Witchful Thinking - 5119-07-22 - Good Moaning Militia

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Koaratos 22-23, 5119

by Leafiara Autumnwind of the TownCrier


Summary

During an otherwise ordinary conversation in Town Square Central, scarabs and beetles suddenly spring up and attack, digging into people! Followup attacks see sinewy death worms and Wehnimer's Landing militia zombies arise. Along with dozens of town defenders, Marshal Thadston and Casiphia join the fray to battle against the zombies while the Rooks form a defensive wall guarding Shanty Town.

The skirmishes come to a head as the zombies mob the barracks. Landing defenders guard the entrance while Casiphia fires arrows from rooftops and Thadston takes control of the ballista tower. Over two hundred militia zombies are eventually slain, but Hap reports seeing Thadston leave the tower with a look in his eyes that reminded him of Walkar. Several people split up to search, but no one finds him.


Highlights

[scarabs and beetles break the sanct in TSC; Leafi goes to retaliate...]
Leafiara hums a cheerful tune!  Pure white and bold red mana wisps dance about her like wind-borne leaves, then pulse brightly as she sings a sylvan phrase in a strong, clear voice.
Leafiara gestures.
Leafiara tilts her head slightly, as if listening to something, and her face lights with a warm smile.
Leafiara begins to hum softly, a sweet, soft melody that somehow manages to harmonize with every random noise and tiny sound of your surroundings.
A small human child cries out, "Endangering public safety!".  His mother then sends him off for the night watchman.
Leafiara yells, "You're welcome for helping!"
Suddenly, a clerk enters the area and motions to Leafiara.  "I've come to tell you you've been granted a universal pardon, for some reason beyond my understanding.  The night watchman says to tell you that you'll be watched," he says.  The official then quickly trots away.
The ghostly voice of Berost deeply asks, "When are we going to be done with tha witch?"
Roblar deeply says, "When her head on my mantle."
The voice of Greycrown asks, "So who do I kill to make this right?  Raznel?"
Roblar deeply says, "Sounds right."
Shinann says, "Get in line."
The streets of Wehnimer's Landing crack open along various roads and alleyways as zombies slowly claw theirselves up to the surface, their gnarled, rotting bodies garbed in Wehnimer's Landing militia uniforms.
Hapenlok: "Well, it looks like more of our past is digging its way out to haunt us."
Marex asks, "Are we under attack?"
Diamondelille says, "Raznel sendin scarabs."
Balley softly exclaims, "I already have one from her I do not need more!"
Diamondelille says, "What she sed."
The undead militia begin to pivot and shamble towards the town barracks, all of them digging up in various spots of the earth but slowly shuffling towards the north ring road, letting loose an eerie, haunting moan.
Hapenlok says, "And this is why we need to stop burying our dead."
Speaking to Hapenlok, Chaoswynd says, "You just like burning things."
Lyrna asks, "Is that the custom here?"
Hapenlok says, "Well, there's practical reasons to using fire."
Speaking to Hapenlok, Greycrown says, "You can burn me when I'm dead.  I don't want to come back this ugly."
Hapenlok says, "...I don't just do it because it's fun."
Speaking to Hapenlok, Chaoswynd says, "Oh I completely agree with you, but I'm not going to pass up an opportunity for humor."
[9300 lines of combat later]
Lyrna says, "I will agree, the Vaalorian habit of burning heroes seems more and more understandable."
Suddenly a massive arrow arcs into the area and slams into the ground!
Suddenly a massive arrow arcs into the area and slams into the ground!
Chaoswynd mutters, "Good lord that man can't aim."


Log

Musings

[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 a timid lake spirit that is flying around, the Dinklz disk, the Mazgull disk, the Zerbino disk, the Demietria disk, the Pereus disk, the Roiken disk, the Kharhazz disk, the Alatarion disk, the Nakiro disk, the Aeleth disk, a looming bald condor that is flying around, a roguish tree spirit that is flying around, a spotted great horned owl, the fiery red Hapenlok disk, a smoky-eyed fire wyrdling, a large grey-headed hawk that is flying around, the Wolfloner disk, an iced almond muffin, a frosted owl-shaped cake, a wedge of greyish white chalk, a large acorn, a large acorn, a circular ebonwood cart with some stuff on it, a mistwood serving cart with some stuff on it, a silver-traced carved mahogany cart with some stuff on it, some stone benches with some stuff on it and an herbal remedy donation bin.

Also here: Shulo, Lyrna, Kharhazz, Nakiro, Roiken, Pereus, Dinklz, Zerbino, Mazgull, Demietria, Alatarion, Great Lord Scarswyrth, Lady Carolanne, Lord Shyloche, Berost who is sitting, Gypsy Scribe Balley who is sitting, Lord Derond, Kharhazz, Nakiro, Roiken, Pereus, Dinklz, Zerbino, Mazgull, Demietria, Alatarion, Berost, Aeleth, Faennian, Kipara, Shinann, Great Lady Aloana, Vinan, Zosopage, Chaoswynd, Wolfloner, Lord Veers

Balley softly says, "I wonder how long I will have to have this thing in me. It is getting annoying."

Speaking musingly to Balley, Leafiara says, "Well... whenever the witch is done with it, I suppose."

Speaking to Balley, Shinann asks, "Have you tried to remove it?"

Balley softly says, "Yes."

Balley softly says, "It just digs deeper."

Balley softly says, "I thought it was going to jump out of my skin earlier."

Speaking to Shinann, Zosopage says, "I think she may have lost her arm a time or two as well."

Shinann says, "I can only assume it will be removed as the Mayor's was."

Balley softly asks, "How was hers removed?"

Balley softly says, "I still have no clue what I did and why I got it."

Shinann says, "Raznel took it."

Shinann says, "Basically."

Speaking speculatively to Balley, Leafiara says, "Well, Disean's threatened that you won't be the only one, so... maybe it was just random."

Balley softly asks, "He did?"

Balley softly says, "I do not remember that."

The voice of Hapenlok says, "Well, if I see him, I can't guarantee that I won't ...."

Balley softly says, "It is a pain in the arm."

Speaking to Balley, Leafiara says, "Well, at very least he said you wouldn't be the only one he'd attack, but I don't know if he meant with his sword or his scarab."

The voice of Hapenlok says, "Well, I'll try earth instead of fire, if I do see him."

Leafiara says, "Some think Disean's already been killed, Hap, by the look of him."

The voice of Hapenlok says, "I heard that."

Leafiara suspiciously says, "I'm not totally convinced. The witch is skilled with illusions."

The voice of Hapenlok says, "Just like Vleg."

Balley softly says, "I just want to know why he thought I needed to be dead and get a bug."

Balley softly says, "He never did answer me."

Speaking ruefully to Balley, Leafiara says, "He's just Raznel's puppet at this point... only she would know."

Speaking to Balley, Hapenlok asks, "You have the sight, do you not?"

Balley softly says, "I do."

Shinann says, "And you, Hapenlok are just like them. Controlled by the witch. But, you have no empathy."

Chaoswynd looks momentarily pained as something scuttled up and down his right arm.

Speaking to Hapenlok, Leafiara says, "Oh, that's a good point."

Leafiara glances at Chaoswynd.

Chaoswynd gives Leafiara a series of teasing little prods along the spine.

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "Stop that."

Speaking dubiously to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "Are you alright? Seriously."

Chaoswynd can offer Leafiara only a blank expression.

Balley softly says, "I am not controlled by her."

Speaking heavily to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "I know getting old comes with problems, but they keep on happening to you."


Suddenly, Scarabs

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 skittery blue-black 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 blue-black scarab bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

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

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

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

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

A spotted lustrous sable 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 long-horned lustrous sable beetle 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!

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

Leafiara curiously says, "Hm."

Balley softly says, "Ack."

Hapenlok says, "Aw, hell."

[the sanct in TSC is broken; combat ensues]

Leafiara hums a cheerful tune! Pure white and bold red mana wisps dance about her like wind-borne leaves, then pulse brightly as she sings a sylvan phrase in a strong, clear voice.

Leafiara gestures.

Leafiara tilts her head slightly, as if listening to something, and her face lights with a warm smile.

Leafiara begins to hum softly, a sweet, soft melody that somehow manages to harmonize with every random noise and tiny sound of your surroundings.

A small human child cries out, "Endangering public safety!". His mother then sends him off for the night watchman.

Leafiara yells, "You're welcome for helping!"

Suddenly, a clerk enters the area and motions to Leafiara. "I've come to tell you you've been granted a universal pardon, for some reason beyond my understanding. The night watchman says to tell you that you'll be watched," he says. The official then quickly trots away.

[more bugs, more combat]

From nearby, you hear Alatarion yell, "Best way to deal with bugs! RUN!"

The sky begins to fill with huge clouds, dark and grey on the bottom, pale and white atop, their puffy crowns ascending toward the heavens.

The ghostly voice of Balley softly says, "Not again."

The ghostly voice of Balley softly exclaims, "Someone wants me dead!"

Speaking wryly to Balley, Leafiara says, "You're not the only one."

The ghostly voice of Zosopage says, "Ok that was a total surprise."

[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 a long-horned lustrous sable beetle that appears dead, a tiny shadowy black beetle that appears dead, a timid lake spirit that is flying around, a roguish tree spirit that is flying around, a spotted great horned owl, a smoky-eyed fire wyrdling, a large grey-headed hawk that is flying around, an iced almond muffin, a frosted owl-shaped cake, a wedge of greyish white chalk, a large acorn, a large acorn, a circular ebonwood cart with some stuff on it, a mistwood serving cart with some stuff on it, a silver-traced carved mahogany cart with some stuff on it, some stone benches with some stuff on it and an herbal remedy donation bin.

Also here: Shinann, Commander Roblar, a stunned Lord Zannath who is lying down, Lord Conrash, Teflaro, Diamondelille who is sitting, the body of Yllva who is lying down, Lyrna, the body of Lord Shyloche who is lying down, the body of Berost who is lying down, the body of Gypsy Scribe Balley who is lying down, Event Planner Leafiara, the body of Zosopage who is lying down, the body of Chaoswynd who is lying down, the body of Hapenlok who is lying down, the body of Wolfloner who is lying down, Lord Veers


Triage Talk

Greycrown just arrived, dragging the body of Carolanne with him.

Greycrown says, "Found one."

Leafiara uncertainly asks, "Is everyone clear of bugs?"

The ghostly voice of Hapenlok says, "I think so."

Shinann asks, "They attacked here?"

Lyrna says, "I don't think I am."

The ghostly voice of Carolanne says, "Well that was unexpected."

The ghostly voice of Yllva says, "That was unfortunate."

The ghostly voice of Berost deeply says, "Well... I close me eyes for three dern seconds..."

Scruffylopolis says, "I ran and all I heard were fireballs from Leafi."

Leafiara musingly says, "Well, time to get started."

Greycrown asks, "What's with the bugs?"

Lyrna says, "One went in my hand."

Roblar deeply says, "Raznel."

The ghostly voice of Shyloche says, "What in the hell."

The ghostly voice of Zosopage says, "No one even noticed the rain clouds."

The ghostly voice of Balley softly exclaims, "Those bugs!"

Alatarion asks, "Someone disturbed a nest?"

The ghostly voice of Balley softly says, "It was not me."

Scruffylopolis asks, "Hmm where did they all come from?"

Speaking to Balley, the ghostly voice of Hapenlok says, "When we're corporeal, I'll explain my theory."

The ghostly voice of Shyloche says, "Saw one bug...then nothing for three minutes and dead."

The ghostly voice of Balley softly says, "This time."

Speaking to Shinann, the ghostly voice of Hapenlok says, "And I'll give you my retort."

Razanetika and Sofal just arrived, dragging the body of Scarswyrth with them.

Conrash heartily exclaims, "What in the world did I walk into?!"

Evia says, "Uh...what happened."

Razanetika softly exclaims, "Delivery!"

Speaking deeply to Conrash, Roblar says, "Death."

Speaking sagely to Evia, Leafiara says, "Scarabs."

Lyrna says, "Scarabs and beetles."

Speaking musingly to Chaoswynd, Leafiara asks, "That happened so quickly I couldn't suss out what happened... did you see it?"

Speaking amusedly to Roblar, Chaoswynd says, "Cheers Rob."

The ghostly voice of Carolanne says, "Well."

The ghostly voice of Balley softly says, "Silly bugs."

Lyrna says, "The ground exploded with beetles and scarabs and they burrowed their way into whoever they could."

Lyrna says, "As far as I can tell."

Dardosei huskily exclaims, "I am heah tu hulp az vvell!"

Santiel says, "I felt the deaths."

Dardosei huskily exclaims, "Izemule nevah let'z itz neighbah down!"

Speaking in Guildspeak, Santiel says, "I am here to lend a hand."

The ghostly voice of Berost deeply asks, "When are we going to be done with tha witch?"

Lyrna says, "I'm not sure I don't still have one in me."

Speaking in Guildspeak, Dardosei huskily says, "I az vvell."

Roblar deeply says, "When her head on my mantle."

Diamondelille says, "Kill the witch."

Speaking absently to Lyrna, Chaoswynd says, "Give it time, you'll know if you do."

Roblar deeply says, "Burn da rest."

Shinann: "Be on your toes. Scarabs are around. Which means the witch or someone she sent is."

Lyrna asks, "Although, maybe... Leafi, did you cast at my hand and get it out?"

Speaking to Lyrna, Leafiara affirms, "I did!"

The voice of Greycrown asks, "So who do I kill to make this right? Raznel?"

Roblar deeply says, "Sounds right."

Shinann says, "Get in line."

The voice of Greycrown says, "Perhaps instead of a line we should do so all at once."

Speaking musingly to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "Now, back to what I was saying..."

The ghostly voice of Yllva says, "Oh dear what happened."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Lyrna asks, "Are you okay?"

Speaking confusedly to Chaoswynd, Leafiara asks, "Does that happen to everyone who gets old or just you?"

Speaking to Lyrna, Chaoswynd says, "Nothing that I'm not used to, to be honest."

Lyrna asks, "Does WHAT happen to everyone, or just him?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "I assume you mean the occasional lump, or wiggle, under my skin lately."

Speaking ruefully to Lyrna, Leafiara says, "I keep seeing him get all lumpy."

Speaking wryly to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "Yeah, that. It's a little unnerving."

Chaoswynd can offer Leafiara only a blank expression.

Speaking insistently to Chaoswynd, Leafiara exclaims, "Well it is!"

Speaking softly to Chaoswynd, Balley asks, "You got a bug in you too?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "As you have noticed the same thing on Balley, and know what is behind it, I would've thought you would've made the connection by now."

Leafiara gawks at Chaoswynd.

Speaking dubiously to Chaoswynd, Leafiara asks, "Why didn't you -say- anything?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "There would have been no point in it."

Speaking uncertainly to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "Why not? Maybe we could help."

The ground trembles for a moment.

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd asks, "Oh? In what way, praytell?"

Leafiara thoughtfully says, "Hmm, here come more, perhaps."

Diamondelille says, "Oops again we tremble."

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

Balley softly says, "Oh nice now a storm."

Diamondelille says, "Ground be tremblin ok."

Balley softly says, "Well I heard thunder."

Balley softly says, "Maybe not."

Speaking to Balley, Hapenlok says, "Anyway."

Dame Evia just arrived.

Evia gasps in pain and shock as a spotted glossy red beetle pulsates, drawing the blood from her body!

The skin suddenly ripples on Evia's left leg!

Evia drops dead at your feet!

The voice of Razanetika softly says, "What the."

Speaking to Balley, Hapenlok says, "It probably affects your abilities, I'd..."

Dardosei huskily says, "Ze gound did in vact...."

The ghostly voice of Evia says, "Damn."

[either scarabs and beetles are popping up elsewhere in town or they were strays that got away from TSC, as a few more people die]


Zombietrayal

An eerie moan echoes from the streets of Wehnimer's Landing.

Leafiara says, "Hmm... they must be all over."

Maiehia quietly says, "Well, at least you made it here."

>nw

[Town Square, Northwest]

This corner of the square is lively and hectic even at night. A number of representatives of the Landing's population, including several elven loggers and a party of rough-looking dwarves, loiter around the door of the Raging Thrak Inn, where the rowdy cheers of patrons and voices raised in songs of many sorts, from snatches of heroic ballads to blushingly bawdy tunes, beckon you to enter. You also see a sinewy death worm, a miniscule blue-black scarab, a skittery dark sanguine scarab, a long-horned blue-black beetle, a long-horned dark sanguine beetle, a stubby-legged shadowy black scarab, a skittery glossy red beetle, a spotted dark sanguine scarab, a miniscule glossy red beetle, a tiny lustrous sable scarab, a stubby-legged dark-spiked scarab, a long-horned blue-black scarab, a tiny dark sanguine beetle, a long-horned shadowy black beetle, a tiny lustrous sable beetle, a miniscule dark sanguine beetle, a tiny shadowy black beetle, a spotted shadowy black scarab, a long-horned glossy red beetle, a skittery deep crimson scarab, a skittery glossy red scarab, a spotted dark sanguine beetle, a banner-draped oak raffle table with some stuff on it, a polished granite statue and a large painted sign. Also here: Event Planner Leafiara, Lyrna, the body of Falvicar who is lying down, the body of Avalera who is lying down

The ghostly voice of Avalera says, "Well, now isn't this a mess."

A sinewy death worm suddenly lurches into the air, then dives straight into the ground with amazing force!

In a few seconds, it has buried itself so deeply you can no longer see any part of the worm, however you can still feel the vibrations of its violent departure.

Leafiara slowly says, "Oh."

[combat]

The ghostly voice of Lyrna says, "Well. That was fun."

[return to triage]

The ghostly voice of Lyrna says, "Not entirely sure what hit me."

The streets of Wehnimer's Landing crack open along various roads and alleyways as zombies slowly claw theirselves up to the surface, their gnarled, rotting bodies garbed in Wehnimer's Landing militia uniforms.

Leafiara dubiously says, "Hrm."

Scarswyrth says, "Oh boy."

Balley softly says, "Oh no."

Leafiara says, "Minor problems."

The ghostly voice of Lyrna says, "Zombies."

[Leafi does the rounds but doesn't find anything yet]

The ghostly voice of Evia says, "Sometimes known as zmobies."

Greycrown says, "I don't see the zombies."

Diamondelille says, "Raznel be about with mischief."

Hapenlok: "Well, it looks like more of our past is digging its way out to haunt us."

Leafiara says, "One raise, then I'm going back to the battle."

Marex asks, "Are we under attack?"

The ghostly voice of Lyrna says, "Yes."

Speaking to Marex, Leafiara affirms, "Seems so."

The ghostly voice of Evia says, "YES."

Shinann says, "Yes."

Diamondelille says, "Raznel sendin scarabs."

The ghostly voice of Lyrna says, "And death worms and zombies."

The ghostly voice of Lyrna says, "And other things."

Balley softly exclaims, "I already have one from her I do not need more!"

Diamondelille says, "What she sed."

Leafiara says, "Have to get back out there... but if triage becomes too much to handle, call me."

Razanetika softly says, "Sinewy death worm to the east."

[Town Square, Northeast]

The entrance to Tykel's Arms, its heavy door bounded by iron-barred windows, dominates this corner of the square. All manner of citizens pass by, moving among the solid, multistoried wooden buildings that surround the bazaar. Just to the southwest can be seen the tree-shaded heart of the square, where citizens and adventurers gather for socializing, healing and rest. You also see a short-taloned eagle that is flying around, a spotted great horned owl, a decomposing Wehnimer's militiaman, a decomposing Wehnimer's militiaman, a decomposing Wehnimer's militiaman, a sinewy death worm, a sinewy death worm, a sinewy death worm and a narrow alleyway.

Also here: Event Planner Leafiara, Greycrown who is lying down, Chaoswynd who is lying down

[combat]

Leafiara roars, "Get 'em!"

[combat, but Leafi's eventually killed by a death worm burrow; self-raise, return to TSC]

Leafiara impatiently says, "No time to be dead."

Shinann says, "Oh no."

Roblar deeply says, "Oks."

Shyloche says, "Well crap."

Leafiara musingly says, "Much as I hate to say it, I think we're going to need to form a team for this."

Diamondelille asks, "Kin we kill scarab here?"

Speaking to Balley, Zosopage says, "I'll be back."

Avalera says, "No." [as the sanct had been restored]

Avalera says, "But it won't hurt you here either."

Diamondelille asks, "Ahh gotta move first?"

Balley softly says, "At least mine did not kill me.. I died first."

Santiel says, "Just don't make any sudden moves."

Leafiara recites:

"Form up and we'll head out to the battlefield in a group in two minutes!"

Leafiara musingly says, "Or sooner, once I have mana again."

The ghostly voice of Fugue asks, "What happened?"

A series of reddish blebs begin to appear randomly over Evia's skin. Though probably not very painful in and of themselves, they may signal something much more dangerous on the way.

[Evia gets the plague; probably others do too]

Leafiara recites:

"Join up and we'll assault the battlefield!"

Following a loud bellow, Thadston rushes out of the town barracks, accompanied by a group of living town militiamen and begin to go block by block, cutting through the zombies wearing their matching garb.

Leafiara recites:

"Moving in 5... 4..."

[3000 lines of travel and combat]

Leafiara: "Prioritize the worms! They burrow and can knock us down!"

The ghostly voice of Diamondelille says, "Blasted death worm."

[800 lines of travel and combat, brief withdrawal to TSC]

Hapenlok: "Can someone fog to me?"

Leafiara recites:

"We could use a battlefield healer joining our frontline group!"

Hapenlok: "Dead guy I can't drag at the moment."

[no one joins]

Leafiara musingly says, "But I guess we'll make do without too."

[1500 lines of travel and combat]

Shinann: "Thadston, can you hear me?"

[travel]

Thadston and Casiphia move street to street with militiamembers, battling back some of the zombies.

Thadston: "Cleaning up some. Damn zombies."

Hapenlok: "I think North Ring Road is mostly clear."

Leafiara: "West Ring Road clear!"

Leafiara: "...but be ready for more at any moment."

Two rows of dark hooded figures wearing grey-beaked masks form along South Ring Road near Shanty Town. They draw bows and blades, forming a wall before the poor quarter of town, ready to strike any undead who come near.

[500 lines of travel and combat]

Goldstr: "A few bodies here at Voln."

[600 lines of combat]


Chokepoint at the Barracks

A swarm of zombies rise up near the barracks, shambling about and groaning eerily as they try to break their way inside.

[500 lines of combat]

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "We need to get to the barracks."

[more plagues]

Leafiara says, "I know." [battling on the way there]

[400 lines of combat]

Leafiara: "We're on our way to the barracks."

[Wehnimer's, North Ring Rd.]

The east-west road continues, closed in on the south by the militia barracks and on the north by the twelve-foot-high wall of the city itself. The occasional thud of leather boots in unison upon cobbled pavement and the clipped shouts of barked orders reverberate off the modwir walls along this part of the road. The scents of leather, weapon oil and hearty cooking fill the night air. You also see a decomposing Wehnimer's militiaman, a decomposing Wehnimer's militiaman, a decomposing Wehnimer's militiaman, a decomposing Wehnimer's militiaman, some tattered rags, some tattered rags, a decomposing Wehnimer's militiaman, a decomposing Wehnimer's militiaman, a decomposing Wehnimer's militiaman, a decomposing Wehnimer's militiaman, a decomposing Wehnimer's militiaman that appears dead, a decomposing Wehnimer's militiaman, a decomposing Wehnimer's militiaman, a decomposing Wehnimer's militiaman, a decomposing Wehnimer's militiaman and the town barracks.

Also here: Chaoswynd, Lyrna, Chamorr, Yakushi, Event Planner Leafiara, Dame Evia, Shinann

From nearby, you hear Hapenlok yell, "DUCK!"

[900 lines of combat]

Speaking to Shinann, Leafiara asks, "Did they get inside too?"

[1400 lines of combat]

Shinann says, "Does not look like it."

[200 lines of combat]

Speaking relievedly to Shinann, Leafiara says, "Small blessings."

[1800 lines of combat]

Leafiara asks, "Should we check on Shanty Town with the Rooks?"

A cold, dank wind blows in, followed by a decomposing Wehnimer's militiaman!

A cold, dank wind blows in, followed by a decomposing Wehnimer's militiaman!

[100 lines of combat]

Leafiara wryly says, "...maybe no time for that."

[1800 lines of combat]

The undead militia begin to pivot and shamble towards the town barracks, all of them digging up in various spots of the earth but slowly shuffling towards the north ring road, letting loose an eerie, haunting moan.

[100 lines of combat]

Leafiara says, "Here they come..."

[100 lines of combat]

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "No, I think we should stay here."

[100 lines of combat]

Speaking dryly to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "Apparently."

[300 lines of combat]

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "And yet..."

[100 lines of combat]

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "Sit."

Casiphia can be seen moving along some rooftops, firing arrows down at the zombies as she goes. Meanwhile, Thadston appears within the ballista tower of the town barracks, howling down at the zombies.

[100 lines of combat]

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Leafiara asks, "But the strong should protect the weak, no?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "They aren't attacking Shanty Town."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Leafiara admits, "Maybe not the time for philosophy, I realize..."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Leafiara concedes, "Fair."

[2600 lines of combat]

Leafiara roars, "Relentless!"

[2500 lines of combat]

Chaoswynd yells, "Little to the left Thadston!"

[400 lines of combat]

Shinann says, "Thadston is in the tower..."

[150 lines of combat]

Speaking to Shinann, Chaoswynd says, "No, he's operating the ballista on the barracks roof."

[300 lines of combat]

Hapenlok says, "And this is why we need to stop burying our dead."

Speaking musingly to Hapenlok, Leafiara says, "Around here, you might have a point."

Speaking to Shinann, Hapenlok asks, "Is that non-empathic enough for you?"

[150 lines of combat]

Speaking to Hapenlok, Chaoswynd says, "You just like burning things."

Lyrna asks, "Is that the custom here?"

[450 lines of combat]

Hapenlok says, "Well, there's practical reasons to using fire."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Greycrown says, "You can burn me when I'm dead. I don't want to come back this ugly."

[250 lines of combat]

Speaking to Greycrown, Leafiara agrees, "I'm with ya."

[100 lines of combat]

Hapenlok says, "...I don't just do it because it's fun."

[200 lines of combat]

Speaking to Hapenlok, Chaoswynd says, "Oh I completely agree with you, but I'm not going to pass up an opportunity for humor."

[500 lines of combat]

Hapenlok: "I think the fight's mostly in front of the barracks."

Suddenly a massive arrow arcs into the area and slams into the ground!

Suddenly a massive arrow arcs into the area and slams into the ground!

Chaoswynd mutters, "Good lord that man can't aim."

[150 lines of combat]

Leafiara: "If any other areas need protecting, call for help!"

Hapenlok: "Is any fighting happening elsewhere?"

[1200 lines of combat]

Zannath exclaims, "Confound it!"

[1250 lines of combat]

Leafiara says, "The worms are the biggest problem."

[650 lines of combat]

Evia says, "Sheeeesh."

[400 lines of combat]

Speaking surprisedly to Shinann, Leafiara asks, "How many militia members have we ever had?"

[1100 lines of combat]

Leafiara suspiciously says, "Unless these are the same ones returning over and over."

[1400 lines of combat]

Leafiara musingly says, "They aren't all that threatening, except there's seemingly no end of them..."

(OOC) Evia's player whispers to the group, "It's the whitewalkers effect."

[1750 lines of combat]

Evia says, "Ugh."

[550 lines of combat]

Leafiara thoughtfully says, "Hrm."

[350 lines of combat]

Lyrna says, "I will agree, the Vaalorian habit of burning heroes seems more and more understandable."

[150 lines of combat]

Speaking wryly to Lyrna, Leafiara says, "Apparently."

[100 lines of combat]

Speaking to Evia, Avalera says, "You really haven't looked well all night."

[400 lines of combat]

The last pocket of zombies can be seen on the edge of North Ring Road, and they swell in numbers, stretching dozens. Their glazed eyes are drawn to the barracks and in a sea of rotting flesh, chattering teeth and gnarled forms they charge forward!

[150 lines of combat]

Leafiara says, "Hooo boy."

[2500 lines of combat]

Hapenlok says, "Thadston just left the tower. Not sure where he went."

[100 lines of combat]

Hapenlok says, "He's got that look in his eyes, like the one that Walkar used to get."

[3600 lines of combat]

Speaking to Hapenlok, Chaoswynd says, "I don't think we're in much of a position to be worrying what he's doing."

Shinann says, "Be careful and make sure they are the zombies... since they are wearing uniforms."


Thadston's Whereabouts

Hapenlok says, "Thadston left the tower."

Hapenlok says, "He had that look in his eyes."

Evia staggers as if in a stupor, laughing for no apparent reason.

Leafiara tentatively asks, "I didn't see him. Where'd he go?"

Hapenlok says, "I think he's about to go berserk."

Speaking dubiously to Evia, Leafiara asks, "And are you alright?"

Shinann says, "Where did he go? I did not see him."

Berost deeply says, "He should be runnin em through about town."

Hapenlok says, "Left the tower. I crawled in after the worm knocked me over."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Leafiara asks, "Which direction?"

Hapenlok says, "His expression reminded me a lot of Wellington."

Speaking to Jynai, Greycrown says, "Looks like I've finally sweated out whatever that was before."

Hapenlok says, "Granted, he was wearing armor that caused him to turn berserker."

Hapenlok says, "I think we were killing everything too fast."

Hapenlok says, "So he decided to take the field."

Evia says, "Phew."

Leafiara says, "Well... it seems as if we've cleared them out, so maybe--"

Hapenlok asks, "And can we PLEASE...stop burying the dead militiamen with their weapons?"

Jynai softly says, "Winter is coming again."

Hapenlok exclaims, "...better yet....cremate!"

Shinann: "Thadston, can you hear me?"

Shinann: "Casiphia?"

Leafiara says, "We'll go do rounds."

[400 lines of travel]

Speaking to Shinann, Leafiara reports, "Seems quiet around now..."

Leafiara: "All roads seem clear of danger."

Shinann says, "I was looking for Thadston... cannot find."

Greycrown asks, "Would you describe it as a dead quiet?"

Evia says, "Big gaping hole in my belly."

Lyrna says, "I would not."

Lyrna says, "Even if it is."

[8300 lines of splitting up and looking for Thadston, but no one can find him]