promissory note.

Cryheart says, "Figured."

Lylia smiles and softens her tone slightly.

Speaking heartily to Lylia, Chamorr says, "Send it back to the bleaklands where it belongs."

Claudaro whispers something to Lylia.

Lylia quietly says, "But I appreciate the offer of aid. You have always been a friend to the town."

Lylia accepts Hapenlok's promissory note.

Evia asks, "The fishing is still corrupted?"

Darcena abruptly blurts, "What's wrong with the fish?"

Avalera carefully says, "I also question the essence of the bleakstone, even if I don't question the validity of the gift."

Bernadette softly says, "Some poisoned fish."

Lyrna asks, "So what do we need to be planning?"

Speaking quietly to Evia, Pukk says, "Yes, but the roltons are still plentiful."

Darcena admits, "Not something I usually eat."

Speaking to Darcena, Lylia says, "Bloated and dying, if not already dead."

Cryheart says, "They hae been dying in the ocean."

Speaking to Lylia, Hapenlok says, "And after what happened that night...I wouldn't expect the ports to remain accessible."

Claudaro whispers something to Lylia.

Speaking heartily to Leafiara, Chamorr says, "Weren't those snakes the same ones we saw in the bleaklands."

Cryheart says, "Or Bay at least."

Speaking to Chamorr, Pietra asks, "Sea serpents?"

Darcena curiously asks, "Did someone throw Cruxophim in the bay?"

Speaking curiously to Chamorr, Leafiara says, "No, I don't think so. The serpents sort of reminded me of the ones from Glaoveln, though."

Speaking to Pukk, Evia says, "Plentiful roltons do nothing to fill a fisherman's pocket with silvers from his lost income."

As a lanky ivory imp looks at Lylia, the features of the imp's face change until it looks exactly like Lylia, complete with fair skin and stormy grey eyes. The mimicry lasts only a second before the imp reverts to its normal appearance.

Lylia retorts, "The ports are not the only means by which the town is accessible."

Avalera says, "They threw him back."

Speaking amusedly to Darcena, Chaoswynd says, "Certainly smelled like it."

Speaking to a lanky ivory imp, Xorus says, "We already have a statue of her."

Speaking to Evia, Darcena whispers aloud, "But it makes me happy."

Speaking quietly to Evia, Pukk says, "Well they could catch roltons and sell them just the same."

Speaking to Lylia, Hapenlok says, "Well, you did mention the ports remaining open. Just ..."


Tidings

A large scarab-covered goblin just arrived.

Diamondelille says, "Nuttin werse den a rotton fish."

A large scarab-covered goblin says, "We told you...."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Lylia says, "Yes. And while they do, they may --"

Claudaro whispers the words to his spell, tracing his fingers across the sky. A vibrant stream of rainbow colors burst forth, streaming alongside his motions before dispersing into an imperceptible mist.

Claudaro gestures.

Claudaro suddenly disappears.

Cryheart says, "Hello."

Zosopage peers quizzically at a large scarab-covered goblin.

The voice of Claudaro says, "Oh heck no."

Speaking wryly to a large scarab-covered goblin, Leafiara says, "You tell us a lot of things."

Speaking to a large scarab-covered goblin, Ysharra says, "You've got some issues."

A large scarab-covered goblin says, "Stop...and you keep planning..."

Speaking carefully to a large scarab-covered goblin, Avalera says, "I think you'll need to repeat yourself fully."

Sofal says, "It has big fleas."

Lylia says, "Speak plainly."

Speaking to a large scarab-covered goblin, Hapenlok says, "We don't listen too well."

Cryheart says, "Good evening, goblin."

Cryheart asks, "Ye hae a name?"

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Razanetika asks, "Can I disarm it?"

A large scarab-covered goblin says, "She isn't pleased...."

The voice of Claudaro exclaims, "Where is a rogue when you need one, someone disarm that goblin!"

Evia says, "Hmmph."

Zosopage asks, "Is she ever?"

A large scarab-covered goblin says, "Maybe you don't understand..."

Speaking to a large scarab-covered goblin, Goldstr asks, "She?"

Leafiara curiously says, "It doesn't have a weapon to disarm, you all."

Speaking to a large scarab-covered goblin, Lurrah prompts, "Why not?"

Speaking to a large scarab-covered goblin, Ysharra asks, "You poor thing. Where did you get captured?"

Speaking quietly to Lylia, Pukk asks, "Somebody you know?"

Diamondelille asks, "Who be she?"

Cryheart asks, "Ye mean the evil witch, Raznel?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Evia says, "Methinks they meant the scarabs."

Speaking to a large scarab-covered goblin, Avalera says, "As the Mayor said, speak plainly."

The goblin looks almost sad for a moment, then holds out his arms and closes his eyes. Scarabs begin to drop from the goblins body.

Speaking slowly to Evia, Leafiara says, "Oh. That... that would make more sense."

The ground begins to rumble slightly with a disconcerting humming sound, as if something were digging beneath you. Suddenly, several tiny mounds push upward, each revealing a set of pincers emerging from within!

A spotted dark sanguine scarab bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A tiny deep crimson scarab bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A spotted deep crimson beetle bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A tiny dark sanguine beetle bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A spotted light vermilion scarab bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A miniscule deep crimson scarab bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A miniscule light vermilion beetle bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A long-horned lustrous sable scarab bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A miniscule deep crimson scarab bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A miniscule deep crimson scarab bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A tiny lustrous sable beetle bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A stubby-legged shadowy black beetle bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A spotted dark sanguine scarab bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A stubby-legged light vermilion scarab bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A stubby-legged light vermilion beetle bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

Speaking to a large scarab-covered goblin, Ryohe says, "Move that scarab beside your mouth, it'll help us understand you."

[combat]

Lylia flatly says, "She is not the master here."

[more scarabs, more combat]

[more scarabs, more combat]

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Stormyrain asks, "Where did the goblin go?"

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Lylia says, "I am not sure it was a single entity."

Cryheart says, "He ran."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Don't search the scarabs...you can sell them to the gemshop!!"

Cryheart says, "Or they."

Kreager huskily asks, "Ach... we dealin wit some creepy scarab lass now?"

Ysharra says, "I believe he was torn asunder by his passangers."

Cryheart asks, "Anyone infested?"

Razanetika softly says, "It was a weapon."

Speaking hoarsely to Pukk, Kipara says, "We must avoid inflation."

Speaking to Kreager, Lylia says, "Raznel. Or Rachel. Naimorai. Witch. Hag. All names she has known."

Stormyrain says, "I couldn't tell if that was Stiletto."

Timoen quietly asks, "Is it safe again?"

Speaking to Cryheart, Stormyrain asks, "Could you?"

Leafiara admits, "All things considered, that wasn't really bad."

Pietra says, "Maybe he's in the barrel. Seems to be a popular spot."

Diamondelille says, "I good so."

Speaking solemnly to Cryheart, Darcena says, "I assure you so."

Timoen quietly exclaims, "I ran away!"

Speaking hoarsely to Pukk, Kipara says, "Otherwise my silver is worthless."

Cryheart asks, "Could I what?"

Pukk quietly says, "Let me sell them all and I will have all the inflation....silvers that is."

Xorus says, "Telling this lot to stop doing something is the surest way to ensure it continues."

Cryheart says, "Glad ye were flying Owly."

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Timoen exclaims, "I thought I was already dead!"

Kipara hoarsely asks, "How many scarabs can one owl eat in a night?"


Problems Laid Bear

A large growl echoes in the distance.

Timoen quietly says, "Bugs came from everywhere.."

Speaking nonchalantly to Timoen, Leafiara says, "Lookin' pretty decent alive, though."

Lylia firmly repeats, "She is not the master here, no matter how she tries to force it to be so."

Leafiara interestedly says, "Ooh."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "My first thought was yay. All the scarabs I can disarm!"

Cryheart says, "Uhhhh."

Speaking huskily to Timoen, Kreager says, "Wit th' likes of those standin 'ere, no need ta be afraid."

Speaking to Xorus, Ysharra says, "He thought it was funny, too."

Cryheart says, "Listen carefully folks."

Speaking quietly to Darcena, Pukk asks, "Are you growling again?"

Timoen quietly asks, "Why something growling?"

Avalera says, "Indeed it was."

Leafiara decisively says, "Now -that- sounds more... intriguing."

Evia says, "I know it was not my belly doing it."

Speaking nonchalantly to Evia, Darcena admits, "Might've been mine."

Pukk quietly says, "Darcena always growls when somebody marks her territory."

Speaking to Evia, Ysharra says, "I hope not, it would mean you're likely infested."

Speaking to Pukk, Darcena growls, "Yes, do not do that."

Pukk quietly says, "I only did it that once, but I really had to go..."

Kipara hoarsely says, "I hate bugs."

Speaking to a white-tailed broom hare, Ysharra says, "You again."

Kreager huskily says, "Nae gunna look forwaerd ta dealin wit a bug lady."

Pukk quietly says, "Bugs are okay, it's the bunnies you have to watch out for."

Cryheart says, "Perhaps that was Raznel's stomach growling."

Berost deeply asks, "Fer a dwarf who was jest walkin along fer the eve... what I walk innto?"

[Leafi goes scouting]

A tree bends in the distant forest.

[more scouting]

Cryheart: "Moved to outside of West gate."

Leafiara: "I don't see anything in the Lower Dragonsclaw... yet."

Pukk: "And remember Happy is buying everybody dinner tonight!"

Leafiara: "Excellent, we can eat expensively."

A huge bellow echoes from the Lower Dragonsclaw forest.

[more scouting]

[Lower Dragonsclaw, Forest]

Modwir trees predominate this section of forest, as though the oak, satisfied with its allotted space, has made room for the tall pines. You also see a velnalin and a charred skull on a pike.

A tiny blood marble scarab skitters across the ground.

[more scouting]

[Lower Dragonsclaw, Wooded Hills]

This face of the hill is completely bare of trees, and doesn't even have many bushes. You notice that even the bird and insect noises are gone, leaving you with an eerie silence, broken only by the wind. Off the side of the trail, you notice a depression in the hillside, with a dark pit at the bottom. You also see a velnalin.

A tiny blood marble scarab skitters across the ground.

[more scouting, finally reconvenes with the group]

[Lower Dragonsclaw, Forest]

Modwir trees predominate this section of forest, as though the oak, satisfied with its allotted space, has made room for the tall pines. You also see a kobold that is sitting, a kobold that is sitting and a charred skull on a pike.

Also here: Event Planner Leafiara, Yakushi, Shinann, Sumdej, Hapenlok, Avalera, Timoen, Berost, Melikor, Darcena, Kreager, Ysharra, Lady Tarine, Lady Mistyfall, Great Lady Katami, Mukuro, Ryohe, Gokudr, Lambov, Yamamo, Sunah, Goldstr, Stormyrain, Relic Hunter Madmountan, Chaoswynd, Razanetika, Lyrna, Sofal, Dame Evia, Zosopage, Diamondelille, Lord Neelin, Kipara, Bernadette, Pukk, Lord Chamorr, Mayor Lylia, Sir Cryheart

Stormyrain asks, "..that scarab looked like it was made of blood marble?"

Pukk quietly says, "I'm not superstitious...I just don't say anything in case something happens."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Darcena groans, "Not that again."

A tiny blood marble scarab skitters by then suddenly vanishes into thin air.

Lylia replies, "Gifts to political leaders are not uncommon. The richness of that gift is unusual, however."

Stormyrain says, "Ehh."

Cryheart says, "Hmmm."

Leafiara simply remarks, "Odd."

[Cryheart leads on in exploration]]

Evia says, "I must have been mighty busy if I managed to use up an entire Maags bless."

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "If it were despanal, or alabaster..."

A second blood marble scarab skitters by then vanishes into thin air.

Zosopage asks, "Luring us away from town?"

Tkarra: "I saw a little bug!"

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "But the stone choice makes me very curious."

Diamondelille says, "Who guardin town."

Speaking to Ysharra, Lylia says, "Far more suitable materials, but one works with the materials at hand, sometimes."

Avalera says, "Ones does have to wonder."

Speaking to Diamondelille, Darcena says, "Militia. Guards."

Cryheart says, "Perhaps a disraction."

[Leafi goes scouting again, but then returns]

[Lower Dragonsclaw, Forest]

Modwir trees predominate this section of forest, as though the oak, satisfied with its allotted space, has made room for the tall pines. You also see a charred skull on a pike.

Speaking to Bernadette, Ysharra says, "I am sorry."

A roar echoes nearby, but then in a different spot, or a different spot, you can't tell because Cryheart keeps moving around.

Bernadette softly says, "Something burrowed in me."

Leafiara cautiously says, "The town at least -seems- safe..."

Speaking to Cryheart, Avalera asks, "Perhaps hold, for a bit?"

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Razanetika asks, "Did you check the statue?"

Cryheart yells, "Unholy spirit, I am remaining in this spot!"

Speaking to Bernadette, Lylia says, "You may need to lose that arm."

Speaking quietly to Cryheart, Pukk exclaims, "Stay still so we can locate that sound!"

Leafiara musingly says, "Maybe it's hunting us and we should await it."

Speaking heartily to Cryheart, Chamorr says, "Stand still so he can kill us all."

Evia says, "I think I heard something from a different spot."

Speaking amusedly to Razanetika, Leafiara says, "Of course."

Speaking quietly to Cryheart, Pukk says, "For somebody who takes their time moving around...you sure do move a lot."

Evia says, "Could turn out to be an unfortunate time to be named Raz...anything."

Cryheart asks, "Ye hae something under the skin on your arm?"

Thanthall asks, "So whats makin all this noise?"

Darcena looks down at her arm, at something unseen, and her very flesh seems to peel apart for a moment as if something invisible burrows within.

Shinann says, "We are not sure."

Bernadette softly says, "I does nuttin yet tho."

Ysharra says, "We aren't sure."

Cryheart says, "Some of ye are bugged."

Zosopage says, "Not sure, think it'slost."

Speaking quietly to Darcena, Pukk says, "You have something under your skin."

Speaking to Shinann, Ysharra says, "Jinx."

Evia says, "Sounds like an angry beastie."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Quick...bite it off!"

Speaking to Pukk, Darcena says, "Yeah, Madmountan is under my skin."

Cryheart asks, "Others see what I be seeing?"

Stormyrain says, "I saw it under her skin, too."

Speaking confusedly to Cryheart, Leafiara asks, "...no?"

Avalera says, "That depends on what you're seeing."

Speaking to Darcena, Stormyrain asks, "Cena, how are you feeling?"

Cryheart says, "Ye as well."

A huge roar echoes form the forest. Then a second, then a third. Trees shake in the distance and the sound of hulking forms can be heard barreling through the woods, tearing apart trees and brush as they charge in!

Speaking to Cryheart, Avalera says, "I'm not really seeing much..."

Xitu says, "Oh great."

Timoen quietly says, "Um."

Ysharra says, "Here they come."

Timoen quietly says, "I want to go home."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Sounds like roltons!"

Stormyrain says, "..the demonfire is that."

A pus-covered huge grizzly bear lumbers noisily into the area drooling hungrily!

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Run!!!"

Zosopage says, "Here they come."

A pus-covered huge grizzly bear lumbers noisily into the area drooling hungrily!

A pus-covered huge grizzly bear lumbers noisily into the area drooling hungrily!

A pus-covered huge grizzly bear lumbers noisily into the area drooling hungrily!

[combat begins]

Darcena confusedly says, "I think I'm feeling okay."

[combat continues]

Cryheart says, "Get in the air Owly."

[more combat]

Xitu exclaims, "My eyes!"

Stormyrain says, "Bad kobold."

Ysharra whispers something to Cryheart.

The ghostly voice of Sumdej says, "Ow."

Kreager huskily says, "We 'ave some wounded 'ere."

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "Bears."

Darcena lightly asks, "Anyone need healed?"

Darcena takes a bite of her roasted crow.

Speaking curiously to Darcena, Stormyrain asks, "Eating crow, are you?"

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "And now dead bears."

The ghostly voice of Sumdej says, "I got a bit of a chest missing."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Darcena says, "I am literally eating crow, yes."

Pukk quietly says, "I blame those tentacles...dragging people down so they can die."

Stormyrain says, "..that's what I asked."

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "They looked like they were fairly close to begin with."

[more bears, more combat]

Thanthall exclaims, "My arm!"

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "You're not wrong. I wonder what she's done to them."

Thanthall says, "Dang bear."

[more bears, more combat, but this time...]

Evia says, "If the bears are infected, so might be everything eventually."

As a bear decays, green mist seeps up from their corpses.

Leafiara says, "Hmm, mist..."

[more bears, more combat]

As a bear decays, green mist seeps up from their corpses.

[more mist]

As a bear decays, green mist seeps up from their corpses.

Ysharra says, "Oh dear."

Stormyrain says, "Ehh."

Xorus says, "Brilliant."

Leafiara musingly says, "Wonder what that means."

Shinann asks, "What is that mist?"

Evia exclaims, "Beware the mist!"

Stormyrain says, "That's unnatural."

Madmountan rubs his crystal skull, and tiny bolts of blue and amber lightning dance about within its crystalline surface.

Cryheart says, "Tis like a kobold."

Speaking amusedly to Madmountan, Darcena says, "Stop playing with it."

Xitu says, "Impressive."

The ghostly voice of Thanthall says, "Erm."

Ysharra says, "I conjured a wind, perhaps it'll help...but I don't like the look of it."

Cryheart says, "My skin is on fire."

Aleid says, "Mine too."

Speaking to Darcena, Madmountan says, "Define 'it'."

Speaking flirtatiously to Cryheart, Pukk says, "That is because you're hot."

Speaking coyly to Madmountan, Darcena asks, "Should I?"

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "Don't breathe it in."

Ysharra says, "Too late."

Aleid uneasily says, "I don't feel too good."

Kreager huskily exclaims, "Ach, flesh is on fire!"

Scale-like, shiny blebs begin to appear on Cryheart's skin, growing with frightening rapidity.

[and so on for others]

Zosopage says, "Ugh."

Cryheart says, "Oy."

Darcena curiously says, "I feel great."

Leafiara uncertainly says, "Hrm."

Evia says, "We're in for it now."

Xitu says, "Oh no."

[more bears, more combat]

Chaoswynd asks, "Is it just me, or does that mist bear more than a passing resemblance to what some of us witnessed on Glaoveln?"

[more bears, more combat, some scarabs, more plague]

Cryheart says, "Check yourselves."

Evia says, "Blebs."

Ysharra says, "I think I am going to have problems..."

Kreager huskily says, "Still in one piece."

Leafiara relents, "Well, so much for Purify Air. Might have been too late..."

Evia says, "My skin was on fire."

Lyrna says, "I think a number of us are."

Chaoswynd slowly repeats, "Is it just me, or does that mist bear more than a passing resemblance to what some of us witnessed on Glaoveln?"

Lylia softly says, "If you would like me to kill you cleanly, I can."


Shadows of the Past

A shadow creeps north.

Stormyrain says, "Eh. Plague. Pardon me."

Madmountan says, "I'm pretty itchy."

Sir Cryheart's group just went north.

[Lower Dragonsclaw, Forest]

You pause to allow your eyes to adjust to the further dimming of the light as you move deeper into the trees. The oaks surrounding you loom larger, and are interspersed with modwir trees, further blocking the rays of the moon. You also see a velnalin and a kobold.

Evia says, "Yep, definitely got it."

Cryheart says, "Body."

Zosopage says, "Already kept."

Leafiara say, "Preserved, but... it might not be best to raise in this situation."

Leafiara adds, "At least not out here."

Xitu asks, "This rash meant to spread us out?"

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "Either now or later, when...it's convenient, my friend."

[more bears, more combat, more plagues]

Leafiara offhandedly says, "And no, not too dissimilar."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "This is fun!"

Pukk quietly exclaims, "More bears!"

Leafiaa says, "Oh, Cay ran off..."

Goldstr says, "I tink dey in me."

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Pukk says, "He got lost again."

Dark, yellowish nodules erupt from Cryheart's skin. Some of the nodules ooze or bleed, others seem to make it difficult for him to move in certain places.

... 10 points of damage!

Tendons in Cryheart's shield arm snap.

Speaking quietly to Cryheart, Pukk says, "Drama queen."

Speaking to herself, Katami mutters, "Brace for it."

[more bears, more combat, but mostly a lot more plague]

Cryheart says, "Gah."

Zosopage says, "This is gonna get bad."

Cryheart says, "I am tainted."

Speaking quietly to Chaoswynd, Pukk says, "It seems you have died my friend...have you thought about converting to Cholen. Things like this will seem funnier."

Kreager huskily says, "Ach."

Cryheart yells, "Death to ye Raznel!"

[ongoing plague]

Rinthius says, "Gah."

Cryheart says, "Oy."

Speaking quietly to Chaoswynd, Pukk exclaims, "See, if you didn't wash me earlier...this disease wouldn't have been able to stick to me!"

Bernadette softly says, "A lil bleedin."

Leafiara assures, "It'll pass, all--at least if the past is any indicator."

Darcena says, "Stormyrain is ready to be brought back to miserable existence."

Pukk quietly says, "Okay, I can't see very well right now."

Pukk quietly asks, "Can somebody fix my eyes?"

Aleid says, "I should run away, but..."

[more bears, more combat, more plague]

Zosopage says, "Eesh."

Cryheart says, "Amen."

Goldstr says, "Bleedin leg."

Pukk quietly says, "Great, there goes my arm."

Lyrna says, "My abdomen is bleeding pretty badly."

An emerald-eyed bubbly water wyrdling says, "There are more dead people north of here."

Pukk quietly says, "Thankfully it is my left arm."

Cryheart says, "Great Koar, provide us protection from the unholy witch, Raznel."

Aleid says, "I'm going to try and open a portal in town square if anyone want to drag the dead."

Lyrna says, "Starting to feel a little better."

Stepping out of nearby shadows, a figure with a dark tattered cloak and hood and a dented grey-beak emerges. Flesh dangles from its gnarled form and it removes a small red crystal orb from a ratty sack.

The decomposing dark hooded figure drops a crimson orb before crumbling into scraps of flesh and bone.

Aleid says, "Portal is open."

A brilliant crimson light shines out of the crimson glass orb.

Zosopage says, "Be back in a bit, gonna get some bodies."

Leafiara picks up a shaking crimson glass orb.

Ysharra exclaims, "Orb!"

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.

Leafiara is surrounded by a brilliant white light and vanishes!

  • Leafiara just bit the dust!

Leafiara suddenly appears in a flash of brilliant light.

[Leafi self-raises with a teleport, then returns; presumably I didn't miss much in the 40-50 seconds it took to get back out, other than one or two more orbs]

A brilliant crimson light shines out of the crimson glass orb.

Leafiara belts out, "Run from the orbs!"

Leafiara says, "Grand..."

[more bears, more combat]

The ghostly voice of Sofal says, "Ow."

Leafiara acknowledges, "I'm missing an arm and most of my head, but I'll at least try to shield where I can."

Cryheart says, "Ouch."

The ghostly voice of Sofal asks, "Who set off the orb?"

Cryheart says, "They are."

Bernadette softly says, "I seem to have no chest."

Neelin quietly asks, "Anyone still alive to offer healing?"

The ghostly voice of Goldstr says, "Da hooded ghostly figures."

[more bears, more combat]

Shinann says, "I think a dead Rysus... maye."

Leafiara says, "No... we saw Rysus disintegrate."

Leafiara says, "It was a dead Rook, though... most likely."

The ghostly voice of Aleid says, "Dead, dead, very dead."

Cryheart says, "That hurt."

Leafiara admits, "I think I might need an arm now."

Speaking softly to Leafiara, the ghostly voice of Razanetika says, "You can have one of mine... I"m not using them."

Leafiara adds, "And a head."

The ghostly voice of Goldstr says, "Tink I missin me head."

A small area of Chaoswynd's skin twitches oddly.

Cryheart says, "Ok..let's take care of the bodies."

An emerald-eyed bubbly water wyrdling asks, "Would a portal to town be helpful?"

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "You're in a bit of trouble there."

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "I'm aware."

Moments pass and no more growls or rampaging is heard in the forest.